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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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
  • 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
  • VI – An analysis of which dog to bet
    on at the Downs, and advertising friend-gathering website .
  • VII – Texture glitch pictures,
    escaping snakes, and other strange snake behaviour.
  • VIII – the earning side of Whacking
  • IX – A
    recap and the ridiculous extension of Whacking
  • 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,

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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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