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>Exciting News From The Facebook & Zynga Podcast


As you know My wife Joanne and I have our own Podcast called “The Facebook & Zynga Podcast” that we host every Monday evening at 6PM ET / 3PM PT. Here is the link to our show http://www.blogtalkradio.com/john-sweeney-jr This link has all the shows we have done and even shows all the upcoming shows.
On Monday the 27th we had Nate one of the community managers from Zynga on the show who was kind enough to answer some questions we had as well as talk to some of the listeners. Please tune into that and see what he had to say 
We do this show to try and keep you properly informed on what going on with Facebook & Zynga Games. This show is a LIVE call in show where, you the listeners can call in and try to get answers to any questions you may have in regards to Facebook & Zynga Games. We dont hold back on things so if something needs fixing we say it and if they deserve kudos we give it. 
We will be having some very exciting things happening over the next few weeks. First off we hope to have our web site completely done for all of you to enjoy. We will have the player on the site to listen to the shows, a forumn so you can tell us what your concerns are and what you need answers on, a chat feature so you can all talk to each other on the site, and much much more. So look for that in about a week and a half. The link is http://www.thefacebookandzyngapodcast.com/ 
We are also in the process of finalizing some deals with some sponsors to bring you some great giveaways and contests. You will have a chance to win some really great prizes. You will see that on our new website and on our Fan page http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Facebook-Zynga-Podcast/145826638767230?v=wall  So I encourage you all to join our fan page to keep up to date on whats going on and dont be shy share the page with your friends too. Just click the LIKE button and you are a member. Our Fan page is called The Facebook & Zynga Podcast and we post all kinds of information to keep you safe and informed plus we have jokes to brighten your day. So I guess it is really a FUN page as well.
We also have a FREE toolbar that you can use on Internet Explorer Or Firefox (we are working on one for Chrome users as well)  for members of The Facebook & Zynga Podcast. It has A link to log into Facebook plus a mini Facbook page link so you can keep up & even chat while surfing other sites, Zynga Games, Twitter, You Tube, HULU TV, Skype, And We ALSO Have our own chat room so you can talk to fellow users & other gadgets & other games. Plus it has A radio on it so you listen to your favorite music & podcast while online & playing games or surfing the web. And It is All FREE & Safe. Get it Today !!!! http://YourPodcast.OurToolbar.com/
We also have a chat room that you can be part of on Skype, just send me your Skype contact and I will bring you in. My Skype contact is johnsweeney65 
And finally we will be coming out with show gear like T-Shirts, Hats, Mouse Pads, Key chains and other fun stuff so look for that as well in the next few weeks. 
On Behalf of myself and Joanne we want to thank you for making us a success and for your continued support. We look forward to growing with your continued support and look for some great guests coming on in the next few weeks. We are talking to Zynga and Facebook to try and get them to come on the show at least once a month to keep us all updated and answer your questions. 
Thank You All 
John Sweeney 
Joanne Sweeney

September 30, 2010 Posted by | Blogs | Leave a comment

>Master the Prized Pigs


Are you ready to pig out? Because it’s time to go whole hog. Okay, okay. We’ll stop with the pig puns. So listen up, party people. Get ready for the Prized Pigs coming this evening.  
Here’s how Prized Pigs work. For three days only, you can send pigs to your mafia and request pigs from your mafia. There are 3 Prized Pigs to collect with a new pig being released each day. Request pigs by posting a Facebook feed or send requests to your mafia. 
Each Prized Pig has 3 levels of mastery – bronze, silver, and gold. When you collect enough pigs to complete mastery, you earn some sweet high-powered items to get stronger. Collect all the pigs for Gold Mastery to get the grand prize Oinker Vehicle (100 ATT, 128 DEF). Get ready for pigs and play Mafia Wars now.
Curly Tail
Fresh Shank
Boss Hog
Bronze Mastery
(3 Pigs each)
Garrotte Weapon
(60 ATT, 31 DEF)
Fish Spear Weapon
(59 ATT, 32 DEF)
Jointed Panel Armor
(33 ATT, 60 DEF)
Silver Mastery
(5 Pigs each)
Garrotte Weapon
(67 ATT, 38 DEF)
Fish Spear Weapon
(68 ATT, 37 DEF)
Jointed Panel Armor
(38 ATT, 72 DEF)
Gold Mastery
(10 Pigs each)
Garrotte Weapon
(73 ATT, 44 DEF)
Fish Spear Weapon
(72 ATT, 45 DEF)
Jointed Panel Armor
(46 ATT, 74 DEF)
 Reprinted with permission from “The Official Mafia Wars Blog” 

September 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs | Leave a comment

>Pedophiles Love Facebook – Tampa Bay Social Media | Examiner.com

>Pedophiles Love Facebook – Tampa Bay Social Media | Examiner.com

September 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs | Leave a comment



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The Mafia Wars Convention originally scheduled for October 15-16th 2010 has been postponed till early next year. 

Here is what they released on their blog regarding the event:

Due to an overwhelming response to allow more time for people to make arrangements, we are postponing our Mafia Wars: MADE Las Vegas convention until early 2011!

We’ll be making an announcement in the next week about the new dates and potentially new location.  The great part about this date change is it will allow for longer planning and actually lower the ticket pricing, a savings which will be reflected in our next ticket sales.

This is going to be one amazing event done up as only Mafia Wars can do it! 


September 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogs | Leave a comment

>Monday We Have Zynga On Show LIVE


We will be back on Monday the 27th at 6PM ET / 3 PM PT & we have Nate from Zynga coming on the show to tell us whats going on with Mafia Wars and answer questions. You wont want to miss this one. We will take your calls to try and help you get some answers. All you do is wait till show goes LIVE and call this number Call-in Number: (347) 327-9074. You also have the option to talk VIA Skype by clicking talk and that is a free connection. I am sorry for my deaf fans I dont have an option for you at this time but I do have a LIVE Chat that goes on during show and I will see your questions and will try to answer them in the chat room during the show as well as say it on the show. So Tune in and see what you missed during our past shows and please tell all your friends. You wont want to miss this one. “This podcast is not endorsed by or affiliated with Zynga Game Network Inc. or Facebook, Inc.” http://www.blogtalkradio.com/john-sweeney-jr/2010/09/27/the-facebook-zynga-podcast

September 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogs | Leave a comment

>Facebook Crashes & The World Stops – Tampa Bay Social Media | Examiner.com

>Facebook Crashes & The World Stops – Tampa Bay Social Media | Examiner.com

September 24, 2010 Posted by | Blogs | Leave a comment

>Special Mafia Wars Event



Mafia Wars: MADE – Las Vegas 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010 at 8:00 AM  Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 8:00 PM (PT)

Las Vegas, NV

Event Details

There’s no turning back once you’ve made it in the Mafia.
What are you waiting for? Get MADE!
About the event:
If you love Mafia Wars, it’s time you become a MADE Man or MADE Woman at Mafia Wars MADE in Las Vegas! The Dons of Mafia Wars will be in Las Vegas for the first-ever gathering of players and Mafia Wars Game Developers. Show your mafia loyalty and connect with the player community to share your passions, ideas and strategies. At Mafia Wars MADE, you’ll gain inside access to upcoming game features, a sneak peek into the next city, and get exclusive in-game items. Also at the event is exclusive merchandise and chances to participate in social events for players and developers to meet one another. The MADE Mafia induction is happening Oct. 15 -16 at the Palms Casino Resort. We’ll see you in Vegas. And welcome to The Family. 
When: October 15 – 16, 2010
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada – The Palms Casino and Resort
What Are the Activities?
  • Hang out with your friends and meet developers in the Mafia Wars Lounge.  The MW Lounge is the hub of activity where you can play Mafia Wars from your own laptop using our free wifi or jump onto any available machine we have in our gaming lab.  Get real goods from our MW’s Lounge Marketplace.  Participate in a variety of activities we have planned for you at the lounge including contests, themed photo booths, developer meet ups, and of course food and beverages.  This lounge is open for access throughout the duration of the event so you can meet your friends at any hour of the day or night for your own Vegas adventures.
  • Who can pass up a pool party?  If this is your scene we are looking forward to sunny skies and mild temperatures in mid October.  Check the weather report before you pack and don’t forget your poolside essentials, we’ve booked time for you to relax and enjoy this activity on both Friday and Saturday.
  • No convention is complete without some panel discussions and we’ve got a bunch planned so you can pick your Mafia Wars passion.  We’ve selected a few of them to show off here, those attending the event will have the chance to attend 4 discussions of their choice.
    • Bringing the Virtual to Reality–Meet an Ex-Mafia and an Ex-FBI Agent
    • Executive Panel–The Masterminds of Mafia Wars 
    • Player vs. Player Design–Fighting the Good Fight!
    • Gifting & Trading–Moving the Goods!
    • New City Creation–Making a World from the Art Up! 
    • Security–Keeping You and Yours Safe!
    • Systems–Looking Under the Hood?!? 
    • It’s Vegas Baby!–Vegas Design.
  • Prizes and giveaways throughout the show, everyone is a winner in Vegas at MADE!  Get your event collectible t-shirt and also receive an additional gift in your real “mystery bag”.  We have some in game goodies for everyone who attends plus prizes for contest winners.
  • Party like a Rock Star at Rain!  On Friday night all attendees (21 and older with valid ID) will gain access to Rain one of Las Vegas’s premier nightclubs.  Make sure and get your style on this club has a dress code.  VIP ticket holders will have access to the popular upper deck with private VIP rooms and an open bar.  All attendees will also have access to all nightclubs at The Palms on Friday night, check out the website for more information.
  • Saturday night we are closing out the show with our Awards ceremony to be held at the beautifulPearl Theatre.  Enjoy the final program in this relaxed and beautiful setting where we listen to a keynote address from Scottie K, find out who from the community is getting MADE, and a few more surprises.  The best Mafia Wars costume at this event wins a prize so if you have a get up you want to sport, this is your chance to strut your stuff.
What is the difference between the tickets?
Does the ticket price include travel and hotel?
Travel and accommodations are not covered in the ticket price.  However, we have arranged a special discount at The Palms hotel.  Book online by clicking this link directly to the MADE rates: Book hotel now!  Or mention AZ1015D if booking with a Palms representative.
I have more questions how do I contact you?
You can email events@mafiawars.com if you have additional questions about this event.  We will be releasing weekly updates to our ticket holders via email.

Ticket Information

Early Bird 15% Discount VIP – “Mogul” 7m $399.00 $9.95   0    1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   22   23   24   25   26   27   28   29   30  
Early Bird 15% Discount General Admission – “Mafia” 7m $229.00 $6.72   0    1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   22   23   24   25   26   27   28   29   30  
VIP – “Mogul” Not Started $469.00 $9.95 N/A
General Admission – “Mafia” Not Started $269.00 $7.72 N/A


Friday, October 15, 2010 at 8:00 AM
– to –
Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 8:00 PM (PT)


The Palms Casino and Resort
4321 West Flamingo Road Las VegasNV 89103

Want more info on the event please come here http://mafiawarsmade.eventbrite.com/

September 20, 2010 Posted by | Blogs | Leave a comment

>A Mafia Wars Wedding

>Hello everyone as you all know by now I married the love of my life Joanne Doane on Friday Sept 17th 2010. We had an absolute blast and want to thank so many of you who came and sent your well wishes for us. 

We really want to thank everyone at Zynga who have gone above and beyond anything we could of ever dreamed of. They have done a ton of promotions for us. They sent us stuff to give to our guests, contacted various press organizations but most of all they gave us a nice honeymoon package to go where ever we want. 

So a big thank you to Nate & Michelle from Zynga who worked so hard to make our special day even more special.

Here is the blog the wrote about us : http://blog.mafiawars.com/2010/09/a-match-made-in-mafia-heaven.html#comments

I would also like to Evil Ed, Jana, Chris, Pistol Pete, & The MW Loot Lady Jennifer from the “The Evil Ed Podcast” who covered our wedding and even have us exchanging vows on it. Please give it a listen and join the page. We had a blast with everyone from the Evil Ed Family and they are and always will be our family. 

You can listen to the show to the show and be part of of our wedding. Just go to the Evil Ed Podcast page and you will see the show on the wall their. Just click and listen. 

We also had Games.com pick up the story and they wrote up a nice piece and if you want to see that just click this link http://blog.games.com/2010/09/17/mafia-wars-helps-two-players-find-love-through-facebook-gaming/

Now I want to share some pictures of our special day and again say thank you to everyone. We hope you enjoy them. 

September 18, 2010 Posted by | Blogs | 1 Comment

>It’s Official: Google Me To Debut This Fall – Tampa Bay Social Media | Examiner.com

>It’s Official: Google Me To Debut This Fall – Tampa Bay Social Media | Examiner.com

September 15, 2010 Posted by | Blogs | Leave a comment

>From Mafia Wars / Mafia Wars Launches the Loyalty Program


Don Corleone: Do I have your loyalty?

Peter Clemenza: Yes, always Godfather.
                         – The Godfather, 1972

We may shoot, fight, and rob people, but if there’s one thing we pride ourselves on in the mafia it’s loyalty. Today Mafia Wars launched the Loyalty Program for our users to receive special perks like discounts, exclusive items, front-of-the-line access to customer support, and invitations.
The new program has several tiers: Emerald, Gold, and Platinum. You will earn loyalty points (LP) as you play more or spend more. You earn LP when you purchase reward points, play Mafia Wars, or click on Mafia Wars feeds and requests that your friends post to offer you bonuses.
You start as an Emerald Player or with a more elite status depending on your loyalty to Mafia Wars. You can achieve a higher status and earn better privileges the more you spend or the more you play.
We currently released the Loyalty Program to a small percentage of our users. Later this week we will roll out this feature to everyone when we can ensure a smooth transition. We value your loyalty as a Mafia Wars fan and are thrilled to provide you with the privileges and rewards you deserve.  

This is reprinted from “The Official Mafia Wars Blog”

September 14, 2010 Posted by | Blogs | Leave a comment