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"The referee called for the second round to begin and the horses took off once again, barreling down the lane. Again, Aerin's lance found its target with almost inhuman speed and the Gelert grabbed at his horse's reins to avoid falling off. The audience roared in approval as the favourite competitor waved graciously at his fans."

Shiver Me Timbers - it's Food Club!

Ahoy, scallywags! Welcome to the Krawk Island port town of Warf Wharf. There are numerous attractions here for you to enjoy your time on these sands – first though, batten down the hatches and dig those Neopoints out of your pocket, because it’s time to take a trip to the famous eating hall for a round of Food Club. What is Food Club? Food Club is a game of luck and chance where a bunch of pirates get together and eat as much food as they can – and more importantly, more than each other. In this competition, the menu changes daily and you can look at what’s being served for the day, who’s eating, and where, to bet on the outcome. There are 5 different arenas to host the pirate buffet, with 4 pirates competing in each arena, for a total of 20 individual pirate competitors. Each day, you can make up to 10 bets, so long as each bet is different. These bets can cover all the arenas, one arena, or any combination of the available options. For example, betting on Admiral Blackbeard in Shipwreck and Buck Cutlass in Treasure Island in the same betting instance counts as one bet. If you were to then bet additionally on just...

Dr. Sloth’s Etiquette Guide to the NeoBoards

I had plans, you know. How can you ask me to throw together a guide on such short notice? Even if I wanted to write it, my schedule would barely allow it. Here, look; at 4 o’clock, wallow in self-pity. At 4:30, stare into the abyss. 5 o’clock, wrestle with my self-loathing… I simply cannot cancel on myself again. And even if I did write a guide, what would I write? You say you want to communicate better on the NeoBoards? Have better conversations? Become friends? Bah, what nonsense.This whole “getting along” thing and understanding each other has gone way too far. Why are you not arguing with each other more? How will you ever get back to the wondrous world of peak NeoBoard drama that was the glorious Year 8? Yes yes, some would say that Year 12 was better. They know not of what they speak. But alas, it simply cannot be done. However, I guess anything is an improvement from the current… state of discussions. Or rather lack thereof. Sigh. Alright! Let us get on with it. I have places to be and enemies to zap! Listen up, weaklings! Firstly, do not keep calm and carry on. Make a scene! We’re in the middle of an arms race, or have you not noticed?

A Trip to the Kadoatery

First: What is the Kadoatery? At the Kadoatery in Neopia Central, you have the opportunity to feed Kadaoties that are waiting to be adopted. These small, exotic Petpets have specific food preferences and players must scour the Neopian marketplace to find the perfect meal. Feeding a Kadaotie requires patience and strategy, as they can be very picky and only accept food at specific times. I'm sure many Neopians have made their way to the Kadoatery, perhaps even heard of the tales and the struggles of trying to feed one of these needy Petpets. You notice that DR_SLOTH, a Kadaotie, is asking for some kind of hot dog, or that userxyz123 has already taken care of LOLLERZ, and you start to wonder what you have stumbled into. Second: The Requirements If you're anything like me, you probably take the time to investigate the cause of the commotion... well eventually. I used to stay away from this place because I thought I would never have the opportunity to feed one of these little guys. Fear not; it's really only time-consuming. Fortunately, now that I know how things work, I've been feeding plenty of them every day and have chosen to impart this knowledge to you. The real secret is perseverance, along with perhaps a good cup of coffee as you press that F5 key. If you are the type of person who can wait for twenty-eight minutes, seven minutes, and perhaps another seven minutes...

Other Stories
"Sharon and the Great Dungeon Escape" by baytotheay
Sharon always wanted a simple life, and now she had it. The Coffee Cave on Roo Island was an utter success, packed daily with tourists in the morning rush hour and creatives in the afternoons. She loved having the poets and writers around, eyes gleaming with a chance of winning the next spotlight contest or competition. Sharon even kept the Coffee Cave open late at night for the high rollers who needed a pick-me-up to fuel their nighttime gambling at Tournament Hall. If only her family could see her success now, could see her normal, ordinary life, far away from the mess she left behind in Meridell. As the owner and the barista, Sharon loved meeting her customers and learning their tastes. She often played a game with herself to see if she could guess the impending order, if Neopets really could be judged by their paint colours. Her guesses were most often right with Rukis and Meercas but overall she was proud of how well she could read their faces. Sharon knew she owed this leftover skill to her undercover card-playing days, but she’d never admit it to anyone. Not that anyone on Roo Island would even know the right questions to ask. One Tuesday morning - in between the morning and lunch rushes - Sharon was making an Electric Coffee for a stressed-out-looking Lenny when the shop bell rang. Another customer! How grand, Sharon thought. Her Shoyru wings stretched as she steamed the milk for the coffee.

"Beyond the Hole" by surging
Flora was a quiet little Symol who lived in a quiet hole in a quiet part of Meridell. There were many Symols who lived deep within the hole, in an expansive city of its own. Many years ago on the eighth day of Hunting, many Symols decided to move to the newly discovered Meridell. This was long before Flora was born. She did not know much about the outside, or why her family ended up here, but she was content. It was quiet, it was peaceful, it was easy. Every Symol in the hole had a duty for the colony; some built and maintained shelter, some gathered food from above, some babysat the young ones, and some like Flora were chefs. For many, including Flora, it was an important duty to be part of the greater good of their colony. There was no stress like the outside world. She heard stories from the gatherers and she had no interest in going above. It seemed loud, busy, and stressful. One morning Flora was gathering up the supplies to start the cooking at her station. Today she was in charge of desserts. Desserts were not her strongest task, but it did feel good to rotate on occasion. Plus, desserts were a more solitary event and she liked to keep to herself. Flora carefully lined up everything so she could see what she was working with. “Hmm…” she thought to herself. “I do not have enough sugar for this.” She looked around the kitchen. She glanced at the other chefs. “Sugar?” She asked no one in particular.

"A New Professor at Brightvale University" by orlytheowl
The principal of Brightvale University, the Brown Aisha Lora Ledgum, had finally been able to sneak away from the endless meetings of how to get more applicants to the University, to do what she loved the most – reading. Over the years, she had gathered quite the library at her office. But she did not have the time to read as much as she wanted. This resulted in endless piles of books and scrolls that were currently unread. “The only thing sadder than a bad book is an unread book” she sighed, as she picked one up and started flipping through the book. Her office was big, and her library was an adjacent room, only separated by heavy, burgundy velvet drapes. They matched the drapes that coated the large, arched windows that were placed behind her sturdy wooden desk that faced the entrance. On the floor was a round, old but surprisingly thick and soft green rug, and the walls were covered with paintings of former and current principals and patrons of the University. The library was her favourite part of the office, as it was covered by floor-to-ceiling bookshelves all over. The floor was coated by a matching green rug as the neighbouring room. Lora made herself comfortable. She found a stack of pillows, a blanket and a cup of tea, and sat down with a sigh. “Finally”, she thought, with a smile on her face as she started reading. She hadn’t even finished reading the introduction before she noticed a low knocking...

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