First on Techcrunch: Ready To Kill Some Time (And Some Enemies)? Try Duels.com
– This resulted in a ton of traffic. It brought the servers to their knees.
Second, the article shows up on Digg: Duels.com – New Free Online WOW-like Game and Social Network Launches
– It became popular on Digg, eventually making the homepage. It currently has 500 diggs. This finished the servers off.
We doubled our server capacity.
– There was still tons of traffic coming in. We had to tune MySQL.
Meanwhile it also made the home page of del.icio.us (on the hotlist) and got picked up on a myriad of other blogs.
Next I’ll post some graphs.
Cool. Congrats. Can you post things like HTTP requests/sec, SQL-queries/sec and number of servers and their specs?