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How might weapons and armor evolve in a world where Humans coexist with Dinosaurs?

Not Much Difference People often underestimate just how much of a force multiplier a sharpened stick, complex language skills, and human ingenuity really was for our ancestors. Cavemen faced off ...
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How would the "Hardness vs Toughness" dynamic of gems apply if it were possible to make shields out of them?

Toughness is more important in a shield Toughness refers to the amount of energy necessary to deform a material. A tougher material will be able to absorb harder blows without being damaged, and if it ...
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How would the "Hardness vs Toughness" dynamic of gems apply if it were possible to make shields out of them?

There are several issues when designing a shield. What is a shield? It is something that protects you against some incoming weapon. It can do that by deflecting the weapon, by absorbing it, or by ...
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How might weapons and armor evolve in a world where Humans coexist with Dinosaurs?

less armor Armor isn't too effective when you're getting stomped on or chewed up. Since large carnosaurs rely more on olfactory senses, perfumes that blend in with plants and mud may be used instead. ...
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How would the "Hardness vs Toughness" dynamic of gems apply if it were possible to make shields out of them?

Would the calculus change if we went from medieval weaponry to say, cannons or modern firearms? Yes. Allow me to introduce Composite Armor - Paraphrasing - but my understanding is that you have ...
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Black powder Daisy revolver: possible?

The V/L system was pretty much an air rifle designed to employ dieseling. Even in the absence of the caseless propellant, the gun would still propel a bullet downrange on air pressure alone. The ...
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How might weapons and armor evolve in a world where Humans coexist with Dinosaurs?

Bad times ahead They're going to have a very, very bad time that's for sure. Dinosaurs were such efficient killing machines mammals only got a chance to shine after they died out. Before that time ...
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How might weapons and armor evolve in a world where Humans coexist with Dinosaurs?

They would die very quickly, but not because of the dinossaurs. Middle-jurassic had around half the avaialable oxygen in the air than we have today. Most large-ish mammals (Humans included) don't work ...
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How might weapons and armor evolve in a world where Humans coexist with Dinosaurs?

less than you think Claws are useless compared to stone blades, claws are cool decorations but don't have much use. This is less true for big horns, but humans have had access to those and did not use ...
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