WRC returns for its 6th time since this journey began in May of 2021. Now brace yourselves for one of the biggest antweight events ever held!
Midwest Robot Combat Association
|8:00am-9:30am||Setup and check-in|
|7:00pm-9:00pm||Awards and event teardown|
Location: Crosspoint Community Church in Oconomowoc, WI (lower building)
Spectator fee: Adult $5, 5yrs or younger free (competitors and pitcrew members don't have to worry about this)
Food: There will be food at the event available for purchase. Bring cash!
Bring an extension cord and power strip. Tables and chairs are provided.
Size: 4' x 4' x 2'
Floor: 1/8" hardboard coated with paint+sand mix
Kickplates: 1/2" UHMW
Windows: 1/4" polycarbonate
I'll be blunt. Running a 64 robot bracket is just as stupid as it sounds. In a field of 64 robots, a 5min cycle time plus 20min repair times would put us at a nearly 12hr event. That's why this event will be utilizing two arenas. This event will also use a queueing system built from Google Sheets that allows for smoother event flow and much stricter time assessment. Our cycle time average needs to be 3.5mins or lower to stay within time.
There are a number of challenges with having two arenas. One of those challenges has to do with volunteers. (I will be sending out a volunteer form at some point, but in the meantime, please email me if you're interested.) While getting six judges might technically be possible if we get a huge excess of people, it's not an effective use of resources to keep the event running smoothly. Up until LR5 of the tournament (assuming a full bracket), only one judge will be assigned to each arena. For LR5 and onwards, three judges will be present for every fight as the tournament will have slowed down a bit.
Upon your fight being called, you should already be at the queuing table, but just in case you're not there, you will have 2mins to show up to the queue table with your robot before we disqualify you. Don't worry; we'll switch to the main microphone and start yelling at you to show up that way if you're nowhere to be found.
While you're waiting at the queue table before your fight, a volunteer will instruct you to start loading in for your fight at some point towards the end of the fight currently running or when a KO happens in that fight. As soon as you and your opponent are ready to go, you'll run your fight. This process will continue throughout the tournament, alternating arenas and staggering fights for as little downtime as possible.
Judges decisions are tricky though, because if everything is running smoothly enough to have <30s of downtime between fights, the judge for each arena won't have enough time to make a decision. This is why the judge's decisions will be called after the next fight. Here is an example of all of this put together.
Arena 1, Commentary: Fight #1 starts
Arena 1: 1:30 into fight
Arena 2: Fight #2 starts loading in
Arena 1, Commentary: Fight #1 ends - unnanounced judge decision
Arena 1: Fight #1 starts loading out
Arena 2, Commentary: Fight #2 starts
Arena 2, Commentary: Fight #2 ends - KO
Arena 1: Fight #3 starts loading in
Commentary: Fight #1 winner announced
Arena 1, Commentary: Fight #3 starts
Open Ant (1lb): 64 slots (max two robots per driver)
Time: 1/6/2023 @8:00pm CST
Cost: $30 per bot (pay by February 10th or be dropped)
Challonge Bracket (This is preliminary until the morning of competition day)
Please email me with any questions you might have. I hope to see you there!