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  • SiBurning

    The High Cost of Expansion

    December 25, 2013 by SiBurning

    Most of us that are Westbound are living in cramped quarters. It takes pickaxes to expand our territory. Kiwi thoughtfully provides four different ways to exhaust our resources to force us to purchase more at the Kiwi Company Store: the Exploration Mine, the Exploration Boat, and the trains to Snowy Mountain and El Dorado. To preserve these precious resources, many of us are reluctant to explore unless we have a specific reason--a quest. But there are rewards to exploring for exploration's sake. There's treasure to be found.

    You should find a chest for every 3 acres you explore. Each chest gives you a chance to spin the wheel of fortune or scratch the lucky... Yeah! ... But what are those chests actually worth?

    Here's the total results of sp…

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  • SiBurning

    Some companies never learn

    December 25, 2013 by SiBurning

    Rushed updates are a Bad Thing! Especially before a weekend or holiday.

    Both of my Westbound games are now crashing reguarly on both devices. The Bluestacks game has always crashed after visiting a few neighbors. The tablet game started crashing with the update a few days ago (about December 23). If I'm lucky, I can visit about 3 neighbors. If not lucky, it crashes when I click on the friends icon. That's if it doesn't crash first on clearing a sagebrush. Every time it crashes, the debris gets reset. While it's nice to have all the extra iron, cash, and wood, that's about all I can do, and it's getting tiresome. If things remain this way, they could rename the game Trash Collector! This isn't what Bat Masterson had in mind when he set out t…

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  • SiBurning

    Westbound needs lots of Boards, Bricks, Steel, Nails, and Hammers. To keep those items coming, I dedicate a worker to the Clay Hill to keep it running constantly. There's also usually a worker on the Iron Mine and Pine Thicket, but not always.

    We need raw Iron to make Nails and Hammers, so we can't just convert it all to Steel. We also need some Wood to make Hammers. Fortunately, we can generate Wood quickly, and there's a way to get more iron. The slowest Craftwork is adobe, which slows down Brick production. There's no way to speed up production of Adobe, so I keep the Clay Hill running 24 x 7.

    To get more iron quickly, along with a little wood, just crash the app. It refills the place, just like clearing data, only faster. You might not b…

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  • SiBurning

    Playing on the PC

    December 23, 2013 by SiBurning

    My main game is running on my laptop using Bluestacks. I thought it crashed a lot until I installed the game on my rooted Nook HD+ tablet. The game crashes on the tablet even more. I'm also playing other games on a second emulator, Genymotion

    I recommend Bluestacks over Genymotion for casual gamers. Bluestacks is more stable, and the free version is made for gamers. It does have several shortcomings. You can only set it to two fixed screen sizes. You can't zoom without reaching for the keyboard. You can only install one emulator. One emuator means you have to share those free sword offers across all your games.

    Bluestacks also recently started playing advertisements between app switches. They don't quite have this under control. The ads so…

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  • SiBurning

    Building a Frontier Town

    December 23, 2013 by SiBurning

    The main feature of my town is a large industrial area where most of the work is done. Within easy reach are an open range for debris, a large farmland, a small plantation, and heavy industries; and all of the quick cash buildings are nearby. Keeping everything in the main town square reduces the need to scroll down that long temple canal .


    My farmland is a large rectangular field surrounded by roads, fences, and other buildings. It's currently 5 x 8 acres. The roads & fences help keep the planters within the farmland when sowing seedlings. The rectangular regularity makes for efficient sowing and reaping of quick growing crops, and also provides a nice open range to search for debris.


    I set up a small orchard of 8 apple trees. When I'm shor…




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