All the friends on my farm

In my yard, we grew a pumpkin vine, and from that vine, we harvested one runty pumpkin. It isn’t much wider than a post-it note, and since it grew side-ways,  it has to lay on its side because it doesn’t have a flat bottom like all the store-bought pumpkins. :)

Today, we’re going to talk about the Tillers. The tillers are the faction with whom you gain reputation for farming the little in-game farming mini-game and doing their quests.

This is actually a slightly confusing faction, however. In addition to the one bar for “tillers,” there are ten other reputations to grind up for 10 different farmers who are part of that faction.

While they provide you with really great incentives for leveling tillers, they don’t provide very good incentives for making friends with the other farmers.

I was really confused, however, for a long time about what the point of those extra factions were. They aren’t related to getting better food buffs (you have to do that by leveling each of the six “ways” in cooking).

When you are “best friends” with them, they will come to your farm, stand there and look pretty, and give you vanity things (like animals) that aren’t super important. There is a cricket pet that comes from Cho, but other than that, you mostly get seed packs and vanity items, and hitting a high enough level with Gina Mudclaw puts a mailbox closer to your your farm (instead of having to use the one up by the inn).

When Gina mudclaw is on your farm, she’ll stand around and act as a vendor (same as she does 40 yards away in the market), and you pay less money to get predictions from Jogu the drunk. However, none of the friends on your farm make the unwanted pests go away. Your farm is still full of weeds, birds, vines, and other vermin that you have to pull out all the time. While you can get a faster way of dealing with dry or bug-infested crops (the rep grains during the general tillers rep gives you an irrigation system and some bug spray), but none of the other inconveniences go away when you level up your farm and gain reputation with the other farm NPCs.

When you are best friends with other farmers, and you invite them to “help” on your farm, someone should do something other than just stand around and watch you do all the work. Just making the farm space look a little prettier doesn’t really “help” me do my farm chores. Can’t someone hand me a Weed Wacker, some vermin-be-gone, or a scarecrow that chases away the birds? That’s all I really want. Otherwise, I don’t really see the point in doing annoying daily quests just get to “best friends” with people who don’t do much for me in return.

The whole farming thing has started to “grow” on me, but I think that they could do more to make planting things enjoyable.

4 Comments

  1. Posted October 21, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    I really ♥ how you get little vanity things for your farm with the friends :) If only there was a way to invite in game friends over to my house. I’d also like to see a way to name my dog ;) Great post! The farm was a great addition but I’d, too, like to see some more done with it.

  2. Bleu
    Posted October 22, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    Um, about those weed-whackers and pest repellents — have you checked Gina Mudclaw’s items? She sells an irrigation system and pest repellent that can be permanently installed on your farm. You still have to weed, but watering and spraying for bugs are much easier with them.

    Gina also sells a scarecrow, but I haven’t tried that out yet.

  3. Aramis
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    “Your farm is still full of weeds, birds, vines, and other vermin that you have to pull out all the time. While you can get a faster way of dealing with dry or bug-infested crops, none of the other inconveniences go away when you level up your farm and gain reputation with the other farm NPCs.”

    Different levels of Tillers rep open up vendor items that do these things for you. The sprinkler system which mass waters your farm, the pest things that mass kills pests…and I believe the Scarecrow actually does scare away the birds, though I haven’t bought the scarecrow yet.

    I love the tillers dailies and chores…it’s a fun way of getting cooking stuff and cooking dailies instead of what we had before.

    • Lissanna
      Posted October 24, 2012 at 7:19 am | Permalink

      I talked about the irrigation system & the insect repellant (“Ways of dealing with dry or bug infested crops”) for leveling tillers (those mostly just free up bag space, since I often only have 1 or 2 dry/infested crops per 16 crops I plant most days). However, you still have a farm full of weeds, birds, vines, and other vermin that are more inconvenient than the ones they gave you better tools to deal with. The scarecrow they offer you through the tillers rep is cosmetic (something you can plant off your yard).

      Still doesn’t change the fact that I want one of my tiller friends to actually “help” when I invite them to come help on the farm (because the quest you get says that they’ll help), instead of just standing around looking pretty.