-->"+++ Out Of Cheese Error +++ Please Remove Universe And Reboot +++ Redo From Start +++" - [[http://www.mspaforums.com/showthread.php?35936-SBURB-patch-notes&p=5426632&viewfull=1#post5426632 Adachi]]

-->"IM: The code countains everything in the SBURB-verse. Even us. Even quite a few things that AREN'T part of the SBURB-verse. Only [[OmnicidalManiac Lord English]] is somehow [[PowersThatBe outside the code]], yet [[EldritchAbomination inside the SBURB-verse]]." - [[http://www.mspaforums.com/showthread.php?35936-SBURB-patch-notes&p=5318237&viewfull=1#post5318237 404]]

-->"Skaianet is the source of, and protector of, all universes. We give the tools to those worthy, and weed out those who have no hope. Through machination and machinery, we sort the wheat from the chaff, the strong from the weak, and create the most able universes possible. We do this for reasons that few can grasp, and that change constantly, regardless of any opinions. We guard and spread reality. We are the opposite of oblivion. [[TheChosenMany We are]] [[BadassArmy skaia net]]." - [[http://www.mspaforums.com/showthread.php?p=5834201#post5834201 Khalik]]

A FanFic which can be summed up as: ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' behind the scenes, with a dash of CrazyAwesome.

The [[http://mspaforums.com/showthread.php?49301-SBURB-Patch-Notes-III-New-Digs SBURB Patch Notes]] ([[http://www.mspaforums.com/showthread.php?41228 previous thread]], [[http://www.mspaforums.com/showthread.php?35936-SBURB-patch-notes and the thread before that]]) PlayByPostGame is, in a word, the unusual story of [[ElsewhereFic a group of developers that create the legendary game that will end the world]], keeping it patched and updated across universes in paradox space.

Oh wait, did I say developers? More like a cross between [[TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}} Troubleshooters]] (from which they derive their high mortality rate and tendency to literally jump into a problem), [[HollywoodHacking flashy hackers]] (which grants them [[CameBackStrong god-tier]] coding abilities, which they need to navigate [[PocketDimension convoluted]] code built up through all of time and several parallel universes), and, often, [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} Sburb players themselves]] (most of them have at least one of the ElementalPowers, directly related to their game experience). Going SerialEscalation is in the job description.

In any case, the group is privy to [[MonsterOfTheWeek many disasters]] that require them to scramble to [[SavingTheWorld preserve the fabric of paradox space]], from SpaceMarines and [[TheMissingno glitch invasions]] to {{nanomachines}}, [[TheVirus viruses]], [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and]] [[MyLittlePony ponies]]. As often, they deal with the players of the game - players who take advantage of SequenceBreaking, who stumble into {{Game Breaking Bug}}s, who [[ScrewDestiny want to screw the game over, time loops and all]], who have [[OntologicalMystery no idea what's going on]]: all of them might just break the universe into teensy little pieces, and the Skaianet Sburb dev team are the only people who can put it back together, BecauseDestinySaysSo.

[[WithGreatPowerComesGreatPerks Also, they have pizza.]]

Of course, TheWikiRule is in effect [[http://swiki.wikkii.com/wiki/Main_Page here]], but who am I kidding, everyone'll just use TVTropes for that anyway.

!Tropes include:

* AbortedArc: Kidaianet.
* AerithAndBob: Avery, Tricia, Kira, Aaron, and Daniel. And Hazika and Blue Sunny Day [[spoiler: and Goranius Mirokat]].
* AlienGeometries: Alnylthyria's form before [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith manifesting]].
* AmericanAccents: For some reason, Kira was a [[DeepSouth Redneck]]-[[{{Pokemon}} voir]] before the Scratch.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: Skaianet has programming languages that [[RealityWarper change reality]]. This is because they have programming languages that, essentially, hook into [[InsideAComputerSystem the API of paradox space]]. [[BlackBox Or something.]]
* ApocalypseHow: Knock over a server and you cause an X-5.
* AsYouKnow: [[InvertedTrope Inverted.]]
--> '''Tricia Glasswell''': "As those who are watching from beyond the Fourth Wall already know..."
* AutobotsRockOut: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] [[http://www.mspaforums.com/showthread.php?41228-SBURB-Patch-Notes-II-The-Code-is-Mightier-than-the-Sword&p=5714490&viewfull=1#post5714490 by a patch during the GUKS story arc.]]
* AwesomeButImpractical: Avery T. Deaconari's smart gatling gatling gun. Very powerful - especially when loaded with [[TechnoBabble anti-entropic]] [[WeaponOfMassDestruction vacuum imploder]] [[StuffBlowingUp microbomb rounds]] - but it runs out of ammo pretty damn fast.
* BadassBoast: At least two.
-->'''Daniel Kopton:''' ''(after being kicked out of the servers by TheDragon)'' "THIS IS BY NO MEANS OVER!"
-->'''Avery T. Deaconari:''' "You just signed your own death warrant, [[spoiler:Ton]]. Not even the Grey King can save you from what's to come when we return..."
* BadassLongcoat: Practically standard issue amongst admins, but special mention has to go to when The Dungeoneer [[spoiler:[[DemonicPossession became a]] [[PowersViaPossession vessel of]] [[BiggerBad Lord]] [[SealedEvilInACan English]]]] early in thread two.
* BigBad: The Omnikid for the first thread. The GUKS[[note]]Short for '''G'''od-Tiered '''U'''ltimate Grey '''K'''ing of '''S'''kaianet[[/note]] for the second thread.
** The Omnikid apparently redeemed him/herself and claimed it was a bug in their Luck attribute. Now, to know if it's true or not, it's another story.
* BigShutUp / NoisyShutUp: [[http://www.mspaforums.com/showthread.php?41228-SBURB-Patch-Notes-II-The-Code-is-Mightier-than-the-Sword&p=5705577&viewfull=1#post5705577 Used by Avery during the council of war]] in the "Grey Ultimate King of Skaianet" story arc.
* BerserkButton: Killing Daniel's friends will earn you a very quick death. Turning them against him will earn you a slow, painful one.
* BloodMagic: The SufficientlyAdvancedTechnology version, i.e. using blood iron extracted from hemoglobin to construct things. Unfortunately, this is a very painful process.
-->'''Bluesunnyday''' OH GOD! IT FEELS LIKE MY VEINS WERE TORN OPEN!
-->'''Tricia Glasswell''': Why do all the non-organics assume that blood iron is [[OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank an unlimited resource]]!?
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: See WellIntentionedExtremist, below. (Also [[VisualPun see Tricia Glasswell's color scheme]].)
* ButtMonkey: Blue Sunny Day. He has narrowly avoided death at least once every catastrophe that befell Skaianet.
* CerebusSyndrome: It was a bunch of people running around being incredibly awesome and occasionally fighting off disgruntled players. [[LethalJokeCharacter Then Itchy]] [[KnightOfCerebus got dangerous]].
* TheChosenMany: There is not one session of Sburb. There are untold, infinite sessions who pick their participants from their home planets and give them superpowers. Many an adventurer has embarked on a KnightErrant's quest to defend the multiverse and bumped into Skaianet doing ''exactly the same thing''.
* ClosedCircle: The "Virus" plot took place largely [[LockedInARoom in quarantine]]. The "Green Sun" plot involves radiation and thus [[PhlebotinumHandlingEquipment extensive shielding suits]] or else being trapped inside a "dirty" trailer.
* ConservationOfNinjitsu: The siege with the Grey-Tier starts out as this. Then when most of the weaker ones are cleared out, [[EliteArmy the tougher ones start]] [[EliteMooks causing bigger problems.]]
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: Daniel, at one point, threatens to tear one of his enemies' face off and force-feed it to him.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Sydney wears [[TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]], but she's actually very nice. However, it does hint towards her true nature: [[spoiler: A Horrorterror.]]
* DeathbringerTheAdorable: Lahlmiym'nuub, Devourer of Lulz, Chosen Avatar of the Book of All Fails is surprisingly down-to-earth for an EldritchAbomination.
* DidYouJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu
** Pizza parties with fifteen-dimensional beings in attendance?
** Employees sometimes ''negotiate'' with [[TheOmnipotent Lord English]].
* TheDragon: [[spoiler: Tom Ialfnu]]/The First Grey-Tier to the [[BigBad God-Tier Ultimate Grey King of Skaianet]]. [[spoiler:Also, Avery T. Deaconari to SHODAN.]]
* DueToTheDead: Skaianet mourns [[spoiler: for Tricia Glasswell. [[HeelFaceTurn Even after she turned against them.]]]]
* DysfunctionJunction: Mostly the fault of the [[BrainwashedAndCrazy company religion]], but the only admin who ends up not being half a ball of complexes is Daniel. [[spoiler: And even ''he'' fails at being optimistic eventually. He gets better, though.]]
* ElsewhereFic: Type II due to the existence of Andrew Hussie, but that's about it.
* EveryoneIsArmed: Because you're required to have some kind of [[{{Technobabble}} strife specibus]], and if you're not good with it, you don't last long.
* TheExile: Sydney, for no reason other than being a ShrinkingViolet
* FaceHeelTurn: The [[EldritchAbomination God-Tier]] [[GoneHorriblyRight Ultimate]] [[ChessMotifs Grey King]] [[InfinityPlusOneElement of Skaianet]].
* TheFaceless: Sydney wears [[TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask a certain mask]].
** [[spoiler: TheBlank: Under it is a [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind portal into her subconscious]] where her face should be.]]
* FishOutOfWater: Sydney.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: [[spoiler: The Weeping One]], otherwise known as The Lich, otherwise known as [[spoiler: [[EldritchAbomination Great Oglogoth]]]].
* GatlingGood: Avery T. Deaconari's weapon of choice is a ''smart gatling gatling gun''. It's a [[GatlingGood gatling gun]] [[UpToEleven made out of]] [[AwesomeButImpractical gatling guns]] that has smartgun link capability.
* GenreSavvy: Why Avery T. Deaconari decides ''against'' creating the [[AIIsACrapshoot Superintelligent]] {{Hammerspace}} [[GatlingGood Gatling Multicannon]]:
--> ''"Apparently, the Superintelligent Hammerspace Gatling Multicannon requires "[[{{Terminator}} Skynet Grist]]" for alchemization. While I'm sure we have it, I'm not sure that I'd trust anything that required it. [[AIIsACrapshoot Especially not if it's superintelligent.]]"''
** This trope is then sent [[BreakingTheFourthWall smashing through the fourth wall]] when the employees are told to [[http://www.mspaforums.com/showthread.php?35936-SBURB-patch-notes&p=5413233&viewfull=1#post5413233 go check TVTropes]] for a definition!
--> '''Daniel Kopton''':If you're wondering what I'm talking about, go look up BulletHell on TVTropes.
** [[spoiler: Ton Ialfnu]] knows that the Grey King won't last forever, so he's downloading a back-up onto TVTropes. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial The fact that there's also a back-up of Skaianet on TVTropes has nothing to do with it.]] [[SincerityMode No, really, I mean it.]]
* GeniusLoci: Tricia fused her mind to [[spoiler:that of Skaianet Labs itself. It's working out fairly well, at least after she got over the [[RealityWarpingIsNotAToy growing pains]] with the help of a LiteralSplitPersonality and a HeelRealization.]]
* HurricaneOfPuns: Used as an [[http://mspaforums.com/showthread.php?41228-SBURB-Patch-Notes-II-The-Code-is-Mightier-than-the-Sword&p=5882726&viewfull=1#post5882726 attack]] to lessen the Grey-Tier forces.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: Daniel's Solaris Sword. Its stronger abilities can one shot the weaker First Guardian-Prototyped Grey Tiers.
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: [[http://www.mspaforums.com/showthread.php?41228-SBURB-Patch-Notes-II-The-Code-is-Mightier-than-the-Sword&p=5714348&viewfull=1#post5714348]]
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: [[spoiler: Sydney sends Hadron through her portal-face into her subconscious.]]
* TheMainCharactersDoEverything
* MarriedToTheJob: Bluesunnyday ends up on the receiving end of a divorce when his wife grows tired of him coming home after work late, [[NoOSHACompliance burnt, and battered]]. Then he falls in love with the GeniusLoci, rendering him [[IncrediblyLamePun married to the workplace]].
* TheMissingno: The cause of the "Glitch Invasion" plot.
* MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness: [[{{Mohs.WorldOfPhlebotinum}}World of Phlebotinum]]-level. The Code is the underlying structure of the universe, but it at least follows rules, and all the other technomagic in the setting is really derived from extensive programming of the Code.
* MoreDakka: Avery's smart gatling gatling gun (and, more recently, his [[{{X-Com}} MarSec M4000 machine gun]]), Bluesunnyday's SMG's with bottomless magazines, Girard himself (the guy is pretty much [[MoreDakka made of guns]]) . . .
* MoreThanMindControl: GUKS' influence on the Grey-Tier.
* MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours: [[spoiler:Daniel]] tries this on TheDragon. [[spoiler: Ton Ialfnu trashed him a result.]]
* {{Nanomachines}}: The "Virus" plot (which is ''not'' an example of TheVirus, sorry!) goes something like this:
** A genetically engineered virus is programmed not only to create copies of itself, but also copies of a nanomachine. The nanomachine is designed to make copies of itself, and copies of the virus if it is in a biological organism. So guess what gets into Skaianet...
* NoSell: Surprisingly uncommon, were it not for the fact that this is still a roleplay. Nonetheless, happens when [[spoiler:Daniel]] attempts to [[MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours take on]] [[spoiler:Ton Ialfnu]]
* TheNicknamer: Girard calls other people... things.
* [[OhCrap Oh [REDACTED] ]]: The standard reaction to many, many events that transpire at Skaianet Laboratories.
* OhMyGods: "Oh frogs" (Tricia), "[UNPRINTABLE CHARACTERS]" (Avery), "Dear Space Hero"[[note]]by analogy with "Mother of God"[[/note]] (Daniel).
* OneSteveLimit: Zig-zagged with Omnikid's Demon of Beasts form, who's apparently also called Daniel. However, after finding out about the other Daniel's existance, hir codename is changed to Damien.
* OneWingedAngel: A regular occurence, like many others that'd be world-shattering in any other context. Even in a regular day's work, the [[ChessMotifs Black and White King and Queens]] would be enough to count as this, but then there's when things go wrong...
** One of these was Itchy. Yes, [[LethalJokeCharacter THAT Itchy.]]
* PlayingWithFire: Alnylthyria's prime method of combat. [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith Usually]].
* PowerupMount / HorseOfADifferentColor: The original Dungeoneer had his Golden Cuccobo before he [[spoiler:disappeared. See BadassLongcoat above for more details]].
* PungeonMaster
** Avery. Starting from his name.
** Daniel also tends to get in on the puns a lot.
** More or less everything that either trilbyulatingDungeoneer or gigersLich (also known as just The Lich) has to say are puns.
* PurposefullyOverpowered: When you program at Skaianet, you code everything that exists, existed, will exist, and could possibly exist.
** Also, see GodModeSue above.
* RageWithinTheMachine: Surprisingly common, cf. the Skaianet Civil War.
* RealityWarper: Everyone who works at Skaianet Laboratories is one, either directly (through their powers as former God Tier Sburb players) or indirectly (by working on Sburb, which in turn affects the very nature of reality itself).
* RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude: Because Sburb players are generally just pubescent, the fact is that Sburb players who somehow find their way into Skaianet are... well, they're teenagers. Also, Tricia Glasswell is [[WordOfGod described as]] an "overgrown teenager that represses [[DeusAngstMachina things]]".
* ReplacementGoldfish: [[spoiler:Bluesunnyday's brother, brought in after Bluesunnyday killed himself to be with Tricia.]]
* [[spoiler:SacrificialLion]]: [[spoiler:Tricia Glasswell]], although depending on one's acclimatization to the [[BlueAndOrangeMorality Skaianet morality]] it may have been more of an example of DeathEqualsRedemption.
* SerialEscalation: Needless to say, the people that MAKE [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} Sburb]] have a few abilities of their own. And that's not even going into what they have to pull out of the bag for the various catastrophes they face, OR their offices.
-->'''The Almighty 404''': IM: After negotiations with Lord English, I managed to bag us a Pink Sun in a Dyson sphere and a quantum accelerator. I also alchemited an infinite rubik's tesseract using a standard Rubik's cube and a map of our offices.
* ShadowArchetype: Inverted, in manifestation if not in function. [[spoiler:Tricia Glasswell]] just gained reality-warping powers, and it's her [[LiteralSplitPersonality repressed]] [[TheParagon other]] [[LadyOfWar self]] that manifests out of mist [[FauxSymbolism wearing a pure white robe]]. This other self names herself [[RuleOfSymbolism Hazika]][[note]]which [[ShownTheirWork means "enlightened" in Arabic]][[/note]], and points out she [[ShoutOut must reintegrate]] [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} with her original self]], or [[spoiler:the Tricia personality]] will [[SanitySlippage descend into madness]]. This is a problem because [[spoiler:[[RealityWarpingIsNotAToy if Tricia goes mad, pretty much all of Skaianet will be dead.]]]]
* ShoutOut: Avery's battle cry when he uses his smart gatling gatling gun on a glitch nest:
-->'''Avery T. Deaconari''': [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 ''CRY SOME MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORE!'']]
** [[Creator/HRGiger gigers]][[GreenLantern Lich]] [[WordOfGod is a Soldier of Light.]]
*** [[ComicallyMissingThePoint So, wait, he's]] [[Music/TheProtomen Protoman?]]
**** Wait... if he's got something to do with Doctor Light... [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover Does that mean that he's]] [[FullCirclePortraying an enemy of the]] Comicbook/TeenTitans?
** Many {{AI}}s live inside the Skaianet servers. Including [[Literature/IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream AM]], [[TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey HAL]], [[SystemShock SHODAN]], [[CommandAndConquer CABAL]] and [[{{Terminator}} Skynet]].
** In a recent plot segment, SHODAN and Avery find a cabinet containing a pistol, a shotgun, a monkey wrench, an old scientific calculator, and a detonation key. [[Characters/TeamFortress2 Three guesses as to whose office they were in when they found it.]]
* TheSmartGuy: Everyone to a degree (they're all programmers after all), but Tricia Glasswell is a particularly obvious example. She has made use of [[ShownTheirWork up-arrow notation, helium-oxygen breathing canisters, Arimaa, decontamination showers, PTSD, lockpicking, botnets, libpurple...]] [[note]]libpurple, for example, is a [[ShownTheirWork real programming library]] that has bindings for several popular messaging programs, thus why it shows up buried in Pesterchum's code.[[/note]] It turns out that [[spoiler:Hadron snuck in some Seer powers to ensure that Tricia had the wisdom to lead Skaianet.]]
* StarCrossedLovers: [[spoiler: Goranius/Blue and Tricia. They die. Then they are sealed in a coffin, together, but with an impenetrable divider between them that will never be broken.]]
* StealthPun: Avery T. Deaconari. [[spoiler:Since the T. stands for "Tom", the name is a play on the phrase "every Tom, Dick, and Harry".]]
** Made recursive with Girard's nickname for Avery: "Truman". [[spoiler:[[DontExplainTheJoke As in]] ''[[DontExplainTheJoke Harry]]'' [[DontExplainTheJoke Truman.]]]]
* SteelEarDrums: Usually played straight, but occasionally [[AvertedTrope averted]] - [[http://www.mspaforums.com/showthread.php?41228-SBURB-Patch-Notes-II-The-Code-is-Mightier-than-the-Sword&p=5761176&viewfull=1#post5761176 usually to]] [[PlayedForLaughs humorous effect]].
* StuffBlowingUp: Invoked, inverted, ''subverted'', played with . . . actually, you could probably say that about half the tropes on [[TVTropes this wiki.]]
* SuperMode: Many, many editors are already God Tier players, but then there are other examples of super-one-up-manship.
** Girard used to be fused with a robot body, although this could have been AndIMustScream for the robots' personality.
** Daniel alchemised with a Metagross to gain it's [[ChromeChampion Metal Skin]] and [[PsychicPowers Psychokinetic]] capabilities. Then he lost the metal skin but got his Technology powers supercharged.
** gigersLich split up into the [[PowerGlows seven basic colours]], [[EleventhHourSuperPower then recombined to create]] [[Literature/{{Discworld}} an Octarine]] [[OneWingedAngel form]], with which to fight a particularly irritating BigBad.
** Blue Sunny Day is capable of using his powers of pure determination to even stave off death. It's because of these abilities that he often has to suffer through injuries that would kill anyone else, cementing his ButtMonkey status.
** Tricia somehow alchemized herself with a Codering. [[HowDoIShotWeb She does]] [[PowerIncontinence not exactly]] [[RealityWarpingIsNotAToy cope well]]. [[spoiler:Then she uses the codepowers to merge with ''the entire Skaianet building-complex''.]]
** The plan to take out Itchy revolved around this, using [[ApocalypseHow Scratch Devices]]. [[spoiler:Then Itchy used one of them, and everything went to hell in a handbasket.]]
* TakingTheBullet: Daniel Kopton does this when a digital avatar of one of the Grey King's minions attempts to show Ani its stabs.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Invoked during the discussion Avery and SHODAN have about what weapons they might need for their return to Skaianet.
-->''Avery:'' "Obviously, We will want Reason, and plenty of ammunition for both it and the M4000. Plasma pistols as sidearms, I think, with enough elerium pods to power them for an extended period of time."
-->''SHODAN:'' "What about M22 assault rifles, Apollo H4 laser pistols, or TC-11 grenade launchers?"
-->''Avery:'' “That might be overkill. Then again… ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill."
* ThemeMusicPowerup: [[AwesomeMusic The Musical Aura]] is a literal case, as you choose from a playlist of all of the music ever composed and whatever music you choose will have various effects on your allies, enemies and yourself.
** It basically works as a high-tech iPod with the power to alter reality with the music.
* TimeyWimeyBall: The introduction of gigersLich was this, as after setting off into the Furthest Ring, his posts came in anachronistic order.
** Anything that any editor who used to be a Time player does is, to some extent, this.
* TookALevelInBadass: Sydney. Of course, going through Sburb can do that to you.
* UnexplainedRecovery: Tricia inexplicably shows up again after [[spoiler:a Just-type permadeath]], pointing out that she [[spoiler:set an alarm on the Code that would resurrect her from backup if the Founders showed up.]]
* TheUnfettered: [[http://www.mspaforums.com/showthread.php?41228-SBURB-Patch-Notes-II-The-Code-is-Mightier-than-the-Sword&p=5614483&viewfull=1#post5614483 Possibly the main reason the Admins are so incredible.]] Which means Skaianet has found out how to ''manufacture'' Unfettered. Be very afraid.
* WeaponOfChoice:
** Tricia used [[BladeOnAStick spears]], but switched to [[RealityWarper walls and ceilings]] [[spoiler:[[BarrierWarrior and shield-bubbles]] after what might be called a HeelRealization.]]
** Bluesunnyday uses a [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] known as Fenrir. He also uses SMG's on occasion.
** Avery T. Deaconari loves his [[GatlingGood smart gatling gatling gun]], though he does like [[MoreDakka the MarSec M4000]] and [[SnowCrash a certain Gatling-style repeating magrail cannon too...]]
** Daniel tends to use [[RevolversAreJustBetter Revolvers]], Swords and his own fists.
** Dreamgor [[DualWielding dualwields]] [[KnifeNut daggers]] and/or shortswords.
** Girard was [[MoreDakka basically made of guns]] [[GunFu and tended to use them, along with the robot's strength, to great effect.]]
** The Lich uses his [[GreenLantern Green Ring]] [[ShoutOut Sun Lantern]] and the [[DropTheHammer Noir-Wolf Shatterist's Companion]].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: There is a ''company religion''. It involves [[PrinciplesZealot valuing making new universes over preserving existing ones]], because apparently [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope the potential of making new universes is more important than the fact that you're killing off existing ones and forcing the few players back into primitivism.]]
** Only the newbies ever try to [[TakeAThirdOption make an Sburb without meteors]], which is why they're [[ReassignedToAntarctica assigned to soul-crushing work]] [[ColonyDrop making sure that meteors land on failing players]]. And then there's the [[PsychicPowers psychic psychologist]] responsible for [[MindManipulation making sure]] they're [[BrainwashedAndCrazy in compliance...]]
* WhamLine / TheUntwist: [[spoiler: TD?: Hah... hahahah.... Bluh.. Bluh... Huge... Lich.]]
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Love is forbidden in the employee handbook, and interferes with certain types of omniscience.
* WorldOfBadass: If you can't fight for your life, you don't last long in Skaianet, as invasions are a [[MonsterOfTheWeek disturbingly common]] occurence.
* TheXofY: This appears in many forms. For example:
** The characters' former roles within Sburb and its variants usually take this precise form (e.g. the Monk of Mind, the Seer of Tactics, [[ShoutOut the Sleuth of Problems]], the Rogue of Void, and so on).
** The various "lands" created within given Sburb sessions follow a similar pattern (the X of Y and Z, where X is always "Land"): the Land of Heat and Clockwork, the Land of Little Cups and Tea, the Land of [[Literature/{{Dune}} Spice and Flow]], the Land of Cathedrals and Signal, and so on.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: Programming terms are thrown around sometimes, and some Codetech attacks are based on real-world computer processes.
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