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

Issue 66                                                         8 April, 1998
_______________________________________________________________________________
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 from:
ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.answers/games/corewar-faq.Z
http://www.koth.org/corewar-faq.html

FTP site is: ftp://ftp.csua.berkeley.edu/pub/corewar
Mirrored at: ftp://ftp.inria.fr/INRIA/Projects/para/doligez/cw/mirror
        and: ftp://www.koth.org/corewar

pMARS itself is also available from:
Stormking web pages--http://www.koth.org/pmars.html
Terry's web page--http://www.ncs.infi.net/~wtnewton/corewar/
Fechter ftp site--ftp://members.aol.com/ofechner/corewar

Web pages are at:
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!

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
_______________________________________________________________________________
Hello again.

With Pizza being down for almost all of the time since the last issue, most
of the Core War action has been taking place in the Redcode Maniacs
Tournament, being run by Christian Schmidt and myself. Round 8, the
penultimate round, is almost over (about 23 hours to enter from when I posted
this message), and it looks like either Robert Macrae or David Moore will go
on to win, but it still isn't too late to enter: see

http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Park/5427/maniacs.htm

for details.

Pizza is now back up though so we can all get back to beating Alladin's Cave,
a task which may be made considerably easier due to it being published further
down in this issue. Thanks to Paul Kline for his code and Robert Macrae for the
analysis. (and apologies for forgetting to put this in the last issue ;-( )

One final point: fellow CW author Beppe Bezzi has a new e-mail address:

giuseppe.bezzi@galactica.it

-- Philip Kendall
_______________________________________________________________________________
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  42.1/ 38.4/ 19.5         Diamonds and Rust    Christian Schmidt 145.7    3
 2  38.0/ 31.8/ 30.2                   Nomolos          Ian Oversby 144.1   28
 3  38.7/ 35.2/ 26.1              Fire and Ice          David Moore 142.3   12
 4  41.2/ 42.3/ 16.5          Three Musketeers        Robert Macrae 140.2    2
 5  34.4/ 30.3/ 35.2                     Fixed         Ken Espiritu 138.6   23
 6  31.9/ 25.5/ 42.6                      Newt          Ian Oversby 138.3  117
 7  33.0/ 27.9/ 39.1                     Vigor         Ken Espiritu 138.1   27
 8  33.3/ 29.7/ 37.0                      Vain          Ian Oversby 136.8   39
 9  40.1/ 43.7/ 16.1             Alladins Cave              P.Kline 136.6   24
10  36.9/ 37.7/ 25.4                 Tornado 4          Beppe Bezzi 136.1   41
11  33.8/ 32.2/ 34.1 obvious to those who know        Robert Macrae 135.3   75
12  29.2/ 23.5/ 47.3            Benchmark [94]           Zul Nadzri 134.9   39
13  37.9/ 41.3/ 20.8             Electric Head        Anton Marsden 134.5  126
14  39.5/ 45.2/ 15.4 The Boys are Back in Town       Philip Kendall 133.8   21
15  31.9/ 30.2/ 38.0                 Vengeance          Robert Hale 133.5   74
16  41.8/ 50.6/  7.6              Seven-Eleven        Robert Macrae 133.0    1
17  38.7/ 44.6/ 16.8          Silver Talon 1.2                Edgar 132.8   25
18  30.5/ 28.6/ 40.9                 Pulp v0.5          Ian Oversby 132.4   74
19  32.9/ 33.4/ 33.6          traumatic smurf        bjoern guenzel 132.4   15
20  28.9/ 26.4/ 44.7               LeatherNeck          Robert Hale 131.3    6
21  35.3/ 39.5/ 25.2               Digitalis 4    Christian Schmidt 131.2   11
22  38.2/ 45.7/ 16.1                 Sharkrage    Christian Schmidt 130.7    0
23  30.5/ 31.0/ 38.5          Head or Tail 1.1    Christian Schmidt 130.0    6
24  29.2/ 28.4/ 42.5             Ultraviolet-B         Ken Espiritu 130.0   49
25  30.5/ 35.2/ 34.3 The Return of the PaperBo          Robert Hale 125.9   16

Age since last issue: 11 ( 6 last issue, 26 the issue before )
New warriors: 7  Turnover/age rate 64%
Average age: 34 ( 34 last issue, 53 the issue before )
Average score: 135 ( 134 last issue, 142 the issue before )
The top 25 warriors are represented by 13 independent authors: Oversby and
Schmidt with 4 each, Hale, Espiritu and Macrae with 3 and everyone else with
just one.

Since the last issue, all of Fire and Ice, Nomolos, The Next Baron,
Alladins Cave and Diamonds and Rust have been King. The loss of Electric Head
once again gave the Hill its youngest average age since formation (31).
_______________________________________________________________________________
94 - What's New

 #   %W /  %L /  %T                       Name               Author Score  Age
10  36.7/ 37.6/ 25.6               Digitalis 4    Christian Schmidt 135.9    0
11  31.3/ 29.2/ 39.5          Head or Tail 1.1    Christian Schmidt 133.5    0
16  29.3/ 24.8/ 45.9               LeatherNeck          Robert Hale 133.7    0
 2  42.0/ 39.1/ 18.9         Diamonds and Rust    Christian Schmidt 144.9    0
 7  40.2/ 42.1/ 17.7          Three Musketeers        Robert Macrae 138.3    1
24  40.4/ 52.0/  7.6              Seven-Eleven        Robert Macrae 128.9    1
22  38.2/ 45.7/ 16.1                 Sharkrage    Christian Schmidt 130.7    0

Schmidt replaces one pspacer with another to go back to King, whilst
Macrae sends in two of his entries from the Redcode Maniacs Tournament.
_______________________________________________________________________________
94 - What's No More

 #   %W /  %L /  %T                       Name               Author Score  Age
26   1.5/  1.4/  1.1                     test                   JKW   5.5    1
26  21.5/ 17.4/ 61.1                 Metal IIa       Ivan Krajnovic 125.7    7
26   1.8/  2.0/  0.2               Digitalis 3    Christian Schmidt   5.7    6
26  38.8/ 52.4/  8.7            He Scans Alone              P.Kline 125.3    6
26  32.1/ 39.1/ 28.8                PAN-TAU-RA    Christian Schmidt 125.2   17
26  29.3/ 34.4/ 36.3            Nine Seven Six           M R Bremer 124.2  232
26   1.6/  2.1/  0.3            The Next Baron    Christian Schmidt   5.2   14

For the second consecutive issue, the Hill loses its oldest warrior.
_______________________________________________________________________________
94 - What's Old

 #   %W /  %L /  %T                       Name               Author Score  Age
13  37.9/ 41.3/ 20.8             Electric Head        Anton Marsden 134.5  126
 6  31.9/ 25.5/ 42.6                      Newt          Ian Oversby 138.3  117
11  33.8/ 32.2/ 34.1 obvious to those who know        Robert Macrae 135.3   75
18  30.5/ 28.6/ 40.9                 Pulp v0.5          Ian Oversby 132.4   74

Electric Head has been in trouble in the lower reaches of the Hill for a while
now, but Newt continues to do well.
_______________________________________________________________________________
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
_______________________________________________________________________________
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  Damage Incorporated    Anton Marsden      373    Q^2 -> Bomber
 4  Return Of The Jedimp   John K W           357    Q^2 -> Stone/imp
 5  unrequited love        kafka              346    Q^2 -> Paper
 6  Impish v0.2            Ian Oversby        345    Stone/imp
 7  Gigolo                 Core Warrior staff 332    Q^2 -> Stone/imp
 8  Falcon v0.3            Ian Oversby        275    P-warrior
 9  Nine Seven Six         M R Bremer         232    Q^2 -> Stone/imp
10  Rosebud                Beppe              218    Stone/imp
11  Q^2 Miro               Anders Ivner       214    Q^2 -> Scanner/bomber
12  Instant Wolf 3.4       Edgar              205    P-warrior
13  Goldfinch              P.Kline            201    P-warrior
14  Simple v0.4b           Ian Oversby        197    QScan -> Stone/imp
15  Trident^2              John K W           195    Q^2 -> Stone/imp
16  ompega                 Steven Morrell     189    Stone/imp
17  Frogz                  Franz              172    Q^2 -> Paper
18  The Machine            Anton Marsden      164    Scanner
19  Memories               Beppe              152    Scanner
20  Head or Tail           Christian Schmidt  142    Q^2 -> Paper
21  Tiberius 3.1           Franz              130    Q^2 -> Paper
22  Electric Head          Anton Marsden      126 *  P-warrior
23  Solomon v0.8           Ian Oversby        116    Stone and scanner
24  Newt                   Ian Oversby        117 *  Q^2 -> Stone/imp
25  CC Paper 3.3           Franz              107    Q^2 -> Paper

Nine Seven Six finishes in 9th place, whilst Electric Head climbs one place to
22nd and Newt appears, forcing mrb-test out of the top 25.
_______________________________________________________________________________
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  44.2/  9.7/ 46.1                 Metal IIa       Ivan Krajnovic 178.7   77
 2  41.9/ 30.7/ 27.4                      cute        John K. Lewis 153.1   16
 3  43.4/ 38.0/ 18.6                Death kiss      Anders Rosendal 148.8   33
 4  42.0/ 35.7/ 22.3                  Incisor+         John Metcalf 148.2    1
 5  37.1/ 26.2/ 36.7                      Torn        M. J. Pihlaja 148.1   14
 6  42.2/ 37.5/ 20.3                   Beescan        M. J. Pihlaja 146.9    4
 7  40.5/ 35.1/ 24.3            qbomber v .469         Ryan Coleman 146.0   32
 8  40.4/ 37.1/ 22.5                   Incisor         John Metcalf 143.7    3
 9  37.7/ 35.7/ 26.6                   Arsonic                  pvk 139.7   18
10  25.0/ 17.3/ 57.7                  p-U  v.2         Ryan Coleman 132.8   79
11  23.8/ 18.5/ 57.7                     fylle                Klaus 129.0   12
12  29.6/ 34.2/ 36.2          Get A-life V2.04         Don H. McGee 125.1    9
13  30.8/ 37.3/ 31.9    Voodoo Glow Skull v2.1           Gene Gomez 124.2   88
14  25.6/ 28.0/ 46.4            I.R. Baboon v1           Gene Gomez 123.2   86
15  27.7/ 32.3/ 40.0                 Gold fish             P._V._K. 123.2   20
16  27.5/ 32.5/ 40.0                 Gold fish             P._V._K. 122.5   19
17  23.3/ 25.1/ 51.6               March 0.92c           Csaba Biro 121.6    8
18  21.8/ 22.7/ 55.5                March 0.94           Csaba Biro 120.9    2
19  19.3/ 17.7/ 63.1                 paperlike      Anders Rosendal 120.9   30
20  20.7/ 21.8/ 57.5              Cold Company         John Metcalf 119.6   21
21  24.2/ 29.3/ 46.5              cascade 9,66        Steve Gunnell 119.2   36
22  33.4/ 50.1/ 16.5              Iced Creamer           Compudemon 116.6   64
23  27.6/ 40.5/ 31.9 trying my first multipass                  PVK 114.8   22
24  30.1/ 47.5/ 22.4  WannaChatInWarriorNames?         John Metcalf 112.8   28
25  14.7/ 19.7/ 65.5                     Bilbo         John Metcalf 109.8   38

Krajnovic continues to thrash the rest of the Hill with his Metal IIa --
should the age limit for this hill be lowered now that Thos has removed
almost all artifical ageing? Comments/suggestions to the newsgroup.
_______________________________________________________________________________

The Hint - Improving a beginner's warrior
Philip Kendall

For this hint, I'm going to take a beginner's warrior, and see how much I can
improve it. The warrior I'm going to use is qDeath v .269 by Ryan Coleman;
thanks to Ryan for sharing his code.

Here's the original version of the warrior:

;redcode-b verbose
;name qDeath v .269
;author Ryan Coleman
;strategy QScan -> Scissor
;strategy v .269 modified scissor
;assert 1

;this warrior is the prototypical 'beginner' warrior.  One simply gets 
;code for a q-scan and code for a scissor or paper from planar's archives
;or other sources around the net.  I did improve the qscan a bit by 
;switching around the order somewhat.  My idea was to put the ones most 
;likely to find the other warrior first.  I know that odds are a warrior 
;will be randomly placed in the middle of the code rather than immediately 
;after or before mine.  

;my strategy as far as the scissor went was that i see a lot of papers on 
;the hill and a good paper should 'beat up' on them.  The more I messed with
;the code for the scissor portion of the code, the more it didn't work
;I eventually gave up and submitted it 'as is'.  One improvement I have done
;(in another version) was to boot the scissor away, scoring better against
;scanners.

;Well, it's obvious I'm a beginner and have a lot to learn.  But one day....

ORG start

QB EQU (start+400)
QS EQU 200
QD EQU 100
;COUNT EQU 6
;        _RES    equ 0           
;        _STR    equ 1           
;dest0   equ     2200
;dest1   equ     3740
;dest2   equ     -1278   
;range   equ     933     
CDIST   equ 12
IVAL    equ 42
FIRST   equ scan+OFFSET+IVAL
OFFSET  equ (2*IVAL)
DJNOFF  equ -431
BOMBLEN equ CDIST+2


GAP EQU 15
REP EQU 6

         dat    10*QS, 2*QS ; can get 21 values from this table
table:   dat     4*QS, 1*QS ; and can also use the initial value
         dat    23*QS, 3*QS ; of fnd
qbomb:   jmp    -200,GAP
qinc:    dat    GAP,-GAP

tab:     add.a  table,table
slow:    add.ab @tab,fnd
fast:    add.b  *tab,@slow
which:   sne.i  datz,@fnd
         add.ab #QD,fnd

         mov.i  qbomb,@fnd
fnd:     mov.i  -GAP/2,@QB
         add.ba fnd,fnd
         mov.i  qbomb,*fnd
         add.f  qinc,fnd
         mov.i  qbomb,@fnd
         djn.b  -3,#REP
         jmp    comp,}-300

start:

         seq.i  QB+QS*13,QB+QS*13+QD
         jmp    fast,{fast

         seq.i  QB+QS*21,QB+QS*21+QD
         jmp    tab,{fast
         seq.i  QB+QS*22,QB+QS*22+QD
         djn.f  tab,tab
         seq.i  QB+QS*27,QB+QS*27+QD
         jmp    <fast,>tab
         seq.i  QB+QS*28,QB+QS*28+QD
         jmp    tab,>tab


         seq.i  QB+QS*4,QB+QS*4+QD
         jmp    >fast,}QB+QS*4+QD/2
         seq.i  QB+QS*5,QB+QS*5+QD
         jmp    slow,}QB+QS*5+QD/2
         seq.i  QB+QS*6,QB+QS*6+QD
         jmp    slow,{tab
         seq.i  QB+QS*7,QB+QS*7+QD
         jmp    slow,}tab

         seq.i  QB+QS*10,QB+QS*10+QD
         jmp    >fast,<tab
         seq.i  QB+QS*11,QB+QS*11+QD
         jmp    slow,<tab
         seq.i  QB+QS*12,QB+QS*12+QD
         djn.f  slow,tab

         seq.i  QB+QS*23,QB+QS*23+QD
         jmp    >fast,>tab
         seq.i  QB+QS*24,QB+QS*24+QD
         jmp    slow,>tab

         seq.i  QB+QS*17,QB+QS*17+QD
         jmp    slow,{fast

         seq.i  QB+QS*8,QB+QS*8+QD
         jmp    <fast,}QB+QS*8+QD/2
         seq.i  QB+QS*9,QB+QS*9+QD
         jmp    tab,}QB+QS*9+QD/2

         seq.i  QB+QS*15,QB+QS*15+QD
         jmp    tab,<tab
         seq.i  QB+QS*16,QB+QS*16+QD
         jmp    tab,{tab
         seq.i  QB+QS*20,QB+QS*20+QD
         djn.f  <fast,tab
         seq.i  QB+QS*0,QB+QS*0+QD
         jmp    which,}QS*13 ; qinc+GAP

         seq.i  QB+QS*1,QB+QS*1+QD
         jmp    fast,}QB+QS*1+QD/2
         seq.i  QB+QS*2,QB+QS*2+QD
         jmp    fast,{tab
         seq.i  QB+QS*3,QB+QS*3+QD
         jmp    fast,}tab


         seq.i  QB+QS*30,QB+QS*30+QD
         jmp    tab,}tab


; insert stuff here

jmp comp, comp
scan    sub.f  incr,comp
comp    cmp.i  FIRST,FIRST-CDIST        
        slt.a  #incr-comp+BOMBLEN,comp  
        djn.f  scan,<FIRST+DJNOFF       
        mov.ab #BOMBLEN,count
split   mov.i  bomb,>comp               
count   djn.b  split,#0
        sub.ab #BOMBLEN,comp
        jmn.b  scan,scan
bomb    spl.a  0,{-1
        mov.i  incr,<count
incr    dat.f  <0-IVAL,<0-IVAL




datz dat 0,0              ;keep here!
     dat 0,0
     dat 0,0

This is simply a Q^2 scan, followed by Stefan Strack's Rave, a classic
cmp-scanner. Let's submit it to Pizza's b-hill (hoping it's up today :-) ) and
see how it does:

21  12.7/ 26.6/ 60.7             qDeath v .269 Ryan Coleman (submit  98.9    1

Yikes! That's not too good really. The thing which really stands out here is
the lack of wins, and the very high percentage of ties: both the qscan and
scanner are very offensive components, which generally get many wins, many
losses and only a few ties. What's going wrong?

[If you're feeling studious at this point, it's probably a good idea to try and
find out for yourself: the best of to learn is by doing! Issue 12 of Steve
Bailey's Guide for Beginners (available from http://www.koth.org/sgb/) has a
very good analysis of Rave]

The problem is with this line:

bomb    spl.a  0,{-1

Rave eventually bombs its first line (sub.f incr,comp) with this bomb, and then
detects this fact to switch to its coreclear and kill off the opponents which
it has stunned. However, the test is made with the

        jmn.b  scan,scan

line, which will now never be satisfied, as the b-field of `loop' is non-zero
even after it has been bombed. Probably the simplest way to remove this problem
is to change the test to

        jmn.a   loop,*0

and re-submit the warrior. Any better?

 4  50.0/ 29.9/ 20.1                 qDeath II Ryan Coleman/Philip  170.1    1

Yes :-) Let's see if we can get anywhere near the '94 Draft Hill:

25  31.0/ 32.8/ 36.2 The Return of the PaperBo          Robert Hale 129.1    4
26  24.3/ 61.4/ 14.2                 qDeath II Ryan Coleman/Philip   87.2    0

No :-(

The next problem with this warrior is what happens if the qscan misses, or
fails to find a target: when this occurs, the main code loop is now executing
next to an enormous (in Core War terms) number of dead instructions, which do
nothing apart from give away our position to other scanners. To alleviate this
problem, let's boot the scanner portion of the code away after scanning. Now,
we have:

Beginner's Hill:

 4  43.0/ 37.3/ 19.7                qDeath 2.1 Ryan Coleman/Philip  148.7    1

Surprisingly, this doesn't do as well (the hill had changed a bit between the
submission of qDeath II and qDeath 2.1, so this isn't really a fair test)

However, it does do better than the unbooted version on the '94 Hill:

26  29.4/ 59.6/ 11.0                qDeath 2.1 Ryan Coleman/Philip   99.2    0

Next, Rave's endgame is a simple one-pass dat clear, which isn't going to be
effective enough to wipe out many of the imp-heavy defensives around today. A
much more effective clear for killing imps is the d-clear, as invented by
Bjoern Guenzel. Adding one of these to qDeath means increasing its size by 2
instructions (never a good thing...), but let's see what happens:

Beginner's Hill:

11  30.9/ 36.6/ 32.4                qDeath 2.2 Ryan Coleman/Philip  125.2    1

'94 Hill:

26  29.0/ 55.8/ 15.2                qDeath 2.2 Ryan Coleman/Philip  102.2    0

This doesn't do as well on the Beginner's Hill (again, there was some change
in the hill make-up between submissions), but once again does better on the
'94 Hill. What this says? Principally the fact that a warrior doing better on
the Beginner's Hill will not necessarily do better on the '94 Hill due to
their different make-up.

A couple more points whilst I'm here:

1) Ryan states in the original comments "changed the qscan order to hit
locations where the enemy is more likely to be earlier". In a two warrior
fight, the second warrior is equally (*) likely to start anywhere in the
range 100 to 7900, which means that the locations 199 to 7900 are equally
likely to contain your opponent (assuming it has length 100). All th
locations scanned by the standard Q^2 code are in this range, so there is no
gain to be made from this. The best order for a qscan _may_ be to put the
fastest response scans first (as was done in Gigolo), but there are warriors
designed to take advantage of this (eg Paul Kline's RetroQ).

2) I'm not sure of the effectiveness of qscan -> scanner as a strategy.
Scanners are at there most effective early in the round, before other
warriors have filled much of core with bombs, decoys, etc, and qscanning loses
much of this advantage. However, qDeath does worse on both the Beginner's and
'94 Hill without its qscan, so the Q^2 is obviously useful in the current
climate on both hills.

To finish, here's qDeath 2.2; I hope at least some of you found this useful :-)

Philip Kendall

;redcode-b test
;name qDeath 2.2
;author Ryan Coleman/Philip Kendall
;strategy QScan -> Scissor
;strategy Testing some ideas for CW 66
;assert CORESIZE==8000

ORG start

CDIST   equ 12
IVAL    equ 42
OFFSET  equ (2*IVAL)
FIRST   equ scan+OFFSET+IVAL
DJNOFF  equ -431
BOMBLEN equ CDIST+2
gate    equ     (scan-3)

scan    sub.f  incr,comp
comp    cmp.i  FIRST,FIRST-CDIST
        slt.a  #bomb-comp+BOMBLEN,comp
        djn.f  scan,<FIRST+DJNOFF
        mov.ab #BOMBLEN,count
split   mov.i  bomb,>comp
count   djn.b  split,#0
        sub.ab #BOMBLEN,comp
        jmn.a  scan,scan
incr    spl.a  #-IVAL,>-IVAL
clear   mov.i  cbomb,>gate
        djn.f  clear,>gate
cbomb   dat.f  >5335,(cbomb-gate+3)
bomb    spl.a  #0,0

QB EQU (start+400)
QS EQU 200
QD EQU 100

GAP EQU 15
REP EQU 6
datz    equ     (-CURLINE-1)

         dat    10*QS, 2*QS ; can get 21 values from this table
table:   dat     4*QS, 1*QS ; and can also use the initial value
         dat    23*QS, 3*QS ; of fnd
qbomb:   jmp    -200,GAP
qinc:    dat    GAP,-GAP

tab:     add.a  table,table
slow:    add.ab @tab,fnd
fast:    add.b  *tab,@slow
which:   sne.i  datz,@fnd
         add.ab #QD,fnd

         mov.i  qbomb,@fnd
fnd:     mov.i  -GAP/2,@QB
         add.ba fnd,fnd
         mov.i  qbomb,*fnd
         add.f  qinc,fnd
         mov.i  qbomb,@fnd
         djn.b  -3,#REP
         jmp    boot,}-300

start:   seq.i  QB+QS*13,QB+QS*13+QD
         jmp    fast,{fast

         seq.i  QB+QS*21,QB+QS*21+QD
         jmp    tab,{fast
         seq.i  QB+QS*22,QB+QS*22+QD
         djn.f  tab,tab
         seq.i  QB+QS*27,QB+QS*27+QD
         jmp    <fast,>tab
         seq.i  QB+QS*28,QB+QS*28+QD
         jmp    tab,>tab


         seq.i  QB+QS*4,QB+QS*4+QD
         jmp    >fast,}QB+QS*4+QD/2
         seq.i  QB+QS*5,QB+QS*5+QD
         jmp    slow,}QB+QS*5+QD/2
         seq.i  QB+QS*6,QB+QS*6+QD
         jmp    slow,{tab
         seq.i  QB+QS*7,QB+QS*7+QD
         jmp    slow,}tab

         seq.i  QB+QS*10,QB+QS*10+QD
         jmp    >fast,<tab
         seq.i  QB+QS*11,QB+QS*11+QD
         jmp    slow,<tab
         seq.i  QB+QS*12,QB+QS*12+QD
         djn.f  slow,tab

         seq.i  QB+QS*23,QB+QS*23+QD
         jmp    >fast,>tab
         seq.i  QB+QS*24,QB+QS*24+QD
         jmp    slow,>tab

         seq.i  QB+QS*17,QB+QS*17+QD
         jmp    slow,{fast

         seq.i  QB+QS*8,QB+QS*8+QD
         jmp    <fast,}QB+QS*8+QD/2
         seq.i  QB+QS*9,QB+QS*9+QD
         jmp    tab,}QB+QS*9+QD/2

         seq.i  QB+QS*15,QB+QS*15+QD
         jmp    tab,<tab
         seq.i  QB+QS*16,QB+QS*16+QD
         jmp    tab,{tab
         seq.i  QB+QS*20,QB+QS*20+QD
         djn.f  <fast,tab
         seq.i  QB+QS*0,QB+QS*0+QD
         jmp    which,}QS*13 ; qinc+GAP

         seq.i  QB+QS*1,QB+QS*1+QD
         jmp    fast,}QB+QS*1+QD/2
         seq.i  QB+QS*2,QB+QS*2+QD
         jmp    fast,{tab
         seq.i  QB+QS*3,QB+QS*3+QD
         jmp    fast,}tab

         seq.i  QB+QS*30,QB+QS*30+QD
         jmp    tab,}tab

bdist   equ     3422

boot
i       for     (bomb-scan+1)
        mov.i   (bomb+1-i),{bptr
        rof
bptr    spl.a   (bomb+bdist),#0
        div.f   bptr,bptr
_______________________________________________________________________________
Extra Extra - Alladin's Cave by Paul Kline, with analysis by Robert Macrae

Robert Macrae foolishly wrote:

> r.g.c is generally free from flaming. When you *really* hate
> someone, you write a suite of specialists to destroy their
> warriors. Look at Alladins Cave -- Kline must hate nearly everyone
> :-)

But I didn't realise what I was letting myself in for. In a typically
devious counterstrike, Paul asked me to review Alladin's Cave for him
thus 1) saving himself about 3000 words 2) keeping me out of mischief
for a week and 3) providing some harmless amusement when I fail to
understand the P-engine. Oh well...

Perhaps the best start is Paul's own description:

        Alladin's Cave began with "Curious Little Program" which
        revealed significant numbers of one-shots on the 94 Hill and
        beat them about 90%. I added to it a 3-line bomber to kill cmp-
        scanners about 70%, and a one-shot/dclear and one-shot spl-dat
        wiper to broaden the strength. Then reworked the brains for
        more efficiency.

Lets take a look at the components in turn.


CLP
---

This is a highly specialised component. A slow vampire with a linear
attack, 17 cells long cannot be expected to do well against any
general-purpose warrior but against coreclears it is deadly. The key
lies in the bombing loop, where an SNE checks the state of two fixed
"Fence" cells every 4 cycles. The fences are above and below CLP so
an enemy clear must overwrite one of them before it reaches CLP. When
this happens, CLP copies itself away to a distant location so that it
can proceed with its own leisurely vampiric coreclear.

The pit contains a brainwash so I guess there were once many P-
Spacers which brainwashed to a oneshot. This is no longer fashionable
:-]

Speed and length are not critical for this warrior since it already
has virtually no chance against non-clears, but I think a couple of
cells could be shaved here and there. How about a 3-cycle loop using
> and { on the fang, instead of an ADD instruction? Can the pit becleaner?
Gain would come from the faster boot, the smaller target
offered to Quickscans and the shorter delay before the carpet built
into a decoy.

I'm not convinced that booting is worthwhile; a few QS kills are
avoided -- but how many, given the boot takes 30 cycles to complete?
Perhaps a few oneshot kills are avoided where the oneshot would
otherwise scan the launch code after the fence. Both gains sound
minor, but I suppose the cost is even smaller: 5 cells, and 25 cycles
time wasted before the carpet starts to create the second decoy.

What can go wrong against coreclears? Well, very occasionally CLP
will copy itself onto its enemy. Some clears leave occasional gaps in
their carpets (for example a Dclear which has a line like SPL #0,
>gate) and this will give a few losses if gap falls on a fence, butboth of
these problems are minor. CLP eats coreclears.

Against oneshots, CLP needs some help against the scan. The first
line of defence is the launch code; oneshots often use a small
positive step (say 10-20) between scan locations so they are almost
certain to hit the launch code, and once the clear starts CLP is
safe. To protect against oneshots that make negative steps, the fangs
build a carpet, which acts as a decoy following the second fence.
This takes about 60 cycles to reach an effective length (about 15),
so negative-step oneshots do not have long to detect CLP. Could it be
worth adding a decoy-generator to reduce even this possibility?

Building a oneshot which is resistant to CLP with is hard work --
I've tried with Phantasm. I see two techniques. One is to combine
bombs with your scans with something like

        ADD #10, 2
        MOV db, @1
        JMZ -2, @X

db      DAT 0, 4000

Unfortunately, this scanner is slow to pick up Silks and the oneshot
becomes significantly less effective against other warriors; tests of
Phantasm using this approach dropped from about #6 to #12 on the hill
as a result, though gaining over 100 points against AC.

Another tack is to tune the scan step to avoid the decoys, but any
such warrior would be useless against a version of CLP with slightly
different constants, so this is not a general solution.


Stone
-----

sStep     equ    4954

Stone     mov    {1601    ,1-sStep    ; dat-bomb about 90% of core
          sub.x  #sStep   ,-1
          jmp    -2       ,}-2


MOV {X, Y is a conventional dwarf attack. SUB.x has the effect of
stepping the Y by -sStep and X by +1, while permitting sStep to be
modified by the { attack. Finally the JMP increments X so that the
decrement trail grows at 0.66c. This permits the trail to over-run
the stone without damage, but reduces the colouring speed because the
{ no longer picks up a decremented cell.

With minimalist pattern bombers the step is everything. 4954 has been
chosen with exquisite care, because not only this but 4953, 4952, ...
4948 all contribute to the bombing pattern -- the trail wraps around
core every 12k cycles so the step is decremented 6 times. As the step
changes, the pattern magically avoids hitting the stone -- this is
where the exquisite care comes in :-) Most of core is bombed, but a
few spaces lurk so warriors with an SPL may sometimes survive.

Again this is a specialist, helpless against replicators and imps. It
is acceptable against fast bombers and dwarves because it is smaller
and the { trail is quite effective, but both torch and the rosebud
stone beat it. Against scanners it is very strong because it colours
core and, even disregarding the trail, it has a higher attack/size
ratio. This component is another elegant specialist.


Scanner/Bomber/D-Clear/Thing
----------------------------

So far the warrior will lose to any imp-stone and any replicator;
with about 6 of each on the hill this is not an obvious recipe for
success! This unusual component handles the imp-stones.

Clear     spl    clSpl+1                ; Run clear and scan in parallel
          add    #6667  ,clGate
          jmz.f  -1     ,@clGate    ; 0.25c scan
clSpl     spl    #4000  ,{clGate
          mov    clBomb ,>clGate    ; 0.5c DClear
          djn.f  -1     ,>clGate
          jmp    -3                   ; protect Dclear during scan
          dat    {5335,12
clBomb    dat    {5335,12

The parallel execution of the ADD/JMZ scan with the MOV/DJN DClear
maximised its resistance to DAT bombs; only a hit to the MOV
instruction is certain to destroy the attack.

I am not sure that JMP -3 is ideal. The good side is that when the
initial, 1-process Dclear hits a 1,1 cell (which Paul thoughtfully
provides in the stone boot:) it will convert into a robuster normal
Dclear. OTOH, a JMP -2 would avoid a loss if the SPL is bombed. With
JMP -2, clBomb should be modified to DAT {5335,13 so the 1-process
Dclear will still sweep the whole of core. Health Warning: this is
untested. The bomb seems to be tuned to prevent MOV #2667, *0 imps
from leaping the gate.

How effective a component is this? Well, the "scanner" runs rather
slowly at 0.25c, but it also yanks the "carpet" along every 2 cycles.
The end result of the redundancy is that the code fights much like a
2-cell, 0.25c bomber converting to a D-Clear when the JMZ finds
something. Two-cell bombs are thrown 14 cells apart, which is
efficient against scanners. It might be worth experimenting with
other step sizes, but against bombers the scan is likely to be
triggered early in any case, because a bomb will be found.
 
To disable this component, DAT bombers have to hit the SPL or MOV
instruction so it is effectively length 2 and it is very resistant to
inc/dec attacks. The "Scanner"'s 0.25c attack against a length-4
dwarf is pretty much equivalent to the Dclear's 1.0c linear attack
(linear attacks can only hit the first cell of an enemy, so every
opponent is effectively length 1). Comparing them to a dwarves attack
at 0.33, for a relative efficiency of about
        Scanner     0.25 / 2 : 0.33 / 4   =   1.5 : 1.0, or
        Dclear      1.00 / 2 : 0.33 / 1   =   1.5 : 1.0.

Consequently this component should win roughly 60% of the battles
against dwarves. Against fast bombers the DClear does worse because
their greater length does not make them any easier for the linear
attack to hit, but the scanner remains competitive. It helps that the
component is rather resistant to SPL 0 bombs, which often just
trigger the Dclear.

Once it has flattened the bomber, it needs to kill the imp and
Dclears really shine at this, though if the imp has a lot of
processes it may not reach the gate. This component does well against
Rosebud, but less well against Gigolo (imps too heavy to reach gate)
and Impfinity (linear attach weak against the widely-spaced dwarves).


Oneshot TwoPass
---------------

... which leaves the replicators. The scan step may again provide
some resistance to triggering by imps. I prefer to have the scanner
after the wiper because this improves performance against scanners
(if they hit the used scan, they might not carpet the sweep) and to
separate the two (harder to hit) but this would make the launch
harder.

Anyway, improving a component against warriors which are still going
to beat it may be counterproductive; it is better for the engine to
move on to the next specialist quickly. Optimising against Silks, I
think here it is better to start the carpet further back; as it
stands you often hit the last few instructions of a Silk which would
delay the stun by 500+ cycles. There is some compensation, in that
the copies made in this time will carry the carpet with them, but I
believe the net effect should be negative.

However, when I checked this by deleting the trailing JMP and adding
SUB.ab #7, Sweep after the scan, it lost about 10 points against a
range of papers. Hmmm... where did I leave Phantasm..?
 
Sweep     add    #2671   ,#2681           ;one-shot scan
          jmz.f  Sweep   ,@Sweep          ;with spl-dat wipe
          jmp    @6      ,<Sweep
          dat    #-100   ,{swWipe+7-Sweep
          dat    #-100   ,{swWipe+7-Sweep
swWipe    spl    #5900   ,{swWipe+7-Sweep
          mov    @2      ,>Sweep
          mov    @1      ,>Sweep
          djn.b  -2      ,{swWipe
          jmp    swWipe  ,swWipe

This component beats aggressive papers like Pulp and Sad about half
the time, for scores around 175 -- it is hard to do better than this
without redundant copies. Against Diehard it is poor as it cannot
handle the imps, but at least it draws; if it mainly lost it would
expose the other components which do worse! Against Ultraviolet, it
has no problem at all though I am sure Ken Espiritu is working on
this.


P-Logic
-------

I guess I can't avoid this, but let me warn you; P-Code is not my
forte.

think ldp.a  #0,in              ; get input value
load  ldp.a  #PSTATE,state      ; load old state
      mod.a  #STATES,state      ; brainwash protection
      add.ba *in,state          ; select correct state table
store stp.a  *state,load        ; store new state
state jmp    @0        ,w1

This is a fast, flexible engine that uses two DAT tables to control
performance. All that is hard-coded here is that the state
transitions depend on current state and results in an additive way.
The first table,

      dat    0,init_table-state
in    dat    0,loss_table-state
      dat    0,win_table-state
      dat    0,tie_table-state

tells us that the second table is organised as 4 separate sub-tables
covering the 4 possible results (-1/init, 0/loss, 1/win, 2/tie). In
fact the win and tie tables are identical, so the same table is used
twice to save space.

tie_table
win_table

      spl    #wx0-win_table,w0   ; Brainwash
ww1   spl    #ww1-win_table,w1   ; Sweep
wx1   spl    #ww1-win_table,w1
      spl    #ww1-win_table,w1
ww0   spl    #ww0-win_table,w0   ; Clear
wx0   spl    #ww0-win_table,w0
      spl    #ww0-win_table,w0
ww2   spl    #ww2-win_table,w2   ; Stone
      spl    #ww2-win_table,w2
      spl    #ww2-win_table,w2
ww3   spl    #ww3-win_table,w3   ; Dodger
      spl    #ww3-win_table,w3
      spl    #ww3-win_table,w3

loss_table
      spl    #wx0-win_table ,w0  ; Brainwash
      spl    #1-loss_table  ,w1  ; Sweep
      spl    #1-loss_table  ,w1
      spl    #2-loss_table  ,w0
      spl    #1-loss_table  ,w0  ; Clear
      spl    #1-loss_table  ,w0
      spl    #3-loss_table  ,w2
      spl    #1-loss_table  ,w2  ; Stone
      spl    #1-loss_table  ,w2
      spl    #wx1-win_table ,w1
      spl    #1-loss_table  ,w3  ; Dodger (not after first trial)

init_table
      spl    #1-loss_table  ,w3
      spl    #wx1-win_table ,w1

This is simpler than it at first appears, honest. The .b fields
contain the address of the warrior to be executed. The .a fields
contain the state which is to be stored.

The effect of the win/tie sub-table is that any warrior which wins or
ties a battle is used again, and the state is reset to the first of
the 3 states which use that warrior. The effect of the #1-loss_table
entries in the loss table is that if a warrior loses the state is
increased by 1, so after 3 losses in a row the next warrior is
selected.

To make life more interesting, the #2-, #3- and #wx1 entries mean
that the first time a new warrior is used, it already has two strikes
against it for the stone, or 1 for the clear and dclear, thus
more quickly switching out a poorly selected warrior. Finally, CLP
is never tried as a result of another component losing -- if it ever
takes 3 strikes, it is out for good. It is much simpler to see all of
this in cdb.

Phew.
 
Is this a good system? Well, it is very reluctant to change warriors.
Partly this represents tuning against Q^2s, which will score a fair
number of wins even when the right warrior is selected. CLP is only
tried once because 3 running losses are implausible against its
intended victims, and it gives away too many points against other
warriors to try again. This will make switch-on-loss P-spacers with
Oneshot/Other almost immune... hmmm.

The approach of counting draws as wins may suit a set of real
specialists such as this, because draws will be relatively rare, but
in general I think it would be better not to change the state on
draws. That way a warrior with a mediocre mix of draws and losses
would be replaced fairly quickly. The current requirement of "three
losses in a row" may be much rarer than "three losses before the next
win". However, there are an infinity of other variations available.
There is no rule, for example, which says that all components must be
treated alike. The rule could be two losses for some warriors, 3 or
more for the others...

Of course the current scheme has been selected partly because it is
very efficient in table space and p-logic, but I think the "Ignore 
Draws" rule could be implemented (at least approximately) with a single
SLT instruction. This is untested, as is the assumption that it would
be beneficial.
 
Warrior sequence will also matter somewhat, because when fighting
other P-Spacers both warriors will cycle frequently; as soon as one
starts winning, the other will change warrior and changing to the
*right* one may give a couple of wins before the enemy adapts in
turn. Currently the sequence is Stone-Clear-DClear-Stone.

Examining this engine has taught me *why* the hill can be so
sensitive to start positions. With a criterion as specific as "Three
losses in a row", we are relying on rather rare events to determine
which warrior is picked. The difference between DLLL and LDLL will
lead to a completely different warrior being fielded for in many or
most subsequent rounds, so random variation plays a large role.

The choice of engine is critical to the success of a warrior like
this, where each component is so specialised, and I the engine could
only be improved by extensive testing on the hill -- more tuning.


Testing
-------

I hardwired the P-Engine to select each component in turn and
submitted them to the hill. This table shows the results, with P-
spacers at the top. "Best" is the best component score, "AC" is the
score of the complete P-Spacer, and "Effic" is the ratio of the two.

                Test Scores for Components and Whole Warrior

                CLP     DClr    Stone  2Pass       Best    AC      Effic
Alladins Cave   175     99      131     48         175     116     66%
Electric Head   270     113     87      108        270     273     101%
Nomolos         18      110     100     84         110     145     132%
The Next Baron  13      161     136     82         161     129     80%
Fire and Ice    10      64      22      29         64      88      138%
                                                                
The Boys are Bk 48      96      232     120        232     201     87%
He Scans Alone  12      115     192     167        192     168     88%
Pulp v0.5       0       13      52      190        190     165     87%
Silver Taln 1.2 24      90      208     71         208     162     78%
Stasis          38      119     176     159        176     161     91%
Return of Paper 0       22      24      180        180     159     88%
Ultraviolet-B   16      31      24      175        175     159     91%
obvious         6       39      28      165        165     156     95%
Vain            2       157     19      158        158     155     98%
Digitalis 3     84      171     33      152        171     147     86%
Newt            4       185     22      165        185     144     78%
Metal IIa       8       152     15      136        152     140     92%
PAN-TAU-RA      9       171     37      128        171     136     80%
Vigor           0       40      57      150        150     131     87%
Tornado 4       22      143     158     147        158     124     78%
Nine Seven Six  23      152     37      158        158     115     73%
Fixed           1       70      63      137        137     107     78%
traumatic smurf 34      109     133     73         133     99      74%
Benchmark [94]  5       112     20      95         112     96      86%
Vengeance       3       122     21      129        129     95      74%


There are a few surprises here. Firstly, the 2-pass is by far the
most effective component. It is best in 9 cases, and close-second in
another 9! It is so effective that the Dclear is reduced to a very
minor role -- there are few warriors that the stone and 2-pass cannot
handle between them. CLP also plays a very minor role, terrorising
Alladins Cave (!) and Electric Head but otherwise useless. I suspect
it has hunted its original prey into extinction.

Ignoring the P-Spacers, the average efficiency is 84%. This suggests
that the engine is doing a pretty good job of selecting the right
component against the non-P warriors; I would be interested to know
how other P-spacers compare on this measure.

Against the P-spacers, the engine does pretty well except against AC
(it is psyched out of CLP, and cannot re-use it) and Next Baron which
has been tuned against it. Fire and Ice has been tuned in a different
way, beating the individual components rather than outsmarting the
engine.


Conclusion
----------

This is a highly-tuned P-Spacer. It has a team of strong, specialised
components and they have been selected to beat most of the warriors
on the hill when it was created. The result of this tuning has been a
dominant position at the top of the table. By the same token, the
tuning makes it vulnerable to new warriors; for example, none of the
next generation of P-spacers will brainwash into oneshots making CLP
a dead weight, at least until I perfect Phantasm :)

With such specialised warriors on the hill, we can expect continued
rapid turnover because specialists age fast. Penultimate word goes to
Paul:

        There are several programs that beat AC on the Hill, fast
        bombers and qscanning silks do very well against him. But those
        silks feed the scanners that AC eats so it balances out. I
        think I serendipitously anticipated the return of several cmp-
        scanners which accounts for part of the success.

I don't want to write another qscanning silk just yet, so... look out
hill, here comes Thermite III :-]


-------------------------------------------------------------------------

;redcode-94
;name Alladin's Cave
;author P.Kline
;assert CORESIZE == 8000
;strategy pswitch stone, CLP, one-shot dclear, and one-shot spl/dat wiper

slStone   mov    <btStone ,{btStone
          mov    <btStone ,{btStone
          mov    <btStone ,{btStone
btStone   jmp    -300     ,4
sStep     equ    4954
Stone     mov    {1601    ,1-sStep         ; dat-bomb about 90% of core
          sub.x  #sStep   ,-1
          jmp    -2       ,}-2
      for 4
          dat 0,0
      rof
clBoot    equ    (2800)
slClear   mov    clGate     ,clGate+clBoot ;clear and sweep share
boot
code
          mov    btClear    ,btSweep
slSweep   mov    <btSweep   ,{btSweep
          mov    <btSweep   ,{btSweep
          mov    <btSweep   ,{btSweep
          mov    <btSweep   ,{btSweep
          djn    -3         ,#3
btSweep   jmp    Sweep+10+5600,Sweep+10
clGate    dat    0,clBomb
btClear   jmp    Clear+10-btSweep+clBoot ,Clear+10-btSweep

Clear     spl    clSpl+1
          add    #6667  ,clGate           ;one-shot scan
          jmz.f  -1     ,@clGate          ;with dclear

clSpl     spl    #4000  ,{clGate
          mov    clBomb ,>clGate
          djn.f  -1     ,>clGate
          jmp    -3
          dat    {5335,12
clBomb    dat    {5335,12
          dat    0,0

Sweep     add    #2671   ,#2681           ;one-shot scan
          jmz.f  Sweep   ,@Sweep          ;with spl-dat wipe
          jmp    @6      ,<Sweep
          dat    #-100   ,{swWipe+7-Sweep
          dat    #-100   ,{swWipe+7-Sweep
swWipe    spl    #5900   ,{swWipe+7-Sweep
          mov    @2      ,>Sweep
          mov    @1      ,>Sweep
          djn.b  -2      ,{swWipe
          jmp    swWipe  ,swWipe

PSTATE EQU 110
STATES EQU (loss_table-win_table)
      dat    0,init_table-state
in    dat    0,loss_table-state
      dat    0,win_table-state
      dat    0,tie_table-state

think ldp.a  #0,in              ; get input value
load  ldp.a  #PSTATE,state      ; load old state
      mod.a  #STATES,state      ; brainwash protection
      add.ba *in,state          ; select correct state table
store stp.a  *state,load        ; store new state
      mov    0,-1               ; eliminate accidental stp's

                                 ; p-table managing four options plus bw
                                 ; note that any number of brainwash vals
                                 ; could be put in between valid values
                                 ;
                                 ; loss-table is designed to speed up
                                 ; search for best routine by skipping
                                 ; one or more trials of each program
w0 EQU slClear
w1 EQU slSweep
w2 EQU slStone
w3 EQU slDodger

state jmp    @0        ,w1

tie_table
win_table
      spl    #wx0-win_table,w0   ; Brainwash  (zero should not happen!)
ww1   spl    #ww1-win_table,w1   ; Sweep
wx1   spl    #ww1-win_table,w1
      spl    #ww1-win_table,w1
ww0   spl    #ww0-win_table,w0   ; Clear
wx0   spl    #ww0-win_table,w0
      spl    #ww0-win_table,w0
ww2   spl    #ww2-win_table,w2   ; Stone
      spl    #ww2-win_table,w2
      spl    #ww2-win_table,w2
ww3   spl    #ww3-win_table,w3   ; Dodger
      spl    #ww3-win_table,w3
      spl    #ww3-win_table,w3
loss_table
      spl    #wx0-win_table ,w0  ; Brainwash
      spl    #1-loss_table  ,w1  ; Sweep
      spl    #1-loss_table  ,w1
      spl    #2-loss_table  ,w0
      spl    #1-loss_table  ,w0  ; Clear
      spl    #1-loss_table  ,w0
      spl    #3-loss_table  ,w2
      spl    #1-loss_table  ,w2  ; Stone
      spl    #1-loss_table  ,w2
      spl    #wx1-win_table ,w1
      spl    #1-loss_table  ,w3  ; Dodger (never selected after first trial)
init_table
      spl    #1-loss_table  ,w3
      spl    #wx1-win_table ,w1

slDodger  mov    <btDodger,{btDodger
          mov    <btDodger,{btDodger
          mov    <btDodger,{btDodger
          djn    -3,#6
btDodger  jmp    pescape+300,pescape+1
                                    ; code from "Curious Little Program"
                                    ; after "Cowboy"
pescape   equ    (pb+1)
plen      equ    (pescape-p1)
pstep     equ    (5093)
p1        mov    pb       ,@pfence  ; build fences
          mov    pb       ,*pfence
ploop     add    pincr    ,psnare   ; snare opponent
          mov    psnare   ,@psnare
pfence    sne    pb-56    ,pb+26    ; monitor fences
          djn.f  ploop    ,>p1-pstep
pmove     add    preset   ,psnare   ; adjust snare for new base
          mov    pb       ,pescape  ; set copy pointers
pcopy     mov    >pescape ,}pescape ; make copy
          jmn.b  -1       ,pescape  ;
preset    jmp    p1+pstep ,-p1-pstep; jump to new location
psnare    jmp    ptrap-2000,+2000
ptrap     mod.x  #10      ,#1       ; allow only one process
          stp.ab #0       ,#0       ; complete brainwash
          djn.b  -1       ,-1
pincr     mov    1        ,-1       ; opponent dies
pb        dat    pstep+p1-pescape,-plen

          end think
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Authors: Beppe Bezzi <giuseppe.bezzi@galactica.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