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Old 02-20-2010, 01:12 PM
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Wow - this Fantasy Friday is Fantastic! One question -

Do Crossbows take a lot longer to fire then bows? In BFME there was literally no difference, but historically, the difference was huge.

The more powerful crossbows had to be hand-cranked in order to draw the bolt back. It could take a while. The less powerful ones had to be placed with their tip on the ground, stock against the waist, and the whole weight of the soldier was used to "draw" [lurch/yank] the bolt back.

I hope that the difference in loading time is prominent.

That was the main difference between crossbows and bows. Crossbows were much more powerful, but at the cost of range, and a much longer reloading time.
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