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The Neopian Times Week 38 > Articles > Compiling a Collection - How to Build a Gallery

Compiling a Collection - How to Build a Gallery

by 0_o__goldfish27__o_0

Have you ever wanted to create a collection of items that appeal to you? Ever wanted to own an expensive and magnificent gallery? Then this article is for you…

So, you've just visited a brilliant gallery where you marvelled at all the rare and retired items, gasped at the complete sets and stared wide-eyed at the sheer number of items the owner has? And you've though to yourself, "I really want to own a gallery like that." But then, reality hits, you notice your bank balance and sigh deeply, "But I can't afford something like that."

Well that's what I thought at first, but then I realised that all galleries must start small. So I set about thinking of ways to make a small, but still, pleasing and interesting gallery.

The first thing to remember is that nobody is interested in a random collection of items; give your gallery a theme. Whether it is a theme of items such as "chocolate" or "books" or whether you would rather collect items related to your favourite NeoPet, I'm sure you'll agree a gallery with a good theme is much more enjoyable to visit than someone's pile of junk that has no meaning to you.

Once you've settled on a theme it is a good idea to break this down into a smaller and easier to collect categories. For example, say I was making a drinks gallery, which ultimately would display every drink in Neopia, I wouldn't just start blindly buying drinks off the shop wizard. No, I would follow the following guide:

1. Research - Research is always the first step when you are compiling a gallery. So you've decided to collect drinks? What drinks are there? Well we've all heard of Neocola, so you run along to the shop wizard and search for "Neocola". You jot down all those items and make "Neocola" one section to collect. You continue to research the items for drinks (slushies, tea, etc.) until you have a list of 10-15 small categories that covers all the available drinks in Neopia.

2. First Purchases - Now you've got a list of small categories in front of you. What's the next step you ask? Start buying! Pick a category, say Neocola, and go and buy all the items in that category. Stick them in your gallery and hey presto! All of a sudden you have an interesting gallery. Even though its only the first steps of your gallery you now have all of the Neocola items in NeoPets in your gallery. Which, I'm sure you'll agree, is far more interesting than a random assortment of drinks with no relation to one another.

3. Complete Your Collection! - Now you can start buying those other categories. You don't have to do this straight away because, after all, you already own a good gallery, but we all know the best galleries are the ones with the most items! One word of warning; I would advise completely compiling a category before adding it to your gallery. For example, buy every Krawkade before placing them in your gallery, this once again goes back to the point of having a complete gallery.

4. Now What?! - So, you've got a gallery which is displaying every single drink in Neopia? Why not add something else? There's nothing stopping you! Try to stay to the same theme. If you have all the drinks why not move onto food? Faerie Food for instance. Now your gallery can grow and grow, the sky's the limit!

So, what are you waiting for you? Start building the gallery of your dreams today!

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