# Code Bots

I hate private and protected variables. I just want to access anything and everything!

If you are like me, then this challenge is for you!

Write a bot that works together in harmony with other bots makes other bots do what you want. You are a programmer, and you know how things are supposed to work. Your job is to convert as many other bots to your ways as possible.

# The Code

You will have 24 lines of code to write your bot. Each turn, every bot will execute 1 line sequentially.

Each bot stores 5 variables A through E. A and B are for personal use, C stores the next line to execute, D stores the current direction, and E is a random number. The variables start at 0, except for D, which will start at a random value. All variables have only store 0-23. Numbers larger or smaller will be modulated by 24.

In this post, I will use opponent to be the adjacent bot you are facing

Each line must contain one of the following 5 commands:

1. Flag does nothing. Except it's how you win
2. Move moves your bot in the Dth direction. If a bot already occupies the space, no move will happen
3. Copy Var1 Var2 copies the contents of Var1 into Var2
4. If Condition Line1 Line2 If Condition is true, executes Line1, else Line2
5. Block Var1 blocks the next write on a variable

A variable can be used as follows:

#Var will use the variable as a line number. If A is 17, Copy #8 #A will copy the contents of line 8 onto line 17. *Var will use the variable of your opponent. Copy 5 *C will set the opponent's C variable to 5 Var+Var will add the two variables. Copy D+1 D will rotate the bot to the right

When D is used as a direction, [North, East, South, West][D%4] will be used

These modifiers can be chained: Copy *#*C #9 will copy the next line your opponent will execute into your own code on line 9. **D refers to your opponent's opponent's D variable.

A Condition will be evaluated as follows:

1. If Var:
1. If Var is A through C, it will return true if Var is nonzero, else false.
2. If Var is D, it will return true if there is a bot in the Dth direction, else false
3. If Var is E, it will return true if E is odd, else false
4. If Var is a line, it will return true if it is a Flag line
2. If Var1=Var2:
1. Returns true if both are A-E, and equal the same number
2. Returns true if both are lines, and the line type is equal
3. If Var1==Var2:
1. Returns true if both are A-E, and equal the same number
2. Returns true if both are lines, and are identical (Flags from different bots will not be equal)

50 bots of each type will be placed in a toroidal world in the following pattern:

B...B...B...B...
..B...B...B...B.
B...B...B...B...
..B...B...B...B.


After each game of 5,000 turns, the flags on each bot will be counted. You get a point if a bot has more of your flag than any other type of flag. If the case of a tie between N bots, no points are given.

There will be 10 games, and scores will be accumulated at the end.

# Side Notes

End of line comments are allowed, and are denoted with //

Attempting to do something that doesn't make sense, such as adding to a line will do nothing

Attempting to do something on a non-existent bot will do nothing

## Infinite recursion on an If will end with no line being executed

If does not change the value of C

A Block doesn't expire until somebody attempts to write to it

Multiple variables and lines can be blocked at once

Blocking a variable multiple times will block multiple times as long as the second block statement is on a different line of code than your first

Spaces are only allowed between arguments (and after the command)

If a bot is shorter than 24 lines, Flag will be the rest of the lines.

# Sample Program

Copy 2 C        //Skip to the If line
Flag            //Where I'm storing my flag
Move            //Move in the D'th direction
If D #5 #2      //If there's a bot, copy code, otherwise, move!
Copy #1 *#E     //Copy my flag onto a random spot in my bot's code
Copy 2 C        //Skip back to the If line


The program will be run by my Python controller here.

The Java controller is here It is fast and looks much better than the python one.

Scoreboard:

1. 6837 $Copy 2. 3355 Lockheed 3. 1695 MindControl 4. 967 Byzantine 5. 959 AttackOrElse 6. 743 Cadmyllion 7. 367 Influenza 8. 251 TheCommonCold 9. 226 Magus 10. 137 HideBlockAttack 11. 129 RowBot 12. 123 FastMoveCloneDodge 13. 112 FastForwardClone 14. 96 QuickFreeze 15. 71 RepairAndProtect 16. 96 SuperFreeze 17. 93 RovingVirus 18. 80 ForwardClone 19. 77 FreezeTag 20. 68 Palimpseste 21. 62 BlockFreezeAttack 22. 51 RushAttackDodge 23. 46 Blocker 24. 40 TurretMaker 25. 37 Copycat 26. 37 Kamikaze 27. 35 FlagInjector 28. 33 RandomCopier 29. 31 Insidious 30. 29 HappyAsAClam 31. 25 NanoVirus 32. 21 Nullifier 33. 19 Nanoviris 34. 17 BoringCopybot 35. 16 Movebot 36. 14 Flagbot 37. 13 Neutralizer 38. 12 Cancer 39. 9 DNAbot 40. 9 Parasite 41. 8 MetaInsidious 42. 8 Rebranding 43. 8 AdaptiveBot 44. 8 ReproducingBot 45. 8 KungFuBot 46. 5 QuickFreezerbot 47. 4 Attacker • I'll be all about this once the Java is available for me to test. – Wasmoo Aug 28 '14 at 20:01 • I'm assuming you have never played Core war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Core_War – matt_black Aug 28 '14 at 20:27 • I haven't played it, but I read up quite a bit on it while writing this challenge. – Nathan Merrill Aug 28 '14 at 20:40 • I have a patch for the Python controller and tried to push it back to you on github... but I don't have permissions / don't really know git. Patch replaces all "16"s with "num_lines" to allow write/jump access to last 8 instructions; also removes "max_flag_count = 0" from the tie condition in declare_flags(), which sometimes awarded a two-way tie to a third bot. – adipy Aug 29 '14 at 2:03 • Any ETA on when the next battle round is going to be run? No rush at all. I'm just curious. Thanks. – COTO Aug 31 '14 at 20:56 ## 46 Answers # Flagbot Flag  Why bother doing anything when other bots are going to be nice enough to give me their code? # Freeze Tag Move If D #3 #2 Copy 23 C Copy 3 C Copy #23 *#*C Copy #21 *#*C+1 Copy #22 *#*C+2 Copy #21 *#*C+3 Copy #22 *#*C+4 Copy #21 *#*C+5 Copy #22 *#*C+6 Copy #21 *#*C+7 Copy #22 *#*C+8 Copy #21 *#*C+9 Copy #22 *#*C+10 Copy #21 *#*C+11 Copy #22 *#*C+12 Copy #21 *#*C+13 Copy #22 *#*C+14 Copy D+1 D Copy 0 C Flag Flag Copy C+23 C  Trap opponent in a loop, fill him with flags, move on to next opponent. • Copy C+23 C This has to be the most malicious line of code xD. – Cruncher Aug 29 '14 at 13:44 • I'm interested. This may be improvable. Rather than fill them with flags, can you put a loop in them that fills themselves with flags? Or would that not count as your flags? – Cruncher Aug 29 '14 at 13:53 • That's a neat and viable idea, but more complicated. You should write a bot that uses it :) – Sparr Aug 29 '14 at 14:13 • Do you know the answer to the last question? Or would that not count as your flags?. Because if they don't count as your own flags, it's definitely not a good solution – Cruncher Aug 29 '14 at 14:36 • @Cruncher you could give them one of your flags and make them copy it, which would count as one of yours. – Sparr Aug 29 '14 at 16:32 # Parasite Why kill other bots? This bot looks through opponent's code and replaces only the flags. Copy 1 A Copy E D Block #A If *#A #C+3 #C Copy A+A+A+A+A A Copy C+19 C Copy #C+4 *#A Flag Copy 1 A Copy E D Block #A If *#A #C+3 #C Copy A+A+A+A+A A Copy C+19 C Copy #C+4 *#A Flag Copy 1 A Copy E D Block #A If *#A #C+3 #C Copy A+A+A+A+A A Copy C+19 C Copy #C+4 *#A Flag  #$Copy

This bot uses much of the same techniques as COTO's Lockheed, so I will shamelessly borrow and enhance.

This exploits a C vulnerability to break blocks and even reverses the neutralizer. It is also written in absolutes because of this. I think this might break if the C shift is reinstated, but as long as the shift is constant, it can be rewritten to combat it.

For whatever reason, the lack of loop at the end made this bot super good.

Block #C+A
If D #7 #13        //If [enemy] Copy 0 ELSE block
If D #8 #0         //If [enemy] Freeze 0 ELSE block
If D #9 #6         //If [enemy] FreezeCheck ELSE Inc
Move
Copy 0 C
Copy A+5 A          //Inc
Copy 23 *C          //Copy 0
Copy #10 *#*C+23    //FreezeAttack
If *#*C==#10 #11 #5 //FreezeCheck: If [frozen] GOTO Copy Attack ELSE GOTO [1]
Copy C+23 C         //FREEZE
Copy 13 C           //GOTO Copy Attack
Copy 15 C           //Loop Copy Attack
Block #C+A
Copy D+3 *D             //Copy Attack: Spin Enemy
Copy 0 *B               //Set enemy counter (a la COTO)
Copy #*B+0 *#*C+*B+1    //Copy my lines
Copy #*B+1 *#*C+*B+2    //Copy my lines
Copy #*B+2 *#*C+*B+3    //Copy my lines
Copy *B+3 *B            //Inc counter
If *B==0 #19 #12        //Loop check
Copy D+1 D              //Turn myself

• I shall bow to your improved design and face you again in the Bots v. 3 competition. ;) – COTO Sep 4 '14 at 19:52
• I honestly believe this was a group effort on everyone's part. This wouldn't exist if it weren't for several bots out there to model off of. Interestingly, the addition of this bot completely reorganized the scoreboard as bots that depended on blocking were broken while others that depended on flag-replacement ascended. – Wasmoo Sep 4 '14 at 21:27
• Can someone summarize, somewhere, the actual behavior of Block and how this bot and Lockheed take advantage of it? – Sparr Sep 11 '14 at 4:18
• Each line can accrue blocks, as described by HappyAsAClam. Most importantly, it does not stack for blocks called with the same C values. Thus, a block can be stacked when called from an If statement, which is the exploit being used here. $Copy breaks blocks (like the clam) by executing Copy on the same line over and over until successful, which gives it an advantage over Lockheed. – Wasmoo Sep 11 '14 at 20:13 # Lockheed My third (and likely final) submission to this particular bot war: the Lockheed Reactor, or "Lockheed" for short. Block #C+A If D #C+7 #C+1 Block #C+A Move Copy A+5 A If A==0 #C+12 #C+21 Copy C+17 C Copy D+3 *D Copy C+9 C Copy C+21 C Copy C+23 C Copy #C+23 *#*C+2 Copy #C+22 *#*C+1 Copy 0 *A Copy #*A+C+9 *#*C+*A+1 Copy *A+1 *A If *A==0 #C+15 #C+17 Copy D+1 D Copy C+5 C  Special thanks goes to @Wasmoo, who shared his discovery of the "'Blocking a variable multiple times will block multiple times as long as the second block statement is on a different line of code than your first.' simply isn't true" exploit. I make extensive use of it. Also, thanks goes to Nathan Merill for administrating the competition and for publishing the simulator. The simulator is utterly invaluable in tuning bots. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't simulated it with my own eyes, but the addition or removal of the most conceptually minor bot feature can mean the difference between great success and abject failure. I'm torn as to whether that's a good thing or not. • Blocking a variable multiple times does fail. However, it only fails to block if: You are executing the same line (an If pointing to that line will not fail), You are blocking the same value (A single line can block lines 1-24 with an incrementing variable), and the block hasn't already been released (somebody tried to modify that variable) – Nathan Merrill Sep 3 '14 at 12:24 • I contest the statement in the OP because the block instruction is keyed to the IP, not the block statement. Thus a single block statement can institute as many as 24 separate blocks on all instructions. I submit that the clause in the OP stating "as long as the second block statement is on a different line of code than your first" should be amended to "as long as a block for pair (C,<block target>) is not already in effect". That is, the line the block statement is on has no relevance to stacking, except that if the block is executed directly, C = block instruction address. – COTO Sep 3 '14 at 14:26 • This bot is amazing! It combines all of the best concepts into one. It protects itself until it finds an enemy, then it double-freezes the enemy and uploads a copy of itself onto the target before setting it free in the opposite direction. In simulations, I saw one of its copies repair an original that had been damaged. WOW! Great job, COTO! – Wasmoo Sep 3 '14 at 15:28 # Attack Or Else Seeing as defensive robots like Byzantine were doing so well, I decided to make a defensive robot as well. This has two sets of patterns, depending on whether or not the enemy is present. • If the enemy is not present, it blocks its lines for 3 turns and then moves. • If the enemy is present, it alternates between copying its flag and copying code that will cause the enemy to copy that flag (a weak replicator) it copies its flag • At the end of the loop, it changes to a random direction and continues • Most aspects of its code is duplicated More testing showed a few important concepts: • "Turn random" performed dramatically better than "Turn right" (+2700 over alternative) • Block increment of A+7 shown to be more effective than any other increment (+200 over next best) • "Direct attack" shown to be better than "Weak replicator" (+900 over alternative) • Defense of "3-1-2-1" better than other combinations (+200 over next best) • Duplicated attack, block, and loop code improves its score (+300 over non-duplicated) • Duplicated block increment does not improve its score (+400 over duplicated) Observing the simulation graphically via the Java UI helped a lot. Thank you! Below is the new and improved code. I don't think I can do anything more. Block #C+A //Dynamic block for If statements If D #20 #0 If D #19 #8 If D #20 #23 If D #19 #0 If D #20 #8 If D #19 #23 Copy A+7 A //Increment dynamic block Block #C+A //Dynamic block for If statements If D #19 #8 If D #20 #0 If D #19 #8 If D #20 #23 If D #19 #8 If D #20 #0 If D #19 #23 Copy E D //Turn Random Copy 23 C //Loop to beginning Copy 23 C //Loop to beginning Copy #22 *#*C+1 //Copy my flag to the enemy's next Copy #21 *#*C+1 //Copy my flag to the enemy's next Flag Flag Move  • This bot did seriously awesome. And you are welcome for the GUI. – Nathan Merrill Sep 2 '14 at 14:59 • I've updated it to include a second loop, which dramatically improved its performance. I also noticed that blocking in Java is based on the C that blocked it. Because this bot has a revolving Block based on C, it will accrue multiple blocks on each of its commands. That makes this bot extra defensive. – Wasmoo Sep 2 '14 at 15:15 • My understanding is that only one block per originating instruction could be established, hence your code above could only establish a single block on any instruction (and it would take a full 24*17 turns to establish a single block on every instruction). If my understanding is wrong, then the language "Blocking a variable multiple times will block multiple times as long as the second block statement is on a different line of code than your first." in the OP needs to be amended, because this statement is (frankly) false if Wasmoo's code is able to establish multiple blocks on any instruction. – COTO Sep 2 '14 at 20:17 • @COTO: The Java simulator adds one block per If line to a list, keying on the C variable that called it. So with the 1 Block and 9 If's that execute the Block statement, the bot can get up to 10 Blocks for each line, (taking at least 24*10*10 turns) Perhaps the OP did not convey the simulation correctly. – Wasmoo Sep 2 '14 at 20:43 • I've updated the code again to reflect further improving iterations while keeping the core concept. I thought this would be better than flooding the forum with each iteration, such as the switch from Weak Replication to Direct Attack, and Non-Duplicated to Duplicated. If you'd like me to repost my original, I can do so. – Wasmoo Sep 2 '14 at 20:44 # Row Bot Move If D #7 #0 If D #7 #0 If D #7 #0 If D #7 #0 If D #7 #0 Copy 0 C If D=*D #9 #8 //If they point in a different direction Copy *D D //fix that If #A==*#A #10 #11 //Did we copy line A already? Copy A+1 A //If so, A++ Copy #A *#A //else, copy it!  Will move until it finds a robot. Will set that robot in the same direction as itself. Will then copy its code into the robot. This should make a row of "Row Bot" Robots. :) • There are two (easily fixable) problems. First, the If statements must be capitalized. Second, there should not be spaces on either side of the =, like D=*D. – PhiNotPi Aug 29 '14 at 16:04 • This is an awesome idea. – Sparr Aug 29 '14 at 19:56 • Without a flag you aren't going to win. – Paŭlo Ebermann Aug 29 '14 at 21:00 • @PaŭloEbermann bots are filled with flags up to 24 lines, so this bot has 12 implicit flags at the end. – Sparr Aug 30 '14 at 3:46 # Super Freeze Move // start moving! Block #E If D #12 #0 // 8 turns of attack or move If D #12 #0 If D #12 #0 If D #12 #0 If D #12 #0 If D #12 #0 If D #12 #0 If D #12 #0 Copy D+1 D // change direction Copy 0 C // start over If *#*C==#23 #13 #14 // if opponent is frozen, give them a flag, otherwise freeze them Copy #C+13 *#E // give a flag to opponent Copy #23 *#*C // copy freeze line to opponent Flag // 8 flags, one per If above Flag Flag Flag Flag Flag Flag Flag Copy C+23 C // this line freezes any bot that executes it  This bot keeps trying to freeze the bot in front of it until it works, then writes a bunch of flags to random lines, and after 8 turns of that it rotates and moves on to another opponent. # Byzantine A highly defensive bot that institutes multiple blocks on its flags and most sensitive instructions, including meta-blocks (i.e. blocks on critical block instructions). It also moves constantly in unpredictable ways, and plants flags in numerous locations on opponents on a best-effort basis. Block #A Block #A+1 Block #A+2 Copy E D Move Block #A+3 Block #A+4 Move Copy #22 *#*C+1 Copy E D Move Block #A+5 Block #A+6 Block #A+7 Move Copy #22 *#23 Block #A+8 Block #A+9 Block #A+10 Copy #22 *#2 Copy A+14 A Move Flag Copy #22 *#*C+12  Not sure how it will perform, since I can't simulate. But we'll give it a shot. ;) ### Disclaimer I wrote this before being kindly informed by PhiNotPi that conditional logic is cost-free. However, I've decided to leave it in since one can never have too many bots. • this bot is winning! – justhalf Sep 2 '14 at 7:17 # Cadmyllion "I just entered a bot in the battle royale," I say. "It moves every few turns to prevent attacks by slower bots." "What do you mean by slower bots?" PhiNotPi asks. "Bots that are stuck evaluating long chains of conditional logic," I reply. "'If' statements that redirect to other statements---including other 'if' statements---are all executed on the same turn," says PhiNotPi. "Sweet massacred rules of assembly code!" I cry. "Who came up with that idea?" ...and thus is the story of how Cadmyllion came about. Cadmyllion: the bot that happily exploits the surreal ability to evaluate infinitely many conditional expressions in a single instruction... by making pretty much every thing it does conditional. ### Code If D #15 #19 Move If D #16 #20 Copy D+3 D Block #A If D #15 #20 Copy A+1 A If D #16 #1 Move If D #15 #19 If D #16 #4 Copy E D Block #A+12 Copy C+10 C Flag If *#0==#14 #17 #21 If *#0==#14 #18 #21 If *#*C+1==#14 #18 #22 Copy *C+11 *C Block #A+6 Block #A+18 Copy #14 *#0 Copy #23 *#*C+1 Flag  # Meta Insidious This bot freezes and then converts opponents into less efficient versions of Sparr's Insidious, which in their turn, will turn opponents into bots that spam flags for me. This is likely the most complex bot I've written and I thus expect it to do terrible, there was no space for blocking and only one flag fitted in the code. Turning a bot into an insidious clone also takes too long. The biggest challenge was writing the code for the insidious clones in such a way that it works regardless of its position in the bot. The freeze gets removed when I paste the second to last code exactly where the freeze is located, this starts up the opponent just in time. If D #2 #1 Copy 23 C Copy #8 *#*C // freeze the opponent Copy 9 A Copy #A *#A+*C // copy the next line at the appropriate line Copy A+1 A If A==0 #7 #23 Copy 23 C Copy C+23 C If D #C+2 #C+23 // the code for the Insidious clone starts here Copy C+21 C Copy C+2 C If D #C+6 #C+22 If D #C+5 #C+22 If D #C+4 #C+20 If D #C+3 #C+19 If D #C+2 #C+18 Copy E D Copy #C+7 *#*C Flag Copy C+3 A Copy #C+22 #A Copy A+1 A Copy C+21 C // And ends here  • That is a clever idea. However, I don't see any Move commands. Does that mean neither your bot nor your spam bot will move? – Wasmoo Aug 29 '14 at 20:17 • The Insidious clones might move depending on what's in the bots original code, due to limited space quite q bit of functionality had to be thrown away to make this even possible with 24 lines. It was more of a mental excercise than anything else really. – overactor Aug 29 '14 at 21:12 # Repair and Protect This bot repairs its own code, while protecting the newly repaired lines. If #A==#A+16 #C+1 #C Copy #A #A+8 Block #A+8 Copy A+1 A Copy E D Move Copy #C+1 *#*C Flag If #A==#A+16 #C+1 #C Copy #A #A+8 Block #A+8 Copy A+1 A Copy E D Move Copy #C+1 *#*C Flag If #A==#A+16 #C+1 #C Copy #A #A+8 Block #A+8 Copy A+1 A Copy E D Move Copy #C+1 *#*C Flag  Explanation: The initial value of A is 0, and the lines are numbered 0-23. If the If statement is executed and is false, it does attempt the execute the same line again. The controller does not allow a bot to execute the same line twice, so the turn is ended and C is incremented to 1. The next line, Copy #A #A+8 is actually performed regardless of the value of the If statement. The difference is that it is executed twice if true and once if false. If the line #A+8 is blocked (which happens eventually), then performing it twice with actually copy, while performing it once will only unblock it. Then, the newly copied line is blocked to preserve it. • I'm trying to understand all of you guys bots but I'm stuck. What are the initial value of A? Isn't it 0? If so then your first line compare line 0 to line 16, but as I understood from the OP example bot, the first line is line 1, isn't it? Additionaly, still in your first line, #C refers to this very line, so does it mean that if the If statement return false you're stuck in an endless loop? – plannapus Aug 29 '14 at 12:25 • @plannapus I added some explanation. – PhiNotPi Aug 29 '14 at 15:41 # Neutralizer This bot makes its victim rewrite its entire program, making it worth 0 points. Once the virus is in place, it moves on. This is a scorched earth approach to victory. If D #C+2 #C+3 // A: If [enemy exists] B else C Copy C+22 C // GOTO A If *#*C==#7 #C+4 #C+5 // B: If [enemy was neutralized] D else E Move // C: Move Copy E D // D: Turn Randomly Copy #7 *#*C // E: Neutralize enemy Copy C+1 C // Skip the next line Copy #C #C+1 // Neutralizing Code [Copy this line to next line]  The comparison *#*C==#7 doesn't seems to adjust for the opponent's shift correctly, but the bot does eventually move on. • Copy C+1 C is all that is needed to skip a single line. – Nathan Merrill Aug 29 '14 at 20:08 • 'Skip the next line' means your bot is going to spend 16 turns executing flag instructions before continue. You might want to Copy 23 C there instead, to jump back to the first line. – Sparr Aug 30 '14 at 0:11 • 'Skip the next line' will only happen if 'GOTO A' was overwritten. There are other ways I can make this bot more offensive and defensive, such as repeating 'A', duplicating the code, and blocking 'GOTO A'. However, if this bot is hit at all, it's pretty much dead anyway. – Wasmoo Sep 2 '14 at 12:19 # Insidious Move If D #4 #0 If D #4 #0 Copy 0 C Copy 4 C If D #12 #11 If D #12 #11 If D #12 #11 If D #12 #11 If D #12 #11 Copy D+1 D If D #4 #3 Copy #C+8 *#*C Flag Copy C A Copy #C+22 #A Copy A+23 A Copy C+21 C  Inspired by @Cruncher, this bot infects other bots with a small block of code, filling the other bot with this bot's flags. Those bots are then sitting ducks for further attack, but they will be mostly full of my flags when they get re-infected by someone else. Edit: thanks to @PhiNotPi for golf assistance, @overactor for efficiency advice • Congrats on hitting 2k! – bjb568 Aug 30 '14 at 3:16 # Happy As A Clam This is an exercise in blocking. It performed remarkably well until $Copy came around.

The clam has 22 block commands. Because A is shifted every loop, they will reference different lines each time through the loop. This allows each command to stack blocks on every other line, maxing out at 22 blocks per line. Thus, to break the fully armored clam, one would need to write to a line 22 times.

For example, #10 will be protected each time through the loop by the following lines:

• Loop 0, A=0 #10 protected by line 7 (7+0+3=10)
• Loop 1, A=7 #10 protected by line 0 (0+7+3=10)
• Loop 2, A=14 #10 protected by line 17 (17+14+3=34=10)
• Loop 3, A=21 #10 protected by line 10 (10+21+3=34=10)

So after Line 10 of Loop 3, #10 has been blocked 4 times, requiring 4 writes to #10 to break the blocks, with a 5th one to actually overwrite the line.

Note that blocks are keyed by their C value and will not stack if the protected line was already blocked by the same C value. So after 22 blocks are established for each line, the blocks will no longer stack.

Block #C+A+3
Block #C+A+3
Block #C+A+3
Block #C+A+3
Block #C+A+3
Block #C+A+3
Block #C+A+3
Block #C+A+3
Block #C+A+3
Block #C+A+3
Block #C+A+3
Block #C+A+3
Block #C+A+3
Block #C+A+3
Block #C+A+3
Block #C+A+3
Block #C+A+3
Block #C+A+3
Block #C+A+3
Block #C+A+3
Block #C+A+3
Block #C+A+3
Copy A+7 A
Flag


## MindControl

I guess it's never too late?

Block #C+D
If D #2 #0        // Scan for enemy
If *#E==#E #0 #5  // Attack if necessary
Copy D+5 D        // Turn
Copy 22+1 C       // Repeat
Copy 4+1 C        // ATTACK:
Copy #22+1 *#*C   //   Freeze
Copy #18 *#18     //
Copy #21 *#19     //
Copy D+2 *D       //   FACE ME!!
If E #0 #13
If E #0 #13
Copy 22+1 C
Flag
Flag
If *#B+20==#B+20 *#20 #19 //
Copy 22+1 C               //
Copy 1+B B                //
Copy 16 C                 //
Flag
Copy 23+C C        // FREEZE


MindControl comes from my idea that it would take some considerable time to copy my whole program to the opponent, during which my bot is vulnerable to attacks from other directions. So why not make the opponent copy my program while I scan for enemies?

Once it finds an enemy, MindControl immediately freezes the enemy to prevent escape. Then it uploads the downloader to the opponent and let the victim download MindControl's program itself. The downloader exploit the fact that few bots uses B and will loop until it downloads all 24 lines. When the downloader rewrites #19 from Copy 16 C to Copy 23 C, it signifies the victim have downloaded all lines and will go on to reboot itself.

# Attacker

Copy #E *#*C
Copy #E *#*C
Copy #E *#*C
Copy #E *#*C
Copy #E *#*C
Copy #E *#*C
Copy #E *#*C
Copy #E *#*C
Copy #E *#*C
Copy #E *#*C
Copy #E *#*C
Copy #E *#*C
Copy #E *#*C
Copy #E *#*C
Copy #E *#*C
Copy #E *#*C
Copy #E *#*C
Copy #E *#*C
Copy #E *#*C
Copy #E *#*C
Copy #E *#*C
Copy #E *#*C
Copy #E *#*C
Flag


# Movebot

Move
Copy 23 C
Flag


Like Flagbot, but move around while accepting gifts of code to go with all of our flags.

# Reproducing bot

This bot tries to freeze his opponent and then copy his entire code into that bot before restarting the other bot. This should also work (mostly) if the opponent uses blocking, though that does make it all even slower than it already is.

If D #23 #22
Copy 23 C
Copy #18 *#*C
Copy #18 *#*C+1
Copy #18 *#*C
Copy #18 *#0
Copy #18 *#0
Copy 0 *C
Copy 0 *C
Copy 1 A
Copy #A *#*A
If D #12 #14
Copy A+1 A
Copy 9 C
Copy 23 C
Flag
Flag
Flag
Copy C+23 C
Copy D+1 D
Flag
If *#*C==#*C #19 #13
Move
If *#*C+1==#*C+1 #21 #13

• No spaces in the condition – Nathan Merrill Aug 29 '14 at 0:59
• @NathanMerrill gotcha – overactor Aug 29 '14 at 1:01

# Magus

Magus is a simple attempt at a self-propagating virus. It attempts to copy itself into the programs of other bots. (Edited to remove negative numbers, fix condition, trim lines.)

Block #A
Copy #A *#A
Copy A+1 A
If A #0 #4
Copy 0 *C
Flag
Move
Copy 0 C

• Negative values are not allowed. Please use 23 for B – Nathan Merrill Aug 28 '14 at 23:14
• Please use 23, not 25. – Nathan Merrill Aug 29 '14 at 3:23
• Unless I'm misunderstanding, that would cause it to not block or copy lines 23 or 24 (note: it's changed slightly from the first revision, A is incremented by 1, not B) – Isaac Aug 29 '14 at 3:49
• +0 = 24 +1 = 25, -1 = 23. If you want it to be -1, it should be 23. – Nathan Merrill Aug 29 '14 at 4:19
• That's how it was before, because I thought you could only compare with 0 (missed the '=' part somehow, I blame skimming), but it's changed now so A starts at 1 and ends at 25. Just imagine line 3 as for (int i = 1; i < 25; i++)... – Isaac Aug 29 '14 at 4:34

# DNAbot

Flag
Copy 8 D
Copy 16 B
If #D==#B #C+2 #C+3
Block #A
Copy #D #A
If D #7 #15
Copy #23 *#*C
Copy A+1 A
Copy B+1 B
Copy D+1 D
If #D==#B #C+2 #C+3
Block #A
Copy #D #A
If D #7 #15
Move
Copy A+1 A
Copy B+1 B
Copy D+1 D
If #D==#B #C+2 #C+3
Block #A
Copy #D #A
If D #7 #15
Flag


This bot repairs its own code while moving and attacking.

# Blocker

Copy A+1 A
Block #A
Copy C+22 C


# Copycat

If D #4 #3
Move
Copy 23 C
Copy *#*C #1
Copy #23 *#E


# Quick freezerbot

Tries to copy flags in the line that will get executed next of his opponent, moves if there is no enemy to attack.

Block #13
Block #14
If D #13 #14
If D #13 #14
If D #13 #14
If D #13 #14
If D #13 #14
If D #13 #14
If D #13 #14
If D #13 #14
If D #13 #14
If D #13 #14
Copy 23 C
If E #15 #16
Move
Copy #23 *#*C
Copy D+1 D

• The first two lines are invalid. They need #13 and #14 – Nathan Merrill Aug 28 '14 at 22:10

# Block, Freeze, Attack

Block #A        // start block loop
Copy A+1 A      // loop A from 0 to 23
If A #3 #4
Copy 23 C       // repeat block loop
Copy 5 C        // exit block loop to attack/move loop
Move
If D #11 #5     // attack or move
Copy A+1 A      // loop A from 0 to 23
If A #9 #10
Copy 5 C        // repeat attack/move loop
Copy 23 C       // exit attack/move loop to block loop
Copy 11 C       // start of attack routine
Copy #23 *#*C   // freeze opponent
Copy #19 *#E    // copy flag to opponent
Copy #20 *#E    // copy flag to opponent
Copy #21 *#E    // copy flag to opponent
Copy #22 *#E    // copy flag to opponent
Copy D+1 D      // change direction
Copy 5 C        // repeat attack/move loop
Flag
Flag
Flag
Flag
Copy C+23 C     // freeze instruction, for copying


Blocks all 24 lines, then loops 24 times either moving or attacking, then repeats. An attack involves attempting to freeze the opponent, then copying four flags to random locations, then turning.

# Hide, Block, Attack

This bot is based off of Block Freeze Attack. I changed the placement of some If statements to make it more compact allowing me to plant more flags. I also have it run away at the start of a game to buy some time to block.

Copy D+1 D
Move           //buy some time by moving to a more secure location
Block #A+2
Copy A+1 A
If A #11 #17
Copy #23 *#E
Copy #22 *#E
Copy #21 *#E
Copy #20 *#E
Copy #19 *#E
Copy D+1 D
Copy 1 C
Move
If D #14 #15
Copy 3 C
Copy 11 C
Copy #18 *#*C
If D #16 #15
Copy C+23 C
Flag
Flag
Flag
Flag
Flag


# Roving Virus

If D #6 #16
Move
Copy 23 C
Flag
Flag
Flag
Copy 6 C
Copy A+23 A
Copy #A *#A                     //clone previous line to enemy
Copy 23 *C                      //freeze enemy
If A #6 #16                     //loop or turn then continue
Copy 0 *C                       //reboot enemy
Copy 23 C                       //start moving again
Flag
Flag
Flag
Copy D+1 D                      //turn
Flag
Flag
Flag
Flag
Flag
Flag
Copy 22 C                       //freeze instruction


This bot wanders until it finds an enemy, then freezes them, replaces all of their code with its own, unfreezes them, then wanders again.

# The common cold

It infects you virtually immediately and you'll spread it around. based on PhiNotPi's Parasite, the common cold checks almost immediately if it can copy its flag over yours. Blocks a random value if it can't. Moves around a bit if there's no opponent.

Block #22
If D #8 #5
If D #8 #5
If D #8 #5
Copy 23 C
If E #6 #7
Copy D+1 D
Move
If *#E=#22 #15 #9
If *#E+1=#22 #16 #10
If *#E+2=#22 #17 #11
If *#E+3=#22 #18 #12
If *#E+4=#22 #19 #13
If *#E+5=#22 #20 #14
If *#E+6=#22 #21 #23
Copy #22 *#E
Copy #22 *#E+1
Copy #22 *#E+2
Copy #22 *#E+3
Copy #22 *#E+4
Copy #22 *#E+5
Copy #22 *#E+6
Flag
Block #E


# Influenza

This is closely based off of the Common Cold (which was based off my Parasite) with slightly increased speed.

Move
Block #23
If D #8 #0
If D #8 #0
If D #8 #0
If D #8 #7
Copy 0 C
Copy D+1 D
If *#E #9 #10
Copy #23 *#E
If *#E+1 #11 #12
Copy #23 *#E+1
If *#E+2 #13 #14
Copy #23 *#E+2
If *#E+3 #15 #16
Copy #23 *#E+3
If *#E+4 #17 #18
Copy #23 *#E+4
If *#E+5 #19 #20
Copy #23 *#E+5
If *#E+6 #21 #22
Copy #23 *#E+6
Block #E
Flag

• I look forward to seeing the sort of difference this will make. The #5 on line 5 will provoke an infinite loop though, and those #7's are also unlikely to be what you intended. – overactor Aug 29 '14 at 16:49
• @overactor Thanks, those were errors created by adding in an extra line. – PhiNotPi Aug 29 '14 at 17:13
• Do I ever know the pain. – overactor Aug 29 '14 at 17:15

# Rebranding

Move
If D #10 #0
If D #10 #0
If D #10 #0
If D #10 #0
If D #10 #0
If D #10 #0
If D #10 #0
If D #10 #0
Copy 0 C
If *#E=#14 #11 #9
If *#E==#14 #13 #12
Copy D+1 D
Copy #14 *#E
Flag


This bot tries to randomly locate flags in enemy bots and replace them with friendly flags, turning away after detecting success. Inspired by Cancer bot.