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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Family Progression FAQ

Family Progression has been available to 100% of families for about a week now, so we thought it a good time to answer a few frequently asked questions:
Q: What is Family Progression?
A: Family Progression is a feature that allows families to earn levels in a way similar to individuals. For each level, the family is awarded special perks that benefit all of the family’s members. Experience towards family level progression is gained by family members performing actions in the game. Many of the same core actions that help you level as an individual will also help your family progress!
Q: Is this a permanent feature to the game?
A: Yes! This is a new feature that you can expect to enjoy for awhile.
Q: Do I need to be in a family in order to participate?
A: Yes, you will need to join or create a family in order to participate in this feature.
Q: How do I join or create a Family so that I can participate in this feature?
A: Instructions on how to join or create a family can be found here.
Q: How do the timers work?
A: The timer in the top right corner of the window lets you know when the current period ends and the next period begins. You have until then to maximize your contribution to your family's collective experience. Currently, some families are on a 24-hour timer, which allows one to contribute smaller chunks of family experience more frequently, while others are on a weekly timer, which allows one to contribute larger chunks of family experience less frequently. In both cases, you can earn a maximum of 16,800 family experience for your family each week. After a week or two, we’ll switch all families to the one timer we determine to be best for the game.
Q: What happens if I don't collect the family experience and bonus individual experience before the timer runs out?
A: If you do not click the "Collect" button prior to the clock running down, your family will not be awarded the experience you earned for them, nor will you receive the bonus individual experience you earned for being such an active family member.
Q: How do I help my family out?
A: You can contribute to your family’s progress by earning family experience points for in-game activities that you already do every day.

Q: What are the in-game activities that apply to Family Progression?
A: There are four areas in which activities earn family experience:

1. Helper: Family experience is earned for the following activities that demonstrate your loyalty and dedication to your mob family:
Actions That Earn Helper Experience Points For Your Family

2. Jobs: Doing Jobs in any city has always earned you experience. Now it earns your family experience as well!

3. Ices: Icing other players will add to the family experience you contribute to your family's progression. To ice an opponent, attack them until their health falls below 20.

4. Property: You can earn family experience by crafting weapons, armor, vehicles, and animals in New York City. The higher your property upgrades, the more experience you can collect for your family.
Q: Are there Mastery levels for these activities?
A: Yes! There are Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels.
Q: How is the feature tracked?
A: Visit your family tab to find the progress bar. This will show you which level your family is on as well as your mastery for the current period. This will also show the leaderboard for each of the four contributing activity types.
Q: How many family levels are there?
A: There are 10 family levels through which your family can progress.
Q: How much family experience is required to attain each level?

Level Family Experience Required
1 0
2 50,000
3 50,000
4 125,000
5 275,000
6 500,000
7 1,250,000
8 2,750,000
9 5,000,000
10 12,500,000
Q: What is the Leaderboard?
A: The leaderboard will show the top member of your family who contributes the most in each of the four categories of activities.
Q: What are Family Perks?
A: There are 10 perks associated with Family Progression - one for each level:
Family Progression Perks
Q: How do I know which perks my Family has earned?
A: This information can be reviewed by clicking the “Perks” button on your family page.
Q: What happens to my Family Perks if I change families?
A: The perks are linked to the family and only affect its current members. If you decide to leave a family, the perks they have earned will no longer be granted to you.
Q: What happens when I join a new family, will I get the perks they have already earned?
A: Yes. If you join a new family, the perks they already have will be applied to you as well.


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