Well to explain illinc I gotta explain a LOT so if you want to skip this part just scroll down.
About three years ago (give or take a month) I played an awesome game and quickly got addicted (in a good way ) but it didn't last - the game went off the air about a month after I joined the game. After that I decided I wanted to make a game exactly like that (before I know crap about development) and set out to find out everything about computers.
Since then I've drawn hundreds of pages of designs and ideas and learn all kinds of things I never knew (like that making a game was actually very difficult).
After so long I've revised the idea a LOT and in the end many things are similar to my old favorite but at the same time very much different.
Illinc is the result of all my ideas and time - its a big project but I have many of the skills to finally get started on the actual code and artwork.
The main outline - illinc is in a nut skill a large scale (but not massive) multiplayer online shooter (first and third person alternating with a button press) game with certain rpg elements
The world - Altus is a beatiful planet ranging from amazing to horrifying and much more - miles of explorable area and surprises around every corner
The races -
Humans - Well you knew this before I said anything about it. I've given this some thought but in the end I decided that a Human race is a great "meter" of balance. Fossil fuels have become so scarce that their price could rival that of gold and rising everyday. Oil is nothing but a memory at this point and coal is lacking. Electricity is only available to the rich and though solar and hydroelectric power sources and solar power sources are being used increasingly nuclear power is still classified as too dangerous giving business owners have very little energy to use for production. After many years the Illinc Project allowed humans to "travel" huge distances by transferring consciousness to clones in other galaxies created by the Facility created by transferring the entire building thorough the matter transporter (through which no organic matter can survive). Upon arriving the humans can make use of various facilities to craft equipment and other important items.
Titians - From Titian Zero the Titans are know for their astounding technology and easily recognizable by their large metal bodies. Titian Zero is made entirely of an alien metal and covered in generator and various other devices essential for the Titian race. Their original planet is rumored to be so heavily polluted that everything on it has been completely destroyed however new advances in the titans technology allows for zero pollution making Titian Zero clean and efficient. The Titians believe that nature is nothing but a nuisance to be eliminated in favor of a mechanical environment.
Shadren - From Shadraux the Shadren are known for their love of nature and their need for darkness. Its said that Shadraux is full of massive trees that cover all sunlight and also that it is a planet of unrivaled natural beauty. They came to Altus looking for an ancient race who's history is intertwined with their own. Their bodies can change form to adapt to their surrounding - often resembling the local fauna (or even flora). They have a deep hatred for technology and use elements of nature for all of their needs.
War - The Crusade of technology the Search for energy and the Discovery of ancient heritage - conflicting goals that lead to a great conflict.
Some choose not the serve their original purpose but to aid others in their missions. Some will be loyal till death. How you play is up to you.
Fighting - In illinc you'd better know how to aim cause you'll be doing a lot more than clicking and pointing - real time action is an important part of illinc and these days is quite unique in large or massive scale online games. Their are many weapons to discover as you progress and the weapon customization will allow you to have a gun that is crafted for you alone. Humans using different modules to build or modify weapons - titians crafting circuitry - Shadren using ancient methods to produce entire new bodies. Armor will determine how many hits you can take before you "die" but your skill will be the true meter of your fighting ability.
Exploring - You'd be surprised at all the amazing things you can simply find - that doesn't mean it'll be easy to find them.
Player versus Player - In a war your only targets will not be towers and tanks you'll go toe to toe with the other players for many reasons the most common being the war all around you (unless you just like killing people). Killing members of other armies and tearing down their structures and stronghold will earn you great prestige but just killing will earn you the tag of a murderer. The bounty system will allow other players to make a good deal of money off those who seek others money.
Economy - Though some of the economy will be dominated but NPC's players will have a large control over the economy as well via the auction market and many in depth "manufacturing" class tradeskill kits that allow for creation of large amounts of product.
Tradeskills - Tradeskills vary among the races but all of them are in depth processes that require time to master but can yield amazing items not found anywhere else. Exploration will reveal new recipes or instructions and practice will allow you to perfect them.
Death - After dieing you will be required to the items you had equipped and any in your backpack (other than your main inventory) from where you lost it - any items stolen can be retrieved by killing your murderer or by activating a "safety" - an item that is disguised as something else that will allow you to cause a fatal blow to your killer - the more powerful the greater chance of killing them and the more complex the less chance of them being able to use Tools to find out if you have a safety or which item it is. Certain items, armors and other equipment will not be dropped at any time.
Progression - In illinc your character will learn new techniques use new guns and armor by doing different quests and completing certain tasks rather than earning points slowly by doing the same things constantly.
And much more - This is all I can think of off my head (I'm not consulting my note right now) but there is still more to the Illinc design and more to be added as well.
If anyone would like to help please just submit an idea or even just tell me what you think. If you would like to help in this project by providing 3D art or programming services please e-mail me ( Zephir@thegame.com)
The more technical specifications of this game will be added soon (such as the software I'm using and the operating system) but I'm done typing for right now.