Ricochet Robots. Game 1 Round 15

Posted by Don B on 26 April, 2020 9 comments

If you want to know how to participate in this low-tech online game of Ricochet Robots, see the original blog post here.

Standings for round 15: 
Dave 5 tokens
Gavin 4 tokens
Alison 4 tokens
Charlotte 1 token
Alan 1 token
Everyone else 0 tokens.

So. I'm thinking that with only two tokens remaining we should do another round with two tokens in play to make it more challenging for the end of the game. You need to bring the Blue robot to the Blue token position and the Yellow Robot to the Yellow token position in any order. You don't need end with the Blue and Yellow robots on their respective tokens.

Post your bid for the number of moves in the comments below before 5:30pm, Sunday 26th April 2020. You can submit your solution as a separate comment at any time before the 5:45pm deadline. You can also update your solution prior to 5:45pm and I will use the last submitted solution.

Gavin's solution in 14 moves:


 

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  1. Don April 28, 2020

    Thanks everyone who participated. Even though I was not competing, I was participating. I was trying to better your solutions each time and most often I had trouble matching your solution let alone improving it. I spent ages trying to find a better solution for this last one but am convinced there is not a better solution. But then again I thought there was not a better solution on a few others and then was proven wrong. It would be interesting to find a way to run the game that was a little fairer to the lead player. With only a single token most players will find the best solution with so much time available so the lead player is at a disadvantage. Having more tokens up does make it more difficult but most of the time most players still find the best solution given enough time so the lead player is still disadvantaged.

    I was thinking it might be worth approaching whoever holds the rights to see if they would allow me to produce a Tabletopia version of the game so we could play it in real time.
    Anyway. Thanks again for participating.
    Don

  2. Alison April 28, 2020

    So great! Thanks Don, and congratulations Gavin

  3. Gavin April 28, 2020

    Thanks Don. And thank you so much for all your effort running this even though you didn’t really get to participate. Very much appreciated.

  4. Don April 27, 2020

    Priority Order is Gavin, Alison then David. Since Gavin has already submitted a valid solution with 14 moves, he wins the two tokens and the game. Congratulations Gavin.

  5. Don April 27, 2020

    Players have until 5:45pm to place or update their bids.

  6. Alison April 27, 2020

    14

  7. Gavin April 27, 2020

    Blue: Right, up, left, up.
    Yellow: Left, down, left, up, right.
    Blue: Right, down, left, down, left.
    14 moves.

  8. Dave April 27, 2020

    14 moves.

  9. Gavin April 27, 2020

    14