Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Dev Diaries: Character Design

What is up CP Fans, Crzypengu here with the latest updates. Yesterday Bobbi from the Club Penguin Team published a new article for us to enjoy on the Club Penguin News about how the Characters in the game are made, check it out.

"Hi, penguin pals!"

"Why are Rockhopper’s eyebrows so crazy? Who decides what Aunt Arctic should wear? We hear from lots of you wondering about how Club Penguin Island characters are made. Well, wonder no more!"

"Join Emily, Art Director, and Alex, Narrative Designer, as they talk about the crazy (fun) process of character design!"

"We’ve got insiders ready to spill some secrets, so leave us some comments on the other behind-the-scenes things you want to see in future Dev Diaries."

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This video is pretty awesome to see coming out of the Club Penguin Team on how they made these amazing Characters. I still prefer the old looks of them from the original game, but they do look really good for the mobile environment. Anyways please leave your thoughts below on what you thought of the blog post and video and more posts will be coming soon.

Island Insider: May Edition

Hello everyone, Crzypengu here with the latest updates. I was on vacation for a couple of days and unfortunately I wasn't able to take a computer that worked on the go so I will have to check up on some blog posts. On Wednesday there was a brand New Island Insider that talks about the month of May, check it out.

"Hi penguins!"

"SOOO EXCITING! This is the first-ever Island Insider in our brand new Club Penguin Island lounge. The team loved decorating this place. Everyone just wanted to fill it with crazy stuff. I’m personally a fan of the GIANT hot-sauce bottles. Mucho salsa picante!"

"What do you think? Should we add anything? Let us know in the comments!"

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I will say that Club Penguin Island looks like it is getting better over time as more and more updates are added to the game. Mt. Blizzard for me at least is a really nice update to the game and adds more to this game. I still hope that there will be mini-games or something added to the game to get coins faster. Anyways leave your thoughts in the comments section below and more blog posts will be coming soon.

Penguin of the Week: Gummi Bear

What is up Club Penguin Fans, Crzypengu here with the latest updates. On Thursday there was a brand new blog post on the Club Penguin Island News site about this weeks POTW.

"Hi Penguins!"

"Gummi Bear was nominated to be Penguin of the Week by, Lavender859!"

"Here is their nomination:"

"The Penguin/Mermaid that I would like to nominate is Gummi Bear because she is respectful, kind, generous person who would be a great penguin of the week. She introduced me to her friend Vault 1234. We three are all like sisters. She is the bestest friend I could ever have in Cp island."

"Congrats, Gummi Bear!"

"Want to nominate a friend for Penguin of the Week? Leave a comment telling us why! Each Penguin of the Week receives 5,000 coins and a POTW emoji pack (coming as soon as we have polls on the blog - which is SO SOON)."

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Congratulations Gummi Bear for becoming this weeks POTW. It is really awesome to hear more and more players being seen on these types of blog posts. What did you all think of this weeks choice? Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below and more blog posts will be coming soon.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ten Years Later...

I can't believe it. I refuse to acknowledge it. I don't know what to think about it. I cannot believe that I joined Club Penguin 10 years ago on May 21, 2007. That day was very special to me and has been every year since when I counted 1 year on 2008 and so forth. Of course this Journey began on the last week of Elementary School which was a Monday at the time. To be honest I have no idea why I came up with the idea of going home that day and looking up in the Google Search 'Penguin Games'. It may have been something to do with summer starting and I wanted to play a new type of video game but I guess that will remain a mystery to me. Of course when I typed in Penguin Games there were websites like Funbrain and Webkinz since they both had Penguins involved, but the top search said Club Penguin and I did not know much about it so I clicked on it. Once I was on the website it just breathed a community that I wanted to be apart of because of how incredible of a game it looked to my young eyes. Creating a Penguin was the tricky part because I wanted a username that can be remembered by me. Apparently my Mother believed that I should use the name CrazyPenguin for my name but it was already taken.The only real reason for this name was because of how obsessed I was with Penguins over time and this site was right for me. Instead she insisted if I should take out the 'a' in Crazy and the 'i' and 'n' in Penguin. The name was perfect and sure enough I logged in the for the very first time

Club Penguin was something else and I was glad that it was. No other Virtual World has ever kept me on track of communicating with other people online and just being in a very fun playground for kids. Of course other kids at my school may have played it online as well, but I preferred talking to other kids around the world who had the same interests as I did. This playground for children made me so happy to be alive and I really wanted to get a membership to purchase some items for my Penguin. This never happened to me however but instead I got a Red Puffle Plush Toy from the shop within the first 3 months that I joined. It was awesome to start off my own Club Penguin Merchandise Collection and I would continue even to this day. The year of 2008 was probably one of the best years of Club Penguin in my opinion. At that time it was operated by Disney, but the original team behind it were still there and wanted to put in the ideas they have planned out for the game. There was a ton of awesome parties this year where there was the first Music Jam, the first Medieval Party, the start of the Card Jitsu series, and of course the Submarine Party that occurred right after the Save the Migrator event. This Particular year probably saved me and my profile from ever leaving the game and I continued to play Club Penguin as a non-member until August 2010 where I bought a Membership card at a store to enjoy the Mountain Expedition party. This particular party also had my favorite music track in it which is called Ice Serenade and was heard in the secret Ice Cave room. Fun fact about this particular track is that Screenhog told me that he composed this song based on a Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess Song.
Things were just getting better and better over the years as I played Club Penguin with new updates and mini-games being added from time to time. In April 2011 I decided to join Twitter where I would talk to other Club Penguin members about different topics that did or did not relate to the game. However I did not use Twitter that much at the time and I only had 179 tweets by October 2012. This was also the same time when I posted on this blog that I had a Twitter Account and my account grew up to 300 followers or so in a couple days or a week. On June 20, 2011 there was the infamous shutdown of Club Penguin, or so it seemed. Apparently the team at Club Penguin forgot to renew the Domain name of Club Penguin which caused a freak out all across the community. This one event scared me and gave me a hint that this game would not last forever. Going into 2012 I wanted to do something different for the game and I tossed the idea of creating a website, but I was not good at the HTML language at all. Instead I decided on August 7, 2012 that I would open up a blog since it was the easiest way to create a website. I would love to improve on my website skills in the future but for now I am O.K. with using blogger as my source since I was inspired by CP Blogger Saraapril and so many others. To be honest the Club Penguin Community back then was a lot different back then and I am not exaggerating. Twitter was not being used as much at the time by die-hard Club Penguin players and I found myself to be one of the oldest active used accounts in the CP community and I figured that out quickly when searching through the accounts I followed over the years. Some accounts have not been used in over 5 years which was very disappointing to see them go without ever saying a goodbye.

As time went on with my Club Penguin Journey I continued to play almost every single week since the Blog convinced me to continue with my passion for this game and I am glad it did. I will be honest that I understand this website is not the most popular CP fan blog, but I always cared for the work that I did in this community even though it may not gain a huge audience. One of the regrets I keep having from time to time about this website and Club Penguin is not continuing with foreign blog posts. If you haven't been here in the early years of this blog then let me explain. Back in the years of 2013 and 2014 I decided to put in blog posts from the other Languages of Club Penguin and it was a ton of work. I would take the post and put it in its normal language for other viewers in different countries and I would also put up a translated version of it for the English users as well. Google Translate is the tool I used for most of the blog posts and it nearly Doubled or sometimes Tripled the amount of work I did for this website. This was great however and I saw an audience that is rarely seen throughout the Club Penguin Community and I was proud to bring all these different users into one place. Life happens unfortunately and I had to stop doing these foreign blog posts mainly because of School and Work that I did about five days a week. I wish this habit continued throughout the time Club Penguin was active, but that is something I cannot change. Another idea I had for this blog was putting up a Excel or Word Document that could be downloaded from this website that allowed users to communicate with the Ultimate Safe Chat through different languages. Basically it would have been just the Language it was on the top column and then comparing each word to what it meant in another country. Unfortunately this was never finished and I failed to get any time to continue working on this project. Maybe I will do this to whatever new Virtual World comes up which will most likely be one created by Rocketsnail or Hyper Hippo Games.

The year of 2013 seemed to be a really great year for the Franchise even with the merchandise for it going away only leaving the Membership cards in stock. There were a ton of really good parties such as the Star Wars Takeover and even the Avengers Party. Sponsored Parties however were starting to become a huge problem for the game as it was now including third party content. Before Disney bought the game Club Penguin was against the use of Third Party Content in the game, but because it needed to reach its full potential they had to partner with another company which honestly was not a bad decision. Club Penguin was just starting to get a little bland for my tastes as more and more takeovers kept coming around the corner with seemingly no end. I like to think that 2014 was probably the last good year of the Game although there are some exceptions for me such as Sasquatch being included into the game which is something I personally wanted to see happen in a game with Ninjas and Secret Agents already. And from there on I stopped buying Club Penguin Memberships since it seemed useless to continue on buying cards for a game that would release the same content over and over again. Don't get me wrong though I still enjoyed everything about the game even with some flaws from here and there, but I knew that the game was really going through a Downward Spiral as the company had to make Club Penguin into Mobile. Playing on Mobile is never my first choice when it comes to Video Games, but I trusted that my Journey on Club Penguin would continue with the imaginative minds of Disney. Finally after a lot of speculation about what this Project Super Secret would be about, a Private Beta for the game was put up on November 2016 where it then would be in the Geo-Beta stage the next month. I believe every member of the Club Penguin Community knew where this was going and I was not ready for it even as it happened. On January 30, 2017 the Club Penguin team announced that the game was going to be discontinued on March 29, 2017. Everyone who loved this game in their childhood was heartbroken to see this game vanish and only to become a memory. Throughout the next two months I was feeling very sad and outraged to see what I like to think of my other life to vanish with one click of a button. On that fateful day of March 29, 2017 the game shut down at around Midnight where I just stared at the screen for 3 hours straight just seeing that part of my life going away, but I know there was a future to look forward to with the Club Penguin Island Game.

Well here we are now, Ten years later and I am still a part of this fantastic and amazing game. Club Penguin got a lot of attention during its last two months of being online which I was extremely happy to see that people who have left years ago were coming back online for one last time. The worst part about the closure of the Desktop game had to be missing out on my account being 10 years old which would have happened if it stayed open two more months. I can't change the past, but I am glad to have all the wonderful memories that came from this game and I know there is nothing that will be as great as this particular memory over the last 10 years. Club Penguin Island is not the greatest improvement for a Video Game, but was definitely one of the greatest things to come on the internet. Whether that means meeting Mascots or even tipping the Iceberg, Club Penguin will always be a part of who I am as a person. It has been an amazing Journey throughout the course of the Club Penguin Franchise and it would have been much better if I joined earlier to see my Penguin reach 10 years old but that is something that will never be changed. Anyways I have to give my thanks to the founders Lance Priebe, Lane Merrifield, and Dave Krysko for an unforgettable decade of Laughs and Fun as well as all of the other Club Penguin Team members that have made this game one of the best choices I have made in my life. I will especially be excited to meeting this creative team in Canada in July to see where a big chunk of my Childhood was created. Thank you all for an outstanding 10 year Journey and until next time this is Crzypengu saying, Waddle On!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Penguin of the Week: MikeyMichael

What is up Club Penguin Fans, Crzypengu here with the latest updates. On Tuesday Bobbi from the Club Penguin team put up a brand new blog post about this weeks POTW.

"Hi, penguins!"

"MikeyMichael was nominated to be Penguin of the Week by, Laval 126!"

"Here is their nomination:"

“I’d like to nominate MikeyMichael the mermaid/penguin for Penguin of the Week! He’s a really awesome person who has introduced me to new friends on the island AND is super kind – a community champion! He definitely deserves this award!”

"Congrats, MikeyMichael!"

"Want to nominate a friend for Penguin of the Week? Leave a comment telling us why! Each Penguin of the Week receives 5,000 coins and a POTW emoji pack (coming as soon as we have polls on the blog – which is SO SOON!"
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Congratulations MikeyMichael for becoming this weeks Penguin of the Week. It is really cool to see that your friend Laval really appreciates you being a part of this community on Club Penguin Island. What did all of you think of this weeks choice? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below and more blog posts will be coming soon.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Club Penguin Island 1.3: Update Notes

What is up everyone, Crzypengu here with the latest updates. Yesterday there was a brand new blog post on the Club Penguin Island News site talking about a new update coming out this month.


This is THE place to be! Seriously. We’ve even heard that Tubing Life Magazine MIGHT be planning to visit in the near future to rate it! Maybe one day, with luck, we’ll be awarded the VERY prestigious Pick of the Year award!"
For everyone:
"Enjoy the GRAND OPENING of Mt. Blizzard with your friends."
"Play the SNOWBALL GAME! Because nothing says “let’s be penguin buddies” better than hucking giant snowballs at one another."
"JUMP UP the mountain. Don’t kid yourself. Sounds easy. But it’s a TALL mountain."
"COLLECT Ice Crystals + Choklidium—the chocolatey island mineral native to Mt. Blizzard. If you think the name “Choklidium” is funny, it’s nothing compared to some of the chocolaty-icious name possibilities that the writers were throwing around here."
"Transport yourself all over with THE CHAIR LIFT & CANNONS… because that’s what penguins do."
"And, of course, do the DAILY CHALLENGES—2 for everyone each day."
For members only:
"RACE! On TUBES! Yes. YES. This is as fun as it sounds. Hit the tube lanes, race for your best times, and collect prizes."
"Have fun with INTERACTIVE OBJECTS like Gary’s Multitool, pom-poms, camera, lifeguard kit… really, the sky’s the limit with a giant mountain and a Gary-made multitool…"
"NEW LEVEL rewards! (16, 17 & 18) With qualifying gameplay, members will get the Extreme Pack, the Urban Style Pack, and the Fantasy Pack! The team can’t wait to see what you create."
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The new Mt. Blizzard area looks pretty promising and I am excited to see what other rooms will be added in the future. Of course I still prefer the original game compared to Club Penguin Island, but I guess over time the game will get better as more updates are made to it. Anyways please leave your thoughts in the comments section below and more blog posts will be coming soon.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Penguin of the Week: Party7319

What is up Penguins, Crzypengu here with the latest updates. Today there was a brand new Penguin of the Week post on the Club Penguin Island News site which was put up by Megg, check it out.

"Hi, penguins!"
"Party7319 was nominated to be Penguin of the Week by, CP6500207856!"
"Here is their nomination:"
“I nominate Party7319 for penguin of the week because I always see him helping out other penguins and I personally got a lot of help from him myself so I just really think he should be penguin of the week he really deserves it. Waddle On.”
"Congrats, Party7319!"
"Want to nominate a friend for Penguin of the Week? Leave a comment telling us why! Each Penguin of the Week receives 5,000 coins and a POTW emoji pack (coming as soon as we have polls on the blog! 😀 )."
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Congratulations Party7319 for being this weeks POTW. It is pretty cool to see Penguins nominate their friends so that they can get recognized by the community. Of course you will have to try really hard to make friends in the game and interact with them as much as possible since it is difficult for me to meet my friends online. Anyways please leave your thoughts in the comments section below and more blog posts will be coming soon.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Free Comic Book Day!

What is up Penguins, Crzypengu here with the latest updates. On Saturday it was apparently Free Comic Book Day and there was a brand new blog post about it on the Club Penguin Island News by Megg.

"Hi, penguins!"
"It’s FREE COMIC DAY! To celebrate, Amanda (one of our penguin artists) made her own comic."
"We LOVE comics! The team wanted to share a few tips about how to make your very own."
  1. What’s your idea? Figure out the story you want to tell.
  2. Who are your characters? (If you need ideas for how to develop characters, just wait for the upcoming Dev Diaries!)
  3. How are you going to show your story in comic layout? Sketch it out in a really rough way! (Don’t forget to draw the speech bubbles.)
  4. Draw your comic! Make sure to use light lines so you can edit and revise.
  5. When you’re happy with the look, ink, and color it!
  6. Of course, if you want, share it with your friends and family.
"Leave your comic-making tips in the comments!"
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Thanks for telling us about this Megg, personally I do like comics but I would never be good at making one of my own. I find this blog post kind of strange, but at the same time the Original CP game did have comics on the newspapers. Anyways please leave your thoughts about this blog post in the comments section below and more blog posts will be coming soon.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Penguin of the Week: JoshDun21

Greetings Everyone, Crzypengu here with the latest updates. Today Megg published a brand new blog post on the Club Penguin Islands website telling us who this weeks POTW is, check it out.

"Hi, penguins!"
"JoshDun21 was nominated to be Penguin of the Week by, Hoppster1018!"
"Here is their nomination:"
“I nominate JoshDun21 as the penguin of the week because she always saying really nice things to me and she showed me around when I was new and she’s very inspirational and I’m really proud to know I have a friend like that and she’s very important to me thank you.”
"Congrats, JoshDun21!"
"Want to nominate a friend for Penguin of the Week? Leave a comment telling us why! Each Penguin of the Week receives 5,000 coins and a POTW emoji pack (coming as soon as we have polls on the blog! 😀 )."
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Congratulations JoshDun21 for being this weeks Penguin of the week. I think it is really awesome to see players of the game get the spotlight and that we are able to learn about them from their friends. Anyways what do you all think of this blog post? Do you want to be a POTW sometime or not anytime soon? Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below and more blog posts will be coming soon.

Guest Post: Fun Penguin Facts

What is up Penguins, Crzypengu here with the latest updates. On Thursday there was a guest blogger on the Club Penguin Island News site where they posted some more facts about Penguins, check it out.

"Hi, penguins!"
"We hope you enjoyed our last post about our organization, Global Penguin Society." 😀
"As promised, here are fun penguin facts about some of the different species of penguins we help protect:"

Northern Rockhopper Penguin

  • Northern Rockhopper penguins can live up to 25 years.
  • Females make the nest scrape where the eggs are laid but the male brings grass, sticks, feathers and stones, which the female uses to make the nest cup.
  • Once the chicks are grown both parents go to sea to find food for nearly a month before they return to molt (change all their feathers).

Southern Rockhopper Penguin

  • During the incubation period, males swim up to 500 km from their nest to get food. When chicks hatch the trips to obtain food are much closer because the parents have to feed them very often
  • Generally, males arrive at the nests in the colonies several days before females and re-occupy the same nest each year.
  • The first laid egg is usually smaller and lighter than the second egg. However, most first eggs are lost during incubation or at hatching.
  • They incubate their eggs for a period of 32-34 days.

Magellanic Penguin 

  • Some couples have been breeding together during 16 breeding seasons (years).
  • A Magellanic penguin can swim up to 170 kilometers in one day, feeding and swimming at the same speeds day and night when returning to the colony to feed their chicks.
  • They can dive to a depth of 95 meters.
  • They can live more than 30 years approximately.
  • Individuals have distinct calls, allowing mates to recognize each other vocally and chicks to recognize their parents.
  • The body temperature is 38° C in a Magellanic penguin, while in human beings is somewhere between 36.5 and 37.5. Incubation temperature is around 34° C

African Penguin

  • Most dives are <30 m deep, although some dives reach up to 85 m.
  • Birds providing food to downy chicks generally forage within 40 km of colonies but may travel up to 120 km.
  • Duration of molt (change of feathers), from the time birds, come ashore until they depart for sea again is ~21 days. Birds usually molt at landing beaches or near their breeding sites and do not enter the sea except to preen (comb their feathers with their bills) and drink.

Emperor Penguin

  • Nobody knows yet how many years an Emperor penguin can live.
  • The only penguin species that breeds during the Antarctic winter, walking 50–120 km over the ice to their breeding colonies, which may include thousands of individuals.
  • There are no nests nor do pairs occupy individual territories.
  • The egg is incubated by the male during 62 days on their feet, tucked into the brood pouch, while the female goes to the sea to feed.
  • In late July/early August, the chicks hatch and the females return relieving the males from their long fast. Parents subsequently take turns foraging at sea and caring for their chick in the colony.

Little Blue Penguin 

  • This penguin species is probably as tiny as penguins have ever been. It is the smallest of existing Penguin species at around 1-1.2 Kg and 30 cm tall.,
  • Unlike other species of penguins, this one is largely nocturnal, coming ashore only until after dark and leaving to go feeding into the ocean before dawn.
  • If the eggs or chicks are lost, the pair may initiate a second nesting, and this may also happen after a successful breeding. In some cases, even third clutches have been reported.
"Thanks for giving us the opportunity to share some fun facts about the different species of penguins to celebrate World Penguin Day! If you have a question you’d like answered about penguins, leave it in a comment below!"
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Thanks for the special blog post Guest Blogger. It is really awesome to learn more about Penguins from time to time as they are one of the most fascinating species to me. Anyways please leave your thoughts in the comments section below and more blog posts will be coming soon.

Penguin of the Week: Aqua Sea

What is up guys, Crzypengu here with the latest updates. Last week there was a Penguin of the Week blog post put up where user Aqua Sea was nominated.

"Hi, penguins!"
"Aqua Sea was nominated to be Penguin of the Week by, Aliyaaunicorn!"
"Here is their nomination:"
“I nominate aqua sea for penguin of the week as they always brighten my day with spontaneous acts of kindness and say beautiful, inspirational things about being a community and how everyone makes a difference, I’m glad to know that those are the kind of people that I’m am meeting on Club Penguin :)”
"Congrats, Aqua Sea!"
"Want to nominate a friend for Penguin of the Week? Leave a comment telling us why! Each Penguin of the Week receives 5,000 coins and a POTW emoji pack (coming as soon as we have polls on the blog! :D)."
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Congratulations Aqua Sea for being last weeks Penguin of the Week. I think it is cool to have your name out there and I am sure you may be getting some friend requests in the future. I am waiting to see how Igloos will be added into the game so we can see all their different designs. Anyways please leave your thoughts on this post in the comments section below and more blog posts will be coming soon.