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

Issue 55                                                     3 February, 1997
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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.

A new Hall of Fame has been calculated and is included in this issue. It was
calculated using CW 42 as a starting point so it doesn't include all the
warriors. However, hopefully we will soon have a HOF which includes all the
warriors. I have retained the old HOF so noone will be too annoyed :-)

--Anton Marsden
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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  38.4/ 25.7/ 36.0              Head or Tail    Christian Schmidt 151.1    1
 2  33.5/ 20.3/ 46.2                    RetroQ              P.Kline 146.6   13
 3  46.0/ 46.6/  7.4            He Scans Alone              P.Kline 145.4   28
 4  35.2/ 28.2/ 36.5            Nine Seven Six           M R Bremer 142.2   77
 5  34.2/ 27.2/ 38.6                    Gigolo   Core Warrior staff 141.2  267
 6  28.8/ 16.9/ 54.4      Return Of The Jedimp             John K W 140.7  213
 7  38.8/ 38.9/ 22.3                NCC-1701-A       Philip Kendall 138.7   16
 8  29.9/ 21.5/ 48.6           unrequited love                kafka 138.3  311
 9  37.6/ 38.8/ 23.6              Solomon v0.8          Ian Oversby 136.3   59
10  38.4/ 41.3/ 20.3             QFalcon (vii)          Ian Oversby 135.5    6
11  37.8/ 41.0/ 21.2               The Machine        Anton Marsden 134.5  119
12  28.6/ 23.7/ 47.8                 Trident^2             John K W 133.4  143
13  32.6/ 32.6/ 34.8                 Pulp v0.5          Ian Oversby 132.6    4
14  37.8/ 43.2/ 19.0                    Blur 2        Anton Marsden 132.5  390
15  40.3/ 48.4/ 11.3                  Memories               Beppe  132.3  127
16  35.4/ 41.5/ 23.1       Damage Incorporated        Anton Marsden 129.4  254
17  31.4/ 33.7/ 35.0         Fast Fast Fast v2                Franz 129.1   27
18  29.6/ 30.3/ 40.1              Terkonit 0.4    Christian Schmidt 129.0   19
19  23.8/ 19.8/ 56.5               Impish v0.2          Ian Oversby 127.8  252
20  35.7/ 43.9/ 20.4                  Oblivion           Ian Sutton 127.5   78
21  32.1/ 39.1/ 28.8              Tiberius 3.1                Franz 125.1  130
22  24.6/ 25.2/ 50.2                 Eva Peron         David Randel 123.9    2
23  33.5/ 43.1/ 23.3              Instant Wolf                Edgar 123.9   34
24  34.5/ 47.5/ 18.0                     Probe        Anton Marsden 121.6  391
25  31.1/ 42.6/ 26.3              Scanitator 4    Christian Schmidt 119.6   15

Weekly age: 9 this week ( 15 last issue, 43 the issue before )
New warriors: 4  Turnover/age rate 44%
Average age: 119 ( 115 last issue, 119 the issue before )
Average score: 134 ( 138 last issue, 142 the issue before )
The top 25 warriors are represented by 14 independent authors: Marsden and
Oversby with 4; Schmidt with 3; Kline, JKW and Franz with 2. All others with
one lonely warrior each.
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94 - What's New

 #   %W /  %L /  %T                       Name               Author Score  Age
 9  40.6/ 41.4/ 18.0             QFalcon (vii)          Ian Oversby 139.8    1
13  34.9/ 34.0/ 31.1                 Pulp v0.5          Ian Oversby 135.8    1
23  26.2/ 25.4/ 48.4                 Eva Peron         David Randel 127.1    1
 1  38.4/ 25.7/ 36.0              Head or Tail    Christian Schmidt 151.1    1

Schmidt makes it to the top of the hill with his new warrior.
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94 - What's No More

 #   %W /  %L /  %T                       Name               Author Score  Age
26  34.7/ 43.1/ 22.2              Tsunami v0.5          Ian Oversby 126.4    3
26  35.2/ 44.0/ 20.8          Silver Talon 1.2                Edgar 126.4   93
26  35.9/ 44.8/ 19.3         Silver Talon 1.21                Edgar 127.0    2
26  38.1/ 54.1/  7.8                ScanKiller    Christian Schmidt 122.1    9
26  36.6/ 50.1/ 13.3                   Wallung    Christian Schmidt 123.0   16

Silver Talon 1.2 was the only significant loss of the week.
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94 - What's Old

 #   %W /  %L /  %T                       Name               Author Score  Age
24  34.5/ 47.5/ 18.0                     Probe        Anton Marsden 121.6  391
14  37.8/ 43.2/ 19.0                    Blur 2        Anton Marsden 132.5  390
 8  29.9/ 21.5/ 48.6           unrequited love                kafka 138.3  311
 5  34.2/ 27.2/ 38.6                    Gigolo   Core Warrior staff 141.2  267
16  35.4/ 41.5/ 23.1       Damage Incorporated        Anton Marsden 129.4  254
19  23.8/ 19.8/ 56.5               Impish v0.2          Ian Oversby 127.8  252
 6  28.8/ 16.9/ 54.4      Return Of The Jedimp             John K W 140.7  213

No changes, no losses.
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OLD 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        993    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
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NEW HALL OF FAME
* means the warrior is still active.

Pos    Name                  Author          Age     Strategy
 1  unrequited love        kafka              289 *  Stone/ imp
 2  Probe                  Anton Marsden      289 *  Q^2 -> Bomber
 3  Blur 2                 Anton Marsden      289 *  Scanner
 4  Falcon v0.3            Ian Oversby        275    P-warrior
 5  Gigolo                 Core Warrior staff 267 *  Q^2 -> Stone/ imp
 6  Damage Incorporated    Anton Marsden      254 *  Q^2 -> Bomber
 7  Impish v0.2            Ian Oversby        252 *  Stone/ imp
 8  Rosebud                Beppe              218    Stone/ imp
 9  Q^2 Miro               Anders Ivner       214    Q^2 -> Scanner/ bomber
10  Instant Wolf 3.4       Edgar              205    P-warrior
11  Return Of The Jedimp   John K W           213 *  Q^2 -> Stone/ imp
12  Goldfinch              P.Kline            201    P-warrior
13  Simple v0.4b           Ian Oversby        197    Stone/ imp
14  ompega                 Steven Morrell     189    Stone/ imp
15  Frogz                  Franz              172    Paper
16  Trident^2              John K W           143 *  Stone/ imp
17  Tiberius 3.1           Franz              130 *  P-warrior
18  Memories               Beppe              127 *  Scanner
19  The Machine            Anton Marsden      110 *  Scanner
20  CC Paper 3.3           Franz              107    Paper
21  mrb-test               m r bremer         106    ?
22  T.N.T. pro             Maurizio Vittuari  105    Bomber
23  Jack in the box II     Beppe Bezzi        100    P-warrior

There are still a lot of active warriors in this HOF... and you only need an
age of 100 to qualify :-)
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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  49.9/ 33.7/ 16.4          Silver Talon 1.1                Edgar 166.1   89
 2  48.1/ 33.1/ 18.8                  Hexagram            J.A.Denny 163.0    8
 3  50.4/ 38.5/ 11.1             Pentagram 2.a            J.A.Denny 162.3   10
 4  40.4/ 18.9/ 40.7              Terkonit 0.4    Christian Schmidt 161.9    5
 5  46.2/ 33.4/ 20.4               Flimsy v0.6          Ian Oversby 159.0    9
 6  49.3/ 42.2/  8.5            Scankiller 0.1    Christian Schmidt 156.4   20
 7  43.2/ 31.3/ 25.5            Scanitator 3.0    Christian Schmidt 155.1   15
 8  40.9/ 29.0/ 30.1            Hammermill 4.0        Matt Lewinski 152.8   95
 9  47.5/ 43.6/  8.9   The Stainless Steel Rat    Christian Schmidt 151.5   31
10  45.9/ 40.9/ 13.2          Goothmonger v1.2           Ian Sutton 150.9   33
11  35.8/ 20.8/ 43.4                DemonSpawn            J.A.Denny 150.8   18
12  42.3/ 34.3/ 23.5           Versatility 1.7   Ross Morgan-Linial 150.3   36
13  40.8/ 31.5/ 27.6                Apocalypse        Matt Lewinski 150.1   66
14  43.4/ 41.6/ 15.0      Mostly Harmless v1.1           Justin Kao 145.3   39
15  41.6/ 39.4/ 19.0       Vivid Radiation 2.0        Matt Lewinski 143.8   57
16  42.6/ 43.0/ 14.5            Flamberge 13.4        Matt Lewinski 142.2   58
17  37.1/ 32.7/ 30.2                Dust 0.7.5           Justin Kao 141.6   35
18  33.8/ 26.2/ 40.0                   Quantum    Christian Schmidt 141.4   12
19  40.0/ 40.5/ 19.5      Microsoft Office '96           Justin Kao 139.6   85
20  33.7/ 30.6/ 35.7                 Heartworm                Edgar 136.8    6
21  32.7/ 30.9/ 36.5              Escargot 0.5           Justin Kao 134.4   55
22  37.5/ 46.2/ 16.3         Bash the Rat V1.4           Ian Sutton 128.8   50
23  32.8/ 57.8/  9.4                  Trap94_1    Waldemar Bartolik 107.8    4
24  29.8/ 58.6/ 11.5                  Trap94_2    Waldemar Bartolik 101.0    2
25  28.4/ 61.3/ 10.2               Gisela 7110   Andrzej Maciejczak  95.5    1
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The Hint

I don't have time for a hint this week but here's a few ideas for potentially
good warriors given the current state of the Hill:
- There are a reasonable number of P-warriors hovering around the mid and
lower parts of the hill so brainwashing could be an option.
- RetroQ can be thrashed by a good vampire. Try using ADD.F #-STEP,STEP.

This is the first issue I've written that hasn't contained a hint or a
warrior. I'll try and make up for it in the next issue I do :-)
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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@etherspace.gen.nz>
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