It’s 11:30, we’re 2,5h into the competition and I’m now absolutely forced to do the multibase strategy. No more running away. And I still have absolutely no clue how to do it. If something looks way too complex, it’s a good idea to try and split it into smaller parts. In this exact situation, I came up with the following subproblems:
- Which worker should build the base
- Where it should be placed
- When it should be placed
- When I have more than 1 base, how should I manage the workers
- How many bases I should build
Now I’m looking for the simplest way to accomplish each of those subproblems. First of all, let’s assume I’m trying to build at most 1 base at a time. (1) is pretty trivial. Let’s build it with any worker that can do it. Since there’s a constraint that only worker that doesn’t carry any resources can build the bases, let’s use only those. And if all of them are busy with carrying resources, just wait for one of them to be free. (2) is the scary part, so I just imagine that it isn’t here and I’m moving on with my list. The simplest solution to (3) is to build it as soon as we can (we have resources) and build the bases only after I have build all of my workers. Remember that in each simulation I know how many workers I’m going to get. For (4) I can just move each of my workers to the closest base. My intuition is that the workers will “manage themselves” after some time. It’s definitely far from perfect, but on the up side, I already have that implemented, so this is an ideal solution. (5) is even more trivial, because I use the number of bases as an input to my simulate() function and I’m assuming that I’ll just iterate over all possible combinations of workers and bases.