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FrontierVille Barbecue Party Begins

FrontierVille developer Zynga is keeping the new quests coming. The most recent new addition is a new timed mission: Barbecue Party! Apparently our pioneers weren’t informed that December isn’t exactly prime barbecue weather.

Players must accept the mission before December 31st. After accepting, players have five days to complete the requirements.

To complete the mission, players must sell ten adult pigs, collect ten Carving Knives, and collect ten Special Seasonings. The Carving Knives and Special Seasonings can only be obtained as neighbor gifts. Some players might already have some knives, as they were previously used for the Halloween Pumpkin. The seasoning is a brand new item, however.

Players that complete the quest will be awarded 250 XP, a Smoker, and two Lunches.

FrontierVille Level Cap Increased

FrontierVille developer Zynga has increased the game’s level cap. Dedicated pioneers can now climb all the way to level 150!

Our memory might be failing us, but we believe the previous level cap was 100, meaning players now have 50 more titles to earn. The new title bestowed on a player each time they level up seems to be the only reward earned for these new levels – there are no additional gifts or items unlocked in levels 101 – 150.

Level 150 earns players the title “Tough-as-nails Founder” and requires a whopping 6,600,000 experience points!

First Look: Fantasy University

I’m going to be complete up front, here: Fantasy University is the funniest social game I have ever played.

The game is a text-based parody RPG, with gameplay similar to Mafia Wars or Kingdom of Loathing (or MUDs, for the oldschool gamers out there). Games like this live and die by the quality of their writing. If you’re anything like me you cringe a little when you hear that a game is intended to be a comedy. When it works and the writing is good, it is awesome. When it doesn’t, it is disastrous.

Luckily, the team behind F U (natch) seem to be pulling from a bottomless well of humerous pop culture, fantasy fiction, and game design tropes. Within the first 10 minutes of gameplay, I spotted references to Pirates of the Caribbean (or more accurately all Johnny Depp movies), World of Warcraft, Spongebob Squarepants, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and plenty, plenty more.

No single moment is laugh-out-loud funny, but all the little details add up, and create a very charming package. Players’ lodgings are the Mordorms. As a “Mathamagician” character class, my character deals Abracadamage. Your best friend and neighbor is named Ron Wheeezy. And on and on it goes.

Comedy is a sensitive and subjective thing, and I sometimes felt that FU was trying a little too hard – players take the “Hellevator” up to their dorm room, for example. But I found the writing to hit much more often than it missed. For every very obvious, hit-you-over-the-head joke, there are two more subtle references slipped in.

Besides the writing, the gameplay & game design itself also has a great attention to detail. Your character portrait changes to become more beat up as you take combat damage, for example. The gameplay itself is quite simplistic, but there is more to it than Mafia Wars-style “push button to win.” When in combat, players will have multiple attacks to choose from, and will also have the option of consuming HP-replenishing or stat-boosting items. So far, the combat is about the same depth level as the opening of any standard console turn-based RPG.

FU could do with a little streamlining. Navigating the game world involves a lot of clicking around different icons, and screens like your inventory or character sheet are a little too cluttered and unfocused. But these are side effects of the game being an actual game and not just a treadmill, so it is tough to complain too much.

I went in to Fantasy University with a huge dose of skepticism, but the game absolutely won me over. It’s smart, deep, and has a great attention to detail. Below we’ve reproduced the “disclaimer” gamers have to click through, as an example of what we mean.

Your application to Fantasy University has been accepted!

We are looking forward to having yet another bright young mind take advantage of the unending knowledge of the country’s finest and foremost Adventuring College (that we know of)!

We hope you are looking forward to the challenges presented by a Class-A Adventuring Education, and hope that you will meet any and all challenges with the same kind of fervor and optimism we exhibited in preparing this form letter!

Before you are actually accepted, there is one formality that will be taken care of by this magical letter. It contains a disclaimer form that must be accepted before enrollment becomes final.

Agreement: I, Justin Davis, do solemnly swear that I will do my best to uphold the traditions and integrity of Fantasy University and will always remember that I become the property of Fantasy University and that any accidents or punishments that may befall me up to and including death, dismemberment, depression, apathy, illness, decapitation (real or imagined), fraud, theft, delusions, nightmares, food poisoning, Rapture, stolen organs, borrowed organs, hallucinations, leg trauma, lupus, being burned alive, water torture, tickle torture, plain old torture, spasms, night sweats, day sweats, pant sweats, restless leg syndrome, restless elbow syndrome, poverty, canings, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, plain stroke, extortion, blackmail (which is technically different from extortion), blindness, deafness, loss of an ear, loss of one or more shoes, dew crotch, being forced to watch bad comedians (you know, the really bad ones where half of you wants to feel sorry for them, but the other half can’t stop laughing at how awful they are), and jury duty are all considered perks of the University and must be enjoyed as such. Furthermore, it remains the right of the University to… Geez, does anyone even read this crap? I spend 24 hours a day down here in this well, shackled to this printing press, writing up legal documents for you people BY HAND, and for what? A few half-hearted chuckles? My humor is all I have to give, and I try so hard, but what’s it all amount to? You’re never going read this anyway, and that’s okay. My wife will probably run off with some romance novelist, who she’ll fall in love with after he writes her into every single one of his best sellers. That’s cool, I’ll chill down here, with the rats, and the constant trickle of dank sewer water. No really guys, it’s fine. I’ll just keep making you laugh throughout this entire game, as you never once question where such brilliant humor stems from. You’ll never realize that every joke you read is really told by one lonely guy trapped in the bottom of a well, and that’s a fate I’m willing to accept. Bye forever.

FrontierVille Adds French Fries Mission

FrontierVille developer Zynga introduced a new mission today, to remind players that frontier living isn’t just about bashing varmints and constructing buildings. Instead, players are tasked with introducing a now-classic food to the frontier: french fries!

The mission has three steps. Players must harvest 10 Potatoes, collect 10 Elbow Grease, and collect 10 Lard. The Lard and Elbow Grease can only be obtained for free with the help of neighbors.

Once players complete the mission, they are rewarded with 50 XP, and two French Fries. These French Fries provide players with 20 energy when consumed.

FrontierVille Adds Jackalope Lodge Missions & Badges

FrontierVille developer Zynga has finally introduced an achievement badges system into their frontier living RPG. Like most FrontierVille additions, the feature is well-integrated, and requires players to join the Jackalope Society and construct a Jackalope Lodge before badges can begin being earned.

The four-step process for joining the Jackalope Society requires players complete several standard tasks, including visiting neighbors, planting crops, and buying specific decorations. It culminates with the construction of the Jackalope Society Lodge itself. To construct the lodge, players will need to collect: Windows, Cement, Pegs, Shingles, Mallets, and Elbow Grease. All of these construction materials can only be received by requesting them from friends.

Once the Jackalope Lodge and quest line is complete, players can begin earning badges for various tasks completed around the homestead. Each badge comes in four levels, similar to FarmVille ribbons. Players can earn badges for turning in collections, hiring neighbors, growing your virtual family, and most other in-game tasks.

FrontierVille Releases New Mystery Animal Crate

FrontierVille developer Zynga reintroduced the game’s Mystery Animal Crate today, with three more exotic pets available as prizes.

The crate is for sale for 30 Horseshoes, and is guaranteed to contain either an Alpaca, a Turtle, or a Ferret. Not exactly the animals one thinks of when picturing frontier living. But that is probably why they are premium additions.

Players that collect all three of these mystery animals will once again be given a bonus stuffed bear statue.

FrontierVille Adds Fiery Decorations

FrontierVille developer Zynga has released another new batch of items. To prepare players for the impending fall, all the items have a fire theme! Players now have plenty of options for keeping their frontier family warm.

The new items are: Ring of Fire, Smoke Signaler, Chugging Burner, Wood Bin, Wood Pile, Hot Furnace, Raised Campfire, Tiki Torch, and Log Campfire.

Some of the new items are permanent additions to the FrontierVille store, and others are limited editions, available for just 12 more days. The items are for sale for a mixture of coins and Horseshoes.

New Castle Age Hero: Azalia

Fantasy Facebook RPG Castle Age added yet another new hero this week: Azalia! Her stats:

18 Attack
16 Defense
Abilities: +X Attack to the second position of your War Council
Azalia, who is often known for her nobleness, is well respected by all mages from around the land. Her skill and knowledge of the arcane is often associated with mages who have reached the pinnacles of magic.

As with all monthly Castle Age generals, Azalia is also debuting with new equipment:

Prismatic Staff
17 Attack
14 Defense

Archmage Robes
14 Attack
12 Defense

Magicite Earrings
12 Attack
10 Defense

FrontierVille Horseshoe Pit Introduced

FrontierVille developer Zynga introduced a special new building today, but players will need to do much more than help out their homestead to construct it.

To construct the Horseshoe Pit, players will first need to spend a little coins and wood, and whack it 10 times, same as a standard FrontierVille building. But to complete construction, players will need to collect a Wooden Board, a Bar Stool, a Gold Horseshoe, a Spike, a Bag of Sand, and 10 Measuring Tapes. If these items sound unfamiliar, that is because they are all brand new to the game. The Measuring Tapes are obtained by asking your friends for them via a Facebook wall post. But the other items can only be obtained by playing other popular Zynga games (unless a player wants to pay 50 Horseshoes for each).

The criteria for each Horseshoe Pit item:

Wooden Board: Harvest 200 Crops in FarmVille.
Spike: Gain 3 levels after level 5 in Mafia Wars.
Bag of Sand: Gain 1 level after level 5 in Treasure Isle.
Golden Horseshoe: Gain 1 level after level 5 in Zynga Poker.
Bar Stool: Gain 1 level after level 5 in Cafe World.

After construction is complete, players can use the Horseshoe Pit to win exclusive prizes. Players get one free horseshoe throw per day, and can buy additional throws for one (currency) horseshoe a piece. Players can win coins, XP, or energy. Rare prizes include large Horseshoe jackpots, Beef Jerky, Horses, and Mystery Animals.

FrontierVille Adds Camping Gear

FrontierVille developer Zynga added a collection of camping decorations this week, for those homesteaders that believe that even sleeping in a log cabin is too cushy. Like most FrontierVille item expansions, a few of the items are limited editions, but most are permanent additions to the FrontierVille shop.

The new items are: Popcorn Kettle, Pink Bed Roll, Green Bed Roll, Large Tent, Weenie Stick, Mallow Stick, Camp Pack, Trail Bag, Hanging Lantern, Lantern, Camping Seat, Camping Chair, Canteen, and Coffee Pot. The items are available for a mixture of coins and horseshoes. Many of the furnishing items also require a small amount of wood to purchase.