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> Home > The Corewar Newsletters > Core Warrior > Issue #1

Issue 34                                                        June 17, 1996
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Core Warrior is a weekly newsletter promoting the game of corewar.  Emphasis
is placed on the most active hills--currently the '94 draft hill and the
beginner hill.  Coverage will follow where ever the action is.  If you have
no clue what I'm talking about then check out these five-star internet locals
for more information:

FAQs are available by anonymous FTP from rtfm.mit.edu as
pub/usenet/news.answers/games/corewar-faq.Z
FTP site is: ftp.csua.berkeley.edu /pub/corewar
Web pages are at:
http://www.stormking.com/~koth                  ;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!

If ftp.csua.berkeley.edu is unreachable, you can download pMARS at:
Terry's web page--http://www.infi.net/~wtnewton/corewar/
Planar fpt site--ftp://ftp.inria.fr/INRIA/Projects/para/doligez/cw/pmars
Fechter ftp site--ftp://members.aol.com/ofechner/corewar
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Greetings.

Hopefully all the changes to the pizza hill are complete.  I know I should
mail Thos and find out for sure, but I'm supremely lazy.  If the berkeley
archive site is still down, you may want to try the German archive at
iraun1.ira.uka.de (129.13.10.90) in the /pub/x11/corewars directory.  The
site contains core war simulators for various platforms.  There are a few
other files, but it's not near as complete as the berkeley site.

--M R Bremer
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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/ 25/ 40        Jack in the box II          Beppe Bezzi     144      48
 2  40/ 37/ 23               Jo Clark II          Ian Oversby     144      49
 3  42/ 42/ 16                 myVamp5.0             Paulsson     143      52
 4  39/ 37/ 24                   Twister          Beppe Bezzi     142     145
 5  39/ 39/ 22             jupiter crash       bjoern guenzel     140       7
 6  29/ 21/ 51                   Rosebud                Beppe     137     364
 7  40/ 43/ 17            Stepping Stone          Kurt Franke     136     843
 8  35/ 36/ 29               Thermite II        Robert Macrae     134    2030
 9  40/ 45/ 16             HopScotch 1.6        Robert Macrae     134     158
10  35/ 36/ 29                T.N.T. pro    Maurizio Vittuari     134     409
11  31/ 28/ 41             the historian       bjoern guenzel     133     164
12  30/ 27/ 43                    test 1       bjoern guenzel     133      24
13  23/ 13/ 64                    ompega       Steven Morrell     132      42
14  35/ 39/ 26           Versatility 1.2   Ross Morgan-Linial     131       1
15  32/ 34/ 33              Thalamus mod                Edgar     131      92
16  33/ 35/ 32                      test             Maurizio     130      89
17  28/ 27/ 45                 Armory II             John K W     130      54
18  33/ 36/ 32                   stoninc             Maurizio     130     284
19  35/ 41/ 24                      Blur        Anton Marsden     130     437
20  35/ 40/ 25           Versatility 1.0   Ross Morgan-Linial     129      11
21  34/ 40/ 26                Scimitar 2              P.Kline     129      15
22  28/ 27/ 46               blue candle       bjoern guenzel     129     278
23  32/ 35/ 33             Test bb v1.41        David van Dam     128      37
24  26/ 25/ 49              Atom Smasher        Anton Marsden     128     101
25  23/ 19/ 58             Hazy Shade II             John K W     126     989

Weekly age: 67 ( 47 last week, 42 the week before )
New warriors: 11  Turnover/age rate 16%
Average age:    269 ( 306 last week, 341 the week before )
Average score:  133 ( 140 last week, 136 the week before )
The top 25 warriors are represented by 14 authors: guenzel with 4, Bezzi,
and Vittuari with 3, JKW, Macrae, Marsden, and newcomer Morgan-Linial with
2.

King Report:  the top spot predominantly belonged to Bezzi or Oversby.
Bezzi's Twister or Jack in the box II has been vying with Oversby's Manfred
and Jo Clark.  Paulsson was actually able to slip by for three challenges
and claim the top spot with myVamp 5.0.  Good to see you back.

Other famailar faces appearing on the hill include an updated version of
Scimitar by Paul Kline and Armory II by JKW.  The first Armory was introduced
when pspace was still young and lasted over 600 challenges, which at the time
propelled it far into the hall of fame.  Now, 650 is the minimum price of
admission for 25th place.

One time king Scan Man was pushed off the hill this week, leading van Dam
to try out a new test series.  Unfortunately, none of the tests have yet to
lead him to the top of the hill.

guenzel has been busy with his own tests, trying out versions of blue torch,
jupiter crash, and justice.  He now has more warriors on the hill than any-
one.

Replicators have been in short supply for a few weeks, but Jack and
Versatility have increased the amount of paper products on the hill.  Armory
probably has one stashed in there somewhere too.  Perhaps this will stop the
run up in 'imp heavy' warriors.
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94 - What's New

 #  %W/ %L/ %T                      Name               Author   Score     Age
 7  29/ 24/ 47                 Armory II             John K W     133       1
 3  35/ 24/ 40        Jack in the box II          Beppe Bezzi     146       1
 2  42/ 36/ 22               Jo Clark II          Ian Oversby     149       1
14  36/ 41/ 23          jupiter crash v6       bjoern guenzel     131       1
 5  40/ 43/ 17                 myVamp5.0             Paulsson     138       1
18  21/ 12/ 67                    ompega       Steven Morrell     129       1
11  34/ 38/ 28                Scimitar 2              P.Kline     131       1
 7  30/ 26/ 44                    test 1       bjoern guenzel     135       1
24  32/ 36/ 32             Test bb v1.41        David van Dam     127       1
12  34/ 38/ 28           Versatility 1.0   Ross Morgan-Linial     130       1
14  35/ 39/ 26           Versatility 1.2   Ross Morgan-Linial     131       1

JKW and Bezzi are still testing versions of well known pspace veterans Armory
and Jack in the box.  
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94 - What's No More

 #  %W/ %L/ %T                      Name               Author   Score     Age
26  26/ 28/ 46          Scotch Broth 1.0        Robert Macrae     125     125
26  36/ 49/ 15                  Scan Man        David van Dam     124     412
26   1/  1/  2        Jack in the box II          Beppe Bezzi       5      19
26   1/  2/  1                justice II       bjoern guenzel       5      30
26  33/ 41/ 26                 Chameleon           M R Bremer     125    1437
26  22/ 18/ 60                       EIF             John K W     126     172
26   1/  1/  2                 Armory II             John K W       5      55
26  31/ 35/ 34              Manfred v0.1          Ian Oversby     126      29
26   1/  1/  1        Test bb v1.36.boot        David van Dam       5       5
26  26/ 26/ 48                      test             John K W     126       7
26  37/ 50/ 14                      Yogi              P.Kline     123      96

Another 1000+ warrior departs the hill this week, dear-to-me Chameleon, a
pspaced scanner/bobmer-imp.  With the recent loss of Impfinity, Grilled
Octopus, and Chameleon, the hill is much younger these days.
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94 - What's Old

 #  %W/ %L/ %T                      Name               Author   Score     Age
 8  35/ 36/ 29               Thermite II        Robert Macrae     134    2030
25  23/ 19/ 58             Hazy Shade II             John K W     126     989
 7  40/ 43/ 17            Stepping Stone          Kurt Franke     136     843
19  35/ 41/ 24                      Blur        Anton Marsden     130     437
10  35/ 36/ 29                T.N.T. pro    Maurizio Vittuari     134     409
 6  29/ 21/ 51                   Rosebud                Beppe     137     364

Rosebud joins ranks as Scan Man departs.
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HALL OF FAME
* means the warrior is still active.

Pos    Name                  Author          Age     Strategy
 1  Thermite II            Robert Macrae     2030 *  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     989 *  P-warrior
13  Iron Gate 1.5          Wayne Sheppard     926    CMP scanner
14  Agony II               Stefan Strack      912    CMP scanner
15  Barrage                Anton Marsden      876    Qscan -> replicator
16  Blue Funk              Steven Morrell     869    Stone/ imp
17  Stepping Stone         Kurt Franke        843 *  Qscan -> Vampire
18  Flurry                 Anton Marsden      835    Qscan -> pwarrior
19  Thermite 1.0           Robert Macrae      802    Qscan -> bomber
20  Blue Funk 3            Steven Morrell     766    Stone/ imp
21  Night Train            Karl Lewin         755    Replicator
22  Mirage 1.5             Anton Marsden      736    Scanner/ bomber
23  Blizzard               Anton Marsden      713    Qscan -> replicator
24  HeremScimitar          A.Ivner,P.Kline    666    Bomber
25  La Bomba               Beppe Bezzi        650    Qscan -> replicator

Everyone active moves up at least a spot.  Thermite breaks the 2000 barrier
and is showing little sign of slowing.  Thermite's long life can be
attributed to its qscan which has dealt with the pspace uprising quite
effectively, and its versatile incendiary bombing.  Chameleon is pushed off
just after passing Frontwards v2.  There are no other warriors even close to
making the hall.
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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

 #  %W/ %L/ %T                      Name               Author   Score     Age
 1  54/ 32/ 13                  Thalamus                Edgar     177      59
 2  51/ 29/ 21           Versatility 1.2   Ross Morgan-Linial     173       2
 3  50/ 29/ 20                      Mace                Edgar     171      79
 4  53/ 36/ 11            Saboteur v0.3p                 shar     169       9
 5  50/ 39/ 11                  Thalamus                Edgar     160      35
 6  38/ 24/ 37                 Avenger I       Oliver Fechner     153       6
 7  38/ 25/ 37              Hunter V 0.9            O.Fechner     152      60
 8  40/ 28/ 31         Fork v0.1-13p (i)    Christoph C. Birk     152      66
 9  38/ 29/ 34              Hunter V 0.8            O.Fechner     146      81
10  42/ 41/ 17        Yet Another Try 1i           Justin Kao     144      31
11  44/ 44/ 12                    Sapper        Andrew Fabbro     143      85
12  43/ 43/ 14               3-clear 0.6       Ilmari Karonen     143      10
13  44/ 46/  9       Not Very Pretty 2.0   Ross Morgan-Linial     142      33
14  42/ 43/ 16      Yet Another Try 1.0b           Justin Kao     141      44
15  39/ 47/ 14                 hyper 1.0                 Ross     131       7
16  35/ 40/ 25               3-clear 0.5           I. Karonen     131      24
17  37/ 44/ 19                 Trebuchet        Andrew Fabbro     130      92
18  39/ 49/ 12        Switch Hitter 0.3t   Ross Morgan-Linial     130      14
19  23/ 20/ 57            Nematode v1.0b       Jonathan Stott     125       1
20  38/ 53/  9                     Snail                Edgar     124      57
21  33/ 43/ 24                    Borzoi                 shar     123      25
22  32/ 44/ 24            1,000lb weight   Ross Morgan-Linial     121      54
23  34/ 47/ 20      Extremely Prejudiced         Scott Manley     121      86
24  36/ 56/  8                Congo 1.0b   Ross Morgan-Linial     117      40
25  33/ 53/ 14           Not Very Pretty   Ross Morgan-Linial     113      52

The top two authors have respectable showings on the '94 draft hill.  shar is
a new author that shows much promise with Saboteur holding 4th place.
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Questions?  Concerns?  Comments?  Complaints?  Mail them to people who care.
authors: Beppe Bezzi <bezzi@nemo.it> or Myer Bremer <bremermr@ecn.purdue.edu>
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