Storm the Castle B

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Re: Storm the Castle B

Postby confusedhuman » May 1st, 2011, 2:36 pm

I was actually asking if i could add weight to the part of the arm with the cw on it as long as it doesn't fire. I also wanted to know why or why not it was allowed. By the way 25 plus meters is amazing and i cant imagine getting that much without having to build a new trebuchet.

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Re: Storm the Castle B

Postby Tramsarran » May 10th, 2011, 2:35 pm

confusedhuman wrote:I was actually asking if i could add weight to the part of the arm with the cw on it as long as it doesn't fire. I also wanted to know why or why not it was allowed. By the way 25 plus meters is amazing and i cant imagine getting that much without having to build a new trebuchet.

Yea, you can add weight as long as it doesn't fire without the counterweight. Remember the energy is supposed to come from the counterweight being influenced by gravity. I think it's not allowed because it'd seem as though there is energy stored or something. I'm not sure though.
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Re: Storm the Castle B

Postby confusedhuman » May 12th, 2011, 7:26 am

Tramsarran wrote:Yea, you can add weight as long as it doesn't fire without the counterweight. Remember the energy is supposed to come from the counterweight being influenced by gravity. I think it's not allowed because it'd seem as though there is energy stored or something. I'm not sure though.

ummm... sorry, but u just said yes and no in one post. Will i be able to take the weight off at the competition if they don't allow me adding weight? And if i have to will they take points off for a rule violation(if it is one)?

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Re: Storm the Castle B

Postby brobo » May 15th, 2011, 7:10 pm

I never did get to compete with this at state since it was one of the 5 dropped, but I'm still going to work on my trebuchet over the summer... Just for the heck of it! :D
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Re: Storm the Castle B

Postby Tramsarran » May 22nd, 2011, 5:21 pm

confusedhuman wrote:
Tramsarran wrote:Yea, you can add weight as long as it doesn't fire without the counterweight. Remember the energy is supposed to come from the counterweight being influenced by gravity. I think it's not allowed because it'd seem as though there is energy stored or something. I'm not sure though.

ummm... sorry, but u just said yes and no in one post. Will i be able to take the weight off at the competition if they don't allow me adding weight? And if i have to will they take points off for a rule violation(if it is one)?

It's not a rule violation unless the arm fires without the counterweight being attached. If it does launch without the counterweight you'll be bumped into Tier 2.
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Re: Storm the Castle B

Postby Epidemiologist » May 23rd, 2011, 3:13 pm

20th at Nationals in this event, which would have been more had some unknown thing gone wrong with our first shot.

FAT is the way to go, but if you want to win, you'll have to put a little spin on it. There isn't a perfect trebuchet, so use your imagination, and it's crazy how you can improve the design of the trebuchet. Fun event, but because it's only 5 minutes, it gets stressful...
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Re: Storm the Castle B

Postby 124113 » May 31st, 2011, 2:28 pm

Does anyonebody know what storm the castle will be next year?

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Re: Storm the Castle B

Postby starpug » May 31st, 2011, 2:58 pm

124113 wrote:Does anyonebody know what storm the castle will be next year?

Probably very similar to what it is this year. Perhaps there will be some changes to the dimensions, beyond that I can't see very many changes happening. I guess you never know, but I can't think of anything they could do that would change the event by an appreciable amount.
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Re: Storm the Castle B

Postby chalker » May 31st, 2011, 5:59 pm

starpug wrote:
124113 wrote:Does anyonebody know what storm the castle will be next year?

Probably very similar to what it is this year. Perhaps there will be some changes to the dimensions, beyond that I can't see very many changes happening. I guess you never know, but I can't think of anything they could do that would change the event by an appreciable amount.


You underestimate the creativity of us on the rules committee;) We're currently looking at some fundamental changes that include multiple counterweights and multiple projectiles types.

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Re: Storm the Castle B

Postby Littleboy » June 3rd, 2011, 5:18 am

ban FATs!
that'll make things interesting

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Re: Storm the Castle B

Postby Epidemiologist » June 3rd, 2011, 2:04 pm

Littleboy wrote:ban FATs!
that'll make things interesting


FATs are the only trebuchet's worth building. Look at all the best trebuchets and point out one normal one... you can't. If you want to compete, you're gonna have to gain weight (pun, FAT, fat, no...?).
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Re: Storm the Castle B

Postby Tramsarran » June 18th, 2011, 5:21 pm

It'd be interesting if we had a set of counterweights to choose from, more launch time and maybe preselected distances.
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Re: Storm the Castle B

Postby disownedpear » June 19th, 2011, 9:31 am

i think they should alow the kind of FAT in which the axel falls
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Re: Storm the Castle B

Postby crazycommie » June 19th, 2011, 8:12 pm

chalker wrote:
starpug wrote:
124113 wrote:Does anyonebody know what storm the castle will be next year?

Probably very similar to what it is this year. Perhaps there will be some changes to the dimensions, beyond that I can't see very many changes happening. I guess you never know, but I can't think of anything they could do that would change the event by an appreciable amount.


You underestimate the creativity of us on the rules committee;) We're currently looking at some fundamental changes that include multiple counterweights and multiple projectiles types.



Are you guys going to change the way shots are scored? This year's scoring system placed no emphasis on accuracy whatsoever due to a loophole.
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Re: Storm the Castle B

Postby chalker » June 19th, 2011, 8:46 pm

crazycommie wrote:Are you guys going to change the way shots are scored? This year's scoring system placed no emphasis on accuracy whatsoever due to a loophole.


We absolutely intend to.

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