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Experience Points Needed To Level Up in Farm Town

By on Aug 10, 2009 in Facebook | 5 comments

Okay. I will do my best to make this my last article about Farm Town. I just couldn’t help myself, when there is still a lot to talk about this popular Facebook App. If you are one of those people wondering why it takes you so long to level up in higher levels, that’s because the experience points needed at that point are higher than at the lower levels. So far, the highest level is 34 which is a Green Wizard. That’s the only time you can buy a mansion. But all will start of course at level 1 with a 12 x 12 land to start with. Different experience points are needed at each level to progress, and certain features are unlocked once you reach certain levels. Here are the experience points to reach in advancing to the next level. For example, to reach level 4 from level 3, you just need 50 more experience points. 50 + 50 = 100. Apprentice or Level 4 is at 100 experience points. Level Experience Points Title 1 0 Getting Started 2 20 Just Moved In 3 50 Learning the Ropes 4 100 Apprentice 5 250 Farmer 6 500 Adept 7 750 Promising Farmer 8 1000 Green Thumb 9 1500 Popular Farmer 10 2000 Superb Farmer 11 2500 Talented Farmer 12 3000 Talk of the Town 13 3500 Distinguished Farmer 14 4000 Specialist 15 4500 Inspiring Farmer 16 5000 VIP 17 6000 High Achiever 18 7000 Master Farmer 19 8000 Influential Farmer 20 9000 Expert Farmer 21 10,000 Eminent Farmer 22 11,000 Mighty Farmer 23 12,500 Gifted Farmer 24 15,000 Green Ace 25 20,000 Acclaimed Farmer 26 25,000 Just Brilliant 27 35,000 Extraordinary Farmer 28 45,000 Virtuoso 29 55,000 Green Prodigy 30 70,000 Awe Inspiring 31 85,000 Force of Nature 32 100,000 Green Genius 33 120,000 Tycoon 34 150,000 Green Wizard SOURCE: Farm Town in...

I can buy happiness but not people

By on Aug 10, 2009 in Facebook | 4 comments

I’ve read that sentence often while playing Metropolis, another Facebook App I came across. It’s a game to build your own city. The more people you have the more jobs get filled, the more you earn. Happiness may decrease though overtime if your citizens aren’t happy on the way you manage your city. But you can buy happiness by buying certain landmarks or creating entertainment. Well, there was one feature that allows other players to populate (give one citizen) your city or entertain, and they can only do one at a certain time. Since happiness can be bought and not people, most players in Metropolis prefer other players to populate their city rather than have their city entertained. Hence, you would often see: Don’t entertain. I can buy happiness but not people. Somehow, a phrase of that sentence is the opposite of a common saying, that money can’t buy happiness.  Even if you have a lot of money and can afford to go out to entertain yourself, you will still feel empty if you are looking for the true happiness within yourself. I wish that I could really buy happiness. I can buy happiness and not people… Another sad reality of life is conveyed on the later part of that sentence. Yes, you can buy people.  To lie for you. To make love for you. To serve you however you want. But you cannot buy the people who loves and appreciate you sincerely. I wish I could buy...

Ragnarok Online Emoticons and Farm Town

By on Jul 18, 2009 in Facebook, Games | 4 comments

Did you know I used to play Ragnarok Online? It is an multiplayer online role-playing game from South Korea. Yeah, I’ve been addicted to it in 2005 that even in my dreams I was playing Ragnarok. One time, I answered a phone call while I was half asleep. The phone was ringing just right above my head, so I grabbed it, and said hello as usual. However, I mumbled about ragnarok items after. Only when my caller asked me “What are you talking about Reah? What’s a muffler?” that I got back to my senses. Anyway, while waiting in Farm Town’s marketplace last week, I remembered the emoticons in Ragnarok Online. Especially the crying emoticon. It would be fun if farmers in Farm Town could show a crying emoticon if they are pleading for a job, or a thanks emoticon when they get hired. For me, emoticons was one of the best things in Ragnarok aside from the real game. So that players could  socialize better with other players. Here’s some videos I found in YouTube showing Ragnarok players communicating with emoticons, or at least reacting with emoticons. Adding this kind of animation in Farm Town though may add to the bandwidth being used in the game, but I still hope Farm Town developers are considering such feature in the future. And oh, letting the farmer/avatar  sit too would be cool. For the meantime, I will use the Ragnarok Emoticons app to bug my friends in...

Cost of Upgrading Your Land In Farm Town

By on Jul 16, 2009 in Facebook, Games | 6 comments

The initial land’s size in Farm Town is 12 x 12. This is enough land when you are starting the game, but as you reach higher levels where more experience points are needed to level up, 12 x 12 land size may not help you anymore. Instead, you may want to upgrade your land so you have more space to plow fields, plant crops, and put new decorations on your farm. But you can only start upgrading your land when you have reached level 15.  So it is best to know while you are at a lower level than 15 how much it costs to upgrade your land, so you can save coins for it. Here’s the sizes and costs. Level 15 – 14 x 14 size – 20,000 coins Level 17 – 16 x 16 size – 25,000 coins Level 19 –  18 x 18 size – 30,000 coins Level 21 – 20 x 20 size – 35,000 coins Level 23 – 22 x 22 size – 40,000 coins Level 25 – 24 x 24 size – 80,000 coins The 24 x 24 is the most expensive one. You can decide to buy it at a later time if you still don’t have enough coins. Since you cannot skip any land size, you have to buy it all. Example, you cannot upgrade to 22 x 22 if you still haven’t bought 18 x 18. The total cost of all the upgrade is 230,000 coins. For me, the cost doesn’t matter. It is worth it, since you can plant more crops if you have a bigger land. Hence, earn more coins. That was my goal when I started playing the game–to upgrade my land as soon as possible, and save a lot of coins after I’ve got the biggest land size. By the way, do you know where and how you can upgrade your land? Well, you can upgrade it by going to the Realtor’s Office. Just click the map icon on your Farm Town screen. A window will pop up, and there are icons that represents the several places you can go to. Choose the Realtor’s Office. Once you are in the office, another window pops up which shows the land you can purchase and how much it is. Just click the buy button on the land size you want to buy, and changes will be made in your farm a few seconds after...

Stock Investing App on Facebook

By on Jul 14, 2009 in Facebook, Miscellaneous | 1 comment

I am into a lot of Facebook apps lately, if you have noticed–Typing Maniac, Farm Town, Mafia Wars, and Word Island. At the same time, I am also into investing books. So, I got curious if there is one app about investing that I could play in Facebook. Perhaps a virtual practice account in investing like the one I have in Investopedia.com. Luckily, there is a Facebook app! A stock investing simulator called kaChing, which uses the actual data in the US stock markets. So far, I like using kaChing app more than the virtual stocks account I have in Investopedia. You know why? Because I have $10,000,000 in the virtual portfolio which is a higher amount than the one I have in my Investopedia practice account. I can buy more stocks, and trade more here in kaChing....

Typing Games on Facebook

By on Jul 12, 2009 in Facebook, Games | 6 comments

You might have tried playing Typing Maniac in Facebook but your computer might not be able to support the Flash game, or it will not load. I have exeprienced that same problem with my old desktop computer. I have upgraded my flash but my screen still sometimes freezes because of the low specs of my desktop. I got frustrated with it so I ended up playing the game again with the laptop. I want to use the keyboard on my desktop though in typing games, so I tried to find other typing games in Facebook that I could play with my old desktop. And I found some. Typing Monster – This App has an old-school design, incomparable to Typing Maniac. The good thing about it though is you are going to type a paragraph, which combines uppercase letters and punctiation marks, while numbers are in a bomb. You should type the numbers as soon as they appear. Of course if the bomb explodes you will lose one life. You have 5 lives to spare, and if all are used up, the game is over. Typing Race – As name implies it is a race on typing, LIVE. On your first time playing, you will choose a car, and your country. Then choose whom would you like to race with: with your friends or with random people in Facebook playing the game at that time. This is a good game to see for yourself how fast you can type against other people in 30 seconds. You will see your typing speed at the end of the game. Typing Speed – This is just a simple and short game. In 30 seconds of typing  you can find out what is your typing speed and accuracy rate. Typing Maniac does not compute your typing speed, so play this game if you want to find out. The Typing of the Ghosts – Ghosts appear together with the words you have to type. The ghosts get bigger and bigger, so you type the words, or numbers as fast as you can. If not, the ghost will snatch your life. You have 5 lives to spare in this game too. pa-Ching Typing Game – See how fast you can type by typing three sentences or 10 sentences. That’s it. I would say that the goal of the developer of this app is just to gain money in Adsense. Having able to play these five typing games, I realized that Typing Maniac is the best among all of the typing games in...