Deltawars Alpha was a text-based role-play game, that I and and a friend created in 2006. It took us just over a month to to and build the game from scratch. The theme of the game being Sci-fi and the aim being building the strongest empires and top the rankings.
To compete at the top, gamers would have to play every day. The more time spent online, the less chance you would have getting your resources pillaged, allowing you to improve your empire.
In the first 24 hours, we bagged an incredible 250,000 hits and in the first 6 months totalled an unfathomable 17 million hits. Not bad for a £3.50p/m hosting package.