Sunday, September 26, 2010

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Bye for now

If you love Poptropica as much as I do, you'll understand how hard it is to say this. School and busy activities are approaching, and I feel overwhelmed as it is. Thus, I am going to temporarily end the Post. Don't worry; I'll be back, but just not soon. I really enjoy blogging, but this time of year it's just too much for me.

Take care everyone
I appreciate you all,

calm starfish

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The (somewhat short) wait is over

Greg Heffley's big news
The wait is over. Visit the Main Street of any Poptropica Island and talk to Greg Heffley for a look at the cover of the next Diary of a Wimpy Kid book!

Can't wait to read this one!


Do you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid books? Did you just read that PCB post? Are you still sitting here reading this? Are you starting to feel confused by all my questions?
Okay, if you're still with me at this point, good grief, go to Poptropica.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Hi everyone! Sorry it's been a while. I just wanted to tell everyone that a surprise guest will arrive at Poptropica. Check out this picture from the PCB:

Can you guess who this is?

Spoiler Alert! It's Greg from Diary of a Wimpy Kid!

EDIT: Greg is now waiting for you on any Main Street, so head over and see what he has to say.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Th-th-three N-n-new P-p-posts!

Try these new posts on for size:

What's all the Hub-bub?
One of the places you'll visit on Steamworks Island is what we call the Hub. It's a sight to see! A rickety tower, a massive drawbridge, and pot-bellied steam stoves powering everything. Safe to say that you've never seen anything like the Hub before.

Er, at least, you won't have seen anything like it. To start with, this marvel of modern engineering just looked like this:

Yes, it's hard to see what all the hubbub is about -- yet. Just wait until you see how this one develops!


The Hub takes shape
The Hub started life as all of Poptropica does, as a simple idea and a sketch. Before long, we take that idea and turn it into reality. But did you know how many different revisions a single scene takes before it gets the Poptropica stamp of approval?

At first glance, this might look like a well developed scene.

But look a little more closely. Why is almost everything the same color? Why does it all look so flat? And what the heck is that blue thing on the right, anyway?

No, the Hub isn't done yet. Not even close.


Filling in the Hub
Time for a pop quiz: Can you tell the difference between the picture we posted yesterday and the one below?

Most of the background elements still look the same as they did yesterday: flat and monochromatic. We're adding more detail to the Hub on Steamworks Island. We've colored in some of the more important foreground objects. They really pop off your screen!

That doorway in the upper-lefthand side of the screen looks mighty intriguing, wouldn't you say?


Looks like a pretty interesting place, wouldn't you say? I bet they have some pretty high security...

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Gamer Dude/Gamer Girl

For all you big time gamers out there, we have the costume for you. Actually, the store does. The Poptropica store. *Clicks tongue awkwardly* Uh, yeah. Anyway, the costumes come with pretty cool visors, so if you are into that stuff, what are you waiting for?!

Friday, July 16, 2010

The Fun Begins

Hello, and welcome to Calm Starfish's Super Amazing Incredibly Awesome Poptropica Partay! However, I regret to inform you that I am required to update you members about the newest PCB post: A Steamworks surprise is coming up for you members. Ugh, there. I said it. Now that that's out of the way, we can have a good time just as promised. Let's go!

First, I will choose one RANDOM member of the audience. *Coughs*

*Friendly Goose stands, tries to be inconspicuous while reading off an index card*
Friendly: Um, I will, er, volunteer, Clam.
Me: Calm!
Friendly (irritated) Well you wrote Clam!
Me: Whatever. Get up here!
*Friendly climbs up onto stage and stands next to me*
Friendly: So... What do I do?
Me: I want you to put on this blindfold-
Friendly: Say what?
Me: -Ride this bicycle sidesaddle with no handlebars-
Friendly: Huh?
Me: -And recite the Greek alphabet every other letter. Backwards.
Friendly: ...
Me: Alright! Hop to it!
Friendly: How about I ride the right way, no blindfold, and say the regular alphabet?
Me: NO! That's boring!
Audience: Yeah! Do it! Don't chicken out!
Friendly (glaring): Thanks, guys.
*Friendly allows me to tie blindfold on her, climbs onto bike, and rides it steadily for about two seconds. Suddenly she hits a hole in the wooden floor, and is launched off the bike, into the crowd*
Me: Ooh, that's gotta hurt!