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jpieper
09-13-2015, 09:50 AM
Mikhail and I were thinking of making Mech Warfare happen at RoboGames 2016, assuming the event actually happens again this year.

I've tried contacting Tyberius, but haven't gotten a reply yet. Does anyone know what happened to the old arena?

(and on a side note, there are a lot of stale Sticky posts in the MW forum, who is able to clear them out?)

jwatte
09-13-2015, 04:37 PM
I believe a copy of the old arena is still in California.

giantflaw
09-15-2015, 05:08 AM
I heard the arena was sold to a group in Reno? The buildings had warped or something. Don't know what happened to them.

deathwiz
10-14-2015, 02:11 PM
Does that mean that Mech Warfare wont be at RoboGames 2016? It doesn't show up on thier list of competitions

jpieper
10-14-2015, 08:21 PM
Well, I think that is just because it wasn't in 2015 and no one has stepped up to organize it yet. I'm not certain we'd want to if we had to build an arena too, but are still considering it.

jwatte
11-23-2015, 01:01 PM
I would want to help make this happen. I don't have the time to be 100% responsible, but I live <10 miles away from the San Mateo event center...
If there is an arena that's still in storage in California, that would be great!
Making new buildings is an interesting art project; the lexan/8020 framing for the arena safety seems like bigger/harder/more work.

tician
11-23-2015, 01:25 PM
the lexan/8020 framing for the arena safety seems like bigger/harder/more work.
Also much more expensive than 2"x4" and plywood/hardboard perimeter base/wall (2~3 ft tall) where hits are most likely, then extending (mosquito) netting fabric (http://hancockfabrics.com/nettings-linings) up and over the arena for clear spectator view and decent safety. IIRC, the original arena was all fabric with plastic film windows on a plastic tubing frame.


Old comment I never got around to posting:
There have been several versions of the buildings and the arena enclosure. The really pretty set of buildings made by artists warped horribly from heat and/or moisture during storage, but I'm thinking there was supposed to be a newer set of buildings made from laser cut ABS (left over from when the interbotix kits switched over from ABS to PMMA/PC blend).

giantflaw
11-30-2015, 02:11 PM
At R-Team Robotics club we have discussed how to get MechWarrior going again at Robogames in 2016. Over the summer we sent a couple of queries to Tyberius about this with no reply. We were wondering if Andrew could mentor us thru the process of signing up with Robogames and telling us all the particulars.

We have some cardboard boxes we use with windows drawn on the sides and are putting together a pvc mesh type arena that is similar to the original arena used at Robogames. We are going to use this arena on Dec 19,20 for Mech Brawl in Tucson. We could use the arena and boxes at Robogames. The 5 mechs from Tucson along with perhaps another 5 mechs from around the country would provide a reboot of MechWarrior.

jwatte
11-30-2015, 04:50 PM
Mech Warfare.

MechWarrior is a trademark of some other company (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Topps) :-)

jpieper
12-01-2015, 01:59 AM
I also tried to get a hold of Andrew with no luck on the same subject. If I had had more bandwidth, I was just going to mail [email protected] and see if David can help out. I'm guessing that it isn't that hard to get an event going, especially one that he already had the rules webpage made up for at one point.

We're almost certainly in for a Robogames match with 1 or two bots from here in Boston.

DresnerRobotics
12-08-2015, 07:10 PM
Anyone is more than welcome to continue carrying the torch, there's no real info needed from me. Contact Dave at Robogames, he requires a minimum of like 3-4 people to sign up for it, and then everything else is on the event organizer.

The arena is gone, I donated it to a school doing robotics competitions in SF area. I had rebuilt the buildings using ABS as Tician said, but I donated those too (I just mailed the storage key to the school).

I simply do not have the time or spare cash to continue running the competition at this point. I'd like to reboot it at some point and run it at Maker Faire for a bigger audience, but who knows when I'll have time. I invested thousands personally into the competition and it just ended up being a massive time/money sink for an event that only happened once a year for 2 days. Did that for 5 years, can't really justify keeping it up forever. :)

jwatte
12-08-2015, 08:39 PM
You should bring a 'bot as a competitor!

giantflaw
12-14-2015, 01:08 PM
I sent in two queries over the last several weeks about getting Mech Warfare rebooted to [email protected] with no reply. We have our old badge pictures and out of date robot pictures on the Robogames website. This weekend we are having the Tucson MechBrawl and will get updated robot pictures and people badge pictures to submit to Robogames.

nvrdunn
12-15-2015, 02:54 PM
Bit off topic but along the same lines. I've been toying with an idea to bring this down to kids. I've been a coach for a local FLL team with 11/12 yr olds. I actually have found that FLL is almost too open for the kids and struggle with that. The idea that I have been thinking of is a basic mech robot build class. Using HerkuleX servos and an off the shelf SBC create a curriculum where a "team" of kids would build up the robot. They would get exposure to mechanical build, electronics, programming and such. Have a fee per kid and offset most of the cost with local businesses. If you run more than one team at a time, at the end they have their own game. Our local town has summer events in town, setup a booth using the bots and a area of wood/netting to promote STEM to kids overall. Companies that donate would have their name maybe on the bots, buildings, both, etc.

By using the cheaper HerkuleX servos, RP2 or Beagle Bone Black and regular RC batteries and such, a bot "should" be able to be build on an "inexpensively". Like I said, a pipe dream that I've already started breaking into modules for weekly sessions and such.

Something along these lines might be a good way to get not only kids more interested but also exposure to STEM. That should allow more sponsorship options due to the target audience and overall methodology. Then maybe regional meetups could be setup that can cater to both the "professional" mechs and the lower end kid/STEM mechs.

jpieper
12-17-2015, 06:43 PM
Well, it looks like David just sent out the announcement for Robogames 2016, so it seems likely to happen. giantflaw, maybe try his direct email: [email protected] ?

Feel free to cc me at [email protected], I'm happy to help organize.

I'm bummed we couldn't make it to Tucson this weekend, but hopefully looking forward to some pictures!

mannyr7
12-21-2015, 12:35 AM
I just logged into registration for Robogames 2016. There are categories available in LW and HW mech Warfare to register for! After Christmas I'll know whether I can make it this coming year. If so, I'm back in!

jwatte
12-21-2015, 11:39 AM
Also: new venue. Sadly, much longer drive for me :-(

giantflaw
12-21-2015, 03:28 PM
The R-Team Robotics club will come with 5 mechs. We will register around the 2nd week in January. Very excited to seeing Mechwarfare rebooted at Robogames. Since we live in Arizona we usually drive to the event. We will bring our buildings and arena that we have been using and try to organize the event. We will appreciate any help in getting this going again.

byi
12-21-2015, 04:37 PM
Odd its not listed on the main event list... are we sure its running? Pending parts and travel funds, CURC will be bringing between 1 and 3 mechs (1 working, 1 in need of upgrades, 1 pending funding). It's going to take some hustle to make it happen, but I hope to see you there.

nvrdunn
12-21-2015, 09:04 PM
Odd its not listed on the main event list... are we sure its running? Pending parts and travel funds, CURC will be bringing between 1 and 3 mechs (1 working, 1 in need of upgrades, 1 pending funding). It's going to take some hustle to make it happen, but I hope to see you there.

I emailed David about the fact its on the reg page but not on the list of events. He said it was on the reg page by accident:6377

jpieper
12-22-2015, 02:33 AM
giantflaw: Were you mailing Dave to try and organize an event, or just to see if one was happening?

If the Tucson arena is transportable, I'd be willing to pay to get it to CA for Robogames and to help organize. Does that sound interesting? We've been discussing here what it would take to build a more convenient arena while not being local, but if you have one already, that would be a lot easier.

giantflaw
12-22-2015, 09:05 AM
Yes, all of the above. Everything you say is interesting, encouraging and your help is most welcome. Dave sais he needs to talk to Andrew on the phone to proceed further. I'll update the status of things when I hear back from Dave again. Our arena is transportable and we were thinking of just bringing it up from Tucson in a trailer because we always drove up to Robogames anyways in a couple of cars. We do it in one 16 hour drive taking turns.

Our arena and buildings are not as nice as the last arena but is very transportable and does not take much room to store. Our buildings are painted cardboard boxes. The arena resembles the older arena made out of PVC, canvas, fiberglass screen.

giantflaw
01-09-2016, 12:24 PM
The gears are turning. Things are moving. Just a little slow because of Christmas and New Years. Andrew said he will talk to Dave and Dave said he will talk to Andrew. Still waiting to hear back. Assuming there will be a Mechwarfare event at Robogames in April, you should dust off your Mechs and repair them, modify them or finish them.



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jwatte
01-09-2016, 03:44 PM
Those look like old 14.5 degree pressure angle gears. Also, they look like they need a bit of grease :-)