The Daily Post (Weekly Edition) March/05/2012

Back from Zynga Jail,…Again!!!!

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Editorial

As you may already know, I have been suspended three times in a row by the big Z. It really is more like a vacation than a hindrance. All the suspension does is stop you from gifting or fighting but, though I was robbed a couple of times, it really was not a issue. So, I am not sure whether or not you are even on the fightlist or, if you just can’t see all the low and, insanely wrong things your rivals are doing to you (lol).

I spoke to Zynga “player advocates” a number of times but, aside from the initial good natured response and,  firm offer to be in charge of the issue, there was no real information on the reasons for the suspension.

This three part episode began with my  report of missing RP’s to Zynga. This was corrected right away but, when it happened  again and I again reported it  I was immediately suspended the first time.

I asked for the logic of this and was told that that was the way the system worked during an investigation. So, I did not dwell on it too much and just continued to get better acquainted with what you could spend the suspension time on. This led to the happy conclusion that, with out having to worry about fighting, all that was left was levelling up. Furthermore, since Italy has yet to close and, Las Vegas also has the fight leveling section, I could continue to fight and spend stamina as you also add wins to your stats.

Now, stats really do not mean much to the average player since, most player are not really able to tell how a larger number of wins may help them in the game (mostly because it does not), However, there are the “purists” that just want to have a pristine character account and, will go to any lengths to keep it as “untouched” as possible.

 The second and third suspensions came after a number of warning saying that I was already suspended. Being as paranoid as is my habit, I immediately thought I had been suspended because some whinny high level player falsely reporting abuse (I do not attack lower levels a s a rule. Unless of course they attack me an inordinate number of times on a first or second run. So, I have sort of specialize on Kamikaze fighting against player hundreds, though it is usually thousands, of levels above me that have attacked me an multiple times on a first run).

Because I have been fighting all sorts of attackers, wars, etc, etc for so long (three years now) to cover the game for our publications, I am very much aware of the general psychology of certain classes of players. A great deal of MW players really take the game way too seriously (I surely did at one time LOL:) ) and, falsely reporting abuse or, setting up a dummy account as a bait  so, a screen shot of responding attacks will be then used to “justify” the accusation.

Though this happens quite a bit, it is not the most effective way to deal with a player since, eventually the false reporter does get caught. This is because,ll reporting IP’s are logged and tallied as part of the system’s log. Eventually, a serial reporter will stand out. But, like I said, this is not the most common issue. Normally the suspension comes automatically if the system feels you are going too fast (reason for which most scripts allow speed choices). That is also noticed by the BIg Zy CPU when clicking frenetically on your mouse as you attack. This is also an FB thing that is most apparent when you send too many messages/or post on several pages too fast.

Of course the abusive use of scripts and, the occasional player/Zynga connected player (player do seek to friend super-moderators and any other person that may represent a benefit in game play. And, it has been suspected that at times inside Zynga folk, may have favored “buddies” outside the company’s parameter.) are also conditions that may lead to multiple suspensions. However, scripts don’t get much attention anymore as, they are really everywhere once you hit the “Shark Tank” (when you reach Level 400 or so, all higher levels can see and attack you).

Suspension of any kind is not really  not a reason to despair though. Stopping the behavior will result in a normalization withing a day or two at the most. However, being suspended is usual a matter of one week.

What is really annoying is when you ask what was the reason for the suspension and, the only thing you get back from the “advocates” is “Well, you have broken the TOS!”. This is what is so silly. I pressed them on a good number of email exchanges to tell me exactly what I was doing so I could correct the situation but, there was no information forthcoming on any of the messages. And, 7 days to the minute (for the third time), the account was again active. Without  a word from Zynga or, any of the “player advocates”.

I personally managed to level from 730 to 866 through these suspensions so, I am ready for another one. Now, let’s be clear, I am not recommending you go tease Zynga with all sorts of abuse to see if you can get suspended for a while and work on your levels. Eventually one of their suspensions WILL turn in to a complete removal. I do it for the story but, if you really like your account, try not to get suspended on purpose!

Please share your experiences (positive or negative) with us. We may not be able to help you directly  (though, usually the experiences of other players do help in a number of cases) and, we do not have any sort of friends or influence within Zynga but, we are a publication read by quite a few people so, answers can be found!

Please be sure to let us know what specific ares you would like more info on and, we will try and look intro it in future issues.

I really hope you find this helpful!

Cheers 🙂 ,

Yr Friend Bill;)

P.S. I f you think someone else may get some use out of our publication, please pass it on!

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MAFIA WARS

From the Official Zynga MW Blog

  • Family Boss Fight: Lily O'Valley

    Use the collaborative strength of your family to show that Lily O’Valley is not as dangerous as she thinks she is, and be among the top contributors to the fight for a chance to receive the Poison Blossom (202/202) when your family beats her!

    Family Boss Fights pit your entire family against an epic boss. In the case of Lily O’Valley, you’ll have 7 days to reduce her 1,000,000 health to zero to win the fight. Once these 7 days are over or whenever the timer runs out on a Family Boss Fight, the boss’ health resets and you will have another chance to prove that your family is in charge. This time it will be available for 90 days which increases your chances to win more rewards!

    If you’re not familiar with how Family Boss Fights work, be sure to read our introductory post, otherwise get in there and show Lily O’Valley what your family’s made of !

    PS: Help us make better Mafia Wars features and events by completing this very quick survey  to let us know what you think of this one.

    -The Mafia Wars Team

Insurrection in Italy Mobsters,

The tables have turned yet again for the Italian mafia bosses. Although heavily protected, the latest reports claim that the prominent members of the mob families were found dead. Italy witnesses collateral damages of these violent crimes with skyrocketing death tolls. The crime scenes reek of the Neo-Imperium.  The police are helpless to intervene …

Beat them at their own game by completing the mission Insurrection in Italy  before it closes at 9:30 PM (Pacific Time) on 6th March, 2012 to earn an exclusive new loot item, Kingfisher (115/60). In addition, you’ll receive 5x Job Mastery and a grand prize, Mafioso (171/105).

Rush to Italy  and get your revenge NOW before the city locks down!

Help us make better Mafia Wars features and events by completing this very quick survey  to let us know what you think of this one.

FAQ for Italy Shutdown

Q: What exactly does the closing of Italy mean?

A: Italy will no longer be accessible after 9:30 PM (Pacific Time) on March 6th 2012.
Although you will still be able to see in on the Travel menu, it will be grayed out and travel there will not be possible.
Aside from travel to the city, this also means that you will not be able to collect from Italy properties (My Village) or access the city’s bank.
In addition to this, you will not be able to vault or re-vault any of the Italy collections after the city has closed.

Q: Is the closing of Italy going to be permanent?

A: Italy will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

Q: I got a pop-up with news about Insurrection in Italy. When will the mission event begin?

A: The Insurrection in Italy Mission Event is scheduled to be released at 9:30 PM (Pacific Time) on February 27th 2012.
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Q: How much time do I have to complete the Mission Event before Italy closes?

A: You will have 8 days from Feb 27th to finish the mission and to collect as much loot as possible before Italy closes.

Q: What does the Mission Event entail?

A: During the event you will receive 5X mastery for finishing jobs in Italy. In additional to the regular loot drops for the city you will also have the chance to loot a new and rare Animal bonus item.
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Q: What is the bonus item that can be looted with this event?

A: The additional bonus item called the ‘Kingfisher’ will drop from Italy fights and jobs. It has attack strength of 115 and defense strength of 60.
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Q: Will there be a mastery item that is awarded if I complete Mission Event: Insurrection in Italy?

A: Yes, if you complete this Mission Event successfully, you will be rewarded with the Vehicle Item “Mafioso”.Mafioso has Attack strength of 171, and Defense strength of 105. In addition, you will receive Mastery Items for mastering each tier of the Mission Event.
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Q: Will I need to collect any special items in order to complete the Mission Event?

A: Yes, in order to complete the event you will need to collect ‘Supersonic Wave Blaster’. This item will be available through Feeds to help you complete the Mission Event.

Q: What if I have finished Italy already?

A: You can still do jobs and complete Mission event – Insurrection in Italy. Completing the Mission Event will award you with Mafioso (171/105) and doing more jobs will increase your chances to get the rare loot item – Kingfisher.

Q: What if I haven’t finished Italy yet?

A: If you haven’t finished Italy yet, you will receive 5x Mastery on all un-mastered jobs. Each mastered jobs rewards you with a skill point, so this is a chance to collect some skill points faster. Doing more jobs will also increase your chances to get the rare loot item – Kingfisher.
If you haven’t vaulted the Italy collections yet, you can do so while Italy is still available, but not after it has closed.

Completing the Mission Event : Insurrection in Italy will award you with Mafioso (171/105) and Mastery Items for mastering each tier of the mission event.
 

Q: What will happen to my progress in Italy, if I do not finish in time?

A: All progress made by you will be saved, but you will not be able to access the city after 9:30 PM (Pacific Time) on March 6th 2012.

-The Mafia Wars Team

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Check the Zynga Forums for answers

(Just don’t ask about bookmarklets or, they offer to suspend you!)

http://forums.zynga.com/forumdisplay.php?36-Mafia-Wars

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Jennifer Patterson

____Jennifer Patterson, Editor at large

  •  JENNIFER’S CORNER (aka The MWLOOTLADY)

     Jennifer Patterson is best known for her work as MWLOOTLADY for the past three years +. Her addice is clear , to the point and filled with game insights and really good information. She has been a contributor and Editor at Large at The Daily Post for the past two +years.

    Family Bargain

    I don’t know what they are smoking over at Zynga Headquarters but the “Family Bargain” feature is evidence that it’s something mind altering. For the next two days, your family can gain extra skill points if the family collectively purchases 100, 200, 300, or 400 Rain Ponchos. The extra skill points for each tier is +1, +2, +3 and +4….
  • Mafia Poker Season 3 is now available. We knew this was coming when the loot item reward was added to the inventory and a server image of the banner was discovered [1] ,[2]. The event will run for 10 days. Juliana is missing from the Home Page banner and a new image of cards and chips has replaced her….
  • I don’t know what they are smoking over at Zynga Headquarters but the “Family Bargain” feature is evidence that it’s something mind altering. For the next two days, your family can gain extra skill points if the family collectively purchases 100, 200, 300, or 400 Rain Ponchos. The extra skill points for each tier is +1, +2, +3 and +4….
  • The bonus links for the day are below. Use the Checklist by Team Spockholm to get 8 hour toolbar bonuses. Go here if your toolbar bonus doesn’t work. Feel free to share these links. If you are having trouble copying them so they are in hyperlink format, go here for the basics of copy/paste….

  • Skill Point Reallocation is now active. If you missed it, try using the Desktop Notifications feature in the Spockholm Mafia Toolbar or check the Mafia Wars Loot Lady Fan Page frequently. Find Skill Point Reallocation in the Marketplace under the Stat Items tab.  For more information on how Skill Point Reallocation works, go here….

    Source: MW Loot Lady
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Scott has been a part of The Daily Post for about a year and a half and, he has been as loyal to the cause as his hilarious creation , Da Scrappy Chihuahua is loyal to his crew.

Don’t miss any of this funny and, at times heartwarming episodes of this tiny champion with a mighty heart!

Da Scrappy Chihuahua Podcast Fan Page

Scrappisode XIV: Weenies, Beanies & Other Family Ties is here! Hear Scrappy set up family business in Italy, his friends get to meet his Mamá, and Scrappy himself gets to meet a new big brother. CAT LOVERS! Listen in! This scrappisode we introduce da big panther/brother: Pepper.

http://podcastmachine.com/podcasts/10076/episodes/64295

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