Questions and Answers about Combat Robotics
from Team Run Amok

Back in March of 2003, Team Run Amok started 'Ask Aaron' to answer the occasional robot combat question sent to our team. Fifteen years and almost 6200 questions later we're still here and still fielding a very broad range of practical, theoretical, arcane, obscure, and sometimes just plain silly questions.

  • To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we looked back at the first published version of 'Ask Aaron' -- a single page with just seven questions and a robot haiku. This inspired a return to those humble roots with a Combat Robot Haiku Contest.

  • Our 15th anniversary is rapidly approaching, and I'm hard at work planning a new contest for March, 2018. Watch 'Ask Aaron' for details...

The History of 'Ask Aaron'
All it says... at the top of the 'Ask Aaron' webpage is,

Team Run Amok receives a lot of email asking about the design and operation of combat robots. In 2003 my son and team member Aaron Joerger (then 12 years old) asked for a question and answer page to document our responses.

That was the start of the story, but a lot of what happened in the years since slipped away unrecorded -- until now. For the 15th aniversary of 'Ask Aaron' I've sifted thru the old files and restored to glory a few early versions of our combat robot question and answer page to show how it has evolved and adapted. The pages have working links, but I've turned off the scripts for searches and question submittal.

Restored archives
Raw archives

You can access other 'Ask Aaron' snapshots thru the Internet Archive 'Wayback Machine'. The pages may not have all the images, and they will be slow to load -- but there are dozens of capture dates from which to pick:

The 'Ask Aaron' Word Cloud

Notable 'Ask Aaron' Milestones:

To see the most recent questions or to ask a new question, go to the

Run Amok Combat Robotics homepage
Copyright 2018 by Mark Joerger -- all rights reserved.