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Teancum is simply a different direction I could have gone from FloodMicro to FloodMini. I didn't feel like calling it FloodMiniPM? or OtherFloodMini?, so I named it Teancum, after a general recorded in the Book of Mormon (wonder how many bots there are out there with such a name...)

What's special about it?

It features the Flood/HT movement with an angular pattern-matcher I've been wanting to try out. He also may be the only MiniBot that features custom data compression for saving (this gun was smaller than my stat gun by a bit, so I could do that, as well as add back in some movement functionality that FloodMicro, FloodMini, and GouldingiHT were missing).

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


How competitive is it?

Not sure yet, I don't think it's as competitive in general as FloodMini, but it likely does better against certain movements than FloodMini.

How does it move?

It uses SandboxFlattener movement. See FloodMicro. Although it is fundamentally more in between FloodMicro and MakoHT, but the only big difference is that the DynamicDistancing works better.

How does it fire?

It pattern-matches and projects movement based on LateralVelocity and AdvancingVelocity. It also linearly interpolates when it misses scans.

How does it dodge bullets?

Its movement is meant to make GuessFactorTargeting less effective by changing direction and speed randomly when bullets are fired at it.

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

It doesn't, except that getting really confused is not part of its OneOnOne movement. Since it matches patterns, it may not get as confused firing as other current Flood-series bots.

How does it select a target to attack/avoid in melee?

It sees it I suppose.

What does it save between rounds and matches?

It saves the last 5000 observed movements in a minimized fashion and also its DynamicDistancing factors (can anyone tell I take movement quite seriously?)

Where did you get the name?

When Teancum's people were drawn into war by a hostile civilization, Teancum was one of the leading generals for his people. He blamed the war primarily on an influential man named Amalakiah, who he killed in his sleep so stealthily that he couldn't be caught running back to his army's camp. This stopped the war temporarily, and when the war continued, Teancum tried again to sneak into the enemy camp, this time to kill Amalakiah's brother, Ammoron, who he blamed for continuing hostilities between their people. He was successful, but woke up some others in doing this, and was killed by his opposing army.

I didn't like the name "FloodMinisEvilTwin?" or "FloodMiniWithAPatternMatcher?", so I took a name of a historical warrior.

Can I use your code?

Sure, if you want.

What's next for your robot?

Not really sure at the moment. Maybe tweak it around a little bit, and eventually put its gun into FloodHT.

Does it have any WhiteWhales?

Not that I've identified. There are some robots that it can't beat that FloodMini can, and it also outperforms FloodMini on some other opponents.

What other robot(s) is it based on?

FloodMini, FloodMicro, and a test bot simply called "AngularPattern?". It is properly another Flood-series robot.

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