Community Creations: April 2019

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Hello once again everyone! Spotted Dragon here bringing you the April recap for Community Creations! April’s theme was action & combat and the featured work is not in any particular order. Be sure to check out all the featured artists!

No clue what’s going on? Go see our intro post.

Top 5 Picks

Slanted Fish by iHateFridays

iHateFridays - Slanted Fish

So much power in this piece! Fishy definitely looks ready for a fight, so the scene fits this month’s theme perfectly. The bold colors and glowing background bring a bunch of energy into an otherwise static setting. Moreover, the curves to Fishy’s outfit and hair show movement despite the stance being firm and stationary. I certainly wouldn’t wanna pick a fight with her! Great work. Find their DeviantArt here.

Poptropica: Choose Your Fighter by Maroon Raptor

Maroon Raptor - Poptropica Choose Your Fighter

How creative!!! Mimicking our recent April Fools prank, the idea of Poptropica being a combat game is super fun here. I especially love the particular characters chosen for this lineup. Both infamous villains and minute side characters are showcased, each with their own distinct personalities, skill sets, and flaws, showing the vast possibilities of the pseudo-game. I can only imagine how the fights would turn out! Brilliant design. Find their DeviantArt here.

Ready for Action & Combat by Quick Fang

Quick Fang - Ready for Action and Combat

A cute collage of characters! Poptropica’s photo booth is put to good use in this piece, allowing for a non-traditional submission that fits in swimmingly. I love the chaos of the setting shown through the different poses and emotions, as it ties into the chaos of action nicely. Makes the imagination run wild! What could possibly be going on??? Well done. Find the artist in the comment section. 😛

Dragon Keepers of Lightning & Ice by Silver Coyote

I walked into my cabin, a nice purple and orange castle like structure, welcomed by an owl that flew in through an open window. The brown barn owl held a parcel in its talons, as soon as I walked up to him, it dropped it onto my hand.

My name is Spotted Thunder, I have long brown hair and a Greek goddess crown. I have a dragon named Gale. He’s a purple wind dragon with two pairs of wings and aqua under scales.

I walked into my dorm, which I share with Skinny fish, Friendly Storm, Green Ring, and my cousin, Fearless Dragon. She has long blonde hair and she has a light fury named Pelus.

Looking at the return address, it was from Zeus, God of lighting and my dad. I opened the parcel and what was he thinking?

Picture this: a Sparrow size bird, frozen in ice. No, not the ones that melt.

I didn’t get this. Why on earth would a God who I proved my power twice in a battle would send me something that makes no sense?

CONTINUE READING

Dun dun duh! Though the story is not near completed, nor has gotten to any climactic action scene, the build up of this tale is definitely captivating. The reader is immediately thrown into the setting and a conflict is immediately in the air. What could that grumpy old Zeus want this time? Wonderful start to a story, I hope to see it flourish! Find their Wattpad here.

Combat Ready AU by Prickly Penguin

Prickly Penguin - Combat AU

Another super cool idea! This AU matches our theme perfectly, even fitting into our Smash! Crackle! Pop! pseudo-game. The sketchy design makes the piece feel like actual concept art, while still showing some nice action! From the characters, to the health bars, to the stage, this game looks like an absolute blast. Anyone else imagining Ringmaster Raven using a whip to say “Get over here!”? Just me? Anyway, find their Tumblr here, where you can see more art of this energetic AU.


Honorable Mentions

Amazing submissions everyone! I loved seeing all the action scenes. But remember, no Endgame spoilers in the comment section!!! 😉


May: How do I Participate?

Community Creations is a cool series for anyone in the Poptropica community to join in on. To sum up what it’s about, it’s basically a chance to show off your artwork, creepy fan-fics, Pop clubhouses, costumes, and anything else that pops into your mind.

If we really like the piece you submit, we will feature it here on the PHB! As long as it relates to that month’s theme. So what is May’s theme? May’s theme is…

Houses & Architecture!

Like the characters, the setting of Poptropica takes a bunch of effort to design. And on urban islands, that means a lot of building designs, oh which each has to fit the surrounding aesthetic. Plus, houses have become a big aspect of our Poptropican’s world as of late! So, with all that reasoning, I think it’s time to give our homes and other buildings a bigger spotlight in your work this month!

So what can you make? Well, send in screenshots of your own Poptropican Home of course! But that’s not all. Maybe draw your Poptropican’s dream room, or have Count Bram’s castle be the center of your piece! Write a story surrounding the creepy haunted house or design an entirely new building for an entirely new island! The limits are up to you, so have fun! 😛

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  • Comment below with a link to whatever you’ve created OR share it with me (SydVC aka Spotted Dragon) on DeviantArtTwitter, or Discord.
  • Results: I will feature 5 of the submissions as well as 3 honorable mentions.
  • Limitations: Nothing NSFW, and make sure you relate to the theme.
  • Due Date: I will take any entries before the end of this month. Submit as many things as you’d like!

I will always be sure to let you know I have seen your creation. Bonus points if you make a compelling description for your piece! While quality counts, I’m mainly looking for something to simply catch my eye, so don’t be afraid to join in!

So what are you waiting for? Go make something awesome!

~SD

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Our first “Look of the Week”: Young Turtle

Greetings Poptropicans — Fierce Flyer here!

Blue Tooth, Poptropica’s newest blogger, has followed up on the promise to feature a weekly series, showcasing some of the most glamorous Pop outfits from the Blast-Off Arcade with some awesome custom artwork. Our first “Look of the Week” winner is Young Turtle:

This dude’s “mixing and matching some classic ninja duds and modern bling to flip around the arcade in style,” says Blue Tooth, and I dig it.

What do you think? Have you been grooming for the perfect outfit to show off at the arcade? Tell us in the comments!

—Fierce Flyer ✈️

PHB Special: Unsatisfying Island Endings

This is a guest post by Comical Carrot about island quests with unsatisfying endings. Note: Spoilers abound. Enjoy!

Hi, I’m Comical Carrot!

To me, the best part about completing an island in Poptropica is the satisfying feeling of saving people or solving a mystery. Most of the islands have intense and fun endings, like the Mystery Train chase scene, or the defeat of El Mustachio in Wild West. However, there are certain islands with unsettling and unsatisfying endings, where the player is confused, frustrated, and overall sad… and that’s the topic of this post.

Bonus Quest Endings

Sometimes, an island doesn’t just end at the end—there are bonus quests! People who aren’t members might relate to the frustration, since these bonus bits are for members only.

Twisted Thicket

In this island, you spend a ton of time trying to figure out the secret and mystery in the heart of the magical forest. The climax and most intense part is when the player has to destroy and slow down all the construction vehicles in order to prevent them from killing the forest and its creatures. After the player stops the construction, you feel happy to have saved the forest.

But wait! The special orb of the forest is cracked and is missing pieces. In order to collect the pieces, you have to do the BONUS QUEST!

I remember seeing this (as a nonmember) and feeling super frustrated and guilty as I saw the poor forest creatures fading away and desperate for help. The island isn’t truly finished and you can’t say that you have saved them at all. It’s not conclusive, and you pretty much can’t progress any further without membership.

Poptropolis Games

In this island, you compete in an Olympic-like competition and need to win first place overall in order to beat the island. After you’ve won as many games as you can and come out on top, you are awarded the medallion. Yay! You’re a winner and the best Poptropican athlete of all time.

But wait! There’s some grumpy old guy who wants to battle you for the title! And… it’s a bonus quest. Seeing this, the nonmember players know that they haven’t really finished the island and they can’t really claim their recognition properly.

There are other islands that could fit this inaccessible bonus ending category, too, like in Vampire’s Curse when you’re hunted, or saving the oil spill in SOS Island. But Poptropolis Games and Twisted Thicket are the more frustrating ones, in my opinion.

Cheated Endings

These are the endings where you feel cheated out of your hard work and victory by another character swooping in to be the “hero.”

Vampire’s Curse

Here you’ve risked your life and entered the lair of the vampire, found a cure, and rescued Katya. Who gets the praise in the end? Katya’s sleazy boyfriend, Christopher!

Yes, you do get the medallion, but Katya barely even thanks you! Not only did he want to get away from his girlfriend, but he also took all the credit for your hard work? What do you get in return? A medallion that the vampire dropped and a weird hunter coming for your life. Great.

(Big Nate Island also ends like this, where you don’t get the credit for discovering the treasure, but you still at least get the medallion in the end…)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

After surprisingly getting a golden ticket, the player ventures into the Willy Wonka chocolate factory, where they pass multiple tests and save the lives of the other kid contestants. You even save Charlie in the end! So who gets the key to the factory? Not you — Charlie!

Now I know this is kind of a stretch as the player doesn’t need the factory since they are an adventurer who just wants to help others out while Charlie and his family needs the money. (Also in the original story, your character obviously isn’t in it, let alone wins the factory.) This one wasn’t as bad as the other endings in this category, I think.

Super Power

I’m not even going to talk too much about this island. You do the hard work of defeating every villain in a unique and clever way, and do MOST of the work in defeating Betty Jetty. But who gets the credit and the medallion? Ned Noodlehead!

In the end, you still get the medallion, but not because the citizens of the island think you deserve it, but because you traded it for a simple hotdog. All your hard work was just as special as a plain old hotdog.

Weird Endings

And these are the endings where you have no idea what just happened…

Lunar Colony

In Lunar Colony, after finally meeting up with Salerno and almost saving her, she vanishes into another dimension. Once you come back to Earth, you see Salerno in some other planet or world, with unsettling things in the background. Sure, she made it to her dream destination, but the player is left with the concern of whether or not she will survive.

I remember seeing this, wondering what just happened, and how she even can communicate back to Earth. But at least people are now interested in space again…?

Nabooti

The ending of this island wasn’t so much concerning and unsettling, but it definitely was weird. The entire statue that you worked hard to place the sacred gems back into is… an alien? Yeah, I was super shocked by this but it was kind of cool and gave the island a unique vibe.

Other islands that could fit this section would be the subpar Back Lot Island movie at the end, and the fascinating but strange ending to the Mission Atlantis trilogy.

So that’s it for this post! Let me know what other bad endings to Poptropica islands you’d add to this list. To be fair, these bad endings aren’t actually so bad, since the islands themselves were fun and exhilarating to do.

Also, I’m considering buying a membership! Will doing the bonus quests help fill the frustration from the bonus quest ending islands? Let me know!

—Comical Carrot


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Pop Fan Artist Spotlight: iLee-Font

Greeting, Poptropicans! It’s Lucky Joker with another Pop Fan Artist Spotlight! The highlighted artist this time around is my personal favorite artist at the moment, iLee-Font!

What I love about iLee-Font’s art is that as soon as you look at it, you can tell it’s their’s. ILee-Font draws in such a cool cartoonish style that just does Poptropica characters so well! Their artwork never ceases to impress me. Check out this gallery of their incredible art (click images to enlarge):

Pretty cool, am I right? If you wanna see more of their stunning work, head on over to their DeviantArt page for more.

ILee-Font tells me that art has always been a really important part of their life and is a great way to express their thoughts and ideas. They would eventually like to illustrate stories through comics or shows and just spread happiness to others. Very nice! 🙂

Well that concludes this spotlight! I hope you enjoyed this look into a Poptropica fan’s artwork. If you’ve made some of your own Poptropica fan art, we’d love for you to share it in our DeviantArt group gallery, We-Love-Poptropica. Also, don’t forget to check out all the other artists I’ve featured. You won’t be disappointed!

Thanks for reading as always and I’ll talk to you soon…pop on!

– Lucky Joker 🍀

Fantastic furniture and a website without Worlds

Hello, everyone! My name is Gentle Dolphin, and today we have quite a few interesting things happening over at Poptropica. Let’s get started with a magical clubhouse shop update.

The clubhouse shop has been updated to include some new items that could only exist in our wildest fantasies. In total, there are fourteen new items: ten mythical creatures, three woodsy wallpapers, and one unicorn plushie.

Sadly, only four of these items (blue ogre, mushroom kid, sugar plum fairy, and gnome) are available to all players. Look on the bright side, with the announcement of “Clubhouse of the Week”, you can give your clubhouse a magical touch to stand out from the rest. Log in and get customizing!


Before you log in, you may notice that the Poptropica homepage has been given a makeover, complete with a brand new banner showcasing what you can expect in the game. I’m going to miss the old homepage design, but this still looks nice.

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Although this is a nice change, I can’t help but ask myself “Where is Poptropica Worlds?” The homepage doesn’t have a link to Pop Worlds; clicking either the “Log In” button or the “Play Now” button will direct you to Poptropica Original. This is especially strange considering that, a few days earlier, the homepage had Poptropica Worlds-style graphics, yet there were still no links to it whatsoever. Take a look:

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Crazy, right? I googled Poptropica Worlds to check whether or not it was still working. Pop Worlds still works, though it still hasn’t changed since last year. This brings up a lot of questions regarding the future of Pop Worlds. Why would the Creators just leave Poptropica Worlds off of the homepage?” “Why haven’t the Creators been giving it nearly as much love and attention as its older sibling, Poptropica Original? “

It’s no secret that the Creators are hard at work making sure that Poptropica Original is able to stick around after Flash is no longer supported by the end of 2020; they’ve made this clear as day. But you’d think that they would also put focus on Pop Worlds, which was originally created to be a successor to Pop Original.

A while back, the Creators wrote on their blog that they were working on updates for Pop Original and Pop Worlds. They stated that though they were working on Pop Original, they hadn’t abandoned Pop Worlds. Right now, it’s hard to fully believe their statement regarding Pop Worlds. Here’s what they said:

And for those of you wondering about Worlds, don’t worry, new updates are headed there too! The Creators have been working on some updates that *have* to happen to Poptropica so we can keep it around after Flash is no longer supported, but that doesn’t mean we’ve abandoned Worlds!

That’s about it for now. What do you guys think of the new fantasy furniture items? What do you think is in store for Poptropica Worlds’s future? Leave a comment below!

Thank you for reading, and have a good day!

-Gentle Dolphin

Accessorize your pet and your clubhouse!

Hello, everyone! It’s Lucky Joker here with some cool news for you all today.

Firstly, the Pet Barn’s got some cute new accessories for your little companions! You can now buy: a pink afro (members only), a grey beard, a blue bow,(members only) and big brown eyes — which are really adorable, by the way.

To commemorate the new pet stuff, Pop Creator Blue Tooth posted this drawing of Pop pets Dorf and Pepper with the beard and bowtie:

“Did you know that bunnies loaf just like cats? Here’s Dorf and his best friend Pepper modeling some of the new items available in the pet barn.”

Now moving on to the more exciting stuff! Blue Tooth has announced that every other week (the Fridays in between “Look of the Week“) the Creators will be recognizing and featuring a Poptropican’s clubhouse on Twitter, Instagram, and the Creators’ Blog, so get customizing, folks!

Will your clubhouse make “Clubhouse of the Week“?

Thank you all for reading, and I’ll talk to you guys soon. Pop on!

-Lucky Joker🍀

Are you fit to win Outfit of the Week?

Hey guys and gals, Sporty Boa here with a special announcement regarding the Poptropica Creators’ Blog’s latest post! It’ll be my pleasure to help my buddy, Blue Tooth, spread the word about… Look of the Week!

Yep! The Creators have just announced that every other week, they’ll scour the islands and common rooms to find and select a Poptropican sporting their best outfit and award them the “Look of the Week,” serenading them with social media shout-outs and even an exclusive art piece dedicated to their stylish costume!

That Poptropican could be you, so get out to the common rooms and start sporting your sportiest look!

Also, since the “Look of the Week” segment will take place every other week, the Pop Creators will be introducing another mystery segment that will take place on the Fridays that don’t feature a look of the week. So stay on the lookout for when that announcement is made!

Welp, that’s all the news from me. Stay sporty! Boa out!