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Ohio House Of Robotic Destruction 09.17.21

The Ohio Robot Club (ORC) is pleased to announce that this year’s House of Robotic Destruction (HORD) will be held at the Military Aviation Preservation Society’s (MAPS) Air Museum at Akron-Canton airport.


Ohio House Of Robotic Destruction 09.17.21

HORD Update 07/31/21

For the HORD event, the Antweight and Beetleweight brackets are full, and fairyweights currently have 5 slots left. Due to numerous requests for ant and beetle slots, at ~6:00pm Friday August 6th any open fairy slots will be reallocated to ants and beetles. Registration will be first come first served.


MAPS, the Military Aviation Preservation Society, is graciously allowing HORD to set up our arena in the main hanger of the Air Museum, surrounded by vintage military aircraft. MAPS will be using our event as a value-added attraction to promote their museum and hopefully generate some extra ticket revenue. Help us help them by spreading the word and demonstrating good sportsmanship and good showmanship.

HORD Event Details:

Teams will need to fill out an MC Cue Card for each robot and email the completed file by September 4th so they can be printed on a standard form. The cue cards will be used by the MC to introduce you and your robot and should include a number of interesting factoids. Teams that fail to provide interesting factoids will have alternate factoids assigned to them.

All forms can be found on the event page on the ORC website.

About MAPS

The Military Aviation Preservation Society (DBA MAPS Air Museum) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating people about the history of aviation and its impact upon society. It accomplishes this mission by acquiring, restoring, preserving, studying, and exhibiting the impact of aviation on the culture of man.

Founded in 1990, the Military Aviation Preservation Society (MAPS) is the nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational and fundraising organization that supports the Museum. With nearly 1,100 dues-paying members, the organization is financially self-supporting through various revenue-generating operations such as; admission fees, special events, sales in the Gift Shop, and donations.


HORD Registration Opens: 7/9/2021. Registration Closes: 9/4/2021



COVID Considerations:

Please refer to the State’s public health site for the latest information.


Registration fees for this event will be $20 per robot. Fees can be paid via paypal through the builders’ database or by personal check via US mail. To pay by check contact the registration coordinator for instructions. Fees must be received by September 4th. Fees are non-refundable after September 11th. If you have registered but cannot attend for any reason, please contact the registration coordinator.

Weight Classes:

Robot Class Entry Fee Slots
Fairyweight (150g) $20.00 8
Antweight 1lb $20.00 8
Beetleweight 3lb $20.00 8


ORC has a number of sponsors that provide a variety of robot related merchandise for prizes. Prizes and trophies will be awarded to the top finishers in each weight class and winners of any rumbles that are held. In addition, prizes may be offered to winners of special award categories at the discretion of the judge.

Special awards may include:

  • Big Hitter; robot/driver that demonstrators exceptional weapon hits for its weight class.
  • Best Death Scene; robot/driver that suffers a spectacular knockout blow.
  • Excellence in driving; robot/driver that shows exceptional control and/or strategy
  • Rookie of the Year; Best first-time driver in a weight class.
  • Special awards are generally given to non-top finishers and one per driver.

Award-winning drivers will be allowed to choose a prize from the prize table in the following order; tournament top finishers largest weight class to smallest weight class, rumble winners largest weight class to smallest weight class, then special awards.


(all times are tentative and subject to change as needed)

If possible, please plan on arriving Friday evening for early check-in and help setting up. Otherwise, please arrive at 7:00 am with robots ready to safety and paperwork complete and ready to turn in.

We absolutely must be out of the room by 4:30 pm. Based on the number of robots expected and the time allotted we will need to average about one fight every 5 minutes this will require everyone to do their very best to be ready for their next fight and to load and unload the arena as quickly as possible. Help setting up and tearing down the arena will be greatly appreciated.

Friday (09/17)

  • 8:00-10:00pm – Setup and early-bird check-in

Saturday (09/18)

  • 7:00am -9:00am – Check-in and Safety Check
  • 9:00am -9:30am – Drivers Meeting
  • 9:30am -11:30am – Fight Session 1
  • 11:30am -12:00pm – Break
  • 12:00pm -3:00pm – Fight Session 2
  • 3:00pm -4:00pm – Cleanup
  • 4:00pm -4:30pm – Awards


ORC uses a slightly modified version of the SPARC.tool standard rule set. Please review the rule documents on the ORC website.


Teams will need to fill out the ORC Safety Form for each robot attending and all [human] team members that will be in the pit area must complete a Release Form. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult who must remain on-site with them throughout the event. If the supervising adult is not a legal parent or guardian, please contact registration for special instructions. Bring all completed forms with you to the event.

All forms can be found on the event page on the ORC website.

We plan on having a small test box so we can check safety for two robots at a time. All bots will be required to pass a safety check.

HORD Arena and Hazards:

Matches will run in the ORC 8’ x 8’ octagonal arena and will be 3 minutes long. 1-1/2 minutes into the match one 14″ x 14″ pit will open.


HORD Pits:

Pits will be one of the back rooms of the MAPS Air Museum. Pit space will be limited so teams with only one robot will have to share a table with another team.

Tournament Style:

Classes with 6 or more robots will fight a modified double elimination. Due to time constraints, the final round will be single elimination; if the winner’s bracket finalist is beat by the loser’s bracket finalist there will not be a rematch. Weight classes with 5 or less robots will fight round robin.

Rumbles will be held if there is sufficient time & interest. Builders’ whose robots have been eliminated are encouraged to stay for rumbles.


There are no food vendors on site or nearby. Participants are strongly urged to bring a sack lunch. If you need to send someone out for food, please make sure at least one person from your team remains on site.

HORD Spectating:

All HORD participants over 6 years old will require a MAPS day pass. These are normally $10, but MAPS is giving us a special group rate of $5 per person.

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