Hey hey hey. Welcome to another meeting of TSTO Anon. So… a lot of TSTO has happened to most of us in the last few months, right? Stonecutters, Level 42, 4th of July, a Yard Sale and Level 43. Lots of new stuff, both premium and freemium, with a lot of different designs, quests, buying decisions, etc. Our last TSTO Anon meeting was way back in May 9th as the Easter Event frustration was nearing its zenith. Seems like years since then, eh?
Of course, Stonecutters came and despite a few glitches, tappers were happier than I’ve seen them in a long time. Despite this, all the required tapping would have been the perfect time for another meeting but who had time for that? Admittedly that meeting would’ve been “Hey guys! Having a blast! You too? Great! Back to spying…”
Stonecutters ended and I had every intention of throwing a group gathering to discuss TSTO and addiction (even saw some comments in that vein) but life and tapping and blogging have a way of just keeping you busy as time and events pass on by. Before you know it, it’s the beginning of August and it truly is time for a meeting of the Addicts. Apologies for the delay but without further words, let’s get started with this one.
So for today’s topic, Reader stevecttw recommended a while back that we branch out and start Completionist Anonymous. Here’s what he had to say:
“There should totally be a completionist anonymous section here on this great blog. I know there’s an addicts anonymous thing going, but I would love to read articles about the minds of a completionist. ‘Or completist… Whatever floats the proverbial boat’. Hi. My name is Steve and I’m an addicted completionist.”
Wow… a whole different meeting like NA incorporated with AA. I don’t know about you, but ain’t no Wookiee got time for that lol. Totally kidding but I thought we could discuss it. Here’s where I stand.
Hi… I’m Joe the Wookiee and I am a completionist and an Addict.
Way back in October 2012, I found myself with a lot of free time after work and wanted to find a game to fill some time. I tinkered with Where’s My Water and Angry Birds but neither was holding my interest (although both are still on my phone and are hits with the little ones).
On an excursion into the app store, I decided to check the top rated games and what should my wandering eyes see but a free game based on The Simpsons. Something about building my own Springfield. This should be fun. Jebus knows I love The Simpsons. This should be easy and free is my favorite number.
The rest really is craziness. I play the game, want more donuts but am unwilling to spend real money on a silly game. I’ll start with $20 because I really want that Halloween stuff. That’s it for my expenditures. Hey that Christmas stuff looks cool, I’ll do $50 this time because it’s better deal and I should have plenty if I want a few more things but that’s all. Geez, what do I do with this itunes gift card? If I add that with my money and spend $100, I’ll have more sprinklies than any one person could need, right?
Of course, once you have donuts, there’s tons of premium items to spend them on and I’m sure a bunch of us know how fast those little cholesterol circles can disappear. Thank Jebus, my journey into premium spending followed the same path as joining TSTO communities and eventually blogging about them to legitimize my spending. I really have no clue what the total amount spent on the game is up to this point but I’m sure if I didn’t have this gig, I might have enough for a really cool TV to watch The Simpsons on. Like Steve, I am a completionist. I tell myself it’s just because I’m an uber Simpsons nerd and blogger and need all the goodies, but the truth is, I just like having it all.
Seriously, there are several items in some of my friend’s towns that mock me every time I see them. The 2013 Yard Sale was the one time I found myself donut/cash poor when premium items appeared. My paycheck arrived on the day it ended… bummer. To this day, I wish I had Frink’s Robot Dog and the Barney Blimp. Thankfully two of the items were freemium and I have one of each. Back then I was in-game cash poor also.
Why must I have it all? Well, I do write for a site called TSTO Addicts. Maybe I’m a little addicted to having everything? Maybe I also just want as much Simpsons as possible in my town? Maybe I can afford it and what entertainment I spend my money on is my business? Maybe I’m cuckoo? Maybe just because I said so? That last one always seems to work with my kids.
It’s like the giant pyramid the citizens of Springfield made in “Sweets and Sour Marge” (S13:E8). If Homer hadn’t joined everyone at the very top, it would have just been a frustum. I guess I just don’t want a strange unknown word describing Wookieetown.
Really and truly though, I get that having everything is expensive. Any addict has to ensure that they balance their lives and do what’s best for themselves. If you don’t pay your electricity bill, how will you charge your phone to play your game? If you don’t buy groceries, it really is no fun to do anything hungry. We use the word Addict jokingly on this site but would never want our friends here to let a silly game ruin other areas of their lives.
I’m fortunate to find myself in a position to get what I please but trust me when I say I know there are more important things than a pixellated dog that looks like a robot and mocks you whenever you tap it’s shiny metal butt. My current donut tally is about 186 and I’ve got some completionist jitters ahead of me I’m sure. Come on Gil! Us Addicts need our fix!
Anywho… what are your thoughts on all this? Have you been playing for TSTO eons and have almost everything? Do you need/want it all? Is there something you missed you wished you hadn’t? New to the game and think I’m crazy? Strictly freemium? King of the premiums? Are Steve and I the only ones? Don’t care and wish this meeting had been about something else? (In that regard, I’m always open to suggestions… you can blame Steve for this one lol.)
I guess I don’t really have anything else to say for this meeting. Please let the group know your feelings and always know that here at Addicts, we find this a supportive community where we can all just be us and share our love for TSTO and The Simpsons in an open, friendly atmosphere. We love the opportunity to run this site but even more know none of it could be possible without all of you who make this the Giant Human Pyramid possible. We even occasionally form a wrecking ball that changes the designs of our Springfields, right?
Much love from the fuzzball and y’all stay classy like always. Let’s end with the affirmation.
“EA, grant me the serenity to accept the updates I cannot change, the courage to recommend the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
TTFN… Wookiee out!
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