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Shark Boy mystery update: the Daily Pop icon

Hey guys, BT here with a quick update on the Shark Boy mystery that consumes us all.

Now, even Shark Boy’s icon on the Daily Pop has been replaced by a grinning Dr. Hare!!

Before…

...and after!

…and after. 

Holy cow, it looks like the Creators are leaving no stone unturned when it comes to Shark Boy (or Shark Guy?)’s disappearance!

What is going on that you’re not telling us, Creators???

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The winner of the Create Your Dream Island is….

*tries to open envelope*

oh come on. Open. Please! D-does anyone have a paper cutter? I… I wish this would just open up!

*suddenly, the envelope opens*

Huh? Oh! It’s open! Like… I just used up one of my three wishes or something. And so the winner is…

Sarah S. from South Carolina with

Arabian Nights Island!!!

Arabian Nights Island? Holy cow, we’re going to explore the old Arabian lore! Genie! Forty thieves! Wow… This is just… Wow…

Inspired by her father’s souvenirs from Kuwait, she was the lucky Poptropican whose island idea will become a reality – which means she must know some of this island’s secrets! You can read her interview with the Poptropica Creators on the Creators’ Blog.

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Congratulations from the PHB to Sarah on winning! We can’t wait to play your island!

BT out!

A Delve Deeper into Mission Atlantis (New Island!)

Hey guys, BT here – with the formal announcement of the new island, Mission Atlantis! Today, the Creators released the trailer video for the upcoming island they’d only just announced:

Wow… is it me or do episodic adventures like to begin with a crash landing related to electricity?

…seriously?

Anyway, if you pause it right before the title is revealed, you’ll see strange lights in the background…

No, this isn’t the other underwater city in Poptropica, Poptropolis. This looks like it’s THE Atlantis.

In case you didn’t know, Atlantis was a fabled underwater city originating from, well, Greek mythology of all things. It was once over land, but one day, it sank into the ocean. The first episode is titled “Into the Deep” – looks like that’s where we’re headed!

Well… this’ll be interesting.

BT out…

More stormy weather… just what we needed!

I think March is gonna be the month of something lightning-related interfering with our mortal Poptropican lives. So the Creators just posted this teaser – I actually think it’s for that Survival card…

Yup, it looks like a good ol’fashioned thunderstorm is gonna leave us on that mess on Survival Island…eh, that happened to Gilligan and the crew of the Minnow too, so I can’t really complain.

Ah whatever. We’ve parachuted from thunderstorms before! We’ve had final confrontations in ‘em before. Heck, we even fought the freaking GOD of THUNDER!

But it looks like this squall is gonna leave us in a doozy….that poor Poptropican looks geniunely scared.

And I am too.

Speaking of thunder, I’m kinda left wondering when the heck the Mythology Island SUI is coming.

Just putting that out there.

My logical mind is patient, while my favoritism mind is just like Jiminy Cricket in that picture.

BT out!

Eep.

The Carnival Nears…

UPDATE: Considering how late it’s getting in this time zone, I don’t believe that MCI is releasing Thursday anymore. Instead, I think it’s coming Friday.

UPDATE #2: Samwow5 here! I just wanted to let everyone know that the members-only Raven Swarm item is in the store! Use this to call up a swarm of birds at your will!

Now back to BT’s post!

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Once upon a Friday dreary, while you pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious island of wonderous lore,                                                                   While you nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at your bedroom door.
“‘Tis some visitor,” you muttered, “tapping at my bedroom door-
Only this, and nothing more.”

Ah, distinctly you remember it was two months past December,
And each separate dying minute wrought its tick upon your mind.
Eagerly you wished the evening;- vainly you had sought to dreaming
From your islands surcease of sorrow- sorrow for the lost Monster Carnival -
For the rare and radiant island whom the Creators named Monster Carnival-
Thought nameless here for evermore.
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Open here you flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a stately Raven of the circus days of yore;
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
But, with mien of lord or lady, perched beside your bedroom door-
Perched upon the desktop just beside your bedroom door-
Perched, and sat, and nothing more.

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By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore.
“You remind me,” you said, “of an old Island I dreamt to explore,
Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the islands’ shore-
Tell me if I should wait for Monster Carnival anymore!”
Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.”

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And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the very desktop just beside your bedroom door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a ringmaster’s that’s dreaming,
And the spotlight o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And the island we have long so waited for
Shall be hidden- nevermore!

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Hey guys, BT here. Yeah, I just parodized a few stanzas from Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven”. Hey, the Ringmaster’s based off a raven, so why not?  Now before this island comes out, I’d like to say a few words. Who’s excited for this island?!

Well, I’ll take it some of you just said or thought that you are. Now, I’m gonna guide you to the posts and places to check out before the island finally comes out…

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To get up to speed on the ins and outs of this long-coming island, check out HPuterpop’s Monster Carnival Files:

The Wayback Machine

Want to know the history behind the island that’s been six years in the making? Check out the PHB’s Mystery of Monster Carnival page!

Well… this is super exciting… and I shall leave you with a song that goes well with this.

BT out, and I’ll see you at the carnival!

The Monster Mystery Revealed

“Why was Monster Carnival taken off the map five years ago?”

This was still the question that boggled our minds… we tried to come up with a possible explanation, but some of them were kinda just silly assumptions. Now, in Captain Crawfish’s new post, he explains everything from the Creators’ point of view:

Longtime Poptropicans know that Monster Carnival was supposed to be one of our earliest Islands. It was announced in 2008, and even added to the travel map with a message that said “Coming Soon.” Then it disappeared without notice.

Why?

There have been a lot of explanations over the years. Some were closer to the mark than others. Frankly, we’d like to let the conspiracy theories go on, because they’re more interesting than the truth. But it’s time we came clean.

Monster Carnival was removed from the Poptropica travel map because it wasn’t finished, and everybody was too busy with other projects to give it the attention it needed. That’s all! We really just announced it too early, got onto other things, and never came back to it.

But as Monster Carnival continued to live on in the imaginations of our players, we couldn’t let it go. What a great name! Every year, when we discussed what new Islands to make, somebody would say “Monster Carnival!” and everyone else would nod. Then we’d pick a bunch of other Islands to do instead.

Maybe we were intimidated. We all know what happens when something becomes anticipated for too long. Better to leave it as an unrealized dream, rather than risk not delivering.

Well, every dog has his day, and the same is true of a great idea for a Poptropica Island. Monster Carnival is very real this time, and we hope it is worth the wait.

…wow…

After reading this, I couldn’t agree more, CC. I know how it feels to promise something good… but then life and other ideas happen and we let the idea collect dust. As a writer, I get that. A lot…. even before I joined the community, I hardly ever finished any story I wrote. And then my mind reminds me of it and I go, “Oh yeah.. I remember that…” That’s a problem for me even now…

Creators, if you feel that we pushed you too hard, I feel the need to say that I’m sorry. I hope that you guys are doing it because you guys want to do the island and not just because we requested it ten million times. Yes, we were curious, and we did enjoy the hints and jokes you gave us all these years gone by. Yet like I said before, I hope that you’re not just doing the island to shut us up. For that reason, I have high hopes for the Monster Carnival… hopefully it’s an island that you guys did put your heart into and not just one to pander to us.

…good luck you guys, and thank you.

~Brave Tomato

Step right up and see the Monster Carnival Island Page!

Weight Lifter Avatar Monster Carnival IslandWelcome, my dear Poptropicans! I am Brave Tomato, your postmaster for…. this post… and welcome to the newly released Monster Carnival Island Tour! (and the PHB’s complementary MCI trivia page!)

Now, it’ll be a grand show tonight, shant we agree? Good, because, as your postmaster at the moment, it is my duty to point out the highlights of this show of the page!

Ah, enough talk! Ladies and gentlemen, Poptropicans of all ages, welcome! To the Monster Carnival! Info! Page!

Now of course in center ring is the main story for this highly-anticipated island – but it’s not all fun and games…

In the dead of night, a caravan rumbles into town. The traveling carnival has returned! But this is no day at the park. Behind the lights and the laughter, the carnival harbors a dark secret. Buy a ticket if you dare, but beware — once you enter, you may never be able to escape the Monster Carnival!

A fascinatingly ghastly tale, is it not? There’s a reason why it’s center ring, my dear Poptropicans! And there are scenery images galore! What a performance the center ring is giving us!

Now we divert our attention to the left ring, where our Printable Poster and Desktop Wallpaper reside: a circus poster for the Raven Ringmaster as the printable, and the Desktop Wallpaper featuring one of the many diverse titular monsters, along with the revelation that every decoration goes a bit more twisted at nighttime compared to the day…

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Now, we shall divert our attention again to the the right ring, where the members only items reside! Among these is the Bonus Quest:

It’s no Myth to us…

…that Mythology Island is the next SUI (sound-updated island)!

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Excuse me while I go nostalgic.

Now that my flashback has subsided, my thoughts. First of all, I’m kinda excited. Excited as those too minions above this piece of text. Holy cow holy cow…

Okay, deep breaths, BT. In and out, BT. *breathes in and out, then finally calms down* You’re posting this on the internet, BT. Be professional. Professional…

…wow… Mythology Island really is the next SUI after Time Tangled. Holy cow… well… this is gonna be interesting.

I’m kinda surprised that Mythology Island’s the next SUI… because I was expecting another simple island to be the next SUI… Oh my gosh, I’m excited to hear this island’s soundtrack. I think it’s gonna be EPIC! (Pun intended).

Well, anyways, Mythology Island was the first island I as a Poptropican ever witnessed open to members and then to the public… and now seeing it updated, it makes me both excited.. and a little sad, for I have to say goodbye to the soundless island that helped shape who I am today, but at the same time say hello to a new beginning. That’s pretty much how I feel about the SUIs… well… I guess I’ll play Mythology Island a few more times soundless before the update comes out.

BT out!

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