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Robot Riot, the tabletop sumo competition, is back


Its creators promise lots more mechanical mayhem, doughnuts, and beer.

This past Sunday night was the first really frigid night of the year, a night with the kind of weather that left the streets barren and delayed flights at O’Hare. But folks of all sorts, many even in costume—including a guy in a full-on purple-velvet Mad Hatter suit and top hat—crammed into Emporium Arcade Bar in Wicker Park to witness the return of Robot Riot, an event that its organizers describe as “the backyard wrestling of robot fighting.”…

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