ABOUT THE BOOKEven though it's been around since 2009, FarmVille is still one of the most popular social games on the internet. Millions of players log on to play every day through Facebook or Farmville.com, and the game has spawned its own mobile app, merchandise, and even rumors of a television show.FarmVille players have one or more virtual farms, which they can decorate as they see fit. By growing and harvesting crops, tending to animals, and other items, players earn coins to spend on more items to spruce up their farms. FarmVille is free to play, though real currency can be exchanged for FarmVille Cash that can be used to purchase special items or speed progress through the game.Like many social games, FarmVille dishes out numerous rewards for helping other players. Farms can be as simple or as grandiose as desired, and the only limits on them are time and the imaginations of their owners.If you've considered joining your friends in some online farming, here are some helpful tips to get you up to speed.MEET THE AUTHOREXCERPT FROM THE BOOKResearch done by Venture Beat suggests that only 10 percent of social gamers pay real money to play (Social game "e;whales"e; are big spenders on Facebook, survey says). Whether you take the plunge in FarmVille and shell out for some FarmVille Cash is up to you, but there's an old shopping adage that applies here too: Wait for a sale.Zynga, the maker of FarmVille, runs frequent discounts on bundles of FarmVille Cash, giving you a lot more virtual bang for your hard-earned real life buck. These limited time offers often run during long holiday weekends.Check your email (if you've given FarmVille permission to email you) and the screens that pop up while the game is loading, as offers may be waiting for you there as well. As an alternative, scrolling all the way to the bottom of the FarmVille interface will lead you to special offers from outside companies. You'll need to read these carefully to avoid paying for something you don't want, but occasionally you can unearth some free FarmVille Cash for minimal effort-like watching a movie trailer or taking a short survey.Buy a copy to keep reading!