24 March 2017

Farm Delivery Quest and Bike Helmet Collection Mission

A new time-restricted traditional Quest sequence of 16 parts has been released in tandem with a Collections Mission.

Premium Items Needed:
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This is one of the first Quests for a very long time that requires a Coffee Machine, a premium machine.  It costs 15 RC in the regular Market but will be complete when purchased.  Other premium items you will need, inter alia, include a Heart Tree, a Mango Tree and a Lime Tree.  New Pet apparel has been added to the Special Sales but sadly I do not see that the Coffee Machine is being offered in any packet deal, nor are either of the Trees that I mentioned as of Friday 24 March.

Note that you often can find items in the Green Mystrons Shop randomly that otherwise can be purchased only with RC.  As previously indicated, the appearance of these items is random, but do look regularly for any premium Tree or Machine or Animal you may be missing as it is better to pay Green Mystrons (if you have them) then RC.  Another place you now can find Trees randomly is the Special Deals (Daily) section of the Market where you pay TC (the new currency that can be earned in-game) rather than RC for premium Trees.  In my Daily Special Deals today, I see the Heart Tree is listed for 700 TC.  I have all the Trees after four years but many players may find a needed Tree here instead of in the regular Tree Department of the Market, although every player will find a different selection both in the Green Mystrons Shop and the Daily Special Deals Shop.

For new players, you do have 11 days to complete both the Collections Mission and the traditional Quest sequence.  Now, if you cannot complete the traditional Quest in time, either because you have not unlocked the Island yet or for any other reason, you should be able to find this Quest after it expires in the Lighthouse and finish it from that location.  The biggest difference between a Quest that is completed while 'active' and one that is completed later through the Lighthouse is that you will not receive a Clam Friendship Flower if you do not complete it (and complete the Collection Set registration) while it is 'active' for all players.  It is great, though, that they have given players opportunities now to complete 'timed' Missions that they either missed in the past or were unable to complete because they lacked something that was needed at that point in time.

The Herb Garden is the Collectable that gives you Herbs.  It is a premium item found in the Collectables section of the Market for 3 RC.  Although I like to have all the Collectables on my farm as it takes time always to amass a good quantity of their products, you now can purchase these items in the Flea Market or E-Mart... our group has a thread where players can request specific items.  You can use TC to simply buy a product needed for a Kitchen Recipe as well in-game.

Neighbour Requests
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There are two separate tasks in the quest sequence that require items from Neighbours.  I always have trouble on Harvest Moon FDC possibly because I am too sentimental with respect to my old neighbours who have become inactive and thus do not send the item I request.  Again, you do not have to complete the quest sequence in a single day but if you are a player who likes to do precisely that, divide your Neighbour list in two and ask only half of them for the first item.  Unfortunately, I am fortunate if I receive 20 items from 150 players in a 24 hour period and often have to use RC to skip the task to finish the guide quickly.  If you are not near the quest deadline for expiration, however, you are better served by exercising patience and allowing the items to trickle back to you.

Crop List:
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One of the best uses of a guide for a quest like this is to see which Crops you will need to harvest next.  The Crops that are given in the tasks are in the following order:  40 Clover, 40 Carrots, 40 Pasture, 40 Rice and finally 60 Peanuts.  You will need to collect 20 Honey from your Beehives for another task so if you do not have it on your Farm at the time when the Clover ripens, wait for the Clover to be pollinated before you harvest it so that you can collect a total of 20 Honey.  Many players, including myself either keep extra Beehives on the farm at all times or buy additional ones when a task like this is listed in order to be able to collect 20 Honey quickly... note as well that you can use the Flight of the Bumblebee to collect Honey from regular Beehives.

Finally, Cane is the Crop for the Collections Mission.  Depending on the size of your farm and your strategy, you either can grow a little at a time from the very start, complete that aspect of the Collections Mission in one fell swoop through the use of farm aids (Fertilisers, Rain, Thunderstorms and Rainbow Rain) or opt out of it by paying RC... or a combination of these.

ATTENTION:  One of the tasks ask that you sell 30,000 Coins worth of items from your Barn.  Most of the cooked dishes you make in the course of the traditional quest sequence will be needed later as ingredients for OTHER dishes.  I suggest you do not sell ANY Cooked Dishes that appear in the task list!

Island Tasks
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There are few Island Tasks in this quest sequence.  One is to transport 50 Lavender Essential Oil to the Seaside Farm.  You will need 6 of these later to make 6 Lavender Aroma Therapy Bottles which means that you will need 6 Wooden Aroma Bottles, another Island Product.  Transport the Wooden Aroma Bottles to Seaside in advance if you do not have them there.  Unlike the transport of the Lavender Essential Oil, it is not included as a separate task.

Sakura Farm Beauty Contest
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A little note:  Harvest Moon FDC is losing rank in the Farm Beauty Contest now.  If you have ANY votes to spare now, please direct them to Freyashawk's Harvest Moon FDC farm.

Collect Bike Helmets
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The reward for the Collections Mission is a Cayenne Pepper Rack, a Collectable.

Farm Delivery 1
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Darryl:  What am I doing?  I'm writing something!  What am I writing?  I'll tell you when I have finished!

Harvest 40 Clovers
  Skip for 10 RC

Harvest 6 Cherries
  Skip for 6 RC

Collect 40 Eggs
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 160 XP

Darryl:  It's not a secret.  I can't wait to tell you, but don't tell any one else!

Farm Delivery 2
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Darryl:  I was writing a business plan.  It's an awesome idea, believe me!  I'll tell you after we have finished working on the farm, okay?

Feed Holstein Cow 40 Times
  Skip for 10 RC
  (The task completes when you begin the batch production if you use Batch Production)

Harvest 40 Carrots
  Skip for 10 RC

Harvest 4 Cinnamon
  Skip for 4 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 160 XP

Darryl:  You see, I told you it's awesome.  We need to earn more money to make this plan happen!

Farm Delivery 3
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Darryl:  Where does my idea come from?  I saw a food delivery man drive past our farm recently.  So I thought we could do something similar.  It's good to expand our farm business in alternative ways.

Produce 8 Cherry Jam
  Skip for 4 RC

Produce 40 Sugar
  Skip for 10 RC

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

Reward: 2500 Coins, 170 XP

Darryl:  How about a 'Farm to Door' service?  Customers order our products via an app, and once we receive their Orders, we can deliver their products to their door.

Farm Delivery 4
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Darryl:  We had best enact this plan now, before other farmers do!  Let's start by earning some money by selling products in the market.  We need money to buy delivery bicycles, right?

Collect 20 Honey
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 8 Cake Flour
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Oat Flour and 2 Rye Flour

Sell Products worth 30000 Coins from your Seaside Barn
  Skip for 5 RC
  (Note that you can sell 330 Blueberries to make more than 30,000 Coins.  If you have been playing for any length of time, you should have more Blueberries than you need.  Irrespective of this, this morning, in a rush, I wrote: This honestly is one I am going to skip because I find I never have enough products now for all the Guest Orders and Coffee House Orders and Daily Order Board... would rather pay 5 RC... and I am probably the ultimate packrat, so you may not wish to follow my example at ANY level...and for low level farmers, you may wish to sell your stuff, as reaching specific sales totals often is a farm expansion requirement as well.  This comment of mine elicited a storm of response from group members who suggested selling blueberries, Old Boots, Sand, and so on but it goes against the grain for me personally to get rid of anything in Seaside now.  Perhaps those Old Boots will be used to merge something in the Factory one day...)

Darryl:  Well done, farmer.  Let's prepare for the next step!

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

Farm Delivery 5
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Darryl:  Okay, now we have bicycles to deliver products, but we haven't installed any delivery boxes on the bicycles yet.  Where can we find those boxes?

Ask for 20 Delivery Boxes from your Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 8 Butter
  Skip for 8 RC

  Each requires 1 Milk and 1 Milk to make.

Harvest 40 Pasture
  Skip for 5 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 180 XP

Darryl:  Good idea, asking the Neighbours for help.  They were so kind to us and now we can save our budget for something else.  Good job, farmer!

Farm Delivery 6
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Darryl:  Transportation checked!  Hang on,  may we pause our delivery business to do some chores please before Grandma complains?

Finish Today's Order Board
  Skip for 10 RC
  Note that the second material for the Springtime Base should appear as one of the Rewards for the highlighted Order on the Daily Order Board but is not appearing on Friday 24 March yet.  It makes more sense here to refresh individual orders you cannot or do not wish to complete than to pay 10 RC to skip the entire task!

Produce 40 Beef
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 8 Milk Cookies
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Condensed Milk and 1 Wheat Flour

Darryl:  Thank you for today.  I think it should be okay for now.  Let's continue planning our business venture tomorrow.

Reward: 2500 Coins, 180 XP

Farm Delivery 7
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Darryl:  I looked at the barn inventory this morning, and I have to say 'WOW!'  We have so many different products.  I do think it's better to choose a few types of products to sell on the app first to find out customer demands.  What do you think?

Place Cayenne Pepper Rack on your Farm
  Reward from Collection Mission
  Skip for 10 RC

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

Fish with the Bone Fishhook 8 Times
  Skip for 8 RC
  Note that you can 'miss' one catch to drive the total of attempts up to 8, even though you are given only 7 casts.

Reward: 2500 Coins, 190 XP

Darryl:  Maybe it's time to tell every one what we've been working on.  Hopefully they won't laugh at my idea.

Farm Delivery 8
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Darryl:  We got so carried away talking about our business plan that we forgot to eat this morning.   Shall we grab something to eat now?

Harvest 6 Limes
  Skip for 6 RC

Prepare 8 Glasses of Limeade
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Lime and 2 Sugar

Harvest 40 Rice
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 190 XP

Darryl:  That was delicious!  Should we add it to the selling list?

Special Reward: Cat Themed Pet House Base

Farm Delivery 9
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Darryl:  Apart from selling raw products, we also should have customisable options for our customers.  Maybe we can try beverages first.  Customers can customise their own drink by choosing a few raw products.  Then we will make the drink for them.

Produce 8 Glasses of Cherry Juice
  Skip for 8 RC

Harvest 8 Coconuts
  Skip for 8 RC

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

Reward: 2500 Coins, 200 XP

Darryl:  I hope this will work.  I'm getting nervous!

Farm Delivery 10
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Darryl:  I think we should not only customise our beverages but also customise our food!

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

Prepare 8 Cheddar Cheese Sauce
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Cheddar Cheese and 2 Butter

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

Reward: 2500 Coins, 200 XP

Darryl:  What else should we do?  Can we open an online shop soon?  I want to see some feedback!

Farm Delivery 11
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Darryl:  One more thing, farmer!  I think we should create our own packaging too!  Good packaging and interesting designs will attract the attention of potential customers!  Let's ask our neighbours to help us again!

Ask for 20 Paper Bags from Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Craft 6 Red Cord Necklaces
  Skip for 6 RC
  The task is counted as soon as it is begun in the Beauty Shop.  Each requires 1 Angora Hair, 1 Wool and 2 Roses.

Prepare 8 Baked Fish Cayenne Pepper
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Fish and Potatoes and 2 Cayenne Pepper
  You can purchase 1 Cayenne Pepper for 40 TC.  If you do not have TC, the conversion rate is 100 TC for 1 RC, making the cost for buying this ingredient for the Recipe almost 1 RC per recipe.  If you have NO Cayenne Pepper yet, the cost of buying it for this Recipe is 7 RC rather than the 8 RC needed to skip the task.  You WILL need this dish later in the sequence for the Fish Pie.

Darryl:  All good now!  I think we're ready to launch our business and let the world see it!

Reward: 2500 Coins, 210 XP

Farm Delivery 12
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Darryl:  Today's the day!  Let's see how many orders we get!  I'll be the delivery man.  Hehe!

Transport 50 Lavender Essential Oil to Seaside Farm
   Skip for 12 RC
  (You actually will need only 6 Lavender Essential Oil on Seaside but it always is useful to transport items in both directions in this game!  Split the transport between more than one zeppelin to speed the task.)

Harvest 8 Mangoes
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 8 Dishes of Sweet Mango
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Mango and 1 Honey Syrup
  Each Honey Syrup requires 8 Honey and 4 Milk

Reward: 2500 Coins, 210 XP
Special Reward: Island Mission Gift Box

Not bad!  Our first day launching this business and we received far more orders than we expected!

Farm Delivery 13
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Darryl:  Wow!  We received a lot of good reviews from our customers!  Shall we send them thank you gifts?

Harvest 60 Peanuts
  Skip for 15 RC

Craft 6 Lavender Aroma Bottles
  Skip for 6 RC

  Make certain that you have 6 Wooden Aroma Bottles on your Seaside Farm in advance.  Each requires 2 Wool Yarn and 1 Cedar Wood.  Transport them to Seaside to make the Lavender Aroma Bottles in the Beauty Shop.

  Each requires 1 Wooden Aroma Bottle, 1 Lavender Essential Oil and 1 Distilled Water.  Distilled Water is a free gift but it can be collected from the Water Fountain as well, a Decoration that is part of the current Sakura Theme in the Farm Beauty Contest, and one of the most beautiful in the game.

Prepare 8 Hamburger Steak
  Skip for 8 RC

  Each requires 2 Beef and 1 Fried Vegetables with Soy Sauce
  Each Fried Vegetable with Soy Sauce requires 1 Soy Sauce and 1 Spinach

Reward: 2500 Coins, 220 XP

Darryl:  I'm glad we decided to do this, farmer!  You're the greatest business partner I could have asked for!

Farm Delivery 14
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Darryl:  Now, not only have we received good comments but also suggestions for improvements.  It's good to know what our customers think about our products so we can try to make them better next time!

Produce 60 Bottles of Peanut Sauce
  Skip for 15 RC

Prepare 8 Soft Lime Ice
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Lime and 1 Condensed Milk

Prepare 8 Churros Soft Ice
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Churros and 1 Lime Soft Ice
  Each Churros is 1 Cinnamon and 1 Soft Dough

Reward: 2500 Coins, 220 XP

Darryl:  I think we're all tired from today.  Let's go back,  have a rest and continue again tomorrow!

Farm Delivery 15
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Darryl:  I forgot to tell you.  One of our customers suggested that we add Island Farm Products to the app too,.  I think that this is a good idea, so let's go to the Island Farm to prepare some products!

Prepare 8 Homemade Burger Sets
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Hamburger Steak and 1 Limeade

Prepare 6 Plates of Fish Pie
  Skip for 6 RC

  Each requires 1 Cheddar Cheese Sauce and 1 Baked Fish Cayenne Pepper

Prepare 8 Mango with Sticky Rice
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Sticky Rice and 1 Sweet Mango

Reward: 2500 Coins, 230 XP

Darryl:  Our customers were right!  We have many good products on our Island Farm.

N.B.  Nothing in these tasks is linked to the Island actually.

Farm Delivery 16
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Congratulations, Farmer!  Our business is running as smoothly as we hoped.  Let's Celebrate Success Together!

Produce 60 Cups of Mocha Coffee
  Skip for 15 RC

  Batch production requires 180 OP and takes 55 minutes.

Produce 8 Glasses of Mango Juice
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 8 Tropical Fruit Muffins
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Light Muffin and 1 Mango Juice
  Each Light Muffin requires 1 Cake Flour and 2 Cherry Jam

Darryl:  Thank you again for helping me.  You're the best farmer!

Reward: 2500 Coins, 230 XP

Special Reward: Flower Barrel Decoration

Collection Set
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The Collection Set this time consists of the Cayenne Pepper Rack, the Flower Barrel Decoration and the Heart Tree.  When all three have been registered in the Gallery, you should see an exclamation point over your Lighthouse.  Tap on it to go to the correct Mission where you can collect your Reward.  If you complete this before the expiration of the Quest, you will receive a Clam Friendship Flower as well as the usual 88 Green Mystrons and 1 RC.  If you cannot complete it in time but must complete it later by activating the tasks you missed from the Lighthouse, you still can register the Collectin to receive the Green Mystrons and 1 RC but you will not be able to claim the Clam Friendship Flower.










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!

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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!

Farm Fest VI
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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.

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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




Collection Set
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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.