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Rinascimento: searching the behaviour space of Splendor


Abstract

The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for play-testing is still on the sidelines of main applications of AI in games compared to performance-oriented game-playing. One of the main purposes of play-testing a game is gathering data on the gameplay, highlighting good and bad features of the design of the game, providing useful insight to the game designers for improving the design. Using AI agents has the potential of speeding the process dramatically. The purpose of this research is to map the behavioural space (BSpace) of a game by using a general method. Using the MAP-Elites algorithm we search the hyperparameter space Rinascimento AI agents and map it to the BSpace defined by several behavioural metrics. This methodology was able to highlight both exemplary and degenerated behaviours in the original game design of Splendor and two variations. In particular, the use of event-value functions has generally shown a remarkable improvement in the coverage of the BSpace compared to agents based on classic score-based reward signals.
Arxiv: https://arxiv.org/abs/2106.08371 

Cite this work

@article{bravi2021rinascimento,
author= {Bravi, Ivan and Lucas, Simon},
title= {{Rinascimento: searching the behaviour space of Splendor}},
year= {2021},
journal= {{arxiv:2106.08371}},
abstract= {The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for play-testing is still on the sidelines of main applications of AI in games compared to performance-oriented game-playing. One of the main purposes of play-testing a game is gathering data on the gameplay, highlighting good and bad features of the design of the game, providing useful insight to the game designers for improving the design. Using AI agents has the potential of speeding the process dramatically. The purpose of this research is to map the behavioural space (BSpace) of a game by using a general method. Using the MAP-Elites algorithm we search the hyperparameter space Rinascimento AI agents and map it to the BSpace defined by several behavioural metrics. This methodology was able to highlight both exemplary and degenerated behaviours in the original game design of Splendor and two variations. In particular, the use of event-value functions has generally shown a remarkable improvement in the coverage of the BSpace compared to agents based on classic score-based reward signals.},
}

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