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Hacknight: RTanque

First meet up at our new location!

Hacknight is our project-focused hangout that meets at the midpoint between our main monthly meetings. Bring your own project to work on or join the group in hacking on the topic of the month. Whether you are a Ruby newbie, a metaprogramming master, or a hacker of another language, we can't wait to see what cool things we can create together!

Social hour starts at 1800. Code starts at 1900.

This month's topic: RTanque

We'll be hacking on bots for RTanque, a game for Ruby programmers. Players program the brain of a tank and then send that tank to battle against other players' tank brain programs. Implementing a tank brain may sound like a difficult or time consuming task, but the API is pretty straightforward and easy to use. I put together a simple bot in less than 30 minutes that provides a decent challenge against the keyboard controlled bot. I will give a quick runthrough of the API and some sample bots, then we will alternate between rounds of bot development and play for the rest of the night.

Note: I recommend using Ruby 1.9.3 with RTanque. It depends on Gosu which isn't compatible with Ruby 2.0 on my system.

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  • Amos K.

    I worked with someone remotely, but I like that we had a common hack.

    July 29, 2013

    • Braydon

      Thanks Sorry I didn't join I didn't check this place fast enough I hope I can get informed faster for the next one

      July 23, 2013

  • Braydon

    Where do we go to join the live hangout

    July 22, 2013

  • Amos K.

    I will be attending remotely.

    July 21, 2013

  • Amos K.

    I wish I could make it. I have Jury Duty. Sad Amos.

    July 20, 2013

    • Amos K.

      Maybe I can remote pair?

      July 20, 2013

  • Amos K.

    If you do not yet have access to the STL Ruby github page then let me know.

    July 20, 2013

  • Tim M.

    Hypothetically, let's say a .NET guy with no practical Ruby experience shows up with a Windows laptop. How badly should he expect to be beaten up? Totally asking for a friend...

    July 16, 2013

    • Charlie

      We welcome hackers of any language, Tim, and we would be happy to have you. Even if you have no experience with Ruby, you could pair up with one of us working on our RTanque bot to get a feel for what Ruby is like. Many of the most interesting and fun parts of the bots are language agnostic, so should have no problem helping to up the kill factor of the robot rumble.

      1 · July 19, 2013

    • Amos K.

      I would like to point out that we take non-hackers too. If you've never written a line of code we would still love to have you come and help us out.

      July 20, 2013

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