The new theater showings may make you fidget more…

Hey Poptropicans! First of all: Happy Easter! 🐣🐣 Poptropica Worlds has yet to be risen, but in the meantime, the Movie Theater is here to be resurrected from your forgotten memories…

We’ll get to the news after Poptropica’s Easter bunny, Dr. Hare, does his hoopy dance. 🐇

Preludes are ridonkulous and I should just get to the point? Okay, okay…

The Movie Theater on Home Island (both online and on the mobile app) has been updated with some new videos, including the following (as noted on the Creators’ Blog):

  • 😎 Schaeffer McLean — See this 12-year-old skateboarder go on awesome adventures
  • 😁 Batman Unlimited — Watch as Batman swings into action to save Gotham City
  • 🤓 eScape — Check out this science fiction, video game-based adventure
  • 😂 Fidgetmore —  Giggle with this animated series starring Fidgetmore School’s teenagers

There is something else that they haven’t mentioned: each video is now preluded by a 15-second ad for the Nickelodeon series Hunter Street, and there doesn’t seem to be a way to escape it. It’s unnecessary to see it over and over again, and I strongly urge Poptropica to change this so it doesn’t need to be viewed more than once.

The lineup for the theater videos has also changed a little, with the Types of Teachers one at the forefront, and it no longer autoplays (although the prelude ad does). This is an improvement from the PHB’s last post about the theater, and I even mentioned that being one of the better videos, so it’s great to see that recognized! However, I still hope to see more improvement with regards to categorization of the videos to make it easier to find something tailored to each person’s tastes and demographic.

Anyway, what do you think of the new videos and changes to the theater? What kinds of videos would you like to see? Comment here with your thoughts! The Creators like hearing feedback from the players, so remember that your input matters. 😉

Stay popping!

–🐠

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My Place in Poptropica: Torterrified

This is the My Place in Poptropica story of Torterrified, or Hyper Eel, who has had a Poptropica song stuck in her head for years, has been playing on and off, and now has her own Poptropica blogSee below for how to send in your own MPIP!

2007 | Poptropica Party

It all started at my best friend’s birthday party. All of my friends were surrounding the desktop playing Poptropica, but I was playing Pokémon Diamond. They told me to come check it out, so I did, but I thought it looked stupid. The only game on the computer I was interested in at the time was Club Penguin.

But since I had nobody to play with, I decided to just give it a try. I sat down and made an account by the name of Scary Peanut, who had unkempt hair and buck teeth. I giggled at how ridiculous she looked, and since I didn’t know how to change it, I jumped straight into the blimp.

I landed on Early Poptropica and found all the missing items, but I didn’t know you had to talk to the NPCs at the end, so I exited the game without saving my account.

Then I forgot about it… until a few years later.

2010–2014 | Reignited

I had lost interest in Poptropica after that day, but that changed when I saw saw someone at school playing Wimpy Wonderland Island.

At the time, Diary of a Wimpy Kid was one of my favourite book series. Feeling inspired, I logged back into my Scary Peanut account, and this time, I completed all the islands. I finally figured out how to finish Early Poptropica, too!

Yet, even after finishing all the islands and getting a membership, I still felt… bored. Less people were in the common rooms, and islands were taking more time than usual to come out. But I didn’t want to give up on this game just yet.

So I entered ‘Poptropica’ into my search bar to see if there was anything left to do, and that’s when I saw it: the Poptropica Help Blog. I clicked the link and was amazed. From that moment on, I’d check this website every day, and even joined the PHC Xat and met some awesome people, who I’m still friends with to this day. 😉

I was in the community for a few years back then, until the arrival of SUIs (sound-updated islands). I wasn’t a fan of the bigger screens, music and glitchy controls, so I decided to quit. Still, there was always this weird feeling in the back of my head.

2017 | Nostalgia

I realised that the weird feeling was a song. I had no idea where it was from, but I remembered a few notes from it. I spent months looking through soundtracks of all the games I played as a kid until I finally remembered: it was from Poptropica!

Wanting to get back into the game, I quickly registered an account with the name Hyper Eel, with the username Torterrified. I was shocked to see that Poptropica would soon turn into Poptropica Worlds. Nonetheless, I played through every island until I finally found the song: it was Fiona’s violin melody from Ghost Story Island. I admit, I nearly cried. This song has held a special place in my heart for years now.

I’ve also recently decided to pick up Poptropica blogging. You can check out my site here: hypereelspoptropicablog.wordpress.com. Thanks for reading!

Hope you enjoyed this “My Place in Poptropica” story!

If you haven’t already, we invite you 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). If you send in your story, we will continue to post new community MPIPs!

~the Poptropica Help Blog

Poptropica Book 3: The Secret Society is Unveiled!

Hey Poptropicans! Slanted Fish here, and the time has come for The Secret Society of Poptropica to be unveiled! Just what are they up to with their complex compass tattoos and their capturing of Jorge, Mya, and Oliver?

Find out in Poptropica: The Secret Society, the third book in the graphic novel series, which has just dropped! You can now get it in stores, on a mobile device, or, if you’ve pre-ordered it, it should soon be sent to your address. Look out for the bright green!

(picture credit: Daniel Lazar, @DanLazarAgent on Twitter)

If you’re buying it on Amazon (which ships worldwide), the current price for the book is US$7.51, not including shipping, and pricing in digital formats may vary.

Anyway, it’s super exciting to see the book finally released, as I’m sure a lot of hard work went into planning, creating, and publicizing such a big project! I, along with others on the PHB team, hope to have the chance to read it soon, and we’ll let you guys know what we think right here on the blog. (Yes, it’s a middle-grade book, but Poptropica fans of all ages should be excited!)

Over on the Creators’ Blog, Captain Crawfish went ahead and “interviewed” the book’s author, Mitch Krpata, “by phone.” Or is he interviewing himself… since Mitch is probably Captain Crawfish?? Hmmm. In case you missed it, Mitch also did an interview with the PHB earlier, which you can read over here! (#ShamelessPlug)

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Anyway, you can read the full CC vs. MK interview on the Creators’ Blog, but I’ll include some of the more interesting parts below.

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About The Secret Society

CC: Obviously we don’t want to spoil the story for readers, but what will be different about this book? How have the kids changed?

MK: The Secret Society explains more about the history and purpose of Poptropica. It also starts to pit the kids against each other a little bit. As they learn more about the mysterious organization, they find themselves disagreeing about the group’s motives and actions. There’s still a ton of action and peril, but now there’s tension between the kids about the right way and the wrong way to do things. The Lost Expedition was more of a pure survival story.

CC: Speaking of which, what about Captain Franklin and the crew of the HMS Terror? What happened to them?

MK: [diabolical laughter, devolving into a coughing fit]

…and there’s even a little something about Poptropica Worlds!

CC: Switching gears a bit. Poptropica players are on the edge of their seats waiting to play Poptropica Worlds. You’ve been hard at work on it. What can you tell us about it?

[…]

MK: We’ve still got big island quests with lots of characters, challenges, and plot twists. That hasn’t changed. But now we’ve got new features that make the quests more accessible to new players and that help returning players get back up to speed. The islands aren’t necessarily easier, but we’re giving players more tools to finish them.

Plus, we’re building tons of new stuff from the ground up, including a lot of things that Poptropicans have been requesting for years — like your own customizable house. It’s a brand-new game that is still unmistakably Poptropica.

And now for the Q&A we’ve all been waiting for…

CC: When can we expect to play Poptropica Worlds?

MK: What’s that? Couldn’t hear you. Bad connection.

Thanks, guys. 😂 I think we’ve figured that one out.

Read the rest of the wonderfully humorous interview here!

That’s not all! Poptropica is also doing a giveaway to celebrate, in which one lucky random winner will win all 3 Poptropica graphic novels, plus a 3-month Poptropica membership!

To enter, just head over to their Facebook page (@OfficialPoptropica) and click on the “Giveaway” tab on the left. Then, click the buttons to visit Poptropica on their various social networks for chances to enter up to 5 times. If you don’t have a Facebook, you can ask a parent or someone you know to help you enter.

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The giveaway ends next Monday, April 17, at midnight ET. Good luck to all! 🙂

Congratulations to Mitch Krpata, Kory Merritt (the illustrator), and the rest of the Poptropica team on the book launch! 📗📕📘

Poptropicans, have you read The Secret Society yet or have plans to pick it up soon? Let us know in the comments what you think of the latest book!

Stay popping!

–🐠

An Interview with Mitch Krpata (Captain Crawfish)

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Hey Poptropicans! Get ready for the biggest scallywag of the Poptropican seas to drop in on the PHB: Captain Crawfish – or as he’s also known in the real world – Mitch Krpata!

As you may know, the release of the penultimate book #3 of the Poptropica graphic novel series, The Secret Society, is coming up next Tuesday, April 11. At the release of the last book, Poptropica had an interview with the author, Mitch Krpata, asking all sorts of questions about himself, Poptropica, and the graphic novels. Well, we figured we’d continue the tradition, so we contacted Mitch to arrange an interview for the PHB.

And… he agreed! For this interview, we asked him about his job working with Poptropica, since he has been with the team since the beginning. We also took a few questions from some Poptropicans on the PHC, as well as added in some more just for fun. The result is a pretty long, but pretty insightful interview with a guy who knows the ins and outs of creating for Poptropica, that we think you all will enjoy. Check it out.

PART I: ABOUT THE JOB

What are your job title(s)/responsibilities within Poptropica?

My official title now is “Senior Story Developer and Narrative Designer,” which is a mouthful. Usually I just say I’m a writer. Primarily my job is to write the island scripts: the stories, the dialogue, the basic gameplay descriptions. But I write pretty much whatever is needed, whether it’s promotional copy or documents for other companies we’re working with. I also work closely with all of our talented artists and programmers to make sure that we’re all on the same page creatively.

How have your roles shifted while working on Poptropica?

They’ve changed a lot! I was on the team that conceived and created Poptropica starting way back in 2006. Back then, I worked on different websites for our parent company, FEN, and stole a few hours a week to help on Poptropica. As I recall, my main contribution was in helping to lay out Early Poptropica. But as Poptropica took on a life of its own, I went back to working on the other sites for a couple years and not working much on Poptropica anymore.

By 2010, Poptropica had gotten so big that they needed more people on it again, so I got to work on it full time. That was when we were beginning to work on what became the Daily Pop, and the idea was that we would need someone to work on daily editorial content — what became Sneak Peeks and Celebrity Clips and all that. That was also when I started posting on the Creators’ Blog as Captain Crawfish.

Starting in that year, I also began to help more with the islands. My first challenge was to write an outline for Great Pumpkin Island. I guess they liked it, because then I got to help work on the script for Cryptids, and before long I was working with Jeff Kinney to write most of the islands! That’s been my main job since, although I’ve also been fortunate to work on tons of exciting projects, like our books, the Ubisoft games, Friends, walkthrough videos… the list goes on and on.

What skills and education are needed to do your job well?

I like to joke that I’ve done pretty well in life for someone who has no skills. (It’s not a very good joke.) But the truth is that I don’t have a lot of the skills that look great as a line item on a resume, like programming abilities or technical certifications. I am a good writer and a good reader, and I’ve found that one of the most valuable things I can do in this job is translate between different parts of the team. My experience is that people in different disciplines tend to have different ways of talking and thinking about things, and it’s not always easy for them to communicate with someone outside that bubble.

My bachelor’s is in “Writing, Literature, and Publishing,” which is an elaborate way to say that I have an English degree. Even though the liberal arts aren’t as trendy right now as the STEM fields, I think they’re more important than ever. The knowledge you gain from studying literature, history, philosophy, et al., is portable. It’s applicable everywhere. Learning how to think is the most important skill of all.

I’ll get off my soapbox now.

What would you suggest that young Poptropicans aspiring for a similar career do now to prepare themselves?

Two things: consume and produce.

By “consume,” I don’t mean mindless and uncritical consumption. And I definitely don’t mean to spend your whole life doing the same thing, e.g. playing video games, to the exclusion of all else. But if you’re interested in working on something like Poptropica, then my guess is that you’re the type of person who’s interested in a whole lot of things. The best way for most people to engage their curiosity is to read, and to watch movies, and to play video games. You can learn a lot from all of those.

Before your parents get mad at me, remember, I’m not saying you should only do one of those things, and I’m not saying that you should mistake any of them for experiences. You should get outside, you should try new things, and you should spend time with your friends. (You should probably do your homework too). But if you love something, heck, lean into it. How else are you supposed to learn about books if you don’t read? How are you supposed to learn about games if you don’t play?

By “produce,” I mean that you should get started now on whatever it is you want to do later. Do you want to write? Start writing. Get a notebook and a pen, or create a new Word document, and then write. If you want to draw, draw. If you want to make movies, get out your camera and start shooting. If you want to learn to code, google how-tos. Don’t worry about the outcome or whether you’re good enough right away. The only way you’ll learn is by doing.

What makes a person particularly good at what you do?

I read as much as I can, and I try to read a lot of different kinds of things. You never know what might be useful to know later.

What does your daily work look like? Is it different from what most people expect?

My days definitely aren’t routine. Depending on where we are with the projects we’re working on, I could spend the whole day by myself writing, or I could be in all-day meetings where we argue about what to do next. Usually I’m working on a couple of things at a time that are in different stages. With Poptropica Worlds occupying our attention, most of what I’ve been working on has been out in the future. That’s a lot of writing, discussion, and revision.

What are the most significant challenges and/or rewards of working for Poptropica?

We’ve faced a lot of different challenges over the many years I’ve been working on Poptropica. Some have had to do with technology, some have had to do with expectations and behavior of users (and potential users), and some had to do with creative vision. The biggest reward has always been the same, though: the fans who love Poptropica. The blog posts, tweets, and YouTube videos that we see from our fans really motivate us. We still love to hear about people’s reaction to the Jersey Devil!

What kinds of communication skills (written or oral) are needed to succeed in what you do?

Both, for sure. Written communication is more important than ever. Things like Slack have made it a lot easier to stay in contact with people, but they’re so casual that it’s easy to get sloppy. Same for spoken communication — it’s really important to speak clearly and directly. And don’t forget the other half of the equation: it’s crucial to be a good reader and a good listener. That’s something not enough people focus on.

What kinds of technologies do you use in your job? What about your fellow co-workers? Do you see that changing over the next ten years?

I dabble in a few things. It’s helped to know HTML and JavaScript, as well as various content management systems. I use Photoshop and a video capture/editing tool called Camtasia a lot. All of these I’ve had to teach myself, so while I’m not an expert I’ve always been able to figure out how to get things done.

Poptropica was built in Flash, and Poptropica Worlds is being built in Unity, so those are the languages our programmers have had to know. But there are a lot of things outside my pay grade that help run stuff on the back end. The designers tend to work in Illustrator, and they also have to know Unity so that they can import their work for the programmers to use.

No question that the particular technologies will continue to change. That’s why it’s important to be flexible and always be learning.

What kinds of personalities are well-suited for working with the Poptropica team?

Good question. We’re a creative bunch and have a lot of different personality types. One thing that unites everybody who works on Poptropica is an absolute desire to make it great. That is what drives us, and truthfully it’s also what can sometimes cause conflict. We all have strong ideas about the best way to do things. But that’s where some of the best creative energy comes from.

What do you wish you had known or done differently during your career?

I wish I had realized that my fears were, by and large, completely fake. There have been times that I’ve been reluctant to seize opportunities because of the uncertainty, and times I’ve been afraid to stand up for something I believed in just to avoid an argument. As scary as those leaps can be, I’ve found that I rarely regret taking them.

PART II: POPTROPICA’S PLANS & JUST FOR FUN:

Which Poptropica character do you identify with most?

There are a few. I’ve always loved Commander Salerno from Lunar Colony because of her courage and her scientific spirit. The writer Max McPatrick on Mocktropica is loosely based on me. I think more than any other character on Poptropica, I can identify with the guy in the wizard costume on PoptropiCon who keeps getting his money eaten by the vending machines.

Which Poptropica island would you take a vacation on?

Wimpy Boardwalk is the sensible answer. I’d love to visit the Old Japan of Red Dragon Island.

Would you rather travel to the past or the future?

Probably the future, because I assume, despite some evidence to the contrary, that things are getting better overall. There are certainly things in the past that would be cool to check out, plus there’s the whole “make a killing on the stock market and sports betting” angle. But I’d be more curious to see what the future is like.

What’s one (minor) decision that almost changed an entire island?

I’m not sure if I have an answer for this exact question. I can tell you a few examples of big changes that were made to islands deep into development. Counterfeit Island originally had a much different storyline involving clowns and mimes. (That’s why that clown is still standing on the roof in one of the scenes.) We re-designed almost all of Twisted Thicket under a tight deadline because we wanted it to be more menacing. And I pushed for the ship on S.O.S. Island to sink in real time, and let players rescue the crew in any order, or fail to rescue some of them. Probably for the best that we didn’t do that last part.

If you could pick where Pop headquarters is located, would you want it to stay in Boston or a different area? How is it in Boston?

I love Boston. I grew up here, went to school here, and have lived and worked here my entire career. They’d have to drag me kicking and screaming somewhere else.

How do you come up with ideas for islands and characters? What do you do with unused ideas?

Ideas are everywhere. Coming up with them is easy; seeing them through is hard. Usually we get ideas just by talking about things that are exciting and interesting to us. We might decide to try something in a particular genre, or something might come out of the blue. We have tons of unused ideas — many more than we’ve ever used — and a lot of them have ways of bubbling back up.

Are there more Poptropica books planned for the future, either the graphic novels or other books? Do you know if there will be more comic strips?

The storyline in the graphic novel series concludes with the fourth book, The End of Time, which comes out in September. I don’t think there are plans for more, but that could change if sales are good enough. (Timely reminder: Poptropica 3: The Secret Society comes out on April 11!)

We’d always be looking to do more books. Books are a part of our DNA.

The comic strip is finished for the foreseeable future. I’d love to see it come back. It was hilarious.

What is a feature missing in Poptropica that you hope to see added in the future?

I’d like to see cooperative multiplayer on islands. It would be a huge challenge for us to design and implement, but how great would it be to play through an island with your friends?

If you could plan out a new Poptropica contest, what would it be? Do you know if there are any plans for more contests in the future?

There will probably be more along the lines of the ones Skinny Moon runs on social media, costume contests and the like. The “Create Your Dream Island” contest was an awesome experience. To do something of that scale takes a lot of time and effort, so the circumstances have to be right.

If Poptropica held a real-life PoptropiCon, what would it entail?

Hopefully we’d get a chance to meet as many of you as possible. We’d want to have places set up for people to play with one another. Maybe some real-life versions of Poptropica islands or scenes for people to play in. Most important, I hope we’d see a lot of our fans dressing up as their favorite Poptropica characters!

What are some of your favorite children’s books and authors, both past and present?

As a kid, mostly I read funny books. Gordon Korman’s Macdonald Hall series. Louis Sachar’s Sideways Stories from Wayside School. Skinnybones by Barbara Park. I liked more serious stuff too, like Bridge to Terabithia, The Chocolate War, The Outsiders. I read everything I could get my hands on: comic books, movie reviews, books about UFOs. Everything.

Of more modern stuff, I love love love the “His Dark Materials” trilogy by Philip Pullman. I named my daughter after the main character!

Well, that concludes our interview with Mr. Crawfish! We hope you learned a lot from it, and perhaps have even been inspired to create and pursue the things you love – whether it relates to Poptropica or not!

Thanks to Mitch for taking the time to provide his insights into the processes at Poptropica HQ and more. Be sure to check out his Poptropica book, The Secret Society, coming April 11! 🤓✌️

–🐠

Popspiracy: Who is this suspicious scarred dude?

(Hey Poptropicans! This is a guest post by LillySparkle$, who also blogs with her friend Mia at Pop Blog. In this post, she’ll share a theory about an unknown character from a sneak peek! Please note that the thoughts below are imagined, and not to be taken as fact. Enjoy! –🐠)

Hello! I am Lilly, aka Maroon Jumper from the PopBlog, and I’ve got a theory about a character to share with you all. As you may recall, recently some new Pop Worlds-style preview pictures were added to the App Store description for the Poptropica app. This one, in particular, caught my eye:

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There are many new characters here, as you can tell, but it’s the main guy – the largest one -who caught my eye. His overall appearance looks villainous, and he’s also completely new – never seen on Poptropica before (I asked around to make sure I hadn’t missed anything!).  He’s quite an intriguing character, so here are my thoughts on him:

  • He seems to be a villain (obviously). With his red scar, evil grin, excessive facial hair, it’s safe to say he’s up to no good.
  • He dresses the part, too. Layered in thick blue clothing and carrying a satchel. Thick layers could mean he is in a cold climate, which leads us to our next topic…

Where is he from? Well, since he is so layered, and perhaps he got his scar from some tragic accident, my guess is that he came from the mines.

If you haven’t caught on, I’m referring to Crisis Caverns, an island rumored to appear on Poptropica Worlds. It was supposed to come to Poptropica in early 2015, but has since been cancelled.

Anyway, my theory is that this man – let’s just call him, uh, Scar (wow. creative.) – well, he was a miner in the Caverns, when one day he was in an accident and got a horrible scar. He became obsessed with all the exquisite and rare jewels that the mine had to offer, and greedily wanted them for himself. He’s stolen a lot already, and continues to steal. That’s where you come in, having to stop his shenanigans.

This was the sneak peek that inspired my theory:

In her post showing these Crisis Caverns leaks, Perfect Sky theorizes that this could be the final place you visit in the mines. It could, and to me, it also looks like a hideout – possibly that of the evil, overgrown-facial-haired Scar.

Please note: I am only making these guesses on a couple of pictures and a poor imagination. 😂 For all I know, Scar could just be a costume and have nothing to do with Crisis Caverns at all.

That concludes my Popspiracy theory! Thank you guys so much for reading this! What do you guys think? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Hope you enjoyed this guest post by LillySparkle$!

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 the PHC.

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

Grilled Cheese for Galactic Hot Dogs Island

Hey Poptropicans, it’s Slanted Fish, and today’s menu brings us grilled cheese and neon wieners! That’s right… it’s time for some Galactic Hot Dogs.

This weekend on the Creators’ Blog, while we were busy with our April Fools prank, Poptropica shared some behind-the-scenes goodies for Galactic Hot Dogs Island, as it was one of March’s Islands of the Month. Let’s take a look.

First, as they do with every island, the artists working on GHD Island had to follow a style guide to keep the overall look consistent as they created their creepy monsters and planetary paradises. As you can see below, this included using a thick black 2-point line on foreground objects (unique among the Poptropica islands), and a suggested font by the name of Grilled Cheese! Yum. Check it out below (click to enlarge):

Also, if you look closely at the stand-in character, he’s carrying an unused green bag that says “P-Con 2014,” along with a badge to match it. Probably an early prototype. What other interesting things did you find in there?

Anyway, after finalizing their designs, the next step for the artists was to test out the animations. We’re not able to embed them here on the PHB, but you can check out the little videos over on the Creators’ Blog post.

We also get to see this delightfully disgusting drawing of the zombie space pirate:

Neat-o. Well, that’s about all for the Earthly Cool Cats – uh, I mean Galactic Hot Dogs. GHD is no longer an Island of the Month – yes, we know we’re a little late on this news, but hey… so were the Creators. 😉

Anyway, as it’s Wimpy Kid Month, the current IOTMs are Wimpy Wonderland and Wimpy Boardwalk – which will be open to everyone for the month of April, so get on it!

Stay popping, Poptropicans!

–🐠

PopFeedz: Just a Prank, Bro!

April Fools, Poptropicans!

Yesterday, on April Fools Day, the PHB announced PopFeedz, a new site promising pure Poptropica entertainment, named as the PHB’s “cooler cousin” for abandoning the PHB’s typical posting style in favor of fun web trends like clickbait titles and the most random personality quizzes, gifs, listicles, cute animal pics, more. Well, as many of you guessed, it was just an April Fools prank: we’re not actually planning to turn the PHB into another Buzzfeed.

Many of you caught onto our joke, although we did manage to fool some of you. 😜 Either way, we hope you enjoyed exploring the PopFeedz site we put together! If you missed it, or want to relive it, the site will remain available at popfeedz.wordpress.com – so enjoy!

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The PHB team worked hard to put everything together, combining ideas and being inspired by each other. Lucky Joker even put up a new quiz about PopGum after we had announced the site! A sketch from Brave Tomato made its way into the post about Skinny Moon – which, if you haven’t figured out yet, is just our imagination, and not a real interview. 😉

As the team was coming up with ideas for what to do for this year’s prank, we kept thinking we wanted to do something about Poptropica Worlds, which was tricky since we still don’t know much about it. However, Slippery Raptor had the idea of turning the PHB into a “PHB 2.0,” just as Worlds is a New Poptropica – and from there, it took off!

The name PopFeedz is, of course, inspired by Buzzfeed, a popular entertainment website with all sorts of fun time-wasters. The content of PopFeedz is similarly inspired, particularly with quizzesmemes, and an overall style of clickbait titles and concise text. Of course, everything is adapted to Poptropica, such as Spotted Dragon’s “You Will NOT Believe What’s In These Behind-the-Scenes Sketches…” playing on our own concerns about what might happen with Poptropica Worlds, but with a humorous intent. And as a reference to the shiny Worlds art we’ve been seeing, we even threw in a little parody of the hit song “Shiny” from the recent Disney film Moana in our announcement post.

Pets of Poptropica is inspired by some of Skinny Moon’s latest social media posts, not only about her pup Toby, but also her call to post pictures of pets on social media with the hashtag #PetsOfPoptropica. A few of us had pets (both past and present), so we started a pets series on PopFeedz! Here’s a look at my betta fish, Biscotti, staring at my Poptropican on the computer screen:

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Because these articles were enjoyed so much, we hope to re-publish a few of them here on the PHB over the next few weeks, so they can be enjoyed by even more readers, who might have missed them on PopFeedz. However, some of them will remain exclusive to PopFeedz since they are more suitable there, so be sure to check them out.

On April 1, PopFeedz received over 1,600 visits to the site, and we heard from many of you about how much you liked it! We even received this complimentary message from the one and only Skinny Moon:

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As always, the team here at the PHB is grateful for your continued support and readership, and we’d like to think PopFeedz was one fun way to celebrate that fact. The Poptropica Help Blog is here to stay, so stay popping, Poptropicans! 😜✌️

– slantedfish 🐠 –