Kickoff 2016!

Wow. That’s all I can say after such an eventful day – the beginning of another amazing build season! We headed up to Riviera Beach for Team 179’s (Swamp’s) local kickoff – well, at least some of us. Kevin, Priyank, we hope you guys feel better! Anyway, we got there just in time for Sandra’s presentation and eagerly awaited this year’s game, Stronghold.

Oh my goodness, this is going to be awesome. FIRST really pushed the medieval theme, and I think they’ve done amazingly. Stronghold is quite complicated in gameplay and tries to follow a quest of sorts, so we have our work cut out for us. Not only that, but it’s the first game I’ve seen that has the audience take a direct role during each and every match. I think I’ll just let the reveal video do the talking.

Did anyone catch that pizza Standard (flag)? They definitely know their priorities. Anyway, after the video, we jumped in our cars to drive over to Swamp’s shop to pick up our Kit of Parts and examine each of the Defenses on the half field. We’re going to have a fun time building those for practice!

When we got back to the library at school, we saw great organization in terms of getting everyone to read the game manual. Shoutout to Pedro, Jonathan, and Dawson for keeping everything running so smoothly! Going forward, I think we have the gist of what we need to do, so it’s time for more brainstorming and prototyping when we get back to school on Monday.

I’m really excited for this game, as are everyone else! Check back with us in a few days, because Damian and I will be posting progress reports on build season.


PS. We enjoyed having some of our dedicated alumni back with us again! Andrey and Joseph, thanks for helping out!

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