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battering ram

Sun Mar 02, 2008 1:17 pm

it takes a battering ram to knock down a door. how does one MAKE a battering ram?

Sun Mar 02, 2008 6:26 pm

Summon an indestructibe giant.

Other than that, I'm tapped out of ideas, but it wouldn't seem very hard, if it were the simple "two men on each side swinging it" version. Probably a good chunk of wood resources, and two heavy shields' worth of steel for the end-cap.

Or even simpler, just a felled tree with side handles.

Sun Mar 02, 2008 6:27 pm

I know how you would go about it in RL. but there are no RULES for such.

Tue Mar 04, 2008 7:35 pm

Swing a door at another door and negate one another? ;)

Tue Mar 04, 2008 11:29 pm

It's true. I heard somewhere that two doors cannot occupy the same point of space/time. They both melt into a pile of goo.

Tue Mar 04, 2008 11:31 pm

what if one is a screen door?

Wed Mar 05, 2008 11:48 am

That's true! A screen door and a regular door can occupy the same portal at the same time, creating a rule paradox. What're the mechanics of rule paradoxes? Can a paradox heal twice as fast?

Wed Mar 05, 2008 12:21 pm

No. Screen door should count as window, therefore they are able to occupy the same space as a door. As for the paradox, in fact a paradox takes no damage, strangely enough. It may be taking damage, but in another reality it's not, so the two cancel out.

In all seriousness, I don't thing it would be a very big deal to make a simple battering ram, the simplest of siege weapons. The simplest are made from just a tree trunk that's light enough to be held by two or three men on a side, and sometimes capped in a hard metal. Like I said before, I can't see more than a couple of hours to make, taking a good chunk of wood resources and two heavy shields' worth of steel. The rub is that you would need at least a man on either side to wield it (if it's a small SWAT-team style one, two or more on either side for one to take down a larger door).

Maybe have three categories of ram, each taking less time to batter a door down, with longer construction and more resources for each.

-Portable ram (SWAT team style, could be solid wood becuase it's only tackling midieval-style doors)
-Large battering ram (tree trunk w/ steel cap, 4-6 characters to wield)
-Enormous battering ram (the kind that is suspended from ropes or supported by wheels. Mainly used for keep/castle gates.)

Wed Mar 05, 2008 12:28 pm

I think the gist is anyone is supposed to be able to make them,

Wed Mar 05, 2008 12:31 pm

Well, yeah. Especially the SWAT-team style one. Cut a log about 4 inches in diameter and four feet long, get a buddy, and start swinging.

Hell, I know a guy with a large warhammer, have him beat on the lock/handle area for awhile.

But the larger ones would be a group effort.

Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:13 am


Seriously. we need to know how to build this. It says doors can be knocked down with a battering ram. Doors are invincible because there is no battering ram?

is there a blueprint out there for a battering ram I don't know about?

can anyone build one? if so, how? I would think anyone could build it and it would 4 people to use, but I got nothing.

Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:35 am

anyone could build it and it would 4 people to use

Sure, lets call it that and 1 hour to build. Sound good? Lets add it to the chart
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