Friday, October 24, 2014

Halloween Time-Restricted Quest and Haunted House Collections Mission

All Hallows Eve, aka Hallowe'en and Family Farm Seaside
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A number of new options have appeared for Hallowe'en, all of which will be covered in this post.  Among them are a new time-restricted Quest, a new Jack O'Lantern Machine, sppoky effects on your farm and a new Halloween Hook for fishing that is connected to the Jack O'Lantern Machine.  A list of the new Halloween Items that can be caught when fishing as well as the new Halloween Recipes has been added to my Fishing Page and my Kitchen Recipes Page respectively as well as being included below.

Hallowe'en evidently is considered the most popular festival of the year, surpassing even Christmas in some parts of the world.  It therefore is no surprise that Family Farm Seaside has devoted a considerable amount of energy to this festival.

Spooky Effects include a night sky and perpetual twilight effect on your farm as well as the addition of Hallowe'en decorations to ordinary Items such as Animals and specific buildings.  For example, I noticed that my Chicken Coop had been transformed into a 'spooky' Chicken Coop!  The Jam Machine has a new colour scheme of purple and orange with a bat motif on the side.  The land surrounding your Farm has changed as well into a sort of spooky wonderland, complete with graveyard, dead trees, glowing Jack O'Lanterns and candles.

The Hallowe'en Festival essentially is an ancient Celtic and Northern European Festival that occurred on a night when it was believed that the barrier between this world and the next disappeared or became 'thin' enough to allow the dead to pass through to the world of the living.  It was known as Samhain.  The Feast of Samhain was a festival that was celebrated by slaughtering all the animals that could not survive through the winter and cooking an enormous banquet of fresh meat before salting or otherwise preserving the remainder for use during the hard cold winter season.  Blood sacrifice definitely was an important part of most ancient festivals and it was believed that the dead could be lured to this world by the scent of fresh blood.

The dead both were feared and loved.  They had the gift of 'second sight' that allowed them to see the future and often impart valuable information to the living.  In the old Northern Scandinavian and Germanic traditions, individuals often would spend the entire night on a burial mound or inside a tomb to attempt to make contact with the dead for this purpose.  The old sagas and tales are filled with examples.

In Mexico, the feast of Hallowe'en is linked with the Day of the Dead which is quite similar to the old Northern European festival.  People visit the graveyards, decorating them and taking feasts to eat in communion with their beloved dead.  Memento mori are fashioned from clay or from dough in the form of skulls and other symbols of death.  Sweets, like fresh blood, are believed to be particularly attractive to spirits and thus the feast features special sweets.

As previously indicated, a new time-restricted Quest has appeared for Halloween.  As always, there are 11 days to complete if started immediately.  Unfortunately, this Mission appears during a period when the Cooking Stand requirements are extremely difficult to complete.  One therefore must decide how to allocate resources.  In a week of fishing, I have been unable to catch a single Scallop or Crayfish.  Having used all that remained in my Barn, I still cannot complete this stage of the Cooking Stand contest. Never mind... on to the new Mission!

Haunted House Collections
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Place a Haunted House on your Farm.  You will find it in the Market for 500 Coins.  Once placed, you will be able to collect Hallowe'en Bags randomly from the harvest of ANY Crop, Machine, Animal or Tree.

One each of the four ordinary prizes must be redeemed in order to unlock the final prize, which is a Pat House.  Like the Butterfly House, Bats will pollinate specific Trees, flying out from the Bat House to do so.  Unlike the bats in our world, they will perform their task both day and night!  The Bat House will produce Bat Milk, an ingredient needed in one of the new Recipes.

The prizes are:

Witch Broomstick
  50 total

You will need the Witch Broomstick to upgrade your Haunted House.  They cost 1 Halloween Bag each.

Halloween Fence
  5 total
  The first Halloween Fence will cost 100 Halloween Bags.  The price will decrease as you continue to redeem these.  The 2nd will cost 75 Halloween Bags, the 3rd will cost 50 Halloween Bags, the fourth will cost 25 Halloween Bags.

Sack of Bait
  200 total
  The first Sack of Bait will cost 1 Halloween Bag.  The price for these will increase as you redeem them.  The 2nd for example will cost 2 Halloween Bags.

Thunderstorm
  5 total
  The first Thunderstorm will cost 100 Halloween Bags (?)  Actually, did not log this and am trying to recall... the price does increase on these, however, so it would have been more likely to have been 50 Halloween Bags. The second will cost 80 Halloween Bags.  The third costs 150 Halloween Bags.


Once upon a time, you needed only 150 of the Collections Prize to redeem the final prize.  Later, the price was increased to 250 of the Prizes.  Now, they have increased the price once again, making it 350 Halloween Bags to redeem the Bat House.  The Bat House is needed to complete the traditional Quest sequence as the Bat Milk it produces is used in one of the Recipes.  Placing the Bat House is another requirement in the Quest.

You will need Witch Proomsticks and Chandeliers to upgrade your Haunted House.  There is really no advantage to the upgrades until you reach Level 5, the final upgrade that will double the yield of Halloween Bags when you harvest items.  in other words, at Level 5, items randomly yield 2 Halloween Bags instead of 1.  The Witch Broomsticks are a prize that can be redeemed for 1 Halloween Bag each.  The Chandeliers can be requested from your Neighbours.

350 Halloween Bags is a very large number and my own advice, if you wish to speed the completion of this Quest, would be to spend RC to redeem one of each of the initial prizes and, in particular, the Halloween Fence and Thunderstorm.  That will unlock the Bat House and you then will be able to focus on obtaining the Halloween Bags needed to redeem this Item.  As always, you will need the Bat House in order to complete the traditional Quest sequence.  In fact, you will need to place it as one of the tasks in Halloween V.

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

Halloween Quest
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Halloween I
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Darryl:  Trick or Treat!  Happy  Halloween every one!  Look at my basket.  I was able to collect a lot of candy!  Haha!  But now my mouth feels like it's made of sugar.  Do you have a drink for me?

Place the Haunted House on your Farm
  Purchase this in the Market for 500 Coins

Produce 40 Orange Juice
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 20 Kvass
  Skip for 20 RC

Darryl:  I feel refreshed now, thanks!  But we need to hurry.  It's getting late and we didn't scare the last house yet.

Reward: 100 Coins, 12 XP

Halloween II
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Darryl:  This house looks a bit scary!  What?  Felicia said it's not scary at all!  Well, if you are not afraid, then go inside!  I'll give you all of my candies if you dare!  I'll even giv eyou some candied apples!

Harvest 40 Tomatoes
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 40 Jars of Blueberry Jam
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 20 Candied Apples
  Skip for 20 RC

Darryl:  Felicia have (sic) been inside for a long time already... Do you think somethig happened to her?

Reward: 100 Coins, 14 XP

Halloween III
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Darryl:  I'm getting worried now.  Let's go inside and look for her!  Keep an eye on the itme though.  We have to go home in time.  Wait, is it just me or did it get colder all of a sudden?  I feel like drinking some warm milk tea now.

Prepare 20 cups of Maple Milk Tea
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 50 bundles of Wool
  Skip for 25 RC

Produce 50 Buffalo Milk Cheese
  Skip for 25 RC

Darryl:  Where is Felicia?  Woh, did the glass over there just tremble?  Is that some kind of a welcome sign?  Oh this house is scary!

Reward: 110 Coins, 14 XP

Halloween IV
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Darryl:  WAH!  I thought the girl over there was Felicia, but it's just a picture!  I could swear that she blinked at me!  Maybe if it had a picture frame it would look less scary.  Let's get a nice picture frame for this scary picture!

Collect 20 Picture Frames from Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest 6 Chocolate
  Skip for 6 RC

Prepare 20 Pasta
  Skip for 20 RC

Darryl:  Everything is scary here!  Felicia, where are you?

Reward: 110 Coins, 15 XP

Halloween V
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Darryl:  I think I know what's going on.  Felicia is playing tricks on me!  Let's see what happens if I take this bat house and put it on the farm.  Maybe she will come out and look for it!  This way I can lure her out of her hiding place!

Place a Bat House on your Farm
  Reward from Collections Mission (Redeem with 350 Halloween Bags)
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 6 bags of Skeleton Fish
  Skip for 6 RC

Harvest 50 Daisies
  Skip for 25 RC

Darryl:  Please come out, Felicia!  I promise I'll make your favourite food when you're back on the farm!

Reward: 110 Coins, 15 XP

Halloween VI
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Darryl:  Felicia is not coming out, so maybe it's not a trick at all and something is actually wrong?  Maybe the ghosts inside the house captured her?  We should give them something they like!  Maybe then they will let her go!

Prepare 6 Plates of Spooky Pasta
  Skip for 6 RC

Collect 6 Bottles of Bat Milk from Bat House
  Skip for 6 RC
  Tip:  It is better to use Super Watering Can on your Sakura Tree/s than to use RC to skip this task as you will need the Bat Milk to make the Brain Shakes.  The bats take a short time to produce the Bat Milk after pollinating the Sakura Tree, which will turn orange.

Prepare 6 Brain Shakes
  Skip for 6 RC

Darryl:  Such a scary food!  But it's not working!  Maybe the ghosts don't like the dishes?

Reward: 120 Coins, 16 XP

Halloween VII
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Darryl:  Yikes!  The lights just went off!  Hurry, turn on the lanterns!  The house is full of spider webs and bats!  And I don't mean the delicious chocolate bats that Felicia always makes!


Produce 20 Cherry Chocolates
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 6 Chocolate Bats
  Skip for 6 RC

Fish 10 Times with the Halloween Hook
  Skip for 10 RC

Darryl:  Oh!  Maybe Felicia left already after she saw the spiders?  Then maybe I should leave too!

Reward: 120 Coins, 16 XP

Halloween VIII
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Darryl:  Hello?  Any one there?  It seems like there's no one.  I want to go out of this haunted house, but it's so dark!  Maybe I should ask our neighbours for some night vision goggles.   That will help me to see in the dark!

Fertilise your Neighbours' Farms 40 Times
  Skip for 40 RC

Collect 20 Night Vision Goggles from Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 8 Glasses of Hot Bat Chocolate
  Skip for 8 RC

Darryl:  I really need to go back home now.  It's already getting too dark and the roads are all starting to look the same!

Reward: 120 Coins, 16 XP

Halloween IX
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Darryl:  I'm finally home now and I'm so exhausted!  But now I'm also too afraid to go to bed.  Can you prepare some food for the monsters, just in case they want to eat me?  I hope they will prefer the food...

Craft 10 Feather Necklaces in the Beauty Shop
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 8 Plates of Spooky Crunchy Pasta
  Skip for 8 RC

Produce 60 Blueberry Candies
  Skip for 30 RC

Darryl:  Oh, did I fall asleep?  It's morning alfready and everything seems to be fine.  But where is the food?  Some one finished everything!

REward:  120 Coins, 16 XP

Halloween X
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Darryl:  Felicia?  Is that you?  She fell asleep next to me and pretends like nothing happened!  Was she here the whole time?  What happened?  I need some tea to calm down first!


Prepare 10 Pitchers of Grapefruit Tea
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 20 Banana Candies
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 60 Cheese Burgers
  Skip for 30 RC

Darryl:  She said she was also looking for me the whole night!  Weird!  Well, I guess I'll never know what really happened...

Reward:  120 Coins, 16 XP

FINAL REWARD: Pumpkin Light Decoration yielding a Purple Gift Box when cleaned

New Kitchen Recipes
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Special Halloween Recipes have appeared (and reappeared in some cases) in the Kitchen.  The Ingredients in some of these Recipes are the special Halloween Fish that can be caught only with the Halloween Hook.

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Skeleton Fish Chips: 1332 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Skeleton Fish, Soft Dough
  N.B.  You can catch the Skeleton Fish by using the Halloween Hook when fishing.

Spooky Pasta: 1858 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients: Pasta, Vampire Clam x 2
  N.B.  You can catch the Vampire Clam by using the Halloween Hook when fishing.

Spooky Crunchy Pasta: 3369 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Skeleton Fish Chips, Spooky Pasta


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Brain Shake: 30 Coins, 1 XP
 Ingredients:  Bat Milk, Spooky Eye Fruit

Chocolate Bat: 548 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients: Raisin Chocolate x 2, Coconut Milk

Hot Bat Chocolate: 608 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Brain Shake, Chocolate Bat


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Jack O'Lantern Machine
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To make matters more complicated, there is a new Machine in the Market that must be built using parts from special fish that you catch using a new special Hook.  This is the Jack O'Lantern Machine.  Buy it and place it, then go fishing.  Maker certain that you choose the Hallowe'en Hook or you will not catch any of these odd fish.  You will need 125 Bait to use the Halloween Hook.

You will need the following to complete the machine:

300 Ghost Candles
150 Dracula Wings
50 Witch Cauldrons

Although a special Notice about the Jack O'Lantern Machine will appear when you log into the game, there is no mention of the special Hook!  I went fishing as usual, wasting all my chances without realising that a different Hook was needed for this Quest.

It is not only the Jack O'Lantern that requires the use of the Halloween Hook but Kitchen Recipes that include the special Seafood Items that are caught when this Hook is used.

The special Fish are included in your Fishing Book and are:

Kraken
  Can yield 1 Witch Cauldron

Ghost Jellyfish
  Can yield 1 Ghost Candle

Humpback Anglerfish
  Can yield 2 Ghost Candles

Vampire Clam
  Can yield 1 Bat Wing
  Used in Recipe for Spooky Pasta

Skeleton Fish
  Can yield 1 Bat Wing
  Used in Recipe for Skeleton Fish Chips

Skull Anchor
  Can yield 1 Witch Cauldron




The parts needed  to build the Jack O'Lantern Machine are associated with specific Fish, but you may use all your fishing chances without netting a single part as their actual appearance is random.  For example, when I first caught a Skeleton Fish, I netted 1 Bat Wing and I have netted 1 Bat Wing with the catch of a Vampire Clam.  I netted two Ghost Candles with the Humpback Angler and 1 Ghost Candle with the Ghost Jellyfish.   I  netted the Witch Cauldron when I caught a Kraken but all the others yielded not a single part.  I have caught Vampire Clams without obtaining any Bat Wings as well as other special Seafood Items.  I have given the parts that can appear with each special Halloween Item in the list above.  As you can see, each special Item is linked to a specific part.

I would suggest that players fish as much as possible using the new Halloween Hook as both the Items themselves and the special Machine parts will prove useful.  The Halloween Quest includes a requirement to make the special new Recipes, so be prepared!

Furthermore, the need to make these Recipes extends beyond the current time-restricted Quest.  If you are participating in the Carnival Activities, you will find that the next task is to make 10 Plates of Spooky Pasta.  To do so, you will need to have a total of 20 Vampire Clams.

Strategies for Halloween Mission
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As always, you should make the basic Recipes or have a good stock of the Cooked Dishes such as Soft Dough and Cake Flour on hand.  Coconut Milk is an ingredient in one of the special new Recipes as is Soft Dough.  You will need Cake Flour to make Pasta, an Ingredient in one of the new Halloween Recipes.  Pasta, along with two other Recipes was a special time-restricted Recipe last Halloween.  All three of those Recipes have been reintroduced.  If you make these items in advance, you can use your Power judiciously, making certain that you have sufficient when a task requires a soecific number of Cooked Dishes. 

Note that if you are participating in the special cooking Activities to win Yellow Mystrons, the next one will be a requirement to make Spooky Pasta.

In Family Farm Seaside, the Items that are always in short supply in my game are OP and Power.  These can be obtained randomly in Cleaning Gift Bags, the Dedicated Farmer Bonus Bags.  You can purchase both in the Market as well.  50 OP costs 1 OP.  280 OP costs 5 RC. OP can be 'earned' in other ways by completing Achievements or Registering Items or as a reward for other special tasks.  It can be gained as a Daily Log In Reward as well.  Unlike Power and Fishing Tries, however, it is not given in any quantity on a regular basis and renewed automatically with the passage of time.

30 Power are given as a default and when used, replenish over time.  Fishing Tries likewise are restored with the passage of time.  If you are going to purchase any of these in the Market, therefore, the only one you should purchase perhaps is OP.

To speed the production of a Machine or Animal, you either can have multiple Machines or Animals working at the same time or you can use Batch Production.  Another method is to use the manual option to complete up to three harvests instantly.  Batch Production actually uses LESS OP, however, than the manual option.  If you are going to use OP at all, try to use it in Batch Production.  If you use the manual option, you will need 10 OP for each harvest and the maximum allowed always is three.  With Batch Production, you can set the Animal or Machine to produce the precise quantity needed.  It can be expensive but worthwhile if you need to complete a task in a specific amount of time.

You will need some Items in considerable quantity.  If you have been completing the Carnival Activities, you may have made 90 Grape Candies recently, requiring 90 Sugar.  This certainly depleted my stock!  Make certain that you have sufficient Sugar in your Barn for a number of different tasks in this Halloween Quest sequence.  Sugar is made from Cane in the Sugar Machine.  Make it in advance if you can.

Another item that can be prepared in advance is the Wheat Bread that will be needed to make 60 Cheese Burgers in the last step of the Quest.  Cheddar Cheese, the other component, can be requested as a Free Gift.  Many players like myself have a large stock saved in the Gift Box for these situations.



Warning
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Remember always that the parts needed to upgrade the Haunted House, whether you redeem them with Halloween Bags or request them from Neighbours must be used FROM YOUR GIFT BOX.  Likewise, the special parts that are obtained randomly when fishing with the Halloween Hook will be found in the Gift Box and must be used from there.




Friday, October 10, 2014

Time-Restricted Circus Quest and Juggling Balls Collection Mission

A time-restricted Quest involving a lost Circus has been released in Family Farm Seaside.  It is twofold.  A Collections Mission requiring the acquisition of four different colours of Juggling Balls is one aspect of the Mission.  The other is a traditional Quest sequence entitled 'Circus'.

To complete the Collections Mission, you will need the following:

70 Green Juggling Balls
  Collect randomly from Chardonnay harvests

50 Blue Juggling Balls
  Collect randomly from Peacock Feather harvests

30 Yellow Juggling Balls
  Collect randomly from manufacture of Orange Candy

10 Red Juggling Balls
  Collect randomly from harvest of Guarana Tree

THe Rewards are a Licorice Tree and a Seal Decoration

The traditional Quest sequence is as follows:

Circus I
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Clown Darryl:  You are never going to believe this!  The biggest circus in the world got lost on their way to the international Circus Festival and came to our farm!  Now it's too late and they can't make it for the big event!  How unlucky!  Can we help them?

Complete the Orders on the Order Board

Fertilise your neighbours' farms 40 times
  Skip for 40 RC

Collect 40 jars of Honey
  Skip for 20 RC
  N.B.  There are many different Beehives in Seaside.  The only Honey that will not count towards this goal is Provence Honey made from Lavender in a Provence Beehive.

Darryl:  I think I have an idea...

Reward: 90 Coins, 12 XP

Circus II
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Darryl:  The artists look miserable!  They planned to have a big show and now everything is ruined!  But... What if we ask them to perform here, on our farm?  I am sure all children from our village will be delighted to see a real circus!

Produce 20 loaves of Cornbread
  Skip for 10 RC
  N.B.  Cornbread is made in the Baker, using Cornmeal made in the Kitchen (Corn x 2), Milk and Egg.

Prepare 10 cups of  Maple Milk
  Skip for 10 RC
  N.B.  Maple Milk is made in the Kitchen using Milk x 2 and Maple Syrup.  Milk is made when you feed a Holstein Cow Clover or can be requested as a Free Gift from Neighbours.  Maple Syrup is harvested from the Maple Tree.

Produce 8 Smoked Hairtail
  Skip for 8 RC
  N.B.  Hairtail is caught when fishing and is smoked in the Smoke House with Salt harvested from a Salt Pond.

Clown Darryl:  They agreed!  Hurray!  We'll have a circus show on our farm!

Reward: 100 Coins, 12 XP

Circus III
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Clown Darryl:  We need to hurry up!  The show will start tonight and nothing is ready yet!   The circus director said if we help them with all preparations, tickets for the show will be free!  How awesome is that?

Produce 40 Buffalo Cheese
  Skip for 20 RC
  N.B.  Need to obtain Buffalo Milk from a Buffalo by feeding it Cucumbers.

Produce 40 Ketchup
  Skip for 20 RC
  N.B.  Ketchup is made in the Sauce Machine using Tomatoes.

Collect 40 Eggs
  Skip for 20 RC
  N.B.  Eggs are obtained from Chickens in a Chicken Coop when they are fed Corn.

Clown Darryl:  Great!  Let's see what else we can do!

Reward: 100 Coins, 14 XP

Circus IV
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Clown Darryl:  One of the circus artists came running!  It's a disaster!  Charlie the Clown lost his juggling balls and can't find his colourful clown wig!  Let's get him new ones and cheer him up!

Harvest 40 Chardonnay
  Skip for 20 RC

Chardonnay is a Crop that takes 9 hours to mature.  The Green Juggling Balls needed to complete the Collections Mission are found randomly when you harvest Chardonnay.

Harvest 4 Guarana
  Skip for 4 RC

Guarana is harvested from the Guarana Tree and the Red Juggling Balls needed for the Collections Mission will be found when you harvest Guarana.

Collect 20 Clown Wigs from Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Clown Darryl:  Hurray!  Now Charlie the Clown is smiling again!  Can't wait to see his juggling tricks!

Circus V
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Clown Darryl:  The circus artists are now rehearsing before the big night.  I want to sneak in the tent and take a look!  Wow!  The acrobatic show is breathtaking!  I bet the crew is tired after so much practice.  let's get them something to drink!

Prepare 4 Guarana Drinks
  Skip for 4 RC
   N.B.  Guarana Drink is made in the Kitchen with one Guarana and one Lemon.

Produce 20 glasses of Apple Juice
  Skip for 10 RC
  N.B.  Apple Juice is made in a Juice Machine.

Prepare 20 glasses of  Kvass
  Skip for 10 RC
  N.B.  Kvass is made in the Kitchen using Black Bread and Honey x 2.  Black Bread is made in a Baker using Rye Flour, Egg and Milk,  You can make the Black Bread in advance.

The guarana drinks gave every one an energy boost!  Thank you!

Reward: 110 Coins, 15 XP

Circus VI
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Clown Darryl:  Let's not forget one of the most important circus attractions: food stands!  And tons of festival candy, sweets, drinks and souvenirs!  Everything needs to be ready for our visitors!

Place a Licorice Tree on your Farm
  (Reward from Collections Mission or purchase in Market for 6 RC)

Prepare 10 Polish Donuts
  Skip for 10 RC
   N.B.  Polish Donut is made in the Kitchen with Batter and Cake Flour.  Batter and Cake Flour are two Basic Ingredients.  Always have these in stock whenever possible.  To make Batter, you need Wheat Flour x 2 and Egg.  Wheat Flour can be made in a Mill or requested s a Free Gift from Neighbours.  Egg is made by feeding a Chicken Corn.  Cake Flour is made in the Kitchen using Oat Flour x 2 and Rye Flour x 2.   Both types of Flour are made in Mills.

Produce 40 Blueberry Candy
  Skip for 20 RC
  N.B.  Blueberry Candy is made in the Candy Machine using Blueberry and Sugar.  You can grow Blueberry or request it as a free Gift from Neighbours.  Sugar is made in the Sugar Machine using Cane.

Clown Darryl:  I have never seen a licorice tree before!  I wonder what its fruits taste like?

Reward: 110 Coins, 15 XP

Circus VII
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Clown Darryl:  I asked my friends at school and every one is coming to see the show!  We will definitely need more supplies!  Do you know what my favourite candy is?  Cotton candy of course!  Fluffy, sweet and mouth-watering...

Prepare 10 sticks of  Cotton Candy
  Skip for 10 RC
  N.B.  Cotton Candy is made in the Kitchen using Sugar Cube and Honey Syrup.  Both of these ingredients are made in the Kitchen so make them in advance if possible.  Sugar Cube is made with Sugar x 2.  Honey Syrup is made with Honey x 8 and Milk x 4.  Both can be requested as Free Gifts from Neighbours.

Harvest 4 Licorice from Licorice Tree
  Skip for 4 RC

Prepare 12 Milk Cookies
  Skip for 12 RC
  N.B.  Milk Cookie is made in the Kitchen using Condensed Milk and Wheat Flour.  Condensed Milk is one of the basic Recipes made in the Kitchen using Milk and Sugar.  Keep plenty on hand for use in Quests like these.

Clown Darryl:  I'm getting hungry just looking at these treats!  Maybe nobody will notice if I steal some...

Reward: 120 Coins,, 16 XP

Circus VIII
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Clown Darryl:  I just got an amazing idea!  You know what will look fantastic when the lights go off and the show starts?  Something glowing in the dark!  Let's give every one glowing bracelets and make the whole circus bright with colourful lights!

Place a Seal on your Farm
  (Reward from Collections Mission)

Collect 20 Glow Bracelets from neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 6 Licorice Candy
  Skip for 6 RC
  N.B.  Licorice Candy is not made in the Candy Machine but is a new Kitchen Recipe.  Ingredients are Licorice and Apple Juice x 2.

Clown Darryl:  The show will be spectacular!

Reward: 120 Coins, 16 XP

Circus IX
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Clown Darryl:  Finally the big show starts!  First one to perform is our friend Charlie the Clown!  Haha, he is so funny!  His clumsy juggling tricks and jokes made me laugh til my stomach ached!  Or maybe it hurts because I am still hungry?

Produce 40 Sugar Popcorn
  Skip for 20 RC
  N.B.  Sugar Popcorn is made in the Popcorn Machine with Corn and Sugar.  

Prepare 6 Circus Snacks
  Skip for 6 RC
  N.B.  Circus Snacks are a new Kitchen Recipe.  The ingredients are Cotton Candy and Licorice Candy.  Both of these are required in previous tasks in the Quest sequence so save them and do not sell them after you make them!

Prepare 10 Candied Apple
  Skip for 10 RC
  N.B.  Candied Apple is a Kitchen Recipe that uses Apple x 2 and Maple Syrup.  Both are harvested from Trees.

Clown Darryl:  Oh, I was definitely hungry, haha!  Thanks for your help!

Reward: 120 Coins, 16 XP

Circus X
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Clown Darryl:  Next big attraction is the acrobatic show!  Tightrope walkers and trapeze artists are really brave to perform such dangerous arts.  I have never seen something like that before!  Oh, it made me so nervous, i need a drink!

Produce 40 Grape Juice
  Skip for 20 RC
  N.B.  Grape Juice is made in the Juice Machine.

PRoduce 20 Orange Juice
  Skip for 10 RC
  N.B.  Orange Juice is made in the Juice Machine.

Produce 50 Champagne
  Skip for 25 RC
  N.B.  Champagne is make in the Wine Maker.

Clown Darryl:  Uff, what a relief!  I feel much better now!

Reward: 120 Coins, 16 XP

Circus XI
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Clown Darryl:  It's time for the unicyclists!  I wish I had a balance like them!  But to be honest, I am more like Charlie the Clown, clumsy and forgetful!  Right!  I knew I forgot about something!  When the show is over, I want to get the aritsts some gifts~

Harvest 40 Red Roses
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest 50 Daisies
  Skip for 25 RC

Harvest 60 Fern Flower
  Skip for 30 RC

Clown Darryl:  These flowers will make a perfect thank-you gift!

Reward: 120 Coins, 16 XP

Circus XII
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Clown Darryl:  The curtains are closing, orchestra is playing the final tune, every one is standing and clapping!  This was an incredible show.  I am so sad it's over... Luckily there is still some candy left, hihi!  Let's grab some before Grandma sees us!

Harvest 6 Lychee
  Skip for 6 RC

Prepare 6 Polish Dumplings with Sour Cream
  Skip for 6 RC
  N.B.  This is a Kitchen Recipe that uses two Ingredients that are themselves Recipes.  One is Pierogo and the other is Sour Cream.  Make both in advance if possible.  Pierogi uses Cottage Cheese and Soft Dough, both of which are Recipes.   Sour Cream uses Buffalo Milk x 2 and Butter x 2.  Butter is made with Milk x 2.  

Produce 60 Love Cakes
  Skip for 30 RC
  N.B.  Love Cakes are made in the Cake Machine using Love Fruit, Wheat Flour and Egg.

Clown Darryl:  Thanks for spending this great day with us!  I hope the circus will come back to our farm one day!

Reward: 120 Coins, 16 XP

FINAL REWARD:  Hippo Ballerina Decoration

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New Recipes have appeared in the Kitchen and are featured in the traditional Quest sequence.  They are as follows:

Cotton Candy: 462 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Sugar Cubes, Honey Syrup

Licorice Candy: 46 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Licorice, Apple Juice x 2

Circus Snacks: 532 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Cotton Candy, Licorice Candy


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Strategies for Mission Completion
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First of all, you will need incredible quantities of Sugar to complete the traditional Quest sequence.  Cane must be planted and then processed in the Sugar Machine after harvest to create Sugar.  Make certain that you have heaps of the stuff on hand for use in the Candy Machine and the Kitchen!

I think it is rather unfortunate personally that the Licorice Candy is made in the Kitchen rather than the Candy Machine.  It would have been nice to extend the use of the Candy Machine to incorporate a new item.  Furthermore, with the limit on Power, it would have made sense to allow us to make the Licorice Candy in the Candy Machine.  A different item could have been used in the Kitchen to create the Circus Snacks combination.

Note that this is a LONG Quest with twelve steps.  Fortunately, some of the tasks dovetail both with the weekly Circus Task of producing Buffalo Milk Cheese and the Collections Mission tasks of collecting Juggling Balls from Chardonnay and Guarana.

Prepare Basic Ingredients in Advance
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As always, prepare as many as possible of the basic ingredients you will need in advance.   Cornmeal is a Kitchen Recipe and is needed to make Cornbread.   Corn is needed both for Cornmeal and to feed to the Chickens to produce Eggs.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Teahouse Time-Restricted Quest and Macaron Collections Mission



The Teahouse Mission is twofold.  It involves a Collections Mission wherein you randomly collect Macarons of different colours from designated items as well as a traditional Quest sequence.

Above, the screenshot shows Rewards from both the Collections Mission and the Quest in the form of a Teahouse Decoration and a Flower Swing Decoration.


Collect Macarons

Try to collect Colourful Macarons when making farm products

70 Orange Macarons from Carrots

50 Red Macarons from Ketchup

30 Blue Macarons from Blueberry Jam

10 Brown Macarons from Chocolate

Rewards from Collections Mission:  Grapefruit Tree and Teahouse Decoration

As is usually the case with respect to timed Missions, a traditional Quest sequence operates in tandem with the Collections Mission.  Here are the tasks for the Teahouse Quest sequence:



Teahouse I
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Felicia:  The weather is changing and Grandma doesn't feel so well.  We should better help her out and prepare some fresh fruit for her to eat!

Harvest 4 Lemons
  Skip for 4 RC

Harvest 40 Tlomatoes
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest 60 Daisies
  Skip for 30 RC

Felicia:  Oh, Grandma can't eat any fresh fruit!  I'm really worried now!  I hope the scent of daisies will make her feel better.

Reward: 90 Coins, 12 XP

Teahouse II
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Felicia:  I have decided to take Grandma to see a doctor.  The doctor advised me to buy some magical medicine, which could give her bak her old spirit!  She also needs to stay in bed for awhile...

Prepare 20 Sunrise Porridge
  Skip for 20 RC

  Ingredients:  Orange Crumble, Cornmeal
  N.B.  Ingredients for Orange Crumble are Batter and Orange x 3.  Ingredients for Cornmeal are Corn x 2.

Prepare 20 Bean Stew with Crumbly
  Skip for 20 RC

  Ingredients:  Crumbly, Bean Stew
  N.B.  Ingredients for Crumbly are Oat Flour and Egg and ingredients for Bean Stew are Beef Salami and Green Bean

Prepare 60 Cheddar Cheese
  Skip for 30 RC

  N.B.  Feed Holstein Cow Clover to produce Milk.  Milk in the Cheese Maker or Fast Chese Maker produces Cheddar Cheese.

Felicia:  Grandma seems to have lost her appetite... Let's get her the magic medicine!  I hope it's not too expensive.

Reward: 100 Coins, 12 XP

Teahouse III
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Felicia:  Luckily I can work as a tour guide for exchange students that have just arrived in my school.  This way I can earn some money to buy magical medicine!

Complete Daily Order Board

Produce 50 Milk
  Skip for 25 RC

N.B.  Feed Holstein Cow Clover to produce Milk.

Harvest 50 Corn
  Skip for 25 RC

Felicia:  The farm tour was successful, but the exchange students realised that I'm not in a happy mood.  Oh, I just worry so much about Grandma!

Reward: 100 Coins, 14 XP

Teahouse IV
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Felicia:  One of the foreign students made grapefruit tea to cheer me up!  She said grapefruit is full of Vitamin C and if I drink it then I can feel more peaceful!  I want to drink the tea!

Place Grapefruit Tree
  (Reward from Collections Mission or purchase for 8 RC)

Prepare 6 Pitchers of Grapefruit Tea
  Skip for 6 RC

  N.B.  You will need Oranges as well as Grapefruits to make Grapefruit Tea.

Produce 20 Maple Sugar
  Skip for 10 RC

N.B.  Maple Sugar is made in the Sugar Machine using Maple Syrup harvested from the Maple Tree.

Felicia:  She was right!  I feel much better now, and warmer.  Grandma should also try this tea!

Reward: 110 Coins, 14 XP

Teahouse V
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Felicia:  So interesting!  All the exchange students say that their country's tea is the best and now they are all making their own tea.  Which tea will be the best?

Collect 20 Tea Pots from Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 20 Cups of Maple Milk Tea
  Skip for 20 RC

N.B.  Milk and Maple Syrup are the ingredients in Maple Milk Tea, one of the new Recipes.

Prepare 10 servings of High Tea
  Skip for 10 RC

N.B.  High Tea requires Maple Milk Tea and Lavender Cupcakes.  This is rather cruel in a way as you will need to make Lavender Cupcakes in the next step of this Mission in Teahouse VI so all in all, you will need 10 Lavender Cupcakes for Teahouse V and 10 more for Teahouse VI.

Lavender Cookies has Coconut Milk as one of its Ingredients.  Coconut Milk is a Kitchen Recipe that uses Sugar made from Cane in the Sugar Machine as well as Lavender.  Make enough Sugar in advance for 20 Lavender Cupcakes if you can as well as enough Sugar for the Blueberry Candy required in Teahouse VIII.

Felicia:  All the neighbours were led to the farm by the nice aroma from the tea.  They want try the tea and some even said they want to buy some!

Reward: 110 Coins, 15 XP

Teahouse VI
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Felicia:  Wow!  Did you see this beautiful house?  Turns out that the exchange students planned to open a Teahouse to help me buy Grandma's magical medicine!

Place Teahouse
  (Reward from Collections Mission)

Prepare 6 Condensed Milk Grapefruit
  Skip for 6 RC

Prepare 10 Lavender Cupcakes
  Skip for 10 RC

Felicia:  The Teahouse will draw lots of customers!  Let's make some tea and desserts for our customers and get ready to welcome them!

Reward: 110 Coins, 15 XP

Teahouse VII
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Felicia:  We are going to open the Teahouse now!  Do you think we will do well?  Oh, don't forget!  To enter the Teahouse, every one needs to bring a tea bag as an entry ticket!

Collect 20 Tea Bags from Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 10 Carrot Pastries
  Skip for 10 RC

N.B.  Each Carrot Pastry requires Carrots x 3 and Soft Dough to make.  If you have a chance, make 10 Soft Dough in advance.  Soft Dough is one of the basic Ingredients used in many different Recipes.

Sell 12 Grapefruit Pies'
  Skip for 12 RC

N.B.  Grapefruit Pie is made with Condensed Milk Grapefruit and Cake Flour.   Cake Flour is another Basic Dish that you should have on hand, made with Oat Flour and Rye Flour in any Mill.

Felicia:  Wow!  So many customers!  And they all heard about the Teahouse from their friends, we didn't even advertise it!

Reward: 120 Coins, 16 XP

Teahouse VIII
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Felicia:  Now I have enough money to buy the magical medicine for Grandma!  We should visit her all together!  She must be so happy!

Produce 60 Blueberry Candy
  Skip for 30 RC

N.B.  Blueberry Candy is made in the Candy Machine with Sugar and Blueberries.

Collect 8 Jars of Nectar
  Skip for 8 RC

  N.B.  Nectar is made in a Butterfly House whenever Butterflies pollinate Trees.  Various Butterfly Houses exist and each has its own Tree List.  Trees will turn an orange colour when they have been pollinated.  Once harvested, they can be pollinated anew.
 
Prepare 10 Egg Soup
  Skip for 10 RC

  N.B.  Note that Egg Soup is made with Seaweed and Egg.  I personally find that Seafood items are the most difficult to keep in stock in the Barn in any quantity, so I will begin to fish immediately in order to try to amass the 10 Seaweed required to make 10 Egg Soup.  I only have 2 at the moment in my Barn.

Teahouse IX
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Felicia:  Grandma wants to invite every one to celebrate today!  Let's make soe dishes and prepare presents so every one will be happy!

Produce 20 Cherry Chocolate
  Skip for 10 RC

  N.B.  Cherry Chocolate is made with Dark Chocolate and Cherry in a Chocolate Machine.

Prepare 10 bowls of Fruit Salad
  Skip for 10 RC

  N.B.  Fruit Salad is made in the Kitchen using Bananas and Cherries harvested from Trees.

Produce 60 Love Cakes
  Skip for 30 RC

Felicia:  What an adventure!  It taught us to never give up!  We have a new Teahouse now, new friends and Grandma is back to her old self!

Reward: 120 Coins, 16 XP

FINAL REWARD: Flower Swing Decoration
  This Decoration can be cleaned and will yield a Purple Cleaning Gift Box
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New Recipes in the Kitchen are as follows:

Grapefruit Tea: 61 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Grapefruit, Orange

Condensed Milk Grapefruit: 224 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Condensed Milk, Grapefruit

Grapefruit Pie: 568 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Condensed Milk Grapefruit, Cake Flour

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Maple Milk Tea: 68 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Milk x 2, Maple Syrup

Lavender Cupcake: 485 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Coconut Milk, Lavender x 3

High Tea: 622 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Maple Milk Tea, Lavender Cupcake

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Strategies for Quest Completion
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As always nowadays, the real problem in completing the traditional Quest sequence with any speed is the limit to Power.  You are given 30 Power and time will replenish any Power that you use.  When you look at the tasks, however, you will see that 30 Power is nothing compared to the amount needed in some cases to complete a single step.  For example, as early as Teahouse II, you are required to prepare 20 Sunrise Porridge and 20 Bean Stew with Crumbly.  Each of these Recipes has two ingredients, both of which are dishes created in the Kitchen. Actually, Orange Crumble requires Batter as one of its ingredients, another dish made in the Kitchen.   If you do not have any of these stored in your Barn at the time of the Quest, you will need a total of 140 Power to complete Teahouse II alone!

Cleaning Gift Bags randomly contain Power as well as other useful items such as OP.  If you save these for a 'rainy day', eg. a timed Quest or Mission, you should have a few extra Power in your Gift Box.    Making basic Dishes such as Cornmeal, Batter, Condensed Milk, Cake Flour and so on, and storing them in your Barn will help as well.

Family Farm Seaside has become more difficult in terms of saving Power, however, in that the Cooking Stand Quests require the preparation and sale of 200 Dishes from the Kitchen at every stage.  You will have to balance this need against the need for Power in the Teahouse Quest in order to succeed at both in the time frame allocated to each Farmer.

Note that you can obtain some extra Power by registering certain Items now as well.  Registrationn of Animals tends to give a Reward in the form of Power, while registration of Trees gives Watering Cans and registration of Machines gives OP.  The amount that you obtain of any of these depends on the specific item that is registered.  Only one Item of any type can be registered.  In other words, if you happen to have four Holstein Cows, only registration of the first is possible.

If you do not have the Cooked Dishes that are required as Ingredients for Dishes needed to complete one of the Teahouse tasks, try to make these Dishes when you are involved in a task or tasks that does not need Power.  Plan ahead a little.

I find it difficult to maintain space for Machines now, even with the largest Farm expansion.    Although I hate to store Decorations that can be cleaned, timed Quests often require this sacrifice as tasks tend to be associated with Machine Products as well as Animal Products.

I have learned NEVER to sell anything from my Barn if it is not mandated by a Daily Order or Quest.  Sooner or later, I will find that every item is needed.

Speaking of Items that are needed for Tasks, the Collections Mission will require a large number of Tomatoes for the Ketchup and Blueberries and Honey for the Blueberry Jam.  Remember that Blueberries can be requested as a Free Gift if you lack sufficient quantities.  Tomatoes unfortunately are not in the Gift List but you do need to harvest 40 of them for Teahouse I.  Carrots are the Crop that randomly yields the Orange Macarons in this particular Collections Mission.

Sugar is an Item that will be required in some quantity for use as an Ingredient both in the Kitchen and in Machines.  You will need 20 Sugar to make the Coconut Milk that is one of the Ingredients in the Lavender Cupcakes required in the course of the Quest sequence as well as 60 Sugar for use in the Candy Machine to make Blueberry Candy.

You do have 11 days from the release of any timed Quest or Mission to complete it, so there is no real urgency here, but some players like myself, prefer to move forward as quickly as possible.  One of my own reasons for doing so is the unreliability both of my system (rather old) and internet connection.  I try to complete these Quests as early as possible in case I lose the connection.

As you will need the Rewards from the Collections Mission in order to complete the traditional Quest sequence, it is a good idea to complete that as quickly as possible.  The Grapefruit Tree, needed in Teahouse IV, can be purchased for 8 RC in the Market, but you will need the Teahouse Decoration in Teahouse VI.  

Friday, September 19, 2014

New Gallery and Registrations

The most recent update of Family Farm included a new Cooking Stand Contest as well as a new option to register items, thereby earning rewards.  It is possible that one of the reasons for the latter is the proliferation of hacked items on some Farms, but apart from that, it allows players to earn Power, Fertiliser and other items that can be useful.

The new Gallery building is located in the Northwest Corner of the Farm and items are divided into six different categories:

As of the end of October, this List is up to date, but note that new Items constantly will be added as they are released.  Decorations and Collections Sets probably will show the greatest number of additions as any new time-restricted Quest usually has Decorations as Rewards.

Note that the Cetegory that will display time-restricted Registration items is the Collections Category.  These are items that include Rewards for time-restricted Quests or Missions.  Although the Items themselves can be registered individually at any point in time, any Collection based upon these Items will be available for Registration only during the period when the Quest or Mission is active and possibly a day or two afterwards.

Machines
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Cheese Maker
   1 Medal, 30 OP

Fast Cheese Maker
  12 MEdals, 200 OP

Jam Machine
  1 Medal, 30 OP
 
Baker
  2 MEdals, 30 OP

Juice Machine
  1 MEdal, 30 OP

Wine Maker
  1 MEdal, 30 OP

Dutch Mill
  1 MEdal, 30 OP

Sugar Machine
  3 Medals, 30 OP

Sauce MAchine
  2 MEdals, 30 OP

Salami Machine
 3 Medals, 30 OP

Burger Machine
  8 MEdals, 100 OP

Perfume Machine
  1 Medal, 30 OP

SMoke House
  4 MEdals, 30 OP

Cake Machine
  8 Medals, 100 OP

Flower Packing Machine
  7 MEdals, 100 OP

Chocolate Machine
  8 Medals, 100 OP

Popcorn Machine
  10 Medals, 200 OP

Candy Machine
  10 Medals, 200 OP

Coffee MAchine
  12 Medals, 200 OP

Ice Cream Maker
  10 Medals, 200 OP

Toy Machine
  10 Medals, 200 OP

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Animals
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Holstein Cow
  2 MEdals, 2 Power

Chicken Coop
  1 Medal, 1 Power

Buffalo
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Angora RAbbit
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Sheep
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Limousin Cattle
  2 Medals, 2 Power

White Goat
  12 MEdals, 10 Power

Black Ostrich
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Green Duck Pond
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Peacock
  3 Medals, 3 Power

Goose Pond
  3 MEdals, 3 Power

White Turkey
  3 Medals, 3 Power

Butterfly House
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Peace Butterfly House
  5 Medals, 15 Green Mystron

Oktoberfest Butterfly House
  5 Medals, 15 Green Mystron

Russian Butterfly House
  5 Medals, 15 Green Mystron

Bat House
  5 Medals, 15 Green Mystron

Beehive
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Starline Beehive
  10 Medals, 10 Power

Provence Beehive
  18 Medals, 1 Rain

Super Beehive
  22 Medals, 1 Thunderstorm

Blossom Beehive
  5 Medals, 15 Green Mystron

Fujiyama Beehive
  5 Medals, 15 Green Mystron

Drum Beehive
  5 MEdals, 15 Green Mystron

Valentine Beehive
  5 MEdals, 15 Green Mystron

Songkran Beehive
  5 Medals, 15 Green mystron

Deer Coop
 4 Medals, 3 Power

White Alpaca
  4 MEdals, 3 Power

Horse
  5 Medals, 3 Power

Reindeer
  8 Medals, 5 Power

Pig Coop
  12 Medals, 10 Power

Maroon Sheep
  5 MEdals, 15 Green mystron

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Trees
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Apple Tree
  1 Medal, 2 Watering Cans

Cherry Tree
  1 Medal, 2 Watering Cans

Maple Tree
  1 Medal, 5 Watering Cans

ORange Tree
  1 MEdal, 2 Watering Cans

Lychee Tree
  1 MEdal, 2 Watering Cans

Gisela Cherry Tree
  2 Medals, 5 Watering Cans

Almond Tree
  2 Medals, 5 Watering Cans

Lemon Tree
  2 Medals, 5 Watering Cans

Coconut Tree
  3 Medals, 10 Watering Cans

Cinnamon Tree
  4 Medals, 15 Watering Cans

Peach Tree
  2 Medals, 5 Watering Cans

Pear Tree
  2 Medals, 5 Watering Cans

Olive Tree
  3 Medals, 10 Watering Cans

Palm Tree
  3 Medals, 10 Watering Cans

Chili Bush
  7 Medals, 2 Super Watering Cans

Hazel Tree
  7 Medals, 2 Super Watering Cans

Mistletoe Tree
  7 MEdals, 2 Super Watering Cans

Banana Tree
  7 Medals, 2 Super Watering Cans

Sakura Tree
  8 MEdals, 2 Super Watering Cans

Brazil Nut Tree
  8 Medals, 2 Super Watering Cans

Plum Tree
  8 Medals, 2 Super Watering Cans

Sorbus Tree
  8 Medals, 2 Super Watering Cans

Chocolate Tree
  8 Medals, 2 Super Watering Cans

Dark Chocolate Tree
  8 Medals, 2 Super Watering Cans

Date Tree
  8 Medals, 2 Super Watering Cans

Aniseed Tree
  8 Medals, 2 Super Watering Cans

PErsimmon Tree
  8 Medals, 2 Super Watering Cans

Laurus Tree
  8 MEdals, 2 Super Watering Cans

Matcha Tree
  8 Medals, 2 Super Watering Cans

Jasmine Bush
  8 MEdals, 2 Super Watering Cans

Jackfruit Tree
  8 Medals, 2 Super Watering Cans

Quince Tree
  8 Medals, 2 Super Watering Cans

White Chocolate Tree
  8 MEdals, 2 Super Watering Cans

Elderberry Tree
  8 Medals, 2 Super Watering Cans

Ice Tree
  8 Medals, 2 Super Watering Cans

Spooky Tree
  8 MEdals, 2 Super Watering Cans

Walnut Tree
  8 MEdals, 2 Super Watering Cans

Wild Rose Bush
  8 MEdals, 2 Super Watering Cans

Pecan Tree
  8 Medals, 2 Super Watering Cans

Cashew Tree
  10 Medals, 5 Super Watering Cans

Mango Tree
  10 Medals, 5 Super Watering Cans

Pomegranate Tree
  10 Medals, 5 Super Watering Cans

Apricot Tree
  10 Medals, 5 Super Watering Cans

Licorice Tree
  10 Medals, 5 Super Watering Cans (?)

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Decorations
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Scarecrow
  1 Medal, 2 Organic Fertiliser

Hay Bale
  1 Medal, 2 Organic Fertiliser

Wooden Barrel
  1 MEdal, 2 Organic Fertiliser

SHovel
  1 MEdal, 2 Organic Fertiliser

Milky White Fence
  1 Medal, 2 Organic Fertiliser

Woodpile
  1 Medal, 2 Organic Fertiliser

Ranch Bell
  1 Medal, 2 Organic Fertiliser

Wooden Road
  1 MEdal, 2 Organic Fertiliser

Stone Road
  1 Medal, 2 Organic Fertiliser

Ladder
  2 Medals, 5 Organic Fertiliser

Welcome Arch
  2 Medals, 5 Organic Fertiliser

Picnic Basket
  2 MEdals, 6 Organic Fertiliser

Carpet Top
  2 Medals, 5 Organic Fertiliser

Carpet Middle
  2 MEdals, 5 Organic Fertiliser

Carpet Bottom
  2 Medals, 5 ORganic Fertiliser

Firecracker
  2 Medals, 5 Organic Fertiliser

Flower Basket
  2 MEdals, 5 Organic Fertiliser

Aviaries Park
  2 Medals, 5 Organic Fertiliser

Sundial
  2 Medals, 5 Organic Fertiliser

Snow Globe
  2 Medals, 5 Organic Fertiliser

Flowr Square
  2 Medals, 5 ORganic Fertiliser

Stone Mailbox
  2 Medals, 5 Organic Fertiliser

Santa Sign
  3 MEdals, 12 Organic Fertiliser

Christmas Tree
  3 Medals, 12 Organic Fertiliser

Tree Arch
  3 MEdals, 12 Organic Fertiliser

Surf Board
  3 Medals, 12 Organic Fertiliser

Forest Road
  3 Medals, 12 Organic Fertiliser

Christmas Cake
  3 Medals, 12 Organic Fertiliser

Snowy Arch
 3 Medals, 12 Organic Fertiliser

Wedding Chair
  3 Medals, 12 Organic Fertiliser

Welcome Sign
  3 Medals, 12 Organic Fertiliser

Bonfire Tent
  4 Medals, 20 Organic Fertiliser

Sledding Hill
  4 Medals, 20 Organic Fertiliser

Balloon Door
  4 MEdals, 20 ORganic Fertiliser

Snack Stand
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Easter Table
  2 MEdals, 2 Powre

Wawel Dragon
  2 MEdals, 2 Power

Ice Swan
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Ice Cat
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Pumpkin Fountain
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Flower Torch
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Saint and Pete
  2 Mwdals, 2 Power

Stone Bridge
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Bamboo Decoration
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Panda Toy
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Halloween Fence
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Easter Chocolate Bunny
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Angel Sheep
  2 Medals, 2 Powr

Rosy Posy
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Samurai Dog
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Gnome
  2 MEdals, 2 Power

Singer Sheep
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Grandma's Bike
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Nutcracker
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Hot Tub
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Lighthouse
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Matryoshka Doll
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Balinese Gateway
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Tuk Tuk
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Bird Bath
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Garden Lantern
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Yacht
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Haystack
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Seal
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Rose Fence
  6 Medals, 3 Super Fertiliser

Pebble Floor
  6 MEdals, 3 Super Fertiliser

Chinese Pavilion
  6 Medals, 3 Super Fertiliser

Japan 2020 Games
  8 Medals, 3 Super Fertiliser

Little Christmas Tree
  6 MEdals, 3 Super Fertiliser

Christmas Candle
  7 MEdals, 3 Super Fertiliser

Hay
  6 MEdals, 3 Super Fertiliser

Malibox
  7 MEdals, 3 Super Fertiliser

Swimming Pool
  7 MEdals, 3 Super Fertiliser

Gift Hill
  7 MEdals, 3 Super Fertiliser

Wind Turbine
  7 MEdals, 3 Super Fertiliser

Willow
  7 MEdals, 3 Super Fertiliser

Snowlauncher
  8 Medals, 3 Super Fertiliser

Mushrooms
  8 Medals, 3 Super Fertiliser

Snow Man
  8 Medals, 3 Super Fertiliser

Witch's Legs
  4 MEdals, 3 Super Fertiliser

Snowman
  7 Medals, 3 Super Fertiliser

Duck Swimming Pool
  8 MEdals, 15 Green mystron

Easter Bunny
  10 Medals, 15 Green Mystron

Easter Chocolate Tree
  10 Medals, 15 Green Mystron

Toy Bunny on Bike
  5 Medals, 15 Green mystrons

Thumbelina
  5 MEdals, 15 Green mystron

Lotus Pond
  5 Medals, 15 Green Mystron

Straw Witch
  5 Medals, 15 Green mystron

Tea Table
  5 Medals, 15 Green Mystrons

Scout Sun
  5 Medals, 15 Green Mystrons

Farm BEauty Trophy
  5 Medals, 15 Green Mystron

Gingerbread House
  5 Medals, 15 Green Mystron

Dragon Statue
  5 Medals, 15 Green Mystron

Egyptian Ship
  5 Medals, 15 Green Mystron

Peter Pan's Picnic Table
  5 MEdals, 15 Green Mystron

Golden Chicken Statue
  5 MEdals, 15 Green Mystron

Darryl Bobblehead
  5 Medals, 15 Green Mystron

Bonfire
  5 Medals, 15 Green Mystron

Tower of Arab
  5 Medals, 15 Green mystron

Festival Palanquin
  5 Medals, 15 Green Mystron

Turtle Statue
  5 Medals, 15 Green mystron

Sphinx
  5 Medals, 15 Green Mystron

Rabbit Statue
  5 Medals, 15 Green Mystron

Sun Terrace
  5 Medals, 15 Green Mystron

Shelter
  5 MEdals, 15 Green mystron

Flower Swing
  5 Medals, 15 Green Mystron

Hippo Ballerina
  5 Medals, 15 Green Mystron

Pumpkin Light
  5 Medals, 15 Green Mystron

Hammock
  10 Medals, 15 Green Mystron

Clothes Drying Rack
  12 Medals, 15 Green mystron

Market Stall
  12 Medals, 8 Super Fertiliser

Elephant
  10 Medals, 8 Super Fertiliser

Wind Chimes
  10 Medals, 8 Super Fertiliser

Ranch Entrance
  10 Medals, 8 Super Fertiliser

Mini Beach
  12 Medals, 8 Super Fertiliser

Japanese Garden
  12 Medals, 15 Green Mystron

Flamingo
  8 Medals, 2 Rain

Running Mummy
  9 Medals, 2 Rain

Boy Cupid
  18 MEdals, 25 Green Mystron

Girl Cupid
  18 Medals, 25 Green Mystron


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Collectables
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Spice Rack
  1 Medal, 1 Power

Yeast Barrel
  1 Medal, 1 Power

Soy Sauce Barrel
  1 Medal, 1 Power

Salt Pond
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Syrup Dispenser
  2 Medals, 2 Power

Herb Garden
  6 Medals, 2500 Coins

Wasabi Pond
  6 Medals, 2500 Coins


White Vinegar Stand
  7 Medals, 2500 Coins

Cooking Stand
  10 Medals, 5 Power

Cropinator
  10 Medals, 30 Gasoline

Kitchen
  10 Medals, 4 Power

Order Board
  10 Medals, 10 Super Fertiliser

Chocolate Dragon
  10 Medals, 15 Green Mystron

Water Fountain
  10 MEdals, 15 Green Mystron

Ice Dolphin
  10 MEdals, 15 Green Mystron

Seafood House
  10 Medals, 1 Sack of 500 Bait

Beauty Shop
  10 Medals, 1 Sack of 500 Bait

Water Well
  10 MEadls, 100 OP

Tree Greenhouse
  12 MEdals, 150 OP

Greenhouse
  12 MEdals, 150 OP

Warehouse
  10 Medals 100 OP

Bait Sheep
  14 MEdals, 1 Sack of 500 Bait

Gasoline Sheep
  15 MEdals, 50 Gasoline

Mystron Sheep
  15 Medals, 100 Green Mystron

OP Sheep
  15 Medals, 200 OP

Power Sheep
  15 Medals, 10 Power

Toucan
  15 Medals, 1 RC

Small Squirrel
  15 MEdals, 1 RC

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  15 MEdals, 1 RC

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Collection Sets
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Note that the Collection Sets differ from other categories in the sense that some are time-restricted.  You need to look at the Gallery to see which Collection Sets must be registered immediately.  For example, Picnic Time, Summer Holiday Forest Mystery, Teahouse and Animal Trio all have time limits.   Some of these are Items that had to be obtained as Rewards for completing time-restricted Quests.  I do believe that the time for registration of Forest Mystery has passed.  I registered it immediately so cannot confirm that it has expired but I do know that Teahouse will expire in 12 days, two days after the expiration of the Quest itself.

Picnic Time
  INclueds:  Flower Square, Picnic Baskets, Surfboard, Sundial
  Reward: 10 Medals, 6 Power, 400 OP

Summer Holiday
  Includes: Mini Beach, Surfboard, Hammock
  Reward: 20 Medals, 6 Power, 2 RC

Forest Mystery Set
  Includes: Quince Tree, Haystack, Shelter
  Reward: 5 Medals, 38 Green Mystron, 1 RC

Teahouse Set
  Includes Grapefruit Tree, Teahouse, Flower Swing
  Reward: 5 Medals, 88 Green Mystron, 1 RC

Circus Troupe
  Includes Licorice Tree, Seal, Hippo Ballerina
  Reward: 5 Medals, 88 Green Mystron, 1 RC

Halloween 2014
  Includes Halloween Fence, Bat House, Pumpkin Light and Spooky Tree
  Reward: 5 Medals, 88 Green Mystrons, 1 RC

Animal Trio
  Includes: Toucan, Small Squirrel, ?
  Reward: 20 Medals, 1 Rainbow Rain, 2 RC

Wedding Day
  Includes: Carpet Top, Carpet Middle, Carpet Bottom, Wedding Chair
  Reward: 5 Medals, 1 Sack of Bait, 200 OP

Spice It Up
  Includes: Soy Sauce Barrel, Spice Rack, Vinegar Barrel, Salt Pond
  Reward: 5 Medals, 10 Power, 200 OP

Farmer's Basics
  Includes Shovel, Ladder, Cropinator, Water Well
  Reward: 5 Medals, 5 Power, 5 Super Watering Cans


 Fa-moo-ly
   Includes Holstein Cow, Buffalo, Limousin Cow
  Reward: 5 Medals, 5 Super Fertiliser, 100 OP


Merry Christmas
  Includes:  Little Christmas Tree, Christmas Cake, Christmas Candle, Christmas Tree
  Reward: 10 Medals, 150 Green Mystron, 1 RC

Chinese New Year
  Includes Wooden Road, Firecracker, Panda Lantern, Chinese Pavilion
  Reward: 10 Medals, 150 Green mystron, 1 RC

Chocolate Overload
  Includes Chocolate Tree, White Chocolate Tree, Dark Chocolate Tree
  Reward: 10 Medals, 150 Green Mystrons, 1 RC

Dairy Dare
  Includes: Cheese Maker, Holstein Cow, Buffalo, White Goat
  Reward: 10 Medals, 150 Green Mystron, 1 RC

Supportive Sheep
  Includes:  Power Sheep, Mystron Sheep, Bait Sheep, Gasoline Sheep
  Reward: 30 Medals, 1 ? Machine, 3 RC


Registration of any Item takes time.  A different amount of time is needed for each Item.  The Rewards for registration are linked to the Item type, although different amounts can be given for each.  For example, if you register any Tree, you will obtain Watering Cans, but depending on the actual Tree registered, you may gain either 2 Watering Cans or 5 Watering Cans.   In some cases, Super Watering Cans take the place of the ordinary Watering Cans.  Medals are given as well and, in the case of Tree Registration, can vary from 1 Medal to 15 Medals.

Only one Item can be registered at a time.  In order to register any Item, it must be placed on your Farm.  You go to the Gallery to find the Item you wish to register, then tap on 'Register'.  You will be taken to the Item and you then must tap on the actual Item itself to begin the registration process.  It can take a few minutes or it can take longer.  Every item has its own registration time.

Once registered, you will see 'Completed' with the actual date of registration beneath the icon of the Item.  Items can appear in more than one category if they are part of a 'Collection'.  For example, the Forest Mystery Collection includes the Quince Tree, the Haystack and the Shelter.  The Rewards for completing a Collection are the greatest.  For the Forest Mystery Collection, you will receive 5 Medals, 88 Green Mystron and 1 RC.  Some Collections cannot be completed yet.  In the case of the Animal Trio Collection, only the Toucan can be registered now.  The other two Items are Rewards for completing more Cooking Stand Contests, I believe.  Certainly the Small Squirrel is obtained only by completing the current Cooking Stand Contest.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Time-Restricted Forest Mystery Quest and Marbles Collection Mission


 (Japanese Garden Decoration, part of Special Sale on 12 September)

(Final Reward from Forest Mystery Mission in the form of a Shelter Decoration as well as the Haystack from the Collections Mission)
 

With the release of a special sale that gives players the opportunity to purchase a wonderful Japanese garden with animated Owl, a new timed sequence of Quests now is available that will last 11 more days.

As usual, there is a Collections Mission as well as traditional Quest sequence.

The Collections Mission is as follows:

Collect Marbles
Try to collect Colourful Marbles when making farm products
70 Green Marbles fromCabbage
50 Blue Marbles from Peacock Feathers
30 Yellow Marbles From Veggie Burger
10 Red Marbles from Pomegranate Tree

The Rewards for completing the Collections Mission are a Quince Tree and a Haystack Decoration.  The Quince Tree can be purchased in the Market for 7 RC, if players are loathe to complete the Collections Missioin.

The traditional quest sequence is as follows:


Forest Mystery Missions:
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Forest Mystery I:
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Felicia:  Lately, Darryl spends an awful lot of time in the forest and he often forgets about his studies on the farm.  I am wonderfing what he is doing there.  It sounds like an adventure!  Can you help me with the farm tasks, so we can go look for him?

Produce 40 Beef
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest 4 Maple Syrup
  Skip for 4 RC

Produce 40 Buffalo Milk Cheese
  Skip for 20 RC

Felicia:  Oh, he just came back to the farm.  Hurry up, maybe we can get some information out of him!

Reward: 85 Coins, 10 XP

Forest Mystery II:
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Felicia:  Directly asking him where he was won't work. I  think if we give him some of his favourite sweets, we might be able to bribe him!  I really want to know what's going on!

Produce 40 bottles of  Ketchup
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 30 Milk Cookies
  Skip for 30 RC

Harvest 40 Cabbages
  Skip for 20 RC

Felicia:  I made cookies and prepared ketchup for his lunch, but he just took the cookies and left!

Reward: 90 Coins, 12 XP

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Forest Mystery III
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Felicia:  Okay, it's time to spy!  Let's prepare a lunch bag and then we follow him into the forest.  But please don't forget to harvest he almond tree.  Granny will get mad if we forget our tasks!


Prepare 20 Spinach Salad
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest 4 Almonds
  SKip for 4 RC

Prepare 20 Stuffed Turkey
  Skip for 20 RC

Felicia:  Did you finish everything?  Let's go then!

Reward: 100 Coins, 12 XP

Forest Mystery IV
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Felicia;  Oh no!  Now, of all times, Grandma asked me another favour!  As soon as I catch Darryl, I will make him help me!


Prepare 50 Veggie Burgers
  Skip for 25 RC

Place Quince Tree
  (from Collections Mission, or buy for 7 RC)

Prepare 20 Forest Soup
  Skip for 20 RC

Felicia:  Finally we can go!  I hope we can still find him.

Reward: 100 Coins, 14 XP

Forest Mystery V:
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Felicia:  Now Darryl is already way ahead of us!  We probably won't be able to find him anymore.  We might as well do some extra tasks on the farm and wait until he's back.

Fertilise your Neighbour Farms 40 Times
  Skip for 40 RC

Prepare 4 Bowls of Braised Vegetables
  Skip for 4 RC

Produce 50 bags of Sugar Popcorn
  Skip for 25 RC

Felicia:  We finished so many tasks on the farm!  And guess what?  Darryl is already sneaking back!

Reward: 110 Coins, 14 XP

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Felicia:  This time I am better prepared.  I'll put a bag of marbles in Darryl's pocket.  So hopefully they will fall out and lead us the way when we lose him again!

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

Produce 50 glasses of Grape Juice
  Skip for 25 RC

Prepare 10 Pomegranate Cookies
  Skip for 10 RC

Felicia:  It worked!  He lost some marbles and we never lost track of him.  I hope we can solve the mystery soon!
 
Forest Mystery VII:
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Felicia:  Finally!  It seems like Darryl is building a shelter to store sweets from the farm.  Hey, we need those products on the farm!

Produce 50 Blueberry Candy
  Skip for 25 RC

Produce 20 Almond Cake
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 6 Bowls of Peche au Caramel
  Skip for 6 RC

Felicia:  Oh no!  I forgot to keep my voice down!  Now Darryl noticed us.

Reward: 110 Coins, 15 XP

Forest Mystery VIII:
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Felicia:  He saw me and got really angry.  But actually he's the one to blame, because he stole all the sweets!  He better come with a good explanation for this... And hopefully some spare sweets to calm me down.


Prepare 20 Candied Apples
  Skip for 20 RC

Collect 20 Candy Bags from Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Collect 6 Jars of Nectar
  Skip for 6 RC

Felicia:  Yummy, these candies are really good!  But now I feel bad.  Darryl just wanted to help some friends!

Reward: 120 Coins, 18 XP

Forest Mystery IX
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Felicia:  It turns out that he was saving all the sweets for friends who dont have a lot.  Stealing from the rich farm to give to the poor... Well, it doesn't hurt our farm.  Maybe we should help!

Prepare 6 Bowls of Autumn Special
  Skip for 6 RC

Produce 60 Cheeseburgers
  Skip for 30 RC

Produce 60 Grape Candies
  Skip for 30 RC

Felicia:  I feel better now, and Darryl is no longer upset.

Reward: 120 Coins, 16 XP

Forest Mystery X
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Felicia:  But still, stealing is stealing and he should've asked.  Granny is upset with us and she said we should give some presents to the other farmers to apologise.  But I also want to help Darryl's friends, so can we please also make some candies?

Complete the Orders on the Order Board
 

Produce 60 Apple Candies
  Skip for 30 RC

Prepare 60 Glasses of Orange Smoothie
  Skip for 30 RC

Felicia:  In the end, every one learned lessons.  We also have candies for the whole year!  Thanks for your help!

Reward: 120 Coins, 16 XP

FINAL REWARD:  Shelter, Decoration that yields Purple Cleaning Bag

For my money, the BEST Reward is the Japanese Garden which must be purchased in the Special Sale... do not delay!

New Kitchen Recipes
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As is usually the case, new Recipes have been released that are used in the Mission:

Braised Vegetables:  72 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Beef x 2, Quince

Forest Soup: 377 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Cabbage KimChi, Braised Stew

Autumn Special: 509 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Braised Vegetables, Forest Soup



Strategies for Mission
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Ordinarily, I would advise players to complete the Collections Mission first as the Rewards are needed to complete the traditional Quest sequence.  Here, however, although the Rewards ARE needed, some of the traditional Quest tasks are the same as the Items required to produce the Marbles in the Collections Mission.

For example, in Forest Mystery II, you need to harvest 40 Cabbage.  Cabbage is one of the items that produces Marbles.  You need 70 Green Marbles that appear randomly when Cabbage is harvested.  Why complete the Collections Mission for the Marbles then before Forest Mystery II?

Likewise, you need to produce 50 Veggie Burgers in Forest Mystery IV.  Veggie Burgers are the Item that randomly yields the Yellow Marbles.   You need 30 Yellow Marbles to complete the Collections Mission.  You will need a Quince Tree on your Farm to complete Farm Mystery IV, but why not produce the 50 Veggie Burgers FIRST?

With no more than a cursory glance at the list of Tasks, I can see that an awful lot of Sugar will be required in the course of completing the traditional Quest sequence.  You will need Sugar for every sort of 'Candy' made in the Candy Machine as well as for the Sugar Popcorn.

Apart from the immense load of Cabbages you will need to grow for the Collections Mission, you will need a fair number of Tomatoes, both for the Veggie Burgers and for the 50 Ketchup required in Forest Mystery II.  Another Crop that will be needed in some quantity is Rice, both for the Peacock that produces the Blue Marbles randomly in Peacock Feather harvests and for the Turkey to make the Turkey Meat required for the Suffed Turkey Recipe.

Use your Baker to make Wheat Bread in quantity.  You will need it both for the random number of Veggie Burgers required to produce Yellow Marbles and for the Cheeseburgers required as one of the traditional Quest tasks.

Story of Forest Mystery
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Offhand, I do not see any direct cultural basis for the plot of this time-restricted Mission.  It is more like the regular Missions than other time-restricted Quests in that sense.  There appears to be some tie to the legend of Robin Hood in that Felicia is dressed like Robin Hood and makes a reference to stealing from the rich to give to the poor.  The 'sweets' or 'candy' appears to be connected to Hallowe'en, albeit in a tenuous fashion.

Let us hope they will have another time-restricted Mission closer to Hallowe'en and one this time that involves the very ancient Festival of Samhain, when the dead were honoured.  Last year's Hallowe'en Mission involved monsters more than ancient traditions, so it would not be a repeat of that.  I very much enjoy all the cultural missions from various parts of the globe and would like to see that trend continue.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Moon Festival Time-Restricted Missions or Quests





The Moon Festival Time-Restricted Mission was released with a number of new Decorations.  Briefly, some of the latter were included in a sale offer that appeared as a gift box in the upper right corner of the screen.  Among these items is a Duck Swimming Pool that will give 1 RC per day until 6 September, provided always that a Neighbour cleans it.

As usual with time-restricted Quests, the Moon Festival Mission is two-pronged.  It consists both of a Collections Mission and a traditional Quest sequence.

The Collections Mission belongs to the class wherein ANY Crop, Tree, Animal or Machine can yield the required Item.  In this case, Elixirs randomly are found in any harvest.


Elixir Collections Mission:

Collect Elixirs from all kinds of Crops, Trees, Animals and Machines!

Bow and Arrow: 50 of these
  1st one costs 1Elixir

Panda Toy: 5 of these
  1st one costs 100 Elixirs, 2nd one costs 75 Elixirs.  You will need to place two on your Farm to complete the traditional Quest sequence.

30 OP:  30 of these
  1st one costs 1 RC

Organic Fertiliser: 20 of these
  1st one costs 2 RC

You need to redeem one of each of these four prizes to unlock the final Prize, a Laurus Tree.  The Laurus Tree alternatively can be purchased in the Market for 6 RC.  Once unlocked, you will need 250 Elixirs to redeem the Laurus Tree.

As always, the Collections Mission building, in this case Hou Yi's House can be upgraded to Level 5.  At Level 5, you will receive two Elixirs instead of one randomly when you harvest Items.  You need to spend 5 RC on one material to bring the bullding to Level 5.  All other materials either can be redeemed (in the form of the Bow and Arrow) or requested from Neighbours (in the form of the Jade Hairpin).

N.B.  31 August:  Since the Collections Mission began, despite the fact that I upgraded my Hou Yi House to Level 5 on the very first day, collection of Elixirs has been EXTREMELY slow on my Farm.  I receive next to none from Crops, and only a few from Trees, Machines and Animals.  For me, the Nectar and Beehives appear to yield the most, oddly enough.  I completed the traditional Moon Festival Quest sequence quickly only because I purchased the Laurus Tree for 6 RC.  I still have not collected enough Elixirs to redeem it, although I was able to redeem the two Panda Toys required in the Quest sequence.  I do not know if other players are experiencing this issue, but if so, it may be worth reporting.  Collections NEVER were this slow in any other Mission for me.


Moon Festival I:
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Felicia:  Wow, I'm so excited!  I'm going to visit a pen pal in China and guess what?  The Chinese Moon Festival is around the corner.  Let's complete our tasks on the farm and go!

Place Hou Yi's House on your Farm
  Find it in the Specials section of the Market and purchase for 500 Coins.  Will be active for 9 or 12 Days if purchased on first day of Mission.  (Market states 12, but message states 9)

Harvest 40 Corn
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest 40 Blueberries
  Skip for 20 RC

Felicia:  I will start packing my bags now!  Oh, I almost forgot to pack my gift for my pen pal!

Reward: 85 Coins, 10 XP

Moon Festival II:
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Felicia:  here I am!  I wonder if I will recognise my pen friend from the picture.  Oh, I think the girl who is coming towards me is her.  She's so beautiful!  Gulp... Uh, my stomach is warning me!  She says she knows the perfect place to eat!

Produce 40 Sacks of Wheat Flour
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 10 plates of Dumplings
  Skip for 10 RC

Complete the orders on the Order Board
  N.B.  There is no option to skip this Task.  When you access your Daily Order Board, however, you can skip any of the three Tasks given there individually.  Skipping them is extremely expensive, however, and not recommended.  It is far better to purchase ingredients if you need to complete specific Recipes for which you lack ingredients and to use Fertiliser to reach whatever total of any Crop is needed if you do not have that total in your Barn.

Felicia:  I love dumplings and it's a perfect start of our journey to China.  My friend will tell us the story of a special festival.

Reward: 90 Coins, 12 XP

Moon Festival III:
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Felicia:  'A long time ago, there were 10 suns in the sky.  Crops died, water dried and people suffered!  A brave man called Hou Yi shot down nine suns and saved the world!  As a result, he received a bottle of elixir!'  Can we make elixir out of wine?

Produce 40 glasses of Cherry Juice
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 40 Bottles of Wine
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest 40 Cabbages
  Skip for 20 RC

Felicia:  Do you think people will like this wine elixir?

Reward: 100 Coins, 12 XP

Moon Festival IV
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Felicia:  One day some one tried to steal the elixir!  In order to protect the elixir, Hou Yi's wife Chang'e swallowed everything in one gulp.  She was so brave but it was also so risky!  She deserves a beautiful pair of earrings for this brave action!

Harvest 50 Lotus Flowers
  Skip for 25 RC

Craft 8 Pairs of Earrings of Love in Beauty Shop
  Skip for 8 RC

Fish 20 times with the Squid Hook
  Skip for 20 RC

Felicia:  This story is so interesting!  I wonder what will happen next!

Reward: 100 Coins, 14 XP

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Felicia:  After drinking the Elixir, the body of Chang'e ascended towards the moon.  On the moon there was only a palace, a rabbit and a laurus tree.  Chang'e was curious and went to check out the laurus tree.

Place a Laurus Tree on the Farm
  (from Hou Yi's house)
  Skip for 10 RC
  N.B.  To spend 10 RC is totally counterproductive in any circumstance here as you can purchase the Tree in the Market for 6 RC if you have not redeemed it yet from Hou Yi's House.

Harvest 6 Laurus Leafs
  Skip for 6 RC

Craft 6 Laurus Wreaths in Beauty Shop
  Skip for 6 RC

Felicia:  I never knew you can make such beautiful wreaths using laurus leafs!

Reward: 110 Coins, 14 XP

Moon Festival VI
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Felicia:  After Hou Yi found out what happned to his wife, he felt desperate because he wasn't able to rescue her and can never see her again.  What a poor couple... Let's do something for them!

Produce 20 Bowls of Lemon Ice Cream
  Skip for 10 RC

Harvest 50 Tomatoes
  Skip for 25 RC

Produce 8 Tiramisu
  Skip for 8 RC

Felicia:  I hope these treats can heal their broken hearts a bit!

Reward: 110 Coins, 15 XP

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Felicia:  One night, Chang'e explained Hou Yi in a dream how they can see each other again.  Once per year, she can come back for several hours, but only if Hou Yi makes a mooncake on August 15th.  Shall we help them?

Prepare 20 Ice Cream Mooncakes
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 30 Sausage Mooncakes
  Skip for 30 RC

Prepare 20 Nut Mooncakes
  Skip for 20 RC

N.B.  You will need to prepare a total of 70 Mooncake Dough as an ingredient for each of these Items.  Do this in advance if you can!

Reward: 110 Coins, 15 XP

Felicia:  Luckily there is a way for them to meet each other every year!  I'm so happy for them!

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Felicia:  This story passed down from generation to generation.  Every year, people sacrifice different kinds of mooncakes to remember them.  I feel hungry now, could you prepare some snacks for me?

Produce 60 Loaves of Black Bread
  Skip for 30 RC

Produce 12 Bowls of Peach Ice Cream
  Skip for 6 RC

Harvest 60 Lavender
  Skip for 30 RC

Felicia:  These are so good!  Thanks a lot!

Reward: 120 Coins, 16 XP

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Felicia:  That was such an interesting story!  What do I see there?  Is it the Palace Museum?  Most of the ancient emperors have lived here.  Do you want to have a look and maybe buy some souvenirs for Grandma and Darryl?

Collect 20 Window Papers from Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Have 2 Panda Toys on the Farm
  N.B.  Redeem with Elixirs from Hou Yi's House
  Skip for 12 RC

Fertilise your Neighbours' Farms 40 Times
  Skip for 40 RC

Reward: 120 Coins, 16 XP

Felicia: The Palace Museum was so impressive!  But unfortunately the time has come to say goodbye and go back to the farm.

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Felicia:  I'm back on the farm!  We have to share this beautiful story of the Chinese Moon Festival!  Not only with our family, but also with all our friends!  But first, let's finish some tasks on the farm!

Prepare 8 Bowls of Dumpling Soup
  Skip for 8 RC

Harvest 5 Dates
  Skip for 5 RC

Prepare 10 Bowls of Boiled Fish with Pickled Cabbage
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 120 Coins, 16 XP

Felicia:  All my friends loved the story!  And they said they want to pay a visit to China themselves one day!  How about you?

FINAL REWARD:  Rabbit Statue, yielding Purple Gift Bag when cleaned.



Strategies for Mission
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One can prepare for completion of this Mission as follows:

First of all, it always is a good idea to make as many ingredients in advance as possible, particularly where Kitchen Recipes are concerned, as Power is limited to a default of 30.  More Power can be obtained from the various Gift Bags that can be received as Rewards for having Decorations on your own Farm or visiting Neighbouring Farms.  Even so, it is a good idea to make some of the Basic Recipes for use in the future.

When one studies the new Recipes, one can see a need for Beef Sausage and Turkey Sausage.  If you do not have these in the Barn, you may wish to make a fair number of both.  That requires Pasture to feed the Limousin Cattle to produce Beef and Rice to feed the Turkey to produce Turkey Meat.  One then needs the Salami Machine to produce the Sausage.  You will need to make a Dish called Sliced Sausages using 2 Beef Sausage and 1 Turkey Sausage for each.  More details are given in the paragraph about Moon Festival VII but suffice it to say now that you will need a total of 60 Beef Sausage and 30 Turkey Sausage to complete the task.

There is an Ice Cream Recipe that requires Grape Ice Cream as one of the Ingredients.  If you do not have any in your Barn, you may wish to make some.  You will need only 20 Grape Ice Cream for this Recipe.  If you do not have an Ice Cream Machine, you do need to buy one as Ice Cream of various types is featured in the Moon Festival Quest sequence.

In this case, the Collections Mission has only one Reward, and this is a Laurus Tree that can be purchased in the Market for 6 RC.  Placement of two Panda Toys is one of the Tasks in the Quest sequence, so you should try to redeem these as soon as possible.  You can find Elixirs randomly in ANYTHING in this Mission, which makes matters easier.

You will need a total of 70 Mooncake Dough as an ingredient for Recipes required in Moon Festival VII.  It is best to make all of these in advance if you can.  You will need to make 70 Dishes to complete Moon Festival VII, each of which uses Mooncake Dough as one of the ingredients!

Furthermore, as indicated earlier, you will need to make Sliced Sausages as one of the ingredients in the 30 Sausage Mooncakes in Moon Festival VII.    The Nut Mooncakes require two Recipes as ingredients.  One of these is the Mooncake Dough and the other is Nut Paste.  In other words, Moon Festival VII is one of the most Power-intensive Quests that you will experience.  

I personally always find the seafood items the most difficult to obtain for these time-restricted Quests.  You will need a total of 8 Seaweed and 10 Smoked Mackerel for Moon Festival x.


New Recipes have been added to the Kitchen Menu as follows:

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Mooncake Dough: 144 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients: Wheat Flour x 2, Honey x 2

Nut Paste: 188 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients: Nut Mix, Maple Syrup

Nut Mooncake: 371 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients: Mooncake Dough, Nut Paste

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Sliced Sausages: 228 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients: Beef Salami x 2, Turkey Sausage

Sausage Mooncake: 389 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Sliced Sausages, Mooncake Dough

Ice Cream Mooncake: 273 Coins, 1 XP
  Ingredients:  Grape Ice Cream, Mooncake Dough

History and Significance of the Autumn Moon Festival
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Known as the Autumn Moon Festival, it is considered the second most important Festival according to the Lunar Calendar.  In 2014, the Autumn Moon Festival will be celebrated from 6 September to 8 September, although the actual main day of the Festival will be 8 September.

Originally a Han Festival, the Autumn Moon Festival has been celebrated by all the people of China for many centuries.  The most popular tale that is associated with this Festival is that of Chang'e and her husband Hou Yi.  This is the tale that is told by Felicia in the Moon Festival Quest in Seaside.

The story is associated with a period of extreme drought.  It is said that, at that time, there were 10 Suns in the heavens, causing a terrible heat and drought in the world.  The hero Hou Yi shot down nine of the suns, leaving only a single sun in the sky.

People came from everywhere to see the amazing man who had saved the world from drought. One of these individuals was a man named Peng Meng.   Later, Hou Yi married a very beautiful woman named Chang'E.

Wangmu, the Queen of Heaven encountered Hou Yi one day when he was on his way to meet his friend Peng Meng.  She presented him with a special Elixir that would cause him to ascend instantly to heaven to become a god.  Instead of drinking it himself, Hou Yi took it to his wife and asked her to keep it.  Regrettably, Peng Meng saw his friend give the Elixir to Chang'E.

Three days later, when Hou Yi was out hunting, Peng Meng visited the house to confront Chang'E, demanding that she give the Elixir to him.  Chang'E swallowed the Elixir herself rather than yielding to a man who had proven to be a false friend to her husband.  She then flew into the heavens, but her great love for her husband sent her to the Moon which is the heavenly body that is closest to the Earth.

When Hou Yi returned home to find that his wife had vanished from the Earth, he cried out her name.  Suddenly, a figure that resembled the dear form of his beloved appeared in the Moon.  He then offered the food that she loved most to her and, following his example, the people of the land began to offer sacrifices to Chang'E with their prayers for peace and good fortune.

Sacrifice to the Moon is a very ancient custom and not restricted to China.  There are other legends that are associated with the Moon and one concerns the Rabbit.

Three immortals once incarnated themselves into three old people, then begged for food from a fox, a monkey and a rabbit.  The fox and the monkey both gave food to the immortals but the Rabbit had none to give.  The Rabbit cried, 'You can eat me!' and leapt into the fire.  The immortals were so moved by the sacrifice of the Rabbit that they sent the animal to the Moon to become an immortal Jade Rabbit.  Since then, the Rabbit can be seen in the Moon, residing with Chang'E in the Moon Palace, and pounding immortal medicine for all those who reside in the heavens.

Another Chinese legend that is associated with the Moon concerns a man from the time of the Han Dynasty named Wu Gang.  He attempted to follow the immorals into heaven to become one of them but made an error and therefore was banished to the Moon to chop the Laurel Tree  This Tree grows in front of the Moon Palace.  Each time it is cut down, it will grow back instantly.  Cutting it down eternally is the punishment of Wu Gang.

The Laurel Tree has been associated with immortality as well as victory throughout the world even in the most ancient cultures.  The Greeks and Romans believed that chewing the leaves of the laurel would allow humans to contact the gods.   The seers chewed laurel leaves before they made pronouncements about the future.  Laurel leaves were burned as well to create visions.   One of the most famous was the Oracle of Delphi who both chewed laurel and bay and inhaled the fumes of the burnt leaves as well as drinking from the sacred waters before entering the altered state of consciousness to deliver pronouncements that were considered to be communications from the gods.

In China, the special food of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival always has been the Moon Cake.  This is a special round cake that often is filled with delicacies such as nuts and honey.