FIRST STRONGHOLD was the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition game. The game was played by two alliances of up to three teams each, and involves breaching the opponents’ defenses, known as outer work as well as capturing their tower by first firing “boulders” (small foam balls) at it, and then surrounding or scaling the tower using a singular rung on the tower wall. Points were scored by crossing elements of the tower’s outer works, shooting boulders into the opposing tower’s five goals in order to lower the tower strength, and by surrounding and scaling the tower.
The name of the game was revealed on October 14, 2015 in a video that was produced with Walt Disney Imagineering. The details of the game were revealed at the kickoff event on January 9, 2016.
For this competition, the driver stations were split between the tower, with two driver stations to its left and one driver station to its right. Each team was given the option to display a team standard above the team’s driver station. This standard was a small flag (made out of paper, cloth, or other flexible materials) and held up with a support structure built by the teams.
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