Battlebots 2019

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ajprice

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16,429 posts

141 months

Wednesday 29th May
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It's robot fighting time! (Starting from June 7th on Discovery in the USA)

Trailer. https://youtu.be/wIObm_ZGjjI

Rather than digging up the Robot Wars thread again, it can live here. It's already been filmed, so if anyone does know what happens, shush until it's been on TV and found its way to YouTube hehe . Looks like a few very similar looking bots to last year, some redesigned ones, and some new ones. For the Brits, Monsoon is in it and has been updated, Beta isn't in it and Warhead isn't in it this time, and they may have retired it after the disc was broken in the last Battlebots series. Cobalt is by the Carbide guys from Robot Wars.

Full robots list https://battlebots.com/2019-season-robots/

ChocolateFrog

5,653 posts

118 months

Thursday 30th May
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Links (or whatever will get past the mods these days) to the YouTube episodes will again be very much appreciated. Really enjoyed the last series.

Lucas Ayde

2,077 posts

113 months

Thursday 30th May
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Great news! This was fantastic entertainment despite (or maybe because of) the cheesy stereotypically glitzy American presentation.

Hopefully they keep the pundits, some of their remarks were comedy gold and they knew it.

Jasandjules

63,031 posts

174 months

Thursday 30th May
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Whenever I see these things now I can't help but think of Big Bang Theory......

300bhp/ton

37,268 posts

135 months

Thursday 30th May
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Would be nice if it was aired in the UK too.

AlexS

1,328 posts

177 months

Thursday 30th May
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Though not strictly BattleBots news Rex Garrod, the guy behind Recyclops and Cassius (probably the first self righting robot) and also the co-presenter of the Secret Life of Machines died at the start of April.

Some Gump

11,030 posts

131 months

Thursday 30th May
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Nice one!
Love battlebots. It's so entertaining (esp on youtube when you can skip the bilge before the fights).
I wonder if the crazy brazilian guy will go full troglodyte every fight, that just added to the show =)

Xaero

3,813 posts

160 months

Thursday 30th May
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AlexS said:
Though not strictly BattleBots news Rex Garrod, the guy behind Recyclops and Cassius (probably the first self righting robot) and also the co-presenter of the Secret Life of Machines died at the start of April.
frown

He was one of the driving figures that got me interested in robots at a young age and building me own in my early teens. A great personality, he will be missed.

ajprice

Original Poster:

16,429 posts

141 months

Thursday 6th June
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Episode 1 fight card


ChocolateFrog

5,653 posts

118 months

Saturday 8th June
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Any links to the first episode?

hairykrishna

11,005 posts

148 months

Saturday 8th June
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It's on the various torrent sites. Try rarbg.

First episode is amazing.

Some Gump

11,030 posts

131 months

Saturday 8th June
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hairykrishna said:
It's on the various torrent sites. Try rarbg.

First episode is amazing.
go on, upload it to youtube with a cryptic title so we can all watch it? 😀

ajprice

Original Poster:

16,429 posts

141 months

Sunday 9th June
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This one isn't the main series, it's a one off Twitch livestream shown last week. https://youtu.be/wc_dqLcARLA
(It's a live recording, so there's a few dead microphones etc at times)

10 robots with 5 heats, then Twitch voted for the finalists from the 5 winners.

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Bronco
Biteforce
Icewave
Skorpios
Chomp
Lockjaw
Whiplash
Witch Doctor
Tombstone



From what I can find on YouTube so far, the new first episode is links to another website sign up, or they're being taken down.

FourWheelDrift

77,842 posts

229 months

Sunday 9th June
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S04E01 all fights, no filler - https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7akgp1

hairykrishna

11,005 posts

148 months

Sunday 9th June
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The filler's not bad. Various stuff from the pits and the test box.

Lucas Ayde

2,077 posts

113 months

Sunday 9th June
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hairykrishna said:
The filler's not bad. Various stuff from the pits and the test box.
Yep - for once the filler stuff was actually somewhat interesting. Helped that it mostly concentrated on things like the testing. The pundits were pretty entertaining too, hamming it up for all they were worth.

Just a very entertaining show overall - loads of fights and not really a duff one. Endgame vs Death Roll was a highlight.

Seems like the yanks just know how to make the whole thing into more entertaining TV ... are the robots allowed to be more destructive than they are on Robot Wars or is it that there is just more financial incentive to take part and thus more competition/ investment into the battle bots?


hairykrishna

11,005 posts

148 months

Monday 10th June
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The rules are very similar between Battlebots and Robot Wars in terms of limiting destructiveness. BB has a tip speed limit for spinners of 200mph (with a bit of wiggle room), I think RW technically had 250mph but they never had to enforce it - Carbide was up at 230ish. There are a few minor differences about safety stuff but nothing that changes the damage they can do.

Like you say, I think the biggest difference is the money that the top teams have available - partly due to the sponsorship rules. Some of the big teams are spending easily 100k. It means they're close to full effectiveness most of the way through the tournament as they have full spare robots etc. None of the two robots limping around that we saw occasionally in RW. They also have a bigger pool of 'talent' to draw on. The live robot fighting scene is pretty big in the US and they have robogames every year which has an area that can handle full power spinners. It means the guys in the US have been building and developing them the whole time BB was off the air.

I bet we have two or more british teams in the top 16 though. Quantum and Cobalt are both incredible robots. Monsoon's also great. Cobalt could easily win the whole thing. Sadly no Beta this year though.

Andy S15

379 posts

72 months

Monday 10th June
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I believe Battlebots allow a higher pressure CO2 to be used than Robot wars did.

Additionally, if you are picked for the show, I believe you got 20k towards your build. Explains why competitors are both less bothered about being destroyed and less guilty about doing the destroying.

These are only things I remember from a couple of years back. May be different now.

hairykrishna

11,005 posts

148 months

Monday 10th June
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CO2 is banned at battlebots. They consider it a safety hazard because it can freeze valves and stuff. It's one of the reasons that flippers are much harder to do well in battlebots - storing enough high pressure air is bulky and much pricier than an old fire extinguisher with a new valve on top.

I think you're right that the maximum pressure of pneumatics is higher at battlebots though. That brings up another difference too - battlebots rules for some things are flexible if you can convince them you're competent. Bronco runs much higher pressures than the allowed limit. I think Beta was also running higher voltages than the 'limit' too.

Andy S15

379 posts

72 months

Monday 10th June
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hairykrishna said:
CO2 is banned at battlebots.
Thanks for the correction. thumbup

Looking forward to watching this later.