Friday Filler – It was the Best of Tools, it Was the Worst of Tools…

Thank Grog It’s Firday!

Look. I’m gonna cut right to it. I’m not in the best of moods to be writing today, as I am dashing this out, before heading off to a funeral for a friend.  If you think you are tired of hearing me writing about maudlin stuff…imagine how I feel, living through a bunch of maudlin news. But, it seems to come with the age.  At this stage in life, the lottery for a long life and the “expiration button” seem to be just a click away. But, I admit to being rattled a bit by the “selection process.”  So many really good people gone…early by most standards…when so many jerks are still around.  But, that’s life. Nobody said it was fair. And the randomness of “who goes when,” is what should keep those behind appreciating the little things in life that make us happy…like TSTO and this great community of tappers!

And….let’s face it…most if not all of the news we got in TSTO was anything but maudlin! We finally got an answer (we think) for the final stage on the Golden Goose Realty.  AND (speaking of “Finally”),  we got a tool that we have been asking for in TSTO, almost as long as there has been a TSTO!

Let’s take a look…

Let’s start with the Golden Goose Real Estate “final chapter.”  Up for question was whether or not the GGR would reset, and allow players to start collecting Free Land Tiles, once new land was added.  But, as we saw this week…the answer appears to be, “NOPE!”  The GGR didn’t reset for those who had “tapped out” of land beforehand. Whether it will in the future, is still a mystery.

And, to confuse things even more, we are getting more land tiles as part of the prizes during the event. Those of us who are still getting them every 12 hours with the GGR, really don’t care that much.  And, if this is all of the land we are going to get for a while (as it seems that this is the last of the unclaimed land on the map), I’m not in a huge rush to grab it all.

I do find it interesting, that there seems to be a relative split between the “Gotta Rush To Get It All” types, and those who are happy to just take the game as it comes, not obsessing with what we might still have in unused land, or every single item.  It’c called moderation, folks. And it is a good way to live life. Take your time…enjoy each stage…be happy with things as they come, rather than festering for what you don’t/can’t have.

The paradox of giant amounts of unused land, while facing item limits if you design too robustly, is not lost on me. But, like everything in life, there are limits.  And it seems…that the big cosmic joke with the GGR, is that it forces you in some ways to just start gobbling up land you might not be able to use to its fullest, with the imposed Item Limits in place.

There’s some huge life lesson there. I’m just too tired of funerals to care right now.

EA is like that. Talk about “the mysteries of life.”  Is this all by a huge plan, some strange way of rewarding and then taking away?  Who knows? It could just be that someone forgot to send the memo to the guys programming the event…that we got the GGR during the last mini-event…which would add to my belief that EA uses teams for different segments…who rarely actually talk to one another. Or, like so many seemingly random and incongruous aspects of this game, the master plan is only known to the creator…and not for us to fully understand.

Oh well…

But, just when our heads were almost raw from scratching them in wonder, we DID get the Full Town Photo Tool!  And it is super cool!

I am not kidding about how long we have been asking for this.  As memory serves (and a bunch of old archived emails supports), one of the original TSTO hacker-dudes, a guy who went by the name of “spAnser” had worked on a way to hack this, clear back in 2013.  He was thrilled….and thought that maybe EA would want it.  Not so much.

But, what is amazing about the way this tool works, is that how quickly and seamlessly it works…when it works.  You do need enough free memory…and it does take a couple of minutes...but the result is pretty cool!

My Current town…CLICK TO ENLARGE…it’s HUGE! 

It really shows how much land I have that I haven’t tapped yet…and why I am thrilled with the GGR to help get it all faster (except for one square…right?).  I have already started redesigning a few chunks on the fringes. But, looking from this view does make me appreciate even more the huge chunk of parks, forests, and the Buddhist prayer forest in the middle of my old town.  It is also far easier to see my original inside joke…my huge “Peeing Man,” something I added in the first couple of months of playing. Still makes me chuckle.

And in some weird way, it really helps me appreciate the evolution and history of tapping in my town.  There it is…right in the middle…the very first few weeks and months of playing this game…virtually unchanged. The Simpson’s house…next to Flanders…and all of the decorations, town square, and edifices of the first year of tapping. A few minor details here and there flipped or shifted to make room for the monorail…but for the most part, a real snapshot of my “early life of TSTO.”

It’s like a life review…right before they pull the plug. But, that would be jumping to conclusions…and trying to “understand the mind of EA,” who for us is the omnipotent all-knowing power that has a great plan for us, yet undetermined.

Or. It’s all just a huge random computer program that has lasted far, far longer than anyone thought it would.

Either way… take the time to enjoy it. Don’t rush. Appreciate what you have…and pay attention to the details.  It’s a game. It’s supposed to make you happy.

Here’s the deal folks…the past few weeks (three funerals in 6 weeks) have pushed me toward simply appreciating every day as a gift.  Life is simply too fragile to take for granted.

As a followup for those who are following…Terri is doing OK. Waiting for her surgery, and enduring several rounds of chemo.  But, her spirit is bright…and her courage amazing. Continue the prayers…she says they are working.

Unfortunately…I was shocked to hear the news about a good friend and former teammate from my high school football team, who was getting on a plane last week…had a heart attack…and died. He was in great shape. A great guy. His family is in shock. So…like I said, you just don’t know. Today we will grieve…and secretly be thankful that it wasn’t our time. We’ll balance out the difference between suffering from some dread disease, and having the time to say goodbye, or having “the power on the server switched off” suddenly with no real warning.  I’ll let you guys decide which feels more fair to you.  I think I would choose the former…it gives you time for one last, big party.

What it comes down to is a feeling of impatience, that sometimes gets in our way.  The feeling to do it all, have more, and get everything the game of life offers, sometimes ends up being the wrong way to play.

Do things that matter. Enjoy every day. It’s all a gift. An amazing, short, unpredictable gift. Enjoy the ride…and stop wasting time trying to figure out the next destination.  The answer comes soon enough.

49 responses to “Friday Filler – It was the Best of Tools, it Was the Worst of Tools…

  1. 3 funerals in 6 weeks? I’m sorry Patric! 🙄

    I will admit that each year brings 1 or 2 that die from my circle of friends (never 3 within a month!), I contemplate life just like I contemplate this Game App (ie are we reaching the end of Land Tokens?). I guess I need to quit plopping and do more remodeling before Time runs out on Saccharine Sunday. 😑

  2. The nice thing I found about my “early life of TSTO” section is it contains most all of the buildings for the Where’s Maggie game to earn more donuts. Just don’t spread Krustyburgers or Brown Houses beyond there and you should be mostly good.

  3. (((HUGS)))

  4. Sorry for your losses and you are absolutely right. Take the time to appreciate all around you. Life is too short to do otherwise. Prayers and all good thoughts for Terri

  5. My condolences for your loss, Patric.

  6. Sorry for your losses. Got to stay positive.
    I’ve been trying to take a photo of my Springfield but it tells me that I don’t have enought memory space. I have over 1 GB free. How much do I need?

  7. Tracy-1ltwoody920

    Sorry for your loss. I hope you are feeling better today. But it comes with age. I know I find myself looking at the Obituaries everyday.
    But the good news is (insert joke here) that so far, I haven’t found mine listed.

    • Lol! We do the “obit lottery.” Anyone 75 and younger is “our team” and deamed “too soon for their time.” Anyone older is on the “borrowed time” team and “had a nice, full life.” If the ratio leans to our team on any given day…we consider it a “win!”

  8. Item count up by another 100 to 12,300 now 😎

    • If I pass that 12,300, my game losses the connection with the EA servers and I loose the donuts which want to harvest with the Bloodmobile buy/sell ☹️

      • Yeah. Unfortunately this is the cap amount. The game won’t let you surpass it. I suggest you start removing some small decorations from the game like fences hidden behind buildings, shrubs, flowers and trees.

        I had to remove all my boardwalk fence to enable a smoother game. I try to keep about 100 under from the upper cap.

  9. Patric
    I’m so sorry for your loss . 🌷 🌹 🌸

    🌞💎 . See ya bye . 👽

  10. I am not a religious person. Not believing in any God, in any religion. So many cruel things happen and happened in the name of a God that I think we should focus on us first and clean our moral mess up. If there truly is something like a God, it will be waiting until we are finished cleaning.

    Anyway, also with a couple of funerals behind me last year I got the strong feeling that there is more to this life, to death and the universe then we know. Nobody is ever truly gone and Einsteins E=m*c2, you might want to interpret as light and matter are just aspects of the same thing. It is a beautiful thought that this famous formula means nothing else as:

    matter is just frozen light and light is matter on the move.

    And knowing that the matter we consist of is made of 98% energy, death might be nothing else than the transition to 100% energy. Matter on the move again. And we, our life, nothing else as a glimpse of light just stopping by for a brief moment in time. Let’s celebrate this moment we had together, we will meet again out there in the universe.

    And this button? I am a plopper. Extremely busy and still waiting for the time to design my city. No need to see my messy plopper town on the big scale 😉

    • This is one of the most enlighten comments I’ve ever seen. Thanks

    • Yep. Been there…done that…and agree 100%.

      If you’re interested in my take after my NDE…go to

      • First off, sorry for the loss of your friend.

        Regarding the GGR, one thought I had was simply that it will get us so hooked on getting more land we start paying the 12 donuts to speed up the Ovulation cycle of the GGR. Of course there is KEM farming.
        Another thought was that it was a product that no one would want to miss at a time of year when people are probably not in a position of much surplus income ( just after the holidays ) might push some to spend real cash on the came for such an unbelievable. Perhaps that’s all there is to it and no great longer term strategy.

        Your website looks very interesting, I’ll have another look when I’m in a better state of mind, my head is foggy today probably due to poor sleep lately.

      • Thank you for sharing Patric!

  11. Sorry for your loss Patric. There was a time when the “Little Black Dress” in my closet meant a party! ( & in those days I was a ballroom & Latin competitive dancer & I had many versions of the “LBD”)

    Now I have a Winter one & a Summer one; Both demure & below knee length, purely for funerals. With one hat to wear with both dresses. There have been too many funerals!

    As a lady of nearly 60yo I’ve outlived all my female friends (most sadly gone to breast cancer) & nearly all my male ones (excepting my husband – though heart attacks have caused problems) – I’ve a male High School friend left thanks to a kidney transplant. I think he dodged the bullet there & is currently touring Australia in a 4WD & campervan with his new lease on life.

    In my younger years it was the males that went… Motorbike & car accidents mostly; Medically acquired AIDS for my best friend back in 1993 – That was hard to bear as the hospital he worked for gave him the tainted blood transfusion back in 1988 when he had a gall bladder operation. I still miss him to this day!

    • I just realised that people might think my kidney transplant friend was a drinker! No! He was born with only 1 kidney & that started to fail in his early 50’s. Hence the transplant.

      My friend; Always known as Tank; Was a footballer & cricketer. A big bloke, who always carried some extra weight around the middle.

      I had to cry when one of his pall bearers was a bloke we used to call “Tiny” – because he was the small younger brother of the family whose yard backed onto Tank’s house when we were growing up. Tank & I were best friends & dance partners since age 13. Jitterbug & Jive was our thing! He could throw me anywhere & I always knew he’d catch me & still keep the beat!

  12. Rusty Shackleford

    Patric. So sorry for your loss. I’m 51 and lost a dear friend 2 weeks ago. Likewise, another friend of mine has serious health problems and has decided to go to hospice. I wish I had some magical words to make everything right, but no such words exist. All we can do is wake up and be thankful for another day, grateful for all we have.

    I’ve been lurking here for two years but had to respond to this. You are all such good people here, nice that we can all enjoy the little things together. Ok, yeah, I’m pissed I didn’t get der Krazy Kraut from der Mystery Box….aghhhh ….

  13. I cant find my picture

  14. It’s weird (or maybe not) but this song has always helped me during sad/dark times.

    And when I die and when I’m gone. There’ll be one child born and a world to carry on, to carry on.

  15. After the newest land was added, I used land tokens to buy all but 2 squares since I wanted to make sure not to buy it all (so GGR would keep making free land tokens). Even though I still had two land squares available to buy/get, I STILL got the message that I had bought all the available land and GGR would revert to generating money instead of free land tokens:(

    I immediately emailed EA help to see if they could fix it or roll my game back, but have not heard anything back. Better to call?

  16. David Billington

    So sorry for your loss and I do understand how you feel having lost my mum the day before Christmas Eve. Currently I’m using my old phone to play till my new (8 week old) one returns from repair so I’ve not tried out the new feature I’m just doing event tapping… no farming or collecting off any houses. I really hope we’re not coming to the end of our game. I’ve played it in my own country ie the UK and at least 3 more in Europe and 1 in North Africa (boy that one was hard). I even play when I’m away touring in my caravan as it actually gives structure to my day. Let’s hope we’ve got at least another 5 years.

  17. I’m sorry for your back-to-back losses. I’m 52, and often forget that I am, because on the inside I don’t feel like a “lady of a certain age.” It hits me, though,when I read the obituaries and I see former teachers, (my old high school assistant principal just yesterday,) and schoolmates listed. It’s not a sad surprise, like when I was young and someone died in their 20’s and everyone said what a tragedy to die so young. The older I get, the death notices just seem to be a roll call of more and more people who are my cohorts, and I know I’ll have a place in that line sooner or later…
    Anyway, sorry for that maudlin turn. I posted to say that I bought all the land tiles, leaving a few water tiles back when the GGR was first released, and all was well. I continued to receive land tile tokens.When this update hit, I bought all the new land, still leaving the water not purchased. Once I bought the final land tile, I got the msg that GGR was done with land tiles for me, because I was greedy and impatient. :0) I guess water tiles no longer count as land tiles. It was nice while it lasted!

    • It’s allowed…after all, I opened the “maudlin urn.” Yep. We are all getting to be “of a certain age,” and the key is to keep the years coming, and appreciate every one.

  18. After seeing other people’s Springfield I may go ahead and blow mine up to start over. LOL… I love these town layouts.

  19. Thanks for your thoughts, Patric. I’m sorry for your losses.

  20. I’m so sorry for your pain. I also grapple with making sense of the truly good people we lose, and the @$$ hats that get to roam the earth spreading misery for too many years.
    Sending positive thoughts and prayers to your Terri.

    • Thanks so much… Yes. The @$$ hats are surely plentiful these days. It may be time for a few to go. But, that isn’t our call, I guess.

  21. I’ve left a land square unclaimed as you advised but GGR has stopped producing land tokens anyway. Hoping it’s going to be reactivated at some point,do you know anything about it? Thanks for all the interesting posts you guys give us and so sorry for your loss.

  22. All of my friends have disappeared.

    Is this another bug?

  23. I WAS gonna complain about that damn spinning donut of death I’ve had for the last hour. I’ll just shut up instead. Sorry for ur loss.

  24. So sorry for your loss. I know hearing or rather reading sorry doesn’t make up for it or help much but I truly feel for you.

    • Thanks. It has been a crappy few weeks on the “death watch.” Thank God I broke it up with serious baby immersion with my grandson, Jake!

      • That’s so awesome CONGRATULATIONS! It’s seems that with death always brings life. Still a pretty crappy system but the life part always rocks.🤘

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