Author: Team Spyra
Sep 10, 2017

Spyra World Cup 2017

Precise water bullets, clear hits, strategic team play, competitiveness – this is what we designed the Spyra One for.

Pulling a simple trigger instead of wildly pumping before making a shot. Determining a clear winner of each match instead of ending up with two equally soaked opponents. 

Until yesterday, it was all only theory. And then our friends proved that the water gun can, indeed, be so much more than a simple squirting toy.

Setting the scene for the water battles

Spyra World Cup 2017: The water fight contestants

Spyra World Cup 2017: The water fight contestants

The setup

We announced the date of the tournament to be the 9th of September, and challenged everyone who had ever heard of us to grab a friend and sign up for the Spyra World Cup.

Age, gender, and water fight experience? Didn’t matter. The only requirement was a creative team name and the will to give everything under the extreme pressure of an epic event.

After disqualifying some teams who failed to fulfill the first requirement, we rallied 16 teams that were eager to compete in the first ever Spyra World Cup.

The rules

The matches took place in the Spyra-Arena outside Spyra Headquarters: a battleground specifically designed for the occasion, resembling a mix of a laser tag arena and a Nerf war battleground.

We programmed each water gun prototype to give off a maximum of 25 shots, which the contestants could monitor on the integrated display during the match. There was no opportunity to recharge.

Whoever was hit, was out. The matches ended when all contestants of the respective team were taken out by the opposite team.

The day of the tournament 

The briefing

We ourselves had tested the Spyra One prototypes about a million times during the summer. But we had no idea how the inexperienced contestants would react to the new type of water gun.

Indeed, during the briefing before the first battles, the contestants were visibly nervous. Would the 25 shots be enough for an entire match? Would it hurt to be hit? Who would determine the outcome if the shots were not precise enough to identify a winner?

Spyra World Cup 2017: The briefing

Spyra World Cup 2017: The briefing

The matches

It turned out that our worries were entirely unfounded. It took the teams exactly one match to get the hang of the game. After the group phase, they were set loose. We were hardly done with recharging each water gun before the next team tore them out of our hands, eager to start their match.

Who won (and what we learned)

In assessing the actual level of fun, we had to be cautious: as water gun enthusiasts, we are maximally biased, after all. But it couldn’t have been the valuable prizes (although those 3D-printed medals were quite neat). And it could definitely not have been the less-than-beachy 14°C (57°F) weather that day.

But with all due neutrality, I think it is safe to say that the teams were having what the Doktor scientifically termed “a blast”.

After about two hours and an exciting final, we had found the winners of the first ever Spyra World Cup. Congratulations to the proud and honorable winner teams: Team Squirtle (Gold), Team Loco (Silver), and Team Hydronauts (Bronze).

Spyra World Cup 2017: The winners of the water fights

Spyra World Cup 2017: The winners of the water fights

Our sincerest thanks to all the water fight enthusiasts in the tournament who made our summer in the stuffy lab worthwhile. Can’t wait to see you all again for the Spyra World Cup 2018!

(And yeah, we will put that darned switch-off button in some other place. Promise.)


Comments 6

  1. Program the number of shots? Now that would be neat for the consumer to adjust independently in the spur of the moment.

    Also, tangent, what the heck are those barriers made of?

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    Haha, yes! For the prototypes, it was possible to “hack” them by uploading different software modes that controlled the total number of shots in the magazine. Spyra One just has the maximum number by default, of course, but for tournaments like this one, it opens up interesting possibilities!

    And the barriers… They are made of wooden frame boards, screwed together by wood screws, and covered with endless-tablecloth in three colors (we call it “grandma tablecloth” because it’s plastic and easy to wipe off, like some practical grandmas prefer their outdoor tables!).

    We should make a “How-to” blog post on how to build such an arena. It was quite a bit of work last year but we’re actually still using them sometimes, it was totally worth it! 😉

    Rike from Team Spyra

    1. I bet those builds were quite affordable. I’m always looking for ways to make the field on a budget. I’ve tested a few out like PVC pipes and fitted bed sheets. I’ll have to try your set up some time.

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        Yes indeed, low cost was a big factor in choosing this solution, so we can recommend it from that perspective!

        The only difficult part was to get those into the ground which was quite dry and hard at this time of year, but we managed by cutting the wood into a spear-like shape. In Spring this year, with the ground soft, it was so much easier.

        And we liked to implement a two-color arena, which was really easy with the tablecloth 🙂

        1. Alright, last questions on this matter. How’s the durability or longevity of the barriers? Like did the table cloth tear easily or become soft in the heat of summer? Do you still have / use them? I’d presume them to be relatively light weight and compact enough for transport / storage, no? Any special accommodations / maintenance you had to make for them?

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            Below are the barriers after 2 seasons with probably 4-5 months exposure to the outside environment, including some periods with snow and extreme heat. We had to pack them up yesterday because our facility management did another round of lawn-moving before the fall. You can see that the rain of the past days left some traces 😉 All in all, I’d say this tablecloth is pretty UV-resistant, and the total construction relatively compact for storage in a shed or large basement, like we have here.

            Spyra Arena Covers

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