12 March 2017

Sakura Farm Beauty Contest



(Above, two screenshots of the Springtime Base with theme decorations on it.  The top photograph shows the Singing Hamster with the Accordion Hamster on the right, with the Park Fountain and Flower cage on the left.  The lower photograph shows Oskar the Dog with Bello the Dog behind him and the same decorations on the left.  All of these items are featured now in the special sales offers you can find on the top right of your screen.)

N.B.  You will find the current time-restricted Mission, 'Life's Lesson'  in the post below this one.  The final section of this post, after the Mission that gives players the Springtime Base is a Q & A for players who wonder why they are not doing better in the Contest.  I did this for one of the Harvest Moon games long ago, and players found it really helpful, so I decided to try it again.

Note that you now can merge a Springtime Base in the Factory when you have collected sufficient materials and the total you are allowed is 2. Materials for the Springtime Base will be given in a series of activities.  The first is the Cooking Bag Stand where you randomly can find a material in the March Cooking Bags.  To forge a Springtime Base you will need 12 Spring Wreath from the Cooking Stand bags, 6 Picnic Soda and 40 Lunch Box.

Introduction
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You will not be able to participate in any Farm Beauty Contest until you reach Level 30 now.  As soon as you reach Level 30, if there is an active Farm Beauty Contest, a new icon of a golden Trophy will appear in the top centre of your screen.  You then need to take a snapshot of your Farm in order to register it.  It is a good idea to look at the list of Theme Decorations before you do this and make certain that all Decorations that you own that are included in the current Theme are registered in the Gallery.  Make certain that you have a variety of DIFFERENT Crops planted on your Farm and that you place as many DIFFERENT Trees and DIFFERENT Machines on your Farm as possible before you take your 'snapshot' and enter your Farm in the Contest.

There are two basic components to any Farm Beauty Contest.  One is the Votes that you receive from the four game Characters and other players and the other is the Votes that you can give every day.  At Level 30, you will have the minimum number of Votes to allocate which is 3.  The maximum number is 6 and you must be at Level 60 or above to have that number of Votes to give.  You can give more Votes randomly to farmers by using the 'Bet' option.  More about that later.

Spending RC or Cash
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Every new Farm Beauty Contest usually is accompanied by special sales offers for Decorations that are included in the Theme.  Some players either cannot or will not spend real money on the game.  If you are one of those players, skip this section.  Otherwise...  generally speaking, it is better to buy one of the Decorations in the special sales than a Decoration that is found in the Lucky Wheel or Share Box, especially if the Decoration gives the coveted Blue Box when cleaned.  You will find usually that there is more than one NEW Decoration offered in the Sale (top right corner of your screen) that is worth more in terms of Characters' Votes for Theme.  In this Contest, the Singing Hamster now on offer gives a Blue Box when cleaned ultimately but for the first 5 days of cleaning, 5 Blue Mystrons. Blue Mystrons can be difficult to obtain and although the Singing Hamster is the most expensive Decoration in the sale, it has the best value in terms of Votes and ultimately will give you a Blue Box every time it is cleaned.  As you can see by studying the Theme Decorations List in this post, it gives a total of 3 Votes rather than 1 from 3 of the 4 game Characters every day.  This can be a tremendous boost, especially to a low level player.

In general, I have found that it IS worthwhile to purchase the special Theme decorations offered in the sales.  They will be featured again and again in the Farm Beauty Contests.  A friend I have known for years sent me a message shortly after the start of this Contest to say that, much to her surprise, she had 79/80 for theme on the very first day of the Contest without doing anything!  It was due to the fact that she had purchased some of the special decorations each time they were offered and those from last year have been featured again.   She bought Lucky Wheel Decorations in the past as well... and obtained Decorations by completing Missions, and those have been featured again now.  The point I am making is that her past investments in time, energy and money still are effective.

Decorations are important for more reasons than Theme.  If they can be cleaned, having them on your farm benefits both you and your neighbours as it is the Gift Boxes that contain many of the Farm Aids that you need constantly, including Power and OP.  Neighbours may be more likely to visit a farm that has cleanable decorations on it on a regular basis as opposed to one without any Cleanable Decorations, especially if the Farm is at a level where a certain number of Decorations are to be expected.

You can earn RC in the game but it can take time.  You can purchase RC as well from the game and use that to buy the Lucky Wheel Decorations.  Yes, the price of the Singing Hamster is about the same as the purchase of 75 RC...  and some players may prefer to have 5 Lucky Wheel Decorations that all give Purple Cleaning Boxes when cleaned instead of one Blue Box Decoration.  There is a small chance that when you spin the Lucky Wheel yourself, it may land on one of the Theme Decorations, giving it to you without cost but it is more likely to appear in the 'line-up' of items when the Wheel is spun, giving you the option to purchase it yourself, place it in the Share Box for your Buddies to purchase or simply to ignore it and move on.

Many of the Theme Decorations are stackable, which means that they can be placed on a Base.  In this case, the Base to which they are linked is the Springtime Base.  It was offered originally as the final Reward for a special Gallery Mission.  I believe you still can perform the Mission to obtain the Base if you do not own it.  I have included the entire Mission with all of its tasks below.

Balance of Items
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For new farmers, there are a few basic instructions.  You need to organise your farm BEFORE you take the photograph in order to gain the maximum benefit from your design.   Have a good balance of Crops, Trees, Animals, Machines, Decorations and now Paths as well.  Your design now has to take Landscape Points into account, which means that you need to lay paths and water paths, then place as many Decorations as possible within their sphere of influence.  Remember that the maximum number of points for any tile is 50 (for Macaron and Pebble Paths as well as the Snow Path and the Pond Shore Path for a Water Path), and therefore, once you have a total of 50 Points from the Path itself and Decorations within the area, more Decorations will not add any more points.

Designing Paths
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Generally speaking, it is better to make a long single-file path surrounding an area filled with Crops, Machines, Trees or a combination of these with Decorations than to place all of your tiles together.   To discover the effect a specific Decoration will have on your Landscape Point total, use the Move Tool and hover near the Paths you have set on your Farm.  If you have achieved the maximum number of Points for any path, you will see that the Decoration would add zero points if placed in that location.  If there is a Path that does not have the maximum points from Decorations in its sphere of influence, you will see the precise number of points that your Decoration will add to the total in that area.  If you have Bases with stacked Decorations, placing them within a Path's sphere is the easiest method to boost your Landscape Points as long as you have not obtained the maximum using other lesser Decorations.

Note here that an unfinished Base neither counts for any Farm Beauty Contest nor can it be registered in the Gallery until it has been completed.   An empty completed Base usually does give a Blue Box when cleaned and often is one of the Theme Decorations in a Farm Beauty Contest.   Unfortunately, the Springtime Base, the one that is included in THIS Contest, gives only a Purple Gift Box when cleaned!

Crop, Tree, Animal, Machine Totals
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For the Farm Beauty Contest, you need a variety of Crops.  It originally was 16 different Crops in order to gain the maximum Votes for your Crops.  For Trees, it was 16 different Trees and for Machines, 16 different Machines.  For Animals, it originally was a requirement for 16 as well.  I believe that the count for Machines and Animals has been lowered now to 12 instead but again must confirm what is needed for THIS contest.

Butterfly Houses, Beehives and the Bat House qualify as 'Animals' for the purpose of the Contest and every different style of Beehive or Butterfly House will count as a different Animal.

Landscape Point Totals
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In previous Contests, Charm was the aspect that three of the Characters prized.  Now they prize Landscape Points instead.  The Vote category speaks of Beautiful Paths with High Landscape Points. In essence, you need less than 3000 Landscape Points to gain the maximum number of Votes from Felicia, Darryl and Grandma.  You do not need more than that.  I confirmed this myself.  The actual total needed is somewhere between 2000 and 3000.  I will confirm that when I can.  Rosewood was very low in Landscape Points origingally but after added to the total with 2320 Landscape Points achieved the maximum of 24/24.

With 1034 Landscape Points, another farmer received 16/24 Votes for Landscape.  With only 242 Points, another received 6/24.  At 293 one more Vote was acquired for 7/24.

Gallery Registration
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Gallery Registration is central to all the Farm Beauty Contests.  If a Theme Decoration has not been registered in the Gallery prior to the point of submitting your Photograph, it usually will not count towards Theme.  Furthermore, two of the Characters in the form of Darryl and Grandma give Votes based on the total number of items you have registered in your Gallery.  The number required to gain the maximum points in this category is not that high, however.  My rather new farm, Asgard, has been able to gain the maxmum in this category (but not in some of the others) and I have not registered that many of my Trees, Animals or Machines, although I have tried to register most Decorations as I acquired them.

I believe that all that counts for the Gallery Vote itself is the number of Gallery Points that you have, earned through obtaining the little round Cow Tokens that are one of the Rewards for every Registration.

524/1250, almost half of the total for filling the third tier (third Cow Token at the top of the Gallery Menu) gives 15/16 Votes.

With three tiers filled on Asgard (the first three Cow Tokens at the top of the Gallery Menu), that farm finally achieved 16/16.  I believe that would be 1250/1250 on the third tier level.

Note here that a recent game update added registration of Crops to the Gallery, allowing low level players to gain higher totals in Gallery Registration.  Registration of any Crop takes only 2 minutes.

Claiming Items in the Gallery
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This is an important point, not only where the Farm Beauty Contest Theme is concerned but for the Collection Sets that give special Clam Friendship Flowers if claimed within a specific time frame.  It is not sufficient to begin the Registration of any item.  You must CLAIM it in the Gallery before it will count for the Farm Beauty Contest or for any Collection Set.  I sometimes forget to do this myself and it can cost dearly if I lose a special Clam Friendship Flower because I did not complete the entire process in time.

Timing of Snapshot/Photograph
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You have to take an initial photograph of your Farm to enter the Farm Beauty Contest.  If you have time to design your Farm on the first day, do so BEFORE you take the photograph, making certain you have maximised all aspects that will  give Votes from the four Characters.  If you do not have time to organise your Farm, simply take the photograph of it as  it stands... better to get some Votes than no Votes.  You can take a new photograph every day if you wish.

If you need more Theme Items, make certain that, should you obtain a new one, that you register it BEFORE you take a new photograph of the Farm.  Only the items as they appear in the current photograph are counted.

After taking the photograph of your perfected Farm, you can remove anything or change anything without it modifying or changing the Farm Beauty Contest entry.  It is only when you submit a new photograph that anything will change.  Thus, you try to set up your Farm for maximum Votes in every category, take and submit a photograph of it and then do whatever you need to make your farm more practical for specific tasks, quests or whatever.

Contest Decoration and Avatar Rewards
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Most farmers have a goal in terms of the Rewards that are offered in the Contest.  You need to receive 200 Votes per day to obtain the Decoration that is the Reward for a total of 4000 Votes.  You need to receive 300 Votes per day to obtain the final Reward of the Avatar.  Most Farmers, if they are eligible to participate in the Contest (at Level 30 or higher) should be able to organise their farms to receive 200 Votes per day FROM THE FOUR CHARACTERS even if they are not receiving Votes from Neighbours.  If you really want the Decoration, be willing to spend a little RC or even cash on Theme Decorations if you are a fairly new player.  They are worth purchasing not only for the Contest but as Cleanable Decorations that will give valuable Farm Aids both to you and to your Neighbours.  The Water Fountain is the one non-cleanable Theme item in this contest but it is quite valuable to keep on your Farm as it is a Collectable that gives Distilled Water.  You can find it randomly in the Mystrons Mystery Store or you can find it now randomly by spinning the Lucky Wheel or in a Buddy Share Box.

I have listed all Theme Decorations below giving details as to how to obtain each.  There are only a few that cannot be obtained at this point in time.  Three can be purchased for coins in the Market.

To receive the Avatar, which is the final Reward, you need a total of 300 Votes per day.  This is a little more difficult to achieve.  There are many farmers who never obtain the Avatar but again, if YOU maximise the value of your own farm, you may be able to do it even if no one gives you Votes.

In the Family Farm Seaside Freyashawk Group, we try to help farmers with the Farm Beauty Contests.  I always am willing to help a farmer maximise his or her farm by studying the Vote totals that are being given and suggesting specific improvements that can be made.  We also have a thread where farmers can be paired to share votes with one another.

Buddies and the Farm Beauty Contests
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The Buddy relationship is becoming increasingly important with the release of the Pet option and the ability to feed and/or borrow a Buddy Pet.  It has been important for quite some time, however, where the Farm Beauty Contests are concerned.  The Buddy Share Box in the Lucky Wheel usually contains a number of Theme Decorations in any current Farm Beauty Contest.  If you are not at least a Level 2 Buddy with the farmer who has the Share Box, you will be unable to access it or purchase anything from it.

This Contest is no exception.

First of all, Landscape Point totals depend somewhat on the Paths that you use on your Farm.  At low levels, a Player often cannot afford to purchase the most valuable Paths, but you can send your Buddy the Stone and Flower Path at any Level I believe (game Level, not Buddy Level) and you can send your Buddy the Forest Path if you are at Level 43 or higher.  The Stone and Flower Path allows 20 Landscape Points and otherwise will cost the Farmer 5000 Coins.  A farmer who has not reached Level 43 will be unable to purchase the Forest Path that allows 25 Landscape Points for 15000 Coins from the Paths Menu but he or she WILL be able to use it from the Gift Box if a Buddy has sent it.

There are a number of Theme Decorations that can be purchased from the Buddy Share Box or obtained when you spin the Lucky Wheel yourself.

Farm Character Votes
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The fundamental rules of these Beauty Contests remain the same.  The difference now for this new Contest is in the substitution of Landscape Points for Charm Points as one of the farm aspects that draw votes from three out of the four Farm Characters.

You now have the following from the Farm Characters:

Felicia:

Theme: Maximum Votes 24/24
  Theme Items are given in the red book that you will find in the Main Farm Beauty Contest Menu.  Not all Theme items have the same value.  Very often a new Decoration will be worth 3 Votes where an old one will be worth only 1.  I will list all Theme items below with their values.

Expansion: Maximum 16/16
  You do NOT need the largest expansion to obtain the maximum points.  With the 18 x 18 Expansion, a player told me he had the maximum number of votes in this category.

Landscape Points: Maximum: 24/24
  Description:  Beautiful Paths with high Landscape Points
  Note here that a total of 2100 is giving 24/24 now evidently.

Animals:  Maximum 16/16
  You may receive this with a total of 12 animals on your Farm now.

Dad:

  High Level Farms: Maximum: 16/16
  Note that Level 101 gives you 11 points.  I believe you need to be at Level 150 to receive the maximum of 16 Votes here now.

  Expansion: Maximum: 16/16
     With the 18 x 18 Expansion, a player told me he received the maximum of 16/16

  Theme: Maximum: 24/24

  Machines:  Maximum: 16/16
    You may receive this with a total of 12 Machines on your Farm now.

Darryl:

  Theme:  Maximum: 24/24

  Crops: Maximum: 16/16
    N.B.  Variety here is the key.

  Landscape Points: Maximum: 24/24

  Gallery Registration: Maximum: 16/16

Grandma:

  High Level: Maximum is 16/16

  Gallery Registration: MAximum is 16/16

  Landscape Points: Maximum is 24/24

  Trees: Maximum: 16/16
    Variety is the key.

List of Theme Items
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Theme Decorations:  The following is a comprehensive list of all Theme Decorations (I hope) divided into sections according to the manner in which you can obtain them.  Where a Decoration gives more than 1 Vote from each of the 3 Characters who like Theme, I have noted the number of Votes next to the name of the Decoration.  All other Decorations give 1 Vote from each of the 3 Characters.

As far as Charm Value and Landscape Value and the kind of Gift Box that each Decoration will give when cleaned are concerned, in the past I had to perform all the research myself, but now all you have to do is go to your Gallery, find the Decoration and its values and Gift Box type will be given there!

I will include these statistics below nonetheless.  LP will signify Landscape Point value.

Theme Decorations include the following:

From Lucky Wheel or Buddy Share Box:
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These now can be found on the Lucky Wheel or Buddy Share Boxes for the following prices:

Fishing Elephant: 20 RC
  11 LP, Purple Gift Box

Water Fountain: 15 RC
  This actually is a Collectable that produces Distilled Water.  Alas, it does not have any Landscape Point value and as a Collectable, cannot be cleaned either.  It is extremely beautiful, however, and is a personal favourite of mine, along with the Lotus Pond.

Lotus Pond: 15 RC
  11 LP, Purple Gift Box

Cute Monkey: 20 RC
  4 LP, Purple Box, Stackable

Flower Barrow: 15 RC
  6 LP, Purple Gift Box

Peter Pan's Picnic Table: 15 RC
  11 LP, Purple Gift Box

Available in the Market;
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Flower Box: 2500 Coins
  1 LP, no Gift Box

Picnic Baskets: 1500 Coins
  1 LP, no Gift Box

Tree Arch: 10,000 Coins
  1 LP, no Gift Box, Stackable

Willow: 5 RC
  4 LP, White/Silver Gift Box

Flower Hedge: 1 RC or as Special Gift from Buddy for 1 RC
  1 LP, no Gift Box

From the past:
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Ride On Car Deco
  5 LP, White/Silver Gift Box, Stackable

Toys Deco
  4 LP, Gold Gift Box, Stackable

Little Dog Deco
  6 LP, Purple Gift Box, Stackable

Flower Shelf
  9 LP, Purple Gift Box, Stackable

Picnic Hamper
  3 LP, Silver/White Gift Box, Stackable

Springtime Base (the game claims you still can obtain this by performing Farm Fest Mission in Lighthouse.  The Mission is included in the final section of this post.)
  11 LP, Purple Gift Box

From the past or from Special Sakura Sales:
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Park Fountain (random from March Lucky Bag)
  10 LP, Purple Box, Stackable

Bello the Dog (random from March Lucky Bag)
  12 LP, Purple Box, Stackable

Oskar the Dog
  15 LP, Blue Box, Stackable

Tyre Swing
  8 LP, White/Silver Box

Flower Cage
  8 LP, Gold Box, stackable

Butterfly and Flower Decoration (2 more votes from 3 Characters)
  not yet available
  will have 10 LP, Purple Gift Box, Stackable

Accordion Hamster (2 more votes from 3 Characters)
  not yet available
  will have 12 LP, Blue Box, Stackable

Singing Hamster (3 more votes from 3 Characters)
  15 LP, Blue Box, Stackable

Reward from the Sakura Farm Beauty Contest at 4000 points
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Sakura Standing Flower
  Gold Box, not yet available and stats not available

Other:
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Picnic Table*

*I think this is an error, rather like the repeated appearance and disappearance of the Love Fountain in the Theme lists... I believe it probably is the Sakura Umbrella which is the Calendar Reward for March.  Incidentally, there is one other long table apart from the Peter Pan's Picnic Table and this is the Tea Table... it is quite different from the mysterious table in the Theme list that does NOT appear anywhere in the Gallery.  There is a round table which is the Greek Taverna Chair Set but again very different from the one in the Theme List.

Farm Fest Mission for Springtime Base
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The Springtime Base is obtained only if you complete a Lighthouse Mission, originally one of the special Gallery Mission.  Go to the page in the Gallery that shows the various Gallery Missions and tap on the Farm Fest Mission.  You will have three days to complete the first half.  You will not be able to participate in any time-restricted Missions until you complete any part that you have activated.  It now supposedly can be accessed from the Lighthouse, but as I completed it when it first was released, I cannot confirm this myself.

THIS IS THE FIRST GALLERY MISSION THAT REQUIRES ACCESS TO THE ISLAND. There is only one Island task, however and you can skip it for 8 RC.

Note that Gallery Missions have no time restrictions in terms of being available, so it is usually best simply to time them so as not to interfere with time-restricted fortnightly Missions in Seaside.  Once you do activate any part, you will have a time limit to complete THAT part of the Mission.  They are organised into parts and each part can be completed separately without being forced to move forward to the next part.  This particular Missions is divided into two parts.

Warning:  For lower level players who depleted their stocks of Yeast in the last Weekly Activity, you may wish to wait to activate this Mission until you have collected about 60 Yeast.

Many thanks to Kathy Marcum of our Group, Family Farm Seaside Freyashawk for her help in logging the tasks.

Note that the Fountain that is very plain does become animated when placed on the Base.  All three of the Dogs can be placed as well.  To see a full list of all items that can be placed on any Base or Upgrader, use the Move Tool on the Base/Upgrader and then choose the items that you wish to see in every specific position.  If you own all the items, you then can opt to 'Save' the configuration.

Preparation for Mission
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Even if you do not activate the Mission immediately, you can make certain that you have some of the necessary ingredients to complete it when you do.  For example, you will need 6 Butterfish to make into Lemon Fish, an ingredient for a recipe required in the second half of the Mission.  You will need Sweet Potatoes and Herbs to make Potatoes with Fresh Herbs for the same Recipe.

You will need some premium items to complete this Mission.  One is a Matcha Tree and another is a Herb Garden.  A Chocolate Tree and an Elderberry Tree are required as well.

Even veteran and high level players find this Mission grueling in terms of the amount of Power required.  It will BANKRUPT a new or low level player if he/she does not make as many ingredients as possible BEFORE activating either part of the Mission.  if, however, you make all the ingredients in advance, you will not have much trouble, provided always that you have the premium items required to complete it.  Ingredients in this case are themselves Cooked Dishes in many cases, which is why so much Power is required.  I have given the Recipes for the ingredients as well as the Cooked Dish that actually is required to complete any given Task.

Let me give you an example of a single task.  Blessedly, it is in the very last part of the Mission, but it is very Power-intensive.

You need to prepare 8 Elderberry Pancakes for this Task.   Each Elderberry Pancake requires 2 Apple Kulfi and 1 Elderberry.  If you have all the ingredients, you will use only 8 Power to complete this Task.  If, however, you do NOT have the Apple Kulfi, you will need a total of 16 Power to make these, provided you have all the ingredients...  The ingredients for Apple Kulfi include Kulfi.  If you do not have the Kulfi, you will need to prepare 16 of these and that will require 16 Power.  Note, however, that one of the tasks preceding this one asks for 10 Kulfi so when you complete THAT task, save the Kufli for the next one.  Essentially then, you need to make only 6 Kulfi in advance but only if you have enough Power to make all of the Apple Kulfi required for the Elderberry Pancakes in the final Task.

Each Kulfi is made with 1 Batter and 1 Nectar.  If you have 16 Batter, you will not be required to use Power to make them, but if you lack them, you will need 16 Power for the 16 Batter.  Fortunately, the two ingredients to make Batter are 2 Wheat Flour and 1 Egg, requiring no Power.   If you do not have any of the ingredients, however, you will use 16 Power to make the Batter, 16 Power to make Kulfi, 16 Power to make the Apple Kulfi and then 8 Power to make the Elderberry Pancakes.  It is a daunting total, unless you make all the ingredients BEFORE you activate the second half of the Mission!

This does not even touch the amount of OP you will need if you are a player who uses Batch Production....  Sugar may not require Power to produce, but if you use Batch Production to make it, you will need to use OP to generate the Sugar Machine... and so on.

Temporary Collectables
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The Herb Garden that you need for this Mission is a permanent Collectable which means that you can keep it on your farm and collect from it forever, but you will need a couple of the 'temporary' Collectables for this Mission.  One is a Yeast Barrel and the other is the Spice Rack.  These are Coin purchases but vanish in three days.  Remember that you cannot speed the collection process unlike the method by which Watering Cans can be used to speed the harvest of any Tree.  Make certain BEFORE you activate the Mission that you have sufficient Yeast and Spice particularly as vast quantities are required here.

Other New Options
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The release of the Research Laboratory has made more options available where certain tasks are concerned.  For example, one of the final tasks in this Mission is to make 40 Oat Bread.  You can choose to make these in the Baker, using the traditional ingredients required to make Oat Bread and either use Batch Production (requiring OP) to make them all at once or make them manually.  A new option, however, is to use the Gold Finger Active Tech instead, requiring 20 Farmium to make 3 Oat Bread instantly, requiring NO ingredients at all!

Farm Fest I
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Darryl:  I'm getting the hang of playing my new guitar and I started a band called '3 Farmers and a Cow'.  Even Felicia said we sound good!  I have an idea!  We could invite our neighbours to our farm for a music festival - Farm Fest!

Produce 50 Veggie Burgers
  Skip for 25 RC

Prepare 10 Whole Oat Fruit Breads
  Skip for 10 RC
  Each requires 1 Fruit Butter and 1 Oat Bread
  Each Fruit Butter requires 1 Apple Jelly and 3 Cherries
  Each Apple Jelly requires 2 Maple Syrup and 6 Apple Jam

Harvest 5 Gisela Cherries
  Skip for 5 RC

Reward: 80 Coins, 16 XP

Darryl:  I'm already really excited!  I hope our neighbours know some bands that can also rock out on the stage!

Farm Fest II
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Darryl:  Great news!  People are coming to Farm Fest and we now have more bands to play.  I am not sure what the order will be yet, but no festival can take place on a farm without having some cider.  Selling it will also keep Grandma happy.

Produce 20 jars of Orange Jam
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 10 bottles of Apple Cider
  Skip for 10 RC
  Each requires 2 Yeast and 3 Apples

Prepare 10 bottles of Cherry Cider
  Skip for 10 RC
  Each requires 3 Yeaast and 2 Cherries

Darryl:  The Cider is ready!  We need o get some seats for the audience.  I know what we can do.  We can use some hay!

Reward: 85 Coins, 17 XP

Farm Fest III
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Darryl:  We can bundle together pasture to make hay for the seats!  It's quite comfy and people can even dance on it.  We should also make some juice as it's going to be quite hot I hope!

Plant 20 Pineapples
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest 50 Pasture
  Skip for 25 RC

Cook 5 Macaroni and Cheese in the Stove House
  Skip for 5 RC
  This is made in the Stove House.  Each requires 3 Wheat Flour and 2 Cheddar Cheese

Reward: 90 Coins, 18 XP

Darryl:  Okay, that's the seating sorted.  Now it's time to think about food and volunteers for the event.  Still lots to do!

Farm Fest IV
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Darryl:  Oops, I forgot about the juice.  And we need some t-shirts to identify the volunteers helping with the running of the event on the big day!

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

Collect 10 Volunteer T-shirts from Neighbours
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 20 plates of Grape Cornbread
  Skip for 20 RC
  Each requires 1 No-Flour Cornbread and 2 Grape Jam
  Each No-Flour Cornbread requires 2 Buffalo Milk Cheese and 1 Cornmeal

Reward: 100 Coins, 20 XP

Darryl:  The volunteers will come soon.  We need to give them their t-shirts and make some more food for them to eat when they help set up.

End of Part I.  Take the Farm Fest Icon and place it in the empty spot on the left side of the page that matches its form.

The second half of the Mission now can be activated whenever you wish.  Note that this is the first Gallery Mission that requires access to the Island and it is in the second half, in the very first group of tasks, that you will be required to produce Mohair.  Again, you will have a limited time to complete it once you activate it.  Many thanks to Kathy Marcum from our Group, Family Farm Seaside Freyashawk for logging the next group of tasks.

Farm Fest V
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Darryl:  We still need some food to sell and maybe we should have some blankets.  We can make them from wool and Mohair.  People can use them if they feel cold at night!

Prepare 5 Meatloaf
  Skip for 5 RC
  Each requires 1 Grilled Flank Steak and 1 Cheese Burger
  Each Grilled Flank Steak requires 8 Beef and 2 Ketchup

Produce 40 Wool
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 15 Mohair Yarn
  Skip for 8 RC
  This is an Island task.

Reward: 100 Coins, 20 XP

Darryl:  The stage looks amazing.  I can't wait to rock 'n roll on it and see the other bands playing!

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Darryl:  3 Farmers and a Cow have had a sneaky practice and will be opening the festival to warm the crowd up.  We managed to secure ACRC who are headlining, I can't wait!

Harvest 4 Ice Cubes
  Skip for 4 RC

Produce 4 Matcha Orange Ice Cream
  Skip for 4 RC
  Each requires 1 Matcha and 1 Orange Ice Cream

Prepare 6 plates of Fish and Potatoes
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 1 Potatoes with Fresh Herbs and 1 Lemon Fish
  Each Potatoes with Fresh Herbs requires 2 Sweet Potatoes and 1 Herb
  Each Lemon Fish requires 1 Butterfish and 1 Lemon


Reward: 110 Coins, 22 XP

That's enough food and drink! Now it's time for the event.  I'm so excited, I hope it doesn't rain, the campers will not be happy!

Farm Fest VII
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We rocked out, people were even dancing!  I think I even saw Grandma dancing, maybe the cider we made was too strong... But the other bands are really good and lots of people are buying food!


Produce 15 Tiramisu
  Skip for 15 RC

Prepare 5 Allspice Crumbles
  Skip for 5 RC
  Each requires 3 Spice and 1 Orange Crumble

Prepare 10 plates of Kulfi
  Skip for 10 RC
  Each requires 1 Batter and 1 Nectar


Rewards: 120 Coins, 23 XP

Darryl:  We played quite well, maybe I will become a rock star!  The food went down a treat and the final band ACRC will finish soon.

Farm Fest VIII
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Darryl:  Some people didn't even make it to their tents, haha.  Felicia just fell asleep on the hay!  I bet she danced too much.  I'll wake her up so she can help me make breakfast.  She will not be happy!


Prepare 8 Elderberry Pancakes
  Each requires 2 Appple Kulfi and 1 Elderberry
  Each Apple Kulfi requires 1 Kulfi and 2 Apple Jam

Produce 40 Oat Bread

Produce 12 Blueberry Jam
  Skip for 12 RC

Darryl:  What a success!  Lots of tidying up to do but we can keep the stage.  Maybe we'll have Farm Fest next year.  It has put our farm on the map!

Reward: 120 Coins, 25 XP

Go to the Gallery and swipe the Farm Fest T-shirt icon from the right side of the page into the empty slot on the left.  You will receive 50 Green Mystrons, 5 Medals and the Springtime Base as your Reward.

Go to your Gift Box to find the Springtime Base. It is worth 32 Charm and is a Cleanable Decoration, although it yields only a Purple Gift Box  as well as being a Theme Decoration in the current Park Farm Beauty Contest.

Final Reward: Springtime Base

Beauty Contest Q & A or 'What am I doing wrong?'
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Question: Over half of my farm has crops growing on it.  Why am I not getting the maximum from Darryl for Crops?
Answer:  You have to have 16 DIFFERENT types of Crops on your Farm at the tine when you take the screenshot.  Remember always that the Votes are based on the current photo of your farm!

Question:  I have 20 machines on my farm.  Why am I not getting the maximum from Dad for machines?
Answer:  Duplicates do not count.  If you have 2 Wine Makers, for example, only one Vote will be given for that Machine.  You need 12 different machines in the current photo of your Farm.

Question:  I have 18 Animals on my farm, but Felicia is not giving me 16/16 for Animals!
Answer:  Like the Crops and Machines, duplicates do NOT count.  Make certain you have 12 different types of Animals on your Farm and then take a new photograph for the Contest!  Note that the different Beehives and different Butterfly Houses each count as a different type of Animal.

Question:  When I look at the red book in the Contest Menu at all of the Theme Decorations, I know that many of them are on my Farm but they are not given the green chequemark there and I do not think they are being counted by the three Characters for Theme. Why is that?

Answer:  First of all, you need to register any Decoration in the Gallery before it will be recognised usually for the Contest.  Second of all, you need to take a new Screenshot for the Contest after you place any new or additional Theme item on your Farm.

Question:  How many Votes do I need each day to get the Theme Decoration in the Farm Beauty Contest Rewards Menu?

Answer:  You need a total of 200 Votes each day to get the Reward Decoration.  It is far better to organise your own farm to get this total from the four Characters than to try to rely on the Votes of Neighbours.  It is not that difficult to get 200 Votes each day.  First of all, plant 16 different types of Crops, then make certain you have as many different Trees as possible on your Farm.  (You may only need 12 different trees this time.) . Place as many different Machines as possible on your Farm.   (Again, you may need only 12 different machines, no duplicates.)  Place at least 12 different Animals on the Farm... remember that each type of Beehive and Butterfly House is considered to be a different Animal in this context.  Now, finally, look at the Theme Book in the red top corner of the Farm Beauty Contest Menu and see how many of those Decorations you have on your farm.  THEME DECORATIONS MUST BE REGISTERED IN ORDER TO COUNT!  Is your Landscape Point total over 2200?  Not certain what is required for this contest, but if you have 2350 Landscape Points, you definitely will receive the maximum votes for Landscape.  Finally, only AFTER you organise your farm for maximum votes should you take a NEW PHOTOGRAPH.

Harvest Moon FDC
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Please do request to join our Family Farm Seaside Freyashawk Group if you need neighbours or help with the game.  My farm is Harvest Moon FDC (Freyashawk de Conde), and if you use this site and wish to let me know you appreciate my work, I would be most grateful for your Votes in the Contest. This is a 'clean' site without advertising of any kind.  I don't get paid in any way to do the work. Apart from anything else, though, I feel that when Harvest Moon FDC ranks high in the Contest, it may direct more players to our groups and this site.  Thank you!










10 March 2017

Life's Lesson Quest and Acorn Collection Mission



(Wooden Squarryl)



(Squarryl may be a little early with the four-leaf clover, but wishing all Farmers the best of luck!)

A new time-restricted Quest has been released in tandem with a Collections Mission.  The Reward for the Acorns Collection Mission is another Stove House Recipe in the form of the Caramel Almond Pie Recipe.  The Quest theme is the coming of Spring.  A new Farm Beauty Contest is based on Spring as well as it has a Sakura theme.  I have added a list of ALL Theme Decorations for the current contest to the end of this post divided according to the manner in which they can be obtained. In other words, current Lucky Wheel Decorations are in one section.  Decorations that can be purchased in the Market are in another section, followed by the Decorations that you can find either now or in the near future in a special sale offer.   The irony for me is that it is snowing here today and we have three inches on the ground even now!

You will need a Toy Machine to complete some of the Tasks in the traditional Quest sequence.  It is on sale now in the Machines department of the Market for 800 Coins and will be there until this quest expires.  When purchased, however, you will be required to complete it as it is an unfinished Machine.  Note that it will be needed to make a number of different Toys, so you really should buy and complete it now if you do not own one.  Furthermore, it can be difficult to find when it is not included in the regular Machine department of the Market so worth obtaining now.

Premium Items
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Inter alia, you will need a Quince Tree and a Birch Tree.  The Quince Tree is needed to complete the Collections Mission as well as for ingredients in Dishes mandated in Quest tasks.  Both are included in special sales offers currently so if you are inclined to use real cash to purchase some Decorations that you did not buy in the past, you can get a Quince Tree and Birch Tree as well.

Life's Lesson 1
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Darryl:  Howdy, Farmer? Isn't it a beautiful day?  Winter is over now, and I'm in such a good mood.  Let's enjoy the nice weather and do some farming chores.  Come on, join me!

Harvest 40 Cucumbers
  Skip for 10 RC

Collect 40 Bottles of Buffalo Milk
  Skip for 10 RC

Collect 40 Eggs
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 160 XP

Darryl:  I think we really needed some stretching.  Our bones are cold and rigid after the winter.

Life's Lesson 2
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Darryl:  Hey farmer, will you come for more stretching on the farm?  There always is work to do here.  Why don't we go to wake the trees up from their hibernation?  Let us go to say good morning to them!

Harvest 6 Cherries
  Skip for 6 RC

Harvest 6 Lemons
  Skip for 6 RC

Produce 40 Sacks of Rye Flour
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 160 XP

Darryl:  That was so much fun!  In winter, I can't climb trees.  Guess what?  I made a new friend today!

Life's Lesson 3
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Darryl:  Remember the last time we were taking care of the trees I told you I made a new friend?  Do you want to meet my new friend?  But don't tell any one, okay?  I'm afraid Grandma won't let me keep him!  Promise?

Produce 8 Jars of Cherry Jam
  Skip for 8 RC

Produce 40 Loaves of Black Bread
  Skip for 10 RC

Collect 20 Honey
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 170 XP

Darryl:  Farmer, let me introduce you to my new furry friend: Squarryl the Squirrel!                    

Life's Lesson 4
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Darryl:  I'm so happy you like my new friend as much as I do!    He's super adorable, don't you think? But remember!  We can't tell any one,  especially not Felicia.  She's a telltale!  Now let's finish our farming labours of the day.

Produce 40 Glasses of Grape Juice
  Skip for 10 RC

Harvest 40 Pasture
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 10 Jugs of Lemon Champagne
  Skip for 10 RC
  Each requires 2 Lemons and 2 Champagne

Reward: 2500 Coins, 170 XP

Darryl:  Thanks a lot for your help and support!  Now we can focus on playing with our new furry friend!

Life's Lesson 5
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Darryl:  Hey, farmer!  Squarryl the Squirrel has a lot of energy.  We must feed and take good care of him!  Do you know what squirrels eat?   It seems Squarryl (like his compatriots in our garden) can eat (and will!) anything!  He's always biting my stuff.  Do you think some vegetables would be okay?

Prepare 8 Dishes of Stir-Fry Veggies
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Carrots and 5 Cucumbers

Harvest 60 Sugar Beets
  Skip for 15 RC

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

Reward: 2500 Coins, 180 XP

Darryl:  Look at Squarryl!  He is so happy now!  We are great at taking care of animals!

Life's Lesson 6
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Darryl:  After that big meal we prepared for Squarryl, he has more energy than before!  Oh NO!  Look!  He's playing in the trees!  I'm afraid he'll fall down and get hurt!  Can you help me catch Squarryl?!  Pretty please?

Harvest 6 Bananas
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 8 Bowls of Fruit Salad
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Banana and 2 Cherries

Prepare 8 Banana Splits
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Banana and 1 Condensed Milk

Reward: 2500 Coins, 180 XP

Darryl:  Squarryl is indeed very naughty.  He made me really worried.    I understand now why Grandma gets so mad when I climb trees!

Life's Lesson 7
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Darryl:  FARMER HELP!  Felicia found out about Squarryl!  And she is super duper furious!  I don't get it.  Why is she so mad?  Oh, I know!  Let's make some delicious treats for her!  Help me!  I'm not good at cooking!

Prepare 8 Lemon Cocktails
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Lemon Champagne and 3 Grape Juice

Produce 10 Banana Cakes
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 8 Glasses of Kvass
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Black Bread and 2 Honey

Reward: 2500 Coins, 190 XP

Darryl:  Phew, that was a good way to persuade Felicia!  Your cooking skills are definitely the best! Thanks a million!

Life's Lesson Quest 8
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Darryl:  Farmer, I came up with a brilliant idea!  Squarryl must be quite bored of playing in the same trees!  What if we take him on a tour of the Island?  Most of the fauna there will be new and exciting for him!

Collect 4 Caramel Almond Pie from the Stove House
  Skip for 10 RC

Harvest 8 Almonds
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 8 Dishes of Braised Vegetables
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Beef and 1 Quince

Reward: 2500 Coins, 190 XP

Darryl:  Watching Squarryl dash happily all over the Island trying new vegetables was so rewarding!

Special Reward: Cat Pet House Ears



Life's Lesson 9
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Darryl:  So weird... Squarryl is kind of quiet lately.  Perhaps he feels tired after our trip to the Island. Maybe we can cheer him up with some nuts!  I'm not sure which ones squirrels like, so...  Let's go to gather some for him!

Harvest 50 Peanuts
  Skip for 12 RC

Produce 12 Almond Cakes
  Skip for 12 RC

Prepare 8 Bottles of Caramel Honey Sauce
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Caramel and 2 Honey

Reward: 2500 Coins, 200 XP

Darryl:  Odd... Squarryl ate very little.  We'd better let him rest, perhaps he is just tired.

Life's Lesson 10
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Darryl:  Bags under my eyes?  Seriously?  ... Well, to be honest, I haven't had a good night's sleep since Squarryl changed.   I don't know what else I can do to cheer him up... maybe... What if we take him to play with the animals on the farm?

Dig 8 Chests on the Farm
  Skip for 8 RC

Produce 50 Wool
  Skip for 12 RC

Produce 50 Bundles of Angora Hair
  Skip for 12 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 200 XP

Darryl:  Darn it, Squarryl's still down!  How I wish he were playful again!

Life's Lesson 11
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Darryl:  There must be something we are doing wrong.  I'll ask Felicia for help.  She might be annoying as an older sister but she usually has good ideas!  Let's prepare some gifts for her so she won't be mad at me.

Craft 3 White Cord Necklaces
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 1 Angora Wool, 1 Wool and 2 Daisies and is made in the Beauty Shop.  Task will be credited when you first fill the slot.

Produce 30 Red Teddy Bears
  Skip for 15 RC

Prepare 8 Glasses of Lemon-Banana Daiquiri
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Lemon Cocktail and 1 Banana

Reward: 2500 Coins, 210 XP

Darryl:  We made it!  Now that Felicia's on our side, three heads are better than two!

Life's Lesson 12
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Darryl:  Farmer, this is disasterrific!  Felicia told me that Squarryl is actually sick!  We have to act quickly.  I can't let my little friend suffer any longer.  It's time to call Doctor Darryl and his assistant Farmer to the rescue!

Ask for 20 Vet Books for Dummies from Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 50 Blue Teddy Bears
  Skip for 25 RC

Prepare 8 Plates of Syrniki with Honey
   Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Cottage Cheese and 1 Caramel Honey Sauce

Reward: 2500 Coins, 210 XP

Darryl:  Thank you, Assistant!  Squarryl will recover very soon!

Special Reward: Island Mission Gift Box

Life's Lesson 13
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Darryl:  FARMER, I am hopeless!  Squarryl the Squirrel is not getting any better at this point.  I don't want my friend to feel pain.  What can I do for him?  I will tell Grandma everything.  She might ground me, but I know she can help!

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

Produce 6 Maple Sugar
  Skip for 6 RC

Produce 50 Peanut Sauce
  Skip for 12 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 220 XP

Darryl:  Grandma definitely is going to ground me later, but she will help us with Squarryl!

Life's Lesson 14
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Darryl:  Howdy Farmer!  Squarryl is fine again.  I'm super relieved.   Grandma, however, told me he got sick because he is a wild animal and must be free, not living with humans... Do we really have to say goodbye?

(Note:  People do keep squirrels successfully as pets, of course, but they feed them food appropriate to rodents and not 'people food'.  I have two Chinchillas myself.)

Produce 60 Alpaca Hair
  Skip for 15 RC

Harvest 60 Love Fruits
  Skip for 15 RC

Prepare 8 Dishes of Almond Spread
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 12 Cheddar Cheese and 2 Almonds

Reward: 2500 Coins, 220 XP

Darryl:  If it is for Squarryl's wellbeing, we should set him free!

Life's Lesson 15
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Darryl:  Sad?  I'm not sad... We... What are we waiting for?  Let's go and play with Squarryl one last time!  Let's say goodbye to him with a big, happy smile!

Harvest 8 Jars of Birch Tree Syrup
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 8 Glasses of Birch Tree Kvass
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Birch Tree Syrup and 1 Kvass

Prepare 8 Plates of Healthy Breakfast
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Birch Tree Kvass and 1 Syrniki with Honey

Reward: 2500 Coins, 230 XP

Darryl:  Squarryl, you will always be our playful best friend.  See you.  You'll always be in our hearts!

Life's Lesson 16
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Darryl:  Howdy, Farmer.  I told you I'm not sad.  I'm happy because I made a great friend...  Oh, by the way, Father asked me to finish some chores, and he will reward me with something special... What could it be?

Craft 2 Wooden Planks
  Skip for 4 RC
  This is an Island Task

Craft 12 Crosscut Saws
  Skip for 12 RC
  This is an Island Task

Produce 60 Toy Alpacas
  Skip for 15 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 230 XP

Darryl:  Oh, I can't believe it!  Father carved a wooden Squarryl for me!  Thank you Dad!  Thank you, Farmer!  And thank you, Squarryl!

Final Reward: Wooden Squirrel Decoration




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The Collection Set this time consists of the Quince Tree, the Toy Machine and the Wooden Squirrel Decoration.  Register all three within the time-restricted period to obtain the Clam Friendship Flower as well as the usual Rewards of 88 Green Mystrons and 1 RC.

Sakura Farm Beauty Contest
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Theme Decorations:  The following is a comprehensive list of all Theme Decorations (I hope) divided into sections according to the manner in which you can obtain them.  Where a Decoration gives more than 1 Vote from each of the 3 Characters who like Theme, I have noted the number of Votes next to the name of the Decoration.  All other Decorations give 1 Vote from each of the 3 Characters.

Theme Decorations include the following:

From Lucky Wheel or Buddy Share Box:
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These now can be found on the Lucky Wheel or Buddy Share Boxes for the following prices:

Fishing Elephant: 20 RC

Water Fountain: 15 RC

Lotus Pond: 15 RC

Cute Monkey: 20 RC

Flower Barrow: 15 RC

Peter Pan's Picnic Table: 15 RC

Available in the Market;
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Flower Box: 2500 Coins

Picnic Baskets: 1500 Coins

Tree Arch:

Willow: 5 RC

Flower Hedge: 1 RC or as Special Gift from Buddy for 1 RC

From the past:
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Ride On Car Deco

Toys Deco

Little Dog Deco

Flower Shelf

Picnic Hamper

Springtime Base (claims you can earn by performing Farm Fest Mission in Lighthouse)

From the past or from Special Sakura Sales:
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Park Fountain (random from March Lucky Bag)

Bello the Dog (random from March Lucky Bag)

Oskar the Dog

Tyre Swing

Flower Cage

Butterfly and Flower Decoration (2 more votes from 3 Characters)

Accordion Hamster (2 more votes from 3 Characters)

Singing Hamster (3 more votes from 3 Characters)

Reward from the Sakura Farm Beauty Contest at 4000 points
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Sakura Standing Flower

Other:
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Picnic Table*

*I think this is an error, rather like the repeated appearance and disappearance of the Love Fountain in the Theme lists... I believe it probably is the Sakura Umbrella which is the Calendar Reward for March.










24 February 2017

Steampunk Time-Restricted Quest and Cogs Collection Mission



(Above: Rewards from the Mission in the form of the Gruyere Cheese Hot Air Balloon and the Steampunk Scarecrow Decoration)

A new time-restricted Mission has been released.  As usual, it is a traditional Quest sequence that is linked to a Collections Mission.  The Reward for the Collection Mission is interesting.  It is a 'Collectable' but it is in the form of a Steampunk-styled Hot Air Balloon.  You will not find it in the Market while the Quest is active.

Note from Freyashawk:  There are three days left in the current Farm Beauty Contest.  When a farmer has a total of 6000 Votes, the Votes from the Characters no longer are given.  If you find this site helpful at all, please vote for Harvest Moon FDC.  I will not be able to place in the top 10 again without YOUR Votes.  I no longer receive any Votes from the 4 Characters and my rating has dropped.  I do not place any advertisements on this site, despite urging from Google to do so.  I believe that the player should be able to access the information he or she needs without interference from others.  Advertisements, although they might give me some income, slow down sites and if a player has an older system, may prevent the page from loading.  So... all I ask in return for the work I do is whatever Votes you can spare after your friends and neighbours receive enough for the Decoration (4000 Votes).  Many thanks for any help you can give to Freyashawk at Harvest Moon FDC.

Cogs Collection Mission
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70 Red Cogs from Tomatoes
50 Blue Cogs from Grape Juice
30 Brown Cogs from Oat Bread
10 Yellow Cogs from Papaya

The Reward for completion this time is a Gruyere Cheese Hot Air Balloon, a Collectable that produces Gruyere Cheese.

Premium Items Needed
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You will need a Papaya Tree, a Chili Bush and a Black Pepper Tree, inter alia.

Strategies for Mission
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There have been some changes in Seaside that benefit players when they perform fam tasks.

First, when the task asks that you 'feed' an animal, it will be completed when you use Batch Production to start the production and not when the product is collected.

Second, you now can use the Gold Finger Tech to collect products for a task and those products will be counted.  Originally, when Gold Finger first was released, this was not the case.

Third, you can use Batch Production now when an Animal or Machine is on its Upgrader.  This was not the case originally.  Thus, in completing a task for a time-restricted Quest, you can gain points towards the next upgrade.

Fourth, and these are not changes but perhaps worth a mention, Beauty Shop items are counted when first placed in the slot, not when the item is completed.  In the case of a Fishing total requirement, a 'Miss' will count towards the total.  The game usually asks that you fish 8 times.  When you see an item you do not need or want, tap on it to begin fishing for it and then do not tap again.  You will be told that you missed the catch but it will count towards the total that you need.

Steampunk Quest
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Darry:  Hey, did you hear that?  I was just milking the cows when I heard this strange, fizzling noise! We cannot leave work incomplete like this.  Can you quickly help me investigate the noise?

Feed Holstein Cow 40 times
  Skip for 10 RC

Harvest 40 Lavender
  Skip for 20 RC

Harvest 6 Oranges
  Skip for 6 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 160 XP

Darryl:  Great, that was quick!  Shared work is half the work.  Come.  The noise came from over there.

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Darryl:  Hey, can you see?  Just over there, hidden in the pile of hay I can see...  A scarecrow?  A vending machine?    No, that is... a robot?  How did he end up here?  We have to get the garbage out of our way and rescue him!

Collect 20 Jars of Honey
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 40 Sacks of Rye Flour
  Skip for 10 RC

Collect 40 Eggs
  Skip for 10 RC

Darryl:  I don't know why we rushed that much.  It's not like a robot can get hurt, right?

Reward: 2500 Coins, 160 XP

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Darryl:  We should have taken our time,  See?  it's not even working!  Seems like he ran out of energy.  Should we try to charge him up?  But what do robots even need?  Coffee?  Food?  Hmm... well it can't hurt to try.

Harvest 40 Coffee Beans
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 8 Coffee Biscuits
  Skip for 8 RC

  Each requires 1 Coffee Cookie and 1 Lavender Cheese

Collect 40 Turkeys
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 170 XP

Darryl:  This robot looks friendly.  I hope we can make it work.  I am wondering how he got here. Maybe he can talk to us and tell us his story.

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Darryl:  It worked!  He is awake!  Wow!  And he can talk.  The words just keep coming out of his mouth.  Police?  Jam?  Save the future?  Cute cats?  I don't understand!  We need to calm him down.  Boil the water!  We need a hot drink!

Produce 20 Jars of Orange Jam
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 8 Orange Crumble
  Skip for 8 RC

Ask for 20 Top Hats from your Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Darryl:  There, there... Take a deep... Ehm... Breath or something, finish your drink and tell us what happened to you, little fellow.

Reward: 2500 Coins, 170 XP
Special Reward: Mission Gift Box

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Darryl:  So, he is a robot from the future and is on the run from the space police.  He has travelled back to the past to hide something which may help him prevent the takeover of the farm.  Oh, why does he have to be so mysterious?

Produce 50 Peacock Feathers
  Skip for 25 RC

Fish 8 Times using the Squid Hook
  Skip for 8 RC

Fish for 4 Tilapia
  Skip for 4 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 180 XP

Darryl:  I don't want to believe his crazy story!  But what if he is right?  Farmer, we need to help him!

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Darryl:  We need a hiding place for whatever he so urgently needs to hide and - oh no!  Did you hear that?  Grandma is back from the Farmers' Market!  Seems like we need to hide the robot!  She will freak out if she sees him.

Harvest 8 Starfruit
  Skip for 8 RC

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

Prepare 8 Condensed Milk
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Milk and 1 Sugar

Reward: 2500 Coins, 180 XP

Darryl:  I think we made it!  She went straight back into the house to take a rest.

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Darryl:  Phew, it worked.  But now we have another problem.  Do you see those guests coming to the farm?    I think they might be the police robots.   They look just like he described.  Weird guys in suits!

Harvest 40 Pasture
  Skip for 10 RC

Place a Salt Pond on the Farm
  Have one so do not know price of skipping this one, but you can purchase it for coins in the Market

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

Reward: 2500 Coins, 190 XP

Darryl:  We should pretend we don't know anything.  Just a normal day on the farm!

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Darryl:  The police robots play along and pretend to be normal guests.    But I can see them looking around very carefully here.  Come, as long as they are busy with the rabbits, we should pretend to work and try to find a hiding place.

Place a Gruyere Cheese Hot Air Balloon on your Farm
  Reward from Collection Mission
  Usually price to skip would be 10 RC... will confirm later, but have on my farm so did not see price of skipping task

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

Produce 50 Wool
  Skip for 12 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 190 XP

Darryl:  Did you find anything?  I haven't.   Hm, let's at least warn the robot that the police robots are here.

Special Reward:  Pink Ribbon Pet House Hat

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Darryl:  Can you see the robot anywhere?    We did tell him to stay here where --  Oh no!  Look over there!  He is playing among the dogs!  There must be something wrong with his hardware.  He behaves like a dog himself!

Harvest 50 Potatoes
  Skip for 12 RC

Dig 8 Chests on your Farm
  Skip for 8 RC

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

Reward: 2500 Coins, 200 XP

Darryl:  What a mess!  We need to fix him before any one notices him.  What shall we do?

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Darryl:  I need time to think.  Please, can you keep him busy?  Take him with you and work on the farm while I come up with a solution.

Transport 50 Wool to the Island
  Skip for 12 RC
  Split between zeppelins to speed transport

Prepare 4 Servings of Spicy Papaya Crab
  Skip for 4 RC

  Each requires 1 Papaya Salad and 1 Blue Swimmer Crab

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

Reward: 2500 Coins, 200 XP

Darryl:  It's actually kinda nice to have him around.... Okay, back to work.  Maybe we can try to hide him over there.

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Darryl:  Oh no, our special farm guests noticed that something is going on over here and are coming closer.   Wait, did you say you have an idea?  Well... sounds risky but why not?  Tell me what I have to do!

Craft 6 Scarecrow Toys
  Skip for 6 RC
  This is an Island Task

  Each requires 2 Mohair Yarn and 1 Cedar Wood as well as 1 Power to craft each in the Island Workshop

Harvest 8 Chili Pepper
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 8 Bowls of Clam Soup
  Skip for 8 RC

  Each requires 1 Scallop (unprocessed) and 1 Chili Pepper

Reward: 2500 Coins, 210 XP

Darryl:  Keep calm and carry on.  The robot seems to be back to normal at least.

Steampunk 12
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Darryl:  Haha, what a great plan!  We can hide him as a scarecrow in the fields!  He will be so obvious that no one will notice!  And I know already where we can get the materials!  Let's ask our dear friends and neighbours!

Ask for 20 Steampunk Goggles from your Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 8 Cheese Bread
  (New Recipe requiring Gruyere Cheese)
  Skip for 8 RC

  Each requires 1 Gruyere Cheese and 3 Wheat Bread
  If you do not have the Gruyere Hot Air Balloon yet or have it but do not feel it is producing fast enough, you can purchase Gruyere Cheese for 40 TC each.  The Hot Air Balloon produces a random quantity of Gruyere Cheese every 6 hours.  My first harvest was 4.

Produce 50 Lavender Bouquets
  Skip for 25 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 210 XP

Darryl:  I am so excited to see him dressed up.  Hope he won't complain.    Not that he has much of a choice!

Special Reward: Island Mission Gift Box
Steampunk 13
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Darryl:  Phew, that was close!  The police robots now are looking somewhere else.  But wait... looking at that robot hiding as a scarecrow, I have an idea, but I will need some time.    Can you keep an eye on our guests for a second?

Harvest 60 Alfalfa
  Skip for 30 RC
  This is an Island Crop

Prepare 8 Spicy Rice Cake
  Skip for 8 RC

  Each requires 1 Soft Dough and 1 Chili Pepper

Collect 60 Mohair
  Skip for 15 RC
  This is an Island Task

Reward: 2500 Coins, 220 XP

Darryl:  That was close!  Thanks for keeping and helping our guests!

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Darryl:  I am nearly done.  I want to build another scarecrow with the materials that are left.  Then our robot can hide his things in there and leave the farm again.  Every one will be happy.  I just need you to distract them a bit longer.

Prepare 8 Potato Gratin
  Skip for 8 RC

  Each requires 3 Potatoes and 1 Gruyere Cheese

Collect 50 Duck Eggs
  Skip for 12 RC

Prepare 8 Plates of Fried Seasoned Chicken
  Skip for 8 RC

  Each requires 2 Turkey and 2 Ketchup

Rewards: 2500 Coins, 220 XP

Darryl:  Oh, this smells delicious!  Who are you cooking all this for?

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Darryl:  Ha!  I am done, and the robot seems happy with it.  He hid everything in the scarecrow and made me promise never to look...Ah, that will be hard.  Hey, see!  The police robots are going away. Seems like they gave up!

Harvest 8 Black Pepper
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 8 Roasted Black Pepper Chicken Wraps
  Skip for 8 RC

  Each requires 1 Black Pepper and 1 Fried Seasoned Chicken

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

Reward: 2500 Coins, 230 XP

Darryl:  I'll always remember our crazy friend from another time! What an interesting day we had!

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Darryl:  I will miss our strange new friend.  He was so mysterious.    It was a great little adventure.  But, pssst!  Let's have a big meal to say goodbye.  And I will just...

Prepare 4 Steampunk Dish
  Skip for 4 RC

  Each requires 1 Cheese Bread and 1 Potato Gratin

Prepare 8 Lunch Box Sets
  Skip for 8 RC

  Each requires 1 Starfruit Smoothie and I Roasted Black Pepper Chicken Wrap

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

  N.B.  The Helicopter Order will be counted as soon as the helicopter lifts up from the ground.

Darryl:  I could not resist.  I had to see what he hid there.  And you know what?  It was just a note saying, 'Thank you!'  What a guy!

Reward: 2500 Coins, 230 XP

Final Reward: Steampunk Scarecrow Decoration

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Register the Steampunk Scarecrow Decoration, the Gruyere Cheese Hot Air Balloon and a Papaya Tree to receive the Collection Set Reward which will include a Clam Friendship Flower as well as the usual 88 Green Mystrons and 1 RC if registered within limited time period.

The Gruyere Cheese Hot Air Balloon takes 2 hours and a half to register.                                                                                                                        















17 February 2017

Sweet Love Valentine Guests

New Valentine Guests are available in Seaside on a temporary basis.  They give Valentine Hearts as rewards that can be used in the Factory to create new items as well as old.  The 'events' end on 27 February.  Remember always that for many of us, this means reset time on 26 February!

For new players:  You will find the temporary Guest menu by opening the Guest House, then looking on the bottom left of the map.  Beneath the regular map with its four quarters, you should see any temporary Guest Menu icon.  This one is called 'Sweet Love' and displays a pink fountain.  Tap on it to open the Menu that will allow you to invite the Sweet Love Guests.  All Sweet Love Guests give Valentine Heart as Rewards.  You will receive more by inviting the higher Levels but you must earn specific amounts of coins first at the lower levels in order to unlock the higher levels.  There are Path total requirements as well and always, always, you will need telescopes, so make certain that you open at least a few Chests regularly as Telescopes are needed to unlock new areas on the regular Map as well.

Reward Items:
Chocolate Chip Stand: 50 Valentine Hearts (new)
Valentine Flower: 50 Valentine Hearts (new) . (Stackable decoration, basically a bouquet of flowers that lays flat on the ground or base... a little disappointing with quite a large footprint, all things considered)
Lovely Balloons: 40 Valentine Hearts (old Calendar Reward Decoration, gives Gold Box when cleaned)
Macaron Path: 10 Valentine Hearts (Costs 1 RC ordinarily in Paths Menu and allows 50 Landscape Points)

The requirements for unlocking the new levels are:

Level 1: You simply need a total of 10 paths to invite these guests.

Level 2: A total of 35 paths needed.  To unlock:
  Reach Level 27
  Earn 2000 Coins from Level 1
  6 Telescopes

Level 3: A total of 50 Paths needed.  To unlock:
  Reach Level 30
  Have 500 Landscape Points
  Earn 5000 Coins from Level 2
  12 Telescopes

There are only two Guests at Level 1 and their orders in various visits consisted of the following items: 1 Honey Syrup, 2 Chocolates, 1 Love Cake.   I believe that 100% completion always results in 6 Valentine Hearts at Level 1.   Note always that you can obtain additional Passports by spending TC.  The initial cost here is 150 TC and I was able to unlock Level 3 by purchasing a few additional passports with a price that remained 150 TC.

At Level 2, there are four Guests instead of two.  In various visits, these Guests ordered the following: 1 Honey Syrup, 13 Blue Roses, 1 Peche au Caramel and 6 Chocolate, 1 Speculoos, 3 Blueberry Candy, 1 Conch Earring, 3 Red Cord Necklaces, 3 Orange Candy, 3 Grape Candy, 14 Pink Roses.  21 White Roses, 7 Blue Rose Bouquets, 29 Lavender, 11 Lilies, 7 Lily Bouquets, 7 Blue Rose Bouquets, 3 Apple Candy, 10 White Rose Bouquets.  I believe one will receive 12 Valentine Heart with 100% completion always at Level 2.

At Level 3, the Orders included 1 Honey Syrup, 2 Speculoos, 1 Conch Earring, 2 Peacock Feather Earrings, 5 Peach Candies, 4 Jasmine Baskets, 2 Earring of Love, 4 Licorice Candy, 4? Camomile Baskets, 5 Almond Chocolates. 4 Pink Rose Baskets, 6 Raisin Chocolates, 2 Rose Facial Masks, 1 Seaweed Facial Mask, 58 Lavender.

In the orders I received, I saw that the quantities of Flowers differed from flower to flower.  For example, more Lavender is required than Blue Roses.  The Orders often include flower Bouquets of various types so if you want to make those in advance, it might be good to have them on hand. Flower Baskets of all types may be included as well, so transport a few of each type from the Island to Seaside in advance if you wish to fill all possible orders.  The quantities ordered of any type usually are 4.

For low level players, the Honey Syrup requires 8 Honey and 4 Milk.  Much Chocolate is ordered as well.  I always forget how much Honey we use with respect to Harvest Moon FDC because I have been collecting it for 4 years, but poor Asgard Farm has had a terrible time lately... so make certain that you stock plenty of Honey on a regular basis.  The time-restricted Quests have included tasks that use considerable quantities as well.

At Level 1, the Guests who visit are Cassidy and Huey.  At Level 2, they are joined by Jane and Aaron.  At Level 3, you will see Jane, Bella, Cassidy, Aaron and Huey.  Basically, you only receive one more Guest by inviting the Level 3 group but she will give a total of 8 Orders where the others give only 4 each.

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Your Buddies depend upon Pet Food to be able to use their Pets and you can give Pet Food to your Buddies when you visit them, provided always that you have achieved the right level with that Buddy.  I believe that you can borrow a Buddy Pet even if you only are at Level 1 with the Buddy.  It is better to borrow a Pet from a Buddy every day, even if you do not use him or her, than not to borrow one.  The number of times that any Pet has been borrowed now are logged by the game.

There are a number of Achievements connected to Pets now as well.  The Popular Pet Achievement gives Rewards based on the number of times your Pets have been borrowed.  The Animal Sanctuary Achievement gives Rewards based on the number of Pets that you own.

Note that, if you are inviting Guests that like to enjoy your Water Paths and you need another Turtle, you can borrow one from a Buddy.

10 February 2017

Winter in Mexico Quest and Maracas Collections Mission





(Glitzy photograph of hotel in Cancun.... but it is within striking distance of the Pyramids)

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The reward is another Stove House Recipe in the form of a Beef Burrito Recipe.

Beef Burrito - Bronze Star Recipe (15 Seconds / 6 Powers)
Put ALL ingredients in, and hit 'Cook'. Hit 'Finish' when the timer reaches 00:00:00
(Courtesy of John C. Grigsby)

You will need:

70 Blue Maracas from Blue Roses
50 Green Maracas from Champagne
30 Red Maracas from Veggie Burgers
10 Yellow Maracas from Mirabelle Plums

For the first time, the Collection Mission reward Recipe can be found in the Stove House section of the Market while the Quest still is active.  In other words, if you do not wish to complete the Collections Mission but do wish to cook the Stove House dish for the traditional Quest task, buy it in the Market for 9 RC...  Skipping the task would cost 10 RC so it is a better option!

You will find that you need Mirabelle Plums to complete a number of tasks (Dishes from Kitchen) in the traditional Quest sequence.  (What is the deal with the Blue Roses?  Didn't we have this in the last Collection Mission as well?)

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There are more Island Product tasks in this Quest sequence than usual.  Island Machine Production is more costly in terms of OP than Seaside Machines.  Make certain you have as much OP as possible for this Quest unless you intend to perform the tasks manually rather than using the less labour-intensive Batch Production.  You can set Machines to perform the tasks in advance as long as you are careful not to collect the finished product until the task appears.  If you have a problem with this, you always can store Machines (with their products!) in the Warehouse.  You will need the Island Warehouse to do this for the Island Machines and Animals.  Animals as well can be stored with their finished products.

A number of items must be transported in advance if you do not wish to have any delay in your Quest progress.  Transporting 50 Love Fruits is a task so if you do transport them in advance, make certain you do not collect them at the Island dock before the task is active!  I always split transport items between zeppelins to hasten the task.

Other Seaside items that will be needed for Island Machine production include 50 Ostrich Feathers (for the Ostrich Hat task) and 20 White Roses for the Rose Basket task.  You will need to transport a few Island items to the Seaside.  In effect, you will need 6 Wooden Aroma Bottles and 6 Camomile Essential Oil.  If you have 6 in your Island Barn, transport those to the Seaside with the Camomile Essential Oil in advance if you can.  It always is a good idea to have a few Wooden Aroma Bottles in your Barn at the Seaside Farm actually as the task of producing Aroma Bottles of various scents in the Beauty Shop usually is included in these time-restricted Quests nowadays.

A final point about these time-restricted Quests:  Originally, they had to be completed within the scheduled time period.  Now, you can skip them and activate them later from the Lighthouse.  I never have done this myself but I imagine that the tasks will be the same.  The difference is in the Rewards. The only way to obtain the Clam Friendship Flower is by performing the task within the original allotted time period.  If you have not unlocked the Botanic Garden on the Island, this will not be a concern.

For new players, it may be useful to know that the Tasks all have level requirements.  The first four Tasks usually can be performed at any Level but after that, you will find that you need to be at a higher level to perform the next four tasks and usually, the second half of the Quest required Level 24 or Level 26 in the past.  This often varies according to the Level requirement of the Crops required in the Tasks.  Unfortunately, I cannot see the Level Requirements at this point because the Level of my own farms exceeds them.  (I started my Rosewood Farm originally to be able to see what the game would be like for a new farmer, and was able to log a few results on the site based on that.)

Finally, there are many potentially conflicting activities now in Seaside.  There is the Cooking Stand Contest, the various Guest Orders, the Coffee Shop and the business of unlocking new areas on the Map through the production of various items and so on.  It is almost impossible to do everything, especially for a low level player.  For this Quest sequence, you will need a large quantity of Soft Dough.  It is a Basic Recipe, one that I used to recommend that players produce constantly and keep on hand in the barn.  Now, however, some of the visiting Guests tend to order it from you.  If you are finding it difficult to keep enough of everything in stock as well as needing Power and OP, refrain from cooking Dishes for the Cooking Stand and inviting Guests to your Farm until the Quest sequence has been completed.

Soft Dough, a Basic Dish that is an ingredient in many other Dishes, including a few in this Quest requires the following:

Soft Dough: 1 Cake Flour and 1 Batter (1 Power)
Cake Flour: 2 Oat Flour and 2 Rye Flour (1 Power)
Batter: 2 Wheat Flour and 1 Egg (1 Power)

Another note about ingredients:  Every Pie you make in the Island Pie Machine requires Honey.  Make certain that you always have transported sufficient Honey from the Seaside Farm for use on the Island.

OP and Power:  You now can purchase a little Power and OP on a daily basis for Coins in the Daily Deal Special Deal section of the Market.  It costs 2500 Coins for 5 Power and then 8000 Coins for an additional 5 Power.  The third purchase in a day requires 80 TC.  The equivalent of 100 TC is 1 RC and the regular price of 1 Power in the Market is 1 RC.  You can buy 100 OP for  5000 Coins.  You can buy an additional 100 OP for 100 TC, the equivalent of 1 RC.  In the regular Consumables section of the Market, 1 RC will give you only 50 RC.   Try to remember to make the daily Coin purchases of OP and Power if you can as Quest tasks, especially Island production are very OP intensive.  For example, the task of producing 50 Love Fruit Pies requires 400 OP.  If you speed the production, it will cost an additional 400 OP.

I understand that Coins are in short supply for low level farmers.  I have not forgotten the struggle, but if you can afford it, amass as much Power and OP as possible.

One way to conserve OP and ingredients is by using the Goldfinger Tech to produce your Oat and Rye Flour and your Eggs.  I believe you can use Gold Finger on the Dutch Mill and Chicken Coop even at a low level of Gold Finger.  I have found it invaluable myself.

Seafood Required:  You will need 12 Steamed Opossum Shrimp and 6 Butterfish for use in Dishes that are included as Tasks.  Note that Opossum Shrimp is caught with the Treble Hook and takes quite a long time to process in the Seafood House.  It requires either 48 minutes or 450 OP to speed the process.  Best do it in advance!

Winter in Mexico 1
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Felicia:  Hi there, farmer!  Long time no see!  I have so much to tell you, but right now, I'm a little busy here.  Would you be so kind as to help me out?

Harvest 40 Green Beans
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 40 Bags of Wheat Flour
  Skip for 10 RC

Collect 40 Eggs
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 160 XP

Felicia:  Phew, thanks a lot!  I'll tell you everything on the way to the barn!

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Felicia:  Do you remember the Ski School we opened on the farm awhile back?  Yeah, it turned out to be a big success!  Grandma says we earned a lot of money!

Harvest 40 Daisies
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 40 Pineapple Jam
  Skip for 10 RC

Collect 20 Honey
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 160 XP

Felicia:  Granny's always had a nose for business!

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Felicia:  Today we're having a family meeting to decide what to do with the extra profits!  Mmm, I already have an idea.  What would you do, farmer?

Prepare 8 Apple Jelly
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Maple Syrup and 6 Apple Jam

Produce 40 Angora Hair
  Skip for 10 RC

Collect 40 Ostrich Feathers
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 170 XP

Felicia:  Investing does sound like the right thing to do but... I'd prefer something fun!

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Felicia:  My plan is to prepare every one's favourite desserts and convince them that MY idea is the best!  My baking skills always work wonders!

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

Harvest 40 Red Roses
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 40 Wool
  Skip for 10 RC

Felicia:  Alright, let's see what the others have to say!

Reward: 2500 Coins, 170 XP
Special Reward: Mission Gift Box

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Felicia:  The whole family is here and every one's really excited!  Grandma said we did great and she's really proud of our work!  She thinks we deserve a short holiday to rest and celebrate our success!

Harvest 50 Love Fruit
  Skip for 12 RC

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

Produce 40 Wheat Bread
  Skip for 12 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 180 XP

Felicia:  That was exactly my idea!  I need a break from the farm work!

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Felicia:  Now where should we go?  I vote for someplace warm and sunny.  I am sick and tired of the snow.  Who's with me?

Harvest 8 Mirabelle Plums
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 8 Apple Mirabelle Compote
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each required 2 Apple Jelly and 2 Mirabelle Plums
  N.B.  Do not skip this task.  You will need 8 Apple Mirabelle Compotes later as an ingredient.

Produce 40 Red Rose Bouquets
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 180 XP

Felicia:  Who doesn't love sunbathing?  Every one agrees we need a tropical holiday!

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Felicia:  Daddy has found a great holiday deal for the whole family!  In this beautiful resort, not only can we rest and relax, but we also can take part in a Mexican cuisine course!

Prepare 10 Cherry Flans
  Skip for 10 RC
  Each requires 1 Soft Dough and 4 Gisela Cherries

Harvest 8 Dark Chocolate
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 8 Yule Logs
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Lychee Candy and 1 Dark Chocolate

Rewards: 2500 Coins, 190 XP

Felicia:  I think we have a winner!  Mexico, here we come!

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Felicia:  Getting the whole family ready for a week-long holiday is a complicated operation...  Every one's running around looking for their stuff and doing last minute shopping.  Hurry up, people!

Harvest 40 Grapes
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 6 Maple Milk Tea
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 2 Milk and 1 Maple Syrup

Produce 40 Love Cakes
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 190 XP

Felicia:  Phew!  Finally, we're ready to go!  Destination... Cancun!

Special Reward: Rabbit-Themed Pet House Base

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Felicia:  We got to the hotel and it's wonderful.  Look at me,  I even got a Mexican-themed outfit in the gift shop!  How do you like my Sombrero?  I'm ready for the sun!

Prepare 8 Mirabelle Plum Pastries
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Carrot Pastry and 1 Mirabelle Plum
  Each Carrot Pastry requires 3 Carrots and 1 Soft Dough
  N.B.  Do not skip this task.  You will need 8 Mirabelle Plum Pastries as an ingredient later.

Transport 50 Love Fruit to the Island
  N.B.  Split between zeppelins to speed process of transport
  Skip for 12 RC

Produce 50 Camomile Essential Oils
  This is an Island Task
  Skip for 12 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 200 XP

Felicia:  There's no time to waste!  I'm going straight to the beach!

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Felicia:  Daddy and Darryl want to join the local mariachi band!  The problem is that they can't really play any instruments.  Do you think they could master the Maracas?

Produce 6 Raisin Chocolate
  Skip for 6 RC

Prepare 6 Hot Cross Buns
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 1 Wheat Bread and 1 Raisin Chocolate

Prepare 8 Pain au Chocolat
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Dark Chocolate and 1 Soft Dough

Reward: 2500 Coins, 200 Coins

Felicia:  They actually are not that bad!  With a little more practice, they will be able to perform!

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Felicia:  Our lovely Grandma packed an apron instead of a bikini!  She's very motivated to learn the secrets of Mexican cuisine!

Cook 3  Beef Burritos in the Stove House
  Skip for 10 RC
  N.B.  If you did not complete the Collections Mission, purchase the Stove House Recipe for the Beef Burrito in the Stove House section of the Market for 9 RC.  It is a better option than skipping the task.

Required ingredients for this Recipe are: 5 Cheddar Cheese, 1 Beef Risotto, 1 Crepe and 5 Corn.  You will need 6 Power for each Burrito.  Although it has many ingredients, the cooking is simple.  Throw all ingredients into the mix at the same time and cook for 15 seconds.  That is it!

Prepare 8 Mirabelle Plum Pies
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Apple Mirabelle Compote and 1 Mirabelle Plum Pastry

Produce 50 Love Fruit Pies
  Skip for 12 RC
  This is an Island Task
  Requires 400 OP for Batch Production

Reward: 2500 Coins, 210 XP

Felicia:  Actually, I am getting a little hungry too.  Let's see what's for lunch!

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Felicia:  Oh farmer, Mexican cuisine is divine!  I just can't get enough!  I guess I can say goodbye to my bikini body!

Collect 60 Mohair
  Skip for 15 RC
  This is an Island Task
  Requires 120 OP for Batch Production

Craft 4 Oil Painting Frames
  Skip for 4 RC
  This is an Island Task
  Each requires 2 Linen and 2 Oak Wood

Craft 6 Camomile Aroma Bottles in the Beauty Shop
  Skip for 6 RC
  This is NOT an Island Task but two of the ingredients must be produced on the Island.  Do not skip task as you will need these as an ingredient in a later task.

  Each requires 1 Wooden Aroma Bottle, 1 Camomile Essential Oil and 1 Distilled Water.  Takes 12 minutes to complete but task counts when you begin to craft the product each time.
  N.B.  Make certain that you transport 6 Camomile Essential Oils and 6 Wooden Aroma Bottles to Seaside Farm in advance .

Reward: 2500 Coins, 210 XP

Felicia:  1 hour and 3 Burritos later... I am the happiest person on Earth!

Special Reward: Island Mission Gift Box

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Felicia:  Mexican food is really spicy though!  My mouth is on fire!  Do you know what would be the best drink to cool my tongue?

Produce 20 Garlic Bread
  Skip for 10 RC
  This is an Island Task
  120 OP for Batch Production

Produce 8 Lemon Cocktails
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Lemon Champagne and 3 Grape Juice

Craft 6 Mirabelle Hand Soap in the Beauty Shop
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 1 Camomile Aroma Bottle, 3 Mirabelle Plums and 5 Honey

Felicia:  Thanks a lot!  That helped!  Now I can eat a lot more, haha!

Reward: 2500 Coins, 220 XP

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Felicia:  Our holidays are coming to an end... Before we go, I really want to stop by the gift shop again and buy some souvenirs!

Ask for 20 Mexican Skull Figurines from Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Use 3 Spades to help flowers in the Botanic Garden *
  Skip for 3 RC
  This is an Island Task

*On Harvest Moon FDC, there was some sort of a glitch wherein the 3rd Spade NEVER counted.  I used one again and again and still it showed 2/3, forcing me finally to pay 2 RC.

Prepare 8 plates of Pasta Salad
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Spinach Salad and 1 Pasta
  Each Spinach Salad requires 2 Spinach and 2 Onions
  Each Pasta requires 1 Cake Flour and 1 Ketchup

Reward: 2500 Coins, 220 XP

Felicia:  I love it here so much, I don't want to leave yet!

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Felicia:  Grandma has finished her Mexican cooking course and even earned a diploma!  Now we're definitely going to serve some spicy Tacos on our farm!  I'm so happy for her!

Produce 50 Ostrich Hats
  Skip for 12 RC
  This is an Island Task

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

Prepare 6 Potatoes with Fresh Herbs
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 2 Sweet Potatoes and 1 Herb

Felicia:  Darryl and Dad said they have a surprise for us.  What do you think it will be?

(Dare I guess?  Will they play the Maracas?)

Reward: 2500 Coins, 230 XP

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Felicia:  They got to perform with the mariachi band on our last night at the resort!  It was so funny!  Now it's time to pack and go back home.

Produce 20 White Rose Baskets
  Skip for 10 RC
  This is an Island Task
  N.B.  Transport 20 White Roses to the Island in advance

Prepare 6 Seafood and Pineapple Fried Rice
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 2 Sweet and Sour Shrimp and 3 Rice
  Each Sweet and Sour Shrimp requires 3 Pineapple and 1 Steamed Opossum Shrimp

Prepare 6 Plates of Fish and Potatoes
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 1 Potatoes with Fresh Herbs and 1 Lemon Fish
  Each Lemon Fish requires 1 Butterfish and 1 Lemon

Felicia:  Hasta la vista!  We'll come again!  Thanks for all of your help, Farmer!

Reward: 2500 Coins, 230 XP

Special Reward: Donkey Pinata Decoration
Note that the Donkey Pinata Decoration is stackable and can be placed on the Lovely Planter Base.

Collection Set:
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The Collection Set consists of the Mirabelle Plum Tree, the Chocolate Machine and the new Donkey Pinata Decoration.  Register all three before the deadline to collect the special additional reward of a Clam Friendship Flower.  Otherwise, you simply earn 88 Green Mystrons and 1 RC.

Note from Freyashawk
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I missed placing in the top 10 in the last Farm Beauty Contest by 2 votes.  If you use this site and like it, please, please vote for Harvest Moon FDC in the Farm Beauty Contests.  It is all that I ask.  You will notice that my sites are free of any advertising.  I have been urged again and again to place adverts on my sites but I refuse.  I try to keep my sites user-friendly.  Posting updates is work.  It is nice to know that my labour is appreciated, and by voting for my farm Harvest Moon FDC, I am able to see that it is.

Incidentally, Support has informed me that once you reach 6000 Votes, you no longer will receive ANY Character Votes.  The game is glitchy as we all know and some players are luckier than others in continuing to receive these.  Harvest Moon FDC is not one of the lucky ones, so YOUR Votes will make all the difference as the Contest nears the end.

Historical view
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A little disappointed that 'the Family' did not make any attempt to see the spectacular Mayan ruins and pyramids that are not too far from Cancun.







St. Valentine's Day
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There are some new Buddy Gifts that deserve a mention.  All are to be found in the Special Gifts section of the Gifts Menu.

Love Sign: 500 Coins . (This is a Decoration from the original Family Farm game)

LOVE Decoration: 6 RC
  This is a Cleanable Decoration.  It can be found for the next 3 days in the Decoration section of the Market as well.

Valentine's Gift Basket: 15 RC
  This is a Cleanable Decoration and can be found for the next 3 days in the Decoration section of the Market as well as in Buddy Share Boxes and on the Lucky Wheel.

Felicia's Gift:  In the Message section, you will find a Heart Gift from Felicia.  I had hoped it was a Decoration but it is not.  Open it to receive 1 White Chocolate, 1 Chocolate and 1 Dark Chocolate.