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Neopia's Fill in the Blank News Source | 26th day of Running, Yr 21
The Neopian Times Week 75 > Articles > Something Has Happened!

Something Has Happened!

by staggpub

NEOPIA CENTRAL - In an effort to keep things interesting, Neopets uses 'random events' that pop up without warning all over the site, including shops, chat rooms, and map areas. The only sections that do not have random events are other user's shops. Before continuing, TNE would like to remind everyone that any 'random event' they find in a user's shop is not random. These fake random events must be programmed by the user in the shop description. Do not believe any event that claims something good will happen if you buy something from that user's shop, bid outrageously on that person's trade, or give away an expensive item. Having said that, let's discuss real random events.

Random events are generally classified into three groups: 'Just for Fun' 'Good' and 'Bad'.

Something has happened!

A Ghostkerchief goes up to Jenny945 and gives them a big hug. Looks like you have found a new friend!


Just for fun
These random events neither give anything nor take away anything. They are generally amusing and often pointless. They range from a Blumaroo reminding you to never share your password, to a Poogle popping by and saying 'hi', to a flaming robot dashing past yelling that Dr. Sloth is after him. Even the weirdest ones such as the giant mutant Grundo declaring he must fetch pets for his master are in this category since nothing actually happens to any of your pets.

Something has happened!

The Ghost Lupe appears and suddenly all your Neopets are healed back to max hit points!


Good
These are probably everyone's favourite type of random event. When one of these pop up, you either gain an item, gain Neopoints, or have something good happen to your active pet. Uber Faerie quests are one form of this random event. Finding Neopoints on the floor, or having your pet's health restored are also good random events.

Something has happened!

A ghost steals 100 NP from you and places it on the Money Tree


Bad
There is an old saying: Into every life, a little rain must fall. This simply means that bad things happen to everyone. Neopet random events are no exception. These take the form of someone pelting you and your pet with a snowball (better head by the Healing Springs), to a fungus ball exploding (costing you Neopoints), or the Pant Devil stealing an item from your inventory (get revenge in the Battledome). To reduce damage from theft (or Sloth's lab ray turning your Hidden Tower item to a pile of sludge) keep all items in your Safety Deposit Box and all extra Neopoints in your bank account.

POV
This month, Neopets has introduced what we will classify as a new form of Random Event: Point of View (POV) This type of Random Event may be good or bad depending on how you look at it. Let's examine the one released in the news earlier this month:

Something has happened!

Oh no! Boochi fires his ray gun and turns Jenny945 into a Baby!!!


If you are a new user or your active pet is not painted, this would be a dream come true since Baby Paint Brushes cost 200,000 Neopoints in the Hidden Tower. Pets owned by Neopians with little extra Neopoints can be given an expensive look with the simple loading of a page at no cost. On the surface, some may wonder why this is not classified as not only a 'Good' random event, but an excellent one. The answer is simple: For thousands of Neopians, this is a terrible random event. Many of them have not been this upset since the release of the Battledome weapon, Chia Flour, which turns whatever pet it is used on into a yellow Chia.

The thought of a random event like this is an absolute nightmare to any owner of a pet with a 'limited edition paint job.' Some colours, like Fire, are from retired paint brushes that are extremely hard to get. Then there are ROBOT pets. There is no ROBOT paint brush for pets (unlike the petpet paint brush). The only way to get a ROBOT pet is to use the lab ray on it and keep your fingers crossed.

This brings up an interesting point. When someone uses the lab ray on their pet, the picture and caption of the pet are designed to make the user feel at least slightly guilty. There is a disclaimer warning that there is no way to control what will happen when you use the ray. Chia Flour is a weapon used in an attack against another pet. Both are events that are not controlled by the owner of the pet and may have what is viewed as a negative effect on that pet. Based on this, any random event that alters a pet in what may be a negative manner should be classified as a 'bad' event. If Neopets sets up the lab ray to make your pet plead not to use it, then the same view should be taken with this style of random event. Pet owners should be able to protect their pets whom they have spent thousands (or hundreds of thousands) of Neopoints painting as they chose from a random event that destroys all that work.


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