New year, new things

February 7, 2017 at 12:45 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments

Well, kind of — the first month of the new year has already come & gone! But it’s still kind of new 🙂 So I hope you all have had a great start to 2017 so far! I’ve been busy working on some new ~blog housekeeping~ type things for the last month or so, so I thought I would share about some of these new things here.

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Help with deciding on a dream neighbor? + A cool AC book I got

March 4, 2014 at 8:27 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | 27 Comments

Hey everyone! I’m sorry for this non-town news post; I haven’t reached the end of December in my town yet so I can’t really do a “End of December” post 😛 Just a little update, though, if anyone is interested (and if you’re not, feel free to skip): What I’ve been working on is re-landscaping my town for winter, completely re-doing the flower arrangements in almost every inch of town. I put thought into the placement of every tree and flower, so stuff like this takes a long time for me, but hopefully it won’t be too long before I finish and then I can update my dream address and move on with winter. 🙂 To be honest, I’d really like to make a new path too (I’m thinking a mosaic path, but a completely new and different one, with suns and moons and stars), but my town in general is so messy right now, so it’s more of a priority for me to re-landscape and clean up than it is to start making a new path at the moment. But I hope I can get started on a new path eventually, maybe! That would put me even further behind, but I’m not in a huge rush to catch up to spring, to be honest…I think winter has the potential to really suit my town (once I finish re-landscaping), and I absolutely love the auroras and everything. Then I think ahead to bright green grass and cherry blossoms and azalea bushes, and wonder how that would suit Citalune, and I’m just like “???” I mean I’ll get there eventually and I’m sure it’ll be fine, but I’m not as excited for spring as I am for winter, and I really want to savor winter a bit and not rush through it, I hope you understand!

Another thing I’ve been working on in my spare time is updating the pages on this blog: I added a new QR codes page and I finished the villager house exterior guide! It’s maybe not a flawlessly formatted guide, and the pictures are inconsistent (different lighting conditions, etc.), but I figured if I was too much of a perfectionist about this project, I’d probably never get it done 😛 I hope it can be useful!


I was wondering if anyone would like to give advice/opinions on a decision I’m struggling with: my “dream” (permanent) lazy resident in Citalune. I think a lot of you know that my criteria for choosing dream neighbors is based mostly on their house exterior — specifically, houses with fairy-tale doors and bright color schemes. (It might seem strange to pick based off houses, but I’m not really picky about neighbors because I feel like I can grow fond of almost any neighbor with time. On the other hand, I am picky about how my town looks, and house exteriors have an effect on that. Plus, many of my neighbors will be close together so it’s ideal if their houses look good together.) Here are the houses of my 9 decided dream neighbors:



I’m not just going through my list of house exteriors and picking my 10 favorites as my dream neighbors, though. If I did that, half of my town might be peppies (lots of fairytale doors and bright colors in the peppy section)! I want to have a balanced set of residents: an equal number of male and female villagers, and at least one of each personality type.

That’s where the decision of the lazy neighbor is giving me trouble. There isn’t a stand-out fairytale-style house in the lazy section; most of them tend to have kiddie or laid-back styles. I’m having trouble deciding between Erik, who doesn’t have a fairytale house but has a really lovely cabin-style house, and Doc, who has the closest thing to my criteria for a fairytale house:



I think the location of the house is important to consider as well for deciding which house would be most fitting. This is where I plan on putting the house of whichever lazy resident I choose (give or take a few spaces):



The house will be above a winding dirt path that connects Re-Tail and a ramp to the beach. The path and the house will be surrounded with colorful tulips and fruit trees, and maybe also some bushes, tree stumps, and mushrooms.

I got this house location once when plot resetting for a different neighbor:


Now for the pros and cons as I see them:

Erik

Pros:
His house exterior might be one of my favorites, fairytale criteria aside.
He has an appealing design (would be very cute to see him walking around in the wintertime!)
His cabin-themed room is so cozy and well-done!

Cons:
His house exterior doesn’t really match the rest of the houses I have in town.
His brown house might sort of clash with the bright pink and blue Re-Tail building nearby.



Doc

Pros:
His house exterior would better match the rest of my town’s houses.
His house would coordinate pretty well with Re-Tail nearby, since his house is bright blue with a touch of pink, and I think the brick fence would be lovely surrounded by colorful tulips.

Cons:
Even though his house meets my criteria the best out of all the lazy characters, it’s still not one of my favorite house styles.
Doc’s appearance and house interior might not be quite as appealing to me as Erik’s (but still, fine enough imo).


Thank you soooo very much for bearing with me through all this! I’m just really having a hard time deciding, and I thought it would be best to describe my thought process and criteria a bit before asking for help 🙂 I really appreciate any help, and feel free to vote in this poll if you don’t feel like leaving a comment:




I also wanted to share about a book for AC:NL I got for my birthday that I think is pretty cool! It’s not just a standard guide book, it’s kind of specialized towards the designing/customization aspects of AC (landscaping, room decorating, patterns, etc.) — what a neat concept!

The cover vaguely looks like this (bad quality):


It has a section showing different types of town styles for inspiration:


This one, village 02, was my favorite! The suggested PWPs were a windmill, tulip topiary, and brick bridge.


It looks like village 03 is the same as 02, just at wintertime? I loved how convincing the snow on the path looked!


This one just stood out to me because of how well the base color of the path matched the dirt! I want to find that color (or blend of colors) too :O

No fair, how did all 5 of these trees get lights?! I have lit cedar trees right now and they’re very scattered and random…


I would never feel qualified to make a zen themed town, but I always love seeing them, they’re very nice 🙂


There are lots of room designs shown too ^_^


Bush changing dates.


Tree changing dates.


There’s a guide for all the hybrids too, but this one is for the more difficult hybrids: the purple tulip, black cosmo, purple pansy, and blue rose. I heard that the English Prima guide has a mistake, saying that blue roses are made from BlackxPurple, so it’s good to see that this guide got it right (seemingly) with the hybrid red roses and hybrid red pansies business.


Carpet/wallpaper tips. Depending on how you choose to tile the pattern, you can do some pretty cool things!


The section that might’ve been most enlightening for me was on furniture customization! I didn’t know about the option to re-make this white pot; I especially love the one with flowers on it (so much that you can see I dog-eared the page xP), I’m going to reburbish that one myself!


A pink morning glory? :O


And pretty much all of the flower furniture from Weeding Day can be refurbished into multiple colors *_*


A fair amount of options for this chaise lounge.


I’d heard that the throne could be refurbished, but didn’t know what all the options were or what they looked like, cool!

There’s also a list of the house exterior parts, PWPs, a section of QR codes for paths and things, and more — it’s a pretty fun book to have and I’m glad I got it ^_^


The last thing I wanted to share was this video I found of someone exploring my dream town! I was tickled to see someone else walking around my town and reacting to things, and also kind of embarrassed at the unfinished/lackluster aspects, like that tiny Halloween room in Lyra’s castle and Fern’s empty tent (gotta remember to put some stuff in it next time :P). Thanks to the person who did this video, it made me happy! 🙂

Welcome to my new blog, A Forest Life

December 18, 2012 at 7:09 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | 47 Comments

On the URL change

Hi, this is Amy from AC Town Record at a new URL. I was never fully satisfied with the name ‘AC Town Record’. Well, the idea was that the blog would serve as a ~hall of records~ for recordings of my different Animal Crossing towns over time. If you google “town records” you’ll of course see a lot of legitimate (non-Animal Crossing :P) examples of that. Still, I just didn’t love the blog name overall, and it didn’t sound Animal Crossing-ish except for the ‘AC’ at the beginning.

WordPress has a great way to transfer all your posts and pages to a different blog, so I decided to move everything to a new url, aforestlife.wordpress.com (forestlife without the a in front wasn’t available). I like the title “A Forest Life” much better. As you probably know, it’s named after the K.K. Slider song first introduced in Wild World:

This song gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. 🙂 I’ve always used it in my main room so I hear it everytime I walk into my house. The chime-like notes that begin after the first 10 seconds remind me of sparkling dew drops on leaves, and there’s nostalgia in them for me it is taken from the theme song and hourly songs in AC:GC. A lot of the songs for AC:GC are similar or have repeating motifs, but they’re modified for different moods and different times of day. But here are some examples in which this Forest Life tune appears in AC:GC:

This is the music that plays at the title screen. You can hear the Forest Life melody towards the end of the video (0:51).

This is the best example because it comes in chime-like sounds similar to K.K. Slider’s song for Wild World (around 27 seconds in). Maybe wind-chimes aren’t the best descriptor… it’s more like the twinkling of a music box.

Another good example with an evening feel, 24 seconds in you can hear it.

This is an example where the Forest Life melody has been altered a lot. I think you can still hear it at 0:33-0:45, but some of the notes sound a bit *off* to contribute to the sort of eerie, uneasy “what are you doing up at 4 AM?” feeling.

It also sounds altered a bit here to add to the jaunty morning feel.

Another morning version, this time more faithful to the original tune.

And it appears fairly prominently in the rainy day music (for example, at 0:24), which is one of my favorites! I looked forward to rainy days in AC:GC for the coelacanths and this music. 🙂

I love that there is a K.K. Slider song based off of and dedicated to the music of the original Animal Crossing games, and I find it interesting that in the title of the song, instead of going for a direct reference to one of the first Animal Crossing games, like “Population Growing” or “Animal Forest,” they decided to call it “Forest Life.” But I do love this title, it’s fitting since in Animal Crossing you do live your life in something like a forest (next to a river + lake and in a cliff-formed valley near the sea — with extreme seasonal weather xP), and it also fits as a title for this blog detailing my own forest life in my towns. I’m happy with it and I can promise I won’t ever change my URL to a different WordPress blog again. 😛 I’ll keep AC Town Record up so that links to the blog people have made won’t be broken, and people will be able to see where I’ve relocated to if they’re interested, but any new posts I make will be here at A Forest Life.

On the future of this blog

For now, I’m still not playing Wild World. I'm just so far behind in that game, my town is in February 2012… it's a little overwhelming having to either make up all that time through time-travelling day by day, or missing all that time by skipping straight to the present time. :/ I’m not saying I’m done with AC:WW for good, I still adore the game, but I don’t have any immediate plans to get back into playing it everyday right now.

But I’ve seen and heard a lot of things about AC:3DS that make me really excited! I’m sure when I get the game and start a town I’ll be posting a lot about it. As for the school/job issues, I think it can be done without too much of a problem… There is no need to play Animal Crossing for hours everyday if you don’t have time for it. If I’m too busy, I’m sure I can at least manage doing the daily tasks and essentials, which will be easier in AC:3DS because if you choose to have a “beautiful town” your neighbors will help in watering flowers and pulling weeds. Blogging about AC:3DS will also be a bit easier because you can take clear in-game pictures by simply pressing a combination of buttons — no worries about cameras, camera batteries, getting the right angle, lighting, macro-settings, cropping, or editing. And if I still can’t manage to blog about my town(s) for a while because real life is getting in the way, I’m sure any readers who follow my blog will understand that. If I’m not posting, you can always leave a comment asking what’s up and I’ll reply if I’m not dead. xP Well, that’s my outlook on Animal Crossing blogging for now; I don’t promise to keep at it until I’m 90, but for a while longer I hope to be able to post every now and then.

I might not be extremely active before AC:3DS comes out (unless I get back into Wild World, which is a question mark at this point), but there are still some things I can do for this blog before then:

Fix the old posts. When I was new to blogging on WordPress, I would upload the pictures for my posts with tinypic instead of using the WordPress uploader, so I’m sure some of the pictures in my oldest posts are dead now, with a red X appearing instead of the photo, and I’d like to re-upload those with WordPress (which seems more reliable). I also went through a few different themes before settling on Pool, so some of the old posts look weird now with this theme. I’d like to standardize the look of all my posts, both old and new, to look like this: 1) I want the width of the images to take up the entire width of the post area (before, I’d often resize images to 500px in width) and have the image link to a larger version. 2) For easy browsing, I want there to be links at the top and bottom of each post to the post before it and to the post after it (some themes do this naturally). After all, these posts together, read one after another, tell the story of my towns, so it’s best if they’re easy to read in that fashion and that they all look neat with similar formats.

Work more on the patterns page. Earlier, I mostly just added the spring-like flowery paths and thought, “that’s good enough for now,” but now that winter is here, adding some of the patterns I’ve delayed adding so far would be appropriate, like the candy patterns. And it would be nice to make some new patterns, like I’ve always wanted to make an iced over pool that blends in with the winter ground. A separate pattern could have a pair of ice skating boots on it, maybe, and you could put it next to the iced pool. 😛 I have lots of ideas for patterns like that, and I have fun making them, but it can be time-consuming to make them and put together instructions for the patterns page, so it won’t happen all at once. Oh, and even though I don’t play City Folk, I’m open to making patterns for that game and making use of the different palettes.

Thank you

for making it through this whole post if you did! Sorry for the URL change and the ramblings, hopefully I can have some more exciting additions to my blog — picture posts and patterns and things — in the future. Thanks so much to those of you who bear with me and will choose to stick around to eventually see these changes and additions! 😀

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