A Good AI?

A Good AI?

AI knows how to: 
– Use terrain (will vacate poor terrain; will defend on terrain with bonuses; will avoid attacking good ground and instead look to bypass). 
– Feints or masses in one location while planning the real attack elsewhere. 
– Knows how to withdraw to pull an enemy forward streching supply lines and then counter attacks looking to encircle/cutoff an army. 
– Use seasons; will attack in the Spring and use the Winter to consolidate and secure its gains. 
– Will set up a layered defense such that the enemy is gradually attrited as it advances. 
– Will use blocking and delaying forces to slow an attack so that the main defensive line can prepare its positions. 
– Will maintain a reserve for various uses like a counter attack when the enemy is spent. 
– Will use pickets to gather intelligence about the enemy. 
– Will use screen forces to deny the enemy intelligence about actions and movements deep in the rear. 
– Will give priority to the transportation network such it will attempt to seize key junctions denying the enemy ability to move troop and reinforce a battle. 
– Will peform a hasty attack if it perceives that the enemy is disorganized; will perform a careful cohesive attack against a prepared defense. 
– Will use terrain as part of a defensive plan like set up a defense on the far side of a major river; give priority to holding bridges. 
– Will use exploit a break in the lines with fast forces such as cavarly to cause havoc in the rear. 
– Will give priority to political objectives that might break the will to fight. 
– Will attempt to flank a line a roll it up. 
– Will draw the enemy into kill areas made up of difficult terrain, prepared defenses, and artillery barrages. 
– Will trade terrain for time if the future offers recruitment/trained troop/foreign reserves. 
– Will preserve its forces and avoid attrition situations if manpower levels are low. 
– Will force high attrition combat if the enemy has less manpower. 

Well, the above are just some examples. The point is that the items above are what you would expect of a human commander. 

-Markshot, at the Ageod Forum


Universal Solitaire Wargame System

Brainstorming enemy activation mechanic for a solitaire wargame

My goal is to create a simple AI system that will allow you to play a miniatures wargame solo or coop with friends. Ideally I want it to be simple enough to not require extra record keeping, yet have some depth to it. I’ve been reading up on different wargame rules online trying to find things I like. I think I’ve found a good system, but it needs some tweaks.

The idea came from Song of Blades and Heroes. In that system, you activate your heroes one at a time by rolling one to three dice. Each hero has a quality, which determines what number you need to roll for an activation to be a success. For each die that meets or exceeds their quality, they gain one action. There are consequences for failing a roll, in which your opponent gets a reaction from his models or can simply end your whole turn. I want to run with this idea a bit and incorporate more ideas for it to work without a human opponent. I have a few mechanics in mind, but I just need to tie them together. Let me know what you think.

First of all, I want to get away from having cards or anything. I think at most I’d just want a pen and paper to write down some key stats. I want the game system to be universal so it can work with models from any game, so you can tailor make rules that work with your collection. There might be rules you have to reference, but they should be easy to remember.



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Miho Dam Park is waiting for you!

Miho Dam Park is waiting for you!

Miho Dam Park is waiting for you to set up your miniatures game. Check out the photos and imagine what games could be played with this set up! WW2, WW3, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan?

I’d love to play a wargame with miniatures here. This is the park next to Miho Dam in Yamakita, Shizuoka. I think any game involving a dam or a bridge like Pegasus Bridge would work. Or a naval game with floating ships? (Too ambitious?). You are not actually supposed to enter the area near the bridges, but I wonder if we couldn’t pull it off. I took pictures of the actual dam, and the miniatures in the park next to the dam.

The Reasons Japan attacked Pearl Harbor

by Kevin R Burns
(Kanagawa, Japan)

What were the reasons Japan attacked Pearl Harbor?

So often in Japan, I hear opinions that are totally divergent from what I have grown up hearing at school and elsewhere. One that I have sometimes heard and heard again recently from two very intelligent and well-informed Japanese, was that Japan was set-up by America in World War II. The Americans deliberately left Pearl Harbor largely undefended in order to lure the Japanese into attacking.

I personally don`t believe this. I think America really didn`t believe Japan would attack Hawaii in 1941. The code breakers were still trying to figure out the Japanese code at this point and couldn`t fully understand it, even up until the Midway battle. They weren`t sure of the code term for each geographical area for example. They were only able to deduce the attack on Midway after figuring out some Japanese code terms for certain areas, but this was quite a while after the Pearl Harbor attack.

I do think America felt war was inevitable, but they never imagined the first attack would occur at Pearl Harbor. They felt they would be attacked in the Philippines at first.

The Reasons Japan Attacked Pearl Harbor

The ultimatum too, was late getting to Washington due to an American plot. Presumably to make the Japanese look bad or to go along with the Pearl Harbor ruse.

Some have declared that China asked Japan to come and help to putdown some rebellions in China. I know the people of Nanking would disagree with this account of history. Many Japanese feel however, that the Nanking massacre never happened.They say there is no evidence for it. Sounds familiar? Many neo-Nazis claim thereis no evidence of the holocaust too. It can be a challenge to discern the truthat times, but there are cases in Japan for example, where the truth is deliberately hidden, exaggerated, and downright changed. Movements to disseminate the truth are brought down or stymied by a coalition of right wingers and politicians and officialswho fear it would damage Japan.

Sometimes what we grow up learning is later proved to be wrong as classified documents become unclassified, and this is true in all nations. Indeed, the bulk of the American carriers were luckily absent from the harbor, was this just a coincidence? The Twilight Zone music kicks in.

One of my students said last night that Japan should apologize to every country they fought with except America. When I pressed him on this he brought up the subject of the Pearl Harbor ruse. Is there any validity to this opinion or is it another myth?

Will later declassified documents prove our predominant opinion of a Japanese surprise attack wrong? I have my doubts, but when I hear well-readJapanese talk like this and back it up with quotes from the NHK, I again start to doubt what I have learned. Does the victor indeed write history and is always right?

I have often been angered by the Japanese claims of passivity and their claims of being victims due to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

What about Pearl Harbor I want to scream at them! If you are going to talk about the atomic bombings surely you should mention the tragedy of Pearl Harbor, Nanking, the Death March and others, but they don’t see it that way. I think they should. You cannot look at the events of WW2 in isolation. Indeed they were all tragedies and should be atoned for.

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