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Questions and Answers about Combat Robotics
from Team Run Amok


 Ask Aaron 10th Anniversary Robot Haiku Contest
 
Back in March of 2003, Team Run Amok started 'Ask Aaron' to answer the occasional robot combat question sent to our team. Ten years and more than 4200 questions later we're still here and still fielding a very broad range of practical, theoretical, arcane, obscure, and sometimes just plain silly questions.

The earliest archived version of the 'Ask Aaron' site we have is a single page with just seven questions and a robot haiku. To honor those humble roots, we returned to those early days and sponsored a combat robot haiku contest!

Here's the haiku from Sometimes, the wheel is on fire we posted to inspire entries:

I've been rocked and socked.
But push my head back in place
And I'm good to go.

Here are the entries:
Robots fight the world
Beating those who oppose them
Smash, crash, bash and trash

- Brandon Nichols

Two robots face off
Ready for the final fight
Three...two...one...RUMBLE!!!!!

- Brandon Nichols

Bow down to the King
Or now the World Champion
Razer the Greatest

- Brandon Young

Chaos 2 the First
Only Robot to win Twice
Forevermore Reigns

- Brandon Young

Robot Fighting League
Where the Big Boys always play
Who doesn't love it?

- Brandon Young

Tetanus, the Wrecker
Most Destructive bot in NERC
Congratulations

- Brandon Young

Pioneer of 3s
Weta, God Ugly Things
Reversible Drums

- Brandon Young

Plug in the LiPo
Getting the crap beaten out
Charge, Fix, then Repeat

- Brandon Young

The box is locked up
The Drive and Weapon do Work
Let's do some Killin'

- Brandon Young

Have I sent enough?
I think one more is needed
So I guess this will do?

- Brandon Young

Hazard, Mechadon
Two Legends from Battlebots
Both are the coolest

- Brandon Young

2-time World Champions
Part-Beast, Part-Bird, Part-Reptile
The One and Only

- Brandon Young

The Wheels are spinning
The rubber it is burning
The bots are dancing

- Jerome Miles, DT Robotics

The bot is twitching
The Referee is yelling
My face is sweating

- Jerome Miles, DT Robotics

The match is starting
My nerves are high as a kite
Where is the bathroom?

- Jerome Miles, DT Robotics

The flames of Hot Stuff
They do not do anything
But they do look cool

- Jerome Miles, DT Robotics

Flipper, spinner, wedge
Which one is going to win?
Whoever drives best

- Jerome Miles, DT Robotics

Lipo or nicads
Which one is better to use?
How do you like fires?

- Jerome Miles, DT Robotics

Why no painted bots?
Painted robots look better
Five buck Walmart fix

- Jerome Miles, DT Robotics

The parts are flying
The audience is ducking
Spinners are breaking!

- Jerome Miles, DT Robotics

The fires are burning
The propane it is flowing
I love the rules change

- Jerome Miles, DT Robotics

The gears are stripping
My team mates feel like swearing
Should have bought Dewalts

- Jerome Miles, DT Robotics

Bots wait in their squares
No safety left, match is on
Destruction take them

- Sam McAmis

I think my bot won
They believe my bot has won
Judges disagree

- Sam McAmis

Blinking lights, bots set
Carnage and devastation.
Wait! Batteries dead.

- Sam McAmis XX

The robot is dead.
It got put in the drop zone.
Refrigerator!

- Hugh Savoldelli XX

Delicate petals
Drift down to cool garden soil.
Robot crushes them.

- Team Run Amok [not judged]

One-hundred kilos.
It hits like a linebacker
With a steel fist.

- Team Run Amok [not judged]

E.S.C. rated
Eighty amps continuous.
Why all the blue smoke?

- Team Run Amok [not judged]

Got a great bargain!
Cheap Chinese radio gear.
Where did my 'bot go?

- Team Run Amok [not judged]

Workshop: two A.M.
Check-in: eight hours from now.
Still working on 'bot.

- Team Run Amok [not judged]

Drove two-hundred miles.
Spinner destroyed my robot.
Drive home much longer.

- Team Run Amok [not judged]

So who won?

Jerome Miles, builder of lightweight flamebot 'Hot Stuff'.

Each of our judges selected a different haiku as their favorite , but every favorite was written by Jerome. That makes him our consensus winner! The judges also awarded 'Honorable Mention' XX to specific haiku from Sam McAmis and Hugh Savoldelli.

And what was the prize?

  • An embroidered official Team Run Amok baseball cap

  • A complete set of first edition Superstar Combat Robot collector cards

  • A video CD of the legendary Oregon Clandestine Street Fight

  • A copy of Robot Riots, the 208-page reference guide to the golden age of robot combat

    and...



A totally awesome RoboSapien V2 programmable autonomous walking robot!!

Thanks to everyone who entered! We'll have to do this again in 2023!



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