Monday, April 4, 2011

Cafe World Tips 30: How To Save The Progress In Your Cafe

You've had this problem, haven't you? You put dishes on your stoves, you leave your cafe, come back later and find.........NOTHING on your stoves!! How irritating is THAT?!!! This method to save your progress works - usually. Some people are experiencing glitches so extreme that even saving the progress doesn't work, but it certainly doesn't hurt to try!

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On the bottom, right-hand corner of the screen, you see where I placed an arrow pointing to a circle around an item in that rectangular box. That small, circled icon is what you click on to save the game. A small pop-up appears on your screen when you click it saying: "Saving Game" and when it's done, it tells you so. Walaah, that's all there is to it!

Cafe World Tips 29: How To Trap Your Waiters To Make Them Teleport Food; Buzz Rating Issues

Are you having trouble with keeping your buzz rating up?  Do you constantly run around clicking on coffee cups or drinks above customer's heads to force it to go up?  Are you tired of not having customers in your cafe because your buzz rating is too low?

Hello and thanks for stopping by.  I am somewhat of an expert on buzz rating at this point in time.  It's almost 100% guaranteed that if you have a low buzz rating in your cafe, it's because there is something "wrong" with your cafe's layout.  Now, without going into all of that - though you are welcomed to leave a message below and share a screenshot of your cafe, I can pretty much tell you what is wrong with it, how to fix it and see your buzz rating go back up - another, easier way of getting it back up is to have your waiters teleport the food from the counters to the tables.

With this method, the waiters are trapped behind the counters.  They cannot get out and the "fling" the dishes to the tables instead of taking their SWEET old time picking up a dish and walking it over there.

Below is a screenshot of my cafe and how I have my waiters trapped.

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My counters are set up in such a way that there is no escape for the waiters. They are completely blocked in. If you do not completely block them in, they will simply walk right through the counters as if they didn't exist. Likewise, if you put anything in the way of any of the counters from inside of the blockage, same thing, it won't work. Also, ALL counters must be accessible from inside the blockage, you cannot stack them as you can with stoves.

Follow my example - or find a neighbor if you please that also has their dishes teleporting and you will be on your way to getting your buzz rating back up!! If you have any questions about this, please simply leave them in the comment field below and I will periodically check this thread for any questions and will answer them in the comment field as well.

Cafe World Tips 28: How To Get Free Cafe Cash And Instant Thyme In Cafe World

 The complaints about how everything (that you want, anyway) costs Cafe Cash in Cafe World (CW) come from all sides and have been going on since shortly after Zynga rolled the game out onto Facebook.  If you are an avid player of the game, then you have probably seen something in the Decor section at the bottom of your cafe that you reeeeeeeally wanted but it cost Cafe Cash instead of being able to purchase it with Cafe Coins.

I have almost 80,000,000 Cafe Coins right now, sure, you can redecorate with it, but you can't do the really nice stuff unless you want to spend cash.  There are several ways that you can earn or get Cafe Cash in the game, but my "plan", if you want to call it that, gets you MUCH more albeit takes a bit of time and sometimes, a bit of confrontation.  

There are 3 ways you can get cash and instant thyme - usually a good amount of it - for free.   These actions are all directed towards Zynga itself in the form of filing a "Service Ticket" with a complaint or issue about the game.  EVERYONE has an issue with the game: who HASN'T been on the receiving end of one of Zynga's unending problems that go hand-in-hand with Cafe World?

So, here it is.  First, you can contact them via written message/email.  Copy and paste this URL into your internet browser:  http://support.zynga.com/CP_ContactUs?gameid=61.  Ummm, well maybe it will show up as a clickable hyperlink.  You have to fill out the form to get your message sent.  Answer all of it, and detail in the field that asks you to write out your problem.  What problem? Any problem you can think of!  Just use ONE problem, though, don't dump it all in one fell swoop.  Why is the game so slow?  How come my dishes disappear when I am cooking them, leave the cafe, come back in and find them gone?  Whatever. 

They usually write you back, sometimes they do not.  Which is why I really do not prefer this method of contacting them.  I abandoned this method once I found out their telephone number and started calling them at 1-800-762-2530, which is the second method to contact them and try to get free cash and instant thyme.  When you call that number, the recorded message tells you to go to their internet page with any issues with the game, as they can't deal with it there. Bunk.  Click on the option to talk to billing.  When they get on the phone, tell them you wrote in a support ticket (which you should always do if you are going to call them), never heard back from them and want answers.

Alright, those were the "old" methods, now to the good one.  Zynga introduced Live Chat to Cafe World some time ago.  It is available here:  http://support.zynga.com/cp_landingpage?gameid=61
There is a picture of Amelia at the bottom right corner of the page, OR, there is a picture of the Zynga bulldog.  If it's Amelia, Live Chat isn't available, if it's the Bull Dog, then Live Chat IS available and click on that which opens up a field for a chat between you and a customer agent.  THIS is where I have scored most of the goodies.  So far a couple thousand in Cafe Cash and hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of Instant Thyme just for opening up a chat, getting into a conversation and almost always, they offer free cash and thyme for your inconvenience.  

My current numbers are almost 1,000 cash and around 400 instant thyme - I have been using it to get through some of the goals.  

There ARE other ways to get free cash and thyme, but that involves a bit of effort.  
1 way is to go to the "Get Coins and Cash" field on the to of your cafe.  Click on that.  Scroll down below the buy option - who wants to pay real money for Cafe Cash when you can get it for free?~!  There are usually tasks you can do to earn free cash.  Almost always it's $2 for each survey you do and it doesn't take very long.  I hadn't done it in a while and visited yesterday, there were 7 of them in there giving me a grand total of $14 Cafe Cash.

Consecutive Days Cooking.  Keep on cooking, every day.  Every 7th day, you get $3 free cash.  

Click on the Lottery Tickets that your neighbors post. I have won a lot of free CW cash just by clicking on those.  

Getting into a conversation with a live agent in a live chat isn't for everyone, some people don't feel comfortable doing that. For those that have no problem with it, give it a try!  It's not cheating, there is nothing unethical about it and you just might come away with some free Cafe Cash and Instant Thyme! Good Luck!!

Monday 4/4/2011

Monday

I'd just like to know where, exactly, we are going with this situation in Libya? We all know the story - we went in, rather late - now we're pulling out - appearing to be rather early. Just curious.

Is the federal government going to shut down? Will Boehner and Reid finally come together on a compromise? The rhetoric spewing forth from the machine is incredible. But, I do agree and as the GOP has so eloquently put it: let's stop kicking the can down the road. It's our problem, let's let our current generations deal with it. If it shuts down, it shuts down.

Spent Sunday cleaning and doing stuff outside - pretty much on and off all day long. I think the tax documents I have been searching for have simly disappeared into - maybe some physical realm of cyberspace. I have looked everywhere for that bag of stuff and I simply cannot find it. It is not irreplaceable - but to get the stuff I need will be a hassle, at best.

Oh, and the squealing I have been hearing from the neighbor's side of the fence? That Rottweiler has had a litter of puppies. From my vantage point of looking through the fence, at least 6 of them. Both Rottie and Fluffy - that's what I call them - were driving me crazy yesterday to the point that yes, I turned on the boom box, on the step ladder, at their window level. They simply will not do anything unless I do something that forces them to do it.

Yes, they came out in short span of time - like 20 seconds - and got the dogs off of that side of the house. Not sorry. Fluffy will just stand there and bark at me, through the fence, non-stop. Rottie jumps up against the fence and barks, doubling the noise levels coming from one dog. I'm trying to enjoy a nice Spring afternoon and being subjected to this? No thanks.

I turned the music off after it was done playing 2 songs at the highest volume level on the radio. I just unplug it, that way, when I need it ready, just plug it back in : )

I have been completely ignoring the "neighbors" on the other side, including the dude with the burned down house and the idiot next to him. Once the one neighbor showed his apathy towards having my property damaged/destroyed by his cats and the other one threatening my tenant last week - that was enough. I am hopeful that by the time I get home today, the next door neighbor will be gone for Michigan. I could make life quite difficult for him considering the mess he's leaving on that property. But I won't have to, someone else will call it into the city.

As for the idiot, I am carrying my camera with me around the property in case he wants to try that junk with me, it will be recorded and yes, I will call the police. There is no other, legal, good way to deal with a person like that. I have plenty of things I can think of to do that I would have done as a teenager - none of them legal, all of them either including some element of destruction of property or physical violence or both - but I would rather live the life of a Christian, number one and after that a law-abiding citizen, number two. So, just wait and be patient. I am not going to sit here and say, however after hearing hearing the man saying he's going to take my life, that I didn't have such thoughts initially coursing through my head.

I have determined that I don't - need any more fish. At least not big ones. I bought 6 black mollies on sale a few days ago - very small fish - cause I read they eat algae. Sure enough, those suckers went straight to work on the sides of the big pond that I put them in. I was also amazed that those mosquito eaters survived the winter. They are small fish, the water they were in was not heated and it got VERY cold. I heard they were a hearty fish - indeed, they are! I'm going to go get some free ones from the county next time I am going to be near there - located right in the midst of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's tent city setup.

Anyway, work day almost here, want to finish reading some stuff online.

ben

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