The 2009 game is called Lunacy in honor of the 40th anniversary of the lunar landing. It is played on a 54' by 27' field that simulates the gravity on the moon. The flooring is made of "Regolith," a low-friction plastic that mimics the moon's one sixth gravity. Each robot is equipped with slippery wheels to keep the playing field even. Six teams compete on two alliances, red and blue, for 2 minutes and 15 seconds. The first 15 seconds of the game is autonomous; the remaining time is tele-operated where the robot is controlled by pilots and commanders.
The objective of the game is the get Moon Rocks, Empty Cells, and Super Cells into the opponent's trailer attached to the back of their robot. They are two, two and fifteen points respectively. Each alliance starts out with 60 Moon Rocks and 4 Empty Cells. The Empty Cells can be exchanged for Super Cells by transporting the Empty Cells from the outposts to the corner fueling stations throughout the round. The Super Cells can only be played in the last 15 seconds of the match, thus having a great affect on the final score. Payload specialists can shoot Moon Rocks at any time at opposing trailers.
When the round begins, the robot starts out in front of the opposing payload specialist making scoring easy for teams. During autonomous. Each robot can start out with a maximum of 7 Moon Rocks in possession. The payload specialists start out with 20 Moon Rocks minus the number of Moon Rocks in their robot.