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Neopets started out with a website created by Welshman Adam Powell, launched in 1999. In short, it's the virtual pet site. The basic idea is you are a Neopian — i.e., an owner — with a former limit of four Neopets (six as of November 2019, and seven with premium) per account. Owners can take care of their pets by feeding them and playing with them, but there are a number of things they can do — buy and sell items, play Neopets games, discuss on the Neoboards, explore Neopia, train and battle with their Neopets, and design a webpage. Some Neopians strive to become rich, others use it as a place to post Neopets fanwork, and still others use it to win contests.

Neopets has a lot of fiction: encyclopedia articles, short stories, a rich world, comics, game premises, and ongoing Story Arcs (known as "plots") which crop up every so often. And, if in need of inspiration, The Neopets Team (TNT for short) lets talented users post Neopets-related articles, novellas and comic strips.

The site has since evolved into a franchise — video games have been released, a now-discontinued Trading Card Game was made, as well as Nickelodeon shorts, a breakfast cereal, and a magazine. Neopets also provides a simple, efficient way of advertising — sponsor games. These games give easy Neopoints, so they're played by a lot of Neopians every day, which provides some good advertising. It's also rather successful with merchandise; McDonald's and Burger King even had Neopets plushies as part of their kids' meals some years ago.

The PS2 game Neopets: The Darkest Faerie has its own page. Special mention goes to the NeoQuest series of RPGs, which have so many tropes they all have their own page. The Neopian Times Writers Forum (NTWF for short) also has its own page, just be careful of the insanity. Lastly, a Gaiden Game to the main Neopets site, Petpet Park, also has a page, though it's since been shut down.

In 2023, the site's providers merged as a new independent company called World of Neopia, Inc., promising a new era for Neopets as an independent site.

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NQ2's True Setting (Spoiler)

NeoQuest II sets itself up to be a typical swords-and-sorcery medieval RPG, just like the original NeoQuest was. And indeed, most of the game plays out that way. But under the surface, something's wrong, and we find out what, after you defeat the evil wizard and save the king: it isn't a high fantasy, but a science fiction. And this was only the game's first act out of five.
(Note: The game's cutscenes were originally silent; sounds were fan-added for the sake of this upload. The voices are generated by NovelAI, the sound effects are from royalty-free libraries, and the music is taken from other Neopets games.)

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