On Mon, Dec 31, 2001 at 02:41:51AM -0000, david_bruce_cousins wrote:
> > This is somewhat true, IMHO. However, your game is not an abstract
> > game in the technical sense, because it (1) is for one player, (2)
> > contains chance elements, and (3) contains hidden information.
> > Mathematically speaking, an abstract game is a game for two players
> > with perfect information and no chance elements.
> Is that a definition from Game theory?
Yes, combinatorial game theory. Here's a good article on what
constitutes an abstract game:
Mark Thompson distinguishes between abstract games and abstract
strategy games, but I have usually heard the two used interchangeably
by knowledgeable people.
I forgot to mention that another requirement for an abstract strategy
game is that the two players take turns alternately, not
simultaneously (as players do in Diplomacy).
Ron Hale-Evans ... rwhe@...
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