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Game Analysis

One of the 2016 REC Foundation online challenge entrants in the STEM Educational Video category provides an excellent framework for analyzing any new VEX Robotics game: VEX Robotics Guide to Effective Game Analysis. It's well worth the 3 minutes to watch (direct YouTube link).

Here's a summary of their methodology:

  1. Watch the video of the new game
  2. Read the game manual and appendices (A - Field Specifications; B - Robot Skills), which can all be found on the REC Foundation website.
  3. Read the manual again, this time making annotations on the important aspects of the game
    • how to score
    • build restrictions
  4. Read the manual again
    • highlight & understand all the ways to score points
    • the most common way to score
    • most rewarding way to score
    • Do this for programming skills & driver skills manuals as well
    • ALSO:
    • how to de-score (if allowed in this year's game)
    • how to keep your opponents from de-scoring you
    • Make lists of all of these things above for engineering notebook
  5. Break down the game into simple tasks that lead to winning matches
    • determine the most optimal, efficient, and reliable ways to win based on #3 and #4
    • make a list of all the ways to deny points, no matter how obscure they may be
  6. Make a list of all the building & design limitations
    • size constraints
    • motors/pneumatics
    • special rules that nullify or modify the above restrictions
  7. Determine what tasks the robot should be able to do
    • define clear objectives of what you want the robot to do (e.g., drive, pick up objects, place or throw objects)
    • put objectives in one column of a table
    • in the next column, list quantitative abilities for each objective (how fast, how many objects, etc.)
  8. Make an overall schedule of work between now and your first competition.

Good luck!

Current Game

In The Zone

Past Games


Nothing but Net

Toss Up

Sack Attack

robotics_competitions/vex_robotics_competition/game_challenge.txt · Last modified: 2017/09/07 02:26 by