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North America / Barn Battles 2016
« on: July 19, 2016, 03:56:22 pm »


Dragoncon of the North? Cowcon? All I know is Barn battles is back! And still in a barn, how great is that? Come join us on Sunday, September 4th at the Wyoming County Fair for some awesome insect weight class combat and some crazy platform sumo.

We will be giving away awesome custom plaques and great prizes for the top three in each class as well as some very cool specialty awards.

IMPORTANT!
I will be sending out passes for the fair to the address you have listed on the database. MAKE SURE YOUR ADDRESS IS CORRECT. I will be sending a number of passes equal to the number of builders on your team that are attending. MAKE SURE YOUR TEAM ATTENDANCE IS CORRECT. And finally, although you can register right up to the date of the competition, I WILL BE SENDING PASSES OUT ON AUG 24. so if you are not registered by then you will have to pay to enter the fair as your punishment. Entering is free with a pass, 10$ without.

RULES & PROCEDURES:
Barn Battles uses the SPARC ruleset for the antweight and beetleweight combat classes.

The 12lb platform sumo ruleset can be found HERE

DIRECTIONS:
The Wyoming County Fairgrounds is just off rt 6.

Wyoming County Fairgrounds
8805 US-6
Meshoppen, PA 18630

HERE is a map of where to park and where the event will be located on the grounds 

SCHEDULE:
8:00am: Doors open & check-in begins
10:45am: Mandatory meeting
11:00am: Fights Begin
**Robots MUST be through safety/weigh-in before 10:45am or they will NOT be able to compete... make sure your robots work and don't be late! No exceptions!**
Event should be finished by 7pm
Rumbles will be held just before the finals (finalists are not permitted to compete in the rumble)
Awards Presentation immediately after the finals
Please stick around afterward if possible to help clean up and take down the arena.

FEES:
$20 per robot (all weight classes). Fees will be collected at the event check-in table. Cash or check. Please do not send payment before the event.

ARENA:
ants and beetles
8 ft x 8 ft square, 6 ft tall, steel framed with 1/4" polycarbonate walls and roof. Steel bumpers. Wood floor. Optional push-outs if I finish them.

12lb
approximately 12'x16' of stage risers, deal with it. 

EVENT WAIVER:
The pit area is closed off from the general public. Registered builders who enter the pit area must sign a release of liability. Everyone entering the pit area must sign one when your team arrives at the check-in table. All competitors or crew members under age 18 also must have their waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.

See you at the Fair!

-Kyle

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North America / Barn Battles!!! 9/6/15
« on: August 06, 2015, 06:31:36 pm »
Ha yup, here we go.

yo everyone my local Fair, which is run by my mother would like me to run bot battles this year and it will most likely become my yearly venue.

so lets get some details out there.

First off its a bit of short notice, sorry about that but I was only talked to about it this week.
This year will be a bit more of a relaxed event but I am going to try and get together some sweet prizes 

DATE:
Sunday September 6th 2015 exactly one month from today

COMPETITION:
Antweight and Beetleweight full combat
12lb and 30lb Platform Sumo

RULES & PROCEDURES:
Barn Battles will use the SPARC rule set for antweight (1lb) and Beetleweight (3lb) combat robots.
And well will be using the Robot Battles rule set for the 12lb & 30lb platform sumo.

DIRECTIONS:
The event will be held at the Wyoming County Fairgrounds

Wyoming County Fairgrounds
8805 US-6 Meshoppen, PA 18630

SCHEDULE:
9:00am: Doors open & check-in begins
10:45am: Mandatory meeting
11:00am: Fights Begin
**Builders- Robots MUST be through Safety/weigh-in before 10:45am or they will not be able to compete... arrive early!**
Event should be finished by 7pm
Awards Presentation immediately after the finals

FEES:
$ 15 per robot (all weight classes). Fees will be collected at the event check-in table. Cash or check. Please do not send payment before the event.

ARENAS:
Full combat 8ft x 8ft square, 7 ft tall (3ft legs 4ft box), steel framed with with 1/4" lexan walls and roof. Steel bumpers. Wood floor. 2 timer activated push outs.
Platform Sumo 12ft x 16ft stage risers with various "hazards" (see dragon con robot battles)
 
EVENT WAIVER:
The pit area is closed off from the general public. Any builder who enters the pit area must sign a release of liability at check-in. Everyone entering the pit area will be required to sign one before entering the pits. All competitors or crew members under age 18 must also have their waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Please make a post with what bots you plan to bring and a full list on people that are coming with you (first and last names). this way your names will be on the fair participant list and you can enter for free. otherwise YOU'LL HAVE TO PAY to enter.   

If you have any questions for this year's event please feel free to let me know! Hope to see you all in September!

For right now I am going to try and keep an up to date registration here on this post. I am working on DB status

ANTS:
Cyclone
Gyroscopic
Justice
Cornerstone
Bulwark
Arrow
Spinzilla


BEETLES:
circuit breaker
Mondo Bizarro
Scrambles the Death Dealer
 

12lb SUMO:
MASSIVE
weaponless riptoff
Barn Battler
Super DPMI

30lb SUMO:
phoenix or some other clampy lifty thing
Ruin

OTHER:
a mikebot of some sort




-Kyle

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Event Videos / Bot Blast 2015
« on: July 27, 2015, 12:21:36 pm »

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Progress Reports / Twisted Sick Robotics
« on: January 27, 2015, 10:13:02 pm »
Well looks like I'm here now too. So let's recap some bots in no real order

Fangus and its many versions:

very first bot, had some good ideas but poor execution

second attempt at fangus, got a lot better. Brushless was a big plus but there was still a lot of poor execution like wire ties holding on the top plate. don't do this.   

now we are getting somewhere, much better frame design. Real tool steel for the weapon. first real success was with this bot

this one was a step in both directions some things were improved on and some this were made worse. the weapon for example was stressing the steels weakest orientation.

This guy on the other hand was ten giant steps in the right direction. great frame, very solid weapon,  extremely light shuffling system. great bot all-round 

so good I made a Ti version


next bot to talk about is Szalor:

first build, never made weight really, fought in one rumble then was rebuilt

very solid bot this, weapon didn't have much mass but the bot was a good work horse. never really won any comps but was great to fight and never really got busted up to bad.

updated rebuild with some minor improvements. did about as well as the old version.


Ripto and it's many versions:

first version, how it was meant to be

how it actually was. this was my first shuffle bot. made in a last minute effort to make weight. best thing I ever did

My first attempt at a beetle. some poor design choices, like the three tooth disc made from ti. but it did alright in the end.

and this was when I started to get serious. I had some access to some real machines and was becoming a much better designer.

some minor improvements here, wedge angles and extra support of the outer rails.

stepping up to the 12s now. a little to solidly built, the shock from hit breaks it's own motors. working on that now.

and full circle back to the ants. got to finally try out the tank track belting. works great until someone hits you


Arcbeetle:

a wonderfully dumb drum build, very fun bot. needs a rebuild


Crim:

Fist real attempt at a fairyweight. should have stopped with it really. most successful fairy I've ever built.

v2 trying out 3d printing frames with mixed results.


Dick Dastardly:

the double D was build with longevity in mind and has been standing the test of time very well.


Jukid:

Holy crap what a fun bot. built as a joke with old servos it managed a moto 2nd


Kongol:

It was really cool, up until it exploded.


Massive:

fast and dirty mantis build for bot blast. never really got any good fights out of it due to speed controller issues.


Miss Fortune:

I bought Misfortune from Australia half built with all the parts and finished it. it's slight name change is a simple pun that I enjoy.
 

Torgr:

a semi quick build that made for a very cool bot.

v2 fixed some of it's problems but it still couldn't self-right properly which led to the loop of shame.


Zergling:

goofy little undercutter, worked very well though


Secto:

uber compact beetle. what a pain it was to change batteries


Brisingr:

neat little undercutter built for my cousin to drive


Lady bug:

one day build, mini servo make shitty drives



well that looks like most everything, I will be adding general progress as it happens from now on.

-Kyle

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