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As longer-term players know, Gil Gunderson, Springfield’s hapless salesman, occasionally appears to offer an unbeatable deal on promotional items. He’s appeared 4 times so, but we haven’t seen him since February (and, for newer players, here’s his deal history.) For months, we’ve all been expecting him to appear again, but he’s resolutely stayed away from New Springfield. If he does appear, though, what might he have up his rather capacious sleeves?

There are 7 deals in the files that we haven’t seen yet. Five of them are for donuts:

The Observatory plus the Tire Firefor 75 donuts
The Aztec Theater, a Homer Buddha, and Lard Lad for 150 donuts
A Broadcast Dish and a Burning Bush for 30 donuts
Otto’s Bus and $5000 for 75 donuts
A News Van and a Mystery Box for 30 donuts

There are also 2 that are a bit odd in that they have cash prices attached to them rather than donut prices:

Squeaky Voice Teen and a Mystery Box for $4.99
The Duff Brewery and the Springfield Sign for $29.99

So, when will he next appear to offer any of these? Honestly, there’s no indication yet of when that might be. The Observatory and Tire Yard is the next deal on the list after the ones that have already appeared, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the next one we’ll see. But I hope he’ll be back soon – and that EA are busily preparing some slightly less resistable deals that include some of the more recent premium items.



The Duff Party Bus comes from season 24, episode 6, “A tree Grows in Springfield“. Like all the Yard Sale items, it’s not really a central feature of the episode and only appears outside Moe’s Tavern in one brief scene:

So is it worth your 50 donuts? Here are a few reasons why it is:

1. It gives you a 2.25% bonus on your cash and XP collections, making it one of the highest bonus-earning premium items in the game. Only the Duff-Barney Blimp, Mount Carlmore, and the Springfield Sign pay out more – and two Party Buses at 100 donuts gives a better bonus percentage per donut spent than the Springfield Sign!
2. It really does look good in your town, as you can see in the screenshot at the end of this post.
3. Like all the Yard Sale items, it’s limited-time – so the chances of ever being able to add it to your town again once the sale is over are very slim.
4. It’s a Duff decoration – and goes nicely with Duffman, the Duff Brewery, and Duff Stadium to really Duff out your town.

And here’s a couple of reasons why it might not be:

1. Like all vehicles except the Respectable Moe Limo, there are no tasks that involve it. Not even Duffman gets to party down on the Duff Party Bus.
2. Because you can’t place vehicles on roads (something I’d like to see change in the future), you can’t park it outside Moe’s Tavern, where it was in the episode it’s promoting.

In the interests of full disclosure, though, the Duff Party Bus was an easy purchase for me. And that’s because – if it’s Duff-branded, I’m probably at the head of the queue. Oh yeah!


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.


Once you’ve made the 6th prize level and built the Duff Stadium, there’s a very short quest featuring Homer and, if you have him, Duffman. Don’t worry if you don’t have Duffman, though – having or not having a premium character has no impact on your progress through the free game.

So, here’s the walkthrough of the Duff Stadium quest, America’s Former Pastime:

1. America’s Former Pastime Part 1 All you have to do is collected 4,250 whacked snakes and you’ll win Duff Stadium (all!):

You should be able to find it in your Inventory:

All you need to do then is place it and wait for the 24 hours it takes to build. Keep Homer free as it finishes.

2. America’s Former Pastime Part 2 Homer is more than a little happy about this:

Homer: I can’t wait to smell the grass . . . after I drink too much and fall over the railing onto it.
And Homer goes off to the Stadium to spend 24 hours drinking lots of beer and yellling at the Umpire.

The quest ends there unless you have Duffman. If you have him, there’s just one more part to go (I told you it was a short quest):

3. America’s Former Pastime Part 3 Homer isn’t the only Springfield citizen who’s overjoyed by the re-construction of the Duff Stadium:

Duffman takes the opportunity to try out some new promotional tech at the Stadium in true Duffman style for the next 2 hours (reminding everyone of why he’s coming top of this week’s premium character poll 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).


If you’ve read the post on why you should spend your donuts on Duffman (here), you’ll know that I’m a fan. As most of his tasks are outdoors, he’s a great character to have in your town and, though expensive, the outdoor partying down alone makes him one of the better premium purchases.

The Whacking Day event gives you one more reason to love Duffman. Once you win the sixth prize and build the Duff Stadium, you unlock Duffman’s new 2-hour task – to promote Duff Beer at the Duff Stadium. And are some screenshots of Duffman doing just that:

For those of you that have Duffman but haven’t reached Duff Stadium yet, that’s something to look forward to – and for those of you still considering whether to get him, perhaps that the clincher. I wholeheartedly agree with someone commenting on another post – this is my new favorite character animation!

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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