I don’t know about you but I am finding myself smiling more and more every time I visit the Village of Wookieeton and find smoking remnants of buildings. While strategy based games aren’t my forte or really my favorite, I decided early on in this event to make the most of it. If nothing else, this update has rekindled my creative fire. My neighbors are active and so is my imagination… life is good.
I’m normally a pretty positive person but I do have one big gripe with this update. I’m sure by now a lot of tappers have gotten their 3 castles up to Level 10 and found out that the accouterments for Lisa and Bart’s come with a premium price tag. I was right there with ya being pretty ticked about the development and wondering what the heck I was going to do with just 3 towers, 8 walls, a gate and castle?
Click more to find out what my solution was.
Holy smokes EA! Really? Blah and double blah… lame and blah.
Alright, I got that out of my system. Here’s my thoughts after my intitial interior rant was over. In my life, I’d be lying if I told you everything in my life has gone the way I wanted it to. With each speedbump though I have had the option to just complain about it or actually DO something. Sure I was bummed EA made the extras for two of the castles premium but would that really stop me from designing?
The decision was obvious. I’m not going to spend my precious sprinklies just for pixellated walls, etc. So solly cholly but I’m not buying something I think should’ve been freemium but I’m still going to have castles that make me happy. My town is an outlet for me not a reflection of availability. In spite of the limited free stuff, I was determined to build fun designs. While a lot of my creations are still works in progress, I thought I’d share to see if it would help spark your imaginations.
A bunch of tappers showed off their designs in our Springfield Showoff so I also thought it’s only fair to show you mine since you showed me yours lol. Let’s start with the Barbarian Castle.
Boring… nothing fancy here. All the building supplies were available with elixir and I kept it simple (I think of this as K.I.S.S.). While the lack of some items got me designing like a mad man, the availability of these just left me feeling blah. I’ve seen some great castles in other towns way better than this. I’ll probably reattack this design later. I’m much prouder of Bart’s Boxingham Palace.
This is still a simple design but I love it. It’s in a wooded area with other fantasy houses. My back story has something to do with Bart being the goblin protector of the wishing well. Thankfully I had quite a few St. Paddy’s Day decos in my inventory to flesh this out. The wooden fences made a perfect additional wall and all the construction was funded by lemonade stands of course. One of my favorite things to do with this is to have Giuseppe create new fireworks. It make a cool show in front of the Palace.
For Lisa’s Recycle Castle, I drew inspiration initially from “The Old Man and the Lisa” (S8:E21).
I had visions of recreating Lisa’s slurry factory with the castle but alas, my view went a different way and I realized this was a Mr. Burns evil enterprise so I veered away from it. Instead, I focused on how EA designed the Recycle Castle. The parts for this castle included a gazebo, dumpsters, trash cans, parking meters, barriers and gas pumps. Using those items, I created my own walled-in enclosure. I figured Lisa would recycle the ugly ponds from previous events for her own moat. It only made sense she would also honor great Presidents from history. Future plans include a few gazebos and more greenery.
So far I am really happy with my castles. Other little things I’ve done in my “Medieval Area” have been just as fun. Check out the Stonecutter Estates… offering protection from the Barbarian hordes since 2014.
A Japanese fortress also found its way into the war zone. The Buddhist and Hindu monks found here are veritable masters of warcraft, peaceful resistance and omming.
In the Recycle Castle image, you may have noticed an ugly conglomeration of brown buildings. This weirdness is just me playing around with adding different buildings together to create some sort of super fort. I dub thee Ugly Fort Wookiee.
The last image I’ll share is just me being a real nerd. It dawned on me the other day that with all the new Clash of Clones stuff, we may have forgotten we had a castle in our town the whole time.
I actually want to expand a lot on this and make it really imposing. So far I’m digging the design and it really makes me laugh every time I see it. Hopefully your own town is as much a source of joy for you as mine is to me. You can see I’ve tinkered quite a bit. I guess the point of all this is despite premium stuff and despite conceived limitations, what you do and how you feel about it is limited to the constraints of your own mind.
I design in spite of EA and am loving it. TTFN… Wookiee out!