Answered: Defensive robots

So the rules say that a defensive robot will be heavily investigated… However, especially in the college game, a robot that only collects is a viable strategy.

What I am wondering is what constitutes a defensive robot. Is it merely a robot consisting of subsystems 1 and 2, without any subsystem 3? (wheels and control system, without any mechanisms for picking up game objects or scoring)

Also, will a robot that just picks up the game objects, and never scores, would that fall under the description of a defensive robot?

And what about defensive strategies? Will those also be frowned upon? Is it legal and approved to build our strategy around keeping the other team from scoring?

I’m just trying to figure out where I’m going with my strategy and team(s), and I want to make sure I do everything legal, so I don’t have to rebuild the robot at a competition… :smiley:

Strategies which push the boundaries of <G11> will be the ones that are heavily scrutinized. Strategies such as hoarding are both approved and encouraged.

Ok… So what about a robot that one of it’s functions is to keep other teams from scoring?

I’m guessing that the defensive rule was to keep teams from creating a driving tank without any real purpose other than to annoy teams… Would this be correct?

As long as it is within the rules, especially <G11>, this would be fine.

It wasn’t designed to keep anyone from doing anything. It was just a warning to teams that any Robot which solely partakes in strategies that could fall under <G11> would undergo extra scrutiny.