As we told you last week, Zynga has been in the process of releasing Crafting Buildings to all users in FarmVille (that is, all users above level 25). Now it seems as though the feature has been rolled out in full, allowing us to give you an introduction to this new feature so that you can immediately start to make use of these buildings for extra fuel.
You’ll know you have access to the Crafting Buildings if a pop-up like the one below greets you as you enter the game. Through this, you’ll learn that your bushels (which were first activated back in May, allowing users to earn double the amount of mastery points when they harvest matching crops) now have an additional purpose – that being to help you create goods that can be traded in for special items (currently, the main reward in question is free fuel, but Zynga assures us that more items will be available in the future).
Clicking “okay” on this window will lead to one of two eventualities, one that simply contains an extra step. If you remember the Crafting Buildings preview that took place in the game a few weeks ago, and you were one who chose your preferred profession from the three available options, you’ll be reminded of your choice, or will be allowed to pick a new one. If you didn’t take part in the preview, you’ll jump straight to the following pop-up, allowing you to choose to work at either a Bakery, Spa, or Winery.
You can click on the “Learn More” button associated with any of the three to learn more about the products you’ll be producing, including what crops are associated with these products, and you’ll be able to receive your free building by confirming your choice from the three.
Place the free building, and you’ll be able to share a themed item with your friends on your wall. In the case of the Spa, for example, you can share a Fresh Sachet.
Once the introduction is out of the way, you’ll be able to jump straight into making goods, via the free example you’ve been given by Zynga (as a way to help you learn what to do). Click on Make a Good in the following pop-up, and you can get to work.
Making goods require you to fulfill recipes with the bushels that you’ve collected previously. In my case, I can make a Fresh Sachet in my Spa using 3 pumpkin bushels, 3 cranberry bushels and 1 sunflower bushel (as seen below). Regardless of the Crafting Building you choose, you’ll have multiple recipes to choose from, with more recipes being unlocked as your skill with Crafting increases. These recipes take time to complete, just like crops take time to grow. Again, using the Fresh Sachet as an example, it is ready to sell in six hours.
Back on the Building’s home menu, you’ll see that your starter item has finished production, and you can click on “Finish It” to add it to your inventory. You’ll then be given another opportunity to share the news with your friends, only this time, they’ll receive a free sample of this particular item. The goods that you’ve created will automatically go on sale in the “Goods I’m Selling” page of your Crafting Building.
Selling your goods to your neighbors (you earn 90% of the sale price of items sold) will net you recipe experience points, improving the quality of your recipes (simply making the recipe counts towards your level progress).
The level of your Building itself can also be upgraded, by either purchasing the upgrades with Farm Cash (the Spa upgrades to level 2 for 15 Farm Cash, as an example), or you can wait until you level up six more recipes in order to unlock the “Coin Upgrade” option, which will allow you to upgrade your Building for coins, rather than Farm Cash. Currently, the limit on leveling up Buildings is level 5 (or 5 stars). It should be noted that leveling up your Building allows you to create more goods at the same time, that is, if you have enough bushels to support multiple recipes at once.
Once you’re done crafting goods, you can trade in the Goods in your possession for fuel. You can have 200 crafted goods in your inventory at one time, and clicking on the “Use” button underneath any of them will trade them for fuel – the higher the level of the good, the more fuel you will get. A conveniently placed fuel gauge in the bottom left corner of this are will show you how much fuel you’ve received.
To purchase more goods, you can click on the “Buy” tab of the Farmer’s Market and select the “Goods” option. There, you’ll see which items your friends are currently selling, and you can click on “Select” to purchase any item that you want – different items have different prices, but you’ll find that most of these starter items cost around 1,000 coins each. Note that you can only purchase Goods from each friend every few hours, so as to give other FarmVille players a chance at these items as well.
After you’ve purchased a Good, you can immediately trade it in for even more fuel. In this way, it does equate to a situation where you’re simply paying coins for fuel, with an additional secondary step, but when fuel has otherwise only been available to purchase with Farm Cash, it seems like a step worth taking.
One final item of note – each user can only own one of their particular building; that is, one Spa, one Winery, or one Bakery at a time. However, if you want to own one of all three buildings, you can purchase the other two for 80 Farm Cash each.
This is one of the most in-depth features to come to FarmVille in some time, but we hope that this guide has made things a bit easier to understand for when your time comes to start your own Crafting empire. Head over to the game’s page to start your way to Crafting success.
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