Category Archives: Tapped Out

Super Safi’s Stats & Strategy Special: Minigames – Excavation Site!

Salutations Senors, Senoras, Senoritas, Statisticians & Strategists,

(Today’s post is sponsored by the letter ‘S’)

Hi, I’m Super Safi and you may remember me from such stats and strategy posts as KEM Farming and the advanced losing-to-win Superheroes battle strategy.

What better way to spend your time than talking math. So from time-to-time, I’ll come to you with a post that delves into the wonderful world of numbers, stats, and/or strategies.

While we’ve previously discussed Springfield Downs and the Go Kart Track a couple months ago, last month and this month we’ll continue to look at most of the Minigames found within our game. After discussing Bigclaw a couple weeks ago, we continue our journey today with the Excavation Site!

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Bonus Percentages – The Fertilizer in Donut Farming

When and if you succumb to the fine art of Donut Farming (as I reluctantly admit to doing recently), you are going to start also becoming a player that is at least casually obsessed with Bonus Percentages Earned from buying and placing a variety of items in your town, which may or may not be bought for their beauty or intrinsic value, but entirely for what they earn.  It’s like the difference between having a nice tile roof on your house, or an array of solar panels.  The tile probably fits the architecture and original intent of the structure…but, the panels are EARNING their keep…all of the time.

Or…think of it like fertilizing your crop.  When you add items to your town that have Bonus % increases, every KEM you farm, every character tapped, every rent or menu collected, will yield more donuts per square green patch.  30 KEMs with a multiplier of 200% will generate 1.2 donuts while those same 30 KEMS will generate 1.7 donuts with a 600% multiplier (at least according to Safi)..until you reach level 939.  See His CHARTS HERE.

Man…OK…so it still sounds complicated. But, using our fertilizer analogy again, your KEM plant will generate way more buds, if you fertilize it with Bonus %. Wait…are were still talking about TSTO?  And what kind of plant are you growing there, son??

As a recent convert (I won’t go into the why right now), I also started caring about Bonus % for the first time. The two go hand in hand. If you are going to  take the time to  farm Bonuts…you better pay attention to the BO-part of the term Bonuts, as in Bonus Donuts. Especially after you crest over the now-storied Level 939, and find yourself having to earn TWICE the number of XP (currently 1M) vs 500K (again currently before you hit 939).

So…Bonus % Items Really Start Mattering…if you want to play in the “big leagues of donut farming.”  I’d like to come up with some romantic or cool term for the “Big Leagues of Donut Farming,” like the “Sprinkle Show,” or the “Big Time Donut Duster” or the “Tragically Obsessed Addicts Who Play Too Much For Their Own Good.”  But, now that I am aspiring to be one of them, it is a waste of time and space.  I’ll just call it, BTDFBig Time Donut Farming.

But, why does the Bonus % matter so much to BTDFers? 
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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…..

The Simpsons are back this week with an all-new episode!  Which will be a total relief to Miss Riley…as all I’ve heard for the last week plus is “I wanna watch Simpsons!”.  What will happen in the new episode?  Will you be watching?

ICYMI we broke down loads of Christmas speculation during yesterday’s episode of Addicts Live!  You can view/listen to Episode 20 here.

Wednesday saw a little Christmas Promo hit TSTO.  A little teaser of things to come?  Will Kang succeed in taking over Christmas?

Have you purchased any of the Christmas items available in the store?  Any luck with the Mystery Box?  Have you lit up Springfield?

It’s officially December!  Have you decked the halls yet?  We’ve been all decked out for a week now, absolutely love having the tree up!

How was the rest of your weekend?  Do anything fun and exciting? 

So chat about the Simpsons, TSTO, Update fun, or anything else you can think of! (Just no politics, it never ends well)  Can’t wait to chat with you all, you know we love hearing from you!

Have Fun!  And happy Sunday!

Episode Reminder: Mr. Lisa’s Opus (Season 29, Episode 8)

Tidings Terrific Television Tune-in’ers!

(Today’s post is sponsored by the letter “T”)

Were you excited to see The Simpsons have another Pin Pal episode two weeks ago? Missed not having a new episode last week? Can’t wait for another new Simpsons episode? Well you won’t have to wait too long for the next such episode as The Simpsons is back this Sunday, with an all new episode! Woohoo!

So here’s your official TSTO Addicts reminder…all new episode, the season’s eighth episode, this Sunday, December 3rd, on FOX (also half an hour earlier on Global in Canada)….“Mr. Lisa’s Opus”!

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Episode 20- Out of This World Christmas Speculation

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Welcome to Addicts Live!  We’ll get the stream going at 12 Noon ET (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!

Holy holiday Batman! In this episode, we talk about the recent little Rigellian Christmas Promo that hit our games earlier this week.  Plus, we’ll spend loads of time talking about what we may see in the upcoming Christmas event…because who doesn’t love a little event speculation?  As always we’ll also be fielding your questions! So join us live for all the fun! (of course, if you can’t make it live watching the replay is still pretty awesome too!)

You can download this episode from Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or listen to it below!

Audio Only:

Live Stream Video:

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:

Thought Provoking Question:
What do you think we’ll see for the Christmas event?

Friday Filler – TGINBFOCM!

Thank Grog It’s Firday!! 

And Thank God It’s NOT Black Friday Or Cyber Monday!

I’m writing this early, because I am actually going to be on the road on Friday (today…but not really today).  I am still reveling in the reality of escaping Black Friday and Cyber Monday almost completely unscathed.

I had an “insider’s view” of how this all works, as my daughter Ali, who lives in San Francisco, and is in management with Gap Inc. (the online division), was actually working remotely on her Thanksgiving visit. It was amazing to watch…as she checked sales, comparative numbers, and then calmly stated “it’s looking like a record year for sales, and my business (women’s knits and action wear) are up almost 75% over last year.”

Yikes. Now THAT is a turnaround.  Gap Inc. also has a ton of other well-known brands, including Old Navy…and there was a huge turnaround in Brick and Mortar stores this past Holiday Shopping Frenzy…with online sales also breaking records on Cyber Monday.  Amazing. How “up” can you keep going?

Meanwhile…in our games…Black Friday and Cyber Monday were mostly like shopping at a casino…hoping to get the payout you wanted, when you dropped a few donuts.

I mostly skipped both incarnations… Did I feel Un-American or like a CrankyOldTSTOGuy?  Nope.  I felt relaxed…
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From the Mouths of Addicts: I’ve Got Stuff, It’s Multiplying and I’m Losing Control….

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Welcome to another edition of From the Mouths of Addicts, where YOU get to sound off on anything and everything in the world of Tapped Out!  We’ve got another post from one of our long-time friends and she who is brave enough to run Futurama Addicts and Family Guy Addicts…Russian Tigger! 

Somehow, between writing loads of posts for FWOT Addicts and FGA Addicts, RT found the time to knock out yet ANOTHER a fun guest post for TSTO!  (such an overachiever!)  This time, fitting in with another hot topic from earlier this week, she’s tackling the Nuclear Option! 

Enjoy it my friends!  Here’s Russian Tigger… -Alissa 

 

So a few days ago I started to get twitchy and considered nuking my Springfield… again. I thought long and hard, but then remembered the last time I went nuclear it was almost 6 months before I saw my beloved Stewart Duck wandering my now radioactive empty streets. Yup, my favorite thing in the whole game disappeared in a puff of atomic ash and I was left suffering radioactive shock and vowed that I’d never go nuclear again. Continue reading

Hey Addicts, Caption This!

Sometimes TSTO gives us humorous little moments when we capture our characters doing rather strange things.  These posts are all about those strange and funny moments!

When we can, we’ll be posting a Caption This! moment where we want you, the Addicts readers, to put on your writing caps and come up with what you think is happening in the screenshot. Post your captions in the comments below. We can’t wait to see how creative and funny you guys can be!

Hey Addicts… Caption This!
This Caption This! image is brought to us by ThatOneWeirdTap

So go ahead and caption away!

If you’ve got an image you’d like to submit for a “Caption this!” post, email it to us at TSTOAddictsblog@gmail.com you never know when yours might be next!

From the Mouths of Addicts: Honey, I’ve Shrunk The Addicts

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Welcome to another edition of From the Mouths of Addicts, where YOU get to sound off on anything and everything in the world of Tapped Out!  This week’s post comes to us from one of our long time friends and she who runs Futurama Addicts and Family Guy Addicts…Russian Tigger! 

Somehow, between writing loads of posts for FWOT Addicts and FGA Addicts, RT found the time to knock out a fun guest post for TSTO!  (overachiever!)  So check out her hilarious take on becoming part of TSTO. 

Enjoy it my friends!  Here’s Russian Tigger… -Alissa 

Honey, I’ve Shrunk The Addicts

So you’re sitting there just a tap, tap, tapping away, and suddenly you start to think about how much fun it would be to shrink ray yourself and hop right into that miniature Springfield you’ve so lovingly brought to life. Continue reading

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…..

No new episode of The Simpsons tonight, instead you may want to catch up on some episodes of Addicts Live you may have missed.  It’s where we bring insight, humor and fun into what’s going on in TSTO…also where we give previews about what’s ahead & what we plan on posting on this site.

The Thanksgiving mini Event ends bright and early tomorrow morning!  Hopefully, you’ve finished grabbing those prizes & your ready for what’s next.  What do you think it’ll be?  Did you enjoy the event?

Black Friday/Cyber Monday are almost over…did you get any good treasures? Both in TSTO and outside of TSTO.

Thanksgiving was this past Thursday (in the US) and now we’re officially in the holiday season!  Woot Woot! First, how was your Thanksgiving (if you celebrated it), any good stories?  Second, have you decked the halls yet?  We spent the weekend busting out the holiday cheer in our house!  Always feels great to have the Christmas tree up! 🙂

How was the rest of your weekend?  Do anything fun and exciting? 

So chat about the Simpsons, TSTO, Update fun, or anything else you can think of! (Just no politics, it never ends well)  Can’t wait to chat with you all, you know we love hearing from you!

Have Fun!  And happy Sunday!