Thank Grog It’s Firday!
Like many of you, between the Covid-Craziness, more politics than any human should have to endure, civil unrest and a clear letdown in our favorite diversion from all of it (TSTO), I found myself trying to find new ways to make the old ways feel new again.
This is common with the modern version of humankind. We seem driven to be discontented with “the status quo” and are in a seemingly constant state of “the next best thing.” Unfortunately, this constant game of “wanting more, but enjoying it less,” has brought us to a point in our existence where more really is less. Less fulfilling, less gratifying, and far less hopeful. And yes…I am talking about the game this time.
But, as I talked about in my last Filler, I have decided to “go back a few clicks” to a more simple time, when I wasn’t obsessed with Bonus %, and could actually slow down enough to design my town, in spite of the Item Limits.
Here are my first baby steps to reclaiming my “Zazz.”
I like that word. It is so silly. But like loads of silly words, it makes you smile when you say it. Zazz…it makes you want to do “Jazz Hands” while it rolls off of your tongue and between your teeth.
Zazz for me is just finding a bit of Joy where you least expect it. And trust me…there is nothing more sad or maddening than having someone take away your joy. Just ask Lucinda Williams.
Well…I don’t have time to look for my Joy in Slidell…or West Memphis…and I sure as hell don’t want to be the one who took hers. So I am on a mission to find my own missing Joy…my Zazz…my reason for tapping.
Like so many other things in life, you have to begin by uncluttering. I find that the busier, and crankier, and more distracted we get…the easier it is to let the clutter happen. It is a weird twist of reality. Being cooped up for weeks and months, you just start compromising on keeping everything in order, and clean. I mean, who in the hell is going to see it? No wonder we wear sweats and tees 24/7/…But, I digress.
In the case of TSTO…as I explained last week…my dissatisfaction with the Item Limits created a giant space of “PlopperVille” where I just dropped much of the stuff I won from events and updates that I really couldn’t place.
Stadiums co-mingled with mansions, weird random retail buildings and even more random decorations. Nothing had context…it was just there. Taking up space…growing almost weekly.
But, as I realized…after a few weeks of having to get rid of Wailing Walls (which I had bought to profusion because of their Bonus% ratings), to make room for anything I wanted to place (because I was at the HARD Item Limit), I was not only reducing my Bonus%, but also getting nothing of real value and satisfaction in return.
What is the BIG DAMN DEAL (BBD) about Bonus% and Farming, if you can’t do anything of value with what you accumulate? Sooooo many hardcore Farmer/Cash Gatherers have towns that look horrible…because they are too busy accumulating! And yes…I am still talking about the game.
So…the first step to de-cluttering and Getting Back My ZAZZ, was deciding that a ton of tennis courts just didn’t need to be part of my reality.
So I stored a TON of them. Two Hundred and Thirty Two, to be exact. It cost me 2.25% for each tennis court stored.
That was 211.5% lost in Bonus. But, ya know what? I hardly notice it with my Donut Pond operation. I lose 3-6 donuts per cycle. BDD!
What I got back, was 232 items I could place, before hitting the hard limit again.
And ROOM...I got some room...to make sense of my design.
In my original design, I had justified the massive mess of tennis courts as a way of making the area a “Minimum Security Prison,” where all of my most spurious criminal types had their ill-gotten homes, in a “gated community.” It was a weak-ass attempt to make sense of the excess. I even had to HIDE the tennis ball machines behind the building.
But, now…even this small change, allowed me to REALLY make this a “gated community, with a few tennis courts, water features, the “Alcatraaaz Mansion,” even the “Palm Springfield Resort” (because, nothing says ill-gotten gains like Palm Springs…and yes that is a shark tank behind the resort).
It’s a start. A small start. But even just tapping, and moving, and casually designing, burned up a half hour of time…which is waaaaaaay more than I have been dedicating to TSTO over the past several months on a daily, and sometimes weekly basis. Getting rid of clutter…making sense of the mayhem…taking time to design? It’s no BDD to get back my ZAZZ!
I’ll keep you posted…
In the meantime, several of you asked if there were other mobile games that I played, and for months and months and months (and years), the answer was “NO!”
But, now…ironically…I play a game that is ALL about clutter. One of my daughters tipped me off to it. The name, and premise just seemed silly…but, the fact is, I really have fun. I’m not addicted...yet. But, it is very relaxing and entertaining.
There are loads of side premises. It is a “Design Game.” It is a “Memory Game.” It is a “Beat the Competition” game. And yes…you can play it for FREE! It basically only really allows you to play every 4 hours…before it needs to recharge for more “plays,” (unless you are dumb enough to spend real money on it). And if you aren’t careful, you can get locked out for up to 48 hours. It may be the perfect “Non-Additive- Addictive” game out there.
And yes…it’s all about clutter. With each pass of each “Scene” more and more items are added to the screen, forcing you to remember and tap each one, without a mistake, within a set amount of time, to maximize your score for each attempt.
But barely halfway through the “Scene…”
OH…and there is an Ongoing Murder Mystery that plays out. AND you get to build and design an island…rich in cool rich people stuff from the 1920s.
It’s supposed to be very good for “brain health” (the memory/reaction part).
So what doesn’t it have? The Simpsons….and this community.
I will keep playing TSTO…especially as I am getting back my ZAZZ again. I will be bored with the game…and challenged and fulfilled with the design aspects again. It may be the best we can hope for.
But, even a little ZAZZ is a BDD after so many months of “meh.”
OK…so it’s the weekend…JUST FOR FUN, See How Many Different Items You Can Find Between the Two Scenes. There are a TON. (click the pics to enlarge them).