Primitive Paradise: You're supposed to get the $ before following instructions for the Zone.
A good way to make something visible on any background is to surround it with a white outline, then a black outline. You can see the outline even on white or black! I would do this for the pawns. Also I would make them look like the pawns, and make the crowns crowns.
I think the log could be way more readable.
- use "+$9" rather than "takes 9 coins" (and -"$9")
- use a symbol for crown, if you can't make an ASCII crown or just "C" (and similar "+9C")
- colorcode player names
- put parentheticals in a darker gray to more easily ignore them
- drop the word "zone"
- indent for side-effects of visiting a zone or playing/scoring cards (thus sometimes multi-indenting)
The bots are obv. very bad, doing things like visiting Mere Anarchy to lose money. A good classic simple approach is to come up with a formula that says how well you're doing, and consider each possible play, and pick the one that maximizes that formula. The formula includes $, cards in hand, advancements, abilities from cards, rulership of zones, whether or not you've won. The basic deal is that a card and an advancement are both worth $4, except of course that both cards and $ are worthless when in excess of what you need to win (well overshooting a little is okay because it protects you). It should be easy to get a formula that results in better play than what you have.
It would be better to be able to see full card names for your hand - they could be vertical? And the scoring formulas.