Hello and thank you for joining us as we present this week's edition of The Neopian News Brief, your all-in-one summary of everything that been going on in Neopia, from the cavernous coves of Krawk Island to the toastiest terrains of the Tyrannian Plateau. There's a good bit of ground to cover this week, so let's not delay any further...
Our lead story today is the sensation that's sweeping up aspiring adventurers everywhere. That's right, we could only be speaking of The Neopian Adventure Generator. On Monday, news of Borri the wizard and his adventure generator spread through Neopia like wildfire. It's quite simple, really; just pick a title and location for your adventure, and you're ready to get started.
Lay out your opening page, put together a few pages for it to link to, then add some dead ends and a few optional scenarios, and you're well on your way to building an adventure that you can share with your friends. A number of new options have either been added (like the rating system) or will be added soon (basic HTML and an Adventure Spotlight), so be sure to check often for updates!
As mentioned in our previous edition, a great deal of excitement has been stirred up by the ongoing Gadgadsbogen puzzle. Throughout the past few days, clues regarding the six participants have been steadily parceled out.
By the time you read this, the final clues should be out... you have been keeping track at home, haven't you? On Thursday the prizes were revealed; not only will the first hundred winners receive some awesome items, but they'll also be splitting a tidy sum of thirty million NP.
After a prolonged break in the action (we'd prefer to think of it as a denouement...), this past Tuesday saw the unveiling for the latest installment of the Meridell vs. Darigan plot. Apparently, Lord Darigan is less than satisfied with his victory over Meridell. Despite owning the orb, his fields remain fallow and his followers continue to starve. However, it doesn't seem as though Darigan cares, because now that the power of the orb is on his side, it looks like he's harbouring a plan for conquering ALL Neopia. Will Darigan's scheme be derailed, or will he emerge victorious once again?
Considering the frenzy that has accompanied each release of NeoHome toilets during the past few weeks, it wasn't much of a stretch to imagine that sinks wouldn't be far behind. So then it came to pass, as a quintet of sinks were unleashed on Tuesday, much to the delight of interior decorators throughout Neopia. However, rather than rushing out to get a sink, it might be wiser to wait a few weeks before buying one.
That way, the price has had a chance to drop a little. For example, a plain white sink, with a rarity of eighty, can be currently found for 50,000 NP. By the same token, a plain white toilet, which also has a rarity of eighty, can be had for around 30,000 NPs. Why rush and pay too much, when you can wait a few weeks and score a bargain?
Oh sure, as Friday evening arrived, everybody was eagerly anticipating the release of the final clues for the Gadgadsbogen puzzle. But hey, let's not forget that this Friday was also Scorchio Day! For those Scorchio owners who managed to set aside their thoughts of grass skirts and Myncibean punch for a few moments, we hope that you were pleasantly surprised by the fine array of accoutrements that were bestowed upon Scorchios on their special day.
Leading off with the usual assortment of treats (food items, books, Battledome weapons & moves, as well as free training), Scorchios also received two new paint brush styles (island and orange), along with a 10% boost against air-based Battledome attacks. They were also featured in this week's Poetry and Caption Contests, as well as the latest installments of Better Than You, Pet Spotlight, and the Art Gallery. Way to go, Scorchios!
Now, it's time to take a closer look at this week's financial headlines. After posting three straight gains and climbing past the 1200 mark, many speculated that the economy pretty much had nowhere to go but down. Therefore, this past week's relatively modest twenty-eight-point decline was actually a bit of a pleasant surprise (we were among those who thought it would turn out to be much worse). One of the biggest losers was, once again, The Neopian Auction House, which dropped twenty-two points, falling to 107 NPs a share, their lowest value since the third week of last November.
Also taking a huge loss was The Shoyru Company, which had looked like a real contender when they jumped all the way to seventy-five NPs a share last week. However, it was not to be, as TSRC plummeted thirty-five points, all the way down to forty NPs a share. However, all the other major companies on the Big Board managed to either hold strong or post a significant gain. For the seconds straight week, Peophin Water Parks turned out to be the big winner, tacking another twenty-three NPs a share onto the sixty-nine-points that they picked up last week, bringing them up to 196 NPs a share.
While Shop Wizard N-Commerce hung on at 142 NPs a share, Korbat Cricket Supplies and Health Frog Groceries joined them as the latest serious contenders to emerge. KBAT picked up a healthy fifteen points, while HELT rose an impressive nineteen points a share, allowing both companies to close out the week in the mid-70's. So then, a few questions arise: should investors see the Neodaq's decline as a temporary correction, or is this just the tip of the iceberg? Also, what is to be made of Korbat Cricket Supplies and Health Frog Groceries? Are they legitimate forces to be reckoned with, or just momentary flashes in the proverbial pan? We'll just have to wait and see....