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What's special about it?

Its aiming system is unique! (I think)

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


How competitive is it?

Not at all. But it's interesting, which is almost as good.

How does it move?

It's only does 1-v-1, so no need for anything fancy in the movement. It has one timer. Each turn, it subtracts one from the timer. When it reaches 0, it picks a new random place on the field to drive to (trying to stay perpendicular to the enemy) and sets the timer to a random number. When you see it staying still on the field, that's because it reached its destination before the timer ran out.

How does it fire?

I think the aiming system is unique, which is pretty rare these days. It fires off a wave with every bullet, and stores information about the time that the wave was fired. To aim, it looks through all the completed waves and finds the one whose situation most closely matches the current situation. Think of it as a pattern matcher that only tries to find patterns with a length of 1. :-P

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?

There is no melee strategy. :-P

What does it save between rounds and matches?

Between rounds it saves a big ol' stack of waves. Between matches, nothing.

Where did you get the name?

Duelist (My first good bot) + Micro (Because it's a MicroBot) + Mark II (Because I already had a bot named DuelistMicro)

Can I use your code?

Sure. Take a look and use whatever you like. Please give me credit if you use any of my code. Also, make a robot that is uniquely yours - not just a slightly modified copy of mine.

What's next for your robot?

This bot is probably never going to be updated. It was a test of a new idea, and that idea didn't work out very well.

What other robot(s) is it based on?

Uses movement from DuelistMicro.

Comments, questions, feedback:

Jumped about 80 rating points and 60 ranks when I fixed the bug. :-) rating: 1634 -> 1715 rank: 128->68 David Alves (I guess).

Makes me wonder where this bot would have ranked way back when it was released. And you would probably have worked some more on it if you had had some more success then. Bugs is the true source of dissapointment in robocode. It's one thing to have a promising (in your mind) but crappy (in real battle) idea and see it fail. But to have a good idea and see it fail and draw the wrong conclusions is not fun. Take note all robocoders. Be paranoid about bugs in your bots! -- PEZ

Well at the time DuelistMicro was #3 on the Eternal Rumble, so this would have been top 10 maybe? :-P --David Alves

Isn't this basically a DynamicClustering gun that only uses the closest scan? -- Skilgannon

Yeah, I think it is. -- Voidious

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