The Buck Stops Here Prize Breakdown: Birch Barlow

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Ah the first update of 2018 is upon us!  As the Buck Stops here mini-event rolled through Springfield last week.  Gotta love mini-events, a nice relaxing way to enjoy some downtime in TSTO but still have something to keep you tapping every so often.

Remember, this event is designed to follow a series of tasks via the questline to unlock prizes.  For each of the parts of the Well-Scare State questline, you’ll have to earn  via various character tasks in order to unlock the prize for that part.

Let’s take a look at the details of the third prize, Birch Barlow.  What it does and how you unlock it…

The third prize unlocked during the Buck Stops Here Mini Event is Birch Barlow:

Here are some more details behind it…

How You Unlock It: Wel-Scare State Pt. 3
Make Springfielders Buy Doomsday Kits- x5. 3hrs.
Earn Executive Orders- x350


Once you’ve completed that part of the questline you’ll automatically unlock Birch and see his character unlock message come up:

And he’s part of the Buck Stops Here Character Collection:

Birch does come with his own questline, however, he can also earn Executive Orders for the prize track.  So use him to earn the EOs first, and then work on his questline.

Here’s a look at his questline….

Info Bores Pt. 1
Birch starts

Birch Barlow: I can’t believe my radio show was canceled just because I said we should nuke Tax-achusetts and dump the ashes in Holly-good-riddance, Cali-won’t-mourn-ia.  Those Politically Corr-wrecked Dumb-ocrats are so thin-skinned!
Declan Desmond: Your unfiltered, tortured-wordplay-ridden ramblings are just what I’m looking for to start my radio production company!
Birch Barlow: Whoa, there. I’m not about to bow down to some tea-bagging British sponsors.
Declan Desmond: I’m talking about satellite radio — no advertisers, no censorship!
Birch Barlow: You mean I’d be able to say whatever I want? You won’t sic the PC Police on me?
Declan Desmond: No! I want your unfettered madness infecting our listeners. Nothing gets more subscribers than an extremist! How do you think Bob Ross got so popular?
Birch Barlow: You have a deal.
Make Birch Barlow Prepare for Radio Show- 4hrs, Earns $175, 4xp

Info Bores Pt. 2
Birch starts

Birch Barlow: Good morning, freedom-likers. Birch Barlow, the fourth branch of government the fifty-first state, is back on the air.  Today we are going to cover the proceedings on Bill HB-0101, a measure that would make False Flag burning illegal. But first, I know what you’re thinking: “Birch, how is it that Spend-o-Crats keep spending”? And that’s something that I’d like to know, too.  We keep getting duped by a party who cannot align on which areas they are corrupt in spending? Call now, and let’s talk.
Make Birch Barlow Take Callers- 4hrs, Earns $175, 45xp
Snake: Hey, Birch, longtime listener, first time use-my-one-phone-call-er. My question for you is, how many times are these Fib-erals going to–
Birch Barlow: “Fib-erals”?! What the hell does that mean? You’re talking jibberish; you aren’t making any sense.  Sounds to me like maybe you’re a guest at the Greybar Hotel because you’re another one of those Liberal Lefties who packed his peace-pipe full of Wacky-Tobacky! Next caller!

Info Bores Pt. 3
Birch starts

Birch Barlow: Good morning again, freedom-lovers. Let’s go ahead and jump right into it. The Capital City politicians are corrupt.  I’m here on the inside, watching the way they work, like the little toy scuba diver in the fishbowl, surrounded by vicious clownfish. First caller!
Moe: Uh, yeah, it sounds like there’s a lot of colludin’ going on behind our backs, under our noses, and in those hard-to-reach places I can never get to with floss.  Is it safe to say that the Democrats have been lying to us this whole time? Did the moon landing not happen? Are they sulfur people from hell?
Birch Barlow: *chuckles* My friend, you have a wild imagination…but you are absolutely right! We are dealing with SULFUR PEOPLE!
Make Birch Barlow Spin Conspiracy Theories- 6hrs, Earns $225, 55xp

Info Bores Pt. 4
Birch starts

Birch Barlow: Good morning, Americans. Today, I must announce to you that we are at war. The Dumb-ocrats are at it again. They think my show perpetuates “LIES” and incites “VIOLENCE”. Well, you know what I think? If it’s American to LIE to get your point across, then call me Bend-the-Truth Franklin! They set their demo-dog Mayor Joe Quimby on me. He’s attempting to organize a boycott. Well the only thing my listeners boycott…are FACTS!
Make Birch Barlow Spin Lies Against Quimby- 4hrs, EArns $175, 45xp

Info Bores Pt. 5
Birch starts

Birch Barlow: Whew. All this hateful rhetoric is really starting to take a toll on my health. *eats donuts* I don’t think I can keep this up much longer, I’m running out of faux outrage.
Declan Desmond: Birchy, baby! There’s my little Republican-do. Your ratings are through the roof, and you have the most callers of any show I’ve ever produced. I want you to keep on spouting your Conserva-nonsense until you’re red in the face. Well, REDDER in the face. How about signing a long-term contract?
Birch Barlow: I get to keep manufacturing rage while you pay me top dollar?
Declan Desmond: Mm-hmm.
Birch Barlow: You’ve got yourself a deal. It’s a pleasure doing business with you. Now get out of here, you job-stealing foreigner!
Make Birch Barlow Go Haywire- 8hrs, Earns $275, 70xp

And here’s a look at Birch’s tasks…

Birch Barlow’s Permanent Tasks….

Task Length Earns Location
Sell Show Merchandise 1hr $70, 17xp Capital City Plaza Hotel
Prepare for Radio Show 4hrs $175, 45xp Outside/Visual
Go Haywire 8hrs $275, 70xp Outside/Visual
Laugh at Others’ Misfortunes 12hrs $420, 100xp Capital City Plaza Hotel
Eat Feelings Away 24hrs $600, 150xp Capital City Plaza Hotel

He also has a 3hr task, but I believe it’s associated with the mini-event & may leave when the event is over.

And that completes the details of the third Buck Stops Here prize!

What are your thoughts on Birch Barlow?  Thoughts on his questline?  Tasks?  Sound off in the comments below, you know we love hearing from you!

28 responses to “The Buck Stops Here Prize Breakdown: Birch Barlow

  1. Josephine Kick@$$

    The Bob Ross mention cracked me up. Right around the same time my niece posted on social media that she was looking for someone to recommend a good painter (they’re renovating their house), my son-in-law posted a pic of Bob, the whole family laughed. I love daughter’s husband! I would say he’s a great kid, but he’s 43 & has been through 3 tours in Afghanistan, so he’s no kid lol.

  2. My game kicked me out last night after I set hour tasks for everyone. I’m missing out on a lot of money and donuts(farming) because my game can not connect to server. I’ve deleted and reinstalled the game 5 times to no help. Also for the past 2 weeks I haven’t been able to place water in the bottom two rows of my town. The water I did have in that location was removed and it will not allow me to pos d water there. Everything else can be placed there.

  3. I keep needing to redownload 1883.3MB, which takes forever-anyone else having this problem??? How do I fix?

  4. I cannot place water on the latest land EA gave us to purchase. Is anyone else having this problem?

  5. Loving this event! Keep up the great dialogue EA!

  6. I’m glad to have Barlow in my Springfield but man is the dialogue worn out and tiresome.

  7. Server is down in Savannah Ga…been at least 2 hrs and reloading the game hasn’t helped. Anybody else unable to connect?

  8. Got all the prizes but the animation eludes me, is it a task?

    • The one with Quimby “Tend Dubious Plant” animation? I believe it is a task for Quimby which is 3 hours. I haven’t seen it in the game yet so I don’t know if he walks around Springfield with the plant or if he is in one place.

  9. Just popped in to say that we appreciate all the hard work that goes into running this site and you do a great job!!! Keep up the awesome work, and have a great 2018!

  10. Sorry to ask here. I bought stonecutters lodge and number 1 but number 1 came with a quest locked. It’s called unfair trade

    What am I missing?

  11. The mini event is good, but when can we expect the main update?

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