Addicted to The Simpsons Tapped Out? Us too!
Here at TSTO Addicts our goal is to provide addicted tappers, new and old, with a resource for all things Tapped Out. The TSTO Addicts team will try our best everyday to provide you with the most recent and up-to-date info about Tapped Out, as well as countless tips and tricks for making your gaming experience better!
When we set out to create the site we wanted to be different. We wanted to do things no one else was doing, we wanted to stand out. We wanted to laugh and have fun!
Back when we first launched we called ourselves “The Little Blog That Could”. We weren’t the biggest TSTO site but we knew we had something special. Of course, none of this would be possible without you AMAZING readers!
We can’t say this enough…this site would not be what it is today without you amazing readers! You guys make this place fun, we just supply the music and margaritas! We love each and every one of you for being here and being part of this TSTO Community!
Our promise to you, our amazing readers, is to ALWAYS provide you with the best content in a fun way.
We are not EA, we don’t work for EA, FOX or any TSTO affiliates. We just enjoy playing the game, and are also really helpful! We’ve aimed to answer many of the most common questions already, so check out the search box or start browsing the site to see if your question has already been answered. If you’re having a problem playing TSTO, and don’t see your question already answered, just post your question here or on the Questions page and we’ll do our best to find the answer for you. If you’ve found an answer to a question or problem, and would like to share it with others, feel free to add it to the comments here or on the Questions page (don’t worry we’ll be sure to give you credit!). You can also reach us via e-mail at anytime: TSTOAddictsblog@gmail.com.
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The faces behind the posts:
Alissa (yes that is my REAL name): As the co-founder of TSTO Addicts Alissa is ALWAYS around the site. You can find her writing most of the game detailed posts here, as well as on her Thursday Musings, and you can catch her weekly on the Addicts Live Podcast! You can also check out the “Little Addicts” their Adventures with the weekly YouTube Vlog found here.
I’m in my early 30s and the baby of the blog (but not by much!). I’m the “head addict”, in that I started everything you see here (with the help of an old childhood friend). And I strive every day to make it the fun place you know and love!
Born and raised in the “fist-bumping” state of New Jersey, where I currently reside with my amazing husband, daughter, Riley, and son, Sam (a.k.a the “Little Addicts”). I’m a (sometimes) proud graduate of Rutgers University…with a degree in English. As for my “real job””…I know, I have a job besides this blog? Really?! Surprises me too!… I do sales and marketing for a metal manufacturing company.
My husband, Riley, Sam, and I are avid baseball fans, and spend loads of time during baseball season going to games 🙂
Birthday: June 19th
Favorite Simpsons Character: I love them all…but like Marge my favorite would have to be good ole’ Homey. Such a lovable oaf!
Favorite Episode: “Homer At Bat”. I giggle every time I watch it, especially now when I see the Simpsonized Cartoons of Donnie Baseball, The Rocket, the Strawman…and others.
Favorite TSTO time of year: Christmas!!!!
Favorite TSTO Character: Duffman…mostly because I love when he says “Duffman is here to refill your beer!”
Favorite TSTO Building: Duff Stadium. How could I not love a baseball stadium?!
Favorite TSTO task: Hank Scorpio’s Test Flame Thrower! It makes me giggle every time!
Aspirations in Life: Take over the world? Does that count? 🙂
Embarrassing Confession: While on my honeymoon in Jamaica a few years ago, I was forced to go “off the grid” (and to keep it that way my husband locked my phone in the safe!), meaning no tapping and no blog! I would literally be on a float in the middle of the Caribbean Ocean, 80-degree weather, drink in my hand and turn to my husband and say “I wonder how the blog is doing…” “I hope they didn’t blow up the blog”
Check out Alissa (Riley & Sam) on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/addictsalissa/
More about Alissa (including how Addicts started) can be found here
Wookiee: Wookiee is one of the original Addicts. And although his life (he’s working on his masters) takes him away from this site he will ALWAYS be a part of it. He does try to make appearances on Addicts Live when his schedule allows, and that’s generally the best way to find him on this site. You can also find him on his weekly Podcast, Laugh it Up Fuzzball.
30 something father of three. Served almost 14 years in the USAF and going to school to be a history teacher (hence all my free time for this mess).
Real Name: Joey or Joe (or Joey Joe Joe Junior Shabadoo)
Birthday: May 16th
Favorite Simpsons Character: Comic Book Guy. I am an uber-geek at heart. Star Wars, comic books, science fiction, fantasy, cosplay, occassional Trek. He is everything that is good with the world (besides the obesity lol).
Favorite Episode: Season 4, Episode 12 (Marge vs. the Monorail)This is arguably the best episode. It was written by Conan O’Brien AND Leonard Nimoy made a cameo!
Favorite TSTO time of year: Halloween
Favorite TSTO Character: The Rich Texan (just his sayings make this an easy one for me. After all, “America’s not a place for seatbelt-wearing cowards.”
Favorite TSTO Building: Abe Lincoln’s Cabin. I’m a huge history buff so having one of the Best. Presidents. Ever. in my town is righteous!
Favorite TSTO task: Without a question, CBG’s 12 hour Cosplay Task. Although not a trekkie, anything that pays homage to my fellow geeks and/or sci-fi has my love.
Aspirations in Life: To write fiction for a living and to someday record an album of my own music. It hopefully is obvious I like to write words but I also really love to sing. If you ever want to know what auditioning for The Voice is like, let me know, I seriously auditioned for it in December 2013. Sang Broken Road by Rascall Flatts (originally by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) and was told I sing well but that I wasn’t what they were looking for. Guess I’ll stick to my “day job”.
Embarrassing Confession: I have scheduled my TSTO tasks around my real life AND sometimes prefer the company of other Addicts to family and friends.
Bunny: Bunny is another one of the original Addicts. And although life has taken her away from this site for quite some time, she’ll always remain a part of it. She helped build what you see here today and for that, we should all be grateful.
The tomboy in me loves an adrenaline rush and playing hard. (Too many scars and hospital visits to name.) Though…shockingly…I am not good at any sports. (I tried…cross country, track, basketball, softball, and volleyball. I got by, but no Olympic athlete. Lol.) I love orchids. Such an amazingly beautiful flower with so many different colors and styles.
I LOVE to tell stories. Something I got from my late Father. I guess that kinda comes in handy with the writing. 🙂 I started writing a book when I was 9 years old. Had some interest in it, but never followed through. (I was quite young and didn’t know what possibilities I had.) I am a Geek/ Nerd/ Artist/ Creator/ Crafter/ Tomboy. Is that a mix of enough things?
Real Name: You mean it isn’t Bunny? Hmmmm…well…that is MY lil secret. Shhhhhh. I have to keep SOME things to myself still. Makes me all mysterious like. 😉
Favorite Simpsons Character: Shauna & Marge. Shauna for her badass tomboy tough chick attitude. Marge for how she manages to survive the Simpson family and still be an amazingly strong woman.
Favorite Episode: Hmmmm. This is like asking me to pick out my favorite ice cream flavor. There are just TOO many.
Favorite TSTO time of year: Halloween. I always have a blast around the spooky part of the year. I can actually get away with all my tricks. 😉
Favorite TSTO Character: Isn’t it obvious? Shauna. Soooo glad she was brought back into the game. (Just look at my new lil icon I drew. Look familiar?)
Favorite TSTO Building: Bad Dream House. Love the look of it. Helps that it is all spooky and Halloween-esque. (It also reminds me of one of the haunted houses I worked in as a teen.)
Favorite TSTO task: This one varies. So many to pick from. Wiggle Puppy, Tease the ducks, Get Revenge on Homer, Interrogate Squealer…just to name a few.
Aspirations in Life: To just live, love, and laugh. Too much sadness has been in my life. Time for some happy to take over and grow. 🙂
Embarrassing Confession: I get REALLY nervous at times and just…talk. Like a LOT. Like I will not stop talking and start to just go on and on as well as I tend to say the same thing over and over and over and over and over and over. (Just ask poor Alissa.)
Safi (aka Super Safi): Safi started out as a contributor for Addicts, but joined the staff full time in the Summer of 2017. You can often find Safi on his weekly column Monday Musings, or as co-host of Addicts Live! Weekly on Youtube and Podcast Platforms.
I’m a Canadian Addict who is a huge The Simpsons fan. I watch and re-watch every episode, collect the collectibles, comic books, trading cards, puzzles, and most other merchandise. I knew about The Simpsons Tapped Out and was very eager to get it before I started playing, but didn’t have a compatible device. When I got my iPad on July 31st, 2013, Tapped Out was the first app I downloaded. Been frequenting TSTO Addicts since the first week of October 2013 and regularly commenting since December 2013.
Outside of The Simpsons, I’m a huge Batman fan, Wayne Gretzky fan, sports fan (Toronto Blue Jays, Montreal Canadians, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC, New Orleans Saints), and enjoy watching TV shows (The Big Bang Theory, Game of Thrones, Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Gotham, Suits, Modern Family, New Girl, etc.).
Birthday: April 24th
Favorite Simpsons Character: I’d have to go with Milhouse Van Houten, just barely edging out Ralph Wiggum. “Remember the time he ate my goldfish, and you lied to me and said I never had any goldfish? Then why did I have the bowl Bart? Why did I have the bowl?”
Favorite Episode:“Homer at the Bat” (S03, E17) – As a fan of The Simpsons and baseball, this was a great episode. It featured a couple of future Toronto Blue Jays in Jose Canseco and Roger Clemens, both of whom would later be faces of the ‘steroid era’.
Favorite TSTO Time of the Year: As a predominantly freemium player who only purchases premium characters when they go on sale, my favourite time of year is Black Friday. Love those donut rebates. I tend to save up year round and buy as many characters as I can at Black Friday.
Favorite TSTO Character: Sideshow Mel – He was my second premium purchase and first premium character, purchased during the Black Friday sale in November 2015 (if you’re curious, my first premium purchase was the Canadian Flag for 5 donuts in June 2015).
Favorite TSTO Building: Aesthetically, I’d have to go with Duff Stadium. Who doesn’t love a baseball stadium.
Functionally, I love the feature of sending all characters en masse at the Office of Unemployment.
Favorite TSTO Task: Any of Duffman’s “Party Down at …” tasks. I don’t care if it’s at school, church, Moe’s or the penitentiary. Thumbs Up to Party Down!
Aspirations in Life: To quote one Homer Jay Simpson, “All my life I’ve had one dream: to achieve my many goals”.
Embarrassing Confession: This one time, a website moderator asked me for my most embarrassing confession and I couldn’t think of anything. I must confess, it was so embarrassing.
The Retired Addicts…
Patric (a.k.a Cranky Old Guy):
As of March 12th, 2021 after 7 and a half years of TSTO blogging, Patric is officially out of the TSTO blogging game. You can still find his Friday Filler posts archived here on Addicts.
You can also check out his final Friday Filler Post, So Many to Thank, here.
Patric J. Miller has a long, storied background in broadcasting and multimedia production, including writing and arranging the music for the Emmy Award winning Claymation Christmas Celebration for CBS and Atlantic Records. It was there he became enthralled with animated story-telling, as well as meeting Simpsons creator Matt Groening’s brother-in-law, animator Craig Bartlett (Hey Arnold!, PeeWee’s Playhouse, Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train), part of his six-degrees-of separation from Bart Simpson.
Happily married for almost 35 years, with 5 daughters (I’ll let that sink in), and 4 grandkids, Patric continues to explore a rich tapestry of interests and vocations outside of the “Tapping World.”
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