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[[caption-width-right:350:The completely realistic and normal citizens.]]
[[http://www.realityonthenorm.info Reality-On-The-Norm]] is a long-running series of computer games (most of them {{AdventureGame}}s made in Adventure Game Studio) created by many authors and set in a SharedUniverse. The setting for the games is a fictional town of Reality-on-the-Norm (or simply "Reality" for short), [[CityOfAdventure hardly an ordinary town]], inhabited by a multitude of peculiar individuals.

The project has been started by Yahtzee (yes, [[Creator/BenCroshaw that Yahtzee]]), with a 2001 game ''Lunchtime of the Damned'', which involves a teenage sorcerer Davy Jones trying to stop a rampaging zombie he accidentally created. Since then, loads more of games have been made (there are about 80 of them as of late 2009).

Other notable indie-delevopers who has contributed to the project are [[WadjetEyeGames Dave Gilbert]] and [[VideoGame/BenJordanParanormalInvestigator Francisco Gonzalez]].
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!!The series provides examples of:

* TheBartender: George Watstatt and his occasional replacement, Dave Nihilist.
* BrainFood: Michael Gower originally was a brain-eating zombie, though now he largely kicked the habit.
* CaptainColorbeard: No-Beard.
* CityOfAdventure: Reality itself, natch. Zombies, sorcerers, monsters, the Grim Reaper, private eyes, aliens, homicidal chickens, and so on.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: The in-game version of Yahtzee, whose company "Yathzeebrand" routinely brainwashes its employees.
* DevelopmentHell: ''Edge of Reality'' took nine years to complete.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Sheriff.
* GeographicFlexibility: The first game featured a handful of very basically drawn locations. With each new game, these same locations have been considerably expanded, with different versions of the same places used interchangably. It's only been in recent years that any real attempt has been made to bring some coherence to their respective locations.
* TheGrimReaper (who [[spoiler:quit his job to become a campaign manager]])
* HilaritySues: After Phil Nihilist gains superpowers, he gets sued by DC Comics for copyright infringement, because his powers are the same as {{Superman}}'s.
* HotScoop: Mika Huy.
* IdentityAmnesia: The Crazy Homeless Weirdo, who has a new identity in every game.
* InteractiveFiction: A couple of games are text adventures.
* IntercontinuityCrossover: Some games feature characters from other games (''VideoGame/CommanderKeen Enters RON'', ''Monty on the Norm''[[note]]Monty Mole from a series of old computer games[[/note]]). Then there's ''Shadows of RON'', created by a writer who actually included the character from his books as the protagonist.
* KillerRabbit: The Chicken, who is a sociopath with a gun.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The [[http://realityonthenorm.info/characters.php Characters page]] features 107 recurring characters at the latest count.
* LongTitle: The game ''Invasion of the Space Aliens Who Are Not From Earth But From Some Other Planet''
* MadScientist: Dr. Die Vie Ess. Has a mansion, an evil laugh and all.
* MindScrew: ''Nihilism'', ''Surreality on the Norm'' and ''Edge of Reality''. Also, most of games by Tobias Schmitt, before they were removed from the site.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Guido the nudist.
* NewNeighboursAsThePlotDemands: The city seems to gain new citizens who were always there with every installment.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Doc is a caricature of Creator/HunterSThompson.
* NoIndoorVoice: Mr. Namyah, all the time.
* OldShame: ''Disappearance Time'', an old game which has been re-released by the author years later with added scathing commentary which points out every single stupid thing within.
* {{Pirates}}: Hooky [=McPegleg=], though he [[spoiler:quit the pirating and became a postman]].
* PointAndClickMap: Quite a few games, such as ''Defender of RON''.
* PrivateDetective: Max Griff.
* RevengeByProxy: The Chicken's revenge on Baron Wolfgang for killing his brother is killing the Baron's brother.
* RoundRobin: Probably the definitive video game example of this trope. Each game is created by a different person from the last, often carrying on a previous story thread or using characters from earlier installments.
* RunningGag: The bum with IdentityAmnesia, who has a new identity every game.
* SadistTeacher: Mr. Namyah, the gym teacher. Making a student box a punchbag with tiny shards of glass glued to it? Sure, a day like any other.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: The alien Knoffel, as depicted in ''Purity of the Surf''
* TheSheriff: Called just "sheriff", he's the local lawkeeper.
* TheStoner: Melt and Drake, as well as Doc.
* SuperHero: Phil Nihilist, the [[spoiler:Llamaman]].
* SuperSpit: [[spoiler:This eventually ends up being Phil's superpower]].
* SurferDude: Josh Beachcomber.
* TalkingAnimal: A couple of chickens, and Mary the fox (though she communicates telepathically rather than by talking.)
* TalkingDownTheSuicidal: ''Defender of RON'' has an optional mission where the protagonist has to try and talk [[GrimReaper Death]] out of a suicide attempt.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: It's never made clear which country Reality even lies in. At the beginning of ''Invasion of the Space Aliens...'', the characters argue whether it's in America or Britain, with the narrator claiming that it lies in Australia. In any case, the city seems to have its own currency, "Reality Dollars".
* WrenchWench: Elandra, in contrast to her boyfriend Davy Jones the sorcerer.
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