Crossbow
Crossbow 诸葛连弩

Range: 1

Ability:
With this equipped, a player may attack as much as desired during their turn.

又损益连弩,谓之元戎,以铁为矢,矢长八寸,一弩十矢俱发
魏氏春秋
Clarification:
  • If you have this weapon in your hand and another weapon equipped, you can attack using the current weapon, then switch to the Crossbow and attack more.
  • If you have no weapon equipped and have multiple Attacks, you can attack without the weapon, then equip the Crossbow and use additional Attacks.  
Notable Combinations:
  • Characters that can create Attacks from other cards are dangerous with this weapon.  They can throw many of their cards at an enemy to cause their target to be overrun.  Guan Yu, Zhao Yun
  • Characters that can draw additional cards during their turn pose a threat since they could have limitless ammunition of their weapon.  After they use attacks, they may get more from the deck and who knows when the barrage will stop?  Lu Xun, Zhang Chun Hua
  • When any character has a very large hand, they are always looking for this weapon.  They do not want to be limited to a single attack for their turn.  When the Crossbow is acquired, they unload their storehouse of Attacks.  Lu Meng, Zhen Ji, Yuan Shu, Huang Gai, God Cao Cao
  • Cao Pi is able to profit from killing other characters.  When he has the Crossbow, he can gun someone down, then take all the Attacks in their hand.  If he kills a rebel he even gets more on top of that.  This gives him more ammo to push across the table and start on the next target.  
  • Zhang Fei has no need of this weapon since "Roar" provides an identical benefit.  Even more, any other weapon provides additional benefits.
Final Remarks:
This weapon is capable of dealing the most damage in one turn of any of the others.  The price though is that it can run the user clear out of Attacks, leaving them vulnerable outside their turn.  Since it is also a very desirable weapon, you should put it on with caution.  Other players are very keen to take it from you, destroy it, or just cripple you before you strike.  With that, this weapon often is the game ender, where someone gets it at the right time and mops up the competition.

Relation to History:
The repeating crossbow was a staple of ancient Chinese warfare.  Although it was from far before the Three Kingdoms Era, Zhuge Liang is credited with improving the design.  The crossbow is then given his name: Zhuge Crossbow or Chu-Ko-Nu.  It was used in the same format in reality as in the game: to rain a massive barrage upon the enemy.  In real life, it could shoot up to 10 bolts without reloading, and with massed numbers of soldiers, was very deadly.  Compared to western crossbows, it could shoot much more quickly, but had less power and range.  Since the bolts had less penetrative power, they were often dipped in poison.  This way, even a superficial wound would be fatal.  
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