As someone who did not play Animal Crossing at all previously and did not play New Horizons until about a month ago. I’m still learning a lot and discovering all different aspects.
After about a week I started joining Facebook groups and Sub Reddit to meet people, trade and sell turnips. But soon discovered a different side to Animal Crossing, filled with greed, theft, selfishness and literally microtransactions.
Like for real, the first honest game in a long time with no microtransactions. And US the players put them in? People selling items, bells, Nook mile tickets and even villagers on places like Ebay.
Which spurred me on to try change things so I created my freebie emporium. I fenced the front of my island around the airport and grabbed loads of items from my inventory I did not want or had double. And posted on Facebook and Reddit not thinking of what was going to come.
Within literally seconds my phone blew up with comments and DM’s. And at that point most people were civil and nice to have but like always… There was one who just grabbed as much as possible pushing others out the way. So I decided to set up rules and save it in notes so I can just post that everytime.
Proving popular so it’s back freebie opening. Same as always PM me if interested as I use the time of message to determine who’s next, with your In game name and Island so when you leave I can cross you off the list.
Items consist of everything : Items, DIY’s, Wallpapers, Flooring, Clothing, Materials, Fruits and Fossils. Please don’t take this as a guarantee though ie. Fossils are harder to come by.
Just want to run a few rules to keep this going and fair for everyone.
1) No limits on what you can take, but if you take more than 5 please consider bringing unwanted items to drop to help the pool going for others.
2) No entry fee. Tips are not necessary. Any tips are not profitable for me, I then buy items from shops to fill gaps between groups.
3) Unless you are desperate for it, Cataloging is preferred to give others a chance to obtain the same items.
4) If you can bring unwanted items and leave them you are a legend and keep the pool going for the community.
5) Please be patient with getting in and any disconnects, I am one person.
6) Please leave via the airport, don’t make everyone else’s time bad.
7) There is no time limit but please don’t take the ages, as you can imagine queues get very big to get in and to save disappointment to others please be wary of how long you have been.
I’m doing this to show not all of us are greedy some prices and demands out there are ridiculous at times. Games are for fun.
Once I set this up I thought let’s try tomorrow and see what it’s like. The people who came not only had clearly read the whole thing, but honoured them bringing items to keep the pool of items going.
It was hard to keep my feet on the ground at one point. But in just one afternoon I had 50+ people come and go and not one broke the rules. And next to everyone said thanks, left tips or items to fill the gaps.
To see all these people who were willing to help others avoid the expensive, unfair players taking advantage, these are the people I wanted on my island and want to play with. Especially in these current times around the whole world, to just help people escape and spread some joy was my goal and it was working.
I have had everything from, a person saying one of the items they had searched for weeks was at mine for free. Yet was previously getting asked an extortionate amount for it and was buzzing that she could just take it no consequences.
Another time was I had a guy message me on Facebook saying can his 8 year old daughter come please. As he had seen my post. So I sent the code to him and quickly messaged the others saying please be civil because a child is coming (although I have never had any real problem) just in case someone decided to start being salty.
After she’d been and we dropped a few extra gifts and bells for his daughter. The father who might not have even played the game. Messaged me and was saying he was so grateful for letting his daughter come to the event and said his daughter was so happy.
I now host it every weekend. And it continues to grow with interest. It has added another element to the game for me for when I don’t want to terraform or decorate.
Just in these times please remember no matter what you are playing. Be nice. That’s it, it is that simple. Don’t take advantage because you know you can, people are playing to escape everything not be held ransom over in game content.