SUPER CELL scoring – During the last 20 seconds of the MATCH, the PAYLOAD SPECIALIST may launch the available SUPER CELLS over the Alliance Station Wall and into the CRATER. The PAYLOAD SPECIALIST can SCORE a SUPER CELL by launching it into a TRAILER. If a SUPER CELL is launched into the CRATER before the last 20 seconds of the MATCH, then two (2) PENALTIES will be assigned.[/quote]
Does this mean super cells can NOT be scored by robots? I understand that 20 seconds is not very long, but I can’t tell if this rule explicitly forbids robots from scoring super cells. Any ideas?
so you want the rules to be even tougher, so that if you shoot it early and don’t score, it’s only 10 pts, and if it does score it’s 20? Come on, they made the rule so it cancels out the points. Play by the rules, or get penalized, that’s life.
They’re almost certainly not going to keep track of which super cell is legally entered and which isn’t, so I’d bet on the super cell still scoring. The whole point of the 20 point penalties is to nullify any gains a team might make from deploying the super cells early. The whole point of it only counting if the super cell is launched before 20 seconds is to make it easy for the refs to officiate.
Also, I’d expect a 20-second warning similar to the end of match warnings we got in Rack 'n Roll.
To quickly readdress the original question, at about 2:38 in the game animation, it is specifically mentioned that “humans or robots can score bonus points by getting super cells into opposing trailers.” While I realize that the animation isn’t the manual, it seems more likely that the statement in the manual is an oversight.
Still, something that should be addressed once the Q&A goes live.
I interpret this as meaning that the Payload Specialist can throw the Super Cell into the Crater after the 20-second mark. After it’s in the Crater it will be fair game for all robots to pick up and score. The Payload Specialist can also throw the Super Cell into a robot trailer. The only thing excluded by this rule would be handing the Super Cell to your robot to score with.
<G07> says that “Scores are determined by the state of the GAME PIECES at the end of the MATCH.” I interpret that to mean that it doesn’t matter how they get there, as long as it’s legal, and nothing says it’s illegal for a robot to manipulate a super cell. This will probably be clarified, though, so I wouldn’t worry.