matter of time before I
was put into checkmate.
I only hoped to have
better luck with
Troublemaker in the
Our first match was
against Deep 6: a new
robot from Dustin
Esswein that certainly
looked capable of deep-sixing any robot with an
enormous vertical disk.
Troublemaker might have
an edge in durability and
maneuverability, and felt
good about our chances
going into the match.
The very first hit
between our respective
spinners ripped not only
the tooth from
Troublemaker’s bar, but
the end of the bar too.
With that stinging lesson
in mind, we strove to
drive around Deep 6 and
use the deadly arena
wall to our advantage.
We crashed Deep 6 into
the wall and sent the
robot flying in a
Much to our
amazement, Deep 6
ended up on its feet and the disk was spinning as fast as
ever. Despite our best efforts to maneuver around the disk,
the enormity of the weapon and its crazy reach kept
getting good hits on Troublemaker, and after a couple
minutes of back and forth Troublemaker was knocked out
for the first time in 15 years. Deep 6 won by a well-deserved KO.
We had a lot of work to do to get ready for our next
match. Deep 6 had deep-sixed our plenum top and top
panel. The hits were so hard it even broke the magnets in
our economy AmpFlow weapon motor.
We eventually diagnosed the cause of Troublemaker’s
knockout: the Hella switch that had faithfully served
Troublemaker for 17 years was busted by the shock of the
blows. It had a good run.
To get ready for our second match against Defib, we
had to cut an entirely new top panel. We opted not to run
the weapon because Defib was a compact and heavily
armored plow disk that was mostly out of our reach. Just
like Troublemaker, Defib also had a punishing first match,
and the lingering effects of that damage allowed us to
knock out Defib with the help of the deadly arena wall.
With a knockout under our belt, we felt elated that
Troublemaker was still a competitive design, even though
we went out in our next round against V for Victory in a
Troublemaker’s weapon may have been utterly
outclassed at RoboGames this year, but it was able to take
some huge hits and keep going. After getting ripped up
and knocked out by Deep 6, we rebuilt the bot to come
back for a knockout against Defib.
Even though we went out in the next round against V
for Victory, we weren’t knocked out and went the full three
Just like Rocky says, it’s not about how hard you hit, it’s
about how hard you get hit and keep going. According to
that metric, Troublemaker had a great RoboGames 2018.
BEST IN SHOW WINNER — A ROBOTIC
CHESSBOARD FROM POLAND.
LIVE BIG BOTS ARE A TRUE SPECTACLE.
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