In terms of gameplay, flash games, posting on the forums and interacting with the NPCs through quests are primary ways to earn "Shards", the base currency of the site. Premium currency, "Gems" are earned through a few daily quests, daily game high scores, and by purchasing them through the site.
The story and the NPCs is one of the most important aspects of the site. The story begins 1,000 years After the End, leaving only a small Remnant of reality untouched when the world was un-woven — the small city of Hope. Users begin within this remnant, enrolled as students in Hope University. Recently in Hope, mysterious creatures known as Kith have appeared from the Tattered Weave, which users can ally with. Since the introduction of Kith and users, other remnants of the world outside of Hope, the Enchanted Forest and Coral Reef, have since been discovered, with more NPCs to interact with and more stories to discover.
TW contains example of:
- Amazing Technicolor Population: The NPCs grew more and more colorful until The Shadow Stage, where characters can come in every color of the rainbow.
- Apocalypse Not: The entire world has been unwoven into a mess of tatters and much of the knowledge and resources of The Before Times are lost, but many of the remnants that survive have developed healthy, kind, generous societies in the 1,000 years since
- Ascended Meme:
- Dr. Stuffy started as a player joke/headcanon that Lycus might have a pet stuffed weasel. Shortly after players sent the NPC a stuffed weasel in a trade, asking if he "lost Dr. Stuffy," it was introduced as an official toy item, and can now be seen sitting on the backshelf of his lab
- The special fanfiction books released on April Fools contain lots of references to actual the players' interactions and headcanons about the characters, including a werewolf AU
- The special 'Thespiansona' books that can be acquired through one of the The Scribe's quests. Various players were making Thespian versions of themselves and sharing them on site, and Scribe liked the idea so much that she decided to write down the parts so people could read them.
- Big Word Shout: Often used in events, during climatic moments.
- Curiosity Killed the Cast: Subverted. You would expect someone who walks through unraveled reality to die horribly, but it has never happened.
- Digital Avatar: It is common for petsites to have avatars. Tattered Weave is no exception.
- Foreign-Looking Font: Only in the background art, but whatever language Hope used before the Cataclysm, it wasn't English.
- Good vs. Good: Often found in events, two characters will fight, however neither of them are completely in the wrong.
- For example, Andre and his kith Fray had an event where Fray accidentally tore Andre's prized friendship necklace. Fray was in the wrong, but he was still a good kith.
- Another example is Tethys and Dione arguing over whether Dione should release her tailoring patterns. It was for the greater good, but it was still Dione's passion.
- Heroic Sacrifice: The hero Althea gave her life to preserve Hope from the Tatters.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Small fourth wall breaks are common, often referencing the writing staff.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Kith in a nutshell. Every new player allies with a Kith to learn about the world together, and that alliance can protect the player from the tatters.
- Not the Intended Use: A method to play the minigame This Little Pig was found that the developers didn't expect. However, it's not an exploit, just a strategy, and as such the developers couldn't care less.
- Plant Person: The Dryads, who take sustenance from their trees and are almost Treants themselves
- Princesses Rule: Princess Celariel, though this is a somewhat Justified Trope in that her father is still alive, he's just unable to rule.
- Relationship Values: The player has a reputation status with each NPC.
- Scavenger World: Appears to apply to the Pirates from the Coral Reef, with a weird amount of very high-tech machinery on their ships that they've mostly repurposed into cooking equipment.
- Videogame Caring Potential: A lot of the players are willing to help out newbies with their quests, as starting out can be a little rough.
- On the gameplay side of things, there's also taking care of your Kith. You can feed them, play with them, and even read books with them—and all of them contribute to the Kith's stats, such as Guard, and will eventually change a Kith's personality completely!
- Visible Silence: Sometimes seen in events during suspenseful moments.