Where do I begin? Five million views! I still vividly remember how exciting it was to receive 500 views, then 5000, then 50K…but 5 million?! Breaking each milestone is always an amazing surprise for me, especially since I’ve really never expected this, particularly six years ago.
But whilst I’m amazed, and whilst me six years ago would’ve been incredibly shocked if told this would happen, the thing which I really want to do is just express my gratitude. This wouldn’t be possible without you, and I appreciate you all reading. 💜
Equally, my gratitude extends to all of those who made this site possible. Many of those people from over half a decade ago are long gone from the community, but the history of many Club Penguin fan-blogs is always a fascinating one.
I don’t know how much of the journey is left, the last six and a bit years have been amazing, but however long it is, I’m truly grateful to everyone for making this possible and so fun.
As I’m sure you’re aware, today is Club Penguin’s 14th Anniversary, and as always, there’s a lot going on as a result! Jet Pack Guy and Sensei have already visited Club Penguin Rewritten with new backgrounds today, and Aunt Arctic is confirmed to return.
However, something a little different is ongoing soon. At 21:00BST/16:00EST, Screenhog will be streaming! In case you’re unfamiliar with him, he is the original Club Penguin artist and had a huge role in the game.
Update: at the time of writing, the stream is ongoing and it’s great fun – Screenhog is playing some classic tunes, many from Club Penguin!
The livestream will be available above, and in it, Screenhog intends to play some music and answer questions, and it should just be an enjoyable time.
Screenhog has released a new video on Club Penguin! This time, it features ten facts about the game. Some of them may be familiar, but many of them are not, and they even include some exclusive artwork, such of the atrocity of the first puffle.
If you’re interested, I’d highly recommend watching it!
If you’re not interested, please enjoy the original puffle design which was featured in the video above. 👻
In all seriousness though, it’s really amazing to see how puffles, something we’re all so familiar with, have progressed since the initial concept. All that and more is featured in Screenhog’s video, so I’d highly recommend giving it a watch!
If you’ve been part of the Club Penguin journey for the last few years, Spike Hike is probably a name which will instantly cause some nostalgia; he was the former General Manager and one of the many icons of the game.
Just a few hours ago, Spike Hike made a return to the community on Twitter, after over two years of hearing little about him. He said he missed the community and left some kind words.
“Club Penguin kids, I’m proud of you. You continue to make the world better, I see it every day. Remember, this world is what you make it. You can fill it with anger or joy. Choose joy, if nothing else it’s a lot more fun! #WaddleOn”
-Chris Heatherly (aka Spike Hike)
I’m sure that a lot of you might remember him, so I thought that this would be worth sharing, especially since he’s not been around for so long.
You may remember from a couple of weeks ago that there were plans from former Club Penguin staff members to create a documentary on Lance Priebe’s (rsnail) games, and a trailer was even released! If you’re unaware of this, you can find some more details here.
I promised that I would keep you informed regarding this documentaryo, and unfortunately, Chris Gliddon (Polo Field) gave an update last night that this movie pitch had not been selected by Storyhive.
Update on our movie pitch: looks like our pitch wasn’t selected for the Storyhive program. That’s okay! We’ll find a different way to make this thing happen. Thanks for your support!
-Chris Gliddon, one of the people behind the planned documentary
That doesn’t mean a film relating to Lance Priebe’s work is completely out of the question though! As Screenhog, a former Club Penguin artist, said:
There’s certainly enough fan interest in Club Penguin to make this [film] a reality. It’s just a matter of tapping into it.
But unfortunately, the idea was not accepted for the $50K production grant. I’ll let you know if anything else regarding the project is revealed though!
Some more information has been revealed on this here
Voting has begun until May 31st for the documentary about Lance Priebe’s games, featuring Chris, Emma and Johnny! You may recognise them as Polo Field, Bambalou and Businesmoose, who were three really iconic staff members from classic Club Penguin.
It will be based on the making of Mech Mice, AdVenture Capitalist, Box Critters, and of course, Club Penguin, and will also feature many of the workers behind the games, including Lance/rsnail himself! In fact, there’s even an amazing pitch video regarding it.
For this to happen though, the project needs to be voted for on Storyhive. Thirty documentary ideas will win (only fifteen through voting), which offers a $50K production grant to the winners. Polo Field has stated though that “this may seem like a lot, but in the film world, this is really only enough to get started.”
It’s also going to feature a variety of people regarding a really amazing topic to all of us!
All three co-founders (Lance, Lane, Dave) have agreed to participate. We also have some key other folks like Lance’s brother Chris (who coded the original servers for Club Penguin), AdVenture Capitalist creator Cody, as well as the mayor of Kelowna (because why not have a cameo from the mayor, right?)
So in order to support this documentary, we can all vote for it on Storyhive! The voting process is very simple, you need to go to the link and click the orange “vote” button at the top.
You can vote once per a day until voting ends on May 31st!
Definitely please do vote, as this seems to be a fantastic documentary made by some fantastic people who are hugely connected to the games. Hopefully, it’ll be a winner!
Small Bursts of Imagination tells a story about the level of deep personal investment and sacrifice that goes into creating companies. It’s a journey that anyone who has been told “you can’t do that” can relate to. In 2007, Lance Priebe sold the virtual world he created with his co-founders to Disney for $350 million. He built a fun social game for hundreds of millions of kids around the world to play. He’d also created jobs for hundreds of workers in Kelowna, BC in the process. But replicating the success of Club Penguin was harder — and more costly — than anyone could have imagined. In this story, we learn about how Lance and his new studio Hyper Hippo Games almost fell apart, and what they did to create success once again.
Some very exciting news has been revealed about a plan from Polo Field and Businesmoose, two very well-known former staff members at Club Penguin who frequently collaborated together when making videos!
They intend to create a movie about the making of Club Penguin, Mech Mice and Box Critters with Lance (rsnail), a founder of Club Penguin. The latter two of those games are both games which Lance has also been behind.
Currently, Chris (Polo) and Johnny (Moose) intend to “start small first, but the plan is feature-length”. Some names they’re considering so far is “Game Changer”, “Start Small” and “Lance”, but they could go with something completely different.
Lastly so far, if you’ve got any Club Penguin artwork that you’d like to be featured in the movie, you can submit it to the duo for a chance for it to be included.
Some more news is likely to be revealed as time passes, and I’ll be sure to share anything else revealed! If you haven’t already, make sure to check this (links to YouTube) smaller but still amazing documentary!
Over a decade ago, Lance (or rsnail) made a proposal to create Club Penguin. Earlier this week, he found and shared the original proposal, which eventually led to the game being created and everything since!
I thought it was actually pretty interesting, so you might want to check it out. Here it is if you’re interested! You can click the image to zoom in.
It’s really interesting and cool how the island progressed since the initial plan, and Club Penguin certainly did go on to encourage, inspire and challenge players all around the world. I thought that alone made this worth sharing!
Last night, Club Penguin Mountains reached over two million views, by over 350K people! I just wanted to make a quick post acknowledging this.
Although this post will be short, I wanted to express my thanks once again for all the support which made achieving this milestone possible! I never would have believed that this blog would’ve come so far five years ago, but I’m grateful that you’ve made it possible.
Thank you for all of the support!
Two million is such a huge number, and it always means a lot that people continue to find this blog helpful and enjoyable, so whether you’ve read just one post or you’ve been around for a few years – thank you!