2016 Winter Event 101: Crafting

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Ah the long awaited, Crafting post….where I give you the how tos and break down each and every item available to craft, so you don’t miss a thing!

Love it or hate it, EA has proven over the last couple of years that crafting is here to stay.  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. And, as with all things, for some events crafting is easier than others.

Now I know some of you still have questions about what to craft, if you should craft or Level Up, what happens in future Acts…so, as we’ve done in the past, we’re here to break it all down for you.  So let’s take a look at the basics of Crafting for the entire event.

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As always we’ll start with the basics…

When Does Crafting Start?

Crafting unlocks after you’ve completed A Pagan Paradise Pt. 2 (where you tap Pagans in a friend’s town).  At this point you’ll get a quest called Logging in. (Check out the Turbo Tappin’ walkthrough if you’re stuck) This will unlock the…

lumber_millLumber Mill- Free, 8×8 in size.

Once you’ve built the Lumber Mill you’ll be able to start crafting, provided you have enough crafting currency to craft the desired item.

 

How Do I Access the Crafting Menu?

Just like every other event the Crafting Menu is accessible via the Event Hub.

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The Trophy with the antlers for sides is your event hub.  Click on it and you’ll access your event hub for this event.

From there you want to find the crafting Icon, fourth one down on the left, that looks like this:

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Tap on it and that’ll bring up your Crafting Menu (Also known as the Lumber Mill):

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You can also access your Crafting Menu (the quick way) by tapping on your Lumber Mill in Springfield…

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When Does Crafting End?

Crafting is available for the ENTIRE event.  You read that right…the ENTIRE event.  So you have until December 30th to craft everything!

Plenty of time…so take your time.

What Is the Crafting Currency?

So it’s 1 crafting currency for the ENTIRE Event.

The crafting currency for the event is Runestones:

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How Do I Earn Crafting Currency?

So as many of you have pointed out…Runestones are not exactly plentiful in this event.  But keep in mind Crafting is for the ENTIRE event…so there’s no rush to craft or level up.  Build up as many Runestones as you can and then craft/level up at your pace.

Here are are the ways you can earn Runestones in this event:

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-Tapping Pagans in Springfield (Act 1).  Each Pagan you Tap will yield 2 Runestones
-Prize Track, for Act 1 there are two Runestone Prizes.  One yielding 100 stones and the other 250 stones.
-Daily Offerings at Springhenge.  Just about every day, except for every 4th day, Springhenge will award you 100 Runestones for completing 4 offering trade ins.

It’ll be a grind for this event…but keep at it they’ll continually build up.

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What’s the Deal With the Crafting Levels?  What do They Do?  And Should I Level Up or Craft?!

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So with this update, similar to past updates, there are Levels for crafting.  Unlocking each level will unlock a new item to Craft.

Leveling up will cost you Runestones ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg.  And once again they’ve decided to stick with what’s worked in the two most recent events, you do NOT have to choose between Leveling up and Crafting.  The Runestones you spend to Craft items will count towards the Runestones needed to Level up! 

What does this mean?  Well basically if it costs 300 ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg to move up to the next level, and you want to craft Carnival Banners (which cost 120ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg each)..you don’t have to decide between Leveling up and Crafting.  Simply craft the Carnival Banners and 120ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg will be deducted from the 300 ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg required to Level Up.

So you DO NOT have to decide between Leveling Up and Crafting, because you’ll Level Up WHILE you Craft!

So How Many Levels Are There?  How Many ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg Does It Cost to Level Up? 

Currently there are 10 Levels.  Here’s a cost chart:

You start at Level 1, so that’s not included here

Some of you are confused with this chart.  This chart shows the cost to LEVEL UP, not the cost to purchase the items.  The item cost is in the breakdown below…NOT in this chart

To Reach Level Cost Unlocks
2 300ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg Large Mushrooms
Chicken Coop
3 400ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg Goat Head Statue
Hay Cart
4 520ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg Large Pagan Tent
Pagan Cauldron
5 800ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg Carnival Banner 2
Phone-Henge Kiosk
6 900ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg Giant Mushrooms
Brazier
7 1,150ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg Two-Story Outhouse
Pagan Hall
8 1,200ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg Carnial Banner 3
Windmill
9 1,300ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg Fur is Murder Tree
Medieval tent
10 1,650ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg Dunk the Monk

And no, unfortunately it’s not a running total.  You’ll need 8,220 ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg to level up completely.  So craft wisely my friends.


So now that we know HOW to craft let’s talk about what you can craft and the items details for each…starting with Level 1..

You’ll be able to earn event currency when placing these craftable items.  For Act 1 that currency is Antlers.  Quantities of Antlers earned for Act 1 are indicated in the breakdowns.

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Item: Carnival Banner 1
Required Level: 1
Runestone Cost:  120ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg
Event Currency When Placed, Act 1: 100ico_cur_xmas2016_antlers_lg
Size: 2×2
Conform-O-Meter:
Vanity +5
What Does it Do: 
Decoration for Springfield

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Item: Small Pagan Tent
Required Level: 1
Runestone Cost:  210ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg
Event Currency When Placed, Act 1: 220ico_cur_xmas2016_antlers_lg
Size:
3×3
Conform-O-Meter:
Vanity +5
What Does it Do:
Animated when tapped

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Item: Large Mushrooms
Required Level: 2
Runestone Cost:  60ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg
Event Currency When Placed, Act 1: 50ico_cur_xmas2016_antlers_lg
Size: 1×1
Conform-O-Meter:
Vanity +5
What Does it Do: 
Decoration for Springfield..and not very large

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Item: Chicken Coop
Required Level: 2
Runestone Cost:  105ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg
Event Currency When Placed, Act 1: 85ico_cur_xmas2016_antlers_lg
Size: 3×2
Conform-O-Meter:
Vanity +175
What Does it Do:
Decoration for Springfield, animated.  This version DOES NOT earn a bonus %. (the one you previously paid donuts for does)

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Item: Goat Head Statue
Required Level: 3
Runestone Cost:  180ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg
Event Currency When Placed, Act 1: 145ico_cur_xmas2016_antlers_lg
Size: 2×2
Conform-O-Meter:
Vanity +5
What Does it Do:
Winter decoration for Springfield

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Item: Hay Cart
Required Level: 3
Runestone Cost:  225ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg
Event Currency When Placed, Act 1: 180ico_cur_xmas2016_antlers_lg
Size: 3×3
Conform-O-Meter:
Vanity +200
What Does it Do:
Decoration for Springfield or Krustyland

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Item: Large Pagan Tent
Required Level: 4
Runestone Cost:  450ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg
Event Currency When Placed, Act 1: 360ico_cur_xmas2016_antlers_lg
Size:
5×5
Conform-O-Meter:
Vanity +5
What Does it Do:
Animated when tapped, Light inside Flickers

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Item: Pagan Cauldron
Required Level: 4
Runestone Cost:  120ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg
Event Currency When Placed, Act 1: 100
Size: 3×3
Conform-O-Meter:  Vanity +5
What Does it Do:
Always animated, as steam billows from the cauldron

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Item: Carnival Banner 2
Required Level: 5
Runestone Cost:  120ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg
Event Currency When Placed, Act 1: 100ico_cur_xmas2016_antlers_lg
Size:
2×2
Conform-O-Meter:
Vanity +5
What Does it Do:
Decoration for Springfield

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Item: Phone-Henge Kiosk
Required Level: 5
Runestone Cost:  750ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg
Event Currency When Placed, Act 1: 600ico_cur_xmas2016_antlers_lg
Unique: Yes, only 1 per Springfield
Size:
2×6
Earns: $90, 10xp/4hrs
Conform-O-Meter:
Consumerism +10
What Does it Do:
Decoration for Springfield

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Item: Giant Mushrooms
Required Level: 6
Runestone Cost:  200ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg
Event Currency When Placed, Act 1: 160ico_cur_xmas2016_antlers_lg
Size:
2×2
Conform-O-Meter:
Vanity +5
What Does it Do:
Decoration for Springfield

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Item: Brazier
Required Level: 6
Runestone Cost:  75ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg
Event Currency When Placed, Act 1: 60ico_cur_xmas2016_antlers_lg
Size:
2×2
Conform-O-Meter:
Vanity +5
What Does it Do:
Always animated

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Item: Two-Story Outhouse
Required Level: 7
Runestone Cost:  125ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg
Event Currency When Placed, Act 1: 100ico_cur_xmas2016_antlers_lg
Size:
2×4
Conform-O-Meter: 
Vanity +800
What Does it Do:
Decoration for Springfield

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Item: Pagan Hall
Required Level: 7
Runestone Cost:  950ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg
Event Currency When Placed, Act 1: 760ico_cur_xmas2016_antlers_lg
Size:
7×4
Conform-O-Meter:
Vanity +5
What Does it Do:
Mild animation when tapped

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Item: Carnival Banner 3
Required Level: 8
Runestone Cost:  120ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg
Event Currency When Placed, Act 1: 100ico_cur_xmas2016_antlers_lg
Size:
2×2
Conform-O-Meter:
Vanity +5
What Does it Do:
Decoration for Springfield

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Item: Windmill
Required Level: 8
Runestone Cost:  400ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg
Event Currency When Placed, Act 1: 320ico_cur_xmas2016_antlers_lg
Size:
3×5
Conform-O-Meter:
Vanity +500
What Does it Do:
Blades spin when tapped

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Item: Fir is Murder Christmas Tree
Required Level: 9
Runestone Cost:  250ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg 
Event Currency When Placed, Act 1: 200ico_cur_xmas2016_antlers_lg
Size:
4×4
Conform-O-Meter:
Vanity +5
What Does it Do:
Decoration for Springfield

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Item: Medieval Tent
Required Level: 9
Runestone Cost:  200ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg
Event Currency When Placed, Act 1: 160ico_cur_xmas2016_antlers_lg
Size:
3×3
Conform-O-Meter:
Vanity +100
What Does it Do:
Decoration for Springfield…

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Item: Dunk the Monk
Required Level: 10
Runestone Cost:  1,250ico_cur_xmas2016_runestones_lg
Event Currency When Placed, Act 1: 1,000 ico_cur_xmas2016_antlers_lg
Size:
2×4
Unique?: Yes, only 1 per Springfield
Conform-O-Meter:
Vanity +100
What Does it Do:
Monk goes for a “swim” when tapped

 

My Personal Opinion on Craftables…
Don’t kill yourself.  Most of this stuff is just decorations and really unimpressive.  Craft what you like/think you can use in your town…but really nothing is worth kill yourself over.

Best item?  It’ll vary depending on your opinion of things.  Dunk the Monk is funny to me, and I like Phone Henge as a kiosk for Springfield Heights.  Beyond that Fir is Murder Christmas Tree is probably the only other thing I’ll want to craft.  Everything else is just random filler/decorations.  So grab what you like and pass on when you don’t.

So again…don’t kill yourself trying to get all this stuff.  Sometimes less is more. Craft what you have use for in Springfield….

Hope that helps some of you who have been stressing out over crafting!


And there you have it my friends…the details behind Winter 2016 Crafting!

What are your thoughts on crafting for the Winter Crafting List?  Which items are you digging?  Which would you pass on?  Sound off in the comments below, you know we love hearing from you!

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104 responses to “2016 Winter Event 101: Crafting

  1. Man…I’ve been earning donuts for days but never hit crafting rank 10 for some reason, even after tapping everything in site/daily missions/gnome/etc. What did I miss?!? I always hit max crafting rank when events like this roll around…

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  2. I thought they added a bonus percentage to windmills in the game a few months ago, but no bonus is showing up now with new ones I have crafted. I guess they took that away?

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    • As Alissa has mentioned several times, the two versions of the windmills are coded differently…there’s a version that earn a bonus and a version that doesn’t.

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      • Okay, I missed that comment. Thanks.

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        • No problem! 🙂

          Upon rereading my comment, it seems like I may have unintentionally sounded like I was scolding you or something…that wasn’t my intent. I just mentioned the Alissa thing so she’d get the credit for having already addressed it a few times, not because I thought you should feel bad for not having seen it! Sorry if it seemed more like the latter.

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          • No, it is all good. I honestly didn’t see Alissa’s remark about it. With my work schedule this past year and half, I’m not able to digest this website (and it’s a great resource for the game and its community) as easily as I used to beforehand. I didn’t take offense. Thanks for making it clear that none was intended. Cheers!

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  3. I must say this has been a fairly easy crafting game. With tasks along the way to guide things. There isn’t much weighing of options as they are all basically the same. I’ve already completed the leveling up and gotten at least one of every craftable. The downside being, there isn’t much of interest or use to craft this time around.

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  4. Okay, for those who might be wondering, I thought I’d provide info as to which craftables earn the best return in terms of brooches (or, previously, antlers) awarded to stones spent. First, let me preface this by saying that they all have fairly close to the same return rate, so, don’t let the return rate stop you from getting stuff you actually want, even if they’re at the bottom of the list. This list is more for using after you’ve gotten everything you really want and want to maximize your brooch income from crafting. Second, this list doesn’t include the unique items, which I’m assuming everyone will want to craft, anyway. And, third, I’ve truncated the return rate to the third decimal place (no rounding).

    So, here’s the list, from “best” to “worst”…

    Carnival banners (all types), large (not giant) mushrooms, and pagan cauldrons – .833
    Small pagan tent – .815
    Chicken coop – .809
    Goat head statue – .805
    Everything else – .800

    Hope this helps! 🙂

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  5. I just placed phone henge and didn’t get any brooches. I went to Kristy land and back, closed the game and came back…nothing. has this happened to anyone? Seems like a too much effort to contact EA over this

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    • I placed the Fir is Murder tree (2, actually) & didn’t get my Brooches (or XP, which everything else has given me). I *did* contact EA (I certainly wouldnt have crafted them yet if I didnt expect Brooches – I wouldve waited until the end & got them with anything I had left after unlocking StarSuit Maggie!), & the person who called me back had to go ‘talk to a specialist’, came back & said the specialist would email me back. He also mentioned it was a known issue & they’re working on fixing it (which sounds like a line to me.. ). Hrm.

      I’ll try contacting them again, since I haven’t heard back yet.

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  6. By any chance is there a post telling you what is the best thing to craft in return for event currency

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    • Everything is pretty much at a similar rate…

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      • I just did the calculation myself to compare the monk dunker and the braziers. Exactly the same return on both. So more braziers it is…. unless we get a special prize for getting the monk dunker.

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    • I did the stats for all of the non-unique items and was planning to post that info later today. But, the short answer is that the banners, large (not giant) mushrooms, and the pagan cauldron offer the best return (at least so far…. I’m only up to the part where I’ve unlocked the third (red) banner).

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  7. It’s Crafting
    It’s still Fun
    (except this time you can’t craft multiple Buildings, like before)

    I’m about to craft the Pagan Hall , then will be at Level 8 (no real effort getting to that Level, or earning runestones)

    I wish Springfield Characters had permanent tasks with more than 1 crafted Building (but I’m still having fun, hope you all are, too) 🙂

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  8. How exactly is day 13 unlocked at springhedge? The event is like 12 days but it only unlocks at day 13…when its supposed to end that act? So confused

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  9. I am not really excited about this episode. I have been playing for over 3 years can’t find the nomes in friends towns. 😬

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  10. Ola,não consigo achar meu gnomo.Da uma mensagem que ele esta solto na cidade mas não o encontro.

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  11. I don’t really feel the need for multiples of the tents or banners. Since I have the clash of clones stuff from crafting a lot during that event, all of my “filler” crafting has been mushrooms. And a lot of them have ended up near Woodstock for some reason.
    Just unlocked the brazier, though, so that’s another new and somewhat useful thing I can craft in order to level up. (And also, bigger mushrooms! By the time this is over, I’ll have a veritable Wonderland of mushrooms.)
    Maybe I’m wrong and the tents and banners will come in really handy, but right now the use I have for them is filling out my renaissance festival area, and I can’t think of what else they’d be useful for. Please, share if you have any ideas. (But in the meantime, I’m all about those shrooms. I wish there were more colors, like the pink ones around the elf home, or the red and yellow ones I know from Mario. Or the brownish grayish ones I eat for dinner.)

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  12. Thank you for the info as always 😉

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  13. Hi all- loving my first Christmas with you guys- ( i started with the casino event in march this year and am truly addicted .

    The dialogue is hilarious as usual and currently watching The Simpsons parading around the pole and smiling to myself……but not having hurt ribs like the first time I saw Homer go down springfield falls.

    Just a query, I always panic thinking I will not complete the prize quests but then think hey visit neighbours like I normally do and get more crafting stuff, I have been diligently visiting neighbours as usual but today (tues in UK) was the first time when I clicked a pagan I got crafting currency….question is, should this have been happening from the start???
    next quest for me is the phone kiosk and Mr Burns and the Parson looks so very far away- not sure I will get there in 4 days remaining 😦 but shall plug away and appreciate now getting additional pagan craft items by my usual daily visiting of neighbours.
    Happy tapping you luvverly people x

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  14. So, let me see if I have this right. Crafting continues with the same crafting currency/levels/menu of items for the whole event. If you craft items and place them during this act, you get an antler/event currency bonus. which appears to not be capped. We could then also assume if you craft/place during the next act, you’ll get THAT event currency as a bonus, correct? So it would seem that the smart money is on saving your crafting for the end of this act – to make sure you get all the Act 1 prizes – but then hoarding the rest of your crafting currency for the next act – to get a jump on the Act 2 prizes. [The mystery remaining is: what happens if you craft something this act, store it, and then place it next act? I would think Act 2 currency, but might as well not craft it yet, just in case.]

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    • Good logic, can give you an advantage starting the next act. The flip side is bonuts for antlers after you have the Parson in this act. Just have to decide which you want more. I didn’t have any trouble getting all the prizes in this act, so for me it’s “bring on the bonuts”!

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  15. Hi, Alyssa. You may want to update the post, because at some point in the recent past, the windmills were updated to give a .75% bonus to money and XP. I pulled my two left over from the clash of clones event out of storage when I read that.

    I agree that most of the other craftables are meh for this event so I’m going to concentrate on the windmills. Kind of like the Halloween 2015 event when a lot of us spent our time crafting tons of the wailing walls. 🙂

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  16. All they want are wooden figurines. I’m overflowing with catnip. Anyone else having this problem?

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  17. I was wondering if the calendar for Act 1 will be out soon. I am concern I am not getting all the antlers I should be getting. Usually with other acts I am done collect “Antlers” as early as 4 days, yet I am stilling trying to collect antlers for Cult Flying saucer and The Parson. I believe I am following behind because of Springfield Henge? Is that possible?

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  18. Does the gnome finder disappear after level 7? Now it says he’s roaming freely but I can’t find him lol

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