My Place in Poptropica: Darth Lizard

This is the My Place in Poptropica story of Darth Lizard, a longtime Poptropican with a passion for Poptropica glitching. See the bottom of this post for details on sending in your own MPIP!

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Invisible Axe & Wimpy Kid

It was 3rd grade and we were in the computer lab. I was talking to a friend when he told me about Poptropica. Curious, I began playing. I loved it from the start! It was something I’d never seen.

I found it from a site called Funbrain. That was where I also found my love for Diary of a Wimpy Kid. It grew on me, like a fungus. I couldn’t stop playing. The first known island I beat was Spy Island, and everything about that island stuck to me. Director D, B.A.D, everything. Macguy19 was born. Invisible Axe had clawed his way through into the world.

Glitch Discovery, PHB, & Membership

Some time has passed, round the time of Vampire’s Curse, idk when, and I had found a sliver of glitches, the glitch allowed me to get the member items as a non member. I decided to learn more about this bug. That was also the time I started following the PHB. I just swiftly stalked the blog, popping in every few weeks to read the latest posts.

Time continues to pass, and then I get membership. That was also around the 5th birthday of Poptropica, so that’s when I got everything membership could buy. I learned of the bonus quests, and how you get rewards from it. I loved the bonus quests, and that’s what made islands cool for me.

I continued playing well into the end of the old island era. It was a hot summer day, I was at a gathering with some people to celebrate 5th grade and all that. I return home and learn Virus Hunter Island is out. It was the crowning achievement of Poptropica, and I went along with it. I learned then that I made a good choice.

Becoming a Glitcher: Darth Lizard

More time passes and then I learn of the seedy underworld that the Poptropica glitches have left on me. I had spent time on the PHC, trying to learn more. I wanted to know.

Then, someone told me of the Avatar Studio Glitch (ASG) for the SUIs. The glitch allowed me to gain clothing that was otherwise unavalible. This was around Monster Carnival SUI. I was astonished. I had never known such. It made me want to learn about the world of glitches. That dream is dead, alas…

I had also came up with an alias based off my backup, called Red Lizard. I came up with the name “Darth Lizard” as both my WordPress name and the name I refer to when in Poptropican discussions. Darth Lizard had become a cross between Darth Sidious, my fav Sith, and Red Lizard, the name of my backup Poptropican.

I never served much purpose strolling through the blogs and through the game. I had dreams of being on the PHB, but I stuck with my goal of playing and beating islands. I wanted to be like my idol, Thinknoodles. He inspired me to pull through and beat an island. He was also pretty funny and one of the coolest YouTubers ever.

Epilogue

After that, I continued playing Poptropica through and through, even today I never had a thought of quitting. It’s a fun game, and you should play it too!

And without the aid of… well I don’t wanna say names here, let’s just call him Creeper, I may have not played or even discovered Poptropica. That’s my story, of my place in Poptropica.

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.

Announcing Custom Name Genie!

Hey Poptropicans!

In case it’s been a while since you’ve last checked out our Cheats page, you may notice a recent addition: the Custom Name Genie form! Like with our Avatar Studio Gift, we’re using our secret method* to bring you some awesome account alterations. As the name suggests, using this service, you get to have your very own custom name on Poptropica!

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*Due to not wanting our method to be patched, nor to have it abused, we will not be sharing it with the general public. Fear not, our goal is to let everyone simply enjoy the products!

All you have to do is fill out a simple form on our Cheats page specifying the desired details, and one of our glitching genies* will get to your request within a week and send you the custom-named account. Please note that this service cannot be done on pre-existing accounts (we will have to make you a new one), and of course, we will not make any offensive names.

With that being said, go wild with creativity! If you’d like your name to show up in-game, you can use any combination of the standard or Creators’ Poptropica names (see list here). Otherwise, non-standard custom names will show up in-game as Poptropican Lizard, but you can still see the custom name on the Avatar Studio as well as on the Poptropica app if you import your character’s look. Also, your name can have anywhere from one to four parts!

Whether you decide to become Captain Lucky Chicken Wing (shows up in-game) or Kim Kardashian (doesn’t show in-game), we hope you find a name you like and enjoy the Custom Name Genie. :)

*Thanks goes to renowned Poptropica glitchers Keith Sammut and Red Lizard for their help in manually processing and creating each request.

We also hope you’ve been enjoying the Avatar Studio Gift (details here), because we’ve been increasing our ASG offerings! Here’s just a sample of what’s newCheck out the rest!

We’ve added all eleven Realms animals, various epic-looking costumes that are otherwise exclusive to the Poptropica app, some Omegon costumes from PoptropiCon, cute aliens from Galactic Hot Dogs, and touched up some of our other sections. Have fun with these new costumes!

In other news, album photos for Escape From Pelican Rock Island are finally here! Thanks to Tall Cactus for the tip. If you finished the island very early on, you may have to play it again to get the pics – however, for others, you may already have them. In any case, you can view the photos on our EFPR Island trivia page!

Finally, I’d like to ask you guys for your thoughts on the possibility of the Poptropica Help Network having our own mobile app! It would be a one-stop spot on your phone or tablet for our various networks: PHB, PHC, Twitter, Wiki, and more. Not promising anything, but your input is appreciated! :)

Anyway, that’s all for now!

Just keep swimming, Poptropicans. :D

– 🐠 slantedfish 🐠 –

POPCORN #29 (plus changes!) & GHA short

Hey Poptropicans, the butter is back!  :D

Issue #29 of our Poptropica fan magazine, known as The POPCORN, has just been released, with all sorts of Poptropica fan creations, including a few prison stories inspired by Escape From Pelican Rock, artwork by Popular Wolf, and more! As usual, this is available as a PDF.

Check out the January 2016 issue now! (Or download it to read offline!)

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With the new year, we’re also considering some changes to The POPCORN. In the past, we have generally been accepting of most every entry that gets sent in, but this means that the length of each issue tends to fluctuate, along with quality varying from entry to entry. In order to keep up, we may no longer guarantee inclusion of everything in the magazines, but instead encourage you to share in other places on the web for people to check out.

In particular, we’d like to emphasize using our Poptropica Help subreddit, our mini-forum for posting all sorts of Poptropica tidbits. No matter where on the web you like to post your stories, fan art, comics, costumes, island ideas, and whatever else you can think of – whether it’s on our We-Love-Poptropica deviantArt group or even a text post on the subreddit itself – you can link to it on Reddit! You can even link to other Poptropicans’ creations to share them with everyone!

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As part of our desire to cultivate more consistent and quality magazines, we will also be posting them seasonally – about 4 issues a year. To see (and make!) more stories and art, get plugged into our subreddit year-round! It’s very simple to use and is a great hotbed for creativity.

Anyway, you can enjoy this issue and all the past issues over on our Magazines page. Leave your comments on subreddit postings to let people know you appreciate their work, and be sure to share some of your favorites from around the web so we can check them out!

Speaking of stories, the prequel short to Giant Hawk Adventures (that’s the Poptropica fanfic series by Giant Hawk here on the PHB), An Afternoon at Queequeg’s, was just released! Read it now!

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You may have noticed the new “GHA” tab on the top navigational bar of the PHB. That’s where new installments of the Giant Hawk Adventures will be posted, so keep an eye out for more of those! :)

Stay popping, Poptropicans.  ;)

Hope you enjoy our pop-pop-Poptropica Help Network fan magazine and the GHA short!  :mrgreen:

Skydock Island: the new Home Island?

The island of many names is about to get another mouthful: Home Island, also known by its alternate names Hub Island or Tutorial Island, could soon become Skydock Island.

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We’ve mentioned before of the Daily Pop hinting at upgrades to Home Island, including a ship-shaped renovation and the possibility of a personal home to display your medallions…

The rest of this post is written by Nice Hawk. He first made these findings on his site, Poptrickia, and allowed them to be shared here on the PHB. Enjoy!

…But it gets even better. Poking around in the unreleased files of Home Island, I found these highly interesting scenes and schematics which (partially) confirm my theories:

This first image is a preliminary look at what the Main Street of the new Home Island will look like; apparently it’ll be called “Skydock.” The buildings in this image will lead to the rooms below, the Town Hall and Saloon (click to view full size):

These are actually scenes by the Creators that are in the earliest stages. Even though they’re mainly just line drawings and text on a black background, the descriptions are already getting me excited for the update. :) It looks like the Creators are planning a lot of creative additions to Home Island this year.

Another thing that I found while looking at the code for Home Island, is that these rooms (Skydock, Town Hall, and Saloon) might even be common rooms! That’s right, you might be able to chat, friend, and battle with other players while also enjoying Home Island. Now I’m not 100% sure if that’s true based on the code, but it would be a reasonable enough assumption. ;)

​It looks like the Creators themselves are still working out the details though, like for instance how the rooms will look like and how they’ll be connected, so the final product may be different from what I’ve outlined here. But so far this looks like the gist of it. And I’m definitely looking forward to this huge update!

Ever wondered why exactly the medallion shards are scattered all over the place when you play the Tutorial, and why there’s a pilot there talking to you? Well, another update to Home Island (that might be coming sooner than the ship-related one) gives the backstory to that. This dialog file shows what seems to be you talking with the pilot while you’re both up in the blimp:

You: The view is great from up here!
Pilot: Ahoy fellow traveler!
You: Ahoy!
You: Are you on your way to Poptropica too?
Pilot: I sure am! But first, a minor course correction.
Pilot: Woah!
Pilot: Oh no! The medallion!
You: Oh dear!
Pilot: I see where it landed, I am going after it!
Pilot: Want to join me in an adventure?

Then the pilot offers you a choice to either do the medallion-shard-finding tutorial or to go to Home. So basically, the medallion is in pieces down there because the Pilot dropped it from his own balloon. Interesting backstory.

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Anyway, those are all the exclusive Home Island sneak peeks that I’ve got so far! Looks like the upcoming update is full of fun new things to do or to just enjoy looking at. The Creators haven’t officially announced it yet (though they did give hints of it in their New Year’s post), so we don’t know when it’s coming. But it sure is something grand to look forward to. :)

Again, thanks to Nice Hawk for this guest post on the PHB! Be sure to check out his site, Poptrickia, which is full of tips, tricks, and Poptropica goodness. Stay popping, Poptropicans!

Popspiracy: What’s in Poptropica’s Future?

(Continuing our Popspiracy series, PHB reader Tall Cactus speculates about the direction of Poptropica’s future in this guest post. Keep in mind that Popspiracy posts are not to be taken as fact. If you have a Popspiracy, let us know – more details are below! Enjoy! –SlantedFish 🐠 )

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Hello Fellow Poptropicans!

My name is Tall Cactus! You might know me as a commenter on the PHB.

Not too long ago, we all said goodbye to 2015 and welcomed a new year. But what will 2016 bring to Poptropica? What will the future bring to Poptropica? That is what I will be discussing in this Popspiracy. But before we begin, I just want to note that I’m not trying to criticize the game in anyway, and that everything said in this post might not even happen. Now that that’s over with, let’s begin

In 2016, I’m guessing that Home Island will get a huge update, more new islands will be released, and volume 2 of the graphic novel series will make its debut. But Poptropica may also be doing even more work to fully convert Poptropica to SUI. While it’s great to have bigger screens and music, there will just be even more glitches. See, Poptropica needs to realize that if they want to expand to things like the mobile app and TV, they need to fix the glitches in the original game first. I actually think that’s the problem- Poptropica’s so busy with other things that the quality of newer islands is just getting worse and worse. Hopefully one of their New Years Resolutions was to fix this.

But things may get interesting farther in the future. I think one of three possibilities will happen, ultimately changing how successful and how long Poptropica lasts.

Scenario 1: Slightly more or less popular

The first possibility is that Poptropica will stay more or less the same as it is now. New islands would be released every few months, along with giveaways and other fun things. The new islands will hopefully start to get better like Pelican Rock. However, the creators might still be converting to SUI, which means that some glitches and bugs might never get fixed. Poptropica might become more successful, but maybe only a little bit more or less popular. That all depends on the quality of the islands and the game itself.

How long will Poptropica last? – 5 to 10 more years, maybe a little more or less.

Scenario 2: Failing

But what if the islands DON’T get better? Would Poptropica slowly end in a few years? With glitchy SUIs, more sponsored and members only islands, and a focus on expanding, the game could suffer, with less and less kids playing the game each year, until Poptropica doesn’t make enough money and shuts down. If it did, would the website be deleted, or would it still exist, just never updated? Never mind. Let’s not think about Poptropica ending, but we need to know that it might still happen. However, with support with fans like all of you, this future might not happen.

How long will Poptropica last? – 2 to 5 more years.

Scenario 3: Most popular it’s ever been!

And lastly there’s that last possibility, which is more likely than the terrible second one, but wouldn’t happen for a while. It would happen if Poptropica’s dream of having a TV show and stuff like that DID happen one day. The good news? Poptropica would be the most popular it’s ever been! The bad news? The game itself would suffer. Less and less islands would be released each year, and even if kids did find out about the game that inspired their favorite TV show they might not want to play it. But you never know how successful this “TV show” could be.

How long will Poptropica last? – Who knows?

Well, we don’t know what the future will bring, but no matter what ends up happening, I’m sure 2016 will be the best year yet. What do you think will happen? Sound off in the comments below!

–Tall Cactus

Share your Poptropica conspiracy theories in the comments – we’d love to hear them. If you’d like to develop your thoughts into a full guest post like this one, contact the PHB (minimum 500 words) at staff@poptropicahelp.net. Stay popping!

Bear in the Big Apple! (Norm of the North ad)

(Heyo! This guest post is written by a friend of the PHB, Spencer, with app pictures by Slippery Raptor. Thanks for the tip-off goes to Maroon Cheetah. Enjoy the post and the ad prizes! –SlantedFish 🐠)

Hey Poptropicanos, it’s Spencer! Alas, I have returned! Get your beautiful Poptropican self some candy, some popcorn, an extremely overpriced soda (or pop, shall I dare make a pun?), and let’s get ready to watch Norm of the North. Well, it’s not exactly the movie we get to watch. But, it is yet another Poptropica advertisement!

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This ad is sponsoring the upcoming Dreamworks movie Norm of the North, in cinemas January 15th, 2016! From what I read, Norm and his friends wind up in New York City! Hey, that’s where I live! ;)

Anyway, you’re confronted by Norm the Polar bear to come into this peculiar looking building. (Remember kids, you shouldn’t always listen to strangers telling you to follow them if your parents aren’t around! ;) ) There are two different versions of this ad: one for the mobile app and one for the web. Let’s start with the app.

Once you enter the building, you get to play a mini-game! Lucky you! (I admit, it’s a lot better than usual Poptropica watch-the-trailer ads.) Glad Poptropica stepped up its game this time around!

You’re presented with the quest of catching a bunch of anthropomorphic rodents in a condensed amount of time to win clothes. I can’t make this stuff up. Basically, you have to run around New York City collecting the three lemmies! They look just like they do in the picture, can’t miss ’em. :D (I noticed that this was incredibly similar to the mini-quest Don’t Be an Energy Hog, available in the Poptropica Store!)

Anyway, once you win, you get to have these fabulous prizes!​

Oooh, incredibly fashionable Lemming Rider! Wearing this rat on your head is definitely socially acceptable behavior, in my book! This stylish cap is not the only thing your Poptropican gets to obtain: now, you get to impress all the hunnies with these designer sun Glasses. I love all the NYC references, by the way! :P

If you’re playing on the web, it’s also the norm! (Do I seriously make a pun every paragraph?) Hop onto any SUI, and the building looks about the same. Except, it’s a common room! Hop directly up, and you can snatch this rad Norm the Polar bear costume.

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Hop up again, or click anywhere it asks you to, and you can play Lemmy Launcher, which is different from the game on the app. Hit 8 tourists with your awesome lemmy aim and win! No prize, though.

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High up in the left corner, you can grab a Tumbling Lemmies power. When used, a bunch of lemmies will roll on your screen.

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Well, I guess my time is up yet again! Take it easy Poptropicans!

Popspiracy: Legendary and Astronomical Similarities?

(This is a guest post by Spencer, an avid Poptropican in the community here to share some Poptropica thoughts. Keep in mind that the theory he presents is only a theory, not to be taken as fact. If you have a Popspiracy, let us know (details below)! Enjoy! –SlantedFish)

Hey Poptropicanos!

You’re probably wondering who this intriguing, yet handsome guest-poster is. Well, I’m Spencer! If that sounds familiar, I did a few guest-posts way back in 2013-14, did some island walkthroughs for the PHV, was the co-creator of Blake Pops a Theory (which is being replaced by what I’m about to announce) and I tend to chill on the PHC and EpicSerenity (two major Poptropica chats) a lot, too. Anyway, Slanted Fish and I are happy to announce our new series, Popspiracy: Poptropica Conspiracies!

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Guess what? You get to be involved too! Leave your own fan theories in the comments down below or email staff@poptropicahelp.net and you may get a chance to get your conspiracy featured on the PHB.

My conspiracy theory today is why Legendary Swords: Battle Arena was never released. I personally think it is because of the little but major similarities to Astro-Knights Island. Why continue a story that’s already too similar? More in depth, the villains themselves.

E.Vile is way too similar to the infamous Binary Bard. Why? First, let’s check out the character design.

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Man, I sure do love that evil grin of his, the grey and red robotic headgear, his skin-tone, and his plans to take over Poptropica and the rest of the universe. Sounds like some evil, robotic, mentally-ill jester I know… Binary Bard!

Binary Bard is king! Er, jester.

Now, let’s look at the actual storyline and plot of Legendary Swords and Astro Knights Island. So, let me get this straight. Our Poptropican is traveling in space, goes on a planet that needs help for some reason, and along the way is bombarded by robots our villain created? (Legendary Swords: BattleBots and bosses, Astro Knights: The Robotic rat, Bards robot armor, possibly the Tigercopter on the ice planet, Robotic Dragon on the fire planet, and the mother phoenix on the jungle planet.)

Also, PoptropiCon is full of call backs and similarities to other things in Poptropica. A lot of parodies, might I add. Why would E.Vile be there if he is canon? The creators dun’ goofed! They realized their mistake. The mistake being the storyline, plot, and main villain are way too similar to those after Astro-Knights. That’s why they never added more parts to the series. More importantly, Battle Arena. Spencer, why didn’t they delete the first Legendary Swords, in that case? If you spent months developing something, would you just delete it like that? Well, this conspiracy has been popped! ;)

Hope you all enjoyed the read and will submit some Poptropica conspiracies of your own. Take it easy Poptropicans!

-Spencer

P.S. If you’d like to add me on Poptropica, my username is CaptainSpencer. If you’d like to see more of my blog-work, check out Spencerama.

Share your Pop conspiracies in the comments – we’d love to hear them. If you’d like to develop it into a full guest post like this one, contact the PHB (minimum 500 words). Stay popping!

A merry Avatar Studio Gift to you!

Merry Christmas, Poptropicans! This year, the Poptropica Help Blog has been working on a very special gift to present to the Poptropica community… an Avatar Studio Gift!

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If you’re at all familiar with ASGs, you’re in for a treat! To catch everyone up, that’s the Avatar Studio Glitch, the main method Poptropica “glitchers” use to obtain otherwise uncustomizable costume parts. It’s been around for years, with lots of trading going on at the PHC, various YouTube videos showing how to get various costume pieces, and a number of ASGs listed on our Cheats page. But with our merry little Avatar Studio Gift, we’re about to bring you even MORE!

You can find them all on our new page, Avatar Studio Gift, which lists 100+ costumes that you can perform the infamous Avatar Studio Glitch on in order to obtain said costumes (for those not acquainted, instructions for the glitch can be found on the page as well). Check it out:

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Here’s just a small sample of some of the ASGs you’ll find in our big bundle. Whether it’s a character with a beautiful beard, a non-human, or something a long-gone ad, we hope you’ll find something you like. Depending on demand and resources, we hope to add even more in the future!

Some key players who I’d like to thank are Dr. Snowball, a retired Poptropican who sent us a clever (though clandestine) method that allowed the production of such accounts to occur significantly easier than before; Red Lizard, Zerror, and Grumpy Wolf, for contributing a large part to this gift; as well as a few others who are also credited on the page. We hope you enjoy these ASGs.

Just don’t put together something atrocious with your newfound rare costume parts. Make a snazzy outfit, and have fun with these no-longer-uncustomizables. Deck the halls!

🎄 Merry Christmas, Poptropicans! 🎄

~from Poptropica’s little helpers. ;)

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