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Old 08-31-2011, 11:47 AM   #1
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Default Odd GURPS weapons, ... what are the stats?

I'm wondering what the stats would be for someone using a jai alai mitt, or cesta, to throw a ball or rock as a weapon. The record speed is 188 mph. I'm thinking that Games (Jai Alai) would be used for the roll to hit. Does anyone have ideas on this? How about some other, lesser know weapon items, too?

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Old 08-31-2011, 12:14 PM   #2
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Default Re: Odd GURPS weapons, ... what are the stats?

The mitt reminds me of a Scoop Ball scoop or a lacrosse stick. In all three tools, a longer lever arm is used to apply more force and control to the thrown item (like a sling or a spear thrower).

Scoop Ball deliberately uses a "wiffle" ball to make it safe for children by slowing the ball, while still encouraging vigorous physical activity. Lacrosse isn't nearly so concerned about safety :)

As a first order approximation I'd treat it like a spear thrower, and let the thrower use sw instead of thr to calculate throwing damage, but require a different skill from regular rock throwing.
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Old 08-31-2011, 04:45 PM   #3
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Default Re: Odd GURPS weapons, ... what are the stats?

I think the closest match for that is the Stone-Launching Stick (Low Tech pg.77). It might be modified for use as a sports tool (probably lowering the damage and boosting range) or used as is, but with soft balls instead of rocks (which also lowers damage). If it differs dramatically from the weapon version, it may be treated as an improvised weapon (giving a penalty to attack rolls). Players would probably use the Sport variant of the skill, which defaults to the Combat version at -3, and vice-versa.
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Old 08-31-2011, 06:00 PM   #4
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Default Re: Odd GURPS weapons, ... what are the stats?

Sounds like a rigid sling for firing large stones.
Too bad no one has made an article detailing that weapon... yet.
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Old 03-08-2012, 04:19 AM   #5
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I'm wondering what the stats would be for someone using a jai alai mitt, or cesta, to throw a ball or rock as a weapon. The record speed is 188 mph. I'm thinking that Games (Jai Alai) would be used for the roll to hit. Does anyone have ideas on this? How about some other, lesser know weapon items, too?

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I found it. It's in Low Tech under rock thrower.

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