[[caption-width-right:350:''[[Music/{{REM}} ...and I feel fine...]]'']]

''A Beginner's Guide to the End of the Universe'' is a completed InteractiveComic by Crippledvulture, originally created as a [[Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures MSPA Forum Adventure]].

The protagonist, Everyman, wakes up in a typical everyman bedroom one day, only to find out that he is trapped in an apartment complex hovering in the middle of endless white void. With the help of a growing entourage of allies and the ability to [[RealityWarper modify the world using raw power of CREATIVITY]], he sets out to find out the true, mysterious nature of this place--and of himself.

The comic [[RPGMechanicsVerse mimics]] RolePlayingGame mechanics, giving the protagonist a number of numerical stats which are an important element throughout the adventure.

It can be read [[http://mspfanventures.com/?s=132 here.]] (The original two forum threads are [[http://www.mspaforums.com/showthread.php?30153 here]] and [[http://www.mspaforums.com/showthread.php?32409 here]].)

An archive of the comic can be found [[https://www.reddit.com/r/homestuck/comments/5rverv/an_archive_of_a_beginners_guide_to_the_end_of_the/ here]]. It should be noted that this archive was, coincidentally, made ''just'' before an issue with the author's Photobucket account[[note]]the MSPA forum doesn't host its own images[[/note]] had rendered much of the original webcomic lost to the depths of the Internet. Hurray for archiving!

Has a sequel, ''Webcomic/ChairmanJackEmerge''.

!!A beginner's guide to the tropes of the comic:
* AbnormalAmmo: An upgraded AUTOFLINTLOCK can shoot anything that fits even halfway into one of its barrels.
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: The Everysword can apparently cut anything.
* AmnesiacGod: [[spoiler:The Everyman, basically. He's the embodiment of Humanity itself, but creating the story's pocket universe cost him his memory.]]
* ApocalypseHow: [[spoiler:Of the Universal/Physical Annihilation kind. The heat death of the universe has occurred, and all matter and energy has collapsed into a singularity, the Dark Star, except for the railroad and roomlike pocket dimensions the Everyman created.]]
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: The void beasts are giant versions of mundane animals.
* BatOutOfHell: One of the void beasts that the Everyman had to fight was [[http://mspfanventures.com/?s=132&p=92 a massive void bat]] with the wingspan of a hang glider that used high-pitched screeches to disorient its foes.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The Everyman is dead and Chairman Jack is trapped in a time dilation field. But the cult has been vanquished, the Singularity's attempts to destroy what's left of the universe has been stopped, and the few people who remain have a new chance at life. The Everyman's body scatters over the Black Star, seeding it with life and creating a new world.]]
* BondOneLiner: {{Subverted}} and {{Invoked}}. The Everyman tries to think of one during the first few combats, but fails.
* ClockworkCreature: A number of these are among the enemies encountered.
* CoolAirship: The Flying Brick.
* CreativeSterility: [[spoiler: The SINGULARITY seeks to destroy rather than create. It can only make dark mirrors of ideas the Everyman already had -- for example, it only started making monsters after Snuffy was created.]]
* {{Cyborg}}: Snuffy and Chairman Jack gradually become more and more of {{Cyborg}}s as their COMPLEXITY increases.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Played straight for the most part; [[SplashOfColor Snuffy]] is the exception that proves the rule.
* DreamingTheTruth: The signs are there for all to read and understand, [[FlashbackNightmare especially in hindsight]].
* DiskOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler: The Personified Singularity.]]
* TheEnd: [[http://mspfanventures.com/?adv=132&id=780 Done rather cleverly by using the comic title]].
* TheEveryman: The main character is literally called that. [[spoiler:And later turns out to be ''literally'' this: basically, [[ManySpiritsInsideOfOne an anthropomorphic personification of humanity]] [[MentalFusion as a whole]].]]
* FourthWallObserver: The Everyman, sort of. He's not aware that he's in a webcomic, but he's the only man aware of the game mechanics behind the RPGMechanicsVerse. All other characters get confused whenever he brings them up.
-->''You tell him you increased your AGILITY, which increased your total HIT POINTS. \\
"You know what? Forget I asked."''
* FrickinLaserBeams: The BLAZING HOT BETTY can do this when fully charged, although it eventually breaks from the stress this puts on it.
* FutureImperfect: [[spoiler:Hundreds or thousands of years in the future, the entire first part of the adventure has become TheTimeOfMyths. Mary and Ryan are the revered founders of the human race, while the Everyman is remembered as a cruel and fickle god who was tricked into heading to the Dark Star by them, and was never seen again.]]
* GiantFlyer: While most of the flying void beasts are about the size you'd expect the real deal to be, Chairman Jack is a sparrow as tall as a dog, while the void pigeons and void bat have the wingspans of hang gliders.
* GISSyndrome: Photographs are used for everything except for stick figure people and interface elements.
* GrowsOnTrees: The miscellanopod trees have random artifacts growing on them.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Snuffy saving Ryan from a giant wolf]].
* HitPoints: The Everyman has health points that are diminished by attacks and replenished by using up nutrition. Notably, this [[spoiler:does not apply to any other human in the setting, who are hurt are heal like normal]].
* HyperactiveMetabolism: The Everyman can recover HitPoints and remove TOXICITY by spending NUTRITION. Food's healing power is dependent on how healthy it is. Potato Chips are so unhealthy they actually hurt him.
* HyperspaceArsenal: The Everyman's inventory.
* ICallItVera: Each piece of equipment has a specific fancy name, but the electric sword BLAZING HOT BETTY is the straightest example.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: [[spoiler: After the Everyman starts dying, he occasionally suffers from bouts of coughing, each one accompanied by a reduction in hit points.]]
* ItemCrafting: The Everyman can use his CREATIVITY powers [[ShapedLikeItself creatively]] for that.
* ItsRainingMen: With the Everyman in his floating armor as the parachute, no less.
* LawfulStupid: [[spoiler:The Followers of the Icosahedron, who wish for the world (well, what little there is) to be destroyed completely by the Singularity because the natural laws of nature require so to pave the way for a new universe.]]
* LightIsNotGood: The appearance of void beasts is heralded by the room brightening.
* LivingStatue: [[spoiler:Played very straight with Chairman Jack who, being a cyborg, ran out of power.]]
* ManaMeter: The Creativity stat is more or less the equivalent of mana in [=RPGs=]. The more the Everyman has left, the more he can modify the world around him.
* ManySpiritsInsideOfOne: [[spoiler:The Everyman is the personification of the human race, a gestalt formed from the collective souls of humanity.]]
* MechaMooks: The clockwork halberdiers and clockwork knight that Snuffy and the Everyman face, which sprung from the light bulb-like fruits of a tree that grew from one of [[spoiler:the Dark Star's solids]].
* MetafictionalTitle: [[spoiler:''A Beginner's Guide to the End of the Universe'' is the title of a chronicle written by Arek after the end and featured in the epilogue.]]
* MirrorBoss: [[spoiler:The three cultists that the Everyman faces at the end share his creation ability.]]
* MookFaceTurn: Chairman Jack, originally just an ordinary enemy giant sparrow before he was imbued with COMPLEXITY to become more than a mindless monster.
* {{Mordor}}: The surface of the Black Star: a bleak place with nothing but mountains that literally keep growing out of nowhere. [[spoiler:Until the ending.]]
* MoreDakka: Snuffy gains a built-in minigun once she's [[{{Cyborg}} upgraded to COMPLEXITY 3.]]
* NonHumanSidekick: Snuffy the Pooch and the sparrow Chairman Jack.
* NotQuiteFlight: The various armors the Everyman creates weaken the effects of gravity on him. He propels himself by manifesting nearby bursts of air.
* OmnicidalManiac: [[spoiler:The personified Singularity wants to bring about the final end of the Universe. Later, the followers of the Icosahedron want to achieve the same goal.]]
* OntologicalMystery: The beginning has the Everyman alone in a mysterious location with no memory of how he got there.
* ThePowerOfCreation: Spending CREATIVITY points allows the Everyman to create objects out of thin air. [[spoiler:Near the end he regains his full abilities, giving him infinite CREATIVITY.]]
** [[spoiler:The high priests of the cult of the Icosahedron can do so as well, thanks to having drunk from the fountain underground.]]
* PresentTenseNarrative: As is frequent in {{Interactive Comic}}s.
* PsychicLink: The Everyman has this with his pets - the more useful the stronger his RAPPORT with them is. Initially he is just able to sense vaguely when they are in danger, but later this changes into full-blown telepathy.
* PunchClockVillain: Ryan the office worker, who is basically a normal, confused guy, rather upset to be {{Mind Control}}led into wanting to kill the Everyman.
* RealityWarper: CREATIVITY, in addition to ThePowerOfCreation, also grants the Everyman the ability to modify existing objects in any way he wishes.
* RobotDog: Snuffy, after the Everyman upgrades her with arms and a gun from defeated mechanical enemies.
* RousingSpeech: [[spoiler:[[http://mspfanventures.com/?adv=132&id=641 Here.]] and [[http://mspfanventures.com/?s=132&p=660 here]]]]
* RPGMechanicsVerse: A not very complicated system of numerical stats governs how the Everyman heals and is hurt, as well as how his Creativity is used up and replenished. [[spoiler:This does not apply to any other human in the setting.]]
* SealedEvilInACan: Hinted at about the chinese food... but then you [[spoiler:eat it and you do get sick... but nothing sinister happens.]]
* SecondPersonNarration: Another standard for {{Interactive Comic}}s.
* ShoutOut: Chairman Jack is a [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean sparrow]].
* SinisterGeometry: Things like Cubes and Tetrahedrons pop up out of some enemies, with invariably malefic results. And then there's the Stone Icosahedron. Over the course of the story the Everyman fights all [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platonic_solid five platonic solids]] and a sphere.
* SplashOfColor: Snuffy the Pooch, who is purple in a grayscale world.
* StickFigureComic: All people look like stick figures.
* SwissArmyWeapon: The EVERYSWORD.
-->''It almost seems to have a mind of its own, transforming into whatever sword is appropriate for the situation.''
* TalkingAnimal: Well, Snuffy and Chairman Jack aren't talking (just communicating telepathically), but are as intelligent as any other TalkingAnimal.
* TankGoodness: An old tank found by the Everyman and, of course, repurposed to serve him. Upgraded, it can be folded into a small briefcase and has a supertelescope. Later on, [[spoiler: villains upgrade it to a SpiderTank.]]
* ThemeNaming: [[spoiler:Everyone in the future have four-letter names, perhaps because their ancestors, Mary and Ryan, happened to be this way.]]
* TimeDilation:
** [[spoiler:The Everyman spends just a few days flying to and exploring the Black Star, but hundreds or thousands of years pass in the rest of the... um... universe.]]
** Also near the end, [[spoiler:Chairman Jack is caught in a time-dilatation bubble.]]
* TraumaInn: Catching a good nap restores 1 hit point.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: In-universe, the "works of art" created by the Everyman.
* WeaponsKitchenSink: [[spoiler:The army of the future people is armed with all sorts of random weapons of all kinds.]] {{Justified|Trope}} in that [[spoiler:they get all their stuff from the miscellanopod trees, which grant them entirely random items.]]
* YourDaysAreNumbered: [[spoiler:After the trip to the Black Star, the Everyman is slowly dying from all the radiation he's absorbed.]]
* YouWakeUpInARoom: The story starts with the Eeveryman waking up in a room, alone, within a complex of increasingly more lavish rooms, with no memory of how he got there or what "there" is, and most of the first half of the story is spent answering these questions.