Thursday, April 29, 2010

Limited Time Offer - Mafia Wars Toolbar 50 RPs!

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Hello, my friends..

I got this email from our friend, Jamie..

"....I stumbled accross something today which you may want to share with other people. A little Zynga incentive to install the toolbar? This was on my second account I already have it installed on my main account. I tried to install the toolbar, however I am currently at work and was blocked by internet security! Bad times guess it wasn't my lucky day!"



That's is very nice!!! 50 Reward Points only to install the tool bar!
Can I just re-install my tool bar and get this offer? I don't know! Not hurt to try.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Welcome Mafia Wars Game Designer TeeBS!!

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Hey there Mafia Wars fans!

I’m a Systems Game Designer on Mafia Wars. Now what that means is that I’m the guy that is involved in making sure that all the numbers, balance and stats in the game make a great gaming experience for all types of players. It’s awesome to get feedback, both and positive and negative, from the fans of this game. It’s the passion that you show as fans which makes this game so great.

As Mafia Wars heads into its third year, there are a lot of decisions made and game structures created at the time of the game’s release that really didn’t account for Mafia Wars being played by over 20 million players per month. One of these game features that couldn’t account for the game’s rapid growth is the Top Mafia reward. Top Mafia (previous to the recent change) provided a reward if you had high-level friends in your Top Mafia in certain positions (and an additional bonus if you were in a friend’s Top Mafia). We in the design team refer to these bonuses as “passive” rewards, as once you had set up your friends, you didn’t have to do anything to maintain the bonus. Now from a game designer’s perspective, this is pretty troublesome, as we are giving away free progress (in the form of Energy discounts and rebates) for little interaction in the game. Since leveling up resulted in a full energy, health, and stamina refill, it eventually lead to some of the high-level energy players being able to level up many more times in a single session. This leveling boost was against the spirit of play we intended for Mafia Wars.

We as a game creation studio go through a tremendous amount of research and discussion about each change we make to the game, and below is a little example of that analysis. The following is a graph of typical high energy players playing in New York (the Mafia Wars city, not the real life city ), and how much all the accumulated energy rewards gains for each player per level. The left axis is the player level, and the bottom axis refers to the percentage of XP required to complete level. As you can see, the Top Mafia reward accounts for a very large percentage of passive XP each level.

Why is this situation so bad that we felt we needed to change the Top Mafia rewards? To be perfectly honest, the current passive XP reward situation put us in a big bind when it came to creating exciting rewards for the vast majority of players. Also creating a big chasm between the high energy players and the more stamina heavy fighting players. We’re not going to sugar-coat the reality of this change for the power energy players. Some of you will initially be affected negatively. We are making this change to allow us to improve the entire game to be even more awesome as a whole. What this will do is share more experience to all Mafia Wars players, allowing the community to make it an even more social experience for all involved.

In the coming weeks and months, the Mafia Wars team is rolling out an aggressive number of new features that are targeted at the “fighter”/stamina focused players. As you can see with robbing, stamina is becoming a more important stat in the game, and this will be even truer with the introduction of Fight Club (which will provide fighters with a private Marketplace), Street War and Vegas Tournament Fighting. You’ll soon see an awesome revamp for Boss Fighting. Each of these fighting-centric features takes fights to the next level, and will make you care even more about how you defend your turf against other players. Player vs. Player interaction via fights has always been one of my favorite things about Mafia Wars.

If you are a fan of current fighting, we are not changing normal city-based fighting in any fundamental way (other than the exciting addition of the Animal type), so you should feel free to continue to add Skill Points to your Attack and Defense stats. Fighting will soon allow you to win victory tokens, which will give you the chance to purchase cool new loot in the Fight Club area of the Marketplace!

Ultimately, I would like to let all our players know that we try to listen to each different opinion they have and truly have their best interests at heart. We understand that some of our decisions may adversely affect some players (and some help them too), but it is for a greater goal of making this the best game experience that our users can have.

Until next time, may your Mafia be massive!

-TeeBS
System Game Designer , Mafia Wars

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Cash Bonus From Zynga

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Some players will have this notification on their game.. It's because they didn't give the proper credit on our businesses..



They are crediting us some cash bonus for this matter.. plus 4 Reward Points..

I wonder why I don't have this notification on my account?

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New Top Mafia Layout

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This is like a deja vous! qeqeqe
We have talked about this new Top Mafia here : New Top Mafia. It was using "secret" link to new Top Mafia page that has not been release yet. Now he have new layout of this feature..

First you can go to My Mafia page and choose Top Mafia button to promote your new Top Mafia..







So far I don't have any info about what is the best strategy to choose each position.. now just choose the active ones and see if you can ask help from them (including if someone bully you, etc). Don't choose based on their levels, because it can be an Energy player who can do nothing if you need their help..


Collect You Rewards

We can colelct Daily Rewards from each positions, the rewards include a consumable, a loot item, stamina refill, energy refill, or bonus experience. You can get it randomly chosen by the game.



Too bad, we can only get max staminas from this. Let's say if you only have 400 Staminas, so that's the max of Stamina bonus you can get from collecting your Rewards.. Hope this is only a glitch and we can get those 1000 Staminas!

You also will receive few experiences from interacting with your new Top Mafia.. for example if you send an email to them regarding their appearence (Missing In Action) you can get 2 XP. For sending Energy Pack you receive 3 XP, for sending a gift you earn 4 XP.

I found that the most difficult part is choosing Street Crew members.. because I don't have mafia below level 19. There 6 open slots and still can not find any.. Well, you can create 6 new Mafia Wars accounts for this but that's not allowed, right? What dya think?

More info, we lose the bonuses from our previous Top Mafia positions! So every job now will cost you more energy, etc.. How dare they re-doing this game!


Anyway, have fun choosing your new Top Mafia!


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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

French Beret!

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New free gift item on this game : French Beret!



Love it, although it doesn't give us great stats.. still I like that French man!
The moustache reminds you of Zorro!


Thanks for sharing, Govind..
And you also ask about the NEW icon above the Chinese Tiger.. Perhaps it's just a coincidence or they want to introduce ANIMALS as new feature, Govind..

That's it for now.. Have fun sharing the wealth!

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Robbing In All Cities!

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Now we have Robbing in all cities..
Please have a look..

BANGKOK




CUBA




MOSCOW




Have fun on burglarizing on each city!

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Levelling Up In Paris

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Nice info came from Kyle..

"Today, my brother texted me saying that he got a new screen after leveling up in Paris, saying that he got an extra 53 reward points!!
So I signed on to Mafia Wars, and brought myself to where
I was just about to level up, went to Paris, and did a job there and I got this screen shot...



It's saying I got an extra 88 Reward Points, he and I think its a typo and it's just telling us how many Reward Points we have...pretty disappointing glitch seeing we don't actually get the extra 88 or 53 RP's... Still something to try for yourself though. Have fun!"

So I tried it... I was just about to level up so I can try this too.. I went to Paris and did one job, it's enough for me to level up and yes I got this screenshot too..



Kyle is right! The pop up only telling us how many Reward Points we have now, so it's not giving us free Reward Points for levelling up in Paris! Gagagaggag
(And it's not a glitch, I do have 1820 RPs left on that account.. )

What a typo! I'm sure you will misunderstood that pop up message too..

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More About Paris Challenge Mission!

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Now that we have this new city in limited time only..
Still have to wait for 2 days to start the mission..

I'd like to discuss about the consumable or Paris Maps that we need to do the jobs.



Like I said before, we can get 5 Maps for free everyday.. You can get them also from the Marketplace using 10 RPs to get 14 pieces of Maps.



Or simply do any jobs and have it as loot drop..



From Robbing and fighting..




Each chapter gives you mastery reward..



I have posted yesterday about them.. You can get them using one glitch that I don't know yet..



But somehow there is a changing on DaVinci Q415 image.. into this one..



Hmm, is there anybody out there who care to share me the glitch info, please..
Would love to have them all too!

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New Look of Properties!

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All the Properties on each city is now Flash based! And I see that they have changed the name to Properties, no more Business! Is it temporary?

MOSCOW PROPERTIES



There is one new property in Moscow, called
Unlisenced Taxi Stand.


CUBAN PROPERTIES



We have new business called
Bodega..



And now you can upgrade Bribery Ring to give 33 Politico Corrupto every 8 hours.


BANGKOK PROPERTIES





Hmmm, love to see the view on these businesses page.. but it's making my game slower to open these flash thingy.. Don't forget to upgrade your latest version of flash software..
We also don't see the COMING SOON text anymore in New York properties..

I think they are upgrading to level 30 max? CMIIW, please..

I am grateful to see all new improvements on this game.. Thank you for the hard work, Zynga teams!

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Challenge Mission : Chapter 1

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Bonjour!
Anybody still awake?

I'm sure lots of you are still waking up to start the mission in Paris!

Well I just did my first chapter and here is the screenshot..



Ok I got some Parisian Maps in hand and some energy to start the jobs.. but as I did my jobs, I see that my Job Heat Meter is increasing!



So all of sudden, I see the requirements of Energy and Maps needed are higher! Still I wanted to finish them all quickly (while collecting more Maps) and succeeded..



Rashed said:
"And as I predict Paris ain't like other cities which will drop loots, its between the home page job and the regular cities we have on Mafia Wars.. anyway Paris will still be fun..

Enjoy Paris.. Chapter 2 and 3 will release after 8 days and 15 days respectively."

Geez, they love to make us dying in curiosity about this city of light! qeqeqe

This is more answers from Rashed about our questions..

"Job Mastery Rewards:

Chapter 1: Parisian Fixer, ATK 30 DEF 61 (I got this one already after finishing chapter one)
Chapter 2: French Kiss, ATK 75 DEF 45 (You will get it after completing chapter 2)
Chapter 3: DaVinci Q415, ATK 63 DEF 103 + Mona Lisa Achievement (You will get the item plus achievement after completing the 3rd and final chapter)

By the way after completing chapter 01 I am now getting 10 parisin maps instead of 5...

You won't get any skill points completing these jobs (and no euro too.. lol), and you won't be able to use boost to do these jobs so energy boost or money boost are useless in Paris.. that's why I said Paris ain't like other regular cities.

There is only 1 job mastery.. so it took me less than 30 second to finish chapter one..

Tips: By the way its better for new players/low level players or players with low energy/stamina not to hurry with paris as zynga will give enough time to complete all chapters, because if we hurry as u already saw we will be needing more Parisian Maps and energy: job ratio decrease.

Hope these will help and answer lots of question you might have.. enjoy.. "

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Mafia Wars Next City Survey

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Do you have a certain city that you want to be included in this game?
See if the team provided them on this survey!



You can go to this site :

http://zyn.ga/7X

or

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/B3RKZ3P

Please participate on the survey to tell them what is your next favorite city.. If you donate your voice, they can possibly make your wish come true.. What dya think?

Just forwarding anyway.. I am cool!


Source :
Mafia Wars Fan Page
http://www.facebook.com/MafiaWarsFans

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Email Alerts Setting

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Hello!

If you check on your HELP button available on the game, you can see one tab called SETTING.
I have not noticed about this but apparently we can set our email alerts using this one.. I tried to check my email that used to be login on FaceBook frequently and used the same email to receive any news from this game..

I don't like to have lots of annoying email about "You have gift from someone" or "You have a mafia friend request", etc.. Imagine if we have these info everyday! So if you feel this is annoying too, you can use this Setting to manage which email alerts you would like to receive..

Click on HELP button to view the list..



Choose Settings.. you will see this pop up on your game screen..



Naaa, you can check or uncheck on the option there.. which email alerts you prefer to receive everyday and don't forget to click on "Save Preferences".
Have a clean and tidy email!

Big Raj Poster!

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I see this 3rd party application posted everywhere.. BIG RAJ POSTER!
First I'm trying to ignore it but then I got curious and installed it..

Here is the step I made..
I click on the link to install..



Ok, I allowed it.. and succeeded! Have this page now on my FaceBook..

Clicking one of the links below will allow you to "re-post" a MW post!



What are they?
They are Mafia Wars links to help you to re-post your game feed! Any of link that you can not post!

So I tested it and click on Bangkok Boss Job..



You will see that the icon of this game is upside down.. I waited and got my friends click on the "Claim your bonus" button..
It works! This can help us to post any feed available on Big Raj Poster even if Mafia Wars feed is down at the moment!!! Yes!


Feel free to try this application, guys..

BIG RAJ POSTER

http://apps.facebook.com/big-raj-poster/?auth_token=4aa34d0159b96707bf473b617aa95783&installed=1

Hope this can help you who unable to post your Boss Help, Job Help, etc.. Trinity's mood


PS : Thanks a lot for the kind info, Rob!
All credit goes to the author of Big Raj Poster!

2 Items From Paris City!

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He said he has received Paris mastery items from trading with someone who is level 1 at that time.. Somehow that person knows how to send those mastery items to our account.

Please check these screenshots I got from him :

DaVinci Q415



And too bad I can't not opened the second screenshot, but he gave me the link profile so I can see it by myself..

This one called :

FRENCH KISS



Kyle said if he's not mistaken the stats for this weapon is Attack 75 and Defense 40 - 45!

So I went to that person profile and took a screenshot of it..
She was level 5 when the time I took the screenshot.. She only has few items on her account..



Kyle said :
"This person was trading both items for a single lotto piece and apparently she has a lot of them to give away. They are not regiftable after receiving though unfortunately. You can see both the vehicle and weapon on her profile of course, shes level 5. You can also see the vehicle on my profile link so you know it is giftable. I asked how she got these items but she only said "I know how to work the game lol" so no way how to tell."

Click this link to get 3 fv cash free bonus

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Click this link to get 3 fv cash free bonus:
CLICK

p.s The bonus is for those players FV, which so far HAS NOT used this bonus yet

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Free Item From Chop Shop Or Weapons Depot!

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Sweet glitch!
You can use these links below to get free items from Chop Shop and Weapons Depot!

Here are the links :

MUGATI

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fapps.facebook.com%2Finthemafia%2Ftrack.php%3Fnext_controller%3DpropertyV2%26next_action%3Dcs_help_item%26zy_track%3Dnewsfeed%26from%3D%2525FROMUID%2525%26sendkey%3D2bdd56596ddac1a0574842810e3ebaee%2524%2524ckH%2528T_Q...U%252A3b%252C.fdnzNKZxN0uatRNIJzMZnL2V%2529_-9dsR6jMtB3%252C8%26zt...rack_category%3Dchop_shop..._......item%26next_params%3D%257B%2522item%2522%253A%2522633%2522%252C%2522type%2522%253A%25221%2522%252C%2522target%2522%253A%2522
XXXXXXXXXX%2522%252C%2522building_type%2522%253A%252212%2522%257D%26ref%3Dnf&h=b7b1e3df550217dd625dfef41cc12307


HUNTER "SPY" XS

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fapps.facebook.com%2Finthemafia%2Ftrack.php%3Fnext_controller%3DpropertyV2%26next_action%3Dcs_help_item%26zy_track%3Dnewsfeed%26from%3D%2525FROMUID%2525%26sendkey%3D2bdd56596ddac1a0574842810e3ebaee%2524%2524ckH%2528T_Q...U%252A3b%252C.fdnzNKZxN0uatRNIJzMZnL2V%2529_-9dsR6jMtB3%252C8%26zt...rack_category%3Dchop_shop..._......item%26next_params%3D%257B%2522item%2522%253A%2522634%2522%252C%2522type%2522%253A%25221%2522%252C%2522target%2522%253A%2522XXXXXXXXXX%2522%252C%2522building_type%2522%253A%252212%2522%257D%26ref%3Dnf&h=b7b1e3df550217dd625dfef41cc12307




PLASMA RIFLE

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fapps.facebook.com%2Finthemafia%2Ftrack.php%3Fnext_controller%3DpropertyV2%26next_action%3Dcs_help_item%26zy_track%3Dnewsfeed%26from%3D%2525FROMUID%2525%26sendkey%3D2bdd56596ddac1a0574842810e3ebaee%2524%2524ckH%2528T_Q...U%252A3b%252C.fdnzNKZxN0uatRNIJzMZnL2V%2529_-9dsR6jMtB3%252C8%26zt...rack_category%3Dchop_shop..._......item%26next_params%3D%257B%2522item%2522%253A%2522667%2522%252C%2522type%2522%253A%25221%2522%252C%2522target%2522%253A%2522
XXXXXXXXXX%2522%252C%2522building_type%2522%253A%252212%2522%257D%26ref%3Dnf&h=b7b1e3df550217dd625dfef41cc12307




RAILGUN

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fapps.facebook.com%2Finthemafia%2Ftrack.php%3Fnext_controller%3DpropertyV2%26next_action%3Dcs_help_item%26zy_track%3Dnewsfeed%26from%3D%2525FROMUID%2525%26sendkey%3D2bdd56596ddac1a0574842810e3ebaee%2524%2524ckH%2528T_Q...U%252A3b%252C.fdnzNKZxN0uatRNIJzMZnL2V%2529_-9dsR6jMtB3%252C8%26zt...rack_category%3Dchop_shop..._......item%26next_params%3D%257B%2522item%2522%253A%2522666%2522%252C%2522type%2522%253A%25221%2522%252C%2522target%2522%253A%2522
XXXXXXXXXX%2522%252C%2522building_type%2522%253A%252212%2522%257D%26ref%3Dnf&h=b7b1e3df550217dd625dfef41cc12307


HOW TO

If you want to get that item above, just copy-paste the link on your browser.. Don't forget to change the XXXXXXXXXX with your own user ID!
And share the link to your beloved mafias! Ask them to click on the link so you can get free item from them!

Hmm, I have tried all those links but only give me 1 free item, when I try the second link it will said that I have received all the items.. So choose which loot you want to be given by your mafia..

Or if you have noobs, you can use the link to get any free items you want to without bothering your mafia..

It will ask you for your Face Book user ID. If you don't know yours, go to your photo albums and it's in the URL in the address bar there.

Someone else made this.. just passing the info on. It works wonderfully, BTW! All you need are the profile numbers and not the whole URL.

HINT :
I think we can get another item from Chop Shop or Weapons Depot.. Just do trial and error with the ID of any items you want.. For example : you want to get Ultrasonic Gun, you can try to search for Ultrasonic Gun ID and paste it on the link above..
If you don't understand what I'm saying, just skip this..


Have fun while it last!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Free Mystery Bag Link!

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Apparently there is another way to get Mystery Bag link, but need your friend cooperation to get it..
I will copy-paste it from the author's note on FaceBook.
Please let me share it here on my blog, thank you..





FREE MYSTERY BAGS!

Note: This Also Works With Regular and Chop Shop Gifts


There Is A Way To Post A LINK To Your Wall So Everyone In Your Mafia Can Get A Free Mystery Bag From You Just By Clicking It! This Is How You Do It (This takes 2 people to get the Link) A Sender & A Recipient


1st-Find a Recipient Willing to Cooperate In Getting the Link for You

2nd-Send Them a Mystery Bag

3rd-Once they Click the Main "Accept" Button For The Mystery Bag, It Directs Them To The Mafia Wars Homepage, Where They Will See That There Is A Mystery Bag Waiting For Them..(Pretty Much A Normal Mystery Bag Exchange)

Until Here-----> DO NOT OPEN IT YET.. (Copy) The URL From Your Browsers Address Bar (You Know.. The http: / / www Thingy :)

Now.. Send whoever gave you the Mystery Bag that Link.. BAM You Got It..
Now All That Person Has To Do Is Paste That Link You gave them to Their Wall So EVERYONE Who Clicks It Gets a Free Mystery Bag From Them. (Works once Every 24 Hours)
Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Animals Gone Wild List!

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Got this great info from Rashed..
This is a list of the animals we can get on this "Animals Gone Wild" Event.. You can get this animals from each city, from robbing and clearing the whole grid, and from fighting!

ANIMALS LIST


Yes, got this screenshot from Mafia Wars Wiki.. the best site of Mafia Wars which giving us complete list about any items from this game..
Thank you for the kind efforts!

Animals Gone Wild Week!

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Lots of animals now!
Yes, it is the "Animals Gone Wild" Week..

There are some animals animals that you can get in each city from doing jobs and then 1 from robbing (Pair of Pet Tigers) and 1 from fighting (Kodiak).

Will give you some screenshots sent by our dearest friends..

ROBBING



You will have a chance to loot this animal from Robbing.. I have four from spending my staminas.. don't have other animal drops from Robbing, so that's it, we can get Pair of Pet Tigers from Robbing!

JOBS



So far, we can get different animals from each city.. for example : you will have a chance to loot Russian Bear from one job in Moscow.. Anaconda from Cuban jobs.. etc..
But you will have a chance to get rare animals too, like this one :



So really not sure where these animals coming from.. just do your jobs, fight and rob and find them all! Make your own zoo! Because we will need all of these animals (min 501 of them) to bring in each fight and rob.. soon!

This one is the screenshot that telling us to be prepared with all of animals! Collect them all!



Ok, these are the list of some animals as well as their stats so far I can share.. I'm sure there are lots to come, just keep them all in your zoo, guys..






I'm out of here.. need to write another post!