Space Generals

Hi all!

It’s been more than 4 months since my last post! I’ve been really busy lately creating a website for a game called Space Generals which we are going to use for our research in game AI. The game itself is actually a turn-based one much in the style of Risk with a little twist which will allow us to study hierarchical AI and domain-specific embedded scripting languages. The website’s front-end is developed in Java using the GWT framework while its back-end, which carries out turn-processing and game-logic, is developed in Haskell. Here are some screenshots of the game:

More information about the game and how to play can be found in the User Manual.

Feel free to register and play the game. You need at least one more friend to play a game and up to 5 players can play together.  Also, if possible report any errors and provide suggestions using the game’s:

Email Address

Twitter

Facebook Group

Also, it would be of great interest to us for you to share your game-playing strategies using the above methods as we shall be using them to create different AIs using the DSEL we are working on at the moment.

Thanks! We hope you enjoy the game!

P.S. Currently only Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome are supported.

Paper: A Domain-Specific Embedded Language Approach for the Scripting of Game Artificial Intelligence

Yet again I have ignored this blog for quite some time – I’ve been really busy with an implementation of a game involving a Haskell back-end/Google Web Toolkit front-end (more on this in a future post)  and other deadlines. Anyways I thought I’d share more info on how 4Blocks’ AI was implemented using a DSL embedded in Haskell:

A Domain-Specific Embedded Language Approach for the Scripting of Game Artificial Intelligence, with Gordon Pace, in the Proceedings of the University of Malta Workshop in ICT (WICT’09), 2009.

More info on WICT can be found here. Co-incidentally thanks to Dr Pace’s Erdös Number of 4 I get to have one of at most 5. 🙂 Hope this short paper provides with some interesting lightweight reading. Also, any feedback is greatly appreciated!