Realms returns—at long last!

Hey Poptropicans! Remember Realms, that magical sandbox universe where you could create any landscape of your imagination with a range of tools, textures, and things?

And remember how it just stopped working over a year ago, and has been down ever since? Well, good news: as promisedit’s finally back, by popular demand!

You can access it via a fancy new portal on Home Island, above the movie theater. So head on over there, say hello to those furry creatures running rampant, and get creating!

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Here on the PHB, we’ve got a comprehensive Poptropica Realms Guide designed to help you get situated with the massive opportunities that lie ahead. From making sense of the Svadilfari hammer to visiting other players’ Realms, we’ve got you covered!

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Thrown for a Loop: the return of Realms and more

What’s up, Poptropicans? It’s Lucky Joker here, and I’m very excited to share some uplifting news with you all today.

If you’ve been keeping up with the Creators’ Blog and Poptropica in general, you’ve probably noticed they’ve been pretty silent and stagnant as of late. Well, the silence has been broken with the announcement of several things.

Most notably, Realms will be back! As the official blog put it: “We know, it never actually left the map, but now it will work!” (Read more about this feature on our Realms Guide.)

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It’s been down due to technical issues for over a year, to the frustration and disappointment of many Poptropicans. We surely doubted Poptropica would ever do anything about it, but boy did they prove us wrong!

Realms was definitely one of Poptropica’s most popular features, so perhaps this rebirth will bring back a lot of players who enjoyed the sandbox creation world, which was sometimes known as Pop’s version of Minecraft.


Also on the Creators’ Blog, the Creators have posted a bit of an explanation as to why they’ve been so quiet. Here’s the gist of it (our emphases added):

pop_constructionLet’s just say, Poptropica has been “under construction.” All the great people who work on Poptropica got together this month to plan a bunch of updates to Poptropica and Poptropica Worlds! We’ve been super busy behind the scenes fixing things, building new things, and working on bringing back some fan favorites! We’ve gone through all your amazing feedback from this year and have a lot of great stuff in the works!

The rest of that post promises some of this “great stuff” we can look forward to:

  • monthly updates (which will be inclusive to all players, not just members)
  • more contests (with an all-new contest coming up next week!)
  • a behind the scenes look every week at what they’re working on

Very exciting to hear! The PHB will be following right along as always, so keep checking in with us to see what’s new!


I’m also here to walk you through a Froot Loops advertisement, which can be found on Home Island of Poptropica Original. It’s pretty self-explanatory — just run, jump, and grab all the Froot Loops cereal!

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You’ll have four minutes to grab all fifty Froot Loops. (Don’t worry, it only took me around a minute.) One you do so, you’ll win a fun Froot Loops Blaster (press spacebar to throw Froot Loops) and a Toucan Sam Follower!


Last but not least, don’t forget to enter our PHB Header Design Contest and our Community Creations for August. 🎨 You have until the end of this week!

So how are you feeling about the upcoming contests and updates? Oh right, we don’t know exactly what they are yet... Still, I’m feeling hopeful and quite happy about them. What about you?

Comment below, thanks for reading, and I’ll talk to you all soon. Pop on!

– Lucky Joker 🍀

Pre-Realms Tour: The Land of Chole

(Hey Poptropicans! This is a guest post written by Sticky Clown, in which he gives a tour of his Pre-Realms Land creation, Chole. Enjoy! –🐠)

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Hello everyone! I am Sticky Clown, or SC if you’d like. I go by Starving Cereal on WordPress.

Today I wish to show you something a bit old, just for fun to distract from the Poptropica World stuff going on currently. It is my old home. As in, from Poptropica Land (that was the prototype before Realms, for those who don’t know). Now, a few of you who have known me since ye old glory days may object to what I am doing, as I have previously posted this on a few other blogs. But the reason I’m doing this is – well, there’s many. They are:

  1. While Poptropica Land is about three years old, it’s still very similar to Realms and should be easy to digest. Plus, I’d say this can qualify as a period piece.
  2. This is not going to be the exact same as that post I’ve made elsewhere. I have added several extra thoughts as well as some modifications. This is going to be 2-3 times as big as the original, at least.
  3. Soon I hope to be doing a tour of my Realms, Chole (the code for that is 3vpqv, if you’re interested in checking it out for yourself </plug>). Think of this as a prelude to my adventure, a point which you can use for comparison.
  4. And finally… I’m an egocentric bigoted unsatisfiable superficial narcissist hungering for infinite fame on the interwebs, ready to repost old posts just to gain more attention, even if it is based on a game aimed towards children.

So yeah, I think I’ve justified myself sufficiently. Let’s start on this wonderful journey, shall we? 🙂

To start, here is the bridge to my house – my first ever build!

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Yeah… it’s a bit crappy. I’m not very fond of this myself, and that’s discarding everything else I’ve built. Let’s concentrate on the bridge as we cross it with my Mocktropica Narf companion, Narfy.

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St. Patrick’s Day gifts – Leprechaun Follower and Costume!

Hi Gs,

Today is St. Patrick’s Day and Poptropica is recognizing this with a couple of free items – the Leprechaun Costume from the Store is free for today, and a new Leprechaun Follower which can only be obtained if you visit Mythology Island. Odd placement!

On the follower, it says to go the 24 Carrot Island diner, mix yellow and blue, and drink it to get green hair. It also has a button that allows you to travel to the diner.

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For the costume, if you press space bar while wearing it, you’ll do a comical little Irish jig! Here’s a gif of Skinny Moon doing the dance.

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It’s also notable that the post on the Creators’ Blog about these items is the first post by “Skinny Moon” (Jessica from social media). I’m excited to see future posts from her! 🙂

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Update: In other news, Poptropica Realms is back! Bugs have been fixed, so the experience should be smoother. Check out our Realms Guide and get building!

TAFN.

-HPuterpop

Realms Deviated, Skinny Moon Rises

Hey Poptropicans!

As some of you may have noticed, a few days ago, Realms disappeared from the map! A new post on the Creators’ Blog explains what’s going on: they’re fixing a glitch. From the words of the Captain:

Never fear, Poptropicans, because all the Realms you created are safe — they’re only temporarily unavailable. In our latest update to Poptropica, a bug in the code base disabled Realms. We’re actively working on squashing this pesky bug and restoring Realms as quickly as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience and will update you as soon as we have more information.

We’re not sure when Realms will be back, but we hope it’s soon! 🙂 Better go enjoy Poptropica’s latest update (Valentine’s Photo Booth) instead – after all, look what it cost to get that up. 😛

Meanwhile on social media, Skinny Moon/Jessica (Poptropica’s social media person) recently had another spontaneous common room party, where she brought out her pink guitar! We missed it, but Poptropican tweeter Josh (@IcyStorm9) was there and shared a picture.

Speaking of Skinny Moon, I recently drew her Popsona (Poptropica persona) and shared it on Twitter and DeviantArt. Not long after seeing it, she joined DeviantArt as PopGirlJess and became a member of a couple of dA Poptropica groups, including the one the PHB uses, We-Love-Poptropica!

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So if you’re a Poptropica artist (or an aspiring one), you might just see her around the DeviantArt community, especially if you post to the group We-Love-Poptropica! New members are always welcome, so if you enjoy art (whether it’s commenting or making), definitely check it out. (And visit Jessica’s dA page too, because she loves her fans!) Welcome to DeviantArt, Skinny Moon!

Stay awesome, Poptropicans. 😀

–🐠🐠

Snow on Home Island, Hula Hare, Realms, & more!

Hey Poptropicans!

First of all, it’s snowing on Home Island (and also on the PHB)! Fancy. The NPC (non-player character) in front of the Shop is wearing a costume that fluctuates between yeti and Jack Frost, and the other NPCs are carrying candy canes. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

If you take the blimp over to Poptropica Realms, there’s a new loading screen featuring Dr. Hare playing with a blue hula hoop! You can also see this in action with this link. So far, this only seems to appear before Realms is loaded. (Thanks to Happy Panda for the tip!)

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Speaking of Realms, the Creators haven’t posted much in the way of Remarkable Realms as of late – until just recently, when they featured Loud Chicken’s “Esador Cityon the official blog! To visit this magnificent cityscape, use the Realms code 72pyj.

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It’s been almost a year since Poptropica updated their homepage layout, but if you ever want to go back to the classic layout where there was less clicking around to get to the game, Nice Hawk of Poptrickia recently shared this link that allows you to do just that:

http://www.poptropica.com/play-poptropica.php

If you prefer the original page, be sure to bookmark the link while it lasts!

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There’s also a few things going on relating to the Poptropica graphic novel – the first volume, Mystery of the Map, will be released March 1, 2016 in bookstores, and if you’re a US resident, you can even enter this giveaway on Goodreads for a chance to win a copy of the book!

If you view the book on Amazon, you can also see what the book cover will look like (pictured below). (Ehh… the design could be better. 😛 ) Also, check out this wall decal of Oliver in Poptropica HQ that the Creators shared on Twitter!

Did you know you could read a preview of the graphic novel on this Poptropica page? But don’t worry, you can continue reading the whole thing over on the PHB’s Comics page!

Have you flipped through the latest PHB magazine, Issue #28 of The POPCORN? Poptropica recently gave us a shout-out, which gives even more reason for you to check it out!

Anyway, be sure to catch up on all the happenings below. Stay popping, Poptropicans! 😀

Photos to Chase after for some Halloween fun!

Hey Poptropicans! Spooky spectacles are afoot!

Black Widow has been hinting at something to come to the Photo Booth: “It might not be a bad idea to start practicing your Halloween photos in the Photo Booth. But perhaps we’ve said too much… for now.” Are the Creators trying to one-up us with a Halloween contest of their own??

Whatever’s up with that, it can’t hurt to make something cool with the Halloween props in the Photo Booth on Home Island, because it might just win you a free membership if you enter the PHB’s 7th Annual Halloween Contest! It doesn’t end ’til Halloween. Check out this PHB post for all the details!

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There’s also a Magnus Chase ad on Main Street of Mythology Island. (Magnus Chase is a new book series by Rick Riordan.) To win this mini-game, just run up to the top-right corner and hop into the blue portal! Watch out for the Ratatosk and raven along the way.

When you get there, you’ll win a Ratatosk Follower and a costume (Sam for girls; Blitzen for boys)!

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Plus, album photos for Timmy Failure Island (walkthrough here) are now available! The island came out a month ago for members without photos, but better late than never – although, why does only one picture get a caption? 😛

In other news, Poptropica’s Twitter is no longer in the hands of Poptropica CEO Jess Brallier! According to this tweet, someone else on the Poptropica team now manages all their social media. Hmm.

Another tweet from Poptropica tells us that there’s been an update in Realms: “Monsters now eat, can become nicer, and will drop Poptanium when full!” Check out our Poptropica Realms Guide for more tips and tricks about Realms!

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Be sure to check out all the recent posts below to catch up on what’s popping! 😉

Hope you’re enjoying the fall & Halloween-themed makeover on the PHB! 😀

Stay popping, Poptropicans. :mrgreen:

~slantedfish