Ramblings

NeoTales

Stories, insights, and questionable decisions from my time at Neopets

I find lots of interesting stuff in my old Neopets archives—design documents, old code, presentations, concept art, the occasional shirtless Dr. Sloth drawing from Shoomlah—and when I posted some tidbits on Twitter a while ago, I got requests to write more about my experiences working at the home of the only thing on the Internet you don’t have. (+100 internet points if you remember this, true Neopets fans.)…

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TBT: Obelisk War Faction Descriptions

Taken from the original design document...

I know it’s not actually Thursday but since I just found these and I’m laughing at my own dumb jokes, I thought I’d share them here. Maybe you’ll laugh, too, or at least find them interesting. I originally wrote these quick descriptions because wanted to give everyone on the team an early feel of what each faction represented — who they were, what they wanted,…

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Like Fyora OMG!

A semi-serious post about creative iteration.

I was cleaning out my old Neopets backup drive (which is a thousand-year project, I’m discovering) and I found an old set of Faerie Quest marketing images hanging out next to KikoOfDoom.jpg. (Don’t ask.) While the subject matter is kind of boring, I think this set of images is a pretty good example of both why people used to call our creative process a bit…

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That Time I Got Hired At Neopets

Then they couldn't get rid of me for twelve years.

I’m quite frequently asked about how I got my job at Neopets, so here’s the whole agonising story as I remember it because I need content for this blog. I should probably note that the process for hiring tech people got much more rigorous as time went on. While I’d like to think I’d still have gotten the job years later, I’m actually fairly certain that Mr. Insane…

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My Very Own Planet Express Ship

"Nobody loves you because you're tiny and made of meat."

Years ago, Harrison Krix over at Volpin Props posted that he wanted someone to commission a Futurama Holophonor from him. I missed the boat on that and will regret it to my dying day. (He has photos of the finished piece up in his portfolio if you want to lament along with me.) Fortunately, when he later posted a bunch of spaceships he’d like to make, including Ol’…

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So I have a blog… now what?

Erm, yeah. I’ve been working on my “website” off and on since I started working at Neopets in 2002. At the time, I’d closed down my existing blog because I didn’t have much time to update it with the new job and all. (It was actually doing pretty well! 400 or so uniques a month isn’t bad for not having anything interesting to write about.) Several…

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AMA: Batch #2

More Neopets questions from more cool folks!

Once again, these are reposted from my old Tumblr days with some new info added on occasion. This time, these were all originally asked after I left Neopets. Hopefully there’s still some interesting info here for you though. 🤔 Yup! Although it wasn’t really meant to be an announcement. We were just stalling for time. I mean… uh… total professionals, the lot of us. The update was…

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TBT: Faerieland Closure Pitch

Another Neopets TBT, even though it’s almost Friday. Here’s the first page of a pitch I wrote to convince Neopets executives that closing down the most visited land on Neopets.com for the sake of The Faeries’ Ruin storytelling was a good idea. Losing pageviews on a site that makes a large part of its revenue via ads is a big deal. Especially pageviews numbering in the billions,…

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