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Happy Halloween!
  • Posted by Dave
  • Posted on October 31, 2021, 12:35 am NST

From all of us at Jellyneo...

Costume Contest Winners!
The winners of this year's Costume Contest are now live! Congratulations goes to zulzy for their Lutari Riinz dressed as the Steve from Blue's Clues "I Never Forgot You... Ever"! Make sure to check out all of the winners below, along with the prizes awarded to all those who entered and voted! (Trophies will be awarded later today.)

Site Theme Alert!
On October 31st at 11:59pm NST (only 60 seconds!), refreshing anywhere on the old Neopets site will get you the elusive Halloween site theme. This is the only time of year you can obtain it, so don't forget to stay up! We recommend making sure you refresh on the Classic Site, as it's unknown if it will be available on the beta redesign. (If you have any success receiving the theme on the new beta site—let us know in the comments!)

Haunted Mansion Reminder
Don't forget, you have until the end of October 31st to activate your Jack-o-Lanterns for the Haunted Mansion Neocash prizes.

Trick-or-Treating Reminder
Don't forget to go trick-or-treating around Neopia. You'll have the opportunity to pick up some free goodie bags beginning October 31st at 12:01 AM NST until 11:59pm NST.

Visit Count Von Roo
To celebrate, Count Von Roo is awake all day long on October 31st, allowing Neopets to play Deadly Dice with him. If you'd like to gamble for a few levels, go for a visit!

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Trick-or-Treating Locations
  • Posted by Dave
  • Posted on October 31, 2021, 12:19 am NST

It's that time of the year and we are out to find the Trick-or-Treat bags across Neopia!

In case you have trouble finding them, fear not. We have the places right here:

Opening your goodie bags? We'll be updating our Trick-or-Treat bags guide throughout the day! So, if you get an item we're missing please send it in!

You can also check out our guide to Trick-or-Treating, with all of the past locations and trick-or-treat bags!
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JumpStart Hiring for Match-3 Game
  • Posted by Dave
  • Posted on October 29, 2021, 2:49 pm NST

UPDATE: It looks like the Art Coordinator position below is not specifically for a match-3 game, but rather simply to assist with Neopets in general!

A statement by Gutterfoot:

also it's my fault that match-3 verbage was left in there... i'm too tired and didn't remove the bullet points for a game design position we have up FOR the match-3 project haha WHOOPS

The game design position is for the match-3 project, however.

Two relatively new job postings from JumpStart are seeking a Game Designer (already closed down to new applicants), along with an Art Coordinator.

Both positions The game designer position requests familiarity with match-3 style games (think Ghoul Catchers, Sutek's Tomb, Candy Crush, etc.).

For the game designer:

JumpStart is looking for an experienced, highly motivated, and collaboration-orientated Contract Game Designer with experience in free-to-play and narrative-driven Match-3 games. As a Contract Game Designer, you’ll be responsible for creating Match-3 mechanics and laying out the progression of the games’ chapters. You must be able to show creative abilities, design knowledge (rational design, iterative process) as well as being able to give guidance to other designers on the team concerning the Match-3.

Our ideal candidate is passionate about a broad range of genres and platforms, but specializes in Match-3 and puzzle games with an understanding of what makes them fun.

Familiarity of Neopets (game, culture, and brand) is a major plus!

And for the art coordinator:

JumpStart is looking for a creative Art Coordinator with 2D/3D design experience to assist in creating, managing and communicating outsourced art assets for projects under the Neopets brand umbrella! The ideal candidate will have effective visual communication and technical skills and be driven and inspired to excel within a fun, collaborative, and agile creative team.

Vast knowledge of Match-3 games and the free-to-play market
A passion for mobile games, Match-3, and narrative puzzle games is a must!
[Accidentally included in the job posting by JumpStart]

You may remember that TNT has been surveying Neopia about their thoughts on a new match-3 game for the past year. There was a survey in July 2021, and a smaller visual survey with Petpets in August 2020.

In addition, an August 2021 earnings report from NetDragon (the China-based parent company of Neopets), showed a possible teaser of what the game will look like:

The report above indicates that the game will be released in the "2nd half of 2021," but we're quickly running out of 2021 and the fact that employees are just being hired for the project seems to indicate that we won't see this for awhile.

If Neopets were to release a new match-3 game, what sort of theming would you like to see? Let us know in the comments.
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Korbat Day Roundup
  • Posted by Herdy
  • Posted on October 26, 2021, 2:27 pm NST

In celebration of Korbat Day, a new colour is available:


As with some of the recent Maraquan colours, this is a fan created colour by gracie! As with the other fan made colours, TNT have confirmed this will not be offered as NFTs over at Neopets Metaverse.

A Lord Darigan themed set of clothing is also now active:

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Metaverse Timeline Stumbles, Quidd Project Put on Hold
  • Posted by Dave
  • Posted on October 22, 2021, 2:07 pm NST

This week's Beauty Contest winner: Arlonna!

A few new and noteworthy updates today in the world of Neopets NFTs. (Or should we say in the metaverse of Neopets NFTs? 🤔)

First up, the Neopets Metaverse team is missing their launch schedule, with the NFT project failing to meet the self-imposed October deadline for release.

In a statement posted on their blog:

The team is working hard and focused on finalizing the details of the project to ensure a smooth and successful launch of the Neopets Metaverse Collection NFTs. As an update, we expect the NFT sale to take place in the next few weeks. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to our many supporters and are very excited to continue building and growing our community.

Originally, their announced date for launch was "October 2021." With the announcement above, no definitive timeline has been released, leaving the project in limbo.

This doesn't seem all too surprising coming from the Neopets Metaverse team, though. They have continuously stumbled since the initial release (read back in our news feed to see), and the "roadmap" they posted for a brand new NFT-based version of Neopia has zero indication as to the timeline of completion. (As a reminder—that roadmap, which is authored by "Neopets Inc," also claims that the Neopets brand will be decentralized, and in effect given up by JumpStart and placed in control of those who own the NFTs. Something that TNT has yet to address, or retract.)

Second, you may have seen our post about Neopets coming to Quidd, a marketplace for digital collectibles (with the option in the future to convert them to NFTs).

As of today, we have confirmed that due to the Neopets Metaverse project, the collectibles planned for the Quidd marketplace have been put on hold, with this official statement:

Quick update on the new channel coming! While we originally thought it would be this week, due to unforeseen circumstances it has been delayed slightly.

It is still coming! And we will keep you updated as we find out more. For now we apologize for the confusion and hope to have more info for you very soon!

Later, the CEO of Quidd stated, during a Q&A period held on their official Discord server:

[in a response to another project being canceled outright] Yeah, it happens. It's a big bummer when it goes. I've seen the Charmed stuff -- it was incredible. But, sometimes licensors change their minds. In the case of the new [Neopets] channel, our partners wanted to put a little more time between another project that they dropped and our project. So, it's a delay, not a cancellation. I would say January at the latest.

We will continue to keep an eye out on this project, and update you all if it comes to fruition.

For those out of the loop or just checking in, you can read all about why Jellyneo opposes these NFT projects by visiting jellyneo.net/nfts (and mint your own blockchain-free NFTopet!) Alternatively, click the #NoNeoNFTs banner at the top of many pages across Jellyneo.

Our stance here at Jellyneo continues to be the belief that the best course of action is to cancel all NFT projects outright, and instead focus on features and games that the Neopets community actually wants. If contracts cannot be canceled, then we believe the second best option would be to retract the Metaverse roadmap presented and cancel the planned NFT version of Neopia.
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