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Math In Game Development Summit: Mathematical Analysis of Classic Card and Board Games

Nick Berry  (President, DataGenetics)

Date: Tuesday, July 20

Time: 3:20pm - 3:50pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass

Topic: Programming

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

In this presentation, Nick will show how simple mathematical techniques can be used to model classic card and board games such as Chutes and Ladders, Candy-land, Risk, Darts, Yahtzee, and Poker.

You will learn about techniques such as Markov-Chains, Directed Graphs, Monte-Carlo Simulations, Probability Density Functions, and Bayesian and Frequentist Probabilities, and how these can be used to model games.

The presentation is chock-full of graphs, animations, and videos to demonstrate the concepts and builds on these simple techniques to show how they can be employed to model more complex games.

Learn techniques to analyze your own games to ensure they are balanced, fair, and good fun.


Attendees will take away a working knowledge of simple mathematical techniques and how they can be leveraged to ensure games are fair and balanced.

Intended Audience

Don't fear the math! If you have a good High School level of understanding of mathematics, Nick will show you how you can layer simple concepts to make complex models of your games.