Pranks, Web Development

Poptropica Fools!

April Fools Day, 2009

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April Fools day. A day for foolery and miscious. And PHB had a go at it.

The logo used in the PHB April Fools, 2009 Prank.
The logo used in the PHB April Fools, 2009 Prank.

For 3 days before, during, and after Aprils Fools day, the PHB team changed the whole site to appear as if it was now serving another online game called “Club Penguin”. And boy did PHB fool alot of people!

Crying, thrashing, tearing, yelling, “WE WANT PHB BE BACK! WE WANT PHB BACK!”. We got dozens of comments and emails of pure panic that the site had mysteriously changed over night.

Not only was it the readers that got fooled but the Poptropica Creators Blog (PCB) got fooled too:

Rest In Peace โ€“ Help Blog

We wanted to acknowledge a certain โ€œHelp Blogโ€ for Poptropica that recently changed formats. They had a lot of talent, and weโ€™ll miss them terribly. Good luck guys.

Whether or not this was the creators just joining in on the foolery, or maybe they were just completly fooled, or maybe they were just talking about another site (unlikely ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

So what on earth did we do to make it look so much like we had changed.

Heres what the site looked like.
Heres what the site looked like.

First off Codien designed the header, making it as real as possible as if we were really a help blog serving Club Penguin.

Now we had to write the posts and pages.ย  We were stuck. We had to write lots of posts and pages in less then 3 days. We couldn’t do it. So we emailed a very good friend of ours and asked her if we could use her posts for the prank.

This person was Happy Pippi – Happy Pippi owns aย  wonderful, amazing, well organized blog involving Club Penguin. Her blogged is filled with amazing posts and pages.

When we asked she was very happy in letting us use her posts (Suggesting the name ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

We would like everybody to give a very big thanks to Happy Pippi. THANKS HAPPY PIPPI!

Please visit her amazing site by clicking on this link: ย  http://happypippi.wordpress.com/
Or you can access it by clicking on the link button saying Happy Pippi in the right hand bar.

We will add more stuff to this latter. With a more detailed explanation and behind the scenes work.

April Fools!

-PHB Team-

Scary Tomato
Smockers
Codien

Bonus Items, Sneak Peeks

Jordan Leary is not strange!

As mentioned by Shiny Leaf, here is another Astro-Knights bonus sneak peek from the Creators! To be more specific, it’s Comic Kid on his adventures again… looks like he has pulled another strange emote! Maybe we’ll be able to get to use it someday? Anyway:

Blog Post Title: Stranger and Stranger
Description: My adventures have taken me to even stranger places lately. I recently came across some very odd creatures in glass containers. I was glad to leave the place!
Image URL: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_q9BePaDQLzI/SaMf9I2PzGI/AAAAAAAAAC8/i1yFJVjcJKU/s1600-h/science.jpg
Image Name: science.jpg

“Science” is the name of this picture, so this could be a science laboratory. Those containers could be aliens from outer space… or are they just jellyfish? o_O

Another big discovery about the Poptropica Creators! And no, this one isn’t from the strange place Comic Kid just visited. Let’s give it up for Quick Flame, whoย tracked downย yet another Creator:

I found a Jordan Leary who works for Poptropica for editing or something, he has a website too, I think itโ€™s jordanleary.com or something.

Jordan Leary is another Poptropica Creator – and there’s proof on his website. Stalkers, here’s the details you need:

Website: http://jordanleary.com/
Job:
Flash game developer at Pearson Education, Inc.ย He’s currently working on Poptropica, he says. Jordan is primarily responsible for the front-end programming, animation, and visual effects.
E-mail address: [email protected]

For some evidence that he is a Creator, check out his website. On the right side of the main page, it says he works for Poptropica. Then click on “Interactive” on Mr. Leary’s site. It will bring up some images that he has apparently worked on, and the very first one listed should show 2 Poptropicans together on Early Poptropica Island! Cool… :mrgreen:

That’s all for today, but remember to read up on the posts below! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Astro-Knights Island, Sneak Peeks, Uncategorized

Our first half-million, Jeff Kinney, and Shining Crystals!

Yes!! Poptropica Help Blog has reached 500,000 hits – that’s half of a million! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

Special First Posts!:
Scary Tomato’s first post (joined July 26, 2008.)
Smockers’s first post (joined October 6, 2008.)
Codien’s first post (joined October 20, 2008.)

The PHB was created on July 26, 2008. Today is February 17, 2009. That means it took only around 6 months, 3 weeks, and a day! That was quick! ๐Ÿ˜€

To celebrate with a bit of confetti, check out this funny website:
http://producten.hema.nl/

The language written there is Dutch, but don’t worry, you don’t need to know Dutch to watch the cool video there! Oh, and turn on the volume for extra effects, too! ๐Ÿ˜›

Or…

  • opens the cookie jar*
  • munches*

Let’s add some milk to that, too! Cheers! :mrgreen:

Many of you might know Jeff Kinney. In case you don’t, he’s the author of the bestselling series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid! If you want to read Diary of a Wimpy Kid, you can see it online for free on Funbrain: http://www.funbrain.com/journal/Journal.html?ThisJournalDay=1&ThisPage=1.

Anyway, Grey Flame recently discovered on Jeff’s website that Jeff Kinney himself is one of Poptropica’s Creators! Thanks for sharing, Grey Flame!

For proof, visit Mr. Kinney’s website at: http://wimpykid.com/

Click on “Author Interview” at the left side. Under the second Q-and-A that shows up, click on “Next”. On the next page find where it says “Q: Are you a full time writer?” A:, the answer, says: “No. I work full-time as a virtual world designer, and I created Poptropica.com. I’m also a full-time dad, so things are very busy for me right now!”

The big news is, there’s now another known way to contact the Poptropica Creators! On Mr. Kinney’s website, click on “Contact” at the left. At the top, it says:

Jeff Kinney
[email protected]

Please note: Because of the amount of E-mail Jeff receives, it’s not possible for him to respond quickly. It might take a few months for Jeff to get your E-mail.

We might be able to ask Jeff Kinney about Poptropica questions by sending E-mails to him! However, as the note says on his website, it might take quite a while before he replies (if he even does at all!).

If any of you send him an E-mail, and he replies, tell us about it! You can forward it to us at [email protected]. If it’s really interesting we can share it with everyone else on Poptropica Help Blog, and give you credit, of course!

Anyone here like pink? Then this next Astro-Knights sneak peek is for you!

Thanks Zany Moon for the alert. Adorned all over this image we see are a many shiny pink crystals. Here’s the picture and information:

Blog Post Title: Far Far Far Away
Description: I’ve found some really unique places within the vast world of Poptropica. This place was really special with its many glistening and glowing pink crystals. I couldn’t help but pick one up and examine its beauty.
Image URL: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_q9BePaDQLzI/SZmP51ndHoI/AAAAAAAAAC0/Gx0istNg42c/s1600-h/crystals.jpg
Image Name: crystals.jpg

Maybe we’ll get to hold these crystals on Astro-Knights, since that’s what Comic Kid is doing in the picture! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Big Nate Island

Big Nate Launches Tomorrow!

Today Poptropica anounced that Big Nate Island will be released tomorrow afternoon. Woohoo!

bignate

If you signed up for the E-mail alert, or checked the Poptropica Creators’ Blog, you would have seen the following message (this is what it says in the E-mail; the blog has a similar message):

The all-new Big Nate Island will launch tomorrow afternoon, February 12, 2009 (EST). Visit Poptropica tomorrow to be one of the first to play!

-Poptropica Creators

Donโ€™t forget to sign up for Island Alert #3. Youโ€™ll get advance notice of the next islandโ€™s launch.
Sign up now!

Notes:

  • For some of us it might be February 13, early in the morning. It depends on your country’s time zone.
  • Donโ€™t forget to sign up to be alerted when Astro-Knights Island is released!
  • The Poptropica Creators’ time zone is possibly EST, since that was the time they mentioned. See this webpage for informationย of what places EST is used.
  • The E-mail address used was: [email protected]. Some other additional details included were:
    mailed-by: fen.rsys1.com
    signed-by: rsys1.com
  • The E-mail title was –ย “Island Alert #2: Big Nate Island…”
  • The blog post title was: Heads up!
  • At the bottom it says, “This message was sent by Family Education Network using Responsys Interact.”
  • Based on the picture given by the Creators (it shows what Main Street will be like on BN Island), it looks like there will be some kind of photography building involved!
  • Remember to check out some of the posts below too.
Bonus Items

Halloween News and More!

Well, there a lot of updates on Poptropica, so get ready! First of all, on the Poptropica Creators’ Blog, they have posted a little fun game where you can make your own specialized pumpkin. View it here: http://www.widgetbox.com/widget/my-widget-familyeducation.

Also, you’re now able to get Halloween costumes in Poptropica! But the costume display will only be obtainable for this weekend. Also, now you can get the pumpkin head without having to search for it in a multiplayer room. Also available are a mummy costume, vampire costume, and witch costume. Here’s the picture posted on the blog:

Also, you are now able to receive an E-mail when Nabooti Island releases! Just go to this page: http://www.poptropica.com/email_alert/index.html. I assume this will be used for all new islands. Don’t worry; they won’t send you spam or anything. Read their privacy policy.

Codien has designed a Halloween blog header for us! You can now see it at the top of every page. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks, Codien!

Also, we reached 70,000 hits yesterday! (That was fast. Lol.) More cookies for everyone!

Don’t forget to check out the new Maps page!
https://poptropica.wordpress.com/maps