Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Farmville Cooperative Farming and Coop bugs

FarmVille has a new feature - cooperative farming. It's a great idea.: Join a co-operative of farmers to complete a job. But beware! Because of bugs (defects, or "issues" as FarmVille calls them) in this feature, you may not complete the job, even if you think you have a lot of neighbors to invite. FarmVille is not telling people about the bugs:
1- You cannot invite most of your neighbors to the job right now. They may see the announcement in their feed (or they may not) but if they click on it, they see only a different job displayed in the cooperative jobs display or they may get a message that says "Failed to find Job" OR they may FIND the job in the display AND try to join it, but then get a message that says something like "Failed to join job. Job is full or no longer exists.
2 - As soon as you start a job, one hour is deducted from the finish time, so if you had "4 days," you really have 3 days and 23 hours. There's a problem here anyhow. In 4 days, you probably can't do 4 days of 1 day crops, because of the time it takes to plant and seed (and the time to recover from inevitable crashes).
Cooperative farming provides three levels of rewards - gold for the first level gives the most XP. Silver allows more time to finish but gives less XP and coins. Bronze is the lowest level. Because of the bugs, it is probably impossible or near impossible to get a Gold finish.
If you join the job and it fails, there is probably nothing lost (I don't know yet). But right now it is probably best to start a job or join one only if you have a large number of free plots (like 300-400) so you are pretty sure you can finish on your own or with only a few partners.
Jobs that involve 8 hour crops like pumpkins should probably recruit people from several time zones.
Ami Isseroff

1 comment:

  1. I got all the messages above, but now I can't join a coop at all. When I register for a coop it says 'server is out of synch'. I'm trying to find a way to deal with this problem but do you have ideas.


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