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Question of The Week: Crossbowman

Discussion in 'Rise of Mankind: A New Dawn' started by Afforess, Feb 15, 2010.

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Are Crossbowmen unbalanced?

Poll closed Feb 22, 2010.
  1. Yes, they are too cheap compared to other units in the time period...

    5.1%
  2. Yes, they are unlocked by technologies too early...

    33.3%
  3. Yes, they have too much strength compared to era units...

    33.3%
  4. No, Crossbowmen are fine.

    43.6%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Grathocke

    Grathocke Marquis

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    I think the problem is that the longbow is not the only improvement in archery technology. Classical era societies had many fine archers in drier climates where they used laminated bows. These didn't work well in wet climates though, as they would fall apart in battle. I doubt that is possible to replicate in Civ. The longbow itself was a Welsh creation, I believe, and adapted by the English. It was one of the stongest weapons of the late medieval period. The crossbow, by comparison, was an early to middle medieval weapon. They are each designed for different purposes. Any peasant can easily be trained to fire the crossbow, which is slow, but accurate and deadly. One later improvement was made with a pavise shield, which allowed the crossbowmen to turn their back to the battle with a large shield protecting them while they reloaded. The longbow takes an very long time to master. English kings required their subjects to train in the longbow from an early age.
     
  2. Ioannes

    Ioannes Chieftain

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    What do you think of giving Longbows and Archers drill 1 to start to represent the greater rate of fire?
     
  3. civ_king

    civ_king Deus Caritas Est

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    The Chinese from 200BC would like a word with you (they found a crossbow from 5th century BC) also their Greek counterpart from the time would like a word with you too
    Yeah, that would be cool
     
  4. Grathocke

    Grathocke Marquis

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    If so, I stand corrected :salute: Do you have a link I can see the info?

    Edit: Never mind. I just wiki'd it. Seems like they did have crossbows way back when. Learn something new every day.
     
  5. civ_king

    civ_king Deus Caritas Est

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    :) good attitude
     

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