Hey guys! So sorry about this blog post coming in late! I was cast in a major TV show and you never know how much time you have to spend working each day. Fortunate for me, today I found time to write this out! This is what I’ve been up to in Tropica since we last left off! 😀
For starters, I managed to collect a few more gold pieces like I was doing to finish my refurbishing of my cabana items! They look good in their golden glory sitting in my island room!
I visited the island a while later to find that they had the hibiscus bush plants available there! As you remember, I wanted to deck out my town in them (along with bamboo lol) Just my luck, as well, because there was a minigame that day: the hammer minigame! It’s your job to run around and whack a little lawnmower thing as many times as possible! I managed to get 108 hits… anyone do better?
Needless to say, I got a lot of bushes! Some of them died (so sad :_( … ) but many survived!
The next big thing that happened was when August came around! I could finally download the new DLC, which had previously been only confirmed in Japan, the fireworks table!!!!
I also ran into a little problem…. there’s a limit to how much furniture you can stuff into one room (i didn’t know this!). Therefore, my Odd & Ends exhibit was transformed into a World DLC Exhibit 2, one having Japan/Korea DLC and the other US/Europe DLC.
Back to the refurbishing of my home furniture, I was also, as you may recall, undertaking the remodeling of my exotic furniture to a black and red theme that matches my floor and the dark vibe of my main room! So great 🙂 and K.K. Oasis in the background too… lol
A new addition to my town as far as public works is concerned is the water pump! It looks great, especially surrounded by my water pattern!
Katrina showed up early on in August. I don’t remember if I learned something then or the next time she visited, but other players online finally set me straight as to how to get the fortune shop to open up on main street. After inviting a ton of people to come get fortunes read for free bamboo (oh…. wasted… lol) I learned that only your own personal town fortunes can accumulate to 20. So can you invite people to come get it read in your town? No… sadly… 😦 The ones that count are only residents of the town. Now, before y’all think you have to wait around 20 weeks to get the shop… You’re wrong!
The trick to getting it faster is to, first, naturally, see that Katrina is visiting town square. Then, whatever you do, do not visit her as your main character!
Instead, create a new character (I know it’s a pain… as you have to go to Isabelle, then go to Nook, then place a house in empty space, then go back to Isabelle….) Once you are “approved” (as in, you have an ID card), you can visit Katrina! Since this new character is a resident of the town, their fortune counts towards your total of 20!
Once you’re at 20, then get your fortune told as your main character! After this, Katrina will suggest opening shop on main street. So why save your main character til last? Because they are mayor, and only they get the suggestion. If you do them 1st, you’ll have to wait all the way until the next time Katrina visits (like me… Right now… Oh well, soon enough..)
The next item of discussion are 10th villagers. Now, as has been agreed by many, many players, through your general gameplay, you will have villagers move into your town from the start, and generally they will amount to 9 in all. On very very rare occasions, 10 will move in, but most of the time, you have to work for you 10th villager.
How do you get a 10th one? Well, they would have to either move from another town (i.e. a villager from a friend’s town that is packed up and ready to go). Simply talk to them a bunch and try to coax them over. Or! The campsite public works project at your own town houses visitors often. Simply play a bunch of games with them and try to convince them to move! Which is what I was trying to do for some time…
A while later, after a few more campers stood me up, I was wondering if I was doing something wrong. I looked at my map, and low and behold, I saw the problem. I was one of those rare exceptions I talked about where 10 villagers total had already moved into my town on their own! So much wasted time talking to campers… On a side note, some items can only be gotten from campers (you can see my updated item lists on my website, http://animalcrossingnewleaf.moonfruit.com!)
A few days later, Phineas was being a major creeper in my backyard…
but all was soon forgiven as he awarded me a Good Samaritan badge for always helping out those crazy villagers!
Victoria continues to talk incessantly about our private matters while in public. I’m not saying that we had our first fight, but dang…. Can’t we talk about this later?
After all, villagers like to start rumors about you, and that’s one I don’t think everyone should know (especially Cousteau… after all, he’s French…)
Anyway, I headed back home and was surprised by Victoria right away! Apparently she couldn’t wait any longer after talking about it moments before… Oh man..
Well, no one needs or wants to know what ensued, but what’s important is that I was continuing work at Brewster’s daily. Some of the later prizes, the brewstoid gyroid series, I got! A whole set of 4! They look great as attendants at my convenient store kitchen room!
A little while later, a friend contacted me and said he’d love to give me a copy of his sloppy set! It looked great in my basement for a while, but is now being hosted in a giveaway that ends Wednesday August 21 at 9 am PST! (see bottom of this blog)
Here’s a picture showing some of that camper exclusive furniture I was talking about. I’m putting mine in my island room as of now..
I also updated my home to have a cabana exterior that I found at Nook’s Homes! Unfortunately, I didn’t quite like it as well as the golden exterior, so opted to switch back the very next day 😦
Some of those several bushes I won through island games were growing in! This place is really coming together!
I also caught a new fish to my encyclopedia! The gar!
I was really excited when I made another rare addition to my DLC collection! A good friend of mine contacted me for a trade, and I obtained her rice cake Japan DLC! Whooo! Just a few more til completion!
After finishing all of my cabana and exotic furniture remodeling, Phineas found me once again (via the front door this time…) and gave me a Refurbishing Beginner badge!!
I found a lost item for Erik… (“toy” perhaps?…) at any rate.. he looked happy to have it back…
Something getting really old really fast is the abundance of silver slingshot balloons I see floating over town… I just sell the things… however, this is okay because it accounts towards 2 balloons of my total for my next Balloon Popping badge!
On Sunday later that week, I found the setup for fireworks show, and hoped I’d be able to at least make one of the days to get the rare items!
My house was also restored to it’s former glory… So epic..
Another thing that started was the appearance of Gracie in my town square! Basically she shows up and asks you to dress a certain style (for guides on this, again, see the website!). You then must do so and pass her fashion check a total of 4 times to upgrade your shop to the final level. Unfortunately, the 2 times she’s come I’ve been uber busy and haven’t had time. Hopefully soon… 😦
More Gayle pitfall pranks were also pulled throughout the week… Hahahaha
That one never gets old 🙂
I also found that my town tree had grown bigger. That thing’s huge!!
Victoria and I also had more moments together at my house… Wonderful memories! 🙂
I finally got Frank (the only cranky villager I have) to recommend the zen bell as the next public works project. Finally! Zen anything is a step in the right direction for my town!
Phineas visited again the next day to celebrate my affection for popping things!
I was really happy to see the completion of the zen bell! It’s amazing and matches the style of town I wish to have one day!
Right after checking out the new structure, I had an amazingly good fish run, including a new one to my encyclopedia, the soft-shelled turtle!
When the mail came, so did a major surprise. The shaved-ice lamp, previously the Europe exclusive non-orderable item, was released via mail from Isabelle on all US 3DS systems connected to the internet! I was wondering if they were gonna keep it out of the US (kinda hoping too… oh well…) So now I have 2 extras!!
I decided to finally visit the fireworks show! You can buy Redd Cookies (kinda like fortune cookies) from Redd for 500 bells and potentially win a special prize! So of course… I sat there until I got them all…
I also admired the fireworks show 🙂
The next day was spent pursuing trades on trading boards! I had a little bit of extra stuff to offer, and managed to score some missing DLC, including New Year’s Noodles, Red & Blue Ogre masks and the Newsprint Cap. Finally, been waiting for these ones!
Also released on the 12th of August was a Nintendo Zone exclusive item, the pumpkin pie! Available at all NZ locations, I simply used the old “Bestbuy” router trick (seriously… see my website!) and downloaded it from home!
Unfortunately, as you know, it’s 1 per customer, so to get more than 1 requires creating a new player, yadayadayada..
Another big thing happened! Cobb finally convinced me to build our town a police station!! I have been waiting a long time for that one!
The next day, I was excited to see a familiar face, that of Booker the police dog… Bright and early with those lost & found items that are never yours but you take anyway… Ah, Gamecube memories :’)
I also managed to grow some gold roses in the meantime! (for a complete hybrid list.. you guessed it… visit my website). Basically for these ones, you have to cross red roses with red roses, hope that black roses grow, when they do grow, let them wilt, and then, use a golden watering can on them to revive them and they’ll turn gold! These look great in my study!
Getting fed up with waiting to randomly find the last 2 fossils I needed, I started an online board to trade the pumpkin pie DLCs I was continually downloading for the missing pieces. I finally achieved a full fossil collection… success…
I was also very happy to find people would trade some missing rare DLC items for pumpkin pie! Oh the glory of the Thanksgiving dessert! I came upon twelve-grape plate, wheat bundle, and a sailboat model because of it!
Spent some time hanging with my girl down by the river..
All she wanted to do was think though… I don’t like it when they think… (haha jk 🙂 ) Anyway, to make a long story short of the afternoon, I tried to push her onto a bench to sit with me and she ended up getting really pissed… Oh how some things just go the wrong way…
She even had a sassy remark that scared me to death. She better not have done this…
I decided to go dream town surfing to try and get my Dreamer badges… but it takes longer than you’d think! I have yet to get my first badge… although I found some interesting towns!
That night, I went searching for the rare scarab beetle! Apparently it looks just like the fruit beetle but golden, and since it only comes out at night, it’s very hard to tell apart! But finally, in the depths of the night… I got one!
Victoria made a new nickname for me… She just can’t get enough of me, this girl…
Another friend of mine was finally convinced to give me one of the remaining DLC items I needed, a veggie basket! Getting so close…
I also found a dirt-clod wall in the museum shop to commemorate a full fossil exhibit. I feel so accomplished!
Victoria finally did some good and recommended that I, as mayor, build a lighthouse! So of course, I did, and it looks fantastic along the western coast line!
Phineas also found me once again to give me a Village Leader badge since I play so much! I don’t know if that’s good or just sad… but I was happy!
I then sold pumpkin pie on a board for a price of 1,000,000 bells a piece. I expected a couple of people to bite, but was overwhelmed by the response, and so was my bank account!
I one day strive for the 100 million bells in savings! Someday…
Anyhow, on a separate note, my contact with the sushi platter and I finally had aligning schedules, so we got together and I got my item!
If you remember, this is an in-store item but only in Japan. So it’s still rare enough to earn a position in my DLC exhibit!
I also entered a giveaway on ACC (animalcrossingcommunity.com) that entailed simply posting the number you were in line. I was #55… And when the contest ended…… I was the grand prize winner!
I don’t know how everything seemed to go my way that day! That earned me 3 million bells and a royal crown right there! I decided to have a little fun with my bank account while I could…
I then opened up an online board to giveaway 2 million bells. The gist of the contest is if you let me catalog an item, you get a certain # of slots on a numerical list. At the end, I would draw a lucky # and giveaway 2 million to the winner! So, I visited many towns to catalog items… saw many interesting flags…
Upon returning from my expedition, it was only natural that Phineas show up and present me the Catalog Maniac Silver badge for over 50% filled catalog!
I also put that sailboat model I got a little while back in my rococo room… Man this place is coming together nicely 🙂
I also accepted artwork for the 2,000,000 bell giveaway, and saw my museum art exhibit begin to grow… But there’s still much to do!
I also drew a crude picture for my face-cutout standee that I’m kinda ashamed of.. So! I won’t share that! haha 😉
That’s it! The super long blog post is over, hope you all enjoyed! I will be getting these in every week now, I promise, and sorry for the transition!
Now, a super secret announcement. I have a sloppy furniture drawing going on right now on ACC, as I mentioned…
So if you’re a member, go sign up, and if you’re not, start an account and say
**I found you on your blog** in a Private Thread to get free stuff from me 🙂 Maybe it’s not stuff you want, but it could be! haha. Also… DO NOT ANNOUNCE THIS ON THE ACTUAL CONTEST THREAD! It’s a surprise… for you guys 😉 PT only. and…
Tomorrow as the contest ends (9am PST, or noon ACC time… remember?) I will ask that all readers PT me the secret passcode in order to enter a drawing for 2,000,000 bells. I’m letting you, my faithful readers know first, that this passcode will be hidden somewhere among the website in the form of a red money bag… Look around, you should see it somewhere… and post that passcode to me on the CONTEST THREAD before anyone else. Trust me, this one’s worth it, as I don’t see too many people entering… Could be an easy 2 mil.. ya know!
For next blog:
- Continuing DLC completion!
- A story about a certain ACC user. PLEASE BEWARE THE USER “McWaffle”. He is a scam artist and will steal your items if you interact with him!!!
- More updates (duh… right?)