Behind the scenes of Skullduggery Island: The Phoenix Warbird

If you’ve earned enough doubloons on Skullduggery Island to buy the Phoenix Warbird, then you know it’s the fiercest craft around, even more than Captain Crawfish’s ship.

But how did the Phoenix Warbird go from idea to reality? First, one of the Poptropica creators had the brilliant notion of making the most powerful ship on Skullduggery Island have a bird theme. To explain his idea, he drew this sketch:

Neat, huh? But that was just the beginning of a long journey.

Over the next couple of days, we’ll show you more. Stay tuned!

Behind the scenes of Skullduggery Island: The Phoenix Warbird, part 2

On Skullduggery Island, players start with a junky old sloop, and earn doubloons to buy bigger and better boats. Early on, the Poptropica creators knew they wanted the most powerful ship to have an animal theme.

Even so, there were still dozens and dozens of smaller decisions to make. Should the boat look realistic or fantastical? How big should it be? Should it be scary?

To explore the possibilities, the designers made a few more sketches.

After another round of discussion (okay, arguments), the creators settled on a direction and set to work on the final version.
 

Behind the scenes of Skullduggery Island: The Phoenix Warbird, part 3

Poptropica fans already know that the Phoenix Warbird is the strongest ship on Skullduggery Island. But it didn’t always look that way! The designers went through several rounds of revisions, tweaking existing ideas and coming up with new ones.

Finally, they had settled on the basic design and set to work putting it into Poptropica. The first step: a black-and-white wireframe, which adapts the earlier sketches into the Poptropica style.

See that little box above the ship and to the right? That’s to help the designers remember how large the ship is in comparison to your Poptropican.

The ship isn’t finished yet. There are more design tweaks to be made, not to mention the most fun part: Coloring!

 

Behind the scenes of Skullduggery Island: The Phoenix Warbird, part 4

You’ve already seen how the mighty Phoenix Warbird started life as a simple pencil sketch. (Wait, you haven’t? Check out the first part of our behind-the-scenes look at Skullduggery Island.)

The creators worked hard to get the details right, and now it’s time to give the Phoenix Warbird a sprinkling of that old Poptropica magic.

The designers color in the black-and-white outline they made earlier. They create a simple background of water and sky to demonstrate how the ship will appear in Skullduggery Island. And, as before, they add a little reference box that shows how big the Warbird is compared to a Poptropican.

The Phoenix Warbird is almost ready to set sail on Skullduggery Island!

Behind the scenes of Skullduggery Island: The Phoenix Warbird, part five

With the colors and the scale of the Phoenix Warbird in place, it’s time for a few final tweaks to the design. For that extra “oomph,” the creators give the ship a set of fierce-looking talons.
And it’s done! Starting with one basic idea, the creators sketch out different possibilities, choose a direction, and then refine and improve the design until the final version you see here.

Here’s how it looks next to an actual Poptropican.

Huge, isn’t it?

And here’s a look at the Phoenix Warbird when it takes to the seas.

Pirates of Skullduggery Island, tremble in fear!

Quite a journey from concept to reality, huh? How far we’ve come:

Of course, seeing the Phoenix Warbird in pictures is one thing. Taking the helm of this mighty vessel is quite another.

Have you earned enough doubloons in Skullduggery Island to buy the Phoenix Warbird? If not, what are you waiting for? Play Skullduggery Island now!

The ‘Root’ Of All Evil

 
It’s actually kind of cute. I think I’ll call him Mr. Snuggles.

Something new to “radiate” attention.

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Have you seen this pirate ship?


You’d better hope not. Of all the terrors you’ll encounter on the high seas of Skullduggery Island, none will send a chill down your mizzenmast quite like Captain Crawfish’s ship. If you happen upon this vessel in open water, you’re liable to be sunk — that is, unless you you  earn enough doubloons to buy this bird-like warship I’ve been hearing so much about lately…

Ha! I’d like to see you try. Bring it on — tomorrow.

The shadow knows…

 
You’ll meet some shady characters on Skullduggery Island. You’ll visit some shady places, too.


Can you believe this creepy house belongs to one of the good guys? Oh, Skullduggery Island, you are a dangerous place.

Captain Crawfish used the word “you” twice in his post!


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A pirate’s life for me

You’ve got to work your way up in this world. One day, you’re a lowly deck hand, sailing on a ratty old sloop and taking orders from a nasty old sea-captain. But if you’ve got the right stuff — if you can defeat pirates and sea monsters, and outwit crooked traders to make your fortune — you just might take become a nasty old sea-captain yourself. Only then can you take the reins of a mighty ship… like some of the ones below!

Of course, there are even bigger and better ships out there, if you can find them.

Poptropica’s Skullduggery Island will be available to everyone this Thursday!

Somebody has hidden a hypnotic new item somewhere in the world of Poptropica! It’s totally free — you just have to find it. Here’s a screenshot of where the item is hiding:

Look familiar? Just click on that window pane to see what you find!

(Okay, here’s a hint: It’s in Early Poptropica!)

Graduation Day & Soccer Fever!

We’ve got two great items in our store this week!


It’s graduation season and we have a free cap and gown for all of you! Also celebrate the World Cup with a cool color changing soccer outfit!

Creepy But Cool

Today when I visited the common room on 24 Carrot Island some of us saw this girl wearing a spooky yet stylish outfit. I wonder where she got it.
 
It’s summertime, so grab your sunscreen, surfboards, and hit the beach!

These outfits are now available in the store, so choose your Mythology Surfer style: Zeus, Hades, or Poseidon.


Sorry I am behind on posting, so here:

Prom-enade!

It’s time to strut your stuff in these new “Prom” themed outfits! Of course, I prefer to wear my shark suit for these fancy occasions.

It’s a cold day in Hades’ Kingdom

Have you ever told a friend to “Stay Cool” when you leave school for the summer? Winter Blast gum will help you keep your summer promises. You can create your own summer snow blizzard. No one will be as cool as you.

For those of you that thought that we wouldn’t get a new pop gum flavor until the Underworld freezes over, take a look in the store. This new frosty flavor will cool off those tongues that have been blowing lots of fire bubbles.

Sneak Peek of a Rusty Robot

I received special instruction to reveal to you this mysterious image. Be wise. With this small piece of information you could save the future of Poptropica. Your mission, for now, is to wait patiently until further notice.

 
 
What’s this? It seems there’s another new Poptropica island in the works!
 
 

And you thought green vegetables were scary…

Here’s a sneak peek at some creepy beasts that might be appearing on a future Poptropica island. Which one do you think is scarier? Vote in our poll on the sidebar!

Plant monster #1

Plant monster #2

 

Mi theory for this island is…

Itwasawonderislandwithadvadncesedtechnolgybutsomethingwentwwrongandtheplantstookover.

*breath*

Yui please do Robo Plant Unexposed.