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AI-written Scenario for Dungeons & Dragons Is Actually Quite Good

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I still remember walking past the tabletop game store in the mall when I was a kid. I used to think, "that looks really interesting, but everyone would think I'm a nerd if I started playing it." Admittedly, I am most definitely a nerd, and proud of it. But only recently have I begun diving into the world of tabletop games like Dungeons & Dragons (otherwise known as D&D). The poster (left), from one of the many Dungeons & Dragons-themed films of recent decades, gives some sense of the genre.


The new 'Baldur's Gate 3' gameplay is a testament to how far we've come

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It's abundantly clear that Baldur's Gate 3 is an immense game, and Thursday's gameplay demonstration during IGN's Summer of Gaming left a mark in showing just how far role-playing video games have come over the years. The new Baldur's Gate 3 gameplay starts off with a combat scenario against goblins, followed by a tense conversation that players will have to navigate through and a deeper dive into the game's story and lore, literally and figuratively. It builds off the first gameplay demonstration by Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke from February and gives more insight into all the ways the players can interact with the game, the environment, characters, and enemies -- things that stem from the game's source material, Dungeons & Dungeons. It seems like there are really no limitations in BG3. That's the goal, at least, based on what we've seen of the game so far and interviews from a preview event back in February with Vincke and senior writer Adam Smith.


Forget Chess--the Real Challenge Is Teaching AI to Play D&D

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Fans of games like Dungeons & Dragons know that the fun comes, in part, from a creative Dungeon Master--an all-powerful narrator who follows a storyline but has free rein to improvise in response to players' actions and the fate of the dice. This kind of spontaneous yet coherent storytelling is extremely difficult for artificial intelligence, even as AI has mastered more constrained board games such as chess and Go. The best text-generating AI programs too often produce confused and disjointed prose. So some researchers view spontaneous storytelling as a good test of progress toward more intelligent machines. An attempt to build an artificial Dungeon Master offers hope that machines able to improvise a good storyline might be built.


Meet the Mormon Gamer Who Took Dungeons & Dragons Online

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In late November, a college senior at Brigham Young University named Nick Walton published a short fable called "My Musical Troupe of Orcs Uses Music to Advance Orc Rights." In the story, written in the second person, you are a goblin. "I am a goblin!" you say proudly. "And I'm glad to be one." "Well then, congratulations," says the orc captain.


Meet the Mormon Gamer Who Took 'Dungeons and Dragons' Online

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In late November, a college senior at Brigham Young University named Nick Walton published a short fable called "My Musical Troupe of Orcs Uses Music to Advance Orc Rights." In the story, written in the second person, you are a goblin. "I am a goblin!" you say proudly. "And I'm glad to be one." "Well then, congratulations," says the orc captain.


This weird roleplaying AI makes a great dungeon master

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When AI development firm OpenAI released its GPT-2 algorithm, it warned that the tech was capable of flooding the internet with fake news and propaganda. What it didn't predict, however, is that the algorithm can also make a pretty effective dungeon master. AI Dungeon 2 (playable here) uses the full-sized GPT-2 algorithm to bring players through a text adventure-style game that it writes in real-time based on the player's prompts and commands. The game isn't perfect -- in my playing, it for some reason decided to name every single character "Dan" -- but it's fascinating all the same to let a powerful AI system take the wheel and steer the game's journey. AI Dungeon 2 is a far cry from the first version of the game, which creator and Northwestern University grad student Nathan Whitmore built around a substantially weaker version of GPT-2.


Build morale by slaying monsters after work

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On the 62nd floor of One World Trade Center, Lorghoth the Decayer is waiting. A party of brave coders and digital strategists gathers around a conference table to slay the wicked beast -- praying the D20 rolls their way. Every other week, a team of developers and designers hops into a conference room (with a stunning view of Manhattan) to participate in a unique, after-hours exercise: a Dungeons and Dragons game night. Timm Woods, a professional dungeon master, leads each session, guiding the colleagues through intricate adventures filled with gypsy-camp raids, vindictive scarecrows and the cruel mists of Ravenloft. Woods, an energetic and scruffy Brooklynite, has been a professional dungeon master for about five years, running everything from after-school campaigns to private parties and events.


Video games make the latest board games so much more exciting

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While video games were evolving from Pong to Pac-Man to Pikmin, board game designers weren't sitting idly by playing Monopoly or rolling Yahtzee dice. Tabletop experiences have matured significantly, building exciting stories, challenging cooperative experiences and bridging the gap to today's app-obsessed world. Fantasy Flight Games is leading a board game revolution, with three games that reach across the digital divide to bring smartphones and tablets into the tabletop experience. Companion apps are integral to gameplay and provide a digital antagonist that aggressively thwarts player efforts to save the world. SEE ALSO: 'League of Legends' is getting an awesome board game spin-off In short, video games are invading board games... and that's great news for everyone.