18 October 2015

How to start ♡ とびだせどうぶつの森

I thought it was about time to finally start with the promised postings about one of my favorite games for the past 2 years; Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
As some of you might remember I posted a super motivated introduction for that series here 
but so far, didn't recieve any questions which is why I hesitated to just start with the first thing that comes up in my mind.
But since I'm carrying some of these ideas in my head for a while now, I decided to just share the first couple of tips and tricks I have for you without being asked.

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Today I want to talk about the start of the game and your first couple of steps and how little things may already improve your first play experiences or even parts that will run like a golden thread through the rest of the game.
Actually I'm sure I won't reveal anything people who played this didn't already know but still think I should include a small spoiler warning for whoever hasn't played the game yet. Better safe than sorry!

When you first start the game, you'll find yourself seated in a train and before you know it a cat with the name Rover will try to have some small talk with you.
No marks for guessing, when he asks for where you are going or what's your name is, it is your chance to entitle your character and your town.
When talking about the town you want to visit, he'll proceed to show you a choice of four different maps from which you can choose your ideal fit for the town you want to live in.
TIP: If you don't like any of the maps shown, press HOME and X and restart, he will show you other maps then.
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After you settled for a town, he'll ask about your person and this is where you indirectly determine the next constant in your game: your character's features (and sex; this will be settled right after your name - cool is the stereotypical reaction if you want your character to be a boy & cute, if you want a girl).
Depending on what answers you give, your eyes will change.
TIP: Look up an overview like this and decide on what you want your character's face to look like before, so you can answer Rover's question without stressing out. Don't worry about your default hairstyle though! You'll be able to change it later in the game when you unlock the hairdresser.

Upon your arrival a delegation of your town's original 5 villagers and secretary Isabelle will welcome you officiously, absolutely convinced that you are the town's new mayor. 
What a weird surprise - however you won't be able to convince them of the contrary. 
Isabelle will guide you through your first steps from here on, which include choosing the location of your house (if you put the plot close to the beach/ocean you can hear the sound of waves inside of your home), plant the town's tree and your first steps as a mayor (which includes your first mission: earn enough mayor points to increase your approval rating which then unlocks your abilty to build pulic work projects and pass ordinances).

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I remember that increasing my approval rating became a piece of cake because during the first couple of days a fishing tourney took place and new mayor Roo winning first place let his approval rating go through the roof. 
Isabelle however will tell you other ways to gain points, inculding the following:
  • Change the town tune = 3 points (one time only)
  • Put something up for sale at Re-tail = 3 points (one time only)
  • Change the town flag = 3 points (one time only)
  • Post something on the bulletin board next to the station = 3 points (one time only)
  • Donate a fish, bug, fossil, or artwork to the museum = 3 points (one time only)
  • Pull weeds = 1 point each
  • Water flowers = 1 point per day
  • Remove trash from the water by fishing = 1 point each
  • Introduce yourself to all of your villagers = 1 point each
  • Send a letter = 1 point each
  • Play each day = up to 3 points each day

Needless to say, only the first playable character that moves into town can become mayor and when you create a second, third or fourth character there won't be that much fuss about them - Rover's question about the town goes by the board and he'll only do the smalltalk part to determine your character's look, who then becomes a regular resident of your town. A new feature of this game grants every resident their own plot of land that everyone can choose (almost) freely.

Talking to Isabelle in townhall and concluding her "advice for living in the town" mini quest, as well as talking to the animals that live in your town will make it easier to get into all aspects the game has to offer and learn things rather quickly.

What is your favorite eye shape for a character & 
what do you pay most attention to when choosing a map for your town?
Tell me in a comment below.

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