February 22nd 2003
I was going to title the next tournament "Goodbye KillerBees!" but I fortunately remembered an old clause hidden deeply in the rules of the JROBOTS contests. That clause originated in June and July 2002 when the arena almost ran out of jrobots and I realized that the Team mode needs at least four jrobots to work. The good Germ, that leaved us recently, has benefited by the rule for two consecutive challenges beause it was the fourth jrobot classified in the Team mode list. This tournament shows the KillerBees' turn and, from now on, that rule becomes the "KillerBees' Clause".
We must save our goodbyes until someone will upload a jrobot good enough to make fall KillerBees to the fifth place and I don't think that is going to happen soon.
IonStorm is the absolute winner of the tournament again and it gained a margin of a few percentage points over its direct opponents, Tango and Headhunter (in Single and Double) and Mouth (in Team mode).
On the novice side, Shodan won only 9 matches over 561 and didn't survived the effort. Now only five jrobots are still around in the arena and IonStorm needs more cannon fodder for its missiles... will any novice accept the challenge?
The final results of the February 2003 Jrobots Challenge are published on the Contests page.
Now you can upload your jrobots to win the March 2003 JROBOTS Challenge (March 1st-29th 2003) aka The KillerBees' Clause!
February 1st 2003
The February 2003 Jrobots Challenge starts now.
Remember that you can upload 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!