April 18, 2010

Charm 84 MH, King Snake, Ingred 9-9; New Free Gifts

There are three new free gifts available in game, the Charm 84 MH, the King Snake, and the Ingred 9-9.


Charm 84 MH (vehicle; 20 attack, 13 defense)
King Snake (weapon; 23 attack, 12 defense)
Ingred 9-9 (14 attack, 22 defense)

While normally I wouldn't post about this kind of update, I needed an excuse to posting the following picture:

Sup?

Who else is having fun robbing only casinos and tenements? Looks like this is one way to slow down the rate at which people find diamonds!


Update:

Looks like Mafia Wars decided to invade Cafe World!


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48 comments:

  1. " Looks like this is one way to slow down the rate at which people find diamonds!"

    Why, there is a way to get these diamonds?
    I only find 2 by myself, but trade to complete the collection

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  2. I am having same robbing slate of only tenements and casinos -- those were my last three boards, including one which was two tenements and seven casinos.

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  3. diamonds drop when you clear the board. since the board is 1/2 casinos, it costs a lot more stamina to clear the board, and hence find diamonds

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  4. i wonder why they would make it more difficult just for a collection that isn't that great or big a deal in the first place.

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  5. i ve noticed a hell lot more casinos now..i thought it was just me until i looked at this post

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  6. I doubt it's intentional lol. it was a joke referring to an old post I made when I said that the diamond collection will be rapidly decreasing in value!

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  7. maybe zynga read this guide also.lol

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  8. lol at slowing down people from finding diamonds, i've robbed probably more than 5,000 times now and cleared over 500 boards and still haven't found any. why would they slow down something that already is slow ... at least for me anyways

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  9. Even worse folks - they reduced the XP - a LOT!
    I used to get 85 XP for robbing a casino. Now it is only 55! A total NERF! That was the ONLY good reason to have only casinos and tenements.
    Not only do diamonds become nearly impossible but now you can't get car and weapon parts! That is the only way for most people to get enough to build top end stuff daily! This REALLY sucks - I guess it is back to fighting and not robbing.

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  10. Same problem here with the casinos. Also 75% through level 5 robbing and have yet to find a single diamond. Found about 6 sets of burglar tools though.

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  11. hmm.. i always got ~55 xp for robbing a casino... sometimes 56. never saw 85 lol.

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  12. That board looks good compared to the one I had that was all casinos!

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  13. Chalk me up as another getting the limited selection of properties on the robbing board... and for the record I'm about halfway through level 5 and have found two diamonds...

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  14. so where do ppl go to trade for collections? I have pieces from crew collections, easter, CNY, st. pats, valentines, and laundry. How much are they worth? I got no diamonds or lotto pieces so far.

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  15. Ive had a diamond drop on a board I didnt have 100% sucess on... but also haven't gotten any diamonds on ANY of the times Ive sucessfully cleared the boards

    who knows???!!!!

    to trade look up

    mafia wars trading zone reloaded - very good trading group

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  16. Survival Pack is another giftable item right now. It's an armor item.

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  17. Same here, ugh that sucks!

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  18. I've been getting the same on both my accounts. There is one unexpected bonus to this though. My ratio to xp with all these Mega Casinos has now shot up to about 3.3/stamina point. Having said that, it is taking me an age to get to lvl 10, I am still only about 40% through, so this has slowed me down.

    On the diamond front, they are still dropping, I now have sixteen, but still no flaming Hope Diamond!!!!

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  19. @bonners:

    I have a Hope. Message me on facebook.
    http://www.facebook.com/MayerLW

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  20. If I had to guess, I'd say this is to balance out everyone and their mother hitting the low stamina robberies (2-5). I think it must be disallowing properties that are damaged from being re-robbed. Could it be that all the non-players with properties don't repair them and that all properties pooled from everyone have now hit a critical concentration of only high stamina cost properties (that are undamaged)?

    Simply put, since nobody was attacking the casinos, they are the only properties that are left to rob.

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  21. I was hoping that this was only temporary and that they would fix it. They finished a scheduled maintenance earlier today, but did nothing to fix this issue(at least so it seems to me at the moment). >:(

    Anyway: great guide MWG, keep up the good work!

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  22. Great guide but not slowing me down ive over 200 diamonds.
    anyone fancy a trade for lotto or cash?
    john.hichens at hotmail.co.uk

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  23. The max exp by robbing casino is 62~63(level 10 grand master thief),lower level will get lower exp

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  24. Robbing level 5 and 43% to next lvl. I have no diamonds. FFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-

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  25. Great guide but not slowing me down ive over 200 diamonds.
    anyone fancy a trade for lotto or cash?
    john.hichens at hotmail.co.uk

    hehehehe.... Lier!! :P

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  26. Yea, your screenshots looks BETTER then me, mine is 90% casino, all HARD......

    Zynga is making the game not fun anymore.

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  27. I saw exactly the same thing just a bit earlier.

    I guess there must be a lot of high stamina accounts out there...I've only racked up 627 robbing wins so far and haven't seen a single diamond drop yet.

    I've been doing full board clears too, so I know I've got a chance.

    But yeah, the casino/tenement bullshit is really hampering my ability to get diamonds.

    The new robbing feature finally motivated me to build my mafia up to 501 and acquire full sets of attack loot. I'm doing pretty well now. 412 mafia and good loot for almost all of them. I still have a long ways to go on equipment, but I'm well off enough that I can win almost all my casino fights now....but I only have 154 stamina currently, so it makes things very difficult when I have 5 or 6 casinos on my board.

    I very rarely win a Tenement or Flophouse fight.

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  28. Now that I think about it this might be a sign that Zynga isn't that close to releasing the Las Vegas expansion.

    If the diamond collection is the only thing keeping some players interested and playing daily then making it harder to find will prolong their play time until Las Vegas is ready.

    I bet they're planning on a full flash overhaul for the jobs page to release with that city. Hence why we're seeing the test page on Street Thug.

    of course it may just be that Zynga is making some tweaks to their various formulas and it has resulted in a lot of casinos and flophouses hitting the robbing page as an unexpected result...it's not like they're well known for their quality assurance...I honestly don't think they even test code before releasing it.

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  29. "diamonds drop when you clear the board"

    the 4 diamons that I got, I didn't even clear the board...3 of diamonds, I got them even after failing roobing 3 proprieties of the board.

    Still, I think its really funny too know ppl (personally) that have less than 200 stamina and less then 200 of attack, and lv2 (robbing), and found allready 3 diamons.
    Me, having 700 stamina, 3242 Robbing Wins, and lv6 robbing (63%)....and only found 4 diamons (one of the the 4 is repeated..so basically I have 3)

    And Where is hell did that guy managed too gain 83xp on the casinos?!!! I only got 58 and I have lv6 on robbery

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  30. robbing is so not worth putting stamina into it. I'm lvl 600+ with 350+ stamina, 1000+ personal A&D and 65k+ equipment A&D. so what can I get from robbing besides lousy dollars and loot drops not worth mentioning? Besides that I hate loosing against some energy drone whose best defense items is the bonus weapon only because Z thought some randomness might be fun.. I did rob for some time now because it was a good way to burn stamina when in a hurry, but with this casino glitch, I'm done with it, that just adds injury to insult. Fighting in Bangkok is a lot more worthwhile, just think of the faction store items.

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  31. I think the thing is with diamonds that you just have to have patience (or trade like I did for the last one!) and they will turn up. I think a rough ratio on the ones I've received is 1 per 1000 successful robberies.

    The other point is about these Mega Casinos.

    If you have the diamond collection, decent att points and items you will win most of them. That is 60 points (at level 9) and a 10 bonus for 20 stamina outlay! Cant be bad. I am now averaging just shy of 3.5/stamina point, that is a lot better than any energy ratio you can get at jobs.

    If you want to run a robbing account then you have to put the majority of your points into stamina, and the rest into attack. I have got to the stage now when I'm only putting anything into attack each time if my ratio drops much below 3.4, apart from that it is all going on stamina.

    Thanks to that my character is still self levelling way beyond what it would have been if I was just putting my stats into energy.

    Another thing to remember with robbing is that if you do a large amount of robberies the decent loot will turn up. Amongst others I've had plenty of Sturmoviks, Zoloto Cars and Executive Overcoats. I dont need them myself, but it is great fun gifting decent stuff to your mafia!

    My stamina points are now up to 1300 and I am 60% of the way through level 9, so level 10 is soon going to turn up, even with the Mega Casinos. Before robbing turned up my stamina was ony at about 20, so it can be done with a bit of perseverance.

    Before you discard the idea of robbing I would urge everybody to think carefully about what can be achieved.

    Roll on lvl 10!

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  32. Did anyone else notice a change in the quality of loot drops upon clearing a robbing board? Before, if you failed all 9 robbing attempts, you would get something like a Tactical Shotgun. But just recently, I failed robbing 4 casinos and 5 tenements, and still got a Klyk-9 Machine Pistol.

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  33. my backdoors from 11-->1 now! they fixed backdoor? good job!!

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  34. Yeah, I have almost 2k robbing wins and still no diamonds. Only have 200 stam tho. Methinks robbing is a waste of time. Even the completed diamond collection is garbage. Bring on Vegas.

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  35. How wierd, scratch the casinos, my whole board has just turned into restaurants each time! LOL, glitchtastic!

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  36. screen from 19.04.2010 11pm GMT

    http://img92.imageshack.us/img92/8687/rests.jpg

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  37. anonymous from APRIL 19, 2010 1:58 PM again.. I still don't see the point in robbing. having finished all job tiers in all cities, I have plenty of HEL to gift to my mafia, cleavers and spectres from doing jobs for baht, and the rest from fighting. As long as they don't let faction store items drop in robbing, why should I bother? for the title? sure not.
    fighting in BKG raises anywhere from 100k to 1M of baht per 350 of stamina for me, which translates to 1 or 2 top armor pieces per day. how you do that with robbing?
    and it's even no good for vengeance, remember the old days, when you used to say "he hitlisted me one time too many, so I robbed him blind after handing him his a*s over"?
    just forget about robbing in its current state. there's room for improvement, but don't count on Z for that.

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  38. I just had the same issue as Bonners. Three straight boards of all restaurants.

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  39. Yup, restaurants all round :)

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  40. I get four to five casinos every board now. It is REALLY annoying since I only have 92 stamina....

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  41. robbing casinos was a great thing for me since i was getting over 3.5/1 on my stamina which made leveling a whole lot easier, and enabled me to do a bunch of bangkok jobs. I was getting about 20 yakuza assassins a day, but now im only able to rob restaurants which dropped the stamina to energy ratio.

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  42. hum... only Restaurant's now?!!!!

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  43. Had the same problem till yesterday. Now the board has only restaurants for me.

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  44. I also got all-restaurant on my robbery board. But the issue is : My att & def is reduced to Att 21/Def 53 ??? the only loot item showed on the "Best Offense" and "Best Defense" is only The Backdoor ???

    Anyone know how to contact zynga ? I'd really like to contact them to fix this ASAP :( :( :(

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  45. @/\ Same thing happened to me but rest assured that all the extra backdoors were reduced to 1...I had over 1000 backdoors...just buy a bat and everything will restore

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  46. Just to confirm with robbing, you DO need to complete level 10 to get the mystery bonus. ARRGGHH!!!

    I thought I was there, just to have a little message popping up telling me I had another 10,000 to go to the next level.

    Strange, anyway, I am now a 'Grand Master Thief', but still got more to go.

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  47. Did any 1 see the Paris coming soon under the travel section?

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  48. ...and I am there..finally! Level 10 has now been completed...andwhat was the grand mystery prize for completing it?

    Absolutely zilch!! Gutted, I thoguht there might be some special prize or something, but no. All that is happened is that I have stayed at 100% and at the 25% xp bonus...there is no more:(

    Bit of a disappointment really, I thought they may have given some recognition of the fact. Ahh well, onwards and upwards!

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