Your Own Special Place in Neopia
SOMEWHERE IN NEOPIA – You’re probably a Neopets player if you are reading this
article right now. Perhaps you’ve already found your niche in Neopia. Or maybe
you haven’t. There are people who look at Neopets, play once and get bored. But
if you’re still here, there has to be something calling you back. Soon, the pet
isn’t first priority anymore. Maybe you’ve specialized in something.
This is what this article is about. Finding your own special place in Neopia,
where you can feel good. Most people have this aching desire to be the best,
and only a few actually make it come true. But with the endless possibilities
that rests within Neopia and many more areas to be conquered, there’s still
hope. Nothing is impossible.
The old saying goes: Everybody is special – in his or her own way. I’m sure
you’re special and you have talents. Now you just need to tap into those talents
and make the best out of it. Most people want to feel successful, and in Neopia
it’s the money, trophies, avatars and more that makes this. Everyone wants to
feel respected, have lots of things and all that, right?
Well, below is a list of areas for you to succeed. I’ll list material rewards
(NP, items, you know...), time it takes to master, what abilities and talents
are useful in this area and other stuff. Ready to read? Let’s move!
Restocks – Ah, the greatness of restocking! Restocking means that you buy stuff
and sell it at a higher price to make profit. It sounds easy, doesn’t it? Most
people restock by buying stuff in the General Neopian shops and selling them
in their own shop. It’s what older Neopians do to make NP. (Since most people
aren’t exceptionally good.) Once you know the lingo, it’s fairly easy.
Time: It takes a week or so to master basic restocking, assuming that you spend
one or two hours on the computer each day. There are good guides out there,
but experience is the best teacher.
Rewards: All the NP you make by selling stuff, duh! Depending on what you restock,
you might make nothing to over 100k in one day.
Helpful Talents: Fast typer (with the small keyboard and num lock on), quick
clicker. (Works even better with a fast computer.) Common sense and a good memory
is very helpful.
Games – There are over 100 games in Neopia, so there’s bound to be a game that
you’re good at! Games come in all different kinds, from simple luck to fancy
flash. Has a highscore list which is judged daily at 4:45 AM NST when trophies
and NP are given out. Tip: Play on the first day of the month, since the highscore
lists reset that day.
Time: Depends on the game and yourself. May take one day to a month or even
more to master. As for playing, a few minutes will do for basic NP (for most
flash games). Prepare to spend an hour or two if trying to get into the highscore
Rewards: The NP you get from winning the game. Possibly a trophy if you get
into the highscore list and some more NP.
Helpful Talents: Depends on the game. Good fingers (with keyboard and mouse),
fast reaction and a bit of good luck in general. Also, most games involve some
intelligence and logic (like Sutek’s Tomb and Snowmuncher) so train your brain.
Stock Market – Is a game, but is also more than a game. You simply buy stocks
and sell when prices rise. One stock may jump with 50% while another goes all
the way down to zero. There’s no telling what will happen. Quite a risky business,
but may give good profit. You need a lot of NP to start, though. Tip: As the
age-old advice goes, don’t put your eggs all in one basket.
Time: It takes a long time for stocks to go up and down. Check every single
day. Buying stocks and selling doesn’t take long time.
Rewards: The NP you make.
Helpful Talents: A good eye and memory. A bit of luck doesn’t hurt, and sheer
common sense telling you not to buy 10000 shares of the same stock. (Seriously,
what if the company declares bankruptcy?)
Battledome – The thing for all the fighters out there! Gather weapons, get
stat raises and battle! Millions and millions of NP can be poured into this
area as there’s not really an end to it. New weapons appear all the time and
old ones get retired. You need a LOT of NP if you’re serious about this.
Time: A pet cannot become very strong overnight, and it takes lots of time
to train. Also, searching and buying the perfect weapon may take even more time.
Rewards: Strong pets in wars may make lots of NP. There’s probably a highscore
list too... All the most, I’d say the satisfaction of beating an opponent. (Not
a weak one, of course!)
Helpful Talents: Patience is mandatory. (Or run away and freak out...) Also,
a very strong will is good since it will take long time and you can’t get side-tracked
if you really want to master this area.
Special Areas – By this, I mean the stuff like the Poetry Contest, Storytelling
Contest and Art Gallery. Not to mention all those spotlights out there that
are up for grabs. This area is where you can show that you’re artistically inclined
and let your imagination run free.
Time: Depends on what you’re doing. Making the masterpiece usually takes quite
a bit of time unless it’s something fast for the Storytelling Contest or something
like that. The wait is even longer...
Rewards: NP, a trophy, a rare item and probably fame. (Since winners tend to
be featured on the News page.) Oh, and possibly a lot of fanmail.
Helpful Talents: You’ll have to be a pretty good artist and/or writer. (Plus
whatever may come up, like coding in the Site Spotlight etc.)
That was the general list of categories. Here are two special ones that I thought
I’d take up. One is pretty current and might die down (though I doubt it) and
the other is just a plain classic. So don’t stop here, go for the extras! (Or
I’ll have to hunt you down with silver tape and a Sloth Plush.)
The Kadoatery – Not exactly a game, but it has a place in Neopia Central. You
just simply go there when the Kads cry and feed them stuff. Do a nice deed for
Neopia and stop the crying petpets, isn’t it easy? No, but it isn’t impossible
either. You don’t need to go and actually buy Draik Eggs, that’d just be a waste
of NP. (Poor Draiks...) Be careful, this thing is very addictive once you get
Time: Takes a pretty long time to manage to feed a Kad. Once you know the trick,
it’ll probably go faster. Check out help pages and the KFC for help (if you’re
a beginner.) It takes about thirty minutes (to fifty) for a restock (when the
Kads get hungry) and a minute or so to feed each time.
Rewards: A pretty trophy on your lookup (along with the war shields), an avatar
(after numerous feeds) and possibly a Kadoatie. Additional: Your name up there
until the Kads get hungry again, plus the satisfaction that you fed a poor little
Helpful Talents: VERY fast with C&P (copying and pasting), quick clicker. A
fast modem helps. Also, you have to be calm and not freak out when the restock
The Neopian Times – Neopia’s best newspaper where players send in stuff and
hopefully it gets published. Updated on a weekly basis. It isn’t that hard to
get in, if you’re persistent and good enough!
Time: Each week there’s a new issue. As for the time it takes, that depends
on if you’re writing a short story or a ten-part series. The best time to send
is just around the time when an issue comes out. (Hoping your piece will get
into the following issue, of course.)
Rewards: There aren’t any material rewards (with a few exceptions like special
issues etc.). You get an excited feeling of getting published and probably fanmails
if you make it.
Helpful Talents: Good writing, correct grammar, loads of imagination and so
on. Good sense of humor is greatly appreciated. One good thing: You don’t need
to be a fast typer or have Internet speed of light.
Well, that was it! There are probably more areas, but the major ones are covered.
If you still haven’t decided, that’s fine. Some people like to wander around
and try everything. You don’t need to just focus on one area, though it’s a
good thing to do to get the best performance. Not everyone can be the best,
but there are lots of things to do that aren’t in this article.
Remember that striving for success is great, but don’t let it take over everything.
Neopets is supposed to be fun, and if you find dung wars fun, then all the more
to you. So what are you waiting for? There’s a whole world out there waiting
for you to master! (And if you don’t, that’s okay too. No pressure.)
Author’s Note: The reader has been reading this article at his/her own risk.
The author is not to be blamed for any mental damages caused by reading this
piece. Also, the author knows people who’ve excelled in areas noted above, so
it isn’t impossible. You just have to try! Any questions, comments or concerns?
The reader is welcome to Neomail the author.