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FarmVille For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-01696-1
288 pages
February 2011
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The only how-to, full-color book available on the game sensation FarmVille

With more than 80 million active players since the game s release in 2009, there seems no end to the growing popularity of FarmVille. Whether accessed through the Facebook application or from the game s Web site, this application is a worldwide phenomenon. Yet, there has been no beginner guide that offers an introduction to newcomers and updates to experienced players until now. FarmVille For Dummies is aimed at getting novices acquainted with FarmVille rules and regulations, while more savvy players can sharpen their skills and find out how to stay up to date on the latest FarmVille features. You ll discover how to download the app, create a farmer avatar, and establish your first farm. Then you ll progress to finding neighbors, purchasing farm cash and coins, shopping at the market, and more.

  • Serves as an ideal introductory guide to the wildly popular online game of FarmVille
  • Walks you through downloading the app either via Facebook, Yahoo!, or your mobile device
  • Details how to find neighbors and interact with them, purchase farm cash and coins, shop at the market, and choose a profession
  • Highlights ways to earn ribbons, construct buildings, and become a co-op farmer
  • Helps you deal with technical issues
  • Author is the founder and creator of the largest FarmVille fan site

You can bet the farm that FarmVille For Dummies will help you take your gaming skills to the next level!

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Introduction.

Part I: Basic Farming.

Chapter 1: Welcome to FarmVille.

Chapter 2: Getting Set Up to Play.

Chapter 3: Getting Around in FarmVille and Starting Your Farm.

Chapter 4: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Part II: Seeking Your FarmVille Fortune.

Chapter 5: For the Love of Virtual Money.

Chapter 6: Agricultural Economics 101: Mastering the FarmVille Market.

Chapter 7: The Farmers Market.

Part III: Expanding Your Reach.

Chapter 8: Reaching New FarmVille Levels.

Chapter 9: Adding Storage Facilities and Animal Shelters.

Chapter 10: Looking for Special Items and Events.

Part IV: Embracing FarmVille Fame and Community.

Chapter 11: Earning Achievements.

Chapter 12: Let’s Cooperate: Co-op Farming.

Part V: Staying Safe and Up-to-Date on FarmVille.

Chapter 13: Staying Secure and Finding Support.

Chapter 14: Technical Matters: Troubleshooting and Game Enhancements.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 15: Ten Farming Personalities.

Chapter 16: The Ten Most Wanted FarmVille Items.

Chapter 17: Ten Go-to Crops.

Index.

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Angela Morales created and manages FarmVilleFreak.com, the largest FarmVille fan site, where news, tips, in-game updates, and fixes for glitches are provided.

Kyle Orland is a contributing news editor for the premiere game development community Gamasutra.com and a freelance game journalist.

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February 11, 2011
Farmville For Dummies

 

With over 80 million active users, FarmVille is a real-time farm simulation game developed by Zynga, available as an application on Facebook, as well as on FarmVille.com, Yahoo, and iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android. Plus, future platforms are in the works.  In a nutshell, FarmVille is a worldwide phenomenon in social gaming and everyone is jumping in.  For those that are having trouble getting started or are still sitting on the sidelines, there’s a new beginner’s guide that offers an introduction and gives updates to experienced players.  FarmVille For Dummies (Wiley; ISBN: 9781118016961; February 2011; $19.99) is aimed at getting novices acquainted with FarmVille rules and regulations, while helping more savvy players sharpen their skills and find out how to stay up to date on the latest FarmVille features.

Presented in full color, this guide takes players through every stage of the game, from setting up a FarmVille account and meeting virtual neighbors, to earning Coins & Cash and learning how to care for livestock.  FarmVille for Dummies reveals the nuances of the game, and helps new players “level up” quickly and unlock new game features.  This book will help any user take their gaming skills to the next level.   Additional coverage includes:

  • How to find neighbors and interact with them, purchase farm cash and coins, shop at the market, and choose a profession
  • Ways to earn ribbons, construct buildings, and become a co-op farmer
  • Dealing with technical issues
  • Visiting the Farmer's Market, learning to use bushels, starting crafting, and earning Farm Coins from crafted goods
  • FarmVille etiquette tips
  • Shortcuts to a speedy harvesting
  • How to become a blue-ribbon farmer
  • Tips for avoiding scams and staying safe while playing

With over 150 million books in print and 900+ topics, For Dummies is the world's bestselling reference series.  FarmVille For Dummies give readers all the information they need to jump in and join the addictive fun of FarmVille.  With helpful tips on setting up and must-have directions for gameplay, this guide makes the FarmVille experience fun, safe, and easy.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Angela Morales (Houston, TX), aka FarmGoddess, is the creator and primary writer/editor at FarmVilleFreak.com. The site provides user-oriented coverage from a player's perspective that focuses on FarmVille news, tips, in-game updates, and glitches. It is the largest FarmVille fan site to date and has been mentioned in articles in The New York Times, MSNBC.com, CNET.com, and InsideSocialGames.com.

Kyle Orland (Washington DC) is a Contributing News Editor for premiere game development community Gamasutra.com and a blogger for AOL's  Games.com. He also writes regular, stream-of-consciousness impressions of the first hour of various games at his blog, Games for Lunch (http://gamesforlunch.blogspot.com). He's been quoted as a videogame expert in The New York TimesThe Washington Post, NPR, G4 TV and TheStreet.com, among others. He is the author of Wii For Dummies.

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