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AI Summit: Every Day I'm Shufflin': Neural Network Variations for Digital Deck-Builders

Theresa Duringer  (CEO, Temple Gates Games)

Location: Room 2002, West Hall

Date: Tuesday, March 19

Time: 1:20 pm - 1:50 pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Programming

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: Intermediate

Multiplayer boardgame adaptations require competitive AI opponents for solo play. But what's the best approach to creating these opponents? Temple Gates has scripted a heuristic AI for 'Ascension' and integrated a neural network for 'Race for the Galaxy'. Since then, each new game has used new techniques to improve AI competitiveness. Deckbuilder 'Shards of Infinity's' AI identifies symmetries, such as symmetries between players or cards, to supercharge the speed of training. 'Roll for the Galaxy's' AI is designed with holes in the inputs to speed training without creating strategic blindspots. 'Dominion' introduces an embedding layer, so the neural network can learn not only the cards themselves, but the value of their constituent features. This helps handle the highly variant game state where one of a quadrillion of permutations of cards may be in play. Understanding what techniques are available in ml and which best apply to different game scenarios is a shortcut to getting the most of a nn AI.


Attendees will learn how to take an open source reinforcement learning AI and adapt it for production across a range of boardgames. They'll find out about performance improving features such as identifying symmetries, strategically designing input gaps, and adding embedding layers to better handle large permutations of game states.

Intended Audience

This talk is intended for AI designers and programmers who want to offer highly replayable solo content to digital boardgame audiences. It can help studio leads determine which games are good candidates for a port. Finally, it can inform boardgame designers on what features to avoid or to include based on the feasibility of AI solutions.

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