Gaming vs. Restocking
So you're trying to figure out what to do with your spare time on Neopets. You
just don't know whether you want to make a lot of money and get your hands on
rare items or if you'd just rather focus on having the most trophies in your user
lookup. In a little corner in everyone's Neopian heart there is a small part of
us that wants fame and glory. To be loved and envied. To be a role model. To be
looked up to. And what better way to grab everyone's attention than with all those
trophies in your user lookup. Your name shining brightly at the top of the high
score charts. Your gallery full of things people can only dream of getting. Your
massively huge shop, over flowing with Neopian goods. Come on, don't tell me that
some part of you doesn't want that!
So now it's time to decide what you want specifically. Yes, there is always
the option to be both a Gamer and a Restocker, but both take a lot of dedication;
splitting that dedication in half really spreads out the time between your goals
and achieving them. It's best to stick with one thing for a while and when you
get bored you have something new to move on to.
Let us carefully study these two hobbies examining their pros and cons to help
you decide what route you want to take.
The Gamers - Being a gamer takes a lot of time and a lot of dedication.
If you've ever tried going for high scores and trophies then you know well how
long it can take and how frustrating it can be. Common sense would be to try
going for the high scores and trophies on games you're great at, but always
keep an open mind to try other games. Sometimes that one game you never go to
might be an easy trophy winner for you; at least it was for me. Each game takes
tactics and strategies; eventually, when you have this down, the game will be
easier to play. Most games you'll find on Neopets won't be something that you're
just really good at and don't have to put forth much effort, oh no, like I said.
Tactics. Strategy. And oh yes, practice. You don't become a gold medalist over
night, do you?
The not so good thing about being a Gamer? Like I said, it takes up a lot of
time. You could be stuck in a game for up to an hour trying and trying again
for a high score. You can only submit your score three times as well during
the day, so whatever score you submit make sure it's your absolute best. This
is another reason why it takes so long to play just one game, sometimes; you
have to keep restarting without submitting your score because you know you can
do better. Just know that if your score is off the charts good, you'll still
only be rewarded 1,000 neopoints per that game. On the upside, you do get your
trophy and your name at the top and you're rewarded with an additional 750 neopoints
for the top score, 500 for the second, and 250 for the third. On the downside,
you really don't make that many neopoints being a gamer.
The Restockers - Like being a Gamer, being a restocker also takes a
lot of time and dedication. Especially if you're on dial up, then restocking
can be quite the pain. Been there, done that; I understand your frustration,
fellow dial-up user! The key to restocking is knowing what's in demand. Ever
hear the term supply and demand? Basically, that's what restockers do for all
of us Neopians. You see, a restocker has to keep in mind what item sells and
especially keep in mind what item is going to sell for thousands of neopoints.
A good restocker really does their homework to make the maximum profit.
Make no mistake, restocking is just as competitive as gaming. They aren't playing
for scores or trophies, though, they're playing for that morphing potion that
just popped up. HURRY, GET IT!! Sorry. Excitement got to me. Anyway, there are
a lot of other people prowling around in the same shop as you waiting to try
to take what you set your eyes on. This is why restockers should be keyboard
and mouse fit. It requires fast action, fast haggling, and fast clicking. So
not only must they do their homework, but they have to be fit as a fiddle on
their keyboard and mouse.
Oh yes, and before I forget, I'll mention that restocking is just as time consuming.
Sometimes you have to wait around in a shop, hitting your F5 button every 30
seconds for the next 30 minutes and nothing will pop up. Restocks can be far
and few between. It honestly can make for one boring night.
Gaming and Restocking Combined - Okay, so as you can see both hobbies
are very similar and share certain connections like twins. This is probably
why you should only focus on one, depending on what your goal is. You can become
easily overwhelmed or bored by both of them pretty fast. But if you can multitask
pretty good, then you definitely have an advantage. I'm not saying it can't
be done; it's just more complicated. I normally play games during the day; I
may work on a high score for a few depending on how much time I have and then
restock later at night. I find that restocking late at night gets rid of some
competition and I can get a lot more items out of a shop than in the middle
of the afternoon.
And for a bit more fun you can play a game while restocking. I recommend playing
Snowball Fight. There isn't any time involved so you can keep clicking between
windows. Any game really that doesn't require your full attention at all times
would be good to play while restocking. Pyramids is another recommendation.
The Beefs - Remember earlier when I said that Gamers don't really make too
many neopoints? A lot of Gamers feel that there should be an increase of neopoints
per game; this way they aren't just getting pennies by the end of the day. Many
agree and disagree with this. A small increase won't hurt anything while some
feel that a slightly larger increase would cause inflation, making the prices
all over Neopia go up. This would mean the restockers would have to pay more
and in turn mark the item more in their shops making us Neopians pay more. I
can't see a slight increase throwing everything out of whack; this is just my
opinion, though. A lot of people may disagree and start bringing facts into
Handy Hints - Ever hear the term reset? This means that the scores on the games
will all reset at 12:00 am (NST) at the first of every month. If you're looking
to be a major trophy collector and have a lot of soda to get you by during the
night I recommend you shoot for getting your trophies on reset night. There
isn't much competition or a whole lot of people up and about at that hour. Your
time is precious, though. To get ahead on reset you must get your high score
on a game by 4:45 am. This is when all the scores during the four hour period
The third of each month is also great for Restockers. Why? It's Half Price
Day! Every shop marks items down to half price. It's still competitive as ever,
maybe even more so because a lot of Restockers want to get in on the action
of HPD, but if you can get a least a few items at half price from a shop then
you're already making a great profit by reselling them in your own shop. Not
to mention it helps a lot for us who collect for galleries!
So there you have it. The life of a Restocker and a Gamer, now it's up to you
to decide which road you'll take. The road to be a Gamer? A Restocker? Or maybe
you'll want to try and do both. It's up to you really.