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ChazFox
08-29-2008, 08:28 PM
If you don't know what a Ballista is, basically it's a siege weapon based off of the Crossbow. I figured I'd try and sketch a blueprint of how one might work in LBP:

http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o10/ChazFox/LittleBigBallista.png

(I know, it doesn't look very crossbowy)

So, the basic idea is that instead of throwing a blunt projectile, the Ballista launches a sharp projectile, which could pierce the wall, if it were to hit the gap between two blocks.

That there is a simple idea, involving a powerful spring held back by a catch, which is released by putting pressure on a button. The catch springs back and the spring... well, springs out, hopefully pushing the projectile (Which could easily be a giant pencil) at a high enough speed to do some considerable damage to a SackFort's structure.

Of course, if it's built big enough it could also work as a mancannon, launching Sackboys (and Sackgirls) to a higher point on the map.

megakonijn
08-29-2008, 08:31 PM
Cool Idea ^^ but i think that instead of making it come exactly between 2 blocks just make a lot of mall blocks of a material sacks cant grab so they need to activate the balista to progress in a level ^^ Cool design tho:)

TerrenceJohan
08-29-2008, 08:34 PM
Very nice indeed. I was going to make something similar. I was going to do it a different way though, i didn't think about doing it like that. Very good.

Marino
08-29-2008, 08:35 PM
That's awesome! I really like the man cannon idea, it reminds me of a Circus:

http://cart.blackorc.com/images/bko0310.jpg

You should give the Ballista out as a prize when Sackpeople finish your level in a certain time.

Woah.. better yet..

Have TARGET PRACTICE with Sackpeople. If the Sackperson gets a high enough score, he could win the Ballista. :)

http://www.telinject.com/catalogue/images/target.jpg

LittleBigCircus, here we come! :arg:

http://gingerstravelingcircus.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/circus1.14383919_std.jpg

Killa_5150
08-29-2008, 10:40 PM
That looks fun, besides i love to see sackboy gets sacked! haha nice idea OP. Keep up the good work.

ChazFox
08-29-2008, 10:48 PM
Thanks for the comments everyone, I'm looking forward to seeing if I can get this idea to work when the game comes out :D

Dropbear
08-30-2008, 01:01 AM
I think we ought to have a competition for who can make the best catapult/ballista, what do you guys think?

ChazFox
08-30-2008, 01:18 AM
As the OP of this thread, I think it's an awesome idea :D a Siege Weaponry competition could be cool. We could make a map that has a destroyable castle/tower, then let each player build a siege weapon, and the one who most effectively destroys the tower wins the prize. There might also be extra awards for stuff like "Most entertaining siege weapon" and suchlike.

Guitarrassdeamor
08-30-2008, 01:24 AM
I like the idea of a catipult.

ChazFox
08-31-2008, 01:07 AM
Question for CC or any other Mods/Admins:

Mind if I upload a zip file? I created a rough idea of how the Ballista would work, using the latest version of Phun, and felt I should share it with the community. :p

Burrich
08-31-2008, 01:15 AM
I love the idea and it's something I've been planning to make from the start. However I think I'll try to make a trebuchet instead. It's more aesthetically pleasing IMO though it almost definitely won't throw things as high or as far.

http://mrvchemistry.ca/images/articles/20080317074700808_1.gif


Question for CC or any other Mods/Admins:

Mind if I upload a zip file? I created a rough idea of how the Ballista would work, using the latest version of Phun, and felt I should share it with the community. :p

Send it to me in a PM while you await confirmation will ya? :)

And it just occured to me... do you think people will invent things in LBP that could be useful in real life? And then create a real model, patent it and sell it for loads? There are limitations to the create aspect but I wouldn't be surprised if something like this happened. Just something to think about for all you wannabe millionaires ;).

ChazFox
08-31-2008, 01:20 AM
I have to agree, each siege weapon has its benefits and drawbacks. Trebuchets are actually quite awesome in my opinion, I just went for a Ballista because it's different and because I love the idea of a giant crossbow terrorising SackPeople's fortresses across LBP. Sure, a giant arrow will be more likely to stick in the wall than knock it down, but if it's a fortress made of Cloth Blocks (or something similarly flammable), the owner will definitely have reason to panic at the sight of a giant flaming arrow hitting their wall and torching their castle. :3