Apr 6, 2016

No Thank You!

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I don't think so. Whatever game I choose to play next will not be managed by Zynga! Like YoVille, maybe somebody will buy Mafia Wars.


Mafia Wars Sundown: June 6th 2016

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It's sad but what we expected is true. Now is the time to look for a new game and hopefully we can use the comments to find one.


Apr 5, 2016

What's Going with Mafia Wars?

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What I intended to be a week or so break from blogging and manually playing Mafia Wars turned into to about 4 months. The fact of the matter is I was overwhelmed trying to keep up with Zynga. Like many have always said 'Event Fatigue' was going to cause the end of the game and it kept getting worse. Blogging became work instead of something fun to do. With the development of sophisticated and easy to use automated scripts, blog posts about what you needed to do in the game became obsolete. My blog quickly turned into pictures of banners and daily links and it was boring. Many who didn't want to visit the blog to get their daily links threw a fit that I had stopped posting them on the fan page. To me this was more evidence that an outside blog wasn't needed and the fun which included community involvement had disappeared. I tried to put my exit into words but I didn't want to highlight negativity for those who still played and enjoyed the game. Now we find the game going in the opposite direction. Rumors are flying as the clues pile up. There hasn't been any new content for a while. Those who have completed their Limited Time Property update will find only 3 banners and I don't recall ever seeing this.



It doesn't look like the monthly updates of loot are going to happen but that really isn't a big deal since none of that loot has helped anybody for a long time. The rules of the VIP Membership Program never guaranteed a monthly update but they do promise new weekly loot. A loot update did happen the other day but it's only the 2 weekly items for VIP subscribers. What's more interesting is that there are only 2. Normally they do a month at a time. 



The following emails from Mark Pincus and the newly appointed CEO shed some light on what's happening with Mafia Wars. The timing matches up perfectly to what we have seen in game. Click images to enlarge. 



This is the memo from the new CEO.




Jan 10, 2016

Favor Tokens Added to the Daily Fix

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UPDATE: The Favor Tokens are due to the special ability of the Japan Urban Assault mastery item and will last for 10 days if and when you finish it.


Favor Tokens which are required for Japan Syndicate Jobs were added to the Daily Fix. They haven't been added to the list of items you get from this feature but I'm sure it is on the Zynga to do list!


Jan 9, 2016

Lucky Break Removed

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UPDATE: It's back but the timer is ticking like it never left. We can always hope that the first item will be offered a second day but there chance of disappointment is very high.


Another Lucky Break was released today but now it has mysteriously vanished. That's one way to fix the Facebook security checks that have been associated with this event for the months. I could never understand why they would release this event when they know what it does [1]. Why put your players Facebook accounts at risk so they can spam the news feeds for a game that couldn't possibly attract new players? Maybe after all these months someone at Zynga woke up to the obvious light bulb that was just waiting to go off? At this time we don't know if it will return or if it's gone for good. I'm hoping for the later.



Jan 5, 2016

Extortion Run 6 Coming Soon

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It looks like there won't be a begging break once the current Limited Time Property ends. The 6th Extortion run is on the way.


Loading Issues for All Facebook Games

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UPDATE: It's fixed. Go here for details.


UPDATE: If you need to load in a framed state, disabling the Spockholm toolbar works. Team Spockholm has been notified.



Mafia Wars players are used to the white screen load but this time it's affecting all games. Thankfully there is a work around as loading the game unframed will work. Since this is affecting all Facebook games, I imagine it will probably be fixed sooner than later. The Facebook known issue page can be found here.




Jan 4, 2016

Same Old Mission Bug

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UPDATE: It seems you need to be in Japan when you enter the Arena. Once I tried it this way the Rock Hyraxes started dropping (at a very slow rate but it beats zero).


It's bad enough that Zynga slapped a 30 day timer on the Japan City Mission. If you recall, Los Angeles doesn't have a timer. Now many will be forced to try to master districts they aren't ready for and those who did will have to endure the ruby level jobs. I won't even get into the requirements for the Syndicate jobs. What's even more annoying in this game is when you do things the way you are supposed to and the expected outcome never happens. In almost all Missions we have had in the past few years there is always a task to loot something by doing damage in the Arena. 90% of the time the items never show up. After doing 46 Shootout Arenas and dealing 1,052,656 damage I have zero Rock Hyraxes and I'm not even surprised. If Zynga can't fix this reoccurring bug than they could be smart and remove this type of task. After a day or two of white screens, most of us are already behind in this Mission and this isn't helping anyone.



Dec 23, 2015

No Extension for Extortion Run...Whose Pissed?

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Today is the last day to collect parts for the latest Extortion Run and it's become quite apparent that I won't finish it. It's not that I didn't ask enough times. Like most people who still play this game automation is necessary. I was a good monkey and asked for parts every 3 hours for the past 15 days. The difference between this time and the other 4 is that the news feeds were broken for several days. Facebook made some updates and requests weren't showing up anywhere and the 'Ask' buttons were broken on many accounts. Zynga was well aware of all these issues and there wasn't even a timer extension. What kind of Christmas present is that? I guess I'll have to use a hundred or of the thousands of reward points I gained from leveling non-stop for the last 15 days!

Dec 21, 2015

Japan Districts 4 & 5 Coming Soon

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Just in time for the holidays, images for Districts 4 & 5 of Japan were added to the servers.

Holiday Themed Limited Time Property Coming Soon

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Another Limited Time Property is on the way. Other events coming soon are a Challenge Mission and a Arena Rampage. Of course there will be a Marketplace Promotion and a Loot Lottery but I don'think too many care about that. 


Dec 11, 2015

Happy Holidays

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It's no secret that I've been extremely bored with Mafia Wars. I'm going to take some time away and see if that helps. I hope everyone reading this has a great holiday season. 


Dec 9, 2015

Special Event Loot Items

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Some loot items labeled 'Special Event' were added to the inventory. I'm not 100% what these are for. We are due for another Family Business but the stats don't really fit. Some look like Crafter's Choice but the stats don't match and there isn't a consumable. These could be for actual events or Marketplace gimmicks. Your guesses are as good as mine.