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Friday Filler – When You’re Out of Ideas Offer Donuts

Thank Grog It’s Firday,

I’m not going to lie. This week almost did me in.  As Ringo Starr once screamed into a studio mic, “I’ve got blisters on my fingers!!!” (between Revolution No. 9 and Helter Skelter on the White Album). In fact, it is likely just blisters from juggling…and juggling…and juggling.

So when one of my true escapes from my “clown circus life” starts getting lazy, it really bums me up. TSTO/EA/Gracie is really dropping the ball in regards to content for this update…unless you are a new player…which I am not.

I hate whining at this point…as we should all just be happy the game is still around. But, come on… a dozen donuts instead of a Major Premium Character?
Have they lost their minds??????
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Friday Filler – Dear EA…Meet Safi!

Thank Grog It’s Firday!

Yes…it has been a week to remember.  Wife got a new hip (I’m on CareGiver Mode)..I am almost done with the 2nd bathroom remodel (I’m also in builder/fixer/painter/plumber/carpenter mode), and TSTO/EA continues to keep feeding us characters and content. Two of those make me happy…

I know some of you love this update (CJBrown, you know who you are…). But, I guess I have to just “go with the flow…and throw in the towel” as it comes to anything resembling the Time Space Continuum.

And man…. EA…have you met Safi??  He’s the one who has been doing Bracket Battles to bring us ideas of the most anticipated and coveted characters and content in the game. In short…he is doing YOUR JOB…but you are apparently ignoring him.  But, I’ll get to that. 
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Friday Filler – How Old Is Too Old to Be Creative?

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What a week…

The news this week was full of awful stuff…with very few bits of good news worth watching.  So mostly, I didn’t. I knew what was going on…but it all felt the same, like we had been here before.   Kind of like this update….which is a whole lot of the same.  Some interesting writing…but otherwise, not much of a “game.”

It made me remember some of the crazy updates we used have as “normal.”  Chasing stuff…being chased by stuff…killing…maiming… No, wait…was that the news, or highlights from my home improvement projects?   I’ll get to that too.

And then, just when I thought things couldn’t get weirder, the  long-time, and now former Simpsons music  score composer filed a lawsuit against FOX, alleging  “wrongful termination and age discrimination.” And I was surprised that I had mixed feelings about that too…

So…many…mixed…emotions.  So many ants. And yes…I’ll get to that as well.
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Simpsons Babies – Calendar and Math to Getting All of the Baby Stuff and more!

Well…call me surprised!  They actually seem to be on a roll here.  I mean the writers… Because the update feels like almost every other update lately.  But I digress…

What you are all here for is the numbers. The numbers that are going to help you get the all of the Babies…the Baby Stuff…and a whole lot of kinda random buildings. But, I have no fear that the writers will figure out a way to tie it all together.  So, Let’s Get Started!

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Friday Filler – Turning Off to Stay In the Game

Thank Grog It’s Firday!

I wish that meant something. Firday is melding into Mernday, and Mernday feels a lot like Weedsday.  The fact is, with my  huge remodeling project, my regular business duties, all of my volunteer work, and still trying to play a round of golf once in a while…something had to give.

This week may be a first…where my time writing about the game, and moderating comments, far outpaced my actual TSTO game play time. But, in all honesty…that isn’t saying much, as I only checked my game twice…in seven days…and part of that was to write the DID column Wednesday.

This raises some interesting questions regarding TSTO.  Am I no long an “Addict?”  Did I leave the game, or did the game leave me?  And what part does TSTO play in “the rest of my life?”
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DID – Flipping the Switch for Quick Remodels

In this edition of DID (Designing in Downtime) I am going to go to the vault for part of it, and then do a quick turn on easy solutions to “change things up quickly.”   Yes…this is a bit of a cop out…but I am knee deep in a major remodel, and writing time is being wedged in…like so many two-by-fours in a newly framed wall.

While looking back at some of my earliest TSTO blogging, I came across an archived story about the Candy Striped Cooling Towers, which were part of “Community Prizes” back in the day. Remember Community Prizes?

What is evident in the story, is that there were a TON of problems with the game at the time, and people were freaking out. It kind of makes me laugh to think about the types of things people whine about now. We have become an entitled bunch. But, I digress…

There are loads of items that allow you to change them up, with the “flip of a slider,” giving you a whole new look. Let’s take a look.
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Friday Filler – Of Family, Friends, and Fripperies

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I think the old saying goes, “You can’t pick your family, but you can pick your nose.”  Or something like that. But, the reality is (and has been since there was family) you may be related by blood, but you may not be friends with members of your family.  In other words, it comes down to that other old saying, “I love you, but I don’t LIKE you right now.”  I hear that more and more these days as politics and religion become the unsocial side of social media.

However, in our game,  Family, Politics, Religion and all sorts of other related topics became fair game…and the writers did themselves proud, with some of the funniest dialogue in years!

I’ll dive into some of it, right after I answer this question.  “Since when are “mini-events” (which Flanders Family Reunion Clearly Is) two weeks long???”  The answer?  Since EA and the writers have decided to stretch everything out, in order to make less work for “the team.”

EALP or SLAW?  You decide.
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DID- We Got “The Stuff”…Now What Do We Do?

In this installment of “Designing in Downtime” (DID), I want to go over some of the “stuff” we won during the recent Flanders Family Reunion update.  Not so much the “stuff,” but where you put it.

I know…if any of you are older than 50, “where should I stash my stuff” takes on a whole other meaning.  And of course, ironically, some of the “stuff” from this update was actually related to “stuff” that used to be, or perhaps still is (depending on how you look at it) illegal.

But, that hasn’t stopped EA and the writers from offering it up…most of it almost free (gotta get ’em hooked with a freebie…then they’ll pay).

Let’s take a look on some design ideas that utilize some of the best stuff, as well as some stuff that has been in my game in Cletus’s domain for years and years.

Where did I put my stuff?
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Friday Filler – TSTO Is Going to Pot!

Thank Grog It’s Firday!!!

Wow…so we actually got kind of a “normal” update after the larger event…and didn’t have to wait 6 weeks!  Cool! Great! Wonderful! Will wonders never cease?

And the content, but even more important, the dialogue is hilarious.

And yes…like it or not (for all of the other Springfields of the world) once again, the writers are giving a tip of the hat to the REAL Springfield, Springfield, Oregon!

How do I know? Because the game has turned to pot for it’s humor, and no town in America has gone to pot more, than Springfield, Oregon!
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DID – Designing Within the Limits of The New Normal

In this installment of DID (Designing In Downtime), we are going to address the options you have for designing with the “New Normal.”

What is the New Normal?
Many of you are facing the growing number of restrictions that have become “normal.” And as we have mentioned before, these are the hurdles you may need to jump if you are going to keep playing a game that seems to be sputtering to meet the demands of long-time users.

I’ll deal with a couple…
Lack of Land, and Item Limits That Seem Stuck
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