Update: Added some notes about what is in the various files in data.dat
Recently I bought Faster Than Light (FTL), a game which runs on Linux (and also on Mac and Windows).
I noticed that there was a lot of stuff in two ".dat" files; the format of the ".dat" files turned out to be very simple, and so I wrote a packer and unpacker: ftlpack.py.
I've made sure it runs with modern python (it did without modification) and added a GPL notice. It's not the greatest game, and it's not without a few bugs, but it's still something to spend a few minutes playing.
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I always like it when a computer is able to establish an optimal strategy for a game; that forever frees human beings from spending their time playing it.
Toward that end, here's an effort from 2001: http://www.sharkfeeder.com/hangman/. I wonder if a modern computer runs much faster than the reported 15 hours on a P3/600 -- let's hope it does. Perhaps this can be used to push the search deeper than choosing one of the 4 most likely letters at each junction, though for each one-letter increase I imagine there's a pretty steep runtime increase.
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