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What's special about it?

It's my first competitive MicroBot.

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


How competitive is it?

Thorn is #1 in its division, and very close to being the first entrant in The2000Club/Micro!

How does it move?

It is a MultiMode robot using Splinter-style StopNGo movement and distancing and RandomMovement similar to Vyper's.

How does it fire?

GuessFactorTargeting similar to Vyper's, but highly shrunk. Segmented on distance, velocity, acceleration, and wall distance.

How does it dodge bullets?

It only dodges simple targeters.

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

There isn't a melee strategy.

What does it save between rounds and matches?

Movement mode and the targeting data between rounds, nothing between matches.

Where did you get the name?

Thorn is a bigger version of Splinter.

Can I use your code?

Sure, it's released under the terms of the RWPCL.

What's next for your robot?

Hopefully Thorn will be the first micro bot in The2000Club, but that's still a long way off. Now its only a few points away!

Does it have any WhiteWhales?


What other robot(s) is it based on?

Splinter and Vyper.

Comments, questions, feedback:

Hey, you did it! =) Top spot with a first version is way cool, great job. -- Voidious

Thanks! It's amazing how easy it was when I had two top-level bots to work off. -- Kev

Not sure how much of a fluke this was, but...

Fighting battle 6 ... kc.micro.Thorn 1.2,pe.SandboxDT 3.02
RESULT = pe.SandboxDT 3.02 wins 2769 to 2763
That is just incredible for a MicroBot! Keep it up, man...

-- Voidious

Unfortunately, it still lost quite a few points in the rumble. I'm suprised because 1.2's scores were way better than before in the movement challenge tests I was doing. I'll submit an expanded version of it's FlatMovement to the TargetingChallenge2K7 since I think it is one of the hardest non-surfing bots to hit. -- Kev

Nevertheless, I'd say DT sacrifices some rating for PL prowess itself, and even the top MegaBots have a hard enough time with it. If that MC score vs Dookious is consistent (from TargetingChallenge2K7/Results), I'd definitely call this the hardest to hit non-surfing movement out there right now. -- Voidious

ThornHT? is not using the exact movement code from Thorn; the distancing and wall avoidance are a tweaked a bit and the "random factor" is calculated a little more accurately. Nevertheless, Thorn 1.2TC was getting movement scores several points higher than 1.1. Too bad it didn't translate to the rumble. I also have a hunch that Raiko might have better random movement than Thorn, but I'm not sure about it. -- Kev

Oh you didn't. Don't make me come back there. -- Simonton

Will this be the first in The2000Club/Micro ?? -- GrubbmGait

That would be awesome, but it looks like it might fall about 10 points short. Still, given the rating distribution and other factors in the MicroRumble?, I think its current rating is more impressive than 2000 in General, anyway... Great job, Kev. -- Voidious

Truly, this is a VERY nice improvement. -- Simonton

Yay! Thorn's only ~10 points off of 2000 in the micro rumble, and has probably snagged the number 1 PL spot too! But I think those last points might be hard to get. And congratulations to you GrubbmGait by the way, for your rapid ascent in the micro rumble. -- Kev

Hey Kev, you don't think that the reduced rankings could be due to the fact that the entire rumble has changed since 1.142 was released? Maybe you should re-release 1.142 as 1.145, just to check where you actually stand today. - Skilgannon <who is proud of his current number 1>

I'm not sure what you mean when you say "the entire rumble has changed since 1.142 was released," but I doubt its rating would change significantly from a re-release. And congrats on your number one spot by the way... it looks like I've been dethroned from #1 in micro as well as nano :P. -- Kev

Well, Simonton dropped by about 10 points when he re-released WeeklongObsession. I'm just going on what he said. And it just goes to show, in Micro/Nano?, PatternMatching is the best option =). -- Skilgannon

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