I've seen plenty of postings for Family Codes (the crack cocaine of Mafia Live), but precious little info on how to actually PLAY the game, so I decided to start sharing some of the Tips&Tricks I've picked up in the last few weeks. Starting with: How Family Size affects Fights (Mafia Live) Family Size by itself has no effect on your Fights, but the larger your Family, the more items you can bring to the fight, which has a major impact. Each Family member you can bring to the fight will include a weapon, a defense, and a vehicle from your inventory (adding the att/def values for those items). Note that Family members do NOT bring anything other than what you give them. For example, if you have 100 Family members, but you only own 1 pistol, 1 AK-47, one helmet, and one Town Car, you are only bringing 4 items to the fight. If you own 100 AK-47 rifles, they will all add to your attack. So, you should try to own as many weapons & defenses as you have family members (and no more). ----------- Why You Need AK-47s and Helmets (Mafia Live) If you are involved in a Fight, every Family member you have will bring along a weapon and defense item out of your inventory. Since the AK-47 and the Helmet do not require any upkeep cost, you can stock as many as you can afford without them sucking away your income. So, at a minimum, you should try to own as many AK-47s and Helmets as you have Family members. Why you shouldn't be running a Debt I was curious to find out what would happen if you ran your Family with a large negative income - and I can now pass along my 'learning experience'. For those starting out: You can generate a constant stream of income by buying Real Estate. You also lose money as an upkeep cost for many of your items. Since there are reasons to NOT have a net income (refer to posts on Stealing Income), I was curious what would happen if you didn't generate ANY revenue from Real Estate, and just operated at loss. At FIRST, this seemed to have no negative effect: money wasn't being taken from the bank account, inventory didn't change, etc. However, this behavior will eventually piss off the Godfather enough that he will take away ALL items that have an upkeep cost, as well as cleaning out your entire Bank Account (net loss for me was around 5 million). So, the lesson learned is: Make sure to balance your income and expenses so you're not operating at a loss. Stealing Income (and why a big Income can be painful) As most of you know, when you pick a Fight with another Family, if you win the Fight you will walk away with some of that Family's cash-on-hand (money that is not stored in the Bank). This is actually a GREAT way to make money, IF you choose your Fights wisely. Instead of picking random fights from the Fight tab, you should be looking at the details for a family (by clicking the green Family box, or the link for the Family name) and picking fights with Families that: 1) You know you can beat (see posts on Picking Fights) 2) Have a lot of income generating Real Estate Picking a fight with a Family that owns 10 Jewelery Stores, but hasn't equipped a lot of weapons, can nab you tens of thousands in cash. The key here, though, is that if you find a real cash cow, you can CONTINUE to steal money from them by navigating back to your My Hood tab and scrolling down to the Recent Fights. If you click on the Family name link from your most recent fight, it will open the screen for that Family --- which includes the button for "Fight this Family". You can continue picking fights as long as you both have the Health to fight. The additional lesson here is: Don't let money accumulate from income! It just makes you a target, if you aren't protecting it well enough. Until you can field a pretty big army, your income should be just enough to fund the stuff you own. Picking Fights with other Families If you don't know how attack/defense is calculated, see other posts on how Family size affects fights, and how to equip the proper weapons/defense. Once you have a decent Family size, properly equipped, it's time to start picking fights you know you will win. The easiest/fastest method (of course) is to just pick on folks who only have one or two Family members (since they won't be able to mount any real defense). You'll still get experience for the Win, but odds are you won't be making any money. And you'll find you waste a lot of time picking on people who have no health anyway, since everyone else has already picked on them. The more profitable method is to actually take a look at the Family details before picking a fight (by clicking on the green square, or the Family name), and comparing their inventory to yours. You'll be surprised by how many Families have a large number of Family members, but haven't bothered to buy any weapons for all of them to use.