|Well so much for posting a re-cap of how
everything went at R3. In short, we got our but handed to us in the
second round by Terminal Velocity. The first bout should have gone the
other way, but we got stuck and the other bot wouldn't free us. I take
it as a compliment considering all bot really is, is a wedge. For
those that don't want the gory details please skip down to the "*"
from Team Alph and I drove out to R3 together because we both go to school
at RPI. The trip was without event and we arrived in one piece.
Upon our arrival we unpacked the car, it was at this time that I noticed
that I left one very key component of Secret Weapon in my dorm... The
Controller! I was very fortunate that the guys from Team Logicom were
able to help me out. I owe them a debt of gratitude.
Inspection went with almost not issues. I had a slight weight issue
all of somewhere in the realm of .5Lbs over. We got it down though.
Otherwise inspection went very well, one of the very few advantages of
having no active weapons.
FIGHT #1 vs. Chaos Toaster: Not only was this the first fight for
Secret Weapon at R3, it was the first fight of the event. Immediately
after starting I knew something was wrong with the bot, it had very little
to speak of in terms of speed. Chaos Toaster wasn't doing too much
either, and consequently I was able to get under him and drive him around a
bit. He did hit me a few times, nothing serious. In the end I
got stuck on the arena (again!). We were not fortunate enough to have
him free us and we were thus knocked out.
After a some thinking it finally dawned on us what was causing all of our
problems in the first place. Black Paint contains Iron. This
wonderful fact meant that we had painted our robot with a thin metal film
and created a faraday cage. The top armor was replaced with an
unpainted piece. The antenna routing was also changed.
FIGHT #2 vs. Terminal Velocity: TV is a vertical spinning blade,
something that we were never designed to fight for the very obvious reason
that well they didn't exist in our weight class nearly 6 years ago. I
admit I tried to stay away from the blade at first. This didn't last
long, and once I saw how bad the front got dinged up I decided to minimize
damage to the rest of the bot by slamming into the blade over and over
again. As the fight came to a close my power switch suffered a slight
hit from TVs blade causing me to stop moving. TV was smoking because I
had melted a good portion of his battery packs. Overall it was a
In the end the entire event was excellent, and if I still had a bot I
would do it all over again.
*Well I know it's belated but I would like to wish everyone a merry
Christmas, and happy Hanukah. I also wish everyone good fortune this