World In Progress (previously called Ultimate Conquest) is a world conquest Internet game I'm thinking up that will allow people to do approximately anything they want with the world. For the singleplayer version, you start playing in a select region where you live with characters based on real life situations made by the AI. For the multiplayer version, there are no AI characters (unless the manager of the server 'tweaks' it to create oddities) and you mainly go up against other players from around the world. In order to give people unlimited multiplayer playtime in the game no matter what the speed of their Internet access and be able to play at all, I will create compatibility CDs for the computer for the price of 35 to 40 U.S. dollars. Other than the CDs itself, you pay absolutely nothing for playing multiplayer and get unlimited updates until the final version (just like Minecraft). I'm not sure if I can manufacture it at all, but the conquest area will eventually cover the Earth and the fun is limitless.
1st Series: Porterville, Tulare, and Visalia
This version starts in one of these Californian cities: Porterville, Tulare, or Visalia (depending on what you choose). You can only travel from city to city by bus (although train and plane travel exists, but is very rare) because there is a void between the cities (In real life, this is not true; there are farms and small towns between the cities).
Porterville is a small city located next to the Sierra Nevada mountains and has a population of over 50,000 people.
Tulare has a population of almost 60,000 people and is home to the World Ag Expo, one of the world's largest showcases dedicated to agriculture.
Visalia is the county seat of Tulare County and has a population of approximately 125,000 people.
1st Series Expansion Packs: Fresno, Bakersfield, Hanford
As the first series expands, players can choose to start a game in or visit Fresno, Bakersfield, or Hanford.
Fresno is known as the county seat of Fresno County and the most populated city in the Central Valley, as well as the largest city in the United States without Interstate Highway access, with over 500,000 inhabitants.
Bakersfield is the county seat of Kern County and the second largest U.S. city without direct access to an Interstate, as well as the third most populated city in the Central Valley, with almost 350,000 residents.
Hanford is the county seat of Kings County and is home to over 50,000 residents.
2nd Series: Tulare County, Kern County, Kings County, Fresno County
As these counties are right next to each other, you can pass from one to another without any problems.
Tulare County is the resident county of over 420,000 people, and is the home of Sequoia National Park and the 14,505 foot tall Mt. Whitney. Tulare county is also known as the largest dairy producer and one of the largest agricultural producers in the United States.
Kern County: TBA
Kings County: TBA
Fresno County: TBA
2nd Series Expansion Pack 1: Greater Los Angeles Area, San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego Metropolitan Area, Sacramento Metropolitan Area
Since none of these regions will connect to each other or Tulare, Kern, Kings, or Fresno Counties (collectively known as the South San Joaquin Valley region), you can't pass to each of these 5 areas on foot. Bus and train transportation is possible, and major airports are provided in any of the 5 regions. Boat transportation can be provided between the Bay Area, the Greater Los Angeles Area, and the San Diego Metropolitan Area.
Los Angeles itself has a population of over 4,000,000 people (second-most populated city in the U.S.), and its metro area has a population of almost 18 million (second in the U.S.)
San Francisco Bay Area: TBA
San Diego Metropolitan Area: TBA
Sacramento Metropolitan Area: TBA
2nd Series Expansion Pack 2: New York City, Chicago, Houston
3rd Series: California, Texas, New York, Florida, Illinois
These 5 states were chosen as they are the 5 most populated states in the U.S. California is 1st, followed by Texas in 2nd, New York in 3rd, Florida in 4th, and Illinois in 5th.
3rd Series Expansion Pack 1: Determined by Population of States and Popularity of Fans
3rd Series Expansion Pack 2: Tijuana (MEX), Nuevo Laredo (MEX), Vancouver (CAN), Toronto (CAN)
3rd Series Expansion Pack 3: London, Berlin, Madrid, Rome, Paris, Warsaw, Prague, Brussels
4th Series: United States, Canada, Mexico, European Union
4th Series Expansion Pack 1: Brazil, South Africa, India, Russia, Australia, Argentina, Arabia, Japan, China (if approved by the Government)
4th Series Expansion Pack 2: Korea, New Zealand, Egypt, Colombia, Venezuela, Caribbean Isles, Indonesia, Southeast Asia
4th Series Expansion Pack 3: Determined by Population of Country and Popularity of Fans
5th Series: World Version
5th Series Expansion Pack 1: Earth's Moon
(I will have to edit this part soon)
You start at Antarctic Point, the only made-up city created at the beginning of World In Progress, inside a shabby apartment that represents the home of all beginners in the 1 Fame Level (Ordinary Person). There are paths leading to shore as well as an airport that can take you to anywhere you want for the price of a 300 terrals (currency used anywhere throughout the game) starting fee plus 5 extra terrals per every 1,000 miles you travel, so you can go anywhere you want. Once you start conquering (the exception is Antarctic Point, which is unaffected by conquest attempts), there's no limit to the size of your empire!
The beginning of the game has the same timeline as the Earth has a few seconds before, but once the game is created, the timeline splits apart into two pieces, one for the normal Earth, and one for the game. Now you can see how extreme the Earth can be or even change the Earth to your liking!
There's also a daily (by UTC time) newspaper in the game called Global Empire News, featuring major changes in the world map (conquests, etc.) as well as news about the game and its progress, and tips for better playing of the game provided by Tips From the Mastermind. It will be created once there are at least 100 people registered in the game.
If you get killed in the game, you can restore yourself automatically in several hours, or if you have terrals to spare, you can spend them to restore yourself sooner. If you get arrested for a great enough crime, you might get jailed in the Negaworld, the exact opposite of gaming existence where even though you can still see the world and find existent people, no one can contact you and you can't affect regular existence, and even if there are other jailed people in the Negaworld, you will never contact them while you and they are still in the Negaworld. In other words, you are all alone until you get out again.
Fame determines a lot of outcomes, like how often you get into the Global Empire News, what benefits and upgrades you get, and even where your home in Antarctic Point is. (The higher the fame, the fancier the apartment or condominium you live in.) Here are the fame levels in the game:
There will be more fame levels as they develop.
The game even has local and game-restricted television and radio broadcasts! You can see your favorite television programs and AM, FM, and even XM radio broadcasts localized depending on your location and coinciding with the time of broadcast in the outside world, but you can even see and hear television and radio broadcasts only existing in the game. With the Game-Cast function, you can see and hear broadcasts about what is happening in the game and more!
To be continued...