There are two courses: "AI" and "AI in Games" both 15 students for 15 weeks. I want to keep them motivated and creative. I know I want some kind of competition (obvious for the latter course). Maybe something like Marathon Match or ICFP. I will need good visualization, so it would be great if it already exists. One idea was to write AI for "Battle of Wesnoth", but I guess it's too diverse/boring. Another game of Go. But that's too hard.
What are your ideas?
It will be work in groups of 3 students for 15 weeks.