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The (Epically Awesome) Poptropica Island Creator Kit

(Before I begin this post, I just want to say sorry for not posting in ages!  I know that my last two posts have started this way, but, like I’ve said before, life’s been kind of crazy and hectic for me recently.  Nothing bad has happened, I’ve just been super busy.  Hopefully, now that it’s summer, I’ll have time to post more!)

Creating an island on Poptropica must be extremely complicated.  I know that you’ve probably never had that thought cross your mind before, and, honestly, before today I never thought about it either.  But take a moment to sit down, calm your brain, and just think about all of the things that the Creators have to do to design an island.  They have to come up with a story line, bad guys, good guys, they have to design the backgrounds, buildings, all of the items, all of the clothing, they have to do all of the drawing, they have to do all of the coding, and they have to do about a million things more to make sure that Poptropica is the wonderful place that it is.

So, how do the Creators do all of that and what steps do they take to do it?

On August 1st, in the form of a book, the Creators are going to reveal all of their secrets.  …Well, maybe not all of them, but that’s beside the point.  Yesterday, the Creators announced a new book that will come out in a couple of months.  The book is called the Poptropica Island Creator Kit.

According to Captain Crawfish’s post,

The Poptropica Island Creator Kit is an activity book that will walk you through all the same steps we take when we make a new Island. You’ll come up with a storyline, create characters, and design puzzles. There are some surprises in store, too.

The book is available for pre-order on Amazon.com.  Click here to go see the page.

Right now, the book is priced at $7.19.  And, like I said before, the book comes out on August 1st.

So, what do you think of the book?  Do you think you’ll be getting it?  Hopefully we’ll find out more about it soon!

~IC

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What do you find at a mall after hours?

Night guards, cat burglars, escaped animals, and (best of all) new clothes!

Before I go any further with this post, I just want to say sorry for not posting in a really long time!  Life’s been really busy for me lately.  Hopefully I’ll be able to post a little more often from now on.  I might be a little clueless about what happened while I was gone, but, hopefully that will wear off really fast.

Anyway, to continue what I was saying before that flimsy excuse of an apology of mine, apparently there are, to quote Black Widow, “tons of new costume pieces” on Night Watch Island.  I’m not sure how true that is, though.  After all, I haven’t played Night Watch yet, and I don’t completely trust the Creators.  I mean, after they tried to trick us into thinking that they were going to add noses to all of our Poptropicans, I haven’t bothered to believe them one hundred percent.

And since I’m having trouble thinking of what to say next, I’ll just let you go ahead and look at the Creators’ post for yourselves.

Cat burglars everywhere!

Night Watch Island is available now for Poptropica Members, and one of the best things about it is how many new things are available for you to costumize. We’re talking tons of new costume pieces that anybody who plays Night Watch Island can get.

But there’s one costume that won’t be around forever: the Cat Burglar costume, available only in the Poptropica Store. It’s only for Poptropica Members, and it’s only around during Early Access for Night Watch Island!

If you don’t want to miss out on the Cat Burglar costume, or on being the first person you know to play Night Watch Island, then find out how to become a Member today!

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I still don’t know whether to believe them or not…  It’s hard to tell when the little section about it is inside a post that basically advertising the Cat Burglar Costume.

Hopefully those of you that have played Night Watch Island have noticed all these new clothes.  That way I won’t have to sit around and wonder whether or not to believe the Creators.

~IC

A Reminder for Something We Didn’t Need to be Reminded About

Before I start this pretty much pointless post, I just want to say sorry for not posting in awhile.  Life just got in the way for a little bit.  But, I’m back and hopefully I’ll manage to stay back for at least a little while.

Anyway, like I said before, this is pretty much a pointless post.  Although, it isn’t just a pointless post.  It’s a pointless post about a pointless post from the Creators’ blog.  There’s a big difference between the two.  ;)

As you might already know, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is going to come out for everyone tomorrow!  …And for some reason the Creators thought that we would need to be reminded about that…

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opens its gates tomorrow for everyone!

The wait is almost over. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be available to everyone tomorrow, December 6! Keep an eye right here — we’ll let you know the second it’s available.

For Members, that means you have one day left to get your exclusive Oompa-Loompa costume. Don’t miss out!

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Prepare yourselves for a sweet adventure of a lifetime, non-members!  Don’t forget- if you run into some trouble along the way and you can’t figure out what to do next, make sure you check out our awesome guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

Also, if you want the Oompa-Loompa costume, make sure that you get it now, because, like the Creators said, you only have one day left to get it.  If you want it make sure you have membership before tomorrow!

That’s about it.  I know it’s a pretty short post, but there’s nothing else to post about.  Before I go, here’s a picture to add some joy to your life- and to add some length to my post.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Picture #8

~IC

New and Improved Pop Quiz

When Poptropica Friends first came out, everyone was so excited that they actually overloaded Poptropica’s servers and the Creators had to turn some features off until they could fix it.  And one of Poptropica Friends’s best features (or at least in my opinion) was the Pop Quizzes.  They were great…until you answered so many questions that you had no more to answer.  Then you were left staring at something that looked like this:

But, that has all (finally) been fixed, cause the Creators have recently added some new questions!

Finally, a pop quiz you’ll enjoy

We’ve recently added dozens of new pop quizzes to Poptropica Friends. Now, you can share with the world even more of your unique personality — and learn more about your friends, too.

Taking pop quizzes is easy. Just log into your Poptropica account every day for a new quiz, and check out the “recent activity” tab to see what your friends have been up to.

I never knew that Captain Crawfish can climb trees! How do you do that with a peg leg? Very slowly, I guess.

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Hmm…  I can’t help but wonder how long those “dozens of new pop quizzes” are going to last me…

First Ten Superheroes

So, you probably know that Super Villain Island came out yesterday. (If you need a guide, click here!) And that means a bunch of members rushing around trying to beat Super Villain Island before anybody else. And, just like always, the Creators have done a post, telling us the first ten people to finish Super Villain Island.

Congratulations to the first 10 finishers of Super Villain Island!

Super Villain Island is now out for Poptropica Members. Once again, we’d like to tip our cap to those players who journeyed to the source of evil just a little bit faster than everybody else. Congratulations to:

1. Massive Spider 
2. Zippy Leopard 
3. Brave Flame 
4. Nervous Thunder 
5. Shy Scorpion 
6. Brave Bones 
7. Speedy Ant 
8. Blue Shadow 
9. Young Clown 
10. Golden Penguin 

Congratulations to all of you! And to those who have yet to delve into the minds of Poptropica’s most fiendish villains, well, you have a lot to look forward to.

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The binary says “thunderous applause”.

Congratulations to all the Poptropicans who were in the first ten list!  And congratulations to anyone who’s beaten Super Villain Island!  Especially if you’ve beaten the bonus quest.  That thing was really hard.

In case you didn’t already know, Super Villain Island comes out to everyone on October 18th, so mark your calenders!

In Memory of Neil Armstrong

As some of you may know, Neil Armstrong recently passed away.  Neil Armstrong was the first astronaut to set foot on the moon, and he was someone that will never be forgotten.  The Creators recently did a post honoring this amazing man.

Neil Armstrong, 1930-2012

The crew of the Apollo 11: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin
Tonight, step outside and take a look at the moon. Imagine knowing that a human being is walking around up there. For most Poptropicans, and even their parents, that’s all we can do: imagine it. It’s never happened in our lives. But the dream became a reality for everybody on planet Earth back on July 21, 1969, when Neil Armstrong became the first person ever to walk on the moon.

Upon setting foot on the lunar surface, Commander Armstrong said, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” (He meant to say “one small step for a man,” but as the story goes, he was so overcome by emotion that he botched the line!) It was a moment of hope and optimism for the entire human race. When they returned for home, the astronauts left behind a plaque that said: “Here Men From The Planet Earth First Set Foot Upon the Moon, July 1969 A.D. We Came in Peace For All Mankind.” The plaque is still there.

Neil Armstrong passed away this weekend at the age of 82. His courage continues to inspire millions of people around the globe. Still, you have to wonder: will anybody ever walk on the moon again? What about Mars? I sure hope so.

The next time you look up at the night sky, take a minute to remember the bravery of Neil Armstrong and all the other people who made the risky voyage into outer space. Those first few steps we took into the solar system, we took in the spirit of peace for all mankind — and for whatever else might be out there. Let’s keep exploring!

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Like I said before, Neil Armstrong was an amazing man who will never be forgotten.  Take a moment to remember him.

May he rest in peace.

Almost Time For Blast Off!

(Oh, the joy of finally beating someone to a post! ;) )

It’s less than two days away from the launch of Lunar Colony!  This island sounds like it’s going to be pretty cool.  And just cause they’re so nice that way, the Creators wanted to give us a reminder about its launch on the 16th (this Thursday).  As if we could forget.

It’s the final countdown

We are less than two days away from the launch of Lunar Colony! It can’t come soon enough. We think you are really going to like this one.

Lunar Colony will be available this Thursday for Poptropica Members. Don’t forget your space helmet!

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Just in case you’ve forgotten, here’s the description from Lunar Colony’s info page:

So, I was looking at some of the pictures on Lunar Colony’s info page, and there was one picture, that when I looked closely at it, had something a little…unusual.

I took a picture and put a red circle around where to look.  You might have to look closely, but see if you can see what I’m talking about.

Did you see it?

That little sign thing that I circled says something like Eye-Color Changing Station.  I’m not sure if that’s exactly what it says, but that’s what it looks like.

So maybe we can change the color of our eyes in this island?  That would be pretty cool.  …Or pretty weird.

What do you think?  Any chance that our Poptropican’s eyes will get some color added to them?  Or do you think that that sign says something else?

Creators’ Favorites

So, for some reason, the Creators thought that we would like to know what islands are their favorites.  And they’re starting with Captain Crawfish.

You might think that his favorite island would be Skullduggery.  After all, he’s the star villain in it.  But I guess he likes being the hero better than being the bad guy.

Creators’ favorite Islands: Captain Crawfish’s pick

Over the next week, we’ll be sharing the Poptropica creators’ picks for their favorite Islands. Today: Captain Crawfish.

My favorite is Red Dragon Island. I love the art for old Japan, and I especially like all the cool ninja powers you learn to use near the end. You wouldn’t expect an old sea salt with a peg leg could master the grappling hook, but I did it!

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A pirate in Japan…doesn’t quite fit…  Well, what can I say?  It’s Poptropica, anything can happen.

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