Tag Archives: TSTO Winter 2016

Snow, Snow Go Away…Come Again Another Update…


I love the snow. Let’s not forget this point, as you read the rest of this lament about snow.  I love the way our Springfield’s, and for that matter, our actual, real-life, towns look, when they are cloaked in a layer of beautiful, white, freshly fallen snow.

There is something magical about the quiet…the way snow insulates and dulls the sounds in the early morning when you first get up.  It is peaceful, beautiful, and often times rewards children (and teachers) with a “snow day,” to frolic, relax, and have fun.

In short…snow is wonderful!

Until it isn’t…
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Showoff Announcement: Winter 2016

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

It’s that time…calling all Springfield designs of Winter Festivity Proportions!  We’re getting read to do the next Springfield Showoff featuring your Winter 2016 inspired designs!  So prep those downs…because we want to see what you’ve done with your Springfield!

So prep those snow covered Springfields because we want to see how y’all incorporated those Winter inspired designs into your Springfield!  So send us your Winter 2016 inspired designs and we’ll be putting up the Showoff Post, featuring your designs, on SATURDAY January 7th 2017.


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 January 6th. 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.) 

TSTO Anonymous: 2016 Hangover Feelings and How To Recover

Bet that title got your attention, huh? Phew… what a year. There’s been celebrations and headaches afterwards sort of like a real New Year’s party. You know… the kind where you stay up to late, kiss a stranger at midnight, and then wake up wondering why you made THAT resolution. With the end of 2016 on the horizon and one heck of an event ending, I figured it was time for another meeting of TSTO Anonymous so welcome! What is TSTO Anonymous? Well, it’s our version of a support meeting (said with my tongue in my cheek) that has turned into a nice thing we do occassionally just to give folks a positive message or a place to commiserate. You can find previous meetings here. While these meetings don’t happen as frequently as a fuzzball would like, I can always plug the the Sunday Open Threads as fill-in sessions when I can’t think of topics or life/game stuff is too busy to hold one. Jebus knows you Addicts like to congregate and chat about all sorts of stuff. Anyhoo… it’s time to fire up the simulated coffee pot, prop the door open with a lucky red hat, and get this meeting started. Pull up a chair, grab a Wookiee cookie, and let’s get this show on the road.

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Dear EA – P.S.


I hesitated to open up this can of worms again, but the final frames of the this update pushed me over the edge. And while I thought it would be funny to do a “fake news” post about angry TSTO players leaving sheep’s heads at the gates of EA headquarters in San Francisco in protest, I thought better of it.  After all…if two major countries can get into a recent preemptive twitter showdown over nuclear power over a fake news article, there is no telling what would happen if I fomented the fires of passion over this less-than-holiday update, and the final poke in the heart thrown out by the EA/Gracie programmers.

Instead, I will simply add a P.S. to the previous “venting letters” I wrote, which allowed you to write “I agree” in response, to get your emotions quelled and back to a “happy place” in the update.

Before I start, I want to re-emphasize that I do not have any issue with the basic concept of “trying something different” as it pertains to a “Winter/Holiday” update.  And yes, while there are billions of Christians who lay claim to this time of year by nature of annual credit card debt, it doesn’t mean that the  “hundreds of thousands of practising Wiccans around the globe” (according to WIKI) should be ignored.

However, as I will point out in the “P.S.” to EA, there are still limitations to how far we are to be pushed outside the realm of good taste and common sense.

See if you agree with me…
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Turbo Tappin’ Winter 2016: The Wiccans

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

It’s snowing in Springfield and that can only mean one thing…Winter has arrived!

As part of the 2016 Winter Event, the Wiccans were a premium trio of characters in our stores.  And they came with their own questline to work your way through.

Remember that the Wiccans can help earn event currency, so it’s ok to hold off on doing their questline until the event is over.  It’ll still be there to work on once the event is gone.  So hold off until you’re ready.

So let’s take a look at the Wiccan questline to see just what happens when they arrive in Springfield…


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December 21st Start: Act 2, Part 2… (Questline and New Stuff in the Store)

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Happy Winter Solstice! Ah yes, today (in the Northern Hemisphere) is the shortest day/longest night of the year.  And it’s also the point where we can all appreciate it gaining 1 minute of light each day..until Summer Solstice.  Who doesn’t long for those longer days of summer?! (Except for our friends in the Southern Hemisphere…since you’re enjoying them now..)

As was teased at the end of the first part of Act 2…you’d have to stay tuned on December 21st for the next (and conclusion) of the Winter Act 2 questline:


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Satyr Willie: Tasks and How To Get Him

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So Act 2 of the Winter Event hit our Pocket-Sized Springfields in the early morning hours on Sunday, and with it arrived a whole new questline to work our way through. AND an all new skin for Willie!

Let’s take a quick look at how you unlock this new skin for Willie, as I know some of you are having some difficulty unlocking him, and the tasks he comes with…

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Turbo Tappin’ Winter 2016: Act 2

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

It’s snowing in Springfield and that can only mean one thing…Winter has arrived!

Act 2 of the  2016 Winter Event hit our devices yesterday and with it arrived, not only new pagans invading our pocket-sized Springfields, but a whole new questline to work our way through!

As was mentioned on the rundown post Act 2 runs until December 30th, and you’ll need Homer and Lisa and a variety of others free for a a bunch of 6s tasks to get things started.

Remember, the questline is there to guide you.  So when you get stuck on something, or haven’t unlocked something, just follow along with the questline and it’ll take you through everything you need to do to complete the second Act and unlock everything you need in order to play properly.

So let’s take a look at the questline to see just what happens when Springfield goes Pagan…


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Two Things About Winter Act 1 Ending and Act 2 Starting (Day 13 & Catnip/Figurines)

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Popping in on this snowy NJ day to address a couple of concerns we’re seeing over and over and over and over again in the comments..

How Do I Unlock Day 13, If Act 1 Ends Tomorrow?!
You’ll unlock Day 13 tomorow, just like you’ll unlock Day 14 the next day and Day 15 the day after that.  I know you only see 13 days visible at the moment, but there are over 20 days to these daily turn ins so relax.  🙂  Oh and day 13…there isn’t really a bonus prize there.  That image is just a place holder.  So tomorrow don’t freak out that you didn’t unlock anything special…just Runestones and Donuts.  Those are the prizes…

Will Catnip and Figurines Carry Over?

As I said in a couple other posts and comments, I don’t know.  I’m not 100% sure, and I won’t be until I’ve got in game confirmation. HOWEVER…based on some graphics and guide panel changes in the files it does appear that they will not.    Panels like this…


But again..I’m not 100% sure.  Personally, I’m playing as if they aren’t.  Act 1 was super easy, I finished it on Tuesday, so I know no matter what Act 2 throws at us I should be ok.  So I’m spending what i’ve got, except for Runestones (the purple ones for crafting), since Runsetones will carry over.

Hope this helps guys!  Sorry I wasn’t able to post this sooner, I’ve been out most of the day and spending the rest getting some things ready for Christmas.  So I’ve been all over the place today…

12/14 In-Game Update: Minor Game Changes (and Bonus % Drops)

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Just popping in real quick with a few changes today’s in-game update brought.  Now I know these likely aren’t all of them, I haven’t had a chance to download the files yet.  But these are the changes I could see in my game immediately… Continue reading