Partizan misere games

July 29, 2006 at 4:55 am (conferences, partisan)

Since I’m going to this math event in Halifax in less than a month, I thought I should spend some time thinking about the topic of misere partisan games, since that’s the only thing mentioned as a definite topic. I worked on it today at the loft, as the kids played Katamari Damacy on the PS/2.

As usual, I can’t be bothered to do any heavy lifting and I don’t have any particularly good ideas except a healthy suspicion that the whatever I first think about the subject will turn out to be wrong, as well as the second, third and fourth thing I think about it. But I’m always willing to do some computer programming, or fiddle around with other calculations.

Here are the results of a Mathematica search I did today for pairwise mutually distinguishable partisan misere games at birthday two. At birthday 0 and 1, there are 1 and 4 mutually distinguishable normal and misere games (ie, 0, 1, -1 and star, ie *1). But at birthday two, there are only 22 normal play games (I think), but at least 123 misere ones, if this program is correct. There are probably more distinguishable types. There are at most 256.

I’m getting a headache trying to figure out the correct canonical form reduction rule in the monoid of all partisan misere games, so I think I’ll forget about that for now. Also, even thinking about order relations is giving me pain.

It’s a start at least.

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Gathering for Gardner misere presentation

February 25, 2006 at 7:03 pm (conferences)

A new version of the game to be played on the logo of the 2006 Gathering for Gardner (G4G7) meeting invitation, fixing errors pointed out by Dan Hoey [thanks, Dan!]

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The restive monoid of order 14

December 15, 2005 at 7:56 pm (conferences, solutions)

I just thought of a good example for my (proposed) misere games talk at the G4G7 conference—a coin-sliding game on the heptagon-shaped right half of the invitation.



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Wild four digit quaternaries

July 29, 2005 at 1:19 am (conferences, solutions)

Solutions to wild quaternary games PDF (Aaron Siegel).
Aaron has also found a solution for the wild octal game 0.144.

More information here (background paper) and here (my original problem statement, presented at the Banff CGT conference problem session last month).

More tidbits from Aaron:

0.01222 has period 8 and quotient order 370
0.10322 has period 8 and quotient order 214

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