So you decided to play the Game of War? The game that you were told was free…..
It only takes you a short time to realize that it’s difficult to be competitive in Game of War, unless you spend some money. First you buy the $4.99 pack, next you’re buying is the $9.99 pack, then the $19.99 pack and before you know it, you’re buying $99 packs just trying to be a little competitive with your online friends. Initially your “significant other”, in my case my loving and understanding wife, shakes their head and tells you that you’re stupid. Of Course, you agree as you confirm your next purchase. You explain to them you’re having fun with your friends that you’ve never met before and have never really spoken too in real life. They only shake their head in more disbelief.
The day comes when your significant other says; “What are all these charges coming through the iTunes account, the Amazon account, the credit card, and the checking account?”. You brush them off as no big deal, but the next month bank statement shows that you spent a few hundred dollars more playing the “stupid” game.
Your spouse can’t grasp that you’re not purchasing something physical and thinks it’s outlandish that you’re spending all this money on “air”! You make some quick promises to avoid a knockdown fight and being completely banished from the bedroom. You promise; “Of course dear, I won’t spend anymore money and I will just play for free” (fingers crossed).
So now comes the big deception! How do you hide your new addiction? How do I buy more packs without starting a holy war at home? You start scheming how to funnel money into this new obsession without your better half knowing about it. Mums’ the word and don’t look suspicious!!
After hours of contemplation, a full-proof plan is hatched. It’s flawless in your mind and there is no way your spouse will every figure it out! You tell them that you’re going to the grocery store to get milk and eggs for a nice Sunday brunch that you’re going too cook for them in the morning. You jump into the car and immediately take a detour to the ATM for a little cash withdrawal. Not too much, you don’t want to look too suspicious. Everyone needs some free cash in his or her pocket, just in case.
Next, you drive over to the local super market to buy gift cards so you can use them on iTunes. It’s a good plan, leaving no paper trail leading back to that nasty habit, Game of War. You make your gift card selection and make a passing comment to the cashier that it’s someone’s Birthday. You glance around hoping you do not run into anyone you know that could tip off your spouse. You dash out of the store to your car, parked in the far corner of the parking lot, and immediately peel the sticker to reveal the secret redemption code. You scan the gift card with your phone into your account to get immediate credit and gratification. The deed is almost done! You quickly boot-up the game on you phone, looking for that fantastic pack that you have been gazing at every time you login. Eureka! Pack purchased, mission accomplished!!
You drive home thinking about how to use all the new “stuff” that was in the pack. You contemplate how to best utilize the speeds and resources to maximize your research and your troop building. Everyone lookout, you’re shortly going to be the new terror of the kingdom!
As you pull into the driveway, you see your spouse out with the dogs and you causally glance down at the passenger seat and your heart stops! Damn, the spent gift card is laying there for all to see. Panic sets over your body with a shiver, as your reach over and stuff the gift card into your pocket. Disaster adverted!
At this point you’re pretty damn proud of yourself, and you know your real calling should have been a secret agent. You get out of the car and give your spouse a peck on the cheek, and then they reach for your arm and pull off a little gray sticky and they say; What’s this? You gasp, and realize that it’s the tape you peeled off to reveal the secret code to redeem your gift card. Your mind is now moving at light speed trying to come up with and plausible answer. You respond; “I have no idea dear”, as you take the tape from them and stick into your pocket and immediately change the subject…… Another disaster adverted!
You run to the refrigerator and grab a beer and sit in your big cushy chair ready for a long night of researching and troop building, knowing for sure that you will score big in next KVK. And of course your spouse has no idea that you just dropped another $100 on the “stupid” game! Until…… They callout from the kitchen and ask; “Where’s the milk and eggs?…….. Damn, I knew I forgot something.
-K106 (MGd) Fabdog