May 31, 2011

The Hung Chu Enforcer

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I discussed the Hung Chu Enforcer in my Crossing The Line Mission Walk Through (1). I explained that it was an old Bangkok Crate item available in the Marketplace and had a pretty sorry drop rate. Although you can buy Hun Chu Enforcers for 2 Reward Points each, it would be a waste because they won't count towards your totals for the Mission task. We saw the same thing on the last Mission with the Canister Bombs. I bought one and took before and after screen shots of my Mission totals and you can see it didn't count (yes, I refreshed).
The fact that clicking on the Hung Chu Enforcer from a Mission loot drop image verifies that they only count when looted as there is no option to buy one as there is when you view from your inventory.
You would be silly to try to purchase 12 Hung Chu Enforcers from the Marketplace even if they did count because you can just buy the task off for 18 Reward Points. It would cost 24 Reward Points to buy them individually.
In past Missions there have been workarounds to get items from gifting rather than using energy. In some you needed to be the gifter and some the receiver. This worked perfect for the Canister Bombs on the last Mission (1). Zynga must have caught on to what we were doing as it doesn't work this time. I received 12 Hung Chu Enforcers on an account that hadn't completed the Mission task and 0 counted.
I also gifted 12 Hung Chu Enforcers from that account and again the total was 0.
Now on to the drop rates of Hung Chu Enforcers. Depending on who you ask, they are not great or just plain horrid. From my Mission Walk Through post, I estimated that I spent about 7,000 energy to get all 12. I did a manual run on a different account taking before and after screen shots of my energy and spent 6,046 energy.
On another account, I ran RepeatJob. I stopped it as soon as the 12th item dropped and spent 10,080 energy. Only 11 logged on RepeatJob because the initial click on the job to get the program going dropped one. I found the first click on all my runs yielded a Hung Chu Enforcer. You might want to try very short runs spread out over time. There is plenty of time to complete this Mission.

A few players have stated that the Hung Chu Enforcers aren't dropping at all. If this is happening to you, contact Customer Support.

Article written by Jennifer Patterson, Creator of the MW Loot Lady Blog, The Mafia Wars Loot Lady Facebook Fan Page and Co-Host of The Informant Podcast.
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The Mafia Wars Tattoo

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We've seen several tattoos in the game Mafia Wars. There is the Prison Tattoos Collection from Moscow, the I <3 Mom Tattoo offered during one of the Limited Time $10,000 Home Page items, the Heart Tattoo from the Valentines Day Collection and the Temporary Tattoo boost.
Our very own Mike Nestor is a dedicated Mafia Wars player and he loves his family Murder Incorporated Gangster [MIG]. So much so that he turned pixels into reality and got himself a Mafia Wars tattoo! The tattoo is located on the inside of his left arm and he said it didn't hurt. Mike was dared by Janna Gucci to get a Mafia Wars tattoo during the Player Advisory Committee meeting in San Francisco. She never thought he would actually do it.
I asked Mike why he didn't include the PAC logo in his tattoo. He said he didn't want anybody to make fun of or ignore it.

Article written by Jennifer Patterson, Creator of the MW Loot Lady Blog, The Mafia Wars Loot Lady Facebook Fan Page and Co-Host of The Informant Podcast.
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More on Empires & Allies

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In the post below I told you about the new Zynga game called Empire & Allies which will launch tomorrow. Since then, The  Empire & Allies Fan Page was created and it contains some more information.
Here is a look at the "Combat System". It sort of looks cool.
I was almost sold until I saw the video. I don't know, it looks kind of cheesy to me. I can spot at least 10 spamming opportunities. I didn't care for CityVille so I don't think I will like this either.


Article written by Jennifer Patterson, Creator of the MW Loot Lady Blog, The Mafia Wars Loot Lady Facebook Fan Page and Co-Host of The Informant Podcast.
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New Zynga PvP Game

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This is hot off the press. The Zynga Press Room Page just announced a new game called Empires & Allies. Could this be the end of Mafia Wars? Will players who are fed up start playing Empires & Allies instead? I'm going to try it out. It will be available to everyone on June 1st. That's tomorrow. If Zynga would let us transfer any progress in Mafia Wars, I would definitely make make the switch.
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Mission Blooper

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The new Mission hasn't only been out a short while. I didn't take long for players to notice a mistake. If you look on your Mission Module, it says the the Grand Prize has stats of 85/143. Now go to your inventory and look up the Ratite Dragster. You will find the actual stats are 40/149. They got it right on the Mission Rewards page as well.

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Crossing The Line Mission Walk Through

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Crossing The Line starts out in Bangkok and takes you to New York and Italy. Overall it's not that bad and most should be able to complete it in the 9+ days still left. Find the Mission on your Mission Bar or your Home Page Current Events Module.
 Part 1
Overseer
Getting support from your mafia in Mission is a pain in the ass. It takes forever. Use the Mission Crew Link bookmarklet by Team Spockholm to generate a link you can post in your news feeds. You only need 5 so it shouldn't be a problem.
Looting 12 Hung Chu Enforcers was a little more difficult. The drop in Episode 3 of Bangkok while doing the job "Hire An Unsavory Crew". The job costs 72 energy if you have fully mastered the Pirate Episode but the drop rate could be better. It took me about 7,000 energy to loot them all.
If you're curious like I was, the Hung Chu Enforcer was a Bangkok Crate item offered in the Marketplace about a year and a half ago. The stats suck but you can still buy them for 2 Reward Points each.
The loot reward for completing Part 1 is 3 Protective Shirts. They really should add a decline option for loot rewards that suck.
Part 2
The Mark
There isn't much to do in Part 2. Go to Episode 2 of Bangkok and do the job "Receive a Kickback From The Buyer" 10 times. You will spend 1,000 energy if it's fully mastered.
Now loot 12 from fighting in Bangkok and you're done. There are no loot rewards.
Part 3
The Fast Lane
You need to rob 8 Chop Shops. You can do so from the robbing board or rob an individual from their profile. I laughed when I read "Rob 8 Chop Shops In New York". I wasn't aware that there were Chop Shops in other destinations.
Fight 16 opponents in New York and collect on your own Chop Shop two times. There is a 18 hour timer on collection intervals so plan accordingly.
The loot rewards are more of the same. The stats are mediocre and won't help many players. You get two Car Cutters and two Red Scorpions.
Part 4
Encore
Rob 8 Auto Boutiques. Again you can do it from the robbing board or an individual robbing page. You do need to win for it to count.
Go to Region 3 of Italy and do the job "Smuggle Goods Through A Fishery 20 times. If you fully mastered this job it will cost 72 energy for a total of 1,440 energy to complete the task.
Collect from your own Auto Boutique 2 times and you are done with Part 4. The Auto Boutique has a 18 hour collection timer. There are no loot rewards.
Part 5
Indulgence
Ask your mafia to send you 6 Satchels by clicking on the "Ask Now" button from the Mission.
 If your mafia isn't responsive the first time around, you can ask again in 2 hours.
Go to Region 3 in Italy and so the job "Buy Out A Costume Shop" 15 times. It will cost 64 energy if you fully mastered it for a total of 960 energy. You can see below that somehow my job was reset. I hadn't completed the Fight or Social Paths so that's not why. I'm not complaining, I mastered the job again and got a skill point.
Buy one item from your post and you are done. There is a 23 hour timer between Port purchasing intervals so make sure you don't collect on it if you are close to getting to Part 5.
Finally a loot item that should help more players. You are rewarded with 4 Crystallines. They don't help me but the stats are much better than the previous parts.
Part 6
Small Fry
Ice 6 opponents in New York is easy. It looks like the fight list has calmed down and ices are easier to get now. Robbing 8 Mega Casinos was a little bit harder. Players are usually good about collecting them and they don't show up on the robbing board as frequently as the other properties. You can rob an individual robbing page and I used less stamina doing that.
Go to the Capo Tier in New York and do the job "Steak an Air Freight Delivery" until you loot 15 Metal Containers. The job only costs 28 energy and the drop rate isn't that bad so you shouldn't need to spend much energy to complete this task.
Declare war one time and you are done.
The loot digresses in stats from the previous part but the stats are still pretty good. You get 2 Steel Plate Jackets and 5 Chimney Sweeps.
 
Part 7
Pity Party
Clear 2 robbing board in any destination. You don't have to win them all, just clear them.
Go to the New York fightlist and locate the 10 Armed Guards. Each one cost 8 stamina to attack.
Go to the Hitman Tier in New York and do the job "Disrupt Rival Smuggling Ring" 16 times. The job only costs 13 energy so you will only need to spend 208 energy (even less if you get a Wheelman bonus).
Finally, collect from your Dockyard 3 times. Your Dockyard can be collected on every 8 hours.
When you are finished with all the objective, you get the Grand Prize which is a Ratite Dragster. 

Article written by Jennifer Patterson, Creator of the MW Loot Lady Blog, The Mafia Wars Loot Lady Facebook Fan Page and Co-Host of The Informant Podcast.
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