This is the My Place in Poptropica story of Tall Cactus, a Poptropican who has only been playing for a little under a year, yet is very active in the community, and even has her own fansite! See the bottom of this post for details on sending in your own MPIP!
Hi! It’s Tall Cactus, and today I am going to share my story of how I found and joined Poptropica. But before we begin, I just want to say that I’m not a longtime Poptropican compared to Slanted Fish and many others. In fact, my story is different from most. You’ll see why. Anyway, let’s just begin already!
Spring 2015 | A Game Called Poptropica
It was another boring day of school towards the end of March. It was raining outside, so we had indoor recess. I started wandering around the classroom, looking for something fun to do. I decided to watch the kids play on the computers. However, they weren’t playing the games I usually saw them playing. They were playing… you guessed it, good old Poptropica. 24 Carrot Island and Virus Hunter Island and PoptropiCon – although I didn’t know that at the time.
I asked them what they were playing, and you know the answer. I guess they saw how interested I was, so they told made I should make an account, too. I refused. Yeah, seriously, not kidding. I REFUSED. Fortunately, we had indoor recess again a few days later, and I did make an account, the same one I still play on today. The username is macandcheese520.
With that, Tall Cactus was born. I started completing islands in April, the first one being Mythology Island, with the help of the PHB’s awesome walkthroughs. I finished about 10 islands by the end of April. But, it was just something I did when I was bored. That all changed in May…
Summer 2015 | Poptropica’s Biggest Fan
Super Villain Island. That island was what got me obsessed with Poptropica. After playing that island, I realized that Poptropica was more than just some random game. It was one huge universe. The stories are what made me love Poptropica. I continued playing islands, this time enjoying them more and more.
Also around this time, I read countless Poptropica fan blogs, most of them inactive, looking back at old posts and fan fictions. I never commented though, even though I had an email and everything. I was a proud non-member, even though I could have just asked for a membership if I wanted to. I thought that becoming a member would make me not like the game as much and take it for granted.
Then came July. The Creators went and made 7 islands members only. I was furious. I had only completed 3 of those islands. So, I quit my dream of completing every island. Instead, I went to common rooms and tried getting cool outfits.
By the end of the summer, I had completed about 25 islands.
Fall 2015 | Membership and More
School started back up again. I thought it would make me stop playing Poptropica, but instead it made me play it even more. On September 4, I got membership. At this point, I started to complete islands again, knowing that I could play them all. My goal of getting every medallion was back. I finally did this at the end of November when I completed Astro-Knights Island. I was so proud of myself!
I continued reading Poptropica blogs, but still didn’t comment. I have no idea why.
Finally, on December 29th, I couldn’t take it any longer. I made my first comment on the PHB. It was on the Avatar Studio Gift page, where I found and shared ZeusASG. After that, I started commenting on every post, and on island guides where I helped people. A couple weeks later, I started commenting on other Poptropica blogs. Eventually, I wanted to start my own.
2016 & beyond | Blogging
On Janurary 16th, 2016, I finally did it. I founded Tall Cactus’ Poptropica Blog (tallcactuspoptropicablog.wordpress.com). A few days later, I became an author on Cuddly Knuckle’s Blog and Explore, Collect, Compete. It’s been really fun.
I have a lot planned for my blog. And I’m very excited for the future of Poptropica and its community. I want to thank the PHB authors, Mighty Gamer, Cuddly Knuckle, and everyone else who is reading this. For helping me have a place. A 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!