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Robot Game Updates
NOTICE: Update 4 has been reworded, and Update 2 has been renamed.
7 November 2017
UPDATE 10 – WELL SLIDER CONTACT LENIENCY
When all four of a Water Well’s black slider buttons are in contact with the mat, that Well will be scored as if its entire circular base is in full/flat contact with the mat wherever the well is. Restated: Although it’s true that the sliders keep the circular base off the mat, the well will be scored as if the sliders were taken away. (Ignore picture of Well on its side - sliders are not making contact)
UPDATE 9 – FOUNTAIN AND FLOWER RISE
Each of these missions requires something to “rise,” by any method, and to “stay there” due only to a Big Water in the required place.
UPDATE 8 – BASE RETURN LENIENCY
A Robot entering Base will be considered “completely in Base” as soon as it matches the 2nd picture in Rule D07 even if there are portions of the Robot or something it has transported partially past the west or south border walls. This leniency does not apply for Launches.
UPDATE 7 – CLOUD DIRECTION AND DAMAGE
DIRECTION - Don’t be confused by the presence of yellow on both sides of the Cloud Model. The curvy cloud-like feature along with the lightning face east, as described and shown in the Field Setup Guide. If you have somehow come across a picture actually showing the Model backwards, see Rule GP5 #4, Bullet 1.
DAMAGE – Be careful your Robot doesn’t break the lightning off the Cloud Model. Even though that feature is a decoration, Rule R17 still applies.
UPDATE 6 – REMOTE STORAGE
Team members away from the table may hold Equipment after the referee has seen all of it in one place, but Models must stay in view of the referee.
21 October 2017
UPDATE 5 – PUMP DUAL LOCK
If you press your Pump Model against the wall but some of the Dual Lock is still visible (higher than the wall), re-apply the Dual Lock lower as needed until it’s no longer visible. Unlike with other Models, the precise Dual Lock pattern for this Model is not critical. Just be sure some pairs are low, and some pairs are as high as possible without being visible.
UPDATE 4 – RULE D07, 6th PICTURE
In Rule D07, ignore the 6th picture and its caption.
UPDATE 3 – OPTIONAL LOOP OVERHANG
The Optional Loop sometimes tilts out of the airspace above Pipe scoring area. This has no effect on the scoring.
UPDATE 2 – WATER TREATMENT AXLE MAINTENANCE
After following the Field Setup page (not the video) accurately, you may notice that the axle leading from the Toilet doesn’t exactly trace perfectly over its mark on the mat… THIS IS OKAY. At a tournament, the Toilet will be built and placed as shown, so that’s the placement you should practice with. If your properly built Water Treatment Model doesn’t activate while the yellow lever is held down, the problem is friction in the treatment Model. Make sure no beam is being pinched between a gear and a brown axle-joiner, nor pinched between two gears. Spread such elements from each other just a tiny bit, to ensure free-play. Also make sure all pins are fully “clicked” into their holes, for alignment.
UPDATE 1 – Leniency (REVISED)
If you Interrupt the Robot while it’s Transporting something that came from Base during the most recent Launch, you may keep that thing.