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YouWrite: The Inevitable Demise of the Club Penguin Army

This post was written by reader Capncook using the YouWrite Feature. To submit your own post, see the page.

Time. Time is the harbinger of the end to everything man has ever known. Time cannot be purchased, sold, or traded. It is nearly impossible to understand, yet explicable in every way shape and form. How does this apply to us though? While it is clear that with enough time, all Club Penguin armies will cease to exist, it is highly likely that anyone and everyone can increase the lifespan of the model for ages to come.

Club Penguin armies have been around for a mere eight or so years. That is maybe a fraction of a second in the grand scheme of things. To us however, it feels like ages ago since we posted our first comments on a wordpress blog to join the armies we know so well today. Some of us have stuck around for enough time to see our own selves mature with the Club Penguin armies. People would even argue that we’ve been here for far too long, but I digress.

Many people do not wish to believe it. They are stuck in their stubborn ways. Why change when you’re perfectly content with where you are? We as humans spend most of our lives seeking perfect contention. However, what many of us realize is that once we are content with where we stand, we become unhappy. As a result, we seek to change ourselves and sometimes others around us. After all, a band never releases the same album twice. (American) Football teams never use the same play twice in the same game. Sometimes that change is radical, drastic and affects everyone, other times it is gradual and slow. Club Penguin armies live in a euphoric state of contention and when change is brought to their minds, they rationalize their conservativism essentially by saying that nothing is wrong. What they don’t understand is that everything is wrong.

Perhaps it may seem a bit irrational to say that everything is “wrong”. After all, several armies have never fallen to complete extinction since their origins in 2006. Such armies include the Army of Club Penguin, the Ice Warriors, and the Nachos. One of these armies in particular, the Army of Club Penguin, or the ACP was exceptionally strong. The ACP was once a beacon of success in Club Penguin armies. In the midst of a period where wars were declared for petty reasons, and chatting systems were far more regulated, the ACP was able to garner more success than any army to date from 2009-2012. Some would argue that was the result of a series of powerful leaders, such as Boomer20, Icey Cold27, and Flipper7706/Kenneth1000. Whatever the case, the ACP was able to thrive. Not only did they consistently send over forty-sixty troops per battle, beyond the likes of any other army at the time, they also retained more recruits than any other army.

Most would dismiss the chance to think logically and critically, and would just say that the ACP’s name is simple and thus caused their success. As that is partially true, it is not the only reason for their past triumphs. The ACP did much more than have a large army, however. They invented strategic maneuvers to win individual battles during wars and innovated on those tactics. They were the first to take on real diplomatic endeavors with new ideas such as the “Anti-Hacking Bill”. The ACP even created, or at least innovated the first real Club Penguin army political system which created much controversy within the army, but kept everyone interested. The ACP Training Regiment (ACPTR) was one of the first programs designed to train soldiers so they wouldn’t be clueless once they reached a certain rank. It worked for a time. It all worked for a time.

The ACP is clearly not in the state it once was. In fact, other Club Penguin armies copied or at least tried to copy the success of the ACP and have only failed. This read however, is not meant to praise the ACP from the past, but to simply mention that it was the true “Golden Age”. To date, not a single Club Penguin army has seen the success of the ACP from 2009-2012, but that could all change in a heartbeat.

As stated before, the Club Penguin army community may very well be in a state of perfect contention. Eventually, people will either realize that things need to change and they will start to formulate ways to execute that change, or they will simply leave and never come back. If the latter of the two becomes greater than the first, then time will be our true enemy, looming overhead rather than a speck in the vastness of the universe.

What hasn’t been discussed yet is actually what would prompt such change. The average amount of loyal troops an army realistically contains is somewhere in the field of twenty to twenty-five. “Tactics” are defined as variations of standing in lines (While dancing of course) and holding up a certain emoticon above your head, or saying a specific phrase. WordPress blogs are either the old Digg-3 Column, or new Mystique format (Since Digg-3 Column no longer exists for new blogs). Xat is still the only online chat provider for Club Penguin armies, and all armies dictate their ranks around the merit system of xat. You’re either a guest, member, moderator, owner, or main owner. Club Penguin Army Central is still the only media website for the majority of the community, and they publish a weekly listing of which armies they believe are the best ten based on a few different statistics. Often times, the leaders of the armies spend their entire careers catering to the people’s desire to be the best on the top 10, rather than leading the way they would want. By this system, they simply cannot progress because if they deviate from earning higher scores on the top 10, their rank will drop, the leaders will look incompetent, and they will be removed from power. The worst part in all this is that everyone is doing this and they don’t even care to understand.

Open your mind for just one moment now. If just one army was able to tap into an efficient and nearly unlimited resource of fresh recruits, what would the result be? Right now things are lax, and not very complicated. However, if a large influx of troops were to surge into an army, that army would have to adapt. Real Club Penguin army governments would have to be made to protect the rights of all and assure power to one central figure. Chatting systems will have to be cleaner (Just not to the extent of Club Penguin’s abhorrent filters) so recruits aren’t offended. Real tactics and strategies will have to be designed to maneuver a large amount of troops across servers, instead of just basic fighting in one room. Administrations would have to become larger, or at least more competent altogether.

What is unique here is that if everyone expanded, everyone would change, but the change would be different for each individual army. No longer would an army’s sole purpose be defined as destroying another army for the sake of destroying another. No longer would the backwards logic that we have seen in the past be how an army would run. Finally, only those who are intelligent would thrive, and everyone could be intelligent with just a little time.

I wish I could write the book on what needs to be done for Club Penguin armies to succeed, but the truth is that I don’t know what to do. In fact, no one currently knows what to do until they get to the point where they need to make a decision. All I know is that something needs to change, because right now the community is just killing time. As we know, it is pointless to kill time, for time is killing us. So let us first understand what is wrong with ourselves before we march along the path to the next true “Golden Age”. A sustainable recruiting source must be attained and exploited for the survival of our virtual way of life. If we cannot come together for long enough to understand and attack the problem then all is lost, and time has won the last true Club Penguin army war much sooner than anyone could have expected.

-Capncook

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33 Responses

  1. He mentioned ACP!1!1!1!

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    • http://prntscr.com/3opq9i u missed a space

      • ragequit

      • lol

      • lol

  2. Remember, ACP came up with the first stable Senate. Am I wrong?

    • I wasn’t sure if this was true and I wasn’t willing to spend hours fact checking that one thing so I said it was at least one of the first, which is in fact true.

  3. tl;dr

  4. I feel like we’ve heard this same speech 80,000 times before, and all they do is induce unnecessary fear . This community is fine the way it is right now, and it will probably continue to thrive for many years to come.

    • Beeky is a prime example of a conservative that is listed in this post. No Beeky, the community is not fine the way it is. I’ll use your own army as an example. The Nachos used to be number 1 under Puckley. Even though they never really consistently broke 40-50, they were still on top. Without your one leader, you’ve dropped down to like 9 on the top 10? You have an average of maybe 15 troops I think? You think that is fine for the Nachos? You guys have been around for ages, you should know how to get yourselves out of a bad time without calling in Puckley.

      And is 15 really an “army”? Think about it…

      • big pars

      • You don’t think we “consistently broke 40-50?” Apparently you haven’t looked through our July and August 2013 archives lately. And yes, some leaders are better than others. Puck was arguably one of, if not the greatest leaders there has ever been, but the fact that you’re choosing to say that something like that is the demise of CP armies is stupid. Good leaders come and go, but you don’t believe that another leader like Puck will arise in this community ever again?

        • I’m saying that since you’ve lost Puckley, your army is not doing as well as it should. If you just listen to the post instead of being so conservative, then you’d have the potential to exceed anything Puckley could have ever done in his time here.

          • Fuck you. Beeky and I had the potential to do anything we wanted, but the sad fact is, making that real is even harder than before. The Nachos lost all their power when the secret of the autotyper was leaked. The leaving of Puckley was coincidental. I had a vision to create a great Nacho Reich. Unfortunately, powerless, washed-up retirees made that dream all but a reality.

  5. nice post

  6. In reality, with the arrival of CPNext, our community is doomed. Dozens of armies will fall, sizes will drop horribly – and this all happens some time in the next 6 to 7 months.

    • Someone should address the CPNext problem we probably will be facing quite soon and there should be a fall back plan if or once it happens.

      • Exactly. I think we narrowed it down to CPPS and Minecraft. Maybe Clash of Clans and ROBLOX

        • Clash of Clans?lol Clash of Clans sucks really,but just my opinion,but it haves some advantages at building and fighting,but you can get only on 1 server wich isnt helpful

          Minecraft is kinda expensive so the idea isnt so accurate,but Minecraft would fit better as there are servers combat armors and weapons and materials to built a so-called “empire”

          Roblox: hmm Roblox is free,and you can buit some things,but wont be as perfect as Minecraft in this situation

          CPPS:just as normal CP,but in majority,there are CPPS that allow swears and would not fit for kids,there are some CPPS that dont allow swears,but they are very rare

          just my opinion after all,no need to get butthurt over it :))

  7. i thought this post would be about the CPA when i saw the title….

    • What’s the CPA?

      • the site you just commented on :/

        • This is CPAC.

  8. Most insightful post I’ve ever read on Club Penguin Army Central so far. We will be aware of this problem, and adapt to it accordingly.

    • Thank you, glad you enjoyed the post. Good luck.

  9. Excellent post.

    • Thanks, Stromae.

  10. Well cap it seems like we agree on something cp armies are screwed

    • Thankfully Frig, there are ways to prevent failure before it happens.

  11. “A sustainable recruiting source must be attained and exploited for the survival of our virtual way of life.”

    Umm… We have one, it’s this game called Club Penguin, maybe you’ve heard of it?

    • It doesn’t work the way we would like it to or else our armies would be monumentally larger, Weazelkid.

      • I think it would work fine if the community would stop being lazy and actually recruited. (Not just autotype)

        • Obviously the direct source for all recruits is Club Penguin. Club Penguin’s filters restrict efficient recruiting ,so we as a community must figure out a way to attract Club Penguin players who frequently view something else related to, but not actually Club Penguin.

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