Note from Alissa: Hey Howdy Hey Tappers! Just dropping in with a quick note. First off as of this little update note (4pm EST on 12/17/13) we’re sitting at just shy of 403,000,000 Gift Bags dropped. So keep dropping those Gift Bags my friends. We’ll unlock the first prize by this weekend!
Second, and this is a biggie so listen up! According the game files it looks like EA has dropped the requirements to reach the community prizes DRASTICALLY. It looks like the NEW totals are as follows:
1st Prize: Remains the same at 450 million.
2nd Prize: Dropped to 625 million (down from 1 billion)
3rd Prize: Dropped to 800 million (down from 1.5 billion)
4th Prize: Dropped to 975 million (down from 2 billion)
5th and final Prize:
Dropped to 1.1 billion (down from 2.5 billion) as of 12/29/13 EA again has changed the total. 1.2 billion now.
I’ve added next to Bunny’s numbers to show the new estimated total according to the files.
Clearly EA is hearing the complaints of the goals not being reached fast enough and they want to ensure we unlock ALL of the prizes. Of course we won’t know for absolute certainty until we unlock the first prize and see what in fact the next goal in the game is…EA is sneaky like that. But i’m fairly certain they’re not trying to be Grinchy this Christmas and want to make sure we unlock EVERYTHING.
Happy Gift Grabbing Friends!
Well here we are with 3 1/2 weeks left in the event and we still have not quite yet hit that first Community Prize. Now seeing what EA has done in the past, and thinking that it would be quite silly to go through all that trouble to create prizes and NOT give them to us, I am not too worried. They have been quite generous lately for us freemium players.
Now on to what I am sure you came here for. What exactly are the Community Prizes? Well I will go through and list each one along with its “current gift bag level” (as I foresee EA making an adjustment if it isn’t hitting the way they intended.)
For those of you wondering just exactly how do you find the countdown area, it is just a quick few steps. One way is to click on the candycane striped trophy in the bottom right hand corner of your screen. It will first take you to the Personal Prize area. From there, you can now see in the bottom right corner two icons…Homer in his “WOOHOO” pose and the Community Characters. Click on the Community and now you will be in the Community Prize screen.
First up on the Prizes, A Christmas Totem (decoration). Set to release when we hit 450,000,000.
Second, Santa’s Workshop (building). Set to release at 1,000,000,000. (NEW ESTIMATED TOTAL 625,000,000)
Third, Ebenezer Burns (skin). Set to release at 1,500,000,000. (NEW ESTIMATED TOTAL 800,000,000)
Fourth, The Yes Guy (character). Set to release at 2,000,000,000. (NEW ESTIMATED TOTAL 975,000,000)
Fifth and Final Prize, Candy Cooling Towers (façade). Set to release at 2,500,000,000.
(NEW ESTIMATED TOTAL 1,000,000,000) as of 12/29/13 EA has once again reset the count to now 1,200,000,000.
So there you have it. MORE free items for the event. Don’t be an Ebenezer and get to gift bag giving as quick as you can. If you would like to see how the new items will effect your conform-o-meter, check out Alissa’s post here (note not all are listed due to they have no impact).
A few quick tips, your friends requests easily get lost in the comments so make sure you are placing them in the proper area. “ADD FRIENDS HERE”
Also, if you are interested in using all these cool new items to pad your pockets with some extra FREE DONUTS, take a look at our ongoing Holiday Contest. IT CLOSES TONIGHT (11:59PM EST)!!! So hurry!