All right, so I have to start off my week 8 blog with a very sad story. One so sad, it made my heart break a little just living through it. But we all move on. So, on Monday of this last week, I decided to hold a catalog event. As many of you know, I’ve normally held it on GameFaqs, but I’ve been transitioning my site and everything over to Animal Crossing Community. So this would be my first big event there!
So I compiled a long list of interested people, and when they each pay 1 million bells a piece to come catalog, it’s good news for me because I’m that much closer to my 100 million savings goal! Anyway, the first 2 visitors came and had a fun time. Then… the second two arrive…
One of them had been to my event before via GameFaqs and I knew and trusted him. We had a deal worked out where he would come for 100k since he was an old time customer. Then the second person arrived.. a player with the ACC username McWaffle…
I’ll tell this story as I did on many ACC posts. McWaffle arrived and plead that he had very little bells and begged me to let him enter for a measley 100 bells. I normally would shut of the wifi switch right away but I decided to be kind to the new player. After all, that’s what community is all about, helping each other out. Now, I keep my DLC in stacks that are ordered so that it’s organized and easy for me to walk back through and ensure no stealing has taken place. After these two players ravaged through it though, the place was a complete and total disaster. However, it appeared that all items were there on a quick runthrough and I had a long list to go through, so I hurried the players along to the zodiac set (which was away from the event area). The 2 catalogged it and I noticed when they said they were done a zodiac statue was missing… I assumed it was accidental, and McWaffle laughed and dropped it. Seeing that everything should have been there, I ended session.
Upon reorganizing, I found a total of 15 DLC items had actually been stolen, including 6 re-orderables (like my cool yellow refurnished rolling suitcase) and 9 non-orderables, which as you know if you’ve been reading my blog, have taken a LONG time to collect 😦
I was, at first, devastated. I contacted the other person who was there, and being a trustworthy friend, knew at once that it wasn’t him, but I made this offer to both him and McWaffle… “If you bring me the items back that were stolen, I will forgive you and dupe them to you for free”. I wanted to extend the courteous hand in the situation, and even though raged that someone just stole from me, wanted to play it cool. Of course, the entire time, all of the people who were going to come catalog were angry with McWaffle as well, and it blew into a big thing on the ACC thread. McWaffle finally messaged me back and said he stole some items. However, he only claimed he took 6 because “he thought they sounded cool”. And wouldn’t you know it… they were the 6 re-orderable items…
At this point, there was no reasoning with him. He just kept swearing on God that he only took 6 from me. Rather than try to refute with an incompetent 13 year old (this coming from me… 22 years young lol 😛 ), I turned to the community. I had a total of 5 complete strangers offer to dupe me and outright give me pieces of their personal DLC collections to rebuild mine. I was shocked, such a bittersweet moment that on one hand, there’s McWaffle stealing items, and on the other, so many players coming together to help get me all my missing items back.
SO! The moral of the story is this. I will, in future catalog events, make sure things stay in piles. I will double check EVERY item to make sure it hasn’t been taken from me, and I will always send players back home that don’t pay the ticket price lol. Although I feel bad for the McWaffle (not really, but several people, after reading this, my website, and my ACC rants won’t trade with him), you shouldn’t steal to get what you want. After all, with the era of duping upon us, why steal? That’s just taking away happiness from another player. Like me… If there hadn’t been people willing to get me back all of my missing items… that’s just a lot of time wasted making trades and hard work.
Anyway, with that side not past us… Let’s move on!
One player in particular, cloudx3 on ACC, invited me to his town after he gave me some of his DLC items to help me out. I enjoyed his town! He had a triforce pattern on a tree trunk, which for those of you that don’t know, patterns can randomly appear on tree trunks after cutting down trees with a golden axe…
He also had a very funny face cutout standee… lol
Returning home, I finally found that my turnips that I’ve been waiting for to rot had done so! This brought two new species into my encyclopedia… a fly and an ant!
During the period of time where players came together to help me out, I actually got an event item that I had not yet collected, the cornucopia!
On another note (completely aside from the rebuilding of my DLC collection) I was trading the pumpkin pie DLC stock that I had for real art items and other DLC that I had yet to get… One such item was the holiday stocking, not to be confused with Japan’s stuffed stocking, which is a European “Naughy-Or-Nice” day item!
I also managed to conduct several trades and my museum was building up a better art collection than ever before!
I noticed as I walked through town that Frank decided to wear the most stylish pattern possible… What up bro!
I have also fully converted my basement from a game room (as I gave away my sloppy set last week in a giveaway) to a zen-zelda-like garden! It looks great so far!
Many of you ask me what my position is on duping, and I would simply respond as this. If the act of duping does not inhibit the enjoyment a player has, then I personally don’t think there’s a problem with it. I found a friend online, who stuck behind me 100% during the McWaffle incident, who wanted to become duping partners. I figured I could use practice, since I’d never really done it before, and became quite good at it. In the end, I received the remaining New Year’s Hats I was missing…
And also had an extra 7-11 set that I decided to auction off. I know some players frown upon this sort of activity, but I honestly just think about how happy the winner of the auction will be when they receive their 7-11 set. Why, when I completed mine just before duping came out… I was soo happy. Filled with joy 🙂
Now, if you remember last blog, I talked about Katrina opening a fortune shop and the methods to doing so… Well, she showed up in my town near the end of the week, and it was time to start visiting her! As you recall, I wouldn’t visit her with my main character, that would be at the end of my 20 total visits… So I created new character after new character…
The good thing about this was, not only could I visit Katrina with new characters, I could grab a pumpkin pie for my stock as well! Katrina did give some weird stories throughout my visits that day…
And at the end of the day… I had more pie than I had room for!
Upon returning home, Victoria surprised me yet again (this girl.. She won’t leave me alone I tell you! Why doesn’t Erik come over and play??? It’s only Victoria… lol!)
All jokes aside, I headed up to Nook’s Homes because I am still trying to reach 150,000 points. I’m getting close, but I’ll need to decorate with a little more ooomph if I’m to reach the big score!
Katrina spewed out some more fortunes as my day of visiting continued…
I then felt sure I had 20 total visits and visited her as “Cody”, which is me! She completed my fortune and at first, I was afraid I miscounted, because she said nothing about opening a shop 😦
However, as I went to walk out from her tent… She caught my attention!
That’s when she spilled the beans and told me she was interested in opening up shop on main street! YES! After a long day’s work, I got my goal!
Through the whole pumpkin pie sales, I also saw my bank account making great progress!
I will one day reach the 100 million! It’ll just take a while lol. But I do want to get into the turnip trade one of these Sundays… lol, anyway!
Phineas arrived in town and gave me the Great Host badge! Apparently through all of the pumpkin pie buyers and everything, 100 more people have visited my town since the train station remodel! Thanks all!!
The next morning, I noticed that the fortune shop had opened! The inside looks identical to Katrina’s tent, but the outside lies right by the Dream Suite on Main Street!
Also, on Saturday, Gracie was visiting town to do a fashion check. As I haven’t had time to gather clothing and pass one yet, I decided to actually take part in it that day for the “historical” theme she set out…
Here’s what I came up with… (you can see a full list of items that will pass a themed fashion check on my website, http://animalcrossingnewleaf.moonfruit.com)
Sexy, right?…. Well, I may not think so, but she loved it! One fashion check down! 🙂
I also visited the fortune shop when it opened and Katrina warned me that bad luck was coming my way. However, she had a special item that could help me and would sell it to me for 10,000 bells! Of course, I accepted (after all, you know how anal I am about finishing my catalog)… So I got a celebration hat!
On my way back through town, Cousteau recommended a public works project, a video screen! This is one I think will look cool down by my event plaza!
I attended the fireworks show on Sunday night, getting myself a bulb bopper.. I’m trying to collect these things as this is the only place you can get them!
This morning (monday) I did the “Bestbuy” router trick (see my website for more info) and was able to download the new Nintendo Zone DLC item, the afternoon-tea set! I’ve been waiting for this one for a long time! Whoo!
For Next Week:
- I will try to finish my art collection!
- I will try to track down a fruit basket DLC item!
- I will try to update my website with more info on upcoming DLC
- I will try to try to do all of these things
- The 28th of August is MY BIRTHDAY! I will update the post with information on special items I receive at this event! 🙂