“tipped robots and broken manipulators everywhere” oh the humanity… I guess I’m just getting old but I do miss the days of aggressive defense and the need for rugged design. When I started as a mentor I used to describe the game to the uninitiated as ‘hockey’ where checking was fine but sticking was not… and WITHOUT bumpers! As time went on the aggressiveness was drained out of FRC. In my humble opinion, the drain started with the addition of bumpers and continued as the games seemed to be designed towards offense heavy play requiring sophisticated design without the need for any consideration of ruggedness.
Basically, FRC has morphed from Hockey to Figure Skating.
Some may like Figure Skating more than Hockey but I think this path minimizes widespread spectator appeal.