Blast from the Past

2009 Rewind: Pop-ular Places

This post is part of our Poptropica Yearbook series. If you missed the intro, check it out on the 2007 Rewind and view the follow-up 2008 Rewind.

It’s a fine time to check out 2009! With both the Poptropica Creators’ Blog and Poptropica Help Blog in full swing, the online Poptropica community was growing exponentially, even inspiring new fan sites.

The year kicked off with Big Nate Island in February, after months of Big Nate comics shared on the Creators’ Blog.

While sneak peeks for upcoming islands from the Creators were wildly popular, the PHB took a step further and started a series known as PHB Sneak Peeks. These were glances at things even the Creators hadn’t revealed:

Over on the PHB, we were up to lots of shenanigans as well. In April, for example, we had great success with our “Club Penguin Help Blog” prank that fooled even the Poptropica Creators — if only for a little while.

Before our blog was even a year old, we reached one million site views, so we celebrated by giving away some of those rare and coveted “Monster Carnival leaks.” These were the early days of Poptropica glitching and trading!

That summer, the Poptropica community grew to include a Poptropica Help Forum (the PHF was created by Coderkid, who later became PHB staff) and Poptropica Help Chat (PHC) (which was hosted on Xat). Both brought good times, but only the PHC remains to this day, and we’re on Discord now.

We also began a monthly Poptropica magazine, and PHB readers voted on the name The Poptropican’s 911, for all your Poptropica emergencies. The first issue was published in June, and the series ran for a year. Also in June, the long-awaited Astro-Knights Island was released!

Comic by Green Seal, who later became a PHB staff blogger.

Another big thing that happened in Poptropica in 2009 was the launch of the store. (Can you even imagine a Poptropica without the store??) A hundred credits were given for each island completed, and players happily bought cool new items like the Colorizer, Electrify, and more. Credits could also be bought with real money. The store looked a little different back then, too.

On July 26, the PHB celebrated its first birthday – and by then had reached 1.5 million site views. A few days later, the Multiverse feature was released, and that became the staple way of partying it up on Poptropica. (Too bad it’s no longer around… but we do still have common rooms and clubhouses.)

To wrap up the year, Counterfeit Island finally came out (in its early access period, and after half a year of waiting!) in late December, bringing the map total up to ten islands. (Counterfeit and Astro-Knights were the only islands with early access tickets.)

Before membership, players could buy an early access ticket to a new island for 500 credits in the store.

That concludes the 2009 page of the Poptropica Yearbook! Stay tuned for the next pages, and soon you’ll be able to view the complete series on a new page in our Pop Plus collection, titled The Poptropica Yearbook.

While you’re here, sign the yearbook by commenting? ✏️

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PHB Parties

Recap: PHB’s Thanksgiving Party 2016!

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Hello, everyone! What are you thankful for?

Yesterday, the PHB announced the 2016 Thanksgiving Party to give thanks to the amazing Poptropica community (whether you celebrate Turkey Day or not)! Despite the short notice, we’re thankful that a number of Poptropicans were able to attend! Check out the recap collage above – and thanks to Pea Sea (Purple Claw) for helping out with pictures!

The party took place in a few Multiverse rooms on Poptropica as well as the Poptropica Help Chat on Discord. It began at 3 pm EST (although some eager Poptropicans rallied up a few multiverse rooms a little earlier) and went on til about 5 pm EST. Within the duration of the party, we enjoyed a plethora of lagging in Multiverse rooms with the activation of store items like sneezing powder, popgum, fart guns and fireworks. Some rooms even crashed from all the activity!

A few PHB authors also made an appearance, and we enjoyed chatting, battling and seeing many of you come out and make this party another success! It was also nice to see a few festive Poptropicans dressed in foodie and autumnal attire as well. If you weren’t able to make it, that’s okay! The PHC is always open, so feel free to stop by anytime and make a few new friends: it’d be a pleasure to have you!

Thank you for continuing to show your support and thanks for coming out! Hope to see you next time, and happy feasting!

Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃

– from the Poptropica Help Blog –

PHB Parties

Recap: PHB’s gr8 8th birthday party for Poptropica!

Hey gr8 Poptropican m8s, check out this upd8! w8 for it…

As you may know, Poptropica has been celebrating their 8th birthday these past two weeks, and to join in the 8-bit festivities, this past Saturday the PHB invited all Poptropicans to join in for a party on the PHC and Poptropica! Thanks to all those who came; we hope you’d r8 it 8/8!

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Don’t all those balloons look so orn8? With birthday balloons of various colors (and similar-looking musical trees) filling up the several Multiverse rooms we had going on, plus fireworks being set off as players competed in games and got turned into pixel pigs, the party rooms were definitely very lively (and laggy, because Poptropica can’t handle our partying 😉 ).

Over on the PHC (the PHB’s official Poptropica Help Chat), Poptropicans enjoyed chatting with each other, got to meet a few PHB authors (UiPE, BT, Sam, Slip, and yours truly were there!), and even had some fun on the Doodle feature with Poptropica artists like MasterPinpey!

The party went on for a few hours, and it was great to see many of you there! For those who couldn’t come, as well as those who had a fun time, remember the PHC is always open – not just during PHB parties – and we welcome you there to hang out with other Poptropicans anytime! You can access it via xat.com/thePHC or by clicking “Chat” in the navigation bar at the top of the PHB’s site.

Thanks to those of you who came, even those who were fashionably l8, and made this event gr8! Even if you couldn’t make it, it’s okay, we don’t h8. Be sure to check out this PHB post for everything about Poptropica’s 8-bit celebr8ion this month! :mrgreen:

Happy 8th birthday, Poptropica! ❤

Here’s to many more years!

Poptropica Store

Multiverse free for all!

One of the most popular and expensive gold cards in the Poptropica Store is now free! That’s right. Remember the good old Multiverse that came out a couple years back? You could create a room if you had it, then by clicking on the friends icon and entering that room code, you can get into your friend’s room. A cool way for a private game server in Poptropica.

Well, now this baby is going free. Yep, it once cost 350 credits, a price higher than any other gold card. But now? Now the creators have finally made this feature free for all. No longer will you have to ask someone “who here can make a room?” because guess what, anyone can! You can now get this sweet feature for free!

The creators also mentioned and posted a video of their first Multiverse Party since they liked it so much. Here’s the video. It shows the creators using the Flower Power item from the Poptropica Store when it was first released:

A short yet awesome video.

EP out!

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Limited Edition Robin Hood! And a mask…

Golden Eagle popping in from a school day. Homework, check. Read a chapter of my book, check.  Study for quiz…QUIZ? Oh yeah, check. 😀

Anyway, there has been a new costume reported in the Poptropica Store. It’s another LE one (Limited Edition). This time its Robin Hood, and it comes in two colors, a first for the LE costumes.

For the post:

Attention Protectors of Sherwood Forest!

The wardrobe for the Nottingham legend has expanded! Limited supply of fabrics or the new styles has caused a shortage of costumes to distribute, so grab yours while you can!

  Vlad The Viking

Since that picture from the Creators Blog shows the black version, I’ll show the white version.

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This LE costume also seems to have a Limited Number ticket onto it. Noo!!!

Not BUYERS IMPULSE!!! *faints*

I also went to a Multiverse room today, and was I lucky! I got to meet one of the Creators, Hazmat Hermit! 😀

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In the picture you can see Hazmat Hermit, of course. You can also see Shaggy Tornado (who visited the party as Tall Ice), me, Deathstalker (there as Big Bird, in the corner of the picture) and Serious Fox (Blue Ring in this picture). She’s been wanting this for a while, so I’ll give it to her. Visit her Poptropica Blog here.

I also took some other pictures with the other people at the party (I had a little trouble….).

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You can see me, Shaggy Tornado, Moody Skull, Golden Butterfly (also known as Maroon Fire), Cool Fly, Eddie305, Rolling Moon, and Serious Fox’s main account.

The mask Cool Fly has may be a Lego Bionicle mask (according to Deathstalker, and I’ll believe him because it looks like he knows what he’s talking about most of the time). Or, some people say it came from the limited number Golden Pop Star outfit, which is no longer on sale.

Anyway, I’m out.

Peace!