The “New” Daily Post, September 2012

WE’RE BAAAAACCKKKK!

Well hello again Mafiosi everywhere. The Daily Post has been undergoing a whole number of changes in the past few months and, because of how many other bogs and businesses we get to be involved in, it has been sorely neglected. Until now…!

We have chosen a new batch of administrators for our sites and, we are in the process of dividing ourselves between those of TDP memebrs who want to continue  enjoying the relative peace and quiet of MW the TDP way(mostly taking advantage of the new information posted and the collaboration between members to help you grow. TDP also embraces other games and players and, will cover those news in the measure that you demand it.

For the others of us who still enjoy MW best above all and, have gotten a little fat around the edges (within the metaphor of the  game of course), we have created The War Room. In this group location we will issue red and tags, battle avatars for peace/war etc etc. No re-tagging is required but, if you tdo have other tags, please make sure that you have the approval of your group or clan before participating in an open conflict. Though we expect that most of our activities will be centered on mock wars, we will train for guerrilla war gaming and when appropriate, aid allies and friends in their “lawful good” quest and ,or conflicts.

We just had our first all out war which lasted about three weeks from start to finish (it was actually two wars  as the was one cease fire that degenerated onto a secondary war). During the first part of the conflict we began creating the war room (we sent out event invitations a week before the room was created to all our room/pages) response was encouraging as about a hundred of our members joined the room. However, they did join an ongoing war with little or no training in group fighting so in the end only about a dozen and a half of our friends and members joined in. Luckily for us we had some pretty tough and ethical players in that bunch  and, it didn’t hurt that they brought their own guys into the fray!

It was savage and exhausting for all side but, in the end, we all won. The game was played honorably and even with all the misunderstandings that usually go hand in hand with MW, great leadership and the deep honorable and respectful core that is within the great majority of MW players shone right through. Below is what we posted on The War page after the conflict:

“Thank you all once again for your outstanding performance on our first conflict. In the end and thanks to the dedicated labor and strong sense of leadership exemplified by Michelle Bleasner and the stern determination of Aaron Carpenter the Gm and GF of The Irish Mafia the war was not only a good smack down but, Michelle made sure that after the fighting was plenty, each and every one got to shake hands and even make friends.

As it turned out, even the two fiercest enemies among the dozens fighting ended up “friending” each other in one of the finest examples of good sportsmanship I have seen in a long time. All and all this was a rich learning experience and, has opened the door for future alliance with a bunch of really decent people who happen to be ferocious players.

We all get wrapped up in the manner in which the game is played but, it is wonderful when people get to remember that we are just playing a game. we were very lucky to have had amazing allies and, opponents that are so willing to give so much of themselves to make this a better game.

Particular Kudos to Dragons Shadow GM and one of our top admins, Debbie Clepper. She had some rough personal moments that she plowed right through to support her crew. She had to make a really hard decision that in the end, proved to be the wisest. And, though it pained her to do it, she sacrificed her sensibilities for the good of her group. Hats off to a great GM and fellow player.

There were many, many people worthy of mention from Jim to Darrin to Horst, Ian and Scott. I apologize for not mentioning everyone but, you know who you are and you know you have a home and a friend with us for as long as you want it.

That is why I love this game. There is a lot of really good stuff once we get past the pesky icing and the usual trash talk that can make the game boht fun and, really irritating to play. Throw in a couple of Zynga glitches and FB browser conflicts and, well…, we have all been there…! LOL 🙂

Moving on, our other pages still have the name of The Daily Post. As we advance with this one, I will ask all who still want to remain in the Post’s information pages transfer to the original group page 1 and the other most populated pages leaving only three for the Post. We will take the others under the direction of our admins and build each for a specific use that the admins will discuss and determine through next week.

I am strongly considering continuing to publish some version of the Post but, most importantly, to work on the alliances this last conflict opened up. As soon as I have a chance during the day, I will open a thread for the admins to communicate so we can move on to the next step…

Honor and Respect to all of you…
Your Friend,
Bill;)”

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Now for the reason you keep up with us…

THE SCRAPPY CHIHUAHUA AND THE LEAGUE OF PAWS

A Scott Welliver creation / production

When times get tough, so do people. Animals do too. But those who think to include others’ welfare end up having all they need and more. Check out this old Japanese fable (at least that’s as far back as we could trace it) updated League of Paws style. Scrappisode XXII is called: Fetchstick Loaf at our host, Podcast Machine.

http://podcastmachine.com/podcasts/10076/episodes/72728

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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 few years.

Iceboard Rewards: Don’t Be Confused

Many players are upset because they were #1 on their Mafia Iceboard but didn’t get any loot rewards. The reason is simple….there were no loot rewards for the Iceboard that just expired. Reward will be offered for the current Iceboard which will end in 7 days. The Official Mafia Wars Blog explains this rather nicely. Go here for more details.

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Mobsters,
When we started the Mafia Wars Iceboard last week, many players suggested that we reward top ranking players.
We thought it was a great idea!  From this week onwards, the top three ranks globally and the first rank in your Mafia will receive the following prizes. The winners will receive their rewards on Tuesday, Sept 11, 2012. Please note: These rewards are applicable for the current Iceboard season that started on Sept 4, 2012.

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How To Be #1 On Your Mafia Iceboard

Everybody wants to be #1 on their Mafia Iceboard. You know the saying…#2 is not a winner and 3 nobody remembers. If you can’t do a lot of ices, don’t worry. There is a way to be #1 without having to do a unrealistic number of ices. To get your loot reward for being #1, just read the instructions below and perform the steps towards the end of this Iceboard Season.

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Iceboard Season 1 Final Results

The Top 10 players for the Global Iceboard and final results are shown below. That’s a lot of ices! haters will be happy to know that nobody got a prize this time around because the feature was not rolled out to players at the same time. I had a chance to chat with Jason and found out some interesting information….

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Iceboard Season 2: Rewards Added

The first session of the Iceboard has ended and was immediately reset at 12am Zynga Time (Pacific). There were no rewards for the last Iceboard but the next one has them. They are the Gun Glove and the Golden Crest which we told you about 10 days ago [1]. Zynga most likely didn’t offer rewards for the last Iceboard because all players didn’t start at the same time and it wouldn’t have been fair (because everything else is!). Keep reading to see what the point is of this feature is and stay tuned for my exclusive interview with Jason, the Iceboard Season 1 winner.
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The Top 10 Icers

Most of us mere mortals only see the top 3 icers on our Global Iceboard. I just learned from Jason who is in the Target Mafia Family and currently holds the number 1 spot that he gets to see the Top 10 icers. He was kind enough to take the following screen shot and will provide an updated one at the end of the event. Without further ado, here are the current Top 10 of the Global Iceboard!

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Daily Link Time Change

For the past two years, we have been posting daily links for a free point provided by Mafia Wars. It’s been a smooth process as links for these points have been activated at 12am Pacific Time (aka Zynga Time) everyday. As you can see, many players check the page on this blog as it is updated daily at the same time (unlike the Mafia Wars Fan Page).
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Next Limited Time Mission: Oversoul Winds

The next Limited Time Mission banner image is in the servers. It’s called Oversoul Winds and will be hosted by Tim Lee. The Grand Prize is a vehicle that has stats of 209/138. Oversoul Winds will be the 42nd Limited Time Mission.

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Last Day For Current Iceboard

 Today is the last day for the Iceboard which supposedly ranks you, your mafia members and all other Mafia Wars players by the number of ices you got during the week. Not all players got the feature at the same time so it’s rather pointless and means nothing at this time. Perhaps when it resets, the second showing will be better executed and we will learn a purpose for the feature.
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Tender Hooks Added Back to the Free Gift Page

Yesterday we reported that Tender Hooks mysteriously disappeared from the Free Gift Page [1]. Today they have returned.

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Rewards Card Punch Deal Returns

The Rewards Card punch incentive has returned and will be around for a total of 7 days. Last time it was available, I noticed that I didn’t get many 40% off reward point offers.To learn how this “feature” works, go here.

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Limited Edition Item: Kung Fu

There is a new Limited Edition item available in the Marketplace.. The Kung Fu has stats of 197/124, costs 35 reward points and has no featured module. Find it under the Limited Edition Tab in the Marketplace.

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VIP Delivery Item: Sniffer

 The VIP special item of the week is the Sniffer. Zynga may have tell you that you received 50 reward points with this item but go check your balance….I’ll wait….You didn’t!
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The Big VIP Shaft

 In preparation for tomorrows big shaft, Zynga is giving their precious VIP subscribers a popup notification so they won’t be blindsided. The normal delivery of 50 reward points will not happen for VIP subscribers because it already has due to a technical error that was in no way the fault of their subscribers. The popup up will direct you to the Official Mafia Wars Blog where you can learn more. I believe the special VIP loot item for this week is Lubrication and has stats of 0/0!
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The Stranger’s Swag: Millionaire

 UPDATE: We told you to be fast and we weren’t joking around. Zynga pulled this item at 12am. If you weren’t able to request the items from your mafia, you can still get 2 by clicking on news feed requests.


The sporadic Stranger’s Swag of the moment is the Millionaire. He has stats of 156/92 and is the 4th item to be released from the 7th generation of Stranger’s Swag. You better be quick because Zynga is known to pull these items just as quickly as they release them.
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Mobsters,

Heads-up!

Henceforth, your daily free skill point link that we post on our Mafia Wars Facebook fan page will be available 6:00 AM PST onwards.

Visit our fan page.

Mobsters,

For some VIP Members, the Weekly Reward of 50 RPs due on Monday, Sept 3rd 2012 has already been granted on Thursday, Aug 30th 2012.

These VIP Members will only receive another exclusive limited edition VIP loot item Sniffer( 197/122) on Monday, September 3rd 2012.To view the item awarded, please click on the VIP link on the marketplace and then click on View Bundles.
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Please enter your UID in this form  if you are an active VIP member and you have not received 50 RP either on Thursday, Aug 30th 2012 or on Monday, Sept 3rd 2012.

Next delivery of 50 RPs along with another exclusive limited edition loot item for VIP members will happen on Monday, Sept 10th 2012

Mobsters,

New VIP loot drops for September are now available!
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Chisel Plough

(99/145)Mw_item_clawbot_400 

Clawbot

(99/146)Mw_item_cutproofsuit_400 

Cut-Proof Suit

(144/98)MW_item_Milkman_400Milkman

(146/98)  MW_item_Platypus_400Platypus

(98/144)  Mw_item_retrobus_400Retro Bus

(145/98)

 
Read more about the benefits of being a VIP member.

Enjoy exclusive benefits by subscribing to the VIP Membership Plan today!
-The Mafia Wars Team

Mobsters,

Iceboard is now available to all our players!

We released this feature gradually to all our players in order to maintain the system stability.

We appreciate your patience while the feature was incrementally rolled out and welcome your continued feedback via the below survey.

Survey Link => http://zynga.tm/jCE

Please note that Iceboard will next reset on Tuesday, Sept 4th 2012

Mobsters,

We are giving you the power to do some real damage!

Last month, as an experiment, we had increased the power attacks to 15 attacks per click and all of you had loved it. Based on the positive feedback from the players, we are making this a permanent feature in the game.

 Ice your enemies now!

– The Mafia Wars Team

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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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    Stay updated on Local and National emergencies

    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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  • 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.

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    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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    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.

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    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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    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!!
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       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 »

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

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  • 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 »

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