Hi all, myself and a few others decided that instead of making a new thread for every NZ scrimmage that happens, we would make a single NZ Scrimmage Thread where results/articles and comments can be posted after each scrimmage. That way people who are interested can keep following this thread, and people who aren’t have fewer threads to ignore ;).
So, to start the thread, the third NZ Upper North Island scrimmage was held today at Onehunga High School.
AURA wrote the following article about it, which should cover the essentials:
Thanks, as is usual, to all the other competitors for the good games. It’s nice to see both the experienced and the less experienced teams improving as the season goes on! The general quality of matches seems to be going up, with less robots focused on the floor goals and more focused on the troughs and high goal!
Thanks (yet again) to Jack (2915A) for the amazing alliance again. Now that the 300 barrier is broken, we’ll just have to try and go higher :p. Also a huge thanks to all the volunteers for the hard work in refereeing, field resetting and also all the work behind the scenes to make the monthly scrimmages possible.
400 here we come (see gallery :3)! Thanks (again again) for the great alliance, your robot was AMAZING as usual. Unfortunately no Free Range, aMax or Binary Blitz really this season (except FRR at the last), hopefully we will see you guys soon
Like you said, theres alot of teams stepping up, good to see some more good robots coming through
The referees and organizers did an amazing job, well done. Thanks Onehunga for the venue. Well done to Prime robotics (and our S) for making it to finals sadly i lost my first game of the season today haha, well done to all teams
It looks like New Zealand is off to another very impressive start. Leave some milestones to break for the rest of us! Has anyone developed a strong programming skills run yet?
Designs this season look to be far more varied than they were in Gateway, at least for the first tournaments. Since the Kiwibots aren’t uploading any videos yet of their early tournaments, the metagame will have more time to develop in each individual region before everyone starts scouting each other out and the metagame stabilizes.
I worked on one for about half a day earlier this week and got basically nowhere. I was attempting to do it without any repositioning, but considering the ways in which sacks behave this year, its very difficult. Even with repositioning, I can see programming skills scores this year being a LOT lower than driver skills. Scores will probably be very inconsistent as well, as there are a tonne of things that can go wrong very easily.
Without giving too much away, I’m just going to leave it at there were a LOT of sacks scored in the troughs.
So yeah, no Free Range again. We very nearly had one of our robots built though It should be done by now, and it should be good. I can’t say the same for my robot though, things are looking as though the robot might be done by the end of next season, but not much sooner than that
Oats and Jack have very impressive robots still, I can’t wait to start competing with them.
One thing that I did notice was that Jack had copied Free Range’s transforming intake. You did a good job with it though, so there are no hard feelings against you for copying, Jack
I believe he actually implemented the transforming intake in a few matches at the first scrimmage as well though. Admittedly the FRR robot at the last scrimmage probably did show him how effective the transforming intake could be.
I think this is going to be very vital this year if you want to be successful. If you can descore and collect the descored sacks, then score them in your own goal in a matter of seconds, then I think you will be the top bot.