This month’s topic comes from a few sources and focuses on that most important of measurements of an EVE Online Pilot: how much money do you have?
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?
Compared to many PvP pilots, I am rich. I was once in an incursion fleet and had the fattest wallet by far when the question was asked. That was when they were first getting started; before the bling thing took over. Compared to many carebears, I am not rich. Gevlon is far richer in ISK than I am, and always will be. That’s because rich is a relative term in actuality.
I could be as rich as Gevlon. I wouldn’t even have to work very hard at it – in New Eden that is. I’m one of those fortunate players who could plex themselves into fat wallets and never have to worry about making ISK the old fashioned way. I know there are many who cannot do that. Perhaps all that means is the “rich” moves from their wallet into mine; and it’s not such a bad thing to sell plex to get rich. It just seems like a bit of a cheat.
But there are more ways to measure rich than by ISK alone. Do you have stellar (no pun intended) corp mates who are fun to play with and always seem to have time for you? Then you are rich. Do you have a spouse who not only tolerates your Eve Online habit, but encourages it? Then you are rich. Do people seek you out for your advice because you have a depth of experience they respect? Then you are rich. Have you ever seen a capsuleer do the stupidest thing you can imagine and laugh about it so hard your eyes leaked? Then you are rich.
There are two definitions of rich. One involves money. However, the other only involves having a plentiful and abundant amount of things that please you. You can be rich in friends, rich in love, rich in humor, rich in physical skill. Having a fulfilling and successful experience is all that is needed to feel rich – and sometimes that is making a freighter full of ISK, but many times it is not.
I think most players have had at least one horrendous setback in their Eve career. The one that sets you on your arse and makes you wonder why you even started playing this stupid game. I know I have. At that point, I could have rage quit, but I didn’t. I went back to square one and I started over. I learned the lesson and I never made that mistake again. If you are reading this, have had a similar experience, and are still playing, then you are as rich a capsuleer as any pod jockey out there. You are self aggrandizing, and there is probably nothing you can’t accomplish in New Eden if you set your mind to it.
I think the more important question to ask is, “do you have a fulfilling and successful experience when you play?” If you can answer yes to that question, then you are rich. If you answered no, then you are indeed poor. But that poverty is of your own making. There is no reason to be poor in a game like Eve Online. If you do not have a fulfilling and successful experience when you log in, then you need to figure out why and change things. If you don’t like your corp mates, find new ones. If what you are doing bores you to tears, do something else. If you dread just logging on, then for all that is great play another game! It’s completely within your control. You are as rich as you allow yourself to be.