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

Issue 42                                                    September 9, 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: (Please note new Stormking's address)
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!

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

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
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Greetings.

The pizza hills are back and so are we.  Sorry for the short vacation, but
there just wasn't much to report on in the last few weeks.  The new 'test'
option is seeing heavy use.  There are disagreements whether tests results
should be included in the standard output reporting option.  Personally, I
would like the option of not receiving test results.  Also, the 'testing'
will greatly reduce artificial hill aging (wasn't that the point?), and along
with it--entries into the Hall of Fame.  Is there something we should do 
about this?  Perhaps the most important question about the 'test' option is
whether it is safe or not.  Should test warriors be allowed to ;kill a warrior
on the hill? 

--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

The current ICWS '94 Draft hill:
 #   %W /  %L /  %T                       Name               Author Score  Age
 1  38.6/ 20.4/ 41.0           unrequited love                kafka 156.7   22
 2  43.3/ 36.7/ 20.0                     Probe        Anton Marsden 150.0  102
 3  46.5/ 43.6/  9.9                  Q^2 Miro         Anders Ivner 149.4  152
 4  37.4/ 25.7/ 36.9              Simple v0.4b          Ian Oversby 149.2   53
 5  39.5/ 31.0/ 29.5              Flimsy v0.5a          Ian Oversby 147.9    1
 6  43.4/ 41.5/ 15.1                    Blur 2        Anton Marsden 145.4  101
 7  29.6/ 13.8/ 56.6      Return Of The Jedimp             John K W 145.3   90
 8  32.8/ 20.4/ 46.8                   Rosebud                Beppe 145.1  775
 9  42.6/ 40.8/ 16.6                 Goldfinch              P.Kline 144.4   43
10  37.0/ 29.9/ 33.1                 September                Beppe 144.0    4
11  40.3/ 38.1/ 21.6                  mrb-test           m r bremer 142.5    8
12  39.7/ 37.3/ 23.0                 Yogi Bear              P.Kline 142.0  306
13  40.0/ 38.7/ 21.2                      Test        Anton Marsden 141.3   12
14  36.0/ 31.0/ 33.0               Falcon v0.3          Ian Oversby 141.1    7
15  39.5/ 38.2/ 22.2                T.N.T. pro    Maurizio Vittuari 140.9  820
16  41.4/ 43.1/ 15.5           Earthquake v0.2         Bjoern & Ian 139.7   59
17  41.4/ 43.7/ 14.9                 myVamp5.4             Paulsson 139.1  150
18  26.5/ 14.0/ 59.5                    ompega       Steven Morrell 138.9  217
19  41.5/ 46.0/ 12.5                      Mist              P.Kline 137.0   42
20  28.4/ 21.3/ 50.3                 Armory II             John K W 135.5  241
21  40.0/ 44.7/ 15.3                   Harmony              P.Kline 135.2   67
22  32.7/ 31.7/ 35.6        Jack in the box II          Beppe Bezzi 133.7  459
23  29.5/ 25.6/ 44.9    Ties, Ties, Ties! (+3)   Ross Morgan-Linial 133.5    2
24  38.3/ 43.5/ 18.2                   Twister          Beppe Bezzi 133.2  556
25  36.3/ 41.6/ 22.1 Paper, Scissors and Stone        David van Dam 131.0  230

Top 25 Averages:
    37.7/ 33.7/ 28.6                                                141.7  180

Weekly age: 9 in a month! ( 26 last issue, 7 the week before )
New warriors: 5  Turnover/age rate 56% (will be higher with 'test' option)
Average age:   180 ( 186 last issue, 176 the week before )
Average score: 142 ( 137 last issue, 141 the week before )
The top 25 warriors are represented by 14 authors: Beppe and Kline with 4;
Oversby with 3 and 1/2; Marsden with 3; and JKW with 2.

Four of the top five warriors use quick scans, most likely the new Q^2 scans.
urequited love might use one too, but it is not mentioned in the ;strategy
lines.  Return of the Jedimp and mrb-test are also using the Q^2 quick scan.
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94 - What's New

 #   %W /  %L /  %T                       Name               Author Score  Age
 5  39.5/ 31.0/ 29.5              Flimsy v0.5a          Ian Oversby 147.9    1
10  37.0/ 29.9/ 33.1                 September                Beppe 144.0    4
11  40.3/ 38.1/ 21.6                  mrb-test           m r bremer 142.5    8
14  36.0/ 31.0/ 33.0               Falcon v0.3          Ian Oversby 141.1    7
23  29.5/ 25.6/ 44.9    Ties, Ties, Ties! (+3)   Ross Morgan-Linial 133.5    2
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94 - What's No More

 #   %W /  %L /  %T                       Name               Author Score  Age
26   4.0/  0.0/  0.0                 Dura v0.1          Ian Oversby  12.0  122
26  25.6/ 30.5/ 44.0      Forked Lightning 2.0       Philip Kendall 120.7   29
26  36.1/ 47.1/ 16.8                   Test Sc          Ian Oversby 125.2    5
26   1.3/  1.3/  1.4    Ties, Ties, Ties! (+3)   Ross Morgan-Linial   5.3   17
26   2.0/  1.6/  0.5                 Pulp v0.2          Ian Oversby   6.3  197
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94 - What's Old

 #   %W /  %L /  %T                       Name               Author Score  Age
 8  40.7/ 36.8/ 22.5                T.N.T. pro    Maurizio Vittuari 144.6  820
14  31.8/ 21.6/ 46.5                   Rosebud                Beppe 142.0  775
21  38.7/ 41.9/ 19.5                   Twister          Beppe Bezzi 135.5  556
22  31.0/ 30.8/ 38.1        Jack in the box II          Beppe Bezzi 131.3  459
12  39.7/ 37.3/ 23.0                 Yogi Bear              P.Kline 142.0  306

Yogi Bear joins the list.  Twister and Jack could be pushed off very soon!
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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  Iron Gate 1.5          Wayne Sheppard     926    CMP scanner
15  Agony II               Stefan Strack      912    CMP scanner
16  Barrage                Anton Marsden      876    Qscan -> replicator
17  Blue Funk              Steven Morrell     869    Stone/ imp
18  Flurry                 Anton Marsden      835    Qscan -> pwarrior
19  T.N.T. pro             Maurizio Vittuari  820 *  Bomber
20  Thermite 1.0           Robert Macrae      802    Qscan -> bomber
21  Rosebud                Beppe Bezzi        775 *  Stone/ imp
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

Good luck assulting this hill with the new 'test' option.
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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

The current Beginner hill:
 #   %W /  %L /  %T                       Name               Author Score  Age
 1  55.3/ 24.1/ 20.6              Tsunami v0.3          Ian Oversby 186.5   18
 2  53.5/ 23.3/ 23.1           Versatility 1.5   Ross Morgan-Linial 183.7   91
 3  52.5/ 27.4/ 20.1               T-1 w/decoy                 Ross 177.7   28
 4  46.0/ 24.3/ 29.7                  Ick v1.5           Justin Kao 167.6   47
 5  49.1/ 31.1/ 19.7                       T-1                 Ross 167.1   36
 6  39.1/ 22.3/ 38.6                  (-:  :-)                 Ross 155.9   24
 7  38.9/ 24.2/ 36.9               TIE Fighter                 Ross 153.6   23
 8  42.5/ 32.7/ 24.8          Velveeta Shift-G                 shar 152.3   14
 9  29.1/ 15.3/ 55.7    Ties, Ties, Ties! (+3)                 Ross 142.9   37
10  35.8/ 34.1/ 30.1             Vampirism 1.2       Philip Kendall 137.5   16
11  32.1/ 27.1/ 40.8              Together 0.3       Ilmari Karonen 137.1   25
12  25.5/ 16.7/ 57.8                 Papyrus 6           Justin Kao 134.4    6
13  26.1/ 18.3/ 55.6            Microsoft v1.0           Justin Kao 133.8   57
14  20.0/ 10.3/ 69.7            Nematode v1.4b       Jonathan Stott 129.7   98
15  16.9/  9.7/ 73.4            Nematode v1.4e       Jonathan Stott 124.1   65
16  19.2/ 18.4/ 62.4                      CCCP             harleyQ2 120.1    5
17  15.7/ 12.3/ 72.0                       SIN             harleyQ2 119.2    3
18  17.0/ 21.5/ 61.5    Bronze Dragonflies 0.1                 Ross 112.5    4
19  10.1/  8.2/ 81.7                        si             harleyQ2 112.1   15
20  25.1/ 51.0/ 23.9                  Gravel 2           Justin Kao  99.1    1
21  20.2/ 44.1/ 35.6                      bump             harleyQ2  96.3    9
22   8.6/ 21.0/ 70.4                 super-imp             harleyQ2  96.1    7
23   7.5/ 19.9/ 72.6               Ties Engine                 Ross  95.0   26
24   9.5/ 24.2/ 66.3            silkstomp v2.i             harleyQ2  94.8   33
25   5.3/ 38.9/ 55.7                     Imp++           Justin Kao  71.8    2

Twenty-one challenges.  Tsunami is new and sits atop the heap.  But is Ian
playing fair when he has over three warriors to his name on the '94 draft
hill?  Bad boy.  Ross Morgan-Linial is trying out some super-imp program on
the draft hill, but it has yet to claim a solid rank.  He is well represented
on the b-hill with 7 warriors.
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The Hint

Sorry no hint this issue.  I probably won't have any hints until I start 
actively playing again.  Maybe when I get my class schedule under control . .
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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>
or Anton Marsden <amarsden@comp.vuw.ac.nz>
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