The three rules of Ruby Q.: 1. Please do not post any solutions or spoiler discussion for this quiz until 48 hours have passed from the time on this message. 2. Support Ruby Q. by submitting ideas as often as you can: http://www.rubyquiz.com/ 3. Enjoy! -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= by Simon Kroeger RRobots, Inc. is always looking for new talented pilots. Recently they lost so many skilled employees in a show battle against one of their competitors that they decided to try something new. Don't be afraid, you don't have to lead a robot into the fight personally. RRobots, Inc. is asking you to write an AI for one of their bots. You will be provided with a programming interface and as many shiny new robots as you may need to test your creation. All bots have a body equipped with a powerful engine and robust plating, a gun capable of firing energy bullets of various strengths, and a radar to scan the battlefield for enemy bots. Battles take place in an arena, 1600m by 1600m, each robot is placed at a randomly chosen position and powered on simultaneously. For this test all fights are one-on-one, so if you scan something it will be your opponent. RRobots, Inc. will run a championship competition on 12-20-2005 (wasting even more hardware) matching each participant against all others, three times. (Your bot must be posted to Ruby T. on or before 6 PM (GMT) the 19th, to compete. A resubmission of the same bot class replaces the original submission, but contestants are allowed to submit multiple distinct bots.) The winner of the competition will be the bot with the most overall wins. The result of these battles will lead to a winner honored with having the next product-line named after him. (James and Simon will provide the winner with a Desktop R/C Mini-Rover from ThinkGeek.com, after the quiz summary is posted. Contestants must provide a valid email address with their solutions to be eligible.) If you are interested, here are the details: You have to provide a class including the module 'Robot', defining a method named 'tick' taking an array of events as input. By including the module 'Robot' you gain access to the robot hardware via methods like: fire(power) # fires a bullet in the direction of your gun turn(degrees) # turns the robot (and the gun and the radar) energy # your remaining energy (if this drops below 0 you are dead) # ... You have to define the behavior of the robot for each tick (approximately 20ms). This approach is kind of low level but you are allowed (if not encouraged) to unleash the whole power of Ruby to create higher level functions and interfaces (take a look at http://rrobots.rubyforge.org/OOSittingDuck.rb for an idea). A word of warning: If your AI tries to cheat (using other ways than those provided by the 'Robot' module to gain information about the battlefield or the other bots) or throws any errors, your submission will be disqualified. You can get information, sample bots and the arena program on http://rrobots.rubyforge.org/. Good luck and may the best bot win! Disclaimer: Of course there is no 'RRobots, Inc.' (if there is, this is totally unrelated to them) and you will not receive any hardware whatsoever via snail mail. While it is very unlikely that you get hurt in a RRobots battle, I'm not responsible for any harm done to you or your equipment during this quiz.
on 2005-12-16 15:32
on 2005-12-16 17:33
Ruby Q. wrote: >[...] >-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= > >by Simon Kroeger > >[...] > Is there a limit on the amount of time the tick() method may take? I can think of lots of interesting stuff I may want to try that could be quite expensive computationally. Great quiz!
on 2005-12-16 17:48
Are team entries permitted/forbidden?
on 2005-12-16 17:51
On Dec 16, 2005, at 9:30 AM, Peter Thoman wrote: > Is there a limit on the amount of time the tick() method may take? > I can > think of lots of interesting stuff I may want to try that could be > quite > expensive computationally. We tried to talk these issues to death, and I knew we would still miss the ones you guys would raise. ;) Simon is running the final tournament, so his word is law, but I would limit it, yes. 30 seconds to a minute seems plenty. James Edward G. II
on 2005-12-17 14:26
Hello dear robot-commanders! I am so excited :> This rubyquiz is made for me, since I am not a good rubyist. But I developed a bot which is funny to look at :) I dont want to spoil anything, but I'd like to test it against bots you might have written so far. So I would be happy to receive some of your (beta-)bots. I send you mine too if you want. Thank you for reading. Have fun!
on 2005-12-20 05:14
On Dec 16, 2005, at 7:29 AM, Ruby Q. wrote: > RRobots, Inc. will run a championship competition on 12-20-2005 > (wasting even > more hardware) matching each participant against all others, three > times. (Your > bot must be posted to Ruby T. on or before 6 PM (GMT) the 19th, > to compete. I'm extending this date/time to 6 PM (GMT) on the 20th, to give people a little more time and hopefully snag another submission or two. James Edward G. II
on 2005-12-20 06:02
On 12/19/05, James Edward G. II <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > people a little more time and hopefully snag another submission or two. Gah, was out of town and just now saw this. I think you should extend the deadline until the 31st or something. That way, those of us who get a little holiday break from work can spend some time on this project. Joe
on 2005-12-20 06:17
On Dec 19, 2005, at 10:01 PM, Joe Van D. wrote: >> I'm extending this date/time to 6 PM (GMT) on the 20th, to give >> people a little more time and hopefully snag another submission or >> two. > > Gah, was out of town and just now saw this. I think you should extend > the deadline until the 31st or something. That way, those of us who > get a little holiday break from work can spend some time on this > project. Simon can make the call on this. I was not planning to release a quiz this week (due to the Holiday). If people want, I could extend this one until the 27th (covering the week off). Simon has to run the tourney at the end though, so he gets to make the call. Let me know Simon... James Edward G. II
on 2005-12-20 06:20
Sounds like someone needs to set up a league. I have no time for the next month or so but I'd definitely like to build something someday.
on 2005-12-20 12:35
Here's mine, complete with messy ad-hoc solutions galore. Btw, should these be written from scratch for the quiz? This is more like a bot that i wrote some weeks ago that begat another bot that begat another bot that begat this.
on 2005-12-20 16:21
On Dec 20, 2005, at 4:33 AM, Ilmari H. wrote: > Btw, should these be written from scratch for the quiz? This is more > like a bot that i wrote some weeks ago that begat another bot that > begat another bot that begat this. I think it's fine. James Edward G. II
on 2005-12-20 16:42
On Dec 19, 2005, at 10:15 PM, James Edward G. II wrote: >>>> to compete. > > Simon can make the call on this. Simon gave us the green-light. This quiz will be our first two-week Ruby Q.. The new deadline for submissions is 6 PM (GMT), December 27th. No more extensions after that though. Now show us some bots! ;) James Edward G. II
on 2005-12-21 16:54
James G. wrote: > On Dec 19, 2005, at 10:15 PM, James Edward G. II wrote: > Simon gave us the green-light. This quiz will be our first two-week > Ruby Q.. The new deadline for submissions is 6 PM (GMT), December > 27th. No more extensions after that though. Oh, that's cool. Myself I'm a complete Nuby, however if I manage to figure stuff out even I might do something here. Now I actually might have the time to do it. :)