MYSTERY ISLAND - The land of tropical fruits, training schools, witch doctors,
haiku poems, sacrifices, booby prizes, cooking pots, plus kitchen quests and
games involving fruit. Oh, there’s one more thing…USELESS ISLAND MERCHANDISE!!
Yes, the stuff Mr. Tiki Tack Man sells seems to have no use, especially the
toy boats and the pickled olives. I mean, what’s the use of pickled olives when
you can’t feed them to your pet? What about toy boats? Can’t you let your pet
play with them? Don’t forget about bottles of sand. Aside from the Cooking Pot,
maybe, there is absolutely nothing you can do with those weird things. Okay,
so maybe some people make a living collecting useless junk. After all, it’s
their life; neither you, nor I, can meddle in it…
Now, I shall go straight to the point. After a little investigation and some
analysis, I have discovered some possible uses for oak and cherry wish sticks
instead of simply being plain old souvenirs. And why do they call these things
WISH sticks? Man, I know they don’t grant wishes, but why the catchy name?
Wait, this has gone too far! I must now present the possible uses of (weird,
unusable, and financially depriving) wish sticks, before you close the Times
and scream in my face…
WISH STICKS IN THE BATTLEDOME
Now, this is what I call a good use! A stick can do wonders in our beloved
dome (or arena). You can hit opponents with it (like a Brain Tree Branch). Maybe
you could just throw it and if you’re lucky, your enemy may have a nasty wound…
like Chives of Death…
Hang on, there’s more; you can even use these thingies as defense magic instead
of just battle items! Since it’s named “wish stick”, it can become a healing
item! Maybe these sticks can even deflect certain types of attack! Like I said
before, now that’s what I call good use — usage in battles.
Uh-oh! I nearly forgot one more use! Like the Alien Aisha Myriad (see Neopedia
article or search for it at the Trading Post) it can turn into a random weapon
or give you a random weapon every turn/once per battle! Now THAT’S what I call
a WISH STICK! Cool, huh? Okay, so the disadvantages are that it could become
a Hidden Tower item (or in other words, be worth MILLIONS and have an article
in the Neopedia) or the price could just rise — period. Still, it would be nice
to have those wish sticks in battle, even if they did just one of the things
I mentioned earlier…
WISH STICKS AS FOOD
Huh? Who wants to eat wood? Termites? Cooties?
Uh, maybe when NeoPets decides to make a new pet that looks like a beaver or
something, it could eat wish sticks! Well, if THAT happened, the sticks won’t
be called wish sticks; they’re just going to be food… food for a hungry, beaver-like
thing… or its petpet. Perhaps a particularly hungry Skeith or Grarrl would help
itself to one of those things… they’ll eat anything. And instead of eating these
sticks whole, you could process them and make smoothies, steaks, cookies, and
more. The possibilities are endless! And there’s more that I haven’t even thought
of. Well, have fun coaxing your Skeith to finish his cherry wish stick juice,
or prodding your Grarrl to gobble his wish stick surprise sponge cake — made
with real sticks and a bit of twigs to enhance the flavor!
WISH STICKS AS DECORS/FURNITURE
They can be used as fences, or furniture. Soon there won’t be any more oak
and cherry wish sticks, just the things made out of them, like stuff for your
NeoHome. Well, that’s the disadvantage, if all these sticks would be made into
chairs and tables, they’d be gone before I can think of a new use for such!
Get my point?
WISH STICKS AS — WISH STICKS
Hmm, now these sticks would become magic items. Maybe you could check it out
in your inventory and type in your wish. Of course, there has to be a limitation,
or else we’d simply sit back and breeze through quests without fail or rejecting
one. Or soon, we’d be making enough Rods of Supernova for the price to go down
and EVERYONE would have one… not just the super-wealthy. In my opinion, this
should be one use, like a book. And you’d only be allowed to buy ONE wish stick
per day, or week, or month… but if this happened, we’d be buying wish sticks
just to get what we want and not work for it, like everyone else. In short,
making these pieces of island merchandise become real wish-granting things means
making the game unfair and not as fun as it was when wish sticks were not magical.
Oh, and when this happens (these useless-looking twigs granting our every plea,
want and luxury) then their price will rise sky-high!!! Yikes!
WISH STICKS AS PLANTS
Uh, plant them and they’ll grow into trees? Nah.
WISH STICKS PROCESSED AS PAPER
So I can print out my favorite stories and articles (and that occasional Really
Confused comic which never fails to make me laugh and fall out of my seat) and
so that everyone else can. Hang on — we’d have to pull out those infernal branches
right out of the computer screen! And does anyone know how to make paper? I
remember a little bit of the process; I just don’t know how to put it in action.
WISH STICKS GRANTING FAERIE ABILITIES
See “WISH STICKS AS — WISH STICKS”. Same situation — abuse of these twig thingies.
WISH STICKS AS YOUR TOOL IN BEATING PUNCHBAG BOB
Simple. Grab a stick, and rip Bob’s stuffing out. How much damage? Err… 5000?
You just tore him up after all… or see “WISH STICKS IN THE BATTLEDOME”.
Whew, what a hectic piece of work, if I do say so myself. It was fun finding
out what we — and our imaginations — can do with a boring-looking oak wish stick,
or a cherry wish stick. Maybe you could contact me and give me an idea I wasn’t
able to think of. You could also praise yourself and say, “Precious_katuch14
can’t always think of the best ideas… I have one too!” and tell it to all your
friends on the chat boards.
Now, I’d better go and brainstorm for my next article… HOW TO USE EASTER NEGGS.
Sounds corny? Okay, fine, I’ll work on a different topic… FISH POP RECIPES.
What? You don’t like that one either? CHEWING DUNG AND ITS HIDDEN USES… happy
now? Oh well, back to the drawing board — or my empty document, for that matter.