The All Hallows’ Event Preparations.

Hi guys.

For those of you who have already tapped through a major event before, you should have some idea of what to expect. When I say major, I don’t mean St Patrick’s Day or the Forth of July events. I mean a big event like the 4 we have had already (Halloween, Christmas, Valentines Day and Whacking Day). For those who are unsure of what to expect or have never played during a major event, this post is for you. And with Halloween just around the corner and EA being … well, EA, we should be ready to expect the worst.

Although this is the second Halloween event to occur since the game’s existence, I feel it would be better to combine a comparison of both the 2012 Halloween event and the 2013 whacking day, both being two of the biggest events released, yet completely different to each other.

So, that being said, let’s look at what we need to do, in preparation for the 2013 Halloween event.

Friends
I recommend, seen as though this is a major event, that you get you friend lists back up to 100, or 101 including the “other Springfield”. You can do so by listing your name or searching here on our choo-choo-choose me page. Alternatively, you can follow the links on that page to the Krustyland friends provided that you currently own Krustyland too. This is because during major events, EA make everything sociable. It was so social during the whacking day event that you could help a friend but quite possibly not be helped in return, the result being, people making egg buddies or even missing out on some of the prizes. That page is sole purpose only, so please don’t put your name on any other page or post.

2nd Account
I suggest that you leave one position free on you friends list. This is because I suggest for you to open a new account with origin by using a second email address. This is because, if you can’t rely on your friends on your friends list, you can always rely on yourself with a second account. Even though, the Whacking Day event was extended, many people missed out on some of the prizes. I did not have this problem. In fact got all the whack boxes at the end, after the prizes because I had two extra accounts. And at the same time, I was helping other people get their prizes too.

Money
I always recommend saving up. This is for four reasons. Although there has never been a major event using cash, they do have some limited time decorations. Last year people decorated with dead trees and pumpkin patches (which go great with Cletus’s farm) and when used right, they look great. During whacking day, there were some stalls, a banner and a snake windsock ( which gave good exp).

That brings to the second reason to save. Experience. During a major event, limited time items give exp along with the quest off tap-tap-tapping. Whether its toilet papering friends houses, leaving valentines cards or even squashing snakes, every time one of these actions is carried out, our experience bar goes up. This means more chances to get three free donuts on the bonus level. As we know, you can have two second chances if you don’t get the three donuts on the first try. Because it costs $50,000 to have a second chance, I recommend that you have plenty of cash left over for when you get this. This is for people who have or close to reaching the bonus level after the max level.

Now, the third reason is in the case of a level update. We never know when EA will throw one of these at us so its always good to be prepared. It seems as though that EA will allow time for the event’s quests to be completed first though before releasing a level update. So, I wouldn’t expect level 36 to be released for another 2 or 3 weeks.

The final reason is land. If your expanding, you definately want a spare chunk of new land for new buildings, as in the past there have been problems with building disappearances and even a rebuild time for a stored building. I never store limited time buildings or characters for this reason.

Land
Land is the most important. In the past, it wasn’t uncommon to have to wait another 24 hours because you stored a building or it disappearing completely due to glitches. And we all know how much EA loves their glitches. The best way is to buy up more land. The best way to do this is to save $100,000 then buy 1 block. Then for every $100,000 you buy another. Alternatively, you can buy a block once a day or every second day. Work out a system that works for you. Try to keep your town tidy too. Cluttered or messy towns can make it hard for friends to find things. Things that are trying to hide (like snakes during whacking day) if there is anything trying to hide are the worst.

Quests
Quests are forever, events are not. Its best to look ahead and make sure putting certain characters on a certain task isn’t going to affect the limited time quest line. Whether its a level, Squidport or Krustyland quest line that you are currently doing, its best to put it off until you have at least got what you wanted or otherwise wait until the event is over. This is because the event is for a limited time only whereas, level, Squidport and Krustyland quests will still be there waiting to be cleaned up and resumed after the event is over and done with.

Characters
Make sure the day before, all characters are in Springfield and on small tasks. You never know what may happen. Also make sure they are on short tasks. If you are going to sleep, put them on 8 hour tasks for the duration of your work. Make sure you plan ahead. All events have usually required the first few characters to progress through the quest line. This is so new players don’t miss out. So make sure Homer, Lisa, Apu (not in all American Apu skin), Flanders, Cletus, Krusty, Milhouse, Skinner, Burns and Willie are easy access. Its most likely that Lisa or Homer will set off the event. Also make sure none of your characters are wearing their skins.

Squidport
The best thing about Squidport is that it comes inside your Springfield and it’s also self-sustainable when you have finished. It’s easy to pull characters out of Squidport when you need them and everything runs on Springfield cash. Most importantly, you proberly won’t even use Squidport during the Halloween update, as we have just received the Three-eyed Fish Sushi Bar as part of the start of the new season promotion. If you are currently still building Squidport, I recommend only building the tiles and leave the buildings and quests until after the event.

Krustyland
If you are taking it slow like me in Krustyland, I strongly recommend removing your characters the day before. Let your buildings do the ticket collecting but make sure you have some spare land and tickets just in case. 20,000 tickets would be more than plenty as events tend to have their own currency, but you never know with Krustyland either.

Donuts
If you have donuts, i suggest you wait for the update as any premium item released with it, most likely won’t extend the event. Remember this, Abe Lincoln was an exception but he was released with a minor event not major.

So thats my advice. Choose for yourself how you will/ won’t use it but be warned for new tappers. This isn’t a minor event like Fourth of July. Major events drive some people to the Calmwood Mental Hospital. Best thing to do is to relax and help each other. If you get all the prizes, help someone else. And most important, don’t stress, have fun.

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42 thoughts on “The All Hallows’ Event Preparations.

  1. Hey my game wants me to send homer on a 6 hour task and I know the update is due anytime today so I don’t know if I should send him on it? If I just leave it, and the Halloween update requires homer to start things off, will it let me do that if homer has a task that he is already waiting to do?

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    1. A given task can always be postponed πŸ™‚ just ignore it and do it when it suits you. The task will stay in the book but will not hinder new tasks to show up. I once had a character with three tasks in orange at the same time! It was funny to see that in the taskbook: 3 pics of …

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      1. Thanks πŸ™‚

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  2. You forgot not to visit your friends anymore (i mean only until the event is out) …Remember that 24h-period in which you can’t revisit them (at least not for money or whatever it’ll be this time). And if Halloween is anything like whacking Day, you’ll Need to do that alot! (A lot?alot?)

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    1. I was thinking that just before, myself. Ta. I’ll add it now.

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  3. irishladsocal 09/30/2013 — 16:50

    Memories of whacking day have returned to haunt my dreams. Only had a few friends then almost full now.

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    1. I feel your fears. Whacking Day was my first major event as well and I ended up being annoyed with it. Hopefully this will be a lot more fun.

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      1. I got really annoyed with Whacking Day too. But now when I look around my Springfield I’m happy with all the stuff I got from it. I started playing around that time and it really expanded my town.

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  4. MissChrissy 09/30/2013 — 13:03

    As Im watching the PVR’d season premiere Im SOOOOO excited about this event!!! Should a 30 year old woman be this excited about a cartoon game??

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    1. Yes. If you’re not then i feel sorry for you.

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    2. Hee, hee …why not, thus fifty year old does!

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  5. Hello fellow tappers i was wondering if anyone could add me for the new halloween update, as of right now my husband is my only friend, i have a nice town level 34 so please add me im Danielle88768 thanks and happy tapping

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    1. This is not the place to post your add me comment. There is a link to a page for that up the top in the friends section.

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  6. Where do I go to get more friends? My username is ‘NZDJ-Kieran’ and I’m keen to get loads more ASAP?
    Thanks

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    1. There is a link in the “friends” section. Please follow the link.

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  7. You mentioned that a lot of people were driven crazy about Whacking Day at the end. I have seen a number of people commenting about their lingering negativity toward it. While I was “done” with it by the end, I can’t imagine having that kind of reaction.

    It was my first event. I’ve been looking forward to the holiday events for quite a while. Unless they really do a horrible job, I don’t see this being the source of negativity. Well, at least from the reasonable players, because, let’s face it, there will always be those who are just looking for anything to complain about.

    I am excited for this to begin, and I’m as prepared as anybody can be for cash, donuts, land, tickets, etc. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that us Android users will be given access to last year’s items, in addition to the new ones.

    My anticipation is piqued! πŸ™‚

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    1. To be able to get All the Whacky prizes you had to tap like crazy! and rely on generouse nighbours. I did the calculations and if I hadn’t gotten to the prize in time I used Donuts. It really ticked me off when they extended the event and changed the calculations! That is why I loathe Whackingday to this day! Not the insane whacking but that I used more Donuts than necessary just because I trusted the (first) timeline.. 😦

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    2. I’m the same as you Kenny, I LOVED Whacking Day as it was my first event and I tapped my heart out! So freaking excited for Halloween! I’m in Australia so I think I’ll be waking up early the morning of the 2nd which is when I think I’ll get the update. I need someone to email me when it comes through so I can wake up in the middle of the night, that’s how excited I am!

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  8. Regarding donuts…has anyone else ever gotten the “aye carumba” error when trying to buy them? Ever since the Level 35 update, I have been getting an error message when trying to buy donuts through the store AND scratch offs. I’ve tried reinstalling, but it is still messed up. Ideas? I want to stock up before the Halloween update. I’m assuming it will be a big update through the App Store, so maybe that will resolve the problem?

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    1. I’ve gotten the “aye carumba”. The fault wasnt the game, in my case, it was the settings for my appleaccount and the a new bankcard…

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  9. Also remember the Whacking Day’s dialogue for Swanky Fish update. Something bigger on Thursday but 24 hour hour tasks for Homer and Lisa the day before. Maybe something is coming tomorrow

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    1. That some part of whacking day. That was part of a episode promotion before whacking day, that was extended a little into whacking day

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  10. You know, if you have the character skins on. Their bubbles still have on top of them. And also right now, my characters are in 24 hour tasks from 6:55 am PST with Homer, Ned, Marge, and Kang doing their parts on Halloween tasks. Also I forgot that I exchanged my tickets for money. Oh well, DONUT time!

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    1. Normally characters won’t initiate a quest if they are in skin mode because its like them being another character.

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  11. I’ll be too busy on gta online πŸ˜€

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    1. I’m gonna have to switch between the two every so often πŸ˜€

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  12. I’m at 60 friends currently, but I’m really reluctant to go all the way to 100. It just takes to darn long to go through that many Springfields. I see the point though. At least half of my current neighbors don’t bother visiting me and tapping or leaving graffiti. I keep them though as a source of XP and money for myself.

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  13. Would live to get some speculation on possibly be able to donut buy anything unreachable, like whacking day prizes. I was only lacking a couple, but bought them with donuts.

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    1. For the start of the event i highly recommend against spending donuts on speeding things up. I will assess the situation as I did with July 4th and post it after the event is underway.

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  14. Last Halloween had candy currency so my question is if this year has the same thing cani buy candy with donuts? We where able to buy laffy meals with donuts with donuts for tickets and if I recall I was able to premium items for wacking day with out wacking snakes. So what I’m saying is I’m a very very busy man but have tons and tons of cash and donuts can I still get all items with visiting my friends towns?? Any info will help and thank you and happy tapping!!!!

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    1. Sorry for the bad writing… can I get all items without visiting my friends towns???

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      1. You should be able to but still we don’t know what EA have installed until Tuesday. I remember whacking day was possible but its better to have friends. If you don’t, it’s very difficult so would recommend it.

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    2. Anything is possible with EA but i highly doubt it. Because its a limited time event. Whacking day premiums you are talking about were the 10 prizes awarded for whacking snakes. You could spend donuts however to advance to the next prize sort of like buying a speed up. But Halloween contained a currency which you spent. Whacking day’s wasn’t so much as a currency but a point system as after whacking 22,500 snakes there was nothing else to get. I ended up with 2,500 useless snakes cause you couldn’t buy anything with them.

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  15. Check, check, check. Thanks all prepared.

    Personal whinge: changed my phone package and without any notification that also meant four days down time so they can replace our phone cables and make our internet faster, so now offline til Thursday!….looks like me and my kids with be sharing my phone for a few days and trying to get this event started with only one payable device….arrrgghh….ok whinge done πŸ™‚

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    1. This is my check list too. Sorry about your connection. On the plus side, I hope its hyper speed. πŸ˜ƒ

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  16. Didn’t someone on Topix all ready to a post on this????? A couple of days ago called prepare to be scared?

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    1. Thats a different post and it was Nathan posting it. At the same time i had already sent an email saying that I was doing a pre Halloween help post but I’m not sure is he read it. This post was also fully done and typed up on my computer a week ago, I’ve just been really busy and i didn’t realise he had posted one because all I saw a lot of “add me” comments waiting to be moderated for that specific post.

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  17. I am unable to load the game this morning – from my phone or my iPad. Wondering if EA is doing some major server maintenance today getting ready for next week, or if it’s just me?

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    1. I haven’t heard of any maintenance. Is your internet connection strong? Sometimes I can’t connect cause of a weak connection.

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      1. Android player and no issues with my game besides the occasional crash here or there..

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      2. Turns out the problem was the password. I know I was entering it correctly, but for some reason it wasn’t working. iPad had gone into an infinite loop, but since it’s my main device I uninstalled and reinstalled from my phone first. When prompted for the password it said it was incorrect. After I went through the Origin reset your password stuff I was able to get in on my phone. I then had to delete and reinstall on my iPad to get it to even prompt me for a password, but after that the new password worked. Never ran into this before… just weird. Thanks!

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        1. A correct password always helps. You’re welcome though.
          πŸ˜ƒ

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