Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!
Well in yet another surprising twist…EA has sent us a spoiler packet for the next MINI-EVENT in TSTO. That…never happens. But they’re REALLY excited about this one, and honestly after looking through the packet, I can see why! This looks like it could be the mini-event of the year, for sure, and possibly the best mini-event since…well, ever. We shall see.
Anyway, they literally sent us the spoiler packet about 30 minutes ago and then gave us the greenlight to share the spoilers with you guys. (of course it took me a little bit of time to write this up) So, unfortunately, no time for a spoiler video (given that I’m at work, and Safi is traveling)…BUT I’m still able to do a spoiler post.
For those who just want a couple of basics, without getting all of the spoilers…here are those basics:
-This is a mini-event. From what the packet says, it’ll start on November 17th at 9am ET. (1400 UTC) Note the 2 hour earlier start time.
-Because it’s a mini-event it’ll run for 2 weeks, and it ends December 1st. (also at 9am ET, 1400 UTC)
-Standard mini-event. 1 prize track, 1 premium character combo (150 donuts for the combo)
-You’ll need to be at or above Level 15 for this to trigger.
-Characters needed are: Homer, Bart, Lisa, Marge, Grampa, Wiggum, Moe, Quimby, and new Premium character with the event. (that’s just to earn currency. I don’t have details on questline just yet)
-There will be a Black Friday special. Similar to last year it’ll be a prize track where you need to purchase donuts (with real life cash) to unlock special NEW prizes.
-There will be a Gold Mystery Box, with returning items in it. However, it looks like you can only get the tokens for it via the Black Friday Track. This will be something we’ll have to look into once the files hit.
-At the moment, I don’t know if the other (traditional/returning content) Black Friday Mystery Boxes will be returning.
-There will be NEW LAND with this mini-event
-There will also be an item limit expansion (by 1,000) with this mini-event. New total will be 15,000.
-And finally, there is a “twist” element to this event. Where you’ll need to do something to complete something else. So for those looking for something more to do then just tap…it’s coming with this mini-event.
Now, here’s your official warning….SPOILERS AHEAD! If you don’t want to know, don’t click below…
Ok…now onto those fun SPOILERS!
The title of this mini-event is Northward Bound. And here’s the event overview from EA:
When Springfield hears about the Northwest Passage and how much trading it’s bringing into Canada, they decide it’s time to find their own new trading route to the north.
Unequipped to navigate the harsh, northern frontier themselves, Springfield hires Connie Appleseed to guide the local residents through the wilderness. However, it quickly becomes apparent that modern day life has left these would-be settlers without the rugged nature required to survive such an expedition. After a gruelling trek, the group finally reaches the entrance to the frontier, with one small problem: there’s a canyon in the way and the bridge is broken. Connie believes the bridge can be fixed if everyone works together, but the “solution” presented by Homer doesn’t pan out. It’s now up to Connie Appleseed to figure out a way to repair the bridge so the adventurers can reach the new frontier.
And, something new with this mini-event, EA has done a dedicated new Splash Screen (and it’s not just adding Turkeys), here’s a look at the Splash Screen:
Guys, this Splash Screen is freaking AWESOME! This may be one of my top 3-5 favorite Splash Screens of all time. I LOVE that the Northern Lights are on here, it just looks so incredible!
Ok so here’s the prize track (at the moment I do not have the currency requirements for these). And remember, it’s a mini-event, so it’s just 1 prize track (5 prizes) for the entire two weeks…
As mentioned above the fold, as per usual, there’s one new premium combo with this mini-event.
Cookie and Lazy I Ranch (Character and Building) Which will run 150 Donuts
Now onto the Land Expansion. Here’s where the twist I mentioned above the fold comes into play. So I don’t mess any of this up, and because I haven’t actually seen or played it first hand, here’s the direct info from EA on the new land….
After the event prize track is completed, players will have access to a new land expansion, accessible through Springfield Heights. In order to unlock this land, players will need to unlock the available land from Springfield Heights that leads to the bridge, and complete a quest to repair the bridge across the canyon. Once repaired, the player has access to the new land area and the first land tile on the other side of the bridge is unlocked by default.
On the other side of the bridge is a “Prospector’s Shack” already placed in the land. This building serves as the hub from which the player can send characters on prospecting jobs that unlock new land tiles in this new area. Tapping on this building shows the list of characters who can do these prospecting jobs, and the player can start the jobs from there. These jobs require Prospector Maps which are generated automatically over time by this building, and award Land Deeds to unlock the new land tiles.
As part of the event storyline, rumor has it that there are donuts in them thar hills, and everyone is headed to the northeast for the donut rush.
Every new land tile unlocked in the northeast will have a special donut vein decoration randomly placed in it, like a vein of ore, except full of donuts. When the player taps on the donut vein, they mine it and receive a small random amount of donuts, and then the vein becomes normal rocks.
To speed up the rate of acquiring the needed Prospector Maps, the player can acquire the Jackpot Realty building which generates Prospector Maps with its normal income job. Jackpot Realty is the final prize on the Black Friday prize track.
Land tiles in the new land expansion cannot be unlocked with the Free Land Tokens already existing in the game, and can only be unlocked using Land Deeds from the Prospector’s Shack.
So, from what it sounds like…those who do NOT have more land tiles (or the Golden Goose) can unlock this new land simply by earning prospector maps and “mining” the new land.
Also, and I’ll cover this in a second, there will be an item you can purchase for cash via the Black Friday Prize Track that will help you earn the land even faster. Just depends on how quickly you need/want the new land.
Aside from that…I have no idea how this will actually play out because it hasn’t hit yet. I can’t talk about how it’ll work until I’ve had a chance to play it.
Item Limit Increase
As mentioned above, yes the Item Limits will be increased by 1,000 items with this event. Pushing us to 15,000 as of now.
Just like last year, there will be a Black Friday prize track that you can access if you purchase donuts from the store (with real life cash). Whine, complain, groan, I get it. But…this has been in play for a while now, especially with the development of donut farming. Remember, EA still has to make money to keep this game going. They don’t make money if you donut farm. This is how they make money.
A total of 900 donuts will need to be purchase to complete the prize track. (The Store Full of Donuts for $49.99 USD) You can purchase less donuts to unlock some of the prizes, but if you want all 8 items on the prize track you’ll need to purchase the 900 donuts.
Here’s the breakdown of the Black Friday Prize Track Items (8 total prizes):
-5 Gold Tokens
-7 Gold Tokens
-10 Gold Tokens
-15 Gold Tokens
Gold Mystery Box
Here’s what will be instead of the Gold Mystery Box…
Last year’s Items PLUS new additions from this year… Sorry I don’t have a post to link to from Last Year’s Gold Box…
- Movementarian Compound & The Leader (Building & Character)
- Baby Jesus’ House & Baby Jesus (Building & Character)
- Herod’s Citadel & King Herod (Building & Character)
- Jewish Walk of Fame & Yahweh (Building & Character)
- Captain Mordecai’s Boat & Captain Mordecai (Building & Character)
- Knockers & Titania (Building & Character)
- Greaser’s Café & Wolfguy Jack (Building & Character)
- Sparkle Factory & Future Lovebot (Building & Character)
- Thai Food Factory & Brenda (Building & Character)
- Springfield Barbecue Festival & Tyler Boom (Building & Character)
- Tower of Science & Advisor Frink (Building & Character)
- Gautama Palace & King Gautama (Building & Character)
- Ancient Multiplayer Game & Prince Gautama (Building & Character)
- Jogyesa Temple & The Dalai Lama (Building & Character)
- Tipsy McStagger’s & Harv Bannister (Building & Character)
- Gimbel’s Department Store & Noir Lisa (Building & Character)
- Fantasy Mountain Castle & Evil Godmother Burns (Building & Character)
- Anime District & Anime Homer (Building & Character)
- Alien Utopia & Transdimensional Aliens (Building & Character)
- Cookie Castle & Princess Jules (Building & Character)
- Screaming Monkey Medical Research Center, Mrs. Frink & Octoparrot (Building, Character, & Pet)
- Robot Rumble Arena & Robot Rumble Announcers (Building & Character)
- Heaven & Andre (Decoration & Character)
- Golden Goose Realty (Building)
So if you’re looking for the Golden Goose Realty Building, here’s your chance to get it!
And that’s it guys, all of the spoiler details for the upcoming Northward Bound mini-event!
Look for this event to hit our games on November 17th at 9am ET (1400 UTC)….
Oh and on another note, I mention this on Addicts Live that will air on Saturday but it’s worth repeating here. Starting next week, I’m taking a couple of weeks off, rare for me I know. I’ll be back after Thanksgiving, and in time for any potential Christmas spoilers etc. I’ll try my best to support Safi on a lot of this stuff, but don’t expect the usual rundowns on everything with this mini-event. As much as we can get posted will get posted, but if some stuff you’re used to gets left off I apologize in advance. After 8+ years, I think I’ve worked enough on this site to afford to take a couple of weeks off. I’ll be back at it, full steam ahead, for Christmas!
Thoughts on the Northward Bound mini-event? Content? What are you most excited to see? Sound off below, you know we love hearing from you!