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Need more elves released per hour

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  • vic147
    615 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    They are going to start selling premium elf caves, it's posted on their FB Page, 17 hours ago.

    This is from FaceBook TSTO

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    Running out of elves? Get an Elf Cave and watch these holiday helpers come out to play! Didn’t know elves live in caves? Well, they do. Trust us.
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  • SerenityLove1983
    212 posts
    edited January 2015
    I wish i had known that once you upgrade your cannon to level 10, The elves you get drop so dramatically..
    I would have just saved up my cogs.. I'm struggling now just to get enough to fire the cannon, When before i always had extra elves in reserve.
    I hope it gets fixed for all of us! :-)
  • JMPpierwszy
    16 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    Guys, stop complaining please. The real issue is not if you can fire your cannon at maximum rate, but rather if you can get enough bells to get all the prizes. And it seems you can, even without firing the elves at maximum rate. There is no point in "saving cogs". because you can't use them in any other way.

    Upgraded cannon fire rate is there for people who can't login regularly every three hours. Thanks to upgraded cannons you can fire all those elves accumulated during the day in the course of one evening. EA is balancing the things in such a way, that people who have to work (you don't play video games at work, do you?) still have the chance to get all the items that can be got.

    BTW: If you are running out of elves consider storing them until a "bells per elf" upgrade comes, and fire them after you upgraded.
  • Brabsel
    682 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    I also think we don't need any more elves. EA made sure we get more elves than we can use by not letting us log in. It's their prefect solution!
  • Annathewicked
    4715 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    drumnman wrote:
    Just saw something on FB about an "elf cave." Anyone seen this in game?

    It's another name for the door we got in phase 1
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  • OrdinarilyBob
    305 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    +1 vote for more elves.
  • drumnman
    1475 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    drumnman wrote:
    Just saw something on FB about an "elf cave." Anyone seen this in game?

    It's another name for the door we got in phase 1

    Gah! I've been calling it the tunnel this whole time. Even still, their FB post seems to imply they my be fore sale...?

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  • kellyfennig
    13 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    Elves are produced at 3 every 15 min. Taking the original elf cave into account, that is 52 elves every 4 hours. This has been a constant since day 1 of phase 2.

    There is a notification of when all elves have been harvested, so if you haven't got the notification, you haven't got them all. I originally thought they were decreasing in quantity until I really started to hunt for them by turning off all the building, prop and ground textures (only leaving the characters). I found that more than half my "missing" elves were just hiding behind buildings and large props. (Note: hunting this way makes the elf bottler useless as I would need to turn of edit mode, tap the elf then go back to edit mode to turn off all textures again.

    I recently did some complex math and in a different post explained that even using simple assumptions (disregarding some of the complex variables), the point where the elf consumption overtakes production is as early as level 13, but more realistically level 17.

    Just got to be smarter/more thorough with your hunting, folks.

    Note: this does not invalidate your request for more elves; we shouldn't be wasting our lives hunting for virtual needles in haystacks.
  • Mirality
    251 posts
    edited January 2015
    I've noticed that there are certain places in my town that the elves seem to congregate in, so I usually do a Bottler sweep of those areas in particular and then a quick flyby around the rest of the town. This usually nets all but one or two elves, which I then nab individually using the transparent buildings trick.

    But I think EA are using the elves to throttle the event so that people can't rush to the end and sit accumulating bonus donuts for days (assuming that's a thing). The reduced cooldown is NOT so that you can fire the cannon every three hours non-stop, it's so that you can fire it two or three times after work and one time before work, and still get a normal sleep & work cycle in while still being able to get the prizes.

    I'm getting a growing surplus of elves (at 250 so far) and I'm staying ahead of the daily bell chart. I'm not firing the cannon as often as I *could*, perhaps, but I can fire it more often than I need to.
  • annettemarc
    7747 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    Elves are produced at 3 every 15 min. Taking the original elf cave into account, that is 52 elves every 4 hours. This has been a constant since day 1 of phase 2.

    There is a notification of when all elves have been harvested, so if you haven't got the notification, you haven't got them all. I originally thought they were decreasing in quantity until I really started to hunt for them by turning off all the building, prop and ground textures (only leaving the characters). I found that more than half my "missing" elves were just hiding behind buildings and large props. (Note: hunting this way makes the elf bottler useless as I would need to turn of edit mode, tap the elf then go back to edit mode to turn off all textures again.

    I recently did some complex math and in a different post explained that even using simple assumptions (disregarding some of the complex variables), the point where the elf consumption overtakes production is as early as level 13, but more realistically level 17.

    Just got to be smarter/more thorough with your hunting, folks.

    Note: this does not invalidate your request for more elves; we shouldn't be wasting our lives hunting for virtual needles in haystacks.

    Elves are produced at the rate of 3 every half hour. There are some saying that at the very beginning, they were released at the rate you describe, but only for a couple of days. I did not see that in my case.

    If you are getting 3 every 15 minutes, consider yourself very lucky, it is a glitch. I'm sincerely (no sarcasm) happy for your good fortune. :)
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  • dcacooper
    389 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    Elves are produced at 3 every 15 min. Taking the original elf cave into account, that is 52 elves every 4 hours. This has been a constant since day 1 of phase 2.

    This is not true. It was true on Christmas Day, but for a lot of players that was the exception. I am definitely only getting 3 elves produced every 30 minutes. I have a level 12 cannon, and my next upgrade is to knock recharge time down to 2h30m, but that is pointless as I have exhausted my store of elves, and after gathering 36 3 hours ago and firing them, my cannon is now sitting there ready to fire again and I have precisely 18 elves to fire.
    There is a notification of when all elves have been harvested, so if you haven't got the notification, you havn't got them all. I originally thought they were decreasing in quantity until I really started to hunt for them by turning off all the building, prop and ground textures (only leaving the characters). I found that more than half my "missing" elves were just hiding behind buildings and large props. (Note: hunting this way makes the elf bottler useless as I would need to turn of edit mode, tap the elf then go back to edit mode to turn off all textures again.

    I recently did some complex math and in a different post explained that even using simple assumptions (disregarding some of the complex variables), the point where the elf consumption overtakes production is as early as level 13, but more realistically level 17.

    Just got to be smarter/more thorough with your hunting, folks.

    Note: this does not invalidate your request for more elves; we shouldn't be wasting our lives hunting for virtual needles in haystacks.

    And I am always hunting and gathering elves until I am told that there are no more ... honestly I am sick of seeing that little black box now.

    The truth is ... if you are lucky enough to be getting 3 elves spawning every 15 minutes, good luck to you. That means you are getting twice as many as some other players, and there have been lots of threads about it over the last two days. Given that this has been established quite clearly, it isn't really very polite to say we are just stupid and can't hunt for elves properly.
  • kellyfennig
    13 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    dcacooper wrote:
    Given that this has been established quite clearly, it isn't really very polite to say we are just stupid and can't hunt for elves properly.

    dcacooper, thank you for letting me know that I shouldn't be contributing to the forums. I won't bother sharing my discoveries any further. Enjoy playing the game.
  • annettemarc
    7747 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    dcacooper wrote:
    Given that this has been established quite clearly, it isn't really very polite to say we are just stupid and can't hunt for elves properly.

    dcacooper, thank you for letting me know that I shouldn't be contributing to the forums. I won't bother sharing my discoveries any further. Enjoy playing the game.

    Kelly, it was your phrasing "just got to be smarter" that came across as sarcastic and an insult. Maybe an emoticon would have helped. You probably meant it casually, but most of the time when we hear it, we get a bit rankled. Looks like there was a breakdown in communication. ;)
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  • amazonprimechic
    1260 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    I need more elves. I'll still get all the prizes at 6/hr but there is no way to upgrade the canon to lvl 20 without spending a massive amount of donuts.
  • johncolombo
    11504 posts Senior Moderator
    edited January 2015
    drumnman wrote:
    drumnman wrote:
    Just saw something on FB about an "elf cave." Anyone seen this in game?

    It's another name for the door we got in phase 1

    Gah! I've been calling it the tunnel this whole time. Even still, their FB post seems to imply they my be fore sale...?

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    it's ben referred to as a cave, a door a hatch, and tunnel so take your pick unless Annette has the official official name.
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  • annettemarc
    7747 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    drumnman wrote:
    drumnman wrote:
    Just saw something on FB about an "elf cave." Anyone seen this in game?

    It's another name for the door we got in phase 1

    Gah! I've been calling it the tunnel this whole time. Even still, their FB post seems to imply they my be fore sale...?

    it's ben referred to as a cave, a door a hatch, and tunnel so take your pick. Unless Annette has the official official name.

    A cavdoohattun. (Pronounced "kav DOO itoon" )
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  • barszap785
    454 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    drumnman wrote:
    drumnman wrote:
    Just saw something on FB about an "elf cave." Anyone seen this in game?

    It's another name for the door we got in phase 1

    Gah! I've been calling it the tunnel this whole time. Even still, their FB post seems to imply they my be fore sale...?

    it's ben referred to as a cave, a door a hatch, and tunnel so take your pick. Unless Annette has the official official name.

    A cavdoohattun. (Pronounced "kav DOO itoon" )

    I could use ten more cavdoohattuns.
  • Snakeyees
    2332 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    Just fired my cannon which is level 12 I am down to 7 total elves.
  • teo47
    944 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    Interesting, my elf number keeps rising and I'm currently close to 200 in reserve, with a Level 10 cannon (only 10 wheels away from Level 11). I guess I'm not being quite as efficient with my cannon firing as I could be!
    New neighbors always welcome!
  • brittannie54
    172 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    I'm surprised people are running out. I'm sure I'll finish the event with a surplus of elves. I'm at level 10 now and have over 200 elves in reserve. Due to work and the server being down I haven't been able to fire the Canon every 3 hours though.
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