New realms, new bugs

This was supposed to be posted monday, but i’ve been having problems with my iPad and this new weird wordpress ipad interface. I apologize.

It almost always happens. Whenever I talk about the need for updates or player requests, ngmoco:) answers that week. Last week I asked readers to comment about the bugs they were experiencing and they commented in spades. Of course, the same day I posted, ngmoco:) announced a major upgrade. You could play without downloading this one (unlike the last) but the upgrade added some cool features. Much requested features, I might add.

We finally have a “Gone fishing” sign. I don’t know why we needed an upgrade for that; We Farm adds signs without upgrades. We finally received my biggest request—more realms. And to solve the problem of getting to them without arrows in the corners as well as the sides of the main kingdoms, ngmoco:) created a new navigation tab (which has been another popular request).

The new navigation tab comes with a menu that allows players to jump to any realm without going back to the main realm first. The new realms can be used to express your creative self, or spend more mojo to stack yet for more realms.

The really good news is, now that navigation isn’t a problem, ngmoco:) can continue to add new realms every six to nine months (provided they continue to add servers and upgrade bandwidth and scalability).

They also added player gifts, a popular feature in Farmville and Team Lava games like Restaurant Story. Of course, if you want to open all your gifts you need to spend mojo (which is something the other games never did but will probably start doing now). And the gifts will go away at the end of the week.

The gifts feature is nice, even if it is short term. But not even Farmville required players to spend game cash to open their gifts.

Unless, of course, players actually spend mojo to open gifts. Then it will most likely become permanent.

The biggest addition? More bugs than ever before. The additional crashes have added half an hour to every one of my harvest sessions. Carol and I have both noticed that the Mardi Gras floats no longer give coins, or, if reinstalled, count down to more coins.

The good news is: You can actually place the royal dragon in every realm. You aren’t limited to one.

So the bug hunt continues for another week. Please let us know if you notice any new bugs (I’m sure you will).

If you haven’t upgraded yet, however, check and see if you can still get the new gone fishing sign (if you want it). If you can, and you don’t plan on adding new realms, I’d hold out until you hear the bugs get fixed. The new navigation won’t be that convenient.

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25 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sifco
    Mar 24, 2011 @ 12:27:10

    My biggest dissapointment after the update must be the graphics. To make the game faster the graphics are compressed to a ,in my eyes, dramatic, crappy looking level. The animations are buggy, my windmill for instance stopped turning.. etc
    They ask money for special items but I won’t buy nothing anymore that looks like an overcompressed webbased . jpg.
    I hope the designers at ngmojo 😦 agree with me that this is unnacteptable and go on strike with big maximum quality ‘Gone Fishin’ Signs.


  2. Moontown
    Mar 25, 2011 @ 05:11:44

    Have you heard if there is a cap on the amount of items you can have in storage. I would hate to not pay attention and loose items because im over limit.


  3. Ern3000
    Mar 25, 2011 @ 11:08:50

    You could actually place free items in all of your realms in the past. I don’t know if it was a bug or intentional though…


  4. slazzier
    Mar 25, 2011 @ 20:56:04

    My swiss chalets don’t seem to idle, but are open to be ordered from.. bug?,
    and every other day my castle, or any various shop and all identical shops, are blocked by a big white square another bug,
    today my friends have been moving all around the map changing the order i normally, see their kingdoms, its happened 4 or 5 times now without me adding or removing friends, weird so many bugs, but i would put up with all that and not complain if only, they would add mojo confirmations for all three games


    • Totalthinker
      Mar 26, 2011 @ 02:22:26

      I’m not sure I followed this. Do you mean customers can order from your chalets but they don’t return rent? And could you describe the square?

      Is it a blank space on the screen that changes position?


      • slazzier
        Mar 26, 2011 @ 16:54:30

        yeah Jd got it right :-), its weird my swiss chalets are open to others but wont show me their progress, i may have been wrong in that they do collect rent, or idle income, (still not sure), but when time to collect I see a garden hoe, and when i try to collect the hoe disappears, but it doesn’t show any money or experience being earned.

        The blank white squares pretty well replace the buildings, but they can be collected from, so the only bug here is that yo don’t see the building, and it can be fixed by relaunching the app. 🙂

        thanks pj that helps sort the confusion 🙂

    • JDTagish
      Mar 26, 2011 @ 05:00:55

      I’m pretty sure what he means is that if you visit his realm, the chalet shows an open sign. But if no one has an order in, the chalet earns no idle income, and if you tap on it, it will not give you the time remaining balloon callout. I’ve had the same issue, which is why I understand what he means.

      Slaz, feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.


      • JDTagish
        Mar 26, 2011 @ 06:12:42

        When I went and checked on the chalets tonight, there was a hoe over them, like you get over an empty farm. I tapped on it, and it said it was starting a chalet. Once I did that, the time remaining call out balloon came back.

  5. pjsplantation/v3gasvamp1
    Mar 25, 2011 @ 21:33:08

    go to the developers web site..the switching of order of friends on the social map is suppose to help by moving your most active friends to the front of the map… the list under plus+ friends stays the same…


  6. Moontown
    Mar 26, 2011 @ 05:19:00

    I have a screenshot of the white square. Its happened to me several times.


  7. rob88249
    Mar 26, 2011 @ 07:09:02

    The new social map has seen my business drop 50% a little unfair for all us players in unique timezones like Australia!

    I hope they improve the social map to make it more fair.


    • JDTagish
      Mar 26, 2011 @ 17:21:01

      If they can’t improve it, at least they could go back to the way it was before. The way it is now is just stupid, because no one is ever in the same place twice.

      The theory of keeping “active” players to the front of the list is ok, but the practice SUCKS. At least before you could always keep certain players at the end of your list, by adding them first, or keep people at the top of your list by deleting and re-adding them at will.

      I’ll give them credit for listening to people and trying something new within the constraints of not having the list themselves, since it’s Plus+ that organizes the players, but they have to move it back to the way it was before, and SOON, I hope!


  8. Moontown
    Mar 27, 2011 @ 07:40:53

    Totalthinker, let me know if you didnt get the e-mail with the white square bug and i’ll resend it. Susan


  9. Superknight98
    Mar 27, 2011 @ 13:40:18

    If I bought 800 mojo and I was lvl 40, what should I get?


    • JDTagish
      Mar 27, 2011 @ 15:55:44

      Sorry – are you asking what business to purchase? If so, the new Hercules Temple is a high earner and is 45 mojo at level 36. The Inventor’s Studio is also good, along with the Geisha House. Kinda depends on the look you want to have.

      Best rule of thumb I have for what to buy is to put into your kingdom what you want to order from other kingdoms – the items that you always snap up if they’re open, because those are usually the ones that get ordered from the most.


    • Superknight98
      Mar 30, 2011 @ 21:14:49

      Should I also invest in sapphire groves?


  10. Moontown
    Mar 28, 2011 @ 05:20:27

    I have another issue. The bottom add bar dosnt go away half the time and the video starts playing with out me touching it. I touch my present icon and the pampers add starts playing. Im sending you one more screen shot.It covers your social button. and its annoying. Susan


  11. Jiji808
    Mar 31, 2011 @ 18:16:37

    I just noticed that u can now store items while u have an order waiting for it causing the order to be rejected. :(. Guess I need to get into the habit of checking before I move things to different relms. It used to not let u store if there was an order waiting. I liked that.


  12. chezmah
    Apr 02, 2011 @ 09:56:02

    the new friend list does not make much sense to me!
    xxx…what does it mean exactly that a neigboring kingdom (friend) is ACTIVE ?
    if someone has just delivered to me he is active …. why then do i have to go look for him on level 5 or 6 …. when i saw the order arrive ?
    xxx… how long does it take for the (active ???) status to translate into being placed in the first row of your friends list. it certainly does not appear to be in REAL TIME.
    xxx…what if the friend comes on to return orders than leaves again in 3minutes …. does that mean he is active and if so only for 3minutes ???
    xxx…of what use is putting an active friend on the first line if he does not have an OPEN sign and therefore no available openings for orders?
    xxx… is it not better to order from someone who may not be “ACTIVE” at the moment you place your order, but who you know comes on at a regular rate and will process your order as soon as he come on (during his lunch break for example)?
    i very frequently place orders with neighbors who may not process them immediately but do so within a very short period of time. they have what i want and are reliable. 
    there are even groups of friends who come on at the same time and since i am on a different time zone, i know that the three or four orders i placed will be processed during the night..
    to me this is a more consistantly efficient ordering system than ordering from someone who appears as ACTIVE but since activity does not seem to be in real time, i have no idea if the friend is really still there or when he may be back to process the order.
    xxx… we should be provided  with clear and detailed info on the exact MO of the new active friends system. 
    i personally dont see the logic and am maybe missing something due to limited details on its functioning.
    xxx… i find that the PR, at ngmoco, although exccellent with technical support,is completely insufficient in giving users clear, concise and detailed info with regards to using new features. This was obviously the case with the gift giving.
    how can it be more efficient to have technical support sort out problems for thousands (or more….) users who have not been clearly informed on how to use a system. seems to me that it would be MUCH more efficient time wise and money wise for Ngmoco to have a small team to prepare full and adequate communication on how a new feature works than to have technical support deal with clients who ar getting frustrated with a feature for which they did not get sufficient info to have it work in a satisfactiry manner.


  13. chezmah
    Apr 03, 2011 @ 09:56:05

    yes total thinker, i revert to using the friends list in plus + also. however, when i do, i find that the realms i used to shop from and who seemed quite REGULARLY active (that is to say they appeared to have lots and lots of ongoing orders) are, since the friends list “upgrade?”, full of either open signs or NO SGNS at all !!!! when you try to order, nothing happens ! no acknowledgement of your order…. nothing. its very weird.
    Rob88249 from Australia says he has lost 50 percent of his business. i am not surprised ! i am in france and i notice that alot of my friends become active around 3 or 4 in the morning (paris time). so i place my orders before going to bed and it is acknowledged during the night. i have never had an order not come thru.
    also, before, the minute i received an order, i could jump right to the kingdom that delivered and which was placed at the beginning of the list, and reorder. yes, now i can go to the plus list, but as i said above, it seems that my friends kingdoms are frozen in some kind of inactive warp. its not possible that all of them went inactive the same day at the same time and in the same way and all this just as of the day they altered the friends list !
    what surprises me most is that, on the ngmoco blog /site, is that no one seems to be saying anything negative about the new friends list .
    i have written to ngmoco and requested that they provide a concise definition of their use of the term “ACTIVE”. and explain to me what use is having a supposedly “active” friend on the first row if he does not have any openings for orders? Two out of three ” active friends” on the first row do not have an open sign….. where is the logic there ??? i am hping some one can shed some light on how the uprade improved things and do other players not feel that whilst for a certain game style the upgrade may have its advantages for a certain few, but that it certainly is not the best solution to the original problem of being able to organize your friends list to meet ones game playing style or needs. which is what was asked for.
    i really think that the charm of we rule is that all of us can play in an individually creative way and this on a number of levels (with or without a notion of competion …. kinda kool !!!!) as they say in france : “chacun fait son truc !”
    the new friends list takes away out ability to do our thing our way to a greater extent than before and this when we were asking for a greater ability to organize our friends in a way appropriate to our individually creative style of game play.


  14. chezmah
    Apr 03, 2011 @ 10:14:37

    i know that my responses are lenghty, so i hesitate to add more but do feel that things do need to be said. so i add :
    it is a shame to have to revert to the plus list when the ” friends social list” is sooooooo cute and fun. it is part of the charm of we rule ! sad to have to bypass it.
    also the new list, in my opinion favors those who are on line all the time as opposed to those who are at work or busy all day and who can only come on line once or twice a day.


  15. Louise
    Apr 10, 2011 @ 08:46:11

    Can any one help.. Today I went into redesign mode and it froze.. When it started working 2 clock towers had gone?!!!! They are not in my inventory and my coins didn’t change for them to be sold?!!!


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