Hi all. When Criss-Cross was announced I was excited to see the start of another competition and was very eager to start devising and implementing my approach. However, when I came to translate my approach to code in the early days of the competition I hit upon some very frustrating transpiler bugs. I posted an issue to Github, but with my motivation drained I decided to put my entry on hold and return later in the hope that some of these issues would be fixed during the competition.
I have made a few attempts to return to Criss-Cross over the past few weeks, but I have spent more time fighting with the transpiler than actually devising or implementing my strategy. It is particularly frustrating since I do not remember having such difficulty when playing in the previous competition for Greed, which was an overall pleasant experience.
For this reason I have decided to abandon my entry into Criss-Cross. I will be interested to read about the strategies of the winning players, but unfortunately I won’t be one of them (which the current top players might be pleased to hear ;)). If the CodeCombat team is able to address the problems with the transpiler very soon I would consider a comeback, but with the majority of the competition time now over, it may be too late. Hopefully these issues can be fixed before a future tournament.
In any case, good luck to all players, and may the best coder win.
For reference, the issues I filed on Github: