Option 1 does sound moderately fair (although a little harsh of course to those who see the event later than others) and the event organisers can already choose to do this right now if they wish (such as the concerns for AWS 55 when the number of teams was steadily increasing).
Option 2 does sound the better option out of the bunch if numbers are getting high. A potential way to work it could be people would sign up their possible 4 entries and then on the day a decision on whether to drop down to 3 would be made based on what actually turns up. Then, a drop down to 3 entries maximum would be announced and the teams would say which one they would eliminate during the tech check phase (meaning low overhead as well). The question is whether it would be 3 rollers or 2 rollers + 1 walker/cluster.
For me, option 3 would be the worst option out of the bunch as I think we should do everything possible to keep possible team entries same (3 rollers + 1 walker/cluster) in as many cases as possible to allow for the variety the AWS events bring. One of the things to take into account is that AWS 55 was in a very central location (unusual taking into account history of venues) and therefore many more people than usual were able to make it, hence the high numbers. However, when the next AWS comes up in Bristol area, I reckon sign-ups shall fall back to a usual sort of level as it is naturally less accessible. Hence, option 3 (limiting sign ups to 3 entries in general) does not really seem necessary at the moment and I think it'll take a while to reach that point.
Option 4 gets all the robots processed and in much better time; if the organiser is up for it, it would likely be a consideration. Could be issues raised about the arena the robots are competing in affecting the outcomes of some fights though (due to weapon types being potentially more/less effective in some arenas).
On option 5:
I think this is actually very clever and should be investigated as it is very much in the spirit of what the standard antweights are all about (getting beginners into the hobby). I agree that an outright ban seems a little unfair.Shakey wrote: ↑Tue Jul 03, 2018 6:49 pm5) I accept I am biased on this one, I think if this route was explored rather than an outright ban simply a limit to 1 kit/prebuilt. They do have a place in competition and are doing great at bringing people in and giving them confidence to move on to their own bots where they may not have even attempted the hobby before.