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Peter Koene: "We have lots of magic objects and stuff, they should be really afraid of us!"
Philippa Forrester: "It all depends on whether they believe."
— Before the fight with Ansgar's Revenge

Das Gepäck was a Dutch competitor robot that competed in the second series of Dutch Robot Wars. It also represented Germany in the UK vs Germany Special broadcast as part of both Robot Wars: The Sixth Wars and German Robot Wars. Due to its German name, it was credited as being a German robot despite hailing from the Netherlands, and went onto become the joint champion of the UK vs Germany special with the British Fluffy.

Das Gepäck literally translates from German as The Luggage.

DesignEdit

"36 volt powered, has 20 miles an hour top speed, invertible, two very powerful engines, spikes to push and impale, but no great weaponry there."
Jonathan Pearce describes Das Gepäck
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Das Gepäck in the pits

Das Gepäck was a converted version of the original Alien Destructor. It was an invertible box-shaped robot with six wheels and relied on its high speed (contributed to by four 750W motors) and ramming spikes to defeat opponents. In this regard, it was very similar to the original Tornado, and was able to push the considerably heavier Ansgar's Revenge around the arena.

The robot was painted to look like The Luggage, a large chest from the Discworld book series by Terry Pratchett. The team continued the magical theme from the books by wearing wizard hats and claiming that the robot was powered by a black hole.

Robot HistoryEdit

Dutch Series 2Edit

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Gravity lifts Das Gepäck

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Gravity pushes Das Gepäck towards the flame pit

Das Gepäck's first-round battle of the Dutch series was against Gravity. It chased after Gravity, which drove away down the arena, but Das Gepäck caught up, and started pushing at Gravity's side. Gravity escaped up the arena, with Das Gepäck following it. Gravity turned to get its flipper under Das Gepäck as it caught up, but Das Gepäck drove over it before Gravity could fire, so the flip missed. Das Gepäck reversed away from Sir Killalot, and Gravity followed, getting underneath its opponent and pushing it into the arena wall, where Gravity lifted it up to hold it still. Gravity then turned Das Gepäck away from the arena wall, and Das Gepäck got off Gravity's lifter as Gravity reversed. Das Gepäck charged in reverse at Gravity, but Gravity merely turned around, allowing it to reverse into Das Gepäck, pushing it into the bottom arena wall and pin it there. Gravity stopped pushing, and drove up the arena. Das Gepäck was close behind, and when it caught up with Gravity, it tried pushing it, but Gravity pushed back, forcing it into the arena wall by an empty CPZ, pinning it there. Sgt. Bash came into the CPZ, and Gravity let go, driving into the arena centre, with Das Gepäck chasing after it.

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Gravity backs Das Gepäck into the side wall

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Das Gepäck is flipped up against the arena wall

Gravity turned and started chasing after Das Gepäck, trying to get its lifter under its opponent. Das Gepäck reversed away, but reversed too close to Sgt. Bash, and Gravity forced it into the claw of the House Robot and flipped it over. Das Gepäck tried to push its way past the House Robot, but Sgt. Bash pushed back against it, and as the two pushed against each other, Gravity came in again, and flipped Das Gepäck over. Sgt. Bash bit into Das Gepäck and pushed it against the wall, before releasing it. Das Gepäck escaped, and rammed into Gravity, but Gravity pushed it up the arena, pinning it against the top arena wall. Gravity reversed, and Das Gepäck chased after it as it tried to get away. Das Gepäck got behind Gravity and started pushing, but Gravity turned around and got under Das Gepäck, pushing it into Sgt. Bash's CPZ and flipping it against the wall. Das Gepäck was pushed off the wall by Sgt. Bash, and chased after Gravity, but time ran out. The Jury's decision was in favour of Gravity, and Das Gepäck was eliminated at this stage.

German Series / UK Series 6Edit

Although the robot was in fact Dutch, Das Gepäck represented Germany in the UK vs Germany Special and fought fellow German representative Ansgar's Revenge in Round 1.

"Just wait 'til you see this team of wacky, wonderful wizards!"
— Jonathan Pearce as Das Gepäck enters the arena
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Das Gepäck ramming Ansgar's Revenge into the angle grinder

Das Gepäck started by charging at Ansgar's Revenge, but drove at the wrong angle, and wasn't able to push its opponent, so drove past and turned around for another attack. Despite its opponent's huge weight advantage, Das Gepäck rammed Ansgar's Revenge into Dead Metal's CPZ, who grabbed it, and cut into the steel bar, whilst Das Gepäck continued slamming it. Dead Metal released the shufflebot, but Ansgar's Revenge seemed to have stopped moving completely. Sir Killalot dragged Ansgar's Revenge out into the middle of the arena, where it still made very little movement. Das Gepäck opened the pit, then rammed Ansgar against the angle grinder, continuing to slam into it. Ansgar's Revenge began to show signs of movement, turning away from the angle grinder, causing Das Gepäck to miss a charge, but Das Gepäck kept ramming it, before pushing it into Sir Killalot.

"...for me, Das Gepäck is the best machine we have seen so far in this UK Germany special."
— Jonathan Pearce

Das Gepäck stayed away as the House Robots attacked, before Sir Killalot pushed Ansgar's Revenge down the arena, leaving it near the pit. Das Gepäck pushed its opponent, but time ran out before Das Gepäck could pit it. Ansgar's Revenge had survived to the judges' decision, which went to Das Gepäck.

"It didn't take long, it's obvious who won! Ansgar's Revenge totally battered, Das Gepäck goes marching on!"
Craig Charles on the decision
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Das Gepäck pits Delldog

In Round 2, Das Gepäck was drawn against the weapon-less Delldog for the right to fight the UK. Das Gepäck dominated the fight, slamming Delldog into Mr. Psycho's CPZ, and then Sgt. Bash's CPZ. After being sliced by Sgt. Bash's pincer, and hammered by Mr. Psycho, Delldog was immobilised and counted out by Refbot. With one push, Das Gepäck pushed the beaten machine into the pit.

"Delldog, barking up the wrong tree, Das Gepäck represents Germany in the final"
Craig Charles after the fight

Das Gepäck was now through to the final to fight the UK, represented by Fluffy.

"The black hole is getting heavier and heavier, it’s getting so heavy they will be sucked right into it"
— The Das Gepäck team before the fight
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Fluffy cracks the spike of Das Gepäck

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The robots stumble into Sergeant Bash's CPZ

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The final push

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Das Gepäck pushes the weaponless Fluffy

In the final, both robots seemed tentative, avoiding each other, though Fluffy got some good hits in with its blade, knocking one of the German representative's spikes off with its first attack. However, Das Gepäck came back, pushing against the side. Fluffy and Das Gepäck continued to avoid each other, and it seemed Fluffy's blade had stopped. However, Das Gepäck's buckled spike slipped, causing it to lose its traction on Fluffy. Das Gepäck activated the pit instead, and the two robots entered a pushing match near the pit. Fluffy resisted, getting its axe beneath Das Gepäck and allowing it to push back. Das Gepäck ducked around the pit and tried to push Fluffy into Sgt. Bash, but got caught itself. Das Gepäck swiftly reversed out of Sgt. Bash's grasp and pushed back into Fluffy, pushing them onto the flame pit before time ran out.

In a shock move, the Judges ruled that the fight was a draw, much to the annoyance of the crowd.

"And we are not going to penalties"
— Craig Charles to the German representatives in the post-fight interview

ResultsEdit

DAS GEPÄCK - RESULTS
Dutch Series
Series 2
Dutch Championship
Heats, Round 1
Heat D, Round 1 vs. Gravity Lost
German / UK Series
German Robot Wars / UK Series 6
UK vs Germany Special
Representing Germany, Joint Champion
Round 1 vs. Ansgar's Revenge (GER) Won
Round 2 vs. Delldog (GER) Won
Final vs. Fluffy (UK) Drew

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Dutch Wins: 0
  • Dutch Losses: 1
  • German / UK Wins: 2
  • German / UK Losses: 0
  • German / UK Draws: 1

Series RecordEdit

Dutch SeriesEdit

  • The team with their wizard hats
  • The Das Gepäck logo in the pits
  • Das Gepäck in the pits with the UK vs Germany Special trophy
Series Das Gepäck Series Record
Series 1 Entered with Alien Destructor
Series 2 Heat, Round 1
Entered with Alien Destructor 2

German SeriesEdit

Main Series Das Gepäck Series Record
German Robot Wars UK vs Germany joint winner

Outside Robot WarsEdit

Das Gepäck briefly fought in the 2007 UK Championships after Robot Wars had finished, but fell in the heats to Kan-Opener and lost in the Losers' Melee to Velocirippa and Envy.

HonoursEdit