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?And the answer is Isk is not what makes you rich. Assets are not what makes you rich. Serious income is not what makes you rich. I believe that what makes you rich is how much of an impact you have on EvE and the pilots therein. Are you remembered for something you've done? Are you e-famous? Chribba for example, is one of the 'Richest' individuals in New Eden. Because unless you are playing the game as a single player mmo and not talking to anybody, you eventually know who he is. The Mittani, also rich in this regard. I'm using these two as some of the most recognizable examples. There are dozens of people whose blogs are read. Who are doing innovative and new things.
Now, this isn't everyone's answer of what makes you 'Rich.' Everyone will tend to have a different answer to it. Which is kind of the point of EvE. There isn't a high score table provided by the system. EvE really has no point. You get to make up your own goals. Your own end game. So therefore your definition of 'Rich' is different than mine, and other peoples.
So you now know how I consider myself Rich. The best evidence of being Rich in the way I define it, is the random contact from people I don't know. Who remember a story from two years ago or further back. The people who started playing because they thought the IEEE was hilarious and wanted to do that too. I get reminded almost weekly that people still read the old stories in this Blog.
And by my definition, I'm relatively poor now. I don't have much time for shenanigans in New Eden. But I still do have fun. And that's kind of the point.
Welcome to EvE. Where you get to make up your own rules and winning conditions. And spit in the eye of anyone who disagrees. And maybe we're all a bit Rich, because unlike every other mmo out there, we actually have a real meaningful choice to do what we want in New Eden.