Dominiate is a Dominion simulator, in which you can program bots to follow strategies that you define and see which one wins.
It is inspired by Geronimoo's Dominion Simulator. It shares the feature that, to define many possible strategies, you may simply list cards and conditions in which to buy them in priority order.
The code is meant to be open and extensible. Many other aspects of a strategy can be overridden, including its preferences for how to play actions. If this system doesn't allow you to define the strategy you want and you're okay with writing more code, I encourage you to fork the simulator and change it so that it does.
docs directory contains documentation in the "literate programming" style
-- that is, it shows you the code in parallel with explanations of what it
To use the command-line version, you will need a reasonable development environment with a command line.
First, acquire node.js (v0.4 or later) and npm (the Node Package Manager). The best way to do this differs by operating system and changes a lot.
Enable CoffeeScript by running
sudo npm-g install coffee-script (or whatever
the equivalent is on Windows). Now node.js will understand CoffeeScript source
Running "./play.coffee bot1 bot2" will load the bots with the specified names and play them against each other. For example:
./play.coffee strategies/BigMoney.coffee strategies/ChapelWitch.coffee
Building the Web app
The Web version of Dominiate is built using CoffeeScript and Less CSS.
On a reasonable UNIX computer (including Linux and Mac OS):
Follow the instructions above to set up CoffeeScript. You should also install
Less CSS with
sudo npm-g install less.
on the Web.
On Windows: you can now compile the CoffeeScript files on Windows, using an
included CoffeeScript compiler,
windows/coffee.exe. (Being an .exe file
downloaded from the Internet, you of course run this at your own risk.)
windows/compile.bat should do the Right Thing, but I haven't tested
windows/README for more information.
Genetic algorithm version
Dr. Mitchell Morris is working on an exciting version of Dominiate that can evolve new strategies using genetic algorithms. You can find this version at https://github.com/Narmical/dominiate.
Short-term planned features include:
- Implement almost all the cards
- Don't buy cards that make you instantly lose
- Test cases, making sure the simulator keeps working in weird situations
Some specific features I hope for Dominiate to eventually have appear tagged with "feature" on the Issues list.