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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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I’m still half expecting to see a snake round every corner, ready to step straight into baton mode and whack for the prizes… But they’re gone now. It seems weird, don’t you think? Such unusually long events get stuck in your head, and it’ll probably be a while until I have properly adjusted back to normal.

So, to business. This is OM ten, by your weekly guest author, rcsprinter. Hi.
How did I do? There’s a poll below – I honestly need your feedback.


But don’t count this as this week’s actual poll, that’ll be to do with the game. And as I rarely buy premium items, this week I’m gonna treat myself to some iTunes credit and some donuts – birthday privilege. It’ll make a change and if the limited time yard sale items don’t run out, I’ll buy some of them. Please lookout for OMXI!

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Whacking Day has finally come to a finish, so it isn’t really worth waiting any longer for results of last week’s poll, so, here they are:

WD poll results

As of this time of writing, a total of 17,328 people have cast their vote, and here is a breakdown of the percentages.

Answer Percentage Votes
I’m delighted – an extra few days to get that prize I thought I had missed out on! 38% 6557
I didn’t spend any money but I’m tired of dealing with snakes! 37% 6363
To be honest – I’m pretty annoyed – I spent money on donuts for the last prizes, for nothing! 20% 3484
I don’t have an opinon, I had finished it all without donuts anyway. 5% 925

This week’s poll is already up and running : Which Yard Sale premium item do you buy?

To tell the truth, Whacking Day was my least favourite event yet. Although the prizes were cool, it went on far too long and probably put many new players off the game. Here’s hoping events in the future are much better.
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You’re playing the…

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This means you are part of a community with millions of members, completely anonymously, pointlessly building a virtual town because our lives have nothing else to be filled with. I’ve been playing since the start of last September – and I’ve barely missed a day on it. We compulsively spend donuts to achieve perfection among the streets of your device, but nobody is making us even play, never mind buy premium. It’s true, the game is addictive, and everybody wants to make theirs the best. No wonder they all come here for ideas and to discuss issues with their game.

Thank you for 6 million hits. As a regular contributor to the most popular amateur TSTO related website it only remains to say that your continued support is invaluable. Continue giving eggs to those who aren’t there yet while there is still a few hours remaining. I also wanted to mention about all those screenshots people have sent in to me.. I haven’t forgotten them, some kind of showcase to come soon. I leave you with the words of a particularly evil redhead forever in Krusty’s shadow:

I’d have choked you like a chicken as soon as I walked in that door….then what kind of guest would I have been?
-Sideshow Bob

Here’s a reminder if you haven’t voted in the poll yet (over 12,700 people have though). How do you feel that you need to be dealing with more snakes and eggs until Thursday? This surprise move by EA sparked a lot of discussion.

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Welcome, to the ninth weekly guest post by me, Rcsprinter! As we near the tenth week, which has come on quickly, I thought we should have a recap of all the things I’ve covered.

  • I – A list of characters we’d like to see in the game, some of which have already been included since then. These are Lenny and Carl, Jasper Beardly, Agnes Skinner, and the Rich Texan.
  • II – A quiz testing Simpsons knowledge
  • III – The quiz results and posing the question of new buildings
  • IV – A big rant on buildings with special interactive features and notifications
  • V – A history of splash screens, and a link to download the Tapped Out music
  • VI – An analysis of which dog to bet on at the Downs, and advertising friend-gathering website http://simpsonstappedout.eu .
  • VII – Texture glitch pictures, escaping snakes, and other strange snake behaviour.
  • VIII – the earning side of Whacking Day
  • IX – A recap and the ridiculous extension of Whacking Day
  • X – Surprise! This also happens to be on my birthday (May 18), so if I’m a little late with it please bear with.

Secondly, a little bit on the extension of Whacking Day by EA. We’ve already covered this before but I haven’t inserted my opinion yet: it’s a complete sham. A load of people spent donuts hurrying to the end for the prizes they want, but it’s only a game and nobody forced them to. That said, when EA had previously expressly confirmed the end was May the 9th, and then they put it forward a week without telling anybody, was a very poor performance on their part. Is it just EA’s notoriously bad communication, or a sales ploy trying to get more cash for them through donuts? It’s hardly as if they need to. So, you can tell me what you think on the poll a few posts back, and I’ll post the results on May 15th. I can tell you that 10,600 players have already voted, and it’s very close between the top two – 3,927 for delighted and 3,822 for tired of snakes. 2248 for annoyed and 603 for no opinion, finished – at the moment. But those percentages could swing if you cast your vote now! Until next time, goodbye!

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As we said earlier, Whacking Day has indeed been extended by another week until May 16th. There are hundreds and hundreds of comments queuing up on that post, and some have got pretty strong words on expressing their feelings at this move by EA. So, here’s a proper poll so we can see what proportion of players think what. Please vote below, although remember only one is recorded per IP address. Sorry if you can’t spot your comment at the bottom; for this poll most comments will be deleted, especially ones asking for eggs. If you want to do that, go to the egg buddies page – proper woeful stories may be accepted.

Also, it’s a topic I’ll be covering in OMIX – so keep your eyes peeled for that.

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This is just a little catchup post so confused readers can get it all straight:

There’s two authors of this blog. Rcsprinter (me) and the main guy only known as TSTOTIPS. He does most of the posting and started the blog. I am a guest author who writes a weekly section named Outsiders’ Musings, and a few other little posts here and there.

I taught everybody how to take a picture of their entire town, and asked for pictures of the texture glitch and artful things people have done with their decorations; you can still send these in. You can tell when I’ve written a post because it will say “by rcsprinter” under the title and my comments will have the Firefox fox.

Like TSTOTIPS, I have no affiliation with The Simpsons or EA, I’m just some random player sharing tips. I’m from the UK and work at Wikipedia. I’ll try and answer any questions or problems about the game just like TSTOTIPS, and comments and suggestions are always welcome.

I don’t do twitter or Facebook, but my email address is rcsprinter.wikipedia@gmail.com and that’s where you can contact me with screenshots and other.
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Time for OM 8..

It’s hard to believe its been eight weeks since the first edition of Outsiders’ Musings back in March. Thanks for your support and readership; it’s been amazing. Still, I suppose I had better muse and give tips for this week.

Whacking Day has been a large and fruitful event for many; the number of prizes has been far greater than those for any past event. But with it all ending on 9th May, those who are trying to get the prize they are aiming for will be frantically tapping every snake and egg they see, to collect those precious snakes in exchange for prizes. But here’s the thing: Whacking Day has been much more of an “earning” event. This has come from EA in response to the Hearts during Valentine’s which had a low value and could be collected in scores with the prizes not really costing very much. Here, you’ve had to really work at getting the snakes, or you won’t get the prizes. I don’t have a donut budget, so even with a hundred friends I’m haven’t got Bare-Chested Willie yet. However, the first few prizes don’t cost cash and require a relatively low number of snakes to get, so at least nobody has missed out if they aren’t getting the eggs they need.

And on a different note, please continue to send your arty snaps of unique town planning or weird screenshots of borked texture glitch buildings in through the comments section below – and you can keep a picture of your whole Springfield using the guide here. So long, and happy whacking!

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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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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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In response to yesterday’s post with a small gallery of things players have done with their decorations to manipulate the eyes into seeing 3D towers and drive-in movie theatres, lots of others among you have been emailing and commenting yours or a friend’s artful Simpsonception to me. Here’s a select few:

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My email address is rcsprinter.wikipedia@gmail.com . Keep ’em coming! (Note: OMVII on its way very soon.)

How inventive are you with the spare land in your Springfield? Do you leave it blank waiting for the next buildings to open up, or do you fill it with houses and shops and decorations? Perhaps you filled a big chunk up with the Springfield sign, Mount Carlmore, or Springfield Falls? Some of us are decidedly artistic with ours, wanting to make it look nice for visiting friends.

Some of the things featured in the past include this tribute to the Twin Towers in New York:

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But today, two new designs came in from Eric, with a delicate and painstaking use of flowers to create images.

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If you’ve got something arty in your town or have spotted something in a friend’s, please comment or email and I’ll share it to all the readers.

Greetings, fellow players. This is my weekly post Outsiders’ Musings, and we’re up to the sixth edition. I’m looking at how often one can expect to win with each dog at the Springfield Downs, so I did a bit of an experiment. Over the last couple of weeks every hour I noted down which dog was the winner. The resulting conclusion is bet on Raised by Wolves; you have a 30% chance of winning.

Raised by Wolves IIIIIIII
Obedience School Dropout IIIIIII
Not a Chance II
Drool Britannia IIII
Dogbiscuit IIIIII

Secondly, if you want any extra friends to collect money and snakes off, there’s a good website at http://www.simpsonstappedout.eu/ where you can advertise your Origin name to gather friends. Comments and suggestions to rcsprinter.wikipedia@gmail.com .

Goodbye
Rcsprinter

For the many players who for a number of weeks have been waiting at the top end of the game getting on with the Whacking Day quests with no regular ones to be going through, today will come as a relief for those on the bonus levels eager for more. An in-app update (as opposed to one on the App Store or Google Play) has downloaded itself onto your device.

There are a few new buildings – Gentleman’s Business Club, Fat Tony’s Compound and Asia de Cuba – individual posts on each in the coming days.
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Also in the update is a new decoration – a premium hot tub – and the character Rich Texan.
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Each of these will doubtless come with their own quests which will reveal themselves to level 28 players soon. As ever, the walkthroughs will keep on coming. As an aside, the building prices for El Chemistri and the Springfield Buddhist Temple went down to $114,400 and $148,000, respectively.

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I’m (Rcsprinter) here breaking from the weekly tradition of  “Outsiders’ Musings” while still giving you a little something to think about.

While browsing the net looking for interesting stuff to share with the gamers of Tapped Out, I came across this interesting Reddit forum which asks

If The Simpsons was shot in live-action, which actors would you pick to play the people of Springfield?

Even if you aren’t an avid viewer of the show, most of the major characters appear in the game so you should have an idea of what they look like, and for most of them, their voices (see here for why some don’t have voices).

On the page there are some fabulous suggestions, with some 904 comments as to who would be good. Please comment below with your nominations! I’ll find the most frequent eight for one character later in the week and we’ll have a proper poll to see who would play them.

The latest post from Rcsprinter

Hey, y’all! Last week the challenge was to create a picture of something using decorations in Tapped Out. I’ve decided the winner is… Anthony Damiano, for his inventive use of hedges, fences and and the Valentine’s heart pond to honour New York City.

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Now, this week I thought I’d take a look at a history of the splash screens, or loading screens, we’ve had in the game.

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First: This is the original and regular one, which displays when there is no event.

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Second: This splash screen comes on sometimes for a bit of change of scenery

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Halloween event: A hand stripped to the bone chases Homer for the Halloween event in October 2012

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Winter event: Over the winter period this gloved hand tapped Homer as we were following the Christmas quests

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Valentine’s event: A Cupid Bart shoots an arrow at Homer as we shared hearts over February

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Whacking Day: The current one you’re all seeing, a snake is chasing Ninja Homer, which seems the wrong way round.

And finally, if you’re a fan of the music that plays on Tapped Out and would like to have it on its own as a song or ringtone, you can download it to PC and Mac at http://u.to/4v88Aw ; you can listen on iOS device but not download.

Keep the ideas and comments coming, my address is rcsprinter.wikipedia@gmail.com . OM is reblogged at my blog, where you can also find other great posts daily.

Rcsprinter

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