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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.

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A few new players have asked whether all you get from the Mystery Box is decorations. So here’s a repost of something from March on those Mystery Box odds.

While the Mystery Box is a premium item, you also get one for free every 5 days. While it no longer promises premium items (see here), there are still premium items in there. And, of course, a Mystery Box is the only way that you’re currently able to get one of those coveted, income-earning Lemon Trees.

There’s a game going on behind the scenes every time you either buy a Mystery Box for 6 donuts or collect one as a daily reward. The game first internally generates a random number between 0 and 1. Each item available through the Mystery Box has a number assigned to it and you win the item that has the first number that’s greater than the random number generated.

So, what are the chances, then, of winning anything really good? Here’s a list of what you can win and the probability that it will be inside any given Mystery Box:

Mystery Box – 10.983% (strangely, the item you’re most likely to win)
Lemon Tree (or $250 if you have one already) – 10%
Parking Lot – 10%
Brown Fence – 10% (although some additional calculations apparently boost the probability that this is what you’ll get)
Tree – 10%
Large Hedge – 10% (although some additional calculations apparently boost the probability that this is what you’ll get)
Newspaper Dispenser – 10%
Picket Fence – 4% (although some additional calculations apparently boost the probability that this is what you’ll get)
Gazebo – 4%
Angel Topiary – 4%
$500 – 4%
Bench (with towel) – 4%
$1000 – 4%
10 donuts – 2% (the first thing the Mystery Box every gives you!)
Squeaky Voice Teen (or 30 donuts if you have him already) – 2%
Homer Buddha – 1%
$2500 – 0.01%
30 Donuts – 0.004%
Tire Fire (or 40 donuts if you have it already) – 0.002%
Lard Lad – 0.001% (there appears to be no donut alternative, probably because you can have multiple Lard Lads in your town)

So, it’s all a matter of luck – and I was lucky enough to get my Squeaky Voice Teen this way!

Acknowledgements to j_3xx9 at http://tstappedout.proboards.com for the information used in this post.

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At 90 donuts, Dr. Nick is the most expensive stand-alone premium character in the store. Why is he so expensive and is he worth it?

The stand-alone premium characters that were initially available were all relatively cheap. The Squeaky Voice Teen is only 30 donuts and Kearney, Bumblebee Man, and Hans Moleman are only 60 donuts. Since October last year, however, the price of the newer stand-alone characters (as well as costume prices) seems to have increased. Shauna cost 90 donuts, as did Witch Marge, Santa Homer, Mr. Plow and Fruit-Bat-Man.

So, 90 donuts seems to be the price we can expect to pay for stand-alone characters or costumes at the moment (and if Ninja Homer finally comes, that’s probably how much he’ll cost). And is Dr. Nick worth it? I think so – and there’ll be a post coming this week on just why.

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While the Mystery Box is a premium item, you get for free every 5 days, which makes itv very different from the Homer Buddha. While it no longer promises premium items (see here), there are still premium items in there. And, of course, a Mystery Box is the only way that you’re currently able to get one of those coveted, income-earning Lemon Trees.

As with the Homer Buddha, there’s a game going on behind the scenes every time you either buy a Mystery Box for 6 donuts or collect one as a daily reward. The game first internally generates a random number between 0 and 1. Each item available through the Mystery Box has a number assigned to it and you win the item that has the first number that’s greater than the random number generated.

So, what are the chances, then, of winning anything really good? Here’s a list of what you can win and the probability that it will be inside a Mystery Box:

Mystery Box – 10.983% (strangely, the item you’re most likely to win)
Lemon Tree (or $250 if you have one already) – 10%
Parking Lot – 10%
Brown Fence – 10% (although some additional calculations apparently boost the probability that this is what you’ll get)
Tree – 10%
Large Hedge – 10% (although some additional calculations apparently boost the probability that this is what you’ll get)
Newspaper Dispenser – 10%
Picket Fence – 4% (although some additional calculations apparently boost the probability that this is what you’ll get)
Gazebo – 4%
Angel Topiary – 4%
$500 – 4%
Bench (with towel) – 4%
$1000 – 4%
10 donuts – 2% (the first thing the Mystery Box every gives you!
Squeaky Voice Teen (or 30 donuts if you have him already) – 2%
Homer Buddha – 1%
$2500 – 0.01%
30 Donuts – 0.004%
Tire Fire (or 40 donuts if you have it already) – 0.002%
Lard Lad – 0.001% (there appears to be no donut alternative, probably because you can have multiple Lard Lads in your town)

So, once again, it’s all a matter of luck – and I was lucky enough to get my Squeaky Voice Teen this way. What’s the best item that the Mystery Box has opened up for you?

Acknowledgements once again to j_3xx9 at http://tstappedout.proboards.com for the information used in this post.

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Springfield’s movie theater, the Aztec Theater is a premium item that, like Springfield Observatory, is one that many people overlook. If you’re one of them, it may be worth thinking again – and here’s why:

1. It earns you a solid $200 and 20 XP every 8 hours.
2. As a “cash register” building, it boosts the Consumerism rating on your Conform-o-meter.
3. It’s a similar size and shape to Moe’s Tavern (although just slightly bigger), making it very easy to place anywhere in your town.
4. It gives Bart something extra to do – a 3-hour task that earns more than his 4-hour task, as you can see here:

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5. It also gives Comic Book Guy what he would probably call the “Worst.Task.Ever.” – but it’s a 6-hour task that earns more than his regular 8-hour task:

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6. If you have Squeaky-Voice Teen, it also gives him something else to put on his résumé:

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And here are a couple of reasons why you may decide not to buy it or you may decide to put it off until later:

1. No new characters come with it, which is always a bit disappointing for a building.
2. You don’t have Bart, Comic Book Guy, or Squeaky Voice Teen yet, which would mean that it sat unused and unloved.
3. Bart really shouldn’t be allowed to see R-rated movies.

On balance, I think it’s a good purchase – and this is mainly because, like the Springfield Observatory, it helps a regular character do a task at a premium rate. I’m still waiting for the Itchy and Scratchy Movie, though.

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Last weekend, I asked you to imagine that you had 60 donuts spare from a win at the Golden Scratch-R. The question was – which of the cheaper premium characters you would spend your donuts on (you also had a choice to spend them on decorations if you didn’t really want any of them or you already had them all).

The votes are in, and Bumblebee Man would be the first choice for readers of this blog. Here’s the split:

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He didn’t win an outright majority though. Here are the percentages:

Bumblebee Man – 39.34%
Hans Moleman – 27.1%
Kearney – 12.54%
Squeaky Voice Teen – 12.16%
Decorations – 7.36%
Funzos – 1.5%

I’ll be doing a walkthrough of Bumblebee Man’s quest sometime today or tomorrow. And there’ll be a new St. Patrick’s Day themed poll coming very shortly.

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While you’re waiting for more of the St. Paddy’s Day walkthrough, why not vote in this week’s poll if you haven’t done so already. The question is – if you had 60 spare donuts, what would you do with them? It’s a great chance to add your thoughts on which of the cheaper premium characters is the best buy for those on a donut budget.

Here it is:

I’ll be doing a walkthrough post on the winning character’s quest.

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If you’re checking in for news on an update to the game , the news is that there is still no news.

In the meantime, if you haven’t taken the poll yet, please do so. Find out what everyone thinks is the best premium character to buy if you have a spare 60 donuts. Lots of votes so far, but a big gap between the number of votes and the numbers of visitors to this site! So vote if you haven’t already – there’s just a couple of days to go before the poll closes.

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Yesterday I opened a new poll to find out what everyone would do if they won 60 donuts on the Golden Scratch-R and had to spend them.

At the moment, Bumblebee man is in the lead as the first choice premium item (I really thought it would be Moleman!).

If you haven’t voted yet, why not make your choice heard now! And you can vote even if you have all the premium characters – jut imagine what your choice would be if you didn’t.

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So, here’s this weekend’s poll and it has a Golden Scratch-R theme. Imagine that you win a prize of 60 donuts (despite what the standard scratch card game says, I know that’s not one of the listed prizes – I’m using that number, though, for the purposes of this poll). So, you now have 60 donuts burning a hole in your pocket – what do you do with them?

In this poll, I’m not giving you the option to save them up (sorry about that). And that’s because I’ve had a lot of questions from people who want to know the best way to spend a limited number of donuts – and particularly which of the cheaper premium characters they should buy. It’s also interesting to see which of the 30-60 donut characters everyone thinks adds the most value to their game.

If you already have all the characters, you can either vote as if you have none of them or choose the decoration-buying option. It’s your choice.

So, take a moment to vote and let’s see what everyone thinks. If you want to give the rationale for your vote, please feel free to make a comment.

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The Squeaky Voice Teen is one of my favorite minor Simpson’s characters. Through the course of the show he has had just about every low-paying job going in Springfield, including working at Krusty Burger, the Aztec Theater, Gulp ‘n’ Blow, Lard Lad Donuts, IRS Burger, Shakespeare’s Fried Chicken, TacoMat, Eatie Gourmet’s Health Food Store, Kidstown USA, Noiseland Arcade, Springfield Barber College, Springfield Air Show, Springfield War Memorial Stadium, the Car Wash, Springfield Googolplex Theatres, Springfield Wax Museum, Springfield International Airport, Monty Burns Casino, Springfield Public Access Channel 3 and Clumsy Student Movers – the list goes on and on.

So, should you spend your hard-earned donuts on him? Here are a few reasons why:

1. He’s cheap – in fact, for a premium character, he’s a bargain at just 30 donuts.

2. He has jobs at many of the buildings in your Springfield, including Krusty Burger, the Gilded Truffle, the Java Server and Jake’s Unisex Hair Palace. If you decide to buy the Aztec Theater, he also works there.

3. As a premium character, he earns you a higher rate of cash and XP for his tasks than your regular characters do.

4. His parents would be so proud.

And here are a few reasons why you might decide to pass on him (at least for now):

1. If you don’t have the buildings you need for his tasks, he doesn’t have a lot to do. For example, if you don’t have any of the extra buildings he needs, all he will initially be able to do is advertise burgers for 24 hours. And buying him doesn’t help you build the other buildings any faster.

2. You could luck out and get him in a Mystery Box instead of spending donuts on him.

3. He doesn’t come with a building to help fill up your Springfield.

So, make your decision. Personally, I think he’s worth the 30 donuts if you buy him at the right stage of your game.

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Unless you’re desperate for a Lemon Tree (the Mystery Boxes are the only way you can get one of these), I really don’t think so – and there’s no guarantee you’ll get a Lemon Tree anyway. You may also get donuts, but this only seems to happen with any regularity when you play the tutorial at the beginning of the game (perhaps to keep you trying again and again in the hope that there will be more donuts).

The Mystery Boxes contain a variety of items and cash – and sometimes those precious donuts. But you only get one gift in each Mystery Box.

While there is a slim chance you may get something good (this is how I got the Squeaky Voice Teen), more often than not they contain decorations you could easily buy with cash, like car parks, benches and brown fences. Donuts are so precious that to spend them getting non-premium items seems a bit of a waste.

If you’re a gambler, you may like to take the chance. If not, the Mystery Boxes can be a bit frustrating and likely to promote buyer’s regret. And, after all, once the Valentine’s event is over, you’ll go back to getting one of these for free once every 5 days – so why take the chance?

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The Homer Buddha costs 15 donuts but gives you a premium item every time – and that’s what makes it different to the Mystery Box.

You can get some great buildings and characters from the Homer Buddha. People have reported getting Hans Moleman, the Squeaky Voice Teen, and Frink’s Lab. But you’re just as likely to get a picket fence (worth 1 donut), a dumpster (worth 10 donuts), or a burning bush (worth 20 donuts).

You’re also likely to get a Mystery Box (or, currently, a Mystery Love Box). While the Mystery Boxes themselves are premium items, the things they contain aren’t – and they can all be bought with game dollars (or hearts). That means it’s more than a little disappointing when one of these turns up.

Thanks to scotticusofsparta for the question.

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Well, I have them all.

My favorites are Moleman, Frink and Otto – but I also like the Squeaky-voiced Teen, and Barney.

It’s best to buy one that comes with their own building and for that you really can’t go past Otto or Frink. For many of the others, you need to be quite well-progressed in the game for them to have much to do (and if you’re on a budget and didn’t get Barney at the Christmas update, he’s great but the most expensive of the lot).

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