My Place in Poptropica: Silver Wolf

I (Silver Wolf) have been blogging on my own site, Poptropica Tips For Poptropicans (PTFP), since 2013, and have recently joined the PHB team as an author. It seems appropriate that I share my own My Place in Poptropica post to introduce myself to all of you. For details on sending in your own MPIP story, see the bottom of this post!

2008-2009 | Exploring Poptropica

I think 2008 was the year that I first discovered Poptropica, and for some reason, I remember the exact moment very clearly. It was after school, and my friend wanted to show me a game they had found from FunBrain. Of course, I followed them into their mom’s office and saw on their screen a game called — you guessed it — Poptropica! My friend had already completed some islands and told me that I should play too. Back then, there were barely any islands – in fact, there was only one page on the map!

For awhile, I was pretty invested in Poptropica, but I was also very young. Spy Island was a bit too hard for me in particular, and I had to get help from my brother and dad. I even printed out the official Decoder Kit! I wasn’t familiar enough with the Internet back then, either, so I didn’t know you could look up how to complete islands. I actually think that’s what my brother did instead of doing them himself. 😛 Sadly, I’ve since lost all my old Poptropica accounts. I was never a member back then, and quickly moved on to other games.

2012-2013 | Beginning to Blog

I rediscovered Poptropica a few years later, and only a few days after that day, I decided to create a blog: Poptropica Tips for Poptropicans (PTFP)! I’m not sure what was going through my mind when I did that, but I knew that I wanted to start one. The whole process of creating it was ridiculously quick.

I remember the first blog I found, which ultimately inspired me to create my own, was Icy Comet’s Blog. I’m not sure what made me decide to click that one out of the many that popped up on my Google search, but maybe if I had clicked another one, I wouldn’t be here today.

I started the PTFP in late December of 2012, so I don’t think it was until 2013 that I discovered the Poptropica Help Blog. Besides my own, the PHB has been the blog I’ve been most active with.

At some point in 2013, I joined the Poptropica Help Chat (PHC), which was on Xat back then. I soon became a moderator and was on there almost daily for over two years! Since I was in middle school, I had a lot of free time and posted very, very frequently on my blog and chatted on the PHC almost constantly. I made a lot of great friends, most of whom I’m still friends with on the PHC now, including Spotted Dragon, Rue, and Obiwan.

2014-2016 | Getting Busy, But Remaining Thankful

For the next three years, I was busy in many ways. School became harder, I gained more friends online and offline, and when I had free time, I created a lot of new pages and posts on the PTFP. I also posted a lot on another blog with my close friend Spotted Dragon, Adventure Time Pop, which is sadly no longer active. For a while, blogging was going really well, but slowly old authors started leaving and I started to post less. Trust me, I still cared about it a lot, and I still care now, but I did lose a lot of motivation. Around this time, I also started up the PTFP’s Twitter and my own DeviantArt.

One of the things I’d like to point out in this section is that I owe a lot of my blogging career to other people. My biggest thank-you is for Spotted Dragon, who has been with me since the very beginning, and we’ve basically done everything together. But there are so many others who have gotten me here! Some whom I can think of at the top of my head are: Perfect Dolphin, Samwow5, Starving Cereal (SC, or as I knew him, Sticky Clown), Cool Smarticle, Nameless Undefined, Tough Spider, and Brave Sky. Thanks to all of you, the PTFP’s current authors, and everyone else that has been with me!

2017 | The Future Awaits

What has happened in 2017? Hmm…let me think… Oh, I’m just kidding, I know the answer: getting invited to the PHB!

I have been content with just my own blog and a couple of others along the way, but still, being invited to the PHB has been one of my biggest dreams since 2013. At one point, I even subscribed to get emails for all the comments on the PHB… yeah, that only lasted a couple of months (unsurprisingly, there are a lot!).

It’s taken a lot of work to get here, but it was worth it, and I can’t wait to see what else happens in the future. I’m more motivated than ever, and I’d like to thank Slanted Fish for letting me join. 🙂

If you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading!

-SW out

Hope you enjoyed this “My Place in Poptropica” story!

If you haven’t already, we invite you 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). If you send in your story, we will continue to post new community MPIPs!

~the Poptropica Help Blog

Behind-The-Scenes: Wimpy Sketches For Your Favorite Boardwalk!

Howdy, good players of Poptropica!

It’s me, Purple Claw, with some behind the scenes info about – you guessed it – Wimpy Boardwalk! This exciting little Island, along with Wimpy Wonderland are April’s Islands of the Month, which means everyone gets extra credits! Yup, even non-members!

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As you probably know, if you complete one of these islands for the very first time, you’ll get 500 credits! And if you’re a pro on the Wimpy islands and you’ve already beaten them; no worries, you’ll be getting 300 credits for re-playing them! Enjoy the credits and as well as the sketches you’re about to see below, searched by the lovely Skinny Moon. 😛

Skinny Moon was kind enough to show us a couple of early sketches about the beach and the arcade of this boardwalk. Let’s check them out!

The first image might be uncolored, but it looks a LOT like the current beach. The arcade had quite a makeover, since the roof, font, and the inside of the arcade changed. Also, a little shirt stand was added, named ”TeeTime”. First designs aren’t always final designs, and the second and third image (and some other sketches you’re about to see) can confirm that.

Hmm, the images below showcase the early design of each game stand, and how much they changed during the production of this island. I personally prefer the current design, but the early ones aren’t bad at all!

The first image looks more like a carnival, the second one looks medieval time-themed, and the third one seems to be a mix of both. 😛

And last but not least, I’d like to show some sketches about the fun (and dangerous) rides of Wimpy Boardwalk:

The early sketch is really stunning in my opinion, by looking how complicated and filled it is. The background is what amuses me the most. Again, the ”Fun House” hasn’t changed a lot, but it’s nice to see all these awesome sketches and see the differences between early and finished designs!

Well, what do you think? Which place changed the most? Share your thoughts in the comments below! I’ll see you soon, and don’t forget to earn these extra credits! Keep poppin’!

🐾 Purple Claw 🐾
:mrgreen:🌊

Which Island Are You? Quiz

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Here are a couple of testimonials from our original post to show you how much our quiz has helped Poptropicans everywhere find an island to identify with…

From Silver Wolf:

Steamworks Island! The description was actually kinda accurate.

From Starving Cereal (SC):

Whoa! 😮 Astro Knights is my favourite?! I thought that was Mystery Train but I guess my opinion is wrong thx popfleed

From sportyeel:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Island. I can’t believe how accurate that description was!

So, what were your results? React in the comments below!

If you enjoyed this quiz, which was originally posted on PopFeedz, check out the rest of our prank site (or our recap of it!) Stay popping, Poptropicans.

A New Author Claws His Way In: Purple Claw!

Hey there, Poptropicans!

As you’ve probably read in the title, I’m the newest author here on the PHB. I’m really honored to be here, and I’d like to thank Fishy and the whole team for giving me this great opportunity!

I’m John, but you can also call me Purple Claw, which is my Poptropican’s name. I’m also known as PC, Pea Sea, and Mr. Potato in the Poptropica community, but you can call me whatever you want, as long as I’m comfortable with it. 😛

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If you haven’t heard of me, here’s a little about myself:

I first played Poptropica in 2013 in my school’s computer lab. After that, I forgot all about Poptropica, but I was re-introduced to the game a year later. It wasn’t until 2016 that I became more familiar with this community, and I decided to create my own blog, called Clawtropica! If you’re interested in more of my story, I encourage you to read my MPIP!

Some of you might know that I briefly quit blogging recently, but during those few days, I realized how much I missed blogging about my favorite game. So, after two days, I came back (that was fast, I know). And the very next day, I was invited to become an author for the awesome Poptropica Help Blog, so here I am now! I promise that I’ll write interesting and fun posts for all of you Poptropica fans.

So, I’m a 14 (almost 15)-year-old boy and I live in England. Besides Poptropica, I’m a fan of many other media, from TV shows like Steven Universe and Adventure Time to comics from the DC Universe. I also like animals, trees, my friends, my family, French fries and many other things.

If you’d like to talk to me, I’m on the PHC most of the time! I’m also on Twitter, DeviantArt, and YouTube, but the best places to reach me are WordPress and Discord. I also blog on another awesome fan blog called A Quota of Poptropica, created by our very own Happy Lobster, and I co-own the Poptropica Bloggers Network alongside my fellow buddy, Hyper Gamer.

As I’ve said before, I’m really excited to be a part of the PHB, and I’ll strive to make this community even more fun! I’ll see you guys soon!

🐾 Purple Claw 🐾
:mrgreen:🌊

Playing Through Spooky Islands: As Told By GIFs!

Earlier this month, the PHB launched PopFeedz – a Poptropica parody of Buzzfeed – which we later revealed was an April Fools’ prank. Since many of you enjoyed the posts, we are re-posting a few of them on the PHB this month for people to re-visit or to enjoy for the first time! 

Sometimes playing Poptropica can get pretty intense. Do you remember playing some of those scary islands, like Monster Carnival or Zomberry, for the first time? Well, this post is going to relive those experiences through the glory of GIFs.

Warning: this post contains spoilers for the following islands: Monster Carnival, Zomberry, Twisted Thicket, Vampire’s Curse, Ghost Story, Great Pumpkin, and Cryptids. You’ve been warned… now let’s get to the GIFs!

  1.  After landing from your blimp and seeing the island for the first time:

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  2.  Encountering weird creatures like Big Blue and the zomberries from Zomberry Island:

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  3. Putting on your mask for the Halloween party on Great Pumpkin Island:

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  4. Seeing pieces of furniture move in the cheap inn room on Ghost Story:

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  5. Ghosts on Ghost Story Island got you like:

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  6.  When the Jersey Devil appears in the window on Cryptids Island:

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  7.  When you’re about to step out of Mother Leeds’s house in New Jersey after seeing the Jersey Devil:

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  8. When Christopher, from Vampire’s Curse, bites you and you become a vampire:

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  9. Looking for the black lightbulb in the Haunted Lab on Monster Carnival:

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  10. When the plot twist is revealed:

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  11.  When the Nökken surprises you from behind the thicket:

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  12. Firing the antidote to the zomberries be like:

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  13.  When you hear Fiona’s voice for the first time:

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  14. When Linus keeps insisting the Great Pumpkin is coming:

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  15. Because nothing’s better than a good jump scare, right?

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  16. But despite everything, at the end of the day, it’ll all be worth it. You survived. Be proud!

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If you enjoyed this post, which was originally posted on PopFeedz, check out the rest of our prank site (or our recap of it!) Stay popping, Poptropicans.

The Silver Lining: A New Author Shines Through

Hiya everyone!

I’m Silver Wolf, the newest author on the PHB, but you can call me Wolfy. I’ve been blogging for over four years now, and I’m super excited to join the other great authors here on the PHB!

I started playing Poptropica way back when I was in elementary school and I remember when there was only one page of islands on the map. I didn’t even know guides/walkthroughs existed at that point!

It wasn’t until 2012 that I truly discovered the magic of the Internet and decided to start my blog, Poptropica Tips for Poptropicans. I’ve been playing Poptropica, blogging, and visiting the PHB ever since!

Although Poptropica is up there in my lists of interests, I have a lot of others as well. I’ve always loved animals — I mean, my name is Silver Wolf after all — and I’ve been a vegetarian for around three years. Ironically, I chose a canine for my name despite my favorite animal being a feline. 😛 I’m big into reading (like Harry Potter) and video games (like Overwatch, Elder Scrolls, and Life is Strange). I also share my photography and drawings on my DeviantArt.

Anyway, I’m thrilled to be here, and you’ll see more of me here soon!

-Silver Wolf out

New Pop Drop: Cavern Chases, Pretty Places, and Many a House Prop

Hey Poptropicans! Slanted Fish here with some CAVERNOUS news.

Prepare to be amazed… we’ve got a LOT of Poptropica Worlds sneak peeks today, featuring the rumored (now confirmed) Crisis Caverns Island, the new animated running style, and some furniture/decor for the upcoming player houses!

Before we begin, I’d like to acknowledge that the pictures below come straight from the official Creators, who recently contacted many bloggers in the Poptropica community with a Pre-Beta Worlds Kit and invited them to share its contents with everyone. While we can’t give away the kit itself, we can show you the amazing artistry within it, which you’ll find below. Click the images to view them in full size.

Among the sneak peeks is this look at a chase scene in Crisis Caverns, with elements like a relentless boulder and worm pits – the monster worm from an earlier sneak peek!

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At some point in the caves, you’ll encounter a pit of magma – and more of those spaghetti worm creatures! (Also, what is that nose-shaped light spot on the character’s face? The new avatar doesn’t show any noses, but did he get his ripped off or is he just weirdly sunburnt? 😛 In any case, I’m digging the new running animation.)

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But Crisis Caverns isn’t all danger and running-for-your-life madness. Check out this gorgeous, serene palace area – possibly the lair of the Mole King from a much earlier sneak peek, though it was mentioned that that character idea was scrapped. (This island has been in development for years!)

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Looking on the brighter side, we also see this exterior of Crisis Caverns, possibly the Main Street area (first scene). Signposts label this as Caldera State Park, possibly named after the Valles Caldera National Preserve in New Mexico, or simply after a caldera, which is a large volcanic crater usually formed by a major eruption.

In this picture, we see some bison, a cabin, the entrance to an underground mine, the visitor’s center with some park flags, wax pots (whatever that is), and a signpost to a geyser named Old Reliable (most likely named after Old Faithful in Yellowstone).

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Last of the sneak peek pictures, and unrelated to the rest, we have a look at some decorative items for player houses. From a Booga shark statue to at least twelve different styles of chairs (not all pictured), and even wallpaper designs, there’s a ton to select from. Which ones will you put in your home?

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The Poptropica Creator Captain Crawfish also included a letter to recipients of the Pre-Beta Kit, which talks about what we can look forward to in Poptropica Worlds:

Poptropica Worlds is an all-new game, built from the ground up to give you the Poptropica you’ve dreamed of. That means a seamless gameplay experience between your web and mobile devices, with a single account. A re-imagined interface that ensures the smoothest controls possible no matter where you’re playing. Even richer customization options for your Poptropican. All this and still the same humor, adventure, and fun that you expect from Poptropica.

Want examples? How about…

  • Your very own house! Decorate your space to be as unique and creative as you are.
  • Deeper options to customize your Poptropican’s look, and new choices arriving all the time.
  • Crisis Caverns: our grandest island adventure yet, with astonishing underground mysteries and creatures you have to see to believe.
  • Enjoy new gameplay mechanics, and feast your eyes on jaw-dropping art and animation.
  • Keep your account! Your classic Poptropica login will automatically work on Poptropica Worlds.

All in all, I think this #NewPopDrop is looking and sounding spectacular, and I’m excited to get to play Poptropica Worlds this spring! Are you??

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Looks like these guys are!

What other features would you love to see on the new and upcoming Poptropica Worlds? Leave your feedback in the comments, on blog posts, or on social media (and be sure to tag Poptropica) – the Creators are really interested in hearing your thoughts! 😁

Stay popping, Poptropicans!

–🐠