Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tanabata Festival Time-Restricted Quests







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

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

Can redeem the following with Festival Fans:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harvest 40 Oat
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 20 sacks of Cake Flour
  Skip for 20 RC

Reward: 85 Coins, 10 XP

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

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

Prepare 10 Cherry Flan
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 10 Cheese Salads
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 5 Plates of Wasabi Fried Mackerel
  Skip for 5 RC

Reward: 90 Coins, 12 XP

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

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

Complete Orders on Daily Order Board

Harvest 40 Cabbage
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest 40 Sweet Potatoes
  Skip for 20 RC

Reward: 100 Coins, 12 XP

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

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

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

Produce 25 Lemon Cakes

Collect 20 Shaved Ice Cups from Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Reward: 100 Coins, 14 XP

Felicia:  This bamboo decoration looks beautiful!

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

Harvest 6 Ice Cubes from Ice Tree
  Skip for 6 RC

Prepare 10 Candied Apples
  Skip for 10 RC

Fertilise Neighbours' Farms 40 Times
  Skip for 40 RC

Reward: 110 Coins, 16 XP

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

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

Produce 20 Bowls of Lemon Ice Cream
  Skip for 10 RC

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

Produce 50 Glasses of Apple Juice
  Skip for 25 RC

Reward: 110 Coins, 15 RC

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

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

Fish 10 times with Bone Fishhook
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 50 Steak Burgers
  Skip for 25 RC

Produce 8 Smoked Butterfish
  Skip for 8 RC

Reward: 110 Coins, 15 XP

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

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

Prepare 6 Octopus Balls
  Skip for 6 RC

PRoduce 50 Bottles of Champagne
  Skip for 25 RC

Prepare 8 plates of Festival Food
  Skip for 8 RC

Reward: 120 Coins, 16 XP

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

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

Prepare 10 bowls of Japanese Fried Noodles
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 20 Japanese Pancakes
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 60 jars of Orange Jam
  Skip for 30 RC

Reward: 120 Coins, 16 XP

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

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

Prepare 20 Japanese Pizzas
  Skip for 20 RC

Collect 6 Jars of Nectar
  Skip for 6 RC

Produce 60 Glasses of Cherry Juice
  Skip for 30 RC

Reward: 120 Coins, 16 XP

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

FINAL REWARD:  Festival Palanquin, a cleanable Decoration

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New Recipes are as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Time-Restricted Ramadan Missions





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

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

Ramadan Collection Mission
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Collect Ramadhan Lanterns:

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

Rewards:  Garden Lantern and Pomegranate Tree

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


The traditional Quest sequence is as follows:

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

Harvest 40 Rice
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 20 glasses of Apple Juice
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 6 Bowls of Nut Mix
  Skip for 6 RC

Reward: 85 Coins, 10 XP

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

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

Produce 40 Black Bread
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 40 Oat Bread
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 10 Arabic Kabsa
  Skip for 10 RC

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

Reward: 90 Coins, 12 XP

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

Collect 20 Ramadan Drums from Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest 50 Spinach
  Skip for 25 RC

Prepare 20 Spinach Soup
  Skip for 20 RC

Reward: 100 Coins, 20 XP

Darryl:  What do you think of my new drum?


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

Harvest 50 Onions
  Skip for 25 RC

Prepare 20 Plates of Spinach Salad
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest 10 Mangoes
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 100 Coins, 14 XP

Darryl:  This dish looks fantastic and it smells amazing!

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

Place Pomegranate Tree on your Farm (from Collections Mission)

Harvest 4 Pomegranates
  Skip for 4 RC

Fertilise your Neighbours' Farms 40 Times
  Skip for 40 RC

Reward: 110 Coins, 14 XP

Darryl:  Every one was so happy with our surprise!

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

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

Harvest 50 Love Fruit
  Skip for 25 RC

Prepare 15 Grape Cornbread
  Skip for 15 RC

Reward: 110 Coins, 15 XP

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

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

Prepare 4 Pomegranate Cookies
  Skip for 4 RC

Prepare 6 Pomegranate Salad
  Skip for 6 RC

Produce 50 Love Cakes
   Skip for 25 RC

Reward: 110 Coins, 15 XP

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


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

Prepare 10 Stuffed Turkeys
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 10 plates of Spinach Dumplings
  Skip for 10 RC

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

Reward: 120 Coins, 16 XP

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

FINAL REWARD:  Tower of Arab Decoration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, June 20, 2014

Kupala Night Time-Restricted Quests





Kupala Night is a Polish Midsummer Night Festival that has echoes throughout Europe.  All the elements of the traditional Kupala Night, from floral wreaths to the search for the magical and very elusive fern 'flower' as well as the Bonfire are included in the traditional Kupala Night Quest sequence in Family Farm Seaside.  A little section devoted to the actual festival is given at the end of this post.

A new Crop has been released in the form of the Fern Flower for this Mission.
Tip:  If you cannot find the Fern Flower at first when you tap on a Plot to plant a Crop, go directly to the Market Screen and look under the Crops section.

As usual, there are two parts to this.  The first is a Collections Mission and this incorporates the new Fern Flower Crop as follows:

Collect Wreaths in order to earn two special Rewards:

70 Purple Wreaths from the Fern Flower
50 Red Wreaths from Cherry Juice (Make in the Juice Maker)
30 Yellow Wreaths from Corn Bread (Make in the Baker)
10 White Wreaths from White Chocolate Trees

The two Rewards for the Collections Mission are a Hazel Tree and a Stone Bridge.  Both will be needed for the traiditonal Kupala Night Quest sequence.  You will need to complete the Collections Mission before you can complete Part V of the Kupala Night sequence of Quests.  Note that you can purchase the Hezel Tree from the Market for 5 RC as well.







The second part is a traditional Quest sequence entitled Kupala Night.

Kupala Night I
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Felicia: I love June!  It's geting warmer and I can already feel summer is in the air!  Grandma told me that when she was young everybody celebrated Kupala Night.  Let's bring these traditions back and plant some flowers for beautiful wreaths!

Harvest 40 Red Roses
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest 10 Cherries
  SKip for 10 RC

Harvest 6 White Chocolates
  Skip for 6 RC

Great!  Now we have enough flowers to decorate the place!

Reward: 85 Coins, 10 XP

Kupala Night II
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Felicia:  According to the legend, Kupala Night is the only time of the year when ferns floom.  Prosperity, luck and power would befall on whoever finds the flower.  So why don't we all go and search for it?  Let's prepare for the trip!


Collect 20 Flashlights from your Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 8 Cheese Beef Sandwiches
  Skip for 8 RC

Produce 40 Beef Salami
  Skip for 20 RC

Thanks!  We're almost good to go!

Reward: 50 Coins, 12 XP

Kupala Night III
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Felicia:  We surely won't be hungry now!  But the forest is quite far from our farm.  Shall we prepare some drinks in case we get thirsty?

Prepare 40 Cherry Juice
  Skip for 20 RC
  Note:  The Cherry Juice is one of the four Items that randomly yield the Wreaths required in the Collections Mission.  You therefore may wish to wait to complete the Collections Mission, at least as far as the Red Wreath requirement is concerned until you reach this step in the Quest.

Prepare 20 glasses of Kvass
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 20 Orange Smoothie
  Skip for 20 RC

Now we're ready to go!

Reward: 100 Coins, 12 XP

Kupala Night IV
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Felicia:  Actually, the forest is a bit scary!  We've been searching for hours and still no sign of the precious flower... Wait!  I can see something behind a tree... THERE IT IS!  I found it!

Harvest 50 Fern Flowers
  Skip for 25 RC

Note:  Fern Flowers are one of the items that randomly yield Purple Wreaths required to complete the Collections Mission.  By this time, you should have completed all the other Wreath Collections and if you are fortunate, you will complete the Purple Wreath Collection now, obtain the Rewards and be able to place the Hazel Tree as required in one of the tasks here.

Fertilise your Neighbours' Farms 40 Times
  Skip for 40 RC

Place a Hazel Tree on your Farm
  N.B.  This is one of the two Rewards from the Collections Mission
   You can purchase the Hazel Tree in the Market as well for 5 RC

Felicia:  I can't believe I found it!  Now we can go back to the farm and celebrate!

Reward: 100 Coins, 14 XP

Kupala Night V
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Felicia:  Grandma once told me that girls would go out on Kupala Night and set flower wreaths afloat on the river believing that it would grant them good fortune in their relationships.  So let's go on our bridge and float some flower wreaths!

Good idea, hihi!

Place a Stone Bridge
  N.B.  This is the other Reward from the Collections Mission
  SKip for 10 RC

Harvest 50 Daisies
  Skip for 25 RC

Harvest 6 Jasmine
  Skip for 6 RC

Felicia:  Oh no!  My wreath sank!  Hopefully it's not a sign of bad luck!

Reward: 110 Coins, 14 XP

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Felicia:  Kupala Night is traditionally the first time of the year when you can go for a swim!  Let's get some healthy snacks so we look good in our swimming suits!

Prepare 6 bowls of Nut Mix
  Skip for 6 RC

Prepare 6 Nut and Sorbus Crepes
  SKip for 6 RC

Produce 10 Banana Ice Cream
  Skip for 10 RC

There is nothing better than a good swim on a hot day!

Reward: 110 Coins, 15 XP

Kupala Night VII
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Felicia: We still have some time left before sunset and all these activities made me really tired.  Maybe we could go to the seaside and relax an bit while catching some tasty fish?  What do you say?

Fish 10 Times with Bone Fish Hook
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 20 Smoked Yellow Croaker
  Skip for 20 RC

N.B.  It takes almost 10 minutes to smoke each Yellow Croaker.

Produce 50 Veggie Burgers
  Skip for 25 RC

Felicia:  it's getting darker!  Get ready for the big celebration!

Reward: 110 Coins, 15 XP

Kupala Night VIII
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Felicia:  The sun finally went down.  Let's release some paper lanterns into the sky to mark this amazing night on Summer Solstice!  What a breathtaking view!

Collect 20 Paper Lanterns from your Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 60 glasses of Apple Juice
  Skip for 30 RC

Produce 10 Maple Sugar
  Skip for 5 RC

The lanterns lit up the sky in an amazing display of glowing dots!

Reward: 120 Coins, 16 XP

Kupala Night IX
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Felicia:  At the end of the night we will have a huge bonfire!  We will dance, sing and tell stories around the bonfire!  Oh, and eat of course!  Let's go to the kitchen and prepare more food!

Prepare 6 Nut Cheesecakes
  Skip for 6 RC

Produce 40 Black Forest Cakes
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 60 Champagne
  Skip for 30 RC

Felicia:  Thanks for spending this shortest night of the year with us!

Reward: 120 Coins, 16 XP

Congratulations!  Check out your special reward in your gift box!

FINAL REWARD:  Bonfire Decoration

The Bonfire Decoration is cleanable and produces a Purple Cleaning Gift Bag

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Three new Recipes have appeared in the Kitchen and will be used during the course of the Quest:

Nut Mix: 143 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Hazel Nut, Candied Walnut

Nut and Sorbus Crepe: 725 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Sorbus Crepe, Nut Mix

Nut Cheesecake: 370 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Cottage Cheese x 2, Nut Mix

Strategies for Mission
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As always, there are ways to prepare in advance for the various tasks that are required in these Missions.  It always is a good idea to complete the Collections Mission first as the Rewards usually are required to be placed on your Farm in one of the tasks in the traditional Quest sequence.  In this Mission, you must place both the Stone Bridge and a Hazel Tree.  You can purchase a Hazel Tree in the Market for 5 RC but you cannot purchase a Stone Bridge.   Hazel Nuts are used in the new Kitchen Recipes and these are requirements in the traditional Quest sequence as well.

Possibly the most difficult part of the traditional Quest sequence is the consuming need for Power.  You only are allocated 30 Power maximum and each Recipe you make in the Kitchen uses 1 Power.  Where a Recipe calls for Ingredients that are the product or products from OTHER Recipes, you can use up to 3 Power to complete a single Dish!  If you clean Neighbours' Decorations regularly or keep your own cleanable Decorations on your Farm, you should have a regular supply of Gift Cleaning Bags that randomly may contain 1 Power.  I tend to save my Cleaning Gift Bags until a Quest like this appears and then open them in the hope that they will contain some Power.

Part III of the traditional Kupala Night Quest alone requires a minimum of 40 Power to complete as two separate Recipes are requested.  You must make 20 of each.  It is here that the wisdom of regular cooking is revealed.  The ingredients to make an Orange Smoothie are Condensed Milk and Orange Jam.  I consider both to be 'staples' in the Kitchen and whenever I remember to do so when there is no Quest on the screen, I try to make a few of each.  Other Items that are needed in the Kitchen regularly include Cake Flour, Batter, Cornmeal and Soft Dough.  Now Cottage Cheese can be added to that list as it is used in more than one Recipe, icnluding the new Nut Cheesecake.  In fact, you will need to make Nut Cheesecake in one of the later steps in the Mission.

Another task that you can perform regularly when there are no outstanding Quests is fishing.    More and more, you will find that Items caught when fishing are needed for time-restricted Quests and Kupala Night is no exception.  In this case, you will need 20 raw Yellow Croaker in order to complete Part VII if the Quest.  Refer to my recent post: 'To Smoke or not to Smoke' for the pros and cons of processing your fishing catches.  In many cases, it is better to leave them unprocessed in the Barn for use in a case like this.  On the other hand, some of the Daily Orders require the sale of Smoked Seafood and it is a slow process so if you have considerable amounts, you always can smoke half and keep the other half raw.

Other items that can be useful if made in advance include the various types of Bread.  Wheat Bread is a required Ingredient in any Burger made in the Burger Machine.  In fact, you will need it for this Quest.  Black Bread is required as an ingredient to make Kvass.  You will need to make 20 Kvass in the Kitchen in Part III of the Kupala Night Quest.  Finally Cornmeal is the one type of Flour that is not made in the Mill any longer but is made in your Kitchen.  The Collections Mission requires Yellow Wreaths randomly found in Cornbread.  Although Cornbread is made in the Baker, the Cornmeal must be produced in the Kitchen.  Having a stock of this in advance can prove very useful.

Incidentally, for those players who wonder WHY they should upgrade the little 'special' buildings to Level 5 in Quests such as the recent World Cup Mission, it is not really for the sake of the final 'Reward' in the form of a Decoration, whether cleanable or not but rather for the ancillary Rewards that could be redeemed such as Thunderstorms, Rain, Organic Fertilisers or even Rainbow Rain.  The Thunderstorms I redeemed really helped considerably with the Collections Mission in THIS Quest, where I was able to speed the growth of all the Fern Flowers on my Farm to complete the Collections far earlier than I otherwise would have been able to do so.  Fern Flowers ordinarily take 8 Hours to mature.  I do have sprinklers throughout my farm as well as one Greenhouse, both of which reduce growing time but it was the Thunderstorms that really aided me today.  If you wonder why you ought to consider upgrading a building like the Soccer Stadium to Level 5 (being forced to spend a little RC in order to do so), this is the primary reason.

I do not think you can store a special time-restricted Collections building unless it has been fully upgraded.  That certainly was the case in the past.  If you do not like the building, then you always can sell it instead of storing it but if it is a beautiful building like the Ice Lantern Castle, you may with to upgrade it fully for future use.

A final point:  Although there are free gifts worth more than Milk and Wheat Flour, I tend to request these most often when no quests or missions are outstanding as they are Ingredients that are required in so many Machine Productions and Kitchen Recipes.  Wheat Flour is used to make Cakes  In this Mission sequence alone, a vast quantity both of Milk and of Wheat Flour was needed.  You need Wheat Flour to make the Wheat Bread used in the Buger Machine for Veggie Burgers as well as the Cake Machine for the Black Forest Cakes not to mention the Batter used in the Kitchen.  Milk is used in the Ice Cream Machines as well as in the Kitchen to make Condensed Milk, Crepes and Cottage Cheese, inter alia.  The Holstein Cow, like the Limousin Cattle and Buffalo takes up considerable space on a farm that no longer can be expanded.  Although Clover matures quickly, the Holstein Cow is a nuisance to place now, so I prefer to request Milk from my Neighbours.  Wheat Flour is easier to produce in the sense that I keep a Mill always on my Farm but even so, I would rather make Oat Flour and Rye Flour for Cake Flour than spend my time making Wheat Flour I easily can obtain from my Neighbours.  There may be Free Gifts that are worth more but few have as many uses as Milk and Wheat Flour.

Finally, time is saved if you have more than one Machine of any given variety.  With three Juice Makers, three Jam Makers and three Wine Makers, the time needed to produce quantities of Juice, Wine or Jam is lessened considerably.  They are small Machines as well, which makes it fairly easy to place more than one when needed.

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Kupala Night, a Midsummer Night Festival
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Kupala Night is a Polish version of the traditional pagan European Midsummer Night Festival.  When I was a little girl, one of my favourite books was 'A Wonderful Garden' by E. Nesbit.  In this book, the children had a Victorian book about the 'Language of Flowers' that included some of the old magical associations with various flowers and plants.  They read that, on Midsummer's Night, if one could find a fern seed, one could smear it upon the eyes to be able to see all that otherwise would be invisible.  This notion excited me and I searched (in vain) for the fern seed...  The Polish custom of searching for the 'fern flower' on Midsummer's Eve is very similar.  No such flower exists!  It is a magical construct but the search is part of the ancient journey into the forest to collect plants and flowers to make blossoms and crowns, often for a statue or figure of a Goddess.

Kupala may be derived from the old Polish word for 'bath' or 'bathing'.   It is, however, the name of an old pagan Slavic Goddess as well.  Kupalnocka or Kupala Night is celebrated with a number of rites, including dances round abonfire or leaping over the flames and a charming ritual wherein maidens weave garlands of fresh flowers and hay and, placing a candle in the dentre, float them on running water.  The way that the garland floats is a form of fortunetelling, and will tell the maiden whether she is to marry soon or remain single.

In ancient Northern Europe, a statue of the fertility Goddess often was transported through the land to a sacred river or lake where she was bathed ritually before being returned to her 'home'.   Midsummer does mark the first night of the year in ancient Poland where bathing was considered safe and the waters blessed by the old God of Thunder.

Midsummer is a Festival of Light in the sacred pagan Wheel of the Year.  It is a time when fires are lit and the old ritual of leaping through or over the flames not only purifies and blesses but is considered sympathetic magic to cause the crops to grow stronger and higher.

There are many lantern festivals throughout the world, both in the East and West.  Lanterns of course imitate the great Lantern in the Sky in the form of our Sun.  Worship of the Sun is an ancient part of the Midsummer rites.

It is interesting how the ancient custom of throwing plants into running water in order to 'kill' or defeat Winter changed into a fortunetelling rite involving floral wreaths with candles in the centre.  Originally, the wreath was made with hay interwoven with fresh flowers.  Now flowers often are used exclusively to make the wreaths.

Friday, June 13, 2014

To Smoke or not to Smoke

I simply could not resist the title but any one who expects to find a little lecture on 'cancer sticks' here will be disappointed.  This post is devoted to the topic of Seafood in Family Farm and the decision of any Farmer to use the Smoke House to process it or to leave it raw and unprocessed.

When the Fishiing option first was introduced, there were few Kitchen Recipes that used the items caught from the pier.  Now there are many, almost too many from the point of view of an individual like myself who does not care for seafood apart from Lobster.

You can find ALL Recipes on my Recipes page, the link to which is on a tab above all posts.  You can find a list of all Items caught when fishing on my Fishing Page, likewise found as a link on a tab above all posts.

This little post simply lists the Items that are used in their raw, unprocessed state in a Recipe.

Butterfish is used raw in the Lemon Fish Recipe.
Tilapia is used raw in the Baked Tilapia Recipe.
Crayfish is used raw in Egg Crayfish Recipe.
Octopus is used raw in the Octopus Ball Recipe.
Both raw Octopus and raw Salmon are used in the Seafood Platter Recipe.
Mackerel is used raw in the Wasabi Fried Mackerel Recipe.
Octopus is used in the Hot Lemon Octopus Recipe.
Raw Seaweed is used in the Egg Soup Recipe.

As for the Smoked Seafood:

Smoked Mackerel is used in the Spicy Fish Recipe.
Mud Crab processed in the Smoke House to make Crab Stick is used in the Fried Crab Stick Recipe.
Natica Sea Shell processed to make Raw Sea Snail is used in the Soyed Snail Recipe.
Crayfish processed to make Shrimp Ball is used in the Steamed Egg with Shrimp Recipe.
Mud Crab processed to make Steamed Mud Crab is used in the Custard Crab REcipe.
Blue Swimmer Crab processed in the Smoke House to makeSteamed Blue Swimmer Crab is used in the Crab Meat Yi Mein Recipe.  You will need 2, by the way.
Dried Wakame processed from Wakame and Cooked Sea Lettuce processed from Sea Lettuce are used in the Wakame Salad Recipe.
Red Frog Crab processed to make Cooked Red Frog Crab is used in the White Wine Crab Recipe.
Crayfish processed to make Shrimp Meat is used in the Shrimp Chili Recipe.  You will need 2.
Octopus Meat processed from Octopus is used in the Seafood Chili Recipe.
Dried Scallop processed from Scallop is used in the Surf n Turf Recipe.
Steamed Mantis Shrimp processed from Mantis Shrimp is used in the Shrimp Fried Rice Recipe.
Seaweed processed to make Brined Seaweed is used in the Warship Sushi Recipe.
Crab Roe made either from Red Frog Crab or Blue Swimmer Crab is used in the Crab Roe Warship Sushi Recipe.
Starfish Spawn processed from Starfish is used in the Starfish Spawn Warship Sushi Recipe.
Squid Ink processed from Octopus is used in the Black Spaghetti Recipe.
Opossum Shrimp processed to make Steamed Opossum Shrimp is used in the Sweet and Sour Shrimp Recipe.

N.B.  You will notice that the same 'catch' can produce different items when processed.  Some are more likely results than others.  For example, Squid Ink is a rare item produced when Octopus is processed as opposed to the more common Octopus Meat.  All these items with their likelihood are listed on my Fishing Page.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

World Cup Time-Restricted Missions/Quests

This is one of the time-restricted Quests that allows farmers to collect randomly from ALL Crops, Animals, Machines and Trees.

The Mission requires the placement of a Stadium, found in the Market under the Special Category for the price of 500 Coins.  You then can begin to collect Footballs randomly from all Crops, Animals, Machines and Trees on your Farm.

Your Stadium can be upgraded to Level 5 to double the number of Footballs collected randomly.  The first upgrade requires 20 Stadium Seats (requests to neighbours) and 2 Soccar Outfits (redeemed with one Football each).

The prizes that can be redeemed with Footballs are as follows:

Soccer Outfits
  Each requires 1 Football and there are a total of 50 that can be redeemed

Snack Stand
  The first requires 100 Footballs and there are a total of 5 that can be redeemed

Thunderstorm
  The first requires 10 Footballs and there are a total of 5 that can be redeemed.

Organic Fertiliser
  The first requires 1 Football and there are a total of 25 that can be redeemed

You must redeem one of each of these four prizes in order to unlock the final prize which is a Guarana Bush that then can be redeemed with 200 Footballs.

Note that the Guarana Bush can be purchased in the Market for 6 RC.

In tandem with this is a series of traditional Quests or Missions under the title of the World Cup.

World Cup Quests

World Cup I

Place a Soccar Stadium on your farm

Harvest 40 Pitayas
  Skip for 20 RC

Complete the orders on the Order Board
  Skip for 10 RC

World Cup II
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Prepare 8 Grilled Flank Steaks

Harvest 40 Coffee Beans

Request 20 Soccer Tickets from Neighbours

World Cup III
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Produce 40 Peacock Feathers

Produce 50 Ostrich Feathers

Produce 60 Goose Feathers

World Cup IV
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Harvest 6 Ice from Ice Tree

Produce 50 Glasses of Orange Juice

Prepare 15 Lemon-Banana Daiquiri

World Cup V
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Harvest 8 Guarana from Guarana Bush
  (Final Reward from Football Collections or purchase from Market)

Prepare 8 Guarana Drinks

Help your Neighbours 40 times

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Produce 50 Steak Burgers

Produce 15 Glasses of Mango Juice

Prepare 15 Tropical Fruit Muffins

World Cup VII
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Fish 10 times with the Bone Fish Hook

Prepare 20 Coconut Milk

Prepare 6 Plates of Fish and Potatoes

World Cup VIII
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Prepare 10 Tropical Delights

Produce 60 Bottles of Ketchup

Produce 60 Beef Salami

World Cup IX
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Prepare 20 Bowls of Bean Stew

Prepare30 Bowls of Crumbly

Request 20 Berimbaus from Neighbours

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Produce 20 Bowls of Bean Stew with Crumbly

Produce 20 Banana Cakes

Produce 20 Mango Ice Cream

Final Reward:  Darryl Bobblehead Decoration (cannot be cleaned) and a bag with 1 RC

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Sugar Loaf Doughnut: 527 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Condensed Milk, Hot Cross Bun

Guarana Drink: 75 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients: Guarana, Lemon

Tropical Delight: 663 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Sugar Loaf Doughnut, Guarana Drink

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Crumbly: 299 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients: Oat Flour x 2,  Egg x 2

Bean Stew: 295 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Beef Salami, Green Bean x 3

Bean Stew with Crumbly: 624 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Crumbly, Bean Stew

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As the World Cup time-restricted Mission reaches its last day, another option has appeared in Seaside in the form of a gambling game.  Players can choose to gamble on the real World Cup of 2014 by purchasing placards that represent one or more Teams.  If the Team or Teams chosen advance, the Player will receive Rewards in the form of RC.  Each Placard costs 9 RC.  There is no limit to the number of Teams one can support, as long as the placard for that team is being offered in the Market.  One is not likely to make any profit, however, if one chooses too many Teams.  The final Reward for the winning Team is 30 RC.    In order to quality, the Player must place the Placard on the farm and redeem any Rewards from the Gift Box by dates that are specified by the developers.  In other words, you must access your Gift Box to find and redeem any Rewards by specific dates.  The Placards will be offered until 16 June.  They include the following:

Spanish
Italian
British
Ecuardorian
Japanese
Ivory Coast
Costa Rican
Uruguay
Honduras
French
Brazilian
Korean
Russian
Argentinian
Ghana
American
German
Portuguese
Iranian
Nigerian
Swiss
Boznia and Herzogovian
Belgian
Algerian
Colombian
Greek
Dutch
Chilean
Australian
Croatian
Mexican
Cameroon

Not quite certain why some Banners are named by country and others are the proper adjective...  simply copied from the Marketplace, although by rights, it should be Ghanaian, Cameroonian and so on...

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Beanstalk Time-Restricted Quests/Missions

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Darryl and the Beanstalk
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Players have 11 Days to complete the Beanstalk Missions in Family Farm Seaside.   The Rewards for completing the Collection Mission are more important perhaps than the Decoration that is the Reward for completing the traditional Quest sequence, although the Brazil Nut Tree that is one of the Collections Mission Rewards can be purchased in the Marketplace.   If you are the sort of player who cannot bear to see items on Neighbours' Farms that you do not own, you will complete EVERY time-restricted Mission.  The Golden Chicken Statue Decoration that is the Reward for completing the traditional Quests can be cleaned when it is placed on your Farm, which means that it will produce random items including OP, Power and Coins when Neighbours clean it.  

As usual, the Quests/Missions are twofold and run in tandem.  There is a Collections Mission wherein the farmer collects feathers of different colours by harvesting/collecting specific Items.  Appearance of Feathers as always is entirely random:

Feather Collections Mission
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Collect Colourful Feathers

Try to collect Colourful FEathers when making farm products

70 Green Feathers from Green Beans
  Green Bean is a new Crop that matures in 6 Hours

50 Red Feathers from Maple Sugar
  Produce Maple Sugar in the Sugar Machine using Maple Syrup from the Maple Tree

30 Pink Feathers from Pitaya Jam
  Produce Pitaya Jam in the Jam Maker using Pitaya, a Crop

10 Yellow Feathers from Lemons
  Harvest the Lemon Tree

Rewards: Brazil Nut Tree and Beanstalk Decoration.  The Beanstalk Decoration cannot be cleaned but both Rewards are needed during the course of the 'Beanstalk Mission'.

Note that Green Beans are a new Crop that cost 80 Coins and take 6 Hours to mature.  They do not appear to be one of the time-restricted Crops so probably will be in the Marketplace from this point forward.

One more detail that may be useful to Farmers is the fact that the Brazil Nut Tree can be purchased in the Marketplace for 6 RC.  If you do not mind spending a little RC to complete a Mission, this purchase may be useful as it gives you a 'jump start' on the Recipe in the last step of 'Beanstalk' that requires Brazil Nuts as an ingredient.

The other Quest/Mission is a traditional one entitled 'Beanstalk'

Beanstalk Quests
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Beanstalk I
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Grandma found an old cookbook with a great recipe in it: milk cookies!  And since she needs a lot of milk, we will need more than one cow!

Have 2 Holstein Cows on the field
  N.B. Once placed, the requirement will be satisfied and the Cows can be stored.  They are one of the larger animals in Seaside and you may need the space for the Jam Machines and Sugar Machines required for the Collections Mission.

Prepare 20 Condensed Milk
  Skip for 20 RC

  Ingredients:   Milk, Sugar

Prepare 20 Milk Cookies
  Skip for 20 RC

  Ingredients:  Condensed Milk, Wheat Flour

Darryl:  Mmm, the condensed Milk is so delicious!  It kind of tastes like candy!

Reward: 85 Coins, 17 XP

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On second thought, Grandma realised that two cows on the farm means a lot of work.  So she asked me to sell one in the Village Fair.  Let's take this opportunity and make more money by selling other farm products too!

Prepare 20 bowls of  Cottage Cheese
  Skip for 20 RC

  Ingredients:  Cheddar Cheese x 2, Milk x 2

Produce 40 Cheddar Cheese
  Skip for 20 RC

  Make Cheddar Cheese in the Cheese Maker using Milk

Prepare 20 Cheese Salad
  Skip for 20 RC

  Ingredients:  Honey x 5, Cheddar Cheese x 2

Darryl:  Great!  We sold all the farm products!  But wait... I forgot to sell the cow!  What now?

Reward: 90 Coins, 18 XP

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Darryl:  I met a mysteirous seller who sold me some amazing magic beans!  Cool, right?  But it cost me all the money that I've earned, so now I will need to prepare and sell some dishes to earn the money back!  Otherwise Grandma will be really angry!

Finish today's Order Board
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 8 Cashew Milk Cookies
  Skip for 8 RC

  Ingredients: Milk Cookie, Cashew x 2

Prepare 5 Bologna Sausage
  Skip for 5 RC

  Ingredients:  Meatloaf, Cashew x 3
  N.B.  Meatloaf is made the Kitchen as well from Flank Steak, another Kitchen Recipe and Cheese Burgers made in the Burger Machine

Darryl:  That was so much work!  But I'm happy I could recover the money.  I wonder what Grandma will say about these magic beans...

Reward: 100 Coins, 20 XP

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Darryl:  Grandma was so upset with me because I bought these beans!  She told me to plant them, so we can at least prepare a new dish!

Plant 50 Green BEans
  Skip for 25 RC

Harvest 50 Green Beans
  Skip for 25 RC

Harvest 50 Tomatoes
  Skip for 25 RC

While waiting for the green beans to grow, we ate some delicious cookies!

Reward: 100 Coins, 20 XP

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While eating the cookies we heard a rumbling noise!  And then suddenly a giant beanstalk rose up to the sky!  So the beans were magical after all!  Grandma got scared and asked me to go see what happened.

Place Beanstalk (decoration) on Farm
  (collection mission)

Prepare 20 Stuffed Turkey
   Skip for 20 RC

  Ingredients:  Arabic Kabsa, Roast Turkey
  N.B.  Both Arabic Kabsa and Roast Turkey are made in the Kitchen.  The Recipes are:

  Arabic Kabsa:  Corn x 4, Soft Dough
  Roast Turkey: Turkey, Ketchup

Produce 50 Veggie Burgers
   Skip for 25 RC
   N.B.  Make 50 Wheat Bread in advance if possible for use in the Burger Machine with the 50 Tomatoes harvested in a previous step.

The giant beanstalk is so high!  Let's climb it and see what's up there.  I'm so excited!

Reward: 110 Coins, 22 XP

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Upon reaching the top of the beanstalk, just above the clouds, I saw an empty castle.  I went straight to the kitchen and prepared some snacks.  I was so hungry after all the climbing!

Produce 50 Turkey Sausage
   SKip for 25 RC

Fish 10 Times with Bone Hook

Prepare 20 Orange Smoothies
  Skip for 20 RC

  Ingredients: Condensed Milk, Orange Jam

Zzz... Oh!  I think I fell asleep!  Wait, I hear footsteps.  Is that a giant entering the castle?  And is he holding a chicken?

Reward:  110 Coins, 22 XP

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You think the giant can smell me and then find me?  I need to leave the caslte, but I need some help.  A rope would come in handy now!  But poor chicken, I need to save her too!  After all, I'm the hero here, right?

Collect 20 Magic Ropes from Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest 60 Corn
  Skip fo 30 RC

Harvest 6 Brazil Nut
  N.B.  The Brazil Nut is one of the Rewards from the Collections Mission
 Skip for 6 RC

The giant spotted me!  But luckily, I saved the chicken!  Now let's go down the beanstalk with the magic rope before it's too late!  Quick!

Reward: 110 Coins, 22 XP

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Phew!  I managed to get down the giant beanstalk with the magic rope, but the giant is still coming after me!  Quick, help me to chop the beanstalk before the giant reaches the farm, or it will be a complete mess!

Collect 20 Gardening Axes from Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Fertilise your Neighbours' Farms 40 Times
  Skip for 40 RC

Collect 20 Jars of Nectar from Butterfly House
  Skip for 20 RC

That was so close!  I choppsed down the beanstalk and saved the chicken!  I am a hero!

Reward: 120 Coins, 23 XP

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Huh?  Oh, I was dreaming the whole time...  This dream made me feel hungry.  I'll help Grandma to prepare some kimchi and in the meantime I will tell her about my dream.  She will love it!

Produce 40 Green Bean Kim Chi
   Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 10 Brazil Nut Milk Cookies
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 40 Black Forest Cake
  Skip for 20 RC

Darryl:  What a delight!  She loved my story!  I can't wait to have another dream like this again!

Reward: 120 Coins, 23 XP

Final Reward:  Golden Chicken Statue Decoration, producing Purple Cleaning Gift Bag

N.B.  You may wish to keep your Kim Chi Machine in action to make more Green Bean Kimchi after the Quest is completed as it is a very good use of your excess Green Beans and nets a nice profit compared to the profit made from selling the Green Beans raw.  6 Coins profit from every raw Green Bean sold but 29 Coins profit for every Green Bean Kimchi sold and it takes only 1 minute to produce it.

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As usual in recent Missions, new Recipes have been added to the Cookbook in the Kitchen and are included in the Beanstalk Quest sequence.

Milk Cookie: 258 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingrredients:  Condensed Milk, Wheat Flour

Cashew Milk Cookie: 313 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Milk Cookie, Cashew x 2

Brazil Nut Milk Cookie: 577 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients: Milk Cookie x 2, Brazil Nut

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It is a good idea to complete the Collections Mission as quickly as possible as both the Beanstalk Decoraiton and the Brazil Nuts harvested from the Brazil Nut Tree will be needed for the traditional Beanstalk Quest/Mission sequence.  You can purchase a Brazil Nut Tree in the Market for 6 RC if you wish to give yourself an advantage.

As is often the case in recent time-restricted Missions, you will need Power beyond the 30 Power given by the game to complete many of the steps.  If you have placed Cleanable Decorations on your Farm and have not opened the bags yet, you should find Power randomly in the Gift Bags.  I usually wait to open any Gift Bags until a new Mission or Quest begins.  I then have some extra Power to use when needed.  For example, the very first step in the Beanstalk Mission will require a total of 40 Power to make 20 Condensed Milk and 20 Milk Cookies.  Obviously, your Power will be replenished over the course of time but if you do not wish to wait, the cleansable Gift Bags provide a free alternative in many cases.

Wheat Flour is a Free Gift.  I usually make certain that I request Wheat Flour, Milk and Cheddar Cheese in quantity from my neighbours when no Quests/Missions are running in order to have a good stock for any future Quest/Mission.

When you do have extra Power during the course of this Quest/Mission, you may wish to use it to prepare some of the ingredients that are required for the Mission.  For example,  in Beanstalk V, you need to make 20 Stuffed Turkey.  This is possibly the most taxing Requirement in terms of Cooking as for each Stuffed Turkey, you need an Arabic Kabsa and a Roast Turkey.  Arabic Kabsa uses Soft Dough, another Kitchen Recipe.  To make 20 Arabic Kabsas, therefore, you will need 20 Power for Soft Dough unless you have made them in advance, as well as the 20 Power needed to make the Arabic Kabsa.  To make 20 Roast Turkey, you will need another 20 Power.  If you can make BOTH ingredients for the Stuffed Turkey in advance, therefore, you will be in a better position with respect to completing the Quest.

Note that you will need a larger number of Milk Cookies to use to make the Brazil Nut Milk Cookies in the last step than the ones made for an earlier part of the Quest.  You need 2 Milk Cookies for each Brazil Nut Milk Cookie so if you have extra Power during a period when the Quest sequence requires no Kitchen Recipes, make 10 more Milk Cookies.

Other items that can be made at ANY time in advance include the 50 Wheat Bread needed to make 50 Veggie Burgers.  You will need a fair quantity of Turkey as well, both for use in the 20 Stuffed Turkey Recipe in Beanstalk 5 and for the 50 Turkey Sausage in Beanstalk VI.

I basically try to complete the Collections Mission first in these time-restricted situations, knowing that the Rewards usually are required for the traditional Quest sequence.  Rather than focusing on completing any step in the traditional Sequence while working on the Collections Mission, I try to prepare for the traditional Mission by making ingredients required in the various tasks, whether the item is made in the Kitchen or in any Machine.   By doing this, I can complete the tasks when they arise without too much delay.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Peter Pan Time-Limited Quest/Mission




As with most of the time-restricted Quests, this one operates as two separate Missions.  One is a Collection Mission and the other is a traditional Quest sequence named 'Peter Pan'.  In this instance, it is the Collections Mission that carries the more significant Reward in the form of a Collectable Herb Garden that can be harvested every 4 hours. 

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Maple Leaf Collections Mission
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The Collections Mission is as follows:

Make farm produce to try and discover all the Maple Leaves

70 Purple Maple Leaves from Onions

50 White Maple Leaves from Ostrich Feathers

30 Orange Maple Leaves from Carrot Kim Chi

10 Pink Maple Leaves from Sakura Tree

Rewards:  Bird bath and Herb Garden.  The Herb Garden produces Herbs every 4 Hours.  These Herbs are required ingredients in some new Recipes.

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Peter Pan I
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Peter Pan:  Grandma said the older I get, the more responsibilities I will have!  But I don't want that!  I am fine with being small!  And if that means I can't stay on the farm any more, then so be it!  I'm gonna harvest some Apples now!

Produce 40 bottles of Buffalo Milk
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest 60 Pasture
  Skip for 30 RC

Harvest 10 Apples
  Skip for 5 RC

Reward: 85 Coins, 17 XP

Thanks!  I knew you would help me.  I need some more food and a place to stay and then I can leave the farm any time I want.

Peter Pan II
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I already know the perfect home: a cheese igloo!  Crazy, you say?  Well, I am a child, no need to be rational, haha!  Come, help me with the cheese!

Produce 40 Buffalo Milk Cheese
  Skip for 20 RC

Place 4 Lemon Trees on Farm
  Existing Trees will satisfy requirement
  
Prepare 10 Tong Yip
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 90 Coins, 18 XP

Oh, I will need to be careful not to eat my house all the time, hihi!

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Peter Pan III
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You know, if I ever get bored of cheese, I can always catch some fish or sneak into the kitchen and cook something.  I can show you how easy it is!

Produce 30 loaves of  Corn Bread
  Skip for 30 RC

Catch 3 Butterfish
  Skip for 6 RC

Harvest 50 Sweet Potato
  Skip for 25 RC

Reward: 100 Coins, 20 XP

Wow!  You caught a lot of fish in such a short amount of time!  The afternoon was so much fun!

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Peter Pan IV
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I got food, a place to sleep... But I already miss the animals from the farm.  Do you think I will find new ones?  Hmm... I've seen a lot of birds at my new place, how about them?

Place Bird Bath
  Reward from Maple Leaf Collections Mission

Prepare 8 Herb Cream Cheese
  Recipe requires 8 Herb, 24 Buffalo Milk Cheese
  Skip for 8 RC

Produce 40 Maple Sugar
  Skip for 20 RC

Reward: 100 Coins, 70 XP

The birds can sing me a lullaby, so I won't feel lonely at night.

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Peter Pan V
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Ohh, that was a rough first night!  Did you hear the wind?  At least i hope it was the wind... Brr, it's so cold here.  Come, let's prepare some breakfast.

Harvest 10 Lemons
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 30 Sandwiches
  Recipe requires a total of 60 Beef and 60 Corn Bread
  Skip for 30 RC

Produce 8 Smoked Tilapia
  Skip for 8 RC

Reward: 110 Coins, 22 XP

Peter Pan (Darryl):  I'm not glad to say this, but I already miss Grandma's self made breakfast... Do you think she misses me too?

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Peter Pan VI
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Enough!  I don't want to be all alone here any longer.  Taking over a few responsibilities on the farm doesn't sound so bad any more.  Can yyou help me to prepare some presents for Grandma?

Prepare 5 Lemon Fish
  Skip for 5 RC

Collect 20 Chestnut Figures from Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 50 Steak Burgers
  You will need 50 Wheat Bread and 50 Beef
  Skip for 25 RC

Reward: 110 Coins, 22 XP

Great!  I know Grandma really likes self made presents!

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Peter Pan VII
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Oh, I know!  Grandma always talked about the new apron she wanted to buy, but she never had enough money.  We can buy it for her!

Prepare five plates of  Fish and Potatoes
  Recipe requires 5 Lemon Fish, 5 Potatoes with Fresh Herbs
  Skip for 5 RC

Collect 20 Nectar
  Skip for 20 RC

Sell Products worth 10,000 Coins from Barn
  Skip for 100 RC

Reward: 118 Coins, 22 XP

With this money, we can buy the apron for grandma.

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Peter Pan VIII
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Okay, we have some presents for Grandma, but we can do better!  The beautiful weather screams for a picnic!

Prepare 10 Cheese Beef Sandwiches
  Recipe requires 10 Herb Cream Cheese and 10 Sandwiches
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 40 Cherry Juice
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 40 Black Forest Cake
  Skip for 20 RC

Reward:  120 Coins, 23 XP

Grandma was really happy with the presents and the food!

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Peter Pan IX
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Hmm, now I'm back on the farm I have to help Grandma prepare lunch.  But as long as it means everything will go back to normal, I am completely fine with it.

Prepare 10 Dumpling Soup
  Recipe requires 10 Dumplings (20 Beef, 10 Soft Dough) and 10 Egg Soup (10 Eggs, 10 Seaweed)
  Skip for 10 RC


Harvest 10 White Chocolate
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 5 Chocolate Eggs
  Recipe requires 5 Chocolate, 10 White Chocolate
  SKip for 5 RC

Reward: 120 Coins, 23 XP

Actually, I quite like it to help Grandma and the lunch was delicious!  Happy Mother's Day every one, be nice to your mothers!

FINAL REWARD:  Picnic Table Decoration and bag of 25 Super Fertiliser

The Picnic Table is a cleanable Decoration that yields a Purple Cleaning Gift Bag

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Stretegies for Mission
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This is a difficult, time-consuming Mission without any real shortcuts.  You will need the Herb Garden from the Collections Mission in order to produce the Herbs needed in a couple of required Recipes.  It therefore makes sense to complete the Collections Mission FIRST, so that the Herb Garden can be placed to begin producing 1 Herb every 4 hours.  So far, there is no Herb Garden for sale in the Market, which means that you must wait for your own Herb Garden to produce the 8 Herbs required for Part IV.  You will need the Bird Bath, the other Reward for the Collections Mission, in Part IV of Peter Pan as well.

The Herb Garden is a 'Collectable', which means that you cannot speed up the process of harvest.  You will receive 1 Herb maximum every 4 hours.  'Maximum' in the sense that you actually must harvest the Herb Garden if you wish to receive the Herbs at this rate.  You need 8 Herbs for Peter Pan IV.  You can use RC either to 'skip' the step or to purchase Herbs to use in the Kitchen.  I would recommend that the Farmer purchase the actual Herbs needed to complete the 8 Herb Cheeses as these will be used in a later step as an ingredient in another Recipe.  If you choose to 'skip' the step, you will not have the required Herb Cheeses needed for Peter Pan VIII.

In Peter Pan VI, you will need 5 more Herbs to make Potatoes with Fresh Herbs, an ingredient in Fish and Potatoes.  In Peter Pan VIII, you will need 10 Herb Cheeses to make Cheese Beef Sandwiches.  With the 8 Herb Cheeses from Peter Pan IV, you will still need two more Herbs to make a total of 10 Herb Cheeses.

In other words, to complete the Peter Pan Quest, you will need a total of 15 Herbs.  If you never miss a moment in the game, you will be able to collect a maximum of 6 Herbs in a 24 hour period and thus, 15 Herbs in 2 1/2 Days or 60 Hours.  The alternative is to spend 1 RC for each Herb that you have not been able to collect.

Items that need to be produced in quantity in order to complete Peter Pan include Beef.  You will need an incredible amount of Beef to complete Peter Pan.  You will need 60 Beef for Part V and 50 Beef for Part VI of Peter Pan.  You will need 20 more Beef for Part IX.

Soft Dough can be produced in advance for the Dumplings used in the Dumpling Soup.  You will need a total of 60 Cornmeal for Corn Bread, so produce that in your Kitchen when you can.

There are Fish that must be caught in order to complete Peter Pan.  Fishing is random, even though the Hook determines the range of Fish and Items you CAN catch in any cast.  You will need to catch three Butterfish for Part III but you will need a total of 5 Butterfish, 8 Tilapia and 10 Seaweed to complete required Recipes.  Fishing, like cooking in the Kitchen, is limited by the number of 'tries' that you are allowed at any point in time.  You can purchase more with RC but it is far better to wait until enough time elapses to refill your allotment.   In the case of Peter Pan III, you must catch 3 Butterfish as part of the Quest.  In the case of the Tilapia and Seaweed, however, they simply are required ingredients in Quest Recipes.  You therefore may wish to spend time fishing for them BEFORE you reach the point in the Mission where they are needed if you do not have sufficient quantities of each in your Barn.

Once again, I see that using any Fish or seafood items that are ingredients in Kitchen Recipes if not required for a Mission/Quest or Daily Order is counterproductive.  I processed all my Seaweed in the Seafood House recently to make Brined Seaweed.  This obviously was a tactical error on my part as now I do not have 10 Seaweed in my Barn.  10 unprocessed raw Seaweed are required to make the Egg Soup that is an ingrredient in the Dumpling Soup required in Peter Pan IX.  As previously stated, fishing results ALWAYS are random, apart from the limitations in type imposed by the hook that you use.  When fishing with the sort of hook that CAN catch Seaweed, for example, you may or may not obtain ANY Seaweed in the 7 attempts you are given by the game.  I spent a few hours trying to catch the 3 Butterfish required in Peter Pan III in vain before I finally used RC to skip the requirement for the number I lacked.

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New Kitchen Recipes
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New Recipes have been released, some of which are included as requirements for the Peter Pan Quest sequence:

Potatoes with Fresh Herbs: 340 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients: Sweet Potato x 2, Herb

Lemon Fish: 199 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients: Butterfish, Lemon

Fish and Potatoes: 571 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Potatoes with Fresh Herbs, Lemon Fish

Herb Cream Cheese: 178 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Herb, Buffalo Milk Cheese x 3

Sandwich: 650 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients: Beef x 2, Cornbread x 2

Cheese Beef Sandwich: 854 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients: Herb Cream Cheese, Sandwich