15 July 2016

Great Farm Bake-Off Quest and Chef Hats Collection Mission

The new time-restricted Quest in the form of 'Great Farm Bake=Off' has been released in tandem with a Chef Hats Collections Mission.  The reward for the Collections Mission is a Red Currant Tree.  If you prefer not to complete the Collections Mission, you can find the Red Currant Tree in the Market for 8 RC.

Note that both Decorations that are given as rewards for completing the first and second half of the Quest sequence are designated for the original Farm.  After Great Farm Bake-Off 8, you will receive the Mini Phone Booth and after completing the final set of tasks in Great Farm Bake Off 16, you will receive the Telephone Booth.

When you have registered the Red Currant Tree, the Mini Phone Booth and the Telephone Booth, go to the Lighthouse and find the 'new' Mission icon.  You then can claim some rewards, including a Clam Friendship Flower, 88 Green Mystrons and 1 RC for having registered the entire Collection Set for this Mission.

Great Farm Bake-Off Quest
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Great Farm Bake-Off 1
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Felicia:  Lately Grandma is so into this baking show on the telly.  Every day, she makes sure she finishes her tasks on time so she won't miss the show.  Are you curious about it?  Help me and I might tell you!

Harvest 40 Corn
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 40 Oat Flour
  Skip for 10 RC

Harvest 6 Apples
  Skip for 6 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 160 XP, 1 Activity Bag

Felicia:  It's a show about baking where contestants are given different challenges every week!

Great Farm Bake-Off 2
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Felicia:  It seems the show already ended, but now Grandma wants to train me to be a better baker.  She wants me to do the same task as the contestant on the show!  Do you think I will be able to do it?

Produce 10 jars of Cherry Jam
  Skip for 5 RC

Harvest 40 Grapes
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 8 Light Muffins
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Cake Flour and 2 Cherry Jam

Felicia:  I'm always ready to polish my skill, but do you think you can help me, farmer?

Reward: 2500 Coins, 160 XP, 1 Activity Bag

Great Farm Bake-Off 3
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Felicia:  I'm up to the challenge!  Grandma says she will give me a theme and I have to bake according to her theme.  The first theme will be basic which means we'll be starting with dough!

Prepare 8 Soft Dough
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Cake Flour and 1 Batter
  Each Cake Flour requires 2 Oat Flour and 2 Rye Flour
  Each Batter requires 2 Wheat Flour and 1 Egg

Produce 40 Sugar
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 40 Beef
  Skip for 10 RC

Felicia:  Grandma says the dough I made was perfect!  Off to a good start!

Reward: 2500 Coins, 170 XP, 1 Activity Bag

Great Farm Bake-Off 4
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Felicia:  After dough, Grandma thinks it's time to check my cake stills, but there is a catch.  She wants me to create two cakes, one with fruit and one with anything other than fruit.  Any ideas, farmer?

Produce 8 Lemon Cakes
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 8 Lavendar Cupcakes
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Coconut Milk and 3 Lavender

Harvest 8 Coconuts
  Skip for 8 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 170 XP, 1 Activity Bag

Special Reward:  Mission Gift Box containing Farm Aids

Felicia:  Lavendar cupcakes!  Amazing suggestion, farmer!

Great Farm Bake-Off 5
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Felicia:  The next round will have to wait, Grandma says she needs time to think and I need to finish my tasks before we continue.  I can't let the animals go hungry while I polish my baking skills!

Collect 50 Eggs
  Skip for 12 RC

Feed your Holstein Cow 50 times
  Skip for 12 RC
  (Task is counted as soon as you start Batch Production)

Prepare 8 Egg Salad
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Eggs and 1 Mayonnaise

Felicia:  The animals should be fine now.  I can't wait for the next theme.  It's getting me fired up!

Reward: 2500 Coins, 180 XP, 1 Activity Bag

Great Farm Bake-Off 6
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Felicia:  Next theme is here: biscuits!   Every one loves biscuits!  My personal favourite is one made with coffee.  Do you know what that means?

Prepare 8 Coffee Biscuits
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Coffee Cookies and 1 Lavender Cheese
  Each Coffee Cookies requires 1 Coffee and 1 Wheat Flour
  Each Lavender Cheese requires 1 Lavender and 1 Buffalo Milk Cheese

Prepare 8 Plates of Fig Salad
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Fig and 4 Cucumbers

Place a Red Currant Tree on your Farm
  Reward from Collections Mission or purchase from Market for 8 RC

Felicia: The aroma of coffee is very nice though Grandma says I can do better than a simple coffee biscuit.

Reward; 2500 Coins, 180 XP, 1 Activity Bag

Great Farm Bake-Off 7
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Felicia:  I barely passed the previous theme.  I will make sure I nail the next one which is all about bread.  Do you think i can get some inspiration if I take a peek at my recipe book?

Produce 12 Corn Bread
  Skip for 12 RC

  N.B.  If you do not wish to use any ingredients, use the Gold Finger Tech to make the Cornbread

Prepare 8 Grape Cornbread
  Skip for 8 RC

  Each requires 1 No-Flour Cornbread and 2 Grape Jam
  Each No-Flour Cornbread requires 2 Buffalo Milk Cheese and 1 Cornmeal

Ask for 20 Recipe Books from your Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 190 XP, 1 Activity Bag

Felicia: i added corn to the bread as I know Grandma wouldn't be able to resist it.  I passed with flying colours for this theme!

Great Farm Bake-Off 8
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Felicia;  This training is getting more and more interesting!  The next challenge set by Grandma is picnic food!  Doesn't this make you think of sandwiches, farmer?

Prepare 8 Sandwiches
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Beef and 2 Corn Bread

Harvest 8 Mangoes
  Skip for 8 RC

Produce 8 Glasses of Mango Juice
  Skip for 8 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 190 XP, 1 Activity Bag

Felicia;  I have to say that I do make a delicious sandwich and I am glad that Grandma agreed!

Special Reward: Mini Phone Booth Decoration

Great Farm Bake-Off 9
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Felicia:  Grandma says she will give a harder theme: alternative ingredients!  What do you think of this, farmer?  Is it maybe asking for healthier ingredients?

Collect 20 Honey
  Skip for 10 RC

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

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

Reward: 2500 Coins, 200 XP, 1 Activity Bag

Felicia: Zero sugar here as I used honey as a sweetener.  It suits the theme perfectly!

Grear Farm Bake-Off 10
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Felicia:  Alternative ingredients were interesting.  I love how we can use natural sweeteners and Grandma is so proud of me!  For the next theme, she says she will make it a bit easier.  The theme is pastry.  Are you ready?

Harvest 50 Carrots
  Skip for 12 RC

Prepare 8 Stuffed Carrot Pastries
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Egg Salad and 1 Carrot Pastry
  Each Egg Salad requires 2 Eggs and 1 Mayonnaise but you should have these from a previous task.
  Each Carrot Pastry requires 3 Carrots and 1 Soft Dough

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

Felicia:  Carrots are not only healthy but delicious, don't you agree?

Reward: 2500 Coins, 200 XP, 1 Activity Bag

Great Farm Bake-Off 11
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Felicia:  Pastry done.  Off to the next theme which is Pie.  The all important question is:  should I bake sweet pies or savoury pies?  Any suggestions?

Prepare 8 Butter Pies
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Batter and 1 Orange Crumble
  Each Batter requires 2 Wheat Flour and 1 Egg
  Each Orange Crumble requires 1 Batter and 3 Oranges

Transport 50 Blueberries to Island Farm
  Skip for 12 RC
  This is an Island task.
  N.B.  Split transport of these between zeppelins to speed the process.

Produce 20 Blueberry Pies
  Skip for 10 RC
  This is an Island Task.

Felicia:  Sweet pies were a brilliant decision.   It's so delicious and Grandma can't resist the taste of it!

Reward: 2500 Coins, 210 XP, 1 Activity Bag

Great Farm Bake-Off 12
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Felicia:  Another part of becoming a great baker is knowing how to make fruit preserves.  Are you up to the challenge, farmer?

Produce 50 Raisins
  Skip for 12 RC
  This is an Island Task.  You need to transport 50 Grapes from the mainland farm to use in the Dehydrator to produce the Raisins.

Produce 20 Jars of Apple Jam
  Skip for 10 RC

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

Felicia:  Yum!  All this natural sweetness from the fruit is both tasty and delicious!

Reward: 2500 Coins, 210 XP, 1 Activity Bag

Special Reward: Island Mission Gift Box

Great Farm Bake-Off 13
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Felicia:  My next challenge is chocolate!  I've been waiting for this since the beginning!  I have a few items in mind so I'm ready to start.  Are you ready, farmer?

Harvest 8 White Chocolate
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 8 Chocolate Pave
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Egg Tart and 1 White Chocolate
  Each Egg Tart requires 1 Eggnog and 1 Soft Dough
  Each Eggnog requires 1 Egg and 1 Condensed Milk
  Each Condensed Milk requires 1 Milk and 1 Sugar

  This recipe therefore is very labour intensive unless you make the ingredients in advance.

Prepare 8 Almond Paste
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Almond and 1 White Chocolate

Felicia:  Grandma is experiencing a chocolate overload!  I say we nailed this challenge!

Reward: 2500 Coins, 220 XP, 1 Activity Bag

Great Farm Bake-Off 14
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Felicia:  Grandma and I were so into the training that we forgot we needed to finish the farm tasks too.  Do you think you could help us out so we could finish faster, farmer?

Complete 3 Helicopter Orders
  Skip for 3 RC
  This is an Island Task

Prepare 8 Fig Mousse
  Each requires 2 Figs and 2 Condensed Milk
  Each Condensed Milk requires 1 Milk and 1 Sugar
  Skip for 8 RC

Take care of Flowers in the Botanic Garden 6 times
  Skip for 6 RC
  This is an Island Task

Felicia:  Thanks to your help, we managed to finish faster than usual!

Reward; 2500 Coins, 220 XP, 1 Activity Bag

Great Farm Bake-Off 15
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Felicia:  My final theme is to create my own signature dish.  Grandma wants me to explore and be creative about it.  Do you think I will be able to do it?

Prepare 8 Red Currant Creme Brulee
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Custard and 1 Red Currant Coulis
  Each Custard requires 3 Milk and 2 Eggs
  N.B.  You will be forced to pay 2 RC for a new Utensil in the form of a Blow Torch

Craft 4 Wooden Chairs
  Skip for 8 RC
  This is an Island Task
  Each requires 1 Wooden Plank and 4 Wooden Cylinders (+1 Power)

Prepare 8 Mango with Sticky Rice
  Skip for 8 RC
   Each requires 1 Sticky Rice and 1 Sweet Mango (you should have both from previous tasks)
  Each Sticky Rice requires 2 Rice and 1 Coconut Milk
  Each Sweet Mango requires 1 Mango and 2 Honey Syrup

Reward: 2500 Coins, 230 XP, 1 Activity Bag

Felicia:  Grandma loved it!  She says the tanginess of the red currant balances well with the custard.

Great Farm Bake-Off 16
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Felicia:  Grandma says I am already a great baker but I have to keep practicing to perfect my skills.  As they say, practice makes perfect!  What do you think, farmer?

Produce 20 Raisin Bread
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 8 Greek Feasts
  Skip for 8 RC
Each requires 1 Fig Salad and 1 Fig Mousse

Cook 3 Vanilla Puddings in the Stove House
  Note that this recipe requires 6 Smileys total to unlock in the Stove House
  Skip for 9 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 230 XP, 1 Activity Bag

Felicia:  Thank you for helping me to polish my skills, farmer.  See you next time!

Special Reward: Telephone Booth Decoration for original Seaside Farm
































08 July 2016

Summer in Hawaii Farm Beauty Contest

You will find the current time-restricted Mission for Punk Rock Darryl in the post below this one.

The theme for the new Farm Beauty Contest is Summer in Hawaii and includes some items from the previous contest. 

Note here that there are a few Decorations that are obtained outside the Market or the current sales offers that are found on the top right of your screen.   Three of these are obtained in the Activity Tokens Shop.  The Base that is featured as a Theme Decoration is the Beach Base, obtained by completing a lighthouse mission.  The mission can be found by following this link:

 Beach Base Lighthouse Mission

You will find a number of the theme decorations are offered on the Lucky Wheel which means that you can buy them either directly from the Wheel if you obtain the option when you spin or from any Buddy's Share Box if the Buddy is at least at Level 2.

This is the first Farm Beauty Contest that includes an Island Decoration in the form of the Romantic Dinner Table.  Originally a Quest Reward, it now can be found randomly on the Lucky Wheel.  Ideally, once registered, it should COUNT as a Theme Decoration but at this point in time does not.  To register any Island Decoration, you must BE on the Island, then find the Registration Tool in the Tool Menu and use it to tap on the item you wish to register.  There is no Lighthouse or Gallery on the Island, which means that you cannot register Island items through the Lighthouse or Gallery directly.  The registration icon is the last icon in the Tools Menu, by the way.

Another new addition is a Decoration that is part of the Bird Home Base stackable Decorations.  This is the Bird Pool.  It is the Reward for completing the Queen's Day Mission formerly one of the Gallery Missions but now found in the Lighthouse.  Note that Bird Home Base Decorations so far have not been cleanable although the base itself is Cleanable and gives a Blue Box.

Here is a  link to all the original Gallery Missions:

Gallery Missions

  The items that you can find currently in the Activity Token Shop are:

Coconut Delight: 350 Tokens
Beach Bottle: 350  Tokens
Beach Stand: 650 Tokens
Kayak: 350 Tokens

Of these, only the Beach Bottle and Coconut Delight are  NOT included in the current Theme list.

Activity Tokens are earned in a variety of ways.  The game announces these in rather annoying splashscreens periodically but if you wish to know all the current methods by which the Tokens can be obtained, you may be able to discover these if you tap on the Magic Bunny/Monkey.

Lucky Wheel Decorations
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A day or two before the start of a new Farm Beauty Contest, one may find new Decorations in the Lucky Wheel.  These are now as follows:

Soda Cooler: 10 RC
Greek Darryl Statue: 15 RC
High Striker: 15 RC
Scout Sun: 12 RC
Painting Stand: 15 RC

Romantic Dinner Table: 25 RC  (This is an Island Decoration)

All of these are listed as theme items in the current Contest.  You can obtain them either by using your own Tokens to spin the Wheel or by accessing a Buddy's Share Box.

Basic Rules of Contest
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The basic rules of any Farm Beauty Contest remain the same.  Try to create a balance of Crops, Animals, Machines and Decorations on your Farm to gain the maximum number of votes possible from each of the four Characters making certain that all are registered, take a 'snapshot' and then you can remove whatever you wish from your farm... as long as you do not change the photograph!  If you obtain more Theme Items, that would be a reason for taking a new photograph.  Otherwise, it can be exhausting to count the items needed again and again, making certain that you did not decrease the number required for each of the Vote categories.

Note that one rule has changed... definitely for the better.  There will be a limit on the number of duplicates of any Coin Purchase Decoration that will count in terms of Charm Points.  This rule was instigated because of the proliferation of farmers who cheated by 'flattening' items in order to be able to place more on their farms.  It is beneficial as well in terms of creating farms with actual 'beauty' rather than farms with hundreds of ladders or firecrackers side by side simply for the purpose of increasing Charm points.  You can find the limit (usually 5) by tapping on the Coin Decoration in the Market and looking at the flip side.

Theme Decorations
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You always can find a comprehensive list of all Theme Decorations by tapping on the little red book icon on the far right of the initial Farm Beauty Contest screen.  In this particular contest, you will find that many of the Decorations that have been added to the Lucky Wheel constitute Theme Decorations.  Other Theme Decorations are being offered in the special sales offers on the top right of your screen.  A full list of the theme items is found at the end of this post.

The following is taken from an old Farm Contest post but should be fairly accurate still:

Rules for Votes
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Maximum Character Votes
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To obtain the maximum from each Character as far as the Crops, Animals, Machines and Trees are concerned, this is the total you need to place before taking a photograph:

16 different Crops
21 different Trees
13 different Machines
10 different Animals

As far a 'high level' is concerned, you originally needed to be at Level 160 to have maximum votes for THAT, so most of us fail there, although I think it has been modified to Level 150 for the maximum.  .. as far as Expansions are concerned, you do not need the maximum farm expansion to get the maximum Vote for that.  In fact, even if you do not have the 20 x 20 Expansion, you will get maximum votes for your expansion of your farm.

Note here that Beehives and Butterfly Houses as well as the Bat House are Animals for this purpose.

What Characters Value
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The Characters gave their Votes for the following:

First of all, the idea that every change will be worth 1 Point is misleading.   Originally, the developers wanted to keep it all a mystery.  Now each category is given a total:

Felicia:
Charm Points: 24
Theme Items: 24
Animals: 16
Expansions: 16

Dad:
High Level: 16
Expansions: 16
Machines: 16
Theme Items: 24

Darryl:
Charm Points: 24
Theme Items: 24
Large variety of Crops (used to be Trees): 16
Gallery Registration: 16

Grandma:
High Level: 16
Charm Points: 24
Trees: 16
Gallery Registration: 16

How Character Votes Work

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Now, it is important to remember that 'theme-related Decorations only account for a percentage of the Votes given by Felicia, Darryl and Dad.  I believe that once you achieve the total that is the maximum those Characters can give to you for theme, you will not be able to earn any more Votes from them for THAT, irrespective of the number of Theme Decorations that you purchase and place. Bear this in mind when you are tempted to go mad in the upcoming sales.  Originally you had to purchase the NEW Theme Decorations in order to achieve the maximum of 24 Votes for Theme from each of the three Characters but that may have changed as on the very first day of the Contest, Harvest Moon FDC this time had 24/24 for Theme and 24/24 for Charm.  Now bear in mind the fact that two of the 'new' items in the current sale were offered last year as well so those two were on the farm even before the contest began...  whether they would be considered 'new' or not is another matter.  It is entirely possible that not being able to earn the maximum before one purchased the 'new' theme decorations was a glitch or programming defect that has been fixed.

As for Charm Points, the maximum required for 24/24 Votes has been lowered now to 1400 Charm.  This has been verified.

Duplicate items count only towards total Charm Points and will not add to the Votes that you receive from any of the four Characters.

Although there is a 'ceiling' to the number of Votes you can earn from the three Characters for Theme or Charm,  there is no limit to the possible Charm Point total.  A high Charm total may be of some benefit in terms of global ratings but in fact, what really counts is the number of votes you receive from the four Characters and from Neighbours and other players.  How does your Charm total benefit you?  For the Characters who value Charm, once again, you can achieve only a total of 24 Votes each day for that aspect of your Farm from those Characters... once you achieve that, additional Charm points will not be considered by the Characters.  After that total is reached, additional Charm could only  benefit potentially as far as your global rating is concerned.  It does not affect your Votes from Neighbours.  Each Farmer has 3 Votes per day to give to Neighbours.

There is a fairly new gambling option in the Farm Beauty Contest that will pick two farmers randomly and ask you to choose the one you think would have the highest rating.  When you access the 'Vote for Others' Menu, the middle option now is 'Bet'.  It will show you two farms and ask you to choose which has the higher rating.  If you choose correctly, that farmer will gain two additional votes.  You will see the total Charm value of the farm but not the actual 'rating' ... so total Charm is quite different from actual rating, making one wonder if Charm values above the 'ceiling' of 1400 Points really have any value at all...

The Votes from the four Characters dropped off once the final Reward was received in some of the Contests but continued to accrue in others.   Even after receiving the Avatar Reward, Farmers did continue to receive Votes in at least one of the Farm Beauty Contests.  It remains to be seen whether this one will continue to give Votes or not.

Voting for my Farms
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Of course, I would be thrilled if farmers who used my site would be willing to send their Votes to Harvest Moon or Rosewood Farms.  Winning the Contest may be hopeless but I would love to be able to obtain the special Decoration and the Avatar if possible.   I would like to thank every one who voted for me again.  As I wrote previously, I do not make any money with my site.  I do not have any adverts on it and do not promote anything other than the game itself.  I write the guide because I always find a good guide useful when playing a game and I believe other players feel the same, so if you wish to give me anything, please give your Votes! To do this, tap on the FINAL icon for 'My Neighbours' and then 'Visit' Harvest Moon FDC or Rosewood.  Once at the farm, you can choose to Vote once for it or use all three Votes in quick succession.  That is how the Voting procedure works.  On the left you will see 'My Snapshot' menu where you interact with your own options to post a new secreenshot, collect your Rewards as well as the Votes you are given each day from Characters and Neighbours.  On the right you will see 'Vote for Others'.  Tap on the 'Vote for Others' and you will be given three choices: Random Pick, Great Farmers and My Neighbours.  I personally think 'My Neighbours' is the only really fair option.  You then will be taken to a list of your Neighbours who have entered the Contest.  You have to choose to 'Visit' one in order to be able to vote and you can Vote up to three times either for one farm or for different farms.

Voting for Items
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There is an option to vote for any Item, whether it is a Crop, Tree, Machine, Animal or Decoration on a Neighbour's Farm when you give your Vote for the Contest.  On both Harvest Moon FDC and Rosewood, there are Iris Flowers.  Please do 'Like' the Iris.  I am hoping this one day will persuade the developers to return it to the Market as a permanent Crop.  On Harvest Moon FDC, there is one Love Rose and one Primrose as well.  Please 'Like' them if you can!

How to Vote
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For farmers who are participating in the Contest for the first time, a brief set of instructions on voting:

First either tap on the little gold trophy on the top right of your screen or go to your Menu and tap on the Farm Beauty Contest icon there.  You will be taken to the general Farm Beauty Contest Menu.

Your Photograph
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According to Support, your current Photograph or Screenshot is the basis for the Votes of the four Characters each day.  You cannot participate in the Contest until you submit a Photograph.  You can change your Photograph once each day, but many players do not do so unless they have changed something on their farms to obtain more Votes either from the Characters or to achieve a better global rating by increasing Charm Points.

To take a new Screenshot, access the General Farm Beauty Contest Menu.Tap on 'My Screenshot' and then tap on the small icon of My Screenshot that appears in the top left corner. Now you will see options below to 'Re-Take or to 'Check'.    You will see an option to write a new message to visitors and potential Voters as well.   Tap on Re-Take when your Farm is at its best and a new Screenshot will be submitted.  To write a new message, tap on the script box and you will have the option to change it and then 'Save' it.

When you access the Farm Beauty Contest menu and then tap on My Snapshot, you should see a countdown of how much time remains until the next Character Votes are logged for you to collect.

Boosting Character Votes
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Now, how can you boost the Votes of the four Characters even if your Charm totals are low and you cannot afford to buy Theme Decorations with real Cash?

First of all, each of the four Characters bases his/her Votes on different aspects of your Farm as you can see from the list of farming aspects that each favours..  As shown in the list of Theme Decorations, there are three Characters who give Votes for the Theme. Votes are given by different Characters, however, for a wide variety of Crops, for Trees, for Animals and for Machines.  Gallery Registration will give you Votes with two Characters.  Expansions count as well...

So what I suggest to every Farmer is to make certain that you have registered as many items on your Farm as possible before the Contest begins and if you cannot complete this task prior to the start, keep registering your Items until they all have been added to the Gallery.  This cannot give you more than a total of 16 Votes daily but if you do qualify for the maximum number of Votes for Gallery from the two Characters that value this aspect of Farming, you will be in a good position.

Expansions give Votes as well.  Actually, you can get the maximum of 16 Votes for Expansions even without the last farm expansion.

It is not mere ownership of items that gives Votes but PLACEMENT of them on your Farm as well as the REGISTRATION of any item on your Farm..  When the Contest begins, place a good balance of Animals and Machines on your Farm and plant a variety of Crops as well as making certain that you have as many different types of Trees as possible.  Again, each of these aspects of farming will not give more than a total of 16 to 24 of the Votes of the Character or Characters who value them.  As indicated, each Character has four different categories of farming upon which his or her Votes are based.

The one aspect of Character votes that is difficult to obtain is the maximum given for 'high Levels'.  It appears that one would have to be at Level 150 in order to obtain the maximum number of Character Votes for high level.  At Level 90, you obtain only 9 Votes!

As previously discussed, Charm is valued by some of the Characters but piling Decorations on your Farm is pointless as there is a ceiling to the number of Votes given by the Characters for your Charm. I therefore would recommend that farmers who cannot place in the top 50 globally focus more on creating a balanced Farm with a good mixture of Crops, Trees, Animals and Machines than attempting to load your Farm with duplicate Decorations or indeed Decorations that are not cleanable once you have exhausted your normal stock of Theme Decorations and a certain number of Charm points.  The members of my Group on Facebook, Family Farm Seaside Freyashawk and I experimented with this during the last Contest to see how Votes would be affected.  It really did not require too many Decorations to achieve the maximum number of Votes from a Character who valued either Charm or Theme... beyond that, one was using space on the farm that would be better allocated to ANOTHER aspect of farming that would garner Votes from a Character.

Theme-related Decorations only add to 'Theme' Votes from a Character ONCE.

Now, this is how low level Farmers can benefit from full participation in the Contest. There is a list of Rewards given for achieving specific Vote totals.  Every couple hundred Votes or so, you will receive a specific Reward.  Most of them consist of Farm Aids, Coins and Purple Mystrons but there is a Decoration Reward and at the very top of the list, two Rewards that consist of RC, the final one being paired with a special Avatar.  In the current Contest, the Decoration is a  Balloon Decoration that no doubt can be placed on the Lovely Planter Base when it is complete.  The Decoration really is more significant than the Avatar Reward for most farmers.

Your Votes from the four Characters DO make a difference, therefore, even if you cannot achieve huge totals of Votes or place globally.  You can achieve a number of the Rewards on the list if you maintain a balanced Farm.


NONE of this will count, however, if you do not take photos of your Farm.  The Votes of the four Characters are determined by your CURRENT PHOTO in the Contest.  In other words, give your Farm the greatest advantages in terms of Crops, Trees, Animals and Machines as well as Decorations, making certain all have been registered in the Gallery,  take your photograph and THEN AND ONLY THEN store items or do whatever is necessary for REAL work on your Farm.  A new time-restricted Mission should be released next Friday if everything goes according to the regular schedule.  You may need to store items in order to produce products and so on... so start your day by registering for the Farm Beauty Contest by taking a photo after you have made your Farm as profitable, vote-wise as possible.  You then will be free to get on with the business of real farming.



Theme Items
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You always can find the list of Theme items by tapping on the icon of the red book on the right side of the Farm Beauty Contest menu.

Theme Tree:

Fig Tree:  Purchase in market for 10 RC or randomly on Lucky Wheel or Buddy Share Box; can be found randomly in Green Mystron Shop as well

Theme Decorations:

Mini Beach:  Purchase in market for 16 RC or in Green mystron Shop randomly

Duck Swimming Pool: From past sales offer.
  1 Vote

Toucan:  Reward from past Cooking Stand Contest
    1 Vote from 3 Characters

Spoon Shovel::  Reward from opening 8th Macaron Flower Bag
  1 Vote from 3 Characters

Painting Stand:  Reward from past mission or find on Lucky Wheel and/or Share Box
  1 Vote

Max the Racccoon: from past sales packet
  2 Votes

Hermit the Crab: from past sales packet
  1 Vote

Surf Board:  Purchase in Market for 2300 Coins
  1 Vote

Scout Sun:  Reward from past mission or find on Lucky Wheel and/or Buddy Share Box
  1 Vote

Hammock;  Purchase from Market for 7 RC or from Green Mystron Shop randomly
  1 Vote

Harriet the Hippo:  Find in current Sales packets
  3 Votes

Octavia the Octopus:  Find in current sales packets
  2 Votes

Pete the Pelican:  From past sales packet
  1 Vote

Beach Base:  Reward from Lighthouse Mission
  3 Votes

High Striker:  Reward from past mission or find on Lucky Wheel and/or Share Box
  1 Vote

Romance Dining Table:  Reward from past mission or find on Lucky Wheel and/or Share Box
  1 Vote

Tiki Bar (?); Decoration Reward for the Farm Beauty Contest
  1 Vote

Bird Pool:  Reward from Queen's Day Mission in Lighthouse, stacked for Bird Home Base
  1 Vote

Smoothie Table:  Offered in past sales packet
  1 Vote

Wash Basin:  Offered in past sales packet
  1 Vote

Darryl Greek Statue:  Reward for past mission or find in Lucky Wheel
  1 Vote

Soda Cooler: Past Calendar Reward, now available in Lucky Wheel or Share Box
  1 Vote

Beach Stand: 650 Activity Tokens
  1 Vote

Kayak: 350 Activity Tokens
  1 Vote

Not yet available:

Mackensie the Meerkat:  Hawaiian Seaside Discount packet
  2 Votes

Deer Swim Ring:  2016 Beach Party Activity  aka Activity Token Shop
  1 Vote

Remember that once you have received 24/24 Votes from any Character for Theme, no further Theme items will be counted by the Characters.  The Charm values of RC items will continue to count but once you have received 24/24 Votes from the Characters for Charm, no more Charm values will count towards Character Vote totals.

01 July 2016

Punkrock Darryl and Colourful Ukulele Collections Mission

The complexion of Family Farm Seaside truly is changing with an increased focus on the new options that require almost constant interaction such as the Stove House, the Boats on the Island and the Flea and E Markets.  I personally do not care for the changes but will try to continue to cover this game, primarily because I still love my farms...

The two Decorations that are the final Rewards for completing Punkrock Darryl 8 and Punkrock Darryl 16 both are for the original Seaside Farm, sadly enough.  It appears they no longer are giving us the more valuable Island Decorations!  These Decorations respectively are the Small Drum Set and the Big Drum Set, following the same pattern as the last time-restricted Mission that gave us both a small and a large Drinks Cart.

For the first time, the reward for completing the Collections Mission is a Stove House Recipe rather than a Tree or Collectable.

Premium Items:  You will need quite a few premium Trees to complete the tasks as well as the Collections Mission, requiring a Butternut Squash Tree.  The premium Trees include the Golden Peach and Pecan Trees.   All are being offered as part of current sales packages.  For the Island Tasks, you will need a completed Hot Dog Machine, as well as Pie Machine, Dehydrator and Essential Oils Machine.

Note that you will receive the usual Coins and XP when you complete any Part of the Punkrock Darryl Mission but you will receive an additional reward in the form of an Activity Bag that contains 20 Activity Tokens as well as  5 OP and 200 Coins. 

Colourful Ukulele Collections Mission

Collect 70 Green Ukuleles from Green Lettuce
Collect 50 Blue Ukuleles from Duck Eggs
Collect 30 Red Ukuleles from Veggie Burgers
Collect 10 Pink Ukuleles from Butternut Squash

Reward: Recipe for Happy Summer Smoothie

Note that the two new Decorations in the form of Small Drum Kit and Big Drum Kit form a new Collections Set with a Butternut Squash Tree once all are registered.  You will find the Collections Set in the Lighthouse and will receive 1 RC, 88 Green Mystrons and 1 Clam Friendship Flower for having all three registered items.

Strategies
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If you cannot perform the Island tasks, it is better not to pay the RC needed to skip the tasks as the price of skipping the task of producing 60 Dried Kiwi with the Dehydrator is 30 RC.  You do not receive an Island Decoration at the end of the Quest sequence but only another mainland Decoration.  The real reason to perform as many of the tasks as possible is for the Activity Bags that give you 20 Activity Tokens each.  There now are three Decorations in the Activity Mystery Shop and no doubt one or more will be featured as Theme Decorations in the next Beauty Contest.

Another strategy point is to register as many items as possible not only for the Collection Set reward but for the next Beauty Contest.  You do receive a Friendship Flower when you register THIS Collection Set in the Lighthouse.

The best way to obtain premium Trees quickly is to buy them as part of a special sales package even though it costs real money.  You usually receive a Decoration that can be cleaned and  may be a Theme Decoration in the upcoming or current Farm Beauty Contest.  Some Decorations sold with packages will give Blue Mystrons, Yellow Mystrons or RC for a few days when cleaned as well.  If you do not have the Butternut Squash Tree, buy it as part of the special package currently on sale.  You can find premium Trees in the Green Mystrons Shop randomly as well.

Preparation Strategies
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Once upon a time, players were able to make 'basic' recipe items in advance, during the downtimes between time-restricted Missions.  We no longer have that luxury really.  With the Coffee House Orders, the Cooking Stand Contests, the Boat Orders and Daily Order Board, not to mention the Stove House, even veteran farmers are hard-pressed to keep up with all the demands that the game now imposes on us.  If you like Zynga games like Castleville and FarmVille Country Escape, you probably will welcome all the busy work.   If you are like me, however, and enjoyed the idea of having a peaceful sanctuary where you could grow beautiful and useful crops, then make them into whatever you wished to produce, the game has become increasingly stressful and less fun, frankly.  Yes, thank God for my Facebook Groups where members of Freyashawk Family Farm Seaside Groups always can find active neighbours and Buddies to reciprocate when the game demands this sort of global participation.  On the other hand, some of us miss the old days and I wish that FunPlus would realise how many veteran players they have lost in the past few months by piling these endless tasks upon us.

Farm Aids
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For new players in particular, the Special Daily Deal is a necessity. Go to the Market every day to purchase 5 Power for 5000 Coins and 100 OP for 5000 Coins.  You can purchase an additional 5 Power then for 1 RC and an additional 100 OP for 1 RC if you need these.

Punkrock Darryl Quest
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Punkrock Darryl 1:
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Darryl: Hi farmer!  Felicia's festival gave me an idea: I'm going to start a rock band!  Summer holidays are coming, so that'll give me plenty of time to practice!  And to feed the cattle...

Harvest 40 Cucumbers
  Skip for 10 RC

Feed the Holstein Cow 40 times to make Grandma happy
  Skip for 10 RC

Harvest 8 Oranges
  Skip for 8 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 160 XP, 1 Activity Bag

Darryl:  Yes, a rock band!  I can learn to play the guitar, but I still have to find other members!

Punkrock Darryl 2:
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Darryl: Great!  Dylan and George want to play in the band!  Hmm, I want Tina to join too, she's also in my class and lives on a farm as well.  Maybe she'll consider it if I help her harvest pitaya!

Harvest 40 Pitayas to persuade Tina
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 20 Cornmeal
  Skip for 10 RC
  Each requires 2 Corn

Produce 40 Buffalo Milk
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 160 XP, 1 Activity Bag

Darryl:  Yippee!  Tina wants to play in my band too!  This will be the best summer ever!

Punkrock Darryl 3
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Darryl:  Alright, farmers!   Our practicing is going great!  Today we decided on the band name.  I can tell you, but I think I need something to drink first.  All the singing made me thirsty!

Produce 12 glasses of Orange Juice
  Skip for 12 RC

Produce 40 Buffalo Milk Cheese
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 8 Butter
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Milk

Reward: 2500 Coins, 170 XP, 1 Activity Bag

Darryl:  Our name is the Rolling Farmers!  Awesome, right?  And I have some more news.

Punkrock Darryl 4
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Darryl:  The director of my school asked me if we want to play at the summer school festival.  This is amazing news, right?  Our first ever performance.  We have to prepare well, but I need some food first!

Prepare 8 Cottage Cheese
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Cheddar Cheese and 2 Milk

Produce 40 Angora Hair
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 20 Corn Bread
  Skip for 10 RC
  Although you have prepared the Cornmeal that is one ingredient, many farmers opt to use Gold Finger to make Cornbread.

Reward: 2500 Coins, 170 XP, 1 Activity Bag

Special Reward: Mission Gift Box containing Farm Aids

Darryl:  Thanks!  A rock artist can't go without a proper meal.  Time to go to the school for our first show ever!

Punkrock Darryl 5
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Darryl:  Uh oh, bad news, farmer!  We arrived at school for the show, but they don't have a stage yet.  They forgot to book it!  What should we do now?  I can't perform without a stage!

Ask Neighbours for 20 Stage Pieces to build the stage
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest 50 Sweet Potatoes
  Skip for 12 RC

Fish 8 times with the Squid Hook
  Skip for 8 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 180 XP, 1 Activity Bag

Darryl:  Thanks for the help, farmer!  Now we have a big stage!  Too big, maybe?

Punkrock Darryl 6
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Darryl:  Wow, a lot of people actually came to see our show!  I never expected this to happen, but I'm feelling really nervous!  Being a rovk star is so new to me, I'll need something to calm my nerves!

Produce 50 Beef
  Skip for 12 RC

Harvest 50 Pineapples
  Skip for 12 RC

Prepare 8 Sago Bubbles
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Sweet Potatoes and 2 Wheat Flour

Reward: 2500 Coins, 180 XP, 1 Activity Bag

Darryl:  Thanks.  The pineapples really helped.  I'm going on stage now!

Punkrock Darryl 7
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Darryl:  The show is going great!  I feel like we have the crowd in the palm of our hands!  Ha ha!  Maybe it's because Granny made delicious snacks!  I wonder what the guy in the hat is doing in the back!

Prepare 8 Butternut Squash Roll Cakes
  Skip for 8 RC

  Each requires 2 Butternut Squash and 3 Cottage Cheese
  Each Cottage Cheese requires 2 Cheddar Cheese and 2 Milk

Produce 20 Pitaya Jam
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 6 Hairtail Tomato Sauce
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 3 Tomatoes and 1 Hairtail (raw)

Reward: 2500 Coins, 190 XP, 1 Activity Bag

Darryl:  Wow, farmer!  The man with the hat came to me after the show!  I have amazing news!

Punkrock Darryl 8
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Darryl:  The man with the hat is Mr. Stevie.  He's the organiser of the biggest rock festival in Belgium and he wants us to play at his festival.  Farmer, you know what this means!  Our breakthrough, already!

(After one rehearsal... quite amazing!)

Harvest 8 Golden Peaches
  Skip for 8 RC

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

Prepare 8 Golden Peach Sago Pudding
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Golden Peach and 1 Sago Pudding

Reward: 2500 Coins, 190 XP, 1 Activity Bag

Darryl:  We still have a few weeks to practice and write some new songs!  So much to do!

Special Reward: Decoration for Seaside Farm
Small Drum Kit Cleanable Decoration worth 5 Charm

Punkrock Darryl 9
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Darryl: I'm feeling great!  I'm so young and I'm already playing a big show!  Oh, Mr. Stevie asked if Grandma wanted to host a food stand at the festival.  Maybe we can test our new smoothies there!

Prepare 8 Sour Cream
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Buffalo Mulk and 2 Butter

Make 3 Happy Summer Smoothie
   Recipe is reward for completing Collections Mission and dish must be made in Stove House
  Skip for 6 RC

Transport 20 Beef Salami to Island
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 200 XP, 1 Activity Bag

 Darryl: Smoothies are the drink of summer festivals.  Do you think that Tina would like one of them?

Punkrock Darryl 10
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Great!  Granny wants to try some new recipes for the festival stand.  Of course, festivals are all about dancing.  How about we give the audience some energy?

Harvest 50 Cassava
  This is an Island Task
  Skip for 12 RC

Produce 50 Ketchup
  Skip for 12 RC

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

Reward: 2500 Coins, 200 XP, 1 Energy Bag

Darryl:  Great thinking!  The butternut squash puree was delicious!  Time to go!  I'm getting my guitar and we're outta here!

Punkrock Darryl 11
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Darryl: On the way to the festival... We're the first band to play, so I'd better tune my guitar.  Oh no, Farmer!  On of my strings broke and I have no spares!  This is a catastrophe!  I need more food to deal with this!

Ask Neighbours for 20 Guitar Strings
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest 8 Pecans
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 8 Pecan Bread
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Pecan and 1 Cornbread

Reward: 2500 Coins, 210 XP, 1 Activity Bag

Darryl:  Phew, farmer!  You saved the day and my musical career!  Just in time, we're almost at the festival grounds!

Punkrock Darryl 12
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Darryl:  We're almost at the festival!  Tina said that she would like to look perfect while performing.  Hmm, I guess we can make her some nice jewelry, farmer?

Harvest 50 Lotus Flowers
  Skip for 12 RC

Craft 3 Earrings of Love
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 1 Lotus Flower, 1 Pearl and 1 pair of Earring Hooks

Prepare 8 Cheese Salads
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 5 Honey and 2 Cheddar Cheese

Reward: 2500 Coins, 210 XP, 1 Activity Bag

Darryl:  These are some great earrings, farmer!  Tina will love them!  Time for our sound check, better prepare my voice!

Special Reward: Island Mission Gift Box

Punkrock Darryl 13
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Darryl:  Awesome, all the instruments are set up and tuned.  Now I only have to warm my voice... Pa- aah... Oh no, I lost my voice because of my nerves!  This is the end, how can I perform without a voice!

Transport 20 Ketchup to Island
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 50 Cassave Flour
  This is an Island Task
  Skip for 12 RC

Harvest 60 Watermelons
  Skip for 15 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 220 XP, 1 Activity Bag

Darryl:  How did you do that?  My voice is back!  Is it because of the watermelon?  I don't know how to thank you!

Punkrock Darryl 14
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Darryl:  With my voice back, i can start the show without trouble.  Oh, but Grandma has a problem!  The orders for her snacks keep coming!  Seems like she could use a little hand!

Produce 30 Cranberry Pies
  This is an Island Task
  Skip for 15 RC

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

Complete 3 Helicopter Orders
  This is an Island task
  Skip for 3 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 220 XP, 1 Activity Bag

Darryl:  Okay, Grandma can handle it!  It's time for our show!  Wish me luck on stage!

Punkrock Darryl 15
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Darryl:  Okay, we're heading to the stage!  There are so many people here and it's super hot!  I think I will nee some relaxing aroma therapy afterwards.  Root for me, will you?

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

  Each requires 2 Wool Yarn and 1 Cedar Wood and is made in the Workshop using 1 Power

Craft 6 Lily Aroma Bottles
  Must transport both Wooden Aroma Bottles and Lily Essential Oil to Mainland first
  Skip for 6 RC

Tend flowers in Botanic Garden 6 times
  This is an Island Task
  Skip for 6 RC

Darryll:  The show went just as we planned!  Tina looks stunning with her trumpet.  Oh... there is Mr. Stevie.  I have to thank him!

Reward: 2500 Coins, 230 XP, 1 Activity Bag

Punkrock Darryl 16
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Darryl: Being a rock star is awesome!  Mr. Stevie said that we were the best act in the festival and gave me the Golden Microphone Trophy!  This is the best summer ever.  Time for a big party!

Produce 60 Dried Kiwi
  This is an Island Task
  Skip for 30 RC

  N.B.  The cost of skipping this task is outrageous... not worth it for some one who hasn't mastered the Dehydrator to make the Dried Kiwi.  You only receive a Mainland decoration at the end in any case.  Not worth the RC price here if you cannot perform the task.

Produce 20 Beef Hotdogs
  This is an Island task
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 8 Summer Toast
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 4 Cheese Salads and 2 Pecan Bread, quite a lot of ingredients!

Reward: 2500 Coins, 230 XP, 1 Activity Bag

Darryl:  My musical career started out well, farmer!  I'm happy you can be part of this, thanks for the help!  Now back to the real work on the farm!

Final Reward: Another Decoration for original Mainland Seaside Farm in the form of the Big Drum Kit

Gallery Registrations:
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Register the two new Decorations and have a registered Butternut Squash Tree to complete a new Collection Set.  You will recevie 1 RC, 88 Green Mystrons and 1 Clam Friendship Flower as the Collection Set Reward. 



25 June 2016

All Cleanable Decorations with their Rewards and Charm Values

This is an updated post that will include all Cleanable Decorations with the type or colour of Gift Box associated with them as well as their Charm Values.  I originally created this post only to list the Cleanable Decorations with their Rewards when cleaned but I now intend to include the Charm Value of each as well.  At the end of this post, you now will find a list of all the non-cleanable Decorations.

Values and Uses of Decorations
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Originally, Decorations were simply decorative in nature.  They were used solely to beautify the farm or make it unique.  Now, however, Decorations have other uses.   Cleanable Decorations yield 'Gift Boxes' of various colours when cleaned by a neighbour or Buddy.  Even non-cleanable Decorations have values in the form of a specific Charm Value and when part of the 'Theme' for a current Farm Beauty Contest, a value in terms of Votes as well as the rating of the farm.

The Charm value of any Decoration is found in a small flower pink or red flower icon with a number inside it.  The number represents the Charm Value.  When the item has a Coin cost, the total number of these Decorations that can be counted for Charm on any farm  usually is limited to 5 but when the Decoration has an RC cost, there is no limit to the total number that can be placed on any farm to add Charm to it.

Charm Values are the reason I have expanded this post to include a section that lists the Decorations that have Charm values but are not cleanable.



Most players are familiar now with the various Gift Boxes in Family Farm Seaside and how they are obtained.  Basically, there are two types of Decorations in the form of those that can be 'cleaned' by Neighbours to yield Gift Boxes and those that cannot be cleaned.  Beyond that, however, there are further distinctions.

Gift Boxes come in different colours.  Each Decoration yields a Gift Box of a specific colour.  The very best Gift Boxes are the Blue ones.   As a basic rule,  EVERY final Decoration from a Cooking Stand Contest yields a Blue Box.  Every Decoration from a time-restricted Quest gives a Purple Gift Box.  EVERY Base yields a Blue Box.  Finally, it is through the special Sales primarily that new Decorations that give Blue Boxes are obtained.

In the Gallery now, some Decorations are highlighted but although many of the ones that yield Blue Boxes are highlighted in gold, this is not the reason.  I am beginning to suspect that such highlighting may denote the most popular Decorations.

The most valuable Gift Boxes tend to be those that are Blue or Gold.  I therefore will list the Decorations that yield these colours first.

Note there is a new type of Decoration in the form of the temporary Trophies given to players who have high rank in the Farm Beauty Contest.  Harvest Moon FDC received an Iron Trophy in the last contest.  Unfortunately, there was a glitch that both prevented me from registering the Trophy and prevented any player from cleaning it for almost a fortnight  That now has been fixed, giving me the opportunity to discover that the Iron Trophy yields a special Iron Trophy Gift Box actually named the Farm Beauty Contest Iron Cleaning Box.  Although it is very pretty, it really is not as valuable as the Blue or Gold Gift Boxes.  It usually contains nothing more than Coins and a few Green Mystrons. Nonetheless, I like having it in my Gift Box!


 The Decorations that yield Blue Gift Boxes include:

Market Stall
  18 Charm

Clothes Drying Rack
  7 Charm

Macaron Flower
  
Pinwheel Cart

Flower Pot Bunny
  2 Charm

Snow Magician
  9 Chsrm

Thai Elephant

Mommy Duck

Ferris Wheel

Teddy Bear Balloon

Parachute Penguin

Shower Hippo

Sweet Chicks Cart

Mini-Garden

Japanese Garden
  21 Charm

Toucan

Small Squirrel

Red Panda Habitat

Panda Table Set

Sheep Table Set

Cow Table Set

Horse Rocking Chair

Cow Rocking Chair

Sheep Rocking Chair

Mini Beach
  30 Charm

Flamingo

Girl Cupid

Boy Cupid

Girl Grass Hair Deer

Hedgehog
  7 Chsrm

Flower Pot Bunny

Christmas Train

Bobo Bear in Tent

Hallowe'en Stage (Base)

Thanksgiving Base

Bird Home Base

Snow Base

Skeleton Rockstar Diva
  8 Charm

Snowy Owl
  6 Chsrm

Bobo Fishing On Ice
  11 Chsrm

Lovely Planter Box Base

Lovely Lady Cat Deco
  8 Charm

Kitten in a Box

Bunny in Basket
  8 Charm

Oskar the Dog
  1 Charm

Fox in a Box

Easter Picnic Base

Max the Raccoon
  8 Charm

Hermit the Crab
   12 Charm

Harriet the Hippo
  12 Charm


Note that the first Bases released  have yielded a Blue Box, but the Ice Base is giving a Purple Box, rather disappointingly... as are the two Bases earned by completing Lighthouse Missions.

Most of the other cleanable Decorations yield Purple Gift Boxes which are the second best of all the colours.  Lower on the scale are the Silver Cleaning Boxes.

Every colour contains a random assortment of Items that can include Power, OP,, Coins, Gasoline and  Green Mystrons.  The only difference between the Gift Boxes of various colours is that the Blue Boxes usually contain more Items than the others.  The Gold Gift Boxes are the next in value generally speaking.

Note that Island Decorations NEVER yield Blue Gift Boxes.  They yield Boxes, however, that include Island Farm Aids as well as the usual Rewards.

From time to time, a special sale or offer will include Decorations that temporarily yield RC or Yellow Mystrons instead of the usual Cleaning Gift Boxes.  After a specified number of days, the same Decoration will begin to yield Gift Boxes instead.

To obtain any Gift Cleaning Bag, you either need to be the owner of a Cleanable Decoration that is placed on your own Farm and then cleaned by a Neighbour or your have to visit a Neighbour's Farm to clean a Decoration there.

There are other 'bags' that contain similar Items to those found randomly in Cleaning Gift Bags.  These include the Loyal Player Reward, the Cooking Gift Bag and the Angel Rain Package.  The Loyal Player Reward is one that is given to a Player who stays logged into the game for a specific amount of time.  The Cooking Gift Bag is given whenever a farmer eats at a Neighbour's Cooking Stand.  The Angel Rain Egg, when cleaned by a neighbour, yields the Angel Rain Package.

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Stacked Decorations are a fairly new option that was created with the various 'Bases'.  All Bases when complete give a Blue Gift Box, but you can 'stack' other Decorations on them and these each give their own Cleaning Box, the colour of which is linked to THAT Decoration.  Whenever you visit a Neighbour who has a Base stacked with Decorations, the first Neighbour to clean the Base will receive the Blue Gift Bag... after that, you can try to clean a specific Decoration by tapping on its position on the base and you will receive the Gift Box that is associated with that Decoration.  In other words, up to five cleanings can take place on a base that is stacked with the maximum of four Decorations.  The exception to this is the Bird Home Base simply because the Decorations that can be stacked on it are NOT Cleanable.  They have Charm points but cannot be cleaned.

Storage of Stacked Decorations
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A recent update to the game has changed the configuration of the Warehouse to give it three main sections rather than two.  These are as follows:  Warehouse, Decorations, Gadgets.

The labels are a little misleading here as 'Gadgets' really encompasses ALL Stackable items, whether they are indeed Gadgets for Upgraders or Decorations that can be stacked on the various Bases, including the Bird Home Bases that are sold in the Market as well as the Bases that were obtained through Seasonal activities or now can be obtained by completing specific Lighthouse Missions.

In terms of the Warehouse and Decorations tabs, only items actually being stored will be shown when you access those areas, but where the Gadgets tab is concerned, you will see ALL Stackable items, whether or not they are being stored or are placed currently either on the farm or on their designated Bases.  There is one possible action for these items which is 'Use'.  If indeed the item is being used currently, that action will not be available and will be greyed out as it were.  If, however, the item is being stored, you will be able to tap on 'Use' to place it either directly on your Farm or on its designated Upgrader or Base.

Remember that almost every Stackable item can be used solely on one specific Base or Upgrader.  You will see the jigsaw icon when using the 'Move' Tool only when you have brought the item to hover over the Base or Upgrader where it can be stacked.

Charm Points
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This brings me to the Farm Beauty Contests and the business of Charm Points and Theme Decorations.  Once upon a time, we placed only the Decorations we liked personally as well as trying to place as many of those that yielded the Blue Boxes as possible.  Now with the advent of the Farm Beauty Contests, we have to worry about Theme and Charm Points.  What that means is that some of us tend to load our farms with as many Decorations as possible, especially when they have been declared to be part of the current Theme for a Contest.    Theme Decorations can consist both of cleanable Decorations and ones that cannot be cleaned.  They can include items without any Charm Point value as well.   When farms are crowded densely with Decorations, it sometimes is difficult to find the ones with the Blue Gift Boxes.  Nonetheless, this is our brave new world...

Note that the rules have changed now in that Decorations that are purchased with Coins will have a limit as far as the Charm point total for purposes of any Farm Beauty Contest.

Achievements
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Note that Achievements now include specific numbers of each colour of Gift Box to be obtained from Neighbours' Farms.  It therefore is worth the effort to clean EVERY kind of cleanable Decoration now!

Tips for Farmers
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As the Blue Boxes do contain the best items for the most part (everything IS random, of course), it is a good idea not to crowd cleanable Decorations that yield different colours of Gift Boxes together unless you are past the point where it matters to you...  if you place all Blue Box Decorations together in front or in another prominent or easily accessible position, you probably will obtain more Blue Boxes every night when the game resets.

Gold Cleaning Box List
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This is a new list so it will be updated gradually.  The Gold Cleaning Gift Boxes are almost as valuable as the Blue Gift Boxes.  In fact, I sometimes receive more OP from the Gold ones than the Blue...

I do believe that all the Decoration Rewards from the Farm Beauty Contests give Gold Cleaning Boxes.

Ski Penguin
  7 Charm

Snow Launcher

Christmas Crystal Ball
  3 Chsrm

Colourful Tent
  10 Charm

Christmas Wreath Fence
Bird House
Duck Swimming Pool
Indian Hat
  9 Charm

Snow Man
  4 Charm

Tree Reindeer
Spring Festival Garden
Egged In Bunny
Egg Statue
Kitten in Basket
Owl
Skeleton Rockstar Frontman
  6 Charm

Running Mummy
Hammock
  4 Charm

Christmas Sled
Koala
Bumper Cars
Mystic Rose
Sheep Weeble
Flower Cage
Bobo Bear's Guitar
  5 Charm

Whale Spring Rider
Backpack
Snow Queen
Red Ducky
  2 Charm

Flower Cage
Mum Fence
Lovely Balloons
Easter Lamp

Sand Bucket and Shovel
  

Purple Gift Boxes
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I suppose I ought to list these as well but the rule generally is that all Time-Restricted Quest Decorations yield Purple Gift Boxes as do all Calendar Rewards.

They include:

Nutcracker
Gnome
Gluhwein Cup
Easter Chocolate Bunny
Angel Sheep
  7 Charm

Samurai Dog
Singer Sheep
Dragon Statue
Turtle Statue
Golden Chicken Statue
Rabbit Statue
Hippo Ballerina
Polar Bear on Igloo
  10 Charm

Wiinter Tent with Husky Dog
  13 Charm

Egyptian Ship
Disco Van
Rosy Posy
Festival Palanquin
Ichimatsu Doll
Easter Bunny (now gives Silver instead)
Thumbelina
Hot Tub
Cornucopia
High Striker
Scout Sun
Flower Barrow
Matrioshka
Candle Stand
  12 Charm

Safari Bus
Fishing Elephant

Fish Ice Pond
  9 Charm

Monkey with Cymbals
Peter Pan's Picnic Table
Mountain of Fruit and Flowers

Harvest Hat
  1 Charm

Tower of Arab
Egyptian Ship
Sphinx
Flower Swing
Autumn Arch
Sand Castle
Basketball Playground
Music Box
Mini Eiffel Tower
Painting Stand
Bocca della Verita
Robovase
Lacquer Horn
Movie Star
Taekwondo Tiger
Detective's Board

Peach Boy
  6 Charm

Tooth Potting
Darryl Greek Statue
Male Thanksgiving Owl
Greek Taverna Chair Set
Flower Chair
Reindeer Seesaw
Flower House

Blackboard

Farm Beauty Trophy

Boy Grass Hair Deer
  6 Charm

Ice Base (hope this is temporary and it will give Blue Box)
Lovely Heart
Lovely Mister Cat Deco
Valentine's Gift Basket
Badminton Statue
   4 Charm

Mini Golf
  14 Charm

Lovely Boxwood
Glassed in Bunny

Greek Taverna Chair Set
  3 Charm

Chicken in Egg
  3 Charm (stackable)

Easter Backdrop
Easter Torch
Magic Pike

DNA strand shaped Plant
  4 Charm

Pete the Pelican
Beach Changing Room


Octavia the Octopus
  7 Charm


Silver Gift Boxes
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The Silver Gift Boxes probably are the least valuable of all.  Oddly enough, the large Swimming Pool yields only a Silver Gift Box as does the Duck Pond that we had to build a couple of years ago.  I do believe that the Gift Hill gives a Silver Box as well.  In fact, many of the Cleanable Decorations that you can purchase in the Market for Coins give only a Silver Gift Box.  Some do not give ANY Box but only give Coins.

Mailbox
  1 Charm

Christmas Candle
  6 Charm

Duck Habitat
  6 Charm

Gift Hill
  4 Charm

Funny Scarecrow

Tyre Swing

Chinese Pavilion
  5 Charm

Lotus Pond
  11 Charm

Willow Tree
  6 Charm

Bunny Hedge
  1 Charm

Sand Bottle

Bobo Bear's Bike
Witch Legs

Little Christmas Tree
  4 Charm

Panda Lantern
  1 Charm

Easter Bunny (used to give Purple, now gives only Silver)

Santa Sign
  3 Charm

Coin Decorations
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Cleanable Decorations that give only Coins include:

Snow Globe

Christmas Cake
  
Snowy Arch

Christmas Tree

Bonfire Tent

Toy Bunny on Bike

Note, however, that for the purpose of gaining Buddy Points, the Coin Decorations are as good as any.  No matter which Decoration you clean, you will gain the same number of points!

Decorations that give Items
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Easter Egg Tree: gives a bag that contains a random type of Chocolate
Angel Rain Egg: gives a bag that contains a random Farm Aid


Collectable Decorations:
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These Decorations are NOT cleanable by neighbours but act like Collectables and deliver special items at specific intervals:

Santa's Legs: Mistletoe
Water Fountain  Distilled Water
Chocolate Fountain: Dark Chocolate
Straw Witch: 10 Coins
Toy Bunny on Bike: 15 Coins
Ice Dolphin: Ice Cubes



Island Boxes
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All Time-Restricted Quest Decorations yield Island Purple Gift Boxes.  The Island Decorations that you purchase in the Market for RC yield Island Gold Cleaning Boxes.   For example, the Cow Plant Stand and Sheep Plant Stand both yield the Island Gold Cleaning Boxes where the Swan Lake and Christmas House yield the Purple.  The Landmark Decorations that you craft cannot be cleaned.

Purple Island Gift Boxes
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Viking
Treasure Island
Candies Stall
Christmas House
Female Thanksgiving Owl
Badminton Court
Stone Grandpa with Flowers
Children's Laboratory
Mini 3 D California
Cycladic House
Romantic Dinner Table
Vampire's Castle
Wooden Gazebo
Carousel
Japanese Doll Set
Swan Lake
Peach Boy's Ship
Chinese Lantern Pavilion
Chinese Yi Doll
Bunnies' Fountain
Rabbit House
Vespa Scooter
Gratitude Jar
Play Area
Monkey King Statue
Princess Frog


Gold Island Boxes
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Little Duck Parasol
Panda Plant Stand
Cow Plant Stand
White Octopus

Island Coin Decorations
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The White Fish gives Coins instead of a Gift Box.
Little Round Table: Coins

Non-Cleanable Island Decorations
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The Landmark Decorations are not Cleanable Decorations.

Which Decorations are Cleanable?
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If you see the icon of a Cleaning Brush next to the Decoration, it is Cleanable.  When you purchase a Decoration in a special Sale, tap on the little 'i' that gives information and it will tell you precisely what colour of Cleaning Gift Box you will receive from the Decoration as well as any special temporary Rewards such as RC, Yellow Mystrons or others.  The temporary Rewards usually are for 5 to 7 cleanings and are NOT time-restricted.  If no one cleans the Decoration, the temporary Special Reward will activate whenever it is cleaned... and there can be gaps between cleanings as well.

Non-Cleanable Base Decorations with Charm Values
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Bird Home Base Decorations
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The Bird Home Bases, sold in the Market, are themselves cleanable and deliver Blue Gift Boxes but the stackable Decorations for them are NOT cleanable.  They do have Charm Values, however.

Farm Bird House
  3 Charm

Mini-Water Pump
  3 Charm

Bird Seesaw
  3 Charm

Hamster Friend
  3 Charm

Bird Pool
  2 Charm

Bird Hot Air Balloon
  2 Charm

Bird Ball Pool
  1 Charm

Inflatable Chair
  1 Charm

Other Decorations with Charm but not Cleanable:

Elephant
  8 Charm

Macaron Road
  2 Charm

Rose Fence
  1 Charm

Christmas Fence
  1 Charm

Big Snow Flake Fence
  1 Charm

Stone and Flower Path
   1 Charm

Forest Road
  1 Charm

Wind Turbine
  1 Charm

Surf Board
  1 Charm

Aviaries Park
  6 Charm

Japan 2020 Game
  10 Charm

Easter Table
  3 Charm

Darryl Bobblehead
  1 Charm

Wedding Chair
  2 Charm

Grandma's Bike
  2 Charm

Gingerbread Man
  1 Charm

Firecracker
  1 Charm

Flower Square
  3 Charm

Green Hedge
  1 Charm

Halloween Fence
  1 Charm

Items that should be considered Decorations but do not fall into that Category
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Back in the day, the Collections Missions consisted of a Decorative building that had to be placed on the farm before one could begin the various Collections that gave Rewards.  These 'buildings' could be upgraded to Level 5 and only when fully upgraded could be stored once the Collections Mission expired.  When stored, you will find them only under the 'All' tab of the general Warehouse.  They have no Charm Value and never are featured in the Theme of any Farm Beauty Contest.  They are quite interesting and many are seasonal in nature.  Sadly, the nature of Collections Missions  has changed and one no longer builds any decorative building... furthermore, there is only one Reward for completing the Mission as opposed to multiple Rewards that once included Farm Aids, Decorations, Trees and even Machines.

Stage
Marquee
Santa Claus
Dragon Cave
Chicken Home
Soccer Stadium
Haunted House