Hunger Games Simulator, Pop Community Edition: The Reaping

Note: This is a sticky post; it will stick to the front of the TBPH website until I take it off and/or the Games are done. Read on to see what I mean by “the Games.”

Alexa: Hey, uh… Tech… I had an idea.

Tech: Oh, no. Whenever you get an idea, it’s usually bad.

Alexa: How about we take the Poptropica community, make characters of them, and put them in a Hunger Games Simulator?

Nephri: Does it involve killing?

Alexa: Yes… but you should PROBABLY know it’s on a website and every tribute’s moves are random chance, decided by the website itself.

Jenny: Killing and random chance? Sounds like fun, in my opinion.

Vampi: Exactly. Who all is going to be in it? I mean, I know it’s the Pop community, but who in it would be in it?

Alexa: Glad this is all being dictated onto the TBPH, because this is the perfect place to get people. Just put your name in the comments and you’ll be in. Of course, what’s the fun in watching merciless killing without getting in it yourself? I’m joining in as well, so I’m leaving it up to Vampi, Tech, Nephri, and TAS to do the story so that I don’t bend it in any way. I’ll be updating this post along the way with all the people joining, so here’s the list!

DISTRICT 1:

Person 1: Alexa Hattomi (Alexa)

Person 2: Obsidian Bass (Jenny)

DISTRICT 2:

Person 1: Diamond Rain (TC)

Person 2: FortLite (Isaac II)

DISTRICT 3:

Person 1: Lucky Wing (E, Lucky)

Person 2: Purple Claw (PC)

DISTRICT 4:

Person 1: Arisukiama Trigan (Arisu)

Person 2: Kimiko Kuramo (Kimiko)

DISTRICT 5:

Person 1: Fierce Flyer (Fierce)

Person 2: ShayShayGamer (SSG)

DISTRICT 6:

Person 1: Velocitiniame (Velocity)

Person 2: Mintello (Mintello)

DISTRICT 7:

Person 1: Sporty Boa (SB)

Person 2:

DISTRICT 8:

Person 1:

Person 2:

DISTRICT 9:

Person 1: Zippy Sky (estherli521)

Person 2:

DISTRICT 10:

Person 1:

Person 2:

DISTRICT 11:

Person 1:

Person 2:

DISTRICT 12:

Person 1:

Person 2:

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That Moment When You’re Curious

If there is one thing I like to know, it’s my friends’ real names. So why not get a spreadsheet full of Pop community members’ real names?

 

Hey, guys, Vampi here, and today I’m starting up a spreadsheet with every Poptropica community member and their real names. I’ve already gotten a few, but I wanna know everyone’s.

Now, don’t worry, I won’t hack your computer or shame you or anything… I’ll just make a story with all the names lol

I’ve already got a few names down (due to some people revealing their real names; I also added mine too), and I want more in order to make my story bigger.

Now let’s say you want to keep your real name confidential. I gotcha there. Email me at vampistepblogs@gmail.com with your name, Poptropica name, and the words “the TBPH sent me” so I know you came from here, and I’ll add it to my list, then I’ll start development of the story when I get out of school for the summer.

With that, I also have news that on the Creator’s Blog Tumblr, Skinny Moon made a post labeled “7 tips on How to Get You Poptropica Blog Noticed by Fans and Poptropica Itself”, which I’ll analyze later today.

Having all of that been said, I have a math class to get back to. (Circumference and area of a circle yaaaaaaay) So I’ll see you guys later, and keep poppin’ it!

EDIT: I’m bookmarking this to the front page so it doesn’t get overflowed by other posts. go project yay

Big News that Nobody Understands

Hey, hello, Alexa here.

So according to Antics and Schematics, I should be on hiatus. However, I was scrolling through blogs and found a post about something related to Poptropica that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make a post about it.

Adobe, the creators of the Flash player that Poptropica runs on, confirmed that in 2020, they’re stopping all improvements and distributions of the Flash player. That means once 2020 hits, no Flash player…

…or is there?

 

When I continued reading the post, one thing caught my eye: “stopping all improvements and distributions.” I took that as meaning “hey, just because they’re not improving or distributing more versions of Flash doesn’t mean it won’t stop existing.”

Then a single Google search proved me wrong.

A post on developers.facebook.com says it’s shutting down Flash games by the end of 2020 (as well as advising developers to switch their formats from Flash to something like HTML5, WebGL, Unity, or other types of platforms), and further research on KitGuru.net confirms it by saying “updates will no longer be released and web browsers will drop support entirely.”

So what’s this mean for Poptropica?

 

Seeing as Poptropica runs on Flash, the owners of it, now Sandbox Networks (according to Wikipedia), will either have to give up on it and let it die or take many years’ worth of work and convert it to something like HTML5 and WebGL.

So while it lasts, speedrun/costume create/multiverse/island complete/explore your heart out, because by 2020, Poptropica may be gone.

 

This has been Alexa, signing off. Keep poppin’ it!

Trusty Theory: Response to Smart Flame

Hey, guys, it’s AlexaHalfSiren, and time for this blog to be revived once again with… Trusty Theory!

So, I was checking the blogs like usual and I found a short post by Smart Flame, with an announcement for his new fanfic and a theory that… well… see for yourself.

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I saw this and thought “yep, time to revive my theory series.” So here’s my theory extension.

So what I see first is “When you time travel to these historical sites, obviously there’s no machinery, or at least no time travel device.” This is only SLIGHTLY untrue: Leonardo da Vinci’s gliding mechanism could be considered a machine back in the Rennaisance period, but looking back at it, that’s just personal view. However, the reason there is no time travel device is because YOU are carrying it with you.

Then I saw “At first I thought you would land where the device was in present time in the past.” Also untrue: if that were the case, Time Tangled would be way longer.

Then— wait.

Fast forward.

“I think your mind or subconscious would travel to that place.” That is wrong beyond all belief. If the mind traveling was the case, the only way that would work is if you knew where everything was, and all of it could be done within seconds, due to the need of other items like the warrior headdress being eliminated from necessity. (Bad wording, yes, but I don’t care.) The mind idea would also mean you knew exactly what all the Poptropicans said.

The subconscious idea, however, is different. If it were in your subconscious, your present-day Poptropican would be unconscious, possibly in a coma, while your subconscious would be in your dreams, doing the events needed to complete the island. That can’t work because subconscious you could dream the items into existence.

That’s where my theory comes in. I call it the Partners in Time theory.

Basically, in the game Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time, baby Mario and Luigi are evacuated from the past Mushroom Kingdom into the present Mushroom Kingdom, after being saved by the adult Mario and Luigi.

Furthermore, whenever you finish an area in Partners in Time, a new “timehole” opens, which is a portal that teleports the baby and the adult Mario and Luigi versions into a past Mushroom Kingdom that’s been altered by the game’s main antagonist group, the Shroobs. (Should also add that the timeholes all appear at Peach’s Castle (Present) when they are made.)

HOWEVER, the present day Mushroom Kingdom isn’t affected by the changes done in the past Mushroom Kingdom. This is where I bring in what I call the Planned Out Subtheory comes in. The present Mushroom Kingdom isn’t affected because when you defeat the game, the past Mushroom Kingdom is restored to its original self, while the present Mushroom Kingdom is unaffected still.

The problem I run into, however, is that in Partners in Time, there is no view of the future. So that puts a dent in my ideas… But not a huge dent. TL;DR, whenever something changes in past Mushroom Kingdom, present Mushroom Kingdom isn’t affected. Now back to the Poptropica theory.

Poptropica’s time travel differs from that of Partners in Time due to the fact that not only are you going to different places in the past, but to different times as well. So in the case of time travel, you’re traveling to both a different place and a different time as well, but that brings up another question: How did the different items get to where they were when you were handed the device?

To that I say infinite dimensions.

Let’s use Trusty Bear and his bro Angry Thunder as examples. When Trusty starts the game, he goes to a “time period” where “future” Trusty is in a dystopian city. This can be described as Dimension 1. If Angry were to appear instead and meet future Trusty, that’s Dimension 2. Dimension 3 would be Trusty and future Angry, and Dimension 4 would be future and current Angry.

Now let’s say Trusty went to the Great Wall “time period” to start out, grabbing the necessary items there. He’d be traveling to a dimension where the items from the different “time period” are there, and he picks them up. This would alter it to an already existing dimension where neither the items needed nor the items supplied are there.

Fixing all of the different dimensions/time periods would change Dimension 1, with Trusty and Future Trusty in a dystopian dimension, to Dimension XX, where XX means some number, and inside is Trusty and Future Trusty in a utopian dimension. Instead of time travel, it’s actually space-time travel, or dimensional travel for short.

Anyway, I’ve rambled on with this theory for long enough. Heck, I may even become a conspiracy theorist. But I’m gonna get back to work on my new stories. As always, keep poppin’ it!

A Late Wish of a Happy New Year + Username and Life Chages

Hey, guys, Alexa here. I’ve had a busy school break, but since I got back to school, it’s blogging time!

First on the agenda: username change. I’ve taken away the whole DJ motif with most of my usernames and replaced it with a new username, AlexaHalfSiren. This is mainly a reference to a roleplay I’m in.

Second: happy new year! 2018’s great so far; I got two new games for my 3DS, of which I’ve eagerly been playing, and I even got a drawing tablet for christmas! I’d do a Poptropica rewind thing, but my time blogging during lunch period is limited.

Third: life changes. If you’ve talked to me on Discord, you may know that my dad currently has cancer, called acute myeloid leukemia. This winter break, I’ve been tending to him and most of his needs, and it’s sort of changed me. The main thing is the family still needs prayers for my dad: i’ll take any and all positive ones as a compliment.

Since my time is just about up, I’m ending it off here. Keep poppin’ it! (Man, I haven’t said that since last year. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) )

Speeding Poptropica: Update Post #1

Hey, hello, Hattomi here. (Like the new intro?)

So the past few weeks since I posted the Speedrunning Poptropica post, my stepdad, whose room I use to shelter myself in until he’s ready to go home, banned me from using the computers after school, so I haven’t had a chance to get on a computer and speedrun. But I decided I’d make an update post to show how much progress I’ve gotten through.

First things first, creating the routes. My usual way to create routes WOULD BE to use the Poptropica Help Blog’s Guides page; but sadly, my school has blocked it since it switched to the new poptropi.ca URL (checked again, the ContentKeeper Content Filtering software the school uses labels the category of filtering as “non-managed”.)

Instead, I go through the island casually, noting down a simple route on a Google Doc. Then, in case there’s anything that happens with the game that helps me out (or hurts me), I put it into a Glitch Explanation Google Doc. I then go through it again, using Google’s built in stopwatch (just type in stopwatch in search) to time the whole thing.

Break from explaining how I do it to speedrunning terms. In speedrunning, you usually go through the whole game under the Any% category, which means just completing the game fast, or the 100% category, where you go through the game as fast as you can while collecting every single collectable. However, the way I’m running Pop is called IL running, which stands for Individual Level. Basically instead of going through the game island after island after island, I’m doing one island at a time off and on.

Now to start the run explanation segment.

I started planning the route normally, but as soon as I restarted the island, I encountered a glitch that let me keep the Jetpack during the new playthrough, which altered my route heavily. Instead of platforming, I just jetpacked my way to the items.

And now to interrupt the video Pannenkoek Style. I’m explaining the room map so there’s no confusion. Starting off, like every island, the place your blimp lands at is Main Street. To the left is Rooftops, and below that is the maze, which I simply labelled Maze. Below Main Street is the sewers, which I called Sewers. To the right is Village, below is Well. Above them is Clouds. The entrance where the Giant’s at is labelled Clouds 1, the room next to that is Clouds 2, and the room next to THAT is Clouds 3.

Now the actual route. I started by getting the Glowstick at Well, then heading to the Pig at Sewers. Afterwards, I headed to the Maze, where I used a combination I put together to get to the egg and get out. I then jetpacked my way up to Clouds 1, grabbed the Bucket from Clouds 2, and went down to grab the Flag from Main Street. I finished by giving all the items and grabbing my Medallion with a time of 4 minutes, 42 seconds, 91 milliseconds.

That’ll be it for my post today. I’ll update more when I run more. Keep poppin’ it!

Speedrunning Poptropica

Vampi: ALEXA. TECH. OHMYAMATERASUOHMYAMATERASUOHMYAMATERASU.

Alexa: What, what is it?

Vampi: It’s… AGDQ… There’s a run of… Pokémon Black 2…

Alexa and Tech: Wait, WHAT?!? Let me see. *they look at the Games Done Quick schedule* Wow, you weren’t kidding…

Vampi: I know, right?

*Alexa jumps in surprise*

Alexa: Guys… I have an idea.

Tech: Oh, no…

Alexa: What if I did a speed run of Poptropica Original?

Vampi: Huh. A not-bad idea, finally.

Alexa: I mean, there was a video on the Poptropica YouTube channel about beating 48 Carrot (editor’s note: 24 Carrot on Worlds) fast. Why not do that to the whole game to begin with? Go by release date, exclude those that got removed, and bada bing bada boom.

Vampi: Go ahead. Why don’t you even make a spreadsheet for it that other people can look at?

Alexa: Good idea.

(Vampi’s Note: So, yeah, Trusty’s gonna be getting exhausted from all this speedrunning. In the spreadsheet, I’ll note down the strats I use in them using comments. I’m leaving comments open to everyone so they can say their thoughts on my times. And as we always say, keep poppin’ it!)

 

Ask The Group Relocation

Alexa I: Hmm… I sense a disturbance in the Blog…

Jenny: The Blog?

Alexa I: Yeah… Let me check it real quick… *a few clicks are heard* Yep. We need to move blogs.

Alexa II: Why do you say that?

Alexa I:  Our Q&A series. All the questions are towards us… not the Villains.

Isaac II: The Villains?

Alexa I: The people this series were originally centered around. Thankfully, I’ve got a blog to move this to. But… Sadly, we’ll have to ditch the Villains.

TAS: *plays sad trumpet music*

Alexa I: I’ll take the news to the Villains. *Alexa walks over to the Villains’ room* Yo. Villains. Sad news.

Black Widow: Lemme guess. You and Nephri broke up?

Alexa I: Ugh, no. You guys are gonna have to leave. We’re running out of space, plus nobody really sends you any Qs anymore.

Dr. Hare: *sighing* Back to 24 Carrot for me.

Villains: *grumbling as they pack their things*

<4 hours, 37 minutes, and a bunch of farewells later>

Alexa I: Time for a blog migration, then.

moving over to Antics and Schematics

 

Ask the Group #16: Double Trouble

Announcer (on video game): Welcome, game fans, to the one, the only, Shoot ’em Up Battle! In the first corner of the map, Player 1 spawns in!

??? 1: Dinner’s ready! You’re eating some beating!

??? 2: That made no sense.

Announcer: Weighing in at we haven’t weighed yet, Player 2 spawns in!

??? 2: It’s time to d-d-d-d-duel!

Announcer: In the next corner, it’s the Champion of Being Named Champion, Player 3 spawns in!

??? 3: Like a coal burns, my insults burn harder.

??? 1: What? You know what, nevermind.

Annoucer: And last, but certainly not least in our hearts, Player 4 spawns in!

??? 4: Ready to lose, Squad?

??? 1 and ??? 3: We’ll pass, thanks.

Announcer: Ready, set…

*a portal appears, and Alexa falls out of it*

Alexa: Ugh… Nagdabbit, Itch! Wait… Hey, this isn’t E’s apartment complex!

Announcer: Go!

??? 2: Ah, shut it, game. *they pause it, then everyone turns towards the portal*

*Itch, TAS, Vampi, Mizana, and Nephri come out of the portal*

Nephri: Who are these people, nya?

??? 4: We’ll answer that, mate, but first, what in tarnation are you doing here?

Alexa: It’s a long story. Now, would you mind telling us who you are?

??? 1: My personality’s as hard as the name implies, I’m Obsidian Bass!

??? 2: A cabin by dark, but when the sun comes up, it’s FortLite!

??? 3: Shaped from a coal, but with a sharp intellect, Diamond!

??? 4: With a nifty gadget and unmasked features, the TechNeko strikes!

All ???s: And together we are… The DJ Squad!

Vampi: Those are… interesting names.

TechNeko: Trust me, our real names are much more interesting.

Itch: Then do you mind telling us them?

FortLite: Fine. Isaac Fortlorn.

Obsidian: Jenny Nihire.

Diamond: Caidence Banisworth.

TechNeko: Alexa Hattomi.

Alexa: Wait… Did you say… Alexa Hattomi?

Alexa II: Yep. Alexa Hattomi.

*silence is heard for 10 seconds*

Alexa: Yeah, all of you might wanna come with us. Now that we’ve seen each other’s universes’ selves, your universe is about to get destroyed.

Isaac II: Wait, what? How much time do we have left?

Itch: I’d say about… 5 minutes.

Jenny: Crap.

Isaac II: Squad, go grab your stuff. We’re moving out. And make sure to get The Headphones.

Alexa II: Not forgetting Neph.

Nephri: But I’m right here, nya.

Alexa and Itch: Knowing parallel universes, Other Alexa’s probably talking about a different Nephri.

Caidence: Alright. Didn’t have much stuff. I’m ready.

Vampi: Itch, toss him up.

Itch: *grabs Caidence’s feet* Going up! *Caidence goes through the portal*

Jenny: Done. I got this myself. *she powers up her jump and goes through the portal*

Itch: *looking at his watch* I’d say about 3 minutes left.

Mizana: Heck it. *jumps through after Jenny*

Isaac II: Where’s Tech? I always keep my stuff with me.

Alexa: Don’t worry. She’ll be here soon.

*20 seconds pass*

Itch: 2 minutes left.

Isaac II: Friggit, I’m gonna go help her.

Alexa: Not without me!

*Alexa and Isaac II rush into Alexa II’s room, helping her grab everything she needs*

Itch: 30 seconds!

Alexa II: Time’s up.

Alexa I, Alexa II, and Isaac II: Let’s rush.

*the three rush back to the portal, jumping through it; Nephri, TAS, and Vampi follow, with Itch jumping in last as the portal closes*


(Meanwhile, in the regular universe)

Caidence: *jumps through, landing on the floor*

Taniza: Oh, hey, Itch, why are you guys back so quick— Wait, who are you?

Jenny: *jumping through the portal* No time to explain right now. Waiting on Isaac and Alexa.

Isaac I: I’m right here.

Mizana: *coming through the portal* Wrong Isaac.

*about 1 minute and 37 seconds pass*

Jenny: Where in heck are they?

*Isaac II, Alexa, and Alexa II come through the portal, the rest coming though one by one, and the portal closing behind Itch*

Isaac II: That was a close one.

Both Alexas: You can say that again.

Taniza: Alright, alright, what’s going on?

Binary Bard: What’s all the ruckus in here? *he stares at the two Alexas side by side* And why are there two Alexas?

Alexa: Time to answer questions. Itch had set the wrong coordinates, we went to their dimension and I saw this Alexa.

Isaac II: The grumpy one—

Itch: It’s Itch, dude.

Isaac II: told us we had five minutes to pack, so me, Alexa, Jenny, and Caidence jumped through.

Isaac I: Alright, this is going to be confusing. Can we simplify the names of parallel me and parallel Alexa?

Isaac II: Good idea. Call me “Fortlite” and call my Alexa “Techneko.”

Alexa I: Back to the drawing board, eh? Anyway, let’s get to OUR Q session.

E to Nephri: Who’s your senpai?

Nephri: Hmmm… Hard to tell, nya… Probably Alexa, nya.

Both Alexas: Figures.

 

E to Itch: What’s the recharge time on your parallel universe transporter thingy?

Itch: Honestly? Anywhere from 10 seconds to 2 minutes. Forgot if it was Alexa I, TAS, or Bard that did it, but they added a recharging battery.

Alexa II: A recharging battery… I gotta get myself one of those.

Alexa I: It’s somewhat easy really. Itch can get one for ya.

 

E to Alexa I and Nephri: Since you guys are dating now (and since I’m still lonely and bad at relationships), do you guys have any advice for me?

Alexa: Well, not much we can give ya. Really just be yourself, and find someone who likes you for who you truly are.

Nephri: Pretty much sums that up, nya. Can anyone else account for that?

Alexa II and Isaac II: Make that one pair.

Isaac I and Taniza: Make that 2.

Alexa I: Noted.

 

E to Itch, Alexa I, TAS, and Nephri: Why were you guys smirking? What are you implying?

Alexa I: *looks at TAS*

TAS: *looks at Nephri*

Nephri: *looks at Itch*

Itch: *looks at Alexa I*

All 4: *turning to an imaginary camera, smirking* You should know.

Alexa II: That just creeps me out.

Mizana: You get used to it.

 

E to everyone: Do you guys think I need a life?

Vampi, Alexa I, Nephri, Black Widow, and Dr. Hare: Maybe.

Itch, TAS, the rest of Team MINT, and the rest of the Villains: Yes.

The DJ Squad: Who is this again?

Alexa I: I’ll tell you all later.

Alexa II: *sigh* Nephri, put that on my TDL.

Nephri: But I don’t know what that is, nya…

Computerized voice that sounds oddly like Nephri: Added, nya.

Alexa II: I meant my AI assistant. Her name’s Nephri.

Nephri II: At your service, nya.

Taniza: Learning something new every day, that’s for sure.

 

Red Rider to Itch: Yeah, that question that everyone knows the answer to but nobody knows the question? The question’s 7×6.

Itch: Permission to rant?

Alexa I, Team MINT, Vampi, and TAS: Permission granted.

Itch: Here goes… *he takes a deep breath* That’s actually false, because in the story that says the answer to life, the universe, and everything, the computer that calculates the answer, named Deep Thought, said that the characters who asked for that answer never added a question. It’s said later in the story when the main characters Ford and Arthur talk to brainiac mice that the mice say that 7×6 would never be the question to life, the universe, and everything, due to how simplistic it is. Rather, they instead have to come up with a random question that would be plausible to get out of trouble. The makeshift question is actually “How many” whatever it was “does it take to truly reach enlightenment?” But, as stated IN the story, that is actually not the question, since it’s stated IN THE STORY that it’s not the actual question. Therefore, there basically is no question to life, the universe and everything. If you need more proof, look at MatPat’s Amazon Fire TV stick with Alexa capabilities.

Both Alexas: …are you done now?

Itch: *gasping for air* I…  I think so…

Alexa I: Great. Onto the next question…

Vampi: Well… There are no more questions.

TAS: *plays the Donkey Kong Country death sound*

 

Alexa I: As always, if you have questions for any of us, feel free to ask. The new updated list of people are… Myself, Alexa; Alexa II; Nephri; Itch; Mizana; TAS; Isaac I; Isaac II; Taniza; Vampi; Jenny; and Caidence.

Jenny: Hey, I’m second to last. Is that good or something?

Caidence: I guess…

Alexa I: Whatever, just keep poppin’ it!

 

Vampi and Jenny’s editing note: This is actually uploaded 2 days early: we were going to make this post after Halloween, but Vampi had enough time in class to type this.

 

8455DR0P.exe

Hello, readers. 0b51d14n again.

So the puzzle’s been finished that Alexa and I worked on, but I have a few puzzles for all of you.

The first: try and figure out my real name. It’s a reference to something said in an earlier post. Winners get a shoutout in Alexa’s next Q&A.

The second: If you can figure out the sentence said in this mix of computer languages, you’ll also get a shoutout. Here’s the sentence:

01010111 01100101 01101100 01101100 00101110 596f752068617800 1063226356534462544 6f757420746864 701653647515431227 01000111 01101111 01101111 01100100 00100000 01101010 01101111 01100010 00101110

 

Have fun! Put your answers to each puzzle in the comments before Halloween and the shoutouts are yours!

XOXO,

-DJ0b51d14n8455

Obs1d1anB455.exe

Hello there, blog readers.

One of Alexa’s friends has been deemed a traitor. And not an online friend, an IRL friend.

And in her terms, the traitorism has grown.

So here’s the deal.

Alexa and friends asked me to help them trick the traitors. So we’ve been working a long time on creating a puzzle.

And Alexa has decided not to continue her Q&A series until the puzzle’s been solved.

So until the puzzle’s been solved, the blog will be inactive.

Hope you understand!

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