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

Issue 50                                                     11 November, 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

Beppe Bezzi web page - http://www.aspide.it/freeweb/Bezzi
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Greetings.

Stefan has released a new faster version of pmars; the source of new sim.c
is available at
        ftp://koth.org/incoming/sim.zip

soon coming a full release of pmars

Elimination rounds of the tornament are over and Final Four direct
elimination part has began. The best four challenging for final victory are
Ian Oversby, winning all five matches played, Philip Kendall, Franz and
George Eadon. 

--Beppe Bezzi
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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  40.0/ 21.7/ 38.2           unrequited love                kafka 158.4  222
 2  45.4/ 37.3/ 17.3               The Machine        Anton Marsden 153.5   30
 3  34.9/ 17.0/ 48.1                 Trident^2             John K W 152.9   54
 4  33.1/ 13.7/ 53.2      Return Of The Jedimp             John K W 152.5  124
 5  38.8/ 26.0/ 35.3                    Gigolo   Core Warrior staff 151.5  178
 6  45.3/ 44.9/  9.7                  Memories               Beppe  145.7   38
 7  42.2/ 39.7/ 18.1                     Probe        Anton Marsden 144.7  302
 8  41.2/ 38.0/ 20.9       Damage Incorporated        Anton Marsden 144.3  165
 9  42.9/ 41.8/ 15.3                    Blur 2        Anton Marsden 144.1  301
10  38.9/ 33.8/ 27.3              Tiberius 3.1                Franz 144.1   41
11  31.9/ 20.2/ 47.9               Impish v0.2          Ian Oversby 143.5  163
12  40.8/ 40.2/ 19.0          Silver Talon 1.2                Edgar 141.4   11
13  36.6/ 32.1/ 31.3            Nine Seven Six           M R bremer 141.0   14
14  32.3/ 24.0/ 43.7                   Rosebud                Beppe 140.7  975
15  40.3/ 40.5/ 19.2                 vamp 0.2b       bjoern guenzel 140.2    1
16  37.9/ 35.9/ 26.2                CC Paper 2                Franz 140.0   13
17  41.1/ 43.4/ 15.5                     AK-47                Franz 138.8   16
18  42.6/ 47.6/  9.8                  Q^2 Miro         Anders Ivner 137.7  352
19  35.3/ 33.3/ 31.3               Falcon v0.3          Ian Oversby 137.3  207
20  32.7/ 28.2/ 39.1            delay 0.02b 50       bjoern guenzel 137.2    5
21  38.4/ 39.8/ 21.7          Instant Wolf 3.4                Edgar 137.0  185
22  37.1/ 37.6/ 25.3            Scanitator 2.1    Christian Schmidt 136.6    2
23  40.6/ 45.4/ 14.0            Flamberge 13.4        Matt Lewinski 135.7    3
24  39.2/ 43.2/ 17.6                 Goldfinch              P.Kline 135.3  243
25  39.4/ 43.8/ 16.7                Dr. Gate Q                Franz 135.0    7

Weekly age: 5 this week ( 15 last issue, 13 the week before )
New warriors: 4  Turnover/age rate 80%
Average age: 146( 152 last issue, 173 the week before )
Average score: 143 ( 138 last issue, 136 the week before )
The top 25 warriors are represented by 13 independent authors: Franz and
Marsden with 4; Oversby 3; and Beppe and JKW have two. C. Schmidt makes the
hill for first time

King Report: very little to report, unrequited love kept best spot all the week.
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94 - What's New

 #   %W /  %L /  %T                       Name               Author Score  Age
 8  37.6/ 36.9/ 25.5            Scanitator 2.1    Christian Schmidt 138.3    1
14  38.3/ 41.8/ 19.9                 vamp 0.2b       bjoern guenzel 134.7    1
14  31.1/ 28.5/ 40.4            delay 0.02b 50       bjoern guenzel 133.8    1
23  38.7/ 47.3/ 14.0            Flamberge 13.4        Matt Lewinski 130.1    1

Five challenges and four new warriors, none in top spots.
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94 - What's No More

 #   %W /  %L /  %T                       Name               Author Score  Age
26  33.6/ 42.8/ 23.6                   cryptos       bjoern guenzel 124.5    2
26  32.1/ 35.6/ 32.3              Simple v0.4b          Ian Oversby 128.7  250
26  37.2/ 49.0/ 13.8             Golden Gate 3                Franz 125.4    9
26  36.8/ 45.0/ 18.2          Silver Talon 1.1                Edgar 128.6   15

Oversby lost his most aged warrior at 250 age.

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94 - What's Old

 #   %W /  %L /  %T                       Name               Author Score  Age
14  32.3/ 24.0/ 43.7                   Rosebud                Beppe 140.7  975
18  42.6/ 47.6/  9.8                  Q^2 Miro         Anders Ivner 137.7  352
 7  42.2/ 39.7/ 18.1                     Probe        Anton Marsden 144.7  302
 9  42.9/ 41.8/ 15.3                    Blur 2        Anton Marsden 144.1  301
24  39.2/ 43.2/ 17.6                 Goldfinch              P.Kline 135.3  243
 1  40.0/ 21.7/ 38.2           unrequited love                kafka 158.4  222
19  35.3/ 33.3/ 31.3               Falcon v0.3          Ian Oversby 137.3  207

No new entries, one loss: Simple. 


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Tournament time

The first part of the tournament is over, the best four are now qualified
for Semi final direct elimination round. Giving a look at standing, and
noticing the names of those eliminated with 9 points, little more remains to
say about the value of the top four.

Thank you to all for playing and let's look who will be the players of the
final.

Pos.    #       Player                Score   Opp. met	     2nd lev score
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 1       5      Ian Oversby            15	6.7.1.9.18	29
 2      14      Philip Kendall         12	13.15.2.3.9	30
 3       1      Franz                  10    	2.4.5.18.15	41
 4      18      George Eadon           10	17.2.3.1.5	31

 5       9      Steven Morrell          9	10.12.15.5.14	42
 6      15      Magnus Paulsson         9	16.14.9.13.1	37
 7      13      David M. Moore          9	14.11.16.15.4	34
 8      10      Anton Marsden           9	9.8.6.7.2	22
 8      11      Robert McRae            9	12.13.17.16.8	22
10       4      Joshua                  7	3.1.7.8.13	29
11       8      J. K. Wilkinson         7	7.10.12.4.11	28
12      16      Zul Nadzri              6	15.17.13.11.6	24
13      17      Bjoern Guenzel          6	18.16.11.6.12	22
14       7      Justin Kao              4	8.5.4.10.3	36
15       3      J. K. Lewis             4	4.6.18.14.7	30
16       2      M. R. Bremer            3	1.18.14.12.10	41
17      12      Matt Lewinski           3	11.9.8.2.17	31
18       6      Ross Morgan-Linial      0	5.3.10.17.16	30

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Congratulations to Ian Oversby, winning all five rounds, and also to
PhilKendall, Franz and George Eadon, qualifying for the semifinal round.

Thank you to all others for playing, better luck next time.

Semifinal pairings are as follow

Oversby	- Eadon
Kendall - Franz


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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  Rosebud                Beppe Bezzi        975 *  Stone/ imp
15  Iron Gate 1.5          Wayne Sheppard     926    CMP scanner
16  T.N.T. pro             Maurizio Vittuari  925    Bomber
17  Agony II               Stefan Strack      912    CMP scanner
18  Barrage                Anton Marsden      876    Qscan -> replicator
19  Blue Funk              Steven Morrell     869    Stone/ imp
20  Flurry                 Anton Marsden      835    Qscan -> pwarrior
21  Thermite 1.0           Robert Macrae      802    Qscan -> bomber
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

No changes.
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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  51.9/ 34.5/ 13.6          Silver Talon 1.1                Edgar 169.3   49
 2  51.4/ 36.7/ 11.8            Flamberge 13.4        Matt Lewinski 166.1   18
 3  48.3/ 33.0/ 18.7      Microsoft Office '96           Justin Kao 163.6   45
 4  45.9/ 39.4/ 14.7      Mostly Harmless v1.0           Justin Kao 152.3    8
 5  40.4/ 28.7/ 30.9            Scanitator 2.3    Christian Schmidt 152.1   12
 6  45.7/ 40.9/ 13.4            Cruise Missile       Philip Kendall 150.5   14
 7  41.8/ 37.2/ 21.0       Vivid Radiation 2.0        Matt Lewinski 146.5   17
 8  42.8/ 40.0/ 17.2                       MI6       Philip Kendall 145.7   42
 9  41.4/ 37.6/ 21.0         Bash the Rat V1.4           Ian Sutton 145.1   10
10  41.7/ 38.8/ 19.5                  HAL 9000           Justin Kao 144.7   61
11  35.7/ 27.1/ 37.2              Escargot 0.5           Justin Kao 144.3   15
12  39.3/ 35.7/ 24.9          Sandstorm Q/0.6c       Ilmari Karonen 142.9   40
13  41.8/ 43.1/ 15.1               Termite 1.0        Matt Lewinski 140.4   20
14  32.8/ 27.0/ 40.2              Escargot 0.6           Justin Kao 138.5    2
15  41.3/ 44.9/ 13.9 Goothmonger, Berserker of           Ian Sutton 137.7    5
16  33.9/ 30.2/ 35.9            Hammermill 4.0        Matt Lewinski 137.6   55
17  38.1/ 41.4/ 20.4        Daemon of Zteentch    Christian Schmidt 134.8   73
18  33.6/ 32.7/ 33.7                Apocalypse        Matt Lewinski 134.5   26
19  28.8/ 30.3/ 40.9                Papyrus 21           Justin Kao 127.3   44
20  34.6/ 43.8/ 21.6 Supercritical Carbondioxi        Matt Lewinski 125.5   19
21  30.0/ 39.5/ 30.5              Throttle 2.0        Matt Lewinski 120.5   47
22  14.8/ 10.0/ 75.3           Beast of Nurgle    Christian Schmidt 119.6   74
23  23.2/ 31.9/ 44.9             Rock 1.5 beta           Justin Kao 114.5    1
24  24.1/ 18.2/  5.6            Flamberge 13.3        Matt Lewinski  78.0   28
25   8.3/  1.2/  2.5  Microsoft Office Pro '96           Justin Kao  27.4    6

Top 25 Averages:
    30.7/ 28.7/ 40.5                                                132.7   31

Flamberge, able to enter 94 hill too, enters in second spot
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The Hint

Sorry no hint :-( the tournament is getting almost all my Corewar time, and
I don't want to post Gigolo being its code the first prize of the tournament :-)
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Extra Extra
HAL 9000 by Justin Kao

Justin asked me if I could do something with his scanner/clear that lived
for some time in the bottom of 94 hill. My first impression is that a
warrior doing a clear and a scanning in the same time is better done using
Blur engine

cc:   spl.i  #0,#btm-ptr+3
top:  mov.i  $cc,>ptr
scan: seq.i  $2*step,}2*step+5
      mov.b  $scan,$ptr
a:    add.f  $inc,$scan
      jmn.a  $top,$scan        ; Falls through when all locations scanned
...

with more scanning and less clear, compared to HAL, and a much reduced
footprint, but this is just an impression having not tested HAL too well.
Anyway here is the code of HAL 9000 for anyone wanting to improve it.

;redcode-94
;name HAL 9000
;author Justin Kao
;strategy A core clear directed by scanner.
;strategy v9.1 @date@ --the version on the hill.
;strategy NEW: more spl pass
;strategy Formerly Paper Shredder until I discovered the name
;strategy was previously used.  No relation to HAL the stone.
;assert 1

step    equ     2936
scans   equ     400

        org     start

clrptr  dat     4000,   0       ;clear pointer
clrbmb2 dat     {20,    <2667   ;first clear bomb
clrbmb  spl     #25,    100     ;second clear bomb and also djn pointer
scnloop add     clear,  scan    ;\
scan    seq.a   -10,    -2      ; \ scan
        mov.a   scan,   clrptr  ; / loop
        djn     scnloop,#scans  ;/
clear   spl     #step,  <step   ;\----------also the scan step
clrloop mov     clrbmb, }clrptr ;-\ 
        mov     clrbmb, }clrptr ;  > clear loop
        mov     clrbmb, }clrptr ; /
        djn.a   clrloop,>clrbmb ;/
        jmp     clrloop,>clrbmb ;catch fall through and move djn stream faster

        for     84
        dat     0,      0
        rof

start   spl     scnloop         ;start scan
        jmp     clrloop         ;start clear

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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> [this address will change soon]
2002-2005 corewar.info. Logo C. Schmidt