Expanding Your CityVille Community - dummies

Expanding Your CityVille Community

By Kyle Orland, Michelle Oxman

Part of CityVille For Dummies Cheat Sheet

CityVille is designed as a community experience. You work with your Facebook friends, and make new friends, on the project. Here are several ways to help your neighbors in CityVille:

  • Construct community buildings: Neighbors can send each other building materials, such as ribbon and gold plating, for community buildings, saving each other from spending lots of City Cash.

  • Expand your city: Although you can purchase the ability to expand your city with City Coins at any time, you also need a certain number of building permits to complete those expansions. The more expansions you’ve done means you need an even higher amount of building permits the next time you want to expand. Continually supplying your neighbors with building permits by sending these as free gifts ensures they always have enough to build their city when the time comes without spending valuable City Cash.

  • Harvest Goods: If you only have time to do one task on a neighbor’s city, this is it. Not only do you get 1 Reputation Heart and 15 Goods for yourself, but you save him from spending valuable Energy harvesting crops. Harvesting is also important because crops eventually wither, so if your neighbor can’t harvest those crops in time, he loses the resulting Goods and Experience Points.

  • Unwither crops: If your neighbors can’t get back to their city to harvest their crops before they wither, you can use your five tasks to unwither some of their crops. This is one of the few neighborly visit tasks that is impossible for a city manager to perform on his own. You don’t get the benefit of collecting extra Goods as you would have if you harvested them, but you did them a favor by giving them back the opportunity to harvest their crops.

  • Give and you shall receive: Sending free gifts is a great way to encourage your neighbors to send free gifts in return. Not only does the game provide a link to return the favor right on the CityVille Messages tab, but it also makes that neighbor more likely to think positively of you and want to reward you for your help. If you’re in doubt about what gift to give, Energy Batteries are always appreciated!

  • Send a return gift after you receive a gift (always): If you have a reputation for returning gifts when you receive them, your neighbors are more likely to send you gifts out of the blue.

  • Share the wealth: Whenever the game asks whether you want to share a free item or bonus on your Facebook Wall, take advantage of the opportunity. This increases your reputation as a generous neighbor while also letting you brag about your in-game accomplishments.