February 21, 2010

Mystery Bag Poll; Strategy

I have a question for everyone about the mystery bags in Mafia Wars. Personally, I opened over 100 bags today and noticed that I got the "good" stuff (the +5 skill points and +1 godfather point) within my first 5 bags. After that, over the course of the next 95 bags, I got nothing but junk - weak boosts and collection items.

I'm under the impression that after the nerf (when +10 skill points was changed to +5 skill points and 5x wishlist items was changed to 1x wishlist items), that players are only able to get the +skill points and +godfather points reward once every 12 or 24 hours.

Has anyone else had this experience? If this works out to be the case, I know I won't be wasting my time opening any mystery gift bags after I've received my daily skill points and godfather points.
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43 comments:

  1. yeah today i opened about 70 bags and like you only got the 1 gf point, 5 skill points and 1 item off wish list once! maybe 3 mystery bag collection items and the rest were really poor boosts and loot items why do theyhave to nerf everything

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  2. I Know this may sound dumb but what does nerf mean

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  3. nerf means to basically take something in the game that works out for the player's best interest(or in their favor) and to change it so that it no longer benefits the player as much. Classic nerf would be the changing of the bank heist to not give as much xp/energy

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  4. Yeah man Mystery Bags have been eminently forgettable from day 2! I sqeezed in 89 Lloyd's Spectres on Day 1 and 9 Huey's after which it has been pretty much downhill !

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  5. opened up 40 bags today and got a GF point, no skill points and 8 bags got loot on wishlist, and 3 chinese newyear collection

    I've read somewhere that it makes a difference from which town u send your mystery bags (bangkok and russia should have best items) but not sure if that's true

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  6. that's a rumour FFfreak, give no credence to it. Meanwhile it might be a good idea to open only 5 Mystery Bags per day and back up the others for the next day and so on.

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  7. Yeah, I noticed the same thing here. The first day was great. Got some good things the second day and one or two that were alright since then. The Bangkok & Moscow thing is a myth. I sent things to my alt player and got NY items.

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  8. I have opened nearly 200 bags and only seem to get the points once a day

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  9. Open 20 bag, got 5 skill point and wishlist item 4 times in a row, after that junk item that I received.

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  10. I only got the godfather points and skill points once on the first day, and after that just trash, with barely any of the collection items too. Not even a Huey...I haven't opened many though. Is the Huey still obtainable through the mystery bags?

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  11. I get 3 items on my wishlist (1x off different people) .. 1 G/F ... 5 skill... a heap of crap then two 'rare' items.. ie birdcage or lizard... to be honest with 200+ requests Im deleting heaps...I just cant keep up to requests.... oh and no Hueys...

    dont mean to be anonymous just not sighing into google.... my name is Abz

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  12. I am lazy too, but I seem to be getting pretty decent items. I keep "high end" items on my wishlist and i open several of those a day. Once I got 5 items off my wishlist, which just happened to be tantos (43/28). My mafia seems more into the respect thing, so unfortunatly, i don't get a bunch of the bags.

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  13. i got a 10% discount on reward point purchases i don't know if it's permanent, one-time or in a designated time period

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  14. hi.. anyone got an extra cricket cage? willing to trade four toed dragon for it. add me up Dan Magabulo pls indicate cricket cage on the subj. thanks!

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  15. i haven't opened as many bags as some of you guys, but i have not gotten a single thing worth while. its totally worthless to me.

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  16. i seem to have completely stopped getting useful items.

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  17. Howdy,

    I know this is off-topic (my apologies); but sometimes on this blog you mention the trade value of something. How do you trade? What is the best method? I have looked at all of the links on the right and haven't found a section on trading (possible addition?)

    I am looking to complete the lotto and laundering set.

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  18. You can trade on the official zynga forums.. do so at your own risk - make sure you don't get ripped off lol.

    Right now my priority for extra content is going towards updating the Compendium for Bangkok. Once that is done, I am thinking about adding an "index" - a way to easily identify how much an item is worth so that you know which end of the stick you are getting.

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  19. MWG: you do great work here, and it's thoroughly appreciated. Bnagkok makes sense, but a valuation guide would be immensely valuable to so many people, but then again valuation is arbitrary.

    Adam: there are several forums and groups for trading depending on what you play mafia wars on. But there are scammers out there so its important to find trusted traders. The Laundering collection is relatively easy to get just takes time, helped alot in bangkok sicne people still have low funds. Daily Chance collection is alot harder, and takes trading or just outright buying, or having a leprachaun in your arse.

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  20. MWG and Lex: Thanks for the info, i will just hope to get lucky and wait until Zynga puts some kind of trading system in place that of course charges you GF points

    For the actual post, i have opened probably 20 to 30 mystery bags and have received mostly NY related collection items (got a diamond ring last time WOOOOT!)

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  21. I've only got a few Bags since they've been out, but early on I got 3 GF Points in a row but I'm not entirely sure when the nerf happened.

    Also, I haven't seen an update about this yet, although someone may have mentioned it: In Cuba, paying off 10 corrupt politicians now costs 20 GF Points instead of the 500,000 Pesos it use to.

    ~ Kronar

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  22. Maybe my profile is special, but I open 50-60 mystery bags a day and I usually get 1 GF point, 5 skills and usually get 9-10 items off my WL (Lloyds, Red Coats and KCC/Blades.) I don't mind doing them when I am out of energy for the night.

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  23. Yep, the first few were very exciting--got 5 Moscow eggs once, 10 free skill points, a GF point. And now all I'm getting are stupid Tokens, Luquor Bottles, Wiretap Device... I've been done with NY ages ago! Worse, these items are ungiftable, so there is absolutely no value in them to someone playing other cities. Wish they'd stick consumables there instead--cell phones, photos of Karpov, drug shipments or pirates here and there...

    BTW, the gifting system has changed for me and many of my friends: those collection items that save you energy (the Rings, the Horses, the Matryoshkas, and the Eggs) are no longer giftable unless they're on the recepient's wishlist. For some reason that doesn't apply to Bangok Chess pieces. Was there ever an official announcement from MW they were going to do that and I missed it? :(

    -A Disgruntled Mafioso

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  24. Day 1 i got 4 different chinese NY collection, item from the wishlist, 5 skill points. Day 2 & 3 absolutely junk junk junk!

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  25. 24 hours after I made this post, I got my godfather point and 5 skill points within the next 5 or so gifts I opened.. and then it was back to collection items.


    IMO save all your mystery bags and open them slowly so that you can get +5 skill points and 1 free godfather point every day.

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  26. The untradability of cleaver/monk's robe is killing me!

    MWG, I saw you say in an earlier post that this was a known issue. Do you have information that Zynga is actively working on it? How hard could it be to fix it?

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  27. I have opened many and only got the goods on the first day, 1 wish list item (when I had nothing good on it, which was then switched to baccarate shoe)none since) a couple gf pt's and decent bangcock items, but that was it, it has all been trash for me since and am about to give up on those. The question is, is anyone getting anything good besides boosts and junk items after their first 5 to 10 recived bags???? open 5 every other 24 hours to recive the points is the best you can get after the in1tial 10 opened? Next time I'll wait to find out from others that I could have had the bacarate shoe rewarded from this type of situation/mytery bonus.

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  28. Off topic but when i click to buy an inventory item while in the job section i recieve 2 of the items while only paying for one

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  29. The first day, I got a GF point, and 10 carbon blades, then for the next several days, junk (cue balls, liquor, wiretaps, etc, just crap) not even any Chinese collectibles. Then today, I got 2 chinese collectibles, 5 skill points, and ITR. Maybe too many people complained about the "bait and switch" and they are becoming a little more generous with the loot.

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  30. And now they've changed it again so you can only store 5 gifts, not sure if the storage area is in MW or FB, any gifts after 5 are no longer usable.

    From NikkiKing @ 11:57 p.m. last night: Limit of 5 mystery bags, with older bags expiring when the limit is exceeded.

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  31. lol @ them limiting to 5 gifts after I suggested hoarding the bags.. i swear the devs troll this blog for things to nerf lol

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  32. If the devs troll this blog they need to fix the Bangkok "You cannot do jobs for the opposite gang!" bug. I submitted a ticket a week and a half ago, and I'm still stuck unable to get to the job that drops satellite phones - which I had finished on Yakuza, but now shows "Help Triad". (For Zynga: Question Reference #100214-008951)

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  33. I hope the developers do read this blog because they no absolutely nothing about game balance. I got some great stuff out of the mystery bags the first day, and the second day I got absolute garbage all day.

    The nerf was inevitable, but Zynga just has to have some foresight and realize that giving away 5 wishlist items at a time is going to be unbalancing. They never quite seem to learn that they need to stop doing things like this that they'll have to nerf later.

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  34. Just an update I think people will find useful. It seems they finally updated the items found in the safehouse. Nothing special. But today I got Frankenstein Poker Chips, and Stuffed Turkey. which leads me to believe they either added more uselessness, or a new set of uselessness.

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  35. You can now change your class for 15 Godfather points--what do you guys think about this development?

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  36. @ Mafia wars guide.
    3 new achievements have been added regarding NY properties

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  37. I've gotten 5 skill points once (that's not once per day, that ONCE since they started). The first couple days I got some New Years items but other than that all I've gotten is junk collection items and an occasional boost.

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  38. The last two days I've gotten nothing but junk from the mystery bags. This is after getting really good stuff and then limiting myself to 10 bags a day, saving a few up for the next day. I'm sick of getting ruby rings and tokens! The good stuff may now be completely randomized since waiting 24 hours doesn't seem to improve what comes in my mystery bags at all :(

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  39. another unreachable collection... like daily chance

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  40. I found something out over the past few days on 2 of my accounts. If you open just a few bags at a time (1-5) you will get crap. But if you open 10+ at the time there are good items in there. This way I got 6 items on my wishlist (one by one, not all at once), and 5 skill points twice. I don't know if it's just a coincidence or what.

    -Knuckles

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  41. I just got Dice from the mystery bag...
    I always change my wishlist before opening the bags... I think the bags are pretty cool thing...

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  42. I know the bags sometimes give out wishlist items.......i was wondering if this included daily chance items? May sound ridiculous, but you never know. I'm going to put three DC items on my wishlist and see what happens

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  43. Can somebody please sent me a cricket cage or a heart tatoo ? I'll give anything in exchange (loot, collection item...)

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