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FATAL is what happens when Dungeons And Dragons has a BDSM session involving scat and piss fetishes with a dickgirl then has a baby nine months later predisposed to be a serial rapist.

To be more specific, it's set in a fantasy world like DND with DND like rules.

But let's not kid ourselves.

It's rape turned into a lulzy pen and paper game.

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  • ->"Should any anus be stretched beyond the limit as determined by the table below, which differs from anus to anus, the orifice will rip to accommodate the incoming object."
  • -->--Excerpt from the manual.

FATAL: "From Another Time Another Land" formerly known as "Fantasy Adventure To Adult Lechery") is a tabletop roleplaying game by Byron Hall, published by his company Fatal Games in 2004. It may very well be the only RPG ever produced in which orifice sizes need to be calculated.

For those who are not faint of heart, the game itself, and the official theme song.

!!This game provides examples of:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Many of the magical items have names of this nature.
  • Aerith And Bob: The name list for humans is composed of standard European names, and the name lists for other races are comprised of fantastic names...except for Kobolds, which use common Indonesian names.
  • Amazonian Beauty / Hot Amazon: Averted. Females get penalties to their charisma stats as their strength increases, making Hot Amazon characters by definition less hot than they would be if they weren't Amazons.
  • Animorphism: Dwarves and Elves have natural shapeshifting abilities, allowing them to transform into certain animals.
  • Apocalypse How: Class 5, with the titular spell Fatal.
  • Armor Is Useless: You randomly determine an armor's defense bonus. Roll low and it actually subtracts from your defense. Oh, and if it's magical you have a 7% chance of being killed by its magical effect.
  • Artistic License Biology:
    • A slash to the abdomen that misses all "critical" organs has a 70% chance of causing your small intestine to spill out. This isn't considered a particularly life-threatening wound.
    • The cardiac notch is a small dent in the left lung wherein the heart rests. The author took this to mean that "the left lung is smaller than the right", and made it so a lung crit is twice as likely to hit the right lung as to hit the left.
    • Childbirth never takes more than fourteen hours.
  • Artistic License History: Where to begin...?
  • Artistic License Statistics: Some events in FATAL are "(1d100)% likely" to happen. This means you roll a d100 to get the odds, and another d100 to see if it makes the odds. That is, you roll two d10 dice [hottip:*:(color-coded percentage dice usually, unless you have one of those huge golfball-like novelty dice, but the principle is the same)] and see which one is higher. You can see why the results are less complex than intended. [hottip:*:(For the record, it's 50.5% to get a second d100 roll equal to or less than the first.)]
  • Boobs Of Steel: An enforced inversion in the case of the female characters.
  • Bottomless Bladder: A rare inversion. A character with 20 Urination can send their urine 16 feet... without having taken a drink first.
  • Brawn Hilda: Any lady with physical strength.
  • Bread Eggs Milk Squick: The entire rulebook reads like this. For example, while listing wrestling moves and explaining how each works, it inexplicably describes how to rape one's opponent in the process, then continues on with regular wrestling. Even the squick has its own sub-squick: Modifiers when calculating a character's Vaginal Circumference Potential include +1d20 if slut, +5 if old aged, and -95 if infant.
  • But It Really Happened: The authors cited a book on prostitution in Medieval France as evidence that all of their sexual content is historically based.
  • Camp Gay: A man with the lowest possible "Vocal Charisma" is described as "gay". Similarly, men whose Strength stat is too low (or women whose Strength stat is too high, or the general physical appearance stats are too low) are automatically homosexual.
  • Character Alignment: Two axes, "ethical" and "moral", which are exactly the same as D&D's "lawful/chaotic" and "good/evil" respectively, just with different names.
    • Call A Hitpoint A Smeerp
  • Chunky Salsa Rule: The rulebook encourages the Aodile (Game Master) to re-roll randomly determined results if the original result didn't make sense.
  • Class And Level System: The Professions system, essentially. There's well over 100 professions with possibilities for multi-classing, but the multi-class system is broken. Each level taken doubles the experience point cost of the next level, but only for that one class. At level ten, you can level up a new class to level 5 in less time it takes you to level up your current class to level 11.
  • Conservation Of Detail: Averted. There's a lot of unnecessary detail here, cluttering up the game.
  • Conveniently Common Kink: Sexual deviancy is a sliding scale, so anyone who does X is guaranteed to do A-W.
  • Critical Existence Failure: Averted. If you get wounded, you will feel it.
  • Cursed With Awesome[=/=]Blessed With Suck: The Anakim have the chance to gain many useful powers randomly at character creation (such as the ability to cast certain spells once per day at will), but the chart these are rolled on also contains disadvantages (mainly physical alterations that lower the physical or facial charisma stats), things that prevent the character from interacting with society (such as emitting odors), or things which make the character downright unplayable (such as traits which force the character to make Drive checks to resist the urge to kill members of a certain race on sight.)
  • Dead Baby Comedy: A lot of it was intended. In one grisly example, if a certain artifact is destroyed it "showers the surrounding area in baby parts".
  • Death By Childbirth: Possibly because you were raped by a sword and gave birth to a spear. This is an actual magical weapon quality. Plus the obvious, that the rules state that anything passing through the vagina that exceeds its circumference (like, say, a baby's head) has a chance of causing fatal rupture.
  • Depraved Homosexual: Homo/bisexuality, oral/anal sex, and pedo/necrophilia are solidly painted in an overtly bad light. The game provides mechanics for such things to occur anyway.
  • Disability Superpower
    • You can get "Retard Strength", strength bonuses due to low intelligence.
    • The player may re-roll low ability scores, thus making them more capable, at the cost of acquiring deformities and mental issues.
  • Doorstopper: The official rulebook is 900+ pages long.
  • Empty Levels: The only benefit to advancing in most professions is additional skill points to spend on class skills, which means (due to the fact that experience required for each successive level doubles every level), one is best off advancing in several closely-related classes, rather than focusing on one and trying to max it out.
  • Evil Is Sexy: In Universe aversion; dark elves are repulsively ugly and rely on illusion spells to seduce other races.
  • Experience Points: You gain very small amounts of experience for jobs associated with that profession. They're all mostly mundane activities, so gaining experience can be very tedious.
    • Warriors gain 10-20 EXP per swing of their sword, while basket-weavers gain maybe 1 EXP per basket.
    • XP is also counted per class, meaning that if you have three classes that gain damage XP, you can be getting 60 XP per swing.
  • Fantastic Racism: There are extensive lists and tables of things regarding relations between races.
  • Fantastic Slurs: A long list of them is includes as part of the above-mentioned race-relations section.
  • Fartillery: Anakim Trait for a roll of 72:
  • -->"The anakim may fart as loud as thunder. All creatures within a 10-feet radius of this anakim, except the anakim, automatically take 1d4 sonic damage and are stunned for 1 round, which can be avoided by passing a Drive check at TH 17. This can be utilized only once per week."
  • Functional Magic: Device Magic.
  • Game Favored Gender: Initially, Hall tried to claim that there was no game-favored gender because female and male characters got "small but equivalent" bonuses/penalties on various stats. Then when he updated it after the [=McLenan/Sartin=] review, it was changed so women also receive a -30% penalty to strength whereas men got a +30% bonus to strength, thus resulting in a large stat-gap with no real balancing factor.
  • Gratuitous Rape: Certainly gives players plenty of opportunities, since rape is a non-issue in this game (except for the constant mentions).
  • Grotesque Gallery: One of the playable races, the "Anakim", are the children of demons and mortal women. As a result they gain random attributes like smelling of rotten meat, and causing everyone around them to have anal sex orgies in addition to more mundane (but still nasty) effects.
  • Honest Rolls Character: Stats have to be determined this way. Additionally, the rulebook suggests that everything except gender (ie. race, class, etc) be determined this way, but gives the Aedile the freedom to decide whether or not to enforce this rule. The honest-rolls method does result in possible oddities such as a character being at opposite ends of the spectrum in two stats that you would think would be related.
    • Stats may be rerolled, at the cost of acquiring a random physical or mental disability.
  • I Love The Dead: "Have Her Cadaver". According to Burnout, this was "included purely for comic effect".
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: It's possible to get a critical hit on specific internal organs without damaging the surrounding anatomy, or to critical-hit someone's navel, eyelid, or clitoris. With a maul.
  • Indecisive Parody: The comments of the game's creators leave us unsure as to whether it's supposed to be a work of "historically and mythologically accurate scholarship" or "controversial humor".
  • Insistent Terminology: Loads. Among others:
    • The constant euphemisms/dysphemisms for reproductive organs, most notably "fuckstick", "cuntpipe", and "Manhood".
    • They insist that the GM be referred to as the Aodile, the Aedile, or the MM (Maim Master).
    • That isn't the character sheet, it's the character sheets. Which it is.
  • Jesus Taboo: The alleged setting is "like medieval Europe [hottip:*:("Neveria", the official setting, is described in a supplemental PDF)], only with no Christianity" ...which is the cultural equivalent of "the Atlantic Ocean, only without water".
  • Lamarck Was Right: The stats of a child are determined by applying a percentage modification to the average of their parents' stats.
  • Loads And Loads Of Rules: A character "sheet" consists of 11 (single-sided) sheets of paper. Oh, and did we mention how the rulebook is 900 pages?
  • Lolicon[=/=]Shotacon: Invoked via faulty game mechanics. An omitted percent sign allows infants to have the same attractiveness of an average human.
  • Luck Based Mission: Spellcasters. There's a nontrivial chance they'll kill or grievously wound themselves or a party member with every spell they cast, and skill has nothing to do with it. And let's not forget that one of the ways this can happen also happens to kill every living thing in the universe on the way.
  • Marijuana Is LSD
  • Mind Rape: Some of the racist magic armor does this to the wearer.
  • Mood Whiplash: What claims (falsely) to be historically accurate scholarship is stuck next to things like the aforementioned racist armor and a spell failure table that among other things summons randy gay ogres, which Byron Hall admitted were only included For The Lulz.
  • No Womans Land: The setting.
  • Our Dwarves Are All The Same: Surprisingly, averted. White Dwarves are pretty much the same, but Black Dwarves have a strong influence of The Fair Folk in them and Brown Dwarves resemble the tamer, post-Fair Folk fairy tales.
  • Parody Retcon: Inverted. The second revision of the rules cleaned up some of the "controversial humor" (such as removing some of the magical enchantments based on racist caricatures) and making some of the terminology less juvenile (the Maim Master being renamed the "Aedile" for example). The revision of the original acronym was part of this change. The conversion was imperfect, to say the least.
  • Poes Law: It's an RPG all about rape, misogyny, and racism. Who could take it that seriously?
  • Punny Name: "Have Her Cadaver".
  • Random Number God
  • Rape Is A Special Kind Of Evil: Averted most gruesomely. It's barely a crime and mildly punished but usually ignored and instead the woman is punished. To boot, half the males in the world are rapists in the game's universe.
  • Sophisticated As Hell: This is what happens when dark, edgy, Serious Business meets fart jokes. "Experience an accumulation of gas in their rectum", indeed.
  • STD Immunity: You'd think [=STDs=] would be pretty major in a game which places such heavy focus on sexual activity, but they're never so much as mentioned.
  • Title Drop: The spell "FATAL". It destroys all life, everywhere.
  • Toilet Humor
  • Total Party Kill: One of the many, many magical fumbles results in killing off the entire planet.
  • Unexpected Gameplay Change: There is a section on warfare in an otherwise character-focused game. Yes, warfare, as in army-on-army, not individual combat.
  • Unusual Dysphemism: "Fuckstick", "Cuntpipe", and "Mouth-cunt".
  • Viewers Are Morons: The book contains paragraphs describing to the reader what things like salt and cheese are.
  • What Do You Mean Its Not Symbolic: While Christianity itself is absent from the game, there are many spells such as "Walk On Water", "waves be still", and "multiplication of loaves and fish".
  • You Have Researched Breathing: There are skills for Spitting and Urination.
  • You Keep Using That Word: One of the traits an anakim can have is Cannibalism. The authors apparently confused this with carnivorousness, since the description says eating any vegetables at all makes it sick. The authors later defended this with the argument that being exclusively cannibalistic being would also be a carnivore.

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  • Acceptable Targets: Primarily, women. The game spends paragraph after paragraph drooling with delight over the many, many ways provided for raping women in every possible sense of the word. And then perhaps using such things as the helpfully provided urination rolls to further degrade them. And then it lovingly describes how this will result in the victim herself being cast out by her family and community alike.
  • Audience Alienating Premise: You think?
  • Authors Saving Throw: After the [=Sartin/MacLennan=] review, some of the offensive aspects of the game were changed or trimmed. Others were inexplicably left intact. Others still were worsened (see Game Favored Gender).
  • Bile Fascination: The reason this page exists and so many tropers are writing about it. It's probably a safe bet to say that of all the people who've played FATAL, upwards of 90% played for this reason.
  • Fetish Retardant: The manual is filled with images of, as the phrase goes, stock porny dungeon slavegirls. But porn for the sake of porn comes off as rather creepy and disturbing, especially when coupled with loving descriptions of all sorts of misogyny.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • REALISTIC! (the author's repeated claims of historical accuracy)
    • "Roll for anal Circumference!" (one of the rolls that must be done at

character creation)

      • In some circles, this is used in place of calling for initiative rolls.
    • "It's cloaca time!" (a possible consequence of rape, if anal circumference is too low)
    • "Randy gay ogres!" (can be summoned in a magic fumble)
    • "Experience an accumulation of gas in their rectum." (another random magic effect)
    • "-4 STR" (actually originates from the D&D world {though not an actual rule there}, but reflects well FATAL's Game Favored Gender issues)
  • They Just Didnt Care: Many classes that aren't Assassin or Prostitute don't usually get more than a few sentences of description. For example, Spy is just described as a "high-class thief".
  • Unfortunate Implications: The existence of the game has unfortunate implications. Whatever Hall and "Burnout" said in the rebuttal, none of the actual game material implied anything, the glorification of rape and misogyny was pretty blatant in the text.

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