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'A good hit man has no conscience at all.'
- Pete Diopoulis
Hits are a great way for upper level characters to gain money and kills. They're also a great way to get even. Here are a few tips:
You Better Be Fast!
Most hits only remain on the board for a matter of seconds, and only the most powerful mobsters last for more than a few minutes. To be successful pulling hits, you must have a fast internet connection. Also, constantly hit the refresh button on your browser. DO NOT WAIT FOR THE HITLIST BUTTON TO LIGHT UP ON THE HOME PAGE - by the time that happens, you are way too late to collect on the hit, unless it is one of the made men (who can sometimes hold out for a couple of minutes). Finally, you better be willing to dedicate some time to this. Others will also be fighting for the same hits, so you must pounce on the victim fast and get as many attacks in as possible. If you are lucky, your attack will be the one that finishes him.
At some point after clicking the hitlist 85 times in 20 seconds, you will be stopped and asked to enter a code to make sure you are not a bot. Not to worry, this is just a simple software protection. Enter the code and continue.
As reaction time is critical, the web browser you use makes a tremendous difference. When I am doing hits, I will use Firefox rather than Internet Explorer because the response time is much better. By response time I mean the time lapse from when you click the attack button, until the browser starts to contact the server. Also, Firefox loads pages quicker, so you save a little time with every click of the 'hitlist' or refresh button. To be honest, I did not get my first hit kill until I started using Firefox. It was that much faster. There is little you can do about actual speed of the server, but as mentioned in the last hint, a fast internet connection will help a lot. If you don't want to switch browsers, consider disabling addon such a website scanners and toolbars while you are pulling hits. The more add-on your browser has, the slower it will react.
Defending Against Hits
Obviously, the easiest way to avoid hits is to not piss people off! But there is another way, one that is overlooked. Now I'm not sure what all the attributes are that are used to determine your hit value, but I do know one of them is your total worth (property-wise). I don't have a particularly huge mob, nor am I the greatest fighter in the world, but I am very wealthy. It costs well over $300 million to put a contract out on me, which is a very high figure for my current level. Use the wealth building tricks I showed you in the money section, and make yourself more wealthy than you should be for your level. Most people who want to hit you will not have the cash on hand, and by the time they save up enough, they will have forgotten about your 'crimes' and will move on.
When To Hire A Hit
Do this with caution. Just because someone attacks you or punches you in the face doesn't mean you should put a contract out on them. I usually will only put a contract out on someone if they attack me 3-4 times consecutively, or if they repeatedly attack me over a number of days. When someone does this, either they have a bone to pick with you, or they see you as a mark for easy money (and will probably attack you repeatedly in the future). Hire the hit instantly if possible - don't wait. This way the attacker knows why he was hit, and will probably steer clear of you in the future. Again, this is another reason you should build up your wealth, to hire hits when you need them.
The 'Wolf Pack' Strategy
I have a number of 100+ level friends who will sit around at night and do nothing but pull hits. Basically they get together, and as a group of 4-5 people, will simultaneously attack the hits as a group. One of the members almost always gets the kill, and in a primetime playing session (early evening) of a couple of hours, its not uncommon for them to pull in 10 Billion EACH. So get your friends together, and hit these marks in force!