[freeciv-ai] Re: RFC: Behaviour constants.
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On Wed, Dec 04, 2002 at 10:27:52PM +0000, Gregory Berkolaiko wrote:
> How can we improve AI without going too deep?
> This is a legitimate question, and an answer to it is given by various
> constants and factors and multipliers that the AI code is peppered with.
> Examples are: what is considered to be a small nation (number of cities)
> -- used to encourage settler building; what is the default danger for
> capital; what is food/shield weighting etc.
> Some of these numbers are defines, some are just plain numbers. What I
> propose is to collect them all in some .h file included in all AI files,
> so they can be tweaked in a systematic way. Then tweak them and run
> pitfights, lots of them. There ar, of course difficulties like "constant
> is constant for all nations", but they are solvable.
I agree. But please think a step further and not make
#define FOO 3
We made this error with UNIT_LOG and NORMAL_TILE_WIDTH. In the future
we may add parameters to the get_foo function.
"Many of my assistants were fans of Tolkien, who wrote 'Lord of the Rings'
and a number of other children's stories for adults. The first character
alphabet that was programmed for my plotter was Elvish rather than Latin."
-- from SAIs "life as a computer for a quarter of a century"