Addicts Open Thread

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

It’s that time of the week again, time for the Addicts Weekly Open Thread!  So, let’s get the conversation going!  Oh and remember…just because this is posted here today doesn’t mean you can’t comment on it all week long.  This open thread will still be open for comments long after today is over!

Here’s where you can talk about anything you want to talk about…TSTO Related, Simpson’s Related or ANYTHING.  Just no Add me requests…those should go here.  We’ll give you a few suggestions (like most Sunday’s you can talk about the current episode of the Simpsons) but for the most part, you’re free to talk about ANYTHING your little Tapping Fingers desire…just keep it PG.

So, here is your Open Thread…..

First, at least here in the US, today was the start of Daylight Savings time.  Did you remember to set your clocks ahead? Do you feel groggy because you missed that hour of sleep?

Lots of things you may have missed this week around the Addicts Site:

The YouTube Subscriber giveaway/contest is still ongoing!  We’re inching closer and closer to hitting that initial giveaway point, so make sure you subscribe for your chance to win!.  Check here for details!  And subscribe to our YouTube Page here to enter.

Another all-new episode of Addicts Live aired yesterday!  Safi and I were back to wrap up Love and War, share YOUR thoughts on the matter, and discuss what might help TSTO going forward.  You can check it out here! Give the video a thumbs up if you enjoyed the conversation!

No new Little Addicts this past week, sorry I just needed a day!  But they’ll be back tomorrow with a brand new episode (the plan is to try Shamrock Shakes for the first time), and you can check out the Little Addicts Playlist here.

Love and War FINALLY ended, with nothing new to immediately replace it what are you hoping to see next?  (mini-event)

A LOT happened here at TSTO Addicts this week.  You may notice a new banner at the top, and someone is missing from it.  Patric, Cranky Old Guy, is officially out of the TSTO blogging game.  And here at Addicts, we are moving forward with the focus on YOU, the amazing readers of this site.

How’s your Springfield design coming?  What are you doing with your town? Share some photos in the comments below! (If you need a refresher on how to add photos to the comments check out this post) 

Any weekend excitement going on in your neck of the woods? St. Patrick’s Day is this week, any plans?

So chat about the Simpsons, TSTO, Update fun, or anything else you can think of! (Just no politics, it never ends well)  Can’t wait to chat with you all, you know we love hearing from you!

Have Fun!  And happy Sunday!

 

86 thoughts on “Addicts Open Thread

    1. Nothing as of yet, but we expect a mini-event (assuming EA sticks to its regular schedule) to hit on St. Patrick’s Day…so we’ll see what it brings 🙂

  1. I’m am looking forward for a new update. Somethings I would like to see is EA opening up more land on the Springfield heights side. There is so much empty land over there. I would also love to see Troy McClure and Gill as permanent characters in Springfield!

  2. Does anyone know off hand what/when the last event was to require neighbor visits? I know it contributed to the “grind” factor, but I also feel like we lost a lot of the sense of community when they went away. Does anyone agree with me, or is it a general feeling of “good riddance?”

      1. Wow, no wonder it’s starting to feel like forever.
        Hope someone looks at the old code soon and does something that we can share with our TSTO friends again.
        You can keep crafting, especially level based, but give us NPCs to go squish and to share, plEAse 😊

      2. I loved the moes ark event being able to create your own zoo in Springfield was probably the last time I had proper fun playing the game rather than just reading dialogue and sending characters off to unlock a building place it then forget about it.

  3. Because I miss it and fancy doing it again I’m going to pick up totbox old tradition of random 10 songs. May not be every week though just as and when I remember feel free to join in and have fun.
    1. Creep – Scott Bradley’s post modern juke feat Karen Marie
    2. Alone – Heart
    3. Cornerstone- arctic monkeys
    4. Ball & socket lounge music – bonejangles and his bone boys (corse bride soundtrack)
    5. Halo 3: one final effort- London Philharmonic orchestra + Andrew skeet
    6. Anything goes – Cole porter
    7. Fluorescent adolescent arctic monkeys
    8- fantasy man- Alice cooper
    9. Africa- toto
    10. Beauty and the beast- David Bowie

    1. My 10 random songs would likely be all Disney songs. Specifically Frozen and Moana…the joys of driving with a 2 and 5 year old

  4. Alright guys, Riley and I tried a Shamrock Shake for the first time (Sam was, and still is, napping). You’ll see what we thought on tomorrow’s Little Addicts Adventures video but have you had a Shamrock Shake before? What do you think of it?

    1. I seen to remember liking them, but, unfortunately, my digestive system doesn’t seem to do that well with mint stuff now. Just one of the bummers of getting older. 🙁

      1. sandrahill –

        I stay away from dairy, so this is the only time during the year that I take a break from that (and I only get a few, because I just don’t do dairy anymore). 💚

        Mint flavor’s not bad, it’s the green food colouring I have concerns over (too much of that will turn everything green – if you know what I mean !) ☘️

        1. Oh, I’d be devastated if I couldn’t have dairy! I can deal with having very limited mint, although I do like it! And not all mint things are a problem, so maybe I could do a shamrock shake!

    2. I miss the original Shamrock Shake (there was no whipped cream at the top), but it’s the same minty taste and green colour (if you 💚 mint chip ice cream? it’s the same taste minus the chocolate chips!) Still go swell with coffee, rum, or vodka! 🍹

      Mcdonald’s introduced the Shamrock Shake way back in 1967 (Hal Rosen, a Connecticut McDonald’s Owner and Operator, made the delicious mint shake in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day). It later debuted across the U.S. in 1970 at every McDonald’s (2020 celebrated 50 Years!) with an add campaign featuring Grimace’s Irish Uncle O’Grimacey! 💚☘️

      https://youtu.be/Zu6q8HzmQ7Q

      By 1974? Sales of the Shamrock Shake helped finance the 1st Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia! It’s a silly tradition for me to grab a Shamrock Shake before they sell out (usually around Valentine’s and before mid-March is when you will find them available). 😋🥤

    3. I 💚 ’em but I’ve been biased since 1970! ☘️ 😹😅

      If the kids and you enjoy mint chip ice cream? then it’s the same mint taste minus the chocolate chips …..

        1. Oh I watched 😉

          I will say Shamrock Shakes are an acquired taste, because they taste like something you would use to flavour your coffee (or the Mrs. says “you make a small shamrock shake last almost week by creating rum shots!” – and she’s right! 😅).

          It’s the green food colouring ….. that’s what you said ‘is leaving a film in my mouth’ (well that green food colouring makes everything green going out and that’s why I only do a little bit at a time once a year!).

          Okay who has the best shakes?
          Shake Shack
          Dairy Queen
          Sonic
          Steak ‘n Shake
          Arby’s
          Burgerfi
          A&W

          C’mon everybody! Chime in! 😋🥤

          1. Sonic wins for that interesting variety (I believe most people out West are partial to In and Out because it’s solid comfort food!)

            https://www.in-n-out.com/

            As for sit down? We really miss Bob’s Big Boy (Burbank, CA is the last one worth going to!) because their Shakes are still served in stainless steel cups w/a stainless steel spoon –

            https://imgur.com/a/BSUkEQ2

      1. It’s a special limited-time shake available from McDonald’s. They bring it back every year (I think) for St. Patrick’s Day. I had never had one, until yesterday. Video will be up at 6:30 my time (about 2 hrs) with mine and the little Addicts reactions to it. 🙂

      2. notnomore928

        It’s a McDonald’s only classic brought out the Day after Valentine’s to St Patrick’s Day since 1970.

        It has a strong minty flavour (but not the same meant as say the mint in toothpaste, or candy) and it’s very green (green food colouring!) 💚☘️

        Shamrock Shakes are not for everybody, at least it’s not as obnoxious as when Burger King tried to introduce a Dr Pepper Shake 3 years ago. 😉

  5. Happy Pi Day.. “Mmmm. Pie *drool gargle noise*

    It’s also Albert Einstein’s birthday, thus it’s also called “Genius Day” so perhaps folks can rewatch episodes such as “Bart the Genius” or the Pie Man episode for Pi Day

    (This is what my life has become, trying to find strange daily holidays/celebrations/observances in order to keep mentally busy and excited about things)
    Like others I look forward to an update. I still need one more Leprechaun to complete that collection so at least I hope they bring that back.

      1. Lisa made two mini Apple cobblers yesterday.
        Does that count?
        Cut up apples, toss in cinnamon, cover with oatmeal and top with slices of butter.
        Just enough to enjoy and not feel too guilty

          1. Of course she did. I told you, she made two. We shared one.
            However, we don’t deliver. Pick up in person, touch less transfer.
            When can we expect you?

    1. WOW! Your cat Snickers looks so much like our cat Lucy.

      Like Snickers, Lucy also has tortitude!

      Tortitude = tortoishell + attitude.

      1. Yep, it did. It worked
        How did we get him?
        ‘Neighbor #1 moved and dumped him and his brother. They hopped the fence and neighbor #2 took both in. Brother became territorial and kicked him out. He crossed the street and shared himself with Neighbor #3 and Neighbor #2.
        Neighbor #3 moved.
        He sat in the driveway staring.
        New family moved in but already had a cat and a dog and didn’t want him. He came by our house, losing weight, not eating. We found out what he usually ate, offered it, he ate a little, then some more, then chose us to be his people.

        He is NOT our cat. We are his people. And we are definitely stuck with that role.

  6. Happy Sunday, everyone! In the spirit of the Open Thread, in which comments don’t have to be TSTO-related, here’s my question for y’all…. What new hobby/task/distraction have you taken up this past year, during the pandemic?

    For me, I’ve recently discovered “diamond painting” – it’s kind of like paint-by-numbers (which never appealed to me at all), but with less mess and more sparkle! I’ve been doing it not so much as an art or craft (since it requires pretty much zero creativity or thought) but more as a relaxing, meditative type of thing. It’s really addictive, too, so I guessed that aspect might appeal to fellow TSTO addicts, lol! 😜

    1. Sounds like fun!
      We’ve done a LOT of home improvement projects, lots of baking (perfected our bagel recipe), and now I’ve moved onto LEGOS. (A much more expensive hobby! 🤦‍♀️)
      Knocked out Mickey and Minnie a couple of weeks ago and now I’m working on Cindarella’s castle..can you tell i miss Disney?

      1. Very cute. (Yesterday was Donald Duck’d birthday.. one of the two days dedicated to celebrate his birthday)
        Oh I forgot to mention another bonus to learning about daily celebrations is times like these where you get to tell people this pointless trivia :p
        It makes me happy, and makes people believe I am smarter than I really am :p

          1. How about the fact that about a mile from where I’m sitting is the site of the first industrial steam engine in the world? 🙂

            It was built to pump water out of the Earl of Dudley’s Coneygree coal mine.

            And when I queued for my first coronavirus jab just over a week ago, I went past Winston Churchill… It’s a steam locomotive at the Black Country Museum!

    2. Hello Sandra (I missed you and missed replying to your comments)
      I have been on an elusive search for a social media community and find myself back here in the safety of the TSTOA community.
      I haven’t been a good visiting neighbor within the game (nor in real life, because those people keep to themselves and like you said ‘pandemic’ so I don’t intend to visit anyone in real life if I don’t have to :p
      As I mentioned in my Pi Day comment, (which I’ll expand on here). I also have been focused on an app that lists common and uncommon holidays every day,
      Today for example is Pi Day, Genius Day (not Guinness Day -lol); learn about butterflies day, potato chip day, and other strange topics.. turns out it is also Mother’s Day for those who live in the UK so, happy Mother’s Day to anyone who lives there or has family origin from there, or Happy Mother’s Day even if you aren’t from the UK 🙂

      It seems small and silly of a habit to find topics of celebration everyday but if we don’t celebrate the small stuff than we just get frustrated that the bigger holidays are too far away. So, celebrate, learn and keep yourself mentally busy (I say to myself)!

      Thanks for asking, happy diamond painting!
      I wish I was that wealthy -lol

      1. Lol – diamond painting doesn’t use real gems! It uses these multifaceted acrylic pieces referred to (for some reason I have yet to understand) as “drills.” You can also get kits that use crystals, but I haven’t done those (too expensive). The kits can actually be quite cheap…you can get them for as little as $5, depending on the size (and how long you’re willing to wait to get them). I’ve mostly spent about $10 for each of my kits, and I spent about $30 up front to get some tools, etc., to make them easier/more pleasant to do (like a small light board, which I think is essential).

        I’m bummed that I done have any pie around for Pi Day! But I like your idea of celebrating something each day. 🙂

        And yes, I missed you too, and I’m happy to start to get our friendly little community back here, now that it’s safe again. 💜

  7. Happy tapping all, feels like it’s been a strange week all round, glad event has ended, not my favorite, hope the removal update comes soon, start afresh and take it as it comes, new st Patrick’s day event would be fantastic.
    Lost a few tsto friend this week when I checked 😥, suppose everyone feeling bored with the same routine, hope that changes for the better.
    Hi to all my tsto friends and the addicts team 😁

    1. Hey Keith

      Happy Sunday and gosh I remember when I had over 70 neighboureenos (I probably only have 20 now).

      I’m not the only one feeling tired today due to ‘daylight savings’ , but I still would feel better not losing an hour ever again (lol!)

      https://imgur.com/a/3B6ZVVh

  8. Long time player and long time reader here, I’ll probably never stop playing at this stage but I am getting increasingly frustrated at the laziness relating to certain elements of the game and I’m wondering if anyone else feels the same.

    Firstly, I hate paying donuts or even real money in some cases for characters only for them to be locked away in a certain building, such as $ Casino or Chez Geuvaras when sent on their 4/8 hour tasks instead of being sent to do their visual task, it’s something I have increasingly noticed with newer characters added to the game. I think the programmers are getting lazy with this and I think that if we are expected to buy characters with donuts or cash, we should be seeing them in our towns. I have had to put numerous buildings I have bought with donuts in storage as a result, which annoys me.

    I am also getting annoyed with the same characters constantly earning event currency and the lack of thought with this. I feel like Artie Ziff should have been earning currency for this event or even Kirk or Luann in the Van Houtens event instead of characters with no real connection to the event.

    Rant over, I know its only little things but hopefully someone might agree lol

    Keep up the great work as always 🙂

    1. Right there with you! But I think EA is just in a rut with game play. Seems the get stuck in a game play cycle every few years. We’re now at 2 full years of multi-event format, so hopefully we’ll see some tweaks soon!

        1. I know! Even though they were frustrating at times, I do miss them. I also have the little corn guys wondering around in my town and occasionally tap them when I see them.

    2. Hi Liam

      Lazy EA = L-EA-Z-Y
      EA deserves the constructive criticism from Tappers such as you (do not hesitate to post away on the official Facebook page – I post thank you’s when I like the Content in an Event, but I also lampoon them mercifulously when EA screws the pooch!) 😅

  9. Hello. Its my birthday St Patrick’s day and having a few days off 🙂

    I have noticed far less TSTO friends visiting my town in the last couple of weeks, anyone else finding the same?

    1. I haven’t been able to visit my neighbours for over a year now….correction…I can visit but can’t tap anything 😢

    2. Hi Mike

      Will be sure to wish you Happy Birthday on St Patrick’s (March 17th), but as for neighboreenos visiting everyone’s Springfield? EA’s Network makes that difficult …. If you try to visit too many? then you will get the Bart Simpson Screen!

  10. Hi, everyone! Since I hit the money limit the daily tasks are almost… money! Even if I cancel the item, the replace is another money. About each 10, 8 are money, one is donuts and one is coffee (that I have also full). Is this happen only for me? Thank you!

    1. I think that’s just a random thing. I’ve been at the max for awhile and still getting donut tasks. Good mix for me cash, donuts, sh currency (which I always cancel)

      1. Usually when I ditch an SH task it throws up another , , ,
        Collect Lattes, nope
        Collect Chairs then, Aaaaggghhh !!!
        Storage is full and there’s no way I’m mucking about with 16 rounds at the googolplex to get 80 chairs no matter what the reward.
        Sometimes it plays nice, Collect from buildings for 6 Ds, well, if I must 😄

        1. Since there are 3 slots and your able to change/switch-out a task per day I leave one slot permanently for those SH tasks (mine is the chair crafting), so every day when I get a fresh task I either do that fresh task or wait yet another day to see if I want to switch out the previous day or the new task, but I still keep the SH task there.
          I usually switch out the tasks that are currency rewards and do the donut reward tasks.

          1. Do you mean that, if you already have a SH task, the game won’t give you another one? Cool! I don’t mind the SH tasks that only require 5 of whatever items it is, because I can knock that out in one go at the Googleplex, but I don’t do the ones that need more than that.

  11. People in the United States are going to receive a stimulus check of $1,400 .
    Just in time for bail money for Saint Patrick’s Day .
    🍀🍻 🍀

    See ya bye . 👽

    1. Hondoriley, I guess you are hoping to best Peter’s Irish dad at the game of drink!

      Hint: Family Guy reference.

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