Here is a unique opportunity to get started with a brand new game just entering an open beta stage. The name of the game is llor.nu, which is also its Web address, except I'm not sure if that should be pronounced "LORE-new" or "un-ROLL" as the name implies.
Whatever it's called, llor.nu is an intriguing idea for a new casual Web game that you play for about 10 or 20 minutes a day.
The game is played as a simple board game, like Monopoly, by taking turns. The object of the game is to become the player with the highest net worth. As with most board games, you roll a die and move that number of squares. If the square you land on is a buildable square, you may claim it by purchasing a hotel of the size and quality of your choosing. You may take as many turns as you wish, that is until you run out of money.
To earn more money you will need to build hotels and then wait for other players to land on them. The bank provides you with a daily allowance, and if that's not enough, you will eventually be able to buy game credits through PayPal.
There is a short and relatively painless registration process that requires a valid email address for verification. Just enter your preferred player name, real name, email address and password. Click the link in the email message the game sends you, and you'll be signed-in and playing right away.
Based on a previous and similar Web game, Macropoly, this implementation has been designed to use the latest Web technologies for flexibility, compatibility and growth. The game is created by Michael Buffington using Ruby on Rails, and he is also building an API to the game that could support mobile devices, chat bots, and even allow others to create interfaces to it as well.
There's a blog for game annoucements, and a forum for feedback and questions. It should be fun to see this game grow. Oh, and make sure you land on one of my hotels, I have special "Welcome" rates in effect. Click.