How Do You Build a Stake? The Newbie's Guide to Cash Management
You're broke, stone cold cashless and impoverished. That 50 NP you got for creating
your first pet didn't last through the trip to the toy shop, and you've got
a screaming bored and hungry NeoPet and no money. What do you do now?
First of all, NeoPets does have programs with a number of advertisers. You
sign up and they give you Neopoints. They also give you promotional material
in your e-mail box forever, or until you find the link to get off their mailing
list. It's a fair deal, though. But maybe you don't want to sign up for advertising,
or maybe you already did, and now you've gone broke again, and your favourite
games cost money to play. Maybe you just want to do it the "fair" way.
Don't despair. All of the games don't cost money. In the Gameroom under Puzzles
you'll find Kacheek Seek. This game is not very exciting. You pick an image
map and click on icons until you hit the right one. When you do, it gives you
a few Neopoints. Play it a few times, concentrating on the hard versions, until
you get around 200 NP.
Now go play Gormball, under Luck/Chance. Don't worry about winning. When you
lose, you collect all the Neopoints you've built up. There are also periodic
bonuses. It only costs 10 NP to play, and you almost always win that back, and
Once you have 500 NP or so, pick the games you're good at and rake in the dough.
For me, the easy ones are Scarab21 and Go!Go!Go! under Luck/Chance, Cliffhanger
and Chute under Puzzles, and to a lesser extent Kiko Match II. Under action,
try Deckswabber. All of these are overrated for difficulty, which makes the
Neopoint return a little better than on most games. Code Breakers, under Puzzles,
is a particularly reliable cash cow.
You'll also probably want to reduce your expenses until you get a cash cushion
built up. Don't pay for food; just go up to the Tyrannian Plateau and score
some omelette. The Healing Springs in Faerieland will take care of your medical
needs, too. You can try Dice-A-Roo, under Luck/Chance, to win all sorts of interesting
food, but be aware that you will lose Neopoints in the process. Keep track of
your Neopoint balance, and quit before you go broke again.
If you have broadband access, hit the Money Tree once a day and keep going
back until you win something. It's not actually much in the way of NP, but the
items you get do have a way of coming up in Faerie Quests and so forth. The
Wheels of Mediocrity and Excitement are good for a few Neopoints a day, but
you will lose sometimes, so don't play unless you're sure you can take the hit.
Above all, remember that we're playing a game, and the object is to have fun.
Just like in the real world, money isn't everything.
It sure does make Neopia a lot easier, though.