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"We had a 'meeting' in the pub the day after and tried to come up with more visually interesting designs. The two best were what became Barber-ous ... The other was 'The Office Party' - a fighting photocopier! We decided to build both."
— Simon Rafferty[1]

The Office Party (sometimes shortened to Office Party) was a robot built for the fifth series of Robot Wars. While it did not qualify for Series 5 and thus did not appear on Robot Wars, it appeared on a Discovery Channel documentary called "Robots Revenge", along with Barber-Ous.

"We were contacted by the Discovery Channel who were making a series called 'Robots Revenge' following the build of a number of Robots culminating in a big battle at the end. They filmed both - though they needed to be separate. So I was filmed building Barber-ous and Guy Radford with the Office Party. In the end, Barber-ous was deemed too dangerous to fight, but The Office Party won the event."
— Simon Rafferty on Robots Revenge

The team that built The Office Party previously built Rotraktor, which failed to qualify for Series 4, and qualified for Series 5 through 7 with Barber-Ous.

DesignEdit

The Office Party was a robot built around a electric wheel chair armed with flippers, and designed to resemble a photocopier. The team's website humorously referred to the robot as a fighting photocopier, reinforcing its theme.

"The Office Party(TOP) is a very simple design. It is based around a 24 volt electric wheel chair. By using the wheel chair frame, motor & gear box assemblies and the controller we have the basics for a robot. We will build a radio RX module that replaces the joystick and fires the weapons and the self righting mechanism (SRIMECH)."
[2]

Series RecordEdit

Main Series The Office Party Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Did not enter
The Fourth Wars Failed to qualify with Rotraktor
The Fifth Wars Failed to qualify
Entered with Barber-Ous
The Sixth Wars Entered with Barber-Ous 2
The Seventh Wars Entered with Barber-Ous 2'n a Bit
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Did not enter
Series 2 Entered with Barber-Ous 2

Outside Robot Wars Edit

The Office Party contested the 2001 Robots@War event where it won the Sportsmanship Award. [3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Private correspondence with User:Toon Ganondorf
  2. The Office Party website, archived
  3. Robots@War website, archived

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