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Author Topic: Does anyone have much experience with catapults?  (Read 1764 times)

AzuredreamsXT

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Does anyone have much experience with catapults?
« on: March 28, 2012, 06:51:24 pm »

The wiki makes them sound very weak and not worth the effort.

Does anyone have experience that proves otherwise? How effective have they been for you?
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kaijyuu

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Re: Does anyone have much experience with catapults?
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2012, 06:53:44 pm »

They're for getting rid of rocks.


And if they actually were to hit anything, my understanding is they're about as good as stone traps. Which is to say pathetic.
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Re: Does anyone have much experience with catapults?
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2012, 06:55:45 pm »

I think of them as a training device and stone stockpiling tool.

Unused corridor with the end channeled out to dump them right by the mason's.  Dwarf loads, fires, and the stone drops right by the mason's.
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Re: Does anyone have much experience with catapults?
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2012, 06:56:44 pm »

They only hit things on the z-level they are on.
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Re: Does anyone have much experience with catapults?
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2012, 06:58:24 pm »

Yep. Rock hits wall at the end of the corridor, and then falls straight down through the hole in the floor to right in front of the mason's workshop below.
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Re: Does anyone have much experience with catapults?
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2012, 07:05:15 pm »

They appear to be good for training up siege operator skill before switching the dwarf to ballistas. Ballistas seem to be better than catapults, but still pretty limited.
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