History DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu / TabletopGames

4th Apr '17 8:17:34 PM nombretomado
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* Making certain entities statless for this reason shows up in a number of other [=RPGs=], such as ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'' and ''{{Planescape}}''. In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' there is only one rule for fighting [[CainAndAbel Caine]], the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast first vampire]]: "You lose".

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* Making certain entities statless for this reason shows up in a number of other [=RPGs=], such as ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'' and ''{{Planescape}}''.''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}''. In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' there is only one rule for fighting [[CainAndAbel Caine]], the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast first vampire]]: "You lose".
10th Mar '17 9:08:29 PM jormis29
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* [[AvertedTrope Handily averted]] by just about every other ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' [=RPG=]. In the original rulebook by Chaosium (and from 2nd Ed. onwards), Cthulhu's stats are so high that he's essentially NighInvulnerable (although a big enough attack, say six tanks firing at once, has a reasonable chance of dropping Cthulhu for up to 20 minutes), and he "devours 1D6 characters per round"; in the ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' version ''Cthulhupunk'' (which mixes modern-day ''Call of Cthulhu'', CyberPunk and High Tech Sci-Fi genre), a note indicates that vaporizing the big guy with an A-bomb would only get rid of him for two days, after which he would return... ''[[ILoveNuclearPower radioactive]]''.

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* [[AvertedTrope Handily averted]] by just about every other ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' [=RPG=]. In the original rulebook by Chaosium by Creator/{{Chaosium}} (and from 2nd Ed. onwards), Cthulhu's stats are so high that he's essentially NighInvulnerable (although a big enough attack, say six tanks firing at once, has a reasonable chance of dropping Cthulhu for up to 20 minutes), and he "devours 1D6 characters per round"; in the ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' version ''Cthulhupunk'' (which mixes modern-day ''Call of Cthulhu'', CyberPunk and High Tech Sci-Fi genre), a note indicates that vaporizing the big guy with an A-bomb would only get rid of him for two days, after which he would return... ''[[ILoveNuclearPower radioactive]]''.



* In the early ''Call of Cthulhu'' by Chaosium the Headbutt skill allowed you to stop anyone acting for one turn. A starting character had a 95% chance of pulling this off. Apparently, even Great Old Ones are affected by the Headbutt. (Most versions of the rulebook mention that non-humanoid creatures are completely immune to all knockout attempts.)

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* In the early ''Call of Cthulhu'' by Chaosium ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' by Creator/{{Chaosium}} the Headbutt skill allowed you to stop anyone acting for one turn. A starting character had a 95% chance of pulling this off. Apparently, even Great Old Ones are affected by the Headbutt. (Most versions of the rulebook mention that non-humanoid creatures are completely immune to all knockout attempts.)
9th Mar '17 5:45:20 AM Steinman76
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**...but not permanently. If Cthulhu is "killed", he discorporates into a cloud of green mist, then reconstitutes after a few rounds. For a few rounds after he reconstitutes, Cthulhu is stunned. If the PC's can kill him ''again'' during this period, he discorporates again and returns to sleep in R'lyeh. If not, they have to start all over again. All statted Great Old Ones have similar features, and it is explicitly stated that Great Old Ones cannot be permanently killed by any force mortals can wield. In short, the best that the PC's can hope for when dealing with Cthulhu is to punch him out.
25th Jan '17 12:01:36 PM NoSpoilerz
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** Not all of them can be attacked with normal, everyday weapons, however. Some can only be defeated by spells and magic weapons. (And in the case of the Terrasque, it needs to be reduced to 0 or lower HP and then permanently dealt with via using the Wish spell to make it Someone Else's Problem, but that doesn't stop people from [[LordBritishPostulate trying to make builds that can kill Terrasques]].)

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** Not all of them can be attacked with normal, everyday weapons, however. Some can only be defeated by spells and magic weapons. (And in the case of the Terrasque, it needs to be reduced to 0 or lower HP and then permanently dealt with via using the Wish spell to make it Someone Else's Problem, but that doesn't stop people from [[LordBritishPostulate trying to make builds that can kill Terrasques]].Tarrasques]].)
26th Nov '16 1:41:49 PM dotchan
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** Not all of them can be attacked with normal, everyday weapons, however. Some can only be defeated by spells and magic weapons.

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** Not all of them can be attacked with normal, everyday weapons, however. Some can only be defeated by spells and magic weapons. (And in the case of the Terrasque, it needs to be reduced to 0 or lower HP and then permanently dealt with via using the Wish spell to make it Someone Else's Problem, but that doesn't stop people from [[LordBritishPostulate trying to make builds that can kill Terrasques]].)
8th Nov '16 10:41:32 AM dlchen145
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** From a purely flavor-point-of-view (rather than a game-mechanics-point-of-view like above), [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=193452 Emrakul]] is a humongous, almost unstoppable EldritchAbomination (depicted in that page image). The card [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=193467 Near-Death Experience]] depicts [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=238329 Gideon Jura]] having just beaten it in combat, which kind of makes him quite a {{Badass}}.

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** From a purely flavor-point-of-view (rather than a game-mechanics-point-of-view like above), [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=193452 Emrakul]] is a humongous, almost unstoppable EldritchAbomination (depicted in that page image). The card [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=193467 Near-Death Experience]] depicts [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=238329 Gideon Jura]] having just beaten it in combat, which kind of makes him quite a {{Badass}}.badass.
30th Oct '16 10:58:27 AM nombretomado
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* [[AvertedTrope Handily averted]] by just about every other ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' [=RPG=]. In the original rulebook by Chaosium (and from 2nd Ed. onwards), Cthulhu's stats are so high that he's essentially NighInvulnerable (although a big enough attack, say six tanks firing at once, has a reasonable chance of dropping Cthulhu for up to 20 minutes), and he "devours 1D6 characters per round"; in the ''{{GURPS}}'' version ''Cthulhupunk'' (which mixes modern-day ''Call of Cthulhu'', CyberPunk and High Tech Sci-Fi genre), a note indicates that vaporizing the big guy with an A-bomb would only get rid of him for two days, after which he would return... ''[[ILoveNuclearPower radioactive]]''.

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* [[AvertedTrope Handily averted]] by just about every other ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' [=RPG=]. In the original rulebook by Chaosium (and from 2nd Ed. onwards), Cthulhu's stats are so high that he's essentially NighInvulnerable (although a big enough attack, say six tanks firing at once, has a reasonable chance of dropping Cthulhu for up to 20 minutes), and he "devours 1D6 characters per round"; in the ''{{GURPS}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' version ''Cthulhupunk'' (which mixes modern-day ''Call of Cthulhu'', CyberPunk and High Tech Sci-Fi genre), a note indicates that vaporizing the big guy with an A-bomb would only get rid of him for two days, after which he would return... ''[[ILoveNuclearPower radioactive]]''.
18th Aug '16 9:02:47 PM kaminari0
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** Harlequin did finally end up getting stats in 4th Edition. The book came out a few years ago, so the smug, clown-faced bastard has probably died many times since.
16th Jun '16 1:52:59 PM Beacon80
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* In ''TabletopGame/SentinelsOfTheMultiverse'', some of the villains include an extra-dimensional demon, an immortal nature spirit, a near omnipotent trickster, and of course, the upcoming [=OblivAeon=]. It's possible to beat them with purely mundane heroes like Bunker, Expatriette, and the Wraith. Depending on the cards used, the punching can be quite literal.
29th Jan '16 7:25:02 PM CountDorku
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** And ''then'' came the events portrayed on [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=407638 Bonds of Mortality]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=407619 Fall of the Titans]], in which two of the mightiest Eldrazi titans are reduced to BBQ by the Gatewatch.
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