Team History

Rack 'N' Roll - 2007 Game

The Rack

The Rack

The Rack

The Rack
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The game for 2007 FIRST Robotics Competition is known as Rack 'n' Roll, in which two alliances composed of three robots each compete against each other for points. Points are scored by placing large inflatable pool rings (inner tubes) in rows and columns on a large structure in the center of the arena known as the rack. The rack is a large metal contraption with three levels of hanging metal bars, with each level having eight arms evenly spaced in a circle. Each of these levels is called a spider, and each arm is called a spider arm.

In a change from previous games where the field elements were generally rigid and had known starting positions, each spider hangs on chains, and will be randomly shaken before each match. During game play there are two phases. In the first 15 seconds, the autonomous phase, robots are controlled by preprogrammed commands, and may place game inner tubes called “keepers,” which override any other game tubes placed later for scoring purposes.

Game Field

Game Field

Game Field

Game Field
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In the final two minutes, robots are controlled by the students and get to place “ringers,” the default game piece, on the spider arm. Special pieces called “spoilers” can also be placed strategically to disrupt opponents’ rows. At the end of the match, robots can be elevated above the ground by their teammates to score bonus points, which are then added to the points scored using the inner tubes to determine the winner.

See Team Member Matthew K.'s Flash Application on how the Scoring system works
Download the game animation
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