This is the story of an epic battle of 100 Freeciv artificial intelligence (AI) players fighting on a very large map with 20.000 tiles!
The results, statistics and the winning AI of the game can be found here: http://play.freeciv.org/blog/battle-of-100-freeciv-ais/
Statistics including player scores, population, gross national product, military units, settled area, land area, number of technologies, cities, settlers, units built, corruption, gold, technology output and wonders were recorder each turn and presented as graphs for further analysis. Every 10 turns, the whole game screen was captured and saved so it could be replayed online here for you.
What can one learn about conquering the world, based on a simulation of 100 AI players competing on a very large game? Which tactics and strategies were used by the leading AI players at various stages during the game? The fight between Antso III Gartzes Nagusia of the Basques (golden color in score graph) and Mściwoj II of the Kashubians (green color in score graph) is particularly interesting. These two players dominated the game over a long time, while the Basques has the highest score.
After playing over 500 turns, it seems that still no single AI is capable of conquering the whole map for themselves. Perhaps Freeciv doesn’t converge towards one winning AI, but rather sustaining multiple competing nations over time?
The score for each player over the 534 turns the game lasted:
Freeciv server version built from current svn (2.5.0+). Simulating this AI game took 48 hours of 100% usage on a 4,7Ghz CPU. Please post suggestions about interesting AI simulations which could be done in Freeciv. Do you have any ideas for new AI simulations using Freeciv? For example, should the next AI simulation have 500 AI players? How about simulating alliances of AIs with the republic vs. democracy vs. monarchy and so on?
So head over to the statistics results of this fight between 100 Freeciv AIs here: http://play.freeciv.org/blog/battle-of-100-freeciv-ais/
Now you can try out these strategies yourself, and challenge the AI. Freeciv-web can be played online in your browser for free here.