Tuesday 24 January 2012

Favour-ite Boredom Busters

When it comes to a thriving Pioneer Town there's always something to keep everything flowing smoothly and all the coffers full... but it's fair to say sometimes we need a little prod to remember to do those simple tasks that will stop anyone from being bored in such a busy part of the Frontier.

Well, worry no more because your neighbours will soon be getting a place to remind you of the things they want a hand with and trust me, you'll be shocked at just how much they can come up with for you to do... after all, as Granny says:

"Idle Hands are Naughty Hands."

First things first, we need a place for our townspeople to ask for your help, they can just grab you as you wander around your stead but they'll also post messages asking for things on the new Bulletin Board...

As usual the Bulletin Board takes 6 different materials in a format we know all too well by now, it's a very small footprint though.

Once it's up and running... Let the missions begin! It all starts off with one OVERVIEW MISSION (With a handful of Horseshoes as the prize) which WILL appear in your normal missions list.

After that you need to keep your eye out for new Favour Missions by clicking on the Bulletin board itself or checking for icons over the various townsfolks head, they'll get two new icons depending on whether they have a Favour to ask or if you're currently doing a Favour for them...

Now, here comes the slightly amazing, slightly scary and extremely mindbending bit.

The word being bandied around for these missions is "dynamic", but what does that mean for us... well, it means that the missions aren't set, aren't the same for everyone and aren't locked in to a certain order.

In fact, prepare to bend your mind with this one... due to all the different factors, according to Zynga there are approximately 120'000 different mission variations...

Let me just say that again... One hundred and twenty THOUSAND different missions we can be asked to do.

Let's just say I think the phrase "I'm bored" might just be a thing of the past, eh?

PLEASE NOTE: These missions will NOT replace traditional mission threads, they're a bonus for when times are quiet or you're waiting on stuff to grow. The usual mission threads will STILL happen.

Obviously it also means it's impossible to provide mission info so here is what we do know from some examples (shown HERE).

  • Each mission will have two requirements, one homestead (harvest lemons, tend ducks etc) and one collectible (teamwork or helping hands). They'll not be severe, just a small challenge at worst.
  • The requirements are random and are reliant on what you have. If you haven't unlocked a crop, tree or animal the game will NOT give it to you to deal with.
  • The collectibles are one of the same two every time 
  • The rewards are 900XP, 900 coins and a special prize; a limited edition animal, a mystery crate, giant fruit trees, special decorations, etc, etc...

And what about how the missions will work? Well:

  • You'll be able to have one Favour active.
  • The Favour WON'T show up in your normal mission list, you'll need to click the Bulletin Board or the Character you're doing the Favour for to see progress.
  • If you don't like the Favour you can remove it, once per day for free then for HS, and get a different one.
  • If you quit the quest you wont get it again, a different Character will ask for your help.
  • The Favour will run out after two weeks.

So there it is... Off times with nothing to do, wiped out in a swoop of 120'000 possible missions! You can even keep checking the Bulletin Board to see how much you've helped so far...

Oh yeah... and a collection!

Are you looking forward to the Favours? Why not come let us know on our Facebook Page?