Raj is a perfect
information card game invented by Alex Randolph. There
are cards, but there is no shuffling and no luck. The
variability in the game is only the unknown order in which
the prizes will be offered.
Equipment: There are
15 prizes with values -5 to 10, and each player has an
identical deck of 15 cards with values 1 to 15.
Rules: A prize is
chosen randomly, and all players bid for the prize by
playing one of their remaining cards. High card wins
for positive prize values, Low card wins for negative prize
values. Equal bids cancel, and if all the bids
are cancelled, the prize rolls over to the next round.
Winning: when all
prizes have been auctioned, the winner is the player with
the highest total value.
Robots: To be
determined, but monte-carlo style rollouts are used, and
they should be increasingly effective in the latter states
of a game.