Actually, I feel as though I have performed poorly in the past.
The first year I participated, my team consisted of me with my two [adult] sons. One is (currently) a very successful Rails developer and the other is a 3D Modeler and artist. Sounds like a perfect team, right?
This was about 8 years ago, and we had just been introduced to Ruby and Rails. We spent the bulk of our time struggling to get the VPS configured and Rails installed.
That was a bit discouraging but it was fun having both my sons involved. We also did not commit completely to the project. I allowed 'family' events to steal a large portion of our time from the event.
The last Rails Rumble (which was more than a year ago) I worked alone and got an application completed but the judging was very, very discouraging. I won't go into detail but if you read this year's announcement carefully you will see that they are trying to address the issue.
@markbrown4; are you interested in participating? You could join my small team (currently consisting of me and a half-promise from a front-end designer)! It would be terrific to have a skilled Ruby guy with me.