I know that many people have complained to me about the end game bonus and I was complaining about it too. Right about until the point where I was thinking about what Dave said to me, which led to other tangential words of wisdom, which brought me to him saying something along the lines of in the 2007 game, they did not mean for the end game bonus to be the game, but rather a bonus.
In 2007 if you do not know, most games were determined by a bonus. The 15,30,45,or60 points you got for raising robots.
My idea is the games will be matched at around 20-25 by the end of the first few regionals. This comes from the 15 seconds it takes for someone to collect the ball, use the trident, and bring it back in play. The number also comes from an end game bonus.
If the bonus points (added up) ended up to be double what they are, you would get 16 points or so which would be pretty much double the expected score (if you score every one of your balls plus all of the ones your team returned to play - 12 given + 4/per minute based on the above calculation*2 min = 20)**. That would make it not a bonus, but a key game element.
The whole idea of a bonus, is a bonus. Something extra to help the game, not to make the game. And thinking along these lines you can see why the autonomous modes have no extra advantages. I do think that in autonomous the goals should count as 2 points but that is my opinion and I can clearly understand the purpose of the pieces being work only a single point.
This game “as high scoring” as you may think it is, is based on Soccer. Remember there is very little scoring in the actual game so don’t expect scores on the lines of years past, or even on the lines of Aim High. It is a completely new monster. Maybe a monster bred from games past, but a completely different monster nonetheless.
**the figure above about the 15seconds is a rough estimate, based on the students at the Dallas regional kick off. This does include an extra second or two for a student to mismanage the ball but in the end I think that 15 is a good figure, at least for the regional events for the average team. This is also considering I measured one ball and not 3 at a time assuming that only one ball was on the rail at any given time, so the time in reality will probably be less, however this is a safe overestimation on time so we know in a worst case scenario this is what it would be.