Here are some quick highlights (from my perspective):
- The talks were great! I'll include another post summarizing these.
- I worked with a group that solved a complexity problem on the first full day of working groups. Both of the undergraduates from Plymouth State made significant contributions towards the result!
- The game Richard proposed, NoCanDo, made for a great conference tournament game. (I'll have a separate post describing the game, but it's a variant of Domineering.)
- My students were interested in participating in a NoCanDo computer tournament, so I wrote some code to model the game, then a display to show the progress in the game. To give them something to play against, I wrote a very basic AI (just case-based, with no end-game wrangling). Amie wrote a player with a very similar strategy. In the computer finals, my code squeaked out a victory against her, winning 507 of 1000 games. Yikes!
- Amie also beat me in the human tournament. I had a slightly better record, then got beaten by RJN in the finals. RJN went on to handily defeat my computer player to be the Overall 2017 NoCanDo World Champion!
- I saw the Reversing Falls go backwards! Sweet! (I saw them go forwards last year when we dropped Neil off.)
- Neil and Rebecca McKay were excellent organizers! I greedily ate many of the snacks they provided. They even made certificates for the tournament winners!
- I'm still not sure what a Seawolf is.
- I continue to enjoy traveling to Atlantic Canada for games!