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** There's a chapter where the plot gets derailed because the party is talking about AynRand and how she would play tabletop games.

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** There's a chapter where the plot gets derailed because the party is talking about AynRand Creator/AynRand and how she would play tabletop games.


* ShoutOut: While the rules aren't clearly part of any system as of yet, Resources and Status are two background traits in the WhiteWolf engine.

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While the rules aren't clearly part of any system as of yet, Resources and Status are two background traits in the WhiteWolf Creator/WhiteWolf engine.


* WhiteKnighting: Ian tries to defend Soo when Joe mocks her and she responds by calling him a "White Knight" negatively.

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* WhiteKnighting: Ian tries to defend Soo when Joe mocks her and she responds by calling him a "White Knight" negatively.

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->"Let's just start, we'll shun Joe later."
-->-- '''Dane the GM'''

A sort of WebSerialNovel, ''Statless and Tactless'' follows a group of roleplayers attempting to wade through an RPG. It's presented in a format resembling an online chat group, though the party members seem to know each other offline as well. The party plays a steampunk RPG called "Eldaria" which has unclear rules (at least to the reader). Within the game the heroes get involved in a mysterious conspiracy involving ancient gods and extra-dimensional bugs, all of which they'd handle much more effectively if they didn't seem to kill everyone they meet.

The cast includes:
* '''Dane''': The group's GM. His posts are orange.
* '''Joe''': A composite of numerous troll traits, Joe plays [=GR210=], a massive steampunk robot. He apparently goes to graduate school with Soo. His posts are red.
* '''Ian''': Another player and apparently something of a poor hand with the ladies. He plays Mari Shasho, a 'pyromancer'. His posts are purple.
* '''Kyle''': A player who opposes Joe's involvement in the group, calling him a devil. He plays an adventurer named Bailey Hunt. His posts are blue.
* '''Soo''': A newer player brought in by Joe to expand the group. She players Kalinari dVostog, an affluent noblewoman. Her posts are green.

The series is currently hosted on Blogger at http://statntact.blogspot.com/
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* TheAlliance: The opposition of the Imperia is the Federation, a coalition of numerous ethnic groups.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Steam Mechs are supposed to be this, being highly versatile, but costing tons of money to get upgrade parts for.
* AxCrazy: Joe pretty much any time he's not being a BloodKnight instead. He regards everything in the game as either a victim or a future victim of his bloodlust.
* BigDamnHeroes: Bailey and Mari show up just in times to save [=GR210=] and Kali from robbers.
* BloodKnight: When Joe isn't butchering {{NPC}}s, he's indulging in combat for its own sake. He whined about the edition change of the game because he felt it simplified his combat experience.
* ColdSniper: Danielle mutters fatalistic, creepy things before dispassionately killing people at Joe's behest.
* CreepyAwesome: Danielle.
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: Dane threatens to (partially) castrate Ian if he acts like a horny, creepy nerd.
* DealWithTheDevil: Kyle considers making any sort of deal with Joe to be one of these.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Fireballs... made of fire!
* TheEmpire: The main setting is called the "Imperia" and is ruled by an Emperor or Empress.
* FailureHero: Kyle's character Bailey is probably the closest thing the group has to an archetypal pulp hero, but seems to be incapable of succeeding in rolls.
** This has started to relax as Bailey has started to [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass occasionally succeed at rolls]], but typically will still fail any time he ''needs'' on succeeding on them.
* FatBastard: Joe is probably overweight (Soo calls him a fatass and knows him offline) and he actively considers himself a bastard with pride.
* ForgotICouldFly: The whole group has a bad habit of forgetting skills they selected. Soo is the worst at it (somewhat appropriately, being a newcomer to the game).
* GuyInRealLife: Ian plays a female character.
* MadeASlave: Joe convinces the group to technically enslave Ian's character Mari because the mechanical game benefits of her being so actually outweighed the penalties. That it would bother Ian was considered a bonus.
* NinjaMaid: Joe's follower character Danielle is an odd composite of a french maid and a sniper. The former is for utility, the latter is to irritate Dane while he's forced to play her.
* PlayerArchetypes: Joe is a power gamer. Soo is an actor.
* PointBuildSystem: Eldaria apparently has one, as Kali'nari d'Vostog has dumped points into Resources and Status.
** Joe couldn't bring himself to leave points unspent, even though he was trying to cripple the team with a dead-weight character so he purchased every single language skill in the history of the game.
* RedOniBlueOni: Kyle is collected and balanced. Joe is his archenemy and opposite. They even have blue and red posts respectively.
* RuleZero: In order to bring in a new player, Dane agrees to not houserule out Joe's character. Kyle is rightfully concerned.
* ScheduleSlip: The author has had several big ones of a couple months apiece. The first two lacked any real reason and the third was something to do with a car accident and the author stated that he forgot about the story all together from it until a reader comment notified his email.
* ShesNotMyGirlfriend: Joe thinks Ian and Soo are dating (or "performing mouth inspections") because they spend time together offline. The two always jump up to yell a rebuke to these claims.
* ShoutOut: While the rules aren't clearly part of any system as of yet, Resources and Status are two background traits in the WhiteWolf engine.
** Joe's character is a shiny robot that knows an obscene number of languages. Ian realizes he's like a "Murderous [[StarWars C3P0]]".
** The game's twelfth edition rules changed the damage system to one with abstract damage and progressive degeneration of efficiency, similar descriptively to the Literature/DresdenFiles game.
** There's a chapter where the plot gets derailed because the party is talking about AynRand and how she would play tabletop games.
* SteamPunk: The setting has elements of it. Steam Mechs are explicitly referred to as being "steampunk" and made of copper.
* StopOrIShootMyself: Joe takes himself hostage to force Soo to buy him fancy war machines by making his 'default' configuration utterly useless.
** The plan backfires due to a combination of the 'useless' skills he took proving useful and Joe's need to upstage people making it very had to not be handy.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Soo is the only woman in the group. Ian is very aware of this.
* TheButlerDidIt: Joe assumes that the group has been betrayed by Soo's follower character, Archibald the butler. He kills Archibald before even thinking about it.
* TwoferTokenMinority: "Soo" is shorthand for "Soraya", a middle-eastern name. She's also the only woman in the group.
* TheWatson: Soo is this for the group, being new to both {{RPG}}s and the game in particular.
* WhatADrag: Joe's idea for cross-country travel is to carry two teammates and have the third be dragged behind on a rope. Soo points out that this would probably kill the person in question.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Archibald is killed off within three posts and never even gets a chance to speak. Soo eventually takes an offer to repurpose his points, so it looks like he's gone forever.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Mari has a bad habit of helping the group by making lots of people die (in contrast to her pleasant and timid player Ian) because she's a pyromancer and the best contribution Ian can usually come up with in a situation is lighting something on fire.
* WhiteKnighting: Ian tries to defend Soo when Joe mocks her and she responds by calling him a "White Knight" negatively.

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