The University of Waterloo’s computer science club is holding another Google-sponsored AI Challenge this Fall. The task is to write a program to compete in a Planet Wars tournament. Your goal is to conquer all the planets in your corner of space or eliminate all of your opponents ships. Starter programs are available in Python, Java, C# and C++ and support for Common Lisp, Haskell, Ruby and Perl is under development. The contest starts on September 10th and ends on November 27th. Sounds like fun!
Planet Wars is inspired by Galcon iPhone and desktop strategy game. Here’s a Planet Wars game in action.