Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Wonders of Tiki Trouble

Hey Jammers! It seems odd, that after so much fragmented posting I'd declare an even longer hiatus instead of just getting my act together. Still, I can't change the fact that I'm going away for a week and will not have access to internet.

But I do have a little time today to post. I'll be using this post to talk about the new adventure 'Tiki Trouble', just because I like it so much and it'll probably be old news by the time I get back. 

The promised post about Beta Testing myths will come after I get back home.

So... Tiki Trouble. Where do I begin?

I guess I'll begin with NPC villager Mele's assessment of the whole thing, which is admittedly pretty accurate. The main goal of this quest is to upset the peace of an island village by awakening their three annoying tiki statues, Momi, Koa, and Kapena and make tedious trades for their magical pearls that, according to dolphin alpha Tavie, will banish all the phantoms from the ocean. 

Interestingly, the names of the statues have deliberate meanings. Momi is a Hawaiian name meaning "pearl", Koa is a name meaning "brave", and Kapena is a name meaning "captain", which is rather fitting, given their dialogue:

I wonder how a pirate got turned into a tiki statue.

What if...

A pirate ship crash-landed on the island, and the captain's spirit went into the tiki? 

That would be the most interesting secret story line in all the AJ adventures, in my opinion. 

Let's see how the other tikis live up to their names:

Momi's name means PEARL. Can't really see any resemblance between Momi and a pearl. This statue's defining characteristic is that it talks in rhyme. Momi is a Hawaiian girl's name, so perhaps Momi is a girl. (Or if my theory is right, that these are spirits, this statue's spirit is a girl).

Maybe Momi is responsible for giving pearls to all the other statues, giving her her name. Hmm...

Koa is also a kind of tree native to Hawaii. Maybe this is a tree spirit? They look kind of... tree-like. Their defining characteristic is their not-very-articulate English. Hmm... not many clues here, but I guess I wouldn't imagine a tree's first language to be English?

Each tiki will only trade specific things for their pearls. You even need to bribe them to get them to talk to you!

Kapena, for instance, needs to be offered one gold coin combed from the shallow waters:

Follow the water-with-rock arrow to the shallows and click all the pawprint grab buttons 'til you find a gold coin. 

I believe you have to talk to a tiki before their special item becomes accessible to you. (I mined every single deposit before talking to Koa and I got nothing but fossils).

If you're finding too many purple conch shells, sell them to a trader for gems!

After you give Kapena the gold coin, he will want three pieces of fruit. The order may vary, but I believe he wants a pineapple, coconut, and banana. To save time, keep an eye out for those as you follow Kapena's trail.

I suggest you look for Kapena first, simply because he's closer to Tavie. 

Here's a secret: You'll stumble upon a treasure hunter by the seashore who might just validate my theory that the three tikis are spirits from a sunken ship.

Hmm... is it pushing it to wonder if that sunken ship is Sunken Treasures in Kani Cove? 

Next up, Koa. Koa wants a jewel first, then three pieces of fruit. Mine the jagged silver deposits looking for some shimmery jewels. You'll get a lot of fossils, but you can sell those to a trader.

You also have a chance of finding a Gold Brick in a deposit. 

You'll want to talk to Momi last, simply because she's so far away and that it takes awhile to get her special item, a sad polluted phantom fish.

Nice save, AJHQ– having the player fish for squishy phantom fish instead of real fish in a game where you can play as a fish. XD

I don't know how to feel about that sad, sad phantom fish, though. Is it a normal fish made sad and sick by pollution? Or is it a fish bioengineered by the phantoms? Who can say!?

As for the process of fishing, you'll get a lot of cans. Luckily, you can sell them to the village trash enthusiast for her 'collection':

I suggest you go around and talk to the villagers. Not only will they offer you friendly advice about their island...

...but for an AJ adventure, their dialogue can be genuinely funny:

I was so not expecting this XD

Of course, after each pearl you receive, you deliver it to Tavie and she'll give you a prize. Here are some nonmember prizes in order, from first pearl to last pearl, left to right:

I assume the tiki statues vary, so you can collect 'em all! 

Plus, the middle guitar is the first item of its kind: when you click it, it plays an electric guitar sound! 

Here are some other prizes you can get as a member and in secret treasures, like if you find a boot in a fishing net: 

Look around, see which ones you can find!

I just love this adventure so much. It doesn't emphasize items as heavily as it does the plot, at least I think so. 

Before I go, I just learned that Animal Jam is being developed into a downloadable computer application!

I think the goal is to make gameplay more convenient and less laggy, or maybe also make money. According to snowyclaw, browser AJ will not change at all– whew! :)

Open beta for this computer app will happen while I'm away around July 26th, so I hope it's fun, for those who'd like to try it.

Well, that's all for now, Jammers. See you when I get internet again on July 30th! 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Jammer Wall Changes

Hey Jammers! Quick post from me, DoomyPanda, about something unexpected that is reported to happen next update:

According to this obviously homemade meme posted by the Animal Jam CEO, Clark Stacey, some changes will come to the Jammer Wall.

Here are some possibilities as to what that will entail:

1. It could become nonmember (hopefully!)

2. There might be new trading section, perhaps where you can make a wishlist of items you want. Unlikely though, considering how much coding it would take to include EVERY item.

3. If the use of Cosmo in this post is intentional, something plant or nature related might include itself in the Wall. I can't imagine how that would work, but if it's nature related, I'm in! XD
4. Minor cosmetic changes to the layout of the Wall, which might be the most likely outcome.

I wonder what will happen. Do you guys have any ideas?

Before I go, I just wanted to say that I'm currently finalizing a design concept for the blog. It might be a little much, but I want to make something that is legible and more accessible than this layout.


~ DoomyPanda

Monday, July 17, 2017


 Hello, Jammers!! Today's post will be about the winner of my Animal Jam Slogan/Jingle contest! Thank you to everyone that joined, I really appreciate it! I was reading all the slogans/jingles and honestly, all of you guys are so talented and creative, it's incredible! Now, I will choose a winner using the random number generator, so let's find out who the winner of the contest is!

And the winner is Sarahkey8! Congratulations and great slogan!

Just add me on Animal Jam (Kimberley082) and I will give you your prize!

Once again, thanks to everyone who entered! I will hopefully have more contests in the future and if you have any suggestions for contests, feel free to leave them down below! That's it for this post, have a great day in Jamaa!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Post coming soon(ish)...

Yo, it's DoomyPanda and I am going to publish a post about beta testing today but before that I have to finish this watercolor for my grandfather. Seeya in a few hours!

EDIT: Sorry guys, gonna be a lot more than a few hours. That watercolor took me all day and now I need to prepare because I'm going away tomorrow... and won't be able to post. For three days. 

For those who want to read this post I'm planning, I am endlessly sorry and this is kind of jerk-ish in hindsight. I have a super busy day tomorrow.

In slightly better blog news, I'm currently drawing out the plans for the new layout. The one up right now is kinda thrown together, and I love designing websites, so I am very happy to finalize a look (mostly) everyone will like. 

Sorry for getting your hopes up too soon about this new post,

~ DoomyPanda, the Disappointing

Monday, July 10, 2017

Check out Kim's Contest! :D

Hey Jammers! As you can see, I've really been skimping on posting for the past few days. I was just taking a quick break to get my life back together AKA cleaning my room so I don't have to sadly stare at my scattered school supplies even though it's Summer.


So, I just wanted to ask y'all to click this link to a post that got buried about a quick contest that co-author Kim is hosting. If you want an actually rare Bow and Arrow, make up a motto for Animal Jam! This time, a more creative motto than simply 'Play Wild'... :P

(Play Wild is still a nice motto, but can you replace it?)

As many contests on AJ Stream go, only one person has entered so far so you have an XTREMELY HIGH CHANCE!!!!!! of winning a rare blue Bow and Arrow.

I'm gonna focus on cleaning my room tomorrow, so I think the next time you'll hear from me will be Wednesday-- but I'll still continually answer comments.

See ya then!

~ DoomyPanda