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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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EPPP Confidential- Part III – Looking Back Before the Before for Explanations

I admit it. Back in 2014, when things started going off the rails with TSTO, and there was some downtime that made people nuts, this series I wrote was initially just for the hardcore followers who knew I was capable of going off the rails myself.  But, reading it now…I have to laugh at just how far the train wandered into the deep speculation of EA corporate life.

But, another warning…this episode takes a very weird (even weirder?) twist, that even I didn’t see coming, until it was there on the page.  I try to remember if I had a flip phone that showed up on my own desk…but, realize that I didn’t need someone telling me what to write, when I had my own, addled, imagination running freely during downtime.

Kinda like some of our current readers when they start speculating about the future of the game.

Again…this chapter is for Mature Audiences only (as in those mature enough to understand it is pure fiction…and not a statement on current society).
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Friday Filler – Making the Most Out of Meh…

Thank Grog It’s Firday!

So… this was it? rEAlly EA?  Way to alleviate the speculation about the game winding down and going away.  Not!

All this silly retread did was increase the speculation that you are “outta gas” in the idea department, and are too timid to just be honest enough about where you are leading us.

We haven’t heard “peep one,” out of our so-called Game Engagement Liason (you know who you are, John).  We see him hovering on the forum, and in the “secret chat rooms” where all of the TSTO Illuminati hang.  But, no emails. No returned messages…just complete “radio silence.”

So, we wait around for weeks…after a couple of relatively lame mini-updates, for this? Come on. This COULD HAVE BEEN GREAT!  The episode on which it is based is beloved. It was even entered into the Baseball Hall of Fame!

This update will get no such accolades. Trust me on that.

But, there were a couple of minor perks that made at least the first couple of days endurable. Let’s take a look at what you could do to turn “Meh,” into “S’allright.”
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EPPP Confidential – Part II – Jeanene’s Revenge

OK.  So…there are a couple of reasons we are posting this.  First…as a reminder that long breaks between updates used to be far more the “norm” than the exception. And secondly, to remind people just how far a lull can push someone into doing something he may or may mot regret… like writing this very odd series about the inner workings at EA.

This was written back in April of 2014, (a the old graphic of CrankyOldGuy implies) and was meant entirely for the entertainment of readers who were starved for content from EA and TSTO. It was written around the time that the game saw HUGE upheaval, from a couple of really bone-headed moves by EA and pricing, as well as the introduction of the Family Guy game from Tiny Co.

WARNING… this gets a bit saucy, and would certainly be rated at LEAST PG-13, if not M for mature. So…be forewarned. Jeanene uses all of her talents to get her way in this chapter.
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Friday Filler – When to Go and How

Thank Grog It’s Firday! 

It has been an interesting week. And by “interesting,” I mean the kind of “interesting” that one says when asked how a crappy week went, without wanting to “bum out” the person who asked.

But, I’m not going to lie. “Interesting” doesn’t really cut it…

Life is full of inevitable avoidance with inevitable consequences.  There is no doubt about it. The “cycle of life” has a conclusion, and the fact is, it is rarely when, or how we expect it to happen.

We have been speculating all week about the “death of TSTO.”  Speculation runs wide and wild, from “This is it…the game has been put on life support and is sliding into a coma,” to, “They will never let this die! It’s too important to too many people…and it is still vital!”

The fact is, I’m really not sure what to expect, or how I feel about it. Because, after spending the last couple of days looking back at countless posts from the past, there is little doubt that TSTO will never see the “glory days,” again.  We have slid into the same weird predictability as a modern day Rolling Stones concert tour.  The kind of thing that leaves you saying, “Man…I saw them when they were great…for a whole lot less money. Keith looks like the Crypt Keeper, and Mick is gonna break a hip trying to prance around…he’s too old!” (And had heart sugary this week).

OK. That was kinda mean.  But, the fact is…TSTO hit its peak for all practical purposes a couple of years ago.  Now, just like hearing “Honky Tonk Woman” played by a high school marching band, you get the sense that “Yes…that’s the song…I recognize it…it’s kinda the same…but, it isn’t as good as the original.”  The game (when there IS a game to be played) has been reduced to 4-hour chunks of grinding, and a plethora of items and characters that definitely feel like they belong on the clearance table at a “Ross Dress for Less” store.  “Brand Names…at Clearance Prices!” Out of date, and presented without much flair.

The question needs to be asked, “It is time to let TSTO go, before all sense of dignity is lost forever?”
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Is it the game that will never end? Will it go on and on my friends?

Some people started singing it not knowing what it was….

Ok… that might have been a little mean but sometimes I can’t help myself.  Hello fellow Addicts.  Wookiee here and still at my mad antics like usual.  So, hot off an epic time at Springfield in Florida, I had to take the time to share a realization I had while enjoying the heck out of my life.

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OH HOMER, WHERE ART THOU?

Howdy everybody!

Just wanted to get some info out about a possible glitch that could effect every one’s gameplay.

Even though I’ve been playing since last Halloween and been very fortunate to have only minor glitches so far, I’ve had a pretty serious one during this update.

Homer is missing!  

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Yesterday I sent Homer on his 12 hour Halloween task.  I laughed as he grew bigger to eat ghosts and then took off PACMAN-style eating donuts.  While I followed Homie to get screenshots, I watched as he continued off my game screen off into the deep blue sea.  No worries right?

I didn’t think anything of it until Homer wasn’t in my town today.  Of course, I thought I was SMRTER than him and tried to find him by setting new tasks but apparently, he is trapped in the twilight zone under the water to the bottom left of my town.  I can see his yellow thumbs up briefly on a green background.

homer twilight zone

All the usual glitch fixes have not worked and I have an e-mail in with EA to see if it can be fixed.  Just wanted to make sure I got this info out to all you dedicated Ghostbusting Addicts.  If you’ve had success with the task in your town, I would not panic.  This glitch may just be isolated to the Wookiee but I would feel terrible if I didn’t use my soap box to let y’all know, especially since so many game tasks require the big guy.

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As soon as I know the fix, I will let you know.  True moral of the story is to not freak about glitches. They work themselves out and it is really only a game. Sometimes they are even hilarious.

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If you want to be on the safe side, be careful of Homer’s 12 hour Halloweeny task. TTFN Addicts… Wookiee out!

UPDATE 3 OCT 13 @ 2219 PST

I have been in contact with EA and they stated they are aware of this problem.  Some people’s characters have been disappearing when they do their Halloween tasks.  Provided it is not Homer or Lisa, the quick fix is to store the building they came with.  I did this for Martin (The Springfield Library) and he reappeared.  As a bonus, EA gave me 17 donuts so I would recommend letting EA know of any big glitches you may have.  Happy tapping and I hope your game is glitch free!

HALLOWEEN UPDATE NEWS (w/ Screenshots)

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I just got this on my game. Special thanks to Nathan Rushton over at TOPIX for posting about this.

SPOILER ALERT… If you want to enjoy this for yourself… DO NOT CLICK MORE! Just log in to your game.

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