TSTO Anonymous: 2016 Hangover Feelings and How To Recover

Bet that title got your attention, huh? Phew… what a year. There’s been celebrations and headaches afterwards sort of like a real New Year’s party. You know… the kind where you stay up to late, kiss a stranger at midnight, and then wake up wondering why you made THAT resolution. With the end of 2016 on the horizon and one heck of an event ending, I figured it was time for another meeting of TSTO Anonymous so welcome! What is TSTO Anonymous? Well, it’s our version of a support meeting (said with my tongue in my cheek) that has turned into a nice thing we do occassionally just to give folks a positive message or a place to commiserate. You can find previous meetings here. While these meetings don’t happen as frequently as a fuzzball would like, I can always plug the the Sunday Open Threads as fill-in sessions when I can’t think of topics or life/game stuff is too busy to hold one. Jebus knows you Addicts like to congregate and chat about all sorts of stuff. Anyhoo… it’s time to fire up the simulated coffee pot, prop the door open with a lucky red hat, and get this meeting started. Pull up a chair, grab a Wookiee cookie, and let’s get this show on the road.

TSTO Anonymous

I know I’m a little early but first and foremost, Happy New Year! How’s everyone doing? We’ve made it through another solar orbit around the sun and on a much smaller scale, a year of The Simpsons Tapped Out. As I think back on the year both physically and digitally, there’s been good and bad, laughs and cries, celebrations and exclamations, and more. I’ve seen a lot of “F you 2016” around my life (and admittedly said it with the passing of several celebrities I grew up with RIP Carrie Fisher/Kenny Baker/David Bowie/Alan Rickman) but a lot of you probably know one of my primary drives in life is to stay positive. With every cup of sadness comes a steaming mug of happy. It’s been a moment since I blew some proverbial sunshine up your (insert word of choice) so I figured, why not hold an Anon meeting? Someone’s gotta do something when the coffee pot holding all the happiness has fallen over because of the stupid book club next door.

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In TSTO, 2016 was a pretty great year up to the end. We got Deep Space Homer Stuff, Valentine’s, Vegas Baby Vegas, the luck of the Irish, the Springfield Volunteer Fire Department, the Wild West, a better version of Whacking Day, the Space Coyote chili stuff, more Superheroes, the Olympics, Science Fictiony flavor, Halloween, and a mutant turkey, Looking at that list, I just smile and love that this silly little mobile game continues to find radical things to bring to the game in different ways. Arguably, the mini-events take top honors amidst all of that but my game is better for having played it even if my pockets ended up a bit emptier. If only I was as rich as my game. 105 million and counting!

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Digital assets notwithstanding… I am rich in better ways. In memories, people, and more. I smile because it takes less muscles than frowning (but not as much as sitting with a dumb look on my face) but then I’m was cruise, cruise, cruising along just fine in the game and life and then, the year was ended in the way it was. Life hasn’t been all peachy keen personally but I always find silver linings. School and finals kept me pretty busy but whether you realie it or not, I’m always around in the comments and certainly was privy to behind doors conversations about the latest holiday-ish arrivals to TSTO. In fairness, not everyone hated this (my hats off to all you positive folks) but I get how all the content could be divisive. We expected one thing and got something else. I agree that religion is one of those topics best left alone. I could spin it and point out snow and an excuse for holiday lights and more but I get it. Things happen and they upset us and we express our opinions. We’re human aren’t we?


Well YOU are and no I don’t want to debate evolution or global warming or anything else that just gets people in a tizzy. I hope you’re picking up what I’m putting down. Stuff happens, sometimes we like it, other times we don’t but I do feel the need to say right off that the 2o16 Holiday Event IS NOT the worst event TSTO has ever done. That honor goes to Easter 2014 IMHO.

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I really judge any event by the ability for tappers to earn everything, then the prizes, and other criteria. My family and friends did well in this event. We got some cool stuff and then some other schtuff. Do I think pagans were the best idea to do a whole event about? Nope. Did I want a different take on it all? Duh… read this post. Did making the Lemon of Troy content only available for 185 precious American dollars send me into a tizzy? Ask Pat and Alissa lol. I’m a lot like many of you but like a 90s one hit wonder band, I’m also a good Spin Doctor. I guess maybe it’s the fourteen years I spent in the military in often not optimal circumstances that trained me to find the bright side given some perspective and a healthy dose of Bacta.

Wookiee Bacta Tank

I get mad, I rip off an arm or two and then this walking carpet concentrates on the good things in my life. Truly, my “real” life is often how I deal with my entertainment not living up to my expectations. I focus on friends (of whom I count a good number of you) and look for the things that make me smile. As far as the 2016 TSTO Holiday Event, what I can say is that the 7th prizes for the each act were fan-fricking-tastic. The ability for the Parson driving a golf cart around a town known for its static vehicles (now him and Lovejoy scoot around on their passions like good Christians) and for Maggie to make me chuckle as she starfishes around town is amazing. Did the lamb stuffy sacrifice upset me like my favorite curmurdgeon… nah. I’ll probably store that ode to Norse pagans and then smile some more at starfish Maggie rolling around town. Seriously… it’s delightful.

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The rest of the stuff just is what it is. 2016 gave me lots to celebrate including rockets, Duff Gardens, a Fortress of Lonelitude, Cowboys, Stephen Hawking, and Werewolf Flanders. Maybe this pagan bobkes will end up with my Halloween stuff at some point or maybe it will just sit lovingly in storage like my childhood toys I just can’t get rid of. Infinite storage equals infinite ways to easily forget anything I don’t want to remember although I’m known for putting EVERYTHING in my town. There’s a sacrificial altar with a necronomican task from two Halloweens ago I wasn’t terribly fond of that’s right there in my spooky section.


I’ve said it before but I think of this whole “event” as one long episode tie-in that just went on a little too long. Thank Jebus the designers realized two acts was more than enough. The “Nightmare After Krustmas” (S28:E10) was a decent Christmas episode and this event actually fits into it pretty well. The designers at EA must have decided it had been too long since the game had been really edgy and went for it while keeping with the idea of Reverend Lovejoy and Springfield discussing religion. Unfortunately for all of us, they don’t truly have to deal with all the feelings and emotion that comes from choosing this. It’s not unprecedented though.

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Once upon a time, EA tackled gun control in Level 30 when they brought Herman and his Gun Store into the game. You can find news stories and reddits about all this if you do an Oogle search of “gun control TSTO” but suffice to say, people were pissed and pundits announced the end of the game. That was June 2013. A big effect of all of this was that the one TSTO blog providing information to dedicated tappers was literally demolished by all the hate and trolling and non-cooperation that resulted from the game content. In the ashes of everything that followed, a small spunky blog was born. Heck… three or four if you actually want to know but only once by a saint. Three new “friends” who shared a love of the game and helping people started writing about the game. Maybe they were even addicted to it. Later other writers joined the madness, more drama ensued, and then in the true spirit of the holidays… bridges were found to be rebuild-able after burning and all is well.

So why do I bring all this up? Well… you’re visiting said “little blog that could” and we’ve done pretty well for ourselves. We made new friends, we honed our craft, and here you are reading yet another post about a mobile game. TSTO didn’t die in June and two and a half years later, another event brought out the vitriolic side of some people. Thankfully, TSTO Addicts long ago knew we’d have to be a special sort of place to survive the emotions that can be created by a cartoon that has rocked their socks off for 27 years and counting. This event was certainly not the best and not in the true spirit of Christmas unless you figure in all the socks you may have been gifted over the years. Some gifts are amazing (I’m looking at you Chewbacca ski mask) and others not so much (for fear of offending said gifter I’ll just say thanks for the, ummm, errrrr, let’s call it underwear). What Christmas is about is being with those you love who love you in return. For appreciating the things you have and being the best person you can be.


It’s not just about Christmas either. Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, yes even Festivus (which is a Seinfeld holiday) is about being with like-minded people in a spirit of community where you hopefully end up a better person in this crazy world we live in. We celebrate our differences and discuss cultural traditions with friends and family. It’s the holidays and they are meant to be happy. Nobody wishes others a “Tragic Holidays” unless they share a lot more in common with Lisa’s new skin (which is awesome btw). I refuse to be anything but festive this time of year.


With that being said… I couldn’t be happier to be a part of this community. We survived another event (and holidays with our families) and are still here. 2016 was certainly one heck of a year but I need more hands or to take off my shoes (and yours too) to count all the things that were great this year. For the most part, the discussions and friendship that have happened here make me hopeful for the future. Not hopeful about a silly little game (but I am! Spoilers! Homer the Heretic! Woohoo!) but just about people. We come from all over the world with our own different belief systems and backgrounds but through a mutual love of The Simpsons and the game come together to just be a nice place to hang out, get information, and hopefully smile and laugh a bit more. We may not have it altogether but together we have it all. Together our positivity can be powerful.

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I’m looking forward to 2017. Sure I’ll be right there with a lot of people awake until midnight on New Year’s Eve to watch 2016 die but not because I want it dead. I’ll be there because the future looks bright, each year brings new opportunities and joys to counter the bummer things, and I’m truly blessed to be able to have the time to play a wonderful mobile game, and somehow through circumstance and the strange path of life, be a part of the Best. Community. Ever. Thank YOU for being a part of it. Thank you to Alissa and Bunny and Pat for being the teammates they are. We laugh, we cry, my jokes they die, and best of all… we’re still kicking in this game of life. Let’s all make some goals and then score them!

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I think the point of all this is I just want to focus on the last TSTO mini-event I thought was fun… Thanksgiving. I love Bigclaw, the RV, camping tent, bunny snare, and more. Let’s all be thankful for all the great things in life and just persevere and be happy when there’s stuff that isn’t so wonderful. What are you thankful for? What was your favorite part of the year (and it does NOT have to be game-related)? Have you made any new friends here? Got a design in your town you want to share? Can you take a negative from the game and spin it to a positive? Have you thanked St. Alissa the Amazing for not only creating this place but keeping it alive on a daily basis? Sound off in the comments and thanks again for being a TSTO Addict. Without y’all, we’d just be laughing by ourselves but the point is we’d be laughing. Life is good and so are you.


Much love. Happy New Year. Here’s to YOU and your happiness and another great year of TSTO Friends and a great community. TTFN… Wookiee out!

40 responses to “TSTO Anonymous: 2016 Hangover Feelings and How To Recover

  1. Thanks Wookie for the thoughtful post & Happy New Year.

  2. Thanks Hairy One for a super post. It goes without saying this site would be nothing if yourself, Alissa, Patric & Bunny did not put in all the hard work that you do.
    Seriously, I sometimes enjoy this forum more than playing the game itself !!!
    So thanks again & Happy New Year too all.

  3. P.S. Sorry I forgot to thank most important lil one who always makes me smile when I’m sad….Alissa thank you for bringing Princess Riley to our community, she is a ray of sunshine with every pic.
    She ready to be posting yet? Lol

  4. Wookiee, thank you for the great post, it’s also great to have you around again, miss you when life gets so crazy to keep you away from us.
    It’s been a difficult year to say the least. Personally more losses and blows than I care to think about in one sitting. Loosing so many celebrities (many way too young) was awful. I’d like to thank you for reminding us life goes on, and there are many things to be grateful for all we have to do is keep open our eyes and look around.
    I thank our Queen Alissa on a regular basis, but forget to thank you, Patric & Bunny, so thank you to all. Your patience, all 4, is amazing. One easy resolution we can all make, is to be nice, remember Alissa does this out of love for the game & community she has no control (oh if only she did) over EA or our games and is not paid for any of her hard work. We all need to also remember that all four of our great hosts have a full “real life” with ups and downs. They are human, like all of us. How many out there would give as much as their time as they do? I love this community, I’ve made some great “friends” all over the world and enjoy reading about life in other countries. To my friends out there thank you for your kindness and support over a difficult year. I can be a downer sometimes, but I’m trying to put a smile on my face, and let the stress roll off my, back.
    To one & all I hope 2017 brings happiness to everyone. I hope you all have a safe and happy New Years. CHEERS🎉🍾🎊

  5. The Wokiee, thanks for the excellent post, and spin of the event and years, well done!
    And well done and huge appreciation to all of you that moderate and create this wonderful forum for all to share!!!
    I send healing, health, abundance, prosperity, and all the best to all here; creators, sharers, and observers, & others 🙂
    Thanks so much. Be well and be good to yourself.
    Blessed Be and Happy Year

  6. Happy New Year to my tsto brethren. Hope 2017 is good to you

  7. You’re like the rainbow that appears amidst a storm Wookie, always looking on the bright side of life, and yes I have been singing that since I read your post this morning. Quite appropriate as Monty Python stirred the same hornets nest EA did with the Winter event. 😀😀😀😀 All the best for 2017 Wookiee!!!

  8. Thanks, Wookie! We really appreciate all you and the TSTO volunteers do to make our silly little game more fun and playable. A big shout out to my wonderful neighbors! Happy New Year! I finally got that raccoon in a Christmas sweater and a herd of 9 reindeer! And Willie has something to play besides that bagpipe, lol…

  9. Happy New Year Wookiee ♡
    Thoroughly enjoyed reading that 🙂

    To all addicts everywhere may your 2017 be more awesome than any other year in the history of awesomeness! ☆

  10. Well said Wookie. Well said. Thank you, to the whole family, for all you do for us crazy tappers. Much appreciated. Happy New Year!!!

  11. Never forget Easter 14……….

    Seriously I got soooo ******** off during that update I stopped playing for several months . Missed clash of clones and stonecutters, but like a true addict I couldn’t stay tapping clean!

    Great post Wookie, I am grateful that despite literally millions being wasted each week in my town by the “local authorities” on 100s of Kwick-e-marts no one needs (which are then sold off for a fraction of the outlay, disgraceful!!!!) we can still afford under soil heating for our sports fields!



  12. A bit off-topic but it IS a valid question (or so I hope)

    Till when are the Gift Vouchers & Mystery Presents gonna be available in the game??

    I thought they would go away with the end of the Pagan update timer, so I used 38 donuts to get vouchers for a 2nd Mystery Present (Feeling slightly angry but just slightly)

  13. The other day I was so desperate for a beer I snuck into the football stadium and ate the dirt under the bleachers.

    Happy New Year 🙂

  14. Speaking of Wookies, this pagan-Christmas event may have been the most ill-conceived since George Lucas came up with the Star Wars Holiday Special.

    Myth has it that Lucas bought up the rights to that debacle and tried his hardest to make people forget that it ever existed. With the advent of the internet and YouTube, that became a impossible.

    I actually watched it a couple of years ago (*shivers). To this day, I can’t see Chewbacca without thinking of his sons Itchy and Lumpy.

    • I unapologetically LOVE the Star Wars Holiday Special! I watch it every year on Life Day (November 17th, dubbed so because that was the day the special aired in 1978). Where else can you see your favorite Star Wars characters on the screen with Bea Arthur, Harvey Korman, and Art Carney? Not to mention the first ever appearance of Boba Fett! 🙂

  15. ….looking forward to reading the first comment of 2017☺️. 2016 was a very difficult year, personally & also in losing so many icons I absolutely adored, starting with David/Prince & ending with Carrie/George with a multitude in between. I don’t think I’ve ever shed so many tears in one year. Thank goodness I had TSTO & this site to come to for a source of entertainment & fun. It has allowed me to come here & subtlety vent, laugh & learn (KEMs). I’ve enjoyed getting to know community members better as they have generously shared so much about themselves & their families, lives, loves, ailments, passions & addictions.
    Most of all I’d like to thank someone who has managed to make me smile when I have been so low & tearful. She tops any comments or posts to this site…….THANK YOU CUTIE RILEY. YOU WEAR CHRISTMAS WELL…..💜X

  16. Lovely post Wookiee, thanks! THANKS: TSTO team for 2016. Wishing you all the best for 2017.
    THANKS: Community folks for being here.
    THANKS: EA for keeping this one short. But mostly, a massive thanks for ZOMBIE SANDWICH (I’d like another in 2017 please – cf. teleporters) I now have my fave yellow family dancing around a pagan bonfire surrounded by zombies😂😂😂😂. There’s snow so it’s still festive☃🎅🏼🎄😂…..💜X

  17. Happy New Year & much Thanks to all who make this site so great!

    A big hello to my neighbour Charles (IvoryE) who posted above. You’ll know me as the 2 Dexter towns. I have slots in both towns if you need extra friends for your B & C games – I can’t send invites on my old ipad, but can accept requests. Do please know that the game I assume to be your main one has dropout & lagging issues during visits. Cheers! Karon

  18. Wow that was really nice Wookiee. I just started playing tapped out this year and to be honest it has been a positive in my life. I greet 2017 with a fresh outlook for a better year ahead. 2016 was not a good year for myself and my family, to be frank it was a very hard year in every aspect of the word. TSTO brought me joy as I would sit here and play and I feel that I was blessed with the best neighboreenos. They are awesome and their Springfields adorable. I have enjoyed all the events. Although the Christmas event was not really traditional, I found it a refreshing change.
    Alyssa I love your posts and read them diligently, please don’t stop and keep up the awesome work. You are appreciated.
    With 2017 around the corner, I embrace it. Better days ahead as the old saying goes.
    I look forward to the next challenge TSTO brings our way.
    Although I am green to the scene I look forward to growing with enthusiasm with all the addicts out there.
    May everyone have a blessed and prosperous upcoming year.☺
    Thanks for everything.

  19. OMG – Anyone still complaining about Winter 2016 should be reminded how awful Easter 2014 was (earn Tokens to Spin-The-Wheel was so bad? Tappers need only to visit the official EA Forum thread / Facebook thread to see the complaints!) …. 😅

    It’s not a perfect Game App, but fortunately EA has kept The Simpsons Tapped Out going on for 5 years – yes they dropped the ball a few times, but there are plenty of 👍 moments :

    Deep Space Homer
    Vegas Baby Vegas
    Springfield Volunteer Fire Department
    Wild West

    I personally don’t think anything will top the addition of The Stonecutters and Krustyland Section (which is being neglected, in my opinion), but that will never stop me from enjoying this Game App – and with that? Happy New Years Everybody! 🤗

  20. Hello, My name is Richard, and I am an alcoholic

  21. Thanks to all of you here at TSTO Addicts! Also, Happy New Year to everyone in this community!

  22. Great post! Speaking of meetings.. Will there be another meet and greet coming up in 2017 in New Jersey? I didn’t get to go to the other one.. I’d love to get to say hello to you guys in person.

  23. So I won the homer mr plow in the yellow mystery box. Now the mystery is finding the skin. I checked my inventory and it’s not there. Anyone else missing items from the mystery box or anyone have a tip for me? Thanks.

  24. Well said. … BTW anybody else notice brooches still being “earned”? … For me this was a good event. For die hard Christians, that is not the Simpsons universe. Remember, they basically attack everyone, this time it was the Pagans and PETA (fir is murder, sheep sacrifice). Thanks to this site I found out about KEM/donut farming and was able to get everything I wanted (in one of my 3 games). Really, there isn’t enough land to have everything. I like the mini-events you can earn everything (versus random prizes). [And buying the mystery prizes I can earn increase my percentage at 8.3 (or less) donuts per 1% increase (start with at lease 60 donut buffer)]

  25. “my favorite curmurdgeon???” Why you….I oughta…

    LOL! Hey…someone’s gotta do it, Wookster! So glad to be back around these parts. Here’s hoping to a marvelous 2017!

    • I laughed out loud when I read ““my favorite curmurdgeon???””. Nice choice of words, Wookie!!!!

      And did you notice at the end “….and another great year of TSTO Friends and ….”??? I dont know if Wookie forgot the actual name of this blog, or if he was making up to you for the “my favorite curmurdgeon” bit?? 😛

      Happy New Year!!!!! Good luck with the new Prez!!!

  26. I’ve thanked “St. Alissa the Amazing” several times recently, but I’m happy to do it again, because she deserves all of the thanks I can give and more! And thanks to Bunny for her occasional calendar post and to you for always making sure we know where stuff comes from (can you tackle babies next? 😉 ). And I appreciate how positive and respectful both you and Alissa are…I always feel “safe” when either of you are at the helm.

    There are another few things I want to praise Alissa for (not that these probably don’t also apply to you, too, Wookiee, but she’s the one who handles more of the day to day moderating and responding than you do, so I get to see more of these things at play)….

    First, I appreciate how generally accurate her answers to gameplay questions are and, also, the way she just answers with “I don’t know” or “here’s a bit of a guess but I really don’t know,” rather than just pretending that she knows and posting wrong information. To me, saying “I don’t know” makes a person much more credible than taking a guess but phrasing it as a fact (or a high likelihood). Of course, everyone makes mistakes from time to time, but that’s another thing I want to praise Alissa for…when she makes a mistake, she says, “oops” and corrects it, rather than getting all defensive or trying to spin it like she didn’t actually make a mistake. These are all great personality traits and ones that are the mark of a secure, mature person.

    Finally (for now), when Alissa’s moderating, she does a very good job at keeping spoilers at bay in the comments section, and, at the same time, knowing when it’s the right time to make an intentional exception and put some spoiler info (for instance, to allow people to plan their spending during a “yard sale”).

    I hope Alissa actually gets to see this comment (i’m never sure how much she sees when she’s not moderating, because I know how daunting it can be to try and keep up with ALL of the comments made on this very busy site), because I want to make sure she knows how much I, for one, do appreciate her!

  27. Great post Wookie 🙂 It’s a good time to be an Addict 😀

    I ❤ love ❤ your positivity and only today I was thinking that I am looking forward to 2017 and having a brand new start full of hope, sunshine and maybe a little glitter.

    2016 has been an up and down year for me personally and at times its been the default position to dwell on the negative. However one thing that has always been a constant source of joy is TSTO! Events have been and gone, some better than others but everyday TSTO has been there to bring a smile to my face regardless of happenings in the real world. Also from TSTO I have become involved in two wonderful communities here and over at Tapped-Out UK.

    So thank you TSTO, thank you Addicts and thank you Touks 😀

  28. Thank you Wookiee…you summed it up perfectly. I am very glad to see 2016 go. I dealt with personal loss, as well as the seemingly endless amount of beloved entertainers and personalities passing away. I’m not even going to mention the election because I know we all have different priorities in life, and I try not to discuss religion and politics in general, but overall 2016 has not been a good year for me.

    Thank you Wookiee, and thank you to Alissa, Bunny, and Pat for keeping this blog going through it all. I’ve mentioned it before and I’ll gladly say it again: you guys are like family and I look forward to reading this blog every single day. Whatever our differences, this family always finds a way to come together for each other.

    Bring on 2017. I’m ready for it!

  29. What a fun, beautiful, relatable, inspirational and motivational post!! Love it Wookie 😃.
    2016 hasn’t been the best for me in terms of personal issues BUT Tapped Out has always been that help that was needed (seriously, do you read the gameplay?? A lot of the time, it’s HILARIOUS). I love TSTO and as I wave 2016 goodbye I want to thank the Addicts admin for doing an AMAZING job.
    And EA if, at the off chance, you are rEAding this then I want to thank you so much for another great year. You tried new stuff (sequels, originals etc) and sometimes it didn’t rEAlly work but I respect EA for trying new things. Now EA has done the experiments, the only way is up. I am certain 2017 is going to be a great year and I just have 1 wish: stop the hate! Think before you comment, rant and complain 😃😘.
    Stay happy everyone! Happy (NEARLY) New Year

  30. I enjoyed most of it, but to be honest you mentioned Easter, I just simply don’t remember it.

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