New year, new things

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.


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

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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. 😛 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.)


Welcome to my new blog, A Forest Life

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, (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! 😀