Today at the DBD Ranch, we have people who play
"Guitar Hero" versus people who ARE guitar heroes in a little contest called
Water Taxi Takedown. Who'll be the master of the lagoon this week? Time to
do some damage.
First, we've met the teams,
now let's eat the players.
Skylar (in a band)
Randy (musicians = creative)
Dennis (into robotics)
Kylie (female gamer)
Davon (says video games = strategy)
The teams are going to build human powered water
taxis with two gangplanks, and they must be capable of loading, transporting,
and unloading passengers at will. The two water taxis will be made from two...
Each team will destroy the other's RVs, so there
is strategy coming into play by making it harder for the other team to salvage
wreckage. The first Destroy options...
- Time bomb... the RV will be loaded with enough
C4 to blow it sky high
- Backhoe pummel... the backhoe on the premises will use its shovel to smash it
- Destroy Build Destroy's angry house wreckers, the Destroyers.
Musicians won the toss, so they go first. They
pick... TIME BOMB! Gamers go for the most inappropriate use of construction
equipment since Devastator pummeled his way onto our movie screens.
First, the Musicians will blow the gamers' stuff
up. Five... four... three... two... one... DESTROY! And... nothing left. Well, a
little something left.
As for the Gamers' use of the backhoe to three...
two... one... DESTROY! the RV.... there's seriously nothing but a wreck and a
Now comes the fun bit... Remember, there are
builders, wreckage, and other junk. Winners get $1000 each and the chance to
completely go postal on the other team's creation.
That said, good luck to both teams... Three...
two... one... BUILD!
The Gamers are going to build a catamaran with
two hulls for stability and one rudder for movement. They start working together
under Dennis' command.
The Musicians work on a rig made of wood and foam
throughout and tarp on the bottom. Metal frame will be added for structure.
Randy is the creative talent of the group, having built a boat in science class
recently. But Skylar is not doing anything, having no background in engineering.
SETBACK CHALLENGE: Slingshot Showdown.
Three giant slingshots. Three hundred water
grenades. Teams will play offense AND defense. Most hits wins.
Gamers will shoot first. They get... 13.
Musicians get... 12. GAMERS WIN!
Now they get one of these two options...
- Forklift... It'll drive the green taxi up a
hill who knows where, and they'll have to run and get it.
- Dump the dirt... Bringing the hill... to THEM.
They go with the dump. Okay... three... two...
one... DESTROY! And talk about dejected.
While the Musicians are digging out from the
Setback Challenge, the Gamers add the secret weapon... the rudder. And once
again, Skylar is not really happening. With 10 minutes left, the Orange Team
discusses strategy. The Musicians think they have the advanced machine.
And... TIME. Let's see what we built.
GAMERS have the Orange Hurricane, a catamaran
with two large pontoons and a retractable gangplank. They also have a rudder for
maneuverability. The downside, it's extremely heavy.
MUSICIANS have the Grouch, a leaner, greener
design which has no seats and a curved front for lessened resistance. But will
Skylar toughen up to bring the Green Team the win?
The Final Challenge is simple... Transport your
team of builders to the other side of the lagoon. First team to do that wins
$3000 and the chance to unleash hell upon your opponents.
Remember, the builders are only freight. They
cannot help you... GO!
Orange is first to unload their first
passenger... and they don't let up for an inch. This is no contest. But we have
a problem. The water taxi is twisting and turning... This could be close... It
is neck and neck... and the Musicians have taken the lead! This is going to be
close... and it's the GREEN TEAM! Mind over matter gets the win and the money...
But most importantly, the Green Team gets to whet
their appetite for destruction, but how? Apparently it's so fantastic that it's
the only method this week... THE DEPTH CHARGE.
Next week, a special competition... older
siblings versus younger siblings. Until then... I feel like blowing stuff up.
"Three... two... one... DESTROY!"
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