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Hebocon is a robot fighting competition “for the technically ungifted”
where high-tech robots are banned. Robots are usually made from dollar
store toys and spare parts and go toe-to-toe in robot sumo. For
Teardown participants this will be your chance to embrace your inner
crappiness. Resurrect your broken tech into lean, mean, crappy
machines and fight for glory!
See below for the official Hebocon rules.
Content of Contest
This is a robot sumo-wrestling competition. It is an arranged version
of Japanese sumo wrestling.
- The ring is made of plywood roughly 100 cm x 50 cm in size.
- Both machines start at the same time, from opposing sides. (They do not have to start from the corners.)
- The robot to exit the ring first loses [A].
- If a robot falls over, it loses.
The situations below do not count as losses, and therefore the match
- Any part of the robot that is not in direct contact with the ground sticks out of the ring.
- The robot breaks (regardless of whether a broken part lands inside or outside of the ring).
Rules for Low-tech
The rules stated hereinafter have been conceived for the purpose of
giving even faulty robots the chance of doing well.
- Exception of [A]: In the case that one robot exits the ring without
the two robots ever coming into contact, the match is considered a
failure, and therefore a rematch is to be held. (This is a rule to
prevent robots with poor steering capabilities and those that move
straight ahead at high speeds from being disadvantaged.) However, this
rule is to be applied only twice per matchup. From the third time,
this rule does not apply.
- The time limit of each match is to be one minute. In the case that a
winner is not decided within the time limit, the robot that has
travelled a shorter distance in the ring loses. (This rule is to
prevent unmoving objects that are just simply heavy - such as a metal
ball or a brick - from being the strongest.)
When the Judging is Difficult
- If it is difficult to judge the clear winner based on the above
rules, then the final result is to be determined by the audience.
Tournament Progression and Prizes
- The matches are to be held according to the matchups as listed on
the knock-out tournament chart.
- One win earns a contestant ten points.
- The high-tech penalty rule, as described below, is to be applied per
match (six points are deducted per violation per match).
- The winner of the competition is the contestant who ends up with the
most points. (Ordinarily, the contestant who wins the knock-out
tournament would be the winner, but in the case that winner had points
deducted over the course of the competition, s/he may not end up being
the winner of the competition.)
- The organizer of each Hebocon competition should have some prizes
other than the championship ready for robots that are Heboi, which
means “technically poor” or “poor in quality”. Such prizes are much
more honorable than the championship. Don’t get all caught up on
winning, and just enjoy Hebocon.
Please participate with a robot that satisfies all the conditions stated below:
- It is technically poor (please refer to the paragraph below
regarding the high-tech penalty rule).
- It is not equipped with a device that deliberately sets out to
destroy opposing machines (such as a moving electric drill).
- It measures no more than 50 cm across or 50 cm long, and weighs no
more than one kilogram. There are no restrictions on height.
High-tech Penalty Rule
In the case that any of the following features on a robot have been
achieved through the technical abilities of it’s creator, that creator
is to be penalized for demonstrating overly high technical
- Remote controls
- Automatic controls (controls triggered by information sent by
sensors of any kind, measurement of passed time, or measurement of
traveled distance, etc.)
- Anything else the judges may consider as being high-tech
Note: The penalty is to be applied in each match that the high-tech feature concerned is enabled. The penalty is not to be applied in matches where that high-tech feature is not used.
Note: The penalty is not to be applied in the case where there is a high-tech feature on a robot, but not achieved through the technical capabilities of it’s creator. Example: A machine consisting of a ready-made radio-controlled car and a bunny wrapped around it would not be subjected to the penalty, as the creator had nothing to do with the creation of the radio-controlled mechanism.
Note: Even if a robot has high-tech features, if the implementation fails or if it does not work at all, it will not receive a penalty. Example: The robot is supposed to automatically pursue the opponent, but instead it just turns around in place.
Note: Participants will be able to check in advance with the organizer of a particular Hebocon competition whether or not their robot would be considered as being high-tech by the judges.
- The penalty deducts six points per high-tech feature per match. More
points are deducted in the case a robot has multiple high-tech
To Wrap Up
So, those are the rules. If you are planning on entering a Hebocon
competition, please make sure you read the document titled “What is
Hebocon”. Hebocon is
not about winning the competition. It is more important to enjoy
Heboiness. Don’t worry about winning, and just praise each other’s
2015.01.11 Version 1.0 Daiju Ishikawa
2015.01.17 Version 1.1 Daiju Ishikawa, Addition of license indication
2016.09.30 Version 1.2 Daiju Ishikawa, Addition of rules for when the judging is difficult and exception to the high-tech penalty rules.
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See the original rules
here. Some minor
edits have been made to the original text in this version.