"Hord @ ColossalCon"
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Date; Sept 5th, 2020 (?)
During ColossalCon
Anime, Gaming, and Japanese Culture Convention

7000 Kalahari Drive
Sandusky, OH 44870

Update 04/20/20

Colossal Con has been postponed.

There will be no HORD event in June.

 ORC is currently evaluated the viability of an event on Saturday Sept 5th (Labor Day weekend).  Before a decision is made we need know what the state of the pandemic will be in September, we may not be able to predict that until June or early July.  We would like to announce a go / no go decision as early as possible, but the safety of our builders and volunteers is paramount we will not move forward with the event until we are confident it can be done safely.

Registered teams, please check your email for additional information.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

  ORC is pleased to announce that House of Robotic Destruction will be returning to ColossalCon, cosplay and gaming convenstion, at Kalahari Resort & Indoor Water in Sandusky OH.  ColossalCon features many events and actives that draw thousands of convention goers each year.  They are promoting HORD as a feature event and we are expecting hundreds of spectators will be watching us, which makes this is a great opportunity to promo robot combat so please help us by demonstrating good sportsmanship and good showmanship.

Registration, Fees

  We will be running Fairy weight (150 gram), Ant weight (1 lb), Beetle weight (3 lbs) and Mantis weight (6lbs) tournaments.   All registration will be handled via Builder's database.   If your team is not registered, please do so.  It is quick, easy, and free.  

Registration fees for this event will be $10 per robot and must be paid by May 3rd.  Fees can be paid via paypal through the builders’ database or by personal check via US mail.  To pay by check contact the registration coordinator for instructions.  Teams that do not pay their registration fees by May 1st will be dropped.  Fees are non-refundable after May 15th.  If you have registered but cannot attend for any reason, please contact the registration coordinator.

Second Chase Registration

If after May 1st registration drops below 42 robots a second chance registration may be opened.

Participant Passes

  All HORD participants over 11 years old are required to have a ColossalCon day pass, ORC will be provided with a limited number of day passes for qualified personnel including; volunteers, robot drivers, pit helpers, and adults supervising participating minors.  Teams will be guaranteed 1-1/2 passes per robot (rounded down, ie 1 robot = 1 pass, 2 robots = 3 passes), additional passes may be granted if there is a reasonable need for them and they are available (some teams may not use all the passes they are entitled to).  To request additional passes please contact the 
registration coordinator.  If one or more of your robots fails to pass safety some or all of your team’s day passes may be revoked at the discretion of the registration coordinator.

Spectators Passes

  Those wishing to watch HORD will need a ColossalCon full event day pass.  If there is sufficient demand we may be able to provide group rate tickets for friends and family of HORD participants.  Regrettably are not able to offer HORD only spectator passes.

Paper Work

Teams will need to fill out a MC Cue Card for each robot and email the completed file to registration by May 15th.  This year's cue card form is an excel file.  Data will be combined into a single worksheet then exported via mail merge and printed on avery index cards.  The cue cards will be used by the MC to introduce you and your robot and should include a number of interesting factoids.  Teams that fail to provide interesting factoids will have alternate factoids assigned to them.

Teams  will need an ORC Safety Form for each robot attending.

All [human] team members that will be in the pit area must complete a Release Form. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. If the supervising adult is not a legal parent or guardian please contact registration for special instructions.


(all times are tentative and subject to change as needed)

Arena Setup:
Check & and Safety
Drivers Meeting
Fight Session 1
Fight Session 2
Finials / Rumbles
Clean Up;
Out the door;
6:00am - 7:00am
7:00am - 9:30am
9:30am - 10:00am
10:00am – 12:30pm
12:30pm - 1:00pm
1:00pm - 3:30pm
3:30pm - 4:00pm
4:00pm - 5:30pm
5:30pm - 6:00pm
6:00pm - 7:30pm

  Please arrive at 7:00am with robots ready to safety and paperwork complete and ready to turn in. We plan having a small test box so we can safety two robots at a time. Pit space will be limited so teams with only one robot will have to share a table with another team.

We will be in the Cypress room which has a loading dock on the east side of the conversion center. When you arrive please drive directly to the Cypress loading dock to unload your equipment. 


  We absolutely have to be out of the room by 7:30pm.  Based on the number of robots expected and the time allotted we will need to average about one fight every 5 minutes this will require everyone doing their very best to ready for your next fight and to load and unload the arena as quickly as possible. Help setting up and tearing down the arena will be greatly appreciated.


  Matches will run in the
ORC 8’ x 8’ octagonal arena and run for 3 minutes.   90 seconds into the match one 14" x 14" pit will open.

Rule Set

  ORC uses a slightly modified version of the SPARC.tool.  Please review the following documents to ensure your robot will conform.

Tournament Structure

  Classes with 6 or more robots we will fight a modified double elimination.  Due to time constraints, the final round will be single elimination; if the winner's bracket finalist is beat by the loser's bracket finalist there will not be a rematch.  Weight classes with 5 or less robots will fight round robin.

   Rumbles will be held if there is sufficient time & interest.  Builderes whose robots have been eliminated are encouraged to stay for rumbles.  


  There are numerous food venders on sight, however lines will be lengthy and we have limited time for breaks.  It is recommended that builders bring a lunch.  Coolers are allowed.

Prizes and awards

  ORC has a number of sponsors that provide a variety or robot related merchandise for prizes.  Prizes and trophies will be awards to the top finishers in each weight class and winner of any rumbles that are held (time permitting).  If additional prizes are available, special award may be award at the discretion of HORD officials. Special awards may include;   Special awards may include;
  • Big Hitter; robot/driver that demonstrators exceptional weapon hits for its weight class.
  • Best Death Scene; robot/driver that suffers a spectacular knockout blow.
  • Excellence in driver; robot/driver that shows exceptional control and/or strategy
  • Showmanship; robot/driver that shows energy and enthusiasm, that plays to the audience, and/or has the best battle cry.
  • Rookie of the Year; Best first time robot/driver.
Award winning drives will be allowed to choose a prize from the prize table in the following order; tournament top finishers largest weight class to smallest weight class, rumble winners largest weight class to smallest weight class, then special awards winners.
Break Time Entertainment

We are currently seeking for individuals/group who can provide a 15-30 minute demonstration of something related to robotics during the breaks in the main tournament. This could include (but not limited to);

Biped Robot Kung-Fu / Boxing / Dancing / Whatever
Astromech demo
Giant Hexpod doing something cool
12lb/15lb robot smashing printers
Robot soccer / hockey
Lego Mindstorm

Demo performers will need to report to the event coordinator during morning check in and then perform their demo at a scheduled time.  Demos will be done in or in front of the combat arena.  Demo performs will be provided with ColossalCon day passes and will be free to tour the con when they are not preforming.  Please submit your demo proposal to 

About ColossalCon;

  ColossalCon is a Japanese animation convention. Each year, we bring out notable voice actors and industry guests to be a part of our convention, with programming which features them throughout the weekend, as well as autograph sessions which are free to our attendees.  We offer a wide variety of programming options throughout the course of the weekend which include costume contests, four dances, events and discussions featuring anime industry guests, game shows, and a wealth of panels about not only anime, but manga, video games and aspects of Japanese culture as well. We also have a large and spacious Dealer’s Room for all of your anime shopping, an Artist Alley for hand-crafted goods and art, and our own version of a flea market, for people to swap and sell their unused anime merchandise.

About Kalahari Resort and Convention Center;

  Kalahari in Sandusky, Ohio, is a unique location, which offers a large convention center, plenty of accommodations and dining options, and the largest indoor waterpark in the country. Only minutes away from Cedar Point, Mills Creek Golf Course and historic downtown Sandusky, as well as an easy drive to Put-in-Bay and downtown Cleveland, ColossalCon is a premier beginning of summer destination.

Questions or comments email,