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Showoff Announcement: Pin Pals

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

It’s that time…calling all Springfield designs of Pin Palling Proportions!  We’re getting ready to do the next Springfield Showoff featuring what you’ve done with all of the Pin Pals stuff!  So prep those towns…because we want to see what you’ve done with your Springfield!

The Next Showoff will feature your Pin Pals stuff so show us what you’ve got!  Send in your bowling areas from your Springfield and we’ll be putting up the Showoff Post, featuring your designs, on Saturday May 27th 2017. (So you’ve got a week and a half AND a full weekend to work on them 😉 )

So grab some screenshots of your town, or finish up those designs…just make sure to send your submissions in by about 8pm ET Friday May 26th 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.) 

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Showoff Announcement: Secret Agents/Cypress Creek

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

It’s that time…calling all Springfield designs of Covert Proportions!  We’re getting ready to do the next Springfield Showoff featuring what you’ve done with all of the Secret Agent/Cypress Creek stuff!  So prep those towns…because we want to see what you’ve done with your Springfield!

The Next Showoff will feature your Spy/Cypress stuff so show us what you’ve got!  Send in your spy areas from your Springfield and we’ll be putting up the Showoff Post, featuring your designs, on Saturday May 13th 2017. (So you’ve got a week and a half AND a full weekend to work on them 😉 )

So grab some screenshots of your town, or finish up those designs…just make sure to send your submissions in by about 8pm ET Friday May 12th 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.) 

Confessions of a GOGing Tapper

There is little doubt, that EA has moved into a new “Era of the Grind.”

One might ask “what is grinding?” To which I would reply, “Hold on…I’ll tell you a soon as I clear all of my Agency Headquarters tasks.”

There are loads of definitions of the word “Grindingm” and some of which are actually clean enough to post here on a family site (I’ll wait, while you go and Google the Urban Dictionary version…).
grind·ing
adjective
1.(of a state) oppressive, tedious, and seemingly without end.
“grinding poverty”
2. (of a sound or motion) harsh and grating. “the group’s grinding, ear-splitting guitar”

Yeah…that sounds about right. Tedious tapping, while your phone blows through a symphonic cacophony of sounds.

Oh…and for those of you who looked up the urban dictionary versions…I can assure you that this article will NOT be covering any aspect of THAT kind of grinding.

No…this is all about a combination of definitions #1 and #2, which could be morphed into the REAL definition as it applies to TSTO, which is…
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Secret Agent Simpsons – Act I Calendar

So…Once again, it feels like TSTO has plucked an update right out of the headlines.  It starts to make you wonder when they knew, what they know, and who told them…

Or  not…

This one seems like a blast!  Soooooooooooooooooo fun!

I think that this one is once again “Do-Able” as long as you can hit the regular 4-Hour Loop for a month and a half. And let’s be honest…what else is there to do when the weather is still being “not great yet” for many of us.  So…every four hours? CAKE!

The Calendar of Goals you need to hit to “Get It ALL!” follows below!
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Showoff Announcement: Rommelwood Academy

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

It’s that time…calling all Springfield Military School designs!  We’re getting ready to do the next Springfield Showoff featuring what you’ve done with all of the Rommelwood Academy mini event stuff!  So prep those towns…because we want to see what you’ve done with your Springfield!

The Next Showoff will feature your Rommelwood Academy stuff so show us what you’ve got!  Send in your areas of Military designs (including Rommelwood Academy and barracks, Hellfish monument, nuclear warheads and shelters or any other military inspired areas you’d like to show us) from your Springfield and we’ll be putting up the Showoff Post, featuring your designs, on TUESDAY March 28th 2017. (Note that it’s a weekday instead of the weekend.  I wanted to make sure y’all have the weekend to work on your designs, so we’re doing this on Tuesday instead of Saturday)

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 March 27th. 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: Destination Springfield

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

It’s that time…calling all Springfield designs of Worldly Proportions!  We’re getting read to do the next Springfield Showoff featuring what you’ve done with all of the Destination Springfield stuff!  So prep those towns…because we want to see what you’ve done with your Springfield!

The Next Showoff will feature your Around the World stuff so show us what you’ve got!  Send in your areas of Worldly designs (including France, Japan & Brazil…or any other world areas you’d like to show us) from your Springfield and we’ll be putting up the Showoff Post, featuring your designs, on SATURDAY March 11th 2017. (So you’ve got a week and a half AND a full weekend to work on them 😉 )

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So grab some screenshots of your town, or finish up those designs…just make sure to send your submissions in by about 8pm ET Friday March 10th. 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.) 

Destination Springfield – Calendar Act III

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Well, here we are…in the final act of what some are saying is the BEST UPDATE (of the year).  I get it. It has been fun…and I think that seeing the world outside of our Springfield’s.

The fact is, it has been pretty darn EAsy to get everything in the first two acts, and from what I’m seeing in the numbers, Act III isn’t going to be any different. Bonuts?  That is another story…but I guess we’ll have to see…right?

Let’s take a look at the numbers!
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Simpsons Around The World Calendar – Act II

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I think by now we have all figured out that the initial panic associated with the printing of the calendar is unfounded.  It really just takes logging on every 4 hours, for days on end, with no relief, to get everything you want (if that includes earning Bonuts).

I think you will find that Act II is achievable and believable, which is the benchmark of setting any reasonable goal (if you believe the motivational strategies of the  Power of Positive Thinking guru, W. Clement Stone).

So..BELIEVE IT…and ACHIEVE IT!!
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Around The World Event- Act I Calendar

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Ah…every great world traveler needs a calendar to help you plan your next stop, stay on track, and keep earning your Hotels.com rewards! I know…Deb and I did a 9,600 mile, 23 state, cross-country driving trip this past summer…in just 30 days.  Staying on track allowed us to meander and enjoy the trip. And THAT is the goal of having a calendar for these huge events!

And…like trying to cover that much territory in 30 days, sometimes the numbers can be daunting. I’m not going to lie…this one seems a bit tough to hit all of the road-markers to collect all of the primary prizes. But, I suspect there will be some surprises, daily rewards, and all sorts of ways that EA will EAse the anxiety!

Let’s Take A Look!

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Showoff Announcement: Lunar New Year

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

It’s that time…calling all Springfield designs of Chinese New Year Proportions!  We’re getting read to do the next Springfield Showoff featuring what you’ve done with all of the Chinese New Year stuff!  So prep those towns…because we want to see what you’ve done with your Springfield!

The Next Showoff will feature your Lunar New Year stuff so show us what you’ve got!  Send in your areas of Chinese New Year designs from your Springfield and we’ll be putting up the Showoff Post, featuring your designs, on SATURDAY February 4th 2017.

Here’s my design…although I took these pictures before the Rooster was awarded so it’s not in this one. But i’ll be adding it to this area:

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