Yeppers, a boring old post about maps 🙂 I’ve been scrounging around for tidbits on AC: New Leaf since it came out on the 8th November in Japan, and there’s not much out there yet in terms of tidbits, but I think I’ve got the (very) basics of how the maps work, which is a start. And totally useless too, considering you can’t control how it turns out 😆
Here’s the map from one of the promotional screenshots.
The main features of your town map are the River, Tree, Townhall and R.Parkers (I think that’s what the looping pink arrows are…), which take up entire “acres” in your town and can’t share with one another. The train station is always in that spot and also doesn’t share. Meanie.
All the other houses, yours included, seem to work themselves out around these, and they can share acres with the larger landmarks.
As for the acres, 4 x 5 worked perfectly, starting below the railway.
Here are are a few examples. I also hoarded some map screenshots by other people on Japanese blogs ^^;
As you can see, you can get a town that faces east as well.
Also, all the rivers start in the cliff wall on the left or right side of your town, and it seems you can’t get peninsulas in this version (nor islands).
On the plus side, it looks like you can plonk your own house down wherever you want, on whichever acre
For some reason, when AC:NL gets localised, I’d like my tree to be on the southern side of the river, as well as my house. (Less pollution? :P) But I also don’t want the tree to be at the cliff wall, so that means I probably wouldn’t get a long winding river. At the same time I’d be looking out for that square grass I’ve always wanted, so in the end I would probably give up trying to get everything right xP
Oh well, plenty of time to think about it ^_^
Edit: Some random stuff to add 😛
Now that I’ve spent more time getting to know the AC:NL map features, I’ve got a better idea of how I want my town to be (or at least what I’ll be resetting for).
The map sketches are some river shapes I was trying out (for towns facing either way). The rule for all of them was that the town tree would be on the southern side of the river and away from the town wall. The 3rd drawing was my original plan, but now the river’s not windy enough for me 🙂 There were many more options available when I gave up having the tree in the centre.
As for the bottom sketch, that’s where I’d like my house to be 🙂 I still have no idea where it is, but I want it to be in the bend of a river. I wasn’t sure of the size ratio while drawing it so it could be off. I’m also not sure if there are any rules for placing your house. I saw examples of the player’s house sharing acres with buildings, but I don’t know if there are predetermined empty lots at the start of a new town for townies to move into or other obstacles like that.
Also, R. Parkers. It’ll be a wonderful shop to have, but I’d like that gaudy little pink thing to be on the northern side of the river, with the train tracks 😆 (And that wouldn’t be possible in the 2nd town sketch.)
Aaand now onto the nit-picky stuff that I wouldn’t reset for but would be nice to have:
The wide little patch of beach 🙂 It would be totally useless, but I would make the beach a bit more interesting.
I don’t want any inaccessible beaches! >_< I could be misunderstanding something (like maybe they are accessible some way?) but I hate seeing a place I want to explore in a game, but can’t reach xP
And now some funny little maps I saw while “researching” 😛
I tried to work out all the river formations.
I gave up quickly.