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tobor
11-17-2009, 09:14 AM
Registration is now open for the 2010 Central Illinois Robotics Bot Brawl. The competition will take place on March 6th at the LakeView Museum in Peoria, IL. This year we're hosting beetleweights too! Here's a list of all the events:

LEGO Sumo
Mini Sumo
3kg Sumo
Line Following
Line Maze
Antweights (1lb combat)
Beetleweights (3lb combat)
Best in Show

Registration is $10 for walk-ins and $7 if you pre-register through the BuildersDB
http://www.buildersdb.com/view_bots.asp?eventid=303

Be sure to periodically check our website (www.circ.mtco.com (http://www.circ.mtco.com/)) for updated rules, schedules, and prizes.

Dan Toborowski
President
Central Illinois Robotics Club
www.circ.mtco.com (http://www.circ.mtco.com/)

DresnerRobotics
11-17-2009, 09:41 AM
Woo! I'll be there with Giger. =)

Spartan001
11-17-2009, 07:55 PM
I am hoping to come with my newly built minisumo Killjoy! BTW what prizes were awarded to minisumo winners last year?:)

tobor
11-18-2009, 06:27 AM
BTW what prizes were awarded to minisumo winners last year?Actually the way we handle prizes at our events is we let the competition winners choose which ever prize they want. Last year we had over $5,000 in donated prizes and we're hoping to assemble a similar collection again for this year.

Check out our website for the full list of 2009 prizes. We'll be starting the new list for 2010 as we begin receiving donated items.
http://circ.mtco.com/

Dan Toborowski
President
Central Illinois Robotics Club
www.circ.mtco.com (http://circ.mtco.com/)

Spartan001
11-18-2009, 03:37 PM
Do you have a u-18 for mini sumo? Being 14 i don;t know if my robot can compete with robots built by adults. Thanks!

tobor
11-18-2009, 07:10 PM
Do you have a u-18 for mini sumo?In the past we've tried dividing our sumo competitions into a regular and "advanced" tournament but it's never worked very well. Usually the advanced tournaments would end up with only a few entries which made for a brief and less than exciting competition. We've discussed alternate methods of separating advanced and beginner entries but we could never find an effective criteria.

Another way to help beginners is by hosting different classes of sumo. Our club offers three types of sumo competitions ranging from LEGO to 3kg. We encourage our advanced competitors to strive for the more challenging events which helps beginners have a chance to succeed in the other events.

Dan Toborowski
President
Central Illinois Robotics Club
www.circ.mtco.com (http://www.circ.mtco.com)

webgeek
12-14-2009, 11:33 PM
Any interest in adding a mech warfare event too? I'm in Kansas City and that's close enough for me to drive up there and give my mech a trial run - particularly if Giger will be there :)

I assume we'd need some sort of enclosure and I have no idea what the building is like to see if we can do this there but it never hurts to ask. I'd be willing to pitch in a bit to pay for this as well if that makes it more palatable. Thanks!

Mike

tobor
12-15-2009, 07:14 AM
Mike,

We actually are working on including a Mech Warfare demo which will be open to anyone who'd like to participate. So far we've heard from Andrew Alter, Jim Frye of Lynxmotion, and one of our club members who were all planning to bring a mech.

We're in the process of upgrading our combat arena from 8' X 4' to 8' X 8' but the arena is only 2' tall which prevents some mechs from competing (sorry Giger). Andrew has offered to bring the Trossen arena but there isn't enough space at our current venue. We're still searching for a larger facility where we could host our competition but if nothing turns up, our combat arena will be the only option for hosting mech warfare matches.

I'll keep everyone updated as March 6th draws closer.

Dan Toborowski
President
Central Illinois Robotics Club
www.circ.mtco.com (http://www.circ.mtco.com)

DresnerRobotics
12-15-2009, 10:07 AM
I'll be bringing my BRAT mech as well, so I'll still get to participate, Giger will just have to sit around and look pretty however.

tobor
12-15-2009, 01:56 PM
Here's a sneak peak at the design for our upgraded arena. Built primarily for insect combat robots, this arena will also be used for Mech Warfare and provides excellent visibility while protecting spectators from "deadly" airsoft pellets. Obstacles will be added to create the simulated miniature battlefield.

http://sites.google.com/site/teamtobor/_/rsrc/1260241972197/images/circ%20battle%20box_4.jpg?height=293&width=400

However as I mentioned before, the arena is 2 feet tall so will not be able to accommodate larger mechs.

Dan Toborowski
President
Central Illinois Robotics Club
www.circ.mtco.com (http://www.circ.mtco.com)

Spartan001
01-04-2010, 09:02 AM
Will i be able to submit a video entry to the best in show catagory? I live far away but still want to compete in the competition?

tobor
01-05-2010, 07:25 AM
Will i be able to submit a video entry to the best in show category? I live far away but still want to compete in the competition?Sorry Spartan001 but competitors are required to attend in person if they wish to be considered. Adding competition entries in the form of videos and other online submissions adds complexity for us because we'd be responsible for displaying the videos and mailing prizes to winners. Also we need to be able to ask the builders questions when deciding on the winner for our "Best in Show" award.

We are willing to make exceptions if you can personally attend but are unable to bring your robot with. If your project is very large, too difficult to transport, or too dangerous to bring than it is acceptable to bring videos and pictures instead but the builder needs to be prepared to present their information either with their own laptop or a display board. It will be harder for a robot to win "Best in Show" if it's not present so I would urge these competitors to focus on putting together a top-notch multimedia presentation.

Dan Toborowski
President
Central Illinois Robotics Club
www.circ.mtco.com (http://www.circ.mtco.com)

Spartan001
01-05-2010, 03:15 PM
The reason i can't attend is that i live in new york city and have no way of getting to illinois, being 14 has its limitations :P also my robot is in 2 parts. a lynxmotion tri track kit towing a minifridge and other things that i have yet to add. Thanks!

tobor
01-15-2010, 04:07 PM
Just a reminder to everyone, the Central Illinois Robotics Bot Brawl is less than 2 months away! Don't miss your chance to win some awesome prizes! Here's a list of the available prizes we've collected so far thanks to the generous support of our sponsors:

http://circ.mtco.com/competitions/2010/sponsors

This year's event is sure to be our best yet with a brand-spanking new 8' X 8' arena, more robot classes, and Mech Warfare demos! Make sure to register as soon as possible on the Builders Database (http://www.buildersdb.com/view_bots.asp?eventid=303) to help us plan for the number of competitors. Unfortunately we'll have to cancel a robot class if not enough competitors are registered so please register your robot right away!

Also, if you're planning to compete in the Best In Show (http://circ.mtco.com/competitions/2010/rules/best_in_show) competition which does not require advanced registration, we'd still appreciate if you could let us know ahead of time what you'll be bringing.

See you in March!!!

Dan Toborowski
President
Central Illinois Robotics Club
www.circ.mtco.com (http://www.circ.mtco.com)

tobor
02-09-2010, 07:56 AM
The Central Illinois Bot Brawl is now less than 1 month away! Register your entry right away for your chance to win some awesome prizes! You don't need to have your robot completed now to register and we'd appreciate knowing a more accurate count of how many robots will be competing. We might be forced to drop a robot class if no one is registered online so make sure to enter your robot right away!

http://www.buildersdb.com/view_bots.asp?eventid=303

We've collected over $3,500 in prizes so far with more still coming. Here's a complete listing of the prizes available to winning competitors and all audience members through random prize drawings and raffle prizes.

http://circ.mtco.com/competitions/2010/sponsors

Also don't miss you chance to see Mech Warfare demonstrations by James Frye of Lynxmotion and Andrew Alter of Trossen Robotics. These two will pit their BRAT Mechs against each other in our new 8' X 8' combat arena. The only other event hosting Mech Warfare matches is Robogames in San Fransisco so don't miss this unique opportunity to see Mechs do battle here in the Midwest!

Dan Toborowski
President
Central Illinois Robotics Club
www.circ.mtco.com (http://www.circ.mtco.com)

rebel
02-09-2010, 11:22 AM
I hate that I can not go. Sounds like fun

webgeek
02-10-2010, 11:39 AM
I'm still planning on attending with Nostromo if I can make some good progress in the next week or two on it. I'd love to get in on that Mech Warfare demonstration if possible :)

Upgrayd
02-10-2010, 12:05 PM
I am planning on attending. Maybe ill get to show off Second Amendment a bit.

tobor
02-11-2010, 11:59 AM
Upgrayd and Webgeek,

The more mechs the merrier! Everyone's invited to put their robots to the test during our Mech Warfare demonstrations but even if it's not fully operational we'd still love to see your work. All robots are eligible for our "Best in Show" competition even if they're still a work in progress.

Dan Toborowski
President
Central Illinois Robotics Club
www.circ.mtco.com (http://www.circ.mtco.com)

4mem8
02-11-2010, 05:15 PM
Damn, makes me so sad i cannot attend these robotic events. but being in New Zealand makes it totally impractical. Another world another life maybe lol.

tobor
03-07-2010, 11:32 PM
The 2010 Central Illinois Bot Brawl took place this past weekend and was a huge success! Over 25 competitors showed up with robots for the combat, line following, and sumo competitions as well as Mech Warfare demonstrations. Results, pictures, and video are being added to the 2010 event page here:
http://circ.mtco.com/competitions/2010/

More pictures and videos will be added but the combat highlight video is now available. We had 5 antweights and 3 beetleweights compete with two of the beetle weights being multi-bots. They went head to head in our club's brand new 8' X 8' arena.

The local Peoria news also came by to do a story on the event. You can find the article and watch the video at the following link:
http://www.centralillinoisnewscenter.com/news/local/86720097.html

(http://www.centralillinoisnewscenter.com/news/local/86720097.html)Thanks to everyone who made the event possible including the generous companies who donated terrific prizes!

Dan Toborowski
President
Central Illinois Robotics Club
www.circ.mtco.com (http://www.circ.mtco.com/)

tobor
03-15-2010, 09:36 AM
Sorry for the delay but I've finally managed to edit and upload video of the Mech Warfare demos as well to Youtube and our club's website. Video for the line following/maze and sumo competitions should also be uploaded within the next few weeks...hopefully ;-)

http://circ.mtco.com/competitions/2010/

http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=uV33H99oVKk (http://www.youtube.com/watch#%21v=uV33H99oVKk)

Dan Toborowski
President
Central Illinois Robotics Club
www.circ.mtco.com (http://circ.mtco.com)