For anyone that reads this, I wish I had a good update on the World game for you. Unfortunately I don't.
Things have actually gotten worse. Originally Xerecs' computer was having trouble with the game file. That is still the case. However, now my
computer is having major difficulty with it as well, despite having created the game on the same device and having the file work well back in August. I even did a system restore and deleted unnecessary files, but at this point the game doesn't work on either of our computers. It's also unlikely that either of us will get a significant computer upgrade in the short term (assuming a better and faster computer would help of course). I also tried another idea with making the map work - uploading chunks of the ocean as snapshots of the existing ocean, rather than uploading the territories themselves. However, this makes the pictures an even larger file size than just the territories by themselves, and would likely increase the total data within the module. This all means that until further notice:
The World Game is now on "permanent" hiatus.
With no solutions in sight, the World game could be delayed for a long time, which could mean multiple years. The good thing is that the World game is a lifelong adventure, so starting it later than anticipated doesn't affect how grand the game will eventually get.
In addition, Xerecs and I have already begun planning something to "replace" the World game. We will reveal our plans when the time is right, and that game will not start until Tournament #2