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[FRC Blog] We Want Game Concepts and FIRST TV

Written by Frank Merrick, Posted 8/07/2018, 9:15AM

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Do you have a FIRST Robotics Competition game concept that’s the best idea since grilled cheese?*



Now’s your chance to show it to us! Fill out this concept form (this link will download a word document) and email the completed form to frcteamadvocate@firstinspires.org not later than Wednesday, August 15th. The form should be self-explanatory, but don’t worry about getting everything right. And please keep your submission to one page. You don’t need to go into great detail. Cut to the essence of your idea. Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address in only about two minutes. Surely you can say what you need to on one piece of paper.

Hey, maybe get some of your team members together and make this a team submission!

While FIRST staff and some volunteers will also be generating concepts, we’re looking for a high volume of ideas to whittle down to the lucky few that will be added to our ‘bench’ of best game concepts to draw from in the future. The concepts on the bench aren’t designated for specific years; they just give us a head start when it comes time. Also, the concepts you submit do not need to be themed, though it’s fine if they are. We find we can usually modify concepts to fit themes as required.

Good luck! Let’s see those submissions!

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The next episode of FIRST TV will be broadcast today, August 7, at 7 PM ET. Tune in here!

I’ll be on again, along with Alex Herreid, FRC Software Engineer. We’ll be talking about the move to virtual fields for kickoff, game concept submissions, my recent trip to the off-season event and China, and who knows, maybe grilled cheese.

Check us out; we’re sure to be having some fun!

Frank

* Mayo or butter? Or, heck, pineapple? Some of you people seem to want to put pineapple everywhere, so why not.
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Re: [FRC Blog] We Want Game Concepts and FIRST TV

I predict two piles at HQ: Water games, and everything else. Which one do you think will be bigger?
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I predict two puddles at HQ: Water games, and everything else. Which one do you think will be bigger?
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I predict two piles at HQ: Water games, and everything else. Which one do you think will be bigger?
It wouldn't be FRC without clamoring for water games.
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Re: [FRC Blog] We Want Game Concepts and FIRST TV

Why do they give deadlines that end before school starts?

Our students talked about different ideas they thought would be fun, but we and many other teams don't meet during the summer.
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Why do they give deadlines that end before school starts?

Our students talked about different ideas they thought would be fun, but we and many other teams don't meet during the summer.
The better question is, if these are concepts for future games (IE not this coming season), why put a deadline on it at all? Will it make a difference if they get a submission next week or 3 months from now if they don't start the next game till April?
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The better question is, if these are concepts for future games (IE not this coming season), why put a deadline on it at all? Will it make a difference if they get a submission next week or 3 months from now if they don't start the next game till April?
Hopefully this means they're starting the process of planning games earlier than April.

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Why do they give deadlines that end before school starts?

Our students talked about different ideas they thought would be fun, but we and many other teams don't meet during the summer.
Email and VOIP do exist btw

Sometimes, tasks have deadlines to ensure they are completed in a sufficiently timely fashion. It stinks, but hey, deadlines stink. I doubt they're actively trying to preclude teams from participating.
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Hopefully this means they're starting the process of planning games earlier than April.

One of my team members was on the planning committee. From what she was allowed to tell us they plan much further than a year in advance.
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Why do they give deadlines that end before school starts?
Well, not everywhere. Pearl River County (home of team 1421) started yesterday, Hancock County (home of 7094) started today, and St. Tammany Parish (home of 3946, 1912, 2992, 2221, 6759, 2078) starts Thursday.
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Re: [FRC Blog] We Want Game Concepts and FIRST TV

We could always revisit the game design concepts in the old game design forum.
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Did somebody say game design ideas?

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Hopefully this means they're starting the process of planning games earlier than April.

Or it means its now August, they don't have a planned game, and are now desperately trying to scramble for ideas. 🤔🤔😂😂
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