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

Issue 62                                                   3 September, 1997
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Core Warrior is a 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 Stormking's new 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.nc5.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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Hill activity has increased substantially since the last issue. Everyone's
come out of hibernation :-)

--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

Last challenge: Tue Sep  2 17:42:20 PDT 1997
 #   %W /  %L /  %T                       Name               Author Score  Age
 1  38.6/ 27.2/ 34.2 obvious to those who know        Robert Macrae 150.0    1
 2  37.7/ 26.1/ 36.2                 Pulp v0.4          Ian Oversby 149.2    4
 3  38.3/ 27.5/ 34.2 obvious to those who know        Robert Macrae 149.1    2
 4  33.9/ 25.1/ 40.9                      Newt          Ian Oversby 142.8   42
 5  41.9/ 44.1/ 14.0                       C^3    Christian Schmidt 139.8   10
 6  39.9/ 40.3/ 19.8                 Red Baron    Christian Schmidt 139.6    7
 7  31.8/ 25.7/ 42.5               Merciless-A         Ken Espiritu 138.0    9
 8  34.0/ 31.5/ 34.5            Nine Seven Six           M R Bremer 136.6  160
 9  38.2/ 40.0/ 21.8       Damage Incorporated        Anton Marsden 136.4  337
10  34.3/ 32.3/ 33.3              Head or Tail    Christian Schmidt 136.3   84
11  34.8/ 33.7/ 31.4                  Baseline         Ken Espiritu 136.0    6
12  29.2/ 22.9/ 47.9      Return Of The Jedimp             John K W 135.4  296
13  41.8/ 49.0/  9.2            He Scans Again              P.Kline 134.7   39
14  38.2/ 42.1/ 19.6                   No Good          Ian Oversby 134.3   14
15  35.5/ 37.1/ 27.3                 test p209                Beppe 133.9   12
16  40.0/ 46.8/ 13.2                 Overdrive    Christian Schmidt 133.2   27
17  37.3/ 41.7/ 21.0             Electric Head        Anton Marsden 133.0   51
18  38.0/ 43.7/ 18.4                   Test OS          Ian Oversby 132.3    4
19  35.1/ 38.3/ 26.5              PAN-TAU-RA 2    Christian Schmidt 132.0   12
20  31.6/ 31.3/ 37.2                 RetroQ II              P.Kline 131.8    3
21  38.9/ 46.0/ 15.2                     Blain                Nimon 131.8   62
22  35.7/ 40.2/ 24.1            Bigger Brother       Philip Kendall 131.2    5
23  25.4/ 19.8/ 54.8               Impish v0.2          Ian Oversby 131.1  335
24  36.5/ 42.9/ 20.5                  Used Car          Ian Oversby 130.2    7
25  34.7/ 39.6/ 25.6              First Strike                Nimon 129.9   57

Age since last issue: 27 ( 2 last issue, 2 the issue before )
New warriors: 13  Turnover/age rate 48%
Average age: 63 ( 74 last issue, 74 the issue before )
Average score: 136 ( 142 last issue, 139 the issue before )
The top 25 warriors are represented by 13 independent authors: Oversby
with 6; Schmidt with 5; Macrae, Espiritu, Marsden, Kline and Nimon with 2.
All others with one warrior each.

Yet another gap has opened up between the top few and the rest of the
pack. Electric Head has dropped from 1st to 17th! Macrae is back with a
vengeance.
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94 - What's New

 #   %W /  %L /  %T                       Name               Author Score  Age
 6  42.3/ 41.7/ 16.0                   No Good          Ian Oversby 142.9    1
??  ??.?/ ??.?/ ??.?                 test p209                Beppe ???.?    1
12  34.2/ 34.1/ 31.6              PAN-TAU-RA 2    Christian Schmidt 134.3    1
13  39.7/ 44.3/ 16.1                       C^3    Christian Schmidt 135.0    1
16  28.7/ 24.3/ 47.0               Merciless-A         Ken Espiritu 133.0    1
 2  43.1/ 39.6/ 17.3                 Red Baron    Christian Schmidt 146.6    1
14  39.5/ 43.3/ 17.2                  Used Car          Ian Oversby 135.7    1
 3  35.8/ 30.0/ 34.2                  Baseline         Ken Espiritu 141.6    1
12  38.1/ 38.9/ 23.0            Bigger Brother       Philip Kendall 137.4    1
20  38.3/ 43.7/ 18.0                   Test OS          Ian Oversby 132.9    1
25  31.5/ 31.8/ 36.7                 RetroQ II              P.Kline 131.2    1
 1  38.4/ 25.9/ 35.7                 Pulp v0.4          Ian Oversby 150.9    1
 1  38.6/ 27.2/ 34.2 obvious to those who know        Robert Macrae 150.0    1

There have been a lot of quality warriors challenging the Hill this month.
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94 - What's No More (Age >= 10)

 #   %W /  %L /  %T                       Name               Author Score  Age
26  40.3/ 52.5/  7.1                  Obsidian                Nimon 128.2   29
26  34.8/ 42.4/ 22.7              Solomon v0.8          Ian Oversby 127.2  116
26  36.3/ 46.8/ 17.0                 myVamp5.4             Paulsson 125.8   24
26  36.4/ 45.9/ 17.6               Fawkes v0.2          Ian Oversby 126.9   14
26  27.4/ 30.6/ 42.1                    Gigolo   Core Warrior staff 124.2  332
26  29.9/ 33.7/ 36.4                Terkonit 3    Christian Schmidt 126.2   22
26  36.3/ 45.7/ 18.0                NCC-1701-A       Philip Kendall 127.0   83
26  36.0/ 46.2/ 17.8              Guessed v0.1                  Ian 125.9   21
26  28.2/ 30.9/ 40.9                    RetroQ              P.Kline 125.5   82
26  36.1/ 44.4/ 19.5                      Guru          Robert Hale 127.9   16
26  36.3/ 46.1/ 17.6                       C^2    Christian Schmidt 126.6   34
26  28.2/ 29.3/ 42.5             Ultraviolet-A         Ken Espiritu 127.1   17
26  29.5/ 29.0/ 41.5                Ultra-RQ^2         Ken Espiritu 130.1   31
26  29.4/ 28.4/ 42.1           unrequited love                kafka 130.4   41
26  37.1/ 43.8/ 19.0               Big Brother       Philip Kendall 130.5   14
26  40.6/ 49.4/ 10.1         BeachBlanketBingo             J E Long 131.7   12

Gigolo has departed from the Hill at the ripe old age of 332. Solomon v0.8
has also been kicked off.
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94 - What's Old

 #   %W /  %L /  %T                       Name               Author Score  Age
 9  38.2/ 40.0/ 21.8       Damage Incorporated        Anton Marsden 136.4  337
23  25.4/ 19.8/ 54.8               Impish v0.2          Ian Oversby 131.1  335
12  29.2/ 22.9/ 47.9      Return Of The Jedimp             John K W 135.4  296

The next warrior to enter this section will be Nine Seven Six... if it
survives.
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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  Probe                  Anton Marsden      403    Q^2 -> Bomber
 2  Blur 2                 Anton Marsden      396    Scanner
 3  unrequited love        kafka              346    Q^2 -> Paper
 4  Damage Incorporated    Anton Marsden      337 *  Q^2 -> Bomber
 5  Impish v0.2            Ian Oversby        335 *  Stone/imp
 6  Gigolo                 Core Warrior staff 332    Q^2 -> Stone/imp
 7  Return Of The Jedimp   John K W           296 *  Q^2 -> Stone/imp
 8  Falcon v0.3            Ian Oversby        275    P-warrior
 9  Rosebud                Beppe              218    Stone/imp
10  Q^2 Miro               Anders Ivner       214    Q^2 -> Scanner/bomber
11  Instant Wolf 3.4       Edgar              205    P-warrior
12  Goldfinch              P.Kline            201    P-warrior
13  Simple v0.4b           Ian Oversby        197    QScan -> Stone/imp
14  Trident^2              John K W           195    Q^2 -> Stone/imp
15  ompega                 Steven Morrell     189    Stone/imp
16  Frogz                  Franz              172    Q^2 -> Paper
17  The Machine            Anton Marsden      164    Scanner
18  Nine Seven Six         M R Bremer         160 *  Q^2 -> Stone/imp
19  Memories               Beppe              152    Scanner
20  Tiberius 3.1           Franz              130    Q^2 -> Paper
21  Solomon v0.8           Ian Oversby        116    Stone and scanner
22  CC Paper 3.3           Franz              107    Q^2 -> Paper
23  mrb-test               m r bremer         106    ?
24  T.N.T. pro             Maurizio Vittuari  105    Bomber
25  Jack in the box II     Beppe Bezzi        100    P-warrior

Gigolo finishes in 6th place and Solomon in 21st.
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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

Last challenge: Mon Aug 25 22:45:07 PDT 1997
 #   %W /  %L /  %T                       Name               Author Score  Age
 1  39.7/ 19.8/ 40.5                  Dust 7.0           Justin Kao 159.7   86
 2  49.2/ 41.8/  9.0         BeachBlanketBingo             J E Long 156.6    1
 3  47.9/ 40.4/ 11.7              Guessed v0.1                  Ian 155.4   46
 4  46.1/ 38.2/ 15.7                 guru v0.1          Robert Hale 154.0   22
 5  40.6/ 27.4/ 32.0                  Sections           Zul Nadzri 153.7   66
 6  38.5/ 23.9/ 37.6           A Blaise Affair     Robert J. Street 153.2   26
 7  45.3/ 37.5/ 17.3            qbomber v .469         Ryan Coleman 153.1   57
 8  44.7/ 39.9/ 15.4               Hell's Fury          Robert Hale 149.5    3
 9  45.2/ 42.4/ 12.5             qDeath v .169         Ryan Coleman 148.0   53
10  35.2/ 24.5/ 40.3 Six-Finger Discount From          Ryan Coleman 146.0   60
11  44.4/ 43.3/ 12.3                  Nautilus              Mole IX 145.6   25
12  41.1/ 38.3/ 20.6       Pain and Panic v0.1          Robert Hale 143.8   15
13  43.6/ 44.9/ 11.5             Short Sword 4            JS Pulido 142.2   88
14  42.2/ 42.7/ 15.1                 guru v0.3          Robert Hale 141.8   16
15  40.3/ 39.2/ 20.5       Pain and Panic v0.2          Robert Hale 141.5    7
16  40.5/ 40.7/ 18.8       Pain and Panic v0.3          Robert Hale 140.2    6
17  36.6/ 33.5/ 29.9    If I only had a brain?         Ryan Coleman 139.7   58
18  34.3/ 30.5/ 35.2                    Zorm-B            Anonymous 138.0   91
19  31.5/ 26.3/ 42.3 It's a Harmless Addition           Robert Hale 136.7   44
20  27.0/ 21.6/ 51.3 4-Finger Discount From th         Ryan Coleman 132.4   61
21  38.0/ 45.3/ 16.7                 Wolverine          Robert Hale 130.8    2
22  30.8/ 31.3/ 37.9          Kohonenian Dream     Robert J. Street 130.2   80
23  30.2/ 31.2/ 38.5 It's a Harmless Addiction          Robert Hale 129.2   47
24  37.8/ 49.0/ 13.2             Dwa Michaly b    Waldemar Bartolik 126.7   94
25  17.5/ 56.8/ 25.6             FireAnt 0.0.1       Robert Hetland  78.2   12

Top 25 Averages:
    38.7/ 36.4/ 24.9                                                141.0   42
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Anton's Core War Tournament Round 3 Results

Entry Name  Author              Score
-------------------------------------
Fern        Ilmari Karonen      4
Life        Philip Kendall      3
PStars      Philipp Offermann   2
Fireworks   Brian Haskin        1

The quality of entries in this round was very good.

I've decided to end the tournament here because quite a few players can't
play any more rounds and I'm running out of ideas for rounds :-)

I'll publish the entries for all rounds soon... I'm not going to declare a
winner for the tournament because of the nature of the tournament... you
can calculate your final score if you're interested though.

For those who are interested in running a tournament like this in the
future, try single round tournaments (competitions). It's OK to have
multiple rounds if the rounds involve writing warriors but when you have
obscure rules for different rounds, the individual rounds have no
correlation and hence the tournament becomes a little bit complicated to
judge.

However, I think most people found the tournament interesting because it
was so different from normal Hill competition.
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Questions?  Concerns?  Comments?  Complaints?  Mail them to people who care.
authors: Beppe Bezzi <bezzi@nemo.it>,  Anton Marsden <amarsden@mcs.vuw.ac.nz>,
Christian Schmidt <schmc003@goofy.zdv.Uni-Mainz.de> and Philip Kendall
<pak21@cam.ac.uk>
2002-2005 corewar.info. Logo C. Schmidt