Siberian Snake wrote:Personally, I never played against any computer player. So here are my questions.
1. What computer player is used here? Is there documentation ?
2. I don't expect much from the docs... so, what special abilities does it have? Free fuel? Free money? Free fighters ? Anything else?
3. Does it use racial abilities? Does it Rob? Hisss? RGA ? Tow enemy battleship with a cloaker to awaiting fleet?
I use 2 computer players here.
The primary computer player used is called "The Q" and it's made by the same people who make the AutoTroll software that runs the games. (Red Troll & Black Troll). It's the only computer player that the AutoTroll software will recognize and add / remove from the Aux1 batch file when a player drops a game or takes over a cplayer position.
The Q has access to all game data (as do 99% of cplayers) and also does some cheating like putting fuel on ships that are low, colonists, supplies etc. That cheating it does makes up for it's lack of smarts and it's easy enough to beat The Q if you half way know what you're doing as a player.
You can read a little about The Q from when I did a developer profile with Red Troll a year or so ago.
The second computer player I use is called SpaceLord. Spacelord is the 1 computer player that doesn't cheat. It uses the RST file just like a player. It's got some great AI in it and in tests it can beat every other computer player out there hands down. It is also economically strong and will build a great infrastructure on a race it's playing.
Since SpaceLord uses the RST file to play, it doesn't run in Aux1. SpaceLord has to be manually put into the games master batch file in the pre-host commands. When it's time to host, it plays the turn on the spot. I usually use SpaceLord as a fill in player on games that are having trouble getting a last player in to start the game.
I also interviewed the author of SpaceLord and he has a Dev Profile at this link.
You can also review results of an extensive computer player test that was done by the host of a the abandoned VGAP site Hyperspace at this link.