This long anticipated day is finally here! 😀 But for many, this special day still hasn’t come yet — a big spoiler warning to everyone who does not have New Leaf!
Monday, June 10 (Day 1):
Aww, reading that, hearing the music, and seeing all my neighbors’ joyful faces… it was such a sweet, special moment, even though I was expecting it and have seen countless similar screenshots. 🙂
The start of my town is the 10th instead of the 9th because it took me a day of resetting to find a town I felt good about settling into:
It’s not anything extraordinary, but I’m happy with it! I was looking for triangle grass, apples, a river that isn’t too long and winding (but not too short and simple either), and a waterfall that meets the ocean at the bottom of town. I also had pretty strict requirements for building placements because I want one side of the river to have a city atmosphere (with the train station, town hall, and Re-Tail shop), and the other side of the river to have more of an earthy garden atmosphere (with the town tree plaza).
Also, I wasn’t really looking for specific town hall or train station designs, but I’m really glad I ended up with the blue coloring for both:
I was sooo nervous about picking my house location! >_< I'm pretty sure the mayor's house is permanent, so choose carefully! I ended up placing it in a nook formed by the river.
Mayor Estel is living in pretty shabby quarters right now 😛
After the tree-planting ceremony, Isabelle (my secretary) said that I had the rest of the day off to do whatever I pleased. So first I met my neighbors:
How sweet and supportive (and trusting of a complete newcomer to run the town 😛 ) they all are! It was also great meeting all the various workers and shop-owners, old and new: Pete and Pelly, Reese and Cyrus, Timmy and Tommy, the Ables, etc.
I was interested to find Saharah wandering about my town, but…
Then I went around shaking trees and selling shells until I had enough money to buy a shovel and fishing rod, which of course opened up new ways of making money — and donating to Blathers!
This really took me by surprise! I was only trying to find the money rock. Does this mean that the rocks around town aren’t permanent? 😕
I can’t believe how quickly I was able to catch these. 😮 I caught the hammerhead, walked just a few steps up the beach, saw another finned fish, and it was the shark! I keep hearing how it’s easier to make money in New Leaf, and it does seem to be true in my experience so far.
The down payment for my house wasn’t bad at all, only 10,000 bells! I was expecting at least double that.
I love all the details on Main Street: the dirt path, stepping stones, bushes, and cute little flowerboxes.
Donating to Blathers is so quick and easy now that you can give him multiple items! 😀 I might miss his long-winded responses a bit, though. Maybe he’ll still do that if you only give him one thing to identify/donate?
Found a delicious apple! I shook it down, but figured that I should probably wait until I get an axe to plant it, so that I can cut down a tree and bury the apple where the tree used to be — ensuring its growth.
In the evening I worked on finding homes for three more residents of Citàlune: Lyra, Violet, and Fern. It probably isn’t necessary to have them right now, but later on I bet I’ll need more pattern/storage space, and I think it’s best to go ahead and pick their house locations now, before more neighbors move in. I didn’t feel as nervous about picking their house locations because I think you can demolish non-mayor houses any time, though it will also remove the resident from town, I believe. I carefully chose all the house locations, so I might not ever have to do that, but I’m glad the option’s there.
This is Lyra, whose name and face I’m re-using from City Folk:
We can pretend that Lyra moved out of the abandoned Seahaven and into Citàlune.
Violet’s future house will be by the waterfall, I love this location. 🙂
Here’s a map that includes everyone’s house locations and labels:
I wish I could have paid off all their down payments, but Nook’s Homes closes at 8 PM, that’s really early! >_< Oh well, guess I’ll have three tents around tomorrow.
Estel’s should be gone, though, I think. So a goodbye shot with the tent. ^_^
Part of the reason why I decided to name my town Citàlune and its mayor Estel is because both names allude to the night sky (lune—moon, stel—star), and I think nighttime is incredibly beautiful in New Leaf. 🙂 Can’t wait to see things like meteor showers and the aurora borealis in my town!