History VideoGame / KingdomofLoathing

28th Mar '17 5:59:57 PM morenohijazo
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* DayOldLegend: Repeatedly spoofed. "[[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} This legendary vampire-slaying whip has been in your family for generations.]] No, wait, I'm thinking of a different whip. This one was made out of brown pixels by a crazy guy in a shed in the woods."
** Meticulously deconstructed by, of all things, [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/Trusty Trusty.]]

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* DayOldLegend: Repeatedly spoofed. The game uses to spoof this by giving each class a starting weapon that can be upgraded to an Epic Weapon, then Legendary Epic Weapon, then Ultimate Legendary Epic Weapon, but that was changed recently (now the Epic Weapon is actually a unique weapon found in the tomb of an ancient warrior, rather than being constructed by the player)
** It does still spoof this by having the Accordion Thief's ULEW have a legend about something that hasn't happened yet. "It's even whispered that Shelia the Creeper used it to assassinate the villainous Pope Flaunchett VIII, though it'll be a while before that can be confirmed, since the current Pope of the Kingdom of Loathing is Flaunchett VI."
** The pixel whip subverts it:
"[[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} This legendary vampire-slaying whip has been in your family for generations.]] No, wait, I'm thinking of a different whip. This one was made out of brown pixels by a crazy guy in a shed in the woods."
** Meticulously deconstructed by, And [[{{Deconstruction}} smashed apart]] with the description of all things, [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/Trusty Trusty.]]]], the only weapon you're allowed to equip when playing as the Avatar of Boris.
-->''Not every magical weapon is forged of meteorite iron under an unusual planetary conjunction, inscribed with gilded runes of ancient power, and imbued with supernatural strength and sharpness through mystical rites and sorcerous incantations. In truth, many of the most powerful weapons of lore are possessed of far humbler beginnings -- common metal, torn from an enemy's grasp in a dire emergency. If the warrior survives the day, the weapon will likely be kept. Polished, sharpened, and re-sharpened, it will be carried from battle to battle, becoming as much a part of the man as his own arm, and as his name rises from warrior to hero to legend, so too will an aura of reverence and awe begin to surround the blade. Legend and belief are powerful forces, and it should be no surprise that a powerful artifact might have become powerful simply by dint of everyone believing it to be powerful. That is, after all, where the gods came from.''
23rd Mar '17 11:27:39 AM CosmicFerret
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* SchrodingersGun: You can find a treasure chest in [[Film/AliceInWonderland The Red Queen's Garden]], but before opening it, you have to solve a chess puzzle. Solving the puzzle more completely causes the chest to have had a better prize placed in it.

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* SchrodingersGun: You can find a treasure chest in [[Film/AliceInWonderland [[Film/AliceInWonderland2010 The Red Queen's Garden]], but before opening it, you have to solve a chess puzzle. Solving the puzzle more completely causes the chest to have had a better prize placed in it.
23rd Mar '17 10:05:56 AM DarkStorm
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* NonLethalKO: Getting defeated only ever results in a temporary stat debuff and a lost adventure, no matter how grisly your death should have been.

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* NonLethalKO: Getting defeated only ever results in a temporary stat debuff and a lost adventure, no matter even if the game explicitly describes how grisly your death should have been.was.
11th Mar '17 2:15:56 AM Zennistrad
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*** [[VideoGame/{{Fallout}} Nuclear Autumn]]: You've become a nuclear mutant incapable of using any consumable item greater than size one, your stomach and spleen are reduced to a maximum capacity of three, and your liver a maximum of two. (For comparison, a normal run generally gives you a maximum stomach, spleen, and liver capacity between fifteen and twenty.) In addition, several important [=NPCs=] are inaccessible and you will periodically get radiation sickness that will reduce your stats, forcing you to either rest or use a special item to cure it. On the flipside, you also have access to a special radiation shelter that provides a variety of useful benefits, and you can earn a currency called rads to trade for a variety of exclusive and powerful skills.

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*** [[VideoGame/{{Fallout}} Nuclear Autumn]]: You've become a nuclear mutant incapable of using any consumable item greater than size one, your stomach and spleen are reduced to a maximum capacity of three, and your liver a maximum of two. (For [[note]]For comparison, a normal run generally gives you a maximum stomach, spleen, and liver capacity between fifteen and twenty.) [[/note]] In addition, several important [=NPCs=] are inaccessible and you will periodically get radiation sickness that will reduce your stats, forcing you to either rest or use a special item to cure it. On the flipside, you also have access to a special radiation shelter that provides a variety of useful benefits, and you can earn a currency called rads to trade for a variety of exclusive and powerful skills.
11th Mar '17 2:14:21 AM Zennistrad
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*** [[VideoGame/{{Fallout}} Nuclear Autumn]]: You've become a nuclear mutant incapable of using any consumable item greater than size one, your stomach and spleen are reduced to a maximum capacity of three, and your liver a maximum of two. (For comparison, a normal run generally gives you a maximum stomach, spleen, and liver capacity between fifteen and twenty.) In addition, several important NPCs are inaccessible and you will periodically get radiation sickness that will reduce your stats, forcing you to either rest or use a special item to cure it. On the flipside, you also have access to a special radiation shelter that provides a variety of useful benefits, and you can earn a currency called rads to trade for a variety of exclusive and powerful skills.

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*** [[VideoGame/{{Fallout}} Nuclear Autumn]]: You've become a nuclear mutant incapable of using any consumable item greater than size one, your stomach and spleen are reduced to a maximum capacity of three, and your liver a maximum of two. (For comparison, a normal run generally gives you a maximum stomach, spleen, and liver capacity between fifteen and twenty.) In addition, several important NPCs [=NPCs=] are inaccessible and you will periodically get radiation sickness that will reduce your stats, forcing you to either rest or use a special item to cure it. On the flipside, you also have access to a special radiation shelter that provides a variety of useful benefits, and you can earn a currency called rads to trade for a variety of exclusive and powerful skills.
11th Mar '17 2:13:41 AM Zennistrad
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*** [[VideoGame/{{Fallout}} Nuclear Autumn]]: You've become a nuclear mutant incapable of using any consumable item greater than size one, your stomach and spleen are reduced to a maximum capacity of three, and your liver a maximum of two. (For comparison, a normal run generally gives you a maximum stomach, spleen, and liver capacity between fifteen and twenty.) In addition, several important NPCs are inaccessible and you will periodically get radiation sickness that will reduce your stats, forcing you to either rest or use a special item to cure it. On the flipside, you also have access to a special radiation shelter that provides a variety of useful benefits, and you can earn a currency called rads to trade for a variety of exclusive and powerful skills.
*** Gelatinous Noob: You're a gelatinous cube that's assumed the approximate shape of a human and aspires to become a real person. You're a unique Moxie-based class that can't eat food, drink booze, or consume spleen items, isn't affected by enchantments of equipped items, and can't access guilds. However, instead of normal consumption you can absorb any item that can be stolen in [=PvP=] to acquire powerful passive skills and/or extra adventures and stats, and can absorb equipment to gain their enchantments for the rest of the day. You also get three MP-expensive but extremely powerful combat skills.
10th Mar '17 1:40:40 PM yarrunmace
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* NerfArm: About half of the weapons available are silly yet effective. Especially the ranged weapons. For instance, the most powerful ranged weapons are a vinyl record, a bag of snowballs, and a bag of candy. Heck, even the only two semi-serious max power ranged weapons are pretty silly, one being a rusty speargun found on the bottom of the sea and the other being a bazooka from a fish. In addition, musical instruments both strange and unusual are common ranged weapons. For example, there's the ''little plastic guitar'', which is described as having "[[VideoGame/GuitarHero five buttons instead of strings and a little switch you click back and forth instead of strumming]]. It's perfect for those who want to spend hours practicing a musical instrument, without that pesky "able to play music" part at the end." In addition, a fair amount of ''regular'' weapons are silly too. For example, among the most powerful weapons are a fish stick, a spade from an octopus, and a duct tape sword.

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* NerfArm: About Besides the fact that half of the weapons available are silly yet effective. Especially the ranged weapons. For instance, the most powerful ranged weapons are a vinyl record, a bag [[MusicalAssassin some sort of snowballs, musical instrument]], the game has a lot of goofy weapons that are just as effective as the standard swords and a bag bows. For reference, one of candy. Heck, even the only two semi-serious max power late-game melee weapons is a duct tape sword that's just as effective as a regular late-game sword. The ranged weapons are pretty silly, one being a rusty speargun found on the bottom can be even more esoteric, with bags of the sea throwable snowballs and the other being a bazooka from a fish. In addition, musical instruments both strange and unusual are common ranged weapons. For example, there's the ''little plastic guitar'', which is described as having "[[VideoGame/GuitarHero five buttons instead of strings and a little switch you click back and forth instead of strumming]]. It's perfect for those who want to spend hours practicing a musical instrument, without that pesky "able to play music" part at the end." In addition, a fair amount of ''regular'' weapons are silly too. For example, among the most powerful weapons are a fish stick, a spade from an octopus, and a duct tape sword.candy outdamaging actual firearms.



* NonLethalKO: Getting defeated only ever results in a temporary stat debuff and ended adventure; even when [[spoiler: Lumpy, the Demonic Sauceblob's OneHitKill move]] explicitly kills you in the attack's flavor text.

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* NonLethalKO: Getting defeated only ever results in a temporary stat debuff and ended adventure; even when [[spoiler: Lumpy, the Demonic Sauceblob's OneHitKill move]] explicitly kills you in the attack's flavor text.a lost adventure, no matter how grisly your death should have been.



* PuzzleBoss: A number of examples, including the monsters in the tower of the Naughty Sorceress (both pre- and post-revamp), the Guy Made of Bees in Spookyraven Manor, Frosty and Uncle Hobo in Hobopolis, Mother Slime in the Slime Tube, the Sea bosses, several bosses in Dreadsylvania, and the Naughty Sorceress herself. The walls of skin and bones in the Tower are a double example -- you're supposed to insta-kill them with special combat items, but you can still beat them with damage, if you deal the right kind of damage.

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* PuzzleBoss: A number of examples, including the monsters in the tower of the Naughty Sorceress (both pre- and post-revamp), the Guy Made of Bees in Spookyraven Manor, Frosty and Uncle Hobo in Hobopolis, Mother Slime in the Slime Tube, the Sea bosses, several most bosses in Dreadsylvania, and the Naughty Sorceress herself. The walls of skin and bones in the Tower are a double example -- you're supposed to insta-kill them with special combat items, but you can still beat them with damage, if you deal the right kind of damage.



* SuperReflexes: Any character with a high Moxie. The higher it is, the less likely it is that the monster will hit you;there's a point where only a critical hit can touch you.

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* SuperReflexes: Any character with a high Moxie. The higher it is, the less likely it is that the monster will hit you;there's you. Ifthere's a point where only a critical hit can touch you.
10th Mar '17 11:04:13 AM yarrunmace
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** The end of the Nemesis quest always ends with the volcano exploding ''just'' enough to destroy the Nemesis's lair, but nott the rest of the island.



** The six monsters in her Tower (before a revamp in 2015) had obscene stats and were ''meant'' to be killed with a LogicalWeakness combat item. The inevitable power creep over the game's eleven-year life has resulted in it being relatively simple to kill them with brute force and a ''lot'' of stunning. Unlike the Naughty Sorceress, the devs just let this one go without as much as an ObviousRulePatch. In fact, one challenge path has [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/Dumb_mud an exclusive item]] that is an insta-kill ''just'' against tower monsters. All that was thrown out the window in January 2015, when the whole area was revamped, and the new monsters - walls of skin, meat, and bones - have abilities that prevent brute-force tactics... [[PuzzleBoss but in a very specific way that can be overcome if you know exactly what to do]].

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** The six monsters in her Tower (before a revamp in 2015) had obscene stats and were ''meant'' to be killed with a LogicalWeakness combat item. The inevitable power creep over the game's eleven-year life has resulted in it being relatively simple to kill them with brute force and a ''lot'' of stunning. Unlike the Naughty Sorceress, the devs just let this one go without as much as an ObviousRulePatch. In fact, one challenge path has [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/Dumb_mud an exclusive item]] that is an insta-kill ''just'' against tower monsters. All that was thrown out the window in January 2015, when the whole area was revamped, and the new monsters - walls of skin, meat, and bones - have abilities that prevent brute-force tactics... [[PuzzleBoss but in a very specific way that can be overcome if you know exactly what to do]].



** Accordion Thieves live off of this trope; half of their skills are buffs in the form of songs.

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** Accordion Thieves live off of this trope; half of trope, especially after a revamp added special attacks to their skills are buffs in the form of songs.primarily buff-based skill list.



* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: The TropeNamer. Yes, there actually ''is'' a robotic zombie that is also a pirate and a ninja. It lives on ricerumbrainsoil. It was created because the NinjaPirateZombieRobot clan was awesome.
** And it makes toast! From its groin!
*** [[TooMuchInformation We did not need to know that.]]
*** You do need to know that, actually. A cheap toaster is among the items needed to build the thing.
* NintendoHard: A common criticism leveled at the 2013 Christmas content. To get the good limited-time items it was necessary to fight monsters that scaled to your level while under a massive debuff, and it essentially wasn't doable for players who didn't have access to a lot of Mr. Store content or millions of meat to blow on items.

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* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: The TropeNamer. Yes, there actually ''is'' One of the familiars (which can no longer be obtained, since one of the components no longer drops) is a robotic zombie that is also a pirate and a ninja. It lives on ricerumbrainsoil. It was created because the NinjaPirateZombieRobot clan was awesome.\n** And it makes toast! From its groin!\n*** [[TooMuchInformation We did not need to know that.]]\n*** You do need to know that, actually. A cheap toaster is among the items needed to build the thing.\n* NintendoHard: A common criticism leveled at the 2013 Christmas content. To get the good limited-time items it was necessary to fight monsters that scaled to your level while under a massive debuff, and it essentially wasn't doable for players who didn't have access to a lot of Mr. Store content or millions of meat to blow on items.
8th Mar '17 9:43:02 PM yarrunmace
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** There's also the 2016 Crimbo event, which had you fighting off the embodiments of your own insecurities, like "The realization that everyone you love will die someday"
8th Mar '17 10:49:07 AM GoblinCipher
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* TheUndead: Every enemy in the Misspelled Cematary and Defiled Crypt, as well as many of the enemies in [[HauntedHouse Spookyraven Manor]].

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* TheUndead: Every enemy in the Misspelled Cematary and Defiled Crypt, as well as many of the enemies in [[HauntedHouse Spookyraven Manor]].Manor]] and Dreadsylvania.
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