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Chris Hannold's outstanding book teaches you how to build powerful robot weapons that have been tried and tested in battle. If you want to smash, destroy, or crush your opponent in competitions, this excellent book will help you choose the right weapon and show you how to find balance so that, as he says, "your robots are efficient." He also provides pointers in using the weapons in combat. For those of you who want to build robots that win multiple battles, this book shows the way.
For example, Chapter 1 delves into the history of combat robotic sports. Chapter 2's aim is to discuss the weapon types that are commonly allowed at all competitions similar to BattleBots, Robot Wars, and a fledgling league called the Robot Fighting League. Getting started on your perfect destruction machine can be a daunting task, and this is the subject of Chapter 3. The lowly, boring, humble wedge is the topic of Chapter 4. The lifter and flipper bots are currently very active in robot combat and are the subject of Chapter 5. Chapter 6 covers the overhead attack weapons such as hammers, spikes, maces, axes, chisels, and whatever else you can think of to swing over the top of the bot to hit your opponent. Next, Chapter 7 is really about three types of robots that have a similar mode of attack. Chapter 8 discusses the legality of having projectile weapons. Next, Chapter 9 discusses how multibots aren't so much a class as they are a means to a win. In Chapter 10, the author talks exclusively about the use of spears in combat. Chapter 11 looks at different types of common spinner weapons. Next, Chapter 12 discusses actual building examples to show how some of the weapons are implemented, while Chapter 13 goes into some detail about the electronics used in these bots and weapons systems. Next, Chapter 14 looks into the crystal ball at the future of the sport.
No one can tell you everything you need to know about building and winning with combat robots, because a lot of the ability to win comes with experience. But this book provides a lot of vicarious experience in an easy dose to put you way ahead of the game. John R. Vacca
John R. Vacca, the former computer security official (CSO) for NASA's space station program (Freedom), has written nearly 40 books about advanced storage, computer security, and aerospace technology.