Contests

PHB’s 9th Annual Sp00py Costume Contest!

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Hello, sp00ptropicans! October is here, Halloween is just around the corner, and that means it’s time for the PHB’s Annual Sp00py Halloween Costume Contest!

This is our ninth year doing this, and this time around, we’re going to have two categories: Poptropica Original and Poptropica Worlds!

Traditionally, Poptropicans submit their best Poptropica Halloween costumes in the comments section by giving an Avatar Studio link and/or posting their username. Since the Avatar Studio only works for accounts on Pop Original, the procedure for submitting a Worlds costume will be different — details below.

Tips for a sp00py costume

As you put together your entry (or entries — feel free to submit as many times as you like!), keep in mind the following:

  • 🎃 Be original! Instead of just using all the parts of one costume that already exists, mix and match to create your own unique costume.
  • 🎃 There are some great Halloween costume parts at the ghoul gathering from the end of the Haunted House quest from the Store, as well as the collection of free costumes in the Store, but be creative and search in other places too! We have tools like the Avatar Studio Gift and iPop to help you find just the right parts you need.
  • 🎃 Keep your costume intact until after the winners are announced on October 31 (Halloween). If you change your costume before then, we may not see it! If you don’t want to keep the costume on your main account, you can create a new one and post the link to that instead. Or, send us a screenshot from the Avatar Studio in the same way as you see cropped on our ASG page. (Entries for Worlds will require a screenshot — don’t worry, it’s a simple process!)
  • 🎃 Optional: Give your costume a groovy name. It’ll help your costume stand out even more, and if it wins, we’ll refer to it by the name you’ve given it!

How to enter your costume

  • 🍭 To post your entry for Poptropica Original, go to the Avatar Studio, type in your username, click Load, click on the Link to highlight it, right-click and choose Copy. Then, go to the comments section on this post, right-click and choose Paste, type in your comment (you can include your username if you’d like to) and submit it, so we can view your costume by clicking the link!
  • 🍭 To post your entry for Poptropica Worlds, go to your closet and take a screenshot (see instructions here for screenshotting on any computer or mobile device). Then, upload your screenshot on an image hosting website such as imgur or TinyPic, copy the link to your image, and insert the link into your comment so we see it!

For both games, you can submit as many entries as you like, but if you do, make sure to use multiple accounts so that you don’t overwrite the last costume you put on. Remember, though, you can only win a maximum of one time for each game.

The contest closes on Monday, October 30. Winners will be announced October 31.

Winners & Prizes

  • 👻 On Halloween (October 31), we’ll make a post featuring the winning costumes on the front page of the PHB for all to see, *PLUS* each winner will receive a one-month Poptropica membership, courtesy of the Poptropica Creators!
  • 👻 The winning costumes will also be immortalized on the PHB’s Costumes page, where you can see examples of past Halloween winners.
  • 👻 We’ll have 12 winners total – 6 costumes from each game – as well as some honorary mentions for just the post, but not the page.

🍭👻🎃 Happy Costumizing! 🎃👻🍭

🦇 P.S. If you’re feeling especially artistic in this spooky season, be sure to participate in this month’s Community Creations, which also has a Halloween theme!

New Poptropica (Worlds), Sneak Peeks

A Whole New World: A Whole New Avatar

Hey everyone, Spotted Dragon here with overused puns as usual! Believe me, I know that Aladdin has been referenced way too much when we talk about Poptropica Worlds around here, but the title was just waiting to be used.

Anyway, the PHB isn’t the only thing around here with a new look! 😀

changing avatar

The Creators provided us with a new post earlier today explaining how our Poptropicans’ looks will be changing when Poptropica Worlds rolls around. While we already saw the avatar’s new look in the trailer, this post does explain it a bit more clearly.

new avatar look

See what I mean? We already knew that our characters would be earning themselves some hands and shoes, but it looks like their whole looks will be more defined.

Some key changes:

  • Growth spurts (taller avatars – the legs are more proportional)
  • Joints (including more realistic movement, presumably)
  • Feet (with shoes)
  • Hands (of course! and Oliver is wearing a wristwatch – suggesting more customization options in that area)

Since Unity and Spine will be used when making Poptropica Worlds, our Poptropicans will supposedly be much more customizable.

As seen in the image above, the 4-fingered hands will have 4 different positions, of which will change depending on the movement of your character. This will hopefully lead to nicer looking animation, like the running that’s shown.

Though there are some conflicting opinions on all this change, there is no denying that the announcement of hands has left everyone on YouTube excited in one way or another.

Poptropica Worlds has been controversial lately, but I have to say I am trying to stay optimistic. I like that the art style is still clearly “Poptropica” even though more detail has been added. I’m hoping this improvement in art reflects the other “improvements” and changes being made.

While this is it for now, the Creators have promised more sneak peeks into Poptropica Worlds in the next few weeks! Let’s hope the update comes out as scheduled this time, right? 😉

~SD

Bonus Items

Lookin’ for An AVATAR?

Well, Gazek Speaking Here, And I’ve Got news, BIG TIME news! I know that you’re already loaded up from ST Hijuyo’s name change, but read on!

Poptropica has released a new thing called the Poptropica Avatar Studio, And It is COOL! For all of you people who are bashing their keyboards on the floor ’cause your not able to take screenshots of your poptropican, (Quote Taken From Crazy Flyer) The Avatar Studio is for You! Thanks To BuizelON, a member of the PHF for this update. The Avatar Studio is amazing, all you need to do is type in your username, and poptropica will show your poptropican.  Then you start cropping, and you can either type in the dimensions, or draw the selector around the place you want to crop.  Then you have an option of zooming in. At the bottom there’s an embed code used for putting this on your website or blog, and then a direct link, and then a button that allows you to save it on your computer. You can also use this for your wordpress gravatar. But this also means that motionman95’s Image generator has competition! As for me, I think that the Image generator is better, poptropica could have added a few more a features, ;). Check out the snapshot below, It shows you most of the Details.

avatarstudio

And Speaking Of Avatars and Gravatars, I had a Pretty bad experience with my wordpress gravatar. I was changing my gravatar to a new one, And something TERRIBLE happened. My wordpress gravatar changed all right, but into some wierd gravatar!!! Check out the widget in the sidebar, and see my gravatar. Horrible, eh? Well, hopefully I’ll be able to do something about this and this problem will soon be over.

Signing Off,

Gazek.

Nabooti (CYOA) Island, Sneak Peeks

Choose Your Own Adventure: Nabooti totem

Another sneak peek was released, and it’s about the Nabooti tribe! You can view the image here: http://blog.poptropica.com/. I’ve posted the image below too if the links don’t work. The image shows a sacred Nabooti totem.

In other news: You may have noticed that when you post a comment, there is a little picture with it. This is called an avatar. I’ve changed the avatar settings so that every user has a different picture, automatically generated so that everyone’s is unique! The images all look like shape monsters. 😛

You can change the image if you don’t like it by going to your own WordPress user profile (located at your blog’s Dashboard) and editing your avatar, or signing up with Gravatar! 😀 I hope you like them. Remember they are automatically generated so I can’t switch your avatar with someone else’s.