This post is intended to get me started blogging again. The subject matter might be a bit odd, but it’s what I’m interested in right now, so there you go. I haven’t posted in a long while because I got deeply involved in a number of interests. One of these is color analysis and personal style, from which I will spare you, and the most recent is Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS.
If you’ve never played the Animal Crossing series before, it’s a bit difficult to describe, but I’ll try: In New Leaf, you are mayor of a village in which your neighbors are slightly eccentric animals, and where you work on town improvement projects and on expanding and customizing your home. You make money (the local currency is the Bell) by catching and selling bugs and fish and spend it on items in shops on your High Street. It’s basically the Hundred Acre Wood if Winnie-the-Pooh and friends were constantly nagging you about stuff and trading you weird items like reggae shirts, slushie machines, or a hot plate with an egg frying in it. The game is open-ended and meant to give you the feeling of being on vacation, but with plenty of mini-goals and lots of customization.
My town is called Ryogoku (named after the Tokyo neighborhood), and is about a month-and-a-half old. I’ve decided to post about my town about once a week starting Wednesday, but first, here is a brief history:
I started my town in late October and became Mayor. My initial neighbors were:
Rizzo, a Cranky rat
Miranda, a Snooty duck
Curly, a Jock pig
Tabby, a Peppy cat
Bones, a Lazy dog (I always think the “lazy” personality is more like a kid.)
Phoebe, the “Uchi” ostrich (“Uchi” in this case is a personal pronoun — in Japanese, the personality types are almost all referred to by the personal pronoun they use, and there is no English name for this type.)
Here’s my map:
I did what probably anyone else would’ve had the foresight not to do, and put my house right in amongst neighbor houses and smack next to Re-Tail, the recycle shop, just because I wanted the waterfall right behind it. In spite of the crowded conditions, I like the spot since I have a little pond right in front (preventing a Nook house from dropping in front of it) and the waterfall as a backdrop. I waited quite a while for the barn exterior to come to Nook’s Homes a second time, but as it turns out I don’t really like the orange-red color, nor the yellow roof, which is the only one that looks good with it. So I decided to go for the chalet exterior. Here’s a picture of it in Ryogoku’s first good snow:
My first Public Works Project was the Suspension Bridge, which I really love the look of. After that, I added the Water Fountain. I found it awkward to place and its round shape has caused me some trouble ever since. However, I found a solution that I’m pretty happy with.
I’m planting hedges of sweet olive and white azalea around it, and I was so happy when the sweet olive bloomed! Next to the fountain is the Illuminated Heart, requested by Tabby. (I think that may have been my first Public Works request.)
Neighbors arriving after my initial set were Kidd, the Smug goat; Yuka, the Snooty Koala; Fang, a Cranky wolf that I got from a friend’s town (Windwir); and Caroline, a nice squirrel, also from a friend’s town (Asteria.) So far, the only neighbor I actively dislike is Yuka, because she refused to buy one of my items at the recycle shop after acting like she would (“if it’s that cheap, something must be wrong with it”) and then asked me to sell her a shirt for a 56 Bells. Cheapskate. For a while I was trying to get rid of Rizzo, the Cranky mouse, but that’s a story for another day. For now, he’s staying. (Cranky is my favorite personality type.) On the other hand, Miranda is packing up her boxes today, and I’m hoping my campsite will soon have someone good to invite.