1. Shop around
    Look for the best deal, but don’t be cheap. It’s best to buy from a reputable catapult dealer. Avoid shadowy merchants down by the wharf.
  2. Consider your family’s future
    Right now it might seem like a little mangonel is all you need, but a couple years down the road, well, life is full of surprises.
  3. Be realistic
    Everyone would love to have a sexy new trebuchet looming over their front yard’s moat, but who’s got thousands of square feet of rough-cut timber to spare?
  4. Don’t be fooled by fancy gimmicks
    Ballistas and springalds are both big-ass crossbows. The rest is just marketing.
  5. Try before you buy
    But don’t, for any reason, put your baby in the bucket, even for just a second while you look around for a nice-sized rock.