I’m wondering about one of the issues I have with the current test harness, which is:
The lead car might always win.
So I have 3 suggestions
A) Probably the best, have a special boost to use every x turns when you are behind.
B) we could see a form of slipstream, where one car speeds up more when its behind another
C) Mud can have for example a 50% chance of breaking when one car passes through it.
So that the back car potentially has an “easier” route.
I cannot really speak about the engine too much, I’m only starting my code this weekend. But I have run a lot of simulations (Mental ones) to get the perfect solution.
It is a given that the bot that does get ahead first will likely be the best bot anyways, But I do feel it could help to even the playing field slightly. I don’t know for sure though. And its based off of “the behaviour of the perfect solution”.
Looking forward to a great year.
This challenge is always a highlight for me.