RAW FEED: F.A.T.A.L. RPG Character Creation Part 4: Sociality and Occupation

Where we determine our character’s sexuality. I’m sure the book handles it in a tasteful and not at all idiotic way.

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  • seiler88

    The only thing I can think of is that this game is attempting to copy the Warhammer RPG. I guess we’ll have to wait till you get to the advancement section.

    • Solkir

      No way. There’s not nearly this much random rolling in Warhammer. Wait…Fantasy or 40k?

      • seiler88

        Fantasy, especially the older editions.

        • Solkir

          Ah, ok. Nevermind then. I’ve only played 40k

  • Jay_Bay

    I must ask…..what’s the point? What is exactly the point of all this work just for something that is just a sex sim? I mean, with the very detailed (yet very inaccurate) of the player’s looks and physical characteristics combined with the cut and paste job on mental fallacies like deposition; what’s the point of all this rolling. I am a numbers fiend. I even like the show Numb3rs. I’m probably the worst in my group of being a roll-player (though I am trying my best to change that). And even I think this is pointless and excessive. What in all the holy hells…..wait, 7 FUCKING PAGES OF SKILLS? WHY? WHY?

    Ok, I may have overreached quite a bit. But, still…why do all this pointless work for a sex sim?

    • Maxine of Arc

      Has ANYONE, in the great history of everywhere, actually PLAYED this “game?”

      • madmanoreo

        I am wondering this myself, or more to the point is there anything close to a good game once ‘you’ have made ‘your’ character and started on ‘your’ adventure?

      • Solkir

        Many people have tried and quit after one session. I’ve also heard of a few play-by-post games happening online, but I haven’t been able to find any.

  • Maxine of Arc

    “Whore.” Never, ever “prostitute.”

    • Jay_Bay

      OK, I read this as:

      Always the whore, never the prostitute

      And I gigglesnort’d. I’m a bad, bad person.

    • Solkir

      There’s Courtesan as well. I didn’t actually read the description (because dwarves can’t be Courtesans), but I assume it’s just “classy whore.”

  • madmanoreo

    Okay so I have never played a pen and paper rpg before but this level of obsessive detail about your character that is decided by RNG seems absurd, plus I mean does the DM have to go at least some of this when designing any major npcs? I imagine any DM looking to play this will let you just fudge the numbers to let you have the hair color or nipple length you want. Plus the idea of making your DM act out what ever sexual thing you want to do seems really skeevy…I wonder if that’s a fetish, auditory exhibitionism or something?

  • GreenLuthor

    Ah, can’t wait for the next episode. The skills. Oh, the skills. Well, skill. That one. That’s gonna be a doozy. (But we shan’t spoil the surprise…)

    Anyhoo, back to this installment: while it’s a nifty idea that, as a vintner, you get Advancement Points for selling a bottle of wine, the advancement system… leaves a bit to be desired. Basically, in order to reach level 20 (the highest level in FATAL) as a vintner just by selling wine, you’d have to sell over HALF A BILLION bottles. That’s… a tad excessive.

    • Solkir

      So what you’re saying is, we need to Walter White this thing and find someone who’ll buy my wine wholesale?

      • GreenLuthor

        Alternatively, I think you can find another vintner, and then just sell the same bottle of wine back to each other over and over again. (Near as I can tell, this would be a valid way of earning AP under the rules, but I’m not willing to read through the book that closely to find out for sure right now…)

        • Solkir

          Hm. I will look more closely next time and try to figure that out. This might be worth pursuing.

  • Nessus

    I’ve never really understood the idea of creating a character via random rolls. Seems like the sort of system that would be created by/for either inherently unimaginative people, or DMs insecure in their own competence.

    I mean, I can see how that would help prevent Mary Sues and munchkin starter builds, but it strips all creativity out of the process, and the risk of being saddled with a character you won’t enjoy RPing is pretty high. I can’t see why gamers would willingly subject themselves to that.

    And going by the vid, this game really takes it to the limit. Most systems for random character gen I’ve seen just hit the major bullet points and leave the rest to the player. Overly complex dice roll tables for EVERY individual little detail of a chars’s physicality, personality, and backstory? Yeesh, it’s almost as if whoever created it was working out a grudge or something.

    • Solkir

      I can understand the idea in theory, but I’ve almost never seen it utilized well. Random rolls for certain traits can help round out your character. Give them a helpful boon, or an interesting drawback, but that also needs to be optional. Let a player either randomly roll some benefits and drawbacks if they like, but also list them with the option to buy them for a certain number of character points.
      Eclipse phase actually has an optional quick, random character creation system. It’s not perfect, and can sometimes be contradictory, but it’s also OPTIONAL.
      The way FATAL does it just saddles me with a character I don’t care about, and half of whose traits contradict the other half.