End Game Thoughts: Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp!

Game Title: Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
Platform: Apple iPhone
Hours Played: oh lord… probably over 120 or so

About The Game

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I miss this old loading screen… the new one is ugly!

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is a mobile game that came out in November 2017. I was SO EXCITED for an Animal Crossing game to play on my phone- I remember I couldn’t wait to get off work so I could download it and play!

This game is a bit different from other AC games in the fact that you “manage” a campsite and invite the villagers to hang out there! You can also decorate you campsite and your rv (and later on, your cabin), collect fish, bugs, fruit and shells, and participate in one of the many events that are always going on!

Note that there really isn’t an “ending” to this game. I considered the game beaten when I invited all of the available animals to my campsite, though more animals are added into the game every so often!

What I Liked

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At its core, this game is just… so cute. Seeing so many of my favorite villagers at my campsite is awesome and I love giving them gifts and treats! The more you interact with them, the more they level up, which in turn increases YOUR overall level. As of my time of writing this, I’m at Level 142… after almost 2 years of playing, that’s not too shabby! The level cap is somewhere over 200 right now, though that changes depending on how many villagers are in the game.

I also really like the fact that there are monthly events that keep you wanting to come back and check in. The game has gone through a few evolutions since its inception, but as of now, there are 3 different events each month- a gardening event, a scavenger hunt, and a fishing tourney. These events allow you to collect themed furniture. Last month it was all Halloween furniture, which was awesome!

What I Didn’t Like

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Ha… the main gripe I have with this game? It’s a mobile game, and therefore falls into many of the same traps as other mobile games. There is, of course, premium currency (Leaf Tickets) which can be spent on premium items. At first, Leaf Tickets were pretty easy to come by, and it was easy to buy whatever you wanted. THEN they introduced fortune cookies, which can only be purchased with Leaf Tickets (although they do occasionally sell them for Bells, the game’s standard currency). To make matters worse, the item you get is completely random, so you may end up with several of the same item that you don’t want!

I want to point out that I haven’t spent a single dollar on this game. I refuse to participate in gacha type gambles with my real money, so I just earn Leaf Tickets organically as I play the game. Sure, I miss out on stuff sometimes, but oh well.

One other little thing about Pocket Camp… I kind of wish it were more like a mini Animal Crossing town. The villagers don’t really do anything but stand around and sometimes interact with items in your campsite. Even when you visit them in other areas, they are pretty static most of the time. The have little tents, but you can’t go inside and look around like you can with their houses in the core games. With that being said, I know there are probably restrictions placed on the game because it is mobile.

Closing Thoughts

Despite the fact that the gacha mechanics are absolutely ridiculous and the game can be a bit repetitive, I still find myself logging in every day! I just ignore what I don’t like about the game and I don’t feel pressured to spend money either. Animal Crossing has always been about living your life the way you want… don’t want to fish? Don’t bother. Love interacting with villagers and redecorating your house? Do it all day long and no one will try to stop you. Pocket Camp retains some of that charm and doesn’t force you to participate in anything you don’t want to. Many people have Fear Of Missing Out and have to collect ALLTHETHINGS or else their life is ruined, but not me. I’m content to check in on my little buddies, participate in events as much (or as little) as I want, and go about my day.

P.S. The only thing I HAVE to have in this game is all the animal buddies. In the past, new villagers would just randomly appear and you would have to meet them and craft their favorite furniture in order to invite them to your campsite, which was cute and fun. That mechanic has been replaced by a shit mechanic where you have to send Gulliver away for a chance to get an animal map back, and it’s a bit annoying and tedious. Patience is a virtue, though, and it is possible to do it without spending money, so I just take my time with it 😉

Gaming Goodie of the Month: My First (Handheld) Console!

Last month, my featured Gaming Goodie was my first Pokémon card! This month, I decided to go back a little bit farther and revisit the console that started my gaming obsession… the Nintendo Game Boy!

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“Misty, PLEASE just pose with it!” -me, begging my cat to stay still so I could take a picture. 10 minutes later, this was the best I could do.

Now, I did write a bit about how I got the Game Boy and my fond memories with it back in 2017, so check that out if you want! For those who haven’t read that article, here’s the lowdown: basically, I saw an advertisement on TV for the Game Boy when I was 6 years old and told my mom “I think I would like one of those.” My mom got me one for Christmas, and the rest is history!

I don’t know if my mom ever imagined what a huge part video games would play in my life from there on out. I was OBSESSED! I would play the Game Boy constantly, asking for “5 more minutes” when it was time to go to bed and no doubt costing her a small fortune in batteries!

I have so many good memories attached to that Game Boy. Playing Tetris and Kirby’s Dream Land over and over. Taking it to my friend’s houses down the street and us taking turns playing while the rest of us crowded around the tiny screen waiting for our turn. Spending the night at my friend’s house and us staying up until almost 2am trying to beat Tetris Blast. I could go on and on.

That clunky gray box has been with me for 27 years now, and though it isn’t in working order anymore (at least not until I attempt to fix it like I’ve been meaning to for like 2 years) it sits proudly on my shelf as the first handheld gaming console I ever owned. It started an obsession with my favorite hobby, and I’ll always treasure it!

The Real Neat Blogger Award!

In August, the awesome Red Metal over at Extra Life Reviews nominated me for The Real Neat Blogger Award. That was Real Neat of him! 😉 I’m always flattered and I always really appreciate when I get a little award- plus, answering random questions is pretty fun! So, let’s get started! Here’s the questions that were asked of me.

1. Have you ever watched a film in theaters that featured an intermission?

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Nope, not that I can remember! I don’t know if my attention span could even handle something like that these days, haha!

2. What is the most expensive ticket you’ve ever purchased?

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Hmmm… probably the tickets for my husband and I to go to the Slipknot concert in 2009. They were floor tickets and I don’t remember how much they were, but I know it was a little pricey. Totally worth it though… seeing Slipknot up close and personal was EPIC and I’m glad we did it. Probably won’t happen again though- I’m getting too old to participate in mosh pits!

3. If you had to trade in fluency of your first language for another, which one would you choose?

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Definitely Japanese. I’ve always wanted to learn Japanese, but it’s very difficult!

4. If you could appear on any game show (including ones that have ended), which one would you choose?

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This is a great question! I’m convinced that I’m one of those people that know all the answers at home but would freeze and forget everything, including my name, if I had to appear on television. You know which one would be fun though? That one that used to be on Nickelodeon where families had to go through obstacle courses… *looks up the name* Double Dare! Some of that shit was so gross and messy, but it looked like a ton of fun!

5. As someone who has watched many classics over the past few years, I’ve concluded that old films are overall better than recent efforts. What do you think the current generation of filmmakers lacks that allowed their predecessors to shine?

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There is a definite lack of new ideas! People keep re-hashing the same shit in a different format. Some is good, some isn’t… but I’m ready to see more unique ideas!

6. How do you like your eggs prepared?

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EEWWWW!!! I HATE EGGS!!! I don’t know why, but I’ve hated them ever since I was a kid. Every once and awhile I will make scrambled eggs for my husband for breakfast, and I have to struggle not to puke just looking at them. Don’t even get me started on how slimy and snotty it looks when you first crack it open! Recipes that call for eggs make me want to cry… good thing I don’t bake cakes very often.

7. How do you like your potatoes prepared?

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Now this question is more like it! 😉 I love potatoes…. baked potatoes, potatoes au gratin, mashed potatoes, french fries, potato chips… yeah, potatoes are awesome in pretty much any form. Yum!

8. If you found yourself directing films, which genre would you want to specialize in?

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Since horror is my favorite genre, that’s what I would chose! And I would not kill off any animals dammit!

9. What is your favorite band/artist with a limited discography (i.e. no more than four studio albums)?

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Oh wow, that’s a great question! I used to be so much better at keeping up with bands I like, but now I’m in the “this is the music that I like, I don’t want to hear new stuff” category. Yikes, I’m old! Anyway, many of the bands that I like seem to have released more than 4 albums, so this is a hard question to answer. Poking through my music collection, I only have one cd from a band called 16 Second Stare, and by the looks of it, they have only released one other cd and a few extra songs, so let’s go with them!

I actually remember picking up their cd for 25 CENTS at Best Buy many years back. I took a chance on it because it was cheap and the album cover is a toilet with roses coming out of it- classy! Turns out, there’s some pretty decent hard rock/ metal tracks on the album, which is fine by me!

10. There are many stories over the years of projects or ideas never getting off the ground or being canceled mid-production. Which one would you bring into reality if you could?

I’m hopeless when it comes to news about what’s up and coming, so I’m probably oblivious to most things that get cancelled.

11. What series do you feel managed to be consistently good for an extended period of time?

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As far as video game series go… the Donkey Kong Country series. I loved the original trilogy and loved the revamped Returns series too- I feel like each game has something different and exciting to offer.

As far as book series, I’ll have to say Harry Potter. Every one of those 7 books keep me enthralled and entertained!

TV series… definitely Breaking Bad! I watched all 5 seasons without once saying “Wow, that was boring” or “That episode was pointless.” I can’t say the same for most other series I’ve watched, even if it’s a series I really like.

So that’s that for this award! Thanks for reading!

Book Review: Assassin Witch by Ashley McCleo!

Assassin Witch is the 2nd book in the Bonegates Series by Ashley McCleo. I reviewed the book for her recently on Goodreads! Here’s the blurb for the book:

Doing away with an evil fae queen to help her kingdom is Princess Lana’s ultimate goal.

But first, allies must be secured. Which means embarking on diplomatic missions that make the introvert in Lana cringe.

Even with the assistance of Garret, her friend, and maybe something more, Lana hates the idea of being an ambassador. And as it turns out, she’s not a natural either.

As her struggles deepen, doubt creeps in. Is she simply an imposter? Can she span the cultural divide between what she knew in the human world and mafias of fae or tribes of giants? Will she deliver on her promise to make a difference in the lives of the fae of Lyonesse?

Lana must convince the skeptics that although she’s not a pure-born elf of Faerie, she’s a worthy leader. And she will fight to improve their lives.

Because war is coming to Faerie, and she could lose everything she’s come to love if she fails.

Assassin Witch is perfect for fans of the Throne of Glass Series and The Cruel Prince. With a slow-burn romance, intricate world-building, and danger lurking in every faerie wood and mafia-run city, it will keep you enthralled long past the last page.

And the cover:

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Here’s my review!

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review 🙂

Assassin Witch is the 2nd book in the Bonegates series. The book begins with Lana getting her much-anticipated conversation with her father, the king of Lyonesse. She has such a desire to talk to him and get to know him, she is so happy to finally get some one-on-one time with him! After they talk about her life, make other small talk, etc., he drops a bombshell on her: he wants her and her siblings to assassinate Queen Pari of Buyan!

Naturally, Lana has her doubts, because she barely has control over her powers and doesn’t feel quite strong enough to carry on an assassination attempt. Nevertheless, she tries to fake it til she makes it, and it is painfully obvious for her that she is unprepared and knows little about how things work in Faerie. Because of this, she finds it hard to gain her sibling’s respect.

Lana struggles quite a bit throughout this book, because she finds it hard to balance becoming a more knowledgeable Princess General and becoming more friendly with her siblings. In the end, she devises a half decent plan to go after Queen Pari… though it doesn’t go exactly as planned. The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger and definitely leaves me wanting more!

One thing I wanted to add: at one point, a strange fae approached Lana and said to her “Your father is a bad man. He brings the darkness with him and will drown out the light… especially yours, princess.” This makes me wonder just how benevolent the king actually is, and what his true intentions are. I cannot wait to see what happens next!

I gave Assassin Witch 5/5 stars on Goodreads!

Sunshine Blogger Award!

In June, The Dragon’s Tea Party answered some interesting questions for the Sunshine Blogger Award. She then came up with her own questions and invited everyone to answer… so here I go! 😉

1. What’s been your favourite movie released in the last year?

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Hmm… I don’t always watch movies anywhere close to the time they come out… but I just recently saw John Wick 3: Parabellum and that came out earlier this year, so let’s go with that one!

2. Does tea taste better from a pot or from a cup?

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When I drink tea, I always just make it in the cup! I don’t know if it necessarily tastes better, but that’s just how I roll.

3. Which biscuit do you dunk in tea/coffee?

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I actually don’t really dunk anything in my tea or coffee much anymore, not sure why. But for some reason, whenever I have a bagel and coffee, I dunk the bagel in the coffee, cream cheese and all. Is that gross? That’s probably gross. Oh well!

4. When it’s a sunny, warm day what do you like to do?

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Go to the beach or the pool. Lounging in the sun (with copious amounts of sunscreen) and listening to music is one of my favorite ways to spend a day!

5. What’s your comfort food of choice?

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When I’m having a shit day, nothing is better than stuffing my face with delicious french fries!

6. How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

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Google tells me 700lbs. worth. Who knew?

7. Which game gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling inside?

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Definitely any game from the Animal Crossing series! I have happy thoughts just thinking about that series. ❤

8. What was the last game you rage quit?

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Hmm, let me think for a moment here… I haven’t really rage quit anything in awhile, but some of the puzzles in Samsara: Deluxe Edition for the Switch really tested my patience! I’ve realized I’m not great at games like that, so when it gets really difficult, I want to move on to something else.

9. What’s your feelings on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite?

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I actually haven’t played this game, because I’m not interested in walking around/ going to different places to try to play. I’m lazy and prefer to game with my ass planted comfortably in a chair!

10. It’s your birthday and you can have any cake you want! What do you go for?

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I’m not much of a cake person, but I had carrot cake for my birthday a couple months ago, so I’ll go with carrot cake!

11. Name your snacks and beverages of choice for while you game.

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I don’t eat while playing games as much as I used to when I was a kid, because I don’t like touching my controllers with dirty hands, haha! Every once and awhile I’ll snack on some chips though! As far as beverages… I usually like to drink some iced tea or coffee! 🙂

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When I WAS a kid though… I would totally eat Lunchables pizza while playing games. I would carefully make each little piece of pizza (bonus points if one of them was a dessert pizza!), have them set out on a plate, and take a bite every now and then while gaming! Man, that was fun…

So that’s it for this award. I’m too lazy as you all know by now, so feel free to answer these questions if you want! 🙂

Gaming Goodie of the Month: My First Pokémon Card!

I’ll admit, it took me WAY too long to come up with a snazzy title for this new set of posts I want to attempt. My idea is once a month, I’ll feature something in my video game collection… whether it be a collectible card, a manual, a guide book, a game, blah blah blah. I thought this would be a fun and interesting way for me to showcase something of mine and give a little backstory if applicable. Problem is, I’m about as creative as a stick and had a lot of trouble thinking of a title that would describe what I was trying to do. I literally had “Thing of the Month” in the title because I was getting annoyed at myself. Then I remembered that when I get some new gaming related stuff, I put my posts under a category called “Gaming Goodies”… so DUH… I’ll call this GAMING GOODIES of the the Month!

How many months in a row can I keep this up? My guess is 2, maybe 3, but miracles can happen. I actually feel motivated to do this for some reason, so maybe I’ll stick to something for once! Anyway, I’ll try to do these posts on the first of every month, unless it’s a holiday or I’m busy or I just don’t wanna. Without further ado, here’s the very first post in this category…

Introducing… My First Pokémon Card!

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Squirtle is hanging out in my little graveyard because it’s the spookiest time of the year!

Back in 1998 when Pokémon was first introduced in the states, I’ll admit I was a bit lukewarm on the whole thing. Some of my friends played Red and Blue but for whatever reason, I wasn’t really into it. That is, until I started realizing how cute some of the characters were. I’ve never been able to resist cute stuff! Anyway, in 1999 (as Dr. Google tells me) the trading cards came out, and one of my neighborhood friends, Jason, had plenty of them! He showed them to me and I was intrigued by them, but still unsure if I wanted to play the actual games or not.

One day, Jason stopped by my house with a little present for me: an ADORABLE Pokémon card featuring Squirtle! He said he wanted to give it to me because he knew how much I loved turtles. He even put it in a sleeve for me so it wouldn’t get dirty or bent. I was so overwhelmed by this small gift, I didn’t know what to say. It meant a lot to me that he would give me something from his own collection based on what animal I liked! Little did he know, this little Squirtle card started my love for Pokémon! Soon, I had a decent card collection of my own, mostly thanks to my grandmother, who would buy me a few packs of cards every time she went to the mall! Jason also gave me several more cards, including some Japanese cards that are highlights of my collection to this day.

And yes… I still have all of my Pokémon cards, save for some duplicates that I passed on to my cousin Matt years ago. I’m sure you’ll see more of them as the months go on 🙂 Thanks for reading!

P.S. To this day, I still have NO CLUE how to play the actual Pokémon Trading Card Game. I was only ever interested in collecting the cards! 😉

The Underrated Ladies Tag!

In July, the always awesome Lightning Ellen tagged me in a rather unique tag, something I’ve never done before… a female empowerment tag! In this tag, I have to answer questions about awesome ladies in video games, tv, movies, etc. etc. This is probably going to be somewhat difficult for me, as I tend to draw blanks when I’m asked very specific questions… good thing this is a blog post and not a face-to-face conversation with someone, haha! Anywho, let’s check out the rules for this tag:

  • PingBack to Kate at Melting Pots and Other Calamities and pingback to a post of hers
  • Answer the questions
  • Choose female characters from books, movies, TV, anime, webtoons, etc.
  • Tag as many people
  • Have fun!

Sounds easy enough, right? Let’s see how it goes!!

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1. Name a heroine you like but whom you feel is always overshadowed by the male characters in the story.

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As I am in the midst of re-reading the Harry Potter books (I do it once every couple years or so), the first character that pops in my mind is Professor McGonagall. She is super strict and a total stickler for rules and I feel like had I attended Hogwarts, she and I would not have always seen eye to eye! Nevertheless, she is a bad ass witch who knows her shit, yet is often overshadowed by Professor Dumbledore, Professor Snape, etc. She doesn’t go totally unrecognized, of course, but I feel like she deserved a little more of the limelight!

2. For that matter, name a heroine whom you feel is always overshadowed by the other female characters in the story.

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I’m going to go with Elizabeth the vampire in the Fanged Fae series by Ashley McCleo. For those unfamiliar, I have reviewed the books on my blog because Ashley is kind enough to send me ARCs of her books! Anyway, Elizabeth is a supporting character who helps the main character, Mauri, learn how to control and utilize her vampire side. We get glimpses of Elizabeth fighting, and she sounds completely bad ass and unstoppable. I just wish there was more of her in the books!!

3. Name a character who had potential but was greatly underutilized in her story.

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This might seem like a completely off-the-wall answer, but I chose Vesta from Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life. She runs another farm in town, and she seems like she knows what she’s doing. Instead of developing her character more and maybe providing a bit of friendly competition, she happily sells you seeds so your farm can be more successful than hers. She literally sits back and does nothing while you slowly build up your farm and cause hers to fade into obscurity because no one wants to buy her shit anymore. Come on, Vesta, get it together!

4. Name a female character who you either find better in her book than her movie, find better in her movie than her book, or whose portrayals you find equal.

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Maybe it’s because Harry Potter is on my mind… but I love both the book and the film version of Hermione! I’ll admit, she annoyed me a little at first, but despite her occasional know-it-all attitude, she really is a badass. I had a clear picture in my head of what she was like in the books, and she was brought to life so well on the big screen.

5. Name a character who you want more backstory on.

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How about Cooking Mama? She’s starred in several games, but we don’t know shit about her except for the fact that she gets angry as fuck when you mess up her recipes. I want to know more about her, but I also want to punch her in her angry little face.

6. Name a character with traits you feel are sadly overlooked by everyone.

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Let’s all hear it for Erin from Super Tennis!! Anyone remember Erin? What about Debbie? Amy? Shit y’all… these are all super awesome female tennis players that kick ass, and no one knows anything about them. They can beat the boys any ol’ time, but I bet not many people used them when they played this game. I can’t even really find any pictures online.

P.S. I know next to nothing about sports, but I played the shit out of this game when I was a kid!

7. Name a morally grey character. (Villain or anti hero!)

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I’m going to have to go with my girl Nitara from Mortal Kombat on this one. I’ve mentioned her quite a long time ago in one of my posts, but she is a badass vampire who just wants to do her own thing. She’s not a villain, but she’s not interested in being a hero either. What’s so wrong with that?

8. A character you’re stunned isn’t more famous.

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I’m probably the wrong person to look to as far as what’s famous and what’s not. I tend to stay in my own little world and pay little mind to things like that! Uh… I’m drawing a complete blank here. I guess I’ll choose Clare from the Claymore manga series. There is way too much shit to explain the Claymore storyline here, but let’s just say that she’s a badass and she deserves credit.

There you have it! If anyone wants to answer these questions themselves, go for it! 🙂