PHB Special: Over the Garden Wall

Hey Poptropicans! Hop over the garden wall with me, it’s time for another PHB Special!

For fans of the Cartoon Network mini-series Over the Garden Wall, I hope you like this little Poptropica crossover featuring the main adventurers, Greg and Wirt! If you like their Poptropica costumes, you can use the ASGs below or read further for how to get their costumes.

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(If you’re not familiar with ASGs, see our Avatar Studio Gift page.)

GREG (ASG: otgwGreg)

There may not be a teapot you can wear on your head yet, but the Braised Basher’s mug-hat comes pretty close, and you can get it with the WKF_ASG_BraisedBasher ASG or the costume on the Poptropica app’s Store (but not online). Greg’s adorable green overalls come from Ned Noodlehead on Super Power Island, and his satchel comes from Octavian on Mystery of the Map.

For the whole package, just ASG otgwGreg!

WIRT (ASG: otgwWirt)

Wirt’s costume is actually pretty simple. The pointed red hat may not be all that pointed, but at least its fits the head snugly – and you can grab it off a guy from the Mali Empire on Time Tangled Island. As for the navy blue button-up, you can find it on Captain Boomer on SOS Island.

For the entire ensemble, just ASG otgwWirt!

There you have it! If you’ve never heard of Over the Garden Wall, it’s a cute animated series that can be completed in less than two hours, and it’s about two boys lost in the woods – it’s a good show for all ages, and one that we recommend here at the PHB!

Anyway, that concludes this little OTGW x Poptropica crossover! Off into the unknown we go!

My Place in Poptropica: Quiet Hero

This is the My Place in Poptropica story of Quiet Hero (Chloe), who saw classmates play Pop and made a good friend by helping him out. See the bottom of this post for details on sending in your own MPIP!

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2010 | Introduction

I was in second grade when, during free time, I saw a few boys playing this cool-looking game called Poptropica so I went home and searched it up. After that, I was hooked. Since this was so long ago, I honestly forget a lot of what I did but I remember that the first island I played was Spy Island which I loved. I also played Counterfeit Island, as that was the one the boys had been playing.

Before long, I had completed all fourteen or so islands, and every time a new one came out, I completed that too. I remember spending months on Skullduggery Island, trying to figure out the trading! I also remember struggling to complete the ‘hard’ mini games on Astro-Knights and rage-quitting multiple times, haha. I remember wanting to smack Betty Jetty after trying to defeat her dozens of times!

2011 – 2012 | Still Loving It, and Helping a Friend

I remained active with Poptropica for a few years, being so excited every time a new island came out. My favourites were Mystery Train and Cryptids. My avatar had this Gamer Girl costume which I loved so much for some reason. Poptropica was this place I could go when I was feeling sad and it was so much fun finding all the interesting plots and funny characters. Around this time, I also started playing a lot of other multiplayer games such as Club Penguin, Panfu, and Animal Jam.

I remember this boy with learning difficulties in my fourth grade class who got to play Poptropica instead of do the work sometimes (lucky!), and one time during lunch he was stuck on Astro-Knights Island so I told him that you had to move the hay bales and use the rat on the owl, etc. During class he would ask me to help him, and I was allowed to, since I usually finished the work early, then played Poptropica with this kid. He became a pretty good friend of mine until I left the school at the end of fourth grade.

2013 – 2015 | Not Playing as Much

I started to stop playing Poptropica as frequently since I grew out of it a bit and started to focus more on school and other priorities. Every now and then I would play through a few of my favourite islands as a new player without a login (I had forgotten my old account’s password!) just for the fun of it. But in this time, it wasn’t really a big part of my life anymore.

2016 – present | Making a New Account

My old account was loooong forgotten, but a few months ago I decided to make a new one and have some fun playing around with the islands. I rediscovered the PHB, which I used to read all the time for island guides, funny facts and cool things about Poptropica. I now read it regularly and am about half of the way through completing all of the islands (still can’t get past Betty Jetty lol).

I love Poptropica and how it appeals for all ages and it’s a really fun thing to do in my spare time. On another note, as you can see, my outfit now is a cross between the princess and the ninja which I totally love! To me it represents a cross between girly and strong. My username is calantharose if you would like to add me. Anyway, hope you enjoyed my story!

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 Poptropica Help Blog

#PoptropicaArt Facebook finalists and PHB happenings!

Hey Poptropicans!

The #PoptropicaArt contest (details here!) continues on in full swing, and just recently on the Creators’ Blog, Skinny Moon posted the second round of finalists, this time pulling entries from Facebook. (The first round of finalists can be viewed here.)

Among the entries, we see works by Orange Monster, Mia G., Yuan V., Kayla V., three pieces by Maryann P., and three more by Tiger35767. Congratulations to the artists! Check out the art below!

Don’t worry if your art hasn’t been featured yet – Poptropica promises to feature lots more art over the upcoming weeks. For the next round of finalists, they’ll be looking to Instagram!

There’s still plenty of time left to create something for the contest, which ends September 5th. To enter, just post your art on either Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with the hashtag #PoptropicaArt (or ask an adult or another Poptropican if you don’t have access to any). Full contest rules are here.

I’d also like to mention a quick site update – you may recall earlier when we implemented some fun updates to the PHB. Unfortunately, some of these have had to go – but perhaps not completely!

While the new features were generally well received, there were unfortunately a few technical difficulties regarding the change that have led to us recently switching back to WordPress.com, our original server. As a result, we’ve had to let go of a few features (such as the Art gallery and Forums) because they’re not supported on WP.com.

Although we’re sad to see them go, we hope you enjoyed them while they lasted. If you did, then we have a couple of recommendations for you: the We-Love-Poptropica DeviantArt group is where the art comes from, and it’s a community full of Poptropica fan artists, including many of the PHB staff!

Also, if you liked the forums, we hope you’ll check out and participate in our PoptropicaHelp subreddit, where you can submit all sorts of Poptropica things (art, theories, stories, the list goes on!) and share your thoughts on topics started by other Poptropicans. We even recently added flairs for you to show off your tribe allegiance! It’s quick and easy to get started with a Reddit account.

Speaking of art, here at the PHB we’re also doing a little art contest of our own as part of the Tribal Tournament we have going on this month! Check out this post for more information about the Artistic Athletes round. There’s still time to enter (until August 21), so compete while you have the chance!

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Plus, keep an eye out next week for our final Tribal Tournament challenge.😉

Stay popping, Poptropicans!

Common Room Glitch: Forced Battles

(Hey Poptropicans! This is a guest post written by Perfect Sky, a Poptropica player who’s also quite active in the community. She’s here to share a cool common room glitch – enjoy!)

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Hey everyone, it’s Perfect Sky! So as some of you may know, I’ve been an active Poptropica player since early 2008. And with all those years of playing, I’ve picked up on several different glitches.

But over time, most of the glitches I knew of were shared and became pretty well known in the community… besides one! The one I’m about to share with you a pretty cool battle glitch that I discovered back in 2011, and I’ve been using it all the time ever since! Very useful if you like hanging out in common rooms. So, let’s begin!

Have you ever seen someone in a common room that you just really want to battle? Whether it’s because they have a high rank, or maybe you just thought they looked familiar and wanted to battle them again. But when you ask them for the game, they say no. And after asking for every single battle on the list… rejected! Always rejected!

I can’t be the only one this happens to, right? And of course, there are the times where the Poptropican you want to battle is just “busy.” Well guess what? There’s actually an easy solution to this!

The steps are very simple. All you have to do is ask a different player for the battle, then immediately click on your desired opponent before the first player responds.

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And if the first player says yes, you’ll find yourself in the battle with the player you clicked on after!

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But this glitch only takes the other player to the instructions page, so they could just close the battle before starting. So you may be wondering, does this usually work? Well, let’s take a look at player two’s point of view! There are a couple main reasons why another Poptropican may not want to battle you:

  1. Your rank is too high.
  2. You just beat them in a previous battle.
  3. They are “busy”.

Fortunately, with this glitch, the other player has no idea who’s on the other end of the battle when the start screen appears. So if a high rank or a previous defeat was causing them to turn down your battles, that won’t matter! The other player will have no idea who the opponent is until after clicking “start.”

And if they close out of the battle after starting and seeing who they’re up against, then who cares? You still get another win adding to your game stats while the other player gets a lose, so who’s the real winner here? However, if the other player is busy, don’t be surprised if there is no response. Sometimes when a player is busy, they’re AFK (away from keyboard) and totally ignoring the game.

Now remember, this could get a little suspicious if you use it a bunch of times to battle the same player. So I would recommend that you don’t try to force battles with the same person more than a few times. Also, try not to ask them a million times before using the glitch, because they might become suspicious of you when a random battle suddenly appears on their screen. But after years of using this glitch, I can tell you that most of the time, the other player will accept the battle.

So you may be wondering, “What if someone uses this glitch on me, and I don’t know who they are until after clicking start?” Just click the back arrow, and you can leave the page without gaining a lose to your stats.

Well, that’s all for my little glitch. I hope you all like it and find some opportunities to use it!

Hope you enjoyed this guest post by Perfect Sky!

The PHB welcomes guest posting from anyone in our community if you have something to share, whether it be sneak peeks, My Place in Poptropica stories, or any other ideas you might have. We also encourage sharing on our subreddit and the PHC.

If you have an idea for a guest post, send it in to staff@poptropicahelp.net:)

Popspiracy: The Origin of Poptropica

(This is a guest post by Happy Lobster, Shaky Skunk, and Tall Cactus, PHB readers here to share some Poptropica thoughts. Keep in mind that what they present 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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What’s popping, Poptropicans? Happy Lobster, Shaky Skunk and Tall Cactus here, and today we’re going to be sharing our mega theories about the origins of Poptropica. HL and Shaky were writing separate theories for the PHB, but since they were both similar, they decided to combine the posts together. Then Tall Cactus wanted to help, since she’s basically the queen of theories. Well, that being said, let’s get started!

The Realms Theory

Hey there, it’s HL here with an immense Popspiracy that I’m surprised no-one has brought up before. You may know me from Discord, the Forums, the comments of PHB posts and the blogs I work on, which includes my blog, HLPB, and the others I work on: PSB, ECC and Clawtropica. Usually, I’d save things like this just for the blogs I actually work on, but as I said before, it’s immense. Mind-blowing. Tremendous. Everyone should know about it. So, let’s get started! Just make sure that you ain’t feeling sleepy right now, because this Popspiracy has about 900 words.

To begin with, my Popspiracy is about… Poptropica. And not a particular concept in the game, but the concept of itself. It delves deeper and deeper into the roots of Poptropica, revealing its greatest secret. The true origin of Poptropica, whereas Shaky will describe each possible aspect of the beginning. This does follow the amazing theories of Poptropica by both Koi and Purple Claw. So just to sum things up, Koi’s theory was about the fact that Poptropicans are possibly descended from aliens, and Purple Claw’s theory was about the fact that Poptropica could possibly be one of the bubble-like orbs we see when we visit the realm of… well, Realms. Feel free to probe deeper into these theories via the links if you want to see the exact foundations of these theories.

So with that out of the way, my question is: Why, when a new Poptropican is born, is it that they enter a world that is exactly the equivalent of all other Poptropicans’ worlds, with the same characters, landscapes, and quests, and yet Poptropicans never encounter each other (apart from Multiverses) in the same world?

The answer isn’t simple. But let’s walk the road that’ll lead to the ultimate answer. Firstly, as PC says, the general world of Poptropica is a Realm. Poptropica isn’t endless, like the other Realms, but it is ever-expanding, and it’s probably as large – if not even larger – than the space in each Realm we’ve bothered to explore.

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So what if – there are multiple, individual Realms of Poptropica? Read on to hear our ideas!

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PHB Tribal Tournament: Artistic Athletes!

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“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival,” penned the writer C.S. Lewis. And indeed – for this next round in the PHB Tribal Tournament, we’re now calling on the artists to bring value to survive in these games. Read on for the details!

If you are new to the PHB Tribal Tournament, please read up on the event details here so that you’re all caught up. If you have questions, comment below!

This next round of the tourney is called Artistic Athletes, and we’re going to be looking for your best Poptropica art, which comes in several categories:

  • Visual art! Draw or paint your best Poptropica fan art.
  • Fan fiction! Write the next great Poptropica novel, tribe cheer, short story, poem, screenplay, or other written masterpieces!
  • Fashion! Put together a stunningly stylish summer outfit for the Games! Tell us the username and/or take a screenshot of the character.
  • Realms! Create your own games stadium or other work of athletic art with Poptropica Realms!

You may submit a creation you’ve made before, but extra consideration will be given to entries that are tribe-themed or related to the Poptropolis Games, so we recommend that you try to match that theme. You can enter as many times into as many categories as you like to increase your chances of being selected.

To enter your work, you can either post in your tribe’s channel on the PHC (as we have been doing with the other rounds of the tournament), tweet us on Twitter @Poptropica_Help with the tribe you’re representing, or email us at staff@poptropicahelp.net (again, with the name of your tribe). You have until August 21 24 (extended time!) to enter!

Now about earning points! How this works is this:

  • The representative of each tribe (one of the eight PHB staff) will go through all the entries for their tribe and select what they feel is the top choice for each of the four categories.
  • The selections will then be brought up to all the PHB staff, who will each rank every selected entry – except from their own tribe, to eliminate bias – from what they feel is the strongest to least strong. If your tribe has no entries for any category, then sorry – you won’t earn points for that category, so your best bet is to enter something!
  • After each tribe rep has voted, we’ll count up the place numbers each selected entry has received, with the smallest score being the top (for example, if a piece wins multiple “1” (first) places, it has a smaller total score but has been voted higher). From there, the first place piece in each category will receive 8 points, second will receive 7 points, and so on down the line.

Also, here’s an animation I made (of the PHB tribe reps working out) to inspire you guys to participate in the Tribal Tournament, particularly for this creative round! Game on, Poptropicans!

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Don’t forget, you can still earn points for your tribe by joining in the Medal Marathon, all the way through August 24! Check out the original Tribal Tournament post for details.

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We’ve been getting lots of enthusiasm on the PHC about the tribe tournament, which is awesome – keep it up, and join in if you haven’t already! We’re also excited to see your art, so get creative!😀

Brush up on those skills and show us what you’ve got!

– the PHB tribe reps –

Recap: PHB Tribal Tournament – Opening Ceremony!

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Ladies and gentlemen, the Poptropica Help Blog presents… the PHB Tribal Tournament!

And here come the tribes now! Bravely brandishing her black flag, the dread pirate Brave Tomato waves to the crowd, leading a few of her fellow Black Flags into the ceremony. Don’t you dare throw a tomato.

Then comes the captain of the Flying Squid, Slanted Fish, guiding her school of fish in the procession. She reaches for an arrow and lights up the flame of the Games!

We couldn’t have televised these grand events without our technical support – here come the Nanobots now, led by the fearless Spotted Dragon, and down the track they march!

Once night falls, you may see more of them, but next come the Nightcrawlers, with HPuterpop at the forefront while the rest of the team crawls on by!

They surely aren’t lost – the Pathfinders know where it’s at, because they’ve arrived right on time, carefully calculating every step with their golden compasses and making their leader Koi proud!

Descending from the heavens now are the Seraphim, with archangel Ylimegirl proudly directing her fellow tribesmates as they fly into flawless formation. A majestic sight to behold!

Fwooom! The Poptropolis inferno is further ignited as the Wildfire team arrives, blazing the flames to new heights! It’s totally lit, and they know it, with feisty skipper Slippery Raptor leading the cheer: “What team?!” “WILDFIRE!”

Finally, finishing the procession we have the Yellowjackets, with bee king Ultimate iPad Expert leading his colony. They sure know what the buzz is all about!

And that’s all eight Tribes of the Tribal Tournament! Give a cheer for your team!!

Earlier this week, we invited everyone to attend the Opening Ceremony of our Tribal Tournament, and were pumped to see many of you there! You can check out the recap picture above to see some of the highlights, which included Multiverse game battles, dressing up in cool tribe hats and other spirited gear, and of course, having fun on the PHC! Thanks to Ylimegirl and WimpyKidFan for their contributions to the collage, and thanks to all who came and played! Hope you enjoyed the Rio 2016 Olympics opening ceremony later that day as well – which country are you rooting for?😉

The Tribal Tournament continues in full swing, and remember, you can keep earning points for your tribe by playing through Poptropolis Games Island and uploading a screenshot of your final scoreboard (as many times as you can!) either via the PHC (on your tribe channel) or this form (if you can’t get on the PHC). We’re not revealing scores until the end, but for now, these are the tribes in the lead:

  1. Seraphim 👼
  2. Yellowjackets 🐝
  3. Pathfinders 🔦

Congratulations if your tribe is among the top three! If not – it’s time to step up your game!

Start with the Medal Marathon (more details in our original post), and look forward to more tribal competitions coming soon!

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Get competing, and of course, enjoy the epic Poptropolis Games music!

My Place in Poptropica: Popular Singer

This is the My Place in Poptropica story of Popular Singer, who has been playing Pop on-and-off since 7th grade and is now in college. See the bottom of this post for details on sending in your own MPIP!

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2010–2011 | Discovering and Rediscovering Poptropica

Once upon a time I was playing online games at my best friend’s house. I believe I was in 7th grade, and I was watching my friend play a new game I had never seen before. What I saw surprised me: the character’s heads could pop off!!! I noticed the name of the game was Poptropica. I thought “Well, that makes a lot of sense!”

My friend explained to me that there were quests on different islands that your character could complete. She was playing Counterfeit Island, and was at the part where players have to go up onto the forklift to defeat the Black Widow (the hardest part of the game, am I right?). I remember creating an account and playing around with the game after that, but I did not continue to play after I left her house. My character’s name was something to do with ‘Moose’.

The next year, I was at another friend’s house because my parents were out of town. We had two hours of computer time per day, and my friends decided to play Poptropica. Since I couldn’t remember my login information, I created a new account, which is my current character Popular Singer. I did not even pay attention to the name generator, so I’m relieved I got a good one. The first island that my friends and I completed was Red Dragon Island. I love the Magic Tree House book series, so of course I had to finish it first. From there I went on to complete Counterfeit Island, since I’d been introduced to it before.

2012–2013 | Meeting Friends and Completing Islands

During this time, I started adding friends and finishing islands on weekends after my homework was completed. This was also during my goth phase, so I remember my costume saver being filled with bats, skulls, fangs, purple, and black. I also became obsessed with the hair dye on 24 Carrot Island, so it was not a surprise to see me with purple or blue hair at times.

Some of the islands I completed during this time were 24 Carrot Island, Shark Tooth Island, and Night Watch Island. I started watching walkthrough videos on YouTube, and through this, I discovered PHB. I visited quite frequently, but I haven’t commented in a while. I definitely need to change that!

2014–2015 | Exploring, and Taking a Hiatus

In 2014, I bought the Popstar outfit from the Store, which has sort of become my character’s trademark outfit. Before this, I wore a red and black dress and carried a staff. I worked on some of the newer islands, but with high school overwhelming me, I didn’t play much for nearly a year.

Then in 2015 I got back into Poptropica, and was excited about the new bigger screen updates and sound. I also downloaded the Poptropica app, which turned out to be a disappointment because I found it to be glitchy. I did finish Time Tangled Island on it, though. My character on the app was Mysterious Fox until my phone broke and I had to re-download it onto my new one.

I also had fun testing out Poptropica Realms. Here’s a sign I’d been on Poptropica for too long in one sitting: I was really tired of the movie Frozen, and ended up making Elsa’s dungeon in the snowy biome with Elsa as evil.

2016–present | Back in Business

I have a Windows tablet now, and I’ve been obsessed with playing Poptropica on a touch screen. I have pretty much finished all the new islands and I’m going back to the older islands now. Since I’m in college, I don’t have as much time to play, but it’s also the only virtual world I play on now, so it’s always my first go-to when I’m looking for something to play. I’m looking forward to the New Pop later this year! My username is cindy47b if you ever want to friend 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 Poptropica Help Blog

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