Movie Theater: Coming Soon!

Hey everyone, it’s Perfect Sky.

As I logged on to Poptropica this morning, I noticed that something pretty exciting – with a very bright, eye-catching design – had just popped up on Home Island: a Movie Theater!

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“Movies” coming soon to Home Island? Yup, that’s what it looks like, and I have a few guesses as to what these movies could be. But before we get into the theories, shoutout to Fierce Flyer for being the first blogger to notice and post about this update!

Now, we don’t know what exactly this will entail, but the wheel guy beside it has hinted that whatever it is, it’ll be free (though not the popcorn):

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Now, while we’re waiting for the theater to open, let’s take a moment to consider some possibilities for the content of the movies.   

Island Trailers:

Although the current map provides short written summaries for every island, and yes, I know the Creators have already made island trailers, new players would be more likely to find these trailers if they were accessible right there on Home Island. So, some (probably not all) of these movies may be already-existing island trailers.

Advertisements:

Is it really a movie theater, or just the official ad hub? This probably isn’t the case, but I’ve seen many other online games add “movie theaters” filled with advertisement videos and nothing else, where watching an ad gives the player some kind of prize. If the Pop movie theater does feature ad videos, hopefully it will be in addition to other movies. If not, then  I’m sure the Creators could at least think of some awesome prizes.

Poptropica Cartoons:

It would be pretty cool if the movie theater had cartoons, not necessarily following the plot of any island, starring classic Pop characters. Also, the Creators might even use this as an opportunity to introduce new characters, whether those characters would eventually appear in future islands or just movies.

Previously Mentioned Movies:

The theater may feature some movies that have already been mentioned previously through in-game posters, such as “Night of the Living Carrots.”

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It’s also possible that the same movies won’t be playing all the time. Just as the availability of certain items in the Poptropica Store rotates in a cycle, it may be the same for movies.

Some things to consider

Regardless of what these movies consist of, there are a few things to consider in order to keep any expectations more realistic.

  • The Creators obviously can’t make long, complex, full length films free of charge, so these movies definitely wouldn’t be very long.
  • Although movie tickets are apparently free according to the guy by the wheel, popcorn, which I’m assuming would be a handheld item players can carry around, costs “like a bazillion coins.” Since credits are much easier to obtain in larger quantities now, it makes sense that there would be some kind of other fee to pay upon entering the theater, but this would probably only apply to non-members. The theater itself is free, but any other items available for purchase within the theater may be really expensive.
  • The theater probably won’t have many movies available on opening day. I mean, it could, but I wouldn’t be surprised if only a few movies release at first, and if new movies only release one at a time. After all, the Creators are also busy with much bigger projects like Poptropica Worlds.

Well that’s all for my theories, and of course, I may be totally wrong. Share your thoughts on the movie theater in the comments below!

-Perfect Sky ✨

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Call for Change: The PHB is not the only voice!

Hey everyone, it’s Perfect Sky.

Today I’d like to bring up some issues within our Poptropica community of fansites and chat servers. In all that I’m about to say, I want to emphasize supporting the multitudes of Poptropican voices out there, and remind everyone that the PHB is not the only voice in this community. And I believe we can work together to make things better.

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The only server in the community? 

Ah, the Poptropica Help Chat. While it’s fun to chat on there most of the time, it seems that other, smaller chat servers with Poptropicans in them have fallen off the wayside. These other servers that were once very active now remain quiet. But guys, the PHC is not the only Discord server in the Poptropica community. Let’s start talking on smaller servers so people can have a wide variety of places to chat.

Although it makes sense that the most popular chat server with the largest list of members will be the most active, there’s no reason why other places can’t have a chance to thrive, too. It makes no sense to join smaller servers with no intent of participating in conversation there as well. Having many decently active servers provides a place for several different discussions at a time, making it easier to find a topic that suits your interest. Not to mention, this gives more others a chance at having a staff position – if not on the PHC, then on another Poptropica chat that they enjoy.

Please, let’s tone down the PHB “worship”

The PHB is an amazing blog, there’s no doubt about that.Many people seem to value any content from the PHB at the same level, if not more, than the Poptropica Creators’ Blog itself. But the flipside to this is that smaller blogs aren’t getting the attention they deserve. Often, any positive comment towards smaller blogs includes a comparison to the PHB, such as “Your blog is the best, besides the PHB.” I get where you’re coming from with that – and it is a privilege for the PHB to provide content that gets enjoyed – but let’s be a little more gracious to our fellow Poptropicans, alright?

But this ‘worshipping’ doesn’t end there! For some, Poptropica blogging has become a competitive race to see who can make it onto the PHB first, and that’s not how it should be. Many smaller bloggers never feel quite ‘good enough’ when skills are primarily judged by the number of guest posts someone has written for the PHB, and becoming a PHB author, of course.

And anyone who’s ever attended a PHC party and a non-PHC Pop party has probably noticed the difference in attendance. Now, it makes total sense that the blog with the largest following would have more people show up to these events, but hey, let’s support our fellow non-PHB Poptropicans’ events, too. Let’s engage in conversations on other servers, be listeners and appreciators, and focus on building a diverse community that spans many more sites beyond the PHB network. After all, are we just the PHB community, or are we the wider Poptropica community?

Everyone deserves a voice – so support those other voices!

I remember logging onto Discord one Saturday afternoon in October to chat on the PHC, when I noticed someone repeatedly tagging a PHB author with a Pop-related question. As the author was idle at the time, this person received no response, so I decided to answer their question for them. But after answering five times, I gave up when I realized they wouldn’t listen until a PHB author responded.

Several other people have experienced similar situations in which a PHB author’s voice was favored over that of another member of the community. And, skipping ahead a couple months, after having been invited to join the PHB, I began to receive that kind of attention myself: somehow, becoming a PHB staffer had elevated my authority in Poptropica knowledge. Which is an understandable train of thought, but ultimately a mistaken one: a person does not need to be a PHB author to give good insight on all matters of Poptropica. So let’s listen to the other voices.

If we work together, we can bridge the gaps of inequality, and once again make the PHC a fun place to hang out and make friends. This community is for Poptropica after all. And that includes every Poptropican.

It’s not a competition to see who gets on the PHB first. Please remember, just because someone works on the PHB doesn’t make them better than everyone else. Everyone deserves a voice, so let’s be engaged with every voice.

Thank you for reading. You can pop into the PHC anytime at discord.me/thephc, and be sure to look around for and participate in other Poptropicans’ chat servers and fan blogs too. There’s a whole bunch of them waiting to be discovered.

-Perfect Sky ✨

At last, Poptropica Worlds: the FAQ!

Hey everyone, it’s Perfect Sky!

After the announcement of Poptropica Worlds, most players have had many questions regarding the new game. Although some of our questions were answered in a Q&A with Skinny Moon on the PHC last month, more information has been revealed in a new Creators’ Blog post, which looks at some frequently asked questions (FAQ).

This FAQ could very well be the Creators’ way of responding to the PHB’s earlier post, Thoughts on Waiting for Poptropica Worlds, in which we commented on their silence on the matter of the big new game. The PHB post is linked to within the FAQ.

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The post also included this cool preview image, in the new Poptropica Worlds art style. It’s interesting to see some familiar sights in the background, like the classic Poptropica blimp, and mountains that resemble Survival Island. Some newer, interesting observations include:

  • the newer Poptropican anatomy: with four-fingered hands, thicker limbs, shoes, and more 3-dimensional shading
  • islands in the background, with a twist: Astro-Knights with a knight calling up to the princess, a skull island (Skullduggery or MOTM?), Survival, and a ferris wheel (Monster Carnival?)
  • a park ranger like the ones seen in early Crisis Caverns sneak peeks, further suggesting its return – and she’s sharing a map with Oliver, which may either be a hint at connecting that storyline with the graphic novel (especially considering the map), or may just be an artistic decision

Anyway, let’s take a look at the FAQ:

Will Poptropica be shut down when Poptropica Worlds comes out?
No. You will still be able to play Poptropica when Poptropica Worlds debuts.

Can my Poptropican play Poptropica Worlds?
Yes! Your Poptropican can play both Poptropica and Poptropica Worlds.

What can my Poptropican bring from Poptropica to Poptropica Worlds?
You can port over your Poptropican’s basic look and name.

Will there be a Poptropica Worlds app?
Yes, and Poptropica Worlds is cross-platform. That means when you play through some of an Island in the app, you can continue it on the web, and vice versa. If you change your Poptropican’s look on the web, they’ll look the same on the app.

Will you put any new Islands on Poptropica?
All new Islands will be released for Poptropica Worlds only.

Will Poptropica Worlds have some Islands from Poptropica?
There will be a mix of remastered Poptropica Islands and brand new ones in Poptropica Worlds! They won’t be released all at once — remember, it took 9 years to build all those Islands on Poptropica — but you can look forward to lots of cool stuff in 2017!

Is it true I’ll have my own house in Poptropica Worlds?
Yes, when we launch Poptropica Worlds you’ll be able customize the inside of your very own home. As the year goes on, we’ll be rolling out more features and customization options.

Can I customize my Poptropican?
Yes, you’ll still be able to customize your Poptropican’s hair, skin color, and clothes — and you’ll be able to pick your own first and last name!

Will Poptropica Worlds have memberships?
Yes, and membership will give you access to lots of awesome members-only stuff!

Will Poptropica Worlds have multiplayer features?
Yes, but not right away. One of our first priorities: Giving you the ability to invite friends to your house.

Will there be other things to do in Poptropica Worlds besides playing Islands?
Yes! You’ll have to wait and see what we have in store for you…

By the way, what’s taking so long for Poptropica Worlds to come out?
We care very much about our players and take your blog posts to heart. We want to make the game as good as we can for EVERYONE — that means people who play on mobile and on the web. And perfecting all of those platforms takes time.

And one more thing: It drives me crazy that Poptropica only goes up to age 15. Can you fix that in Poptropica Worlds?
We hear you and yes, you can pick your age in Poptropica Worlds!

Wait! One more question! Will Dr. Hare still be in Poptropica Worlds?
Oh yes, and he’ll be badder and schemier than ever!

And there we have it, Dr. Hare is confirmed in the new game! I’d assume all the other main villains will make an appearance in Pop Worlds too, but who knows? We’ll find out soon though.

Well, that’s all for the FAQ. Have all your questions about Worlds been answered, or is there more you’d like to ask the Creators? Comment below! Perhaps Skinny Moon will return for another Q&A session sometime soon.

– Perfect Sky ✨

Poptropica Worlds: Crisis Caverns Leaks!

Hey everyone, it’s Perfect Sky!

So today, we’ll be taking a look at an interesting set of images. Thanks to Shaky Skunk and an anonymous glitcher, we’ve received three new leaks from the upcoming Poptropica Worlds:

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These images seem to be from Crisis Caverns, a new island that was never officially announced, and unfortunately never released. Although it could even be renamed, it looks like the island will be remade in the new game. Anyway, let’s check out the first picture:

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In this picture, what I find most interesting is the key. Specifically, what appears to be a red rock or gem. Perhaps this key unlocks a matching red door. In that case, there must be other keys with different colors scattered across the island. Maybe not, but that’s just a thought. Now, on to the next image:

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Those blocks are stacked in a way that resembles a staircase, so this could mean we’ll have to climb up. With the lava behind us, and probably no way to fall in, this seems a bit too easy (I’m assuming the lava here is just used to enhance the design). But over to the right, notice a sharp, pointy object. Possibly, some kind of cannon will shoot sharp objects at the player, as we try to dodge them. Finally, the last picture:

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Hey look, those red rocks are back! Interesting.. Compared to what we saw in the previous images, this big structure looks very important. Since the door is currently closed in the picture, we’ll probably have to find a way to get it open, whether that would be a regular key, or something totally different. Maybe we will have already passed this place earlier in the island quest, but return towards the end with a way to open the door. Perhaps this is the final destination, where the island comes to a conclusion.

Well, that’s all for the leaks. Be sure to share your opinions or theories about these images in the comments below!

– Perfect Sky ✨

Creator Q&A: Poptropica Worlds Edition

Hey everyone, it’s Perfect Sky!

This afternoon, I received a message from Poptropica Creator Skinny Moon on Twitter, informing me that she’d join us on the Poptropica Help Chat for a Q&A session. She popped on around 9:15 EST, and stayed for about an hour, answering our questions about the big announcement – Poptropica Worlds! Here’s a little recap of the Q&A:

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Criaha: How are you??
Skinny Moon: I’m fine, how are you all? What’s going on? Seems like there is some discontent about Poptropica Worlds…???

Fast Lizard: Will we have more realistic hands in the new version or was that just for the trailer? If that’s an answerable question
Skinny Moon: Honestly I don’t know. Feedback is good. I can pass on that some of you want more realistic hands and think the legs are too long.

Perfect Star: Do u know when it will be released?
Skinny Moon: No, no exact date. As you can probably imagine, lots of things can come up during game design so we can’t commit to an exact date!

Tall Cactus: Are worlds islands?
Skinny Moon: Yes, worlds = islands. Worlds are islands. Poptropica Worlds will stay true to the concept of Poptropica.

Shaky Skunk: Will we be able to transfer our old stuff (including looks)?
Skinny Moon: Yes, the plan is for your avatar and all your old stuff to port over!

Blake: I like the concept of test dummies though, it gives Pop that industrial aspect that I seem to like for some reason
Skinny Moon: The crash test dummies are just for the video and for our internal testing.
Skinny Moon: There will be a mix of beloved previous islands/worlds and brand new ones!

Tall Cactus: How many islands are being transferred? Will their plots be changed?
Skinny Moon: Can’t get into details like that quite yet. I can just say there will be a mix of remastered old islands/worlds and brand new ones in Poptropica Worlds! And remember that Poptropica didn’t start with 40+ Islands all at once. These things take time…

TechWizard: Will the dummies be in the final game?
Skinny Moon: No, the dummies are just for testing

Tall Cactus: Will we still have names like Tall Cactus?
Skinny Moon: I am almost positive that you’ll still have fun names like Tall Cactus. You should be able to port over your name, look., and all your stuff!

Tall Cactus: Why are islands being called worlds now?
Skinny Moon: “worlds” is a term that is more universal in gaming

Perfect Sky: What does “One account for everything Poptropica!” mean? Does this mean one account for all Poptropica websites or something (maybe the old site will still be there)? Or does this mean one Poptropica account per email address?
Skinny Moon: One account for all Poptropica everything!

Shaky Skunk: Can your avatar be genderless in new pop?
Skinny Moon: I don’t know about genderless, tbh. But lots of customization possibilities, for sure.

Tall Cactus: What will happen to the original Pop?
Skinny Moon: Original Pop is not going anywhere, no worries

Megaman : Since I saw that Poptropica Worlds video, are we going to create our own homes and have other multiplayer Poptropcians visiting our home?
Skinny Moon: You will have your own customizable home. Not sure about other Poptropicans visiting it – I don’t know the answer to that

Tall Cactus: When will we get more in-depth details on Pop Worlds?
Skinny Moon: We’ll release more info gradually. No time table, tbh. But I’m hoping every few weeks I’ll have something new to show/tell you all about Poptropica Worlds!

Perfect Star: Will there be colored eyes?
Skinny Moon: I don’t know about colored eyes

Magic Panda: How different will the art style be? Will there be more shading, bigger/smaller characters, etc.
Skinny Moon: From what I know so far, the art style will still be very “Poptropica” – but remastered, updated, better than ever!

Criaha: So I know me and many other people in the community have more than one Pop account (I myself have around 5 ish? I think?) Will we be able to link them?
Skinny Moon: I don’t know about linking lots of accounts, sorry!
Skinny Moon: Costume contest: still going through the 100s of entries and narrowing down. Hope to open voting later this month!

Blake: Is there any possible way that you could answer exactly how far customization would be able to go at this point in time? Distance between eyeballs, eye color, etc
Skinny Moon: I don’t know exact details about customization

Quiet Berry: Will we have to use a browser other than Chrome?
Skinny Moon: You will be able to use whatever browser you want, as far as I know

Short Feather: Will it only be available on certain devices, or will it be accessible to all?
Skinny Moon: Poptropica Worlds will be available on web and mobile devices

Chris: Are you from Boston or did you move here for the office?
Skinny Moon: I have been in the Boston area since college – I went to Boston College/ #GoBC

Barefoot Hammer: Will the Poptropica app be updated to the new Pop, or will it stay the same?
Skinny Moon: Current Pop app and Pop Worlds are two separate games.

idk: The new Poptropica will be on http://poptropicaworlds.com , correct?
Skinny Moon: No that isn’t correct. As of now Pop Worlds will also live on poptropica.com

Shaky Skunk: What ever happened to the other bloggers on the Creators’ Blog?
Skinny Moon: The other Poptropica people who used to blog just don’t have as much time to blog anymore, tbh! I am a writer and a social media person so it makes sense for me to do it. I love writing!

TechWizard: WHAT ARE THE HOUSES LIKE?
Skinny Moon: I don’t have details on the houses yet – except that the voting that everyone did on the blog was absolutely taken into account!
Skinny Moon: I’m starting to understand what the Wendy’s social media manager feels like

Bendy Flyer: Are you and the Creators going to use Unity for Poptropica Worlds?
Skinny Moon: Yes we are using Unity!

idk: Games in unity can also be ported to video game consoles. Any plans for that?
Skinny Moon: Great question. I don’t know of any plans for consoles but hey. Who knows?

idk: So Sandbox Networks only registered http://poptropicaworlds.com to protect the name?
Skinny Moon: Well, we need the domain name. This is just me guessing but if you types that URL in the future I bet it would lead to Poptropica.com

👋🏼🐎🏃🏼: What do you do at poptropica? And how old are you?
Skinny Moon: I’m the social media/community manager. I also have done a lot of writing for the company. I’ve been with FEN/StoryArc/Poptropica for two years now. And no, not telling my age.

Shaky Skunk: Burgers or hotdogs?
Skinny Moon: BURGERS. duh

Shaky Skunk: Will there be Poptropica Worlds merch?
Skinny Moon: I’d love to see Poptropica Worlds merch!

👋🏼🐎🏃🏼: That sounds like an amazing job, and also totally understable about not telling your age
Skinny Moon: It IS an amazing job. I work with awesome people. And what’s better than working with Poptropica and its awesome fans?!?!

HPuterpop: Do you think you will ever make any appearances in an island quest?
Skinny Moon: That would be wicked cool but who knows…

Friendly Foot: Will you ever change your signature outfit?
Skinny Moon: I think about changing my outfit but I feel like I need to stay recognizable. So I just try to accessorize differently each month!

Tall Cactus: Will Pop ever get a TV show?
Skinny Moon: Would love to see a Pop TV show! Not in the works rn as far as I know

Gregoryk_: Do you play any games besides Poptropica?
Skinny Moon: I’ll be totally honest: I don’t have a whole lot of time outside of work and family

Well, that’s all for this Q&A session. Be sure to join us on the PHC  for a chance to chat with Skinny Moon, as well as many other Poptropica players in the community!

– Perfect Sky

New Poptropica: Delayed? Will it ever be released?

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Hey everyone, it’s Perfect Sky!

So as most of us have noticed over the past few months, many theories about possible release dates for the New Poptropica have been spreading around the community. But now, with only five days left, most people agree that the game is most likely not going to be launched “later this year.”

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Earlier this month, some people thought the New Poptropica could be released on Christmas (Dec 25th). But Christmas is over now, and just as I thought, the game was not released.

Another theory I’ve heard recently, is the possibility of a New Years release. But as cool as that would be, I highly doubt it would happen. Considering it didn’t happen as a Christmas miracle, we probably won’t have any more luck for New Years. Sure, it’s possible, but let’s not get our hopes up.

The Creators are probably very busy, and taking a short break due to the holidays. All we know from a recent Creators’ Blog post, is that something interesting is going to be discussed on the blog soon.

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Two Creators wrote that post? Hmm, interesting…

Although we don’t know exactly what this is about, it’s obviously something important. It could be as big as trailer for the New Pop, or just an announcement about the costume design contest. Since they specified that it’s something to “talk about,” it’s possible that they could be discussing a general release time. We can take a guess about what this could be, but really, there’s no way to know for sure, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

Now, there’s one major topic I’d like to cover. Recently, I’ve heard some talk about the New Pop being cancelled (or just delayed another whole year, or longer). I strongly believe this is false.

The thing is, the Creators know what they’re doing. As they stated in the first announcement, the Creators have been working on this project for a while. They wouldn’t have announced the plan of a new game to the public until they knew it was official, and enough progress had been made for the project to definitely continue. If this idea was still at the point where it could be cancelled at any moment, and no serious decision had been made, the Creators would not have announced it.

Of course, some issues could’ve come up along the way, causing the game development to take longer than expected, but that doesn’t mean it has been cancelled. Even though it hasn’t been released as soon as we expect, the Creators most likely have a general idea when it will be finished. Again, I’m sure they would not have announced the New Pop until they knew they would be able to finish it.

I personally don’t think a delay would last any longer than a month or two, but of course, we don’t know for sure.

Until we receive the news later this week, whatever that would be, it’s best to remain patient, and be understanding of any issues that could’ve caused a delay.

Well, that’s all for now. Feel free to share your thoughts about this in the comments below!

– Perfect Sky

A Perfect Introduction to a New Author

Hey everyone

My name is Perfect Sky, but you can call me PS for short. Lots of you may already know me from the PHC, my YouTube channel, or the guest posts I’ve previously written for the PHB.

So, as some of you probably heard on the PHC, my birthday was two days ago. Before my birthday, I already knew what most of my gifts would be. They mostly consisted of money, gift cards, and chocolate, which is pretty much all I wanted. But little did I know when I woke up in the morning, that I would receive a message from Fishy that evening, inviting me to join the PHB. I was shocked!

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Now, for some background. I started playing Poptropica in February 2008, so I’ve absolutely loved the game for nearly 9 years now. My very first Poptropican was named Sticky Foot, although I don’t remember the username. I made several different Poptropicans, until I finally made my current account in 2009, and decided to stick with it. My username is stupiddirectord, if you want to friend me. I still don’t know why I chose that username, all I remember is that I just completed Spy Island on a different account, and I was mad at Director D.

In the summer of 2013, I created a YouTube channel, where I post Poptropica movies. I was originally inspired to make Pop videos by a channel called PoptropicaStars, which had a series called Fashion Fever. Yeah, I was obsessed. So, I’ve been making videos for a few years now.

Joining YouTube was my first experience in the Poptropica community. However, I didn’t know how big the community actually was until I joined Discord this past summer. I don’t want to keep blabbing on about this, so feel free to check out my MPIP for more details.

Well, that’s all for now. Once again, I want to thank all the authors for this amazing opportunity, and I’m really looking forward to posting here on the PHB!

– Perfect Sky