ANST - War and changes

Burke McCrory burkemc2 at
Tue Mar 20 12:12:41 PST 2001

I examined over two dozen ballista bolts and did not see any of them with a 
punched tennis ball.  If fact until now I was not aware that it was a 
requirement.  I did notice that a number of the trimaran ballista's could 
shoot farther with a flatter trajectory that any ballistas we had.  When we 
opened the castle gates early in the battle we needed at least one or two 
ballista's that could have shot through the open door and hit their shield 

Sir Burke

At 12:38 PM 3/20/2001 -0500, you wrote:
>Lord Fearghus had a ballista bolt being fired from the Trimarian side that 
>did not have the tennis ball punctured.  It was also not labelled as to 
>who's bolt it was.
>Rebekah of Newcastle
>---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
>From: gtaylor <gtaylor at>
>Reply-To: ansteorra at
>Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001 08:56:35 -0600
> >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 pun>ctured.  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..
> >
> >Isobel Hadleigh
> >
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