For the last two days, I've been doing what every self-respecting 3DS owner has been doing for at least that long, if not longer--playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf as much as possible.
Granted, much of that time has been spent fishing and "hunting" various insects with my trusty butterfly net--as opposed to, you know, gardening or landscaping or planning the layout of the gyroid-filled mansion I'm sure to own in the future--but considering that's how I've spent 90 percent of my time while playing previous Animal Crossing games, I guess it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise.
That's not what you came here to read about, though, is it? No, I'm guessing you came here to read about--and see screenshots of--my New Leaf town and characters. Thankfully, I've got all of that in spades.
Below, for instance, is a snapshot of my female character, Aino--named after a figure from Finnish mythology--stepping foot into Animachi, my town, for the first time.
I came up with the name Animachi, by the way, by combining the first three letters of "animal" with one of the Japanese words for town or village. Fitting, don't you think?
Oh, and here's a shot of Animachi's first citizens (aka my welcoming committee): Rizzo, Barold, Snake, Winnie and Chevre. (My favorite at the moment is Barold, by the way--don't tell Snake!)
One of the first things I--er, I mean, Aino--did after getting settled in Animachi: buy a fortune cookie from the nearby Nookling Junction shop. (And, no, I don't know why Aino decided to wait until she was inside the museum to crack it open.)
Aino sports the above-mentioned "green hat" (aka the "hero's cap") in the screenshot below. Pretty nifty, eh?
Not so nifty: the fact that the river that runs through Animachi is infested with piranha. Not that Aino seems to mind.
Below is my male character, named--surprise!--Bryan. It could be said that he's probably a bit peppier than I am, and he certainly has a cooler 'do than I do, but other than that we're pretty similar.
Bryan's first task after stepping foot in Animachi: partying at Barold's crib. Sadly, the party was a bit of a bust, as Barold forgot to buy the pizza we were going to eat.
Oh, well, at least he got to check out Barold's pad--which, as you can see in the shot below, is the height of pre-industrial Russian fashion.
And with that the introduction to Animachi ends.
I'll more than likely provide another update on the lives of Aino and Bryan at some point in the future, but in the meantime, I'd love to hear all about your towns and characters in the comments section below.
Or, even better, open your town gate when you're able so I can experience it in person. Don't worry, I'll bring along a housewarming gift of a basket of peaches (Animachi's main fruit).
See also: 'Should I be a boy or a girl? (Or, my kind of silly Animal Crossing: New Leaf conundrum)'