Tell you wouldn't have felt the need to "trick" her if you could trust she would be reasonable about it. This was really interesting to read and insightful.For me it worked to undersell my time investment (and actually invest less time) into gaming in the early days of my relationship.
Until my (now fiance) says i "tricked" her regarding my gaming, but it helped :D
While I think you should not straight up lie in relationships, in the early phase of a relationship your trying to build trust, find common ground. Its often accompanied by a lot of insecureness and uncertainty. Making it easier for your (potential) partner by trying to be "better" than you will be in your daily routine, can help to get over the first humps.
Of course you cannot and should not change your personality, but you can polish the edges i guess.
That includes how you spent your time.
Assuming she is not into gaming, then it ends up being time you spent on your computer, alone, that you could have spent with her instead. And the more time that is the more it may be hurtful, even if only on a subconscious level.
At the end I wanna jump onto what Spring said. While he phrased it very populistic, its fascinating how theres even some truth in it, regarding aoe2.
Every now and then I won a few bucks in a tournament and how her interest and acceptance spiked was unexpected.
All being said, the time I spent watching/playing aoe2 or on these damned forums has always been an issue that i carefully have to navigate to not have it escalate. Thas life I guess since relationships only work with compromise.
I think he meant in the first two paragraphs that this is what you should say on a date as an AoE2 fan/player. So not satire, as it legitimately answers the OP and the thrust of the rest of the thread. But also satire at the same time, as it's mocking how fake dates can be. Let's call it Schrödinger's satire...I can't discern if the post above is a satire or not.