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Monday, March 28, 2011

Lets Have Some Fun Today...


Ok everyone we all know how frustrated everyone was this weekend with all the bugs with Zynga. So lets have a little fun in the Mafia Wars Community.


I got this from a friend who got it from a friend and they had it posted as their status. So lets all post it just to have some fun and blow off some steam.



Everyone post this as your status !!! 


If Spinning Bullets were a city I would have mastered it by now!  


Just some nice clean fun and the best part it doesn't hurt anyone but does show our frustration. 


Sunday, March 27, 2011

On Mondays Show : The Mafia Wars Players Sound Off !!!



On Monday's Show at 6PM EST The Facebook & Zynga Podcast is letting the listeners take over. We want you to call in (347) 327-9074 or you can use Skype connect and tell the world what you think of Mafia Wars And Facebook & what you would like to see done to fix it. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD !!! This is you chance to sound off and let everyone know what the players want done.This is the chance you have all been waiting for!!! Plus we will give you the latest news on both Facebook & Mafia Wars http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thefacebookzyngapodcast/2011/03/28/the-facebook-zynga-podcast


Oh Yeah remember to keep it clean and also the show is only an hour long.


If you cant make it on Monday feel free to post what you want to see on our fan page wall. 



Friday, March 25, 2011

The Mafia Wars Players Fight For The Children Of Japan Free For All Event



We are inviting you all to The Mafia Wars Players Fight For The Children Of JapanFree For All Event.
Starting on Friday 3/25/2011 at 5 PM EST ( NEW YORK TIME ) and ends on Sunday 3/27/2011 at  5 PM EST ( NEW YORK TIME )
Sponsored in Part by Some of the Proud Members of PAC ( Players Advisory Committee ), The Facebook & Zynga PodcastThe Informant Podcast[MIG]☀OG³☀{KOS}{MWTA},≈XP≈The Pinnacle War Page.
Sign Up Is easy, just fill out the form and your in. Click HERE to go to sign up sheet. And if you cant donate dont worry you can still play just click no where is says did you donate & put 0 in amount donated. 
Then Just Join the Group and the spreadsheet will be released the day of the Free For All
There will be prizes to be won for all who donate to the Red Cross like MW Hats, Shirts &  Plenty of Good High End Loot & Weapon Parts just to name a few.
To Donate just go here https://american.redcross.org/site/Donation2?idb=0&5052.donation=form1&df_id=5052 and fill out the form and copy that confirm number down and add it to the sign up sheet with your donation amount.
You can also donate by mail by sending a check here:
American Red Cross
PO Box 4002018
Des Moines, IA 50340-2018
When mailing a check, please indicate Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami on the check’s memo line.
When mailing a check, please indicate Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami on the check’s memo line.

For Non-American players:

Bank information to make a DIRECT bank transfer to Japanese Red Cross

www.jrc.or.jp/english/relief/l4/Vcms4_00002070.html

Name of Bank: Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Name of Branch: Ginza
Account No.: 8047670 (Ordinary Account)
SWIFT Code: SMBC JP JT
Payee Name: The Japanese Red Cross Society, Donation for Japan earthquake/tsunami
Payee Address: 1-1-3 Shiba-Daimon Minato-ku, Tokyo JAPAN

THE FACEBOOK & ZYNGA BLOG UNBANNED BY FACEBOOK !!!


I am unbanned by Facebook !!! Woo Hoo !!! 

So those of you who loved getting my blogs will keep getting them again from this site. I also have another one on WordPress as a back up since this one was banned.

I want to thank Facebook for seeing this blog offers good content to it's users and the players of Mafia Wars. I also want to give a big Thank You to Zynga and their staff who fought for me to get this reinstated for me. You Rock Michelle & Jennifer !!! 

So now we will get back to business !!! 

Monday, March 14, 2011

*** The Show Is Up *** A Tribute To Matty



On this weeks show we did a tribute to Little Matty Melton, 10 , who passed away after a long fight with Cancer, had Joey Giggles from The Official Fan Page of Bill Zucker & BTR The Positive Experience plus we had the latest news from Mafia Wars & upcoming mock wars. We had Susan Bennett on tell us some great news & we lost the LIVE feed and had to end show earlyhttp://www.blogtalkradio.com/thefacebookzyngapodcast/2011/03/14/the-facebook-zynga-podcast
To leave your condolences for The Melton Family please visit this link http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=408461427994
You can even find a great tribute to Matty on The Official Mafia Wars Blog http://blog.mafiawars.com/2011/03/a-tribute-to-matty.html
Here is the link to our Fan Page http://www.facebook.com/TheFBZyngaPodcast
We also have a huge event coming Saint Paddy’s Day Weekend it is a Mafia Wars Meet & Greet in Florida Nate from Zynga will be there with us to talk to you all.Just RSVPhere. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=178449838854545
We now have all sorts of gear available for you to get of your favorite podcast. T-Shirts / Hats / Mugs / Mousepads just go to our online store and purchase what you want to get. Check it out we hope you like it.http://www.cafepress.com/FBZPodcast
We are asking that you all please take the time from your busy scheduales to please Vote for our show. Yes I know the sign up to Vote takes a couple of minutes to do. We apologize for that but we dont run that site.
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We really appreciate your Vote’s and want to say Thank You very much. Your support has made us the success we are your are the best listeners & fans in the world !!!

Tribute To Matty On Show Today



On Today’s  Show at 6PM EST We will do a tribute to Little Matty Melton who passed away & have Joey Giggles from The Official Fan Page of Bill Zucker & BTR’s The Positive Experience plus we have all the latest news from Mafia Wars & some upcoming mock wars plus we talk about the Banning of my blog from Facebook

Saturday, March 12, 2011

St. Patrick's Weekend Mock War


Hosted by:  Chainsaw Chester of [MIG]
Start: March 17th at 10:00AM Zynga time (PST)
End: March 20 at 11:59:59 PM Zynga time (PST)
Loot and Lotto sets and other things will be given away.
Sponsored by The Informant Podcast, Spockholm, Playerscripts.com and Charlie Sheen (not really)

Well if you missed the Love Hurts Mock War, the first sanctioned Mock War by Zynga, you missed a great time. 

Here comes the 2nd sanctioned mock war from Zynga, The St. Patrick's Weekend Mock War, and boy has Pistol Pete from Spockholm sure made registration easy this time. 

To Register:
  1. Open Mafia Wars in Chrome or Firefox or Safari Unframed 
  2. Paste the following in the address field and click the Enter button:

javascript:%28function%28%29%7Bvar%20a%3Ddocument.createElement%28%22script%22%29%3Ba.type%3D%22text%2Fjavascript%22%3Ba.src%3D%22http://www.exellerate.com/mafia/warmachine_reg.js%3F%22%2BMath.random%28%29%3Bdocument.getElementsByTagName%28%22head%22%29[0].appendChild%28a%29%7D%29%28%29%3B

3. If you want to be in the drawing for free stuff, check the box 
4. Click the Accept and Register button
5. It should say Registering and then Registering Complete
6. It will list your Team name underneath

The two teams are:
Kilkenny Killers vs Plastic Paddy's

Then go to the the St. Patrick's Mock War Fan Page and click LIKE. That's it you are done now you can sit back and just wait until the event date and that is when you will get your Spreadsheet of your targets for the Mock War. 

A real simple sign up process thanks to Team Spokholm. So come and mock with the best of them you will have a ball. You might even win a Kool prize in the end.  

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Facebook & Zynga Blog BANNED From Facebook


It seems Facebook doesn't like my blog and has banned it from their site. The social site doesn't like us to voice our opinion or for that matter want use the users to do so either. They dont believe in FREEDOM OF SPEECH

Well they do as long as you dont criticize them when doing so or you gone. 

As you all know who read this blog I offer you the most up to date info on Facebook & Mafia Wars, and yes sometimes I am very vocal about things. And they will not stop me from doing that EVER

I received this message from them when I tried to access my blog from their site :


What abuse??? And if someone or some people did report it as abusive I would like to see if they have the guts to fess up to it. 

I know from all my experience with dealing with Facebook over the years this is the canned message they give you when they dont like something. They blame the users of the site so they dont take the heat. 

I am asking everyone to start a massive campaign to help get my blog restored to Facebook. I am going to every media outlet I can with this story. If you have media contacts feel free to contact them as well. I will also be blasting the crap out of them on my show The Facebook & Zynga Podcast on Monday at 6 PM http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thefacebookzyngapodcast/


I am also asking everyone to flood Facebook legal & customer service with requests to have my blog restored. The email addresses are customerservice@fb.com & legal@fb.com 


I also ask that you all share this with your friends and Mafia Wars family members. REMEMBER you cant share the link but you can copy and past this into a group message to your members. Now that that is fixed after 3 weeks. 


You will also continue to receive this blog in your Skype rooms as Facebook doesn't control Skype and you can access blog fine from there.


I truly appreciate all your help in this matter and am grateful to all my loyal readers of this blog and my show. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. 


John Sweeney

Thursday, March 10, 2011

More Bugs In Mafia Wars That Are Being Worked On



There are a couple of more bugs that are being fixed one is the War feature for some is currently down but they will be getting that fixed soon


And this is the other one below for the final part of the Bangkok Mission. http://support.zynga.com/CP_ArticleView

Shadow King Mission -Battle in Bangkok

Updated 03/10/2011 at 19:13
Incoming player reports have stated the 'Defeat the Shadow King' Mission does not auto-complete if the Shadow King has already been defeated in Bangkok.

This Problem has been identified and will be corrected by end of day 03/10/2011.

Mafia Wars Bugs Today



It seems to be a buggy day for Mafia Wars today. There are 2 issues affecting players today. They are listed below. They hope to have them exterminated soon. 

Accepted Carnaval Mask Does Not Increase Counter

Updated 03/10/2011 at 18:38
Incoming reports have indicated accepting a Carnaval Mask gift request does not increase the mask counter. The Mafia Wars team has identified this problem and will have this issue addressed shortly. The Mafia Team understands accepting Carnaval Masks is critical to gaining early access to Brazil.

Despite this recent  carnaval counter problem everyone will continue to be provided with a fair chance to gain early access to Brazil! Thanks for your patience while this issue is resolved.

And Yet Another One 

Mafia Wars Gifting Error Messages

Updated 03/10/2011 at 00:26

Mafia Wars is focused on reducing problems that occur after a gift request is accepted from a friend or mafia member. To better address this problem specific error codes will be presented when a problem accepting a gift request has occurred.

The Mafia Wars development team would like to record these instances and gather as much information as possible to correct problems that occur with gifting. If you have recieved one of the following error messages, please email the support department with the following email template. This will ensure the best information has been provided to us.

Email Template:
What error code did you receive?
What type of gift did you accept?
Where did you accept the gift request from? (Mafia Wars Gift Box, Facebook Game/Gift Requests Page, Facebook News Feeds / Wall Postings)

**Important Tip**
Accepting same gift request from both the Mafia Wars Gift Box and Facebook Game/Gift Request Page will result in error message

Submit your Completed Gifting Problem Email Template by clicking the link below: 
http://support.zynga.com/CP_ContactUs?gameid=43

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Facebook's Old Group Owners Revolt Over Messages Not Being Sent To Members



Right now people who use the Old Facebook groups and up in arms about messages not being sent out to their members. This has been going on now for 3 weeks and there has been no help or comments from Facebook on this major issue despite numerous emails and phone calls.


This issue is affecting millions of members and admins of the old groups. Facebook members use the old groups for everything from Mafia Wars Families and other games groups to just regular topic groups.


There have been rumors on the site that the old groups are going to be migrated to the new groups and that Facebook will be starting this on March 24th but these rumors have not been confirmed but they also have not been denied by Facebook who is not commenting on this.


If they are thinking of migrating the old groups into new groups this will be a major headache for the admins and members of them. The new groups have strict limitations on them and dont offer the same features the old groups do.


The new groups are limited to 250 members, do not have a discussion tab ( they use a feature called Docs for this ), you cannot message all members with valuable information related to the group, anyone can be added to a new group without their consent, members of the new groups will automatically receive emails of all posts and comments that are made and these are just a few of the drawbacks.


The old group admins and their members do not want this. They want to be able to communicate and have the ability to control their group. 


The Facebook help center is pretty much useless unless you really know how to dig for information. But I have found some for all admins to use to complain to Facebook and try to get action.


This what the help center has on messages not being sent to members.



When sending messages or event invitations to a group, delivery may be delayed. Group members should receive these messages within a few hours. Guests will not display on an event until they have received these invitations. We are continually working to shorten these delays. If it has been more than 24 hours since you first tried sending a message or invitation to your group and members have still not received it, please submit a report here.

I suggest every admin fill this out and flood Facebook with them. And please be as thorough as you can explaining the issue. 

I have also found this link too http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=groups_bug Please fill this out completely as well. 

There is also a cause that you can join to try and get your voice heard. Here is the link http://apps.facebook.com/causes/posts/683781

We all need to let them know how we feel and I strongly urge all the old groups admins and members to voice their opinion on this. I also suggest you email them customerservice@fb.com , legal@fb.com   

Mafia Wars / Battle in Bangkok Mission Event 411


Our Next Mission On the board is BATTLE IN BANGKOK


Does this mean they are closing Bangkok ??? 


We dont know yet and Zynga say they dont know yet, so we will see. 


Here is the 411 on the new Mission coming below or you can click HERE 

Battle in Bangkok Mission Event 411 & FAQ

Updated 03/08/2011 at 23:50
Battle in Bangkok - Mission Event
Seasons change, and in March, Mafia Wars will change in an unprecedented way.

Q: Battle in Bangkok? Does this mean Bangkok is closing?
A:  Recent Changes have effected Mafia Wars and the storyline involves prompt action needed in Bangkok. The Brazilian based crime ring known as the Neo-Imperium is on the move. Their criminal network is expanding to Asia and has infiltrated both the Triad and Yakuza organizations. 
The Shadow King, formerly the biggest crime boss in Asia, has deposed and been forcefully deported from his native Thailand. He seeks your help in regaining his empire in Thailand, and presents the strongest ally in your fight against the overwhelming force and power of the Imperium. Old enemies have emerged and allied with the Imperium, and you'll have to defeat them if the tide is to be turned.
The Battle in Bangkok will only last a limited time and the future state of Bangkok still remains unknown.  Business operations in Bangkok may come to an end. As of this moment….nobody knows! Continue to check back for the latest news.
 
Q: Where do I find Satellite Phones?
A: You can find these through 3 methods
1.       Received from Free Gifts
2.       From ‘Battle in Bangkok’ themed wall postings
3.       As loot drop by completing job: ‘Hijack a Boat Load of Electronics’(Episode 3, Chapter 2) 
Q: A mission says I have to collect X amount of  ____ item.  What if I already have them in my inventory?
A:  You will still need to collect those items.  Any items already in your inventory will not count towards the amount needed.  The counter resets and does not start until the particular mission in the event starts.

Q: What if I have finished Bangkok already?
A:  Bangkok can be revisited during this limited time event. In order to complete Battle in Bangkok missions, progress in Bangkok is required.  
Every player will need to loot the Snake Fang Knife (61/61, Rare Weapon) to complete mission progress. This item will only drop in jobs and fights (but not robs) in Bangkok. Completing all missions and their related tasks will award you with the Special Mastery Item, a Coiled Strike (80/140 Superior Vehicle).   
Q: What if I haven't finished Bangkok already?
A: If progress in Bangkok has not been fully completed, focusing job activity on fully completing Bangkok is highly recommended. As mentioned previously, the future state of Bangkok is unknown at this moment.  
During this time of havoc, 5x Mastery will be granted on unmastered jobs.  Once a job is fully mastered one skill point will be awarded. Mastery Items will also be granted for mastering each episode.
Q: What if I don't finish Bangkok before the battle expires?
A: The future state of Bangkok is currently unknown. Check back for information. The Battle in Bangkok Mission Event itself was designed to be difficult and some players will not complete it.
 
 
Customer Support is not authorized to offer any compensation to players who want to see the return of Bangkok or who do not complete the Mission events.  If you have any feedback or opinions about this event, please visit -http://getsatisfaction.com/mafia_wars/

What Issues Are You Having With Mafia Wars That You Would Like Fixed.




Hi Everyone, 


As most of you know we are a proud member of PAC ( Players Advisory Committee ) and we were formed to be liaisons for you the PLAYER with Zynga. While we can not fix your game issues on the spot we do have the ear of ZYNGA and we are working with them to get issues resolved quickly.


We have created a new topic in the discussion thread for you on our Fan Page. http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=145826638767230&topic=361


Please let us know what issues you are having and we are going to be adding them to our list we send to Zynga every week. We will also let you know what Zynga has to say about the issues and give you a time frame on when those issues will be worked on and resolved. 


While some issues may not get attention right away they will be addressed and we will try to get you the best information we can on them. 


If you are having a particular issue please do me a favor and tell me step by step what it is and what happens when you try to do it. Dont just tell me Zynga Sucks and they need to fix it.


The more information I have on your particular issue the better I can explain it to them and get some action for you. If you have already filed a Customer service ticket please give me that number along with the explanation so we can go back to them and try and get you an answer on it. And if you dont feel comfortable posting that info here feel free to email me directly at jsweeneyjr@facebook.com


We are trying to help you and want you to have the most enjoyable experience you can playing Mafia Wars. While we are NOT employees of Zynga, we do have their ear and they are communicating with us on a daily basis. So let us try to help you.


Thank You 


John Sweeney 

*** The Show Is Up *** On Group Messages



*** The Show Is Up *** We went over a ton of new Mafia Wars News and Happenings plus we went over The change to pages and Facebook Bringing back Chronological Order to posts and talked about the Fiasco With the Group messages we are not getting. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thefacebookzyngapodcast/2011/03/07/the-facebook-zynga-podcast


Here is the link to our Fan Page http://www.facebook.com/TheFBZyngaPodcast

We also have a huge event coming Saint Paddy's Day Weekend it is a Mafia Wars Meet & Greet in Florida Nate from Zynga will be there with us to talk to you all.Just RSVPhere. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=178449838854545

We now have all sorts of gear available for you to get of your favorite podcast. T-Shirts / Hats / Mugs / Mousepads just go to our online store and purchase what you want to get. Check it out we hope you like it.http://www.cafepress.com/FBZPodcast

We are asking that you all please take the time from your busy scheduales to please Vote for our show. Yes I know the sign up to Vote takes a couple of minutes to do. We apologize for that but we dont run that site. 
Then we need you to click our show link to Vote : http://bloggerschoiceawards.com/blogs/show/104979
We really appreciate your Vote's and want to say Thank You very much. Your support has made us the success we are your are the best listeners & fans in the world !!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The 411 On Mafia Wars New Destination... BRAZIL

Thank You to Jennifer The MW Loot Lady For the Graphic.

Ok everyone here is the 411 on the New Carnaval Event before the new destination Brazil opens. It is like the Hearts  event & yes it will have the mini game. It should be rolling out now for everyone. 


You will need the mastery item Air Brazil (45/90) Vehicle, to get early access to Brazil so start collecting the masks tonight. 


Here is a copy of the 411 Zynga has put out and you can see it for yourself by clicking HERE.


Carnival Mask Brazil Combo Event

Updated 03/08/2011 01:35 PM
Brazil is coming! To celebrate the World's Biggest Party, a special Carnival Event has arrived to earn Golden (Golden Masks = 5 Carnivial Masks) and Carnival Masks to build 4 different Carnival themed items!  No official release date has been provided for Brazil! But collect enough masks and you can have a chance to get early beta access into Brazil
The Carnival Combo Event has multiple ways to get items!

Collect Carnival Masks by
  • Completing jobs, winning fights, and robbing properties.
  • Playing the Carnival Mini-Game!
  • From free gifts
  • Posting and clicking on wall posts
  • Purchase from the Marketplace
To increase your chances of looting Carnival Masks through jobs, be sure to complete jobs which require higher amounts of energy. For example, completing jobs in New York or Italy which require the lowest amount of energy to complete will only lower your chance of collecting a Carnival Mask. Jobs that require a higher percentage of your maximum energy will increase your chances of looting a Carnival Mask.

A Carnival mini-game will also be available to increase the chances of collecting extra Carnival Masks! This mini-game will appear at random when completing jobs, fights, or robs and present different doors to choose from with a possibility of discovering up to 5 extra Carnival Masks! The first time you play the game, it's free. Golden Masks can be found behind a secret door! You can also replay the game for 1 Reward Point. Good Luck!
Daily Maximum Carnival Mask Collection limits (limits reset at midnight local time)
10 Carnival Masks can be looted per day from Jobs (each Carnival Mask has a super-rare secret % chance of being a Golden Masks, for a maximum of 1 per day from Jobs)
10 Carnival Masks can be looted per day from Fighting (each Carnival Mask has a super-rare secret % chance of being a Golden Masks, for a maximum of 1 per day from Fighting)
10 Carnival Masks can be looted per day from Robbing (each Carnival Mask has a super-rare secret % chance of being a Golden Masks, for a maximum of 1 per day from Robbing)
40 Carnival Masks can be collected per day from free gift accepts
  • Anything after the 40th Carnival Mask per day becomes a Mystery Bag.
  • You can receive a maximum of 40 Masks per day this way
Carnival Masks can be collected per day from your ask for Carnival Masks wall posts.
  • There are no limits to how many times you can post an ask wall post.
  • The first five friends to click on an ask wall post, will send one your way
  • You cannot click to collect from your own wall post - "Nice try, but you cannot collect from you own feed."
10 Carnival Masks can be collected per day from clicking on a friend's wall post.
  • There are two different types of wall posts (ask and share) and you can collect up to 5 for each type.
  • When you click on an ask wall post, it will also send one to your friend.
  • If you have maxed out at 5 for type of wall post, you will get a "You collected the max number of Carnival Masks from this type of feed. Try again tomorrow."
  • If 5 people beat you to the wall post, you will get a "You are too late. All the Carnival Masks have been claimed. Look out for more."
Carnival Masks can be collected per day from clicking on a friend's Golden Mask wall post.
  • You get a Carnival Mask, not a Golden Mask
  • If 5 people beat you to the wall post, you will get a "You are too late. All the Carnival Masks have been claimed. Look out for more."
There are no limits to the number of Carnival Masks you can collect from playing the Mini-Game (it just requires 1 Reward Point to replay the Mini-Game)
Carnival Masks can be purchased for 1 Reward Point each in the Marketplace.
When you have enough Carnival Masks, the following Carnival Loot Items will unlock for trade-in -
25 Carnival Masks - Pecuna Blowgun (45/24) Weapon, Common
50 Carnival Masks - Heavy Assault Squad (31/58) Armor, Uncommon
100 Carnival Masks - Pink Birdeater Tarantula (65/34) Animal, Rare
150 Carnival Masks - Air Brazil (45/90) Vehicle, Superior
Air Brazil is required for access to the Beta period in Brazil.

Customer Support is not authorized to offer any compensation for players who don't like Mardi Gras, Carnival, masks, getting beads, giving beads, or cities in beta ..  If you have any feedback or opinions about this event, please visit -http://getsatisfaction.com/mafia_wars/