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♫ It’s the most wonderful time of the year… ♫
Welcome, ladies and gents of the Poptropica community, to the Poptropica Help Blog’s third annual Poptropica community awards event: The Poppies!
What are The Poppies?
If you were around for last year’s event, you may remember how this works. We start off with a nomination round, where you nominate your picks for a certain category. This begins today, Wednesday, July 5, and will last for a week, until Wednesday, July 12.
Next, we move on to the voting round. Once the nominations have been narrowed down, you’ll be able to vote from the most popular nominations of each category. This will commence on Saturday, July 15 and will end a week later on Saturday, July 22.
Finally, this leads us to the awards ceremony, where we will be announcing the winners as we celebrate the PHB’s 9th birthday on Wednesday, July 26. More details about the party will be announced soon!
Part I: Nomination Round
First up is the nomination round. Each award category announced will be followed by a brief description (see below). To keep the nominations a surprise, you’ll be putting your nominations in our survey, where the Poppies team will look at the most popular nominations to create the voting options for the next round. Keep in mind that some of these categories are applicable to both Poptropica Worlds and Original Poptropica.
Without further ado, the awards up for grabs are:
Poptropica Gameplay Awards:
- Best Store Item: With over a hundred store items Poptropica has released, which one stood out to you the most? Was it a costume? A power? A mini quest? Whatever it is – nominate it!
- Best Tribe Common Room: Ah, the Tribe common rooms; the exclusive space where tribal mates can meet up and plot their revenge enjoy each other’s company. Each room has its own interactive elements and they all have awesome designs, but which one is really the best?
- Best Common Room Game: Poptropica’s common room games include: Sudoku, Hoops, Sky Dive, Paint War, Star Link, Balloons, Soupwords, and Pathwise. Nominate your favorites from the list!
- Best Adventure Island: Poptropica has classified four islands as Adventure Islands. These include: Mythology, Arabian Nights, Survival, and Mystery of the Map. Which one is the greatest play?
- Best Challenging Island: Poptropica defines the challenging islands on the map as the following: Galactic Hot Dogs, Timmy Failure, Poptropicon, Spy, Shrink Ray, Reality TV, Escape from Pelican Rock (EFPR), Red Dragon, Super Power, Zomberry, Wild West, Vampire’s Curse, Cryptids, Monster Carnival, Mystery Train, Mocktropica, Wimpy Boardwalk, Shark Tooth, Night Watch, Astro Knights, Back Lot, Early Poptropica, Lunar Colony, Super Villain, S.O.S., Poptropolis Games, Counterfeit, Skullduggery, Ghost Story, Virus Hunter, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Nate, Steamworks, Great Pumpkin, Twisted Thicket, and Nabooti. Wowie, that’s a lengthy list; it does offer some great choices, though. Which one do you think is the most challenging?
- Best Poptropica Merchandise: Over the years Poptropica has released quite a wide range of merchandise: books, toys, video games, and even clothing! Whether it was released or never released – which piece of merch was your favorite? If you’re not quite sure, our merchandise page is a good place to browse for favorites.
- Best Island Trailer: Typically a couple of weeks before a new island releases, Poptropica releases a video trailer to give us a preview of what our next adventure has in store for us. They’ve made one for almost every Island, and they’re all very good, but are some better than others? Which one is your favorite? Whether it’s on a basis of cinematic feel, the music, or just the island itself – go ahead and nominate it!
- Best Poptropica Ad: While Poptropica’s Islands keep us occupied most of the time, sometimes there isn’t anything to do. Quite often, advertisers contract for temporary games that appear on Poptropica. Advertisers have included Disney, Kellogg’s Froot Loops, Lego toys, and various animated movies and DVD releases, but there have been many others as well. If you can’t remember many of the past ads (then again, who can?), the Ad Transporter, developed by Keith Sammut, allows you to teleport to retired advertisement stages – so go check it out!
- Most Surprising Plot Twist: When playing a Poptropica Island, it’s not a surprise to expect a surprise, but sometimes it’s just not what we saw coming. We can think of a few examples that are perfect for this category, but we’ll leave it up to you to come up with the plot twist that surprised you most.
- Wittiest Poptropican Name: We’ve chosen the best (Golden Dragon & Golden Sword), we’ve chosen the worst (Big Belly), we’ve chosen the funniest (Cuddly Cactus), but how about the wittiest? Poptropica names can be pretty witty, but which combination is just too witty? Check out our Poptropica Names page to come up with something clever.
- Best PHB Author: The PHB currently has a team of eight staff writers who work hard to provide informing and entertaining content, and each author presents with their own unique style. The current team consists of Slanted Fish, Brave Tomato, Spotted Dragon, Slippery Raptor, Lucky Joker, Happy Lobster, Silver Wolf, and Purple Claw – and all of us are automatically nominated!
- Best MPIP: Here on the PHB, many poptropicans have written their “My Place in Poptropica”, where they’ve shared their stories on how they came to Poptropica as well as their involvement in the community. (Look back on every MPIP here!)
- Best Active Fan Site (outside of the PHN): We, the PHB, want to take a moment to recognize another Poptropica fan site out there that’s doing awesome work, and this is that award! That means this award is not for the Poptropica Help Network, which includes this blog, the PHC (chat), our Twitter, videos, and wiki. Don’t worry, though – there are still so many content creators out there who put out neat stuff. Whether it’s a blog, a YouTube channel, or something else, go ahead and nominate it if it’s your favorite! As for blogs, the Poptropica Bloggers Network is a perfect place to start looking through a few.
- Best Fan Art of 2017: Poptropican artists from all over have created wonderful masterpieces throughout the year so far, but which of them deserves the title of “best”? Our DeviantArt group is a good place to start searching. This category looks for works that were created/published in the year 2017, to give the more current and active artists a chance at the award.
- Best Fan Fiction: Because art consists of such a diverse range of creative and imaginative pieces, we thought we’d make a category specifically for fan fictions. Again, the PHB magazines and our DeviantArt group are great places to look. Get reading!
- Best Realm: Another form of art on its own; there are tons of realms that have been created. Look through some of them and provide the code in the nomination survey so that we can see it too! You may nominate your own Realms, your friends’, or even someone you don’t know – it’s up to you.
- Best PHC Staffer: In case you’ve been living under a rock, the PHB hosts a chat server on Discord called the PHC, which stands for Poptropica Help Chat. You should really stop by! The PHC has a staff team of kind and reliable people who keep the chat a fun and safe environment. That sounds pretty award-deserving, don’t you think? Nominate your favorite staff member and tell us why you picked them! This award excludes PHB staff but includes any current Guardian (mod) or Supreme Overlord (admin).
- Most Underrated Character: While some characters are given much attention, some are very overlooked. Which Poptropica character do you think is the most underrated? (Note: Don’t nominate fellow players. This is for NPCs.)
- Worst Poptropica Update: Poptropica has come out with many amazing updates that have really expanded the game such as the friend feature and restart-an-island feature, but there have been others that many weren’t on board with. Do you have any in mind? Which update is the worst to you?
As said before, the nomination round starts now, so sound off in the survey who/what you think is deserving of the awards! Please limit your nominations to a max of three per award. Also, you’re not required to nominate for every category, though it is encouraged!
Remember, the voting round starts next week, and next week’s poll options will be based on this week’s most popular nominations. So, be sure to check back in next week to cast your votes! For now…
Make your nominations on our survey!
Keep popping in to keep up with Poppies events throughout this month!