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FrontierVille!

This educational guide was not written by, endorsed or affiliated with Zynga, and is solely for educational purposes. FrontierVille is an interactive game where you carve out your own homestead in the wilderness.  Work with friends to chop and clear land, erect buildings, plant and tend crops, and even create your own family. With constant goals to keep you challenged this game is sure to please. GETTING STARTED
*Tip – Don’t like your avatar design? Don’t worry, your choice doesn’t have to be permanent.  At any point in the game you can make changes by clicking on the “My Stuff” icon and selecting the Family Album.  In the Family Album select the Customize button under your avatar picture and make whichever changes you’d like. Frontier Jack Wondering what’s next?  Well your friendly neighbor Frontier Jack will direct you to your first task, the clearing of your fields.  Don’t get overwhelmed!  Just follow Jacks instructions and work at it a little at a time. Frontier Jack is going to continue to directed you throughout the game.  He will deliver your mail, offer you new challenges and give you a friendly “Yee Haw!” when you’ve completed a collection. Level-Up Frontier Jack was kind enough to plant a few crops just in time for your arrival.   It’s time to harvest your corn and tomatoes, feed those cute chicks and check your mail.  Now you have a little money in your pocket and some experience to boot! Surprise, you’ve made it to level two! Now that you have started the game it’s time to learn how to navigate through it.  The following  are instructions to help you find your way around your homestead and a few tips to help you keep your panties from bunching while you take on the wilds! * Tip- At each new level your energy is refilled and increased and you receive a horseshoe which you can use to make “special” purchases. NAVIGATING THE GAME Status Meter At the top of the screen you will see your stats.  Starting from the top left, the coins show how much money you have earned, the log is how many logs you have collected, the slice of pie is how much food you have, the lightning bolt shows the amount of energy you have used,  the star shows your experience in a level, and the horseshoe is another form of currency, the most rare kind.  Challenges will also appear on the top of your screen in a column under the horseshoe  with an icon that will stay there until the challenge is completed. With the exception of the horseshoes all of these items are dropped onto your screen when you either clear land or harvest animals or crops.  They must be collected or they will disappear.  The Excellent! meter will give you a coin bonus for picking up your booty quickly.  So click away as fast as you can to score extra cash. When you visit a neighbors homestead your status meter will change only slightly.  You will notice above that the energy meter has been replaced with a heart meter.  This heart meter tracks your reputation.  When tending a neighbors homestead you will earn coins, food, experience (you may also earn logs and bonuses for your collections),  and you will also earn a heart for each service.  Once your heart meter is full your “reputation” will go up one level and collect a large food bonus. Lower Menu Visit your neighbors homestead, hire them to work your homestead, or send out gifts all at the bottom of your screen.  Click on your neighbors picture for those options to appear.  To quickly view and send your neighbor a gift from their Wish List move your curser over their picture and their wish list appears.  Simply click on the item you would like to send them. *Tip – Hiring a neighbor is a great way to get some extra work done when you’re out of energy.  It will cost you 50 coins for each hire and it is money well spent.  The neighbor will complete 5 tasks for the 50.  But you are limited to hiring two neighbors each day. Gray Sub-Menu The triangle to the left will minimize/maximize the gray submenu.  The eye will lower the game resolution on your screen.  The speaker will mute miscellaneous game sounds such as animal noises. The musical note mutes the music. The magnifying glasses will zoom in and out while the two-squares icon will maximize the game into full screen mode. Selecting the Arrow icon will open another menu where you can choose to move, rotate, or sell your possessions.  To go back to your regular curser select the arrow again. Market Visit the Market to buy your must-need homestead items.
On the Special page is where limited or rare items are found to purchase.  But the cost is going to be high. Horseshoes are the currency used and they have to be either earned by leveling-up or actually purchased via credit card.  To buy more horseshoes select the blue Add Horseshoes button at the top of the  Market menu. By selecting the Crops button you can choose which crops you would like to plant.  The current options are: clover, tomatoes, pumpkin, potatoes, wheat, cotton, flax, corn, peas, peanuts, sunflowers, and eggplant.  An effective way to level-up often is to plant crops regularly and maintain a constant crop rotation. Under the Trees tab are the fruit trees available for purchase.  The present options include: cherry, apple, pear, peach, and apricot.  You may also purchase a fully grown pine or oak tree for horseshoes or immature ones for 350 coins.  You are probably thinking “why buy trees that grow automatically?”  The answer is that you have to have trees to grow trees.  If you have over-cleared your land no trees will grow.  Or if a neighbor has chopped down a tree that you particularly liked you may purchase a replacement (this has happened to me).  You may also earn these trees by completing certain collections or receive them as gifts from neighbors. Buy your animals under the animal tab.  The current choices are: chicken, goat, sheep, pig, cow, ox, mule, horse, and goose.  Again, all of these animals are also awarded by completing certain collections and may be received as gifts from neighbors. Under the Buildings tab you can purchase… you guessed it, buildings.  And that word is as it implies.  All buildings must be built.  There is a challenge in each structure.  You must use your energy to pound away on the building, the number of whacks depends on the kind of building. Once you are done building you must collect an assortment of tools.  The tools range from hand drills and bricks to paint and hammers, etc. All of these tools must be purchased or gifted… they are never awarded.  This makes completing the buildings a little difficult because you must have your neighbors participation.  I recommend sending daily requests and swindle deals if necessary!  The current building options are:  cabin, general store, barn, school house, inn, covered wagon, chicken coop, and sawmill. *Tip – As you level-up  there will be building challenges and sometimes even several of the same building. If you have already completed a building before the challenge has been set you will have to purchase another one and do it again.  I recommend waiting for the game to prompt you so that you don’t have to go through a building challenge without getting a bonus. * Tip- Keep a nice stockpile of tools.  You will always need them in a building challenge and some building require a lot. On the Decorations page you can purchase an assortment of items to spruce up your homestead.  Most of the items cost coins or logs but the best ones, of course, cost horseshoes. Many of these choices are really fun so save up your horseshoes and plan ahead.  It wouldn’t be a real homestead without an outhouse! Energy!  Ah, a must have.  Click on the energy tab to purchase your lightning in a meal.  A whole guide can be written about the best ways to gain and spend your energy.  But alas, I only have a few tips for you in this guide.  See below for an energy breakdown and a few tips to help you get the most out of your fuel. My Stuff Reach into your Gifts box to view what has just come in.  Don’t worry, if you were expecting to find something  and it’s not there it has probably been moved into your Inventory. The Inventory is where all your gifts, bonuses, and unused decorations can be found, gifted and used.  You can also add to your wish list of an item you already have by clicking on the green plus sign (+) right next to it.   Send your wish list to your wall  by selecting the Share button. There are so many Collections there are too many to list.  These collections can be really fun but some are harder to complete than others.  For example the groundhog collection.  When the groundhog pest arrives he must be beaten into submission.  This takes several whacks but when he’s good ‘n gone the award is usually coins and experience.  Occasionally however, you will also find a random treat.  Once all the treats are collected and the reward is traded in you will receive four extra energy.  I’ve been working on the groundhog collection for months and I still haven’t found the pumpkin rind. If this happens to you with any collection, just add the item to your wish list by selecting the green ( + ) sign and beg  your neighbors to share from their bounty. *Tip – By the way, it’s not necessary to clobber pests.  If they are in the way of your work just use the Move tool to pick up the crop or animal you want to harvest and move it away from the pests red zone.   This comes in handy when you first start playing and you have a great deal to accomplish with very little energy.  I have heard of players being able to move the pest to a new location but have never been able to do this myself. *Tip – Most neighbors can be lured into giving you a much needed item if a trade is on the table. Gifting Everyone loves to give gifts. Whether it’s a fun and decorative knick knack or something useful it is always a pleasure to give.  Practice the art of gift giving daily in FrontierVille! In fact, your neighbor is relying on you to provide certain gifts to help them progress through the game.  While your screen is minimized you can go to the Free Gifts tab to give one gift to each friend each day.  The current options include items such as energy in a meal, building materials, fruit trees, livestock, decorations, and even occasional items to help people with a challenge. * Tip- you may also send from your own abundance at your Inventory screen.  Select the present icon next to an item you would like to send and select which neighbor will be the lucky recipient. The Ink Pen and Spitball are examples of challenge items that can be gifted from the Free Gifts tab. Wish List Gifting Another way to bless your neighbor is to give them an item on their Wish List from your personal inventory.  You are not limited in giving away these items if you have them. There are a few ways to give according to a Wish List. 1. Move curser over neighbors avatar at the bottom of your screen.  Their Wish List will pop out.  If you have the item a SEND GIFT button appears under it. Select the SEND GIFT button and a menu prompts you to choose how many of the item you would like to send. 2. While checking your News Feed you may see a Wish List posting from a neighbor.  Select the Send Items link at the bottom of the request to see if you have any of the items to send.  This will redirect you to the My Neighbors tab in FrontierVille which is located on a the top of the screen while the game is minimized.  If you go to the My Neighbors tab through this route the only options visible will be that specific neighbors Wish List as seen below. 3. You may also go directly to the My Neighbors tab while your game is minimized to view all of your neighbors Wish Lists at once. *Tip – Be careful when gifting from your personal inventory. You may need those items for an up-coming challenge.  Keep your generosity to a minimum because some of these items are really hard to get your hands on. Neighbors In our privileged time our requests to our neighbors (if we even know them) may be to borrow a cup of sugar, or an egg or two.  Maybe you’ve gone out of town and asked your neighbor to keep an eye on the place.  FrontierVille is so much more interactive than our real life relationships with our neighbors.  In this game you rely on your neighbors not only to help out on your homestead, but for much needed items to make it through the game.  There are specific items that are only attainable when gifted from friends and there are also items locked until you reach a particular number of friends.  So make sure you find a good bunch and help each other out regularly. Since this game is relatively new there aren’t very many groups on Facebook dedicated to increasing your neighbors list. But the numbers are growing every day.  I found FrontierVille Friends group to be very helpful in expanding my neighbor list.  To find group add on pages: 1. Type “FrontierVille Add” into the Facebook search bar. 2. Choose a group with a large amount of members. 3. “Like” the page. 4. Post a message on wall. “FrontierVille daily player, please add me.”  or… 5. Start selecting group members and “friend” them with “FrontierVille” in the message. 6. Once you have made the new friends, make sure to Invite them to be your neighbor on the Invite tab. *Tip – Keep your Facebook Friends organized by categorizing them.  If you want to avoid communicating game questions on your wall you can send an Inbox Message just to your FrontierVille Neighbors. Creating Facebook Friends Lists 1. Select Friends on the left side of your screen while viewing your Facebook wall. 2. Choose Create a List at the top of the screen. 3. Name the list and click the friends to be added. ENERGY Energy is your most valuable resource!  And as I said before a whole guide could be written on energy strategy.  Early in the game it can be frustrating trying to accomplish anything with such a limited amount of energy. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your energy. Hire Neighbors Your land is overgrown with grass, wildflowers, trees and cactus and you must clear this land to make progress.  If you are short on time and patience you can still get work done. Hire a neighbor to harvest or clear. *Tip- Remember you are limited to hiring 2 neighbors each day, so wait until all your own resources are exhausted to use this feature. Meals Food is gained by harvesting animals and crops, and can be used to purchase meals in the Market. Meals will partially refill your energy meter, allowing you to continue working. Some of the various meals are:

MEAL

COST

ENERGY REFILL

Light Snack

36 Food

3

Breakfast

80 Food

7

Lunch

165 Food

15

Dinner

320 Food

30

7 Course Feast

600 Food

62

All You Can Eat

10 Horseshoes

Full Refill

Beef Jerky

30 Horseshoes

Full Refill + 3 (permanent increase)

*Tip – Don’t buy more energy than you need. For example, don’t buy a dinner that refills 30 energy when your max energy is 24. Meal Requests Hoard your gifted meals.  You may even send a group message to your neighbors requesting meals when you are not otherwise needing items for a challenge. * Tip- Check your wall regularly for neighbor posts for food  bonuses. Accept Neighbors Work Neighbors working your homestead can yield food and energy, both of which will contribute to your energy meter. * Tip – Make sure to use a little energy before accepting your neighbors work.  If your meter is full you cannot use the energy gained from your neighbors labor. Work Neighbors Homesteads By visiting a neighbors homestead you’ll receive energy points among other items. So make sure you visit all your neighbors every day. *Tip- Again, make sure you exhaust some of your energy before working a neighbors homestead.  Your meter must have a little drained to receive energies earned while working. Working Your Own Homestead Working  the your own homestead will very often yield extra energy. Whether your clearing out wildflowers, clobbering a snake or whacking at a building, a lightning bolt will sometimes pop out. * Tip- Peach trees frequently give off one energy when harvested.

*Tip – Placing decorations like barrels or shovels on your cleared land will stop grasses and wildflowers from re-growing.

Waiting One unit of energy is regained every five minutes. Therefore, the simplest way to reclaim a full meter is by taking a break from the game. Level-Up Leveling-up will completely refill your energy meter and add one permanently to your maximum level. Wall Posts Check your News Feed often because you can find food, energy, coin, experience, etc. off your friends’ Facebook wall posts.  Picking up some extra experience will help you get closer to leveling-up.

Vampire Wars

Vampire Wars is a game created by Zynga where you create your own vampire avatar, build a clan from other Vampire Wars players, gain skills by completing challenges and fight to be the most powerful vampire of all.  This educational guide was not written by Zynga or affiliated with Zynga, it is solely for educational purposes. Read on for game play tips. GETTING STARTED Avatar There are three types of vampire avatars to choose from.  Each has its particular game playing benefits. The choices are: v  Primeval (previously “Animalistic”) = Faster Health Restore v  Noble (previously “Ravenous”) = Faster Blood Flow (from minions) v  Modern (previously “Punk”) = Faster Energy Restore Once you have chosen which type of vampire you would like to be then you get to play dress up!  Choose between male and female, body type and hair color.  You may even choose how to dress your avatar and what image will be in the background. As you move further into the game and accrue in blood and skill you may purchase additional dress items. Building Clan The best way to build your clan quickly is by joining groups and requesting Vampire War friends. Type Vampire Wars into the FB search tab and narrow the selection by Groups.  There are many groups dedicated to increasing your clan size but a couple of the most popular are Vampire Wars – Add 600+ in 60 Minutes! and Vampire Wars (Mass Add). You can join these groups  and post a friend request on the wall or you can start friending people with “Vampire Wars” written in the subject line of your request. If you are going to be a daily VW gamer I would suggest a special FB page dedicated to this game.  There are continuous gifts to share with friends and if you have scores of people in your clan then your news feed will be full of VW updates and extras. Allocating Skill Points Set the baseline for your skill points on your Stats page.  After a certain period of time (which depends on which level you are on) those points will be replenished. Your skill points are essential for playing this game.  Where you put those points determines how much game play you will get.  For example if you put the majority of your points into Rage (which takes a 2 point minimum to increase) and less into your health, you may win all your fights, but you will only get to fight a couple of times and will not win very much blood as fighting uses up health faster than rage.   And since you are a vampire – blood is essential so you want to fight!  All of your skills will reset after a certain number of minutes, but it’s best to be smart in how you allocate rather than waiting for it to refill to play. Your Energy and Health will be the two skills that you will want to increase the most, with health being the most important.  After playing the game a few times I would suggest reallocating your points (you get a freebee to do this initially on the Elders tab).  Health is the most important skill for fighting, allowing you to fight longer, and you use the Energy for your missions. At the bottom of the Fledgling page under the Mission tab there is a practice fight option with Baba Yaga.  I highly recommend you increase your Health to a minimum of 125 before taking her on.  She’s not as frail as she looks! Your goal for a strategically played game would be working towards allocating a minimum of Health to 125, Energy to 50,  Rage to 10, Attack to 10, and Defense to 10.  Really, the longer you play and the more you Level Up you will continue to increase these skill numbers but initially build your Health to 125 before taking on Baba Yaga and to ensure more fighting opportunities. There are other areas where you can earn extra skill points.  One additional skill point can be earned for every mastered mission or trophy earned. Freebies On Your Wall Check your wall regularly for all your vamp clans achievements that are shared.  The more people in your clan the more opportunities for great bonuses but you also have to be quick – there is a limited number offered per posting. You also may want to avoid cluttering up your friends walls with all your achievements.  Post only when there are free boosts or skill bonuses to share. The Dead Bull 50% Energy Boost is an example of one of the many boosts you may find posted on your wall.  This boost I use often to cram in a few more missions. Using The Boosts When you run out of energy or health… don’t use the Favor Points! You may use a boost to refill or partially fill your energy or health.  Go to the Coffin tab and the Stats page and scroll down to your boosts.  Select a boost from your inventory to use it. Navigating Game Pages While playing the game I found that there were so many game pages that I had difficulty finding my desired location.  I kept wanting to purchase minions for example, or gamble my blood for a prized ability but I wouldn’t remember where to go to do these things. There are so many activities it can be a bit overwhelming so here is a brief explanation of what can be found and where to find it. News -  Limited Ability advertisement, mini game links, quick links to blood gambling games such as Akem’s Gamble and Blood Magic.  A quick link to the Collectors page, Avatar Judgments, clan Gifts link, and clan News Feed can all also be found in the News page. Stats – View and allocate your Skill Points, change Avatar Title, Fighting Statistics, Blood Flow, and Inventory of the following: Boosts, Mission Items, Offensive skills, Defensive skills, Movement skills, Minions, and lastly Trophies. Trophies – A list of all the trophies you may earn in each category.  The categories being: Character, Missions, Earnings, Combat, and Special.  The trophies you have already earned are colored while the ones you have yet to achieve are in gray scale. Avatar – Edit your avatar’s appearance and visit the Avatar Items Shop Comments – Leave comments for an individual player or for your whole clan. Judgments – Judge other players avatars as Tasty (+2), Tempting (+1), or Toxic (-1). These judgments affect the overall scores of the players you vote on.  To put yourself on the judgment block visit the Stats page and select “Share avatar with friends.” Invite – Add new clan members from your Face Book contacts. My Clan – View all your clan members and send them personal gifts. Play a mission to mastery according to your skill level.  Levels here are listed in order of lowest to highest:  Fledgling, Neophyte, Adept, Savant, Stalker, Deathbringer, Vindicator, and Scion.  You may also purchase new abilities on this page when they are needed to complete a mission. Fight – All the players currently playing at your skill ranking are listed on this page for you to.  You may also check out their stats, judge their avatar, volunteer them for the Hitlist, Bite or Attack all by selecting their names. Hitlist – Contains  list of players nominated for attack. Fight Leaderboard – Fighting statistics for Your Clan and Overall players. Abilities – Choose to purchase Offensive, Defensive, and Movement abilities with your blood. Minions – Dominate minions to build up regular blood. Avatar Shop – Edit and purchase avatar items. Council – Purchase boosts and stamina for Favor Points.  Also may purchase additional Favor Points using credit card. Akem’s Gamble – Gamble Akem for rare abilities. Blood Magic – Gamble with Mandy (super creepy vampire child) for boosts and bonuses.. and the occasional curse. Crypt – visit treasure chest each day at the same time for four consecutive days to see what is in the chest. Collector – Elder Jeremy can find you anything…. for a cost. Artisans – Use collected wings to purchase a bonus set. Help – A brief description of game play and FAQs. Forum – View and post questions, check on latest game play news, and VW updates. Support – Problem search engine. STRATEGIC GAME PLAY Building Skill This game is all about building power by increasing blood, enlarging your clan, winning fights and completing missions.  It is a juggling act of growing everything from your energy and health to blood and kills.  Strategy is important.  So learn to juggle all these factors to increase your power and plan well.  Everything you do will affect your skill rating so here are a number of strategies to help keep you on a constant skill increase. 1. Keep that blood flowing!  You’re a vampire now and blood is critical so buy, buy, buy those minions. The more minions you have in your control the more blood you will increase regularly.  Also, when you begin to gain abilities they will start to require blood to maintain them so stock up on that tasty blood. 2. Build up your clan.  A couple of the benefits to having a large clan that I have noticed are more opportunities for bonuses on your wall, and more support in a fight.  You can still beat a vampire in combat who has a larger clan than you – but it’s always helpful to have that backup. 3. It is crucial to win your fights.  To insure a win click on a vamps name (highlighted in yellow)on the Combat page with a lower skill level than yourself and check their vampire profile.  I make sure only to fight vamps 100 or more skill points below me and this seems to work out well. On the vamps profile look at two things before you fight them.  1. make sure that they have a nice fight loss to win ratio (though you still may win the fight if their overall skill level is significantly lower than yours.  But it’s better to be safe than sorry).  And 2. that they have enough minions to make it worth your while.  If you win a fight and receive less than 100,000 blood move onto the next vamp.  You’re health will be used up quickly while fighting and you cannot fight below 20 health points so don’t waste those points on a thirsty vamp.  Blood is your life force and the more minions they have, the more blood you can win in a fight. Defeating other vamps is the quickest way to win a lot of blood fast.  It’s good to have a steady blood flow from your minions but you can gain millions in blood with just a few minutes of strategic fighting.  That blood is important folks so be very thoughtful before initiating a fight.  And unless you bank you blood (see below for banking blood) before each and every fight a lost fight to a big opponent could mean a big loss of blood! 4. master your missions.  to master your missions you have to simultaneously increase in blood to buy more abilities and continue to use and refill your rage and energy.  The rage I don’t really worry about - that really takes a long time to run out.  But the energy will run out quite quickly.    It is all a juggling act with using your skills so see Allocating Skill Points for a few tips on distributing them to your benefit. Leveling Up Every Level Up is going to get you a refill on all skill levels and an additional five points to allocate where you’d like. Level Up by gaining in experience.  And experience is gained by completing missions and fighting.  Missions and fighting, missions and fighting, missions and fighting…. Don’t forget it.

Stockpiling Blood

You can bank your blood to keep it safe during a fight and from Mandy when you gamble ( That brat doesn’t always hand out bonuses). To do this go to “Visit your blood bank” on the Stats page under the Coffin tab.  You will lose 10% with your initial deposit, but if you have a lot you might want to keep it safe from prying or mischievous hands. Favor Points Favor points can be used to purchase special items such as an ability available for a limited time, additional boosts and even skill points.  Since boosts, skill points, and rare items are awarded through clan members wall posts, completing missions, and gambling I reserve my favor points for unusual abilities that are offered.  Favor points accrue very slowly so if you don’t want to wait there is always the option to purchase more. This is the game in a nutshell.  Remember to take on many challenges to win trophies,  find hidden gifts and abilities;  fight other players and attack those minions to gain more blood…. oh, and don’t forget to enjoy the game!

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