The CGW Cardboard Robot Fighting Championship


We are pleased to announce that CGW will be hosting the first-ever (as far as we can tell) cardboard robot combat tournament right here in mid-Missouri. The rules are finalized, the date is set, and the battle arena is being built. All we need is robots to fight and builders to make those bots.

That’s where you come in. If you’ve ever been interested in robot fighting, this is your chance to get started. Go to the official website and sign up as a builder. The more bots that sign up, the more exciting the battles will be, and the more fun we’ll all have.

Not sure how to get started? Have questions about what’s legal? Check out our Google Group for discussion about the tournament and please feel free to hit us up for more info.

The fights will be held Saturday, September 19th at the Columbia Gadget Works hackerspace. Be sure to check back here for more info, including some events to help builders get started on their first bot.

Cardboard Robot Fighting

As you might have heard around the shop, we’ve been itching for some robot combat here at CGW. Unfortunately, we don’t want to spend too much money on vehicles that will (hopefully) be destroyed in spectacular fashion. That’s why we’ve come up with a plan to reduce costs by requiring that our robots are built mostly of our cardboard.

Yes, cardboard. Our favorite building material.

Sound interesting? We’ll be posting more information as it comes, but in the meantime you can check out the proposed rules on our wiki and discuss your ideas on the Google Group. The competition won’t be until at least the end of August, but there is no better time to start than the present. We want to hear your thoughts and opinions, and some of our members are even working on prototypes already.