This is the My Place in Poptropica story of Fearless Rider, who first found Poptropica through her sister, and now makes her mark as her own Poptropican. See below for details on sending in your own MPIP!
Hi!!! I’m Marshmallowlilypads, AKA Fearless Rider. (You’ll hear the explanation for the name later!) How are you, PHB readers? Are you ready for My Place In Poptropica? Are you sure? Super sure? Absolutely sure? Positively sure? Totally sure? Okay, I’d better start before you guys leave.
My discovery of Poptropica goes way back, second grade to be exact. My one older sister was always the popular one. And… I was the weird one. I always felt like I was in her shadow, always known as “her little sister”. I doubted people even knew my name. My sister was also a trendsetter, and, to be honest, a pretty good one at that. Silly bands, bagged chips, fake nerd glasses – say anything, and my sister could make it a trend. So, when she played Poptropica in the computer lab one day, boom, it spread like wildfire.
My sister would play Poptropica on her computer, and, if she allowed me to, I’d pull a chair up right behind her and watch. Poptropica was awesome back then (and still is!). I’d breathe right over her shoulder, totally mesmerized by the game.
My sister got older, and I’d annoy her more and more, until she eventually banished me from the room when she played. But, when she walked out of the room, I inched myself into the living room and made my first Poptropica account. I forgot the password and username, but I still remember the in-game name: Cuddly Eye. I had to make it up the first chance I got, since my sister was coming back into the room. But, the first time I hopped into that yellow balloon, I fell in love.
It was a forbidden love, if you think about it.
Tab In, Tab Out
Way back then, I had a really bad memory. A terrible memory. I made over 20 accounts because I kept forgetting the usernames and/or passwords. A few months after I made my first account, I took a break. Of course, I forgot my password. So I made a new one. This happened several times, and that’s why I have so many aliases.
I’m not the most talented Poptropica gamer, so I looked up walkthroughs often. And walkthroughs led to… ta da! The PHB! Okay, okay. I’m not going to say that when I started looking at the PHB, I was totally into it and submitted stories and ideas and now I’m a PHB legend! No. That has not happened. At all. When I first started checking out the PHB, I didn’t even look at the comments section.
It was all about the walkthroughs. I would get on an island, look at the tab on my computer that said something like, Ghost Story Island Guide, and do what it said. I don’t know if other people do this, but it’s most efficient for my taste. Yes, it consisted of a lot of tab-switching: tab in, tab out, tab in, tab out. But I ended up finishing ALL of the islands (you know, when all of the islands were open to everyone. I didn’t have a membership back then).
And then, guess what? I forgot my username.
I stopped playing Poptropica for a pretty long time after that. A year, I think. I moved houses, switched schools, and homework got more intense homework… so I didn’t have a lot of time for playing. But soon, I was allowed to do homework in study hall, and Poptropica popped up again (see what I did there?). And when life gives you Poptropica, you find the PHB! Again!
I was older then, and I had my own computer, so I could pretty much go on Poptropica and the PHB all I wanted. I explored more of the PHB, told my friends about it and gave them the link, and played Poptropica more! I finished exactly 30 islands, and I’m still working on Arabian Nights Island.
But when I discovered The POPCORN magazine, it… called to me. Before you call me a freak, I submitted a story to The POPCORN and… it showed up in there! Boom! The Warden’s Daughter by Fearless Rider! I made my signature look, which you can see in the graphic above (my user is Marshmallowlilypads). I posted my first ever PHB comment on White Gamer’s MPIP, and I’m still trying to make my mark on the PHB. Wish me luck!
–Fearless Rider (Call me Marshmallow!)
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!