Pop Places IRL, Vampire's Curse Island

Pop Places IRL: Vampire’s Curse

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Welcome back to β€œPop Places IRL,” Poptropicans! Today, I’m bringing you an extra spoOOOooOoky setting. This time around, we’ll be traveling to Vampire’s Curse Island!Β Enjoying the series? Be sure to check outΒ other Pop Places IRL posts.

So, first things first… where exactly does Vampire’s Curse take place? Though the setting is never directly stated, it is implied that the island is heavily influenced by the classic tale of Dracula. In fact, Count Bram is named after its author, Bram Stoker.

And, dear readers, the castle featured in Dracula is none other than the Bran Castle. Eerily similar to “Bram’s Castle,” don’t you think? The creepy tale made the IRL castle pretty famous, because you can even take tours of it today!

I suppose this castle comparison leads us to another question… where is the castle located? If you haven’t already guessed, the infamous Bran Castle is located in Romania, a country in Europe. Specifically, the towering construction is near Transylvania, a region especially known for vampire lore. Though the towns in the area are much more modern today, you can definitely still see the remains of older architecture.

However, when you begin to stray away from civilization on Vampire’s Curse Island, you’re sure to wind up deep in the woods (on your way to Bram’s castle, of course). A bit of a maze in game, I’m thinking IRL Romanian forests aren’t much easier to navigate at night. Though they might be less vampire-infested, Romania’s woods always seem to come with their own creepy lore either way.

Finally, I think it’s important to touch on the graveyards of Romania, considering their own spooky connotation in-game, where the grand Mausoleum has Latin that reads “meminervnt omnia amantes,” translating to β€œremember all the lovers.”

This sure adds to the island’s spooky aesthetic, but how does its appearance hold up to its counterparts in real life? It turns out that Romania has a pretty famous grave site called The Merry Cemetery, filled with surprisingly colorful gravestones. What a contrast!

Welp, that wraps up our IRL tour of Vampire’s Curse! Did it live up to your Halloween-y expectations? Hope we didn’t spook youΒ too much this year. πŸ˜‰

But I’m curious… what do you think? Have you ever been to Romania? How do our comparisons to the game hold up? What other islands do you want to see in this series? Be sure to leave a comment with your thoughts below!

La revedere! Don’t let the vampire bats bite!

~SD

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The House is Open

Poptropica’s big Halloween event of the year, the Haunted House mini-quest, is now available! (Don’t be scared to log in; it won’t harm you!)

A huge thanks goes to MuddyDragon for helping out with the instructions guide, which you can read by visiting this link: https://poptropica.wordpress.com/haunted-house-guide/!!

Also, there is a Tinker Bell advertisement building for some ages on Main Street (any island)! Check out the fairies!

Haunted House Out Now!

The Haunted House is now out so grab your pitchforks, grab your cell phones, it’s time to visit the Haunted House. Your task is to use the furniture around the large and haunted mansion to find the four treasures of the dead. Beware of the spooky ghost hanging around the shower… (Hint:Β It doesn’t play any role in this mini-quest!)

The Haunted House can be accessed via the blimp (any island)Β by clicking on the green Hyde guy in the bottom left corner of the map. Note that the ‘Haunted House’ isn’t an actual location, because when you’re there, the map shows the island you just came from through the blimp. Sort of strange and mysterious. πŸ˜›

On completion of the mission you will be rewarded with 50 credits! Also at the end there is a HUGE selection of Halloween clothing for you including awesomeΒ hand-held items to help you get into the Halloween spirit. There is even a Grim Reaper andΒ a scythe! Even better, pressing the space bar while wielding the scythe will hold it up (special action). Oh goody goody!

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On a side note: Codien is back from his world trip. You can read what he got up to in his blog, which can be accessed via the PHB’s blogroll on the right.

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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. πŸ˜€ 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