History UsefulNotes / RobotCombat

21st May '18 3:51:37 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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Robot Combat was at the peak of its mainstream popularity in the late 90s and early 2000s, where ''Series/BattleBots'' and ''Series/RobotWars'' enjoyed good ratings and were heavily advertised. These days, the number of competitions has skyrocketed to dozens per year across several countries and continents, most notably in Europe and North and South America. Robo Games still draws good crowds, and Battlebots still hosts non-televised tournaments from time to time, having spent more effort re-purposing their business as an educational robotics experience under the name Battlebots IQ. Builders come from all walks of life, from special effects technicians to programmers and engineering students from nearby schools, to your everyday hobbyist with access to a machine shop. As a result of the sustained interest in the sport, from 2015 on there was a revival of interest in televised competitions, with first ''Series/Battlebots'' and then ''Series/RobotWars'' returning to the airwaves for (at present) three revival series each, as well as new series such as ''King of Bots'' coming out of China.

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Robot Combat was at the peak of its mainstream popularity in the late 90s and early 2000s, where ''Series/BattleBots'' and ''Series/RobotWars'' enjoyed good ratings and were heavily advertised. These days, the number of competitions has skyrocketed to dozens per year across several countries and continents, most notably in Europe and North and South America. Robo Games still draws good crowds, and Battlebots still hosts non-televised tournaments from time to time, having spent more effort re-purposing their business as an educational robotics experience under the name Battlebots IQ. Builders come from all walks of life, from special effects technicians to programmers and engineering students from nearby schools, to your everyday hobbyist with access to a machine shop. As a result of the sustained interest in the sport, from 2015 on there was a revival of interest in televised competitions, with first ''Series/Battlebots'' ''Series/BattleBots'' and then ''Series/RobotWars'' returning to the airwaves for (at present) three revival series each, as well as new series such as ''King of Bots'' coming out of China.
21st May '18 3:51:15 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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Robot Combat was at the peak of its mainstream popularity in the late 90s and early 2000s, where ''Series/BattleBots'' and ''Series/RobotWars'' enjoyed good ratings and were heavily advertised. These days, the number of competitions has skyrocketed to dozens per year across several countries and continents, most notably in Europe and North and South America. Robo Games still draws good crowds, and Battlebots still hosts non-televised tournaments from time to time, having spent more effort re-purposing their business as an educational robotics experience under the name Battlebots IQ. Builders come from all walks of life, from special effects technicians to programmers and engineering students from nearby schools, to your everyday hobbyist with access to a machine shop.

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Robot Combat was at the peak of its mainstream popularity in the late 90s and early 2000s, where ''Series/BattleBots'' and ''Series/RobotWars'' enjoyed good ratings and were heavily advertised. These days, the number of competitions has skyrocketed to dozens per year across several countries and continents, most notably in Europe and North and South America. Robo Games still draws good crowds, and Battlebots still hosts non-televised tournaments from time to time, having spent more effort re-purposing their business as an educational robotics experience under the name Battlebots IQ. Builders come from all walks of life, from special effects technicians to programmers and engineering students from nearby schools, to your everyday hobbyist with access to a machine shop.
shop. As a result of the sustained interest in the sport, from 2015 on there was a revival of interest in televised competitions, with first ''Series/Battlebots'' and then ''Series/RobotWars'' returning to the airwaves for (at present) three revival series each, as well as new series such as ''King of Bots'' coming out of China.
3rd Apr '18 5:40:08 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* ''Series/RobotWars'' (1998-2003, 2016-present): The show that most people associate the sport with, the first of the "big three" and the longest lasting with 7 conventional and 2 "Extreme" seasons and several international spin-offs. Was later revived in 2016.

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* ''Series/RobotWars'' (1998-2003, 2016-present): 2016-2018): The show that most people associate the sport with, the first of the "big three" and the longest lasting with 7 conventional and 2 "Extreme" seasons and several international spin-offs. Was later revived in 2016.2016 for 3 more series before being cancelled again.
5th Mar '18 7:06:29 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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** Related to the dustpan, the crusher uses a hydraulic cylinder attached to a sharp piercing arm to pin and slowly penetrate the usually weak top armor of the opponent. Enormous strength and careful engineering are required to build an effective crusher, which may be why there have been only two successful crushing combat robots: two-time ''Robot Wars'' world champion and Series 5 champion Razer and two-time ''Robot Wars'' Annihilator champion Kan-Opener.

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** Related to the dustpan, the crusher uses a hydraulic cylinder attached to a sharp piercing arm to pin and slowly penetrate the usually weak top armor of the opponent. Enormous strength and careful engineering are required to build an effective crusher, which may be why there have been only two three successful crushing combat robots: two-time ''Robot Wars'' world champion and Series 5 champion Razer and Razer, two-time ''Robot Wars'' Annihilator champion Kan-Opener.Kan-Opener, and inaugural ''King of Bots'' champion Spectre.
22nd Feb '18 2:31:31 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* ''King of Bots'' (2018-present): A new series originating from China. While it currently has no English language version, it still drew a lot of international competitors to take part in its debut series and subsequently managed to gain a lot of attention and acclaim even from Western viewers who don't understand a word of Chinese.

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* ''King of Bots'' (2018-present): A new series originating from China. China, closer in style and format to ''Series/BattleBots'' than ''Series/RobotWars.'' While it currently has no English language version, it still drew a lot of international competitors to take part in its debut series and subsequently managed to gain a lot of attention and acclaim even from Western viewers who don't understand a word of Chinese.
22nd Feb '18 2:26:25 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* ''King of Bots'' (2018-present): A new series originating from China. While it currently has no English language version, it still drew a lot of international competitors to take part in its debut series and subsequently managed to gain a lot of attention and acclaim even from Western viewers who don't understand a word of Chinese.
23rd Jan '18 9:12:07 AM Smeagol17
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** This is where it gets complicated. Legitimate walking robots, that is, robots which move on independent legs, are a rare breed, costly to build, and while photogenic and crowd-pleasing, not very effective in battle due to a lack of speed. When i say legitimate, i am referring to the presence of shufflebots, which operate in a manner like walkers, but instead of using legs, use sections of feet in order to move faster while still benefiting from the weight advantage bonus that walkers receive (extra weight = extra weapons + harder to push around). Newer regulations disqualify shufflebots from getting this bonus, but have also made the qualifications for a "real" walker more stringent. Walkers are now mostly found in other robotics competitions, such as the non combat events of [[http://robogames.net/index.php RoboGames]].

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** This is where it gets complicated. Legitimate walking robots, that is, robots which move on independent legs, are a rare breed, costly to build, and while photogenic and crowd-pleasing, not very effective in battle due to a lack of speed. When i I say legitimate, i I am referring to the presence of shufflebots, which operate in a manner like walkers, but instead of using legs, use sections of feet in order to move faster while still benefiting from the weight advantage bonus that walkers receive (extra weight = extra weapons + harder to push around). Newer regulations disqualify shufflebots from getting this bonus, but have also made the qualifications for a "real" walker more stringent. Walkers are now mostly found in other robotics competitions, such as the non combat events of [[http://robogames.net/index.php RoboGames]].
22nd Dec '17 2:39:46 AM Cryoclaste
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* ''Robot Wars'' (1994-1997): The TropeCodifier (not the UrExample though) of the sport and not to be confused with the later BBC show. Created by Marc Thorpe as mentioned above and included many competitors that would later form/compete in ''[=BattleBots=]'' or become famous through other means (such as James Hyneman of Mythbusters fame and Will Wright, creator of SimCity). Lasted 4 seasons.

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* ''Robot Wars'' (1994-1997): The TropeCodifier (not the UrExample though) of the sport and not to be confused with the later BBC show. Created by Marc Thorpe as mentioned above and included many competitors that would later form/compete in ''[=BattleBots=]'' or become famous through other means (such as James Hyneman of Mythbusters fame and Will Wright, creator of SimCity).''VideoGame/SimCity''). Lasted 4 seasons.
30th Oct '17 4:08:43 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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** Robots employing high-power drive trains and heavy armor are able to use their speed and maneuverability to crash into their opponent repeatedly with hope of damaging weapons and vital components. Their pushing power may also be used to shove their opponent into arena hazards. Rammers (AKA ‘Bricks’) typically have four or six wheels for traction and stability and are often designed to be fully operational when inverted. Robot Wars Series 6 champion Tornado and Series 7 Runner-up Storm II were effective rammers.

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** Robots employing high-power drive trains and heavy armor are able to use their speed and maneuverability to crash into their opponent repeatedly with hope of damaging weapons and vital components. Their pushing power may also be used to shove their opponent into arena hazards. Rammers (AKA ‘Bricks’) typically have four or six wheels for traction and stability and are often designed to be fully operational when inverted. Robot Wars ''Robot Wars'' Series 6 champion Tornado and Series 7 Runner-up runner-up Storm II were effective rammers.



** Similar in concept to a rammer, the wedge uses a low-clearance inclined wedge or scoop to move in under an opponent and break its contact with the arena floor – decreasing its mobility and rendering it easy to push off into a wall or hazard. The wedge is also useful in deflecting attacks by other robots. Wedges are also used to lift an opponent up to make the attack of another weapon more effective. A small wedge may be attached to the rear of a robot with other weaponry for use as a ‘backup’ in case the main weapon fails. The 1995 US Robot Wars middleweight champion La Machine was an early and effective wedge design as was Robot Wars Series 1 champion, Roadblock (1997).

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** Similar in concept to a rammer, the wedge uses a low-clearance inclined wedge or scoop to move in under an opponent and break its contact with the arena floor – decreasing its mobility and rendering it easy to push off into a wall or hazard. The wedge is also useful in deflecting attacks by other robots. Wedges are also used to lift an opponent up to make the attack of another weapon more effective. A small wedge may be attached to the rear of a robot with other weaponry for use as a ‘backup’ in case the main weapon fails. The 1995 US Robot Wars middleweight champion La Machine was an early and effective wedge design as was Robot Wars ''Robot Wars'' Series 1 champion, Roadblock (1997).Roadblock .



** Continuously rotating weapons are popular and varied. These use a dedicated motor to spin up a heavy bar, studded disc, or toothed cylinder (drum/eggbeater) and use it to strike the opponent with the kinetic energy stored in the rotating mass. The mass may spin on either a horizontal or vertical axis, although vertical spinners may have maneuverability problems due to the gyroscopic action of the weapon. The destructive potential of a well designed spinning weapon requires robust arena containment to prevent shrapnel being thrown into the audience. Three-time ''[=BattleBots=]'' middleweight champion Hazard was a horizontal bar spinner.

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** Continuously rotating weapons are popular and varied. These use a dedicated motor to spin up a heavy bar, studded disc, or toothed cylinder (drum/eggbeater) and use it to strike the opponent with the kinetic energy stored in the rotating mass. The mass may spin on either a horizontal or vertical axis, although vertical spinners may have maneuverability problems due to the gyroscopic action of the weapon. The destructive potential of a well designed spinning weapon requires robust arena containment to prevent shrapnel being thrown into the audience. Three-time ''[=BattleBots=]'' middleweight champion Hazard was a horizontal bar spinner.spinner, as were ''[=BattleBots=]'' 2016 champion Tombstone and ''Robot Wars'' Series 9 champion Carbide.



** Taking the concept of the spinner to the extreme, a full body spinner (AKA shell spinner or tuna can spinner) rotates the entire outer shell of the robot as a stored energy weapon. Other robot components (batteries, weapon motor casing) may be attached to the shell to increase the spinning mass while keeping the mass of the drive train to a minimum. An FBS robot takes several seconds to spin the heavy shell up to effective speed, and they must evade their opponent while waiting for that speed. The 1995 US Robot Wars heavyweight co-champion Blendo was the first effective full body spinner.[[note]]The ''co-''champion status comes from it being removed from competition because it was not just destroying its opponents, it was sending shrapnel ''over the barriers and into the audience''.[[/note]]

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** Taking the concept of the spinner to the extreme, a full body spinner (AKA shell spinner or tuna can spinner) rotates the entire outer shell of the robot as a stored energy weapon. Other robot components (batteries, weapon motor casing) may be attached to the shell to increase the spinning mass while keeping the mass of the drive train to a minimum. An FBS robot takes several seconds to spin the heavy shell up to effective speed, and they must evade their opponent while waiting for that speed. The 1995 US Robot Wars heavyweight co-champion Blendo was the first effective full body spinner.[[note]]The ''co-''champion status comes from it being removed from competition because it was not just destroying its opponents, it was sending shrapnel ''over the barriers and into the audience''.[[/note]][[/note]] ''Robot Wars'' Series 7 champion Typhoon II was also one.



** Using tactics similar to a wedge, the lifter uses a powered arm, prow, or platform to get underneath the opponent and lift it away from the arena surface to remove its maneuverability. The lifter may then push the other robot toward arena hazards or attempt to toss the opponent onto its back. The lifter is typically powered by either an electric or pneumatic actuator. Two-time US Robot wars and four-time ''[=BattleBots=]'' heavyweight champion Biohazard was an electric lifter.

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** Using tactics similar to a wedge, the lifter uses a powered arm, prow, or platform to get underneath the opponent and lift it away from the arena surface to remove its maneuverability. The lifter may then push the other robot toward arena hazards or attempt to toss the opponent onto its back. The lifter is typically powered by either an electric or pneumatic actuator. Two-time US Robot wars and four-time ''[=BattleBots=]'' heavyweight champion Biohazard was an electric lifter.lifter, as was ''Robot Wars'' Series 2 champion Panic Attack.



** Although mechanically resembling a lifter, the flipper uses much higher levels of pneumatic power to fire the lifting arm explosively upward. An effective flipper can throw opponents end-over-end through the air causing damage from the landing impact or, at Robot Wars, toss it completely out of the arena. Flippers use a large volume of compressed gas and may have a limited number of effective attacks before their supply runs low. The two-time Robot Wars champion Chaos 2 and ''[=BattleBots=]'' super heavyweight champion Toro were flippers. Another notable robot with a flipper, Cassius, is reponsible for popularizing the idea of the srimec (self-righting mechanism), as its flipper could also be used to turn itself back over after being flipped itself by other robots.

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** Although mechanically resembling a lifter, the flipper uses much higher levels of pneumatic power to fire the lifting arm or ramp explosively upward. An effective flipper can throw opponents end-over-end through the air causing damage from the landing impact or, at Robot Wars, toss it completely out of the arena. Flippers use a large volume of compressed gas and may have a limited number of effective attacks before their supply runs low. Flippers can be either rear-hinged (lifting the opponent up directly) or front-hinged (aiming to get under the opponent then tip them over). The two-time Robot Wars ''Robot Wars'' champion Chaos 2 and ''[=BattleBots=]'' super heavyweight champion Toro were flippers. Another notable robot with a flipper, Cassius, is reponsible responsible for popularizing the idea of the srimec (self-righting mechanism), as its flipper could also be used to turn itself back over after being flipped itself by other robots.



** Related to the dustpan, the crusher uses a hydraulic cylinder attached to a sharp piercing arm to pin and slowly penetrate the usually weak top armor of the opponent. Enormous strength and careful engineering are required to build an effective crusher, which may be why there have been only two successful crushing combat robots: two-time Robot Wars world champion Razer and two-time Robot Wars Annihilator champion Kan-Opener.

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** Related to the dustpan, the crusher uses a hydraulic cylinder attached to a sharp piercing arm to pin and slowly penetrate the usually weak top armor of the opponent. Enormous strength and careful engineering are required to build an effective crusher, which may be why there have been only two successful crushing combat robots: two-time Robot Wars ''Robot Wars'' world champion and Series 5 champion Razer and two-time Robot Wars ''Robot Wars'' Annihilator champion Kan-Opener.



** Swinging a high-speed axe, spike, or hammer forcefully down onto your opponent offers another method of attacking the vulnerable top surface. The weapon is typically driven by a pneumatic actuator via a rack and pinion or direct mechanical linkage. The attack may damage the opposing robot directly, or may lodge in their robot and provide a handle for dragging them toward a hazard. ''[=BattleBots=]'' heavyweight runner-up and Robot Wars competitor Killerhurtz was armed with an overhead axe.

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** Swinging a high-speed axe, spike, or hammer forcefully down onto your opponent offers another method of attacking the vulnerable top surface. The weapon is typically driven by a pneumatic actuator via a rack and pinion or direct mechanical linkage. The attack may damage the opposing robot directly, or may lodge in their robot and provide a handle for dragging them toward a hazard. ''[=BattleBots=]'' heavyweight runner-up and Robot Wars ''Robot Wars'' competitor Killerhurtz was armed with an overhead axe.
4th Oct '17 4:29:08 PM metaceejay97
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