Time Capsule: How ACP Created The First Top Ten Armies In 2009

BLIZZARD, Shamrock Bulletin Headquarters – The Top Ten has become an iconic weekly event in the army community, yet little know that it was first created by the Army of Club Penguin over ten years ago.

The weekly Top Ten Armies has been a staple in the army community for many years now, providing us all with a summation of the weekly army events each Sunday. The excitement and anticipation over who will be crowned top-dog keeps everyone enthralled as every army leader dares to desire the label of “largest army” that week. Most recently, the Rebel Penguin Federation and Ice Warriors have been top contenders with the Army of CP and Help Force hot on their heels.

While the Top Ten Armies has historically been run by the major news organisation or league at the time, be that CPA Central or CP Army Hub, it was first seen on the Army of CP website on April 15th, 2009. Army of CP leader Boomer20 stated this Top Ten Armies was based solely on “views and comments”, rather than army sizes on Club Penguin or the amount of events they held that week. As shown, the ACP were ranked first with other big names such as the Nachos and Rebel Penguin Federation close behind.

This ACP Top Ten Armies continued for some time, but began to fizzle out when the CP Army Central initiated a rankings of their own. The first of these, published on August 5th 2009 by Woton, was a more researched version that was based on his opinion. This saw the Nachos crowned the number one army, with the Army of CP and Ice Warriors just behind. This type of Top Ten, based on opinion only, continued for some time and largely saw the Army of CP at the top.

Under Head of Site Sklooperis, a Top Ten formula was created in 2011 that was based on army size, tactics and number of events. The tactics part of this was of course still based on opinion, but the formula itself was able to remove a significant amount of bias from the rankings. This March 2012 Top Ten Armies sees a more familiar format and the use of Sklooperis’ formula.

September 2013, however, saw the Top Ten formula heavily updated to reflect the more modern age of the army community. In a post titled “The CP Army Central Top Ten Version 2.0“, Bluesockwa1 stated a new formula would be put into effect from then on. It would feature a newly improved ‘AUSIA’ multiplier to account for the creation of this division and encourage army representation from those in the ‘AUSIA’ regions.

As the original Club Penguin army community faded away to make way for the CPPS continuation, the various leagues and media organisations adopted their own formulas that were heavily influenced by the CP Army Central one. The most notable of these was CP Army Hub, who calculated their rankings based on average size, number of events and a new factor – consistency. This measures the number of events an army has against their sizes, with more points being awarded to armies having lots of events at a higher size. This was to stop a common manipulation of the previous formula’s by armies hosting a single event at very high sizes and claiming a top position.

The Top Ten found its way back home in 2020 and was once again posted on the ACP website – this time on the established media organisation known as the Shamrock Bulletin. The Shamrock Bulletin has been posting their weekly ‘Top Twenty Armies’, which includes armies from the small-medium community too, for some time now and it has proven to be the most accurate and reliable one in the present day.

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ACP Field Marshal & Shamrock Bulletin Reporter

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