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Future Game Pieces

I've seen a lot of speculation of what FIRST would use as game piece in the near future.

I'd like to hear what type of objects you think that could be coming and how your team would manipulate them.

Take into account the size, weight, material it's made of, how many you might be able to manipulate, and the appeal of playing with said game piece.

My example is a foam 12 inch dodecahedron weighing about 2 lbs. Maybe being able to manipulate 3 at a time I would aim for a wide intake that would funnel them into an arm shooter.
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My example is a foam 12 inch dodecahedron weighing about 2 lbs. Maybe being able to manipulate 3 at a time I would aim for a wide intake that would funnel them into an arm shooter.
I now want a game based around this.
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Re: Future Game Pieces

Well, we have had tetrahedra and "cubes", so I suppose the other platonic solids are all on the table. However, the dodecahedron and icosahedron are so close to spheres that (especially in foam), they are essentially spheres for purposes of intake and handling; octahedra would be more interesting. So would a solid tetrahedron - no parallel faces to grip, no holes to engage. I'm not looking forward to these, but they seem a challenge more like what the GDC is likely to present if they aren't going to do spheres and make us do something unexpected with them.

I expect a "heavy" game piece sometime soon. We've never had a game piece that was particularly dense. Leaving out robot-lifts-robot, we haven't had a "game piece" with a mass within an order of magnitude of a typical robot since the mobile goals of 2002, 2004, and 2009 (trailers in the last case).
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Re: Future Game Pieces

I think the rope from 2016 would be a very interesting game piece. Whether to be shot or placed, it would make for a very different challenge while also reusing an old FRC game piece, which seems to be a trend. There are tons of different ways to manipulate rope, so each team would come up with an interesting solution.
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Roombas.
The game would be called Roomba Roundup. Teams capture Roombas and place them in a corral on their end of the field and can steal Roombas from the other alliances side and put them in their corral.
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Re: Future Game Pieces

I want a game with ridiculously large game pieces. Imagine a 40" power cube- how would you begin to handle that?

I'd also like to try heavy game pieces. However, there are some pretty obvious safety concerns- it hurts much less to be hit in the face with a dodgeball than a bowling ball (though 2016 has taught us that the former still hurts a lot).
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I want a game with ridiculously large game pieces. Imagine a 40" power cube- how would you begin to handle that?
Is it crazy to think about a piece that requires more than one robot to move it? Not necessarily heavy; maybe it has two "levers" on opposite ends that must be "activated" to move it.
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Is it crazy to think about a piece that requires more than one robot to move it? Not necessarily heavy; maybe it has two "levers" on opposite ends that must be "activated" to move it.
In the times when it worked, I think it would be really fun. That being said, think of all the strife that the Auto Quest RP caused this year, and then consider having that for every time you want to move a game piece.
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I'd also like to try heavy game pieces. However, there are some pretty obvious safety concerns- it hurts much less to be hit in the face with a dodgeball than a bowling ball (though 2016 has taught us that the former still hurts a lot).
Are these large enough for you?
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Roombas.
The game would be called Roomba Roundup. Teams capture Roombas and place them in a corral on their end of the field and can steal Roombas from the other alliances side and put them in their corral.
The field would always be clean!

The Roombas could be comets or asteroids or other space debris with semi-predictable paths that have to be mined to continue your exploration of Deep Space.
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The field would always be clean!
Roombas are very cute but pretty useless.
Using them as game pieces would be the best use FIRST ever got from them.
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Roombas.
The game would be called Roomba Roundup. Teams capture Roombas and place them in a corral on their end of the field and can steal Roombas from the other alliances side and put them in their corral.
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Like 2017, but more.
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Re: Future Game Pieces

I think a football might be used soon. The last "sport" gamepiece that we've had was a Frisbee.

It would be difficult enough for teams to pickup and control within their robot, but easy enough to launch with plenty of football shooters already existing. Very similar to how 2013 was, but a lot more easy on anyone unlucky enough to be hit by one (if made of foam).
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