You're browsing through the Internet when a shadowy figure contacts you with the offer of a mysterious power: pwnage. By either being really whiny, flirtatious, annoying, or 1337, you can utterly destroy internet forums and send their occupants off to go cry in their blogs. Soon enough, the money and fame start rolling in, but then so too do the shady organizations, freaks, perverts, and weirdos who want your help.The game was released Halloween 2007. Episode 2 was released about one year later, and Episode 3 launched January 2010. Can be found, not surprisingly, at http://www.forumwarz.com.
Allegedly Free Game: You have to pay to unlock any of the later episodes from the second onwards. You do get to keep playing the community forums and Episode I forums, though, as long as you don't open the notice that your fictional ISP account has been suspended following Episode I's conclusion.
You can still continue playing- just sentrillion something and play through the Internet Court scene. You still won't be able to access the Episode II forums, but everything else will be reactivated.
Anti-Poop Socking : There's a maximum of four forum visits per day (with a rollover cap of 12), which is about 90 minutes of playtime at most.
Ascended Extra: The Church of Saiyantology mentioned below was a community forum when it was introduced. Now it's a plot point in Episode II, and one of your clients that is among their organization is oddlyfamiliar. Paranormal Panorama too, possibly, or it could be a subversion. After all, the mission that tells you take it down does specifically state it's there in the community forums.
Stalker Central and Engrish Ressons also get this treatment fairly early in the third episode.
Berserk Button: One of your contacts, THE_SHIT, becomes enraged whenever he's asked a question. Then, after a head injury, it's reversed: He's fine with questions, but not general statements.
Bribing Your Way to Victory: In addition to more episodes, paying Crotch Zombie will allow you to purchase 69 forum visits, lottery winnings of 100,000 to 1 million Flezz, or a Thread Insta-Kill ability at the price of being disqualified from certain E-Peen as well as from Domination (an Un-Cheat enhancement can remove these if you want back in, though). There are also the game-improving purchases that don't do this, such as "Extra Character," "Disable Ads," and all the Community enhancements.
Brown Note: A good part of Episode 3 revolves around a Brown Note.
But Thou Must: At the start, one of the possible answers to the question "Are you interested?" is "Not really, but I understand the game won't really continue otherwise." The other answers are answers in the affirmative to the question.
Having an evil alignment doesn't end well for you.
Easter Egg: Sentrillioning certain members of the community will get you some...interesting results.
OMG Easter Egg!
Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Partially implemented: attack techniques and forums beyond the lowest levels have psychological types, weaknesses, and resistances. While there isn't a specific "X beats Y beats Z beats X" in place, classes end up specializing to various degree in some types of psychological attack. This makes some classes better against specific fora.
Emo Teen: The Emo Kid class. Attacks tend to emphasize bitching about other people in their life, how their hair/tattoo/scars make them unique, and generally complaining about how much their life sucks.
Hopeless Boss Fight: Happens surprisingly often. More often than not, the appearance of a boss makes the forum impossible to entirely pwn.
Hyperactive Metabolism: Down as many drinks, eat as many pills, and inject as many syringes you want, they all work instantaneously and can be used almost indefinitely, limited only by how many you bought before battle.
Incredibly Lame Pun: Played straight, subverted singly AND doubly, and just plain toyed around with in every which way with the Bad Joke-a-palooza attack.
Item Crafting: Sets of ".moar" files can be assembled into a document, sound, video or application file. You can equip one of each file type at any given time, and sell duplicates (or outdated/off-class files) as Vendor Trash.
Shout-Out: All the time. You can easily spot pop culture references and obviously internet culture references. But one of the more obvious examples of this trope is the Internet Court minigame, where you take up the guise of Tucson Lepht.
Now including one to this very wiki, with the TvTripes.org forum. You're welcome.
Talking the Monster to Death: How you ultimately dispatch Purifyingselector88 in Episode 3, and potentially how you deal with Shallow, depending on your alignment.
This Loser Is You: A Zig-Zagging Trope. Sure, you're a fat, pathetic Basement-Dweller who spends his non-pwning hours jerking it to bizarrely deviant porn, but you're also the only person in this whole Crapsack World other than Shallow Esophagus and maaaaaybe the FBO to have an ounce of intelligence, sanity, or common sense. And given your penchant for sarcasm and mockery, the whole "basement dweller" thing could well be an elaborate joke on your part (as Shallow comments at the start of Episode 3).
Vendor Trash: Junk is given to you by strangers when you pwn forums. It has no use, but it can be sold and is your main source of income.
Video Game Caring Potential: A lot of choices give this ability. Lending an ear for Shallow, helping take down a forum that has been taking over by pedophiles, and talking a person down from committing suicide.