18 September 2017

Helpful Tips for New Farmers

Introduction
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I have written a number of posts like this over the years but the game has changed and expanded so radically that perhaps another is needed.

Family Farm Seaside began as a simple farming game for mobile devices.  Although it was based on the original Family Farm for laptops/computers, it originally had few complications.  A farmer planted and harvested crops, harvested trees, bought and produced various items using Animals and Machines and added neighbours in order to receive free gifts and visits.  Visits to and from neighbours gave rewards that included Coins and XP.  XP allows you to advance in the game by raising your game level.  Initially, however, farmers only unlocked new Crops, Trees, Animals and Machines when levels increased.

Fishing then was added to the game but you had to be at Level 22 to unlock the Pier.  The next new option was an entirely new farm in the form of the Island, unlocked at Level 28.  Farm Beauty Contests initially had no level requirements but now are unlocked only at Level 30.  As your level increases, new permanent Missions appear on the left side of your screen, both on the original Seaside Farm and on the Island.  These permanent Missions are designed as tutorials for the game.

At some point fairly early in the history of the game, they added the Cooking Stand and the Order Board.  The Order Board gives daily Orders that, when filled, give the player rewards that include Blue Mystrons.  The Mystrons were another addition to the game.  Now you have Mystrons in five different colours, each associated with a specific Mystery Mystron Shop.

The Cooking Stand is a time-restricted option that lasts about five weeks.  There are four separate rounds, each of which requires four different Dishes.  You need to place and sell a total of 200 Dishes to complete any Round.  The next Round begins at a set time.  Neighbours who 'eat' at your Cooking Stand receive Rewards in the form of Cooking Bags.  These Bags contain Farm Aids ordinarily. Once in awhile, the game offers a special type of Cooking Bag that contains a material that must be used to complete a time-limited Base or Factory item.

There are time-restricted Missions as well.  They now have a total of 16 parts.  The second half usually requires a higher level than the first.  If you have not unlocked the Mission yet, you may be able to access it later from the Lighthouse.

The concept of cleaning a Neighbour's Decorations was not part of the original game but has been in effect for a few years now.  Visiting a neighbour's farm to fertilise, harvest Crops, eat at the Cooking Stand and clean Decorations is one of the best ways to raise your Level as well as a method by which you obtain Gift Boxes that contain useful farm aids.  Recently, the concept of 'Batch Cleaning' was introduced using Green Tickets.  Using Green Tickets, a Pet can visit up to 20 Neighbours at a time to perform the ordinary Neighbours actions.  You can visit your Buddies as well but there are a few special Buddy actions your Pet cannot perform including the tending of a Buddy Tree and feeding or borrowing a Buddy's Pet.

The simple farming game of the past is almost unrecognisable.  Among other things, players now have Pets who live in a Pet House and service Guests who arrive in groups when invited according to two Maps, each of which has 4 separate regions and 3 levels of Guests.  By completing the Guest orders, you earn Pet Cards that can be exchanged ultimately for new Pets.  At this point in time, there are 11 Pet Slots that you can unlock and use either for Pets that you earn or premium Pets that are sold occasionally in special offers.  The premium Pets have better stats than the ones you earn but are quite costly,

Another Pet function is that of opening the Chests that now appear randomly on your Paths.  Chests contain Farm Aids as well as the Green Tickets that are used for Batch Visits.

The Cooking Stand was the first building for Neighbour interactions with Dishes you prepared on your Farm but now there is a Flea Market/E-Mart where players can buy and sell almost every item in the game.  This has revolutionised the game to some extent.  In the past, the only way to obtain premium items was through purchase of the Tree, Animal, Machine or 'Collectable' that produced it. Now you can request specific items from your Neighbours or find them in the global Flea Market.

With the introduction of the Pet House and Guest Centre, the function of the various Paths, including Water, changed.  They became linked to 'Landscape Points' and the way to maximise these is by placing Decorations with charm value within the sphere of influence of any Path.  Different Paths have different degrees of influence in terms of Landscape Points.  The best are the Macaron Path and the time-restricted Snow Path, each worth 50 Points.  Placing a Base with stackable Decorations on it is the best way to maximise your Landscape Points.

Daily Tasks:
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Tasks that should be performed daily if possible to earn Coins, XP and Farm Aids:

Order Board
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Order Board: Complete Orders for Rewards of Coins and Blue Mystrons and special Sheep Decorations

Daily Quests
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Daily Quests:  Complete as many of the Daily Quests as possible to be able to claim and open the reward Chests

Cooking Stand
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Cooking Stand:  If there is a current Contest, fill the Cooking Stand so that you can obtain Rewards

Guest Centre
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Guest Centre:  Invite one or more groups of Guests in the various Star Levels to earn Pet Cards, Coins and other Rewards

Neighbour/Buddy Visits
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Visit your Buddies and Neighbours: Use Green Tickets for Batch Visits as well as visiting Neighbours individually if you have time

Use your Pets to open Chests on your Paths.  The number of Chests that appear will depend on the number of active Pets you have outside the Pet House and you need to claim an open Chest to generate another.  The maximum number of Chests that can appear on any given day is 40.

Flea Market/E Mart
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Flea Market/E Mart:  Fill all slots in your Flea Market and sell a specific number to obtain a Market Bag containing Farm Aids each day.  This is where new players often become confused.  If you are selling the items in order to obtain the Market Bag, you need to sell to DIFFERENT farmers.  If you do not limit purchases by indicating a restriction in the box in the top right of the market Stand, one farmer can take everything...  Players become irate often with a farmer who buys everything that is on offer so try to limit your purchase to one item even if you could buy more.

There are two very different functions here.  One is earning Coins by selling items to others.  If that is what you wish to do, you should stock your stand with as many items as possible but still limit purchases to one per farmer unless some one sends a specific request to you for an item.  There is

Island Tasks
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The Island is very different from the original Seaside Farm.  I have written posts about the Island that are fairly comprehensive.  The main point in dealing with the Island is to obtain all possible Crops, Trees, Animals and Machines when they are unlocked and use the Machines to obtain Mastery.  It is Mastery rather than game level that unlocks new products with respect to any Island Machine.  You can use Batch Production on the Island now but it is far more costly than Batch Production on the original Seaside Farm.

Development Points or Dev Points and Island expansions are the other keys to unlocking new options on the Island.

Options that are unlocked through farm Expansions include the Helicopter Pad, the Botanic Garden and the Mine.  Expansions are made in a specific order until you reach the last three plots when you will be able to choose which one to unlock first.

The Boat Pier is another.  It is here that you can send our your Boats with Orders and fetch Neighbour and Buddy Boats to fill Orders.

Being a Good Neighbour
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The first point I would like to make here for ALL farmers is that this is a game.  It is not a job and should not be burdensome.  People play games now for all sorts of different reasons.  Mobile games are becoming more and more popular but your access to the game may depend partly on your life and other real obligations as well as the device on which you play.  A farmer who plays on Kindle may have less access than one who plays on a mobile phone.  Be understanding and patient with your neighbours.

Neighbours once were simply other farmers who played and who could respond to a request for free gifts once each day as well as visiting your farm to perform a limited number of actions.  Now, Neighbours are vital to success and the reason I formed my Facebook group initially (Family Farm Seaside Freyashawk) was to give players access to a good Neighbour list.

The concept of the Buddy as a sort of Super-Neighbour was added to the game a couple of years ago. You can have a maximum of 15 Buddies.  They perform all the usual Neighbour functions as well as having added options, such as the ability to tend special Buddy Trees and to feed and borrow a Pet from you.  The latter can be quite important if you pursue the Pet option to any extent as Guest Lists often include a Guest who will not emerge from the water.  If you do not have a Turtle or Hippo of your own to bargain with such a Guest, you can borrow one from a Buddy, provided your Buddy Level is sufficient to do so.

Buddies have access to the Share Box as well once you reach Level 2 with any Buddy.  This is a menu where you can place items you have won in the Lucky Wheel.  The Decorations offered each month usually are Theme Decorations for the current Farm Beauty Contest.  You can buy them from your own Lucky Wheel if the arrow lands on one but often it is easier to find them in Buddy Share Boxes.

This is a post in progress... will expand upon these options as time permits.

15 September 2017

New School Factory Activity

The post about the current timed Mission, the current Farm Beauty Contest and your Farm Birthday can be found below this one.

Here is a link as well:

Farm B & B Quest, School Musical Beauty Contest

I rather wish they had not revived this option but this is yet another of the 'temporary' Guest Groups that usually are associated with special seasonal festivals like Christmas or Easter.  This one is associated with the autumn return to School.

You will find the Guest Group 'Maplet' in the lower left corner of your Map when you tap on the Guest Centre.

Collect Books as one of the Rewards when you fill Orders from these Guests.  Use them to merge special items in your Factory.

Factory Items:
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Pet School Hat: 20 Books
  Note that this is a 7 day Hat, which will disappear after being added to the Pet House Apparel once the 7 days expire.  I have sent a message to support on behalf of my Family Farm Seaside Freyashawk Group to protest this and ask that it be made permanent but do not know what the response will be.

Russian Butterfly House: 60 Books

Easel and Canvas: 45 Books
  This is a Theme Decoration.  It can be found in the Lucky Wheel as well or a Buddy Share Box.

Desk Globe: 45 Books
  This is a Theme Decoration.  It was a reward for a Farm Beauty Contest last year.

1 Star should be unlocked automatically.

You can purchase extra Passports for TC.  It cost 150 TC for an additional 1 Star Passport.

1 Star Starting School
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Requirement to invite the 1 Star Group:

10 Paths

1 Star Guest Group:
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This consists of 2 Guests.

Ethan:
Bargain Difficulty: Easy
Likes: School Lunch
Gives: Book and Coins

Eleanor
Bargain Difficulty: Easy
Likes: School Lunch
Gives: Book and Coins

Actual 1 Star Order Lists:
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Each Guest will have 4 Orders.

Ethan:
1 Apple Jam
1 Wheat Bread

Reward: 1 Book, 400 Coins

3 Apple Juice
1 Wheat Bread

Reward: 2 Books, 500 Coins

Eleanor
2 Bananas
1 Oat Bread

Reward: 1 Book, 800 Coins

4 Honey
1 Oat Bread

Reward: 2 Books, 600 Coins

Eleanor:
1 Oat Bread
2 Orange Juice

1 Book, 400 Coins

2 Bananas
4 Honey

2 Books, 400 Coins

Ethan:

3 Apple Juice
1 Apple Jam

1 Book, 600 Coins

2 Grape Jam
1 Apple Jam

2 Books, 800 Coins

Total: 8367 Coins plus Bonus for 9384 Coins but still not able to unlock 2 Star!

Other Orders they can make:

Ethan may order:
2 Cheddar Cheese

You can purchase extra Passports for TC.  It cost 150 TC for an additional 1 Star Passport.

2 Star Guest Group:
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Requirements:

Use 6 Telescopes
Reach Level 27 in the game
Have earned 2000 Coins from 1 Star Guest Group

To invite the 2 Star Group, you must have:

35 Paths

2 Star Starting School Guest Group
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There is a total of 4 Guests in this group, the two from 1 Star (Ethan and Eleanor) and two new Guests in the form of Harry and Luke.  Harry and Luke have Medium rating.  Each Guest gives 4 Orders.

2 Star Guest Characters
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Harry:
Bargaining Difficulty: Medium (-150)
Likes: School Lunch
Gives: Books and Coins

Eleanor
Bargaining Difficulty: Easy (-20)
Likes: School Lunch
Gives: Books and Coins

Ethan
Bargaining Difficulty: Easy (-20)
Likes: School Lunch
Gives: Books and Coins

Luke:
Bargaining Difficulty: Medium (-150)
Likes; School Lunch
Gives: Books and Coins

2 Star Guest Order Lists
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Harry:

1 Pasta
4 Butter

1 Book, 800 Coins

1 Cottage Cheese
1 Honey Syrup

2 Books, 600 Coins

Eleanor:

11 Honey
7 Orange Juice

1 Book, 500 Coins

11 Honey
5 Bananas

2 Books, 700 Coins

Ethan:

11 Milk
7 Cheddar Cheese

1 Book, 600 Coins

8 Apple Juice
5 Grape Jam

2 Books, 400 Coins

Luke:

3 Udon
2 Mooncake Dough

1 Book, 400 Coins

1 Honey Syrup
3 Udon

2 Books, 400 Coins

Other Orders from 2 Star
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Luke:

4 Taai Taai
1 Honey Syrup

1 Book, 800 Coins

2 Egg Soup
1 Honey Syrup

2 Books, 400 Coins

Harry

1 Honey Syrup
1 Cottage Cheese

1 Book, 600 Coins

1 Honey Syrup
1 Cottage Cheese

2 Books, 800 Coins

Eleanor:

11 Honey
7 Orange Juice

1 Book, 500 Coins

11 Honey
5 Bananas

Ethan

8 Apple Juice
? Wheat Bread
? Wheat Bread
8 Apple Juice

3 Star Starting School Guest Group
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To unlock 3 Star Guest Group, you need the following:

12 Telescopes
Reach Level 30 in the game
Have 500 Landscape Points
Earn 15000 Coins from 2 Star Starting School Guests


08 September 2017

Farm B & B Quest and Animal Pool Float Collection Mission

A new 11 day quest has been released in tandem with a Collections Mission.  The reward for the Collection Mission is a White Truffle Terrarium, a Collectable.

Note that there is a new Farm Beauty Contest as well.  The theme for that is 'School Musical'.  I usually write about it in detail in a separate post but have included it this time at the end of this one. The Classroom Base is featured so make certain that if you have it from last year, you place it on your Farm BEFORE you take your Snapshot for the Contest.

The Classroom Base is being sold in the Market and the materials can be purchased in the various Mystery Mystron Shops.  Colourful Flags in Blue Mystron Shop, Classroom Door in Red Mystron Shop, Chalkboard in Green Mystron Shop and Blue Wall in Yellow Mystron Shop.  You only can have one Classroom Base on your Farm.

Tips for maximising your Farm for the Contest as well as a list of all Theme items and where to obtain them are included after the Quest information.

I have added a section about your Farm Birthday celebrations as well as one that deals with the 'To Do List' even though the latter is not really a new option.

Strategy Tips:
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Farmers have commented on the usefulness of Crop Lists in particular, so all Crops that you need to plant and harvest in the course of the traditional Quest are listed here as follows:

Crop List
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40 Clover
40 Grapes
40 Oats
50 Cane
50 Honeysuckle (Island)

Batch Production List
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Please be aware that Island Machine Products always are linked to Mastery and in some cases, you must have achieved 1 Star or 2 Star Mastery to be able to produce the product needed for the Quest.

Holstein Cow (Feed 40 times)
40 Ketchup
40 Turkey
8 Orange Juice
50 Sugar
12 Cherry Juice
50 Strawberry Candy
20 Tiramisu (Cake Machine)
50 Wool Yarn (Island)
60 Duck Egg
20 Bamboo Baskets (Island)
60 Cotton Cloth (Island)
20 White Rose Basket (Island)
50 Honeysuckle Essential Oil (Island)
20 Kiwi Fruit Bread (Island)

Transport List
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You will need to transport the following to use in Island production for the Quest:

50 Wool
20 White Rose

The following transport actually is a task, so if you wish to set the zeppelins in motion in advance, DO NOT COLLECT until the task is active:

60 Cotton

You can split these between zeppelins to speed the process.

Special Rewards:

Fox Pet House Ears
Nest Sofa Decoration for original Seaside Farm


Farm B & B 1
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Felicia:  Summer is about to end and autumn is about to arrive.  We will have less chores to do, so let's take this chance to plan our next trip!

Harvest 40 Clover
  Skip for 10 RC

Harvest 8 Oranges
  Skip for 8 RC

Feed Holstein Cow 40 times
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 160 XP

Felicia:  We've got a plan, but we need money!  Umm... what should we do?


Farm B & B 2
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Felicia:  The thing is, I already asked for my summer holiday pocket money from Dad AND Grandma so I don't think they will give me any more.  Let e think about it while we're working...

Produce 40 bottles of Ketchup
  Skip for 10 RC

  Note that Ketchup is the Product that delivers Red Pool Floats for the Collection Mission.

Collect 20 Honey
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 12 Batter
  Skip for 12 RC
  Each requires 2 Wheat Flour and 1 Egg

Reward: 2500 Coins, 160 XP

Felicia:  I have an idea that you will love, Farmer!

Farm B & B 3
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Felicia:  I always dreamed one day that I could turn our unused warehouse space into a family owned Bed and Breakfast for tourists!  I know it sounds difficult but we need to dream big in order to motivate ourselves, right?

Harvest 40 Grapes
  Skip for 10 RC

Collect 40 Turkeys
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 8 plates of Fried Seasoned Chicken
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Turkey and 2 Ketchup

Reward: 2500 Coins, 170 XP

Felicia:  Actually, why don't we do it now?  Better late than never!

Farm B & B 4
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Felicia:  That's right!  We're going to host Farm B & B!  People will come to stay at Farm B & B just to experience farm living.  I will go and have a look at the unused warehouse space.  Can you help me with farm tasks while I'm gone?

Harvest 40 Oats
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 8 glasses of Orange Juice
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 8 bottles of Oat Milkshake
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Milk and 1 Oat

Reward: 2500 Coins, 170 XP

Felicia:  The warehouse still is in good condition.  I simply need to tidy up and redecorate.

Special Reward: Mission Gift Box

Farm B & B 5
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Felicia:  Ta-da!  The warehouse now looks absolutely new after being cleaned.  There still are a lot of jobs to do, however.  Let's grab something to eat and then carry on!

Prepare 6 Mushroom Risotto
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 1 Mushroom Salad and 2 Beef Risotto

Harvest 50 Cane
  Skip for 12 RC

Produce 50 Sugar
  Skip for 12 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 180 XP

Felicia:  Home cooking always is the best.  I'm now refreshed so I can get back to work!

Farm B & B 6
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Felicia:  The selling point of this Farm B & B is making people who come to stay here feel at home. They will live and eat in a local home in a relaxed setting and we will make certain that everything is locally sourced.

Prepare 6 Homemade Risotto
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 1 Mushroom Risotto and 2 Butter

Fish 6 times for Tilapia
  Skip for 6 RC

  As this requires a specific catch, it may be best if you use the 'Boost' on the Squid Hook.qqq

Prepare 6 Bottles of Thai Fish Sauce
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 2 Salt and 1 Tilapia

Reward: 2500 Coins, 180 XP

Felicia:  I am very excited!  I can't wait to see how our new business will turn out!

Farm B & B 7
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Felicia:  I'm quite confident about the quality of our farm products.  People who try them always love them and spread the news to others.  That means new clients and more orders in the future!

Place the White Truffle Terrarium on your Farm
  (Reward from Collection Mission)
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 8 servings of White Truffle Cream Sauce
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 White Truffle and 2 Sour Cream
  You can purchase a White Truffle for 50 TC if your Terrarium has not produced yet and you are impatient.

Use the Treble Hook to fish 8 times
  Skip for 8 RC

  Note that you can 'Miss' a Catch to be able to complete this task using only the 7 default tries you are given.

Reward: 2500 Coins, 190 XP

Felicia:  Dad and Grandma will be so proud of us, Farmer!  Can't wait to show them what we've done!

Farm B & B 8
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Felicia:  Before telling Dad and Grandma about this, we should finish our farm chores to show them that we are ready for a bigger project!

Produce 12 Glasses of Cherry Juice
  Skip for 12 RC

Prepare 8 Starfruit Smoothies
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Condensed Milk and 1 Starfruit

Prepare 8 Roasted Black Pepper Chicken Wraps
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Black Pepper and 1 Fried Seasoned Chicken

Reward: 2500 Coins, 190 XP

Felicia:  Thank you for helping me!  Let's get back to our farm B & B project!

Special Reward: Fox Pet House Ears

Farm B & B 9
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Felicia:  We're now finished with our decorating.  The place looks lovelier than I expected.  Well done us!  I think we may have missed something for the bathroom, however.  We need to prepare bath and body kits for our guests!  Let's do it!

Harvest 12 Papaya
  Skip for 12 RC

Prepare 8 servings of Papaya Salad
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Papaya and 1 Thai Fish Sauce

Prepare 6 servings of Spicy Papaya Crab
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 1 Papaya Salad and 1 Blue Swimmer Crab

Reward: 2500 Coins, 200 XP

Felicia:  Good job, farmer!  I love the smell of this shampoo and shower gel.  It smells so nice and refreshing!

Farm B & B 10
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Felicia:  The warehouse still has a musty odour because we hadn't been using it for a long time.  Let's open all the windows and later, we can put in some aroma diffusers to sweeten the air.  We need to make our future guests feel as relaxed as possible!

Produce 50 Strawberry Candies
  Skip for 12 RC

Harvest 8 Peaches
  Skip for 8 RC

Produce 20 Tiramisu
  Skip for 10 RC

Felicia:  The warehouse smells good with our aroma diffuser.  I am so proud of our Farm and the fact that we have so many excellent products here.

Reward: 2500 Coins, 200 XP

Farm B & B 11
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Felicia:  As I said earlier, one of the highlights of staying at our Farm B & B is eating like a local! The lucky guests who book during this time will be served delicious white truffle dishes.

Produce 50 Wool Yarn
  Skip for 12 RC
  This is an Island Task

Harvest 8 Cedar Wood
  Skip for 8 RC
  This is an Island Tree

  Use the Electric Saw to obtain 2 Cedar Wood from each Cedar Tree

Prepare 8 cups of Arugula Peach Juice
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Arugula and 1 Peach

Reward: 2500 Coins, 210 XP

Felicia:  No one ever says no to our signature white truffle... have a taste, farmer!

Farm B & B 12
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Felicia:  We should plant flowers in front of our farm to create a good first impression with our guests.  Which type should we plant?  Roses?

Craft 4 Flower Tables
  Skip for 4 RC
  This is an Island Task
  Each requires 6 Wooden Cylinders and 1 Wooden Panel

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

Harvest 8 Bamboo Shoots
  Skip for 8 RC
  This is an Island Task

Reward: 2500 Coins, 210 XP

Felicia:  It's so perfect, Farmer.  Our Farm B & B looks so beautiful and this means a lot to me!

Special Reward: Island Mission Gift Box

Farm B & B 13
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Felicia:  Today is Opening Day!  Wish us luck!  Let's get ready for the first guests to arrive.  Shall we prepare each guest a Bouquet to welcome them?

Collect 60 Duck Eggs
  Skip for 15 RC

Prepare 6 plates of Fried Spicy Seafood
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 1 Black Pepper and 1 Octopus

Transport 60 Cotton Balls to your Island Farm
  Skip for 15 RC
  Split between zeppelins to speed task

Reward: 2500 Coins, 220 XP
Felicia:  Our guests have arrived and they love the place!  They love how we pay attention to the smallest of details.  Woohoo!

Farm B & B 14
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Felicia:  Our guests seem interested in visiting the Island Farm.  They said many people have talked about it - how wonderful is that?!  Can you see if the zeppelin is ready to take off?

Produce 20 Bamboo Baskets
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 60 Cotton Cloth
  Skip for 15 RC

Produce 20 White Rose Baskets
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 220 XP

Felicia:  Such a beautiful day today... we can see views far across the sky and it's spectacular!

Farm B & B 15
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Felicia:  Our guests are amazed with our island products.   Let's show them round the island and get some pictures before we head back to the Seaside Farm.

Prepare 8 servings of White Truffle Cream Risotto
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Homemade Risotto and 1 White Truffle Cream Sauce

Produce 50 Honeysuckle Essential Oil
  Skip for 12 RC
  This is an Island Task

Prepare 6 bowls of Spicy Seafood Wonton Soup
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 1 Fried Spicy Seafood and 1 Deep Fried Wonton

Reward: 2500 Coins, 230 XP

Felicia:  It was a lovely ride here.  We even managed to catch the sunset on the way back to our Seaside Farm and it was spectacular!

Farm B & B 16
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Felicia:  We received a good review from our first guests.  They promised to return as well.
Shall we make some souvenirs for them before they leave?

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

Prepare 8 Chicken Soup Sets
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Arugula Peach Juice and 1 Spicy Chicken Soup

Prepare 8 Lunch Box Sets
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Starfruit Smoothie and 1 Roasted Black Pepper Chicken Wrap

Reward: 2500 Coins, 230 XP

Felicia:  All went well!  It would not have been a success without your encouragement and help! Thanks so much, Farmer!

Special Reward: Nest Sofa Decoration for Seaside Farm

Collection Set:
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The Collection Set consists of the Nest Sofa Decoration, the White Truffle Terrarium and the Starfruit Tree.  Make certain all three are registered before the end of the Quest to receive an additional special reward in the form of a Clam Friendship Flower as well as the usual 88 Green Mystrons and 1 RC.

Your Farm's Birthday
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If you look at the Chat ever, you may see an occasional notice from a farmer to the effect that it is his or her Farm's birthday and an invitation to visit.  When you visit, you will see the icon of a cupcake to the right of the farm name.  Tap on that to see a list of gifts that you can send to the farmer.  Each of these Gifts, like Buddy Gifts, has a different price.  Some can cost 10 RC.   Others have a coin cost. Whatever the price of the Gift, however, the Reward you receive always is the same: 1000 Coins and 5 Blue Mystrons.
There is a limit to the number of each Gift that can be sent.  For the ones that cost 6000 Coins, the limit is 30 of each.  The Gifts are Organic Fertiliser and Watering Cans.  For 30000 Coins, you can send a Balloon Gate.  There is a limit of 3 on the Balloon Gate.

It may appear to be a kindness when a farmer instantly sends 30 Organic Fertilisers, 30 Watering Cans and 3 Balloon Gates to a Farm that is celebrating its birthday but the sender is receiving 303 Blue Mystrons for doing this.  It would not matter were it not for the fact that other Farmers now cannot benefit at all unless they are willing to spend TC or RC.

For Farmers who have not experienced any of this, my cousin sent me screenshots:



The Love Cake Producer is a Collectable which means that it produces a few Love Cakes every 3 hours.  The special avatar frame is applied automatically to your Avatar.

Here is the gift list and the Reward for sending any gift:






School Musical Farm Beauty Contest
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The rules of the Farm Beauty Contest are fairly constant although totals in terms of the number of Machines and Animals needed to obtain maximum Votes for those categories have changed a few times.

The key to these Contests is variety for the most part.  You need different types of Crops, Trees, Animals and Machines on your farm.

With the addition of 'paths' and Landscape Points, the category of Landscape replaced
If, however, you have at least 12 DIFFERENT Animals and 12 DIFFERENT Machines, you definitely should obtain maximum Votes.  For Crops, have 16 DIFFERENT Crops on your farm. They need not be mature, but your snapshot will be more attractive if they are!  As far as Trees are concerned, most players always have at least 16 different Trees on their farms as you need to harvest repeatedly from all Trees for ingredients.   It is possible that you need fewer for the maximum in the Tree category for Votes but I always have 16 different Crops and 16 different Trees on my farm when I take my 'snapshot' for the Contest.

You need a total of 4000 Votes to obtain the little Decoration that is a reward and a total of 6000 Votes to obtain the special Avatar.  The Decoration is far more important as it can be featured again in another Farm Beauty Contest in the future and gives a Gold Cleaning Box usually when cleaned.   The Avatar on the other hand is simply cosmetic.  Although the last couple of rewards include small amounts of RC, it is the Decoration that really matters, especially for low level farmers.

Now, if you are a low level farmer, I do urge you to purchase the new Decorations that are given an added value in terms of Theme Votes.  The 'Farm Beauty Contests' really are not about beauty nor even true popularity.  They are a way for the developers of this game to generate income by releasing new Decorations in the chosen theme.  There always are a couple of new Decorations that are worth more than any others where theme is concerned.  In this case, it is the Sheep Singer, now available and worth 3 Votes daily from each of the 3 Characters that give Votes for Theme and the Hippo Singer, not yet available but worth 2 Votes daily from each of the 3 Characters who gives Votes for theme.  If you have maximum Votes for theme, you will not receive the bonus but if you are a low level farmer who has not played long enough to obtain all the Theme Decorations from the past, buying the one that gives you a maximum of 9 more Votes per day for Theme is an excellent solution. Furthermore, this Decoration always gives the coveted Blue Box when cleaned by a neighbour.   At present, only the Sheep Singer can be purchased from the special Sales offers.  The Hippo Singer should be added to the sales menu soon, however.

The Sheep Singer as previously indicated, will boost your Theme Vote total by 9 Votes per day if you do not have maximum Votes for theme.  It gives a Blue Box when cleaned.  Finally, the Sheep Singer will give you 5 Blue Mystrons each day when cleaned for 7 days, which means that you will gain 35 Blue Mystrons.  Blue Mystrons can be used to purchase other Decorations from the past using the Gallery menu.

Landscape Points
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Landscape is a category now in the form of 'beautiful paths with high landscape points'.  Originally, this was 'Charm' but Charm and Landscape have been combined now.  I never computed the precise number of landscape points needed for maximum votes from three of the four characters but if you have a total of 2300 Landscape Points, it should be sufficient for 24/24 maximum.

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Expansions are another category that gives votes from three of the Characters.  You do not need many Farm Expansions to receive maximum of 16/16.  My farms were expanded before the Farm Beauty Contests began but other low level players have confirmed that you only need a couple of the expansions to obtain maximum votes for this category.

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Gallery is another category.  Now that you can register Crops, Pets and Flowers from the Botanic Garden, even lower level players should be able to increase Gallery points for maximum here.
Votes are based on the totals of the items you have registered.  Your Gallery 'upgrades' at specific totals.

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There are Character votes for a 'high level' farm.  I have not achieved the maximum on Harvest Moon FDC yet because I believe you have to be at Level 150 now for this.  At Level 70, you will have 8/16. At Level 109, Harvest Moon FDC gets only 11/16 I believe.

Theme List
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The Theme List is found by tapping on the little golden book icon on the right side of the Farm Beauty Contest Menu.  It usually will include a couple of items that you cannot obtain now if you do not have them from the past.  It does include one or two items that can be found in the regular Market and purchased with coins.  It usually includes either a new Base or a Base from the past. In this case, it features the Classroom Base from last year.  It includes Decorations that were given in the past as Rewards for completing timed Missions but that now often can be found by spinning the Lucky Wheel or going to a Buddy's Share Box.  Finally, it includes 'premium' Decorations that only can be obtained EVER through a Special Sale Offer.

Theme Trees
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Plumeria: 6 RC in Market or find in Mystery Shops randomly for TC or Mystrons

Laurus: 6 RC in Market or find in Mystery Shops randomly for TC or Mystrons

Theme Decorations
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Balloon Gate: Purchase in Market for 30000 Coins

Welcome Sign: Purchase in Market for 12000 Coins

Classroom Base: Purchase in Market for 2000 Coins and find Materials to complete it in the various Mystrons Mystery Shops.  Note that an unfinished Base, although unregistered will be counted towards your Theme votes.

Peach Boy
  Can be found in Lucky Wheel and/or Buddy Share Boxes for 20 RC

Quiz Rabbit
  Can be found in Lucky Wheel and/or Buddy Share Boxes for 15 RC

Reading Teddy Bear
  Can be found in Lucky Wheel and/or Buddy Share Boxes for 15 RC

Detective's Board
  From the past; now in Lucky Wheel and/or Buddy Share Boxes for 15 RC

Painting Stand
  From the past; now in Lucky Wheel and/or Buddy Share Boxes for 15 RC

Blackboard
  From the past/ now in Lucky Wheel and/or Buddy Share Boxes for 10 RC

Mini Car
  Reward from a past Beauty Contest: not available now

Desk Globe
  Reward from a past Beauty Contest: not available now

Toys
  Reward from a past Beauty Contest: not available now

Mommy Duck
  from past Special Sales offer

Blue Ducky
  from past Special Sales offer

Red Ducky
  from past Special Sales offer

Studying Monkey
  Find in Special Sales offer

Panda Teacher
  Find in Special Sales offer

Experiment Table
  Find in Special Sales offer

Hippo Singer
  Available now in Special Sales offer; will give you 2 Votes per day from 3 of the Characters for Theme

Speaker
  Now available in Special Sales offer

Sheep Singer
  Now available in Special Sales Offer
  Will give you 3 Votes per day from 3 of the Characters for Theme

Colourful Drum
  Reward when you obtain 4000 Votes in current Beauty Contest

To Do List
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This is not a new option but I did not cover it initially when it was added to an update because it did not work for my device and I did not see any particular use for a simple LIST of items I needed to make or produce.  In fact, on a device where the option WORKS, it can be quite useful.  For example, if you are on the Island and need to cook or produce any items on Seaside for one of the helicopter orders, you can add the items to your To Do List.  There is a limit of 20 items by the way.  When you return to Seaside, tap on the To Do List (second tab of the menu that is accessed through the exclamation point) and you will see the option to 'Cook' or 'Produce' the item in question.  Once you have completed the task, the item will be removed from the list.w

25 August 2017

The Lost Girl of Oz Quest and Tin Man Collection Mission

A new timed 11 day Quest in tandem with a Collection Mission has been released.  Any individual with a Facebook Group for this game is welcome to post a link to my site, but please do not rip off the information in this post.  I work very hard and spend real money to complete these tasks as quickly as possible for other players.  It is only common decency to credit Freyashawk when you use my post.  Thank you.

Heartfelt thanks for your votes for Freyashawk's Harvest Moon FDC.  I managed to stay in the top 10 (number 9) and it is all down to you!  Your votes motivate me to continue to update this site.  I do not allow Google to advertise on my sites.  I try to keep my site as easy as possible to access on all devices, whether PC, laptop or mobile devices.

Tin Man Collection Mission
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The Reward for this Collection Mission is another Stove House Recipe in the form of the Oat Roll Noodles Recipe.   (I believe it would have made more sense to have called it the Rolled Oats Noodle Recipe in English.)  You will need a Black Olive Tree to complete this Collection Mission.

Crop List
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40 Wheat
40 Pasture
40 Cucumbers
50 Tomatoes
60 Cranberries (Island)

Island Transport
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20 Goat Milk  (needed for Yogurt Machine, but transport itself is not a task)

50 Honey (This is actually a Task so do not collect prior to the task.)

Animals and Machines for Batch Production
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Note that you can store Animals and Machines in the Warehouse now after Batch Production without having collected the product first.

Holstein Cow (40 Milk)
Mill (40 Wheat Flour)
Sugar Machine (40 Sugar)
Angora Rabbit (40 Angora Hair)
Buffalo (40 Buffalo Milk)
Cheese Master or Fast Cheese Master (50 Buffalo Cheese)
Wine Maker (50 White Wine)
Chicken Coop (40 Eggs)
Limousin Cattle (50 Beef)
Jam Maker (50 Blueberry Jam)
Cake Machine (20 Love Cakes)
White Goat (30 Goat Milk)
Candy Machine (20 Lychee Candy)
Cheese Master or Fast Cheese Master (30 Goat Cheese)
Flower Packing Machine (60 Blue Rose Bouquets)
Yogurt Machine (Island) (20 Cranberry Yogurt)

Oat Roll Noodles Stove House Recipe
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Reward from Tin Man Collection Mission

Ingredients:  3 Cucumbers, 2 Oat Flour, 3 Green Lettuce and 1 Roasted Tomato Soup (requires 2 Ketchup and 1 Egg Soup to make; Egg Soup is 1 Egg and 1 Seaweed).  Uses 7 Power.  Takes maximum of 16 minutes, 40 seconds to cook but Bronze Star activates in about 11 minutes and Blue Star in about 13 minutes.

Easy Instructions:  Place Cucumbers in bowl and set timer for 6 minutes.  Add Oat Flour and set timer for 5 minutes.  You should be very close to the Bronze Star at this point and if that is all you want, add the Green Lettuce and Roasted Tomato Soup and tap 'Finish' as soon as Bronze Star activates.  If you want the Blue Star rating, add the Green Lettuce and Roasted Tomato Soup and set timer for 2 minutes.  When the Blue Star activates, tap 'Finish'.

Cucumbers: Maximum of 1000 Flavour Points
Oat Flour: Maximum of 600 Flavour Points
Green Lettuce: Maximum of 300 Flavour Points
Roasted Tomato Soup: Maximum of 200 Flavour Points

Bronze Star at 2650 Flavour Points
Blue Star at 3975 Flavour Points


The Lost Girl of Oz Quest
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The Lost Girl of Oz 1
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Dear Farmer, I'd love to tell you one of my favourite stories, the story of the lost girl.  A tornado hit her home, transporting her and her dog to a strange world - the Kingdom of Oz.  Try as she might, there was no way home!

Harvest 40 Wheat
  Skip for 10 RC

Collect 40 Bottles of Milk
  Skip for 10 RC

Harvest 6 Gisela Cherries
  Skip for 6 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 160 XP

Felicia:  Her house crushed the Wicked Witch of the West!  The Good Witch of the North thanked her and gave her the Wicked Witch's magical shoes.

The Lost Girl of Oz 2
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Felicia:  The Good Witch of the North told the girl that the only way to return to her home was to follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City and ask the Wizard of Oz for help.  So the girl set off with her dog and encountered a scarecrow.

Produce 40 Bags of Wheat Flour
  Skip for 10 RC

Collect 10 Jars of Honey'
  Skip for 10 RC

Harvest 40 Pasture
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 160 XP

Felicia:  The Scarecrow wanted a brain and asked if he could accompany her to see the Wizard.  Of course, she agreed.

The Lost Girl of Oz 3
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As they travelled along the Yellow Brick Road, they heard a shout for help.  It was a Tin Man!

Harvest 40 Cucumbers
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 40 Sugar
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 12 Condensed Milk
  Skip for 12 RC
  Each requires 1 Milk and 1 Sugar

Reward: 2500 Coins, 170 XP

Felicia:  The Tin Man was chopping down trees when it began to rain.  The rain rusted his tin so he could not reach his oil can.

The Lost Girl of Oz 4
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Felicia:  The girl and the Scarecrow helped the Tin Man.  To thank them, the Tin Man invited them to his house for dinner.  The three went to the Tin Man's House and told each other stories over some tasty food.

Produce 40 Angora Hair
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 40 bottles of Buffalo Milk
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 12 Milk Cookies
  Skip for 12 RC
  Each requires 1 Condensed Milk and 1 Wheat Flour

Reward: 2500 Coins, 170 XP

Felicia:  The Tin Man had been cursed by the Wicked Witch of the West.  His heart was taken so he no longer could marry the love of his life.

Special Reward: Mission Gift Box

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Felicia:  After listening to his story, the girl and the Scarecrow invited the Tin Man to join them on their journey to find the Wizard of Oz so he could ask for a new heart.   As they set out, they were ambushed by a ferocious lion

Harvest 50 Tomatoes
  Skip for 12 RC

Ask Neighbours for 20 Little Scarecrows
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 50 Buffalo Milk Cheese
  Skip for 12 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 180 XP

Felicia;  When the little girl shouted at the Lion, however, he was terrified and did not dare to attack.

The Lost Girl of Oz 6
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Felicia:  The girl felt sorry for the lion so engaged him in conversation.  He confessed that he was supposed to be brave like all good lions but spent his life in fear of everything!  She invited him to join them to see the Wizard so he could ask him for some Courage.

Produce 50 Bottles of White Wine
  Skip for 12 RC

Harvest 8 Coconuts
  Skip for 8 RC

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

Reward: 2500 Coins, 180 XP

Felicia:  They travelled on the Yellow Brick Road for many days.  Once they left the forest, they came to a field of beautiful red flowers.

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Felicia:  Happy to have left the forest, the four adventurers played happily among the flowers.  They did not realise the flowers were enchanted and put people to sleep.  Fortunately, the Scarecrow and Tin Man, as they were not living creatures, were unaffected.

Collect 40 Eggs
  Skip for 10 RC

Collect 50 Beef
  Skip for 12 RC

Prepare 8 Dishes of Steak Tartare
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Beef and 1 Egg

Reward: 2500 Coins, 190 XP

Felicia:  The Scarecrow and the Tin Man dragged the sleeping girl and her dog from the field but were unable to save the Lion.

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Felicia:  As they mourned their loss, they saw a wildcat chasing a mouse in front of them.  The Tin Man killed the wildcat to save the mouse.  She was the Queen of the Field Mice in fact and in return, she vowed to help them rescue the Lion.

Cook 3 Oat Roll Noodles in the Stove House
  Skip for 12 RC
  N.B.  This is the Reward for the Collection Mission

Recipe Instructions
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  Ingredients:  3 Cucumbers, 2 Oat Flour, 3 Green Lettuce and 1 Roasted Tomato Soup (requires 2 Ketchup and 1 Egg Soup to make; Egg Soup is 1 Egg and 1 Seaweed).  Uses 7 Power.  Takes maximum of 16 minutes, 40 seconds to cook but Bronze Star reached in about 11 minutes and Blue Star in about 13 minutes.

Easy Instructions:  Place Cucumbers in bowl and set timer for 6 minutes.  Add Oat Flour and set timer for 5 minutes.  You should be very close to the Bronze Star at this point and if that is all you want, add the Green Lettuce and Roasted Tomato Soup and tap 'Finish' as soon as Bronze Star activates.  If you want the Blue Star rating, add the Green Lettuce and Roasted Tomato Soup and set timer for 2 minutes.  When the Blue Star activates, tap 'Finish'.

Cucumbers: Maximum of 1000 Flavour Points
Oat Flour: Maximum of 600 Flavour Points
Green Lettuce: Maximum of 300 Flavour Points
Roasted Tomato Soup: Maximum of 200 Flavour Points

Bronze Star at 2650 Flavour Points
Blue Star at 3975 Flavour Points
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Harvest 8 Rainbow Fruits
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 8 Slices of Rainbow Cake
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Cake Flour and 1 Rainbow Fruit

Reward: 2500 Coins, 190 XP

Felicia:  The girl, her dog and the Lion all slept on the clean grass until a gentle wind awakened them.

Special Reward: Sheep Theme Pet House Base

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Felicia:  As they resumed their journey, they met a kind woman.  She offered them dinner and shelter for the night.  After their rest, they travelled once again down the Yellow Brick Road.

Produce 50 jars of Blueberry Jam
  Skip for 12 RC

Produce 20 Love Cakes using the Cake Machine
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 8 Rainbow Smoothies
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Condensed Milk and 1 Rainbow Fruit

Reward: 2500 Coins, 200 XP

Felicia:  Eventually, they reached the Emerald City and met the Guardian of the Gates.

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Felicia:  The Guardian of the Gates asked who they were and told them they had reached the very centre of Oz.  He gave them each a pair of eyeglasses so they would not be blinded by the glory of the Emerald City.  Their journey was at an end!

Transport 50 jars of Honey to the Island
   Skip for 12 RC
  N.B.  Split between Zeppelins to speed task.  Sending 10 takes 40 minutes.

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

  Tip:  Farmers often use Gold Finger on the Baker to make Corn Bread as you then need no ingredients.

Harvest 8 Pink Heart Fruits
  Skip for 8 RC

Rewards: 2500 Coins, 200 XP

Felicia:  Almost... They had reached the Emerald City successfully but they still needed to meet the great Wizard!

Felicia:  They were told to meet the Wizard of Oz one by one as the Wizard did not care for crowds. He assumed a different form for each companion from an enormous Head to a beautiful woman, a ferocious beast and even a Ball of Flame!

Prepare 8 Pink Heart Fruit Smoothies
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Pink Heart Fruit and 1 Rainbow Smoothie

Produce 30 Bottles of Goat Milk
  Skip for 15 RC

Produce 20 pieces of Lychee Candy
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 210 XP

Felicia:  The Wizard set a price upon his aid: that they kill the Wicked Witch of the West first!

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They found the Wicked Witch of the West and, despite her powerful magic, the girl managed to destroy her!  The Witch tried to take her shoes and in desperation, the girl threw a bucket of water on the witch, melting her.

Complete 4 Helicopter Orders
  Skip for 4 RC

Produce 30 Goat Cheese
  Skip for 15 RC

Prepare 8 Sets of Rainbow Delight
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Rainbow Cake and 1 Rainbow Smoothie

Reward: 2500 Coins, 210 XP

Felicia:  The adventurers were overjoyed as they now could return to the Wizard to have their wishes granted.

Special Reward: Island Mission Gift Box

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Felicia:   Upon their return, the girl's dog tipped the screen that concealed the Wizard from view, revealing him to be an ordinary man.  Even though he did not have magical powers, he was able to give the Scarecrow his brains, the Tin Man his heart and the Lion his Courage.

Harvest 60 Cranberries
  Skip for 15 RC
  This is an Island Crop

Prepare 8 Dishes of Feta
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Buffalo Milk Cheese and 2 Goat Cheese

Craft 3 Earrings of Love in the Beauty Shop
  Skip for 3 RC
  Each requires 1 Lotus Flower, 1 Pearl and 1 Earring Hook Pair  (Earring Hook can be requested from Neighbours)
  Task is counted as soon as you place in slot.  4 minutes to complete.

Reward: 2500 Coins, 220 XP

Felicia:  The Wizard was from the girl's own world actually, so he made an hot air balloon for them to return home together.  As they prepared to leave...

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Felicia:  The girl's dog ran away!  She ran after the dog and they watched then as the hot air balloon drifted up into the sky and disappeared.  Thinking she never would return home, the girl almost surrendered to despair.  She then was told to ask for help from the Good Witch of the South.

Craft 6 White Cord Necklaces in the Beauty Shop
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 1 Angora Hair, 1 Wool and 2 Daisies.  6 minutes to complete but task is counted as soon as you fill the slot.

Prepare 8 Feta with Black Olives
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Feta and 1 Black Olive

Prepare 8 bowls of Greek Salad
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Feta with Black Olive and 2 Tomatoes

Reward: 2500 Coins, 220 XP

Felicia:  They had a few more adventures, before finally arriving in the home of the Good Witch of the South.

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Felicia:  The Good Witch of the South listened to their stories, and decided to help the girl return home.   So the girl and her dog finally found a way to return home and she bid farewell to her new friends.

Prepare 8 Heart Cookies
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Heart Fruit and 1 Milk Cookie

Craft 6 Blue Hearts in the Beauty Shop
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 5 Blue Rose, 3 Fern Flower and 1 Glass (Request Glass from Neighbours)
  Takes 22 minutes to complete but task counted as soon as slot filled

Produce 60 Blue Rose Bouquets
  Skip for 15 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 230 XP

Felicia:  But what happened to the other companions?

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Felicia: The Lion returned to the forest and became the King of the Beasts.  The Scarecrow became the new King of Oz and used his wisdom to rule the entire land.  The Tin Man was reunited with his sweetheart.

Craft 6 Glass Bottle Necklaces in the Beauty Shop
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 1 Blue Heart, 2 White Cord Necklaces and 1 Glass Bottle (request Glass Bottle from neighbours).  Task takes 35 minutes to complete but counted as soon as slot filled.

Prepare 8 Desserts of Love
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Pink Heart Fruit Smoothie and 1 Heart Cookie

Produce 20 jars of Cranberry Yogurt
  Skip for 10 RC
  This is an Island Task.  You must have transported 20 Honey and 20 Goat Milk to the Island previously to be able to make this product.
  Cost of Batch Production 160 OP.

Reward: 2500 Coins, 230 XP

Felicia:  Thank you, Farmer, for listening to my story and helping me take care of the Farm.  See you next time!

Special Reward: Forest Bus Decoration for Seaside Farm

Collection Set
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The Collection Set consists of the Black Olive Tree, the White Goat and the Forest Bus Decoration.  If you complete the registration within the time frame of the Quest, you will receive a special additional Reward in the form of a Clam Friendship Flower, whether or not you have access to the Botanic Garden yet.  It will go to your Gift Box to be used at a future date.  Regular Rewards for Registration of Set are 88 Green Mystrons and 1 RC.



17 August 2017

5th Anniversary Cake

This post deals with the 5th Anniversary celebrations as well as new update.  New update below Anniversary Cake sections.


(Screenshot of completed Cake, stacked from positions 1-5.  You can choose one of three 'cake toppers' in the form of the Chicken seen here, a Sheep or a Cow.  All other Decorations occupy unique positions on the Cake Base.)

Anniversary Cake
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There are a number of different components to this.  Many will be found in Felicia's Message so make certain that you collect daily.

Today you will have received the Anniversary Cake Base, a special Avatar and 20 Cream Crop Seeds.

In the Market, there is a new Bird Family Decoration that is an Island Decoration and the first of its kind to give Island Blue Boxes when cleaned.

If you are looking for the Mushroom Picking Quest, you will find it below this post or follow this link to access it:

Mushroom Picking Quest

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Anniversary Cake Base:  This Base is found in Felicia's Message.  You can place it immediately but to 'decorate' it, you will need to complete some of the Decorations that can be purchased in the Market and 'built' as follows:

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The special Cream Crop (20 of the seeds each day) must be planted and harvested to finish all the Decorations for the Anniversary Cake Base.   You cannot complete any of them without the Cream Plant and as you will see, each requires 60.   A glitch caused the Cream Plant to appear in the market for a few lucky farmers temporarily but the only way you should be able to obtain the seeds is through Felicia's Message each day.

Note that many farmers are keeping a few mature Cream Plants on their farms for their neighbours to harvest when they visit.  This randomly allows players to obtain a few more than their daily allotment.  If other farmers fertilise the immature crop, it may be impossible for neighbours to harvest it.  This is a bit glitchy, but it is best to have at least 5 mature crops on your Farm if you wish to help your Neighbours with extra plants and you can afford to keep them there!

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Farmers who play the regular Family Farm will be familiar with this type of activity.  Decorations when completed can be used to decorate the Cake (Base).  Use the Move and then the Search tool on the Base to see how the Decorations can be stacked.  It will take at least 3 days to complete any Decoration, however, if Felicia only gives 20 Cream Plant seeds per day.  There is no option to buy out of this by paying RC for the Crop.

Here is a list of all the Decorations and their materials:


Cake Butter:  Purchase in Decorations section of Market for 1000 Coins and build it:

60 Cream Plant
10 Custard
10 Butter
20 Buffalo Milk

Cake Liquid Chocolate: Purchase for 1000 Coins in Decorations Section of Market and build it:

60 Cream Plant
10 Chocolate
5 Turron
10 Tiramisu

Cow Cake Deco:

60 Cream Plant
10 Condensed Milk
20 Low Fat Milk
10 Cottage Cheese

Cake Piping Bag:

60 Cream Plant
15 Buttercream
10 Lavender Cupcake
10 Coconut Milk

Cake Fruits

60 Cream Plants
20 Strawberry
20 Raspberry
20 Blackberry

Chicken Cake Deco: 1000 Coins

60 Cream Plant
10 Condensed Milk
20 Eggs
20 Egg White

Sheep Cake Deco: 1000 Coins

60 Cream Plant
10 Condensed Milk
20 Wool
20 Goat Milk

Cow Cake Deco: 1000 Coins

60 Cream Plant
10 Condensed Milk
20 Low Fat Milk
10 Cottage Cheese

Stacking Decorations on Anniversary Cake
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The Anniversary Cake Base allows a total of 5 Decorations in specific positions.  There are three Decorations for Position 5 which is at the top of the Cake as follows:

Sheep Cake Deco
Chicken Cake Deco
Cow Cake Deco

In other words, as they all occupy the same position, you only can place one of these at any given time.

For the rest of the Decorations, positions are:

Position 1: Cake Butter
Position 2: Cake Liquid Chocolate
Position 3: Cake Piping Bag
Position 4: Cake Fruits
Position 5:  Cow Cake Deco/Chicken Cake Deco/Sheep Cake Deco

My advice, therefore is to complete all the Decorations that occupy distinctive positions first and then choose one of the three animal Decorations for the top of the Cake.  Once all those are completed, you can complete the 'alternate' Animal Decorations.


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Claim the following:

Level 2: 10 Corn, 10 Milk, 1000 Coins
Level 5: 10 Apples, 2 Hedges, 2000 Coins
Level 10: 50 Pet Food, 5 Paths (Brick)
Level 12: 25 Organic Fertiliser, 50 OP, 1 RC
Level 15: 10 Lab Cards, 2000 Coins
Level 21: 50 OP, 1 Rain, 2 RC

This completes the Clover Statue, a Decoration that will go to your Gift Box and can be placed on your Seaside Farm.

New Water Well Update
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Oddly enough, although I had reached a high number of Sprinklers, the Well now tells me that I should upgrade to Level 2 as follows:

20 Turkey Burgers
10 Pink Rope
10 Water Buckets

Maximum number of Sprinklers 450.

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There are teams in the original Family Farm game and now Seaside has them as well.  The first step is to complete the 'building' that allows you to launch a new Balloon that will give you the option to participate in the Farmer's Fair.  No materials are required.  Simply tap on the little collapsed building to the left of the Gallery to complete it.

The building is the 2nd Guest Centre.  On my farm, it was unlocked automatically but I now have been told by lower level farmers that there are requirements for unlocking it as follows:

You must have unlocked all four areas of the original Mootopia Map.  In other words, you must have unlocked 1 Star Metropolis before you will be able to complete the 2nd Guest Centre.

You then have the following options:

Start a Team
Join a Team

If you choose: Start a Team

You need to choose a specific Pet to go to the Farmer's Fair.  It must be an inactive Pet.

When you have chosen your Pet, you need to choose some products to sell at the Fair.   The first venture will give you the option to sell 5000 Coins worth of a random product.  After that, you must choose your own products which will be consumed.

You then have five minutes to find a team.  This can be 'auto-find' or actually find other farmers to join your team.

The Auto-Find option allowed me to experiment with it.

You find yourself in a little area with 4 Guests.  You will have four Pets to bargain with the four 'Guests'.  While an apparently endless bargaining session goes on, you actually can return home by pressing the 'Home' icon in the bottom left of the screen.  The time is limited actually to one hour. Whenever your goal is met, however, the session can end early.

As indicated, you have an hour I believe to meet your sales goal.  You will receive multiple orders after assigning each pet to a Guest.  My Pet was Level 25 and had full stamina so I never had to feed him but the other Pets lost all Stamina and I had to feed them to allow them to continue the session.  We were successful and I received a Key and then was told to choose a box from five boxes to open.  The box contained one Turtle Card.  As Team Leader, I was told I could open a second Box.This contained 1 Turtle Card as well.

When I attempted to choose my own Team, I had difficulties, even though I had other farmers alerted to the fact that the 5 minute timer was running.  You only see the icon of the Pet the Team Leader is using.  The 5 minutes expired.

I believe the game has created this option to allow players who have not been able to earn sufficient Pet Cards for whatever reason by themselves to earn more.  You only earn 1 random Pet Card, however, at Level 1 unless you create the Team.  I believe that is what 'Team Leader' represents, although my Pet made the most sales as well.

Bear Scarf
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You now can forge scarves for your Bears in the Factory.  Like any other apparel forged in the Factory, it will give your Bear increases in Stamina and Bargaining Power when worn as well as possibly a boost when Guests from a specific area of the Map are invited.

Hedgehog Apparel
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Hedgehog Apparel can be purchased in the Pet House Menu in the form of different colours of a Leaf or Apple.  It is worn in the same position as the Belt or Bag for other pets.

11 August 2017

Mushroom Picking Quest and Garden Gnome Collection Mission

A new time restricted Quest has been released in tandem with a Collection Mission.  The Reward for completion of the Collection Mission is a 'Collectable' in the form of the Chanterelle Planter.  You will not find this in the Market while the Quest is active so must complete the Collection Mission if you wish to harvest the Chanterelles that will be needed in the traditional Quest.

Some of the members of our Family Farm Seaside Freyashawk Group liked my addition of lists of all the Crops and Batch Production items you need for these Quests so I am adding them now to each post for the timed missions.  You will find the actual tasks and dialogue below, but here at the start are convenient lists for you:

Crop List
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40 Cucumbers
40 Pitaya
50 Sweet Potatoes
50 Pineapples
50 Cassava (Island Crop)
50 Lotus Flowers

Transport List
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20 Beef Salami to Island
20 Ketchup to Island

Transport for Ingredients
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16 Zucchini to Seaside

One of the later tasks requires Zucchini as an ingredient.  This is an Island Crop.  You will need to transport 16 Zucchini from the Island for use in the recipe if you have not done so previously.  The Transport is not a task, but you will need the item to make 8 Mushroom Stuffed Zucchini, a new recipe and the first of its kind.  Never before has an Island Crop been used in the Kitchen.

Batch Production
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40 Buffalo Milk
12 Orange Juice
40 Buffalo Milk Cheese
40 Angora Hair
20 Cornbread
50 Beef
20 Pitaya Jam
50 Ketchup
50 Cassava Flour (Island)
30 Cranberry Pies (Island)
60 Dried Kiwi (Island)
20 Beef Hot Dogs (Island)

Freyashawk Harvest Moon FDC
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This site is maintained by Freyashawk, aka Eugenia Martino.  You are welcome to post a link to my guide in your Facebook Groups but please do give me credit for the work I do.  I try to update the site constantly with new information and complete quests quickly for the guide often only by spending RC to skip steps (as in this case where I paid 10 RC to skip the Collection Mission temporarily).

My farm is Harvest Moon FDC.  If you find my site helpful, please consider voting for my farm in the Farm Beauty Contest.  I always appreciate your support.  I do not allow any advertising on my site and I do try to work hard for my fellow farmers by posting helpful information.  So I thank you with all my heart for your continued votes in the game.

Strategy Consideration
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For new farmers or farmers who recently reached the level where these Missions have been unlocked for them:

In many cases, you can complete the traditional Quest sequence later if unable to complete all tasks at this point either because you have not unlocked the Island or do not have an Island Machine needed or mastery level needed.  What you cannot perform later is the Collection Mission that is linked to the traditional Quest.  In this case, the Reward is a 'Collectable' which means that, once the Quest expires, it should be added to the Market in the Collectable Department.  It then may require only a small amount of RC to purchase it.  When the Collection Mission reward is a Stove House Recipe, it too will be added to the Market once the Mission expires but the cost usually is higher than the cost for a 'Collectable'.  Where the Reward is a premium Tree, you usually can find it in the Tree department of the Market while the Mission still is active and can opt out of the Collection Mission simply by using RC to purchase the Tree.  I always indicate this in the Quest itself at the point where there is a task to 'place' the Reward item.  Here this occurs in Mushroom Packing 9.  As you have 11 days to complete the Mission and you will need Chanterelles, you may wish to complete the Collection Mission before moving on here.  I only opted to pay 10 RC for Harvest Moon FDC to skip the task in order to be able to finish this guide as quickly as possible.

Mushroom Picking Quest
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Mushroom Picking 1
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Darryl:  Howdy, farmer!  I have a question for you.  What comes to mind when you think of September?

(That it is only the second week of August?)

Harvest 40 Cucumbers
  Skip for 10 RC

Feed the Holstein Cow 40 times
  Skip for 10 RC

Harvest 8 Oranges
  Skip for 8 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 160 XP

Darryl:  Haha, of course you had to bring up school!

Mushroom Picking 2
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Darryl:  Here on the farm September is the month of mushroom picking!  Have you ever tried it?

Harvest 40 Pitaya
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 20 Cornmeal
  Skip for 10 RC
  Each requires 1 Corn and 1 Corn.  This is a Kitchen Recipe.

Produce 40 Buffalo Milk
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 160 XP

Darryl:  Don't worry.  You can come with us and learn everything there is to know about mushrooms!

Mushroom Picking 3
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Darryl:  Mushroom picking is a family tradition here!  You'll see, it is really fun.  Let's just get these chores done so we can start to get ready.

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 1 Milk and 1 Milk

Reward: 2500 Coins, 170 XP

Darryl:  The best time to pick mushrooms is in the early morning!

Mushroom Picking 4
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Darryl:  Unfortunately, morning also is when school begins, so we have to wait for the weekend.  In the meantime, I can teach you some basic mushroom gathering techniques!

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

Reward: 2500 Coins, 170 XP

Darryl:  First you will need a basket.  The bigger, the better!

Special Reward: Mission Gift Box

Mushroom Picking 5
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Darryl:  Before you go mushroom picking, you should learn how to identify wild mushrooms.  I remember our  Neighbours had a great book about them.  Perhaps they could lend it to you!

Ask neighbours for 20 Mushroom Books
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest 50 Sweet Potatoes
  Skip for 12 RC

Fish 8 times using the Squid Hook
  Skip for 8 RC
  N.B.  Usually, by missing 1 catch, you can do this without refreshing the default 7 tries.

Reward: 2500 Coins, 180 XP

Darryl:  As for me,  I already am an expert mushroom picker as Daddy and Grandpa have been taking me on their forays since I was a little boy!

Mushroom Picking 6
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Darryl:  Are you confident enough that you can recognise which Mushrooms are edible?  Let us prepare for our trip.  Rubber boots and a long sleeve shirt are a must!

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

Reward: 2500 Coins, 180 XP

Darryl:  The forest floor usually is wet in the morning.  Plus you do not wish to be bitten by a viper!

Mushroom Picking 7
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Darryl:  Don't forget to take a hat and some mosquito repellent.  There may be ticks in the woods as well, but do not worry!  If you are prepared, you will be okay.

Prepare 8 Butternut Squash Roll Cakes
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Butternut Squash and 3 Cottage Cheese

Produce 20 Jars of Pitaya Jam
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 6 dishes of Hairtail Tomato Sauce
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 3 Tomatoes and 1 Hairtail

Reward: 2500 Coins, 190 XP

Darryl:  The forest is big and it is easy to become lost.  Best to take a map and stay close to the group!

Mushroom Picking 8
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Darryl:  After we're finished picking mushrooms, we usually have a small picnic in a forest clearing.  Grandma makes the best snacks!

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

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

Reward: 2500 Coins, 190 XP

Darryl:  Remember to bring something to drink.  Keeping hydrated is key!

Special Reward: Sheep Pet House Ears


Note:  The second half of the Quest sequence requires a higher Level than the first as well as access to the Island.  If you do not have that access, you can opt to skip Island tasks by using RC but you cannot unlock the tasks themselves unless you have reached the required Level in the game.

Mushroom Picking 9
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Darryl:  So... Are you ready for your first mushroom picking trip?  Get a good rest tonight and I'll see you tomorrow morning!  Don't forget your basket!

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

Place a Chanterelle Planter on your Farm
  (Reward from the Collection Mission)
  Skip for 10 RC
  Note:  This item will not appear in the Market until the Quest has expired, so you either can complete the Collection Mission BEFORE you move forward or skip this task by paying 10 RC.  You will need Chanterelles, however, for some of the Recipes required below.

Transport 20 Beef Salami to the Island Farm
  Skip for 10 RC
  N.B.  Split transport between zeppelins to speed process and remember NOT to collect until you reach this task if you load the zeppelins in advance.  After this, you need to transport 20 Ketchup for another later task.  These items will be used to make Beef Hot Dogs on the Island.  The transport of the Ketchup is a task as well, however, so you can load it after you collect the Beef Salami but again, DO NOT collect it until you reach the task!

Reward: 2500 Coins, 200 XP

Darryl:  Zzzz... can't wait to pick fresh and delicious wild mushrooms tomorrow!

Mushroom Picking 10
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Darryl:  Morning!  We're all waiting for you, Farmer!  Let's go to the nearby forest.  Grandma knows the best spots!  I'll lead the way!

Harvest 50 Cassava
  Skip for 12 RC
  This is an Island Crop.

Produce 50 bottles of 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

Darryl:  For the best mushrooms, you need to keep an eye out and look for them among the grass and under tree trunks!

Mushroom Picking 11
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Darryl: Don't get frustrated if you can't find anything at first.  Just give yourself some time and ... Oh! Look!  I found a whole family of Chanterelles.  Come here!

Prepare 8 Creamy Chanterelle Sauce
  Skip for 8 RC

  Each requires 2 Chanterelles and 2 Sour Cream
  This is a new Recipe.  If you do not have Chanterelles, you can pay 30 TC for 1 Chanterelle.

Harvest 8 Pecans
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 8 Pecan Bread
  Skip for 8 RC

  Each requires 1 Pecan and 1 Corn Bread

Rewards: 2500 Coins, 210 XP

Darryl:  You see, it wasn't so hard!  Now let's look over there!  It seems that Daddy found some as well!

Mushroom Picking 12
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I knew you were going to like it.  Look at you. already half a basket full of wild mushrooms!  Well done!

Harvest 50 Lotus Flowers
  Skip for 12 RC

Craft 3 Earrings of Love in the Beauty Shop
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 1 Lotus Flower, 1 Pearl and 1 pair of Earring Hooks and takes 4 minutes to complete.  Task will be counted as soon as item enters the slot.

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

Rewards: 2500 Coins, 210 XP

Darryl:  Now you have to be careful!  Some of the mushrooms might look similar to the edible ones but actually be poisonous!

S;pecial Reward: Island Mission Gift Box

Mushroom Picking 13
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Darryl:  If you're not certain if the mushroom you found is edible or not... Better not to pick it at all! You should refer to the book or ask Grandma!  She knows everything there is to know about wild mushrooms.

Transport 20 bottles of Ketchup to the Island Farm
  Skip for 10 RC
  As with the earlier transport, split between zeppelins to speed the process.

Produce 50 Cassava Flour
  Skip for 12 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:  Snack time!  Let's have a quick meal and then head home to see how many mushrooms we all picked today.

Mushroom Picking 14
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Darryl:  Now, the very best part of mushroom hunting occurs actually when we go back home and it is called ,,, Mushroom Eating!  Haha!  Would you like to try Grandma's famous Mushroom Stuffed Zucchini?

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

Prepare 8 Mushroom Stuffed Zucchini
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Zucchini and 1 Creamy Chanterelle Sauce
  This is a new Recipe and the first of its kind in that it uses an ISLAND CROP, Zucchini.
Complete 3 Helicopter Orders
  Skip for 3 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 220 XP

Darryl: The secret lies in the perfectly creamy Chanterelle Sauce.

Mushroom Picking 15
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Darryl:  Chanterelle Soup as a first course is one of my favourite dishes as well.  I love mushroom picking season because we get to eat all of these yummy dishes!  Come on, try it!

Produce 6 Wooden Aroma Bottles
  Skip for 6 RC
  This is an Island Task.
  Each requires 2 Wool Yarn and 1 Cedar Wood

Craft 6 Lily Aroma Bottles
  Skip for 6 RC

Prepare 8 Dishes of Chanterelle Soup
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Egg Soup and 1 Creamy Chanterelle Sauce
  (Note: You will have used all the Creamy Chanterelle Sauce you made in a previous task so have to make 8 new Creamy Chanterelle Sauce for this recipe.)

Reward: 2500 Coins, 230 XP

Darryl:  So what do you think about our little family tradition?  Did you enjoy the trip?

Mushroom Picking 16
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Hey, we're going to the forest again tomorrow morning!   Feel free to join us!

Produce 60 Dried Kiwi Fruit
  Skip for 30 RC

Produce 20 Beef Hot Dogs
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 8 Dishes of Summer Toast
  Skip for 8 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 230 XP

Darryl:  I'm glad to have introduced you to one of my favourite autumn activities.  Hope you liked it.
See you next time!

Special Reward: Mushroom Picking Gnome Decoration for Seaside Farm

Collection Set
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The Collection Set consists of the Butternut Squash Tree, the Chanterelle Planter and the Mushroom Picking Gnome Decoration.  If you complete registration of all three items (and collect the Rewards from the Gallery for all three) while the Quest remains active, you will receive the additional Reward of a Clam Friendship Flower for Registration of the Set




04 August 2017

Anniversary Competition Farm Beauty Contest

Note:  You will find the new 'Journey to the West' Lighthouse Mission and the still current 'Farm Tractor Race' Missions in the posts below this one.

A new Anniversary Competition Farm Beauty Contest has begun.

You really do need to maximise the Votes from the four Characters if you wish to achieve the Decoration at 4000 Votes or the Avatar at 6000 Votes.  Asking for Votes from other players is NOT the answer unless you are very close to 200 Votes per day from the 4 Characters or 300 Votes per day from the same 4 Characters.  Try to organise your farm to maximise votes from the very first day.  It can make a huge difference to your vote total.

It is the current photograph or Snapshot of your Farm that is the basis for ALL Votes, not the current state of your Farm if you changed anything.  In other words, take your time to organise your Farm BEFORE you take the initial 'Snapshot' for entry to the Contest.  This can make a big difference as every day counts in these contests.

The key to this is balance.  You need to have a variety of Crops on the Farm.  Try to have 16 different Crops growing... the total number needed may be lower from 12 to 13 but it is easy to grow different Crops and you have nothing to lose.

You need to have at least 12 different Machines on your Farm to obtain the maximum Votes for Machines from Dad.  Some players claim that the Salad Machine has counted as two Machines in the past but again, to be safe, move as many Machines onto your Farm as possible before you take your initial Snapshot.

Do the same with respect to your Trees.  You need a variety of Trees.  Duplicates never count.  Most players should not have any trouble in placing 16 different types of Trees on the farm.  I believe that the total needed is less, possibly 12 or 13 but again, it does no harm to be safe.

Finally, there are the Animals.  Butterfly Houses and Beehives of each type count as Animals and every type counts as a different Animal.

Landscape Points count for Votes with three of the Characters.  You do not even need 2300 Landscape Points to maximise these votes.  I believe the actual total is close to 2250 points but need to confirm for the current contest.  Recently, the game changed to add Landscape Points to Charm Points for a new total.  I will try to pinpoint the number required for maximum votes.

Expansions are another good source of votes.  You only need to have performed a few expansions to gain maximum votes from Felicia and Dad for expansions.

Another category is your Gallery.  Now that you can register Crops and other items, even low level players should be able to maximise votes for a good Gallery.  Votes are based on the totals of the items you have registered.  Your Gallery 'upgrades' at specific totals.

Finally there are votes for a 'high level' farm.  I have not achieved the maximum on Harvest Moon FDC yet because I believe you have to be at Level 150 now for this.

'Theme' gives votes from three of the four Characters.  Your best bet to maximise your Theme Votes if you have not played long or did not collect Reward Decorations for any other reason would be to purchase the Batting Chimp, the Boxing Bear and/or Cheerleading Bunny from the special sale offer in the top right of the screen.  They are expensive but if you are not at maximum for Theme, the first two each can give you 9 extra Votes for theme each day from the Characters and the Cheerleading Bunny 6 extra votes for theme from the Chqracters..  If you are unwilling or unable to do that, at least place the Farm Stadium Base for 9 more Votes per day for theme.

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The Farm Stadium Base featured in the current Farm Beauty Contest is from last year but new stackable Decorations are being sold for it.

You can purchase the unfinished Base in the Market for a limited time.  Complete it by purchasing the materials in the various Mystery Shops as follows:

Lawnmower: 50 Green Mystrons
Liner: 10 Green Mystrons
Lawn: 5 Blue Mystrons

Theme Items
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Unless otherwise stated, each theme item should give 1 votes from each of three of the Characters each day for them.  All Theme Items and their costs and values are as follows:

Trees
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Rainbow Tree

Machine:
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Cake Machine

Collectable
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Chocolate Fountain

Decorations:

Available in Market:

Christmas Cake: 12000 Coins (temporary sale)

Welcome Arch: 2000 Coins

Balloon Gate; 30000 Coins

Available in special Sales Offers:

Farm Stadium Base: 2 votes from 3 characters each day

Boxing Bear: 3 votes from 3 characters each day

Batting Chimp: 3 votes from 3 characters each day

Cheerleading Bunny: 2 votes from 3 characters each day

Tennis Fox: 2 votes from 3 characters each day

Umpire Owl: 2 votes from 3 of the Characters

Red Panda Pitcher: 2 votes from 3 of the Characters

From the Past:
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(Some of these may appear in the Lucky Wheel this month)

Farm Podium

Ball Basket

Punching Bag

Weight Rack

Darryl Greek Statue
  Now in Lucky Wheel/Buddy Share Box

Badminton Statue
  Now in Lucky Wheel/Buddy Share Box

Mini Golf
  Now in Lucky Wheel/Buddy Share Box

Scoreboard
  Now in Lucky Wheel/Buddy Share Box for 15 RC

Collectable
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Chocolate Fountain

Reward Decoration
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Baseball Gloves

The reward for reaching 4000 votes  is a decoration of a ball in a crate on a small square table and is called the Baseball Gloves.

Anniversary Cake and Cake Decorations
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The Anniversary Cake Base and three of the Cake Decorations are included in the Theme Book.

Cow Cake Deco

Cake Piping Bag

Cake Fruits

Cake Liquid Chocolate

Cake Butter