2016 PHB Readers’ Survey Analysis – Part 2

Heyyo Poptropicans, it’s Ultimate iPad Expert here with part 2 of the 2016 PHB survey analysis! :D

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In case you haven’t seen Part 1, click here to check it out. Without further ado, here’s the final two questions from the 2016 PHB survey.

Please note: Because this post is extremely long (6000+ words!), a “read more” tag has been added so as not to take up too much space on the front page. When you’re ready for a long (but hopefully interesting) read, click below!

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Poptropica Portfolio: Jordan Leary

Hey Poptropicans!

Last week’s Poptropica Portfolio feature was pretty popular, so here’s another! (Here on the PHB, we’ve previously featured the works of Abraham Tena, Chris Goodwin, and Nate Greenwall.) The lucky Creator to be featured this time is Jordan Leary, also thought to be Dr. Hare.

On his Behance page, Jordan says this of his work with Poptropica: “I’ve been leading the development of Poptropica, one of the most popular online kids’ games in the world, since 2007. I developed the original game engine, the animation system, and hundreds of games, scenes, and effects. Play the game at www.poptropica.com.” The original game engine, we assume, refers to the classic non-SUI (sound updated islands) on Poptropica. This game demo reel also shows a lot of his Poptropica work:

Many of the Poptropica designs Jordan displays on his website are interactive, which we unfortunately cannot embed here on the PHB. Instead, we recommend that you visit his portfolio site directly so you can play around with his designs. We’ll also post pictures below to let you know what to look out for.

When you first land on the site, you’ll be on the Games tab, where you can find a few Poptropica-related bits on the side (including a screenshot of the PHB’s Star Link video!). However, it’s the next tab, UI, that shows the good Pop stuff. You get to make a bunch of Realms “bubbles”, view prototypes of the inventory cards and age picker, play a game of Mancala, the matching game with Mahjong tiles, Fiona’s violin, and more! Check it out on the UI tab on Jordan’s portfolio site!

As foundational as he’s been to the game’s development since the beginning, it appears he’s no longer part of the team – his LinkedIn page shows that he left Poptropica in October 2015. Goodbye, Dr. Hare!

Thanks for all your work in making Poptropica what it is, Jordan – and we promise we’re not 12-year-old stalkers anymore. Maybe a little older now. ;)

Anyway, hope you enjoyed this look into a leading Poptropica developer’s popping portfolio! Stay popping, Poptropicans. :D

Announcing the winners of the PHB Valentine’s Special raffle!

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What’s popping, Poptropicans? Blake here, and true to my word, the raffle to get a supporting role in our 2016 Valentine’s Day Special is now closed. I received WAY more entries than I thought I would. Anyway, it’s time to announce our winners!

And, since there were lots of responses (and since even numbers are WAY better than odd numbers), I added a sixth spot in the special! That’s correct! SIX people are now going to be able to brag to their friends that they were featured on the PHB to their friends, instead of the five I specified. Without further ado, let’s begin! And the lucky random winners are….

Popular Wolf

WimpyKidFan

Ylimegirl

Skinny Ice

Brave Sky

Strange Monster

Congratulations to our six winners! Go brag to your friends, you’re going to Hollywood appearing in a PHB special! Look out for your big breaks on February 14th! Yes, this special will all be one part, due to the sheer amount of audacity this contest had.

Once again, congratulations to our winners! Well, that’s all for now, Poptropicans! Stay popping.

~Blake

Year of the Monkeying-Around with Dragons and Villains!

Kung hei fat choi, Poptropicans! 🎉

It’s the Year of the Monkey for those of you celebrating the Lunar New Year, and there’s a new update on the Creators’ Blog honoring the occasion. 🙈🐒

Also, we get a sneak peek of a monkey that’s supposed to be part of an upcoming island. (Past sneak peeks indicate this island could be related to the Poptropica comics or the upcoming tutorial update!)

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Captain Crawfish also added in his post: “Plus, if you know where there’s a misplaced Chinese dragon on another Poptropica Island, we don’t want to hear about it anymore.”

Sounds like this pirate is salty. XD

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As someone who’s Chinese, I found the comment hilarious.

In case you’re not laughing yet, there’s a distinctly Chinese dragon dance happening on a Japanese island (Red Dragon, which takes place in ancient Japan) on Poptropica and it sounds like they’ve been getting quite a bit of flack for mixing it up. :P

(Plus, thanks to Thinknoodles videos for being a source for grabbing quick snapshots!)

Chinese New Year isn’t the only thing happening – Valentine’s Day is coming up, and rather than taking it as a time to feel sad at a lack of significant other, here at the PHB we’d like to deliver you some villainous Poptropica Valentine’s cards! These were created by Poptropicans from our deviantArt community, We-Love-Poptropica.

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Octavian’s is made by JennLikesPie, Black Widow’s is by Slippery Raptor, and salty old Captain Crawfish’s is by Spotted Dragon. Feel the love! <3

Also, if you’d like to have your name in the upcoming PHB Valentine’s Special, be sure to check out Blake’s post on the subject and leave a comment with your favorite PHB ship (no later than Wednesday, and try not to go overboard ;) ). Stay popping, Poptropicans!

🎉 恭禧發財!! 🎉

🎈 (紅包拿來~)🎈

Poptropican Meme Face Mondays: Round 12

UPDATE ON PART 2 OF THE SURVEY: I apologize, once again, for the wait of this. I’m working whenever I have the chance. I promise, I will post it when I get the best chance.

Heyyo Poptropicans, it’s Ultimate iPad Expert here.

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If dank is a crime, I am definitely guilty as charged. Welcome to round twelve of PMFM (Poptropican Meme Face Mondays)!

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The lucky meme-faced Poptropicans this week are Anonymous Heeeeeeeeeheeeeeeeeeee, ethan, and (our very own PHB leader) Slanted Fish! And here are the memes:

Feel free to click on the images to view them in their full glory. :P

Also, there’s a little extra meme-ery this week! DeviantArt user, JennLikesPie, was kind enough to create an awesome drawing of me. And so, I felt it only correct to make her a meme face:

Want your own meme face?

Well, it’s simple. Comment on the most recent PMFM post (just choose the one of the list here). Be sure to follow the criteria below:

  • Very crucial: Wear the outfit you want to have in the meme face on Poptropica and keep it on for at least a week.
  • As mentioned, find the most recent PMFM post (it will be at the top of this list)
  • Include your Poptropican username in a comment.
  • Include the meme face you would like on your Poptropican in your comment (a link to an image of the meme is very preferred).
  • Post your comment and wait! (PMFM is operated on a first come-first serve basis, so your meme face will come after all of the ones before are released).
  • Just a note: You do not need to re-comment on newer posts if you haven’t gotten yours yet. Once I reply to your comment mentioning “You being added to the list,” then I have seen your comment and added it to my literal list, so yours will be made after each one before is made.

This completes round twelve of meme faces. Tune in next Monday for the next Poptropican Meme Face Mondays!

What do you think about this week’s meme faces? Comment below.

• Ultimate iPad Expert •

Poptropica Portfolio: Abraham Evensen Tena

Hey Poptropicans! :D

It’s been a while since we’ve featured a Poptropica artist’s portfolio here on the PHB – if you haven’t already, check out the works of Chris Goodwin and Nate Greenwall.

This next one has been around for a while, but we’re finally getting around to posting about it: the portfolio of Poptropica illustrator Abraham Evensen Tena! (The character of Gamer Guy, or Abe on Zomberry Island, is most likely modeled after him.) You can check out the works we’re highlighting in this post and more on his portfolio website.

Perhaps the most interesting pictures from Abe’s portfolio are these glimpses of the forgotten underground island that we’ve seen sneak peeks of in past Daily Pops. It’s a land lined with pink crystals, flowing streams, and even dinosaur bones! I for one would love to play this island someday.

The rest of the Poptropica-related art on his site are mostly desktop wallpapers for islands we’ve already seen, some illustrations he made for the Poptropica Lunar Colony chapter book, and other miscellaneous concept art. Here’s a look at some more pieces (click to enlarge the artwork):

If you check out his website, you’ll find even more Poptropica pieces. You can also see some of his personal non-Poptropica work on other parts of the site, but be warned that some of his (non-Poptropica) illustrations contain nudity, so only proceed if you are comfortable with that.

Abe Tena’s resume states that he worked as a game designer (most likely for Poptropica) from October 2010 to July 2015, which means he no longer works there. Right now, though, he’s an assistant professor specializing in human figure drawing at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, the city where Poptropica HQ is located. How cool would it be to have a Poptropica Creator be your art teacher?

Anyway, hope you enjoyed this look into a Poptropica artist’s portfolio! Thanks to Abe for all the fantastic ideas and artwork he’s contributed to the game we know and love. :)

Love is in the air, Mystery of the Map everywhere!

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Hey guys, Slip here!

February is already here! Deadpool and Valentine’s Day are coming too! Speaking of Valentine’s day, looks like we guessed it right, Poptropica has a brand new Valentine’s Day-themed booth and is now available in the Poptropica app!

Once you open the photo booth, Poptropica gives you a heart-warming card greeting! (Aw, we love you berry much Poptropica!)

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Moving along, there are new Valentines related props, backgrounds and characters on the app! This includes the Heart, Cupid, some UFOs, candy hearts and teddy bears! Check them out in the gallery below. Don’t worry guys, it’ll be added to the desktop version and KindleFire version next week!

On the other hand, Poptropica also released the promotional website for the Mystery of the Map graphic novel (coming 3/1) and features a slide and video about it!

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You may have also seen the new advertisement in Home Island regarding the graphic novel, which also directs to the site above. Are you excited for the graphic novel?

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Speaking of Poptropica, did you know that they have a giant Back Lot poster in their Headquarters? You can also have one here! (This was posted on their Facebook page and Instagram account.)

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And that’s all of the updates we have today! What do you think of the recent updates? Leave a comment below! Oh yeah, here’s a Valentines card for all of you.

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-Slippery 💦

My Place in Poptropica: Spencer

This is the My Place in Poptropica story of Spencer, a longtime Poptropican who has experimented with many looks, names, blogs, and more while playing his part in our community. See the bottom of this post for details on sending in your own MPIP!

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Hey, Poptropicanos! It’s Spencer! Anyway, considering all of the MPIPs lately, I contemplated submitting my own. I guess you can see how that went considering you’re reading this now! Case in point, here is My Place in Poptropica!

2008 | Spencernator Genesis

I remember this memory vividly compared to all of elementary school, oddly enough. :) It was December 2008, and I was at my cousin’s house for a Christmas party. I was in their basement, petting my cousin Justin’s turtle. Ol’ Tuck didn’t seem to have a huge liking towards me. :P

Justin pulled out his laptop and showed me PopRockica! Which is what I thought it was called for a while. He showed me his account, and I asked if I could make one myself. He spun his laptop towards me and told me to go wild! Using my password for my Webkinz account as the username, Bulldogsrock4 was born.

Originally, he had blue skin, the snake tongue, and that incredibly blonde, short and spiked up hair. Despite my sister’s opinion, I thought Creepy Monster was beautiful.  He had the face only a Spencer could love, I guess. ;)

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His outfit before I made a new account!

2009 | There’s Been an Awakening

I had been an avid Poptropican (beat all 9 islands), and was a very frequent commentor on the PHB. At the time, I had blown through the screen names Creepy Monster, Spencerjamesd, Daedalus, Poptropica Dude, Dewdog, Awesomeman95 and Bulldogsrock4. (Probably more, considering all of that.) Here I was thinking Slanted Fish had many aliases! I finally had beaten Astro-Knights Island! Ah, what a glorious moment it was. Not the next day, not at all. You know when you know something for a long time, like your locker combination, and you just suddenly forget it like that? Whoops. My password completely slipped my mind! I’m pretty sure I was just mixing up a ‘ui’ with an ‘iu’ within my password, but 8 or 9 year old me was frustrated.

Friendly Gamer was created. Well, Freindlygamer1. :D A few weeks later, I got back on Bulldogsrock4. (I forgot how to spell a word within the password, and didn’t think to Google it because I was young and enraged.) I now had a liking towards the name Friendly Gamer over Creepy Monster, so I stuck with it. For my outfit, I kind of stole it from Dynaboa. I changed it up a bit, but if any of you guys remember him, you’d see the “inspiration.”

My routine of beating all the islands and commenting on the Poptropica Help Blog stood. I also created and joined a few cringe-worthy blogs, but they’re either forgotten or long gone. Trust me, they were not worth sharing regardless… Fine, you win. Here was my Twittersome blog I made, and one I joined but never contributed to. There was also a few more, like this one and this one – but for the most part, I was quite inactive on them! I also found this beauty, and I stumbled upon this project called Avapop, before the Avatar Studio. You can see I submitted my Poptropican on there. ;) You might damage some brain tissue reading some of those blogs, especially my posts, so…

Be careful.

More 2009-2012 | Beards and Tears

During 2009, I had my very first moment on the PHB. I was one of the few winners of Codien’s Spray On Beard contest! My heart almost exploded. :O

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Trust me, past Spencer. I was very suprised. I guess Codien liked my idea of a whacky Poptropican! I picked the beard with the long mustache and 4 o’clock shadow. I loved it! Around this time, I discovered the Poptropica Help Chat. I attended heaps of parties and unfortunately traded one too many times. ;(

Before that, I had the chance to become a dummy, and show off my newfound handhelds and rares given to me by Motionman95 in his infamous multiverses and chatrooms.

Friendly Gamer drawn with the beard I was talking about!

Friendly Gamer drawn with the beard I was talking about!

I don’t remember the names of the PHC mods, but one of them had access to M.A.P. Perhaps it was Coderkid, thinking about it?I gave them my password, not even thinking twice, and I obtained the Zeus outfit! It was incredibly rare at the time. Someone thought it was really cool, and ‘traded’ me for it. I lost my account. I asked the person for days on end and they refused! Heartbroken, I actually remember telling my mom about my situation.

I had just got her to buy me a month membership so she was not the happiest mother in the world. She also lectured me about giving away my password and the danger of online chatrooms. Thanks for that, unnamed Xat user. Later, I created something along the lines of DNinjaRocks4, (something like that. I’m not very sure, actually.) and played a lot less. After a few months, I quit. I still lurked the PHB, though! But Friendly Gamer was no more.

Late 2013 and 2014 | Aye, Aye Captain!

“Hello darkness, my old friend. I’ve come to play Poptropica again.”

I caught my sister Jillian playing it! She was facetiming our cousin Julia and they were on Time Tangled Island. Seeing them made me remember just how fun actually playing the game was! CaptainSpencer was made quickly after. I never looked back! (I did actually, later down the road.)

I picked that username not due to Thinknoodles, but because MrSpencer was taken – and I thought Captain sounded rad. (I just go by Spencer now. Not a huge fan of Captain. :P )

Around this time, I started commenting on the PHB with my new WordPress account, and went on Xat frequently. I decided to give blogging a shot. I contacted HPuterpop if he could design my header and logo. He responded in under a day with the best Poptropica graphics I had ever seen. I was ecstatic! Spencer’s Poptropica Cheat Blog was founded sometime in June 2014…

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Andrew and I exchanged a few emails after that. We soon started playing Minecraft and texting on Google Hangouts. He invited me over to the Poptropica Police Network. I quit soon after. I wrote a series on there, and it concluded. Also, I was more into writing about actual Pop updates than roleplaying, which wasn’t my cup of tea. :D

Once my name was out there, I was invited to Icy Fox’s blog, The Poptropica Package, and PAw. Honestly, I put minimal effort in all of those, besides TPP, but my writing still wasn’t the best. Over that time, my Poptropican’s closet and photos became very rare, being one of the first to have many items. I was bombarded with trading offers so many times on the PHC, I left Xat.

I’m fortunate for Red Lizard, Slanted Fish, and others great work on making the glitch community less rare (which I no longer am a part of, but still). Poptropica chatrooms are now a much safer place for everyone. :D

After a few issues within my Poptropican and school/family life, I decided to leave. I left my blog and all the others I was so honored to join. :( It was an impulsive decision, but I later tried to convince myself it was for the best.

It wasn’t.

Late 2015 and Present Day | Blast from the Past!

I came back to doing what I love – providing artwork, theories and posts for the Poptropica community! Slanted Fish has been an absolute doll towards me these past few years, and I’m incredibly grateful for our friendship. She’s even put some of my writing on the PHB a couple of times!

I still play Poptropica, and have been attempting to do so on the daily! A lot of the issues I left for are still unresolved, but why let those very few problems hold me back? :P I’ve been in this game from 2008 to now, and I’m not leaving anytime soon.

My Poptropica blog is now my personal one, Spencerama! Since I’ve come back to the blogging world, I’ve never been happier. <3 (Oh, keep in mind I’ve been playing with themes and logos, and deleted a few posts, so sorry if it’s not a sight for sore eyes.)

Just a side note, as of 1/11/16, I have retrieved my original Bulldogsrock4 account! Despite Friendly Gamer’s rare ninja, Creepy Monster has the white, red, and blue rock star costume, along with the black and white robin hood, and the golden renegade robot! Just thought I’d add to that. :P

To wrap things up, I’d like to thank Slanted Fish, Blake, and Slippery Raptor the most for giving me this place in Poptropica. It wouldn’t have been the same with any of you missing from it. Thank you all for an amazing 7 years! Here is to many more! :D

Well, I guess that concludes My Place in Poptropica, folks! Take the mic, Slanted Fish!

Hope you enjoyed this “My Place in Poptropica” story! Feel free to send in your own (please include a minimum of 550 words, type with good spelling and grammar, divide it into labeled sections, and include your username). Look out for more community MPIPs in the future!

~the PHB.

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