St. Patrick’s Day is going on a little longer than most of us expected. While there was an update on Monday US time, it was a little like the pre-St. Patrick’s Day update – with nothing new happening immediately. That means players still struggling to get to level 10 in regular gameplay to build Willie’s Shack had a bit of extra time to do so and still finish the St. Paddy’s Day quest, your Springfield citizens had a few extra days to drink pints of Guinness together at O’Flanagan’s – and Springfield’s rivers remain a nauseating green beyond St. Patrick’s Day itself.
So when will we get our blue rivers back? The best guess based on recent experience is sometime in the afternoon of Thursday, 21 March US time. Apart from re-bluing the rivers, exactly what will happen then is still anyone’s guess – it may be level 27 or it may be an Easter update or it may be both (I’m taking the fight between the Easter Bunny and the Leprechaun in the opening credits of last week’s episode as an indication that an Easter update is still a possibility – but maybe I’m reading too much into it!)
And for those who are still not sure why the rivers are green in the first place, it’s a Chicago St. Patrick’s Day tradition. Here’s a link sent in by Edd explaining everything: http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/odd/news/a466465/chicago-river-is-dyed-green-for-st-patricks-day-pictures.html
Despite today’s update, it’s still St. Patrick’s Day in Springfield. (Fruit-Bat-man and the Fruit-Bat-signal are no longer available, though). And that means that if you haven’t completed all 9 parts of the St. Patrick’s Day storyline yet, there’s still time. That also means that if you haven’t got your Shamrock Topiary yet, there’s still time for that, too (it appears at the end of the quest).
But be quick, as there’s no telling when it will end and the rivers will turn blue again (it could be in a few hours for now or it could be later in the week). And don’t forget to look at the St. Patrick’s Day posts page for everything you need to know about this particular event.
I guess I haven’t quite finished with the St. Patrick’s Day posts as this is a question I’ve been seeing a lot of. While I’ve answered it in Part 3 of the walkthrough (which you can find on the St. Valentine’s Day post page here), I haven’t really addressed it in it’s own post: you’ve been asked in St.Paddy’s Day Pt. 7 to build Willie’s Shack – so why can’t you?
A problem often comes up in special events when, as in the St. Paddy’s Day quest, you need a character you haven’t unlocked yet to make any progress. But special events never unlock regular characters – you can only do the through your regular gameplay and only if you’ve unlocked all the other buildings and characters that come before it in your building menu.
The problem comes from the fact that the game developers didn’t really take account of exactly how addictive the game can be – which means that if you play several times a day and have lots of friends you visit friends regularly, your XP bar fills up much faster than you can move through the game levels. And that means that your XP level and your game level will be forever out of sync. When that happens, you have to begin treating the levels that your buildings are supposed to unlock as minimum levels only, because this will be the case throughout your game.
So, if you’re at level 10 and you haven’t unlocked Willie’s Shack yet, don’t worry – there’s nothing wrong with your game. Just keep plugging through the tasks that come up. Hopefully, you’ll get to it before the event ends shortly after St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) and be able to complete the last 3 parts of the St. Paddy’s Day quest.