Wednesday, January 20, 2010

When to Go Offline in Farm Town

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A lot of the fun of playing Farm Town on Facebook or another social networking site, a lot of the fun and enjoyment of the game is derived from the ability to interact with your friends and fellow players. The game gives you quite a few good ways to do this too. You gain some benefits from being able to hire other players to harvest your crops, and it's also just nice to be able to stop and talk and exchange ideas with people who enjoy life in Farm Town as much as you do.

Away From the Crowds

Despite all of these positives, however, there are times when you won't want to have to deal with the crowds. And another one of the benefits of life in Farm Town is that you don't have to deal with all the other players online when you are if you don't want to. The market can be awfully crowded at times, and even if you normally enjoy the easy company of your fellow players, there will be days when you just want to spend some quiet time on your farm on your own.

Offline but Still Connected

As long as you don't need to hire anyone to harvest your crops for you, you can choose to go offline at any time while playing Farm Town. You can do this by clicking on the plug icon in the top right hand corner of your screen and selecting offline mode. Doing this will not disconnect you from the internet or from the Farm Town network itself, but it will keep your presence in town hidden from your fellow players.

Have the Town to Yourself

Not only will going offline hide you from your fellow players, but it will hide them from you as well. You'll be able to go to the market without having to navigate the crowd, and you can even go and do chores on your neighbors' farms without having to see them if they're playing at the same time. This is definitely a convenient option to have at your disposal, but you need to use it wisely if you want to maximize your ability to expand your farm in Farm Town.

Progress Through Connections

The number of connections you're able to make is one of the aspects of play in Farm Town that will have the greatest impact on your ability to move up quickly. The more neighbors and buddies you have, the more farms you'll be able to visit, the more people will come to do chores on your farm, the easier it will be to find harvesting help, and the more gifts you'll get.

It's easy to see why having neighbors and buddies in Farm Town is a decided advantage. Staying offline and keeping to yourself will never get you the significant numbers of connections you need to be really successful. You need to put yourself out there and engage with the other players in the game. That being said though, there's nothing wrong with enjoying a little quiet time on your farm – just get a good balance and you'll do fine.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

How to Rack Up the Coins in Farm Town

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When you're playing Farm Town on Facebook or another social networking site, you have a lot of things to keep track of. You need to be sure to visit all of your neighbors frequently, you need to coordinate help on your farm. You need to make sure that you're planting and harvesting your crops on time. Keeping track of all of these aspects of game play can take a lot of work – but of course it's fun too, and that's why so many people have, quite literally, fallen in love with life in Farm Town.

After putting in all that hard work, though, you certainly don't want to see it go to waste. When you're working this hard to succeed, you want to make sure that you're maximizing your farm's earning potential. After all, if you want to be able to buy the items that will give you a lot of experience and help you to level up quickly, you need to have a significant stockpile of coins. But how do you go about getting this?

Earnings Over Time

Of course, every time you harvest crops, you make more money than you spent to plant them. But each crop gives you a different return on your investment, so you can make the most money simply by planting the crops that give you the best potential for profit in this regard. This seems simple enough, except that you have to remember that each crop also takes a different amount of time to grow. If your object is to increase your coin totals quickly, you'll want to choose the crop that has the best balance between earnings per hour ratio and return on investment.

In this case, raspberries are the crop to plant, as they grow quickly and have a high earnings per hour rate. However, it won't do you any good to plant a ton of these if you're not going to be able to get back to harvest them as soon as they're ready to be sold. Remember, the earnings per hour rate of the crop is based on how quickly they grow. However, if you just leave them sitting in your field once they're done growing, that number isn't accurate any more.

Planting Around Your Schedule

Raspberries are only a good choice, then, if you can get back to harvest them immediately. If you can't, you're better off choosing the crop with the best earnings per hour rate and with a growth cycle that most closely matches up with the time that you'll be able to get back to your farm. Basically, the most important factor in your ability to earn coins quickly will be the capability to harvest and replant your field with as little of a delay as possible.

If you're able to master this balance, you'll also be able to establish a good system of planting and harvesting. Get through this process a few times and you'll be rolling in the coins before you know it. And that's when all that hard work pays off and you can really start buying the things you wanted all along.


Monday, January 18, 2010

How to Level Up Quickly in Farm Town

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Farm Town is rapidly becoming a social networking gaming sensation, and there are plenty of reasons for this. It's a great place to go to relax and interact with real-life friends, as well as people you've only known down on the farm. With so many options for game play too, Farm Town is a pass time that never gets old. But it also means that you can fall behind if you're not careful.

Getting Ahead

On the surface, Farm Town is not hard to play, but there are a few tips and tricks you may want to try when you want to level up quickly. The higher the level you reach, the more options will be available to you in every aspect of game play, so it's a good idea to make a point early of applying your energy to accumulating experience points so that you can reach those higher levels more quickly. This is quite doable, but you need to know how to go about it if you're going to be able to do it successfully.

Work, Work, Work

Of course you already know that you level up by accumulating experience points, and there are a few ways to earn these experience points. You can certainly get them by doing all of the normal farm chores, both on your farm and on those of your friends and neighbors. But at a certain point, your ability to continue to rack up the points is limited.

You can only work for each of your friends once a day, and once all your land has been harvested, plowed, and replanted, there isn't much that you can do except wait until it's time to do it all over again. In the early stages of game play, it's pretty easy to level up and you can usually get all the experience you need from working your farm and those of your neighbors (depending on how many neighbors you have too). But as you get to the higher levels, you'll need to make greater and greater leaps in your experience point totals to move up, and that means employing a bit of a different strategy if you want to be successful.

Buy Your Way Up

The best way to grab up some big chunks of experience points early is to buy some decorations and other items for your farm. These purchases reward chunks of experience points that generally correspond in size to the cost of the item – the more expensive the item, the greater the experience bonus.

When you're first starting out in the game and trying to establish your farm, you don't have a lot of loose cash to throw around, so buying up a bunch of items isn't really a practical option. Once you've got a good stash of coins and a steady flow coming in, though, you can start using them to buy your way to the higher levels of the game.

This is really the most effective and efficient way of leveling up quickly when you're playing Farm Town. And it does make sense too. After all, what do you have coins for anyway if not to buy the things you want to personalize your farm and really make it your own.


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Buddies vs Neighbors – Are They Different, and Why?

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Since Farm Town is by design a social game, it's not surprising that the ways you interact with other players can influence your ability to develop your farm the way you want to. Unlike a lot of other games that fall into this category, though, Farm Town offers some unique features that greatly enhance the social aspect of the gaming experience. They can make it a little confusing at first, though, and so you need to understand what you're dealing with if you're going to make the best use of the tools at your disposal. There are plenty of nuances to the way this system works, but what you really have to understand when you're getting started in Farm Town is the difference between your Neighbors and your Buddies.

The Basics

If you've played other social networking based games before, you're probably familiar with the concept of Neighbors. Your Neighbors in these games are people on your friend list who are also playing the game. You can exchange gifts with them and interact with them in other, somewhat limited ways. For instance, in Farm Town, you can visit your Neighbors' farms to water their flowers and help out with harvesting, and they can do the same for you.

A New Category

Buddies, however, are likely something you haven't come across before, but they're a great addition to this type of social networking gaming. The main difference between your Buddies and your Neighbors is that you can add other Farm Town players to your Buddy list without adding them as a friend. This allows you to bypass the sometimes tricky business of trying to determine which stranger you wan to add to your friend list.

Adding someone as a Buddy can be done anytime you're playing Farm Town simply by clicking on their avatar and selecting the option of adding them to your Buddy list. Likely the people who wind up on this list will be people who you have met in the Market or at the Inn. They'll be enthusiastic players like you – maybe someone you hired to help you harvest your crops, or even just someone who you struck up a conversation with at the Inn. Either way, adding them to your Buddy list will make it possible for you to see if they're online at any given point, and it will make it easy for you to visit your farm.

Limited Benefits

The main difference you'll find between Neighbors and Buddies is that you can exchange gifts only with your Neighbors, but Neighbors do provide some other specific benefits as well that Buddies cannot. What all of this really means is that it's good to have both Neighbors and Buddies, and certainly the groups can overlap. In fact, you'll probably wind up putting a lot of your Neighbors on your Buddy list just so that you can keep track of whether they're online or not. Just be sure to not rely solely on Buddies, as you'll wind up missing out some significant bonuses in the form of gifts and special game play options.


Saturday, January 16, 2010

Do You Have the Right Farm Town Crops?

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Like all of the major farming games on Facebook, Farm Town has a lot of moving parts. You need to manage your space, harvesting, seeding, animals, buildings, and neighbors. However, nothing is more important than your selection of the right Farm Town crops. If you don’t get the right crops in place, you’re doing nothing better than wasting a tremendous amount of time creating a big open farm and not planting things that will reward you with high amounts of XP and coins. So, here are a few tips to help you choose the right Farm Town crops – the ones that will result in big profits.

Which Crops Do the Best?

The crops that do the best in Farm Town are those that grow quickly. This includes small fruits and vegetables like berries, grapes, and carrots. The other crops that are available for longer time periods are often set up so that players can take a day or two off from the game without needing to login. If you do that however, you will get less experience and far less coins than you would by playing often.

Ideally, you want to be able to play the game for consecutive periods of time throughout the day if you want to level up and get coins quickly. If this is not possible, you will need to settle for lesser crops.

How to Prepare Your Plot of Land

To effectively prepare your plots, make sure to delete any premade plots and replow them as closely together as possible. By default, the game wastes a great deal of space that can be used for growing. If you can get the plots to stack on each other directly, you can usually fit in between 10 and 30 extra plots on your farm that will make for far greater profits and much faster leveling. Just be sure to check that you don’t need the space for building so that you won’t need to restructure again later.

If you can do it properly, Farm Town crops that are well researched and planted around your own schedule will help you get far more coins than the ones that are planted with nothing in mind other than what you like to eat or what you think looks pretty. This is a game of strategy and if you play toward that strategy, you will be rewarded many times over for your careful attention to detail.


Friday, January 15, 2010

The Secret of Freezing Animals in Farm Town

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The title to this article is a bit misleading as there is no real “Secret” to freezing animals in Farm Town. In fact, the key to this article is that you need to learn how to manage the space you are given and to not spend too much time trying to balance all of your animals against the proper amount of space. Animals, after all, need space and proper facilities. If you do not want to make those facilities or cannot afford to build them, you should consider freezing animals for later use rather than having them wandering around an open farm where they can get away.

How to Freeze Animals in Farm Town

To freeze your animals in Farm Town, you simply need to click on them and choose to freeze them so they don’t wander around. Because those animals can easily trample your crops or simply run away when not frozen, this will keep them in place and help you get your farm in order before you install a fence. Many players choose to do this when they are at a low level because they cannot yet afford to put in those fences.

Other players do this so they can maximize their farm plots and get more coins for their crops before they start adding animals to the game and playing it as such. There are a number of reasons why players will freeze their animals – but most of the time it is because they spend a great deal of time doing other things and cannot yet handle those animals.

Maintaining Your Farm Space Carefully

Managing your farm space is important. If you want to build an area where those farm animals can roam freely without danger of causing any destruction, you need to have it set aside and big enough to keep them happy. But don’t sacrifice any of your space that you use for the crops you have set up either. You will only start to lose money this way.

The goal of every Farm Town farmer should be to have a careful grip on the space you are given, making sure to layout exactly what you need where it will be kept for days and weeks to come. This is best realized in the placement and use of your animals. If you do not like freezing animals, you should consider selling or giving them away. A good farm needs to have a good plan. That means for everything, not just your crops.


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Farm Town Cash and Coins

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Farm Town, just like almost every other social networking game on the Internet these days, requires that you have two different forms of currency. The first of these is Farm Town Cash – the currency that you will receive very sparingly from the game for leveling up and completing very rare tasks. The only other way to get Farm Town cash, which is used to level up your plot size and to get rare items that are only available in the game in small amounts, is to pay real cash or to complete surveys to get that cash.

The other form of currency is the Farm Town coins that are used to plant and harvest crops, install new buildings and setup your animals and trees. Here are some tips to getting both kinds of currency effectively.

How to Get More Farm Town Cash

For those interested in making more Farm Town Cash, the truth is that you’re going to need to spend a lot of time leveling up. You gain some cash for every level you gain, but that’s about all you’re going to be awarded for. That means you will have a finite amount of cash to work with in the game until you reach the top level. The only other real option is to whip out your wallet and start spending real world money on things you don’t necessarily need.

When to Aim for Coins Instead of Farm Town Cash

You should aim for coins instead of cash as soon as you can. Because they don’t want to block off sections of the game, it is possible to do everything Farm Town without having the Farm Cash. However, you need to amass a good chunk of coins to do it and make sure you have a solid 8 neighbors who play the game regularly and can help you with gifts and assistance on your farm. If you can do those two things though, the need for Farm Cash disappears very quickly.

For anyone that is really serious about how to play this game effectively, you need to spend some time figuring out how to get as many Farm Town coins and as much cash as possible. The currency is really the key to building a bigger, more successful farm and without that extra currency, expect quite a long grind to the top of the game where the best are playing.