Well hello there tappers and tappettes!
Kind of a slow day here at Addicts as you can see from my silly attempt to sing an oldie with TSTO lyrics and failing. I had written a whole verse and chorus but scrapped it to spare you the silliness lol.
As we ramp up for the new year. I’m personally so excited for 2014 and all the new content we will have coming in the future. Of course New Year’s Eve is synonymous with champagne and maybe a little debauchery so I figured I’d hit the kegs here at Addicts and see what’s on tap for today…
I know a lot of folks probably are feeling a little tapped-out with the holiday event, so I thought I’d take a break from it all and talk about a neglected area of a lot of Springfields… Squidport. Whether you feel it is you or EA that is guilty of the neglect is up to you. Like most things in life, you are the master of your destiny (and opinion), but I thought I’d show you a neat little trick or two to spice up your Springfield Pier Area.
How cool is that Squidport? This is from a frienderino (that’s friend and neighboreeno combined btw) of mine who goes by the moniker of Toxic Shark.
I love how this looks but upon closer examination, you might be asking yourself, how the heck does he have so many characters on his Boardwalk? Well, I’m here to tell you and of course ramble a skoshi about the Squidport.
Squidport came to TSTO in June of 2012 and was the first expansion to the game. Prior to its arrival, tappers only got to see the ocean on the western edge of their towns. Squidport marked the beginning of TSTO summer and as a California kid, nothing says summer to me like the beach. Down in sunny So Cal we have some amazing piers in San Diego, Santa Monica and Manhattan Beach. Closer to where I’m from, the Huntington Beach pier is where a ton of kids congregate. I may or may not have jumped off the end during Tiger Shark mating season. Not my smartest moment but my point is, the arrival of Squidport seemed like the perfect addition.
All you have to be at is Level 15 in the game and off you go. The pier includes a bunch of really well-designed buildings and decorations. 17 out of 23 of them are free! As for characters on the boardwalk, of the 6 available, only one is free. These NPCs just walk around doing their performances. Not all is lost though, Squidport also brings the houseboat for 15000 game cash and includes one of my favorite characters, the Sea Captain.
The entire Squidport questline revolves around building tiles for the port and placing your buildings and includes some funny dialogue. I won’t bore you with comments about how long the tiles take to build, but I will link you to this post about a nifty glitch which might help you get them faster. I know of quite a few people still using this to their benefit.
Squidport made its debut in The Simpsons in Season 6, Episode 20: “Two Dozen and One Greyhounds” and since then has been part of several more episodes. My favorite is Homer and Marge going on a date there in “My Sister, My Sitter” (S8:E17). This episode was actually my inspiration for more buildings (Part 1 & 2) that could be added to SqP in the future.
While working on your SqP tasks, one of the really fun ones is sending all your Springfielders to The Frying Dutchman to eat. I remember this one fondly because it seemed like the last time I had a ton of characters on my Boardwalk. It wasn’t until I duplicated this feat with a Fleet A Pita quest that I saw an abundance of people at my port. Apparently Springfielders are afraid of water unless they’re walking over it lol.
Which brings me back to Toxic’s Sqp New Year’s party. Why do his characters love the port? Well, the answer is easy other than his obvious magnetism and the whole moths to the flame theory. Check out these shots of Patty going to the Squidport.
I watched her walk right down that street and just meander on over. What’s going on? Well dear reader, the secret is to have roads going to Squidport with unobstructed access to the tiles. Here are the basics:
Down on the Boardwalk… Where Horatio is number one,
Down at the Squidport… we know your tiles ain’t done,
Down at the Squidport… where the heck is everyone?Down on the boardwalk, out by the seeeeeeeeeeee-a yeah,
On an iPhone with my Midgee-baby is where I’ll be.