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Jun 25, 2010

Brawler: Arun's Mafia Helpers

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In the Mafia Wars Community, the name Arun is synonymous with The Chucker.  Some may not know that Code Outpost Mafia Tools has many other cool bookmarklet programs in addition to The Chucker and The Wishlist Chucker.  One of the more brilliant ones is Brawler Beta.  Until recently, I haven't done much fighting.  My character is strong but I prefer to rob because I want to be a Grand Master Thief .  Since the best loot is gained through fighting, I've been using Brawler a lot more.  Fighting off of the fightlist is a pain.  It can take forever if you have a large stamina pool and it isn't a lot of fun.  The implementation of the Power Attack and Random VS Rivals features have made fighting in this manner a lot better but it still bores me.  Fighting off the hitlist is fast and exciting plus it feels good to knock people off of it.  When I don't have time to collect bounties from the hitlist, Brawler allows me to use my stamina on the fightlist without all the calculating, clicking and time it would take to do it manually.  To start using Brawler today, follow the instructions below.  If you are new to using bookmarklets, review my articles about Zyngas TOS and Script Use and Bookmarklet Installation.  Special thanks goes to Arun for answering my questions and helping me understand some of the common mistakes made when entering the settings.  When Brawler doesn't seem to be working, most likely it's operator error and not the program.  Adjusting the settings to include a wider variety of targets will fix most of the issues. 

1.  Go to Code Outpost Mafia Tools and locate the Brawler Beta bookmarklet. 
2.  Click, drag and drop "Brawler" into your bookmarklet tool bar.
3. Go to your Mafia Wars game.  From your toolbar, click on "Brawler" once to unframe Mafia Wars and click on it a second time to activate the program.  If you are having problems because your screen starts doing weird things, read my article about Screen shrinkage and what you can do to stop it.  Your game screen will now look like this:
4.  Adjust the settings to meet your preferences.  There are so many options that you can set this up to fight exactly how you would on your own.  It actually fights better than I do.  I usually click on a random attack button and don't put much thought into it.  Brawler does the thinking AND clicking for me.  If you find Brawler hanging up a lot, you probably have the range of your settings too narrow.  If there are no targets meeting your selected criteria than Brawler will have nobody to attack and will keep looping as it searches for targets.  It's also important to make sure you are not doing anything in other tabs which will change the city you are in while running Brawler.  If you are doing something manually in Mafia Wars in a new window or running another script at the same time and the city is changed from the one you selected for Brawler, it will cause a delay in the program.  Arun has added a fix for this but it's best to run through your stamina before doing other in game tasks.  

A.  Fights:  Enter the number of fights you wish to initiate.  Keep this at zero to use all of your stamina.
B.  Heal City:  Brawler will heal for you.  Click on the city name to change it to the city you wish to be healed it.
C.  Delay:  It is recommended to keep this at 1 to 2 seconds.  I like to push the envelope so I reset it to 1 to 1 seconds.  It is recommended that all scripts be set to delays that will deter their detection to prevent account disablement.
D.  Fight:  To fight off the fight list, click "Fightlist".  To target someone you have a beef with, click "Specific Users".  Adding users to the user list who are in your mafia will cause Brawler to hang up.  The game won't let you attack family members so neither Brawler.  This will cause it to keep looping.
E.  Before level up:  Click on "Stop" or "Continue" to change.  If you choose "Continue" then Brawler will keep fighting once you level up and you won't be able to brag about your promotion to your friends.
F.  Attack only if Cash from same city:  This will select targets who are in the same city as you are fighting from.
G.  Limit number of attacks per person:  If you don't want to be "that guy" and get someone agitated, enter a low number and Brawler will move on after a few attacks. 
H.  Enable Specific Faction Attack:  Choose from Triad, Yakuza, or a balance of Faction points determined by you.
I.  Enable Bank if Cash in hand is greater than:  Brawler will bank your money for you.  This is great for Baht.  If you are going for your NY money achievements, be careful.  You don't want to bank it and lose 7% of your money like I did when researching for this article.  7% of over 3 trillion dollars is a lot!
J.  Only attack live targets:  Attacking live targets will give you better odds of getting money but you might ruffle some feathers and get some people butt hurt when they are attacked and lose (see below for details).  Dead targets can be attacked and you will gain experience points and loot.  Attacks on dead people will not show up on their home page log.
K.  Enable Power Attack:  If someone is close to being iced, the Power Attack feature will not be utilized by the game.  Enabling Power Attack will only cost you 1 stamina per attack if the Power Attack option is not available for your target.
L.  Minimum cash limit per attack:  Enter the minimum amount of cash you wish for your targets to have out of the bank.  In an ideal world we would all set this as high as possible.  Remember it will take longer to use all your stamina if you are too picky about these options.  Brawler will keep looping until it finds the right target.  If you have a lot of time, you can set it at B$10,000 and let it search for those with unbanked money. 
M.  Levels:  Choose the minimum and maximum level you want your targets to be.  The fightlist levels range from 450 - 25000. If a user has set a level of 0-500 and the fightlist keeps coming up with >500 levels, Brawler will keep reloading every 1 minute.  You may think Brawler is not working when in fact there are no targets available.  Keep the range high to avoid hang ups.
N.  Mafia:  Choose the maximum mafia size you want your targets to have.  Lowering this will increase your odds of winning the fights that Brawler initiates but could cause hang ups if there are no available targets matching your entry on the fightlist.
O.  Ignore Names with Characters:  You can tell Brawler who NOT to attack.  This will keep you out of trouble with your clan and those you are in alliances with.  This field should contain one pattern of character(s) per line.
{
}
[
]
{CLAN}
[CLAN]
Some users set it as {}[] or [ ] { } on a single line which is wrong.  Setting a space in the this field ' ' (without the quotes) would cause it to skip almost everyone.
P.  Loot %:  Brawler does a total number of loot/stamina used calculation. These % numbers may vary if an when promotional events involving loot drops are going on.  When Zynga changes something in the loot drop message, Brawler may stop logging loot but the loot does get credited to your inventory. 
Q. Log:  Adjust the log by entering the number of attacks you would like to keep track of.  All fights that Brawler does for you will be logged here with the Mafia Wars name of the person you attacked, the results of the fight (win or lose), the experience gained from the fight, the cash gained from the fight, and the loot that was dropped for the fight.
5.  When you finish entering the settings, click on the little red button in the upper right had corner to start kicking some a$$!!!  If you need to change something during a run, simply click on pause.

6.  Review your statistics.  Here are some of the results I've gotten from using Brawler (click on images below to enlarge).  The screen shots were taken after I did a small run of 35 fights.  This is my favorite thing about this program.  It's really cool to see that all the stats have been logged for me and I can review them collectively.  Results I can see from fighting manually don't give me a whole lot of information and would take a long time to locate and then calculate.  The following information is available to you in one quick glance of your computer screen.
1.  The number of fights initiated.  With the new power attack feature, this count only indicates the number of fights Brawler does and not the amount of stamina that was spent.
2.  The experience gained to include the experience/stamina ratio.
3.  The number of wins and losses.  Add these numbers to calculate the total amount of stamina that was spent.
4.  The amount of cash gained or lost in each city.  This includes the cash spent to heal your character.
5.  The points gained or lost in each Bangkok Faction.
6.  The number of overall attack and defense points gained because of loot drops.
7.  The number of kills and icings.
8.  The overall percentage of loot drops out of the stamina used.
9.  A log of all the loot items you received including their attack and defense scores.
10.  A log of each person you attacked including the statistics of each fight.
I found it amusing that within minutes of using this program, I received the following E-mail.  Sorry [SE]~IRONHORSE~[SMF], I was just trying to show my readers how to use The Brawler Bookmarklet.  I do thank you for all the experience points I gained from my ride on The Hitlist.

To keep up with changes to all of Aruns Bookmarklets and following his fan discussions, join the Arun's Mafia Wars Helpers Fan Page

64 comments:

  1. thanks for the update on how not to attack fellow clan members ... I wasn't using the 'Ignore names w character' feature correctly. I will correct now!

    one tidbit for you and Arun ... there must be some optimal size for the log, but when i allowed it to grow very large, say over 900 entries (I have a lot of stamina :) ), it tends to bog down brawler. When i leave the log size at 15, brawler hums along like a champ. any suggestions on max recommended log size?

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  2. hello, i just started to use brawler and i have been losing attack and defence points fastr than i can get them, what is going on? where the counter will say +X amount of attack it will be red and say -X attack. i have lost 6000 mafia attack skills this way, could you please help me? i have no idea whats going on

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  3. I also have lost thousands of stat points... :( Please let us know what's happening and how to fix it!

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  4. fight points also missing

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  5. Thanks for posting this thorough explanation. I have been using brawler for a while but couldn't figure out why "ignore names with characters" wasn't working. I certainly don't want to attack players in my group, so it was important to get this function up and running. Your article explained that the characters had to be 1/line. Thanks for taking the time to post this, I appreciate it!

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  6. I am getting every time "no matches on fight list" I have checked and changed 3 times the avoid characters with the symbols to make sure there are not any extra lines or spaces and it still doesn't work

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  7. Attacking dead targets won't give you any loot :p

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  8. Is it allowed to use this bookmarklet or is it cheating the game?

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  9. WHY DONT IT WORK IN ITALY?!?!

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  10. ZYNGA PROBLEM! Unable ice check on Donna Foxy, skipping - problem on both brawler beta,alt

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  11. [13:04] ZYNGA PROBLEM! Unable ice check on ilona, skipping..
    [13:04] ZYNGA PROBLEM! Unable ice check on DonTee, skipping..
    [13:04] ZYNGA PROBLEM! Unable ice check on Default Don, skipping..
    [13:04] ZYNGA PROBLEM! Unable ice check on Bease, skipping..
    [13:04] ZYNGA PROBLEM! Unable ice check on GEORGE, skipping..
    [13:04] ZYNGA PROBLEM! Unable ice check on Daniel, skipping..
    [13:03] ZYNGA PROBLEM! Unable ice check on Tjener, skipping..
    [13:03] ZYNGA PROBLEM! Unable ice check on ilona, skipping..
    [13:03] ZYNGA PROBLEM! Unable ice check on DonTee, skipping..
    [13:03] ZYNGA PROBLEM! Unable ice check on Default Don, skipping..

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  12. I am having the exact same issue~~ Help please

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  13. Zynga have changed some of the coding, brawler has not been updated yet, Arun is busy with other things, go to the Mafia task Force forum, everything is explaned there.
    I think Zynga is trying to sabotage the BMs

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  14. Brawler run but there's no loot dropping in any city that I try. Any ideas on what the problem could be?

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  15. Brawler no longer works...damn you Zynga!!!!

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  16. Thank you for the explanation. Very thorough.

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  17. Brawler attacks all tags regardless of the settings now

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  18. Been using Brawler for about a week now and works great for me; however, I have reached level 14 in fighting but have not received Level 12 Achievement. This is discouraging.

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  19. @ Anonymous November 18, 2010 6:11 AM

    You have to buy the Fight Club Achievements with Victory Coins in the Marketplace under the 'Fight Club' tab. ;)

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  20. When i press the play button, nothing happend, what can be the problem??

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  21. I'd like to attack specific users. How do I get the IDs for that?

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  22. How do i choose wich city i want to fight in?
    I start out wiht Las Vegad (for the achievment) but when it needs to heal it automatically goes to NY (because thats my healing city), and it stays there...

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  23. To find the id for brawler, look at the MW Profile link. For instance, if it is http://apps.facebook.com/inthemafia/profile.php?id=%7B%22user%22%3A%22cHwxQWERTY2NTU%3D%22%7D then the id is cHwxQWERTY2NTU (as you can see this link will not work - it has been changed to stop random attacks lol)

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  24. City problems can be caused if you run MW in another window/tab. If you change cities there then that change will be reflected in your brawler window. If you want to fight in Las Vegas, start the brawler in Vegas and it should switch to New York to heal and then back to Vegas, but only if you haven't changed cities elsewhere

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  25. I guess Brawler is down due to the change in fight brackets today (1/21/2011). Is anybody out there getting it to work?? I am going through withdrawal.

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  26. it was the same for me so i deleted the brawler went back to the site to get brawler again and i chose brawler (alt) and it worked so try that.

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  27. brawler (alt) don´t work well.. about 20 attacks per hour, no stats etc..

    Please make an Update for the brawler!

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  28. will try using the alt site for brawler; I just got brawler working for first time evaluating programs so its kind of new for me; following the instructions closely in this outline of how to use brawler; will confirm if brawler works with the revised fight brackets.

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  29. yes its confirmed using alt server works but its the same result the tiers are changed so now there is a chronic lack of alive fighting targets, which makes a tough city like las vegas even tougher.

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  30. I do not get a 'Play'/'Pause' button with brawler Alt. so is essentially useless, any thoughts?

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  31. The Brawler (Alt) will work if, once you have it loaded, you click the bookmarlet one more time. You will get a box to click to get it to start.

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  32. it not working the site now is Safari can’t open the page “http://arun.keen-computing.co.uk/?page_id=33” because the server unexpectedly dropped the connection. This sometimes occurs when the server is busy. Wait for a few minutes, and then try again.

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  33. The alt brawler working reluctantly through FF but will not work through Chrome. Neither will regular brawler on either- could Arun's server be down? Also, I can't find that link for Chrome extension- think it was for the toolbar? Can someone help?

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  34. 97,083 [-2]
    1st time i have ever lost stats , how did this happen?

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  35. new problem with brawler bookmarklet tool.
    <a class="sexy_button_new short red sexy_attack_new impulse_buy" selector="#inner_page" requirements="{"stamina":1,"health":20}" href="remote/html_server.php?xw_controller=fight&xw_action=attack&xw_city=5&tmp=b5cdff3d24bb127924388ed5568e15a4&cb=5a91c5e0332211e0a39e9bcb6c9921e0&xw_person
    cannot make heads or tail of this?
    anyone else have this glitch on their brawler?

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  36. I'm getting the same message as the above poster.

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  37. i heard there was a new fight script.. ? any news?

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  38. I never knew how dependent (and addicted) I was to Brawler until it no longer worked!!! PLEASE fix this "sexy button" problem.

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  39. Yes the same with me ?? Do we have to download a new one??

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  40. iam having promblems with brawler i click on it cant get black screen i have tried every think any advice would be great :(

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  41. ADD BRAZIL QUICK PLEASEEEEEEEEE

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  42. Brawler is working in Las Vegas, New York but here is the strange part it is not working in Italy of all places as well as the new city Brasil??

    Any ideas or experiences; it seems as if Brawler is trying to load the fight list but either it cannot or is prevented from loading the Italy fight list; is it loading for you guys,

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  43. 1. Loot items does not show attack and defence scores.
    2. The attack and defence shows 0 gained even if looted items are FHEL4 and 3. Even if I check in the regular MW screen fight page. No additional gain. Why????

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  44. works perfectly!! sometimes the loot isn't dropped and may have some kinks (very seldom!!) but hello!!! its free and BRILLIANT!!! my att and def have gone up massively without the pain in my hand of doing it manually... ;p well done to all that have created this ;)))

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  45. I'm having a DUH moment... I used to get ICES by the hundreds and now it's only about 10 or so for every 10k stamina? is it one of the newer settings I'm overlooking?

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  46. i cant get the attack a specific target to work..says the id is invalid..you do put in the MW link correct?

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  47. I always have the same problem attacking a specific target, where it says the id is invalid

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  48. brawler cannot be use anymore since mafia wars has new layout for fighting ??

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  49. No matches found after loading the fightlist so the brawler dont work for now??Can you please fix ?
    Thx

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  50. No Matches found after the first person is dealt with, working fine yesterday...since mafia family released?!?!?!?

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  51. It's working the first time through, but when it realoads the fight page, it can't find anyone to attack, even if you set the criteria to fight basically anybody. Must not be reporting the levels the same way on the reloaded page.

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  52. same problem here. Finished all missions that had to do with fight list - still not working! Help please!

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  53. ditto, haven't been able to use brawler for two days.......

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  54. back to normal now - and dont really know, why ...

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  55. is this brawler working just got turned on to this wonder if this is worth my time

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  56. not working for me

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  57. session timed out...over and over?

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  58. Same for me - session times out

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  59. [16:49] Session timeout, reloading Fightlist..
    [16:49] Session timeout, reloading Fightlist..
    [16:49] Session timeout, reloading Fightlist..
    [16:49] Session timeout, reloading Fightlist..

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  60. Brawler is officially offline due to the recoding of the new fight module by zynga; so it will be quite some time before it can come back

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  61. Panic attack over Chucker... cannot get it to work and no viable options for sending 10K gifts.

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  62. I'd like to see an example of the Ignore Names With Characters for example: {ASS} do you type that in all on one line or:
    {
    A
    S
    S
    }
    ???? Sorry, not clear :P

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