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  1. So, I'm firmly on the side of traveling with kids. My wife and I have traveled to Spain with a 15 month old and later a 3 month old (and a toddler). It wasn't care free and easy or anything, but we have great memories and stories to tell. That said, if you have family that you trust who are willing and able to watch your 1 year old, you have an opportunity to have a baby free trip that most parents would kill for. For 20 years, most of your trips will be family ones like going to Disneyworld or football camp or glee club regionals and such. Just hanging out with your husband (and dog) in the woods will be rare. Now, I'm still firmly pro traveling with kid(s). We had this baby carrying backpack that folded into a stroller/highchair. She basically lived on my back for two weeks while we were moving around Europe. I spent a lot of time hovering behind her while she staggered up and down the aisles of bouncy trains to catch her in epic mid-fall. And she did get into anything and everything she could (from stacks of VHS tapes at a friend's house to the purses of some flight attendants sitting with us on the train), so it wasn't exactly a restful time but I got to see markets and plazas from the viewpoint of a 2 foot high curious child, which is why I know that pigeons have purple feet and that you can buy snails by the scoop full from barrels. At age one, they're pretty self contained creatures, so you can pretty much eat, sightsee, and sleep on your schedule. Once they're toddlers, you have to schedule bathroom breaks, naps, and meals entirely around them. Also, you can buy diapers and food there and only pack a day or two worth. I forget how huge and inconvenient strollers were but maybe you can use a minimal folding one for the trip. The kid will be hanging around you most of the time and everything will be new and interesting, so you won't need all the toys or entertainment. If you decide to travel with your one year old, it'll all work out. The most important thing for them is that their parents seem happy, so they'll be happy, even in a strange place without all the comforts of home. And if you decide to travel without him, enjoy your time being a grown up.
  2. That is a very good point. Prices should have gone up. The over-supply of items is interesting because I'm pretty sure less people are playing Neopets now than when it (and we) were young. In order to have an over supply, there has to be more players getting the items, or at least a higher percentage of players getting the items and then selling them. Am I overthinking this? Could it just be that there are less players so demand is lower? Or would that make prices go up because there's less competition?
  3. I remember the Angelpuss being given away as part of an event recently, which explains that particular price drop. I remember being shocked at the change in prices when I returned after many years away. I don't think there's a single change causing it. For example, the Coincidence (was an event, now a daily) disrupted the price of a lot of cheap garbage items, but that doesn't explain why map piece prices are lower today than ten years ago. It could be that it's easier to earn np now. The Forgotten Shore and Trudy's Surprise dailies easily push tens of thousands of np into your pockets each week, where ten years ago, having a bank balance above 100k was an actual stretch goal to have. I like being able to buy nearly anything I put my mind to, so I don't view this as a negative, but I suspect this came about because the owners of Neopets (TNT, Jumpstart, ?) aren't concerned about balancing the economic aspect of the site. Neopoints are less important than Neocash from a profit standpoint, so the effects of an event or giveaway aren't really thought through.
  4. I too have been thinking about the skipping to the secret ninja training because my battledome pet is above level 200 and regular non-secret island training takes 8 codestones and 24 hours, which is so very tedious. However, this "skipping" means training exclusively in level for about 50 levels, which means 50 days! That's two months of just getting leveled up and I'm quite sure I do not have the discipline to do that. For you, that's 139 levels. The first 50 of those levels you may get 2 or even 3 done per day, but that still means a month of just doing levels. Then you still have 89 more levels to go, and realistically, it'll take you a whole day to do each one. So, you'd have to dedicate yourself to studying level for 4 months before you're allowed to go to the secret ninja training facility. You may be able to do that and are a better combat pet trainer than I will ever be. Remember, though, that you won't be training up your strength and defense during this time, so you'll have to wait to get any more damage multipliers. Your weapons and shields will be as powerful as they are today but no stronger for 4 months.
  5. I can't believe I didn't know that before. I guess my pets or at least my battledome pet doesn't get hungry and wounded at the same time much, so I never noticed. I will definitely test it myself when the opportunity arises.
  6. No, normally feeding them food just makes the less hungry. Blue Furry Neggs also heal your pets, but I thought they only healed 5 hit points, not 35! In fact, I've done it recently and it was just 5 points. So, if that's a new thing, those neggs are quite useful!
  7. I've never used satellite based stuff so I don't actually know, but I imagine that the system would cache as much as it could to save on relatively slow uploading and downloading. So, if your satellite system or Neopets got confused and swapped who belonged to what token, that would stay in the satellite modem's memory longer than if the same thing happened at a cyber cafe with a fiber or cable connection. Changing things, like logging out, would tell the satellite system to refresh the cache, so it should clear up. If it keeps happening even after all this, then it's not your equipment. It would have to be something getting tangled on Neopets' servers.
  8. It's more likely a technical thing that shouldn't happen, but sometimes does. In order to access the Internet, you have to share a network, usually wi-fi, that connects to a router. Neopets has no idea that the packets coming from you and your sister are from different computers. The router, which is really all Neopets can see, remembers whose laptop belongs to which stream of packets coming in from the world. Meanwhile, Neopets uses cookies or some other internal token to distinguish what you're doing from another user. So, if anything goes wrong with how Neopets tracks you or if your router gets confused, it would be possible for your token or stream of packets to get swapped. The question is, is it still happening? Or was it just for a moment? If it's still happening, rebooting the router can't hurt. If it's still happening after that, it has to be on Neopets' side.
  9. If you're like me, you've given up on buying spare healing potions at the Healing Springs because it's been empty. I've only been half-heartedly checking every few days, but today, I was happily surprised to find the water faerie (Marina, who's name I just now looked it up) has restocked! The potions are on the top half of the screen and other things like snowballs are at the bottom instead of being mixed in.
  10. I know you said funds weren't the issue but I was curious about the prices, so I checked. Regular codestones are basically 3k, 7k, or 19k while red codestones are basically 9k, 22k, or 39k. Since you have to use 8 codestones for each level, even the best random cost of 8 of the 3,000 np codestones will cost you 24k np, which is higher than all but 3 of the red codestones. I've never gotten all cheap codestones, so the odds of getting away with spending "merely" 24,000np is low. Only having to buy 1 red codestone is going to be cheaper - or at worst about the same - and it only takes 4 hours? If I were so close to level 250, I'd jump to it. You will be spending less np but more importantly a lot less time getting all your other stats up.
  11. You can play as many games as you want per day, though you stop earning np after 3. You move up the ranks by playing more games and at the end of the cup, you get points to spend in the prize shop based on your rank. So, limiting the number of games you can play would mean everybody would stay at rank 2 or something.
  12. I just figured out mine last month! I too recommend making a grid with a spreadsheet and entering the time you test each and every time. The times you're usually by your computer is easy to do. You just have to remember to actually check every 10 minutes, and the spreadsheet will help with that. You'll find reasons to stay up late to watch TV and check the pool, so those hours will get filled in pretty quick. The hard part is in the deep slumber times you shouldn't be up if you were a normal healthy person. I had a sick dog that needed to go out randomly, so that helped immensely. Turned out, my time was a couple hours before I normally woke up in the morning. I found it when I was on vacation in a different time zone!
  13. I'm not in the real estate field, but I have bought a house or two, and how the realtor looked had nothing to do with whether or not I used them. It's all about attitude, patience, and having answers to what must be painfully stupid questions. You may not want massive amounts of hair in the high summer after the 100th tour of non-air conditioned farm houses or something, but that's something you do for you, not because you're supposed to look a certain way.
  14. Definitely take a look at the guides and the battlepdedias. I didn't have any battledome experience before returning to my account 2 years ago, and had no idea what to expect, so I did found them helpful. However, they can't tell you what is "best" or even affordable because that changes with the times and conditions. For example, if you have a super expensive powerful shield that will absorb 100% of any dark based attack, but your opponent only uses light or water attacks, that best shield is as effective as the worst shield. Spend the time with your lower training levels fighting lower level opponents and see how everything works. Don't invest millions or even hundreds of thousands of np yet. There are plenty of imperfect weapons and shields out there to be had for 1,000 np that will help you practice fighting. Once you're into the swing of things, you'll say "Man, I wish I had something that would heal me while blocking earth attacks" or something. Then, research that to death, and spend tens of thousands of np getting the best for your level. I didn't buy anything greater than 100K np until this month! The plot we're in required fighting wraiths who delivered 2-300 points of damage and I kept getting smacked around. I bought Hansos Charisma Charm but that's only good against dark based attacks. So be patient on weapons. Remember, you can heal your pets for nearly free every 30 minutes, so it's OK if you get damaged. Also, take part in various neopets events (like plots or the altador cup) because prizes often include decent (and sometimes excellent) battledome items.
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