Apr 27, 2015

Understanding the Facebook API Changes

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The countdown to the new Facebook API is ticking. Only 3 more days remain until we see the effects on Mafia Wars. Although 10 minutes long, the video below does a wonderful job of explaining the upcoming changes in an educational yet entertaining manner. It helps the viewer understand what is going on in simple terms. For the not so savvy computer people, you don’t need to understand PHP, SDK, FQL or source code to get the gist of it. Hopefully many of the issues we have been experiencing over the past few months will be resolved but new issues will surely arise. All we can do is wait and see if Zynga properly prepared.

WAR Family Mock War

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As announced on the Mafia Wars Blog, The WAR Family is having a Mock War on May 1st [1]. The participation item is the Warborne with stats of 286/340. Use the links below to register and participate. The registration deadline is today so make sure you join now.

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VIP Weekly Items: 04/27/2015

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Daily Free Stuff: 04/27/2015

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Apr 26, 2015

Serial Level in Joburg

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There are 20 jobs available in Joburg, the Bonus District of South Africa and all but 1 require a consumable. The 18th job down doesn’t require anything but a click and the ratio is 2.331. With this ratio, those who come up short on experience may be able to serial level. Until the South African Sundown event expires, there is no longer a timer on the Bonus District and many should be able to take advantage and serial level for the next 2 weeks. Thanks to Jo Gilliam for the tip.

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Stuck in Joburg Bug Persists

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I’m re-printing this post as many players are reporting this bug. It surfaced in April of 2014 and I guess it’s not fixed.  Since South Africa is closing, Zynga will probably take the easy road and called it fixed once the destination shuts down. I’m not sure what players who have this issue can do since Customer Support is hard to find. If Zynga doesn't want to fix it before the South African Sundown event expires, maybe they should just ruby master everybody and call it a day.


Last weeks introduction of the Groot Finale! achievement was not something good for players who have been stuck in Joburg [1]. No matter what these players do, they can’t get the game to recognize mastery. This bug is something different than the other stuck type of bugs we normally see in Secret Districts [1]. Clicking each of the 20 jobs does nothing to get one unstuck. From using different browsers, devices and platforms to clearing caches and disabling extensions, nothing works. It’s not even the same job, in the examples below you can see that one player is stuck on the Silver Level of one job and the other has the Ruby Level job mastered but he wasn’t given a star so the game doesn’t think he has mastered the job. Both players are unable to earn the Groot Finale! achievement. This issue has also been reported on the Player Support site but has gone unanswered [1]. If you have this issue, please comment and provide your Facebook ID in case a developer or someone who can do something about it is reading this. Players who are eligible to contact Customer Support may find help there. If you have found a workaround for this issue, please let us know.
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The Mafia Wars Drinking Game

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It’s hard to get motivated about playing Mafia Wars when 9 times out of 10 you get a error page instead of a game. True gamers will take what they are given and do something creative. Since you already have friends and a game tab, you can play the Mafia Wars Drinking Game. It’s very easy to do. All you need is a computer, the Mafia Wars App, Skype or Facebook chat and some alcohol. Instead of purchasing reward points or VIP subscriptions, go buy the beverage of your choice. It’s much cheaper so this is a win win situation. When Zynga gives you lemons, make Lemon Balls! To  play follow the steps below.

Step 1: Load Mafia Wars and see what you get…
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Daily Free Stuff: 04/26/2015

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Apr 25, 2015

Mafia Wars Daily Metrics Dip

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There were 8,669 less players today than there were the day before. I think people are getting fed up with the loading issues and all the Facebook crap. We have yet to see Zynga acknowledge there are issues and they keep pumping out events as if there is nothing wrong. A little reassurance from Zynga could do so much more. How many of these players were VIP players who cancelled their subscriptions? ‘Benefits’ mean nothing if the game doesn’t work.

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South Africa Newspaper Popup Update

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In the walkthrough for the South African Sundown event it was mentioned that the newspaper was difficult to close because it was hard to find the X. On the 2nd day of this event, a ‘Investigate Now’ button was added at the bottom of the newspaper and the game background is dimmed making the X easier to see. I’m not sure why we would need to see this newspaper more than once but at least it will be easier to close.
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Daily Free Stuff: 04/25/2015

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Apr 24, 2015

Excessive White Page Loads

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Not very long ago it seemed that every time you loaded Mafia Wars, you got this. It appeared to be fixed but now it’s back with with a vengeance. Instead of needing to load the game twice (which was annoying) you now need to load it 3-5 times. I can’t say how many times I wanted to do something in Mafia Wars, got this annoying page a few times than just gave up.  White page loads are causing less determined players to do something else with their computer time. Zynga needs to make it stop!

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South African Sundown Event

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When it was announced that South Africa would be shutting down 10 days ago, many thought it was a bad joke or that I was spreading rumors [1]. Today its official and hopefully all of our followers used the extra 10 days to their advantage. Zynga is giving us 17 days (sort of) to finish everything up and it should be much easier now. There is 5X Mastery for District 1-10 jobs, 2X Mastery for Bonus District jobs and the Bonus District will remain open 100% of the time. Use 2X Mastery Boosts, Job Help Requests and Crew Bonuses to get even more mastery. There is a catch. All districts will remain open for 7 days. After that one will close each day. If you haven’t unlocked a district before the previous one shuts down than all districts will no longer be available (except for the Bonus District) so it’s a race against time to keep ahead. All jobs will drop items for the Tribute Collection as well as a loot item that may or may not help your score. Complete Districts 1-10 to get a mastery item and complete the Bonus District to get another mastery item. There is also a collection to vault once you get all of the items. A walkthrough of the event is shown below. Use the links below to our guide on finishing South Africa and the Zynga FAQ.

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Markdown Mayhem: Foxface Rabbitfish

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Another day and another gimmick in Mafia Wars is upon us. I wouldn’t spend any money on this game until all of the issues are fixed. If we keep spending, Zynga will think it’s ok to ignore the problems. Nobody should have to load the game 5 times just to play.

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Daily Free Stuff: 04/24/2015

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