November 10, 2009

Mafia Wars Moscow Re-tuned; Strategy Guide

And by re-tuned, I mean nerfed.

Update:

Yes, bribe penalty is completely gone - confirmed; jobs are paying out 100% now regardless of the items you own.

Here is a picture of the new business payout as well (click for full size):



Businesses now pay out around $70,000,000 a day. This is about 3.5x as much as before, which makes it a big buff. But, considering you need 6,000,000,000 rubles to get through Moscow and upgrade your businesses. At this amount, it would still take your businesses over 2 months to produce that.

Also, I noticed on a lower level account that I can buy the Trafficking Operation despite only being on Episode 4. Not sure if this is intended as I have not seen it mentioned anywhere officially.

So, even with this unprecedented boost, I wouldn't be surprised if we see a second Moscow nerf within a month if they want to stick to the plan; the plan being Mafia Wars Bangkok coming out around the holidays. Even with this business upgrade, I'm betting the majority of the 6,000,000 daily Mafia Wars players will not be done by Christmas.
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32 comments:

  1. i have two accounts, the higher one has all moscow business open now. but the other one, still can't access all business.

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  2. Same here, though I have only one account, but I could unlock the last business too. Occassionally, it flashes something like R$18,000 as the payment but most of the time R$6000.

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  3. All my moscow businesses were open few minutes ago, and paying at 3 x the rate, but when I went back to buy the Trafficking operation it was locked again, and all the payouts were back to normal

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  4. wow. it's a good thing i immediately bought the trafficking operation when it was opened. i opened it for around 20M, i forgot how much exactly.. i'm waiting for the removal of the bribe penalty to be implemented before i do moscow jobs today

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  5. i bought an experimental crate & got an exoskeleton but now the exoskeleton is gone!!! :(

    p.s. - the exoskeleton is a rare item.

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  6. the news is back on. i just bought the last business, i can sell 100 containers of vodka for R945,000.

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  7. yea! its back on, i and got back my exoskeleton ( ATK 18/DEF 43 )

    I hope its permanent now!

    i i got my bussiness back too! :D

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  8. Has anyone been able to do any jobs w/o the bribe penalty?

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  9. I can confirm that the bribe penalty is gone. At least on my account

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  10. Feature Updates/Release Notes
    Tuesday November 10th 2009
    Moscow Re-Tuned! We've taken your suggestions into consideration and have made it easier to progress in Moscow. All Moscow businesses have been unlocked and their values increased. Also, Moscow bribe penalties have been removed

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  11. Is it me, or is it taking more experience points to reach a new level? I can usually use my energy pack to complete an entire level, but today I am really short. By 2,600+ experience points.

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  12. why is getting more money a nerf? it should be a buff right? it previously too 6,000,000,000 rubles to get through Moscow also what.

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  13. I'll have a better idea once I finish Moscow (I'm on level 3 of episode 3), but it feels like they went too far here. I like that it was challenging, and that you had to plan carefully how you played the city.

    To a certain extent, I thought they went too far with the bribes, but to remove them entirely and to make the businesses easier to open... well, it feels almost too -easy-.

    I liked the challenge. And I liked that I probably wouldn't be done by the time Bangkok opens. Now, I really don't know.

    I honestly wish they'd take more time beta-testing and figure these thigns out ahead of time. I won't spend money on GF points, but there are people who are legitimately upset about having done so to get the money they need.

    every time I think of Zynga, I remember Paula Abdul's "two steps forward, two steps back" song. They really lack any sense of consistency. At least, they do to me.

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  14. Yeah, I too think they went too far with this. I guess the pendulum swings both ways though.

    The bribes were rediculous before, and the last business should have opened up Episode 5 instead of 6. But otherwise those were the only real problems. If they would have reduced the bribes by about 50%, moved the last business back an episode, and left everything else as it was, that would have been pretty balanced. A challenge without being annoying or uncompletable in a reasonable amount of time.

    But just opening everything up eliminates the challenge. Also, I've been hoarding all my free godfather points, and for the first time spent some a week or so ago -- on R$. I like that there was actually an aspect of the game that compelled me to use godfather points (and if I hadn't been hoarding them I might even have been compelled to spend real money to buy some). But this change makes the 30 godfather points I spent on R$ a complete waste, since R$ are worth so much less now. Good thing I still have 300-some godfather points hoarded up for the next rainy day.

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  15. You can always use the points for skill upgrades!
    I think they HAD to fix Moscow. it will still take plenty long for most players to finish it.
    Remember they recently added negative things too to help conteract. the Cuba loot is now half as often. For fights, I notice you also never get Russian Loot. Why is that?

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  16. Now you can get 50 million rubles with this link posted on fb. Ridiculous.

    Mafia Wars: Its Raining Rubles! Moscow Jobs and businesses now pay more. To get the party started we are giving away Rubles! Click here to make it rain: http://apps.facebook.com/inthemafia/track.php?next_controller=index&next_action=moscowrainingrubles&zy_track=newsfeed&ztrack_category=moscow&ztrack_subcategory=raining_rubles_event&&next_params=%7B%22skip_interstitial%22%3A%221%22%7D

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  17. the amount you get is variable. not sure if it's based on level or what. i've seen as little as 10M, and I got 60M on my energy acct

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  18. http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fapps.facebook.com%2Finthemafia%2Ftrack.php%3Fnext_controller%3Dindex%26next_action%3Dmoscowrainingrubles%26zy_track%3Dnewsfeed%26ztrack_category%3Dmoscow%26ztrack_subcategory%3Draining_rubles_event%26%26next_params%3D%257B%2522skip_interstitial%2522%253A%25221%2522%257D&h=fa2cc5837dff58f8ee944b33df6cb87d

    link to get some free rubles

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  19. Mastered Vor today and didn't get a ZPR Pullemut, nor did I get the Matyoryj Vor title.

    Also *just* sold off most of my goods yesterday to help pay for the Pakhan items, because my bribe penalty was maxed out at 80%. Now that's all for squat, since I'll make enough each day from jobs/businesses to pay for the expensive items.

    Way to go, Zynga. Any chance you'll be refunding me all those Godfather points I spent on rubles?

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  20. The amount you get from the free rubies is dependent on how many chapters you have unlocked (ie. all 6 gives you 60 mil and only 1 gives you 10mil)

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  21. "Tuesday November 10th 2009
    Moscow Re-Tuned! We've taken your suggestions into consideration and have made it easier to progress in Moscow. All Moscow businesses have been unlocked and their values increased. Also, Moscow bribe penalties have been removed!" --- From Mafia Wars Main Page.

    Says ALL MOSCOW BUSINESSES HAVE BEEN UNLOCKED! so you don't need to make it to certain episodes anymore.

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  22. I mastered a Vor all 3 levels today and not received ZPR Pullemut and didnt get Matyoryj Vor tittle.... boss fight BUTTON IS LOCKED, can't Battle Sonya "The Wolf" Bassinov

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  23. I, too, mastered Vor all 3 levels today, but I didn't receive ZPR or the Matyoryj Vor title. The boss fight button is locked for "Battle Sonya "The Wolf" Bassinov." Anyone know what's going on?

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  24. I'm getting the same as the two posts above: mastered Vor a couple days ago but Sonya is still locked.

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  25. Ive mastered all vor levels and Battle sonya "The Wolf" bassinov still unlocked

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  26. Note that bribe penalty is back for Mafia Wars Beta, so if you care about Rubles, you want to make sure you're using the normal version and not the Beta one.

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  27. Whats going on with boss fights really? in Moscow

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  28. Umm.. my bad... kindda... just found i got my rewards for finishing lvls 4 and 5... but no boss fight?? still weird

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  29. Sonya is locked for me too. For two days. Zynga hasn't yet responded and I'm so freaking frustrated!!! Have you figured out a fix for this yet???

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  30. Locked Button for Boss Fight Solution!!!! from Zynga Community Forums: http://forums.zynga.com/showthread.php?t=265175

    Be sure to do some reading since some of the links have been updated.

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  31. What the Fuck!
    It is the same with me...
    I cant finish the Job "Battle Sonya Bassinov" !!!
    This bug is there since about two weeks or more....
    What can we do... i wanna finish Moscow! I finishes NY, Cube and now i wanna finish Moscow!!!
    Did you all wrote to the Mafia Wars / Zynga support????
    Lets do that today and the next days, that they fix that bug!

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  32. well im reading the posts about being locked out, well it's February 24, all my boss fights sre fuckin locked, and im on episode 6, so im a lil pissed off that this shit isnt fixed yet, All links to try to help open up have not worked, at this rate will it ever damn open up,

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