Monday, January 30, 2023

Guest Blog: Dream Island Comparisons (Part 2) by Invisible Ring!

Hello once again from the top guest blogger, Invisible Ring! Today’s guest post of mine is very special, for it is my second dream island comparison!

 

(Comparison 2? What happened to comparison 1? Good question! THAT post happened a long time ago. If you need to, you can view it right HERE! It might come in handy for today’s post.)

 

My first dream island comparison compared the dream islands of Fairytale and Arabian Nights. ...THIS post dives into the OTHER 2 dream islands; Goofball and Jade Scarab. But be warned! This post may contain spoilers, so continue at your own risk.

 

Invisible Ring reading a book

 

Goofball Island, by popular consensus, is better than Fairytale island by far. It's a no mini-quest mashup. It's a real quest with real twists. Simple as it may be, it is exciting all the same.

 

In Goofball island, the villain turns out to be THREE villains. ...Even goofier than that, the 3 villains turn out to be the 3 heroes trying to FIND the villain! 

 

Invisible Ring standing at the intersection of Goofball Island's dull and bland sides. To the left, the Poptropica blimp has crash landed on City Hall's roof.

 

...The way I see it, an accident happens on the island, and the 3 heroes of the island all mutate into the Blandstons. They lose their mind and start blasting dullness... goofiness... Or a mixture of both... All over the island. But this Blandston curse works in strange ways. The heroes all wind up with amnesia. They wonder what is going on, and they join forces to find the culprits.

 

...But as they look into the mystery, 2 of these detectives have relapses and go Blandston-crazy again! Chaos ensues as hero no. 3 goes even deeper into the mystery and stops the 2 Blandstons, and finally, the 3rd hero has a memory relapse and realize they’re a Blandston as well. Once all 3 heroes come to their senses and find out they were ALL Blandstons, they finish the mystery and fix the island once and for all! (And the Blandston curses are finally broken)

 

…At least, this is how I perceive this quest.

 

Invisible Ring inside City Hall, standing between Detective Gram and Mayor Naise. City Hall is divided into 2 sides: goofy and bland.

 

“That’s them right there, officer! A blimp accident made a mess and mutated THOSE 3 into Blandstons! In their states of madness they ruined our island, but once they recovered, they teamed up and SAVED it! …No, DON’T take ‘em into custody, I’m just trying to tell you that everything’s ok now and you don’t have to stick around this crazy island anymore!”

 

Invisible Ring standing next to an open book in City Hall's bland area.

 

There are possible alternative endings to this island, I might add, and it all comes down to the machine dial at the end. Dull, goofy, or balanced... I have not explored any ending other than the balanced selection.

 

(If YOU have, though, you're more than welcome to leave a comment and share these alternate endings!)

 

Last but not least, Jade Scarab island. Like Goofball, it's an easy quest, yet adventurous and twisting. The consensus for THIS island, though, is that it's the best dream island since Arabian Nights, and the first real Poptropica quest since Pelican Rock or Monkey Wrench. Also, Goofball has a bonus mini quest after the medallion. Jade Scarab does not. 

 

The plot for THIS island can be found in this playthrough video made by me and my sister. And I reckon that THIS video is a LOT more enjoyable than my fairytale video!

 

And now to wrap this all up with 2 questions: Which of these 2 dream islands do you like better, and which of all 4 dream islands is your favorite? 

 

While you ponder these questions and add your comments, the time has come for me to say adios to you all once again... But not for long! Pop to ya later, peoples.

Friday, January 13, 2023

Guest Blog: Interview with Spotted Dragon from the Poptropica Creators

Well, well, well, look at whose turn it is for our series with the Pop Creators of PHB team interviews! Li’l old me! As a rather senior player and the second-oldest current PHB author, I’m quite excited to get into this. Let’s go meet Spotted Dragon!

 

Interview with Spotted Dragon (pictured right)

 

1. How were you first introduced to Poptropica?

I can’t quite remember exactly how I was first introduced to Poptropica, but it was sometime in early elementary school. It was most likely through word of mouth, since the game was super popular at that time. Seemingly everyone was playing it (at least all the cool kids), along with a lot of other early 2000s online games, and I wasn’t one to miss out on the trend! Pretty quickly, Poptropica stood out for me and sort of took over my life for a while. I have fond memories of those early days, when I felt like the king of the classroom because I knew the ins and outs of every island.

 

Spotted Dragon's Popsona reference sheet, including 2 outfits versions (casual and adventure), color palette, and personality attributes.

 

2. Who do you think is the most underrated character? Overrated?

This is a toughie! One of my favorites that often goes overlooked is probably Daphne Dreadnaught from the Ghost Story Island mini-quest, Spook Central. I’ve always loved her character design and her interest in ghosts. She seems a bit underrated just because she is overshadowed by some of the bigger-name villains, but definitely deserves some recognition.

 

In terms of overrated characters, I’ll probably have to go with the agreed-upon Dr. Hare. I love him to death, don’t get me wrong, but it is true that he always has the spotlight. Some other iconic characters might want the chance to shine! And luckily, I don’t think I’m making any enemies by saying that. Although Amelia and Rumpelstiltskin perhaps are gaining that overrated status these days as well.

 

Daphne Dreadnaught, drawn by Criaha, featuring a Poptropican character holding a net, just out of grasp from the bordering colorful hands.

Illustration by Criaha

 

Dr. Hare in his signature pink suit and green goggles, pointing into the distance

Illustration by Fierce Flyer

 

3. What are your favorite scenes, aesthetically and to play through?

One of my favorite scenes to play through has to be the part of Spy Island where you have to sneak past the B.A.D. guards at the docks. At the time, the chameleon suit blew my mind! The gameplay was super fun and the technology was extra compelling. In fact, I feel that way about a lot of the items from Spy Island, including the grappling bowtie and decoder kit. It’s one of the best experiences in terms of gameplay. But I’m also a big fan of any sort of puzzles or unique items/powers (like flying in Super Power or changing your eye color on Lunar Colony). They always feel like the most memorable details.

 

Aesthetically, some of my favorite scenes have been the dramatic backgrounds of Monster Carnival Island and the beautiful gardens from Red Dragon Island. I also love the haunting atmosphere of places like Steamworks and the magic of Twisted Thicket. It’s really difficult to pick just one favorite when the environmental art has stunned me so many times!

 

Camouflaged Poptropican character sneaking behind a bush, with the caption "Now you see me, now you don't."

Now you see me, now you don’t.

 

Red Dragon Island's signature scenery, with the red bridge in the foreground.

Red Dragon Island

 

Monster Carnival Island's mainstreet at dusk

Monster Carnival Island

 

4. From your perspective, how have you seen the Poptropica Help Blog (PHB) and community change over time?

There’s been a lot of flux in the Poptropica community, which is mainly impacted by what’s currently happening in-game and simply where players are at in their lives. I’ve seen lots of fans come and go, often aging out or just growing apart from Poptropica in general, which is completely understandable. Back at the peak of the game’s popularity, we saw an enormous surge in fan blogs and community activity. Though things have become much slower these days, I’ve still been impressed with the longevity of fan involvement.

 

The fan base as a whole seems to have gotten much older, at least from my perspective. It demonstrates how older kids and even young adults can still enjoy things that are traditionally targeted at kids. A lot of this may have to do with the factor of nostalgia, but I also just think that things made for kids are inherently fun. Nothing to be ashamed of in enjoying that! You should like the things you like. In turn, I think that a lot of younger kids can, all the same, enjoy more sophisticated, mature modes of storytelling.

 

3 versions of an old Poptropican character, with slight variations in facial hair, attire, and hairstyles.

Old Man: Take a look at my life, I’m a lot like you.

 

As for the PHB, along with myself, our change in maturity certainly mirrors our aging. When I first began blogging in 2012, you can tell that my writing and graphics were rather amateurish and, dare I say, super cringey. But part of that was just a reflection of the times, like the “rawr XD” culture many Poptropicans grew up during. I’m impressed with how far the PHB has grown and expanded. The authors, including myself, have become more professional while maintaining that childlike sense of entertainment. The site is bigger than ever, with countless resources and opportunities for fan participation. And I’m proud to have been a part of that growth, no matter where the future may take us next.

 

Art inspired by Time Tangled Island. The adventurer is looking at their stopwatch, holding the Mona Lisa, and surrounded by Salvador Dali-esque clocks.

Illustration by Spotted Dragon (2018)

 

5. How has your PHB career surprised you?

That growth I mentioned earlier has definitely been a surprise. When I first started my own blog in 2012, it seemed like my wildest dream and biggest goal to join the PHB team. Being invited was a shock in and of itself, and sticking around this long even more so! I’ve been surprised to see how many opportunities I’ve been lucky to encounter as a result, such as collaborating with Poptropica Creators like this. Getting art drawn of my Poptropican by Ashley Lange was one moment I realized I sort of “made it.” Dare I say I became a bit niche-internet-famous?

 

Jokes aside, I’ve also been surprised by how many connections I’ve made along the way. Slanted Fish and my fellow PHB authors have been supportive, even through all the community drama. And I’ve made friends that I still regularly talk to today, even if they no longer play Poptropica. It’s a really funny story to explain how you might know a veterinary or a law student who live across the country from you, all because of an online kids’ game.

 

Poptropica Help Blog's Staff illustration

By (Dr.) Ashley Lange, Poptropica Creator (2014)

 

6. What inspires you?

Maybe it’s a bit on the nose, but the creativity of my fellow community members inspires me the most. As an art student IRL, I’m obsessed with all things creative and artsy, hence why I run the PHB’s Community Creations series. I’m always stunned to see the amazing talent that has come out of such a niche community. The fan art, stories, costumes, etc. are just awesome. If I’m not making art myself, I’m definitely consuming the art of other people. This applies to my life beyond Poptropica too, where I get a lot of inspiration from other games, TV shows, books, and music. Like I said, all things creative!

 

A pair of smiling adventurers, one piggybacking the other and pointing into the distance.

“Art Request-adventure” by SmileyFaceOrg

 

Illustration of Spotted Dragon's Popsona waving.

“RQ: Spotted Dragon” by treesareredinautumn

 

7. What does the Pop community mean to you?

The Poptropica community as a whole encapsulates that feeling of “the good ol’ days” for me. It means nostalgia, unexpected friendship, and nerdy passion. It’s rare to see a big group of people come together, all from different backgrounds all over the world, and share joy about something seemingly simple. We’ve made something so involved and intricate like the PHB all thanks to some insanely dedicated people. The community is really what has made the game such a profound experience for me, and it’s a feeling that I’m still trying to cling to.

 

Illustration of the Poptropica Help Blog's Staff for the 2016 Poppies Awards

“Poppies” by Spotted Dragon (2016)

 

8. How have your experiences with the community and Poptropica influenced you IRL?

Most notably, my experiences with the Poptropica community have oddly improved my art and writing skills. Writing on a regular basis has truly bettered my abilities, and it has allowed me the flexibility to change up my writing depending on audience. It’s been wonderful to keep my love of writing fueled by something more fun, in the face of so many tedious school essays too!

 

My art has also been influenced because of my experience in the community, not only regarding drawing but particularly with graphic design too. If you take a look at the earliest header designs on my long-since-abandoned blog (please don’t), the difference is insane. Over the years, I’ve somehow transformed a pixelated mess into some pretty decent design skills. Without Poptropica, I’m honestly not sure I would have chosen the path I did IRL as an art student. I’m specifically studying digital media, so all that time messing with videos and graphics and web design as a kid seemed to actually pay off.

 

Poptropica has also weirdly taught me a lot, ya know, it being an educational game after all. Mythology Island characters seriously prepped me for all those Roman stories I had to read in AP Latin (I’m looking at you, Dr. Jupiter). Counterfeit Island has actually allowed me to recognize work in my Art History classes before the course even starts. Time Tangled and Mystery Train have left me just a little more prepared for learning about figures in History class. Who knew a video game could be so useful?

 

Gameplay pictures from Mythology Island, Counterfeit, and Time Tangled Island.

 

9. Outside of Poptropica and your PHB involvement, what are you passionate about?

If it wasn’t obvious already, outside of the PHB I’m most passionate about art. Creating, creating, creating. Not only is it really fun, but I firmly believe that creators are an essential part of any society. Art is fundamental to human life and has a lot more power than people realize, even in things as simple as fan art.

 

Moreover, I’m a big advocate of education. School is my main focus right now, and I’m a rather ambitious student, to say the least. I believe that it is important to never stop learning new things and to never stop trying to grow as a person. I love absorbing as much knowledge and experience as possible in the topics I’m interested in. Beyond visual art, some of those topics include psychology and film!

 

Back Lot Island, featuring a movie star Poptropica in the foreground and a movie studio set in the background.

 

Favorites

  • Island: This is always the most difficult question for me, and I think it changes on a daily basis, but I’m gonna go with Cryptids Island.
  • Backstory/Lore: I’m a sucker for any Balloon Boy easter eggs in other islands, and all the lore surrounding his journey through the clouds. But I’m also a big fan of Binary Bard’s backstory in Astro-Knights since it feels like such an attentive storyline.
  • Character: Balloon Boy!
  • Villain: Aside from Daphne Dreadnaught, probably either Black Widow (my artsy gal) or Gretchen Grimlock. Love me some evil girlbosses.
  • Costume: Growing up, I was really fond of the Vampire Girl series of costumes in the store.

 

A frightened Poptropican holding a lantern, with the Jersey Devil looming behind.

Illustration by Gentle Dolphin

 

Black Widow from Counterfeit Island, stealing art and avoiding security lazers.

A picture containing background pattern

Description automatically generated“Black Widow” by Happy Lobster

 

Various in-game Vampire Girl and Vampire Boy costumes

Vampire Girl outfits

 

Balloon Boy aerial view, holding onto the balloon.

“Collab: Day 17” by SydVC & jesta7

 

Gretchen Grimlock staring down right before her foot makes impact.

“Things are looking Grim” collab by SydVC and treesareredinautumn

 

 

Thanks Poptropica, for simultaneously helping me grow up and keeping me young. It’s been one crazy ride. Check out my interview on the Creators’ Blog as well. Until next time, let’s keep creating!

~SD

 


 

Let’s give a hand to the one and only Spotted Dragon for their interview! You've had an impressive role in the Pop community over the years, thank you for sharing your experiences with us. To find more of Spotted Dragon’s writing and art, check out their posts on the PHB!   ✨

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Store Updates: Cold Weather Costumes and Clubhouse Gear

This week’s storefront is full of updated inventory! Let’s dive into Adventure Outfitters’ latest rotations! 👀

 

January 9th Shop Updates, featuring a variety of Poptropica costumes and attire

 

If you’re in the market for cold weather gear, Cool Flake (250 credits, members only), Denim Delight (250 credits), and Cat Hoodie (250 credits) are right up your alley! ❄️

 

For a more grunge look, try your luck with leather jackets! The purple Boss Babe (250 credits), black Biker (350 credits), and crimson Pretty Tough costumes (250 credits) feature rugged outerwear and matching accessories – perfect for the biting cold or a blimp voyage around the islands. 

 

This week’s updates also include the clubhouse shop’s inventory! Head to the clubhouse store to find the latest treasures!

 

January's clubhouse gear for sale. The image highlights a variety of decorations and furnishings.

 

This is your chance to revamp your clubhouse for the new year! Among the highlights: Baron Portrait (300 credits), Tea Set (200 credits), Stained Glass Window (250 credits, members only), Treasure Chest (100 credits), and Trampoline (150 credits).

 

If you’re a plushie fan, you’re in luck! The Rumpel-fied Baron Plushie (200 credits), Ack Plushie (200 credits), Rumpel Plushie (100 credits), Unicorn Plushie (30 credits) have been restocked for all players. 🧸✨

 

Can you spot your favorite outfit or clubhouse decoration from this week’s store updates? Do you have any requests for costumes you’d like to see back in Adventure Outfitters? Share your thoughts with your fellow Poptropicans and let us know in the comments below! ⬇️

Thursday, January 5, 2023

January's Costume Contest Is Now Open!

This week has been full of firsts for Poptropica’s 2023, but we’re not done just yet. Let’s keep the good times coming! January’s costume contest is officially underway! 🥳

 

After the Airship’s recent Baron-less arrival and 2022 Costume Rewind, it’s time to get back to our regularly scheduled program. Each month, you’re invited to showcase your costume designs and creativity. These monthly contests offer all players – of any skill set – the opportunity to see your dream outfits become a reality in Poptropica! Your costume idea could be the next design created in-game and shared among millions across the Pop community! 

 

January’s costume contest will be open until Wednesday, January 18th at 8pm PT (9pm MT, 10pm CT, 11pm ET – for all other time zones, please use a time zone converter). That’s just about two weeks to think of your costume ideas, draw them out, and enter your designs in the contest. 🎨

 

Let’s get this show on the road. January’s costume contest begins in 3, 2, 1… 

 

Monthly Costume Contest promotional image, featuring two Poptropican characters centered around a work-in-progress, hand drawn costume design.

 

How do you enter?

 

First things first, brainstorm ideas for your costume. Costumes should be original, reproducible and age appropriate. There is also a 3 entry maximum per month.

 

Once you have your outfit ideas, the next step is to draw them out! You can do this on paper or go the digital route. Don’t worry about comparing yourself to the rest of the community. Differences in art skill will not affect your likelihood of being chosen.

 

Go all out with it! The Team loves seeing your imagination and creativity!

 

Once you’ve finished drawing your outfit designs, the final step is to share them with us! The easiest way is to enter through the submissions page. Submit your designs one at a time, but be sure to include your Poptropican’s name and your login username with each entry.

 

If you’re on social media, you can also share your costume design on Instagram for others to see your idea! Remember to tag us (@poptropicacreators) and use the hashtag #MyPoptropicaCostume – we’ll repost your costume design to our story to share your work!

 

NOTE: Please submit your designs one at a time, as multiple attachments will not be received. Each month, a handful of players’ entries are received without any attached files. If you’re unsure if your image was successfully included, feel free to resubmit!

 

To start brainstorming your outfit designs, here are a few tips!

 

Keep in mind, you have free reign over your design! You can opt for island inspired clothing or go in a completely different direction.

 

Are you in love with wacky, otherworldly, simple, or just downright weird costumes? Prehaps you’d like to see the latest fashion trends in-game? Are you excited by the thought of sharing your costume designs and art on a larger scale?

 

Maybe you have a quirky sense of style that you think others haven’t seen before? Don’t worry if you prefer to march to the beat of your own drum. Creativity and originality are always appreciated!

 

Keep these tips in mind as you’re designing your outfit:

 

  • Your costume submission should be original!
  • Get creative! Look for inspiration in your favorite looks that you can put your own spin on! From TV/film, your personal wishlist outfits, career uniforms, and celebrity sightings, you can design just about anything.
  • Costumes may also include accessories and special powers.
  • While designing your entry, be sure it can be reproduced as a Poptropica costume. Avoid including tiny details would be hard to recreate and using previous store costumes.
     

Don't be discouraged if your design hasn’t been chosen in the past! We’re blown away by the incredible amount of creativity and unique costume designs each month. We wish they could all be winners! We always welcome players to resubmit past design submissions or come up with new costume ideas for each month's contest!

 

If you need a nudge in the right direction to get started, check out previous month’s player submissions on our Youtube channel.

 

 

Good luck, Poptropicans! If you have any questions or comments about the contest, don’t hesitate to drop them below. Our Team's eager to see what you dream up! 💫

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

New Gifts and Gear to Start 2023!

Happy New Year, Poptropicans! Hope you enjoyed your holiday season and are starting off the new year on a high note! Shall we dive into the latest Pop news?

 

2023’s first set of member gifts are hereee! Members, check your inventories for the latest surprises. New year, new gifts! 🎁

 

January 2023's member gifts. Image shows a Poptropican character wearing blue PJs and matching winter boots, with a baby snowflake follower nearby. The background features pink and purple waves, white sparkles.

 

January’s haul features an adorable Baby Snowflake Follower, Blue PJs Set, and Blue Winter Boots. The whimsical winter wear is here to stay!

 

In other news, Adventure Outfitters also received its first update of the new year! 👀

 

Adventure Outfitters 5 updated costume rotations

 

Among the most popular costumes to return: Cat Hoodie (250 credits), Super Softie hoodie (250 credits), Snug Vibes (250 credits), Forest Druid (250 credits, members only), Cat Pack Traveler (350 credits, members only), Pastel Hoodie (250 credits), and Cozy Cocoa (250 credits).

 

Over on opposite ends of the store, a huge gaggle of Poptropicon merch has also been restocked!

 

Adventure Outfitters updated shop displays, including a variety of costumes and clubhouse decorations

 

Outfit your Popsona in the Mighty Action Force cosplays! Channel Dirt Claude, Mutton Chops, and Trash Collector for 100 credits each, as well as Fashion Ninja for 250 credits.

 

If you’re looking to add some pizzazz to your clubhouse, scoop up Poptropica’s most recognizable action figures! Elf Archer, Dr. Hare, Balloon Boy, and a Pirate are all up for grabs for 75 credits each.

 

That’s a wrap on the first round of member gifts and shop updates for 2023, friends! Check back next week for the latest inventory rotations and updated clubhouse decorations!

Monday, January 2, 2023

Guest Blog: Poptropica Theater with Invisible Ring 🍿

IMPORTANT: I bring a gift to one and all of you this holiday season! …It's at the bottom, so READ ON!

 

As one of my first guest posts state, a LOT has happened to Home Island over the years…

 

But what I DIDN’T say in that old post was that Home Island was at one point my FAVORITE place to hang out in!

 

The reason being was because there was so much to do! There wasn’t just the monkey wrench quest. There was an Arcade (which evidently, turned out to be the Pathfinder’s common room), a shop, a ‘New You’ parlor, a money wheel, a photo booth, and last but not least… THE THEATER! There was no popcorn stand when it first came out, but I came by every day to watch all the amazing screen shows the cinema had to offer. …I loved it all. 

 

Poptropican standing in front of Home Island's movie theater. To the left is the daily wheel spinner, a Poptropican wearing a monocle, and the blimp's dangling rope. To the right is a cloaked Poptropican standing in front of an unnamed building and topiary.

 

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Home Island got its first remodeling in 2018, and the theater got remodeled right along with it. To be exact, it got remodeled into a giant popcorn tower! …A bouncy popcorn machine was added next to it, which was good. But every cool cartoon that ever dwelled in the theater disappeared, which was bad. Not to mention, I liked the old theater design better than a crushed popcorn box. It was just more attractive and inviting in my opinion. And furthermore, all that remained from within the remodeled theater was just one video about a clock plugged into a lemon. My only thought to that was, “Why watch that when you have the Island of ‘Survival: Distress Signal’?”

 

A Poptropican mid-jump, surrounded by a Pop-O-Rama popcorn machine to the left and Movies studio to the right.

 

…I wanted the old theater back, and when you want something badly enough, you find a way to make it happen. And I did. 

 

SURPRISE! Invisible Ring's 🎥 Theater of Poptropica 🍫 playlist!

 

As my old post from up top states, I made a Youtube playlist for myself a while back to watch all the movies and cool cartoons from that theater again. Now, I have finally finished shining up the collection to share with all of YOU! …But is that all a girl can give? 

 

…Nope!

 

There are some BONUS videos throughout this theater playlist, created by yours truly. …Among these, is a brand-new movie trailer. …That’s right! After creating “Battle Morale” nearly a year ago, a new feature film is finally and officially on its way!

 

 

…But, I digress. For all of you who miss the home island in its 2016-2017 glory days, I give a piece of it back to you all, with a library of only the BEST features from the Poptropica Theater… And if you like the theater and wish to see more, there’s more to find on batterypop.com! (And on my Youtube channel, I might add. (: )

 

Enjoy, everybody! And a very merry Christmas and a happy new year to one and all!

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Revealing The Final 3 Surprises of 2022's Member Gift Celebration! ✨

Welcome back, Poptropicans!

 

We’re back with the finale of 2022’s 12 Days of Member Gifts! Are you ready to see the complete lineup of player-designed holiday prizes? Let’s dive into the last 3 days of December’s gift exchange!

 

Day 10 is Thrift Gift by Serious Star! Present your Poptropican in the thrifty gift onesie and gold bow. Everything always looks better with a bit of ribbon, right? 🎁

 

Left: Serious Star's "Thrift Gift" design on a Poptropican, complete with a red gift box, gold ribbon, and matching hair bow. Right: "Thrift Gift" recreated as an in-game costume. The Poptropican is wearing the same red gift box, gold ribbon, and matching gold hair bow.

 

Day 11’s winner is White Christmas by Pink Panda! Cozy up for the holiday season with the outfit’s adorable tan shirt, matching skirt, heart earrings, and chic side pony. Of course, a warm mug of cocoa is a must for a cold winter night! ☕️

 

Left: Pink Panda's "White Christmas" costume design, featuring a tan shirt, matching skirt, white cuff accents, heart earrings, side ponytail, and mug of cocoa. Right: The costume recreated as an in-game item, including the same tan shirt, matching skirt, white cuff accents, heart earrings, side ponytail, and mug of cocoa.

 

Last but certainly not least, Day 12 goes to the Snowflake Princess by Neat Crown! Dazzle in an icy blue dress, silver crown, and show stopping (snow stopping?) crystal accents! ❄️

 

Left: Neat Crown's "Snowflake Princess" costume design, featuring a Poptropican wearing an icy blue dress, light blue hair, snowflake crown, and large snowflake accents in the background. Right: Neat Crown's design recreated as an in-game costume, with a Poptropican wearing the same icy blue dress, light blue hair, snowflake crown, and large snowflake accents in the background.

 

Congratulations for the final 3 winners of this year’s Holly Jolly Holiday Contest! This contest round was much harder than we anticipated. Even choosing 12 from the design pool was a mammoth undertaking. Every single person that submitted a design is truly appreciated! 

 

If you want this year’s 12 festive gifts, become a member anytime throughout the month of December – you’ll receive all 12 gifts as a thank you for your support!

 

Hope you enjoyed 2022’s 12 Days of Member Gifts, Poptropicans! What was your favorite item from this year’s present-palooza? Would you like to see another Holly Jolly Holiday Contest for next year’s event? Share your thoughts in the comments below – we’d love to hear from you! 

Friday, December 9, 2022

Guest Blog: Interview with Sporty Boa from the Poptropica Creators 📣

Meet Sporty Boa!

 

Sporty Boa's Popsona portrait

Sporty Boa illustrated by napstachill

 

1. How were you first introduced to Poptropica?

 

I was first introduced to Poptropica in 2010, when playing it in elementary school computer labs made you one of the ‘cool kids’. Given that I was one of the ‘quiet kids’ at school, I opted to explore the game where I was most comfortable: with my family.

 

It started with watching my sister, then my brother, Fierce Flyer, adventure across the Poptropica islands, with me acting as a literal over-the-shoulder commentator. Together we worked through difficult puzzles and boss battles, or simply admired the creative stories and characters Poptropica introduced us to. It was only after seeing my siblings’ mounting medallion count that I decided to experience Poptropica hands-on for myself!

 

Sporty Boa's Popsona portrait at dusk

Sporty Boa illustrated by Fierce Flyer

 

2. Who do you think is the most underrated character? Overrated?

 

One of the many things I love about Poptropica is its plethora of unique characters. When I first started blogging about the game, this was one aspect I could not stop talking about! I often would give my personal ranking of characters, including those which I considered to be the most underrated. Atop my list was Dr. Spyglass from Spy Island. Not only is he an excellent eye doctor, but he’s also the genius inventor behind iconic spy gadgets such as the chameleon suit and grappling bowtie! Despite this scientist’s creations being the means in which you save the island, I feel he doesn’t get the credit he deserves. I mean, I get he’s all secretive and spy-like, but it would be nice to see him pop up from time to time.

 

Speaking of popping up from time to time, I would have to say the zombies from Zomberry Island may be Poptropica’s most overrated characters. I may need to get my eyes checked by Dr. Spyglass, but I feel like I keep seeing them show up everywhere! Given their ambiguous purpose, do they really deserve so much of the spotlight?

 

Dr. Spyglass from Spy Island

Dr. Spyglass

 

Zomberry Disco

Zombies

 

3. What are your favorite scenes, aesthetically and to play through?

 

The first scene that comes to mind is the Jersey Devil jumpscare in Cryptids Island. This scene is just as fun to watch someone else play through as it is to play through yourself! The tense buildup is executed so well, from the unnerving bathroom stall directions, to the dark, creepy house in the middle of the woods, and of course we can’t forget the window peerin’, breath stealing, fate sealing Jersey Devil!

 

Aesthetically, I have a soft spot for the Nøkken scene in Twisted Thicket Island. On par with the Jersey Devil in terms of creepiness, the Nøkken’s luminescent red paw prints against the dark, verdant forest is just *chef’s kiss*. Absolutely terrifying, but *chef’s kiss*.

 

The Jersey Devil from Cryptids Island

Jersey Devil

 

Beware the Nokken comic

Beware the Nøkken by Sporty Boa

 

4. From your perspective, how have you seen the Poptropica Help Blog (PHB) and community change over time?

 

From my perspective, the Poptropica community has had its ebbs and flows. Since joining back in 2017, I’ve always viewed the PHB as not just a blog, but as a cornerstone of the community. While being a reliable source of information and news, the PHB helps bring together Poptropica fans, me included, providing space for people to share valued ideas, theories and stories. Through thick and thin, I’ve learned to appreciate the space we’re granted, and the community we share.

 

Sporty Boa's Popsona portrait ft. cat by Gentle Dolphin

Sporty Boa and his cat in Smash, Crackle, POP! by Gentle Dolphin

 

Fierce Flyer and Sporty Boa's Popsonas

Bright Brothers Whimm — Fierce Flyer & Sporty Boa for Halloween 2021

 

5. How has your PHB career surprised you?

 

During my time with the PHB, I’m always pleasantly surprised when it comes to our community engagement events such as the Tribal Tournament and the Poppies. It’s such an honor to be a part of these positive, unifying, and genuinely fun experiences in our community!

 

Sporty Boa's 2020 Halloween costume

Sporty Boa – Halloween 2020

 

Sporty Boa's at the 2021 Poppies

Sporty Boa – Poppies 2021

 

Sporty Boa's 2022 Halloween costume

Sporty Boa – Halloween 2022

 

6. What inspires you?

 

I can be easily inspired by the natural world, my family, a kind word, and works of art. Though, what inspires me the most is actually the potential to inspire others. Knowing that I can plant a seed within someone that may blossom into something beneficial and beautiful is a rewarding feeling worth striving for.

 

African folktale trickster: Anansi, the spider of stories

African folktale trickster, Anansi the spider of stories

 

Sporty Boa's "Busch Borrower: Pirate of the Forest"

Busch Borrower: Pirate of the Forest

Illustrations by Sporty Boa

 

7. What does the Pop community mean to you?

 

It means so much, honestly. Poptropica is a special game that has a special community. Both hold an equally cherished place in my heart.

 

8. How have your experiences with the community and Poptropica influenced you IRL?

 

IRL, I’ve always been a relatively timid person. The Poptropica community was the first online community I had joined and truly felt a part of. It allowed me to open up, both online and in real life, allowing me to recognize that my unique personality wasn’t something to shy away from, but value.

 

Doctor Trio: Hare, Beev, Nyan

Doctor Trio (Hare, Beev, Nyan) by Sporty Boa

 

9. Outside of Poptropica and your PHB involvement, what are you passionate about?

 

Outside of the Poptropica community, I am an avid wildlife enthusiast. Whether extant or extinct, the diversity of life on Earth never ceases to amaze me. Conservation, education, and respect towards the natural world are things I’m quite passionate about.

 

Poptropica goats

My Pet Goat: One of these cuddly hircines may have a date with danger.

 

Favorites

  • Island: It will always be Cryptids Island for me, but I’ll throw Shark Tooth Island and Reality TV in there solely off nostalgia and good vibes.
  • Backstory/Lore: Mordred/Binary Bard is such an interesting character with a fascinating backstory. It just adds to the awe and epicness of Astro-Knights Island!

 

Merlin and Mordred from Astro-Knights Island

Merlin and Mordred by Sporty Boa

 

Character: Dr. Beev, Ishmael, Harold Mews… Poptropica has so many notable characters! Some of my personal favorites are:

  • Shark Guy (Shark Tooth Island): Hilarious, relatable and educational all wrapped up in a shark-shaped package!
  • Ishmael (SOS): As a fellow whale-lover, I vibe with Ish! (Also, if whale call gadgets are an actual thing, I’d love one!)
  • Harold Mews (Cryptids): A kind-hearted millionaire with a passion for conservation, who would have thunk?
  • Dr. Beev: Why wood’nt Beev be on this list?

 

Sporty Boa's favorite characters: Shark Boy, Ishmael, Harold Mews, Dr. Beev

 

Villains

  • Director D (Spy Island): He’s got the drip, the wit, and the wig, what more could you ask for in a villain?
  • Gretchen Grimlock (Cryptids): What makes GG stand out to me in terms of villainous characters is that she’s not just presented as a rival to your Poptropican, but also an imminent and dangerous threat.
  • Black Widow & The Strange Man (Counterfeit): Poptropica really nailed it with these two! They had cool designs, wove into the story well, and their individual arcs of deceit and redemption were well executed.

 

Costume: An iconic symbol of do-goodership and courageous adventure, the Robin Hood costume has a special place in my heart… and my closet!

 

Sporty Boa's favorite villains and costume

 

Thanks for having me! This Boa’s gotta bounce!

 

– SB  🐍

 


 

Massive thank you to Sporty Boa for sharing their story with us, it was delightful to get to know you. Read more of Sporty Boa’s contributions to the Pop community on the Poptropica Help Blog!