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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!

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The FrontierVille Chicken Coop Strategy

Three Can Be as Bad as One

The Chicken Coop is a weird building.

You can’t put your chickens inside the building, and the daily bonus harvests all your hungry chickens. Weirder than the building itself are the collection items. They’re super difficult to get. The only way to get them is by “whacking” the coop as you build it – and you can only get the first four items of any collection by whacking. So the last, and final item, is nearly impossible to get.

So why bother with such a weird, frustrating building? The bonus-strategy!

Third Time’s a Charm

Every building in FrontierVille lets you collect one “Daily Bonus” per 24 hour period. For the Chicken Coop & the Sawmill, the bonus is more practical: the former harvests all hungry chickens while the latter harvests trees without chopping them.

One adult chicken gives you 1 experience point & 12 coins per harvest. But I’ve noticed that after completing the Animal Husbandry lesson from the Schoolhouse, my chickens give 3 exp & 18 coins per harvest, per chicken.

At that rate, if you have 24 chickens, that equals 72 experience & 432 coins. I picked 24 because that’s 2 dozen (as in 2 dozen eggs from the Hen House).

It’s Always a Sunny Day with Four Coops of Raisins!

To really take advantage of the Chicken Coop and use it as a leveling/money-making tool you’re going to need at least 3 coops and anywhere from 50-150 chickens. From what I’ve seen among my neighbors, three chicken coops seems to be the magic number. The number of chickens you decide on depends on the specifics of your computer. Faster, newer computers will be able to handle a multi-harvest of many chickens. Older computers may freeze up if the number is too large. One of my neighbors has 250+ chickens – I know if I had that many chickens on my farm my laptop would spontaneously combust.

So let’s say you decide on 3 coops & 100 chickens and have the School House lessons learned.

That would equal 900 experience &  540 coins (or 300 experience & 180 coins three times per day). Factor in that you can receive free chickens from your neighbors either through the Free Gifts tab or as a bonus reward in the News Feed when they clobber a Fox. Not too shabby!

I’m personally not too fond of the FrontierVille chickens. Graphics-wise I find them uninteresting, I prefer my oxen. But 900 experience, energy free, is quite a deal and worth considering as a style of game play.

Ultimately you have to decide what works best for you and your style of play. If you decide to go with the Chicken Coop strategy, let us know how it goes!

And when I say “us” I mean “me.” The jig is up, there’s only one person behind this blog.

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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