ANST - War and changes
gtaylor at lonestar.jpl.utsa.edu
Tue Mar 20 06:56:35 PST 2001
If someone is following the rules, their ballista should not be launching bolts so powerfully...and their bolts should not be hard enough to do what you saw. There were firing distance limitations as well as a requirement that all tennis ball tips be punctured. Though there is a chance that the tape subsequently covered this hole, I don't see that a punctured tennis ball could do what you described. Did anybody
grab the bolt to examine it? Probably could have been tracked to the owner and machine.
My opinion on this, for what it's worth, is that there was probably a rules violation going on. As a result, we don't need more rules...just better enforcement of those that presently exist..
> It may be too early to really be asking this question, but I heard that there were plans to re-visit the rulings on both ballistas and crossbows in the wake of some close calls and far-too-hard hits at Gulf Wars. I heard of ballista bolts going through shields, and saw one crossbow bruise worse than any sword shot I've ever seen.
> I find the ballista quetion espically concerning, since I watched one hit a stud in the castle not 6 inches from a Ladie's arm with enough force to put a 1/2 inch divet in the wood. Those of us standing there were discussing it later, and all had no doubt that it would have broken her arm badly had it hit her. I'm mostly curious here as to whether the discussions have begun in ernest, and what has been said?
> It was, however, a great war, and I am very glad to have gone. This was my second, the first being the one which Thor won. I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who attend, and espically those who work so hard to make things happen.
> -Fearadhach McCongel
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