Next Event Speculation, In Game Clues…

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

On Saturday another round of the Lunar New Year questline was released and this batch of dialogue was FULL of hints and “tip offs” for the next event in TSTO.  As promised in my post Saturday, now that (I hope) everyone has had a fair chance to read the new dialogue.

Between the app store description and the Facebook teaser (from last week) alone, I think by now it’s safe for all of us to assume/anticipate an “Around the World” event.  So when will it start?  What will it do? And what the heck are we supposed to do with those dang pins?  Well let’s look to the in-game dialogue for clues/answers to all those questions and more.


So let’s start with some clues from the Lunar New Year round 2 dialogue..

From Year of the Rooster Pt. 6

We see a Tourist appear…

Bart: Hey, who’re you?
Tourist: Oh, just an out-of-towner who stopped to enjoy your Chinese New Year festival.
Mayor Quimby: A tourist enjoying our fake foreign festival. That gives me an idea.

Then we see this system message popup:


So this tells us a couple of things:
1) the new event will start this week. (as next week applies to Saturday, which was last week).  My guess is it’ll start Tuesday.  As I do think the Lunar New Year event will end and lead us right into the new event.

2) (As was already confirmed by the Facebook teaser) the new event will feature various world cultures. Something for Mayor Quimby to attract the tourists with.

Which also tells me that it’s unlikely that we’ll actually be going “Around the World” (the Facebook post alludes to this as well), instead the world will be coming to us.  As Mayor Quimby will do/scheme various things to create different reasons to celebrate in Springfield to attracted the tourists.

This also strikes me as a full event, app store and all.  Not just a series of mini events.  Based on years of playing TSTO and these in-game teasers it’s not likely that we’ll see 3 mini events in a row.  So I do suspect this will be a full app store update event.

Now let’s jump ahead in the dialogue a little bit for some more clues….

From Great Coqs of Fire Pt. 3

Bart: Heh, heh. Sucker paid me to watch my Dad behave like an idiot. He could get that for free at Moe’s every night…Wait, pins? What the hell am I going to do with these?

At this point you’ll be awarded the pins


And this system message pops up:


As we’ve discussed on Saturday, these are currently not a tangible item for Springfield.  You won’t see them or have a real use for them…not yet anyway. (and no, they don’t appear in your pin stand)

I do believe that these pins are the currency for Part 1 of the upcoming event. So they’ll likely play a role in the new event.

Now to a little pure speculation from me…

touristmale Tourists- These guys I believe will be the tappables for the event.  Similar to the Pagans for Winter, tap the Tourists to earn more currency. (of course, again, that’s just my speculation.  Won’t know for sure until it is released by EA)

menu_francepins French Pins- These are in fact coded as French pins.  I believe this means for the first part of this event we’ll see a lot of French influences (likely items from “The Crepes of Wrath” (S1:E11) or “To Courier with Love” (S27:E20)).  This makes sense considering Valentine’s Day is about 2 weeks away.  I think they’ll tie together.

As far as what other countries the “Romp Around the World” could cover, check out Wookiee’s Prognostication post.  He gives you a full list of Simpsons episodes to check out from various “romps” around the world.

And there you have it my friends, a little speculation for a Monday morning!

What are your thoughts on the next event?  When do you think it will hit?  Have different ideas about the pins and tourists? What do you think we’ll see?  Sound off in the comments below, you know we love hearing from you!

97 responses to “Next Event Speculation, In Game Clues…

  1. I’m hoping the tourists will have patterned Bermuda shorts, sandals with socks, and fanny packs…oh yeah, and foldable canvas hats (from the picture, it looks like the hat thing is a given).

  2. HELP! I can’t find my bowl of pins? They gave us those right? Are they small? Also! I made an “international zone” on my Springfield prepping for this event!


  3. 🎼 Oh where, oh where has my little update gone? Oh where, oh where can he be?🎼…🤷‍♀️

  4. Hey EA, How about a donut discount on some of the international characters already in the game.


    Was about to finally get him, but pulled back after I thought about the upcoming event.

  5. Well so much for the update being today, mind you I suppose there is still time yet. It’s near 1800 now hear in the UK so we ain’t got a lot of time left !

  6. Can’t wait for this to start. I’ve just come out of hospital, so hoping for lots of activities to keep my mind off the pain and help me to recuperate 😊

    • Hope your recovery is speedy…if you need a distraction, the old Brisco County shows are hilarious…especially the ones with John Astin (Gomez Addams). I think they are on Netflix and I know they are on Amazon.

    • I do understand that. I play TSTO to keep my mind of my chronically fatigue disease due to a cured NHL.

    • Josephine Kick@$$

      Good wishes for a speedy recovery. I know the game has helped me (along with coming here), to take my mind off of things when the going was rough😊😊

  7. I really hope with this “round the world” event that EA gives us the chance to spend our hard slogged in-game cash on something more than a fence/hedge/decoration. Maybe something like a building or two; maybe even a character (!!) instead of every single character and building being donuts. Sure, I get the majority of event prizes need to be donuts in turn for EA to generate profit, but gone are the days where level updates would bring you a stand alone building AND a character/building combo that you would pay for ($1.5million for a character/building) but you’d then also be offered a premium character/building and stand alone building to buy with donuts too. Since EA took away level updates with the chance to buy characters with ingame cash, we’ve not been given any comparative items to ever buy. There’s a tone of regular characters still to make an appearance yet the Events seem to bring one off’s more than the regulars (likes of Sarah Wiggum, Wendell, Dr Hibberts kids, Mesmerino, Larry and Sam the barflies, Llewelyn Sinclair, etc etc ). I’d just love the ability to buy some characters with cash like we used to, plus see some regular faces make an appearance. What do we spend our cash on other than more land once we have all the buildings that we’re able to purchase? Inbetween Events now I tend to find I play a lot less than I used to when achieving level updates to unlock new characters. I don’t care for the Homerlayas! Sorry to unload but I guess this is where we’re able to vent thoughts, right?

    • I completely agree with you. It’s ridiculous and unreasonably greedy on EA’s part, and if they were smart they would realize a LOT of players are going to be walking away from this game soon if things don’t change. What they are attempting to do is borderline extortion.

      • That’s why I do KEM farming, buying/selling Rat Trap Delivery Trucks/Bloodmobiles.

        • And good luck too you rud but not everyone likes to play that way & indeed do not have the in game cash or XP % for farming to work.

          • I am a very long time player and have a gazillion of game cash. I would have maxed out at 2 billion, if I hadn’t played TSTO like I do now
            (EAuses a signed 32 bit value for game cash and Springfied Heuights real estate.)

        • True enough…if you are farming donuts (or buying and selling store items) you are indirectly using in-game cash to buy buildings and characters…the cash has just been converted to donuts.
          (PS…I just tried buying and selling the sunsphere…it works. It seems to work with any cash item and the donut return is the same.)

    • Well said, Spellyboy. I totally agree with everything you pointed out.. It’s just not fair to new or newer players and freemium players and it’s changed gameplay.

    • Your user name is suspiciously like mine. Hmmmm.

  8. EA missed Australia Day! Jan 26th – not even a free flag like we got for French Bastille Day last year! Maybe Australia isn’t on their map anymore? This makes me doubt there will be any Aussie content for any new events.

    It’s a bit of an insult for a whole country of players & TV watchers to be forgotten so easily!

  9. I might be in a minority of one but I don’t really want a French event or stage. To do it justice would need the level of put-downs that only South Park is brave enough to take on.

  10. Pins for a map to show where they have been?

  11. BRIDGET BARDOT !!!!!

  12. one random shoe

    did anyone else this morning who doesn’t have barney find him for 20 donuts? obviously a glitch since they’re not gonna drop 230 donuts but i got him so quick…now whether i get to keep him. we shall see

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