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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:

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This sounds awesome. I would love to try it. Not sure how to make a template.
 
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Where is the template?
 
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Thomas Elder wrote:
Where is the template?


You create the template yourself. Here's a sample one you can use with only one rule:

!AirCombat
what turn can I do air combat
rules on air combat
=Air combat starts on turn five. Damage is based upon how many units are in the hex, and the loser gives up five victory points

Now you'd ask Alexa "what are rules on air combat?", and she'll tell you the rule!

I'm taking a few days off of this project, then coming back and creating a ton of rule bots for various games. I'll have 20+ sample templates you can peek at linked on the web page soon.


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Sounds brilliant - will investigate further
 
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This seems amazing. I would love to see a site/wiki-/like resource where we could share templates. Perhaps even a GeekList would work.
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Looks very interesting. The video on how to do it relates to Alexa. How does it vary for Google? Will you be producing a separate video for that?
 
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I'm all for anything that reduces the countless threads cluttering the forums with rules questions clearly answered in the rule book! angry
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That is fascinating and impressive. It has the uncanny feeling of science fiction becoming real.

Btw, what's the first game, w/German and French forces?
 
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This is an amazing development for a good use of technology with board games. Will also allow me to use an echo dot that otherwise sits in a drawer.
 
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Beyond AMAZING, well done!
 
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Am also interested in knowing what the game in the first video is please.
 
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I’m impressed! Maybe the next step is for Alexa to be your virtual opponent for solitaire gaming? That’d be amazing!!
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Looking at his videos the game is 'Great War Commander'.
 
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Amazing work! Is there a link to your website somewhere? I'd love to get working on a template for Gloomhaven!
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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.
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SSSlippy wrote:
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.


Yeah 2 is a bit blurry, I'll re-film it tonight. The function code you get when you first create is repaced after the upload.

Ignore part 3, and just go to part 4.

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hey, this is awesome!

does it work the same with german rules?

do you have a video tutorial for adding the skill to google home?
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Amazing work! Is there a link to your website somewhere? I'd love to get working on a template for Gloomhaven!


This brings up an interesting point... if someone makes a template for Gloomhaven (or any other game)... can they be publicly shared?
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LaFFiniuM wrote:

do you have a video tutorial for adding the skill to google home?




Onus wrote:
Amazing work! Is there a link to your website somewhere? I'd love to get working on a template for Gloomhaven!


https://solowargamer.github.io/alexacreator.html

Dioskilos wrote:

This brings up an interesting point... if someone makes a template for Gloomhaven (or any other game)... can they be publicly shared?


Yes, Amazon has a place where you can share your applications, and others can download to their devices.

I just uploaded a brand new "PART 2" video, where you see me convert a rulebook to an Alexa app. And the text is crystal clear:



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This is amazing. I can envision a time, not too far off, when a nice library of rules is available.

Publishers should start creating these and releasing them alongside their games. This brilliant
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The Google Home voice code generator is finally up. It will take your same template file you used for Alexa, and generate Google version.

This took forever, due to how Google organizes their file system. But works perfectly. And you finally have the missing "part 3".

Why a template file? If they upgrade their API or SDK, you don't need to re-code your bot. If another company comes along with a Voice device, you can use the same file too. One file does it all.




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What's the latest with this? Anyone else using it for a game?
 
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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.
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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!
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