To access the friends management screen, click the gear icon and select "Manage Friends."
The 'Manage Friends' box is split into three sections:
1.) Players allowed to steal from you (players you trust)
2.) Players you follow
3.) Players you block trade requests from
To find a particular player to add to your friend list, simply type in a name or Pack number into the search bar at the top of the Manage Friends box, and click 'Find.'
The other way to add players to your following list is to browse through Packs in the Explorer screen in PackRat, accessed by the magnifying glass icon on the top of the screen.
From the Explorer screen, you'll be able to see the Packs of the Rats, Facebook friends, people you've recently traded with, different friends' groups, as well as a bunch of randomly selected player Packs. You can also search for a player by screen name or PackRat ID number from this screen, by clicking the pencil icon and typing in the search bar:
To follow, trust, or block a particular player whose Pack you're browsing through, simply click on their name/profile picture on the top left of their Pack to bring up their profile and follow the steps below to manage permissions. Whichever way you access a player's profile, a box will pop up. Click the face with a gear icon (1) to manage permissions for this player:
To trust, follow, or block a player, select the appropriate icon.
The icon with the gear will change based on the permission you've given the player. If no permissions have been given, the icon will show the gear.
1) If you have trusted a player (given them steal permission), this face icon will show a heart, and the player will be added to your 'Allowed To Steal From You' category in the Manage Friends screen:
2) If you have followed a player, then the face icon will show a magnifying glass, and the player will be added to the "following" section of the Manage Friends screen:
3) If you have blocked a player from sending trade requests/comments, then this Face icon will show a lock:
If you have followed a player, you can add them to a specific group (1, 2, or 3), which can then be accessed from the Manage Friends screen. Click/tap on this icon to add the player to a specific group:
Tapping this icon once adds them to group 1, tapping this twice adds them to group 2, and tapping this 3 times add them to group 3. Tapping a 4th time will remove them from friend groups:
After a player has been added to a group, you can then find them by selecting the appropriate group from the dropdown tab on the Manage Friends Screen:r
A few important points to note:
*If you update a friend relationship (e.g., you grant a player steal permission), the other party in the relationship might need to reload their game to see the changes
*Friends in the blocked category cannot propose a trade with you. Blocking a player DOES NOT remove their steal permission if you are both FFA players!
*Even if a player is your Facebook friend, in order to be able to see him/her on your friends list from the explorer screen, you need to first follow them via the friend management screen in PackRat.
*Blocking a player you don't follow will add them to the block trade requests category in the Manage Friends screen, but they won't show up when you select 'Following' from the drop-down menu in the Explorer.
*Adding a player to a friend group will automatically add them to the 'Following' section of the Manage Friends screen, even if you don't follow them via the permissions screen.
Random Packs to explore, follow, or steal from (if FFA)!
If you're co-op and would like to find new friends to follow, or if you're FFA and you'd like to find new friends to steal from, simply head to the explorer page by clicking on the magnifying glass, and then clicking on the dropdown menu that says "Random Packs":
You do not need to be following any of these random players to be able to steal from their Packs (assuming you're both FFA), nor do you need to be following the player to request a trade, but if you would like to follow them, simply click on their name/profile picture on the top left of their Pack screen, and then click follow.
Keep in mind that if your play style is FFA, your Pack will be among the random FFA Packs shown to another player!