This is the My Place in Poptropica story of Lucky Joker, a longtime Poptropican who doesn’t plan on giving up anytime soon! See below for details on sending in your own MPIP!
Hello, everyone! Before we get started with my MPIP story, be sure to check out my Twitter (@LJokerPop) and give me a follow if you’d like! Shameless self-promotion, I know. 😛
Anyway, without further ado, here is my story!
2008 | The Discovery
Unlike many players, I did not discover Poptropica through Funbrain. Throughout my elementary school days, my class was taken to the science and computer labs every Friday. In the computer lab, we’d practice our typing first, through a program called Mavis Beacon.
Then, we’d be allowed to play a game after our lessons. The teacher gave us four options which included: Funbrain, Cool-Math Games, Zoombinis and of course – Poptropica! I’d mostly venture into the Logical Journey of The Zoombinis, but one day I found myself bored of the game. I wanted to try out a new game.
My teacher had reminded us of the options. I still remember him pronouncing Poptropica as “Pope”-tropica. Haha! I eagerly tried out Poptropica, because of how cool the name sounded. Alas, Lucky Joker was born! Turns out, I was late to the game, as most of my friends had already had characters and island medallions.
2008-2009│Exploring the Islands
I started achieving medallions one by one, figuring out the islands on my own, as I could find no walkthroughs at this time. They were very hard, especially being a kid! I had some help from friends, and it was very fun! I remember Poptropica always being the buzz of the 3rd-grade computer lab. Everyone was always talking about how many medallions they had, and the cool costumes they had in their costume collector. The more medallions you had, the cooler you were.
At this time, I remember 8 islands on the map and only 6 playable ones. I played Poptropica through the rest of 3rd grade with my original account. A funny thing I remember was when my friend had rumored about Monster Carnival Island’s release. He was a Poptropica fanatic. He had always watched videos and read articles about it. He said “Monster Carnival is going to be the last island, after Astro-Knights, ending Poptropica once and for all!” That obviously didn’t happen.
At this time, I was nearing the end of 4th grade. I hadn’t logged on to Poptropica in a while and decided to start playing again. I couldn’t remember my login information, so I had created a new account with my mother by my side to remember my account info. I created Lazy Bird! My mother thought the name matched me perfectly.
My mom purchased a 6-month membership for me, and I was ready to play! I completed all of the classic islands on this account, as well as the newer ones, like Mythology and Reality TV. This was when Mythology was available to members only and I had early access, which I loved!
Islands started releasing quicker than before, so it was hard to keep up. I also remember attempting Skullduggery at one point, and never finishing. My membership was a waste, as I became a little less interested in Poptropica. I still used this account’s login information. I assume it got terminated due to inactivity.
I was ending fifth grade around this time and I was cleaning out my backpack one day. I had opened up the small pocket of my backpack, to clear out all the junk. I dumped out all of my loose crayons, pencil shavings, etc. A small piece of wrinkled paper fell out along with everything else. As I’m re-reading this, I do realize that my story sounds like a copy of Squeezy Starfish’s MPIP, but I promise I’m not lying, Lol! 🙂
Continuing, I unfolded it to see what it was. It turned out I had just rediscovered my original login information! Lucky Joker was back in business! So I immediately went into the living room and rushed to the computer. I headed to Poptropica and successfully logged into my account! I was shocked to see a profile page and everything looking so different. I was surprised with how much I needed to catch up on. By this time, Wild West Island, Wimpy Wonderland, and Red Dragon Island had all been released. I had a lot to catch up on.
But within a month, thanks to walkthroughs, I was all caught up! As time went on, I noticed that my classmates around me started talking less and less about Poptropica. I certainly wasn’t losing interest anytime soon again. During the 6th grade school year, I had bought Poptropica: The Official Guidebook from my school’s book fair and I still own it to this day!
When 6th grade ended, I moved and did not go to the same school as my elementary school friends. Entering junior high, I felt a little pressured to “grow up”. Luckily, I made new friends who also played Poptropica! I remember bragging about having 21 medallions and 30 Poptropican friends (random people XD). We’d always talk about it during lunch, and draw the characters. We also loved Multiversing!
2013-2014│Finding Poptropica Fans
As time progressed, I found myself playing Poptropica more and more. I learned about replaying islands as an option and quickly took advantage of it. Island stories were further developed than the Islands I was used to playing as a kid. Islands were becoming sound updated and colored on the map.
I introduced the game to my closest cousins. They’re 7 and 9 years old today, and they still play. I had also found an interest in reading articles, myths, and other fun stuff about Poptropica. I also loved to watch people game-play. This is when I ran into Brave Tomato’s YouTube channel! I subscribed and loved watching her videos. She is extremely talented, as is the whole PHB team!
I also remember blog surfing, and found one that stood out from the others — the Poptropica Help Blog! I loved the design, the team, and the posts they made. Obviously, I still check out the blog every day. I know I’m “poppin” out of nowhere, but I still dream about becoming an author someday. The PHB team are people I aspire to be like: entertaining, informative, committed, dedicated, hardworking, accountable, devoted, staunch, responsible, creative, quirky and vivacious! The words could go on and on.
2015–present│Now and Later
Looking back, I realize how many years and great memories I’ve had with Poptropica. It’s like my third parent. It was there when I was bored, upset, and needed somebody to play with. I’ve spent half of my life with it! As of now, I’d say my account is pretty well updated. I now have every single Island Medallion, and many Islands have been replayed.
Nowadays, I don’t know anyone in person who plays Poptropica. I’m 16 now, I’m going to be a junior in high school, and I will never grow out of Poptropica because of the status quo. I plan on playing the game for many years to come. I also run a blog with my good friend White Ice. The way things seem to be going, now, I will forever love and play Poptropica. I’m Lucky Joker, and this is “My Place in Poptropica”.
– Lucky Joker
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