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EPPP Confidential – IV – The Reckoning


So who could possibly know what Jeanene was up to?  I know that as I wrote this chapter, I continued to be surprised by her unbelievable hubris and lack of common sense.

But, power does that to people.

It’s somewhat similar to the power to “mess with people” that huge gaming companies sometimes do to their player, throwing curves, delays, and giant changes into play, without explanation. But, I digress…kinda…

Again, A Warning… This Chapter is DEFINITELY RATED M for Mature Audiences. PG has been thrown to the wind…
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The Death of TSTO…Redux

There are so many theories floating around right now, about the death of TSTO, that one has to ask, “What the???”

OK. So, I realize that isn’t much of a question or an answer. But, you have to admit, that it is a bit early to speculate, when the game continues to chug along, working just fine…but without new content.

The servers are still on folks!

In the 7 years of this game’s existence (that’s 91 years in Mobile Gaming Years), TSTO has been pulled, almost pulled, and pretty much written off for dead several times.

The first time, was when EA actually pulled it off of the App Store.  The first release in Feb 2012, had loads of issues and server problems…prompting EA to finally pull it in August of that same year.  The game didn’t come back in it’s relatively present form, until late September of 2012. But even then, it was plagued by server problems, and glitches that would often take the game offline for days at a time.

After a few great updates and relative stability, many of the TSTO faithful, including me, thought the game was definitely giving us signals that it was coming to an end. 
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Friday Filler – The Secret of TSTO Happiness? Play the Game Without Playing the Game

Thank Grog It’s Firday!!

So, it turned out that it wasn’t time for another Major Event…so we got another Mini-Event…which was proceeded by another Mini-Event. And in both cases, they are 2 week events, that barely stretch a week in real time. Which leaves a lot of down time to do what you want. Play. Don’t play. Stockpile. Design. Or just gnash your teeth that the events aren’t longer…or shorter…or more complex…or less complex.

But, this time, they have added an AMAZING twist on the Mystery Box. It is kind of a SUPER Mystery Box…with More than 700 items available!!!  It. Is. Overwhelming!!!
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Friday Filler – When EA Gets it Right…

Thank Grog It’s Firday!

I’m not going to go so far as to say that EA/Gracie always get it right. Far from it.

HOWEVER… this game continues to evolve…EA continues to listen…and the best part of it all (when compared to other mobile games), it JUST KEEPS KEEPIN’ ON!

I’m really not sure how many of you play other Mobile Device games.  I admit to being pretty limited.  Mostly because almost none of them hold my attention.  I’m not into “Shoot ’em up” games, or games that require loads of time each session.  But, more important, I am not a fan of games that get “stuck” in one mode…and bore me.

I am going to ask a very specific question…and I am asking the good folks at Gracie Films/Fox, and specifically Matt Groening… “Why In The Hell Did You NOT Choose EA for your Futurama game?”  I get it for Family Guy. After all…Seth McFarland likes to “be different” (while mostly copying other shows for his content).  But, Matt…you have a good thing going with EA and Tapped Out…what made you flip to Tiny Co for Futurama??

I can’t imagine it was the answer to that question might be. But the much touted, “Futurama Worlds of Tomorrow” should be renamed to “Futurama…not much future tomorrow.”

But, this isn’t about piling on to Tiny Co.  This is a post about the recent things that EA has done, to prove that they still care about the game, and the best choice for Tapped Out. Even if they make us nuts once in a while! 
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Happy Birthday Patric!

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Today is a very special day here at Addicts HQ!  Today’s the birthday of our resident Cranky Old Guy….the one, the only Patric! Another year older, another year wiser & finally old enough to collect Social Security!
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Seriously though I’m extremely grateful to have Patric back in “the family” and helping out around here!

So Happy Birthday Patric! Enjoy every minute of it!

Lots of Love,

Alissa, Wook and Safi

301225Now it’s YOUR turn!  We know Patric would love to hear from all of you so be sure to send him some birthday wishes!  If you get a chance today leave your birthday wishes for everyone’s favorite Cranky Pants in the comments below, kind of like a big giant Birthday Card from everyone here at Addicts!  We know Patric will love hearing from you! (and love even more that I said that…)

Friday Filler – When Dam Envy Turns to Grinding…

Thank Grog It’s Firday!! 

So…I checked my “Righteousness” rating, and I was down a couple of stars, which seems about right for me.  If you are living too righteous a life, you are likely not living ENOUGH life, and are too self-righteous to know it!

I know why I’m not righteous. It has to do with actually enjoying a “tag war” with a couple of my favorite neighbors.  We love tagging one another, as it is a little more personal than just dropping by for a handshake.  And, as I have written about before, one of those neighbors is someone with whom I don’t really have any other relationship, except the graffiti…for years, and years, and years.

Tjbmurph and  I have been neighbors almost as long as I have been blogging.  She has been a tagger that makes me smile with her persistence, since 2013. It’s nuts when you think about it…but, we LOVE tagging!  As soon as a major update is over, I can be assured that she will tag me almost the instant she is able. I laugh every time...and tag her back.

But, the real issue of the day, is her unknowing coercion to turn me into a “grinder” again.  I am not a grinder. Much.

But, a bit of “neighbor envy” has made me so once again.

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Happy Birthday Patric!

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Today is a very special day here at Addicts HQ!  Today’s the birthday of our resident Cranky Old Guy….the one, the only Patric! You may have caught his post about turning 64 here. Another year older, another year wiser & another year of learning to bite his tongue at certain comments.  Is it working? 😉
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Seriously though I’m extremely grateful to have Patric back in “the family” and helping out around here!

So Happy Birthday Patric! Enjoy every minute of it!

Lots of Love,

Alissa, Wook and Safi

301225Now it’s YOUR turn!  We know Patric would love to hear from all of you so be sure to send him some birthday wishes!  If you get a chance today leave your birthday wishes for everyone’s favorite Cranky Pants in the comments below, kind of like a big giant Birthday Card from everyone here at Addicts!  We know Patric will love hearing from you! (and love even more that I said that…)

Friday Filler- When EA Actually Makes Life EAsier!

Thank Grog It’s Firday!!

I am amazed. Really, really, really amazed (sorry…with this administration, it is hard not to use the word “really” a whole lot of times in a row…like a really, really, really, lot of times in a row).  Where was I? Oh. Right…

I am amazed that EA actually didn’t mess up one of the biggest weeks of my recent history, by forcing me to tap wildly throughout what should have been (and was) a tap-free weekend. It’s very, very, very rare. Really.

What did I do?  What did I think of the update (that I mostly skipped)?? What could possibly have taken me away from donuts and ding-dongs? Read on…
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Friday Filler – Tapping Less and Enjoying It More

Ah...Thank Grog It’s Firday!

This was a running joke that my kids and I had when they were all in college, and admitted that around campus, “the weekend” actually started on Thursdays…or to be specific, Wednesday nights, when a famous U of O bar ( Taylor’s Tavern literally 22 feet off of campus)  had “Dollar Beer Night.”  Don’t get me wrong…my kids were all great students, who all graduated with honors, but they also knew how to pace their work, and get the most out of their play.

And who was I to argue?  They all graduated Summa, or Magna Cum Laude, while I joke that I was ” In Cum Plete” as I never finished my degree after my football, musical career, and partying got in the way.  My kids are WAY better at balancing work and fun than I was.  I was “All In” or “All Out.” And was usually too “Grogged” to know it was Friday…(hence the  Firday joke).

But, I have improved in my old age.  I have learned that doing LOTS of things well, requires balance. And if something becomes obsessive after the “learning curve,” you need to adjust. Rather than do one thing obsessively, which tends to narrow one’s life, I now choose to “Live Wide.”

That has now become the standard for how I Tap. It’s the reverse of what happens when you are truly addicted and obsessed. Remember the old joke, “I”m smoking more, but enjoying it less?”  If you don’t, it’s because the guy who coined that phrase croaked, due to lung cancer. But, for me, living wide requires me to, TAP LESS, to Enjoy it More….

Here’s what I mean.
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Ergh…It Must Be MONDAY…

I hate to admit that I am one of those people who dreads Mondays. It isn’t just because I love weekends so much (as I often work through most of a weekend).  It is that so much seems to happen over the weekend, that I can barely keep up.  It is then complicated by the fact that most of my broadcast clients are HORRIBLE procrastinators, and load me up with stuff they need “ASAP!!!!!” that they “forgot to do last week.”

I have a sign on my door that says, “Your Procrastination Is Not My Emergency.”  But, of course, radio people can’t see my sign…because they are mostly NOT huge on “Social Media,” “the Inter-webs” or “the Google.”  But I digress…

The fact is, this weekend was jammed with seemingly unrelated events that all conspired to almost make sense as a single topic.

Almost.

Let’s see how this thread pulls itself together.

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