THE DAILY POST Week of April 30th to May 5th 2012

  • What do you really think about the new 

    VIP Membership?

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    • Leave us a comment and let us know!

    • By: Bill Lara, EiC

    Ok, gang we’ll keep this intro short and sweet. It has been a busy week and  next one promises to be even busier.  We will just remind you that bugs are still plaguing Zynga’s latest variations (we have inciuded hat section of the Official MW Blog with the latest updates they offer).
    And, remember also that the warnings regading  “irregular actions” refer mostly to the speed with which you are clicking you mouse. One click every 2-3 seconds is really as hard as you can push it without consequence but, the system asks for 3 seconds between them.
    If you enjoyed last week’s fiction intro, you will find the second installment at the bottom of this issue.
    Cheers!
    🙂
    Yr Friend,
    Bill;)

    SPECIAL NOTE FOR “SPOCKIES” FROM:

    Mafia Wars Loot Lady
    Earlier I gave you a sneak peek of a Spockholm Toolbar feature in progress now called Union Hall 2.0 [1]. It’s a revamp of Zynga’s Union Hall and contains the features that players have been asking for since Union Hall was launched.
     
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    WHOAH! (Let’s do this one more time)

    It’s a DOUBLE-WHAMMY

    this (Scrappy) weekend!

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    Not only are we cutting loose a new audio podcast but simultaneously we’re letting our 2ND video comic run amuck! Here is Scrappisode XVI: A Family Dogfather, where Scrappy makes a decision with life-changing consequences. http://podcastmachine.com/podcasts/10076/episodes/66602

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    And finally!… Da Scrappy Chihuahua Video Comic Issue #2! “Beanies, Bombs & Birds Begone! Scrappy begins “business” in Italy, Sasha & Clementine forcibly obtain intel & Wonder Weenie burrows into action. Enjoy!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TWLxNwqLCA

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    • Mobsters,

      We are glad that you’ve been enjoying playing our new travel destination London. We have received great feedback from the players and look forward to more.

      You can now continue to Lord over London as we’ve made some exciting updates to make the game more exhilarating for you.

      Watch out for these in London:

      • All-new London Districts
      • New London Properties
      • New achievements and collections

      P.S. Get the most out of London by joining the VIP Membership Program  and enjoy exclusive benefits.

      Travel to London Now!

      -The Mafia Wars Team

      2 comments | 04/24/2012
    • Mobsters,

      We have some bug fixes to report! Before we get to the details, though, please continue to report any bugs you encounter in our “Report a Bug” forum, as it helps us prioritize their fixes for you. Also, detailed reproduction steps help us more quickly determine the reason behind an issue, so we always encourage you to include them.

      Thanks again to everyone who submitted the bug reports that helped us close these issues! – The Mafia Wars Team

      Missing Collect’ button Issue:Some Players reported that the Collect’ button disappears even for the family battles the user has participated. Status:Resolved around 4:52 am on 04/05/12. If you are still experiencing this issue, please reply to this forum thread with your answers to the questions found there.

      Family battle ices and attacks on safe house are not changing the family score  Issue:Some Players reported that Family battle ices and attacks on safe house are not changing the family score or leader board ice count. Status:Resolved around 04:07 am on 03/30/12. If you are still experiencing this issue, please reply to this forum thread with your answers to the questions found there.

      User’s are able to get rewards for the family battles which they did not participate in. Issue:Some players reported that they were able to get rewards for the family battles which they did not participate in. Status:Resolved around 4:52 AM on 05/Apr/12. If you are still experiencing this issue, please reply to this forum thread with your answers to the questions found there.

      Fighting – Player receives large amount of London cash while fighting in London. Issue:Some players reported that some were receiving large amount of cash while fighting in London. Status:Resolved around 3:41 am (Pacific Time) on 3/26/2012.If you are still experiencing this issue, please reply to this forum thread with your answers to the questions found there.

      Players do not receive family battle loot Issue:Some players reported that they were not able to receive family battle loot. Status:Resolved around 11:16pm on 03/Apr/12  By design: The members has to participate in the battle if they have to receive the reward. Just by being a member doesn’t entitle them to receive rewards.    If you are still experiencing this issue, please reply to this forum thread with your answers to the questions found there.

      Player not able to click on “Report Abusive Behavior” link on player profile page. Issue:Some players reported that they were not able to click on the “Report Abusive Behavior” link on player profile page. Status:Resolved. If you are still experiencing this issue, please reply to this forum thread with your answers to the questions found there.

      Poker request feed expiring within seconds of posting. Issue:Some players reported that their poker request feeds are expiring within seconds of being posted. Status:Resolved around 1:04 am on 04/12/12. If you are still experiencing this issue, please reply to this forum thread with your answers to the questions found there.

       Help counter fails to reset after 24 hours for the user in “Declare War” Issue:Some players reported that if the user has helped 5 times in “War” on a particular day and after 24 Hours the user tries to help in war, it is observed that user is not eligible for the helper reward and the user can still help his friend with the particular “Declared War”, but will not receive a helper reward again for the mentioned time. Status:Resolved around 4:28 am on 04/17/12. If you are still experiencing this issue, please reply to this forum thread with your answers to the questions found there.

      “DoEndGame” for expired war not being computed. Issue:Some players reported that if they have an expired war and then they declare war from the buttons on the fight page, or the buttons on the profile page, it wouldn’t compute the “DoEndGame” for their expired war. Status:Resolved around 4:28 AM on 04/17/12. If you are still experiencing this issue, please reply to this forum thread with your answers to the questions found there.

      Family Boss Fights – Failing To Receive Loot Rewards For Participation Issue: Some players reported that they are failing to receive loot rewards at the conclusion of Family Boss Fights in which they participate. Status: Resolved around 11:16 pm (Pacific Time) on 04/03/12. If you are still experiencing this issue, please reply to this forum thread with your answers to the questions found there.

      Family Battle – Missing Opponents Issue: Some players reported that some opponent family members are not appearing in Family Battles. Status: Resolved around 5:15 AM on 04/17/12. If you are still experiencing this issue, please reply to this forum thread with your answers to the questions found there.

      Family Battle – Can’t See Self In Battle Issue: Some players reported that they are missing from their own battle. Status: Resolved around 5:02 AM on 04/17/12. If you are still experiencing this issue, please reply to this forum thread with your answers to the questions found there.

      User Not able to play the game once he joins a family  Issue:Some players reported that they are not able to play the game once they join a family. Status:Resolved around 4:33 Am on 04/23/12. If you are still experiencing this issue, please reply to this forum thread with your answers to the questions found there.

      Property upgrade parts request feed expiring within minutes of posting Issue:Some players reported that their property upgrade part request feeds are expiring within minutes of being posted. Status:Resolved around 1:12 AM on 04/11/12. If you are still experiencing this issue, please reply to this forum thread with your answers to the questions found there. If you are still experiencing this issue, please reply to this forum thread with your answers to the questions found there.

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    Jennifer Patterson

    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 advice 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.

    The 20th New York property is the Arctic Base and is now available. This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone as they keep pumping them out. We showed you server images and loot items as well [1], [2]. What will surprise us is they changed the way part requests work and it’s going to be much more difficult to upgrade….

    Source: MW Loot Lady
  • The 20th New York property is the Arctic Base and is now available. This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone as they keep pumping them out. We showed you server images and loot items as well [1], [2]. What will surprise us is they changed the way part requests work and it’s going to be much more difficult to upgrade….

    Source: MW Loot Lady
  • Many players got the following E-mail from Zynga announcing their Fast Load feature. Mafia Wars players want to know what it means for us and the answer is nothing. Read more »

    Source: MW Loot Lady
  • The banner image for the next Limited Time Mission is now in the servers. It is called Web Of Lies. Zynga may as well release it since there isn’t much to do in the game! In the past few days we have had 2 Secret Districts, 3 London Districts, 2 London Properties, an Ice Seasons Event, 3 new Warlord achievements and new fight loot to deal with….

    Source: MW Loot Lady
  • We already know that the next Limited Time Upgrade Property is the Arctic Base [1]. The loot items have now been added to the inventory so we can expect to see it at anytime. At this time, we don’t know how many skill points the loot items will offer but the stats for the Level 15 item are 138/98. Read more »

    Source: MW Loot Lady
    Published: 2012-04-26 22:35:42 GMT
  • I believe Zynga wants to update the Lucky Stash Slot Machine. It’s been a while. Today everyone got the following popup announcing an update. The only problem is this is the current batch which was added on March 1st [1]. Yesterday we saw they released Ice Season 18 when it was suppose to be Ice Season 19 so I imagine this is the same type of error. Read more »

    Source: MW Loot Lady
  • The 13th generation of High End Fight Loot is out. The stats are less than impressive and you can tell this loot should have been released a while ago. Read more »

    Source: MW Loot Lady
  • The Declare War feature has been updated. 30 new war loot items have been added to the inventory and there are 3 new Warlord achievements. The never ending war glitch is still out there so expect to see players maxed on this loot in no time [1]. Read more »

    Source: MW Loot Lady
  • Leonard Wong found server images of the next three Warlord achievements. This means there will be 30 new war loot items added to the inventory soon. Read more »

    Source: MW Loot Lady
  • Leonard Wong found server images of the next three Warlord achievements. This means there will be 30 new war loot items added to the inventory soon. Read more »

    Source: MW Loot Lady
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    A Trisket , a trasket, your mafia’s heads all in one basket!!!

    You can read Episode I here is you want to catch up before starting on this one.
    https://www.facebook.com/notes/bill-lara/a-trisket-a-trasket-your-mafias-heads-all-in-one-basket/10151578840645389

    EPISODE  II

    Happy Birthday 13x

    My face hurt like hell and my shoulder had a hole the size of a quater. I was losing a lot of blood and  my driving was beginning to show it so, I had to find me some safe help as soon as I could . However,…  all I could think of was Gina and, whether or not  she  was in danger. I just hoped that Little Joey L had gotten to her before anything happened. I was sure he would at least try if there was any real danger so,  I figured it would be best to get healed. For all I knew whoever ordered the hit may be on my tail and, I could not risk bringing them to Gina.
    And there was the  matter of the pro they had sent after us. What was the big idea with the mask and the twin 41’s ? What exactly was going on? My head was swimming even faster so I put my mind to the task at hand and headed for St Regis.
    St. Regis was a small hospital relatively close to the docks so I got there pretty quick. I parked as discreetly as possible accross from the emergency entrance and looked around to assess my options. Almost as if on cue, an  older lady dressed in blue scrubs walked out with what looked like a medical bag in her hand. As she was leaving a paramedic said a few words to her in a manner that suggested deference. This lady was either a doctor or a nurse  and, she was heading right towards my general area. The parking lot was not completely dark but, the spotty lighting made for plenty of shadows so, I got out and made my way to her through them and, towards the old lady.
    She was roughly in her late fifties or early sixties. Her face was weathered but, her whole demeanor  spoke of authority. I could already tell she would not be a pushover.  As she maneuvered her keys into the car door I put one of the silver guns  to her ribs and began to mush out a threat when all of sudden,  another surge of pain on the same place the first bullet had struck my face. The older lady had one hell of an elbow. I had barely begun to react to the pain on my face when she had already kneed my groin. My eyes watered and my knees began to buckle as she swept one of my legs of the ground. Unfortunately,  it was the leg where she had shoved my full weight on with her shoulder and, …slammed on my back as my head bounced of the pavement. All I remember next is a big shadow dropping over me as I finally passed out.
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    I had no idea how much time had passed and, the truth is I was not even sure I was going to wake up again but, wake up I did.  Though, I would eventually come back to this time in my memory to hope I had not. As I managed to open my eyes and stir a bit, I noticed two things. First , that only one of my eyes could see and two, that the sheets where I was laying were very, very soft.  “Do you usually try to attack old ladies when you are barely clinging to  life?”  said a voice from my blind side. It startled me so much that I jerked up and immediately fell back almost losing consciousness again, such was the pain. ” I would not try that again.” said the husky voice as a pair of hand re arranged my pillow and then loosened the sheets wrapped around me. “Can you speak?” the voice said softly.
    Funny, I had not even thought to try but, I had the perfect first question “why …” was the only thing that actually came out. That however seemed to be enough for her,. Yes, I was sure it was a she. “why what?, why are not in jail right now, why are we having the conversation or, why are still alive? ”  Perhaps there was a cop sitting outside this room but, as my one eye became more adapted to light and my fingers continued to feel the soft fabric of my sheets I knew that I was neither in a jail’s clinic or,  a hospital. I was tied to a couple of machins but, there was absolutely nothing else in the room. I was srrounded by empty white walls “Where…, where am I?” It felt like I had a wad of cotton in my mouth but, I guess she understood me well enough. “Well now that is a much better question…” said the husky voice. “you are at your own funeral.
    Ok, of all the things I could have been expecting , that was none. “Don’t look so concerned. It’s only you funeral. I assure you you’ll live through it. That said, this is going to be a very difficult time for you. everything you were will be left in the past. your friends, your enemies, your little girl Gina..” Again, I tried to jump up but, the pain was so intense that it did not amount to much of a jump. “Oh,don’t take it so hard. You may even find this is all a sort of a blessing.”  A blessing? What the hell was she talking about. What was all this about his funeral and leaving everyone behind? “I realize you have many questions and, that all of this is taking you quite by surprise. However, you will come to appreciate this as a kind of gift. A second chance if you will.” She finally moved around to where I could see her. The older lady in the scrubs was now in business suit and her hair was pinned up kind of  “granny” style. But, what really cough my eye was the ring on her hand. The same ring I had taken from the guy with the mask Just what the hell was going on here?
    Well, since you are about to embark in a new life and, I am basically bringing you into it you…I guess you can call me “mother.” She smiled briefly and laughed a short slow laugh that managed to send chills up my spine. “Are you a fan of old television series dear? I used to love the Avengers,.. ah yes Mr.Steed, Emma Peel and ,…Mother.” she said laughing softly again. As for you my dear, dear boy well, you will have to earn your name. But, for now, you will be referred to as Thirteen X. What kind of name was that, what did this mean…”By the way, I am rather curious. You are untrained, crude and not very effective with your hand to hand skills. How did you mange to kill the man in the mask? ” Her voice then took a steely sort of disgusted  tone, probably much more telling of her true feelings towards me than her actual words…”He was much, much better than you”.  I cleared my throat as best I could and, told her what happened…”His ..gun…jammed”. Her eyes seemed to flash and, she even appeared to almost freeze for an instant. Why would a gun jamming be so surprising?
    “His gun jammed…” she said, almost to herself. “…That my little Thirteen X, is much more remarkable than you could ever imagine at this point…” Her hand went to one of the drip lines I was tied to and turned a small knob. “Well, sleep well my boy,.. for now at least. Tomorrow we will begin your re-conditioning”” and with those words my world again went black. The woman hovered over the body for a moment and  then walked out the door to a  room filled with monitors and people in white robes sitting at all sorts of terminals. A man in a  black tactical military style uniform approached the woman and presented her with a set of papers. “This is everything he is and owns. It is not very much. so, it will be very easy to erase him.” The woman looked at the papers and tossed them on one of the desks as she faced the man in uniform. “Twelve’s gun jammed”. The man in uniformed looked both annoyed as one that is being told a lie that one knows is a lie but, almost immediately his demeanor changed. “Are you sure” he asked. ” yes” said the woman. “He had no reason to lie and, his vitals did not show any sign of deception, I need you to go deeper into his  past. I want to know everything about who he was. Who his friends and family were and, most importantly,…” again her tone steeled itself and her tone lowered to almost a hiss…”  I want to know why that gun failed”. The military man immediately  snapped to attention and responded . “Yes Mother”.

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    —Watch for the next episode on our next week’s issue of  The Daily Post

THE DAILY POST APRIL 9-14TH

COMING SOON: A new fiction section!

  • VIP Membership, an offer you can’t refuse…?

    Ok freeloading mobsters, Zynga Bosses are making a big push to make you all drunk with power through their new VIP program’s perks. This ain’t a charitable offer, they are making an all out  effort to finally get paid for their “troubles”!

    After years of adapting Mafia Wars to whatever marketing strategy Zynga is implementing as a unified conglomerate of game departments at the time, MW has reached another yet another level in their erratic progression.

    Way back when, Zynga was continually accused of allowing special circumstances for what were then known as CC players (credit card players). Some of these were easily identifiable when fighting regular daily players since thought their levels were really high, they just fell over when struck. However,, because MW is, after all , expected to turn a higher profit every year, we eventually came to accept them as a normal part of the community. Hey, if some were willing to pay for the fluff and, we could continue our criminal, free loading, glitch catching, fee play on terms that dedication and loyal daily gaming still gave us a way to even the odds, we said let them!

    As bullying, bad support practices and very difficult resolution mechanisms became more obvious to the community, players continued to abandon MW for other games or, quit altogether. Zynga reacted by concocting alternate revenue streams such as “in game” advertising interaction in exchange for RP’s. They also tried store bought cards with the 7-11 franchise brand of convenience stores and , even  a sampling group (and apparently a 2.0 version as well. Due most likely to the many issues with the first one),  to better determine the trends of the MW community.

    Their latest attempt to get some more capital ($) traction as a game department, Zynga MW has unveiled their V.I.P. membership program which offers all the benefits outlined in the section below (Zynga Blog) for the rather inflated price (for the times anyway) of $24. 97 per month . I say inflated because what you are really paying for is a better statistical advantage inside a machine. Zynga spends no more money after programming you in. Yes, they have other costs but, let’s be honest, one of the reasons old school players hate to pay for MW advantages is because they have still to earn our loyalty as a company. We love the game but, the MW dept has been responsible for a lot of what has been wrong with the game and, the disconnected feeling that still lingers between regular players and the company (service & support) side.

    The 3 second limitations for processing clicks have not been met by improvements in the system but, with warnings of suspensions that are not even case specific. So, it is not hard to imagine that their “in house” philosophy has a definitive slant for higher profit through further merchandising rather than by game improvement. And, that being the case, will the advantages the software can cheaply offer to paying customers finally tip the balance for very  regular or  daily  free players and chase them off?

    Free players versus paid players? Free players built up the game and gave it its  status but, the company has to show profit. What do you think would be  fair? Leave us a comment at the bottom of this page.

    Cheers,

    Yr Friend,

    Bill;)

    Facebook Update from ALL FACEBOOK

    Now that the rollout of timeline for pages is complete, what’s the status of the migration of profiles to the advanced layout?

    Based on what we’ve seen from both Facebook friends and comments on our posts, the rollout of timeline on profilesappears to be occurring gradually, with no discernible pattern.

    Facebook would only say:

    We don’t have a time frame to share on when everyone will have timeline, but we’ll keep you posted.

    Could Facebook be keeping the rollout slow in order to monitor how its users are adapting to timeline? Or is the social network waiting until after its initial public offering to make a decision one way or the other?

    For the rest of the story please see: http://www.allfacebook.com/facebooktimeline-profiles-update-2012-04

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    These pages are dedicated to our preparations to welcome our troops back home. Our officially adopted song is “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” and, we are preparing a series of events to do just that.
    Artist registration for the April 21st event at El Barrio Gallery in Miami “Art Night For Heroes”  ( https://www.facebook.com/events/283677465040096/ ) a blend of decades to gather funds and participants in our Convoy Parade welcoming Homecoming Troops (scheduled tentatively for late May).The Convoy Parade initiative in May is also hoping to generate awareness and opportunity for vet workshops on FB marketing, setting up web businesses, web resource mining etc, etc. All geared to help encourage the hiring of veterans in areas where their peripheral military training would be an asset to employee, employer and , community.http://whenjohnnycomesmarchinghome.wordpress.com/artist-registration-for-art-night-for-heroes-april-21st-2012/

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    We lost quite a few members during the group transitions forced by FB, however, our current count still puts us at 14,000 members (personal; page included). In the next few weeks, we will be closing the smaller pages and try to merge as many people as possible into our Central Station Page.
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    FROM THE ZYNGA BLOG

    MW VIP Membership Plan

    Mobsters,

    VIP Membership Plan is now available in the Marketplace. Why should you enroll? I am glad you asked!

    Here are the benefits for subscribing to the VIP Membership Plan.

    • Weekly delivery of 50 Reward Points and exclusive limited edition loot.
    • At least one Skill Point reallocation can be purchased anytime daily
    • Extra VIP loot drops from doing jobs, fighting, and robbing
    • Bonus +50 Skill Points the first time you sign up. Hurry this is for LIMITED TIME ONLY.

    We are gradually rolling out this feature so many of you may not be able to view it at the moment. If you can, then join now to enjoy these exclusive benefits!!

    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.

    To learn more, read the FAQs here.

    -The Mafia Wars Team

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    DA SCRAPPY CHIHUAHUA!

    Scott Welliver:

    Scrappy Editor at Large

    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!

    We’re taking your input seriously. Let us know which of the four famous monster stories you’d like to hear Da Scrappy Chihuahua Podcast spoof.
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    Hear all of our audio podcasts at The Podcast Machine including our latest Scrappisode XV: Beanies, Bombs & Birds Begone!
    http://podcastmachine.com/podcasts/10076/

    Don’t forget our full length feature video comic on YouTube. Our very first shot at this is of audio podcast XIV: Weenies, Beanies, & Other Family Ties. Scrappy gets to work back home, Granite furnishes Ace his Wonder Weenie outfit, we get to meet Scrappy’s mama and also a friend of the family. A CAT!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-C3eywDWVk&feature=youtu.be

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    • Jennifer Patterson

      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 advice 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.
      • The bonus links for the day are below. The Mafia Wars Fan Blast point is good for the entire day. The Email Bonus and 3 Free Spins can be used once every 24 hours. The Toolbar bonus link will work once every 8 hours if you have allowed the Zynga Game Bar application access to your account information….

        Source: MW Loot Lady

    The next Limited Edition loot item is now available in the Marketplace. The Fuchsia costs 35 rewrad points, has stats of 172/99 and is “A sweet ride…far from ho-hum.”. It looks like a pimp mobile so the description may not be accurate. Read more »

    Source: MW Loot Lady
  • The Stranger’s Swag is now offering 5 more Three Point 11’s which have stats of 111/72. Read more »

    Source: MW Loot Lady
  • The 19th New York property is the Demolition Lab and is now available for upgrading. We knew it was coming, not only because Zynga can’t seem to get enough of these despite player feedback but because server images and loot items were discovered earlier in the week [1]. Read more »

    Source: MW Loot Lady

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The Daily Post Monday Feb/26/2012

WE’RE  BAAACK!

Well my dear mafiosi, it has been quite a while since I last had the pleasure to send out The Daily Post. Work and multiple project had to take priority until the time (and frustration with Zynga) were manageable again. In poutr absence several changes have taken place both in game play and, in the facebook basics. I won’t try top cover everything in one shot but, I will at least point you to credible sources so you may choose to get a little more infop on those changes that most intrigue t=you (or annoy you). As always, it is our great pleasure (and Honopr) to help anyone that asks. We are a completely volunteer operation and, our best solutions come from our readers so, we really really appreciate tyour comment , concerns and honest opinions. Good or, bad let’s us know.

Our guiding principle is to try angd point you in the best direction we know, to solve whatever issue you are going through with the game  specifically or, with your social network at large.

Whenever possible, we will do our own research on general subjects but, until we build up a new batch of contributors and volunteers, we’ll do the best we can with the resources available. One of the first hurdles is going to be letting people know we are back so please, if you think someone on your frinds list or, group would benefit from someo these insight, send them our link.

Ok, now to today’s meat. Here is the items we’ll cover on this new issue:

Timeline and,  ways to more (or less)deal with it if you want to go back to the old look

Basic MW Gaming Strategies

Community Poll: Why does FB allow friend suggestions just to challenge you  with a warning on whether you know the person? Isn’t that the point of an introduction  to beging with?

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I really hope you find this helpful!

Cheers 🙂 ,

Yr Friend Bill;)

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Timeline and,  ways to more (or less)

deal with it if you want to go back to the old look

This is a particularly current issue among MW players as indicate by the unusual number of reported limitations when posting directly from the game. However, it is the FB general population have shown the most contempt for the new system.

Solution #1:  Chrome extension

This is the simple solution . However, the range of access

to the  code engine is very limited so, some users may not be able to make it work if there is software conflict with another app you may be running. Of course, you could always disable the other app. So, I suggest you take a look at it only if you are not very comfortable with coding  (the next link does just that and, it is not “techie” as it sounds. 

“Social Fixer for Facebook” (formerly known as Better Facebook) is a free browser extension that improves the Facebook site by eliminating annoyances and adding lots of great enhancements and functionality. It runs in most browsers and installs in just a minute.

http://socialfixer.com/

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Solution #2:  Simple Specific instructions to deal with this issue at the code level on the most popular browser (not too technical)

How to Set User Agent to Internet Explorer 7 in Firefox

This Guide is for the more technically savvy. It is not however, very complicated and the instructions go step by step for every browser

http://www.fbpurity.com/remove-facebook-timeline.htm

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Solution #3: This was featured on our favorite  (and most franlk and prolific) MW blog around, of course we are referring to tThe MWLOOTLAY”S Blog (http://mwlootlady.blogspot.com/) so, you can thank her for this gem. Beware thought that it has it’s glitches on some browsers! 🙂

If the new timeline still bugs you: Jennifer Patterson (MWLOOTLADY) recently discovered a tool for the removal of the timeline feature. 
It is limited and it works only on the computer you install it and, then again, only folks using the software can see the old page. But, it does make thngs a bit easier for you. 

http://www.timelineremove.com/

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Basic MW gaming strategies

Well, with the increased use of bots and reliance on timers for the energy and stamina loots from Chicago and Brazil have definitely changed some aspects of the game. Bots and other scripts (extensions are scripts)  are nothing new to the game and, in fact can be a great help for repetitive or even defensive tasks. They can be abused and sadly, this has contributed to give them the bad rep The big Z has always seemed so “iffy” about.

Don’t get me wrong, the scripts are not allowed by the T.O.S. (Terms Of Service) you agreed to in order to play MW. However, so many players use them that they have just become an accepted reality of the game (and, a logistic nightmare to track and catalog offending users).

On the other hand , it is also true that  given the propensity of high level players to abuse lower levels with these  “ubber” accounts, well used bookmarklets can be of great value. And, that without becoming an abusive player, you can aggressively return fire to at least leave your massive  or, multiple attackers with a real bad taste in their mouths.

Before we go any further ,we need to define a couple of things. Mafia Wars is a game of aggression and force. The idea here has always been to bring your chosen opponents to absolute submission. Some players play it as a game of strategy, some as single person “shooter”. Others, go for pseudo military organizations and yet there are also the eclectic ones that gather as mercenaries, bully hunters etc,etc.

The point is that ther re many different ways to play the game (rough or soft) and, they are all valid so as long as you don’t complain about the consequences of your choices. Fair enough… right?

We’ll not always if the attacker or target is not yet developed an emotional distance from his or her character. We at TDP are always pushing the envelop with the games and the rules to get the most experience we can, in all aspect of the game. And, we are constantly fascinated by the extremes between personalities in the player crowd. Thought at times it can feel like you are trapped in a very large high school, the fact is that there also great bonds made and, much honor between a great number of users.

Tactic one: The “bare bones” player…

Time your recurring stamina/energy boosts by which ever method is more comfortable for you  to spread out along the day. Do not open all the gifts that may contain stamina/energy boosts all at onec. Remember that there is always a last chance possibility you will find just the right boost when you most need it.

If under heavy attack, aim at one target and attack until you drive yourself under 20. At least this way, no one will have the satisfaction of having “iced ” you (LOL!) and, you will have some time to prepare for your next move. Then, plan your next target and get to his profile link ready to attack. First however and, before you regenerate yourself,  place  your target on the hit list. This will tell you if the target is even alive before put your neck on the chopping block just to then have to rush to find another target while you are still able too.

Or, if the abuser is just too big with fast repeated attacks place your target on the hit list then(possible sign of a script).  Just make sure you will have enough money left over out of the bank after healing, to pay for the hit. Of course, if you are playing this like a true strategist, you will patiently wait to hit 20, pace your self (the system will not allow you to place the hit until it’s inner timer does not go over the halfway mark to the next point). but, have a second target ready so that you can steal some more time under twenty until the original attacker tires of waiting or, you have had a chance to go back for any boosts or gifts from your reserve (timed bonuses/boosts or, as gifts pending to open)

Tactic Two: The basic script player

The most reliable scripts either come from or can be located at Spock’s site at : http://www.spockholm.com/mafia/bookmarklets.php. These scripts allow most all functions available for those who take the risk willingly. Mafia wars Add On is also very reliable but, a bit more sophisticated (http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/90615) than the Assassinator script.  MWAP (Mafia Wars Auto player is still “glitchy” and. repeating pop us that block its actions while suggesting you to upgrade to the paid version

Here, the basic concept for this kind of player is almost identical to the instructions for the bare bones player with one particular difference. This player can remain “under” for extended periods of time by using items like “Assassinator” or Battlefield.

The idea here is to accumulate enough energy/ stamina  boosts and, time them to the moment you decide to collect properties in Chicago or Brazil  (8 hour gap for most players  thought,higher “red tag” family stats give bonuses that reduce the wait time to 6 hours). However, you do not have to collect until you feel like it and, you can still bank the cities without penalty. Yes, you are vulnerable to theft for the duration but good timing should minimize opportunity. At ant rate, that is part of the potential consequence(s) mentioned earlier.

However, the point of this player tactic is to remain under twenty for as long as possible as stamina and health get to their peak and, all preparations have been made for a “stamina run” (designed to the the player back to  under 20 as fast as possible).

However, if you either lay traps to gather more attackers worthy of retaliation during your stamina runs or, just accumulate sadistic attackers (the kind of attacker has to ice you several times in a row with out apparent reason)  due to a play lapse due to internet, computer or software errors then, you probably want to start an  extended stamina run .

For example (and this pretty much works for both types of players):

First , time your next regular energy /stamina packs with when your health/stamina properties are ready to be collected. Then, use your energy to get you within stamina reach of your next level. this way you will eventual;ly be able to time it so that you level  and gain you refills in the middle of battle. the problem of course, is that you must have a second window ready with your target. Remember thought that the more windows are doing something, the longer things will take to do. You may even “hang” (temporarily freeze the computer) the computer… BTW, neither Zynga nor FB really like that you have multiple window open on their pages either (that pesky T.O.S.).

Then you will still have your stamina pack or the super health boost  ready. from there, it should be up to you to determine which sequence works best for you.

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