Tactical Updates

BattleCry SITREP 3, dtg 14May13/1100Z

"Arrival Info, etc."

1. Upon arriving to campus, any vehicles with materials to drop off should proceed to the Robot Load-in located behind the Sports & Rec Center and unload.   Any vehicles or buses carrying people only should proceed to the Park Ave Garage and drop-off circle.

Rules of Robot Unloading:

2. Free BattleCry Challenger parking is available in the WPI Park Ave Garage and surrounding streets. Those parking in the garage MUST have a parking pass or they will be ticketed/towed. Your team leader was emailed a parking pass. Please consult our event map (http://goo.gl/maps/osh1d) for details or ask a staff member to direct you to parking. Parking is not available on the Quad.  

Those staying overnight will be given a special overnight pass when they check-in and receive their dorm keys.

3. One adult member from each team should enter the lobby of the Sports & Rec Center to begin your registration process.

Upon Arrival:

Report to Pit Boss table in pit area for any needed assistance


4. Food Options:

5. There will be a limited number of BattleCry 14 T-shirts for sale @ $10 at the registration table.

BattleCry SITREP 2, dtg 9May13/1000Z

"Deals, Meals, Games, etc."

1. Territory Reconnaissance

For your advance scouts to get the "lay of the land", we are working on setting up campus tours.  Check at the WPI Admissions table in the lobby for more details

2. Friday Evening R&R (Rest and Relaxation)

The Friday night campaign ends and the pits close at 2100, but then the teams can enjoy the evening from 2100-2300 by jumping into any of the following FREE activities centered in and around the Campus Center.The winners of some of these activities will receive special BattleCry swag!

...And of course the Ice Cream Sundae Bar: Delicious, have-it-your-way ice cream sundaes!

3. Field Rations

As part of your entry fee you get:

The Field Ration Kit

BBQ Dinner (Friday)

Ice Cream Sundae Bar (Friday)

Lunch (Saturday)

Teams MUST enter their BBQ/Ice Cream, Lunch, and T-shirt orders into the registration system in order to receive their included ones and any additional they'd like to order.  When you enter your order, the cost of the 10 free of each will be automatically deducted on the invoice page.  

For teams who did not enter an order by the 8-May deadline, it is assumed you do not want your included items and nothing will be ordered for you!

4. Human Player Contest (Air Superiority Award)

During the Saturday lunch break, there will be a special on-field contest for human players.  Two members from each team will play a modified version of ladderball to determine who is truly the best human player at BattleCry. More details will be provided at the event. Human players must be ready to play at approximately 1215.

5. Video Opportunities

There will be multiple video cameras running throughout BC14 that will be under the control of our mixing crew. The entire competition will be available on live streaming video.

BattleCry SITREP 1, dtg 19Apr13/1635Z

1. Registration

Please confirm your plans as soon as possible. We have many teams on the ready reserves list and out of courtesy to them, would like to update their status ASAP. All Registration Fee payments must be RECEIVED (whether by check or credit card) by 23 April to hold your spot. If there are any teams that can't accommodate this please contact the staff at battlecry@wpi.edu immediately.

All registered BC14 Challengers need to completely fill out their registration information ASAP. This includes additional food and t-shirt requests.  The deadline for updating food & t-shirts is 6 May. Payment information can be found on the Invoice page of the registration web site.

Please note, although 10 t-shirts and meals are included in the registration fee, if your team does not fill out the request for these items you WILL NOT receive them.  


BC14 is a 2-day tournament. It is expected that all teams to come both days and take advantage of the Friday barbeque, ice cream social, and team party, as well as the 2 or 3 qualifying matches on Friday.

2. Housing

On-campus housing is available for BC14.  To utilize on-campus housing, teams must sign up on the registration site.  The deadline to register for dorm rooms is 1 May.  

Single, Two-person, and Three-person rooms are available.  Cost for the rooms is $45 per person.  In order to utilize these rooms, teams must have chaperones who also stay in the dorm rooms.  These chaperones must be approved by their school and must include at least one chaperone of the same gender as the students staying.  Additional information on behavioral policies and contracts will be provided to those who sign up. 

Each on-campus dorm room will contain one, two, or three twin beds with linens provided.  Rooms do not have TVs, fans, or air-conditioning.  The three person rooms have lofted beds ONLY.  

Teams are also welcome to arrange their own stay at other hotels in and around Worcester.  Cities like Auburn and Shrewsbury are within a 10-minute drive of WPI and may open up a wider variety of options.

3. Game Tweaks

See Rules of Engagement

4. Awards and Decorations

By Battlestaff decry, the following have been established for BC14:

5. BattleCry STAR

Student team members are encouraged to submit nominations for their outstanding adult mentor. These nominations are due by 8 May (electronic format required to stafford@wpi.edu, 500 words or less) and will be reviewed and judged by past STAR winners. Student members of the winning team will be notified by 15 May and offered the opportunity to publicly announce their champion during the awards ceremony.

6. Robot Photos

Please upload photos of your robot using the photo upload page at the registration site. The photos should clearly show your robot and be full resolution .jpg images from your camera.

7. Call for Volunteers

Like any event, BC relies on volunteers to successfully run our tournament.  We could still use several volunteers from setup through the completion of the event.  Additionally, even if you can only offer a few hours of support, we could particularly use assistance on Friday evening managing our BBQ and Team Social.  If you are available to volunteer for any or all of the event, please sign up ASAP here: http://tinyurl.com/bc14vols

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