How you and I are going to change the world

June 27, 2012

A tutorial on how to give great comments

and feedback 

that send out big, world-changing waves

by Stan Faryna

New Featured Item: The Galactic Herald Iso-8 Jewel (Fan-made)

Marvel Avengers Alliance: Galactic Herald Iso-8 Jewel

How to save the world

This is a demonstration of how social media has changed how business is done.

It may also be a demonstration of how people can make change in the world through online community and action. The latter depends entirely on you and, yes, everyone else within the online reach and attention of these words. If you want to change the world for the better, you have to collaborate with others to make it happen.

You have to take personal responsibility and ownership of the desired change. You can’t just sit it out and hope for the best. And if you don’t have a pressing cause that you are personally motivated to see happen today, you can help someone else who has a cause that needs your support.

Michael Jackson, They Don’t Really Care About Us

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Marvel: Avengers Alliance Start Guide. Best Facebook Game Yet

May 15, 2012

Avengers Alliance: Marvel Social Gaming Universe Starts With a Big Bang

You are here: Guide for Levels 0-10
For Levels 11-30, smite thine enemy
For Levels 31-40, Tacitus speaketh
For Levels 41-53, get the job done
For Levels 54-65, can you rock & rolla? 

2014: Currently playing Blizzard’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Read about that here.

 

by Stan Faryna

Best Facebook Game Yet

http://apps.facebook.com/avengersalliance

Marvel: Avengers Alliance is a turn-based social game on Facebook featuring dozens of the most legendary of comic book superheroes including Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, The Invisible Woman, Wolverine, Ms. Marvel, and many more. From deep space, a great pulse of energy slams into the Earth. As an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D, you will recruit superheroes, send your heroes on missions, research technologies you to need for the fights, stop the bad guys and their evil schemes, and save Manhattan (and the world) from destruction.

This walk through, guide, cheats or whatever you want to call it should help you get from level 0 to 10 without pain or SSOF (Slapping Self On Forehead). Like my Facebook Fan Page and I can keep you updated on the game guides I write and the Facebook games I play.

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The Avengers Trailer 2012 Movie

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Zynga’s CastleVille: Cheats, Tips, Freebies, and Add Friends

November 30, 2011

CastleVille: Cheats, Tips, Freebies, and Add Friends

2014: Currently playing Blizzard’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Read about that here.

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna plays Castleville

Does the Gloom overshadow your kingdom?

Zynga, the Facebook game partner, released a new game, CastleVille, just before the days of turkey coma and, perhaps, to keep 10’s of millions entertained beyond Thanksgiving through the winter holidays and Christmas – if I dare to publicly name the Christian holiday which marks the birth of Jesus Christ. And I do – in case you didn’t know. [grin]

Below you will find here my insights about how to get your game on. CastleVille – in other words. My insights have been reviewed by 100s of players and I’ve received quite a lot of positive feedback so far. Level zero to eight – that’s what we’re talking about. Cheats, tips, and tricks by any other name. And nothing to do with roses!

Or, we can call them by more modest terms, insight and illumination. Or to be more colorful, over turning turtles.

Yes, setting turtles on their back would be a reference to the dialogue in David Milch’s daring, western-style HBO series Deadwood – and reminiscent of Shakespeare! You can read up about Deadwood and it’s three short seasons here. Read the rest of this entry »


Facebook Games, The Grapes of Wrath, And a World of We

March 30, 2011

Oh – The Grapes of Wrath are spreading across Facebook Games like Kudzu

Social Games

Wildly embraced initially, Facebook games have become a huge disappointment to players. Hundreds of millions of farms have been abandoned, crops have withered, propeller capped sheep are on the verge of extinction, and farmers aren’t talking to their friends. The good news is that the flood of game-related wall spam has passed. But it didn’t just happen to Farmville. It happened across the board; Facebook games are failing to retain and entertain a restless market of 500+ Million Facebook gamers.

Game industry experts like Playdom Creative Director David Rohrl somehow got it wrong about what casual game play should be in a social game. As Rohrl himself noted, the social gaming space is not straightforward. One of the obvious fails was that social game companies fell into trap of thinking that graphics can substitute for game play. If only that were true, the economics would be unreal! On the other hand, players wanted more cuteness. They demanded it in the forums. Clicks confirmed it.

Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, however, cautioned against falling into the rut of crowd sourcing. “If I had asked my customers what they wanted, they would have told me, ‘A faster horse,’” observed the American industrialist. According to Jay Elliot, Ford’s caution is often quoted by Steve Jobs, founder of Apple. Read the rest of this entry »


Social City: Cheats, Bugs or Bust 1.1

July 28, 2010

Below, Paul Simon performing Graceland at a South African concert in Zimbabwe:

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Saving Graceland

Graceland is in trouble!

Stan’s town needs your help.

Oh Noes!

The game they got going in Social City is as deep as a puddle. Nevermind the toxic, oily (but pretty) rainbow shimmer of the new Tudor Mayoral Estate. I think Billy got knocked around there once. Or twice. Billy who? Billy Shakespeare, of course. But that’s just a rumor – mind you.

The Mayor of Graceland is considering resignation. And Graceland will be no more. It will fall apart. Factories will grind to a halt and the people of Graceland will get laid off. Public services will stop. People will move out. There will be rioting mimes. Killer robots. Cute kittens left in trees. Fires in the historic downtown. Potholes that swallow whole cars.

Organize a rescue mission!

Your reward should be something like 100 Gazillion City Bucks.

Maybe, it should be a lot more. But heck, they only offered 100 City Bucks to the contest winner who came up with the most popular building to add to the “store”. That’s comes out to about 5 bucks for which you may or may not be taxed. Brian Drake, Playdom’s Social City Community Manager, must think we all live in a low population, under-developed village in India or South America- if they can imagine that we could appreciate the symbolic value of that prize.

A truly symbolic reward would be 1000 City Bucks and it would include credit to the lucky guy or girl in the object information. That credit would include their F/B pic and a working link to their F/B account. Better still, there should be 20 winners – not just one. Because, most likely, they will eventually use more than 20 object suggestions – if not hundreds.

Anyway, what’s up with the five bucks?

Is that what they are paying to sweat shops in India, South America or China for all those Social City goodies they want to raffle off and sell to us? <grin> It’s not unheard of! Read the rest of this entry »


Backyard Monsters: Game Play 1.4

July 13, 2010

Backyard Monsters: Game Play

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna plays Castleville

Below, Coolio, Gangster’s Paradise:

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Backyard Monsters

As I mentioned in a previous post on Backyard Monsters , the apparent genius of The Casual Collective’s most popular game, Desktop Tower Defense, is that there’s a million ways to get it wrong. Or almost right. I also mentioned that Backyard Monsters doesn’t accomplish that same emphasis on creativity, choice and failure.

While Backyard Monsters arguable stands out among Facebook games in terms of game play, throughout my blog posts on Backyard Monsters, I have proposed that this game can be better without breaking the bank. David Scott and his team at The Casual Collective (CC for short) just need to think through future updates with three things in mind: venture capital, business objectives, and game play.

In terms of game play, what Backyard Monsters has going for it now is a great start. Dave and the team deserve kudos. The next step in developing this game into the purple, cash cow (a la Arrington and Seth Godin) that will open up the next level in venture capital funding for CC is not far from their grubby reach. <grin> Read the rest of this entry »


Backyard Monsters: Free Shiny 1.3

July 12, 2010

Backyard Monsters

Fail: Village Defense

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Backyard Monsters: Free Shiny

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna plays Castleville

Backyard Monsters Spoiler: Pick mushrooms outside your construction zone for more shiny. The mushrooms keep growing. So be sure to go full screen every few days to harvest your shiny. Save your shiny for damage protection. Or expand your construction zone – if no one is raiding your village.

Backyard Monsters

As I mentioned in my previous post on Backyard Monsters here, the apparent genius of The Casual Collective’s most popular game, Desktop Tower Defense, is that there’s a million ways to get it wrong.

Or almost right.

It’s about making choices – thoughtful or otherwise. It’s just like real life. <grin> And Backyard Monsters doesn’t accomplish that. But it could, Dave.

And Dave could be rich and carouse with Russian expat hotties and various uberly cool digerati from Silicon Valley.

I’m not saying Backyard Monsters sucks. It’s not bad considering all the thinness out there in terms of Facebook games. I’m just saying that Backyard Monsters could be better – better as in more popular and receipt ringing than Desktop Tower Defense and Desktop Defender. And that would be an accomplishment worthy of admiration and kudos.

Of course, Backyard Monsters has some things going that support mass consumption. It’s cutesy, it’s easy to play, and it doesn’t demand the same kind of dedicated madness required of advancing a bid to win a server on Travian.
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