Christmas 2014 Is In The App Store!!!

Just a quick announcement that as of at least 10:00pm EST, the Christmas update is available in the Google Play Store!! I’m going to assume the same goes for iTunes as well.
It’s a rare late night release and on my side of the planet we’re going to bed or if you’re me, work, so tune in shortly for all event related posts. But until then, go play it and check it out for yourselves!! Enjoy!!

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121 thoughts on “Christmas 2014 Is In The App Store!!!

  1. Does anyone know when king winters cave will go I’m hopeing he will be around on Christmas day and will their be another weekly offer like the grumple and Mr burns costume thanks?

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    1. No end dates stated. I think King winter will go when phase one ends on the 23rd but Im not sure. It would be stupid of EA not to keep him in the store til after xmas but EA is not known for smarts. I think there will be other offers but what and when I dont know.

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      1. letsplaynintendoita 12/15/2014 — 21:08

        uh? it says right under the item

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        1. For the Grumple and Eberneser Burns and some cash decos it does have timers, but not for King Winter. I could not approve the pic and I think you know why, the price…

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          1. letsplaynintendoita 12/15/2014 — 21:48

            that’s a picture i had to retrieve elsewhere cause i already bought the item when it come out. sorry. didnt notice the price right away

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            1. Its fine. But I have the king winter in the store in two of my games and theres no counter under him in any.

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              1. letsplaynintendoita 12/15/2014 — 23:26

                there are many weird stuff in this update yet. like Little Helper Ralph’s questline incomplete and something wrong from what i read of the text.
                and the ice palace 😦

                by the way i think there’s something wrong with a message below. REALLY wrong

                it starts with durilda’s message:
                I read somewhere else that you get 2 presents if you tap houses of neighbors. But I only got 1 present? Is there a limit like 90 actions or do you get presents for all neighbors?

                and a few answers below it gets… bad

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      2. Thank you really want king winter I’m hopeing he be around for phase 2 x

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        1. According to what I’m reading in the files, King Winter will only be available for Phase 1 and will not be available after December 24.

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  2. Does anyone know when Santas village king winters cave and the Christmas frinks lab/volcano lair decorations will go might get them this week? Thanks

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    1. EA did not state end dates for the timelimit, which is really annoying and makes it hard to plan/save. I would assume that King Winter will stay at least through the first stage of the event, Dec 24th but the facades might be gone after a week with new re-releases offerd. There is a lot of old winter content waiting for re-release, including the Happy Elves ride for KL, so it would not surprise me if the store content changed every week.

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  3. I read somewhere else that you get 2 presents if you tap houses of neighbors. But I only got 1 present? Is there a limit like 90 actions or do you get presents for all neighbors?

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    1. Not sure of the proportion but it starts with two and reduces to one. There is a limit when you get none. Maybe you had time left on the reset so it started on 1pres/action. It happens if the towns are out synch when you don’t do the whole round at once but break your visitations into several sessions a day

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      1. Gotta love getting none. Isn’t it great how they make a social event, then discourage you from playing with all your friends?

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        1. You still get FPs or if you’re at max the occational donut πŸ™‚ I only visit during events or new FPs so this is the only time I get those friend donuts.

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          1. Still, the further you go, the less of a payoff you get. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

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            1. Hmm. It would make more sense but visiting a hundred friends every day takes a long time, too long for most. Having to spend an hour or more just to visit freinds is a little too much to ask of the players, in my opinion, so this system is better.

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              1. I don’t want to spend all that time visiting neighbors either, but for those who are willing to take the time, there should be added incentive. If the payout doesn’t increase, it should hold steady like it used to, or at the very least, reduce to one but never reach zero.

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                1. I agree but the FP/donut incentive is enough for me to do the full round πŸ™‚

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                  1. I’m maxed out on FP again. I might consider it worthwhile if you could bank FP instead of starting from scratch every time a new level is released. It’s so tedious, having to earn thousands of points by dribs and drabs when you’ve already been doing what you’re supposed to be doing all along. (I don’t visit friends when there’s no new FP prizes I’m going for, but if I could bank points then I might.)

                    And very few of the FP prizes are worthwhile, anyway.

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                    1. For me the incentive of getting Donuts when you are at Max FP level is enough to do a whole round during events but not enough incentive to keep visiting the whole neighbourhood daily without the special currency.

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  4. Is there a cap on presents cause my friend had a elf door n santas shop I clicked on a present on a reg house n one on a tree n got no credit for one.

    I assuming there is a limit like halloween.

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    1. Think theres a limit of 90 actions. Tapping your neighbours holidaytree, elfhome or pres.deo dont seem to give presents, so avoid those

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      1. I think it’s 30×2 presents, 60×1?

        Also the Rigellian huts don’t seem to pay out presents either, although those just have a cash icon above.

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        1. You may be right πŸ™‚

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  5. Just an FYI: Some of our past decos are paying out “presents” currently. I suggest you check that out! I don’t know if it has been mentioned yet.

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    1. Yes, but only After youve build the Elves Cave. Nholidaytrees, elveshomes and the present depo. My suggestion is not to collect from those before you have placed the cave.

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  6. What comes next? I built Santa’s workshop but I’ve had no quests and I can only collect cash from my present boxes from previous holiday events. What gives – the positive note here is that my king winter quests are firing easily. Am I missing something ?

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    1. Homer and Lisa has a 4h task after the ToyShop is buildt. Do that and then you can place the Elves Cave for $500 and after that the old christmasitems (elveshouse, holidaytree, presentdepo) starts paying presents, but the Cave must be placed.
      I think its because Homers busy with the Kings quest that the others havent prompted yet.

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  7. Three questions
    1 is king winter playable or no?
    2 What are the prizes for pt 2 I can’t make them out
    3 It says ” Complete all daily tasks to earn a playable character.” Who is it?

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      1. Yes
      2. We do not know yet. We’ll all see on the 23/24th when it is released.
      3. Same as 2. We do not know yet.

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  8. blackhawk3205 12/05/2014 — 04:30

    Just noticed that under your friends’ town name, it now says to ‘use the Fed button to call a Fed. Feds earn bunos currency.’ What is a Fed and where is the button???
    even shows up in Other Springfield.

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    1. Finish pt 9 of Jingle Bells to find out.

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  9. What is the fed button? When visiting a friend’s town in the upper left it says Use the Fed button to call a Fed in your friends town! Feds earn bonus currency!

    Lol I can’t figure it out…

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    1. Finish pt 9 of Jingle bells to find out.

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  10. Does anyone know what the `Fed Button’ is and how it is activated? Thanks!

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    1. Finish pt 9 of Jingle bells to find out.

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  11. One of the prizes looks like Bender. Maybe a Bender toy.

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  12. I think there IS a limit on how many gifts you can collect from friends. Can’t count how many, but the last several friends I have visited have not given me any gifts – even though I clicked on house with gift boxes above them…

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    1. Not sure yet. I know that if you/your neighbour do not have the elves cave the old elveshouse, holidaytree, pres.depo don give you presents. You have to see the present count, bottom left to collect pres. from neighbours even if there is a present over the holidaytree.

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    2. I got 123 presents from friends

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  13. Magilla_84132 12/04/2014 — 21:44

    I had my first glitch. And it was actually helpful. When visiting neighbors I got kicked back to my town with my iPhone’s 10% battery warning. When I got back it had my first elf door completed.

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  14. 500MB and Three is being slow 😦 This is going to take ages…

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    1. Yup. At a 6MB rate a minute + 5minutes of Bart every 20MB it took almost 2h for me to download this update…. On one device – then I had to repeat for the other.

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  15. Yay! Today it’s my birthday and I got the update with Homer and Lisa tasking! Not so worried about today, I want to enjoy my day and also play my addictive game LOL.

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    1. Congratulations on your day! Enjoy the snow!

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      1. Thank you, Minicha!!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽˆ

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  16. Downloaded the update, but not every time I try to log on….the little donut spins then kicks me out of the game. I’m using an iphone5…….I’ve rebooted my phone. Any other suggestions?

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    1. *but every time

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    2. Update times are hard on the servers when Everyone is trying to get in at once. Wait. Do the usual troubleshoot. Hardclose app. Restart device. Check/switch connections. Clear cache. Close all other apps.

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  17. Is it my imagination or does one of the elves (the old one with glasses) look like Farnsworth?

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    1. There is a certain resemblence πŸ™‚

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  18. I’m so lost, so Apu needs to go to the hospital but I can’t buy it yet and I’m on level 45 already what did I miss that I can’t start that quest yet?

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  19. Great to have the event but I’m away over Christmas and not sure what if any internet access I’ll have. Will do my best so I don’t miss out on too many of the prizes. Will read further updates with interest so I get an idea of just how much I’ll miss 😦

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  20. There’s a glitch in my game where Ned and the boys travel sideways on their snowmobile through the streets of my Soringfield. It doesn’t hurt the game in any way and it just makes me giggle.

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  21. I’ve had the game a long time and I just got this update and when I load the game now it keeps timing out, I tried reinstalling it on my iPad and it is still doing it!!! Please help

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    1. Oh and I restarted my iPad as well

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    2. Only thing I can suggest is to remove the game, reboot your device and when it has fully booted back up reinstall it.

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      1. I have just done that and it is still timing out on me, even when it was downloading I left it to load and when it had completed I then tapped the screen and then it loads and then goes back to the home screen

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        1. It does load triple. At least for me. First the 12.x MB, then the 30.x MB and finally the 250/500MB

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      2. I made a quick video on what’s happening

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        1. And I’ve just tried it on my mums iPad and logged in and it has still trimmed out

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        2. Try the basic trouble shoot. Hardclose app. Hardclose device and restart. Make sure no other apps are running. Check/switch connections. Free up device space by deleting data/apps.
          Delete/reinstall app.

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          1. Done all of this multiple times. At the moment my only hope is that the glitch mysteriously resolves just as it mysteriously appeared.

            The weird thing for me is that for the first chunk of the update it worked just fine.

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      3. I have the same issue, and I’ve removed, rebooted and reinstalled with no joy. Earlier on today it was working perfectly, started the Christmas updates… a few hours later? Doesn’t wanna know.

        Bah. I’m really hoping that just as it mysteriously stopped working, tomorrow it’ll mysteriously start working again.

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  22. Matthew nuttelman 12/04/2014 — 17:39

    will Santa Claus be playable character?

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    1. I am assuming yes but for right now there are only a few temporary tasks for him at some point during this event. He is exactly like Number 1 from the Stonecutters event though and he ended up being a playable character.

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  23. i cant download the update. it stucks on 97% :S

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  24. I like the timing of the roll out. It takes 12 hrs to build Santa’s workshop so it was done overnight while I slept. No idle waiting.

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  25. Those anyone know why they have not release any more land?? Maybe you guys can calm my anger 😠 have alot of items store because of that…

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    1. Nobody but EA knows the reasoning behind ANY additions, updates, etc. All I can say is a few updates ago they allocated a lot more parcels of land in the game’s files but there is absolutely no way of knowing when any will be released. Land is a different ballgame than content because more land affects the servers, the individual devices that the game is now available on, it’s not something they can just “poof” and add. Well, they could but without doing what they do first it could mean the game would instantly become unplayable to some people and perfectly fine to others. I’m running low on land as well and am constantly downsizing. Now for this event I have had to store just about all of my Aspirationals. Unfortunately we only received land updates, I believe twice in ALL of 2014 so it is not something to expect with each update. Sorry I can’t be more help.

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      1. Oooo no that is good info at less I know the reason behind… I just wish they release land more offten or more land twice a year!! You πŸ˜ƒ
        Hey what is your user name or email so I can add you to MI friends list

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  26. Merry christmas springfield! My update was an ingame update! Any body else?

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    1. Read the comments after i updated. Wierd!

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    2. Boy i pulled a homer! Started last nite but stopped when my phone went dead. Must of restarted when i loged on ..doh!

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  27. woohoo I’m so excited its always my favourite story line and brilliant its arrived in a timely manner this year after waiting way too long last year.

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  28. saint_buffy 12/04/2014 — 15:59

    So it would seem that before your friends can collect in your town (and you in theirs) you need to clear all of your rent before your property will produce presents. Im assuming this because I’ve visited quite a few friends and tapped their presents but only got money. The same thing happened in my own town the first time I tried to collect from my present depot and elf house. Finally, if there are other presents available, don’t click on the elf house/xmas tree/present depot because than your friends can’t collect the presents they generated!

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    1. You need the elves cave before those generates presents

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  29. L.S. Hanulec 12/04/2014 — 15:51

    I’ve been busy tapping presents at my neighbors and noticed I’m not getting credit in my totals. Any one else?

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  30. Need an add me list for this update!

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  31. When will the add me page be added? Loots grinds sopped during the Halloween event. Need new neighbors!

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      1. Grammar? Spelling? :p

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        1. LoL agree with grammar, no ‘ but spelling? English isn’t my first language and as long as I’m understood I can live with typos and grammatical errors πŸ˜›

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          1. I typed to fast and hit post comment before I looked it over. I figured it out though. I deleted the game and downloaded it again. Took awhile to get all the updates but it’s finally working πŸ™‚

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          2. I would never have guessed! πŸ™‚

            Beyond english the only languages I speak are understood by computers.

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  32. Graywolf1410 12/04/2014 — 10:09

    I got it on Android at 9pm

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  33. I dont have it? Help πŸ˜₯

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    1. Nvm I have it now πŸ™‚

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    2. It is a store update. Download it from GooglePlay or AppleStore or Amazon

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  34. Yup it live on iTunes!! Lookn forward to reading y’all’s posts…

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  35. saint_buffy 12/04/2014 — 05:33

    Oh, and its a two part event, like Halloween where you have to get X amount of presents to win prizes progressively. There are a bunch of limited time items for purchase/donuts which expire at the end of the first part of the event (xmas eve) AND a few items that say limited time but do not have a timer so I don’t know if they’re only through the weekend limited or if they’re through both parts of the event. Im sure one of the great folks here will be able to tell us that : ).

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  36. saint_buffy 12/04/2014 — 05:26

    Yay! I’ve been looking all day in the app store. I rushed building Santa’s Workshop and I can tell you that homer and Lisa have jobs working for presents (which is the currency) as does Bart (nutcracker) Marge (make cookies) and Ned with Rod and Todd (snowmobile). Also, the elf house, present depot, and the christmas tree produce presents. As long as your friends have built Santa’s Workshop you’ll be able to start collecting presents from them. There also is no noted limit (except the standard 3 friend interactions) on the presents you can collect!

    Hope everyone is as excited as I am!

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    1. perfect. i was just logging in to comment the same info so people knew what was going down. you are exactly right. NOTE: dont click on any xmas stuff in friends towns even though they have present icons cause the dont drop presents. only everything else does.

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    2. also, it appears that after 25 clicks it goes from 2 presents to 1 presents per click.

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      1. It also looks like at some point you stop getting presents all together. I only got half way through my friends when I stopped getting presents in their neighborhoods. Does anyone know what the max daily allowable presents from your neighbors you can earn?

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        1. 90, just like in the halloween event πŸ™‚

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        2. it seems that you get 2 for each click, then it goes down to 1, and once you get down through your 2 friend points and are into the 1 FP area it goes to 0 per click. (i think its 90 clicks/30 friends or 120 licks/40 friends)

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    3. I can see that some people have lots of presents but my game stoped at 20… The just money, am i the only one???

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      1. The ones with +14K of presents are suspisious but what can you do, other then delete them?
        The quests and tunnel tasks do give a couple of hundred presents but not several thousands.

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    4. I believe there is a 90 present limit just like other events. I played today and counted. Once I reached 90, it was only FP XP & cash after that.

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      1. ok, thank you for the super fast response πŸ™‚

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    5. I got 123 presents from friends

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  37. Just a quick fyi, your Christmas trees and elf workshops might have gift icons on them but they don’t give gifts yet…..probably need to have the elf cave and elves out before they do. I just got cash…gotta wait till tomorrow to see if it changes.

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  38. No land 😦

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  39. letsplaynintendoita 12/04/2014 — 04:19

    thank the lord for no wheel!

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    1. Don’t jinx it :3

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  40. Thanks. πŸ™‚

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  41. Santa also appears in Springfield, does sound like he’s a voiced character. He is clickable but no menu appears when you click on him (may just need to wait until the Toy Workshop completes building.

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    1. letsplaynintendoita 12/04/2014 — 06:33

      santa works like #1 did in SC event

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      1. Correct. I have two hours left of work and I’ll start right away on the Overview.

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        1. I am so grateful for the work you all do for us. Remember to take time for your families. Between work and writing for Topix, I wonder how you get any time to relax (or sleep) during the holidays!
          Thanks for your time!

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  42. Quest auto-starts once you get in game. You build the Toy Workshop ($2000, 7×11 dimensions, 12hr build time)

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      1. Yeah, sorry, it’s hard to count the squares when the land is all white now, lol. πŸ˜›

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    1. Yup. Thanks. Two more hours of work and I’ll get right on the Overview.

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  43. I grabbed it off the App Store a couple of hours ago. I’d just given everyone 24 hour jobs shortly beforehand, but the event starts more or less on its own. Santa makes you build a workshop for twelve hours, then the event starts for real. In the mean time, snowed in Springfield is beautiful.

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  44. Yay!! Everything is all snowy! (but I got it about 7:30pm EST)

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  45. Update is also available in the Google Play Store on USA West Coast!! πŸ˜€

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