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### Farkle Fest 2k19: An AI dice game tournament

Farkle Fest 2k19 In this challenge, we will be playing the semi-popular dice game Farkle. Farkle is a dice game that has players selecting to save dice or risk rerolling the die for more points to ...
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### Build a checkerboard

For this challenge you will print the coordinates and color of each piece at the start of a game of checkers. Enter the x and y (comma seperated) for every square (indexed 0-7) on a checkerboard, ...
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### N-movers: How much of the infinite board can I reach?

Single moves The board is an infinite 2 dimensional square grid, like a limitless chess board. A piece with value N (an N-mover) can move to any square that is a distance of exactly the square root ...
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### Camel Up Cup: An AI board game tournament

Camel Up Cup 2k18 In this challenge, we will be playing the semi-popular board game Camel Up. Camel Up! is a board game that has players betting on camels to win rounds, win the game or lose the ...
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### King of the Hill: Speed Clue AI

Speed Clue Cluedo/Clue is a classic board game with a compelling deduction gameplay component. Speed Clue is a 3-6 player variant that emphasizes this component by using only the cards. The result ...
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### Build a deterministic Go AI

Here's an interesting problem I thought of the other day, which involves bits of code competing against other bits of code not just in a property that the code has, but by playing a game against those ...
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### Scrabble scorer

Challenge: Take a string of upper or lower case letters as input (optional), and calculate the score that string would get in a game of Scrabble in English. Rules: The score of each letter is as ...
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### Calculate the points in a “sjoelen”-game

Okay, so yesterday was 2nd Christmas day and my (grand)parents and me had a game of "sjoelen", as it is called in the Netherlands. The inner programmer came up in me, but just when I had the answer, I ...
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### Implement MENACE

Background MENACE (Machine Educable Noughts And Crosses Engine) is a rudimentary shallow machine learning algorithm for the game Noughts and Crosses, created by British computer scientist Donald ...
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### Pandemic Outbreak Calculator [closed]

In the board game Pandemic, an outbreak occurs when a city contains more than 3 disease cubes. When the outbreak occurs, any disease cubes in the city in excess of 3 are removed, and each city ...
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### Shortest Gomoku (5 in a row) implementation [closed]

I suspect Gomoku may be one of the simplest games to implement in code. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gomoku The game is this: players BLACK and WHITE take turns putting down black and white stones. ...
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### Connect 4: Spot the Fake!

The bank has been broken into, and all the local mafia thugs have an unusual alibi: they were at home playing Connect 4! In order to assist with the investigation, you are asked to write a program to ...
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### Take a ride on the Reading, If you pass Go, collect \$200

Monopoly Board For this code-golf challenge we will be building the board game Monopoly. Rules: Take no input. Output a 11x11 board where each ASCII character forming the board is the first letter ...
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### Partially-Observable Connect-4

The Game You will be playing an (almost) standard game of Connect-4. Unfortunately, it is a correspondence game and someone has placed black tape on every second row starting from the bottom, so that ...
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### KoTH: Gomoku (Five in a row)

Gomoku or Five in a row is a board game played by two players on a $15 \times 15$ grid with black and white stones. Whoever is able to place $5$ stones in a row (horizontal, vertical or diagonal) ...
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### Count Mills in Nine Men's Morris

Introduction Nine Mens's Morris (also called Mills) is a board game for two players which is played on the following board (image taken from the linked Wikipedia-page): Each player has 9 men, ...
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### Tic-Tac-Toe and Chess, with fewest [distinct] characters

In this form of the game Tic-Tac-Chec, the goal is to move chess pieces to get four-in-a-row. Your goal here is to figure out if a position has a winning move. Rules The rules are similar, but not ...
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### Tic-Tac-Toe - X or O?

Background Skip to "Task" if you are familiar with Tic-Tac-Toe (I think most are!) Tic-Tac-Toe is a famous two-player game. It consists of a 3x3 board that is filled gradually by two players (...
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### Let's play Rummikub!

Note: This is related to a variation of the game Rummikub Background & Rules Rummikub is a tile-based game. There are four colors: red, orange, blue and black. For each color there are 13 tiles (...
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### Simple single-player board game, expected score distribution

This is the first problem I've posted here; please post criticisms in comments. Summary A game board consists of a starting space, an ending space, and between them are ...
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### How many draws are there in Quarto?

Introduction This challenge is similar to Project Euler problems. I came up with it because I was playing a deceivingly simple board game and couldn't come up with an efficient solution to answer a ...
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### Can I Settle Down?

In The Settlers of Catan board game, there are five resource types: Brick, Log, Ore, Wheat, and Sheep. Building a settlement costs a Brick, a Log, a Wheat, and a Sheep. However, you can also trade in ...
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### Play tic-tac-toe and never lose

(There exists some challenges that require to use the best strategy, but here we don't. Even if you are able to win, you are allowed to make a tie) Challenge Write a program which plays the game tic-...
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### Where can the knight be in N moves?

This is Hole-3 from The Autumn Tournament of APL CodeGolf. I am the original author of the problem there, and thus allowed to re-post it here. Given: a number of turns (please state if no movements ...
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### Exact Cover Puzzle

CHALLENGE Given a set of grouped letters, arrange them onto the board so that they cover the area entirely. Board Representation (a.k.a. the SHIP DECK) The board is a 6x6 grid. There will always be ...
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### Is it a good 2048 board?

This is my first question here, so any suggestions in the comments would be appreciated! Thanks ;) Introduction One very common strategy for the 2048 game is never ever swiping down. This positions ...
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### Shortest 2-Player Game of Halma

In Chess, it's possible for the game to end after 4 moves (2 each) with a Fool's Mate. Your goal is to find the Fool's Mate of Halma: the 2-player game of Halma that minimises the number of turns ...
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### Determine a string's Scrabble score and validity

Your task is to determine if a given string is of proper length and can be represented with Scrabble tiles and, if so, output the sum of each letter's score. If you don't know how to play Scrabble:, ...
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### Print a Sorry Board

I was just playing the board game Sorry! with some people, and I realized that I could base a few interesting challenges off of it. This one is pretty simple. You task is simply to output an ascii-...
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### Draw an Empty Scrabble Board

A standard Scrabble board is a 15×15 grid of spaces to place letter tiles. Most of the spaces are blank but some are double word scores (pink), triple word scores (red), double letter scores (...
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### Create a simple mancala game [closed]

Simple Mancala Game Create a mancala game using as few bytes as possible. The game Mancala is a family of games where a player has a control over a set amount of pots filled with stones/seeds. The ...
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### Score a hand of Cribbage! [duplicate]

Goal: Given a hand of 5 cards, determine its value in the game Cribbage. Input a string through any reasonable means. You can assume the string will always be in this format: ...
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### It's Your Turn ! (Renju)

EDITS: Added link to the plain-text (multiple strings) test data Added BLANK,EDGE and TIE2 test cases (see Test Data section) (11/25) Updated the JSON test cases (some lines were ill-formatted) (11/...
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### Determine winner of Connect 4

You are given a partially filled Connect 4 grid (7x6). O X O X X O X O O X O X O X X O X X X O O X O O O X X O X (Input can be given ...
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### Checkers: King Me?

Challenge: Given a checkerboard, output the smallest amount of moves it would take (assuming black does not move at all) to king a red piece, if possible. Rules: Red's side will always be on the ...
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This challenge is to write a minimax function in a language of your choice, to output the next best move in an NxN game of tic-tac-toe given the current board state. The board input can be accepted as ...
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### Where can the cannon go?

Introduction The game of xiangqi, also known as Chinese chess, is a chess-like game popular in China, Vietnam, Taiwan, and other East Asian countries. The colours of the two sides in xiangqi are red ...
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### Chinese checkerboard

The game of Chinese checkers is played on a board with spaces in the shape of a six-pointed star: Image from Wikipedia We can create an ASCII-art representation of this board, using ...
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### Number of pieces on a checkers board

Introduction A normal checkers board contains 8 x 8 = 64 squares: You can see that in total, there are 12 white pieces. Black and white always have the same amount of pieces. If there are any more ...
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### Connect-n time!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connect_Four Does anyone remember the 2 player game connect 4? For those who don't it was a 6x7 board that stands vertical on a surface. The goal of connect 4 is to, ...
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### Evaluate a Stratego Battle

In the game Stratego, the main game mechanic is when you attack an opponent's piece with yours. In this challenge, you job is to simulate one of these battles and say who survives. Specs You will ...
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### Settlers of Catan - Longest Road!

This is an endgame board of Settlers of Catan: Background: The roads (the long stick pieces) and the settlements (and cities) are rendered by the little huts. We encode the placement of these pieces ...
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### Winnable Solitaire Mancala Boards

Mancala is the name of a family of board games that usually involve a series of cups filled with beads that the players manipulate. This challenge will use a specific rule set for a solitaire variant ...
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### Can you win with two more moves at Three Men's Morris?

Bounties No. 1 (awarded) I'll throw in 50 rep for the first valid answer No. 2 (awarded) I'll throw in another 100 rep for the shortest valid answer. No. 3 (open for submissions) I'll ...
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### Play Antichess!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Losing_chess This is basically Chess Tournament, but for antichess ;) Antichess is one of the many chess variants that have been invented. The goal is to lose all your ...
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### Let's play some boardgame!

Introduction Boardgames are a classic play between kids, but there are some kids that feel bored playing a boardgame step by step. Now they want the result to be shown before they put their hands on ...
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### Printing the Cracker Barrel Game

Revised formatting and instructions Given a list of moves for a Cracker Barrel peg board game, or as @Steveverrill stated, Peg Triangle Solitaire: ...
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### Snakes and Ladders probability of winning

(This is my first Q here, and I don't know much about code golfing.) Your aim is to predict the winner of an ongoing Snakes and Ladders game. INPUT A single number (2-1000) indicating the number of ...