Bows & Arrows
Bows are tricky to make, from my sketchy memories of 50s survival guides I read as a child, but there's a certain amount of simplicity to be spoken for; a shortbow is easy enough to make, even if weak, and extremely accessible.Shortbow: Branch+ 2 String (maybe Glue.)A longbow would be considerably more difficult, but also more deadly. You'd need to make it in a camp-use an Axe or Cleaver to cut down a sapling (or use four Branches), cut it down to size with a Multitool, steam it into the proper shape with string and several bottles of water (clean or otherwise) before varnishing it with Glue and combining six to eight String to make a bowstring.Arrows are easier, though still difficult. You need one String, one Feather, one Stick and one Bits and Pieces each-or one Glue instead of Strings for stronger arrows. Arrows can be made in batches from Branches, which result in stronger arrows, but can only be done in camp. There could also be crossbows and compound bows as random loot-much more effective than handmade bows, but naturally harder to find. Likewise, synthetic arrows, which are more durable and more damaging, esp. with special heads.Balance versus guns is this: guns are more powerful and will likely have longer range in future, but can only fire their rounds once (unless you have a reloading press and reloading gear, but that's a topic for another thread). Bows, on the other hand, can fire their arrows multiple times so long as you're lucky, and a replacement arrow is always a forest tile away.Bowstrings can break, which might be kept in mind.TL;DR: Bow and arrow recipes. This assumes Ranged+Trapping for skills.Shortbow: Branch: + Stringx2.Longbow: Branchx4 (or Sapling), Stringx8, Water x2, Campfire, Saucepan, Multitool. (and maybe Glue)Strong Arrows: Stick (from splitting Branches), Glue, Feathers, Bits and Pieces. Alternately, just Bits and Pieces instead of Feathers.Fast Arrows: Stick, String, Feathers, Bits and Pieces.Five (either) Arrows: Branch, 2x String, 2x Feathers, 2x Bits and Pieces.
I prepared Explosive Runes this morning!