Happy Musings Thursday my friends! I’m back with another musings post for you. The Fall Events have ended (THOH and Thanksgiving) and the Winter Events will be arriving soon (Snow!), which means it’s time to do a combo musings post to wrap up the two Fall events. So, I’ve got some thoughts, let’s get to ’em…
So we’ve got a Multi-Event and Mini-Event in this one, THOH being the Multi and Blargsgiving being the Mini. So we’re going to take each one separately, starting with THOH, but before I do that I just want to remind you all that I compare each event with similar previous events.
So for THOH XXXI: I’m holding this event in the same light as all other multi-events. I’m no longer going to do the “this event was ok, but compared to this event from 6 years ago it was terrible…”. I think we need to compare apples to apples at this point. We all know Stonecutters (from 2014) was the best TSTO event ever, and no event since has lived up to that greatness. So, we have to analyze this multi-event compared to other multi-events. It’s only fair.
And for Blargsgiving: I’m comparing this mini-event to other mini-events. It’s the only fair way to assess each event, to compare it with other like events.
So now let’s break them down, starting with THOH XXXI…
So comparing the 2020 Halloween Event to other multi-events, and reviewing it in the same light…
It was ok, given the Halloween context. I wasn’t a huge fan of the theme, and it certainly wasn’t my favorite THOH theme. But given the context it was ok.
Again, as I say every year…I’m not a big fan of Halloween. So my views may be a little jaded in that regard.
It was an ok event, and surely better than some other 2020 Multi-Events. However, there was nothing spectacular from it, nothing terrible. Just there. Nothing really memorable, at least to me…since most of my THOH items ended up back in inventory.
Ultimately, this event prize track consisted of 2 costumes, 2 new characters, several buildings, and a whole lot of decorations.
Let’s get into the Good, Bad, and Ugly…
-The broken record is talking once again, but yet again the dialogue stands out as the best part of the event. The writers are really putting in solid efforts in the writing and it’s not going unnoticed.
-Free characters on the prize track. I’m always a fan of full characters on prize tracks.
-The premium offering pricing. I like that the item pricing varied between 125-150, but non exceeded 150.
-Animations. The animation of the cursed desk was really well done, as well as several of the character animations. The artist team really stepped it up for THOH this year and it was nice to see.
-Easy to finish
-The theme. A lot of you took issue with the theme of this event. I wasn’t super thrilled with it, feels like 2020 is enough hell for all of us to endure, but a number of you took a big issue with it. I get that it’s Halloween, but I feel like they maybe could have made the central focus a little different.
-Donut Homer for Cash. I’m not a big fan of paying real-life cash for costumes, (Heck I’m not a fan of paying donuts for costumes!) so I wasn’t super thrilled to see this one. I wouldn’t have minded if it was a separate character, but a costume for Homer, of all people, isn’t my idea of a good idea. Donut Homer was a great idea, and something a lot of people wanted, but making him a costume for cash wasn’t great.
Overall I give this event a solid C. With the reputation THOH has in TSTO, yes even Multi-Event THOHs, I think EA missed the mark a bit with this one.
Every year I feel like the Thanksgiving mini-event is generally a miss, and that’s how I felt about this year’s. And I think that’s more a tribute to the amount of Thanksgiving content EA has to work with in the world of The Simpsons…it ain’t much.
This mini-event wasn’t the best of 2020, but it also wasn’t the worse.
The prize track contained a new character, as well as buildings and decorations. A decent mix of items, and not difficult to unlock.
Now let’s get into the Good, Bad, and Ugly…
Note: this is only about Blargsgiving, and not about Black Friday stuff.
-Once again, great dialogue
-Free character on the prize track, never something to complain about
-Swapper Jack’s. I feel like that was the best prize of the whole prize track.
-Blarg Alien premium combo was well worth it. Not only did you get a full character and buildings, but also a bonus % earning decoration.
Really there wasn’t anything I would view as bad with this event…
-A can of jelly. As a prize. Really? Come on EA, you’re better than that.
Overall I give this event a solid B. Lacking in the Thanksgiving content, but again they have to work with what they have. I give them credit for thinking outside the box a bit.
And that’s it my friends. Wrapping up thoughts on the two Fall TSTO events, just in time for Winter to arrive!
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