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PHB Ice Bucket Challenge & High Kicker power

The PHB team has been challenged by Fierce Moon of Poptropica Secrets to take on the #IceBucketChallenge, and… challenge accepted! The cold doesn’t bother us anyway. ;)

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If you haven’t already seen, a few of Poptropica’s most iconic characters have taken on this challenge as well, which aims to raise awareness and donations for the ALS Association, whose goal is to fight a disease known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) which deteriorates muscle control. I made a little donation in the PHB’s name, and if you can, I encourage you to help a good cause as well. :)

As for nominees: we invite any Poptropican who wants to embrace the ice, to do so — whether in real life or with a Poptropica picture! When you do, feel free to post it on your blog or just upload it somewhere, then share it with us in the comments!

EDIT: Check it out — Spotted Dragon & Silver Wolf both completed the challenge and posted pics on their blogs! Also included in the images below is our challenger’s cool Early Pop pixel bucket:

On behalf of Spotted Dragon & her blog (ATP), Poptropica Tips dared to challenge Jeff Kinney himself to the #IceBucketChallenge… and Poptropica has replied on Twitter saying that we can “expect something at some point”! Looks like things may get more interesting! :P

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There’s a new ad on SUIs (sound-updated islands) such as Mythology, and it’s a street stand that will lead you to a CapriSun Roarin’ Waters website where you can enter daily for a chance to take on the pros from Major League Soccer. More importantly, though, it gives you the new High Kicker power, which is activated when you click “use” and press space bar.

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Strangely, this doesn’t work on non-SUIs, and it also may remove your handheld item if you’re holding one. Anyway, enjoy the special move! Keep on poppin’ on, Poptropicans. :D

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More Land creations & Poptropica tweets

Hey Poptropicans! Have you checked out the PHB’s Poptropica Land contest yet? Blake will be accepting entries until September 5th, but if you have yet to pull together something awesome, check out this new set of Land creations posted on Poptropica’s Twitter – which this time credited its makers: Mad Tiger, Hyper Drummer, and Striped Fox! (Click to enlarge pics.)

Speaking of Poptropica’s Twitter… they finally followed us back! :D (The PHB is @Poptropica_Help on Twitter, and we tweet links to the Creators’ as well as our own latest blog posts!)

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Poptropica likes to tweet out various Poptropica fansites/creations, reply to questions, among other things, like the #IceBucketChallenge with villains mentioned in BT’s post earlier.

Here’s another tidbit: PHB reader Nameless UnDEFiNed recently asked about the top 10 island finishers that used to get shoutouts on the Creators’ Blog, and Poptropica has responded saying that it stopped with the launch of the World Champions maps, but that they’ll discuss it again — maybe something will come of it? :P

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In other news, two of our PHB authors – Angry Wing, who joined last year, and Shaggy Tornado, who’s been posting here since 2010 – will no longer be blogging here, due to inactivity, loss of interest, and the inevitable busy-ness of school life. They will be missed! :(

Poptropica contributes to a “cool” cause

Hey guys, BT here with a little quickie post.

In the Creators’ ongoing trend of catching on to what is hot (or should I say cold) on the Internet, they are showing support for the ALS Association by creating not one, not two, not three, but four #IceBucketChallenge images. One of them, on the Creators’ blog, was an image of Oliver and Jorge of Poptropica comic fame taking the ice water with stride — or as much stride as Jorge can show.

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These next few images are exclusively on the Twitter page, and it took a less… erm… conventional route as the Creators’ official tweeter decided to have a certain mighty Mythology god (and a few of his villain buddies) take the challenge in the way only they can.

This ice challenge (or should I say “hail and rain challenge”) image makes me wonder if the Zeus avatar pic the tweeter bears isn’t just random choice, but instead is this Creator’s Popsona, like there are Captain Crawfish and Black Widow on the Creators’ blog. (Although Black Widow & Dr. Hare do make an appearance here as well.) And from the images here, I predict that Creator is likely in the visuals department somewhere since he/she threw this together and all…

So have you done the ice bucket challenge yet? How was it?

BT out with this quick post!

BTS Overview & Theory – PoptropiCon Ep. 1

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Hey guys! HPuterpop, Samwow5, and I have decided to start a new series together, called Behind the Scenes Overview & Theory. We thought that it would be best to take all the knowledge that we can gather from behind-the-scenes (BTS) Poptropica files/coding and compile them together in one simple-to-find place. Plus, with three minds thinking at once, a more spot-on theory is sure to come out. :)

WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW (but that’s what you want, isn’t it?)

 

Overview of evidence

To kick off the series, let’s start with an island soon to be: PoptropiCon (Ep. 1: Line Forms Here). We have circled/boxed certain things in red in each picture that we think are important/just want to mention. Click to enlarge all the images.

 

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If you’ve been keeping up with PopCon sneak peeks, you’ve probably seen the background above before. The window that has been circled are noticeable in both pictures. It looks as if we, or someone else, breaks in or out of the building.  The “Thor” advertisement is circled because dialog related to it is shown further into the post.

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This was also found, possibly representing a fight of sorts. The “glass breaking noise” might be from the window in the pictures above.

Now for some dialogue.

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As you can see, this is why the “Thor” advertisement was circled before (Bucky Lucas plays him in a movie). Other things that we found connections to were a Fremulon mask and the time of a cosplay contest (more on that below). Now, all of this dialog is from Poptropicans waiting in line for the bathroom. Why do we want to get into the bathroom ASAP? The boxed text in this next picture may explain why.

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In this image, you can see that the cosplay contest begins at noon.

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Here, we can see where we get the Fremulon mask, earning it by speaking Fremulon. We also wanted to box the dialog about pizza and costume creation because we found image connections.

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The pictures speak for themselves, aside from the squid mask. That was circled simply for the fact that this island is definitely going to be filled with cool, customizable objects/outfits.

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Hmm… a selfie? A wizard? Sounds familiar

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Yep, that looks about right. Plus, it seems that we have already met this man by the bathroom.

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It looks like we need a ticket for some reason, huh? Could we have been looking for the “Power Amulet” in the bathroom?

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Here we go, the final facts. There are a lot of guards/bouncers around, along with VIP sections and long lines. But why would we need a catapult? o_o

PoptropiCon is the hottest ticket in town. It’ll take all your wits — and more than a few disguises — to crash the party!

Yes, we can’t forget the island synopsis that has been given to us. It definitely backs up our conclusion…

Final theory

Based on the evidence above, we have more or less agreed on this concluding theory:

We don’t have a ticket to PoptropiCon and need to get in. By helping the people around us, we either manage to get a ticket, get progressively closer to the front of the line (although it’s a bathroom line, so… XD ), or use a catapult to bust in through a window.  There are a lot of guards around, presumably because a few famous people are inside.

I know, I know, not the deepest theory out there, but it’s the best we got. Besides… it look like PoptropiCon is right around the corner! ;)

~SD, HP, and SW5

PoptropiCon – start forming a line!

Hey everyone! We all know that PoptropiCon has been an upcoming island for a while, and now… it’s getting even closer!

poptropicon poptropicanEveryone is dressed up for the biggest sci-fi and fantasy convention in Poptropica. At PoptropiCon, the most important thing isn’t what you do — it’s how you look doing it!

The PoptropiCon Tour page is now up, along with goodies for members and non-members. Start setting up your tents now because Episode 1: Line Forms Here is coming soon!

PoptropiCon is the hottest ticket in town. It’ll take all your wits — and more than a few disguises — to crash the party!

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The desktop wallpaper (click to enlarge) is free for all and can be found on the tour page.

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For members, Lunar Colony and Game Show Costumes are in the Poptropica Store for free. Not enough, huh? Well fear not! Members also get a printable poster from the Store! With it, you can print out a magazine (just a poster though) of yourself and other superheroes and hang it high on your wall for all to see.

Looking good. 8-) Sadly, your poptropican doesn’t have a cool pose, like the rest of the heroes.

Well, on that note, this is going to be our 40th Poptropica island! :D Whoop, whoop!

We will keep looking for behind the scenes news on the island to keep you all up to date. ;)

~SD

Arabian Nights Ep. 1: backgrounds and more details!

Hey everyone! As you may know from my last post, I’m going to be more inactive, but not leaving. I still have 7-8 days left in my summer to post here. :P Anyway, let’s get going with these sneak peeks!

HP and I were looking behind the scenes and found some amazing stuff about Arabian Nights Ep. 1: How Bazaar! As you see below, that is the background of the Cliff on Arabian Nights Ep. 1. This is the first background and it explains what to do on a part of the island. (click on it for better detail)

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This one below is of the Cave on Arabian Nights Ep. 1 (continued from the pic above), and it also explains what to do in that part of the island. Looks like there was some kind of mining accident that occurred here years before you’ll go in. (click on it for better detail)

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If you haven’t seen some of the latest Daily Pop sneak peeks of Arabian Nights Ep. 1, How Bazaar, well here they are (again, click to enlarge):

One especially caught my eye, “The Camp Value”. If you notice in the Cave background above, there’s a place that says “abandoned campsite of previous explorers”.

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It could be that the Daily Pop pic is a picture of another explorer’s previous camp, or your own campsite that you make on the island. This island is looking better and better! If I find anything interesting I’ll try to make another post. :D

~SW5~

Spotted – signing in!

Hello PHB viewers! My name is Spotted Dragon and I am the newest PHB author.Poptropica Avatar Spotted Dragon 2

When I got the invite I was super excited. Being an author on here has been my biggest dream/goal, ever since I started blogging. Heck, the PHB inspired me to make my own site. I could never thank Fishy enough for how she has helped me become a happier/better person. :)

Now a little about myself. My blog is Adventure Time Pop, a Poptropica and Adventure Time site. I admit it’s an odd mix, but at the time I started blogging, Poptropica and AT were my favorite things in the world, and kinda still are. Anyway, I love art (but my digital art isn’t that good because I don’t have a drawing pad – I use my mouse), soccer, reading, writing, and a ton of other stuff. I’m also really into Gravity Falls, but I don’t want to bore you guys any longer, going on and on about myself. ;)

I guess that’s it for now! Hope you guys are gonna like my posts!

~SD

P.S. Be sure to check the Mission Atlantis 3: Out of the Blue World Champions live map! What place did you rank? I got #19, so not too bad. :P 

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PHB survey analysis: what do you readers say?

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Hello PHB! Remember the readers’ survey I posted about a week ago as part of the PHB’s 13 million hits festivities? Well, in this post, I’ll be unveiling the results – although I should mention that the survey service used only showed the first 100 responses (for free), so accuracy only goes so far. Also, the “Poptropica population” represented are all PHB readers. Still, let’s take a look. :D

1) What is your gender?

A pretty straightforward question – and results reveal that it’s pretty even, with slightly more Poptropica-playing (or at least PHB-reading) girls at 59%, and boys at 41%.

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2) What is your age?

This one may be more surprising – while Poptropica’s target audience is ages 6 to 15, it seems the PHB’s audience comprises of the older half of that and even beyond. The most popular age group was 12 to 14 at 46% (almost half), followed by 9 to 11 at 35%, and then 15 to 17 at 15%4% claimed to be 18 or older, while on the other end of the spectrum, none who were 8 or younger responded.

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3) Are you a member on Poptropica?

According to survey results, 50% (half) of you guys are paying members on Poptropica – and a further 14% say you used to be or will be. In contrast, just 36% have never been members and have no intention to be. Good thing the PHB covers member releases in a timely manner! :P

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4) When did you first start following (viewing) the PHB?

There’s a little bit of each in this one – with more recent years getting more votes, the most being 2013 (the year Poptropica got sound) at 25.51%, and 2014 (this year) at 20.41%. Then 2012 (when the Friends feature came along) follows with 19.39%, then 2011 (when Poptropica released their guide book) with 15.31%.

After that, 11.22% say they’ve been following since 2008 (the beginning)! Lastly, 2009 (the year of the PHF & PHC’s beginnings) and 2010 (when membership was introduced) are both tied at 4.08%.

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5) What PHB features do you regularly use or browse? (Check all that apply.)

On this question, those who answered could check as many options as they deemed appropriate – and here we see that the news & sneak peeks we show here on the blog are the most popular, at 79%! Island walkthroughs and Cool Stuff pages (cheats, costumes, & more) are tied at 73%.

50% (half) of those polled say they read the PHB magazines (The POPCORN, formerly known as The Poptropican’s 911). Lastly, just 30% regularly use the PHC – our hangout spot for Poptropicans to chat (about anything!), party in Multiverse rooms, and have fun.

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6) How often do you play Poptropica?

About once or twice a day and a few times in a week have tied here at 27.55%, while several times a day takes up 20.41% of votes. That’s about 75% (a vast majority) who do log in often; a good sign for Poptropica of course. :D In the minority, once every couple of weeks received 10.20% of votes, followed by once a week at 7.4%, then once a month at 3.06%. Finally, once every couple of months and even less than the options listed tied at 2.04%. Not bad!

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7) How often do you visit the PHB?

Now for the PHB itself – most (42%) say they visit about once or twice a day, while several times a day and a few times in a week are both tied at 20.41%. Once a week took up only 9.18% of votes, once every couple of weeks even less at 4.08%, and no one voted once a month.

Also on the low side were once every couple of months at 2.04% and even less than the options listed at just 1.02%. All that being said, the PHB is grateful to have so many avid readers! :)

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8) How likely is it that you would recommend the PHB to a friend or colleague?

This question was apparently “standardized” by the survey service, but colleagues aside, it allowed voters to rate us between 1 (lowest) and 10 (highest). 52% rated us either 9 or 10, 25% picked between 7 or 8, leaving just 23% choosing a 6 or lower. I’m not quite sure what the “net promoter score” means, but it’s 29. All in all, pretty good. :)

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9) How did you find the PHB?

Not surprisingly, most people (83.84%) found us by searching the web for some form of Poptropica help. 14.14% say they found the PHB through another website, while the remaining 6.06% came here at someone’s recommendation. Well, that’s the breakdown.

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10) Leave us any other feedback – complaints, praise, criticisms, thanks, etc.

This was a comment box where people could say whatever they wanted. Lots of responses came through, some anonymous and others signed, but here’s a sample of them:

So basically this is how I learned about the PHB. I was known as the Poptropica Master of my class. Everybody would ask me how I defeated the islands, and I actually had no idea. My cousins were actually the ones who taught me about the game, and beat all the islands for me. I was embarrassed at how I didn’t know what to do, even though I did very much enjoy the popularity, I kinda hated how whenever somebody asked me something about Poptropica, I would just say, “I don’t remember.” So, one day I asked my cousins how they found out about Poptropica. They mostly shrugged, and explained how one of my cousins was struggling in school, and often used the Funbrain website. Then eventually discovered Poptropica, and, well, fell in love. I also asked them, “Well, how did you become so good at it?” Then my oldest cousin smiled, and said, “The Poptropica Help Blog of course.” And when I got home, I decided to check the website out, and discovered how to actually learn to become the Poptropica Master all of my friends thought I was. And now, I’ve beaten almost all of the islands with only The PHB’s help. So you guys are doing a great job! Thanks for helping me out! -Random PHB reader

Many of you talked about how the PHB has helped you with Poptropica, blogging, and even making you the “Poptropica master” among your friends and classmates, which is pretty awesome! :D

I love the PHB. I recently started following it, but I have been viewing it for much, much longer. I think you have gotten much better over the years and I am going to keep viewing your blog for years to come. Keep up the awesome job! I think you should add more things to the POPcorn magazine and that’s all.

Some things people have asked for include: more costumes, more costume contests, more things added to our fan magazine The POPCORN, a feature for introducing our unique Poptropican characters and writing their backstories, and more. We appreciate the feedback, and we’ll see what we can do! :)

If you ask me, this is the best fansite poptropica can have. I love your costume page, but it would be nice if you could update it more often. I found the PHB when I was looking for help on Vampire’s Curse, and have been there ever since. I love the POPCORN, it just blows my mind, every issue is different. In conclusion, this is the best fansite around, and i hope to continue reading it!!! Signed, Quick Fang

Also, someone asked about how the PHB background was made – so here’s the secret. Some time ago, before one of YouTube’s many layout changes, the Poptropica Creators had this image (I call it the “Poptropica bits and pieces”) tiled as the background of their channel.

However, it was pretty dark – so after saving it, I went through the hue changer and adjusted brightness/contrast on an image editor (I used Pixlr, but there are plenty of options out there, such as Photoshop). After several adjustments, I decided a lighter shade worked best with the PHB’s layout. (By the way, if you’d like to use any of these, please credit the PHB!)

This image works because it can be tiled, as in repeated next to each other continuously with no break in the pattern. You can also see it used in the Poptropica Crowd wallpaper and also this older wallpaper, but it’s harder to extract it to have it be able to tile just right.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed this insight into your fellow PHB readers/fans – about 100 of them, anyway. Despite that limitation, at least the survey results came with some cool bar graphs with a nice color scheme! :P Result-gathering is now over, so thanks to all of you who took the time to answer! :)

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