HORD @ ColossalCon 2017

Presented By Ohio Robot Club

Sandusky, OH, US

June 3, 2017

Event Information

Organizer: Ohio Robot Club
Location: Kalahari Resort
7000 Kalahari Dr.
Sandusky, OH 44870

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Starts: Jun 3, 2017
Ends: Jun 3, 2017

Robot Classes / Competitions

Category Robot Class Maximum
Pit Crew
Combat 150 g - Fairyweight 8 6 Robots None 5.00 USD Unlimited
Combat 1 lb - Antweight 21 15 Robots None 5.00 USD Unlimited
Combat 3 lb - Beetleweight 21 15 Robots None 5.00 USD Unlimited
Combat 6 lb - Mantis 10 4 Robots None 5.00 USD Unlimited

Event Description



Update 04/19/17
Due to the unexpectedly large number of robots registered this year Colossal Con has graciously extended our time slot-see below


ORC is pleased to announce that House of Robotic Destruction will be returning to ColossalCon at Kalahari Resort Indoor Water in Sandusky OH. HORD will be one of many events and actives at ColossalCon. This will be a public event with lots of spectators, ColossalCon draws thousands of convention goers and is promoting HORD as a feature event. This is a great opportunity to promo robot combat please help us by demonstrating good sportsmanship and good showmanship.

About ColossalCon;
ColossalCon is a Japanese animation convention. Our location, the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center 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.

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.

While ColossalCon is a Japanese anime convention, 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.

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

Arena Setup: 6:00am - 7:00am
Check and Safety; 7:00am - 9:00am
Drivers Meeting; 9:00am - 9:15am
Fight Session 1; 9:15am - 11:30pm
Break/Demo; 11:30pm - 12:00pm
Fight Session 2; 12:00pm - 2:45pm
Break/Demo; 2:45pm - 3:00pm
Finials; 3:00pm-5:30pm
Clean Up; 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Awards; 6:30pm - 7:00pm

We absolutely have to be out of the room by 7:00pm. With the current registration to complete all double elimination brackets we will need to complete 104 fights in 7-1/2 hours which means we need to complete a fight every 4-1/2 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. If clean up is not finished before 6:30 awards may be moved to a side room.

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 may be tight so teams with only one robot may 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. Once you have unloaded and checked in an ORC official will take you to main registration to receive your event passes

Also help setting up and tearing down the arena is greatly appreciated.


Registration fees for this event will be $5 per robot and must be paid by May 20th. Fees can be paid via paypal through the builders database or by personal check via US mail. To pay check contact registration for instructions.

Many teams were not able to registered before registration limits were filled. Several teams have requested to be placed on a waiting list for open slots. IF YOU DO NOT PAY YOUR REGISTRATION FEES ON TIME YOUR TEAM WILL BE DROP AND YOU SLOTS GIVEN TO A WAITING TEAM.


We have been given a number of free ColossalCon day passes. Free passes will be granted to anyone who qualifies as an event participate including but not necessarily limited to; volunteers, robot drivers, pit helpers(*) and adults supervising participating minors. Any person you plan on bringing with you that does not qualify as an event participate will be required to purchase a spectator pass. Any team that registered a robot but fails to bring said robot or has a robot that fails to pass safety may have some or all of their passes revoked at the discretion of ORC’s registration coordinator.

* ORC’s registration coordinator reserves the right to determine what is a reasonable number of pit helpers for your team

ColossalCon is a four day event running from Thursday June 1nd to Sunday June 4th. Pass for HORD registration are good for Saturday June 3th only. Competitors wanting a 2 day pass, full event pass, and or spectator passes can contact registration for information on group rate passes. Payment for registration and additional passes will be due May 26th. Payment can be made via paypal via the builders DB or by check. To pay by check please contact registration.

Paper work

You will need to fill out the ORC Safety Form and MC Que 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.
Bring all completed forms with you to the event.

Paperwork forms can be found on the event page on the ORC website.


Matches will run in the ORC 8’ x 8’ octagonal arena. 1-1/2 minutes 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 rule documents on the ORC website

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 the judge. 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; driver that goes energy and enthusiasm, that plays to the audience, and/or has the best battle cry.

Rookie of the Year; Best first time 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.

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