"Forum Fantasy: Prelich's Journey to Manhood" is an RPG Maker VX game developed by Camelslayer. It was in development for around a year and a half before its release date on November 1st, 2012.The game takes place in a forum known as the Chaos Theatre. A war between the administrators and the moderators has broken out. There used to be roughly thirty mods, but now only four remain. Prelich is one of them. After awakening in an icy cave, he's told by super moderator Camelslayer to hunt down and ban the administrators. Upon his journey, he is joined by bruiser mod Magnum, magic-user mod Vlarix, and (about two dungeons later) demoted mod Tambot in order to take down the rulers of the Chaos Theatre. The not-so-stalwart quartet soon embark on a very silly adventure parodying early RPG games.The game is, in fact, based around an actual forum called "The Chaos Theatre", and all of the users, moderators and admins featured in the game are based off select users from the actual forum. Despite this, knowing the forum's history is not required to fully enjoy the game.The game also features guest appearances by Youtubers "The Autarch of Flame" (who played a substantial role in marketing and providing ideas for the game to further its development),"Joshscorcher", and "rabbidluigi" among others.You can download the game here.Now has a Shout Out page that needs new additions.And now it has a drinking game with multiple versions!
This game contains examples of:
Action Bomb: The enemy Telos. And if you're lucky, it'll drop a stone that teaches a character Crimson Nova, allowing you to do the same thing!
The Alcoholic: The Autarch of Flame. Also Prelich, if what Camelslayer says at the beginning is any indication. Although, considering how Camelslayer is the Big Bad, he may have made this up to cover up Prelich's memory loss.
Beneath the Earth: The sunken Tower of Babil and the Fiery Caverns at its entrance. Botlantis also qualifies.
Berserk Button: Mentioning the Pokemon "Delibird" in front of Chewie is a surefire way to anger him, since that particular Pokemon (somehow) traumatized Chewie as a kid. Also, telling Joshscorcher to "brohoof" instigates a fight with him. The Autarch of Flame transforms into a One-Winged Angel form literally burning with rage if his ego is ever stricken... and let's just say Camelslayer has too many to list.
You will not steal Lolrus's bucket if you value your life. If you tell him you'll get him a bigger bucket, you freaking better, because he does not take disloyalty well. If you don't finish his Fetch Quest before finishing the game, he will show up out of nowhere right after you beat the final boss and kill you.
Felix Falora became Psychotic Nekomata because he lost to Krazier and Rince in a League of Legends match, causing him to ragequit so hard he literally lost his marbles.
Bold Inflation: Psychotic Nekomata’s botched speech pattern uses this often, as well as the Soul of Flame. Later, Prelich and the embodiment of his madness incorporate this.
Bonus Boss: There are many throughout the Chaos Theatre, a few of which you can fight to obtain a technique an admin used.
Bonus Level: Many, including the upper floors of Kashyyyk Manor, the Infernal Bootcamp, and Botlantis
Boss in Mook Clothing: Cthulhu. He is the most powerful non-boss enemy in Botlantis (and by extension, the entire game), has a ton of HP and is always alone. Appropriately, he is only on the last floor before the Goat of Chaos.
Curb-Stomp Battle: If you decide to fight Camelslayer at the very beginning of the game, this will inevitably happen to you. The Lolrus will kick your ass even HARDER if you dare steal its bucket. And then you get to deliver the biggest ass kicking ever to all the admins at once in the best ending!
Death Is Cheap: Vlarix in every RP he’s ever been in, according to the Ghostception Quest.
Demonic Possession: Magnum is briefly possessed in the Age of Magnum Quest. Camelslayer is possessed by this force, the Goat of Chaos, for the entirety of the game.
The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: When you kill the Dyslexia Innkeeper, you learn that he was one of Camelslayer's minions and that Camelslayer was going to kill him anyway. However, if you don't kill the Innkeeper before Camelslayer is revealed to be the Big Bad, you can check back at the Dyslexia Inn afterwards to learn that the Innkeeper was executed, as evidenced by a note left behind and a blood trail leading out of the inn.
Blowing up the Deranged Village too early means you don't get to do the Lord of the Ass side quest. After you restore the Admin's powers, you can rematch them as long as you defeated any of their associates, like Isaac, Lord of the Ass for Psychotic Nekomata and Joshscorcher for the Autarch of Flame. However, if you blew up the Deranged Village prematurely as stated above, you can still fight the Psychotic-Isaac team since you did technically defeat Isaac by killing him in the explosion.
Both lists qualify since the true ending double subverts the admins as still being villainous.
The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: The names of the floors in Botlantis start turning into disturbing messages as you go lower, ultimately culminating in “YOUR FATE IS SEALED” when you reach the bottom.
Fusion Dance: The Autarch of Flame and Joshscorcher quote the TropeNamer verbatim during the rematch with them, and combine into the Laughing Autarch for the rematch's second phase.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: All instances of the word “fuck” are censored in this game… except if you translate the Binary Book in Botlantis. See “Genius Bonus”.
You can steal “Shit” from Isaac, Lord of the Ass if you wait to fight him. And you can eat it.
Richard the Demonic Chicken. His name and appearance are suggestive enough, but what really cements him as this trope is one of his attacks, which is clearly a tidal wave of... jizz. And you can steal a “Rubber Hat” from him. Yeah.
Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Many of the Forum Pest minibosses, especially Noob Psy-Bot. Phantoon appearing in the Coliseum seems this at first… turns out that it’s subtle foreshadowing to its appearance in Botlantis.
Guide Dang It: Once Prelich learns Steal after defeating his Madness, you think you can just get newly accessible items from any enemy, right? Wrong!Steal only works on Non-User Enemies; and presumeably each enemy has a hidden item only obtainable using Steal. Including Bonus/Optional Bosses! While regular enemies can be refought, if you were to defeat any of the bosses before acquiring Steal, their hidden item is Lost Forever!
Killer Rabbit: The Lolrus. Seriously, that walrus will murder you if you dare steal his bucket. He'll also murder you if dare break your promise to get him a bigger bucket in exchange before finishing the game.
The Goat of Chaos. Not terrified by how it sounds? YOU WILL BE.
King Mook: The Forum Pest Minibosses and the Forum Pest Legion enemies.
Last Ditch Move: Krazier’s Chaos Storm, The Soul of Flame’s Searing Light, the Laughing Autarch’s Final Strike, the Goat of Chaos’ Agony of Sin, and Felix Falora's Hell.
Lethal Lava Land: The Fiery Cavern and much of Hell, particularly the Ignis Insulae region.
Light is Good: Light Camelslayer, the good half of Camelslayer that was lost when he was possessed by the Goat of Chaos
Lost Forever: If you complete the "Village Massacre" quest before completing "The Lord of the Ass", you will be unable to get the Psychotic Nekomata stone located under the Deranged Village.
Magic Knight: Prelich is best suited to be this without modifying any of his stats.
Mood Whiplash: Most of the game is silly, lighthearted, filled with moments of Comedic Sociopathy, and, while there are traps in many places, they're usually very obvious. Botlantis* Especially Lower Botlantis, on the other hand, is dark, actually somewhat terrifying, has traps that don't seem like traps aside from the fact that their triggers seem suspicious or off in some way, and has a lot less humor than the rest of the game, with things that would probably be funny elsewhere in the game being decidedly less hilarious when executed here.
The Lord of Nightmares ending is probably the one ending that isn't very humorous and even somewhat depressing, especially compared to the other endings.
Mr. Exposition: Camelslayer, Krazier and, later on, the Goat of Chaos.
Multiple Endings: Six, to be exact. There's the main ending, the true ending, two joke endings if you didn't give the Lolrus his bukkit back, and two bad endings in the form of the Age of Magnum ending and the Lord of Nightmares ending.
Mythology Gag: There are more than a few things in the game that either come from the works of various Chaos Theater members, or come from jokes involving certain users, with such examples as:
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Due to being too lazy to actually redeem themselves of their deadly sins, the admins just put their sins into a literal scapegoat: The Goat of Chaos. So inadvertently, they were responsible for Camelslayer's Start of Darkness. Prelich does not let the admins go unpunished after learning this.
The actual heroes can pull this too in the two bad endings. If Prelich decides to leave Magnum in Disaster's Tower, he can't beat any of the Sigil Guardians and Magnum comes and kicks his ass, leaving himself open to be brainwashed and used by Camelslayer. Also, if Prelich chooes to surrender himself and his teammates to Felix Falora, all four will be brainwashed and empowered as he uses them to take over Hell and eventually destroy the Chaos Theater. Nice job breaking it indeed.
No OSHA Compliance: You would think whoever stuck the Seal Sword in the Arshloch would have put some yellow tape around it to keep any of the Deranged Villagers from pulling the sword and blowing up the village. Then again, this is on Psychosis Island.
Not Safe for Work: Rince's Tea Bags attack. This is taken Up to Eleven as the entire screen is censored. Similar attacks with different coloured censor screens are used by Lilith, as well as by the Autarch of Flame when you fight him in a rematch and Felix Falora.
Not So Stoic: Joshscorcher can’t contain his fury when his status as a Marine Bandsman is insulted.
Felix Falora. When that purple text hits the board, you know he's a Grade A Villain.
Oh Crap: If you kill the innkeeper in the Village of Dyslexia, some of your party members have this reaction when they learn that the innkeeper was a servant of Camelslayer.
The party also has this reaction when the Lolrus shows up to execute them after you defeat Camelslayer without giving the Lolrus a new bucket (assuming you triggered his Fetch Quest).
Quite a few characters have this in response to Psychotic Nekomata becoming Felix Falora. The most notable would be the Autarch of Flame. A narcissist who believes himself to be above everyone... quaking in his boots, stuttering in fear.
Omnicidal Maniac: The Autarch of Flame is hinted to be this whenever he transforms into the Soul of Flame.
Psychotic Nekomata BECOMES this when he transforms back into Felix Falora.
One-Winged Angel: The Autarch of Flame transforms into the "Soul of Flame" whenever he gets angry. Camelslayer also has two One Winged Angel forms; the version he uses to fight you at the end of the game is determined by whether or not his Admin Power is intact. And in an upcoming update, he gets another one based on if you beat the Goat of Chaos.
Give Psychotic Nekomata his bag of marbles back and he becomes Felix Falora.
Power Copying: All user based enemies have a chance of dropping a stone that will teach one party member a move unique to the user you just defeated, with the stones being divided into three categories. Blue stones are magic based abilities that scale off of spirit, red stones are physical based abilities that scale off of attack, and purple stones are hybrid abilities that scale off of both spirit and attack. Admin based stones, however, have to be found, usually by doing a side quest.
Powers as Programs: Quite literally in the case of Tambot when she is promoted back to modhood through the Mod CP.
Seven Deadly Sins: Each admin represents one, as displayed in the battle with the Goat of Chaos.
Lust: Psychotic Nekomata/Felix Falora
Pride: The Autarch of Flame
Sloth: Black King Krazier
Greed: Dark Lord Camelslayer
Side Quest: Quite a few, some of them even affecting the ending you get.
Sir Swearsalot: The Profane Dragons, especially their King. Camelslayer takes this Up to Eleven whenever he gets mad… which is quite frequently.
Small Name, Big Ego: The Autarch of Flame… and HOW. To a lesser degree, Camelslayer is also this.
Soul Jar: The HORCRUX Defense System contains the soul fragments… of a cobalt missile.
Sound-Only Death: if you agree to play with the little girl on floor 7 of Botlantis (or refuse and then apologize), the screen fades to black, and all that is heard is Prelich's screams as she kills him.
Thread Necromancer: Vlarix, Tambot, and several enemies have spells aligned with the Thread Necromancy element.
Troll: An enemy type, and one of the elements. The boss of the Ghostception Quest, Dead Joke, is an undead trollface, and the Sixth Admin, Protista, was sealed in the Hall of Banterous Bosses by Krazier due to his relentless trolling.
Too Dumb to Live: The Local Idiot on Psychosis Island. Most of Vlarix's deaths as discovered in the Ghostception quest fall into this category, such as standing in spikes, swimming in lava, standing in an irradiated blast site, jumping from the sky without a parachute, etc.
Verbal Tic: The Autarch of Flame has a disturbing tendency to say "mmm!" in most of his sentences, giving Prelich the impression that he wants to make love to his own voice.The Soul of Flame is only able to yell "BURN" or synonyms of said word.