Started in 2002, Western Allied Robotics (WAR) is a loose knit organization of Pacific Northwest combat robot enthusiasts.  Three to four events are held each year in the Northwest Region of the US.  WAR is oriented towards radio controlled combat robotics, similar to what you may have seen on TV shows such as Battlebots and Robot Wars.  In fact, a number of WAR members have competed on those programs. WAR currently supports 1lb (antweight), 3lb. (Beetleweight), 12lb (Hobbyweight), and 30lb Sportsman classes. Ants and Beetles are far cheaper and safer than their TV cousins who typically weigh in the hundreds of pounds.  The 12 and 30 lb. classes are the fastest growing classes of combat robotics as they capture the excitement of the larger robots at a fraction of the cost.