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We had spectacular events. We joined together as a community to earn special prizes. We all freaked out that they were unachievable and EA always gave us a somewhat last minute update so we could win each and every awesome prize.

Once upon a time we had great fun visiting our neighbors and helping them with each event. Leaving eggs, presents, protecting them from super villains.

Once upon a time the events were so big and filled with so many layers. Remember the Terwilliger’s? We couldn’t get through an event without the help of many on the forum.

I never thought I would say this, but I miss crafting. I miss the in-depth forum conversations and strategy talk. I think the xp collider was a mistake. I think EA should have done more to shutdown the reddit people. I think this is our fault. How many actually buy donuts. Is it all KEM farming? I still buy donuts each event because I want the game to continue. I used to play everyday. Even when I was in the hospital. I loved it that much. I couldn’t wait for LPN to post what buildings/decorations were coming so I could start planning my designs. But now? I haven’t designed in over a year. I haven’t opened my game in 7 days. I’m sad. I began abandoning my town because life got busy. But there’s been nothing exciting to bring me back. I’ll continue playing until the end. Hopefully something exciting will happen to spark my creativity and begin designing again.
BulldogMom23 in Crawl to the Finish

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  • I totally agree with every one of your points. Well said! @happyone2323
    Lately It Occurs To Me... What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been.
  • Castiel_Touk
    4514 posts Member
    edited January 2020
    The old days were the best.
    Not much fun now.
    TOUK is the best also have you considered Nuking. Don't forget about the Springfield Showcase
  • I go between sadness for how great it was before and happiness that the game is still limping on.
    One day they will pull the plug and all there will be is town portraits.
  • Psst...hi!

    Once upon a time we were more enthusiastic because our desires were being met. Slowly over time, EA stopped meeting them. (boo)

    But we don't need them to do much more than keep the game from constantly crashing. Because the fun of the game is still within US. I've committed to redesigning my whole town. I'm not nuking, but I am deleting huge swatches and reconfiguring the entire city.

    I've started by deleting everything I don't like. Opening huge pieces of fresh grass is refreshing. I'm deleting all things except the buildings. I anticipate using far fewer trees and trimmings. My overhaul is beginning with an all new SF Heights. I'm removing the business district and making it all mostly upscale residential, except for a smaller, boutique shopping area.

    Then I'm going to redo the entire coastline of SF, all new Squidport and reconfigure the water-specific items. Once that is done, I'll tackle the big redo of all SF.

    I've made a list of all the districts I plan to build. Now I'm in the process of sorting all the buildings to fit them. Some of the new districts will be:
    Casino
    Outlands
    Barrio
    Gentrified coastal
    Mid century coastal
    Big Box Row
    Ski/winter resort
    Capital city financial
    Burning man
    Stadium park
    Rural SF
    Vampire village
    Santa village
    Castle row
    - plus reconfigs of all the usual areas like the dump and industrial zone, airport, Press board Estates, etc. Only my Town Square and KL will remain the same. But I'm moving the Town Square out further into the center of the grid.

    This is a huge undertaking, and it's scary deleting old designs that have been on the map since forever. But change is good, and agility is our best attribute. We must adapt to the new pace of the game if we want to keep enjoying it.

    So, less waiting on EA to entertain us, more looking into our own imagination to conjure new challenges.

    I stopped in to share this optimism with @happyone2323 and @TwigletStyx, but it is for anyone who wants to take charge of your experience within the game. There's plenty to do if you want to.

    Hello and happy new year to my neighbors! Thank you for continuing to visit me; it's ALWAYS a welcome joy to see your names floating up from a batch of new handshakes. You folks are always welcome in my SF. I miss you all. Sorry I haven't made a fun contest for us in a while. "Once upon" WERE some good ol' times. Take care xoxo!
    - 4j3k
    "You're the most negative person I've ever seen on here. Constantly."
  • It's part of life to be honest, things change. A few years ago I used to be a regular in this forum, had a group of "virtual friends" in here times were great. I was like others who then ditched this forum in favour of a different fan run forum, which has since closed down. So now I am back here trying to stay up-to-date with the game.

    My point of what I have just said above (despite it being rather boring that let's just face it, no one cares, which is why it's quite short), life always changes. At points in life there will always be something fun, when life changes try and enjoy the change in life, remember the fun you had but believe there will be fun in the future. Sometimes you have to make your own fun.........like now for example, as I type this I have absolutely no idea where I am going with this, so this comment could turn out to be completely pointless, greatly insightful (I highly doubt that) or yeah a complete waste of what 2 or 3 minutes of your life.....I still don't know where I am going with this.
  • It is sad to think about what this game used to do and the excitement that surrounded the major events. I’ve been playing this game daily since early 2012 and remember how awesome the first major event THOH was with zombie popping and TPing and egging neighbors. I’m happy to still be able to play and see some new content being released, but it is a shadow of its former self. Nothing lasts forever and at the end of the day it’s all about whether it’s making EA money. I’ll play until they pull the plug but will always fondly remember those early days of glory.
  • I'm kinda glad tbh. When this game was at its best it consumed an embarrassing, shameful amount of my time. Seems my life satisfaction index is inversely proportional to my game satisfaction index.

  • I think its not that there's less excitement, there's probably a similar amount, its just that less people are using forums nowadays for one main reason, that is to say, toxicity. People are still excited, they just don't show it in the same ways anymore.
  • parkna1234 wrote: »
    I think its not that there's less excitement, there's probably a similar amount, its just that less people are using forums nowadays for one main reason, that is to say, toxicity. People are still excited, they just don't show it in the same ways anymore.

    How do you know that people are still excited?
  • 4junk3000 wrote: »
    Psst...hi!

    Once upon a time we were more enthusiastic because our desires were being met. Slowly over time, EA stopped meeting them. (boo)

    But we don't need them to do much more than keep the game from constantly crashing. Because the fun of the game is still within US. I've committed to redesigning my whole town. I'm not nuking, but I am deleting huge swatches and reconfiguring the entire city.

    I've started by deleting everything I don't like. Opening huge pieces of fresh grass is refreshing. I'm deleting all things except the buildings. I anticipate using far fewer trees and trimmings. My overhaul is beginning with an all new SF Heights. I'm removing the business district and making it all mostly upscale residential, except for a smaller, boutique shopping area.

    Then I'm going to redo the entire coastline of SF, all new Squidport and reconfigure the water-specific items. Once that is done, I'll tackle the big redo of all SF.

    I've made a list of all the districts I plan to build. Now I'm in the process of sorting all the buildings to fit them. Some of the new districts will be:
    Casino
    Outlands
    Barrio
    Gentrified coastal
    Mid century coastal
    Big Box Row
    Ski/winter resort
    Capital city financial
    Burning man
    Stadium park
    Rural SF
    Vampire village
    Santa village
    Castle row
    - plus reconfigs of all the usual areas like the dump and industrial zone, airport, Press board Estates, etc. Only my Town Square and KL will remain the same. But I'm moving the Town Square out further into the center of the grid.

    This is a huge undertaking, and it's scary deleting old designs that have been on the map since forever. But change is good, and agility is our best attribute. We must adapt to the new pace of the game if we want to keep enjoying it.

    So, less waiting on EA to entertain us, more looking into our own imagination to conjure new challenges.

    I stopped in to share this optimism with @happyone2323 and @TwigletStyx, but it is for anyone who wants to take charge of your experience within the game. There's plenty to do if you want to.

    Hello and happy new year to my neighbors! Thank you for continuing to visit me; it's ALWAYS a welcome joy to see your names floating up from a batch of new handshakes. You folks are always welcome in my SF. I miss you all. Sorry I haven't made a fun contest for us in a while. "Once upon" WERE some good ol' times. Take care xoxo!
    - 4j3k

    😃 I'm so happy to see you posting again! @4junk3000
    Lately It Occurs To Me... What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been.
  • 4junk3000 wrote: »
    Psst...hi!

    Once upon a time we were more enthusiastic because our desires were being met. Slowly over time, EA stopped meeting them. (boo)

    But we don't need them to do much more than keep the game from constantly crashing. Because the fun of the game is still within US. I've committed to redesigning my whole town. I'm not nuking, but I am deleting huge swatches and reconfiguring the entire city.

    I've started by deleting everything I don't like. Opening huge pieces of fresh grass is refreshing. I'm deleting all things except the buildings. I anticipate using far fewer trees and trimmings. My overhaul is beginning with an all new SF Heights. I'm removing the business district and making it all mostly upscale residential, except for a smaller, boutique shopping area.

    Then I'm going to redo the entire coastline of SF, all new Squidport and reconfigure the water-specific items. Once that is done, I'll tackle the big redo of all SF.

    I've made a list of all the districts I plan to build. Now I'm in the process of sorting all the buildings to fit them. Some of the new districts will be:
    Casino
    Outlands
    Barrio
    Gentrified coastal
    Mid century coastal
    Big Box Row
    Ski/winter resort
    Capital city financial
    Burning man
    Stadium park
    Rural SF
    Vampire village
    Santa village
    Castle row
    - plus reconfigs of all the usual areas like the dump and industrial zone, airport, Press board Estates, etc. Only my Town Square and KL will remain the same. But I'm moving the Town Square out further into the center of the grid.

    This is a huge undertaking, and it's scary deleting old designs that have been on the map since forever. But change is good, and agility is our best attribute. We must adapt to the new pace of the game if we want to keep enjoying it.

    So, less waiting on EA to entertain us, more looking into our own imagination to conjure new challenges.

    I stopped in to share this optimism with @happyone2323 and @TwigletStyx, but it is for anyone who wants to take charge of your experience within the game. There's plenty to do if you want to.

    Hello and happy new year to my neighbors! Thank you for continuing to visit me; it's ALWAYS a welcome joy to see your names floating up from a batch of new handshakes. You folks are always welcome in my SF. I miss you all. Sorry I haven't made a fun contest for us in a while. "Once upon" WERE some good ol' times. Take care xoxo!
    - 4j3k

    Nice to see a post from one of the old regulars, I'm also redesigning areas I've never been really happy with but would never hit the nuke button as the inventory system is so bad I don't think I'd ever find anything again, but my one wish would be for the expansion of the Springfield Heights land area as I've got so many designs in my head for that area but they simply don't fit in the available space (although deep down I honestly don't expect that area to be expanded), ah well such a shame.
  • I like the new event, good prizes
  • ZennGlenn
    1753 posts Member
    edited February 2020
    jmlgg wrote: »
    I like the new event, good prizes

    🌈Ditto, aside from lack of any minimal ITEM LIMIT INCREASES💩
  • Once in a while, i purge neighbours who are inactive for >1 month. I'm down to 20 active neighbour, and there is 1 who still occasionally visits me. And there are many neighbours whom have ZERO buildings for me to tap on even though i have 3/3 Actions available to perform. I dunno how this happens...
    I think EA should have done more to shutdown the reddit people.

    What was this drama about?

  • @woyaodabian visiting neighbors is glitched. Here is just one thread about it.
    https://forums.ea.com/en/the-simpsons-tapped-out/discussion/253672/neighbor-towns-not-showing-available-items#latest
    They might not be visiting because they have nothing to tap in your town
  • I think EA should have done more to shutdown the reddit people.

    What was this drama about?

    Most likely Reddit's *Free Donuts* from a few years ago, although @happyone2323 may be referring to something else? @woyaodabian
    Lately It Occurs To Me... What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been.
  • @woyaodabian visiting neighbors is glitched. Here is just one thread about it.
    https://forums.ea.com/en/the-simpsons-tapped-out/discussion/253672/neighbor-towns-not-showing-available-items#latest
    They might not be visiting because they have nothing to tap in your town

    Alright, i'll have a read. Thanks!
    Most likely Reddit's *Free Donuts* from a few years ago, although @happyone2323 may be referring to something else? @woyaodabian

    Oh, i see. Thanks!
  • Once in a while, i purge neighbours who are inactive for >1 month. I'm down to 20 active neighbour, and there is 1 who still occasionally visits me. And there are many neighbours whom have ZERO buildings for me to tap on even though i have 3/3 Actions available to perform. I dunno how this happens...
    I think EA should have done more to shutdown the reddit people.

    What was this drama about?

    Hi, I'm personally suffering from the nothing to tap bug as my wife, and eldest both play the game and when they visit they see nothing available to tap even though I have hundreds of buildings that are tappable the only thing they can tap is the graffiti buildings, when I visit my wife everything is fine but visiting my eldest I too can see nothing in their Springfield tappable, hopefully they will eventually fix the issue but suspect that it isn't a priority ( as in don't expect anything soon ) because they don't seem to be either able to or know how to fix a rather nasty glitch that has been around over 2 years and breaks multiple parts of the game. :(:(
  • This game is getting so boring not sure how much longer I can put up with it. I’m just collecting the prizes and dumping them as there is nothing new to decorate with. In the past we had lots of new decorations specific to the event to earn and use but even that has gone.
    I love my computer...all my friends live in it
  • Agreed
    If crafting is no longer available at least expand the store and sell us old craftables.
    I wouldn't mind if it was for igc or doughnuts.
    Could even add them to the vault rotation.
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