Friday, July 17, 2015

Sky's the Limit Quest and Planets Collection Mission

A new time-restricted Quest has been released.  As usual, it is two-pronged, with a Collections Mission that goes with a traditional Quest sequence.  The Reward for the Collections Mission is a new Tree in the form of a Macadamia Tree.  If you do not wish to complete the Collections Mission, you can purchase the Tree in the Market for 7 RC.

Note that one of the items from which a Planet is collected is a Pomegranate Tree.  This can be purchased in the Market if you do not have one but it is part of a special sale offer released today as well.  The sale gives you the Pomegranate Tree with a Smoothie Table Decoration that yields a Silver Cleaning Box when cleaned as well as 8 RC for USD $3.99.  Depending on where you play this game, currency will vary.  Another sale offer gives you a White Goat with 18 RC and a Washbasin Decoration that yields a Golden Cleaning Gift Box. There are other items for sale as well, but these are the ones that dovetail with the Mission.

The traditional Quest sequence follows the usual pattern, with three different Rewards that are obtained when you complete specific Parts of the sequence.  There are a couple of changes however.  There are 15 Parts now instead of 12.  The Special Mission Gift Box is received when you complete Sky's the Limit V and the Robovase Decoration for your Seaside Farm is received when you complete Sky's the Limit X.   When you complete Sky's the Limit XV, you will receive a Decoration for the Island.

Note that, at this point in time, there is no ability yet to register the Reward Decorations.  There is no Collection to register either.  No doubt these options will be added soon and when they are, the Rewards for doing so will be added to this post.

They are making these time-restricted Quests more arduous, at least for the low-level players and I am not certain this is the best policy, especially when we are dealing with so many new Tasks and Activities, including the Mini Garden Party.  In any event, all details follow:

Planet Collection
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Collect 70 Earth from Cane
Collect 50 Mercury by collecting Duck Egg from Green Duck Pond
Collect 30 Saturn by collecting Pineapple Jam
Collect 10 Mars by collecting Pomegranate

Reward: Macadamia Tree

Macadamia Tree can be purchased in Market for 7 RC


The traditional Quest sequence has 15 parts to it this time:

Sky's the Limit Quest
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Sky's the Limit I
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Darryl:  I have so much work to do on the farm this week!  I wish it was Friday already, so then I can go to the movies with my friends1  We'll watch this new space movie that just came out!  So can you help me to finish all these tasks?

Harvest 40 Corn
  Skip for 20 RC

PRoduce 40 Buffalo Milk Cheese
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest 8 Lemons
  Skip for 8 RC

Rewards: 1000 Coins, 160 XP

Darryl:  Great!  I can't wait to see this new movie!

Sky's the Limit II
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Darryl:  I finished all the tasks, but I have to prepare some snacks to birng to the movie, right?  I'll take care of the sandwiches, can you prepare the drinks?

Produce 16 Loaves of Corn Bread
  Skip for 16 RC

Prepare 8 Sandwiches
  Skip for 8 RC

  N.B.  Each Sandwich requires 2 Beef and 2 Cornbread

Produce 40 Glasses of Grape Juice
  Skip for 20 RC

Reward: 1000 Coins, 160 XP

Darryl:  I'm so hungry.  I think I'll eat one or two sandwiches before going to the movie!

Sky's the Limit III
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Darryl:  Food is ready!  Now let's invite some friends to go with us.  Hope they can make it.  I'm so excited!

Fertilise your Neighbours' Farms 20 Times
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest 40 Lavender
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest 12 Apples
  Skip for 12 RC

Reward: 1000 Coins, 170 XP

Darryl:  All my friends are coming to the movie!  That's nice!


Sky's the Limit IV
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Darryl:  The movie was SO amazing!  I wish I could visit the planets and stars out there in the sky!  Now i know for sure my theme for the school science project fair: a space rocket!  Let's prepare the dinner and plan everything!

Prepare 6 Crepes
  Skip for 6 RC

Each Crepe requires 1 Batter and 2 Milk

Prepare 8 Lychee Scones
  Skip for 8 RC

Each Lychee Scone requires 1 Soft Dough and 2 Lychee

Prepare 8 Lemon Cocktails
  Skip for 8 RC

Each Lemon Cocktail requires 1 Lemon Champagne and 3 Grape Juice

Reward: 1000 Coins, 170 XP

Darryl:  Now I'm full, we can think clearly about our project for the science fair!

Sky's the Limit V
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Darryl:  I'll create m own space rocket!  It shouldn't be that hard!  Do you think we can make it fly?  I'm pretty sure we can!  Let's start from the basics, designing the rocket!  Let's check some achines to understand how they work!

Produce 40 bottles of White Wine
  SKip for 20 RC

Sell products worth 10,000 Coins from Seaside Barn
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 40 Sugar
  Skip for 20 RC

Reward: 1000 Coins, 180 XP

Darryl:  Cool!  I drew the project of our space rocket, it will fly for sure!

Special Reward:  Special Mission Gift Box

Contains 6 Super Fertiliser, 3 Super Watering Cans, 6 Power

Sky's the Limit VI
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Darryl:  To start building our space rocket, we first need some materials.  I'm pretty sure we can find good stuff using spare pieces from the machines here in the farm, right?  I hope they still work after that...

Place a Macadamia Tree on your Farm
  Reward from Collections Mission or buy in Market for 7 RC

Prepare 4 Macadamia Salads
  Skip for 4 RC

Each Macadamia Salad requires 1 Cheese Salad and 1 Macadamia Nut

Harvest 4 Macadamia Nuts
  Skip for 4 RC

Reward: 1000 Coins, 180 XP

Darryl:  We got some materials, but it's not enough!

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Darryl:  We have a start!  But we still need to get more!  Let's keep looking for the materials we need!  Oh, but let's not forget the work we have to do too!  Otherwise Grandma will be angry with me!

Place a White Vinegar Stand on your Farm
  If you do not own one, the cost is 5 RC in the Collectables Section of the Market.

Prepare 6 Pomegranate Cookies
  Skip for 6 RC

Each Pomegranate Cookie requires 1 Pomegranate and 1 Soft Dough

Prepare 6 Bowls of Pickled Cabbage
  Skip for 6 RC

Each Pickled Cabbage requires 1 Cabbage and 1 White Vinegar

Reward: 1000 Coins, 190 XP

Darryl  Great!  Now we can turn all our efforts to build our ship!

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Darryl:  It's so much work to build our own rocket!  And we need more materials.  Do you tyhink Grandma can give us some leftover materials foer the rocket/  Let's ask her while we prepare some food for the journey!

Produce 50 Bottles of Mayonnaise
  Skip for 25 RC

Prepare 4 Bowls of Macadamia Soup
   Skip for  4 RC

Each Macadamia Soup requires 2 Sour Cream and 1 Macadamia Nut

Prepare 4 Plates of Macadamia Lunch
  Skip for 4 RC

Each Macadamia Lunch requires 1 Macadamia Salad and 1 Macadamia Soup

Rewards: 1000 Coins, 190 XP

Darryl:  Grandma helped us with some materials and now we just need to fix some parts and we are ready for the science fair!


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Darryl:  Great!  When we finish the rocket, we will need a star map to guide us up there in the sky!  Do you think our smart neighbours will have one or two?


Harvest 6 White Chocolate
  Skip for 5 RC


Collect 20 Star Maps from Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 4 Plates of Macadamia Chocolate Nuts
  Skip for 4 RC

Each Macadamia Chocolate Nut requires 1 White Chocolate and 1 Macadamia Nut

Reward: 1000 Coins, 200 XP

Darryl:  They are such good neighbours, always ready to help!

Sky's the Limit X
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Darryl:  The rocket is almost ready but we still have a piece or two that won't fit... I had better ask for Dad's help!  But before we go, let's prepare some food first!

Produce 50 Lily Bouquets
  Skip for 25 RC

Prepare 4 Servings of Macadamia Gelato
  Skip for 4 RC

Each Macadamia Gelato requires 1 Condensed Milk and 1 Macadamia Nut

Produce 6 Bowls of Boiled Fish with Pickled Cabbage
  Skip for 6 RC

Each Boiled Fish with Pickled Cabbage requires 1 Spicy Fish and 1 Pickled Cabbage

Note that each Spicy Fish requires 1Spice from Spice Rack and 1 Smoked Mackerel
The Spice Rack can be purchased in the Collectables section of the Market and is a temporary item.

Reward: 1000 Coins, 200 XP

Darryl:  This food should be enough till we arrive to meet Dad!

Special Reward: Robovase Decoration for Seaside Farm

THE FINAL FOLLOWING TASKS REQUIRE ACCESS TO THE ISLAND
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Darryl:  If we are really going to Space with this spaceship, we should prepare and bring some food, right?  And maybe our neighbours will also have some special space food?  We can ask!

Harvest 60 Cassava
  This is an Island Task
  Skip for 30 RC

Collect 30 Space Food from Neighbours
  Skip for 30 RC

Transport 60 Honey to Island Farm
  Skip for 30 RC

Use your Zeppelin to transport the Honey
TIP:  If you divide the Honey into two parts, you can use 2 Zeppelins to make the transfer in half the time.  30 Honey takes 2 Hours to reach the Island as opposed to the 4 hours required for 60 Honey.

Rewards: 1000 Coins, 210 XP

Darryl:  Now we are full of food and ready to fly!

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Darryl:  What if we find some aliens out there in the universe?  Let's bring some presents and become friends!  Just in case!

Craft 6 Milk Facial Masks
  Skip for 6 RC

Each requires 1 Clay Facial Mask, 2 Buffalo Milk and 1 Condensed Milk and takes 15 minutes to complete.  The task will complete, however, when you begin the crafting!

Produce 60 Bags of Cassava Flour
  This is an Island Task
  Skip for 30 RC

Produce 60 Dried Cranberries
  This is an Island task
  Skip for 30 RC

Rewards: 1000 Coins, 210 XP

Darryl:  we have so many gifts that it looks like santa is going to the stars, ha ha!

Sky's the Limit XIII
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 Darryl:  We also should bring some clothes and other materials.  What if we land in a new frozen planet?  Always be prepared!  Right?

Produce 60 Wool Cloth
  This is an Island Task but Wool must be transported from Seaside first
  Skip for 30 RC

Produce 60 Camel Yarn
   This is an Island Task
  Skip for 30 RC


Transport 60 Pineapples to Island Farm
  Skip for 30 RC

  N.B.  Again, splitting the task between two Zeppelins will halve the time for you.

Reward: 1000 Coins, 220 XP

Darryl:  Now we can go to Mercury or Pluto and we'll be fine!

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Darryl:  Finally, our space rocket is ready for the science fair!  We should bring some food and drinks!  Maybe that will help the teachers give us a better grade?  Not that we need it, of course...

Harvest 10 Chestnuts
  This is an Island Task
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 10 Bags of Chestnut Flour
  This is an Island Task
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 60 Pineapple Yogurts
  This is an Island Task
  Skip for 30 RC

N.B.  You will need to transport 60 Goat Milk to the Island from the Seaside Farm for the Yogurt Machine.

Reward: 1000 Coins, 220 XP

Darryl:  It was fantastic, great job!  We got the first position in the science fair!  Every one came to take pictures with our space rocket!

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Darryl: Our space rocket is amazing, but it won't fly.  I'm actually relieved because I couldn't live without my friends and family!  No worries!  Let's celebrate our first position in the fair with our friends!  Can you bring the cake?

Prepare 4 Macadamia Tarts
  Skip for 4 RC

N.B.  Each Macadamia Tart requires 1 Macadamia Chocolate Nut and 1 Macadamia Gelato

Produce 12 Banana Cakes
  Skip for 12 RC

Produce 20 Cranberry Bread
  This is an Island Task
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 1000 Coins, 230 XP

Darryl:  Some day, I'll become an astronaut and discover new planets and galaxies!  The future is ahead of us!  Thanks for your help!

Special Reward:  Rocket Space Ship Decoration for the Island Farm

Gallery Registration
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Robovase:
  2 Medals, 10 Green Mystrons

Rocket Space Ship:
  5 Medals, 30 Green Mystrons

Macadamia Nut Tree:
  5 Medals, 2 Super Watering Cans

Sky's the Limit Collection:
  Includes Robovase, Rocket Space Ship and Macadamia Nut Tree
  Rewards: 5 Medals, 88 Green Mystrons, 1 RC

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Obtaining Farm Aids in Family Farm Seaside

Once upon a time, in the early days of Seaside, it was difficult to obtain Farm Aids such as Fertiliser, Watering Cans and OP.  Later, with the advent of Cooking and Crafting and all sorts of other options, including the Mystery Shop, one needed far more, including Yellow Mystrons, Green Mystrons, Power, as well as Island items including Electric Saws.  One can purchase everything but Mystrons in the Market but there are other ways to obtain these valuable items.

First, there is the Dedicated Farm Bonus, accessed through a small treasure chest at the top of your screen.  Tap on this whenever it is full to obtain Coins and a Gift Bag.

There are the Daily Quests as well, with three different treasure Chests.  Each contains Farm Aids but the third, Gold Treasure Chest, obtained only when you complete every task but one, contains a Yellow Mystron.  A single Yellow Mystron may not have much purchasing power, but they do add up through time.

Visiting Neighbours is a very good way to earn Farm Aids.  Whenever you clean a Decoration, you will earn a Gift Box.    The Blue and Gold Gift Boxes usually contain the best items, but they all are worth the effort.  By visiting your Neighbours, you earn Coins and XP as well and the task of visiting 12 Neighbours in any given day is one of your Daily Tasks.

Keeping Cleanable Decorations on your own Farm is another way to earn Items.  Again, the Decorations that give the Blue and Gold Gift Boxes tend to be the most valuable, but any Gift Box will contain some Rewards.  Note that the actual contents of any of these Boxes or Bags is random, apart from the Special Mission Gift Box that always contains a set group of items.

One more way to earn Farm Aids is through the Cooking Stand Contest.  This is not always current, as there is a little hiatus between the end of one Contest and the beginning of the next, but you usually find a Contest in progress.  Whenever you visit a Neighbour, look for his/her Cooking Stand.  If there is the icon of a Roast Turkey above it, tap on it to obtain a special Gift Bag that will contain a random assortment of Farm Aids.  This benefits your Neighbour as well, as completion of any Contest depends on your Neighbours' participation in 'eating' at your Stand.  The final Reward of any Cooking Stand Contest is a Cleanable Decoration that yields the coveted Blue Gift Box.

Sometimes you can obtain a special item when you fish.  These are associated with specific catches.  They are not terribly significant but should be mentioned.

Farm Aids can be earned by completing Achievements.   Final Achievements give 1 or 2 RC even.

If you have access to the Island and have unlocked the Mine, you can obtain Farm Aids randomly when you ask a Neighbour to help with an explosion.  There is a special pink bomb that appears randomly and gives Farm Aids instead of the usual Ores and other Mine items when the Explosion occurs.

In this context, one should mention the Mystery Shop or Store.  You will find an icon on the top left when you access the Market that will take you to the Mystery Shop.  It now has been expanded to include four different screens.  They are: Coins, Green Mystrons, Blue Mystrons and Yellow Mystrons.

The Coin Shop can be refreshed to allow you to purchase more items once you have purchased as many as you want from the current screen.  Note that the items that appear will be different depending on the Farm you currently are visiting.  It is only when you are on your Island Farm that you will see any of the Flowers for the Flower Garden, for example,   i find it helpful to access the Coin Shop only when I am on the Island because Seaside items and Island Items then will appear in the Coin Shop.

The actual Items that appear in the Green, Blue and Yellow Mystrons screens change on a daily basis.  New players may find it most helpful to purchase Cleanable Decorations when they appear in the Yellow Mystrons Shop, although I like some of the non-cleanable Decorations so much that I purchase them instead.  Earning 100 Yellow Mystrons, the price for any item, can be a slow process.  From time to time, special Sales are offered that include a Decoration that will yield Yellow Mystrons when cleaned for a scecific number of days, after which it will yield an ordinary Cleaning Gift Box.

Completing the Weekly Activity, accessed through the Magic Bunny, will give you 10 Yellow Mystrons.  Yellow Mystrons allow you to obtain Decorations that were given as Rewards for time-restricted Quests, although Final Rewards are not included.

Another method by which to obtain Yellow Mystrons, albeit slowly, is to complete ALL of your Daily Quests but one.  There are three different treasure chests, all containing Farm Aids that can be opened when you obtain specific point totals by completing specific tasks, such as using your Machines, Fishing, completing Helicopter Orders and so on.  When you have obtained a total of 300 Points in any given day, you will be able to open the final Gold Treasure Chest.  I have noticed that it always appears to contain 1 Yellow Mystron.  As I wrote previously, it is a SLOW way to earn these, but one still does increase the total as well as obtaining other valuable aids.

It is the Blue Mystron Shop that allows one to purchase Final Reward Decorations that you missed, but you will not be able to earn these until you have obtained ALL the Rewards from your Daily Order Board.  There is a specific chain of Rewards that includes all the special Sheep... once you have completed all of these, you will begin to earn Blue Mystrons.

Green Mystrons often are the Rewards for registering a specific item in your Gallery.  Gallery Registration gives other Farm Aids, including Organic Fertiliser, Super Fertiliser, Watering Cans, Super Watering Cans, Power and OP.

Finally, if you play on certain systems, there is a floating Balloon that travels across your screen, inciting you to watch an advertisement.  if you do so, you will receive 15 Green Mystrons.

I have written other posts on being a good Neighbour.  Here, however, I will mention the value of having Neighbours visit your farm to clean your Decorations.  Three factors are important here:  you really need to visit your own farm as soon as possible after the daily Rewards from Neighbours' cleaning activities appear.  That may be a different time for every time zone.  On the East Coast of the States, for example, it occurs near 8.00 p.m. I believe.  Another factor is that you really should take advantage of the fertilising activities of your Neighbours by harvesting all ripe Crops and Trees as often as possible.  It is discouraging for a Neighbour to visit a Farm where there is NOTHING to do!    I fear that there are Irises on my own farm that I never harvest, because they were a temporary Crop that I cannot replant and they are my favourite of all the Crops, but I do try to harvest everything else as often as possible.  I also keep a number of Decorations that yield the Blue Gift Boxes always on my farm even though it reduces planting space.

As discussed in another post, there are different ways to access your Neighbour List.  One is by Recent Helpers, which probably is the most fair of all.  Another, however, is by 'Fertilisable' which shows Farms that have plots and trees that still can be fertilised.  Another one, for those who want Island Gift Boxes, is to visit only the Island on every Neighbour's Farm.  You can change the option whenever you like to reflect your current mood or needs.  Timing can be important here as well.  If you visit your Neighbours who live in the same time zone too soon after the daily cut off point, you may find that there are icons of megaphones instead of cleaning brushes on top of all their Cleanable Decorations because they have not had time to collect any of them yet!  If you visit popular Neighbours too late in the current day, you may find that there are no good Cleanable Decorations left to clean.  In any event, Neighbour Visits, whether they are yours or your Neighbours', offer a multitude of Rewards, as well as allowing armchair travel to see how other people organise their farms.  There are some gorgeous farms out there!

Island Hopping
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Recently, I became aware of a problem with the game in terms of the Cooking Stand Contests and Island visits.  It is unfortunate that, whenever you choose 'Island First' when visiting Neighbours, you will not have access to the Cooking Stand, as this is located either on the main farm or the Building Plots outside the main farm.

There are advantages to choosing 'Island First' because the Purple Island Gift Boxes appear to contain the most Farm Aids, including Fertilisers, Super Fertilisers, Watering Cans, Super Watering Cans and the tools used to cut trees on the Island.  In their own fashion, they are equal therefore to the Blue Gift Boxes on the main Farm.  They do appear to grant a fair amount of OP as well randomly.

Cooking Gift Bags, however, are very useful and your Neighbours need visits to the Cooking Stand during a Contest in order to fill their quotas.  What this means, therefore is that a Neighbour who wants both an Island Gift Box and a Cooking Gift Bag essentially has to make TWO visits to the Neighbour's land... one being to the Island Farm and the other being to the Seaside Farm.  Perhaps this will be remedied by the developers soon and they will allow a link to the Building Plots area at least from the Island.

Note that there is a limit to the number of Cleanings of Decorations as well as the number of Cooking Gift Bags that any Farmer can collect in a day.  The limit to the Gift Boxes is very high at 300 and I do not think this varies at all.  Originally, I thought that the number of Cooking Gift Bags depended on the Farmer's Experience Level but I discovered this was not the case at all.  It is your Club Membership that determines many options now in the game.  I discovered this when I purchased a sale item for my second farm and my Club Membership Level increased to Level 9.  An announcement appeared to the effect that I now would have +9 more Power, 10 additional Cooking Bags from Neighbour Visits, 14 more opportunities to use OP instantly to complete Zeppelin Transport (something I have not used much at all), 800 additional Bait and the ability to refresh Daily Orders 6 times if I wished.  Note here that you are not GIVEN 800 Bait, but simply can HAVE 800 more than previously.  This allows easier use of the Boost with the more expensive Fishing Hooks.

A final note:  The Purple Island Gift Boxes tend to be obtained from time-limited Quest Rewards.  Cleanable Island Decorations purchased in the Market or constructed do not give these valuable Gift Boxes.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Roman Holiday Time-Restricted Quest and Italian Gelato Collections Mission



 (Two screenshots from the Film, showing the actual inspiration for the two Reward Decorations in the Quest: the Mouth of Truth and the Vespa)

Friday traditionally is the day for the release of a new time-restricted Quest in Family Farm Seaside, and even though the hefty Mini-Garden Quest is current, we do have a new time-restricted Quest sequence and Collections Mission.  In this case, the Reward for the Collections Mission is one of those Collectables, which means that you cannot purchase it in the Market at this point, making it necessary to complete the Collections if you want to be able to complete the traditional Quest sequence without skipping any tasks.

As usual, there are special Rewards after you complete Roman Holiday IV, Roman Holiday VIII and Roman Holiday XII.  The first is a Special Missions Bag containing Farm Aids.  After you complete Roman Holiday VIII, you will receive a Bocca della Verita Decoration for your Seaside Farm.  To complete the final part of the Quest sequence, you need access to the Island and the reward for completing Roman Holiday XII is a Vespa Scooter Decoration for the Island.

History of the Roman Holiday:
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This is a famous vintage film from 1953 that starred Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.   I had the privilege of meeting Gregory Peck when he was staying with his wife Veronique in London in the 1970s.  My best friend's Mum was a great friend of Veronique.  Gregory Peck was a man with incredible presence.  Unlike many male leads, he was a tall man in real life.  We got on like a house on fire, mainly because we both had lived in La Jolla as children, albeit in different decades!  In any case, this Quest references the film and you will see Felicia dressed like Audrey Hepburn.  I am not really a fan of films from the 1950s myself but it always is interesting to see where the developers get their ideas.

Collect Italian Gelato
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70 Green Gelato from Lily
50 White Gelato from Goose Feather
30 Brown Gelato from Oat Bread
10 Pink Gelato from Nutmeg

Reward: Caper Bush

The Caper Bush is a Collectable that cannot be purchased in the Market at this point in time.  The last time-restricted Collections Mission had a Collectable Reward as well.

Roman Holiday Quest:
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Felicia:  I love spending summer holidays o the farm, but sometimes it can be a little... uneventful, if you know what I mean  How about we finish the farm chores and plan something exciting to do?

Harvest 40 Tomatoes
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest 40 White Grapes
  Skip for 20 RC

Collect 40 bottles of Buffalo Milk
  Skip for 20 RC

Rewards: 1000 Coins, 160 XP

Felicia:  Job done!  Where can we go for holidays this year?

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Felicia:  Hmm, i've already been to many great places.  But this time I would like to try something new!  Do you have any ideas, farmer?  Give me a hint!

Produce 40 Bottles of Ketchup
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 40 bottles of White Wine
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 40 Buffalo Milk Cheese
  Skip for 20 RC

Reward: 1000 Coins, 160 XP

Felicia:  Tomato sauce, wine and cheese... Sounds familiar... Can you give me one more clue?

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Felicia:  Let me think... I guess it's a sunny country, maybe somewhere in the south of Europe?  Am I getting warm?  Please give me one final hint!  What's this country's most popular food?

Prepare 12 Bowls of Pasta
  Skip for 12 RC

  Each Pasta requires 1 Cake Flour and 1 Ketchup

Produce 40 Loaves of Oat Bread
  Skip for 20 RC

  Note that Oat Bread is one of the items that delivers Gelato for the Collections Mission

Prepare 12 Plates of Milk Cookies
  Skip for 12 RC
  Ingredients:  Condensed Milk and Wheat Flour

Felicia:  Ahhh!  I think I know now!

Reward: 1000 Coins, 170 XP

Roman Holiday IV
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Felicia:  The country of pasta, toatoes and wine... You're right, farmer!  It's Italia!  Italy will be a perfect holiday destination!  Let's go to the eternal city and relive the Roman Holiday!

Andiamo!

Collect 10 Beige Scarves from Neighbours
  Skip for 10 RC

Harvest 40 Onions
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest 40 Red Roses
  Skip for 20 RC

Reward: 1000 Coins, 170 XP

Felicia:  Do I look like Princess Ann already?  Time to discover Rome, my friend!

Special Reward: Special Mission Box containing 6 Super Fertilisers, 3 Super Watering Cans, 6 Power

Roman Holiday V
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Felicia:  This is so exciting!  I get to experience the wonders of Rome all by myself!  Ah, where do I start?  Haqha, who am I kidding?!  Of course, I am  going to start with the food!

Prepare 6 Bottles of White Grape Cider
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each White Grape Cider requres 2 Yeast and 1 White Grape

Prepare 12 Bowls of Spaghetti
  Skip for 12 RC
  Each Spaghetti requires 2 Soft Dough
  Soft Dough is made with 1 Cake Flour and 1 Batter.

Harvest 50 Blue Roses
  Skip for 25 RC

Reward: 1000 Coins, 180 XP

Felicia:  I must admit, Italy does have the best spaghetti in the world!

Roman Holiday VI
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Felicia:  I really want to do some sightseeing but I am so full I can barely walk!  I think I'd better rest a little near the Tiber River.  Do you think there are any fish there?

Place a Caper Bush on your Farm
  (Reward from Collections Mission)
  Skip for 10 RC

Fish with Treble Hook 10 times
  Skip for 10 RC

  N.B.  You will need a total of 4 Mackerel for one of the next tasks in the Quest.  Use the Boost if you do not have sufficient Mackerel in your Barn.  It does require more Bait and uses 3 tries at a time, but you will obtain the specific Fish you need.

Harvest 50 Spinach
  Skip for 25 RC

Reward: 1000 Coins, 180 XP

Felicia:  I feel much better now!  What's the next attraction?

Roman Holiday VII
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Felicia:  Let's go climb the Spanish Steps!  I heard that the view from up there is breathtaking!  Ready, my friend?  Better take some food with you!

Produce 4 Smoked Mackerel
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 6 Plates of Herb Cream Cheese
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each Herb Cream Cheese requires 1 Herb and 3 Buffalo Milk Cheese

Craft 6 Rose Facial Masks
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each Rose Facial Mask requires 1 Clay Facial Mask, 2 Blue Roses and 2 Red Roses

Felicia:  Ah, dio mio!  It really is beautiful here!  And I am beautiful too, thanks to the Rose Facial Mask, hehe!

Reward: 1000 Coins, 190 XP

Roman Holiday VIII
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Felicia:  Have you ever heard of Bocca della Verita?  It was believed that if one told a lie with one's hand in the mouth of the sculpture, it would be bitten off by the sculpture!  Huh, I'm starting to sweat!

Prepare 6 bowls of Salsa Verde
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each Salsa Verde requires 3 Onions and 1 Caper

Prepare 20 Jars of Apple Milkshake
  Skip for 20 RC
  Each Apple Milkshake requires 1 Milk and 1 Apple Juice

TIP:  50 Apple Milkshakes are required to complete Mini-Garden IV, so if you can reach that point in the quest at the same time as you perform this task, you will kill two birds with one stone as it were!  On my original Harvest Moon Farm, I completed the entire Mini Garden sequence before Roman Holiday even began but on my Rosewood Farm, I am at Mini-Garden IV and suddenly noticed that the task had a mirror task here!

Produce 50 Mocha Coffee
  Skip for 25 RC
  Mocha Coffee is made in the Coffee Machine

Reward: 1000 Coins, 190 XP

Felicia:  Phew, luckily I still have both my hands, haha!

Special Reward:  Bocca della Verita Decoration for Seaside Farm

Roman Holiday IX
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Felicia:  When in Roma...  drive a Vespa!  A scooter ride around the city is a must on my to-do list!  But safety first... I need a cute helmet!

Collect 20 Scooter Helmets from Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 12 Pasta Salads
  Each Pasta Salad requires 1 Spinach Salad and 1 Pasta
  Skip for 12 RC

Prepare 6 Cream Cheese Bagels
  Each Cream Cheese Bagel requires 1 Oat Bread and 1 Herb Cream Cheese
  Skip for 6 RC

Reward: 1000 Coins, 200 XP

Felicia:  How do I look, farmer!  I feel fabulous!

Roman Holiday X
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Felicia:  Next stop... the Colosseum!  Ancient architecture, historical value... Zzz... Aww, look at these handsome boys in gladiator costumes!  I must take a picture with them!

Shame on you, Felicia, for not appreciating history!!!

Prepare 6 Pasta Caper Salads
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each Pasta Caper Salad requires 1 Pasta Salad and 1 Salsa Verde

Prepare 6 Bowls of Smoked Mackerel Pate
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each Smoked Mackerel Pate requires 1 Smoked Mackerel and 1 Caper

  N.B.  The first time I harvested the Caper Bush, it did give me 3 Capers

Craft 6 Make-up Boxes
  Skip for 6 RC
  This is an Island Task
  The Make-up Box is made in the Workshop.  It requires 1 Wooden Plank and 1 Starfish Mirror.  You have to make the Starfish Mirrors in your Beauty Shop and transport them in advance to the Island in order to craft the Make-up Box.

Rewards: 1000 Coins, 200 XP

Felicia:  Well, I guess you can cll me a balla ragazza now, farmer!

Roman Holiday XI
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Felicia:  Oh my, I think i fell in love... with Rome, of course!  All the sightseeing made me hungry again, and yiou?  Let's grab something to eat and go see the most romantic fountain in Italy!

Produce 60 Cranberry Pies
  This is an Island task
  Skip for 30 RC

Produce 60 Camomile Essential Oils
  This is an Island Task
  Skip for 30 RC

Produce 8 Dried Jackfruits
  This is an Island Task
  Skip for 8 RC
  Jackfruit is a Seaside Tree so make certain that 8 Jackfruits are transported to the Island in advance.

Reward: 1000 Coins, 210 XP

Felicia:  Yummy!  Pies really make my life dolce, haha!

Roman Holiday XII
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Felicia:  Finally, the famous Trevi Fountain@  If you throw a coin into the Trevi with your back to the fountain, throwing the coin with your right hand over your left shoulder, you will be ensured a return to Rome!

Sell Products worth 30,000 Coins from Seaside Barn
  Skip for 30 RC

Prepare 6 Mackerel Pate Bagels
  Skip for 6 RC

Produce 60 Wool Cloth
  This is an Island Task
  Skip for 30 RC

N.B.  Transport 60 Wool to the Island in advance.

Reward: 1000 Coins, 210 XP

Felicia:  It was a wonderful trip@  I'm not sad to leave after throwing those coins into the Trevi.  I am sure I will come back one day!

Final Reward: Vespa Scooter Decoration for Island

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Preparing for the Quest
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There are far more time-restricted activities and quests now in Family Farm Seaside than ever before.  You have the Daily Order Board which, depending on your level of experience, can sport 2 to 5 Orders per day.  You have the Mini-Garden weekly quest that requires prodigious amonuts of Crops and Cooking as well as other tasks.  You have the Weekly Activity that gives 10 Yellow Mystrons and this 11 day Quest sequence as well.  A player must weigh the options and choose the ones that he/she feels will be most beneficial.  If you are a high level player, you should be able to complete all of them, provided you have the time and energy to stay in the game for hours.  If you are a low level player, I would suggest that you complete as many of the tasks as possible for the Coin and XP rewards, but do not expect to make it to the end, unless you are willing to spend quite a lot of real money to skp tasks.  As you gain in levels, you will be able to perform more and more of the time-restricted Quests but for now, simply complete the steps that you can.

Items you will need in quantity include Oat Flour, Goose Feathers, Cake Flour, Condensed Milk and Soft Dough.  You always should have quite a lot of Cake Flour, Batter, Condensed Milk and Soft Dough in your Barn as they are used again and again for many different Recipes.  The Mini Garden Quest this week required quite a lot of Cooking so you may need to restock.

One of your first tasks should be to make certain that you have 6 Starfish Mirrors and then transport them to the Island.  Even though you will not need them until later in the Quest sequence, it is good to have them there waiting for the moment when you can use them.  Make certain that you have 6 Wooden Planks as well.  You make those in the Sawmill with Cedar Wood.

The Jackfruit is a Seaside Tree, so you need to make certain that you have 8 of the fruits transported to the Island to store in your Barn there for use in one of the Quest tasks.  I do believe some Mastery of the Dehydrator is required to make Dried Jackfruit so if you have not done so, use your Dehydrator as much as possible to earn the required Mastery points.

In the final task group, you need to produce 60 Wool Yarn.  This means that you have to make certain that you have transported 60 Wool to the Island in advance.

As far as the traditional Quest sequence is concerned, bear in mind the fact that Roman Holiday VI requires that you place a Caper Bush on your Farm.  This means, in effect, that you should complete the Collections Mission by the time you reach Roman Holiday VI.  Certainly, you need to complete it by the time you have harvested the 50 Spinach required as another task in Roman Holliday VI.  Fishing 10 times with the Treble Hook, unless you wish to purchase more fishing tries with RC, will require a bit of a wait once you have fished 7 times.  That gives you more time to complete the Collections Mission...

Gallery Registration
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There is a new Gallery Collection to register as well as registering the three new items individually as follows:

Caper Bush: 3 Medals, 5000 Coins
Bocca della Verita: 2 MEdals, 10 Green Mystrons
Vespa: 5 Medals, 30 Green Mystrons

Roman Holiday Collection
  Includes: Caper Bush, Bocca della Verita and Scooter
  Reward: 5 Medals, 88 Green Mystrons, 1 RC

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Garden Party Mission

This is a new type of time-restricted Quest or Mission in Family Farm Seaside.  When you study the various tasks, you will see that it requires a tremendous amount of planting, harvesting and cooking.  It will be interesting to see how the low-level Farm I began on a borrowed Kindle copes with this.   Note that you will not have access to this Mission until you reach Level 16.  I believe this is the Level at which you gain access to any time-restricted Quests.

As of late afternoon on 1 July, the Kindle version of this Mission has a glitch wherein the Mini Garden does not appear in the Market.  You therefore cannot complete even Garden Party I.  By the end of 1 July, however, players were reporting that they had the Mini Garden on the Kindle as well.    If you play on Nook or IPad, you should not have had any problems.

2nd Week of July:  The tasks this time are quite different.  They will not appear in the form of a Quest icon on the left side of your screen.  Instead, go to your Magic Bunny and you will find a tab for the Garden Party Activity.  It will be the top tab that shows a set of Balloons.
Tap on Start and it will take you to your Daily Orders. Note, however, that if you completed all of your Orders yesterday like a good farmer, you will NOT be able to start until the next ones load in a specified number of hours.  Once loaded, you will find that only certain Orders carry the special Picket Reward.  These will show an additional icon in the form of a star with an exclamation point in its centre.  As every game/farmer will have different Orders, there is no point in logging mine for you.  Good luck to every one!

A feeling of dread suddenly as I realise that every week will have a different type of activity, making it likely that one week will focus on fishing and it may be quite similar to the horrible Jack-O-Lantern Machine Quest wherein one had to perform an extraordinary amount of fishing to raise special items from the sea...

Please note that my regular Missions page has been modified to include changes in the beginning of any new game.  By being able to borrow a friend's Kindle briefly, I was able to start a new Farm and log the changes.

Garden Party Mission
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Felicia is throwing a Garden Party and needs your help to complet a special Decoration she had delivered.  Mini Garden giving a Blue Gift Box when cleaned.

For each week in July, beginning on Wednesday and ending on Tuesday, you will have the chance to get the specific items needed for the decoration!

First Week
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1 July through 7 July:

Complete all five steps to obtain the Mini Garden Tyre needed for the Decoration.

Garden Party I
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Felicia:  Summer calls for supper under an open sky!  How about we throw a nice little grden party for our friends and neighbours?  every one's invited.  But perhaps we should clean up a bit first...

Harvest 100 Wheat
  Skip for 50 RC

Harvest 20 Apples
  Skip for 20 RC

Place a Mini Garden on your Farm
  Go to store
  Cost is 1200 Coins

Rewards: 600 Coins, 15 XP, Tyres x 2

Felicia:  Thanks!  Now the farm is nice and tidy!

Garden Party II
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Felicia:  Do you know what i love most about parties?  Planning them!  Ah... I can already see our garden beautifully decorated with lights and flowers... It's going to be just perfect!

Harvest 100 Lavender
  Skip for 50 RC

Harvest 100 Clover
   Skipf ro 50 RC

Harvest 16 Cherries
  Skip for 16 RC

Rewards: 800 Coins, 16 XP, Tyre x 2

Felicia:  It looks fabulous!  I should become a professional party planner!

Garden Party III
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Felicia:  Obviously, we can't organise a fancy dinner party without anything to eat!  Let's go to the kitchen and check out what delicious easonal dishes we could make for our friends!

Prepare 30 Polish Donuts
  Skip for 30 RC

 N.B.  Recipe requires Batter and Cake Flour

Prepare 10 Apple Tarts
  Skip for 10 RC

  N.B.  Recipe requires Apple Jelly and Light Muffin

Prepare 20 Sandwiches
  Skip for 20 RC
  N.B.  Recipe requires Beef x 2 and Corn Bread x 2

Rewards: 1000 Coins, 16 XP, Tyre x 2

Felicia: I'm getting hungry just looking at all the food!  Oh my, what time is every one coming?  I must resist!

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Felicia:  From my experience, I can tell you that the key to a successful garden party is a variety of refreshing drinks@  Could you help me think of some nice summer drinks?

Prepare 50 Glasses of Apple Milkshake
  skip for 50 RC

  Each Apple Milkshake uses 1 Milk and 1 Apple Juice

Prepare 50 glasses of Kvass
  Skip for 50 RC

  Each Kvass uses 1 Black Bread and 1 Honey

Produce 100 glasses of Grape Juice
  Skip for 50 RC

Reward: 1200 Coins, 16 XP, Tyre x 2

Felicia:  The party is going to be awesome!  I can't wait!

Garden Party V
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Felicia:  The garden looks amazing!  The food and drinks are almost ready and I'm wearing my cutest outfit... But... Where is every one?  Oh, gosh!  I forgot to send out the invitations!

Fertilise Neighbours' farms 100 times
  Skip for 50 RC

Prepare 30 Glases of Orange Smoothies
  Skip for 30 RC

  Each Orange Smoothie will require 1 Condensed Milk and 1 Orange Jam

Produce 100 Buffalo Milk Cheese
  Skip for 50 RC

Reward: 1400 Coins, 16 XP, Tyre x 2

Felicia:  Phew, I had to visit all neighbours, but finally every one is here!  Time to start!  Enjoy the party, my friend!

N.B.  Tap on the Mini Garden and then tap on the little icon of the Gift Box to use all the Tyres.

The next quest sequence will begin next week.

Strategies for Mission
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You have a week to complete all the tasks here.  The first two Quests in the sequence require planting and harvesting.  The third requires Cooking which means that you will need Power to complete the tasks.  If you plan ahead and look at the ingredients needed to prepare the Dishes in Garden Party III, you will see that four of them are Cooked Dishes themselves.  Cake Flour and Batter are staples or basics that are used in many Recipes.  Stockpile these whenever possible.  At this point in time, however, there are so many different new options in Seaside that it may be difficult to save anything!  Nonetheless, try to make 30 Cake Flour and 30 Batter in advance for use in Garden Party III.  Other ingredients needed are Apple Jelly and Light Muffin.  Light Muffin has Cake Flour as an ingredient as well, by the way, making it necessary to prepare an additional 10 Cake Flour if you wish to be ready before the task.  The other ingredients are not Cooked Dishes but it is a good idea to have them ready as well.  They are: Beef, Corn Bread and Cherry Jam.  Apple Jam, by the way, is one of the ingredients in Apple Jelly.   You will need 6 Apple Jam and 2 Maple Syrup for EACH Apple Jelly.  As you can see, this is a tremendous amount of preparation that can be done before you reach Garden Party III.

Garden Party IV is another cooking venture.  You will need 40 Black Bread and 50 Apple Juice as ingredients in the two Cooked Dishes as well as the raw ingredients of Milk and Honey.

Finally, Garden Party V will need 30 Condensed Milk, another basic Recipe, and 30 Orange Jam for the Orange Smoothies.  100 Buffalo Milk Cheese requires 100 Buffalo Milk, made by feeding a Buffalo 100 Cucumbers.

2nd Week of July
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8 July through 14 July

This one is a bit tricky as I saw NO INSTRUCTIONS!

You need to go to the Magic Rabbit to find the instructions as follows:  Complete your Mini Garden step-by-step!
Task 2:  Finish all the special Orders on the Order Board before Tuesday 14 July to collect all the Mini Garden Pickets

Tap on Start

Unfortunalely, if you completed all of yesterday's Orders, you will be forced to wait until today's Orders appear!  In my games, about 10 hours to go...

Note that every player will have different Orders to fill.  Only certain Orders carry the special Material in the form of the Picket.  They will have an added Reward in the form of a star with a question mark in it until the Order is completed.

For one of my farms, in five Orders, only one offers the Materials for the Garden.  The window for that Order actually has a gold background and you can see the Reward includes two Pickets.

There is no difference between this and the ordinary Daily Order Board.  If you complete ALL outstanding Orders, you will be able to see a preview of the next Day's Orders.  You will not know in advance which one will have the special Reward, however.

15 July to 22 July:
Third Week of July:

The third task is all about your Neighbours and the Cooking Stand.  Whenever you visit a Neighbour this week and eat at his/her Cooking Stand, you will receive a special Cooking Gift Bag that randomly may contain a Mini Garden Rock.  You will  need a total of 24 Mini Garden Rocks.

Remember that this is a random item.  The number of Cooking Gift Bags you can obtain will depend on your Level in the game.  At Level 77, I could obtain a total of 22.  At Level 48, the total number of Cooking Bags is 18.   This particular leg of the Quest depends on your Neighbours' participation in the current Cooking Stand Contest.  If your Neighbours are not participating, you will not find the icon of a Roast Turkey, indicating the presence of a dish that can be 'eaten' hovering over the Cooking Stand. 

The Cooking Stand now usually is located on a Building Plot outside the main farm, but some players who began the game BEFORE the Building Plot option was released still may have their Cooking Stands on the main farm.    You will NOT be able to find the Cooking Stand on the Island, however.

Participation in the current Cooking Stand Contest offers more incentives simply than the Materials randomly received this month from the special Gift Bags.  It is a really good way to earn Coins and by participating in ALL Rounds and completing the Contest, a Farmer will earn a valuable Cleanable Decoration, one that yields a Blue Gift Box when cleaned.

FINALLY, with respect to all the Garden Party Quests, it appears that they remain active even after the week has ended if the farmer has not completed that week's Quests.  In other words, on the Kindle Farm that belongs to my friend, at a very low level, he has been unable yet to complete the Quest sequence for Week 1.  It remains active on the screen, which is really nice for players who do not have the capacity to perform all those tasks in a single week.


Monday, June 29, 2015

Unlocking the Mine and Volcano

The same Island expansion that unlocks the Volcano in Family Farm Seaside unlocks the Mine automatically but if you pay to skip any of the Expansion Requirements because your Dev Point totals are insufficient to complete them, you may find that you will be unable to take full advantage of many of the options that are connected to the Mine.

You see, you need 2960 Dev Points to unlock the Violet Crop.  500 Violet Essential Oils are one of the expansion Requirements.  You can pay RC to skip the Requirement as you can to skip any Expansion requirement.

Basically, however, you will need a total of 2500 Dev Points to make any of the Items that are required either to use the Mine or to use the Products you obtain from the Mine.  These include the Pickaxe and Sawdust made in the Sawmill, the Gunpowder, Dynamite, Bomb and Barrel Bomb made in the Workshop and the various Ores that can be transformed into Ingots in the Hardware Store.

Earning Dev Points can be a slow affair.  You earn them essentially by completing Helicopter Orders and Island Quests.  The problem with Helicopter Orders is that only the first two in any given day give 10 Dev Points each.  After that, the value of completion gradually declines, with 5 Points as the next Reward.  Many Farmers choose to complete two per day, storing the Items needed to complete more until the next day.

Take heart, however.  Your Farmer can obtain Mine Bag Gifts from Neighbours who have chosen him or her to aid on THEIR Farms when they access their Mines.  Save enough of these and you can use your Mine before you reach 2500 Dev Points!

Furthermore, by choosing this Expansion over the other two that are available at the same point in the game, you gain the Volcano that dispenses Power regularly.  This is very helpful to any Farmer.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Ice Cream Friendship Flower

There is a sale in Family Farm Seaside that offers a new Friendship Flower named the Ice Cream Friendship Flower.   The concept of the Friendship Flower is a good one, but the likelihood of obtaining one naturally through crossbreeding is very rare, evidently.  With all the crossbreeding I have done, I never created one.  Apparently the developers have realised this and given us the opportunity to purchase a new type.  The rewards when the Flower is crossbred are greater than those given by an ordinary Friendship Flower or the Macaron Friendship Flower.  For example, where the Macaron Friendship Flower gives 1900 Coins, 1 OP, 1 Organic Fertiliser, 1 Yellow Mystron, 1 Electric Saw, 1 Macaron Road and 3 RC, the ice Cream Friendship Flower gives 8 RC.  That is the only Reward, but it is a good one!

To crossbreed an Ice Cream Friendship Flower, you first must tend it until it matures and then crossbreed with one of your own Level 1 Flowers.  You and the owner of the Friendship Flower then should receive a gift bag containing 8 RC.

Incidentally, at the same time that the Ice Cream Friendship Flower was released, a new Level 1 Flower  appeared in the Mystery Store.  It is the Colourful Plumeria and it costs 500 Coins,  It appears to be the fastest growing flower in the game at present.  It does not appear in the Book yet and the vacant spot that did exist now has disappeared.    I have brought a number of them to maturity and crossbred them  but they transformed into Level 2 super Viola Flowers.  I think the beautiful Colourful Plumeria may have been a temporary item, as I now am not finding them in the Mystery Shop any longer, sadly.

Remember that you can sell any Flower in your Garden, even one that has not matured yet.  Sometimes, one sacrifices a new Level 2 Flower to be able to place a new Level 1 Flower, especially if a Neighbour has a mature Friendship Flower in your Garden waiting to be crossbred.  If you have the same Level 2 Flower or have had it in the past, it will be in your Book... you do gain more Stars if you bring the Flower to maturity and selling one that is not mature yet gives you nothing but 2000 Coins.  It will not be registered as a 'sale' in the Book.   Even so, with limited space in the Garden, it can be worth doing in my opinion.

Note that the Flower Book has the following:

Sell (up to 3 Stars)
Coins (up to 3 Stars)
Crossbreed 2 (up to 3 Stars)

The categories are:

Level 1 Flowers
  All can be purchased from Mystery Shop

Level 2 Flowers
  Crossbreeding

Level 3 Flowers
  Crossbreeding

Neighbour Flowers


At present, the Book contains the following entries:

Level 1 Flowers
  Epiphyllum
  Chrysanthemum
  Venus Flytrap
  Viola Tricolour
 

Level 2 Flowers
  Super Lily
  Super Viola Tricolour
  Super Epiphyllum
  Super Venus Flytrap
  Super Chrysanthemum
  Super Jagger Lips

Level 3 Flowers
  Mega Chrysanthemum
  Mega Epiphyllum
  Mega Rafflesia
  Maga Rose
  Mega Viola Tricolour
  Mega Venus Flytrap
  Mega Lily
  Mega Jagger Lips

Neighbour Flowers
  Super Cupcake Flower
  Mega Cupcake Flower
  Cupcake Flower
  Lollipop Flower
  Doughnut Flower
  Super Doughnut Flower
  Mega Doughnut Flower
  Mega Lollipop Flower
  Blank entry (could become the Macaron Flower?)
  Blank entry (could become the Ice Cream Friendship Flower?)
  Super Lollipop Flower

The only reason that the Macaron and Ice Cream Friendship Flowers might not be entered in the Book is the fact that they were time-limited.  How could one obtain all Stars if they cannot be obtained again?  The Colourful Plumeria, on the other hand, should be an entry at some point.  Whether flowers we have matured before the entry is made will be counted or not is another matter.

I believe that the item obtained by crossbreeding is entirely random.  On my lower level farm, I obtained one of the rare Jagger Lips.  On my higher level farm, where I have planted, crossbred and matured MORE Flowers, I never obtained anything unusual!

This was discussed in an earlier post, but I might as well repeat the information here.  Recently, there was an offer for a special Macaron Friendship Flower.  It was a Neighbour Flower like the Ice Cream Friendship Flower but there were items that could be received if you met the requirements.  These were the Spoon Shovel and the Macaron Flower Decorations.  To obtain these, you first had to buy 8 Macaron Friendship Flowers (for the Spoon Shovel) and a total of 10 for the Macaron Friendship Flower.  In other words, you would meet the requirement for both by purchasing a total of 10.

Registration of Macaron Road:
  1 Medal, 8 Organic Fertilisers

Registration of Spoon Snovel:
  2 Medal, 15 Green Mystrons

Registration of Macaron Flower:
  3 Medals, 20 Green Mystrons

Collection:
  Includes Macaron Road, Spoon Shovel and Macaron Flower
  3 Medals, 200 OP, 1 RC

There is a Collection called 'Macaron Friendship Flower' as well.  This is time-restricted, unfortunately.  At the end of June, one has only 15 more days to complete the Collection.
The problem here is that you will not receive the Decorations until you have opened the required number of Gift Bags.  In other words, your Neighbours have to bring a total of 8 Macaron Friendship Flowers to maturity in order for you to obtain the Spoon Shovel.  It has to be placed on the original Seaside Farm for registration.  Only when you have opened the 8th Gift Bag will you obtain it.  Two more Gift Bags for a total of 10 will give you the Macaron Flower Decoration.  You need to register the Macaron Road, the Spoon Shovel and the Macaron Flower to obtain the Collection Reward.

This is of more interest to farmers who want 100% Collection than other Farmers.  You can gain all the Achievements for Gallery Registration with only a few Registrations!

A note finally about the expanded Mystery Shop or Store.  In the past, there was only the options to use Green Mystrons or Yellow Mystrons to purchase random items that changed daily.  Now there is a Coin Shop and a Blue Mystron Shop.  You will find that the Blue Mystron Shop contains Decorations usually that were obtained only when a time-restricted Quest was completed.  The only way at present to earn the coveted Blue Mystrons is by completing EVERY Order Board Reward.  Once this has been done, you will begin to earn Blue Mystrons when you complete Orders.  This means, in effect, that it is a rather advanced game option.

The Order Board has been expanded, however, to give you a greater number of Daily Orders to fill, making it easier to earn the various Rewards that are in a specific sequence.  The ones that appear as wrapped Gifts are the various Sheep that provide Farm Aids for a limited time.  Register these in the Gallery.  I warn you, however, that it takes DAYS to complete a Registration of any one of these special Farm Aid-dispensing Sheep!

Finally, the Coin Mystery Shop is one that offers a number of interesting items, including Materials, Crops, other Products, Farm Aids and Seafood.  It is the source of your Level 1 Flowers as well.  You have a total of four screens filled with different random items.  Once you have exhausted these, you need to wait for time to pass in order to be able to find new screens with new items.  For those of us who do not love the fishing option, the Coin Shop is a wonderful way to keep our seafood in stock!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Time-Restricted Treasure Hunt Quest and Yuhua Stones Collections Mission






Screenshot of Treasure Island Decoration on Island Farm


A new time-restricted Mission has been released.  As usual, it involves two separate components in the form of a Collections Mission and a traditional Quest sequence.  The Collections Mission is as follows:

Collect Yuhua Stones

70 Pink Yuhua Stones from Onions
50 White Yuhua Stones from Sugar
30 Green Yuhua Stones from Champagne
10 Red Yuhua Stones from Cashew

Reward: Baking Soda Bag

Note that the Baking Soda Bag is what is known as a Collectable.  It cannot be purchased in the Market at this point in time and probably will not appear there until this time-restricted Quest has ended.  You therefore either must complete the Collections Mission or pay a substantial amount of RC to skip tasks in the traditional Quest sequence that require placement of the Baking Soda Bag on your Farm as well as the Baking Soda itself which is produced by the Bag and is featured in a new Recipe.

The Baking Soda Bag produces Baking Soda every four hours.

The traditional Quest sequence is the Treasure Hunt Quest.  It gives three separate special Rewards as has been the case in all recent time-resricted Quests.  At the end of Treasure Hunt IV, you will receive a special Mission Gift Box.  At the end of Treasure Hunt VIII, you will receive a Mushroom Cluster Decoration for your Seaside Farm.  At the end of Treasure Hunt XII, you will receive a Treasure Island Decoration for your Island Farm.

The Treasure Hunt sequence is as follows:

Treasure Hunt Quest
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Treasure Hunt I
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Darryl:  With a hot summer almost in full swing, less customers are coming to the farm and life here is simply just peaceful and quiet.  This is the first time I've felt farm life is dull!  Perhaps I should ifnd something to do...

Harvest 40 Corn
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest 40 Red Roses
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest Lemon Tree 8 Times
  Skip for 8 RC

Reward: 1000 Coins, 160 XP

Good boy!  Farm life is just like that!

Treasure Hunt II
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DarryL; Today Grandma needs to go visit her friend and we have already finished today's tasks!  A little birdie told me that there's some buried treasure somewhere.  How about we go outside and begin a treasure hunt?

Harvest 40 Rye
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 40 sacks of Rye Flour
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 40 loaves of Black Bread
  Skip for 20 RC

Reward: 1000 Coins, 100 XP

Darryl:  You know, I always like to try new things.

Treasure Hunt III
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Darryl:  That was a great idea!  But before we go, we have to perpare enough food and take good care of the animals on the farm.  Otherwise Grandma will get cross with us.

Harvest 40 Grapes
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 40 glasses of Grape Juice
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 15 bowls of Udon
  Skip for 15 RC
  Each Udon is made with 1 Wheat Flour and 1 Oat Flour

Reward: 1000 Coins, 170 XP

Darryl:  That should be enough for now.

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Darryl:  Great!  We have finished all our tasks!  Now we can search the forest to see where the treasure's been buried!  But let's make sure we arrive back on the farm before Grandma gets back to the house.

Harvest 40 Oat
  Skip for 20 RC

Collect 40 Eggs
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 8 Christmas Stollen
  Skip for 8 RC

  Each Christmas Stollen is made with 1 Soft Dough and 2 Grapes

Reward: 1000 Coins, 170 XP

Darryl:  I feel so excited now!

Special Reward:  Special Mission Box containing 6 Super Fertiliser, 4 Super Watering Can, 6 Power

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Darryl:  After walking for awhile, we have finally arrived at our destination!  Or, at least, I hope so.  Thankfully, I brought my map with me.  So let's start from here and dig out our treasure!

Produce 50 Turkey
  Skip for 25 RC

Produce 50 Beef
  Skip for 25 RC

Produce 50 Blue Teddy Bears
  Skip for 25 RC

Reward: 1000 Coins, 180 XP

Darryl:  I can't wait to discover whether we can find something really special!

Treasure Hunt VI
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Darryl:  We kept digging but found nothing.  Maybe this isn't the right place.  Let me check the  map again.  It's so tiny that I could have easily been digging in the wrong place.  Maybe we can ask neighbour for magnifying glasses to help us?

Collect 20 Magnifying Glasses from Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest 50 Rice
  Skip for 25 RC

Prepare 15 Coconut Milk
  Skip for 15 RC
  Each Coconut Milk is made with 1 Coconut and 2 Sugar

Reward: 1000 Coins, 180 XP

Darryl:  As always, our neighbours have been so helpful!

Treasure Hunt VII
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Darryl:  Great!  Now we can continue our work!  My friend told me that there is a treasure buried here!  I'm sure we will find something special!  Just trust me and be patient, Felicia!

Process 6 Scallops in the Seafood House
  Skip for 6 RC

Craft 3 Pairs of Peacock Feather Earrings
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each Peacock Feather Earring pair is made with 1 Pearl, 2 Peacock Feathers and 1 pair of Earring Hooks

Craft 3 White Cord Necklaces
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each White Cord Necklace is made with 1 Angora Hair, 1 Wool and 2 Daisies

Reward: 1000 Coins, 190 XP

Darryl:  I'm sure we'll find something here, or am I just dreaming?

Treasure Hunt VIII
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Darryl:  Felicia is complaining that we only find stone after stone.  Maybe we should dig much deeper!  But I'm so tired now, I think I need to replenish my energy!

Place a Baking Soda Bag on your Farm
  Reward from Collections Mission

Prepare 8 Cashew Milk Cookies
  Skip for 8 RC
   Each Cashew Milk Cookie is made with 1 Milk Cookie and 2 Cashew Nuts
   Each Milk Cookie is made with 1 Condensed Milk and 1 Wheat Flour

Prepare 8 plates of Brazil Nut Milk Cookies
  Skip for 8 RC

  Each Brazil Nut Milk Cookie is made with 2 Milk Cookies and 1 Brazil Nut

Reward: 1000 Coins, 190 XP

Darryl:  I'm feeling full of energy now.  Let's continue digging!

Special Reward:  Mushroom Cluster Decoration

Treasure Hunt IX
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Darryl:  I always wanted to give Grandma a special gift.  But in case i can't find the treasure, I can always cook her favourite dish for her.  It's been a while since I last cooked it, so why don't we practice for a bit?

Prepare 20 Cornmeal
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest 60 Eggplants
  Skip for 30 RC

Prepare 6 Plates of Fried Eggplant
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each plate requires 4 Eggplant and 2 Wheat Flour

Reward: 1000 Coins, 200 XP

Darryl:  It's just as yummy as I remember!
 
Treasure Hunt X
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Darryl:  This hole's getting bigger and bigger!  Wait, what's this hard thing?  Felicia, quickly, come here!  I think we found it!

Craft 6 Blue Hearts
  Each Blue Heart is made with 5 Blue Roses, 3 Fern Flowers and 1 Glass
  Skip for 6 RC

Produce 60 Camel Hair
  This is an Island Task
  Skip for 30 RC

Craft 6 Wooden Aroma Bottles
  This is an Island Task
  Skip for 6 RC

  Each Wooden Aroma Bottle is made in the Workshop using 2 Wool Yarn and 1 Cedar Wood and requires 1 Power to create 

Reward: 1000 Coins, 200 XP

Darryl:  I wonder if it's the treasure we're looking for.

Treasure Hunt XI
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Darryl:  Look at this beautiful piece of treasure!  I think Grandma will love it.  Why don't we head back and give it to her?  On the way back, we can pick some flowers to compliment this treasure.

Harvest 60 Blue Roses
  Skip for 30 RC

Harvest 60 Honeysuckles
  This is an Island Crop
  Skip for 30 RC

 Produce 60 Blue Rose Essential Oil
  This is an Island Task
  Skip for 30 RC
  N.B.  Transport 60 Blue Roses to the Island in advance.

Reward: 1000 Coins, 210 XP

Darryl:  I'm really tired but I'm happy that we found the treasure!

Treasure Hunt XII
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Darryl:  Grandma really loved the gift!  She was so happy we went to all the effort for her.  She even cooked us our favourite dish to show how happy she was.  After the long walk, this is the best way to get my energy back!

Harvest 8 Apricots
  Skip for 8 RC

Produce 8 Apricot Pies
  This is an Island Task
  N.B.  You need to transport 8 Apricots to the Island in advance
  Skip for 8 RC

Produce 4 plates of Fried Eggplant Rolls
  Skip for 4 RC
  N.B.  In two harvests from the Baking Soda Bag, I did not receive sufficient Baking Soda to make the ingredient required to complete this dish.   You will need 2 Baking Powder and 1 Fried Eggplant for each Fried Eggplant Roll.  In 8 hours, I had enough Baking Soda only to make 2 Baking Powder.  Baking Powder is made with 1 Baking Soda and 2 Cornmeal.

Darryl:  What a wonderful treasure hunt!  I hope we can do this again in the future!

Reward: 1000 Coins, 210 XP

Special Reward:  Treasure Island Decoration for the Island

Incidentally, the Treasure Island Decoration, in my opinion, is one of the nicest we have received as a Reward for the Island to date.  It is a little larger than most of the other Island Decorations and consists of a little beach containing a palm tree, open Treasure Chest, sabre, cannon and antique pot.  The chest overflows with treasures, including a Crown and a string of pearls.






New Recipes:
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Baking Powder: 723 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Baking Soda, Cornmeal x 2

Fried Eggplant: 3199 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Eggplant x 4, Wheat Flour x 2

Fried Eggplant Rolls: 4671 Coins, 1 Xp
  Ingredients:  Baking Powder x 2, Fried Eggplant

Gallery Registration
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Baking Soda Bag
  3 Medals, 5000 Coins

Mushroom Cluster
  2 Medals, 10 Green Mystrons

Treasure Island
  5 Medals, 30 Green Mystrons

Treasure Hunt Collection
  Includes Baking Soda Bag, Mushroom Cluster, Treasure Island
  Reward: 5 Medals, 88 Green Mystrons, 1 RC

Strategies for Mission
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This is one of those Collection Missions that offers a Reward that CANNOT be purchased in the Market.  Ultimately, once the time limit has expired, it no doubt will appear there, so players need not despair for the future in terms of obtaining the Baking Soda Bag.  For the purpose of the traditional Quest sequence here, however, it is necessary either to complete the Collections Mission by the time you reach Treasure Hunt VII or else pay to skip the task of placing it on your Farm.  The Baking Soda Bag produces every four hours.  You will need the Baking Soda for one of the new Recipes that is featured in the Quest sequence near the end.  You can purchase each portion of Baking Soda needed for 1 RC, however, if you prefer.

These time-restricted Quests now include Island tasks, so a player will need to have access to the Island if he/she wishes to complete the entire sequence and obtain the final Island Decoration as a Reward or opt instead to pay substantial amounts of RC to skip every Island task.  The Island tasks appear only in the last third of the sequence.  Here they are tasks that require sufficient Dev Points to have purchased the Essential Oil Machine and have mastered it to the point where you can make Blue Rose Essential Oil.  You will need to have a Camel as well and sufficient Dev Points to have unlocked the Wooden Aroma Bottle.  My Island Guide gives all the requirements for every Island Machine, Crop, Animal and Tree as well as all items that can be produced.

A couple of the Island tasks require Items that can be found only on the original Seaside Farm.  In order to complete the task, you need to TRANSPORT these items to the Island in advance.  In particular, you will need 60 Blue Roses and 8 Apricots.  You need to have transported sufficient Wool in order to make 12 Woolen Yarn to produce the Wooden Aroma Bottles.    You can opt to skip these tasks, but the cost will be high.

As usual, there are a number of Recipe requirements in the traditional Quest sequence.  You will need some basic Dishes in order to make them, including Condensed Milk and Soft Dough.  Sugar, one of the items that yields the Yuhua Stones in the Collections Mission, is needed to produce one of the Recipes.  Milk Cookies are another ingredient in two of the Recipes that are included in the Quest sequence.  You will need a total of 24 Milk Cookies and these can be made in advance!

Remember that Gift Boxes often yield the OP and Power that are so very useful in these Quests.  Visit your Neighbours to eat at their Cooking Stands and clean their Decorations and then place as many Decorations that yield the valued Blue Gift Boxes as possible on your own Farm for Neighbours to clean.

Gallery Registration is another component in these time-restricted Missions.  The individual Reward items can be registered at any point in time but in order to register the entire Collection for a special Reward that includes 1 RC, you need to do so before the Quest expires or at least within a day or two of its expiration.

NOTE ABOUT FRIENDSHIP FLOWERS
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I suppose I could make a separate post about this but thought farmers might like to know that I have two free plots now on my Farm for Friendship Flowers from Neighbours.  I tend them repeatedly throughout the day when they are placed on my farm.

Note that when a Neighbour's Friendship Flower matures on your Farm, you can crossbreed it only with one of YOUR Flowers of the same level that has matured and NOT another Friendship Flower!