pretty good. In the last five seconds
of the match, Cayden snagged Cheese
Wedge in the pan and drove him to
the pit. Time expired and Cheese
Wedge was still in pan.
Since the fight was over, Cayden
stopped driving his robot (like I told
him), so Cheese Wedge sat there
teetering on the edge of the pit. I told
Cayden to raise his pincher and
Cheese Wedge fell into the pit. The
contest went to a judge's decision,
and Cayden won a very very generous
audience vote. Angry Bot: 1-0.
I want to say thanks to Cheese
Wedge. He gave that win to
Cayden, and was a true gentleman.
Fight 2: Scary vs.
One Night was nearly a clone
to Cheese Wedge. Scary and
Cheese Wedge engaged in a
traditional wedge vs. wedge battle,
but with very untraditional driving
from Ethan. It was a hilarious fight.
I kept telling him to spin around
and face the other robot, which
resulted in about five spins and then
pointing in roughly the same
direction he started from.
The two wedges got into each
other a couple times, and ultimately
Scary got flipped onto his back. I
tried to advise Ethan as he drifted
towards the pit to move away, but I
got the controls backward in my
head and told him how to drive
right into the pit. Unfortunately, he
actually listened to me and dived
right into the pit. This was a loss for
After watching the post fight
video, I noticed that One Night
actually had one bum wheel and
was about to be counted out. I
should have just told Ethan to take
his hands off the controls, but I
didn't notice that during the fight.
Fight 3: Angry Bot
Angry Bot drew a spinner.
Before the event, Cayden said he
was just going to forfeit if he had to
face a spinner. Luckily, his mother
and I were able to convince him
that he didn't need to worry about
spinners, because his bot had really
Piranha was a vertical bar spinner
with a small diameter steel bar.
Cayden apparently felt the best way
to win this fight was to drive
backwards into Piranha's blade. The
strategy seemed to work surprisingly
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Photo 4: Scary gets revenge on HooDoo.
Photo 3: Angry Bot has HooDoo on the ropes.