An Interactive Comic by Captain Lhurgoyf, based on Daniel Remar's game Iji, hosted on MSPA Forum Adventures. Well, mainly based on Iji. Because it has become a Mega Crossover of epic proportions.The adventure initially follows the story of a killer game, starting in Iji's house on the morning of Bring-Your-Children-To-Work day. But a few differences appear quickly: For starters, Iji's mental state is already not that good. Her father being a Mad Scientist and her brother having a crush on her probably didn't help...And it goes downhill from there as the Alpha Strike happens, Iji wakes up and starts killing, and the boundaries of the universe weaken even more.Link to the adventures (It's not mirrored because the Four Lines, All Waiting story format doesn't interact well with the mirror's format)The forum adventure eventually stalled two thirds within Sector X◊, its pictures slowly vanishing from ImageShack with no backup. It was pronounced dead on September 21, 2014, having collapsed under the weight of its multiple storylines, and rebooted the next week as Alphastruck, which died a few months later after never really rebuilding an audience (fleeing the MSPA forum and fandom surely didn't help, nor did the author deciding that Tumblr was too hostile a community to be a part of).
Aerith and Bob: A Running Gag - any alien who gets a name who didn't have one in the source material will have a humorously mundane one, so you have, for example, Hel Sarie's son...Wayne.
Aliens in Cardiff: Technically everywhere, but the majority of the action takes place in Milwaukee (as a Shout-Out to Commander Keen, a big inspiration for the adventure), and the Alternian Protectorate mostly covers central Asia.
Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Ron is prone to bursting into tirades about SCIENCE! and world domination. In front of his children. Who don't appreciate it very much. Vexorg also has an Amazingly Embarrassing Aunt.
April Fools' Day: To celebrate, Captain Lhurgoyf did an update claiming that he had been killed by a combine harvester and that, from now on, all updates would be done by his (nonexistent) four-year-old brother. With expected results.
Breakout Character: Many unnamed Mooks are, by reader suggestions, given names and their own subplots. Even the two Scouts standing on either sides of a pit in Sector 1 served as Those Two Guys for quite a while, and the diary writer's girlfriend (or Denise) is more important than the diary writer (or Katelyn) now.
Iji's attitude towards explosions also recalls Jaya Ballard. Given that the author's username comes from a Magic creature, this isn't that surprising.
Not to mention Ron's adopted oldest son Simon, who is a dead ringer for Kamina and wields Tadakatsu's drill-spear.
Casanova Wannabe: Dan, who hits on basically any female who comes his way. He doesn't seem to have any standards on it, seeing as he's hit on his sister, an alien, and an imaginary woman. Most of the time, they want nothing to do with him.
Clueless Chick Magnet: Conversely, any girl that approaches him (The Gensokyans, Kelsey) finds him astoundingly attractive. He even inadvertently causes the events of Touhou 12.3 when the girls realize there literally isn't enough of him to go around, and decide to have a tournament with him as the prize.
The Cassandra: TheCrazy Homeless Man. If anyone paid him any attention, they might have been able to defend against the Alpha Strike. Problem is, he's a homeless old man who everyone assumes is completely insane.
He does survive, and spends most of the comic's events in a dumpster.
Culminating in the sector 9 intermission, which is about the out-of-work indie game developer Daniel Remar in his quest to escape Tales Of Game's' shadow.
Chess with Death: Used repeatedly and with many different deaths and different results. Most notably, during the Dead Writers' Revolt death basically has to abandon his post to deal with hundreds of people challenging him to consecutive games.
Cosy Catastrophe: From what we see of the survivors of the Alpha Strike (besides Iji), life is still fairly normal for most people by six months after the initial attack. Most people even are still able to live in the bombed-out ruins of their houses. Sweden even has a government intact, although that's because they had the help of Notch somehow making the physics of Minecraft work in real life.
Developing Doomed Characters: It takes a while to get to the actual game, mostly because Captain Lhurgoyf needed to finish a run-through he was already on.
Doing In the Scientist: Nanotechnology and other things from the original game are still technological, but there's a lot more metaphysical weirdness going on behind the scenes. In the cases where this does affect what was in the games, the Null Driver is explained as containing a sealedEldritch Abomination, and Sector Z is an Eldritch Location accessed through black holes.
Additionally, one of the major morals of Iji, in addition to War Is Hell, was inevitability and the inability of one person to change the ways of a group of people no matter how hard they tried. It might not be best suited to taking on the ethos of a series containing a song best known (if mistakenly) as "Row Row Fight The Power".
A more subtle example is how the Alternians coming back from the dead and taking over large areas of Earth is portrayed in a positive light (in fact, out of the three alien races, they're the nicest - while the Tasen want to wipe out all life on Earth and then colonize it and the Komato want to blow the planet up, the trolls just want control over the planet) - Captain Lhurgoyf has said elsewhere on the forums that he thinks it would be cool being a troll on Alternia, and despite Andrew's clear intentions, he believes that the things the trolls do make complete sense for what they are. After all, when you recruit everyone on your planet to help maintain your empire, do you want to keep someone who's physically incapable of fighting around?
In a subversion, Captain Lhurgoyf has made it clear that he knows perfectly well that his interpretation of the game is the complete opposite of the original intent, but he's just having fun going along with it anyway.
Fail O'Suckyname though Name McAdjective: The names Krotera and Vexorg used for their imaginary fiends, Stupid Idiot McMoron and Foolish Imbecile McBraindamaged.
Fanon Discontinuity: Although Homestuck is canon to the adventure, everything after and including Tavros's death is disregarded (as well as a few plot points before that that Captain Lhurgoyf thought were bad ideas, such as the ectobiology update), as this is when Captain Lhurgoyf thought the comic had Jumped the Shark and stopped reading it.invoked
Flanderisation: In the original game, Iosa was a relatively calculating, intelligent person who just so happened to be fanatically devoted to battle and a berserker in combat. In the adventure, she's basically an Angry Marine. Within the adventure, there's also Iji's relation to Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff - originally, she was just supposed to like the comic, the joke being that she's too oblivious to realizeit's supposed to be ironic) and, before the adventure was placed in the Homestuck universe, it was uncertain as to whether or not she realized it was supposed to be a Show Within a Show. After Dave himself started making appearances and Iji visited his blog, she ended up being a giggling fangirl who wants to bear his child.
For Science!: Just about everything Ron does. The sole exception being devising the plans for Iji's cybernetic enhancements, which was intended as a defense against the Tasen. Sometimes, he even shouts it.
Four Lines, All Waiting: There are a lot of plotlines, and they're technically all going on at any given time. They only intersect when they happen to veer in that direction and none are allowed to seriously change the course of the "main" plotline. Virtually every update includes scenes from multiple groups who have never even met each other.
The huge recap in sector 8 is 12.5 pages long in Word. It required multiple corrections due to events the author himself had forgotten about and plotlines that hadn't been revisited in a while.
Game Mod: The first one made since Daniel released the sources of Iji, no less! It mainly adds weapons, but also some other elements like Asha's new name.
Find it here, in the spoiler block of Shwart!!'s post.
Gaydar: Andy is somehow able to "tell people's orientation by looking at them." Mostly, this was because one command had him explore the outside of the Komato base in Sector 3, and Captain Lhurgoyf liked the idea of him having a crush on Denise but knowing that he'd never get with her due to her being both a Tasen and gay.
Man Bites Man: Dan bites Vexorg when kidnapped, Which somehow nano-enhances his teeth.
The Magic Touch: Said nano-enhanced teeth have the power to temporarily augment anything they bite with the same capabilities as nano-weapons (allowing them to damage things with nano-field shielding as though said shielding didn't exist). The first thing Dan does with this is bite his hands and punch Komato.
Manipulative Editing: Some times, Captain Lhurgoyf has to edit his screenshots to make them match up with the events of the story. Usually, this comes from editing the numbers on the ammunition counter, but on one occasion he recolored an Assassin to have Iji have a proper fight with Vexorg after using the Nuke in the original boss fight.
Next Sunday A.D.: It takes place in 2016, apparently too early for there have been no apparent technological or social innovations but just enough for Iji's lust for Dave Strider to not come across as Shotacon.
Noodle Incident: In "an epic adventure the likes of words can never describe, other than that it involved a dumpster, a ceiling fan, and ARADIA", Crabsprite ended up on earth.
Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Invoked when Death Demonhead Mobster Kingpin, Bec Noir, Team Sleuth, and every single Touhou character other than Team Sanae get into a giant battle...when we only see a reaction shot from a spectator describing how awesome it is.
Power Creep, Power Seep: In the game, Nanofields are supposed to be impenetrable to the majority of non-Nanoweapons. In the adventure, Dave slices countless Tasen apart with an ordinary katana. To the point where he ends up Atop a Mountain of Corpses that is apparently so tall it leaves his sword in throwing range of space. If this was the original game, not only would he not be able to do anything, he'd probably be killed in seconds... Unless he was actually wielding a Dragon's Tooth from Deus Exnote Invisible War version since it's a katana, probably obtained through Alchemy.
Captain Lhurgoyf: I was looking at the original game and the people who played it, and saying, "Hey, what are you doing feeling guilty over engaging in virtual explosion-filled sci-fi combat? Have you forgotten it is AWESOME?".
Rule 34: Richter Belmont makes an unpleasant encounter with a werewolf porn magazine. To top it, it's in Dracula's possession.
Saved by the Fans: Multiple cases. Vateilika and Yukabacera were originally going to die fighting Iji, but reader suggestions asked for them to come back. And the adventure was going to follow the path where Dan dies, but giving him a Dying Moment of Awesome with a quick He's Back moment from Iji, but the way things had set up by that point prevented it. invoked
At one point, Bro Strider was prompted to combine items using meat paste, like in Kingdom of Loathing.
Shonen Hair: Iji's was more of Wild Hair in the game, but here she has it even before falling into a coma, mostly due to Rule of Funny, recognition, and it being more fun to draw. And the adventure adheres to Shōnen principles quite nicely, considering its inspiration.
Sickeningly Sweethearts: Denise and Katelyn, to the point where one Commander outright asks them if they ever get tired of each other. Apparently, they don't.
Silliness Switch: Forget the scrambler. Here, the switch is broken in the "ON" position.
Silly Reason for War: According to the adventure, the Tasen-Komato War started when the Komato received a message insulting them claiming to be from the Tasen note It was actually sent by Franz Harvey Wallace by accident when he picked up the Crystal Skull, as stated in Pulp Archaeologist Adventure. Up until that point, they were allies.
SpaceX: Parodied with a reference to the Space Geneva Convention.
Take That: The GameBro review of Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden contains some verbatim quotes from a Destructoid review of Iji that basically admitted to not paying any attention to the storyline. Iji brushes it off as misinformed.
The fact that Vriska spends all of the trolls' meetings locked in a cage and only being let out on the battlefield, with the other trolls mentioning that the only reason they allowed her back in the first place was that they needed all the help they could get, should tell you something about how Captain Lhurgoyf feels about the character.
Worst News Judgement Ever: In the prologue, Dan goes to a news website where the front page story is "Bob Smith is a Jerk". This is because Captain Lhurgoyf couldn't find any fake news website generators that weren't supposed to be used for pranking your friends.
Yaoi Fangirl: Iji is mentioned to ship Sweet Bro/Hella Jeff, and once attempted to send fanfiction to Dave in the past.
You Bastard: Surprisingly, this actually does show up, but not in the way one would expect. When a command calls for the last duck on Earth to explode humourously: