Archive for July, 2010

FrontierVille Picnic Baskets

A new feature in FrontierVille is the ability to ask your neighbors to send you a Picnic Basket. This feature replaces the old ability to ask all of your neighbors to send you a Light Snack for a 10 coin reward. On the positive side, the new picnic baskets gives both parties a light snack. On the negative side, you have to send a request to your neighbor for the picnic basket, who must then approve or deny said request. This is much more time consuming than clicking a link on the news feed.

Then there’s the actual message accompanying the request:

Nothing like some good old fashioned emotional manipulation!

Wow. Please don’t let my family starve. That’s hardcore. If you don’t approve your neighbor’s request, you’re basically killing their small children. So go ahead and ignore it,  you murderer.

Picnic Time!

Buying Horseshoes with Facebook Credits

Facebook is currently giving away 25 free Facebook Credits to all users who play games. If you primarily play FrontierVille, you can use those credits to buy Horseshoes, the in-game premium currency!

I’ve had a few readers ask me how to buy Horseshoes with Facebook Credits. Instead of replying to you all individually, I’ve written a short tutorial on the subject.

Here’s how:

1. Click the “Get Horseshoes” tab on the top right of the game screen.

2. Select the amount of Horseshoes you wish you purchase. Hint: 10 Facebook Credits = 1.00 USD So if you only have 25 credits, the most you can buy is 15 Horseshoes for 2.00 USD.

3. Under Payment Options select “Facebook Credits”

4. Click Continue, and you will receive a pop-up confirming your purchase.

Et voilà! You’ve got some free Horseshoes.

Today’s Wednesday, which means we’re probably getting an update today! Zynga doesn’t do “official” update days, but for the past two weeks it’s been on a Wednesday. So fingers crossed!

Official FrontierVille Screenshot Contest

Are you enjoying the new Water items? Do you have an eye for detail? Want to win 500 Horseshoes?

Taken from the Official Forum:

Howdy Pardners!

The FrontierVille team wants to see how creative you have been while decorating with the Water Features recently released. Post a screenshot of your homestead focusing on the water features and you can win 500 Horseshoes.

The winning entry will also be featured on FrontierVilles fan page!

You can read all about the contest, including the rules, here.

The deadline for the contest is August 3rd, and no photo-shopping is allowed.

Sounds fun! Unfortunately I’m not the best decorator and most of my frontier is crowded by crops. I’ll have to put my thinking cap on. Good luck everyone!

If you’re confused how to take a screenshot, here’s a quick step by step tutorial:

  1. Open up FrontierVille – You should know how to do this
  2. Open up Microsoft Paint – (Start > Program > Accessories > Paint or just type “Paint” in the Run search box)
  3. Decorate your Homestead to your Heart’s Content.
  4. Once you have your Homestead set up just right, you’re going to want to click the “Print Screen” key on your keyboard. Sometimes this looks like “prt sc” and is usually on the upper right hand side of your keyboard. On my keyboard, “prt sc” shares a key with the “insert” key and I have to push the “fn” key and “prt sc” at the same time.
  5. Switch Windows back to Paint. Either click “crtl” + “v” or the “Paste” button.
  6. After clicking Paste, your screenshot will be in the Paint window. It will be of your entire computer screen, including the top of the Facebook window. You can crop this down to size using the select tool.
  7. After you’ve cropped your image down to size it’s time to save it! Make sure you save it as a .jpeg file instead of a .bmp file. Bitmaps take up lots of space.

And you’re all set!

Happy Screen-shooting!

Growing FrontierVille Wildflowers, Cacti, Skulls, & Rocks

A recent trend I’ve spied among my FrontierVille Neighbors is to keep the borderline around your frontier, specifically in the bottom corner, empty. At first I didn’t get it, but over time the intention has become clear. These pioneers are farming debris.

Not just any debris: Wildflowers, Cacti, Skulls, & Rocks to be exact. Remember that Thorn map from an earlier post? This follows the same concept. Certain wild flora are more likely to spawn in certain areas (thorns to the north, everything else south).

We Don’t Beat Around the Bush at Pioneer Pary

The above photo comes from my neighbor FrontierGirl’s homestead. Notice all the cacti and skulls? Nice.

Since we’ve been seeing more and more quests that require the player to clear these debris/wild flora, it’s a smart investment to try and grow some to have on hand.

Don’t worry if visiting neighbors try to clear it, you can always dismiss their actions.

I had plants growing all along my borders, but I decided to try my hand at making a Cactus Skull Farm. I cleared a one-space border on both sides of my bottom border and waited. And waited. Nothing grew. Then I realized I didn’t clear enough space. Hand on forehead – rookie mistake. So instead of having a one-space clearing on both sides, I made a two-space clearing on the bottom right side and filled up the border on the bottom left with crops. Within two days I had three cacti!

The Proof is in the Cactus Pudding

I was surprised at how quickly they grew! Of course, they brought along grass and saplings. For now I’m only clearing the grass and stocking up on everything else. You never know when you’ll need it!

Authors Note:

Saplings and 2 chop trees should be movable objects. Currently they are not. This is a bug and the FrontierVille Team is “working on it.”

Spotlight On: FrontierVille Families

Today’s family portrait comes from Mallory!

From left to right we have Smith, Melodie, and Annie.

What a cute family! Thanks for sending this in and reading the blog, Mallory!

If you’d like your family to be featured on the blog, send us an email at pioneerpartyblog@gmail.com.

In other news, have you bought the new Waterfall yet? It’s huge! One of my neighbors purchased it, and here’s a screenshot:

It’s a Double Rainbow!

I’m debating between the waterfall & the frog pond. The only downside of the waterfall is its immense size. It takes up quite a bit of space that I could be devoting to growing plots. But that rainbow does serve as reminder to take it easy…

FrontierVille Update July 21st

Slip & Slide

A few days ago a new feature was released in FrontierVille that allowed players to tend their neighbors’ unready animals. By “unready” I mean not hungry or no yellow arrow. Tending an unready animal shortened the time until it was ready to be harvested, much like tending an unripe crop. Each tend reduces the growth time by 1/10th. By tending an animal or crop that takes an hour or less to harvest, it will be ready instantly.

This new change has been reflected in the new update, which saw the release of four new quests. Each new quest requires the player to tend a certain amount of unready animals on their neighbors’ land. I just counted and it seems that in total you have to tend:

  • 10 unready oxen
  • 10 unready pigs
  • 10 unready chickens
  • 3 unready cows
  • 5 unready goats

On top of that you need to collect certain items from each animal’s collection set. You’ll see what I mean once you load up the game.

Aside from the new quests there’s darling new water-themed decorations, including the new bird bath!

I couldn’t resist.

There’s also several new pond-type items, including a fishing hole and a hot tub! Each of the new ponds cost horseshoes, but they’re very cute. The frog ponds are both limited edition and will only be in the shop for six days. Which is quite a shame because  I already have the clunky old plain pond that I bought my first week of playing.

Now I have to decide if I want to turn my Homestead into the Land of Lakes or not.

FrontierVille Food Strategy

(…continued from Monday’s post concerning my Money Strategy)

So now that we’ve got our cotton planted, how are we going to harvest it? 110 plots takes 110 energy. Here is where you need a viable FrontierVille Food Strategy.

Once again, my strategies may not work for you. Finding your optimal food strategy depends on how much downtime you can have while playing. I have a lot of free time in real life, so I can check back on my crops several times a day. If you can’t, you’ll need to tweak my ideas to fit your needs. With that in mind, here is my strategy in a nutshell:

  • Eggplants, Eggplants, Eggplants
  • Sunflowers
  • Gopher Bonus

Eggplants v. Peaches, the Eternal Struggle

The first tier of any good Food Strategy is Food Production.

Eggplants & Peach Trees are the two best food producers in FrontierVille, at this time. Personally, I prefer Eggplants, but both have their pros & cons.

Eggplants give you more food & experience per hour, but cost more energy. Over a six hour period, I can harvest 3 eggplants per plot giving 9 food & 12 experience.

Peaches give less food & experience per hour, but cost less energy. Over a six hour period, I can harvest a peach tree 2 times per plot, giving 8 food & 2 experience.

If we break that down further, you gain 1.5 food per energy point from Eggplants and 1.3 food per energy point from Peaches. But that isn’t the end of the story. Peaches also give an energy reward of 7 when you turn in their collection set whereas Eggplants only give Firecrackers. Eggplants are also much more expensive than Peaches, costing 441 coins each and only giving a profit of 53 coins. You’d have to plant 9 eggplants before you actually start making real money, whereas Peach trees are a one-time purchase.

So in conclusion:

  • If you have time, money, and a high energy bar go with Eggplants.
  • If you’re low on money and energy, or don’t have time, go with Peach trees.

Of course, you could always do a hybrid of the two!

The second tier of a good Food Strategy involves supplementing & complimenting your food production. Food production crops have a short harvest time, and turn over is high. This requires many energy points to keep production up. If you devote your entire homestead to growing Peaches and/or Eggplants, eventually you’ll be in the red, food-wise. Even though Peaches & Eggplants give the most food of all crops, they still don’t compensate for the energy used to harvest them.

Therefore it is necessary to compliment your Food production with a slow-growing crop with high rewards. Personally, I prefer Sunflowers, but you could also go with Corn, Flax, or Wheat. Sunflowers & Corn are pretty similar when it comes to food & experience. Wheat gives the most food (4) but takes the most time (24 hours).  Sunflowers trump these crops only because of their collection reward.

The Sunflower Collection reward is +8 Energy.

Now, you won’t be able to give up buying meals altogether and solely rely on your Sunflower rewards, but those energy points will come in handy in the future.

Other collections that give an energy reward:

  • Peach Collection, +7 Energy
  • Groundhog Collection, +4 Energy
  • Chicken Collection, +4 Energy
  • Cherry Collection, +3 Energy

Play around with these until you find what works for you. You should always plant a long-growing crop at night or in the evening before you quit playing for the day – then harvest it in the morning. I plant & harvest eggplants during the day, planting Sunflowers for tomorrow’s harvest in the afternoon.

You could also plant Corn & Flax at both morning and night, but leave room for Eggplants!

The third tier to a good Food Strategy is claiming the bonuses from the News Feed. There are a couple different bonuses that give food rewards but the most common is the Groundhog. During the day I concentrate on claiming as many Food Bonuses as I can. As 8:00 PM EST rolls around, when the bonus limit resets, I collect anything I can to make sure I’ve claimed my full 30 bonuses for the day.

Always remember that FrontierVille is a game. I’m only sharing my strategy because I thought it might help some players receive more enjoyment. If you turn your entire Homestead into an efficient energy & food producing machine, playing the game will seem more like Work and less like Leisure. Don’t forget to HAVE FUN!


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