From the Mouths of Addicts: I’ve Got Stuff, It’s Multiplying and I’m Losing Control….

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Welcome to another edition of From the Mouths of Addicts, where YOU get to sound off on anything and everything in the world of Tapped Out!  We’ve got another post from one of our long-time friends and she who is brave enough to run Futurama Addicts and Family Guy Addicts…Russian Tigger! 

Somehow, between writing loads of posts for FWOT Addicts and FGA Addicts, RT found the time to knock out yet ANOTHER a fun guest post for TSTO!  (such an overachiever!)  This time, fitting in with another hot topic from earlier this week, she’s tackling the Nuclear Option! 

Enjoy it my friends!  Here’s Russian Tigger… -Alissa 


So a few days ago I started to get twitchy and considered nuking my Springfield… again. I thought long and hard, but then remembered the last time I went nuclear it was almost 6 months before I saw my beloved Stewart Duck wandering my now radioactive empty streets. Yup, my favorite thing in the whole game disappeared in a puff of atomic ash and I was left suffering radioactive shock and vowed that I’d never go nuclear again.

I admit I’ve hummed, I’ve  hawed and considered pushing the button again many times but I’ve always stepped back from the brink.  At one point I was so close to pushing that darn button I even called in chocolate reinforcements before taking the cowards way out again. But hey at least I enjoyed the chocolate. But you know what, I think it’s time I bit the bullet and nuked again, I think it’s the only solution to dealing with the ever growing amount of stuff that needs to find a more organized home in my Springfield.

Look I know deep down all nuking will do is move the problem, I know that when I tap my inventory icon I’ll come out in hives as I’m taken into mobile gaming version of extreme hoarding. I know all that, honest I do.

I’ll  look at all the stuff and try to remember why I ever thought I’d need 100 odd apple trees, or 211 barbed wire fences, 119 bistro sets or over 300 edelweisses. Oh but wait that Edelweiss wasn’t even in my Springfield, it started in my Quahog. Help me bob, my hoarding tendencies are spreading across my virtual empire.

Really was I that desperate to use up my game & event currency that I actually sat and bought all of that? Who am I kidding, of course, I did and nothing’s changed as I’ve just crafted more flying bats than Transylvania could even cope with in the Halloween event. A fool and their currency are easily parted indeed.

So how do I solve a problem like Maria, oops sorry it’s all that darn Edelweiss. Let me try again, how do I solve a problem like this, well firstly like with any issue you need to admit you have a problem. Ok I can do that, I just took the following screenshots in order I could admit to not only myself but my fellow addicts that my obsession with collecting the many items EA throw at us in this game is out of control.

Ok, so far so good, but after I faced that moment of truth I just  my junkyard of a town needs to be nuked again. And you know what I’m still dithering just as much as I did the first time, asking myself do I really want to take such drastic action again, will nuking my game again be tempting fate and see some of my items disappear, this time never to be seen again. There you see my hoarding problem raising its ugly head again, all that stuff, and I’m worried I might lose one thing, am I nuts, fate would be doing me a favor if it absconded with half of it.

If I’m totally honest whenever Alissa talks about wanting the giant toilet in her Springfield, I start thinking I want a giant Vacuum. Imagine it hoovering up all my junk whilst I sat back and enjoy the show. I must admit when Consuela’s Vacuum came to Quahog I envisioned a whole different use for it, but sadly there is no de-cluttering tool in any of my games but I’ll get over it. Eventually!

Now after nuking my town the first time, it was a bit of a ghost town, literally on a Chernobyl scale, it was a little eerie to see it so empty and lifeless. It looked and felt like the day I started to play but without the excitement of starting something new. So without that sense of excitement do I really want to start that rebuilding process whilst trying to find a way to incorporate some crazy stuff into what is supposed to be a residential town. Just how do I fit all the different event decorations into any sort of rational design.  I mean there’s a Bart Sphinx, dinosaurs, and a giant globe just for starters. Sometimes I think the only way to go is to turn my whole town into Tapped Out Land, a poor man’s Disneyland full of the weird and wonderful, ok just weird, things. A commercialized wasteland where franchises come to attract attention to themselves by sticking out like sore thumbs. Sounds like a fine idea but how come I think it will end up looking like Banksy’s Dismaland gone wrong.

So I’m sitting here trying to come up with a cunning plan to make my whole Springfield something I’m proud of without taking the nuclear option. But so far failing miserably, so tell me, fellow Addicts, should I push the button and risk losing Stewart forever, or should I take my town apart bit by bit using the select tool, or should I just let my inner hoarder out and accept I am what I am and leave it as it is?

Vote below, you never know I may just follow the most popular path voted for and report back when Alissa goes nuclear in the New Year.

Thanks, Russian Tigger for another awesome, hilarious, post!  What’s your take on RT’s nuclear conundrum? 

As always we love hearing from you guys…so if you have an opinion or take on something going on in the game (or something that should be going on in the game), please send it along to us…

30 responses to “From the Mouths of Addicts: I’ve Got Stuff, It’s Multiplying and I’m Losing Control….

  1. Since my beginning of TSTO playing
    2013 I guess …

    EA refuses to separate Items on storage per:
    • %Boost Items
    • hidden % items

    the imense task that it’s finding all %items
    Going Nuke it’s a nightmare

    Could we make a group effort
    and send a request to EA?

  2. I think like real life, there should be a weekly ‘garbage collection’ where we can designate a spot in out little Springfields that once a week, stuff we don’t want anymore, gets taken away by a weekly ‘trash’ pick up via EA updates… and only that garbage in there goes away. Or maybe we have designated spots for yard sales.. you know, stuff our neighboreenos can take when they visit our neighborhoods? It could be fun. One man’s trash….

  3. Part of the problem would be solved if EA would just let Tappers eliminate the clutter in our Inventory (let Tappers sell it and/or delete it)! 😬


  4. I tried the nuclear option once, and only in my lesser B game, but won’t do that again in a hurry. Even though I like starting over every once in a while (i.e. start a new game), it is different when you nuke the town. Took forever to re-build everything, and there is always the next event to distract you.

    It is easy to underestimate the amount of work it takes to build your whole town up again. The first time round, I had been playing for years, and after nuking it actually felt like it would take me another couple of years to re-build it. At one point, I just gave up. Half my town is beautifully laid out and decorated, the other half is a dump…

  5. When I get ready to nuke the town, I like to have at least a good idea of what items I want put right by the boardwalk. I start there, and then slowly build and build. I really enjoy designing towns! I’ve nuked a lot. But me, I am so particular, things must be placed next to each other only if they have a similar color. So, last time I nuked (before Halloween) I decided, pink things by the boardwalk, near the tunnel to Springfield Heights. So I put the pink house, the Stacey Mansion and ect, the pink casino, and then I layed out the brown dirt, the roads, the water, and then I set guides for where I must place things next. So last time I nuked, I thought to myself, everything is much too close together, I have to space things out, put more decorations around. So I did that, and mostly my Springfield for a long time was mostly roads, brown dirt and water, and then once I figure out which colors look pleasing next to each other, I will put the buildings in. I don’t know how you like to build your town, but this is the way that I like to do it and I hope I was useful. If not, thats ok too.

  6. I loved your post! Thank you. Now I really want to know what you decided. Please tell us when you do.

  7. OMG! At this point, I would never consider nuking my town. There’s way too much stuff to deal with. I think it would be a nightmare trying to put my town back together.

  8. I really wish there was an option to delete items from your inventory for good – what am I going to do with 37 busted TVs and 29 nerd skeletons? The monorail pieces, the Springfield Heights add-ons, the bonsai’s – I wish I could remove them all. I just decorated my town for Xmas and it took forever to scroll for all the Simpson snow people. Too many items that I will never place in my town cluttering up my inventory.

    • Amen. I’ve got so much stuff ill never use again, especially since I’ve gotten the warning about having too much stuff in my town. Ideally I’d like to sell the items for in game cash, but I’d be happy enough just to delete the unwanted items.

    • I wish there was a way to sell the stuff that we don’t want anymore in inventory.

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  10. We need a delete option !

  11. Don’t nuke the town. I have made little town sections to incorporate all the weird things that we have been given. The dinosaurs are in an area behind the museum. The sphinx and all the Egyptian stuff along with other desert type stuff is in an area near all the casinos. I have areas of sharks I have areas of houses I have a Christmas area I have a spooky area consisting of most of the Halloween stuff. I have a western town etc. The biggest help is that they keep giving us land now, the hardest thing is staying below the item And actually having designs. I have gotten rid of so many trees, flowers and fences to fix things, some help the designs some do not.
    With how bad the storage sorting is nuking is not an option.

  12. I’ve gone surgical after a town that became one big house farm and random ornament dump, with stuff squashed up by tapping interval to speed up gathering income.
    Then finally I got that KEM farming involved selling them to work properly rather than just keep building more to get $s, bye bye to 256 KEMs.
    That means I can work on my bonus and ( promise, honest !! ) reduce the house farm without losing income.
    I’ve also crafted loads of income paying spooky and retro houses previously and around 4 land tiles worth of those painted slums in case they began to pay out.
    While most ornaments are now stored, those slums remain for conformity and I trawled my inventory to find the things with a bonus % and put them out, but safely out of the way as I set out the other 50% of my buildings.
    Oh yeah, and a load of trees squished, again for the conformity.
    Now I’ll tweak a little and get used to my new layouts – can’t find a damn thing half the time – and see what gets added as the snow falls
    Then I’ll deal with fences and plants and all those crafted lamp posts and street furniture as well as the oddities.
    I mentioned before if you’ve ever seen anything of Glastonbury Festival, I’m setting stages and tents and random totem poles and stalls and whatnot but without the mud.
    And then… Troll stuff – anyone want some as I’ve got plenty to spare and I sure as anything ain’t gonna use it all ?!!

  13. Don’t nuke your town, I never would anyway. I’d rather spend hours using the select button and moving things around to keep things I’ve purchased with doughnuts that I’ve bought with my money, than nuke the town and possibly lose some of those items. You can store it, who cares if it sits in your inventory forever? At least it isn’t a sore spot in your town, if you don’t want it shown.

    • Nuke it’s still a gigantic time killa

      The lazy EA
      doesn’t invest on to improve
      Quality of life of TSTO

      Better scripted Events

      > Should be separated
      >>> %Items
      >>> Thermometer Items separated
      >>> Task related items

      Auto changing Theme per Event/season or even episode!

      Whaaat! I will stop right now
      I’m losing the point…

      Nuke it’s still a gigantic time killa
      if you have the time, do it

      4lvinos from Brazil


    I loved every minute of rebuilding my town from scratch with 10,000 plus items 🖒

  15. I would never nuke my town, nor usually advise others to do so, but, reading what you wrote closely, and knowing that you’ve done it before (so you’re fully cognizant of what you’re in for), it really seemed like you were looking for folks to help give you the push you need (and deep down want) to nuke again, so that’s what I voted for.

    But, if I hadn’t seen that subtext in your writings, I would have choosen the “surgical” option.

  16. Another option…for the next time you get new land. Choose an area you want to move or re-arrange. Store all the trees, plants, fences, and any buildings you don’t want to keep out….move all the remaining stuff to the open land. Now plan your cleared area…do you want the same stuff back there, or do you want to move something else there instead? Whatever doesn’t get used, gets stored. When you’ve finished …move on to the next area. As long as you leave an open area to shuffle stuff, you can continue to move things around without nuking. You can easily (well, maybe not easily…but at least efficiently) rearrange your town without worrying about losing anything.
    The secret weapon here…storing all the decor items when you move stuff and then storing what you don’t want back in the area you’re working on. You will be amazed how much stuff you “don’t really love” but hadn’t given much thought to (until you had to decide where you wanted to place it again). Redecorating with trees, plants and fencing when you’re done is easy, and you will probably use less pieces than you originally had out.
    I’ve been shuffling stuff around my town since I started playing, and this system works pretty well.

  17. What’s worse is having dozens of items like train track pieces that I don’t want and can’t sell or delete. There seems no way to get rid of them. I only do the task to get the donuts.

  18. I’ve thought about nuking many times and cannot bring myself to do it for one very, very good reason: the inventory system in TSTO outright SUCKS. The thought of scrolling from left to right into oblivion for hours doesn’t appeal to me in the slightest. Especially when it resets to the beginning each time instead of picking up where you last left one placing an object. I’ll continue to do my best rearranging without nuking, but, until a new inventory GUI is implemented (wishful thinking), I just can’t nuke.

  19. Screenshot parts you like so you can recreate them, then nuke so you can rebuild around it with something you like!

    Me personally: I’ve only nuked once, and then did a full manual rip out of everything I didn’t like. Since then, if it doesn’t satisfy it does that stay….recently tore out my western event area because it just didn’t work for me anymore.

    And I know the hoarding thing….you should see my fences or event craftables…

  20. Tracy-1ltwoody920

    Alissa will go “nuclear in the New Year” ???
    Hmmm, I wonder what her sweetie would say if you asked whether it will be that far into the future before it happens?

  21. I understand completely. Never nuked my town, but used the select all tool and redid my town. The first time took me almost a week as my town was pretty big. But I was happy with the result. Second time took longer and left me wishing that I had left it alone. Ultimately you have to decide whether or not redesigning by nuking or by the selection tool will make you happy and go from there. Just my opinion. Hope this helps.

  22. The surgical method is the better option in my opinion. Select groupings of excess items and store them. Leave them in inventory until you get a spark of creativity. I admit, I also craft far too many items than I will ever need or have space for…but someday I’ll really wish I had those 250 braziers from the Pagan Christmas. I am a product of the pre-2016 TSTO where a crafted item may one day become premium and give a bonus. I’m still hoping if I craft the right item multiple times, one day my bonus multiplier will skyrocket. I should just admit, those days are over.
    I keep crating walls and fences, but rarely use them. Since my Halloween section grows every year it’s good to have them. I have over 600 jack-o-lanterns from Halloween 2016! I bought hundreds of rainbow trees, some went to Krustyland, some in Springfield and I have a few dozen in storage. I suppose when I buy up all the land, I’ll have to fill the space with something. I’m glad I’ve hoarded many items. What’s worse than placing a fence line around a property and coming up just a few short? Of course EA has made it much easier to hoard with all the games within the game which pay out in decorations. Who else has nearly 1000 chain-link fences? 250 barrels?
    Sorry for rambling. Hi, my name is K and I’m an addict. I love the game. I’ve played since August 2015. I’m looking forward to the Alien Christmas. I love Kang and Kodos. Happy tapping everyone!

  23. Also a hoarder. I had to have everything and for the longest time I found difficulty cramming everything intogether. Since the last few events I found myself with a ton of open land. Not because I quit getting everything but I was used to cramming it all in and really they offer a lot more land than they used to. I thought abought the nuke option for about .0054 seconds. It’s messy but I’m keeping what I like and fixing things that have bugged me forever. It’s become a huge project and left a great void in what used to be the heart of my town. I love what I have done with more space but now, just tonight, I got the warning…too many items warning.

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