I have deployed several altcoins using various PoW algorithms on my LAN for my buddies and I to mine/learn from. We ultimately want to go the distance of deploying an altcoin to the world, writing the white paper, doing the leg work of maintaining it and getting it listed on an exchange.
I have a fear that since our incredibly slim budget has limited us to a very small amount of computational power with which to develop these altcoins (at least initially) that if/when we go the distance of releasing a fully functioning altcoin we will be swiftly crashed by someone with a cabinet full of ASICs and a love of trolling.
I guess my question(s) are how common is this and what is the least expensive but effective way of preventing it. Please don't destroy my dreams, I understand making a coin that ever ends up worth anything is highly unlikely, I am asking for technical advice relative to the issue at hand, not to be told that having a coin of value with a small development team and little capital investment is impossible.