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Is It a Hint or Not?

'Water game' talk comes up every year. I even suggested it to FIRST years ago. For the most part now I just roll my eye's now when it gets mentioned because I know the cost of setting up, tearing down, and transporting such a field would be astronomical. Not to mention the liability should it leak.

However the November 18th Bill's blog and an interesting paragraph...
"Filming for the 2010 game reveal at Kickoff will begin at headquarters this coming Monday. No, Iím not going to tell you how long I expect it will take to fill the pool for filming. Iím not going to give you any hints at all. Ok, the Kickoff may look a little different this year, but thatís all Iím saying."

Why would a pool be used for filming kickoff video? They used one as a teaser to the 2007 game which used pool inner tubes as scoring elements. I'm curious to hear opinions/speculation from others. Is there a pool/fountain at headquarters that make a nice backdrop?
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Re: Is It a Hint or Not?

Have you seen the spotlight quote about how 3 of the GDC members are evil geniuses and the rest are evil too? That applies here, if it is a game hint we will know in 52 days, if it isn't we will know in 52 days, if we guess right we can start building our robots in 52 days and if we guess wrong we can start building our robot in 52 days. They are just messing with us. (I am prepared to eat my words on this theory should I be wrong provided someone gives me a spork)

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Re: Is It a Hint or Not?

I am not sure what they are filming, but if I am right, they are filming the teams introducing speakers at kick-off, like we had this year. The pool probably refers to the limited spots for teams to appear in the kick-off webcast.
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Re: Is It a Hint or Not?

That settles it, no questions left. Water game.
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Water game.
Woo Hoo!


Seriously: It is surely a Joke. Perhaps the kickoff video will feature a segment like several years ago, with the 'boys' lounging in some water...
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Re: Is It a Hint or Not?

No, no, no, it's a fire game. The pool is there in case of accidents.
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Is there a pool/fountain at headquarters that make a nice backdrop?
Can someone provide a description of HQ or perhaps, a link? Many of us have never been for a visit and don't know what it is like. I was there a couple of years ago but only saw one area of it and didn't spend any more time outside than necessary. It was a mite cold. If there was a pool or fountain, it was frozen. The waterfall on the way up to Dean's house was frozen. I'd never seen a frozen waterfall before. It matched my toes.
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Re: Is It a Hint or Not?

The water game was announced a couple weeks ago, so it must be something else....
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Can someone provide a description of HQ or perhaps, a link? Many of us have never been for a visit and don't know what it is like. I was there a couple of years ago but only saw one area of it and didn't spend any more time outside than necessary. It was a mite cold. If there was a pool or fountain, it was frozen. The waterfall on the way up to Dean's house was frozen. I'd never seen a frozen waterfall before. It matched my toes.
There is no waterfall/water.

Guys these things are dumb they are just playing with us.


Bill is now following in Dave's footsteps...great.
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There is no waterfall/water.

Guys these things are dumb they are just playing with us.


Bill is now following in Dave's footsteps...great.
Oh, I wasn't thinking about the hint aspect, I was thinking about the building, setting, town. It is very very cool.
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Re: Is It a Hint or Not?

OH wait there is the Merrimack river right behind the building. And a waterfall just up the river from that.
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Can someone provide a description of HQ or perhaps, a link? Many of us have never been for a visit and don't know what it is like. I was there a couple of years ago but only saw one area of it and didn't spend any more time outside than necessary. It was a mite cold. If there was a pool or fountain, it was frozen. The waterfall on the way up to Dean's house was frozen. I'd never seen a frozen waterfall before. It matched my toes.
Frozen waterfalls are quite common up here in the frigid north (well, not in Delaware, but I grew up in Pittsburgh).

If you are asking about the building where FIRST is located, I do have pictures somewhere that I can send you. It is in an old mill building along the river, which have all been converted to commercial purposes now. The building that FIRST is in also houses a children's science museum and a museum of the textile industry (I visited the textile museum - it was fascinating). I've attached a picture. The first floor holds FIRST Place, the public area where they hold events such as summer camps and training sessions. The offices are on the second floor and are smaller than you probably think. The Engineering area, where they design and prototype the game, is in a super secret secure area in the basement.
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Frozen waterfalls are quite common up here in the frigid north (well, not in Delaware, but I grew up in Pittsburgh).

If you are asking about the building where FIRST is located, I do have pictures somewhere that I can send you. It is in an old mill building along the river, which have all been converted to commercial purposes now. The building that FIRST is in also houses a children's science museum and a museum of the textile industry (I visited the textile museum - it was fascinating). I've attached a picture. The first floor holds FIRST Place, the public area where they hold events such as summer camps and training sessions. The offices are on the second floor and are smaller than you probably think. The Engineering area, where they design and prototype the game, is in a super secret secure area in the basement.
Aha! The basement! Super secret rocks. That's like super soakers only better.

I'll have to go back sometime when it isn't cold and I can look around. It is so beautiful. Thank you for the photo and the information, Carol!
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I am not interested in the pool part of this statement, I am interested in why they are filming so early. In the past they filmed the game segment part of the game the day before kickoff. And only the assembly videos far in advance. If they are filming now, this could mean a few different things.

1) they got the game done super early and are not worried about game/rule changes between now and kickoff

2) Coordination of SNHU and people make filming the day before not possible

3)the game is so complex that it requires weeks of filming/editing to describe it

4) something super cool is going on and nobody can even fathom what it is.
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