Halloween pt. 2

Completely aside from the game: Halloween is not a holiday celebrated much in Germany, it is a holiday that came over here only with American movies and TV. In the cities, Halloween parties are quite common theses days, but out in the country people mostly don’t celebrate it, they stick with traditional holidays. There are a number of festivities similar to Halloween, but on other days of the year.

First, there is Walpurgisnacht – the night before May 1st – which is associated with witches. That night, huge bonfires are lit and people dress up in “witchy” clothes and dance around the fire. Well, at least they are standing around the fire drinking beer… In some regions, it is a night to play pranks, especially things like stealing the maypole from a neighboring village. No treats are involved, though, only tricks.

Another similar event is on Dec 6th, St. Nicholas Day. Children dress up and go from door to door collecting treats. However, treats are given in exchange for little performances, like singing a song or reciting a poem, and there is no retaliation if people refuse.

Halloween for me is a purely virtual holiday, celebrated in Springfield, USA. I will relish it nevertheless 🙂

Halloween

It’s that time of the year again, and speculations about TSTO’s Halloween event are popping up everywhere. Last year’s was nothing short of spectacular, but in the meantime people have been treated to all kind of events and updates, so expectations couldn’t get higher. In my opinion, it is a miracle if EA can satisfy those expectations. The more you expect, the more you can be disappointed. Earlier this year this happened to me a few times. Rumors of upcoming content got me all excited, and it never was as good as expected, and never came at the predicted time. Huge disappointment on my part, even though, in hindsight, everything was perfectly fine.

I decided I wouldn’t fall in that trap any more. I am happily and ignorantly looking forward to the Halloween event, without getting my hopes up for either content or delivery dates. There is nothing nicer than being surprised by a completely unannounced event, like 4th of July for example. Nobody expected that, and yet most people enjoyed it. My theory: they enjoyed it all the more because there were no expectations to thwart.

For now, I am just playing out the Patty & Selma quest, without hurry, without the need to accumulate as much money as possible for the event – which actually might not even come. But I guess then EA developers will by drawn and quartered 😉

Under the Boardwalk

Yesterday I started my first Boardwalk piece that takes 60h to make – 2 1/2 days! What especially gets my hackles up is the half day. I usually only play in the evenings, meaning it’s more like 3 days for me. For the design I have in mind right now, I will need at least another 12 tiles. This adds up to over a month of waiting time, especially if I don’t start the next one immediately after the old one is finished.

Even in the beginning it was slow going, but I was perfectly content with a rate of one tile a day. When that went up it got tedious very soon. At the moment, I don’t work much on Squidport, because I am always getting angry about the lack of room. So for now I will just be collecting tiles, and start seriously working on it around Christmas. That gives me about three more month to collect tiles, hopefully that will be enough for something nice. I am rather curious what Squidport will look like in the snow, though. Will they turn of the Boardwalk Fountain? And maybe close the whole thing down? What about the Boardwalk Performers? Will they get winter clothes or do they retire during the winter?

There still is a lot to look forward to regarding Squidport. I am still hoping they will add more buildings, maybe something more amusement arcade-like, not so many shops. But first I have to get on those tiles. I really dread what will happen if EA decides to release more tiles – one month for production, costing a million bucks…

The Buddha of Suburbia

For the first time ever (and I have been playing since last December) I got a Homer Buddha in my weekly Mystery Box. I was so stoked! I left it in my inventory and looked at it for a while before I broke it open. It gave me a green dumpster – not the greatest price, I never understood why a different color makes a premium item out of a cash item…

Anyhow, any premium item for free is nothing to sneeze at, but I caught myself wishing that I could use the Homer Buddha as a decoration in my Springfield instead. It would fit in so well with the Buddhist Temple!

Bart’s still here…

Man, this guy is persistent! I just can’t get rid of him. Since yesterday I managed only a couple of minutes of playing, the rest of the time I spent trying to get in. Something must have really gone wrong with the level 35 update. Annoyed now! I am just going to give up and try again tomorrow. Bye now!

Level 35 is here – and finally we get Patty & Selma!

Just yesterday I wrote about the boredom setting in when there is nothing going on – and today we get the next level up. And with it Patty & Selma, staples of the show, so imho they should have been here long ago. Disco Stu has been talked about a lot, but to be honest, I don’t remember him from the show. From what I’ve seen so far, he seems like a 70s throwback. Ugh, the 70s… And I never really liked disco.

Not reason enough not to buy him, though. Plus, for the Patty & Selma story I have to wait 36 hours, Disco Stu only takes 6s. Yes, I buy donuts. I have sunk so much money into this game, I can’t tell anyone. They are going to declare me incompetent and lock me away. But as long as I can keep my tablet and keep on tapping, that’s fine with me!