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Addicts Want to Know: What do YOU Want to See in 2017?

Quick note: Guys, as it explains in this post, this is about what you want to see (or not see) on this site in 2017…not in the game.   This is a yearly  post  i do to get insight from you guys to help us to continue making TSTO Addicts awesome. 

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Well here we are..2017 and hopefully everyone is off to a great start!  2016 was such a great year for us here at Addicts.  We saw tons of new events, new Addicts features (Addicts Live! anyone?),  LOADS  of new Players (we love you newbies!), hundreds of thousands of comments (we LOVE what you guys have to say!), and of course giveaways!  And now we want YOUR help to make 2017 even better!

Here’s the deal….we want to hear from YOU…the most amazing readers on the planet….about what you love about our site, what you hate about it & what you think we could be doing better (or would love to see).  Here’s your chance to sound off and let us know exactly how you feel, please don’t hold back (although remember we still moderate comments, so don’t be hostile).  We want to hear it all…the good, the bad & the ugly.  Leave us a note in the comments below about what you think.  Not comfortable leaving your name?  Not a problem, write it up as anonymous.  Not comfortable leaving us your thoughts in the comment section?  Not a problem, email them to us at TSTOAddictsblog@gmail.com.

We value your opinion greatly here at Addicts and want to do everything we can to make this site your favorite spot for all things TSTO, so please don’t leave anything out!
For example…Do you:

-want to see us do more Addicts Live?
-want more game posts, or less posts?
-want more of our personal lives or want us to shut up about them?
-want more 2D?  Or less design posts?
-think we need guest writers?

The list could go on and on….Nothing is off limits, so please share your thoughts with us.  We can’t wait to see what you have to say!

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Addicts Want to Know: What do YOU Want to See in 2015?

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Well here we are..4 days into 2015 and hopefully everyone is off to a great start!  2014 was such a great year for us here at Addicts.  We saw tons of new features (like Open Thread, Showoff etc), LOADS  of new Players (we love you newbies!), tens of thousands of comments (we LOVE what you guys have to say!), and tons of giveaways!  And now we want YOUR help to make 2015 even better!

Here’s the deal….we want to hear from YOU…the most amazing readers on the planet….about what you love about our site, what you hate about it & what you think we could be doing better (or would love to see).  Here’s your chance to sound off and let us know exactly how you feel, please don’t hold back.  We want to hear it all…the good, the bad & the ugly.  Leave us a note in the comments below about what you think.  Not comfortable leaving your name?  Not a problem, write it up as anonymous.  Not comfortable leaving us your thoughts in the comment section?  Not a problem, email them to us at TSTOAddictsblog@gmail.com.

We value your opinion greatly here at Addicts and want to do everything we can to make this site your favorite spot for all things TSTO, so please don’t leave anything out!
For example…Do you:

-want to see us do more YouTube videos?
-want more game posts, or less posts?
-want more of our personal lives or want us to shut up about them?
-want more from Bunny or less?
-want to hear more from Wookiee or you want me to lock him back up in Attic?
-want more 2D?  Or less design posts?
-think we need guest writers?

The list could go on and on….Nothing is off limits, so please share your thoughts with us.  We can’t wait to see what you have to say!

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Sunday Night Open Thread

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

How are my favorite Addicted Tappers this evening?  Did everyone have a nice weekend?  Everyone enjoy the holidays?

Anyway enough rambling from me….it IS Sunday and you know what that means, right?  No it’s not time to sing Fa ra ra ra ra…nope it’s time for another Sunday Night Open Thread!

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 Sunday Night Open Thread.  Christmas Phase 2 hit our games on Christmas Eve…what do you think of the new update?  Gil was in town for a couple of days…with a donut deal FINALLY…did you take advantage of his offer?  Christmas was last week, did Santa bring you everything you wanted?  New Years Eve is this week…what do you have planned?  Sunday Night Football tonight features the Bengals vs. the Steelers.  Who are you rooting for?

So chat about the Simpsons, TSTO, update fun, Gil, NFL, Christmas, or anything else you can think of!  We can’t wait to chat with you!

Have Fun!  And happy Sunday!

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Are the odds now in your favor? Wheel update.

Hey howdy hey tapaholics!

If you haven’t noticed it yet, there was a minor in-game update today.  The big news is that the odds of the Holiday Wheel have changed.  Here’s the details.

Wheel Odds

I like pie charts.   Mmmmmmmm…. pie.  I think they show stats quite nicely.  Anywho, for people that like the raw data, here it is.

Snowmen Odds Up to 14% (previously 13.48%)
Christmas Skin Odds Down to 14% (previously 20.22%
Mr. Plow/Plow King Skins Up to 9% (previously 5.05%)
Ice God Up to 6% (previously 2.25%)
Helter Shelter Up to 5% (previously 2.25%)
Snow Monster Up to 5% (previously 1.68%)
Clausco Up to 5% (previously 1.56%)

Basically means that the odds for getting the better prizes is a little better but it still is a crap shoot whether you’ll hit that last prize you want.

The good news is that this is proof that EA has heard the uproar from many tappers and actually does care.  4 more days to go.  I sincerely hope the wheel spins your way.

TTFN… Wookiee out!

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WHEEL… OF… FORTUNE?

You can replace fortune with FRUSTRATION, FORMULAS or according to others, some other “F” words if you like.

How’s every one doing?  Been strolling around the wide world of TSTO and recently I’ve noticed quite a few folks intensely focused on the Holiday Wheel that came with this year’s holiday update.  What at first seemed like such a cool concept has ended up being a hotly debated item.  There are folks who have become disillusioned, feel cheated, don’t care, want that last item that is taunting them.  Whatever the case, it is definitely one of those items you either love or hate it seems.

Holiday Giveaway Wheel

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Should I Spend Donuts on Candy Kevin?

Christmas has arrived in Springfield!  But, with all of the new Christmas premium items that are limited-time it may be overwhelming trying to decide which items to buy and what to pass on. With that limited-time label on items I know it can be tempting to just buy everything you can. But, have no fear! That’s where we come in to tell you what’s worth your donuts & what you might want to hold off on.

Wondering if you should add Candy Kevin to your Springfield? Well before you hit that confirm button, let’s break down the Pros and Cons of adding this guy to your Springfield.

Tapped_Out_Candy_KevinCharacter: Candy Kevin
Donut Price: 40 donuts

Pros:
-Reasonably priced.  At 40 donuts he’s 5 donuts less than the K9 Officer.
-Festive Character for your town

Cons:
-Despite being a character in Tapped Out Candy Kevin does not come with any tasks, so he is a Non-Playable Character
-No Questline
-After Christmas there really is no point to have him roaming around your Springfield (like the Zombies at Halloween)

Final Thought:
Personally I think you’re better off saving your donuts and passing on this one.  Candy Kevin really provides no benefit to your Springfield and aside from the entertainment value of a man dressed around as a giant Candy Cane, it really has no return for your invested donuts.  So, unless you’ve already purchased all of the other premium characters or you’re a completest, I’d pass on this one and save your donuts.
Just remember whatever you decide this is a LIMITED-TIME character and once it’s gone, it’s gone…so be sure to get it before the event is over if you’re thinking about it.

What to know more about Candy Kevin and why he’s making an appearance in Springfield?  Check out Wookiee’s Where did THAT come from post here. 

Curious if other holiday items are worth the donuts?  Check out our premium guide over on our Christmas Event Page for the details behind all of the Limited-Time Holiday premium items! 

Should I Spend Donuts on the Trashcan Fire?

Christmas has arrived in Springfield!  But, with all of the new Christmas premium items that are limited-time it may be overwhelming trying to decide which items to buy and what to pass on. With that limited-time label on items I know it can be tempting to just buy everything you can. But, have no fear! That’s where we come in to tell you what’s worth your donuts & what you might want to hold off on.

Wondering if you should add the Trashcan Fire to your Springfield? Well before you hit that confirm button, let’s break down the Pros and Cons of adding this decoration to your Springfield.

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Decoration: Festive Trashcan Fire
Donut Price: 3 Donuts
Conform-O-Meter: +400 Vanity
Unique: No

Final Thought:
At 3 donuts the Festive Trashcan Fire is one of the cheapest premium items you can purchase.  However, unless you think it’s something that you absolutely need to complete a certain look in your town, this is something I would pass on.  There really is no great benefit to adding it to your Springfield.

Just remember whatever you decide this is a LIMITED-TIME item and once it’s gone, it’s gone…so be sure to get it before the event is over if you’re thinking about it.

Curious if other holiday items are worth the donuts?  Check out our premium guide over on our Christmas Event Page for the details behind all of the Limited-Time Holiday premium items! 

Should I Spend Donuts on the Reindeer?

Christmas has arrived in Springfield!  But, with all of the new Christmas premium items that are limited-time it may be overwhelming trying to decide which items to buy and what to pass on. With that limited-time label on items I know it can be tempting to just buy everything you can. But, have no fear! That’s where we come in to tell you what’s worth your donuts & what you might want to hold off on.

Wondering if you should add the Reindeer to your Springfield? Well before you hit that confirm button, let’s break down the Pros and Cons of adding this decoration to your Springfield.

Reindeer
Decoration: Reindeer
Donut Price: 20 donuts
Conform-O-Meter: +200 Vanity
Unique: No
Bonus: 0.50%
Bonus % Per Donut Spent: 0.025%

Final Thought:
The Reindeer can be a fun little addition to your Springfield (and Christmas Village).  They do pay out a bonus percentage (although not the greatest in the world) and offer a conform-o-meter boost to your Vanity rating.  This is something I did purchase myself, I like the addition to my game. (Don’t forget, if you log into your game Christmas Day…you will get one for free.)

Just remember whatever you decide this is a LIMITED-TIME item and once it’s gone, it’s gone…so be sure to get it before the event is over if you’re thinking about it.

Curious if other holiday items are worth the donuts?  Check out our premium guide over on our Christmas Event Page for the details behind all of the Limited-Time Holiday premium items! 

Should I Spend Donuts on Holiday Tree?

Christmas has arrived in Springfield!  But, with all of the new Christmas premium items that are limited-time it may be overwhelming trying to decide which items to buy and what to pass on. With that limited-time label on items I know it can be tempting to just buy everything you can. But, have no fear! That’s where we come in to tell you what’s worth your donuts & what you might want to hold off on.

Wondering if you should add the Holiday Tree to your Springfield? Well before you hit that confirm button, let’s break down the Pros and Cons of adding this decoration to your Springfield.

Holiday_Tree
Building/Decoration: Holiday Tree
Donut Price: 75 Donuts (of free in Gift Card Personal Prizes)
Conform-O-Meter: +200 Vanity
Unique: No

Pros:
-Earns you extra gift cards, Earns 75 Gift Cards & 45XP every 24hrs. After Christmas will turn to cash.
-Nice Holiday Decoration to your town
-Will earn you Vanity points in your Conform-O-Meter.

Cons:
-It comes free as a personal prize
-After Christmas it’s a bit out of place
-No Conform-O-Meter Bonus % payout
-Adds vanity points, but that’s currently the easiest to max out

Final Thought:
Save your donuts on this one!  You’ll unlock it for free as a personal prize (fairly early in the Gift Card collecting too).  So unless you think you want/need more than 1 Holiday tree in your town save your donuts for something else.
Just remember whatever you decide this is a LIMITED-TIME item and once it’s gone, it’s gone…so be sure to get it before the event is over if you’re thinking about it.

Curious if other holiday items are worth the donuts?  Check out our premium guide over on our Christmas Event Page for the details behind all of the Limited-Time Holiday premium items! 

Should I Spend Donuts on Santa Village?

Christmas has arrived in Springfield!  But, with all of the new Christmas premium items that are limited-time it may be overwhelming trying to decide which items to buy and what to pass on. With that limited-time label on items I know it can be tempting to just buy everything you can. But, have no fear! That’s where we come in to tell you what’s worth your donuts & what you might want to hold off on.

Wondering if you should add the Santa Village to your Springfield? Well before you hit that confirm button, let’s break down the Pros and Cons of adding this village to your Springfield.

800px-Santa's_Village_Tapped_OutCharacter & Building: Santa Village & Homer Santa Skin
Donut Price: 200 Donuts (ouch!)

Pros:
-Comes with Santa Homer, another skin for Homer, and earns a premium rate on all his tasks
-The Village will earn you $300 & 30xp every 24hours
-Many great outside tasks, including Homer Flying Santa’s Sleigh around your town (ala Arnie Pye & his helicopter)
-Makes a great addition to a Christmas area in your Springfield, along with Claus Co, Santa’s Workshop etc.
-Homer is Santa!

Cons:
-Although the Santa Village originally unlocked a quest for Homer Santa (last Christmas) this time around there are no additional quests with the Village.
-A costly premium item.  At 200 donuts it’s the most expensive premium addition to this year’s update (and one of the most expensive in the game).
-Only Homer Santa has interaction with the Santa Village, and it’s only 1 task.  No other characters interact with it.
-No Animation
-No conform-o-meter points for it

Final Thought:
Personally I purchased the Santa Village.  It was something I wished I had from last year, but never got.  I enjoy the Santa Homer tasks.  It’s a great fit with Christmas town, but it is an expensive addition.  For something that offers no real practicality for your Springfield it may be something you want o pass on, at those prices!
Just remember whatever you decide this is a LIMITED-TIME item and once it’s gone, it’s gone…so be sure to get it before the event is over if you’re thinking about it.

Santa Homer’s Tasks:

Task  Task
Length
Payout
Break in for Milk and Cookies 1hr $105,26xp
Get Stuck in the Chimney 4hrs $260, 70xp
Do the Rounds 6hrs $350, 90xp
Do Santa Training 8hrs $420, 105xp
Endure the Whiney Kids 12hrs $600, 150xp
Fly Santa’s Sleigh 24hrs $1,000, 225xp

Curious if other holiday items are worth the donuts?  Check out our premium guide over on our Christmas Event Page for the details behind all of the Limited-Time Holiday premium items!