Objective: Move the three oil barrels off the Oil Platform
Point Worth: 10 points.
Mission Location: Bottom left (South West) corner of mat.
Estimated Difficulty Level: 6/10
Time Length Rating: Medium
Unique Challenge Aspects: Scoring objects in this mission are also scoring objects in another mission.
This mission has a couple interesting twists to it. At first glance, it might seem easier than it is - just press a nice wide lever and out rolls all three Oil Barrels for 10 points. While this is technically all you have to do for this mission, you'll lose 40 points from another mission (Oil Barrels) if one of the barrels is touching water at the end of the round. The Oil Barrels mission also gives you an extra ten points per barrel if you transport them back to base. Because of these factors, we've given this mission a 6/10 difficulty level. The time length rating for this mission is medium, because the robot may need to travel around the parking lot when going to the Oil Platform because of robot parts and scoring objects that might be in the lot.
Richard's comments: Wow! This post covered pretty much everything, so I'll go through some of the Q & A points, found here: http://www.firstlegoleague.org/default.aspx?pid=29620
1) Jonathan mentioned that you lose 40 points from the Oil Barrels mission if any oil barrel is in the ocean. However, per Q&A 9, if the oil barrel is completely on a ship, which is in the ocean, then no penalty will be taken.
2) However, if the Flood covers the oil barrel, it does NOT save you from the 40 point penalty.
3) Also remember that the points for the Corn mission is dependant on bringing at least one oil barrel back to Base.
So looking at this mission, I would rate this a difficulty of 8/10. Definitely one of the harder ones this year!