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Me: Moo, are you going to increase the damage of rifles or introduce new gunpowder objects?
PDX|TotalyMoo: Rifles have changes incoming.
Jord 08:33, 18 July 2012 (CDT)
update, 6 March 2013: http://forum.salemthegame.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=4841
We've been developing, and here's what's new. Muskets now require gunpowder and musket balls -- and also deal actual damage -- and there is also an early slingshot available. The wilderness guides now sell powder and other related goods. Animals are now on their guard. Enjoy!