I’ve been thinking about wealth and EVE income recently.
On Tuesday I undocked my Main for its first time this month. RL has been slamming EVE again.
I ran a relic site, some combat sites and a full escalation. At the end of my hour or so I added up all the bounties and loot and found I had earnt a paltry sum of around 4M ISK.
That was mildly annoying, but I wasn’t overly bothered. I try not to focus too hard on the ISK per hour calculations anymore. Instead I place emphasis on my game time only needing to be an enjoyable distraction.
That’s quite a difference to the first few years of my EVE life. How did I achieve getting to a point where I don’t need to focus on ISK, particularly as I have never been a skilled earner?
In the very early days everything I earnt was soon spent. There was a constant cycle of upgrading and improving and experimenting. I still remember some of those milestones –the more expensive skill books, my first Destroyer, my first cruiser, my first Mining Barge. I would be constantly saving towards something.
Once I had a bit of wealth behind me I spent a couple years out in 0.0. ISK was even more important – but for different reasons. I needed doctrine ships, replacement ships, and contingencies for times of war. I had to be able to afford to quickly replace stuff.
Next there were Capital class ships. That was a large ISK investment. While the skill books across two accounts were a hefty ISK sink, owning carriers actually ended up being profitable. I could import trade goods and supplies into 0.0, export loot, and when situations deteriorated – evacuate all of my assets out safely.
Over all this time, and since being back in Empire, I have lost very little ISK. It was from a mix of luck, smarts and skill, but also from a big dose of risk adverse caution. It doesn’t matter if I earn 4M in an hour (such as last night), or 200M (which while rare, has happened) – it all gets added to my accumulating EVE wealth.
Wealth is a relative term in EVE. I am aware of the fortune and earning capacity of some of the celebrity players. I don’t have that. What I do have is enough ISK to achieve any of my current and foreseen goals.
Is this situation a problem? I am not that far off being seven years old in game. Should it just be a given that by now I should be operating without too much concern for ISK? It opens up some interesting questions about game balancing.