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Hi all,

Purely for my own entertainment, I am attempting to learn as much as possible (after 35 years!) about the Trillion Credit Squadron tournaments at Origins 1981 and 1982 that were won by fleets generated by Doug Lenat and his Eurisko computer program.

I have the 1981 fleet listing from JTAS #10, Lenat's original academic paper, and the articles by Johnson (1984) and Gladwell (2009) plus whatever snippets I could find here on COTI and the Steve Jackson Games Forums.

I also have (of course...) 2nd Edition High Guard (1980) and Trillion Credit Squadron itself.

Even so, there is still a lot of information that I wish I could find, but is either not online or beyond my meagre Google skills to unearth. I would be extremely grateful for any further information or hints as to where I might find answers to the following specific questions:

1) Which version of High Guard was used for Origins 1981? The timing would suggest 2nd edition, but nice to know for sure. I have seen it written that the changes from 1st to 2nd edition were in response to the 1981 tournament, but obviously the timing seems to contradict this.

2) Following on from this question - I do not have a copy of the 1st edition High Guard - is it available anywhere, or at least a summary of the changes?

3) Were there any specific tournament rules in effect, beyond those specified in Trillion Credit Squadron? Accounts are divided on this, although without further information my best guess is "no" for 1981 and "probably" for 1982...

4) The 1981 fleet is specified in JTAS #10. Is the composition of the 1982 fleet available anywhere?

Help with some or all of these questions will be greatly appreciated!

Many thanks,

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