Category Archives: Tapped Out

When the TSTO Addicts Community Can Become More…

It’s been nine months since Alissa and I shared a lunch in New Jersey, with Riley refereeing the discussion about “burying the hatchet, and coming back to Addicts.”  To be honest, I don’t know who instigated the idea…but we both knew that I was burned out on managing a business, TSTO Friends (by myself), a giant family, and our work in Uganda. Something had to give…

In the end, it was one of the best decisions I have made in a long time. Yes, there was wailing and gnashing of teeth on both sides, as my loyal readers at Friends didn’t want me to quit, and those who had come to hate me for various reasons (founded and unfounded) at Addicts were more than protective and wary of my “ruining” Addicts with my “Cranky Posts” and “guilt trips.”

What I hope we have ALL learned in the past year (especially those who watch our Addicts Live posts) is that I have softened, am generally happy, and love being here.

The friendships that have been rekindled between Alissa, Wookie and I are important (perhaps someday they will explain where Bunny ran off to…but, it’s just not important at this juncture). We are a team…and good friends…and willingly donate our time and efforts to keeping you informed and entertained about TSTO, while offering a place to hang out.

I get pestered regularly by my old regulars (many of whom followed me over, but remain relatively quiet over here) to tell the story of our work in Buyijja. But the fact is, my “Less than welcoming vibe” about the topic (as in, I was warned by countless TSTO diehards NOT to talk about anything but TSTO!!!!!), has kept me from doing so.

However, Alissa is a huge supporter of our work (everything I earn here goes directly to our work there)…and even in the worst of times between us all, Wookie/Joe donated, knowing that the work surpassed the disagreements we had. It was Alissa who gave me the OK to start the conversation, but I had still been hesitant.

But now, there is an emergency situation that makes it necessary for me to shout, “COME ON… GET OVER IT…WE ARE MORE THAN JUST TSTO!!!!”
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Secret Agent Dossiers: G.H.O.S.T. Prize Track Tasks 1-9

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Happy Saturday!  Dropping in with a rare game post on a Saturday because…a new series of Dossiers have unlocked this morning!  9 days of Dossiers lead to an all new mystery prize.

A quick reminder of what happens in the Situation Room can be found here, but let’s get into the new details for the G.H.O.S.T Dossiers.  Including each days task and what prize you’re working towards!

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Bont or Bond(s)…Who is YOUR Favorite?

This is one of those topics that could, and perhaps will, be debated for decades.  After all, Ian Fleming’s original super-spy character was instrumental in the lives of generations of kids and adults alike (kids who loved the spy stuff, and Moms who loved to drool over the latest hotness that was/is James Bond).  And let’s not forget the Act I reward in this update…our own Bont! (name changed to protect EA/Gracie from lawsuits).

Let’s take a look back at the bevy of Bonds, and start the conversation over “who was the best?”

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Confessions of a GOGing Tapper

There is little doubt, that EA has moved into a new “Era of the Grind.”

One might ask “what is grinding?” To which I would reply, “Hold on…I’ll tell you a soon as I clear all of my Agency Headquarters tasks.”

There are loads of definitions of the word “Grindingm” and some of which are actually clean enough to post here on a family site (I’ll wait, while you go and Google the Urban Dictionary version…).
1.(of a state) oppressive, tedious, and seemingly without end.
“grinding poverty”
2. (of a sound or motion) harsh and grating. “the group’s grinding, ear-splitting guitar”

Yeah…that sounds about right. Tedious tapping, while your phone blows through a symphonic cacophony of sounds.

Oh…and for those of you who looked up the urban dictionary versions…I can assure you that this article will NOT be covering any aspect of THAT kind of grinding.

No…this is all about a combination of definitions #1 and #2, which could be morphed into the REAL definition as it applies to TSTO, which is…
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Gil’s Latest Gimmick: Details & Should You Buy the Nerds?

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Looks like Gil’s back in Springfield this morning.  What’s the latest gimmick he’s peddling?  One word…NERDS!

So let’s breakdown the details of this latest offer and determine if you should spend your donuts on this nerdy trio….


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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…..

After a week off The Simpsons are back this week with an all new episode this week.  Will you be checking it out?

In case you missed it, we had another hilarious episode of Addicts Live! yesterday, have you checked it out yet?  Did you enjoy the little tour of Patric’s house?  How about the “what will Patric do?” segment?

Also yesterday, we launched the Foolish Fun contest.  Contest ends tonight, so be sure to enter.

The Secret Agent event hit our games last week, what are your initial thoughts on the event?  How are you doing in your prize track?

How was your weekend?  Do anything fun and exciting?

So chat about the Simpsons, TSTO, Update fun, or anything else you can think of!  Can’t wait to chat with you all, you know we love hearing from you!

Have Fun!  And happy Sunday!

Episode Reminder: The Caper Chase

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

It’s almost Sunday and the Simpsons are back  this week with an all new episode!

So here’s your official TSTO Addicts reminder…all new episode of The Simpsons, this Sunday, April 2nd, on FOX….“The Caper Chase”

So what do The Simpsons have in store for us this week?  Here’s the episode information released from FOX:

Disappointed in Yale, Mr. Burns decides to start his own for-profit university and Homer is hired as a professor.

And here’s the sneak peek for this week’s episode from FOX:

Be sure to tune in tomorrow night to see all the fun.

As always after the episode airs we’ll have a full episode recap!

Are you excited for the new Episode?  What do you think will happen in the new episode? Sound off in the comments below, you know we love hearing from you!

Addicts Live! Episode 9- The Spy Next Door

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Welcome to Addicts Live!  We’ll get the stream going at 12 Noon EDT (for timezone converter check here)…

For those viewing a little before noon, sit tight and it’ll show up in the video below shortly.  For those viewing during the live stream, just hit play and you’ll get tuned it.  You also have the ability to go back (rewind) in case you missed something.  🙂  And for those joining after the live stream, you can view the recording of the video right here.

No matter how, or when, you’re viewing thanks for watching and we hope you have fun!

In this episode we’ll discuss the recent Secret Agents Event in TSTO, find out if EA is spoiling themselves, have a little foolish fun (like we do every episode!) and of course we’ll be fielding your questions!  So join us live for all the fun!

Remember, this is meant to be interactive.  So ask your questions, give us your opinions and share your thoughts in the comments below..and we’ll read what we can live! 🙂

Show Notes:

April Fools Contest


About Those Schematics…

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

So I wanted to take a minute to discuss something on everyone’s mind, the 1 major gripe y’all seem to be having with this event…

The darn crafting currency and it’s (lack of) drop rate!

So it’s super slow going collecting those schematics for Act 1 & naturally that leads to panic among many of you..  So let’s all take a step back, a deep breath & do a little investigating to see just what’s going on… Continue reading

Secret Agents Update – The Code for The Math That Completes the Mission

Hello there TSTO Agents…

Should you choose to accept this mission, you will be honored in ways that not only give you rewards worthy of your talents and dedication, but the well-deserved pride in taking on a job that seems tough to most, but can only be accomplished by someone of your amazing intelligence, fortitude and cunning.

You will be required to use every ounce of your power of reasoning to complete all of the tasks in this mission.

OR…you could just follow along below to get the math that will make this job so simple, that even a child with good math skills, or a Homer with a daughter with good math skills could complete it.

Here are the details…
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