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House farming- easy cash or lazy gamesmanship?



  • theslayer369
    2002 posts Member
    edited April 2014
    I'm not sure why it bothers anyone if I house farm or not. It doesn't effect anyone's game. I needed a way to earn money, it annoyed me to wait to do anything, due to lack of cash. I have been deleting houses as I go now. And when I get the time to redo my town, they will go totally. I'm not that good at decorating, so my town will never be as nice as some I have seen. But really, lazy... You couldn't have a better friend I visit everyone's town at least six days a week, I keep up with reading the forum. If someone is that upset due to the fact I house farm, delete me, I am sure I wouldn't even notice. Besides there is a ton to click on my town, so it's no struggling to find something to click. 1. 2. 3. And your done. How nice is that lol.

    It's only irritating when you can't tap what you want because the house are so cramped together. But I can't complain as I have done it in a small way myself. I still have a group of houses at the bottom of my SF but no extra land to integrate them. You are a brilliant neighbour and I'm more than happy to have you on my list :D
  • LennyAdd
    514 posts Member
    edited April 2014
    In my opinion, there's no need to do it. It makes your town uglier, and you'll still get all of the buildings one day even if you don't housefarm. But each person should play the game like they want.
  • amytobler894
    79 posts Member
    edited April 2014
    Some are a little snobby now aren't we? Who cares what others do in their world? If you don't like it then don't visit. Being all high and mighty such is so unbecoming.
  • Jedihntr
    828 posts Member
    edited April 2014
    I just got rid of my farm the other day, and I've been playing since the Android launch. I had about 80 blue houses, in a neat grouping that ran along the mountains, and almost looked like a series of solar panels. It blended in extremely well with my town, and that's what it comes down to. If you can be creative with your farm and not have this mass of houses that fill up 2/3 of your land, I don't see why it's a bad thing.
  • Tischoo
    61 posts
    edited April 2014
    never used the House farms, think i have 3 or 4 houses doubled for another residential area...

    But as mentioned earlier it´s possibility by the game so i have no issues if people using it ( even if i don´t like how it looks like :) )
  • sandwedgeking
    2630 posts Member
    edited April 2014
    NeoSEC28 wrote:
    mpwarner wrote:
    No issue with them as long as they've attempted to design the rest of their town and put it at the edge :P
    I agree with MR Warner here :) As long as the farm is out the way so you can see the town easily and not have to scroll for ages to find the town lol
    Here is my second town I've been looking into sporadically since Christmas. Started with 56, now 112 blue houses. I think the rest of the town is decent and currently have better than 1 million in-game cash there, so I could probably buy some more land at some point.https://tsto.me/s/nmatzke

    IMO, house farming is fine, as long as you try to tuck them away and keep a tidy SF otherwise.
    Stuff and Things - Designs by SWK
  • fuzznugget77
    1037 posts Member
    edited April 2014
    Yeah i just delete people with house farms, i don't have alot of time to visit friends. It's hard enough to find the 4 graffiti buildings as it is with out trawling through 100's of houses
  • epolng
    298 posts Member
    edited April 2014
    Ironically, I didn't have any kind of house farm until I was already maximum level. At Christmas, when you needed to tap a building for the presents I added a section of brown houses to give my neighbors a better chance of getting something. When they friendship points started back I put a smaller version back in. While I don't like it in my SF, I do like knowing none of my neighbors are going away empty handed when they visit.

    I also have a neighbor (I don't remember the name now) who built a house farm around the perimeter of their town with pink houses. It is eight or nine houses deep and makes the perfect Homer "donut".
  • Mull1966
    317 posts Member
    edited April 2014
    I did a bit of house farming in the beginning, just like many have done, but as I built other buildings and needed the land I stopped. However, I have set aside a portion of property near my landing zone to put up 15 or so Brown Houses during Tapping Events so my neighbors would not need to search for long. So for those who delete house farming neighbors, please check back after an event. You may find the farm has disappeared. I would hate for you to lose a good neighbor.
  • GamerGD3
    3029 posts New member
    edited April 2014
    I agree it is lazy, looks horrible and deserves an unfriending. I played through without a farm, others can too. Back in my day we saved up $200,000 for the post office by sending characters on tasks and collecting as often as possible.

    Right now I've been trimming out the inactive friends (towns where I have nothing to click on, stuck on level 38, characters walking around doing nothing).

    Forum friends are keepers though.
  • maximbarne126
    3911 posts Member
    edited April 2014
    I never house farmed, it makes the game more interesting because it takes time to play.
  • brittannie54
    175 posts Member
    edited April 2014
    I say to each their own. I haven't house farmed but it doesn't bother me when others do. I visit my neighbors daily so my main concern is if they regularly clear their handshakes and have buildings to tap. I always enjoy looking at nicely organized towns for ideas for my own town someday because I still have a lot of land to collect so my town is a mess, but I find it funny when people mention getting rid of neighbors for ugly towns.
  • jofre_nash
    1179 posts Member
    edited April 2014
    I bet most players were huge house farmers at the beginning. I was one, then after I got more land, buildings and characters I put in storage my plethora of houses and began organizing my town.

    You can still farm, but with aesthetics. For example, right now I am "farming" with 14 orange houses, but instead of having them clustered together in one corner, I have arranged them as a horizontal condominium.
  • shabu922
    176 posts Member
    edited April 2014
    One of the things I like about this game is that no two towns are identical. Everyone does things their own way, thats the freedom of individual choice. If someone is enjoying the game, and not hacking, I don't really care what they do with their town.
  • SauronHimself
    38 posts Member
    edited April 2014
    I'm amazed people would unfriend someone over a house farm. The farmers are the ones who almost guarantee all 100 of their neighbors will have something to tap. I think something more deserving of a de-friending is a neighbor who doesn't clear their town and thus leaves nothing for their neighbors to tap. If you don't like how someone else's Springfield looks, why does it matter? It's their town and not yours.

    "Yeah, that guy visits me every day and always keeps his town full of tasks, but I'm simply forced to unfriend him for that gaudy house farm." Right.

    How much do you want to bet that everyone would have a house farm if EA let you buy doughnuts with X amount of in-game cash?
  • mikeydluffy
    2014 posts
    edited April 2014
    To me it's easy cash, laying a 1000 Blue Houses is hardly lazy. I say whatever, to each their own. Just maybe take down the farm once enough cash has been accumulated, otherwise what's the point?
  • mpg7
    15 posts
    edited April 2014
    I personally think it's okay to house farm...only because I'm doing it at the moment :lol: I'm trying to expand my town to be like the guide map (like Bravewall), so with all those land plots that are $19,000 $26,000 $35,000 etc. add up to a lot, so house farming just speeds it up a bit. But when I gain the land and start moving the buildings around they'll decrease in numbers. Currently I have about 40 brown houses as I am on Easter break at the moment so I am able to tend to my town that much everyday. Also I'm still going through all the quests at the same time; my current to-buy buildings are the Crypto Barn ($81,000), the Post Office ($69,000) and the Wiggum House ($58,050). The main thing that drew me to the game was the aspect of customisation; no two Springfields are the same, and the possibilities are endless. As long as EA keep adding content and level updates, there is no sense of actually completing the game. Some people want to get through it quickly, some don't. Don't look down on someone (especially going so far as to unfriend them!!!) just because they want to play it differently! :)
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  • 4junk3000
    6790 posts Member
    edited April 2014
    Well they do benefit early players who need more buildings, particularly now that we are doing FP collection.

    I've never house farmed, but today i just increased my purple house count from 5 to 10. But they are designed like a little condo neighborhood. They aren't end to end rows with one drive way going into another house.

    I enjoy visiting well designed towns. I'd prefer people be more creative instead of cramming any buildings together, whether they're the same house or all different bldgs.

    As far as dropping neighbors, well the impressive towns are the ones i visit first, so the unimpressive ones are going to be replaced by new requests if they don't stand out as a neighbor i recognize for visiting frequently. House farm or not.

    All my designs look unfinished because i can't place as many plants, streetlights, and fences as i would like. PLEASE REMOVE THE LIMIT, EA!
  • nbpinkr2010
    232 posts Member
    edited April 2014
    ...I have 6 blue houses together, which are just there until I buy all the land which will be in a month or two but I don't think that would count as a house farm, really.

    Sounds more like a garden... 8)
  • jsidd3
    37 posts Member
    edited April 2014
    To each their own.

    I know it's easy cash and did it for a while in the beginning to build up cash, later on I sold some of the houses and made myself some nice neighborhoods of houses.
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