Thursday, February 11, 2010

Cafe World - 8: Neighbors

So, you're asking, what's the big hype about neighbors?

Well first off, I would like to dispel one "myth". The "experts" say you must have neighbors so you can visit them every day to get free Cafe World gold coins and points. True that - you can. You get 5 Cafe Points and 20 gold coins for each neighbor you visit.

I don't know about your computer, but mine takes half of forever to actually open up Cafe World: I simply do NOT have the time to visit hundreds of neighbors for some gold coins and points.

What are the pro's of having neighbors?
Depends on you, really.
I have neighbors that have been become internet friends on Facebook. We have discussions several times a week about things that aren't even related to Cafe World. That's pretty cool, really, some really great people, too.

If you want to level up, you can't do it without neighbors unless you want to pay CASH - real money - to do so. I refuse to spend money on a game like this, ridiculous.

You HAVE to have neighbors to hire for waiters/waitresses.

But for the gold coins and points? Great - if you have a gazillion hours a day to visit all of them. I am up to level 70 with 654,000 Cafe Points - I don't visit neighbors all day long and I am gaining at a comfortable rate on the game. Again, as in the last posting on this subject, I have read that Cafe World has 120 levels and then it's over.

Cafe World Tips - 7: Which Dishes To Prepare?

I have read all over the internet about which dishes you should prepare ot gain the most coins in the shortest period of time with what dishes.

They almost ALL use the burger dish as their prime example. Well, that's all fine and dandy, it takes 5 minutes to COOK - you can make all kinds of coins and eventually earn a lot of Cafe Points if you want to go that route.

However, be prepared to spend your days doing nothing but cooking hamburgers. What these people forget to tell you is the prep time to also include in making them - when you have 16 ovens that is going to double the total cooking time. It's a bit ridiculous to think you are going to sit around 10 hours a day or whatever cooking food constantly - meaning clicking your mouse over and over and over until you are - sick of it. I actually did that at the begining when I first started but got tired of that quickly.

Now? I use dishes that work for my schedule. I don't want to sit here endlessly playing the game. I do LIKE the game, but not THAT much. I have a life apart from Cafe World, don't you? I would like to hope so!

You also don't need a tips and tricks download for however much money they want for them - I wouldn't know cause' I never went that far on their sites that are offering such - to figure out which dishes give you maximum returns for your money - or coins in this case. Go through all the dishes currently offered, see how much it costs compared to how much the dish will end up making. It's very simple math.

However, I don't cook dishes just for the maximum return - I have dishes I cook because the timing is right on the hours it takes to cook them. My best example of that is the Crackling Peking Duck dish. It costs 900 coins and gives you a total of 3600 coins when all 900 servings are sold. That's only 3 coins per serving - it tells you all of this right there on the menu. The lure for me? It takes 18 hours to cook. I prepare and get cooking all 16 ovens of it around 8:00pm - an hour before I go to bed, when I come home from work, it's done and ready to go.

Cake is also good. 14 hour prep time - it doesn't spoil even though it's done several hours before I get home. That's another question folks have - about the spoilage. It appears the shorter the time it takes to cook the dish, the shorter time you have to get it to your counters. Let me say here that once you get a dish on your counter - it NEVER spoils. I currently have 285,000 servings of food on my counters - yes, I actually have that many. They never go bad. I could quit playing the game for a week and still have food on there to serve.

The thing you have to pinpoint is how you want to play the game. I want all 8 of my counters to have different foods on them. I cook different dishes every day to keep the numbers up. You might just want to find one dish that pays out a lot and keep cooking that continuosly. Or 2 dishes with the same objective.

You have to determine whether you want to be a slave to the stove or do you want to just spend a few minutes here and there cooking. There are dishes available that take 2 days to cook. Chips and guacamole I believe is 3 MINUTES.

That's it for this tip.

Edited:
Will be editing my tips as new information comes along or I simply am moving ahead on the game. I now have 12 counters and 18 ovens. I just acquired 4 new counters that Cafe World made available a couple of days ago, as well as 2 new stoves that also were unavailable until - a couple of days ago. I have food on all 12 counters. I use 3 of them for gift food and the rest are dishes that I have cooked. Eventually I'll have it back down to 1 counter with gift food and the other 11 all with food I have been cooking.

Also, there is a glitch in Cafe World that has been exposed by - computer geeks I'm guessing - it's called a clicker. I am not going to post sites on here for you to see, just do a Google search for Cafe World clicker and you will find as many sites as you want with the info on how to set it up. It basically cooks the food FOR you. You don't have to do anything. I personally don't want to degrade the game by doing that, so I am not going to set it up on my cafe.

Also, since this posting, Cafe World has listened to it's users and they have released all kinds of new dishes in the menu. Pretty cool, really, plus they are adding all kinds of new decorations you can use in your Cafe.

Cafe World Tips 6 - How To Acquire Cafe Points

This isn't going to be a long entry, and neither is it going to be extremely revelatory.
That's because I don't do "cheats" - where you hack into the game and do something that Zynga will eventually find and patch - and possibly BAN YOU FOR LIFE from the game.
No, I figure out how to do the things I want to get done "legally".

So, you are playing this game against your friends, they are WAY ahead of you in Cafe Points and levels. How to catch up?

Here's my answer.
First, it's going to cost you gold coins - a lot of them. If you don't have many gold coins saved up, come back to this in the future after you have at least 500,000 of them.

Second, it's going to take some time. This isn't a 2 minute power-grab, depending on how many points you want to gain, it could take half an hour or a couple of days.

It's very simple, really. Buy some food to cook, prepare it and then delete it. Find the highest preparing points dish you currently have - while at the best money. I us Shu Mai Dumplings. For each preparation part of getting it ready to cook, you get 20 coins. Multiply that by 16 ovens, do it over and over and you can get thousands and thousands of points in a relatively short amount of time.

One of my neighbors is currently doing that RIGHT NOW as I am writing this. He was 200,000 points behind me, he is now 150,000 points ahead of me. In the last 4 hours he has gained at least 30,000 Cafe World Points. Okay, I can't say for sure he's doing it that way, but I'm guessing that's the case here. There may be a cheat out there to get points instantly - but he isn't getting them instantly and I have been to his cafe several times and noticed new dishes on the oven every time, so I'm probably right.

I just recently remodelled my cafe, so I only have 354,000 gold coins to work with right now. This neighbor will not do this forever, he will eventually quit, when he does, I'm going to go on the offensive and spend however much time it takes to catch up to him and pass him.

BTW, I was reading someone else's journal on this subject of Cafe World, apparently there is an end to it - level 120 and it's over. Don't quote me on that, but the man claims to have gone all the way through it. He also wrote up a Tips and Tricks tutorial - for sale of course.

For now, my tips are free!

The Stunning Blow

Iran's apparent stunning blow to the west was the announcement of the "fact" that they are now a "Nuclear State". I didn't find this stunning at all - apalling, maybe, if such is true, but hardly stunned. They claim they "don't need to enrich the fuel to 90%", claiming their intent is solely for power generation.

BS. If anyone thinks that Iran does not have a bloodlust hunger to manufacture and be able to use nuclear weapons, please simply look at both their past and the threats coming from no less than the land's own president. I need not go into all of that - if you don't know, then so some research and come back to the table with a valid argument.

They want to destroy Israel and the U.S. I have no idea how many times that rhetoric has been repeated, over and over, from the mouth of that president and others within the regime. I firmly believe Israel is in talks amongst themselves as to what their next move is. I would be thinking about destroying the facilities that are known to be used to enrich uranium. I probably wouldn't be asking the world for it's condonences since most of the world seems totally opposed to such.

Whatever. The scenario will play out as it's destined to be. I always fall back to God being in control - whether it's apparent or not - and His will be done on earth, as it is in heaven, period.

Work on the trailer continues. The rotten corner has almost totally been replaced with fresh, clean wood. It seems like he doesn't get much done until I come around and start looking at what to do next. I actually have done most of the work - he tries to cut corners and I don't want that s*** done. If I'm going to go to this much trouble, it's going to be done right. The leaks are going to be stopped and I will make sure that event occurs - every time it rains. The entire trailer is going to have fresh caulking put on EVERY single seam, I don't care how much of a pain in the @$$ it is. In a couple of more places where water has obviously gotten through, the screws on those seams will be removed, the seam will be pulled apart and fresh caulking will be put inside of those seams, virtually guaranteeing a leak-free environment.

We're working on the bedroom - and will have to completely finish it before moving anywhere else in the trailer since they are living in it already. This is one reason I was objecting to them moving in before I got it done - now there are bodies and "stuff" in the way. Not a huge ordeal - they can move that stuff when we get there and that will be that.

I'm still as sick as a dog. I felt like crap at work today. Breathing is a chore at best. Lungs are congested and it's probably bronchitis. Don't know, I'm resisting going to the doc cause' I hate spending the money. If/when it gets to the point I can't function - then I go to the doc, get whatever drugs. Came home today and slept. Got off early - as soon as I got back from all the running around, including another trip to Miami, I asked to go home and that was that.

Enough. The day grows long and I am going to bed early tonight. Friday tomorrow - hopefully not too long a day and I can come home and get some more rest. I have PLENTY of sick hours available - I could take 2 straight weeks off if needed. Not that I want to do that, just saying I could maybe get off a little early tomorrow as well.

ben

Thursday

Splinter in my finger nail? Still there. As much as I tried yesterday to dig that thing out of there, it wasn't budging. I have no desire to spend $50 to have a doc remove the thing, I'm going to leave it and see if it will eventually start to move out on it's own. Well, unless the pain gets too much, then I'll pay to have the thing removed. Cheaper to take a hammer and smash the fingernail so it comes off and the splinter comes out with it - but that probably wouldn't feel to good.

Newest residents - of the trailer that is - were gone all day yesterday, but resurfaced at night, came in and handed me $25. That's what I want from them - for now - to pay for their use of electricity and water: $25 per week. They were talking about getting a space heater - all well and fine, but that price per week will go up with it. It will also go up if they are here when it starts getting warm and they turn on the AC. Whatever the amount goes up every day for power use, that's what they're going to pay. However, I think I will see if I can locate a downdraft evap cooler - those things work well in certain months of the year when it's not too hot and the air is dry - keeps it as cool as AC without removing all the moisture.

The cleaning, however, did not start as they had promised - but - I'll give them a pass on that since they took their bicycles and rode clear over to Mesa to go to a thrift store they frequent. The store gives them freebies because they are homeless. They scored a couple of blankets and who knows what else. I forgot to tell them but will say something today about the fact that whatever they acquire, it needs to go inside the trailer as I will not tolerate outdoor storage of - junk. Been there, done that, bought the farm with those "other" people, never again. My "threat" will include fact of me simply throwing things in the trash can that I find laying about the yard, if, indeed, such happens. I don't get that these people are like that, but as with everything when dealing with the human element - especially that element being strangers living on your property - I find that I HAVE to spell things out VERY clearly and repeat it over and over until the message gets through.

As for the newest paying tenant, well I don't see him, at all. He leaves after I leave in the morning and returns very late - like 11 or even 12 pm at night. I want to talk to him to discuss whether there is anything that is not to his liking, and if so, what can we do to rectify it - I guess that will have to wait until the weekend.

I do have a few people living on my property at this point. 8 in total. Plus 4 dogs. Lol. I'm still quite amazed at the scripture that spoke directly to this situation that seemingly popped up right in front of my eyes yesterday. God certainly is capable of communicating with us - all of us - if we bother to listen and have the desire to do so. But that's another subject for another day. I was only speaking for myself and to myself about confirmation of whether doing this, or more like, allowing this, is anything headed in the right direction. My ex-wife believes I am a lost, evil, soul headed directly towards hell. I profess, here and now - publicly for the world to see - that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. I love Him, I know He loves me, that's really all there is to it. I attempt to try and do things in life that I hope He would find pleasing - though I know I also fall far short many times and no, I am not happy about those aspects of my life.

Oh well. Pick myself up, move on. And moving on I shall be - cause' work day approaches and I best be offa here.

C'yall later.
ben

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