Yesterday, while on Yahoo Answers I saw an ad for Travian, and it said “Build your own Village”. Being bored out of my mind, I clicked on it. It brought me to http://travian.com. It looked somewhat interesting, so I signed up. It was a lot more fun and addicting than I realized!
You get to chose a Tribe, Romans, Gauls, or Teutons, create a Village, build stuff in it, and build stuff outside of your city limits to gather resources. There are about 150,000 registered players, with about 120,000 of them active. It is a very social and strategical game, with most of the players adults. A good thing about it is that it is very simple, no complicated graphics, so it won’t take forever to load. Also don’t be tricked by the friendly looking characters, it is a very challenging game to win.
Gameplay is based on simply a few short visits each day, basically a few minutes every couple of hours. It is definitely a waiting game, you get a number of resources per hour, it takes a while to build stuff, and it tells you when your new building will be done, and when you will have enough resources to build another building.
I recommend this game. It is free, and that never hurts! You can register at http://travian.com.