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The podcast that brings you the stories of the builders behind BattleBots.

Behind the Bots Behind the Bots

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The podcast that brings you the stories of the builders behind BattleBots.

    Part 2: I Like Big Fans and I Cannot Lie, with “The Bot Whisperer” Pete Abrahamson

    Part 2: I Like Big Fans and I Cannot Lie, with “The Bot Whisperer” Pete Abrahamson

    This week on the podcast, we wrap up our conversation with BattleBots veteran, and newest member of the show’s broadcasting team, Pete Abrahamson! In this segment, he takes all of your fan questions, including the weird ones, and takes us on a delightful detour into the unrealized (but absolutely valid) BattleBots and Dungeons and Dragons mashup. This week’s combat robotics news stories: > A Group Where We Pretend to Be the BattleBots Live Audience charity contest: https://www.facebook.com/groups/56319454480/permalink/10158750928164481/> HiJinx’s welding prep: https://www.facebook.com/HiJinx.BattleBot/posts/231947391690307> HiJinx’s Van Bebber puzzle: https://www.facebook.com/HiJinx.BattleBot/posts/230174105200969 > HiJinx in LEGO: https://www.facebook.com/Legowars.DOS/posts/121696129729772> JackPot captain Jeff Waters is taking commissions: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=149698796853153 > Kraken before and after: https://www.facebook.com/KrakenBattleBot/posts/837946473648235 > Malice’s big merch giveaway: https://www.facebook.com/malicebattlebot/posts/217613006434243> Reality robot sale on eBay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/254783423267 > Robot Wars Shuntposting’s charity contest: https://www.facebook.com/groups/56319454480/permalink/10158756488974481/> SawBlaze’s mysterious new addition: https://www.facebook.com/SawBlazeBattlebots/posts/3624755500945087 > Shatter’s Star Wars crawl: https://www.facebook.com/BotsFC/posts/3551090971643647 > SubZero burning rubber: https://www.facebook.com/SubZeroBattleBot/posts/421515825878183> Tanshe is for sale: https://www.facebook.com/gabriel.plantagenet/posts/10157464210497657 > The Big Dill before and after: https://www.facebook.com/teamfoodfight/posts/1149871195429381> WAR? EZ!’s holographic stickers: https://www.instagram.com/p/CHqzI1XLSbs/> Whiplash before and after: https://www.facebook.com/FastElectricRobots/posts/947924692611967 > Witch Doctor at Miami Book Fair: https://www.facebook.com/witchdrshaman/posts/3149634685141344  > We continue our new bot preview with 5 more bots: Pain Train, Perfect Phoenix, Rampage, Rusty and SlamMow> Plus a correction on last week’s preview of Grabot (check out the video here: www.grabot.tech) Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/behindthebotsRate and review us on Apple PodcastsTell a friend about the show; we really appreciate your support!

    • 2 hr
    Part 1: From The Blob to BattleBots, with “The Bot Whisperer” Pete Abrahamson

    Part 1: From The Blob to BattleBots, with “The Bot Whisperer” Pete Abrahamson

    This week on the podcast, we catch up with the newest member of BattleBots’ on-camera broadcasting team, BattleBots veteran Pete Abrahamson!In 1994, Pete formed Team Sinister with his high school friend Mark Setrakian and competed in the very first Robot Wars competition in San Francisco with The Master. He encouraged Greg Munson to build a robot the following year, and later competed on the original run of BattleBots with bots like Gigan, Gigan II and Ronin. We learn more about the early history of BattleBots, the 2020 season, and his very interesting career, which has spanned everything from Hollywood blockbusters to secret, skunkworks engineering projects. This week’s combat robotics news stories: > BattleBots will premiere on Thursday, Dec. 3: https://bit.ly/3lrWRHV> Matches we know about: https://www.facebook.com/MammothBattlebot/posts/2903906259837757 > “Which BattleBot Fighter Are You” AR Randomizer on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/fbcameraeffects/tryit/281947946510942/ on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ar/385624115914297/ and Snap: https://www.snapchat.com/unlock/?type=SNAPCODE&uuid=7d20532263fc458890a08affff24c9d0 > Bloodsport’s new sticker store: https://www.bloodsportbattlebot.com/shop> Hal Rucker improves Hexbug Duck: https://youtu.be/ShK8SFGLc0g > A close-up look at Fusion: https://www.facebook.com/Whyachi/posts/3798063153539805 > JackPot merch store: http://vegascombatrobotics.com/index.php/shop/> Skorpios’ secret message: https://www.facebook.com/SkorpiosBattleBot/photos/a.1575847686059314/2656292388014833/ > Uppercut’s journey to 2020: https://www.facebook.com/UppercutBattlebot/posts/678682112841040 > Valkyrie’s many blades: https://www.facebook.com/valkyriebattlebot/posts/3518867414893079 > Witch Doctor Jr. subscription: https://www.facebook.com/witchdrshaman/posts/3124517064319773 > Tale of the Tape is returning: https://www.facebook.com/HyperShockTV/posts/2731566637061202 > Caleb Kempson’s builder Funkos: https://www.facebook.com/CalebRobotArt/posts/196969605228242 > We continue our new bot preview with 6 more bots: Deadlift, Fusion, Grabot, HiJinx, JackPot and Malice Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/behindthebotsRate and review us on Apple PodcastsTell a friend about the show; we really appreciate your support!

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Hittin' it Big with JackPot Captain Jeff Waters

    Hittin' it Big with JackPot Captain Jeff Waters

    This week on the podcast, we catch up with a returning guest, JackPot captain Jeff Waters! The last time Jeff was on the show, he was working on the pit crew for Team Malice. BattleBots later invited him to build his own heavyweight, so he struck out on his own and built JackPot in less than a month. We talk Las Vegas, fast builds and filming. This week’s combat robotics news stories: > BattleBots published the 2020 team roster: https://battlebots.com/2020-season-robots/> Surprise, Bronco and SOW are in> BETA’s new machined components: https://www.facebook.com/Betarobot/posts/3621861264503719 > Chomp glamor shots: https://www.facebook.com/ChompTheBattleBot/posts/1535370993325342 > Deadlift final reveal: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=3868223086563840 > Extinguisher’s promises “vertical Dalmation”: https://www.facebook.com/ExtinguisherBattlebot/posts/760436357871548 > Team Whyachi is un-Marveling their logo: https://www.facebook.com/Whyachi/photos/a.984339644912184/3784772054868915/> Icewave’s new machined components: https://www.facebook.com/TeamIcewave/posts/2720737494861651 > Malice sweatpants: https://www.facebook.com/malicebattlebot/posts/211464067049137> SawBlaze gearboxes: https://www.facebook.com/SawBlazeBattlebots/posts/3596974507056520 > Tracer’s minibot in action: https://www.facebook.com/kymerabots/posts/147821373708356 > New Valkyrie blade, Glory: https://www.facebook.com/valkyriebattlebot/posts/3500300883416399> War? EZ! destroying things: https://www.instagram.com/p/CHF99DblUZF/ > We kick off the new bot preview with our first 6 bots: Aegis, ATOM 94, Axolotl, Black Widow, Chomp and Claw Viper Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/behindthebotsRate and review us on Apple PodcastsTell a friend about the show; we really appreciate your support!

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Shredding it with Pain Train Captain Evan Arias and Teammate Anthony D’Ambrosio

    Shredding it with Pain Train Captain Evan Arias and Teammate Anthony D’Ambrosio

    This week on the podcast, we catch up with Team Shreddit captain Evan Arias, who went from beetleweights to BattleBots in just one year. We learn more about Pain Train, his sprint to finish the robot, and what it was like competing on BattleBots for the first time. This week’s combat robotics news stories: > Builders are getting their crates back this week, in various states of repair> First look at Axolotl: https://www.instagram.com/p/CG0ftQwLoFn/ > Bloodsport S5 recap video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4D0Bba4Jb04 > Copperhead’s custom wheels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgznRSDI7W8> Hydra’s new wedgelets: https://www.facebook.com/Whyachi/posts/3765075006838620> Gigabyte’s four shells: https://www.facebook.com/RoboticDeathCompany/posts/1634664136923618> New HiJinx merch: https://teespring.com/stores/artifex-machina> ICEwave is in (and HyperShock-approved!): https://www.facebook.com/TeamIcewave/posts/2718126528456081> Malice’s bomber jacket for sale: https://www.facebook.com/malicebattlebot/posts/210629687132575 > SawBlaze’s Halloween: https://www.facebook.com/SawBlazeBattlebots/posts/3577464149007556 > Shatter’s Halloween: https://www.facebook.com/BotsFC/posts/3504595606293184 > Skorpios destroys a watermelon: https://www.facebook.com/SkorpiosBattleBot/posts/2646201985690540 > Tantrum x BETA: https://www.facebook.com/tantrum.battlebot/posts/1301804553493350 > Valkyrie Halloween costume: https://www.facebook.com/valkyriebattlebot/posts/3480145068765314  Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/behindthebotsRate and review us on Apple PodcastsTell a friend about the show; we really appreciate your support!

    • 1 hr 6 min
    It's Rusty, Oh yes it's Rusty! Getting our Tetanus shots with Rusty Captain David Eaton

    It's Rusty, Oh yes it's Rusty! Getting our Tetanus shots with Rusty Captain David Eaton

    This week on the podcast, we catch up with David Eaton, the man behind what’s quickly become the favorite rookie heavyweight of the 2020 season of BattleBots—Rusty. This tank-treaded, rusty garage build quickly captured the heart of combat robotics internet, and we get the whole story. This week’s combat robotics news stories: > 2020 sticker haul: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RobotCombat/permalink/2811617232455432/> ATOM 94 glamor shots: https://www.facebook.com/teamAVRobotics/posts/1243492819355297 > BattleBots 2020 hoodies: https://www.facebook.com/RoboticDeathCompany/posts/1622007684855930 > Chomp has a frickin flamethrower: https://www.instagram.com/p/CGQl0FZDQyV/ > Chomp in slow-mo: https://www.facebook.com/ChompTheBattleBot/posts/1520615354800906 > Chomp on a trailer: https://www.facebook.com/ChompTheBattleBot/posts/1519792244883217 > Chomp on a pallet jack: https://www.facebook.com/ChompTheBattleBot/posts/1518682718327503 > Extinguisher’s wrap: https://www.facebook.com/ExtinguisherBattlebot/posts/744517266130124 > Ghost Raptor’s cake: https://www.facebook.com/realghostraptor/posts/2835061540059453 > Gruff’s wrap message: https://www.facebook.com/gruffrobot/posts/699387747341765 > HiJinx is massive: https://www.facebook.com/HiJinx.BattleBot/posts/218604129691300 > HiJinx team photo: https://www.facebook.com/HiJinx.BattleBot/posts/219775556240824 > Jenny Taft is back: https://www.instagram.com/p/CGaVGGpF0Ut/> Kraken face masks: https://www.facebook.com/KrakenBattleBot/posts/803567533752796 > Kraken weapons test: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=3406321502748417 > Pete Abramson on camera: https://www.instagram.com/p/CGduvFxpuwA/ > Sharko’s new owner: https://www.facebook.com/Sharkoprion/posts/805988970235453 > Shatter’s wrap message: https://www.facebook.com/BotsFC/posts/3458557407563671 > Skorpios’ yo-yo skills: https://www.facebook.com/SkorpiosBattleBot/posts/2631923927118346 > SMEEEE’s drive gears: https://www.facebook.com/SMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE/posts/184299546494107 > SubZero’s 150g bot: https://www.facebook.com/SubZeroBattleBot/posts/391129195583513 > Tombstone’s wrap message: https://www.facebook.com/ray.billings/posts/10223451802114260 > Tracer weapons test: https://www.facebook.com/kymerabots/posts/138981917925635 > Tracer has a serious minibot: https://www.instagram.com/p/CGJwj1PJYS4/> Tracer also has a joke minibot: https://www.instagram.com/p/CGalyJcDdIu/> Valkyrie wrap message: https://www.facebook.com/valkyriebattlebot/posts/3443227129123775  Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/behindthebotsRate and review us on Apple PodcastsTell a friend about the show; we really appreciate your support!

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Season 5 is going to be BONKers: Our Interview with Nelly the Ellybot Captain Sarah Malyan

    Season 5 is going to be BONKers: Our Interview with Nelly the Ellybot Captain Sarah Malyan

    This week on the podcast, we catch up with Nelly the Ellybot captain Sarah Malyan, to talk COVID, bots she’s excited about this season, Rusty (naturally), hammers, butt fire, and another rousing game of Bonk, Tag Team and Incinerate. Oh! And our first original song!An Ode to Rustyby Sarah MalyanWell, I’m bored and going crazy at the lack of robot funNelly’s stuck in Britainand she ain’t the only oneI wonder if Kenny and Chris Roseare still aliveI’d love to hear Faruq shout,‘It’s robot fighting time!’ WIth nowhere to fight botsI thought my mind would fall apartBut then I glimpsed at Rustyand be still my beating heart! It’s like steampunk had a love childwith a Minion and a tankAnd it’s got a bonking drillto give the other bots a spank! Oh, it’s Rusty!Oh yes, it’s Rusty!Its paint job might make you think it’s crusty But its drill is very mightyand we can’t wait until it’s fightingBecause we love it here in BlightyOh it’s Rusty!It’s RustyWe do love RustyAnd I’ll hurt youif you speak of it unjustlyThis bot has my heart beatingIts aesthetic is most pleasingAnd Britain will be screaming,‘C’mon Rusty!’ This week’s combat robotics news stories: > Filming ends this week on the 2020 season of BattleBots> Atom 94’s weapons test: https://www.facebook.com/teamAVRobotics/posts/1240507119653867> First look at Chomp (!): https://www.facebook.com/ChompTheBattleBot/posts/1515997025262739 > Copperhead 2020 preview: https://youtu.be/HGgxyZpNHi8 > End Game weapons test: https://www.facebook.com/oyesrobotics/posts/1440823836115307> Extinguisher’s fire extinguisher: https://www.facebook.com/ExtinguisherBattlebot/posts/740593386522512> Extinguisher’s vertical spinner test: https://www.facebook.com/ExtinguisherBattlebot/posts/739760486605802> Extinguisher’s hammer test: https://www.facebook.com/ExtinguisherBattlebot/posts/737435340171650 > Ghost Raptor’s weapons test: https://www.facebook.com/realghostraptor/posts/2829445687287705> Ghost Raptor’s autonomous NERF gun: https://www.facebook.com/realghostraptor/posts/2831911927041081 > Gigabyte self-righting: https://www.facebook.com/RoboticDeathCompany/posts/1614259705630728 > HiJinx’s weapons test: https://www.facebook.com/HiJinx.BattleBot/posts/216802299871483> Pain Train glamor shots: https://www.facebook.com/PAINTRAINBB/photos/a.102447541610504/125729905948934/ > Rusty’s weapons test: https://www.facebook.com/teamironforce/posts/115520293653920 > Sharko’s weapons test: https://www.facebook.com/Sharkoprion/posts/802374597263557> Skorpios’ movie trailer: https://www.facebook.com/SkorpiosBattleBot/posts/2626324197678319> SlamMow’s weapons test: https://www.facebook.com/teammowbot/posts/10157772294438284 Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/behindthebotsRate and review us on Apple PodcastsTell a friend about the show; we really appreciate your support!

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Travis_Arp ,

Thank you for the show

Thanks for your show and making more battle bots content. I listen every week and sometimes go back to listen to some of my favorite episodes. Keep up the great work!

Shifty_K ,

Nice show with mostly clean language

I love Battlebots and UK Robot Wars, which is why a relative recommended this podcast for me. While the robot combat news part that comes before each interview meanders a little, it was interesting hearing everything going on with all the teams. The language is also refreshingly clean, and I appreciate that the occasional bad word is censored. I would recommend this show to any Battlebots fan reading this review.

MadeleineBee ,

Best Podcast for all Things Bots!

This podcast goes well beyond Battle Bots. It’s my go-to source for finding out about bot events and when I need a chuckle. The hosts are clever, give all of the facts, and do the best interviews in the Battle Bot community. I highly recommend to anyone interested in Battle Bots. 🤖

Someone please get them to do interviews on the Battle Bots TV show!

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