The 2017-2018 Game: FIRST RELIC RECOVERY℠ Presented by Qualcomm® Incorporated is played on a 12 ft. × 12 ft. (3.7m × 3.7m) square field with approximately 1 ft. (0.3m) high walls and a soft foam mat floor. The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing alliance by (1) scoring Glyphs into the Cryptoboxes and completing rows, column, and ciphers; (2) transferring Relics to the Recovery Zone; (3) retrieving Jewels; (4) parking on the Balancing Stones; and (5) navigating to specific parts of the Playing Field.
The field is divided in the middle into a “red” and a “blue” side corresponding to the two alliances. In the center of the field is a taped off area that hold the Glyphs. The scoring elements for FIRST RELIC RECOVERY℠ are 48 alliance-neutral Glyphs (24 gray and 24 brown), eight alliance-specific Jewels (four per alliance) and four alliance-specific Relics (two per alliance). There are four alliance-specific Cryptoboxes (two per Alliance) with taped off safe zones in front of each. There are four alliance-specific Balancing Stones (two per Alliance) on which Robots begin and end the game. There are also two off-field alliance-specific Recovery Zones where robots place recovered Relics at the end of the match.
Matches have two distinct periods of play: a 30-second Autonomous period followed by a two-minute DriverControlled period. The last 30 seconds of the DriverControlled period is called the End Game which adds new scoring opportunities for robots to achieve.
Autonomous Period: During the Autonomous period, Robots operate using only pre-programmed instructions. Alliances earn points by: (1) selecting and removing opponent colored Jewels from platforms, (2) scoring Glyphs into the Cryptoboxes, and (3) parking their Robot in a Safe Zone in front of their Cryptobox.
Driver-Controlled Period: During the Driver-Controlled period, alliances earn points by: (1) Scoring Glyphs into their Alliance’s Cryptoboxes and (2) Creating Cipher patterns with their Glyphs in the Cryptoboxes. End Game: The final 30 seconds of the Driver-Controlled Period is called the End Game.
In addition to the previously listed Driver-Controlled Period scoring activities, alliances earn points by (1) moving their Relics to safety in their Recovery Zone and (2) balancing Robots on the Balancing Stones.