Popi Owner: Chandras_baby_girl Application:
Petpage Link to app: here Time spent:
12 hours Advice?:
This was my 10th time applying for a Draik. That's right, 10th. Granted, that's over the course of 5 years, but still, that's a lot of rejection! I always asked for feedback from owners after I was rejected, as I suggest everyone do, to get some construction criticism to increase my chances for the next round. Although no one ever admitted it, having your current pets completed" in terms of character, lookup, petpage, and customization is crucial. Even if your app has no art, a premade layout, and you have no story, you'll still be better off than so-and-so over there with all of those things if your pets are done and theirs are not.
NO ONE is going to admit how critically important it is to you, at least no one that I've applied for. But I don't think it's a coincidence that I applied for a Draik, got rejected, spent 2 days fixing up my current pets, applied for another and was granted adoption. The app was the same, albeit with some minor tweaks and new art, but the core content was the same. My character idea was identical and while I spruced up the story and added more to it, nothing was substantially different.
Therefore, my biggest suggestion would be to do something with your current pets. Give your permanent pets customization or at the very least personalized layouts, since I know some users really don't like customization. Even your non-permie pets should have something. I personally create a template for all my pets to use: my permies get specific colors, art, and images, while my non-permies have a basic, but still attractive black/white layout with a description of their purpose (ie. labrat, for trading, etc). It doesn't take long, but speaks volumes. ~ Charlie
Seouls Owner: stealmyname Application:
Petpage Link to App: here Time Spent:
Didn't really time it... I worked on it on and off for about 2 months. Just drawing pictures, writing the story, and refining all the text. Advice?:
My second time applying for a Draik. I tried not to use the excuse of "I'm new at applying", and put my heart and soul into this application for Seouls. I read and followed every guide I could find. I was sure to pamper my existing pets to prove that I do do stuff with them. My account isn't the most impressive since I'm rebuilding from a Cookie Grab, but I personally think it all comes down to raw effort. It shows in an app.
Sure, an app could be coded beautifully with a bunch of pretty art and writing, but if you are truly devoted to the pet, it'll show through, no matter how bad your writing/art/coding is. And that's really all you can do, is try your hardest! Someday it'll work out, and you'll get that dream pet! I can all but guarantee it!
Focus on your strengths, make your weaknesses look good (ie. I'm working on learning to draw better), and always, ALWAYS tell the truth. Better yet, back it all up with proof.
So to finish up, never stop trying. Eventually you'll get that Draik. It may take two apps, it might take a dozen. But if you keep working at it and practice app writing, eventually you'll shine in a foster's eyes and you'll achieve your dream. Good luck! ~ RJ
Fellrion Owner: ariesarisen Application:
Petpage Link to App:
None Time Spent:
3-4 hours writing, 10 hours for drawing Advice?:
First off, get to know the foster! Hang out at the boards they make, neomail them, basically just chat it up with them! Try not to be annoying though, don't go on about how you aren't expecting to get the Draik. Be positive! If the foster likes you, you stand a better chance. I got to know Silver through App Chat boards on the PC and off site too, and I think it helped!
Secondly, put all you've got into your app. Whether its art, writing, the character, or the dedication you show to your current pet, make sure it shows! I knew my strength was art, so I made sure to load up as many drawings as I could. Having art in your petpage app is a good thing to have in general really-even if you dont draw, look around on the PC and BC boards for people who are taking requests! If writing is your strength, go all out on that, of even if you aren't a writer or a artist, show how much you take care of your current pets and how you are a great person to get to know too!
Lastly, make sure your character that you create (if its necessary) is something that you think is original. It makes your app more interesting to read if the character isn't loaded with cliches! If you think your character may be too cliche, ask around for others opinions. (which you should do anyways haha) Loads of people are willing to help applicants out, so don't be afraid to ask!
Hopefully you'll be able to get the Draik you are applying for! ♥ ~ Luna
Ketak and Almeus Owner: aurni Application:
Neomail & Board Link to App:
N/A Time Spent:
Not very long Advice?:
I adopted both of these Draiks through quick adoption. Although Ketak was Pirate at the time, Almeus was Woodland. I just want to let you guys know that it's definitely possible to obtain a Draik without extremely developed and complex applications. So you're not an artist or a writer?
Big deal. You're still able to show that you have interest in the pet without feeling overwhelmed by a huge checklist of things you need to complete. If you put the time and effort into talking to the foster - or even just people at a board - you may shine above others just with that alone. I spat out a couple vague ideas for both of these Draiks and stayed to chat for a while.
I ended up adopting both of them. If the first time you apply you don't succeed, keep trying. You need to keep in mind there's usually a lot of competition out there, a lot of people to outshine. Keep going and eventually things will look up. ~ Winter
Calestie Owner: lunabellebabe Application:
Petpage Link to App:
None Time Spent:
On and off probably 2 weeks. Since the owner wanted a very specific application format, it made coding less complex. Advice?:
Don't fake it. When applying for Calestie I really took some time to think about why I wanted to adopt her, and what I would actually be able to do once I adopted her. I didn't want to promise elaborate pet pages, BC, or anything I knew I wouldn't be able to do. I love customizing so I wanted to focus on that. Also when making her application I tried to think outside the box. The owner said she liked graphics better then writing, so I used images to illustrate things instead, and also kept my writing short. Another thing to do is a seek a second opinion. One of my friends from my guild offered to take a look at my page, and gave me great advice. I guess the best advice is to just be honest, creative, and have a good time applying. I really enjoyed coming up with an imaginary world for Calestie to reside in, and who she would be within this world. And of course happy I can dress her up too! ~ Luna
Merithyme Owner: darklady__22 Application:
Board Link to App:
N/A Time Spent:
5-10 minutes Advice?:
I was amazed myself with this. To apply I made 2 posts with my plans and such, then gave all of my accounts, 2/3 days later I got a mail saying I was chosen. This goes to show you don't need to put hours into a petpage to get your dream draik. A simple NM or a few good posts can do it!
Be truthful, don't say you'll do things you obviously won't do. It helps to be able to show the owner proof as well. Have a good account and happy obviously taken care of pets.
Biggest thing of all: don't give up. I had gotten rejected for 3 other draiks in the week or two prior to this. There are lots of beautiful draiks on TDR and out on the PC waiting for you to keep trying. ~ Jess
Obizoth Owner: windrunnerwolf115 Application:
Neomail Link to App:
N/A Time Spent:
Three hours Advice?:
Your reputation precedes you, so even when you're not applying for a pet still make sure to represent yourself well. More people are watching you now than you realize, and they have long memories. Don't whine if you don't get picked; lots of other people didn't get picked either. That's how it works. Just keep trying. I've been rejected for dozens of pets, and even though it was really discouraging I didn't give up. I was eventually chosen a few times out of those dozens to adopt pets that I cherish. They were worth all that failure. But I wouldn't have gotten them if I hadn't applied.
Hi mom! Look at me, I'm on the web! ~ Kota
Ararob Owner: miss_slowpoke Application:
PetpageLink to App:
None Time Spent:
About a week, working on a section or two each dayAdvice?:
Be honest and don't make promises you can't keep! In the plans section, I wrote that I'll try to get trophies, not say that I'll definitely get a ton of wins. Make sure you tell what you really will do with the pet!
Also don't be afraid to apply! There were many applicants for Ara, but I went for it anyway. You have just as good a chance as anyone, and you have no chance if you don't try. ~ Poe
Githenji Owner: fearsomedragon Application:
PetpageLink to App:
Sorry I lost itTime Spent:
About 2-3 hoursAdvice?:
First I used to think owners only picked the best layout, apparently I was wrong. I had a simple layout with a simple background no flashy layout no fancy pictures, I cannot code I thought I'd have no chance because of this but I was chosen to adopt Githenji.
I'm living proof that the layout is not always the one that wins. So don't get discouraged if you can't code. You just need to make an impression on the owner, you can do that with words as well as you can with a nice layout.
The feeling you get when being chosen lets see if I can describe it. Your ecstatic, thrilled almost moved to tears because your so very happy. Don't worry if you start to shake, its a side effect.
When applying I suggest these things: Be yourself. Follow the rules read them over carefully and respect them. Call the pet by its correct name and gender if you intend to change the gender make sure you say so near the beginning of your application. Be honest, back up everything you say with proof so many people lie these days but if you have proof then it just shows how honest you are. Don't be afraid or intimidated by other applicants or the number of applicants. Be able to take the sting of rejection. Never give up, I applied for a countless number of draiks and it finally ended happy. Keep on trying your best and you may log on to find you've been chosen as the new owner of your dream pet. Explain what your neopets are to you if you are allowed to. Whether they are trophies, roleplay characters, or anything else the new owner will probably want to know what neopets mean to you.
And I would like to thank the owner of Githenji publicly, thank you so so very much. I cannot put into words how happy I am. I will safeguard Githenji until the end of time, you won't be disappointed I promise you that! Thank you so very much! ~ Midna
Polymaths Owner: hzoo_26 Application:
Petpage Link to App:
None. (Lost the coding ages ago) Time Spent:
It was so long ago, I cannot remember. But it was a few days, on and off. Advice?:
Care for your pets. Spoil 'em rotten, and let it show. I always tell people to let how they treat their pets be the main "basis" of their app. I've been allowed to adopt pets, and been gifted pets because people saw how much I honestly loved my pets. It's about trying new adventures on the site with them, trying to find new ways to show how much you care, among other things that will stand out.
Also, you don't have to be an amazing artist or coder. I'm a writer, and I focused on my strengths. (Which writing was included in that.) Even if you aren't a writer/coder/artist, find something you're good at, and make that part of your app. If you're a poet/songwriter, use that. If you can knit, find a way to use that. If you're amazing at baking, use that. (Plus you get to eat what you create!) Don't just focus on the obvious, and do the unexpected!
Also, don't pretend to be someone you aren't. Don't kiss up to the owner of the UFA pet, or anything. It's fine if you make pleasant conversation, but treat the owner like you'd treat a friend. Not like you'd treat a king, or someone you're trying to impress. ~ Sunny
Minkotsu Owner: inplainsight Application:
Petpage Link to App: here
(application portions removed) Time Spent:
3hrs? Probably half the time working on the coding. More time if you count blathering to friends and writing his name in my school notebooks like he was my crush. Advice?
First off - if you do not apply, you will not get the Draik.
I know Draik applicants can seem scary. You'll find plenty of applicants who will do all three things that seem to make a great application, as you've been told - writing, art, and coding.
Do not let this discourage you. My drawings look like stick figures when they don't look like beached whales, and my coding skills are - lacking. I do, however, pride myself on my writing.
If you can do one thing, focus on that throughout your application. Let the foster know that thing is what you like, and what you will do with their pet. Make sure to cover all the basics - plans. Future customization. Silly questions, like 'Will they have a petpet? What will the petpet's name be? What about a petpetpet?
I will admit - I got lucky with Minkotsu. I had an excellent foster. Silver (wholfs) was patient with the applications. She took the time to go through them. Perhaps most importantly to my success, she liked chatting with her applicants, and we did that often, which is part of the reason she picked me. Follow your foster's guidelines. I cannot stress that enough. If they want to chat with you? Fantastic! If not, leave well enough alone and focus on your app impressing your foster.
Make your account look pretty. Mine certainly wasn't - as someone very helpfully pointed out when I was chosen. Luckily, Silver didn't care about that, but when a foster doesn't know much about you, your account will probably be the first place they look. Make it spiffy, have a lookup, have petlookups. Petpages are always nice, especially if you're claiming to make one for the Draik - and that reminds me. Back up your plans. There's no need to go out and buy the future customization, though - showing that your pets have customization should be enough to prove that. But things like art, promises to BC - if your pets have art drawn by you, if they have BC trophies, that reflects well on you.
Get a friend to help you, if you can. My friend Vix drew a picture of Mink for me, which I used in my layout. She also helped with the coding. Just remember to credit them!
Most fosters won't want their Draik going to someone who doesn't look like they keep their promises. Make sure you are not that applicant.
And please refrain from being annoying. Yes, I know you want to appear friendly to people on the foster's boards, but please keep it to a minimum - don't pass out cookies. Don't ask people how their day was. Just let natural conversation flow.
Lastly, if you do not get the Draik you are applying for, and I cannot stress this enough, accept it with grace. Do not make boards on the PC complaining. Do not harass the new owner. Do not do anything but look at their application, compare it to yours, and make tips for yourself as to why you weren't chosen. If you do complain publicly - of course, no one is hurt if you vent out your frustrations to a few friends and get over it - then know that other fosters will be making a note of it you ever apply for their pets. And if they don't, someone will be. Use common sense. ~ Ray
Hokujou Owner: muffinsvcupcakes Application:
Petpage Link to App:
Taken down Time Spent:
Around 6 hours in total. Advice?:
Hokujou was the first draik I'd applied for and been chosen to adopt. I must have applied for seven or eight draiks before being chosen to adopt her. I guess what I'm trying to say is never give up, and every application you make will only help you to improve further. Don't be scared to ask for critiques on the PC.
I think the most important thing is the character. Take some time to think the character through. The storyline will come naturally once you have that figured out. Stories are always a big plus with most fosters, and artwork will also impress them. It's also great to include extras in your app that will help you stand out. Unexpected, creative parts of your app will definitely impress the foster. For example, comics, adoptables and 'meet the family' sections are always great. Most importantly of all, have fun! If you don't have fun writing your app, the foster won't have fun reading it. ~ Faerie
Xerph Owner: umbreon133 Application:
Petpage Link to App: here
- parts of application removed (required questions, current pet info, about me, etc) Time Spent:
5-6 hrs total
2-3hrs for art
1hr for coding
2hrs for content Advice?:
I think the best thing to do is just be honest. Do this, and it will show through your app. Don't try to seem like the perfect applicant; no one is perfect, and it's okay to mention your flaws (but don't shine too much light on them). I love to write and draw for my pets, but school keeps me busy so I don't progress much with my pet's pages during the school year. In the summer I get through a lot more work with them, and I mentioned this in my app.
I'd also recommend addressing why you want THAT specific pet you are applying for (as well as why that color/species). This way the foster knows you're not just applying because of the 150 x 150 pixel but for the individual pet itself.
Also, have fun with your app! By no means do I consider myself a great artist or writer, though I do enjoy drawing and writing. My favorite aspect of the site is customizing, so that was the highlight of my application. If you don't like creating art- you don't have to include that. Not everyone is an artist. Focus on what you enjoy most, and make your app your own. ~ Mellie
Remind Owner: trubiekatie Application:
Petpage Link to App: here
- application portions removed Time Spent:
The equivalent to about 6/7 hours Advice?:
This was my 5th petpage application and my first time ever being chosen to actually adopt out a pet. I guess I'd say it's a learning curve, every app you do becomes more and more refined until you have that ultimate, winning app.
I say time and time again that using premades is 'okay', but owners love self-coded, unique pages with a flashy layout. It's hard to say someone didn't try with a designed and functional layout. I taught myself to code: my first 2 apps were changes to a premade.
I also must warn first time applicants of the competition. People who apply for Draiks are normally triple threats (great coders, artists and writers). Don't be discouraged with a "Sorry, but thanks for applying!". Eventually you will be chosen and that feeling is fantastic!
Be honest. Seriously. Don't try to say you do something to make yourself look better. People will look through your accounts and see you aren't telling the truth. Highlight what your best at, acknowledge some areas of improvement, but stick to what you're good at it. Do not, I repeat, do NOT say you will do something IF you've never done it before! Drawing or coding for the first time is not what the foster wants to leave their pet with. They are looking for consistency.
I wish you all the best in applying. If you ever need an honest critique or a chat about Draiks, drop me a mail
! I don't bite :3 ~ Kate