The ball can begin from anywhere as there is no rule specifying a spot to start.
On Oct 9, 2012, at 3:57 PM, Laura Oder wrote:
> Quick question. In the bowling, where does the bowling ball begin the mission, in base or on the bowling lane?
> Laurie Oder
> Sent from my iPad
> On Oct 9, 2012, at 1:50 PM, Brian Hardy <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Be sure to read all of rule 21 - if the part(s) in question are supposed to be permanently attached to the robot, but have been separated by damage - you can pick it up.
>> And of course if the object is a mission model that scores if it gets to base, but gets dropped outside of base, it does not score (subject to the rule 21 exception), but that's covered in the Missions and Updates.
>> On Oct 8, 2012, at 12:04 AM, VA/DC Referee Advisor wrote:
>>> In most cases the scoring for the missions does not say anything about
>>> objects that the robots leaves on the board.
>>> Rule 27, Scoring, bullet 1 says:
>>> Unless a specific method is required, your score is assessed based on
>>> the conditions at the exact time the match ends only.
>>> Rule 3, Interpretation, bullet 2 says:
>>> If a detail isnít mentioned, then it doesnít matter.
>>> Each of the Missions tells its criteria for earning a score.
>>> The only mission score that can be affected by LEGO objects left on
>>> the field is the Transitions mission.
>>> Rule 21, Failure and Loss, bullets 2 and 4 specifically mention
>>> objects and cargo that the robot leaves on the field--so you know that
>>> leaving objects on the field is allowed:
>>> - Objects moved/left outside Base are not replaced or moved out of the
>>> way by hand.
>>> - Cargo the robot loses contact with is left wherever it comes to rest
>>> There is nothing in the Rules that allows for "partial points"
>>> (although some results for accomplishing a mission are worth more than
>>> others, of course.)
>>> Bottom line--yes, it is okay for the robot to leave objects scattered
>>> around the field at the end of the match. They will not affect the
>>> scoring, except as specifically described in the Updates, Missions,
>>> and Rules.
>>> Steve Scherr
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