Island Discussion #10: A bit of everything.

Hello everyone!

Welcome to the 10th Island Discussion! I am very pleased to have continued this element on my Blog because some of you find it interesting so thank you for reading and congratulations on making this element awesome! For this edition, I am going to go over a few updates on what has been going on in Club Penguin as well as telling you some other cool stuff. Welcome to a bit of everything…

1. Skip The Bellhop

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Some of you may have heard about the true identity of Skip. Some of you may have seen the true identity of Skip. Well please read on if you know what I am talking about but if you haven’t completed the quest at the Halloween Party, I would move to no. 2. Thank you for your patience.

As we all know, Skip has now been revealed to be a ghost! It was definitely a plot twist at the end of the quest since I suspected nothing of him. Well done Club Penguin! Anyway is there a chance he may return? Since he is a ghost, there are quite a few complex rules that tell us whether he is gone forever or if it is possible that he may return. I am not that good on mythology myself so maybe one of you may have a theory about him. If you have anything to share, then please comment in the comments section.


2. EPF Update

In this update I am going to briefly tell you what has happened with the EPF over the year. On the whole, not much has happened.

The first major EPF related update was on March 6, 2014. Basically the EPF Command Room was renovated into its current design now. At the time it was quite exciting since the EPF Command Room was inactive in its use of Tube Transport and Field Ops. It was still damaged since Operation: Blackout in 2012! That is just over a year of a broken HQ. The new design is very efficient and much more modern. There are two new sections in it including the: jail cell and the lab/storage room. These are not very active at the moment but they may be next year or sooner. The only disadvantage with this update is that the VR room is gone for good and it is missed by many including me.

A bit later – May 22, 2014 — June 4, 2014 –  the Future Party was introduced to the island. This had a connection to the EPF since the new organisation (at the time being Extra Planetary Federation) had a resemblance to the name of the Elite Penguin Force. It was thought that this would be the future EPF. The threat at the party was the Ultimate Protobot 10000. He threatened the island with meteors and Micro Bots and eventually himself during the Ultimate Battle. Using Robos (technology at the time) the Extra Planetary Force defended the island from being harmed.

I wouldn’t classify this party as an EPF operation but judging by the party planner for the next two months, it seems Club Penguin have. Usually we would get an EPF Operation this month and I love them so much! Unfortunately is seems that we are having a Pirate Party instead. I love Pirate Parties too but it is a shame that Club Penguin replaced it with one of the hit parties of the past two years.

Moving onto around this time, we have been getting reports on Herbert and Klutzy reuniting. JPG has been researching their location and it turns out that they are in the Wilderness. Could this hint the next EPF event?


3. The Island Detective

My new story “The Island Detective” is going to be related to these topics. As you have probably noticed, the titles are very similar and the story version is from one penguins perspective. They are referred to the Island Detective. I would recommend you to read these if you are a big fan of my Island Discussions. I would really appreciate more readers and you can find the chapters (so far) here! I hope you will enjoy them!


4. Island Discussion Update

This update is quite important for you to read. I am afraid to say that this element on the Blog will be taking a little break. It is quite difficult to explain why however there is still Community Collab to tune into. Also make sure you look out for more stories. It will probably be around the end of this month that I will start continuing the Island Discussions. I hope you will understand.


Thanks for reading this Island Discussion and I would appreciate your thoughts in the comments section. Stay tuned with my other elements on this Blog. Thanks again,

-Blue

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Community Collab: Card-Jitsu

Hello everyone!

Welcome to a brand new Community Collab, where we raise ideas and interact with each other for the benefit of Club Penguin. Today’s topic is about Card-Jitsu.

Card-Jitsu is a game that is original to Club Penguin. There are two skills – for you to hone – to be able to succeed in Card-Jitsu. First you need strategy. Strategy is an advantage in Card-Jitsu because the rest is luck. To be able to have a higher chance in succeeding, strategy is your mate. You need to know your elements and their strengths/weaknesses. If someone chooses snow, you choose fire. That is basic strategy. However, if you’re on your way to become a ninja, you need to think as if you were in the other penguin’s shoes. For example you need to take in consideration that your opponent may be tricking you and leading you to a trap. By doing this they can pretend to pick their last element required to win and the other penguin’s instinct would be to go against that element to stop them winning. Keep thinking strategy and you can master Card-Jitsu in no time!

That was a basic guide to Card-Jitsu. As you can tell, the game sounds different and awesome! Club Penguin are lucky to own such a great game. Though when are they going to spotlight it?

Over the years, Card-Jitsu has become increasingly popular due to the expansion of different elemental games, making it vast and more interesting. Near the early stages of Card-Jitsu, Club Penguin released CJ Trading Cards to help promote it. Since the game itself uses cards to present a particular element, Club Penguin thought it may be a good idea to do this in real life. I remember the days when I used to collect these and trade them with my friends. I still have them in tins! They still sell these cards however they aren’t popular anymore and this is because there hasn’t been an update to them. Card-Jitsu has been updated online since there is now water, snow and fire to master but the classic cards still remain.

I love the CJ Trading Cards but it would be nice to see more ways to play. Maybe Club Penguin will be working towards this since the game is planning on being revamped soon. Also they are trying to bring it on the app as well!

Overall what are your thoughts on Card-Jitsu? Do you think is has been forgotten in reality? Comment your thoughts on this post and I would appreciate your reactions to Card-Jitsu. It would help as well since all of this collaboration will be noticed and maybe forwarded on to the team. Polo Field makes often visits and forwards some ideas so please feel free to say something.

Thanks for reading!

-Blue

New Additions!

Hello everyone!

I would just like to inform you that I have revamped my website a tad more to make it easier for you to navigate through particular posts. Say “Hello!” to the new “Blog Topics” page. On this page you will find a round-up of all the popular elements included on this Blog such as: Island Discussion and Community Collab. Hopefully it will be easier for you to find the post you wanted! Also I am going to write stories! I did mention this on my last Blog however I never really got the time to do it. I am working on a story right now but It will be shown on this Blog at some point.

Thank you for reading this and I hope you will find my Blog even better to use! Also I have added a “Feedback” page for you to tell me your thoughts on the design and the content of my Blog. I will respond to you directly and try and make things better for you.

-Blue

Island Discussion #7: The Wilderness

Hello everyone!

Welcome to another edition of Island Discussion! Today I will be trying to unravel some mysteries about the strange island of Club Penguin. We, penguins, know a lot about Club Penguin history and how the island has evolved but some history has been left blank as we (yearly) approach various mysteries. The mystery I am going to discuss about today is the Wilderness…

Sure, we have explored the Wilderness in several events/parties/missions but there seems to be more of it that we do not know about. For example, who can explain this?

River_Cave_IconThis structure was first sighted in Operation: Puffle. According to the map, it is called the River Cave and it certainly does not look natural. It was not really BIG at the time since the main focus of the party was to save the Puffles. I was intrigued by it for a while and over the months (since then) a few other people were too. It was mainly because of this leaked image.

FogForest

It does look quite foggy but that is the purpose of it. It was a file called the “Fog Forest” and it was accidentally reached on March 13th 2014 via a link. There are two things that stood out for me in this image and one of them is the lake in the bottom right hand corner. Does it not look very similar to the one located on the map? Also you can faintly see a penguin with a giant Puffle in the background. The penguin seems to be holding something but the “giant Puffle” is a bit more familiar. It looks just like the River Cave that was in Operation: Puffle! A lot of people also thought this and due to a recent video, we must be correct!

The following clip was posted on the Club Penguin Blog shortly before the Halloween Party started. It was hinted that it had something to do with Puffle Wild (an unreleased iOS app for Apple devices). To me, the video did not seem to advertise the app as such but more on some little details. You can view the video via the link:

http://www.clubpenguin.com/blog/2014/10/video-pages-explorers-journal

 It is very interesting to watch. Especially the style of the video seemed to make it stand out more and this unusual attempt is very intriguing. Megg described it had something to do with “the eyes of a great explorer”. Does this hint more about the mysterious Wilderness? Also the way it was presented made it look more sacred and personal since it was from a particular explorer’s view. Maybe this explorer is someone we do not know or someone we do know. Could it be a new mascot? My other theory is that it could be something to do with ?????? since this being has been casually lurking around the island…

Moving on, I have been able to relate a particular stage – in the video – with the Fog Forest image. The only difference is, is that it has been slightly modified and coloured! I wonder if you spotted this too…

Puffle Wild Misty

As you can see, the so-called penguin turns out to be a statue holding (what could be) a Puffle? Also the River Cave is a different colour to the one in Operation: Puffle. This could be something to do with the lighting of the party, since it was dark. Or the cave itself could have been re-done since. Overall the image can relate to the Fog Forest as it clearly shows the penguin and the “giant Puffle”.

That is one element of the strange Wilderness. It is still unknown whether this is new or old but judging by the style of the video, it could show that this was observations from an earlier date. This could also explain the colour of the River Cave as it could have tarnished since then. Also the setting looks bright and beautiful whereas it looks dull and glum in the Fog Forest image. Maybe something bad could have happened at the time, making it a wreckage of what the Wilderness did look like. Furthermore this statue was not seen in Operation: Puffle which hints that this statue is new. It could be old and could have deteriorated over time however the Fog Forest image does not support that theory.

Throughout the video there are still sketches of the Wilderness but none of them link to any other evidence we have collected so far. Most of the video shows the explorer questioning a lot of the scenery. I can guess that the modifications to it has got to have something to do with the new Puffles that can be unlocked in the new Puffle Wild app. I think they might have some super powers. At some point in the video it showed us a frozen state of a water falls which could be because of one of the new Puffle’s ability to freeze things. In some advertisements shown about the app, you can see some oddly shaped o berries which could signify a different effect on each one. What I wonder is if Puffle Wild will be connected to the online version of Club Penguin. The fact that new Puffles can be adopted on the app, means that you can care for them online too but it seems a bit too vague if there was not a party on this either. I wonder if November will be the month for this. Since Puffle Wild is said to release its beta soon, could mean that it could tie in with a party too. I don’t know.

That is all for today! Since it is an Island Discussion, I would really appreciate it if you can discuss with each other in the comments section and maybe some of you may have stronger evidence than me. Feel free to share any ideas on this topic and share this with your buddies.

Thanks for reading this post and stay tuned for some updates on this posts and future Island Discussions.

-Blue

 

Community Collab: Merchandise

Hello everybody!

Am I the only one to think that Club Penguin has taken a step down from their advertising through merch? It seems weird that Club Penguin has not continued producing toys for the public.

I remember a time when there was a Club Penguin section in a range of toy stores but it seems that they have limited a lot of stuff that they used to sell. For example what happened to the mix and match figures? When I was younger I used to collect these as well as Club Penguin books and Card Jitsu Trading Cards. I think that merchandise and products related to Club Penguin can boost recognition and can show people how much it can matter to people.

Other MMOGs like Moshi Monsters and Bin Weevils are very popular for their website as well as their products. You can catch the moment when you hear Moshi Monsters advertising a brand new wave of toys in a TV advert but Club Penguin only uses this media for party advertisement. It is quite surprising since Club Penguin is very popular too and is valued a lot by it’s community but it is unfortunate that their production of merchandise has slowed a little bit.

Bin Weevils do particularly well in the BAFTA Kids awards, especially last year in 2013. Club Penguin has been a nominee for a matter of years but why hasn’t it won recently. Well, I think it has something to do with their distance between the public.

Over the years, some people believe that Club Penguin is maturing to suit older players and I can agree with some of the examples I have heard. Now that teenagers could be Club Penguin’s target, the toy products could be forgotten. These days (in Canada) Club penguin use Zazzle to promote their game and Zazzle offers a range of clothing products that are personalised to fit Club Penguin’s theme. I wonder if you are starting to realize the maturing now.

The problem with Zazzle, is that it does not include a form of product that would be advertised on TV. I think it is great that Club Penguin have attempted something different in their business of marketing however I do not think it will be enough to attract more players.

Maybe Club Penguin are developing new innovative ideas about this. Their approach may be slow right now but it does not stop Club Penguin from being the best MMOG right? 😀 What are you thoughts on this? Please comment your thoughts below to share your view on this situation.

-Blue