Q - What is Mech Warfare?
A - We are a group of hobbyists, robotics engineers, students, and various humans that build small remotely piloted walking robots armed with airsoft, nerf, and even more powerful weapons such as micro-rockets, custom co2 powered bb rifles, and flame throwers. We take these robots, place them in a small-scale model urban environment and duke it out. Mech Warfare is part engineering competition, part "real-world videogame" with a strong emphasis on sharing knowledge, advancing robotics technology, and having fun. In our 4th year, we now have teams from across the United States, Turkey, Canada, Mexico, and Japan flying into Robogames in San Fransisco to compete each year.
Q - Do you have forums to discuss Mech Warfare?
A - We do! The Mech Warfare builder community uses the Trossen Robotics Forums as our home base for discussion. Here you'll find other builders' mech projects, discussions on the rules, event planning, and tips & tricks from the veterans. The Mech Warfare Forums can be found here: http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/forumdisplay.php?121-Mech-Warfare
Q - How can I get more information on participating?
A - Building a Mech for this competition is no easy feat. There are no ready-to-build kits available and everyone building so far is doing so from scratch, or using an existing robotics kit and heavily modifying it for use in the competition. We suggest checking out our forums, reading as much as possible, and seeing how other builders are going about designing and building their mechs. Once you've done your fair share of research, feel free to ask informed questions on our forums. We have a tight-knit community that is happy to help new comers out.
Q - Where are Mech Warfare events held?
A - The primary venue that hosts Mech Warfare each year is Robogames. Robogames is generally held in April in San Mateo, California. We also have events hosted at ShepRobo Fest at Shepherdstown University in March, as well as the Kansas City Maker Faire in June.