Team Toad: CJRC 2001
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Event Report for CJRC 2001 in Cherry Hill, NJ
Okay, we're back from the
Central Jersey Robot Conflict's
event held at the
ShoreCon Gaming Convention
in Cherry Hill, NJ over the weekend,
with mixed results:
TadPole is still the reigning antweight champion, and
- SOOLC: TadPole's first match was against Strung out on
Lucky charms. SOOLC had a vertical Lexan plow blade for
a weapon, and big grippy tires. TadPole's lifter couldn't
get under the wedge very well, but could drive around to the
side and back of SOOLC. I was able to flip him over once,
and at the end I had SOOLC up on his blade with the his
wheels of the ground. As time ran out, SOOLC was hanging
with one wheel over the edge, but it was not a knockout.
TadPole wins 34-11.
- Reflex: This was TadPole's first fight against the big
walking ant, and was tougher than I expected. Reflex is
TALL, and TadPole's lifting arm could only just scratch
his belly. So I drove TadPole under Reflex from the side,
and started flailing back and forth with the lifter. I
was able to drive both robots through the door over the
edge, and since Reflex hit the ground first, TadPole was
awarded a KO.
- TinMan: although a technical marvel of Dremel-gineering,
TM has one weakness: his cone has an uneven skirt. By swivelling
the lifting arm on TadPole around to one side and then the other,
I was able to find a small gap I could get under and pick TM up.
From there it was an arduous push to get him through the door
and over the edge. With over 1 pound pushing down on TadPole's
nose, the wheels have very little pushing power, but by wiggling
side to side, I was able to break TM's grip on the floor and
push him off. Another KO for TadPole.
- Eddie's Hot Rod: once again TadPole meets Eddie. TadPole easily flipped Eddie on his side, but then a funny thing
happened: Eddie was walking around on his side with the bent lifter, and with some strange kind of wrestling move,
grabbed TadPole's wheel Eddie then righted himself using TadPole as handhold, and threatened to drag TadPole around,
instead. But eventually TadPole got free and pushed Eddie off the arena for the win.
- Yoink: after watching Yoink have his way with SOOLC,
I was worried about this fight. But Chooie suffered an unknown
electrical failure that shorted out his brand new 9 volt battery,
so he put Yoink into the box dead. I used TadPole's lifting arm
to flip Yoink up and over the arena wall. It was not the way I
wanted to win, but it gave TadPole the championship.
Mini-Mauler started out okay, but didn't fare as well:
- Triad 12: this was a forfeit, because Chooie's last minute
weapon substitution wasn't ready.
- Gimp: Gimp was Rob Everhart's 24 pound walker (more like a hopper).
Unfortunately for Rob, Gimp's enormously powerful spinning
blade with flails was too high to hit Mini-Mauler. Since it was a
slow walker, MM could spin up and hit at will. The weird part was
that since Gimp weighed twice as much, when MM would hit, it would
move back twice as far as Gimp was moved. Even though MM was
doing all the hitting, Gimp appeared to just sit there and take it, at
first. But then first one flail and then the other was knocked Gimp's
spinning blade, and then one leg was immobilized and finally the
other. MM was awarded a KO.
- 911: Danny had given 911 a quick wheel-ectomy in
Chicago, so I was feeling pretty confident. Surprisingly,
after after an initial sprint across the box to shove MM into
the wall, Chris gave MM room to spin up. Several times
we hit weapon to weapon, with spectacular results. 911
features a titanium blade, and MM sports new titanium
bot-knockers. Weapon to weapon contact sprayed bright
white sparks all over the little box. But after some great
action, one prodigious hit knocked MM back into one wall,
and still spinning it flew 90 degrees into the other wall and
flipped over. Game set and match to 911.
- Ryobot: a spinner's worst nightmare, Ryobot is a fast,
ultra-low two-wheeled wedge. MM was not even close to being
up to speed when Ryobot came flying across the arena, and
drove up under MM, bouncing off the wall. Still upright,
MM got up to almost 2/3 speed, and got in one good hit on
the back of Ryobot, but RB came back and drove up under MM,
driving him around the arena, first into one wall, and then across
the the far wall. This last hit flipped MM over on it's back, and
the match was over. Ryobot got the knockout. I believe the 911
fight could have easily gone the other way in the larger arena,
but more room wouldn't have helped against Ryobot...it's just
the right shape to get under MM's weapons. Ouch.
Lastly, we report on a dangerous new antweight concept that was unveiled by Team Toad at CJRC: FurbyBot!
Since Mini-Mauler was an alternate for CJRC, but not many people had seen it fight, we brought
MM along to Cherry Hill for a demonstration match against Furby-Bot. But since MM entered
the 12 pound competition brackets, that left FurbyBot missionless. Fortunately, between semifinal
matches, there was an un-official antweight rumble, so Robert Everhart, son of Rob Everhart was
invited to drive FurbyBot in that rumble. Robert actually toppled a couple of bots with the improvised
zip-tie and angle aluminum spear, taking 4th place in the rumble.
This was the first step in an even more devious plan...now Robert wants his own antweight, so Rob
will have to take precious time away from Team Halflife
to build it. Muwahaha!
The new format, a round of ants, then a round of 12 pounders, kept the show moving. Thanks to
Jim Goeke, Joanne Nuzzi, John Pagano, and Ed McCarron, and everyone else from NERC for a great