Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!
Well here we are, in most Tappers favorite time of the year in Springfield….Halloween! (although I prefer Christmas 😉 ) The leaves on the tress have changed colors, the water is murky and there’s a darkness that falls over our TSTO screens. All of these effects fit in perfectly with this year’s theme….Nightmares.
For the last year (THOH 2014 was the first year they did this), EA has broken up Events into stages. Where every couple of weeks new prizes will be released. They’ve also, over the last year, added an element of crafting to each Event, where you pick which prizes you want and craft accordingly. And they’ve continued both methods into THOH 2015.
While the prizes themselves are pretty self explanatory, collect this to earn these prizes, crafting is a whole other “animal”. Crafting requires some self direction. You decide what you want and collect the items to craft accordingly. Sometimes this is successful and sometimes it’s not. However, crafting for this event is pretty simple and straight forward…and there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to get every craftable item you want this time around.
Now I know some of you still have questions about what to craft, if you should wait or craft now and what will happen in future Acts for THOH…so as we’ve done in the past, we’re here to breakdown all the crafting fun for you guys. So let’s take a look at the complete guide to Crafting in Act 1….
As always let’s start with the basics….
How Do I Access the Crafting Menu?
To bring up the Crafting Menu you first have to access the Event Hub from your main Springfield screen. This is represented by the greenish-blue trophy in the bottom right of your screen:
From there you find the crafting Icon, which is represented by a cauldron..
What Items Do I Need to Craft?
The crafting items for the ENTIRE THOH Event should remain the same. To craft during this Event you’ll need the following:
How Do I Get Crafting Materials?
The most basic way to get crafting materials is by tapping the nightmares that come from the campfire. Here’s what yields which item:
Another way you can earn crafting materials is by tapping Formless Terrors in your town and sending them to a neighbors town. Formless Terrors look like this
And tapping/sending them will earn you 4 crafting supplies for each one (4 for 1). There’s more details about this in our neighbor post here.
You can also earn Crafting Supplies as the first prize in Act 1, it’ll yield you 50 of each type.
And finally crafting supplies can be earned by various items and costumes from THOH Events past. Here’s a list of what/who earns what:
Ninja Homer- 4 Snake Eggs/4hrs
Mayan Marge- 8 Bunny Ears/8hrs
Shadow Knight (Bart)- 12 Bones/ 12hrs
Count Burns- 24 Brains/24hrs
Mausoleum- Earns 8 Skeletons/8hrs
Pet Cemetery- 10 Bunnies/10hrs
Freak Mobile- Earns 12 Zombies/12hrs.
Hollow Snake Log- Earns 12 Snakes/12hrs
As of this post NONE of these items are available for purchase in the store, so you will have to have them in your town already from previous events. But I do believe some of these items will be making a comeback before the event is over.
How Do I Control Which Nightmares Spawn?
It all starts with the campfire and scary stories…
There are four characters that can tell spooky stories at the campfire to control which nightmares spawn. Here’s the breakdown:
After the initial task via the main questline for each kid to tell a story (initial task is 30 seconds), you can resend the kids to tell stories to change the nightmare that spawns.
For example if you’re currently spawning Zombies and you want to change to Bunnies you would send Milhouse to tell a Spooky Story at the campfire and it would immediately change from spawning Zombies to spawning Bunnies.
Note: You MUST complete the questline in order to get all 4 kids to tell spooky stories. If you can’t send Bart, for example, it’s probably because you’ve either ignored the main questline or didn’t finish it yet. DO NOT IGNORE THE MAIN QUESTLINE (The Call of the Campfire). This WILL cause your to lose progress and get delayed in the event. You MUST complete the main questline. Walkthrough can be found here.
How Often and How Many Nightmares Spawn?
As far as how many…well that’s based on what level you’re Campfire is. The higher you increase it the more that will spawn every 15 minutes. It’s a 5% increase each time.
So now that we’ve covered the basics…let’s go over some of the none basic questions you guys are asking…
Will this Crafting Currency Remain for Acts 2 and 3 or will it Change out?
As far as I can tell…this is it. These four crafting currencies will make up the crafting currency for the entire event. Which means when Act 2 hits you’ll still need to get those 4. When Act 3 hits…same deal.
Keep in mind, it’s possible MORE crafting currency could be added, but I don’t believe these four will leave.
Is this It for Crafting Prizes Or Will There Be More?
As the Event continues MORE prizes for crafting will be added. I can’t promise they’ll be amazing, but more will be added.
Will Act 1 Prizes Still be Available When Act 2 (and Act 3) hit?
From what I can tell, yes. The prizes won’t leave the crafting menu, just new ones will be added when new Acts hit.
Should I Hoard Crafting Currency or Craft What I Want?
I think most of you will agree that it’s pretty easy to earn crafting currency for this Event, unlike past Events. So honestly, if you see something you want just craft it.
Should I Upgrade the Campfire or Craft?
Honestly, and we’ll breakdown the Campfire upgrades in another post, it doesn’t really matter which you do. Personally, I’m doing both. So I’m following along with which Nightmare I need to upgrade the Campfire and switching the Campfire over to that nightmare. Once the upgrade is finished I then go to the next one. It’s allowing me to build up a pretty good amount of craftable currency, while still upgrading.
And now let’s FINALLY breakdown the Act 1 Craftable items….
As I always say…craft what you want and what you like. It’s a personal decision…if you like it get it. If you don’t pass.
Item: Spooky Grove
Conform-O-Meter: Tree-Hugging +5
Unique: No, craft as many as you want
What Does It Do?: Not a whole heck of a lot. It’s basically a creepy decoration, it is animated when tapped. The eyes on the trees light up.
Item: Spooky Tree
Conform-O-Meter: Tree-Hugging +90
Unique: No, craft as many as you want
What Does it Do?: Nothing, just another tree for Springfield. I will say that at Christmas/Winter (at least in the past) the Skeleton gets mittens. 🙂
Item: Spooky House
Conform-O-Meter: Indolence +10
Earns: $75, 7xp/3hrs
Unique: No, craft as many as you want
What Does It do?: Another “house” for Springfield. Hugo does have a 16hr task here.
Cost: 900 900
Unique: Yes, you can only have 1 Hugo in Springfield.
What Does It do?: Hugo, is an independent character for Springfield. So no, it’s not a skin for Bart. He comes with his own set of tasks….
Check out this Post to see Hugo’s Tasks and more detail on him.
Item: The Impossible Tower
Conform-O-Meter: Vanity +50
Unique: Yes, only 1 per Springfield
What Does It Do?: Animated decoration. Always has eyes blinking in the lower “caves”. When tapped you’ll see a little guy walk up and down all of the stairs over and over again.
And that my friends concludes all of the details for crafting during Act 1 of THOH!
What are your thoughts on crafting for this event? Do you find it fairly easy so far? Or are you struggling with it? Thoughts on the craftable items? Which ones have you gotten so far or do you plan to get? Sound off in the comments below, you know we love hearing from you!