Clarity on the new rules - how fast can I go?

Hi folks,

I’d like some clarity on the new rules please.

See the following extracts from https://github.com/EntelectChallenge/2020-Overdrive/blob/develop/game-engine/game-rules.md

Command: ACCELERATE

This command increases your car’s speed to the next speed state (up to MAXIMUM_SPEED ). Your car remains in the same lane.

and

How damage affects your current speed

The amount of damage on your car directly impacts your max speed.

  • Damage of 5 equals in a max speed of 0
  • Damage of 4 equals in a max speed of 3
  • Damage of 3 equals in a max speed of 6
  • Damage of 2 equals in a max speed of 8
  • Damage of 1 equals in a max speed of 9
  • Damage of 0 equals in a max speed of 15

This seems a bit ambiguous. If I have no damage, does that mean I can (or should be able to) accelerate to 15 even without boost? Or does the second extract actually mean that BOOST_SPEED is MAX_SPEED + 1 state?

Hello @rfnel. The max speed without boosting is 9 (MAXIMUM SPEED). A speed of 15 (BOOST SPEED) is only obtainable while boosting. So :

  • 0 damage and not boosting, the fastest you can go is 9
  • 0 damage with boosting, the fastest you can go is 15
  • 1 damage and not boosting the fastest you can go is 9
  • 1 damage with boosting, the fastest you can go is 9

I hope clarifies it :slight_smile:

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So I am right in assuming Max speed and boost speed will always be the same except if the car has absolutely no damage in which case boost can push to 15.

@WillieTheron, that is correct.