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List of Modern Boardgame Research (github.com)
39 points by captn3m0 20 days ago | hide | past | favorite | 6 comments

MTG: Adam of http://www.mtgeloproject.net was very helpful for my nonprofit's last-minute effort to preserve the Planeswalker Points system. He has lots of interesting historical analysis. Competitive MTG can get very mathematical. https://www.reddit.com/r/spikes/ is a huge rabbithole.

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Thanks for the correction, never knew this.

Sample of cool things I found out:

- Hanabi is now the "frontier of AI research" with both FB/DeepMind working on it

- Magic the Gathering is Turing complete

- Kingdomino is NP-hard

- There is published endgame research for RISK (similar to how you have endtables in chess)

- There's a lot of interesting research on catan and monopoly. Monopoly seems to have a lot of research around teaching language-skills to kids, in particular.

- There is research on generating new maps for Ticket to Ride!

- Lots of interesting research on 2048, the mobile game.

- There is a mathematical model for Mafia.

Hanabi has been solved a few months after deepmind "new frontier" paper: https://arxiv.org/abs/1912.02318 They reach a score of 24.6/25. Knowing that there are some losing hands.

Its on the list, and I wouldn't count it as solved yet, its just a new high score.

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