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> Home > The Corewar Newsletters > The '94 Warrior > Issue #13

October 31, 1994                                                     Issue #13
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_The_'94_Warrior_ is a monthly newsletter dedicated to supporting and
encouraging the game of Corewars.  This includes coverage of the more popular
"hills" (which allow users anywhere on the Internet to compete against other
users), and also by encouraging traffic in the rec.games.corewar newsgroup.

The FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) for the rec.games.corewar newsgroup is
available through anonymous FTP to rtfm.mit.edu, as
/pub/usenet/news.answers/games/corewar-faq.Z.  There are also several
tutorials on the '88 and '94 (draft) standard available on
scotch.csua.berkeley.edu (128.32.43.51) that will greatly ease the process of
becoming a proficient "redcoder."  I would highly recommend referring to the
FAQ if you are curious about exactly what Corewars is, or if you are
unfamiliar with any of the terms used in this newsletter.
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CHANGES and CORRECTIONS:

There are several changes that have occurred in the last two months.  Please
remind me of any that I may have missed, and I'll be sure to get them in the
next issue of _The_'94_Warrior_.

As you may have noticed above, the staff here at _The_'94_Warrior_ has been
working diligently to print the correct Corewar Archive site.  The correct
address is now "scotch" instead of "soda".  Accessing "ftp.csua.berkeley.edu"
should still work as well.

The fall TCWN newsletter is now available on scotch as
pub/corewar/documents/tcwn0994.z.  I'd like to highly recommend it, but since
I don't have a PostScript printer, I'm afraid I can't.  (Where is a copy of
"GhostScript" when I need it?!)  However, if this issue is anything like the
previous ones, I can promise that you are in for a real treat.  Kudos to Mark
Durham once again!

For those of you that like an occasional break from writing redcode, a C++
Robots Server is now up and running.  Send mail with the subject
"help summary c++robots" (without the quotes) to pbmserv@netcom.com for more
information, and be sure to watch the newsgroup for more posts by Richard
Rognlie about this exciting event.

Another exciting thing to watch the newsgroup for is Paul Kline's status
listings on the "hot" hills.  For those that keep having their warriors kicked
off the hills (such as myself), this will be a nice way to find out what is
currently happening.  Perhaps it will also cut down the number of times that
infamous "Just Looking" warrior gets sent to the hill!

On Stormking, the hills have been enhanced.  Now, when you are notified about
a warrior on one of those hills, the subject line will tell you who it is you
are going to be reading about.  Several more enhancements are expected to
follow as well, so be sure to watch the newsgroup for more information.

The August and September archives for the rec.games.corewar newsgroup have
also been uploaded to scotch.  Look in the "incoming" directory.
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The ICWS '94 Draft Hill:

	Standard:       '94 Draft (with extensions)
       Core size:       8000 instructions
   Max processes:       8000 per program
	Duration:       After 80,000 cycles, a tie is declared.
Max entry length:       100 instructions

The current ICWS '94 Draft hill on "Pizza":
 #  %W/ %L/ %T                      Name               Author   Score     Age
 1  46/ 37/ 17             HeremScimitar      A.Ivner,P.Kline     156      27
 2  43/ 31/ 25                 Torch t15              P.Kline     155       7
 3  36/ 24/ 40               Blue Funk 3       Steven Morrell     149     208
 4  38/ 30/ 32                 Rude Wind              P.Kline     147      57
 5  31/ 15/ 54                B-Panama X       Steven Morrell     147     149
 6  45/ 44/ 11                  Agony II        Stefan Strack     147     143
 7  33/ 23/ 45                 Blue Funk       Steven Morrell     143     520
 8  31/ 20/ 48          Silk Warrior 1.4        J.Pohjalainen     142     150
 9  35/ 31/ 34        Killer Instinct II         Anders Ivner     140       2
10  39/ 38/ 23             Leprechaun II         Anders Ivner     139       1
11  39/ 40/ 21                      SJ-4            J.Layland     139     209
12  41/ 44/ 15             Iron Gate 1.5       Wayne Sheppard     138     497
13  37/ 37/ 26               Stimpy v2.0     Brant D. Thomsen     138      42
14  29/ 21/ 50               Phoenix 1.2        J.Pohjalainen     137     100
15  28/ 22/ 51                      Aeka                T.Hsu     134     163
16  31/ 29/ 40                    Sasami                T.Hsu     133     233
17  38/ 44/ 17                      Test       Wayne Sheppard     133       6
18  27/ 23/ 50             Bremstone 2.X           M R Bremer     132     112
19  27/ 22/ 51                 Cannonade              P.Kline     132     378
20  37/ 43/ 20   The Spanish Inquisition       Steven Morrell     132      36

The big leaders on the hill are Torch and HeremScimitar.  Scimitar (by Paul
Kline) used some interesting tricks to take the hill by storm when it was
introduced a couple of weeks ago.

Last tile I examined the hill, replicators were the dominant force.  Now it
appears that stones/bombers have the top positions.  Of course, the hill is
115 battles older, so quite a bit has happened since then.

Congratulations are also due for Steven Morrell, as his first Blue Funk
warrior passes the 500 age mark.
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The ICWS '94 Draft Experimental Hill:

	Standard:       '94 Draft (with extensions)
       Core size:       55,440 instructions
   Max processes:       10,000 per program
	Duration:       After 500,000 cycles, a tie is declared.
Max entry length:       200 instructions

The current ICWS '94 Experimental (Big) hill on "Pizza":
 #  %W/ %L/ %T                      Name               Author   Score     Age
 1  46/ 32/ 22                  ivscan6b            J.Layland     161      35
 2  47/ 36/ 17              Genocide 94x      Mike Nonemacher     158       1
 3  34/ 16/ 50           Big Phoenix 1.0        J.Pohjalainen     152       6
 4  34/ 18/ 48                   Aleph 1              Jay Han     150      33
 5  44/ 38/ 19             Request-55440     Brant D. Thomsen     149     171
 6  42/ 36/ 22               Stimpy v2.0     Brant D. Thomsen     148      26
 7  46/ 44/ 10                      Test        Stefan Strack     147       7
 8  43/ 41/ 16              Pyramid v5.3     Michael Constant     145      62
 9  44/ 45/ 11                 Rave B4.1        Stefan Strack     144     132
10  30/ 16/ 54      Big Silk Warrior 1.0        J.Pohjalainen     143      13
11  34/ 25/ 41             Variation G-1              Jay Han     142     135
12  38/ 39/ 23                Vanity IIx        Stefan Strack     137     126
13  39/ 42/ 19                     Fscan              Jay Han     136      19
14  38/ 41/ 21                   Aleph 0              Jay Han     136      34
15  30/ 27/ 43                  Splash 1              Jay Han     133     136
16  29/ 26/ 45                 Blue Funk       Steven Morrell     133      25
17  29/ 25/ 47              NotSoBigImps        James Layland     132      31
18  40/ 49/ 11                    Squint      Mike Nonemacher     131     109
19  31/ 31/ 38                  Lucky 13        Stefan Strack     131     177
20  29/ 27/ 44 Der Zweite Blitzkrieg - 9      Mike Nonemacher     131     133

Although ivsan6b is still on top of the hill, it now has some new competition.
Genocide and Big Phoenix are two new warriors that have jumped right onto the
hill.  Genocide is a F-scanner, and Big Phoenix is almost a paper.
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The ICWS '88 Standard Hill:

	Standard:       '88
       Core size:       8000 instructions
   Max processes:       8000 per program
	Duration:       After 80,000 cycles, a tie is declared.
Max entry length:       100 instructions

The current Standard KotH hill on "Pizza":
 #  %W/ %L/ %T                      Name               Author   Score     Age
 1  43/ 28/ 29          Yop La Boum v2.1         P.E.M & E.C.     158      55
 2  33/ 22/ 45               Sphinx v5.1         W. Mintardjo     145      11
 3  33/ 23/ 44     Der Zweite Blitzkrieg      Mike Nonemacher     144      59
 4  44/ 43/ 13              Dragon Spear             c w blue     144      77
 5  31/ 20/ 49   CAPS KEY IS STUCK AGAIN       Steven Morrell     142      65
 6  29/ 15/ 56                      ttti        nandor sieben     142      81
 7  31/ 20/ 49                The Plauge            Anonymous     141      14
 8  40/ 40/ 19                 Vanity II        Stefan Strack     141      99
 9  43/ 45/ 12             Iron Gate 1.5       Wayne Sheppard     141     108
10  30/ 20/ 49                 NC Killer            Anonymous     140      15
11  39/ 40/ 21              Request v2.0     Brant D. Thomsen     139      78
12  29/ 20/ 51             Night Crawler       Wayne Sheppard     139       4
13  29/ 19/ 52              Blue Funk 88       Steven Morrell     138      24
14  38/ 39/ 22               Christopher       Steven Morrell     138      51
15  31/ 25/ 44              B-Panama V.i       Steven Morrell     136       9
16  35/ 35/ 30          Annihilator v2.1       Carlos Paredes     136       2
17  36/ 37/ 27              Keystone t21              P.Kline     135      97
18  27/ 20/ 53                Imprimis 6            Anonymous     134      16
19  37/ 41/ 22                    Titled       Steven Morrell     132       1
20  37/ 44/ 19                     SJ-4a            J.Layland     129      58

The '88 hill hasn't aged much (10), but don't let that fool you.  This hill is
still very busy.  I really enjoy watching as warriors try to make the
transition from the beginner hill to the standard hill.  Good luck!
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The ICWS '94 Beginner Hill:

	Standard:       '94 Draft (with extensions)
       Core size:       8000 instructions
   Max processes:       8000 per program
	Duration:       After 80,000 cycles, a tie is declared.
Max entry length:       100 instructions

The current Beginner KotH hill on "Pizza":
 #  %W/ %L/ %T                      Name               Author   Score     Age
 1  56/ 34/ 10                  Samba2.2            Mr. Jones     179      13
 2  54/ 35/ 11             Viewmaster4.0            Ryan Case     172     214
 3  53/ 40/  7             Ecstacy (XTC)        Brant Thomsen     166      81
 4  34/ 10/ 55         Rabid Dwarfs v1.3        Brian Zellner     158      56
 5  42/ 27/ 31                   Ox v1.0        Brian Zellner     158      10
 6  40/ 36/ 24          Bloody Fang v2.1     Bharat Mediratta     145       1
 7  36/ 34/ 31         Green Knight v1.7        Brian Zellner     137      57
 8  30/ 24/ 46              Slate, v0.3a     Bharat Mediratta     136     135
 9  25/ 17/ 58                  Paperous            Mr. Jones     133       6
10  31/ 31/ 38             Count Zero #1         Marc Schefer     131      77
11  27/ 23/ 50    Rubarbe et mort-vivant           J.P.Laurin     130      84
12  27/ 24/ 48         War Machine v2.65     Matthias Wollnik     130       2
13  27/ 24/ 49          War Machine v2.6     Matthias Wollnik     129       3
14  37/ 52/ 11                  Cat v2.0           Tim Scheer     122     155
15  24/ 27/ 49          War Machine v2.5     Matthias Wollnik     121       4
16  35/ 53/ 12                        It                 Hari     117     198
17  21/ 25/ 54           Mostly Harmless   Frank J. T. Wojcik     117      45
18  21/ 31/ 47     The Foo Bar and Grill       James Jesensky     111       7
19  27/ 45/ 29       Rubarbe et grafigne           J.P.Laurin     109      83
20  33/ 62/  5              Stepper v1.0               Gollum     104      37

Although I haven't been keeping an accurate count, I can promise that this is
the busiest of the four hills that I watch.  Many of the warriors submitted
don't make it, but there certainly are many attempts.
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HINTS and HELPS:

As I have been without a (home) computer for the last couple of months, I'm
afraid I haven't had the time to put together a hint without delaying this
newsletter another week or so.  Of course, next month's hint will be twice as
good to make up for it!
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Looking to the Future:

This newsletter is now (again) being published monthly.  As always, your
comments, suggestions, criticisms, and submissions are encouraged and
appreciated.
-- 
Brant D. Thomsen                  Man will occasionally stumble over the truth,
(bdthomse@peruvian.cs.utah.edu)   but most times he will pick himself up
University of Utah                and carry on.             - Winston Churchill
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