The island we all know and love closes in four days, but here at Club Penguin Mountains, we’ve got some special things planned for March 29th. Today I am pleased to finally announce what they are:
- A special edition of the Club Penguin Times
- A message to current and former staff members of CP
- A live post that will be updated every few minutes, covering the news of the day, how I’m spending the last day and community thoughts. This will be an archive of the day.
March 29th is approaching fast, too fast. But let’s give the game a perfect ending, which is what we’re going to focus on in this edition by discussing the meet-ups.
In three events for the past 2 and a half years, Club Penguin Reunion has truly united the community, Last night was the final Reunion and the team, lead by Madzom8ie, have put months worth of work into making this a magical experience for all of us.
Dozens of staff members attended with notable sightings of Spike Hike, Polo Field, Gizmo and many more. There were also “famous” content-creators from old times, like Cena12121, Poonchee and Tommy234 56. Yesterday was truly magical, something hard to express in words. So here are photos instead.
CP Reunion truly reunited the community bringing loads of nostalgia and enjoyment throughout the entire evening. It was a big deal with rooms getting full two hours before the party was even officially due to begin. I’d like to thank the people who made this event possible.
The Farewell Finale happened on Friday night and it was equally as magical, but So Long CP is more than just a single meet-up. It was about giving Club Penguin the perfect ending, whether that be through a 24 hour party, camping, playing games, EPF operations and just all around having fun.
IAs with all meet-ups, it was extremely enjoyable (minus the frustrations of full rooms) with many staff members like Spike Hike making a special appearance. Here are some photos from the Finale.
It all started with a Kickoff at the end of January, we played some mini-games and won over the bots in the Penguin Playoffs, told stories at Camp Penguin, proved that a 24 hour long party can happen at CP Around the Clock, role played at Penguins at Work, saved the island in Operation Shadow and gave the game a perfect ending with the Farewell Finale.
This project has been huge. I mean, even a small movie was made. Here’s a 20 minutes animation made by Blue21102 which is extremely entertaining and exciting. The team even arranged voice actors for the multiple characters in this video! I would highly reccommend checking it out!
There are highlights of the events and more information on the So Long CP Project Page too, which you can check out!
Interview with Blue21102:
The Club Penguin Times is very lucky to have the opportunity to speak with the person who masterminded So Long CP, Blue21102!
What was the initial idea of this amazing project?
So Long CP was born when I thought, “How do you actually tip the iceberg?”. I started asking more questions about Club Penguin and, before long, I hired a team of penguins to help me answer those questions. At the time, I had a strong feeling Club Penguin was going to end soon, so I wanted to give the community a hand by hosting all sorts of meet-ups to deliver a perfect ending.
How did you make it happen? What went on behind the scenes with the team to make the entire project such a success?
I first started this project alone. I decided to email Megg about this project and I queried about the iceberg and told her about event ideas, and even invited her to the Kickoff on January 28th. Megg had definitely boosted my confidence with this project because she replied to me and decided to get involved with CP Around The Clock. As for the Farewell Finale, I asked whether she could make it and we both agreed on combining So Long CP with their huge meet-up. She advertised it on the blog for us, which was very kind of her. Without Megg, and moderators, like Muddy Ducky, I wouldn’t have maintained such confidence in the project.
So Long CP has made a perfect ending for sure! What are your thoughts on the end of CP and the future of CPI?
I’m glad you think that! My thoughts on Club Penguin closing down? To be honest, I was rather shocked at first. I anticipated an announcement about it, but I was trying not to think about it much. Now that I have experienced Club Penguin Island, my views have changed. Club Penguin had to shut down eventually. Adobe Flash is on its way out and I am not too bothered that the team decided to end it sooner than later. It means more effort can go into Club Penguin Island – and that is what counts. The future is key and I believe the team shut Club Penguin down for the benefit of the future. Club Penguin Island seems to be doing well so far and I am always interested to see how it grows. I think it will be a success for a while but I find its future unpredictable. All I wish for is the best!
Is there anything else you’d like to say?
I just want to say thank you for being a supportive friend. You have attended a lot of the events and I am so glad you believed in this project. Thanks for interviewing me! 😊
I can’t believe that an idea became something as amazing as it was, but that is the magic of the Club Penguin team and community! I would like to thank Blue21102 so much for not only allowing me to ask him a few questions but also for the project itself!
The So Long CP team also cannot be forgotten: thank you so much Tripplem, Littlee37, Tomisino1, Nina1059, Madzom8ie and Daisy!
Week in Review
Penguins have discovered numerous glitches throughout the island
Though news has been fairly limited this week, we’ve covered a lot of things on the island. Here are the ones from the last 7 days starting with the oldest first.
- What’s an event on Club Penguin Island? (+ Earth Day News)
- Mountains will be new Area in May
- XP Will Transfer over on CP Island in April
- Club Penguin Island Blog to Launch at Worldwide
Glitches & Bugs:
- How to Climb Stuff on Club Penguin Island
- Bug affects CP Island Usernames
- CP Island Glitch – Mountains, Void, Forests, Sled Racing
- Mysterious Mountains on Club Penguin Island
Last edition I asked whether or not you would like me to host events on Club Penguin Island. 32% voted no, but 26% voted weekly and 26% voted bi-weekly. I’m still thinking, but at the moment, I am likely to hold biweekly events. Don’t forget to attend this party though!
The poll this week is: at this rate, how long do you think Club Penguin Island will last before it shuts down? Club Penguin was successful enough to last over a decade. That’s huge. I’m not sure if CP Island can do the same but what do you think?
Thank you very much for reading! Sorry about the lack of graphics in this edition. I hope you enjoyed it…and I can’t believe we’re so close to the end of Classic. Remember to make the most out of it.
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:
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 #, 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!
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.