2016 Stronghold



FIRST STRONGHOLD is a game were each alliance commands one tower, five defenses, and a ‘secret passage’ which allows their robots to restock on ammunition, called boulders. One defense in each alliance’s set of five, the low bar, is a permanent part of the field. Three defenses are selected strategically by the alliance prior to the start of their match. The final defense changes periodically by audience selection. Each FIRST STRONGHOLD match begins with a 15-second autonomous period in which robots operate independently of human control. During this period, robots attempt to cross opposing defenses and score in the opposing tower.

Game Strategy

Truck Town Thunder, by the end of its first meeting of build season, came up with a basic game strategy. The team concluded that the most effective way to score points and earn ranking points is to focus on breaching the enemy's defenses. It is ideal that the robot is able to cross every defense by itself. The secondary priority is to score tower goals, preferably the high ones, with time left over after breaching.



  • Reach the Outer Works
  • Cross the Outer Works
  • Shoot pre-loaded boulders into the high goal


  • Breach the Outer Works
  • Intake boulders
  • Shoot high goals


Truck Town Thunder Robotics Competes in FIRST Stronghold

January 10, 2016

On January 9th, 2016, the FIRST Robotics Competition game, FIRST Stronghold, was announced to the entire world over live stream. Truck Town Thunder will again be competing in the FIRST Robotics Competition, and is currently building its robot for competition to meet the challenges that the new game has to offer. FIRST Stronghold is “played…

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Week 1

January 16, 2016
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Week 2

January 23, 2016
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Week 3

January 30, 2016
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Week 4

February 6, 2016
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