Refer a few friends and you can cut that down by a lot of years.
At 5,000 hands a year, I'd say you are definitely not the target for this program. There are hundreds of members who are beyond the 750,000 mark on play alone, without taking into consideration friend referrals, which is where you really start to earn points quickly. These are the people who are able to actually redeem their points for something. And of course, for much fewer points, people can try out GOLD membership for a short time without putting in their credit card, or extend an existing GOLD membership, which a lot of people have taken advantage of.
If you refer friends, you get points up front, a lot of points if they go GOLD, and you also earn 50 points every time they play a session in a contest, forever, whether they are a paying member or not.
Of course, we realize the rewards here aren't huge, and they are mostly for fun to reward players who do spend a lot of time in the games. Not everyone will be lucky enough to win a contest, so this gives players something else to look forward to. This is of course in addition to the packages we already send out to our annual GOLD members when they join. Most players are free members, and the cost of a shirt is pretty high compared to the minimal ad revenue from free play.
If you really want a polo, act now, as we are already running out of some sizes and they just might be gone in 148 years.
Edited by Webman - 01 Nov 2012 at 2:52pm