Category Archives: Tapped Out

Live From the REAL Springfield- A Quest for the Truth Begins

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Over the years, one of the most hotly debated Simpsons topics has been, “Where is the REAL Springfield?”  Or at the very least…”Where is the Springfield that inspired Matt Groening to name the Simpson’s hometown, Springfield?”

It is a question that is asked of him at almost every Comic-Con press session. And after 27 years, that is a LOT of Comic-Cons.

However, as someone who “knows Matt”…or at least knows a lot of people who know Matt…or his sister…I feel that I can have a vetted and valid voice in the discussion, and have made it my life’s work (OK. That is a huge exaggeration…but it is an election year), to find out the answer!!

Now, I know that there are a ton of you out there who would like to lay claim to this honor. There are a TON of Springfield’s in the world.  Trust me. And if you don’t trust me, then take a look at this WIKI page.

That’s right. There are Springfields in every shape and size…across the entire world!! (or at least in places where they can pronounce the word “Springfield”).

But, as I will reveal over the course of several installments, I believe with my donut-fattened heart, that the REAL SPRINGFIELD is in Matt’s Home State (mostly) of OREGON!

Let the unraveling begin!!
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What Kind of Tapper Are You? Part II

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Wow. Can I just say, WOW???  The response to last week’s “What Kind of Tapper” post was overwhelming and amazing!!  We were really excited to hear from so many of you who “came out of the shadows” to comment, offer your insight to how you play, and generally, just join in the fun.  All comments, from all tappers are more than welcome here, and it was great to see so many new faces.

To continue with the theme… what I want to know this week, is “the rest of the story” as Paul Harvey used to say (does anyone remember Paul Harvey?). While I realize that many of the most ardent commenters on the site appear to be TOT++++ tappers with huge amounts of time dedicated to their tapping obsession (the “O” in TOT), there is a large number of you who seem to have found balance in your tapping lives, in order to…wellhave a life!

In one of the updates, they started using a term that really struck me as a perfect description of time in the non-tapping and tapping world. “Life Currency” is something that really resonates, especially for those of us of the “age challenged” sector that are realizing the finite reality of this form of currency.

Time…and what you do with it outside of the game is what this post is all about.
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Totbox’s Throwback Thursday: S2 E8 Bart the daredevil

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, This THURSDAY, THURSDAY, THURSDAY, Get ready for something amazing!!!

Wait, it is Thursday?… I don’t know if I’ll be able to live up to that hype :p

Evel Knievel was alive when this episode aired on December 6th 1990, and he may have had some flashbacks to his failed jump at Snake River Canyon (1974). You would have thought he would have died many times over (considering he is world record holder for the most bones broken in a lifetime) but he passed away (unrelated to stunts) in the year 2007. But this isn’t an eulogy, it’s a celebration to the insane art of Danger. Put on your safety goggles, and knee pads, and helmets, and gloves, and seatbelts, and cups (if you need one), And get ready for this extreme episode:

“Bart the Daredevil”

“Danger” ISN’T Bart’s middle name but he’d prefer it.

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Reminder on the TSTO Addicts Shirts!

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Just popping in with a reminder about the Addicts Shirts!  I promise I won’t annoy you with constant reminders on this, BUT these are LIMITED TIME and there’s only FIVE DAYS left to get yours!

So many of you have stepped up and purchased yours, which is awesome! But I know the post has long since been buried by loads of Sci-Fi related posts…so I wanted to post another reminder just in case some of you missed it!

Remember this are unique to us and every shirt sold directly benefits this site.   So now you can support for your favorite site AND look stylin’ while doing it!

We’ve got a few styles to choose from….

American Apparel (Crew Neck) Tee in Black

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Or Blue

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American Apparel Fitted Women’s Fitted Tee in Black

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Or Blue

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These babies are Limited Edition and only available for purchase for the next FIVE Days!! So you’ll want to pick one of these up before they’re gone!

Go here to get the shirts, and again remember they’re Limited Edition so grab yours before they’re gone (they’ll be gone on September 26th)!

Thanks guys!🙂

The Art of TSTO: Springfield At Night

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

It’s time for another post in our “Art of TSTO” Series.  This time we’re taking a look at night mode.

Ever wonder what our pocket-sized Springfields would look like if TSTO had a night mode?  Come on I know you have, who hasn’t?!

Our good friend Toxicshark has once again taken to photoshop to do some amazing, and detailed, work exploring that TSTO would like with night mode. After seeing a few awesome shots from Toxic I knew it was time for another Art of TSTO post.

So I asked Toxic to send me some of his favorites and I’d feature them here at Addicts.  And here’s a collection of what he sent…

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Tapped Out Event Walkthroughs: Sci-Fi Main Questline and Homer Easter Eggs

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

The 2016 Sci-Fi Event brought us loads of witty dialogue..with fun twists, turns and a load of laughs!  

While we’ve had the Turbo Tappin’ version of each questline up for all of the questlines for a while now, we thought now would be a fun time to take a look back at all the dialogue and jokes of the freemium questlines of the event.  So if you missed any of the dialogue during the event we’ve got it all here for you!

So let’s get started with the complete dialogue main questline AND Homer Easter Egg walkthroughs for the Sci-Fi Event…stephenhawking_victory_pose_image_24
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What Kind of a Tapper Are You? We want to know…

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In the realm of “gaming maturity,” TSTO should be an old codger, doddering on bandied legs toward the pudding line at the rest home lunch counter.  But, surprisingly, the game continues to reinvent itself and morph into new versions of its former self that appear to keep it fresh and alluring. For those of us who have “known” (not Biblically, but casually) TSTO since its birth, the changes have been dramatic, and obvious, harkening to a friend who shows up for a monthly dinner with a facelift, dyed hair, and a boob job, but still has that ring of familiarity that allows you to feel comfortable while feeling uncertain if they have “gone too far” in their quest to remain relevant to younger players.

To quote Booberella, “mmmm…boobs!”  No wait…that was Homer…or Moe…or me… but I digress…

The real thing that I notice as a TSTO blogger of three years, is not so much the changes in the game, but what I see as clear delineations in the players who play the game. The game has changed, no doubt about it. But, so have the players.

The game has gone from a very casual, some would say stilted and low-tech pace, to one that is based upon incessant, frantic, cadenced tapping that requires a sense of dedication for those who “want it all” without spending copious amounts of real money. What has become clear, is that many of the casual tappers have dropped out of the game, replaced by the super tappers who live, eat and breathe the game, perhaps to the detriment of their “Real Lives.”

The key question at this point may very well be, “What Is a Real Tapper’s Life Like?” and “If Tapping Takes Over the Majority of Your Waking Hours, Is Your Life Still Real?”

STOP…do not hit the “comment button” until you read the rest of this post. Really. Back away from your padular device and take a breath.  This isn’t an attack piece, or even an opinion piece…we really want to understand the changes that have happened in the game and the tappers of the game, so we can better serve both. OK?

Let’s take a look at the evolution of both…so we can understand where we are headed. If we understand you, and why and how you tap, we can figure out how to keep everyone happy…mostly…kinda…

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TSTO Addicts Shirts!

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

I’ve got something fun that we’ve been working on to share with you…

Tapped Out Addicts Shirts!

Now you can show your Tapped Out Pride at home, at work or at your local Lard Lad Donut Shop!

We’ve got a few styles to choose from….

American Apparel (Crew Neck) Tee in Black

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Or Blue

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American Apparel Fitted Women’s Fitted Tee in Black

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Or Blue

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These babies are Limited Edition and only available for purchase for the next TEN Days!! So you’ll want to pick one of these up before they’re gone!

The best part of it?  Every T-Shirt sale directly benefits this site.  So now you can support for your favorite site AND look stylin’ while doing it!

Go here to get the shirts, and again remember they’re Limited Edition so grab yours before they’re gone (they’ll be gone on September 26th)!

P.S. For those asking about the Addicts graphic t-shirt, that we most recently gave away during the Better Put On Pants Contest…for right now I’ve decided I’m going to hold them for contest giveaways.  We only have so many left and I’d like to keep them for prizes for future contests.  :)

Totbox’s Throwback Thursday: S2 E7 Bart Vs. Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving time travelers!

The American Thanksgiving has it’s origin all the way back to the year 1621 as you probably learned in grade school. NOW (as it was in this episode of the Simpsons) Thanksgiving is about family, gluttony, football, parades, discomfort, and guilt (but what they didn’t do then was get ready for Black Friday Sales – good times). But this isn’t about my thoughts about the more awkward of holidays, it’s about the Simpson family and their family awkwardness.

“Bart vs. Thanksgiving”

Bart’s poor behavior is the centerpiece to this Thanksgiving episode.

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Sci-Fi XP Farming: What to Craft to Increase Your XP (When You’re Done Crafting What You Want)

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Popping in quick with a post about what to craft with all those Future Bucks when you’re all done crafting everything you really want in Springfield.

Or as a better way to put it…what’s the best item to craft over and over again to gain the most XP to increase your level up donuts.

For those who don’t know what XP farming is, it’s basically a method of turning on your XP Collider (yes even though it costs donuts) and then purchasing one item or another (Rat Trap Trucks and Bloodmobiles are the most commonly used) to gain loads of XP to level up quickly.  Leveling up quickly results in free donuts (since you gain donuts each time you level up).  Therefore XP farming = free donuts.

For those still confused we have a post about it here and we’ll be doing another post about it once the event is over.

Now, what should you craft to get the most bang for those leftover future bucks?  Let’s find out…

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