Do you use catapults?

Discussion in 'Civ3 - Strategy & Tips' started by Artillery, Nov 25, 2004.

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Useful or not?

Poll closed Feb 23, 2005.
  1. I can't live without them!

    17 vote(s)
    14.3%
  2. Pretty useful.

    47 vote(s)
    39.5%
  3. Not much.

    24 vote(s)
    20.2%
  4. Useless.

    31 vote(s)
    26.1%
  1. Tomoyo

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    @AA-battery: Seen you have not the power of the Tomoyoda great!
     
  2. AA-battery

    AA-battery Going and going...

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    I don't catch on. What does this have to do with artillery?
     
  3. Tomoyo

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    The grammarness part of your post.
     
  4. AA-battery

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  6. WackenOpenAir

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    On Sid, i didn't dare to attack with "normal" units yet. There i start from the very beginning of the game with mass bombardment stacks.

    On deity i use them very few. Only a small number to defend strategic keypoints that i am not planning to move for quite a while. (From Napolion, Hittler and many more i have learned not to attack on 2 sides ! :D)

    On any lower difficulty not because speed and versatillity is better there.
     
  7. DementedAvenger

    DementedAvenger Prince

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    Exactly right. 40 catapults don't come anywhere close to sucking in the ancient age.
     
  8. rysingsun

    rysingsun King

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    well .. i use captured catapults but i dont often build them. early in the game i struggle to have a plausible army of any sort (emperor/deity) and while i *like* catapults i like horses more, so cats get neglected.
     
  9. Kronis

    Kronis Chieftain

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    It seems like perfectly correct grammar to me, chump.

    All siege weapons are useless, until cannons/H'wacha. That said, I may keep captured catapults around, since several of the AI civs seem to build crazy amounts of them, and I might like a head-start for a cheap artillery army.
     
  10. AA-battery

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    Read carefully:
    There are two things wrong and that is only the beginning of the sentence. The "seems" needs a capital and "like cannon are" is improper wording. Next time have evidence to back your words, spammer! :p

    As for catapults, They are only good for defence in my opinion.
     
  11. Bartleby

    Bartleby Remembers laughter

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    I think the there were more than three "big guns" at Balaclava
     
  12. zerksees

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    I definitely build them.

    I think catapults are reasonably effective against enemy units out in the open - at least on PTW. You need a lot more of them to be useful on a city siege.

    I use them more on the harder levels since I am more likely to be on the defensive.
     
  13. Formula51

    Formula51 Go Leafs Go!

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    I always use them in combined arms AA stacks of swords, spears, archers, and horses.
     
  14. bouncelot

    bouncelot Chieftain

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    But the poem was using the word "cannon" to refer to multiple "big guns". I've seen that use quite a lot. And the Oxford English Dictionary supports using the word cannon as its own plural.
     
  15. fantasmo

    fantasmo Very Sexy Messiah

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    Cannon is a plural term as well as singular. I should know, I've read the dictionary. Twice.

    Anyways, catapaults are, in my opinion, completely and utterly useless. I'm big on HUGE artillery attacks though...I like cannon....
     
  16. Bartleby

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    That's what I was trying to say...in a rather obscure way... :mischief:

    Edit: But to comment on-topic, I don't build many bombardment weapons until artillery is available, because I can rarely afford to upgrade them.
     
  17. Pentium

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    I start building when artilery comes.

    I thought that they are all useless, but now I see (on Emepror) that I need them.
     
  18. JMK

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    It depends of the game but also on availability of ressources.
    One of the last game I played, I had no Horses and no iron, I had to fight an early war on Deity. Catapults was the way to go; I had to fight Spearman and Swordsman with Archers, Archers are fine when Spearman and Swordsman have been redlined.
    Now if you have access to horses and/or iron then you may not need catapults.
    Catapult is very usefull/powerful weapon for defensive war, but i would not use it for offensive war, catapult is much too slow and it requires ROAD
     
  19. onedreamer

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    I use them only for attack purpouses, when I march on the enemy capital. Other than that, I waste shields on something more harmful.
     
  20. bgart5

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    Only for defense. I could never keep a escort with them long enough for them to be useful.
     

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