View Full Version : Contraption: Ballista (Huge Picture Alert)

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:


(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.

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:)

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.

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


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. :)


LittleBigCircus, here we come! :arg:


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.

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

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?

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.

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

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

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.


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 ;).

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