A little over two years ago, just prior to RoboGames 2009, Andrew Alter and a few of his colleagues were toying around with the idea of battling robots, both multi-legged and humanoid. Since they were all dyed-in-the-wool Mech fans, they naturally thought it might be a lot of fun to try and stage a "Mech Warfare" competition.
Their first attempt turned out to be more fun, and much more of a challenge, than they ever dreamed. They did manage to stage some battles and certainly proved the concept. More important, they generated tremendous interest and excitement. Robots stomping through downtown, ambushing the opposing forces, fighting to the death using bullets (air-soft pellets), giving and asking no quarter. The excitement, and the adrenaline/testosterone was so thick you could cut it with a knife. Suddenly the other robot builders started to stand up and take notice. They wanted to play too!
One year later at RoboGames 2010, Mech Warfare had grown up quite a bit. The playing field was professionally constructed and looked just like a real city, albeit in miniature. The bots were better too. Their builders had learned a lot from the first competition and incorporated all their learning into their new creations.
Next month, on April 15th through the 17th, they're going back into battle. But this time there's a major difference. Mech Warfare at RoboGames 2011 in San Mateo will be the first time that battle robots designed from the ground up will take the field. These 3rd generation Mech's are hot for blood and they come completely equipped to win, no matter what. There are already 21 robots officially registered to compete, and there is still a week before the registration closes.
This is one competition you won't want to miss! We'll be there all three days, from the time the doors open until they kick us out at night. Be there!
Photo credit: Giger - Andrew Alter
At a lot of competitions only the top scoring entries get to advance to the finals while the other players end up moping around while someone else gets all the fun. But at the Wonderful Robot Carnival 2011 the typical scenario was turned completely on its head. The top players had to sit on their hands and wait their turn while everyone else piled into the ring for a massive game of Robot Rumble.
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Looks like Iwaki-san and our Robot Force friends down in Osaka had another a blast at RoboFight 11 on Saturday. RoboFight follows the basic ROBO-ONE guidlines and intent, but opens up the physical rules a bit to allow more players to participate. That results in some really fun, and delightful battles.
Here are some of the early battles from the morning competitions.
Things heat up in the afternoon:
And, here are the 'Rumbles', which are often more fun than many of the battles in the ring, and the awards ceremony:
RoboFight is one of the pre-qualifying events for ROBO-ONE, so in addition to the prizes and glory, they also are automatically seeded into the next main ROBO-ONE competition this Fall.
After a long dry spell, we're happy to report that our all time favorite robot competition is back on the calendar, albeit with a few format changes. The 8th Wonderful Robot Carnival is scheduled for Sunday, July 11th at the TEPCO Electric Power Historical Museum near JR Kawasaki Station.
Here's a video montage of photos we took at the 3rd Wonderful Robot Carnival that should give you a feel for why we love this particular competition so much:
We mentioned that it's been a while since the last competition. The primary reason is the huge amount of labor and time that goes into staging the event. Scheduling it every six months was just too much of a burden on the organizers and the volunteer staff that made it all possible. So the decision finally had to be taken to hold it just once a year during the summer.
The organizers have also decided to pare down the number of challenges slightly by eliminating the robot rumble from the agenda. Of course that won't stop the gung-ho competitors from stating their own impromptu rumbles on the side, or during the "nomunication" (drinking+communication) party that always follows the event.
In addition they are trying to proactively embrace the general guidelines established by the Japan Standard Class Robot Community,