Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Animal Crossing New Leaf - Blogger Challenge
With a few days left to go I thought I should do a round up of my ACNL experiences, and the progress my town has made.
As I've mentioned in other posts, my town is called Elioton, and my first ordinance that I instated was a policy of cleanliness and beauty. There's nothing I find sadder than a town that looks derelict, and in an effort to avoid this I wandered around pulling up weeds, planting flowers and trying overall to make the place look spic and span.
In fact, much as I love my house, I would say my focus is more on my town than my house, which largely ends up being a storage facility for stuff I don't want to sell but need to empty out of my pockets.
On the other hand, any money I earn is focussed on improving my town, although damn it takes a long time to do this, and Elioton's residents really don't contribute very much to the campaign overall.
The streetlamp I built, partially because it wasn't quite the cheapest thing on the last, but close to it, generated a fair amount of excitement, but the next project I moved on to was an additional cobblestone bridge so I didn't have to walk the entire length of the countryside to cross the river.
I haven't spent a great deal of time cultivating the "High Street" in my town, mainly because shops seem to be opening up and doing fairly well on their own, although I have no idea what I did to incite this kind of growth.
I can mainly admit to loving the island I visit with regularity, partly because of the challenges I can complete, and also because it's nice to have a change every now and then. Take a load off. Relax.
Animal Crossing is a game that requires a substantial investment of time, time that as a rule I generally don't have! That said I've attempted to make a real effort to grow and develop my town, and even though that progress has been slow at times, at least I've made headway.
I've developed relationships with the other residents of my town, cultivating friendships, visiting their houses, attending birthday parties, and see the town grow and expand has been very gratifying as new people move in.
On one occasion I had someone want to leave, and I'm not sure if it's because they were feeling neglected or if they just needed a change, but with a bit of encouragement I coaxed them into staying.
I may not win this blogger challenge. I may not have the biggest and best town of all the participants. But I've become invested in my town and in it's inhabitants, and sentimental as it may sound, isn't that the point? This is not Sim City, where you expand and grow into the biggest metropolis in the region. This is Animal Crossing. Small, but intimate.