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

Issue 82                                                          04 July, 2002
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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 no-pspace hill. Coverage will
follow wherever 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:
  http://www.koth.org/corewar-faq.html
  http://homepages.paradise.net.nz/~anton/cw/corewar-faq.html

Web pages are at:
  http://www.koth.org/                       ;KOTH
  http://www.ecst.csuchico.edu/~pizza/koth   ;Pizza
  http://para.inria.fr/~doligez/corewar      ;Planar
  http://www.ociw.edu/~birk/corewar          ;C.Birk

Newbies should check the above pages for the FAQs, language specification,
guides, and tutorials. Post questions to rec.games.corewar. All new players
are infinitely welcome!
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Welcome...

Several interesting warriors have been published since last issue, including
Candy, Disincentive and Potenza which were posted to the newsgroup.  Also,
many of the Core War guides and magazines have been kindly converted to PDF
format by John Everitt.  These can be found at:

  http://www.firetrench.com/corewar/

Walter Hofmann has added a beginners' hill to his site, which also homes the
distributed warrior evolution project.  For more info, check:

  http://corewars.sourceforge.net/

Also, don't forget about the two Polish hills, standard and multiwarrior at:

  http://www.if.pw.edu.pl/~adamow/corewar/

Apologies for this issue being a little slimmer than usual.

-- John Metcalf
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Current Status of the KOTH.ORG '94 No Pspace Hill:

 #  %W/ %L/ %T                      Name               Author    Score    Age
 1  39/ 24/ 37                    pTest4                  G/M    153.5      9
 2  37/ 20/ 43                     Candy        Lukasz Grabun    153.3     48
 3  45/ 39/ 16       Hazy Lazy ... again        Steve Gunnell    151.4    183
 4  35/ 21/ 44               Son of Vain      Oversby/Pihlaja    148.7    737
 5  46/ 43/ 11              oneshot test     Simon Wainwright    148.3     72
 6  45/ 43/ 12                     Terra                Fizmo    147.1     16
 7  46/ 44/ 10                     Blade                Fizmo    146.7     54
 8  36/ 26/ 37                 Uninvited         John Metcalf    146.3    830
 9  34/ 24/ 42                paper test         John Metcalf    145.3     32
10  44/ 42/ 14                   Behemot      Michal Janeczek    144.6    971
11  42/ 42/ 16                Vanquisher        Lukasz Grabun    143.1    239
12  44/ 46/ 10                      G3-b          David Moore    143.0    418
13  34/ 25/ 42                 nPaper II        Paul-V Khuong    142.8   1148
14  33/ 25/ 42                  Purifier        Lukasz Grabun    141.3    158
15  33/ 27/ 40                      Inky          Ian Oversby    139.5    627
16  43/ 46/ 11                 scan test        Lukasz Grabun    139.1     15
17  33/ 27/ 41                    Olivia             Ben Ford    139.1    876
18  42/ 46/ 12                pre75-z47a         John Metcalf    138.7     90
19  40/ 43/ 16                      QSOS                Fizmo    137.4     86
20  37/ 39/ 24                     Argon                Fizmo    135.4      1

After 160 successful challenges only 9 warriors from last issue remain.
One of those which departed was Blacken (age 1363), having been the oldest
warrior around for quite some time (since it was age 426 in fact).  Also
leaving the hill were Keyser Soze (823), Quicksilver (789), Revival Fire
(468), Deep Freeze X (199), Hopper (182) and Test C (152).

Grabun holds the top two ranks with two new warriors.  Welcome to Fizmo,
who has made an impressive hill debut.
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The '94 No Pspace Hall of Fame:  * indicates the warrior is still active.

Pos Name                   Author             Age    Strategy
 1  Blacken                Ian Oversby       1363    Q^2 -> Stone/imp
 2  nPaper II              Paul-V Khuong     1148 *  MiniQ^3 -> Paper
 3  Behemot                Michal Janeczek    971 *  MiniQ^3 -> Bomber
 4  Olivia                 Ben Ford           876 *  Q^4 -> Stone/imp
 5  Uninvited              John Metcalf       830 *  MiniQ^3 -> Stone/imp
 6  Keyser Soze            Anton Marsden      823    Qscan -> Bomber/paper/imp
 7  Quicksilver            Michal Janeczek    789    Q^4 -> Stone/imp
 8  Eraser II              Ken Espiritu       781    Scanner
 9  Son of Vain            Oversby/Pihlaja    737 *  Q^4 -> Stone/imp
10  Jinx                   Christian Schmidt  662    Scanner
11  Inky                   Ian Oversby        627 *  Q^4 -> Paper/stone
12  Jade                   Ben Ford           600    Q^4 -> Stone/imp
13  Revival Fire           P.Kline            468    Bomber
14  The Phantom Menace     Anton Marsden      465    Qscan -> Paper/imp
15  Boys are Back in Town  Philip Kendall     441    Scanner
 =  Zooom...               John Metcalf       441    Scanner
17  G3-b                   David Moore        418 *  Twoshot
18  Qtest                  Christian Schmidt  394    *Unknown*
19  Stalker                P.Kline            393    Scanner
20  Vain                   Ian Oversby        330    Q^2 -> Stone/imp
21  Omnibus                John Metcalf       327    Q^2 -> Stone/imp
22  Win!                   David Moore        322    Scanner
23  Hazy Lazy...           Steve Gunnell      309    Scanner
24  Recovery               Ian Oversby        280    MiniQ^2 -> Paper/stone
25  The Fugitive           David Moore        274    MiniQ^2 -> Paper/imp

Blacken finally perishes, how long before a new warrior steals the top spot?
G3-b enters the HoF, replacing the older version which survived to an age of
413.  Vanquisher should be next to enter here...
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Current Status of the Koenigstuhl Recursive ICWS '94 Draft Hill:

Koenigstuhl is a collection of infinite hills of published warriors
found at:

  http://www.ociw.edu/COREWAR/koenigstuhl.html

Below we show the top 25 of a total 749 warriors - a smaller total than
previously, since the '88 warriors are no longer on the '94 hill:

rank name                        author                 score
--------------------------------------------------------------
   1 Son of Vain                 Oversby/Pihlaja        172.95
   2 Quicksilver                 Michal Janeczek        171.34
   3 Hazy Lazy ...               Steve Gunnell          169.61
   4 Uninvited                   John Metcalf           167.51
   5 Behemot                     Michal Janeczek        167.01
   6 Vanquisher II               Lukasz Grabun          164.20
   7 Candy                       Lukasz Grabun          163.73
   8 Silver Talon 1.2            Edgar                  163.05
   9 The Machine                 Anton Marsden          162.26
  10 Deep Freeze X               Lukasz Grabun          162.20
  11 Purifier                    Lukasz Grabun          162.00
  12 Boys are Back in Town 1.1   Philip Kendall         161.08
  13 Zooom...                    John Metcalf           160.80
  14 Jade                        Ben Ford               160.57
  15 Recovery                    Ian Oversby            160.12
  16 Vanquisher                  Lukasz Grabun          160.10
  17 nPaper II                   Paul-V Khuong          159.21
  18 Newt                        Ian Oversby            158.96
  19 Agony II                    Stefan Strack          158.48
  20 Fixed                       Ken Espiritu           158.33
  21 G2                          David Moore            158.28
  22 myVamp5.4                   Paulsson               158.23
  23 The Stormbringer            Christian Schmidt      158.13
  24 Phantasm 50                 Robert Macrae          158.12
  25 Disincentive                Lukasz Grabun          157.87

Son of Vain claims top spot for Oversby/Pihlaja.  Grabun has 6 entries in
the top 25, more than any other redcoder.
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Spring / Summer 2002 Corewar Tournament - Round 2 Results:

Round 2 inspired a smaller turnout than the previous round, with 9 authors
submitting 17 warriors in all.  The warriors played round robin in a large
limited process core, with a total of 10000 rounds per battle.  63 hours,
11 minutes and 20 seconds later there emerged a clear winner from the afray,
boasting an impressive 61.4% wins.

Janeczek's FragPaper has top spot - being a stone/paper similar in principle
to Tempest.  A stone/paper also holds second place, this time being Gunnell's
Hov Test, closely followed by the first of Hillis's evolved warriors.

A little further down, we find Ford's scanner and Wainwright's paper in ranks
6 and 7.  Thorne's vampire takes 10th place.  Macrae holds 12th rank with a
bomber, however much more interesting is his other entry, a triad of mutually
repairing scanners.  Finally we have Moore's clear at 14th and WFB's bomber
at 16th.

 # %Won Lost Tied Name                     Author                  Score     %
 1 61.4 15.5 23.1 FragPaper                Michal Janeczek        207.39 100.0
 2 46.3 16.1 37.6 Hov Test Tiny 4          Steve Gunnell          176.36  85.0
 3 46.8 18.9 34.3 rdrc_biglp1              Dave Hillis            174.75  84.3
 4 49.2 33.2 17.7 Bugtown Rap 9            Steve Gunnell          165.13  79.6
 5 48.9 38.2 12.9 rdrc_biglp2              Dave Hillis            159.59  77.0
 6 46.0 37.6 16.4 lockdown                 Ben Ford               154.39  74.4
 7 37.8 27.2 35.0 pure paper               Simon Wainwright       148.35  71.5
 8 44.7 41.3 14.0 heLP                     Simon Wainwright       148.21  71.5
 9 44.4 40.8 14.8 1hx                      Michal Janeczek        147.89  71.3
10 41.8 42.5 15.7 Slimy Time Vamp          Philip Thorne          141.02  68.0
11 41.7 44.9 13.4 LoClair                  Philip Thorne          138.44  66.8
12 39.7 53.0  7.3 DB2                      Robert Macrae          126.41  61.0
13 31.6 39.5 28.8 Mimp                     Ben Ford               123.74  59.7
14 34.7 62.8  2.4 Pinprick                 David Moore            106.64  51.4
15 24.7 44.9 30.4 In Search of Efficient   Robert Macrae          104.37  50.3
16 31.2 64.4  4.4 Dwarfed                  Winston Featherly-Bean  98.01  47.3
17 18.2 68.2 13.6 Dwarfed Again            Winston Featherly-Bean  68.32  32.9

To summarize the stategies used, there are three dat bombers (at ranks 12,
16 and 17) - two each of stone/paper (1, 2), evolved warrior (3, 5), vampire
(4, 10), scanner (6, 9), clear (11, 14) - and just one paper (7), stun bomber
(8), mirrored imp (13) and self-repair (15).

 # Competitor              Tiny  BigLP  Total
 1 Michal Janeczek         93.3  100.0  193.3
 2 Dave Hillis             99.9   84.3  184.2
 3 Steve Gunnell           91.0   85.0  176.0
 4 Ben Ford               100.0   74.4  174.4
 5 Robert Macrae           89.7   61.0  150.7
 6 Simon Wainwright        79.1   71.5  150.6
 7 Philip Thorne           75.5   68.0  143.5
 8 Winston Featherly-Bean  72.9   47.3  120.2
 9 Martin Ankerl           88.2     .    88.2
10 Leonardo H. Liporati    84.3     .    84.3
11 Lukasz Grabun           81.3     .    81.3
12 mushroommaker           71.3     .    71.3
13 Arek Paterek            66.0     .    66.0
14 Paul Drake              61.9     .    61.9
15 Compudemon              53.9     .    53.9
16 David Moore               .    51.4   51.4
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Questions?  Concerns?  Comments?  Complaints?  Mail them to people who care.
Beppe Bezzi <giuseppe.bezzi@galactica.it>, Philip Kendall <pak21@cam.ac.uk>,
Anton Marsden <anton@paradise.net.nz>, John Metcalf <grumpy3039@hotmail.com>
and Christian Schmidt <schmidt@mail.uni-mainz.de>
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