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Old 09-09-2019, 10:01 AM   #1
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What kind of properties would you give a bow that was made from Essential Wood?
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Old 09-09-2019, 10:39 AM   #2
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I've not read Deadly Spring, but does its calculations involve strength of the wood? It be a serviceable cudgel in an emergency.
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Old 09-09-2019, 10:47 AM   #3
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What kind of properties would you give a bow that was made from Essential Wood?
It would be much lighter than a bow of similar ST made from normal wood. Gurps usually doesn't go into this level of detail.

You could make much stronger bows/crossbows out of Essential Wood but Gurps usually doesn't go into that level of detail either. You could make crossbows in the ST range given for historical steel crossbows but without steel's reduced eficiency due to the shorter length bolts necessary due to steel's much greater weight.
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Old 09-09-2019, 10:57 AM   #4
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I've not read Deadly Spring, but does its calculations involve strength of the wood? It be a serviceable cudgel in an emergency.
I remember discussing Essential Wood with Bruno for TDS at some point, and we came up with something like "multiply certain favorable properties by 3" over yew. That made it very competitive with higher TL steels (higher than TL 3 or TL4); I don't recall offhand if it was also better than fiberglass or carbon fiber.
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Old 09-09-2019, 11:18 AM   #5
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What kind of properties would you give a bow that was made from Essential Wood?
Offhand, I'd treat it as a composite bow. Fundamentally, what it does is let you use a lighter spring arm, which means a higher efficiency, but there's not all that much room for improvement (typically reducing weight by a factor of 3 would push a 40% efficiency to 67%, a 50% to 75%, a 60% to 82%).
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Old 09-09-2019, 12:10 PM   #6
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Pyramid #3-96 Tech and Toys IV has the Arrows of Progress articles with stat for TL9+ bows. I would refluff the TL9 ones as Essential Wood Bows.
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Old 09-09-2019, 02:42 PM   #7
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I'd give it a quality bump, It's tougher, stronger, floats better, but it's not a different bow type and doesn't change in mass.
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I'm thinking of giving it the stats of the Welsh Longbow from Fantasy Weapons (most importantly, Armor Divisor 2, making it able to pierce heavy armor).
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Old 09-09-2019, 03:14 PM   #9
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While it might not be exactly on topic there are some ramblings on wood in GURPS Here
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Old 09-09-2019, 06:37 PM   #10
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I'm thinking of giving it the stats of the Welsh Longbow from Fantasy Weapons (most importantly, Armor Divisor 2, making it able to pierce heavy armor).
IMO the armor divisor should be correlated to the type of arrow and arrowhead rather than the bow itself.
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