July 1, 2010

Ultimate Chop Shop Weekend, Future Shock 1985

As many of you have noticed, there are some strange things going on with the Chop Shop at the moment, and this weekend we will be having an "Ultimate Chop Shop Weekend".

First off, the Chop Shop is now upgradeable to level 13:


While the 85 Car Part every 24 hours is nice, the new vehicle (Day Rider 2K) is pretty weak with only 45 attack, 50 defense, and +1 attack and +1 defense. Hopefully it gets upgraded a bit soon.

What is more exciting is that starting in just a few hours (or probably will have started by the time you read this) is that the Chop Shop will be able to produce 1 car every 12 hours and there is a new, limited time car called the Future Shock 1985.

The Future Shock 1985 will only be able to be built for a limited time, has a beefy 55 attack and 45 defense, and will "provide energy, stamina, and health". Not sure how much stats it will give just yet, but we will find out within a few hours.

This event, entitled "Gone in 60 Hours", will only last 60 hours. In theory if you build things immediately, you will be able to get 5 Future Shock 1985s.

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As far as the other new things in game, as part of the "must play weekend", we are supposed to be able to get some "Vegas Chips" which will give us an "advantage" in Mafia Wars Las Vegas. Not sure what advantage that is, but anything that gives me a head-start in Mafia Wars Las Vegas is good for me.

Players will also get double job mastery and double loot on fights this weekend.

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As most of you have noticed by now, amongst all these job additions, the Top Mafia Wheelman and Top Mafia Mastermind bonuses have been stealth-nerfed to 10% (from 11%). This makes speed leveling a good bit harder.

The thing is though that the Bangkok XP:Energy job buffs were significant enough that it is still much easier to finish off Bangkok now than it was prior to the XP:Energy nerf. It makes it harder to finish off other cities though for new players.

Not sure what to think about this. The drop to 10%/10% isn't that substantial I do not think; players will still be able to speed-level with energy accounts. The only difference now is that it will be harder for players to get to level 3000+ just by spamming Settle a Beef over and over again.

I think that if the nerfs go any further (I'm sure they will), players will really feel the pinch at 9%/9% and 8%/8%. The developers have already stated they do not like the power of these Top Mafia bonuses and are looking to tone them down. It's a double-edged sword really.

Yes, speed-leveling is kind of silly, but now that everyone is already level 1000+ (if you aren't by now, you better hurry up because the chance won't last much longer), it will make it very hard for brand new players to get ahead, unless major changes to game mechanics are created.

In typical online RPG games there is a soft-reset with each expansion - the level cap is raised and players farm all new gear and get all new levels, so even brand-new players can catch up every so often. In Mafia Wars, since there is no "level cap", new players will never catch up and there will never be a true reset.

Just something to think about! At any rate, lots of new stuff is coming and there will be a few more posts soon.

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Edit: It's Friday morning @ 7 AM EST, and the Chop Shop stuff isn't in game yet. When you see the Future Shock 1985 as a car you can make, you know the event is live.
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33 comments:

  1. Is this Future Shock 1985 car different from the ones we collected when people upgraded themselves? The stats on the ones we collected have stats of 42 attack and 42 defense. You give stats of 55/45 for this car.. Are they 2 dif cars?

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  2. All the HYPE about this weekend, BS. Nothing happened except for a few marketplace items for sale. Double loot didn't kick in, still can't build chop shop every 12 hours, and where are the gifts? Wasted my time waiting for the GRAND START..........I'm very disappointed.

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  3. It doesn't start till Sat.

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  4. How can I build the Future Shock? Does it appear on the normal Chop Shop Screen or do I have to build Random Rare Cars and hope it produces a Future Shock???

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  5. at post above, by zynga, on the MW page:

    "Must Play Weekend Starting Friday, July 2nd! For the next four days you will receive exclusive rewards. From Double Mastery to Chop Shop bonuses every day will offer something new. Play this weekend and win big!"

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  6. Exactly, but where are the bonuses?

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  7. Yeap there are no bunoses, and the event started an hour ago...

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  8. They had it up and running earlier today. The event started early it looked like, but then it stopped. The double mastery was working at least--I managed to do some jobs while it was up. Now nothing, of course...

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  9. my chop shop didn't gain an extra level and i don't see the future shock. And it still says I can't build another car for 24 hrs. Nothing changed!!! And I haven't been able to get a single diamond after they introduced those fighting loots. I need diamonds to complete my vault. did they change to drop rate to 0.1% or what?

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  10. Actually, I found 2 diamonds yesterday alone, and 5 over the last 10 days. I had only got one in my 4 months of playing before that, so if anything, they improved the drop rate, rather than lowering it.

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  11. Great, I blew all my energy early today when there was *no* double mastery, *no* double loot und certainly *no* future shock or level up for the Chop Shop. Frustrating it is ...

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  12. i've got a question.
    if any diamond can drop in any town ?

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  13. hey can i purchase currency for 7 RP. is it a qualified item for gaining reward for purchasing 10 items 4th july sale event

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  14. no..u cant.. purchase enrgy,stamina.. u can purchase skill points..

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  15. You can purchase stamina refills and have them count towards the 10 items needed for the 4th of July event.

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  16. Are the General Ulysses and Sonic Five cars in the Chop Shop new?

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  17. Counterfeit Tickets are dropping in fights considerably more often today than yesterday. I've done about 250 fights today and have received about 10. That compares with 0 or 1 from yesterday after 300 fights.

    Hopefully with the double loot drop/mastery weekend we'll be able to really bulk up.

    I've also noticed some of the animal drops (condors specifically) are really helping rack up the attack/defense points.

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  18. Future Shock car has been pulled. No Surprise - Zynga had problems with this one, might be back in a month (which month of which year is unknown).

    Next best car to add to your wish list is the DAY RIDER.

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  19. Nothing has change for me, no double loot nor mastery..... Are there anyone else having this problem.. What can i do to resolve this?

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  20. Just got the Future Shock, and it says stats are 42/42....but it is no where in the Chop Shop to build....and I don't have double mastery or loot yet either (even though I had it last night). Typical Z...

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  21. Future Shock is up!

    42/42 and gives a bonus 1 energy/1 stamina/5 health.

    Requires 15 car parts and 1 flux capacitor. Time to burn up some stamina to see if any drop in fights!

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  22. They do, and are dropping 2x at a time, along with solar panels and car parts.

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  23. Double Loot Dropping has also begun - Counterfeit tickets DO NOT double drop...

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  24. Are flux capacitors dropping in fights?

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  25. Have any been found by doing jobs?

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  26. Flux capacitors dropping from both fights and jobs.

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  27. I just burn thru 500+ fights and no FLUX CAPACITORS!!!!!!!!!!! They do drops from fights don't they? Why are double loot drop acting up? Sometimes I get 2 items and other times just 1....

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  28. I've notice, anything Chop Shop is double loot.. There rest is single loot.. Why is that?

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  29. Challenge Mission: South Africa

    As the world’s gaze turns to South Africa and the conclusion of the Global Cup, you’ve prepared for the boldest Challenge Mission yet - fixing the biggest sport game in the world.

    Success won’t be easy. The plan involves pulling off the largest gold heist that Africa has ever seen, and blackmailing the almost impeachable match referees to rig the game.

    To continue the celebration,
    !!! all mastery progress for Challenge Mission: South Africa will be doubled this weekend. !!!
    Take this chance to get ahead with your progress as you’ll need it to get access to awesome new rewards for this challenge.

    Mafia Wars "Must Play Weekend"

    Mafia Wars: Las Vegas is almost here , and this Saturday, July 3rd, you’ll get a chance to loot exclusive “Vegas Chips”. These chips will give you an advantage when Vegas releases, so you’d better collect as many as you can get ahead of your Mafia rivals.
    !!! If that wasn’t enough, Sunday and Monday (4th and 5th of July) will be a special double-double event. !!!

    !!! You’ll get twice the job mastery and twice the fight loot while fighting in New York, Cuba, Moscow and Bangkok. !!!
    Use this opportunity to equip your Mafia to prepare for Las Vegas, as good Weapons, Armor, Vehicles and Animals will be even more vital to facing the challenge of controlling the brutal underworld of Sin City.

    Mafia Wars fans, clear out your weekend for some serious crime time.


    >>copy-pasted from the "coming soon" section of the mw help tab..

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  30. I will trade 10 TOP LOOT for 1 Vegas item/consumable... anyone interested send me a message... http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=56004925

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  31. To say that almost everyone is level 1000 is such an asshole comment. Do you live in some sad fucked up world where the only players are those who level up? What's the point in being an energy player - you can't win fights, you have poor robbing stats, you basically play this game in the wrong way. Grow the fuck up. Until you wrote that comment I rather liked this site - NO MORE.

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  32. Dude, to not understand an energy account makes YOU and asshole...

    If it weren't for energy and jobs then why would they release new content...If the game was about robbing and fighting then just stay in New York and never complete jobs in other cities.

    And to say an energy account can't rob is a joke...I have a 2nd energy account and my attack stat points are 50 and I win about half of the robberies I do because I have good loot (from high energy jobs) and because the robbing random multiplier is totally random and screwy...

    So leave this site and piss on Mafia Wars Guide if you'd like, but this isn't a pay site and you weren't forced to come here

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  33. Dude, to not understand an energy account makes YOU an asshole...

    If it weren't for energy and jobs then why would they release new content...If the game was about robbing and fighting then just stay in New York and never complete jobs in other cities.

    And to say an energy account can't rob is a joke...I have a 2nd energy account and my attack stat points are 50 and I win about half of the robberies I do because I have good loot (from high energy jobs) and because the robbing random multiplier is totally random and screwy...

    So leave this site and piss on Mafia Wars Guide if you'd like, but this isn't a pay site and you weren't forced to come here

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