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Premium Sale Incoming
  • Posted by Dave
  • Posted on July 27, 2018, 5:45 pm NST

It looks like Neopets' social media team jumped the gun a little bit early and posted about an upcoming Premium sale (which is not live yet!) In recent weeks, TNT (via hardtotame's Q&A) have hinted at new features coming to Premium users, and we finally know what they'll be!

Here's the accidental post:

Got Premium? The price for an annual subscription is on sale! There’s also some new perks to enjoy: Change your pet’s species once a year, save your customization outfits to show them off to your friends, and own up to 30 galleries! Make good use of this sale and get Premium now!

Once the sale goes live (along with the new Premium features), we'll post again with more information!
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TNT Community Updates 27/7
  • Posted by Herdy
  • Posted on July 27, 2018, 1:42 pm NST

Hardtotame has been back answering questions on the Help Chat early this morning.

On the time glitches currently experienced in games like Plushie Tycoon and Food Club:

Time glitches - No immediate plans to fix them, but I can add to them to our backlog.

On the possibility of Plushie Tycoon being updated:

Plushie Tycoon - anything is possible But it isn't probable unless there's a large demand to update the game

On how the conversion from flash to html5 will happen with flash games:

From what I know, the HTML 5 games will replace the Flash ones.
We're working on new HTML 5 games in addition to converting the popular Flash ones.

On the possibility of updating the prize pool for creative contests:

Creative Contest prize pool updates - I've already started that discussion with the team, we're going to update the prize pools

World Challenges
Asking if there will be fixes to the currently broken World Challenges feature:
World Challenges - It's very much on my priority list, but noone's had time to look into it yet.

On the recent announcement that KeyQuest will be remade as a mobile app:
For everyone asking about how KeyQuest will work when it's out - We're still working out the details of how we're going to go about it. We haven't gotten into design or functionality yet at this stage. However, I'll keep a note of all the requests so that they can be considered when it's time.

On the possibility of a Neoboard revamp:
We've talked about revamping the Neoboards a few times. It's something we'd love to do, but I think it will be an independent project, not tied into the optimization of the website.

On the Comic Con avatar counting on your userlookup but not in High Score Tables:
The avatar wasn't meant to count at all, and it was not intentional that it counted on the user lookup.

Hardtotame also shared that fixes for both the AAA's Revenge and Lottery avatars are on her todo list so that they are awarded properly.

On changing items like the Focus of Imminent Destruction or the Gemmed Sword of Light:

Those weapons have been in circulation for a while, so we won't go back and change how they work. Instead, we can look at programming new weapons based on the ideas you've shared.
We want to add new weapons to the HT too, but it's not one of our top priorities right now.

On the possibility of updates to both Neohomes v2 and the original version:
Neohomes are not a top priority for us at this stage.

On a suggestion to expand the Guild Mailer feature for large guilds:
To be honest, we've never talked about those things. We have seen requests to be able to view sent emails, and we'd love to fix that, but we haven't talked about other improvements as such.

On releasing rare stamps as Rare Item Code rewards from real life merch:
Rereleasing stamps through merch codes - No. That would be adding a cost to parts of the site that were previously free.

Site Events
On plans for upcoming site events:
Halloween - We've spoken about just that, but it's too early to confirm anything yet
Plans for new mini events - yes

Legends & Letters
On the confusion last week about whether the new app will use the assets shown at Comic Con or not:
I was referring specifically to the splash screen, because that map doesn't reflect what Neopia looks like now (with FL in the sky). That said, it was more of an informed guess, since I am not part of the Legends team. I know that we're doing a full-fledged story and that it's being represented as a comic. I also know that a fair number of artists are very busy working on the art for the game. I was just trying to say that we aren't trying to take shortcuts with this project. We're going all the way.

On the potential for more languages to be added to the app after launch:
2. Yes there are plans to add more languages to the game as later updates.

International Users
On Chinese players being unable to access the Mall options of the site/event despite being able to buy Neocash itself:
I have no idea why this happens. I do believe a related issue is on our backlog - I will check and add this if it isnt' there already.

On the reasoning behind updates to dailies:
We treat each daily differently. If there are exclusive items that are selling for less than 10 NP, we like to retire them. If they're being pulled in from existing items, we sometimes switch them out and include different ones instead.

General Comments
Hardtotame also mentioned:

  • More pet slots will be added in the future.
  • Suggestions for 2-step verification and a PIN on the Trading Post will be sent to the right people.
  • She will try and hold a Q&A session in the Newbies Neoboard at some point.
  • She will look at altering/removing art using stolen/uncredited sources, and fixing potentially lore/canon breaking items (such as Paper Wrestlers).
  • She will look into invisible Binary_supagoo Bobbleheads still in inventories.
  • She will look into expanding the blocking system to more locations.

Finally, she mentioned that a wider TNT AMA may be an option in the future:

We spoke just this week about doing a TNT AMA for you guys. We'll keep you posted once we finalized the details

Currently next week's date and time are unknown, but hardtotame mentioned that she will update the posts in The Official Neopets Team Message Board to let people know when she will next be available.
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Peophin Day Roundup
  • Posted by Ducky
  • Posted on July 26, 2018, 9:43 am NST

Peophin day is here with a new colour:


Desert themed outfit is also active:

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Comic-Con Booth Photos
  • Posted by Dave
  • Posted on July 24, 2018, 7:03 pm NST

We've now added photos of the 2018 Neopets Comic-Con Booth to our 2018 Comic-Con guide!

Like the After Party, TNT was on hand to promote the newly announced mobile app Legends & Letters. (In case you missed it, read all about the new app in our after party guide.)

These photos come courtesy of blink_darkphoenix.

Read the Entire Comic-Con Summary »
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TNT Community Updates, 7/20
  • Posted by Dave
  • Posted on July 20, 2018, 10:57 pm NST

Since there was a mixup with the posted times for this week's Q&A, hardtotame was on the boards again from 9:30 PM - 10:30 PM NST this past evening.

Here are the highlights:

Prize Pools
Regarding updating the creative contest (Art Gallery, Caption Contest, etc.) prize pool:

I'll have a word with the person in charge of the prizes, and see what we can come up with.

Regarding updating prize pools (such as dailies) with items that were previously expensive/had worth:

These days, when we update prize pools with a specific list, we try to make sure all existing items chosen are selling for 1000 NP or less. If there are dailies that choose from any r90 item available, I will change that.

"In Progress" Page
Regarding TNT maintaining an in progress page for issues they're working on:

sounds great, but I'm not sure that's the best idea. Many times there are issues that a programmer begins looking into, but because of some reason or the other (turns out to be too complicated/another high priority issue comes up/it takes too long and is put off until a later time..) it is kept aside.

So a list like that may not really reflect what is happening in office. Either way, I'll talk to the others and see if they think differently.

Regarding the return of Defenders of Neopia:

DoN - not until the BD is fixed

Regarding the return of old plot challengers:

Right now, our top priorities are those items that came out at the top from the survey. We haven't thought about the BD beyond those items for now. Among them, we have updating the BD prize pool, FYI.

Account Purges
Regarding whether there will be another one:

Account purge - Scrappy should have some info about this. I've checked with her, and I'll give you an update when I get one.

Regarding making sure that people who have been locked out of their accounts are able to get back in before a purge:

That's a good point. I'll ask Scrappy to give fair warning and perhaps dedicate resources to addressing these issues before we do a purge.

Regarding the release of new stamps/album items:

Yes, we will be adding stamps to albums taht aren't complete.

And the King Skarl Charm:

King Skarl does have new prizes he wants to give those who make him laugh (the charm being one of them) but he's waiting for a special celebration in his land later this month.

Almost Abandoned Attic
Regarding its return, and what kind of items it will restock:

We'll take a look at the backend when we're bringing it back and see if it needs any changes. I don't foresee any changes happening to the type of items it restocks - only in the way it works.

TNT Office/Team Locations
Regarding where TNT is located:

The Art team, the QA team, much of the programming team, half the content team and one of the producers work out of Bangalore. The Community/social media team, our senior programmer binary_supagoo, and our other producer, Scrappy - work from the California office. NC Mall releases, site competitions, the news and social media updates happen there. That's for

Neopets: Legends and Letters has its own team that is divided between the two offices, but we share art resources. The Neopets MMO [JN Note: probably meaning the "Neopets World Builder" app announced at Comic-Con, not a traditional MMO] is being developed by another team altogether, working in Vancouver.

Note: For more information on the second Neopets app in production, see our Comic-Con writeup.

Regarding the updating of existing games from Flash:

We have already begun the process of getting the games remade in html5, starting with the most popular ones. I don't know if we will get all 200 done the same way - I guess it depends on how it goes with the first few we're doing now.

Old Pet Colours
Regarding updating older pet paint brush options:

I'll ask the artists to keep this in mind for future PBs, but redoing old PBs is not something we want to get into.
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