Tag Archives: The Simpsons

Friday Filler – Taking a Closer Look and Listen to Our Games

Thank Grog It’s Firday!!

Something really miraculous happened over the last couple of weeks…

No…it wasn’t that I got my life back after almost two years of “wedding planning” while doing everything else in my crazy, busy, life.  It’s that I got my TOWN back…or at least got it back to a place where I can SEE the stuff that makes it special.

I had an unwitting accomplice in this…AT&T (and a bunch of my daughters).  It’s complicated, but had to do with everyone coming into town for the wedding, and all needing to get new phones, and AT&T having some crazy combo deals on both phone upgrades, but also a bonus on getting an iPad for next to nothing… See where this is going? Not clear enough yet?

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Where Did That Come From? – Prepper Lindsey Naegle and Ruffians

When I saw this in Alissa’s “Assignment List,” I thought to myself…”Wait…didn’t I already do a post on this?”  The answer is… sorta.

In my January 5th, Friday Filler, I got deep into why I bought the Premium Character Lloyd (yes…we have been “prepping” that long), and his relationship to one of my favorite singer/writer/actors, Tom Waits.

You can find it here…

However…to put a finer point on things (and who doesn’t want to put a finer point when one can?), the assignment wasn’t about Lloyd…but about Prepper Lindsay, and the Ruffians. So, even though they are all from the aforementioned episode (love a word, like aforementioned…it’s so long, and legal/important sounding…even though it just means, “I already said it”), I will dive a tad deeper into the episode, and offer up a couple of hilarious screen shots, that actually have appeared in our ‘lil game. (I Hate the phrase, “‘lil game” but…sometimes I use it just to annoy myself, ironically).

So…when we first met Prepper Lindsey…
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Where Did That Come From? – A Visit to the Outlands

It’s funny…really. We have been complaining for a while that the event updates seem to be based on just smidgens of actual Simpsons’ episodes.  We get whole segments of weird beasts, or giant recreations of a building, for something that only appears in about 5 seconds of the actual episode “on which it is based.”

Not so with this Outland-based episode. But, I am going to whine…as there something from this episode that would have been REALLY cool…and is not offered in the event. But, we’ll get to that later…

“At Long Last Leave” is the fourteenth episode of The Simpsons’ twenty-third season, (S23E14) and the 500th episode overall of the series.

And it starts with a “Couch Gag” that actually shows a few frames of every couch gag from the previous 499 episodes. Pretty cool…

What isn’t cool, is how the town treats the Simpsons…
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Bart Royale Act II – Calendar and Math to “Get it All”

Let’s start with what you should have done…if you were listening. You should have couched a couple of your daily task rewards (left them uncollected), until the game flipped to Act II…so you start right out with 1,500 to 3,000 Buzz Colas TSTO Buzz Cola.png on the first day, before you even started tappa, tappa, tapping to get your Act II prizes.

That said…if you didn’t do that, no worries. There is no use in crying over spilled cola. Especially since these are all digital colas anyway.

So, let’s move onto the math and the numbers and the “freaking out, because you are already SOOOO BEHIND!!”

You are going to be fine. Take this from a guy who had to say this about a zillion times to people at my daughter’s wedding. It was an amazing event…made all the better, because we stayed calm, and enjoyed every moment, no matter what came down the road. Life is like that. If you look for the details to whine about, you’ll never be happy.  But, if you can roll with glitches, and smile…you’ll always have “everything you want.” But, I digress…

Let’s look at the numbers.

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WDTCF- Bart the General

It’s interesting, that after more than 5 years of this game, more than a hundred and fifty updates (163 so far), and loads and loads of  characters introduced, that we are just now getting to a character skin that was paramount to the introduction of a couple of key characters.

For this character skin, we have to go back, waaaaaaaaaaaay back to a time when The Simpsons were still struggling to find consistency in both animation and voice-overs.  The animation was jumpy and a bit crude, and the voices, while sounding kinda like the characters we have come to love, really didn’t feel “real” yet.  Homer, Burns, even Marge, felt more like people “reading lines,” than the fluid, “real people” feel we know now.

This episode is also from an era where the writers pretty much stuck to one storyline, and took the time to develop the characters more fully.  Bart and Lisa are still working out their differences, Otto is really just a stoner in a bus, and we get to know a handful of what are now regular characters, for the first time.

The episode in question??
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Bart Royale Prize Guide: Act 1, Prize 4 General Bart

The Teaser for this event said, “It’s a battle for the ages! Wait, we mean a battle of the ages – kids and adults are at war in Springfield! But what could cause this generational divide – Unfair bedtimes? Too many vegetables? Territory rights to the town’s new playground? (That last one was so specific it has to be true). Can Bart lead the youths to victory over Homer’s aged army and claim Springfield’s new Mega Playscape?

Uhm. OK…

This is the kind of event where you really need a “program to keep track of the players.”  Bart Royale is less like a “royal flush,” and more like a game of 52 card pickup! But, that said, we do get a load of new items that are fun, and in some cases darn right rewarding for our efforts!

Let’s take a look at the FOURTH Prize of this Event:
The General Bart Skin.

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Friday Filler – Of Hellfish, Black Holes, and Saving the Universe with Discounts

Thank Grog It’s Firday!

OK…so, this event really took me out of my comfort zone.  I was forced to do something I rarely, if ever do…in fact, I was forced to do TWO things that I rarely if ever do.

Life is like that as you age… You end up doing a lot of things you didn’t think you would ever do, mostly because your body forces you to do them. Like sleeping in a strange position so your bad shoulder doesn’t wake you up in the middle of night…again…and then waking up anyway, with “monkey brain” (look it up…it’s a thing), as you starting clicking off all of the stuff you have to do…like write a Friday Filler post, and check your town to see where the hell Grandpa is.

Like I said…just like real life. But, I digress…

The two things I had to do that I didn’t want to do?
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Bart Royale and Homergeddon – Act One Calendar

As sometimes seems to happen (more and more) major event releases sputter and pop to get started.  This time, those of us on the West Coast took the “late hit” and had to wait a few hours longer to banish the snow and get to battling over play structure territory. I didn’t get the update until almost 10PM, a full 6 hours after Alissa notified me that it was “in the files.”  Bummer.

However, as the Brits used to say during WWII, “Keep Calm and Carry On.”  Which reminds me to mention that if Gary Oldman doesn’t win the Oscar for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the “Darkest Hour,” something is very, very, very wrong.
He. Was. Amazing!!  But, I digress…

Bottom line…even with the delays, I have every belief that I will catch up, and cruise into the “get everything I want” mode, with time to spare.

Let’s break this thing down in nice, easy to digest, 4-hour blocks (sound familiar??)

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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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No Nukes is Good Nukes! Or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Button

What a weird week for Nuking. Not that there is any “good” week for nuking.  But, Holyfreakinshirt!  The number of weird coincidences that happened on Saturday, make one wonder JUST HOW MUCH POWER does Alissa really have???

She had planned our Addicts Live session about Nuking your Springfield, well before the little “SNAFU” that happened on the VERY SAME DAY in Hawaii. So…did Alissa foretell the future?  Is the nimrod who sent out the false “You’re All Gonna Die” alert a disgruntled TSTO Player?   Did Safi and his Nuking demonstration have something to do with it??????

And most important…Would I Nuke if I could Nuke? And, Why WON’T I nuke???

These are all important questions to ask…
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