I've been playing a few games here and there over the last week or so. Most of the time I do OK, maybe slightly better than 1.0 k/d. Last night, however, I ended up on a team that got absolutely steamrolled. I assume that the opposing team was better organized, but they also seemed to be sporting a totally different tier of gear. I like that the game tells you who killed you (and with what weapon), but every time I saw that screen, it seemed that my killer had 2-3x the amount of armor/shields, wore a fancy dropsuit and was using a weapon I had never heard of.
It's my impression that any gear considerably better than the starter gear costs AUR (and thus, real money). Is this the case, or is there gear of this caliber available for ISK once I unlock the requisite skills?