House Bots

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Our original three house bots (left to right): Bert, Fluffy (old design), and Brett
Bart The Brick

NHRL uses seven house bots: Brett the Brick, Bert the Brick, Bart the Brick, Chett the Brick, Brad the Brick, Fluffy, and Flo.

Brad The Brick

Brett has been a part of NHRL since we began in 2018, using a single 3lb cage. Bert and Fluffy made their debuts in February 2021; Bert in the new second 3lb cage, and Fluffy in the 30lb cage.

Additional house bots Bart, Chett, and Brad have been added to 3lb cages throughout NHRL, and Flo has been added to the big boxes.

Chett The Brick
Fluffy (New Design)

Bert and Bart are Brett's long-lost triplet brothers, while Brad and Chett are their cousins. Chett is sometimes referred to as "Bort" just to blend in with the other robots.

Fluffy and Flo's origins are unknown as of now, although the appearance of a second 300lb house bot has raised some questions.

All house bots contain HD cameras where they can capture close-up action shots for our livestreams. They also have the important jobs of unsticking bots who have become stuck together, high-centered on debris, leaning on a wall, or doing "the thing." Each competitor gets one unstick per match from a house bot; if they get stuck a second time and cannot move, they will be counted out.

All seven bots have controllable LEDs that allow the colors of their eyes and face to change.

Brett, Bert, Bart, Chett, and Brad all weigh 60 pounds. They are made of steel and driven by 2 powered skateboard trucks. They each use 4 VESC Motor controllers, and are each powered by two 6s batteries in parallel.

Fluffy and Flo weigh in at a little over 300 pounds, and are 11.5 inches tall, 20.5 inches deep, and 24.5 inches across.

Robot Facts

Brett has appeared in different forms throughout NHRL history. Original versions of Brett simply used a cinder block. It turns out 3lb bots can destroy a cinder block. For the 2020 season, Brett was upgraded to a steel brick that would be easier to service and have more space for batteries.

Brett, Bert, Bart, Chett, and Brad's info

Driver Formerly Sasloe, now Connor Howard
Weight Class Lightweight
Body Material Steel
Weapon Mass, lots of it
Weapon Drive See "Drive"
Drive 4x 180kv Skateboard Wheels, each independently controlled by a Vesc mini
Power 2x 6S LiPo (parallel)

Fluffy and Flo's info

Driver Connor Howard
Weight Class Superheavyweight
Body Material Steel
Weapon Fire extinguisher
Weapon Drive 2x RC Servo
Drive 4x 8.5in hoverboard wheels, each independently controlled by a Vesc mini
Power 2x 6S 10,000mAh LiPo (series)
Brett from 2018

Brett's power switch legend

Brett's Power Switch

All house bots are equipped with a large red power switch originally designed as a marine battery disconnect. Rumor has it that if any robot is able to them down during a match, they would win the NHRL tournament for the weight class they have entered. While winning the weight class is possible, it is a certainty that any robot that can switch off Brett by switching his power switch will win $1000.00 and the match they are fighting in.

Brett was successfully deactivated for the first time during the March 15th 2021 event. This occurred when Judge's Dream knocked Fragment into Brett. Since Fragment technically was the bot that switched Brett off, they were granted the win. Considering the circumstances, Fragment's driver opted to take the $1000 but forfeited their win in the name of sportsmanship.

$1000 was awarded in cash on the spot.

Last switch was September 30th by Kevin Milczewski with Timber Viper when he turned off Fluffy. It was quite the moment. However, Milczewski is keen on weaponizing House Bots by flipping them onto his opponents' robots.