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Steve,

You know the rules well, but your answer to question 1B has me confused.  The 4th section in the robot game rules (page 11 in the PDF) states that "equipment" has to be in original factory condition.  A cut net does not fit that.
Can you clarify?

Rich Tate
License to Chill



Oct 16, 2011 10:35:05 PM, [log in to unmask] wrote:
Question 1A: is LEGO netting an allowable piece to use? The answer is
yes--it is a LEGO piece that comes from a LEGO kit (as shown at
Bricklink)

Question 1B: May LEGO netting be cut to any size desired? I thought
about this for a while, and my opinion is that the answer should be
yes.

Question 2: May a LEGO rubber band be used to bend an axle? Under
the conditions that you state, that the bending is undone when the
rubber band is removed, then the answer is yes.
I am skeptical, however, that the rubber band and/or axle wouldn't be
permanently affected by doing this over the long term, so I would
think that the amount of bending and force required to bend would
probably vary over time, which might cause issues with repeatability
of the actions that use those parts.

Steve Scherr
VA/DC FLL Referee Advisor

On Sun, Oct 16, 2011 at 11:13 PM, Andy Traiger <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> First question:
>
> I have a couple questions for a ref.  In the rules I see only two references
> to string:
>
> 1) That it may be cut to length
>
> 2) That it may NOT be used as an extension to your robot to pull your robot
> back to base if it gets in trouble.
>
>
>
> There are LEGO nets available.  The one I had in mind is LEGO part number
> 71155 and can be viewed in the catalog available at bricklink.com.    Since
> the net is made from string and is a LEGO part, can I assume that it is
> legal?  Can I also assume that LEGO netting can be cut to any size desired?
>
>
>
> Second question:
>
> Can a LEGO rubber band be used to deliberately bend an axle?  The only rule
> I see that might make this illegal is the following:
>
> “Your robot, attachments, and other accessories must be made entirely of
> LEGO-manufactured elements in original factory
>
> condition.”
>
>
>
> So the question is: does the fact that the LEGO rubber band is deforming the
> axle from its “factory condition” (or straight) make this illegal?  If the
> band is removed the axle will return to its factory condition; so the effect
> is not permanent.
>
>
>
>
>
> Thanks,
>
>
>
> Andy Traiger
>
> Coach Vienna Robotics
>
> Team 03070
>
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