Scores and comments

This is a commented version of the full original output from the batch file running a slightly modified version of MTS. The blank lines in the listings indicate the push-off limit.

The total number of warriors entered, including duplications and the benchmarks, was 28. After some consideration I decided to decrease the number of warriors pushed off by one after each round, so that there were 6 rounds with 28, 21, 15, 10, 6 and 3 copies left for each. The total number of battles was thus 839, each of them fought using the command "pmars -b -r 200 warrior1 warrior2". The tournament was run overnight on a 486 PC.

Fight 1

Elapsed time: 27647 seconds (07:40:47)

Rank    Name                    Author                   %W  %L  %T   Score
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  1     Variations 4            M. J. Pihlaja            28  16  56   8051  
  2     Variations 1            M. J. Pihlaja            34  30  35   8010  
  3     Variations 4            M. J. Pihlaja            27  17  56   7917  
  4     My Strat 2              Ryan Coleman             18   1  82   7816  
  5     Always Cooperate        Ryan Coleman             17   0  83   7746  
  6     Type One Quantum Singul Philip Kendall           27  22  51   7619  
  7     Variations 1            M. J. Pihlaja            30  31  39   7518  
  8     SOS- I need help        Ryan Coleman             23  16  61   7495  
  9     Type Three Quantum Sing Philip Kendall           26  24  49   7464  
 10     Type Two Quantum Singul Philip Kendall           26  24  50   7418  
 11     My Strat 3              Ryan Coleman             15   3  81   7374  
 12     AllD                    Anonymous                14   0  86   7360  
 13     Type Four Quantum Singu Philip Kendall           24  23  53   7269  
 14     System D 2-12/20        Robert Macrae            24  23  53   7188  
 15     Fundamental IV          John Metcalf             19  15  66   7171  
 16     Altruist 2/3            Robert Macrae            31  39  29   7134  
 17     Modus Vivendi 5/10      Robert Macrae            23  24  52   7127  
 18     Modus Vivendi 3/20      Robert Macrae            23  23  54   7100  
 19     Fundamental III         John Metcalf             30  38  32   7082  
 20     DTfT                    Anonymous                18  15  66   7046  
 21     SoLT                    Anonymous                25  34  41   6760  

 22     Reinforcements v0.01a b David Moore              11   9  79   6607  
 23     Reinforcements v0.01a b David Moore               9   8  83   6450  
 24     Reinforcements v0.01a b David Moore              10  10  80   6363  
 25     Reinforcements v0.01a b David Moore               9  11  79   6207  
 26     Fundamental II          John Metcalf             19  37  45   5818  
 27     Fundamental I           John Metcalf             15  40  45   5250  
 28     AllC                    Anonymous                26  67   7   5000  

Those who played TimeScape a lot stayed on the top in this first round, where the strong pushed off the weak. This group included AllC as expected, and two of John Metcalf's warriors that couldn't defend properly against TimeScape.

David Moore writes:

Anyway, your version of Reinforcements ... has another bug -- it suicides upon running Carbonite.

That probably explains a lot. Not a bad score for a warrior that switches between TimeScape and suicide, though. ;-)

Fight 2

Elapsed time: 15041 seconds (04:10:41)

Rank    Name                    Author                   %W  %L  %T   Score
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  1     Variations 1            M. J. Pihlaja            33  33  34   5851  
  2     Altruist 2/3            Robert Macrae            38  43  19   5840  
  3     Variations 1            M. J. Pihlaja            33  34  33   5800  
  4     Type Two Quantum Singul Philip Kendall           29  28  43   5675  
  5     Variations 4            M. J. Pihlaja            26  22  52   5671  
  6     Type One Quantum Singul Philip Kendall           29  29  43   5667  
  7     Type Three Quantum Sing Philip Kendall           29  29  42   5657  
  8     Variations 4            M. J. Pihlaja            25  22  54   5621  
  9     SOS- I need help        Ryan Coleman             22  19  60   5512  
 10     Type Four Quantum Singu Philip Kendall           25  26  49   5489  
 11     System D 2-12/20        Robert Macrae            25  27  48   5440  
 12     Modus Vivendi 3/20      Robert Macrae            25  26  49   5436  
 13     Modus Vivendi 5/10      Robert Macrae            25  27  49   5398  
 14     My Strat 3              Ryan Coleman             13   6  81   5262  
 15     Fundamental IV          John Metcalf             17  15  68   5236  

 16     DTfT                    Anonymous                17  15  68   5214  
 17     My Strat 2              Ryan Coleman              9   1  90   5198  
 18     Always Cooperate        Ryan Coleman              8   0  92   5077  
 19     AllD                    Anonymous                 8   0  92   5066  
 20     Fundamental III         John Metcalf             27  42  31   4938  
 21     SoLT                    Anonymous                19  36  45   4488  

With most of the easy prey pushed off, the defectors themselves began to slide towards the bottom, leaving the top to those who were better able to adapt.

Fight 3

Elapsed time: 6218 seconds (01:43:38)

Rank    Name                    Author                   %W  %L  %T   Score
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  1     Altruist 2/3            Robert Macrae            45  47   7   4583  
  2     Variations 1            M. J. Pihlaja            38  40  22   4367  
  3     Type Three Quantum Sing Philip Kendall           36  36  28   4364  
  4     Variations 1            M. J. Pihlaja            37  39  24   4322  
  5     Type One Quantum Singul Philip Kendall           33  33  33   4262  
  6     Type Two Quantum Singul Philip Kendall           32  31  37   4216  
  7     Variations 4            M. J. Pihlaja            29  29  42   4145  
  8     Type Four Quantum Singu Philip Kendall           29  29  42   4104  
  9     System D 2-12/20        Robert Macrae            28  29  43   4095  
 10     Modus Vivendi 3/20      Robert Macrae            29  30  41   4089  

 11     Modus Vivendi 5/10      Robert Macrae            27  28  45   4035  
 12     Variations 4            M. J. Pihlaja            26  26  48   4024  
 13     SOS- I need help        Ryan Coleman             20  19  61   3892  
 14     Fundamental IV          John Metcalf             18  16  66   3844  
 15     My Strat 3              Ryan Coleman              9   4  87   3624  

All the simple strategies having fallen off, the survivors all belonged to those of the competitors who had based their strategies on reciprocity and handshaking. The number of ties began to drop significantly, with Robert Macrae's Altruist rising to the top with almost no ties at all.

Fight 4

Elapsed time: 1881 seconds (00:31:21)

Rank    Name                    Author                   %W  %L  %T   Score
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  1     Altruist 2/3            Robert Macrae            47  48   5   3208  
  2     Type Three Quantum Sing Philip Kendall           43  43  15   3145  
  3     Variations 1            M. J. Pihlaja            43  43  15   3124  
  4     Variations 1            M. J. Pihlaja            39  39  22   3048  
  5     Type Two Quantum Singul Philip Kendall           37  37  26   3019  
  6     Type One Quantum Singul Philip Kendall           36  36  27   3007  

  7     System D 2-12/20        Robert Macrae            33  32  34   2945  
  8     Modus Vivendi 3/20      Robert Macrae            34  34  32   2935  
  9     Type Four Quantum Singu Philip Kendall           32  32  37   2893  
 10     Variations 4            M. J. Pihlaja            30  29  41   2886  

It was clearly getting crowded near the top by now, as more and more warriors were mercilessly pushed off, including the second copy of Variations 4 that had been at the top after the first fight.

By now all the easy targets had been pushed off, and as reciprocity ensured that each warrior got equally many wins and losses, the amount of ties was now the only deciding factor.

Fight 5

Elapsed time: 294 seconds (00:04:54)

Rank    Name                    Author                   %W  %L  %T   Score
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  1     Type Three Quantum Sing Philip Kendall           48  48   3   2082  
  2     Altruist 2/3            Robert Macrae            48  49   3   2071  
  3     Type One Quantum Singul Philip Kendall           45  45  10   2040  

  4     Variations 1            M. J. Pihlaja            45  46   9   2034  
  5     Type Two Quantum Singul Philip Kendall           43  43  13   2012  
  6     Variations 1            M. J. Pihlaja            42  43  15   1987  

Philip Kendall's Quantum Singularities had been steadily rising, and as both copies of Pihlaja's Variations 1 fell, Kendall got two of his warriors in the final round, beating Pihlaja by just six points!

Fight 6

Elapsed time: 36 seconds (00:00:36)

Rank    Name                    Author                   %W  %L  %T   Score
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  1     Type Three Quantum Sing Philip Kendall           50  49   1   1199  
  2     Type One Quantum Singul Philip Kendall           49  49   2   1197  
  3     Altruist 2/3            Robert Macrae            48  49   3   1181

With two warriors out of three belonging to Kendall, his wait/suicide "handshake" got used in four out of six fights, giving him just the advantage needed to beat Altruist.

Both the lack of ties and the speed of the last fight are signs of the fact that all the top warriors used a suicidal component, alternating between that and TimeScape, or in Kendall's case between suicide and wait.