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From June 12-15th, 2008 we competed at RoboGames 2008 in San Francisco.

Competition

Having just driven the family from our old ranch in Pittsburgh to our new ranch in Austin, Fuzzy loaded our middleweight Ice Cube into the back of the pickup truck and headed out I-10 to San Francisco.

Debbie, Kelsey and our friend Scott would fly in later. Here are some of Fuzzy's pictures from the trip.

We started the road trip in Austin, Texas
We started the road trip in Austin, Texas
At the LBJ ranch...some animals are less dangerous than advertised
At the LBJ ranch...some animals are less dangerous than advertised
After El Paso, I-10 crosses southern New Mexico
After El Paso, I-10 crosses southern New Mexico
One way to keep people from loitering at rest stops
One way to keep people from loitering at rest stops
New Mexico, I-10, N-32 deg 11.903 min, W-108 deg 16.483 min
New Mexico, I-10, N-32 deg 11.903 min, W-108 deg 16.483 min
New Mexico was really worried about people stopping in the middle of the road
New Mexico was really worried about people stopping in the middle of the road
Next I crossed Arizona
Next I crossed Arizona
Fuzzy visits Benson, Arizona
Fuzzy visits Benson, Arizona
We drove through Tombstone, too
We drove through Tombstone, too
Cholla Garden, Joshua Tree Natl. Park
Cholla Garden, Joshua Tree Natl. Park
Joshua Tree Natl Park
Joshua Tree Natl Park
Lost Horse Mine, N-33 deg 56.476 min, W-116 deg 08.185 min
Lost Horse Mine, N-33 deg 56.476 min, W-116 deg 08.185 min
This mine produced gold and silver between 1896 and 1931.
This mine produced gold and silver between 1896 and 1931.
Apparently the California sign designer was late for his yoga class, so he made an
Apparently the California sign designer was late for his yoga class, so he made an "et cetera" destination sign
Welcome to San Francisco, just pick a direction
Welcome to San Francisco, just pick a direction
That's the sign we've been waiting for
That's the sign we've been waiting for


Competition

We had only moderate success compared to our second place finish in 2006. Ice Cube went 2-2 to finish tied for 7th place in of a field of 16 robots. Here's our fight record for the event:

Fight Record for Ice Cube at Robogames 2008
FightResultOpponent
1Win by KO  DracUCLA
2Loss 21-12  Professor Chaos
3Win 24-9  Argus
4Loss by KO  Pipe Wench

Fort Mason, Festival Pavilion
Fort Mason, Festival Pavilion
The DracUCLA team
The DracUCLA team
Scissorhands
Scissorhands
Bunnyboy and the WPI Team
Bunnyboy and the WPI Team
Fuzzy and Ice Cube
Fuzzy and Ice Cube
Debbie: Mother Toad
Debbie: Mother Toad
Kelsey talking to Tokyo or Milan or Sao Paolo...always busy
Kelsey talking to Tokyo or Milan or Sao Paolo...always busy
Scott, our guest Toad
Scott, our guest Toad
Fuzzy and Scott with Ice Cube
Fuzzy and Scott with Ice Cube
Fuzzy and Scott load Ice Cube into the arena
Fuzzy and Scott load Ice Cube into the arena
Ice Cube's first defeat: Professor Chaos
Ice Cube's first defeat: Professor Chaos
Saturday and Sunday the stands were almost always full
Saturday and Sunday the stands were almost always full
Fired Up, the Junior League Champ
Fired Up, the Junior League Champ
Cornholio (red) vs Herr Gepounden.  Herr Gepounden and Ice Cube are the two oldest robots in the competition (both started in Season 3 of BattleBots)
Cornholio (red) vs Herr Gepounden. Herr Gepounden and Ice Cube are the two oldest robots in the competition (both started in Season 3 of BattleBots)
Dave's eye view of Fuzzy and the Pits
Dave's eye view of Fuzzy and the Pits
Matt and Sewer Snake
Matt and Sewer Snake
Argus, a flame-throwing clamp-bot
Argus, a flame-throwing clamp-bot
Argus grabs on and bakes Titan
Argus grabs on and bakes Titan
Open wide
Open wide
Closeup of Argus
Closeup of Argus
Simone puts out another robot fire
Simone puts out another robot fire
Matt Spent all night Saturday making a new front for Pipe Wench
Matt Spent all night Saturday making a new front for Pipe Wench
Logo Detail
Logo Detail
Last Rites vs Eugene
Last Rites vs Eugene
Brown Note vs. K2
Brown Note vs. K2
Plywood meets its doom
Plywood meets its doom
Scissorhands vs. Plasma
Scissorhands vs. Plasma
Professor Chaos vs Touro
Professor Chaos vs Touro
Touro spent a lot of the match airborne
Touro spent a lot of the match airborne
Just chewing on my competitor
Just chewing on my competitor
You will believe
You will believe
A Bull can fly
A Bull can fly
Team Mad Overlord provided high speed video coverage
Team Mad Overlord provided high speed video coverage
There were many other robots in attendance
There were many other robots in attendance
And stormtroopers looking for lost droids
And stormtroopers looking for lost droids
A remote control two-wheel balancing bot
A remote control two-wheel balancing bot
"They Shall Walk"...
The Tetsujin bot
The Tetsujin bot
I don't know what these tires go to, but I want one!
I don't know what these tires go to, but I want one!
Back home, total of 3,646 miles
Back home, total of 3,646 miles


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