-First off, Happy Halloween! I hope your day is full of lots of treats and limited tricks! What are your Halloween plans? It’s no secret I’ve never been a big fan of Halloween. It’s one of my few “ba humbug” holidays…but I’ve just never been a fan. However, that’s changing slightly as I get older and have kids! It’s hard to be in a bad mood about a holiday when you see these two smiling faces all dressed up and excited for the day…
Yes, Bo Peep and Woody are all set for their candy adventures! Of course, we already did trick or treating on Sunday…in the form of Trunk or Treating. And these two got more candy than any of us can consume! So we likely won’t be heading out tonight…but they were both excited for their parties at school!
And yes, I reminded Riley that Bo Peep’s staff is not a weapon to use against her friends at school… 😳
-So today is Halloween…and we’ve just started week 2 of Halloween in TSTO! Talk about a disconnect. We’ll be battling monsters well into November. I feel like I say this every year…it just feels like once we’re past the actual holiday (be it Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc)…it’s hard to continue to keep the excitement in TSTO. Halloween’s pretty much over…I’m ready to move onto Thanksgiving! (really I’m ready to move onto Christmas, but my husband says I can’t start talking about Christmas until Thanksgiving is over…)
-I think this year’s Halloween event was supposed to launch a week sooner than it did. With an original end date of November 13th..vs November 20th. While the 13th is still pretty late, it would have been SOOOOO much better than November 20th. Seesh November 20th feels like we should be starting to get snow in Springfield, not just throwing away the pumpkins!
-I’ve got a bunch of thoughts on this year’s THOH event, but as always I’ll wait to reserve judgment until it’s closer to being over. I do understand what EA’s trying to do with a number of things. They’re trying to address our complaints.
We complained for years…especially a certain Cranky person on this site…that 6 week events were too long. So EA finally addressed that and made them 4-week events. Unfortunately, they dumbed them down in the process. 4-week events…good. Dumbed down events…bad.
Over the year’s the biggest complaints players have had is that all these characters/prizes, and they’re used once…during that event, and then never again. So they’re trying to interweave some of these characters back into the storylines. Unfortunately, that means they have to somehow give these characters to players who weren’t around at that time. Which is why they reappear in the prize track. And they award donuts to those who already have the characters hoping they’ll be happy with the donuts, and won’t even realize there were other prizes there. (maybe prizes folks previously spent donuts on)
Of course, while they may think “oh those who already have Dracula will never know he’s in the prize track”, they seem to forget that TSTO players talk. After 6 + years, EA would do well to remember…site’s like this one exist. There are communities of TSTO players out there. Word travels fast in the world of TSTO.
So I kind of see what EA’s doing. And I sort of feel bad for them…in away. Mostly because they’re trying…they’re just failing miserably at it. Also, TSTO players are pretty temperamental. We may want something one day…and then once we get it complain that we want to go back to the way things used to be.
I, however, will never complain about crafting disappearing. I much prefer the option to use your in-game cash to buy items that were once craftables. Gives cash a sense of purpose.
Of course, EA, we’d prefer if you didn’t have selective hearing when it came to what you did/didn’t listen to from the players. Because, if you’re really listening to what we’ve been saying…you would bring back the damn Stonecutters daily puzzles! We’ve only been asking for them to return for 5 years!
Anyway…that’s going to do it for this Halloween edition of Musings! Hope you guys have a great Halloween…and an even better start to November! Enjoy your night!
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