Critter Crunch Rules
Revised Critter Crunch Rules
These are the revised rules as of 02/15/2003
This version supersedes all previous versions
These rules will be in effect at Capricon 25
B. Frankenstein Rule: In honor of the most famous Mad Scientist, and to Mad Scientists everywhere; the audience may verbally behave like an offended and outraged populous towards any and all critters/operators that they deem offensive and outrageous.
B. Critter weight limit is; 20 pounds in class 1, and 2 pounds in class 2. A 2.5 percent error factor will be allowed to account for variations in scales.
C. Critters may be powered by any source socially acceptable (OSHA approved) for indoor use. Critter power source must be 100% contained in the critter & packaged appropriately for the expected abuse.
D. Control pendants, cables, or other external control devices do not count against the critter weight or size. Critter control may be by any means not prohibited by rules I(C) or II(E). However, radio controlled critters must be able to operate on at least two frequencies (or perhaps, an R/C tether combination) to avoid radio frequency conflicts.
E. All critters must be capable of movement at a rate of not less than two linear inches per minute.
F. No critter may, under any circumstances, present a hazard to the judge(s), spectators, or the opposing operator(s). No critter may in it's operation cause damage to anything other than the opposing critter or the combat surface. Any questions regarding the acceptability of any weapons should be addressed as far as possible before the event.
G. All critters must conform to the general rules of the hotel and the convention.
H. All critters will be subject to a technical inspection prior to combat. Failure to disclose any operating principle shall be grounds for disqualification. The judge(s) may restrict any function deemed excessively hazardous.
I. Weapons directed specifically toward attacking critter controls systems (cable cutters, R/C jamming, etc.) are not allowed.
J. Critters (including multipart critters) are allowed to have only one designated operator.
B. The combat volume is defined as the combat surface and the airspace above it to the height of whatever ceiling is present, not including the ceiling or anything attached to it.
C. Leaving the combat volume entirely is considered a loss. Up to fifty percent of the critter may leave the combat volume provided that the remaining portion is capable of movement per rule I.E.. In the case of two part critters, the heaviest and/or main part of the critter must be designated and clearly marked as the main or 51% part. The other part is considered as expendable. Loss of the main part is a loss for both.
D. No part of any operators' body may intentionally impinge on the combat volume during combat.
E. Projectiles: A projectile is defined as an object thrown with the expectation that its kinetic energy will affect its target. Projectiles, if employed, must be tethered. Tethers must be no longer four feet.
F. Non projectile, loose items may be deployed from your critter but must be picked or cleaned up, to the best of your ability, after combat.
B. Judges may declare a contest completed at any time.
C. Judges' decisions are final.
B. Critters will start on opposite sides of the combat surface with the aft end of the critter even with the edge of the combat surface.
C. The critters must be ready when the combat begins. Combat will not be restarted due to mistakes, radio conflicts, or other setup problems. A brief pretest may be allowed by the judge(s).
E. No critter shall be required to compete within 10 minutes of its previous combat to permit recharging of batteries, replenishment of expendables, damage repair, etc. Machines requiring excessive time to prepare for their next combat, may be declared defeated by forfeit, at the judge(s) discretion.
The most obvious is batteries, but don't let yourself be limited. Any source designated by OSHA as suitable for indoor use is okay. This includes, for example, a four-stroke internal combustion engine powered by propane. Please include a tilt switch to shut it off if it is turned over, where appropriate.
of the Rules:
Developing an emotional attachment to your critter is recommended, as it contributes to creative vengeance!
Please inform the organizers of the event that you wish to submit a Crawl entry, so they can schedule you in.