Hello there, slightly late, to my weekly post Outsiders’ Musings. As you’ve no doubt noticed, the site has been undergoing a bit of a transformation over the last few days and some kind of server crash has prevented me from getting onto the blog. But now, I can, so lets get on with the show.

When I’m going about my daily business (the non-playing-TSTO part), it’s quite astonishing how many people you’ll overhear having a conversation. You’ll be a few feet away, minding your own business, but some little words are catching in your ears. Donuts… Springfield Downs… Scratch-R… You finally twig they’re talking about your favourite game! “No, that can’t be!” (You think to yourself.) “I’m the only player around here.” But, there it is. Loads of other people you know are also addicted to the game.

I’m wondering… how many people do you know that are secretly TSTO players? Perhaps they even read this blog. Is it more than you thought? What average level are they up to? Go and have a sniff about.

The best part of overhearing these conversations is when you join in you find they’ve only been playing for a short while, and find yourself boasting about level 29 and high-level buildings, and why did they only get 150 snakes for Whacking Day? Of course, you catch yourself before it gets too carried away and gently introduce them to adding friends, Origin accounts, all of that. Pass on useful tips such as you can use that account for all EA things.

That guy who always sits with his iPod playing something on the train each morning… just think. You might share a passion.

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