It was brought to my attention by a certain fellow with an affinity for large reptiles that PBS, also known as “that channel you used to watch Sesame Street on”, has quite a presence on YouTube. They have everything ranging from a show hosted by an actual child to radio shows from fucking Alaska and even an animated series whose trailer literally features Tupac and Ray Charles in the same video. That aside, you may be most familiar with PBS Digital Studios’ joint production with melodysheep, the Mr. Rogers “Garden of Your Mind” music video. It’s all quite fantastic and I’m pleased to see PBS managing to get by through the production of all of this Portlandia-esque crap but whatever, there’s a very specific “station” within the PBS YouTube network that is the focal point of this article: the PBS “Idea Channel”.

This whole mess started when Dracophile texted me three “titles” of videos from the PBS Idea Channel. He pointed out that two of them were fakes and only one of them was legitimate and my job was to guess which one was correct. Here’s the problem, every single video title sounded like a fucking joke. They literally all read like a @Horse_ebooks tweet and I was convinced I was being fucked with because nobody would name something “The Experience of Being Trolled” unless they were a socially crippled furry trying to get their Encyclopedia Dramatica page taken down. But no, Dracophile revealed to me that this was indeed an actual fucking video by linking me to said video.

From here, a game was created based upon this very concept and Dracophile allegedly tested it out on his roommate and colleagues. Apparently it was a hit because he informed me that the PBS Idea Channel game was worth pursuing and that I’d be the best candidate to make fun of this hipster bullshit so here I am writing up this stupid game. I’ve finally been typecast for my role as a cynical piece of Internet garbage, I’m a real eMichael Cera.

Okay, the rules of this game are simple and you yourself will be able to play it in this very article. Below is a collection of video titles. One of them is actually the title of a video from the PBS Idea Channel. The others are all really shitty jokes that have been written by either myself, Dracophile, or a guest writer who uses the screen name “Music Shemale”. Wonderful. I’m not sure where Dracophile found him/her but their name is a very redundant method of saying “RuPaul”. Anyways, here’s the game. There’s a link under each group of video titles that contains the answer presented by means of the actual YouTube thumbnail for the video because these things are fucking ridiculous.

 

ONE

“Can Twerking Save Your Life?”
“Is Instagram the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Photography?”
“Is the Selfie the Quintessential Expression of Sexuality?”

[CLICK HERE FOR THE ANSWER]

TWO

“Are MP3s & Vinyl Better than Live Music?”
“Is Music Piracy Helping TicketMaster?”
“Can You Download a Bear?”

[CLICK HERE FOR THE ANSWER]

THREE

“What’s the Deal With Unboxing Videos?”
“What’s Really the Deal with Airline Food?”
“What’s the Deal with Jerry Seinfeld Impressions?”

[CLICK HERE FOR THE ANSWER]

FOUR

“Cartoons, Dadaism, and Yiffing: A Valentine’s Day Episode”
“Obesity, Diarrhea, and Dissertations: A Christmas Episode”
“Sandwiches, Modernity, and Lyrics: A Thanksgiving Episode”

[CLICK HERE FOR THE ANSWER]

FIVE

“What if 13 was 14?”
“When Does a Song Actually End?”
“Is the Internet Cats?”

[CLICK HERE FOR THE ANSWER]

SIX

“Can Anime Cure Depression?”
“Does It Matter What Evangelion’s Creator Says?”
“Can You 3D Print a Fleshlight?!”

[CLICK HERE FOR THE ANSWER]

SEVEN

“Are Hologram Tupac and Hologram Freddie Mercury Nostalgia or New Aesthetic?”
“What’s the Psychology Behind Pornographic Disney Fan Art?”
“What if Jeff Foxworthy was the Second Coming of Christ?”

[CLICK HERE FOR THE ANSWER]

EIGHT

“Does Animal Crossing Promote Otaku Citizenship?”
“What Really Happens at a Furry Convention?”
“What’s the Link Between Sonic and Autism?”

[CLICK HERE FOR THE ANSWER]

NINE

“Was Mr. Hands Really in the Wrong?”
“Would You Date a My Little Pony Character?”
“Are Bronies Changing the Definition of Masculinity?”

[CLICK HERE FOR THE ANSWER]

TEN

“Could Chuck E. Cheese’s Save the Stock Market?”
“How Will The Animated GIF Affect The Presidential Election?”
“Should Trans People Really Have Equal Rights?”

[CLICK HERE FOR THE ANSWER]

ELEVEN

“What do MP3s and Magic Spells Have in Common?”
“How You Can Hypnotize Yourself into Incontinence with iDoser?!”
“Could ‘To Catch a Predator’ Be a Movie?”

[CLICK HERE FOR THE ANSWER]

TWELVE

“Is The Universe A Computer?”
“If You Put a Shrinky Dink in the Microwave Will You Go Back in Time?”
“Is Stephen Hawking Actually a Crippled Cyborg?”

[CLICK HERE FOR THE ANSWER]

THIRTEEN

“Are Mens’ Rights Activists Paving the Way for Dating Rights?”
“Is Public Shaming Via Social Media the New Vigilante Justice?”
“Can Dungeons & Dragons Make You A Confident & Successful Person?”

[CLICK HERE FOR THE ANSWER]

FOURTEEN

“What if Bananas Were Purple?”
“Are Otherkin People Really Dragons?”
“Does Fiction Exist? (ft. Harry Potter)”

[CLICK HERE FOR THE ANSWER]

FIFTEEN

“What Happens When You Hold in a Fart Too Long?”
“What Do Santa and Wrestling Have In Common?”
“Can You Hide a Body Using Only Prayer Blankets?”

[CLICK HERE FOR THE ANSWER]

BONUS ROUND

“How Did Sherlock Holmes Pave the Way for 50 Shades of Grey?”
“Is Nic Cage the Intersection of YOLO and Taoism?”
“Does Twitch Plays Pokemon Give You Hope for Humanity?”

[CLICK HERE FOR THE ANSWER]

 

How well did you do? If you managed to get a few of them right that’s probably because statistically you’re going to get at least one or two by guessing and you realized after the third or fourth question that using any form of logic on this exercise is a naff fucking effort. If you totaled up your correct responses and got over half of them right then you have some explaining to do and I implore you to reconsider your choices in online entertainment. Normally if you got all fifteen correct the predictable punchline might be “you’re the host of this channel hur hur” but no, I’m not going that route; if you got all fifteen questions correct then you’re not the host of PBS Idea Channel, you’re their retarded fucking PR manager whose job it is to sit there trying to be witty while rehashing tired ass memes in an attempt to clickbait pretentious hipsters looking to engage in some serious ego autofellatio. If you’re that person, fuck you.

By the way there is no “win scenario” for this game. By virtue of participating in the PBS Idea Channel game you have lost.

– Roastmaster, Dracophile, and Music Shemale

Open a new tab in your web browser of choice. Go on, do it. Punch “twilight foundry” into your search bar and check out the images that come up. Fair warning, if you use Bing you’re going to see a disgustingly large amount of My Little Pony pornography (Twilight Sparkle) and if you’re using Google you’ll see a lot of our logos and random pictures from various articles here that get a fair amount of traffic. I didn’t check with Yahoo because I forgot they existed. Also, before we continue I just want to point out how fucked up it is that in regards to Bing any instance of “twilight” in a search term brings up cartoon horse porn. It’s like Bing knows we’re far outside of the age of making fun of that terrible vampire movie and has moved right into what’s currently hot. Purple horse vagina. Anyway, no matter your search engine of choice in any case you’re going to see this thing show up somewhere in the first handful of results:

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Twilight Foundry Awesome Award, Great Job!

That is the most obtuse fucking thing in the world and hilariously enough it is and has been the most persistent result when searching for “twilight foundry” in any search engine for the past decade. The reason for this is because the graphic was hosted at the popular (and now defunct) Sonic HQ which if you rewind time thirteen years was one of many frequent hangout spots of the original Twilight Foundry lineup. Since Sonic HQ received tons of traffic, and because that picture’s metadata contained the phrase “twilight foundry” on their servers, this is what every single search engine saw when they crawled Sonic HQ’s website and that’s how they interpreted “twilight foundry”. A shitty “top anime sites” award. Anime, because when I think “Sonic the Hedgehog” I immediately default to goofy ass characters with giant eyes.

Wait, that may not have been a good example.

To be completely honest with you I was kinda hoping that stupid abomination would have gone away on its own because surely over the years it’s confused countless people who’ve searched for “twilight foundry” looking for a map of the bonus level of the same name in Blast Corps. Much to my dismay it never went away. A fun side note, that image comes before any pictures of Blast Corps in search results from Bing; this fucking thing will not die. As much as I personally hate that stupid award graphic I guess in a sense it’s Foundry canon and there’s a story behind it just like every other bogus artifact from our bygone years. Since I am the only remaining member of Twilight Foundry’s original cast I guess the responsibility to tell this story falls upon me, right?

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Pretty shitty finish time there, “Grand High Slaughtermaster”.

The Sonic HQ award is a relic from an older Internet back when things like webrings and spinning email GIF’s were en vogue. Awards were one of the fads of the era and everyone was giving them out both because they wanted traffic to their own sites and because niche communities were and still are huge circlejerks. Most awards weren’t 320 x 240 splashes because in the early 00’s that would have filled up a pretty generous amount of screen real estate. The reason why that picture is so large is because I’m about 90% certain it’s simply a resized screenshot from a Sega Genesis emulator of one of the various wacky level titlecards from a Sonic the Hegdehog game or something. That text was clearly plastered on with MS Paint and that background is far too ornate to have been made by the same person. The layered opacity of the blue stripes is beautifully contrasted by the haphazardly applied lettering of which I count at least four different fonts and by “beautifully contrasted” I actually mean “ruins the entire picture”.

The aforementioned person, by the way, was Twilight Foundry’s resident autistic otaku Lewis. I don’t know if Lewis is actually autistic mostly because that particular epithet didn’t “exist” thirteen years ago but since I’m writing this article in 2014 about some nonsensical crap that happened in 2001 I believe I am entitled to use some updated descriptors to jazz this borefest up so that it can be obsoleted by whatever hip lingo people are using in 2024. Lewis was really big into video games and anime and all sorts of other nonsense made of plastic that was collectible. Twilight Foundry shared a communal forums account on places like Sonic HQ and I guarantee almost all of them were posts by Lewis. I know this because he was always idle in every single MSN chatroom that the four of us frequented. Any time I popped into the Toonami chatroom he was there and he was always talking about something. I honestly have no idea what he is up to these days but I’d be willing to venture a guess that he’s some wildly popular anime blogger while I’m sitting here in the dust with a bunch of old shit I can’t get anyone to read.

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The Mobius Forum is apparently STILL a thing. Here’s our decade+ old Sonic HQ account.

Anyways, Lewis had this idea to start this “contest” in our MSN chatroom where people who hung around with us could vote for their favorite websites in a bunch of random categories on our website. I honestly do not remember how he organized this because I’m fairly certain if he would’ve tried to code a script he’d have broken the entire Twilight Zone site and I’d have remembered fixing that. Regardless, apparently the “Best Sonic Site” category was nested inside of the broader “anime” subject even though the Sonic franchise is based largely in video games and comic books. Sure, that’s anime I guess. Whatever. I’m more impressed that he was able to name two more Sonic websites at the time because thinking back to those days there really was Sonic HQ and nowhere else for Sonic news and fandom. I have no idea why Sonic HQ — a site that boasted millions of visitors — ended up in third place. My best guess is that Lewis took input/nominations from the chatrooms and the people contained in said chatrooms ended up voting for their own websites. As screwed up as that is it’s still more “fair and balanced” than Fox News.

The stupid thing is that Sonic HQ straight up slammed that gaudy image on their website like it was some magical badge of humbleness because everything else on their awards page was “first place this” and “first place that” and smack in the middle of this ass pat parade was “3RD PLACE GREAT JOB”.

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Sonic HQ even had its own award that you had to steal from someone else’s site to get it without the watermark.

The Twilight Foundry award is so appealingly bad it’s actually hilarious. What’s even better is that apparently every other recipient of our prestigious award has gone belly up because I sifted through image search results until they dissolved into Internet oblivion and I could not find a single one anywhere not even on some ironic snark blog that uses The Wayback Machine to crawl old versions of formerly popular websites looking for trash to scavenge and regurgitate on Tumblr. I can’t tell you the names of the Sonic fansites that were allegedly “better” than Sonic HQ; I can’t even tell you what the other award categories were or if they used a different wacky background for that matter. All I have to go by is a fuzzy memory that Google simply wouldn’t let go of. As much as the Sonic HQ award bothers me with its affront to any and all typesetting conventions (even by 2001 standards) in a sense I suppose I’m glad it’s still floating around out there online. It’s the only relic from the original Twilight Zone website that is still a part of the Internet’s collective consciousness and its placement in search results has served as a bizarre “remember meeeeee” cry from the Foundry for longer than I can care to try and comprehend.

It’s a piece of our history that I have to learn to like and accept for what it is because if the past 14 years have been any indication that damned thing isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

– Dracophile & Lewis

Below is a collection of photos taken during the various Battle Clash events held throughout the organization’s history along with additional relevant excerpts.

Battle Clash 1.0

No photos available at this time.

Battle Clash 2.0

EventVenue
Wide shot of the pit area and arena taken before all of the competing teams arrived.

TheArena
The Battle Clash arena for the event’s second through fourth contests was a 16′ x 16′ square with walls 8″ tall. Due to restrictions placed on the event by the venue, hazards were not permitted for use. During the three events this arena was used it also doubled as the base for the obstacle course which was built inside of it.

ImpalerTeam
Jimbos, builders and drivers of The Impaler, in the pits with some spectators. Their robot was based upon the popular BattleBots competitor “Vlad The Impaler”; instead of lifting spikes Jimbos opted to use two sharpened galvanized nails on the front and back of their robot. They used this weaponry to repeatedly punch holes in the armor of MetalHead II, resulting in a 45-0 victory over the returning champion.

TwilightFoundryRobots
The pit area where Twilight Foundry Robotics set up their station. None of the team members are present in this picture, however spectators are seen here checking out MetalHead II, the reigning champion from Battle Clash 1.0. Newcomer and massive crowd favorite Terminal Impact is absent from this photo as at the time the photo was taken Terminal Impact was undergoing safety testing for its weapon.

DeathByMonkeysVSTerminalImpact
Death By Monkeys (left) vs. Terminal Impact (right). Terminal Impact’s operator (in orange) gets ready for a massive hit while an event official (in blue) supervises the fight. Death By Monkeys was disqualified from this fight moments after this photo was taken; the robot drove up onto Terminal Impact’s spinning disc and was thrown over the arena wall.

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PokeBot II (left) vs. The Impaler (right). PokeBot II lost to The Impaler in its only battle at this tournament by a 40-5 judges’ decision. PokeBot II’s metal plow, built from a scrap hand saw and padded with cushioning to keep it focused on opponents, was torn off by a well-timed T-bone from The Impaler. The crippled robot suffered further complications from its long anti-flip bar that The Impaler would frequently get under and use as leverage to push the robot around.

ImpalerDamage
Damage done to The Impaler by the chain flails of Terminal Impact.

Metalhead2Obstacle
MetalHead II in the obstacle course. MetalHead II completed it in 23 seconds, however it damaged its chassis on one of the bricks and became off-balanced (as seen in the picture). Despite taking damage, MetalHead II went on to win the obstacle course challenge.

PannelObstacle
Pannel in the obstacle course. Pannel was built from an amalgamation of scrap parts and was subject to frequent electrical failures. The robot was disqualified from the obstacle course after one such failure rendered the bot unable to complete the course.

PokeBot2Obstacle
PokeBot II in the obstacle course. PokeBot II was piloted by the event’s youngest competitor (Twilight Foundry’s very own FpS ref1ex, just 6 years old at the time) and finished fourth overall in the course. Pictured at right is a spectator and the designer of the Battle Clash arena cheering the driver on.

GroupPic
A promotional picture taken of all competing teams and their robots. Teams from left to right with the number of people in parentheses: Twilight Foundry (1), Big Fat Bananas (1), Jimbos (2), Twilight Foundry (4), Typhoon (2). Robots from left to right: PokeBot II and Death By Monkeys (front, back), The Impaler, MIST, Terminal Impact and DCOI (front, back), MetalHead II, Pannel.

Battle Clash 3.0

No photos available at this time.

Battle Clash 4.0

PannelVSTI2
Pannel 3 (back) vs. Terminal Impact (front). Terminal Impact’s weapon was adjusted from chain flails to solid metal spikes resulting in much more kickback into the robot. The robot came out swinging in this bout, tearing into the side of Pannel 3, but ultimately the force of Terminal Impact’s weapon disabled itself and the robot lost by a self-inflicted knockout. This photo was taken after the fight with Team Typhoon getting ready to take their robot back into the pits for repairs.

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Rexit 3.0 (left) vs. Terminal Impact (right). After losing to Pannel by a knockout, Terminal Impact attempts to make a comeback in its bout with Rexit 3.0, a robot that was prone to failure in the previous two events. Rexit 3.0’s short stature resulted in Terminal Impact’s weapon being unable to hit the robot, giving Rexit 3.0 an easy victory over the bulky spinner.

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Menace (left) vs. Tantrum (right). In this highly-anticipated championship match Team Typhon’s Menace squared off against Tantrum from Team Inferno, driven by Twilight Foundry alumni Dr. Inferno. Both of these robots met each other in the championship round of the previous tournament where Tantrum won with a split decision. Tantrum was built from a Tyco toy of the same name and features a front face-mounted axle with two free-spinning wheels that flip around and cause the robot to turn and writhe (or “tantrum”); Team Inferno modified this front set of wheels and replaced it with blades and a drill.

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Tantrum’s driver, Twilight Foundry’s Dr. Inferno, celebrates his second tournament victory at Battle Clash. Tantrum was the only robot to win more than one event, and for both championship finals Tantrum went up against Team Typhoon’s Menace. After beating Menace in a close 23-22 judges’ decision at Battle Clash 3.0, Tantrum went on to score a knockout victory over the two-time runner-up after a particularly harsh full speed charge from Menace missed and put the robot into the arena wall, disabling its battery.

Miscellaneous

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The local newspaper arrived during Battle Clash 2.0 to take some photographs for a report. While their coverage was nominal, and they did not get the name of the event correct, this plug helped spread word of the event causing a better turn out for Battle Clash’s third and fourth contests. (Names have been omitted from this scan to respect the privacy of the competitors.)

Battle Clash 4.0 is notable in that most of the robots brought to the event by Twilight Foundry did not compete due to an electrical failure in one of them plus the fact that they wanted to give more spotlight to the growing roster of new participants. Twilight Foundry Robotics creations were available for “grudge matches” after the event.

This was the last Battle Clash tournament held.

Participants

Android17b
Android 17

Team: Twilight Foundry Robotics
Weapon: Spike
Special: Not dead
Record: 0-2
Course: DNC
Awards: N/A

CrapDaddy
Crap Daddy

Team: Big Fat Bananas
Weapon: Saw blade
Special: It works
Record: DNC
Course: DNC
Awards: N/A

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Death By Monkeys

Team: Big Fat Bananas
Weapon: Ramming spike
Special: Invertible
Record: DNC
Course: DNC
Awards: N/A

Diablos
Diablos

Team: Diablos
Weapon: Wedge design
Special: Impervious to attack
Record: DNC
Course: DNC
Awards: Best Newcomer

EXODUS
EXODUS

Team: Twilight Foundry Robotics
Weapon: Ramming forks
Special: Large size
Record: DNC
Course: DNC
Awards: N/A

HitlerBotb
Hitler Bot

Team: Big Fat Bananas
Weapon: Lifting arm and spike catcher
Special: Can self-right
Record: 1-1
Course: 0:44
Awards: N/A

Inferno2
Inferno Mk. 2

Team: Big Boys
Weapon: Metal plow
Special: Better armor
Record: 1-2
Course: 1:01
Awards: N/A

Menace2
Menace

Team: Typhoon
Weapon: Spikes
Special: Speed and power
Record: 2-1
Course: 0:56
Awards: Most Aggressive

MewtwoBOT
MewtwoBOT

Team: Twilight Foundry Robotics
Weapon: Spinning disc and spikes
Special: Lots of weapons
Record: DNC
Course: DNC
Awards: N/A

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Micro Doomsday

Team: Twilight Foundry Robotics
Weapon: Saw blade
Special: N/A
Record: DNC
Course: DNC
Awards: N/A

MIST3
MIST

Team: Twilight Foundry Robotics
Weapon: Spikes
Special: Spinner stopper stick
Record: 1-1
Course: 1:23
Awards: N/A

Pannel3
Pannel 3

Team: Typhoon
Weapon: Wedge
Special: Tough armor
Record: 2-1
Course: 2:34
Awards: N/A

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Pokemon Revolution (PokeBot III)

Team: Twilight Foundry Robotics
Weapon: Cutting disc
Special: N/A
Record: DNC
Course: DNC
Awards: N/A

Rexit3
Rexit 3.0

Team: Zetromans
Weapon: Antiwedge skirting
Special: It works this time
Record: 1-1
Course: 1:54
Awards: N/A

SkyDriver
Sky Driver

Team: Spike
Weapon: None
Special: It can flip over
Record: 2-2
Course: DQ’ed
Awards: N/A

Tantrum2
Tantrum

Team: Typhoon
Weapon: Drill
Special: Can self-right
Record: 3-0 (Event Champion)
Course: 1:45
Awards: N/A

TerminalImpact2
Terminal Impact

Team: Twilight Foundry Robotics
Weapon: Spinning disc
Special: Powerful weapon
Record: 0-2
Course: DNC
Awards: Most Destructive

The third Battle Clash event saw an increase in the number of non-Twilight Foundry participants due to many builders getting their friends involved as well as getting a feel for what to expect in a combat environment and adjusting their robots accordingly.

Participants

Android17
Android 17

Team: Twilight Foundry Robotics
Weapon: Spike
Special: N/A
Record: 0-2
Course: DNC
Awards: N/A

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Death By Monkeys

Team: Big Fat Bananas
Weapon: Ramming spike
Special: Invertible
Record: 2-1
Course: DNC
Awards: N/A

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Hammerhead

Team: Twilight Foundry Robotics
Weapon: None
Special: N/A
Record: DNC
Course: 0:20
Awards: N/A

HitlerBot
Hitler Bot

Team: Big Fat Bananas
Weapon: Lifting arm
Special: Able to self-right
Record: 1-2
Course: 1:59
Awards: Most Aggressive

TheImpaler2
The Impaler

Team: Jimbos
Weapon: Spinning blades and rear-mounted spikes
Special: Dual weaponry
Record: 1-1
Course: 1:28
Awards: N/A

Inferno
Inferno

Team: Big Boys
Weapon: Spikes
Special: Low center of gravity
Record: 2-1
Course: 0:51
Awards: N/A

Menace
Menace

Team: Typhoon
Weapon: Spike
Special: Force
Record: 3-1
Course: 0:37
Awards: Most Destructive

Metalhead3
Metalhead III

Team: Twilight Foundry Robotics
Weapon: Wedge
Special: Lots of power
Record: 0-2
Course: 1:20
Awards: N/A

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Micro Doomsday

Team: Twilight Foundry Robotics
Weapon: Saw blade
Special: N/A
Record: DNC
Course: DNC
Awards: N/A

MIST2
MIST

Team: Twilight Foundry Robotics
Weapon: Spike plow
Special: Small & fast
Record: 1-1
Course: 1:11
Awards: N/A

Pannel2
Pannel 2

Team: Typhoon
Weapon: Wedge
Special: Thick armor
Record: 1-1
Course: 2:50
Awards: N/A

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Pokemon Revolution (PokeBot III)

Team: Twilight Foundry Robotics
Weapon: Razor plow
Special: N/A
Record: DNC
Course: DNC
Awards: N/A

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P’S N’ Q’S

Team: Close
Weapon: Wedges and spikes
Special: Multibot
Record: DNC
Course: DNC
Awards: N/A

Rexit2
Rexit 2.0

Team: Zetromans
Weapon: Antiwedge skirting
Special: Metal armor
Record: DNC
Course: 2:34
Awards: N/A

SHAFT
SHAFT

Team: Twilight Foundry Robotics
Weapon: Keystock ram
Special: Impact foam
Record: 0-1
Course: 0:57
Awards: N/A

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Shooterette

Team: Sonic Boom Robotics
Weapon: Thwacking bars
Special: Fast
Record: DNC
Course: DNC
Awards: N/A

Tantrum
Tantrum

Team: Typhoon
Weapon: Drill
Special: Can self right
Record: 3-0 (Event Champion)
Course: 1:22
Awards: Best Newcomer

TheVoid
Terminal Impact II: The Void

Team: Twilight Foundry Robotics
Weapon: 3′ blade
Special: Powerful weaponry
Record: 1-2
Course: DNC
Awards: N/A

ThunderMax
ThunderMAX

Team: Typhoon
Weapon: Shovelnose design
Special: Aerodynamic
Record: DNC
Course: DNC
Awards: N/A

Battle Clash 2.0 was the first event held at the community middle school event center following several weeks of Foundry-sponsored “robotics club” meetings where students learned how to build their own robots from RC toys. This event would be their first opportunity to test their creations in a battle setting. Because of the venue of this event hazards were not allowed due to concerns over participant safety and property integrity. To make up for this, an “obstacle course” mini event was introduced at the last minute to give participants an extra activity at the event.

Participants

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Cobra

Team: Cobra
Weapon: Hammer
Special: N/A
Record: DNC
Course: DNC
Awards: N/A

DCOI
D.C.O.I. (“Decoy”, Don’t Count On It)

Team: Twilight Foundry Robotics
Weapon: Antiwedge skirting
Special: Antiwedge skirting
Record: DNC
Course: DNC
Awards: N/A

DeathByMonkeys
Death By Monkeys

Team: Big Fat Bananas
Weapon: Ramming spike
Special: Invertible
Record: 2-1
Course: 0:34
Awards: Most Aggressive

TheImpaler
The Impaler

Team: Jimbos
Weapon: Dual nine inch nails
Special: “Indestructible”
Record: 2-1
Course: 0:29
Awards: Best Newcomer

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Mauler

Team: Twilight Foundry Robotics
Weapon: Full body spinner
Special: N/A
Record: DNC
Course: DNC
Awards: N/A

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Menace

Team: Typhoon
Weapon: Spike ram
Special: N/A
Record: DNC
Course: DNC
Awards: N/A

Metalhead2
Metalhead II

Team: Twilight Foundry Robotics
Weapon: Dual spinning discs, spike, and wedge
Special: Returning champion
Record: 1-3
Course: 0:23
Awards: N/A

MIST
MIST

Team: Twilight Foundry Robotics
Weapon: Plow with spikes
Special: Small & fast
Record: 0-0 (two draws)
Course: 1:02
Awards: N/A

Pannel
Pannel

Team: Typhoon
Weapon: Wedge
Special: Thick armor
Record: 0-2
Course: DQ’ed
Awards: N/A

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Peas N’ Carrots

Team: Close
Weapon: Wedge and spikes
Special: Multibot
Record: DNC
Course: DNC
Awards: N/A

Pokebot2
PokeBot II

Team: Twilight Foundry Robotics
Weapon: Plow
Special: Antiflip bar
Record: 0-1
Course: 0:45
Awards: N/A

Rexit
Rexit

Team: Zetromans
Weapon: Antiwedge skirting
Special: Metal armor and tank tracks
Record: DNC
Course: DNC
Awards: N/A

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Spike

Team: Spike
Weapon: Spike
Special: N/A
Record: DNC
Course: DNC
Awards: N/A

TerminalImpact
Terminal Impact

Team: Twilight Foundry Robotics
Weapon: Spinning disc with flails
Special: Powerful weaponry
Record: 3-0 (Event Champion)
Course: 1:00
Awards: Most Destructive

Battle Clash 1.0 was held at the personal property of one of the event’s benefactors. Participants battled in a rectangular arena inside a driveway and used the empty garage as the “pit area” for repairs and battery charging. The hazards for this event included a one pound “Pulverizer” replica made of wood.

Participants in this event were sparse due to a lack of word-of-mouth advertising and venue with a large outreach. Photos from this event have largely been lost to time, however participant records still exist.

Participants

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AXE-Cavator

Team: Big Mac Casey
Weapon: Articulated scoop/hammer combo
Special: 180 degree range of weapon
Record: DNC

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Breakaway

Team: toXic
Weapon: Spike ram
Special: Modular armor
Record: DNC

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Cyborg

Team: Just Bring It
Weapon: N/A
Special: N/A
Record: DNC

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Gettin’ Trivial

Team: Inferno
Weapon: Spinning blade
Special: N/A
Record:DNC

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J-Bomb 23

Team: Twilight Foundry Robotics
Weapon: Spike
Special: IR lasers
Record: 0-1

Metalhead
Metalhead

Team: Twilight Foundry Robotics
Weapon: Spinning blade, spikes, & wedge
Special: Metal armor
Record: 2-0 (Event Champion)

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Moon Trekker

Team: Twilight Foundry Robotics
Weapon: Razor blades, spring loaded spike
Special: Anti-flip attachments
Record: 2-1

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PokeBot

Team: Twilight Foundry Robotics
Weapon: Lifting scoop
Special: N/A
Record: 0-1

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Porky Pine

Team: Porky Pine
Weapon: Spike ram
Special: Tire spikes
Record: DNC

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Puff the Magic Dragon

Team: Big Mac Casey
Weapon: Wedge
Special: Large size
Record: DNC

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Scavenger Hunt

Team: N/A
Weapon: N/A
Special: N/A
Record: DNC

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Spazz’UM

Team: Spazz’d Out
Weapon: Clamp
Special: N/A
Record: DNC

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Squeak-UNZ!

Team: Inferno
Weapon: Spinning blade
Special: N/A
Record: DNC

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StewBot

Team: Close
Weapon: None
Special: N/A
Record: 1-1

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X-Treme Knucklehead

Team: Close
Weapon: Ram
Special: N/A
Record: 0-1