FlexibleRules aims at supporting the design and editing of computer board games by introducing
a simplified programming model and set of software tools.
In our opinion mixed reality board games should combine the best of the
purely physical and purely digital worlds. Both the rules of the game and the
graphical representation should be simple to define at design stage, and easy to
change before or even during a game session. For that reason we propose a
framework allowing the implementation of all aspects of a board game in a fully flexible
and decoupled way. FlexibleRules combines both a model driven and an aspect oriented design
of computer enhanced board games.
FlexibleRules in action
The FlexibleRules framework consists of different tools: a programming language and execution environment, a visual editor for
the graphical user interface, etc. As in physical games, the game itself (i.e. its rules) can be modified even during gameplay
during gameplay, each aspect of the game can be monitored and analyzed.
Games logic consists of a number entities that communicate by exchanging messages. Development of games follows the aspect oriented paradigm: all the different concepts of a board game (interaction with the user, rules, logic) are modeled separately using the FlexibleRules domain specific language.
What follows is a short video demonstrating the creation of the Tic-Tac-Toe
game using the FlexibleRules framework.
to download the high-resolution video... or click here
to get more information about the game (and play it too!).
FlexibleRules has been developed at the Pervasive and Artificial Intelligence research group
Department of Informatics, University of Fribourg, as PhD Thesis by Fulvio Frapolli
This research has been partially supported by the Swiss Hasler Foundation, project Nr. 09090-0630-011.
(fulvio . frapolli //at// gmail . com)
(amos . brocco //at// gmail . com)
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