1991, Robot Battles
has been staging robotic combat competitions
(mostly) around the United States, with annual
events currently held in in Atlanta at
in Nashville at the
Media Expo, and in Chattanooga at
Chattacon and at the
Chattanooga Mini-Maker Faire. We
have also held past events in Alabama, Colorado,
Florida, North Carolina and as far away as
So what makes Robot
Battles different from other robotic events?
Well, we don't have a TV show, we don't have
supermodels, and we don't have huge cash prizes.
What we do have is a creatively unique host,
some of the most imaginative builders and
designers in the sport, and the most involved
audiences in the country (in our humble
And, of course, lots and lots of
very intense one-on-one mechanical mayhem matches.
Which is what it's all about. And what we live
Robot Battles is one
of the oldest continuously running robotic
combat competitions in the world. We proudly
trace our roots to the
Denver Mad Scientists Club and are a direct
descendent of the "Critter
Crunch" robotic competition held every year at
MileHiCon in Denver, which began back in
1987 (and is still going strong).
Our next competition, Robot Battles 54,
will be held at
Regency Atlanta over the Labor Day Weekend.
We will be staging two events: the Microbattles
on Sunday, September 6 beginning at 10:00 a.m.
in the International Ballroom and the main event on
Monday, September 7 beginning at 11:30 a.m. in
the Regency Ballroom. Microbattles involves the
insect classes (ant and beetle) and will feature
two arenas this year to keep the action flowing.
The main event is for the 12 and 30 pound
classes and will be the usual sumo-style
Here are some
important points to remember if you plan on
competing this year:
There is no pre-registration: simply bring
your bot(s) to the event two hours before
scheduled start time.
2. There is no extra entry fee to compete in
or attend the Robot Battles events.
3. You will need at least a
single-day membership to Dragon Con (which
is worth it, as it is a very cool
4. Bring extra power strips, just in case.
You can never have too many. Same goes with
5. Bring as many extra batteries as you
have. We have a very fast pace, so charging
time is basically nonexistent.
6. If you have any questions about
the rules, please
ask us now instead of waiting until the
event. And review the rules anyway, just so
you know how we differ from other events.
7. Dress funny. This is a crowd favorite,
and the more fun you have, the more fans you
And now for a little
we started back in 1991, we had only a handful
of builders and small audiences (a few hundred
people). We had a lot of fun, of course, but it
was still pretty small. Then
BattleBots came on
the air in 2000 and we suddenly saw a huge
increase in both competitors and audience. Which
we continued to build on after BattleBots went
off the air, the the point where we are now:
dozens and dozens of competitors and thousands
of people showing up for our shows.
Now BattleBots is back on the air (yay!) … and,
yep, we are seeing a surge of interest from new
builders. As such, we are expecting (and
planning for) a record turnout this year at
Dragon Con, both in builders and audience. Which
we are very happy about, of course.
So, what does this mean to you?
If you're a builder, it means we are going to
have to much more strictly enforce the time
rules to get all the matches in within our
allotted time slot. This is especially true for
the MicroBattles event on Sunday of the con. We
will have two arenas to the event, which will
help a lot, but even so, it's going to very
fast-paced so everyone gets a chance to fight.
It you're a fan, it means
GET THERE EARLY TO GET A SEAT. Unlike
most other events at Dragon Con, we do not make
people wait for the doors to open. As soon as we
get there to begin setting up early in the
morning, you are welcome to come in and claim
your seat. Just remember that once we hit the
attendance limit for the room, the Fire Marshal
will stop people from coming in. Bring snacks.
Bring a book. Bring cards. Bring a Caramel Latte
with two sugars and extra cream for Kelly, if
you really want to be nice. Just get there
* Kelly made us
add in the latte note. Though it has been noted
over the years he's been emceeing that the more
caffeinated he gets, the more entertaining he
And finally, to keep
up with all the latest news (and fun) about
Robot Battles, please join our
Robot Battles Yahoo Group or visit us on our
Facebook page to become part of the Robot