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Ant Wars is a competition which pits clever programs against each other to do battle and compete for food in virtual worlds. Each contestant is a species of ant, which can visualize only the world immediately around him and pheromones left by fellow and enemy ants. Using this information, the ant brain (a simple state machine) must guide the ant towards collecting food at his home ant hill, while fending off or attacking enemies.

Clever use of pheromones and subtle behaviors can create large scale tactics such as raiding, defense, harvesting, and scouting when many ants cooperate.

The winner is the ant colony with the most food on their ant hill at the end of a match.


Discussion about Ant Wars and ant development can be done in the forums, or in #ant-wars on Freenode IRC (irc.freenode.net).

© 2004 Scott G. Miller