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

Issue 71                                                          8 March, 1999
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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, the beginner hill and
the '94 no-pspace hill. Coverage will follow where ever the action is. If you
haven't a 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

The ftp site and mirrors are at:
  ftp://ftp.csua.berkeley.edu/pub/corewar
  ftp://ftp.inria.fr/INRIA/Projects/para/doligez/cw/mirror
  ftp://www.koth.org/corewar

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

Web pages are at:
  http://www.koth.org/                       ;Stormking
  http://www.ecst.csuchico.edu/~pizza/koth   ;Pizza
  http://para.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
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Welcome...

Everything has been very quiet since last issue, with the exception of
some late activity on the Multi-Warrior hill. Kline has published a new
scanner concept, Moore has retired and the tournament is drawing to a
close, with just one more round to play.

No hint this issue, forgive me ;-). However, I hope you are happy with
the long-awaited code to Fixed and also an improved Q^2.

-- John Metcalf
_______________________________________________________________________________
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  42.0/ 26.8/ 31.3                     Fixed         Ken Espiritu 157.2    3
 2  45.7/ 34.3/ 20.0             Recycled Bits          David Moore 157.1    3
 3  39.1/ 23.6/ 37.2              Spooky Wench         John Metcalf 154.6    3
 4  42.6/ 31.6/ 25.7             The Conqueror    Christian Schmidt 153.6    3
 5  45.4/ 37.6/ 17.1            Pattel's Virus             Ben Ford 153.2    3
 6  39.4/ 27.7/ 32.9          The Stormbringer    Christian Schmidt 151.2    3
 7  32.0/ 15.8/ 52.2              The Fugitive          David Moore 148.3    3
 8  39.7/ 32.7/ 27.6                 Fragility         John Metcalf 146.6    3
 9  37.6/ 28.8/ 33.6        Freight Train v0.2          David Moore 146.4    3
10  39.7/ 33.0/ 27.3            Digital Dragon    Christian Schmidt 146.3    3
11  43.1/ 39.9/ 17.0          Silver Talon 1.2                Edgar 146.2    4
12  38.3/ 32.2/ 29.6                      Twin    Christian Schmidt 144.4    3
13  36.4/ 28.7/ 34.9                    Shadow    Christian Schmidt 144.1    3
14  32.2/ 20.6/ 47.1                 Innocuous         John Metcalf 143.9    1
15  39.3/ 36.5/ 24.2            trefoil 23 226        Steve Gunnell 142.1   13
16  40.5/ 39.1/ 20.4                   Galatea             Ben Ford 142.0    3
17  36.9/ 34.4/ 28.7        Strange Variations         John Metcalf 139.5    3
18  32.3/ 27.9/ 39.9            delay 0.02b 50       bjoern guenzel 136.7    3
19  41.8/ 47.7/ 10.6                   Silccon        M. J. Pihlaja 135.8   13
20  40.1/ 46.9/ 13.0               Lost Again!          David Moore 133.3    3
21  37.0/ 41.0/ 22.0            trefoil 28 558        Steve Gunnell 133.0    3
22  40.1/ 51.9/  8.1                    Boing!         John Metcalf 128.3    3
23  36.1/ 44.3/ 19.5           Ice Pick Willie             Ben Ford 128.0    3
24  36.7/ 46.4/ 16.8            Reconnaissance             Ben Ford 127.1    3
25  31.2/ 36.0/ 32.8          Bond, James Bond             Ben Ford 126.3    2

Age since last issue: 69 ( 33 last issue, 13 the issue before )
New warriors: 25  Turnover/age rate 36%
Average age: 3 ( 46 last issue, 36 the issue before )
Average score: 143 ( 140 last issue, 138 the issue before )
The top 25 warriors are represented by just 9 independent authors: Schmidt,
Ford and Moore with 5 each, Metcalf with 4, Gunnell with 2 and the rest with
just one warrior each.

What can I say? The hill as it was has been destroyed, every one of our
ancient adversaries unjustly deprived of everything it has achieved. It
seems too, some of the most innovative and respected competitors have
lost interest in Corewar as a result :-(
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94 - What's New (Sorted by rank and score)

Considering the unusual circumstances and events since issue #70, the details
normally collated in this section would be neither interesting or informative.
This hill of Saturday, 6th February helps indicates what has taken place...

 #   %W /  %L /  %T                       Name               Author Score  Age
 1  49.3/ 45.5/  5.2 Twenty-fiveZestyZenZebras HotPinkMonopolyMoney 153.2    2
 2  49.1/ 45.2/  5.7 Twenty-fiveMisfitMuskrats HoneydewHand-Grenade 153.1    6
 3  48.9/ 45.0/  6.1 Twenty5PuffyPlushPenguins DodgerBlueWaterMelon 152.8   10
 4  48.5/ 45.6/  5.9 Twenty-fiveMadMightyMoose LavenderBlushPerfume 151.5   23
 5  48.0/ 45.0/  7.0 TwentyfiveShortShadySheep PeachPuffEveningGown 151.0   21
 6  47.8/ 45.6/  6.7 Twenty-fiveAlienAardvarks ChartreuseEmbroidery 149.9   11
 7  48.2/ 46.8/  5.1 20+5BashfulBulliedBeavers RosyBrownBakeryTruck 149.5    4
 8  47.5/ 45.6/  6.9 25ObnoxiousOrOldOstriches FireBrickFireHydrant 149.5    9
 9  47.4/ 45.6/  7.0 25EcstaticEastEstonianEmu GainsboroExpressRail 149.1    7
10  47.9/ 46.8/  5.3 Twenty-fiveWetWileyWolves BisqueWoodenSombrero 149.1    8
11  47.1/ 45.5/  7.4 Twenty-fiveSlipperySnakes CornSilkWoodenNickel 148.7    5
12  47.2/ 45.8/  7.1 25TinyTeflonTyrannosaurus OldLaceFancyFrippery 148.6    1
13  46.6/ 44.8/  8..6 20+5FlyingFightingFerrets MediumSeaGreenFrames 148.3   15
14  46.8/ 45.3/  7.9 Twenty-fiveDarkDrabDingos MintCreamBoxerShorts 148.2    3
15  47.9/ 48.0/  4.1 20+5FlyingFightingFerrets MediumSeaGreenFrames 147.8   16
16  48.4/ 49.2/  2.4 25MushyMid-MorningMaggots LemonChiffonDentures 147.6   20
17  47.3/ 47.2/  5.5 TwentyfiveSadSickSeagulls SaddleBrownPantyhose 147.3   14
18  48.1/ 50.1/  1.9 25AdvancedAerodynamicAnts PapayaWhipAftershave 146.0   25
19  47.8/ 50.1/  2.1 Twenty5LustfulLatexLlamas ForestGreenLongJohns 145.5   18
20  47.0/ 48.8/  4.2 25GorgeousGanglyGuerillas LightGoldenrodTuxedo 145.3   19
21  46.6/ 48.0/  5.4 20+5RotatingRubberRabbits DarkSalmonNinjaBlade 145.3   17
22  37.1/ 37.8/ 25.1 Win!                               David Moore 136.3   41
23  44.4/ 53.7/  1.9 25GiantGyroscopicGiraffes BurlyRoadKitchenSink 135.1   12
24  44.4/ 53.9/  1.6 Twenty-fiveJuicyJellyfish FloralWhiteShrubbery 135.0   13
25  44.3/ 53.9/  1.8 TwentyfiveWashed-upWhales CornflowerBlueFrames 134.7   22

David Moore wipes the hill with his handshaking warriors prior to announcing
his retirement from Corewar. Fixed, Vigor and Recovery were the last to be
pushed from the hill.
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94 - What's No More (Sorted by age)

 #   %W /  %L /  %T                       Name               Author Score  Age
26  23.0/ 23.3/ 53.7                      Newt          Ian Oversby 122.8  216
26  23.2/ 20.3/ 56.5                      Vain          Ian Oversby 126.1  147
26  ??.?/ ??.?/ ??.?                     Vigor         Ken Espiritu ???.?  138
26  24.0/ 18.7/ 57.3                     Fixed         Ken Espiritu 129.3  135
26  ??.?/ ??.?/ ??.?                  Fugitive          David Moore ???.?  102
26  30.0/ 34.9/ 35.1              Fire and Ice          David Moore 125.0  100
26  26.8/ 28.5/ 44.8         Tuesday Afternoon             John K W 125.1   58
26  35.0/ 45.0/ 20.1                 Blurstone        M. J. Pihlaja 124.9   58
26  ??.?/ ??.?/ ??.?             Recycled Bits          David Moore ???.?   58
26  ??.?/ ??.?/ ??.?          The Stormbringer    Christian Schmidt ???.?   51
26  27.3/ 27.5/ 45.3                    Shadow    Christian Schmidt 127.1   46
26  ??.?/ ??.?/ ??.?                  Recovery          Ian Oversby ???.?   45
26  ??.?/ ??.?/ ??.?        Benj's Revenge 1.0        Robert Macrae ???.?   45
26  21.0/ 18.1/ 60.9       Three Men in a Boat     M Joonas Pihlaja 123.9   42
26  30.7/ 37.1/ 32.2                  Defender          Ian Oversby 124.2   39
26  32.7/ 40.7/ 26.5               myVamp v3.7             Paulsson 124.7   37
26  33.4/ 40.5/ 26.0                  Zooom...         John Metcalf 126.4   34
26  26.0/ 26.0/ 48.0                 Brigadeer     M Joonas Pihlaja 126.0   34
26  ??.?/ ??.?/ ??.?    Diamonds and more Rust    Christian Schmidt ???.?   23
26  27.1/ 28.9/ 44.0   Three Queens and a King    Christian Schmidt 125.3   15
26  31.6/ 38.2/ 30.2                   Trefoil        Steve Gunnell 125..0   12
26  24.2/ 24.2/ 51.6                 Fragility         John Metcalf 124.2   12
26  38.8/ 52.7/  8.6             He Scans Anew              P.Kline 124.9   10
26  34.7/ 44.0/ 21.3                    Bee/7i         John Metcalf 125.4    4

:-(
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94 - What's Old

 #   %W /  %L /  %T                       Name               Author Score  Age

Nothing old.
_______________________________________________________________________________
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    Oneshot
 8  Evol Cap 6.6           John Wilkinson    1299    Stone/imp
 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    Scanner
16  T.N.T. pro             Maurizio Vittuari  925    Bomber
17  Agony II               Stefan Strack      912    Scanner
18  Barrage                Anton Marsden      876    Qscan -> Paper
19  Blue Funk              Steven Morrell     869    Stone/imp
20  Flurry                 Anton Marsden      835    Qscan -> P-warrior
21  Thermite 1.0           Robert Macrae      802    Qscan -> Bomber
22  Blue Funk 3            Steven Morrell     766    Stone/imp
23  Night Train            Karl Lewin         755    Paper
24  Mirage 1.5             Anton Marsden      736    Scanner/bomber
25  Blizzard               Anton Marsden      713    Qscan -> Paper
_______________________________________________________________________________
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  Newt                   Ian Oversby        216    Q^2 -> Stone/imp
12  Q^2 Miro               Anders Ivner       214    Q^2 -> Scanner/bomber
13  Instant Wolf 3.4       Edgar              205    P-warrior
14  Goldfinch              P.Kline            201    P-warrior
15  Simple v0.4b           Ian Oversby        197    QScan -> Stone/imp
16  Trident^2              John K W           195    Q^2 -> Stone/imp
17  ompega                 Steven Morrell     189    Stone/imp
18  Frogz                  Franz              172    Q^2 -> Paper
19  The Machine            Anton Marsden      164    Scanner
20  Memories               Beppe              152    Scanner
21  Vain                   Ian Oversby        147    Q^2 -> Stone/imp
22  Head or Tail           Christian Schmidt  142    Q^2 -> Paper
23  Electric Head          Anton Marsden      140    P-warrior
24  Vigor                  Ken Espiritu       138    Q^2 -> Paper
25  Fixed                  Ken Espiritu       135    Q^2 -> Paper

Newt climbs a couple of places and halts at 11th. Vain climbs to 21st place
before it too loses it's *. New entries Vigor and Fixed claim ranks 24 and
25, shortly before they are forced off the hill... For the first time there
are no active warriors in the new HoF.
_______________________________________________________________________________
Current Status of the Internet Pizza Server Beginner 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  54.5/ 30.8/ 14.6            Pattel's Virus             Ben Ford 178.2    5
 2  48.3/ 38.5/ 13.2        redcode ragamuffin     Simon Wainwright 158.2    1
 3  46.8/ 36.2/ 17.0           Spat the dummy. Steve Gunnell (oh ye 157.3   63
 4  43.5/ 35.3/ 21.2           Ice Pick Willie             Ben Ford 151.6   46
 5  44.3/ 39.8/ 15.8       Reconnaissance v0.3             Ben Ford 148.9    6
 6  41.1/ 33.8/ 25.1                 Arsonic C             P._V._K. 148.4   80
 7  44.1/ 41.3/ 14.6                   Fat Man          A.S. Mehlos 146.9   77
 8  42.6/ 41.0/ 16.5 Sticky taped together 1.2        Steve Gunnell 144.1   74
 9  36.5/ 29.3/ 34.2          A man with a Gun             Ben Ford 143.6   48
10  40.9/ 38.6/ 20.6          No Time To Think         A. S. Mehlos 143.2   64
11  42.2/ 41.2/ 16.7                Scanzonato       Franco Solerio 143.2   98
12  30.7/ 18.5/ 50.8                Redemption         John Metcalf 142.9   39
13  34.2/ 28.2/ 37.6       ModerationRevisited         A. S. Mehlos 140.1   83
14  36.0/ 31.9/ 32.1    of mirth and merriment     Simon Wainwright 140.1    9
15  42.1/ 44.6/ 13.3                    Hunter             Ben Ford 139.7   51
16  30.2/ 21.8/ 48.0            HardCore v0.2b           Simon Duff 138.6    3
17  40.1/ 42.1/ 17.8            Security Purge             Ben Ford 138.1   17
18  39.3/ 41.1/ 19.5            Reconnaissance             Ben Ford 137.5   14
19  33.0/ 28.9/ 38.0           Frusteration II         A. S. Mehlos 137.1   67
20  28.5/ 22.6/ 48.9                Quick Zeta    Leonardo Humberto 134.3    2
21  40.3/ 48.4/ 11.4       fatal lure of pMars     Simon Wainwright 132.1    7
22  26.7/ 23.4/ 49.9                  H-Bomb 9          Josh Yeager 130.0   61
23  31.0/ 32.1/ 36.9    Rocking-Chair 94 v0.33    Leonardo Humberto 129.9   11
24  26.5/ 23.5/ 50.0                 H-Bomb 9k          Josh Yeager 129.5   60
25  37.0/ 47.3/ 15.7 Death kiss with a dash of      Anders Rosendal 126.7   23

The beginners' hill has been pretty quiet since last issue, with only 13
successful challenges. IWeasel was the only warrior to have died of old
age. Ford's new P^3 warrior dominates the hill with a 20 point lead.
_______________________________________________________________________________
Current Status of the KOTH.ORG '94 No Pspace 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: 250
  instruction set: ICWS '94 Draft, excluding ldp and stp

 #  %W/ %L/ %T                      Name               Author   Score     Age
 1  38/ 27/ 35          The Stormbringer    Christian Schmidt     148     109
 2  37/ 28/ 35             Baseline Plus         Ken Espiritu     146     156
 3  37/ 29/ 34                     Fixed         Ken Espiritu     146     158
 4  37/ 28/ 35                   Blacken          Ian Oversby     145      85
 5  36/ 26/ 38                      Vain          Ian Oversby     145     175
 6  46/ 48/  6            He Scans Alone              P.Kline     145      21
 7  42/ 39/ 19 Boys are Back in Town 1.1       Philip Kendall     144     100
 8  36/ 28/ 36                  Recovery          Ian Oversby     144      98
 9  43/ 44/ 12                      Win!          David Moore     142      73
10  28/ 14/ 58         _romanian_killah_  Costin Bontas rulez     142      67
11  38/ 35/ 27               BiShot v1.0    Christian Schmidt     141       7
12  38/ 35/ 27               Liquid Fire    Christian Schmidt     140      71
13  27/ 14/ 59              The Fugitive          David Moore     140     177
14  42/ 45/ 13                Red Carpet          David Moore     140     116
15  44/ 49/  8             He Scans Anew              P.Kline     139      26
16  38/ 38/ 24              Floody River              P.Kline     137     124
17  32/ 27/ 41                 Brigadeer     M Joonas Pihlaja     137      94
18  34/ 32/ 34              Head or Tail    Christian Schmidt     136     146
19  29/ 23/ 48                 Innocuous         John Metcalf     134       1
20  31/ 29/ 40              Gemini Dream     John K Wilkinson     133     181

Old KoTH Zooom was ;killed and the hilltop is now held by The Stormbringer
closely followed by four more Q^2 warriors. Quite a difference from last
issue where 4 of the top 5 were scanners - all with but 3 new warriors on
the hill.
_______________________________________________________________________________
Current Standings of the Oversby Autumn Corewar Tournament:

         :    '94    Tiny    Grey   Build   Multi   Primo   rDist :  Total
 Schmidt :  99.46   70.55   75.41   77.34   50.26  100.00   92.84 : 515.60
 Macrae  :  87.63   69.55   74.28  100.00   74.87   95.32   54.47 : 501.65
 Pihlaja :  98.66  100.00  100.00       x   84.82   87.48       x : 470.96
.WFB     :  91.10   22.42   49.35   56.28  100.00   56.47       x : 375.62
.Khuong  :  75.82   60.37   65.86   63.96       x       x   42.71 : 308.72
.Gunnell :  72.82   46.50   19.46       x   47.12   87.95       x : 273.85
.Mehlos  :  71.22   29.45   76.11   76.23       x       x       x : 253.01
 Hale    :  99.12   66.52   18.68   60.92       x       x       x : 245.24
 Moore   : 100.00   63.67   62.29       x       x       x       x : 225.96
.Yeager  :      x   24.93   44.22   60.03   34.55       x       x : 163.73
 Metcalf :      x       x       x       x       x   39.96  100.00 : 139.96
 Kendall :  90.04   35.48    3.21       x       x       x       x : 128.73
.Duff    :  23.05   30.67   10.51       x       x       x       x :  64.23

First place in the primordial round was claimed by Schmidt with Pizza
Vulcano, then Metcalf (better late than never) took first place in the
penultimate round - restricted distance.

The final round will be similar to the typical '94 draft rules, with an
interesting twist. The coresize will be 8001 and the process limit 64.
The deadline is Thursday 11th March, 23:59:59. Good luck!

Check the tournament's home page for more details:

  http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Realm/2443/
_______________________________________________________________________________
The Hint -
_______________________________________________________________________________
Extra Extra -
Fixed by Ken Espiritu

Among the warriors which have created much curiousity in the redcoding
community are Ken Espiritu's mystery papers, Vigor and Fixed. While
some of us pondered the strange scores these alleged papers attained
and suspected the strategy to be somewhat different, Espiritu was in
possession of the secret of paper longevity.

Fixed is a warrior of two parts. First, a qscan which splits to two
parallel attacks similar to Retro-Q^2, followed by a robust paper with
silk-imps. In contrast to warriors using similar qscans, Fixed only
launches one of the two papers it contains. However, this seems no
less effective, and may introduce advantages against some scanners.

The paper is made up of three silk modules followed by silk-imps of
the form mov.i #xxxx,}yyyy. The behaviour of these can be very
interesting! Consider for example what happens when you overwrite an
area of core where you have proccesses stunned by an opponent's spl
carpet. The initial results differ with the type of spl carpet. Is it
spl 0,0 or spl #0,0 or spl #1,1?

Now, lets see how effective a few scanners are against the paper from
Fixed. I removed the qscan from Fixed and decoys from the scanners to
ensure a fair fight ;-)

WARRIOR    : %W %L %T : Scan Fixed      WARRIOR   : %W %L %T : Scan Fixed
HeScans T  : 61 27 12 :  195    93      HAL 9000  : 39 37 24 :  141   135
Tom Tack   : 52 37 11 :  167   122      Blur 2    : 36 35 29 :  137   134
Mini-HSA   : 52 38 10 :  166   124      HSA       : 39 45 16 :  133   151
Mirage 1.5 : 49 32 19 :  166   115      Win!      : 35 40 25 :  130   145
Tim Tack   : 48 38 14 :  158   128      Zooom...  : 35 45 20 :  125   155
7-11       : 45 38 17 :  152   131      Harmony   : 26 30 44 :  122   134
Syzygy 1.3 : 40 34 26 :  146   128      One Shot  : 26 39 35 :  113   152

Warriors with HSA-like carpet attacks perform well. Booting your
scanner leaving a large spl decoy is another effective technique.

;redcode-94
;name Fixed
;author Ken Espiritu
;strategy qscan -> paper
;assert 1

       org start

gap    equ    (6)
rep    equ    (17)
rep2   equ    (13)
qd     equ    (100)
qs     equ    (-200)
qb     equ    (start-700)
flag   equ    (qbomb-100)
datz   equ    (start-200)

qbomb: dat    }gap,    }-gap
tab:   add.a  table,   table
slow:  add.ab @tab,    fnd
fast:  add.b  *tab,    @slow
which: sne.f  }datz,   @fnd
       add.ab #qd,     fnd
       spl    bmber2,  }qs*13   ; start primary bomber

bmber1:add.b  fnd,     fnd2     ; redundant bomber
loop1: mov.i  qbomb,   @fnd2    ; .5c, forward only
fnd2:  mov.i  qbomb,   >fnd-(gap*rep)/2+1
       add    #2*gap,  fnd2
       djn    loop1,   #rep
       jmn.b  qbomb,   flag     ; check flag

fixed1:spl    1,       }qb+qs*31
       spl    1,       }qb+qs*32
       spl    1,       }qb+qs*33
silk1a:spl    @0,      <131
       mov.i  }silk1a, >silk1a
silk1b:spl    @0,      }7502
       mov.i  }silk1b, >silk1b
silk1c:spl    @0,      }2430
       mov.i  }silk1c, >silk1c
       mov.i  #3555,   }-3190
       mov.i  #1832,   }1398
       mov.i  #-2840,  }570

       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

start: seq.i  qb+qs*0, qb+qs*0+qd
       jmp    which,   }qb+qd/2
       seq.i  qb+qs*2, qb+qs*2+qd
       jmp    fast,    {tab
       seq.i  qb+qs*13,qb+qs*13+qd
       jmp    fast,    {fast
       seq.i  qb+qs*1, qb+qs*1+qd
       jmp    fast,    }qb+qs*1+qd/2
       seq.i  qb+qs*3, qb+qs*3+qd
       jmp    fast,    }tab

       seq.i  qb+qs*17,qb+qs*17+qd
       jmp    slow,    {fast
       seq.i  qb+qs*7, qb+qs*7+qd
       jmp    slow,    }tab
       seq.i  qb+qs*11,qb+qs*11+qd
       jmp    slow,    <tab
       seq.i  qb+qs*5, qb+qs*5+qd
       jmp    slow,    }qb+qs*5+qd/2
       seq.i  qb+qs*24,qb+qs*24+qd
       jmp    slow,    >tab
       seq.i  qb+qs*4, qb+qs*4+qd
       jmp    >fast,   }qb+qs*4+qd/2
       seq.i  qb+qs*10,qb+qs*10+qd
       jmp    >fast,   <tab
       seq.i  qb+qs*23,qb+qs*23+qd
       jmp    >fast,   >tab
       seq.i  qb+qs*6, qb+qs*6+qd
       jmp    slow,    {tab
       seq.i  qb+qs*12,qb+qs*12+qd
       djn.f  slow,    tab

       seq.i  qb+qs*28,qb+qs*28+qd
       jmp    tab,     >tab
       seq.i  qb+qs*9, qb+qs*9+qd
       jmp    tab,     }qb+qs*9+qd/2
       seq.i  qb+qs*20,qb+qs*20+qd
       djn.f  <fast,   tab
       seq.i  qb+qs*8, qb+qs*8+qd
       jmp    <fast,   }qb+qs*8+qd/2
       seq.i  qb+qs*21,qb+qs*21+qd
       jmp    tab,     {fast
       seq.i  qb+qs*15,qb+qs*15+qd
       jmp    tab,     <tab
       seq.i  qb+qs*27,qb+qs*27+qd
       jmp    <fast,   >tab
       seq.i  qb+qs*16,qb+qs*16+qd
       jmp    tab,     {tab
       seq.i  qb+qs*22,qb+qs*22+qd
       djn.f  tab,     tab
       seq.i  qb+qs*30,qb+qs*30+qd
       jmp    tab,     }tab

fixed2:spl    1,       }qb+qs*31
       spl    1,       }qb+qs*32
       spl    1,       }qb+qs*33
silk2a:spl    @0,      <131
       mov.i  }silk2a, >silk2a
silk2b:spl    @0,      }7502
       mov.i  }silk2b, >silk2b
silk2c:spl    @0,      }2430
       mov.i  }silk2c, >silk2c
       mov.i  #3555,   }-3190
       mov.i  #1832,   }1398
       mov.i  #-2840,  }570

       dat    }1,      >1
       dat    }1,      >1
qincr  dat    }-gap,   >2*gap

bmber2:add.ba fnd,     fnd
loop2: mov.i  qincr,   *fnd     ; primary bomber
       mov.i  qincr,   @fnd     ; .66c, bi-directional
fnd:   mov.i  2*-gap,  }qb
       add    qincr,   fnd
       djn    loop2,   #rep2
       jmp    fixed2,  >flag    ; set flag
       end
______________________________________________________________________________
Extra Extra Extra -
Innocuous by John Metcalf

After fiercely resisting the temptation to join the authors of Q^2
warriors I finally yielded on the provision I didn't re-use someone
else's code. At first I settled for a mini-Q^2 which scanned 13*2
locations. Since it seemed my warriors were (in my opinion) taking
premature retirement, it became inevitable I would eventually have
to write a full Q^2.

>From writing the mini-Q^2 I learnt how it is possible for more scan
locations to be decoded in a faster time and how to remove a now
unwanted add.ab fnd,fnd. Over the 24*2 scans of the new and improved
Q^2 this results in an average speed increase of 1.2 cycles :-)

Since my testing has been somewhat curtailed by events which created
some uncertainty over the level of the hill, I present the improved
Q^2 here with only a simple, harmless paper - hence the name...

Anyway, here's the code ready for you to use, abuse and improve
as you wish:

;redcode-94
;name Innocuous
;author John Metcalf
;strategy Improved Q^2 -> Harmless Paper

;assert CORESIZE==8000

     org   qGo
     pstep1 equ  220 ; 1700
     pstep2 equ 6172 ; 4388
     pstep3 equ 3060 ; 4924
pGo: spl   1,       {qf+qs*3 ; harmless paper!
     spl   1,       {qf+qs*9
pap1:spl   @0,      {pstep1
     mov   }pap1,   >pap1
     mov   }pap1,   >pap1
pap2:spl   @0,      {pstep2
     mov   }pap2,   >pap2
     mov   {pap2,   {pap3
pap3:jmp   pstep3+1,>pstep3-3
     dat   >1,      }1

     for 23
     dat 0,0
     rof

     qf equ (pGo-200)        ; qscan constants
     qd equ (-101)
     qs equ (-201)

     qi equ (11)             ; qbomber constants
     qr equ (9)

     nop   {q_B,     {q_E
qP:  add   q_D,      q_B     ; decoder
qSlo:add   @qP,      @qLoo-1
qFas:add   *qP,      @qLoo-1
qSki:sne   >qf+qs*20,@qKil
     add   qDis,     qKil

qLoo:mov   qInc,     *qKil   ; .5c dat bomber
qKil:mov   qf,       @qf+5
     add.x qInc,     @qLoo-1
     djn   qLoo,     #qr
     jmp   pGo,      {qf+qs*27

qDis:dat   qd,       qd
qInc:dat   {qi,      {-qi

q_A: dat   10*qs,    10*qs   ; Can get 23 values from this
q_B: dat   13*qs,    13*qs   ; table and can also use the
q_C: dat   6*qs,     6*qs    ; initial value of qKil.
q_D: dat   1*qs,     1*qs    ; (Traditional Q^2 comment!)
q_E: dat   4*qs,     4*qs

; [0/1 cycles]
qGo: seq   qf,       qd+qf        ; 0
     jmp   qSki,     {qd+qf-2
     seq   qf+qs*10, qd+qf+qs*10  ; A
     djn.a qFas,     {qFas
     seq   qf+qs*13, qd+qf+qs*13  ; B
     jmp   qFas,     {qFas
     seq   qf+qs*6,  qd+qf+qs*6   ; C
     jmp   qFas,     {qP
     seq   qf+qs,    qd+qf+qs     ; D
     jmp   qFas,     {qd+qf+qs-2
     seq   qf+qs*4,  qd+qf+qs*4   ; E
     jmp   qFas,     }qP

; [2 cycles]
     seq   qf+qs*14, qd+qf+qs*14  ; DB
     jmp   qSlo,     {qd+qf+qs*4-2
     seq   qf+qs*19, qd+qf+qs*19  ; CB
     jmp   qSlo,     {qP
     seq   qf+qs*17, qd+qf+qs*17  ; EB
     jmp   qSlo,     }qP
     seq   qf+qs*11, qd+qf+qs*11  ; DA
     jmp   qSlo,     <qP
     seq   qf+qs*7,  qd+qf+qs*7   ; DC
     jmp   qSlo,     >qP
     seq   qf+qs*26, qd+qf+qs*26  ; BB
     jmp   qSlo,     {qFas
     seq   qf+qs*5,  qd+qf+qs*5   ; DE
     jmp   qSlo,     {qSlo
     seq   qf+qs*16, qd+qf+qs*16  ; CA
     djn.f qSlo,     qP
     seq   qf+qs*23, qd+qf+qs*23  ; BA
     djn.a qSlo,     {qFas
     seq   qf+qs*2,  qd+qf+qs*2   ; DD
     djn.b qSlo,     {qSlo

; [3 cycles]
     seq   qf+qs*15, qd+qf+qs*15  ; DDB
     jmp   qP,       {qd+qf+qs*4-2
     seq   qf+qs*12, qd+qf+qs*12  ; DDA
     jmp   qP,       <qP
     seq   qf+qs*8,  qd+qf+qs*8   ; DDC
     jmp   qP,       >qP
     seq   qf+qs*25, qd+qf+qs*25  ; CCB
     jmp   qP,       {qP
     seq   qf+qs*21, qd+qf+qs*21  ; EEB
     jmp   qP,       }qP
     seq   qf+qs*28, qd+qf+qs*28  ; DDBB
     jmp   qP,       {qFas
     seq   qf+qs*24, qd+qf+qs*24  ; DAB
     djn.a qP,       {qFas
     seq   qf+qs*22, qd+qf+qs*22  ; CCA
     djn.f qP,       qP
     jmp   pGo,      {qf+qs*27
     end
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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>,
Philip Kendall <pak21@cam.ac.uk> and John Metcalf <grumpy@digitald.uk.com>
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