Jan 25, 2015

The Default Family Dominance Bug

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It’s great that Zynga finally put together a Leaderboard that has more than 4 Families. Unfortunately something went wrong and all families are now listed as Default Family. You won’t know who the other families are but you can tell which one is yours because it will have a red box around it (assuming you are in the top 30 of your league). This is more amusing than anything else as it doesn’t really change anything for this event.

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Daily Free Stuff: 01/25/2015

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Jan 24, 2015

Daily Free Stuff: 01/24/2015

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Jan 23, 2015

Dominance Reward Tracker Needed

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The Dominance Event has 1 new contest every 8 hours. Most of us aren’t online every 8 hours so many will miss the popup that lets you know what you got. Only the reward for the current contest is shown on the instructions page. Zynga made a tracker for the Urban Assault Missions so it should be possible to make one for this event. While they are at it, they should add one of these for other events like the Arena Smashup and Lucky Break. There will be a total of 15 contests but there are only 6 loot items for this event. The best way to tell if you were in the top 30 is to go through the loot items (shown below) and see what you got. There have been 5 contests so far and 2 of them used repeating rewards. As far as the skill points are concerned, that’s a little harder to track. It would be cool if Zynga would add a reward page so families could see how they’ve done and what they earned. There should also be a consolation prize for families who tried but didn’t make it into the Top 30 of their league.

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2X Property Build: 01/23/2015

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Build 2x items on Global Properties for the price of 1 item between 09:15 AM-10:00 AM PST(GMT-8)
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Daily Free Stuff: 01/23/2015

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Jan 22, 2015

Daily Take Update: Urban Assault Mastery Item

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As corrected in the Urban Assault rewards post, the special ability of the mastery item involves the Daily Take feature and not the Daily Fix [1]. Players who earn the Ludologist will have ‘One additional high-value Loot available in the Daily Take’. This item will appear as one of your 6 choices. If you don’t pick it than others can so if you don’t master the event there is still opportunity to get one of these items. It’s always best to go for skill points in the Daily Take so I imagine many players won’t even bother accept it and for many it’s useless already. Thanks to Don Louis Cyphre for pointing this out to me as I got it confused with the Daily Fix.

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Will Dominance Replace Family Ice Events?

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There have been a total of 16 Family Ice Events and each one had the same issues. We often complained that the leaderboard had a capacity of 4 yet the top 10 got prizes and it seemed ridiculous that all 28,581 families were competing against each other. The Dominance Event is kind of what we asked for in a family competitive event. There are brackets, referred to as leagues of 90 families each. At this time we aren’t sure what the criteria to be placed in a particular league is but we know it’s not family size. Martin of Team Spockholm suspects it’s the number of ices each family has acquired and that makes sense. If you look at the Family Ranks Spreadsheet and compare the families in your league to the order of ices than you may see they are the same [1].  Only 30 of the 90 will get loot items but this is much better than a global icing competition in which only 5 families get 1 loot item. If a family can be in the top 30 for each of the 15 contests than they will get 45 loot items. To be in the top 3 and get skill points is nice but this structure provides something to the families who don't want to try too hard. Missing out on +1-+9 skill points isn't the worse thing in the world. You can spend 12 reward points during a 2X Property Build and get +12 guaranteed skill points and that should be the guideline to follow for any family thinking about spending reward points on boosts. The fact that each contest is on a 8 hour timer is also better than a 5-10 day dragged out event. I’m sure the entire Mafia Wars community was tired of seeing the same 4 families on the leaderboard and now there is variety (unless you are in the league with the top icing families). The leaderboard shows the top 30 families and isn’t ideal for those 31st-90th place but there is probably a better chance to get to spot 30 than there ever was to get to spot 4. The fact that those who don’t use scripts won’t have a chance is still a negative but the new structure gives families who don’t ice very well more opportunities to get something. Overall I think this is a good replacement and I won’t be sad to never see a Family Ice Event again.

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Dominance Results

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The 1st of 15 contests for the Dominance Event has expired. When you load your game you will get a popup letting you know how you did. The bad thing is that all scores reset so you don’t get any information about where the other families ranked, only your own. I don’t know how Zynga determines which families are in which leagues but it could be the number of members. If this is the case than it may not be a bad idea to reduce the number of family members to remove inactive accounts before these events start. It appears that your league doesn’t change. Families that can dominate in all 3 categories could win 3 loot items and +9 skill points every 8 hours. Those who don’t make it into the top 30 get nothing. Like most other events in the game, if you aren’t using scripts you won’t get any rewards and that really isn’t fair in a game where scripts are supposedly against the Terms of Service! 

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Fight Loot Generation 43 Now Dropping

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Two days ago new fight loot was added to the inventory but it wasn’t dropping [1]. It’s now dropping in fights, robs and Arenas. Zynga also fixed the location and quality errors that 2 of the items had.

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The Goodfellas Family {TGFF} Mock War

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As announced on the Mafia Wars Blog, the Goodfellas Family {TGFF} is having a Mock War [1]. The event starts on the Jan 30th and ends on Feb 1st. The participation item is the Goodfellas Go and all who register will get one. Use the links below to register. The deadline to sign up is Jan 24th.

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Official Mock War Calendar

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Zynga posted a list of upcoming Mock Wars that they are sponsoring on their blog [1]. Use the links in the chart to get event and registration details for each war. For a list of sponsored as well as non-sponsored Mock Wars, use the event page that Linda Myers Ferranti keeps updated and organized and provides more information than Zynga.


Family Name Mock War Dates War Page
The GoodFellas Jan 30 - Feb 1, 2015 https://www.facebook.com/groups/1508789586042417/
NAS Feb 5 - 8, 2015 https://www.facebook.com/groups/1663438303882528/
Reservoir Dogs Feb 13 -15, 2015 https://www.facebook.com/groups/1549782285267531/
Unleashed Feb 27 - Mar 1, 2015 https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnleashedFightClub/
Serbian Mafia Mar 6 - 8, 2015 https://www.facebook.com/groups/410261439123381/
Croatian Mafia Mar 9 - 11, 2015 https://www.facebook.com/groups/608095562629969/
Wicked Warriors Mar 12 - 14, 2015 https://www.facebook.com/groups/269844579769815/
World Fighting Alliance Apr 10 - 12, 2015 https://www.facebook.com/groups/760262060714050/

Lucky Streak 15

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The 15th Lucky Streak is now available. The banner no longer says how many free spins we will get. Normally it’s 10 but it wouldn’t be unlike Zynga to make it less. The loot items can be found here.

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Dominance Family Event

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Dominance is a new type of Family Event and combines elements of previous events that we have seen in the game. The event lasts for 5 days and each day there is one ‘contest’ every 8 hours. This brings the total number of contests to 15 and since there are 3 separate categories to each contest that would be a total of 45 reward opportunities. If you family can place #1 on all 3 leaderboards for all contests than each member could earn 45 loot items and +135 skill points! The rewards are loot for the top 30 families of each league and skill points for the top 3 families of each league. There are 90 families in each league and only the top 30 appear on each leaderboard. There are 3 leaderboards for each contest (energy, stamina and swag). A list of the loot rewards is shown below. If your family is in the top 30 for each contest, it should be possible to earn 45 loot items in the next 5 days. More details and a reprint of the FAQ are shown below.

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Daily Free Stuff: 01/22/2015

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