7/3/02

I’ve decided to step back from BattleBots. I’ve sold most of my BattleBots related equipment, including Ramming Speed 2. I’ve got enough money to pay off my credit cards, and take a breather. I’ve done this for a few reasons:

  • After totaling up all of my receipts, I’ve spent an obscene amount of money on BattleBots related items
  • The competition is getting stiff, to the point that it’s unlikely a ‘basement builder’ will be able to win a nut
  • Though a ‘basement builder’ can enter and have fun, I won’t be happy unless I have a realistic chance of winning
  • Building something I’m happy with is now a multi-thousand dollar ordeal, and can’t be done easily in a basement without investing in more equipment

After regrouping, I may come back and do smaller bots, perhaps something in the ant-weight to 30lb range, and enter at smaller events. In the mean time, I bought an E-MAXX truck that I will be using to improve my driving skills. I may mount a saw on it and chase the neighbors if the BattleBot urge gets to bad.

I will continue to maintain the site, and perhaps as I start to get the itch, add new design info, so keep an eye out…


6/6/02

Well, I’m back, and had a great time. Unfortunately I didn’t get to compete. Before I left, I found the gearing was to high, and the motors were smoking. It was to late to do anything about it, so I shipped the bot, hoping I could at least muster a minute in the box (who knows, a quick knock out?). Well, I had to do a functional test in a practice box, and I couldn’t even run 30 seconds before it began smoking rather badly. Failed the test, and couldn’t compete.


6/1/02

Following are ideas for bots, or series of bots. You should be able to tell by the names that I’m looking to have some fun with this.

The ‘Growing Up’ Series

Bundle of Joy
A small light-weight pusher/rammer. Would have a baby in a basket mounted to the top. A speaker would play the screaming/crying sounds of a baby. Baby would be on a tether and would pop up out of the basket every time the bot hit something.

Crib of Death
A middle-weight based on a crib. Perhaps the sides of the crib slide down and trap the opponent underneath. Crib would have mobiles dangling over it.

Wicked Walker
A heavy-weight based on a child’s walker. Conical in shape with a doll strapped into it, it would be a spinner. A bit of a play on words, since most people would be expecting a bot that walks.

Please Don’t Kill Billy
A super heavy-weight based on a ‘Big Wheel’ or a tricycle.

The ‘Kynda Lyka’ Series

  • Kynda Lyka Tank
  • Kynda Lyka Howitzer
  • Kynda Lyka Steam-Roller

Hamster Powered

Tank steering pusher/rammer with a third wheel made of a hamster ball. Bot will appear to be powered by a hamster in the ball. The hamster name will be, what else, SPG (If you don’t get it, don’t even ask)!

These are some obscure references, or just phrases that I find funny, maybe for a bot name:

  • You’re Gonna What?
  • Please God, Help Me!
  • Stop Doing That
  • Leave Me Alone
  • Kill Me? Kill You!
  • Look out for the Sharp Thingies
  • Lordy Lordy my Bottom’s on Fire
  • What Did You Call Me?
  • Respect My Athorataay
  • Pardon Me!
  • Outta My Way
  • Angle of Attack

5/27/02

BattleBots Season 5
Some of these picture show damage done to bots in the fights, and may hint at fight outcomes (though some are misleading). Don’t go further if you don’t want to know any results! If you see any errors, or have anything to add, please let me know (joseph@fiebers.com). So many fights (over 500), so much to remember…


5/26/02

BattleBots Season 5
Some of these picture show damage done to bots in the fights, and may hint at fight outcomes (though some are misleading). Don’t go further if you don’t want to know any results! If you see any errors, or have anything to add, please let me know (joseph@fiebers.com). So many fights (over 500), so much to remember…


5/25/02

BattleBots Season 5
Some of these picture show damage done to bots in the fights, and may hint at fight outcomes (though some are misleading). Don’t go further if you don’t want to know any results! If you see any errors, or have anything to add, please let me know (joseph@fiebers.com). So many fights (over 500), so much to remember…


5/24/02

BattleBots Season 5
Some of these picture show damage done to bots in the fights, and may hint at fight outcomes (though some are misleading). Don’t go further if you don’t want to know any results! If you see any errors, or have anything to add, please let me know (joseph@fiebers.com). So many fights (over 500), so much to remember…


5/22/02

BattleBots Season 5
Some of these picture show damage done to bots in the fights, and may hint at fight outcomes (though some are misleading). Don’t go further if you don’t want to know any results! If you see any errors, or have anything to add, please let me know (joseph@fiebers.com). So many fights (over 500), so much to remember…


5/21/02

BattleBots Season 5
Some of these picture show damage done to bots in the fights, and may hint at fight outcomes (though some are misleading). Don’t go further if you don’t want to know any results! If you see any errors, or have anything to add, please let me know (joseph@fiebers.com). So many fights (over 500), so much to remember…


5/20/02

BattleBots Season 5
Some of these picture show damage done to bots in the fights, and may hint at fight outcomes (though some are misleading). Don’t go further if you don’t want to know any results! If you see any errors, or have anything to add, please let me know (joseph@fiebers.com). So many fights (over 500), so much to remember…


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