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Tabletop Game: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles And Other Strangeness

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Other Strangeness is a 1985 Role-Playing Game made by Palladium Books revolving around the strange adventures of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and later on, a post-apocalyptic, mutant-infested Earth.

The players get the opportunity to play as a variety mutated animals, having the ability to chose the species, mutations and special abilities that the character would receive. Possible characters range from tiny psychic bunnies to enormous anthropomorphic crocodiles to humanoids with almost no trace of their animal species.

The game series dropped in popularity and sales once the 1987 cartoon and live-action films rolled out, which made (from the publishers' words) "the Turtles seem so childish that "no self-respecting teenager, even if he thought the Turtles were cool, or thought the Ninja Turtle game was cool, was going to be caught dead playing it.". By 2000, Palladium Books did not renew the license, because of license costs and the perception of the TMNT.

The books are as followed:

Modern Series:

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures!: The first game book. (June 1986)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Guide to the Universe: Revolves around outer space and aliens such as Triceratons. (May 1987)
  • Truckin' Turtles: An adventure across the United States. (November 1989)
  • Turtles Go Hollywood: A series of inter-related adventures involving drug lords, corrupt movie executives, and evil ninja clans. (March 1990)
  • Transdimensional Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The last book to revolve around the original Turtle setting has time traveling adventure with mutant humans and dinosaurs, among other things. (April 1989)

After the Bomb series:

  • After The Bomb: An adventure to take place on the Eastern United States that has been ravaged by nuclear warfare. (January 1986)
    • After the Bomb: Second Edition: Basically an updated re-release with changes in the backstory to reflect on modern technology. (December 2001)
  • Road Hogs: Takes the adventure to the West side of the US too. Notably included a tale about a senile and elderly Raphael as a martial arts master. (October 1986)
  • Mutants Down Under: Expands the adventure to Austrailia. (June 1988)
  • Mutants of the Yucatan: Expands the adventure to Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. (July 1990)
  • Mutants in Avalon: Expands the adventure to Great Britain. (January 1991)
  • Mutants in Orbit: Expands the adventure to Outer Space. Also part of the Rifts RPG series. (March 1992)

Tropes:
  • Animal Wrongs Group: Doctor Feral had a run in with one of these when he was younger, despite overwhelming evidence all charges were dropped.
  • Affably Evil: Doctor Victor Oban Feral is 'Scrupulous' in alignment and is described as 'unfailingly polite' even to his vivisection victims!
  • Bears Are Bad News: The Terror Bears in spades!
  • Evilutionary Biologist: Doctor Feral...Oh Dear Lord! Doctor Feral!
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: In the short story comic included in the Gamebook Don't Judge a Book The Turtles weren't originally aiming for this, Mikey was dressed up as a clown, Leo was dressed up as a Alien, Raph dressed up like a punk rockstar and Don was dressed as an old lady however buglers attempt to raid April's apartment and the Turtles have to fight them off shredding their costumes in the process, so they arrive to the party in nothing but their ninja accessories, everyone assumes their costumes and no one knows who they are
  • Little Bit Beastly: Mutants with 'Full Human Looks' unlike the typical anime Catgirl These characters normally just look like really ugly Humans. Someone would say 'That ugly lady looks like a Skunk!' instead of 'That Skunk looks like a lady!
  • Small Taxonomy Pools: Lampshaded in the Book as this was done for both reasons of space and the game designers mental health, Animals that are very similar are sometimes lumped together for example Coyote and Wolf fall under 'Wild Canines' and Eagles, Hawks and Falcons are all 'Wild Predatory Birds' only slight differences between them for example, since a Coyote is smaller then a Wolf it has more Bio-E to spend.
  • Super Senses: The Super Senses one could acquire were Advanced Vision, Night Vision, Ultraviolet Light Advanced Hearing, Sonar, Advanced Smell and Advanced Touch
  • They Would Cut You Up/Playing with Syringes: Doctor Feral is probobly the half the reason Mutants have to have a Masquerade in the first place! Seriously did they base half of Bishop's character off this guy?
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