I thought I'd take a bit of a break from my more paranoid ramblings, to talk
Recently I have noticed more specialised "Gold Sinks" or "Neopoint Sinks"
appearing in Neopia.
What is a "Gold Sink"?
Basically anything that allows Neopoints to be removed from circulation amongst
Some of you may be outraged by this idea, but take a moment to consider this:
There are thousands of Gold Sinks in Neopia already! Every official Neopian
Shop is a gold sink, the Scratchcards, the Hidden Tower, the Smugglers Cove,
the Igloo--they all count too. Your NeoHome is a gold sink, so are the Noticeboards,
and expanding things like your NeoDeck, or Shop.
Yet now we are starting to see the beginning of a new Era--CLUBS! Exciting
things that may earn you fame and fortune, and a nice shiny trophy! Examples
of these are the Gourmet Club, and the Book Club.
Why have Gold Sinks at all, why not just allow people to get really rich?
Well, this can be a complicated answer, open to may different opinions. Some
people may say it's to make us all poorer, or to make it harder for us to compete
with the "Fat Cats" of Neopia's rich. Maybe.
I prefer to think that by introducing things like the Gourmet Club and Book
Club, and we are adding a new element to NeoPets, another thing to strive to
be the best at. Don't forget, not everyone is brilliant at games, but this allows
other ways to spice up your trophy cabinet!
But what about the Neopoint cost!
There have been several articles recently detailing the Neopoint value of membership
to these clubs, it can cost you up to 5 million Neopoints to earn a place in
the book clubs elite ranks. OK, so there is a cost in Neopoints, sometimes quite
high. That's why we play games, and run shops, to earn our spending money! Also
there is the knock-on effect that items qualifying for the Gourmet Club or Book
Club will increase in value, making it harder for Newbies to buy them. But eventually,
the price will come down again and, with many gold sinks in place, people will
have less Neopoints, and so be unable to afford these items, and slowly the
price will drop. This will happen with many items in NeoPets, especially if
people are spending all their Neopoints on expensive books, they will have less
money to spend on basic food or toys for their Pets. The price of a lot of these
items will come down, enabling Newbies, or the less well off, to be able to
afford better and more stuff for their pets. Also, there is always that chance
that you may be able to get your hands on one of these much sort after items,
and make yourself a bit of money!
If everyone in Neopia was rich, there would be no challenge, you could own
any item, feed your pets any food, create the most fabulous NeoHome….
With the introduction of new clubs and trophies, which, yes, you do need to
be fairly wealthy to stand a chance at, it gives the richer among us the chance
to have a go at getting something new, something not very many people have.
A similar example would be the new Krawk pet!
But other people are so far ahead of me!
True. It can seem very daunting to start at nothing, while others have read
several hundred books, or eaten great feasts of rare foods, but even they had
to start somewhere, and the chances are, they have been playing NeoPets a lot
longer than you!
Don't forget the Turtle who plodded along slowly through the dust clouds of
the disappearing Hare, only to win the race in the end!
But why would you want to join in?
I would guess that the main reason is to get that rare and costly trophy, or
maybe to be the top of the score board and receive that recognition. Or maybe
just because you can. I'm sure everyone has their own reasons!
So Gold Sinks are mainly the domains of the rich. But after having shown commitment
to NeoPets form many months, maybe years, isn't it fair to allow a little loyalty
reward! Don't forget there are many things to help the poor and new, such as
the Soup Kitchen, the Money Tree, the Wishing Well, etc.…
However, though these glittering prizes may seem distant and unobtainable for
many, if not most of us, it is still something we can aim for.
And if you don't want to, then you don't have to! It's not my main ambition
Ideas for New Gold Sinks - Or "Clubs" if you prefer!
The Chef's Club
How many of you have experimented with creating weird and wonderful recipes
at the Cooking Pot? How about a club that gives you recognition for each
different item you create?
The Toy Club
How many different toys has your pet played with, do you rush to the toy shop
the moment a new plushie is announced? How about a club showing off how much
you love playing with your pets?
The Generosity Club
You've heard of the Money Tree, but do you ever donate items to it, or Neopoints?
How about a club that will boast your heart of gold?
The Most Painted Pet Club
Can't decide between Lost Desert and Tyrannia? Fire one week? Faerie the next?
How about a club that show which pets (or even PetPets) have been painted
the most times?
The Best Stocked Shop Club
Do you lurk around the Neopian shops waiting for restock time, to grab cool
items for sale in your own shop, do you pride yourself on having a huge diverse
selection of items for sale? How about a club for people who have sold the
most different items in their shops?
The Antique Collectors Club
Is your safety deposit box bulging and fit to burst, or are you constantly upgrading
your shop to add more and more space for gallery items? How about a club
that shows Neopia's largest Retired Items collection?
The Prettiest Pet Club
Have you spent hours grooming your pet, parting its fur in just the right way,
making sure its teeth, claws, spines and spikes gleam brightly in the Neopian
Sunlight? How about a club for the most pampered pets?
The NeoDeck Club
OK, so you've got these cards, and put them in your NeoDeck, but now what do
you do with them, most people probably don't realise you have every holographic
card ever made! How about a club that draws attention to those lovingly created
The Sweet-Tooth Club
So, some pets prefer to dine on Crystal food, or Expensive Neggs, but what about
those pets with the sweet tooth and craving for chocolate? How about a Candy
Club for your little sweets?
The Scratchcard Winners Club
Have you got your one Dubloon coin well worn on one edge from scratching the
silver off those scratchcards, do you lay in wait at the Kiosk and follow other
players home to quickly snap up scratchcards from their shops for your chance
of winning that jackpot? How about a club showing the world your winnings?
The Music Club
Do you camp outside the Concert Hall for days before a Jazzmosis Concert? Has
your pet seen more Stinks N Stones concerts then you've spun the Wheel of Excitement?
How about a club for those die-hard concert fans?
As you can see, these are just a few ideas I came up with once I had put my
mind to it for a few minutes. There must be thousands of other things in Neopia
that could also gain "Club" status. How about clubs for the most of one item
type held, or most items bought from the Hidden Tower, Smugglers cove, or any
one particular shop. How about a club for the most games of Meerca Chase, or
Kiko Match played, maybe a trophy for the most games that points have been scored
in, or a trophy for the most trophies! Maybe even eventually a Club for Clubs!
The list is endless!
Whether you choose to participate in "clubs" or not, the very fact that they
exist will affect you, and most of it in a positive way! You'll see! *winks*