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Welcome to Hoverball

What is Hoverball?
(Extract from the Hoverball Manual)

The Hoverball Challenge IAD 2009/2010 is finished.  » Result...

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Hoverball is an emerging project coming out of the idea to create a playful real time simulator for Multi Agent Systems. At the same time it was paid heed to designing the underlying simulation laws as well as the actual gamel rules as simple as possible for the purpose of axiomatic mathematics. In doing so, we expect that the development of efficient agents keeps plain in order to contribute to new fundamental insights in Artificial Intelligence. The available abstract game concept lives up to these postulations. It would be difficult to find another simulation platform who offers such a clear and quick access to the world of Multi Agents. In addition, real time allows human participation in the simulation. Though Hoverball represents basically a challenge for programmers creating efficient teams that compete against each other, it is also an easily accessible computer game for humans. The simulator is written in Java and consequently operating system independent as well as network-compatible. In the spirit of free software distribution Hoverball is an Open Source Project under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public Licence.

Hoverball was inspired by the existence of the RoboCup Soccer Simulator aiming at the research of Artificial Intelligence based on a soccer game. As a result, RoboCup has rather complex rules conforming to soccer. However, Hoverball doesn't claim a suchlike reference to reality and offers a simpler concept: Two dimensional pucks forming two or more teams are placed on a spherical surface, bumping other little pucks in a playful sports contest in order to score by following simple rules.

The primary objective during the development of the game was to ground the simulator on a sound physical basis. Motions, friction, the pucks' collisions - all computations had to be based on existing physical laws. Thanks to physicist Horst Wilhelm (Papenburg, Germany) we managed to meet this challenge, even though some game parameters differ from the values of respective physical constants.


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