Posts tagged with ‘games

Behind the quest to create a computer program that can beat humans at the game of Go

Computer programs that can beat human chess masters is old news. Programs that can beat humans at checkers is super old news. We’ve even had IBM build a computer that can beat humans at Jeopardy, but the quest to write a program that can be a grand master of the Chinese strategy game Go is still a long ways away. As far as strategy board games go, Go makes chess look as intellectual as a kick in the balls. In chess, there are only a relatively small number of moves per turn, and the more advanced players are, the more predictable their strategy becomes. Go on the other hand, has hundreds of thousands of possible moves per turn, but that’s not the hard part. The hard part is that with Go, player predictability increases until you get to the professional level, and then all predictability goes out the window— go masters basically reach a Jedi-like state where even after a lifetime of intensive study, they can’t explain why they make moves they do, they just “feel it in their gut”, and that’s something that’s really difficult to turn into code.

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Hello from Argentina’s first ever Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix
This past weekend we (Dominaria Comics, .facebook.com/Dominaria-Comics/), held Argentina’s first ever Magic GP. More than 900 people played ant it was the biggest GP in Latin America’s history. Thought you might be interested.

Hello from Argentina’s first ever Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix

This past weekend we (Dominaria Comics, .facebook.com/Dominaria-Comics/), held Argentina’s first ever Magic GP. More than 900 people played ant it was the biggest GP in Latin America’s history. Thought you might be interested.

Kickstarter of the day: Bicycle Dia de los Muertos playing cards

There are still many months to go before Day of the Dead celebrations kick off across Central and South America, but playing card maker Bicycle is nearly to its $10,000 goal of creating a gorgeous Day of the Dead themed deck. And I mean it is fucking gorgeous. Follow the Kickstarter link through to see all of the cool Dia de los Muertos extras you get if you’re a backer.

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Waste some Thursday with these Doctor Who themed Cards Against Humanity

Since Cards Againgst Humanity is under a Creative Commons license, it means anyone is free to make and distribute new cards, as long as you’re not selling them and/or blatently trying to rip off CAH. So with that in mind, a group of Doctor Who über nerds have created Cards Against Gallifrey, a set of CAH cards based on 50 years of Doctor Who. They’re not all side-splitting hilarious, but the beauty is that you can always make your own. Go ahead and print em out and get all wibbly wobbly timey wimey.

See all the cards her on imgur or download the entire deck through dropcanvas

Magic: The Gathering is getting a movie for reals
It was bound to happen. 20th Century Fox scooped up the rights to Hasbro's trading card game Magic: The Gathering. The studio wants to turn it into a big franchise like Lord of the Rings which sounds awesome. The bad news? They’re getting Simon Kinberg to help bring it to life. Let’s just hope it’s not as awful as another beloved franchise that he brought to life on the silver screen: Fantastic Four.
I’m actually a huge MTG fan and, yes, I even follow the lore. While I’d much rather see a Game of Thrones-esque TV series, I’ll gladly settle for a movie. The lore isn’t anything mindblowing to begin with, so there’s definitely room to improve upon the foundations for a film franchise.
[Via The Hollywood Reporter]

Magic: The Gathering is getting a movie for reals

It was bound to happen. 20th Century Fox scooped up the rights to Hasbro's trading card game Magic: The Gathering. The studio wants to turn it into a big franchise like Lord of the Rings which sounds awesome. The bad news? They’re getting Simon Kinberg to help bring it to life. Let’s just hope it’s not as awful as another beloved franchise that he brought to life on the silver screen: Fantastic Four.

I’m actually a huge MTG fan and, yes, I even follow the lore. While I’d much rather see a Game of Thrones-esque TV series, I’ll gladly settle for a movie. The lore isn’t anything mindblowing to begin with, so there’s definitely room to improve upon the foundations for a film franchise.

[Via The Hollywood Reporter]

Game you should be playing: Sneaky Cards

This game looks awesome, wanted to share with everyone. It’s the card game that promotes fun, creative and hilarious interactions with players and strangers. We need more people playing this… hell, it might even get you laid.

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Edgar Allen Poe playing cards, for the more discerning poker player.

Currently vying for funding on Kickstarter is a set of beautifully drawn Edgar Allen Poe playing cards. 25 days to go and it’s around 40% of its funding goal, so if you’re a Poe fan, feel the Christmas spirit and chip in a few bucks.

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Five new Commander decks just might get you playing Magic: The Gathering again

If you’ve played Magic: The Gathering, you know that it’s a hell of a lot of fun until it’s not. And you know exactly when it stops being fun— when it becomes too expensive to build better decks, too expensive to keep up with friends and locals who spend way too much money on the game, and when it becomes too much of a pain in the ass to keep up with new releases. With the release of five new Commander decks, you might want to pick the game up again, since the recently introduced Commander model is meant for fun, equal, casual play. Don’t worry about whether your opponent has some rare should-have-been-banned card that will wipe you out in one move, just sit down, pour the Mountain Dew and play.

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How To Always Win In Connect Four

In a nutshell: always go first, always drop it down the middle on your first move, and as long as you don’t play like an idiot the game’s all yours. Math.

(via Numberphile)









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