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Team Urban Siege has (once again) updated the website. Hopefully this is the last major update for a long time. The visual changes are obvious to those familiar with the site before. We have hopefully made the site much less cluttered while still maintaining an easy navigation. All of the original pages are still here, but most have been renamed.

Entering the location of the old files should redirect you to the correct page, although a few may have been missed. PLEASE contact us if you run into any problems with broken links, improper rendering, etc anywhere on the site. We want to make sure everything is looking correct.

Under the hood there have been massive changes. The entire website, which used to be roughly 125 individual pages, has been ported over to a CMS system (modX). We had been slowly but steadily writing our way into a CMS system with the changes over the last couple of years with the addition of include file templates, the blog script in 2009 and an image gallery script that was underway last summer (2010) before we realized that a CMS was the best solution. In reality, we had already written half of a very rudimentary CMS that gave none of the benefits of a real one. ModX has turned out to be a nice CMS to work with, and adding the functionality of the old site was a piece of cake. We have future under-the-hood changes we wish to add to the site, but these will be based on the CMS system instead of a total rewrite of the site.

Adding new pages is now as simple as it could be, so hopefully we will get some content going. We have a set of tabletop trebuchet plans about ready to release (these have been waiting for a while for some pictures to be taken, but at this point we are probably just going to release them with some minor editing), those will be first on the list for sure! Also, blog posts are even easier than before to create, and so we will try to post a bit more often as well.

Stay tuned for future updates, and enjoy the new site!

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Use "common sense" when operating trebuchets and catapults. Even little ones can be dangerous. Do not place anything you are not willing to lose in the plane of the arm rotation (this includes yourself, body parts, car windshields, cameras, etc). These catapults and trebuchets are capable of throwing just as far backwards as forwards, and the use of a backstop of some sort is recommended, though the use of one does not make the region behind it safe.

Also, just because the throw got away safely downrange does not mean the end of the danger. The arm is likely still swinging wildly along with the counterweight, and there is a sling whipping around. One thing many people fail to take into account is this sling; some people put a metal ring on the slip end of the sling and this ring can HURT when whipping around!

Have fun hurling, but please KEEP IT SAFE!!!