History of NHRL

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NHRL was founded in 2018 by Austin McChord and Ryan Sasloe, with the goal of gathering a large following of fans on the internet.

Timeline

2018

December 8, 2018

Weight Class # of bots Bracket Winner
3lb 13 No bracket available Silent Spring

The first NHRL event is held at 50 Day Street, utilizing a single 3lb cage. Two traditions are established right off the bat: Brett the Brick is a motorized, painted cinderblock with a mounted GoPro, and Silent Spring wins the event.

2019

January 13, 2019

Weight Class # of bots Bracket Winner
3lb 20 No bracket available Squishy

March 9, 2019

Weight Class # of bots Bracket Winner
3lb 10 No bracket available Mondo Bizarro
12lb Sportsman 2 No bracket available (Grudge matches only)

Our first time with bigger bots! We have our first 12lb Sportsmen fight in a couple of grudge matches: Unnamed Flame versus Woody.

April 1, 2019

NHRL unveils a revolutionary new robot that is guaranteed to disrupt the painting industry.

May 10, 2019

Weight Class # of bots Bracket Winner
3lb 13 No bracket available Silent Spring

August 10, 2019

Weight Class # of bots Bracket Winner
3lb 22 No bracket available Tiny Huge

September 28, 2019

Weight Class # of bots Bracket Winner
3lb 26 Link Silent Spring
12lb Sportsman 8 Link Tusken Raider

Our first 12lb sportsman bracket tournament! Jamison Go sweeps the event with his third Golden Dumpster for Silent Spring and a Dumpster for Tusken Raider. With 34 competing bots, this is our biggest event so far.

November 23, 2019

Weight Class # of bots Bracket Winner
3lb 21 Link Narsil

This event was called "The Turkey Tumble."

2020

January 18, 2020

Weight Class # of bots Bracket Winner
3lb 27 Link Silent Spring

For the first time, we declare the end-of-year event in December to be our finals. The top 4 bots from each event that have not already qualified are eligible to fight in our December event.

March 11, 2020

The WHO declares that COVID-19 is officially a global pandemic. There is no robot fighting for several months. Austin and Saz find ways to amuse themselves anyway.

July 18, 2020

Weight Class # of bots Bracket Winner
3lb 18 No bracket available Shreddit Bro
12lb Sportsman 3 No bracket available (Grudge matches only)

NHRL returns with a weekend doubleheader! Two events across two days. Shreddit Bro defeats Silent X in the final to win its first dumpster for the Saturday event. We also get some 12lb Sportsman action, with P12, Keystone Light, and Torquedo fighting for bragging rights.

This is also the first appearance of Brett's current form, with a custom steel frame instead of a cinderblock. Too many 3lb bots proved to be able to damage a cinderblock!

July 19, 2020

Weight Class # of bots Bracket Winner
3lb 27 Link Shreddit Bro

Shreddit Bro sweeps the weekend, defeating Mondo Bizarro to earn its second Dumpster!

September 19, 2020

Weight Class # of bots Bracket Winner
3lb 23 Link Billy

Billy becomes our first winning bot not from the East Coast! NHRL is becoming more of a national event; in fact, an East Coast bot will not win NHRL for the rest of the year.

November 21, 2020

Weight Class # of bots Bracket Winner
3lb 49 Link Lynx

Our biggest event to date, with almost double the number of the next-largest 3lb bracket we've fought!

December 6, 2020

Weight Class # of bots Bracket Winner
3lb 19 Link Droopy

Our first finals event! Only the 19 best bots fight. Droopy becomes the first non-wheeled bot to win an NHRL event.

2021

February 6, 2021

Weight Class # of bots Bracket Winner
3lb 34 Link Shreddit Bro
12lb 4 Link Kitten Mittens
12lb Sportsman 4 Link P12
30lb 7 Link MegatRON

So many firsts!

  • Our first event at our new, larger, dedicated facility at 165 Water St.
  • Our first 12lb full-combat and 30lb fights, in our brand-new 256-square-foot arena.
  • Debut of Fluffy, our 300lb+ house bot patrolling the 30lb arena.
  • Two 3lb cages, to allow for less downtime between fights.
  • Debut of Bert, Brett's long-lost twin brother, patrolling the new 3lb arena.

- Video of the last few 3lb matches were not saved, and are lost to history.

March 20, 2021

Weight Class # of bots Bracket Winner
3lb 55 Link Polywog
12lb 6 No bracket available Caulk
30lb 7 Link Stop Hitting Yourself

A multibot wins for the first time at NHRL, as Caulk, a collection of 3lb bots fighting in the 12lb class, shocks everyone by winning the Dumpster.

Also, Brett is turned off in a match for the first time, as Judge's Dream launches Fragment into Brett's power switch. Fragment wins $1000 and the match; however, Fragment's driver graciously forfeited the match, giving Judge's Dream the win.

May 15, 2021

Weight Class # of bots Bracket Winner
3lb 67 Link Silent Spring
12lb 10 Link Ugee
30lb 6 Link Other Disko

July 24-25, 2021

Weight Class # of bots Bracket Winner
3lb 86 Link Silent X
12lb 16 Link Hot Leaf Juice
12lb Sportsman 4 Link RAM PLAN
30lb 5 Link Yahoo

Our first-ever event spread out across two days (the weekend of July 18-19, 2020 was two events in two days), with a record 111 bots fighting across 4 weight classes!

September 18, 2021

Weight Class # of bots Bracket Winner
3lb 58 Link Project LiftOff
12lb 7 Link Pramheda
30lb 5 Link Emulsifier

Project LiftOff, who has been fighting at NHRL since the first event in December 2018, becomes the first meltybrain to win a Dumpster!

November 13, 2021

Weight Class # of bots Bracket Winner
3lb 81 Link Lynx
12lb 8 Link Hot Leaf Juice
12lb Sportsman 5 Link Tuskin' Raider
30lb 12 Link Tryhard