April 2015, and MotM Interview

What’s up, Poptropicans?

First off, I wanted to mention the very funny joke the Creators played on us:

Available on both 3½” and 5¼” floppy disc, Poptropica: The Text Adventure is compatible with all leading desktop computer platforms, including Commodore 64, TRS-80, and Apple IIe. Coming soon!

Poptropica: The Text Adventure was just some white words on a black background:

And for those of you who don’t know what a floppy disk looks like (or is), here you go: (I actually had to ask my dad for help on this, as I had no idea what it is either 😀 )

 

 

As far as I can understand, a floppy disk was something you would insert into your computer, run the program, and the words would show up on the screen ( I may be wrong though 🙂 )


Aside from that, over on the Creator’s Blog, we got an interview with the Mystery of the Map illustrator, Kory Merrit!

Captain Crawfish: How did you get involved in illustrating Mystery of the Map? 

Kory Merritt: The Poptropica Creators originally hired me to illustrate the Poptropica comic strip. After a little while they asked me to try some graphic novel page samples, which led to me working on “Mystery of the Map” with author Max “Galactic Hot Dogs” Brallier.

CC: What are the challenges of adapting Poptropica’s art style from an online game to a graphic novel? What are the joys? 

KM: Poptropica has a very distinct style. I’m actually an art teacher by day and didn’t have much freelance experience, so working for Poptropica was the first time I had to draw someone else’s characters. It took a little while to get the hang of it – the Poptropica design might seem simple at times, but there are little details that can make or break the characters. Fortunately, the Poptropica Creators were very patient and helped guide me along. I’m pretty happy with the results, for I think the illustrations resemble the standard Poptropican model, but at the same time have a hand-drawn, comic-type feel.

CC: What’s your process for illustrating the book?

KM: I’m old-fashioned enough to still use pen and paper for the most part, but for “Mystery of the Map” I also used digital color and made corrections in Photoshop.

CC: Who’s your favorite MotM character to draw?

KM: The Vikings! It’s fun to draw angry faces.

CC: What other projects have you worked on that Poptropicans might like to know about?

KM: I draw some of my own stories, mostly just for fun. One of them is on FunBrain, and some are on GoComics.com. It seems I will also have my own illustrated book coming out later this year, published by Andrews McMeel.

Now many of you have seen my theory on the possibly upcoming Mystery of the Map Island(since it is sticky 😛 ), but here is a little more evidence that I found 😀 (thanks to the PHB for some of this!)

  • If you type mysteryofthemapisland.com, it will direct to Poptropica!
  • Daily Pops are blasting with MotM pictures! Look at them below (be prepared for a “Viking’s Grotto” common room!)

I’ll probably go into more detail about the images once the island is confirmed.

I can’t wait for MotM, but that’s my personal opinion 😀 What are you guys thinking? Put it in the comments!

Trusty Biker

P.S. Wolfy- I totally fell for that joke about you leaving 😀 Don’t ever do that again! 😛

 

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Yesh, it’s finally summer!

Hilo, everyone! This is Tough Spider! I know I haven’t posted in a while, and I know I haven’t worked on PopU in a while, and I know that nowadays I’m starting my posts like this every time I post. But now that school’s out for summer, hopefully I’ll be more active. The thing is, I’m going out of town next weekend, and I have no idea if there will be wifi or not.

Anyway, the creators have put another costume in the store! This one’s a fishing suit in honor of Episode 2 of Survival Island.

FishingSuit

Why they didn’t put this in earlier I really don’t know. Oh well. 😛

Somehow, we missed posting about one CYODIC runner-up! Laura S. of Virginia submitted “Stormchaser Island,” where “your poptropican travels alongside one of Poptropica’s most famous meteorologists and tracks a dangerous series of storms.”

Blue Horse

And lastly, we’re so close to 100,000 views! The fact that we’ll probably be getting 100,000 views a bit after our 1 1/2 birthday (which was last Tuesday, by the way) is absolutely incredible. I’ll try to convince SW to throw a party sometime soon because of it. 😛

socloseto100k

But that little widget in the side bar is right. The whole reason we have 96,824 hits at the time of this post is because of you guys. We wouldn’t be anywhere without you guys. I know it sounds really cheesy, but it’s because of you guys that we are the first thing that comes up on Google when you search “Poptropica Tips.” And get this: we are above the official Poptropica Tricks and Tips app! 

sucess!

So thank you, all of you! Let’s keep making this blog rock!

~Tough Spider

FINALS!

Hilo everyone, I’m taking a break from studying for finals to tell you guys about the finalists of CYODIC! (See what I did there? xD)

The finalists are here!

 

Your part of the Create Your Dream Island contest may be over, but ours is just beginning! From thousands of entries, we’ve narrowed it down to 50 finalists. One of these 50 will be selected as the one grand prize winner whose Island will become reality.

We’ve looked at a few already, and we’ve got to tell you, this is going to be one tough decision! There are too many great ideas. The creativity and talent of Poptropicans is just incredible.

Hopefully we’ll be able to make up our minds soon!

Hmm… I wonder whose entry that is on top. It’s not mine, I didn’t enter. Is it any of you guys’? I can’t wait to find out who won! :mrgreen:

~Tough Spider

IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN!!

I love that song. Anyway…

Don’t miss your chance to help create a Poptropica Island!

Sure, it’s a hectic time right now. There’s a new Island coming out, we’re in the midst of all the holiday hustle and bustle, interns are getting fired left and right — but don’t let one very important thing get away from you. There is only about a week left for you to submit your entry in the “Create Your Dream Island” contest!

One lucky winner will have their Island idea turned into a reality in 2014. Entries must be postmarked by December 24 — that’s a week from tomorrow! — and received by December 31 — that’s two weeks from tomorrow! — in order to be eligible.

We know you’re busy, but if you’re sitting on a winning idea we would hate to miss out. Remember, you can get an official entry form inside your copy of the Island Creator Kit, or download one for free from our friends at Penguin.

There’s still time for you to make your dream Island into a reality, but not for long!

Time has really flown by! When they were first announcing CYODIC, the deadline seemed YEARS away. Now it’s due in less than a week!

If you want to send in an idea and haven’t done it yet, you better get crackin’!

~Tough Spider

Glitches and Sales

Monday, December 9, 2013

Last-chance to save on Poptropica apparel!

Our 30% off apparel sale ends tonight! This is your last chance to get a discount on personalized Poptropica shirts this holiday season.

Visit the Poptropica Shop and enter your username to visit Ty’s Toy Box and see the available shirts. You can get them with your very own avatar appearance and name on them.

To claim your discount, just use the promo code HOLIDAY30 at check-out. Be quick! This offer will be gone tomorrow.

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BLACK WIDOW

Looks like the Sale ends today! Sadly, I won’t be ordering one with my Teenage Daughter of Hades account… The Electrify doesn’t show up on the shirt, which stinks more since that is not a glitch, and actually a Poptropica Item 😦 Also:

Friday, December 6, 2013

Mocktropica Glitch Power now available!

Mocktropica is coming soon to Poptropica. Members can get started on the fun today by picking up the Members-only “Glitch Power” in the Poptropica Store.

Activate the Glitch Power to make this happen!

Don’t worry, the Glitch is all for show. Nothing’s really broken. We don’t think. We didn’t really test it very much. Come on, it’s Friday.

Go to Poptropica now to get your Glitch Power! If you’re not yet a Member, become a Member today to enjoy this and all the other great benefits of Poptropica Membership!

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BLACK WIDOW

Two Black Widow posts in a Row… Probably nothing, but did you see where they used this Mocktropica Island Item?? On Mocktropica. It’s coming guys, Mid-December, only a few days away 😉
~~Nameless UnDEFiNed

MY THEORY WAS PROVED!!

Hiya, everyone! I know I just posted stuff on the Poptropica: Forgotten Islands black friday sale, but I have a Daily Pop sneakpeak that is clearly from Mocktropica.

Mocktropica - Island Creator!

There you have it folks! Mocktropica has an island creator. I totally called it. This raises the obvious question of “Why is there an island creator/editor in Mocktropcia?” All we know about Mocktropica is that we have to save Poptropica from a bunch of game-breaking bugs. Maybe the island editor/creator is to…

  • Create a safe haven to perform commands from
  • Edit the island to fix glitches (although this doesn’t seem like something that would be fixed by changing the weather. 😛 )
  • Do something with CYODIC (Create Your Own Dream Island Contest, although this is unlikely since results are due after Mocktropica is scheduled to release.)

Then there’s the whole thing about the demo at the bottom. This raises loads of questions:

  • How will we pay for the full version?
  • Are we really going to be using a demo version, or are the creators just messing with us?
  • If it is a demo, why doesn’t it say “demo” along with “pro home edition” at the top?
  • Why on earth is there a sliced coconut and a pineapple on the “demo version has expired” banner?

If you look closely, the last four rows, villain, fun, and difficulty, seem to have weird options that follow them.  They are:

TERRAIN: TUTORIAL EASY NORMAL EXPERT IMPOSSIBLE

VILLAIN: NATURAL URBAN SPACE DREAMS VOLCANO

FUN: OBVIOUS SECRET MALE FEMALE ONE MANY

DIFFICULTY: NONE SOME LOTS TOO_MUCH CALL_THE_COPS

It seems that the options should be switched to say this:

DIFFICULTY: TUTORIAL EASY NORMAL EXPERT IMPOSSIBLE

TERRAIN: NATURAL URBAN SPACE DREAMS VOLCANO

VILLAIN: OBVIOUS SECRET MALE FEMALE ONE MANY

FUN: NONE SOME LOTS TOO_MUCH CALL_THE_COPS

Moar questions arise:

  • Am I right?
  • If I am, was this intentional?
  • If it was, will we have to fix this in the game?
  • In other words, is the island editor also glitched so much that we have to fix it?
  • Do the “TERRAIN” options point to themes for future islands? (E.g. a dream themed island [this could be CYODIC], a volcano themed island, etc.)

I think that’s all. If you have any theories or ideas about Mocktropica/this daily pop post, post them in the comments below.

And, once again, happy Thanksgiving Turkey Day! 😀

~Tough Spider

EDIT: That’s weird. It’s like WordPress doesn’t think this post exists. I didn’t get an email, and it’s not on my Reader page… 😕

Black Friday, Poptropica Style!

Hiya, Tough Spider here with a new creator’s post!

Poptropica: Forgotten Islands is on sale for three days only!

For the next three days, Poptropica: Forgotten Islands is on sale in the App Store. From today through November 29, you can get Poptropica: Forgotten Islands for only $2.99 — a savings of two dollars off the regular price!

Imagine, an entire adventure with hours of gameplay, plus the Halloween costume pack, plus the all-new Thanksgiving costume pack, all for one low price! There are no in-app purchases inPoptropica: Forgotten Islands, which is something your parents will be thankful for.

Find out more about Poptropica: Forgotten Islands on our info page. Don’t delay — this sale ends Friday!

Ooh, boy, a Turkey! I love that costume featured on the picture. ❤

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, or as I like to say, happy Turkey Day! 😛

~Tough Spider