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Robot Wars Discussion Forum: General: Bizarre but fun

Gavin Black (Siamese)

Tuesday, March 27, 2001 - 03:12 pm
Here's an amusing little idea to help tide you over while the boards are so quiet...

If you could compare a robot to a football team, who would it be and why?


Chaos 2 - Man Utd - Everybody knows that it's good, but never want it to win in favour of someone else winning the competition for a change

Hypnodisc - Arsenal - Always a strong contender, but never quite seems to manage to go all the way...

Martin McGowan (Atolm)

Tuesday, March 27, 2001 - 10:18 pm
Tornado:Higgins (snooker)

Work it out.

mike robert (Avalanche)

Wednesday, March 28, 2001 - 12:24 am
Tornado - Alex Higgins: maybe the fastest ever, but can blow up(HaHa get it)

Robot Wars Discussion Forum: Robot Mayhem and Live Events: Debenham Robot Rumble - Congratulations!

michael kerfoot (Humphrey)

Monday, April 16, 2001 - 12:05 am
I must thank everyone for a great weekends entertainment.Roy and Eddy deserve a big thankyou also Tom Moye who helped with the repairs in the work shop.
The weekend belongs to Tornado who killed or maimed most of the robots. Well done lads.
Another thanks to every one who helped keep Humphrey going and being one of the 11 last running bots on Sunday evening.
It was Humphries last outing and is now retired.

Kruel Intent (Kruelintent)

Monday, April 16, 2001 - 12:33 am
I went to the saturday afternoon session and I thouroughly enjoyed myself. Kludge and I spent 5 hours in total appreciating the other robots and watching the fights.

I think Tornado looks great with the new addition to the front and compared to the others that were there you could very easily notice the difference in speed and acceleration. Very nice peice of kit (Or nasty, depending on how you look at it.) As I viewer for the next series it was also great to see new ones like The Executioner and Anthrax looking so good and practically ready to go. The shell for executioner looked amazing!!

I regret not introducing myself more loudly as I went around. I actually looked over at Mike with Dantomkia but for some reason didn't go over. Aar well, next time.... BTW Dantomkia was fantastic in the fights I saw although i would agree with Alan about the BIG HAMMER!!:)

Anyway - GREAT FUN!! Thanks to all:O

Kevin Scott (Stinger)

Monday, April 16, 2001 - 10:03 pm
Another cracking weekend by Eddy, Roy and colleagues. It was hard going for them and also the teams strong enough to keep on winning ('coz the damn things often need nearly as much attention after a win as they do after a defeat) but the buzz makes it all worthwhile.

The social side was very much appreciated as well, something most other events have yet to recognise.

For those not there, my recollection of the winners are :-
Sat am - STINGER
Sat pm - TORNADO
Sun pm - TORNADO

I can also assure you it was full blown war. There was little evidence of sympathy 'coz in several battles the slightest weakness was crucified by the opposition resulting in some major surgery and even re-incarnation (obviously a good choice of date).

The whole weekend was a fabulous illustration of the skill and dedication within our ranks. Well done to Everybody involved.


John Wilkinson (Lex)

Tuesday, April 17, 2001 - 08:55 pm
Another great event! Many thanks to Eddy, Roy and all those involved in putting on the event. The Savage Toaster's shell and chassis were on static display throughout the weekend- reaction by members of the audience to the design was really positive- lots of photos taken, and the commentator was able to use the chassis (with wheels, motors and rams attached) to illustrate some basic elements of construction in-between bouts.
The Ant was thrown together on Sunday and finally ran in the last melee, very poorly I might add, but at least Team Toaster has finally competed in some form... Thanks to Jon Howdle for his kind comments on the build quality, and for all the glue, but it's performance that counts and it's gonna need some serious development to stand a chance next time! Still, at least it's good'n'light...
Lots of excellent fights over the weekend, with many teams showing evolutionary improvements in both driving and design, particularly Bigger Brother and Tornado. Plenty of socialising and silliness too. As usual the Plunderbird guys were on good form. Better yet Jon Witte bought me a Guiness! Whatta guy... Oh, and I proposed to my partner of 20-odd years as well! Ah, the romance of robot events..! (?!) Showing a remarkable and uncharacteristic lack of jugdement she accepted, so we'll be wed next year. I've already suggested we tie the knot at next year's event, but she seemed oddly reluctant. Ach, I'll talk her 'round...

Andrew Marchant (Tornado)

Saturday, April 21, 2001 - 02:18 pm
Congratulations John and Tracey! That's gotta be true love if she said yes after being dragged along to Debenham... :)


Eddy G.N. Alcock (Prizephita)

Tuesday, April 24, 2001 - 10:55 am
I am not sure if the results are on our robotrumble website yet - I haven't had time to look. But for your information:
Heavyweight competitions:

Saturday am Winner - Stinger
Runner-Up - Tornado
Saturday pm Winner - Tornado
Runner-Up - Chaos 2
Sunday am Winner - Bigger Brother
Runner-Up Chaos 2
Sunday pm Winner - Tornado
Runner-Up Bigger Brother

Robot Wars Discussion Forum: General: What is Tornado's new weapon?

Michael Griffiths (Savage)

Wednesday, April 25, 2001 - 05:05 pm
Having heard of the powerful one's recent success, I was wondering what was now in place of the pneumatic spike.
Also, what improvements are some of the other veterans getting (e.g. Bigger Brother)?

Kruel Intent (Kruelintent)

Thursday, May 03, 2001 - 07:05 pm
Bigger bro's flipper was mighty impressive at Debenham.

I wouldn't call Tornado's 'new weapon' a new weapon. It just makes things easier for them. No more details as I dont know if Mr Marchant wants people to know yet.

Kruel Intent

Andrew Marchant (Tornado)

Monday, May 07, 2001 - 05:23 pm
The scoup/blade thing we were sporting at Debenham is just a charity event weapon. We're working on something much more devestating...

Team Tornado

Kruel Intent (Kruelintent)

Monday, May 07, 2001 - 06:15 pm
fair play.......:)

Fred George (Chaosrazer)

Wednesday, May 23, 2001 - 09:49 pm
Tell Us Andrew Tell

Andrew Marchant (Tornado)

Thursday, May 24, 2001 - 11:18 pm
We're keeping it quiet for the moment, but it's going to be devestating. We're working hard to have it ready for Extreme.

Team Tornado

Garry Brown (Revewier)

Thursday, May 24, 2001 - 11:25 pm
fair enough andrew.

good luck:)

Do you see

Ed (Stormguy)

Friday, May 25, 2001 - 09:24 am
I have been lucky enough to see Tornado's new weapon - no I'm not going to tell anyone what it is, I have been sworn to secrecy however lets just say it's going to make a lethal robot even more devastating.

Time to go buy more armour :o(


Robot Wars Discussion Forum: General: Top 5 people on this Forum

Toby Wheeler (Xenon)

Tuesday, May 08, 2001 - 05:18 pm
Apology accepted. Sensible post, Garry.

Hey, let's start a discussino about Robot Wars to ease the tension in here shall we? There are enough threads about who we all think is going to win S5, but who do we all want to win??

C'mon, it's an attempt to get the forum back to what it should be.

Garry Brown (Majson)

Tuesday, May 08, 2001 - 05:53 pm
I'm not sure whther that was a compliment or not Toby:)

Jorge, aren't i a serious poster yet???:)

Toaster, well i arrived about the same time you started to tail off, but to fill you in on it all i am now the person who posts the most:) But it's nice to see you here. Your not in my list because as i say, you left as i arrived so i don't really know you:)

Hey, i think tornado will stand a very good chance providing that they don't have any electrical problems, I downloaded the clip of them fighting chaos2 at the easter rumble and what else can i say but, WOW

So we now have the BRING THE FORUM BACK TO LIFE campaign do we??? can i join:)

Toby Wheeler (Xenon)

Tuesday, May 08, 2001 - 09:18 pm
Garry, there ain't nothin like seeing Tornado batter Chaos 2 LIVE!!

Robot Wars Discussion Forum: General: Who can beat Chaos II?

Toby Wheeler (Xenon)

Tuesday, May 08, 2001 - 05:31 pm
Tornado has also beaten Chaos 2 three times at charity events.

Jonathon Burns (Jonb15)

Tuesday, May 08, 2001 - 08:45 pm
ornado have beaten chaos 2 more times than chaos them. I think its something like 4-2 to tornado and stinger has also beten chaos 2 a few times.

Adam Hood (Adamhood)

Wednesday, May 09, 2001 - 10:49 pm
Good. It will be in the Northern Anhiliallator, of course. :)

Chaos 2 in my opinion did not deserve to beat Tornado or Stinger.

Adam Wiseman (Wisey)

Thursday, May 10, 2001 - 07:21 pm
Guy, I seem to remember Chaos 2 winning that fight?
Adam, why did Chaos 2 not deserve to beat Tornado?

Toaster (Toaster)

Friday, May 11, 2001 - 01:49 pm
The Chaos2 v Tornado fight was restarted twice because of problems with the robots.......

Robot Wars Discussion Forum: General: YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE WHAT MENTORN HAVE DONE NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Frank (Pcbore)

Tuesday, May 08, 2001 - 11:36 pm
The worst case of TV editing I've heard of was the Chaos2 vs Tornado match. I thought Tornado would do well against Chaos2, and was very disappointed when Chaos2 confidently evicted them from the arena. I later learnt that there were in fact three (count 'em) battles before the winner was decided, and in one of them, Tornado very nearly won, and would have if their drive chain hadn't fallen off.

Robot Wars Discussion Forum: Robot Wars USA: The Same But Different...

Eristophanes (Eristo)

Friday, June 15, 2001 - 09:07 am

Tournament organisation

[This post has been edited, it was rather long and there's only one bit that's relevant!]

An example of this attitude difference is the number of fights they get through in one day and also the possibility of re-shoots... Did I read that Choas 2 v Tornado was reshot *three* times last year???

[Another section edited out]


Andrew Marchant (Tornado)

Saturday, June 16, 2001 - 08:13 am
Hi Eristo,

Yes you did - we fought Chaos 2 three times in the Series 4 semi final.

Team Tornado

Adam Wiseman (Wisey)

Saturday, June 16, 2001 - 06:44 pm
Fight 1 - Chaos 2 and Tornado drive round for a bit, then Chaos 2 rips up part of the floor which was sticking out. Cease is called immediately and both teams agree to restart the fight.
Fight 2 - Chaos 2 flips Tornado a couple of times, but then Tornado comes back and pushes Chaos 2 into Shunts CPZ. George could not see into this corner of the arena from where he was standing, so Chaos 2 just sits there as Shunt knocks out the drive chain. Unfortunately for Tornado, the bane of its entire series came back to haunt them again: the drive chain slipped for the fourth time in a row, and with both robots immobilised, a rematch is ordered.
Fight 3 - Chaos 2 flips Tornado around and yes, you've guessed it, the drive chain falls off again. Chaos 2 flips Tornado towards the side, then against the arena wall, then finally crashing down onto one of the remote-controlled cameras outside the ring, much to Mentorn's chagrin. Chaos 2 go through!

Robot Wars Discussion Forum: General: Who are the top team now?

Garry Brown (Majson)

Saturday, July 07, 2001 - 09:17 pm

Team Geeza are the top but serioulsy i would say that team tornado are the top team as i reckon from seeing it and hearing about its expliots that its gonna be a tough one to beat...but then team cold fusion are gonna be ahrd to beat too

Do you see

axes (Forum_Boob)

Saturday, July 07, 2001 - 10:57 pm
The disc on tornado is fearsom

Robot Wars Discussion Forum: General: Views on Robotica

David weston fd (Razerdave)

Sunday, July 15, 2001 - 09:54 am
If you go to the Tornado website, there is a video clip of Tornado pummleing the hell out of Chaos 2.

it is really cool.

Robot Wars Discussion Forum: Competitors: Ban all clusterbots!

Frank (Pcbore)

Thursday, July 19, 2001 - 04:46 am
The pinball is very unfair. But let's look at it another way. How well would Gemini have done in Sumo?

Anyway. If having two robots in the arena's SO unfair, then how did Tornado win? I mean, let's face it... Tornado's basically a battering ram on wheels. It shouldn't have stood a chance, right?
Well um... How did they win? Was it a freak accident? No. Was it bad driving by Gemini? No. Was it good driving and tactics by Tornado? My word, I do beleive it was!

alex (Al6x)

Saturday, July 21, 2001 - 02:53 pm
disagreement here, thay may be legal but fair?

Frank (Pcbore)

Saturday, July 21, 2001 - 03:36 pm
Yes, they are fair! Tornado proved them to be so in a rather violent manner! They also lost to Diotoir in the celebraty special, and it was thier regular drivers driving.

Robot Wars Discussion Forum: General: Can anyone beat Chaos 2?????

Dundindan (Dundindan)

Monday, July 23, 2001 - 12:04 pm
Mortis could give it a good fight.
Razer has already beaten it.
Panic Attack is a possibility.
Tornado(with their new weapon).
Anthrax looks good, as does Executioner.

Theres a lot of robots who could beat Chaos2, the thing is though they dont. Thats why Chaos2 has won two wars on te trot.

Mike Lambert Dantomkia (Grafix)

Monday, July 23, 2001 - 12:13 pm
so far, Dominator II, Bigger Brother, Tornado and a few others ( can't remember them all ) have beat Chaos II. George is a good driver and Chaos is a very good bot. But there are other good drivers and bots out there. As to an axe hitting chaos, Dominator II placed their axe through the polycarb and bottle at Debenhams this year. Buy the video. Well worth the dosh.


Dundindan (Dundindan)

Monday, July 23, 2001 - 03:19 pm
I reckon Chaos2 will still do reasnobly well this year, no matter what anyone says, it still is one of the best robots around.

I think that Tornado will have a good year this year, them and Razer. I'd also like to see Mortis do really well, i could see them three getting to the semis if none of them break down, along with either Pussycat or Chaos2, not to sure.

Whos your bet on to win it this year anyway?

Richard Southworth (Velociraptor)

Monday, July 23, 2001 - 03:41 pm
My bet is on Razer, or maybe Tornado. Hopefully Razer has had all the problems it can have, and won't break down this time.

FrankMOP (Pcbore)

Monday, July 23, 2001 - 07:39 pm
If there's any justice, Razer will do well, but I think the likes of Tornado and Pussycat will be the ones to watch. Maybe Bigger Brother will do well as well. Other possibilities are Hypnodisc(of course), the new Suicidal Tendencies looks LETHAL, and Stinger as an outside insider. Chaos2 should reach the semi's. Maybe the final. Again, if there's any justice, they'll be ebaten t the very last hurdle.

Garry Brown FD (Majson)

Monday, July 23, 2001 - 08:07 pm
shuts mouth...Tornado and pussycat i do like....but watch out for 3 stegs to heaven:)

Do you see

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