People’s guesses as to what the game was going to be and what they thought of the new game, Block Party!™ at the LA FTC Regional Kickoff.
This is a drawing of the field for the new game, Block Party!. The thin lines represent tape lines and the thick lines represent the borders for field elements. You can use it to plan your autonomous programs and do TeleOp strategy.
Woo! New game! But what all is there to it? Where are the points? Where are the penalties?
Allow me to explain:
The field looks like this:
It’s divided diagonally, much like Ring it Up!, but now the platform in the middle is hugely complicated and the playing element is dispensed at corners rather than on the sides. The goal is to score 2″ cubes into Bowled Over! crates (both depicted below)
In the autonomous phase, points are scored by putting cubes in crates and driving the robot onto the center bridge.
During the TeleOp phase, you can put cubes in crates and into the low goals. Cubes in the low goal count for 1 point, in outside crates are 3 points, and inside crates are two points.
In the end game, you have three choices as to how to play. You can choose to continue to do the TeleOp phase (and if your pendulum goal are balanced, you get a 50% multiplier to your score); you can raise your only alliance flag, which will score you 25 points if raised to half-mast and 35 points if raised to the top; and there is the hanging bonus (you may recall this from the FRC game Ultimate Ascent or the FTC game Hangin’-a-Round), where if you’re robot can grab the bar that is atop the bridge and pull itself up off the ground, then you get 50 points.
In the past, penalties have been a deduction from the offender’s score. This year, penalties will be an addition to the non-offender’s score. That is, if the red alliance got a five-point penalty, the blue alliance would get five points added to their score, while the red alliance’s score remained the same.
Penalties are scored like so:
- Minor Penalty—10 points
- Major Penalty—50 points
These are the game-specific penalties (go to the game manual part 2 for the safety and general penalties):
- Possessing more than 4 blocks at one time—Minor penalty ever 5 seconds; blocks cannot be scored
- Harassing your opponent’s pendulum (unless you’re scoring in it)—Major penalty, unless it’s inadvertent, in which case there is no penalty
- Scoring or de-scoring in your opponent’s pendulum in the end game—Major penalty, and the opposing alliance gets a balance bonus
- De-scoring (except from floor goal)—Major penalty
- Touching cubes after the match ends—cubes won’t be scored
- Scoring non-preloaded cubes in autonomous mode—cubes will not be counted
- Hanging interference—Major penalty
- Touching an opponent’s flagpole—Major penalty if intentional
- Blocking opponent’s flag zone in end game—Major penalty
- Touching robot after IR beacons are placed—minor penalty, team might not be able to score for autonomous crates
- Grabbing, grappling, or attaching robot to field components—allowed (not a penalty; this usually is a penalty)
Some game hints we found on the FTC blog and social media accounts:
- hit the ground running
- drums up
- rolling right
- heavy lifting
- slam dunk
- FRC 2012
EDIT: 30 Aug 2013
- preconception of gameplay
- measuring stick
At all your hardware inspections, you must present a bill of materials (BOM) to the inspectors to ensure that you are complying with all the FTC rules regarding materials. The bills of materials for different teams can range anywhere from a nicely-typed spreadsheet to a quickly-handwritten-on-the-way-over bill (both of which we happened to use this year). Because the judges, in addition to the inspectors, will be seeing your BOM, you probably want it to look nice and like you put time into it. FRC has this problem solved by having a template for their BOM. We’ve taken their template and tweaked it a bit.
In it you’ll note that each subsystem has it own list. FTC doesn’t require that you do this, in fact, the only parts of this BOM template that are required are the part name and the rule allowing it. The reason that the rest was added is so that it can be a more effective BOM. The purpose of the bill of materials is that if somehow part of your robot disappeared, you’d be able to get all the parts for it. Having the subsystems separated will let you look at that subsystem and see exactly what parts you used for it. Having the source, quantity, unit of measure, and price make it so that you don’t have to go through the hassle of finding how big or how many parts you, and you don’t have to search for the good deal you found initially. Furthermore, if judges see this BOM after a day of handwritten ones, they’ll love it.
Here are links to templates for this BOM:
BOM_pdf — PDF document
BOM_xlsx — Microsoft Excel