Category Archives: Design Guide

Simple Town Designs: Rooftop Bowling

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Well we’re knee deep in the Pin Pals Event, with loads of fun prizes and premium buildings!  With this mini event I can’t help but notice we’re once again left trying to make room in our Springfields for items that typically belong inside!  In particular the Bowling Lanes.  I don’t know about you, but where I come from Bowling Lanes are typically INSIDE the Bowling Alley…not outside.

Often, when we’re faced with items that typically would go inside, many tappers would simply stick these items in their inventory and never think of them again.  It can be fairly daunting to find room and a decent design for these types of items.  But, in this case the Bowling Lanes earn a bonus % AND are required to complete certain visual tasks for Pin Pal characters.  So what’s a Tapper to do?

Use a little perspective to create some fun bowling alley designs of course!  So, there’s no better time than the present to share with you all another Simple Town Design all about those Bowling Lanes….


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Driving Cross Country In TSTO Can Be a Confusing…

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As some of you may know, and perhaps even followed, my wife and I did a 30-day, 9,600 mile driving trip. As it is roughly 3,000 miles, coast to coast from Oregon to NYC, you can tell by the mileage that we did a bit of “meandering.”

What we really enjoyed most on our trip, was staying off of the Interstates as much as we could, and feeling the personality of each new town or region as we moved through it. There were some days that we went from High Desert, to the Mountains, to a Valley, and to an Ocean beach, in a single day (and that was just in Oregon!).  It was amazing…as each region, state and town has a unique flavor that set it apart from others, and left an impression of the people who live there, as they are shaped by the environment and topography of their geography and climate.

It occurred to me, that in my current Springfield layout, that “urban/update sprawl” is creating some pretty jarring transitions that would make an average traveler wonder if they have driven into some huge Orlando “Hands Across America” attraction…or had eaten a bad Peyote bean in their chili…

Add to this, that with the newest update, we may be slipping inside of a wormhole along the way, and transitioning not only through distance and space, but time!

TRIPPY!

The real question here is, “How Do You Make Sense of This in Your Springfield??”
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Viva Springfield: Share Your Casino Inspired Design Ideas!

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Viva Springfield…the Casino update has arrived!  With all new Vegas inspired buildings and decorations it can be pretty daunting trying to find the prefect place to put everything.  So I thought what better way to help design your Casino area of Springfield, then with input and shared ideas from each other!

So post screenshots of areas you’re working on.  Something you’re particularly proud of, something you need some input from others on or just something you’re completely lost on.  Have fun and share ideas with each other, that’s what makes the TSTO Addicts community so great!

Personally I’m working on my own Vegas Strip in the lower section of my Springfield, on the new land added with this update.  I’ve already added a Monorail “stop” to the strip..and hope to build it up more as I unlock more casinos and decorations…for now here’s what I’ve got:

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Like I said it’s a work in progress.  I need more stuff.  But I’m slowly working on it.  I’ve got the general idea of what I want to do so far…

Oh and a heads up…we’ll be doing a Springfield Showoff of the Casino update in the coming weeks.  So start laying out those towns and getting them prepped for their glamour shots!  We’ll put up a post when we’re ready to start gathering your images for Showoff, so for now just keep designing.  (please don’t send them in now, they’ll just get lost in the shuffle)

Simple Town Designs: Building a Go Cart Track

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So every once in a while, a period of TSTO downtime pops up and during that, tappers (ourselves included) begin a redesign (or design) phase for their Springfield.  This is something we love to see.  There’s nothing better than seeing tappers expressing their creativity and show casing different ways to build certain areas of Springfield.  That’s the beauty of TSTO!  It’s fluid and you never have to keep a design the same, unless you want to, for very long!  This allows for redesign after redesign and allows you to express your creativity!

Sometimes… we get comments asking for tips and design ideas when it comes to certain areas of Springfield.  While we do have a basic design guide here at Addicts (mostly just tips to get started), we thought it would be fun to create a series of posts based on different ways to design various areas of your Springfield.   Note: In no way do we consider ourselves “experts” at this design stuff, in fact MANY of you could teach us a thing or two about town designs.  These are just fun and different things we’ve come up with, inspired from our own minds or friends towns, to “spice up” our favorite virtual city!

For this edition, I decided it was high time to tackle a design in my B town I’ve been wanting to do for way too long.  It’s been a long time since I first saved this image, but credit goes to a tapper named nehash81.  I honestly don’t remember where I first saw this but my guess is on Flickr.  I’m thankful I at least wrote down the origin ID.  Inspired by this amazing Go Cart Track, I went through it step by step for anyone interested in placing something similar in their towns.

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Diary of a Wookiee: Building an Airport/NARA Launch Facility

TSTO Space: the semi-final frontier (provided EA keeps adding land).  This is the voyage of your resident fuzzball.  His one post mission: to explore a design idea, to seek out why he doesn’t have a life or civilization (as in the descriptive idea of being civilized), to boldly go where let’s be honest a lot of people probably have gone before.

Still chuckling at myself for that pathetic attempt to start a post about town design and wondering why this Deep Space Homer Event has me all nostalgic for the famous opening lines of Star Trek.  I’m going to blame watching “Deep Space Homer” (S5:E15) and laughing at Barney and Homer during their astronaut training.

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Anyhoo… this event has been fun for me so far but getting to the point of this post… all this new NARA stuff has me itching to go over the idea of building your very own airport in TSTO.  If that sounds as good as astronaut ice cream to you, go ahead and click more. Continue reading

Wookieecorp brings you… A-maze-ing Design

Hey hey friends… how’s life?  So the other day I found myself with a bit of free time in my game and was tinkering around with designs.  Staring at the Shinning Maze, I wished it was larger and then I thought to myself… “Self.  What if you just created your own?  If you’d thought of this two weeks ago, you could have saved yourself 55 donuts.” Well… regardless of a premium splurge I feel “meh” about… I did just that.

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Diary of a Wookiee: But what about the land on the East side?

Welcome to the TSTO lifestyles of the not so rich and famous…

Hey hey friends! So in case you’ve been enjoying a real life without a lot of TSTO or the blog, you might not have noticed that EA has been busy. Not only did they dish up a fun Tap Ball Event and Level 55 and 56 but they decided to add Cookiee Kwan and an entire new district with 56 pieces of land!  If you don’t count the 14 water strips… that’s 42 new pieces of possible real estate development!

But wait a tick… Springfield Heights is a district for all the rich folks… the “whales” as Homer calls them.  Not all of us skyfingers are fabulously wealthy and that Kwan always rubbed me the wrong way.  She can have the West side.  Let’s not tell her we always though of that land behind the mountains as North anyways. As a native Californian… you won’t convince me that the water side isn’t the West anyways.

So before the uber rich land became available… EA actually gave us not one but two strips of land with the Tap Ball Event and what’s a Wookiee to do when he has so much more “regular folk” space for designing?  Get to work of course (after getting all his origin posts done first).  FYI… if you ever wanted to see my town, it’s below the break.

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TSTO 101: Parking Lots And Driving Cars

Hey there Hoppereenos!

Bouncing on by with a lil fun run down of some design ideas that have been in the game a while.

We have been seeing an influx of comments from Players wanting areas to put their Cars. Whether it is finding a way to “Park” them or a way to make the “Drive” around town. We have posted similar ideas in the past, but it seems like the perfect time to put up a new and fresh perspective on them.

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For more on the “Bumper Cars”, see post HERE. You can also give it and any path or road a “curved” look to it by adding a few small shrubs or other small items to the corners instead. 😉

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Housekeeping Note: Industrial Showoff

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Just a quick note to let you all know we’ve decided to postpone this week’s industrial showoff.  Since the event hit there’s just tons of content we want to get out, and I’m sure you guys are focused on playing Tap Ball at the moment instead of working on your industrial designs.  So…we’ve decided to postpone it for this week.

So when will be do the industrial showoff?  Well, next Saturday is 4th of July here in the US (well around the world really..since everyone’s calendar says July 4th, but it’s Independence Day here 😉 )…so we won’t be doing showoff then.  SO…we’re postponing the industrial showoff for two weeks.  It’ll go up on July 11th.  (and yes, we’ll post a reminder since that’s 2 weeks away)

So to sum up…the Industrial Showoff is Postponed this week and rescheduled for July 11th.  (so entries must be in by 8pm EDT on Friday July 10th)

Hope you’re having fun playing Tap Ball and can’t wait to see your Industrial Designs in 2 weeks! 🙂

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas…

Hey there Hoppereenos. It is just about that time. Time where our towns start to get a lil sprinkle of white. The characters get all silly. Sparkly lights shine round the town.

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