Since New Leaf came out in summer 2013, I have been primarily focused on that game when it comes to playing Animal Crossing. Despite this, I never completely put down my Wild World game for good. It’s always been too tempting to pick it back up again every now and then, even if just to walk around town a bit and talk to neighbors, let a few days pass by, never doing anything too major. This was made possible and made all the more tempting because I left my town in a very pleasantly landscaped state, and I always recorded what date I left off on so I could load my game on that date and not have to deal with any unfortunate consequences (villagers leaving, flowers dying).
Recently though, I did do some pretty big things in my Wild World town. Before I go into all that in my next post, I wanted to dedicate this post to the odd period, mostly 2014-2015, when I would pick up my game and play a little bit, not accomplishing much, mostly just taking pretty pictures and enjoying a visit to Dafdilly again. Some of these have already been posted to Tumblr, but I consider WordPress to be my more ‘archival’ type blog, so these pictures deserve a home here too.
I loove how colorful this pansy field looks when few flowers are wilted!
Where the pansy field meets the river
Some more shots from the moving start screen, a little blurry.
A nice picture of Apollo’s yard branching off from the main path to the town hall
Haha, this was no spontaneous WiFi shot >_> It’s an artificial photo shoot made possible by my multiple towns and DSes. But I just wanted a nice picnic shot, authentic or no.
The road to Dafdilly’s forest in the back part of town
A couple happy villagers congregated by the town hall plaza, singing in the rain ^_^
The rain doesn’t deter Melba from taking a stroll 🙂
I caught the last fish I needed and got the gold fishing rod! 😀 All that’s left to complete the museum is a firefly ^^
Around the time I was having my last WiFi hoo-rahs in Dafdilly, Bob came to Dafdilly as a random new move-in, which I was very happy about since he’s been a Dafdilly dream neighbor for ages! ❤ He's just so cute and iconic, and the perfect lazy cat villager. (He now lives in a different location, a hint of the projects I've been working on recently…)
I always enjoy rainy days in Dafdilly, and Wild World in general. Especially since I don’t find myself enjoying them in New Leaf as much; they almost made the atmospheric conditions too realistically cloudy and gloomy, to the point where I reallly don’t like the way flowers & color look in Citalune on downcast days. But like I said, in Wild World — and in real life, too — I love rainy days, so I took some celebratory scenery pictures one rainy day in Dafdilly (with new villager Bob making a few appearances ^^):
I love getting the clouds and the top of a landscape in the same picture, often happening on accident during a ‘inventory-window-shoots-bottom-screen-into-the-top-screen’ shot.
Burned through some 99,000 bell bags to grow some more bell trees around Nookington’s (they didn’t all grow on the first try), but it was worth it 😛 If you’re wondering why I planted 99K bags, I think I read that the more bells you plant, the more likely it will grow into a bell tree. That could be wrong, though.
For a villager I never planned on keeping for very long, Samson sure managed to stick around quite a while. I guess his house set-up by the beach was appealing enough to make him hard to let go (or easier to let go of other villagers first), but he is gone now finally.
Of course, I’m always up for capturing some cute Melba interactions:
She’s so sweet and appreciative after giving her medicine! ❤
She had a gardening hobby at this point, I think (now she has a clothes-collecting one), which you can pick up in conversation like this, not just in actions like carrying around a watering can and planting flowers by her home.
D’aww, Melba liked her letter from Talie of Osworth x3
Love the subtle glow the late afternoon sky gives off 🙂
Also noticeable in this picture is my updated, new-and-improved (well not so new anymore) bricks! Before, as you can see in the pictures earlier in this post, the bricks were the same bright red the flowerbeds were, and the spaces between the bricks was stark white. There wasn’t enough contrast between the brick flowerbeds and the brick paths, making it hard to tell where one began and one ended. And the contrast between the bright red bricks and white spaces in between the bricks was too much, making the path flicker uncomfortably as you walked along it. These new bricks are a more subtle color, and the spaces between the bricks is more of a beige or tan, much less flickery and much easier on the eyes as you walk along it. With these improvements, I can say that this main path is my favorite for Dafdilly so far 🙂
About a year ago I grew my very first home-grown-from-scratch blue rose in all my years of playing Animal Crossing!
It was grown in this breeding patch in my side town, Imladris, a town I keep for the very purpose of growing hybrids (since I use most of my space in Dafdilly for aesthetic gardens, not breeding gardens). After this I grew more blue roses from this ever-growing patch, until I was eventually able to grow blue roses from the blue roses by themselves, so don’t be surprised if you see more of them around Dafdilly in the future. 🙂
Again, about a year ago, I was inspired to re-do some of the rooms in my Wild World home, simply because I thought they could be a lot better than they were before.
The main room just has to be this sort of cozy sweets/fairytale/toy cabin, it’s too steeped in Dafdilly tradition.
And Twisk has to have her lush mushroom forest abode! 🙂
Something I started to experiment with is still having rooms inspired by the tastes of my human characters, but not having all of them be bedrooms, just so that every single side room you go into isn’t a bedroom…a little much-needed variety. This is a fun, silly bathroom inspired by the tastes of my character Bell here.
And this is a library/study inspired by Harmony’s tastes of calm and peaceful elegance.
Lastly, a gardening/sun room. I really like the feel of this room, the wooden creaking as you walk around it, the way the sunlight at different times of day beautifully illuminates the room and flowers in unique ways.
You may or may not have noticed there was no clear room made for my character Melody, who I decided long ago would be my sporty/outdoorsy character. Well, I’ve always been less enthusiastic about designing her rooms than my other characters (I’m not a particularly sporty person — mostly just like basketball), and her face design is one of my least favorites, so I decided that if I had to let one of my characters go into the void, it would be her. But I like to think that she just moved somewhere else, where she could run around freely without fearing trampling Twisk’s beloved flowers.
Though there’s also another reason she had to go. Once I found out that plot resetting works in Wild World much the same as it does in New Leaf, the seed was planted in my mind, and it was only a matter of time before I embarked on mission to figure out what dream neighbors I wanted in Dafdilly and move them in — not just anywhere, but into the perfect places in town for their house & personality.
It was a long process that involved finding out what every villager’s house shape is in the game, figuring out which house shapes match with which house styles in my town, deciding upon my dream neighbors based on a mixture of factors (how much I like them, having all the personalities, having nice house exteriors), and then deciding where my dream neighbors’ houses would be positioned in the various sign-posts/designated plots around town. Then I had to move some of my neighbors out and move them back into Dafdilly; reset an extra cartridge over and over for the dream neighbors I didn’t have, and move them into Dafdilly for the first time; plot resetting with every villager to get them to move in where I wanted them to. And I did eventually accomplish this, plus lock all of my new dream villagers in town so that they will never move! I’ll share who they all are, where they live, and who the new human resident of Dafdilly is, in my next post, which will also have pictures of my re-decorations for the cherry blossom festival.