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Why I Will Never be Space Rich

Silva decided to sell himself. This is Eve and it makes complete sense that this can happen. He didn't go about it cold and technical. He put himself up for sale and decided to see what would happen.

What happened is Rixx started a 'save Silva' campaign to buy him. Rixx, however, has little cash, and he stated this. That was when Bagehi stepped in and offered to donate towards Rixx's purchase.

That was the unusual part. Character buying in Eve is very cut throat. The characters skill point totals and abilities have an absoulte value. The buyers buy and use or buy, clean up the skills, and resell. It is a trade of bodies and abilities. It is one that is a clever work around to the out of game sale of characters.

I both like and dislike buying and selling characters. I have done it myself. I trained up a Nomad pilot and sold her just to see what it was like. I decided that I did not enjoy it. But my opinions about using purchased characters are not for this post. Instead, this was about saving Silva.

Over the course of the last day or so, over twenty billion has been raised. Silva accepted Rixx's offer. Mike Azariah is holding the ISK.

The entire event is weird. It is good weird in an Eve way. It is a moment when a desire to save a character becomes a crowd sourced project. I decided to have TCS send the ISK in. Rixx's offer for Silva involved PvP and a life of violence. TCS specializes in helping people remain violent in space. It synergized.

 This type of thing will probably not help me to achieve my goal of being ridiculously space wealthy. But that is okay. It may not make a lot of sense ether. That is okay as well. I'm happy with this outcome.

This is the type of thing I would tell someone about Eve. That this is a game where a group of people will donate to the goal of preserving a character name for the memories and attachments that they have to it.  That people would donate to a character based off of his reputation. That is the type of world that we can and have created.


  1. This is the type of thing I would tell someone about in Eve.

    I was doing just exactly that while reading this post! Whatta game huh? =]

  2. For some making ISK is an enjoyable activity in and of itself. For most, I think, it's simply a means to an end. I gave a friend enough ISK for a PLEX this month because he had unexpected bills this month and was going to have his account lapse. I'm not going to make any ISK from this activity but 780 mil to have a friend continue to play with me seems a small price to pay. If it's worth it to you to help keep a character alive then it sounds like a good investment. How other people value an activity is entirely irrelevant. That's the beauty of EVE each person is free to pursue whatever goals get them to log on.

  3. I'm a little confused - by "saving Silva," is Rixx paying Silva to keep his character, or is Rixx buying the Silva character in order to preserve it and keep others from using it?

    If the former, what is to keep Silva from turning around a month or so from now and "selling" himself again to raise another 20 billion ISK? This seems to be a situation where players with "famous" characters could effectively hold those characters for ransom.

    On the general topic, I'm fundamentally against the idea of character sales in this game specifically because we are told that reputations matter, and our reputations are supposed to follow us. How does this logic hold when you can dump your reputation onto someone else?

    1. Rixx is holding Silva.

      To enter into this is s choice each person makes. I did not ask anyone else to donate. I simply decided to do so.

      You can also make an alt to escape your rep. The buyer takes the rep and interesting things happen. This is why character sales are to be public. I know I check to see if someone who applies for a corp I am in has purchased their character and if they did I expect that in the app.


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