Thank you for 500K Views! (Party Invite)
Earlier today, Club Penguin Mountains hit the huge milestone of achieving half a million (500K) views, which is absolutely insane to me!
The party has been cancelled due to recent events regarding Club Penguin Rewritten
I would really like to thank everyone who reads or has read that blog for supporting me! Whilst it is just a number (though a very large one!), I still hope that my content is helpful, useful or informative! It still amazes me that so many people read this blog each day!
One of the things which I have rarely done is held a party, however in order to show my appreciation, I will be holding a party on the server Marshmallow on Club Penguin Rewritten tomorrow!
The party will be at midday PST, which is an hour behind the time of the clock at the Snow Forts! It will likely start at the Town then move around the island and I hope that you will be able to attend, though I completely understand if that is not possible.
Whilst this post might be short, the main thing which I really want to do is express how thankful I really am to everyone individual who reads this blog. Achieving such a large milestone is hard to explain in words and is just so incredible, and I appreciate it so much!
I’m so excited for the future of Club Penguin Rewritten and the content on this blog, but for now, I just want to give you a huge thank you!
Thank you for 250K Views & The Future of this Blog
Blogging since 2013 has been a fun journey, with recently me focusing on Club Penguin Rewritten which has proved extremely enjoyable and beneficial for the growth of this blog.
In fact, today this blog hit 250 thousand views which is an extraordinarily large number! I’m very thankful to all of those who continue to support and read this blog on a consistent basis and I would like to thank everyone reading for helping me to achieve this incredible milestone! I do appreciate that a lot! However, I also need your help!
It’s been a month and a half since I’ve started posting about Club Penguin Rewritten and I’ve really been enjoying it! Recently I’ve been working on some new pages and other little neat visual designs which you will hopefully see in a few weeks, but I think I’m going to spend this post explaining the future of this blog.
So, Club Penguin Rewritten content is going nowhere. This is currently the new header, however I might decide to make some changes to it soon.
So Club Penguin Rewritten is going nowhere and this blog will be focused on the game for many months to come! The rest of the year is lined up with great parties and that can only mean *hopefully* great content!
Pengur is another CPPS that is partnered with CP Rewritten and will be releasing very soon. The unique thing about this private server is that a lot of it is made up of custom content and is set in the “new” era. For example, here’s a picture of the map of the island.
Whilst I won’t be blogging about Pengur until it releases, I have confidence that the game will be extremely fun and cool, so it’s a likely possibility that I will be blogging about it in the future! Alright, I guess I’ve put this off for too long.
There are some serious flaws with Club Penguin Island and I plead for the team to start listening, at least responding and hopefully implementing changes. However, it is the official franchise, and some very exciting things are coming which I would quite like to be a part of and report on.
I don’t regret the break I’ve taken recently, I’ve enjoyed the ability to just play. Recently, I’ve played the game a little bit and it is enjoyable for casual play, but not really enough to dedicate such a significant time blogging about. There is a reason why there are so few Club Penguin Island bloggers left. However…
When I started blogging about Club Penguin Rewritten, I said there would be a line. At the point when CP Rewritten blogging just began, this blog was mainly CPI dominated (and still is, until I upload the changes) with all the pages being CPI-themed. Then I completely cut CPI off the line..
This is an idea I have been considering for the new line. Also by the way, this line thing is completely hypothetical.
Essentially, I can imagine me blogging about Club Penguin Island update news and other major news, but guides would be lacking. It would also probably not be as visible but, this is only a possibility if the promise of amazing things coming soon is true, and from the sneak peek shared recently, I suspect it is.
Yes, this is my blog, but I would really like to hear from my audience on this. So here’s what I’d like to do, I’d like to hear from you! I’ve set up a page on a site which I’ve seen many community members use lately, Saraha. The idea is that you can simply send in a message, big or small, with as much details as you like, anonymously without having to create an account or sign in.
I’m interested to know, what are your thoughts on my ideas and how Club Penguin Mountains is going now. Do you want to see the return of some Club Penguin Island content, or would you rather just me stick with Club Penguin Rewritten. Please click here to send in feedback, it would be much appreciated.
So that is the future of Club Penguin Mountains, but for now, let’s focus on the present. Thank you very much for 250 thousand views, it means a lot to me, and I hope that number will increase as time goes by!
Welcome to the New Blog
Welcome to the new Club Penguin Mountains!
I am finally pleased to successfully launch the new theme and new pages, a project which has taken over 2 hard weeks to fulfil! Let’s get started in explaining what is new and what is coming in the future.
The new design:
Perhaps the most obvious change is the decision of the new theme known as Harmonic. This decision was not at all taken lightly and I received a lot of feedback asking for a light theme. We went on to create multiple polls to try and help make our decision on if we should do this.
Ultimately, the main reason for this change is that viewing this blog on a mobile phone has never been easier. Of course, desktop is always the most ideal place to visit a blog on but seeing how the new virtual world is mobile only, you can get the latest news and guides in a few taps.
Our mobile theme is more sufficient in the fact that our menu can be accessed easily and the header no longer appears. This has resulted in me deciding to end the mobile app. Unfortunately, under EU law, I still need to keep the banner which makes you agree to the Terms and Conditions of this blog.
I have also added new “buttons” to our sidebar which allow a user to access specific and detailed content which you’re looking for in literally a tap. This makes the viewer experience so much easier from being able to access strictly news to getting a guide. Try it out on the sidebar!
Also, the sidebar has been updated massively. You may notice that the view count is no longer at the top. I’m very transparent about my views since I wouldn’t have them without you, but they’re now located at the bottom of the page.
I’ve also prioritised the Google Translate button as the community is made up of so many languages. I also now support the bloggers who we have partnered with, though we will update this soon!
As your #1 source for Club Penguin Island, it’s essential that we’re up to date with what is being offered. This means that I have finally created tutorials for all character adventures that include steps and a video as well as images for puzzles.
Not only that but we now have a detailed description for every area in the game that includes locations, photos, collectibiles, things to do there and more. We’ve also got a list of activities for you to do, regardless of membership status. Our “About” page has been updated too.
Removal of Pages:
I’ve removed many pages that were not popular at all and didn’t fit in. Things that seem to be missing might be located under the “Extras” or “Fun Stuff” page. Please do let me know of any other ideas you may have for pages! I do have some of my own but I’m currently not working on new pages.
Whilst I will be posting the latest news, I feel like I really want to continue discussions. As such, I will do so and I hope that they will be better than ever! One other thing which I want to say is that the domain issues I was talking about a few weeks ago have all been solved.
This update required a lot of work and whilst it may not seem like that, many attempts were failures. There’s 4 headers and I had to redesign each one from scratch 3 or 4 times. However, the new blog is out and I’m so excited for what the future holds!
I do want to take note that interestingly, I’ve noticed that a “big blog” has actually copied/stolen the images which I’ve taken without permission. This is actually a pretty big deal to me and I’ve sent in an email to that owner stating the laws which were broken. The article in question is this one and it’s depressing how a blog who strongly disliked me previously will now steal content of mine for views.
Yes, this blog is progressing but I’m going to always stick true to Club Penguin Mountains’ values and vision. Today is unfortunately a reminder that other blogs don’t and I’m going to have to continue watermarking images for DMCA takedowns. That being said, there are some really amazing supportive bloggers and viewers in this community who I’d like to really thank. You know who you are and I want to say this to you: thank you.
Who’s Beta Testing Club Penguin Island?
By now, you’re almost certainly aware that very recently, Megg made a post giving us an official reveal about Project Super Secret. Although it’s officially launching in 2017, Megg mentioned beta testers in the post and that has got many people excited. But the question is, who’s really going to beta test our island, where and why? Here’s what we have been told.
Those of you wondering when you’ll get to check out the island, stay tuned to the blog! Some of you in Canada and the United States will be receiving an email invite to our closed beta. If you are one of the beta penguins who receives this email, feel free to report back and let us know what you think so far! -Megg
These three sentences speak a million words about something which we have been waiting for for many years. There’s quite a bit I’d like to say about them, but let’s start with the “receiving an email” bit. Megg confirmed that a beta would take place this month and many people were expecting this announcement to be the beta. Does this mean that any hopes of an open beta are off? That would be unfortunate, but it’s really looking that way, otherwise why would their be a “closed beta”?
My next question is why Canada and the United States? This is just an idea, but I think it’s a likely one. What if it’s an event going to be held in the Club Penguin Headquarters and it will be similar to Moderation Master Class?
In 2013, Daffodaily5 announced a competition, where five lucky penguins got the opportunity to visit the Club Penguin HQ for a day. They took part in an online party, met the team and even discussed ideas for the game in a meeting. I’m thinking that something like this will happen again, but this time, the players will be able to play Club Penguin Island.
It seems like a much better option than sending it to people at the risk that it will be exposed online. The reason why this would mean that testers have to be from the US or Canada is because travel options would be much cheaper for the team.
And one more thing, if you need an early beta tester @clubpenguin (volunteer), just send me a DM 😛 I'd be more than happy to help
— Adam Hamilton (@Pup1one) November 18, 2016
So who would actually beta-test the game? In the email, Megg says that players will be “receiving an email invite”, which is interesting because no competition has been announced on the blog. Equally, if you randomise it from people in those two countries, you’ll have no idea if they’re active or not. This leads me to believe that the team will ask older players: bloggers and YouTubers, to help them beta test the island.
It makes sense to have a blogger with hundreds of thousands of views beta test the game and I reckon that will be the case. There was no mention of the word “lucky” or “luck”, which also seems to lead to the theory that content creators will get to try it first. Equally, bloggers could make views of it.
But just a quick conspiracy, how do we know they’re not lying to us? It seems a bit suspicious to send email invites and not announce the penguins on the blog. Actually I probably shouldn’t say that in-case they ever do something like this in the UK…
UPDATE: My friend Bloxorz received this email. You need to have an IOS device to take part and it seems like all emails have been sent. I will make another post on this with new information.
Best of luck being selected!
Discussion: Penguin of the Week
It’s been a tradition for three years now. Every week, a special penguin gets featured on the blog after being nominated by his or her friends. Usually, that penguin feels extremely special and has earnt that award. But very recently, their have been some players who have different thoughts on how Penguin of the Week works. Today I’m going to share my thoughts about Penguin of the Week.
Well, let’s just think about this. It’s not just a background and some coins. Each year, only 52 penguins are selected. Baring in mind that there are literally millions of players on our island, achieving this award is extremely impressive. I have never won this award, but I know many friends who have and are extremely modest about it. Yes, it’s something to be proud of, but they just tell me that they’re no different to any other penguin. These people have truly deserved this award, but today I want to focus less about the winners and more about the losers.
Here’s the usual comment you’ll see on a Penguin of the Week post, sometimes with a nomination for next week.
Penny2415 has never been Penguin of the Week (though that will hopefully change soon) nor have many others who congratulate the special penguin who won. It’s something nice and it brings the community together. However, today I read a comment on the blog which was extremely embarrassing. I am aware this person blogs for this site, however I have removed him from being an author.
I want to break this down this comment into separate sections, because I think that there is something extremely interesting to me. Is it fair to ask people to nominate you for Penguin of the Week? It’s an interesting question, because I was one of the many people FriendJad asked to vote for him. Realistically, you’re unlikely to win the award if you don’t ask but everyone who has won it (with a few exceptions) didn’t ask others. This proves that this is possible.
But is it morally right? I don’t think so, though I see why people would. A few hours after me asking, I deleted mine because in my eyes, Penguin of the Week should be an award which you are nominated by others and when you win it, you are surprised. Does that mean that any other player should have an equal chance of winning as someone, say, older in the community? Personally, I don’t think so. Club Penguin means a lot more for older players than younger players and I think they deserve the award the most.
Membership. Do you need a membership to win Penguin of the Week? The answer is not known, but I think that the only non-member to have won was King89698, and that penguin was extremely special. Jad said he just bought a membership for this, so I presume you actually have had to have been a member for quite a while. Do bear in mind that this is all just based on history.
But is there something wrong with just buying a membership for Penguin of the Week? I believe so. When you buy a membership, you’re usually doing it for one of two reasons. Either you want to support the game, even though you might not enjoy it as much. Or maybe you just want extra benefits. There’s nothing wrong with that. That’s what Club Penguin wants you to get membership for, ever since they were introduced.
Enough about this talk on membership. Let’s go back to the original comment where FriendJad described himself as “sad”. This is what concerns me the most. Penguin of the Week is designed to bring the best out of our community. It’s designed so that we nominate those who have done something special or those who are special. No-one should be sad about them not winning. They should be happy about someone else winning.
Also, props to Megg for handling the situation really well.
5 Rare Items I would Like to See Return
Hello, Duck here, and today I’ll be looking at 5 rare items in Club Penguin that I’d like to see return before flash Club Penguin ends. Rules: this excludes party hats and pins; and by the Club Penguin Wiki, items that haven’t been available for four years or longer are considered ‘rare’, so I’ll be going with that.
1. Black graduation cap
The first item on my list is well know from the fact that former Polo Field commonly wore it- the black graduation cap. This item costed 100 coins and (with most items) only members could buy it. The last and only time this hat was available was in 2009, which is a whole seven year ago! For such an old and probably wanted item, I think it should be brought back, and also be a nice item for no-members. Similar items to this are the original graduation cap (that’s blue) and the graduation hat that we saw at the penguin prom and was purple.
2. Blue Mail Bag
The next item is a special item that would be brilliant if Club Penguin release it again. However, this may be a bit controversial. The blue mail bag was released in 2008 and was available until 2010, so it’s been unavailable for a few years now. When Club Penguin brought out the new mail system, they sent a postcard to all players, by which they could obtain this item. I think it should be purchasable again (at 100 coins) because it came out because of a major change in Club Penguin, and we still use postcards all the time today.
3. Astro Barrier T-Shirt
The third item on my list I see as an ‘Easter egg’ on Club Penguin. The Astro barrier t-shirt is of course based on one of the island’s three arcade games. The item was last purchasable in 2009, and it’ll would be a nice item to bring back as we say goodbye to the games we all know and love. But what do I mean by an ‘Easter egg’? Well this item has appeared on the cover of the penguin style catalogue for September 2007; on the mancala postcard; in the real-life book ‘Shadow Guy and Gamma Gal: Heroes Unite!’ in the video ‘Orange Puffle’s Tasty Cartoon’; in two issues of the club penguin times and on the clothes rack in the clothes shop. So considering this item crops up all the time, it should be brought back.
4. Doom Drone
When Club Penguin is on its last few days, I want to go on a spending spree. But what better way to do this than buying the Doom Drone body item! This was last available in 2012, for the Marvel takeover and is an awesome looking item. It costed a whopping 3,000 coins, and so is the most expensive item in the game, and therefore worthy of coming back.
5. Penguin Play Award
Finally, we come to another significant item- the penguin play award. The penguin play awards was an event held in 2009 and 2010. But although it never returned again, in 2013 we got the Hollywood Party, where we got a similar item called the gold award. Many penguins at the time enjoyed the penguin play awards, so it would be great if club penguin brought this item back.
So that’s it for my list, what rare items would you like to see return? Until next time, waddle on!
Club Penguin Mountains November Update Is Live!
Good evening, penguin pals!
I’m pleased to announce that the Club Penguin Mountains November Update is finally live! At first glance, you might not notice anything new other than the Music Jam header. I’ve done a lot of work behind-the-scenes, so let’s get right into the content which you can view today.
40% of you asked for new wordsearches, and I listened! I’ve completely scrapped the old design as they didn’t look very attractive and they were filled with watermarks. Instead, I offer you three new ones which have a much more attractive design and are also more fun! I’m also planning on adding even more puzzles in the future. Currently there are wordsearches on the rooms, mascots and former staff members.
Check them out: https://clubpenguinmountains.com/wordsearches
Club Penguin Mountains is proud to publish its exciting new catalogs of GIFs. Currently, we have 3 exclusive ones and many other ones. Maybe you’re looking to send some love, or you just want a dancing polar bear. You can send them to your friends or family, so highly suggest you browse through!
Download yours here: https://clubpenguinmountains.com/gifs/
Ever wanted your name featured on our website? If you’re an author or you have won one of our games competitions, you can do so! Our new page is filled with trophies featuring many penguins! By the way, we’re hosting a tournament on Friday, so this is the perfect chance to get your name featured! Details can be viewed here.
Browse through trophies here: https://clubpenguinmountains.com/trophies/
-Answer the Daily Quiz
Starting from tomorrow, I’ll be posting a daily quiz on this website. There will usually be two fairly simple questions and one challenge in a quiz. At the end of each week, there’ll be a special quiz! It’s hard to explain, but you’ll see what I mean tomorrow!
Due to complications, we have decided to disable GamesBot from our chat. However, we do have recommendations of similar bots on the same server which we use. This, along with further details, can be found on our chat page.
Find out more: https://clubpenguinmountains.com/chat/
-Jolly Penguin Removed
At the moment, we do not want to be associated with Jolly Penguin and we have removed it from our sidebar.
This might not seem like much, but many hours of work went into this update! I really hope you enjoy it, and that you try the daily quizzes which will be coming out starting from tomorrow. Updates are unlikely to be monthly, but I prefer the idea of having all content come out on the same day rather than them coming out randomly. Do inform me of any suggestions you may have!
Thank you for reading!
Community Profile: #CPReunion, Squeky10, Orangeee, Riyita, #Blogtober, Jolly Penguin
This month, Club Penguin celebrated its 11th birthday, so lots of players have created videos, blog posts, art. You name it! I’d also like to cover #CPReunion, and of course wrap up this post with another interview. So let’s just get right into the Club Penguin Mountains October Community Profile!
I’m going to start this post with a bit of a sad note. Since King89698 became Penguin of the Week, you are probably aware that he recently passed away, which is very sad. I’d like to thank Pingu15cool and Rosytilly for informing the community and putting their talents into remembering King. However, I’d really like to thank Orangeee, who made the header above as well as logos which were used by countless people throughout the community. I’ve nominated him for Penguin of the Week as this was an amazing thing for him to do. I suggest that you do to! The chances of becoming Penguin of the Week are tiny, but since Orange deserves it, if we all nominate him, we can make it happen, just like how we made King Penguin of the Week!
I asked two really talented artists if they would be happy with me sharing their Halloween artwork, and they said yes! You may recognise this first artist’s name as I made a post a few months ago featuring one of her artworks. Well, Pingping4069 made a Club Penguin Halloween drawing this month which I’d like to share with you! She described it as the “longest Club Penguin Halloween fanart she’s done”.
I must admit, it looks absolutely amazing! She also drew a really impressive portrait of PH, the Puffle Handler. Take a look!
This drawing looks so realistic and I bet you want to see more artwork from Ping! You can do so by checking out her DevinArt page and her Twitter account, where she posts all her drawings. These are only two of many more!
The next artwork I would like to show you is from an artist, you may be familiar with, but like with all artists, if you’re not, you should definitely check them out! Squeky10 gave me permission to feature a few of his artworks! Take a look at his latest Halloween one!
I find it absolutely spooktacular! If you’re interested, Squeky also put a speedpaint of this artwork on his YouTube channel, which I will link you to! Before that, here’s another one of his artworks!
I love this art style! Along with drawings, Squeky also does Club Penguin animations and digitalisations, so be sure to also check out his Twitter as well as his YouTube channel!
A good friend of mine, Michael56292, sent me his 11th Anniversary Fan Art! Check it out!
This definitely is not as good as the first two we’ve seen, but I really like it! I love the concept of having each and every anniversary hat that we’ve had surrounding colourful text. The 10th Party Hat looks the coolest, in my opinion as it looks like the real thing. Thanks for sharing this awesome artwork!
I’d also like to thank Yellow35166 for creating the Club Penguin Mountains logo which you see here! It will be included in the Music Jam header which will be published as part of the November update!
In September’s Community Profile, I only featured blog posts which I liked. Well, today I’m going to feature a new blog, a blog series and a blog post which I really liked, but it is one which you most likely have already read.
Blogtober has been a series on The Blue Blog in which Blue21102, the owner, creates a daily journal of life as a penguin. It’s a really awesome series with lots of humour inserted into it and lots of chances for players to get involved. By the time you’re reading this, Blogtober will be over, however, you can still catch up and Blue21102 has other amazing posts such as detailed, in-depth discussions!
You may not have heard of Club Penguin Seasons as Thankful only started the blog a few weeks ago. As such, the pages are still being worked on. However, Thankful strives at uploading daily content. Unlike other blogs which post things such as the new pin or the new newspaper, Thankful has short, unique content which gets straight to the point. Usually you might learn something about Club Penguin’s history which you never knew before.
You will almost certainly be familiar with Trainman1405 and his blog, Club Penguin Memories. He’s not posted in a while, however at the beginning of this month, he released an extremely informative (not that I’d use any of this information – of course not!) post on hacking Club Penguin accounts. It’s a rather long post, with it being over 4000 words, but it truly is worth the read because I enjoyed it and I am sure that you will too!
For all videos, clicking the border of the video will redirect you to YouTube, where you can subscribe to the person featured or check out their other videos!
To celebrate the 11th anniversary of our game, Riyita asked a few players to share their favourite memories, and he put it all into one special video! It really captured what the community liked. He also uploaded it to his website, Club Penguin Space. Imagine this! A video about the community in a post about the community in a post about the community. Check it out!
Club Penguin 101 is a series created by BeefyPenguin9 which gives you lots of information about a certain topic in Club Penguin history. It has lasted for five seasons, however this twenty four minute episode is the final ever CP 101. Beefy talks about life as a penguin from 2014 till 2016 and covers the parties we’ve had.
We’re about to cover Club Penguin Reunion, the biggest party of the year, however I’d like to start by showing you a video of the event taken by Jojimaxcp. Jojimax was in the rooms where the moderators were, which might seem simple, but the server was really full!
Other noteworthy channels:
FriendJad – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuPj3H72TNkJtYEDb-nqulg
Duck072 – https://www.youtube.com/user/Duck072Videos
Yellow35166 – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRC5spLuFPyy0PC5MqTbpHw
Without a doubt, Club Penguin Reunion was the most anticipated event of the year. Jdan1001 hinted it’s return, and it was such a great success last year. This time it was not as great, after all it was invaded by bots, but penguins such as Businessmoose, Chrisdog93 and Sqaishey were sighted. However, Megg, Deamama, Pirates, SheepVSGravity and a few other moderators spent an entire hour with us!
The story begins two hours before the event is planned to begin (21:30 PST) at the Coffee Shop. Deamama popped in for an early visit and I got a postcard from her! Many of us chose to stay in the Coffee Shop as we anticipated that the server would fill up quickly. After all, Megg did talk about it on the What’s New blog. Unfortunately, I disconnected an hour before the event began and couldn’t get back in to the Coffee Shop!
A few friends gathered at a spot in the Town waiting for the event to begin. When it did begin, the normal happened. We all split up in chaos trying to get a postcard from the moderator which we liked. In particular, I wanted to add a Businessmoose postcard to my collection, but I heard he left early after being surrounded by bots. He was surprised by them, but was not angry at them, which was an interesting reaction to have!
Many rooms were full and it was risky leaving a room to find a moderator. There were bots filling up the server and it very quickly became clear that this party was not going to be as good as last year. Even a few of the hosts admitted that! There were no sightings of Rsnail, Screenhog, Polo Field, Spike Hike or Billybob, which disappointed many. It just didn’t have that awesome feel to it, but it still was a great party. The hashtag was also trending on Twitter. Along with my postcard from Deamama, I got one from the person who copied content from Saraapril.
I’d like to thank all of the Club Penguin Reunion staff for making this event possible, along with the former and current staff members who took time out of their busy schedule to interact with us.
Interview of the Month
You may be aware of the Drama Diaries I created on Bobby7506, but before that, I interviewed him for Community Profile. It’s a bit late to change that, and I promised you an interview. I’m very reluctant to publish this, but Bobby and I have made peace and we both apologised. He admitted that he was wrong and just angry. So let’s please thank Bobby7506 for this months interview!
Torres 126: 2016 has been a year hated by many players in the community, including myself. It’s a time of uncertainty for Club Penguin, leading up to #ProjectSuperSecret, even though we had an “update” very recently. What are your thoughts regarding this?
Bobby7506: I’m quite excited but very nervous to experience PSS. I have a feeling it we’ll never be as good as Club Penguin. I also worry for blogs as its hard to picture how us bloggers will manage to make new posts on a new game that we’re all unsure of.
Torres 126: If you were in charge of Club Penguin, what do you do?
Bobby7506: If I was in charge of club penguin, I would add a feature which allows you to get rid of inactive friends on your buddy list so you could make new ones.
Torres 126: How has Club Penguin impacted your life?
Bobby7506: Club Penguin has impacted my life so much. It was my childhood and everyone used to play it. I’ve bought a lot of memberships and toys and I’ve always been into it. Club Penguin is the only thing I’ve ever been fully addicted to. It’s made me who I am today 🙂
Torres 126: One of the things that you are working on is “Jolly Penguin”. Could you please tell us a little more about this?
Bobby7506: EEEEK! Okay, okay! So I guess I could tell you some sneak peeks of Jolly Penguin and what we hope to happen with it 🙂 This project was made purposely to bring the community together and celebrate happiness. Christmas is one of the most joyful things around and I thought we could party and celebrate with the theme of it. I also liked the fact it comes once a year and there are 4 parties. The last party (finale) will be the big grand one and I hope as many penguins join us on that celebration.
Torres 126: And finally, is there anything else that you would like to say?
Bobby7506: I’d just like to say that this community is amazing and the amount of work we create and new things we discover and try is breath taking. I’ve made some amazing friends and I will never forget them.
I am part of the Jolly Penguin team, and we really aim to make this idea a reality! I’ll keep you updated! I did originally have more content about Jolly Penguin, but unfortunately I deleted it. Once again, please thank Bobby7506!
I’m sorry that this post isn’t as “solid” as the last one. I originally didn’t even intend to upload it, but in the end, I decided to do so. I’d like to give a big thank you to you for reading this far! I’d also like to give a big thank you to everyone I included in this post!
Tonight I’ll be uploading Halloween Panic. Until then, have a great day!
Club Penguin 11th Anniversary Special Post
Eleven years ago, a project that began in modern-day room 525 had its beta testing end. Eleven years ago, today, Club Penguin was launched. A few years later, on this very day, Torres 126 was created. I think that that is pretty special and amazing. Today I just want to talk, and not all of it is going to be positive. Let’s start with my Top 5 memories, which is positive!
After some inspiration by Blue21102’s post, I’ve decided to release my own top 5 memories, which is pretty difficult to do seeing how I started playing in 2009 and have so many memories which I can’t forget. I’m going to skip out some important memories to me because I’ve already covered them in my Birthday Week series. Without further ado, let’s begin.
5. Meeting my First Mascot
I tried everything to meet a mascot. Back in those days, there weren’t many meet-up times and you had to be really well organised or really lucky to find him. I remember jumping with joy when Chrisdog93’s tracker said Cadence was online, however I didn’t get to my computer in time. I still remember that she was on the Nightclub Roof. We’ll never know if his tracker was accurate.
However, at some point during 2010-2012, I remember meeting a mascot for the very first time. It was Rockhopper, and it was a complete accident. I just logged on during the Holiday Party and I landed in the town. I remember being thrilled when that stamp above me appeared. I also remember having to eat lunch a few minutes after that. I ate fish on that day…don’t ask. It was still an amazing experience which I still remember.
4. Club Penguin at School
If you don’t know already, I lived in South Africa for four years of my life, where I introduced a lot of people to Club Penguin. However, before then, I remember loads of people in my primary school playing Club Penguin. We used to trade Card-Jitsu codes and played together a lot. That was what Club Penguin was about! Those were the days!
I plan on releasing another post about this, however I also once did a presentation about this website at school! It’s interesting though, because I know a lot of older players tend to hide the fact that they play Club Penguin from their friends at school. I intend on writing about this in the future/cover it in the rest of this post, but for now I suggest you check out this post by Blue21102!
3. Great Parties, even in New CP, like Joining a Train in 2013
Along with Operation Blackout and the Halloween Parties, I really liked the Holiday Party in 2013. In particular, I liked the train, simply on the basis because ti was so much fun. I remember moderators having HUGE trains and just hanging out with my Club Penguin friends. That was something to remember.
And, it was all for charity!
2. Getting Postcards from Moderators
In 2014, there was a MASSIVE meet-up held by loads of moderators. I remember being able to be in an empty room with Polo Field (of which I was ignored but don’t worry, Polo apologised a few years later!) and getting a postcard from Saraapril!
However, the most special postcard was a “Happy Halloween” one from Daffodaily5. It was my first ever postcard from a moderator! The problem was that it somehow got deleted and of course, I sent an email to Club Penguin support.
The day after, I read that email and I remember being thrilled! That is why it is my seventh top memory.
1. The Community
2013 was a great year because it was the year which I joined chats and forums, of which only two I am still active on. But regardless of this, the community has had some great times. The community is a memory which isn’t quite over yet, but the penguins here are amazing.
DEBATE: What was the Best Year to Experience Club Penguin?
Eleven years of Club Penguin…most of them have been amazing. I recently read a blog post which was part of a debate on what the best year of Club Penguin was. At the end of the post, they asked their readers for our thoughts, and I figured that the topic would be quite interesting to read about. So, what was the best year to experience Club Penguin? Without further ado, here are my opinions on the best year of Club Penguin. Let’s start by eliminating a few.
2005 and 2006 were the starting years of Club Penguin. The game was small, but full of potential, and Disney hadn’t even bought it yet. The undeniable fact is that compared to now, the game was very basic. There wasn’t a large variety of rooms on the map.
Despite this, it’s still very difficult to rule out the early years of Club Penguin. There was hardly any criticism, and it was the first game of its kind. That is the reason why I’ve only chosen to rule out the first year and a half on Club Penguin, along with the possibility that many of us were not on the island during that time.
In this year, Disney acquired Club Penguin for $350 million, but to be honest, this wasn’t much of a big deal. Disney was still working largely behind the scenes at this point, and I doubt that players at the time would have felt a big difference to the year before.
The game had more decorations and more rooms were added, such as the Cove, but parties still remained very basic. It’s not the best year, and whilst players at the time must’ve really enjoyed it, the game still wasn’t at its peak.
I’m sure we will all agree that 2014 and 2015 were decent years. We had some great parties, and even had a few TV specials. The problem is, this was the downfall years. There were more parties which were disliked than liked compared to years before. Takeovers were becoming more frequent the community was listened to less.
These were also sad-years as we saw a large Club Penguin lay-off. If Club Penguin kept going like they were in these years, the game would still be alright, but this is about finding the best year, of which these two definitely aren’t.
Do I really need to explain why this is undoubtably the worst year on Club Penguin? Two month long takeovers with the majority of players really disliking this year? Files literally being copied and pasted from previously disliked parties?
These are the years that come to mind when you think of Old Club Penguin, which is what the majority of people prefer. However, five years are still a bit too many in my opinion and technically, part of 2012 and all of 2013 are New Club Penguin. I still think that 2013 was alright though, so goodbye 2012!
2012 was genuinely a good year for Club Penguin. It contained Operation Blackout, which was one of the most popular parties in the game’s history. It also had other popular parties, such as the Island Adventure Party and the Underwater Expedition. However, there are a few negatives which caused me to rule this game out.
Billybob began his resignation towards the end of the year. This was also the year of three major changes. Firstly, the rooms became the ones we know today. Secondly, the friend list could contain 500 friends instead of 100. These were awesome at the time (I still remember having a full friend list) but the long-time effects of that were and are negative. At this time, people protest against the new rooms. Not only that, but the friends list completely backfired and is now one of the most buggy things the entire time.
The other thing that changed for the worse in this year was the chat filter, which became a whitelist instead of a blacklist. The long-term effects of these changes are awful, but this year was still great! Ultimately, it wasn’t as good as other years.
2010 was not a bad year for Club Penguin, however there’s nothing that really makes it stand out. There aren’t many parties that come to mind which I go “Oh! That was amazing!” but there are for other years. The game was still doing very well at this time, but when there’s nothing memorable about this year, it’s very hard to write about it, yet alone rank it as the best year for Club Penguin.
Now we need to really get picky on which years we are getting rid off. Let’s have a really quick look at why each year is still on this list.
There was lots of new content in 2008, such as new mini-games and epic parties. Not only was content increasing in the game, but Disney launched a massive line of merchandise in this year, including Mix n’ Match Figures, Card Jitsu Trading Cards and the first Nintendo DS game. The game was getting more and more popular because of this, and these are a few of the reasons why this year is still on the list.
When you mention Old Club Penguin, people will almost certainly say 2009. This was, in my opinion, an excellent year for Club Penguin. You had some really solid parties, such as the Festival of Flight, and the game was receiving new merchandise. However, parties really made a difference in this year because it’s virtually the only reason why it’s still on this list.
Honestly, this year was just fun. There were five new events, as well as the return of some really awesome parties. But is that enough to justify it’s stay on this very competitive list? I think that this is one of my favourite years, but many disagree. Regardless, it isn’t my favourite. it’s with regret that this is not the best year for Club Penguin.
Sigh. The last good year of Club Penguin. You know, this year was just fun. There was interaction from the team and the players, there were great parties such as the Star Wars Takeover, the Hollywood Party and the trains at the Holiday Party and I think everyone enjoyed this year, regardless of the fact that it wasn’t old Club Penguin. We also got the app.
I miss these years. But which one is the best? Parties is what made 2009, whereas the other years were not built solely on parties, which is why I must eliminate 2009.
2008 or 2013? Merchandise or a fun, developed year?
A fun developed year. I can’t believe I just typed that.
What exactly does that prove? Well, there’s two things that I’d really like to say.
Firstly, 2013 is New Club Penguin. Granted, the next four places are old Club Penguin. But that proves that there is still hope that New Club Penguin could be a success, a game that we all love. I mean, making this lost was extremely emotional to write.
That brings me to my second point. WHY IS 2016 WORSE THEN THE YEAR WHICH CLUB PENGUIN STARTED? DON’T GIVE ME THE EXCUSE THAT IT’S BECAUSE OF PROJECT SUPER SECRET. YOU NEGLECTED THE ISLAND FOR SOMETHING WE DID NO—-
If you want to read my full rant on the game, click here.
I think something could possibly be learnt from this list. And I’m telling you, if Club Penguin wants Project Super Secret to be a success, they better learn quickly.
Thank you Club Penguin
I know I made a post over 1000 words long criticising you, but I think we all ought to remind ourselves of how much Club Penguin has positively impacted our lives. You know, a few days ago, a popular retired-ish blogger (it’s confusing. Semi-retired blogger) known as Trainman1405 posted this image.
It made me realise how much Club Penguin has actually done to us. Pup1one’s finale, Goodbye Hello, was also an extremely powerful reminder of this. But I think we don’t just owe gratitude to Club Penguin for helping us with job skills, or entertaining us, or, in some cases which I’ve heard about, help stopping bullying and ending poverty. We also owe them for allowing us to meet others.
Waddle around and meet new friends
It’s amazing how little we know about each other, other than a cute penguin pixel. We’ve recently have some members of our community do voice reveals and face reveals, which I think is very interesting. It’s amazing how little we know about each other in this community, but that we’re still a community. In about two hours (at the time of writing) #CPReunion takes place, and I honestly can’t wait. Old moderators, old friends, old players, we’re all going to be there and I hope to see you there too (Marshmallow, 13:30 PST).
Happy 11th Anniversary Club Penguin
It’s been a rough three years.
But here’s to another eleven.
Introducing Club Penguin Special Offers and Paid Items
Club Penguin is a business and that is going bust. We’ve had two lay-offs over the past two years and if Club Penguin doesn’t make some more profit quickly, who’s to say that a third lay-off isn’t on its way? The membership system is great, but its not producing enough revenue to fund this massive world. Fortunately, Project Super Secret presents a new opportunity to change, well, pretty much everything about our game. That includes money, which gave me an idea.
Mobile games commonly use a system called “value packs”. You may have seen these in one of the games which you play, such as Clash Royale or Clash of Clans. The fact is, it’s effective and Club Penguin is going mobile-only when the new game comes out. So what’s stopping Club Penguin from adding special offers instead of increasing membership prices?
Let me explain how this works. A Club Penguin one month membership is about £4.99 in the UK. For that five pounds, let’s say that Club Penguin offer 2500 coins and an exclusive Club Penguin item. Virtual coins literally are worth no money in real-life, so including them into this pack is not a financial loss for the game. 2500 is a number which would be enough to make people want to buy it but not make those who can’t buy it angry and think that Disney just wants money.
The exclusive item literally took me five seconds to make. I just took an item which already exists and changed the colour from blue to red. It’s that simple, but the word “exclusive” will make people want to get it. Once again, it’s not worth any money. It’s just a valueless virtual item which the team doesn’t need to manufacture. It’s basically like buying a membership and getting these two virtual items for free.
So what’s the financial advantage?
It’s surprisingly large if this is executed correctly. For example, many people will want this and persuade their parents to buy it and that will probably include those who have never had a membership in the past. It’s £5, so it’s not ridiculously expensive. The important thing is that this does not affect membership sales.
Think of it as a trial.
“Look, you’ve never had a membership, so we’re going to let you become a member for a month for a pack which offers more value. Enjoyed being a member? Then purchase a membership.”
However, Club Penguin cannot keep including memberships in these packs, which brings me nicely onto my next point.
What other paid items will there be?
I think that Club Penguin could easily sell items at cheap prices, along with their special offer packs. Perhaps every week or so, a new pack can be bought. Maybe when there’s a new party, a special, more expensive item could be sold. It shouldn’t take too long to design, but think about it. If 1,000 people buy the item above (and bare in mind that there are millions of players) along with 8 other packs, that’s over £30,000 which is enough to pay a salary. You hire one person to work on the weekly items and value packs (and you don’t even need to do that. You could literally just make an artist work on it for a few hours), you could pay their salary.
So if more than 8,000 packs are bought in a year, which is easy considering there are millions of players who play, assuming this person’s salary is about £30,000, you’re already making profit. Logically, there’s bound to be one item you see which you go “Oh! I really like that and I want it!”. You see?
Where will you be able to buy paid items, including membership subscriptions?
The Fun Hut. However, this is debatable because there is one main positive reason and one main negative reason. You’re a kid, you tap on the Fun Hut, you see the item and you buy it, without your parent’s permission. The solution? Add some sort of question which adults would get but not kids. Maybe a CAPTCHA would be ideal.
However the reason why I insist this must be added to the Fun Hut is because it’s probably going to be one of the first things you see when you log on. If you see something you like, you are guaranteed to ask your parents. Parents aren’t just going to check the Fun Hut everyday to see if there’s a new item. But kids will. That’s why it needs to be in a room which is going to be visited a lot.
Is this a replacement to the membership system which we have known since Club Penguin began?
No, it is not. This is an addition to the membership system to help make more money. It’s completely optional to buy and you still can do everything else with a membership.
On a separate note, I’d just like to apologise for the lack of posts for the past week or so. I’ve got two BIG posts coming out this month and then I’m also working hard on the November Club Penguin Mountains update.