Robot Battles Team Event SF with Glu!
A Robot Battles Team Event SF with Glu was a huge hit at their headquarters on Howard Street. Directly across from the Intercontinental Hotel and just 2 blocks South of Market, they have a spectacular office with wide open spaces, pinball machines and 80’s style video games, and a spectacular large presentation area that they seem to make regular use of for company meetings.
I was privy to one of these presentations, which I have to say was one of the best I have ever seen. Hysterically funny, no wasted time or space, and a great bottom-line punch line that brought audible gasps and loud cheering from the audience.
A tough act to follow but Robot Battles was up to the task. Seven teams battled to build the robot faster than each other, including teams Spirit of Louise, Robot Rock, Scary or Not, Kill Switch, The Massive Inconvenience, Almost Last, and Lawless.
All of the build times were impressive but Kill Switch won with a top 10% time of 35:48 (thirty five minutes and forty eight seconds). Enthusiastic leadership was probably their greatest strength as they elected a very vocal and enthusiastic leader who encouraged them vigorously to be first. She later brought her talents to the battle floor and acted as our fight emcee, giving play by play and igniting the beginning of each battle.
The battles were awesome with 8 total robots fighting for multiple rounds of smashing robot combat. Kill Switch ended up edging out Massive Inconvenience in the battles with several early wins. The concrete floor worked great for robot speed and consistent tempo.
We saw a few modifications including the uppercut arm mod – reversing the downward motion of the attack arm to create an uppercut. When asked, the modifiers were undecided on if this offered any advantage, although confident in their assessment that it certainly offered no disadvantage.
A huge thank you to Glu for inviting us to your vibrant headquarters in downtown San Francisco. We hope to have you back for Robot Battles 2!Robot Team Building