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I agree it's a bit of a letdown. When our team put the field kit components
together in August we were excited to note that the bridges from the two
tables would abut - wow, maybe a team could get more than 400 points by
"crossing the bridge" to score points on the other table?!  Or some other
interesting interaction!  The red vs. yellow distinction is a letdown from
our expectations (and only worth an extra 5 points on red?!).

Seems likely that some of the robots will wander onto the alternate team's
table (either deliberately or due to navigation errors) - should be
interesting to see how the judges treat that.

Glenn Roberts



-----Original Message-----
From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Steve Scherr
Sent: Wednesday, September 09, 2009 11:53 AM
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Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] No shared mission this year???

I would suggest a different view of "leave the robot on the red spot".

The red decking on the bridge is a shared, interaction zone.
It seems difficult to arrange for two robots to both satisfy the Vehicle 
Sharing (red decking) scoring criterion simulaneously.
Probably the first robot vehicle to the spot is in a better position to 
score, but that isn't certain.

It feels like a "competitive" situation to me.

I know that teams can choose to go for the Target Spot instead of Vehicle 
Sharing, to avoid the interaction region. That presents a different set of 
obstacles, and is an example of teams being able to choose what move they 
make.

Steve Scherr

On Wed, 9 Sep 2009 10:09:31 -0400, Robert Haskins 
<[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>Am I misunderstanding the missions, or is there no "true" shared
>mission this year? I don't count the "leave the robot on the red spot
>on the bridge" option as a shared mission, sorry. If so, it'll be the
>first time in the 6 years I have done FLL that there is no shared
>mission. Wacky.
>
>--
>Haskins Family Farm
>Middletown, VA
>http://www.localharvest.org/farms/M20435
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