"Hord @ ColossalCon"
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Saturday, June 3nd
During ColossalCon
Anime, Gaming, and Japanese Culture Convention

7000 Kalahari Drive
Sandusky, OH 44870

  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)  tournaments.   All registration will be handled via BuildersDB.com (BDB).  If your team is not registered, please do so.  It is quick, easy, and free.   Currently we do not plan to do ^lb Mantis weights.  If there is suffeint demand for Mantis weights  we will add them

The following must be completed before May 12th or your team will be dropped.

* Every robot must have a picture of a complete or near complete robot. Uploaded to BDB
* Names for every human on your team must be included on your registration.
* Submit cue card information via google forms (link will be sent to team captain)
* All fee paid.

  Registration fees for this event will be $15.  Fees can be paid via paypal or by personal check via US mail.  To pay by check contact the 
registration coordinator for instructions.  

  Fees are non-refundable after May 26th.  If you have registered, but cannot attend for any reason please contact the registration coordinator

Participant Passes

  All HORD participants over 13 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), 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 teams 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 the ORC Safety Form and MC Cue Card 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.

 Please bring safety and Release forms with you to the event.


(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  90 seconds into the match one 14" x 14" pit will open.

Rule Set

  ORC has updated their rule set to conform to the current standard rules published by 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 and grudge matches 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).  In addition prizes may be offered to winners of special awards at the discretion of of the ORC staff. Special awards are typically given to non-finalist andawards 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 in a weight class.
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 largest weight class to smallest weight class     
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
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 registration

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 Dealerís 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.

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