Hellos & Goodbyes

Farewell my fellow Poptropicans

Hey everyone, I know what you guys are thinking: “OH MY GOSH A POST FROM SAMMMM!?!” Yes, it is a post from me, but sadly it is probably my last.

tipic1I still love Poptropica and it is a huge part of me… but life is tough and it gets in the way. College, school, clubs and friendships have taken precedence over blogging matters. I have a 3.9 GPA in high school and a 98% average in my college class. Also, I have been nominated by my district for the Best Treasurer of Key Club in my region (3 states) ;).

So you guys now know I haven’t been goofing off at all and just have been super busy. I just feel the time has come for me to resign and give someone else a lucky shot at being an author. I know I have been taking up space as an author and I regret that. I remember being one of you guys striving to be called one of illustrious “PHB authors” and make world renowned posts for all to enjoy. I achieved that goal and have enjoyed every single passing second of it.

For all who strive to be an author – don’t give up! I was just about to give up when Fishy emailed me and changed my life. This blog has changed me for the better. I have met so many people and have made so many friends (some life-long) doing what we all enjoy: Poptropica blogging. Believe it or not, but by supporting me, it made me want to post more and I was never much more eager to post than the last few months. It’s really heartwarming to know that people on here take time to say: “Sam, I miss your posts. Can you please post again?”. Those people motivate me to do better as a blogger – and sadly, I have failed my Poptropica family in post quantity.

I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me through everything on here, my blog, and the chat personally such as: Serious Shadow, Tough Raptor, Elphangor on my blog. Super Thunder, Icy Comet, Angry Wing, Shaggy Tornado, Fuzzy-B, and Blake as former authors that helped me with posts and inspired me. Obi, Pixel, Flamez, and Rue as owners/mods on the chat. I’d really like to thank BT, GH, SR, Paul, Andrew, Syd, and Fishy for being sensational coworkers and a big help with my posts; especially Andrew shh ;). But most of all, I would like to thank every single one of you for reading, liking, and commenting on my posts. I wouldn’t even be here without you guys. Every single one of you is amazing.

I’d also like to say that I am just resigning from the PHB, I will be still as active as I was and I will be on the PHC frequently. I might make a few guest posts in the summer too ;’). I will also be a consultant with all the PHB authors on decisions for the blog – so I will still be around! All of you guys are a true blessing and a joy to have worked and talked with. I will always have a spot in my heart for the PHB and you guys!

For possibly the last time,


PHB Parties

Recap: The PHB’s 2015 Holiday Party!

PHB holiday 2015

This weekend, the PHB hosted our 3rd annual PHB Holiday Party for all Poptropicans! Many of you even came a couple hours early, and we had a blast hanging out and playing Doodle Race on the PHB chat, the PHC (which, by the way, is always open!).

We filled about five Multiverse rooms, with lots of games being played and candy canes being thrown in the air on Poptropica. It also looked like many of you have been enjoying our Avatar Studio Gift, as we saw from your costumes!

Overall this party was a great success and I’m glad so many people came to spread holiday cheer! Those who came had a chance to talk to many of the PHB authors (we missed you, Slippery Raptor! *cries*). Again, remember that the PHC is always open for Poptropicans to hang out and chat about whatever. It’s a great place to meet other Poptropicans and occasionally PHB staff!

Thanks to all who came, and I wish all of you a belated Merry Christmas and early Happy New Year from all the authors here at the PHB! 😀

PHB Parties

The PHB’s 2015 Holiday Party: You’re Invited!

The party has now wrapped up. Thanks for joining us!
Remember, you can hang out on the PHC any time, any day!


Hey everyone! It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we’re about to make it more wonderful by inviting you all to this year’s 2015 PHB Holiday Party!

Some of you may remember all the fun we had at last year’s PHB Christmas party. Since this year I was late posting about the party details, we’ve decided to to roll a multitude of celebrations in one: Christmas, New Year’s, and all other holidays happening around this time!

Here are the event details:

  • WHO: Everyone – you’ll get to chat with Poptropicans and even PHB staff!
  • WHAT: Multiverse parties and lively chat on the Poptropica Help Chat (aka the PHC: join in at xat.com/thephc) – with a holiday twist. Bring your Santa hats, candy canes, and of course, your very merry Christmas spirit!
  • WHEN: December 27, 2015 (Sunday)8pm EST / 7pm CST / 6pm MST / 5pm PST (if you do not live in any of these time zones, use a time converter to find out what time it will be in your area! In some places, it may be Monday morning.)
  • WHERE: The Poptropica Help Chat hangout, better known as the PHC – xat.com/thephc
  • WHY: To spread holiday joy throughout the Poptropica community!

As noted above, the party takes place on the PHC (Poptropica Help Chat), and along with chatting on Xat, we’ll be sharing Multiverse codes so we can meet on Poptropica! To access the chat, click “Chat” in the navigational bar at the top of this blog or go to xat.com/thephc.

The chat will be moderated, so it’s safe, and any rule-breaking will result in a kick or ban, so please don’t spoil the fun. 😛

If you have any questions, just ask in the comments! It’s going to be fun, so see you there. 😀


My Place in Poptropica

My Place in Poptropica: Samwow5


Hello, everyone! Remember me?  I know it’s been a long while since I posted, and I’m sorry. The Authors and I have planned to do this “My Place in Poptropica” to tell our stories of how we came to be. We also want to hear your stories and experiences! I would love to see other people’s stories on how they came to the game that we all have a common interest in and love! So today, It’s my turn. My story is pretty bland, so if any of you yawn at it, don’t feel bad. Here’s my story on how I came to be…..

Before Poptropica | A Sporty Guy & Video Game Fanatic

Ever since I was little, I’ve always had an interest in video games. I loved to play all kinds of sports games and Lego Games, but the thing was, I didn’t have a lot of time to play them when I was younger. I was constantly involved in sports activities (soccer in fall + baseball & soccer in spring) and extra-curricular school activities at my private school. The sports practices were basically every night and then the games were every weekend. I didn’t really have time for video games even though I loved them. Either I was doing sports or homework (SD can attest to how hard it is to have a life if you are involved in sports after school). But one fateful weekend I had off from sports, I was exposed to something that forever would have changed my life….

Winter 2010 | The Discovery

It was a cold, rainy weekend. I didn’t have much homework that weekend and my brother was playing this game he found at school on his computer. He encouraged me to try it. He was playing this game called “Poptropica” and his name was Grumpy Snowball. I laughed and thought the game was ridiculous, but he convinced me to try anyway. I immediately was hooked. I replayed all the islands currently out then and loved them all. I would stalk the Poptropica Creator’s Blog for info on the new islands. I was crazy – and still am about Poptropica. Then if you read my Behind the Name post, you would know how I got my account and name.

Summer 2012 | Finding The PHB & Making My Blog

It all started on the fateful day of May 15, 2012. I remember I just got back from vacation and I was dying to go back and play Poptropica again. I was so interested in the new friend’s feature Poptropica just added to the game & I was looking for famous Poptropicans and the usernames of the Creators to add them to the game. My brother suggested I go to The PHB and I was really impressed with all the usernames listed in the Creators Database. I began to start looking around the blog and found so many interesting pages. I soon became a regular follower of the blog and inspired me to make my own blog a few days later!

The blog that I created on May 17, 2012 (Tough Icicle’s Blog) became a huge part of me over time and became one of the Top 20 most popular Poptropica fan blogs on the internet in a short amount of time. Over the first 2 years, I had a whopping 50,000 views. Most of which, to be honest, came from when Fishy used some on my posts & guides on The PHB and introduced people to my blog. I was blown away at the success of the blog and the people that actually enjoyed to view my blog and find interest in it. I couldn’t thank everyone enough for viewing my blog and enjoying what I wrote. I wouldn’t have met all these people in my life without it. There was some good and some bad times on my blog, like any other thing in life. I don’t want to go into details, but I’m sorry to everyone that was a part of that debacle. I wish to reconcile with everyone that was a part of it. Everyone makes mistakes and I regret what happened, I should have controlled it better and made it fairer. My ultimate goal though was to be and author on The PHB and after about a year and a half…My dream came true.

Winter 2013 | The Dream Come True

I woke up on the morning of December 7, 2013, to find an email from Fishy asking me to be an author on The PHB! I was so shocked and flattered to be asked to be apart of the biggest Poptropica blog in existence. I quickly replied to it and said I would happily join the blog! I was so excited, I had so many plans and aspirations! I quickly became known as the “zealous partier” between the authors for organizing the parties and trying to make them fun. Instead of having the Christmas Party on my blog, I decided to have the first ever Tough Icicle & the PHB’s Poptropica Christmas Party! It was so awesome to see so many people come and enjoy holiday cheer! It was a complete revelation to me that people would bond and enjoy each other’s company over one common thing – Poptropica.

2014 | One Amazing Year

Just all of 2014 was an amazing year! It was probably the best year of my life thanks to every single one of you! I had 2 top-ten finishes on islands (here & here), Uncovered a Fake Gamer Guy, had an exclusive interview with the creator of CYDI runner-up House of Cards Island (my review here), hosted multiple parties (here, herehere, and here), restarted up the PHB magazine with HP & other authors, and even a PHB’s 11 million Monster Raffle (HP helped me out of course & 11 million hits last yr at the time!?!?!? What the heck????)!

2015 and Beyond | A Slower Year & The Future

I’ll admit it to you guys, this year was just a bad year in general for my posting – and I’m really sorry. Every time I wanted to post; it was posted already or I didn’t have time to post because I was busy with school, my officer duties of my club, or college coming up soon. I am really sorry guys and I will make a huge effort to start re-posting again.

So let’s move onto the future! I’m planning on having the 3rd Annual PHB’s Poptropica Christmas Party! I know it’s late notice guys (don’t hurt me pls) but I want to rekindle with the whole Poptropica community and spread Holiday cheer (even you crazy Creators are invited o;)!

I am eternally grateful and honored that Fishy gave me a chance to be a part of something as big as the PHB. I am also honored to be a part of the PHB’s future. I can’t wait to see what future will hold for every single one of you in your own Poptropica experience! Who knows? You may be where I’m at soon 😉 .  I’d like to also thank the Creators for all they have done to improve the game and make it unique and special! I’d really like to thank all the authors that have helped me through struggles overtime and friends I have made through Poptropica, But most of all, I would like to thank every single one of you that has viewed my works and enjoy it! I wouldn’t be here without you guys!

I’m Samwow5 (Tough Icicle)…..and this is My Place in Poptropica!

Home Island, Photo Booth, Timmy Failure Island

Timmy Tuesday, Spooky Snapshots

Hey everyone! Just a reminder that Timmy Failure Island is out for everyone tomorrow! Yeah that’s right…a Tuesday! (Find out why in this PHB post.)

For everyone getting ready to start the great pants chase, we have a guide made by our very own Brave Tomato that can help you through the parts you get stuck on!


In other news, there have been some changes on Home Island! In front of the Shop, there used to be a guy with an eyepatch standing there – but now there’s a different NPC, the gender of whom depends on your character. The outfit of the NPC also varies, but it looks pretty snazzy!

Finally, last but not least, there has been some changes to the Photo Booth (plus the NPC in front has been replaced with a witch)! The Creators just added some frightful new backgrounds, characters, and props! Now you can make Poptropica Halloween-themed photos using backgrounds and stickers with all your favorite Halloween characters.

Anyway, that’s it guys! Have a fun time with all the new updates and send us some of your photos! We want to see your amazing creations!