Very few got it…Coopertition was IMHO for FIRST Power Up, built RIGHT into the game, but that coopertition angle was not on the field, it was work in the pits (or at least not on the field the competition was held on, sometimes often on the practice field I saw people collaborating together with all alliance partners who would listen at least, and accept the help when needed, to assure those all important ranking points).
Those that “Got It!” Went on to do really great things, won really big all season long, and some of them set a major record and never lost. Others who put in the (extra work), also, rarely lost.
If you still don’t “get it” after witnessing it, and hearing those admit exactly how they did collaborate with others (hint…search 254 team leader and members posts here on CD for some of the Power Up keys to their success, not that they were the only ones to “Get It Good” as others put in the additional work also, but they actually perfected it), to assure their own success and the success of all their alliance partners from start to finish, all year long. Then you will never “Get It!”
Think a srcond here really hard…Do the math. If 254 won every match this year (and they did), then twice as many plus (as CMP is 4 on an alliance at times), alliance partners also won those same matches. And achieved those same ranking high points.
A 53-0-0 Season, so how many alliance partners cooperated with them to achieve that? Ask them how many they no doubt had to convince diplomatically, emphatically, and very carefully, to accept thier help in the spirit of FIRST coopertition?
Admittedly though, their team experience, depth, record as a team, deep proven knowledge and diplomacy, all certainly had to help. But, that is FIRST, and a FIRST Hall Of Fame team that works/worked hard to achieve the dream.
I harped early, and loud here after reading all the game rules. I was working at AZ North, I saw the work they put in, and expected that perfect season would happen from that point on, because, I witnessed that, beyond a great robot they dreamed up, designed and built…They "Got It BIG, and put in the extra work to make sure others “Got It Too!”
The game was about collaboration (forced or voluntary coopertition to win if you will), as much as it was about picking up cubes that were not really cubes, and putting them on those teeter totters really accurately fast.
If you worked really hard…You could “Get It Too!” But to collaborate very early in FIRST Power Up is as much a key, as picking up almost cubes. ::rtm::
I can be a critic too;:yikes: :ahh:
BTW, not everything was all roses either for them, while practiced before the first event no doubt, the driving in the first few practice matches that I personally witnessed, was not extremely stellar (not bad, just not the usual 254 stellar)…But, it improved really fast, and kept improving every match from then on. And that is the usual game.
And they were ready upon arrival to use that full practice session up, and did they ever…We finally had to say no. It was time for connections only 5 minutes ago guys.