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Author: jspenn | Created: 2017-02-24 09:26:52
Subject: New Team
To Wolf-Dieter,
I am just asking if it's ok to use your "Simplix" codebase for my new robot.
Thanks, Jacob
Last Edited: 2017-02-24 09:26:52 by jspenn
    Author: firechief | Created: 2017-02-24 23:47:15
    Subject: Re: New Team
    I'm not sure how often he checks the forum - you might want to send him an email, wdb(at)

    You should keep in mind though that simplix is quite an antiquated robot. Unless you put in a _lot_ of work you'll be running as a backmarker, probably only ahead of berniw_2004.
    Last Edited: 2017-02-25 05:16:06 by firechief
      Author: jspenn | Created: 2017-02-25 10:11:59
      Subject: Re: New Team
      Gotcha. You must have put in a lot of work to make Simplix work for Replicant.
      Last Edited: 2017-02-25 10:11:59 by jspenn
        Author: firechief | Created: 2017-02-25 11:47:08
        Subject: Re: New Team
        I actually gave up and used wdbee_robotics as a base instead. Simplix was behaving quite badly on that track, especially on turn 1, and I couldn't find a way to correct it.
        Last Edited: 2017-02-25 11:47:08 by firechief
          Author: jspenn | Created: 2017-02-25 20:50:43
          Subject: Re: New Team
          Last Edited: 2017-02-25 20:50:43 by jspenn
            Author: firechief | Created: 2017-02-25 23:56:28
            Subject: Re: New Team
            Sure. You'll need to work out how to employ its many levers & buttons to make it fast though - I won't be able to help you with that. But I have no problem with you basing your robot on it :)
            Last Edited: 2017-02-25 23:56:28 by firechief
              Author: jspenn | Created: 2017-02-27 13:51:54
              Subject: Re: New Team
              Ah, I'm just going to tweak the setups before I concede that to edit something in C++, I need to know C++.
              Last Edited: 2017-02-27 13:51:54 by jspenn
                Author: firechief | Created: 2017-02-27 14:23:36
                Subject: Re: New Team
                Ok, fair enough :) Though I think you'll need to learn a _little_ C++, as some changes will be essential for this year. Firstly make sure you have the latest TORCS code from CVS - you can download the tarball from here:

                This championship will be in pro mode (all previous years were semi-pro), so to force that I've added <attstr name="skill level" val="pro"/> to each robot's section in my usr_2017.xml - you could do the same if you wanted, as you don't want to be tweaking setups for semi-pro only to see them fail spectacularly in the race.

                Lastly, and here's where C++ comes in, this year we also have a new feature which you can read about on other recent threads - tire wear. Your robots will need to know to pit when the tires are worn out, otherwise they won't make it to the end of the race. They'll also need to know to drive more slowly when the tires aren't in the ideal temperature range, otherwise they'll be seeing a lot of the countryside instead of asphalt ;)

                I did plan to have a public version of a starter robot ready to download that, with a bit of tweaking & setup work, could be made competitive by someone who wasn't an expert at C++. I just haven't had time to finish it though, and won't before the season starts. I do expect to get it done at some point during the year though.
                Last Edited: 2017-02-27 14:23:36 by firechief
                  Author: jspenn | Created: 2017-02-27 15:21:28
                  Subject: Re: New Team
                  Wait, isn't it like two in the morning for you?
                  Last Edited: 2017-02-27 15:21:28 by jspenn
                    Author: firechief | Created: 2017-02-27 15:23:26
                    Subject: Re: New Team
                    1:20am. I trade financial markets for a living, hence I've become a night owl.
                    Last Edited: 2017-02-27 15:23:26 by firechief
                      Author: jspenn | Created: 2017-02-27 15:27:34
                      Subject: Re: New Team
                      Sheesh. I, as a schoolboy, have been forced to adopt the opposite scedule to you, and am therefore surprised that you're up this late, and not retiring to watching terrible US sci-fi, like my dad does.
                      EDIT: It's tuesday for you, right?
                      Last Edited: 2017-02-27 15:28:16 by jspenn
                        Author: firechief | Created: 2017-02-27 15:40:42
                        Subject: Re: New Team
                        Its Tuesday now, yes.
                        Last Edited: 2017-02-27 15:40:42 by firechief