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Atlanta Tech Edge - Robot Battles 54

Segment of Atlanta Tech Edge on WXIA-TV (11Alive) in Atlanta.

Posted by Robot Battles on Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Since 1991, Robot Battles has been staging robotic combat competitions (mostly) around the southern United States.

Robot Battles is one of the oldest continuously running robotic combat competitions in the world, with annual events currently held in in Atlanta at DragonCon and MomoCon, in Nashville at the Geek Media Expo, and in Chattanooga at Chattacon and at the Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire. We have also held events in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina and as far away as Barcelona, Spain.

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).

But just 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 opinion). And, of course, lots and lots of very intense one-on-one mechanical mayhem matches. Which is what it's all about.

AUGUST UPDATE: We'll be back home over the Labor Day Weekend for Robot Battles 60 where it all started for us over a quarter-century ago: DragonCon. This will also be a two-day competition involving all four weight classes, with the micros on Sunday and the 12 and 30 pounders on Monday. Both competitions will be held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Details are posted on our Facebook Event page.

"Frequently Asked Questions": Here's a quick rundown of the most common questions about Battles 60 at Dragon Con.

1) "How do I register my bot?" -- Easy, just bring your bot to the competition. We handle registration onsite the morning of each event.

2) "When does everything start?" -- Microbattles starts on Sunday around 10am, the Main Event starts on Monday around 11:30am, with registration/check-in two hours prior.

3) "When should we get there to get a good seat?" -- We generally get in the ballrooms around 8am each day. Hint, hint.

4) "Do I need a Dragon Con badge to attend?" -- Yep. They have single day badges available if you just want to attend our events, but seriously -- it's Dragon Con! Get a weekend pass and live a little! Or rather, live a lot!

5) "Where are the events held?" -- Microbattles is in the International Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency on Sunday, while the Main Event is in the Regency Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency on Monday. Same places we've been the last five years, so if you've been before, you already know where to go.

6) "While Microbattles have more time this year?" -- Yes! The convention has given us another time slot, so hopefully we can not have to rush rush rush like we've done the past few years.

7) "Are there any rule changes we should know about?" -- Yes. We've changed the time limit for all weight classes to three minutes. In the case of the insect bots, if no winner emerges after three minutes, we'll have a judging panel declare a winner. In the larger weight classes, we'll still run "best two-out-of three" matches. Also, teams are now limited to one bot per weight class. Full rules are right here (with the changes highlighted in red).

8) "Will there be teams from BattleBots there?" -- Oh yeah. We love ourselves some BattleBots. :D

9) "Why is the letter 'c' in the word 'yacht'?" -- Because how can you have a boat without the 'c'?

As always, if you have any other questions about the rules or either of the events (or future events), contact us directly, ask us on Facebook or join our Yahoo! Group. And while you're at it, how about doing a little shopping?

Upcoming Robot Battles Events & Competitions

For the 26th year in a row, we will be returning to Atlanta for the Dragon Con convention and our largest competition of the year, featuring all four weight classes. Held for two days over the Labor Day Weekend, this is the one robotic event of the year you do NOT want to miss!
After our best turnout yet, we are planning to return to the the Geek Media Expo (GMX) in Nashville over the Halloween weekend for another Robot Microbattles event in Nashville. GMX is a a very fun convention, with an entire "makers" room along with lots of panels & workshops.
We'll be kicking off 2017 in Chattanooga at the Chattacon convention for another great Microbattles competition. The event is scheduled for Saturday, January 21st at the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Come take part in one of our fastest growing (and most laid back) events.
After a great first year, we'll be back at MomoCon at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta over the Memorial Day Weekend. This will be a two-day event featuring all four of our weight classes. Come out and be part of one of the fastest growing Robot Battles events of the season!

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