LEVELS OF PLAY
A game concept where players essentially play several different, but interconnected, games.
WWII The Pacific Theater-esque Game
From level 1-35, players progress through enlisted ranks. They play as ground level soldiers (FPS style) and AA Gunners on ships (or the like). This gets players very involved in the nitty-gritty of the game. It's simplistic, familiar, and gets the players into the fight almost instantly!
From level 36-70 the players can play as an “officer”. An officer commands vehicles. They are devastatingly powerful but limited in scope. (They cost “resources” while soldiers can screw around if they'd like.) On land officers can command stationary mortar batteries, fly planes (bomber or fighter support), or even play as a tank (Light or heavy). This allows players to become familiar with the concept of “resources” and eases them into a more “command” position. (In that they move away from the “run & gun” style of gameplay)
At level 70-100 a player can play as a commander. This pits them against other high level characters in a RTS style game. They have a certain amount of resources that they have and and direct troop movement. It's a turn based system with heavy fog of war. Whenever a engagement begins, a new game is created for lower level players to join. A lot more resources means a lot more players can join one side or have better options to play as. Commanders can always play in a match they start. They can take part in “training exercises” (3-4 move matches), “theaters of war” (10-30 move matches), and “campaigns” (unlimited move matches).
A player can always play as a lower rank than they are. (You can always be a soldiers for example)
Players can always start simply quick-play matches. (Preset scenarios)
Players join a faction that gives them a bonus to certain things.
The United States has a bonus to their total resource pool during WWII.
The Japanese have harder to kill soldiers and have access to kamikaze planes.
The Russians have a static bonus to their number of players on their side of the field.
Players select what branch they want to be part of. This gives them special options for units they can play as.
The Army gives officers access to heavy tanks and heavy weapons as a soldier.
The Navy gives officers access to submarines and better anti-aircraft guns.
The Air Force gives officers access to escort fighter and paratroopers.
Submarine (Navy Only)
Kamikaze Fighter (Japan Only)
Escort Fighter (Air Force Only)
Mortar Battery (Stationary)
Infantry (Pistol, rifle, knife, grenades)
Heavy Weapons (Can swap rifle for: Rocket launcher, flame thrower, or heavy machine gun)
Paratrooper (Pistol, Sun-Machine gun, knife, grenades. Can deploy anywhere on the battlefield)
20 mm Cannons
Twin 40 mm Gun
This essentially triple the content created (though on a lesser scale than a full-on game).