Welcome to Time Capsule. This is the column where we ask community members questions about their goals and predictions for the remainder of the year, which we’ll eventually look back on.
Recently stepping down from his positions of Advisor and Head Moderator at Club Penguin Armies, Aaronstone42 has seen it all. Joining armies in November 2009, Aaronstone42 remembers what is commonly referred to as the “golden days.” More recently, he was a prominent leader of the Water Vikings from 2021 to 2022.
I’ve had many conversations with Aaronstone42 regarding the state of armies. No matter what year, the common rhetoric in armies has always remained the same: “I miss the good days.” As we stray further from the pandemic years, we continue on a path towards a new generation of armies. This means new points of view, new standards and an idea of armies that may not align with those who have recently retired.
Thus, for this week’s Time Capsule, I wanted to hear from the man who has never shied away from sharing his opinions.
How do you think the Club Penguin army community will look like by the end of the year?
Probably the same as it is now: slowly going into the grave.
You were an active part of our community, what are some of the biggest changes that have occurred in Club Penguin Armies over the past year?
I don’t think there have been many big changes, just the Army Board making more and more useless rules and armies abusing loopholes.
What do you think the league will look like in a year? Should something change?
It’s Club Penguin armies. No organization is safe, but I think armies should return to ape and kill each other. It’s much more fun that way. No more leagues, no more judging org, just the media reporting on battles.
What big prediction (whether an army reviving or tournament winners) do you have for the end of the year?
Elite Guardians or Water Vikings win Christmas Chaos. Book it.
Can you explain what that saying means for those that joined armies in a post-Disney world?
It was more fun back in the day. Everything wasn’t centralized, there wasn’t 50,000 rules.
Would you like to elaborate more on the “return to ape” argument, and why you believe it is important to the community’s survival?
Armies become more like armies instead of politics. Like, right now, in the [current war], I see a lot of “GGs” and stuff, and yeah that’s nice, but I also want to see blood. I wanted the beef to be so bad, I would have to hand out mutes.
I understand where Aaronstone42 is coming from. During the Disney era, there was something magical about armies when war meant anything could happen. Yet, at the same time, I don’t see “return to ape” being the answer for the current community: a community that struggles with identity and stability. A community that has different priorities that it did ten years ago. What are your thoughts on Aaronstone42’s answers?