Just because I think it is a better idea to focus on building a mech that can be a solid performer under the current rule set doesnt mean that I am not interested in pushing the boundaries on what we hope to accomplish and where we want this to go with this competition. In fact the single biggest improvement we can hope to make at this time with regards to improving spectator experience is getting this new arena completed. While the current set up has served us fairly well over the years it is time to bump it up a notch so to speak. With a new arena we will be able to focus on suppporting the hard core class in ways we haven't been able to. Trust me nothing is going to draw a crowd like rockets and flame throwers and with a full size arena capable of handling the extra abuse I feel like this class has the potential to take off.
What I am saying is that there is already potential for this to be a major crowd pleasing event the guys that have been doing this for a while now do it because they like to build bots and compete though. Every year we see new improvements and innovations. The money we would spend developing destructable armor is much better served going into an arena that can support the hard core class. Start on a mech and be ready to compete next year and the year after that finish in the top five. The year after that throw together a hard core class mech and then draw a crowd.
I hope I dont sound harsh, but we hear this kind of discussion a lot. Usually people dont realize the things the are suggesting are a little far fetched until they actually go out and build there own mech. Hopefully we will see you out here competing soon.