October 26, 2009

Mafia Wars Bugs; Strategy Guide

Couple of weird things that have been happening to me over the past few days:

A lot of my progress on tiers has been "erased", or so it would appear in the user interface. For a few tiers I had mastered completely in Cuba all of my level 3 mastery is gone. However, when I try to do those jobs, I can not get any new mastery. The only gameplay issue I get from this is that in the achievements section is says I am 3/6 for "Next!" when I have finished it before.

The more annoying thing though is that when I "Get Help" in Moscow, my "help" is not counting. I had 10 people help me on the first time through the Episode 6.

This is the second day in a row this has happened to me on this same job. So, twenty people have helped me on it so far and I have only gotten 42% experience. Pretty annoying

EDIT:

I think I figured it out. If you call for help for the Moscow job, you can NOT click the "home" link. For some reason this force ends the period for which you can get credit. People can still help you on the job (up to 10), but you can no longer get mastery %.

Personally, I have been clicking "get help" then hitting the "home" button so I can see my news feed, see when my energy pack was up, so on and so forth, which is why this has been happening to me consistently I think.

I noticed that once after I got help, I waited in Moscow until 1 person helped me, then clicked "Home" and I got a message saying "Congratulations, your mafia was eager to help you" and the picture pop-up flashed up and only had one friend on it.

I only got 6 XP and a little bit of money (just as if only one friend helped me), even though the job had only been open 60 seconds. I got 21% mastery on the job as well from doing that. Despite this, 10 friends were able to help me, but no extra mastery or xp or money was given.

I think that what happens is if you click "home" right after you call for help (as I had been doing), not only can your friends no longer contribute to your job mastery, but also the job request ends and no window pops up because no one has responded yet. I typically click "home" right after I call for help so this fits the scenario perfectly.

I think the only thing you can do now is to wait for the developers to fix it, and in the mean time, after you call for help, go away from the keyboard for 15 minutes while staying at the same screen.
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30 comments:

  1. Yes the whole cuban thing happened to me as well, only on the 3rd chapter in moscow though so not sure.

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  2. I have not experienced the Cuba bug.

    I'm not sure about the Moscow jobs. I've definitely experienced some weirdness with getting help, but it might be because parts of how it works are not clearly documented, so I'm not sure if I've encountered a bug or just a confusing element.

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  3. I've experieced it before. Solution, you need to stay in moscow while the person helped you. e.g. you go to cuba/NY to do jobs, someone helps you, it shows the person helped but does not count towards mastery.

    A positive bug currently is that for boss help, as long as someone helps you, you can go to the home screen and collect and then post it again, no delay.

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  4. Yes happened to me too in Soldier tier and Cuba. Now I can´t finish the tier and get the mastery reward.In Moscow I´m not sure.

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  5. My El Capitan tier is bugged. No % progress is noted when I do the jobs. I was on Level three and it stays at 0% even when I do a job there. However on my profile page, I can choose to have the title, El Capital Principal, which means that I have completed it.
    Also the Guerilla Commando is not available in my inventory.

    Also at the same time this thing happened, I had my Fights page open in the other tab. When I checked the tab after clicking the button a few times, I saw that suddenly my best offensive weapon had become the Boss Karpov's pistol, when I am still on the First Chapter of the second episode.

    Well I guess the second part was a good thing, but still there are many bugs.

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  6. Definitely had the no progress bug. Also had bugs where I would click on the buttom for help on a job in Moscow and then I would not be given the option to post it to my wall or it would simply not post even if I told it to. Needless to say, no one helped. Have had the erased progress issue on a completed tier, but it is in NY, not in Cuba, oddly.

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  7. Moscow bug with not getting credit for job assists has been happening to me since the start of Moscow. Zygna won't do anything to fix it (at least they would not for me).

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  9. Cuba bug happened to me . . not in Cuba though, but in NY . . the 100% mastery disappeared, but when you try to click it . . it goes Job tier Mastered. . sigh*

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  10. yea..i contacted zynga about this..says they're currently trying to fix this problem. About your mastery issue in relation with the job help, in order for the mastery to get registered is to stay in moscow. If you get the note "so and so helped you in the job blah blah and you gained 10% job mastery" anywhere else besides moscow, the mastery won't register.I sorta noticed this, i hoped this helps or maybe iam wrong but something worth checking out.

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  11. I even finished all the Cuba and NY tiers AND I still haven't gotten the "Next" achievement even though it says 6/6.
    Also thanks a lot for the info on the moscow progress bar bit; I've actually had to power through the three masteries of ep 1&2, 2 masteries of 3, and one of 4 and 5 through energy packs and my own energy. Now I may actually be able to survive this...

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  12. Yeah, the Moscow bug only comes up if you aren't in Moscow when someone helps you do the job. I've got the bug right from the beginning, and when I searched the forums for an explanation, I found a few more people that had the problem, although I don't think that most people have this problem. It was posted in the bug thread though, by a few people, so most likely Zynga knows about it.

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  13. i had the same problem in the el capitan tier in cuba

    level 3 mastered all the jobs and then it shows that none of the jobs are completed

    if i now do the job, it says job complete, but the progress bar shows 0%

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  14. I also noticed that you lose more of your health with fighting. While in the past I could easily go around 15 attacks (or even 20+) with health max till below 20 (max health 127), now I can barely make it to 12 attacks if I'm lucky... Means I have to heal more in the hospital... Kinda sucks, anyone notices this too?

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  15. I dunno.

    The "Get Help" bug finally hit me when it mattered. Got a couple of friends to beat a boss for me, and not only do I NOT get to move on to Level 2 mastery, but apparently, I can't even get what's supposed to be the "Your friends helped you out" pop-up on the homepage.

    Instead, I get the standard Facebook error pop-up, but with absolutely nothing inside. No text, no buttons, nothing. And I can't get it off as long as I open up the Home page in Moscow (which I do nowadays, since I'm already done with NY and Cuba).

    Oh, Zynga... why, oh why...

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  16. mastered El Jefe. where's my avispa? i get ex-KGB bodyguard instead. not bad, eh?

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  17. i somehow got 2 barsuk suvs...not bad too eh?

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  18. Okay, I well over 24 hours since the last time I "asked for help" in Moscow, and I keep getting the "You must wait 24 hours..." message. I really don't want to do the low energy job 100 times to move forward - and I'm blocked on both the low energy job and boss fights. Even if I move forward, I can't ask for help to defeat the boss at the end. Anyone else get stuck in Moscow?

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  19. "Okay, I well over 24 hours since the last time I "asked for help" in Moscow, and I keep getting the "You must wait 24 hours..." message."

    Yup. For a day or so last week, you could ask for help EVERY time you reopened your Moscow Home and collected your money/exp for the last "help request". (That turned out to be helpful in building up some rubles!) Then, day before yesterday(?), it went to every *12* hours. Now it seems I can't ask for help at all.


    "yea..i contacted zynga about this..says they're currently trying to fix this problem."

    That's all they EVER say.

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  20. I am having the ask for help problem too. It's been 3 days since it last worked for me.
    Has anyone found a workaround/solution? I contacted zygna, and they have been no help at all

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  21. I had the "Next" achievement issue, however I see 6/6 on the indicator. I contacted the Zynga support and they reply was to upgrade my flash player and delete the cookies and at last try it in Explorer. Completely useless. I still have the issue and I'm missing 1 skill point (per round). Zynga Support NOT rulez :(

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  22. I have the same problem with El Capitano. Does anyone help us?

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  23. i contacted ZYNGA, and they told me , they are well aware of the problem, and working hard to fix it. It was 2 days ago when i received their last letter...

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  24. el capitan(cuba) is totally bugged and i know why. if somehow you get to moscow and get the mastery item like the karpov's pistol or SUV without even finishing episode 1, they will compensate it buy not giving you the cuba mastery item if you havn't finish cuba yet.if you get 2 SUVs now.no roadster for you, 2 karpov's no commando, you'll get 2 ex-kgb no avispa.you are lucky but not that lucky!

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  25. The problem with being unable to get help has been fixed I heard. But I still have the problem with all my Level 1 jobs in NY showing zero complete and doing the job does increase the complete percentage. Hope they fix it. I'm almost there on completing all the New York jobs otherwise.

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  26. well i completed the NY tier and actually, Associate Tier was showing that it is not finished(however i did all jobs there) and happily i received "what's next" achievement, so just complete NY tier, and there won't be any problem getting the achievement, despite the bug.

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  27. I am unable to finish El Jefe Level 3. No matter how many times I do a job, it doesn't register as % complete. I contacted Zygna a month ago and they siad it was something they were aware of, but haven't been able to master Cuba until it's fixed. Anyone else having this issue?

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  28. Even I have the same isse with the El Jefe tier. Any fix?

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  29. The Moscow "Get Help" bug is not fixed yet.

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  30. My profile status is stuck on El Capitan. I can drop down the box and select El Patron Experto, which I am, but it goes right back to El Capitan. I am losing fights because I am "outclassed" when really I am not. Any help or fix?

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