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Aug 9th 2017 by RobDougherty • 14 Questions • 48 Points
We are Solar Team Twente, a group of 19 students who took a break of a little over a year from our studies in order to build the world’s most efficient solar car. Also, here we are with our solar car and bonus points for finding our mascot in the 360 view of our car and race team.
Our car will be partaking in the biennial World Solar Challenge in Australia, which will be held again this year in October (8-15 October for those wondering). There are multiple classes and we’ll be competing in the Challenger Class, which we like to call the F1 of solar car racing. This basically means that we built a single seat efficiency masterpiece built according to regulations set by the organization.
The team consists of a management team, communications team and technical team and basically functions like a small business, except we don’t get paid ;). We are also proud of the fact that we do almost everything ourselves; from designing, building and testing the solar car to securing all funds and in kind sponsoring and even our own management and public relations. As you would expect we have a great variety of study backgrounds, but let’s not give away everything just yet!
Of course, this wouldn’t be a proper AMA introduction without proof. The image is a little bit outdated (oops sorry), but the guy on the right is clearly so ugly that he can only be me. The two people in the image are also your hosts for this AMA. I, Luc, am one of the aerodynamicists of the team, while Gearte Nynke (good luck pronouncing that) is our communications manager. You can ask us anything you want. Questions could be about the car or other technical aspects, but also about our motivations to join the project or any other aspect of the project you can think off. Don’t be shy, Ask Us Anything!
what are the prospects of solar powered planes entering such contests in the near future?
Sadly this will be a while. Apps take a long time to do right and the team is very busy working on Star Realms and Epic. We are adding people and would love to have all our games in digital form.
Funny you asked! We actually held a solar plane competition for high schools. In this challenge we tasked them with building a solar powered plane.
We think it is possible that a solar plane challenge will be held in the future. The technology is there, we just need someone to pick up the task of organizing the event. One thing is sure, there is never a shortage of students willing to try their luck at one of these projects!
Why did you ask? Thinking about picking up a project yourself? :)
First off, congrats on success. It's really awesome what you've done. I've played a lot of magic, and I've also played a lot of star realms. I can't wait to pick up Epic Card Game as well. Anyway to my question; what is your favorite movement creating games so far?
Are you sure you don't mean biennial World Solar Challenge?
Thanks! Playing the early alpha of Star Realms on my ipad for the first time was pretty great. Having people who have brought great entertainment into my life like Wil Wheaton and Richard Garfield tell me how much they like my games was awesome. Watching top Magic players playing Epic for fun in the bar after playing for all weekend the Epic World Championship was very cool. (Those guys rarely play games just for fun, it's always about preparing for the next cash event).
I do actually! Not a native English speaker, so that one slipped through. Sorry for that.
Will you attend to Essen this year?
What are the most common mistakes people make when playing Epic? I mean both rules and strategy.
Thanks for creating great games!
Ahhh I thought the black array looks like a cover from the wind tunnel video you posted to facebook. Someone recommended SunCat to me previously but I've heard it's difficult to get in contact with them and since I don't really know what I'm looking for I was hoping to find someone with an online store I can poke through. Thanks for the help and the car looks amazing! Good luck!
1) Yes! See you there.
2) Most common Epic mistake: spending your gold too early, especially on your own turn, leaving you open to devastating counter-plays by your opponent.
Yeah SunCat is a very small, specialized operation. The quality is excellent, but it would be hard for someone to get a hold of them since they are mostly busy supporting student projects like us. An online store would be difficult unfortunately. Thank you!
Sorcerer will be coming to Kickstarter this fall! Stay tuned!