Robotics Combat Event
Robot Battles – Dragoncon – 2021
We’re about a month away from Dragon Con and we wanted to update everyone on a few things:
- The convention is going on as planned, with in-person events, including Robot Battles 69 at the usual times in the usual places.
- Microbattles will be on Sunday morning at 10:00 in the Hyatt International Ballroom (load-in for builders at 8:30) featuring the one and three-pound bots.
- Robot Battles will be on Monday morning at 11:00 in the Hyatt Regency Ballroom (load-in for builders at 9:00) featuring the twelve and thirty-pound bots.
- The convention has announced today that they will be requiring masks in all times regardless of vaccination status, based on current CDC recommendations. This includes all areas of Robot Battles, both audience, in the pits, and on stage. Safety, as always, is our number once priority.
- One-day passes will be available for both Sunday and Monday for those who cannot attend the entire weekend. Please note that convention attendance will be limited, so if you plan on coming for Robot Battles, get your day passes as early as possible.
- As always, builder check-in and registration will be handled on site the morning of each event. The bracket format for each event will be decided at that time based on the number of entries (single elimination, double elimination, or round-robin).
- It’s been a tough two years since our last event, but we are looking forward to another exciting and eventful Robot Battles, and we hope to see you there.
For more on Dragon Con, please visit https://www.dragoncon.org/updates/
It’s the start of our fourth decade of competition from where it all started: Robot Battles DragonCon and our largest competition of the year!
Robot Battles 69 will feature all four weight classes and will be held for two days over the 2021 Labor Day Weekend at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta hotel, with the Ants and Beetles competing on Sunday, September 5th in the International Ballroom, and the larger bots on Monday, September 6th in the Regency Ballroom (the same locations we’ve been for the past several years).
Contestant registration will be handled onsite the day of each event (9 a.m. for the Sunday event, 10 a.m. for the Monday competition). We’ll have some special prizes this year for the winners of each weight class, which we’re pretty excited about. And, yes, you’ll need at least a day pass to the convention to attend or compete.
Since 1991, Robot Battles has been staging robotic combat competitions (mostly) around the southern United States. We look forward to returning to Atlanta for live competitions at Dragon Con over the Labor Day Weekend and MomoCon over the Memorial Day Weekend of 2022.
Robot Battles is one of the oldest continuously running robotic combat competitions in the world. We proudly trace our roots to the Denver Mad Scientists Club and are a direct descendent of the “Critter Crunch” robotic competition held every year at MileHiCon in Denver, which began back in 1987 (and is still going strong). Robot Battles Dragoncon was where it all started.
Over the years, we have held nearly 70 events at conventions, Maker Faires, and game clubs in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Colorado, and even as far away as Barcelona, Spain.
But just what makes Robot Battles Dragoncon different from other robotic events? Well, we don’t have a TV show, we don’t have supermodels, and we don’t have huge cash prizes. What we do have is a creatively unique host, some of the most imaginative builders and designers in the sport, and the most involved audiences in the country (in our humble opinion). And, of course, lots and lots of very intense one-on-one mechanical mayhem matches. Which is what it’s all about.
As always, if you have any other questions about the newly updated and revised ruleset or future events, please feel free to contact us directly or ask us on Facebook.
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