Mafia Wars: A How-To Guide Are you interested in playing Mafia Wars but do not know where to start? In the beginning, you may find this online game overwhelming. But, once you get the flow of the game, you'll surely love it as much as millions of people do. This game will allow you to build your own mafia and grow your empire, perform tasks or jobs that will give you more money, and fight enemies from other mafias to gain experience points that will help you level up. How To Start Playing You must remember that every character in the game will have energy, health, and stamina meter. The meter is full at the beginning of the game, and it decreases as you use it up in accomplishing jobs and in fighting. Every job you accomplish has a corresponding number of energy needed. Everytime you fight an enemy, you use up one stamina point and your health is reduced. The number of health points you lose will depend on how much damage you take. Over a certain number of minutes, from three to five, your energy, health, and stamina meter increases. When you begin playing Mafia Wars, you will be given the chance to customize your character. When doing this, you can choose from three different character classes, each class with different advantages. Your choices are as follow: • Maniac. The advantage of this character class is in the energy recharge time. Whereas the two other classes recharge in 5 minutes, this class recharges only in 3 minutes. • Mogul. This class has the advantage when it comes to money earned. It earns money from its properties every 54 minutes whereas other classes earn after 60 minutes. • Fearless. The advantage of this character class is in health, which recharges every three minutes compared to the five minutes that it takes for other classes to recharge. How You Can Thrive Once you have chosen your class, you can start by inviting friends to join your mafia. You can also start by performing jobs (robbing a warehouse, mugging, staging a hold-up, and others). For every job you perform, you will gain a certain number of experience points and a certain amount of money. Different jobs require different weapons, so you need to have them. You can buy these weapons using your money, or you can find them as loot in the jobs you undertake. You can also attack other players, but there's no assurance that you will win during your attack. Depending on your mafia size and weapons, you may succeed or you may lose. Your health and your money will be at stake during these attacks, so you better plan out each of your moves. In case other players attack you, you have the option of attacking them back, asking your mafia to attack them, or putting your enemy on a hit list. As you advance in Mafia Wars, you'll encounter more challenging tasks that provide more experience points and rewards. And when you reach levels 35 and 70 respectively, you can travel to Cuba and Moscow in your fights. In case you need more energy, stamina, or health points, you can visit the godfather for your needs. With the right techniques and strategies in playing the game, you can easily advance and spread your influence.