It goes without saying that space is powered by ISK – but I’m going to say it anyway. The more ISK you have, the better the ships and gear you can buy. And the better your ships and gear, the faster you kill. And the faster you kill, the more ISK you can make. And the more ISK you make, the more you can afford to lose. And the more you can afford to lose, the more chances you can take. I know that I enjoy narrowly escaping death far more than playing it safe. I’ve already lost and replaced a dozen ships, although I am admittedly hoping to keep my shiny new Drake for a while as it was pretty expensive for a little newb like me.