F.A.T.A.L.

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Fantasy Adventure to Adult Lechery, the original full name of the legendarily-bad tabletop roleplaying game F.A.T.A.L., is indicative of the content. That the authors later attempted to change this obviously-perverted title to "From Another Time, Another Land" only serves to cement the initial title in the minds of those roleplaying enthusiasts who have heard of it.

Gameplay

There are no confirmed reports of F.A.T.A.L. having ever been used for an actual roleplaying session, as the character creation process is uniformly the point of surrender for anyone actually attempting to play the game. The authors of the game claimed during the creation process to be making the most "historically-accurate" tabletop RPG ever, but this claim is roundly refuted by the use of such words as "whore" and "slut" to describe women not only in scenes where they are depicted as immoral but in situations where the women are clearly helpless victims (famously, one situation within the book describes a bound and helpless sacrifice as a "trollop.")

While it may be taken in good faith that the gameplay was developed with historical accuracy in mind, the gameplay itself is needlessly overcomplicated and contains a glut of useless statistics. Most famous of these are over half a dozen stats related to urination, none of which are at all dependent on the others, which may easily lead to a character that can't hold his water for more than an hour after drinking, but must wait at least seventy minutes before he can go. Another is the infamous "hymen resistance" stat, which is inadequately explained in the text; one may infer, though, that it indicates how difficult it is to take the virginity of the woman in question. These are, perhaps unsurprisingly, not the most overtly sexual statistics, but the most extreme examples are perhaps best left to an internet search.

Reception and ideological slant

F.A.T.A.L., with its overcomplicated gameplay, overambitious pretensions at accuracy, and utterly horrific pagination (the first drafts included pictures of the author in cardboard "armor" run through a crosshatch filter in PhotoShop 1.0), was and is today one of the "Unholy Trinity" of tabletop RPGs, consistently taking the top spot for sheer overpowering badness and beating out both RaHoWa and HYBRID for the "top" spot. Reviewers on online gaming forums have compared it unfavorably to a catheter insertion. That is, perhaps, all that need be said for F.A.T.A.L.

F.A.T.A.L. is, along with being incompatible with general standards of human decency, also terribly unsuited for any Christian gamer's library. If you feel the need to peruse the book, a *.pdf download is all but certainly available online somewhere. A review of F.A.T.A.L., which is not at all work-safe or decent as the authors clearly took personal affront to the content, is available at this link: [1]; a "refutation" by the authors is available at [2]. Please be advised that, while the review gives an accurate picture of what exactly is wrong with F.A.T.A.L., it is certainly not suitable for a workplace environment. It contains foul language and ad hominem attacks against the author and contributors (though, to be fair, the rebuttal contains similar attacks.)