It seems as though here is a triple threat going on in the Mafia Wars world right now. First of all, the forums are incredibly slow, honestly I am half expecting to see a rotating revolver any minute ;)
Second, it seems as though I am not the only one with accessibility problems. Many users are complaining of increased load times, problems accessing pages, more toolbar issues, and so on.
Finally there is a rport of the forum about ongoing corruption issues dating back since December. Apparently there are still accounts affected by these problems.
Welcome to the second day of Bangkok Beta. I’m going to go through a quick rundown of what I know and throw in some tips and tricks while i’m at it.
1. If you do not have beta start stocking up on cell phones, illegal transaction records, blackmail photos, and computer set-ups. You need a few hundred cell phones for chapter 1. The rest of the items are only an assumption, but because all of those items got new images I am assuming you will need them later, a few hundred of each at least.
2. The energy/xp ratio is horrible, even at level 4 mastery. This means that you will level up very infrequently. Make sure you are using both energy packs at the most opportune times to maximize leveling.
3. Money will be a problem at the beginning. When you find yourself running short on cash make sure you do faction related jobs so you are not only getting money, but faction points as well.
4. You can become allied with both factions eventually for the items, so don’t take too much time considering your choices.
5. This one is fairly obvious, but don’t buy extra loot, it all has really bad stats. Only buy what you need for the jobs.
6. Because of the extreme lack of money you probably should not buy any businesses until gold mastery in chapter 1, unless of course you run out of energy and happen to have a lot of cash on hand. As I was progressing I seemed to be spending money much faster than I was getting it, leaving me in the hundreds by the time I ran out of energy each time.
7. If you are progressing linearly(getting diamond mastery on chapter one before moving to chapter 2) then don’t forget about your energy boosts from the chess pieces. I had 2 boosts by the time I hit gold mastery, it wasn’t much, but because of the horrible energy/xp ratio every point counts.
8. Speaking of energy, if you have the truck driver boost or can trade loot you don’t need for the truck driver boost now is a great time to stock up on those. In some cases you barely get more xp than the energy you put into the job; seriously.
Well, that’s all I’ve learned about Bangkok for now. Unfortunately they still have only 2 chapters released and still no fighting. I am sure I will have more to add as more things are added to Bangkok.
After the maintenance last night it there seem to be even more problems than before. There are no release notes for the maintenance, only the line about performance upgrades. Unfortunately, my account is slower, the toolbar still doesn’t work, and we have lost the ability to scroll down so half the page is simply cut off.
Apparently this is happening to a limited number of users though, I have not seen any complaints yet in the forums.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of my loyal fans that have shown interest in this blog over the past 2 months. We are growing steadily thanks to your continued support! None of this would be possible without you and I thank you.
Finally, it has come to my attention that some of you “blog-frequenting” have been trying to subscribe to my blog and I have not made that an easy task. Over on the right hand side you will find a nice new subscribe link.
Again, Thank you all.
Hopefully this will fix the current issues with energy packs:
Scheduled Maintenance: Mafia Wars will be unavailable between 10PM – 11PM (PST) on Monday, January 25th. This is a scheduled maintenance period to improve game performance.
Always on the ball, Zynga just announced the beta release:
Bangkok is finally open in beta to a select number of users. For those who don’t have access, we’ve given every beta tester 3 passports to send to their friends. Ask your friends for them while they last! Click here to play: http://apps.facebook.com/inthemafia/
It seems that with all of these Bangkok updates the developers did something to break just about everyone’s Toolbar bonus. I would say based on the forums that 1 in 10 have a working toolbar.