Friday, February 27, 2015

Doll's Day Time-Restricted Quests and Kimono Dolls Collections Mission

A new time-restricted Doll's Day Mission has been released in Family Farm Seaside.  As is usually the case, it is two-pronged, with a Collections Mission and a traditional Quest sequence.  As has been the case recently, the traditional Quest sequence is divided into three main sections, each of which consists of four parts and carries its own Reward.  The final section, from Doll's Day IX through Doll's Day XII, requires access to the Island, although only a few of the tasks actually use Island Animals or Machines.  You could conceivably buy your way out of these, although it would be expensive.



As in the past couple of time-restricted Missions, you will receive a special Mission Gift Bag for completing Doll's Day IV.  You will receive a cleanable Decoration for the Seaside Farm in the form of an Ichimatsu Doll for completing Doll's Day VIII and finally, if you complete Doll's Day XII, you will receive a cleanable Decoration for the Island Farm in the form of a Japanese Doll Set.

Dolls' Day or Hinamatsuri is a very popular Japanese folk festival and one of my personal favourites as a doll collector.   A few years ago, I wrote a post about it:

Hinamatsuri and Kokeshi Dolls in Japan




Alas, not being Japanese, I do not own a real Hina-matsuri collection but I do have a wonderful pop-up card from Japan with paper Hina-matsuri dolls.  I have a feeling that this type of display has replaced the real dolls in many households even in Japan.

The Collections Mission is as follows:

Collect Kimono Dolls
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70 Green Kimono Dolls from Chardonnay
50 Pink Kimono Dolls from Love Cake
30 Red Kimono Dolls from Ketchup
10 Yellow Kimono Dolls from Laurus Tree

Reward: Adzuki Tree, which produces Adzuki
Can purchase Adzuki Tree for 6 RC if you prefer

The traditional Quest sequence is the Doll's Day sequence as follows:

Doll's Day Quests
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Doll's Day I
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Last night I dreamed about my Japanese friend, Yoshiko.  I hope she's doing fine in Japan.  I wonder if she's as busy as me with all of my farm work.

Harvest 6 Apples
  Skip for 6 RC

Harvest 40 White Grapes
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 10 glasses of Cherry Juice
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 1000 Coins, 160 XP

Felicia:  I was thinking of her again while doing my works, maybe it's a sign!

Doll's Day II
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Felicia:  Speaking of the devils, when I got back to the house, Darryl told me I have a letter and it's from Yoshiko!  It must be fate but before I read it, I need to eat something after all the works I just finished.

Prepare 6 Jars of Apple Jelly
  Skip for 6 RC

  N.B.  You will need 12 Maple Syrup and 36 Apple Jam

Prepare 6 Light Muffins
  Skip for 6 RC

  N.B.  You will need 6 Cake Flour and 12 Cherry Jam

Produce 40 jars of Pitaya Jam
  Skip for 20 RC

Reward: 1000 Coins, 160 XP

Felicia:  I'm so full!  Now where is that letter again?

Doll's Day III
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Felicia:  Yoshiko sent me a letter and a picture.  The picture shows a lot of different kinds of dolls.  I wonder what she wrote inside of her letter.  Did she change her job to be a dollmaker?

Produce 40 Bottles of Milk
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 40 Red Teddy Bears
  Skip for 20 RC

  N.B.  You will need 40 Wool

Produce 40 Blue Teddy Bears
  Skip for 20 RC

  N.B.  You will need 40 Angora Hair 

Reward: 1000 Coins, 170 XP

Felicia:  Her dolls look so realistic and pretty!

Doll's Day IV
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Felicia:  It turns out that she's celebrating Dolls' Day and she wanted to show me her beautiful dolls set.  While reading halfway through, Grandma called me to help Darryl finish his chores as he's getting overwhelmed.

Prepare 6 jars of Honey Syrup
  Skip for 6 RC

  N.B.  You will need 48 Honey and 32 Milk
 
Harvest 4 Cherries
  Skip for 4 RC

Produce 40 Bottles of White Wine
  Skip for 20 RC

Reward: 1000 Coins, 170 XP

Felicia:  Darryl is still a kid.  He doesn't want to admit that he's overwhelmed but that makes him so cute!

Reward:  Special Mission Box

Mine contained 6 Super Fertiliser, 3 Super Watering Cans, 6 Power

Doll's Day V
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Felicia:  Let's see, where was I?  She wrote that this day is also known as Girls' Day.  Girls put their doll set on display and make sweets for their guest.  Why don't we finish all of our chores for today and have our own version of Doll's Day?

Harvest 50 Sweet Potatoes
  Skip for 25 RC

Prepare 10 Sticks of Cotton Candy
  Skip for 10 RC

  N.B.  You will need 10 Sugar Cubes and 10 Honey Syrup

Produce 50 Love Cakes
  Skip for 25 RC

Note that the Love Cakes are one of the items that produce Kimono Dolls randomly.

Reward: 1000 Coins, 180 XP

Felicia:  I'm so excited now and I can't wait to start prapering!
 

Doll's Day VI
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Felicia:  So, according to the letter, beside dolls and sweets, I also need some decorations for the display.  I might need some help from Darryl.  Do you think i need to bribe him with food?

Collect 20 Asian Floor Lamps from Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 6 Portions of Festival Food
  Skip for 6 RC

  N.B.  You will need 6 Candied Apples and 6 Shaved Ice

Prepare 20 Plates of Milk Cookies
  Skip for 20 RC

  N.B.  You will need 20 Condensed Milk and 20 Wheat Flour

Reward: 1000 Coins, 180 XP

Felicia:  I knew it!  He can't resist the food I made for him.  He will help me with the decorations for my doll set now.


Doll's Day VII
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Felicia:  So decorations were taken care of and next are the sweets.  Luckily she told me what kind of sweets I should make and it's just in time for snack time here so I will be able to nibble a bit.  I mean taste test it.

Place an Adzuki Tree on your Farm
  (Reward from Collections Mission or purchase in Market)

Prepare 6 Servings of Adzuki Paste
  Skip for 6 RC

  N.B.  You will need 6 Adzuki and 6 Honey Syrup

Prepare 4 Sakura Cakes
  Skip for 4 RC

  N.B.  You will need  8 Sakura Flowers and 24 Cake Flour

Reward: 1000 Coins, 190 XP

Felicia:  It's delicious and I think I'm getting a sugar high.

Doll's Day VIII
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Felicia:  The recipe is so delicious and now I feel like experimenting a bit.  I will need some more ingredients so let's go to plant and harvest some.

Produce 50 Sugar
  Skip for 25 RC

Harvest 6 Persimmons
  Skip for 6 RC

Prepare 6 Plates of Octopus Balls
  Skip for 6 RC

  N.B.  You will need 6 Octopus and 6 Soft Dough

Reward: 1000 Coins, 190 XP

Felicia:  It feels great to be able to plant my own ingredients for cooking.  It's so much fresher than buying it in stores.

Reward:  Ichimatsu Doll Decoration for Seaside Farm, cleanable for Purple Gift Box

The final four parts of the Doll's Day Quest sequence requires access to the Island:

Doll's Day IX
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Felicia:  Now we're only left with the dolls themselves.  Let's see what I need for them.  We need some cloth.  I wonder if Grandma has some old clothes that I can use for it.  Maybe Dad can help me too.

Collect 20 Kimono Cloth from Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 60 Mohair Yarn
  Skip for 30 RC

  N.B.  Mohair Yarn is made from Mohair, produced by the  Angora Goat  in the Spinning Machine on the Islan

Produce 60 Linen
  Skip for 30 RC

  N.B.  Linen is made from Flax, an Island Crop, in the Loom

Reward: 1000 Coins, 200 XP

Felicia:  A loom is so useful and now I have clothes for the dolls.

Doll's Day X
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Felicia:  Now I just need to wait for my friends to arrive but wait, where did all the sweets that I made go?  Oh, Darryl ate it all because he was hungry.  I need to hurry and remake them before every one arrives.

Produce 60 Portions of Cranberry Pie
  Skip for 30 RC

  N.B.  Cranberry is an Island Crop and Cranberry Pie is made on the Island in the Pie Machine.  The other ingredients are Cassava Flour and Honey.  The Cassava Flour is made on the Island but the Honey must be transported from Seaside.

Prepare 6 Plates of Layered Mochi
  Skip for 6 RC

  N.B.  You will need 6 Sweet Dumplings and 18 Sweet Potatoes

Prepare 6 Plates of Matcha Lychee Pancakes
  Skip for 6 RC

  N.B.  You will need  6 Matcha and 6 Lychee Scones

Reward: 1000 Coins, 200 XP

Felicia:  Fiuh!  I made it just in time before the first guests arrived.

Doll's Day XI
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Felicia:  Every one arrived on time and they're admiring my dolls' set.  I will ask Darryl to take a picture and send it to Yoshiko but before that, I think we need more drinks here.

Prepare 6 Cups of Sakura Tea
  Skip for 6 RC

  N.B.  You will need 6 Sakura and 12 Honey

Produce 60 Glasses of Grape Juice
  Skip for 30 RC

Prepare 10 jugs of Lemon Champagne
  Skip for 10 RC

  N.B.  You will need 20 Lemons and 20 Champagne

Reward: 1000 Coins, 210 XP

Felicia:  I hope we made enough for every one to enjoy it now.

Doll's Day XII
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Felicia:  As a token of thank you for every one who came today, I want to make special sweets from the recipe that Yoshiko sent me, so can you please help me to make it before every one leaves?

Prepare 6 Plates of Sakura Mochi
  Skip for 6 RC

N.B.  You will need 6 Adzuki Paste and 6 Layered Mochi

Prepare 6 Plates of Apple Kulfi
  Skip for 6 RC

N.B.  You will need 6 Kulfi and 12 Apple Jam

Prepare 6 Plates of Peach Cobbler
  Skip for 6 RC

N.B.  You will need 12 Peche au Caramel and 12 Soft Dough, but this is a labour-intensive and power-intensive recipe as Peche au Caramel is made using a Kitchen ingredient in the form of Caramel Sauce and you will need 2 Caramel Sauce and 1 Peach to make each Peche au Caramel. 

Reward: 1000 Coins, 210 XP

Felicia:  Happy Doll's Day to every one and thank you for coming!

Reward: Japanese Doll Set Decoration for Island Farm,  cleenable for Purple Gift Box



New Kitchen Recipes
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The order of all Kitchen Recipes was changed recently.  You will find the new Recipes that are connected to this Quest on Page 28 of the Kitchen Recipe book.  They are:

Adzuki Paste: 407 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Adzuki, Honey Syrup

Layered Mochi: 1023 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Sweet Dumplings, Sakura Flower

Sakura Mochi: 1075 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Adzuki Paste, Layered Mochi

Preparing for this Mission
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This Mission requires a lot of Power as many of the tasks involve Recipes made in the Kitchen.  Every Recipe uses 1 Power.  If you have access to the Island, you will have a recurring source of Power in the Volcano, provided you have expanded to it.  30 Power is your default.  More can be earned by visiting Neighbours and collecting Gift Bags from cleaning Decoraitons or by visiting their Cooking Stands.  The Power you receive always is random and may or may not be included in the Gift Bags/Boxes. 

In many cases, the Recipes you need to make use ingredients that are themselves made in the Kitchen.  Try to make these in advance if possible so that you have the full amount of Power needed for the task Recipe.  If you are involved in the Cooking Stand Mission, it may be a good idea to let that go until you have completed this time-restricted Mission.   The Cooking Stand may be time-restricted but you are given much more time to complete THAT!

A number of the Recipes require the Basic Kitchen Dishes including Cake Flour and Soft Dough. I  always try to keep quite a lot of both in my Barn for future use as they are required in many Recipes.

If you cannot bear to spend RC on Missions, you need to complete the Collections Mission by Doll's Day VII in order to redeem the Adzuki Tree  For those willing to spend a little RC, you can purchase it instead in the Market for 6 RC if you do not wish to delay the progress of the traditional Quest sequence.

Strategy for Island Production
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It is the last four parts of Doll's Day that will take the most time as there is no batch production on the Island.  You therefore have to spend incredible amounts of OP to speed the production of any Machine (30 OP for each product!) or have more than one Machine that produces the required item.  Unfortunately, everything on the Island is expensive and furthermore, all Machines basically are unfinished when purchased, even when the cost is in RC rather than Coins.

Your first Spinning Machine will be given to you but the second will cost 12 RC and will require the following Materials:

Spinning Machine Materials List
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5 Spinning Wheels (Request from Neighbours or buy for 1 RC each),
5 Lag Bolts (Craft or buy for 1 RC each)
20 Nuts (Craft or buy for 1 RC each)

A third Spinning Machine will cost 20 RC and require the same Materials.

To build a second Loom, you will need the following:

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Loom Materials List
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5 Warp Beams  (Request from Neighbour or buy for 1 RC each)
5 Lag Bolts  (Craft or purchase for 1 RC each)
3 Nails  (Craft or purchase for 1 RC each)
20 Nuts (Craft or purchase for 1 RC each)

A third Loom will cost 30 RC and require the same Materials.

I daresay that you will need these Machines for many more of the time-restricted Missions in future.  You therefore may wish to invest in a second Spinning Machine and a second Loom.

The other Machine that is required in this Quest is the Pie Machine.  A second Pie Machine will cost 15 RC and will need the following to complete:

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Pie Machine Materials List
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The Pie Machine will be unfinished when purchased and will require the following materials:

Feed Tray:x 5 (Request from Neighbours or pay 1 RC for each)
Lag Bolt x 8 (Craft or pay 1 RC for each)
Nail x 5 (Craft or pay 1 RC for each)
Nut x 25 (Craft or pay 1 RC for each)

The Tradition of Hina-Matsuri Festival
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The Hina-matsuri which is a Doll Festival dedicated to good fortune for Girls is known as the Momo-No-Sekku or Peach Blossom Festival as well. Peach blossoms, white rice wine and Hishi-Mochi (special rice cakes) are placed on the stand where the Hina dolls are displayed.

The Hina dolls traditionally are displayed on shelf tiers covered with a red carpet from the end of February until 3 March. When a girl is born, she often will be given a set of Hina dolls by her grandparents or parents, unless she will inherit the Hina dolls that have belonged to her family for generations.

Hina dolls traditionally represent the Emperor and Empress as well as their court. The custom was established during the Edo period in the 17th-18th century and is believed to have its roots in an ancient Chinese ritual wherein paper dolls were floated down a river to banish any evil or illness from the body.

I have written a more detailed desxription of the Festival and its origins:

Hina-matsuri or Girls' Day in Japan

Friday, February 13, 2015

Time-Restricted Journey to the West Quest and Apprentice Masques Collection Mission

There is a new time-restricted Mission in Family Farm Seaside, including both a Collections Mission and a traditional Quest sequence.  The new format for the traditional Quest sequence, followed here, appears to consist of three different Missions in one.  You will receive special Rewards for completing each of the three parts.  After completing Journey to the West IV, you will receive a special Gift Bag containing Farm Aids.  After completing Journey to the West VIII, you will receive a special cleanable Decoraiton for the Seaside Farm.  If you have not unlocked the Island yet, the Quest will end here.  For those who have unlocked the Island, completing the remainder of the sequence will give a Reward in the form of a Decoration for the Island at the end of Journey to the West XII.  You really cannot go forward after Journey to the West VIII if you do not have access to the Island.

The Collections Mission is as follows:

Collect 70 Tripitaka Masques from Grapes

Collect 50 Monkey King Masques from Sugar

Collect 30 Pigsy Masques from Pitaya Jam

Collect 10 Sandy Masques from Walnut Tree

Reward: Golden Peach Tree

The Golden Peach Tree can be purchased in the Market for 8 RC for those who haven't the patience to perform the Collections!

Journey to the West I
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Darryl:  The Opera Festival is coming, but I'm lacking ideas for what to present in school  I want some ideas from Grandma and Felicia but they're too busy working on the farm.  Let's help them ut so that they can come up with some ideas for me!

Harvest 40 Wheat
  Skip for 20 RC

Collect 40 Eggs
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 40 Wheat Bread
  Skip for 20 RC

Darryl:  We are so efficient!  Now it's time to brainstorm!

REward: 1000 Coins, 160 XP

Journey to the West II
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Darryl:  Felicia introduced me to a Chinese story called 'Journey to the West' and I'm so fascinated with it!  How about a piece on 'Journey to the West'?  let's start writing the script after lunch!  Oh, we forgot to cook!
 

Produce 40 Veggie Burger
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 12 Apple Juice
  Skip for 6 RC

Produce 20 Orange Jam
  Skip for 10 RC

Darryl:  That was a nice lunch!  Let's get started with the script!

Reward: 1000 Coins, 160 XP

Journey to the West III
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Darryl: Wow!  There are so many fascinating parts to the story!  Should I choose the part where the Monkey King is fighting in the clouds or when he is protecting his master from the Bull Demon King to cross the mountain of flames?


Harvest 6 Lychee Fruits
  Skip for 6 RC

Prepare 12 Orange Crumble
  Skip for 12 RC

Prepare 12 Crepes
  Skip for 12 RC

Darryl:  In the end, I choose the second one, and I think it'll be more exciting!

Reward: 1000 Coins, 170 XP

Journey to the West IV
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Darryl:  Now I need at least four people to play the roles.  I called my best friends and they're really interested!  We'll discuss the details at our farm.  Grandma's preparing Grape Juice for us and some special snacks!

Produce 40 Grape Juice
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 12 Cheese Salads
  Skip for 12 RC

Prepare 6 Honey Syrup
  Skip for 6 RC

Darryl:  Which role do you want to play?

Reward: 1000 Coins, 170 XP

As with the previous time-restricted Mission, completing Part IV will give you a Reward in the form of a Special Mission Box that will include Super Watering Cans, Super Fertiliser and Power.

Mine contained 6 Super Fertiliser, 3 Super Watering Cans, 6 Power.


Journey to the West V
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Darry:  So here the story goes.  Once upon a time, the Monkey King accopanied his master, Tripitaka, along with Sandy and Pigsy on their journey to the West.  They arrived at the Mountain of flames and were racking their brains as to how to cross.

Fish 12 Times with the Squid Hook
  Skip for 12 RC

Collect 6 jars of Nectar
  Skip for 6 RC

Request 20 Golden Cudgels from your Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Darryl:  It was impossible to cross the mountains without a magic fan which could only be borrowed from the Princess of the Iron Fan.

Reward: 1000 Coins, 180 XP

Journey to the West VI
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Darryl:  The Monkey King asked to borrow the fan but was rejected.  He then transformed into a bee and flew into her stomach, forcing her to hand it over.  However, she deceived him by giving him a fake one which made the flames even stronger.

Fertilise Neighbours' Farms 40 times
  Skip for 40 RC

Collect 20 Magic Iron Fans from Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 10 Fruit Salads
  Skip for 10 RC

Darryl:  A fight is inevitable!

Reward: 1000 Coins, 180 XP

Journey to the West VII
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Darryl:  The Monkey King went to the Princess' husband, the Bull Demon King for help but it was a dead end.  He then transformed into the Bull Demon King.  The Princess gave him the fan willingly and was furious when her real husband came back.

Harvest 50 Sweet Potatoes
  Skip for 25 RC

Produce 12 Sago Bubbles
  Skip for 12 RC

Produce 12 Sago Puddings
  Skip for 12 RC

Darryl:  The Bull Demon King was inspired by the Monkey King and decided to trick him back!

Reward: 1000 Coins, 190 XP

Journey to the West VIII
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Darryl:  The Bull Demon King transformed into Pigsy and  volunteered to carry the magic fan and put out the fire.  He earned the Monkey King's trust and retrieved the fan.  Once the Monkey King realised, nobody could stop their fierce battle.

Place the Golden Peach Tree
  Reward from Collections Mission or purchase for 8 RC from Market

Prepare 12 bowls of Golden Peach Sago Puddings
  Skip for 12 RC

Prepare 20 Grape Ice Cream
  Skip for 20 RC

Darryl:  The Goddess of Mercy appeared and reconciled them. The Princess agreed to lend the fan, and they crossed the mountain successfully!

Reward: 1000 Coins, 190 XP

Final Reward: Mountain of Flowers and Fruit Decoration for Seaside Farm, cleanable and gives Purple Gift Box

Register for 6 Medals and 15 Green Mystrons

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For the next series of tasks, you will need access to the Island.  There is no batch production on the Island.  This last set of tasks will take longer than the previous eight.

Journey to the West IX
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Darryl:  At last we've finalised the script and all the roles are settled on, but it's tons of work to prepare our costumes and props.  We can't make it by ourselves, but Dad will help us if we help him with his work on the Island Farm.

Craft 12 Crosscut Saws
  Skip for 12 RC

Craft 12  Wooden Cylinders
  Skip for 12 RC

Sell 2 Flower Tables from Seaside Farm
  Make these on Island and transport to Seaside Farm to sell
  Skip for 2 RC

Darryl:  Thanks so much, Dad, and now we have all our wonderful props!

Reward: 1000 Coins, 200 XP

Journey to the West X
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Darryl:  What about our costumes?  Maybe we can buy some materials from the market and make the costumes ourselves.  We should also see how the others are doing and see how the preparation for the opera festival is going!

Produce 60 Caramel
  Skip for 30 RC

Produce 60 Camel Hair Yarn
  Skip for 30 RC

Produce 60 Lavender Essential Oil
  N.B.  You must transport 60 Lavender from Seaside to Island
  Skip for 30 RC

Darryl:  Although it's late after coming back form the market, every one is excited.  Things are going very well!

Reward: 1000 Coins, 200 XP

Journey to the West XI
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Grandma and Felicia finished their work on the farm and they say they'll help us make the costumes.  Do yo wanna see our rehearsal?  Oh, it's a secret until the opera festival.  Wait and see!

Prepare  30 Caramel Honey Sauce
  Skip for 30 RC

Prepare 6 Walnut Caramel Treats
  Skip for 6 RC

Produce 20 bags of Cassava Flour
  Skip for 20 RC

Darryl:  Everything is ready!  We're all excited and looking forward to the show!

Reward: 1000 Coins, 210 XP

Journey to the West XII
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Darryl:  Time to perform 'Journey to the West'!  After many rehearsals and meticulous preparation, we presented a wonderful opera show and earned lots of applause and even flowers!  Thank you every one, we wouldn't have made it without your help!


Produce 60 Tulip Bouquet
  Skip for 30 RC

Harvest 60 Camomile
  Skip for 30 RC

Produce 8 Camomile Baskets
  Skip for 8 RC

Darryl:  It wouldn't have been possible without every one's effot.  Thank you all so very much!

Reward: 1000 Coins, 210 XP

FINAL REWARD:  Monkey King Statue Decoration for Island Farm, gives Purple Cleaning Gift Box

Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Mining Option and new Decorations in the Market

There are a number of new developments in Family Farm Seaside.  One of these is the Daily Quests Log which will be discussed elsewhere.  It simply is a list of tasks that you can perform on a daily basis for Rewards that include golden raindrops, Coins and XP.  Some of these tasks are specific to the Island, but most can be performed on the original Farm.

If you have unlocked the Island, you now have a mining option as well as the ability to craft items that can be used to make new Decorations.  These Decorations earn the Farmer Dev Points when made for the first time and, although Decorations are called 'Landmark Buildings'.    Some of the items are crafted in existing buildings but others are crafted in the new Glass Factory.

A player asked why those of us who had unlocked all Crops, Animals, Trees and Machines would wish to increase our Dev Points.  Well, there is a new Pizza Machine in the Market that is unlocked only when a Player has  a total of 6000 Dev Points.  Is the Machine necessary?  Who knows?  I suspect that, like the Hot Dog Machine, it is optional at this point as few players will be able to attain those lofty Dev Point heights at this stage in the game.

How to Mine
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In order to do any mining, you must have equipment.  There is a wide variety of equipment, all of which must be crafted.  The Items you receive whenever you set off an explosion depend upon the equipment used.  Mining is a timed Event similar to Fishing.  Once you set off an Explosive at 100%, your percentage will decrease and it is only over the course of time that you will regain the percentages lost.  You still can set off more Explosions, however.

he percentage is related to the number of items currently in the Mine.  If your percentage is less than 10% and you try to load a stick of Dynamite, for example, you may see the following prompt:  The mine doesn't have enough items right now.  Please wait for it to refill or use another explosive! 

The most inexpensive and easiest equipment to use is a Pickaxe.  The following Items can be obtained with pickaxe mining:  Nitre (High Chance), Claystone (High Chance), Iron Ore (Rare Chance)


With Dynamite, you can obtain the following:

Nitre (High Chance), Quartz (High Chance), Silver Ore (Rare Chance)

Bomb: Nitre (High Chance), Copper Ore (High Chance), Gold Ore (Rare Chance)

Barrel Bomb: Iron Ore (High Chance), Nitre (High Chance), Silver Ore (Low Chance), Gold Ore (Rare Chance)

You can set off up to three different explosives at a time.  One is by choosing a Neighbour with access to the Island.  Drag your chosen Explosive or Pickaxe into each of the other two Bomb-shaped Icons, then tap 'Boom'.

Do always choose a Neighbour.  It appears that the Neighbour will use a random explosive.  In one case, my Neighbour used a stick of Dynamite and in another, a Bomb. 

If you have played CastleVille Legends, you will see that Mining is similar to the various expeditions you can take in that game where your choice of characters determines the chance of obtaining specific Items.

Begin with a Pickaxe, then craft Gunpowder or Dynamite from the Nitre you obtain and escalate from there.

What will occur after the explosion is that a number of items will fly out of the Mine's opening.  Tap on each one until the screen is cleared of them and you then will see your actual Explosion Reward which will consist of a number of different items, depending on the explosives used.

The items that you receive obviously are based on the explosives that are used.  The Neighbour's explosive is the only random one but you can produce a good chance of obtaining the items you need if you pay attention to the combinations of explosives that actually RESULT in that item being obtained.

I have logged a number of combinations in another section of this post.  

The new Items added to the Workshop, Sawmill and Hardware Store are as follows:

Workshop Menu
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Gunpowder: 1333 Coins
  Ingrdients:  Nitre x 1, Sawdust x 1
  Nitre is obtained from the Mine and Sawdust is crafted in the Sawmill.

Dynamite: 2768 Coins
  Ingredients:  Nitre x 2, Bamboo Shoot x 1
  Nitre is obtained from the Mine and Bamboo Shoot is harvested from the Bamboo Tree

Bomb: 3558 Coins
  Ingredients:  Gunpowder x 1, Iron Ingot x 1
  Gunpowder is crafted in the Workshop and Iron Ingot is crafted in the Hardware Store.

Barrel Bomb: 5401 Coins
  Ingredients:  Gunpowder x 1, Wooden Panel x 1
  Both ingredients are crafted in the Workshop

Stone Brick:2805 Coins
  INgredients:  Ceramic Plate x 1, Claystone x 2
  Ceramic Plate is made in the Hardware Store and Claystone is obtained from the Mine

Water Pipe: 3575 Coins
  Ingredients:  Lag Bolt x 2, Iron Ingot x 1
   Lag Bolt and Iron Ingot both are crafted in the Hardware Store

Grill: 33298 Coins
  Ingredients:  Copper Ingot x 15, Iron Ingot x 5

Cauldron: 58405 Coins
  Ingredients:  Nail x 25, Iron Ingot x 12
  Both ingredients are crafted in the Hardware Store

Cornerstone: 74763 Coins
  Ingredients:  Mirror x 8, Golden Glass x 3

Cornerstone (Silver): 55229 Coins
  Ingredients:  Silver Ingot x 5, Diamond x 3

Cornerstone (Diamond): 97569 Coins
  Ingredients:  Diamond x 8

Horn of a Unicorn: 118443 Coins
  Ingredients:  Diamond x 5, Gold Ingot x 8


Glass Factory
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The new Glass Factory costs 10,000 Coins and is complete when purchased.  You can have a total of two Glass Factories on your Island.  You can make the following:

Mirror: 4157 Coins
  Ingredients:  Quartz x 1, Silver Ore x 1
  Takes 15 Minutes

Ceramic Plate: 1636 Coins
  Ingredients:  Quartz x 2
  Takes 18 Minutes

Emerald Glass: 1526 Coins
  Ingredients:  Quartz x 1, Cactus x 12
  Takes  20 Minutes

Ruby Glass: 3606 Coins
  Ingredients:  Quartz x 1, Cranberry x 20
  Takes 1 Hour

Amethyst Glass: 6075 Coins
  Ingredients:  Quartz x 2, Violet x 8
  Takes 1 Hour

Golden Glass: 9194 Coins
  Ingredients:  Quartz x 3, Gold Ore x 1
  Takes 1 Hour, 40 Minutes

Sawmill:
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Pickaxe: 1755 Coins
  Ingredients:  Wooden Cylinder x 2,
  Cost: 1185 Coins

Sawdust: 925 Coins
  Ingredients:  Oak Wood x 1, Cedar Wood x 1
  Cost: None

Hardware Store:
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Copper Ingot: 1458 Coins
  Ingredients:  Copper Ore

Iron Ingot: 2155 Coins
  Ingredients:  Iron Ore

Silver Ingot: 3655 Coins
  Ingredients:  Silver Ore

Gold Ingot: 7042 Coins
  Ingredients: Gold Ore

Diamond: 11957 Coins
  Ingredients: Rough Diamond
  Combine different explosives to find it in the Mine Caves

Crafting the New Decorations
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A list of all Decorations in the Market is included below but I wanted to discuss the crafting process for the new Decorations that are called 'Landmark Decorations' and earn Dev Points for the farmer when made for the first time.    To do so, I will use the Unicorn Father as an example.  Here is the price and materials needed:

Unicorn Father: 500 Coins
  Unfinished
  Increases Dev Points by 300 when built for the first time
  List of Materials Needed:
  Stone Brick x 20 (or pay 1 RC each)
  Water Pipe x 4 (or pay 1 RC each)
  Cornerstone (Gold) x 1 (or pay 15 RC)
  Horn of a Unicorn x 1 (or pay 20 RC)
  Complete instantly for 59 RC


Stone Bricks are made in the Workshop using 3 Ceramic Plates and 2 Claystone.  Ceramic Plates are crafted in the Glass Factory. using 2 Quartz each.

Water Pipes are crafted in the Workshop using 2 Lag Bolts and 1 Iron Ingot.

A Cornerstone (Gold) is made in the Workshop using 8 Mirrors and 3 Golden Glass.  Mirrors are made in the Glass Factory using 1 Quartz and 1 Silver Ore.  Golden Glass is made in the Glass Factory using 3 Quartz and 1 Gold Ore each.

The Horn of a Unicorn is made in the Workshop using 5 Diamonds and 8 Gold Ingots.

Remember that Workshop crafting requires Power and all other crafting takes time.

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You will receive a  Mine Bag from a Neighbour if you have helped him/her mine.  With it, the prompt: 'Thanks for your help.  Here is a mine bag for you.'

I received a Mine Gift Bag from a Neighbour that contained the following:

4000 Coins, Bomb x 1, Nitre x 1, Gold Ore x 1

Another contained:

4800 Coins, Nitre x 1, Iron Ore x 1

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Explosion Rewards Log
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Quartz x 3, Nitre x 9, Claystone x 4

With a Bomb and a Pickaxe, I received:  Iron Ore, Nitre x 4, Copper x 2, Claystone x 4

With a Pickaxe, a Dynamite and a Neighbour who threw in a Bomb, I received the following:  Nitre x 8, Claystone x 2, Quartz x 4, Silver Ore x 3, Gold Ore x 1, Copper Ore x 3

With a Pickaxe from a Neighbour, a Dynamite and a Barrel Bomb, I received:

Iron Ore x 3, Nitre x 4, Claystone x 3, Quartz x 3, Gold Ore x 2

Bomb, Barrel Bomb and Dynamite:  Iron Ore x 3, Silver Ore x 1, Quartz x 4, Nitre x 6, Copper Ore x 3

Pickaxe from Neighbour, Barrel Bomb and Bomb: Iron Ore x 4, Nitre x 6, Claystone x 3, Silver Ore x 1, Copper Ore x 3

Barrel Bomb from neigbhour, Barrel Bomb and Dynamite:  Iron Ore x 6, Silver Ore x 2, Quartz x 4, Nitre x 4, Gold ore x 2

A bomb I never saw before from a Neighbour, with a Bomb and a Barrel bomb gave me:  Iron Ore x 4, Nitre x 8, 1RC, 3 Power, Copper Ore x 6

With a Neighbour's Bomb, a Bomb and a Bareel Bomb:
  3 iron ore, 7 nitre, 1 silver ore, 6 copper ore, 1 gold




I then grew weary of logging everything and only listed the combinations that resulted in the acquisition either of a Rough Diamond or Gold Ore:

Dynamite, bomb, barrel bomb: rough diamond
barel bomb, bomb, barrel bomb gave two gold

pickaxe, bomb, barrel bomb, 1 rough diamond

pink bomb, dynamite, barrel bomb: 1 rough diamond
Barrel bomb, dynamite and bomb: 1 rough diamond


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Decorations in the Market
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With the release of the new Mining Option and the Glass Factory in mid-February of 2015, new Decorations were added to the Market that must be built using Materials one can craft.  These Decorations when purchased are incomplete obviously but completing one for the first time will earn the Farmer Dev Points.

Rabbit Plant Stand: 4 RC
  Cleanable

Panda Plant Stand:: 8 RC
  Cleanable

White Octopus: 4 RC
  Cleanable

Little Duck Parasol: 6 RC
  Cleanable

Little Round Table: 50000 Coins
  Cleanable

White Fish: 100000 Coins
  Cleanable

Deck Chair: 70000 Coins
  Cleanable

Sheep Plant Stand: 120000 Coins
  Cleanable

White Dolphin: 80000 Coins
  Cleanable
  Requires 3500 Dev Points

Cow Plant Stand: 120000 Coins
  Cleanable
  Requires 4200 Dev Points

Landmark Decorations
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Cranberry  Crystal Deco: 500 Coins
  Unfinished
  Increases Dev Points by 100 whe built for the first time

Cactus Crystal Deco: 500 Coins
  Unfinished
  Increases Dev Points by 120 when built for the first time

Flax Crystal Deco: 500 Coins
  Unfinished
  Increases Dev Points by 180 when built for the first time

Roast Spit: 500 Coins
  Unfinished
   Increases Dev Points by 180 when built for the first time

Cauldron Fire: 500 Coins
 Unfinished
 Increases Dev Points by 200 when built for the first time

Unicorn Child: 500 Coins
  Unfinished
  Increases Dev Points by 200 when built for the first time

Unicorn Mother: 500 Coins
  Unfinished
  Increases Dev Points by 250 when built for the first time

Unicorn Father: 500 Coins
  Unfinished
  Increases Dev Points by 300 when built for the first time
 

Crafting the new Landmark Decorations
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Cranberry Crystal Deco: 500 Coins
  Unfinished
  Increases Dev Points by 100 whe built for the first time
  Materials List:
  Wooden Panel x 1 (Craft or pay 1 RC each)
  Silver Ingot x 1 (or pay 1 RC each)
  Emerald Glass x 2 (Craft in Glass Factory or pay 1 RC each)
  Ruby Glass x 1 (Craft in Glass Factory or pay 1 RC each)
  Complete instantly for 5 RC

  A Wooden Panel is made in the Sawmill using 1 Red Sandalwood.  It takes 30 minutes to complete.
  A Silver Ingot is made in the Hardware Store using Silver Ore.
  Emerald Glass is made in the Glass Factory using 1 Quartz and 12 Cactus.  It takes 20 minutes to complete.
  Ruby Glass is made in the Glass Factory using 1 Quartz and 20 Cranberries.  It takes 1 hour to complete.

Cactus Crystal Deco: 500 Coins
  Unfinished
  Increases Dev Points by 120 when built for the first time
  Materials List:
  Wooden Panel x 2 (Craft or pay 1 RC each)
  Silver Ingot x 1 (Craft or pay 1 RC each)
  Emerald Glass x 3  (Craft or pay 1 RC each)
  Amethyst Glass x 1 (Craft of pay 1 RC each)
  Complete instantly for 7 RC

Flax Crystal Deco: 500 Coins
  Unfinished
  Increases Dev Points by 180 when built for the first time
  Materials List:
  Wooden Panel x 4 (Craft or pay 1 RC each)
  Silver Ingot x 1 (Craft or pay 1 RC each)
   Emerald Glass x 4 (Craft or pay 1 RC each)
  Golden Glass x 1 (Craft or pay 2 RC each)
  Complete instantly for 11 RC

Roast Spit: 500 Coins
  Unfinished
   Increases Dev Points by 180 when built for the first time
  Materials List:
  Grill x 1: Craft or pay 10 RC)
  Wooden Plank x 3 (Craft or pay 1 RC each)
  Claystone x 8 (1 RC each)
  Complete instantly for 21 RC

Cauldron Fire: 500 Coins
 Unfinished
 Increases Dev Points by 200 when built for the first time
 Materials List:
 Cauldron (Craft or pay 15 RC each)
 Wooden Plank x 5 (Craft or pay 1 RC each)
 Claystone x 20 (Pay 1 RC each)
  Complete instantly for 40 RC

Unicorn Child: 500 Coins
  Unfinished
  Increases Dev Points by 200 when built for the first time
  Materials List:
  Stone Brick x 5 (Craft or pay 1 RC each)
  Water Pipe x 1 (Craft or pay 1 RC each)
  Cornerstone (Silver) x 1 (Craft or pay 5 RC each)
  Horn of a Unicorn (Craft or pay 20 RC each)
  Complete instantly for 41 RC

Unicorn Mother: 500 Coins
  Unfinished
  Increases Dev Points by 250 when built for the first time
  Materials List:
  Stone Brick x 12 (Craft or pay 1 RC each)
  Water Pipe x 2 (Craft or pay 1 RC each)
  Cornerstone (Diamond) x 1 (Craft or pay 20 RC each)
  Horn of a Unicorn x 1 (Craft or pay 20 RC each)
  Complete instantly for 54 RC

Unicorn Father: 500 Coins
  Unfinished
  Increases Dev Points by 300 when built for the first time
  Materials List:
  Stone Brick x 20  (Craft or pay 1 RC each)
  Water Pipe x 4 (Craft or pay 1 RC each)
  Cornerstone (Gold)  Craft or pay 15 RC each)
  Horn of a Unicorn (Craft or pay 20 RC each)
  Complete instantly for 59 RC

Friday, January 30, 2015

Time-Restricted Winter Break Quest and Surfboard Collections Mission

The Mission is two-fold as usual with a Collections Mission and a traditional Quest sequence.  The main difference between this time-restricted Mission and those that preceded it is that it is the very first to incorporate the Island in the Tasks.  The traditional Winter Break Quest sequence therefore hs been divided into three main Parts, each comprised of four groups of tasks.  At the end of each group of four, you will receive a special Reward.  The first is a Reward that consists of Farm Aids.  The second is a Decoration for the Seaside Farm and the third is a Decoration for the Island Farm.  If, therefore, you have not unlocked the Island yet, you still can complete Winter Break I through Winter Break VIII to receive the Seaside Decoration Reward.  It is only Winter Break XI and Winter Break XII that include Tasks that require access to the Island.

The Collections Mission is as follows:

Collect Surfboards as follows:

70 Blue Surfboards from Daisies

50 Red Surfboards from Wine

30 Green Surfboards from Apple Candy

10 Purple Surfboards from Elderberry

Reward:  Plumeria Tree and Super Watering Can (x12)

The traditional Quest sequence essentially is in three parts, with a Reward for completing the fourth part of each sequence.  When you complete Winter Break IV, you will receive a special Gift Package that contains Super Fertiliser, Super Watering Cans and Power.  When you complete Winter Break VIII, you will receive a Sandcastle Decoration for your Seaside Farm.  When you complete Winter Break XII, you will receive a Play Area Decoration for your Island Farm.  Note that this is the first time-restricted Mission that includes both the Seaside Farm and the Island Farm.  If you have not unlocked the Island Farm yet, you still can complete most of the Tasks in the traditional Quest sequence.

Note that you need not complete the Collections Mission in order to obtain the important Reward, which is the Plumeria Tree.  You can purchase that in the Market for 6 RC if you prefer.

If you study the traditional Quest sequence, you will see that different tasks in the early portions of the Quest require the production of Items that randomly produce Surfboards.  In Winter Break II, you need to harvest 40 Daisies.  In Winter Break V, 4 Elderberries and 50 Bottles of Wine are required.  Daisies produce the Blue Surfboards of which you need a total of 70.  Wine produces the Red Surfboards of which you need a total of 50 and Elderberries produce the Purple Surfboards of which you need a total of 10.  It therefore makes sense here not to complete the Collections Mission too early, especially as you will not need the Plumeria Tree until Winter Break VII.

Winter Break I
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Darryl:  This winter is just getting colder and colder.  Besides working on the farm, Felicis and I are just staying at home, watching movies or playing video games.  Let's do some morning exercises by finishing tasks on the farm.

Harvest 6 Apples
  Skip for 6 RC

Harvest 40 Grapes
  Skip for 40 RC

Produce 40 sacks of Wheat Flour
  Skip for 20 RC

Darryl:  What fine weather we're having today!  let's see what we can do next!

Reward: 1000 Coins, 160 XP

Winter Break II
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Darryl:  Woohoo!  Dad called me and said he was in Thailand for a business trip and he got 2 tickets for us to visit him in Koh Samui!  I must find Felicia and tell her the good news!  Can you help me finish some tasks while I look for my sister?

Harvest 40 Green Beans
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest 40 Daisies
  Skip for 20 RC

Collect 40 Eggs
  Skip for 20 RC

Darryl:  What do we have to pack for this trip?  I've nevef been to Thailand before.  Does Thailand have snow?

Reward: 1000 Coins, 160 XP

Winter Break III
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Darryl:  Grandma will be alone at the farm while Felicia and I are away.  Let's finish some tasks for her before we leave!


Harvest 40 Oats
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 40 Wheat Breads
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 20 lots of Batter
  Skip for 10 RC

Darryl:  It's time to go.  We'll be back soon.  Grandma.  We love you!

Reward:  1000 Coins, 170 XP

Winter Break IV
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Darryl:  We're in Bangkok!  ANd now we have a 10 hour transit to Koh Samui.  So we've decided to leave the airport for a while and go to a place called Siam Square where fashion, food and other trendy things are all available in the heart of city.

Harvest 40 Tomatoes
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 10 Crumbly
  Skip for 10 RC

Collect 4 Maple Syrup
  Skip for 4 RC

Darryl:  Just a few hours is not enough to discover the centre of Bangkok!  Hope I can come here again soon.

Reward: 1000 Coins, 170 XP, 1 Special Mission Box containing in my case, 6 Super Fertiliser, 3 Super Wateirng Cans, 6 Power

Reward:  Special Missions Package that contains Super Fertiliser, Super Watering Cans and Power.  When you complete Winter Break IV, you will find this package in your Gift Box.

Winter Break V
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Darryl:  Yay!  Here we are in Samui!  It's so warm and the beach is so beautiful here!  I can't wait to take a walk around.  But maybe after a few drinks?

Harvest 4 Elderberries
  Skip for 4 RC

Produce 20 Glasses of Cherry Juice
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 50 bottles of Wine
  Skip for 25 RC

Darryl:  Feeling energised after topping up with some fresh juice.  We can take a tour now!

Reward: 1000 Coins, 180 XP

Winter Break VI
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Darryl:  Finally, we met Dad in Samui!  We miss him so much.  He said he was going to take us to Koh Tao (another island near Samui) by speed boat this afternoon.  It might take a few hours to get there.  Shall we prepare some snacks before we go?

Harvest 50 Spinach
  Skip for 25 RC

Produce 50 Veggie Burgers
  Skip for 25 RC

Produce 50 Beef Salami
  Skip for 25 RC

Darryl:  Hope these snacks will be enough for us before we arrive in Koh Tao!

Reward: 1000 Coins, 180 XP

Winter Break VII
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Darryl:  Wow!  Koh Tao is amazing!  White sandy beaches, clear waters with swrils of aquamarine.  Dad promises us he'lll teach us some snorkeling basics so we can go later.

Place Plumeria Tree
  Reward for Collections Mission

Collect 50 Goose Feathers
  Skip for 25 RC

Collect 50 Peacock Feathers
  Skip for 25 RC

Darryl:  There are so many colourful coral formations under the sea that maintain balanace in our environment.  We really should protect them.

Reward: 1000 Coins, 190 XP

Winter Break VIII
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Darryl:  After snorkeling we moved to Sairee beach to enjoy the incredible sunset over the sea and watch acrobati fire shows during the evening.  I'm feeling hungry, does any one feel the same as me?


Harvest 4 Jackfruit
  Skip for 4 RC

Prepare 6 Soft Dough
  Skip for 6 RC

Prepare 6 Tofu
  Skip for 6 RC

Darryl:  This was the best day ever!  I think i'm falling in love with this island now!

Reward: 1000 Coins, 190 XP, 1 Sandcastle Decoration

Reward:  Sandcastle Decoration, when you have completed Winter Break VIII.  The Sandcastle is Cleanable and produces a Purple Gift Box.

NOTE:  If you have not unlocked the Island, you will not be able to complete the last portion of this traditional Quest sequence as two of the Tasks require access to the Island.  In Winter Break XI, you need to ship 100 Daisies to the Island.  In Winter Break XII, you need to ship Angora Hair made by the Angora Rabbit from the Seaside Farm to the Island, process it in the Spinning Machine there, then ship it BACK to the Seaside Farm to sell it from the Barn there.  Without access to the Island, skipping these Tasks will cost a total of 80 RC.  The Decoration that is the Reward for completing the last four steps in the Quest sequence is one that can be used ONLY on the Island.

Winter Break IX
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Darryl:  Dad said we're going to Nangyuan Island this morning and we'll take a small hike up the mountain to the viewing point.  Shall we prepare something before we go?

Produce 60 sacks of Rice Flour
  Skip for 30 RC

Produce 12 plates of  Fried Vegetables with Soy Sauce
  Skip for 12 RC

Produce 12 Tofu Vegetable Soup
  Skip for 12 RC

Darryl:  The sight from the viewing point is excellent!  Felicia doesn't stop taking selfies!  Haha!

Reward: 1000 Coins, 200 XP

Winter Break X
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Darryl:  Time goes by so fast.  Now it's time to pack and go back home where we beliong.  It's sad to leave but nice to go home and see Grandma.  Oh yeah, Grandma asked us to get postcards for her!  I almost forgot!

Request 20 Thai Postcards from Neighbours
  Skip for 10 RC

Harvest 4 Plumeria
  Skip for 4 RC

Harvest 60 Lavender
  Skip for 30 RC

Darryl:  Bye bye Thailand.  You treated us so well on this trip!  We'll come back for sure!

Reward: 1000 Coins, 200 XP

Winter Break XI
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Darryl:  Grandma said all three of us look very tanned!  She also said we have a lot of work to catch up with.  Let's do it now!

Transport 100 Daisies to the Island Farm
   Skip for 50 RC

N.B.  Note that this task will be completed only when the Daisies arrive on the Island.  This will take 100 minutes.

Prepare 6 Coconut Milk
  Skip for 6 RC

Make certain that you have Sugar as the Apple Candy required to collect the Green Surfboards will have used huge stocks of your Sugar.

Prepare 6 Sweet Jackfruit
  Skip for 6 RC

Darryl:  It's so cold here!  I want to go back to Samui again!

Reward: 1000 Coins, 210 XP

Winter Break XII
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Darryl:  This trip wouldn't have happened without our dearest Dad.  It's always a nice trip when he organises it for us.  Let's do something nice for him!

Sell 60 Angora Hair Yarn at Seaside Farm

N.B.  You need to make the Angora Hair Yarn in the Spinning Machine, then transport it to the Seaside Farm.  Shipping Angora Hair to the Island requires 4 Minutes per Angora Hair.  Shipping Angora Hair Yarn to the Seaside Farm requires 5 Minutes per Angora Hair Yarn.  This is the task that can benefit most from advance planning!

Prepare 6 Jackfruit Cendols

Craft 6 Plumeria Wreathes
  Each Plumeria Wreath takes 15 Minutes to complete.

Darryl:  Can't wait for the next trip.  I'm already wondering where we'll go next!

Reward: 1000 Coins, 210 XP

FINAL REWARD:  Play Area Decoration for Island Farm.  The Decoration is cleanable and yields a Purple Gift Box

New Recipes have been added to the Kitchen Menu on Page 2:

Tofu: 870 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Green Bean x 3, Soft Dough

Fried Vegetables with Soy Sauce: 105 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Soy Sauce, Spinach

Tofu Vegetable Soup: 1013 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Tofu, Fried Vegetables with Soy Sauce

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Sweet Jackfruit: 57 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Jackfruit, Maple Syrup

Cendol: 603 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Coconut Milk, Rice Flour x 2

Jackfruit Cendol: 690 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Sweet Jackfruit, Cendol

One new Recipe has been added to the Beauty Shop:

Plumeria Wreath: 255 Coins, Takes 15 Minutes to complete
  Ingredients:  Plumeria, Lavender x 4, Laurus Leaf

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Time-Restricted Aurora Adventure and Troll Collections Missions

A new time-restricted Mission has been released in Family Farm Seaside.  Today as well, there are some new sale packages including two that contain cleanable Decorations.  Note that here, as in everything else, the Mission is restricted to a single Farm.  In this case, it is the original Seaside Farm and you will not use the Island or its products in any way in the course of this Mission.

The time-restricted Mission is two-fold.  There is both a Collections Mission and a Quest sequence.

There are two different types of Collections Mission.  In one, you must place a special time-limited Building, collect items and then redeem them for four different prizes.  The final Prize can be redeemed only after you redeem one of each of the lesser prizes, then collect a specific number of items for the final Reward.  The other type of Collections Mission is this one, wherein you collect four different colours of a specific item from four specific Crops, Trees and Machines.  There are usually two Rewards when you have collected the total required of each colour of item.  One usually is a Tree or Bush and the other is a Decoration. 

Here are the requirements for this Collections Mission:

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70 Yellow Trolls from Corn
50 Red Trolls from Cherry Juice
30 Orange Trolls from Orange Jam
10 Green Trolls from Jackfruit Tree

Rewards:  Norwegian House and Blackcurrant Bush
N.B.  Blackcurrant Bush can be purchased in Market for 7 RC as well

The second aspect of this time-restricted Mission is a traditional Quest sequence called 'Aurora Adventure'.  Here are the tasks for this sequence:

Aurora Adventure I
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Felicia:  I'm so excited!  Dad invited me and Darryl to go to Norway with him.  He wants to show us some of the places he knows.  And guess what... not it's the perfect time to see the aurora there!  Let's finish our tasks before we leave.


Harvest 4 Oranges
  Skipf or 4 RC

Harvest 40 Corn
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 40 Bundles of Angora Hair
  Skip for 20 RC

Felicia:  Awesome!  Now we can pack our things and get ready to go!

Reward: 1000 Coins, 160 XP

Aurora Adventure II
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Felicia:  We have finally arrived in Oslo!  I want to see the aurora now, but it's still a long way away.  Darryl wants to start checking out the town now, but le'ts get some food first.  My stomach is rumbling after that long flight!

Prepare 40 Loaves of Oat Bread
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 8 Bowls of Sunrise Porridge
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 6 mugs of Dark Beer
  Skip for 6 RC

Felicia:  The food was delicious, but I definitely wasn't prepared for the cold weather here!

Reward: 1000 Coins, 160 XP

Aurora Adventure III
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Felicia:  We should get going soon.  It's a long way to North Cape and we only have a few days to reach it!  But wait!  Look, there's a souvenir shop, let's take a look!  Awww, these little Troll souvenirs look so cute!  Let's buy some!

Sell products worth (a total of) 20,000 Coins from your Seaside Barn
  Skip for 10 RC

N.B.  Be careful what you sell!  Study the quest sequence to see what you will need to keep in your Barn for the tasks!

Craft 10 Peacock Feather Earrings in the Beauty Shop
  Skip for 10 RC

 N.B.   Each pair of Earrings requires 1 Pearl, 2 Peacock Feathers and 1 pair of Earring Hooks.  You can request Earring Hooks from Neighbours.   Each pair of Paacock Feather Earrings takes about 12 miinutes to complete.  Note that if you do not have 10 Pearls in stock and do not wish to go through the process of fishing and processing any Scallops you may catch, skipping this task costs the same amount of RC as you would spend in paying 1 RC for each Pearl.  You will gain XP for each pair of Earrings crafted as well as being able to sell the Earrings later for 301 Coins each.  The disadvantage is the time required to produce 10 of them, depending on how many slots you have in your Beauty Shop.

Prepare 10 cups of Maple Milk Tea
  Skip for 10 RC

N.B.  Ingredients for Maple Milk Tea are Milk x 2, Maple Syrup

Felicia:  i think Grandma will love these Trolls, but enough time hanging around here.  Let's get going!

Reward: 1000 Coins, 170 XP

Aurora Adventure IV
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Felicia:  What town is this?  The sign says Bergen.  Oh, it's so beautiful, especially these old buildings along the coast.  I have never seen anything like this before.  Oh, what's that smell?  It smells like some kind of fish!

Fish 12 Times with the Bone FishHook
  Skip for 12 RC

Prepare 6 Baked Tilapia
  Skip for 6 RC

N.B.  Baked Tilapia ingredients are 1 Tilapia (unprocessed) and Wheat Flour x 3

Prepare 6 Lemon Fish
  Skip for 10 RC

N.B.  Lemon Fish ingredients are: 1 Butterfish and 1 Lemon

Note that Fishing is a timed activity.  You cannot fish 12 times in one fishing trip unless you are willing to pay RC for extra attempts.  It is a waiting game, like the business with your Power.  Fishing tries like Power are replenished over the course of time.  If, therefore, you have not completed the Collections Mission yet, focus on that rather than speeding these tasks by using RC.

Felicia:  Who would have thought that fermented fish could taste so good?

Reward: 1000 Coins, 170 XP

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Felicia:  I have never tasted anything like that before.  Now I know what to make when I go back to Grandma's!  But we can't be staying around here too long.  I want to see the aurora!  We have to get going!  Let's make some food to take with us!

Place Norwegian House on your Farm
  Reward from Collections Mission

Harvest 4 Blackcurrants
  Skip for 4 RC

Produce 20 Cherry Juice
  Skip for 10 RC

Felicia:  The food is packed, next stop Trondheim!

Reward: 1000 Coins, 180 XP

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Felicia:  Darryl, check this out!  We have arrived in Trondheim and look at that building, it looks amazing!  I bet we can find something interesting around there.  What is that shiny thing over there?

Craft 6 Pearl Necklaces in the Beauty Shop
  Skip for 6 RC

N.B.  Each Pearl Necklace requires 1 Red Cord Necklace, 1 Pearl and 1 Sea Snail Shell.  Process Scallops in the Seafood House to obtain Pearls randomly and Nautica Sea Snails in the Seafood House to obtain Sea Snail Shells randomly.   Each Necklace takes 15 minutes to complete.  The time needed to process a Nautica Sea Shell is 50 Minutes with the Sea Snail Shell as a possible, not guaranteed result.  Simiarly, the Pearl is not guaranteed when you process a Scallop but it takes only 3 Minutes to process each Scallop.

Prepare 6 Blackcurrant Jello
  Skip for 6 RC

Prepare 10 Grape Cornbread
  Skip for 20 RC

Felicia:  That was amazing, it was the king's crown jewels they had on display!  I could almost touch them!  I wish that one day I could wear them!

Reward: 1000 Coins, 180 XP

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Felicia:  Time to get going again, but let's get something to eat first!  Dad found a food festival in town.  Let's see if we can trade some of our things for some food!

Produce 40 glasses of Orange Juice
  Skip for 20 RC

Craft 8 Toy Reindeer
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 6 plates of Surf n Turf
  Skip for 10 RC

Felicia:  That went well!  We got some delicious food and were even able to get some secret recipes on the way!

Reward: 1000 Coins, 190 XP

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Fellicia:  We're almost there, and I'm really excited to see the beautiful aurora!  Those towns were so beutiful.  I wish we never had to leave.  But now it's time to go to our last stop at North Cape and hopefully see the aurora from there!

Produce 50 Wool
  Skip for 25 RC

Help to fertilise Neighbours' farms 40 times
  Skip for 40 RC

Prepare 6 Spicy Flank Steak
  Skip for 6 RC

Felicia:  Oh no!  It looks like a storm is brewing!

Reward: 1000 Coins, 190 XP

Aurora Adventure IX
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Felicia:  The roads are closed because of too much snow... And we are so close to reaching North Cape.  Why is dad looking so calm on the phone?  Who is he calling?

Request 20 Dog Sleighs from Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 50 Daisy Bouquets
  Skip for 25 RC

Prepare 8 Blackcurrant Sauce
  Skip for 8 RC

Felicia:  Dad never stops surprising us.  He called up some friends to get us to North Cape with their sledge dogs.  This is the best day ever!

Reward:  1000 Coins, 200 XP

Aurora Adventure X
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Felicia:  Who would've known that dad had friends up here that could help us?  It looks like Darryl is having the time of his life on the sledge.  And look, I can see the Globe Monument.  We made it.

Prepare 8 plates of Blackcurrant Turkey
  Skip for 8 RC

Produce 10 Tiramisu
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 60 jars of Blueberry Jam
  Skip for 30 RC

Felicia:  A perfect end to our trip!  The sky is clearing up and a fantastic aurora breaks through the clouds.  What a beautiful view.  Thanks, Dad!

Reward: 1000 Coins, 200 X"P

FINAL REWARD:  Winter Tent with Husky Dog, Cleanable Decoration that yields a Purple Gift Bag

New Kitchen Recipes
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New Recipes have appeared in the Kitchen and are required to complete the Quest sequence.  They are:

Blackcurrant Jello: 306 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Blackcurrant, Sugar x 2

Blackcurrant Sauce: 530 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Sour Cream, Blackcurrant Jello

Blackcurrant Turkey: 966 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Turkey x 3, Blackcurrant Sauce

Strategies for Mission
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For those of us who unlocked and played the Island, matters may be a little more complicated than for Farmers who did not opt to do so.  First of all, due to the incredible expense of the Island, many farmers sold much of their Barn Stock and it is possible that they may have to restock ingredients before they can complete the traditional Quest sequence in Aurora Adventure.

One item needed in particular was required in vast quantities on the Island.  This item is the Peacock Feather.  To obtain Peacock Feathers, you must feed a Peacock Rice.  The Peacock Feather is used to make Peacock Hats on the Island.  Beyond this, you will need Turkey to complete this Quest sequence.  Turkeys are fed Rice to produce the Turkey meat needed in the Quest.  You therefore should make certain that you have a fair quantity of Rice on hand if you do not have sufficient stocks of Peacock Feathers and Turkey in your Seaside Barn.

Another item that may have been depleted due to Island Quests and Helicopter Orders is the Pearl.  Pearls are a random bonus when you process a Scallop in your Seafood House.  Make certain that you have 12 Pearls on hand for use in the Beauty Shop to complete two of the tasks in the traditional sequence.   You will need Pearls to make Pearl Necklaces and Peacock Feather Earrings.  The actual Scallops are needed as well to make 6 Surf n Turf.  Each Surf n Turf requires 2 Turkey meat and 3 Dried Scallops.  You will need more Turkey for the new Kitchen recipe, Blackcurrant Turkey.  Each Blackcurrant Turkey requires 3 Turkey meat, and you need to produce a total of 8 of these.  You therefore will need 12 Turkey for the Surf n Turf and 24 Turkey for the Blackcurrant Turkey, a total of 36 Turkey.

The Beauty Shop is featured increasingly in the time-restricted Quests as well as being needed on the Island in conjunction with the Workshop.  As two items can be obtained only through request, it may be a good idea to request Earring Hooks and Glass periodically from Neighbours.  If you do not have the beautiful Water Fountain that produces Distilled Water every few hours, you need to request that from Neighbours as well from time to time.

Thanks to the active Volcano on the Island that produces four to six Power every few hours , many Farmers now are in a better position to complete time-restricted Quests.  For those who have not unlocked the Volcano yet, the best option is to clean as many Neighbour Decorations as possible to obtain the Gift Bags that randomly contain Power as well as OP and Coins.

A number of Trees are needed for this Mission.  Every Player should have a fair number of Orange Trees and Cherry Trees, but some may not own the Jackfruit Tree.  You will need it for the Island Missions as well as this time-restricted Mission so if you did not obtain it as a Quest Reward in the past, you really ought to invest in one.  

Wheat Flour can be requested as a Free Gift but Wheat, used to feed any sort of Sheep to produce Wool cannot be requested.  You therefore need to have sufficient Wheat on hand for the Quest sequence.  10 Wool are needed for the Red Cords that are an ingredient in the Pearl Necklaces.  50 more Wool are required as a Quest task.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Quick Q and A Reference Guide to the Island

The same questions are being asked again and again by players and although I have created an entire General Guide for the Island, it might be useful to post quick answers to the most frequently asked questions here.

My General Guide, including details about Missions, Expansions, all Island Items and so on can be found below or by following this link:

General Guide to Island

How do I unlock the Island?
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Answer:  To unlock the Island, you must complete all six pieces of a Puzzle.  Each piece of the Puzzle contains a series of specific tasks that must be completed or else 'skipped' by paying RC instead.  Note that the Island is an option for advanced Farmers.  Many of the Puzzle Pieces include tasks that represent significant progress on your Seaside Farm, such as the need to have upgraded your Warehouse to Level 4 or to have a total of 4 Batch Production Slots.  If you are interested in unlocking the Island option but have not made sufficient progress in your game, take a look at the Puzzle pieces and simply perform one at a time until you have met the most important requirements.  Note as well that the Island is an EXPENSIVE Option.  You will need a tremendous amount of Coins to do anything there.

What are Dev Points and how do I earn them?
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Answer: Dev Points are one of the key elements in making any progress on the Island.  You cannot earn them until you make the Island expansion that unlocks the Helipad and Helicopter Orders.  You then will be able to complete Helicopter Orders daily in order to earn Dev Points.   Dev Points can be earned by completing specific Island Missions as well.

Each Helicopter Order requires a total of two different items either from the Seaside Farm or from the Island.  There will be a total of four different Orders on the Board at any given time.  The Dev Point Reward will depend on the number of Orders filled from midnight to midnight.  The first two Orders carry a Reward of 10 Dev Points each.  The next five Orders that you fill carry a Reward or 5 Dev Points each.  Following that, the next 5 carry a Reward of 3 Dev Points each.  Then, the next five will have a Reward of 2 Dev Points each.  Finally, the Orders will carry a Reward of only 1 Dev Point each.  Any Orders that remain on the Board at midnight will have the Dev Point Reward reset to 10.

In the middle of February, a new option in the form of 'Landmark Decorations' that are crafted with materials obtained, inter alia, from the new Mine, was introduced.  When you make any of these Decorations for the first time, you will earn a significant number of Dev Points.

To see how many Dev Points you have earned, tap on the purple Star on the top left of your screen that shows your current Level of experience.  A screen will be displayed that shows the name of your Farm, the number of XP Points you need to reach the next Level, how many Neighbours have 'Liked' your Farm and finally, how many Dev Points you have earned.

Note that Items that are made on the original Seaside Farm must be transported to the Island before they can be used either to fill a Helicopter Order or to use in any Island Machine or Building.  Transport of Items to and from the Island is made by zeppelin.

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How and why do I transport Items?
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Seaside Farm Animals, Trees and Machines cannot be placed on your Island nor can Island Animals, Trees and Machines be placed on your original Seaside Farm.  The constant transport of Items to and from each Farm is a vital component of Island gameplay.  In my game, three out of the four Helicopter Orders displayed on the Board ALWAYS require Items from the original Seaside Farm.  You therefore must transport these Items by zeppelin before you can fill the Order.

Many of the Island Machines require ingredients that can be harvested or produced only on the orignal Seaside Farm.  Again, these Items must be transported by zeppelin before they can be used.  The Seaside Barn and the Island Barn are separate.

At this point in time, there are only a few ways to use Island Items on the original Seaside Farm.  One of these is the Beauty Shop where some ingredients can be made only on the Island.  If, however, you wish to sell Items directly from a Barn, it is only the Seaside Barn that will give you this option.  You therefore would have to transport Island items to the Seaside Farm if you wish to sell them.

Tip:  One of the first Seaside Items that you will need in large quantities is Honey.  Another is Wool, produced by any Sheep on the Seaside Farm.  Begin use of your Zeppelins to transport Honey and Wool as soon as possible for future use.

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How do the zeppelins work?
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The zeppelins should not be confused with the Helicopter even though Felicia may speak of both in the same way.  Helicopter Orders are specific and each Order takes 20 minutes.  Each Helicopter Order has a specific Coin value and is worth a specific number of Dev Points.

Zeppelin transport on the other hand, is open to any Item that you wish to transport and you are free to choose the path.  You will have the use of two Zeppelins when you unlock your Island but you can build three more.  Each Item takes a specific amount of time to transport and there can be a significant difference in transport times.  Crops tend to take the least amount of time, but transport time will depend on quantity as well.

For example, each Grape that you transport from the Seaside Farm to the Island takes 1 minute to reach its destination.  Each Island Crop that you transport to the Seaside likewises takes 1 minute.  Thus, 50 Grapes will take 50 minutes.

Each portion of Honey, on the other hand, takes 4 minutes to transport from the Seaside to the Island.  If, therefore, you choose to ship 90 Honey, that Zeppelin will be out of commission for other Orders for more than 6 Hours.

When you have only two Zeppelins, it is a good idea to limit the number of Items that you transport at any given point in time as one of your goals will be to earn Dev Points by completing Helicopter Orders.  Helicopter Orders usually do not require more than 6 or 7 items of any sort.  They do include Cooked Dishes, however, which require more time than Crops or Tree Fruits to transport.  Each Cooked Dish requires 8 Minutes to transport.  If you need six of that Cooked Dish for a Helicopter Order, it will take 48 Minutes to transport.  As 3 out of 4 Helicopter Orders may require Items from the Seaside Farm, you will need both of your Zeppelins to tranport the Items needed to fill one Order.

Finally, the way to use a Zeppelin is by finding the Zeppelin and tapping on it or by tapping on the Barn Icon in the lower left of your screen.  There is a difference between these two methods, however.  If you tap on the Barn, your only option will be to transport any Item in the Island Barn to the other Farm.  When you access the Seaside Barn, your only option will be to Sell any Item.  If you tap on the Zeppelin, however, a Menu will open that will allow you to choose tranport in either direction.  That Menu will display the current uses of your Zeppelins and the number of hours and/or minutes that each must travel before current transport is completed.

There is one other distinction between the two methods as well.  If you tap on the Barn, you will see ALL the items in that Barn.  If you tap on the Zeppelin, however, only a selection of the Items that you have in either Barn will be displayed.   This can be frustrating when you are trying to fill Helicopter Orders.

For example, if a Helicopter Order requires 2 Orange Crumble and you have none on your Island, tapping on the Zeppelin and then on the Cooked Dishes icon will open the Menu that displays the Cooked Dishes you have on your Seaside Farm.  Even if you have large quantities of Orange Crumble in your Seaside Barn, however, you may or may not see this in the Zeppelin Menu.  It is only if you yourself travel to the Seaside Farm and tap on your Barn there that you definitely will find the Orange Crumbles stored there.

The Zeppelin Items Menu therefore is a nice shortcut when it works.  If you do not find the Item you need when you open that Menu, however, you need to go to the Farm where the Barn is situated to discover truly whether or not the Item is stored there.

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Zeppelin Tips
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When you first unlock the Island, you may think that you need EVERYTHING but in fact, as time goes on, you may become weary of the constant zeppelin movement in both directions.  Additional Zeppelins always must be built and Materials become increasingly expensive as the list of materials begins to include such items as Wrenches and Screwdrivers.  I have four out of five of the Zeppelins and it is MORE than sufficient for my needs.  You have infinite time to complete the Missions, infinite time to unlock new items by earning Dev Points.  Why rush?

Some Items are needed regularly, however.  I always try to send some Honey and Goat Milk to the Island on a constant basis.

To replenish your Coin totals, you will find it useful to send Island Items to the Seaside Farm in order to be able to sell them.  I suggest that you send the most valuable items.  Zucchini Bread, made in the Flavoured Bread Machine, is a good choice as it sells for 400 Coins.  You have to process your Zucchini in the Dehydrator first, however.

Single Ingredient Products that have a good sale value include some of the Essential Oils.  In many cases, the ingredient has to be transported from the Seaside but even Honeysuckle Oil, which sells for 103 Coins, is a better choice than many Island products.  Peacock Hats sell for 226 Coins, another fairly good choice as, after completing some of the Island Missions, you will have an enormous stockpile of these!

Originally, I let some of my zeppelins idle while waiting for a new list of Helicopter Orders.  This was an error.  You need to remember that you always have the option to turn back a zeppelin at any time, cancelling the transport.  Zeppelin transport is one of the few Island options that is free, so it never hurts to cancel the trip.  Better though to have the zeppelin in use while waiting to see if you need any item desperately!

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Where do I find Materials to build Machines?
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Whenever you purchase or obtain any Machine on the Island, you will find that it is in an unfinished state.  To complete it, you usually will need four different Materials in specific quantitites.  One of the four types of Materials needed usually can be requested as a Free Gift from Neighbours, but the other three types must be crafted on the Island.  The Building where Materials are crafted is the Hardware Store.

You can have a total of four Hardware Stores.   This is one situation where more than one can be extremely useful, given the number of Materials you will need.  Each Material that is crafted in your Hardware Store has its own Coin price, its own Mastery level and its own time frame for completion.

The first Item in the Hardware Store menu is the Crosscut Saw.  This costs 25 Coins to make and will be completed almost instantly.  You need saws to harvest any Wood Trees on the Island.

The next couple of items will be used to complete the first Machines you buy or find on the Island.   Start to craft as many Nuts and Lag Bolts as you can as soon as possible because you will need extraordinary quantities of both.

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How do I unlock new Machines?
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Unlocking new Crops, Animals, Trees and Machines always is based on Dev Point totals.  If you wish to purchase any new Crop, Tree, Animal or Machine in the Market, you will be required to meet its Dev Point requirement first.

There is one other way to acquire a new Machine, however, and that is by completing a specific Island Expansion.  When you look at unexplored parts of the Island, you will see a number of unfinished Machines.  Complete the expansion where the Machine is placed to obtain that Machine.

Even when the first Machine of any type is obtained through Expansion, however, you will be unable to buy a second Machine of that type unless you have met the Dev Point requirement.

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What Crops should I grow first?
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As on your original Seaside Farm, Crops are used both to feed Animals and as ingredients for Products made in Machines.  Growing Crops will earn you XP but it will not increase your Dev Points.  Nor will Tree Harvests, Animal Harvests or Machine Production have any effect on your Dev Points.  You do need to produce as many Products as possible in your Machines to advance your Mastery of those Machines.

If you cannot use a Crop in the early stages of the game, there is not much point in growing it in quantity.  One Crop that cannot be used in the early stages is Garlic.  The Crops that you will use first probably are Alfalfa, Flax and Cassava.

Alfalfa is used to feed the Angora Goat that produces Mohair.  Mohair can be used in the Spinning Machine to produce your first Yarn in the form of Mohair Yarn.  Remember that production of ANY Item in any Machine will advance your Mastery and that Mastery is the key to unlocking new Items.

Flax is used in the Loom to produce Linen.  You therefore should grow Flax in quantity from the start.

Cassave is used in the Watermill to produce Cassava Flour.  This is another Crop that should be grown in quantity from the start.

Cranberries cannot be used really until you have a Pie Machine or a Dehydrator.  You can grow a few for future use or to create a beautiful display on your Farm, but the three Crops that are needed more at the start are Alfalfa, Flax and Cassava.

Why do my Trees vanish?
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Trees on the Island are divided into two categories.  These are the Fruit Trees and the Wood Trees.  Fruit Trees, once purchased and placed, like Seaside Trees, will remain on your Farm forever unless you sell them.  Wood Trees, on the other hand, have a limited niumber of Harvests.  There are two ways to discover how many Harvests any Wood Tree will yield.  The first is by tapping on the little information icon in the form of an 'i' when you access the Tree in the Market.  This will give you the following details about the tree: the product that it produces when cut, the number of times it can be harvested, the number of hours between harvests and the value of the Wood it produces.

You can discover how many harvests remain for any Wood Tree placed on your Island Farm by tapping on the actual tree.  You will see a fraction that indicates how many harvests remain out of the total number of possible harvests.  For example, 4/6 indicates that you have harvested the Tree twice and that four out of the total six possible harvests remain.

How Far Can I Go with RC?
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In terms of the Island, even a Player with infinite RC can make only a certain amount of progress by skpping Tasks in Missions and purchasing expansions with RC instead of fulfilling Item requirements.  The fact of the matter is that progress ultimately depends upon Mastery and Dev Points.  Mastery is earned only through the use of your Machines.  Dev Points can be earned both through Mission completion and completion of Helicopter Orders.  You cannot purchase them with RC.

In a single day, from midnight to midnight, the greatest amount of Dev Points you can earn through Helicopter Orders is 78 I believe.  Order Rewards (not the Orders themselves) are reset every Midnight to 10 Dev Points but you only can fill two Orders with that Reward.  The Reward then decreases to 5 Dev Points for the next 5 Orders you complete.  After that, you can complete 5 more Orders with 3 Dev Point Rewards, then 5 more Orders with 2 Dev Points and finally all remaining Orders will carry a value of 1 Dev Point only.   I honestly am not certain as to whether you can keep filling Orders for 1 Dev Point indefinitely until Midnight or not.  I never thought it was worthwhile to do so after completing the 5 Orders with 2 Dev Points.  The point of this is that one cannot earn significantly more than 78 Dev Points each day by filling Helicopter Orders.

The Dev Point value of any Mission depends on that specific Mission.  The first few Missions on the Island have no Dev Point Rewards.  Once you progress through different Mission sequences, you will discover that they will begin to carry Dev Point Rewards.  Beginning with 8 Dev Points, you ultimately can earn 15 Dev Points for completing a more advanced Mission.

Ultimately, the Missions themselves require that you achieve specific Dev Point totals and whether or not you wish to pay RC to 'skip' that requirement is your choice of course.  In some cases, if the next few Missions in the sequence can be completed without meeting that Dev Point total, you may find it worthwhile to skip the Dev Point requirement in that specific Task.  In other cases, however, you will find that the Dev Point requirement for the Mission actually is based upon the need to have unlocked Crops, Trees, Animals or Machines that can be unlocked only when you have achieved that number of Dev Points.
You therefore will find yourself at a standstill where the Missions are concerned until you have earned the Dev Points and there is no way to use RC to do THAT!

Machine Mastery is simply a matter of using the Machine in question.  You can make ANY Item in the Machine to earn Mastery Points.  It usually is best to use Island ingredients rather than being forced to transport ingredients from the Seaside Farm.  1 Star Mastery is earned with a total of 80 Items.  2 Star Mastery requires 600 Items and 3 Star Mastery requires 1800 items.  Again, this is nothing something that you can 'skip' by paying RC.

What is that Volcano on the Island?
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Yes, one of the later expansions does have a smouldering Volcano on the land.  When you have expanded to this point, you will find a working Volcano that produces 6 Power every three hours.

How do I know where to find Ingredients for Island Machines?
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I have made a list of all Machines with their Ingredients.  Each Ingredient includes a description with the Farm where you can find it, method of harvest or production and the amount of time needed to harvest it. Always remember that any Items from the Seaside Farm must be transported to the Island by Zeppelin before they can be used in a Machine there.

Here is the link to the page:

All Island and Seaside Items Needed for Island Machines

What Crops Should I Grow on the Island
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You do not unlock new Crops by growing Crops on the Island.  It is not general XP that will unlock new items, unlike the situation on the Seaside Farm.  It is your Dev Point total that decides whether or not a new Crop, Animal, Tree or Machine will be unlocked.  Your choice of Crops, therefore, should be based, at least at the very start, on whether or not you can use it at once for an Animal or Machine.

The first Animals and Machines you will be able to use are the Watermill, Loom, Spinning Machine and Angora Goat.  Here are the Crops that can be used initially:

Alfalfa:  Feed Alfalfa to the Angora Goat to produce Mohair
Cassava:  Use Cassava in the Watermill to produce Cassava Flour
Flax:  Use Flax in the Loom to produce Linen

Here are the products that can be used initially:

Mohair:  Use the Mohair produced by the Angora Goat in the Spinning Machine

You need to use all Machines constantly to obtain Mastery of them.  It is Mastery that will unlock new Product options in each Machine.

Once you have completed a number of Missions and earned some Dev Points, you will discover that Cranberry probably is the next useful Crop to grow.  It is used in at least three different Machines on the Island.  You can use it in the Yogurt Machine, the Pie Machine and the Dehydrator.  The Dried Cranberry made in the Dehydrator can be used in the Flavoured Bread Machine.

Another Crop that is used in more than one Machine is the Camomile.  Camomile is used in the Essential Oil Machine, the Flower Basket Machine and the Tea Master.  They are more 'advanced' Machines than the ones that use Cranberry, however, and Cranberry will be available sooner.

Although Garlic is available to farmers initially, it cannot be used until you have the Flavoured Bread Machine and 1 Star Mastery of that Machine.  Its only use initially would be to transport it to sell on Seaside.  It costs 88 Coins and sells for 100 Coins.  Your profit therefore would be 12 Coins.  There are other Crops and Items that give more profit in sales.

How do I earn Coins on the Island?
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The Island is extremely expensive, both in farming and in Machine use.  Every Machine that you obtain is unfinished and you will be required to complete it, primarily by making Materials in your Hardware Store.  Every Nut, Lag Bolt, Nail, Wrench and Screwdriver has a Coin cost as well as time factor for completion.  Even if you have saved Millions of Coins when you first unlock the Island, you will find yoru treasury completely depleted quite rapidly.

The only way to earn Coins ON the Island is by completing Helicopter Orders.  Every Helicopter Order has a coin value.  When the Helicopter returns, you will receive the Cois allocated to that Order.  This, unfortunately, offers a fairly limited income.

The way to earn more Coins from Island gameplay is by transporting Items FROM the Island Farm to the Seaside Farm.  You do this by using the Zeppelins.  The real problem with zeppelin transport is twofold:  you only have a limited number of Zeppelins and transport of any Item takes time.

Every Crop that is transported by Zeppelin takes 1 Minute.  If, therefore, you ship 50 Crops, it will take 50 minutes for them to reach the Seaside Farm where they can be sold for Coins.

Every Product, whether it is an Animal or Machine product, takes 5 minutes.  If, therefore, you ship 10 pies, it will take 50 minutes for them to reach the Seaside Farm where they can be sold for Coins.  If you split the Order in half, using two Zeppelins, it will take 25 minutes for each Order of 5 pies to reach Seaside.

As on Seaside, every item has its own specific Coin value.  Products tend to be worth more than Crops, but as you can see, take longer to transport.  It is a good idea to plan your shipments, using the Zeppelins for larger Orders when you are not playing actively and using them for small Orders to fill Item requirements for Helicopter Orders when you are playing actively.

Examples of Items that are worth the effort to transport and sell include Peacock Hats.  Obviously you must transport the Peacock Feathers first from the Seaside Farm, but when the finished Hat is sent back to Seaside, you can earn almost 10,000 Coins (9944 Coins to be precise) for 44 Peacock Hats.

Cost and Profit
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Obviously, the actual Profit made in the sale of any Item is not the Coin amount that you receive.  You must deduct the original Cost of producing the Item before you can see what the actual profit is.  In the case of the Peacock Hat, you must deduct the price of the Camel Hair and the Peacock Feather first.

Camel Hair is made when a Camel eats Cactus.    Cactus costs 55 Coins to plant.  If you transported the Cactus to the Seaside and sold it there, you would receive 57 Coins, a profit of 2 Coins.  By feeding it to a Camel instead and then shipping the Camel Hair, you would receive 60 Coins.  Deduct the original cost of the Cactus and you have a profit of 5 Coins.
A Peacock Feather is produced when a Peacock eats Rice.  The cost of Rice is  95 Coins and a Peacock Feather sells for 132 Coins.   That means that selling a Peacock Feather will net you a profit of 37 Coins.  If you combine Camel Hair and Peacock Feather in the Hat Machine to make a Peacock Hat, you can transport that to the Seaside Farm and sell it for 226 Coins.  Deduct the cost of the original Cactus and Rice, a total of 150 Coins.  The profit is 76 Coins.  That is a far greater profit than you would receive by selling the raw ingredients.

The only problem here is the trouble and time it takes to transport first, the Peacock Feathers TO the Island and afterwards, the Peacock Hats FROM the Island back to the Seaside Farm.  Note, however, that the time it takes for ANY Product is the same.  You therefore are best advised to ship only the most valuable Items to the Seaside if you wish to earn Coins from them.

Perhaps we can compare the profit gained from the sale of Peacock Hats to that gained from the sale of Goose Hats.  The primary ingredient, Camel Hair produced by the Camel when it is fed Cactus is the same.  The only difference will be the cost of the Goose Feather.  A Goose eats Lotus Flower, which costs 35 Coins to plant and takes 4 hours to mature, as opposed to the 14 hours it takes the Rice that the Peacock eats to mature.
If you sell the Lotus Flower, you earn 41 Coins, a profit of 6 Coins.  Feed it to the Goose to produce a Goose Feather that can be sold for 49 Coins, increasing the profit to 14 Coins.  Transport those Feathers instead to the Island and produce a Goose Hat.  The Goose Hat, when transported back to the Seaside Farm, sells for 128 Coins.  Deduct the cost of the Cactus fed to the Camel and the Lotus Flower fed to the Goose and you have a profit of 38 Coins.

The profit made from selling Goose Hats, therefore is about half that of selling Peacock Hats.  The only advantage to the Goose Hat is the fact that Lotus Flowers can be produced much faster than Rice.

How do I earn Mastery?
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Mastery is earned, quite simply, by use of the Machines that you build on the Island.  Constant use of any Machine will allow you to unlock new products as quickly as possible.  Some Machines are harder to keep in use than others.  In particular, a Machine such as the Flavoured Bread Machine or Flower Basket Machine that requires an ingredient that must be harvested first from a Tree, cannot be used constantly without the use of expensive Farm Aides such as Watering Cans to speed your harvests.

The Flavoured Bread Machine requires Chestnut Flour.  Chestnut Flour is made in the Watermill using Chestnuts harvested from the Chestnut Tree.  Buy as many Chestnut Trees as you can as soon as possible, harvest and then produce Chestnut Flour as early as possible in the game even before you have the Flavoured Bread Machine in anticipation of this need.  Do not sell these!

Similarly, the Flower Basket Machine uses Bamboo Baskets as a required ingredient.  Bamboo Baskets are made from Bamboo Shoots fed to a Panda.  As soon as you unlock the Bamboo Tree, therefore, buy as many as possible and begin to harvest them and feed the Panda in anticipation of this need.  Do not sell these!

There are a couple of  Machines on the Island that require a Seaside Item as an ingredient   The first Item that you will need to operate an Island Machine probably is Honey.  Honey is a required ingredient both in the Yogurt Machine and in the Pie Machine.   Another Seaside Item required to operate the Yogurt Machine is Goat Milk.   One other Machine that requires an Island ingredient is the Hat Machine.  You cannot use the Hat Machine without having at least one type of Item produced on the Seaside Farm.  The default item is Peacock Feathers.   Finally, the Hot Dog Machine, like the Hat Machine, requires a Seaside Ingredient in the form of a Sausage produced in the Salami Machine on Seaside.  The default item here is Beef Salami.  I sue the term 'default' ti signify the Item that ican be made without any Mastery of the Machine.

There are many Machines that use Seaside Items and many Missions that require the production of Items that use Seaside ingredients.   Early Missions require Wool to be shipped from Seaside and used in the Spinning Machine.

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What is Going On with My Trees?
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New Island Trees:
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There are both Fruit Trees and Wood Trees in the Market.  Fruit Trees once purchased and placed will remain on your Farm forever.  Wood Trees, on the other hand, each have a specific number of possible Harvests.  Once these are made, the Tree will vanish from the land and you will have to purchase another if you wish to be able to continue to harvest that type of Wood.  Tools are needed for the harvest of any Wood Tree as well.  Whenever a Wood Tree is ready to be harvested, you will see a small icon of a log on it.   Tap it to see the tools that are available.  There are two different possible tools.  One is the Crosscut Saw which you can make in your Hardware Store and which, alone of all the Items you can craft there, has no cost.  The second is the Electric Saw, purchased in the Market for 1 RC.  For 1 RC, you obtain three uses of the Electric Saw.  Each when used, doubles your Wood Harvest.

Here are the Trees that can be purchased on the Island:

Fruit Trees
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Chestnut Tree
  You can purchase a total of 5 Chestnut Trees
  Harvest every 2 Hours
  Third one costs 1 RC
   4th costs 3 RC

Tea Tree
  You can purchase a total of 5 Tea Trees
  Harvest every 4 hours
  2200 Coins for the first Tree  and 250 Dev Points to unlock it
  Produces Tea Tree Leaf every 4 hours
  

Bamboo
  You can purchase a total of 5 Bamboo Trees
  Harvest every 8 Hours
  3200 Coins for the first Tree and 900 Dev Points to unlock it
  2nd Bamboo: 6800 Coins
  4th Bamboo: 3 RC

Morus Tree
  You can purchase a total of 5 Morus Trees
  Harvest every 5 hours
  7000 Coins for the first Morus Tree and 1760 Dev Points to unlock it
  15000 Coins for the 2nd Morus Tree
  40000 Coins for the 3rd Morus Tree

Wood Trees
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Wood Trees when purchased are limited in life to a specific number of Harvests.  The Tree then will disappear and you will have to buy another.  Each additional Tree purchased will be more expensive than the previous one purchased. 

Oak Tree
  You can own a total of 5 Oak Trees
  Harvest every 2 Hours
  10 Total Harvests
  2000 Coins for the 1st Oak Tree

Cedar Tree
  You can own a total of 7 Cedar Trees
  Harvest every 6 Hours
  8 Total Harvests
  4500 Coins for the 1st and 150 Dev Points to unlock

Red Sanders
  You can own a total of 5 Red Sanders Trees
  Harvest every 13 Hours
  6 Total Harvests
  22000 Coins  for the 1st and 1100 Dev Points to unlock


When Should I Buy Duplicates?
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There is a limit to the total number of any type of Item you can buy on the Island Farm apart from Crops.  Does it really make sense to buy more than one of any Item, especially when the price of the 2nd may be an RC price rather than the Coin price of the original, first Item of its kind?

Basically, I feel there are only a few Items that merit a duplicate, especially in the early days of farming on the Island.  The first of these is the Hardware Store.  The Hardware Store is one of the most important buildings you will have on your Island Farm.  In it are produced most of the Materials that you will need to complete any Machine or Zeppelin as well as the primariy item used to harvest Wood from Wood Trees.  Every Item made in the Hardware Store takes time, apart from the Crosscut Saws used to harvest Wood.  There is a Coin price attached to each as well, apart from the Crosscut Saw.  If you need a total of 20 Nails to complete a Machine and each Nail takes a total of 12 Minutes to complete, you obviously will have the Materials you need twice as quickly if you can make Nails in two Hardware Stores.

The other Items where it is extremely useful to own more than one are the various Fruit Trees on the Island.   For example, Chestnuts are harvested from the Chestnut Tree every 2 hours.  Chestnuts then are ground into Chestnut Flour in the Watermill for use as a required ingredient in the Flavoured Bread Machine.  At first, when you have not unlocked the Flavoured Bread Machine, you may feel that you have more Chestnut Flour than you ever could need, but once that Machine is unlocked, you will find that your stock of Chestnut Flour depletes rapidly.  Buy as many Chestnut Trees as you can.  I do believe some will be placed on the Island when it is first unlocked but there is no harm in adding to the total.

The Bamboo Tree is another one that is needed in quantity.  The Panda eats the Bamboo Shoots produced by the Bamboo Tree and then makes Bamboo Baskets for use in the Flower Basket Machine.  Bamboo Trees can be harvested only every 8 hours.  Again, you will find that your stock of Bamboo Baskets will disappear rapidly.

Finally, the Morus Tree, producing the Morus Leaf that is fed to the Silkworm Home to produce Natural Silk, is another Tree that you may wish to have in quantity.  Natural Silk, however, although used in the Loom to make Silk when you have earned full 3 Star Mastery of the Loom is not a required Ingredient to USE the Machine, unlike the Bamboo Baskets made by the Panda.  One of the Missions does require you to purchase a total of 2 Morus Trees, however, so if you do not choose to skip that task, you will have two of those Trees on your Farm.

The Tea Tree, on the other hand, is NOT a required ingredient in any Machine although the Leaves it produces can be use in the Essential Oil Machine.  One Tea Tree, therefore, is sufficient.

The primary reason why you need to be able to produce Items in any Machine in any quantity and as quickly as possible, of course, is Mastery.  Without Mastery of a Machine, you will be unable to unlock new Products.

Do you then need more than one Machine of any type?  Well, although you would be able to produce items twice as quickly if you had two Machines instead of one, remember that the price for a second Machine usually is an RC price and furthermore that the Machine you buy will be unfinished.  That means that you will be forced to produce MORE Materials, all of which carry a Coin price and take time to make.  Finally, in terms of Machines with required Seaside ingredients or ingredients that are made from Fruit Tree products, you may find it difficult enough to keep ONE Machine going at all times, let alone two.

The only Machines that might be useful in duplicate are the Essential Oil Machine, a single ingredient Machine and the Watermill.  Even so, I doubt it is worth spending 15 RC on a second Watermill or 12 RC on the unfinished second Essential Oil Machine and then God only knows how much Coin on the various Materials you will need to complete it, at least at this particular stage in the island's history.  The reason why the second Watermill might be more useful than a second Essential Oil Machine is the fact that ALL types of Flour used in various Island Machines are ground in the Watermill.

What happens after I finish all the Missions?
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Even if you complete all existing Missions by skipping some Tasks, you still will need to earn Dev Points and Mastery in order to unlock all possible items on the Island.  In many cases, it will not have made sense to skip Tasks, because the requirements for the Task you skipped will be needed for the next Mission.  For example, what is the point of skipping a Task that asks you to have a Silkworm Home, unlocked at 1920 Dev Points, if you have not achieved the 3 Star Mastery of the Loom that will allow you to make Natural Silk?  The Missions were devised partly as tutorials to show Farmers how to use the Island options and partly in a sequence that allowed Farmers to progress naturally through the different stages of Mastery and Dev Points.

When you have finished all the Missions on the Board, therefore, continue to use all Machines on the Island to earn 3 Star Mastery of each and continue to fill Helicopter Orders to unlock the remainder of the Crops.

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Is there any Reason why I should choose to make one Product instead of another in any Machine?
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If you are earning Mastery of any Machine, you can make ANY Product to progress.  Basically, there are two considerations here when choosing which product to make:

Initially, of course, you will have few choices and the default Item that you can make in most cases uses Island Ingredients rather than Seaside Ingredients.  The exceptions to this are the Hat Machine, where the first default item that can be made requires Peacock Feathers, a Seaside Item, the Pie Machine, where ALL products require Honey, a Seaside Item, the Yogurt Machine, whre ALL products require two Seaside Items in the form of Honey and Goat Milk and finally, the Hot Dog Machine, where ANY product requires a sausage produced in the Salami Machine on Seaside.  With the required Ingredients in stock, however, it probably is best to make the default Item when you can, as it is easier to keep Island Ingredients in quantity.  When you have earned sufficient Mastery to make ALL possible products in any Machine, it may be a good idea to keep at least 4 of each in your Barn for possible Helicopter Orders.  Apart from that, until Mastery is earned, you may wish to make the default item as previously stated.

The only other consideration is the value of the Item made as you will find that your Coins diminish rapidly on the Island.  In other to sell Island Machie products, they first must be shipped back to the Seaside Farm.  Every Machine Product takes 5 Minutes to make the trip from one location to the other.  Cooked Dishes take longer.  Crops only take 1 Minute per item.  With your Zeppelins in constant demand for filling Helicopter Orders and keeping Seaside Items used in Island Machines in stock, it makes more sense to ship valuable Products than inexpensive Products whenever possible.  After all, the time of transit is the same.  Once you have more than sufficient Coins to do anything you please, you can start to ship the inexpensive products to Seaside but until then, it may be more practical to ship the most valuable.  Sometimes, these are Products made with Seaside ingredients, but you usually should be able to find a Product that is worth the same amount but uses Island Ingredients instead.

How Long does it take to ship Items?
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Note that the time of transport will depend on the type of item being shipped.  Crops take 1 minute per Crop to ship and Items harvested from Trees take 2 minutes per Fruit.    Animal Products take 4 minutes per item while Machine products take 5 minutes per item and Cooked Dishes take 8 minutes per item.  Collectables likewise take 8 minutes per item.  Raw seafood take 6 minutes per item and finally, processed Seafood as well as Beauty Shop items take 10 minutes per item to ship.

Why should I continue to earn Dev Points and Mastery Points?
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Earning Mastery and Dev Points
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Progress on the Island depends primarily on two different factors: Mastery and Dev Points.  mastery of Machines is absolutely vital.  Often a Mission task will require a specific degree of Mastery where a Machine is concerned.  Furthermore, your ability to make a specific product in any Machine depends upon your Mastery of that Machine.  There is no way to gain Mastery other than using the Machine again and again.

At present, 3 Star Mastery, requiring that you make a total of 1800 Items in the Machine, is the final degree of Mastery but it is interesting to note that the game continues to log your totals even after you achieve 3 Star Mastery.  It is possible that in the future, your total beyond 3 Stars may become significant, unlocking new products.  You therefore need to continue to use your Machines even after you achieve 3 Star Mastery and complete all existing Island Quests.

Dev Points are the other factor that influences your Island gameplay.  New items are unlocked in every category of the Market only after you have achieved specific Dev Point totals.  Dev Points are earned in two ways, either by completing Missions or by completing Helicopter Orders.  A total of 75 Dev Points can be earned daily by completing all Helicopter Orders from midnight to midnight.  The number of Dev Points you earn by completing Missions varies with the Missions.  In the early Missions, you will not earn ANY Dev Points but as you advance, you will find that Missions include Dev Point Rewards as well as Coins and XP.

Finally, as with the continuing Mastery points that you earn by using your Machines after achieving 3 Star Mastery, I should imagine that as new Items are added to the Market, they will require higher Dev Point totals than the existing Items.  It therefore makes sense to continue to earn Dev Points by completing Helicopter Orders even after you have cleared ALL Missions from the screen.

How Can We Ship All of our Island Items?
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With a potential for 5 Zeppelins to be in operation at all time, you can ship Items from the Island to sell on the original Seaside Farm on a constant basis, but it makes more sense to ship the valuable Products at this point in time.

I noticed that there is a Fishing Pier on the Island.  It is not active yet, but perhaps when it does become active, we will be able to use our Island Products and Items to trade for Bait as we do on the original Seaside Farm.  That would make it possible to use our less valuable Items rather than using Zeppelin space for Items that sell for a pittance.