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How do you do yours?.....
What's your system for gifting and visiting. I.E. Do you visit then gift, do you do both at the same time? It takes up a large part of the game and I wonder what everyone else does. It's good to learn from each other so all suggestions very very welcome. It is the best part of the game for me.
Answer from: Anita
Hi Dee! Great question! I'm sure I probably do it in a very convoluted way so I could probably learn something. So what I do is start gifting and visiting and fully charging everyone until I use all the bonuses and then I time travel back day by day until I have fully charged and gifted everyone on my list. But, what happens is that I use all my collection items on approx the first 6 people but I have bonuses from visiting 33 people so I then go back to the 7th person and gift all the rest of the collection items until I get to the 33rd person again and then revert to gifting and visiting at the same time to the remainder of my list. So by the time I've finished, I've fully charged and gifted every collection item (except the ones I don't have yet) to all my friends. Hopefully this makes sense, cos it doesn't really to me lol! I'm a bit sleep deprived at the moment!
Answer from: Sue
Hi Dee :-) I have just over 100 friends and I keep a note of the last friend I gave collection pieces to, the last friend I visited and the last friend I gave free gifts to. I time travel one week at a time and I just pick up from where I left off - changing the last name on each list ready for the next round. I visit everyone, free gift everyone and try to remember not to send collection pieces to non-updated friends - often forgetting ;-)
Does anyone know how/when or if we can ever send more than 10 collection items at any one time?
Answer from: Shen
I try to gift everyone every day and will TT to be able to send collection items if I have them. I used it visit everyone every day, but my game crashes very often with visiting and I do not always have time. I figure the gifts are more important than visiting.
Answer from: Sharon
I visit everyone to the. Max....right now 7 and then I start my gifting.
Answer from: Jan Y
Since I am a kindler, I go to my fellow kindlers first. I visit and totally charge them then gift them if they need collection items, I give it to them, if I have any of my 10 left. They always get a combining item if it on their w/l. If not a carrot, since there isn't a collection for them. I then go to my non-updated friends and do the same. I lastly go to my updated friends. They get what ever is left. I charge all my friends daily and use at least one gold power up bar for energy daily, unless I am close to the next level then I will use smaller energy bars until I fully recharge. I am keeping my friends list small so I can gift everyone. I do have a lot of dead weight right now and will be culling my list soon.
BTW.... Thanks for reminding me. I might have to start culling now... Don't worry I won't cut anyone who has either gifted or visited me during that last 2 months of waiting for the update. Just those who take only or have dropped out.
Answer from: PatL
I'm a huge mish mash! Sometimes I gift and then visit each person, one person at a time. the advantage to that is the visit button turns grey and it helps me remember where I left off. I try to give everything on the wish list each time. When I run out of collection items, I make note of who I last gifted and then time travel to keep going.
Other times I visit everyone (secret confession, I love getting all those experience points, it helps me level up! In my head I call it "sucking experience points" LOL) and then come back and do gifting and time traveling.
Other times I gift first. I wouldn't call myself a free spirit, but I guess I could look like one if you only watched me doing this!
Answer from: Smuffin
I try to gift everyone in the morning. Collection items, if I have them, Time traveling as necessary. Then in the evening, I visit every one. Now that visiting takes SO much time with all the scrolling plus the occasional crashing. I'm thinking of visiting a third of my friends a day so that everyone gets a visit every third day. I want to stay in the 'good friend' category but visiting takes a loooong time now.
Answer from: DonnaK
Hi Dee, I am an iPad user. I gift first then go back and visit. I used to do both at the same time, but after the last update, every time I visit someone the game sends me back to the first friend on my list. Then I have to scroll back to find the last person I visited. With 300 friends this gets a little annoying, and the friends at the back of my list rarely get visited. This also cuts into the time I have to play. Good luck, and I hope this helps.
Answer from: Pinktarg
I visit everyone first depending on how close I am to leveling up and how much energy I have. If I'm very close, I use the energy first by exploring then visit (I hate wasting energy). I only TT if absolutely necessary to visit. The TT is reserved for ensuring I'm able to gift everyone. I currently have 71 friends and visit everyone at least once daily. I'm a merchant so usually only charge awards unless I get tap happy. In order to visit everyone - which I do whether the player visits or gifts me in return since it helps me level up - I have multiplied the gold weight so that I always have enough to cover everyone. Hope that helps. Nita
Answer from: hzandroid
I try to gift everyone everyday, for multiple collection items I timetravel. If time allows than I visit, sometimes reallife doesn't let me enough time. But it's a game,so what! And it steals so much time anyway.
Answer from: PKP01
I do a "quick" round of gifting (mostly one free item) in the morning when I get up. If I have time, I may, at the same time TT to give everyone the collection items they have listed. When I'm doing the "quick” round, I try to visit non-updated players at the same time. Later in the day, I'll TT and run through wish lists again and give additional combining elements, or things folks list in their names (LBs, FF, etc.) and more collection items. In the evening, I do swapping (as an updated iPad player, I use the iPad/Updated Android thread -- which is open to all iPad/Android-ers, by the way, and there's a Kindle/non-updated thread for those platforms, too) to multiply the popular collections so I have lots to give now, as well as to stockpile for when the Kindle update finally arrives. I try to visit a third of my list a day, but sometimes (when I have time) I'll do everyone -- and when I don't have time, it will be mostly just the non-updated folks.
Great question, Dee!
Answer from: orchidgirl619
Hi Dee, depending how much time I have I either charge pics or gift. When I charge pics/awards I charge to the max which is 7/person. I've learned to keep an eyeball on my experience bars(blue and red). When I'm close to leveling up I use my much weights (100) rather than waste my gold weights. Even with that I use between 2-3 gold weights to ensure I charge everyone. When I gift I give everyone a free gift either according to their WL, name attachment, or request via forum on the first round. During the first round I also use up my 10 collectibles on the first page of my friends list, which you happen to be my 2nd friend on my list, but that usually only lasts me to the first 2-3 people. I will end up TTing just to complete the free gift on the first round. Once everyone has gotten their "1st" free gift I return to the beginning and start gifting their "2nd" free gift. At this point I then give my "2nd" round of 10 collectibles to the person(s). I keep doing this till everyone has received all items on their WL, name attachment, and forum request. My motto, "if I have it, it's yours!". So sometimes when I have the energy (physically that is) and if my eyes haven't gotten all cross eyed by now some of my friend will definitely receive more than 5 gifts from me. BTW, what is your system when gifting? Hope this makes sense!
Answer from: CherylKIND
I do the same as Jan_Y ~ fellow kindler. However, my day resets for visiting 4 hours earlier than for gifting, so I often do some visiting, at least, first. I have gotten a LOT more friends since the android update, as other kindlers were seeking us out. I have found I get a lot of non-giftable items while charging (including the caracal which I had played the crashed plane ~300x-literally-and never got). Since it takes so long to connect, once in I will charge all 8 times. I use at least 2 gold weights every day. Also, it seems that I only need to get about 10,000 points to level up by the time I'm done visiting, and as I've gotten down to so few quests I am not as incentivized to investigate. REALLY looking forward to the update ~ I may visit a little less by then. CherylKNDL
Answer from: orchidgirl619
P.S. I'm so addicted to gifting/multiplying I tend to gift/visit in the wee early morning and then again late at night. So if my friends updates their WL regularly and more than once a day I will have gifted them 2 sets in one day. =)
Answer from: Barebow
Hi Dee. I do shift work, so sometimes I gift in the early morning, or early afternoon. I usually colllect all my gifts, change my wish list, then try and gift all my friends all the items on their wish lists, and sometimes travel to accomplish that. Then I go back and visit each friend the maximum 10 visits. Then I usually look at the forum and check my inbox. I go back around on and off to see if my non GMT friends are awake and see if their lists have changed. Sometimes an evening of swapping goes on for hours ( much to the family's annoyance ). I have been able to follow this regime due to the fact that my quality friends list is around 50, so easily manageable.
Answer from: Grey
I have culled, and culled and culled... People who I send everything in their wishlist.. And then I don't even get a thank you. People who never send me anything that I know are updated and people who have gotten no experience points in the past two weeks. I now have few enough that I can first visit everyone (since you have to scroll to the last visited every time), the. Go back and gift to them. Dated people who have full collections in their WL, get all 5. If I've sent 10 and there is a new item to send, I will TT to be able to send to them. After Kindle gets updated, I will probably cull some more and the. Go to the code section and add 3 or 4 more people. :)
Answer from: Pinktarg
I do the same as Orchid. I visit/gift before leaving for work in the morning and again late at night. I have grown children and a stressful job so helps me to relax. I've been home sick for a couple of days so have done more this week. Nita
Answer from: Ab
I used to do my gifting and visiting at the same time but now with all the scrolling we have to do after every single visit I've changed my method. I now do all my visiting at once, mostly in the am, visiting everyone daily and charging the max 10 times. I love it that the friends' visit buttons now turn grey when I'm finished, makes it so much easier to see where I left off when I'm scrolling to get to the next friend. Since I have so little time to play, visiting is a big help for me to progress in the game while helping my friends at the same time. I gift mostly in the evening when I have a little downtime and do that all at once which is easier than visiting since the friends page stays put after gifting. Active players get a free gift every day and I track who I send collection items to so that I can spread them around more evenly. I enjoy seeing how we all play the same game so differently. Great discussion.
Answer from: 3Dee
This has made me think of a better system for myself. Lots of good stuff here. I prefer to visit everyone first, because if you tt after that the greyed out box goes green again and you don't know who you have visited. Also it's best in mornings, your arm muscles have more time to recover before gifting. The scrolling is a pain so I start at the end of my list and work backwards when visiting. That way it can only get better with less and less scrolling. I gift until I run out, then tt and continue. I only have 100 friends so it's not too time consuming. When I couldn't receive or send gifts during the crash, the game totally changed and I realise what a great big part this plays alongside this community. Really interesting.
Answer from: Ab
Haha, Deeu2, forgot to mention it before but I start visiting from the back of my list too for the exact same reason as you do. With every page it just gets easier. Great!
Answer from: Mare
I do like Ab... I visit... Then gift later... It is nice that the visit turns gray, so I know I have visited... When I moved up to 7 this week, all my friends that I had visited had one more for me to click... I didn't have the power points then!
Answer from: NINA
Hi all. I tend to gift before charging, because it seems like more gifts drop than when I do it in the other order. I try to charge everyone with 9 daily. I actually get everybody about 90 percent of the time. Just go through and gift my favorite friends and kindle friends first. I try to save collection items for these people, but there are always the 2 or 3 iPad friends who make me waste collection items on them, because they didn't bother to put a free gift on their list. (As a perfectionist this makes me twitch.) After that I see what remains and disperse according to my whims. Last weekend I just did whatever I could find time for.
Answer from: RoyalOne
I used to visit when I gifted but now it's too much trouble with the scrolling and constant crashing. I gift everyone in the evening, TTing as I need to. I visit a third of my friends each day now, except my non-updated friends who do get daily visits. In the summer I also gift the usual criminals throughout the day as their name pops up in my gift box if I happen to check. You know who you are! I am up to 80ish friends again and need to cut some who aren't gifting, visiting or it looks like haven't been playing for several weeks. I like to stay around 50 friends so I can really be a good one but you all are so wonderful I had to stretch my limit!
Answer from: Aria
I'm waiting for the Kindle update. I don't know if things will change then but for now, charging resets at midday and gifting at 6pm for me. So generally I try to visit/charge during my lunch hour. Then in the evening, I charge anyone I didn't get around to earlier and gift. I wish there was a counter for the 10 collection items gifts because sometimes I don't give someone early in the list because some of my most generous and/or non-updated friends are lower in the list but when I get to them, either they only want freebies or I don't have the collection item and I can't remember who I could have gifted to before!
I used to charge in two rounds but since the greying out/can't visit anymore horrors I've heard from the updated, I charge max (thank you whales) on my visit and be sure that charging and visitor points coincide. Speaking of which, I should probably request some more whales soon - I think I have 7 gold weights left and can't even charge half my list with my current max strength!
Answer from: Anita
Ok so tried visiting your way Dee, and you are right it seems like it gets easier if you start at the end of your list first!
Answer from: MonkeyUP2
I keep my friends to a max of 50, so that I can send a gift to everyone every day. I do that first and then go back to send collection items. I can only do 10 as I do not tt, but I try to be fair and find that quite a few friends are away, or do not have collection items in their wl. I then visit friends until my bonus runs out and then start from that point the next day. With being able to visit over 30 friends and clicking 8 pictures each, I hope that I keep my friends happy. Then I start chasing those pesky quests! Monkey
Answer from: NU Wildcat
The ability to visit resets daily at 1600 (4:00 pm) EST and EDT while the ability to give gifts, get bonuses and hire friends does not reset until 2000 (8:00 pm). Consequently, I start visiting as soon as the system resets since it is stupid to waste power (it stops if you are at maximum power or if you increase a level, you lose any remaining). I start at the front one day and from the back the next day.
Answer from: 3Dee
That's good to know, never thought of that Wildcat. Not sure when mine resets as I'm in Scotland gmt.
Posted on: 10-01-2014
Posted on: 09-10-2014