2016 Season – FIRST Stronghold

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2016 Game Reveal Video

Game Description

Today, and at more than 125 events around the world this season, Alliances of three robots are on a Quest to breach their opponents’ fortifications, weaken their tower with boulders, and capture their tower.

The Quest

  • Robots operate independently for first 15 seconds of the Quest — Alliances score points by:
    • Reaching opponents defenses
    • Crossing defenses
    • Scoring boulders through goals in the opposing tower
  • Human drivers take control for the final 2 minutes and 15 seconds controlling their robot to:
    • Defend their castle
    • Retrieve boulders
    • Defeat defenses
    • Score goals from the opponents’ courtyard in tower
    • Capture and scale the opponent’s tower

The Tower

  • Openings in the tower are available for robots to score boulders
    • Scoring boulders reduces a tower’s strength as indicated by decreasing tower lights
    • The tower’s flag will drop when enough boulders are scored and then the tower can be captured at the end of the Quest

The Outer Works (outermost line of fortification)

  • Eight defensive options (over 18,000 possible field configurations)
    • One permanent (the low bar)
    • One chosen periodically by the audience
    • Three selected by Alliances just before each Quest begins
  • Once the Quest begins
    • Illuminated lights on each defense reduce when an opposing robot fully crosses it for first time
    • These lights go dark after the defense has been crossed a second time, signaling it’s considered damaged
    • Once any four of the five defenses are damaged, the fortifications are considered breached and the charging Alliance is rewarded with points

The Capture

  • During last 20 seconds of the Quest, robots may surround and scale the tower to capture it
  • When capture is successful, their flag is raised on the opposing tower and even more points are earned

The Field

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