Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Cooking Stand in Family Farm Seaside

The Cooking Stand is a fairly new option in Family Farm Seaside.  It is a Building and, like the Beauty Shop and Kitchen, once built, it cannot be deleted, sold or stored.  Unfortunately, all of these buildings occupy a significant amount of land.  If they occupied less space, it would be far easier for farmers to accommodate them all.  Do you need a Cooking Stand?  Well, obviously you can farm without it, but if you wish to complete all Quests and Missions and obtain all possible Rewards in the game, you will need to build one.

The Cooking Stand is an interactive building that allows neighbours to purchase Dishes from you by tapping on the icon of a Roast Turkey that hovers above the Stand when they visit your Farm.  The Reward for doing so is a Gift Bag that may contain any or all of the items that can be found randomly in any Gift Bag such as the Cleaning Gift Bags or April Rain Gift Bags.

The Cooking Stand operates in a different fashion from any other building in that it is the vehicle for a sort of Bingo game wherein Medals are earned by selling a total of 200 Dishes from each 'Round' in the game.  Four Medals can be earned when the Farmer completes any Round.  The Medals will be placed randomly on the Bingo Card.  You need to have four in a row to win any Reward.

In every Round there is a total of four different Dishes that can be made.  You can make up to 60 of each Dish.  In other words, by requiring only a total of 200 Dishes, you can choose which of 40 possible Dishes NOT to make.

I do not know if every Farmer is given the same list of four Recipes or not.  Whenever a Round is completed, however, one does not advance automatically to the next Round.  When I completed Round 2, I had to wait three days for Round 3 to be unlocked.  It therefore is not particularly to the Farmer's advantage to race through any Round.  Make your Dishes and put them out for the Neighbours to purchase but do not make sacrifices in the form either or RC or ingredients that you may need to complete a specific Quest or Mission in order to complete any Round.

In my game, the four Recipes in the third Round  are as follows:

Butter
Orange Crumble
White Wine Crab
Chocolate Pave

As previously indicated, I need to sell a total of 200 of any combination of these four dishes to complete the 'Round' and earn four Medals that will be distributed randomly on my 'Bingo' Board.

Oddly enough, Chocolate Pave was one of the Recipes in the first round as well.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Mysteries of the Past Time-Restricted Missions

As usual, the new time-restricted Mission is a Collections Mission in tandem with a traditional Quest sequence.

The Collections Mission is as follows:

Collections Mission
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Try to collect Scarabs when making farm products

70 Green Scarabs from Spinach
50 Blue Scarabs from Grape Jam
30 Yellow Scarabs from Cheese Burger
10 Red Scarab from Hazelnut

Reward:  Cat Statue and Date Tree

N.B.  The Date Tree can be purchased in the Market as well for 6 RC

The traditional Quest is as follows:

Mysteries of the Past I
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Can you believe it!  While Felicia was in Korea, grandma bought me a tour trip to Egypt!  She said it's a reward for my good grades and good work on the farm!  Let's finish all the tasks on the farm before leaving!

Harvest 40 Grapes
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest 8 Oranges
  Skip for 8 RC

Produce 40 Cheddar Cheese
  Skip for 20 RC

Darryl:  Awesome!  Now let's pack our stuff and we're ready to go!
Reward: 85 Coins, 10 XP

Mysteries of the Past II
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Darryl:  Don't tell others, but I'm actually afraid of flying!  Perhaps I should get some snacks with me just to have something to bite on when I am stressed in the plane.  And I definitely should get some parachutes.  You know, just in case...

Produce 40 Apple Juice
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 10 Sandwiches
  Skip for 10 RC

Collect 20 Parachutes from Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Darryl:  I was so nervous but thanks to the nice flight attendants, I could calm down and enjoy the flight.

Reward: 90 Coins, 12 XP

Mysteries of the Past III
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Darryl:  Our tour group finally arrived in Alexandria!  After all that travelling, I really need some good snacks, so let's eat around!  But we need to hurry, because we will go to our next destination in Egypt in a few days.

Prepare 10 Arabic Kabsa
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 10 Spinach Dumplings
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 10 Orange Smoothie
  Skip for 10 RC

Darryl:  I love this place!  Thank you grandma for such a nice present!

Reward: 100 Coins, 12 XP

Mysteries of the Past  IV
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Amazing news!  Our tour guide told us that we will contiinue our trip to Cairo now.  I think I'll need to get some extra money for tickets and for some souvenirs!

Complete Order Board

Harvest 4 Dates
  Skip for 4 RC
  N.B.  The Date Tree is a reward from the Collections Mission.  You can purchase it in the Market as well for 6 RC.

Prepare 4 Rice with Dates
  Skip for 4 RC

Darryl:  We are so lucky to arrive in this city with more than a thousand years of history!

Reward: 100 Coins, 14 XP

Mysteries of the Past V
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Darryl:  I can't wait to see the legendary pyramids!  Maybe I can even see the pharaoh's tomb and real mummies!  Let's prepare some food for the trip!

Prepare 6 plates of Wakame Salad
  Skip for 6 RC

Produce 20 bowls of  Peach Ice Cream
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 10 cups of Sakura Tea
  Skip for 10 RC

Darryl:  That was unbelievable!  I'm sure Felicia will be afraid of mummies!  I bought a mummy souvenir to scare here, haha.

Reward: 110 Coins, 14 XP

Mysteries of the Past VI
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Darryl:  We went to the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and it was so impressive!  We have seen Tutankhamon's treasures, sarcophagi, ancient monuments and so on!  But let me tell you more during dinner!

Prepare 6 Lemon Fish
  Skip for 6 RC

Produce 50 Grape Juice
  Skip for 25 RC

Place a Cat Statue on your Farm
  N.B.  Reward from Collections Mission
  Skip for 10 RC

Darryl:  The ancient Egyptian culture is so rich!  Oh, I bought a cat statue for grandma in the museum shop.  Do you think she will like it?

Reward: 110 Coins, 15 XP

Mysteries of the Past VII
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Darryl:  The guide told us an ancient legend where the Nile flooded.  They say it happened because the goddess Isis was crying fo the death of her husband Osiris.  There are three stages of the flood cycle:  the flood, the sowing and the harvest.

Water your trees 4 times
  Skip for 4 RC

Harvest 50 Lotus Flower
   Skip for 25 RC

Harvest 4 Hazelnut
  Skip for 4 RC

We should use these magic tears on the farm more often to speed things up.

Reward: 110 Coins, 15 XP

Mysteries of the Past VIII
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Darryl:  Today we're visiting the Sphinx of Giza.  It's the statue of a lion with the head of a Pharaoh.  I will need a parasol to protect me against the sun.  Oh, and please don't forget to bring some sandwiches and drinks!


Collect 20 Colourful Parasols from Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 10 Cheese Beef Sandwich
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 60 Orange Juice
  Skip for 30 RC

Darryl:  The Sphinx is so mysterious!  Thankfully our neighbours could provide me with a parasol.  It's really hot here!

Reward: 120 Coins, 16 XP

Mysteries of the Past  IX
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Darryl:  I've learned so much about the Egyptian culture on this trip!  We're flying back tomorrow, so let's enjoy a nice goodbye dinner with our friends here!  They said they will prepare the main course and I can help with the dessert!

Prepare 6 Sayadia
  Skip for 6 RC

Prepare 4 Koshaf
  Skip for 4 RC

Produce 20 Lemon Cakes
  Skip for 10 RC

Darryl:  We have to take the plane back to the Farm soon.  I hope I can come back next year with Grandma and Felicia!

Reward: 120 Coins, 16 XP

Final Reward:  Sphinx Decoration

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New Kitchen Recipes are:
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Rice with Dates: 475 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Rice x 4, Date

Sayadia: 694 Coins, 1 XP
  Lemon Fish, Rice with Dates

Khoshaf: 180 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Nut Mix, Date


Strategies for the Mission
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In Mysteries of the Past IV, you will need to harvest 4 Dates from the Date Tree and will need to use Dates to make one of the Recipes.  You can purchase a Date Tree from the Market for 6 RC if you wish, but it would be better to complete the Collections Mission if possible as you will need the Cat Statue to complete Mysteries of the Past VI.

As with any of the recent Missions, some of the Tasks require use of the Kitchen to prepare dishes, which means that you need 1 Power for every Dish.  Some of the Recipes have ingredients that are made in the Kitchen using other Recipes.  Try to make everything you can in advance so that you do not have to wait for your Power to be replenished.  The default Power is 30, but by having cleanable Decorations on your Farm or by visiting your Neighbours to clean their Decorations, you can add more Power to your Total as some of the Cleaning Gift Bags randomly contain a few Power or OP.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Some Unfortunate New Options in Seaside

New regrettable options in Family Farm seaside


I recently wrote a post about another game, comparing it unfavourably to Family Farm Seaside, adding that Seaside was 'almost perfect' as a mobile game.  Well, as usual, I should not have been so very positive as almost immediately afterwards, some rather regrettable new options were added to the game.

First of all, the log-in screen and Calendar no longer appear automatically.  They are represented by a tiny icon in the left top corner of the screen.  If you fail to tap on that icon, you will miss your log-in, even if you play the game for hours.

Next, there is a new floating advertisement that actually FOLLOWS the farmer as he/she works.  I do not mind the fact that there is an option to watch a commercial video to earn Green Mystrons but I dislike the aggressive nature of this advertisement.

Then there is the new Bingo game in the form of the Cooking Stall, an item that, once built, cannot be deleted or stored.  Unlike the Seafood House and Beauty Shop, however, the Cooking Stand is not really a productive item apart from filling a Bingo card very slowly in different rounds.  This is an option that was taken, I believe, from FarmVille and I never liked it in that game.

In fact, one of the reasons I liked Seaside so much was that there was a certain simple elegance to the game.  It was a farming simulation game pure and simple, with an option to cook and fish. 

Fishing always was problematical in Seaside and never my favourite option but it has become more and more unpleasant as Quests now demand an impossible total of items.  Remember that the Items caught when fishing are RANDOM.  There are specific lists for each of the Hooks that you can use, but within the scope of that list, the actual item you catch is random.  Moreover, you are given only 7 attempts.  If you want more, you have to wait.  In time, you will be given more.  If you do not wish to wait, you can pay premium cash for extra attempts. 

When a Quest required 5 of a specific Fish in the context of a Recipe or Task, it could be difficult enough to obtain the number.  Now, however, we have a Recipe in the first round of the Bingo that prompts the player to make 60 of a specific Dish that requires 1 Smoked Mackerel for each.  In other words, you need 60 Mackerel and that is caught with a hook that requires 200 Bait to use.  Very expensive and very time-consuming.  You can purchase a Mackerel with 1 RC if you wish.

The first round of the Bingo has 4 different Recipes, and you need to 'sell' a total of 200 to unlock the next round.  That means that, at the very minimum, if you sell 60 of the other three Recipes, you still need a minimum of 20 of the Recipe that requires the Mackerel...  Perhaps I am mistaken and each player has a different Recipe to produce, but I cannot imagine that other Players will be fortunate enough to avoid the Recipes that involve Seafood.

What is the point of all this?  Very little in my considered opinion.    The Bingo Card has 16 slots and you can fill a total of 4 by selling 200 of the Recipes demanded by the game.  I suppose some fortunate players might be able to fill a row of four, but in my game, the places filled are entirely disparate and do not connect at all.    I do not like this sort of mini-game at all.  I prefer to use my own efforts rather than relying upon Dame Fortune. 

In fact, recently, Family Farm Seaside made some offers that carried with them a random reward.  Of course, I did not receive the good reward.  It was a matter of luck and I am singularly devoide of the favours of Lady Luck in these games.  Why do this to loyal players???  Better to offer the same reward to every one, in my view.

There are items that other players have that I never have been offered in a game where I have played continuously for over 400 days.  Why am I not entitled to purchase a male or female Cupid?  I have been on a farm that had FOUR female Cupids (or Putti).  How did this individual obtain four when NONE ever were offered in my game?  Players who have played less than 100 days evidently were able to obtain these items.  Are there different offers depending on the platform on which you play?  Are tablet owners less fortunate than Nook or Kindle owners?  It is all very vexing and I am disappointed with the powers that be at Seaside.  I hope that they will reconsider the new trend of copying FarmVille, a game that has increasingly FEWER fans and players and go back to the fairly simple and elegant methods that made Seaside unique and enjoyable.

Finally, there now are a number of fairly LARGE buildings that once constructed, cannot be removed by any means from the player's farm.  These include the Kitchen, Beauty Shop, Seafood House and now, Cooking Stand.  Why do these buildings have to occupy so much space?  Why have no new land expansions been offered???

Friday, August 1, 2014

Mud Festival Time-Restricted Quests



Korean Mud Festival Collections Mission and Traditional Quests
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Collections Mission

70 Purple Rubber Boots from Fern Flower Crop
50 Blue Rubber Boots from Blueberry Jam
30 Yellow Rubber Boots from Mayonnaise
10 Pink Rubber Boots from Sakura Flower Tree

Rewards: Yacht Decoration and Chili Pepper Bush

The Yacht cannot be cleaned but the Chili Pepper Bush will produce fruit every four hours.






In tandem with the Collections Mission is a traditional Quest sequence:

Korean Mud Festival Quest
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Mud Festival I
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Felicia:  Can you believe that?  Darryl just said my skin is super dry!  Is it true?  Oh!  I hope some fruits can help my skin.  I need fruits!

Harvest 12 Apples
  Skip for 6 RC

Harvest 40 Tomatoes
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest 6 Lemons
  Skip for 6 RC

Felicia:  The fruits didn't help a lot.  I heard there's a Mud Festival in Korea.  Maybe my skin will shine again after some Korean mud!

Reward: 85 Coins, 10 XP

Mud FEstival II
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Felicia:  Yeah!  I decided to go to Korea.  The countryside around Daecheon is beautiful!  Let's put on some famous Korean BB cream, makes some snacks and relax before everything starts!

Collect 20 BB Cream from engibhours
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 10 Sandwiches
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 40 Glasses of Grape Juice
  Skip for 20 RC

Reward: 90 Coins, 12 XP

Felicia:  I think I look much better already with the Korean BB Cream on my face!  It works.  I can feel it!

Mud Festival III
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Felicia:  The Mud Festival requires the right outfit.  It's time to wear my bikini!  And you know what else is missing?  Right, flowers!  Can you help me harvest some?

Harvest 4 Jasmine
  Skip for 4 RC

Harvest 50 Fern Flowers
  Skip for 25 RC

Craft 4 Flower Rings in the Beauty Shop
  Skip for 8 RC
  N.B.  The Flower Rings do not have to be completed to count towards this goal.  Beginning the project will satisfy the requirement.

Reward: 100 Coins, 12 XP

Felicia:  My Korean friend said my handmade flower ring suits me well!  Hihi!  Now let's go to the festival on the beach!

Mud Festival IV
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Felicia:  Oh!  I almost forgot to bring some food to the beach.  I'm pretty sure we will get hungry after playing near the sea.

Buy 1 Picnic Basket
  N.B.  If you have one on your farm, this will complete the task automatically.

Prepare 10 Fried Seasoned Chicken
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 10 Mixed Noodles
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 100 Coins, 14 XP

Felicia:  Now we are all prepared!  Let's go to the beach!

Mud Festival V
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Felicia:  There are so many people putting mud all over their bodies!  I also want a mud massage!  It migt sound disgusting, but it looks so cool!  Oh!  Is that a yacht over there?

Fish 10 Times with the Bone Fishhook
  Skip for 10 RC

Craft 2 Beauty Masks in the Beauty Shop
  Skip for 4 RC

Place Yacht Decoration on your Farm
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 110 Coins, 14 RC

Felicia:  We can go diving to get rid of the mud and look for some clams!

Mud Festival VI
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Felicia:  We are in Korea, so we have to try as many Korean dishes as possible.  I heard it's a bit spicy though.  Do you think I can handle it?

Place Chili Bush on your Farm
  Reward from Collections Mission
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 4 Clam Soup
  Skip for 4 RC

Prepare 4 Spicy Noodle Soup
  Skip for 4 RC

Reward: 110 Coins, 15 XP

Felicia:  It was more spicy than I expected, but I do feel cooler after sweating, hihi!

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Felicia:  I want to cool down more, so it's time for some ice cream.  You can't visit the beach and not have ice cream.  What's your favourite ice cream?

Produce 30 bowls of Grape Ice Cream
   Skip for 15 RC

Produce 30 bowls of Lemon Ice Cream
  Skip for 15 RC

Produce 6 bowls of Matcha Orange Ice Cream
  Skip for 6 RC

Reward: 110 Coins, 15 XP

Felicia:  Yippee!  Now I'm full of energy.  What shall we do next?

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Felicia:  Look! There's a competition for digging up clams!  I have never done this before, but it sounds so much fun!  Let's see who can dig up more clams!

Collect 20 Clam Buckets from Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 4 Spicy Grilled Chicken
  Skip for 6 RC

Craft 2 Starfish Mirrors in the Beauty Shop
  Skip for 4 RC
  N.B.  Note that you need Lavender Bouquets, Starfish and Glass to make the Starfish Mirror.  Glass can be requested from Neighbours.

Reward: 120 Coins, 16 XP

Felicia:  While digging for clams, I also found some starfish and made a starfish mirror!  It looks beautiful!

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Felicia:  We spent all day in Daecheon and it's getting dark now.  We might need to go back soon.  I really want to give my new Korean friends some gifts.  They say Koreans really love sweet treats.

Prepare 10 Chocolate Pave
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 10 Chocolate Dream Bars
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 60 Blueberry Candy
  Skip for 30 RC

Reward: 120 Coins, 16 XP

Hooray!  They really liked the snacks I made!  I've had a really good time in Korea and look at my face, it's shining now!

FINAL REWARDS:  Turtle Statue and Persimmon Tree



New Recipes in the Kitchen are:
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Clam Soup: 58 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Scallop, Chili Pepper

Mixed Noodles: 270 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Udon,  Cucumber Kimchi x 2

Spicy Noodle Soup: 358 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Clam Soup, Mixed Noodles

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Spicy Rice Cake: 632 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Soft Dough, Chili Pepper

Fried Seasoned Chicken: 406 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients: Turkey x 2,  Ketchup x 2

Spicy Grilled Chicken: 1099 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Spicy Rice Cake, Fried Seasoned Chicken


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Strategies for Completing the Missions
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This is one of the first Missions/Quests that focuses on the Beauty Shop.  You do not need energy or Power to craft Items in the Beauty Shop but you will need a completed Beauty Shop if you wish to perform all the tasks without paying RC to skip them.  The Beauty Shop is an attractive building and although it cannot be sold or stored once it is placed, it will add to the aesthetic beauty of your Farm.

Extra slots can be added to the Beauty Shop in the same way that they can be added to the Seafood House.  Request materials from your Neighbours if you wish to add slots.

As always,  some of the ingredients for the Recipes needed to complete Tasks in this Mission are themselves Cooked Dishes.  For example, you will need 10 Udon to make the Mixed Noodles in Mud Festival  IV.  You have a default of 30 Power.  Make the Udon in advance if you can to make certain that you have sufficient Power later when you reach Mud Festival IV.  Other 'Ingredients' that are in themselves Recipes include Egg Tart for use in Chocolate Pave and Blueberry Krispy Bars for use in making Chocolate Dream Bars.  You will need 10 of each.

In fact, the Chocolate Pave is the third in a series of three Recipes.  You need to make Eggnog first in order to make Egg Tart.  Eggnog is made with Condensed Milk and an Egg.  Condensed Milk is another Kitchen Recipe, one of those I consider a 'staple' and try to make on a regular basis for future use.  Egg Tart is made with Eggnog and Soft Dough, another 'staple' Recipe.  What this means, in effect, is that you need 30 Power to make 10 Egg Tarts unless you have made the Eggnog and Soft Dough in advance.  This is a good illustration of the wisdom of preparing a list of staple 'ingredients' in advance of any time-restricted Quest.  You always will find a use for them at some point, so never sell those Dishes!

Unfortunately, Chocolate Pave is one of the Dishes used in the first Round of the Cooking Stand that was released yesterday.  If I had known that the Dish would be featured in a time-restricted Quest today, I would not have made so many, using up much of my stock of Egg Tarts!

There are other Ingredients that are made in Machines.  You will need a KimChi Machine to make Cucumber KimChi for Mud Festival IV.  Another Ingredient is Ketchup, made in the Sauce Machine.   60 Sugar will be needed for the final task in the traditional Quest sequence to produce Candy.  Animal Products needed for Recipes include Turkey and Beef.  Make certain that you have these in stock in advance if possible. 

As always, it is a good idea to focus on the Collections Mission first in order to obtain the Rewards as these are needed to complete Tasks in the Mud Festival Mission.  At present, it is not possible to purchase the Chili Pepper Bush or the Persimmon Tree in the Market.  Whether or not they will become available within the next 11 Days before the end of this Mission is unknown.  At this point in time, the only way to obtain Chili Peppers is either to complete the Collections Mission so that you can place the Bush on your farm or purchase the Chili Peppers needed for the Recipes.

Mud Festival V requires placement of the Yacht Decoration.  Mud Festival VI requires placement of the Chili Bush.  To skip these Tasks is expensive and counter-productive really.  In this case, as the Chili Bush produces 1 Chili every 4 Hours, it would be better to use a Super Watering Can to hasten the harvest instead of buying a Chili Pepper for each Dish made in the Kitchen.  In situations where the Reward is a 'Collectable' like the Herb Garden, you cannot speed production, but harvest from any Tree can be made instantaneous by using a Super Watering Can.



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History of the Boryeong Mud Festival
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Unlike most of the other Festivals showcased in Seaside's Time-Restricted Quests or Missions, the Korean Mud Festival is not an old one.  The first Festival was held in 1998 as a way to attract attention to the cosmetics industry in Korea.  The mud in Boryeong is very rich in mineratls and is used for a wide range of cosmetics.

The mud is taken from the Boryeong mud flats and then transported to the beach area of Daecheon for the purpose of the Festival which is held in the summer season and continues for a fortnight.  Mud pools, slides, a mud prison and ski slopes made of mud are erected.  The festival was designed to attract foreigners and indeed has been very successful.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Felicia's Cooking Stand, Letter Decorations and Loyal Player Rewards

There are a couple of new options in Family Farm Seaside.  Personally,, I am not certain that they are positive.  Among them are new 'Letters' of different colours, new Loyal Player Gift Bags and finally, Felicia's Cooking Stand.  The Cooking Stand is connected with a new single Quest that appears to have no time limit.

The Cooking Stand is found in the Buildings section of the Market for 500 Coins.  There are two problems with it:  it, like the other Craft Buildings, such as the Kitchen, is absolutely ENORMOUS.  it takes up a lot of space and furthermore, cannot be sold or stored.  Very vexing to be certain.  I daresay that one will need it, however, and so I purchased it and placed it, making it virtually impossible now for me to have any Machines or Animals on my Farm...  If the developers EVER read this post, I beg them to offer us another farm expansion.  This is becoming ridiculous.  I have all the expansions and my Warehouse is upgraded to the point where a new upgrade would cost a veritable fortune.  I need an expansion and I daresay I am not the only farmer who feels this way.

The Cooking Stand Mission is a single one and is as follows:

Felicia's Cooking Stand I

Place a Cooking Stand on your Farm

Prepare 5 Honey Syrup

Reward: 100 Coins, 10 XP

Once you have placed the Cooking Stand, you need to fill it with cooked dishes that Neighbours are supposed to buy from you.  The business of purchasing Dishes from the Cooking Stand is very similar to that of cleaning Decorations.  If there are any Dishes to be purchased, you will see the icon of a Roast Turkey floating over the Cooking Stand on your Neighbour's Farm.  Now there will be an icon at the top of your screen as well that shows how many Dishes you have purchased.  You are allowed a total of 10 on any given day I believe in the same way that you can clean a total of 300 Decorations on any given day (chance should be so lucky!)

So far on this, the first day of the Cooking Stand option, I have found only three Neighbours with Dishes available for me to collect.  I have visited at least 40 of my Neighbours.  Sadly, I have found only 2 Decorations to clean as well.  Again, if the developers were to offer another Expansion for our Farms, it would allow more Decorations to be placed!

If any Neighbours visit my Farm, they should find plenty of Cleanable Decorations as well as Cooked Dishes!  I do place as many cleanable Decorations on my Farm as possible although I do not have the space to include all of them.

As each Dish displayed in your Cooking Stand is sold, you will be able to replace it with another.   The Cooked Dish Gift Bags appear to include the same sort of items that the Cleaning Gift Bags have: sometimes you will receive OP or Power, but mainly you will receive Coins.   Recently, however, the developers have made it possible for these Gift Bags to contain multiple Rewards.

If no Neighbours purchase your Dishes, you can purchase them yourself for 1 RC each.  The game operates in 'Rounds'.  Round 1 features four different Dishes.  The Dishes that you can set out for sale in Round 1 are Cheese Salad., Light Muffin, Spicy Fish and Chocolate Pave.   You can set out a total of six of each of these.   If you have these Dishes in your Barn, you can place them immediately.  If not, you need to make them before you can place them.   Each one when sold will give you 1 Red Mystron.   These are added to make the Player eligible for Rewards in the Bingo game evidently.

Meanwhile, Yellow Mystrons are used to purchase the green hedge Letters that are decorations to be placed on your farm.  I do not see any option to purchase Yellow Mystron and am not certain how to obtain more than the initial 15 I had.   I have no idea where the Letters will go on MY Farm!  I am not quite certain what effect, if any, the Letters have.  I do know that they are connected somehow to the Japanese Tanabata Festival as you can write Messages to the Cowherd of the Weaver Girl if you wish or to any of your Neighbours.

Meanwhile, the entire Cooking Stand business appears to be a Bingo Game of sorts.  As you sell Dishes, you will unlock new Dishes and there is a graph that is like a Bingo Card where you need a full row filled in order to earn a Reward or Prize.  More about this as I investigate further.  The actual 'card' has the following Rewards:

Vertical Rewards:  100 Green Mystron, 50 Fertiliser, 6 Power, 1 RC
Horizontal Rewards: 25 Super Fertiliser, 25 Watering Cans, 150 OP, Thunderstorn
in the corner, where Horizontal and Vertical intersect, there is a Mini-Beach Decoration.

There is a countdown for this which is a total of 7 Weeks.  I am not certain what will happen to the Cooking Stand after that period expires.  Perhaps a new Card will be issued... who knows?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tanabata Festival Time-Restricted Quests







The Tanabata Festival Missions
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As usual, there are two different elements to the Tanabata Festival.  The first is a Collections Mission in the form of a Shaved Ice Stand, a special item that can be purchased in the Market for 500 Coins.  Place it on your Farm and then begin to collect FEstival Fans randomly from any Crop, Tree, Animal or Machine.

Shaved Ice Stand:  Collect Festival Fans from all kinds of crops, trees, animals and machines!

Can redeem the following with Festival Fans:

Festival Lantern
  Total: 50
Require 1 Festival Fan each, need these to upgrade your Shaved Ice Stall

Bamboo Decoration
  Total: 5
  The first costs 100 Fans and is a Decoration that is needed for the Tanabata Festival Quest.  The second costs 75 Fans, the third costs 50 Fans, the fourth 25 Fans and I believe the fifth and final Bamboo Decoration cost 15 Fans.  (Did not log it sadly!)

Sack of Bait  ( Each Sack contains 10 Bait)
  Total: 200
  The first costs 1 Fan, and the cost increases with each redemption.  The cost essentially doubles until you reach the cost of 50 Fans.

Power
  Total: 50
  The first costs 1 Fan, and the cost increases with each redemption.  From 1 Fan to 2 Fans, then 4 Fans, then 8 Fans, 16 Fans, doubling basically until the cost reaches 50 Fans.  It is rather expensive to redeem a single Power for 50 Fans, but what else will you do with your Fans at this point? 

Redeem one of each of these prizes to unlock the final Prize, which is a Syrup Dispenser
  The Syrup Dispenser requires 250 Fans.  It produces a random quantity of Syrup, from 3 to 5 Syrups every four hours. 

As is always the case, you can upgrade the Shaved Ice Stand.  At Level 5, you will receive 2 Festival Fans randomly from any Crop, Tree, Animal or Machine.

The other element in the Festival is a traditional Quest sequence.  Note that you will need both a Bamboo Decoration, one of the Prizes that can be redeemed with Festival Fans as well as the final Reward in the form of the Syrup Dispenser, in order to complete the Tanabata Festival Quest sequence.

Tanabata Festival Quests:
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Felicia:  Do you still remember my Japanese friend Yoshiko?  She's inviting me over to spend the summer holiday in Japan.  So let's finish our farm tasks and get ready to fly!

Tanabata Festival I
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Place a Shaved Ice Stall on your Farm
  Go to Store
  N.B.  The Shaved Ice Stall is the special Collections Mission building.  You can find it in the Special Category in the Market and it will cost 500 Coins.

Harvest 40 Oat
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 20 sacks of Cake Flour
  Skip for 20 RC

Reward: 85 Coins, 10 XP

Felicia:  I wonder how the Japanese people spend their summer holidays.

Tanabata Festival II
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Felicia:  It's so hot here, but I'm happy to see Yoshiko again.  She says she will take me around to show me summer in Japan.  But before that,  let's get something to eat!

Prepare 10 Cherry Flan
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 10 Cheese Salads
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 5 Plates of Wasabi Fried Mackerel
  Skip for 5 RC

Reward: 90 Coins, 12 XP

Felicia:  That was some delicious food!  Now we can enjoy the summer festival!

Tanabata Festival III
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Felicia:  Yoshiko told me before that I have to visit the summer festival to experience the real Japanese summer.  There will be a lot of food and games!  But first, let's help her to finish her errands.

Complete Orders on Daily Order Board

Harvest 40 Cabbage
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest 40 Sweet Potatoes
  Skip for 20 RC

Reward: 100 Coins, 12 XP

Felicia:  Yoshiko says we're going to have lots of fun at the festival!

Tanabata Festival IV
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Felicia:  The Japanese summer Festival celebrates Tanabata.  It's a story of a weaver girl and a cowherd who can only meet once a year.  I wonder what they do the rest of the year.  Let's put a bamboo decoration on our farm to celebrate this festival!

Place a Bamboo Decoration on your Farm
  (Redeem from Shaved Ice Stall for 100 Fans or purchase for 6 RC)

Produce 25 Lemon Cakes

Collect 20 Shaved Ice Cups from Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Reward: 100 Coins, 14 XP

Felicia:  This bamboo decoration looks beautiful!

Tanabata Festival V
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Felicia:  Actually,  Yoshiko wants to open a food stall at this festival.  Let's help her prepare some food that we can sell!

Harvest 6 Ice Cubes from Ice Tree
  Skip for 6 RC

Prepare 10 Candied Apples
  Skip for 10 RC

Fertilise Neighbours' Farms 40 Times
  Skip for 40 RC

Reward: 110 Coins, 16 XP

Felicia:  We managed to sell all our food!  Now it's time to explore the festival.  I wonder what I will get to see.

Tanabata Festival VI
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Felicia:  The festival's parade will be starting soon, shall we get some refreshing drinks to keep us cool while watching?

Produce 20 Bowls of Lemon Ice Cream
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 6 Cups of Shaved Ice
  Skip for 6 RC
  N.B.  You will need a total of 6 Syrup to produce six Shaved Ice in the Kitchen.  If you have not been able to redeem the Syrup Dispenser but wish to continue without delay, purchase 6 Syrup for 1 RC each rather than skipping this step as you will need the Shaved Ice for another Recipe later.  Note that the product from the Syrup Dispenser takes 4 hours to produce and is a random amount varying from 3 to 5 ordinarily.

Produce 50 Glasses of Apple Juice
  Skip for 25 RC

Reward: 110 Coins, 15 RC

Felicia:  The parade was amazing!  Every one was dancing and having fun!

Tanabata Festival VII
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Felicia:  The parade was a lot of fun, but let's continue exploring the festival.  I saw a fishing stall somewhere.  Let's try to find it and test our fishing skills!

Fish 10 times with Bone Fishhook
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 50 Steak Burgers
  Skip for 25 RC

Produce 8 Smoked Butterfish
  Skip for 8 RC

Reward: 110 Coins, 15 XP

Felicia:  I have to admit, Darryl is probably the better fisherman among the two of us.

Tanabata Festival VIII
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Felicia:  I hear there will be fireworks at the end of the festival!  I wonder if there's a good spot to watch it.  Oh, don't you think we need delicious snacks while watching the fireworks?

Prepare 6 Octopus Balls
  Skip for 6 RC

PRoduce 50 Bottles of Champagne
  Skip for 25 RC

Prepare 8 plates of Festival Food
  Skip for 8 RC

Reward: 120 Coins, 16 XP

Felicia:  Fireworks in Japan are so beautiful and colourful.  I think Darryl would love to see it!

Tanabata Festival IX
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Felicia:  Yesterday's festival was so much fun, but now it's time to go home.  I want to make something special for Yoshiko as a thank you gift.  Can you help me?

Prepare 10 bowls of Japanese Fried Noodles
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 20 Japanese Pancakes
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 60 jars of Orange Jam
  Skip for 30 RC

Reward: 120 Coins, 16 XP

Felicia:  I wonder if I managed to make the dish taste the same as the one at the festival.

Tanabata Festival X
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Felicia:  It's good to be home and Darryl was so jealous when I told him about the Tanabata festival.  He wants me to make all the good food I've tried in Japan for him now!  Are you up for the challenge?

Prepare 20 Japanese Pizzas
  Skip for 20 RC

Collect 6 Jars of Nectar
  Skip for 6 RC

Produce 60 Glasses of Cherry Juice
  Skip for 30 RC

Reward: 120 Coins, 16 XP

Felicia:  I hope you enjoyed the Tanabata Festival as much as I did.  Happy Tanabata Festival! 

FINAL REWARD:  Festival Palanquin, a cleanable Decoration

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New Recipes are as follows:

Candied Apples:  39 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Apple x 2, Maple Syrup

Shaved Ice: 42 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Ice, Syrup

Festival Food: 99 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Candied Apples, Shaved Ice

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Japanese Fried Noodles:  639 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Soy Sauce, Soft Dough

Japanese Pancake: 504 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Cake Flour, Cabbage x 3

Japanese Pizza: 1194 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Japanese Fried Noodles, Japanese Pancake

Strategies for Mission
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The traditional Quest sequence is very much a Kitchen-oriented Quest.  It is a very good idea to make as many basic Recipes as possible in advance.  In this case,  Batter, Cake Flour and Soft Dough are particularly useful.  Nowadays, the more Cleanable Decorations that you have on your Farm, the better, as extra OP and Power can be found in the Gift Boxes.  As there are so many Cooked Dishes involved in the traditional Quest sequence, you will need extra Power if you do not wish to pay RC for more or wait for your supply to be replenished naturally over the course of time.

As for other Items, if you can make certain that you have sufficient Wheat Bread and Beef for the Steak Burgers as well as Chardonnay for the Champagne, you will give yourself an advantage.  Do not sell the Recipes made in earlier parts of the sequence or the Cabbage harvested for one of the early tasks.  You will find that these are needed later in the sequence.

As is usually the case, you will need some of the Rewards from the Collections Mission in order to complete the traditional Tanabata Quest sequence.  The Bamboo Decoration that can be redeeemed for 100 Festival Fans is needed for Tanabata Festival IV.  You will need a total of 8 Syrup from the Syrup Dispenser that is the final Reward redeemable for 250 Fans after unlocking it by redeeming one of each of the lesser prizes.  Six Syrup are needed for Tanabata Festival VI for the Shaved Ice Recipe and a further two Syrup to complete an order for 8 Festival Food in Tanabata Festival VIII.

If you wish to skip any tasks or take any shortcuts, you are better advised to purchase 8 Syrup rather than spending 6 RP to skip the task of making 6 Shaved Ice in Tanabata Festival VI.  You should have plenty of time to complete both the Collections Mission to redeem the final prize of the Syrup Dispenser and to complete the Tanabata Festival Quest sequence but if you are the sort of player who prefers to complete Quests/Missions as quickly as possible, spending a total of 8 RC on Syrup probably is the best solution.  You cannot purchase the Syrup Dispenser in the Market at this point, so you should continue to collect Fans until you have the necessary 250 to redeem the Syrup Dispenser, whether or not you do so before you complete the traditional Quest sequence.

Note as well that the Syrup Dispenser only produces Syrup every 4 Hours.  Even if you do redeem it by the time you reach Tanabata Festival VI, you will have to wait for it to produce.  It cannot be made to produce faster by using OP in the way that you can speed ordinary Machines.  It is not really a Machine but is rather considered a Collectable like the Herb Garden or the Spice Rack.  

It always is a good idea to upgrade your special building to Level 5 in any Collections Mission if you intend to obtain all the prizes.  You will find that the acquisition of 250 Fans is far easier once you are able to collect two Fans instead of one randomly from any Crop, Tree, Animal or Machine.  For some reason, I found this Collections Mission very slow until my Shaved Ice Stand was fully upgraded.  I do not know how long it would have taken to collect 250 Fans if I were not able to double the yield.

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The Legend of Tanabata
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The Tanabata Festival is an ancient stellar festival, based on a tale about the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi, represented by the stars Altair and Vega.  They are separated throughout the year by the Milky Way and meet only briefly on the seventh day of  the seventh lunar month of the year.

The Tanabata is based  partly on a popular tale about the Weaving Princess and the Cowherd.  Orihime, the Weaving Princess was the daughter of the Sky King, Tentei.    She wove beautiful clothing by the banks of the Amanogawa (Heavenly River).    Her father loved her weaving and she therefore worked constantly to please him but was sad because she never had time to meet any one.  Her father arranged a marriage with a cowherd named Hikoboshi who lived on the other side of the Heavenly River.  They fell in love at once and married but afterwards, Orhime neglected her weaving and Hikoboshi allowed his cows to stray all over heaven.  Furious, the Sky King separated the two lovers and forbade them to meet.

Orihime was disconsolate and begged her father to relent.  He agreed then to allow them to meet once each year, but without a bridge to cross the Heavenly River, this meeting was impossible.  The magpies were moved by the plight of the lovers and promised to create a bridge with their wings.  It is said, however, that if it rains on Tanabata, the magpies cannot fly to the river to make the bridge and the two must wait another year to meet...

Note that weaving is associated with a Goddess or indeed the Great Goddess in many ancient cultures.  Prowess in weaving defined many heroines in old tales.  Witness the Greek tale of the motral weaver Arachne who challenged the goddess Athena and was transformed into a spider for her presumption.  Another tale that features weaving is that of the loyal wife of Odysseus or Ulysees who kept her many suitors at arm's length by promising to choose a husband when her tapestry was complete.  Each day she worked on the loom and each night, she took apart all her work.

In the Northern traditions, weaving is the work of the Norns or Fate.   Weaving always has been associated with destiny, time and strategy.  The Japanese Festival of Tanabata was derived from an ancient Chinese Festival known as the 'Festival to Plead for Skills'.  Children would wish for better skill in handwriting, sewing, weaving and other crafts, writing their wishes on small pieces of paper.  In the Edo period, dew that had fallen upon taro leaves was used in making the ink with which the wishes were written.  As with many old festivals, Tanabata incorporates a number of different ancient traditions but the tale of the Heavenly Weaver and Cowherd is one that endures.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Time-Restricted Ramadan Missions





Family Farm Seaside pays homage to one of the great festivals of the world in the new time-restricted Ramadan Missions.

As usual, the Missions consist of a Collections Mission in tandem with a traditional Quest sequence.  The Collections Mission is as follows:

Ramadan Collection Mission
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Collect Ramadhan Lanterns:

70 Green Lanterns from Spinach
50 Purple Lanterns from Grape Jam
30 Yellow Lanterns from Veggie Burgers
10 Red Lanterns from Wild Rose

Rewards:  Garden Lantern and Pomegranate Tree

Note:  You can purchase a Pomegranate Tree in the Market now for 10 RC


The traditional Quest sequence is as follows:

Ramadan Quests
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Ramadan I
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Good news!  Mty friend is visitng the farm and he says we can experience Ramadan together.  Grandma and Felicia will try it too, so I'll have to help them to finish all the farm tasks.

Harvest 40 Rice
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 20 glasses of Apple Juice
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 6 Bowls of Nut Mix
  Skip for 6 RC

Reward: 85 Coins, 10 XP

Darryl:  We're all set for my friend's visit!

Ramadan II
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Darryl:  Did you know that bread is a staple food in Arab countries because it is rich in fibre?  Can you help me prepare some?

Produce 40 Black Bread
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 40 Oat Bread
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 10 Arabic Kabsa
  Skip for 10 RC

Darryl:  That looks delicious!  This will certianly make a good impression!

Reward: 90 Coins, 12 XP

Ramadan III
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Darryl:  My friend asked me to be a drummer this Ramadan.  This means I have to wake up every one in the morning for Suhoor, the meal served before dawn.  I can't wait to be a drummer, but I'll need a drum first!

Collect 20 Ramadan Drums from Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest 50 Spinach
  Skip for 25 RC

Prepare 20 Spinach Soup
  Skip for 20 RC

Reward: 100 Coins, 20 XP

Darryl:  What do you think of my new drum?


Ramadan IV
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Darryl:  My friend gave me the recipe of a dish his mother always prepares during Ramadan.  Let's surprise Grandma with it!  My friend says it's easy to make and really healthy!

Harvest 50 Onions
  Skip for 25 RC

Prepare 20 Plates of Spinach Salad
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest 10 Mangoes
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 100 Coins, 14 XP

Darryl:  This dish looks fantastic and it smells amazing!

Ramadan V
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Darryl:  Grandma said Ramadan is the perfect time to help other people.  So let's show our love to our neighbours and surprise them with gifts!

Place Pomegranate Tree on your Farm (from Collections Mission)

Harvest 4 Pomegranates
  Skip for 4 RC

Fertilise your Neighbours' Farms 40 Times
  Skip for 40 RC

Reward: 110 Coins, 14 XP

Darryl:  Every one was so happy with our surprise!

Ramadan VI
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Darryl:  During Ramadan, you can't eat whenever you want.  You can only eat before sunrise and after sunset!  Let's set up some lights and prepare some healthy appetisers for an evening feast!

Place a Garden Lantern on your Farm  (from Collections Mission)

Harvest 50 Love Fruit
  Skip for 25 RC

Prepare 15 Grape Cornbread
  Skip for 15 RC

Reward: 110 Coins, 15 XP

Darryl:  The Lantern really lights up the place!  It looks so beautiful!

Ramadan VII
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Darryl:  The main dish still takes some time!  Let's offer the guests some snacks that are made with this amazing fruit called pomegranate.  It's so versatile and sweet!

Prepare 4 Pomegranate Cookies
  Skip for 4 RC

Prepare 6 Pomegranate Salad
  Skip for 6 RC

Produce 50 Love Cakes
   Skip for 25 RC

Reward: 110 Coins, 15 XP

Darryl:  I'm sure every one will be super happy today.  Especially Grandma because she seems to like the cookies very much!


Ramadan VIII
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Darryl:  Nothing beats good food and it's great to eat together with family and friends!  Oh no, they want me to share the secret of my new recipe!  Let's run to the Kitchen to avoid all those questions!

Prepare 10 Stuffed Turkeys
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 10 plates of Spinach Dumplings
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 20 plates of Sweet and Savoury Feast
  Skip for 20 RC

Reward: 120 Coins, 16 XP

Darryl:  We wish every one a nice Ramadan with their family and friends!

FINAL REWARD:  Tower of Arab Decoration

The Tower of Arab Decoration can be cleaned and will yield a purple Gift Cleaning Bag

As often is the case, there are new Recipes in the Kitchen that are features in the traditional Mission/Quest:

New Kitchen Recipes
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Spinach Soup: 105 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Spinach, Milk

Spinach Salad: 757 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients: Spinach x 2, Onion x 2

Spinach Dumplings: 1402 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Spinach Salad,  Soft Dough

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Pomegranate Cookie: 651 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Pomegranate, Soft Dough

Pomegranate Fruit Salad: 244 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients: Pomegranate, Fruit Salad x 2

Sweet and Savoury Feast: 1720 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Pomegranate Fruit Salad, Spinach Dumplings

Strategies and Tips
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Since the addition of the Kitchen to the game, most Missions include Cooked Dishes and the Ramadan mission is no exception.  In fact, it makes sense as Ramadhan is very much associated with the wonderful feasts in the form of 'Iftar' that mark the end of each day's fasting after sundown.

In Seaside, you must have Power in order to use your Kitchen.  The default amount of Power is 30 and each Dish requires 1 Power.  In many cases, the Dishes that are required in Missions include those for which the Ingredients are themselves Cooked Dishes.  You therefore sometimes can need 4 or 5 Powers instead of 1 Power to make a single Dish.

Cooked Dishes tend to be in sequences or groups of three.  The third Dish usually has the first two as its Ingredients.  For example, in the case of Spinach Dumplings, one of the new Recipes released in conjunction with the Ramadan Missions, the Ingredients are two Cooked Dishes in the form of Spinach Salad and Soft Dough, although only one of these, the Spinach Salad, is in the 'group of three'.  Soft Dough is one of the 'staples' used in a large number of Recipes in the Kitchen, however, and can be made in advance of any Mission, as you can expect to find it as one of the Ingredients you will need on a regular basis, whether for an ordinary Level-based Mission, a Time-Restricted Mission or for completion of a Daily Order.  As I have mentioned in the context of strategies for other Time-Restricted Mission, I always make as much Cake Flour, Batter and Soft Dough as possible when I have no requirements to satisfy and then store them for future use.  The fact that I had over 100 Soft Dough in my Barn before the start of the Ramadan Mission gave me a great advantage in terms of the tasks that involved Cooked Dishes, particularly as two of the new Recipes used Soft Dough as an Ingredient.

Recently, some of the Decorations in Seaside have been designated as 'cleanable' which means that, when they are placed on your Farm, any Neighbour who visits can 'clean' them with a virtual brush to obtain a Reward.  Originally the Reward was a single item in a 'Gift Bag'.  Now, however, the bag has been replaced with a little hat box and up to three items randomly can be found when the box is opened.  One of the items one can obtain from a cleaning Gift Bag or Box is 1 Power.  Others include OP and Coins.  Both Power and OP are extremely useful for Time-Restricted Quests as OP allows one to place an Animal or Machine on Automation and Power can be added to the default number of 30 to allow a player to make more Dishes at any given point in time.  In the final Quest in the Ramadan sequence, one must make a total of 40 Dishes,   All of these have Cooked Dishes as Ingredients which means that the MINIMUM amount of Power you need to complete this task is 40 but the maximum could be double that if you did not prepare in advance. 

You are not required to place Cleanable Decorations on your Farm but every Decoration that is cleaned on any given day gives both the Neighbour who cleans it and the owner of the Decoration a Gift Box.  I usually do not open mine until a new Time-Restricte Mission appears.  Then I open the Gift Boxes I have stored.  At the start of the Ramadan Mission, I was able to gather 80 Power from all the Cleaning Gift Boxes and Bags I had collected mainly from Neighbours' visits to MY Farm.  Often when I visit other Farms, there are no Cleanable Decorations, either because the Farmer has not placed them or because they have been cleaned by some one else.  In any event, if you are a Farmer who does not understand why other Farmers use valuable space for Decorations, the Rewards are the reason!  I personally find it a little awkward to have Christmas Decorations on my Farm in the middle of Summer but I have so many Decorations now that I can fill my Farm without using any of them.  Many of the final Rewards for Time-Restricted Missions, including the Tower of Arab that is the final Reward for the Ramadan Mission, are 'cleanable'.

You need to prepare 20 Spinach Salad  in Part IV.  Do not sell these as you will need them as one of the Ingredients for the 20 Spinach Dumplings required in Part VIII.  Fruit Salad is one of the Ingredients in Pomegranate Fruit Salad.  In fact, for each Pomegranate Fruit Salad you make, you need 2 Fruit Salads.  Make these in advance if possible.  Many of the tasks do not involve cooking, so when you reach one of THOSE tasks in the Mission, use your 30 Power to make Fruit Salad or Soft Dough.

The 10 Arabic Kabsa in Ramadan II are an Ingredient in the Stuffed Turkey in Ramadan VIII.  In fact, Aarbic Kabsa is made with Rice and Soft Dough, so here is another Dish that requires Soft Dough!   Moreover, Stuffed Turkey is the third and final Dish in a group of three and to make it, you need the first two Dishes in the group for the Ingredients.  As you will need to make 20 Stuffed Turkey, therefore, you will need 20 Arabic Kabsa (10 more than the number required for Ramadan II) and 20 Roast Turkey.  The Ingredients for Roast Turkey are not made in the Kitchen but there is no harm in making that in advance either.  You will need 20 Turkey (produced by the Turkey) and 20 Ketchup made in the Sauce Machine.

You do have plenty of time to complete this Mission, but some Players like to complete Missions as quickly as possible.  I am included in that number.  I would rather complete any Time-Restricted Mission as early as possible than to fret about running out of time.  It is an additional challenge as well.

History and Significance of Ramadan
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The Islamic Calendar is a Lunar Calendar which means that any Festival, including Ramadan, will fall at a different time each year.  As the years pass, Ramadan will be celebrated in every season.    Ramadan begins with the sighting of the crescent moon or Hilal and is celebrated for a full lunar month.  The basis of Ramadan is purification through fasting and charitable acts.

During the month of Ramadan, all Muslims (with some exceptions for health reasons and difficulties caused by travel) must fast from sunrise to sunset.  Fasting traiditionally is broken first with dates and then with a feast known as Iftar.  During the month of Ramadan, Muslims tend to gather in the mosques to celebrate the breaking of the fast and to eat communally after sunset.  The reading of the Holy Qur'an is another activity that is characteristic of Ramadan.  Many Muslims make vows to read the entire Qur'an during the course of the month.

Fasting or 'Sawm'  is one of the five 'Pillars of Islam'.  It is not merely the act of abstaining from food and drink but from physical gratification of other sorts as well.  During the month of Ramadan, fasting is intended to bring the worshipper closer to God.  Acts of charity are as much a part of Ramadan as fasting.  Giving to the poor in very concrete ways, such as inviting poorer families or individuals to dinner is part of the Ramadan observance.  During the course of each day, as one abstains from food and drink, one is reminded constantly of the privations of the less fortunate.

Non-Muslims sometimes perceive Ramadan as a rather harsh observance because they do not comprehend the emotions that are associated with the fast.  If you speak to Muslims about the fast, however, you will find that it is an incredible experience wherein every moment of the day is one wherein one is reminded of the Creator and His bounty.  Every time one thinks of food or drink and then abstains, one dedicates oneself anew to God.  The date that breaks the fast at sunset moreover is appreciated far more than food eaten at any other time.  Iftar is more significant for the fasting that precedes it.  People join together to celebrate the end of the fast each night and their ability to withstand temptation during the day.

The end of Ramadan is celebrated in the Eid al Fitr.  Special prayers mark the end of Ramadhan.   Gifts are given and one visits friends and family during the Eid.

May all those who observe the fast find closeness to Allah SWT and may this Ramadhan be a blessed one.  May the poor find aid and may the oppressed find liberation from that oppression.