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                                                               AC:NL WiFi Manners Guide
                                                Edited by Da ninja piggy - Reposted by Jarikira

Just because you're a total slob in real life doesn't mean you can't show some manners in AC:NL. While you don't have to completely change your personality in order to be courteous, you should still follow some general guidelines to make sure your WiFing adventures go smoothly. Being respectful to others and their property should be of utmost importance while you're out of town, and if you follow these tips you should have a positive WiFi experience with just about everyone.

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                                                                  Hosting a WiFi Game

Being a guest and being a host are both somewhat similar; both require a great deal of respect, and in some cases, a great deal of patience. If you are new to WiFi, I would suggest hosting a game first. You'll be able to observe how your guests act (hopefully they set a good example) and you get to experience the new responsibilities brought on by hosting visitors. To that end, here are some suggestions and tips on how you can be a respectful, fun, and exciting host.

Technicalities:
1) Get to know who's coming over beforehand. You don't want to invite a complete stranger over to play with you. There are users who are just coming to vandalize your town or steal your items. Make sure to check the user's WiFi ratings before accepting their FCR.

2) Let them know your expectations. If you have a pet peeve or something you do not tolerate in your town, let them know beforehand (especially if you have certain "rules" for your town). Each person has a different sense of what should be done in another town, and some people have more or less manners than others.

3) Have good connections. Literally; the host should have a strong WiFi connection, as a weak connection may cause the connection to fail and all visitors will be kicked out. No one likes to visit a town that's always falling offline.

Preparations:
1) Have a plan. Some people don't do well just going with the flow; having a general plan as to what activities you are going to engage in while your guest is over is never a bad idea. While you shouldn't plan out every minute of your meeting, you should at least have a general idea as to what you want to do, as sitting there making faces at each other gets boring pretty quickly. You might try playing some games, or taking a trip to the island.

2) Make sure everything is ready. Is your town set up correctly for any games you'll be playing? If your game needs instructions, you may want to post them on the town message board beforehand. If you have any patterns out for decoration, make sure that they are placed correctly and that everything is the way you want it.

Your Town:
1) Your town should feel inviting, and it should look tidy and prepared to accommodate guests. This includes picking weeds and keeping all pathways (if any) clear of items which may make the town look cluttered (unless you are having a catalog party or are playing a game involving items).

2) Make sure your house isn't full of cockroaches! Chances are your guest would like to take a tour of your home, so always be sure to keep it tidy. Try to make all furniture accessible (and perhaps interactive), and keep open space; your house shouldn't feel like a maze! Some nice music also helps to lighten the mood.

3) Show your creativity. Nothing is more interesting than a town with a theme. By placing patterns all around town you can turn it into any number of places. Even if you aren't the best artist out there, there are plenty of patterns available online that you can use to decorate your town. Even if you don't have the time or patience to design dozens of patterns, a simple pathway through your town is a nice touch and keeps visitors away from the flowerbeds.

Personality:
1) Keep it moderate. When you first meet someone, you don't want to intimidate them or make them feel uncomfortable. If you have a tendency of making jokes, you may want to lay off until you know how they'll handle them. A simple joke can turn into a great misunderstanding and hurt feelings.

2) Watch your mouth! Many of those who play AC:NL are children, and you don't want to offend them or their parents. This includes loudmouthed villagers. If you've taught a villager an insulting catchphrase, you may want to make sure your visitor doesn't chat with them, or warn them about your villager beforehand. You can also file a complaint at the town hall regarding the villager's language. Doing so will revert the villager's catchphrase to the default.

3) Communicate clearly. AC:NL allows you to communicate with others via an on-screen keyboard. While it can be a nuisance to type out long sentences each time you want to say something, do try and be clear in your communication. It's also best to shy away from using too much chatspeak, unless you're sure the other person understands it.

4) Be respectful. Like the old saying goes, treat others how you would like to be treated. If you are kind, people will notice and want to visit more often. If you're rude, you'll be left alone. Visitors are your guests, and they should be treated as guests. This includes being polite and just being you. People will appreciate your personality, so don't be afraid to show it!

Surprise!
1) When hosting, it's always nice to surprise your guest somehow (in a good way!) Presents are always nice, even if it's something simple, your guests will appreciate your generosity.

2) Don't be a cheapskate! Giving a small Bell prize to the winners of the games that you play adds an interesting touch. It can turn a simple game into a real competition though, so you may want to give out the money unannounced.

3) Plan some cool activities. Playing games is always cool, especially if you have a full town of visitors; that way everyone can participate. Having a catalog party, where everyone can exchange items and complete their catalog is also fun. You could even hold an auction or have a mini yard sale!

Remember that when playing the host you are in control. If someone is behaving rudely, or is making you feel uncomfortable, let them know, and if they don't stop, end the game and then remove them from your friend list. You don't have to tolerate or WiFi with someone who is disrespecting you. Most importantly, if you notice that your guest is vandalizing or abusing your town, just flick the WiFi switch or turn the game off right away. Flicking the WiFi switch will cause a connection error, removing any visitors from your town and returning the town to how it was when last saved. Turning off your game during WiFi before saving data will reverse the negative effects, and you won't encounter Resetti. For more information on keeping your town safe from harm, check this guide.
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                                                                        Guest Etiquette

Being a guest is a bit less about planning and more about what you do while you're in your host's town. While you should make preparations before leaving, the host will usually have some plan of what you'll be doing in town. You may want to discuss these plans beforehand, especially if you are going over to trade items.

Preparations:
1) Ask your host what you'll be doing. Doing so helps you make the right preparations beforehand. Now would also be a good time to ask your host about any rules he or she has regarding their town. If you have a question, ask it.

2) Over prepare. When making preparations, you have to keep in mind the situation awaiting you. Plans change quickly, and a simple visit could turn into an hour long bug-off—it can get that crazy! To make the most of your visits, you want to make sure you're ready for everything. You want to have at least one of the following items on hand at all times: Shovel, Fishing Rod, Net, Wetsuit, Slingshot, Timer, and Watering Can. These items are essential, and if you want to be classy you can bring your golden tools if you like. Just don't drop them and leave them on accident.

3) Keep room in those pockets! Chances are you'll pick something up in the town you're visiting, whether it be fruit, fish, or a piece of furniture (just don't steal). Make sure you have at least 5 spaces or so empty just in case. It's a real hassle to have to drop a bunch of items during a fishing tourney. Try to keep all your mail slots open so you can clear your inventory quickly.

4) Bring a gift. It doesn't have to be something big, but it's nice to have something to bring over to someone who is hosting you in their town. Plus, bringing extra items helps if you decide to play a game of treasure hunt, or see something you like and want to make a trade.

5) Don't come broke. You might find something you like at a shop in your friend's town. Plus, you never know when you'll need some extra money to buy an item off of a friend, donate to a public works project, or just send in the mail as a thank you.

Do's & Don'ts
It's better to be overly polite than to risk being rude. Different hosts have different expectations of their guests, but if you follow these Do's and Don'ts, you should be fine.

DO ask before you buy items from a shop, exchange patterns in Able's, post messages on the message board, take, pick up, or dig up ANY items from town (including flowers and fruit), before you enter someone's home, and before you roam around town and talk to the villagers. Most of the time, your host will have no problems with you doing many of the above, but most hosts would prefer if you ask them first.

DO try to keep close to your host. If you avoid them or run out of their sight often, they might think that you're up to something; you don't want to be mistaken for someone you're not.

DO be friendly and greet your host, don't just start running around wherever you please.

DO walk slowly when near flowers. Flowers are very delicate, and hybrid flowers are even more so. If your host has put a lot of time and effort into gardening, ruining flowerbeds will probably make him or her very upset.

DO remember to steer clear of flowers when running. Some hosts may not want you running at all, so be sure to ask first.

DON'T cut down or shake any trees unless you have been given permission to do so. Many people have spent a lot of time creating large forests of fruit trees, and for some it's even a source of income. You need to be respectful of that.

DON'T ask/beg for Bells. This is rude and almost insulting. If you need Bells, you should make some yourself. Asking for Bells is not appropriate at all, unless you know the host and he or she is a good friend of yours.

DON'T say anything offensive. That includes insults, bad language, or anything that could be taken the wrong way unless the host has let you know that he or she is okay with it beforehand.

DON'T dig up any flowers/fossils/gyroids, or pick up any items without asking first.

DON'T randomly drop or bury items in someone's town, unless you are supposed to be doing so for either a trade or a game.

These Do's and Don'ts may seem a bit strict, but they ensure that you'll stay on your host's good side. Once you get to know your host better, you'll know what is and what is not acceptable in their town.

                                                                              

Now, the most important rule to follow, whether you are a host or a guest:

Just have fun!

Manners are desirable, but that doesn't mean you can't be a bit informal and have a good time. There is a balance between formality and fun that you have to find in every town that you visit. You'll get the hang of it.
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