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The Q and towing

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:04 pm
by Hawkeye
Anyone out there know how the Q achieves holding your ships onto his planets? Specifically, warp settings, waypoints, ship IDs used for towing etc...

Re: The Q and towing

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:38 pm
by Havok
Hawkeye wrote:Anyone out there know how the Q achieves holding your ships onto his planets? Specifically, warp settings, waypoints, ship IDs used for towing etc...
What I can say about The Q is this. It cheats. It runs on during the host and has access to all TRN files as well as hosting info. That's how it gets it's edge and the best way to defeat it is by overwhelming it with brute force.

Re: The Q and towing

Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 7:35 am
by FireAge
In addition, the Q is bad at dealing with minefields, and even worse than that at dealing with webmine fields.

Re: The Q and towing

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:09 pm
by Fonz
Havok wrote:What I can say about The Q is this. It cheats.
Given the complexity of the game, I imagine that it is very hard to develop a computer player that can realistically play (any race) like a capable human player would. Hence, almost all computer players cheat to some extent and the host's challenge is to find one that strikes an acceptable balance of fairness and competitiveness.

Re: The Q and towing

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:35 pm
by B A N E
Q...

I wish Red Troll had put switches and/or variables on the cheats that Q has.
#1: Can Q see cloaked ships? Y/N
#2: Can Q tow cloaked ships Y/N
#3: Can Q intercept cloaked ships Y/N
#4: Ram scoop on Q ships Y/N
#5: Fuel created by Q ships Ram scoop per LY

I'm sure there are others.

Re: The Q and towing

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:58 pm
by Fonz
B A N E wrote:Q...

I wish Red Troll had put switches and/or variables on the cheats that Q has.
A computer player with a configurable amount of cheating, sounds like a programming challenge :D Any takers?

Re: The Q and towing

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:39 pm
by Super Tech
Thing I noticed about Q.
Q ships that went through my Chunnel (they has warp 0 set) gained 2 fuel (1ly of ramscoop).
Q ships that are towed gain fuel. I ran out of fuel towing Q because he got heavier.
Q as an ally will ground attack you occasionally on the grounds of fairness.

Re: The Q and towing

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 10:11 am
by Havok
Feel free to go here and ask him.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/autotroll/

Username is Happyjack

Re: The Q and towing

Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 1:42 am
by BitMask
Spacelord is the best :)
Only thing is that it does not like PList games (yet)

Re: The Q and towing

Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 4:02 pm
by jemmini
dear gamemasters!
is it possible to get acquainted with the configuration of the computer player The Q, that plays on your host? I already for the second time have to deal with it... and I suspect that he sometimes deviates from the rules of the game. simply, I want to know what can be expected from him. or tell me where to read about The Q.

Re: The Q and towing

Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 6:52 pm
by albatross
http://www.circus-maximus.com/theq.htm

No secret that the Q is cheating btw.

Re: The Q and towing

Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 11:19 pm
by Havok
The Q knows all. The only cplayer that doesn't cheat is Spacelord. It plays an RST just like a human. The Q and others use all the game data at host time to determine it's moves.

You may want to read the last part of this interview I did with Red Troll a few years ago.

http://www.circus-maximus.com/dp-redtroll.htm