NEOPIA CENTRAL - Recently Neopets made it so the Shop Wizard would not be able
to search for any Codestone or Faerie, due to people who were using auto-refreshers
and clogging up the database, thus preventing the release of Tyrannian Land
War. Well, I'm not sure if it did or not, but it probably did.
The day after, probably sometime around the time the inboxes were spinning
out of control, Neopets added it back on, hoping that people had learned their
lesson. And at the time of writing, this is the point we are at.
I actually liked the idea for several reasons. No, not because I got two Codestones
for 700 NP since no one was around to buy then when I found them...okay, that
is one of the reasons, but still. I felt it make Neopets more fun.
Your probably saying, "Yo, Mr. Cheap Codestones! How could making it so you
couldn't find codestones or faeries even get close to making the game more fun?"
Well, as I said, I liked the idea for several reasons. Allow me to explain.
1. Everyone is Balthazar!
Yes, it is a said reality. Everyone who has ever sold a Faerie is just as good
as the world's most hideous Lupe. (Well, second Most Hideous if you add Cerbekus.)
I mean, come on, we despise him capturing Faeries and eating Petpets (I liked
the Bluna Burger he sent me yesterday...yum...) but we still sell Faeries as
goods, and even the Bluna Burgers!
And doesn't it say somewhere that Balthazar sells the Faeries on the Black
Market? As in I-l-l-e-g-a-l? Does that make our shops, nice and clean, Illegal?
Yes. But with the Faerie Search Ban in place... no one has to know, eh? Oh...
the life of being the bad guy. Yo, Sloth, pass the chips.
2. Bargain Prices
This is what is some people's favourite part of the Codestone and Faerie Searching
Ban. Since no one had any prices to compare too, some people really had to take
huge chucks out of their prices in order to sell. (As I mentioned earlier, I
got two Codestones for 700 NP each)
Of course, most people stayed at the normal price. Which is okay. That just
means lazy people have an easier time with codestones and faeries not selling
as often, and not so lazy people can put effort in and get these bargain deals.
I mean, it is really nice for those people who have to pay fo Codestones of
course. It just takes a bit of looking.
Sloth...where are those chips?
3. Adding to Ads
Remember the Shop Ads board? It is still there. Yeah, I know, wow. And also
the Noticeboard, aka the Get Bigger Guild Board. During the ban, there was a
reason to post your shops there! Before, people would only post guilds and pointless
messages. Now they had to attract people to their shop if they wanted stuff
to sell! And that wasn't a bad thing either. This made the life of shopkeeping
more fun...for some people. And it also gave a section Neopets Database a use
again other then 'Quest Shops' and 'Pointless Messages' which you rarely see
anymore. Well, there are lots of Pointless Messages, but you know.
This would also be good for NeoCircles. Some people were even thinking of starting
a Codestone/Faerie Neocircle. Okay, I was. But you know.
Um...Sloth, these chips look a little purple...
4. The Mystical Training School looked more Mystical
Did you know that to get into Faerieland you needed a thing called a Faerie
Totem? And guess what! You could only get it from the Magic Shop! The Shop Wizard
was of no use. Why? Because Neopets added a Mystical Factor to Faerie Totems,
adding to the demand and making it a much more exclusive prize.
Why can't codestones be sorta like that? Hard to get, but a nice reward? Especially
with ***Super Bonuses*** at both Training Schools. It makes the Training
School on Mystery Island look a lot more mystical, a lot more mysterious...and
who knows...it may even make a good Neopian Times story... or a intro into a
Ugh...these chips even smell like your Transmorg-thingies. But I am hungry...*chomp*
Okay, so there are my four reasons. That's a lot, eh? Now, I what are we going
to do if Neopets reinstates the search ban? Panic? (Fools...I just explained.)
No, we are going to get these codestones and faeries? How? Well, I have many
A. Think Tombola
Who knew that the Can of Baked Beans might one day come in useful in training
your pet's stats. Well, they will. Sadly, it won't be your Can of Baked Beans.
It will be whomever you get the codestone or faerie from. Okay, now you think
I'm a psycho. Let me explain.
First you go to the Shop Wizard. Type in Can of Baked Beans. You will get a
list of shops with a Can of Baked Beans. Choose one. Odds are you will see a
whole bunch of other Tombola Items, for this person stocks their Tombola Winnings
in their shop. Sometimes the Tombola gives away Codestones and Faeries, today's
magic words. So the person may be giving away Codestones and Faeries! Possibly
for a discounted price!
Please note this won't always work the first time, or the second, or the third,
or ever. But I did get my two Codestones in a similar way, I used a different
Tombola Item. (I used Tiki Tack Key Ring, which is probably the best, for it
is inedible and I don't think it is sold at the Tiki Tack Shop. Neopian Times
Issue 3 will be good also.)
This will probably even give you a few discounts...
If you are really greedy, buy all the Tombola items so no one knows of your
secret purchase spot. MWAHAHAHAHA! Hmm...that reminds me...
Sloth! These chips are making my fingernails glow green! And my toenails blue!
And I have eyes on the back of my head!
B. Think Ads
Remember Reason #3 on why I thought the ban was a good idea? Well, if there
are more ads for this cause, why not read them? I doubt you can find discount
codestones and faerie's this way, but hey, there is a whole world of possibilities.
Also, join a Neocircle or book mark the Random Link. That could help.
Bookmarking an entire shop works also.
C. Cap'n Threelegs
If you are really... really... really... lazy, you can just do Cap'n Threelegs
Training School! It is a tad expensive, yes, but less effort. And it is also
great for when your pet day rolls around. And no, I don't think Dubloons should
be banned, Cap'n Threelegs was designed for people who are new, and we need
to give them a break. (Lupes should be banned, but not from the Shop Wizard...erm...please
do tell me I didn't say that.)
Yes, with a little help from Cap'n Threelegs, you can have a 78 HP/Attack/Defence/Speed
Pet at Level 40! That is pretty good, around that stats of my recently-zapped
Can your newly trained pet BEAT SLOTH INTO MERIDELL ROTTEN POTATO PATCHES?
This is the hotkey for Refresh. Go to a quick loading page. I'd say World.
Push F5. Again, and again, and again, and again, and again...it gets kind of
repetitive, but soon, you will have a Random Event that gives you a Codestone.
(Push F5 one more time for good luck, Pant Devil comes...mwahaha.) You also
get Faeries. Clumsy Balthazar. Always dropping the bounty. Amateur. Not that
I know or anything...
Yes! A Potion that will fix me right back up...*gulp*
Well, I hope you enjoyed this useless article. Well, it will be useless! Honest!
Unless we don't get that ban back in place, we won't have discounted codestones!
We won't have the 'Black Market of Faeries!' We will have people back at it
with refreshers clogging up Neopets Servers...and soon...WE WON'T GET TYRANNIAN
LAND WAR! (If it isn't already out...don't forget, Time of Writing and Time
of Publishing vary nowadays.) Support the Search Ban! Send it to here!
Send it to here! Send it to
here! Do it! Do it! Do
it! Tell your Neofriends! Tell your actual friends!
I won't, my fingers hurt and I wanna get a glass of juice. You know, I wrote
this article in one evening. So I'm going to end it right here before my fingers
fall off. Support Maraqua and bye in Six Different Still-Not Banned Languages
until next time!
Sloth: Pitiful, weak fool.
epk: Yes! I'm back to normal.
epk: What are you talking about! I mean, my skin is a little purple,
but it's to be expected.
Sloth: You were dancing right on my trap door. You are now my slave.
epk: This is just an article. If I stop right here...you'll vanish.
Sloth: That makes no sense.