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From: Frank Pittelli <frank-at-pittelli.com>
Subject: Re: Rules Question:
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 10:38:25 -0400
Reply-To: tanks-at-rctankcombat.com

erik kump wrote:
> I'm not bringing this up to tinkle in anyone's coffee, but I'm confused. 
> If you check this link: 
> http://www.rctankcombat.com/archive/current/msg00004.html  you will see 
> a mailing from Frank Pittelli in which he mentions that the battlers 
> were standing about ten feet behind their tanks to aim better. Isn't 
> this a flagrant violation of the rules? Section IV, items 6 and 7 define 
> the conditions of a battler being on the field, and aiming isn't one of 
> them. They are even marked with the skull symbol to denote their safety 
> importance.

You must remember a few things about the rules:

1) They were written about 2 years ago, before any battles were held, so 
lots of areas where "penciled in" with the intention of evolving them as 

2) We have always intended to let the rules evolve naturally as we learn 
more about battlefield conditions.  In the R/C warship world, it took 
about 10 years for the rules to finally "stabilize" to a balance between 
saftey, fun and competition.  We don't plan on taking that long to reach 
the same balance, but it will take more than one battle.

3) If my choice is between (a) fixing something on my tank, (b) helping 
someone else build their tank, (c) writing propaganda articles, or (d) 
fixing the rules ... ;-)

That said, you are 100% correct about the inconsistency between that 
rule (as well as some other battlefield management issues, such as the 
use of home-base) and what we actually did on the battlefield.  Next 
week, when I'm laying on the beach soaking in some rays, I'll have some 
time to go through the entire set of rules and see what needs to be 
done.  I'll then check with the guys who were at the battle to ensure 
that any changes make sense, and then I'll post the proposed changes to 
the mailing list for review.

        Frank P.