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From:     Paul Westermeyer <westermeyer.3@???.edu>
Date:     Fri, 13 Sep 1996 11:16:40 -0400
Subject:  Re: Ground attacks from spelljammers
><< Anyone got any ideas for a "ground attack" bomber type of SJ craft? >>
>
>A galleon would probably be sufficient. (And availible to the groundlings).
>Depending on the operating altitude, sheathing the hull to improve its armour
>rating would be a good idea.  You could even add a glassteel spot in the hull
>for targeting without exposing yourself to direct fire.
Good ideas,  but the weaponry is facing the wrong direction,  in the game
the Galleon needs to constantly roll it's hull to place targets in firearc.


>For weaponary, rocks thrown into a chute over the side would be a start.  But
>there are other things to make the groundlings more miserable, eg
> - Caltrops
> - Barrels of oil, followed by a few torches
> - Gold coins - that would disrupt the ranks, and be cheaper of you know a
>fools        gold spell.
> - Delayed blast fireballs
> - A few slimes, oozes or puddings
> - Enemy prisoners
> - Chemical warefare - stinking cloud, distillation of black dragons breath,
>acid, gas,                         or some other alchemists concoction.
Good ideas again,  the chute idea solves the weapon arc problem,  but by
it's nature this would not be an especially accurate weapon.  And the magic
attacks would be more verstaile and useful if used by an invisible,  flying
caster then on a ship  IMO

>A ship above the conflict would be invaluable for intellegence, spotting how
>many enemy there are and of what type, how they are formed up, morale etc.
>
>If a besiged force in a castle had a spelljammer, they could use it to ferry
>in supplies and reinforcements.  Or ferry out noncombatents or troops to
>ambush the enemy supply line, or even assassins.  It would also be a good way
>for the higher ups to get away it things turns against them.
Yea,  these are the "strategic" type of examples I was speaking of.  Things
that don't directly injure the enemy but do harm them indirectly.

"We look on the same stars,  the sky is common,  the same world surrounds
us.  What difference does it make by what pains each seeks the truth?  We
can not attain to so great a secret by one road..."
Symmachus,  "Memorial on the Occasion of the Removal of the Altar of
Victory from the Senate House" (392 AD)

westermeyer.3@???.edu
Paul William Westermeyer




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Ground attacks from spelljammers    Ian Bowley    13 Sep 1996 10:02:45
Re: Ground attacks from spelljammers    Paul Westermeyer    13 Sep 1996 15:16:40
Re: Ground attacks from spelljammers    Toby Mekelburg    14 Sep 1996 01:14:10
Re: Ground attacks from spelljammers    Ian Bowley    15 Sep 1996 03:44:55
Re: Ground attacks from spelljammers    Paul Westermeyer    17 Sep 1996 06:17:26

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