#PoptropicaArt finalists – round 5 (from Facebook)

(Hey Poptropicans! This is a guest post about a new update, and it’s written by Silver Wolf, a Poptropican who also blogs over at Poptropica Tips for Poptropicans (PTFP). Enjoy!)

Hiya, Silver Wolf here, with more updates on the #PoptropicaArt contest finalists!

If you’ve been keeping up with news recently, then you would know that the Creators announced an extra round of finalists – and now they’ve announced another round coming up, because there were so many great entries! Next time there will be 10 from Twitter, and today’s round is from Facebook.

If you haven’t seen all of the finalists, make sure to visit round 1, round 2, round 3, and round 4.

If you haven’t seen all of the finalists, make sure to visit round 1, round 2, round 3, and round 4.

Congrats to Creepy Goose, thiswarriorisagirl, Theo, Ilkyoung K., and Maryann P. for all making it to the finals! I really like the colors Creepy Goose and Maryann P. used, and the mood of thiswarriorisagirl’s is perfect, but I also love how imaginative Theo’s is and Ilkyoung’s great drawings of Poptropica characters.

What do you think? With how awesome these are, I can’t wait to see the next batch from Twitter!

Thanks again to Silver Wolf for her guest posting appearance on the PHB!

In other Poptropica news, Mitch Krpata, author of Poptropica: The Lost Expedition, was at Blue Bunny Books in Dedham, MA this Saturday, and here is a tweet from the bookstore with some pictures!

Looks like it was a fun event! Stay popping, Poptropicans!

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My Place in Poptropica: Brave Dolphin

This is the My Place in Poptropica story of Brave Dolphin, an avid Poptropican who’s played a role on several blogs and on the PHC. See the bottom of this post for details on sending in your own MPIP!

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Late 2008 – early 2009 | Finding Poptropica

Hey there, Poptropicans! I discovered Poptropica at the beginning of second grade. At the time, we’d go to the computer lab to do online school assignments. When we completed our given assignments, our teacher would let us play on Funbrain.com. Since I enjoyed using Funbrain, I may or may not have sped through my work just to play on it.😛

Anyway, one day, I noticed an ad on the side of the website. This ad was for a wonderful game you all know as Poptropica. Being curious at the time, I clicked it. I was actually pretty nervous, since I’d been told not to click ads before. But back in second grade, I was pretty rebellious. The minute I clicked it, a classmate of mine (let’s call him Jack) sees me and immediately shouts, “YOU CAN’T PLAY THAT! IT COSTS MONEY!” I was pretty alarmed, so I decided to just close it.

But, I was still curious as to what this mysterious, blue-screened game was. I decided to wait until I got home to play it – no one could stop me there! Later that day, I got on the computer at home, and went on the Funbrain website. I see the Poptropica ad, and, of course, click it. I found out that it did not cost money to play. The next day at school, I informed Jack that Poptropica did not cost money (HA, in your face, Jack!), and soon, several of my classmates began to play it.

Late 2010 | Exploring Poptropica

I took a bit of a break from Poptropica halfway through 2009, but I soon came back in late 2010! This was mainly because I forgot about Poptropica and was busy with lots of other stuff. Before my break, I’d always play islands on new accounts, rather than play on one account and save it.

Once I came back to playing Poptropica, I finally made and saved an account. I don’t quite remember the username or password of it (and it’s long gone anyway), but I do remember the name: Cuddly Wolf. I remember clicking “Change All” so many times when making my account, just to find a cute Poptropica name. I played as Cuddly Wolf from late 2010 to early 2013. I took another break from Poptropica, and unfortunately forgot my login for Cuddly Wolf. Goodbye, Cuddly Wolf.

2013 | Creating Brave Dolphin & Finding the PHB

I’m not quite sure about the date Brave Dolphin was created, but I believe it was shortly after I lost Cuddly Wolf, so it would’ve been late 2013. At this point, I focused on completing islands. With the help of my brother, we completed tons of islands, and he soon made his own account (Wild Hawk).

After a while, I decided to see what Google had to offer about Poptropica. I began looking up Poptropica and things related to Poptropica on Google. Then, I found Poptropica Secrets, the first Poptropica blog I read. I began to view it more frequently, and shortly after, I found the PHB. After discovering that there were many Poptropica blogs around, I decided that I wanted to blog on one.

2014 | First Blogging Experience

After lots of asking around and trying to be on a Poptropica blog (I asked so many people ^^;), I finally got invited to a blog. It was a blog many of you know as Poptropican Awesomeness. Every time I look back on my first blogging post, I realize how much I’ve changed. (I mean, my grammar was pretty weird back then…)

2014 Brave Dolphin was pretty odd. After this, I began commenting on lots of blogs, and soon after, began working on many more. I even made my own blog, but I deleted it. I think I worked on about 7 or so Poptropica blogs that summer. I also began going more frequently to the Xat PHC, where I met lots of friendly community members. As that summer came to a close, I left blogging, but continued to comment on blogs and chat on the PHC.

At this point, I had been playing Poptropica for quite some time, and I decided that I deserved membership. :’) So, after a few weeks or so of pestering my parents, I was allowed to get a renewing membership on both my and my brother’s accounts! This was such a great day for me – my reaction when I saw my inventory after buying all the store cards with membership was priceless.

2016 | Now, and The Future

In 2016, I returned to blogging! Unfortunately, I didn’t stay for long. School preparations (yes, I’m a nerd), homework, and studying are super important to me, and I’ve decided to focus more on that. But I do still play Poptropica! And now, I’m proud to say I’ve completed all the islands, and Brave Dolphin is still my current main Poptropica account. I am also proud to say I’ve never made a Club Penguin account of my own.

After years of Poptropica, I’ve finally gotten to where I’ve wanted to be. This year, the PHC on Discord was created, where I’ve also met lots of new people, and made some good friends. Nowadays, I can be found frequently on the PHC. I don’t play Poptropica as often as before (I used to play it so much every day), but I do still enjoy playing through new islands (and critiquing them with friends), creating new costumes, checking out awesome Poptropica blogs, and occasionally Multiversing with fellow Poptropicans.

Poptropica has made up a big part of the 14 years I’ve been alive. It is the game that I’d sneak to play on the computer, when I was supposed to be asleep. The game that made me rush through my schoolwork, just to play when I finished in class. And, it was the game where I met the awesome community that you are all a part of. The community has grown so much – I never imagined we’d have something like Poptropican Meme Face Mondays (which, by the way, are awesome!). I’ve made friends along the way – you guys know who you are! I’m not sure when exactly my time in the community will end, but when it does, I definitely will not forget it. If you read this, thanks for reading!😀

–Brave Dolphin❤

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!

~the PHB

Ah yes. Here is the culprit… middle school.

(Hey Poptropicans! This is a guest post about a new ad, and it’s written by Shaky Skunk, a Poptropican who also blogs over at the Poptropica Skunk Blog. Enjoy!)

If you’ve seen the ad sidebars on Poptropica lately with the characters from Mystery Train Island, it’s, um, creative… but misleading. This new ad is really for the new movie Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, based on the book with the same name.

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Anyway, the ad can be found in on Home Island in its usual spot, as well as on other SUIs. You’ll see a boy, Rafe, standing outside. Enter the school and talk to Rafe.

You’ll find the interior covered in sticky notes, thanks to Rafe. A pink-haired Principal Dwight will blame you, a person who isn’t even a student at the school, and will begin chasing your character. Run for it!

The game is very similar to the Pete’s Dragon ad. You’ll have to run across the screen, and jump over the obstacles, such as books, a bin, a pile of balls, and a trolley filled with basketballs.

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Eventually, you’ll reach Rafe, and get two cool (albeit recycled) prizes: a Whoopee Cushion, and a Paint Gun. Poor Principal Dwight, he just wanted to give some kid detention…

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By the way, this ad room is also a common room!

If you want to watch the movie (Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life), it’s being released in theatres on October 7, 2016 in the US. Who wouldn’t want to watch it? Just look at the principal’s hair. It’s customisable, too. Thanks for reading, and goodbye!

– Shaky Skunk 🐼

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PHB Special: Believe in Steven!

(This is a guest post by Shaky Skunk, a Poptropica blogger with her own site at the Poptropica Skunk Blog. Enjoy the costumes and crossover!)

Hey Poptropicans! Shaky Skunk here with a fun special this weekend, and you’d better believe it!

This is for Poptropica fans who also enjoy Cartoon Network’s series Steven Universe. I hope you enjoy these ASGs I made (well, besides the Steven one) and find use to them. (For more information about ASG-ing, check out the PHB’s Avatar Studio Gift page.)

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Welcome to Beach City, home to Steven Universe and the Crystal Gems. Those guys are always going on amazing adventures, so let’s try to find them.

Hm… it seems like they’re not in the temple right now. Where could they be? …Aha! They’re having a Multiverse party in the Crystal Caverns… where they’re fighting off corrupted Centipeedles.

There’s Steven Universe, half-gem, half-human, and titular character of the show. He desperately wants to help fight, but he’s kinda in the middle of eating the last Cookie Cat.

A swarm of Centipeedles are headed in your direction, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Fortunately, Pearl jumps towards them, and stabs them with her spear, poofing them one by one.

Alright, I think you’re safe now. All of the Centipeedles have been bubbled. Hm, it’s not like your Poptropican not to be at the center of the show, but I guess you missed out on all the action…

Suddenly, a Centipeedle jumps onto your shoe, and starts crawling up your leg! You’re going to have to shake it off, or fight! What? You don’t have a weapon? SPLAT! …Oh, wait. Garnet — leader of the Crystal Gems — solved that…

Er, you might want to buy a new pair of shoes. What, Poptropicans are usually barefoot? Well, at least this still beats fighting Captain Crawfish. I think you should stop wiping your feet on that boulder. It looks kind of angry. Wait — that’s not a boulder! It’s Amethyst! Get out of here, before she starts whipping you!

Maybe you should just stick to island quests…

If you want to steal one of their outfits, just perform the ASG on Garnet-ASG, AmethystASG, PearlASG, or StevenUniverseASG (the names should be evident).

Remember, if every porkchop were perfect, we wouldn’t have hot dogs!

And that concludes this PHB Special. What do you think of Steven Universe? Let me know in the comments!

– Shaky Skunk 🐼

My Place in Poptropica: Zippy Coyote

This is the My Place in Poptropica story of Zippy Coyote, a Poptropica fashionista who enjoys designing Pop costumes and other creative work. See below for details on sending in your own MPIP!

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2012 | Discovery

One summer day in 2012, I was very bored. That’s when I discovered Poptropica. No, I did not find it through Funbrain like many others did! I actually just searched Google for fun internet games and happened to come across it.

The first island I completed was Spy Island, and I loved it! The thing I liked most about the island was the setting. But not only did I like the idea of a spy adventure, I also found it interesting that it was one of the only islands set at night time. Also, the plot twist about Director D shocked me. I thought it was one of the most interesting parts of the island! It took me some time before I actually completed the island for the first time, but I was so excited when I did, that I was running up to all my siblings and telling them about my huge accomplishment!

I thought if the first island I played was that fun, the other adventures that this game had in store for me had to be fun too! And that’s when I began exploring more. I played every day that summer.

2013 | Awesome Fashion

During the year of 2013, I played Poptropica a lot more. Aside from beating the islands, I found a new interest: Poptropica fashion! I started searching for all of the best outfits for my Poptropican to wear. I spent some time looking for awesome clothes on islands, and I also checked the common rooms for bits and pieces of outfits that I could turn into a completely new look. I had so much fun with that!

I even drew pictures of my Poptropican wearing all kinds outfits, even some that I designed myself. The Poptropican I had during this year had long, straight, medium brown hair. Her name was Wild Stomper. My favorite outfit for her to wear was a black dress from Spy Island, and a necklace and hand-held fan from the Royal Ball costume. She also had curled bangs and the pink lipstick from the Swan Ballerina costume. I also found a white dress that I loved and a pair of fairy wings from a common room, but I never found out where they originally came from.

2014 | A Break I Didn’t Want to Take

In 2014, a lot of serious things were going on in my life (personal things that I don’t want to openly talk about). Although I didn’t lose interest in Poptropica, I didn’t spend nearly as much time in the game. In fact, I probably only logged onto my account 3 times during that whole year.

2015 | Back, And With Many Poptropicans!

By the time it was 2015, I started playing Poptropica more frequently again. With my interest in Poptropica fashion, I decided to make more Poptropicans. Why? Because I wanted to try out new outfits with different character designs (without losing the old ones). So I made a lot of Poptropicans on lots of different accounts.

Some of these Poptropicans included a girl with short black hair, a girl with long blue hair and black glasses, a girl with brown curly hair, a girl with short blonde hair, and even one boy, who had light brown hair. But my favorite was Zippy Coyote, the one with short blonde hair. Although I don’t spend as much time winning islands on this account, I liked this name and character design best, so I decided to go by the name Zippy Coyote. I chose to go by Zippy Coyote on all the social media profiles I later created.

2016 | How I Found The PHB

One day in January, I discovered some Poptropica videos. I watched them for the first month or so, but they started to bore me. Why, you might ask? Because everyone posted the same thing! Walkthroughs, walkthroughs, and more walkthroughs! But one day, I saw a different channel named PoptropicaPerfectSky. I was amazed at how she could make such well-developed Poptropican movies, and of course, I just had to subscribe!

Anyway, so how did I find the PHB? Well I once saw a comment that Perfect Sky made on her channel discussion page, referencing the Poptropica Help Blog. I didn’t know what it was, so I googled it, and immediately fell in love! With this blog, I learned great tips and tricks, and I found written island guides, which I prefer over video guides. I even found ASGs that helped me get better Poptropica fashion! And the most important thing to me, I got to see a big community of people with a passion for Poptropica – plus I was relieved to see that I’m not the only 14-year-old who still plays 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!

~the PHB

PHB Special: World Geography with Poptropica Islands

Where in the world is Poptropica? Well, it looks like this whimsical world spans all corners of the earth and varying time periods of human history…

…and now, here on the PHB, it’s all mapped out! We’ll try not to let Octavian get to this one.

(For a better view, click on the image to enlarge it.)

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Interesting stuff, eh? In this post, I’ll be sharing more about the thought behind all the mapping, information researched, and noting where some speculation is involved, so read on if you’re interested.

But wait, there’s more…

Turns out many of the Poptropica islands have an American influence (after all, it’s where Pop’s headquarters are located), which calls for a close-up map of the US of A. Check it out:

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The Process

All it takes is a random thought to get things started – and a desire to see it through. ‘You know what would be cool? A world map with Poptropica islands labeled on it, based on where they took place.’

The base maps, as you may recognize, are from Poptropica’s World Champion Player Maps that track island finishers. It conveniently includes a close-up map for the United States because, well, that’s where a majority of Poptropica’s players are from.

Each individual island icon is from the map on Poptropica – but more specifically, you can find them in the Poptropica Clip Collection by HPuterpop, a good resource for quality Poptropica graphics.

From there, it was just a matter of Photoshopping everything together.

The United States Map

As mentioned earlier, many of the Poptropica islands have an American setting – some more obvious than others, with the less obvious being assumed due to Poptropica’s own Creators and majority of audience mostly relating to the States. The genericity of some islands’ settings makes it difficult to pinpoint an exact location, but general context seems to imply they’re US-based, unless otherwise stated or indicated.

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Let’s start with the very first island: Early Poptropica, where Pilgrims have begun to settle. America’s first permanent English colony was in Jamestown, Virginia – and a Poptropica file also indicates that it is indeed based on Jamestown.

Lunar Colony, besides mostly being on the moon, also has an outer space facility called PASE that parodies NASA – the headquarters of which are located in the capital at Washington, DC.

Moving further down the coastline, I am speculating that Zomberry takes place in Eastman, Georgia – we know the city of Zomberry Island is called Eastman, and within the US, it seems Georgia is the only place with such a city name, according to some quick internet research. There is also a village called Eastman in Wisconsin, but it isn’t a city – and Zomberry clearly takes place in a city.

All the way down on the US map, you’ll see Miami, Florida as one of the locations that Game Show Island takes place on. Other game shows on this island are noted in other locations on the world map.

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Two islands have a spot in Pennsylvania: Time Tangled, containing the Graff House in Philadelphia where the Declaration of Independence was written; and Red Dragon, home to the Magic Tree House in the fictional town of Frog Creek, Pennsylvania.

Moving up the (over-crowded) East Coast, there’s New Jersey, where part of Cryptids Island takes place. Time Tangled also has a spot in NJ at Thomas Edison’s workshop.

Up north a bit is New York, where I speculate that Shrink Ray and Big Nate take place, although it is not explicitly stated. New York makes use of a numbering system for its public schools, such as in PS101 on Shrink Ray, and Big Nate’s school is PS38. In addition, the Big Nate cartoonist, Lincoln Peirce, has studied and taught in NYC, although he currently lives in Maine. Super Villain has a scene at the end at the Statue of Liberty, which is in New York City.

Ghost Story takes place in the fictional Hemlock Harbor, which we’re told is somewhere in New England.

Mocktropica is a parody of Poptropica and the game business industry, and we know that Poptropica HQ is based in Boston, Massachusetts. Poptropica’s founder, Jeff Kinney, is also the author of the Diary of the Wimpy Kid series, and although his books could be set in any generic US location, it’s most likely based somewhere on the East Coast – the region of the US where Kinney is most familiar (having been brought up in Maryland and now residing in Massachusetts). Thus, though the locations of Wimpy Wonderland and Wimpy Boardwalk are not clear, the East Coast is our best guess.

Midwest / Ambiguous

The John Bull locomotive on Mystery Train – if we’re to follow history – started off in Washington, DC and ended up in Chicago, IL for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

Moving to the ambiguous area now, I’ve placed Virus Hunter, Monster Carnival, Spy, and Super Power Island somewhere in the middle, a territory which otherwise has less attention. There isn’t much to indicate where these islands take place, but the general feel of their settings is that they are in generic American towns, even if we cannot pinpoint an exact spot.

Great Pumpkin Island is based on the Peanuts comics by Charles Schulz, and one comic strip dated February 15, 1957 states that the characters live in Hennepin County, which is in Minnesota.

The Lewis and Clark Expedition of Time Tangled Island represents a real-life event where leaders Lewis and Clark led a group of army volunteers from St. Louis, Missouri all the way to the Pacific coast.

West

Wild West Island takes place during the American frontier period of the 19th century and encompasses the Western United States.

It is not clear where Timmy Failure, Night Watch, and 24 Carrot are set, except that it is again likely to be a generic American location. Timmy Failure’s creator, Stephan Pastis, grew up in and currently resides in California, and it is possible his personal life would have influenced his work.

My speculation is that Night Watch’s Twin Palms Mall is based on the Back to the Future series’ Twin Pines Mall, which was filmed near LA in California. A DeLorean in the parking lot adds further credibility to this theory.

As for 24 Carrot, it could be a generic carrot-farming region of the US, and a quick search shows that California produces over 85% of all US-grown carrots. However, 24 Carrot is also the island where the iconic Dr. Hare first shows himself, and according to Poptropica: The Official Guide, his character was the creation of Utah-based Poptropica Creator Nate Greenwall when he was in college and was thinking of a nemesis for his comic book protagonist, Carrot Teen (a radioactive carrot).

Finally, we arrive at the West Coast – and it seems that at least three islands (more if you count the above speculations) take place in California. Escape From Pelican Rock’s prison is based on the high-security penitentiary on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, California, and a silhouette of what appears to be the Golden Gate Bridge can even be seen on the Main Street.

Back Lot Island, which is all about the movie industry, contains several references to Hollywood in California, including the iconic ‘Poptropica’/Hollywood lettering in the background, Sunrise Street after the real-life Sunset Boulevard, etc.

PoptropiCon is a convention all about the Poptropica franchise, and appears to be modeled after the San Diego Comic-Con, the “largest convention of its kind in the world” according to Forbes. The PoptropiCon logo seen throughout the island, featuring an eye and some text, is stylized very similarly to that of the San Diego Comic-Con in San Diego, California.

Whew, that was long… but we’re only partway through! Zooming out of the United States, we see that various other Poptropica islands have settings based in places all over the world at large…

The World Map

The world sure is a big place…

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Picking up as we head up along the Pacific coast, there’s the Pacific Northwest of Cryptids Island, which encompasses the upper-right US states up to parts of Canada. Still further up is the Yukon, at the top of Canada, where Survival Island takes place according to its island synopsis.

In central Mexico, there is the Aztec Empire of Time Tangled Island. And in the Caribbean islands we see another part of Cryptids in Puerto Rico – a US territory, but not a US state.

I’ve placed Monkey Wrench Island in Brazil, but that’s not official – all we can know is that Monkey Wrench takes place in a tropical jungle, much like the Amazon rainforest in South America. However, rainforests can generally be found near the equator, where the climate is warm and wet. Another speculation is that the island is Scandinavian, considering the Nordic symbols on the blimp blueprint – however, that region of Northern Europe is far from the typical rainforest location.

Going further down south, Buenos Aires in Argentina is where one of the game shows of Game Show Island takes place.

Atlantic Ocean

Before we get to the other continents, there is the Atlantic Ocean, where the ancient lost city of Atlantis is rumored to be hidden. This is, of course, where Mission Atlantis takes place. But it’s not the only Poptropica island in this ocean – S.O.S. Island, modeled after the sinking of the Titanic, probably takes place in the North Atlantic Ocean, where the RMS Titanic sank in 1912.

Africa

Nabooti Island takes place across the entire continent of Africa, as you may recall from the piloting map you used to fly your plane around. But also on this continent is the historic Mali Empire of West Africa, from Time Tangled Island.

Europe

Looking further up north, Europe has been over-crowded with a ton of islands. Greece alone has three: Time Tangled, Poptropolis Games, and Mythology all take place in Ancient Greece. Time Tangled also claims spots in Vinci, Italy (where Leonardo da Vinci’s workshop is to be found) and France (where the construction of the Statue of Liberty takes place). Also in France is Counterfeit Island, where you can find French speakers.

To the north-east is Transylvania, Romania, where Vampire’s Curse likely takes place. Transylvania is also the home of Bran Castle, where Dracula lived in the novel by Bram Stoker.

Astro-Knights Island, while up in space most of the time, also has its bearing on a land that looks to be somewhere in Medieval Europe. Some centuries later, the Industrial Revolution occurs in Europe, where Steamworks Island could blend right in.

The location for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is not given, but considering its author Roald Dahl’s British origins, we can guess that it may be based in England. Also in the UK, we have Loch Ness up in Scotland, where another part of Cryptids takes place.

Finally, there is the region of Scandinavia in Northern Europe, noted for its Viking age regarding Poptropica islands. Time Tangled has a Viking time period, Twisted Thicket contains Norse runes, mythology, and decorum, and Mystery of the Map also has Nordic symbols on its titular map.

Asia

Heading a bit east, we find Moscow, Russia as yet another Game Show Island location. Istanbul (not Constantinople) in Turkey is another.

Down south, near Africa, is the Arabian peninsula, where Arabian Nights probably takes place.

Further east, we find the Himalayan mountains, another location of Cryptids Island. Mt. Everest, also in the Himalayas, is part of Time Tangled – as is the Great Wall of China, in China of course.

Skullduggery Island, while its location is not too clear, seems to be based a little on Southeast Asia (Dragon’s Cove inspired by China, Golden Harbor as India) but also contains European influences (British soldiers in Fort Ridley, architecture in Bouffant Bay). There is a history of European colonization in these regions, so it is plausible.

In Japan, which is an island nation east of China, there is another Game Show Island location in Tokyo, the capital. There is also Red Dragon Island, which takes place in ancient Edo, which today is Tokyo.

Oceania

Down under – well, there aren’t actually any islands that seem to take place in Australia – but perhaps we can assign a couple to Polynesia, which is nearby. Reality TV Island is based on the TV show Survivor, of which many episodes have been filmed in this island region that includes Samoa and the Cook Islands. Shark Tooth Island also has a similar vibe, and could very well be placed somewhere in this area.

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There isn’t much left to cover at this point – but here are a few more thoughts.

Galactic Hot Dogs mostly takes place in outer space, and although Cosmoe is a boy from planet Earth, none of the GHD locations seem to be on Earth.

Home Island floats above Poptropica, but if I were to guess its scenery influences, it seems to be European. Realms also seems to float around somewhere, as indicated by the Realms bubbles – but we know that at least the Forest Realm is in Asgard, a mythical region of Norse religion.

Concluding Thoughts

Poptropica is full of wacky and exotic islands, but on closer inspection, we see that many of them are rooted in certain real-world locations. For others, it is not so obvious, but we can still take guesses. This leads to questions and conspiracy theories about Poptropica’s relation to planet Earth – is it an alternate dimension? Is it still its own planet called Poptropica? How can we visit so many time periods? It looks like the Poptropica graphic novels are setting out to answer these questions, but we’ll have to wait and see what they reveal about this world!

Why does Poptropica try to be ambiguous about the locations of some islands, yet on others makes it clear where it is based? Should they be more or less consistent? Should all of Poptropica be canonically ambiguous, or should they change the map to reflect the real world influences?

Hopefully, these maps give some indication of which world locations Poptropica could use next for their islands. In the US, much of the middle country seems to be ignored. Large parts of Canada, Mexico, and South America could also use a bit more attention. So could Australia, the Middle East, and Asia – I’m probably biased, but I’d love to see more places inspired by parts of Asia like Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines, Korea, and of course, Hong Kong!

Anyway, that concludes this uber-long post. If you are reading this past late 2016, there may be more islands added, but this has gone on long enough as it is. Thanks for reading, and share your thoughts in the comments! Stay popping, Poptropicans.😀

My Place in Poptropica: Kyoto

This is the My Place in Poptropica story of Kyoto (alas, not to do with the city in Japan), who treats his Poptropica avatar Calm Tooth as his best friend in life. See below for details on sending in your MPIP!

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Hello! My name is Kyoto and I’m 19 years old. My Poptropica avatar’s name is Calm Tooth, and my username is vincent9824. I’ve been playing Poptropica for a long time. Now I’m here to tell my story of my journey with this game… so yeah! Let’s go!

2007 – 2009 | The Beginning

I first found Poptropica when my cousin showed me the game on her computer. I was really intrigued by the character design, and when I realized that the creator of the game was one of my favorite authors – Jeff Kinney – I knew I had to start playing it right away. Even though there was only one island at the time, Early Poptropica. But that was fine – a lot of islands later showed up, like Shark Tooth and Time Tangled.

2010–2014 | The Hard Times

I played the game for a long time and found myself quite addicted. My friends kept telling me that the game wasn’t that great and told me to stop playing it. However, I refused, because to me Poptropica had value: it’s like solving a puzzle, you need to find the right pattern and solve it with your mind.

One New Year’s Eve, I entered an island called Skullduggery, but upon entering, my account was lost… I don’t know what happened, but I couldn’t get to it anymore. I stopped playing after this, even though I missed my avatar, Calm Tooth.

2015 | An Unexpected Surprise

At some point, I was busy doing some bug testing on some games I played, including Poptropica.I went back to the site and tried to enter my login data for Calm Tooth. Suddenly something awesome happened: my account – Calm Tooth – was back! …I screamed with happiness as I excitedly got back into Poptropica once again, and managed to complete some islands. That was the best day of my life.

What’s interesting is that when I checked the elements of the game, I noticed a virus that was in my PC due to the large and unknown files I had installed for my bug testing that made my flash player profile reset the elements of the game. Days later I had my PC repaired and I continued playing Poptropica.

2016 | Calm Tooth is my best friend

Even though I’m busy with school, I still play the game, and the more I play it, the more Poptropica becomes cooler to me. I’ve since completed every island, except the original Home Island quest due to its retirement. But I don’t really care, because I had a lot of fun with my best avatar, Calm Tooth!

Right now I’m waiting for the next island to be released. While waiting, I just visit common rooms and replay some islands. Me and Calm Tooth are ready for anything! I treat Calm Tooth as my best friend, my brother, and my partner in life. I customized Calm Tooth to look the same way I do in real life, which you can see in the picture at the top of this post.

To all Poptropicans out there, here’s a message for you guys: Follow your dreams, and don’t let people take control of yourself because you have to live your own dreams! May God bless you.

Thank You
from Me and Calm Tooth

That’s my Poptropica story. Have a great day and a great life, everyone! You can add me on Poptropica – my username is vincent9824.

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!

~the PHB

PHB Special: Gotta Catch ‘Em All, Pokémon!

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Oh yes, we went there.

Welcome to Popémon Go, where Pokémon look like Poptropicans and Poptropicans look like Pokémon! In this weird crossover universe, we’re going to try to catch ‘em all. Are you ready?

First, we’ve gotta by our favorite Pokéstop… the prize wheel on Home Island! Let’s spin that circle! Awesome, we got just enough credits to stock up on some much needed Pokéballs. It’s time to hunt down those pocket monsters!

Look who’s hiding in these bushes… it’s Bulbasaur! How cute. Poptropicanized Pokémon sure look interesting, eh? By the way, you can look up the usernames given above to view the accounts, but unfortunately these are not ASGs. However, you can find all these clothing parts on our Avatar Studio Gift page – and some parts are customizable!

Oh great, three Zubats just popped up. Let’s add them to our collection of twenty other Zubats we’ve already captured… or not. Are they even worth wasting Pokéballs on if they’re too stubborn to be caught?

Moving on… hey, that Arcade over there happens to be a gym, currently dominated by Team Mystic! Blue for Poptropica, right, DJ Saturday Nite? There’s a Charmander screaming “fight me” in there, but it looks tough to beat… then again, if your Poptropican can handle the likes of Mordred from Astro-Knights or Myron Van Buren from Survival, perhaps the challenge is one we can tackle.

Hm, now we’re thinking maybe we could change up our trainer’s look a little. Let’s head over to that New You shop for a makeover. Perhaps a red cap will bring out that Ash Ketchum look that’ll make us look the part of a true Pokémon master. After all, you want to be the very best. Like no one ever was.

Let’s keep looking… oh! Awesome, someone put out a lure on the Photo Booth! Bet we can find some cool creatures here – oh look, it’s Squirtle! Just… let me tap on it… no, stop opening the Pokéstop, I want the Pokémon… ah. Gotcha. Wonder what else is around?

Hey! It’s – hold on a second, gotta sneeze – Pik-achuuuuu! I was wondering when this little guy would show up! I choose you, Pikachu! Ah, this is great. We can go on adventures to Mythology Island together and train those lightning bolt attacks with Zeus!

Well, that was a fun Pokémon hunting spree. What was that? Poptropicans should never be dressed up as Pokémon because that looks ridiculous? Sorry, too late for that! 😂

Oh, and as if the recent PHB Tribal Tournament wasn’t enough (friendly) rivalry… pick your team wisely when you’re on the Go!

Let us know in the comments what you think of Pokémon Go and the costumes we made! Stay popping, Poké-tropicans, and keep poking around!

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