I didn't use potions till Master Mode recently. I knew about them when I started my Expert mode playthrough, but I didn't use them.
That means, if you started playing terraria at 0 CE, during the roman empire, you would see its fall, see the middle ages and the Arabian empire, watch the crusades, watch Christopher Columbus's voyage, see the colonization of the world, watch its modernization, see the victorian age, view both world wars, and finish it off with the fall of the soviet union. And, you would still have to wait another year before you would earn this time in 1992. That's hardcore gamingThat's about 1992.148 years