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Following the post on whether Gil will be back soon, a number of newer players have quite reasonably asked about who Gil is in the game and what he does. Here’s a partial repost from earlier this month, with some additions:

Gil Gunderson, Springfield’s hapless salesman, is a temporary character in the game and only ever appears for a few days to offer special deals on promotional items that will help him feed his kids. He first appeared in the game back in December last year and, since then, he’s been back only 3 more times. Here’s the history of Gil’s deals:

1. Christmas Special – 19-22 December, 2012
Santa’s Village and Santa Homer for the standard price of 200 donuts, but with a Holiday Tree worth 75 donuts thrown in.

2. Donut Offer – 23-28 December, 2012
Up to a 25% discount on day-old donuts. You can read all about this particular deal here.

3. A Sign and Doom – 11-14 January, 2013
The Volcano Lair and the Springfield Sign for 250 donuts. As the normal price of the two combined is 370 donuts, this was probably one of the best of Gil’s deals to date.

4. Nerd Farm – 22-25 February, 2013
Frink’s Lab plus a Homer Buddha and $50,000 bonus for 250 donuts, which Gil claimed to be have a 490 donut value. You can see my thoughts on this here. (For some players, this deal seems to have been called “The Science Fund”.)

Gil appears to both Apple and Android players – and in fact his reappearance in the Android version of the game shortly after its launch in February seems to have been responsible for many Android players’ first experience of unprompted crashing!

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Gil, and I fully expect him to return before long. And with the Duff Stadium as a Whacking Day prize, if his deal doesn’t involve Duffman, then EA are missing a trick!

P.S.: The sad thing about Gil’s salesman role is that we may never see him as a permanent characater in the game.



Just a reminder of one of this week’s polls – even more relevant thanks those 12 free donuts from EA. The poll asks what building/character combination would make the best first donut buy (and, yes, it probably should have included Squeaky Voice Teen and the Aztec Theater as, even though they’re separate items, they work well together)?

As you’ll see, Duffman is in the lead, at least in part due to his new Duff Stadium task (which I’m pretty sure he’ll get to keep after Whacking Day). But, there’s also a groundswell of support for Otto and Frink.

If you haven’t voted yet, choose your favorite and help those first-time buyers of premium characters decide what they should do. And if you want to see how the voting turned out on the cheaper premium characters, take a look here.


A number of people through the comments and on Twitter have reported some lucky wins through the Golden Scratch-R – with the result that they would like to know what to spend their donuts for their first ever premium purchase. It’s a very good question (although I am a little envious!).

A while back, I ran a poll on which of the cheaper premium characters was the best buy (and you can see the results here). So this time, I thought a poll on which is the best building/character combination would be a good idea.

So, premium buyers, place your votes. And non-premium buyers don’t need to feel excluded from all the polling action – there’s also a poll running this weekend on whether or not you’re on track to win the whacking day prizes (and you can find that one here).


I’ll make this easy on everyone. Yes, you should – you really should. Even though the Duff Brewery is currently the third-most expensive premium item (the second-most expensive if you acquired Barney’s Bowl-a-Rama with Santa Coins), it’s a really good purchase. Here’s why:

1. Duffman does all but one of his tasks outdoors – and by itself that makes him one of my favorite characters. He parties down for Duff by p
outside Moe’s, Springfield Elementary, Springfield Penitentiary , and the First Church of Springfield. He also rides around your town on his Segway promoting Duff, as you can see here:

2. As with all premium characters, Duffman’s tasks earn you extra cash and XP.
3. You get a building – and the more buildings you have in your Springfield, the better! Not only that, it’s the Duff Brewery, so your Homer will be that little bit happier.

And the reasons why you may decide not to add the Duff Brewery and Duffman to your Springfield – or to wait a bit:

1. The Duff Brewery is relatively expensive at 190 donuts – there are much more affordable additions if you’re starting out on buying premium characters and decorations (and you can read about some of these in the
premium characters and decorations guide here).
2. If you don’t have any of Springfield Elementary, the First Church of Springfield, Moe’s Tavern, or Springfield Penitentiary, it may be soon to add Duffman to your game.
3. If you don’t approve of Duff Brewery’s marketing campaign targeting the youth of Springfield, you may decide to pass on Duffman completely.

The bottom line is that Duffman is a great addition, but works best for players at higher levels.



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