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Crashing robots, fire & explosions, and metal carnage are brought to you in this brand new video series about fighting robots.
Crashing robots, fire & explosions, and metal carnage are brought to you in this brand new video series about fighting robots.
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The Kickstarter may be over, but you can still become a part of this continuously evolving community. Visit our RoboGames website to get up-to-date information on competing in the games, attending the event, educational opportunities, or even becoming a sponsor of one of our events!

Thanks to everyone who has supported us in this endeavor in widening our community of robot enthusiasts, and inspiring a whole new generation of tinkerers to enter the STEAM fields.

Finally — the frenzied, intense action of battling robots will return as a video sports series! 

In our lifetime, the greatest sporting event ever was created - fighting robots. All the thrill of a boxing match, all the explosions of a a NASCAR crash, and even flame-throwers.  But coverage of this great sport has fallen by the wayside. It’s high time that a new video series of battling robots returns to delight old fans and a new generation. Technology and innovation are the buzzwords of our culture, and we need to reach out and inspire a new generation of inventors. What better way to do this than through the creativity and exhilaration of watching hand-crafted robots battle it out in the arena?

This Spring of 2015, we are producing a brand-new show where weaponized robots wage battle in the arena - fighting for glory, bragging rights, and to turn their opponents into little metal scraps. It’s all the excitement & carnage that you would expect when mad scientists from around the world enter their robot creations into gladiator combat — two robots enter, but only one robot will exit the arena a winner.

Photo by Dave Schumaker
Photo by Dave Schumaker

For over ten years The Robotics Society of America has been running the world's largest robot competition - RoboGames.  Where hundreds of bots from around the world compete in the olympics of robots. We just want to bring it to you in High-Def glory.  We are putting together a crack production crew, camera-people, and equipment. We are primed and ready to churn out a top notch robot sports series:

Giant spinners shred lesser bots! Flippers toss 220 pound opponents into the air like 3 ounce coins in a bet!  Flame throwers scorch the arena walls! 

Photo by Dave Schumacher
Photo by Dave Schumacher

Help us fund this project, and you'll get to watch it at home as often as you want! DRM Free!

Instead of just bringing this back for people who miss the EPIC battles, it is important for us to create something that expands the community we've built over the last decade and perhaps have it touch the lives of people who didn’t think the world of science and engineering are a place for them.

This is a time when the DIY science community is inspiring a whole new generation of tinkers, and what better way than through exciting, exploding, metal-grinding science!

Do you want to reach out to widen and deepen our community? You can support us by buying a ticket and let us give it to an at risk child instead. You just might be the person that blows some kid’s mind and changes their life, helping them to realize that science can actually be pretty badass.

If you're feeling especially generous, you can even sponsor an entire team of robot makers who couldn't otherwise afford to come, giving them the opportunity of a lifetime.

In 2004, The Robotics Society of America started RoboGames as a way to bring robot builders from around the world together and show off their stuff. Over the years, teams from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Taiwan, Turkey, UK and the USA and many other countries have competed for those coveted medals.

Rather than limiting RoboGames to just schools or a single event, we founded it with 30 different events (now up to 54) and we allow anyone to compete.  Past champions have even met their presidents - The Mexican team was received by Felipe Calderon of Mexico and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia has personally greeted gold medal RoboGames winners.

Over the years, RoboGames has been lucky enough to partner up with the Science Channel to create the hit TV special “Killer Robots.” Now we are ready to take RoboGames up to the next level by producing our own hardcore, independent web series.

At a time when teachers are striving to inspire more young people to enter the math and sciences fields, we think that a show filled with electrifying, action-packed battling robots will capture the imagination of a new generation to enter the STEAM fields.

By funding this project, you can get a digital download of the series, but more importantly, you can become part of this international community of robot makers. By only making a donation of five dollars, you can follow a team of robotic experts months before the event, as they take you on a journey through all the the behind-the-scene details of what it takes to make one of these killer robots.

$1 - Name in the credits 

$5 - Behind the scenes + Name in the credits 

$20 - One early-bird ticket (ONLY) + Name in the credits 

$25 - Get all downloadable episodes early + Name in the credits 

$35 - A physical DVD of all episodes + Name in the credits 

$40 - One ticket to the event (or send an at-risk child) + All downloadable episodes + Name in the credits

Send an at-risk or under-served child to the show!
Send an at-risk or under-served child to the show!

$50 - Autographed program + All downloadable episodes + Robot trading cards 

$65 - One reserved seating ticket + All downloadable episodes + Name in the credits 

$100 - We will send you one very cool, limited-edition ROBOT T-SHIRT designed by Josh Ellingson. As you know, this will be our 11th year of the robotics community coming together to share all that they know and compete in a robotic olympic tournament for fame and glory! We are amped up and ready to bring RoboGames back bigger and louder than ever. Where can we go? This one goes to Eleven! + We will mail you an autographed program by all of the robot teams + A physical DVD of all episodes + A collection of kickass robot trading cards + All downloadable episodes + We will list your name in the credits

Turn it up to 11!
Turn it up to 11!

$100 (new added pledge level!) -  We will send you one limited-edition robot t-shirt designed by Josh Ellingson featuring the 2014 RoboGames artwork +One ticket to see the RoboGames live this Spring + A physical DVD of all episodes + Digital Download of the series + We will list your name in the credits

$280 - DIY 3 lb. robot kit + A physical DVD of all episodes + All downloadable episodes + Name in the credits

Make your own robot with this kit!
Make your own robot with this kit!

$300 - KID ROBOT – Send one full classroom of 30 kids and 2 teachers from a local, underserved or underprivileged school or youth group to RoboGames for a day.Kids who'd never get to go otherwise.Also, you get your choice of a DVD or digital download of the episodes.And that warm, warm feeling inside that you just changed 30 kids live

$500 - bronze robot LED display + RoboGames t-shirt + Robot trading cards+ Your name mentioned in the program event and on the RoboGame website as a Silver Level sponsor + 2 reserved seats to live games + A physical DVD of all episodes + All downloadable episodes + Name in the credits

This cute little bronze, silver, or gold robot LED display will be programed with your own personal message that will scroll on his chest for perpetuity.
This cute little bronze, silver, or gold robot LED display will be programed with your own personal message that will scroll on his chest for perpetuity.

$1,000 - TWO tickets with reserved seating during the event + Command some humanoids during the event + Everything from the $280 tier and lower!

You will have a variety of options to commanding humanoid robots during the competition.
You will have a variety of options to commanding humanoid robots during the competition.

$2,000 - Sponsor a team - get them here from their home country + Your name mentioned in the program event and on the RoboGame website + Gold LED robot display + Everything from the $280 tier and lower!

Spread the love of robots by sponsoring a team to compete in the battles.   ~Photo by Bre Pettis
Spread the love of robots by sponsoring a team to compete in the battles. ~Photo by Bre Pettis

 $3,000 - TWO tickets with reserved seating during the event + Drive a 220 lb. robot - Vlad The Impaler II + Everything from the $280 tier and lower!

A special opportunity to drive the infamous Vlad the Impaler during one of the fights!
A special opportunity to drive the infamous Vlad the Impaler during one of the fights!

$5,000 - 2 backstage passes plus a pit tour + You get to take home a 60 lb robot! + Everything from the $280 tier and lower!

Not only do you get to take a tour of the pit, but you also get to take home one of these 60 lb. fire-breathing fighting robots!
Not only do you get to take a tour of the pit, but you also get to take home one of these 60 lb. fire-breathing fighting robots!

$10,000 - 4 backstage passes plus a pit tour  + You will have your companies name added to all our promotional materials (posters, flyers, online events page) with the official credit of your choice + 30 sec promo placement of your business in 2 episodes + Everything from the $280 tier and lower!

 $150,000 - Full co-branding of the event.  You become the premier sponsor. The arena floor and side-walls will have your corporate logo all over. You will have your name added to all our promotional materials (posters, flyers, online events page) with the official credit - "Sponsored By [name/business name of choice]" + 30 sec promo placement of your business in each episode + Everything from above!

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Risks and challenges

Every film project, no matter how big or small the production is, has its own set of unique challenges — everything from potential cost overruns to scheduling conflicts to post-production delays. We've tried to anticipate and avoid these problems as much as possible by giving ourselves plenty of pre-production time, as well as by assembling a team of talented, dedicated, experienced filmmakers and performers.

Every single person involved with this project has worked on high-stress projects and has the ability to be flexible if unforeseen issues arise. We bring our experience from over 10 years of organizing and running international robot competitions and hosting and producing podcasts and TV shows. We have an expert team of robot makers gearing up, and an expert production team, and with your help, we can take our independent series to the next level.

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    HELLO WORLD - You love robots, horray!!!!! Thank you for supporting this project. We will list your name in the credits.

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    BEHIND THE BOTS - You can become part of this international community of robot makers— in the months preceeding the event, you will be able to follow a team of robotic experts as they take you through the behind-the-scene process of what it takes to make one of these killer robots, + We will list your name in the credits.

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    EARLY BOT – LIVE BATTLES ONLY - One ticket ($10 off the regular cost) to see the RoboGames in person in the Spring 2015, which will take place within the San Francisco Bay Area (transportation and accommodations not included) + You can become part of this international community of robot makers— in the months preceding the event, you will be able to follow a team of robotic experts as they take you through the behind-the-scene process of what it takes to make one of these killer robots, + We will list your name in the credits. ~ Can't make it to the battles in the Spring? You can choose to instead donate your ticket so we can send an at-risk child to the event instead.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD - All downloadable episodes + You can become part of this international community of robot makers— in the months preceding the event, you will be able to follow a team of robotic experts as they take you through the behind-the-scene process of what it takes to make one of these killer robots, + We will list your name in the credits.

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    DISC OF BATTLES ONLY - We will mail you a DVD of all episodes + You can become part of this international community of robot makers— in the months preceding the event, you will be able to follow a team of robotic experts as they take you through the behind-the-scene process of what it takes to make one of these killer robots, + We will list your name in the credits.

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    LIVE BATTLES + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD - One ticket ($10 off the regular cost) to see the Robo Games in person in the Spring 2015, which will take place within the San Francisco Bay Area (transportation and accommodations not included) PLUS a Digital Download of all of the episodes + You can become part of this international community of robot makers— in the months preceding the event, you will be able to follow a team of robotic experts as they take you through the behind-the-scene process of what it takes to make one of these killer robots, + We will list your name in the credits. ~ Can't make it to the battles in the Spring? You can choose to instead donate your ticket so we can send an at-risk child to the event instead.

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    We will mail you an autographed program by all of the robot teams + a collection of kickass robot trading cards + All downloadable episodes + You can become part of this international community of robot makers— in the months preceding the event, you will be able to follow a team of robotic experts as they take you through the behind-the-scene process of what it takes to make one of these killer robots, + We will list your name in the credits.

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    RESERVED SEATING - One special RESERVED SEATING ticket to see the RoboGames in person in the Spring 2015, which will take place within the San Francisco Bay Area (transportation and accommodations not included) + You can become part of this international community of robot makers— in the months preceding the event, you will be able to follow a team of robotic experts as they take you through the behind-the-scene process of what it takes to make one of these killer robots, + We will list your name in the credits ~ Can't make it to the battles in the Spring? You can choose to instead donate your ticket so we can send an at-risk child to the event instead.

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    ROBOT T-SHIRT – We will send you very cool, limited-edition robot t-shirt designed by Josh Ellingson + We will mail you an autographed program by all of the robot teams + A collection of kickass robot trading cards + All downloadable episodes + You can become part of this international community of robot makers— in the months preceding the event, you will be able to follow a team of robotic experts as they take you through the behind-the-scene process of what it takes to make one of these killer robots, + We will list your name in the credits

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    ROBOT T-SHIRT & TICKET - We will send you one limited-edition robot t-shirt designed by Josh Ellingson featuring the 2014 RoboGames artwork +One ticket to see the RoboGames live this Spring + Digital Download of the series + We will list your name in the credits

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    KITSTARTER - Make your own robot at home with this DIY kit. If you can solder, then you can make your very own robot to do your bidding + All downloadable episodes + You can become part of this international community of robot makers— in the months preceding the event, you will be able to follow a team of robotic experts as they take you through the behind-the-scene process of what it takes to make one of these killer robots, + We will list your name in the credits.

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    KID ROBOT – Send one full classroom of 30 kids and 2 teachers from a local, underserved or underprivileged school or youth group to RoboGames for a day. Kids who'd never get to go otherwise. Also, you get your choice of a DVD or digital download of the episodes. And that warm, warm feeling inside that you just changed 30 kids' lives.

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    DOUBLE FAMILY FUN PACKAGE-
    All of the above great stuff, but you get FOUR tickets to the show, and get this - the show comes to you! Host a private party with 3 pound robots that you (and your kids) get to drive! The Bay Area's funnest birthday party event - Bot Bash - will bring their table-top arena and four 3-pound robots to your home for an un-equaled party! The parties can be held on any available date on the Bot Bash calendar. Private party events are limited to any where between Sacramento and Sunnyvale. Full details at: http://botbashparty.com

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    BRONZE MEDAL - We will send you a limited edition bronze robot LED desk display which will be programed with your own personal message + All downloadable episodes + your name mentioned in the program event and on the RoboGame website as a Silver Level sponsor + 2 tickets to live games + You can become part of this international community of robot makers— in the months preceding the event, you will be able to follow a team of robotic experts as they take you through the behind-the-scene process of what it takes to make one of these killer robots ~ Can't make it to the battles in the Spring? You can choose to instead donate your ticket so we can send an at-risk child to the event instead.

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    SILVER MEDAL - We will send you a limited edition silver robot LED desk display which will be programed with your own personal message + TWO special RESERVED SEATING tickets to see the Robo Games in person in the Spring 2015, where you will get the opportunity to command some humanoid robots during the event (transportation and accommodations not included) + All downloadable episodes + Your name in the credits + You can become part of this international community of robot makers— you will be able to follow a team of robotic experts as they take you through the behind-the-scene process of what it takes to make one of these killer robots. ~ Can't make it to the battles in the Spring? You can choose to instead donate your ticket so we can send an at-risk child to the event instead.

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    GOLD MEDAL - We will send you a limited edition gold robot LED desk display which will be programed with your own personal message + Your backing will help a team make it to RoboGames where they will wear a t-shirt with your name or logo on it during the taping of the show + All downloadable episodes + Your name in the credits + You can become part of this international community of robot makers— you will be able to follow a team of robotic experts as they take you through the behind-the-scene process of what it takes to make one of these killer robots.

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    BACKSTAGE DRIVER - TWO special RESERVED SEATING tickets to see the RoboGames in person in the Spring 2015, where you will get the opportunity to drive a 200lb. robot during the competition (transportation and accommodations not included) + Everything from the $280 tier and lower!

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    ROBOT PIT TOUR - TWO special BACKSTAGE tickets to see the Robo Games in person in the Spring 2015, where you will get a pit tour during the competition (transportation and accommodations not included) + YOU GET TO TAKE HOME 60lb ROBOT! + Everything from the $280 tier and lower!

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    ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit on the series + FOUR special BACKSTAGE tickets to see the RoboGames in person in the Spring 2015, where you will get a pit tour during the competition (transportation and accommodations not included) + Your name added to all our promotional materials (posters, flyers, online events page) with the official credit "Sponsored By [name/business name of choice]" + 30 sec promo placement of your business in each episode + Everything above!

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