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My Place in Poptropica: Lone Bird

This is the My Place in Poptropica story of Lone Bird, who shared Poptropica with everyone she knew, despite her own computer being unable to play it. See below for how to send in your own MPIP!

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2007–2013 | Playdates & Poptropica

Okay, so unlike most Poptropicans, I didn’t discover Poptropica through Funbrain (in fact, I had no idea what it was, and I just learned last year).

Instead, for me it all began when I had a playdate with my BFF, Comical Berry. I remember going on her computer, and then she showed me a game that would change my internet life. When I saw the little character with the big head, I immediately knew this was a game I needed to try out. You see, I’ve always been a fan of games where you can customize your avatar, but Minecraft was the only game I knew; however, I couldn’t get it. Instead, I was stuck playing PBS Kids games.

So as you can imagine, when little me saw a Poptropican in a Magic Tree House-themed island (The Magic Tree House series was my all time favorite book series back then), I was super excited! I asked my BFF what the game was called, and she replied, “Poptropica! It’s fun!” I immediately made a note of this, and then we began to play Poptropica in real life together. Meeting characters like the emperor and Annie on Red Dragon Island was when I realized that I had a bright gaming future ahead of me.

After being introduced to Poptropica, I quickly made an account, Lone Bird, which is the one I have to this day! Poptropica quickly became the game, the one that you play every single weekend, and the game you’re addicted to. I loved it so much that I began to write stories about my best friend and me in Poptropica.

2014 | Computer Crash

Then one day, on a dark and stormy Saturday, I was playing PoptropiCon, the newest island. This memory is so vivid in my mind. I was at the part where you race Cheetah Girl when the unthinkable happened. The game froze and the screen came up with a not-so-touching message: Adobe Flash Has Stopped. And with the most pleasant-looking robot avatar! And then the screen went black… forever. Yup – my computer was dead. (RIP Connor the Computer, 2006–2014)

I was devastated. Little me was all like. “W-What?! No, m-more Poptropica?!” This, frankly, made me take matters into my own hands… I could only play Poptropica at school when we were having “technology parties.” There went my gaming future… *sniff*

2015–2016 | Sharing Pop & Finding the Fandom

Even though Poptropica was no longer something I could enjoy frequently anymore, I decided I would share Poptropica with my friends and family. I introduced it to all my friends at church, who made accounts and enjoyed it! (Well, until they got bored..) I then introduced it to my BFF (a different one from the one introduced me to Pop), Popular Snowball.

After introducing Poptropica to a lot of my friends in school, Pop became the “it” game in my class for a few weeks! I didn’t stop there, oh no, I made an account for my sister – and then even one for my mom. (Don’t even ask why I made an account for my mother…) So even though I lost Poptropica for myself, I helped a lot of people find Poptropica!

Okay, so I loved Poptropica, but as it happens with many people, there were some islands I could not complete. That’s when I found the help of YouTube! (Thank you, YouTube! ^.^) I remember the first video tutorial I ever found was on Survival Island. I don’t remember the YouTube channel, but I think it was Fierce Moon from Poptropica Secrets.

Anyways, her walkthrough was good, but I wanted to find something with better quality. That’s when I found the king of the Poptropica YouTube world, Thinknoodles! After watching one of his videos, I was hooked! They were funny, and I thought his “Road to Captain Thinknoodles” series was (and still is) awesome! I liked seeing his reactions as he played islands for the first time. I thought it was neat!

Now for how I found the PHB! Okay, so I always read the PCB (Poptropica Creators’ Blog) and when you search it up online, the PHB is listed as well. However, I always thought it was some kind of hacking blog because of the word “cheats” in the description. But one day I decided to click on it, expecting the worst. To my surprise, it looked fantastic! I was immediately hooked, reading as many blog posts as I could. From there, I found out about all these other amazing fan blogs! So that’s where that began.

2016–beyond | Epilogue

I now have a computer, finally! However, as we all know, Poptropica has been quietly lately as they work on Poptropica Worlds, so I haven’t been playing it as often. I still love it, though lately I’ve been playing more Roblox than Pop. If you want to add me on Poptropica, my username is Bellaisa55.

Anyway, that’s my MPIP! I hope you enjoyed it. And now a word from my sister: “I love you, Fishy!!”

Thank you for reading! I hope I didn’t make you fall asleep…

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). If you send in your story, we will continue to post new community MPIPs!

~the Poptropica Help Blog

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Love becomes Reality this Valentine’s Day!

Hey guys, my name is Brave Tomato, and I have some lovely news to share with you all today!

It appears love is in the air this Valentine’s Day season! Whether you have a special someone to share the season with, or if you’re just here for the chocolate, the Creators now have a little V-Day-themed Photo Booth contest going! Get started with the booth on Home Island:

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The objective is to create a Valentine’s-themed photo booth picture. To help with the contest, several lovely Photo Booth props have arrived in the selection, so you can add your own special touch to what you have.

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When you’re ready, post it to Twitter or Instagram (with the hashtag: #PoptropicaLove), or post it on their Facebook page. Besides showcasing their favorites on social media, one-month memberships will also be randomly awarded to some lucky participants!

Here are some example Photo Booth creations from Poptropica (the first is a collage of multiple photos):

Hey look, it’s Spotted Dragon! Anyway – have a lovely time creating. 😉

In other news, the awaited video walkthrough for Island of the Month Reality TV Island by everyone’s favorite pirate is now available on YouTube! Check out Crawfish teaching you how to complete the island while not exactly being an expert on the island either, with his usual wit along the way!

Now go for those 500 (for first time finishers) or 300 (for one subsequent time) credits you can get by completing this! Don’t forget- you can also get the credit boost through…breaking out of jail in Escape from Pelican Rock. How romantic.

So what do you think? Will you be participating in the new contest? Did you catch the little joke Captain Crawfish made in the new video? What will be next?

Iiiiiit’s… Wa-Black Widow! Have a nice day.

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Until next time, BT out!

Pop 5: Most Beautiful Scenes in Poptropica

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Hey there, Poptropicans!

I’m Happy Lobster, and since Valentines’ is just round the corner, I’ve got a new Pop 5, suited for the occasion, for you to read, and (hopefully) enjoy. So, in the many calm – and some absolutely haywire – islands of Poptropica, some scenes look simply amazing and picturesque. In fact, there are many of these kind of scenes all around. Thus, I’ve selected the best five of these, the most beautiful of all beauty in Poptropica.

You should also note that these are solely-opinion based, so there’s no need to take it too seriously. And with that said, let’s pop straight into these art critiques!

#5: Woods Clearing, Monster Carnival Island

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Quite a spooky scene. The colouring of the sky, the way that the trees have been twisted and shaded, sets for a rather eerie picture, though absolutely beautiful (though maybe it isn’t the best space for a picnic). The carnival folks transforming into hideous monsters can’t spoil this place.

#4: Imperial Garden & Basho’s Garden, Red Dragon Island

(Click on each of the images for a better view.)

Okay, so maybe these are two scenes. But both come from the same island, and have a very similar aesthetic, so I thought it best to place these two together as one point on the list.

Anyhow, in my opinion, these two scenes are certainly the most idyllic in Poptropica. With the all graceful plant life – most notably the cherry blossom trees – and the simple, but well-placed silhouettes, who would disagree that it doesn’t set a tranquil atmosphere?

#3: My Realms, Poptropica Realms

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Based on Yggdrasil from Norse mythology, the tree containing all worlds, this scene may seem simple, but really, it is quite captivating. The minimal sky background, the way the colossal tree’s branches twist, and the shining bubbles containing enigmatic pinpricks of light all add up to its enthralling aesthetic.

#2: Sacred Tree, Twisted Thicket Island

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Well, all of the woodlands of Twisted Thicket is remarkably beautiful. But this scene, in particular, is truly captivating. With the glowing flowers and woodland runes, to the patterns the ivy grows over the tree, and the superb background, this could be any enchanted forest from the oldest fairy tales.

#1: Binary Bard’s Dream, Super Villain Island

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There’s not that much excessively beautiful to this picture; but that definitely excludes its background. A multicolored masterpiece of stars and space – coming here just to see this galactic sky is probably more worth it than obtaining the Astrolabe Totem.

And, on that note, that concludes this rather beautiful post. Feel free to share your thoughts via commenting below! 😉

Poptropica Puppy Pics!

Hello, everyone!

Lucky Joker here bringing you some adorable puppy pics straight from Snapchat and the Creators’ Blog – let’s take a look!

As mentioned in this tweet below, and on the official blog, it was a snow day today over at Poptropica HQ in Boston, Massachusetts, as well as places all over the Northeastern US.

Ah, we all know snow days – a day off from school, working from home and… sharing puppy pics on the internet? Why not, right?

Some of the Poptropica Creators’ pups enjoyed the wintry weather today and Skinny Moon was kind enough to post them on social media for all of us to admire. Here were the snaps from Snapchat:

And from the Creators’ Blog:

Aww, look at those canine cuties!

Also, a question I wanted to place on the table: Who’s Red Lightning? None of us have heard of this Creator before.

It’s kind of interesting to know of another Creator who goes by an ordinary Poptropican name (Skinny Moon being the other) and to see a non-Poptropica related post on the Creators’ Blog.

Well, that’s it for now. Which picture did you find the cutest? Was it a snow day for you too? Let me know in the comments section below!

Thanks for reading, I’ll talk to you soon. Pop on!

-Lucky Joker :luckyjoker~1:

#MyPoptropicaCostume Results: Top 10 Runner-ups Finalized

Hello, everyone!

Lucky Joker here, sharing the results from the voting round of the #MyPoptropicaCostume Contest.

First, let’s recognize once more the grand-prize winners, who were announced last week. The prizes (which include 6-month membership, having their costume sold in the Poptropica Store and being worn by an NPC on Home Island) go to Creepy Peanut’s Ocean Princess and Speedy Toes’s Hip-Hop Boy for their outstanding ideas – check them out below:

And yes, there will be a version of each costume for both genders. 😉

Now to the new results!

There were over 9,600 votes and the top 10 runner-ups have been determined. The winners will get a free 3-month membership and have their costume sold in the Poptropica Store later this year. (You can click the images to get a better look at the designs.)

In the collage above, the winners are, in order from left to right, top row to bottom row:

  1. “Celestial Mage” by Invisible Biker
  2. “Cyber Angel” by Bashful Sword
  3. “Diwali Inspired” by Lucky Joker (a PHB staffer – yours truly!)
  4. “Gamer Chic” by Fearless Dragon
  5. “Elemental Beasts” by Red Paw
  6. “Jazz Musician” by Perfect Sky (another PHB staffer!)
  7. “Rainbow Unicorn” by Cool Sword
  8. “Watermelon Threads” by Shiny Penguin
  9. “The Dreamer” by Friendly Kid
  10. “Witch and Wizard” by Young Heart

Congratulations to everyone who won and great job to everyone that participated! Can’t wait to see all of the amazing costumes in Poptropica. If you’re curious about how each costume fared among the 20 runner-ups, check out the (now closed) poll here.

Skinny Moon ended the winners announcement on this note:

Now it’s time to decide what our next contest should be. What do YOU think, Poptropicans? Let us know on social media!

Got any contest ideas for Poptropica? What do you think about the results? Which one’s your favorite? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, and please, keep it positive. 👍 

Thanks for reading, I’ll talk to you soon. Pop on!

-Lucky Joker :luckyjoker~1:

At last, Poptropica Worlds: the FAQ!

Hey everyone, it’s Perfect Sky!

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

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

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

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

Anyway, let’s take a look at the FAQ:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Perfect Sky ✨

We Need You… for the 2017 PHB Readers’ Survey!

Heyyo Poptropicans, it’s Ultimate iPad Expert here!

You may recall over a year ago, I came to the PHB with a similarly titled post. We started up a (planned-to-be) yearly survey for our blog readers. That survey was quite an interesting one, and we got a lot of super interesting information regarding what our community looks like.

Well, I think it’s about time for this year’s survey – so, here it is: the 2017 PHB Readers’ Survey!

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Last year, the survey took place in January, purposely to correspond with the PHB’s half-birthday. However, it slipped my mind until recently, and I felt super angry at myself for forgetting about it. But hey, better late than never.

This survey contains all of the same questions from last year to help us see what changes have occurred among the community. There are 18 questions for this year’s survey, regarding you and your experience with the PHB and the rest of the Poptropica community. Your identity is kept anonymous for the survey, unless you desire to share it.

The survey is available right now to fill out! So, click the button below and help us all understand the community more as a whole:

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You have from now until next Tuesday, February 14 to complete the survey. After that deadline, I will begin work on compiling the results and creating a post to discuss the results of the survey! I don’t have a definite date for this, but I will be trying to get it out by early March.

Did you take the survey? Are you excited to see the results? Comment below.

Meme King out. 

• Ultimate iPad Expert •

Poptropican Meme Face Mondays: Round 61

Heyyo Poptropicans, it’s Ultimate iPad Expert here.

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It’s on h8rz, don’t u b h8n. There’s no deb8n, tis on. Welcome to round sixty-one of PMFM (Poptropican Meme Face Mondays)!

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The lucky meme-faced Poptropicans this week are Themadfeather, Maganashake, and gentle flame! And here are the memes:

Feel free to click on the images to view them in their full glory. 😛

Want your own meme face?

Well, it’s simple. Comment on the most recent PMFM post (just choose the top one of the list, here). Be sure to follow the criteria below:

  • Very crucial: Wear the outfit you want to have in the meme face on Poptropica and keep it on for at least a week.
  • As mentioned, find the most recent PMFM post (it will be at the top of this list)
  • Include your Poptropican username in a comment.
  • Include the meme face you would like on your Poptropican in your comment (a link to an image of the meme is very preferred).
  • Post your comment and wait! (PMFM is operated on a first come-first serve basis, so your meme face will come after all of the ones before are released).
  • Just a note: You do not need to re-comment on newer posts if you haven’t gotten yours yet. Once I reply to your comment mentioning “You being added to the list,” then I have seen your comment and added it to my literal list, so yours will be made after each one before is made.

This completes round sixty-one of meme faces. Tune in next Monday for the next Poptropican Meme Face Mondays!

What do you think about this week’s meme faces? Comment below.

Meme King out. 👑

• Ultimate iPad Expert •