Recap: PHB Tribal Tournament 2016!

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Hey Poptropic-athletes! After a month of solid competition, the Poptropica Help Blog’s first ever Tribal Tournament has now come to a close. Thanks to the tons of Poptropicans who cheered, dressed up, and got involved in one way or another – we hope you had fun!

At the Closing Ceremony, we announced on the PHC the winners of the Tribal Tournament, breaking it down by each category. You can also see a collage of some party pictures above. But don’t worry if you missed it – we’ll be recapping them here as well! Since we’ve broken it down, you’ll need to get to the bottom of this post to see the overall winners.

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Without further ado, let’s begin!

Medal Marathon

The first contest we announced was the Medal Marathon, which ran throughout the month, and all one had to do was play Poptropolis Games and show us the resulting scoreboard to earn points! As many times as one could! Higher results earned more points (1st place = 8 points, 2nd place = 7, etc).

Here are the standings for the Medal Marathon:

  1. Seraphim – 1284
  2. Wildfire – 931
  3. Yellowjackets – 902
  4. Pathfinders – 816
  5. Nanobots – 645
  6. Black Flags – 167
  7. Flying Squid – 113
  8. Nightcrawlers – 23

Congratulations to the Seraphim for flying high and proving their merit in medallions!

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Artistic Athletes

For the Artistic Athletes round, we asked you guys to create and send us your best Poptropica art in a number of categories: visual art, written work, fashion, and Realms.

The PHB tribe reps then went through their respective tribes’ entries and picked one for each category, then brought them to the rest of the PHB team to vote, with each rep not voting on their own tribe’s entries to eliminate bias. After our deliberating, we’re ready to present our top selections for each tribe!

To calculate points, the PHB team ranked each chosen piece for every category, except for ones from their own tribe. From there, the placement numbers (first place, second, etc.) were added up and then divided by the number of placements that had been given to form an average.

Then the average scores were ranked within each category from lowest to highest, as lower amounts meant it had received higher placement ranks in the judging. From there, each category awarded points based on the final placements: 80 points for first place, 70 for second, and so on down the line.

You can see the overall placements for the Artistic Athletes after all the art categories below.

Visual Art

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Congrats to all tribes for participating in this category!

These are the amounts of points earned by each tribe for the category of Visual Art:

  1. Seraphim – 80
  2. Wildfire – 70
  3. Black Flags – 60
  4. Pathfinders – 50
  5. Nanobots – 40
  6. Nightcrawlers – 30
  7. Flying Squid – 20
  8. Yellowjackets – 10

Written Work (Fan Fictions)

  1. Poptropolis Games by Bony Bones (Flying Squid) – click here to read. (+80 points)
  2. The New Tribe by Happy Lobster (Seraphim) – click here to read. (+70 points)
  3. Hurdles by Wanderesa/White Ice (Wildfire) – click here to read. (+60 points)
  4. Chant by Shaky Skunk (Nanobots) – click here to read. (+50 points)

No written work entry received from Black Flags, Nanobots, Nightcrawlers, Pathfinders, and Yellowjackets.

Fashion (Costumes)

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No fashion entry received from Nightcrawlers.

These are the amounts of points earned by each tribe for the category of Fashion:

  1. Wildfire – 80
  2. Seraphim – 70
  3. Yellowjackets – 60
  4. Flying Squid – 50
  5. Black Flags – 40 (tied for 5th)
  6. Nanobots – 40 (tied for 5th)
  7. Pathfinders – 40 (tied for 5th)

Realms

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No Realms entry received from Nightcrawlers, Pathfinders, and Wildfire.

These are the amounts of points earned by each tribe for the category of Realms:

  1. Nanobots – 80
  2. Black Flags – 70
  3. Flying Squid – 60
  4. Seraphim – 50
  5. Yellowjackets – 40

Honorable Mentions

These entries did not influence the voting process, but we thought they were too good not to be shown here! A few of them are from PHB authors, who did not enter unless their tribe did not make an entry. Click to view full images.

Plus, the Seraphim tribe had so many entries you can check them out in this imgur album.

Placements

These are the amounts of points earned by each tribe for every art category combined:

  1. Seraphim – 270 (80 + 70 + 70 + 50)
  2. *Flying Squid – 210 (20 + 80 + 50 + 60)
  3. *Nanobots – 210 (40 + 50 + 40 + 80)
  4. Black Flags – 170 (60 + 0 + 40 + 70)
  5. Wildfire – 150 (70 + 0 + 80 + 0)
  6. Yellowjackets – 110 (10 + 0 + 60 + 40)
  7. Pathfinders – 90 (50 + 0 + 40 + 0)
  8. Nightcrawlers – 30 (30 + 0 + 0 + 0)

*Flying Squid and Nanobots are tied for second overall in Artistic Athletes.

Congratulations to the Seraphim for their championship in the field of artistic endeavor!

Tribal Thinkers

In the Tribal Thinkers round, we set out some brain-bending puzzles to test your Poptropica knowledge, with trivia questions and Stolen Snapshot challenges abound. Check out how your tribe fared below!

Placements

  1. Pathfinders – 245
  2. Seraphim – 180
  3. Wildfire – 175
  4. Flying Squid – 170 (tied for 4th)
  5. Yellowjackets – 170 (tied for 4th)
  6. Nanobots – 170 (tied for 4th)
  7. Black Flags – 130
  8. Nightcrawlers – 0

Congratulations to the Pathfinders for finding the path to the most answers!

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Answers

Now for the answers to each question! How many did you get right?

Questions about Poptropica (5 points each)

  1. When was Poptropica founded? September 2007
  2. What brand of soda does Gamer Guy drink? Valley Rain
  3. What item on Shark Tooth Island isn’t actually needed in the quest? Shark Fin
  4. What is carved on the tree in the Lewis & Clark Expedition on Time Tangled Island? “Clark was here”
  5. What are the names of the B.A.D’s guard dogs on Spy Island? Fang, Slasher, and Fluffy
  6. How much did the Astro-Knights Early Access pass cost? 500 credits
  7. The Tabloid on Reality TV advertises an article about dating who? Black Widow
  8. What Greek letters are on the Drachma coin on Mythology Island? AθE – alpha theta epsilon
  9. What does Sprocket from Steamworks Island want to call his autobiography? I, Robot
  10. For which island did Poptropica first launch its own external website as a promotion for the island and what was the website? Cryptids Island – mewsfoundation.org
  11. Which island’s name is also a possible Poptropica player name? Red Dragon
  12. Which island contains an altered version of the painting American Gothic by Grant Wood? Game Show Island (inside the museum on Main Street)
  13. What does the binary code found on the recycle billboard outside the Game Show Main Street factory translate to? “Robot”
  14. Which island has a common room that has no name, and what is the room? Vampire’s Curse – a barn (also accepted Poptropolis Games room as an answer)
  15. What is the name of the ship in Captain Crawfish’s dream on Super Villain Island? H.M.S Seachicken
  16. Which time period on Time Tangled Island requires an item from another time period to collect the misplaced artifact? Vikings, 831 A.D.
  17. Which island has a character claiming to be from “Time Twisted Island”? Shark Tooth
  18. Where did Dr. Spyglass, from Spy Island, use to work? PASE
  19. Who was the Ice Arrow, seen in Astro-Knights, crafted by? Rime the Wizard
  20. In the trash bin on Mocktropica Island, what is the name of Zeus’s tree character? Spruce

Questions about the PHB team (5 points each)

  1. What is Brave Tomato’s favorite island? Mythology
  2. What was Slanted Fish’s first Poptropica account? Scary Tomato
  3. Spotted Dragon made a fansite about Poptropica and _? Adventure Time
  4. How did Slippery Raptor discover Poptropica? A magazine called K-Zone
  5. Which island did Ultimate iPad Expert play first? Super Power
  6. Who is HPuterpop’s character designed to resemble? His dad (a younger version)
  7. What was the name of Koi (Spencer)’s second Poptropica account? Friendly Gamer
  8. What place did Ylimegirl win on the Reality TV Island Champions Map? 4th place

Bonus question (10 points): What’s the name of Skinny Moon’s puppy? Toby

Stolen Snapshots (10 points each)

These were the Stolen Snapshot challenges given by Slippery Raptor in the Tribal Thinkers round. Below, you’ll find the answers for where each snapshot can be found in-game.

  1. SOS Island
  2. Lunar Colony
  3. Arabian Nights Episode 2
  4. Wild West
  5. Poptropolis Games
  6. Game Show
  7. Counterfeit
  8. Ghost Story
  9. Poptropolis Games
  10. Mythology

Shout-out to Creepy Goose of the Pathfinders tribe for getting all of them right! 🌟

Overall Standings

And the winner is…

Well, to keep the suspense going, we’re going to work from the bottom. In 8th place, we have – lean and mean, but not too keen – the Nightcrawlers! Better seize the day next time, ‘Crawlers.

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Waving their mighty dark banner above the sea where the squids dwell, in 7th place we have the Black Flags! Arrr, at least they weren’t dead last.

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Swimming in at 6th place are the Flying Squid, who, for a small tribe, still played a decent share in the tournament! Not bad, Squiddies. Just keep swimming!

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Who’s won 5th place? According to our heavy data-crunching calculations, it’s the Nanobots! At least their processing power got a workout.

nanobots

Following their GPS, the Pathfinders have found their way to 4th place. A fine finish to their journey, and nobody got lost on the way!

pathfinders

Swarming in at 3rd place, we have the Yellowjackets, with not even a little sting in their pride. These buzzers were pretty close to the sweet taste of victory with winning the bronze!

yellowjackets

The intensity is heating up for 2nd place – and it’s Wildfire who nabbed the silver! Feel the burn, because this team isn’t going to be extinguished without a fight. And the crowd goes… WILD!

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Which leaves, in 1st placeSeraphim! Congratulations to our champions who reign from on high! (cue angelic choir) Spread those wings proudly, because the glory is yours! Gold jerseys get the gold!

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Thanks to Slippery Raptor for these awesome animated tribe gifs!

Here’s a look at the overall standings for each tribe, with the total amount of points won:

  1. Seraphim – 1734 (1284 + 270 + 180)
  2. Wildfire – 1256 (931 + 150 + 175)
  3. Yellowjackets – 1182 (902 + 110 + 170)
  4. Pathfinders – 1151 (816 + 90 + 245)
  5. Nanobots – 1025 (645 + 210 + 170)
  6. Flying Squid – 493 (113 + 210 + 170)
  7. Black Flags – 467 (167 + 170 + 130)
  8. Nightcrawlers – 53 (23 + 30 + 0)

overall seraphim

Before we wrap up, there’s one more award we want to give out… the Most Valuable Player!

This Poptropican pulled more than his weight in the Tribal Tournament, making up the majority of the Pathfinders’ tribe’s score and bringing more spirit on their PHC tribe channel than the PHB rep of the team. According to this player’s profile, he’s played through the Poptropolis Games almost sixty times!

So from all of us at the PHB… Lucky Joker, you da real MVP.

mvp tribe luckyjoker

Shout-outs also to Messy Thunder of Seraphim and Perfect Sky of Yellowjackets for also playing a ton of Poptropolis Games enough to rival LJ’s score – however, it was Lucky Joker who carried his team even when no one else did. Congrats to all three!

Well, that concludes the first ever Poptropica Help Blog Tribal Tournament! We hope you had fun competing and participating in our various competitions, cheering on your tribe, and enjoying the tribal colors on the PHC (Poptropica Help Chat)!

Remember, the PHC on Discord is always open for Poptropicans of all ages to hang out and have fun in a safely moderated chat environment, and you’ll often see PHB staff around too. We hope you’ll stick around and get to know this great community!

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🏅 faster, higher, stronger 🏅

– the Poptropica Help Blog team –

My Place in Poptropica: Happy Lobster

This is the My Place in Poptropica story of Happy Lobster, whose Poptropica community started with kids at school, then the PHB. See the bottom of this post for details on sending in your own MPIP!

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2008 – 2009 | Early Playing of Poptropica

I have very few memories of Poptropica before 2011, and even those memories are half-forgotten and very vague. I have no idea how I came across Poptropica. Maybe one of my Prep classmates told me about it, or my older twin brother discovered it and showed it to me, or maybe I just found it randomly on the web (which is very unlikely). The only way I know that it was late 2008 was that I remember imperceptibly that the Poptropica map at that time had an island on it called Nabooti Island, and in capitals over the island, it said ‘Coming Soon’.

However, I only played Poptropica for the first few months in 2009. I probably also witnessed the start of the Mystery of Monster Carnival, even if I can’t remember it. At that time, me and my brother would randomly go about Poptropica, trying to complete quests. Eventually, we figured out how to save accounts. I made two accounts, Orange Lightning and Shoeless Toes, and though their usernames and passwords have been forgotten, I can still remember their names for some reason (exceptional long-term memory I have, don’t I?).

Back then, my whole class was obsessed with an educational game called ‘Braintastic’ (though it was one of the only things we were allowed to play on our classroom’s old-fashioned computers) – so I was too. By 2010, I dropped out of my interest in Poptropica completely.

2011 | The Proper Kickoff

One day when I was in a bookstore, my twin brother found a copy of Poptropica: The Official Guide, which had detailed guides from Early Poptropica to Wimpy Wonderland, the first eighteen islands. It was the only copy left on the shelf, so we bought it. With this new book, my interest of Poptropica was sparked again.

Mainly using my Orange Lightning account, I completed fourteen islands (including Red Dragon, which was not included in the guide). The only islands I ever managed to complete without even glancing at the guide was Early Poptropica and Shark Tooth. The rest I managed to complete using minor tips from the guide, and only the hard islands like Astro-Knights and Skullduggery were completed by totally following the guide.

2012 – 2013 | The Birth of Happy Lobster

In early February 2012, me and classmates were having an ICT (technology) class. We had to do something on the computer, and when the task was complete, we were allowed to play games until the session ended. So I decided to play Poptropica. I made a new account, and did S.O.S Island, which was the newest island at the time. But I was only halfway through the island when the session ended, and I had to quickly save my progress, making my third character. In my haste, I made a weird username, which was the first thing that popped into my head. It was topkop88, and thereon in I was “Happy Lobster”.

I was in a combined class in 2012, with about 12 people from my grade, and about 13 people from the grade below us. Some of us were friends, and some of us weren’t. But what every single member in our class had in common was that we all enjoyed Poptropica, at least to a certain extent.

When recess or lunch was cancelled outdoors due to poor weather, everyone in the school would spend the rest of the break in their own classrooms. There were only five computers in our class, and usually there would be a frenzied rush to get a computer. I usually managed to get one. And at these times, there would be a small cornucopia of blue screens. No-one would choose not to play Poptropica when they had the opportunity.

Those who didn’t get a spot crowded around those who did have a computer. When the first Poptropolis Games arrived in mid-2012, each of the five computers would have a race to see who could finish – and win – Poptropolis first. A small amount of cheating was always ensured, for if anyone failed one of the tasks, we would usually hit the ‘back’ button, so that the task restarted without record of our previous game.

But even at home, me and my brother were avid players of Poptropica. 2012 was by far the best year of Poptropica in terms of new quests and adventure. But then, in mid-2013, the SUIs (sound updated islands) were made. They were exceptionally glitchy, with the annoying black screen with the moving Poptropica logo not loading the island. A few times, I managed to get onto Virus Hunter and Monster Carnival without too many hitches, but those occasions were so minimal that I eventually stopped playing Poptropica.

2015 | The Community

During very early 2015, I was bored. So I decided to go back to Poptropica and attempt going on the SUIs. And voilà, it worked without any hindrance! Immediately upon this great discovery, I got to work, completing the many SUI islands and episodes that I missed. But this time, none of my friends really played Poptropica anymore.

Eventually, after a few months, I left Poptropica once again, for the third time, since I had completed most islands, and there were other games I enjoyed, but this departure only lasted for about six months.

I don’t know exactly when I discovered the PHB. It’s most likely I did sometime during 2012 or 2013, when I was most active in Poptropica. Though I think I just probably briefly skimmed upon the outer layers of many of the PHB, probably only visiting it a few times, and then I almost certainly forgot about it for a while.

Then, on the eve of my thirteenth birthday, I was bored. There were no new islands in Poptropica to play, and I couldn’t be bothered re-doing islands. So I decided to visit the PHB once more. This time, I delved into the depths of the PHB, and I discovered their Halloween costume contest. I got to work onto making my costume entry at once, and I originally thought (having not read over the guidelines very well) that the winners would be announced on the first of November.

But as I went to comment and post my costume entry on Halloween, just a day after noticing the contest, the winners were announced. I was more than a little disappointed I’d missed my chance, of course. But from thereon in, I started to comment on the PHB. Not under Happy Lobster, but under another name, one that didn’t have a WordPress account. But in saying that, I wasn’t really a regular commenter – indeed, I actually only commented about two times a month.

The other thing that came out of doing my Halloween costume was that I had a new look. My entry had pale blue skin, and I decided it looked really awesome. So from then, my Poptropican always had blue skin. It’s now a sort of signature Poptropican aspect for me, like Fishy’s purple hair, or HPuterpop’s orange skin.

Eventually, at the start of December, I decided to join Xat, the PHB’s former chat system, under some weird name Xat automatically made for me. I discovered there were people my age – and even more who were older – still playing and loving Poptropica, which did encourage me to continue Poptropica. But again, I wasn’t particularly active on there, only saying something on the chat once or twice a week. Ultimately, I dropped out of Xat just days before the end of the year.

2016 | The Community, Part 2

And then 2016 got underway. So far I think it’s overall my best year of Poptropica, even if it’s only two-thirds of the way through, and the only reason that it is the best was because of the community. This year would probably be one of the worst in Poptropica if it wasn’t for the community, seeing as Monkey Wrench was the only island so far released this year, and all its poor attributes (even though I know it’s meant for beginners, but that doesn’t necessarily change my opinion) definitely did not make up for that fact.

Within the first week of the year, I discovered the PHB’s ASG page, which was very briefly just a short list of usernames with no pictures. For me (and many others), ASGs were one of the greatest things in Poptropica glitching, and it gave a chance for everyone to get some rares, without some people ‘hoarding’ them. But much, much more than that, it was there on that page that I first commented as HL. It was from there when my real road in the community was paved, and when I first started to walk it.

In March 2016, I went onto the new PHC, on Discord. I was now a regular follower of the PHB, and I went on about five times every day. I made many, many friends on Discord. Sometime in April, my first experience with blogging came along. I noticed the Explore Collect Compete blog, and I asked Mighty Gamer, who was the creator and owner of it, if I could join the blog. Surprisingly, she accepted, and my first ever post I made on a Poptropica blog was made there, about the new Pop map.

Then in May, I made my own underway blog, Happy Lobster’s Poptropica Blog (HLPB). But yet, for another two months, apart from designing the site and creating pages, it was totally inactive.

However, in early July, I invited the original five authors, who all accepted. It’s certainly not the most active blog, but I’m definitely still proud of it. Then in August, my first proper brush with the PHB arrived when I wrote a guest post about alternate realities of Poptropica, along with Shaky Skunk and Tall Cactus.

I am regularly on Discord, Poptropica, the PHB, and a lot of other blogs in the community. My titanic world of Poptropica is ever-growing, and it will for a long time to come. And make sure to friend me!

So that’s it from me. I hope you enjoyed it!

– HL😉

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

When Robinson Crusoe appears beyond Monkey Wrench Island

Hey Poptropicans, what’s popping?

Crusoe’s on Home Island! Okay, it’s not the Crusoe of Monkey Wrench Island – it’s Robinson Crusoe from the new animated movie, The Wild Life (but titled Robinson Crusoe outside the US). There’s an advertisement for it on Poptropica, but only on the mobile app (which you can get here – looks like they’ve updated the promo page for that as well!). (Thanks to Friendly Foot for the tip.)

Anyway, I personally found trying to enter the ad room a bit glitchy – you should be able to enter just by tapping the door entrance, but it took me a few tries of logging out. Sometimes an “Action” button would appear in the bottom corner that you could also tap to enter the room.

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Once you enter, you can head up to the top left corner of the room to play a game where you have 30 seconds to tap on fruit before they get too close (as indicated by their size). If you experience the glitchiness of some fruit not appearing and causing you to lose like I did, try exiting the game and going back to it – that fix worked for me. The prizes for winning are a Carmello Follower (floating chameleon; pressing the Action button makes him camouflage) and Pirate Costume.

In other news, RedRiderYT recently pointed out to us that the online Poptropica Shop is no longer selling the custom Poptropican t-shirts and hoodies. Searching for “Poptropica” on the third party website that made the clothing, TV’s Toy Box, results in a “forbidden” error.

If you have one of these shirts or hoodies, that means it’s now a (real life) rare item! Treasure it, keep it, and wear it proudly. You’ll be missed, Poptropica shirt shop.

Oh and by the way, there’s a new Poptropica tool for customization around, no download required… those who are interested can check it out on the PHB’s Glitching page.🙂

Don’t forget, this weekend is the Closing Ceremony for the PHB Tribal Tournament! It’s going to be a lot of fun, so try to make it if you can! Check out this post for all the details.

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That’s all for now – thanks for popping in, Poptropicans!

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PHB Sneak Peeks: Pets, alternate worlds, and more!

Hey Poptropicans!

While Poptropica remains pretty quiet about what they’re working on, our resident glitcher idk recently uncovered some interesting test scenes behind-the-scenes. Keep in mind, as these are test scenes, there’s no guarantee of whether they’ll appear in game eventually. With that said, let’s take a look!

In this scene, we get a backdrop with a scenic mountain range that features a few platforms and a character you can talk to – who’s accompanied by a cute little blob that may be a pet!

We know from Poptropica that pets will be part of the New Poptropica – and this might be one of them. Or maybe just a prototype. Who knows?

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Here’s another room, named “Air Control Test”. According to idk, the red block shoots your character into the air! Wonder what this could be for. Some skydiving, perhaps?

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There was also this rather empty room, save for a character who offers you something to open a treasure chest. Thanks… matey.

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Moving on, here we have a royally-dressed character who seems to be hinting at something super interesting… the idea of other Poptropicans coming from an alternate “Poptropiverse” (probably meaning Poptropica universe)! Could the Realms theory proposed in an earlier Popspiracy be true?? Hmm… perhaps this will be answered through the Poptropica graphic novels, as book 2 hints!

Finally, idk also uncovered these unused graphics for the Daily Pop which featured a “Challenge of the Day”, although the activity is unknown. Perhaps it was replaced by the flash games section.

Anyway, that’s all for this sneak peeks post! Hope you enjoyed the behind-the-scenes look! Keep poppin’ on, Poptropicans. Have a geisha goodbye, courtesy of Shaky Skunk! 🎎

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To the finish line: coming up, Closing Ceremony!

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Hey Poptropic-athletes, it’s been an energetic month of friendly competition for the PHB Tribal Tournament, but we’re almost to the finish line. This Friday, August 26th, we’ll be wrapping up our Games with a Closing Ceremony where we’ll be announcing the winning tribes for each category and the overall reigning champions, so don’t miss it! Here are the details:

  • 7pm Eastern time (that’s 6pm Central, 5pm Mountain, 4pm Pacific, and for all other time zones, check a time converter). In some parts of the world, it may be Saturday (26th) morning.
  • The party will be on the PHC at discord.me/thePHC – a completely safe chatroom environment where PHB staff and other Poptropicans regularly hang out – with Multiverse, games, and more!
  • Feel free to pop in and out as your schedule permits – you’ll usually find Poptropicans online at this time! Cheer on your tribe, battle against players in Multiverse rooms, and have fun!

As the tournament draws near its end, keep in mind the final day you can compete in our various competitions: Wednesday, August 24! (Some posts originally said the 21st but it’s been extended.)

Be sure to check out how you might like to participate: for example, there’s the Artistic Athletes round, where you can submit Poptropica fan art, written works, fashion, and Realms. Click here for more info.

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The Tribal Thinkers round also ends this Wednesday, August 24. If you haven’t already, check out your tribe’s channel on the PHC and help out your fellow team members with the trivia questions and stolen snapshots we posted earlier! Double-check for mistakes and you could help win more points!

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Finally, there’s the Medal Marathon, where you can earn points for your tribe just by playing through Poptropolis Games Island and sending us your scoreboard – the better your rank, the more points you earn, and you can play as many times as you like! Check out this post for all the details.

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We hope you’ve had a blast competing in these Games and chatting with tribemates and competitors alike on the PHC this month! We hope you can make it to the final party this weekend (see details above), where we’ll be announcing all the winners on the chat. (Don’t worry, we’ll also have a recap of the results here on the PHB – but the best excitement comes live!)

May the best tribe win the glory!

– the PHB tribe reps –

New freebies in the Store: “The Lost Expedition” Edition!

Hey Poptropicans! Something’s popping, and you don’t want to get lost on this expedition!

Remember a couple of weeks ago when we showed you guys some unreleased Poptropica Store items? Well, they’re here! And the best part: THEY’RE FREE! Thanks Creators!🙂

In celebration of the recent release of the second Poptropica graphic novel, The Lost Expedition, Poptropica has released seven awesome items that you can pick up for free at the Store: Amazonian Woman, Loon’s Head Cane, Secret Society Trooper, Shakespeare in Love, Stun Baton, Terror Captain, and White Out. They’re not going to be around forever, so get them while they last!

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What are these strange characters and powers all about? That’s what the new graphic novel, The Lost Expedition, can answer – and at least one PHB author (Brave Tomato) has already taken a look at the book and can definitely recommend it for all Poptropicans!

So… Quick! To the bookstore! Poptropica recently shared this drawing on social media, which they say was made by a Poptropica Creator on a whiteboard at Poptropica’s headquarters.

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Anyway, be sure to pick up your new Store freebies and buy the new graphic novel to support Poptropica if you haven’t already! Keep on poppin’ on, Poptropicans!

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My Place in Poptropica: Friendly Leopard

This is the My Place in Poptropica story of Friendly Leopard, who slowly but surely gained interest in Poptropica through her friends. See the bottom of this post for details on sending in your own MPIP!

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2010-2011 | My Parents’ Friend’s Kid

I first found Poptropica through my parents’ friend’s kid. That day, my parents invited friends over to celebrate Christmas Eve, and their friends happened to bring their kid along. As we always did, during gatherings, we turned on the computer and I let her play whatever she wanted (since I was the kind of kid who watched TV more than played games). She immediately logged into Poptropica and started playing.

She also created my first Poptropica account for me: Creepy Popper. She then helped me complete my first island, Reality TV Island. Naive as I was, I actually thought Reality TV was the only island that was fun to play, since the other islands were about stories and adventuring, and Reality TV had many mini-games. After a while, I got bored of Poptropica and abandoned my account.

For a few years after that, I didn’t play Poptropica much. I did return once in a while, but most of the time it was just to replay Reality TV island, which I usually left after a short while.

2014 | Other Islands Are Fun, Too

During December 2014, I returned to Poptropica after wondering how the islands are completed, which was the time when I saw the person who introduced Poptropica to me play Wimpy Wonderland Island. I wondered if perhaps adventuring virtually could be fun too.

I also created a second Poptropica account, Friendly Leopard, because I thought the first account had a terrible name, and I wanted to start over. So I, of course, played Reality TV again, but this time I moved onto several other islands like Shark Tooth Island and Wimpy Boardwalk Island. It was all well, and I had a wonderful time. My favourite island at that time was Lunar Colony because I loved how it explored alien life.

Then I came to Astro-Knights. I took very long just to make it to the boss battle, and many parts like the helicopter guy took very long for me to beat, and the boss battle was so frustratingly difficult. Because I couldn’t beat Mordred at the end, I abandoned Poptropica again.

2015 | If They Can, So Can I

That year, I met a girl in real life who also played Poptropica. Her Poptropican name is Cheerful Joker. She was an avid Poptropica fan, and kept bugging me to give her my Poptropica username, which I refused at first because I had already abandoned the game. Eventually, I gave in. This friend loved Poptropica very much, and slowly my interest in the game was sparked again.

I went back to Poptropica and began the long journey of completing Poptropica islands, including having to face Astro-Knights again. My motivation was that if Cheerful Joker and Cheerful Fox (another good friend of mine) could do it, I could too. Cheerful Joker also introduced me to the PHB, which I frequently used, along with Thinknoodles, to help with completion of islands.

Soon I only had Nabooti and Red Dragon Island left, which I could not complete because membership was required (I had already done the other sponsored islands before they were locked up for members only). My gaming skills also got better, so islands that once gave me such difficulty, like Astro-Knights, were no biggie anymore.

This was also the year I begun to buy lots of virtual clothing, which I mixed and matched to form costumes of various anime characters (an example is one of my accounts with the username kanadetachibanaa, who is dressed as Kanade from the anime Angel Beats).

2016 | Now an Avid Fan

In 2016, one of my friends, Grey Hippo, also joined Poptropica. However, she isn’t playing it now because of her parents’ disapproval and their expectations on her grades.

Red Dragon Island was also finally re-released to the public, so I finished that, and now I only have Nabooti left to complete. I am still waiting for it to be released… someday. I still check the PHB for updates, and am excitedly waiting for the next Poptropica island. And that is how I transformed, from a girl who didn’t care about games to becoming an avid fan of Poptropica!

Overall, my journey as a Poptropica player has gone on for many years, and over time I was able to find out why so many people loved Poptropica — their fun and exciting virtual adventures, evil and cute villains (like Dr Hare), their crazily interesting followers and their cute costumes! Honestly, deciding to rejoin the Poptropican fandom was never a regret of mine.

P.S. Now, I also want to give a tip to people who’ve just started playing Poptropica: play easier islands first to increase your gaming skills. This way, hard islands won’t be as much of a problem anymore. I promise. At least, it was to me.

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

Popspiracy: Conflicting Islands, Time, and the Blimp

(This is a guest post by Happyhappy760, a PHB reader here to share some Poptropica thoughts. Keep in mind that what she presents is only theory, not to be taken as fact. If you have a Popspiracy, see below for details on guest posting! Enjoy! –SlantedFish)

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Hey guys, it’s Happyhappy760 here, and some of you may of seen me from the PHC or around the PHB comments section. Please don’t visit my blog. (It’s dead.)

Anyway, I’m sure that all of us sometime or another have visited these particular islands: Time Tangled, Monkey Wrench, and Early Pop. Now, there’s something in common between all these islands… Guess!

They all play a part in the beginning of Poptropica! (If you got that wrong, wamp, wamp, waaamp. Unless you found another thing in common. But that’s not what we’re talking about.) Monkey Wrench Island shows how the blimp was made, Early Poptropica shows were Poptropica all began, and Time Tangled allows you to go back in time to before Poptropica was created.

Part 1: The Conflicting Timeline of Islands

So, you may be thinking,”Happy, you need to tell us what this is about!!” Okay, I’ll tell you. This is where everything comes together. First, think about the islands and time. Think back to when there were like, three islands. (Ahh, the good old days… sorta.) There was NO Monkey Wrench.

We started with Early Pop, with no blimp at first, but the blimp later appeared when other islands showed up. The pilgrims settled down in Ameri– ahem, Poptropica. But in Monkey Wrench, the monkeys make the blimp.

Then in Time Tangled, you go back before Early Pop began. And Early Pop started in 1982, according to the pilgrims’ sign! In Time Tangled, Leonardo Da Vinci was born in 1452. According to the Shark Tooth museum, Professor Hammerhead died at 77! 1982 was NOT 77 years ago! (Although at some point it will be. But right now, it’s not.) So if all these timelines are getting mixed up, Poptropica is basically one big Time Tangled Island! But… there’s a catch.

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Part 2: The Blimp is a Time Machine, and Poptropica was established as an entity following the existences of ancient world civilizations.

The blimp. It could be a time machine in itself! It allows you to go to different times! Even in Poptropica’s earlier days, you had the blimp, but what if you were from the future, and the blimp took you back in time?! As Poptropica evolved into more and more islands, and SUIs, your blimp made its way back to the future! In the future, where it came from, Monkey Wrench Island was there, and maybe that’s where the blimp came from.

Now, notice how Time Tangled goes back in time before Poptropica’s settlers settled down (when you use the mini time device to travel to ancient civilizations). But look at real world events, people! There were people in ancient civilizations before America became a country! It could be the same with Poptropica! (Just that Poptropica sort of replicated real world events.)

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Also, maybe the reason you didn’t use your blimp to get around Time Tangled Island is just because it’s an island. It’s too big to fit in the lab, and it’s too big to take back to certain times. Besides, if you took it back to those other time periods, some Poptropicans would think it was an enemy spirit or something, and destroy it. Then how would you get to the different islands?

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Part 3: Crusoe and the Grecian warrior on Shark Tooth

And remember that warrior on Shark Tooth? Maybe Crusoe from Monkey Wrench is his descendant! ‘Cause what if the warrior hung onto your blimp and follow you to Shark Tooth?

I’m sorry, that doesn’t make sense. Kind of. But we don’t know where Crusoe went after we landed on Home Island. Maybe he went to Shark Tooth (he does have that jungle aesthetic) and settled there. So… yeah. I’m getting ahead of myself.

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(My Photoshop paint job. It could be worse! :P)

But there’s one thing I can’t figure out… If the Early Pop pilgrims are the earliest settlers of Poptropica, then who are these guys who supposedly come before their time?

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If you can figure this one out, good for you. But that’s my Popspiracy, and I hope you enjoyed!

~Happyhappy760

P.S. Don’t forget to be happy.

Share your Pop conspiracies in the comments or on the PHC – we’d love to hear them. If you’d like to develop it into a full guest post like this one, contact the PHB (minimum 500 words). Stay popping!