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FATAL
From Another Time, Another Land
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F.A.T.A.L. is a role-playing game like no other. The largest game-book ever printed, F.A.T.A.L. has over 150 occupations, 200 skills and 500 spells. Fantasy gamers have never seen this degree of historical and mythological accuracy, nor detal and realism. Also included is a CDROM with a character generator program, the game in pdf, and much more. This book contains everything you need to play F.A.T.A.L. This game is explicit and for adults only. Be wary, play F.A.T.A.L. if you dare

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FATAL has the distinction of being considered the worst RPG ever made by most of the gaming community. Considered to be filled with misogyny and meaningless detail; the original publication title was Fantasy Adventure to Adult Lechery.

The original version of the game came with a few supplemental PDF's, some simple DOS-based "helper" programs and an MP3 version of the home-recording of the author's thrash-metal theme song to the game (also called FATAL).

FATAL was generally met with hostility from reviewers and the gaming community alike.

The game itself was ridiculed for its obsession with deviant sexual misconduct and predilection to treat females as lust-objects. This obsession with deviant sexuality and misogyny was a large element of the game to the point where players had to roll for such things as sexual organ size, "anal-circumference", and their sexual preferences and practices during character generation. Many of the magical abilities and "powers" of humanoid race included this obsession as well. To further confound this, slang terms and swear-words were used throughout the game in lieu common polite terms for genitalia and intercourse.

The system and mechanics were ridiculed for having far too many irrelevant statistics (for example there were 4 types of Charisma and 25 attributes for character stats, not to mention roughly 50 or so other stats that one had to generate), huge (D1000) tables that sent you to roll on other D1000 tables, and for being far too unwieldy to be playable. Overall the opinion was that it was indeed complex, but not realistic, not accurate, and more of an act of ego than a playable game.

The game manual was noted for its typographical errors, awkward phrasing and grammatical structures, and poorly sketched artwork that consisted mainly of nude females, phalli, and low-quality pictures of the author and his friends in black T-shirts playing with prop-weapons.

Overall the game, the manual, the setting, and the system were considered to be 900-page-long disaster.

The creator, Byron Hall, countered the critics in several posts on various RPG sites which were met with more ridicule as his defenses were mainly seen as hubris and narcissism. Ad hominem arguments from both sides of the arguments followed. The flame wars and counters to reviews have been preserved on the web.

Shortly thereafter an edited and renamed FATAL was released. The name was changed to "From Another Time Another Land", and several typos and other errors were fixed, but the vast majority remained.

However, it was still regarded in the same light as it remained mostly unchanged from the original version and those few that attempted to play the system reported that it was unplayable, unenjoyable, and far too obsessed with deviant sexual conduct. It has been nicknamed "The date-rape RPG where there are no rules for dating".

Currently the websited fatalgames.com is a flash-arcade game site, and the author as well as his supporting friends (dubbed the fatalites) have disappeared from the public gaming community.

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