At time stamp 2:15 it is stated there will be changes throughout the season
As stated changes may still be coming. Any insight on what these might be? Are scoring changes a possibility? What would be your reaction if changes in game rules occur after your tournament that might have changed the way you built your robot or your strategy on the field?
I’ve seen the chatter on the forums. I’ll tell you the secret about the end game: there is no secret. For teams that have been around for a while, this year’s game may look very different to you than recent games. This is intentional. We’re trying some new things, one of which is not to have a unique end-of-match task. If you are considering reserving some weight on your robot because you think we’re going to spring some unexpected task on you in the middle of build season, here’s my recommendation: don’t.
Are you implying that tomorrow or Friday morning you think FIRST will send out a message to all the events chanigng an aspect of the game? Because that will NOT happen. If FIRST does make a significant game change (which I don’t think they will), it would be in a Tuesday team update.
To my knowledge/in my experience (and someone with greater FIRST experience can elaborate on this), the most major midseason change I’ve seen was changing aspects of the seeding structure in 2010. And even that didn’t drastically effect (or even effect at all) the way in which teams designed their robots.
I still hold my stance that his statement was referring to the fact that there were changes in the rules pertaining to different points of the season, not that changes would be coming throughout the season. Shorter autonomous being one and 4 team alliances at champs being another. I would also be very shocked if FIRST changed something drastic in the game rules at this point, and this would probably be my last season with FIRST if they did.
Part of the reason that you are not getting very meaningful responses from this thread is likely because you asked a (no offense) somewhat silly question. Basically, if FIRST makes changes to the rules, there are only 2 reactions that people can have: Approve of the change, or disapprove of the change.
If FIRST makes a change that makes the game safer, fairer, or more spectator-friendly, then generally, almost everyone will approve of the change. However if FIRST makes a change to the rules simply to mess with us (see secret endgame thread) then almost everyone will (to put it nicely) generally disapprove of the change. I, just like everyone else, will respond accordingly to whatever rule change is made.
However, I am not about to come up with hypothetical rule changes and then talk about my reaction to those changes, as that is not really insightful either for me or for anyone reading my post. The question “how would football teams respond if the NFL changed a rule?” is pointless, and this thread seems no different than that to me.
Dean: “Hey Woodie, I think this is the year. I know you know what I’m thinking.”
Woodie: “Couldn’t agree more, it’s about time we stop the speculation for when this will happen. But won’t everyone be freaking out for six weeks about the logistics of this?”
Dean: “Great point Woodie, the panic would be unimaginable. Better wait until the night before competitions to tell them so that they will be too busy modifying strategy to panic.”
Woodie: “Sure thing. I’ll just say to ‘expect changes’. That should cover us on this one.”
And that was the conversation that led to the Great Midnight Water Game Announcement of 2014. Better start refreshing the FIRST site’s game manual, the update could be any time now…