All you’ve got to do is rub that lamp (Arabian Nights Ep. 3 for all!)

Oh Mr. Sultan, sir, what will your pleasure be?
Don’t mind your daughter, Scheherazade – you ain’t never had a friend like me.

Well, except that scoundrel of a genie is more of a mischief-maker than a friend. But you’ll find out… three weeks after releasing to membersArabian Nights Island, Episode 3: Careful What You Wish For can now be played by everyone! Have your divination dust at hand!

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If you need a bit of help capturing that tricky genie, check out our Arabian Nights Island Guide for a written walkthrough with pictures! Plus, when you’ve completed the island, you can check your finish rank on the Arabian Nights World Champions Map.

Oh, yes, that genie really is a piece of work. ;)

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Well, episode two had them forty thieves,
and Scheherazade had a stolen youth.
But fear not, for though she grieves,
you’ll make the Sultan see the truth…

UPDATE: The upcoming Timmy Failure Island is now on the Map as coming soon!

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It’s anticipated to release in September, plus you can find sneak peeks and more on our Timmy Failure Island page. Stay tuned for more news, and let us know in the comments what you thought of the final episode of Arabian Nights!

–SFish 🐟

The Poppies: it’s time to vote!

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Hey Poptropicans, and welcome back to The Poppies Awards Show with the Poptropica Help Network! A week has passed since we last met on the red carpet, and you guys have brought up some phe-nom-inal nominations. (That’s a double use of “nom” right there. Hey, could we have some snacks to nom for this next part? It’s no secret they serve some pretty good crawfish in the Poptropica blogosphere…)

Anyway, the nomination round of the Poppies is now over, and we here at the PHN have taken a look and narrowed each award category to five of the most popular options suggested by all you readers (with some exceptions). Now the next round is upon us: without further ado, you can now cast your votes in the survey below! This survey will be open all throughout the week.

The survey is now closed. Tune in to our Poppies livestream to hear the winners announced, and celebrate with us at our PHC parties in Poptropica Multiverse rooms – all details in this PHB post!

(In case the survey isn’t showing up, you may also use this link to vote.)

Thanks for voting (assuming you do, of course!), and we’ll see you back on the red carpet for the final unveiling of winners next week, on the PHB’s 7th birthday: July 26th!

Plus, check the details for our awards show parties here, and be ready to come dressed to impress in your Poptropican best – it’s an awards show, after all! ;) Now pass the crawfish, the show hosts have to eat too, you know. :P

Don’t forget to vote in the survey above!

Plus, pop in for the final Poppies celebration and results next week. :D

Arabian Nights Ep. 3 for all on July 23rd, & P-Con Ep. 3 on app

Hey Poptropicans, it’s SFish. :D

While members may always be One Jump Ahead of everyone else, non-members may soon find themselves in A Whole New World when Arabian NightsEpisode 3: Careful What You Wish For releases to all next Thursday, July 23rd!

Check out our Behind the Scenes Overview & Theory post for a compilation of sneak peeks and more, or our handy Arabian Nights Island Guide if you need a walkthrough.

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Meanwhile, PoptropiCon Ep. 3: Reign of Omegon is now available for download as a free update to the mobile Poptropica app for both iOS and Android. Over on iOS, the app icon has also changed from the yellow blimp to a picture of Dr. Hare holding a carrot in both hands!

For a walkthrough with pictures, check out our complete PoptropiCon Island Guide.

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In other news, don’t forget to make your nominations for The Poppies awards event over on this post, as nominations are about to be closed off for the upcoming voting round!

Also, we’re always looking for entries for our Poptropica fan magazineThe POPCORN (click here to read the latest issue!). If you have any stories, fan art, island or costume ideas, and so on that you would like to send in, please email popcorn@poptropicahelp.net!

Stay popping, Poptropicans. ;)

Welcome to the Poppies!

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UPDATE: Hey guys, thanks for nominating your favorites! The nomination round is now officially closed. The voting round has begun, so cast your votes now! :)

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to The Poppies. That’s the Poptropica Community Awards, hosted by the Poptropica Help Network (PHN), which includes this blog (the PHB).

This popping, stellar event is the first of its kind, and will include a week for nominations (starting now!), followed by a week for voting (check back next week for the polls!), and finally, we’ll be announcing the winners as we celebrate the PHB’s upcoming 7th birthday on July 26th, 2015.

First up is the nomination round. How this works is we’ll announce each award category, followed by a brief description (see below). Then, in the comments section, you let us know who or what you feel is worth that award! You can nominate for as many or as little awards as you like.

Without further ado, the awards up for grabs are:

  1. Best Creator: Who’s your favorite Poptropica Creator? Is it the nommable Captain Crawfish, or perhaps the lost-to-time Shark Boy? Check the PHB’s Creators Database for a list.
  2. Best Dialogue: What is the all-time best, wittiest line of dialogue ever spoken by any Poptropica character?
  3. Best Dressed NPC (male): Who’s the handsomest of Poptropican characters? This category is for the guys. (NPC stands for non-player character, so please do not nominate your friends.)
  4. Best Dressed NPC (female): Who’s the prettiest of Poptropican characters? This category is for the girls. (Again, this category is not for players!)
  5. Best Island (overall): What’s the greatest island of all time, from plot to characters, artwork to soundtrack (if applicable), and everything in between?
  6. Best Poptropican Name: What Poptropican name combination sounds the best? For a list of possible Poptropica names, click here.
  7. Best Soundtrack: Which music soundtrack from any of the SUIs (sound-updated islands) tickles your fancy? For some possible nominations, you can listen to and get the names of soundtracks on composer Jeff Heim’s soundcloud.
  8. Best Storyline in an Island: Of all the islands, which one has the greatest plot? Which storyline did you most enjoy?
  9. Best Villain: Who’s your favorite Poptropica villain?

In addition to Poptropica-specific awards, there are also categories for those in the Poptropica community/fandom that you know and love!

  1. Best Current PHB Author: We’ve got a host of staff members here who regularly deliver news and other improvements to the PHB, but everyone’s different, even down to their senses of humor. The current staff are Brave Tomato, Blake, HPuterpop, Samwow5, Spotted Dragon, Slanted Fish, Slippery Raptor, and Ultimate iPad Expert – and all of us are automatically nominated!
  2. Best Fan Art: Poptropican artists the world over have created many pieces of fan art, but which pieces have you seen that might deserve the title of ‘best’? The PHB magazines are a good place to start scouting for fan art!
  3. Best Fansite (outside of the PHN): The Poptropica Help Network includes this blog, the PHC (chat), our Twitter, videos, and wiki, but outside of our network lies a realm of other Poptropica fan sites as well. Nominate your favorites – just to be clear, this is for sites that aren’t included in the list mentioned in the previous sentence.
  4. Best PHB April Fools’ Prank: We’ve done a lot of April fools’ pranks over the years, but which one got you good? Was it the ‘Club Penguin Help Blog’ of 2009? Sending in Agent Chicken Wing in 2010? Reverting to Scary Tomato’s old header in 2011? Gamer Guy’s Mega Fighting Bots, Poptropica-bashing fan site in 2014? Or perhaps this year’s Omegon takeover?
  5. Best The POPCORN Magazine Issue: Which PHB magazine issue had all the best stories, fan art, and so on? Read them on our Magazines page and nominate your faves.
  6. Best Wiki Article: Over on the Poptropica Wiki (part of the PHN), we’ve got over 800 articles for islands, scenes, items, characters, and so on. But which article is the best?

Now for some undesirable awards! We’re not that mean, though, so we’ll only be giving a few, and it’s just for fun – no offence intended. ;)

  1. Worst Island: Poptropica is full of great islands, but not every island was a winner. Which, in your opinion, was the worst of them all (and why)?
  2. Worst Poptropican Name: There are plenty of decent Poptropica names out there, but not every name is created equal and there’s potentially some pretty disastrous combinations as well. Nominate as you see fit!
  3. Worst Poptropica Moment: What’s the worst thing that has happened in your Poptropica experience? Anything unfortunate is fair game, from glitches that made you restart an island to the time the Jersey Devil on Cryptids Island made you cower under your chair in fear.

And that brings us to 18 awards, in celebration of our recent milestone of 18 million hits (well, 18.4m now) – and also, of course, the upcoming 7th birthday of the PHB.

Nominations will take place starting now, so sound off in the comments who you think deserves the awards! Please limit your nominations to a maximum of three per award. To strengthen your nomination, you can also include a quick reason why you think they (or it) deserve(s) the award.

If no nominations for a certain award are made, the PHB authors will use their own judgment to come up with some options. Next week’s poll options will be based on the most popular nominations, so check back then for the next round and cast your votes then! Plus, stay tuned for the PHB for details on birthday parties and winner announcements. ;) But for now…

Start nominating in the comments below!

Stay popping, Poptropicans, and pop in for the Poppies. :D

Pop App Tablet/Phone promo code, Wings of Fire ad, & more!

Hey Poptropicans! Here’s the latest on what’s up in the Poptropica community –

First, there’s a new promo code for a not-so-new item: enter POPANYWHERE in the Store online to get a free Poptropica App Tablet/Phone!

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Meanwhile, PoptropiCon Ep. 3 has been released to the Android app.

If you log into Poptropica, you’ll automatically receive two new ad prizes for Wings of Fire: a set of light blue Dragon Wings (press spacebar to fly), and Fire and Ice Breath (press spacebar to breathe fire)!

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Poptropica also tweeted a couple of remarkable Realms you can visit with the Realms sharing feature: Fast Catfish’s Arabian palace (code: 9wqm9) and Serious Bird’s rendition of New York City, ‘New Pop City’ (code: 47z7x). Check out our Poptropica Realms Guide for tips on playing with Realms!

The final episode of Arabian Nights Island (Ep. 3: Careful What You Wish For) released to members last week, and it’s expected to release to everyone mid-July. Our written walkthrough is up on our Arabian Nights Island Guide, so if you need help, check that out! :)

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Poptropica has also posted another Popstorm: #32, titled “Land of Mullets”.

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The PHB’s unofficial Poptropica Creators Database was recently updated to re-organize the information we had, making it more readable and adding new relevant information. While there is some speculation in there, Poptropica has commented that telling us what’s right and what’s not would take the fun out of it, and that we should “embrace the mystery”! :P Check out the updated database!

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Finally, if you haven’t already, go check out the latest issue of The POPCORN, our pop-pop-Poptropica fan magazine made by fans, for fans! For the first time ever, it’s available in PDF format, which means a better viewing experience. We would love to have your entries for the magazine (stories! fan art! and more!). If you’re interested, you’ll find instructions on how to send things in on our Magazines page – where you can also enjoy past issues of The POPCORN.

popcornLogoSmallStay popping, Poptropicans. ;)

POPCORN, the PHB magazine: issue #23 out now!

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Hey Poptropicans – a couple of months ago, we announced the return of The POPCORN, also known as our Poptropica fan magazines made by fans, for fans. Well, it’s finally here! :D

Issue #23 of the PHB magazine, known as The POPCORN, has just been released, with all sorts of Poptropica fan creations, including a magical tale by Magic Snowball, costume designs by kawaiipanda_, artwork by MasterPinpey, and more!

For the first time ever, The POPCORN is available not as a static page on the PHB, but as a PDF you can read by clicking the magazine cover below! You can even download the file to read offline on other devices if you wish. Sink your teeth into this buttery July 2015 issue now!

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To send in entries for The POPCORN, simply email us at popcorn@poptropicahelp.net, comment on this blog, or tweet us @Poptropica_Help. We’re looking for all kinds of Poptropica fan creations, including stories (please keep these under 1500 words!), fan art, comics, costumes, island ideas, and whatever else you can think of.

We’ll also be scouring the web for some handpicked selections, including the We-Love-Poptropica deviantArt group, which we’re affiliated with. Remember to proofread your own submissions – your work is your responsibility! That being said, we’re always excited to see what you guys come up with. :D

Unlike with previous series of our magazines, this time we will not be committing to any specific schedule – that way, we can simply publish the next issues whenever we have time. ;)

Anyway, you can enjoy this issue and all the past issues over on our Magazines page. Starting from now, instead of pages, we’ll be publishing each issue as a PDF, so leave your comments on the posts!

Hope you enjoy our pop-pop-Poptropica Help Network fan magazine! :mrgreen:

Make way for Arabian Nights, Ep. 3!

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Hey, clear the way in the ol’ bazaar
Hey you! Let us through – genie’s out of his jar
Oh come be the first on your block to make a wish!
Make way! Here he comes! Cast spells! Bring a dish! 
Ah! You’re gonna love this djinn!

It’s here! After months of waiting, the final part of Arabian Nights Island, Episode 3: Careful What You Wish For, is now available to membersUpdate: Our guide is now available! You can also check out Captain Crawfish’s official video walkthrough here:

In addition to the video, if you’re holding off on playing the island, or are a non-member, you can also check out our Behind the Scenes post for Arabian Nights Ep. 3 for some more spoilers. :D

When you’ve completed the island, you can check what rank you finished at on the Arabian Nights World Champions Map. Grab your magic carpets, and hop on for a whole new world.

With skeleton keys, surprises nightlong
With genies and palaces, and wishes gone wrong
With forty thieves, a grumpy princess, and a desperate sultan’s plea
Make way! For Arabian Nights… Ep. 3!

BTS Overview & Theory: Arabian Nights Ep. 3

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Hey everyone, and welcome back to our Behind the Scenes Overview & Theory series! This time, we’ll be covering Arabian Nights Ep. 3: Careful What You Wish For, written by several of us on the PHB staff. Be sure to also check out the BTS post for Arabian Nights Ep. 2!

The episode will be released tomorrow for members, and is expected to be out mid-July for non-members. Without further ado, scroll down for spoilers!

:: description ::

Like always, let’s start off with the basics. Here’s the episode description:

The genie is out of the bottle, and now everyone wants a chance to make their wishes come true. But whether you’re a greedy merchant, a lovelorn palace guard, or a Sultan with a long-buried secret, heed this advice: be careful what you wish for!

Dun, dun duh!!! :D

:: daily pop sneak peeks ::

Let’s take a look at the Daily Pops – we were only able to find relevant images posted from January to April 2015. After that, there were none, as they focused on pictures for Timmy Failure Island instead. This episode has been a long time in coming!

You can tell that all of these sneak peeks have a chance of relating to the island, but a few of them are only maybes, such as the Skeleton Key and Dust to Dust

:: items ::

That is, until you see the items for the island!

As you can see, the Skeleton Key and Moon Dust/Stone are shown. Before moving on, there are a couple of things we need to note about the items.

While the Moon Dust and Moonstone are two separate items, the Crystals are only one item (in different forms). Regarding the Divination Dust, “Divination” is seeking knowledge by supernatural means. Also, a geode is basically a rock lined with crystals.

:: scenes & dialogue ::

Okay, now we can move on to the layout of the map and the scenes that take place. What happens is inferred from the dialogue we have uncovered for each scene.

First, we have the Treasure Keep. Nothing visual is significant besides the background.

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The treasure room is the place where we left off. In this scene, we will finally see the genie face to face and he will grant the first wish, made by Brutus, the muscleman for the 40 thieves. Brutus wishes to make everything that he touches turn to dust.

But the treasure keep is part of the thieves’ lair, where you were being held prisoner last episode! Don’t worry, you’ll live to see the Desert outside, once someone (the princess?) gets you out just as the thieves’ cave collapses.

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You’ll also be revisiting the Bazaar, which we don’t have a picture for, but for which the dialogue is rich with hints of genie hunting, camel chasing, and more item trading.

Beside the bazaar, as you may recall from the first episode, is the Palace Exterior. Here, the Master of Coin for the 40 Thieves wishes to hold infinite wealth – only to have the genie turn him into a treasure chest! Careful what you wish for, indeed!

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Inside, of course, is the Palace Interior, which is still looking completely ransacked. In nervous words, you tell the Sultan that you had the lamp but lost it, and that the last time you saw the Vizier, he had vanished into thin air. (Well, he did!)

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In the Atrium, for which we only have this snippet of a look inside, your character watches someone enter the lamp room, and also realizes that the sultan and genie must have met before.

atriumThen there’s the Lamp Room. As the name suggests, the lamp room holds the genie’s lamp, the magical instrument where wishes are being made.

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Also in the palace is the Princess Room, where you barge in and also discover the name “Samhal”, which may be the genie’s true name. Judging by the knifed drawing on the wall, however, she’s not too fond of the genie. Also, check out BT’s theory post about why the princess seems so sad!

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Finally, there’s the Vizier Room, which houses a crafting table, kind of like in the previous episode. Plus, you make an obligatory Disney reference: “Hey, a magic carpet! Now I’m in a whole new world.”

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:: final theory ::

In Arabian Nights, Episode 3: Careful What You Wish For, the genie has been released and everyone’s getting a chance to make a wish. However, the granted wishes don’t always turn out to be what people imagined: as we can see in the “Oh Baby” Daily Pop and desert dialogue, one man wishing to be “young” gets turned into a baby – and that’s just one!

Amid all this, there’s drama in the royal family – if you’ve read BT’s theory post about the princess, our speculation is that the princess, jealous of the bond between the genie and her father, the sultan, broke bad on her own and became one of the 40 thieves – the leader, in fact. That’s why she’s been forcing prisoners to rub lamps: to find the right one so she can get rid of the genie herself. We can tell by her bedroom wall that she really wants the genie gone.

Of course, the sultan has recruited you to help him, as well as his wise friend the Vizier – who, despite his “vanishing” in Episode 2, might just make a return.

So that’s our theory and evidence for the final episode of Arabian Nights! Check back here on the PHB for a guide when the island releases tomorrow for members.

Stay popping, Poptropicans. :D

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