Experienced Player, that is.
I try not to bore my wife with too much gaming talk — sometimes she finds it interesting, but I suspect that she’s just being a good wife by listening without yawning overtly the rest of the time. But she wanted to know why I was in a tizzy on Friday, and I explained the LOTRO F2P thing.
Then she said it, those magical words: “Huh. Maybe I’ll have to play it with you, then.”
For her, entertainment comes down to a dollar amount. She never buys a new novel knowing that she can find paperbacks of the same book at a garage sale next year. She wouldn’t be playing WoW right now if I hadn’t bought her time cards as a gift — the same with her Reader’s Digests. “Free” to her is a powerful, seductive word, and it cuts through red tape like no other. If it’s free, we’ll do it, otherwise there’s a looooong discussion ahead.
So while I could never convince her to pay for a subscription to LOTRO normally, the notion that the game was going to let her play with me for free (with limitations) turned the tables instantly. This fall, we’re planning on making a little Hobbit duo and I’ll show her around the world. I can’t wait.