Friday, April 18, 2014

Time-Restricted Easter Quest




Above, two screenshots of my Farm.  The top one shows the Chicken Home upgraded to Level 5, an Easter Table from the Collections Mission and the final Reward from the Easter Quest in the form of the Ice Cream Machine.  The second one shows the Easter Chocolate Tree, a special Decoration that is being offered currently in a sale.  There are three special Items:  The Easter Chocolate Tree, the Angel Rain Egg and the Easter Bunny.



Above, you can see the Easter Bunny decoration on the left side of the screen as well as the Angel Rain Egg on the right side.  The Easter Bunny can be cleaned but has no other special properties.  The Angel Rain Egg, however, when cleaned by a Neighbour, will yield Rain until the 24th of April.  The lovely Easter Chocolate Tree randomly will yield either a Decoration Egg or a Chocolate Egg until the 26th of April when it will begin to yield one of the three types of Chocolate available in the game instead.

Note the gift-wrapped box icon on the top right of the screen.  This is the sale offer.  Open the link and swipe to find three different offers.

On Good Friday, a new time-restricted Quest was released entitled quite simply, 'Easter'.

As usual, this time-restricted Quest gives the Farmer 9 Days for the Collections Mission.  The traditional Quest sequence can be found in the top left of the screen and has a total of 9 steps.  You need to complete the Collections Mission for the final prize of the Walnut Tree and place it in order to complete Easter VII  unless you prefer to purchase the Walnut Tree in the Market for 8 RC.  In Easter VIII, you will be required to place three Easter Tables on your Farm.  To do so, you will need a total of 225 Little Chicks.  You will need 200 Little Chicks to redeem the Walnut Tree.

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Collections Mission
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With Chicken Home, collect Little Chicks from all kinds of crops, trees, animals and Machines!

Purchase the Chicken Home for 500 Coins and place it, then tap on it to open it.  You will find four Prizes.

The four Prizes are:

Chicken Nest (1 Little Chick each)
  You will need these to upgrade your Chicken Home.  The price never changes.

Easter Table
  There are a total of 5 Easter Tables that can be redeemed.
  100 Little Chicks for the first Easter Table. 
  You will need three of these placed on your Farm to complete the traditional Easter Quests.
  To redeem the second Easter Table, you will need 75 Little Chicks.
  To redeem the third Easter Table, you will need 50 Little Chicks.
  To redeem the fourth Easter Table, you need 25 Little Chicks and for the fifth, only 15.
  As previously stated, therefore, you will need a total of 225 Little Chicks to redeem the three Easter Tables needed to complete Easter VIII.  The other two are optional.

Sack of Bait
  There are a total of 100 that can be redeemed.
 1 Little Chick for the first one.  You need to redeem at least one to unlock the Walnut Tree
  The second Sack of Bait will cost 2 Little Chicks.  The third costs 4 Little Chicks.   The fourth costs 8 Little Chicks.   The price reaches a plateau of 30 Little Chicks when there are 195 Sacks of Bait remaining in the stocks.

Organic Fertiliser
  Sack of 25 Fertiliser.
  There are a total of 25 that can be redeemed.
  The first one costs only 1 Little Chick.  You need to redeem at least one to unlock the Walnut Tree.
  The second Sack costs 2 Little Chicks.  The third costs 4 Little Chicks.  The fourth costs 8 Little Chicks.  The price will continue to increase.  For example, the fifth costs 32 Little Chicks and the sixth costs 50 Little Chicks.  The next costs 100 Little Chicks and after that, 200 Little Chicks.


The Chcken Nest costs 1 Little Chick and is used to upgrade the Chicken Home to 'improve your luck'.  At the final Level 5 Upgrade, you will receive 2 Little Chicks randomly in collection.

You need to redeem at least 1 of each of the four Prizes in order to unlock the Walnut Tree.

When you have redeemed at least one each of the four Prizes, you will unlock the Walnut Tree.  200 Little Chicks are required to redeem a Walnut Tree.

Final Prize:  Walnut Tree

It is only when you wish to upgrade to the final Level that you will need RC.  To upgrade from Level 4 to Level 5, you will need:

10 Roof Tiles (Request from Neighbour)
5 Chicken Nests (Redeem for 1 Little Chick each)
1 Mother Hen: 5 RC

In tandem with the Collections Mission is a traditional sequence of Quests:

Easter Quests

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Easter I
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Where do all these fuzzy little chicks come from?  Oh, I know, it's almost Easter!  I think the Easter Bunny has set them free.  Let's build them a nice chick coop so they can stay there until Mama Chicken comes back!

Place a Chicken Home on your Farm
  Find it under the Specials Tab for 500 Coins

Harvest 40 Corn for the chicks
  Skip for 20 RC

harvest 40 Lilies
  Skip for 20 RC

Reward: 85 Coins, 17 XP

The chicken home looks so comfy!  I'm sure they will bring us a lot of eggs this year!

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Easter II
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Grandma:  So nice!  The Easter Bunny wants to visit our farm and bring us delicious eggs and other treats!  Let's prepare an Easter Breakfast!  Can you help me prepare it?

Produce 40 Wheat Bread
  Skip for 20 RC

Collect 40 Eggs
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 20 Egg Tarts
  Skip for 20 RC

Reward: 90 Coins, 18 XP

That really looks good!  You did a great job!

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Easter III
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The food looks really good, but we should also prepare some drinks.  The oranges are big and sweet this year.  How about some orange smoothie?

Prepare 20 glasses of Orange Smoothies
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 10 pitchers of Lemon Champagne
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 40 Cherry Juice
  Skip for 20 RC

Reward: 100 Coins, 20 XP

Those drinks look delicious!  Now we have a complete Easter breakfast!

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Easter IV
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The kids loved the breakfast!  Well, Easter is nothing without colourful Easter eggs.  I was thinking of creaitng our own natural paint so the kids can use it to paint the eggs with.

Harvest 50 Blueberries
  Skip for 25 RC

Produce 50 Pineapple Jam
  Skip for 25 RC

Produce 50 Ketchup to make paint
  Skip for 25 RC

Reward: 100 Coins, 20 XP

Well done!  We have all the colours we need!

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Easter V
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Oh, the kids painted all kinds of different eggs.  They are really talented.  I heard some neighbours have little chicks, but don't have time to take care of them.  Maybe they can bring the chicks over so the kids can play with them.

Collect 20 Easter Chicks from your Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 10 Chocolate Eggs
  Skip for 10 RC

Harvest 50 Daisies
  Skip for 25 RC

Reward: 110 Coins, 22 XP

It's so cute  The kids really take good care of the chicks.

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Easter VI
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I have to prepare the Egg Hunt for the kids.  In order to keep them away while I hide the eggs, I will ask our neighbours to keep them busy for awhile.

Help your Neighbours 40 times

Produce 10 Raisin Chocolates

Prepare 10 Fruit Butter

Reward: 110 Coins, 22 XP

Our neighbours are so kind.  They are more than willing to help me out so I have enough time to prepare the surprise for the kids.

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Easter VII
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While the kids are gone, I can prepare the egg hunt.  I do not only want to hide eggs, but also some other nice surprises!

Place Walnut Tree
  (Collection Missions Reward)

Produce 60 Blue Teddy Bears
  Skip for 30 RC

Prepare 5 Hot Cross Buns
  Skip for 5 RC

Reward: 110 Coins, 22 XP

I hope the kids will enjoy the egg hunt and find all the eggs and surprises I hid!

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Easter VIII
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That was fun!  It took awhile, but the children found all the eggs and gifts.  Darryl even dove into the pond to look for eggs, ha ha.  After all the activities, the kids must be hungry!

Prepare 10 bowls of  Egg Salad
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 6 Easter Pies
  Skip for 6 RC

Place 3 Easter Tables on your Farm
  (These are a Prize from the Chicken Home Collections Mission)

Reward: 120 Coins, 23 XP

That should be enough for all the kids!  And the tables look so nice on the farm!

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Easter IX
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Tonight we will have a big family dinner!  I still need help with the sweets and the children are eager to help!  I hope we have enough dough so all the kids can help us!

Prepare 20 Carrot Pastries
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 20 bags of Chocolate Popcorn
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 6 Candied Walnuts
  Skip for 6 RC

Reward: 120 Coins, 23 XP

I am impressed with all the teamwork of all the children.  All the desserts turned out great!

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Easter X
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The baking made Felicia creative.  She said she can improve our dishes even more!  I will give her some freedom to impress me!

Prepare 6 Easter Cakes
  Skip for 6 RC

Prepare 8 Chocolate Pave
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 10 Stuffed Carrot Pastries
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 120 Coins, 23 XP

Wow, she really has soe talent!  I can see a great future for her and our farm!

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Easter XI
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The dinner was delicious and it was great to see the whole family again!  I really love to cook for the whole family.  Every one seems satisfied, but I feel like going back to the kitchen again.

Prepare 10 loaves of Easter Bread
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 6 Gourmet Apples
  Skip for 6 RC

Prepare 10 Meatloaf
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 120 Coins, 23 XP

I hope you will also have a nice Easter!  Happy Easter every one!

FINAL REWARD:  Ice Cream Machine

With the Ice Cream Machine, you can make the following:

Apple Ice Cream, Grape Ice Cream, Banana Ice Cream, Strawberry Ice Cream, Lemon Ice Cream, Mango Ice Cream, Apricot Ice Cream, Plum Ice Cream, Coconut Ice Cream, Peach Ice Cream, Pear Ice Cream

Apple Ice Cream: 38 Coins
Grape Ice Cream: 115 Coins
Banana Ice Cream: 75 Coins
Strawberry Ice Cream: 288 Coins
Lemon Ice Cream: 68 Coins
Mango Ice Cream: 65 Coins
Apricot Ice Cream: 89 Coins
Plum Ice Cream: 60 Coins
Coconut Ice Cream: 56 Coins
Peach Ice Cream: 78 Coins
Pear Ice Cream: 42 Coins

New Recipes have appeared in the Kitchen.  Some are required for the Quest:

Hot Cross Bun: 321 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Wheat Bread, Raisin Chocolate

Chocolate Egg: 76 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Chocolate, White Chocolate x 2

Easter Bread: 442 Coins, 1 XP
   Ingredients:  Hot Cross Bun, Chocolate Egg

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Easter Pie: 671 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Soft Dough, Dark Chocolate

Candied Walnut: 99 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Maple Sugar x 2, Walnut

Easter Cake:  927 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Easter Pie, Candied Walnut x 2

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Egg Salad: 283 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Egg x 2, Mayonnaise

Carrot Pastry: 878 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients: Carrot x 3, Soft Dough

Stuffed Carrot Pastry: 1213 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Egg Salad, Carrot Pastry

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Mission Strategies

Knowing the items that will be required for a mission allows one to prepare in advance to some extent.  As is usually the case with respect to recent time-restricted Missions, many Kitchen Dishes are required.  Make as many ingredients as possible in advance in order to prevent unnecessary delays while waiting for Power to replenish itself.

Soft Dough and Egg Nog are two Items that can be prepared in anticipation of the Quest.  Another is Condensed Milk.   Finally, you will need Apple Jelly for the Fruit Butter.

In terms of Machine products, you will need Alpaca Hair for the Blue Teddy Bears and Mayonnaise for the Egg Salad.  Make certain you have a few Grapes for the Raisin Chocolate.

The number of Collection items required to redeem the final Prize has increased from past requirements of 150 to 200.  You will need another 225 Little Chicks simply in order to redeem three Easter Tables.  If you are willing to spend RC on this mission, it would be better to spend it on a Walnut Tree than anything else.  With a Walnut Tree in place, you can focus on the Little Chicks required for the three Easter Tables.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Songkran or Songhran Summer Splash Time-Restricted Quests

 Songhran or Songkran, the Thai New Year




When I completed the last time-restricted Quest sequence, I had hoped to have seen the end of massive rice production for quite some time.  Nonetheless, as Rice features heavily in the Kitchen recipes as well as providing feed for more than one type of Animal, I began to restock on Rice by growing more during the 'downtime'.

Well, a new dual sequence of time-restricted Quests in the form of the Songkran Quests also spelled Songhran in some of the quests) has begun and over 400 Rice in my Barn went the way of all things in the first hour of the Quest!  You will need massive amounts of Rice once again to complete this Quest sequence.  You need it for the Turkey who provides Turkey Meat for the Turkey Sausages that are an ingredient in the Turkey Burgers that randomly produce Orange Shirts.  You need to grow it as a requirement in one of the sequences of the traditional Mission as well as for use in many of the Recipes that are required during the course of the Songhran Quest.  So prepare to see your Farm once again converted to paddy fields if you wish to complete this Quest.

I really am not a fan of the Tuk-Tuk that is one of the Rewards for completion of the Collection Mission, although the Tuk-Tuk recently has made its way into many popular games, including the most recent Animal Crossing for 3DS.  It is one of the International items there.  I suppose my own reason for not being overly excited about it is that I prefer the old-fashioned, non-mechanical devices, a rickshaw, for example or a simple cart drawn by oxen or horses (or even Cats, if you happen to be a Nordic Goddess named Freya).  The other Collection reward is exquisite, though, as it is a Jasmine Bush that produces beautiful Jasmine flowers.  If you do not have the heart or will for this Mission/Quest, you can find the Jasmine Bush in the Market for 7 RC.

As previously indicated, the Songkran or Songhran Quest has two separate elements.  The first is a Collections Mission wherein you will collect four different colours of Tropical Shirts randomly from specific Crops,

Collect Tropical Shirts
Make farm produce to try and discover all the Tropical Shirts
  70 Green Tropical Shirts from Cabbage
  50  Blue Tropical Shirts from Blueberry Jam
  30 Orange Tropical Shirts from Turkey Burger
  10  Red Tropical Shirt from Wild Rose Fruit

The Rewards are a Tuk-Tuk and a Jasmine Bush.  You can purchase another Jasmine Bush in the Market for 7 RC if you wish.  You will need to harvest it for the Quest.

Songhran Summer Splash
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Songhran Summer Splash 1
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Since we were really impressed by the Thai cuisine, Darrly and I accepted my Thai friend's invitation to visit them in Thailand!  But as they say, 'An Army marches on its stomach', so let's find some food first!

Prepare 6 Almond Omelets
  Skip for 6 RC

Prepare 10 Cherry Flans
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 20 glasses of Apple Juice
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 85 Coins, 17 XP

Great food is the best way to start your day!  We have plenty of energy now, so Thailand here we come!

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Songhran Summer Splash II
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Wow, I am so touched by the people over here.  They are all so warm and friendly!  Wherever I go, the people always smile!  Oh, what's that?  I've seen that before.  What is it called again?  It is on the tip of my tongue, Mango Sti...

Harvest 6 Mangoes
  Skip for 6 RC

Harvest 40 Rice
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 6 Mango with Sticky Rice
  Skip for 6 RC

Reward: 90 Coins, 18 XP

Eureka!  it's Mango with Sticky Rice!  Yummy!  And the best is yet to come: Tomorrow it's Thai New Year!

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Songkran, Thai New Year, is the day that people go to a temple and do charity work.  People also build sand pagodas to pray for good fortune.  So let's go to the seaside to build one and we can also have lunch over there!

Fish 12 times with the Squid Hook
  Skip for 12 RC

Produce 10 Smoked Hairtail
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 5 Crab Meat Yi Mein
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 100 Coins, 20 XP

Check out my sand pagoda.  Isn't it beautiful?

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Songhran Summer Splash IV
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Is this really happening?  I see everybody splashing water over each other!  Also, I seem to have slipped into a traditional golden Thai dress.  Have I turned into a Songkran Beauty Queen?

Harvest 50 Red Roses
  Skip for 25 RC

Harvest 50 Lilies
  Skip for 25 RC

Harvest 50 Lotus Flowers
  Skip for 25 RC

Reward: 100 Coins, 20 XP

Wait, I'm not a queen after all...  It was only a dream.  I must have been too excited about Songkran.  Time for some sightseeing!

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Songhran Summer Splash V
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I cannot believe my eyes!  Going through the city on a tricycle.  I see every one splashing water over each other as a blessing!  This is exactly like my dream last night!

Collect 12 Buckets from your Neighbours
  Skip for 12 RC

Fertilise your Neighbours' Farms 30 Times
  Skip for 30 RC

Place a Tuk-Tuk on your Farm
  N.B.  The Tuk-Tuk is one of the Rewards for completing the Collections Mission
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 110 Coins, 22 XP

My friend says Songkran is not complete without a good dessert!

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Songhran Summer Splash VI
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We cannot skip the most popular Thai dessert: Tong Yip.  The name and shape symbolise good fortune  Let's taste it!

Place a Jasmine Bush on your Farm
  N.B.  The Jasmine Bush is a Reward for completing the Collections Mission.  Unlike the Tuk-Tuk, it can be purchased in the Market now for 7 RC

Harvest 50 Wheat

Prepare 8 Tong Yip

Reward: 110 Coins, 22 XP

My friend was right.  It was a delicious dessert.  Now it's time for some action!

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Let's join the people on the street and celebrate the Songkran festival with some water splashing madness!  So what do we need to fit in?  Seems like we are missing a jasmine garland and a water gun.

Harvest 6 Jasmine
  Skip for 6 RC

Collect 12 Water Guns from Neighbours
  Skip for 12 RC

Harvest 50 Daisies
  Skip for 25 RC

Reward: 110 Coins, 22 XP

Ah, the lovely smell of jasmine.  Who needs perfume?
 

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Songhran Summer Splash VIII
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Brrr... the water is so cold!  I really need some hot food to warm myself!  My friend suggested sweet soft dumpligs in warm coconut cream.

Harvest 60 Sweet Potatoes
  Skip for 30 RC

Harvest 8 Coconut
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 8 Dumplings in Coconut Cream
  Skip for 8 RC

Reward: 120 Coins, 23 XP

Unbelievable!  The ibgredients mixed together perfectly!  Is this the charm of Thai desserts people always talk about?

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Time flies when you enjoy yourself!  Songkran was so much fun, but we need to shop on the local Thai market to buy some souvenirs!

Produce 60 Red Teddy Bears
  Skip for 30 RC

Produce 40 Maple Sugar
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 40 Lemon Cakes
  Skip for 20 RC

Reward: 120 Coins, 23 XP

This beautiful journey has come to an end.  Thank you all for the great welcome and I will definitely come back again one day!

The Final Reward is a Songhran Beehive that produces ordinary Honey only from Lily Flowers

New Recipes in the Kitchen are as follows:

Sweet Dumplings: 1104 Coins, 1 XP
   Ingredients: Soft Dough, Sweet Potato x 3

Jasmine Coconut: 365 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Coconut Milk, Jasmine

Dumplings in Coconut Milk: 1525 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients: Sweet Dumplings, Jasmine Coconut

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Tong Yip Dough: 152 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients: Wheat Flour, Duck Egg

Jasmine Nectar: 43 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Jasmine, Nectar

Tong Yip: 424 Coins, 1 XP
   Ingredients:  Tong Yip Dough x 2, Jasmine Nectar x 2

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Thai New Year Festival: Songkran or Songhran
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As with respect to many ancient Festivals, the main thrust of the Thai New Year Festival originally was a prayer for rain so that the crops would grow.  Fertility for the land, in other words, was the reason why people celebrated this Festival as water is the source of life and could be the difference between life and death for people who depended upon the land for sustenance.

Most New Year Festivals involve cleansing rituals and Songkran/Songhran is no exception.  The images of the Buddha are bathed ritually and homes are cleaned thoroughly in preparation for a new Year.  Water fights, even with the use of 'weapons' such as water guns and cannons are an offshoot of the ancient cleansing rituals and are extremely popular in modern Thailand.  People give alms to monks and visit their families.



A sign of respect towards elders is to pour perfumed water on their palms.  This is similar to the ritual of bathing the statues of the Buddha.  Water fights may be fun, but the foundation of the tradition is that of cleansing the body and soul of all negative influences.  The streets are inundated with water during this festival.



A visit to the beach to build pagodas from sand is part of the Songkran/Songhran tradition.

Beauty pageants are a contemporary way of choosing a Songkran Queen.  The origins of the Songkran Queen may be found in a tale that involves King Kabilaprom and his son, Prince Thammaban.  The King asked his son to describe the attributes of a good person during the morning, at noon and finally in the evening.  If the Prince were to answer correctly, the King would forfeit his own head.  If the Prince were to answer incorrectly, the Prince would be beheaded instead.  The Prince gave the correct responses which were the head in the morning, the chest at noon and the foot in the evening.  The King then had to submit to beheading.

(This obviously is a corruption of a very ancient worldwide sacrifice ritual of the King in order to allow his son or heir to take power.  By sacrificing his life, the King or Ruler made certain that the land would be fertile.)

In this case, the King was so powerful that, if his head had touched the ground, a drought would occur, scorching the land.  Nor could the head be tossed into the sky or into the sea.  (This tale has parallels in the legends that surround other heroes in other cultures, among them Imam Husayn.)  His seven angel daughters in turn carried his head clockwise round a sacred mountain, the Phra Sumane Mountain.

Each angel daughter has her own specific attributes and each has a specific day.  When Songkran Day, the New Year Day falls upon the day that is associated with that Queen, her attributes will determine the course of the Year:




Tungsatevee, Sunday: Red clothing, prefers wild fruit with discus in the right hand, shell in the left hand, rides a Garuda

Korakatevee, Monday: Yellow clothing, pearl ornaments, prefers butter oil, dagger in the right hand, walking stick in the left, rides a Tiger

Ragsotevee, Tuesday:  Light red clothing with agate ornaments, prefers blood, trident in the right hand, arrow in the left hand, rides a Pig

Montatevee, Wednesday:  Emerald green clothing, cat's eye ornaments, prefers milk and butter, sharp iron in the right hand, walking stick in the left, rides a Donkey

Kirineetevee, Thursday:  Yellow-green clothing with emerald ornaments, prefers nuts and sesame seeds, elephant hook in the right hand, gun in the left hand, rides an Elephant

Kimitatevee, Friday:  White clothing with topaz ornaments, prefers bananas, dagger in the right hand, Indian vina in the left hand, rides a Buffalo

Mahotorntevee, Saturday:  Black clothing with onyx ornaments, prefers hog deer meat, discus in the right hand, trident in the left hand, rides a Peacock

The Songkran Queen or an image of the Buddha is carried through the streets in many cases:


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Change in Fishing

Since the last update of Family Farm, I have noticed a big difference in the fishing option.  No longer does the upgraded 'middle' Fishing Rod suffice.  You need to purchase the highest grade of Fishing Rod for 15 RC if you do not wish to miss catches when you fish.

I noticed it particularly when I was fishing for items that required 200 bait.  I missed at least a third of my catches where previously, I never would have missed even one.  I bought the highest grade of Fishing Rod to see if it made a substantial difference in my success rate and it did.

Pity though!  We all were doing very well before this upgrade with the middle grade of Fishing Rod!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Solving Loading Problems with Family Farm Seaside and Fun Plus Support

Since 14 March, I had ongoing problems when I tried to load Family Farm Seaside.  On 15 March, the game loaded briefly, allowing me to keep my consecutive log ins that had lasted for almost 300 days.  Shortly thereafter, however, the game failed to load and, until 21 March, never loaded again.

I am extremely grateful to the Support Team for Family Farm Seaside.  They stayed with my case, endured my desperate emails and responded and continued to offer suggestions until finally, my game loaded again.  

I play Seaside on an IPad2 and I tried many different actions without any success.  It may be helpful, however, to list these in case they help other players.

If you ever have issues that cannot be solved through any of the following methods, Support will help you.

CLOSING ALL OTHER APPS

Hit the Home Button twice to display all open Apps, then slide your finger from bottom to top to 'wipe' each from the screen.  This action should close each open App one by one.  When all have been closed, power off the IPad and then turn it on again.  If you are fortunate, this will solve any issues with your game.

GAME CENTRE

Here is a series of steps for solving loading issues that was sent to me by the developers:

1.  Log out of the Game Centre
2.  Close all Apps on your device
3.  Shut down and then restart your device
4.  Log into the Game Centre
5  Open the game FROM the Game Centre

I do not have the ability to open the game FROM the Game Centre but I found out how to log in and out of the Game Centre after my game failed to load again.  Basically, it is a matter of going to the Game Centre icon in your Settings and not the icon that is on the Home Screen.  You should have the ability to log out and log in again by entering your password when it is requested.

There does appear to be an ongoing problem between the Game Centre and Family Farm Seaside.  When my game failed to load again, I found that I was unable to load the 'Games' screen in the Game Centre as well.  It simply hung there as though it were 'working' on something, but never loading either.

REINSTALLING THE GAME

You can delete the app for Family Farm Seaside and then reinstall it without losing any progress in the game.   When you go to your Home Screen, you should see all your Apps on the screen in the form of little square icons.  Find the one for Family Farm Seaside and hold down your finger until it begins to shake and a little 'x' is displayed in the corner.  You then should see a prompt asking if you wish to delete the App.  Do so, then go to the App Store and find it there to reinstall it.  Before you reinstall the App,  power off the IPad and then turn it back on.    Reinstalling an App can solve some issues.

INTERNET CONNECTION

If you have more than one internet connection, this can cause loading issues.  Disable ALL Internet Connections but one and then power off and power back on before attempting to load the game again.

More than one internet connection should not cause problems ordinarily with games, but at this point in time, it can affect Family Farm Seaside.  The developers have assured me that they are working on a fix for this bug.

RESETTING THE IPAD

One of the more comprehensive and drastic methods of solving issues is to reset the IPad completely.  You do this as follows:

First close all open Apps by hitting the Home Button twice.  You will see all Open Apps in windows on the Home Screen.  Swipe each from bottom to top to remove it, thus closing it.  Once all are closed, hold down the Home Button WITH the Sleep/Wake (Power Off/On) Button until the Apple Logo appears on the screen, then let go of the Buttons.

You then may be able to power off the tablet and then power on again and find that the issue has been solved.

Otherwise, you may see a plug displayed on your screen as well as an ITunes logo.  This means that you need to connect your IPad to your laptop or computer to sync it with ITunes, thereby resetting it completely.

Note that I am not an expert in technical matters.  I simply am sharing some of the potential solutions to loading issues that were sent to me.

New Time-Restricted Nyepi Mission

A time-limited dual Quest has been released in Family Farm Seaside today.  I had seen announcements of it during the past couple of days when I was unable to load my farm.  Almost 300 days of consecutive log-ins without ever missing a day lost...  In any case, much to my delight, my Farm loaded today after I made some changes to my tablet and internet connection ability.  God willing, it will continue to load.  In any case, here is the information about the new Missions.

The first as usual is a Collections Mission with random collection of specific colours of Fans from specified Crops, Trees Animals and Machines.  These are as follows:

70 Green Balinese Fans from Chardonnay Crop
50 Blue Balinese Fans from Peacock Feathers
30 Pink Balinese Fans from Love Cakes (Cake Machine)
10 Yellow Balinese Fans from Lemon Trees

The two Prizes for completing the Collections Mission are a Jackfruit Tree and a Balinese Gateway

The second Quest sequence is a traditional one and is as follows:

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Nyepi I
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Produce 20 Glasses of Apple Juice
  Skip for 10 RC

Harvest 40 Red Bell Peppers
  Skip for 20 RC

Collect 40 Duck Eggs
  Skip for 20 RC

Reward: 80 Coins, 16 XP

This will be my first time in Bali.  I'm so excited!

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We were so lucky to meet a Balinese guy on the flight.  He said we come at the right time to experience Nyepi (the Day of Silence Festival) which will be held on March 31st.  And he invited us over to try Balinese dishes fro his farm!

Harvest 40 Lotus Flowers
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 20 bowls of Rice Noodles
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 10 plates of Spicy Stir-Fried Chicken
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 85 Coins, 17 XP

Wow!  I never knew Balinese dishes are so delicious!

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My friend told me that the 'Day of Silence' needs a couple of days of preparation.  Today is 'Food Offering' Day.  Why don't we help my friend to prepare some food for the offering?

Prepare 10 loaves of Whole Oat Fruit Bread
  Skip for 10 RC
  Make this in the Kitchen

Produce 10 Lemon Cakes
  Skip for 10 RC
  Make these in the Cake Machine

Prepare 12 plates of Mango with Sticky Rice
  Skip for 12 RC
  Make this in the Kitchen

Reward: 90 Coins, 18 XP

That was a lot of work!  I hope we have enough food for the offering.

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Nyepi IV
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My friend has to do some farm work now.  But he promised me that he will teach me how to make some Balinese dishes once he's finished.  It's time to put on my chef apron again!

Finish Today's Order Board

Prepare 20 Betutu Chicken
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 30 Satay
  Skip for 30 RC

Reward: 100 Coins, 20 XP

Wow, the food is amazing!  I wonder if I can make some for Felicia?

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Nyepi V
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After the food offering, my friend will take me to the sea temple for a 'Canang' or 'Flower Bowl' offering.  We will offer a flower bowl in exchange for water to cleanse our body before the festival starts.  Let's plant some flowers!

Collect 15 Flower Bowls from Neighbours
  Skip for 15 RC

Harvest 50 Daisies
  Skip for 25 RC

Harvest 50 Lilies
  Skip for 25 RC

Reward: 100 Coins, 20 XP

I think Felicia will like this flower bowl.  I will bring this one back for her.

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Nyepi VI
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Yesterday was so much fun!  Today my friend will bring me to a place where they will make a huge demonic statue.  This statue will be paraded around the village before burning it in a bonfire.  We can help them by collecting some decorations!

Place Balinese Gateway from Collection Mission

Produce 50 Ostrich Feathers
  Skip for 25 RC

Collect 15 Demonic Statues from Neighbours

Reward: 110 Coins, 22 XP

I wish I could bring this statue back to scare Felicia, hahaha.

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Nyepi VII
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Wow, that was quite some parade!  Every one must be hungry now.  Grandma suggests that we make some food for them.  They have all been so nice to us by letting us join this celebration!

Produce 50 Turkey Sausage
  Make this in the Salami Machine using Turkey (Meat)
  Skip for 25 RC

Produce 50 Sugar Popcorn
  Make this in the Popcorn Machine
  Skip for 25 RC

Produce 30 Cherry Juice
  Make this in the Juice Machine
  Skip for 15 RC

Reward: 110 Coins, 22 XP

Every one looks so satisfied with the food!  Lucky me!

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Nyepi VIII
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Finally!  Tomorrow is the Day of Silence!  On that day no one can speak nor do any work.  I think I should help my friend finish all his farm work before the big day comes.


Harvest 60 Onions
  Skip for 30 RC

Harvest 10 Jackfruit (from Collection Mission)
  Note that the Jackfruit Tree can be purchased in the Market for 7 RC as well.
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 60 Peacock Feathers
  Skip for 30 RC

Reward: 110 Coins, 22 XP

Now it's time for silence and self reflection.

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After the day of silence, people will visit each other to ask for forgiveness and to welcome the new days.  So let's make a Balinese feast for our guests!

Produce 60 Chili Sauce
  Skip for 30 RC

Prepare 20 Betutu Chicken Rice
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 10 Balinese Rice
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 120 Coins, 23 XP

This is such an amazing experience!  I can't wait to tell Felicia.  I bet she will be so jealous when she hears it!

FINAL REWARD:  Water Fountain that produces Distilled Water used in the Beauty House



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Mission Strategies
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Although it is best to focus first on the Collections Mission as you will need the two Prizes in order to progress past Nyepi VI in the traditional Quest, there is no harm in working on them together.  If you look at all the requirements for these Quests, you will see that you need an incredible quantity of Rice.  Rice is fed to the Turkey to produce Turkey (meat) which is used in more than one of the Recipes you must prepare in order to complete the Nyepi Quest.  Rice is fed to the Peacock to produce the Peacock Feathers needed for the Blue Balinese Fans in the Collections Mission.  Grow Rice, Rice and more Rice and if you have cleanable Decorations, place them on your Farm in order to obtain more Power randomly from the Gift Bags.

Another Item that is needed in some quantity for the Nyepi Quest is Coconut.  It is one of the main ingredients in Balinese Recipes so it is not surprising that it features in this Quest sequence.  You will need Cane to make Sugar as well as for use in one of the Quest Recipes.

Coconut in this Quest is mainly required in the form of Coconut Milk.  This is a Recipe that can be made in advance.  Even with the new Cleaning Gift Bag option that delivers 1 Power to Farmers randomly, lack of sufficient Power to complete a stage in a time-restricted Quest can be a problem.  One therefore should make as many Ingredient Recipes as possible BEFORE one needs them.  Obviously you cannot make a required Dish in advance but you can make the Dishes that constitute the Ingredients for those Quest Dishes.

WARNING ABOUT QUEST PRODUCTS

In this Quest, you are well advised NOT to sell any of the Crops or Kitchen Dishes that you make.  They will be needed at some point during the Quest.  In some cases, you will find that the Dish you made in one step is not needed in the step that immediately follows but much later.  This probably is a matter of good planning on the part of the developers to allow Power to be restored to the Kitchen.

For example, 20 Betutu Chicken and 30 Satay must be made in Part IV of the Nyepi Quest.  In Part IV, the final step of the Quest, you will be required to produce 10 Balinese Rice and 20 Betutu Chicken Rice.  One of the ingredients in Balinese Rice is Satay.  One of the ingredients in Betutu Chicken Rice is Betutu Chicken.  The other ingredient in each case is another Dish.  The second Ingredient can be made in advance in order to stagger the use of Power.

For Balinese Rice, you will need the Satay and Jackfruit Curry.  Jackfruit Curry requires Jackfruit and Coconut Milk.  If you have your Jackfruit Tree, however, it may be best to wait until Part VIII to harvest the number of Jackfruits needed for 10 Balinese Rice as you will need to harvest 8 for this step in the Quest.  Coconut Milk, however, should be made in advance.   It requires a Coconut and 2 Sugar to produce.

For Betutu Chicken Rice, you will need Coconut Milk as well, as it is an Ingredient in Sticky Rice, which is the other Ingredient in the Recipe.  In other words, you will need a total of 30 Coconut Milk to satisfy the requirements of both Dishes made in the final step in the Quest.

BATCH PRODUCTION

There was a time when Batch Production was less than practical to some extent unless the Player were willing to spend RC on OP.  It was very difficult to earn sufficient OP to be able to consider the use of Batch Production except in special circumstances.  Now, however, with a number of recent options that include the OP Sheep (a reward for completing Daily Orders) and Cleaning Gift Bags (often containing 3 OP), a Player can use Batch Production regularly.  Even so, OP is not unlimited and I myself prefer to save my OP for use during time-restricted Quests such as this one.

My own strategy where Machine production is concerned is to have at least two of all Machines and to split the Quest requirement between Batch Production and manual production.  I set one Machine to Batch Production for about half the total amount of product required for the Quest.  The other half I produce manually.

What is nice about Batch Production is that one can organise it in advance of the Quest and simply refrain from collecting it until the Mission or Quest requires it.  This is similar to the new Machine House option in the original Family Farm.

NEW KITCHEN RECIPES

New Recipes in the Kitchen, some of which are used in the Nyepi Quest sequence are as follows:

Satay: 516 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Turkey, Cane x 3

Jackfruit Curry: 374 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Jackfruit, Coconut

Balinese Rice: 941 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Satay, Jackfruit Curry

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Coconut Rice: 598 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Sticky Rice, Salt x 2
  Sticky Rice requires Rice x 2, Coconut Milk (Coconut, Sugar x 2)

Betatu Chicken: 162 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients: Turkey, Spice x 2

Betatu Chicken Rice: 810 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Coconut Rice, Betatu Chicken

TRADITIONS OF NYEPI




Nyepi is the Balinese New Year, the Day of Silence that falls on the day that follows the dark moon of the Spring Equinox and begins a new Year of the Saka Hindu era that began in 78 A.D.

The Balinese have three different calendars.  They follow the Gregorian Calendar for official business, but other than that, they have the Pawukon, from the word 'Wuku' meaning week and the Sasih, from the word that means month.  Wuku consists of thirty items beginning with Sinta, the first Wuku, and ending with Watugunung, the last Wuku.  The Pawukon is a 210 day ritual calendar brought from Java in the 14th century and consists of a complex cycle of numerological conjunctions providing the basic schedule for ritual activities on Bali.  Sashi is a parallel system that originated in India, a lunar calendar that begins with the Vernal Equinox and is equally important in Balinese Culture in terms of marking the days when respect is to be paid to the gods.

Nyepi is a day that, like most of the New Year Days in the various cultures of the world, is intended to keep Nature in balance.  It is based on a tale of King Kanista of India and the year when he was chosen to rule.  The King was known for his tolerance of other faiths, including Hinduism and Buddhism.  Aji Saka performed the Dharma Yatra, the missionary tour to promote and spread Hinduism in that era and introduced the Saka year to Indonesia. 

The Nyepi Festival consists of a number of different ritual days:

Melasti, Mekiyis or Melis;  This occurs three days before Nyepi and is devoted to the cleansing of the pratima, arca or pralingga, a ritual Statue.  Symbols that are intended to concentrate the mind to bring closeness to God are used.  The ceremony is aimed at the cleansing of ALL of Nature and takes the Amerta, the source of Eternal Life, from the ocean or other water resources.  On this day, the effigies of all the Gods are taken from the village temples to the river in long and colourful ceremonies.  They then are bathed ritually by the Neptune of the Balinese God, the God Baruna, before being taken back to their homes in their shrines.

Tawur Kesanga:  This occurs on the day before Nyepi and consists of an exorcism ceremony.  All the villages of Bali hold a ceremony on this day at the major crossroads, considered to be the meeting place of Demons in most cultures of the world.  Ogoh-ogoh, fantastic monsters or evil spirits or Butha Kala made of bamboo are brought to the crossroads for carnival activities.  The Ogoh-ogoh monsters are symbols of the evil spirits that surround our environment.  The carnivals are held throughout Bali after the setting of the sun. 

Bleganjur, a type of Balinese gamelan music, accompanies the processions which are illuminated by torches.  The frightening statues are taken from classical Balinese lore and include giants with fangs, bulging eyes and unkempt hair.     These processions usually are organised by the Seka Teruna, the youth organisation of Banjar.  Tawur Kesanga is performed by every level of society, within private homes as well as outside.  In the evening, the Hindus celebrating Ngerupuk begin to make noise and light burning torches to set fire to the Ogoh-ogoh in order to destroy the Bhuta Kala or evil spirits. 

Nyepi:  Nyepi Day is the Day of Silence.  Every street is quiet.  Pecalangs, traditional Balinese security, control street security and maintain the peace.  On this 'Day of Silence', no cars are allowed upon the roads.  People are expected to stay at home and observe a period of meditation and quiet.  Television, radios and computer activity are not encouraged.  It is a day upon which all frantic activity should cease, a day upon which the slate of the old year is wiped clean, to prepare for a new Year.

Ngembak Geni:  The day after Nyepi is a day upon which Hindus forgive one another and perform the Dharma Canthi.  This includes the recitation or reading of ancient scripts of songs with their lyrics known as Sloka, Kekidung and Kekawin as well as others.

New Year rituais in every culture tend to include certain ritual acts.  A cleansing ritual is one.  Noise that frightens away demons is another.  Nyepi has these elements as well. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

A Dragon's Legend Time-Restricted Quests

A Dragon's Legend

This Quest sequence is based upon the legend of the Wawel Dragon, an old Polish tale that is connected with the founding of the city of Krakow.  A statue of the Wawel Dragon, belching real flames, is one of the attractions of modern Krakow.  It stands at the entrance to the Dragon's Den, a natural cave in Wawel Hill.  

As usual, the time-restricted Quest is a double-pronged Mission.  Placing the Dragon's Cave allows the Farmer to collect Crowns from 'all kinds of crops, trees, animals and machines'.

You can upgrade the Dragon's Cave using Torches and Stalagmites.  Torches can be requested from Neighbours.  Stalagmites can be redeemed with Crowns.  The upgrade to Level 5 allows double collection of Crowns randomly from any item.  It is only when you wish to upgrade from Level 4 to Level 5 that you will be required to spend 5 RC on a Dragon Egg as well as using 10 Torches and 5 Stalagmites.  In other words, for all other upgrades, the materials can be obtained either from Neighbour Requests or by redeeming Crowns for Stalagmites.

The Four ordinary Prizes that can be redeemed with Crowns are:

Stalagmites:  Used to upgrade the Dragon's Cave
  These cost 1 Crown, irrespective of how many you redeem.  

Wawal Dragon: a Total of 5, one of which must be placed on your Farm to complete a sequence in the Quest

Green Mystron
  Can be used in the Mystery Shop as currency
  A total of 100 can be redeemed

30 OP
  A Total of 30 can be redeemed

You must redeem one of each Prize to unlock the final Prize in the form of a Wild Rose Tree which will cost 150 Crowns.  The Wild Rose Tree produces Wild Rose Fruits that are needed to complete one of the sequences in the Quest

The second element is a traditional sequence of Quests in the form of 'A Dragon's Legend'. 

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A Dragon's Legend I
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I was cleaning my room last night when I found something fantastic, a very old book about Polish legends.  One of them is about a dragon!  Let's make a snack and drinks.  A good book requires good food!


Place Dragon Cave
  Find this in the Market for 500 Coins


Produce 20 Glasses of Cherry Juice
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 40 Cheddar Cheese
  Skip for 20 RC

Reward: 80 Coins, 16 XP

Yummy!  Let's eat and read.  once upon a time there was a beautiful Polish Kingdom...

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People of the kingdom enjoyed their carefree farmer lives.  They were happily growing crops and taking care of their animals.  Such a beautiful life.

Produce 40 Sacks of Wheat Flour
  Skip for 20 RC


Harvest 40 Cane
  Skip for 20 RC


Produce 40 bottles of Milk
  Skip for 20 RC

Reward: 85 Coins, 12 XP

This story is so interesting.  I can't wait to read more about it.

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One day the kingdom's peaceful life was ruined by the appearance of an evil monster the Wawel Dragon!  The scary dragon demanded daily supplies of fresh meat, otherwise it would breathe fire and destroy everything!

Place Wawal Dragon
  (This is a Reward from the Crown Collection)

Produce 40 Beef
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 40 Beef Salami
  Skip for 20 RC

Reward: 90 Coins, 18 XP

Great work!  Let's hope the dragon will accept our products!

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The dragon was very picky.  He didn't like the beef.  The desperate king promised the hand of his daughter and half of the kingdom to a brave knight who would get rid of the monster.  Let's try giving the dragon some other kinds of meat.

Harvest 50 Rice
  Skip for 25 RC

Produce 50 Turkey Burger
  Skip for 25 RC

Produce 50 Turkey Sausage
  Skip for 25 RC

Reward: 100 Coins, 20 XP

Thank you!  Knight Darryl saved the day!

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While all of the kingdom's farmers worked hard to feed the dragon's appetite, great warriors from near and far came to fight the beast.  Let's provide them some weapons to defeat the monster.

Produce 50 Eggs to throw at the Dragon
  Skip for 22 RC

Harvest 8 Wild Roses from Wild Rose Bush
  Skip for 8 RC*

*This solution is entirely counterproductive as you can purchase a Wild Rose Bush in the Market for 8 RC if you are too impatient to wait to redeem it as the final Reward for Crown Collection with 150 Crowns.

Collect 12 Wooden Swords from your Neighbours
  Skip for 12 RC

Reward: 100 Coins, 20 XP

Thanks for your help, but it looks like the beast is not scared at all!  What should we do?

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When all hope was lost, a poor cobbler came before the king and suggested an interesting solution.  'What if we can convince the dragon to try other kinds of food?  Maybe we can try to give him a lamb that's stuffed with veggies.'

Harvest 50 Tomatoes

Produce 50 Veggie Burgers

Harvest 5 Bananas

Reward: 110 Coins, 22 XP

The suspicious dragon sniffed the lamb and gobbled it down in just one bite!  He seemed quite satisfied and demanded more!

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The cobbler quickly started to prepare other dishes.  If the dragon would become a vegetarian, the kingdom would be saved and the cobbler would marry the princess!  Why don't we help him a little bit?

Prepare 10 Fruit Salad
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 60 Buffalo Milk Cheese
  Skip for 30 RC

Prepare 10 Cheese Apple
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 110 Coins, 22 XP

It worked!  The dragon fell in love with healthy, vegetarian dishes and never asked for meat again!

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After switching to a healthy diet, the dragon became very friendly.  He turned from a scary monster into a harmless lovely pet.  And he also became obsessed with Polish food, haha!

Prepare 10 Polish Dumplings with Sour Cream
  Skip for 10 RC

Harvest 60 Love Fruit
  Skip for 30 RC

Harvest 60 Chardonnay
  Skip for 30 RC

Reward: 110 Coins, 22 XP

That was a lot of work!  I'm happy that the dragon likes healthy food!

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As promised, the cobbler could marry the king's daughter.  The wedding turned out into a big traditional wedding party.  Hundred of people were invited and tons of delicious food was prepared!

Prepare 10 Polish Donuts with Marmalade
  Skip for 10 RC


Produce 60 Love Cakes
  Skip for 30 RC

Produce 60 Champagne
  Skip for 30 RC

Reward: 120 Coins, 23 XP

Everybody lived happily ever after and the dragon never scared any one anymore... The end!

FINAL REWARD:  Chocolate Dragon, produces Chocolate every 8 hours

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Strategies for Success
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The time-limited Quest runs for a total of 11 Days, irrespective of the day when you begin the first step in the sequence.  You therefore should begin as soon as possible.  The first priority as always is to complete the Collections Quest.  Time-restricted Collections Quests fall into two different categories.  In the first, you can collect a special item from ANY Crop, Tree, Animal or Machine randomly.  In the second, you can collect four different variations of a single item randomly from specific Crops, Animals, Trees or Machines.  You must obtain a specific number of each of the four variations.  The Crowns Collection Quest falls into the first category which is easier to achieve than the second.

The final Reward or Rewards in any Collection Quest usually are required to complete one or more steps in the traditional sequence of Quests.  This one is no exception.  You will need the Wild Rose Bush in order to harvest Wild Rose Fruit from it in Part V of 'A Dragon's Legend'.  The Wild Rose Bush actually can be purchased from the Market for 8 RC as well as being the final Reward that must be unlocked in the Dragon Cave by obtaining one of each of the four initial prizes and then collecting a total of 150 Crowns to redeem the Tree itself.  You therefore can opt to buy the Tree or wait until you have unlocked it, collected 150 Crowns to redeem it from the Dragon Cave.  The other item required in the Quest sequence is a Wawel Dragon.  This is one of the initial four Prizes in the Dragon Cave.

If you do not wish to spend RC on this Quest combination, your priority should be to collect Crowns as you will not be able to continue past Part IV until you redeem the Wild Rose Bush.  Even while you are focusing on this aspect of the Quest, however, you can make the traditional sequence easier by cooking Dishes that are ingredients for required Dishes.  Among these are Soft Dough, Cake Flour, Butter, Batter and Cottage Cheese.  Remember always that you have a total of 30 Power in the Kitchen.  You can augment this from Gift Cleaning Bags that contain 1 Power each or purchase more Power in the Market, but it is best to plan ahead and make all possible ingredients before they are needed.

There are other 'ingredients' that are produced by Machines or Animals.  These include Sugar, Wheat Bread, Milk and Buffalo Milk.  Remember that you can collect Crowns randomly from ANY Animal or Machine as well as Crops and Trees.  Setting out Machines to produce needed ingredients therefore has a subsidiary benefit in aiding the completion of your Collections Quest.

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New Kitchen Recipes
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New Recipes have appeared in the Kitchen and some are required for the Quest:

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Pierogi: 713 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Cottage Cheese, Soft Dough

Sour Cream: 202 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients: Buffalo Milk x 2, Butter x 2

Polish Dumplings with Sour Cream: 953 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Pierogi, Sour Cream

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Polish Donut: 578 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Batter, Cake Flour

Wild Rose Marmalade: 319 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients: Wild Rose Fruit, Sugar x 2

Polish Donut with Marmalade: 1269 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Polish Donut, Wild Rose Marmalade x 2

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Thanks to Bev Jakins for the text to Part V of the storyline.  I was unable to reload it in my game and therefore missed that part of the story.

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The Original Legend of the Wawel Dragon
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The tale of the Wawel Dragon is very much a part of the story of the founding of the city of Krakow in Poland.  Wawel is the site of Wawel Castle at a bend in the Vistula River.  Long ago, during the reign of King Krak, for whom the city of Krakow is named, a fearsome dragon terrorised the land.   Like most of his kind, he belched flames that destroyed crops and trees.  His enormous appetite for meat decimated the livestock.  His presence was a terrible curse and the King at last offered the hand of his daughter to the man who could rid the land of the beast.

Many brave warriors and knights responded to the summons but all failed and lost their lives to the dragon.  Finally, a young shoemaker appeared.  He had neither armour nor weapons but only the tools of his trade in the form of a needle and twine.  The people were disposed to mock him but he quietly asked for a lambskin, some sulpher, pitch and mustard seed.

When he received the items he had requested, he filled the lambskin with the sulpher, pitch and mustard seed.  With consummate dexterity, he then sewed it together so that it resembled a live lamb.  He placed it on the bank of the river, then waited for the arrival of the dragon.

The dragon lurched out of a cave in the hill, breathing fire.  The rumbling of his stomach sounded like thunder.  He had slept through the day and was famished.  As soon as he spied the lamb on the bank of the river, he gobbled it whole.  Much to his distress, he found that the meal did not agree with him.  He went to the river to drink, hoping that the water would calm his aching belly.  Instead, filled with the mixture of sulpher, pitch, mustard seed and water, the dragon exploded.


The young cobbler became the hero of the land and King Krak honoured his promise to give his daughter's hand to the lad in marriage.  The farmers no longer feared for their crops, trees and livestock and the wedding feast lasted for many a night and a day.  My own great-great-great-great-great grandmother danced at the wedding and wore out a dozen pairs of dancing slippers.



Friday, February 21, 2014

Daily Order Tasks


The Daily Orders are found on an Order Board on your Farm.  Access it daily to find three randomly generated Orders that can consist of Crops, Animal Products, Machine Products, Cooked Dishes from the Kitchen or Smoked Seafood.

At first, I believed that filling the Orders would be counterproductive as it reduced my Stock.  As my own Levels increased, however, I discovered I could maintain sufficient Stock for Missions and other needs while still filling the Daily Orders.  Every player must judge for himself/herself but my own opinon would be that, as long as you have not completed ALL the ordinary Quests/Missions that are available to every Farmer, it would be a mistake to fill too many Daily Orders.  There is a point, however, when a Farmer has completed all the ordinary Quests/Missions.  I define 'ordinary' as those Quests that have no time restrictions.  When this occurs and there are no longer any Quests to be completed, it is time to begin to take the Daily Orders seriously.
I only have one Farm, unlike some players and therefore cannot know whether or not every player receives the same orders in the Daily Order Quest.  Officially, it is stated that the Daily Orders are generated randomly.  I have noticed, however, that the same tasks appear again and again and therefore felt that it might be useful to write them down for future reference and to aid other players in preparing the items required in advance.

Here are some of the Daily Orders I have received.  They appear in groups of three.  If you complete all three, you receive a bonus.

My own Level is 55.  I believe this determines the Items that are required from me.

Sell 30 Pumpkins
Sell 1 Smoked Salmon
Sell 4 Sweet and Sour Shrimp
  Ingredients: Pineapple x 3, Steamed Opposum Shrimp


Sell 30 Coffee Beans
Sell 30 bundles of Horse Hair
  Feed Horse Carrots
Sell 5 servings of Almond Spread
  Ingredients: Cheddar Cheese x 12, Almond x 2
    N.B.  Cheddar Cheese can be requested as a Free Gift.  It is a good idea generally to keep a large supply on hand.  As you can see, this Recipe requires 12 of them!

Sell 30 Red Bell Peppers
sell 2 smoked Butterfish
sell 4 Warship Sushi
  Ingredients:  Rice, Brined Seaweed

Sell 35 Tomatoes
Sell 25 bundles of Alpaca Hair
  Feed Alpaca Green Lettuce
Sell 2 Crab Roe Warship Sushi
  Ingredients:  Warship Sushi (Rice, Brined Seaweed), Crab Roe

Sell 30 Cucumbers
Sell 25 Venison Steaks
  Feed Deer Beans
Sell 1 Seafood and Pineapple Fried Rice
  Ingredients: Sweet and Sour Shrimp (Pineapple x 3, Steamed Opossum Shrimp) x 2, Rice x 3

Sell 30 Love Fruits
Require 30 jars of Honey
Sell 1 Hot Lemon Octopus
  Ingredients: Octopus, Lemon

Sell 35 Red Roses
Sell 35 bundles of Angora Hair
Sell 4 Warship Sushi
  Ingredients:  Rice, Brined Seaweed

Sell 35 Tomatoes
Sell 25 Venison Steaks
Sell 5 Chorizo Frittatas
  Ingredients: Beef Salami x 10, Mayonnaise x 2

Require 25 Clovers
Sell 1 Smoked Salmon
sell 2 Crab Roe Warship Sushi
  Ingredients:  Warship Sushi (Rice, Brined Seaweed), Crab Roe

Sell 35 Tomatoes
Sell 35 bundles of Angora Hair
  Feed Angora Rabbit Carrots
Sell 15 Rice Krispies
  Ingredients: Rice x 2, Mayonnaise x 2

Sell 30 Red Bell Peppers
Sell 35 Goose Feathers
  Feed Goose Lotus Flower
Sell 7 loaves of Oat Fruit Bread
  Ingredients: Fruit Butter (Apple Jelly, Cherry x 3),  Oat Bread

Sell 35 Red Roses
Sell 25 Venison Steaks
  Feed Deer Bean
Sell 4 Surf n Turf
  Ingredients: Turkey, Dried Scallop x 3


Require 25 Apples
Sell 35 Goose Feathers
Sell 5 Servings of Almond Spread
  Ingredients:  Cheddar Cheese x 12, Almond x 2

Sell 30 coffee beans
Sell 30 bundles of horse Hair
Sell 15 jars of Honey Syrup

Sell 30 Cucumber
Sell 25 Venison Steaks
Sell 1 Royal Salad

Sell 30 Love Fruits
Sell 3 Smoked Yellow Croakers
Sell 4 Surf n Turf

Require 25 Clovers
Sell 30 Peacock Feathers
Sell 1 Paella

Sell 35 Red Roses
Sell 30 bundles of Horse Hair
Sell 15 Jars of Apple Jelly

Sell 30 Cucumbers
Sell 1 Smoked Salmon
Sell 2 Seafood Salad

Sell 30 pumpkins
Sell 1 smoked salmon
Sell 4 sweet and sour shriimp


Sell 30 coffee beans
Sell 30 bundles of horse hair
Sell 5 servings of almond spread

Sell 30 red bell peppers
sell 2 smoked butterfish
sell 4 warship sushi

Sell 35 tomatoes
Sell 25 bundls of alpaca hair
Sell 2 crab roe warship sushi

Sell 30 cucumbers
sell 25 venison steaks
Sell 1 seafood and pineapple fried rice

Sell 30 love fruits
Require 30 jars of honey
sell 1 hot lemon octopus

sell 35 red roses
sell 35 bundles of angora hair
sell 4 warship sushi

sell 35 tomatoes
sell 25 venison steaks
sell 5 chorizo frittatas

require 25 clovers
sell 1 smoked salmon
sell 2 crab roe warship sushi

sell 35 tomatoes
sell 35 bundles of angora hair
sell 15 rice krispies

sell 30 red bell peppers
sell 35 goose feathers
sell 7 loaves of oat fruit bread


Sell 35 Red Roses
Sell 25 Venison Steaks
Sell 4 Surf n Turf

sell 30 coffee beans
sell 30 bundles of horse hiar
sell 15 jars of honey syrup

Sell 30 Cucumber
Sell 25 Venison Steaks
Sell 1 Royal Salad

Sell 30 Cucumbers
Sell 35 Goose Feathers
Sell 2 Seafood Salad

Sell 30 Peanuts
Sell 1 Smoked Ray Finned Fish
Sell 1 Seafood and Pineapple Fried Rice

Sell 30 Pumpkins
Require 30 Sacks of Wheat Flour
Sell 1 Paella

Sell 30 Coffee Beans
Sell 30 bundles of horse Hair
Sell 4 Surf n Turf

Sell 35 Red Roses
Require 30 Sacks of Wheat Flour
Sell 5 Meatloaves

SellSell 30 Cucumber
Sell 25 Venison Steaks
Sell 1 Royal Salad

Sell 30 Cucumbers
Sell 35 Goose Feathers
Sell 2 Seafood Salad

Sell 30 Peanuts
Sell 1 Smoked Ray Finned Fish
Sell 1 Seafood and Pineapple Fried Rice

Sell 30 Pumpkins
Require 30 Sacks of Wheat Flour
Sell 1 Paella

Sell 30 Coffee Beans
Sell 30 bundles of horse Hair
Sell 4 Surf n Turf

Sell 35 Red Roses
Require 30 Sacks of Wheat Flour
Sell 5 Meatloaves

Sell 30 Pumpkins
Sell 25 Bundles of Alpaca Hair
Sell 1 Hot Lemon Octopus

Sell 30 red bell peppers
sell 3 smoked Tilapia
Sell 3 Wakame Salad

Sell 30 Pumpkins
Sell 1 Smoked Salmon
Sell 3 Shrimp Chili

Sell 30 Coffee Beans
Sell 35 Goose Feathers
Sell 2 Seafood Curry Soup

Sell 30 Peanuts
Sell 30 Peacock Feathers
Sell 15 Jars of Apple Jelly


Require 25 Apples
Sell 1 Smoked Ray Finned Fish
Sell 3 Wakame Salad

Sell 30 Cucumbers
Sell 1 Smoked Salmon
Sell 2 Seafood Salad

Require 25 Clovers
Sell 30 Bundles of Horse Hair
Sell 10 Cheese Apples

Sell 35 Tomatoes
Sell 30 Peacock Feathers
Sell 5 Chorizo Frittatas

Sell 30 Pumpkins
Sell 30 Bundles of Horse Hair
Sell 4 Sweet and Sour Shrimp

Require 25 Clovers
Sell 3 Smoked Tilapia
Sell 5 Meatloaves

Sell 30 Peanuts
Sell 3 Smoked Yellow Croaker
Sell 4 Shrimp Fried Rice

Sell 30 Pumpkins
Sell 35 Goose Feathers
Sell 1 Seafood and Pineapple Fried Rice

Sell 30 Red Bell Peppers
Sell 35 Bundles of Angora Hair
Sell 4 Sweet and Sour Shrimp

Sell 30 Cucumbers
Sell 30 Peacock Feathers
Sell 15 Jars of Apple Jelly

Require 25 Clovers
Sell 35 Goose Feathers
Sell 7 Gorgonsola Baked Apples

Sell 30 Cucumbers
Sell 30 Peacock Feathers
Sell 1 Seafood and Pineapple Fried Rice

Sell 30 Coffee Beans
Sell 30 Bundles of Angora Hair
Sell 15 Rice Krispies

Sell 30 Pumpkins
Sell 30 Peacock Feathers
Sell 2 Seafood Chili

Require 25 Apples
Sell 25 Venison Steaks
Sell 4 Surf n Turf



If you study the list, you will see that it is not the complete group of three that appears again and again, but the individual tasks.  For example, you may find Almond Spread is required as a Recipe again and again and that Goose Feathers are another common task.

It is possible that the Orders you receive will be based on your Level of experience in the game.  That would make sense, as it would be a little unfair to expect players to fill orders that consist of items they have not been able to unlock yet.  Nonetheless, I hope this page will be useful.

Smoked Fish of various types are included often in the Daily Orders.  As these take a fair amunt of time to produce, it is a good idea to keep some of each type in your Barn for possible future use.  Many Seafood Dishes are required.  The Ingredients usually include items produced in the Seafood House.  Again, it is a good idea to produce as many items as possible in advance.

Tips about Growing Crops for Daily Orders:

You will see  the same Crops again and again in the Daily Orders List, either as Crops to be sold in their raw form, as Ingredients in Recipes or as food for an Animal who creates a Product in the List.  The following are commonly needed:

Red Bell Pepper:  Red Bell Pepper takes 14 hours to mature.  It often is found in the Daily Orders as a Crop that is needed in its raw form.

Pumpkin:  Pumpkin takes 15 hours to mature.  It is found in the Daily Orders in its raw form.

Peanut:  Peanut takes 18 hours to mature.  It is found in the Daily Orders in its raw form.

Bean:  Bean takes 14 hours to mature.  You need to feed this to a Deer to produce Venison Steaks

Rice takes 14 hours to mature.  it is found as an Ingredient in many of the Recipes required for  the Daily Orders.   It is fed to a Turkey as well to produce Turkey meat.

Carrot:  Carrot takes 8 Hours to mature.  You need to feed this to a Horse to produce Horse Hair and to an Angora Rabbit to produce Angora Hair.

You will see a large number of Seafood items in the Daily Orders List, usually either as Smoked Fish of one sort of another or as an Ingredient in a Recipe.  Smoked Fish requires a Smoke House.  To produce many of the seafood ingredients that are not smoked, you will need a Seafood House.  That is where Seaweed is transformed into Brined Seaweed, for example or where Crab Roe can be produced.  Fishing is a random business at best.  If you intend to fill all the Daily Orders, you should fish regularly in order to make certain you have all possible ingredients that may be required.

Once upon a time, the OP Sheep, a mechanical Sheep that delivered OP every day for a number of days, was the final Reward.  Now the Reward List has been extended considerably.    Rewards include Fertilisers, Watering Cans, Rain, Thunderstorms, Rainbow Rain, Power and Gasoline as well as surprise (wrapped Gifts) Rewards.