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What's special about it?

It was (very briefly) the #2 bot after SandboxDT.

Great, I want to try it. Where can I download it?


How competitive is it?

These days? Not very. When it came out it was a top contender in the Minibot Challenge, until Iiley got interested in 1-v-1 minis (BlackSwans and Cigaret were *way* ahead of their time)

How does it move?

It's only does 1-v-1, so no need for anything fancy in the movement. It has two timers, a move timer and a stop timer. When it is moving, it subtracts one from the move timer. When it reaches its current destination, (or when the move timer reaches 0, which ever happens first) it sits still and starts counting down on the stop timer. When both timers have reached zero, it picks a new random place on the field to drive to (trying to stay perpendicular to the enemy) and sets both timers to random numbers. The stop timer is not set all of the time, sometimes it is set to 0. The system is similar to DuelistMicro's movement, except with 2 timers instead of one.

How does it fire?

Using VirtualBullets. It saves data on the success rates for virtual bullets between matches. It used to have the best aim of any bot out there. :-)

How does it dodge bullets?

It doesn't. None of my bots do. They use the same movement vs. SittingDuck as they do vs SandboxDT.

How does the melee strategy differ from one-on-one strategy?

Want melee? Try DuelistMiniMelee. This bot is 1-v-1 only.

What does it save between rounds and matches?

Data on the success rates of virtual bullets. It can fit data on about 100 opponents before it runs out of room.

Where did you get the name?

Duelist (My first good bot) + Mini (Because it's a MiniBot)

Can I use your code?

Sorry, It's not open-source. Feel free to look at DuelistMicro (Which is 80% the same anyway) and use whatever you like. Please give me credit if you use any of my code.

What's next for your robot?

Currently it's #2 in 1-v-1. What's next is being #1. :-D

What other robot(s) is it based on?


Comments / Discussion

The gap is only 14.76 to #1 on EternalRumble! It's such an impressive bot. Make a MegaBot of it and you'll overcome SandboxDT for sure! -- PEZ

Wow that was a long time ago. -- Kuuran

 :'( --David Alves

A long time ago indeed. Yet it still holds a top-20 position amongst minis! -- PEZ

About a year ago. Thanks PEZ. :-) --David Alves

So how does this super-secret gun work? :-) I wondered about it for a while now. -- Jamougha

Eh, it's not that great now, a year after it was written, but I think it would do better in the TargetingChallenge than any of the other bots from the same time period. Maybe 82-85%. It's just an ordinary GuessFactor gun, but back then GuessFactor guns were a rarity, only Paul and I used them (and Tad a while later). It had more segments than DuelistMicro, so it had better aim. --David Alves

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