AI as evaluator: Search driven playtesting of modern board games

Fernando De Mesentier Silva, Scott Lee, Julian Togelius, Andy Nealen

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


    This paper presents a demonstration of how AI can be useful in the game design and development process of a modern board game. By using an artificial intelligence algorithm to play a substantial amount of matches of the Ticket to Ride board game and collecting data, we can analyze several features of the gameplay as well as of the game board. Results revealed loopholes in the game's rules and pointed towards trends in how the game is played. We are then led to the conclusion that large scale simulation utilizing artificial intelligence can offer valuable information regarding modern board games and their designs that would ordinarily be prohibitively expensive or time-consuming to discover manually.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationWS-17-01
    Subtitle of host publicationArtificial Intelligence and Operations Research for Social Good; WS-17-02: Artificial Intelligence, Ethics, and Society; WS-17-03: Artificial Intelligence for Connected and Automated Vehicles; WS-17-04: Artificial Intelligence for Cyber Security; WS-17-05: Artificial Intelligence for Smart Grids and Buildings; WS-17-06: Computer Poker and Imperfect Information Games; WS-17-07: Crowdsourcing, Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence Agents; WS-17-08: Distributed Machine Learning; WS-17-09: Joint Workshop on Health Intelligence; WS-17-10: Human-Aware Artificial Intelligence; WS-17-11: Human-Machine Collaborative Learning; WS-17-12: Knowledge-Based Techniques for Problem Solving and Reasoning; WS-17-13: Plan, Activity, and Intent Recognition; WS-17-14: Symbolic Inference and Optimization; WS-17-15: What's Next for AI in Games?
    PublisherAI Access Foundation
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)9781577357865
    StatePublished - 2017
    Event31st AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, AAAI 2017 - San Francisco, United States
    Duration: Feb 4 2017Feb 10 2017

    Publication series

    NameAAAI Workshop - Technical Report
    VolumeWS-17-01 - WS-17-15


    Other31st AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, AAAI 2017
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CitySan Francisco

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Engineering


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