Eight new items are available to collect through Mafia Wars cross-promotions with FrontierVille and Cafe World.
Your Chop Shop, Weapons Depot, Armory, and Private Zoo each now have two new items - one as part of the FrontierVille promo, the other from Cafe Word. You can build one per day unless you want to spend Reward Points to speed up the clock.
The key to building each Weapon or Vehicle or Armor or Animal is getting a special part from the Zynga game associated with that particular item. You don't need to play BOTH Frontierville and Cafe World to make an item, but you will if you want to make all 8.
For the 4 FrontierVille items, you need a Beaver Pelt... available by playing
another Zynga game that I don't want to get addicted to, for fear of divorce, poverty, and growing old in front of a computer screen FrontierVille.
For Cafe World, you need a Doctored Invoice, which can be found in
bills that lawyers send their clients Cafe World.
The items will boost your Mafia Defense stats, and each come with a separate stat boost. Here's what's available in each Mafia Wars Property:
Giant Octopus (30A/72D) + 3 Stamina
Big Horn Sheep (30A/72D) +1 Defense
Notice, you don't need ANY Animal Feed to make these Animals - just the 1 Doctored Invoice (Cafe World) or 1 Beaver Pelt (FrontierVille).
The graphics on the Giant Octopus are really neat, though the Big Horn Sheep looks like some one at Zynga was too lazy to do much more than cut and paste the icon - and name - from the existing Bighorn.
Bearskin Cloak (30A/72D) +5 Health
Steel Apron (42A/75D) +2 Defense
The Steel Apron from FrontierVille is the only one of these eight items without the 30A/72D stats. In fact, its 75 Defense makes it better than the top Fight Loot (Ottoman Krug - 64D), Italy Village Loot (Shoulder Pads - 71D), or Fight Club Loot (Hazard Gear - 71D).
Venture Axe (30A/72D) +2 Energy
Flambe Torch (30A/72D) +2 Energy
Chisel Plow ATV (30A/72D) +3 Attack
Meat Truck (30A/72D) +1 Attack
Props to Lex the Assassin, a reader who noted that the FrontierVille item - the Beavered Pelt - is easier to get than the Doctored Invoice in Cafe Word. Given that all of the items have the same stats (except for the Steel Apron in Cafe World), I'll probably try out the FrontierVille promo.
|Greeting screen when you click on Beaver Pelt icon in MW|
As a precaution, I'm going to add a new computer to my list for Santa, because
Here are some screen shots of my initial foray into FrontierVille and back to Mafia Wars. Getting my first Beaver Pelt took maybe 10 minutes, most of which was spent figuring out what exactly I had to do (chop 15 pieces of wood, buy 2 fences, and clear 1 stump).
|This screen pops up when you're done the jobs|
needed to collect the Beaver Pelt for Mafia Wars.
|Back in Mafia Wars, your New York Properties screen|
indicates that you have a Beaver Pelt to use.
|I'm sure this fur will protect me from the|
spray of bullets from a Z17 Micro...
The Cafe World item - Doctored Invoice - took me a lot longer to get...