Monthly Archives: November 2013

What Would The Addicts Do: What WOULD We Buy With a 132 Donuts?

To buy or not to buy?  That is a common question facing many Tappers!  TSTO is a “freemium” game, and as such you can completely enjoy the game with out spending a dime of real world money!  But what if you’re looking to invest a little in the game?  What if you see some of those coveted “premium” items in your neighbor-eenos town and you want them in yours?  What do you do?  What do you buy?

With various donut buying options (from $1.99 (for 12) to $99.99 (for 2,400)) it can be hard to decide just what you need…and what you can get for each level.  So, I thought it would be a fun little experiment to see what our writers would buy with various donut purchases.

The first in this series is everyone’s favorite Wookiee and his take on what he WOULD buy witha 132 donuts (or a Tray Full for $9.99).

Let’s take a look at what Wookiee has to say….


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Where did THOSE come from – Thanksgiving Balloons (Part 1)

Hey hey hey Tapperinos!  Wookiee here for more origin story fun and no I’m not here to discuss server issues.  For Thanksgiving, EA brought back the parade balloons from 2012 AND added a few more.

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Once upon a time in TSTO land, we did not have Krustyland and there were no pets running around the town.  For Thanksgiving 2012, EA remedied this by providing us with balloon versions of Santa’s Little Helper, Snowball 2, Itchy & Scratchy and Blinky.  It’s my opinion that we got these to calm the clamor for some of the more popular characters in the game.  Of course, SLH joined the fun during Christmas 2012 and the fight and bight duo appeared like crazy with the Krustyland expansion.

When I think of parade balloons in the Simpsons, I have to go back to this little bit of dialogue between Homer and Bart in Bart vs. Thanksgiving (S2, Ep. 7).  Bart has no clue who Rocky or Underdog are in the Thanksgiving Day Parade and states:

Bart: Well, I know it wouldn’t hurt them to use some cartoons made in the last 50 years.

Homer: Son, this is a tradition.  If you start building a balloon for every flash in the pan cartoon character, you’ll turn the parade in to a farce.

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Hey Addicts, Caption This!

Sometimes TSTO gives us humorous little moments when we capture our characters doing rather strange things.  These posts are all about those strange and funny moments! Once a week we’ll be posting a Caption This!
moment where we want you, the Addicts readers, to put on your writing caps and come up with what you think is happening in the screenshot. Post your captions in the comments below. We can’t wait to see how creative and funny you guys can be!

Hey Addicts… Caption This!
(This week’s Caption This image was submitted by Addicts reader & Flickr Member mosley352)
If you’ve got an image you’d like to submit for a “Caption this!” post, email it to us at or post it on the Addicts Flickr page, you never know when yours might be next!

New Simpsons Episode- The Kid’s Alright

Shhh…I’m not here. They think I am ***cough cough*** “sick”, but I secretly took off in the Hawaiin islands and am sipping some cool drinks by the beach. The furry creature in the basement is really just the shavings from the Wookiee fuzzball’s last hair cut. Don’t say a word, maybe I can stay here 2 more weeks. 😛

So a new episode was on tonight? Anyone catch it? Yah? Can you tell me what happened so I can write it up? NO??!!! **sigh**  FINE! I guess I will have to make something up. Hmmm….Homer became Mayor, Marge left Homer for Cletus, Bart was given the Nobel Peace Prize, Lisa married Ralphie and lives in the trailer his Dad confiscated from a drug bust, and Maggie…she took over the colony of aliens on Rigel VII and is leading an attack on Springfield as we speak. GREAT EPISODE! THE END!

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Reminder: New Simpsons Episode “The Kid is Alright”

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Don’t forget to set your DVRs for the newest episode of The Simpsons, The Kid is Alright, tomorrow night!

Looks like Lisa has finally made a best friend!  So, of course it’s only natural that her new bff will also be her opponent in the race for second grade class representative!  Eva Longoria and Anderson Cooper will be guest-voicing….so be sure to check it out!

Check out this teaser from the episode


Weekend Update: November 17th-23rd, 2013


Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Well I’ve finally succeeded in keeping Bunny in the basement this week, don’t worry I took away her matches!  Bunnies really can’t be trusted with matches….

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Addicts Reader Appreciation: Toxic Shark’s Fun With PhotoShop

Wow have you checked out our Flickr page recently?!  Addicts Reader, and one of our favorite Tappers, Toxic Shark has certainly been having some fun with TSTO and PhotoShop!

We’re so grateful (and in total awe) of the fun little scenes Toxic has left for us that we wanted to properly show them off and hopefully inspire other Tappers to remember to have a little fun with TSTO now and then!

Toxic did one of these fun little creations for all of us… and we are happy to share them here:

Clearly Toxic understands my struggles in keeping Bunny & Wookiee in line!  (PS Love Dolph’s reading material too!):

Toxic knows where we keep Bunny!  (Love how Arnie Pye is pointing out the Addicts store too!):

Wookie Burgers!  (Even managed to grab Wookiee’s favorite character (the Rich Texan) in the shot too!)

Looks like Toxic has Cranky pegged!TFIG-11-22-13-cranky

Love the Addicts HQ Building! (And the free a straight jacket..sign!)

And perhaps this is my newest favorite….(I know it’s not a TSTO Screenshot but I love it anyway!)
What do you think Wookiee?  Should we get shirts made up?

So there you have it!  Our complete appreciation for the work, creativity and FUN Toxic Shark put into making these!

Do you have your own creative juices flowing?  Show us your stuff on Flickr or send us your images to  Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!

Addicts Poll Question: What Item(s) Are You Most Thankful For?

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Happy Friday!  Back with another Poll Question from the Addicts team.  This week we want to know, what items are you most thankful for?
With a full week of the Thanksgiving update under our belts we want to know which items you were most excited to see in the update.

Let us know your opinion below!

Tappers 101- Back to Basics: What to Do When the Servers Are Down

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Back with another Tappers 101 Class, this time we’re talking about what to do when see, every TSTO Addict’s nightmare, Bart pulling your game and the inability to connect to the servers.  This is something that’s been popping up more and more lately with the introduction of the larger holiday updates, and way back when Addicts first started I covered this topic and some tips to help you manage if happens to you.  You can read the full detailed post here.  Here’s the Tappers 101 verison:
2013-11-22 01.28.41Usually when you first see Bart appear panic sets in, and you start to think ‘Ahhh, What happened?’ ‘What did I do?’  ’What can I do?’  ’WHERE DID MY SPRINGFIELD GO?!’ ‘WHY YOU LITTLE…’

Well first of all…R-E-L-A-X.  There’s nothing you can do.  So, don’t panic.  Just wait and be patient.  It’s a problem with the servers, and they’ll come back up again they always do (usually within a couple of hours).  And I promise you…your Springfield will still be there when they come back up.  I know it’s hard for us Addicts, but TRY to find something else to do until the servers come back up.

Curious if there’s something you can do to check the server status?  Check out our original post for some proactive things you can do to check the server status.

Still going through TSTO Withdrawals?  Check our our TSTO Addicts Forums, where you can communicate with other TSTO Addicts about the server problems, the game or just life in general!  Still searching for something to fill the TSTO void?  Check out the latest meeting of TSTO Anonymous, for a humorous outtake on our addition to Tapped Out!

From time to time Tappers new and old can get caught up in the game and forget some of the basics, that can cause a delay in your game.  While we have a full New Tappers Guide on Addicts, sometimes you just want the information at your fingertips right away so you can get back to tapping as quickly as possible.  Keeping that in mind, we’ve started a new biweekly column for the “quick hit” information Tappers need to keep the game moving.  Here’s where you can find all of our tips and tricks to help your game move along smoothly.

Most of the topics covered will be from your questions in the comments, so you have something you’d like us to cover in Tappers 101 please feel free to leave it for us in the comments below.  

Where did THAT come from – Southern Cracker Fountain

Furry bottom seated in Addicts radar… searching for new decoration… blip blip blip…  must find fountain… beep boop bop… blip blip blip…


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