The following rules were sent out in mid-December 2000 to interested parties for the TLC Robot Challenge:
TLC Robot Challenge
Each episode, four robots and operators will square off against each other in three competitions, meant to test strategy, speed and strength. One winner will
move on to the Championship Finals.
A Test of Strategy
Operators must navigate their machines through a maze. Within the confines of this maze will be a number of obstacles, including pains of glass, sand traps, heat blasts, spring loaded flip ramps, pressurized pneumatic spikes, flame throwers, pile drivers and
even water jets. The object of the maze is to be the first robot to reach the center.
A Test of Speed
Operators must race their robots around a track. Along the way they must negotiate hairpin turns, oil slicks, a jump ramp and lightning fast straight aways with no safety rails.
A Fight to the Finish
This competition will require a mastery of strategy, strength and speed to survive. Robots will square off in a sumo-style event, with the object being to push, shove and hit your opponent out of bounds. But in our competition, being pushed out of
bounds means being pushed into a pit that contains dangerous hazards. Adding to the chaos will be a giant pendulum.
A Test of Strength
The secrets of this competition will not be revealed until you've been officially selected. But trust us, it's worth the wait! All you need know at this point is that robots will be required to smash a series of obstacles. The robot which does the most demolition, wins the round.
Other rules and restrictions
o Operators and their teams will have a set period of time between each round to repair and modify their machines for the next round of action. Severe penalties will be assessed if operators are unable to get their machines functioning for the next round.
o All robots must be battery operated.
o There is no weight limit for machines. The only size limit is a maximum height of four feet, a width of four feet and a depth of four feet. Robots may not be any smaller than one foot tall, one foot wide and one foot deep (subject to change).
o All weapons on machines must be cleared in advance by show's producers.
Shows producers, in the interest of safety, have the right to refuse any weapon.
o At least one member of an operating team must be over the age 18.
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