April 25, 2010

Challenge Mission Paris Chapter 1

Challenge Mission: Paris Chapter 1 is now live! Players can go to Paris via the travel tab and participate in the first of three chapters. Chapter 2 will come out in a week, so you only have 7 days to finish chapter 1 unless you want to end up behind.

As you do jobs, the first thing you will notice is the heat meter:



The heat meter basically makes it very painful to power through the content. When it says "the tougher the job is to complete" it means it requires more energy and more importantly, more Parisian maps. Notice the difference in map cost when I have some heat built up:

After 8 hours passes, the heat meter will reset. It resets all at once; it does not go down over time. It only takes doing 3 jobs to make the heat meter go up. Once the heat meter is in the yellow, jobs cost an extra Parisian map. Once it is towards the higher end, jobs cost an extra 2 Parisian maps.

There are three jobs to complete in Chapter 1:

Enter Paris (requires 9 Parisian maps if you do it at minimal heat - 12% mastery each time you do the job).
Track Down Your Fixer (requires 17 Parisian maps if you do it at minimal heat - 6% mastery).
Gather The Materials

Comparatively, if you work through it in one sitting, it requires about 200 maps.

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So far, it looks like chapter 1 will be pretty easy, as long as you can log on often. If you are able to log on twice a day, 8 hours apart, even if its only for a couple minutes, you will be spending far less time worrying about maps and finishing the content in time. If you want to sit there and work through all the jobs in a day or two, its going to be expensive.

Even if you finish Chapter 1 early, just remember that the developers have said each chapter is harder than the previous episode (just like every city). Just know that by "harder" they mean "will need more Parisian maps". Don't stop stocking up on these even if you blow through Chapter 1.

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Since some of you have been asking about how to get maps: maps drop from fighting, doing jobs, and grid clears in robbing. Grid clears cost a lot of stamina, so this is not an efficient way to get maps.

Do the cheapest job you can afford that still drops random loot items (associate tier jobs in New York for example) in order to rack up a bunch of maps. Also spend your stamina on fighting, as this only costs 1 stamina per fight; each win in a fight can be thought of as a chance to get a map.

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37 comments:

  1. That Heat Meter Thing Really Sucks... Zynga got nice brains at work.. :P

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  2. are there 2 levels of mastery with these jobs ??

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  3. are there 3 levels of mastery with these paris jobs ??

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  4. no its only one lvl, u can complete 1st job in 24hrs if u do it 3 times and wait 4 the french authorities 2 cool down 8 hrs since its 12percent mastery ,.,.,.,

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  5. the second job is 6percent mastery

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  6. what happens if you go heat metter to 100%?
    any penalty?

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  7. oops didn't notice the heat meter...wasted some maps :(

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  8. No you can keep doing jobs at 100% heat meter with no penalty.

    The cost in terms of maps at the three different heat levels is 1, 2 and 3 for the first 2 jobs and 2, 3, and 4 for the third job.

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  9. I can't get to paris. I also don't seem to have maps dropping either. Am I on some sort of glitch?

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  10. It says if you "lay low for a few hours, the heat meter will cool down"...Is this the 8 hours? or does it slowly cool down some but will fully reset at 8 hours?

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  11. @Anon 9:55am You must wait 8 hours. However, just don't waste your map. It's important.

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  12. I cannot get to Paris either though it says my crew is ready and I click the button that says start mission. I have more than 200 maps in my inventory. I emailed Zynga but haven't heard back.

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  13. 20 bucks says that before the end of the week Zynga has added a button where you can pay GF points to reduce your heat meter.

    Very uncharacteristic of them not to have something in place to milk new content for money.

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  14. hey laura, how did you managed to get so many maps? where? i've been trying but at most i get is 20..

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  15. Alternatively they could sell you Paris Maps for GF pts.

    Seriously, it only takes 3 hits to get the meter up? Lame :( I wish there was strategy to it, like if I didn't do 3 in a row (maybe wait 2 hrs between) it would cooldown faster. They've set it up so that if you DON'T get the meter into the orange that you are just wasting time (each time you do a job it resets the meter reset time to 8 hrs).

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  16. An off-topic question but I didn't know where else to post it:

    Is there any value to having more than 501 mafia members? Does the strength of your mafia members have any impact one way or another on the game?

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  17. extra mafia members past 501 = more people to send you gifts and help out on jobs.

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  18. Alternatively they could sell you Paris Maps for GF pts. << and they do... 14 maps for 10 GF

    I thought that today was the day animals would be a class of its own, but it isnt - anyone have a clue when they will?

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  19. Enter Paris - 12% Job Mastery each time.
    Track Down Your Fixer - ?
    Gather The Materials - ?

    Any idea guys?

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  20. Note that the Heat Meter resets to 8 hours every time you do a job. i.e. do the three jobs and then leave it alone for 8 hours. Don't come back and do any jobs that cost more than 1 map.

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  21. Track Down Your Fixer is 6% Job Mastery, for the third job don't know....yet :-)

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  22. So...
    I harvested about 50 maps this morning in New York (while getting about 50 Ligers(!) at the same time).

    After work, I went into Paris and I only had 28 maps. The Ligers were still there. Sigh.

    Also, they've all but ruined robbing. The att/def values make no sense anymore. I keep a spreadsheet that perfectly calculated my equipment score, but it's been out of whack for a while and getting moreso with time. I have mostly 45+ and 50+ values in all slots, yet I just went 2 for 8 on "Easy" robbing jobs where my equipment blew away my opponent (I checked).

    I also lost a fight against someone who - despite having a smaller mafia and much inferior equipment - somehow showed a "defensive" equipment score about 25% higher than mine.

    If all the effort to get better equipment doesn't matter, why bother doing it? I hope someone at Zynga is listening. If you just want to make everything a 50/50 battle, then just do it.

    I figure the sudden drop in robbing ability has more to do with Zynga trying to get people to buy "Call for Backup"s.

    Sigh.

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  23. I totally agree with the conclusion of "Annonymous" who posted at 6:30 pm -- Zygna apparently changed the Random Number Generator with the weekend update. The variables are now so large that they render your attack and equipment stats totally meaningless.

    I have been an "energy" player since I opened my account last Fall. I had "rackets" until Zygna recently put everyone on the property system. At that time I began focusing on building attack stat points & attack equipment and using the chop shop & weapons depot to build stamina. I thought it would be well worthwhile for the experience from robbing. But now it looks like its time for me to rethink my strategy. Why bother if its all so random anyway?

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  24. Does anyone know if the Paris Fixer is stackable? You could collect quite a few in a week's time if is!

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  25. Robbing is now available for bangkok, cuba, and moscow!!!

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  26. Do you get diamonds for robbing in other cities than NY?

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  27. I would hope so, it would be stupid if you didn't.

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  28. I have completed the second job of paris chp1 havent done the third job but i am guessing it to be 3percent mastery i may be able to complete it towmorro thanks to new york i harvested about 70 maps from my energy account but its a shame it cant be sent to other accounts,by the way Robbing in bangkok, cuba and moscow is so lame i was happy that i would be able to make some Thai Baht out of robbing the Tourist Guide Scam and the Gambling Den same situation for the other cities,but its cool adding Robbery to all cities,,,..,,!

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  29. You earned a bonus Pair of The Idol's Eye Diamond
    Your record on this board was 6-3.

    loooool robbing now is so stupid, I wonder if "casino only" wasn't the best stage...

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  30. For the Third Job it's 4 % Mastery ;)

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  31. robbing went live in all cities!

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  32. whats a good reliable trading post on facebook anyone know?

    I have a great star of Africa Diamond for trade, and i'm looking to trade it for another diamond.

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  33. robbing is now live in bangkok

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  34. @ April 27, 2010 11:19 AM
    well on the good trading sites an africa diamond is worth almost nothing. You have to have 3 à 4 africa diamonds for 1 diamond. It's because there was a glitch with africa diamonds.

    Btw Search for lotto trusted on facebook ;-)

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  35. Update: Looks like they've used the Paris hype to slyly roll out robbing internationally. All cities (except Paris obviously) have robbing along with fighting.

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  36. Paris Sucks!!! I already spent 50 points on extra maps and now it's official I won't make it when it ends later today. Was the only way to finish this to actually be on twice a day for the full 3 weeks? I'm always on min once a day and the last week two days and I'm 50% done with chapter 3, job 3

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  37. Mafia Wars was offline last night for over 2 hours as well. And, I bet zanga won't extend the deadline for Paris completion.

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