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Robot Battles 46 Report

posted Jan 26, 2013, 5:06 PM by Lewis Baumstark   [ updated Jan 27, 2013, 6:00 AM ]
Chattacon was a blast this year.  11 beetles and 4(ish) antweights.

Naked Singularity's stats this competition:
Round 1 vs. Chuck Norris: win
Round 2 vs. Shame Spiral: win (plus some very awesome sparking when Shame Spiral got caught in the arena hazard).
Round 3 vs. Pyramid of Death: loss, kicked down to the loser's bracket
Round 4 vs. Churck Norris (repeat thanks to the oddities of double elimination): loss.

Chuck Norris, built and driven by some of my UWG students, progressed to the final, winning the beetleweight class by defeating Pyramid of Death with 3 seconds remaining on the clock.  Awesome fight!  I came in third overall.

The rumble featured all bots from both weight classes.  I placed second, finally getting pushed out after a last-two-men-standing extended dance with my arch-nemesis Wedgie.

Damage report:
  • All four tires, plus my 2 spares, got shredded and/or ground down by the arena hazard.  I love the cost and weight of LiteFlite tires, but perhaps I should investigate another option.  (It appears FingerTech will soon have some minisumo wheels in the right size.  Also, McMaster-Carr has polyurethane rod that could be machined into the proper dimensions, but man it's expensive at about $5 per wheel.)
  • The power switch was acting flaky; it won't always turn on.  Not having power is bad, mmkay?  Investigate battle-worthy options (perhaps the FingerTech power switch, when it comes out).
  • Lots of scratches on the armor, but it held together beautifully.