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2013 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff Tomorrow!

Alright, enough videos–tomorrow marks the start of the 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition season with their annual Kickoff telecast.  FIRST hasn’t released details on how to watch online, but with local Kickoff events all over the place there might just be one near you.  It’ll also be up on YouTube shortly after the telecast, if last year is any indication.

Time to find out what that hint means!

The 710 Match (FRC 2001)

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While it’s rare to find anyone that even remembers the 2001 game in person, it’s even more rare to find someone with something good to say about it. Diabolical Dynamics (otherwise known as “the 4v0 game” due to the fact that all the robots on the field played on one alliance) was, by definition, an offense game.  Get balls in the goals, get big balls on the goals, get them on the bridge balanced, get to the end zone and hit your E-stop to stop the clock for a big multiplier.  Eliminations were a top-that format between opposing alliances.

These four–FRC 71 (Team Hammond), FRC 111 (Wildstang), FRC 234 (Cyber Blue), and FRC 269 (Cooney Quest) did achieve something notable in this match: in the 21 seasons of FRC before and since, no alliance has ever achieved a score of 710.  And no matter what you thought of the game, you can’t top the driving and coordination in those 55 seconds.

And here’s a bonus angle, from the arena’s big screen feed:

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Silicon Valley Regional Finals (2004)

FIRST Frenzy: Raising The Bar was the 2004 FRC game.  Back then, there were no bumpers, no kitbot, no off-the-shelf drive systems, and not even three-on-three play.  (There also wasn’t a safety award yet; I doubt you could have 130-pound robots dangling like this anymore.)  It was also, if you listen to the old-timers, one of the best games in FRC history.

If nothing else, it’s worth it for a close look at 254′s robot from that year.  Simply beautiful work, and one of the earliest examples of the now borderline-common West Coast Drive.