My budget every month is $90.00 for MMO's. Stop judging me. That's less than Girls' Night Out costs and results in fewer embarassing stories. Because I'm a working woman and can swing the sub's, I usually keep a few running and use whatever is leftover in the sub budget to save for whatever next great game is out there.
Right now my subs are SWG (Star Wars Galaxies), LOTRO (Lord of the Rings Online) and Istaria. Savings leftover goes to ToR (if you don't know that one I'm not helping you pbtttbtbbtbt) right now. Most of my ingame time is spent in Istaria, frolicking around and getting overwhelmed in the most delightful ways, but yesterday was maintenance and I went into SWG to check that my housing fees were paid well into the future.
Did I mention that the ONLY reason I keep my SWG sub active is my house there? It's a beauty and I go once or twice a month and putter around. The thing is that in SWG, nearly EVERYthing that is in your inventory can be dropped in your house and manipulated. You can take a junk loot data disk, drop it into your house and then move it up, down, side to side, forward and back, tilt it towards you, away, swivel it right, left, and roll it as well.
Any item can go anywhere within the 3 dimensional space of your house, so think about how cool an old set of outgrown armor looks dropped in a hallway. There's no "hooks" (a-la LOTRO) - you're limited to the number of items the structure holds and that can be expanded. Some houses literally can hold over a thousand items. Every player has 10 lots to use from day one - small houses take 1 lot - the largest houses take 5. You don't have to buy the right to have a house, you just have to buy the house itself, most of which are made by players and run so cheap you can get one with the money from the "here's some credits go learn this and that" first quest in Mos Eisley.
So, I don't spend much time in SWG other than in my house. There are new instances and new gear in the game but after playing a number of other mmo's I'm sorta meh about the new content, mostly because the lag is nuts in the instances and getting groups together is hit and miss with the lower populations of the servers. Few things are as fun as the older Tusken Raider instance though, where you're running crazy around - what was that place - Mos Espa I think - on Tatooine with a group of players, trying to protect civilians coming out of buildings all over town and getting gobbled up by Tuskens - ahhh good times... good times.
What time I spend ingame is in my house playing wif all my purty toys mostly and so you can imagine my dismay when I logged in yesterday to find that there's new housing in the game. As in, a huge abandoned sandcrawler that you get to fill up with cool furniture and random items. Or a truely ginormous AT-AT walker (think Hoth and the good guys flying around in a lil speeder thing tripping one up with a wire) that has a ramp up to the main body and several different levels of habitat goodness. I handled the new droids that showed up a few months ago and I handled the new "build yer own quests" Chronicler skill that came after that, but this.. this... I can't ignore.
I can hear you all now, with your "Just get the dang sandcrawler and move in. Have a moving party and get all your friends and it'll be a snap". But here's the problem. The sandcrawler is a reward. Yes. It's a reward earned by turning in tokens. Indeed. The tokens are earned by having people run the quests you build in the Chronicler skill set. I think you're with me now. It will take a month or two of non-stop serious application of all my available game time (and NO I don't spend all day sitting around gaming.. sheesh! Actually that would be kinda fun... *LF job sitting around gaming all day*) and I'm already head over heels in love with my lil Istaria dragon...
Just when I thought I was out.... they sucked me back in!