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Sad day, Neopians! Via posts on social media and the Portal News page
, TNT have announced that this year's Faerie Festival has been pushed back to October 2nd due to bad weather coming from Mystery Island.
You can read the full post below. Let us know in the comments how this impacts you. and how you'll be using the extra days to prepare for the revised festival's start date. More time to hoard am I right?
Faerie Festival Delayed to October 2nd
Greetings, fellow Neopians,
We know you've all been eagerly looking forward to this year’s Faerie Festival, but here's the scoop—we've had to shuffle our plans a bit.
Although Queen Fyora was excited to unveil a new and improved Faerie Festival event this year on September 20th, forecasts of a particularly severe storm blowing in from Mystery Island have caused the Faerie Queen to delay the event. Since the storm is setting records for unusually high winds, the Festival has been rescheduled to October 2nd for the safety of attending Neopians.
While the delay is disappointing for all involved, a little extra time before the festival means that Queen Fyora and her team have even more time to work their magic. Rest assured, when October 2nd arrives Neopians will be treated to a celebration like no other.
Stay safe, stay magical, and see you at the Faerie Festival on October 2nd!
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I was quite excited.
September 20, 2023 7:48 AM NST
just reinforces my thoughts that these people are not prepared/responsible to run this site anymore
just pushing me closer to leaving
I'm wondering if TNT is playing the long game that this will involve the plot, or is this (more likely) poor communication on how they're unprepared to run things on the back-end. I'm glad they're not just releasing unprepared product, but I wish they'd be more open with the EXACT reason it's delayed and not just some in-universe cover-up.
Boo! Oh well, at least they told us earlier in the day than later this afternoon. It's probably for the best, now I don't have an excuse to procrastinate
I'd rather have a delayed event without bugs than an on-time event that's broken. I like how they announced it with some Neopian flair.
I'm not a programmer or developer, so me knowing the reason has no bearing on my life. It could be for any number of things: they're not happy with the current product, maybe some artwork isn't done, maybe the code isn't running smoothly, maybe they just didn't have enough time. My scrutiny as a user (for a free-to-play game!!) is better placed on giving feedback of the actual event instead of demanding that a product be delivered on time.
In any case, I'd rather it work when it comes late instead of them trying to fix things during the event or after the fact. I was quite surprised they announced an event coming so quickly in the first place!
September 20, 2023 8:09 AM NST
"work"ing is subject lol
nothing on the site "works" for me right now or has for ages - it is full of gateway errors, shop wizard "errors", blank white pages, pages that won't load and then the infamous "you are trying to load the page to fast" lmfao no, just trying to load the page period
What is being delayed, exactly? The healing springs is fully healing my pets and says "In celebration of the Faerie Festival, all your Neopets have their health completely restored!!!"
Having troubles running a smaller event like this has me worried about how The Void Within is going to run.
Given the nature of the site and the years and years of additions to the code by different teams, I'm impressed they've been able to fix even as much as they have. Can't blame them for something being harder to add on to it than they expected.
The date of the image in the portal news post is 9/16 so they've known about this. Disappointing that it's delayed and that they waited until today to announce it. I stayed up late in case of midnight launch, could have used that extra sleep back...
In general, anyone who works with a backlog and few employees understands these postponements lol
Better to refine the programming than to hastily deliver an event full of bugs.
I feel like full transparency on the issue would have been better than trying to be cute and in-universe about it, though.
September 20, 2023 8:32 AM NST
Is there a small chance that this is part of the event in some way?
Over the next few days, could the Mystery Island storm turn into something bigger?
Yeah, put the stuff about the storm in New Features, be honest in the press release. I'd buy that they were trying not to delay it until they realized a delay was unavoidable at last minute, but they probably should have admitted they weren't able to meet their deadline earlier, not only to us but to themselves.
@1jediboy In previous years they would have done something like this even if it was just for a delay, but I don't see that happening now if the modern team really is stretched as thin as it sounds like.
I was really looking forward to this.
Hopefully, because of the delay, the event will actually function correctly when it starts on October 2nd!
September 20, 2023 8:42 AM NST
Whew! I am in the middle of opening not one but two shows right now and really busy, so I am disappointed, but actually relieved. I know I am in the minority here but oh well.
I do hope it starts soon and it goes well when it happens! (And I hope this iis NOT like jediboy said above, part of the Event!!)
Thank you JN Team for always keeping us up to date with all that is going on, especially for those of us who are not on social media!
September 20, 2023 8:50 AM NST
Maybe they will have all of the constant "Bad Gateway" and "502 Timeout" (or something like that) pages and such taken care of by then too, those are really getting annoying and make being on the site very difficult to do much!
September 20, 2023 8:53 AM NST
I vote we make it an unofficial part of the event!
Let’s fill-in-the-blanks and write the lore of this detour!
How is it affecting the citizens of Mystery Island?
Where did the storm come from? Is it natural or magically-made?
Is this going to leave lasting damage that will need relief funding?
September 20, 2023 8:59 AM NST
New clowns, same circus. 🤡
Just a reminder to all posting--save the curse words for another channel. We will continue to remove comments that don't use Neoboards-friendly language.
Shame! I wanted to procrastinate today.
This is giving vibes of former TNT blaming the meepits for their own failures. I always hated that.
I mean, it sucks, but at least they said something about it?? And as stated earlier, I'd rather have a delayed event with no bugs than one that's rushed to meet a deadline but has bugs. The only disappointment is that they seemingly knew about this ahead of time and didn't say anything until now.
Some of the users on here either need to touch grass or consider therapy. Delaying an event shouldn't cause people to be so bent out of shape. It's not that big of a deal.
September 20, 2023 10:12 AM NST
The numbers in the filename isn't a date, it's a filesize ratio.
16:9 is just shorthand for 1600 x 900.
Don't really care, it's better they keep us informed and try to get it right than shrug us off like before.
Happens with games all the time. As long as they live up to the promises...
I actually agree with @1jediboy, I'm thinking the festival being delayed by a storm from Mystery Island could be part of the event and that's why the two faeries will be looking for items to try and fix it, but we will have to wait and see....
Honestly, while I am disappointed, it gives us all almost an additional 2 weeks to hoard. Dailies, Igloo, General Store, Springs, etc. The faerie is HEALING every time (because of festival) so no bonus items from her. Useful for battling and sick pets tho!
Eh for me this works better.
As someone who gets delays affecting income because of new stuff and coding (like something that was suppose to happen in Oct cannot be done until Jan beacuse it was tricky and they prioritised something more important) , this isn't really bothering me, hahaha.
Not to mention as Nintendo fan I am more than used to this XD
September 20, 2023 11:13 AM NST
Climate change comes for us all, huh?
September 20, 2023 11:41 AM NST
Blah, so disappointing.
September 20, 2023 12:05 PM NST
"Since the storm is setting records for unusually high winds"
art imitating life
September 20, 2023 12:26 PM NST
Disappointed but not surprised
So are they doing this because of some real world storm, that causes them to delay things or maybe rethink their story as it might become insensitive?
Or was that just a stupid made-up reason for a fictional, unannounced event to be pushed back so they have more time to do nothing in particular?
September 20, 2023 2:30 PM NST
Can't believe they pushed it back almost 2 whole weeks. This event better be hecking amazing and worth the wait... :/
Not sure why they combined Two events into one ? Better to have a fairy quest event, then a charity corner event. I'm afraid this will not turn out well as everybody has such high hopes. Please prove me wrong TnT.
I'm looking forward to the event and excited to see what the new TNT is preparing. I'm mildly disappointed about the postponement but stuff happens.
Thank you for keeping us informed, JN!
September 20, 2023 3:45 PM NST
Am I the only one who isn't disappointed about this in the slightest and thinks it's no big deal at all??
I don't care one way or another when the event starts, I'm content to wait as long as it takes for them to get everything squared away and working smoothly!
Honestly, the longer I have to hoard items the better, so I'm actually a bit happy about this! But at the end of the day, I'm mostly neutral, it will happen when it happens, and I will enjoy it when it gets here.
If they are having issues, I would MUCH MUCH MUCH rather they delay the event as long as they need to to fix it rather than rush it and have things not work right!!!
However, just one small gripe. If they *really* want to be transparent the way they *say* they will be, they should be honest if they're having issues!!!
The in-world explanation is cute, I have no problem with it. IF they would have also made an announcement somewhere saying they're having technical difficulties and need more time to iron things out or whatever!!
I really wish they would do that.
But, I'm still pretty content with this. ::shrugs::
@meer, no you're not the only one, I'd rather have a delayed event rather than an event full of issues, and it gives me more time to collect items for it
Oh, sure, YOU have time to hoard--or whine. Or both, if you are efficient!
I vote for better spaghetti code, extra Parmesan cheese. How long since a good event? How recent has the new team dug in with fork and spoon? Besides, I have bigger fish kites to fly:
3 of my accounts are based on Mystery Island. You ever try to cover stained-glass windows with banana leaves under high-wind conditions?
Can someone pass me a glue tube, please?
*gropes for mythical edit button*
September 20, 2023 4:31 PM NST
i mean, it's a small delay...
is it disappointing? sure is.
am i gonna trash talk and call the new team clowns and preach of the impending doom that looms over neopets because of this? no.
some of you ppl...
Not surprised! Looking forward to the event to happen soon so prices will come back down!
September 20, 2023 4:46 PM NST
(Besides, I have bigger fish kites to fly)
That is a brilliant fish-friendly phrase! 💙🐟🐠🐡💙
I woke up incredibly early for the event, and have been dead tired all day because of it, so the delay is very disappointing to me ;; hopefully it's worth the wait, though.
I'm confused by the comments. They didn't cancel the event. It was just delayed by 2 weeks... That is not a big deal in the slightest... The site switched owners not that long ago, and knowing the old owners, the event probably had to be built from scratch and they've had higher priority things to do. Whenever a video game is released a buggy mess, people always say that they should've delayed it until it was presentable. A game does that, and now they're lambasted for not releasing when announced.
People in these comments are um... wow. It's an 'event' of an ancient browser game (which is basically just a dress up game now) that just switched owners months ago. Plus this is an event that usually lasts multiple days on top of it. If your life is so bothered by this you really probably perhaps should think about stepping away for a bit, like... legitimately. Its fine to be disappointed but some people are actually concerning. Maybe make your own jpeg of the static picture of a trophy you're trying to get or something. Personally I'm utterly neutral on this delay. I do wish they were more transparent but, well, I think they basically said all that needed to be said in that. "queen fyora and the team extra time to work some magic" like its a silly in game way to say it but that clearly states 'we need more time'
I wish they hadn't waited 'tilll midway through the day it was meant to start.
If it's delayed to October they must have known it simply would not be ready in time even before the day of, so it just feels weird to give a date for this, then delay it, yet not really explain why at all, at least not why in the real world.
I'm not gonna quit or submit a complaint or something but still, I'd prefer transparency early to a quick excuse made up last minute.
i don't care about a delay, but i am not loving the return to babytalk announcements like this. weren't they just insisting they'd be more transparent?
transparency would be "we don't have the art assets ready because the artists have a backlog" or "the coding is taking longer than we thought because of xyz" or "we had to lay everyone off and the two employees left don't have time for this in between putting out all the fires"
typical neopets, but still aggravating.
I get being disappointed by the delay if you were looking forward to it but I'm baffled by people literally losing sleep. Events have a day-and-a-half Day One and I can't imagine the Faerie Festival is so intensive (or exciting, frankly) that you had to be there at rope drop.
October 2, 2023 7:36 AM NST
Has it arrived yet?
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