Is there an upper limit to how much you might ever spend on a game?
I’m betting opportunity cost is a huge part of your answer! For example: I don’t know that I’d ever scrape together $200 for a single game all at once. BUT I’m looking at my shelf, right? And I’ve got about $300 into Edge of the Empire books — a game I don’t even especially like! But I was following it for a while, and a little trickle of books over a very long period can sneak up on you.
I’ve got a couple hundred in on The One Ring and I don’t know that I’ll run it again. I hope I do, it was lovely, but still. It adds up.
I’m going to spend several hundred going to a three day convention: air fare, food, hotel. But it’s also my personal vacation and my birthday present wrapped up in one.
I have no idea how much I’ve spent since…hm…my first purchase (red box) in 1983 or so. Tens of thousands. Ridiculous, right? But amortized (rationalized!) over a lifetime? Among the cheaper hobbies per person-hour of pleasure delivered.
I’m not judging one way or another, here. I know some folks have more resources at-hand at any given moment, so a single big indulgence — an elaborate multiday convention, a ginormous Kickstarter (oh I’ve run up pretty close to “too much” for me a couple times on the boardgaming side) — is possible.
It strikes me that RPGs continue to be a pretty reasonable and egalitarian hobby to be in on. There are no requirements to spend big money, unlike buying a mountain bike that won’t literally collapse the first time you use it, or the travel/lift/living expenses of skiing, or the obvious material expenses of racing cars or whatever. PDFs have made even keeping up with new games either affordable or technically possible (koff torrent koff). Huge, huge range of choices in the open source/free space as well. I’m not even persuaded that expensive stuff — the high end of the Over the Edge or Coriolis Kickstarters, for example — actually deliver an objectively superior experience.
Anyway, RPGs! Still among the very most affordable hobbies per person-hour! I’m honestly not sure how anyone could be offended at the existence of high-end spending opportunities. It’s not like you’re dumping money into a multinational’s overseas holdings or something! That’s artists, writers, editors, printers and truck drivers being paid.