The Poptropica Creators have been posting about the Phoenix Warbird lately. I was waiting for NR or BJA to post about these, but I guess they are busy. Well, here is Part 1, 2, and 3 of Behind teh scenes of Skullduggery: The Phoenix Warbird. There will probably be one more part tomorrow or the next day. I am also proud to say that we were the first blog to post about 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!
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.
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!
All these were posted by Captain Crawfish.
It’s kinda cool knowing all about the best ship around.