Code Hunting Games and the @treasurehuntbot have been developed at the University of Urbino, by faculty members of the course in Applied Computer Science, for the CodeMOOC course.
The source code of the bot is hosted on GitHub and released under the MIT License.
Code Hunting Games has been used in several large-scale games, including coding-related events in Urbino (with 200–300 participants) and an international multi-game event during CodeWeek 2017 with 22 parallel treasure hunts and a total of over 1000 participants.
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- Klopfenstein, Lorenz C., Delpriori, Saverio, Paolini, Brendan D., Bogliolo, Alessandro. Code Hunting Games: A Mixed Reality Multiplayer Treasure Hunt Through a Conversational Interface, Internet Science, INSCI 2017, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 10750,
- Klopfenstein, Lorenz C., Delpriori, Saverio, Malatini, Silvia, Bogliolo, Alessandro. The Rise of Bots: A Survey of Conversational Interfaces, Patterns, and Paradigms, Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, pp. 555–565, ACM,
- Klopfenstein, Lorenz C., Bogliolo, Alessandro. The Quiz-Master Bot: a Persistent Augmented Quiz delivered through Online Messaging, Proceedings of INTED 2017,