December 30th 2002
New year, new look & feel. The image at the top was rendered using the new features of the APOCALYX 3D Engine: Yes, now the engine can import and animate MD3 (Quake III) files. Another brick for the "Zeke on Your Six!" project.
For the people who saw the old logo for an year and wants to see it again for a while, well... here it is ;)
The December 2002 Jrobots Challenge has its winners. Finally, the final results are published on the Challenges page.
An exceptional event has happened: IonStorm failed to win in Double mode!
We must thank Tango and its author because, after months of ineffective jrobots uploaded in the arena, now we know that the invincibility of IonStorm was a myth. It doesn't mean that the exploit was simple, in fact only a long work of refinement of Tango made possible this result, but the claims of its author were true. I must congratulate Caos (the author of Tango) on his great work.
Is someone else going to repeat the exploit? Will Tango improve its performances in the other two modes of play? Let's see what's going to happen in the next tournament.
This great event in the history of Jrobots stopped the tentative of IonStorm to break the consecutive triple-victories record of KillerBees, but KillerBees reached the requested percentage to survive strictly only in Double and Team mode. Is another myth going to disappear? I hope not, but the strongness of IonStorm, Mouth, Headhunter and Tango is too high for such an old and glorious jrobot.
The novices Quakeshmock, Cixio and Chaos didn't reach the requested percentage, so they were removed from the arena.
Now you can upload your jrobots to win the January 2003 Jrobots Challenge (January 4th-25th 2003) aka No More Triple-Victories?
December 7th 2002
The December 2002 Jrobots Challenge starts now.
Remember that you can send your robots even in the course of the challenge, so you're never too late. The latest robots are stored in the file jjrobots_challengers.zip. You can download it to test off-line the behaviour of your robot against the other challengers. To read the results in real-time simply visit the Battle Applet page. Good luck!
December 2nd 2002
To read the final placing list of the last tournament, go to the Contests page
This month IonStorm achieved another Triple-Victory. There are still only 2 tournaments to go and the KillerBees' record will be overtaken. This means that the December and January tournaments are going to be particularly important for IonStorm: Will someone succeed in stopping its long run? I don't think so, or better I'm not able to project a jrobots strong enough... someone else?
Headhunter, KillerBees and Mouth seems to be the only real menace, but their authors haven't coded any improvement in the last tournaments: Maybe their concept can't be improved any more.
The novices Missy, Berserk and Decoy didn't reach the requested percentage, so they were removed from the arena. Bad luck for Missy because it reached almost the 50% percent in single mode. Cixio was uploaded towards the end of the tournament so I can't say anything about it, while Tango seems promising because its author claims to have improved it a lot. Let's see what is going to happen in the next tournament: Is it the jrobot that is going to stop the long run of IonStorm?
Finally, two bad news: the glorious Germ had a lot of problems and got the requested percentage only in team mode with a very small margin, while the strong OneEyedWillyII didn't reach the limit at all. It's another victim of a very competitive arena, but the number of matches was very low this month, so chance played a big role in the final results.
Now you can upload your jrobots to win the December 2002 Jrobots Challenge (December 7th-28th 2002) aka Still 2 Triple-Victories Required!