The Lacuna Expanse
So I heard about The Lacuna Expanse http://www.lacunaexpanse.com here on blogs.perl.org the other day when Jesse Thompson posted about it. It's a "massively multiplayer strategic empire simulator" written in Perl.
I started playing last night after work. I choose the rather unimaginative empire name of "Mr. Muskrat's Empire". I renamed my colony "Luas".
The GUI is very polished looking. The graphics are very detailed for a browser-based game. You have multiple zoom levels to choose from. I typically keep it zoomed all the way out unless I want to the see new details of buildings as they are upgraded.
They are running three contests (at last count). I entered the volcano contest and already received my volcano! I won't tell you what it does but you might want to enter fast before all ten are gone. I am entering a second one as I type this up; I want the Kalavian Ruins because they look a lot like the Colosseum (and I really want to know what they do).
So head over to http://www.lacunaexpanse.com and sign up for your free account and begin playing. Then head over the forums http://community.lacunaexpanse.com/forums and find out how to enter the contests.