1984

March - Core War Guidelines by D. G. Jones and A. K. Dewdney introduce Redcode and the MARS (Memory Array Redcode Simulator) virtual computer

May - A. K. Dewdney introduces Corewar in his Computer Recreations column in Scientific American

May - Kevin A. Bjorke releases C source for his Mars implementation

June - Berry Kercheval posts his C Mars implementation to Usenet

1985

March - A. K. Dewdney's second Corewar article appears in Scientific American

Robert Martin publishes his implementation of Corewar for the Macintosh

International Core Wars Society formed, with Mark Clarkson as director

1986

May - ICWS'86 Redcode Standard

First International Core War Tournament held in Boston, Mass. Chip Wendell takes first place with Mice, followed by Chang1 by Morrison J. Chang. Third place goes to Midget, another of Chip Wendell's warriors

1987

January - A. K. Dewdney's third Corewar article appears in Scientific American

March - first issue of The Core War Newsletter, with William R. Buckley as editor

The Core War Colosseum - AMRAN Software's Mars

June - second issue of The Core War Newsletter

The Japan Core Wars Society, or ICWS Japan is formed

September - third issue of The Core War Newsletter

Second Annual International Core Wars Society Tournament. First place goes to Ferret by Robert R. Reed III. Plague by Ron Paludan takes second place, followed by Chip Wendell's Piper in third

William R. Buckley is appointed the second director of the ICWS

1988

The Armchair Universe by A. K. Dewdney

1988 Core War Programmers Open - a double-elimination tournament sponsored by Mark Durham

Winter - fourth issue of The Core War Newsletter

Spring - fifth issue of The Core War Newsletter

Summer - sixth issue of The Core War Newsletter

Third Annual International Core Wars Society Tournament. In first place - Cowboy by Eugene P. Lilitko. Second goes to Lux2t by Luca Crosara, with MuleDna by Douglas McDaniels taking third

Fall - seventh issue of The Core War Newsletter, edited by Jeff Spira

ICWS'88 Redcode Standard

1989

Fourth Annual International Core Wars Society Tournament. Hypray by Bono Francesco claims first place, followed by Wang1 by Alan Wang and Powerbomb by Bram Cohen

Stefan Strack releases CoreWar Pro

1990

Summer - eighth issue of The Core War Newsletter, edited by William R. Buckley

Fall - ninth issue of The Core War Newsletter, edited by Mark A. Durham

Fifth ICWS Tournament. Paper by Scott Nelson holds first place, followed by DoubleStorm II by Matthew J. Chung and XTC by Stefan Rottger

The Coreworld: Emergence and Evolution of Cooperative Structures in a Computational Chemistry, Steen Rasmussen et al.

1991

Winter - tenth issue of The Core War Newsletter

rec.games.corewar formed

EBS Tournament

1991 ICWS Tournament. Stefan Röettger takes first place with XTC

December - William Shubert announces his play-by-email King of the Hill server

1992

EBS Valentine Tournament

February - Jon Newman takes over the directorship of the ICWS

Spring - eleventh issue of The Core War Newsletter

Summer - twelveth issue of The Core War Newsletter

Fall - thirteenth issue of The Core War Newsletter

October - Anders Ivner invents the imp ring

EBS Tournament

ICWS 1992 Tournament. Nándor Sieben and Ander Ivner tie for first place

Core Wars Genetics: The Evolution of Predation by John Perry

Work begins on the ICWS'94 Draft Standard

1993

Albert Ma releases Mercury, his speedy new assembly language Mars implementation

A portable C Mars named pMARS becomes available

Optima released by Nándor Sieben

EBS Summer Tournament - Dan Nabutovsky and W. Mintardjo battle in the final, with Dan emerging victorious

June - Scott Ellentuch sets up the new King of the Hill server at Stormking

September - W. Mintardjo's Sphinx v2.8 makes Corewar history by becoming the first warrior to reach the age of 2000, finally dropping off the hill age 2102

26 issues of Push Off

Michael's New Corewar Tournament

EBS Fall '93 Tournament

Winter - fourteenth issue of The Core War Newsletter

Spring - fifteenth issue of The Core War Newsletter

Summer - sixteenth issue of The Core War Newsletter

1993 Annual ICWS Tournament. Paul Kline claims first place with Cannonade, followed by Anders Ivner and Stefan Strack

1994

March - seventeenth issue of The Core War Newsletter

EBS Spring '94 Tournament

April - Thomas H. Davies provides the Pizza King of the Hill server

The final 2 issues of Push Off

Issues 1 to 14 of The '94 Warrior

My First Corewar Book by Steven Morrell

Fall - eighteenth and final issue of The Core War Newsletter

Corestep released by Jay Han

1995

P-Space invented

Nándor and Stefan's Fall Core War Tournament - after 9 rounds, Steven Morrell emerges champion, with Robert Macrae and Paul Kline as runners-up

9 issues (1 to 9) of Core Warrior

Planar's Warrior Archive

Steven's Page No 1

1996

March - Intelligent Warrior Tournament, Kurt Franke claims first place with System Trap

Steven's Page No 2

Mathematical Models for Step Sizes by Steven Morrell

Mount Olympus - the first infinite hill

May - The Battle Royal - Iocane takes first place for John K. Wilkinson

June - Robert Macrae's Thermite II becomes the second warrior in history to reach the age of 2000, surviving to a final age of 2262

The Wilkies benchmark is published by John K. Wilkinson

Beppe's Direct Elimination Core War Tournament - winner Philip Kendall

44 issues (10 to 53) of Core Warrior

13 issues of Steve's Guide for Beginners

Wilbez advanced benchmark

1997

Anton's Core War Tournament

Koenigstuhl, Christoph C. Birk's infinite hills

Franz releases SYS4, his Perl Corewar evolver

Jason Boer releases the GA_WAR.C evolver

10 issues (54 to 63) of Core Warrior

1998

January - Redcode Maniacs Tournament - after 9 rounds, first place is taken by David Moore, followed by Robert Macrae then John K Wilkinson

April - Ilmari's Mini Tournament #1 - won by Philip Kendall. Second place goes to Robert Macrae

6 issues (64 to 69) of Core Warrior

The Oversby Autumn 1998 Tournament - after 8 rounds, M. Joonas Pihlaja is declared victor, followed by Christian Schmidt and Robert Macrae

Wilmoo benchmark

David Moore's '88 benchmark

Redmaker is released by Terry Newton, a Corewar evolver

1999

May - Intelligent Warrior Tournament. In the final showdown, John K. Wilkinson is proclaimed winner after defeating David Moore

October - Ilmari's Mini Tournament #2 - in which h1_36.red evolved by Dave Hillis captures first place. Next are Ken Espiritu and Ransom Smith in second and third places

7 issues (70 to 76) of Core Warrior

#COREWARS IRC channel created on irc.KOTH.org

2000

Koth Fall Corewars Tournament (Kofacoto). After the preliminary four rounds, eight players go through to the playoffs. Robert Macrae succeeds against Michal Janeczek in the final round to take first place. Michal is left with second, while third goes to David Moore

2 issues (77 to 78) of Core Warrior

Lukasz Adamowski creates the Polish Hills

Walter Hofmann creates the Sourceforge Hills

Exhaust is released by M. Joonas Pihlaja, an easy to embed C Mars

Y.A.C.E. is released by Martin Ankerl, Yet Another Corewar Evolver

Redrace is released by Dave Hillis, a Corewar evolver

2001

1 issue (79) of Core Warrior

2002

Spring / Summer 2002 Corewar Tournament. After five rounds, first place is held by Michal Janeczek. Steve Gunnell takes second place, with Philip Thorne in third

5 issues (80 to 84) of Core Warrior

Wilfiz benchmark

2003

Redcoders Frenzy: The Ongoing Corewar Tournament

Will Varfar releases Species, his Corewar evolver

March - the weekly IRC Tournaments begin

Loren Jamison releases CRE, his Corewar evolver

4 issues (85 to 88) of Core Warrior

Barkley Vowk releases CCAI, his distributed evolver

Chip Wendell releases CoreWin, a feature packed Windows Mars

Fizzle is released by Terry Newton, his latest evolver

October - Oversby/Pihlaja's Son of Vain becomes the third warrior to pass the age of 2000. Son of Vain finally left the hill with a record age of 2573

The SAL hills are opened

2004

2 issues (89 to 90) of Core Warrior

1 issue of Tinywarrior

Optimax is released, a multi-stage optimizer written in Perl

ICC2004 meeting held in Berlin

Michal Janeczek releases fMars

2005

1 issue (91) of Core Warrior

2 issues of Tinywarrior

Terry Newton releases REBS, a Corewar evolver

2 issues of Core Explorer

Corewar Single Elimination Tournament 2005 - after 5 rounds Chip Wendell claims first place, with Roy van Rijn taking second, and S.Fernandes third

2006

First issue of nanoWarrior

2006 Corewar Spring Tournament - after 5 rounds double elimination, Chip Wendell takes first place, followed by Zul Nadzri and Neogryzor.

2007

Down The Core And More tournament - after 3 rounds, Inversed takes first place followed by Chip Wendell and Mizcu.

February - Muddy Mouse (RBv1.6r1.1.231) evolved by The MicroGP Corewars Collective passes the age of 2000 on SAL's nano hill.

1 issue (92) of Core Warrior

1 issue (02) of nanoWarrior

2008

1 issue (03) of nanoWarrior

2009

Christian Schmidt opens The Corewar Dynahill

1 issue (04) of Tinywarrior

2010

3 issues (1 to 3) of Redcode Talk

The First International Corewar Programming Contest - Inversed takes first place, followed by Roy van Rijn and Zul Nadzri

2011

The Second International Corewar Programming Contest - Inversed takes first place, followed by Roy van Rijn and Dave Hillis