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Friday Filler- Finding Shelbyville

Thank Grog It’s Firday!!

Let’s start with a reminder.  This game, the show, and all of the “definitive guides” that are offered up in the pantheon of Simpsons lore, is just that…lore.

It’s made up by people who either work every waking hour to unravel the mysteries of a specific topic, so as to become an “expert,” (or become conspiracy theorists and get talk shows), or they are just well-meaning fans that have their opinions about where things are, and how they work, in a world that is completely malleable…because it’s all made up.

That said…we now have yet one more cluster of items to add to our own self-imagineered towns…the much anticipated, much desired, much sought after, Shelbyville!

And if we are all honest…it landed with a bit of a, “Is that all there is? Thud!”

But, to continue on with a mild debate about “Where things are, if you are following “Simpsons Canon” we have a couple of important pieces of archived evidence, that may, or may not help you decide “Where’s Shelbyville?” 
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Showoff Announcement: Love, Springfieldian Style

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

We’re a little over halfway through the Love, Springfieldian Style Valentine’s Day Event, and it’s that time.  Time to show us what you’ve done with all this stuff!  With a TON of content…including Future Items, Shelbyville Items, and a Train Station…I want to see what you’ve done with all this stuff! How you’ve incorporated it into Springfield, and if it’s all working for you.

So prep those towns, because we want to see what you’ve done with your Springfield!  And it’s always so helpful to see what others have done with all this new stuff!   So send us your Love, Springfieldian Style inspired designs and we’ll be putting up the Showoff post, featuring your designs, on Tuesday, February 19th, 2019…so you’ve got nearly 2 weeks (including TWO weekends) to get your town to your liking and send in those shots!  (Feel free to use the Town Portrait feature…just remember to crop your image to show the area of Springfield you’d like to highlight.  This is not the post to showoff your entire 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 MONDAY, February 18th, 2019.  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.) 

Friday Filler – Hippies, Trains, and Records

Uhm….Like…Groovy!  Far Out! And…THANK GROG IT’S FIRDAY!

I have to admit it…this first “chapter/act” of this event really hit my old funny bone!  Emphasis on old!

It is hilarious when things close to home are parodied in a way that makes you scream out, “HEY! I KNOW THOSE TWO!!” so loudly that it startles the wild turkey’s in the front yard to take cover.  And man…did the return of Ned’s parents ever do that.

But, then…I saw the animations…and screamed out, “WHOA!!! Twirly Dancin’ to the Vinyl!!!” which didn’t make much sense to anyone within ear-shot, but would have made a ton of sense to half of the people wandering around downtown Eugene, on any given weekend, during the Saturday Market. Because, at the SatMa (as nobody in Eugene calls it), you will find more twirly dancin’ and lovin’ for all things retro (including some of the twirly dancers), along with a bunch of booths and gawkers and free lovers, all trying to get back to the “good old days.”

Then, I realize once again, as Carly Simon used to sing, “These ARE the good old days!” Which is confusing…as she sang those words almost 50 years ago…and the only real “Anticipation” is wondering, “that if all that is old is now new again, is it also better?” In other words, are we anticipating that things were better, or are we just forgetting the way they were?

Let’s dive in. Ned’s parents are the touchstone…for all that is old/new/and reborn…
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Love Springfieldian Style – Full Event Calendar and Math You Need to Get It All!

Well…frankly, when I look at all of the teasers, and all of the content that is coming with this event, I have to ask one question, “What’s Not To Love???”

It started off with a tool that we have been asking for since…well…since TSTO came into our world!  The Full Town Photo tool…is just perfect (as long as you have the memory to make it work).  I do. I love it. I’ll talk more about it in the Friday Filler.

But, what you all came here for, is the Calendar. And the fact is, because I love this event, and love you guys, and pretty much am just loving life right now, I went out of my way to go ahead and create a HUGE Gregorian style Full Event Calendar, so you can stay on track, and Get It ALL!
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Friday Filler – Killing Three Geese With One Stone

Thank Grog It’s Firday! 

I can’t believe how many questions the addition of the Golden Goose Real Estate building opened up!  Three HUGE questions, or “goose chases,” that really forced me to do some serious research, math, and some additional Goose Guessing!

The Questions?
1. How Many Land Sections Are There, and how many do I have left?
2. Does it make sense for me to hoard my Free GGR land certificates, or should I move ahead and turn them in for Free Donuts?
3. Where in the heck is “True North” in TSTO?

Well…as much as it seems to be an impossible task to answer all of these in one single post, I am just the tapper to take it on!

Let’s start with Goose Guess Number One…
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Showoff Announcement: Not Yet Spring Cleaning

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

We’re nearing done with the first event of 2019!  And I know it’s unusual, but I want to see what you’ve done with all of this Spring Cleaning Stuff!  With two houses, a university, a hockey rink, and a factory I want to see what you’ve done with all of this stuff!  How you incorporated it into Springfield, and if it’s all working for you.

So prep those towns…because we want to see what you’ve done with your Springfield!…because it’s always so helpful to see what others have done with all this new stuff!   So send us your Not Yet Spring Cleaning inspired designs and we’ll be putting up the Showoff post, featuring your designs, on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019…so you’ve got the weekend to get your town to your liking and send in those shots!

So grab some screenshots of your town, or finish up those designs…just make sure to send your submissions in by about 8pm ET MONDAY, January 21st, 2019.  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.) 

Our Addicts International Outreach Project – Do Something That Matters!

It’s that time of the new year again, when many of you step up to help our “Addicts International Outreach” program in Buyijja, Uganda.

I know. Most of you come here for all of the free advice and community wisdom to help you play TSTO.   But, here at Addicts, we like to do more…

This project has been going since 2014, and has been funded almost exclusively (more than 85% of the funds), from the generosity of TSTO players worldwide!  It is a chance for us to get outside of the aspects of this “silly little game” and offer children a future, with our gifts of Peace, Hope and Love!

Winter Term begins at the end of the month, so we need to get on this quickly!
HERE ARE THE DETAILS… and remember…every donation, large or small helps! 
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Showoff Reminder: Christmas 2018

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

A couple of weeks ago we announced the next Springfield showoff featuring your Christmas/winter designs and here is your reminder post.  We’re getting ready to do the next Springfield Showoff featuring your Christmas/Winter inspired designs!  So prep those towns…because we want to see what you’ve done with your Springfield!

Finish up those designs and send them to us ASAP!  We’ll be putting up the Showoff post, featuring your designs on WEDNESDAY JANUARY 2nd, 2019….so you’ve got just under a week to finish up your designs if you’d like to be featured.

So grab some screenshots of your town, or finish up those designs…just make sure to send your submissions in by about 8pm EDT Tuesday, January 1st, 2019.  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 the showoff announcement 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.) 

Friday Filler – TSTO Covers All of the Best of Christmas…Almost

Let’s be real here…You don’t raise five kids, especially five DAUGHTERS, without a ton of their influence rubbing off on you.  But, the fact is, the best traditions are those that grow from the love of family, a sense of gratitude, and an annual chance at redemption.

Ah…so yes…this is already starting to sound like Marge’s story in this really wonderful Christmas event.  But, of course for anyone who is paying close attention, and has a modicum of Pop Culture knowledge, you will realize that it is really a parody of the surprisingly warmhearted and sweet,  “The Family Man” starring  Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni, and Don Cheadle.  This is one of Cage’s best roles, unless you’d rather see him drink himself to death in “Leaving Las Vegas.” Even though I have had a “thing” for Elizabeth Shue since “the Karate Kid”, and she is super hot in “Leaving Las Vegss,” when it comes to Christmas movies, I have to go with Cage and Leoni in “The Family Man.”  She is sooooo cute in this movie….but I digress.

Getting back to Christmas traditions, “The Family Man” is one of the movies that we watch every year…which is a growing list, that now requires a spread sheet to cover adequately. I’m not kidding. But, more on that later.

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Showoff Announcement: Christmas 2018

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

It’s that time…calling all Springfield designs of holiday/wintery Proportions!  We’re getting ready to do the next Springfield Showoff featuring your Christmas/Holiday/Winter inspired designs!  So prep those towns…because we want to see what you’ve done with your Springfield!

While we’re still nearly 2 weeks away from the end of the Christmas Event, we’re right up against a holiday week…so I wanted to give y’all PLENTY of time to work on your designs for the next showoff…because it’s always so helpful to see what others have done with all this new stuff!   So send us your Christmas/Holiday/Winter inspired designs and we’ll be putting up the Showoff post, featuring your designs, on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019…so you’ve got nearly 2 weeks, plus TWO holidays (Christmas & New Year’s) AND 2 weekends to prep your towns.  Take your time and design as you see fit! 🙂

So grab some screenshots of your town, or finish up those designs…just make sure to send your submissions in by about 8pm EDT Tuesday, January 1st, 2019.  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.)