Animal Crossing New Leaf US: The Friendliest Icicle

Harvest Festival

Have I really not blogged about the Harvest Festival yet? After the long weekend it seems like it was eons ago and yet went on forever because I did it twice on different days for JP and US games rather than trying to do it all in one day. It was tedious at best. I never did end up needing the scallop this year, but I was happy I had a red snapper.

I'm with Julian on this one.

I’m with Julian on this one.

It's a wonder he isn't 300 pounds. He's always eating.

It’s a wonder he isn’t 300 pounds. He’s always eating.

Here’s a (horrible) gif of my Harvest Festival experience. Note that I took one for the team to make that cherry pie.

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I wanted to get another set of ingredients for Yumi to use as she pleased, but I only ended up with an extra milk and flour. All my townies seemed to want to give me fruit and mushrooms that I already had. And what’s up with their need for barbel steeds? Regardless I made a fabulous dinner, got my fruit basket and cornucopia and generally saved the day. Go super cooker Vella!

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Maybe he's bulimic?

Maybe he’s bulimic?

Holiday Aftermath

The few days following the Harvest Festival were largely uneventful. I had Redd on Friday, but he didn’t have anything I needed for Kasen.

should be looking over shoulder. fake.

should be looking over shoulder. fake.

Wrong color headband. fake.

Wrong color headband. fake.

Real, but don't need. I bought it anyway. I'm a sucker for the arts.

Real, but don’t need. I bought it anyway. I’m a sucker for the arts.

person in white is on the wrong side. Fake.

person in white is on the wrong side. Fake.

Julian also sold/gave Locke a worthy painting, so I have an extra of those as well.
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It snowed on and off on Saturday. Tia wanted a Coelacanth. But by the time I decided I would try and grant her request it had stopped snowing. Now she probably hates me. Shep is talking in innuendos to Locke. I’m not sure what to make of it…

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Happy Birthday Rooney!

December 1st finally rolled around. The start of the month was the day of my big test (which I may or may not have passed—I’m not hopeful—but won’t know until February), and also Rooney’s birthday. I had a few presents ordered ahead of time so I wouldn’t have to worry about it. I visited Rooney while sitting in the hallway of the humanities building at San Francisco State University waiting to be let into my exam room. Vella gave him a Big Bro’s tee and Locke gave him a barbecue. He loved both of them. As an afterthought I had Olive visit him too with an unwrapped hamster cage. He wasn’t too keen on that.

I love his confidence in my gift giving ability.

I love his confidence in my gift giving ability.

Backwards stink-eye. Must be nice to birthday kangaroo.

Backwards stink-eye. Must be nice to birthday kangaroo.

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At least he was nice about the Hamster Cage...

At least he was nice about the Hamster Cage…

Naughty or Nice Day?

Are any of my EU friends going to be open for Naughty or Nice day on December 6? I’d really love to get my hands on the Holiday Stocking. 🙂 I can bring presents such as the new Sagittarius Bow DLC from Japan.

Toy Day Approaches

December first also seems to be the start of everyone’s musings about Toy Day. My advice: pay attention. Write down what the townies say they want. On Toy Day you’ll have to deliver a sack of gifts to your townies based on what they said they wanted throughout the month.

One thing I’m not clear on, do townies want the same thing from different characters? I only had one character when I played it last year, but I’ve been playing both Locke and Vella a lot in Hanabi (in preparation for Locke’s upcoming B-day) and they’re asking for things from both. I hope I don’t have to make two lists because I don’t think I could keep that straight.

Look at Shep defying gender roles.

Look at Shep defying gender roles.

Don't make me sing Octopus' Garden again Octavian...

Don’t make me sing Octopus’ Garden again Octavian…

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Today in Hanabi

No visitors. Have to find Felicity a mole cricket. Vetoed being nicknamed “chickpea” by O’Hare. And accidentally agreed to visit Tia at 2:50 pm. I set my alarm, but it’s a funky time. Hopefully I make it.

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Olive is working on a Christmas Room. She's got a ways to go.

Olive is working on a Christmas Room. She’s got a ways to go.

Addendum

I have another unexpected dentist appointment on Wednesday. (I broke my tooth that was waiting for a crown. I didn’t feel it, but wondered why my floss was having trouble going between the two teeth. Oops. So, getting fitted for that crown on Wednesday or something? Hope it all goes well. The dentist didn’t make a big deal of it, so I’m hoping it’s nothing too horrible. At least my teeth are clean even if one is broken…) Depending on how that goes I might just post Thursday instead.

Ugh. Can I relax yet?

P.S. I received a US copy of Animal Crossing New Leaf from Nintendo. Thanks, Nintendo!
P.P.S. Nintendo, your lack of updates on the official ACNL site is frustrating. Please hire me to update DLC notices. The website is still showing September and October DLC and those Pete deliveries are rude.

Animal Crossing New Leaf: Day 15

wherein I curse the existence of scallops

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AM: 94 Bells
PM: 86 Bells

Cursed!

The majority of the day was occupied with Harvest Festival activities. But before I get to that I just need to tell you that Katrina cursed me! Ok. I’ve been running. On my paths. Just a little. And now I bite the dust all the time. And of course I think it’s hilarious so I run everywhere now.

Museum Upgrade Rumors

I went to get my fossils identified this morning and Blathers (also known as フータ or Hooter) was all in a funk. There was something he wanted to discuss with me. Our collections were growing nicely, but there aren’t as many visitors as he’d like. He envisioned a second floor where customers could display their own collections. And he made a request with Shizue.

Unfortunately I couldn’t run and see how much it cost and build it straight away because my fountain was still under construction. I paid that off today, so hopefully tomorrow I can look into a museum addition.

Dinky Basement

OMG, what did I get myself into? I owe 428,000 bells for something the size of my teeny teeny upstairs room. Buyer’s remorse!

But here it is all harvested up. And it has a pikmin from a fortune cookie.

Harvest Festival

The residents walking around outside told me that everybody was in their houses cooking. It was pretty cute. When you walk in on someone at home (even though they have no visible kitchen) they are all wearing chef coats. And they beg you to help you gather ingredients. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Perched in the town square was Franklin wearing a chef’s hat with a bunch of cooking implements on a table in front of him. He claims that Shizue requested that someone come and cook for the harvest festival. Unfortunately he’s run out of ingredients and wants to use fresh ingredients from the village. He tells me three ingredients to get for a dish. And off I go to beg, borrow, or fish for it. For example the first dish he wanted to make was Fish Salad. He needed vinegar, horse mackerel, and red snapper. Obviously I could catch the mackerel and snapper. Vinegar though? Well, you have to go to your townies inside their house who are busy cooking in their houses.

Chef Lillian

For example Lillian wanted a horse mackerel as well. I gave her one and she gave me the vinegar. She also gave me a bit more advice about a secret ingredient. When making a fruit pie she puts honey in it. For fish food she usually adds lemon or vinegar.

So Franklin asks for 3 ingredients, but really you give him 4. Here’s a breakdown on the courses and what you need for them. You only make 1 dish for each course. So 4 dishes total. The rows in red are what I had to make.

Dish Name Ingredients Secret Ingredient
Salad Oyster Salad vinegar, oyster, seaweed lemon
Mixed Salad apple, horse mackerel, thin mushroom vinegar
Mushroom Salad flat mushroom, round mushroom, vinegar apple
Fish Salad horse mackerel, red snapper, vinegar lemon
Fruit Salad vinegar, orange, apple honeycomb
Soup Shellfish Cream Soup milk, clam, scallop butter
Mushroom Stew milk, flat mushroom, round mushroom butter
tom yum goong vinegar, lobster, thin mushroom coconut
Fruit Soup milk, cherry, peach lemon
Soup de Poisson flounder, red snapper,sea bass lemon
Main striped beakfish saute butter, striped beakfish, round mushroom lemon
righteye flounder meuniere flour, righteye flounder, thin mushroom vinegar
sea bass saute butter, sea bass, round mushroom lemon
butter-roasted red snapper flour, red snapper, thin mushroom lemon
flounder meuniere flounder, flat mushroom, flour vinegar
Dessert Apple Pie flour, apple, lemon honeycomb
Assorted Fruit Pie orange, pear, butter lemon
Cherry Pie flour, cherry, lemon honeycomb
Banana Custard Pie banana, lemon, sugar honeycomb
Coconut Cream Pie sugar, lemon, coconut honeycomb

Getting the ingredients for the salad was rough because the red snapper was elusive, but it took me probably two hours to get everything for the soup. I had to get a clam and I didn’t know where to get that and a scallop (fish, not the shell) and I didn’t know where to get that either. After a bit of googling I found I could dive around my village for the clam. And so I did. That wasn’t too bad. The scallop was another matter. I finally found that supposedly you could only get it by diving at the island. So I put on my diving gear and I went to the island.

The snorkel, sadly, is purely aesthetic. It doesn’t help you stay under longer when you dive.

And dove. and dove. and dove some more. I googled again to make sure. And found that it was apparently one of the larger shadows (even diving spots have sizes) and that it moved in a zig zag pattern (i.e. it runs from you). Some of the diving things run and they’re really hard to get and some of them just stay there easy peasy. I chased and chased and chased and I was quite exasperated with scallop hunting. Finally I gave up. Kc (my hero!) took over and caught one.

The Legendary Scallop

Handing over the scallop

Start Cooking!

I should mention that after you turn in the ingredients for a dish—you must give them all at once + the secret one—Franklin gives you a reward. I got a Harvest Lamp, Harvest Wall Lamp, Fruit Basket, and Cornucopia.

The Harvest Set has been on special in Nook’s store this month, so I have a few pieces of it already. He seems to have a piece a day since he upgraded stores. Each piece costs 3,333 bells. I don’t know if you must get the lamp and wall lamp through the festival or if they’re sold in the store. I haven’t seen them there yet.

The Final Spread after all was delivered

This was a grueling festival. You could easily be screwed if you don’t have a diving suit of your own to get a clam, or if you don’t have either bananas or coconuts. I got lucky. So, the moral of the story. Before this festival rolls around next year, check the ingredients and stash them away. I found that you can put fish in your dresser. Could you do that in City Folk? You can also stack fruit in your inventory. It’s quite handy.

Badge!

And after all that diving I saw the Scout Master wandering about ready to give me another badge.

Diving Master Bronze

This certifies that the holder has caught many products of the sea

ABD

Gluxbox, the ABD is where it always is in the Post Office. 🙂