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From the Mouths of Addicts: The State of the Game

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Welcome to another edition of From the Mouths of Addicts, where YOU get to sound off on anything and everything in the world of Tapped Out!  It’s been quite a while since we last had a From the Mouths of Addicts Post, but there’s no time like the present right?

This email came in from Blue Drogo about his thoughts on the current state of TSTO, from a long time Tapper perspective.  I read his email and just thought it was well thought out and deserved to be spotlighted on the site.  

So without further ado here’s Blue Drogo -Alissa 

Hi fellow tappers,

I have been playing this game for 8 years now and I wanted to share my thoughts as an experienced player and how I think EA has been letting users down.

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Friday Filler – Thanksgiving Lite?


Thank Grog It’s Firday!!


What a wonderful treat! Without prompting, without cajoling, EA saw fit to “keep the tradition alive,” and bring us a Thanksgiving and Black Friday update! Wooooo!! (I’d add a “hoooo” but, I’m still trying to get a handle on how thankful I really am!).

I’m not going to state the obvious…but the fact is, the huge burst of new Covid cases, and the resulting shutdowns, pleas, and out-and-out begging to be safe, has created a Thanksgiving that is unlike any in my entire almost-67-year-lifetime.  This is a holiday that is made for tradition. Families getting together in mass, to celebrate with far too much food, a smattering of drama (especially if the family is a “house divided over politics in an election year), and loads and loads of reminiscing about the “good old days!” 

Wait. Maybe, with all of the insanity going on right now, a “small family gathering” is exactly what we need.  Maybe Covid is God’s way of saying…CHILLAX!!!!! 

Or…maybe it is just part of the REST of the crappiest year in history…including this so-called Thanksgiving Event in TSTO. 

Let’s break this down… and decide if EA is worthy of our Thanks…or if it is Thanksgiving Lite, at best!
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Friday Filler – Is The Anticipation Better Than The Actuality?

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Yes…it has continued to be one of those weeks/months/years that just keeps piling on the fun. But, I won’t take up more space here to talk about all of the family challenges in our neck of the woods. Especially, when we have a new update, and those woods are scary!

Well…maybe not as scary as many hoped for…but, at least it’s “hellish?”

And that’s really kind of what life has become at this point. Anticipating something great…counting down the days and hours…only to be disappointed in the outcome. And, let’s be honest about it. Almost everything that is highly anticipated leaves someone feeling disappointed.

But for me, there was one surprise that I have been begging for over the course of more than 18 months. Yes…those that know me, know that I am patient when it comes to begging. And, there are a few things that I have been hoping to come true, even longer than 18 months. But, my desire to be the nation’s first WWI Fighter Ace/Cowboy/Astronaut becomes more and more distant with each passing year.

However, I’m not going to complain. Because EA…in their infinite wisdom…FINALLY INCREASED THE HARD ITEM LIMITS!!!!!
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Musings on All This Jazz…

Happy Musings Thursday Tuesday my friends! I’m back with another musings post for you.  With the Halloween event expected to hit this week, I thought it’d be prudent to fully wrap up All This Jazz before it hits.  So, I’ve got some thoughts, let’s get to ’em…

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Friday Filler – Accepting The End, Before It’s the End


Thank Grog It’s Firday!

Except it isn’t…

Once again, I am forced to write this early, due to situations beyond my control…even though I did everything I could to control them. The fact is, there are some things you simply can’t control…only try to manage.

Some people say that 2020 may very well be the worst year in their lives.  I guess that depends on how long your life is.  Being old…with lots of life…I contend that 1968 still “wins” that distinction.  But, I have to admit, 2020 is rapidly coming up on the backstretch.  But in the end, there is simply no way to control the “final chapter” of any life.  You can try to plan, to help you manage what you predict to be true. But, in the end, “the end” will come when it comes…and you can bet that the one who is at the finish line, is never really prepared or willing to admit that this is really the end.

What I can say…is that those of us who play TSTO, have long predicted “The End” of the game…but as we have all witnessed, we have been wrong.  The game just keeps rising from the dead…or perhaps continues to be “resurrected” in some Lazarus form of “near death,” that befuddles and amazes everyone, except maybe Lazarus.

“The End” clearly is not here for TSTO.  In fact, we’re not even certain what “The End” would look like.  But when it comes to “The End,” there are a few things on which everyone must agree…
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Musings on The Van Houtens…

Another Thursday, another Musings post.  Finally getting a moment to sit down at the computer to write up my thoughts on the Van Houtens event.  I’ve got thoughts, so let’s get to ’em…

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Incoming Update: All This Jazz

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Just letting you know there IS an update on the server (so look for an App Store download later today) for the next mini-event in TSTO.  This one is called All This Jazz and will run for two weeks.

Update: The update is available for download. There seems to be an issue with iOS however,  it seems to be crashing with the update.  Some folks have reported uninstall and reinstall helped,  others said restarting their device has helped. Personally, I’m on Android so I’m not of much help….

Starts tomorrow, September 23rd, and runs until Wednesday, October 7th.  Standard 2 week mini-event.

What does this mean for Halloween?  Well either Halloween is going to start as soon as this mini-event ends, on the 7th, or it’ll start a week later. (although a week later, the 14th, feels really late)  As I’ve been saying for a while now…it’s EA.  It’s anyone’s guess as to what they’re going to do these days.

All we can control is the present moment in the game, and the present moment says we’ll be getting an update tomorrow.  So look for All This Jazz to start off tomorrow morning at 11am ET.

-Alissa

P.S. If we get an app store update prior to tomorrow, I’ll update this post with that info and some screenshots from in-game.

Here’s a look at the incoming characters

The Van Houtens Act 4 Full Dialogue: The Van Houten Curse

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Nearly time for Milhouse’s fame to end…the Van Houten’s ends tomorrow.  So while we count down till the next event, let’s look back on the Act 4 dialogue for the Van Houtens Event…

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The Van Houtens Prize Guide: Act 4, Prize 5 Italian Milhouse

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Time for our final Van Houtens prize post!  Bust out the confetti and party hats because these are done…for this event anyway. 🎉🎊

So let’s take a look at the final Van Houtens prize…Italian Milhouse…

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The Van Houtens Prize Guide: Act 4, Prizes 2-4, Solvang Air, Nana’s Vineyard & Little Italy

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Time for another fun and exciting event prize post! But fear not my friends…the Van Houtens, and my torturing you with prize posts, are almost over!

Act 4 consists of 1 new decoration, 2 new buildings, 1 Mystery Box Token, and 1 new costume.

So let’s take a look at the prizes on the Act 4 Van Houtens Prize Track: Solvang Air, Nana’s Vineyard & Little Italy…

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