Robot Combat League, episode 3, SyFy Channel

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Robot Combat League, episode 3, SyFy Channel

In this weeks match ups we have:

Match 1

Game Over vs. Axe
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Game Over                                                                    Axe

Team Game Over, consists of Keisha, Pro-Gamer (robo-jockey) and Annika, Robotics Engineer(robo tech./control panel).

Team Axe consists of Andrew, MMA Fighter (robo-Jockey) and Ross, Robotics Reseach (robo tech./control panel).
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The Match: Before the 1st round, team Game Over stated that they wanted to break the head off of Axe. They accomplished this in the second round but all those high punches left them vulnerable to punches from Axe and they were extremely damaged by the start of round 3 with limited motion of their arms. Match went the full three rounds and by judges decision, AXE was pronounced winner.

Match 2

Robo Hammer vs. Drone Strike
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Robo Hammer                                                 Drone Strike

Team Robo Hammer, consists of Amanda, MMA Pro-fighter (robo-jockey) and Saura, Robotics Engineer(robo tech./control panel). Amanda is the Daughter of George Lucas who made an appearance on the show to check out the bots and give some tips.

Team Drone Strike consists of Ciji, Pro-Gamer(robo-Jockey) and Fazlul, Rocket Scientist (robo tech./control panel).

The Match: RoboHammer came out swinging with lightning speed but deep into the 1st round, Drone Strike delivered a devastating blow to Robo Hammer’s mid-section, breaking five hydraulics and operational mechanisms. Robo Hammer crumpled forward and could not be repaired. Win goes to Drone Strike.
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Robot Combat League, episode 2, SyFy Channel

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Robot Combat League, episode 2, SyFy Channel

Don’t know if I am going to do this every week but I had  such a great time with this last episode (Tues. 10pm) I was compelled to share it.

Episode 2 featured 2 matches.

First Match:

Commander vs. Scorpio

Team Scorpio
The underdog, team Scorpio consisted of Chris, a toymaker with some knowledge of robotics on the control panel (robot movement/robo tech) and Diana, a fashion student in college in the exo-suit (robo Jockey/ throws punches).

The robot Scorpio – sharp blade-like edges for fists made from carbon fiber.
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Team Commander
Team Commander consisted of a NASA robot Tech., Paulo (robo tech./control panel) and an ex-combat pilot, Jeffrey (robo jockey). They relied heavily on strategy and pre-planning.

The robot Commander – well protected pseudo-soldier with giant fists.
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The match: Scorpio moved fast and aggressive, first ripping the armor shielding from Commander’s left arm, then striking a damaging blow to that arm’s hydraulic system. In the 3rd round, even after Scorpio looses one of its blades, it strikes several blows to its opponents mid-section and in fiery destruction breaks Commander in half at the waist, its top half left hanging down to the floor by wires and hoses. Scorpio Moves on to the next round.


Second Match:

Thunder Skull vs. Brimstone

Team Thunder Skull
Consists of ESPN Ex-games competitor, Heather (robo jockey) and IT guy, Brandon (robo tech./control panel).

The robot Thunder Skull – giant fists and well protected upper body.
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Team Brimstone
MSU football player and Martial Arts expert, Devonric (robo jockey) and Mechanical Engineer, Russel (robo tech./control panel)

The robot Brimstone – leather armor covering absorbs blows and is difficult to damage.
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The Match: Thunder Skull is badly damaged in the first round and goes into the second round with a basically useless left arm. At the end of the second round, dominated by heavy blows from Brimstone, the bell rings and Thunder Skull continues to throw damaging punches after the round is over. Judges decision disqualifies Thunder Skull and Brimstone moves on to the next round in the semi-finals.
Chris and Diana in the ring, check out their robot, Scorpio
Thunder Skull, disqualified.

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In my first article I had mentioned ‘Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots’, a toy I had as a youngster. Found this pick and thought I would include it here.

Robot Combat League – TV show review

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Robot Combat League –

Syfy Channel- Tues. Feb. 26th

Last night I watched one of the more entertaining new shows I’ve seen on SyFy in some time. Hosted by Chris Jericho (WWE, Fozzy), teams of two ordinary citizens gain control of a Robot, enter into a ring, and battle it out against another Robot team.
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I don’t know if you young ‘uns are familiar with this toy, but when we were kids, we had something called ‘Rock ’Em, Sock ’Em Robots‘.  It was a plastic board with two robots, Red & Blue, and controlers that let you move and punch your robot opponent. The idea was to get in a nice uppercut and pop off the opponent’s robot head. It was a fun game. Well, ‘Rock ’Em, Sock ’Em Robots‘ has just met the 21st Century!

The Robots are massive, 8 – 10 feet tall mega-machines of pistons, heavy metal, wires, and circuitry – each with special features (longer reach, cage body armor) that make them unique. They are controlled by a team of two, one in a captains’ chair that dictates walking, turning and direction. The other is strapped into an avatar arm and shoulder harness (called the exo-suit), and every punch jab and movement they Robot Combat League - Season 1make in this harness is digitally transmitted to the Robot. The team member swings his arm, the Robot punches. It’s not just a standard pre-programmed punch either – If the team member does a roundhouse punch, an uppercut, a side shot to the body, the robot follows. A similar concept can be seen in the movie Real Steel but this is the concept taken into a practical application for weekly competition. The system and Robots are the brainchild of robotics expert Mark Setrakian.

In this episode, the underdogs, a father-daughter team had to go against the best competitors, an Olympic athlete and his tech. partner, in the ring. In the first round, the father-daughter team’s robot, Crash was severely damaged and had no use of its left arm. Between rounds, they have 20 minutes to repair the robot, which they did, or they would have to forfeit. They came out in the second round pummeling team Cyclone with punches to the body (frame) and in the last seconds of the battle Crash broke off its own hand delivering the fatal blow that incapacitated Cyclone  in a spray of sparks and hydraulic fluid.

I gotta’ tell you, it was exciting, appealing to my boyish machismo and sci-fi mentality simultaneously. In this episode, there was a lot of introduction and explanation of how the robots work. I’m hoping in future episodes they have two matches instead of one, because that is where the real excitement is found.

Either way, I think I’ve found something that I will enjoy, at least for the season.
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