Archives for the month of: April, 2013

A small change to the title of this regular post from today, to take into account readers who are new to the game and those whose families have not disowned them due to excessive snake-whacking. If you want to read the basis for the calculations, take a look here (for all ten prizes and the Whack Boxes) and here (for everything else).

April 30 is Day 20 and if you want to be on track for your target prize level, this is how many snakes you’ll need in your inventory by the time the day ends in the Americas:

If your May 9 target is all the prizes and all 10 Whack Boxes: You’ll need to be whacking 775 snakes a day and have put 15,500 snakes in your inventory. That’s just enough to earn you your third Whack Box.
If your May 9 target is Miss Springfield and the Sleep-eazy Motel: You’ll need to be whacking snakes at the rate of 431 a day and have put 8,620 snakes in your inventory. Still no new prize, but you’re edging closer to Tatum.
If your May 9 target is Springfield Coliseum and Tatum: You’ll need to be adding about 345 snakes a day to your inventory. At this stage you should have collected around 6,900 of them. You’re just a couple of days away from Bare-Chested Willie.
If your May 9 target is Bare-chested Willie: You need to be gathering about 259 snakes a day. By now, you should have around 5,180.
If your May 9 target is the Pet Snake: You’ll need to collect about 190 snakes every day. As of today, you should have 3,800 in your inventory.
If your May 9 target is Duff Stadium: You need to be collecting about 146 snakes every day. Right now, you should have 2,920 of them, which means you have almost enough to get the Snake Statue.

Phew! So decide what prize you want and go for it. And if you need some help getting there, either add as many friends as your game allows you to, or find an egg buddy.

And if you’re already there – consider using those eggs to help other people get there as well (if you’re not doing that already). Take a look through the egg buddy thread, find someone you think deserves a big donation and then add them and deliver the eggs anonymously. You might make a complete stranger delirously and completely unreasonably happy.

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Drederick Tatum (Springfield’s thinly-disguised answer to Mike Tyson) arrives with the Springfield Coliseum as part of the ninth prize in the Whacking Day event – and with him comes a short quest that involves a tiger, a dinner at the Gilded Truffle, and some differing views on what it takes to stay in shape.

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1. The Champ’s Come-Back Part 1 Whack 10000 snakes and win the Springfield Coliseum and Tatum. The Coliseum will be delivered to your Inventory (the cardboard box in the left-hand corner of your build menu) and its construction will take 24 hours.

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When it’s done, Drederick Tatum join your merry band of New Springfielders as one of your new and improved group of B-List Celebrities.

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2. The Champ’s Come-Back Part 2 Tatum is less than happy to be back in Springfield. One of the first people he encounters is Apu (who doesn’t need to be free).

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Apu: Drederick Tatum! What an honor! I studied your “Rock ’em, Sock ’em” workouts to learn how to defend my Kwik-E-Mart.
Tatum: Those DVDs paid for a lake house in Switzerland… for my accountant after he stole my money. I’ve had to scale back my extravagant lifestyle. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go walk my tiger.
Which is what he does for the next 4 hours. Keep Homer free as he finishes.

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3. The Champ’s Come-Back Part 3 Homer is impressed by Tatum’s tiger…

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Tatum: Homer Simpson! It’s been too long since I gave you severe brain damage.
Homer: Oh, don’t worry. My tough is brain.
Tatum: Let me buy you a big unhealthy dinner. After the beating I gave you, I think it’s only fair I help you die faster so you can no longer feel pain.
If you haven’t got to level 16 yet in your regular game, you’ll have to wait until you do to build the Gilded Truffle and send Tatum and Homer there to dine together for 2 hours.

4. The Champ’s Come-Back Part 4 It’s a good meal at the Truffle as always – and it also serves to highlight just how the phrase “stay in shape” can mean different things to different people…

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Homer: And I need to take a nap so I can stay in shape. That shape is spherical.
Tatum gets into his running gear and spends the next 24 hours jogging around New Springfield – while Homer assumes his favorite position and spends only 4 hours way over-sleeping for a power nap (which is much better time management!).

And that’s where we leave Tatum and Homer – which means that if you want to send Tatum to fight at the Springfield Coliseum, you’re going to need to do it yourself.

I’ve been meaning to give a plug to TheAppGoddess and her Tapped Out videos for some time – but if you’re looking for some design tips and ideas, as many new players are, they’re certainly a great place to start.

Here’s one of her latest videos showing off her pre-Whacking Day landscaping:


It’s worth noting that this video makes reference to the 3000 building and decoration limit which appeared at the beginning of Whacking Day and was then lifted. I have a feeling that it may be back, though, and was only lifted when someone realized that it also limited eggs drops to friends.

For more ideas, also take a look at the My Neighbor’s Yard series from ObviousObscure. You can find his latest video here.

There’s been so much to write about that I seem to have missed out on commenting on the fifth prize, the Jebediah Springfield Snake Statue.

Once you’ve collected 3000 snakes, the Snake Statue gives you a second Jebediah Springfield memorial for your town. The first, in the more traditional pose, is the one that you win by tapping on Homer 10 times while he’s doing a task (you can see how to do it here).

This fifth prize is Jebediah Springfield whacking the first snake in what Bart discovers to be the made-up history of Whacking Day. And all you get from this one is a boost to your Vanity rating – no bonus on jobs and tasks and no additional snakes, just a little boost to your Conformity Bonus.

Still, every little bit helps, especially when it’s free.

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At the risk of over-polling, here’s another one – and it comes at the request of a number of readers.

Remember that promise in the middle panel of the Whacking Guide:

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It very clearly says “some snake eggs” contain donuts. While a few people have reported a very rare donut or two from whacking the Snake Eggs that friends place in their town, I haven’t seen even one. I’ve been watching my total closely (especially over the last thousand or so eggs), and it hasn’t even shifted slightly. In fact, if it wasn’t for that occasional report of a lucky donut find from readers, I’d simply suspect that there was a disconnect between the writers of the Guide and the developers of the game.

What’s your experience? Are you one of the lucky ones, or are the donuts proving elusive for you as well?

With the snake requirements for the prizes set so high, winning Miss Springfield is an impossible dream for many readers of this blog as the results of a poll that’s still running show (you can see it here). So, what’s your daily snake requirement if you’ve started late, been on vacation, or simply don’t have that much time to whack and your final goal is a lower level prize?

Duff Stadium – if this is what you’re aiming for, you need to be collecting about 146 snakes every day. Right now, you should have 2,744 of them.
Pet Snake – to earn “Whacky” (as one reader as named him), you’ll need to collect about 190 snakes every day. As of today, you should have 3,610 in your inventory.
Bare-chested Willie – you’ll need to be collecting about 259 snakes to get the chance to see Willie wrestle a snake. By now, you should have around 4,921.
Springfield Coliseum and Tatum – to be on track for Tatum and his his tiger, you’ll need to be adding about 345 snakes a day to your inventory. At this stage you should have collected around 6,555 of them.

Remember that even if you’re behind, though, getting an egg buddy or buying snake-generating premium items can help you catch up. And if you don’t mind spending donuts, you can also use them to bosst yourself up a prize level.But if you want to keep the prizes free, the numbers above show you where you need to be.

In yesterday’s Outsiders’ Musings, I wrote about the effects of the texture glitch in people’s towns. Here are a few of the ones sent in; some are quite interesting. If you can’t see the error clearly, click on the picture to see it larger. Furthermore, I am putting complicated spedarclioed titles for some of these gallery posts, so mind my effort.

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The most common:
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This is the most unusual: can anybody help with the cracked egg mystery?
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If you’ve got any more you spot in yours or a friend’s town, post it on an image site and comment the link.

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At the time I’m posting this it’s just after 10am in New York, 3pm in London and 11pm in Tokyo. In some parts of the world it’s already tomorrow, but right now it’s April 29.

As I haven’t done this for a few days, here’s the background: to get the first level of prizes, you need 12,500 snakes before the event ends – and to get all the Whack Boxes as well you need 22,500 of them. That means you need to put snakes into your inventory at an average rate around 431 snakes a day every day throughout the event. To get all the Whack Boxes as well, you need to gather around 775 snakes every day. The event is currently scheduled to end on May 9 and we don’t know yet whether it will be extended. We also don’t know exactly what time on May 9 it will end.

April 29 is Day 19, so whatever time it is for you, the number of snakes you’ll need in your inventory by the time the day ends in the Americas:

To get all the 10 prizes: you’ll need to have put 8,189 snakes in your inventory. There’s no new prize, but Drederick Tatum is within your grasp.
To get all the prizes and all 10 Whack Boxes: you’ll need to have put 14,725 snakes in your inventory. That will earn you your second Whack Box.

This is all based on the following: For most people, the event actually began on April 11. From then, it’s 29 days until the currently scheduled event conclusion. While there’s always a possibility it may be extended due to all the glitches in the first week of the event, it’s not something we can count on at this stage. But if you’re a little behind these numbers and want to give yourself your own daily average, just work out the number of snakes you need to get to the prize level you’re aiming for and divide it by the number of days until May 9.

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Umm… unusually, I’m a little lost for words. But, 4,000,000 is the number of hits this blog reached today.

Thanks to everyone who regularly reads and comments, and to the silent majority that I see voting in the polls but hardly ever hear from. I sincerely appreciate your support. So, here’s some answers to a couple of questions that people have been asking;

1. Those time-stamps – my job takes me to many places, but my home is currently on the other side of the world from where most readers are, which makes it sometimes seem that I’m writing from the future. However, some of this week’s posts were written from Los Angeles, despite the time stamps!

2. Some readers have suggested a forum – but I’m really quite happy with this format. There are a number of forums around for the game and they don’t always seem to work very well – I hope this blog fills a gap.

3. Other readers have suggested advertising on the blog – and I haven’t had time to do much more than think about it. Maybe when Whacking Day is over and I no longer have more than enough to write about, I’ll be able to take some time to consider it (in time for Squidport, perhaps!).

This is something I’ve been doing at each milestone: if you like what you’ve been reading, please consider making a small contribution to the upkeep and maintenance of this blog. The buttons say “Subscribe” but everything here is free and will always be. And if you’ve made a contribution before, please don’t feel you need to do so again.

So, if you would like to make a US$2.00 contribution, you can use this button:


And if you would like to make a US$5.00 contribution, you can use this button:


Thanks once again for your support.

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The Snake Rocks, Snake Stump and the Hollow Snake Trunk do much more than just produce snakes. It’s something a few readers have noticed and while I’ve mentioned it in comments, I hadn’t realized that I’d never done a post on the best-kept secret about the snake-generating premium items until this comment came in from @Landaasen:

The snake rocks, stump and trunk are all 2.5% multipliers (I took them in and out of inventory while collecting white houses, and it seems about right). This is a pretty important detail, especially for those who are a bit behind and getting sweaty, and considering a purchase. The question is why this is “secret”; if it is permanent, or just a bonus effect during the Whacking Days. Considering the cost, this should be permanent, making them attractive multipliers.

I have a feeling that the bonus multiplier effect will be permanent – as they already carry a 2.5% bonus multiple I can’t see them suddenly changing to Vanity-rating decorations once Whacking Day is over. And that means the snake-generating decoration do three things – they generate snakes, they give your friends an extra item to tap on to collect cash (during Whacking Day, at least), and they also earn you an extra 2.5% on money and XP earned through rent and jobs.

Update: It may be that you don’t get this multiplier effect from the free Snake Rocks.

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For those on track to the 10th prize, you’ll need to consider making sure you have enough land for the Sleep-Eazy Motel (and as a heads-up, I think the Motel and Miss Springfield are well and truly worth the effort it takes to get to 12,500 snakes).

It’s similar in size to Krabappel’s apartment and when Miss Springfield is inside washing her hair or having her 3-minute “meeting” with Mayor Quimby, the sign lights up as it should and you can see silhouettes in the windows of people talking (which don’t quite show up in the screenshot).

Not in use:

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In use:

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Its swimming pool is ridiculously small, though!

If you’ve managed to win the Pet Snake or Bare-Chested Willie, then Drederick Tatum and the Coliseum are well within your reach before the end of Whacking Day. To prepare for the land you’ll need, you can take a look at how big the Coliseum is here. But what exactly does Tatum do?

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Tatum (Springfield’s answer to Mike Tyson) has a short quest when he arrives and a nice range of tasks, including one that let’s him join Krusty and Reverened Lovejoy in parading pets around New Springfield and another that lets him join the growing number of Springfield runners and power walkers. None of his tasks earn at a premium rate, however (he is a free character after all) and none of them earn you snakes.

Here’s what you’ll be able to send him to do (if you don’t have him already):

Task Length Cash XP
Dine at the Truffle (indoors) 2 hours 110 27XP
Walk the Tiger (outdoors) 4 hours $175 45XP
Step into the ring (indoors – Coliseum) 8 hours $275 70XP
Answer questions at the Police Station (indoors) 12 hours $420 100XP
Stay in shape (otdoors) 24 hours $600 150XP

One more thing – you’ll be happy to know that Tatum is a voiced character and that means you’ll be able to hear him greet everyone in a voice that sound a little like Elmer Fudd.

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Now that Android players have joined the social game, they’re experiencing what Apple players have enjoyed for a long time – random and unexplained drops in the Righteousness rating.

The Righteousness rating is the most difficult of all the Conform-o-meter ratings to manage. You can be playing along quite happily at 5 stars on all your ratings, but suddenly your Righteousness rating will plummet – and it’s often difficult to pinpoint exactly why. So here’s some advice on just what has an impact on your Righteousness and what you can do about it:

1. Character behavior: I personally don’t believe that this has an impact (and can’t find anything in the files to support it). Other players feel that it does. In my own game, my characters rarely go to Church and Snake, Fat Tony, Legs and Louie are all constantly engaged in criminal activity, and I haven’t seen a drop in some time. The only criminal that you have to keep off the streets is Sideshow Bob, and his appearance without capture will cause a Righteousness drop (eventually).

2. Grafitti: Graffiti in your town seems to negatively affect your righteousness rating but cleaning it up restores your rating very quickly in your town, and you get 1/2 a point back for each piece of graffiti you clean up in your friends’ towns. Also leaving graffiti in friends’ towns should cause your rating to drop (although some players have reported that it increases the rating, which seems to be a glitch).

3. Visiting friends: If you don’t visit friends for a while and do some cleaning up, and very few friends visit you and leave graffiti for you to clean up, the rating seems to plummet automatically. I’m not sure exactly how long “for a while” is, though.

4. New levels: These often seem to cause a drop in the rating at some point.

5. Random behavior: It may just be that random drops in the rating are built into the game.

So, I hope this helps. And you have any other thought, please keep sending them in.

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Hello, and welcome once again to the weekly guest post by me, Rcsprinter. Here today –

*How mad is your texture glitch getting? My Orange Houses keep getting replaced with random parts of tetherball, and my parking lots with sections of Gulp n’ Blow. If you see a particularly weird one, capture it and send it in.
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*Escaping snakes – they can go outside the land you have bought, but only just. They are still whackable.
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*And as if that wasn’t enough, another strange behaviour of the snakes is their tendency to crowd around objects – be that decorations, buildings, roads, characters or eggs, but when you’re down to the only thing you can’t get rid of (the Simpsons home), they’ll stack up outside it:
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Sorry for being slightly late this week, folks. OMVIII next Saturday.

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April 28 is Day 18, and here’s where you reall want to be by end of the day in the US:

To get all the 10 prizes: you’ll need to have put 7,758 snakes in your inventory -and you’that’ll get you Bare-chested Willie.
To get all the prizes and all 10 Whack Boxes: you’ll need to have put 13,950 snakes in your inventory – and you’ll have opened the first Whack Box.

If you want to see the basis for these numbers, take a look at Friday’s post, here.

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As if we need anything new in a month when we’ve been very spoilt and have more new content than we really know what to do with!

But it looks like there will be something new this week – a limited-time promotion for the new episode on Sunday May 5, Whiskey Business. While it’s in the files and has been planned and scripted, that’s no guarantee, of course, that it will actually arrive. But if it does, we’ll probably see it some time on Thursday (US)this coming week – unless EA surprises us again with an early release as they did for the Swanky Fish promotion!

If you don’t want to know any more than that, and you’re on the home page, stay right where you are. If you don’t mind spoilers, tap on the link below the picture (and if you’re already on the post page and hate spoilers, this is you chance to leave).

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Yesterday, I posted a new poll on how long it took you to get to the top level of the game (here). But as only those at the top level can vote on that one, here’s one everyone can play.

With Lugash now apparently a permanent character, Ninja Homer is the only limited time character/costume left. Although he costs a cool 120 donuts, his snake-earning power makes him an atrractive purchase (and there are other reasons too, as you can see in this post).

So have you bought him or will you be buying him before Whacking Day is over on May 9, after which you may never have the chance again? Vote and see whether you’re with the majority or the minority in your donut-using decision-making!

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With Fat Tony now a permanent character, the question of why certain characters are voiced and why others are voiceless has come up again – so he’s a repost from a couple of months ago:

I’m not sure I can answer that exact question of ehy some characters have voices and some don’t (but I’m sure it has a lot to do with royalties and licensing). But I can tell you that the only game characters with voices are those voiced by the 6 lead actors in the series – Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, and Harry Shearer.

So here is a list of the lead actors and some of the characters they play, so you know which characters are likely to have a voice and which will probably be forever silent:

Dan Castellaneta
Homer Simpson
Grampa Simpson
Krusty the Clown
Barney Gumble
Groundskeeper Willie
Mayor Quimby
Hans Moleman
Sideshow Mel
Itchy
Kodos
Gil Gunderson
Squeaky Voice Teen
Rich Texan
Louie

Julie Kavner
Marge Simpson
Patty Bouvier
Selma Bouvier
Jacqueline Bouvier

Nancy Cartwright
Bart Simpson
Nelson Muntz
Todd Flanders
Ralph Wiggum
Kearney

Yeardley Smith
Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon
Moe Szyslak
Chief Wiggum
Comic Book Guy
Lou
Carl Carlson
Dr. Nick
Snake Jailbird
Professor Frink
Kirk Van Houten
Luigi Risotto
Bumblebee Man
Captain Horatio McCallister
Superintendent Chalmers
Cletus Spuckler
Disco Stu
Duffman
Legs

Harry Shearer
Mr. Burns
Waylon Smithers
Ned Flanders
Principal Skinner
Otto Mann
Lenny Leonard
Reverend Lovejoy
Dr. Hibbert
Kent Brockman
Rainier Wolfcastle
Scratchy
Dr. Marvin Monroe
Kang
Judge Snyder
Sanjay Nahasapeemapetilon
God

You’ll notice that Milhouse, Edna Krabappel, Hank Scorpio, Fat Tony and Shauna are not on the list – they’re all voiced by a supporting cast member or a guest actor. And for that reason, they don’t talk at all in the game.

You can see a more extensive list of who voices which character here: http://www.simpsoncrazy.com/lists/voices

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EA have finally decided to respond to some of the questions, issues and problems that have arisen since the launch of the Whacking Day update and the release of Origin on Android. This is one of the newer answers on their Tapped Out help page (you can see it here):

When prompted with the “Is this your Springfield?” question select “No” and then in the next screen select “New.” This will restore your town to your device and allow you to log into your town on both your android and iOS device.

1. Select ‘NO’ on this screen

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2. Select ‘NEW’ on this screen

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It all seems a little counterintuitive, which is probably why it has many players scared that they’ll lose their towns. But that’s what EA is saying, and at least we finally have some official advice on this issue.

This question keeps coming up and, unfortunately, the answer is that, unlike the Valentine’s event, there’s no way to see who’s thinking of you and leaving eggs and who’s not within the game itself. That means friends have needed to get a bit creative and spell out their names or leave eggs in a designated location.

But that has some important consequences that you need to be aware of when you’re delivering eggs to friends’ towns, as Alex and other players point out (and I apologise to the person who originally suggested this post – I can’t find your original comment):

Alex: I have a deal where I spell my friend spells their name in eggs (normally around 100) and I’ll leave 100 back. But someone is now filling in the letters with other eggs so it’s impossible to see who left the eggs. And I noticed my name blocked out on someone else’s town.

So, as part of the etiquette of Whacking Day, if you’re delivering eggs and you see a design or someone’s else’s name spelt out in eggs, back away slowly and head to another part of town. Don’t mess up the design or try to fill in the gaps as it’s the only way within the game that players have to let each other know who’s given them the gift of snake eggs.

For other advice on how to be a good neighbor during Whacking Day, see this post.

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The screenshot above is from ipadpronto 🙂

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