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Sharing is Caring, a.k.a. the Community Prizes

We’re going to have to work together to unlock the community prizes. The first thing you need to know is what you can do to help make the total grow. It all comes down to gift bags, which can only be placed in your neighbors towns, up to five per day in each town.

When you see a gift bag in your town, you can tap on it to receive more gift cards (and possibly some more gift bags), the same way you would with presents.

The catch with the community prizes this time is that it isn’t counting the total number of gift cards, it’s counting the total number of gift bags. This is the reason the required amount to unlock each prize is significantly lower than the number we were expected to achieve during Halloween.

Some have speculated that this counter isn’t actually representative of the current progress, and is more-or-less a glorified countdown clock guaranteeing us all five prizes before the event ends. Regardless, visiting your neighbors is an important aspect of the game and is just as beneficial to you as it is the community.

So what are the prizes, and what numbers do we need to achieve to unlock them? That information is posted after the break. If you don’t want to be spoiled, avoid reading this post any further.

Christmas Totem 450,000,000
Santa’s Workshop 1,000,000,000
Ebenezer Burns 1,500,000,000
The Yes Guy 2,000,000,000
Candy Cooling Tower 2,500,000,000
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  1. #1 by tappin' away on December 17, 2013 - 1:12 am

    I honestly don’t think we’re going to get anywhere near collecting all the community prizes. The gift bags appear even less frequently than the Gremlins did in the Halloween update. Honestly, I think Packages should be generated after collecting some fixed # of Gift Cards. (having to use donuts to to buy packages is just wrong – might as well just make the Community Prizes premium content), I’m just not feeling as stoked for the community effort as I did at Halloween.

  2. #2 by ezzze on December 16, 2013 - 2:19 pm

    is the Yes man and Grinch going to be playable characters?

    • #3 by HomerJSympsun on December 16, 2013 - 7:17 pm

      The “Yes Guy” is a playable character with a questline and permanent tasks but the “Grumple” will be a non-playable character after the initial questline is finished.



      • #4 by HomerJSympsun on December 16, 2013 - 8:05 pm

        Correction: The Grumple will be playable with permanent tasks, including an animated “fight Homer” joint task that looks really fun, similar to his joint tasks with Maude or Suzanne.

  3. #5 by biiweefive on December 15, 2013 - 7:51 pm

    Hmm guys. I´v nearly 50 gift bags per day. I use to visit every 100 neighburs a day. I hope we get the yeeees guy. But…
    I only get one Coin all 24 hours. Not yet any coin by visiting somone else. Does anyone know how the chance is to become a coin there? At Helloween we got a donut per 1000 ghost…
    …and by the way.. When you´ve reached your personal final–is there a chance to earn more donuts like in the helloween chalenge??
    thks 4 reply!

  4. #6 by Vangelis on December 12, 2013 - 6:06 pm

    I hope we won’t miss the yeeeees guy…

  5. #7 by Comedygold24 on December 12, 2013 - 9:23 am

    Thanks for all these great informative posts! I’m very excited for the community prizes, let’s hope we’ll reach all 5 targets… :D

  6. #8 by Em (@emily040282) on December 11, 2013 - 6:29 pm

    Is anyone else not finding a lot of gift bags? I don’t mean people leaving them, but finding them in presents. I’m tapping my brother’s town while he is on vacation and he’s gotten 25 of them. I’ve only found 4.

    • #9 by fuel on December 11, 2013 - 8:10 pm

      I have noticed an inconsistency with this so far. My primary town has received about 40 of them and my secondary town closer to 15 in the past 24 hrs. This happened in the reverse for the Halloween event with the gremlins.

  7. #10 by esweetland on December 11, 2013 - 11:28 am

    Not sure how this is going to work out. Based on the current counter we are tracking at about 10 million per day. At that rate we will need 45 days to hit the first prize. I’ve only recieved around 20 to 25 gift bags in this first 24 hours. Considering I can potentially leave five bags per town I’m currently running at 4 to 5% capacity for gift bags. I hope EA has something up their sleeves.

    • #11 by SofaQueenNo2 on December 11, 2013 - 4:15 pm

      According to my calculations in order to get all 5 community prizes TSTO players should be delivering 92,592,593 gift bags daily. The first 24hrs we delivered almost 15,000,000. At this rate we won’t even reach the 1st community prize unless we all buy a butt load of gift bags with boat loads of donuts. I’d rather used my hard earned donuts on what I want now & in the future rather than, oh lets see, 24 gift bags for 30 donuts.

  8. #12 by Jim on December 11, 2013 - 10:02 am

    Add gmadan

    • #13 by platypusguitar on December 12, 2013 - 11:47 am

      There is a section on this blog dedicated to finding and adding neighbor-eenos, if you look on the right side of the page towards the top, just above the twitter feed. It’s a handshake logo.

  9. #14 by Kelly Barten on December 11, 2013 - 9:35 am

    How do you drop gift bags in someone’s town?

    • #15 by feelingblind on December 11, 2013 - 9:42 am

      There should be an icon when you visit a town in the upper-right-hand corner. When you tap that, the gift bags will drop in your neighbors towns.

      • #16 by Kelly Barten on December 11, 2013 - 10:17 am

        Right, like the goblins. I don’t see that icon, must need to reinstall. Thanks!

        • #17 by feelingblind on December 11, 2013 - 10:28 am

          It might trigger later in the quest line too, but reinstalling never hurts. :)

    • #18 by Em (@emily040282) on December 11, 2013 - 6:27 pm

      Look around your town. There is a present some where that will trigger it. I had the same issue. My box was hidden behind a building.

      • #19 by fuel on December 11, 2013 - 8:13 pm

        This is true. I found it right away in my primary town and it took some hunting and a releasing of the elves to find it in my secondary town.

    • #20 by Anonymous on December 12, 2013 - 2:38 am

      The player has to have downloaded the knew data for you to be able to drop the bags in their town.

  10. #21 by Ichaseu8 on December 11, 2013 - 3:32 am

    I can’t find the community countdown clock for the life of me! Where is it in the game?

    • #22 by mels on December 11, 2013 - 7:11 am

      Hit the prize counter-the candy came thing, when it’s open on the bottom right of the screen is a picture of homer (i think) and next to it a group of springfield-ians hit that and you can see the counter

    • #23 by feelingblind on December 11, 2013 - 8:55 am

      When you click the trophy it takes you to one screen, but then in the bottom-right-hand corner there is another button to take you to the community prize screen.

    • #24 by Ichaseu8 on December 11, 2013 - 8:59 pm

      Thanks for the tips! Much appreciate!!

  11. #26 by SofaQueenNo2 on December 11, 2013 - 2:37 am

    Just curious, are you working on a count down calendar for personal & community prizes? Found them useful for Halloween 2013.

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