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Gil 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. So, in answer to a question from Jess, 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. The 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.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Gil, and I fully expect him to return before long. (In fact, with no update, this would have been a great weekend for him to return, but I’m sure EA has its reasons.) At the moment, though, there’s no indication of when his next appearance will be or what he will offer. But with an episode promotion possibly on the way next week, though, I don’t expect him to be back very soon.



Just once so far in the game Gil has appeared to offer a special deal on donuts. Over the week of Christmas 2012, Gil arrived to offer “day old donuts” at up to 25% off. What that meant in practice is that you received up to 25% more donuts for the regular donut price.

Here’s what you would have received if you took Gil up on his offer and what that meant for the individual donut price (with a little rounding). I’ve used $US, but the impact was exactly the same in other currencies:

Package Price Donuts Price per Donut
A Dozen Donuts $1.99 15 $0.13
A Stack of Donuts $4.99 75 $0.07
A Tray of Donuts $9.99 165 $0.06
A Truckload of Donuts $19.99 375 $0.05
A Store Full of Donuts $49.99 1125 $0.04
A Boatload of Donuts $99.99 3000 $0.03

You can compare these against the standard prices from yesterday’s post, which you can find here.

So, will Gil be back and offering something similar in the future? Honestly, it’s hard to say. While there’s still a discount donut promotion in the files, it could reappear at any point between now and the end of the year. I really hope it happens again, though, as it was one of Gil’s better deals. And I’m sure it kept Gil’s kids fed over Christmas!

Thanks to Lee for the question that prompted this post.


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