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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TBT: Neopets MMO Avatar Design

People seem interested in Neo-related TBTs so here’s another one. For the MMO avatars, we were trying to design a system that would allow for the easy add-on of various “parts” and body types – we wanted to eventually have as many existing species in the game as we could and, you know, if you wanted a slightly stout Nimmo, that’s cool, too – while also…

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TBT: Playing with Neosigns

Keeping ourselves entertained...

THIS SIGN WAS TAKEN OFF THE WALL FOR AN OFFICE MOVE. YOU’LL NEVER GUESS WHAT HAPPENED NEXT. I found these (really low-quality) photos while continuing the long, tedious process of cleaning out my hard drives. This was when Neopets was moving out of the Viacom offices after the company was purchased in 2014. I want to make it clear that I had no involvement in this…

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Friends… I no longer work at Neopets.

*whomp whomp*

Instead of never bringing it up and just fading into the night (the preferred plan of introverts everywhere), it feels like I owe you a post. Mostly because I’ve gotten a number of messages here and on Twitter inquiring about certain bugs on Neopets.com and I don’t want you to think I’m ignoring you folks and making TNT look bad. I’ve also gotten nice messages about stuff…

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