Well, I made the big move to Geneva this week. It was hard saying good-bye to my friends in Narnia (especially since I didn’t really have the ability to bid anyone farewell), but I’m ready to turn over a New Leaf (get it?) and for my new adventure to begin.
Of course, whenever you first move to a new Animal Crossing town, there’s a ton of new stuff to do, so this entry is going to be a really long one! Sorry in advance!
I was super-excited to see a familiar face when I stepped off the train and exited the train station. I still don’t quite understand why these people elected a complete stranger to be their new mayor, but I guess word got around about how awesome Narnia was. Then again, maybe Gabi told them all about me. She wasn’t in Narnia very long, but I appreciated seeing her again. And apparently, she was excited to see me again, too!
Isabelle is my secretary, and she introduced me to my duties as Mayor. I can talk to her up at the counter if I want information on how the town is doing or if I want to change the town tune or flag or whatever. There’s also an option for ratting out a difficult neighbor, but I can’t imagine disliking anyone enough to use that! If I sit down at the mayor’s desk in the back, she comes over and gives me the options to do actual mayoral things. Well, eventually…
Naturally, Nook runs his home shop, so he sets you up with a place to live. It’s really nice this time around because you can choose pretty much anywhere to put your house. You’re not stuck picking between a handful of selected spots. Sadly, the town is up at the top of some cliffs overlooking the ocean, so I can’t have oceanfront property again this time. Instead, I settled for a spot right at the edge of the cliff so I’ve got a great view of the sea. (Not that you can see it from this angle…)
Of course, as you can see here, you don’t start off with a house this time. No, Nook sets you up with a little tent until you can scrap up 10,000 bells for a down payment on a house. And thus the cycle of debt begins anew…
I thought it was only appropriate that the town I became mayor of would be named Geneva because that’s the name of the town where I grew up as a child, and back before I was even born, my grandfather was mayor. So in honor of him, I became mayor of this Geneva.
This was the tree planting ceremony that the whole town came out for. This tree will grow as I grow as mayor of Geneva. From left to right are my original townspeople: Gabi, Molly, Harry, Drake and Bam. Bam was an early favorite, with his fun, sporty attitude. But Molly is so adorable that I don’t even mind that she’s one of those super-sweet types.
Tom Nook has opened up a separate home shop, leaving Tommy and Timmy to alternate turns running Nookling Junction, the general store. Of course, at the start, it barely stocks anything. And they don’t seem to have a catalog set up, but I’m hoping that will be established later. There are a couple new items I’ve never seen before. One is wrapping paper, so if you’re going to give a friend a present, you can actually wrap it first, which is fun. The other is a fortune cookie. That actually costs Play Coins instead of bells, but it’s only two, and just walking around a little bit each day earns at least that, so it’s no big deal. The fortunes are cute, but I’m still waiting to get my lucky ticket that I can exchange for… well, they promised something good. We’ll see!
Bathers is still in charge of the museum, but right now there’s only exhibits for fish, bugs, paintings and fossils. There’s no planetarium. Hopefully they’ll build that on as an addition. It would be a shame not to have it anymore. And there’s no basement coffee shop in this museum. I’m sure one will open out on the main street, though.
Reese is an alpaca who runs the second-hand shop Re-Tail. This is where you can sell your extra stuff for bells, and also put items up in the flea market to see if anyone else wants to buy it. I actually put up a robo-sofa, and later in the week, I went in to sell some fish and Gabi was there eying it up. I urged her to just splurge, and she totally bought it. 800 bells just for me! Woo hoo! Oh, and Reese also has a husband, but I haven’t met him yet because he’s always snoring away unconscious at his work table off to the side. I’m sure he’ll wake up… one day!
Mabel and Sable are back running the Able Sisters shop, and it looks pretty much the same as it always has. Custom designs in front, with rotating stock of shirts and pants in the back. And Sable once again is anti-social and requires constant attempts at conversation before she’ll open up even a little. Oh, right. That’s what I said — pants. You can now change styles of pants as well as tops so there’s all kinds of combinations. You can match styles or mix them up as you see fit. There’s a separate little shop off to the side run by Labelle, who I guess is another Able sister I didn’t even know existed. She sells accessories like hats and glasses.
It was pretty easy to make 10,000 bells by catching and selling fish (even giving the first of each one to the museum for archival purposes), so I could get my house. It was the later ones that get more painful. The first loan was 38,900 bells, which wasn’t too bad, I suppose. But that just pays off the dinky tiny house that holds barely anything. At least Isabelle came by with some nice wallpaper so I could decorate the hideous walls.
You’ll notice the potted plant and in the lower left is the lantern that Isabelle gave me to brighten up my tent. Another thing you might notice is that now you can look all around your house, so you can see it from every angle. Now I’ll have to put more thought into decorating those corners because I can see them! I very quickly paid off the first home loan so I could have a more reasonable amount of space for furniture, which led me to the 98,000 bell loan that took a bit longer to pay off.
Another interesting thing about Geneva is that these little plots show up the day before someone moves in. So no longer will you just happen across a new home that was magically built overnight and go inside excited to see who you’re going to meet. No, now you’ll have warning ahead of time. And clearly, with a name like Tiffany, I was expecting someone super saccharine and cutesy… but that’s not exactly what I got. She’s actually totally awesome.
The people in Geneva are really friendly. And also maybe a little needy. It seems like everyone’s got errands for me to run or things they want me to get for them. And occasionally, somebody has invited me over for a visit or they’ve invited themselves over. Molly and Tiffany wanted to check out my pad. Obviously Molly got the short end of the stick, because there wasn’t much for her to see in my tiny home. When Tiff came over, I had more furniture in a bigger space. And I even had a piano that I played for her. She seemed to like it because she applauded my performance! Harry wanted me to come over, and we set a time for later in the day to get together. But when Bam invited me over, it happened right that minute. Guess Harry had something else he had to do… maybe clean up his house!
There are fish in the river and the ocean to catch, and bugs flying and crawling around, too. Since the early days are a desperate attempt to earn as many bells as possible to pay off your loans and buy new clothes and furnishings, I was thrilled to discover that the money rock is still around. You hit it and bells come out. And if you can brace yourself, you can actually get about 4,100 bells from it before it stops giving! I was very surprised, however, when I hit one of the rocks and it exploded, revealing a sapphire! I feel like there’s something you can do with these gems, but I don’t know what that is yet. I’m hoarding them in the meantime. (I also found an emerald.)
Tiffany is fabulous. Her house is urban and full of trendy furniture and pool tables, and she dresses in that punk spider web dress and wears too much makeup. It’s like she moved from the East Village or something. I think I love her. She may be my new favorite…
Joan is back, selling her turnips. Although she didn’t say anything about the red turnips, which were an easy way to make a batch of bells as long as you were willing to water it every day. Now it’s just the white ones. I’ve never had much luck at the stalk market, but I thought I’d give it a shot anyway. I’ll let you know next week how I did. Oh, and so far, no sign of Wendell or Sahara, but it’s early days yet. I’m sure they’ll show up at some point!
Geneva’s former mayor, Tortimer, has retired to a tropical paradise. After a few days, he showed up on the dock to tell me about it, but it was just a tease, because the boat to ferry me over there didn’t show up until the next day. Rude! On the island, you can have a whole lot of fun. Tortimer’s family runs things, selling items you can only get on the island, and running special tours where you can challenge yourself with fishing, hide-and-seek, memory games and more. Doing well at the tours earns you medals, which is what you’ll need to buy anything on the island because that’s the only currency they take. Oh, and you can also catch exotic fish and bugs, and even go swimming in the ocean to go diving for even more shells and fish and shellfish. It’s really fun! Just watch out for the jellyfish. They sting!
I don’t even know what peach lassi is. Maybe he’ll make it for me at some point. I’m not sure why his name is Olaf if he looks like he moved here from Spain where he used to be a matador. Obviously he can’t compare to Tiffany — who could? — but even taken on his own, Olaf does nothing for me. I’m not going to tell Isabelle he’s a troublesome neighbor, but I’m telling you now that I won’t be sad if he’s the first to move away.
The way Geneva is laid out, the most important thing I decided we needed was another bridge. One wasn’t going to cut it. Before I could do anything mayoral, I had to get my approval rating up to 100%, but that turned out not to be as hard as it seemed. I just had to change the town tune, water some flowers, catch some fish and run errands for my new neighbors. All the stuff I’d do normally! There was a big list of stuff that they wanted, but I went for the bridge over a bench or a fountain or whatever nonsense that we didn’t need. Each project takes bells, and they set up a gyroid at the location so people can make donations. I assumed I’d have to pay for the whole thing, but I did notice that the townsfolk chipped in a little. And I mean a little. I paid for 90% of it out of my own pocket. Cheapskates. Oh, and I didn’t realize that there was going to be a ceremony to celebrate the completion of the project. Otherwise I wouldn’t have done it until later in the day. At this early hour, Molly was the only one up to join in! (We’re working on a park bench next.)
I was super-excited when I went over the railroad tracks to the shopping center and saw that there was a new store under construction. I couldn’t wait until the next day to find out what it was. And it was just what I was hoping for, which is the plant shop. It’s run by a sloth named Leif. So far, he just sells two flower seed bags, a tree and an axe each day. Hopefully he’ll upgrade and sell more eventually. I’m all about the flowers. I can’t wait for my first hybrid! Actually, I think I might have gotten one already, because I was walking around and saw that there was a purple iris that showed up out of nowhere. Random, but pretty!
Mabel was selling a black tartan skirt that I thought looked like a utilikilt, so I thought I’d give it a try. She thought I was looking for a present for someone, but when I asked to try it on, she said it was okay to be a bit more adventurous sometimes. I wore it out. Proudly. Oh, but I did notice something very interesting. While wearing my skirt, I run like a girl. I hadn’t even noticed that girls run differently, but apparently even though I’m a boy, if I’m wearing a skirt, I run like a girl. Weird that it’s the clothing that affects your run instead of your sex, but then again, I feel like it’s a little sexist that the girls run like girls. Girls can run like boys and boys can run like girls… regardless of what clothing they’re wearing! (I do appreciate that you can cross-dress, though!)
Frita moved in, and again, another one wearing too much makeup. What is up with that? She seems okay, but again, like Olaf, not instantly enamored like I was with Tiffany or Bam. We’ll see…
I was stunned to be fishing on the beach and stumble across Gulliver washed up on the shore! He took some prodding to wake up, but once he did, he asked me to help him figure out where he was traveling so he could finish getting there. He told me he remembered something about vikings and mermaids, so I told him Norway. He didn’t seem too convinced, but I’m pretty sure that’s right. Anyway, he headed off, and said he’d mail me a thank-you present. I wonder what it is!
Last, but certainly not least, I met a brand new wanderer. I honestly don’t understand who he works for exactly, but he looks like a scoutmaster and hands out badges. I guess they’re like achievements or something. I got the Skilled Angler and Fish Maniac badges this time around because I have been a complete fishing fiend. It’s the easiest way to earn quick bells to pay off loans and buy stuff.
Phew! That was quite a first week! Can’t wait to see what next week brings!