Monthly Archives: December 2017

New Year’s Eve Open Thread

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Well here we are, the last day of 2017!  364 days of TSTO down..just this last one to go!

I know many of you will be spending the day (And night) with your family and friends celebrating the New Year…and of course, it IS Sunday, so I thought it’d be a perfect time for a New Year’s Eve Open Thread!

Chat about the event, your Christmas, your NYE plans, resolutions or the year in TSTO (we have a special year in review episode of Addicts live that will be up for you tomorrow)…or anything else you can think of!  Just no Add me requests…those should go here. And as always just keep it PG.

Happy New Year!  And remember, whatever you’re doing…be safe!

Bring on 2018 tappers!

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Christmas 2017 Prize Guide: Act 2, Prize 7 Jack Frost & Candy Cave

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Snow is falling in Springfield!  It’s finally Christmas time…but Kodos and Kang have their own ideas!  Ticked off that they were left out of the Halloween update, our two favorite Rigellians have decided to invade Christmas! 

This Event is broken up into 2 Acts, with each Acts containing part of the story.  To help you move along with the event you’ll get several prizes per Act.  Each prize will either be something fun for Springfield or something to help you move along in the event.  For the second act, you’re tasked with collecting Tomes           () to unlock each prize!

The seventh (and final) Act 2 Prize awarded at 19,300  is Jack Frost (and the Candy Cave) because you can’t have winter without Jack Frost mucking things up…

So let’s take a closer look at this seventh prize and just what happens when you unlock it in your Springfield…

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Christmas 2017 Prize Guide: Act 2, Prize 6 Santa’s House

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Happy Saturday!  Time for a couple of rare direct gameplay Saturday posts.  With this event shortened, and a few holidays we were running out of time to get everything posted before the event ends!  So I’ve got the last 2 Act 2 prize breakdowns coming to you today….Santa’s House (this post) and Jack Frost (later today).

Snow is falling in Springfield!  It’s finally Christmas time…but Kodos and Kang have their own ideas!  Ticked off that they were left out of the Halloween update, our two favorite Rigellians have decided to invade Christmas! 

This Event is broken up into 2 Acts, with each Acts containing part of the story.  To help you move along with the event you’ll get several prizes per Act.  Each prize will either be something fun for Springfield or something to help you move along in the event.  For the second act, you’re tasked with collecting Tomes           () to unlock each prize!

The sixth Act 2 Prize awarded at 15,000  is Santa’s House…because the big guy in red needs somewhere to sleep while in Springfield…

So let’s take a closer look at this sixth prize and just what happens when you unlock it in your Springfield…

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Friday Filler – When Are You Too Old For Games?

Thank Grog It’s Firday!

This has been “one of those weeks,” when all of my deadlines conspired to rob me of precious sleep, at a time when I am supposed to be celebrating time off with the family. The good news about getting old, is that we supposedly require less sleep. As I have been getting about 4 hours a night for the better part of the past 2 weeks, and I am still here to write about it, I’m going to go with that. Coffee helps…as does being able to smile every time I play the “obituary game” in the Sunday paper.

The fact is, when you are young, the thought of living to a “ripe old age” is simply ludicrous to most. When Paul McCartney penned “When I’m 64” when he was 24 years old, it was obvious that he was actually having fun with concept of trying to imagine his life 40 years in the future. And let’s be honest, it wasn’t a pretty picture.

“Send me a postcard, drop me a line, Stating point of view…
Indicate precisely what you mean to say,
Yours sincerely, wasting away

Give me your answer, fill in a form, Mine for evermore
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m sixty-four”

“Yours sincerely wasting away?”  “Will you still feed me?”  Holyfreakinshirt!! That sounds like Elder-Abuse!!

Let me make something perfectly clear. I’d be fine with getting old, if my body would just stop aging. And as far as “staying young at heart,”  I play and blog about TSTO don’t I???  This is NOT an old man’s game!  You need really good reading glasses to see the damn screen details!!

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Should I Spend Donuts on the Returning Items in the Holiday Bazaar Round 3?

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There’s nothing quite as beautiful as Springfield in the snow, is there? Yes, there’s no denying that it’s officially Winter in our pocket-sized towns as the 2017 Holiday Event blew into our towns with a major cold front!  Of course, while the town is frosty cold the store is hot, hot, hot…and loaded with premium items from Christmases past tempting us to spend our sprinkles!

As we all know, that limited-time label can tempt us to grab everything in sight because it’ll be gone soon.  But don’t sweat it!  That’s where we come in to tell you what’s worth those donuts and what you might want to hold off on.

This time around EA has added a Holiday Bazaar section of the store, an area FULL of rebated (and not rebated) items from holidays (and some other events) past.  If you’re not sure how to find the Holiday Bazaar in your store check out this postWondering if you should add any of these throwback items to your Springfield?  Let’s check it out…

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Showoff Reminder: Christmas 2017

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Just a friendly reminder (since we announced it over a week ago) that the next Springfield Showoff, featuring your Christmas designs, will be next Tuesday, January 2nd.

So finish up those designs and grab some screenshots of your town…just make sure to send your submissions in by about 8pm ET Monday January 1st,  can’t wait to see what YOU have come up with.

You can send your designs in two ways…either post a link to the image in the comments on this post or you can email them to us at TSTOAddictsblog@gmail.com.  We won’t be pulling images from anywhere else, so please if you want to be featured either submit in the comments below or email your images to us.

IF you Email your submissions please put Showoff Christmas in the subject line, and make sure your photos are in JPEG or PNG format..please.  Also, be sure your submissions are in on time.

Note: PLEASE try to limit your submissions to only 1-2 of your favorite screenshots.  We like to try and let everyone showoff their town but it becomes difficult when some of you are sending in 7-10 images.  Pick your favorite areas and send them in (or if you stitch photos together, that works too).  We’ll try our best to get EVERYONE in, but please understand that sometimes we miss a photo or two.  If we miss you one week, we’ll try really hard to make sure we get you in the next week.  You’re always welcome to showoff your town, at any time, on our Flickr page.  We know a lot of you have awesome towns that you want to show off, but please try to stick with this week’s theme.  Remember, this isn’t a contest.  There’s nothing to win.  It’s just a fun way to showoff your town and get some design inspiration from your fellow Addicts.  🙂   

Do you want to be featured on the next Springfield Showoff?  Post your images  in the Comments below or email us your screenshots at TSTOAddictsblog@gmail.com. We can’t wait to see YOUR designs! (Need help with images, just ask.) 

Should I Spend Donuts on Krusty Kristmas on Ice?

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There’s nothing quite as beautiful as Springfield in the snow, is there? Yes, there’s no denying that it’s officially Winter in our pocket-sized towns as the 2017 Holiday Event blew into our towns with a major cold front!  Of course, while the town is frosty cold the store is hot, hot, hot…and loaded with new premium items just tempting us to spend our sprinkles!

As we all know, that limited-time label can tempt us to grab everything in sight because it’ll be gone soon.  But don’t sweat it!  That’s where we come in to tell you what’s worth those donuts and what you might want to hold off on.

Wondering if you should add the Krusty Kristmas on Ice to your Springfield?  Well before you hit that confirm button let’s break down the pros and cons of adding this Krustmas special to your town…

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Christmas 2017 101: Crafting Item Overview

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Ah the Crafting post….where I give you the how-to 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 so, let’s take a look…


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Christmas 2017 Prize Guide: Act 2, Prize 5 Christmas Cabin

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Snow is falling in Springfield!  It’s finally Christmas time…but Kodos and Kang have their own ideas!  Ticked off that they were left out of the Halloween update, our two favorite Rigellians have decided to invade Christmas! 

This Event is broken up into 2 Acts, with each Acts containing part of the story.  To help you move along with the event you’ll get several prizes per Act.  Each prize will either be something fun for Springfield or something to help you move along in the event.  For the second act, you’re tasked with collecting Tomes           () to unlock each prize!

The fifth Act 2 Prize awarded at 12,300  is the Christmas Cabin…because nothing says Christmas like a cabin in the woods with REAL floors!

So let’s take a closer look at this fifth prize and just what happens when you unlock it in your Springfield…

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Should I Spend Donuts on the Rotating Religious Holo-Statue?

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There’s nothing quite as beautiful as Springfield in the snow, is there? Yes, there’s no denying that it’s officially Winter in our pocket-sized towns as the 2017 Holiday Event blew into our towns with a major cold front!  Of course, while the town is frosty cold the store is hot, hot, hot…and loaded with new premium items just tempting us to spend our sprinkles!

As we all know, that limited-time label can tempt us to grab everything in sight because it’ll be gone soon.  But don’t sweat it!  That’s where we come in to tell you what’s worth those donuts and what you might want to hold off on.

Wondering if you should add the Rotating Religious Holo-Statue to your Springfield?  Well before you hit that confirm button let’s break down the pros and cons of adding this holographic tree to your town…

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