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Thursday, 18 December 2014

In a Pickle

Ahh, the Christmas Tree... a beautiful pine, standing majestically and covered in all the usual staples, tinsel, stars, an angel, some preserved vegetables... what, what was that last one?

Yes, Jack has decided to gather all the children around him and tell them all about the legend of the Christmas Pickle with it's international legends and beginnings...

Of course, if Jack wants to bring it to the Homestead, who are we to argue?

As usual, a popup will launch the proceedings...


This will kick off a standard 5 mission thread, with a wrapper and a Monday Mission (all details HERE). It'll also bring a four step build, the Pickled Christmas Tree itself... (all details HERE).


We're going to see a new free gift crop, the Pickle Bush Cucumber.


We'll also see three items to heal, the Pickle Barrel, Ornament Box and Chilled Critter...


The first of those will be fed with Pickling Salt, the other two with Portable Stoves. We can either feed them the basic feed we craft ourselves or send to neighbours to get special boosted feed that will count for 4 tends...


That in turn will help us get our hands on a cluster of rewards like Gallery Storage, another Battered Bacon Ferris Wheel and some pickle based goodies!


Finally we'll see something brand new coming Monday, a special premium decoration specially for charity as proceeds from all sales of this item will be given directly to international charity Save the Children! It looks pretty and acts as a special Varmint Blocker!


So, let's get pickling...


Thursday, 11 December 2014

It's a Wonderful Jack

Frontierville Productions presents, It's a Wonderful Jack...

It's the story of one old man who's had a tumultuous year full of ups and downs and now finds himself bereft of the one thing he held dear, he's lost the Key to the Homestead.

This has sent him into a sad spiral and he's starting to wish he'd never been born, so it's time for a good soul to step and and show Jack just what the world would be like without him... Which means it's time to dust off that halo!

Now, where's that black and white filter... roll cameras!

As usual, lets welcome a popup to start...


That will indicate the arrival of an 8 mission, 2 wrapper, 1 Monday mission thread (all details HERE). As ever though with this kind of thread we won't have a connected building, but we will have some placeable decorations, the Leadership Scene, Family Scene and Education Scene...


Those will have a fishing mechanic for mission items and other sellable goodies, but also access to the wonderfully drawn map screen...


In a very cute design feature this map will feature icons that show just how well Jack is feeling about the homestead and his place in it, if he's not around the well loved characters we know are either missing (Jack and Fanny) or unhappy (rioting homesteaders and even a single-mom Bess!)

 
 Don't worry though, things go back to normal when we complete them...


The missions themselves are everything we'd normally expect, including a very angelic new injured "animal"...


Helping heal that will be a new crop, Angel Wings...


...which will also come from the new Collection, Jack's Influence Collection.


So, lets see if we can get the new Decoration with a Bonus, Wonderful Jack...


...and, something that will resonate with people who know a certain film, if we manage to save Jack and make him happy with his life, an angel gets its wings... Literally!


So, lets get cheering the old geezer up.


Thursday, 4 December 2014

Re-Eddy-mption...

Sometimes it takes someone else's actions to make you rethink your own, and Eddy's had some sleepless nights ever since he got Ned, Fred and Goldie released and then saw his father try and run off with Tess.

He's decided to try and kick not only his lawyering, but also his bad ways to the kerb and try out some actual homesteading on the Frontier, like everyone else.

Of course, if he's going to try something this new... he'll need help.

We'll see the usual popup to start.


That will kick off a traditional 5 mission, one wrapper, one Monday release set (all details HERE) with a standard four step build, Eddy's Farmhouse (all details HERE).


The Farmhouse kicks off this thread's main mechanic with a fishing option, named as "Do Chores". As well as dropping a number of goodies this can drop one of three types of Chore for Eddy to do, Crop, Animal or Land.


These Chores, when healed, will then become one of three items with LIMITED randomness, yes, the most we can have of any of the variations is 2 before the game makes us get a different one.


Now, what you will know when we get limited randomness is it means combining, so we'll then put those variations together, first into sets of three, and then into one final decoration with a bonus, Eddy's Achievement.


We'll also see a new Free Gift Crop, the Cauliflower...


So, lets see if we can do for Eddy what we did for the Gratchetts and get him redeemed!



Friday, 28 November 2014

Pass the tape...

It's coming up to Christmas and Santa has to get himself ready, only problem is his Elves have taken a trip to the beach and aren't back yet, so what can we do? Get him some new helpers of course!

Of course this being the Frontier we don't have Elves on hand so we're going to have to find something else to take their place in some pointy hats and shoes...

I wonder what that could be...

As usual we'll see a popup to start.


That will launch a traditional four mission thread with a wrapper and a Monday Mission (all details HERE) along with a 3-step buildable, the Christmas Workshop (all details HERE).



The Workshop itself will act as the "home" for a new set of Partner Animals.

They start from one of two things, the coin Gift Wrap Station or the HS Elf Tree...


That will give us one of four wrapped gifts we'll heal individually or with a partner to become one of four variations each...


All the feed info for that is in the mission posts but what we will need is the new Free Gift Crop, Christmas Cactus...


Which will be joined in the thread by some festive decorations and a brand new Festive Outfit!


So, what are you waiting for, let's get Unwrapping...