13 July 2018

Adventure in Laos Quest and Sinhs Collection Mission



A new 11 day Quest has been released in tandem with a Collection Mission.  The traditional Quest sequence is 'Adventure in Laos'.  The Collection Mission gives a Laab Stove House Recipe.

Note from Freyashawk:  If any Facebook Groups wish to post a link to this site, they are welcome to do so, but I would hope that they would not simply copy information from this site without crediting me for it.  To complete these Quests quickly, I use multiple resources including Rainbow Rain and often spend RC to skip a task if I cannot perform it in a timely manner otherwise.  I do this in order to write this strategy guide for other farmers, so they can plan ahead.  Please respect the work I do and at least give me credit.  Many thanks.

I would like to thank the farmers who vote for HM. Freyashawk in the Farm Beauty Contest.  It is inspiring to me to have your support.  I always write a post for farmers about the Contest and how to maximise their farms for Character votes.  Where rank is concerned, however, I rely on YOUR votes.  I always am very grateful to those who are willing to send their votes to HM. Freyashawk.  I always hope that if the farm is able to rank in the top ten, it may direct new players to this guide.  Beyond that, it simply makes me feel that my work here is appreciated.  As you can see, I allow no advertising and the site is open to ALL users whether or not you are registered on Google.  This game has become increasingly complex since I created this site over five years ago... I hope to be able to continue to add the new options as they are released.  I do not allow comments on this site but if you need help with the game, feel free to find familyfarmseaside.blogspot.com on Facebook and send me a message there.

Strategy for new Farmers
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This particular 11 day Quest sequence should be a little easier for lower level Farmers than the last one.  You do need access both to the Island and to the Sea Resort and a few premium Trees, but you do not need another Stove House Recipe apart from the one that is given as a Reward for completing this Collection Mission.  The first half of the Quest gives a piece of furniture for Darryl's House as a special Reward and the second half gives a Purple Box Decoration for the Seaside Farm.

Do try to complete the Collection Mission even if you cannot complete the traditional Quest sequence.  Once the Quest expires, you will be able to purchase the new Stove House Recipe from the Market directly but the cost will be in RC.  If at all possible, complete the Collection Mission and obtain the Recipe without cost!

If you cannot complete all tasks, try to complete sets of four at least.  After the Quest expires, it may appear as a Lighthouse Mission but you activate those in quarters.  If you do not complete an entire quarter, you will be forced to complete all the tasks in that quarter again.  Moreover, the Collection Missions are NOT included in the Lighthouse, so again, another reason to complete that within the 11 day period.

Note that the Clam Friendship Flower is a special timed reward that is given only if you register all three Collection Set items before the timer expires.  It is a 'real' Friendship Flower at Level 1 and when crossbred will produce a Level 2 Flower.  It is a good reward because it is a Friendship Flower that you can place in a neighbour's Botanic Garden without having spent RC and without having been fortunate enough to obtain a Friendship Flower in crossbreeding.  It is one of the easier ways to complete your Botanic Garden Flower Book.  The Friendship Flowers that are purchased for cash in special sales ordinarily do NOT produce Friendship Flowers when crossbred unless the developers have changed the nature of these!  They will give both the host and the owner RC rewards and other Rewards as well and can produce a 'rare' Level 2 Flower like the Super Lily or Jagger Lips, but they do not produce Level 2 Cupcake, Level 2 Lollipop Flowers and so on.

Tip:  Where a timed Quest has a large number of tasks that can use Batch Production, I recommend that you set your Monkey Boost to decrease the amount of OP used for any Animal or Machine.

Sinhs Collection Mission requires:
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70 Green Sinh from Chardonnay
50 Blue Sinh from Buffalo Milk
30 Yellow Sinh from Mayonnaise
10 Red Sinh from Nutmeg

Laab Stove House Recipe:

Ingredients: 1 Beef, 3 Rice, 1 Thai Fish Sauce, 1 Spinach, 5 Power
Place all ingredients and set timer for 25 seconds.  Tap Finish as soon as Bronze Star activates.

Please note:  Anne helped with the following Crop Lists and Batch Production Lists from the Tango version of the game.  I have completed the Quest now myself, however, and have verified all of them.

Crop List
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40 Pasture
40 Clover
40 Rice
50 Spinach
60 Lilies
40 Red Algae (Sea Resort)

Batch Production List
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40 Beef
8 Orange Jam
40 Buffalo Milk  (N.B.  This is required for the Collection Mission as well, so make certain you perform this while you still need the Sinhs.)
40 Turkey
40 Wheat Bread
30 Lily Bouquets
50 Wool
60 Ostrich Feathers
4 Smoked Saury
40 Daffodil Sea Urchin Lamps (Sea Resort)
8 Tiramisu
8 Parrot Feathers (Island)
60 Ostrich Hats (Island)

Premium Trees:

Nutmeg Tree (Collection)
Red Pear Tree
Tangerine Tree
Chocolate Tree

Premium Trees can be purchased from the Tree Department of the Market, but you will find them randomly in the Daily Deals section for TC rather than RC and randomly in the Green Mystron Shop.  If you are willing to spend RC, it often is a good strategy to look at the Special Sales Offers for a bundle that combines a Tree you will need for this Mission with a Theme decoration for the Farm Beauty Contest and some RC or Farm Aids.  Ultimately you will need all of the premium Trees in this game.  When a task consists of harvesting the Tree, you cannot buy the product from a neighbour but must have the Tree itself or use even more RC than the Tree would cost to skip the task.

High Level Tips
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Strategy:  If you wish to complete this early, although you do have 11 days, do not let your Pets open all Chests before you reach the task that requires 12 Chests opened.  Do not cast a Net either if you have the Fishing College/Fishery unlocked as you will need to use the Dolphin Hook.

Adventure In Laos Quest
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Adventures in Laos 1
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Felicia:  Greetings, Farmer.  Sorry I did not notice you sooner.  You see, I am busy packing my suitcase.  I'm going on a trip and you are invited as well.

Harvest 40 Pasture
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 40 Beef
  Skip for 10 RC

Harvest 8 Oranges
  Skip for 8 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 160 XP

Felicia:  I am participating in a cultural exchange trip to Laos.  It is going to be amazing!

Adventure in Laos 2
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Felicia:  I am still learning about this country so do not worry if you do not know that much yet.  This is our opportunity to learn!  I bought a few books about the language and culture that I can lend to you if you wish.

Harvest 40 Clover
  Skip for 10 RC

Collect 20 Jars of Honey
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 8 jars of Orange Jam
  Skip for 8 RC

Rewards: 2500 Coins, 160 XP

Felicia:  No time to read.  I need a good rest before our flight.  Good night!

Adventure in Laos 3
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Felicia:  Are you ready for our flight to Laos?  I know I'm not!  I was going to try to read about local customs and beliefs at least, but I fell asleep.  I hope I will not embarrass myself!

Harvest 8 Coconuts
  Skip for 8 RC

Produce 40 Bottles of Buffalo Milk
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 8 Coconut Milk
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Coconut and 2 Sugar

Reward: 2500 Coins, 170 XP

Felicia:  Our itinerary looks impressive.  Laos is very diverse, both geographically and culturally.  We are bound to see some amazing views.

Adventure in Laos 4
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Felicia:  We first are going to visit the Plain of Jars.  Legend claims that the jars were made by Giants who once inhabited this place.

Harvest 40 Rice
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 8 Sticky Rice
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Rice and 1 Coconut Milk

Dig 12 Chests on the Paths
  Skip for 4 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 170 XP

Felicia:  We spent hours hiking on the plateau and the view was breathtaking!

Special Reward: Mission Gift Box

Adventure in Laos 5
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Felicia:  It has been a long day.  I am exhausted and my feet are killing me!  I'm afraid I had to remove my hiking shoes while we were on the bus to air them a bit.

Produce 40 Turkeys
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 40 Loaves of Wheat Bread
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 3 bottles of Thai Fish Sauce
  Skip for 3 RC

  Each requires 2 Salt and 1 Tilapia

Reward: 2500 Coins, 180 RC

Felicia:  Hmm, the locals are staring at us and they look uncomfortable.  I wonder why!

Adventure in Laos 6
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Felicia:  I looked for an answer in my guide.  Feet are considered impure in Laos and it is rude to allow the public to see them.  I didn't know that!

Fish with the Dolphin Style Hook 8 times
  Skip for 8 RC
  Note that you can 'Miss' a catch to stretch your default 7 casts to 8.

Process 3 Giant Tiger Prawns in the Seafood House
  Skip for 3 RC
  N.B.  This task requires that you process them but you needn't have caught them.  You can trade other fish in the Fish Market if need be to use Shells to buy the Giant Tiger Prawn.  It takes 20 minutes to process 1 Giant Tiger Prawn but the task counts as soon as the item enters the slot.

Prepare 6 Delicate Fish Cookies
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 4 Gulfweed and 1 Giant Tiger Prawn
  Note that the ingredient is the raw Giant Tiger Prawn, not the ones you are processing!

Reward: 2500 Coins, 180 XP

Felicia:  I asked my friends to remove their bare feet from the bus seats in front of them but they laughed and told me to chill...

Adventure in Laos 7
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Felicia: I think I was right to be sensitive to local beliefs frankly!  We arrived at our next stop, a beautiful golden temple, exquisitely decorated.  I can't wait to explore it!

Harvest 50 Spinach
  Skip for 12 RC

Cook 3 Laab in the Stove House
  Reward from the Collection Mission
  Skip for 12 RC

Ingredients: 1 Beef, 3 Rice, 1 Thai Fish Sauce, 1 Spinach, 5 Power
Place all ingredients and set timer for 25 seconds.  Tap Finish as soon as Bronze Star activates.

Prepare 8 dishes of Spinach Quiche
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Spinach and 1 Nutmeg

Reward: 2500 Coins, 190 XP

Felicia:  Visitors should cover their knees and shoulders before entering the temple.  I am glad I bought this sinh.

Adventures in Laos 8
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Felicia:  A Sinh is a traditional Laos skirt or outfit.  I bought mine at a street market yesterday.  Let me try it on now.  What do you think, Farmer?  Are the girls laughing at me?  Why?

Harvest 8 Red Pears
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 8 Honey Red Pear Smoothies
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 3 Honey and 1 Red Pear

Prepare 8 Rice Krispies
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Rice and 2 Mayonnaise

Reward: 2500 Coins, 190 XP

Felicia:  Sadly, the girls here prefer mini skirts and shorts!  Ha ha.  They actually mocked me and said I was unfashionable!

Special Reward: Fancy White Tea Table for Darryl's House, takes 3 minutes to register in Gallery

Adventures in Laos 9
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Felicia:  I really wanted to enjoy this trip but my friends are bringing me down.  They even refuse to walk with me... I guess I will go sightseeing without them.

Harvest 60 Lilies
  Skip for 15 RC

Produce 30 Lily Bouquets
  Skip for 15 RC

Prepare 6 Blueberry Krispy Bars
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 1 Rice Krispies and 2 Blueberry Jam

Reward: 2500 Coins, 200 XP

Felicia:  Fortunately, I have my guide and camera with me... and you, dear Farmer!  I can take some great photographs and we can have fun.

Adventures in Laos 10
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Felicia:  As I was exploring, I noticed a group of monks in orange robes.  Their clothing looked so bright against the background of white walls and blue skies.  A perfect photograph I thought!

Produce 50 bundles of Wool
  Skip for 12 RC

Harvest 8 Oak Wood
  Skip for 8 RC

Produce 8 Wooden Cylinders in the Sawmill
  Skip for 8 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 200 XP

Felicia:  One more photo please... frame not quite right!  Wait, what is that noise?

Adventure in Laos 11
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Felicia: My friends found the monks.  They began to giggle and crowd round them.  Some of them took out their smartphones and took selfies... they even hugged the monks!

Produce 60 Ostrich Feathers
  Skip for 15 RC

Craft 6 Wooden Aroma Bottles
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 2 Wool Yarn and 1 Cedar Wood and 1 Power in Island Workshop

Craft 6 Lily Aroma Bottles
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 1 Wooden Aroma Bottle, 1 Lily Essential Oil and 1 Distilled Water, taking 8 minutes to complete, but task counts as soon as item enters Beauty Shop slot.

Reward: 2500 Coins, 210 XP

Felicia:  You are absolutely correct, Farmer! It is rude and unseemly to touch the monks or pose for selfies without their permission!

Adventure in Laos 12
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Felicia:  They ruined my photo as well.  I am ready to cry... and that made them laugh harder!

Harvest 6 Chocolates
  Skip for 6 RC

Prepare 6 Turron
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 3 Rice and 1 Chocolate

Prepare 6 Chocolate Dream Bars
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 1 Blueberry Krispy Bar and 2 Chocolates

Reward: 2500 Coins, 210 XP

Felicia:  The nightmare appeared to go on forever, but finally a security guard appeared to tell every one to leave.

Special Reward: Island Mission Gift Box

Adventure in Laos 13
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Felicia:  So that is the end of my great Laos adventure.  I could not hold back my tears as we were guided towards the exit.  Then some one began to call me and tapping my shoulder!

Harvest 40 Red Algae
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 4 pieces of Smoked Saury in the Smokehouse
  Skip for 4 RC

  N.B.  You can use Goldfinger if you do not have any Saury but you also can purchase Saury with Shells from the Fish Market if needed

Prepare 8 Vegetable Rolls
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 3 Wheat Flour and 3 Spinach

Reward: 2500 Coins, 220 XP

Felicia:  It was a kind woman wearing a sinh much like mine.  What does she want?

Adventure in Laos 14
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Felicia:  She told me she witnessed the entire incident and knew I was not to blame.  In fact, she was impressed with my interest in Laos culture.  She introduced herself as the Head of the local Ethnology Museum.

Prepare 8 dishes of Fried and Stewed Saury
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Smoked Saury and 4 Red Bell Pepper

Produce 40 Daffodil Lamps
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 8 Tiramisu
  Skip for 8 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 220 XP

Felicia:  She invited me to visit her museum, to see the real culture of Laos.

Adventure in Laos 15
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Felicia:  She told me all about the minorities in Laos, as well as all of the arts and crafts.  She taught me how to weave my own sinh and make traditional dishes.  She was absolutely wonderful and I had a great time!

Harvest 8 Tangerines
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 8 Tangerine Chocolates
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Tangerine and 2 Chocolates

Prepare 8 Tangerine Pies
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Tangerine and 1 Soft Dough

Reward: 2500 Coins, 230 XP

Felicia:  afterwards, she told me I would be welcome always at the museum.  I can volunteer to work there if I wish as well!

Adventure in Laos 16
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As for my former friends, I heard that they spent the rest of the trip in their hotel rooms.  No one wished to be a tour guide for them and they had no idea where to go!

Produce 8 Parrot Feathers
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 8 Tangerine Snack Sets
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Tangerine Chocolate and 1 Tangerine Pie

Produce 60 Ostrich Hats
  Skip for 15 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 230 XP

Felicia: I hope they will respect other cultures in the future.  See you next trip!

Special Reward: Elephant Doll Decoration for Seaside

Collection Set
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This Collection Set consists of the Nutmeg Tree, the Fancy White Tea Table (Darryl's House) and the Elephant Doll Decoration.  Register all three before the time expires to claim a Clam Friendship Flower as well as the usual Rewards of 88 Green Mystrons and 1 RC.

04 July 2018

Football Championship Farm Beauty Contest



A new Farm Beauty Contest has been released.  It is based on a World Cup Theme, and is named the Football Champion Contest.  It features an old Base called the Farm Stadium Base.  The three new Theme Decorations are included in the Theme Book.

This post is designed to allow you to gain as many Votes as possible from the four characters by maximising your own Farm to achieve the highest number of Votes in every Category.

The Farm Beauty Contest can be confusing and difficult for new player.  Often, they are unaware of their own ability to increase the Votes from the 4 Characters to the point where they can obtain the Reward Decoration without any votes from their Neighbours.  It requires a little planning.  This post was created to show you how to do precisely that.  Every aspect of the Farm Beauty Contest as well as the rules by which each Category operates is covered here.

Remember ALWAYS that the votes you receive from the Characters are based on your current 'Snapshot'.  If you change your farm to obtain more votes, always take a new photograph or Character votes will not change!  You do not need to take a photograph more than once, however, if you set up your farm for maximum Character votes at the very start.

One more point about the 'Snapshot'.  If you play on more than one device, you may see your Photograph only on the device you were using when you submitted it.  Do not fret about this!  It remains valid for the duration of the Contest, even if you do not see it on your other devices.

Theme List now complete with values in terms of Theme Votes as well as where and how to obtain each.  This Contest gives multiple vote values to many old Decorations and for the very first time, a potential total of 12 Votes per day for the new Mermaid Princess.

Note from Freyashawk:
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 I created this site 5 years ago shortly after the game first was released.  I maintain and update it with all new Quests and new options, as well as posts like this to help players with every aspect of the game.  I may not be the best farmer in the world, but if this site is useful to you, please vote for HM. Freyashawk in the Farm Beauty Contest.  Your vote for the farm is a vote of confidence for the site.  It is not a matter of personal ego but rather the desire to make players aware of the site.  When HM. Freyashawk places in the top ten in the Farm Beauty Contest, it reminds players that both this site and my Facebook groups for this game exist and, one hopes, can help them with any aspects of the game when needed.

Note to new Farmers
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I believe that the Farm Beauty Contest still is unlocked at Level 30.  Even at that Level, it IS possible to maximise your Farm to obtain enough votes from the Characters to receive the Decoration Reward for having 4000 Votes.

You must start on the first day, however, with the best possible configuration, if you are at the lower levels and have not played long enough to have acquired many of the Theme items.

Tips:  Where Landscape Points are concerned, try to find a Buddy who is at a high level who will send you paths as Gifts.  If you are able and willing to spend RC, the Macaron Path and Pebble Paths can boost Landscape Point totals faster with less effort, but if you can place enough of the other Paths and make certain that your Decorations are within their sphere of influence, you can reach the necessary total for maximum votes in that category.

The theme list is to be found in the little red book in the Farm Beauty Contest Menu.  I publish a list of all Theme items in my post with details as to where and how they can be obtained.  Some Theme items originally were released as Mission Rewards.  In many cases, these old Missions can be activated from the Lighthouse and you can obtain the Decoration without paying RC for it.  Others can be purchased directly from the Gallery using Blue or Yellow Mystrons.  Try to do it at the start, however whenever possible and make certain that, should you improve your farm's configuration, you take a new screenshot immediately!  You do not have to take more than one screenshot during the course of the contest UNLESS you obtain items that improve the Character vote totals.

Every day counts!  Count the total number of votes you receive from the four Characters at the end of the first day of the Contest and then see how you can improve this number if, multiplied by 20 (days), you do not have 4000 Votes as the projected total.

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The Football Championship Farm Beauty Contest
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 The old Farm Stadium Base is a Theme Decoration worth 2 votes per day from 3 of the 4 characters, meaning a potential 6 Votes per day for Theme.

You can own a total of 3 Farm Stadium Bases and can purchase it in the Market for 2000 Coins unfinished.  When purchased, it will be unfinished.  If you have a completed Base, you will not be able to purchase materials using the various Mystrons but if you never completed the first Base or never had one, you can find all materials in the Mystrons Shops.

The 2nd Base materials can be purchased in the form of a Farm Stadium Bag containing all materials.  Cost is 20 RC.  The 3rd Base materials can be purchased for 2000 TC in the same way.


OBTAINING THE REWARD DECORATION
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You need a total of 4000 Votes by the end of the Contest to receive the significant reward which is the Decoration.  Almost any farmer should be able to maximise the Votes of the 4 Characters to obtain this even without a single vote from a Neighbour.  You basically need a total of 200 Votes per day.

If you care about this, register your farm on the first day with maximum votes from the 4 Characters using the guidelines below.

For the Avatar, you need 300 votes per day, but with the recent changes in Character Votes, it is not impossible by any means to reach these totals from the Character votes alone.  If you are receiving 300 votes per day from the four Characters, you will obtain the Avatar by the end of the Contest.  To obtain 300 Votes per day from the Characters alone, you need to have reached Level 90.  If all other categories give you the maximum number of votes, Level 80 - 90 will leave you short of 300 by only 1 Vote per day, however.

VOTE CATEGORY CHANGES
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There are two significant changes from former Contests that became active in the last Contest.  The first is the addition of Pets as a Vote category for Grandma in the form of 'pets with fancy equipment'. The second is a decrease in the totals for the Levels required for Dad's Vote for 'high level farm'.

Pet Category
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The total number of Votes that can be given by Grandma for Pets is 12.  Equipment (the collars, scarves and bow ties and so on) that you forge in the Factory each count for 1 Vote.  Apparel counts for the other Votes and it does not matter if it is premium Apparel or Temporary Apparel or even duplicate Apparel.  All will count equally.  A Buddy Pet does NOT count.  That was a glitch.

PETS MUST BE OUTSIDE THE PET HOUSE TO COUNT!

In other words, to gain 12 Votes from Grandma each day for the Pet Category, you need a total of 4 Pets, each wearing a piece of equipment and 2 pieces of apparel.

Some Pets cannot use three accessories.  For example,  the Kangaroo, although you can dress them in hats, do not have the second accessory and the Kangaroo cannot be equipped with any collar or other accessory that can be forged in the Factory.  You therefore need to make certain that the four active Pets do not include a Kangaroo at the point in which the photograph is taken.

High Level Farms
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This has changed a few times through the years but I only know for certain that Freyashawk at Level 117 received 15/18 votes for 'high level farm' from Dad.  At Level 120, HM. Freyashawk now receives 16/18 votes from Dad for 'high level farm'.   This was NOT the case in the earlier Farm Beauty Contests.  At Level 145, another player received 18/18 but I believe the actual level requirement for maximum votes in this category is lower.


Basic Rules
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It is your current photograph of your Farm or 'snapshot' that determines the Votes from the 4 Characters in the game every day.  In previous Contests, a Theme decoration often would be counted if it had been placed on the Farm, even if it had not been registered yet.  I think now it is a good idea to register all theme items as quickly as possible.

Balance and variety always is the key in these contests.  You need a variety of Crops, Animals, Trees, Machines and Theme Decorations on your farm to maximise the votes from the 4 Characters.  If you design your Farm for maximum votes from the 4 Characters, you should not need ANY Votes from your Neighbours to obtain the Theme Decoration Reward that requires a total of 4000 Votes by the end of the Contest.

Duplicates never have counted where Crops, Trees, Animals, Machines and Decorations are concerned.  I doubt that has changed.  The only change really is that duplicates of Pet Equipment and Apparel DO count.

Crops
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Have at least 16 different Crops on your Farm to obtain maximum Votes from Darryl for 'variety of Crops'.  You may need less but Crops are easy to plant.  They do not have to be mature when you take the photo to count.

Trees
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Try to have 16 different types of Trees ON YOUR FARM when you take the photograph.  Trees in the Tree Nursery will not be counted.  Again, you may need fewer than 16 types but it does not hurt to be safe to obtain maximum votes from Grandma for 'enough Trees'.


Animals
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Beehives and Butterfly Houses as well as the Bat House are considered Animals so every different TYPE of Beehive or Butterfly House counts but duplicates of any type of Animal do NOT Count. You should not need a total of 16 different types of Animal to obtain maximum votes from Felicia for Animals but again, if you have 16, use them.

Machines
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In Contests in the past, you only needed a total of 12 different machines to obtain maximum Votes from Dad for Machines but this may have changed.  Players claimed that the Salad Machine gave 2 Votes instead of 1, but never confirmed that.  In any case, duplicates do not count and if you can cram 16 onto your Farm before you take the photo, better to be safe than sorry.

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Both Felicia and Dad give Votes for 'Big Farms'.  The good news is that you do not need many expansions on your original farm to obtain 16/16 from each of them.  A farmer who does not have even the 23 x 23 Expansion will obtain maximum 16/16 votes in this category!

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Only Grandma does not vote for Theme, so you have Theme Votes from three out of four farm characters.  The Theme List always can be found in the little Red Book in the Farm Beauty Contest Menu.  I will include a list below as well with the price of each Decoration if you can purchase it and how to do so in each case.

Gallery Registration
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Register as many items as possible BEFORE you take your photograph to maximise this Category.

Both Darryl and Grandma give Votes for Gallery... furthermore, you obtain rewards from the Gallery when you register any item.

Landscape
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'Beautiful Paths' is the term for your Landscape Point total.  As three of the four Characters vote for this Category, it is a very good idea to have Paths on your Farm and place as many Decorations as possible within their 'sphere of influence'.  I have covered the details of Paths and Landscaping elsewhere on this site.  The better the Path, the more points you receive when Decorations are placed next to it or near it.  The Macaron Path, Pebble Path and Snow Path each are worth 50 Landscape Points.  The Snow Path no longer is available but the other two can be purchased in the Paths Menu for 1 RC each.  The Wooden Path is worth 35 Landscape Points and costs 50000 Coins.  Next best is the Forest Path worth 25 Landscape Points with a price of 15000 Coins.  If you have Buddies, however, they can send Forest Paths and Stone and Flower Paths to you.  To send, go to the Special Gifts Buddy Menu.  You can send a Stone and Flower Path to a Buddy for 4000 Coins and a Forest Path for 12000 Coins.  You actually can send a Macaron Path to a Buddy for 1 RC.  There are Buddy Level requirements for sending some of the Special Gifts.

Remember that Landscape Point total is the total of the value of ALL the Paths PLUS the Decorations that are close enough to those Paths to boost Points.

In the past, you needed less than 2300 Landscape Points to achieve maximum... not certain what the current requirement is but here are some farmers who have less than that and their results in the current contest:


1059 Landscape Points: 16/24 Votes

1421 Landscape Points: 19/24 Votes

1484 Landscape Points: 20/24 Votes

1720 Landscape Points: 21/24 Votes


How to Maximise Landscape Points
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First of all, you will not be able to move any Paths or perhaps even set any new Paths now if you have Pets roaming about your Farm.  You must place all of them in the Pet House before you can set new Paths or move existing Paths, including Water Paths as well as those on the land.

Remember that placement of Decorations and Bases is everything.  A Decoration or Base will give additional Landscape Points only if it is placed near a Path that has not used its maximum number of Points yet.  For example, the Macaron Path can give a boost of 50 Landscape Points when Decorations are placed close to it.  Once that amount is reached, however, piling more Decorations or Bases near it counts for nothing.  Use the Move Tool to hover over various spots to see how your Landscape Points will be affected.


Pet Category
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This is a new Category and only Grandma votes for it.  To gain 12 Votes from Grandma each day for the Pet Category, you need a total of 4 Pets, each wearing a piece of equipment and 2 pieces of apparel.  A Buddy Pet on your Farm at the time you take your photograph will NOT count.  That was a temporary glitch.

You can purchase apparel for a temporary period in order to take a snapshot that will give you more Votes for this category.

High Level Farm
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Only Dad gives votes for a 'high level farm'.  At Level 117, HM. Freyashawk received only 11 Votes for this category in previous contests but now is receiving 16/18 at Level 120.

Here are some current results:

Level 40: 6/18 Votes

Level 47: 6/18 Votes

Level 48: 7/18 Votes

Level 63: 8/18

Level 76: 10/18 Votes

Level 79: 10/18 Votes

(Thanks to my neighbours who sent this information to me)


Theme Items
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This Contest differs from many of the early Contests  in that you can obtain multiple votes from the Characters by having Theme Decorations from the past, rather than being forced to buy the NEW premium Theme decorations to gain a high score from theme.  I am listing the values below.  I am not certain if this is intended or not, however, as well as the odd omission currently of the three NEW premium Decorations from the Theme Book.

N.B.  Go directly to the Gallery to see if a Decoration is available for purchase now.  I will add more information later about the Theme items that are available in the Lucky Wheel/Buddy Share Box.  I have listed those that can be found currently in the Wheel but had no luck whatsoever landing on any of them when I spun my Wheel so am collecting prices slowly.

Please be aware that often you can find premium decorations both in a current special sale offer on the top right of your screen AND in one of the Boutique Shops in your Market.  If you see the item in a special sale offer, however, you are best served by purchasing it in that way, as it usually is bundled with other items, including farm aids and/or Stove House Recipes and RC.  These sale offers expire at different times so the items I have listed below may no longer be available in a special sale offer in a day or two.

Theme Decorations
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This time, there is one Tree that features in Theme in the form of the Linden Tree.

New Premium Decorations
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Screen with Football: 2 votes from each of 3 Characters daily if you have not reached maximum for Theme; that means a potential total of 6 votes per day for theme

Football Fan Jessie: 3 votes from each of 3 Characters daily if you have not reached maximum for Theme; that means a potential total of 9 votes per day for theme for this decoration alone

Football Fan Jason: 2 votes from each of 3 Characters daily if you have not reached maximum for Theme; that means a potential total of 6 votes per day for them for this decoration

In other words, if you have all three of the new premium Decorations, it can boost your Theme votes from the Characters to maximum probably without any other Theme decorations on your farm: these alone are worth 27 points for theme.

Coin Decorations
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Balloon Gate: Purchase in Market

Old Theme Decorations
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Farm Stadium Base: from past, can be purchased in Market; details given above; 2 votes from 3 characters per day

Boxing Bear: Premium decoration from past: 2 votes from 3 characters each; available from Ornate Boutique

Batting Chimp: Premium decoration from pas: 2 votes from 3 characters each; available from Ornate Boutique

Marathon Fox: from past mission: can obtain from Lighthouse Mission now, Green Dream Mission; found now in Lucky Wheel/Share Box as well for 12 RC

Tennis Fox: Premium Decoration from past; available in Fancy Boutique

Red Panda Pitcher: premium decoration from past; available in Fancy Boutique

Bobo Bear's Guitar: premium decoration from past, available now in special sale offer

Bobo Bear's Bicycle: premium decoration from past, available now in special sale offer

Bobo Bear in Tent: premium decoration from past: 2 votes from 3 characters each

Cheerleader Bunny: premium decoration from past; available from Lovely Boutique

Umpire Owl: premium decoration from past; available from Lovely Boutique

Bobo Bear's Fish BBQ: premium decoration from past; available in special sale offer

Scoreboard: Calendar Reward from past; found now in Lucky Wheel/Share Box for 15 RC

Firework Sticks: Calendar Reward from past

Farm Podium: Reward from past Beauty Contest

Baseball Gloves: Reward from past Beauty Contest

Playhouse Tent: Reward from current timed Mission

Ball Basket; Reward from past Collection Activity

Mini Golf: Reward from past Mission: may be able to access from Lighthouse now; found in Lucky Wheel/Share Box now as well

Bobo Bear's Bike: Premium Decoration from the past; included now in special sale offer

Punching Bag: Reward from past Collection activity

Darryl Greek Statue: Reward from past Mission; may be able to access from Lighthouse; found now in Lucky Wheel/Share Box as well

Badminton Statue: Reward from past Mission; found now in Lucky Wheel/Share Box as well for 15 RC

Weight Rack: Reward from past Collection Activity

Unnamed hedge looks like 2018 World Cup Logo: Reward for 4000 votes in current Farm Beauty Contest; not named yet in Gallery or in Theme book

29 June 2018

Triathlon Quest and Toy Parachutes Collection Mission

A new 11 day Quest has been released in tandem with a Collection Mission.  The reward for the Collection Mission is another 'Collectable' in the form of an Oregano Pot.  The Reward for completing the first half of the Triathlon Quest sequence is a Fancy Tea Table for Darryl's House.  It is worth 5 House Points.

All tasks, Crop List, Batch Production List, Premium Items List and Collection Set details as well as strategy tips are included below.

HM. Freyashawk and Farm Beauty Contest
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Before I begin, I wish to thank all of the wonderful Farmers who voted for HM. Freyashawk in the last Farm Beauty Contest.  Without your help, I would have been unable to rank in the top ten list of Farmers worldwide.  I know I am not the 'best' Farmer in the game but I do hope that my work on this guide is helpful always, and your Votes in the Farm Beauty Contest do inspire me to continue.  I need to organise some of my older posts to update them and consolidate information but you should be able to find information about every aspect of this game on this site.  My heartfelt gratitude again for your confidence in me that is represented by your Votes!  I do not allow any advertising on my site, and obviously there is no financial gain in this.  I do it to try to make the game more enjoyable for farmers.  In the course of the past five years, I have made so many amazing friends because of this game and that is a reward beyond price.

Note from Freyashawk
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Any one is welcome to post a link to this post or my site in his/her Facebook Group or elsewhere.  Please, please, however, give me credit for my work.  I make this site available to EVERY ONE even though I have a Facebook Group for Seaside.  I do not force any one to join my group to obtain details about Quests or other game information.  Any one with game questions is welcome to contact me on Facebook at familyfarmseaside.blogspot.com as well with a message.  I am more than happy to assist any one.

Collection Mission:
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70 Red Toy Parachutes from Red Roses
50 Green from White Wine
30 Yellow from Turkey Sausage
10 Blue from Juniper Bush

Reward: Oregano Pot (Collectable)

Strategy Note from Freyashawk:
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If you are a fairly low level player or fairly new to the game, always perform the Collection Mission even if you cannot complete the traditional Quest sequence.  The item given as a Reward, whether a 'Collectable', Tree or Stove House Recipe will be available in the Market at some point AFTER the Quest expires but you will have to pay RC to obtain it usually.  (You may be able to find a Tree or Collectable randomly in a Market section for TC or Green Mystrons but that is not guaranteed.)  In this particular Quest sequence, the Oregano Pot needs to be placed in Triathlon 7.  It is suggested therefore that you start the Batch Production for the White Wine and Turkey Sausage when you first open the Quest and while you plant Red Roses and harvest them, perform the initial Quest sequences as well if you have enough space on your farm.

Most of the recent timed Quests will be added to the Missions you can perform from the Lighthouse once the timed period expires.  When accessed there, however, they will NOT include the Collection Mission that originally was linked to that Quest.  That is one reason why you always should perform the Collection Mission if you can while it is active.  You will not have another opportunity.

As far as Lighthouse Missions are concerned, the timed Quests will be divided into four parts.  If you do not complete the Quest when it originally was released, you will be given credit for every 'quarter' you completed.  In other words, Parts 1-4 is a quarter.  Parts 4-8 is the second quarter and so on.  You should be able to complete the Quest from the Lighthouse, however and obtain the Rewards that were offered originally, but this is always possible only with RECENT Quests.  Where some of the older Quests are concerned, the situation may be different. In particular, there are four old Quests that have changed to give Rewards in the form of Bedding Rolls and such rather than the original Decorations that were linked to them.

WARNING:  One of the tasks requires fishing with the Dolphin Hook so do not cast a Net if you have the Fishery/Fishing College until you have performed this task in the traditional Quest sequence.  You will need to dig Chests as well at one point in the Quest so try to save some Chests until this task is completed.

This is only important if you are a player who is driven to complete the timed Quests in a single day.  Otherwise, you will have plenty of time to do these tasks.

You will need the Autumn Beef Roast Stove House Recipe for the traditional Quest sequence.  Instructions on how to prepare it are given in the Quest sequence below.  It is very simple.

Finally, I recommend that farmers set the Monkey Boost to decrease the amount of OP required for Batch Production.  This is useful even if you do not rush through the tasks.  You do have over 11 days to complete the Quest sequence but OP can be expensive and there are many tasks in the traditional Quest sequence that require products from Animals and Machines both on Seaside and on the Island.

Using Upgraders
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Veteran farmers will not need this information but a new farmer may find it useful.  Upgraders originally were an option that was pursued primarily by high level advanced farmers as many of the 'Gadgets' require Blue Mystrons to purchase and often new farmers need those Blue Mystrons to purchase cleanable Decorations for their farms.  Now, however, the special products that can be made only with upgraded Upgraders are required for MANY options, including Farm Expansions.  The earlier you can begin to upgrade your Upgraders, therefore, the better.

One of the requirements for upgrading ANY Upgrader is to use it to produce a specific number of items.  Furthermore, at every level of upgrade, production speed is increased by 10%.  In these timed Quests and Collection Missions, many of the tasks require production of an Animal Product or Machine Product that can be performed with an Upgrader.  To do so will allow you to reach the total needed for the next upgrade faster and, depending on your Upgrader's Level, possibly increase the speed of production significantly.

Use of an Upgrader can be particularly beneficial where the Collection Missions are concerned.   I have found that the Collection of 70 special items for a Collection Mission requires production of at least 130 of the product to which that item is linked.  For 50 special items, I usually set Batch Production of the Animal/Machine to which it is linked to make 90.  If you are trying to upgrade the Upgrader for that Machine and/or Animal, the target number that is required for the next upgrade will be closer after using the Upgrader to produce the items for the Collection Mission.

In case a new player is unaware of this basic fact, Batch Production CAN be used to produce the special items required for a Collection Mission.  Where Trees are concerned, you now can collect the special item required in any Collection Mission while the Tree remains in the Tree Nursery by simply using Watering Cans/Special Watering Cans there.


Crop List:
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40 Pasture
40 Cucumbers
40 Grapes
40 Cabbages
50 Cactus (Island)
50 Kiwi (Island)

Batch Production List
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40 Beef
40 Milk
40 Buffalo Milk
40 Blueberry Jam (FDC)
40 Beef Salami
40 Ketchup
50 Buffalo Milk Cheese
8 Chestnut Flour (Island)
50 Camel Hair (Island)
50 Camel Hair Yarn (Island)
60 Dried Kiwi Fruits (Island)
20 Kiwi Fruit Bread (Island)

Premium Items
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These include:

Juniper Bush
Butternut Squash Tree
Nectarine Tree

Triathlon Quest
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Triathlon 1
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Darryl:  Greetings, farmer!  I haven't seen you in awhile.  Do you think I look fit?  I will tell you why when our chores are done but I need your help here now!

Harvest 40 Pasture
  Skip for 10 RC

Collect 40 Beef
  Skip for 10 RC

Harvest 4 Cinnamon
  Skip for 4 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 160 XP

Darryl:  Thank you for your help... now let me tell you how I managed this!

Triathlon 2
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Darryl:  I have been training recently because I plan to register for a Summer Triathlon with my friends in a fortnight.  Would you like to participate, Farmer?

Collect 20 Jars of Honey
  Skip for 10 RC

Collect 40 Bottles of Milk
  Skip for 10 RC (FDC)

Prepare 12 bars of Butter
  Skip for 12 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 160 XP

Darryl:  Come on!  It sounds like fun!  Even Felicia may join me!

Triathlon 3
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Darryl:  A Triathlon, as the name suggests consists of three different activities.  Ours will be a swimming race, bicycle race, and marathon run, in that order without allowing any breaks between them.  For the next fortnight, we need to focus on training while minimising the risk of injury.  Are you ready?

Harvest 40 Cucumbers
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 40 bottles of Buffalo Milk
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 8 Honey Syrup
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 8 Honey and 4 Milk (FDC)

Reward: 2500 Coins, 170 XP

Darryl:  We will begin our training tomorrow.  For now, go home to rest.

Triathlon 4
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Darryl:  Let's begin with a practice swim today.  We can use the big ponds behind the house.  Warm up first though!

Harvest 40 Grapes
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 40 jars of Blueberry Jam
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 8 bowls of Sour Cream
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Buffalo Milk and 2 Butter

Reward: 2500 Coins, 170 XP

Darryl:  You are great at this!  I'm a bit surprised.
(Why would you be surprised, Darryl???  I am extremely fit due to all of the unpaid work I perform on your farm!)

Special Reward: Mission Gift Box

Triathlon 5
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Darryl:  A very great man, Napoleon Bonaparte once declared that: 'An army marches on its stomach.'  Preparing for the triathlon does not mean we should not eat.  Let's grab a quick bite before we move on with our training regime.

Harvest 6 Gisela Cherries
  Skip for 6 RC

Produce 40 Beef Salami
  Skip for 10 RC (FDC)

Prepare 8 bowls of Cottage Cheese
  SKip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Cheddar Cheese and 2 Milk

Reward: 2500 Coins, 180 XP

Darryl:  That snack was delicious!  Now I really must rest and digest before I can continue with any training.

Triathlon 6
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Darryl:  Next is cycling.  We need to use either road bikes or mountain bikes.  Do you think we could borrow from our neighbours?

Produce 40 Bottles of Ketchup
  Skip for 10 RC

Harvest 40 Cabbages
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 8 Roast Turkeys
  SKip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Turkey and 1 Ketchup

Reward: 2500 Coins, 180 XP

Darryl:  Pffft... thought the cycling would be easy but I was very wrong.  This is exhausting!

Triathlon 7
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Darryl:  There is so much to learn before one can become a truly good cyclist.  Adjusting gears before you stop, shifting from the large and small rings while draughting and climbing based on body size...

Place an Oregano Pot on your Farm
  (Reward from Collection Mission)
  Skip for 10 RC

Fish with the Dolphin Hook 8 times
  Skip for 8 RC
  Tip:  You can 'Miss' one catch deliberately and it will count so that you need not wait to refresh your fishing cast total

Prepare 8 Roast Chicken with Oregano
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Roast Turkey and 2 Oregano
  You can purchase 1 Oregano for 30 TC

  TIP:  Do NOT opt to skip this task as you will need 8 of these in one of the final tasks for another Dish.

Reward: 2500 Coins, 190 XP

Darryl:  We shan't give up!  We can do this, Farmer!

Triathlon 8
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Darryl:  I never expected training to be this intense.  We need to stay hydrated and have sufficient energy to simply power through this but let's take another little break!

Harvest 8 Butternut Squash
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 8 bowls of Butternut Squash Puree
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Butternut Squash and 1 Sour Cream

Prepare 8 plates of Butternut Squash Roll Cake
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Butternut Squash and 3 Cottage Cheese

Reward: 2500 Coins, 190 XP

Darryl:  You performed famously today Farmer!  Did you train before?  You are very good at this!

Special Reward: Fancy Tea Table for Darryl's House, worth 5 House Points

Triathlon 9
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Darryl:  Grandma told me new orders arrived today and she hopes we can complete them before we continue our training.   The orders need to be filled before the end of the day so let's get cracking on those!

Harvest 12 Chestnuts
  Skip for 12 RC
  This is an Island Tree but as it is not a Wood Tree, you can use Watering Cans/Super Watering Cans on it to speed harvests.

Prepare 8 Juniper Sausages
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Beef Salami and 1 Juniper Berry

Prepare 6 bowls of Pickled Cabbage
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 1 Cabbage and 1 White Vinegar

Reward: 2500 Coins, 200 XP

Darryl:  There is still time before nightfall to resume our training.  Back on track, literally, Farmer!

Triathlon 10
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Darryl:  Before we begin our run, we must warm up.  Chests need digging on the farm still... this could help with our warm up!
(But the Pets are the ones that will get all the exercise, Darryl!)

Produce 50 Wheels of Buffalo Milk Cheese
  Skip for 12 RC

Dig 8 Chests on the paths
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 8 plates of Braised Cabbage
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Pickled Cabbage and 2 Onions

Reward: 2500 Coins, 200 XP

Darryl:  Good teamwork!  Grandma will be pleased and we still were able to do some hard training!

Triathlon 11
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Darryl:  Running may sound easy but it can be hard work as well, especially when it is the third 'leg' of a Triathlon without taking a rest between the activities.  We must be focused!  Victory will be ours, Farmer!

Produce 8 sacks of Chestnut Flour
  Skip for 8 RC
  This is an Island Task

Craft 4 Nuts in the Hardware Store
  Skip for 8 RC
  This is an Island Task
  Each takes 2 minutes to produce but task counts as soon as item enters slot

Prepare 8 Sausage Casseroles
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Sliced Sausage and 2 Buffalo Milk Cheese

Reward: 2500 Coins, 210 XP

Darryl:  Actually, it is fun rather than victory that is the goal here!

Triathlon 12
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Darryl:  Enough for today... Let us return home and enjoy a well-earned dinner.  I am really very tired and hungry.

Harvest 8 Nectarines
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 8 Honey Broiled Nectarines
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Nectarine and 2 Honey Syrup

Prepare 8 Blueberry Nectarine Cobblers
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 3 Blueberry Jam and 1 Nectarine

Reward: 2500 Coins, 210 XP

Darryl:  I have a feeling my muscles will be sore tomorrow morning!

Special Reward: Island Mission Gift Box

Triathlon 13
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The next day on the farm...

Darryl:  As I predicted, my muscles are very sore indeed.  I think I need a bit of a rest before the competition!

Harvest 50 Cacti
  Skip for 12 RC
  This is an Island Crop

Produce 50 bundles of Camel Hair
  Skip for 12 RC

Produce 50 spools of Camel Hair Yarn
  Skip for 12 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 220 XP

Darryl: Why don't I prepare some snacks while you continue to train?  I must say, you are a real triathlete!

Triathlon 14
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Darryl:  As I cannot train today, I think I will visit Dad on the Island.  Perhaps he can give us some tips for the Triathlon!

Harvest 50 Kiwi Fruits
  Skip for 12 RC
  This is an Island Crop

Complete 4 Helicopter Orders
  Skip for 4 RC
  This is an Island Task

Prepare 8 Butternut Squash Pies
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Butternut Squash Puree and 1 Butternut Squash Roll Cake

Reward: 2500 Coins, 220 XP

Darryl:  Dad and I had a great time together and he was able to give me some good advice as well.

Triathlon 15
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Darryl:  As this is our first triathlon, we should keep it simple.  Once we are familiar with the sport, we can find ways to improve speed and performance.  That was one of my Dad's tips.

Produce 60 Dried Kiwi Fruits
  Skip for 30 RC

Prepare 8 Stuffed Nectarines
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Honey Broiled Nectarine and 1 Blueberry Nectarine Cobbler

Prepare 8 Bigos
  SKip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Juniper Sausage and 1 Braised Cabbage

Reward: 2500 Coins, 230 XP

Darryl:  One more tip from Dad: always listen to your own body.  Stay healthy and be safe when you train!

Triathlon 16
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(Weeks later on the farm...)

Darryl:  The time has passed so very quickly.  Today is the day!  Are you ready, Farmer?  I know I am!  Let's do it!

Produce 20 Kiwi Fruit Bread
  Skip for 10 RC

Cook 3 Autumn Beef Roasts in the Stove House
  Skip for 9 RC

 You can purchase this in the Stove Recipe section of the Market for 9 RC.  Recently it was included in the Lucky Wheel for 8 RC, so perhaps you can find it in a Share Box on a Neighbour's Farm still as well.

Ingredients: 2 Beef, 2 Chestnuts, 4 Grapes, 4 Power

Place all ingredients in the cooker and set timer for 11 seconds.  When the Bronze Star is activated, tap 'Finish'.

Prepare 8 Camp Pot Roast Chickens
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Sausage Casserole and 1 Roast Chicken with Oregano

Reward: 2500 Coins, 230 XP

Darryl:  Well done, Farmer!  Neither of us won any prizes but we finished the Triathlon and we can be proud of ourselves!

Final Reward: Playhouse Tent Decoration for Seaside Farm

Collection Set
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The Collection Set for this Quest consists of the Oregano Pot, the Fancy Tea Table (Darryl's House) and the Playhouse Tent Decoration.  Register all three within the time limit to receive a bonus reward in the form of 1 Clam Friendship Flower as well as the usual 88 Green Mystrons and 1 RC.

15 June 2018

Father's Day Quest and Beach Shovels Collection Mission

A new 11 day Quest has been released in tandem with a Collection Mission.  The reward for completing the Collection Mission is a Beetroot Garden, a 'Collectable.  This is the first time we receive a new sort of special Reward after we complete the first half of the traditional Quest sequence in the form of an item of furniture for Darryl's House instead of a new Pet House item.  The 'Trash Can' is placed in Darryl's House and can be registered.

Note:  There are three separate dishes that require Beetroot rather than the situation where you can use the two earlier dishes you prepared for the third.  Each requires Beetroot which must be purchased for 30 TC each if your Beetroot Garden has not produced sufficient.  Of course, most farmers have over 11 days to complete the Quest... unlike me!

From Freyashawk:
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If you use my site and find it helpful, please consider voting for my farm, HM. Freyashawk in the Farm Beauty Contest.  I try to complete posts for any Quests like these as quickly as possible.  I therefore often spend RC to speed tasks so that farmers can take their time with foreknowledge of what lies ahead of them.  I make absolutely no money with the site or my Facebook groups as I never allow any adverts on my sites.  It is a labour of love and if you appreciate it, I am happy but placing high in the Farm Beauty Contests is an added incentive to continue as well as potentially directing new farmers to my site.

The link to my post about the Little Mermaid Farm Beauty Contest giving all the rules and the value of Theme items and so on is here:

Little Mermaid Farm Beauty Contest

Second:  Any one with a Facebook group for this game is welcome to use a link to my site, but please do credit me for my work.  It is dishonest not to do so.    Every post represents hours of work for me.

Third: I would like to take this opportunity to thank my wonderful administrator, Anne for all of her help in my Family Farm Seaside Freyashawk primary and Chat groups.

Collection Mission requires:

70 Blue Shovels from Cane
50 Yellow Shovels from Turkey
30 Orange Shovels from Oat Bread
10 Green Shovels from Rosemary Bush

Reward:  Beetroot Garden (Collectable)

Crop List:
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40 Corn
40 Tomatoes
40 Spinach
50 Mushrooms
50 Beans
30 Lily Pads (Sea Resort)

Batch Production List
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40 Eggs
40 Milk
40 Sugar
40 Ketchup
40 Buffalo Milk
40 Rye Flour
30 Cherry Jam
50 Mohair (Island)
50 Mohair Yarn (Island)
8 Mango Juice
60 Wool (can use Maroon Sheep or regular Sheep)
60 Wool Cloth (Island)
60 Daffodil Lamps (Sea Resort)

Premium Items Needed
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These include:

Rosemary Bush
Red Currant Tree
Mango Tree

N.B.  You will need the Grilled Lemon Chicken Recipe to complete the Quest.

Tip:  Do NOT cast a Net until you have completed the task that requires fishing with a Dolphin Hook if you wish to complete Quest as quickly as possible and do NOT tend your Flowers in the Botanic Garden until you reach the task that requires it.

Father's Day 1
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Dad: Hello, my friend!  It has been awhile.  How are you doing?  We are in the middle of harvest season now, so we could use an extra pair of hands!  Roll up your sleeves and join us!

Harvest 40 Corn
  Skip for 10 RC

Collect 40 Eggs
  Skip for 10 RC

Harvest 8 Lemons
  Skip for 8 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 160 XP

Dad: Summer on the farm is no joke!

Father's Day 2
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Dad: Working together always makes it easier!  Nothing two hard-working farmers cannot do, right?  Having said that... have you ever spread horse manure on a field before?

Collect 40 Bottles of Milk
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 40 Sugar
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 10 plates of Custard
  Skip for 10 RC
  Each requires 3 Milk and 2 Eggs

Reward: 2500 Coins, 160 XP

Dad:  Hehe, just kidding!

Father's Day 3
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Dad: Felicia says I tell typical Dad jokes, but she laughs at them anyway, so I guess they aren't that bad, hehe.  Do you know any jokes?

Harvest 40 Tomatoes
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 40 bottles of Ketchup
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 8 Roast Turkeys
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Turkey and 1 Ketchup

Reward: 2500 Coins, 170 XP

Dad:  I will let you think about it while I fetch some tools from the shed... be back soon!

Father's Day 4
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Dad:  Look what I found in the shed!  It appears to be a map of some sort... rather clumsily drawn.  It has a letter with it.  Hmm... I know this handwriting...

Harvest 8 Coconuts
  Skip for 8 RC

Produce 40 bottles of Buffalo Milk
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 12 Coconut Milk
  Skip for 12 RC
  Each requires 1 Coconut and 2 Sugar

Reward: 2500 Coins, 170 XP

Dad: Dear Da... Strikethrough... Dear Jerry!

Special Reward: Mission Gift Box

Father's Day 5
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Dad: It states: 'Follow these instructions to find the next map fragment and find the way to an awesome pirate treasure!  Important: bring stacks!

Harvest 40 Spinach
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 40 sacks of Rye Flour
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 8 plates of Spinach Salad
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Spinach and 2 Onions

Reward: 2500 Coins, 180 XP

Dad:  Hmm, sounds very familiar!  Could be fun!

Father's Day 6
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Dad:  I really need to take a break from work in any case, so let us go on this treasure hunt.  I can't wait to see what the awesome pirate treasure will be.  First instruction: 'Get some beach towels!'

Produce 30 jars of Cherry Jam
  Skip for 2 RC

Fish with the Dolphin Hook 8 times
  Skip for 8 RC

  N.B.  Miss one catch deliberately to give yourself 8 tries without being forced to wait or pay for more casts.

Prepare 8 bowls of Pasta
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Cake Flour and 1 Ketchup

Reward: 2500 Coins, 180 XP

Dad:  Okay, we have the towels!  What is next?

Father's Day 7
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Dad:  'Go to the Orchard to harvest some fruit!  (Bring it as well!) . You will find the next clue beneath an Orange Tree.'

Place a Beetroot Garden on your farm
  (Reward from the Collection Mission)
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 8 Roasted Turkeys with Rosemary
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Roast Turkey and 1 Rosemary

Prepare 8 plates of Pasta Salad
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Spinach Salad and 1 Pasta

Reward: 2500 Coins, 190 XP

Dad:  While we are at it, let's make a drink for ourselves.

Father's Day 8
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Dad:  The clue I found in the Orchard is a picture... What do you think it is?  Does the drawing look like a portrait of Grandma Blair at all?  Let's ask her if she knows anything about this.

Harvest 8 Red Currants
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 8 Red Currant Coulis
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Red Currants and 2 Sugar

Prepare 8 plates of Red Currant Creme Brulee
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Custard and 1 Red Currant Coulis

Reward: 2500 Coins, 190 XP

Dad:  Grandma Blair simply smiled mysteriously and gave me a big pie.  I expect I need to take that with me now, right?

Special Reward: Trash Can (option to Use from Gift Box)   This is a new piece of furniture for Darryl's House.  Thus, it can be registered.

Father's Day 9
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Dad: Wait... there is something hidden in the pie.  It is the next map fragment with a big X marked on the Island Beach.  I bet this is where we shall find the pirate treasure.  Shall we go?

Harvest 50 Mushrooms
  Skip for 12 RC

Prepare 8 plates of Mushroom Salad
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Mushrooms and 1 Cheese Salad

Harvest 8 Cedar Wood
  Skip for 4 RC  (This is an Island task)
  N.B.  This is an Island 'Wood' Tree.  You cannot use Watering Cans to speed growth but you can use any kind of Weather (Rain, Thunder and so on)

Reward: 2500 Coins, 200 XP

Dad:  Ready to go?!

Father's Day 10
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Dad:  As we are on the Island now, I'd like to take a look at the Dehydrator.  Darryl told me it was making a weird sound yesterday.  Good thing I always have my tools with me!

Collect 50 Mohair
  Skip for 12 RC
  This is an Island task.

Prepare 8 Pickled Beetroots
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Beetroot and 1 White Vinegar
  You can purchase 1 Beetroot for 30 TC if your Beetroot Garden has not produced yet.

Prepare 8 plates of Homemade Turkey and Pasta
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Turkey with Rosemary and 1 Homemade Pasta

Reward: 2500 Coins, 200 XP

Dad:  I fixed the Dehydrator!  Let's go to the Beach!

Father's Day 11
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Dad:  I think we have found it, Farmer!  I see the big 'X' that marks the spot.  The pirates were thoughtful enough to leave us a couple of spades as well so we can dig!  How very nice of them!

Harvest 50 Beans
  Skip for 12 RC

Prepare 8 dishes of Beet Hummus
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Beetroot and 1 Bean

Produce 50 Mohair Yarn
  Skip for 12 RC
  This is an Island task.

Reward: 2500 Coins, 210 XP

Dad:  My spade hit something.  It's a box!

Father's Day 12
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Dad: It is an old biscuit tin with a letter inside it.  Same familiar handwriting.  'Congratulations!  You almost are there.  Now go to the dock!'

Harvest 8 Mangoes
  Skip for 8 RC

Produce 8 glasses of Mango Juice
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 8 Tropical Fruit Muffins
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Light Muffin and 1 Mango Juice

Reward: 2500 Coins, 210 XP

Dad: My old boat is moored at the dock.  Perhaps the treasure is there!

Special Reward: Island Mission Gift Box

Father's Day 13
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Dad:  'Knock-knock!'  Any one there?  Ah, both Felicia and Darryl are on the boat.  They leapt out and cried, 'SURPRISE!  Happy Father's Day!'  I have found the real treasure, my lovely children!'

Produce 60 bundles of Wool
  Skip for 15 RC
  N.B.  For once, the Maroon Sheep counts!

Prepare 8 dishes of Sweet Mango
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Mango and 2 Honey Syrup

Prepare 8 Sticky Rice
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Rice and 1 Coconut Milk

Reward: 2500 Coins, 220 XP

Dad:  My wonderful wife and children prepared a splendid feast for me!

Father's Day 14
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Dad:  I had forgotten it was Father's Day.  I am so lucky to be their Dad.  Here you go, Darryl... I brought you the snacks you requested!

Harvest 8 Almonds
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 8 plates of Beetroot Noodles
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Beetroot and 1 Almond

Produce 60 Wool Cloth
  Skip for 15 RC
  This is an Island Task

Reward: 2500 Coins, 220 XP

Dad:  What an amazing surprise!  We will spend the day now on the boat!

Father's Day 15
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Dad:  Sometimes when we are too busy with work, we can forget or ignore what is truly important in our lives... It's good to take a step back to appreciate all that we have!

Use 3 Spades to help flowers in the Botanic Garden
  Skip for 6 RC

Craft 2 Wooden Chairs
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 4 Wooden Cylinders and 1 Wooden Plank and 1 Power
  This is an Island task

Prepare 8 plates of Mango with Sticky Rice
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Sticky Rice and 1 Sweet Mango (you should have both from earlier tasks in this quest sequence)

Reward: 2500 Coins, 230 XP

Dad:  The most precious moments in life are those spent with those we love and cherish.

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Dad: This was a truly great afternoon filled with love and laughter and lots of fabulous homemade food!  I could not have wished for a better Father's Day.  Thank you for sharing it with me.

Cook 3 Grilled Lemon Chicken in the Stove House
  Skip for 9 RC

  Here is the Recipe:
  Bronze Star Recipe
  Ingredients:  3 Turkeys, 2 Asparagus, 2 Lemon, 4 Power
  Place all ingredients and set timer for 10 seconds.  Tap 'Finish' as soon as the Bronze Star activates.

Harvest 30 Lily Pads
  Skip for 10 RC
  This is a Sea Resort task.

Produce 60 Daffodil Lamps
  Skip for 15 RC
  This is a Sea Resort Task.

Reward: 2500 Coins, 230 XP

Dad:  I hope you had a good time with us.  See you soon!

Special Reward: Plant in a Bowl Decoration for Seaside Farm

Collection Set:
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The Collection Set consists of all three of the items obtained as Rewards in this Quest: the Beetroot Garden, the Trash Can and the Plant in a Bowl Decoration.  Register it before the timer expires to receive an added Reward in the form of a Clam Friendship Flower as well as the usual 88 Green Mystrons and 1 RC.

Sea Base
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If you have not collected your new Sea Base from one of Felicia's Messages, you need to do it soon.  The first and second materials for the Base no longer are available but the third should be active now.  It is the Pink Coral and will be found randomly when your Pets open Chests on the paths of your Farm.  You need a total of 20 Pink Coral.

A Note about Fathers and Father's Day
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My own father died when I was 13 years old  people but I know that Father's Day is a day of celebration for many.  I am including one poem by a man and another by a woman: Robert Burns and Anne Bradstreet.   Here is a poem by Robbie Burns about his father:

My Father was a Farmer
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by Robert Burns

My father was a farmer upon the Carrick border, O,
And carefully he bred me in decency and order, O;
He bade me act a manly part, though I had ne'er a farthing, O;
For without an honest manly heart, no man was worth regarding, O.

Then out into the world my course I did determine, O;
Tho' to be rich was not my wish, yet to be great was charming, O;
My talents they were not the worst, nor yet my education, O:
Resolv'd was I at least to try to mend my situation, O.

In many a way, and vain essay, I courted Fortune's favour, O;
Some cause unseen still stept between, to frustrate each endeavour, O;
Sometimes by foes I was o'erpower'd, sometimes by friends forsaken, O;
And when my hope was at the top, I still was worst mistaken, O.

Then sore harass'd and tir'd at last, with Fortune's vain delusion, O,
I dropt my schemes, like idle dreams, and came to this conclusion, O;
The past was bad, and the future hid, its good or ill untried, O;
But the present hour was in my pow'r, and so I would enjoy it, O.

No help, nor hope, nor view had I, nor person to befriend me, O;
So I must toil, and sweat, and moil, and labour to sustain me, O;
To plough and sow, to reap and mow, my father bred me early, O;
For one, he said, to labour bred, was a match for Fortune fairly, O.

Thus all obscure, unknown, and poor, thro' life I'm doom'd to wander, O,
Till down my weary bones I lay in everlasting slumber, O:
No view nor care, but shun whate'er might breed me pain or sorrow, O;
I live to-day as well's I may, regardless of to-morrow, O.

But cheerful still, I am as well as a monarch in his palace, O,
Tho' Fortune's frown still hunts me down, with all her wonted malice, O:
I make indeed my daily bread, but ne'er can make it farther, O:
But as daily bread is all I need, I do not much regard her, O.

When sometimes by my labour, I earn a little money, O,
Some unforeseen misfortune comes gen'rally upon me, O;
Mischance, mistake, or by neglect, or my goodnatur'd folly, O:
But come what will, I've sworn it still, I'll ne'er be melancholy, O.

All you who follow wealth and power with unremitting ardour, O,
The more in this you look for bliss, you leave your view the farther, O:
Had you the wealth Potosi boasts, or nations to adore you, O,
A cheerful honest-hearted clown I will prefer before you, O.

To Her Father with Some Verses
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by Anne Bradstreet

Most truly honoured, and as truly dear,
If worth in me or ought I do appear,
Who can of right better demand the same
Than may your worthy self from whom it came?
The principal might yield a greater sum,
Yet handled ill, amounts but to this crumb;
My stock's so small I know not how to pay,
My bond remains in force unto this day;
Yet for part payment take this simple mite,
Where nothing's to be had, kings loose their right.
Such is my debt I may not say forgive,
But as I can, I'll pay it while I live;
Such is my bond, none can discharge but I,
Yet paying is not paid until I die.

08 June 2018

The Little Mermaid Story Farm Beauty Contest

A new Farm Beauty Contest has been released.  It is based on a sea theme and is 'The Little Mermaid Story'.  The three new premium decorations finally were included as Theme items in the Book.
This post is designed to allow you to gain as many Votes as possible from the four characters by maximising your own Farm to achieve the highest number of Votes in every Category.

The Farm Beauty Contest can be confusing and difficult for new player.  Often, they are unaware of their own ability to increase the Votes from the 4 Characters to the point where they can obtain the Reward Decoration without any votes from their Neighbours.  It requires a little planning.  This post was created to show you how to do precisely that.  Every aspect of the Farm Beauty Contest as well as the rules by which each Category operates is covered here.

Remember ALWAYS that the votes you receive from the Characters are based on your current 'Snapshot'.  If you change your farm to obtain more votes, always take a new photograph or Character votes will not change!  You do not need to take a photograph more than once, however, if you set up your farm for maximum Character votes at the very start.

One more point about the 'Snapshot'.  If you play on more than one device, you may see your Photograph only on the device you were using when you submitted it.  Do not fret about this!  It remains valid for the duration of the Contest, even if you do not see it on your other devices.

Theme List now complete with values in terms of Theme Votes as well as where and how to obtain each.  This Contest gives multiple vote values to many old Decorations and for the very first time, a potential total of 12 Votes per day for the new Mermaid Princess.

Note from Freyashawk:
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 I created this site 5 years ago shortly after the game first was released.  I maintain and update it with all new Quests and new options, as well as posts like this to help players with every aspect of the game.  I may not be the best farmer in the world, but if this site is useful to you, please vote for HM. Freyashawk in the Farm Beauty Contest.  Your vote for the farm is a vote of confidence for the site.  It is not a matter of personal ego but rather the desire to make players aware of the site.  When HM. Freyashawk places in the top ten in the Farm Beauty Contest, it reminds players that both this site and my Facebook groups for this game exist and, one hopes, can help them with any aspects of the game when needed.

Note to new Farmers
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I believe that the Farm Beauty Contest still is unlocked at Level 30.  Even at that Level, it IS possible to maximise your Farm to obtain enough votes from the Characters to receive the Decoration Reward for having 4000 Votes.

You must start on the first day, however, with the best possible configuration, if you are at the lower levels and have not played long enough to have acquired many of the Theme items.

Tips:  Where Landscape Points are concerned, try to find a Buddy who is at a high level who will send you paths as Gifts.  If you are able and willing to spend RC, the Macaron Path and Pebble Paths can boost Landscape Point totals faster with less effort, but if you can place enough of the other Paths and make certain that your Decorations are within their sphere of influence, you can reach the necessary total for maximum votes in that category.

The theme list is to be found in the little red book in the Farm Beauty Contest Menu.  I publish a list of all Theme items in my post with details as to where and how they can be obtained.  Some Theme items originally were released as Mission Rewards.  In many cases, these old Missions can be activated from the Lighthouse and you can obtain the Decoration without paying RC for it.  Others can be purchased directly from the Gallery using Blue or Yellow Mystrons.  Try to do it at the start, however whenever possible and make certain that, should you improve your farm's configuration, you take a new screenshot immediately!  You do not have to take more than one screenshot during the course of the contest UNLESS you obtain items that improve the Character vote totals.

Every day counts!  Count the total number of votes you receive from the four Characters at the end of the first day of the Contest and then see how you can improve this number if, multiplied by 20 (days), you do not have 4000 Votes as the projected total.

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The Little Mermaid Farm Beauty Contest
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Oddly enough, the new Sea Base is NOT included in the Book as a Theme item at this point in time. The old Beach Base, however, is a Theme Decoration worth 3 votes per day from 3 of the 4 characters, meaning a potential 9 Votes per day for Theme.

You can own a total of 3 Beach Bases and can purchase it in the Market for 20 RC.  When purchased, it will be complete.


OBTAINING THE REWARD DECORATION
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You need a total of 4000 Votes by the end of the Contest to receive the significant reward which is the Decoration.  Almost any farmer should be able to maximise the Votes of the 4 Characters to obtain this even without a single vote from a Neighbour.  You basically need a total of 200 Votes per day.

For the Avatar, you need 300 votes per day, but with the recent changes in Character Votes, it is not impossible by any means to reach these totals from the Character votes alone.  If you are receiving 300 votes per day from the four Characters, you will obtain the Avatar by the end of the Contest.  To obtain 300 Votes per day from the Characters alone, you need to have reached Level 90.  If all other categories give you the maximum number of votes, Level 80 - 90 will leave you short of 300 by only 1 Vote per day, however.

VOTE CATEGORY CHANGES
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There are two significant changes from former Contests that became active in the last Contest.  The first is the addition of Pets as a Vote category for Grandma in the form of 'pets with fancy equipment'. The second is a decrease in the totals for the Levels required for Dad's Vote for 'high level farm'.

Pet Category
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The total number of Votes that can be given by Grandma for Pets is 12.  Equipment (the collars, scarves and bow ties and so on) that you forge in the Factory each count for 1 Vote.  Apparel counts for the other Votes and it does not matter if it is premium Apparel or Temporary Apparel or even duplicate Apparel.  All will count equally.  A Buddy Pet does NOT count.  That was a glitch.

PETS MUST BE OUTSIDE THE PET HOUSE TO COUNT!

In other words, to gain 12 Votes from Grandma each day for the Pet Category, you need a total of 4 Pets, each wearing a piece of equipment and 2 pieces of apparel.

Some Pets cannot use three accessories.  For example,  the Kangaroo, although you can dress them in hats, do not have the second accessory and the Kangaroo cannot be equipped with any collar or other accessory that can be forged in the Factory.  You therefore need to make certain that the four active Pets do not include a Kangaroo at the point in which the photograph is taken.

High Level Farms
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This has changed a few times through the years but I only know for certain that Freyashawk at Level 117 received 15/18 votes for 'high level farm' from Dad.  At Level 120, HM. Freyashawk now receives 16/18 votes from Dad for 'high level farm'.   This was NOT the case in the earlier Farm Beauty Contests.  At Level 145, another player received 18/18 but I believe the actual level requirement for maximum votes in this category is lower.


Basic Rules
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It is your current photograph of your Farm or 'snapshot' that determines the Votes from the 4 Characters in the game every day.  In previous Contests, a Theme decoration often would be counted if it had been placed on the Farm, even if it had not been registered yet.  I think now it is a good idea to register all theme items as quickly as possible.

Balance and variety always is the key in these contests.  You need a variety of Crops, Animals, Trees, Machines and Theme Decorations on your farm to maximise the votes from the 4 Characters.  If you design your Farm for maximum votes from the 4 Characters, you should not need ANY Votes from your Neighbours to obtain the Theme Decoration Reward that requires a total of 4000 Votes by the end of the Contest.

Duplicates never have counted where Crops, Trees, Animals, Machines and Decorations are concerned.  I doubt that has changed.  The only change really is that duplicates of Pet Equipment and Apparel DO count.

Crops
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Have at least 16 different Crops on your Farm to obtain maximum Votes from Darryl for 'variety of Crops'.  You may need less but Crops are easy to plant.  They do not have to be mature when you take the photo to count.

Trees
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Try to have 16 different types of Trees ON YOUR FARM when you take the photograph.  Trees in the Tree Nursery will not be counted.  Again, you may need fewer than 16 types but it does not hurt to be safe to obtain maximum votes from Grandma for 'enough Trees'.


Animals
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Beehives and Butterfly Houses as well as the Bat House are considered Animals so every different TYPE of Beehive or Butterfly House counts but duplicates of any type of Animal do NOT Count. You should not need a total of 16 different types of Animal to obtain maximum votes from Felicia for Animals but again, if you have 16, use them.

Machines
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In Contests in the past, you only needed a total of 12 different machines to obtain maximum Votes from Dad for Machines but this may have changed.  Players claimed that the Salad Machine gave 2 Votes instead of 1, but never confirmed that.  In any case, duplicates do not count and if you can cram 16 onto your Farm before you take the photo, better to be safe than sorry.

Expansion
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Both Felicia and Dad give Votes for 'Big Farms'.  The good news is that you do not need many expansions on your original farm to obtain 16/16 from each of them.  A farmer who does not have even the 23 x 23 Expansion will obtain maximum 16/16 votes in this category!

Theme
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Only Grandma does not vote for Theme, so you have Theme Votes from three out of four farm characters.  The Theme List always can be found in the little Red Book in the Farm Beauty Contest Menu.  I will include a list below as well with the price of each Decoration if you can purchase it and how to do so in each case.

Gallery Registration
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Register as many items as possible BEFORE you take your photograph to maximise this Category.

Both Darryl and Grandma give Votes for Gallery... furthermore, you obtain rewards from the Gallery when you register any item.

Landscape
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'Beautiful Paths' is the term for your Landscape Point total.  As three of the four Characters vote for this Category, it is a very good idea to have Paths on your Farm and place as many Decorations as possible within their 'sphere of influence'.  I have covered the details of Paths and Landscaping elsewhere on this site.  The better the Path, the more points you receive when Decorations are placed next to it or near it.  The Macaron Path, Pebble Path and Snow Path each are worth 50 Landscape Points.  The Snow Path no longer is available but the other two can be purchased in the Paths Menu for 1 RC each.  The Wooden Path is worth 35 Landscape Points and costs 50000 Coins.  Next best is the Forest Path worth 25 Landscape Points with a price of 15000 Coins.  If you have Buddies, however, they can send Forest Paths and Stone and Flower Paths to you.  To send, go to the Special Gifts Buddy Menu.  You can send a Stone and Flower Path to a Buddy for 4000 Coins and a Forest Path for 12000 Coins.  You actually can send a Macaron Path to a Buddy for 1 RC.  There are Buddy Level requirements for sending some of the Special Gifts.

Remember that Landscape Point total is the total of the value of ALL the Paths PLUS the Decorations that are close enough to those Paths to boost Points.

In the past, you needed less than 2300 Landscape Points to achieve maximum... not certain what the current requirement is but here are some farmers who have less than that and their results in the current contest:


1059 Landscape Points: 16/24 Votes

1421 Landscape Points: 19/24 Votes

1484 Landscape Points: 20/24 Votes

1720 Landscape Points: 21/24 Votes


How to Maximise Landscape Points
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First of all, you will not be able to move any Paths or perhaps even set any new Paths now if you have Pets roaming about your Farm.  You must place all of them in the Pet House before you can set new Paths or move existing Paths, including Water Paths as well as those on the land.

Remember that placement of Decorations and Bases is everything.  A Decoration or Base will give additional Landscape Points only if it is placed near a Path that has not used its maximum number of Points yet.  For example, the Macaron Path can give a boost of 50 Landscape Points when Decorations are placed close to it.  Once that amount is reached, however, piling more Decorations or Bases near it counts for nothing.  Use the Move Tool to hover over various spots to see how your Landscape Points will be affected.


Pet Category
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This is a new Category and only Grandma votes for it.  To gain 12 Votes from Grandma each day for the Pet Category, you need a total of 4 Pets, each wearing a piece of equipment and 2 pieces of apparel.  A Buddy Pet on your Farm at the time you take your photograph will NOT count.  That was a temporary glitch.

You can purchase apparel for a temporary period in order to take a snapshot that will give you more Votes for this category.

High Level Farm
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Only Dad gives votes for a 'high level farm'.  At Level 117, HM. Freyashawk received only 11 Votes for this category in previous contests but now is receiving 16/18 at Level 120.

Here are some current results:

Level 40: 6/18 Votes

Level 47: 6/18 Votes

Level 48: 7/18 Votes

Level 63: 8/18

Level 76: 10/18 Votes

Level 79: 10/18 Votes

(Thanks to my neighbours who sent this information to me)


Theme Items
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This Contest differs from many of the early Contests  in that you can obtain multiple votes from the Characters by having Theme Decorations from the past, rather than being forced to buy the NEW premium Theme decorations to gain a high score from theme.  I am listing the values below.  I am not certain if this is intended or not, however, as well as the odd omission currently of the three NEW premium Decorations from the Theme Book.

N.B.  Go directly to the Gallery to see if a Decoration is available for purchase now.  I will add more information later about the Theme items that are available in the Lucky Wheel/Buddy Share Box.  I have listed those that can be found currently in the Wheel but had no luck whatsoever landing on any of them when I spun my Wheel so am collecting prices slowly.

Please be aware that often you can find premium decorations both in a current special sale offer on the top right of your screen AND in one of the Boutique Shops in your Market.  If you see the item in a special sale offer, however, you are best served by purchasing it in that way, as it usually is bundled with other items, including farm aids and/or Stove House Recipes and RC.  These sale offers expire at different times so the items I have listed below may no longer be available in a special sale offer in a day or two.

Theme Decorations
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This time, there are no Theme Trees or Machines.

New Premium Decorations
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Shell Background: 2 votes from each of 3 Characters daily if you have not reached maximum for Theme; that means a potential total of 6 votes per day for theme

Mermaid Princess: 4 votes from each of 3 Characters daily if you have not reached maximum for Theme; that means a potential total of 12 votes per day for theme for this decoration alone (This is the first time any Theme decoration has been given such a high value)

The Prince: 3 votes from each of 3 Characters daily if you have not reached maximum for Theme; that means a potential total of 9 votes per day for them for this decoration

In other words, if you have all three of the new premium Decorations, it can boost your Theme votes from the Characters to maximum probably without any other Theme decorations on your farm: these alone are worth 27 points for theme.

Coin Decorations
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Surf Board: purchase in Market

Old Theme Decorations
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Beach Base: from past, can be purchased in Market now for 20 RC and will be complete
  3 votes per day from 3 of the Characters, with potential to boost theme by 9 votes per day

Mini Beach: in Market
  2 votes per day from 3 of the Characters, with potential to boost theme by 6 votes per day

Chameleon:  from past, but available in special DIY sale offer now as well
  3 votes per day from 3 of the Characters if you are not at maximum, with potential to boost theme by 9 votes per day

Max the Raccoon: from past, but available now in special DIY sales offer
  3 votes per day from 3 of the Characters if you are not at maximum, with potential to boost theme by 9 votes per day

Blue Eyed Sloth: from past, included now in special DIY sale offers
  2 votes per day from 3 of the Characters if you are not at maximum, with potential to boost theme by 6 votes per day

Summer Lobster: from past, included now in special DIY sale offer as well

Sand Castle: from past, included in Lucky Wheel/Share Box or can purchase from Gallery with Yellow Mystrons

Pete the Pelican: from past,  included in special DIY sale offer now as well

Beach Changing Room: from past, included in special DIY sale offer now as well

Sand Bucket and Shovel: from past,  included in special sale offer now as well

Sand Bottle: from past, included in special sale offer now as well

Seashell Chest: from past, now included in Lucky Wheel/Share Box; you can earn it as well by performing the original Mission from the Lighthouse

Life Buoy Stand: from past, now in Lucky Wheel/Share Box for 12 RC

Fish Bowl: from past, now included in Lucky Wheel/Share Box for 12 RC

Soda Cooler: from past, now included in Lucky Wheel/Share Box; is a reward in the current Fishing Activity Stage Activity

Octopus in a Pond: reward from past Cooking Stand Contest

Pufferfish in a Pond: reward from past Cooking Stand Contest

Dolphin in a Pond: reward from past Cooking Stand Contest

Purple Corals:  Reward for reaching 4000 Votes in this Farm Beauty Contest