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Getting closer Hasbro/Tribal… but not quite there

Posted in Uncategorized on October 26, 2009 by monopolib

hazardHi all,

So this latest maintenance Hasbro/Tribal has done a pretty good job cleaning things up.

Lots of previously stuck streets… either in offers, or unplayed accounts, are now back on the market. Other little bugs appear fixed.

We’ve seen many jailed accounts, and at least one of the biggest exploits we know about has been fixed. If you’ve seen duplicated streets or had your street stolen, then you know what it is 😉

Personally, I’ve seen every last one of my accounts jailed, and many others associated with “bestcheater” have seen the same.

Of course they haven’t fixed everything. There are still accounts in the global leaderboard that I believe have been cheating along with the rest of us, but they’ve certainly stopped a lot it.

There are still many exploits to enjoy, so we haven’t given up. Lets see how long before someone from this blog can get back on the global leaderboard.

Keep having fun all.

Cheers,

monopolib

View from the top…

Posted in Uncategorized on October 23, 2009 by monopolib

Hooray, I have finally claimed the #1 spot on the global leader board.

manapalib is #1

manapalib is #1

manapalib will hold the #1 spot for as long as I am able (I’m guessing until MCS jails the account).

Of course that account has taken advantage of several exploits to reach the top… I encourage MCS to fix those bugs and get this game to stable, mostly bug-free state.  I’m not holding my breath.

However, being #1 on the global leader board isn’t quite what it’s cracked up to be. The number of bulldozers and hazards coming my way is incredible. Here’s a graph of the damage done:

View from the top: Nothing but Sabotage

View from the top: Nothing but Sabotage

I intend to publish my saboteurs… you’re welcome to help me fight them off  😉

And as some motivation, I’ll pre-announce the monopolib sweepstakes that I will be starting later today or tomorrow.

The conditions of the sweepstakes are:

  1. manapalib maintains #1 on the global leader board
  2. any competition on the global leader board is still a reasonably significant amount behind
  3. manapalib collects rent

Given those 3 conditions hold, manapalib will give away its daily rent (usually somewhere between $10 – 20 billion). I will do this everyday.

Do not simply reply to this blog post to enter. Details on how to enter the sweepstakes will be posted soon.

Enjoy,

monopolib

How many streets should I have?

Posted in Uncategorized on October 21, 2009 by monopolib

While we all know the best way to increase your rent is by building up your streets, many of us are filling our streets to the brim.

As it becomes harder and harder to find long streets and you’ve completely filled your streets with houses, we’re faced with the question of whether we should build up a new street or not. Here I set out to help you answer that question.

When the tax-rule was first announced, I crunched the numbers to determine the optimal number of streets to own, with the assumption each street you own earns the same amount of rent, and your streets are as full as they can be with houses.

The answer, 19.

See this spreadsheet for details, or read more below.

How many streets should I have?

How many streets should I have?

Now this magic number of 19 is helpful, but more often than not the question is just, “Given the 5 streets I have now, should I get a 6th?”

The simplest way to answer that question is the following:

  1. Take the current total amount of rent you’re earning and multiply by 0.03. This gives you the amount of additional tax a new street would incur.
  2. If you can get a new street that earns more than that value, then go for it.
  3. If you cannot, then don’t.
  4. Also, if you notice that the number calculated above is greater than the amount of rent you earn from any one of your streets, you’d be better off selling off that street.

Remember, if you still have space to build on your first 5 streets, you should just keep doing that. Don’t worry about going past 5 streets until you’ve filled those up.

Hope that helps! Continue reading

Global Leader Board… for everyone!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 20, 2009 by monopolib

It has always annoyed me that Monopoly City Streets only offers a global leader board showing the top-10 scoring players.  What about the rest of us?  Everyone wants to know how well they’re doing… where they stand on the global leader board.

Now you can, with my global leader board: monopolib.appspot.com

monopolib.appspot.com

monopolib.appspot.com

This tool is still in BETA, and there’s a number of improvements I intend to make, but for now, enjoy finally knowing how you compare to the rest of the MCS player-base.

Cheers!

monopolib

Monopoly City Streets recording IPs on Login

Posted in Uncategorized on October 4, 2009 by monopolib

I haven’t looked into detail on this yet, but I noticed they’re actually returning your own IP address to you in the data returned when you login.

IP Address

IP Address

Of course, their privacy policy still says they don’t store IPs on their server unless you click “remember me”, but I don’t buy it:

Privacy Policy on IPs

Privacy Policy on IPs

BIGROADTHIEF steals my streets

Posted in Uncategorized on October 3, 2009 by monopolib

Wow.

Either we’ve got some devs who have found a creative way to get back at us, or someone has figured out some ridiculous exploit.

This evening I took at look at one of my accounts, big road spoiler, and I notice the value of my streets has gone down over the past few hours unexpectedly.

I sit back, and watch the houses disappear from my streets.

I then look at the street, and while it shows up in my street list, it shows the owner as bigroadthief, and he’s selling off houses faster than I can imagine.

Before too long he’s done this with 4 streets.

The streets showed up both in my street list and his player profile. But I couldn’t build or sell or do anything to them.
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Rate limiting requests?

Posted in Uncategorized on September 28, 2009 by monopolib

It appears that the Monopoly City Streets servers have begun rate limiting requests, slowing those down who may be making requests at an inhuman rate.

"Please slow down", says Mr. Monopoly

"Please slow down", says Mr. Monopoly

Let us know if you figure out exactly what the rate limits are and we’ll be sure to post when we know more.