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Dave
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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Dave
More Neopets Digital Collectibles Coming
  • Posted by Dave
  • Posted on October 19, 2021, 6:11 pm NST

UPDATE October 22nd: Quidd has postponed the Neopets product release "due to unforeseen circumstances"—no new date or timeline has been given for release.



UPDATE October 21st: The Discord message has also now been deleted, but then reposted without the image (that tied it to Neopets) and the indication of when it would be announced changed to be 'soon'.



UPDATE October 20th: The original teaser tweet has now been deleted. It is unclear why. The equivalent message within Quidd's discord remains up.



JumpStart has heard the Neopets community loud and clear—and more digital collectibles that you can buy and sell in an online digital marketplace (and cash out as NFTs) are coming soon. 🤦‍♂️

This time, online seller Quidd, will be selling the collectibles. Currently, Quidd offers collectibles that can be minted as NFTs if you want, or you can keep them as non-cryptocollectibles.


So far, only a teaser tweet has been posted, and an official announcement will follow tomorrow. Stay tuned to Jellyneo for more details on this new Neopets licensing partnership.
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Dave
Metaverse Moderator Encourages Doxxing Alleged "Raider"
  • Posted by Dave
  • Posted on October 12, 2021, 2:41 pm NST

UPDATE, October 14th: As of today, xBunny has been completely removed from the server. In addition, moderator Sake (responsible for refusing to take action on complaints of misgendering a few weeks ago) has also been removed from the team.



UPDATE, 7:42 PM NST: An announcement has been posted regarding the situation with Neopets Metaverse moderator xBunny, responsible for what we shared earlier:

Even though the screenshot contains Discord profile information that is public, we acknowledge that sharing their details may result in them being targeted by others where were not made aware of that information, we apologize for this behaviour and as a result of this @xBunny will be removed from the moderation team.

At time of writing, xBunny has not been removed from the server or had their "Team" role (which give them server admin abilities) removed.

As a reminder, that's now the second moderator that has been fired for inappropriate behavior. But who's counting?



It's been 0 days since the last set of Metaverse nonsense, and here we are again with more unprofessional behavior—this time from recent addition to the team, moderator xBunny.

Earlier this afternoon, a group of users allegedly "raided" the Neopets Metaverse Discord server to spam messages and generally be an annoyance. No one here at Jellyneo was able to personally witness it, but as a result, the entire server was put into read-only mode, and the following announcement was made:

xBunny, [12:38 PM NST]
Hey @everyone

Sorry to announce that most of the channels are currently on lockdown due to the raid and spams by some irresponsible group of people. I've cleaned up the spams so don't worry, we'll have it back up soon as soon. Some channels are still open at the moment. [pepe the frog emoji]

About an hour later, the server was re-opened. And this is where the scandal comes in. Moderator xBunny saw fit to post a screenshot of one of the alleged spammers with their Discord profile open and Instagram handle visible. We're unsure as to what value this post brought, other than slyly encouraging the community to dox this individual.

Here's a screenshot of the post—the blurry redactions are courtesy of Jellyneo. These screenshots were originally posted unblurred.


xBunny's post


And the original image file xBunny posted

Only when Jellyneo's own Herdy pointed out the obvious poor behavior from a moderator was the message removed:


This represents yet another situation in a pattern of unprofessional and poor behavior by the Neopets Metaverse team. And, gleefully, xBunny is getting paid to dox users:


Yesterday, unrelated to today's events, xBunny also claimed to be "professionally" doing this since 2017:


Call up Webster's dictionary, because apparently we have a new definition of "professional" that needs adding!

Once again: Jellyneo is calling for the immediate removal and disbanding of the entire Neopets Metaverse team. From homophobia, to posting R-rated content, to calling the entire Neopets community dumb, and to using alt-right dogwhistles in social media posts—phew, let me catch my breath here—this team needs to go. Is this who you want representing Neopets?

We hate to say it, but we will continue to bring you updates on the misfortunes of the Neopets Metaverse project.
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Dave
Response to #NoNeoNFTs by TNT
  • Posted by Dave
  • Posted on October 11, 2021, 8:40 pm NST

Earlier this evening, TNT posted a response to this weekend's blackout and #NoNeoNFTs protest.

Most notably, TNT is apologizing for the disaster that the Neopets Metaverse project has been so far, including the actions and behaviors of the Metaverse team. In addition, it's been announced that Petra is no longer in an official community management role for Neopets, and is instead working on other "critical tasks" within JumpStart.

Disappointingly, there is no indication whatsoever that the Metaverse project will be canceled. We at Jellyneo believe the best course of action is to cancel the project outright. If that is not feasible, then we believe the second best option would be to retract the roadmap presented and cancel the planned NFT version of Neopia.

We believe cancellation is the way to go, because at this point, the Neopets Metaverse has tarnished the Neopets name and soured many Neopians' opinions on JumpStart as the "stewards" of the Neopets brand. We have seen countless expressions of disappointment across Neopia and social media for this project. And now, as you'll read in the statement below, JumpStart employees will be getting involved due to the incompetence of the Metaverse team, taking valuable resources that could have been spent on Neopets.com instead. If JumpStart is so stretched that the Neopets community manager has been re-assigned already, what tasks will fall by the wayside now that the Metaverse is getting professional moderation help by JumpStart?

As a reminder, this is the second failed attempt to bring cryptocollectibles to Neopets, and we're tired of it. (Read about the first failed attempt in our Neopets CryptoQuest guide.)

Here's the message in full:

Hi everyone,

We would like to apologize to the Neopets community, our community of advocates, and our newfound supporters. As we embark on the exploration of a new frontier through the release of Neopets NFTs, it is important that we at JumpStart remain mindful of the impact such a massive change can have on a fanbase that has been as dedicated as you all have been, for as long as you all have been. Recently, our communication has fallen well short of showing that we have that awareness, and the result has been communication or content that many considered to be disrespectful at best. We are deeply sorry about that.

As the stewards of a brand that is beloved by thousands of people, it is our duty to cultivate an environment that is as welcoming and inclusive as we can manage to make it. We have significant improvements to make on this front as it pertains to our NFT partnerships, so we would like to take this opportunity to clarify a few points:

- Neopets.com is not going away, nor is it being replaced by the Neopets Metaverse. As stated in a previous announcement, our involvement in the NFT project is happening independent of the support we provide to the Neopets site and will not interfere with our development plans.

- Cherrypicks, Moonvault, Raydium, and Solana are our NFT partners who work separately from the Neopets Team (TNT) who support the Neopets.com site.

- Please know that our partner's social media accounts are managed independently and do not reflect the views of The Neopets Team (TNT) or JumpStart Games. To help ensure an experience that better aligns with our product's values, we will be assisting with management of these in the future.

-The Neopets Metaverse Discord has been the subject of much controversy on the site due to the content allowed on the channel by a third party. In the near future, JumpStart will be present and assisting with moderation.

- Many of you have wondered about where staff from TNT have been during this turbulent time, in particular, TNT Petrichor. Petra has moved away from Community Management and is now assisting the company with other critical tasks, hence their absence. Our apologies for not being able to announce this sooner. Don't worry, Petra is still with JumpStart and may even pop in from time to time to say hi! As for the rest of the team, we are working on finding ways to engage with you all more frequently and clearly while being mindful of our obligations to partners.

- After consideration, we have decided to allow NFT related entries into the Beauty Contest.

Please know we remain dedicated to improving the Neopets site and will have more site conversions, updates, and new features for you soon. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The TNT Team

As always, we will continue to watch and report the latest news on the Neopets Metaverse right here on Jellyneo.
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Dave
TNT to Allow #NoNeoNFTs Beauty Contest Entries
  • Posted by Dave
  • Posted on October 11, 2021, 3:07 pm NST

For the past week, a number of Beauty Contest entries in support of #NoNeoNFTs were being rejected by TNT due to NFTs being too "controversial."

Luckily, TNT has reversed this stance and entries that support the #NoNeoNFTs protest will be accepted into the weekly contest (assuming they follow all the other rules):


You can find that message here on the Art board.

Any entries submitted (and accepted) will appear in the next round, which begins Friday, October 15th. If you had your entry rejected, it's encouraged for you to re-submit it to it can be reviewed again.
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