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I'm not sure what you mean by including AI in that list of things to explain, but if you aren't already aware AI stands for Artificial Intelligence, and refers to a computer taking the role of a player.

"Real-time" means that all players in the game (whether computer controlled or not) make their moves at the same time, and any actions are made immediately. This is in contrast to "turn based", which means that each player makes their moves in a 'turn', during which no-one else can do anything.
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Ooohh....this is addicting. The AI is pretty good, too.

http://www.hivemania.com/play/

It's for the game Hive. There's a "rules" button at the top if you've never played before.
 
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chris_h wrote:
So then, what I'm looking for is a web site that offers AI? Isn't there a way to ascertain whether a 'real time' game is played by computer or not? (I hope I'm following you...)

Also, what web sites do you recommend for what I'm looking for???


http://www.hivemania.com/
 
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Also, I think that you might be able to play one of the GIPF games on Brettspielwelt against an AI (I think it's YINSH). I'm not positive about this one, but it will probably be listed in this awesome Geeklist if it is:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/8323

 
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Hey, so you want to check out boardspace.net - you can play against another person, but you can also play against the "robots". The quality of the bots varies quite a bit depending on the game, as can be expected. For some games, such as Trax, where the AI is pretty good, you have a choice of playing against "dumbot", "smartbot", or "bestbot". I suggest dumbot.
 
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You won't want a 'real time' game as that is generally a computer game not set on a board, but more likely has units/tokens that move at a certain speed every second.

A 'turn based' game would have the same units/tokens, but nothing happens while each player thinks about what to do. Then when a player presses the execute/next turn button, the moves are carried out. This is obviously how you play almost every board game.

Very few board games are real time, Pit is an example i think?

As far as what 'AI' means, that just meas the computer plays against you, not another player so you are looking for turn based, AI games.


N.B. Turn based games does NOT mean that players take alternate turns to play, but does mean the game is split into turns. E.g. Diplomacy is turn based, but players do not take their turns one at a time, they are simultaneous.

Hope that helps.
 
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I think there is a bit of confusion here. In the context of online board games, real time is when both players are connected to a game at the same time. Player 1 will make a move, then Player 2, back and forth in real time. Think of it as playing the board game face to face, just over the internet. Gametable online is a good example of this. Most games that have AI or a computer to play against are considered real time games.

A turn based online board game is more like this Mr. Jack implementation. Here you create a game and one player will make his move. The second player is under no time pressure to move right away, in fact he may not move for a day or more. These games often take much longer to complete, but for someone who doesn't have the time to sit down for a full game in one sitting it can be very beneficial. Play by email games are another form of turn based board games.


Hope this helps.
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Regarding the Hive mania site...a word of caution:

This could be my imagination, but I swear that sometimes the computer appears to be taunting me.

When it has one move left to win (a move that I can't stop - like dropping the beetle sitting on top of my queen into place), and I am nowhere near winning, it will move pieces back and forth and wait until I am one step away from winning before moving the final piece into position to take the win.

Am I completely crazy or has this happened to anyone else?
 
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There are a handful of games on superdupergames that have AI, but it is not a big priority; it's mostly so you can learn the rules. There are a lot more games there to try against actual people, but there's plenty at boardspace to keep you busy.
 
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I like to learn at my own pace without the committment or pressure of playing someone.


You also might consider trying some of the simpler, more abstract games playable on the net at http://www.littlegolem.net/ (Street Soccer, DVONN) http://www.youplay.it/ (Blue Max, Wooden Ships & Iron Men, Cartagena) and of course the BGG (Tigris & Euphrates, Kingdoms). There's a lot less "emotional investment" in the abstracts so people don't mind so much if you make silly moves or take a long time to decide (days, weeks, etc...)
 
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Some site's that come to mind ( some real time, AI, and turn based):

http://www.boardspace.net/english/index.shtml
http://www.yucata.de
http://www.superdupergames.org/
http://www.aagenielsen.dk/hnefatafl_online.html
http://www.igfip.com/
http://www.playok.com/
http://www.googlegamecenter.com/
http://www.jijbent.nl/ A dutch site: "oefenen" means practice and lets you play against a computer.
There is also an english site http://www.yourturnmyturn.com/, but they don't offer exactly the same games

Freeware:
http://gf1.sourceforge.net/
http://www.spectrangle.com/

enjoy!



 
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I made a geeklist a little while ago (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/38939) about games I was introduced to by online play, and several of the games on the list were abstracts.

Specifically, I would recommend:

Ingenious at http://www.marquand.net/staticpages/index.php?page=ingenious

Downloading the Go client at http://www.gnu.org/software/gnugo/

Blokus at http://www.blokus.com

and

the solitaire version of Micropul at http://hozo.hp.infoseek.co.jp/micropul/index.html
(as I mentioned in the Geeklist, the instructions are in Japanese. You can view the English instructions on the BGG web site or at http://neutralbox.com/micropul/)

Hope this helps!
 
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