Moltor mentioned the game was publicized on Slashdot.org at least once.
I did that twice. Last time was http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=89788&cid=7755830
which was modded up to the maximum (+5, interesting) (this is important if you want anybody to read about your slashdot comment). The first time I posted on /. about ToME, it was the Story itself! See http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=02/12/18/1622249
. At that time, the t-o-m-e.net was pseudo-slashdotted!
You can even see the graphic of visits and download stats on http://www.t-o-m-e.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=589
. Many other occurences of ToME can be found with a simple search.
You're point is right Bone. ToME (and TomeNET) is not a game for everyone, but many whom would be happy players know zip about its existence.
Hopefully, some of the community helps with the programming, other helps in making ToME knowned to the world
I'll be away all summer, but I'm convinced the release of v.3.0.0 of ToME is worthed a new visit on /. stories