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If you have no clue what I'm talking about then check out these five-star internet locals for more information: FAQs are available from: ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.answers/games/corewar-faq.Z http://www.koth.org/corewar-faq.html FTP site is: ftp://ftp.csua.berkeley.edu/pub/corewar Mirrored at: ftp://ftp.inria.fr/INRIA/Projects/para/doligez/cw/mirror and: ftp://www.koth.org/corewar pMARS itself is also available from: Stormking web pages--http://www.koth.org/pmars.html Terry's web page--http://www.ncs.infi.net/~wtnewton/corewar/ Fechter ftp site--ftp://members.aol.com/ofechner/corewar Web pages are at: http://www.koth.org/ ;Stormking http://www.ecst.csuchico.edu/~pizza/koth ;Pizza http://pauillac.inria.fr/~doligez/corewar/ ;Planar Newbies should check the stormking page for the FAQ, language specification, guides, and tutorials. Post questions to rec.games.corewar. All new players are infinitely welcome! A collection of Bezzi's hints in the first issues is available at: ftp://ftp.volftp.vol.it/pub/pc/msdos/games/solutions/bbhints.zip _______________________________________________________________________________ Hi everybody, here it is... the next issue. After the Redcode Maniac Tournament was over the traffic on the hill was very high. Sorry for the big gap since the last issue, but I hope you'll be satisfied with the code of Alien, one of my actual hill warriors. Ok, happy programming... Christian _______________________________________________________________________________ Current Status of the Internet Pizza Server ICWS '94 Draft Hill: Hill Specs: coresize: 8000 max. processes: 8000 duration: after 80,000 cycles, a tie is declared. max. entry length: 100 minimum distance: 100 rounds fought: 200 instruction set: ICWS '94 Draft # %W / %L / %T Name Author Score Age 1 35.8/ 29.2/ 35.0 Fixed Ken Espiritu 142.4 57 2 35.0/ 28.6/ 36.4 Vigor Ken Espiritu 141.5 61 3 32.9/ 25.2/ 41.9 Tuesday Afternoon John K W 140.6 1 4 34.2/ 27.9/ 37.9 Alien Christian Schmidt 140.5 6 5 33.5/ 27.1/ 39.4 Vain Ian Oversby 139.9 73 6 42.5/ 45.7/ 11.8 Silccon M. J. Pihlaja 139.3 15 7 35.0/ 31.4/ 33.6 Sphere Christian Schmidt 138.5 6 8 38.0/ 38.7/ 23.3 The Body Guard Ian Oversby 137.4 0 9 39.3/ 42.8/ 17.9 hTest 6000 P.Kline 135.8 0 10 34.8/ 33.9/ 31.3 Digitalis 4 Christian Schmidt 135.6 45 11 38.3/ 41.9/ 19.8 Electric Head 2 Anton Marsden 134.6 1 12 30.4/ 26.6/ 43.0 Newt Ian Oversby 134.1 151 13 30.0/ 26.0/ 43.9 Ultraviolet-B Ken Espiritu 134.1 83 14 34.2/ 34.8/ 31.0 Scanitator Pro Christian Schmidt 133.7 1 15 34.0/ 34.8/ 31.2 Fire and Ice David Moore 133.3 46 16 24.7/ 16.9/ 58.4 Return Of Return Of The J John K W 132.6 23 17 25.5/ 20.1/ 54.4 Fugitive David Moore 130.8 27 18 28.0/ 27.2/ 44.8 Gemini Dream John K Wilkinson 128.7 2 19 31.2/ 33.9/ 34.9 obvious to those who know Robert Macrae 128.4 109 20 34.4/ 41.0/ 24.6 BiShot Christian Schmidt 127.8 17 21 35.5/ 43.8/ 20.7 )(( Ca*mou*flage ))( Sayembara 127.2 7 22 32.3/ 37.6/ 30.2 Tornado 4 Beppe Bezzi 126.9 75 23 34.9/ 44.6/ 20.6 One or Zero Sayembara 125.2 3 24 28.0/ 31.1/ 40.9 Indecisive Robert Hale 124.9 8 25 30.8/ 39.4/ 29.8 Vixen Robert Hale 122.2 1 Age since last issue: 34 ( 11 last issue, 6 the issue before ) New warriors: 16 Turnover/age rate 53% Average age: 32 ( 34 last issue, 34 the issue before ) Average score: 133 ( 135 last issue, 134 the issue before ) The top 25 warriors are represented by 12 independent authors: Schmidt with 5, Oversby, Espiritu and Wilkinson with 3, Hale, Moore and Sayembara with 2 and everyone else with just one. It's the time of Espiritu with his two very strong papers Fixed and Vigor in the first two ranks. _______________________________________________________________________________ 94 - What's New (sorted by rank and points) # %W / %L / %T Name Author Score Age 1 27.3/ 8.9/ 63.8 Fugitive David Moore 145.7 0 1 40.5/ 36.6/ 22.9 The Story In Your Eyes John K W 144.4 0 1 38.9/ 35.3/ 25.9 The Body Guard Ian Oversby 142.5 1 1 35.6/ 28.8/ 35.6 Sphere Christian Schmidt 142.5 1 2 38.3/ 35.8/ 25.9 Liquid Paper v.1.01 Sean McDonald 140.9 1 2 33.3/ 27.1/ 39.6 Alien Christian Schmidt 139.5 0 4 26.7/ 13.3/ 60.1 Return Of Return Of The J John K W 140.1 1 5 43.2/ 44.7/ 12.1 Silccon M. J. Pihlaja 141.7 1 5 31.1/ 25.3/ 43.6 Tuesday Afternoon John K W 137.0 0 8 34.9/ 34.1/ 31.0 Scanitator Pro Christian Schmidt 135.7 0 9 39.3/ 42.8/ 17.9 hTest 6000 P.Kline 135.8 0 9 37.7/ 41.7/ 20.6 Electric Head 2 Anton Marsden 133.6 0 10 37.4/ 42.5/ 20.1 )(( Ca*mou*flage ))( Sayembara 132.2 1 11 28.9/ 23.8/ 47.3 Gemini Dream John K Wilkinson 134.0 0 12 35.9/ 41.1/ 23.0 BiShot Christian Schmidt 130.6 0 13 33.0/ 33.0/ 34.0 Indecisive Robert Hale 133.0 0 15 40.6/ 47.4/ 12.1 Harquebus M. J. Pihlaja 133.8 0 15 23.2/ 18.1/ 58.6 ROROTJ-11pt John K W 128.5 1 16 37.8/ 42.7/ 19.5 myVamp5.5 Paulsson 132.9 1 19 24.2/ 20.7/ 55.1 Emperor 2 Robert Hale 127.8 0 20 27.3/ 44.5/ 18.2 One or Zero Sayembara 130.1 1 20 32.6/ 37.3/ 30.1 Vixen Robert Hale 127.8 1 21 38.3/ 49.2/ 12.5 harquebus? :) jkw 127.4 1 22 37.5/ 47.3/ 15.1 Eggbeater Anton Marsden 127.7 0 24 25.4/ 30.1/ 44.5 Metal 3 Ivan Krajnovic 120.7 1 25 24.9/ 25.8/ 49.3 The Emperor's Child Robert Hale 124.0 1 So, as everybody can see there are lots of high quality entries and also lots of KotH's. _______________________________________________________________________________ 94 - What's No More (sorted by age >15) # %W / %L / %T Name Author Score Age 26 33.5/ 43.6/ 22.9 Electric Head Anton Marsden 123.5 140 26 27.9/ 30.6/ 41.5 Pulp v0.5 Ian Oversby 125.3 105 26 25.8/ 31.2/ 43.1 Vengeance Robert Hale 120.3 101 26 25.6/ 27.3/ 47.1 Benchmark [94] Zul Nadzri 123.8 61 26 30.0/ 34.7/ 35.4 Nomolos Ian Oversby 125.3 43 26 29.6/ 34.9/ 35.5 traumatic smurf bjoern guenzel 124.3 39 26 36.4/ 48.4/ 15.2 Harquebus M. J. Pihlaja 124.4 26 26 33.4/ 45.9/ 20.7 myVamp5.4a Paulsson (+IO) 120.9 26 26 24.3/ 25.6/ 50.1 LeatherNeck Robert Hale 122.9 24 26 33.4/ 44.0/ 22.6 Diamonds and Rust Christian Schmidt 122.8 24 26 34.5/ 45.5/ 20.0 Recycled Bits -- David Moore 123.6 21 26 23.8/ 22.1/ 54.1 Emperor 2 Robert Hale 125.5 17 For the third consecutive issue, the Hill loses its oldest warrior. And with Pulp and Vangeance two warriors are falling shortly before they enter the new hall of fame. _______________________________________________________________________________ 94 - What's Old # %W / %L / %T Name Author Score Age 12 30.4/ 26.6/ 43.0 Newt Ian Oversby 134.1 151 19 31.2/ 33.9/ 34.9 obvious to those who know Robert Macrae 128.4 109 13 30.0/ 26.0/ 43.9 Ultraviolet-B Ken Espiritu 134.1 83 Newt is now the oldest warrior on the hill. _______________________________________________________________________________ OLD HALL OF FAME * means the warrior is still active. Pos Name Author Age Strategy 1 Thermite II Robert Macrae 2262 Qscan -> bomber 2 Impfinity v4g1 Planar 1993 Stone/ imp 3 Jack in the box Beppe Bezzi 1620 P-warrior 4 Tornado 3.0 Beppe Bezzi 1567 Bomber 5 Torch t18 P.Kline 1539 Bomber 6 Chameleon Myer R Bremer 1437 P-warrior 7 Frontwards v2 Steven Morrell 1420 One shot scanner 8 Evol Cap 6.6 John Wilkinson 1299 Imp / stone 9 quiz Schitzo 1262 Scanner/ bomber 10 T.N.T. Maurizio Vittuari 1204 Bomber 11 Grilled Octopus v0.5 David Boeren 1154 P-warrior 12 Hazy Shade II John Wilkinson 1102 P-warrior 13 Stepping Stone Kurt Franke 1049 Qscan -> Vampire 14 Rosebud Beppe Bezzi 993 Stone/ imp 15 Iron Gate 1.5 Wayne Sheppard 926 CMP scanner 16 T.N.T. pro Maurizio Vittuari 925 Bomber 17 Agony II Stefan Strack 912 CMP scanner 18 Barrage Anton Marsden 876 Qscan -> replicator 19 Blue Funk Steven Morrell 869 Stone/ imp 20 Flurry Anton Marsden 835 Qscan -> pwarrior 21 Thermite 1.0 Robert Macrae 802 Qscan -> bomber 22 Blue Funk 3 Steven Morrell 766 Stone/ imp 23 Night Train Karl Lewin 755 Replicator 24 Mirage 1.5 Anton Marsden 736 Scanner/ bomber 25 Blizzard Anton Marsden 713 Qscan -> replicator _______________________________________________________________________________ NEW HALL OF FAME * means the warrior is still active. Pos Name Author Age Strategy 1 Probe Anton Marsden 403 Q^2 -> Bomber 2 Blur 2 Anton Marsden 396 Scanner 3 Damage Incorporated Anton Marsden 373 Q^2 -> Bomber 4 Return Of The Jedimp John K W 357 Q^2 -> Stone/imp 5 unrequited love kafka 346 Q^2 -> Paper 6 Impish v0.2 Ian Oversby 345 Stone/imp 7 Gigolo Core Warrior staff 332 Q^2 -> Stone/imp 8 Falcon v0.3 Ian Oversby 275 P-warrior 9 Nine Seven Six M R Bremer 232 Q^2 -> Stone/imp 10 Rosebud Beppe 218 Stone/imp 11 Q^2 Miro Anders Ivner 214 Q^2 -> Scanner/bomber 12 Instant Wolf 3.4 Edgar 205 P-warrior 13 Goldfinch P.Kline 201 P-warrior 14 Simple v0.4b Ian Oversby 197 QScan -> Stone/imp 15 Trident^2 John K W 195 Q^2 -> Stone/imp 16 ompega Steven Morrell 189 Stone/imp 17 Frogz Franz 172 Q^2 -> Paper 18 The Machine Anton Marsden 164 Scanner 19 Memories Beppe 152 Scanner 20 Newt Ian Oversby 151 * Q^2 -> Stone/imp 21 Head or Tail Christian Schmidt 142 Q^2 -> Paper 22 Electric Head Anton Marsden 140 P-warrior 23 Tiberius 3.1 Franz 130 Q^2 -> Paper 24 Solomon v0.8 Ian Oversby 116 Stone and scanner 25 CC Paper 3.3 Franz 107 Q^2 -> Paper Newt climbs to the 20th place, while Electric Head stops on the 22th. _______________________________________________________________________________ Current Status of the Internet Pizza Server Beginner's Hill: Hill Specs: coresize: 8000 max. processes: 8000 duration: after 80,000 cycles, a tie is declared. max. entry length: 100 minimum distance: 100 maximum age: At age 100, warriors are retired. rounds fought: 200 instruction set: ICWS '94 Draft Last challenge: Fri May 15 00:16:19 PDT 1998 # %W / %L / %T Name Author Score Age 1 49.8/ 9.5/ 40.8 Bob the ImpStoneer V 1.1 Sean McDonald 190.1 25 2 57.3/ 29.5/ 13.2 meld M. J. Pihlaja 185.1 53 3 52.0/ 29.7/ 18.3 Beescan M. J. Pihlaja 174.2 61 4 49.6/ 26.4/ 24.0 cute John K. Lewis 172.7 91 5 37.0/ 9.1/ 53.8 p-U v.4 Ryan Coleman 164.9 69 6 48.5/ 34.7/ 16.7 Death kiss with a dash of Anders Rosendal 162.3 75 7 46.1/ 33.1/ 20.8 Death kiss Anders Rosendal 159.0 47 8 43.2/ 27.7/ 29.1 Torn M. J. Pihlaja 158.7 89 9 46.2/ 37.9/ 15.9 Incisor+ John Metcalf 154.5 76 10 41.7/ 30.8/ 27.5 Get A-life V3.00 Don H. McGee 152.7 72 11 35.9/ 19.9/ 44.2 March 0.93c Csaba Biro 151.9 38 12 34.2/ 16.9/ 48.9 March 0.92c Csaba Biro 151.5 83 13 41.2/ 31.7/ 27.2 Get A-life V2.04 Don H. McGee 150.6 84 14 28.8/ 16.2/ 54.9 March 0.94 Csaba Biro 141.4 77 15 29.1/ 16.9/ 54.0 fylle Klaus 141.2 87 16 29.2/ 19.8/ 51.0 Qilk v.1 Ryan Coleman 138.6 63 17 26.1/ 15.2/ 58.7 Cold Company John Metcalf 137.1 96 18 34.5/ 36.9/ 28.7 Enceladus v5 Ryan Coleman 132.1 16 19 36.8/ 43.7/ 19.5 kinda 2-pass d-clear P._V._K. 129.9 1 20 22.5/ 42.3/ 35.2 Sachinhamirwasia Sapan Bhatia 102.8 4 21 21.7/ 44.5/ 33.8 Sachinhamirwasia ver 2 Sapan Bhatia 98.9 6 22 17.7/ 55.3/ 27.0 wart02 Anonymous 80.0 12 23 17.2/ 59.7/ 23.0 Sachinhamirwasia ver 2 Sapan Bhatia 74.8 7 24 12.4/ 51.1/ 36.6 Winslet Sapan Bhatia 73.7 14 25 4.5/ 53.2/ 42.3 IMPy WFB 55.8 2 McDonald and Pihlaja dominates the beginner hill followed by Lewis, Rosendal and Coleman. There are also serveral new names here. _______________________________________________________________________________ Extra Extra - Alien by Christian Schmidt Well, as nobody has an article ready for this issue and the gap since the last issue was getting bigger and bigger I decided to publish one of my hill warrior. Alien. I choosed this name, because it looks different to all stone/imp-warriors I've seen before. The starting idea came after Pihlaja published Harquebus. He talked about how he lost against Krajnovic's stone/imp warriors and that he eventually used Carbonite as stone. Mmmh, I decided that this sounds not to bad for some experiments and I started to build up a stone/imp with Carbonite. The first few tries weren't very successfull. I booted the Carbonite, started that and then launched the imp. If the imp was strong (launching with lot of processes) it lost most of the offensive power and if I used less processes for the imp it lost too much defensive power. And I wasn't able to find an optimal point between both these extremes. Then I remembered how Digitalis works. The JMP/ADD-launcher starts the imp- spiral AND speeds up the d-clear with lots of processes. So, am I not still working with a self-splitting stone? Why don't I try the same. And here is the result of this idea filled with some short comments: cBoot spl iStart It gives the best results if it runs parallel, the bootstrap of the stone and the imp-launcher. mov cBomb, cSp+cBptr+198 mov cSp, cSp+cBptr mov cSp+1, cSp+cBptr+1 mov cSp+2, cSp+cBptr+2 mov cSp+3, cSp+cBptr+3 jmp cSp+cBptr, {0 Ok, that's the bootstrap of the stone. Nothing else to say about it. iStart spl 1, 0 spl 1, 0 spl 1, 0 spl 1, 0 spl 1, 0 This five SPL 1 makes 32 parallel processes for the 3-pt imps. Wow, that's a lot. spl 2, 0 djn.f imp, <-250 add bst, -1 The JMP/ADD-launcher looks a bit different, due to the DJN instruction. But it doesn't matter what's used for. I took this directly from Kao's Dust 0.7, that's the reason. djn.f cSp+cBptr, <-100 This DJN instruction will decrement 32 consecutive cells in the core by the 32 processes. bst dat iStep, -100 Here is the impstep-size for the JMP/ADD-launcher, which add -100 into the b-field of the first DJN instruction. This means it decrements one cell per 100. I haven't checked this, but both decrementing actions gives some extra 1/10 points. cSp spl #0, <-1151+3 mov 197, cAd-(197*3500) cAd add.ab {0, }0 djn.f -2, <-1151 cBomb dat >-1, >1 Yeah, Carbonite. Directly from Electric Head. imp mov.i #iStep, *0 And the Imp... The last step was to add a q^2-scanner in front of the code. I used the reordered one from Macrae's Benj's Revenge (aka obvious) but with a tornado-style bomb routine. ;redcode-94 ;name Alien ;author Christian Schmidt ;strategy q^2 -> stone/imp ;strategy faster launcher ;assert 1 org start QS equ (0-200) QD equ 100 QB equ (start-350) CR equ (fnd-which) datz equ (table-3) GAP equ 8 REP equ 15 cBptr equ 3000 iStep equ 2667 qinc dat >(-1)*GAP*2, >GAP dat 9*QS, 1*QS table: dat 5*QS, 2*QS dat 13*QS, 17*QS P: add.f table, table slow: add.ab *P, fnd fast: add.b @P, @-1 which: sne.i datz, @fnd add.ab #QD, fnd add.ba fnd, fnd qbo mov.i qinc, @fnd mov.i qinc, *fnd fnd mov.i (-1)*(GAP/2), @QB sub.x qinc, fnd djn.b qbo, #REP jmp cBoot, }-300 start: seq.i QB+QS*0,QB+QS*0+QD jmp which, 0 seq.i QB+QS*2,QB+QS*2+QD jmp fast, 0 seq.i QB+QS*1,QB+QS*1+QD jmp fast,

P seq.i QB+QS*7,QB+QS*7+QD jmp slow, 0 seq.i QB+QS*6,QB+QS*6+QD jmp slow,

P seq.i QB+QS*11,QB+QS*11+QD jmp slow, {P seq.i QB+QS*15,QB+QS*15+QD jmp slow, }P seq.i QB+QS*10,QB+QS*10+QD djn.f slow, P seq.i QB+QS*5,QB+QS*5+QD jmp >fast, 0 seq.i QB+QS*9,QB+QS*9+QD jmp >fast, {P seq.i QB+QS*13,QB+QS*13+QD jmp >fast, }P seq.i QB+QS*14,QB+QS*14+QD jmp P, 0 seq.i QB+QS*8,QB+QS*8+QD jmp P,

-1, >1 imp mov.i #iStep, *0 Now lets see how well Alien (and three other stone/imps) works against some warriors: (200 fights) : DC : TCC : TM : HSA : OS : P : : G : NSS : N : A : ______________________________________________________________________________ Gigolo : 311 : 227 : 242 : 392 : 213 : 289 : : - : 235 : 245 : 251 : Nine Seven Six : 291 : 333 : 195 : 389 : 249 : 180 : : 283 : - : 287 : 298 : Newt : 373 : 260 : 257 : 313 : 330 : 190 : : 266 : 224 : - : 268 : Alien : 331 : 325 : 294 : 448 : 333 : 216 : : 272 : 229 : 244 : - : DC: d-clear TCC: The Core Clear TM: The Machine HSA: He Scans Alone OS: Oneshot P: Pulp G: Gigolo NSS: Nine Seven Six N: Newt A: Alien That looks not bad. Against d-clear and The Core Clear it scores as good as the other stone/imps. But it scores much better against scanner. HSA loses really badly against Alien. ____________________________________________________________________________ Questions? Concerns? Comments? Complaints? Mail them to people who care. Authors: Beppe Bezzi , Anton Marsden , Christian Schmidt and Philip Kendall 