April 14, 2010

Tax Evasion Event and Party

April 15th is the last day you can file your income taxes in the United States. As a result, Mafia Wars will be having a special Tax Evasion Event to commemorate this day. Players will receive double mastery in all cities in addition to a special item, The Backdoor (21 attack, 53 defense). It looks like tomorrow is your big day to finish up Bangkok if you are still lagging behind.

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Given the frequency of these double mastery days, this leads me to believe that Mafia Wars Las Vegas must be around the corner. Double mastery days help players fly through content - there would be no reason to hasten the completion of content unless the developers had something ready to tack on! Maybe we'll see some announcements about that soon enough!
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  1. Also very useful for those who are stuck with some jobs still open in new york and bangkok - I was able to finally finish them off with the last double mastery event. And thank god I did!!!!

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  2. >.< im not able to get the double mastery ... why is that so?

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  3. I've heard that Vegas is coming out this weekend. Not sure how true that is.

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  4. Yeah, definitely need to finish up Bangkok, though getting those phones are going to be the end of me.

    Then again, that means I cut my phone/pirate/drug consumption in half, which means more... err... Spectres. And less time until I get the Armor and Cleavers.

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  5. Not sure why they keep rushing out new content. I think they should slow down and maybe ... i dunno ... fix current bugs they have throughout the game to make the playing experience better first?

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  6. Why would they wanna slow down on sending out new content??? There's A LOT of people that r done w/ Bangkok!! They need to get something for us that are done w/ Bangkok something to do. It get's kinda boring not having to do n e thing.

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  7. What the ... where is the double mastery and my items

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  8. For those who are wondering, Mafia Wars has been in trouble since the troubles back in December of last year, with its daily average use declining precipitously. This combined with the changes on Facebook (soon getting rid of app notifications and hiding multiple posts from the same app on peoples feed) makes me think that you will see a lot of new content introduced in short order. I think that hefty skill bonuses now available in the Chop Shop and Weapons Depot are simply a means to stem user loss as well.

    The tide is reversible, but it is going to probably require a much bigger rethink of the game. At the moment, the game feels a bit like Frankenstein's monster... a bunch of unassociated parts stuck together. And when they add a new feature they never delete an old feature with similar characteristics which is why we have the Gift Warehouse, Free Gifts, Mystery Bags, Secret Stashes, etc. etc. Huge portions of the game could be bulldozed and no one would notice.

    But back to double mastery, how many of you who are done with your taxes or live outside the U.S. are planning to start up new accounts tomorrow? If ever there is a time to use the Guide it is today.

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  9. "It get's kinda boring not having to do n e thing."
    Maybe you "did it all" too fast. You can still build up your attack/defense and if you feel they're strong enough then you ought to be having fun making the game more challenging for the poor saps that haven't reached your level of nirvana. The one thing the game is never short on is things to do.

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  10. How do we get "The Backdoor." Is it a drop from doing jobs?

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  11. It should pop-up with a message as soon as you log-in today and it automatically adds to your loot.

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  12. They got rid of the 3 new achv's. Not sure why. But I saw that just now.

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  13. yes but no double mastery just a weak item boo hoo

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  14. 53 defense is weak? hey compared to the other similar "weak" poker items they've had lately this required next to no effort to get. I'll take it.

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  15. Woohoo! Double Mastery Day! What? I'm out of satellite phones... NOOOOOOO!!!!

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  16. mafia wars acting really weird right now, fear the dreaded "roll back" !!

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  17. they rolled back the game and all my car&weapon dissappear?? wtf?

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  18. They rolled back the game. I lost my money frog. Shit....

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  19. anyone get Gold Treassure Chest? It requires 9 Reward Points to open for a chance to win 1000 Reward Points in return, but the normal Treasure Chest only needs 5 Reward Points.

    Still sucks...

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  20. i opened a GTC and got 10RP. at least no loss.

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  21. So which means the GTC will drop Reward Points instead of items? I opened mine and still getting Deadly Item... SUCKS!!!!!

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  22. Robbing is now broken. When you are on the reward page for clearing the board, the select new targets for free now charges 9 stamina to refill.

    We live in interesting times.

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  23. The entire game is messed up now on every level. My inventory is all wrong... in a good way... I now have 30 of the new promotional "Backdoors" event loot and they keep increasing in quantity every time I rob a property.

    The question: play nice and wait for them to sort it out or keep robbing and hope not to get rolled back tomorrow.

    Hmmmm... this is Mafia Wars...

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  24. I started an energy account today and made it to level 85 with the double mastery. But I just got rolled back to level 37.

    WTF???

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  25. not me

    I have one account and are almost finished Bangkok
    Last episode level 3 chapter 1

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  26. Be careful, on the official forums, some of the people who were bragging about not being rolled back later got rolled back. They are doing one server at a time. Your's may be next.

    But the real reason I am here:

    What have they done to gifting?

    You now have to accept wishlist gifts one by one and cannot link back to give gifts. Going to the Inventory or Loot page does nothing either. I have over one hundred gifts waiting and now have to find people manually on the My Mafia bar to gift back.

    I guess they are doing this to get rid of traders and swappers. But wow, I wouldn't want to be a mod in the official forum this morning. It sounds like a good quarter of the people who were playing last night got rolled back, some considerably. But they are deleting threads left and right whenever someone mentions it.

    Many other things in the game are broken now as well. Robbing being one of them. Do they do any testing on their updates at all?

    WTF indeed!

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  27. Look at the new Street Thug tier...

    Tons of changes:
    No Boss Fight
    Only six jobs
    New payouts/energy costs
    Lower percentage advancement for jobs.
    No levels or tiers, everything is "Level One"
    No skill points for mastery
    No equipment required to do jobs.
    No graphics of any kind on the page except the background image.
    No loot drops (except Mystery Crates and things that appear in pop ups.)

    If this tier is an example of the future of Mafia Wars, things are going to be very different.

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  28. Actually on the Street Thug tier you do have to have some equipment to do jobs. I no longer had any lower level items (I'd only go there to use up spare energy and get loot drops on the 1 point job prior before using an Energy Pack) and had to buy them just to see what a job cost.

    There *is* a single 1 point job on that tier now, but like Anonymous said - it has no loot drops! So now I have to go up a tier. I wonder if all of New York is going to be reworked to be like this. If so - it seems really dumbed down.

    I did get a nice fat coupon popup while in New York that said I got a special 10% off any purchase of 42 reward points or more. You've got to be kidding me.....I don't think it should be necessary to *buy* reward points to play the game.

    And it seems like all they're doing is pushing us to buy buy buy. That and spam everyone for gifts, crew collections, and chop shop/weapons depot items.

    On top of that, I'm still waiting for my free reward points for signing up with SMS. It's been more than the 30 days they promised and I still have an outstanding trouble ticket on it. I wish they would just FIX THE GAME.

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  29. This is retarded... I just lost a fight to a guy because he had over 200 backdoors. Bullshit game...

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  30. To anonymous at 4:10PM;

    I still have level three mastery, and there are two new jobs (or maybe not), but some jobs don't have level three mastery as I did before in the Street Thug level. They are definitely reworking it, but I really don't like much.

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  31. For me, Backdoor was a bonus for signing in to mafia wars (each time I signed in...). I noticed this at 9:30 last night, and promptly signed in and out of facebook as many times as I could. I managed to collect 23 backdoors before facebook started asking for password resets because of too many logins--I then decided that *logout--login--reset password--check email--login--complete captcha check--start mafia wars* was a longer procedure than I really cared to repeat for more loot items.

    As to how someone managed to rack up 200 of those things, I have no idea. If it was based on robbing wins, I would have that many or more. Here's hoping Zynga doesn't notice this particular bug and roll me back...

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  32. i racked up 410 of these before they stopped the double mastery there was a link you could click nd then simply refresh your browser everytime

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  33. idiotic item, the game become totally unbalance now!

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  34. To Anon April 16, 2010 10:14 AM: I signed up for text messages in JANUARY and still haven't received points. I keep writing to Zynga and all they do is tell me to clear my cache, restart computer, and all that bullshit. This morning I lost 1mil Baht from the bank that I was planning to upgrade my businesses with and when I collected money/items from businesses I got nothing... This game is becoming a train wreck: it's awful, but you can't help but watch. -knuckles k.

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