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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:32 am 
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j man wrote:
Did anyone ever watch Robot Combat League? It was a truly terrible robot battling show from the US that somehow made its way over to the UK on the SyFy channel, probably the most hilariously atrocious programme I have ever seen on TV. Entirely staged results, fake damage, fake sparks, a standard robot design, ridiculous trash talk and cringeworthy sob stories. It was worth watching just for the comedy value.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7bSN30RRCI


I am astounded anyone was willing to give money to make more of them after a pilot. That was incredible in how awful it was. Wow.
(Also, hey, it's Y2J Chris Jericho. Didn't know he presented a TV show).


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 5:03 pm 
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Finals tonight. I've unfortunately had the result spoiled for me by a reputable YouTube channel doing an authorised behind the scenes at Battlebots video that included footage from both semi finals, what looks like the final, and a post final clip which heavily implies which robot wins the tournament. Bad form by ABC.

But it looks like it will be epic.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 8:40 pm 
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Thanks for not spoiling it for the rest of us, and the warning about YouTube! I'll be catching these tomorrow sometime.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:42 am 
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Watched it and the final was great - although just like the rest of the season far too much filler. They filmed a ton of "grudge matches" and rumbles, but only showed one. Instead opting to have loads of pointless talking between the presenters. Hopefully the fights not shown will end up on the Internet.

And the result was what was spoiled, in fact it was spoiled in the montage of the very first episode, it's just it wasn't noticed then because no one knew the order of the draw. ABC are a bunch of numpties.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:54 pm 
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Back at school one of my teachers setup a "Battlebots" competition, two tables were put together and the idea was to have them push each other off the table. With that said the teacher was mainly expecting remote control cars that would bash into each other, lets just say he was surprised when one of the students turned up with a steak knife welded to the front chassis of his armored battlebot. The event didn't go too smoothly as most people had trouble with interfering radio channels and couldn't drive their cars so we could only pit cars against those that had different channels.

Now when my friend was testing out his steak-knifed armored beast he found out quickly that it was too heavy to get any proper grip on the slippery tables, so he took off the armored shell with the knife still welded to the chassis of the car. Now it was his turn and everyone was waiting in anticipation for this match-up to see the carnage this monster would deliver and better yet it was against the teacher himself and everyone gathered around the tables. The match started and just like every other match, trying to get a decent connection from all the other remotes made it slow to get started. Then the knife wielding now unarmored but significantly lighter death-bot came alive and raced out of control from one side of the table straight to the other side flying off the table in the air almost stabbing a girl in the chest as it flew past and then lodged itself into the wall behind her. Long story short, everyone left the room very quietly and maintenance never found out the cause of the massive hole underneath the whiteboard.



Ha ha ha yeah no one saw that coming huh? :lol:


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 11:12 pm 
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HawaiiF1Fan wrote:
specdecible wrote:
Back at school one of my teachers setup a "Battlebots" competition, two tables were put together and the idea was to have them push each other off the table. With that said the teacher was mainly expecting remote control cars that would bash into each other, lets just say he was surprised when one of the students turned up with a steak knife welded to the front chassis of his armored battlebot. The event didn't go too smoothly as most people had trouble with interfering radio channels and couldn't drive their cars so we could only pit cars against those that had different channels.

Now when my friend was testing out his steak-knifed armored beast he found out quickly that it was too heavy to get any proper grip on the slippery tables, so he took off the armored shell with the knife still welded to the chassis of the car. Now it was his turn and everyone was waiting in anticipation for this match-up to see the carnage this monster would deliver and better yet it was against the teacher himself and everyone gathered around the tables. The match started and just like every other match, trying to get a decent connection from all the other remotes made it slow to get started. Then the knife wielding now unarmored but significantly lighter death-bot came alive and raced out of control from one side of the table straight to the other side flying off the table in the air almost stabbing a girl in the chest as it flew past and then lodged itself into the wall behind her. Long story short, everyone left the room very quietly and maintenance never found out the cause of the massive hole underneath the whiteboard.


Ha ha ha yeah no one saw that coming huh? :lol:

Yes she did. That's why she ducked.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 11:21 am 
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Yes she did. That's why she ducked.

Quack quack fairy cakes?

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 10:33 pm 
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*peers round door* Robot Wars was fun!


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:19 pm 
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What great shows! I want them back!!


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2016 2:37 pm 
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latest ... rs-returns


This could be terrible...

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Herb wrote:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2016/robot-wars-returns


This could be terrible...


jimmyj wrote:
What great shows! I want them back!!

Hope you also wished for a million quid!


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2016 4:42 am 
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Looking like circa March for my North Wales RC car-based tournament between me and a few friends - originally just something I wanted to do for a while, now looking like a nice precursor to the return of the proper wars for us! If anyone's in the area, or capable of getting here, and interested, drop me a PM :)

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 2:03 am 
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Also, planning an expanded set of rules for a second event like this. Basically I found this link: http://www.wikihow.com/Build-a-Remote-Controlled-Robot

I may slightly be plotting a couple of bespoke builds...

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2016 5:01 am 
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13 of the 16 machines entered in the tournament I've set up are ready to go, with a dozen extra designs currently in the early planning stages for the second tournament. Should be interesting to see what happens - anyone who wants to see it, the fights will be filmed and stuck on YouTube.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 5:04 pm 
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http://www.robotwars.tv

BBC Robot Wars is apparently airing later this month from what was said on Radio 2 when Angela Scanlon was on there. Info on all the entrants is on the new site.

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Well, I entered my first ever antweight tournament yesterday. I'll quote the post from the robot wars forum below (sans pics cos forum...):

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First event was yesterday. I started out with 6 machines:

Kitten's Torment. Built on a £10 toy stunt car (invertible, before I got my hands on it) from Smiths Toy Superstore. Unfortunately I can't seem to get more of them or I'd keep using them for cheap machines; they're fast, and the batteries last. Not much torque though.

Teething Problems. Built from a massively stripped down £25 Nikko car. Batteries are actually exposed (AA, not lipo) so not entirely sure how it passed tech checks, but I figured it doesn't hurt to try, and it was allowed in. On reflection, that was the key mistake I made; actually trying to enter it!

The 4 robots that are collectively known as the Beatle...Waits. They are of course named John, Paul, George and Ringo. Of the 4, Paul is the only one who actually goes in a straight line. Again, these are all built on £10 stunt cars from Smiths, although a different design than that of Kitten's Torment.

Anyway. On with Sunday's... I want to say fights, but I think it would be rude to my opponents to say I really put up a fight!

I can't find the first fight of the BWs on YouTube for some reason, but I ran John and my dad had Ringo. Those are the lowest and highest in shot respectively. They are lined up that way for a reason: Paul at the front is the best, and George at the back has a dodgy transmitter so is the final reserve. So I put 2 wonky steering robots in for my first ever fight, with my dad (who had never even seen these things in person until an hour before showtime) grudgingly handling the other remote.

John, in a valiant show of courage and single-minded murderous intent, immediately decided to only run properly on the left wheel and dive straight into the pit. On reflection, that probably sums up the whole day. He was retired from that point on, and I managed to break his ramp off when packing him up. Frankly, he deserved it. Meanwhile, dad and Ringo made it to the other side of the arena and actually made contact with the enemy (I'm Going To Hit Your Face With My Face, I believe is the name - the bracket cuts it off and I may have misremembered, so apologies), but quickly found themselves outdriven by a machine three times the weight of poor little Ringo.

Kitten's Torment was eventually up next, taking on Rampster 3. We won, dominantly! Ha. No. Another defeat, this time because of that lack of torque mentioned above. Pushing was just impossible (remember that for later).

OK. This is the most painful (read: hilarious) fight of the day for me. I was drawn, with a Nikko using curry sauce lids for wheels and elastic bands for traction, against Baphomet. IT. HURT. First hit was square on the face, splitting and bending up the ramp. Believe it or not, things didn't get better from there. He got around the side, took a huge bite out of the right hand side wheel, split the tyre, and left me hobbling. By then, I knew I was dead. Dave hung back and showed mercy but I told him to just go for it. He wasn't sure but I wanted to see her die. The last hit, unfortunately, took a chunk out of the rear, which included the wire leading from the ESC to the left drive motor. How the motor survived I will never know. Sheer luck, I'm guessing. I didn't see the wire at the time, but it was left in the arena and swept into the pit before the next fight. I found it an hour later on a box by the microphone. Whoever put it there, thank you.

As you can see, Round 1 was a ROARING success.

For the losers' bracket, I withdrew Teething Problems because I realised after taking her back to the bench that she had somehow lost drive on the left wheel. It wasn't until I saw the wire on the desk I realised why.

The Beatle...Waits were entered first in the losers' bracket, facing Angory Bob, who took a couple of minutes to show up. Which was lucky, because it took dad that long to park Ringo. I'd, meanwhile, swapped John for Paul. I should point out that I'd forgotten how powerful Paul was - he actually MOVES - and when the battle started I floored the throttle, and Paul charged forwards, flipped himself onto his back, and that was it. Dad and Ringo, after about a second of deliberation, elected to run away and hid in the pit they discovered in round 1. I'm signing dad up for archaeology courses and I fired him as co-driver. Or rather, he had to leave before the next time they 'fought'. It has to be said though, after 2 fights, there was nothing wrong with the 3 that had fought except the damage I'd inflicted myself. George had also lost his face somehow by now, probably in transit.

Next up was Kitten's Torment, fighting Palette Pusher. This, being serious, was probably my best fight of the day. It was just a nudging match for a few seconds, then I got cornered, so made a run at Palette Pusher but as I floored it, she moved. And me, being an amazing driver, continued straight across the length of Peter's beautifully smooth arena, and flew into the pit. But I did have to go back after and find out the specs of Palette Pusher because that's the only robot KT has ever pushed successfully, aside from the BWs. Apparently it's not because PP was lighter that I pushed it, so I'm guessing for a moment there was no drive input so there was no resistance for KT. Until she faceplanted a wall. Once again though, 2 fights and not so much as a scratch.

Now came the loooooong wait, because it turns out if you can't stop losing, they stop you playing. This made me sad. But frankly it was probably a relief for everyone :lol: Being serious, it was far more useful for me to see other people fighting, seeing what I was doing wrong (other than using unbalanced motors, and driving into pits) and what sort of things I need to work into my more serious designs for next time.

Somewhere between 5 and 6, the fleaweight rumble happened. This was the reason I'd been wanting to save Paul, and luckily he was alive for this. He was one of 15, as far as I can count from the video, so I thought he might not come last. Almost immediately, I was upside down, driving over a ramp. Then I was knocked back over and carried on being useless. I cornered myself against the plastic in Ringo's favourite corner, watched one robot die next to me, and went back into the fray. I ended up on my back again, and then in the pit. but 14th isn't last! Paul beat someone! I spent the rest of the fight playing in the pit, seeing if I could use the walls and my fellow eliminated robot to right myself, just out of academic interest. The answer, unsurprisingly, was no.

Back to the antweights, and the wooden spoon qualifiers.

The BWs were first up, with (so I thought) me driving Paul and a very helpful co-driver whose name I completely forgot to ask (owner of Plank) driving what was meant to be Ringo. Unfortunately, with the way Smiths make their toys, I turned the remotes on in the wrong order and the robots synced to the wrong controllers. As it turned out, this was a great relief. We went into battle and Paul, now not under my control, went flying at the hands of a vicious vertical spinner. A tyre came off, the ramp came off, Paul flew, and landed in the pit. Myself and Ringo battled on, until he took a spinner at point blank range. To the face. As with Paul, the ramp came off. But that wasn't all. Something broke (the receiver, I think, because the light on the transmitter started blinking at me, which is usually does when I haven't turned a robot on yet, but the lights were still dancing on poor Ringo) and I was dead in the water. The 2 ramps took different damage though; Ringo's is basically a write off. Paul's needs a new piece of plastic.

Somehow we lost. Probably rigged or something. The fact Paul survived to fight again makes it a moral victory!

I'm going to buy replacements for the BWs, but I'm going to make them thwackbots instead of pushers. A pusher weighing under 50 grams isn't exactly viable! Not without being properly designed and built, anyway.

Next up, Kitten's Torment. She handled herself well, but I very quickly made a mistake and drove her into the pit again. Her second time in that corner, the same one as Ringo fell in love with (and came to rest by). I think if Peter had left only the other corner as a pit, I may have won! OK, maybe not. But let me dream! I'm not posting another photo of her because she's in exactly the condition she was at the top.

Finally, the one wheeled Teething Problems was entered as a joke for the spoon. In the same fight was Plank and a pair of verts. Plank got pitted, and very late really I got counted out after taking my balancing screw out pre-fight (one wheel drive won't topple it, right? Wrong...) toppling over and continuing my donuts. I really wanted to see TP get utterly destroyed but the verts played it safe so I brought her back out as she went in. Now she'll make for great soldering practice, fixing that remaining drive motor. I'll try and get her fixed up for another tournament, but I'm not making any promises.

Overall, that's a very successful 9 defeats and a withdrawal. A great time was had, lessons were learned, fun will be had again next time. And I'm going to keep entering Kitten's Torment until a spinner demolishes it.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pglhVZo ... LpluQbUMM4 - tournament link

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:13 am 
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Nice one Tufty, well done!


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Tufty wrote:

Overall, that's a very successful 9 defeats and a withdrawal. A great time was had, lessons were learned, fun will be had again next time. And I'm going to keep entering Kitten's Torment until a spinner demolishes it.


Excellent mentality to have. And well done just for going and giving it a bash.

I see the word spinner and even after all these year, I get flashed back to Hypnodisk shredding other robots.


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