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Author Topic: Oceanshoots: Hunting whales with ballistae  (Read 44014 times)

Raphite1

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Re: Oceanshoots: Hunting whales with ballistae
« Reply #45 on: February 20, 2012, 01:01:21 pm »

Not yet.  Smaller creatures don't last long enough in the target chamber for me to even get off enough shots at them - they get pushed through the wall grates and air-drown.  I may redesign it with a second layer of grates to try and keep fish inside.

I *think* that a second layer of grates will do the trick. I seem to remember it being a solution to keeping corpses in the right place in some drowning traps I made back in 40d.

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Re: Oceanshoots: Hunting whales with ballistae
« Reply #46 on: February 20, 2012, 02:15:12 pm »

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Re: Oceanshoots: Hunting whales with ballistae
« Reply #47 on: February 20, 2012, 08:21:38 pm »

Attempt #2:

Rebuilt the trap chamber with two rows of grates.

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I have also prepared a selection of copper and steel ballista arrows.  Let's see how well this works.

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Better, the ballista arrows are actually killing their targets sometimes.  The dual rows of grates make it less likely that fish will escape, but they're not perfect.  One bluefish managed to get through both grates and air-drowned anyway.

Now I'll drain the water and try it with whales again.
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dirty foot

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Re: Oceanshoots: Hunting whales with ballistae
« Reply #48 on: February 20, 2012, 08:38:50 pm »

I don't know how I feel about ballista arrows that can't pierce.

Was this intended?
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Re: Oceanshoots: Hunting whales with ballistae
« Reply #49 on: February 20, 2012, 08:39:57 pm »

I don't know how I feel about ballista arrows that can't pierce.

Was this intended?
It might be to prevent them from becoming stuck in the wound.

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Re: Oceanshoots: Hunting whales with ballistae
« Reply #50 on: February 20, 2012, 08:40:15 pm »

Ooh, this should be good. All I can say is "ingenious".
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Re: Oceanshoots: Hunting whales with ballistae
« Reply #51 on: February 20, 2012, 09:27:58 pm »

Now shooting metal ballista arrows at whales...

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It's starting to look like not even a steel ballista bolt to the head will actually kill a whale.  I don't know if this is a testament to how tough whales are, or how useless ballista are as a weapon.

Also, whales can stand up.
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Re: Oceanshoots: Hunting whales with ballistae
« Reply #52 on: February 20, 2012, 09:31:02 pm »

Do you mind sharing the save? I want to fiddle with your godwork.
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Re: Oceanshoots: Hunting whales with ballistae
« Reply #53 on: February 20, 2012, 09:36:16 pm »

Here you go:

http://dffd.wimbli.com/file.php?id=5632

Mind the dozens of unlabeled levers and strange creatures in cages, I didn't design this place to be easy for anyone but me to operate safely.
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Re: Oceanshoots: Hunting whales with ballistae
« Reply #54 on: February 20, 2012, 09:56:37 pm »

Now shooting metal ballista arrows at whales...

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It's starting to look like not even a steel ballista bolt to the head will actually kill a whale.  I don't know if this is a testament to how tough whales are, or how useless ballista are as a weapon.

Also, whales can stand up.

Also, whales can stand up.

Whales can stand up.

Stand up.

T-the utter blasphemy!!
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Re: Oceanshoots: Hunting whales with ballistae
« Reply #57 on: February 20, 2012, 10:20:54 pm »

I don't know how I feel about ballista arrows that can't pierce.

Was this intended?
It might be to prevent them from becoming stuck in the wound.
I don't understand how that could be anything but epic.
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dirty foot

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Re: Oceanshoots: Hunting whales with ballistae
« Reply #58 on: February 20, 2012, 10:24:12 pm »

Here you go:

http://dffd.wimbli.com/file.php?id=5632

Mind the dozens of unlabeled levers and strange creatures in cages, I didn't design this place to be easy for anyone but me to operate safely.
This alone is going to be hilarious, but the fact that you also left a big red button next to a sharktopus just makes this delicious.

I expect someone to open that cage.
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Re: Oceanshoots: Hunting whales with ballistae
« Reply #59 on: February 20, 2012, 11:27:00 pm »

I try to tell myself that they're not real whales  :'(.
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