Since we introduced the ELIZA API several people have started developing their own Bots. Bots are computer controlled players that can accept invites and play other bots and human players like yourself. The only difference is in their names which are required to begin with ai_. That way no Bot can pretend being a human (Our very own flavor of the robotic laws).
The first bot was ai_ZappBrannigan. He is rather daft and was created by our own Bert as a proof of concept only. He has lost so many games by now that it is hard to gain any points from beating him (It is still good fun though).
Then there is ai_PuzzleBot who does not seem to accept invites at the moment but is normally quite responsive. It only accepts invites to un-rated games, though. ai_DavidBot is derived from ZappBrannigan and we not quite sure how it is different. There are several other AIs on the site in varying states of development.
I also know there is a ruby frame work in development to make bot development easier and there are several script that cover some aspects of a Bot’s mind.
Which other Bots are out there waiting for testing? Let us know! If you want to play one simply invite any of the above to a game and you are set.