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robotour - control mobile robots in this programmer’s game
robotour [OPTION]... ROBOT...
Simulate the specified ROBOTs (.rob files).
RoboCom is a programming game. Before the game starts, each player
writes an assembler-like program which has to decide for itself later
on, in order to win the game. The pieces on the chess-like field are
robots, which have the abilities to move, multiply, exchange program
code etc. The goal is to put the other players’ robots out of action
while staying functional yourself.
RoboCom is not a military game! There is nothing like weapons: the only
way to influence another robot is to transfer program code. And that
makes it particularly interesting. The programming language is easy to
learn, however it provides an amazingly wide spectrum of different
strategies, which are all successful in another way.
RoboTour is a fast, portable, fully compatible and free RoboCom
interpreter and tournament engine. It can be used to run simple
simulations, big tournaments and even create competitions to which
robots can be added later on. (Check out RoboTop by the same author,
which makes this process much easier.) Graphical display of
tournaments (even in 3D), robot debugging and simulation history are
-vis Open the graphical visualization window (if available). You need
not specify any other options or robots, as these can also be
set using the mouse. The simulation will be displayed while
-h, -help, --help
display command line help and exit
output version information and exit
-n N Repeat simulations N times. This will reduce the influence of
random effects (such as starting positions) on the result.
Default is 10, like the Internet competitions.
Specify location or file name of the option set (default:
robocom.rco, these are the RC3 rules)
-s Switch to "single" mode: Simulate the first specified robot
against all others.
-c Switch to "charts" mode: Simulate everyone against everyone.
-i Switch to "all in one" mode: Simulate all of the specified bots
in one field, at the same time.
-t N Switch to "top N" mode: Create a competition to which, later on,
more robots can be added. If there are more than N robots in the
competition, the worst will be dropped.
-T N Same as -t, but results of partially simulated robots are
recognized. (This will only make a difference from -t if the
last run of RoboTour was aborted.)
-cf F For top mode: Specify the competition folder for robots and
result files. (default: current)
-p X print the field every X cycles (default: 0 = function inactive)
-debug P X
Debug every X cycles (default: 0 = function inactive) the bots
on field range P (coords start at 0; example for p: 0,0:1,1)
-r No randomization => always the same result
-v N Set verbose level (0-5) (default = 5; no output = 0)
-sound Enable sound output using sox.
Produce a rating for the first bot on cycle N and end the game.
If N < 0, wait for timeout.
Create a profile of type T for all robots. Possible types are
count (number of executions of each instruction in the program),
time (spent during all of the executions) and fail, which
calculates the failure ratio for some instructions (such as
CREATE and TRANS).
Robots are plain text files. Every robot consists of a header, which
gives general information about it (such as the robot’s and the
author’s name), followed by one or more code banks which contain the
actual program. A very simple example robot follows:
Published Name Turnaround Bot
Published Author Robert Robot
Published Country Nomansland
Turn 0 ; Turn left forever!
More example robots are installed in /usr/share/doc/robotour/examples/.
Detailed information on how to create your own robots is available
online at http://www.cyty.com/robocom/?area=help
An option set includes all the options and rules for a certain
simulation. This includes the size of the board, the timeout,
availability of the new RC3 instructions or multitasking, how many
cycles each instruction takes to execute, and much more. Several
option sets are installed along with RoboTour (normally, in
The default option set. These are the options that are used in
the World Cup at http://www.cyty.com/robocom/ , so it is
recommended to stick to this one when developing robots for that
RoboCom 3 Standard Rules, a copy of the file above.
Classic rules from RoboCom 2. These are used for the classic
competition. Many of the instructions are not allowed in this
Written by Florian Fischer <firstname.lastname@example.org> and Martin Trautmann
This manual page was written by Shaun Jackman <email@example.com> for
the Debian system and extended by Florian Fischer.
Please report bugs to the authors.
Copyright 2000-2005 Florian Fischer and Martin Trautmann.