Robot Wars 1996

The 1996 Robot Wars event took place August 16th thru 18th at the Fort Mason Center, Herbst Pavillion in San Francisco. There were four classes:

  • Super Lightweight : 5-25 lbs.
  • Lightweight : 26-50 lbs.
  • Middleweight : 51-100 lbs.
  • Heavyweight : 101-165 lbs.
Two events were featured within each weight class:
  • A standard 'Face-Off' tournament with a 5 minute time limit (results below).
  • A 'Melee' free-for-all, also with a 5 minute time limit. Melee winners:
    • Superlight : X2
    • Light : Lorena 2
    • Middle : The Agamemnon
    • Heavy : La Machine
Other prize winners were:
  • Best Design : 'Biohazard'
  • Best Engineering : 'Biohazard
  • Strangest Robot : 'Sponkey Munkey'
  • Autonomous : 'Gladiator Rodney'

Note that there are two different competitors named Will Wright. Both are very nice people. One (My Little Pony) founded Maxis Software (Sim City, The SIms) and became rich and famous.


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X2 - Michael Winter, Sponkey Munkey - Gary C. Cline, My Little Pony - Will Wright, Spiney Norman III - Will Wright, Red 2 - John Knoll, Roach - Anthony DuRaine, Spiked Master II - Larry & Taylor Tan, Triple Redundancy - Cassidy Wright, Slomo III - Klaas Langhout, Ziggy - Jonathan Ridder, Buford T. Pusser - Mark Senatori, Lorena - Bob Schneeveis, Black Sheep II - Benjamin Chapman, Nezumi - Robert Orr, Bite Me - Brian Foote, Arsenic - Steven J. Winter, Spike - Andrew Lindsey, Edgar the Hate Bug - Lars Norpchen, Yo Mama! - Brent Harmon, Rampage - Jason Bardis, Melvin - Kevin Knoedler, Mad Dog - Bradley Wong, Draggon Waggin' - Sandor Nagyszalanczy, P.A.T. - Mike Li-ter Chen, Wedge of Doom - Tony Buchignani, WYSIWYG - Eric Dickerson, Gigan - Peter Abrahamson, KMM - Rik Winter