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EDIT: After reading more in the forum here, I see I'm not the only one - so never mind this old lady's lament. I'll be patient and wait. I did put in a ticket at BF though. We'll see if that helps. Interesting to note though, my lower level game is working fine after the update. HOS's, gifting, all of it went just fine. hmmmm......
For the past couple weeks I've just been doing the "circuit" and gathering coins. I had collected over 100,000 coins and late on Sunday I opened to find there was a new Castle Challenge (is that what it's called?) so I did the day 1 but didn't get it completed until Monday. Then late Monday, as I'm doing the HOS circuit I noticed that there seemed to be a delay at the end of each one. Then the game just slowed to a complete halt, mid-HOS.
Since the game has had a problem loading ever since I got up in Levels, it would just freeze and the only way to get out of it was to use my "Windows Key" on my keyboard and "Sign out" of Windows. That would close everything. I would then clear all files and launch the game again and it would be fine.
I figured this was the same thing so that's what I did, but I got an error message (I wish I had gotten a screen shot of it) that said something about a problem saving my progress but to wait several hours before trying to restart the game to give them time to restore it. I thought that was a strange message but, ok, I went and did other things for a few hours. I just re-launched the game and it opened a brand new game. WHAT??!!! CRAP!!!! Did I actually lose my game and will it ever come back? I've read some of the horror stories in here about starting over because their game crashed and didn't save, so did it happen to me now?
If I can't get my game level restored with all my inventory, I don't think I can start over. This might be my swan song here.
What course of action should I take - anyone know?? Help me, please.
Mara....unfortunately, the news from the technicians is not encouraging.
LadyAstra explained it so well in a previous post to this thread, but the bottom line is that all your game data (achievements, coins, inventory, event album, avatars....all the game data) is stored on THEIR computers. I'm sure that's so unscrupulous players can't modify their progress, earnings, etc. by modifying the info on their own computer.
In this case, something went awry on THEIR servers and some players game file literally went "poof into the night." Since they have no saved data to show your progress, your computer pushes your game ID to their servers and they think you're a new player starting to play the game. That's how you end up on Level 1 at the very beginning of the game.
Unfortunately....even with screen shots, the technicians vary in what they will give players back from their game data. Some get just a small smattering of inventory, others get a generous amount above what they really had.
IF you know which achievements you had completed, they can give you a "completion" mark in that achievement. But if you had completed Level 2 and were working on Level 3 in an achievement, they can only put you at the beginning of that Level 3, showing Level 2 completed.
I seriously doubt that they could/would restore my game to what I've currently attained. I only need Key Master, but I've already done several of Trina's quests above the 3000 mark for Ace Assistant. I cringe at the thought of losing my game because I know they cannot restore even a part of what I have....and all is needed for my final journey toward Key Master.
While I'm always sorry to hear anyone say they're leaving MC....I truly understand now. Because, if I lost my game and they only gave me back a mere pittance of what I've achieved, I won't say I "can't" start over.....I'll just say I "won't" start over.
I saw this morning that you were reset to Level 1. Bummer. Hope your game gets fixed. Just a thought. When I got reset I went ahead and played. When I got put back to my previous level it looked like my old inventory and friends got added to the new inventory and friends I got in the new game. If you need more friends, I will send an invite from my Navy Blue game once you make the level to have friends.
Susanna (Ginger Sue and Navy Blue on pc)
Thank you so very much, AEGram, for your kind words of empathy. My heart just sank at the sight of my game loss. I'd been so driven to build up coins that I had stayed up all night playing the HOS circuit over and over many days in the past couple weeks. All the time wondering if it was really worth it. But there truly is something magical built into that game, that kept me coming back day after day. At least I have this....
Thank you Susanna. If I decide to restart the game I'll take you up on that. Wouldn't it be nice if they were to be able to restore my whole game.
One of the things I appreciate about MC is you can just walk away for a while and then come back when you are ready. The game is very adaptable to how you want to play.
I found that going through the earliest parts of the game was different the second time. I wasn't so obsessed with leveling up and could take the time to enjoy where I was.
My original game (Susanna) is at Level 90, but I don't play it at the moment. It's on my phone and I'm waiting for cataract surgery.
My other android game (Juliana) is at Level 23, also on hold.
One of my pc games (Ginger Sue) is at Level 88. I have a large screen for my pc and it's nice to see a lot of the details I couldn't make out on my phone. The other pc game is at Level 71. (It was on hold for a while, because I just couldn't deal with more than one game.) My main problem is keeping the story straight. So much happens between Level 71 and Level 88.
I think the only reason I saw the Level 1 was because you had sent a gift that I hadn't accepted. Once I did, you disappeared from my friends list. If you come back and get to friends level, let me know.
Another one bites the dust. Michaela/914119.
I will let you know when my game is restored. It did give me the same friend code but I'm back to level 1.
Stay safe everyone!
Oh no. So sorry. Be careful with your other games.
I received a response from BFG regarding my game crash. Here is the important part of their response:
Please provide as much of the following information as possible:
Due to limitations in our tool, we will be unable to credit back progress made towards Achievements, Puzzles, Private Rooms, and active challenges in addition to any progress made to seasonal collections like Ghosts, Snow Globes, or Enchanted Eggs.
It almost sounds like the answers/explanations people are getting are a bit different, maybe dependent on the Customer Service Rep you get to help you.
So I'm busy trying to recall as much info and I can. I didn't take any screen shots so I have no record. But I used the list of pets from the Guide to help me recall those. Interestingly, I have about 80% of the pets on the list!! Wow!
Not being able to restore Achievements and puzzles doesn't bother me too much. What does frustrate me is not being able to get my Snow Globes, Ghosts, etc., restored. I worked hard for those. (Wiping a tear from my cheek and blowing my nose... ok, I'm ok, it's only a game...)
In the meantime, I've been working on my low level game. Trying to bring it up just a bit, hoping it doesn't get "eaten by the Update Monster".