ensuring a triple play for the Seattle
kitbots as they completely swept the
division. Against the best in the world,
they had persevered to the greatest
honor a roboteer can get: a medal at
Some may cry foul. These are
kitbots, based off a standard template
rather than creatively developed. The
tournament this year (compared to
last) was single elimination instead of
Was it luck that kept the WAR
train running? The chances of this
happening in a decade — let alone a
lifetime — are extremely low.
Others may consider that perhaps
it was skill which won them their
medals. Morgan and Ethan Penick,
gold and bronze medalists
respectively, have been competing
against some of the best combatants
the robot combat circuit has created.
Samantha Farrow, while also a WAR
competitor, was raised in the arts of
robot combat by her father: a former
grand finalist, and RoboGames bronze
medalist. That such young drivers can
compete against people who've been
fighting for years (if not decades) and
beat the best in the world speaks of a
changing of the guard.
In the end, one could always say
they're the signs of a new generation
of roboteers. Many of the builders
have been competing for years, since
the early days of the sport. Others are
BattleBots veterans, regaining the
glory they once experienced in the
BattleBox by fighting on a more cost-effective scale. Perhaps they're a sign
of changing times. Or, perhaps they're
merely fresh members of the robot
fighting community who've only now
earned their stripes.
Regardless, we offer a
congratulations to them – and a
congratulations to all the medal
winners at RoboGames 2016. SV
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Samantha Farrow, Morgan Penick, and
Ethan Penick pose with their robots and
RoboGames Beetleweight medals.
Image by Matt Penick.