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Friday Filler – ISKLand Town Tours and Shortcuts to Get It All While Hardly Trying

Thank Grog It’s Firday!

I have to admit, I‘m torn.  I can’t decide if the relative ease of this event is boring, or if I am just bored because there is really nothing for me to do, as I can’t really do any more designing in my town, without major “Urban Renewal.”

Does the fact that I simply log on 4 times a day, for about 5 minutes at a crack (to clear and refresh my Ride Attendants and to Clear and Refresh my KEM Farm) cause me to forget about the game for the most part (clearly not in the best interest of EA)? Or, am I just happy to have way more free time to do things in my life that are fun (golf) and prepare for another week of “full Baby Immersion” next week?

Hard to say, really. But, I can say that I have thought less about TSTO in the past week than almost any other week since I’ve been playing…including a week a couple of years ago when I was in Hawaii…or during our 9.600 mile, 30-day, around the country road trip. Again…I can’t believe this is good for EA. Because if I am feeling that way, I have to imagine there are loads of others who feel the same. But, I suspect it is actually good for me!

This update started with a bang! (a nuclear bang to be precise), but has fizzled out to the whisper of a cap gun.

My only purchase? I bought J Edgar Hoover. And I am looking forward to buying another upcoming President. But, mostly because it allows me to make fun of a couple of human beings that I didn’t particularly care for in real life. I’m not proud of that fact…but, it is also why I have Nixon roaming around town with his bowling ball. But, I digress…

The Fact is…with very little tapping time, as of today, I have already acquired a BORT! (which will allow me to do pretty much that for the weekend) and I have more than 12,000 in Crafting Currency to get a  jump (and maybe finish) most of Act III Crafting on the first day it hits.  Like I said…boring. 

There are some quick tricks to making every visit even SHORTER…and allow you to “Get it ALL” without having to spend much time playing TSTO. 

And…there are a couple of my neighbors who have done some pretty spectacular things with their ItchyScractchyKrustyLand  (ISKLand) designs. In spite of Item Limits…

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Should I Spend Donuts on the Park Engineer?

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

It’s event time in Springfield!  With the launch of Itchy and Scratchy Land, summer can officially begin for the residents of our pocket-sized towns!  Of course, an all-new event means a new opportunity for EA to add new premium items to our stores!

As we all know, that limited-time label can tempt us to grab everything in sight because it’ll be gone soon.  But don’t sweat it!  That’s where we come in to tell you what’s worth those donuts and what you might want to hold off on.

Wondering if you should add the Park Engineer to your Springfield?  Well before you hit that confirm button let’s break down the pros and cons of adding this theme park crazy man to your town…

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Itchy and Scratchy Land Act II Prize Guide – Prize #4 – Parade Train Bundle

Who doesn’t love a parade?  Nobody I’d want to hang out with…that’s for sure!   In fact, in the past month, Portland had their amazing Rose Festival Parade, which has been a tradition in Portland (the city of roses) since 1907.  And yes…for all of you snobby Pasadenians…yours was first (1890), and is the largest. But, ours is in Portland…which is a MUCH prettier city! (we have rivers along with our roses).

My high school band used to march in the parade every year. There is nothing like marching 7 miles…with a field drum banging the same spot on your leg…playing the same two songs…and a constant drum cadence (that you can still play today…because it is an ear worm that won’t ever go away), to make you remember a parade. Blisters…heat from the wool uniforms…and not getting to see the Princesses. But, we were performing, and won “Honor band” twice out of the three times I marched… but I digress.

What YOU care about is “What in the heck does a Parade Train Do????”

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Itchy and Scratchy Land 101: Act 2 Crafting

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Ah the Crafting post….where I give you the how-to and break down each and every item available to craft, so you don’t miss a thing!

Love it or hate it, EA has proven over the last couple of years that crafting is here to stay.  While the prizes themselves are pretty self-explanatory, collect this to earn these prizes, crafting is a whole other “animal”.  Crafting requires some self-direction.  You decide what you want and collect the items to craft accordingly.  Sometimes this is successful and sometimes it’s not. And, as with all things, for some events crafting is easier than others.

Act 2 brought several new items to our towns for crafting, so let’s take a look…


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Special Pride Event – WDTCF – J. Edgar Hoover

Yes. It’s another “Pride Event” in our Springfields.  I want to remind everyone that this isn’t the place (and is never going to be) to air your opinions about gay marriage, Leviticus, the LGBQT community, or anything else that is a political hot potato.  The fact is, EA/Gracie seem to choose to deal with every major holiday (as well as most of the minor ones), with tongues planted firmly in cheek, reminding us that there are far bigger things to worry about in this world than the pettiness that comes from such political/religious debates.

That said…there is no doubt at all, that the “Gill Deal” for Pride Week may ruffle a few (boa) feathers. J. Edgar Hoover is one of the most controversial figures of the 20th century.  I will dive into some of that history in a minute. But, the primary cautionary tale about his story (and the less than subtle way EA/Gracie are dealing with it) has more to do with the need to be proud of who you are…no matter who you are. Hence his slightly ambiguous introduction into “Pride Week.”

It is a fascinating story, whether you deem J. Edgar as worthy of his 199 donut price or not.
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Itchy and Scratchy Land Act II Prize Guide – Prize #3 – Parade Roller Bundle

If you don’t really understand what a “Parade Roller” is…you need to watch the episode from which most of this stuff came. It is aptly named, “Itchy and Scratchy Land.” (S6E4)  There, as part of the festivities of ISland, they have a character parade (similar to the Parade of Lights at Disneyland). In it…they have a HUGE Steam Roller, that powers along, flattening characters in its path.

There are also several costumed characters of questionable integrity, including a bloody axe, and a stick of dynamite.  Cool for the kids?  Not so much….but this IS Itchy and Scratchy!

So LET THE PARADE BEGIN!!

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Showoff Announcement: Itchy and Scratchy Land

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

It’s that time…calling all Springfield designs of Amusement Proportions!  We’re getting ready to do the next Springfield Showoff featuring your Itchy and Scratchy Land (and now destroyed K-Land) inspired designs!  So prep those towns…because we want to see what you’ve done with your Springfield!

While we’re just over the halfway mark of the Itchy and Scratchy Land event, I wanted to make sure you all had ample time to prepare your towns for the next showoff.  Once you’ve got those designs planned out show us what you’ve done, because who doesn’t like seeing what others have done with all this new stuff?!  So send us your Amusement Park inspired designs and we’ll be putting up the Showoff post, featuring your designs on WEDNESDAY JULY 11th….so you’ve got loads of time to prep your towns.  Take your time, design as you see fit and send us the designs when you’re ready.

So work on those designs and send us some screenshots when you’re ready…just make sure to send your submissions in by about 8pm ET Tuesday, July 10th, 2018.  Can’t wait to see what YOU have come up with.

After all it is…the Best. Vacation. Ever.

Seriously, there’s no rush to send in your designs (I’ll post another reminder during Act 3).  Take your time, there’s still a whole other Act to work through.  I just wanted to give you guys plenty of advanced notice on the next Showoff so you could have some plans in mind.  No rush on sending screenshots, you have 20 days…take your time. 

You can send your designs in two ways…either post a link to the image in the comments on this post or you can email them to us at TSTOAddictsblog@gmail.com.  We won’t be pulling images from anywhere else, so please if you want to be featured either submit in the comments below or email your images to us.  If you email them please mark the subject with at least the word Showoff, otherwise, I might miss it.

Note: PLEASE try to limit your submissions to only 1-2 of your favorite screenshots.  We like to try and let everyone showoff their town but it becomes difficult when some of you are sending in 7-10 images.  Pick your favorite areas and send them in (or if you stitch photos together, that works too).  We’ll try our best to get EVERYONE in, but please understand that sometimes we miss a photo or two.  If we miss you one week, we’ll try really hard to make sure we get you in the next week.  You’re always welcome to showoff your town, at any time, on our Flickr page.  We know a lot of you have awesome towns that you want to show off, but please try to stick with this week’s theme.  Remember, this isn’t a contest.  There’s nothing to win.  It’s just a fun way to showoff your town and get some design inspiration from your fellow Addicts.  🙂   

Do you want to be featured on the next Springfield Showoff?  Post your images  in the Comments below or email us your screenshots at TSTOAddictsblog@gmail.com. We can’t wait to see YOUR designs! (Need help with images, just ask.) 

Pride Mystery Box

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

It’s time to celebrate Pride in Springfield!  Nothing like an event, inside of an event to keep things interesting.  This year for Pride EA decided to drop another Mystery Box!  This time around it’s full of items from Pride Events (and some not) of the past…

This is a premium box full of your chance to get those Pride premium character/building/decorations.  By now we should all be familiar with how Mystery Boxes work, so let’s jump to the breakdown of what’s inside…

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It’s a VERY Special Day… Say Happy Birthday to the Mom of All Tappers!

Hey there fellow tappers!  There is a special someone who doesn’t like attention drawn to her…but, TODAY IS HER BIRTHDAY!

That’s right- It’s our very own “Head Addict” “Mom to All Tappers” and “Queen of  TSTO Tappers”. Alissa’s Birthday today!!

I for one, am infinitely happy to have been able to come together in an East-meets-West way a couple of summers ago.  It has been my sincere pleasure to call her friend, associate, and fellow Buyijja supporter!

And let’s face it… without her, this place would have ceased to exist years ago!  She is the only constant, in a world of inconsistent TSTO bloggers…always with the best, and most accurate information…giving tirelessly to the TSTO Community!

Let her know how much you appreciate her!

Happy Birthday to the Tappiest of Tappers!  May the year bring you all of the happiness you deserve!

Gil’s Latest Gimmick: Details and Should You Buy J. Edgar Hoover

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Looks like Gil’s back in Springfield.  He returned to Springfield this morning, naturally with another ‘deal” for us.  What’s the latest gimmick he’s peddling? Well this time around he’s bringing in a blast from US History past…J. Edgar Hoover!

So let’s break down the details of this latest offer and determine if you should spend your donuts on this former FBI Boss….

 

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