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Showoff Announcement: Holidays of Future Past

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

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 Holidays of Future Past (and Future in general) stuff! This can be anything and everything Future items (from previous events), or items specific to this event.   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 Holidays of Future Past inspired designs (by 8pm ET Tuesday, January 28th) and we’ll be putting up the Showoff post featuring your designs on Wednesday, January 29th. 

Remember, your designs can be anything and everything Future/Holidays of Future Past

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, January 28th, 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 – And Then It Was A New New Year?

Thank Grog It’s Firday,

So…let me get this straight.  The first line in the new “mini-event” that we got this week was, “Happy New Year!!” And that came on the 15th of January.

Then, Lisa sets the whole event up with the comment, “There’s no telling who we could be if we just kept our New Year’s Resolutions” (I’m paraphrasing…but that was the gist of it).

So…from the top…EA is two weeks late with the New Year, with an event that introduces FUTURE dopplegangers of the characters that already have the most skins…and we are supposed to celebrate?

Surprisingly… I AM celebrating.

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Friday Filler – Looking Forward To 2020 As Soon As 2019 Leaves!

Thank Grog It’s Firday!

Our little game has always had a bit of a problem with time as a construct.   Time is supposed to be linear…always moving forward.  But, of course, in our game, the time/space continuum has been off since they started having multiple versions of the same characters wandering around in the same space/time.

As any fan of movies like “The Time Machine,” or “Back to the Future” know, messing about with the past can have disastrous outcomes for the present and the future.  The fact is, changing even one tiny fraction of an event in the past, could ripple forward with cataclysmic results. People aren’t born,  inventions aren’t invented, and we have to deal with multiple takes of the same event from differing eras of the same person!  It’s like watching “Inception” on acid…which you don’t need to do, because watching “Inception” makes you feel like you’re on acid. But, I digress…

EA seems to disregard this fact, and has  apparently placed the game once again into some sort of “suspended animation” that is keeping us locked in Christmas 2019, without the ability to do most of what we love about the game.

Let’s take a look at where we are…
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Friday Filler – God, Kristian Krusty, and the Spirit of Giving

Thank Grog It’s Friday,

Let’s start with the fact once again, I a writing this “outside the time space continuum,” as it us not Friday…or even Thursday…and certainly not Saturday.

It is, in fact somewhere between Tuesday and Wednesday…and I have just watched a ton of traditional Christmas movies, and will have likely just gotten back from watching “Little Women,” my family’s choice for a Christmas Day Movie…which has been a tradition in our family for more than a decade.

We were not alone…the theater was packed to the brim.  Traditions are like that. And if you have enough people with the same traditions, it can even turn into a cultural norm, or a religion.

Which is exactly why I didn’t buy Krusty the Christian.
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Showoff Announcement: Abe’s in Toyland and Christmas

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

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 Abe’s in Toyland and/or Christmas stuff! This can be anything and everything Christmas, or content from this event.   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 Abe’s in Toyland/Christmas inspired designs (by 8pm ET Tuesday, January 7th) and we’ll be putting up the Showoff post featuring your designs on Wednesday, January 8th. 

Remember, your designs can be anything and everything Christmas/Abe’s in Toyland

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, January 7th, 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.) 

Showoff Announcement: All American Auction and Black Friday 2019

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

It’s that time…calling all Addict Designers!  We’re getting ready to do the next Springfield Showoff, and with All American Auction and Black Friday 2019  nearing the end, it’s time to show us what you’ve done with all the new stuff!   This time around I want to see what you’ve done with the All American Auction/Thanksgiving/Black Friday items! (You know…Swap Meets, Balloons, Turkey Stuffers, VHS Village, and more!)  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 All American Auction/Thanksgiving/Black Friday inspired designs (by 8pm ET Tuesday, December 3rd) and we’ll be putting up the Showoff post featuring your designs on Wednesday, December 4th. 

Remember, your designs can be anything and everything Thanksgiving/All American Auction/Black Friday

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, December 3rd, 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 – Early Black Friday Deals At A Steep Price?

Thank Grog It’s Firday!

I admit it. My head is a bit broken.  I’ve tried to curb my viewing of “current events,” but have failed miserably.  So, it was a welcome surprise, and a nice diversion when EA came across with an early (kinda) Black Friday/Thanksgiving mini-update.

I say “kinda” early, because the fact is, it mostly happened the same time as last year, and the year before. It’s Thanksgiving that is late this year. How DARE they make Thanksgiving and the REAL Black Friday so late in the month, and so close to Christmas???

Anyway, there was plenty to unpack for this event, and I’m sure most of you are very excited about the chance to get a ton of stuff that had been offered, at discount prices, as long as you were willing to spend real money.

Wait. What??? They are doing THIS again?  Forcing us to spend REAL MONEY (instead of farmed donuts) to get some of the stuff being offered????

Well…there IS A SOLUTION THIS PROBLEM!! I’ll Tell You how to get real value out of your real dollars spent! 
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Friday Filler- Finally…The Simpsons Comes HOME!

Thank Grog It’s Firday…

Just so we are clear, I’m not talking about the Simpsons coming to Disney Plus…which may be one of the worst launches of a “Major Streaming Service Ever.”

Besides the fact that their servers barfed…and loads and loads of subscribers couldn’t get any programming…apparently, what they can get, is altered…a lot.

This includes the SIMPSONS!!  The much vaunted, much ballyhooed new home for the back episodes of ALL of The Simpsons, has Simpsons  Fans Fuming!
The Disney Plus is formatting the show, cuts out a ton of the picture. And because of this, a ton of the jokes/gags/content are just not visible.  CHECK THIS STORY OUT…

But…This is NOT what I’m here to talk about today…as the most recent episode of the Simpsons actually took place in the REAL BIRTHPLACE of the Simpsons. And it was hilarious!
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Showoff Announcement: THOH XXX

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

It’s that time…calling all Addict Designers!  We’re getting ready to do the next Springfield Showoff, and with Treehouse of Horrors XXX 2019 (finally) nearing the end, it’s time to show us what you’ve done with all the new stuff!   This time around I want to see what you’ve done with the THOH 2019 items! (You know…Aliens, Vampires, Storybook Characters, Devils and more!)  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 Treehouse of Horrors inspired designs (by 8pm ET Tuesday, November 19th) and we’ll be putting up the Showoff post featuring your designs on Wednesday, November 20th. 

Remember, your designs can be anything and everything Treehouse of Horror XXX

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, November 19th, 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 – Of Gods, Trolls, and Limits of Power

Thank Grog It’s Firday!

OK…in full disclosure, I am once again breaking all of the “time/space/continuum” rules by writing this early (Thursday) after doing an Addicts Live last night (Wednesday) that won’t actually be live until the day after tomorrow (Saturday).  But, that’s Ok. Time is relative…and I am going to be spending most of my time Friday-Sunday,  WITH my relatives, and in fact, am likely doing so as we speak (if I was actually there, with you, speaking to you).

This weekend is my nieces’s wedding, and all of my daughters are flying in for the celebration, including Katie, Ryan, and Jake (the cutest little tapper…or at least one of the two cutest, if you ask Alissa) on the East Coast.

So yes. I am actually happy that TSTO is so dingdangdiddly EAsy and boring. I just don’t have that much time to care. Which is perfect. Because we are only in week 3…of what I thought was week 4…because I have paid so little attention to it. Go figure. 

But, this week, we got Bridge Troll Moe, which was actually hilarious, and brought up a ton of recent, and past memories about trolls.
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