August 31, 2011

Cuba Re-Opened for a Limited Time!!


Cuba is now reopen for everyone for a limited time only.  I find it hard to believe that they did a full revamp and added in new features and requirements to Cuba to only leave it open for the next 12 days, but only time will tell.


For those who hadn't completed Cuba yet, you will pick up where you left off and get 3x mastery on the old jobs.  Cuba now has 4 levels in each job tier.  If you completed Cuba before, you will automatically have Bronze, Silver, and Gold mastery and start in on Ruby level.  The job requirements for Cuba have not increased for the Ruby level, but each job done only accounts for 3% towards Ruby mastery.  That means that each job in each of the 6 job tiers needs to be done 34 times.


One thing you will notice is that Politico Corruptos are now useless.  They have been replaced by Cuban Mercenaries, which can be sent as free gifts, collected from your Bribery Ring or looted from specific jobs in the first 3 Cuban tiers.  Total number needed is 34x18 = 612.  If you already have your Bribery Ring maxed, you will get 31 each time you collect (8 hour timer).  So, you will have plenty to complete Ruby mastery if you collect even twice a day.

Stay tuned for the new Cuban Mission Walkthrough and the 10 new Cuban loots.  Good luck and hurry up!!
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It's a Trap - New Mystery Bag Collection

Trying to catch up a little bit here, but in case you haven't seen/heard, there is a new Mystery Bag Collection called "It's a Trap".


Unlike the Superhero Collection, you can get more than one piece per day via Mystery Bag.  The most I've picked up in 1 day has been 3, but sometimes you won't get any.  Just keep plugging away at it and talk to your mafia if you get extras and attempt to swap some out.


Great reward for vaulting this collection as you get 20 skills points to allocate as you please.  Doesn't seem to be any that are more difficult to get than the others, just give it time and open as many Mystery Bags as you can.


Good luck!!
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August 20, 2011

Special Event: 2x Fight Loot Weekend


Running through Sunday night, there are 2x the fight rewards.  That means if you are fighting in Brazil, you will get 10x loot you would get in other cities (yes, you spend more stamina, but it's easier).


This will be a good weekend for you to make big gains in both attack and defense by earning the rare fight loot drops.  Be on the lookout for these items:

Bolt Pistol     100/46
Idle Hands     45/79
Tainted Blades    35/74
Femme Shot 81/45
Windswept 78/43
Climber Leggings 50/85
Hang Man 86/48
Flying Fortress 47/80
Slipstream       44/78
Talon 79/44
Barn Owl      51/98
Gold Poison Frog 30/75
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August 19, 2011

Mission Event: Smuggler's Secret Walkthrough


Well, once you finish the "To Smuggle a Mockingbird" mission, one final step pops up and allows you to double your loot.  This one is not easy, as it is an all-combined-into-one-step mission.  Most players will not be able to Ruby master the Smuggler's Haven District as job costs are extremely high and you only have a limited time to complete it.

You need to ice 50 opponents in Brazil.  This will take a ton of Stamina as each fight in Brazil cost 5x the Stamina.  The 10 Life Savers were quick drops as I got them in 22 fights.  The Ruby mastery will take a while.  If you have a bunch of energy, do the first 1 or 2 tiers quickly.  After that, make sure you are doing at least your 20 jobs every 8 hours with the Strategist turned on for double mastery.  You get another Kookaburra.  Extremely time consuming and you already have 1 of them, so it may not be worth it for most players to complete.  If you do, congrats!!  Everyone - Good Luck!!
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August 17, 2011

Mission Event: To Smuggle a Mockingbird Walkthrough


Same old story - End one mission, start a new one.  Here's a 7 part mission that will introduce a couple new ideas for completion.  Normally, it's ask for help, job, rob, fight, build and ask for help again through the mission.  This one has plenty of those, but with a few new steps.  Hopefully they'll keep coming up with new ideas and eventually drown out the ask for help steps.  Without further ado!

Part 1:


Get 5 Mafia Supports, Ice 6 opponents.  Pretty easy and you get 2 Life Savers (consumables for the limited time Smuggler's Haven district).

Part 2:


Recruit 3 Crew in Brazil (you may have to activate some to clear the way) and the job costs 126/189/378/756 depending on your mastery of the new tier.  Great loot and some Brazil cash.

Part 3:


Win 25 fights.  Activate 3 crew in Brazil (may take up to 8 hours to clear queue).  Jobs costs 99/148/297/594.  Vehicle is pretty weak at this point in the game, but should make most mafias.

Part 4:


Travel to Italy.  Collect from your Villa once (4 hour timer).  Job costs 56 energy on Ruby.  No loot, but you get $1 billion NyC cash!!!

Part 5:


3 more supports from your mafia.  Take out 15 Assassins (4 Stamina on Fight List).  Again, no rewards and no cash.

Part 6:


Travel to Vegas.  Job costs 57 energy on Ruby.  Rob 9 times (successfully) in Vegas.  2 more Life Savers to help with Smuggler's Haven.

Part 7:


Fight 25 opponents (and win).  The Bird Brained Billionaire is 100 Stamina on the Fight List.  The first step is the most interesting.  "Acquire 5 Weapons".  All you have to do is gain 5 weapons in your inventory.  I built 1 from my Weapons Depot, purchased one from the Marketplace, looted an Idle Hands from robbing and got 2 Brass Knuckles.  Not sure if gifting works, but this shouldn't be very hard for anyone.  Kookaburra is 85/154, so the reward is pretty good.  Good luck and happy hunting!!!
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August 15, 2011

Reallocation of Skills is Active Again

This is a feature Zynga throws on every now and then.  Usually happens about once every month or so, but it is active now for a limited time.


You can reallocate 50 skills for 50 RP or 10 skills for 10 RP.  This can be accessed through the Marketplace "Stat Items" tab.  If you are a rebuilder, then you can use this to your advantage.  The most logical way to reallocate is to pull from Health as it is the easiest to recoup.


Be sure to read the instructions.  In this screen you are picking from which skill you will be pulling.


You will then have to go to your profile page to allocate them as you'd like.


Here's the logic with reallocation.  From building, the most skills you can gain for each is as follows:
Attack: 6 (Stun Knuckles)
Defense: 6 (Hack Blade)
Health: 20 (Warthog, Wildebeest)
Energy: 6 (Solar Flare)
Stamina: 6 (Rebel 2, Robber's Utility Belt)
Additional Total Skills: 7 (Dirty Trick - 5 Health + 2 Stamina, Electric Prod - 5 Health + 2 Energy).

So, if you wanted to add to anything (except health), the logic is that you pay 50 RP to pull from health, then use rebuilds (x3) to replace the health.  For 86 RP, you can gain 60 skills, which is way better than the 12 RP:4 Skills you can buy outright or any of the 12 RP:6 attack/defense/energy/stamina rebuilds.

Long story short - if you are a player who uses RP to rebuild for additional attack/defense/energy/stamina and have at least 86 RP, then this is the best way to spend your RP.  If you like to rebuild for health (20 health for 12 RP), this is not for you.  And finally, if you spend your RP on limited time loot, boosts, or energy/stamina refills, this is not for you.  Good luck everyone!!  (and thanks Claire for the pictures).
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August 13, 2011

Mission Event: Get a Grip Walkthrough


A new mission comes to us with great rewards, plus a secret district reward.  This may breathe a little bit of life back into the way Zynga does things.


Part 1:


Easiest job ever for an event:  1 energy.  Declare a war once (8 hour timer) and you get some great rewards.

Part 2:


Search your newsfeed for 5 war helps.  Build 1 Weapon and 1 Armor (18 hour time).  No loots, but a fairly easy step.

Part 3:


Get support from your Mafia (MW request help).  Fight 40 opponents and build 1 Vehicle (18 hour timer).  No loot again and the NyC cash seems unnecessary.

Part 4:


Travel to Italy (pretty easy!).  Job costs 162 energy on Ruby and buy 1 item from your Port (23 hour timer).  Always wanted the Blood Tiger.  It was released back in the Charlie Sheen media craze.

Part 5:


Take out 12 Spies (5 Stamina each on the fight list).  Declare 1 war (8 hour timer).  No loot again, but at least you get Italy cash.

Part 6:


Travel to Brazil (again, easy).  Job costs 81 energy on Ruby and activating the 8 crew members is easy if you have a clear queue in Brazil (otherwise it's an 8 hour timer).  Great loot reward with 2 Loki's Helmets and Brazil $$.

Part 7:


Take out 20 Smugglers (8 Stamina each on the fight list).  Get 8 supports from your mafia (again, mw request help, not wall post).  Job costs 756 energy on Ruby so it may take a while if you are a fighter or lower level account.  5 hired guns are nice if you aren't to 501 yet.

Part 8:


Rob 27 times in Brazil (successfully).  Help in 5 more wars and win 1 (8 hour timer).  Great rewards with the Grip 950 Special and you unlock the Brazil Secret District.


Time is limited on this district, so work on only that to gain the skills or they will be lost forever.  Good luck everybody!!
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August 4, 2011

Mission Event: Wild Thing Walkthrough

Hey y'all, sorry I've been away.  New business venture tore me away for a couple weeks.  I'm going to try to get back into the informative nature of this blog.


In continuing with their back-to-back-to-back missions, the Bangkok mission ended and now we get the Wild Thing Mission Event.  Without further ado:

Part 1:


Start off with only 4 supports from your mafia.  Took me 36 fights to loot the 15 Big Cages.  Make sure you activate the Lockpick position in Brazil for double loot for the last step.  Took me 8 jobs to loot 12 at 459 energy per (6x2 successful loot jobs).  You can also go back to District 1 and do the "Ask an Informant" job and loot them for 81 energy per click.  Get your experience and Real and on to the next part.

Part 2:


Ice 4 opponents in Brazil.  Job cost 351 energy and the Headquarters have an 8 hour collect timer.  Great rewards with 5 animals at 87 attack.  Should be in just about everyone's top 501.

Part 3:


Get 5 more supports from your mafia.  2-for-1 special with looting 12 Bird Cages while winning 16 fights.  Black Market has a 23 hour timer (speed it up for 16 RP).  No rewards again, but take the experience and move on.

Part 4:


Rob 18 times in Brazil.  Took me 6 boards and almost 400 Stamina to loot the 12 Aquariums.  Activate your Lockpick again.  Job is 594 energy and requires a Gas Can also.  Great animals again (sensing a theme?).  You get 2 Kakas (79/92) which will help most again.

Part 5:


Ask for 5 Metal Containers (wall post help).  12 Smugglers are 8 Stamina each on the Fight List.  Job costs 243 energy and a Gas Can.  Don't forget you can build Gas Cans in your Brazil Property if you run short.  Build 2 Weapons from the Depot (18 hour timer) and you're done.

Part 6:


You get 2 choices to acquire the 20 Motion Sensor Explosives.  The first option is the 189 energy "Intimidate the Local Crime Ring" job or you can rob in Brazil.  Cost me 310 Stamina to get the 20.  2-for-1 special again looting 12 Terrariums (took me 36 fights) while fighting 30 opponents.  2 King Cobras (80/62) are a bit of a step back in loot, but good nonetheless.

Part 7:


12 Fat Cat Bodyguards are 11 Stamina each on the fight list.  Job costs 621 energy on Ruby level.

Part 8:


Activate 5 Brazil crew members (may take up to 8 hours to clear if you have all the spots filled already).  Rob 12 Private Zoos (15 Stamina each) and loot 10 Exotic Animal Feeds from Robbing (took me 6 boards in NYC).  Wish the reward had a little higher attack, but the Golden Tabby Tiger is pretty awesome anyways at 63/153.  Collect and Done!!!

Nice little mission, shouldn't have to wait around for too many steps, but some of them are time consuming.  Good Luck everyone and enjoy!!
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