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2009 Game: It's Ice, Ice, Baby!

January 3, 2009

On this past Saturday at 10:00 am, the new FRC game for this season was released. The game entitled, Lunacy, is based on the idea of a moon excursion. The field, aka the crater, is made of a low friction, plastic surface that in accompaniment with special acetal wheels that robots are required to use and also low friction, forms a playing field that has similar properties to ice. This years game is sure to prove a challenge for drivers, new and experienced, as this type of surface and wheel combination has never been mandated before. Also interesting this year are the main playing field pieces; the moon rocks, empty cells, and super cells. All are the same size and a type of ball, called a Wild Time Orbit Ball, which look like woven soccer balls. These balls are going to be throw by the human players and robots alike into their alliance's goals which are attached to the apposing alliances robots. Strategy is definitely going to play a large part in this year's game play.

At the kickoff event held in Manchester, New Hampshire, Gus' own Tina and Bob Dutra were selected randomly and asked if they would like to sit in special seating that was only feet away from where FIRST founder, Dean Kamen, would be speaking along with several other key figures in FIRST. They didn't think twice about excepting this once in a life time opportunity. It was truly an honor for them and an experience they won't forget any time soon.

For more information about the game, to see video from the broadcast, or to see photos of the kickoff, see the links below. Happy building!

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