From Days of Yore
Rustybeard is a dwarf fighter in the Days of Yore game. After Rustybeard’s money ran out he competed with dozens of other people for the freeplay option, but couldn’t make quota every month and so ended up “archived”.
Rustybeard recently logged back in to discover that a few years had passed, but that the game was now free. Several hundred other people were making the same discovery, and a few thousand more were logging in for the first time and creating characters.