From Alissa…sorry guys word press had technical difficulties this morning. Some of you might have been alerted of this post twice..or had broken links to get here. Sorry about that…fortunately the issue is resolved now. I just can’t resend you correct links to your email. Sorry guys and thanks for your patience. 😀
Hey howdy hello Friendereenos!
In the dimension of time and space on a fertile rock hurtling millions of miles through space out of control around a giant nuclear ball of gas, I sit here in my comfy blue recliner with a laptop on a pad which keeps me from singeing my furry tender parts with the ability to reach thousands of people across said rock on an intangible information highway with my run-on sentences. It’s both a humbling and exhaustive enterprise to the extreme. It’s also a labor of love hence why I keep on keeping on with this “job” which went from something fun to try to a three-year enterprise that’s paid in dividends that would make most people quit after a month of writing. Heck, just a taste of this gig has made a lot of people I can think of run for the hills. It’s exhausting, it’s a grind, and for reasons sometimes beyond even me, I love it.
What a toilet has to do with the above… no clue. I’m just going to use whatever media file makes me happy. We’ve accumulated quite a collection over three years of blogging. Wait… three years!?! Wowza! I look up my posts and comments in the admin feature and my head spins at it all. My family and friends think I’m crazy. Do people even still play that game? The Simpsons? Why haven’t you used it to pursue other things in entertainment? What’s a blog? How many hits do you get daily? Surely you’re exaggerating? Well inquisitive person who thinks I need to grow up… yes, heck yes, I don’t know maybe because I want to be a teacher someday, a digital diary of sorts, a lot, and nope. That diary answer reminded me I haven’t done one in a while so here we are with me rambling like I used to do much more frequently.
Oh the good old days of TSTO Blogging. It felt like the Wild West and there were no expectations. There was so much that could be added into the game (still is if you ask me but that’s why I do WAWW posts). This site was a young upstart trying to be a positive force in TSTO among a bunch of competition sites. It was us against the world and somewhere/somehow we did okay for ourselves. We grew a community and a site that is as comprehensive as possible given a certain amount of minutes in a day plus other people (like kids needing attention or something or significant others wanting smooches… jeesh). I like this place. It’s a fun break from the world which sometimes is not my favorite. Oh the stories we could tell.
Soooooo… this week has been an interesting one. TSTO Addicts welcomed back “persona non grata” Pat aka Cranky Old Guy (COG). Honestly, I’m thrilled to have his pragmatic personality and writing talent back on the site and if you read between the lines of previous words like labor/work/grind you might get a hint of one of the reasons it is a nice addition. Once upon a time he wrote here and like the prodigal grampa… he’s back. When he was young people tied onions to their belts.
And he’s back for a reason. Let me be crystal clear, decisions like this are never done hastily but hatchets were buried in molten lava, water went under bridges, and legal agreements by savvy “Amazing” people were accomplished. You may not realize it but although this doesn’t make any sort of money that could support a family of four, it is a business as far as legal mumbo jumbo stuff is concerned. It’s a LLC with a clever name that tells you the amount of effort involved in running a popular site on the interwebs. Up All Night… nuff said.
COG is a welcome addition as far as I’m concerned and for anyone with different concerns than me or Alissa or Bunny, just trust us. We love this place. There’s room for pragmatism on this blog. I think it’s pretty clear we’ve always enjoyed opinions from different folks provided it isn’t mean, hurtful, or divisive. Pat brings an older perspective. Trust me when I say that if my mother (who’s Pat’s age lol j/k…he’s younger) wrote her thoughts about this game, there’d be an element of cane shaking to her vitriol about events and premium items. I just deal with those concerns at home. Like COG, she’s still playing, actually once felt she had beef against COG, and trusts her son and Alissa in the decision of reconciliation. Egads… she might actually enjoy his sense of humor too while being overprotective of a 36-year-old.
No surprise,Pat has similarities to crankywookieemama and any individual of the older and crankier type warns of a certain amount of curmudgeon-ish behavior. Suffice to say, all of us have had times we wanted to say a certain thing a specific way and just chose a more blissful approach. When I see grumping done right though, I’m usually quietly applauding. Jebus knows if I said my first response to some gameplay elements or comments, y’all might hate me. I’m a bit more sarcastic than some may realize yet I’m also an eternal optimistic realist. Happiness comes naturally to me but never forget that Wookiees have been known to rip the arms out of their opponents. But I’m rambling and oh it feels so good. I’m well ware that this blog isn’t a game of Dejarik Holochess against a droid, this is me just winding ireegular down a verbal pathway. Welcome to the blog (read madness), Pat. I look forward to your style of humor and hope the majority enjoy your contributions (both seen and unseen) as much as I will.
Before I move on, I have to dish about a comment that was made about a fear about COG turning this site into a drive for his charity. First off, this is Alissa’s baby and nothing will ever be done on the site that is not endorsed by her. All of Addicts happens by the will of the creator. I blame her for the dinosaurs frankly. There is not any intention to change the content you’ve come to know and love. Anything COG adds will just be extra seasoning. It’s like when you order your favorite meal and they offer dessert for free. You don’t have to say yes but you might enjoy the fritter. Up to you. As far as charities go, COG’s work with Buyijja in Africa is commendable and while I never posted about it here, I have donated to the worthwhile endeavor. Helping other people is never wrong. On a much smaller and less cosmically significant scale, this entire blog was created with the intention of helping people navigate a silly, little mobile game. While this won’t become the Addicts of Buyijja… I’ll never tell someone working on the site they can’t plug something that is helping others. The world is too sad a place to not help out. If you don’t like his charity, find another. I’d vote for veterans organizations, impoverished Americans, and many others. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” to quote Ghandi. In the end, being buried with lots of money that could have helped others is sort of sad. Up to you though. This site will always give you the choice, just don’t click the link and the problem is solved.
Helping is good but I don’t want to preach about it. Heck, we’ve had awesome people help out here and while I am immensely grateful to contributors to this site like Kim, Safi, Totbox, DaPimp and Robobot (apologies to anyone I forgot), having an experienced writer who knows the ins and outs of TSTO blogging is a big help. Pretty soon I will be back to school and am content knowing someone will be around to help in the comments besides Bunny. This can’t just be the Alissa show without wearing her down to a frazzled nub. She’s not paid what she’s worth. Now we can maybe let Alissa take more vacations with the beautiful family she has. The REAL truth is you probably won’t see any big changes. Addicts has been an enduring presence for three years and unless Alissa pulls the plug (no danger there btw), we will continue to be until TSTO dies a fiery death.
Even then, we now have a Volunteer Fire Department in the game so no worries about any sparks or blazes occasionally in the comment section. But enough about all that. You ever hear the joke about the tapper, the iPad, and the perfectly working game?
Me neither. For a bit of levity, I guess I could talk about the mini-Olympics event. I know there are a lot of people who feel sort of meh about this one but I have to disagree. Any time EA brings something that everyone can easily complete with new items, I’m a happy fuzzball. Even better, it doesn’t have to last to the point of endless whining comments about the length of the event. Honestly, mini-events are perfection. There’s not tons of stuff you can’t figure out where to place and if you finish early, there’s down time to do the true reason I continue to love this game… town design. Bring on the mini-events EA. Thank you for the cool Go-Karts. Bonus points for the return of the monorail. The narcissistic part of me feels the need to point out it’s all based on my favorite episode ever. Maybe EA likes me? This event has definitely not been a pain or super-work-intensive to blog about and works nicely IMHO. Any extra time that I have to write posts like this or just enjoy playing the game on my own and forgetting for a moment that I blog about it is a good time.
Somehow I still enjoy this silly game after four years. Maybe it’s because I’m a huge Simpsons fan? Maybe it’s that the game is actually good? Maybe it’s the money and time invested? Maybe I take the time to design my town to maintain sanity and enjoyment? Truth is that it is most likely this blog and some of the above. Thank YOU for being a reason to keep at something. What else to mention? Oh yeah. Keep an eye out in the future for news about other media from yours truly. I’m in the middle of figuring out a podcast about all things geek. I’ve got my equipment and a vision for the concept and hope to have announcements soon if listening to my voice talk about Star Wars, Simpsons, comics, etc. sounds interesting to you. Should be fun.
I’ll definitely be rambling in that medium so I guess I;m done here (for now). Glad I could get some of this off my chest. I am so thankful for this community and the chance to get my thoughts out into the world. It’s been cathartic, it’s been real, it’s been entertaining/hilarious, and it’s been frustrating and rewarding simultaneously. Three years goes by more quickly than you can imagine. Here’s to however many more we get. As far as I’m concerned, free funny is always good.
TTFN… Wookiee out.