Is Everything a Competition?
GAMES ROOM - It seems like everything in Neopia is a competition nowadays. Just
click on Pet Central and you'll know what I'm talking about. There's Pet Spotlight,
Site Spotlight, Petpet Spotlight, Neoadventure Spotlight, Neohome Spotlight, Caption
Contest, Story Telling Contest, Beauty Contest, Pictures, Book Award, PPL, Gourmet
Club and Gallery Spotlight are mentioned. There are also countless trophies to
be won, including the two newest: stamps and avatars.
I never usually see great pictures in the Pet Spotlight, so I think it is
more about the story you tell about your pet. As if we didn't already have enough
competitions about writing. In fact, The Neopets Team just made a category for
writers under the chat boards. Petpet Spotlight also has a lot to do with the
story that you tell. You must be original, because thousands of entries are
received, and you must have one that stands out from all of the other look-alikes.
Other competitions that focus on writing ability are the Neoadventure Spotlight
and the Story Telling Contest. For an example of what a Neoadventure is, you
can either visit the Neoadventure home page, or go to the Haunted Woods and
go into the Haunted House. Neoadventures are very complicated, so be prepared
to spend a long time on that one. Not that the Story Telling Contest is any
easier, you must write the next paragraph to a story that has already begun.
And it must be interesting enough to grasp the reader's attention and make them
want to read the next part of the story.
If you are good at art or know NeoHTML, you could enter the Beauty Contest,
Pictures, or Site Spotlight. You must draw a picture of your pet, or modify
a Neopets image of it to enter the Beauty Contest. Your pet must also give a
short speech. If you need help getting votes, visit the Beauty Contest chat
board. If you want feedback on your site for the Site Spotlight, visit the Spotlights
and Galleries chat board.
If you are a Neopian millionaire and want trophies, I suggest entering the
Neohome Spotlight, Gallery Spotlight, Gourmet Club and try for the Book Award.
You will actually need to possess some creativity for the Neohome Spotlight
and Gallery Spotlight, though. If you think your Neohome has what it takes,
enter the contest and explain why you think your Neohome deserves a spotlight.
For the gallery spotlight, you must come up with a theme for it and be willing
to spend lots of Neopoints on it. You should also look for an appropriate background
and cursor, if possible. Do not bother entering a purple, blue or green gallery.
I promise tons of other Neopians have a gallery just like yours. You have to
think of an original theme, such as weather, which was the theme of the newest
For the Gourmet Club and Book Award, you don't need to possess any creativity.
Just spend your Neopoints on lots of books and gourmet foods. This will get
very expensive, though, so save up if this is your goal. Currently, you need
489 gourmet points to receive a gold trophy for the Gourmet Clubs. One point
is equal to one gourmet food. Your pet will need to read at least 808 books
to receive a gold trophy for the Book Award. You can find the list of books
and gourmet foods at http://www.neoitems.net
There is only one competition which only requires you to be funny, which is
the Caption Competition. I suggest to think of a caption before looking at the
other entries. Also, try to incorporate the objects that are not in the center
of the caption competition, as these seem to be picked a lot. For example, have
the tree in the background say something funny. And if you win, you automatically
receive a gold trophy for your cabinet. Pretty cool, huh? Now, which activities
are left as just hobbies with no rewards? I would say avatars, but a competition
has been made out of this, too. Trophies for the Neopians with the most avatars,
and if you are on the hi-score table for having the most avatar, you get a secret
avatar! Confusing, right? You'll get used to it. Some avatars can be bought,
and others you must win by playing the flash games. For example, to get the
Meowclops avatar, just equip one to your pet and refresh. Therefore, this avatar
can be bought with a hefty sum of Neopoints. The Math's Nightmare avatar must
be earned, because you have to land in the hi-score table to get one. Stamps
have even adopted the trophy fad. You can get a trophy by having the most stamps,
as well as an avatar! The avatar can be gained by having one page of the stamp
album filled up. This is very costly, though.
So, why is everything becoming a competition? Because Neopia craves individual
attention and competition! It's exciting to see your name declared a winner
in a competition. Also, trophies are nice to get, because the Neopian world
is the one in which you have more of a chance of earning a trophy for something.
You can also earn Neopoints for winning certain competitions. For instance,
the winner of the Caption Competition will receive 10,000 Neopoints! This may
not seem like a lot to some Neopians, but I am awful at games, so this would
help me out greatly. Soon, we will probably have a contest for the most populated
guild or how many toys our pets have played with.
Well, there you have it-the scoop on the most common competitions. I've been
guilty of entering a few, but the thought of another trophy tempts me, as well
as the quick Neopoints, which could be used toward the next competition I plan
on entering. Good luck in your quest to win a trophy for them, and remember
to be original!