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Re: [FRC Blog] 2014 Game Hint

8234/57, 61126/1963, 62326/15806

Just putting that string there again so we don't lose focus. We remember what we are trying to figure out.
Anyways.
There has been some stipulation as to if these numbers could be code for something. For those following that pursuit, someone found earlier that the median of the numbers if put in consecutive order is 4. This could be a possible key. I am not educated in this area, but have at it everyone!

Another thing I have realized from looking at this hint and previous hints given by FIRST is that they like to give us hints that connect inside of the hint as well as outside. With that in mind, lets look at the hint.
They possibly connect the ideas using the slashes and differentiate between ideas using the commas. Makes sense right?

Look at the middle numbers: "61126/1963"
We have found that the first number refers to Rockford, Illinois. (Although the 62326 may also refer to Colchester, IL as well, let's just focus on the middle term). Rockford is in Illinois. We have another value as well, the "1963".
My friends and I have two theories.
One:
Rockford is in Winnebago County. The Winnebago 1963 was a travel trailer. Do trailers mind you of something?

Two:
In 1963, the Chicago Bears won the NFL Championship game against the NY Giants 14 to 10. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NFL_Cha...hip_Game,_1963) This is where things get interesting. The game was the 31st annual championship game. Now divide the two middle numbers. What do you get? 31.1390...
This would also mean a game of football.

Just some food for thought!
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Re: [FRC Blog] 2014 Game Hint

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Rockford is also called 'The Forest City', forest could = trees = tree climbing? Some type of climbing? Or it could tie into the green theme that was thrown around.
Also, and this is probably not connected, but when I googled '1963 robots' it came up with a page that said Iron Man was first drawn up in 1963. No idea how that would tie in though.
We have been known as the Screw City as well from the amount of screws we use to produce. Kinda of an odd nickname. The name that is being pushed now is the Garden City.

I personally would be leaning towards the baseball side, if it has anything to do with zip codes at all. Rockford had the Rockford Peaches which is a famous girls baseball team. Then Colchester, IL has some history with baseball as well (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colchester,_Illinois).

I doubt it has anything to do with the Gates factory as that closed down and is now gone.
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Re: [FRC Blog] 2014 Game Hint

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For those following that pursuit, someone found earlier that the median of the numbers if put in consecutive order is 4. This could be a possible key. I am not educated in this area, but have at it everyone!
Just some food for thought!
Oh Noes
I was hoping that I wouldn't have to think of AP Stats at all this winter break.
The median is a center of spread, which could be interpreted many different ways. What would be even more interesting is if someone found the mean (average) or the inter-quartile range (IQR). That way, we could get some real statistical analysis on this hint.
Just some food for thought!
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Re: [FRC Blog] 2014 Game Hint

I think these have to be referencing some FRC-related documents somewhere online. Possibly the FRC website, twitter feeds, Facebook, etc.

The updated awards manual was just posted.

61126 - the 6th word of section 6.11.2 is "Safe Driving"

http://frc-manual.usfirst.org/viewItem/9#6.11

None of the other numbers make any sense to me. Possibly they could be decoded to IP address of a server with more clues, but IP addresses are usually 4-tuples, not triplets.

Just grasping.

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I recall getting darn close in 2012.
Last year I'd say got pretty close.
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Re: [FRC Blog] 2014 Game Hint

Im calling baseball...just have that feeling. My opinion lol
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Re: [FRC Blog] 2014 Game Hint

So I've been watching this thread and this is my first time posting on this particular thread...

A while back there was discussion of the appliance of zip codes through the means of the digits, however we were looking at the locations and what was at that area. After looking through some of those areas and thinking it out a bit, I think these zip codes aren't about what's there, but instead, what has happened there.

Specifically, when the USA has held the Olympics, the zip codes defined are areas that have hosted the passing of the Olympic torch. Additionally, this year there will be another winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The Olympics are often viewed as the ultimate sporting event, so it almost seems logical that FIRST would justify putting 2 years of effort into a game that identifies with the Olympics.

Putting this into a game, perhaps a large element of the game is based on passing field elements? However this doesn't seem likely because there is no guarantee that all teams will have the ability to pass the game object by competitions, and doing so would ruin the chances of alliances that they end up on. That is unless, the GDC found a way to do it that to be able to pass, it is so basic and teams are able to play around that element of the game if they wish, that it balances itself out.

This year the new sports added to the official Olympic sports list are:
Figure skating team event
Women's ski jumping
Mixed relay biathlon
Ski half-pipe
Team relay luge
Ski slopestyle
Snowboard slopestyle
Snowboard parallel special slalom

Perhaps the game pieces would stay on the ground, necessitating that robots only need to be able to move around to be able to pass, however teams may be able to develop aiming devices to improve their functionality. And then just to throw something way out there, maybe the endgame could be that you have to deliver a special game object to a giant cauldron to claim it for your alliance, similar to how the Olympic flame would ignite the cauldron.

I feel like I might be on to something or I've just finally lost my mind
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Re: [FRC Blog] 2014 Game Hint

Maybe it has something to do with the Macy's Parade? I dunno, just throwing that out there.
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Maybe it has something to do with the Macy's Parade? I dunno, just throwing that out there.
No, I believe that Macy's contacted FIRST to do that. Games, I also believe, are designed a year in advanced.
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Re: [FRC Blog] 2014 Game Hint

Ok so they just released this video today to show the AndyMark team run by Andy himself. Andy is on in line with the kit of parts team and (from knowledge of a friend of a friend on the actually game commity) is knowledge slightly of the game. In the video Andy makes SEVERAL references to baseball. BOOM baseball game.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJTpQ...ature=youtu.be
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...Team relay luge...
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Ok so they just released this video today to show the AndyMark team run by Andy himself. Andy is on in line with the kit of parts team and (from knowledge of a friend of a friend on the actually game commity) is knowledge slightly of the game. In the video Andy makes SEVERAL references to baseball. BOOM baseball game.
In addition, check out the last sentence of this blog post.

But they can't be that blatant, can they?
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Ok so they just released this video today to show the AndyMark team run by Andy himself. Andy is on in line with the kit of parts team and (from knowledge of a friend of a friend on the actually game commity) is knowledge slightly of the game. In the video Andy makes SEVERAL references to baseball. BOOM baseball game.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJTpQ...ature=youtu.be
At this point I'm almost starting to think that baseball is actually to throw us off, it almost seems too obvious at this point...
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Re: [FRC Blog] 2014 Game Hint

I'm leaning baseball having something to do with it (gameplay, game piece, etc) as of right now, unless something more significant is derived from the numbers.

Between the past few references about baseball to both towns having a reference to baseball, the Rockford Peaches and the Chicago Black Sox playing a game in Colchester after the betting scandal. Of course, this could be a carefully placed diversion too.
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Re: [FRC Blog] 2014 Game Hint

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So I've been watching this thread and this is my first time posting on this particular thread...

A while back there was discussion of the appliance of zip codes through the means of the digits, however we were looking at the locations and what was at that area. After looking through some of those areas and thinking it out a bit, I think these zip codes aren't about what's there, but instead, what has happened there.

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Putting this into a game, perhaps a large element of the game is based on passing field elements? However this doesn't seem likely because there is no guarantee that all teams will have the ability to pass the game object by competitions, and doing so would ruin the chances of alliances that they end up on. That is unless, the GDC found a way to do it that to be able to pass, it is so basic and teams are able to play around that element of the game if they wish, that it balances itself out.

This year the new sports added to the official Olympic sports list are:
Figure skating team event
Women's ski jumping
Mixed relay biathlon
Ski half-pipe
Team relay luge
Ski slopestyle
Snowboard slopestyle
Snowboard parallel special slalom

Perhaps the game pieces would stay on the ground, necessitating that robots only need to be able to move around to be able to pass, however teams may be able to develop aiming devices to improve their functionality. And then just to throw something way out there, maybe the endgame could be that you have to deliver a special game object to a giant cauldron to claim it for your alliance, similar to how the Olympic flame would ignite the cauldron.

I feel like I might be on to something or I've just finally lost my mind
Going off of what you have said the most anticipated sport that is played during the winter olympics is hockey. Maybe the GDC will focus on hockey rather then any other game because it is easier to play.
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