announcements

This page contains all game announcements from after July 10, 2012. The legacy announcements page contains all older updates.

Congrats to smeker [314] for leading <Strung Out> to victory in the August 2020 clan competition and securing a 1st George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Strung Out> smeker [314] 5,066,606 (x6.03)
2 <Escapism> Myriad [411]
3,004,723 (x3.71)
3 <Tauri> KevyG [80]
2,452,721 (x2.81)
4 <Reaper of souls> Tonc [373]
1,375,756 (x1.54)
5 <Take> Take10 [62]
1,149,541 (x1.30)
6 <Amsterdamned> AFCA02 [125]
1,004,278 (x1.12)
7 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [337]
979,624 (x1.10)
8 <Drunken Lullabies> FM01 [125]
955,174 (x1.07)
9 <Eigendom van Eps> POfE81 [125]
952,060 (x1.07)
10 <Eps go Murphys> DKM01 [125]
943,120 (x1.06)

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Posted by Ender on Monday, August 17, 2020, 8:46:40 pm (ET)

Some of you have already noticed these, but I made a handful of small improvements to various parts of the game a little over a month ago. I'd originally been planning to bundle these improvements into a set of even more improvements, after which I'd finally make an announcement post listing them all, but life gets in the way sometimes and so I haven't made progress on the others yet. So stay tuned for a "quality of life v2" announcement at some point in the future, but for now, here's (I think) everything that was changed:

  • Equipment images now appear in the showroom - If you've played Diablo II at any point, you surely recognize that bots4 (via bots2) gets many of its equipment names from Diablo II, especially on the lower end. And if you played bots2, you may remember that it used actual Diablo II in-game images for items. I've now done the same for bots4, adding images to items taken from Diablo II. It was very nostalgic to see them all (both for Diablo II and bots2 reasons), so I hope you enjoy! Thanks to El Hefe for the suggestion.

  • Members list of clan profiles are now sortable - This one has been requested for a long time. The members list can now be sorted by any field (level, rank, wins, ratio, etc.). Thanks to MikeiiiBoy for the suggestion.

  • Star manager now shows a preview of the destination bot's name - When you start typing ids to move your stars to, the corresponding name of the destination bot based on the current id will now appear in the table in real-time. This should help make it harder to accidentally move stars to the wrong bot and get locked out for 5 days. Thanks to Dragon Summoner for the suggestion.

  • Item slot name is now more prominent in showroom - This isn't too big of a deal if you're very familiar with the game's items, but in case you ever forget or don't know, item slot names (body, helmet, etc.) are now listed in both the stash list as well as the item popup itself. Thanks to Zord for the suggestion.

  • Star images/logos now show exact star count on mouseover - Bots with 1-7 stars have distinct logos, but 8+ stars have been ambiguous until this change. You can now mouseover the image/logo to see exactly how many stars are on a bot. Higher numbers of stars may result in a slightly more exciting mouseover!!!

  • Northern Cyprus can now be selected as a country - Thanks to El Hefe for the suggestion.

That should be everything! Let me know if you've spotted anything else that I'm forgetting - I can update the list as needed.

Congrats to El Hefe [410] for leading <Strung Out> to victory in the July 2020 clan competition and securing a 5th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Strung Out> El Hefe [410]
6,414,757 (x7.77)
2 <Tauri> KevyG [76]
2,440,690 (x3.07)
3 <Escapism> Myriad [410]
2,100,424 (x2.47)
4 <Reaper of souls> Tonc [373]
1,619,303 (x1.82)
5 <Platinium Squad> Pinoy [80] 1,419,540 (x1.61)
6 <Take> Take10 [62]
1,159,806 (x1.30)
7 <Ketayours> Keta21 [111]
1,012,807 (x1.13)
8 <Waste> Eee687 [100]
984,859 (x1.10)
9 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [337]
983,549 (x1.10)
10 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [300]
973,528 (x1.10)

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Congrats to El Hefe [409] for leading <Strung Out> to victory in the June 2020 clan competition and securing a 4th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Strung Out> El Hefe [409]
5,544,980 (x6.48)
2 <Escapism> Myriad [410]
3,115,526 (x3.86)
3 <Platinium Squad> Pinoy [80] 1,324,179 (x1.54)
4 <Reaper of souls> Tonc [373]
1,086,756 (x1.27)
5 <Take> Take10 [62]
1,029,109 (x1.19)
6 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [337]
1,005,384 (x1.16)
7 <Silence is Golden> Kaori Momoi [200] 993,777 (x1.20)
8 <Ketaours> Keta60 [111]
989,709 (x1.15)
9 <Metsu> hadoken [250]
967,031 (x1.15)
10 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [300]
951,908 (x1.11)

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Congrats to Zach02 [130] for leading <Strung Out> to victory in the May 2020 clan competition and securing a 1st George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Strung Out> Zach02 [130]
14,571,181 (x16.60)
2 <Escapism> Myriad [409]
7,678,651 (x8.72)
3 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [337]
1,175,247 (x1.32)
4 <Platinium Squad> Pinoy [79] 1,061,447 (x1.19)
5 <LoT> evil ryu [325] 947,483 (x1.08)
6 <Waste> Eee687 [100]
928,567 (x1.04)
7 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [300]
918,733 (x1.03)
8 <Silence is Golden> Kaori Momoi [200] 913,366 (x1.02)
9 <In Extremis> Serpentine [300] 911,422 (x1.02)
10 <Eigendom van Eps> POfE81 [125]
900,826 (x1.01)

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Congrats to El Hefe [406] for leading <Strung Out> to victory in the April 2020 clan competition and securing a 3rd George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Strung Out> El Hefe [406]
7,443,500 (x9.20)
2 <Escapism> Myriad [408]
4,069,523 (x4.72)
3 <Platinium Squad> wussy [62] 1,549,377 (x1.80)
4 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [300]
1,179,196 (x1.37)
5 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [337]
987,503 (x1.14)
6 <Waste> Eee687 [100]
964,223 (x1.12)
7 <Metsu> Hammerz [250]
951,594 (x1.12)
8 <Peace> KING 07 [275]
943,547 (x1.09)
9 <Silence is Golden> Kaori Momoi [200] 928,630 (x1.09)
10 <Ketayours> Keta21 [111]
927,728 (x1.07)

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Congrats to trkimrki [349] for leading <Strung Out> to victory in the March 2020 clan competition and securing a 1st George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Strung Out> trkimrki [349]
10,478,629 (x11.94)
2 <Escapism> Myriad [407]
7,356,331 (x8.42)
3 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [300]
1,168,147 (x1.31)
4 <Platinium Squad> wussy [62] 1,135,683 (x1.30)
5 <Waste> Eee687 [100]
1,102,351 (x1.25)
6 <Metsu> hadoken [250]
1,065,807 (x1.20)
7 <Peace> KING 07 [275]
1,008,108 (x1.13)
8 <Silence is Golden> Kaori Momoi [200] 1,007,997 (x1.19)
9 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [337]
984,772 (x1.10)
10 <RIP> rip13 [100] 960,408 (x1.08)

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Congrats to El Hefe [403] for leading <Strung Out> to victory in the February 2020 clan competition and securing a 2nd George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Strung Out> El Hefe [403]
15,100,552 (x19.23)
2 <Escapism> Myriad [406]
10,340,403 (x13.35)
3 <Platinium Squad> wussy [62] 981,146 (x1.19)
4 <Waste> Eee687 [100]
976,486 (x1.18)
5 <Silence is Golden> Scarlett Dream [201] 966,863 (x1.19)
6 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [337]
965,472 (x1.16)
7 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [300]
946,945 (x1.14)
8 <Peace> KING 07 [275]
919,875 (x1.10)
9 <Metsu> hadoken [250]
915,143 (x1.10)
10 <RIP> rip13 [100] 893,839 (x1.07)

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Congrats to Zach01 [130] for leading <Strung Out> to victory in the January 2020 clan competition and securing a 1st George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Strung Out> Zach01 [130]
9,249,830 (x11.96)
2 <Escapism> Myriad [406]
3,524,275 (x4.02)
3 <Torment> Storm of Memories [150] 1,697,694 (x1.90)
4 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [337]
1,090,512 (x1.22)
5 <Thunder Storm> Thunder01 [100] 1,054,283 (x1.18)
6 <Waste> Eee687 [100]
999,040 (x1.12)
7 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [300]
998,758 (x1.12)
8 <Silence is Golden> Scarlett Dream [201] 995,149 (x1.12)
9 <Platinium Squad> wussy [62] 992,799 (x1.11)
10 <Peace> KING 07 [275]
975,048 (x1.12)

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Congrats to G0ds wrath [61] for leading <Strung Out> to victory in the December 2019 clan competition and securing a 1st George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Strung Out> G0ds wrath [61]
7,146,386 (x8.49)
2 <Escapism> Myriad [405]
4,446,387 (x5.03)
3 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [300]
1,270,840 (x1.44)
4 <Torment> Storm of Memories [150] 1,227,996 (x1.41)
5 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [337]
1,087,839 (x1.22)
6 <Unaffected> Hawker [145]
1,083,373 (x1.81)
7 <Sissy> Sis12 [100]
990,418 (x1.11)
8 <Waste> Eee687 [100]
961,299 (x1.08)
9 <Reaper of souls> Tonc [371]
960,773 (x1.08)
10 <Platinium Squad> olli [270]
960,534 (x1.08)

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Congrats to El Hefe [399] for leading <Strung Out> to victory in the November 2019 clan competition and securing a 1st George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Strung Out> El Hefe [399]
7,348,978 (x8.99)
2 <Escapism> Myriad [405]
4,876,266 (x5.67)
3 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [300]
1,706,693 (x2.01)
4 <Silence is Golden> Kaori Momoi [200] 1,493,927 (x1.77)
5 <Torment> Storm of Memories [150] 1,490,397 (x1.72)
6 <Waste> Eee687 [100]
1,402,828 (x1.62)
7 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [337]
1,023,338 (x1.19)
8 <Platinium Squad> olli [270]
952,977 (x1.12)
9 <Reaper of souls> Tonc [368]
914,059 (x1.06)
10 <Fitch numb3rs> 0nee [125]
910,128 (x1.05)

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Congrats to Serpentine [300] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the October 2019 clan competition and securing a 2nd George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> Serpentine [300] 5,896,368 (x7.14)
2 <Strung Out> El Hefe [398]
3,420,563 (x3.90)
3 <Torment> Storm of Memories [150] 1,784,945 (x2.00)
4 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [300]
1,317,691 (x1.50)
5 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [337]
1,119,917 (x1.25)
6 <Waste> Eee687 [100]
1,077,120 (x1.21)
7 <Fitch numb3rs> 0nee [125]
1,062,505 (x1.19)
8 <Platinium Squad> olli [270]
1,016,189 (x1.14)
9 <Silence is Golden> Bitch Pudding [60] 1,002,979 (x1.20)
10 <Thunder Storm> Thunder01 [100] 978,311 (x1.10)

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Congrats to Myriad [404] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the September 2019 clan competition and securing a 9th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> Myriad [404]
7,574,996 (x8.83)
2 <Strung Out> El Hefe [396]
6,940,522 (x10.59)
3 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [300]
2,245,315 (x2.61)
4 <Torment> Storm of Memories [150] 1,367,722 (x1.58)
5 <Waste> Eee687 [100]
948,777 (x1.10)
6 <Silence is Golden> Bitch Pudding [60] 933,917 (x1.11)
7 <Platinium Squad> olli [270]
933,540 (x1.08)
8 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [336]
915,167 (x1.06)
9 <Metsu> teacup [100]
914,301 (x1.13)
10 <Thunder Storm> Thunder01 [100] 904,240 (x1.05)

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Congrats to Myriad [403] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the August 2019 clan competition and securing a 8th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> Myriad [403]
4,970,020 (x6.28)
2 <Strung Out> El Hefe [395]
1,467,603 (x1.84)
3 <Torment> Storm of Memories [150] 1,368,936 (x1.53)
4 <Platinium Squad> olli [270]
1,063,160 (x1.19)
5 <Thunder Storm> Thunder01 [100] 1,023,900 (x1.15)
6 <Game of Thrones> GoT01 [100]
1,001,926 (x1.13)
7 <Metsu> teacup [100]
971,460 (x1.12)
8 <Waste> Eee687 [100]
965,440 (x1.08)
9 <Silence is Golden> Kaori Momoi [196] 948,012 (x1.10)
10 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [300]
947,177 (x1.08)

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Congrats to Storm of Memories [150] for leading <Torment> to victory in the July 2019 clan competition and securing a 1st George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Torment> Storm of Memories [150] 5,207,870 (x6.22)
2 <Escapism> Myriad [403]
3,438,134 (x3.86)
3 <Strung Out> El Hefe [394]
2,188,907 (x2.79)
4 <The Foundation> LARAMIE [40]
1,694,364 (x1.90)
5 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [300]
1,493,781 (x1.70)
6 <Thunder Storm> Thunder01 [100] 1,054,645 (x1.18)
7 <Platinium Squad> olli [270]
1,000,621 (x1.13)
8 <Waste> Eee687 [100]
995,899 (x1.12)
9 <Metsu> teacup [100]
983,944 (x1.11)
10 <Silence is Golden> Bitch Pudding [60] 980,786 (x1.17)

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Congrats to Esvrainzas [300] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the June 2019 clan competition and securing a 12th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> Esvrainzas [300]
5,472,850 (x6.50)
2 <Strung Out> El Hefe [393]
2,781,689 (x3.66)
3 <The Foundation> LARAMIE [40]
2,026,719 (x3.65)
4 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [300]
1,645,061 (x1.96)
5 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [336]
1,447,398 (x1.68)
6 <Torment> Storm of Memories [150] 1,397,253 (x1.67)
7 <Metsu> teacup [100]
1,026,083 (x1.20)
8 <Platinium Squad> jezz [372]
986,904 (x1.14)
9 <Silence is Golden> Bitch Pudding [60] 952,218 (x1.13)
10 <Reaper of souls> Tonc [360]
868,470 (x1.01)

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Congrats to Arkuden [130] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the May 2019 clan competition and securing a 1st George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> Arkuden [130]
10,580,200 (x12.04)
2 <Strung Out> El Hefe [391]
2,498,862 (x3.36)
3 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [297]
1,709,860 (x1.99)
4 <Torment> Storm of Memories [150] 1,560,223 (x1.77)
5 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
1,130,621 (x1.27)
6 <Platinium Squad> jezz [372]
1,110,515 (x1.25)
7 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [336]
1,024,921 (x1.15)
8 <Metsu> teacup [100]
1,022,612 (x1.15)
9 <Silence is Golden> HML [25] 974,217 (x1.13)
10 <Waste> Eee687 [100]
974,173 (x1.09)

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Congrats to Esvrainzas [300] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the April 2019 clan competition and securing a 11th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> Esvrainzas [300]
7,852,780 (x9.77)
2 <Torment> Storm of Memories [150] 4,481,353 (x5.32)
3 <Strung Out> El Hefe [389]
2,280,271 (x3.17)
4 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
1,156,983 (x1.34)
5 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [336]
1,131,799 (x1.31)
6 <Platinium Squad> jezz [371]
1,081,818 (x1.26)
7 <Metsu> teacup [100]
982,623 (x1.18)
8 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [296]
967,878 (x1.13)
9 <Waste> Eee687 [100]
951,578 (x1.10)
10 <Loop> Loop04 [67] 940,725 (x1.09)

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Posted by Ender on Monday, April 1, 2019, 2:29:21 am (ET)

Thank you to Execute for reporting a subtle loophole that allowed instant battles in certain circumstances. I have given 3 stars as a reward in accordance with the game's responsible disclosure policy. Happy hunting to anyone this motivates. :)

In more detail, the game's default time per attempt is 800 milliseconds. This can become even less too with buffs that increase battle speed, such as the Spirit of Wolf line of buffs. Before this update, the calculation of "how long do you have to wait until you battle again?" rounded down as a way to get second-granularity timestamps. This means that, for instance, a 13.2 second battle actually only keeps your bot occupied for 13 seconds. Another example is that a 0.8 second battle keeps your bot occupied for 0 seconds. In other words, sub-second battles are actually registered as being instant by the game, potentially allowing someone to accumulate wins against multiple bots simultaneously and/or in rapid succession.

To fix this, the minimum battle time is now 1 second. The calculation still rounds down, so a 13.2 second battle will keep your bot occupied for only 13 seconds, but a 0.8 second battle will now occupy your bot for 1 second.

FWIW, I'm not aware of this ever having actually been exploited, but I still awarded stars because this is pretty subtle/sneaky and the behavior is definitely unintended. It's probably pretty hard to exploit this in practice because the battle needs to have exactly 1 attempt[*], meaning the exploiting bot needs decent intelligence to be able to regularly hit first. You also still need to actually initiate battles each time which probably wouldn't be that much faster than just waiting the extra second. A script could certainly abuse this for a lot of quick wins though.

[*] Or maybe even 2 or 3 attempts with the Spirit of Wolf III buff? I didn't test this.

Congrats to Esvrainzas [300] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the March 2019 clan competition and securing a 10th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> Esvrainzas [300]
6,603,344 (x7.43)
2 <Strung Out> El Hefe [387]
2,698,421 (x3.25)
3 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [293]
2,319,645 (x2.63)
4 <Torment> Storm of Memories [150] 1,367,038 (x1.62)
5 <Silence is Golden> Kaori Momoi [192] 1,250,923 (x1.45)
6 <Peace> Boo14 [275]
1,123,952 (x1.26)
7 <Platinium Squad> jezz [371]
1,097,785 (x1.26)
8 <Reaper of souls> Tonc [354]
1,090,763 (x1.24)
9 <Waste> Eee687 [100]
1,084,736 (x1.22)
10 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
1,072,791 (x1.20)

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Posted by Ender on Thursday, March 7, 2019, 3:10:07 am (ET)

Dragon Summoner pointed out this surprising fact[*] to me...

[*] It depends a little on how you look at things though.

First step is to find out when bots2 started. The first entry on archive.org for bots2.net is 2002-02-14, which if you then click into the version history, will show the earliest update as:

2002-01-20 -- Everything seems to work, so this will be version 2.0.

So let's conclude that bots2 started on 2002-01-20.

Next step is to find out when bots2 ended. This is doable with my old Bots Unauthorized website which tracked a lot of bots2 stats, including hourly scrapes of hall of fame data. I remembered that it was around the end of January 2010 that the game got hacked for the last time. Looking into BU, I see the 2010-01-25 stats are available, but the 2010-01-26 stats are not, so let's conclude that bots2 ended on 2010-01-25.

From the above, let's then say that bots2 ran for 2,927 days (8 years, 5 days).

Now for bots4. There are 3 possible start dates, depending on how you look at things:

  • Start of closed beta: 2010-09-29
  • Start of open beta: 2011-03-07
  • Official "release": 2011-07-01

And here's how long after each of those dates 2,928 days is (i.e. 1 day longer than bots2 ran):

And so in conclusion:

  • If you see closed beta as the start of bots4, then bots4 surpassed bots2 several months ago.
  • If you see open beta as the start of bots4, then bots4 will surpass bots2 within a week.
  • If you see the official "release" as the start of bots4, then bots4 will suprass bots2 in a few months.

Some closing remarks: It's really pretty surprising that the game is still going relatively strong after all this time. Like many of you, I was originally hooked on bots2 in the early days, drawn in by the niche game mechanics and kept around by the community aspect. It's pretty weird to still be here nearly 2 decades later. I'm thankful for everyone that's stuck around, those that have returned after breaks, and yet more that have rediscovered the game after years away. You all are the lifeblood of the game, without which this would just be a weird little ghost town. Thanks also to floR for so much of the original game design and inspiration for the majority of bots4.

It's been a blast! Here's to the next decade.

Congrats to Esvrainzas [300] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the February 2019 clan competition and securing a 9th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> Esvrainzas [300]
4,496,506 (x5.62)
2 <Strung Out> Chriseps [168]
2,737,223 (x3.48)
3 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [287]
1,612,876 (x2.03)
4 <Bang> Clay Banger [74]
1,526,728 (x37.87)
5 <Torment> Storm of Memories [150] 1,475,319 (x1.99)
6 <Metsu> teacup [100]
948,775 (x1.36)
7 <Silence is Golden> Kaori Momoi [192] 938,497 (x1.21)
8 <Platinium Squad> jezz [370]
932,199 (x1.17)
9 <Peace> Boo14 [275]
922,098 (x1.14)
10 <Reservoir Dogs> Mr Green [80] 910,945 (x1.14)

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Congrats to Tomato [58] for leading <Torment> to victory in the January 2019 clan competition and securing a 1st George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Torment> Tomato [58]
5,761,014 (x6.93)
2 <Escapism> Esvrainzas [300]
4,605,916 (x5.35)
3 <Strung Out> El Hefe [382]
2,621,986 (x2.96)
4 <Reaper of souls> Tonc [352]
1,121,904 (x1.26)
5 <ROFLCOPTER> Curtain Rail [146] 1,077,356 (x1.25)
6 <Peace> Boo14 [264]
1,066,567 (x1.19)
7 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [279]
1,062,315 (x1.22)
8 <Platinium Squad> jezz [369]
1,052,839 (x1.18)
9 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
1,040,961 (x1.17)
10 <Waste> Eee687 [100]
1,027,323 (x1.15)

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Congrats to Esvrainzas [300] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the December 2018 clan competition and securing a 8th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> Esvrainzas [300]
5,157,468 (x5.78)
2 <Torment> Samuli [237]
3,504,026 (x4.40)
3 <Strung Out> Chriseps [168]
2,569,548 (x2.88)
4 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [270]
1,532,424 (x1.75)
5 <Viagra> Luthrin [101]
1,067,098 (x1.20)
6 <Peace> Boo14 [241]
1,047,604 (x1.17)
7 <Reaper of souls> Tonc [349]
1,005,936 (x1.17)
8 <Platinium Squad> jezz [369]
997,733 (x1.13)
9 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [336]
967,576 (x1.09)
10 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
947,829 (x1.06)

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Congrats to Esvrainzas [300] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the November 2018 clan competition and securing a 7th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> Esvrainzas [300]
5,745,093 (x6.81)
2 <Strung Out> Chriseps [168]
4,121,056 (x4.83)
3 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [261]
3,202,310 (x3.72)
4 <Torment> Samuli [237]
1,804,724 (x2.09)
5 <Reaper of souls> Tonc [348]
1,050,923 (x1.21)
6 <Metsu> teacup [100]
1,014,341 (x1.43)
7 <Platinium Squad> jezz [368]
989,096 (x1.15)
8 <Silence is Golden> Mitra [117] 978,774 (x1.28)
9 <Peace> Boo14 [231]
976,621 (x1.13)
10 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
932,493 (x1.08)

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Congrats to Esvrainzas [300] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the October 2018 clan competition and securing a 6th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> Esvrainzas [300]
9,679,090 (x11.04)
2 <Strung Out> Chriseps [168]
5,648,371 (x6.84)
3 <Metsu> teacup [100]
1,159,427 (x1.52)
4 <Torment> Samuli [237]
1,131,969 (x1.34)
5 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [336]
1,111,676 (x1.25)
6 <Reaper of souls> diablek [271]
1,065,161 (x1.19)
7 <Platinium Squad> jezz [367]
1,028,501 (x1.15)
8 <Pirate Haven> Mister Stinky [28]
1,001,792 (x1.13)
9 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
994,744 (x1.11)
10 <Peace> Boo14 [225]
990,779 (x1.15)

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Congrats to Esvrainzas [300] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the September 2018 clan competition and securing a 5th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> Esvrainzas [300]
9,054,572 (x11.51)
2 <Strung Out> Chriseps [168]
4,205,633 (x5.02)
3 <Metsu> teacup [100]
2,055,381 (x2.56)
4 <Torment> Samuli [232]
1,694,278 (x1.96)
5 <Pirate Haven> Mister Stinky [28]
981,625 (x1.15)
6 <Platinium Squad> jezz [366]
975,730 (x1.14)
7 <Peace> hope1 [100]
975,052 (x1.13)
8 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [336]
971,268 (x1.16)
9 <Reaper of souls> diablek [271]
932,007 (x1.08)
10 <Silence is Golden> Kate Beckinsale [42] 920,153 (x1.10)

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Congrats to Bazza [275] for leading <Metsu> to victory in the August 2018 clan competition and securing a 1st George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Metsu> Bazza [275]
8,872,126 (x11.13)
2 <Torment> Samuli [227]
7,891,791 (x10.71)
3 <Escapism> Esvrainzas [300]
2,567,438 (x2.94)
4 <Strung Out> Chriseps [168]
2,342,802 (x2.62)
5 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [256]
2,198,688 (x2.69)
6 <Silence is Golden> Bitch Pudding [60] 1,118,445 (x1.38)
7 <Platinium Squad> jezz [366]
1,024,691 (x1.16)
8 <Thunder Storm> Storm01 [100] 1,018,315 (x1.14)
9 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
987,338 (x1.11)
10 <Descension> BlaqkRayne [31]
954,612 (x5.62)

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Congrats to Destruct [226] for leading <Torment> to victory in the July 2018 clan competition and securing a 1st George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Torment> Destruct [226]
6,222,849 (x6.97)
2 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [255]
5,876,054 (x7.35)
3 <Strung Out> Chriseps [168]
4,165,265 (x5.53)
4 <Escapism> Esvrainzas [297]
2,120,641 (x2.47)
5 <Reaper of souls> diablek [271]
1,247,464 (x1.48)
6 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
971,538 (x1.09)
7 <Silence is Golden> Bitch Pudding [60] 969,128 (x1.14)
8 <Platinium Squad> jezz [365]
964,663 (x1.09)
9 <Mordor> Eee683 [100] 964,620 (x1.08)
10 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [336]
952,480 (x1.07)

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Posted by Ender on Sunday, July 15, 2018, 6:14:05 pm (ET)

If you frequently find yourself scrolling past a bunch of items in the showroom that aren't equippable for your bot, then head on over to workshop settings page for a new option that only shows equippable items. This option is off by default because part of the fun of the game is seeing and chasing after the next upgrade, but for advanced players for whom it's just noise, feel free to filter them out.

Just a small little quality-of-life update for a lazy Sunday - enjoy!

Congrats to Esvrainzas [295] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the June 2018 clan competition and securing a 4th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> Esvrainzas [295]
5,558,055 (x6.75)
2 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [252]
3,905,563 (x4.67)
3 <Strung Out> Chriseps [168]
3,084,785 (x7.65)
4 <Torment> Samulii [35]
2,700,127 (x3.22)
5 <Reaper of souls> diablek [271]
1,450,144 (x1.68)
6 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
953,212 (x1.10)
7 <Reservoir Dogs> Mr Green [80] 907,367 (x1.10)
8 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [336]
906,379 (x1.05)
9 <Platinium Squad> jezz [364]
905,023 (x1.06)
10 <Silence is Golden> Bitch Pudding [60] 899,290 (x1.05)

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Congrats to Esvrainzas [281] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the May 2018 clan competition and securing a 3rd George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> Esvrainzas [281]
6,941,807 (x8.13)
2 <Torment> Samuli [150]
3,438,307 (x4.04)
3 <Strung Out> Chriseps [168]
2,523,125 (x6.52)
4 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [252]
2,509,105 (x2.82)
5 <Reaper of souls> diablek [271]
1,672,369 (x1.92)
6 <Shadows Of Death> Thedima [50] 1,163,559 (x1.31)
7 <Platinium Squad> jezz [363]
1,088,150 (x1.23)
8 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
1,078,205 (x1.21)
9 <Peace> hope1 [55]
1,070,831 (x1.20)
10 <Silence is Golden> Bitch Pudding [60] 1,066,828 (x1.30)

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Congrats to Esvrainzas [265] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the April 2018 clan competition and securing a 2nd George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> Esvrainzas [265]
4,418,196 (x5.35)
2 <Metsu> Bazza [200]
3,631,195 (x6.75)
3 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [252]
2,048,551 (x2.58)
4 <Torment> Executed [130]
2,018,189 (x2.44)
5 <Reaper of souls> diablek [271]
1,696,738 (x1.96)
6 <Strung Out> Chriseps [168]
1,441,637 (x3.85)
7 <Platinium Squad> jezz [362]
1,033,674 (x1.21)
8 <duk> rix40 [100]
1,013,764 (x1.18)
9 <Silence is Golden> Dennis Reynolds [26] 983,083 (x1.20)
10 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
973,440 (x1.13)

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Posted by Ender on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 10:05:13 pm (ET)

As you may have heard, Google's reCAPTCHA v1 was turned off on March 31, 2018. Since then (and even a good amount before then), you could enter any text into the box and it would pass the test. So clearly, as an anti-botting measure, this has become completely ineffective.

On a related note, I've wanted to get rid of captchas in the game for a long time. They're a nuisance for legit players and aren't even a foolproof measure of preventing botting anyway.

Given these two points, and given the lack of an obvious replacement that satisfies the game's use case, I've globally disabled all captchas in the game...for now. I haven't decided yet whether this will be a permanent change, so consider this a temporary experiment, the results of which will be evaluated in time.

Congrats to Samuli [150] for leading <Torment> to victory in the March 2018 clan competition and securing a 1st George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Torment> Samuli [150]
10,681,340 (x15.06)
2 <Escapism> Esvrainzas [253]
10,038,790 (x11.49)
3 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [252]
3,708,777 (x4.33)
4 <Reaper of souls> diablek [271]
1,604,267 (x1.80)
5 <Platinium Squad> jezz [361]
1,602,565 (x1.80)
6 <Silence is Golden> The Goddess [145]
1,146,925 (x1.36)
7 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
920,995 (x1.03)
8 <Mordor> weep20 [100] 911,846 (x1.02)
9 <Loop> Loop01 [67] 910,087 (x1.02)
10 <Bacteria> Bac13 [100] 904,994 (x1.02)

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Congrats to Esvrainzas [250] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the February 2018 clan competition and securing a 1st George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> Esvrainzas [250]
5,155,180 (x6.69)
2 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [251]
2,829,267 (x3.83)
3 <Platinium Squad> jezz [359]
1,406,787 (x1.75)
4 <Reaper of souls> diablek [271]
1,257,237 (x1.58)
5 <Strung Out> Chriseps [168]
1,142,088 (x3.76)
6 <The Four Horsemen> Regera [33] 997,881 (x1.35)
7 <Silence is Golden> Amara [36] 952,336 (x1.35)
8 <Loop> Loop01 [67] 926,355 (x1.15)
9 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
924,762 (x1.15)
10 <Keep> ike11 [100] 908,662 (x1.13)

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Congrats to Lyrad [405] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the January 2018 clan competition and securing a 1st George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> Lyrad [405]
4,670,939 (x5.55)
2 <Pirate Haven> Sir Bashalot [40]
2,750,641 (x3.27)
3 <Reaper of souls> diablek [271]
1,513,502 (x1.70)
4 <Platinium Squad> jezz [358]
1,297,686 (x1.45)
5 <Silence is Golden> Kate Beckinsale [40] 1,084,547 (x1.29)
6 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [336]
1,033,004 (x1.16)
7 <Knights Templar> Crusader [100]
974,649 (x1.09)
8 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
973,836 (x1.09)
9 <Keep> Fore [100] 968,004 (x1.14)
10 <Mordor> weep20 [100] 945,102 (x1.06)

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Congrats to ReneDescartes [297] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the December 2017 clan competition and securing a 28th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [297]
14,550,158 (x16.32)
2 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [246]
1,889,399 (x2.15)
3 <Reaper of souls> diablek [271]
1,617,334 (x1.81)
4 <Platinium Squad> jezz [357]
1,603,942 (x1.80)
5 <Silence is Golden> Dennis Reynolds [26] 1,001,711 (x1.30)
6 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [336]
975,941 (x1.09)
7 <Knights Templar> Crusader [100]
952,093 (x1.08)
8 <Loop> Loop01 [67] 939,776 (x1.07)
9 <Haters> Hate01 [132] 928,266 (x1.05)
10 <Mordor> weep20 [100] 926,994 (x1.04)

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Posted by Ender on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 4:05:11 am (ET)

I won't make excuses. 2017 wasn't a great year for the game in terms of my involvement. I burned out on my admin duties pretty hard earlier this year, so very few features/improvements were made to the game during this time. I took a big step back from the game for many months. The hope was that this might rekindle my interest and motivation, but I mostly moved on with my life instead.

I recently took on a management role at my day job, so I'm doing less programming in my day-to-day duties. This in turn means my desire to write code is no longer being satisfied as frequently by my day job, which is good news for the game. A few weeks ago I got my toes wet by going through a bunch of miscellaneous bugs that had accumulated while I was away. It was fun!

I'll be traveling for about a month starting in a couple days, but when I return in 2018, I'm hoping to make it the year of this game's resurgence in popularity and activity. I'm willing to invest my time and a substantial amount of money (read: advertising) to grow it.

Finally, without going into details, I know many of you want action taken regarding certain things that have gone on this year. I'm sorry I haven't replied to any of the bmails about this. It's a lot to sort through and I want to do it right. I promise you'll hear back on this in time and that there will be satisfying resolutions. I appreciate your patience and understanding here.

So here's to 2018 - I hope you have a great holiday season and I'll see you all next year. Thank you, as always, for playing. :)

Congrats to ReneDescartes [290] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the November 2017 clan competition and securing a 27th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [290]
6,657,764 (x8.77)
2 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [242]
2,821,627 (x3.40)
3 <Platinium Squad> jezz [356]
1,270,294 (x1.47)
4 <PMS> Mentos [47]
1,045,833 (x1.29)
5 <Duks> rix105 [74]
978,139 (x1.13)
6 <Keep> Fore [100] 925,453 (x1.07)
7 <Reaper of souls> diablek [271]
924,599 (x1.07)
8 <Boom> boom05 [100] 919,447 (x1.11)
9 <Ophidian> Oph2 [100] 912,205 (x1.05)
10 <Mordor> weep20 [100] 902,437 (x1.04)

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This announcement actually isn't about bots4 itself, but will probably interest a good number of players. The Bots Unauthorized build calculator forum output feature now supports the bots4 forum formatting. Previously it was producing output tailored for the long-defunct bots2.

This should make it much easier/prettier to share builds on the forums and bmails. Enjoy!

Posted by Ender on Saturday, November 18, 2017, 4:34:21 pm (ET)

Thank you to dorkerdevil for reporting this vulnerability! Given that this was a severe bug, I have given 10 stars as a reward in accordance with the game's responsible disclosure policy. Happy hunting to anyone this motivates. :)

For those curious, this was a reflected XSS attack. This article is a good summary of how these types of attack work, but the quick summary is that a malicious attacker could have sent you a link that, if you clicked it, would have given them access to your in-game account. Vigilant users can avoid these kinds of attacks - if someone you don't know sends you a fishy-looking link, you probably shouldn't click it. But even better is to reduce the number of vulnerabilities that can be exploited in this way by attackers, which I've now done thanks to dorkerdevil's report.

Congrats to ReneDescartes [290] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the October 2017 clan competition and securing a 26th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [290]
9,173,476 (x10.36)
2 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [242]
8,684,898 (x10.18)
3 <Reaper of souls> diablek [271]
1,262,419 (x1.42)
4 <Platinium Squad> jezz [354]
1,000,141 (x1.12)
5 <In Extremis> Rigor Mortis [250] 986,065 (x1.10)
6 <Reborn> Tucks [140]
961,919 (x1.08)
7 <PMS> Mentos [47]
937,185 (x1.18)
8 <Mental Remedy> AP1 [100] 917,032 (x1.03)
9 <Keep> Fore [100] 905,219 (x1.07)
10 <Silence is Golden> The Goddess [145]
902,004 (x1.04)

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Congrats to ReneDescartes [290] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the September 2017 clan competition and securing a 25th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [290]
4,066,809 (x5.20)
2 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [236]
2,551,972 (x3.46)
3 <Reborn> Tucks [140]
2,286,946 (x2.82)
4 <Reaper of souls> diablek [271]
1,271,048 (x1.52)
5 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
896,550 (x1.07)
6 <PMS> Mentos [47]
895,982 (x1.34)
7 <Mordor> eee190 [69] 890,374 (x1.08)
8 <Bacteria> Bac13 [100] 878,944 (x1.05)
9 <Mental Remedy> AP1 [100] 878,774 (x1.05)
10 <In Extremis> Rigor Mortis [250] 878,689 (x1.05)

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Posted by Ender on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 12:45:55 am (ET)

At around 4:15pm ET yesterday, there was a power outage in the data center where the game server is hosted. Unfortunately, the game database got caught in a bad state when power was lost and so it became corrupted. The game has been down for a little over 8 hours now because I have not been able to repair the database. Since I don't want to keep the game down any longer, I've made the tough call to rollback to the daily backup from 12:05am ET yesterday.

This means that anything that happened after the daily backup happened essentially did not happen. Any bmails you sent, forum posts you made, battles you fought, and so on are all lost. This is the first time in the game's almost 7 year run that I've had to do anything like this, so I'm sorry. I take a lot of pride in the technical stability of the game (it's both my hobby and profession) and have never lost data before, so this is an embarrassing first.

Congrats to ReneDescartes [290] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the August 2017 clan competition and securing a 24th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [290]
8,846,426 (x9.98)
2 <Reborn> Execute [337]
8,609,361 (x10.29)
3 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [225]
1,265,578 (x1.50)
4 <Reaper of souls> diablek [271]
1,058,966 (x1.19)
5 <Silence is Golden> The Goddess [145]
965,590 (x1.13)
6 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
953,052 (x1.07)
7 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [335]
917,581 (x1.03)
8 <Mordor> eee190 [69] 916,631 (x1.03)
9 <Mental Remedy> AP1 [100] 909,843 (x1.02)
10 <In Extremis> Rigor Mortis [250] 909,578 (x1.02)

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Congrats to ReneDescartes [290] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the July 2017 clan competition and securing a 23rd George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [290]
5,651,277 (x6.54)
2 <Eternal> Shoegazer [103]
4,879,704 (x6.68)
3 <Myrmidons> Phyrize [130]
1,268,317 (x2.94)
4 <Reaper of souls> diablek [271]
1,204,460 (x1.35)
5 <Knights Templar> Furby Prototype [110]
1,139,705 (x1.30)
6 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [225]
1,076,283 (x1.28)
7 <duk> rix21 [62]
980,946 (x1.10)
8 <Mental Remedy> AP1 [100] 938,128 (x1.05)
9 <Bacteria> Bac13 [100] 937,970 (x1.05)
10 <Boom> boom03 [100] 935,836 (x1.05)

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Congrats to ReneDescartes [290] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the June 2017 clan competition and securing a 22nd George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [290]
3,631,166 (x4.63)
2 <Empire> Lucious Lyon [90]
1,494,302 (x1.87)
3 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [225]
1,457,194 (x1.99)
4 <Reaper of souls> diablek [271]
1,339,392 (x1.55)
5 <Eternal> Shoegazer [103]
1,193,861 (x1.38)
6 <Platinium Squad> jezz [349]
1,001,410 (x1.16)
7 <Z Fighters> Juv0 [72]
1,000,672 (x1.28)
8 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
977,586 (x1.13)
9 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [335]
975,431 (x1.13)
10 <KillThemAll> RaithenMaldrin [130]
969,628 (x1.19)

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Congrats to ReneDescartes [290] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the May 2017 clan competition and securing a 21st George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [290]
4,823,014 (x5.91)
2 <Pirate Haven> Master Blaster [100]
1,880,309 (x2.34)
3 <Z Fighters> Juv0 [72]
1,379,928 (x2.07)
4 <KillThemAll> RaithenMaldrin [130]
1,226,988 (x1.42)
5 <Eternal> Shoegazer [103]
1,191,315 (x1.36)
6 <Reaper of souls> diablek [271]
1,115,522 (x1.25)
7 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
1,055,523 (x1.18)
8 <Platinium Squad> jezz [348]
934,968 (x1.05)
9 <Malicious Villainous> The Wilderness [44] 915,951 (x1.03)
10 <Mental Remedy> AP1 [100] 902,450 (x1.01)

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Congrats to ReneDescartes [290] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the April 2017 clan competition and securing a 20th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [290]
6,442,482 (x8.19)
2 <Pirate Haven> Master Blaster [100]
3,710,526 (x4.89)
3 <Reaper of souls> diablek [271]
1,487,773 (x1.76)
4 <Eternal> Shoegazer [103]
1,002,804 (x1.16)
5 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
972,991 (x1.13)
6 <KillThemAll> RaithenMaldrin [129]
963,569 (x1.23)
7 <Malicious Villainous> The Wilderness [44] 889,769 (x1.03)
8 <In Extremis> Redless [306] 873,916 (x1.01)
9 <Mental Remedy> AP1 [100] 873,890 (x1.01)
10 <Ophidian> Oph2 [100] 873,829 (x1.01)

Also see:

Congrats to ReneDescartes [290] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the March 2017 clan competition and securing a 19th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [290]
3,885,476 (x4.37)
2 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [188]
3,447,161 (x4.93)
3 <Eternal> Shoegazer [103]
1,497,120 (x1.75)
4 <Reaper of souls> diablek [271]
1,299,448 (x1.51)
5 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
1,149,761 (x1.29)
6 <duk> rix21 [62]
945,026 (x1.06)
7 <Platinium Squad> jezz [345]
932,631 (x1.05)
8 <KillThemAll> RaithenMaldrin [124]
927,546 (x1.22)
9 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [335]
923,400 (x1.04)
10 <Malicious Villainous> The Wilderness [44] 903,472 (x1.01)

Also see:

Congrats to ReneDescartes [290] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the February 2017 clan competition and securing a 18th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [290]
4,139,938 (x5.47)
2 <Malicious Villainous> The Wilderness [44] 2,418,790 (x3.05)
3 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [177]
2,035,692 (x2.87)
4 <Eternal> Shoegazer [103]
1,729,472 (x2.21)
5 <Reaper of souls> diablek [271]
1,354,790 (x1.68)
6 <duk> jerro [100]
1,012,084 (x1.26)
7 <KillThemAll> RaithenMaldrin [116]
994,029 (x2.87)
8 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [335]
963,614 (x1.20)
9 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
908,594 (x1.13)
10 <Platinium Squad> olli [270]
880,635 (x1.10)

Also see:

Congrats to ReneDescartes [290] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the January 2017 clan competition and securing a 17th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [290]
4,204,122 (x4.92)
2 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [173]
4,026,348 (x5.18)
3 <PMS> Mentos [39]
2,214,976 (x2.66)
4 <Eternal> Shoegazer [103]
2,159,559 (x2.44)
5 <Malicious Villainous> The Wilderness [44] 1,859,641 (x2.12)
6 <Reaper of souls> diablek [271]
1,510,322 (x1.72)
7 <duk> jerro [100]
940,313 (x1.06)
8 <Xenoblade> shadow_rith [37] 928,872 (x1.05)
9 <In Extremis> Redless [306] 928,840 (x1.04)
10 <Platinium Squad> jezz [342]
921,959 (x1.04)

Also see:

Posted by Ender on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 2:03:34 am (ET)

The hall of fame page has a new section at the bottom for "longevity" rankings. The idea of these rankings is to show the best-of-the-best clans and bots across the game's lifetime. Rankings are listed for the following:

  • Clans (monthly energy)
  • Clans (tournaments)
  • Bots (monthly energy)

And there are two ranking modes:

  • Winners only - Ranked by number of first-place finishes.
  • All (via Formula One points) - Ranked by a point system corresponding to finish position.

For example, here are the monthly energy clan rankings using Formula One points. The idea of this page is that it shows the best clans across the game's lifetime, taking account not just first-place finishes, but also consistent top 10 performance.

If you have any questions about this addition, feel free to ask here. Enjoy!

Congrats to ReneDescartes [290] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the December 2016 clan competition and securing a 16th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [290]
4,340,131 (x5.09)
2 <PMS> Mentos [37]
4,173,810 (x5.91)
3 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [171]
2,244,103 (x3.00)
4 <Eternal> Shoegazer [103]
2,014,009 (x2.33)
5 <Reaper of souls> diablek [271]
981,914 (x1.10)
6 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
960,091 (x1.08)
7 <Malicious Villainous> The Wilderness [42] 923,709 (x1.03)
8 <duk> jerro [100]
921,712 (x1.03)
9 <Atreides> Crab Whistler [130]
911,988 (x1.02)
10 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [333]
904,982 (x1.01)

Also see:

Posted by Ender on Sunday, December 11, 2016, 10:09:32 pm (ET)

The B.O.T.S. Union is pretty upset about this one folks. Clans with a daily tax of over 2^31 kudos (a little over 2.1 billion kudos...or 2,147,483,648 to be precise) have mistakenly not been having their taxes collected. This bug has now been corrected, so if you're in an affected clan, start paying up!

Also, :hattip: to the anonymous reporter of this bug. It's been a problem for awhile, but it works to the advantage of players in big clans, so there was an incentive to not report it. This is a good opportunity to remind everyone of my reward policy for certain bugs, which I hope can incentivize the reporting of these kinds of issues sooner in the future.

To that end, I've rewarded the anonymous reporter with 3 stars. Enjoy!

Congrats to ReneDescartes [290] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the November 2016 clan competition and securing a 15th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [290]
2,470,086 (x2.99)
2 <Eternal> Shoegazer [103]
1,890,310 (x2.25)
3 <Pirate Haven> The Pirate [168]
1,616,342 (x3.63)
4 <Malicious Villainous> The Wilderness [42] 1,303,389 (x1.51)
5 <Reaper of souls> diablek [271]
1,231,872 (x1.43)
6 <PMS> Carlton [72] 989,543 (x5.50)
7 <Silence is Golden> Fallen 1 [28] 985,808 (x2.32)
8 <Xenoblade> shadow_rith [37] 932,501 (x1.08)
9 <In Extremis> Redless [305] 928,683 (x1.07)
10 <duk> jerro [100]
928,096 (x1.07)

Also see:

Congrats to ReneDescartes [290] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the October 2016 clan competition and securing a 14th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [290]
2,784,324 (x3.23)
2 <Reaper of souls> diablek [271]
1,377,095 (x1.60)
3 <Silence is Golden> The Goddess [121] 1,353,253 (x5.27)
4 <Eternal> Shoegazer [103]
1,112,592 (x1.25)
5 <Malicious Villainous> The Wilderness [41] 1,085,183 (x1.22)
6 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
963,265 (x1.08)
7 <duk> jerro [99]
916,374 (x1.03)
8 <Portugal> Esvz [226]
909,004 (x1.02)
9 <Xenoblade> shadow_rith [37] 907,257 (x1.03)
10 <In Extremis> Redless [302] 900,470 (x1.01)

Also see:

Congrats to ReneDescartes [290] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the September 2016 clan competition and securing a 13th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [290]
3,260,959 (x3.88)
2 <Malicious Villainous> The Wilderness [41] 2,151,583 (x2.49)
3 <Reaper of souls> diablek [271]
1,921,571 (x2.23)
4 <Eternal> Shoegazer [103]
1,092,834 (x1.26)
5 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
942,460 (x1.09)
6 <meh> sully8 [81]
920,826 (x1.07)
7 <In Extremis> Cadaverous [180] 907,931 (x1.05)
8 <duk> jerro [99]
896,148 (x1.04)
9 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [331]
879,497 (x1.02)
10 <Portugal> Esvz [226]
874,549 (x1.01)

Also see:

Posted by Ender on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 7:15:22 pm (ET)

Similar to the category 1 split that happened shortly after tournaments were first introduced, it's come time for another split. This time, the existing category 2 (201-300) is being split into two new categories (201-250 and 251-300). This will help even out the playing field a bit for bots in the lower 200s.

Thanks to Myriad for the suggestion.

Congrats to ReneDescartes [290] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the August 2016 clan competition and securing a 12th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [290]
2,662,585 (x3.08)
2 <Reaper of souls> diablek [270]
2,010,743 (x2.44)
3 <Malicious Villainous> The Wilderness [41] 1,724,857 (x1.93)
4 <Atreides> Crab Whistler [130]
1,213,328 (x1.36)
5 <Eternal> Shoegazer [103]
990,548 (x1.13)
6 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
961,321 (x1.08)
7 <Bird Law Boys> Cosby [183]
926,132 (x1.33)
8 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [330]
919,621 (x1.03)
9 <In Extremis> Cadaverous [180] 915,901 (x1.03)
10 <Ophidian> Oph2 [100] 902,022 (x1.01)

Also see:

Congrats to ReneDescartes [290] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the July 2016 clan competition and securing a 11th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [290]
3,397,004 (x3.84)
2 <Malicious Villainous> The Wilderness [40] 3,079,032 (x3.49)
3 <Atreides> Crab Whistler [130]
1,245,941 (x1.40)
4 <Eternal> Shoegazer [103]
1,232,560 (x1.39)
5 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
1,023,164 (x1.15)
6 <duk> jerro [99]
1,005,508 (x1.13)
7 <Reaper of souls> diablek [270]
953,413 (x1.09)
8 <Peace> ACE 10 [55]
931,509 (x1.08)
9 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [330]
911,158 (x1.02)
10 <Platinium Squad> jezz [335]
893,039 (x1.00)

Also see:

Posted by Ender on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 10:49:23 pm (ET)

There's a new link on the online page - the online history page. It shows historical stats for how many bots were online at once and online over the past 1, 7, and 30 days over time. Data goes back to February 2011, but with some caveats; see the info on that page for full details.

My goal of publicly providing this data is twofold:

  1. Measure the success of new player engagement efforts - As I talked about a couple weeks ago, lately I've had my eye towards improving the new player experience in order to do a better job at attracting and retaining new players. Number of online bots is by no means a perfect measure of activity or engagement, but it's not terrible and is more powerful (I think) than what I can do with Google Analytics out of the box.

  2. Give more visibility into game health - It's no secret that game activity has waned over the years since launch in 2011. Some decline after the initial excitement of the game launch was expected, but there's a steady downward trend over the years. The charts provide a somewhat depressing though honest picture - while there is definitely a downward trend, there's not no activity. It's with the existing/remaining core contingent of active players logging on every day (thank you!) that I hope to grow the game back into what it was before, and more.

Enjoy! I hope you find this interesting.

Posted by Ender on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 11:28:29 pm (ET)

My host has informed me that they need to reboot the server the game is hosted on to apply a security update. It is scheduled for:

Friday, 2016-07-22 15:00:00 UTC

Which is:

Friday, 2016-07-22 11:00:00 EDT (server time)

The game will be unavailable during the maintenance. Unfortunately this is around the time of the day when there are typically the most number of bots online - while there is a 2 hour window allocated, the actual downtime may be much less.

Posted by Ender on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 11:10:12 pm (ET)

If you're not interested in the finer details and minutiae of the game, you can stop reading now.

As many folks are aware, who hits first in a battle depends on you and your opponent's intelligence stat. A random number from 0 to $int (inclusive) is chosen - the higher roll gets to hit first. In the event of a tie, the attacker goes first.

Okay, so tiny edge for the attacker - no big deal, right? Well, remember that as of March 1, 2012, minimum effective int is 1 (it was always 5 in bots2). For bots that are supposed to be the top of their class, effective int will be 1, so this edge case is actually pretty common. For a 1 int vs. 1 int battle, some quick math tells us the attacker will go first 75% of the time.

Still not a big deal though, right? Enter tournaments. Due to my obsessive personality and need for everything to be deterministic, the order that bots battle each other is well defined:

  1. Get all the bots in a category.
  2. Sort them by id.
  3. Have the first bot battle all the others that come after it (i.e. all other bots).
  4. Have the second bot battle all the others that come after it (i.e. all other bots except the first bot).
  5. Repeat until you reach the end of the list of bots.

In case you missed it, the bot with the lower id will always be the attacker. 1 int bots are especially common in tournaments, so there is therefore a small edge for bots with lower ids. Hitting first is certainly an edge, but just how large this edge is would be difficult to estimate. In reality, I imagine the difference is extremely tiny and unlikely to have actually affected any results more than normal statistical variance would have introduced.

In any case, this is fixed. Attackers no longer have an advantage - in the event of a tie, an additional roll is done where each bot has a 50% chance of winning. Thanks to Esvrainzas for identifying this possibility way back in April 2015, a mere month after tournaments were first introduced. Shame on me for taking this long to fix the bug!

Over the past few weeks, though very little user-visible has changed, I've been busy refactoring some of the oldest code making this game tick - the login and authentication code. Obviously it's important to get this stuff right, so I've been doing pretty extensive testing in my local development environment before pushing to the live server. As is typical with software development though, at least a couple bugs slipped through:

  • If you logged into the same bot with multiple browsers and then logged out on one, you would enter "stealth mode": you wouldn't appear in the online list and your profile would show you as offline, but you'd still be able to act on the other browser that's still logged in. Thanks to shoyuken for reporting this.

  • The captcha page does background polling to see if you solved the captcha on another bot or tab. This background polling didn't update your "last active" time in the past, but due to a bug in the refactoring, it did, making it look like everyone was suspiciously refreshing the captcha page every 5 seconds. Thanks to ReneDescartes for reporting this.

Both of these bugs are fixed now, but be on the lookout for more subtle/non-obvious login-related bugs. There could certainly be more lurking! You can report them on this thread or in the bugs subforum if you want to help me stay organized; they'll get squashed either way though.

Finally, for those of you that read this far, I'll share why I was doing this refactoring and tease what's coming next. :) As some of you know, much of my focus lately has been on revamping the new player experience. In order for the game to be successful, the game has to be attractive to new players and successful in drawing them in. Paid advertising campaigns are useless if potential players get to the homepage and have no idea what to do. I have several plans in the works for improving the new player experience, but chief among them will be a way to try the game without registering. Not to get too technical, but this will mean having a way to substitute session-based authentication for cookie-based authentication. The refactoring I've been doing has been to make the game code agnostic to the type of authentication of the logged-in bot.

Feel free to ask questions about what's in store for the new player experience. Much, but not all of it has been fleshed out at this point and I hope to roll it all out over the coming months, with the ultimate goal of breathing some much-needed new life into the game.

Congrats to Shoegazer [103] for leading <Eternal> to victory in the June 2016 clan competition and securing a 16th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Eternal> Shoegazer [103]
3,877,442 (x4.68)
2 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [290]
2,299,065 (x2.66)
3 <Malicious Villainous> The Wilderness [39] 1,476,938 (x1.75)
4 <Atreides> Crab Whistler [130]
1,165,214 (x1.35)
5 <duk> jerro [99]
934,455 (x1.08)
6 <Reaper of souls> diablek [270]
925,693 (x1.07)
7 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
908,082 (x1.06)
8 <Platinium Squad> jezz [335]
899,335 (x1.04)
9 <Dump> F1fty [279]
889,823 (x1.03)
10 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [330]
889,365 (x1.03)

Also see:

Congrats to MrZal2 [100] for leading <Malicious Villainous> to victory in the May 2016 clan competition and securing a 1st George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Malicious Villainous> MrZal2 [100] 3,999,813 (x4.64)
2 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [290]
2,280,122 (x2.56)
3 <Eternal> Shoegazer [103]
1,831,395 (x2.06)
4 <Reaper of souls> diablek [270]
1,041,755 (x1.18)
5 <duk> jerro [99]
950,970 (x1.07)
6 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [330]
948,245 (x1.06)
7 <Platinium Squad> jezz [333]
937,504 (x1.05)
8 <Peace> ACE 10 [55]
928,346 (x1.04)
9 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
921,773 (x1.03)
10 <Atreides> Crab Whistler [130]
914,314 (x1.03)

Also see:

As you may remember, some high-end armors were added/updated last October. The absorb formula was also tweaked past 1600 defense. I'm happy to announce these changes are at long last reflected on Bots Unauthorized:

  • The Build Calculator has the new/updated armors and uses the updated absorb formula after 1600 defense.
  • The Armors list has the new/updated items (as well as individual item pages too).
  • The Armor Planner has the new/updated non-unique armors.
  • The Game Formulas page has the post-1600 defense absorb formula.

Keep an eye out for errors. I spot-checked my work, but I definitely could have made a mistake. This codebase is extremely old (some parts are over 10 years old!) and was written when I was much less experienced, so it's not very maintainable. Updating it is pretty tedious and error-prone. If you spot anything wrong, just report it on this thread and I'll fix it up.

Footnote for those paying close attention: You might notice the "Old Calc" has been removed from the sidebar. For those that have been around a long time, I created this circa ~2006 before the days of Google Chrome and fast Javascript execution. It's different than the newer calculator in that all of its computation is done serverside instead of clientside. For example, when using the newer calculator in IE6, it would pause for tens of seconds (!) between each action. Anyway, in the interest of not carrying forward an obsolete tool for which a replacement exists, I didn't bother updating the armors or absorb formula on the old calc and instead removed it.

Congrats to Shoegazer [103] for leading <Eternal> to victory in the April 2016 clan competition and securing a 15th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Eternal> Shoegazer [103]
3,258,599 (x3.89)
2 <Malicious Villainous> MrZal2 [100] 2,245,169 (x2.62)
3 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [290]
1,769,054 (x2.05)
4 <Reaper of souls> diablek [270]
1,093,296 (x1.29)
5 <Atreides> Crab Whistler [130]
1,060,171 (x1.23)
6 <duk> jerro [99]
977,548 (x1.13)
7 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [330]
960,690 (x1.11)
8 <Peace> ACE 10 [55]
959,457 (x1.13)
9 <Xenoblade> shadow_rith [37] 947,788 (x1.11)
10 <Bird Law Boys> Cosby [172]
940,393 (x4.32)

Also see:

Congrats to Luth [238] for leading <Malicious Villainous> to victory in the March 2016 clan competition and securing a 1st George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Malicious Villainous> Luth [238]
4,094,079 (x5.55)
2 <Eternal> Shoegazer [103]
3,207,167 (x3.68)
3 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [290]
1,989,712 (x2.24)
4 <Xenoblade> shadow_rith [36] 1,663,241 (x1.92)
5 <Reaper of souls> diablek [248]
1,465,449 (x1.69)
6 <Murder And Death> santelmo01 [38]
1,096,831 (x2.89)
7 <Peace> ACE 10 [55]
1,051,056 (x1.19)
8 <Platinium Squad> jezz [328]
921,353 (x1.04)
9 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
893,176 (x1.00)
10 <Apes> ape01 [63] 892,991 (x1.00)

Also see:

Congrats to ReneDescartes [290] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the February 2016 clan competition and securing a 10th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [290]
2,560,149 (x3.08)
2 <Eternal> Shoegazer [103]
1,912,132 (x2.30)
3 <Reaper of souls> diablek [235]
1,629,956 (x2.20)
4 <Mythology> NaturalBorn [46]
1,333,390 (x1.79)
5 <Murder And Death> santelmo01 [35]
1,072,800 (x5.04)
6 <Peace> ACE 10 [55]
1,053,610 (x1.27)
7 <Imperium> Corrino [100] 978,844 (x1.20)
8 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
895,128 (x1.07)
9 <Reservoir Dogs> Mr Green [80] 886,638 (x1.28)
10 <Platinium Squad> jezz [324]
884,904 (x1.06)

Also see:

Congrats to ReneDescartes [290] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the January 2016 clan competition and securing a 9th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [290]
4,832,106 (x5.50)
2 <Eternal> Shoegazer [103]
2,142,970 (x2.46)
3 <Reaper of souls> diablek [163]
1,374,598 (x3.64)
4 <MODE> Luthrin [100]
1,090,018 (x1.40)
5 <Mythology> NaturalBorn [44]
1,031,406 (x1.42)
6 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [329]
1,015,107 (x1.14)
7 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
933,696 (x1.05)
8 <Peace> ACE 10 [55]
927,457 (x1.04)
9 <The Plastic Fangs> Bandit [201]
907,623 (x1.02)
10 <Platinium Squad> jezz [322]
903,248 (x1.01)

Also see:

Congrats to Shoegazer [103] for leading <Eternal> to victory in the December 2015 clan competition and securing a 14th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Eternal> Shoegazer [103]
6,345,020 (x7.88)
2 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [290]
5,014,842 (x5.76)
3 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [329]
1,204,998 (x1.43)
4 <Mythology> Marley [109]
1,035,213 (x1.37)
5 <Metallica> Metallica02 [100]
972,007 (x1.09)
6 <Peace> ACE 10 [55]
939,019 (x1.06)
7 <Reservoir Dogs> Mr Green [80] 934,980 (x1.13)
8 <Atreides> Crab Whistler [130]
926,465 (x1.04)
9 <Platinium Squad> jezz [320]
918,913 (x1.03)
10 <Apes> ape01 [63] 914,908 (x1.02)

Also see:

Posted by Ender on Thursday, December 31, 2015, 11:30:38 am (ET)

As you may have noticed, my historically stable host of 5+ years, Linode, has been having repeated DoS issues in many of their data centers over the past week or so. They've been posting updates to their status blog pretty frequently as problems arise (bots4 is hosted in their Atlanta data center), so that is a good place to look if you're curious about what's going on. The problems have also been discussed on Hacker News.

These DoS problems have been translating into some periodic downtime for the game as well as perhaps increased latency. You can look at the game's public Pingdom uptime monitoring page to get an idea of how much downtime this is creating. It's short on most days (under 10 minutes), but there was 59 minutes of downtime on 12/27.

Short of switching to a new host, there isn't really a whole lot I can do. I'm not quite ready to leave Linode, so I just wanted to make a quick announcement that I'm aware of and am monitoring the situation. Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience. :(

Posted by Ender on Sunday, December 13, 2015, 5:27:25 pm (ET)

My host has informed me that they need to reboot the server the game is hosted on to apply a security update. It is scheduled for:

2015-12-15 7:00:00 AM UTC

Which is:

2015-12-15 2:00:00 AM EST (server time)

The game will be unavailable during the maintenance. There's a 2 hour window allocated, but the actual downtime may be much less. Hopefully this won't impact too many people as this is usually the least busy time of day for the game.

Congrats to ReneDescartes [290] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the November 2015 clan competition and securing a 8th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [290]
5,403,133 (x6.43)
2 <Eternal> Shoegazer [103]
5,289,491 (x6.64)
3 <Mythology> Marley [109]
1,165,663 (x1.52)
4 <Reservoir Dogs> Mr Green [80] 1,154,187 (x1.48)
5 <Peace> ACE 10 [55]
1,067,887 (x1.25)
6 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [329]
1,048,813 (x1.22)
7 <Platinium Squad> jezz [316]
898,211 (x1.05)
8 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
876,965 (x1.02)
9 <Well> yep01 [100] 867,993 (x1.01)
10 <The Plastic Fangs> Rhb6 [120]
865,569 (x1.01)

Also see:

Congrats to ReneDescartes [290] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the October 2015 clan competition and securing a 7th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [290]
3,866,859 (x4.33)
2 <Eternal> Shoegazer [103]
2,816,890 (x3.18)
3 <Peace> ACE 10 [55]
1,192,057 (x1.34)
4 <Platinium Squad> neps0 [70] 1,097,858 (x1.23)
5 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [327]
1,034,389 (x1.16)
6 <Reservoir Dogs> Mr Green [80] 948,800 (x1.31)
7 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
928,189 (x1.04)
8 <Atreides> Crab Whistler [130]
924,929 (x1.04)
9 <Alliance> Off Tap [69]
907,601 (x1.02)
10 <Imperium> Corrino [100] 907,480 (x1.02)

Also see:

Do you have a high-end bot with more than 400 strength? If so, then you're going to want to read this update closely! If not, then you're going to want to start leveling up. :)

11 new high-end armors have been added:

  • 3 are unique and 8 are non-unique.
  • 3 are body armors, 3 are helmets, 2 are gloves, and 3 are boots.

11 existing high-end armors have been modified:

  • 9 are unique and 2 are non-unique.
  • 3 are body armors, 3 are helmets, 3 are gloves, and 2 are boots.
  • On modified armors, only defense and stat modifiers (str, dex, con, int) have changed.
  • In particular, required strength has not changed for any armor.
  • Some armors were buffed slightly, others were nerfed slightly.
  • If currently own one of these armors, its stats were changed (i.e. the change applies to existing armors, not just new ones).

The absorb formula has changed:

  • At 1600 defense and lower, absorb is the same.
  • At 1601 defense and higher, absorb increases more slowly than before.
  • This was necessary to be able to add new high-end armors. Without doing this, bots would have neared max absorb too quickly.

Huge thanks to ReneDescartes for doing the heavy lifting of balancing all these changes. This update would not have happened without his diligence and hard work. Please share your thoughts on this update by responding to this thread. Your feedback will be important in determining whether more effort is spent on these kinds of itemization changes in the future.

Enjoy!

Congrats to ReneDescartes [290] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the September 2015 clan competition and securing a 6th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [290]
5,205,024 (x6.08)
2 <Eternal> Shoegazer [103]
4,246,136 (x5.04)
3 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [326]
990,104 (x1.19)
4 <Atreides> Crab Whistler [130]
969,629 (x1.12)
5 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
904,497 (x1.05)
6 <Platinium Squad> neps0 [70] 902,952 (x1.05)
7 <Peace> ACE 10 [55]
893,069 (x1.04)
8 <Alliance> Off Tap [69]
880,504 (x1.02)
9 <Imperium> Corrino [100] 879,426 (x1.02)
10 <Well> yep01 [100] 874,642 (x1.01)

Also see:

Congrats to ReneDescartes [290] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the August 2015 clan competition and securing a 5th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [290]
5,423,484 (x6.27)
2 <Eternal> Shoegazer [103]
2,268,859 (x2.58)
3 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [325]
1,365,668 (x1.53)
4 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
963,764 (x1.08)
5 <Mondays Pills> endone40 [100]
944,416 (x1.06)
6 <Imperium> Corrino [100] 942,834 (x1.06)
7 <Alliance> Off Tap [69]
941,927 (x1.06)
8 <Atreides> Crab Whistler [130]
936,477 (x1.10)
9 <Platinium Squad> jezz [301]
932,688 (x1.04)
10 <Zion> LittleCause [90]
923,521 (x1.11)

Also see:

Posted by Ender on Monday, August 17, 2015, 12:10:26 am (ET)

This long overdue and long requested post office management feature has at last been added. Here are the details:

  • You can no longer see a bmail thread that you have deleted. This is an instant and permanent action that cannot be undone.
  • Clicking a delete button triggers a confirmation warning due to the permanent nature of this action.
  • Assuming the sender/recipient has not deleted the thread too, they can still read it, but can no longer reply.
  • Bmails can be deleted one-at-a-time from the single thread view (i.e. when reading a bmail).
  • Bmails can be deleted in bulk from the main post office page, which supports Gmail-like features such as mass selection and shift selection.

This should help those that want to keep clean inboxes, help scrub accounts before selling, and effectively eliminate one of the more annoying forms of griefing (bmail spam bomb - a punishable offense, for the record). Enjoy!

Congrats to ReneDescartes [290] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the July 2015 clan competition and securing a 4th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [290]
6,483,208 (x7.64)
2 <Eternal> Shoegazer [103]
5,738,645 (x6.93)
3 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [323]
1,576,362 (x1.81)
4 <Peace> ACE 10 [55]
1,000,800 (x1.12)
5 <Atreides> Crab Whistler [130]
979,848 (x1.11)
6 <Reservoir Dogs> Mr Green [80] 971,075 (x1.16)
7 <Platinium Squad> jezz [299]
951,457 (x1.07)
8 <Standard Model> Stm1 [100] 945,927 (x1.06)
9 <In Extremis> Cadaverous [180] 940,446 (x1.05)
10 <Alliance> Zach Alliance [195]
938,207 (x1.05)

Also see:

Congrats to ReneDescartes [287] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the June 2015 clan competition and securing a 3rd George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [287]
5,988,819 (x8.76)
2 <Alliance> Pothead [101]
5,768,647 (x7.44)
3 <Eternal> Shoegazer [102]
2,741,129 (x3.30)
4 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [321]
1,493,952 (x1.80)
5 <Atreides> Crab Whistler [130]
1,442,513 (x1.71)
6 <Reservoir Dogs> Mr Green [80] 993,534 (x1.25)
7 <Peace> ACE 10 [55]
980,031 (x1.13)
8 <Platinium Squad> jezz [295]
956,400 (x1.13)
9 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
943,344 (x1.09)
10 <In Extremis> Cadaverous [180] 939,729 (x1.09)

Also see:

Congrats to Experimental [286] for leading <Atreides> to victory in the May 2015 clan competition and securing a 1st George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Atreides> Experimental [286]
5,711,562 (x7.04)
2 <Eternal> Shoegazer [102]
2,584,385 (x3.08)
3 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [282]
2,158,242 (x2.42)
4 <Alliance> Pothead [100]
1,466,139 (x1.64)
5 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
1,094,428 (x1.23)
6 <Platinium Squad> neps0 [70] 1,048,541 (x1.17)
7 <Peace> ACE 10 [55]
1,000,603 (x1.13)
8 <Reservoir Dogs> Mr Green [80] 981,533 (x1.22)
9 <Zion> LittleCause [90]
980,264 (x1.18)
10 <Elemental> Cerebus [43]
965,122 (x1.08)

Also see:

Congrats to Shoegazer [102] for leading <Eternal> to victory in the April 2015 clan competition and securing a 13th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Eternal> Shoegazer [102]
4,836,479 (x5.86)
2 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [254]
4,089,151 (x4.81)
3 <Atreides> Crab Whistler [130]
1,237,094 (x1.44)
4 <Elemental> Cerebus [43]
1,102,230 (x1.28)
5 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [139]
981,071 (x1.14)
6 <Alliance> Pothead [100]
955,182 (x1.11)
7 <Peace> ACE 10 [55]
949,746 (x1.11)
8 <Reservoir Dogs> Mr Green [80] 943,546 (x1.20)
9 <Platinium Squad> neps0 [70] 927,383 (x1.08)
10 <Model Citizens> Serial Killers01 [100]
920,948 (x1.07)

Also see:

Congrats to Shoegazer [102] for leading <Eternal> to victory in the March 2015 clan competition and securing a 12th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Eternal> Shoegazer [102]
4,286,087 (x5.09)
2 <Alliance> Pothead [100]
2,828,571 (x3.28)
3 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [237]
2,237,118 (x2.58)
4 <Atreides> Crab Whistler [130]
1,523,837 (x1.75)
5 <Zion> LittleCause [90]
1,291,685 (x1.49)
6 <Equilibrium> Cleric [92] 1,101,998 (x4.49)
7 <Peace> ACE 10 [55]
1,098,895 (x1.24)
8 <Elemental> Cerebus [43]
1,072,469 (x1.24)
9 <Reservoir Dogs> Mr Green [80] 1,069,502 (x1.29)
10 <Platinium Squad> neps0 [70] 1,019,586 (x1.15)

Also see:

Registration for tournament edition 2 is just under 12 hours away! The actual tournament will happen precisely 5 days after that. Here are the changes you can expect to see:

  • Based on feedback, the existing category 1, which is level 201+, has been split. The new category 1 is level 301+ and the new category 2 is level 201-300. All other categories have been shifted as needed and there are now 17 categories in total instead of 16.
  • Based on feedback, entry fees have been substantially reduced. They are now 20% of what they used to be.

And here are some other goodies for tournament results that you can expect to see roll out over the next few weeks:

  • Tournament landing page - Right now the only place to jump into tournament results is from the homepage and even that link will temporarily go away once the next tournament is scheduled. This new landing page will be a one-stop shop for all tournament needs.
  • In-depth clan results - See how all bots in a particular clan fared in a particular tournament edition.
  • Navigation between editions/categories - Same idea as how you can "scroll" between months in the monthly clan race history, you'll be able to "scroll" between editions and categories within editions.
  • Historical bot results - Similar to monthly clan race history for bots, see performance of a bot across multiple tournament editions.
  • Historical clan results - Similar to monthly clan race history for clans, see performance of a clan across multiple tournament editions.
Posted by Ender on Sunday, March 1, 2015, 11:37:58 pm (ET)

My host has informed me that there's going to be some unavoidable downtime on Saturday, March 7, at 4pm UTC (so 11am EST, which is server time) to apply a security patch to their servers. I've also setup this link which will serve as a countdown so that you don't have to think about the timezone nonsense:

Countdown to downtime

The game will be completely inaccessible during this time. Note that the downtime window is 2 hours, but it might not actually take that long. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Congrats to Singularis [175] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the February 2015 clan competition and securing a 1st George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> Singularis [175] 3,934,280 (x4.93)
2 <Eternal> Shoegazer [102]
3,570,258 (x4.43)
3 <Elemental> chimpus [99]
1,936,840 (x2.42)
4 <Zion> LittleCause [90]
1,486,460 (x2.06)
5 <Alliance> Pothead [100]
1,339,802 (x1.69)
6 <Atreides> Experimental [281]
1,259,227 (x1.62)
7 <Platinium Squad> neps0 [70] 974,312 (x1.21)
8 <Peace> ACE 10 [55]
947,210 (x1.18)
9 <Reservoir Dogs> Mr Green [80] 943,366 (x1.32)
10 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [138]
901,939 (x1.12)

Also see:

Posted by Ender on Saturday, February 28, 2015, 8:00:43 pm (ET)

In case you haven't heard, a bug was discovered in the tournament code that significantly affected the results of edition 1. Because of this, the results are invalid and the tournament will be repeated.

No action is required on your part. The same snapshot of bots from the original tournament will be used to run the tournament because that part of the code was unaffected. I will be taking down the existing results soon and will be moving the tournament's state back to "scheduled".

I'll re-run the tournament either tonight or tomorrow. I'll also make sure that per-bot results are available from the start to help give confidence in the validity of the results. If all goes smoothly and folks are generally satisfied with the output, sometime after that I will give out trophies and other awards.

Sorry about this everyone. As I mentioned on the bug thread, I take pride in the quality of this game and this is probably the most glaring issue bots4 has ever had so far in its 4.5 year stretch. It was just subtle enough to be able to trick an untrained eye during testing (read: me), but was obvious enough to anyone fully investing their time and energy into this game (read: you).

Posted by Ender on Sunday, February 1, 2015, 1:20:18 pm (ET)

Happy February everyone. The code for the scheduling and registration portions of tournaments is complete, so I've opened up registration for edition 1. Head on over to the homepage once you're logged in and register for a modest kudos fee.

Note that the actual tournament is still a ways off - it's scheduled for February 25. Future editions won't have registration this far in advance, but I figured I'd open the first one up early to let people preprare for the category ranges and to drum up some excitement for this long-awaited feature. :)

More details about all the inner workings of tournaments will be shared later, but here are some highlights:

  • Every bot will fight every other bot within its category once.
  • The bot with the most wins in a category is the category winner.
  • Bots will receive trophies, kudos, and experience based on their performance within their category.
  • There will be a clan aspect. I'm still working out the exact details, but it will involve trophies.
  • The category you register for (which is based on your level at time of registration) is not necessarily the category you will compete in (which is based on your level at time of tournament).
  • Unlike in bots2, you won't be logged out during the tournament. A snapshot of your bot will be taken at the start of the tournament, so what you are wearing and how your stats are distributed at that time will be what decides your performance.

Good luck and happy tournament bot building!

Congrats to Shoegazer [102] for leading <Eternal> to victory in the January 2015 clan competition and securing a 11th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Eternal> Shoegazer [102]
4,827,347 (x5.48)
2 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [220]
3,397,301 (x3.85)
3 <Alliance> Pothead [100]
2,474,766 (x2.80)
4 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [138]
1,148,814 (x1.29)
5 <Peace> ACE 10 [55]
1,069,118 (x1.20)
6 <Platinium Squad> neps0 [70] 1,022,471 (x1.16)
7 <Reservoir Dogs> Mr Green [80] 983,295 (x1.25)
8 <Atreides> gr33n [82]
968,031 (x1.10)
9 <THC> THC20 [55]
957,703 (x1.08)
10 <Zion> LittleCause [90]
926,113 (x1.04)

Also see:

Posted by Ender on Friday, January 30, 2015, 10:22:51 pm (ET)

I noticed this morning that the hall of fame page was consistently taking almost a second to load. This is quite slow - it didn't have the same snappy feel as other pages on the site. I looked into it and found that the cause was an unoptimized database query. The problem was obvious, so I put a fix in before I went to work.

This wouldn't normally be newsworthy material, but when I got home tonight I remembered my pingdom uptime monitoring happens to be configured to hit the hall of fame. I logged in and found a nice chart from the past 24 hours showcasing the effect of the change I'd made this morning:

~800ms average to ~250ms average. Very satisfying!

Posted by Ender on Thursday, January 29, 2015, 2:14:34 am (ET)

Finishing upon last year's theme of automation, permanently moving stars no longer requires interacting with a human (read: me)! This change comes with a number of additional goodies:

  • Additional metadata now included for stars - Star age and original owner are now listed for each star. This is to help protect players against fallout from chargebacks. Read the chargeback guide on the star management page for more details.
  • Email confirmation - As an extra layer of safety, permanent moves now require email confirmation.
  • 2 step perm move process - Recipients of perm stars must explicitly accept incoming stars as part of a 2 step "propose and accept" process to protect traders and help them pay attention to star age.
  • Star purchase history, dating back to the beginning of time, is now available on the star management page.
  • Star perm move history, starting from now, is now available on the star management page.
  • Stats and various breakdowns of stars is now available on the star management page.

As always, but especially with a big and complicated update like this, please be on the lookout for bugs and report any in the bug subforum.

This should be the last recurring chore of mine to automate, leaving more time for real development work. \o/

Congrats to Shoegazer [102] for leading <Eternal> to victory in the December 2014 clan competition and securing a 10th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Eternal> Shoegazer [102]
4,790,880 (x5.39)
2 <Alliance> Leader2 [72]
3,499,369 (x4.29)
3 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [220]
3,041,911 (x3.54)
4 <Atreides> gr33n [82]
1,093,614 (x1.23)
5 <Zion> Taoism [33]
1,032,034 (x1.22)
6 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [138]
1,012,136 (x1.13)
7 <Peace> ACE 10 [55]
1,010,317 (x1.13)
8 <Platinium Squad> neps0 [70] 997,891 (x1.12)
9 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [302]
978,413 (x1.10)
10 <Reservoir Dogs> Mr Green [80] 972,922 (x1.37)

Also see:

Congrats to ReneDescartes [220] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the November 2014 clan competition and securing a 2nd George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [220]
7,092,107 (x8.25)
2 <Eternal> Shoegazer [102]
6,526,407 (x7.66)
3 <Alliance> Pothead [74]
5,646,825 (x7.00)
4 <Platinium Squad> neps0 [70] 1,015,235 (x1.21)
5 <Z Fighters> Juv0 [99]
981,604 (x1.15)
6 <Reservoir Dogs> Mr Green [80] 955,693 (x1.38)
7 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [138]
952,753 (x1.10)
8 <Peace> ACE 10 [55]
944,827 (x1.09)
9 <Atreides> gr33n [82]
915,864 (x1.08)
10 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [300]
891,712 (x1.03)

Also see:

Congrats to Shoegazer [102] for leading <Eternal> to victory in the October 2014 clan competition and securing a 9th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Eternal> Shoegazer [102]
6,921,691 (x7.91)
2 <Alliance> Leader2 [72]
3,802,259 (x5.27)
3 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [220]
2,157,104 (x2.47)
4 <Z Fighters> Juv0 [99]
1,459,148 (x1.68)
5 <Atreides> gr33n [82]
1,341,382 (x1.51)
6 <Reservoir Dogs> Mr Green [80] 1,074,787 (x1.56)
7 <Peace> ACE 10 [55]
1,031,879 (x1.16)
8 <The Reason> overdose7 [123]
1,024,389 (x1.16)
9 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [138]
983,995 (x1.10)
10 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [299]
960,203 (x1.08)

Also see:

Posted by Ender on Saturday, October 11, 2014, 3:32:21 pm (ET)

As you may have noticed, I have a tendency to add little flavorful hidden messages throughout the game for doing various obscure things. Sheldon Cooper recently picked up on this with regards to the birth date settings, so I decided to turn it into a little game. Here are the rules:

  1. The bot to post a screenshot of the final age-based hidden message wins 1 free star.
  2. The star is of course transferable, but the trophy points are not, so respond on the bot that you want to get the trophy points on.
  3. You must post responses to this thread.
  4. Every hidden message is in a green box. If it's red, it's an error and it doesn't count.
  5. Either a screenshot or copy/paste is fine.
  6. It doesn't matter how many you find, only the person to post the 9th and final hidden message wins.

Here's the current status of what's been found (5 out of 9):

  1. "Glorius escape from the womb, comrade!" - Set the current day as your birth date.
  2. "Please report to the training room for your regularly scheduled beatings, infant." - Set birth date so that your age is under 2.
  3. "Okay, but you're probably lying about your age." - Set birth date so that your age is under 5.
  4. "Okay, but you're probably lying about your age (and if you're really under the age of 10, this game probably isn't for you)." - Set birth date so that your age is under 10.
  5. "Cool, you have the same birthday as me (Ender)! Carry on. :)" - Set your birth date day/month to, well, mine. :)
  6. (unknown)
  7. (unknown)
  8. (unknown)
  9. (unknown)

Keep in mind it may not be beneficial to immediately post any hidden messages you come across. Only the person to post the last one wins anything!

Good luck. :)

Posted by Ender on Saturday, October 4, 2014, 10:43:06 pm (ET)

The time it takes to idle out from the game has been increased from 15 minutes to 60 minutes. This should help avoid frustrating situations where you have to step away from the computer for a short time and don't make it back before the idle timeout.

The online list now also has a color-coded "idle" column to show how long each bot has been idle. With this list now potentially showing bots that haven't been active in close to an hour, this will help give you a quicker impression of which bots are truly active at any given time.

Thanks to Agent Zord for the suggestion!

P.S. Fun trivia fact: The idle timeout in bots2 was 10 minutes.

Congrats to Shoegazer [102] for leading <Eternal> to victory in the September 2014 clan competition and securing a 8th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Eternal> Shoegazer [102]
5,956,946 (x7.47)
2 <lHl Luthrin lHl> Luthrin [100]
2,156,433 (x2.75)
3 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [220]
2,108,504 (x2.61)
4 <Peace> ACE 10 [55]
2,022,635 (x2.36)
5 <Atreides> gr33n [82]
1,605,709 (x1.92)
6 <Z Fighters> Juv0 [95]
1,084,396 (x1.57)
7 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [298]
1,042,660 (x1.21)
8 <The Reason> overdose7 [122]
1,030,056 (x1.19)
9 <VIP> vip04 [58] 965,511 (x1.12)
10 <Platinium Squad> neps0 [70] 960,488 (x1.16)

Also see:

Posted by Ender on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 1:37:34 am (ET)

What is Smarty and why should you care about it?

Smarty is a PHP Templating Engine. In short, it is what wires together (a) all the logic in the game's backend with (b) how the data from the backend gets presented in the browser. It's the glue that holds together every page on this site.

You probably don't have to care about it. The only reason I'm announcing this is because it's a major version upgrade with breaking changes. I've done my best to fix everything that it breaks before enabling it, but mistakes of course happen, especially with big changes like this.

Please be on the lookout for anything obscure this may have broken (if you do find something, either reply here or more preferably create a bug thread) and enjoy the perhaps small performance boost this upgrade results in (the main benefit of the upgrade has more to do with my use of it).

Posted by Ender on Monday, September 15, 2014, 3:48:52 am (ET)

Continuing with this year's theme of automation, getting and changing custom logos on bots with 9+ stars no longer requires interacting with a human (read: me)! The details:

  • There's a new field on the workshop settings page.
  • The new field is only editable for bots with 9+ stars.
  • Like bot/clan images, you use Imgur to upload your logo.
  • Unlike bot/clan images, the logo will be downloaded to the bots4 server and thus the Imgur URL you use will not be saved.
  • Some basic validation is done on things like image dimensions and extension.

This update is a big win for everyone. Players no longer have to wait for me to manually move a file around and I have one less recurring game maintenance task to deal with, freeing me up to work on more interesting updates.

Stay tuned for self-service perm star moves. That should be the last recurring chore of mine to automate. \o/

Posted by Ender on Monday, September 15, 2014, 1:07:15 am (ET)

I just added two small improvements that had been suggested by players:

  • New fields on clan profiles - Clan profiles now include average level, wins, losses, and ratio. Thanks to Pothead for the suggestion.
  • Improved trophy shop sorting - The Mindreave buffs are now sorted in the order you'd expect: I, II, III. Thanks to Jans for the suggestion.

Congrats to Shoegazer [102] for leading <Eternal> to victory in the August 2014 clan competition and securing a 7th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Eternal> Shoegazer [102]
8,208,366 (x9.91)
2 <Atreides> gr33n [82]
6,737,101 (x8.02)
3 <The Reason> overdose7 [122]
1,973,074 (x2.24)
4 <lHl Luthrin lHl> Luthrin [100]
1,834,421 (x2.25)
5 <Peace> ACE 10 [55]
1,341,658 (x1.52)
6 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [220]
1,332,838 (x1.51)
7 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [295]
965,312 (x1.09)
8 <Standard Model> Stm1 [100] 900,984 (x1.02)
9 <Model Citizens> Serial Killers01 [100]
900,280 (x1.02)
10 <The Lonely Island> Daikatana [190] 898,041 (x1.01)

Also see:

Posted by Ender on Saturday, August 2, 2014, 2:11:19 pm (ET)

Sorry for the long (almost 5.5 hours!) downtime. :(

It was the same old kernel crashing issue that has plagued the game every now and then. I keep putting off the updates because it's such a rare crash and I'm usually around to fix it quickly when it does happen.

This time, it happened to be early in my first night of vacation and I overslept, so yeah. Thanks to the many, many people who contacted me about this. When I woke up and looked at my phone and saw I had 8721312 notifications, I knew something was wrong. :)

Sorry again for the trouble and I'll work at getting that kernel updated soon!

Congrats to Shoegazer [102] for leading <Eternal> to victory in the July 2014 clan competition and securing a 6th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Eternal> Shoegazer [102]
3,999,483 (x4.94)
2 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [220]
2,960,962 (x3.36)
3 <The Reason> overdose7 [122]
1,842,585 (x2.22)
4 <Barcode> Damon [30]
1,704,250 (x2.38)
5 <Atreides> gr33n [81]
1,421,233 (x1.79)
6 <lHl Luthrin lHl> l Lion l [67]
1,010,136 (x1.15)
7 <Model Citizens> Serial Killers01 [100]
987,702 (x1.11)
8 <Peace> ACE 10 [55]
979,110 (x1.11)
9 <VIP> vip04 [58] 936,409 (x1.06)
10 <Platinium Squad> neps0 [70] 935,578 (x1.05)

Also see:

Congrats to Shoegazer [102] for leading <Eternal> to victory in the June 2014 clan competition and securing a 5th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Eternal> Shoegazer [102]
4,999,453 (x6.09)
2 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [220]
2,310,447 (x2.67)
3 <Atreides> gr33n [81]
1,993,668 (x2.38)
4 <Peace> ACE 10 [54]
1,842,097 (x2.14)
5 <lHl Luthrin lHl> l Lion l [67]
1,385,343 (x2.76)
6 <yxhackers> mort [74]
1,353,711 (x1.64)
7 <Take> Take10 [62]
969,042 (x1.13)
8 <Reservoir Dogs> Mr Green [80] 927,244 (x1.43)
9 <VIP> vip04 [58] 921,031 (x1.07)
10 <Platinium Squad> neps0 [70] 913,643 (x1.06)

Also see:

Congrats to ReneDescartes [220] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the May 2014 clan competition and securing a 1st George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [220]
6,254,788 (x7.43)
2 <Eternal> Shoegazer [101]
3,828,606 (x4.64)
3 <Atreides> gr33n [81]
1,679,297 (x1.88)
4 <yxhackers> mort [74]
1,244,089 (x1.63)
5 <Peace> ACE 10 [54]
1,118,659 (x1.26)
6 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [293]
1,044,304 (x1.17)
7 <Take> Take10 [62]
1,022,450 (x1.15)
8 <Mondays Pill> endone40 [100]
948,956 (x1.06)
9 <Platinium Squad> neps0 [70] 914,382 (x1.04)
10 <Portugal> Esv [250]
907,469 (x1.02)

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Posted by Ender on Monday, May 5, 2014, 11:15:20 pm (ET)

If your clan makes use of IRC, you can now show this off in your clan profile via a new clan setting. This will allow people to click a link on your clan profile to join your clan's channel.

Congrats to Shoegazer [101] for leading <Eternal> to victory in the April 2014 clan competition and securing a 4th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Eternal> Shoegazer [101]
5,851,117 (x7.05)
2 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [220]
4,196,803 (x5.13)
3 <Atreides> gr33n [81]
1,235,032 (x1.48)
4 <Peace> ACE 10 [54]
1,229,384 (x1.44)
5 <yxhackers> mort [74]
1,104,331 (x1.73)
6 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [138]
966,020 (x1.13)
7 <Take> Take10 [62]
962,488 (x1.12)
8 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [290]
916,655 (x1.10)
9 <Mondays Pill> endone40 [100]
885,598 (x1.17)
10 <The Reason> overdose7 [122]
885,379 (x1.08)

Also see:

Posted by Ender on Thursday, April 17, 2014, 12:06:29 am (ET)

(yeah, this update is being posted super late!)

Congrats to Shoegazer [101] for leading <Eternal> to victory in the March 2014 clan competition and securing a George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Eternal> Shoegazer [101]
13,234,317 (x17.01)
2 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [220]
12,573,783 (x15.05)
3 <Zion> Earl Grey [99]
1,209,096 (x1.37)
4 <Atreides> gr33n [81]
1,041,067 (x1.17)
5 <yxhackers> mort [74]
1,023,094 (x1.96)
6 <Berzerker Barbarians> mrvain [138]
1,003,928 (x1.13)
7 <Peace> ACE 10 [54]
990,253 (x1.12)
8 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [289]
941,801 (x1.06)
9 <Voltage> pecker head2 [103]
938,268 (x1.05)
10 <Rape Machines> rm4 [69] 931,989 (x1.05)

Also see:

(yeah, this update is being posted super duper late!)

Congrats to Myriad [349] for leading <Escapism> to victory in the February 2014 clan competition and securing a George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Escapism> Myriad [349]
5,678,795 (x7.72)
2 <Zion> Ville [133]
3,724,879 (x5.25)
3 <Eternal> Shoegazer [100]
2,110,505 (x2.72)
4 <Atreides> gr33n [81]
1,229,280 (x1.57)
5 <The Reason> overdose7 [122]
1,025,883 (x1.63)
6 <yxhackers> mort [74]
976,434 (x2.34)
7 <Peace> ACE 10 [54]
950,987 (x1.18)
8 <Take> Take10 [62]
913,752 (x1.13)
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