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RobC04
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Is the AI being improved for the PC (Steam) version? Sun, 27 May 2012 19:18
I just bought the Steam version of Ticket To Ride after having a positive experience with the XBox Live version of the Settlers of Catan board game. I have never played any version of Ticket To Ride before, yet I easily won my first 5 games of the PC version. I use PC games for solitaire enjoyment, so playing online doesn't hold much interest to me.

The AI in the XBox version of Settlers of Catan can actually be competitive. I would think with the simple rules and finite moves in Ticket To Ride that a competitive AI could be created. Is any work being done in this area, or is the AI play going to forever remain uncompetitive?
      
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Re:Is the AI being improved for the PC (Steam) version? Thu, 31 May 2012 19:51
The rules of Ticket to Ride are deceptively simple indeed - but coding a strong bot for it is anything but simple. The fact that the number of moves is finite is of little help - just like in Chess (another "simple" game), there are just way too many of them to do a brute force evaluation.

We always try to improve our bots, but I doubt we will ever get them to a truly competitive level, sorry.

If you try the game Online, you will see that some players are at a rather astonishing level of play (much like in Chess). We witnessed this first-hand when we last organized a World Championship.

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Re:Is the AI being improved for the PC (Steam) version? Fri, 01 June 2012 16:37
I didn't mean to imply it would be easy, just that is seems reasonable to get the AI more competitive than it is now. The AI in Settlers of Catan plays a pretty good game (by Big Huge Games?).

I'm not saying it would be easy to create an AI that is as good as a skilled player, but one that can make the games a little more competitive. I was a software developer for 12+ years, so I understand writing an AI is very complex (no I never worked on a game myself).

I have played online a little but I prefer playing computer games solo. I'm definitely not a top tier player, but I still regularly trounce the AI. It has now beat me once out of about 10 games.
      
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Re:Is the AI being improved for the PC (Steam) version? Sat, 02 June 2012 05:25
I'm not sure if you've tried this, but the game often gets more complicated if you play different configurations...so to challenge yourself a little more, try adding in a few more bots!

3-player games will still not let you claim the double routes but give you more opponents to work around. 4 and 5 player games will give you several bots to contend with and that usually makes things a little more difficult. You might find a configuration that poses a bit more of a challenge for you! Cool
      
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Re:Is the AI being improved for the PC (Steam) version? Sat, 02 June 2012 05:27
Thanks for the suggestion. I will shake up the number of AI players I use to see if that provides a different experience. I had been mostly playing 3 play games. One game I outscored both the AI players combined, but I have only won 2 out of 5 online games Smile

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Re:Is the AI being improved for the PC (Steam) version? Sat, 02 June 2012 09:12
RobC04 wrote on Sat, 02 June 2012 07:27

Thanks for the suggestion. I will shake up the number of AI players I use to see if that provides a different experience. I had been mostly playing 3 play games. One game I outscored both the AI players combined, but I have only won 2 out of 5 online games Smile


Like Eric said, the real competition is going to be online but hopefully you'll be able to figure out some decent configuration to play against the Bot and have fun.

Good luck! Smile
      
    
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