I recently began dueling in Hek Fight Club, and was fitting out “cheap” tech 1 frigs and cruisers.
I was prepared to lose ships, and of course I did. It came as something of a shock to see I had burned through 200 million isk on a few ships that only cost 2 miilion isk, or 10 million for cruisers, to buy. Of course, it was because I had fitted T2 guns, T2 drones, T2 modules and rigs. All of these seemed to me to be less than optional. They very quickly make each ship worth tens of millions.
So after a few days of dueling I found myself ISK poor. It occurred to me that Eve is an incredibly expensive game, if you like PVP. No wonder all the streamers need to earn money to do it, and no wonder they reimburse the folks who choose to fight them.
Think about this: First you pay for your sub. That is not cheap. Second you pay for your time. Getting into PVP comb at takes huge amounts of time, if you want any chance of winning. Third, you pay a load for the ships and modules.
Granted, “paying with your time” assumes you don’t love fitting ships. Arguably that is a fun part of the game and so let’s drop it. Even so, those who want to PVP are going to pay a lot for the subscription, and then they need to pay again for their ships.
This is not meant as a complaint, rather I had an epiphany about Eve, and the myth of PVP. Unless you are quite rich in RL, PVP is a very expensive proposition. Think about this:
If you win 50% of your fights, and you fight 4 fights per day, and you fly T2 hulls from all ship classes, you are probably spending around 20-30 billion ISK per month on your PVP.
Even if you fly T1 hulls with T2 modules, to make use of your Omega skills, you will be spending upwards of 10 billion isk per month if you lose 60 fights per month (fight 4 per day, losing 2).
That is quite serious RL money. That is hundreds of dollars per month, to fight 4 fights per day and lose a fair proportion of them.
With ship prices skyrocketing due to the great moon goo nerf, I’m starting to think that Eve Online should be called No Poors Online.
I can actually afford to replace hulls and stuff, but I am starting to wonder if the whole game isn’t a bit of a fraud.
I’m starting to wonder if the PVP life is specifically aimed at very rich folks, in RL. For the poors, there is PVE and big alliances who replace ship losses.
Ask yourself how many fights you think you want in a month, with what hulls and fits, and then assume you lose half your fights because you don’t gank blob noobs.
Then calculate the ISK cost, and the RL cost.
I’m starting to think that Eve online is something of a myth, with regard to PVP.