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How Your Trebuchet Works
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How you design your trebuchet will decide the fate of the castle wall—and it may also decide your fate as well.

With some choices, your missile might land too short or fly too far. With others, your missile may hit the castle wall, but not with the force necessary to destroy it. With an even more unfortunate combination, your launched ball will land on your head or an arrow may pierce your medieval heart.

To learn how your design choices will influence the results of your attack, read these explanations:

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