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The Neopian Times Week 48 > Articles > Long Lost Neopia: Search for the Hidden Truth

Long Lost Neopia: Search for the Hidden Truth

by lyra142

NEOPIA CENTRAL - You're probably asking, "What's more to know about Neopets besides what the next plushie is going to be at Limited Too or Claire's?" I mean, some of you Neopian players who have played Neopets since it was created (or around there) know a whole lot of things about Neopets.

But what about the others? The ones who have only played for less than a year? What about the newbies? I for one did not know anything about Neopets since February 2001 when I saw my friend playing it. Then soon after that I asked her what to do and how to join (even though there was a link right in the front page).

After I scrolled down that Web page and filled in the required information and created my first pet, Shoyrula7, like any other, I was ADDICTED. With the smart little yellow bar on the side and the colourful maps, who wouldn't fall prey to such an incredible site? But still, Neopets was foreign to me. For weeks I did not know how to feed my pet so he remained 'dying'. In fact, my pet wasn't even born yet. And Neopoints? What were Neopoints? Well, it was my time to learn with trial and error...

In addition, you know what? I have never told anyone about this before but... I didn't know about the newbie packs that you get when you start Neopets (inventory newbie packs) so I ended up actually opening it about a half year later.

Now, I know a lot of stuff about Neopets but there was still more to learn. I wanted to know more about Neopets. What Neopia was like before I joined. Through the past week I've been doing quite an extensive research and some of the things that you are about to read for the rest of my article might shock you silly.

To begin with...

Neopoints, Where Thou Hath Thy Gone? (no clue what I just wrote)
I'm taking this out of my memory so it wasn't really part of my research but when I first started Neopets I got 500 Neopoints at the start. I'm not sure when it changed since I didn't make any new accounts through that time period but now you only get 300 Neopoints when you make a new account. This might not seem like much but it is something.

This probably happened because I think that now a days it is easier to get Neopoints then when it was a long time ago. Think of it this way. About a year ago there was probably only, what, thirty, or forty games? Most of them did not even have the option of the 'Quality' for those with slow computers but now there is over ninety games that you can play and earn a nifty bit of Neopoints You could probably sit there at your computer for hours playing every single one of them and make hundreds of thousands of Neopoints

And what about the random events and freebies? Places like Tombola, The Fruit Machine, and Coltzen's Shrine all have prizes that include Neopoints sometimes. So, it really IS easier to get Neopoints these days and if it was really that easy then you wouldn't need a lot of Neopoints to start off, right?

Stop The Presses!
Did you know that Neopets was in the newspaper? There are a whole bunch of articles about Neopets in the newspaper and on the Web. There are fourteen articles all together, to be exact, and you can see them by clicking here. This is where I got my key source of information.

So... surprised yet? There's still more...

Artistically Speaking...
Have you ever had one of those days where you just can't seem to draw anything or that your picture doesn't look right even though you've worked on the same exact part of the picture over and over again? I know for one thing, since I love to draw so much, that Neopets also had those days. Now meet the Neopets that didn't quite make it past the drawing board. Click here to see for yourself what they look like. I personally think that Adam's picture is the best. Look at all the detail he put into it! I wonder why it didn't make it?

Want To Adopt A Mellish Anyone?
In conclusion to my article I've left this last. Hey, like they say, save the best for last, right? So, now it's back to the Ottawa Citizen (Feb. 7, 2000). Long, long time ago before I was even born... erm... I mean before I even joined Neopets, Adam named the Mellish in honour of his friend. Now if you were to pretend to be a psychic mind reader and would read my mind at that very moment, you would see it as, "BLANK... ???? BLANKBLANK??? BLANK... ??" All until I read the next part. Quoted here, Adam said the Mellish was, "a weird looking thing with ginger hair."

Think... what could it possibly be? Moehogs have ginger hair but I wouldn't say they look actually weird because in real life warthogs look a lot like Moehogs so Adam could of just said, "a weird looking warthog with ginger hair." Still, it didn't seem right. Or maybe it was a Ch--OOPS! Sorry, I'm all out of time! Guess you'll have to figure it out on your own. This is Lyra142 signing off for now (to tend to her poor fractured ankle). Like they say in Japanese, Ja ne!

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