By Demonic God
As you can tell from... the Darvin quest, I am a bit obsessed with Advanced Aramors!
So, as part of an experiment, I would love to craft Aramors that are capable of doing more, on their own. To that end, I'd love to start with making Aramors that can, for now, participate in simple games of Rock Paper Scissors!
Your goal for this quest, would be to aid me in making such a creation. Specifically, I ask for you to design a strategy, one that is unambiguous and non randomized. Something that an Aramor can be programmed with!
Your strategy will compete with others in a tournament. The rules for the tournament is as follow:
Every strategy will compete with every other strategy Each duel will last until one side receive 3 10 wins. If it is mathematically impossible exceeds 500 draws, both side receives a loss it's considered a draw. This was added because the 500 draws checker got tripped... a lot. The worst strategy will be eliminated after every duel has happened. This will repeat with the surviving strategies until one emerge victorious The worst strategy would be evaluated with the following criteria: Least wins Most losses Lose against strategies with similar win/loss (i.e if A has 2 wins and 5 losses, and B also has 2 wins and 5 losses, and B lost against A, then B is eliminated) If the above criteria fail to select a single loser, all of them would be eliminated The tournament will repeat without the winner(s) until all prizes are filled The rules for strategies are as follow:
Your goal is to design a strategy, to participate in a tournament of rock, paper, scissors! Your strategy must not be random and must cover all scenarios. Your strategy is not limited to the game itself. It can adapt to the round it's on, the opponent, etc. Possible strategy includes: Always choose rock If there is less than 3 participant left, always choose rock If opponent is Aia, always choose rock Cooperation is not only allowed, it is welcomed. You are free to rig matches as you please. Rewards
1st - Anniversary creature. A choice between a colored pope, and a colored elemental, courtesy of Lady @Aia del Mana 2nd - Anniversary creature. A colored pope or elemental, whichever remains after the winner had their pick 3rd - Anniversary creature. Deadline:
I wish to wrap up the competition as soon as everyone who wish to join had done so. Thus, there would be two deadlines:
Hard deadline: End of anniversary + 3 days. Soft deadline: 9 days (April 21st) from now. After this date, I will begin judging as soon as everyone who had announced their participant has submitted their strategy. You may join in after the soft deadline, as long as judging has not begun. Soft deadline is meant to avoid unnecessary waiting.
Since nobody has posted anything I figured I would as today and tomorrow were suggested. Perhaps delaying a bit more to garner more interest may be needed. What server times work best for everyone. Personally I feel that 22:00 server time may work well.
As for nominations:
Mag and Aia are deserving of some recognition.
Please suggest more times so we can come to a consensus for the ideal time.
Please suggest more people for medals try to include which ones.
By Demonic God
The other day, I headed to the Golemus Laboratory, for some experimentation. Tinkering around, messing with the Aramors to-be-filled with AI cores.
Alas, such work is boring! So boring indeed, that half way through, as my attention span dictate... I decided to make a very, very bouncy ball. A drop of blood, glue, rare minerals... and Voila!
Throwing this thing in open space, would be unwise. Not that it would do any damages, but I prefer to not lose my shiny possessions. So, I had a small room built, and gave it a throw. Alas... I did not expect it to bounce so vigorously, the damn thing bounced so well, catching it would be impossible! As I ponder upon this dilemma, miraculously, the ball bounced straight back at me. Damn thing almost broke a tooth of mine, but I did managed to catch it. Impressed by this outcome, I laid down my pen and paper, and begins working out, how exactly did the ball bounce back to exactly where I was? And how many times, did that damn thing bounced around?
So, I ask for your help, to determine the numbers of bounces the ball made. Here are the details of how it all went down - according to my memory:
The ball somehow ignored gravity, and flew parallel to the ground at all times I started at the South-West corner of the room The ball was thrown perfectly North-East. (45 degree) The room is almost a square, of dimension 2020 cm x 2021 cm. I fully intend to sue the contractor for this error. Summarized in mathematical terms:
You throw a perfectly bouncy ball in a rectangle (2020 x 2021) room from a corner The ball was thrown at a 45 degree angle The ball ignored gravity, and flew parallel to the ground at all time How many bounces did the ball make before it return to your location? Rewards:
Most elegant solution - 1 Anni crit Most creative/unorthodox solution - 1 Anni crit Fastest correct solution - 1 GC All correct solutions - 5SC + 1 spell stone Lock in chaos Acoustic Remains Teleport to Papercabin
I'll take this opportunity to warmly welcome all to Marind Bell, where for the next couple days you will be able to listen to minstrels singing about love and war (a.k.a. I will be posting link to various music pieces with the theme knights&maidens). I encourage visiting the more secluded areas.
Love and battles. Epic battles, battles of dominance, battles of attrition, battles of retribution. Fiery love, withering love, useful love, used love. In this theme is the following riddle/puzzle, entirely a forum quest (hence the submissions will be by forum PM, to yours truly). Fastest correct answers win, and the prize pool is: 1g5s+anniv creature for 1st correct solution, 1g for 2nd, 5sc for 3rd. (you'll find the riddle quite easy):
There is this tale I heard, a tale
about a growing man
who fends off heathen belief.
A troll with hair of golden sheen
smitten with this Christian youth
besought him to endear her.
He dared not approach her, in spite
of nature's laws, despite her charm
for he was Christian and she - a troll.
He stared at the wooden cross
heavy in his arm, preoccupied.
His fate was questioned, and he uttered.
'Begone', he said, and wail she did
and ran away, cursing her fate
for surely even trolls do understand -
delivery's in God, in God Almighty.
The bald priest smirked and gave a cry
The light, and God, be given praise!
This village, as the rest, will bathe in it.
This tale shall be sung, for we will
write it down for ages to come.
What better way to reinforce our faith?!
Herr Mannelig, the valiant knight of God,
whose light is everreaching and all-wise,
defeating the dark arts of trolls!
And so the tale shall be woven
And priests looked out for ink
And priests took out young vellum
(deadline is until the end of the anniv)
By Demonic God
Just recently, I passed by the Tempest Fort, and noticed a worrying issue. Moss! Some strange moss had invaded the walls. Its root penetrated the solid stone, and weakened its integrity! Unacceptable!
However, it seems that the stones available to patch up the walls is in short supply, and on top of that, they naturally form in difficult shapes. Thus, I'd like to employ your help, to find a way, to most efficiently replace the damaged walls.
The wall to be replaced could be modeled as a solid slate, of dimensions 8x8x3. There are various types of stones available:
Z, T and L shaped stones (volume of 4) I shaped stones (volume of 2, or 1x2) Singular, dot/square ( . ) shape stones, volume of 1 Your goal is to find a way to assemble the 8x8x3 walls using these materials. In general, based on scarcity of materials, I've assigned the tiles the following points:
Z shape: 4 points T and L: 3 points I: 1 points dot: 0 points The winning designs shall be rewarded handsomely. In particular:
The design with the highest score shall win 3 gold coins, and an anni creature The second place, would be 2 gold coins, along with an anni creature The third place, would be receiving 1 gold coin, and an anni creature However, there's more!
I look not only for the design that has high point values. There's more to this challenge, than simply finding a single solution with a good point value. Artistry and beauty is a major aspect of masonry. I look also for designs that amazes me, regardless of how well they perform in the actual competition. In particular:
Designs with a certain mathematical "beauty" - whenever that be an absolute order, scalability, or an extremely chaotic, complex yet efficient pattern Designs with fantastic demonstration and illustration, demonstrating a huge amount of effort & care Etc. In general, anything that amazes me greatly, would be rewarded with 1 WP. Your design does not need to achieve a high score to a WP, but a high score itself could certainly amazes me. There's no limited to how many winners, but there's no guarantee that there would be a winner as well.
Deadlines and submission guidelines:
You have until the end of anniversary (29th) to submit your design Submission guideline:
You can submit your design in any manner that you like. Rather, coming up with a unique design AND presentation is part of the quest, at least for the WP portion For clarity, I'd ask that you make three 8x8 squares and fill it with numbers. Squares with the same number should be occupied by the same "stone". You may also submit just this three squares as your submission. Below are the shapes, in image form (with a thickness of 1), as I've been notified that there are confusions to the shapes. They're somewhat similar to tetris shape, as you can tell.
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