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What is ragebot's weakness?

Postby nhnifong » Mon Oct 11, 2010 1:22 am

I can beat most of the example bots, but ragebot always whoops my ass. I thought that one was supposed to be stupid!
Any tips?
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Re: What is ragebot's weakness?

Postby Clockwork_Pickle » Mon Oct 11, 2010 2:21 am

The DualBot example bot easily defeats RageBot - just watch how it does it.
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Re: What is ragebot's weakness?

Postby RebelXT » Mon Oct 11, 2010 2:23 am

Rage bot is not like other example bots since it goes on all-out attack. It can be difficult to deal with on some maps.

1. Make sure you have a good defense algorithm in place. If there is any enemy fleet (or multiple) inbound to one of your planets, you want to make sure you calculate how many ships you need to reinforce your planet with to avoid losing control of it. You will need to have a function which can calculate future state of a planet in X turns taking into account all of the incoming fleets.

2. Don't over-expand. If your bot is expanding too fast, you might get in trouble against rage bot on some maps. You don't want to expand to planets which are closer to enemy than to you as long as enemy has many enough ships to steal the planet after you conquer it. Rage bot attacks the closest planets, so this matters.

3. Don't expose your planets to all-out attack from enemy planets. For instance, there is a map where your and enemy's home planets are just 4 turns away from each other. If you send too many ships away from your home planet on the first turn, you will end up losing your home planet to the rage bot in 4 turns since it always attacks will all available ships. Maps 30 and 44 are good examples for debugging this strategy.

hope this helps
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Re: What is ragebot's weakness?

Postby nhoel » Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:21 pm

Make a bot that does nothing, and play rage bot on example map #22.
Watch what happens.

It will become clear how to beat him after you see the pattern.
- The trick is making sure you are still effective against people who don't act like rage bot (so don't make it so your bot can only beat rage bot) because there is a lot of rock/paper/scissors like actions in this game.
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Re: What is ragebot's weakness?

Postby DGL_Flash » Thu Oct 21, 2010 2:27 pm

RageBot is easy. He will never win, if not you removes to much troops.
So calculate the available troops for expanding, and keep the rest for defense. Thats all.
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Re: What is ragebot's weakness?

Postby siconize » Thu Oct 21, 2010 5:50 pm

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Re: What is ragebot's weakness?

Postby Mistmanov » Thu Oct 21, 2010 7:25 pm

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