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Moe’s Ark Act One Prize Guide – Brittany Brockman

OK. This little lady has a ton more smarts than her Dad, Kent. And unlike a lot of other “Randoms” that show up in our game, she has appeared in no fewer than TEN episodes of the Simpsons, as well as the Simpsons Movie!

The only real issue…is that almost none of them feature the Zoo, and her most notable appearance is in the “Malibu Stacey” episode.

But, hey…she’s a FULL CHARACTER…and she’s FREE!

So..let’s dive into what makes Brittany da bomb of Bart girlfriends (kinda) and Lisa’s rival (kinda)…but mostly just a new character for our games!

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Friday Filler- Jumping the Shark with Zooaligical Profiling

Thank Grog It’s Firday!

Once again, I am writing this early, as I will actually be in Alaska the day you are reading this…Friday…which may be Saturday for some…but because of the header, is mostly Friday…except when it isn’t, like today.

That last paragraph makes about as much sense as this event.  Perhaps EA is going to figure out a way to pull it together somehow with the dialogue. But, it is going to take a rope the size of a galaxy, and a giant Holy Lion to pull together.

And, frankly, I think this a case of “jumping the shark” in TSTO that is both troubling and was likely born out of the same kind of staff meeting that the original “Jump the Shark,” episode came from.

Not familiar with the term? Read on…
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Moe’s Ark Act I Prize Guide – Big Cat Country

Well…it’s about time we all got something that works with the HUGE Lion Sign we got a few prizes back!

This one is cool…and has it’s own rather convoluted Upgrade System that will allow you to make it even BIGGER than the name implies!

Big Cat Country is one of the BEST prizes in Act One. It has a very cool animation, with running water, and really adds some “Zazzz” to your Zoo!

Let’s take a look…
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Moe’s Ark Act One Prize Guide – Canary M. Birdhouse

The Big Zoo Build Continues!

Anyone who is really into this update is going to be happy with the next Major Prize….the Canary M. Birdhouse!

Those that are just grinding it out to get the final prize will be happy that we are now almost halfway there. Yay!

What Zoo would be complete without an aviary that looks a lot like the other aviaries in this game? You just can’t have too many aviaries… right?

OK. So…maybe you can. But we have another one. Let’t look at the details…
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Friday Filler – Deja Vu All Over Again

Thank Grog It’s Friday!

Yes. As the song by “The New Pornographers” says, “We’ve Been Here Before.”

For many of us, this feels like “Deja Vu all over again…”  I love the phrase, which is attributed to Yogi Berra, my favorite Yankee of all time, on and off of the field. He was famous for his mangled use of phrases, (see some here) which always made sense….while being hilariously ambiguous. Two of my favorites are, “Always go to other people’s funerals, or they won’t come to yours,” and “nobody goes there anymore…it’s too crowded.” But I digress…

But, if it feels like we have seen “Moe’s Ark” before….it’s because we have. Kinda…

If you played the the “Christmas/Winter/Solstace” (it was convoluted) update in December 2015, then you likely already have “Moe’s Petting Zoo” in your Springfield.

So this entire event, may feel a bit like, “We’ve done this before.” Because, we have…kinda.  But, in many respects, I’m going to have to say that like it or not (I’m not a huge fan), EA is listening to us once again, at least about a handful of things that we were complaining about. In this case, it’s not so much the content, as the way they played their hand(s) at placating some of the problems.
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Moe’s Ark Act I – Prize Guide – Discount Lion Safari Entrance


There is a whole story arc that comes with the Ark, but none of it is actually related to the “Ark” mythology, thankfully. This all has to do with Moe’s ability to snatch animals, and have the good citizens of Springfield do their best to build, man, and promote the Springfield Zoo, which is not to confused with Moe’s Petting Zoo…even it had nothing to do with Moe being petted.

The first “Major Prize” on the Prize Track is the Discount Lion Safari Entrance
Let’s take a look…
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Moe’s Ark – Act One Calendar and Numbers You Need to Get It All

I am a little bit worried, I have to admit.  The last time there was an Ark floating around, it signaled a “Great Flood” that washed away all of the sinners of the world.  Now…with the current heat conditions and fires out west, I’m not saying we couldn’t use a little water. But, if the Ark signals something else…I’m fine to pass on this event.

You don’t feel the same?  You are all jacked up about getting a whole mess of animals and places to put them? You aren’t worried about getting left behind?

Well…I’ve SEEN the Ark…and it really is a wonder to behold…even if  it might leave you behind.

Let’s take a look at what you will have to do to “Get it ALL!” at least in Act I…but, be forewarned, “Greed” is one of the sins that got a bunch of folks left on “the wet side.”
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Friday Filler – Looking Back…Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay Back

Thank Grog It’s Firday!

In the spirit of the TSTOAddict’s 5- Year Blog-O-Versary, I dug waaaaaaaaaay back into the annals (please note the two “n’s) of my archives and found some of my very first TSTO Posts Ever…including a “Hump Day” post (it’s not what you think it is), from one of my first posts with the Addicts Team.

What I found truly interesting, is that in some ways, “the more things change, the more they remain the same” (their have always been glitches, and people complaining about them).  What truly made me laugh, is that there were so many references to being “inundated with updates”…which were happening at a clip of one every two weeks.  Oh…good player…be careful what you wish for, right?

It’s kind of like a version of “Remember land lines? Remember Blockbuster Video?” while pointing out some of the incredible advances the game has made over the past 5+ years since we have been blogging about it.
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Friday Filler – Are We the Cooks or the Frogs In The Pot?


I woke up this morning to another email update from MoviePass, the “seems to good to be true” service that works kinda like NetFlix, but with real movies. I am hopeful that they are able to figure out a model that works, because Deb and I see a ton of movies with MoviePass, now that we are done with weddings and are true empty-nesters.

But, like so many other great deals in life, they are changing and tightening their service process, because a few (maybe a lot) of people have apparently cheated the system, and found out ways to get more advantage than they are due.  This seems to be the norm these days. Great deals, slowly defray into deals that aren’t as good, or simply flip on a dime with little warning. Sovin so many ways, TSTO is a great educator about life in general. In short…”Don’t think that this is the way it is always going to be…because we know you will adjust, as long as we do it slowly.”

As a guy who can take the time to think about such things…I started adding up the number of ways this kind of thinking has slipped into my daily life over the past few months. I was kind of shocked when I started realizing how many things in my life were changing…slowly…and not for the good. And how I was just like the frog in the pot…kind of ignoring the heat, until I reached a boiling point.

There are so many examples of this in modern society, and not surprisingly, so many of them are mirrored by the changes we have seen in TSTO. 
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Showoff Reminder: Itchy and Scratchy Land

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

It’s that time…calling all Springfield designs of Amusement Proportions!  We’re getting ready to do the next Springfield Showoff featuring your Itchy and Scratchy Land (and now destroyed K-Land) inspired designs!  So prep those towns…because we want to see what you’ve done with your Springfield!

We’re (finally) nearing the end Itchy and Scratchy Land event, just a week left!    Once you’ve got those designs planned out show us what you’ve done, because who doesn’t like seeing what others have done with all this new stuff?!  So send us your Amusement Park inspired designs and we’ll be putting up the Showoff post, featuring your designs on WEDNESDAY JULY 11th….so you’ve got loads of time to prep your towns.  Take your time, design as you see fit and send us the designs when you’re ready.

So work on those designs and send us some screenshots when you’re ready…just make sure to send your submissions in by about 8pm ET Tuesday, July 10th, 2018.  Can’t wait to see what YOU have come up with.

After all it is…the Best. Vacation. Ever.

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.  If you email them please mark the subject with at least the word Showoff, otherwise, I might miss it.

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.)