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DID- Over DOA?

In this chapter of DID (Designing in Downtime), I am going to address the reality that we have all been hinting at for a while. Working through apathy, brought on by repetitive update types, and the lack of compelling content.

So, in this case, DID could be called, Designing Over Apathy (DOA).

Not that I am implying the game is dead…or that I am encouraging us to “stop tapping” while EA/Gracie figure out the next direction for the game. What I AM going to do, is simply share my views on how/when to tap…and where things have ended up over the past few updates in my town.

DID or DOA?
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Let’s begin first, by admitting that I am somewhat surprised that I am even still writing about new content for TSTO. I truly thought that we were “done” after the huge lag-times in the early part of the year.  We seem to be back to at least semi-regular updates, which is a good thing by any measure.

Are the updates repetitive and lacking imagination and challenge on the programming side?  Yes.

But, to offset this, the writing for these updates has been hilarious. It has turned into more of a showcase for the writers…and it really shows.  Anyone who blasts past the dialogue without really reading it, is missing the BEST part of the game these days.

But, let’s face it…the content has been pretty random.

Let’s take a look at the last couple of event updates…and then I’ll share where stuff ended up in my town, when I took the time to design (if I took the time).

The Flanders Family Reunion was really funny, with the dialogue shining through what was a moderately Non-Canon use of some of Ned’s relatives. But, like many of the updates this year, the offerings were pretty random.  I get the “Leftorium,” aggrandized to the SuperStore version. But most of the rest of the buildings, unless they were labeled…really didn’t “wow!” me in regards to “must have this in my town!”   I ended up scattering this stuff all over the place.  Loads of people placed the Reunion Sign, and even the “herb tent” in Flander’s back yard.  I placed most of the random stuff near my homage to Woodstock III (which I covered in another post). I admit I am repeating myself here, but at least KNOWING that I am repeating myself is different than NOT knowing…which is what old people do…or people who have hit the “herb wagon” too much. But, I digress…

When the Flanders clan parties in my Springfield…they REALLY party!  It’s a hootendiddlyanny that gets everyone rocking…including a special tribute to Sky Finger, by Fem Fetalle!

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As much as I was not a fan of the Simpsons Babies event we just went through (hate having so many versions of the same character, breaking the time space barrier), it gave us a LOAD of content. This really was Content Heavy, and “this event dialogue makes sense” Lite.  Some just felt like it was stuff they had sitting around in inventory, others things that were cobbled together to make a story line that felt cobbled together, work…kinda.


Ironically…the ONLY item here that made sense to me, and ended up becoming part of my “Multi-Cultural Heaven is For EVERYONE” section of my layout, was the Cloud version of Bleeding Gums Murphy…who now jams with the angels…or at least a reasonable facsimile of the angels.

The rest?  I admit to kind of plopping in a newly opened segment, that I may or may not develop.  Random…yes. But, also a real statement about the apathy I am feeling about designing, or tapping, or really engaging much between the events.

We’ll all just wait to see if we get anything else before Halloween…or if we will truly be in the “Tapping Dead Zone,” a state of horror that is worse than almost anything else in TSTO.

Where did YOU put all of your stuff?  Are you still playing regularly, or have you hit the DOA zone? Perhaps it should be,  “Designing to OVERCOME Apathy?”  Or not. So much to do…so little time…and tapping needs to have purpose.

We’ll see what happens next.

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Addicts Want to Know: Going Nuclear

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Sometime in the early New Year, we plan on doing an Addicts Live! episode all about going Nuclear in your Springfield…and we need your help!  In case you don’t know…going Nuclear is when you push the Nuclear button in your game to “blow up” your town and basically put every single item & character (except Homer, Lisa & the Simpsons House) in storage to rebuild again. You can read more here and here

I’m looking for a little early feedback from you guys about going Nuclear in your town & since we’ve got a little time to kill while waiting for the next update I thought let’s go for it now.  So please take a minute, in the comments below, to share your Nuclear experience with answering questions like…

-Have you ever gone Nuclear in your Springfield?  Why or Why not?

-Would you ever/are you planning to go Nuclear in your Springfield in the future?  Why or why not?

-How many times have you gone Nuclear?

-How long did it take you to rebuild your town?

-Were you happy with the results?  Or wish you never touched the nuke button?

-Did you lose anything as a result of going Nuclear in town?

Of course, those are just some ideas to get you going in the comments, please feel free to share more details about your Nuclear experience!

Thanks!

Addicts How To: Posting Images in the Comments

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

From time to time we’ll get questions about a few things we may have covered wayyyy back when Addicts first started (nearly 4 years ago), which causes us to think maybe we should post about it again.  This time apply things to how they work now.

One of those frequently asked questions is about posting images image the Addicts comments.  Now we covered the basics of this way back in 2013 on this post and this post, but we never really covered specifically how to get the image (not just the link) to appear directly in the comment section.  So let’s break it down for you now…

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