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For The Van Houtens, The End is Near

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Just a reminder that the Van Houtens Event Ends TOMORROW September 16th. 

Milhouse has had his time to shine, now it’s time to go back to all Homer, all the time.

As far as questlines go, what’s happened in the past is that the current prize you’re working on (on any questline) you were able to finish.  Once that current prize was completed then the questline disappeared.  

This means that you will want to make that final push to gather up all the things you want from the Event before it goes with the Event.

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The Van Houtens Act 4 Premium Questline: Grandpa Van Houten

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Everything’s coming up Milhouse!  Last year we had The Flanders’s this year we have the Van Houtens!

Act 4 of this multi-event ushered in one new premium character to help navigate this event.  Grandpa Van Houten is an all-new premium character for Springfield, who not only helps earn event currency but also comes with a short questline.

So let’s take a look at the full dialogue for both The Great Indoors…


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Addicts Open Thread

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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 Van Houtens Act 4 is in its final days.  In fact ALL of the Van Houten event is in its final days.  Time to wrap up those questlines because the end is near!  Thoughts on the event overall?  Favorite prize? Ready for Halloween?

How’s your Springfield design coming?  What are you doing with your town? Share some photos in the comments below! (If you need a refresher on how to add photos to the comments check out this post)  Don’t forget the Springfield showoff this week.  Submissions are due by Tuesday evening.  Details here.

Any weekend excitement going on in our neck of the woods?

Stay safe, whatever that means to you. Just remember, we’re all in this together.

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!

Friday Filler – When TSTO Duplicates Real Life…Things are Hilariously Weird


Thank Grog It’s Firday!

OK. First of all…we’re fine.

Thanks to all of you who dropped me personal notes asking if I am on fire. No. We aren’t on fire. But, close enough that the sky has been dark red, and the air full of ash since Tuesday. Needless to say, we are staying inside…and continuing to hope for the best for several friends who have had to evacuate.   Crazy times. Yes…the world seems to be on fire for a number of reasons figuratively…but where we live, it has been on fire, literally.  More on that later.


Apparently, God is trying to burn down the Left Coast. No politics intended.

As far as the Van Houtens Event, for my donuts, they saved the best Premium Item for last. It is the best New Character/Decoration combo in some time. Or should I say, Old and New Character…as the best new intros for my taste, were the introduction of Milhouse’s NICE grandparents…and their RV.

Call it coincidence, or call it “Tapping Imitating Life,” but the fact that the Grandparents and the RV were introduced during the very week that my wife and I took a couple of our grandkids on an RV weekend, was just too perfectly “Tapperitious” to ignore.

RV Life.  It’s a new chapter..and one fraught with instant challenges…especially in the Covid-Reality.
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The Van Houtens Prize Guide: Act 4, Prize 5 Italian Milhouse

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Time for our final Van Houtens prize post!  Bust out the confetti and party hats because these are done…for this event anyway. 🎉🎊

So let’s take a look at the final Van Houtens prize…Italian Milhouse…

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The Van Houtens Prize Guide: Act 4, Prizes 2-4, Solvang Air, Nana’s Vineyard & Little Italy

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Time for another fun and exciting event prize post! But fear not my friends…the Van Houtens, and my torturing you with prize posts, are almost over!

Act 4 consists of 1 new decoration, 2 new buildings, 1 Mystery Box Token, and 1 new costume.

So let’s take a look at the prizes on the Act 4 Van Houtens Prize Track: Solvang Air, Nana’s Vineyard & Little Italy…

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Showoff Announcement: Van Houtens

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It’s that time…calling all Addict Designers!  We’re getting ready to do the next Springfield Showoff, and this time around I want to see what you’ve done with the Van Houtens stuff! With new buildings and decorations arriving with this event, show me how you fit them into your Springfield!   So prep those towns…because we want to see what you’ve done with your Springfield!

As always please remember to limit it to 1-2 of your favorite areas/photos…we can’t show your whole town, unless you want to send in your entire town via town portrait.

So use this time to polish up your town and show us how creative you can be!  Send in your Van Houtens inspired designs (by 8pm ET Tuesday, September 15th) and we’ll be putting up the Showoff post featuring your designs on Wednesday, September 16th.

Remember, your designs can be anything and everything from the Van Houtens Event, and how you worked it into your Springfield

So grab some screenshots of your town, or finish up those designs…just make sure to send your submissions in by about 8pm ET Tuesday, September 15th, can’t wait to see what YOU have come up with.

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.

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.) 

The Van Houtens: Turbo Tappin’ Act 4, The Van Houten Curse

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Act 4 of The Van Houtens is upon us.  Time to finally kick those Van Houtens out of our lives! (and time to bring on Halloween!)

The Van Houtens Event follows the same event structure of the Multi-Events before it.  This event consists of 4 parts (or Acts), with each part lasting just over a week (10 days) and taking us through a new part of the event!

For Act 4 we’re tasked with collecting Spaghetti and Meatballs!  Each part of the story will unlock another prize themed for the fourth, and final, part of the story.  So let’s take a look at the details behind Act 4 and the Turbo Tappin’ Version for The Van Houten Curse…

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The Van Houtens Act 4 in Live! The Rundown and What You Need To Know

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Who’s ready to finally get those gosh dang Van Houtens out of their lives?!  Act 4 is finally here, the final Van Houten Act, almost time to kick this event to the curb.

Remember, this is the FINAL Act of Van Houtens.  So this, and all other Acts, will leave our games on September 16th (next Wednesday).  So finish up all the prize tracks before they’re gone for good!

Things kick off for Act 4 with some dialogue between the kids of Springfield Elementary…

Jimbo: Hey, Milhouse. What’s your hat size? I wanna get you a cap just like mine.
Milhouse: Why don’t you just give me yours?
Jimbo: That’s a great idea! This is gonna be your best birthday party this week!
Bart: Unbelievable. Milhouse is friends with Jimbo now? Every time I try to make him uncool, he ends up even cooler.
Database: Excuse me, Superfriend, if you’re done monologuing, it’s your turn to roll the dodecahedron.
Bart: *sigh* Okay here goes.
Database: Gack! That’s the icosahedron! Bart, get your head in the game!
Bart: Look, the only reason I agreed to play Dungheaps and Doofuses with you guys is because you’re the only ones left who can’t get into Milhouse’s dumb birthday parties.
Database: Actually, we hacked the app and acquired a reservation to tonight’s late seating.
Bart: Of course you did.

This triggers the Act 4  questline, The Van Houten Curse, and is followed by 4hr  tasks for Bart and Database, as well as a task to collect Act 4 Currency (155).  The Van Houten Curse is the questline that will take you through unlocking all of this Act’s prizes.

Let’s take a look at what else is in store during Act 4…

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The Van Houtens Act 3 Full Dialogue: The Most Popular Girl in School

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Act 4 is slated to start later today TUESDAY, September 8thAct 3 (and Acts 1 and 2 for that matter) isn’t going anywhere, so if you didn’t finish it you’ll still have time to. Look for Act 4 to start around 11am ET.  (1500 UTC)
You’ll need Bart and Database free for the first round of tasks (and those earning event currency).  Also, 1 new premium character combo will be released.  150 donuts for the combo.

Now on with the full dialogue for Act 3…

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