Hey everyone, it’s been a while!
It’s been almost three years since I put together the plans for the first Club Penguin Reunion with a team of amazing penguins. Even we didn’t know how large and meaningful this event would become.
(If you want to enjoy photos and stories from the past Reunions, visit the #CPReunion page on this website!)
Three and a half years later, only one of the members (thanks Rosytilly!) of the original team are a part of the current #CPReunion team. Yet, the party lives on. I am so proud of all the penguins who stepped up to keep this tradition going. Having many different penguins leave their mark on the event in future years was all part of my original plan when I first founded it.
Well, it’s time for another celebration! The 2018 #CPReunion is right around the corner, but this time it will be hosted on Club Penguin Island for the very first time! I hope that all of you can make it; it will be a truly historical event.
I’ve heard some news that there will be many special guest appearances like in years’ past, so make sure to stay tuned to @CPReunionEvent for information on where those penguins will be located.
You can also help support the event and spread the word by using the event’s official icon and banner on your own twitter account!
Once again, thank you all so much for making this event incredible year after year. A special thanks goes out to Madzom8ie, Rosytilly, Nicoray, Danpengui, Legiso, Chilly573, Ryanec1, Bryan Gelino, Daisysdoo14, Bloxorz, and Blue21102 for being on the Reunion team this time around.
Don’t miss out on all the festivities this year! I hope to see you all there.
Well, I certainly wasn’t planning on writing this. Let’s take a pause from all the Operation Revive stuff for a couple days. There are more pressing things that need to be done.
This is how amazing the community is. Within three minutes of the news breaking, I got seven messages on my personal twitter account coming to me telling me what happened. It was a total shock to me, and I immediately began writing this. It would kill me if I didn’t.
Hopefully you can sit back and smile at these memories I’m about to share.
Bobbi, where do I even begin. Whether you know it or not, you revolutionized how the Club Penguin Team interacted with the community. I’ve been around this game for more than nine years, and there has never been someone who’s had a bigger impact on the entire community than you.
I did actually lose interest in playing Club Penguin from about 2013 on. The site I blogged for had just closed, the community’s size was diminishing, and things didn’t look good for the future. The game that saved me and so many others from the bullying and cruelty of the real world was slowly fading away. Around the beginning of 2015, however, something changed. This new community manager was doing incredible work. It seemed almost like a renaissance.
I had been a fan of yours for a long time by the time that I had planned a “farewell party,” that wasn’t really a farewell. Only two people in the community knew about the master plan, Spikey2007 and me. I still to this day feel bad about that little hoopla, but it was for the best in the end. It gave me time to plan everything for the first ever #CPReunion in secret, my long time vision that finally came to fruition later in October. I didn’t know you personally, but you decided to surprise me, and in addition, you brought a bunch of your friends from the office. It meant so much to me that you would do that for just a random community member.
Well, that was one of the first dominos to fall. After that, it was common that you would come to events that were planned by the community. And the community was so much better from that point on. You cared about everyone and it showed with every little action, and I know you’ll take the same mindset and attitude in your next occupation.
Let’s go back to talking about the #CPReunion. I don’t think you ever got your due credit for that. When I pitched the idea to you, you were on board immediately. Without you, the Reunion would have never been what it was.
You always came to #TogetherThursday, hosted a #31DaysforCP day, and you chose to be with the community at #CountdownCP in Club Penguin’s very last moments. Every project I worked on, you supported. You chose me to be the Penguin of the Week, and then you were at the surprise party congratulating me. All for me, just another penguin. Your support is what kept me going all this time. But it didn’t stop there, you did everything you could to make EVERYONE in the community feel special. That takes a special kind of dedication, and you have that.
You made the Music Jam 2016 and Holiday Party 2016 two of the greatest parties ever because you knew what the community wanted and you delivered the message. (Those were my favorite two, there are plenty more examples) You always did what you thought was best for the community, and that’s all we ever could have asked of you.
Everything you did was done with joy, and whoever has the privilege of employing you next will see that same joy and very quickly realize that they have someone special.
I’ll never forget all the fun times we had. Thank you so much for everything you’ve done. Good luck in your future endeavors. I expect BIG THINGS from you 😉
If you ever need a helping flipper, don’t hesitate to contact me. Although, I’ll never be able to repay everything you’ve done for me and everyone else on the island.
I’ll leave you with some words said by a certain Club Penguin Intern about four years ago.
Once a penguin, always a penguin. Waddle on.
If you’re reading this, my twitter account has been deactivated. No need to worry about that, because it was purely out of choice. I’d like to share my last tweets here.
So why am I doing this? It’s simple. The experiment is over. Club Penguin blogging and social media for me was incredibly special, but it was never designed to be a lifestyle. It was an experiment. I have wanted to be a journalist since I was very young, and these jobs gave me incredibly valuable experience that I will take into college and my first full-time occupation. I am now writing freelance for my own sports related website, and I am working with incredible professionals while doing so. None of the communications skills I have today would have been acquired without Club Penguin, and that was the sheer goal of this project.
This game changed a kid who got bullied in elementary school to an incredibly happy human being that is doing what he loves to do- write and report.
This site will stay up forever. I hope you look upon this blog with pride, because I did not make it, you did. Without you, none of this would be possible.
So I hope you take from my story and make something out of your Club Penguin journey. I hope someone continues the events I created. I hope you treat everyone with respect, because like me, I came to the community because I wanted a friend. I hope the community stays in tact and even grows stronger, because the power of a community can never be overstated.
Thank you for being my friends, thank you for supporting me, and thank you for making my childhood better.
I was just amazed by all the media attention and love that Club Penguin got on its final day, and the number of penguins that got online one last time. Here are pictures I took of the server lists at around 7:00 PM PST- around the time the peak number of penguins logged on.
While these stats are nothing like they were in CP’s peak years, you can tell that this game meant so much to a whole lot of people.
Thank you, Club Penguin, for everything you’ve done. Waddle on.
Can you believe it? Our childhood game is closing forever in less than 48 hours. I never thought I’d see this day coming, but let’s make the best of it.
Today I would love to share with you some untold stories of people I met or places I went that are some of my most vivid memories in Club Penguin. So, here we go.
Graser 8 made me an owner on his chat for making a Zebra Joke.
Graser 8, or Graser 10 as you may know him, is a very well known Youtube personality. Back in the day, the community really centered around XAT chats, and Graser 8 owned one of the most popular ones around. One day, Graser thought the word “Zebre” was really funny, so I made a joke about Zebras. He made me an owner on his chat for making a Zebra joke. I doubt he remembers this, but I remember it very vividly. That was one of the funniest things that’s ever happened to me, and I’ll probably never forget it, especially since he has gotten really huge on youtube. Here’s a very low quality picture of Graser and I on the TrackCP chat room in 2011. I was a moderator before I was made an owner. (Taken from Youtube)
I worked for a huge blog and almost ruined a huge party.
This story is one I actually don’t remember very well, but it is very evident on video. I was an Author on the now extinct theclubpenguincheats.com, which was one of the most popular Club Penguin fan blogs back in the day. My colleagues Luckyboy777 and Happyblue128 and I decided to host a party on the island, and a lot of people came. Being totally inexperienced at party throwing, I kept moving around and taking crowds with me. I almost split the party up so bad that people started leaving, and it is all caught on video. I sit back, watch this video, and laugh, because the times sure have changed.
I played games with Cool Times every Friday night.
Around the time that the new friends list was released and stories of all these new moderator names were coming out, I realized that a moderator by the name of Cool Times accidentally left her penguin name unblocked in the Featured Igloos picture (a small image on the community page) and I guess I was one of the only ones to notice. I added her using the brand new buddy search system and she accepted right away. I quickly figured out that she went to the server Abominable every Friday night about 7:00 PM my local time to judge igloos for that week’s Featured igloo. Well, it got to the point where we became really good friends on the island and we would meet up every Friday night and play a couple games. I don’t think she thought that I knew she was a moderator, and that goes to show how genuinely nice the Club Penguin staff is. Here’s a postcard I got from her inviting me to play Card Jitsu one night:
I met Happy77 for the first time in the least possible way.
So if you have been playing Club Penguin for a long time, chances are, you probably know about the Beta Team. The Beta Team was a series of beta tests for new games for Club Penguin, and one of them was a new chat system test with 11 test servers to play on. On the last day of the test, I went onto Test Server 1 and waited at the town in hopes that a moderator would come. I think you know how this story ends.
I met Happy and added her, which also led to me meeting her again, just in time to film an official video for the April Fools party a few months later.
This picture was taken as she was explaining what she wanted us to do for the video. Footage from that meeting was used for the video below. Unfortunately, I was cropped out.
I met my first mascot on Club Penguin by waiting for THREE HOURS!
Back in 2009, there was no such thing as meet-up times, so to meet a Mascot, you had to guess where they would be, and this could be very hard. Tracking chats would be developed where a whole chat would all check different servers and the process would go a lot quicker. During the Penguin Play Awards 2009, I had not yet discovered tracking chats, so I had to look for mascots myself. I really wanted to meet Aunt Arctic, but never had luck, so I did my research. I found out that mascots during the party had gone on the servers Mammoth, Frozen, Abominable, and Blizzard very frequently. So, I took matters into my own hands, and waited for THREE HOURS on the server Blizzard, waiting for a mascot to come.
I saw a lot of penguins coming into the room at the same time and then I saw a green penguin with a pink hat walk in, and I’ll never forget that moment. I took the photo below by printing out the screen, I didn’t know how to take a screenshot. This is photocopied from a piece of paper:
I spent Halloween night with Polo Field and Businesmoose before they were widely known.
In 2011, it was not well known that Polo Field and Businesmoose were the masterminds behind the official Club Penguin blog and videos until the new friends list video was published. I noticed that Businesmoose and Polo Field were the ones with blue rings around their penguins in those videos, and immediately added them. They accepted, and on Halloween in 2011, I noticed that they were both online. They were in their igloos, hanging out with about 10 other penguins just like me who noticed that they worked for Club Penguin:
I followed Rockhopper around on empty Spanish servers.
During Rockhopper’s Quest, I was on a tracking chat and someone found Rockhopper on a Spanish server called Codigo Agente. It had almost no one on, but Rockhopper was there, sure enough. When he left, I decided to check the next server on the list to see if he was there, and he was. Very few people caught on, and there were probably only about four people on that server. After he left that server, I thought he couldn’t possibly go to the next empty server on the list, and to my disbelief, he did! He was on the server Estalacitia with no one else but me, and that’s when this picture was taken:
I distanced myself from the community for over a full year, and that was a big mistake.
In late 2013, I decided to go back to my roots, quit blogging, and start playing incognito just like I used to. I started using my Jdan99 penguin much more (nobody knew that was me back then) and started playing as I did when I started, just a normal penguin enjoying the game for what it was. It wasn’t until February 2015 that I rejoined twitter, started up this blog, and became involved with the community. I am so glad I did, because together, we accomplished so much from then until now.
Madzom8ie, Dj Stores, and I helped the team pick out pins for the Holiday Party 2016.
The Holiday Party 2016 was such an amazing party and I really believe it was that way because the Club Penguin Team listened to the community so much. Madzom8ie, Dj Stores, and I all decided to send ideas in to our wonderful community manager, Megg, in early October. To our surprise, that ideas chat actually proved to make a huge difference!
Check out the pins (and animated backrgound) that were released during the Holiday Party:
The party beforehand was the Music Jam, a great Party that also relied very heavily upon community suggestions. I was very involved in communicating to the team what the community wanted for the party. The tweet below started the movement:
— Jdan1001 (@cpjdan) July 7, 2016
I hope you enjoyed my collection of untold stories of this wonderful game. Thank you to everyone that has supported this blog, supported the community, and supported the game in general. Thank you SO MUCH to the Club Penguin Team for making this game amazing.
Thank you, Club Penguin, for making my life so much better.
Most of you may remember me, Superqami from 2015 when I last wrote posts for Jdan’s blog, I used to attend meetups like DanDay, CPReunion, 31DaysOfCP. Recently, I haven’t done as much due to the timings of these meetups being odd for me and also the fact that Desktop Club Penguin lags a LOT for me. I have started playing Club Penguin Island and I am enjoying it a quiet a lot, I hope you all join us (or me) for a new adventure on Club Penguin Island!
It is sad to see my childhood game go but, it is reassuring to know that it ain’t completely dead yet since there is a reboot coming soon for all of the world to play.
Maybe I’ll post about Club Penguin Island, who knows?
~Superqami, signing off.
It was over two and a half years ago that I assembled the first #CPReunion team and pitched my idea: We are going to host the biggest Club Penguin Party ever. It took some people a while to buy in, and some people even left because they thought it wasn’t possible.
Well, two and a half years later, I look back at what we’ve done and I am so proud to say that we made something meaningful in this community.
When I was planning out the first event I thought about the future. At first I thought this would be a one time event. And then I decided what I wanted to do.
I wanted more and more talented people to be able to plan this event and say they had a part in it. That’s what a true community is, right? I expected my team members to leave the team when they felt it was time. That would allow a new person to join the team.
Well, after the 2016 Reunion, I stepped down as director. I decided I would let someone else have a chance to lead the team. Boy, that was a great decision. Madzom8ie has done an incredible job even on short notice. It was about five minutes after I read the post announcing Club Penguin’s closure when I told him that we needed to have a Reunion during the last weekend, and he got right to work making a plan to pitch to the team.
Now it’s time. I’m fulfilling my vision. I would like to give up my spot to someone very deserving of having an opportunity to plan what I think of as “the community event.” I have already asked Madzom8ie to consider who I think is a very deserving candidate.
The Reunion is my baby, and I believe that my baby is in great hands. It is with a happy heart that I announce my departure. I am proud of what I have done and I am ecstatic to see what the team can muster up next time around on a whole new platform.
First off, thank you to every penguin who has been on the #CPReunion team over the years, your work has not gone unnoticed. You have been incredible role models for the community and incredible ambassadors for the event. They are listed below:
King Boo8884 (3x), Mrzero3, Spikey2007, Bacon (2x), Claire 62, Pup1one, Rosytilly (3x), 1999bloo, Dw47, Madzom8ie (2x), Nicoray (2x), Chilly573 (2x), Ryanec1 (2x), Danpengui, Legiso, Bryan Gelino (2x), Bloxorz (2x), and Sniffybear2
Second, thanks to the Club Penguin Team and Megg for all the help they have given us over the past three events, we couldn’t have done it without you. You guys mean the world to us. You create the most amazing game in the world and you still have time left over to help out the community? Well, psh, I’m impressed ;)!
Last of all, thank you, community, for the memories we have made during the Club Penguin Reunion, and I hope you have enjoyed your time at the event. Thank you everyone, for making my life even more awesome than it already was.
Since it is St. Patrick’s Day, I put a quick little concept together of what a St. Patrick’s Day Party would look like in present day Club Penguin. I made this in less than two hours, so there will be errors. Anyway, here we go:
The Parade and the fun begin here. Pick up a hat and join us on our adventure towards the Leprechaun Forest!
Here we see our first floats.
Town, you look awfully good in green.
Night Club: (Music)
The old Night Club comes back for a celebration like no other!
Snow Forts: (Music)
Another float. This parade is awesome!
Rock out on this float, but don’t stay too long. We’re almost to the Leprechaun Forest!
We’ve Arrived! Everything is now larger than life, and we’re okay with that! There’s a tree blocking the mine, wonder what’s inside of it?
Leprechaun House: (Music)
Woah! What is this place? I should go go inside hollow trees more often!
Hope you guys enjoyed this little project that I made. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!