I just made a board and pieces from paper and played the game with my family. I was trying to get a feel for the tactics everyone used to see if I could adapt them to my player. Talking about it afterwards, the tactics everyone used were similar, and could probably, with a lot of work, be incorporated into a computer player. The interesting thing is that everyone finalised their accusations on the same turn because of the nature of the questions that were being asked. This meant that the actual skill level of the players (although eveyone playing had played before and knew what they were doing) mattered far less than who's turn it was when everyone found out the truth.
I think the situation would be the same for two skilled computer players who listened closely to the suggestions being made. All the players who take notice of what's going on around them would probably not find it hard to work out what is going on in the 'mind' of their opponent(s).
I would like to see if this is actually true or not. Will skilled computer players arrive at a result at the same time as eachother or not?
Part of the skill of the game definately lies in hiding your thoughts until you are ready to make an accusation. This would be easier for a computer than a human. A computer doesn't have to try to hide gestures and tone of speech from those people who know it best (ie. family). My Dad gets a certain glint in his eye when he is on the verge of discovering something very significant. If I notice this glint I can investigate the same things my Dad has just investigated, and, in all probability, find out what has excited him. If I don't notice this glint, I may choose to ignore that line of investigation, and pursue something less fruitful. That type of interaction cannot happen between computer players.
I guess what I am asking is whether (skilled) computer players will achieve the type of 'hive mind' that seems to be common when I play this game. Will a few computer players find the answer within a turn or so of eachother, or does the limited interaction of computer players limit this ability? And also, how does the game pan out when you play? Is the end usually fraught and frantic with everyone getting very close to the answer on the same turn (like when I play), or does someone usually win 'out of the blue' with no prior warning?
I will be very interested in how the best players in this competition interact with eachother, and if there can be one player that is significantly 'better' than others.
Feel free to ignore my babblings and write me off as the local loony if what I said makes no sense