Welcome to another edition of From the Mouths of Addicts, where YOU get to sound off on anything and everything in the world of Tapped Out! This week’s post comes to us from a true Addict, Tapper pkkao. It’s a humorous take on the Holiday Wheel and the lengths one Tapper went just to clear that darn wheel! Enjoy it my friends…I know I did!
A sadly true anecdote that I have to write.
It’s January 13, 10 PM. The Christmas update is about 8 hours away from ending, and my wheel looks cleared — except for the Snow Monster. Being the “freemium completest” (must have everything I can get without spending a penny), I could not live without the Snow Monster, even if I didn’t want that prize especially (ClausCo was the one I coveted the most).
My spin token count is at a sad 0, and when I try to spin I get the dreaded message of “Out of Spin Tokens.” In 45 minutes, my Egg Nog Bar will produce a single spin token. All my hopes lied on that token to hit the improbable 5% chance of Snow Monster. Might as well wait an extra hour, right? It’s worth getting the snow monster, right?
During those 45 minutes I started to think. What if this doesn’t hit the Snow Monster? Then do I give it up? No! I can’t give it up! I must have a clear wheel before the event is over! Even if it means…cheating.
Whoa, whoa, calm down there, no hacks for me. I play legitimately. But, to get the Snow Monster, I decided to exploit EA’s gray area: the glitches. I had already been hit with the “unable to get bonus spin tokens” glitch, so now I figured it’s my turn for a good glitch. I would spin, and when it was obvious that I would not get the Snow Monster, I would quickly force close the app, uninstall, and re-install. Then it would tell me my Springfield wasn’t synced. So I would play anyway, and lo behold, my spin token has been reincarnated. I saw this on Reddit first, then re-blogged onto Addicts.
Good plan, right? One major flaw that made this the Worst. Plan. Ever.
UPDATES. For the love of Jebus, 253.0 MB of updates every single time I downloaded the app. This meant I was averaging about 30 minutes of wait before an actual spin (thanks, slow Internet).
I lost count of how many spins, but at 2:41 AM, a small side quest popped up that asked me to make Willie play the bagpipes. Okay, 1 hour, I’ll probably still be here, so I let him start the task. Then, I went to the wheel, set the wheel four spaces clockwise from the Snow Monster and gave it a light counterclockwise spin for the millionth time. Click, click, click went the wheel. I stared in disbelief as it landed squarely on the Snow Monster. I felt dizziness through my body (probably the lack of sleep talking). I was still a freemium completest, and proud of it. My TSTO Christmas was complete, although I did lose 3 hours of sleep and a bit of cash from Willie’s task, which is still waiting for me to collect.
The lesson is…well…there is no lesson, this is just a story of pure addiction. I was never a fan of non-playable characters, so the Snow Monster to me is just the last step in making sure I got every Christmas item there was. So now when I stare at the Snow Monster in my town and watch it clean up, I’ll remember back to this story of addiction and how perseverance led to success. And well, okay, there is this lesson: TSTO is that much more fun if you are able to relate fun stories like this to certain characters, tasks, or areas in your town. Be creative and connect your TSTO world and your real world! (But not like me, 2AM staring at the holiday wheel as it goes round and round is not healthy…)
Well that’s it for this edition of From the Mouths of Addicts! A big thanks to pkkao for this great read! Do you have a similar Addicted to the Holiday Wheel story? Were you successful in clearing the wheel? Sound off in the comments below, we can’t wait to hear what you have to say!
Once a week (at least) we plan on showcasing your words for the world, and TSTO Community, to read! Here’s your chance to sound off on anything and everything in the world of Tapped Out. Simply send in your posts to our Addicts email account: TSTOAddictsblog@gmail.com (many of you already do) and we’ll do the rest! We’ll pick (at least) one post to be showcased here on Addicts every week. So send us your posts…we can’t wait to see what you have to say!