A friend finally talked me into World of Warcraft. The entry cost was nil, so the pricing was too good to pass up.
I’m now playing in Proudmoore as an undead mage, modeled closely on Christopher Lloyd.
Apart from some possibly-Bigpond-induced lag/clicking-does-nothing-and-eventually-disconnects problems, seems pretty good so far. I can’t see myself replacing my crack habit with it just yet, though.