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Author Topic: Oceanshoots: Hunting whales with ballistae  (Read 43599 times)

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Re: Oceanshoots: Hunting whales with ballistae
« Reply #15 on: February 19, 2012, 10:33:22 pm »

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Re: Oceanshoots: Hunting whales with ballistae
« Reply #16 on: February 19, 2012, 10:54:31 pm »

Nice work. You really have it in for the ocean don't you?
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Re: Oceanshoots: Hunting whales with ballistae
« Reply #17 on: February 19, 2012, 11:44:01 pm »

Haven't actually killed any of them yet.  Despite what you'd think, ballista arrows act less like harpoons and more like ranged warhammers, so rather than skewering any of the targets the arrows are just causing bruises and minor injuries.  There is quite a lot of whale blood coming out of the test chamber, so maybe if I keep this up long enough they'll bleed to death, or die of infection.

Maybe you're using just wooden ballista arrows and they're not strong enough to pierce. Have you tried using metal ballista arrows? The wiki specifically states that wooden ballista arrows will not pierce, but instead do blunt damage, whereas metal ones are devastating.

I know it sounds like a stupid question, but I thought you might just be overlooking something small.
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Re: Oceanshoots: Hunting whales with ballistae
« Reply #18 on: February 20, 2012, 12:30:54 am »

Now you need to find a way to utilise all of your spare sharks and fish in some sort of elaborate shark-apult to kill dwarven traders with.
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Re: Oceanshoots: Hunting whales with ballistae
« Reply #19 on: February 20, 2012, 12:32:59 am »

Shhhhhhh. no words. Too beautiful.

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Re: Oceanshoots: Hunting whales with ballistae
« Reply #20 on: February 20, 2012, 12:43:28 am »

Haven't actually killed any of them yet.  Despite what you'd think, ballista arrows act less like harpoons and more like ranged warhammers, so rather than skewering any of the targets the arrows are just causing bruises and minor injuries.  There is quite a lot of whale blood coming out of the test chamber, so maybe if I keep this up long enough they'll bleed to death, or die of infection.

Maybe you're using just wooden ballista arrows and they're not strong enough to pierce. Have you tried using metal ballista arrows? The wiki specifically states that wooden ballista arrows will not pierce, but instead do blunt damage, whereas metal ones are devastating.

I know it sounds like a stupid question, but I thought you might just be overlooking something small.

I specifically tested a variety of ballista bolts back in 31.25. All of them deal blunt damage. Wooden ones only suck because they weigh less. The "devastating" comment is copypasta from 40d, where ballistas actually worked.

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Re: Oceanshoots: Hunting whales with ballistae
« Reply #21 on: February 20, 2012, 01:00:22 am »

Haven't actually killed any of them yet.  Despite what you'd think, ballista arrows act less like harpoons and more like ranged warhammers, so rather than skewering any of the targets the arrows are just causing bruises and minor injuries.  There is quite a lot of whale blood coming out of the test chamber, so maybe if I keep this up long enough they'll bleed to death, or die of infection.

Maybe you're using just wooden ballista arrows and they're not strong enough to pierce. Have you tried using metal ballista arrows? The wiki specifically states that wooden ballista arrows will not pierce, but instead do blunt damage, whereas metal ones are devastating.

I know it sounds like a stupid question, but I thought you might just be overlooking something small.

I specifically tested a variety of ballista bolts back in 31.25. All of them deal blunt damage. Wooden ones only suck because they weigh less. The "devastating" comment is copypasta from 40d, where ballistas actually worked.
I never understood the word "copypasta". Is that a reference to potentially uncredited information, or does it just mean that lots of people keep saying it?
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Re: Oceanshoots: Hunting whales with ballistae
« Reply #22 on: February 20, 2012, 01:08:52 am »

Now I want to build a glass dome aviary for an aerial whack-a-hole with catapults...
damn it! 
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you totally deserves it :3
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Re: Oceanshoots: Hunting whales with ballistae
« Reply #23 on: February 20, 2012, 01:14:57 am »

Sphalerite, between this project, the sea serpent farm, and the ‼well‼, you are easily my favorite person on the bay12 forums.

It's stories like this that make me love this game.

Now all we need is a collaboration project with DS to further escalate the dwarfiness.
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Re: Oceanshoots: Hunting whales with ballistae
« Reply #24 on: February 20, 2012, 01:31:07 am »

Well played, sir, well played.
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Re: Oceanshoots: Hunting whales with ballistae
« Reply #25 on: February 20, 2012, 03:19:44 am »

I might be remembering this wrong, but doesn't the quality of ballista's parts determines how accurate it is? I thought the skill of the operator merely determines how fast it loads..

In other news, that is a masterpiece. :)
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Re: Oceanshoots: Hunting whales with ballistae
« Reply #26 on: February 20, 2012, 03:30:05 am »

But... why?  :o

Never mind, my socks are off for Sphalerite, a true pioneer of Dwarven Science.
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Re: Oceanshoots: Hunting whales with ballistae
« Reply #27 on: February 20, 2012, 04:26:13 am »

this is awesome. Posting to watch.

Now use a one-legged, old dwarf with a bone crutch as siege operator, and slay giant sperm whales with ballista.

Bonus points if one of your whales actually ripped off his leg.
« Last Edit: February 20, 2012, 04:29:32 am by Naryar »
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Re: Oceanshoots: Hunting whales with ballistae
« Reply #28 on: February 20, 2012, 04:29:37 am »

The time and effort put into this significantly outweigh any possible benefit, I can think of no circumstances where this could possibly be a good idea, this is ridiculously and unnecessarily cruel and the fact that you thought of it leads me to believe you are an awful person.

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Re: Oceanshoots: Hunting whales with ballistae
« Reply #29 on: February 20, 2012, 06:18:34 am »

If I were a quadruped I'd throw all four socks to your feet without a doubt.

I might be remembering this wrong, but doesn't the quality of ballista's parts determines how accurate it is? I thought the skill of the operator merely determines how fast it loads..
I remember something like that too.

I never understood the word "copypasta".
It means it was merely copied from the original (40d here) and pasted into new place without any correction. In case of that given article it's has led to it being contradictory.
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