Cherry blossoms in Dafdilly

November 1, 2016 at 10:20 PM | Posted in AC:WW | 3 Comments
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Uh, this post has not occurred remotely in the timeline I was expecting, on multiple levels, I’m sorry about that… :/ Let me explain, or if you’re not interested (I don’t blame you, it’s quite the ramble), feel free to skip to the pictures!

This Dafdilly re-landscaping project has its roots back in the holiday season of 2015. Around that time I was feeling pretty burnt out from AC:NL, because I had been working on a new mosaic path for Citàlune that was proving difficult for me. And meanwhile, I have the sort of job that gets more stressful during the holiday season, so putting those factors together, you can see why I wanted to take a break from AC:NL. I found myself gravitating towards playing AC:WW instead, because it was more mindless and stress-relieving than pixeling a mosaic path in AC:NL, and easier to pick up and play in short bursts in my shorter amount of spare time.

But then, because I am the way I am…*facepalm*…these little AC:WW sessions evolved into something much more ambitious over time, and eventually became a project to figure out what Dafdilly’s dream neighbors would be, obtain & place those dream neighbors in town through plot resetting (it works in AC:WW too!), and re-landscape Dafdilly for the cherry blossom festival. I got the dream neighbors part done over the winter, so I thought I could re-landscape Dafdilly by April and then have Dafdilly match real-time in spring 2016! It was the perfect plan, but I wasn’t able to do it; by the time I finished the re-landscaping project, it was July.

And then here we are in November, with Dafdilly still in the cherry blossom season and a post just now being made about it. >_< It's partly because I became too much of a perfectionist in taking commemorative photos of Dafdilly's new landscaping (experimenting with 'panoramics' or stitching pictures together using my new capture card, even tried making a gif for the first time), which was a draining and tedious process at times, and I got distracted by a different Animal Crossing game, again… AC:NL, this time! xD (In a quest to make Citàlune WiFi-able again to meet up with old friends, I went overboard and got pretty close to making it dream-address-update-ready, and even finished that mosaic path that was such a pain for me and made me abandon AC:NL in the first place!!) Also, at a certain point, it became like, “well, it’s taken this long, so what’s the rush?”

But I decided I can’t put off this post any longer; even though I might be more excited about playing New Leaf at this point (with the New Leaf game update announced, and my town being so-close-yet-so-far ready for a dream address update), I still need to pause that for now and take the time to share about my AC:WW re-landscaping project! I hope you enjoy some of these pictures that are fancier than I used to be capable of in AC:WW. 🙂

First, welcome back to Twisk’s house! ❤ In the same old cliff-side corner of town, same old landscaping-limiting pavement in front, but as always, circled by trees and flowers the best I can. 🙂

As fun as it is to have a pink roof to match the cherry blossoms, strangely I'm really looking forward to going back to the sky blue roof that's my favorite (it matches Twisk's hair ^^) and green trees. Because I think green trees would look quite nice with this garden’s kind of cool-colored palette, and green’s my favorite color…maybe I planted too many regular saplings & should have sprinkled some fruit trees in the garden as well.

The house’s flower garden is definitely in my favorite state that it has ever been in 😀 Finally, over time, I’ve accumulated enough hybrids to go wild with this pastel hybrid garden with the color scheme I envisioned for Dafdilly long ago.

Twisk & company even have their own little turnip garden now that I didn’t really plan for! It seems I planted so many trees around the house that it wouldn’t let me plant anymore in this area; the trees here died, so there was a blank spot I had to fill with something. (And if you wonder how I was able to make this turnip garden on the fly, I hoard Joan’s red turnips, buy one from her every time I see her xP).

Now that you’ve seen the yard, let’s take a break and go inside for a bit! 🙂

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Dipping back into AC:WW every now & then: 2014-2016

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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.

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! :mrgreen:

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.

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A Wild World post: just some odds and ends since New Leaf came out

December 26, 2013 at 4:56 PM | Posted in AC:WW | 15 Comments
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If you’ve only been following my blog since New Leaf came out, feel free to skip/ignore this post, but some of the people who followed my old Wild World posts might appreciate the update — though it’s nothing too exciting!

In my last post on Dafdilly, we left off on the first day of Spring (February 25th), and I’ll admit that my town has hardly progressed at all since that post. >_< Back then I had plans to try to catch up through the rest of Spring (especially the cherry blossom festival, which I was really looking forward to, and had plans of doing a special landscaping project for the pink trees), but then two things happened: 1) my DS Lite's hinge broke, making it more of a pain to play AC:WW, and 2) New Leaf came out, which being a brand new AC game, excited me and kept me busy with all the new things to do, collect, and customize.

Meanwhile, while I was busy playing New Leaf, I would sometimes check up on my Wild World town, but I’d always set it to that same date (February 25th). This way I could walk around town in its practically flawless state (no wilted flowers), enjoy the sights of town and the gardens I’d worked hard on (without having to actually water any of them), and talk to my neighbors (without them being mad at me for my long absence, or God forbid, find out one of my favorites had moved out!).

I hope you can understand why it was so tempting to just keep my town on the same date — I could still enjoy “visiting it” every once in a while (it reminds me of the concept of visiting dream towns in AC:NL), but I wouldn’t have to do the daunting task of catching up my town to the present, or worry about maintaining it. Because that’s the thing about AC:WW: if I started playing it normally again, I’d have to do work every single day just to keep my town how it currently is. There’s no Beautiful Town Ordinance, so if I don’t water the inevitable wilted flowers, they’ll be gone the next day.

Anyway, now that you know why it’s still spring and green in my town, I’ll share some pictures from my “visits” to Dafdilly since New Leaf came out:

Whitney gave me her picture a while back! 😀 It’s always a pleasant surprise to get a neighbor’s picture these days since I don’t really actively try to get them anymore (too much work :P)
I guess I’ll feel better letting Whitney go (if/when she packs up), now that I have her picture. I consider Eloise my dream snooty for Dafdilly, but who knows if I’ll ever get Dafdilly’s dream neighbors at this point xP I’m probably closer to getting my dream neighbors in Citalune!

Hehe, it looks the same as it always does! But yes, you look lovely as ever Whitney 🙂

If Whitney ever moves, I’ll miss her pretty pink beach house! But Eloise’s house should also be pretty and pink if she moves to my town (that’s partly why I wanted her :P).

Static’s been saying this a lot. Good to know he’s loyal, I suppose!

Melba’s also been saying some sweet things:

Haha wow, might be getting a little extreme there Melba 😛 But aww, it’s appreciated ❤ You can tell that there's some special dialogue in AC:WW from neighbors you have a high friendship level with.

Back in August, I won a giveaway of Jemma’s — a rare giveaway of Wild World items! 😀 (If you go on Tumblr, there are tons of giveaways for New Leaf)
She came over to deliver the items from the giveaway, and it was also just nice to WiFi with her again in general! One of the first friends I met through this blog back in 2011. ^_^

The prizes included a bag of bells, a throne, and a hybrid cosmo — thanks a lot, Jemma! 😀 Wow, I look super grumpy in the second picture, even though I’d just done the flowery emotion 😛

Afterwards, we visited a few neighbors and toured around town, and I took some pictures (excuse the blurriness — I’m rusty!):

After a little while she had to go; thanks again for the items and for coming over, Jemma, it was great to WiFi with you again! 🙂

Today (December 26th) I finally decided to set the date in Dafdilly to the day after the first day of Spring (February 26th). Why? I dunno, I guess the same reason why I made this post: I felt like it 😛 I might end up regretting it later, since now there are wilted flowers and fossils and things I have to deal with.

I got a letter from Apollo saying that he moved! Which surprised me, since I didn’t remember him being packed up the day before. I don’t really mind, though; I don’t consider him a “dream” (permanent) neighbor for Dafdilly. Well, goodbye Apollo!

When I was walking around town, I was surprised to see that a new house had already been built! It’s the pink and blue house style, my favorite house style in Dafdilly, but it doesn’t really fit in well with the rustic forest feel I have going on in this area of town (haha yeah, I’m nitpicky :P).

The house belongs to my new neighbor, a cow named Tipper!

Ah cool, so she’s from Jemma’s town 🙂 I guess she’s been waiting in my ninth slot, ready to move in, for months!

Wow, a throne 😮 But it’s expensive, and I already have one thanks to Jemma’s giveaway, and maybe also another one from Wishy the Star or something like that.

Ooh, a neighbor locking opportunity! I think it would be great to lock both Puddles and Melba in town, Melba of course because she’s my favorite neighbor, and Puddles because she was one of the three original neighbors in Dafdilly. So I delivered the present to Melba but didn’t report back to Puddles. But then I remembered that it’s best if you do this sort of thing with an alternate character instead of your main (so that you don’t accidentally complete the errand when you’re talking to villagers with your main character). Oh well, I’ll see if I can keep this Puddles-Melba lock-in going on for a little while anyway!

I guess now that I’ve passed the ‘perfect date’ of February 25th, it’s less tempting to just keep it on the same date all the time, and I might start toying with several different options:

1) Casually progress through time in Dafdilly, whenever I feel like it.
2) Transfer all the flowers in Dafdilly to a different town, then set the date to the current time. (I’ve done this before)
3) Catch up to the cherry blossom festival, since that’s something I’ve always wanted to experience in Dafdilly, do a special landscaping project for the pink trees, and then just keep it on that date forever.
4) Put away most of the flowers in Dafdilly, so that it’s less of a pain to water them. This might make playing AC:WW daily or near-daily more feasible.

Not sure which option I’m going with, but yeah, it’s possible that I’m not completely done with Dafdilly yet 😀 It’s not my #1 priority either, though!

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