"In this world there is a thin line between order and chaos. In an ideal world this line would be thicker, but no. This is not the case. In an ideal world, your work would be a complete waste of time. But no, this world is not ideal. There is that ever-present line.
"In this insane world, it is you. You are that line."
A Complete Waste of Time is an MS Paint Fan Adventure by clandestineTechie, centering on a group of sixteen trolls as they play a game called META. What was originally supposed to be just a simple game session mutates into something very complex and trying on everyone as relationships are made and broken, another set of aliens is discovered, and of course everyone wastes each other's time.Notable for impressive storytelling and worldbuilding, and for not being just another SBURB playthrough.
The adventure is currently on hiatus, as clandestineTechie is busy with a job and other projects. He has stated that he already knows how the story continues and ends, it just takes time to put it "on paper".Not to be confused with Pointless Waste Of Time.
A Complete Waste of Time has the following tropes:
Absurdly High-Stakes Game: META. For starters, it determines players by examining the server player's friends list. If anyone from that list hasn't installed the game within one day after the server starts, they die. This ends up causing a mass depopulation of Seconia, as virtually everyone therein is connected to its natural network, and thus is connected to everyone else.
While in game, you can accidentally murder your conscience, which leaves you incapable of moral decisions.
You better win, or your civilization ceases to ever have existed. Not just destroyed, but removed from history
If you do manage to win, your prize a single wish (for anything) and a god to look over your people.
Aerith and Bob: The trolls are for the most part given normal first names (e.g. Rick, Noel, Vera), with a few exceptions (Cerana, Lorrex, Graves). And then there are the ithicans, whose psychenyms include such adjectives as Virulent or Virtuistic.
Alchemy Is Magic: Alchemy plays an important part in the story; the trolls (and two ithicans) are denoted by alchemical symbols, and like in Homestuck combining objects in forging pots creates new objects with the qualities of the components. Then there's GENESIS SHELL, the Ultimate Blacksmith Denizen of Fire.
Batman Gambit: Noel tries one to assist in Moira's suicide, since she claimed that if she made it back alive she wouldn't trust anyone anymore. It of course fails since Graves realizes what was happening with her after having a change of heart.
Be Careful What You Wish For: Gary managed to screw his team out of a Happy Ending for their session by wishing that they all got what the session god thought they deserved. He didn't know that god thought they deserved nothing, having gotten lucky for even beating META.
Big Damn Heroes: Unified, a wreck of an ithican who just killed Pliable Paeans, goes on a nihilistic rant about how the ithicans are doomed and that they should just die instead of prolonging their "suffering". Just as he plans on killing the other survivors for clinging on to hope, Virtuistic comes out of nowhere and caves in his skull with electricity.
Funetik Aksent: A slight case; Philanian dreamselves and +devas speak with "ph" instead of "f", while Mizanian dreamselves and -devas speak with "z"s for "s"s. This is on top of each troll's normal quirk.
Genre Savvy: Rick, if only a little. He had already played Sburb with a few others, so he knew just about what to expect in META.
God Guise: The trolls inadvertently play the part of "moon elders" to the ithicans at one point in their history. While some are nice, others don't really care about the godly business, and some (Lyanne in particular) absolutely enjoytormenting the poor aliens.
Ithicans come up with their own names on their first birthday.
Heroic BSOD: Milo has one when he finds out he can't cast spells like he claimed he could. A more serious case is Moira's emotional breakdown and attempted suicide after Graves calls her out on being a hypocrite.
Hipster: Milo is nearly obsessed with trying to out-cool Chad, even though it almost always fails.
Kill Steal: For all the effort Camille put into sacking a monster, Layla simply blasts it into oblivion.
Klingon Promotion: Virulent had to kill the previous Queen of Philan to achieve that status. The same could be said for Permanent and the previous ruler of Mizan.
Letters 2 Numbers: Rick's typing quirk consists of him replacing the first letter of a word with a numeral (from zero to ten) whose initial phoneme(s) most closely resembles the word's. 4or 8xample, 3hese 1ords 1ere most likely written by him.
Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Played for drama. When someone stops using their typing quirks, it means they have become serious about something (e.g. an ascended Future Graves forgiving Moira for all the times she killed him, alpha Lorrex regretting playing META, Lyanne confronting an Ax-Crazy Moira, the group chat over the destruction of the alpha/beta sessions (with appropriate lampshading), etc.).
Rage Against the Mentor: +Moira throws a big fit at Virulent when she is caught chatting it up with Permanent, who was supposed to be "the enemy". She had it particularly bad since Virulent had ceaselessly urged her to kill Graves, Permanent's pupil.
Self-Duplication: Milo randomly makes clones of himself to aid in such things like completing dungeons. When a clone dies, his memories pass on to the original Milo. Needless to say, it gives him a headache.
Shock and Awe: All ithicans store enough electrical energy in their systems to be able to easily sculpt metal; that is to say, their energy output is about half of a lightning bolt's. It's also the reason that VP looked intimidating to Lyanne the first time they met; VP's immense output was confusing her scanners so that she appeared infinitely leveled when really she was only Level 100.
Take a Third Option: After the result of the above Heads Tails Edge, cT decides to improvise; rather than go through the plot normally or fast-forward it, he does both. And makes the tape suffer for his decision.
Touch of Death: Gabe's power, which he has to wear special gloves to contain.
Also, >cT: Recap Act 5. In Ithican script. He later gives us a transcribed version.
Wham Episode: Lyanne confronts the god of the Troll's META session and uses her CURSE powers to search through his memories. She discovers META was a test given to gods by their parents to decide if they are fit for their duties. The trolls' session god decided that civilizations should be tested, not gods, and wished to reverse the process, putting him in charge.
Wingdinglish: There are various phrases written not with the Latin alphabet but instead with the flowy cipher-script of the ithicans. Decoding those passages will enrich your experience. Especially when reading the (handwritten) Act 5 recap.