Happy Holidays from Jubilife!

Toy Day is just around the corner in ACNL!  I’ve been busy collecting all of the festive items that are available during the holiday season, such as the Festive Tree and Stuffed Stocking that you see pictured here.  It’s so cool to see items that were once DLC in ACCF as regular, purchase-able items in ACNL.

I didn’t do a good job during Turkey Day last month, so I did a little more homework on Toy Day to make sure I’d be prepared this time!  Unfortunately there’s no real trick to Toy Day, there’s nothing to stock up on… other than taking notes of all the hints that the townies have been dropping this month!  Here’s what my townies have been asking for…

Ruby

Elvis

Alfonso

Gruff

Boone

Vic

Ricky

Maple

Thank goodness for screenshots or I’d be even more lost.  Unfortunately, I haven’t done a great job getting all the info I need to properly play Santa on Wednesday!  I still have a little time for sleuthing tomorrow so I will hopefully find out some kind of gift ideas for Dizzy and Aurora, because I have no photos of them telling me what they want.  Maybe I’ll send out one of my secondaries, Ash or Poketch, to find out!  I need to talk to all of the townies too, because I need to find out their favorite colors.  This is a lot of work!

Snowman

Speaking of a lot of work, has anyone tried to make a snowman yet?  There are tons of items that you can get from snowmen in ACNL!  In fact, you have to create an entire Snow Family to get some of these rare items.  The easiest snowman to make is the Snowman, which consists of just two giant snowballs.  When you build a snowman, he gives you a Snowman Bingo card and you have to work to fill it out each day.  His eyes spin and randomly land on a number, and you get to check it off if it’s on your card.  Note: You can’t drop the bingo card, so be prepared to hold onto this card for a while until you get that bingo!  The items that you can win from bingo are new to the Animal Crossing series, and are all themed on outdoor winter sports.

Snowboy

The Snowboy is next in terms of size, and is exactly the same as the “Perfect Snowman” from Animal Crossing games in the past.  He even gives you the same reward: the Snowman Series!  This is a personal favorite of mine.  It’s funny looking.  😀

The other two snowmen are the Snowmam and the Snowtyke.  They are both tricky to make and I haven’t perfected them yet.  The Snowmam is a lady and she gives you items from the Ice Series, which is quite beautiful.  I’ll probably transfer it over from my Japanese town, Wasabi.  The really difficult part about getting items from the Snowmam is that you don’t just have to build her correctly.  You also have to bring her three snowflakes, which can only be collected on days when it’s snowing – just use your net!

The Snowtyke is the toughest snowman to make, only because if you want to get an item from him, you need to have all three of the other snowmen types in your town already!  But the whole family doesn’t have to be perfect, because the Snowtyke will give you different items depending on how many of the other snowmen are “well balanced.”  For more detailed info on the whole Snowman family, visit the guide on Thonky.com.  If this seems overwhelming, don’t worry!  This snow isn’t going anywhere until March, so we have over two months left to get these items.  But I can’t stress enough the importance of asking your friends to help!  Find out what bingo numbers your friends have, and try to find out when it’s snowing in your friend’s towns if you need to collect snowflakes.  You can join ACUKE and SPLI if you want to make more ACNL friends.  🙂

I hope everyone enjoyed the Winter Solstice holiday on Saturday.  I enjoyed collecting all of the different light sticks.  Good luck to everyone on Toy Day, I hope you get all the presents you want – and Jingle’s photo too!  Happy Holidays from Jubilife!

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Turning Over a New Leaf…

I am one lucky girl.  I happen to have a certain awesome friend who sold me her JP region 3DS!  It arrived in the mail on Friday evening, along with some other goodies.  I don’t think I can EVER collect enough Pokemon stickers!!  Thanks Jenn, you are the absolute best!!  🙂

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Why the Japanese 3DS?  It should be obvious.  So I can FINALLY play Animal Crossing: New Leaf!  It doesn’t matter that I don’t speak the language.  As it is sung in the Disney film Pocahontas, “Listen with your heart, you will understand…”  (If it worked for John Smith, why not me too?)  So without further ado, I shall begin my ACNL journal.  It’s going to be a bit backlogged but I’ll try to keep it as up to date as possible.  Keep checking back!

Mayor’s Log

1/11/13

I have a friend named King Squirt of Shaolin, who is very well connected.  He heard through the grapevine that there was a HUGE job opportunity for someone with “leadership qualities” available in a far away land.  I was told to board a train and I’d find out more when I got there.  While on board, I was questioned by a strange looking dog who began asking me a million questions.  Unfortunately, I had no idea what he was saying, because he was speaking Japanese.  All I told him was, “ねこ (Neko) is my name.  I’m on my way to わさび (Wasabi).”

It was late in the evening when the train pulled into a station and I was greeted by a small reception.

Welcome?

An adorable Shih-tzu began talking to me.  I just tried to smile and nod.  She directed me around town for a bit, and helped me find the real estate agent, Tom Nook.  It occurred to me that there might have been some kind of misunderstanding.  I thought I was going on a job interview, meanwhile these friendly yet incomprehensible animals are setting me up to move into town!  Not wanting to seem rude, I agreed that Tom Nook could set up a tent for me to live in temporarily.  Maybe I’d straighten all this out in the morning.

Or so I thought.  After pitching the tent, I began to wander around the quaint village.  There wasn’t much to speak of, only a Recycling Shop and a Town Hall were set up, with a run-down strip mall at the north side of town, past the train tracks.  The Shih-tzu convinced me to sign some forms that I didn’t understand, and we were whisked off to the town plaza, where she handed me a tree sapling.  Everyone was crowded around us, again I didn’t want to seem rude… so I just went with it.

Turns out I was being sworn in as Mayor of Wasabi!  Well, I guess this is where I’m going to be for a while!  I wanted the job – well I sure got it!  Hopefully I’ll serve as Mayor well enough, despite the language barrier.  My friend King Squirt had mentioned that he had a distant cousin ユミ (Yumi) who lived in the town of かせん (Kasen) not too far from Wasabi, and she too was the Mayor of her town.  I thought maybe I should turn to her for some advice.  Just my luck – the gates of Kasen were open, and I was able to take a train straight there!

Meeting Yumi was a great relief!  She speaks my language, and her town is well developed already!  Yumi had a slew of presents for me, some baskets of peaches, and also was kind enough to give a monetary donation for Wasabi while it’s in this state of transition.  I was so thankful!  She gave me some very useful tools: a silver fishing rod and a silver slingshot!  After we finished the formalities, Yumi showed me to where her house was, greeting her animal townies along the way.  I was amazed by the size of her house!  She had a very large main room, as well as side rooms, an upstairs and a basement!  Thinking back to the measly tent that was waiting for me back in Wasabi, I toyed with the idea of asking her to let me sleep in her exquisite Mermaid Room for a few nights.

After visiting Yumi’s estate, we met up with her husband こくと (Kokuto).  Sorry I don’t know if I spelled his name right, and I can’t remember the name of his town… I forgot to add him as a friend.  Oops – rookie Mayor mistake!  Anyway, we thought we might head over to Club 444, which was featuring a doggy DJ named K.K. Slider spinning house music with a light show.  Honestly, it was amazing – I was in a trance as soon as I walked in.  The music was pumping and my head began to automatically nod to the music.  We all started busting out our best dance moves!

Our next stop was a tropical island to the south of Kasen.  We were escorted by a singing frog.  The music seemed nice enough, but even though I couldn’t understand the song, I got a funny feeling that something wasn’t right with him.  I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for any strange behavior.  The island, on the other hand, seemed like a paradise awaiting me.  I heard that the currency on the island was different from what we used in our villages, and so I’d have to complete some Island Tours to earn medals if I wanted to make any purchases.  I was excited for the challenge.

And a challenge it was!

We tried a lot of games, more than I can explain tonight.  But there were a lot of different Island Tours and I can’t wait to try them all.  Balloon popping was my favorite so far.  I hope to somehow convince the singing frog, Kapp’n, to make stops at the dock in Wasabi too.  Add that to my “Mayor’s To Do List.”  We completed so many tours that I was able to purchase a diving suit, which I am very thankful for!  I suspect that most Mayors don’t get to try out diving on their first day!  When we returned to Kasen, we stopped at the coffee shop.  I hear that Yumi occasionally works as a barista there part-time.  I think that sounds fun, it could be a good way to get to know the residents of my town.  I hope I can open a coffee shop in Wasabi someday soon.

It was getting late so I decided I should get back to Wasabi and continue settling in.  When I took another look at my tiny tent, I had second thoughts (and feelings of claustrophobia) and decided to wander around town again.  As I wove through the cherry trees, I noticed a large ball of snow.  I started rolling it around until I spotted another one – aha!  Time to make a snowman!  When I finished constructing the snowman, I was surprised – the snowman shouted [something] out at me!

Hopefully it means something good!  Something about the snowman made me feel more comfortable here in Wasabi.  I’m a little nervous about taking on the role of Mayor of Wasabi, since I don’t know what these cute little animals are saying to me, but I think with a little help I can do it.  As soon as I move out of this tent.  Tomorrow I’ll have a talk with that Tom Nook fellow again and see if I can get him to build an actual house for me.  I’ll be staying here a while.  This Mayor needs an actual roof over her head!  I’ll try to do a better survey of the town tomorrow, and get more familiar with the villagers.

–  Mayor Neko

The Great Blizzard

Snowstorm Warning

A last minute warning was posted on the bulletin board outside of Town Hall.  There was a cold front moving in, and that meant that winter was officially upon us!  The temperature dropped to unspeakable lows and it snowed heavily for the entire day on Thursday.

Snowcones

Of course King Squirt was too busy keeping up appearances to bundle up and keep warm when he was out in the snowstorm.  Apparently Puck felt it was appropriate to wear his Dirndl Dress pattern, so maybe it wasn’t TOO cold.  The next day, all the yucky gray grass turned into crisp white snow!  Hooray! 😀

White Snow

It seemed like the change in the season brought the wackiness out of Apollo and Chief, who I suppose you could call Shaolin’s oldest residents.  And by old I mean in age, they always act like old grumps!  But I love them anyway.  😛  King Squirt ran into the two old timers down by the beach and they were discussing how they both wanted to be super villains.  Then Apollo told Chief to show us his best ‘evil laugh’ and Chief bellowed out:

Evil Super Villain Laugh

Pretty impressive!  But I usually spell it MUAHAHAHA!  But that’s ok.  He tried.  😛

OK now it’s time for some big news!  When King Squirt built his first perfect snowman of the season, the snowman said something very familiar.

2009 Snowman Snowslam!

You see, a year ago I took a very similar photo.

2008 Snowman Snowslam

LOL look at all those patches of ground in this old pic!  I am extremely happy that I managed to fix the grass problem over the summer, and this year Shaolin has a beautiful covering of snow.  Now we all have to be very careful not to step off the paths, or the snow will start to disappear!!

Anyway, these photos got me thinking.  These snowmen keep blabbing on about a Mr. Snowman Snowslam Competition.  But what is it?  Do we ever get to find out the results?  No, of course not.  😛  But I thought maybe we should change that!  I’ve decided to run a contest starting now:

Shaolin’s 2009 Mr. Snowman Snowslam!

That’s right, I want you all to make snowmen!  Take a photo of your best snowman creation, and submit a link of the picture here at the Shaolin Blog!  The best snowman will win a MAGNIFICENT prize from King Squirt’s Private Collection!  I’ll post the official rules and details soon, but start working on your snowman building skills and take pictures!  This contest will end on 12/31/2009!