Coming To Mafia Wars : Family / Clan Module
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Mafia Wars Families & Clans have been asking for a long time to be able to register their Tags in the game so other families couldn’t lay claim to them & have their families integrated into the game. Well that day is coming soon for family & clan leaders.
Remember this is still in BETA TESTING and is not available to everyone. The families that do have this feature available are working through it and are giving their feedback to PAC & Zynga to get the new feature right before it is rolled out to everyone. Just so you know there are alot of bugs & kinks that everyone is working on getting resolved.
To see if you have this feature the first thing you will want to do is go to My Mafia & then the last tab will say families.
If you see this, you can click this and it will take you to a new screen where you will be given the option to either join an existing family or start your own. If you want to join an existing family then you can scroll down and find the one you want to join and click the join button. But before you do they have added a feature so you can check the stats of that family to see if they are active and some of there fighting stats. If this is the one you want to join then you can send a request to join and if they want you in their family then they will approve you. The godfather of that family will get the request in the Zynga Message Center ( where you collect gifts ) and can approve or ignore your request.
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If you want to register your family in the system then just click start your own family button and a new screen will open up and it guide you through setting up your family within the game. As you can see you can type your family name in, you can make your Family Tag and yes it does take characters & symbols and you can add a family description (as this test screen shows) . You may of also noticed that this is not a FREE feature it does cost reward points to register your family but the exact cost has not be determined yet ( YES I agree it should be FREE !!! )
Now once that is done you will brought to a new screen that is your Family screen and it will show the family fighting stats above and the members it will also give you an option to invite your current family member to the game group. This will be the screen all members see when they go to it and as you can see it will display your families fight totals. There will also be a future feature that gives family badges based on reaching various fighting goals. You can also display a message to your family that you want them to see. They have even made it easier for you to share your link by adding link by just clicking the copy button and then paste it where you need to. ( it is also available for regular players without the family feature ).
You can also see that once a person joins the family module they can change their current tag to the new one for free. You dont have to add the family tag as it is already going to be there. BUT this is very important you CAN NOT multi tag with the new system (YET, we are working on that one however you can add them as part of you name ) and you cannot at this time be part of multiple families. ( we are working on that one too with Zynga ).
You also have control of whether or not you want to have random people try to join your family. If you click on the settings button you will see where you can actively recruit or not allow new members to join and you can also change your welcome message. If you look below you will also see a link so you can share the group link to get players to join your group as well. So you can just copy and paste that link to share with specific people you want to join your family.
Please remember this is still new there are lots of issues that is why a limited number of family leaders have been invited. The issues are being worked on diligently and like I said PAC and the family leaders are providing them a ton of feedback on this so they get it right before it rolls out to the world.
Lets start with some issues that are going to be worked on so far that we have found.
- No Multiple Registered Tags or joining of multiple families. ( This is being addressed now with Zynga )
- Issues joining families ( This is also being addressed)
- Your Tag is limited to 6 characters total, special characters count as 2 ( We are trying to get this expanded)
- Admins are limited along with titles for them ( This is also being addressed )
- Number of family members in group is limited 100 -150 right now ( We are trying to get this expanded )
- It registers your tag directly in the game so no one else can come along and try to start another family using your exact tag in the game as your registered tag will now be in Red and blocked from others using it in the game. If they tag outside the game it will be in white and you know it will be fake or a rouge player.
- You now have control of player in your family who carries your tag. So if they are not active you can remove them and the tag drops off their name. This is also true when you boot a disruptive player or if a player decides to go someplace else.
- Players who join your family do not have to spend reward points to tag as they are given a name change for free. It only costs reward points to establish a registered family and the godfather or godmother pay that fee. The tag will already be in the front and then they only have to type their name in.
- You will now be able to access some of your players stats right from the family page instead of having to go to their profile to check them. You wont see there skills or weapons strength but you can see most of the profile numbers.