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A commencement address to Poptropicans of 2020

This post is going to be a bit different from our usual news updates and fandom spotlights, but we want to take a moment to toast and encourage you, Poptropicans of unprecedented and tumultuous times. Here’s to you!

To the Poptropicans of 2020,

It’s been a strange year. We’re living in a global pandemic, yes, but that hasn’t stopped us from playing Poptropica. That threat lies elsewhere, in the impending end for Adobe Flash. But more on that later.

In some parts of the world, now’s about that time of the year when students graduate and have ceremonies to celebrate the occasion—gatherings which now, of course, cannot happen in person. So if you’re graduating this year (whether from elementary, middle, high school or college): congratulations! 👩‍🎓 And even if it’s not your turn yet, what follows is still for you too.

Here at the Poptropica Help Blog, we want to commemorate with you with a commencement speech of sorts, to remind you of the times we’ve had, to give you hope, and to send each other into the world to come. So we’ve donned our caps and gowns (from the Graduation costume available now in the store!) and prepared a celebration for you. Let’s roll.

Some of you have discovered this game only recently, and others of you have been around for literally a decade. Either way, we’re all part of the Poptropica fam, and that’s worth celebrating! 🙌

As Poptropicans, we’ve ridden on gryphons, been chased by blueberry-infected zombies, trolled some lumberjerks, and had lots more adventures. (And when you were stuck, we were right here with illustrated island guides to help you through. 😉 ) How many of these moments in Poptropica do you remember?

It’s been a good long run, but things are different now. There’s uncertainty. We know that Flash will not be supported by the end of this year, and it’s resulted in drastic changes for Poptropica as they prepare for this future—it’s meant islands disappearing and cosmetic and structural changes to the game. A fresh, challenging, solid island adventure seems a long way away.

And offline, there’s uncertainty too. Plans have changed, and perhaps you’re not sure what the next year or even the next few months might look like. But it’s okay not to know. What you can hope in is this: the world needs you, noble Poptropican.

Remember your adventures in Poptropica, and all that was gained from them. Love sacrificially, as the Vizier did for you in Arabian Nights. Find joy in wonder, like Salerno with her alien structures in Lunar Colony. Live patiently, as with your grind for the Phoenix Warbird in Skullduggery. Even when these islands fade, their legacy remains. So know that the giants you’ve faced, and the friendships you’ve formed, have prepared you to take on the world with courage, kindness, and yes, even greatness.

Have hope, because you’ve come this far. Have faith, because you are surrounded by people who believe in you. And take heart, brave ones, because you’re just getting started.

Life is made up of the everyday moments, and your part matters.

A new world awaits. Poptropicans, may you rise up to meet it.

the Poptropica Help Blog

p.s. While you’re here, consider sharing in the comments about how Poptropica has shaped you as a person! ⭐️

Community Creations

Community Creations: April 2017

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Hello once again everyone! Spotted Dragon here bringing you the April recap for Community Creations! This month’s theme was original characters. The featured work is not in any particular order. Be sure to check out all the featured artists! 😉

By the way, remember to tag me in some way when submitting work!!! There may have been entries I missed this time around because I didn’t see some of them.

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

Top 5 Picks

Adventure Awaits by GoldenFox2019

GoldenFox2019 - Adventure Awaits

These bright, beautiful colors really make this piece pop (pun intended). The dramatic sunset gives off a real sense of adventure, something that Poptropica is no stranger to. It also features Blue Raptor, the artist’s OC of course, who has a great yet simple design. And we can’t forget the iconic blimp! Find their DeviantArt here.

The Current PHB Authors by IceSquared

IceSquared - The Current PHB Popsonas

A classy lineup that sadly isn’t incredibly accurate anymore. Still, this is a perfect way to permanently represent the early 2017 PHB OC’s. I may be biased in choosing this piece, but I mean hey, every great artist needs a great muse or two, right? Despite my persuaded opinion, this drawing is genuinely well made and does a great job expressing the emotion in each figure. Find their DeviantArt here.

Poprocks – The Villains by SuperFlameKitty

SuperFlameKitty aka Bronze Dragon - Poprocks The Villains

This demonstrates a totally unique art style that really catches the eye. The dark background really makes the bright (yet still eerily dark) figures stand out. Each of these OC’s even has a different island they are the villain of, which you can learn more about here. The detail in design as well as the original backstories really make this piece deserve a feature. Find their DeviantArt (complete with dark humor) here.

So! Many! OC’s! by Criaha

Criaha - So Many OC's

Who can pick just one OC when you have so many amazing characters to choose from? Just one glance at this drawing and you can tell that the artist spent lots of time and effort in it. With over 60 unique characters, each one has a different identity filled with detail. Find their DeviantArt here.

Balloon Ride by BeanSkelly aka Dana Kelly

BeanSkelly aka DanaKelly - Balloon Ride

A thrilling scene with great emotion and movement. The Poptropica Comics style matches very well with the environment and the weather really makes you think about what it would really be like in a blimp all the time. All the OC’s look delightful and the colors really add to the mood. Find their DeviantArt here and here.

Honorable Mentions

Click to view the images in full.

This has got to be one of the most difficult months for me yet because there were so many breath-taking creations. All your Poptropicans are so cool!!! No matter if you made it into this post or not, I hope that you participate in May! 😉

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-fic, realms, 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…

Fairy Tales and Myths!

Fairy tales and myths are constantly inspiring modern day stories and I think it’s really cool that so many plots and lessons have been kept up for so long. Potpropica is no exception to this passing of folklore, as we see in many islands regarding Greek mythology, vampires, ghosts, etc. So what better time than now to let these fables inspire our art as well?

You can create things relating to ancient mythology, Grimm fairy tales, religious/cultural stories, fictitious creatures, etc. That means Gods/Goddesses, vampires, werewolves, witches, ghosts, and much, much more. The only limits are your imagination and how you can relate all these ideas to Poptropica!

Remember that you can submit not only drawings, but literature, costumes, etc. as well. And the more detail/backstory, the better! 😉

  • Submitting: Comment below with a link to whatever you’ve created OR share it with me (SydVC aka Spotted Dragon) on DeviantArt, Twitter, 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! I’m mainly looking for something to catch my eye, so you don’t have to be any perfect artist or anything.

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

~SD

Daily Pop Sneak Peeks, New Islands, Sneak Peeks, Timmy Failure Island

Timmy Failure Island is coming this September!

Hey guys, BT here to try and bring in some good news after the downer of the 7 sponsored members-only islands news.

Timmy Failure Island is officially announced, in, I shall say, in a unique way. Instead of the standard YouTube trailer, we’re given a short gif revealing an approximate release month for the island: September 2015.

There is an emphasis on the fact that this island is going to be in full color, similar to how Wimpy Boardwalk was advertised to be (as opposed to Wimpy Wonderland). Captain Crawfish also notes to keep an eye out for more “news, giveaways, and other great stuff” on the Creators’ Blog. I’m particularly curious about the giveaway part.

Although I have never personally read the series, I’m still semi-curious. HPuterpop told me it was about a kid who solves mysteries. I can see that working in a Poptropican environment. Can’t judge a book by its cover, so I’m willing to give this island a chance.

While we wait till September, please enjoy what I assume to be the product a bored Creator who must’ve been playing Silent Hill lately. And then decided to show a Poptropican version of a gore-free Pyramid Head off on the Daily Pop because why not.

pyramid head poptropican

BT out!

24 Carrot Island, Merchandise, Poptropolis Games Island, Website Updates

Black Flags flag, clothing characters, Beta bugs fixed

This new Daily Pop sneak peek might be another hint that Poptropolis Games Island is returning! Check out that glorious Black Flags tribe flag. (Of course, not as cool as the Flying Squid tribe!)

Plant your flag – …which is kind of hard to do when there’s no solid ground around.

plant your flag

Also, when you’re buying Poptropica clothing from the Shop, you can now select from some of these popular Poptropica characters (funny how they’re all villains). Sadly, they don’t come with their cool poses (or carrots in Dr. Hare’s case).

If that’s not enough, check out our Friend Finder page for more awesome usernames! You could even get a shirt of a Poptropican Jesus Christ, complete with costume and custom name, by entering the user thejesus1. Just putting that idea out there.

The Creators have been busy making fixes to 24 Carrot BETA Carrotene Island, thanks to all the members who beta-tested and gave feedback. There are more details in their post, and don’t worry, they even said they’d be “implementing the classic movement cursor”! So that probably means no cumbersome common room cursor – sounds like everyone got what they wanted.

Lastly, the PHB has a new slogan on the header! It says “pop inside the PHB – we’re your Poptropica key.” Simple, still includes the obligatory “pop” pun, and tells who we are. Hope you like it.

Counterfeit Island, Sneak Peeks

Turned to Stone

Another sneak peek from the Creators, thanks to Mitchell Brett for the update! We’re not sure which island it’s showing this time, Codien believes its another sneak peak of the French themed island – but whatever it is, it looks pretty cool. There’s a stone building with some statues of Poptropicans lined along the sides of the windows. Before we get into too much detail, here’s the picture:

Blog Post Title: A Stony Stare
Description: Here are some of the great Poptropicans immortalized in stone.
Image URL: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_q9BePaDQLzI/SW9frH2kC7I/AAAAAAAAACM/u_r6eckTn7Y/s1600-h/statues.jpg
Image Name: statues.jpg

Possibly the French-themed island, as Codien thinks, but we’re not sure for now. Comment about what you think! 🙂

By the way, we’re still having the same problem at PHB about commenting, so for the 3rd time, here’s the important notice you must keep in mind:

Special Note: It is not a race to be the first to tell everyone about a new post on the Creators’ Blog. We’ve had many comments saying the same thing (”New post on Creators’ Blog!!!!”) and it is very annoying. If someone has already mentioned it, don’t bother to say it again – it’s not necessary. If people continue to spam and repeat the same thing over an over again, it will show us that you cannot handle this and we will stop giving out credits. Please comment appropriately. Thanks!

Also, remember to read up on the post below if you haven’t done so already. Be prepared, a Poptropica Creator could play against you next! 😀