I have developed a system to convert your rulebook into an Alexa/Google application, so you can a more interactive experience with rules rather than digging around, trying to find the right section.
I've done all the software development for you, so this is a no-code solution (other than customizing what Alexa says, based upon your preferences). You just create a template file with all the rules you want to program into Alexa, and then my website converts that to code. Then head over to Amazon's site and paste it in, and voila - your rules are now interactive!
If your user has a phone or tablet, you can also include graphics and long-form text with even more info. Here's a sample of what type of experience people can have:
So check it out, and let me know what you think. I'd love to see what the community creates out of this idea. Possibly solo bots, chit pull replacement systems, the sky's the limit. Instructions start here, and I'd love to assist if you have any questions or encounter issues:
Went to try this and your instructions in the videos are super blurry to start. In part 2 you have functions already in lamba that people dont start with. You need to provide the names of those. Cant read the names are its super blurry.
Part 3 is not even on youtube. It has part 1 2 and 4.
This is amazing. Your videos really are great at showing how easy it is. I am not a developer (board game or software) and my mind is spinning on what I want to do. Where to start? Your Combat Commander example has me wanting to run with it.
I can see myself getting lost in this. Actually make my stupid Alexa do something other than tell me the weather. I have had one since they were a Prime Only pre-order and have yet to use it for really anything. Now I want to move her to my game room and fill her head with Board Game rules.
The biggest benefit for the people writing the templates is probably that after having written them, they never need to ask -- because they're now really familiar with the rules!
Edit: I just realised that this might come off as disparaing about the actual function of the software -- sorry, that's not what I mean. I just wanted to share my experience that once you have carefully written something up in a form where it is instructive to others, you're very unlikely to forget it again (except of course over time; if you don't refresh it, you will forget it eventually). And I think this is super positive and something far more people should use when trying to learn things themselves!