Glad you asked! :)
If you have a working DynamicClustering melee gun, here's the recipe:
Just watching this gun work in a SampleBotMeleeChallenge is a treat. If you ever watched some melee battles, you will realise this gun implements several ideas you already had when watching them:
Swarm targeting: Why does my bot always choose that lonely target when it could be targeting that tight pack in the other corner?
Prey on the weak: Why waste my energy trying to hit Aleph when SittingDuck is there just a little bit further asking to be killed?
Wasting energy is bad for survival: If it doesn't hit Aleph, will it still hit someone behind him and give you your energy back, or will it got to waste against a wall?
Simple (20 minutes work), effective (10% hitrate increase), cool to watch. This is why I love this game! :)
Brilliant! My not-so-super-secret melee DynamicClustering minibot is currently being modified to use a play-it-forward algorithm, so I'll see if I can fit this in without making the ultimate SlowBot. =) -- AaronR
Yes, you can interpolate. If you use a 'fast' play it forward method that uses uses absolute locations you can just linearly interpolate because any error will be completely corrected the next time a real scan is read. I wouldn't suggest using GF for melee, although it definitely works... Kev's bot for example. -- Skilgannon
I'm trying some DC-GF in melee. I know it definitely works because of Conriantumr?, which do interpolate, too. About the "And does this work for GF, too", I don't mean interpolate, I mean to project each GF and do same thing as ABS mentioned. Another thing, if I put 100 Shadows into one 1000x1000 battle, will it skip a ton of turns? --Nat
Yes, this method would work with GFs instead, the trouble is it won't hit bots like Walls Spinbot etc as well as PIF. You just need to turn it into an absolute angle, stick them all in an array or some other equivalent, and weight them by distance. -- Skilgannon
And about 100 Shadows.... well only one robot runs at once but Shadow may get crazy if trying to process all those enemies at once, but you know... how about you just try it? :D -- Rednaxela