Blog Banter #49 – What exactly does space rich mean

This month’s Blog Banter asks a question that we all probably wonder from time to time.

What is “rich” in EVE? Is it simply having more ISK than most everyone else, is it measured in raw numbers of some other ethereal quality? Can you actually be poor? Have you ever lost nearly everything and had to claw your way back? If you are rich, how do you know and how did you get rich?

ISK makes the universe go round, ask anyone in Jita!

After seeing this month’s topic on Blog Banter I decided to join in on it. Seeing that I only started blogging about EVE a few days ago, this is my first try at it. So here goes.

I don’t know that many people in the game, but of those few I know there’s a few that think I’m “rich” and others of who I think that they’re rich. But what exactly does being rich define in EVE. To me personally, being rich in the game mean having enough assets or ISK to do whatever you want in your chosen in game occupation.
Whether you’re a pirate, an industrialist or a missioneer, as long as you have the things you need to keep having your fun, you’re rich.

I don’t see myself as rich, seeing that I gave myself a few goals to work towards, I’m getting there, albeit very slowly. But once I’m there I’ll probably get my ass handed to me and will lose most of what I’m going for. My own sense of rich will be when I can fit multiple Machariel’s and not have to worry about them every time I fly them into low/null sec. When I can just shrug it off and take the next one out.

As for being poor in EVE, I’m not sure if it’s even possible, even if you lose everything there are plenty of ways to get back on top again, it might take a while, but you’ll get there eventually. The only way I can see someone as poor would be if they’re not playing the game for enjoyment.

I once lost everything I owned, when I was still a poor little noob and I had no idea what I was doing. I can’t remember how but I had made a few hundred mill in my wallet. Having just joined a corporation that was running L4’s they asked me if I wanted to join, happy that I had new friends I said sure, what do you need me to do. Well they wanted me to fly an Abaddon, a ship and fit, that if I lost it I would lose every single ISK I had. But naive as I was, I figured I wouldn’t lose it.

Fast forward a bit, and I of course lost it, I got blown up by rats. That was a major set-back, and I think I hadn’t logged into the game for weeks after that happened. But I got back from it, it took me quite some time but I earned the ISK back and learned the most valuable lesson in the game “Never fly what you can’t afford to replace.”

Stay tuned! o7