Crystal Dreams

June 18, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Days 89-92

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Day 89

It’s officially Maple’s birthday!! This is the first birthday I’ve actually gotten to celebrate in my own town which has been nice. Isabelle also let us know we had a visitor at the camp site.

Kicks also ended up being here. Sadly, he didn’t have anything I needed today.

I then made my way over to Maple’s for her birthday.

And then it was off to see our new camper: Julia.

After that, I decided to finally try and craft as much as I could to get all colors.

While I’d be selling everything for the most part, I decided to give Teddy the Bamboo Lunchbox… To my surprise, he gave me his photo! My first one!

I know a lot of people have been giving gifts everyday to get the photos quickly, but like… while the thought is nice, it almost feels kind of forced? I’d rather just give them gifts if I get something I think they would like or that fits them in some way.

The only other things I did today were just small changes. I’m not entirely sure on the Arches here yet, but I also think they look nice. The Tree’s Bounty one will make more sense whenever Peanut gets moved in.

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Day 90

It’s officially been three months now and it feels weird still having so many goals incomplete, but nothing I can really DO to change that. What I can do I need to save for the end or it’ll hit my anxiety over resource management and just, everything is so frustrating about all of this. I’m also so tired of going around picking up tree branches.

To my surprise though, I had a lot of mail, including a Thank you letter from Maple and a really sweet letter from Judy.

Labelle ended up being here with a new theme for the day. She ended up giving me a Flashy Cardigan so I did my best. Thankfully, it was good enough and I ended up getting the Labelle dress today.

The Labelle dress wasn’t really my thing so I ended up giving it to Diana.

I may also give her a pink version.

I gave some other gifts today too.

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Day 91

While popping on the game today just to see who may be here, it turns out Leif was in the plaza, so I figured I’d just wait to play until later after Pokemon stuff so I could actually talk to my Villagers.

I ended up popping it on properly shortly after 8. Flurry wanted to call me Pumpkin, but I still prefer Princess. I always feel bad turning them down. But I also would feel bad not hearing them out. It’s a lose-lose situation for me.

Thanks to friends, I was able to get enough wood so now it’s just waiting for out of season materials @-@

I ended up playing late that night to go pick up stuff from someone and ran into Wisp again. Of course, I’m supposed to be going to bed right after picking stuff up because of course I only see him during the worst timing lately.

I ended up getting enough Unaccessed fossils to finish my Nook Miles thing which was nice though. I also only need a Brachio Pelvis to have an extra set of Brachio pieces just incase the rumors are true as that is the closest to my favorite dinosaur this time around.

At the very end, I did manage to find Wisp’s last Spirit thankfully… In return though, I just got a Paint Set which was another item I already have all the colors of T__T

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Day 92

It’s Cookie’s birthday! And despite being a day to celebrate her, she actually had sent me a nice letter.

I then made my way over to Cookie’s house.


Redd also ended up being here. Sadly none of the Fakes I needed, but my husband was very happy to get some new art.

I ended up giving Mira a new gift today and to my surprise, she gave me her photo! That’s the second one I’ve earned now.

June 14, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Days 83-88 and the difficulty with playing

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Day 83

Isabelle mentioned someone in the campsite which I was surprised about. It felt sooner than usual.

On my way through the Village, Mira let me know she had lost her notebook. This is the first time a Villager actually told me so I was really surprised.

Sadly, I also noticed Saharah was here… I had gotten my hopes up after not seeing anyone in the plaza. I also noticed a lot of Villagers reminding me about Maple’s birthday being on the 15th. Yet no bulletin board mention.

I finally made it over to my campsite and Hans ended up being here today.

As for Mira’s notebook, it took a while, but I finally found it hidden in the grove.

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Day 84

I almost didn’t put the game on today. I felt so bad, both physically and mentally, but also it was hard to get more motivation beyond “Well, maybe the random NPC today is one I still need” as I continue to miss checking for Wisp every evening.

I think my biggest issue with my goals with New Horizons right now is I don’t have a way to focus on anything. There’s so many different directions it’s pulling me and so many things to keep up on, despite the game only being out not even 3 months, I already feel incredibly overwhelmed in a way I never felt with AC despite fully completing my catalog and my museum each game and getting all gold badges in New Leaf.

There’s the crafting recipes, there’s actually crafting things, there’s getting all the colors, there’s trying to keep track of thousands of items due to all the colors, the extra randomness between what even shows up in the shops, the exhaustingness of trying to catalog in Able Sisters… I miss when I could just pick out something and they would let me know if I had it or not.

Then there’s whenever Nintendo tries to update which adds another thing. I don’t even know if I’ll be able to spawn and build Snowmen in my town, let alone manage to do a good job at it. It’s too much to keep track of and I’m not even going into the crazy requirements for the Nook Miles (5,000 wood from trees?? That’s over 1,665 trees. Flimsy axes can do up to 40 swings. You need over 40 Flimsy axes to cut that many without making any mistakes of cutting one too many times. It just adds up so fast). It sucks because I know I could do a better job if I tried to do some progress each day, but it’s just too much. I can’t focus on so many tasks at once hanging over my head. It’s one thing if I can work on another task at the same time, but it’s a set of individual tasks– many of which I can only complete based off when the game decides to spawn the appropriate factors. It’s not a matter of patience because like, I don’t feel any pressure to go to December or July for the last bugs I’m needing, but just frustration with way too many random factors and the fact that New Horizons seems to emphasize playing with people even more than New Leaf did while also charging for online.

I feel like I’d be able to enjoy the game more if I could at least focus on one thing specifically (Like if I had JUST clothes to get or JUST furniture or JUST recipes/things I need to craft or even just working on Nook Miles tasks), but right now, it just feels like everything is happening at once and for each thing I don’t manage to do, it’s someone yelling at me for not doing as well as I could. I can’t even shop at Able Sister’s for cataloging anymore. But I know I missed out on the best time to try and get Spring items and that will absolutely cost me later. There’s just no winning here until I’m done, but I can’t make those steps to get to that point because the game has my anxiety through the roof. I don’t have a quick step program. I don’t have an instruction list. I have hours upon hours checking lists to make sure I didn’t miss anything and also praying I don’t run out of bells.

To my surprise upon loading it up, Isabelle announced Shooting Stars tonight… I probably won’t bother though. I can’t get any new recipes from Celeste and I have more than enough star fragments right now.

I made my way over to Resident Services to see if anyone was there and happy to see a bird notifying something finally being on the bulletin board… I expected it to be Maple’s birthday announcement, but it was Cookie’s.

I guess because Maple moved in the day it should’ve been posted for her, it just wasn’t? That feels like bad planning though. And I mean, if my other Villagers are already talking about it, I’m not sure why they couldn’t just put hers down the moment she moved in too. I felt really bad about it though so I tried to make her one.

Maple was also finally in her house so got to see inside her home today. And she was really sweet T~T

As I continued along, I saw Chip was here again finally so I quickly made my way back to my house (while picking up tree branches along the way as if crafting didn’t annoy me enough on principle), I went to check on fish before realizing I was actually short on the ones I wanted made so oops. I went off to fish for some Goldfish possibly also checking for Cherry Salmon, but my hopes were pretty low. I tried for a while, but I just wasn’t feeling well today and had no luck so I didn’t bother talking to Chip at all. I don’t care about selling for a bit higher. I may need bells, but bells are never much of a motivation for me so I just continue to suffer there.

Meanwhile, Teddy asked me about his catch phrase and so I gave him a new one this time. I’m expecting to regret my decision as soon as I see other Villagers using it which I wish they wouldn’t.

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Day 85

Mira called me out.

And Kicks was here.

But most surprisingly, Judy ended up teaching me the final reaction I can learn as my only Smug and Lazy Villagers moved and I’ve never had a Cranky one:

I also was finally able to give Maple gifts so I gave her one of the Pink Lace-up dresses. Tomorrow shall be the Tiara.

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Day 86

Gulliver ended up being here today.

This was apparently the 10th time I helped him and the next goal is 20… I swear it was 30. Maybe they lowered some of the requirements? If only. I know it’s 30 for the shovel though :/ Unless that was lowered too/

Margie forgot to return something to Teddy so I offered to do it for her.

I gave Maple a tiara as mentioned.

And I ended up playing around in the Zen area a bit. I added some Mountain standees which I think look nice.

I thought of adding some in the front too, but due to the lack of overhead rotation, it was just impossible to get my character in a position where she could display them the right way around.

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Day 87

I ended up not playing until evening and just for K.K. Slider’s concert which I think says everything…

Of course, I did check in with my villagers a bit. I gave Maple a present.

And she let me know Merengue was sick so I quickly stopped by there as well.

That was it though. I felt bad I missed checking on Able Sister’s… Not that I’ve been buying much lately anyway :(

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Day 88

Nothing really happened today again. Margie asked my favorite kind of music to listen to is which was rough as I don’t really have a favorite type. My taste is super eclectic and I listen to all three of these.

Tomorrow is Maple’s birthday though so I am going to try and play a bit more at least…

June 8, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Day 82

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It was raining today. I had a lot of mail today. Besides Nook Shopping stuff (including Maple’s poster), all the wedding items I ordered from Cyrus as well came. After storing a bunch of stuff, I set up Maple’s poster and made the Wedding wand.

Leif was here. But most importantly, Maple was fully set up and my welcome gift had arrived properly and she had a lovely wreath on her door. She also had sent a really sweet Thank you letter too.

Meanwhile, it was Reneigh’s birthday in a friend’s town so I stopped by to give her a present.

Just 10 more Villager birthday celebrations and I’m done with the Nook Miles thing for it x-x

Upon getting back to down, Merengue taught me the Day-dreaming reaction!

That just leaves me with 8 reactions left– unfortunately, I can only learn one of them: Love from Snooty villagers. Showmanship was the best friend level from Smug villagers, Pride was the best friend level from Lazy villagers, and then the other 5 (Worry, Sheepish-ness, Agreement, Bewilderment, Inspiration*) are from Cranky villagers. Of the ones I’m missing, I only really would’ve maybe liked Showmanship and possibly Inspiration, but honestly, I hope they maybe add Dr. Shrunk back someway or find some kind of work around (maybe even meeting a villager when full can let you learn a reaction?) because this really sucks and I really would’ve hoped they learned to not do this again. I suppose I could technically rotate Margie out if I got a Smug, Lazy, or Cranky Camper (or attempt to), but ignoring my paranoia of pushing people out still, I just want to have my Dream Villagers and be done with that. What really gets me though is as the Nook Miles thing requires 40 for the final stamp, I’ll never be able to complete it unless they change something.

After chatting with more of my villagers, it was back off to Harvey’s to see if I could get a Wedding theme I haven’t done yet and to trade in more heart crystals. I thankfully got the Garden theme which was the one I still needed to do.

One thing I noticed is she actually doesn’t state the type (Ceremony/Reception)– just the color/theme now so I guess this Garden one will be my last go unless I need more Heart Crystals, though, I may check in again towards the end of the month.

The Garden theme is probably my least favorite. I’m not super fond of the colors and the only things I think look super nice for it are the Candles and the Welcome Sign (though, I still prefer the other two). I do think it came out okay regardless though.

I then ended up leaving as usual, but when I went back in to test something, the theme got reset to Chic and I had to start over…

It still saved my progress (and I wouldn’t get anything else as thanks, it was just kind of a bonus theme), but I actually really liked the general layout I did with the Garden theme so I just redid it, but with Chic colors and inviting Villagers (and Harvey and Wilbur) this time:

To my surprise, she then suggested another party… I feel bad for not thinking of trying with the Garden theme…


I still think this will be it for me with the Wedding event though. As for what I was testing… Since Harvey and Wilbur do not have Amiibo cards, but could be invited to the Wedding set, I was curious if inviting them there would let me use them in the normal studio and get their posters. Sadly, it didn’t work.

Anyway, this is pretty much my last thing planned for a while ^^; I’ll probably at least bring it up each day to check on my villagers, but I’m not expecting much to happen…

I did have this lovely conversation with Sable as I finished up today:

For a final bonus though, this was what ended up being the Youtube thumbnail for the Party video and that’s just great:

June 7, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Day 81: The 7th Day of the Wedding Event

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We finally get to the 7th day which will unlock the rest of the Wedding stuff. I might do the Wedding event until I at least do the Reception and Ceremony in the other two themes, but otherwise, just for some Heart Crystal grinding as needed.

Before making our way to Harvey’s though, I got the Wedding Welcome sign I ordered from the mail and also had a really sweet letter from Marina.

Plus, a letter from the Nook Shopping thing about new seasonal items: Summer Solstice Crown and Winter Solstice Sweater! I didn’t expect both to be available like this so it was a nice surprise.

And of course, I had to make sure… Maple has moved in!! This is especially exciting as her birthday is in a little over a week.

I’m just sad that Peanut won’t be here in time for her birthday too (and depending on things, may not ever get to celebrate it).

Meanwhile, Diana was up super early, surprisingly. Daisy Mae was also here, of course, selling turnips for 91 bells each this week.

I then made my way over to the airport, but did make sure to mail Maple a welcome present for her door real quick first. And with that done, it was over to Harvey’s island!

To my surprise, rather than just letting me in, Harvey gave me a recipe!

It was then time to go inside, but I was pretty excited about the new recipe. And when I got in, it was clear to tell there was a new theme.



The Chic version is my second favorite for the most part so I did my best.

We ended up just getting more heart crystals instead of an item, but when I spoke to Cyrus, I got another DIY Recipe!

I ended up trading in Heart Crystals for the Cake Dress (why couldn’t there be a version with sleeves?!), Wedding Pumps, Wedding shoes, White Wedding rug, and White Wedding Flooring which left me with just 1 Heart Crystal. I still need the Wedding-party wall, Brown wedding wall, Green wedding wall, Brown Wedding flooring, Green wedding flooring, Blue wedding rug, Red wedding rug, and the Wedding Tuxedo (someone gave me the veil already) and then I’ll have everything.

The Wallpapers and Floorings are 12 each, the rugs are 4 each, and the Wedding Tuxedo is 20 so 88 Heart Crystals to go x-x

Once I got back, it was time to learn my new recipes.

Unfortunately, I needed a Wedding Flower Stand for the Wedding wand so it’ll be a bit for that one… I should at least have enough heart crystals tomorrow, but it sucks that I’ll have to wait for it in the mail.

I was at least able to make the Fences though and I ended up switching out my rope fences for the wedding ones. Not sure if I’ll keep the fences to the sides of the bottom of the stairs though just yet…

I also did two other adjustments. I’m not sure again on this fence, but I actually think the welcome sign looks pretty cute… Maybe I should consider having the path under it though.

As a side note, apparently Reese and Cyrus gave every villager who was at the party yesterday one of the plates which I didn’t expect… Though, of the Villagers in their houses at the time I was poking around, only Flurry had it on display. I wonder if she always will.

And thanks to some friends, I was able to get a few more wedding things– I got the Wedding Flower Stand for the Wedding Wand at the least. I also got both rugs so just 80 Heart Crystals left to go now. Another friend said they may have some spare Heart Crystals too, but it looks like I may not be able to order anything else today ^^;

While at Harvey’s though, I also invited Maple in so I could order her poster. It’ll be nice to have her poster up in my house.

With this, the next entries will be maybe me doing the Reception also in Chic Style and both the Ceremony and Reception in the Garden style, but otherwise, it’ll probably just be some Villager birthdays or something ^^; It’ll be a bit quiet for a while and not much to write about… Everything I still need to do is just a lot of waiting or things that aren’t really much to talk about (like the crafting to catalog). New Horizons is such a weird feel for me than usual for Animal Crossing games and it’s not really a good thing. I wish I felt happier when I played it.

June 6, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Day 80: A Wedding Party with [Almost] Everyone & Maple!

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Despite my attempts, I wasn’t able to find Phil a home. I tried asking around with no luck and of course, someone asked while I was asleep, but the clock rolled over by then :( Sorry, Phil… The plot was empty though so I should get Maple today. I’m not sure if I’ll work on her yard yet today or not.

On the bright side, I had a very nice surprise from Sami this morning!!

I ended up getting up really early (5:30ish at the time of writing this) so I was really surprised to see Margie out already. Apparently she woke up early too. I don’t think from allergies though. K.K. was also here, of course. I hope I remember to listen to a song from him later…

Regardless, it was off to Harvey’s island. To my surprise though, today was different… Today we were holding a party with everyone!



While I generally have just been sticking to all the Wedding items and redoing my same idea, but with more options, I ended up taking a lot more time this time around. With everything set up, it was time for the party to begin!

I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but it was kind of like one of the ceremonies Tom Nook would hold. I was a little worried since everyone was sitting down, but it worked out well.





I felt bad I couldn’t keep Margie along as I guess there’s a limit of 10 villagers you can add and Reese and Cyrus do count, but it made me feel bad. I wish I would’ve thought to switch Marina’s seat as well– I adjusted the seating a lot and forgot to move her across after not having four villagers there. I also would’ve loved to bring Harvey too. Maybe I should’ve considered switching Mira out for him. Seeing how today changed up, I am actually looking forward to tomorrow.

I ended up getting the Wedding Arch as a gift which was great as it was one of the items I planned to actually use. I also got the Photo Plate which is genuinely really cute.




JUST PRETEND YOU WERE IN THERE TOO, HARVEY T__T

With the celebrations done, I made my way back home and quickly went to place the Wedding Arch:

Happy to have a proper entrance for it now.

Of course, the day’s festivities weren’t completely over yet… As mentioned, someone offered to hold Maple for me so I quickly was on my way.


I then headed back to make sure she really was moving in and she was! So I started work on her yard in advance.

And since we now know where Maple will be moving and I only had Peanut left to move in, I decided to work on her yard as well for whenever Margie moves out:

Now to just hope I remember to catch K.K. Slider’s concert later tonight…

June 5, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Days 76-79: Wedding Event Days 2-5

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Day 76

The next day had hit and I had mail from Reese & Cyrus with the Wedding items I traded heart crystals in for. I’m surprised they didn’t get a unique stationery though.

After storing some things (and removing some stuff to sell later because I need storage space), I made my way to the airport. Leif is apparently here today as well.

I quickly spoke to Harvey to get back inside and then got my next assignment.

Even though I’m not thrilled with the Event roll-out, I still did my best.

Today’s gift was the wedding table. I ended up using my Heart Crystals to get the Wedding Wallpaper. I don’t know if I’ll manage to use it, but I really like it.

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Day 77

Starting off, Isabelle let us know we had a Visitor at the Campsite. And on my way there to check, I noticed Redd was here!!

The Common and Famous Paintings ended up being real.

As for my Campsite Villager, it turned out to be Al.

Regardless, it was then off to Harvey’s island. Unfortunately, it was just the same theme as Day 1… But at least we had a bit more furniture to work with. I ended up getting a Wedding Flower Stand as thanks for today (plus heart crystals of course).

I ended up placing the Flower Stand here:

And that was pretty much it.

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Day 78

I ended up starting today late due to allergies just kicking my butt. I still haven’t gotten a moving prompt since I told Cookie not to move :( My storage was full, so I quickly moved around, gifted, and sold some things… Then I went to check on my villagers and Phil wants to move!!


Someone actually has been holding Maple for me so I know who will be moving in next. I’ll just have Peanut left then and I have about 400 tickets or so to look for her with so fingers crossed.

Kicks also ended up being here. I still need some things from him so at least I made some progress on the catalog front.

It was then back off to Harvey’s island. Unsurprisingly, we were doing the Reception today with some additional furniture. I ended up ordering two cakes after.

I wish we could still squeeze between furniture like in Happy Home Designer :/

The only other things I really did was give out some items I cleaned from storage, craft at a friend’s town, and get rid of a flea from Merengue which let me finish my Flea Flicker Nook Miles thing. We’re more than halfway through, though, I’ll still need a lot of heart crystals…

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Day 79

I got the Wedding Cakes from the mail so I did some adjustments to the cafe area.

I was then continuing on my way when I found a lost item. Using my investigation skills, I figured it was likely Cookie’s. Now I just needed to find her…

Labelle ended up being here today. I kind of forgot she could show up randomly… Sorry, Labelle.

Before talking to her though, I wanted to go say a final goodbye to Phil. I always feel bad letting Villagers leave :(

I hope I can find him a happy home.

I decided to continue my search for Cookie before anything else, partially as I wanted to talk to my other villagers and couldn’t until delivering the item to the wrong person or Cookie herself and I wanted to deliver it without them telling me who it belonged to. After a wile of looking, I finally found her and I was right. She gave me a Sprite Costume as thanks.

It was then off to go see Labelle and get my new theme.

Thankfully, she liked it despite me not using the top she gave me and thus, I got another design from her label– the Labelle cap.

I then went back to my house to drop off the clothes I had used. On my way back to town so I could head over to Harvey’s island, I ran into Cookie who wanted to teach me the final Preppy personality reaction!:

To be honest, I’ll probably never use it, but yay for another reaction down.

I then made it to Harvey’s island to get my latest Wedding Photo Assignment: The Ceremony. Again. To my surprise, I actually got the Wedding Pipe Organ today. It’s one of the more expensive items so this was really nice.

June 3, 2020

Phantasy Star Online 2 – Let’s talk about Event Quests (Etiquette and Tips/PSAs)

For those of you who watch my Youtube channel, you’ll have noticed among the Animal Crossing and Visual Novels and other random games I’m playing at the moment, there’s been a lot of PSO2 lately. Part of this is because I actually really enjoyed the game, but it just wasn’t as easy to keep up with in Japanese for various reasons, even with assistance. I ended up getting to level 52 despite that and played it with my husband for about 2 years, starting after information on an English release (which had been originally schedule to be about 6 months behind the release in Japan) had essentially vanished.

I mentioned this being one of the reveals I was most excited for and that still holds true. I played the Beta while it was out on Xbox One and even played a bit on and off these last few months before it came to PC. The only reason I didn’t put more time into it is due to wanting to not get too far ahead of my husband as part of the fun is playing together. You can absolutely play PSO2 by yourself (and in some Client Orders, you kind of have to), but it’s definitely not my preferred way to play.

While I am kicking myself for missing out on so many things, especially items I had in my room on the Japanese server that I am desperately trying to re-get, I would’ve felt awful hitting max level and doing so much without him. Considering they decided to fully release around Animal Crossing’s own release, I’ve essentially been hogging our TV and the only time PSO2 really could be played was when I wasn’t playing Animal Crossing. We also had just the one Xbox so we couldn’t play at the same time (often switching out between Urgent Quests for some of the campaigns) and to be blunt, I hate playing the game with a controller. There was only one thing I found particularly easy to do so with one, but I was used to using a keyboard and mouse and ma happy to be back with that.

One of the reasons I really enjoy PSO2 is because it doesn’t really get boring for me. There are parts of it I don’t enjoy (Like… the entire weapon upgrading system– failing is one thing, having your progress completely reset due to a particularly bad failure is not. Some other examples are the amount of things that do not make a return, Star Gems entire existence, the Lillipa Distress Call/Protection Emergency, and the Time Trial quests that are so specific, anything less than perfect footwork is a failure. Also even as a Premium member, 5 items for the “free” room is absolutely pathetic and in general, most of the pre-set storage spaces are just too low, especially as more and more items are in the game), but due to the way the main core of it works, it doesn’t really trigger my Deja-Vu Burn out issues like most games. Maps are randomly generated, Emergencies help shake it up even if you see some more often than others (and there’s only a few I don’t care for), and even the Urgent Quests give you a reason to check in and are often over quickly enough that it’s not really much of an issue. There are exceptions (Like the Mining Defense ones– those are not particularly fun, though, at least more people seem to have a better hold on them now), but for the most part, I just enjoy getting to play with everyone and the more chaotic everything is, the more fun it gets.

Event Quests have always been my favorite quests though. When I say Event quests, I don’t just mean any Urgent Quests, but specifically the ones tied with events such as the one for the current Wedding Event: Gone with the Wind and Rain. It exemplifies my favorite part of PSO2 to an extreme level that can only get crazier based off certain factors.

Within the last two days, I had my favorite run-thru yet, but also my least favorite. Partially due to Mr. Umbral, but also due to party situations.

For those who are not aware, this is Mr. Umbral:

He shows up during Emergency Code: Present. Hitting him is bad. While it no longer causes him to run away, it does decrease the chance of actually getting anything from him. Essentially, you stand around him and hope he hits you with his cane and he’ll usually give you some kind of boost: 100% Rare Enemy rate up or 100% Rare Drop rate up. For everyone who gets hit. He is not a pinata. Please do not hit him.

In the “best” run-thru, we not only saw Mr. Umbral three times, but got the Rare Enemy Rate up and Rare Drop Rates and it was essentially absolute chaos in the best way. The 12 of us in that map stayed for over an hour despite finishing the 1,000 Point requirement in less than 5 minutes. You essentially have 30 minutes to earn 1,000 Points which are earned by fighting enemies and successfully completing Emergencies.

It was so much fun and it kills me that I didn’t record it as I had recorded the event so many times now and didn’t expect it to get that insane AND YET.

We had to go back through slowly for all the loot as it quieted down and even as a few people did leave, most stayed and we got to help some new people too. The big catch with these Event Quests is that the same quest can continue to fill up with new people, unlike most “teleport” quests where once you’ve teleported in (whether to the boss or the map), people will no longer be added even as it empties out.

You can generally get into quests at a much lower level than maybe you should be and having been painfully defeated due to that before, I always like to try and stick around a bit longer incase anyone needs help. If you do not hit 1,000 Points in the allotted time, you will fail the event quest. And when the time for the Urgent quest is over, people can no longer join so if everyone leaves you and you’re alone or maybe just with one other person, depending on how many points you need, you may not be able to do it. You can dodge and weave all you want, but you still need to be able to defeat these bosses and you just might not be able to in the amount of time left.

Some of these Urgent quests, on top of the point total, also have a boss you need to go beat. Unfortunately, unlike the rest of the quest, it is just you and your party who will be up against it so if you only have yourself or one other person, it will be a lot more difficult. This generally puts a damper on things like the City Trials or Floating Continent version where they have some frustrating bosses and it can be a lot to try and get through, especially if not super close to the enemy’s level.

Because of this, if you’re playing solo, it can be recommended to join a Party through someone’s Party beacon or if they have a slot open for anyone to pop in. However, if you are the party leader, please communicate with your party. Out of habit and due to the fact that I can run out of PP, prefer playing healer, and it’s nice to have someone who can save you if worse comes to worse, if I’m playing alone I’ll usually end up joining a party during Urgent Quests. Especially for something like City Trials.

Usually that works fine, but occasionally some Party Leaders will get really Gung-ho and that among other things is part of what my most recent run-thru so bad.

To essentially break things down a bit, my general suggestions on things with these quests:

  • If you’re the party leader, make sure everyone is ready to leave. Someone could’ve just found a Rappy they were fighting. Maybe they were emptying their inventory to pick up some more loot. A new event spawned and maybe they wanted to participate. If these don’t align with what you want to do or you want to rush ahead, you can remove them from the party, but heading to the ship and re-queuing the quest without asking anyone isn’t okay as it tears them right out of it with no way to confirm. I lost out on so much loot due to this and really wanted to stick around more. After the second time, I just left the party, but it not only put a damper on things, I missed out on a lot I wanted to do and ended up wasting time.
  • STICK TOGETHER! I don’t even just mean with your party, but with EVERYONE on the map. The more people together and fighting, the more spawns in general, but also splitting up will generally split the party in various ways which not only takes longer to earn points, but could mean missing out on something that could help (Such as Mr. Umbral– one of the run-thrus I was on had everyone split up and I ended up being the only one to get his 100% Rare Enemy Rate up bonus). It just works better to travel in a pack.
    • Similarly, consider waiting until everyone (or a good amount) is before rushing off. Spawns can happen even right at the start and having everyone start on the same footing lessens the chance of discrepancy later and means more people will finish the event happily over struggling to get it done as the timer counts down.
  • As mentioned, do not hit Mr. Umbral!!
  • If you’re struggling with inventory space, focus on rares. Rare items can be anything 7 stars and up so there’s not really any point to picking up most other things when rushing through. Quest Items (Gold items) and Discs are really the only other important things outside of Rares. You can always check again later when you’ve hit the allotted point total or as everything winds down.
  • Try and get in early. While you can get lucky with a lot of people who will immediately re-queue, some people stick around for the full time and you don’t really want to get in as the event is closing as you may end up being all alone.
  • Don’t ruin it for other people. Maybe you don’t care about a certain emergency, but please don’t fail on purpose. I’ve seen too many people refuse to get out of the way of a Visbolt’s target as it doesn’t do enough damage and they’re more focused on whatever they’re fighting to the point where the entire Emergency fails and it sucks. Every point counts and some people may need those points more than others.

Really though, just be respectful, have fun, don’t hit Mr. Umbral, and do you best! And don’t forget to stick together! The event is much more fun when everyone is working as cohesive team than 3-12 separate groups.

June 1, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Day 75: The Wedding Event Begins

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The Wedding Event is finally here! And… I wish I was as excited as I was when I first heard about it. Regardless, let’s go into the day and event first before we go into my frustrations.

Since bugs and fish shift over at midnight, I started my mosquito hunting early (or late I suppose in a way?). They’re never particularly fun to catch (partially as they easily blend in and can sting you), but I wanted to get it done quickly. To my surprise though, I managed to catch one in 3 minutes completely by accident.

I had actually been trying to scare the fish away in hopes of increasing bug spawns and didn’t even see it. Like there’s trees here so:

Was so surprised when she caught something for one, let alone not the firefly I saw. I quickly took it over to the museum and that has me all done for June!

After taking care of that, I turned the game off for a while planning to sleep… I wasn’t able to though so I loaded it back up sometime before 5AM and actually ran into Wisp…

While I tried really hard, I ended up finding the 5th Spirit right as it hit 5AM so unfortunately, I wasn’t able to give them to him and messed up his quest again. I wish it didn’t turn over until you went inside and back out T__T This broke my heart.

Regardless, as 5AM hit and the day rolled over, after Isabelle’s monologue, I immediately got a call from Harvey.

I quickly stated making my way to the airport, but was a bit distracted seeing the next decorations at Nook’s Cranny.

I eventually made my way over though and found out what Harvey needed my help with.



We then headed inside for introductions and to find out more about what we needed to do.


After finishing, I got some gifts from Reese (and well, Cyrus too I suppose).

I was really sad I couldn’t keep doing designs for them. I really don’t like “check in daily for like 5-10 minutes each day to do things” events X__x I much rather just sit down and work on it until it’s done. Regardless, Reese and Harvey said they need my help so I’ll do my best.

Upon heading out to take my trip home, Wilbur let me know about some new services from Dodo Airlines.


I wasn’t able to afford all the items currently available unfortunately (and it doesn’t help that I have to wait for them to arrive in the mail), but at least we were given a bench which I put right in Cookie’s yard:

Figuring out how many items I want is going to be rough :/ Especially when I’m still struggling to work on my house.

I will say where the Wedding Event excels is with its items. The problem is, as I mentioned briefly above, once again limiting our progress. I expected heart crystals to be unlocked through helping Cyrus and Reese out with things, but I didn’t expect to be limited to earning only so many a day. You have to trade in for items, some unlock each day, and it’s just… silly. And apparently lasts all month.

You need to play it at least every day for at least a week to even be able to buy everything, but roughly 3 weeks total to earn enough Heart Gems to get at least one of each thing and that’s awful. That only leaves a week of leeway and I just… can’t see how they’ll stretch it out to such an extent. It’s just a slow grind and I don’t understand why. This isn’t a mobile game, yet the excessive event limitations and slowly adding in items we’ve had for a long time (while not the case with the wedding event, I mean in general) sure feel like it and it’s frustrating. I wanted an expansion on New Leaf + Happy Home Designer, not Pocket Camp.

Despite my frustrations, I did end up doing a few other things today. I visited a friend, gave Margie some medicine…

And moved some things around to make some areas a bit nicer. I’d really like to put something next to the Iron Bench over at the cafe area now, but I genuinely can’t think of what would look nice. As for Cookie’s yard, I think the bench just deserved a nicer setting than showing it from the back only.

I may do the other Wedding Days in a single entry as most of my plans kind of fell apart, but we’ll see how it goes…

May 31, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Days 65-74

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I decided to bundle up the rest of May as honestly, I’m just not doing too much right now. June I have the Mosquito to catch though plus I believe the first Bug Tourney and the Wedding Event! So that should have more to talk about.

Day 65

My main goal was just to try and see all the different stamp areas during the Museum Stamp Rally.

As mentioned, I just… was not fond of only being able to get three so I appreciated seeing another new one today.

Phil taught me a new reaction.

And I managed to get a handful of new items and recipes for areas of my town.

Filia had Redd in his town again so I went over to stop by. He also ended up having Marcie move in who was one of my New Leaf villagers and is one of my favorites even if she isn’t part of the top 8. I couldn’t help saying Hi and Redd ended up having the real Informative Statue which was one of the ones I needed!

My main goals right now are working for recipes so it’s been… a lot of trading, but also visiting Catalog Towns.

Unfortunately, I learned that Frozen Recipes aren’t actually given out through cards the hard way v__v I just hope I’ll be able to build Snowboy in my town.

In the meantime, I remembered to show Celeste a Gemini fragment:

I still wasn’t having much luck recipe-wise from her though…

Day 66

I stopped by Filia’s town again as he had Celeste and Shooting Stars and it was Fall. To my surprise, I actually got the Zodiac recipe this time!

I also did a few more trades to finish up the Art wing of my museum.

I’ve mentioned it before, but I really love how they set it up so you could learn about each work of art.



Even though I have the museum set, I’m still going to be buying paintings from Redd. Besides to help friends, some I think could be nice in my house plus I still need to catalog a bunch of the fake ones.

Since it’s Saturday, K.K. Slider was also here again. It was nice seeing Merengue and Diana watching too. I feel like he rarely gets a crowd lately…

I also got a few mushrooms to make this Stump for the Grove and Camp areas.

Day 67

It hadn’t fully rolled over to 5AM quite yet, but it was technically the 24th and I had visited a friend’s town and celebrated Deli’s birthday.

As for my own town, the only big thing that happened was we had a new Camper. I really wish I could let friends pick up campers.

The only other thing I really did was go to a Catalog party. I had most of the items there already, but I got to catalog the whole Ring set which was new and we even got a lovely Gold Rose crown as a gift!

Day 68

Isabelle finally announced that we’d have a meteor shower! I’ve only had one prior, but with no announcement so this was a nice surprise.

Cookie taught me a new reaction: Sleepy.

I also tried my luck again with Celeste, but still failed. At least I know she can give Large Star Fragments as an option too?

Meanwhile, Flick finally shows up after weeks. I had decided just to buy the models I needed because I was tired of waiting for him to show up and I really wanted to just place them, so this was frustrating.

Thankfully, I did finally get the last fossil stamp.

And when the shooting stars finally hit, Celeste was here!

Day 69

I have nothing against Leif, but I was a bit bummed to see him here.

It was recently discovered that nobody else can show up during the day on weekends besides K.K. Slider and Daisy Mae (You could still get Celeste or Wisp later though). You shouldn’t get anyone more than once a week and 3 of those week days are set– you’ll get Saharah, Kicks, and Leif each week no matter what. I already have everything from Saharah and Leif and eventually will from Kicks too and just, I don’t need any of them being set which leaves me only two days to see Gulliver, Redd, or C.J. (as I still have some fish models I want and would love to clear storage) and no guarantee on either of them or Wisp (which due to his set times, I can’t even guarantee I’ll see him as I don’t always play at night and the island is so big, it’s easy to miss him).

Ignoring Cataloging needs, these are my current numbers this far in:
Wisp: 11
Gulliver: 9
K.K.: 10
Buying art from Redd: 16
Celebrating Villager Birthdays: 9

Most of the numbers need 20-30 and it’s just… random. There’s only so much you can do yourself and even the birthday one, it’ll take at least 3 years by yourself. That isn’t fun at all. :/ New Leaf had some large numbers for badges too, but it felt like things were more on a level playing field and not expecting you to play with tons of other people. I feel like this could be the first Animal Crossing game where I don’t finish all my goals and that makes me really sad.

I stopped by a friend’s to celebrate Bruce’s birthday at least.

And stopped by her museum to get the last stamp I needed!

The only other thing I really did was place some Flamingos here. You won’t be able to easily see them most of the time, but I think it looked nice.

Day 70

Gulliver was here! It’s always kind of bittersweet to see him as while I do need to for the Nook Miles, Golden Shovel, and cataloging, I hate his task this time. I miss the trivia so much.

Meanwhile, Phil asked me to find him a horse mackerel.

And that’s pretty much it for today. I did find Wisp that night, but I wasn’t feeling well so I wasn’t able to find his spirits… Sorry Wisp :(

Day 71

Saharah was our daily visitor today. I also got a DIY Recipe in a bottle from Maple which was nice as she’s one of the two villagers I hope to move in.

Teddy ended up teaching me the Flourish Reaction which is actually his “Best Friend” reaction! I still haven’t gotten any photos yet (Giving presents just to build friendship feels weird to me– I’d rather give them things I think they’d like then just randomly fruit every day. This isn’t Harvest Moon.) so this was a nice surprise.

Meanwhile, Judy asked me something I had been waiting to be asked for ages now… I had not been asked again since my failure early on.

Unfortunately, they can’t bury it on the beach and every spot is filled so I… had a new feeling of sadness and defeat :(

I’m so sorry I let you down, Judy T___T I wish there was a way to tell what they ask as picking something up each time in between checking for bubbles will get annoying fast.

Day 72

I got a new gift from DAL Airlines: a DAL Backpack. I wish I knew how close I was to everything…

Cookie tried to move, but I thankfully was able to stop her.

I hope Margie or Phil may ask soon :/ I also constantly worry I’ll somehow hit the wrong option.

Kicks was also here today.

I then spent some time that night playing around with ideas.

In the end, I didn’t keep any of it (and I’m honestly not sure I managed to revert it back completely, but I hope so), but I wish I could do more.

Days 73

Honestly, I didn’t really do anything. :( K.K. Slider was here so I watched his concert later.

But that’s really it. I did visit a friend’s town too.

Days 74

Once again, I didn’t really do anything, but another Best Friend Reaction– the Confident Reaction from Mira! Unfortunately, the screenshot didn’t properly save so this is the best I can do:

I’m actually really upset about it as this is the first time I won’t have the blurb saved. Not sure why the screenshot didn’t properly save.

As a side note, it’s kind of ironic we had to learn it when our Villager ends up using it every time they have to move a building anyway…

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With that done, I will admit I’m more than a bit discouraged with the game. Things feel a lot more gated this time around and things I have to do either are things I can’t stand that will burn me out of the game completely (resource gathering, crafting, etc.) or are in a weird limbo for one reason or another (waiting for the game to spawn certain villagers, trying to play around with my storage so I can work on my house’s interior) and it just makes me really sad. I wish I was having more fun.

So many things they are choosing to do just make it harder for legitimate players and I really don’t understand it at all.

May 21, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Days 62, 63, & 64

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As mentioned for Day 61, I’m combining the next few entries as there just isn’t much going on and there’s more I wanted to expand on in the sense of not feeling like there’s much to do. Because in a way, there really isn’t that much different between New Leaf and New Horizons.

The two big things that stand out to me are how villager requests worked and the tool durability. After that, I would say reactions, but I’ll expand on that after.

Not being able to ask a Villager directly for a request or if they want to do anything sucks and things out a big amount of what you COULD do during the day. It’s nice being able to give gifts directly, but that shouldn’t have replaced asking if they needed anything (or heck, even flat out wanted to do something or play a game).

I also have always had trouble doing a lot of bug/fish catching when I already caught everything I could donate that was available right now, but I still would sometimes just go around catching for something to do and for my badges.

I should be catching what I can to work towards my Nook Miles, but due to the fact that tools break, my low motivation is essentially 0. Constantly remaking tools isn’t fun and the way my town is set up, I won’t even be able to get tree branches easily and I don’t exactly have infinite bells when there’s so many variations of items I need to buy and refuse to do turnips again.

Even the making a lot of tools Nook Miles thing will be a pain :/ I’ve mentioned before that I feel like this may be the first AC where I don’t finish the catalog and I fear that could extent to other goals as well. I’m trying my best, but it just feels like such a struggle this time around between the lack of quality life features, new prices, and certain game mechanics.

Not to mention the Bulletin board and it not being used much for upcoming things either… The Stamp Rally wasn’t even announced to be soon on it :/

Moving on, let’s get to Day 62. I finally remembered to go to Harv’s island so I could get Diana’s poster for my wall.

I also gave Diana a lolita dress.

I added a couple more things to the Zen area. I think the Gong and Bonsai Shelf look really nice.

After this, Meg came over for a while to help me place all the flowers that arrived yesterday. It was nice to make so much progress.

Later that evening, Flurry was worried about her catchphrase, but I told her it was fine. I had Mira ask me the next day too and I really wish they would never ask again once you say no :(

Finally, Cookie taught me a new reaction: Curiosity.

And someone was kind enough to give me the rest of the Windflowers I needed so now I just have Lilies, Hyacinths (so many hyacinths…), and Roses left to go:
Pink Lily: 26
Pink Hyacinth: 135
Pink Rose: 21

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As for Day 63, it started off with doing my usual dailies (and once again finding fossils in my garden…) and me giving Diana a tiara.

I ended up having Chip today for my visitor which was bittersweet.

I do have some fish models I want, but I actually only have two left where I have all three fish already (I need one more Sea Butterfly, Cherry Salmon, and Goldfish for the others I’d like to get… And probably also 3 Betta) and to be honest, I don’t really have anywhere to put them. I have no real plans for them at all, they’re just fish I like.

Obviously, I’d want to see Redd and Gulliver the most, but I do need some bug models for the grove and have spaces set up for them so it’d be nice if Flick would show up again for that, but my luck is just awful with this.

Regardless, I carried on and literally did only one other thing for the moment: Got Marina some medicine as she was sick.

Later in the evening, I got back on to go to a friend’s town to see Celeste… only to run straight into her in my own town while making my way to the airport.

Sadly, still no Gemini recipe yet, but hopefully someone I know will get her tomorrow so I finally can.

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Now, for Day 64. Once again, no Redd, I haven’t actually found out who I have today, but Filia had Redd so I headed over to his town for detective-ing. Unfortunately, the only real painting was the Serene Painting which I already have :( Getting back to my own island, I noticed Saharah in the distance. Even though I know she’s guaranteed one day a week, that doesn’t exactly make me feel less disappointed.

Thankfully, I did get some new art (and even more flowers) today thanks to some trades, but an additional surprise was Sami had Redd in one of her towns today including a real Moving Painting which I still needed so I quickly high-tailed over there. I at least hope I’m right that it’s real, but if so, then I only have 12 pieces of art left to go!

Upon getting back, I ended up finding a lost item. I recently learned about the investigate thing which is pretty neat except for one little problem… The dialogue for “investigating” is determined based off the personality of a villager you have. If you have more than one of the same personality type (which, if you have 10 villagers, you will have at least one multiple times). I have 2 Snooty and 4 Normal right now. And this planner belonged to a Snooty.

So, I had a 50-50 chance between Judy and Diana. In the end, I went with Judy as you can’t get the somewhat informative investigative dialogue unless you hit a certain tier of friendship and Judy has been in town longer so it was more likely to be Judy’s since I was able to accurately get a description. And thankfully, I was right.

I continue to give Mira things to unlock her Super hero totally not Sailor-Moon-inspired origins.

Judy then asked me about her catchphrase and while I’m tempted to actually add spaces and/or commas, I do like it for the most part so I told her to leave it alone.

Flurry and Merengue also asked me about their catchphrase AGAIN today and Judy, despite asking this morning, asked again that night as well.

The big thing to happen today was a combination of generous people and trading to work on my museum areas and get the flowers I need.

I only have about 15 Pink Hyacinths to go and then it’s just whatever I may want to use in Maple’s and Peanut’s yards whenever I finally get them. I might need to get a Purple Hyacinth for Peanut’s…

Meanwhile, Teddy gave me shirt, but I actually thought it would look nice on him so I gave it back to him and I did not expect him to realize. Then, when I spoke to him again, he asked me to return something to Flurry that she left at his house. At least he wasn’t upset.

Flurry asked me to guess what it was and if I figured it out, I’d get to keep it. I picked furniture as I’m more focused on that than clothing, but unfortunately, it was clothing so I lost.

On the downside of today, it seemed my issue with Celeste lately may actually be some kind of bug– since getting the rest of the Space DIYs from her, I haven’t gotten any new ones even as the new zodiac season hit. She just gave me zodiac fragments. Apparently she will give the zodiac of the season based off the host’s island’s date so maybe I could’ve noticed sooner if I realized that when visiting friends who are not on the current date, but I just feel really frustrated.

I’m a huge completionist and perfectionist and am suffering enough on the reactions thing without somehow no longer being able to get any new zodiac recipes from Celeste when I’m still missing most of them. A friend was nice enough to get the recipe on a side character so I at least have it, but I worry for future months and it’s still really disheartening.

On the bright side, thanks to a very kind person, I finally got the two Pagodas I’ve wanted for so long which essentially finishes up the biggest things for my island’s “look”. I still have two villagers I need to get (unfortunately, it is very unlikely I’ll get Peanut and/or Maple before their birthdays) and I still want to figure out yards and do a few adjustments, but for the big areas, it’s set. Even the flowers I still need are areas that most people won’t even really notice.

The nice person also said some really sweet things about my island and honestly, I’ve had compliments from like… nearly every person who dropped stuff off or came over for trading and it was really nice. In all honesty, I don’t know what people find nice about it. I don’t think the flyover is impressive and generally I just feel kind of confused, but it at least makes me feel like what I wanted to portray did come out properly even if it doesn’t feel like that to me.

Honestly, if it wasn’t for friends and surprisingly generous strangers, I’d be having a hard time keeping any motivation so thank you so much for your help. I’ve been doing my best to keep track of friends’ wishlists and wants and things to try and send them stuff each day, but my focus is all over the place. I think I genuinely need some time to destress for a bit. I don’t want to lose my Nook Miles streak though :(

With the exterior pretty much complete, I hope I can finally focus on my house now. If I don’t take a breather first for a while.

The final thing I ended up doing was the Stamp Rally again today. I’ve wanted to try and see each stamp area and comment once, but I’ve had horrible luck with it and have gotten certain ones again every single day so far. I know there’s not tons of different ones, but I’m so tired of getting the same ones over and over :( There’s enough repetition with the event.

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