Well, I woke up grouchy today. After plowing through 9 pages of work, I still felt unsatisfied. So I was looking for something I could rant about. I was logged on in CCT at the moment and I checked my Guestbook history. Voila! There you go, something to rant on.
So, today let’s talk about one thing, among others, that often miffed me in Chocobo’s Crystal Tower: neighbour picking off feathers without putting new ones on.
But first, let me introduce you to some facts about Lucky Feathers.
► What are Lucky Feathers?
◄ As you might have noticed in Tutorial, Lucky feathers play a big role in this game. You can collect them from neighbouring farms once a day. 5 feathers for a new neighbour when you first visit, then 1 feather a day from each of your old neighbours. After collecting some Lucky Feathers (Golden Feathers) you can then spend it when you want.
► How do I spend my Lucky Feathers?
◄ The game allows you 3 methods of spending feathers;
1) Buy (unlock) more nests in your farm, to expand your farm slot, allowing you to have more chocobo at a time.
2) Buy (unlock) more baskets in you Egg Inventory, allowing you to keep more eggs at a time.
3) Put feathers on other people’s chocobo, gaining you some gil and Breeder Points.
► What does Lucky Feathers do to a chocobo?
◄ When put on a chocobo, feathers do nothing YET. It only allows farm owner or other people to pick (pluck) those feathers off the chocobo. When plucked off, 1 feather will give the chocobo 15 luck. The person who pick off the feather will also gain 10 Breeder Points as well as 20 gil.
*note* When you pick a feather off chocobo’s head, you DO NOT gain a lucky feather in your stock. Why? Because it is one-time use (and it wasn’t yours) and the one who used it was the owner of the feather who had put it on that chocobo. You could pick it off as in “get rid of it” only. Also, you cannot pick off the feathers you placed, so even if you put it on by accident, you cannot have a refund!
► How do I know which visitors come in to my farm and what they did?
◄ In the game, there’s a record called “Guestbook.” Most of the time it will tell you about everyone who came in to your farm, letting you know what they did to your chocobo.
So, whenever someone pick off the feathers without putting any feather on, I can tell by just checking my Guestbook. I tend to let it go if it only happened once or twice.I learnt that there are several friends in Chocobo Breeder Guilds who are willing to put new feathers on my chocobo, so I should not be angry about just a few feathers that get stolen. However, I feel that even if I have so many nice neighbour to compensate, and overpower those bad ones, I do not think it justifies what the bad neighbours do. They still need to be told to stop.
However, since I do not know them personally, and we haven’t talked before, I do not wish to just go and tell them “Hey you you did a bad thing in my farm. Stop doing it!” since it would be rude. So I can only keep observing who and how often it shows up in my guestbook.
Now if the person keeps doing what I hate, I can memorize their name and remember not to help them.To be honest with you, I am not a nice person. There is a person who picks off feathers all the time, yet keeps sending breeding request to my White Chocobo on regular basis. I am so tempted to limbo his chocobo. (Limbo : keep the request without accepting or declining, making the request sender’s chocobo to be stuck in Breeding Mode and unable to do anything else until I “release” it.) But I have to tell myself, even now as I’m typing the entry….that I MUST not do such evil thing. I allow myself just to help him, and observe, in hope that one day he will realize, or run into some nice CCT guide that tell him, that he’s doing something not so nice on my farm.
Or, I can confront them in an angry rant telling them to keep the hell away from my farm. But well, since I hate confrontation, and I don’t want to single anyone out or be mean by yelling at them for what they might have done by the lack of knowledge or understanding, I selected to write an informative rant entry in my own blog instead. So that this detailed explanation will become permanent and can be read by anyone. I strongly hope that this entry will be useful and helpful to those who do not know the in-depth information about Lucky Feathers and how you should utilize them before. I also hope that whoever that read this will understand how bad “stealing” is and will be kind enough to take care not to do it to neighbour or anyone.
Then, the core question of this entry :
Why am I angry when people pick off Lucky Feathers without putting some back on?
The answer is simple, it is like stealing. You are picking the feathers off MY chocobo’s head, gaining yourself gil and BP, then you give nothing back. It is just selfish to do it this way. You should only pick off the feathers that you will replace. You take something, then give something back. Thus, no stealing. That is the key to be a good neighbour in CCT.
The worse scenario that angers me even more is when my chocobo already has 100 Luck. Then the feathers have no reason to be removed from its head AT ALL. If you pick them off, you get BP and money, my chocobo gets NOTHING. At least if you leave the feathers on, after I send my chocobo to the tower, it will come back out with 0 Luck. Then, I can pick off the “backup” feathers to give my chocobo some luck for its next trip.
Remember, the game allows you to pick off the feathers from other people’s chocobo so that you have room or space to place your feathers on it to gain you even larger amount of BP and gil. So, please do not pick off feathers if you do not plan to put some feathers back on after picking.
However, someone mentioned a different perspective.
They said the feathers on your chocobo aren’t yours anyway. It was placed by another neighbour, so farm owner has no rights to get mad about other people picking it off.
Oh, right, those feathers weren’t from my pocket. But then you forgot this argument goes both ways.
You didn’t put them on my chocobo’s head, so they aren’t yours either. Now, who are you to claim ownership of those feathers by picking them off my chocobo? You have no rights, too. Anyway, to begin with, the feathers on my chocobo’s head were what my OTHER neighbours put on for me, out of generosity. Those feathers were intended to be gifted to MY chocobo. Hence, it is selfish to just come to my farm and take those feathers off my chocobo.
After all, it comes down to CBG’s famous quote from Kane, “Those who pick feathers off without putting feathers back on are the kind of people who will use last toilet paper without replacing a new roll.” You know, you may not be obligated to replace it, but it’s unkind and selfish to use it up and not replace. You’re not thinking about other people. But if you replace it, thinking it will be useful and helpful to other people who would need it later, it’s the act of kindness. Public mind, my friend, is the key to living together. If you adopt this public mind practice, you’ll also be a good neighbour in CCT as well.
Hope that’s clear enough: Be considerate, don’t be selfish.
Happy playing, everyone!