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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!


FrontierVille Millionaire’s Club

Who wants to be a Millionaire?

You do, that’s who!

That is the current amount of coins I have in-game (I wish I were that rich in real life!).

Having this much money doesn’t really do a whole lot for me. Sure, I’d miss it if it was gone, but money isn’t that necessary at this point in FrontierVille (although it likely will be in the future). You need it to make purchases at the Market, sure. But then what? Energy and Food are far more valuable as far as resources go. I wish there were a way one could buy food directly, I’d funnel all my money into pies. Just like real life!

For those of you who aren’t quite as well off, but would like to be, I’m going to share my money making strategy.

I cannot stress enough the importance of Cotton as a cash crop. Cotton is hands down the easiest way to make money as it doubles your investment in the least amount of time (as of this writing, anyway). I always keep a portion of my fields devoted to cotton production. As you can see from the screenshot, it’s roughly 22 x 5 plots in size, or 110 plots total. Let’s break that down, shall we?

110 plots x 600 coins initial investment = 66,000.

110 plots x 1200 coins (harvest amount) = 132,000.

So let’s say you save up and get 66,000 coins. You put that into cotton, and make 132,000. You’re going to have to re-stock your cotton field, which costs you 66,000 coins, or basically all the profit you made. When that batch of cotton is ripe, you just doubled your intial profit – and you already made your initial investment back on the first harvest. So every harvest from here on out you are making profit off your profit: it’s win-win all the way.

The hardest part is

  1. Saving up the intial 66,000 coins
  2. Waiting 3 days for the Harvest

As far as saving up goes, 66,000 coins is an arbitrary amount. A cotton field of 22 x 5 plots works best for me, but may not work best for you. Plan according to your own needs and play style.

And for the waiting period, you may want to invest in a “Tend Here” sign. They only cost 2 Horseshoes.

Tend Here plz k thx

2 Horseshoes is fairly cheap in the scheme of things, and while the sign doesn’t guarantee your neighbors will tend your cotton, it does help.

In my next post, we’ll be looking at my Food Strategy and how it may work for you.

Cotton is King in FrontierVille

We’ll plant more cotton.

Cotton is King!

Not only is cotton a historical cash crop, it also is a bonafide money-maker in FrontierVille. Cotton is the only crop that doubles your money in the least amount of time. It costs 600 coins and takes 3 days to ripen, but after 3 days are up, you’ve got 1200 coins. If you have friendly neighbors, you’ll be sitting on a big ole pile of gold in no time!

Cotton ought to go sky-high next year.

Of course, fully taking advantage of cotton will depend on your style of play. If you play FrontierVille many hours in one sitting you may be more suited to a different crop, like eggplants or potatoes. In my opinion, eggplants are superior to pumpkins as they give more food – which is needed to buy more energy.

Peanuts take too much time to be really viable and clover is an energy sink. If you want to get really technical, clover gives the most money over all – but since it takes 1 energy point every 5 minutes it’s really not worth it. I don’t recommend any FrontierVille player to rely on clover as a source of income – no matter if you’re a low-level newbie or a wealthy veteran.

So what is one to do?

Plant a plot of cotton, not too big but not too small, and then forget about it. As it ripens, plant a new cotton plant in the same place you just harvested.

Over time you will amass quite a fortune!

FrontierVille Horseshoes on Sale!

If you didn’t notice yet – Zynga is having a sale on Horseshoes! 20% off all purchases of $40.00 (32 euros) or more.

While the horseshoes tab doesn’t give an exact date for when the Sale ends, I’m assuming it’s going to end Tuesday at 11:59PM EST – which is the same time we lose the Fourth of July Cherry trees.

Now is when the dilemma of spending cash on a Facebook game sets in.

If you know you are going to buy Horseshoes eventually, it might be a good idea to buy them while they’re on sale. Even if you only buy 5$ worth every once in a while, it still would be in your best interest. I haven’t played any other Zynga games, but I have played other Facebook games, and I can tell you from personal experience that I’ve only seen a sale on an in-game-cash-currency ONCE in the past year. So the likelyhood of Horseshoes ever going on sale again is quite low, and if they were, they probably wouldn’t go on sale again until Christmas-time.

It’s the Holiday Bear of Commerce!

Personally, however, I think this is the last time they will be on sale. I think that Zynga wanted to generate some revenue rather quickly, since FrontierVille is so new. I don’t blame them for this – they are a company looking to make money just like Nintendo or Electronic Arts.

But now I’m stricken with indecision! To buy or not to buy…

It reminds me of when Apple had a sale on iPods in Fall 2008. It was on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, and at the start of the Great Recession. The internet was abuzz with the news: Apple NEVER has a Sale.

Any of you Pioneers planning on taking advantage of the sale?

Or would you never spend money on a Facebook game?

Riding the Feed Wave

If you’ve ever played FrontierVille for more than 20 minutes you’ll know that you’re often bombarded with the option to share news with your friends. Sharing news items with your friends is one of the necessary evils found within each and every Facebook game. Game developers and analysts believe (or should that read: still believe) that this sort of viral advertising attracts many users to their games. I must say that I have never played a game because one of my friends publishing something interesting to the news feed. Not once. Ever. I only join in on a Facebook game if it has good reviews, one of my real life friends plays it and tells me how great it is, or its really popular and I want to see what all the fuss is about. In the case of FrontierVille, I started playing because of all the good press it received at launch and I loved the Oregon Trail game. Unfortunately we still don’t have an Oregon Trail in FrontierVille.

But I digress…

FrontierVille takes full advantage of the Facebook News Feed. So much so, in fact, that some of the game’s best bonuses can be found not in the game – but in the news feed!

Names & faces were blocked out to protect the innocent.

Look at those bonuses! 100 coins! 25 Food! If someone clobbers a snake or scares a bear, you get 50 experience! 50 Experience! That’s like harvesting 5 fully grown ripe wheat – which saves you 24 hours of downtime. If someone completes a collection you get 100 coins – and players tend to complete collections in groups which translates into an easy 500-1000 coins for a few minutes’ worth of work.

The easiest way to ride the Feed Wave is use your browser’s tab option. Once you’ve reached a good chunk of news items, right click the link to claim the bonus and select “open in new tab.” Do this for how many items you’d like to claim. Give it a minute to load, then confirm you want to claim the reward.

If you’re claiming several rewards and have many tabs open, you’ll need to close the tab after clicking ‘Yes’ but before the game loads in order to successfully move on to the next one. Don’t worry, it’s not as complicated as it sounds. Make sure you pay attention to the fine print at the bottom of the screen: you only have 30 feed rewards per day! That might not seem like a lot, especially since most games don’t have a restriction on feeds, but keep in mind that the FrontierVille feed bonuses are more substantial than the feed bonuses for other games. For example, with 30 claims you’d be able to claim 3,000 free coins or 750 food. That’s quite a bit.

If you don’t think you’re seeing as many FrontierVille news items as you should, make sure you always have “Most Recent” clicked at the top of the feed bar. The default setting is “Top News,” which hides most bonuses and only shows ones that have probably expired. Also, go to the bottom of the feed. All the way down until you can’t go down no more. Click “edit options,” a screen will pop up that looks like this one:

In the “Show More” box type “FrontierVille,” and Facebook will automatically add more bonuses to the feed!

Now you’re all set to claim away! But don’t get greedy. It might be nice to claim bonuses all day, but what about your friends and neighbors? Where are their bonuses? If you want to take you have to be willing to give as well. You don’t have to share every bonuses you come across (because there are quite a bit) but you should at least share one for everyone you claim. If that feels like too much, at least do 5 or 10 a day, depending on your needs,  but remember: no one likes a greedy neighbor!

Before you protest with: “but I don’t want all my friends to know I play this game!” – there’s a way around that, too!

A friend’s list!

I’m not going to tell you how to make a list in this post. If you’d like to know how to make a friend’s list for your gaming friends, click the ‘Add Neighbors’ link either at the top of this blog or on the side under the ‘Pages’ heading. Or just click this link.

Now that you have a friends list with all your FrontierVille neighbors on it, you can edit the news you share in-game to only appear to those friends.

Let’s say you just completed a collection and want all your friends to know.  After you receive this annoying handy-dandy pop-up click ‘Share Coins’ and a new window will pop up.

Next to the “Publish” button is a little padlock icon. Click it, then select customize. This gives you the option to only show the news item to the friends on your gaming friends list.

Hide your shame.

In the drop down box under “Make this visible to” select “Specific people” and then type the name of your gaming list into the box. Click Save Settings, and then click publish. NOTE: Even though you click Save Settings, you will still have to follow these steps every single time you share news.

Conversely, you could also make a friends list consisting of your Facebook friends that you want to hide your gaming feeds from. After you’ve done that, just follow these steps, but instead of showing the news to group of people, you can just type in the name of your list in the box under the “Hide this from” heading. It’s less work, but I don’t do it because I already have a gaming friends list and am too lazy to make another list. Even though it would probably only take me, like, 5 minutes.

Have fun and claim those feeds before your fellow pioneers claim them all!


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