Top ten tips for Animal Crossing New Leaf

I have not done an exploits/tips/guide post in ages…so rather than a top 3 tips, I’m doing 10 for you all, for Animal Crossing New Leaf.

1) Use your spade (purchased from the Nook Brothers store) to hit rocks, each day one rock in your town will contain Bells, and another breakable rock is added containing a gem. (Gems can be used to make customisable furniture in Re-Tail or sold for bells.)

Bells Rocks ACNL

2) Donate everything new you find/dig/catch to the museum. If you make sure to donate every new species as you catch it, it’ll avoid annoying moments a year from now, where you’re comparing the museum exhibit list with your encyclopedia to figure out what still needs to be donated. You can also unlock special tools and house designs if you donate a certain number of creatures.

3) Get a chest of drawers/closet of some kind in your house. A closet can hold up to 180 extra items, making it easy to store different outfits, extra furniture, or keep a hold of items you want to sell temporarily if Re-Tail is closed. Your closet is also linked to other storage lockers in the town, such as the one in your train station.

4) Look out for Gulliver. Gulliver washes up on your beach shore occasionally, and if you guess where he was headed before he fell overboard, he will send you a trinket from his travels.

Gulliver ACNL

5) Write and send gifts to your neighbours...even sending them fruit often prompts them to send a gift with their reply which can often be furniture, or a new t-shirt.

6) Shake trees for bells and random furniture drops, as well as fruit to sell at Re-Tail, (Re-Tail buys things for more bells than the Nooks do) and when visiting a friend, get permission to take some of their fruit from their tress back with you to your town, and bury it in a clearing to grow different fruit trees. (Non town native fruit sells for many more bells in the shops.) Also! You can stack fruit into groups of nine. Just drag identical pieces of fruit on top of each other in your inventory.

7) Head to the island via the boat moored at your jetty at your beach, for fun mini games that earn you spendable medals, and to stock up on rare fish, bugs and fruits.

animalcrossing newleaf

8) Read the sign outside Re-Tail. It lists items that are worth a premium on that day. If they’re easier to find, go find them and sell them, sometimes this is as easy as picking up a particular type of shell on the beach.

9) Your first public works project should be a bridge. This will help you traverse your town more quickly as it adds an additional route across the river.

10) You can use the D-pad on the 3DS to quickly change tools. By pressing left and right, you can cycle through your equipment. Hit the down arrow to unequip your current item.

Please share your hints and tips in the comments section below 🙂


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Guildwars 2: An Introduction to Crafting.

Guildwars 2 Crafting Guide
Guildwars 2 Crafting Guide


I always thought that crafting in games was reserved for the strict uber nerds that play an MMO virtually 24/7, that is until Guildwars 2 came into my life and made it accessible and fun to try…or perhaps I’ve just become an uber nerd myself…either way, I have attempted to explain how it all works below, in the hope that you will give it a go, let me know how you get on!

1) Choose 2 disciplines.

There are 8 crafting professions to choose from, you may train in 2 at any given time. If you want to change one of the 2, you can pay a master craftsman to switch, at a cost of 10 copper per level in the target discipline. Taking on a new discipline is always free, while switching back to a maxed discipline (at Level 400) costs 40 silver.

These 8 break down into 4 categories, you can make armour, weapons, accessories and food. The armour and weapon professions each contain 3 disciplines which are based on the different character classes in the For weapons, you can be an artificer that makes staves, OR a weaponsmith that makes daggers, or both, but that would use up your 2 spots.

Here’s a rundown;

  •  Armorsmiths craft heavy armor  (Used by Guardians & Warriors)
  • Leatherworkers craft medium armor  (Used by Engineers, Rangers & Thieves)
  • Tailors craft light armor  (Used by Elementalists, Mesmers and Necromancers)
  • Weaponsmiths craft melee weapons and shields  (Axes, daggers, greatswords, hammers, maces, shields, spears, swords)
  • Huntsmen craft projectile weapons and off-hand utility items  (Harpoon guns, longbows, pistols, rifles , shortbows, torches, and warhorns)
  • Artificers craft magical weapons  (Focus, staves, scepters, and tridents)
  • Chefs craft food which can be consumed by any profession and offers temporary buffs and bonuses.
  • Jewelers craft Jewelry  (Earrings, necklaces, and rings) which can be worn in a character’s accessory slots.

So with each character you may chooses 2 of these to level up, most people go for the weapon type and armour that they use, so that they can make themselves some cool stuff! I, being the slightly odd person that I am, opted for jeweller and chef. (I dabbled in making armour, but actually found it rather boring, and decided I would experiment with food instead…short attention span you see, and being part of a guild means I can give a guild member materials to craft weapons for me!)

2) Gather and discover.

I’m assuming you have followed my beginner tips and have already purchased, equipped and used, gathering tools to collect materials…you need these to make stuff! These materials will appear in your inventory. There are 2 elements to crafting as I see it, discovering new recipes and crafting items using recipes already present in your crafting screen.

Discovery is done by dragging and dropping various elements into the right hand side of the Discovery tab as seen below, until the message displays you may have found something.



Production is done by creating an item from a recipe already in your inventory – You will only gain experience from these if the text is not white.


You can access new recipes by reaching the appropriate crafting level, you may need to first learn the recipe through discovery or a recipe sheet. Discovery tends to give you more experience, but crafting items in coloured, not white text that are already on your recipe list, also yields XP. You can only craft at designated crafting stations, which are located in every city and major outpost.  Some materials may need refining before you can make items with them, copper ore for example, needs to be refined, in order to make copper ingots, which make jewellery fittings. Some items of armour require you to make a few elements first, shoes may require both a sole and an upper, which you then combine to make a slipper for example.

Additional Points to note.

  • Each discipline has 400 levels. Every 75 levels, a character gets access to new recipes for making basic crafting components.
  • Crafting levels are grouped into ranks;

0-74 = Novice
75-149 = Initiate
150-224 = Apprentice
225-299 = Journeyman
300-374 = Adept
375-400 = Master

  • Characters earn crafting experience (CXP) in a discipline whenever they craft recipes at that discipline’s station. In addition, characters earn normal experience at the same time, making it possible to progress a character all the way to level 80 through crafting alone!
  • Every character race and class can learn all recipes and create the same products.
  • If you level a crafting profession to 400, you do not gain any more experience for crafting items or even discovering new recipes.

So there you have it, get out into the world, chop trees, mine ore and farm food, then take that all to your local crafting station and experiment! Virtually all the armour I am currently wearing at Level 50 has come from one of my guild members crafting it for me (I repay them with amulets and rings that boost their stats!) so crafting can really give you an edge in the game. Fire any questions at me in the comments, or share your tips progress and stories with others there 🙂

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A beginners guide to Guildwars 2.

Guildwars 2 Beginners


Many of you will have seen me harping on about how great Guildwars 2 is on Twitter for the past couple of weeks. I am aware that the majority of readers are console gamers, and GW2 is a PC exclusive game, so I thought I would type a little introduction and some tips for anyone curious about the game, and for those who would like to invest and join me. I’m going to be spending a lot of time there, for many years to come…10 years on, and I still play Guildwars 1, so that should give you an idea of the longevity of the game.

Firstly about the game itself, it’s classed as an MMO, but for the console gamers, I want to say it’s roots are firmly in Skyrim/RPG type territory, that’s the nearest thing I can liken it to. You create a character, watch the story unfold and have tons and tons of side quests and options of ways to spend your time in the game world. MMOs really are massive. You can play solo, or team up with friends or random strangers, and it’s just as easy to pick it up for 30 mins, as it is to lose a day in it.

So if you’re feeling like you want to jump in, here’s some tips for the beginners, for the more experienced players and my guildies, please add your own in the comment section below.

1) How do I play the game with you Kez?

I play as a human elementalist, on the EU server Aurora Glade, my main character’s name is Amygdala Bliksem and the guild I’m in is, The Enlightened Souls. (We are recruiting, and any civil players are welcome to join the guild, to play/chat/get some help)

2) Who should I choose to play as?

The race you choose determines your starting area in the game…your profession determines the skills/spells/weapons and style of combat you will have. I could post an outline on all of these, but the game explains them well. In brief ; Guardians are protective healers, Warriors are what you think they are, engineers use traps and bombs and get a little technical, rangers use bows and have pets to help in combat, thieves use infiltration techniques, elementalists are spell casters calling on the elements, mesmers are also spell casters but use illusions, and necromancers summon the undead to help fight alongside them. Each profession has a choice of weapons and suitable armour type, dependant on how close they like their combat.

3) Tips to help gain experience and level up.

  • The first thing I advise people to do when they can is visit a merchant and purchase gathering tools. (The tools are used to gather materials for crafting professions, which each character can choose between) Whether or not you craft in the game, gathering materials gets you about 10XP every time you chop a tree or mine some ore…it takes seconds but really adds up and the tools are cheap.
  • You main quest is listed in the top right of your screen, any yellow hearts are side quests which earn you experience, and orange quest markers are events which you complete with other people to earn experience, and often if it’s a boss fight, they drop some goodies for you too.
  • When into the game a little, head to Lion’s Arch (Use the purple portals in your main town) and go for a walk exploring the areas, getting those waypoints (blue markers) and points of interest (yellow/orange small squares) all gives your experience level a boost.

I’ll be posting more Guildwars 2 content in the near future, but if you have specific questions or post requests, let me know and I’ll do my best!


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Exploits: SSX Part 2, Trick It.

SSX 2012

Here in part 2 are my top 3 tips for the “Trick it” events, these are the ones I struggle with more than the racing, so any of your tips would be appreciated too!

  1. Grinding is an easy way to build up combos and score more points. After grabbing some big air and showing off some great tricks, use nose and tail grabs to keep your combo up until you reach a rail or ramp for more tricking.
  2. Watch your friends ghosts, if you have a super scoring friend, watch how it’s done and you may also find new areas of each mountain this way.
  3. Try to Flip rather than spin, as those are worth more points.
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Exploits: SSX Part 1, Race It.

SSX 2012

So from Twitter I learned that a few of you struggle with the race events in SSX, here’s some simple tips to perhaps help with those;

  1. Learn Tricks to earn boost: Use as and when you see fit to gain an edge on opponents, it’s surprisingly easy to just forget about hitting R2 and boosting past your opponent.
  2. Keep low in races: Jump earlier off of ramps to reduce airtime, or don’t jump at all if you have the momentum, as time in the air costs precious seconds, unless of course you can offset this by tricking your way into a good boost situation.
  3. Keep the left analog stick held forward on straights to “tuck in” your character and gain speed.

So there’s my top 3 tips for better racing results, share yours in the comments.

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