Sunday, September 14, 2008

One sad aspect of Marriage to Vaughn






Although it made my first IoH game 'flawed', in the respect of preventing 100% completion in terms of the Individuals List, I am glad that I married Vaughn. Well, of course I am glad on a personal level, as I fancied him desperately but beyond that, I now can convince myself that it was a necessary experiment in order to be able to let players know precisely what to expect from the one Eligible Bachelor who is not on the Island every day of the week either before or after marriage.

As a bachelor, Vaughn visits the Island only on Wednesdays and Thursdays. You therefore have only two opportunities to raise his heart level each week, unless he appears at a Festival (which does occur occasionally). Speaking to any character at a Festival will raise his/her Affection/Friendship Level a little.

After marriage, Vaughn will be on the Island every day BUT Wednesday. On Thursdays, he works at Mirabelle's Animal Shop until noon and then returns home.

In the 3rd Year of the game, I was married to Vaughn at the time of the Starry Night Festival. It fell on Wednesday that year and despite my hopes that he would hurry home in time to share that magical night with me, he failed to appear! I re-entered the House at every hour to see if there were any possibility of triggering an Event. Alas...

Players should know that, however sweet Vaughn may be as a husband, he will not sacrifice his work for you even in honour of the Starry Night Festival.

Oh well, there will be other years for the players who marry Vaughn. As I included all the delightful Special Occasions with Vaughn as a husband, I thought it only fair to include this one small negative aspect of marriage to him.

Fortunately, he was present for his birthday which was rather a touching affair, as he confessed that no one ever had done anything special for him in the past. He was present as well for the Harvest Goddess Festival.

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

I, too, married Vaughn in the third year. Fall 5, to be precise. And i found out that i would be carrying his child on Winter 8. However, i found out that Vaughn did, in fact, return home for the Starry Night Festival. I went inside my house at 2:00 pm, and found he was waiting for me with food. The starry Night Festival did occur on a wed that year.

Freyashawk said...

Ah, this is VERY interesting. Ordinarily, the Starry Night Festival only occurs in the evening. Vaughn celebrated it with you at 2.00 p.m. in the afternoon? I'll have to investigate this in my next game... the test game in which I married sweet Vaughn long ago was erased and overwritten with RF2, alas... I haven't had any opportunity to play my own IoH game since then.

Anonymous said...

I like Mark in my game but nothing i give him makes that note above his head go up. I did get him up to 3 hearts but it took 1 and 2\3 of a season. *cry* *cry* Can you help thanx.

Freyashawk said...

Anon, the section on Mark in the Courtship and Marriage Guide explains that he is not impressed with gifts, unfortunately. Just talk to him every day... that has far more effect than any item. I believe, however, that participating in the Contests and winning them is the best way to raise both Mark's and Chelsea's heart levels. They are impressed with your SKILLS, after all.

Anonymous said...

Hey i looove Vauhn, but he only has one heart. And ive tried to get him to like me for a season and a half! i give him chocolate every time he is there, CAN YOU HELP????

Anonymous said...

i really badly need some help marrying vaughn i have had the game for 3 mounths alreddy i really need some help plz if eny one has info plz tell me plz

Freyashawk said...

Look at the right side of the page under 'Island of Happiness' to find the link to my Courtship and Marriage Guide. There is an entire section devoted to Vaughn that gives his schedule, his likes and dislikes, as well as a Schedule of his Heart Events and Rival Heart Events. As Vaughn only visits the Island and is not there every day, you have to be patient if you want to marry him. Just make certain that you speak to him and give him something he likes (chocolate is easily obtained early in the game) each day he is on the Island. My Guide tells you which responses are 'correct' when you experience his events.

Freyashawk said...

Foolish, foolish!!! I was looking at the old comments about the Starry Night Festival and I realise that I had forgotten that the schedule CHANGES once you marry... I was expecting Vaughn in the evening as though he were a bachelor still...

Anonymous said...

I've done every single thing I need to do to get vaughn to marry me, and I tried to propose but he still refuses me. But I noticed other boys had heart events happening now and again because of previous wins in events.Is this why he's refusing me?

Anonymous said...

To get Vaughn's Heart Level up as much as possible give him milk every day that he's in town.
If you don't have Cows yet then in autumn stock up on mushrooms and give him them instead. around 40 mushrooms should last an entire year.

Or porridge...He likes that too

=3

Freyashawk said...

Actually, Vaughn is quite happy to accept Chocolate, an item that is available for purchase from the start of the game. By the time you have a Cow and Milk or even Mushrooms in Autumn, you can have his heart level fairly high just by having given him Chocolate each day he is on the Island.

If Vaughn continues to refuse you, it has nothing whatsoever to do with winning contests. It is one of the following reasons:
1. He is not at deepest red heart yet;
2. You have not experienced all his heart events;
3. You have not met the Harvest Goddess yet;
4. You don't have the Husband Bed;
5. You don't have Nathan and the Church on the Island;
6. You have not brought all main characters to the Island yet...

Any one of these will cause him to reject your proposal. See my Courtship and Marriage Guide for details.

Anonymous said...

I think I unlocked all of the main characters but I haven't experienced all of his heart events. Two to be exact. How do I unlock the others? For the rest I have done everything that's required. Please help me!

Anonymous said...

I've got a problem. I married Vaughn and he has all ten hearts but when I give him gifts he will not accept them. Do you have any idea of why? I thought that it was because he was gone for a week before I married him. please help.

Freyashawk said...

Anon, this is common for the first few days after marriage to Vaughn and I believe you are correct in assuming it is because the game counted the days when he was absent... It happened to me as well. Just keep offering the gift and speak to him daily. He soon will accept them!

Sarah said...

I just wanted to say that if a person is not accepting gifts, this is easily fixed. They won't accept them because you have not talked to them for more than two days. So, you must talk to them for 3 days without giving gifts. If you give him a gift the 2nd day, it will be like being back at talking to them the 1st day of 3. Then, if you talked to them 3 continuous days, they will accept a gift the 4th day. If Vaughn, it is because you skipped 2 days of talking to him. This is specifically not the game counting days that Vaughn is not there. It means you just skipped.

Freyashawk said...

Sarah, you are correct in general terms but not with respect to Vaughn and the first couple of days after marriage. The game errs there in counting the days when he was off the island and punishes you by making him refuse your gifts.

As far as the number of days you need to offer a gift before it will be accepted, the maximum is six days and not four.

Refusal of gifts is one of the issues that perplexes players the most in IOH and I deal with it exhaustively in my IoH Guides. You don't have to give a gift to an individual daily but DO talk to every one!

Rebeka said...

I know what you're going to say, but I would like to ask this anyway. I married Vaughn and had my heart set on a girl. I had a boy. You're probably thinking, "So?" well, on my previous file I married Elliot and had a boy. I know what you're going to say, but there has got to be some way to get a girl! [laughs] Oh well. I started over on my other file trying for a girl.
I'm gunna keep trying, too XD I should be a Vaughn expert by the time our daughter finally arrives. XDDDD

Anonymous said...

me and vaughn are married, and unlike the other boys ive married in my previous files, he seems to dislike me giving him gifts, ive stopped for know because im not sure what to do. please help

Anonymous said...

Oh the irony, I too married Vaughn on Fall 5 of the third year! Small world, eh? It's been only a week since the day, because I've gotten lazy. But the first time he wasn't on my farm on a wednesday morning, I was truly confused. I hope I do get him to stay for the starry night festival!

Anonymous said...

i got SUPER close to marrying vaughn, but just when i got a chance to present the blue feather, my ds turned off!! i tried to go back to my file, but my data was corrupted. i was SO disappointed, because that ruined my chances of marrying vaughn! how do i fix it?

Anonymous said...

ok ok ok he wont acsept your gifts buuuuut he will on thursdays at the animal shop place and he LOVES dogs sooo show him your dog evrey day that rases his heart levil up quite a bit
i like denny better thogh we got married summer 22nd and had a lil girl fall 16th :D

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Freyashawk said...

Hi Freya. I've been looking at your guides for a ... Hi Freya.

Nicole wrote:

I've been looking at your guides for a while and I realised you've neglected something.

I was watching some Youtube videos for IoH when I came across this:

This is a video of a proposal to Mark in IoH. Apparently, they got this proposal because they went through Mark's orange heart events.

There was a different proposal event when they answered correctly for everything. It went like this:


I was just wondering if you've ever noticed this. Maybe if you did, would you mind sharing some of your experiences?

I would LOVE to know what Vaughn says should you go through his orange heart event! Haha thanks.

-Nicole

Freyashawk said...

Nicole, to paraphrase the title of this old post, 'one sad aspect' of the fact that Harvest Moon games have been so prolific in the past two years is the fact that I never had a chance to enter all the alternative paths in IoH to the Courtship and Marriage Guide. There are FOUR different paths for Heart Events in many cases in IoH. I hope to add them all as soon as I have completed BASIC guides for Animal Parade! It's an embarrassment of riches lately where both Harvest Moon and Rune Factory are concerned. Meanwhile, I will post the alternate events for Vaughn as soon as possible.

missChiara said...

hey guys , my character married to Vaughn . I wanna ask . after married life , he stayed in house . how you give him things that he liked ? well , I try to give him everything he liked . he refused it :( ..

Freyashawk said...

MissChiara, if you read earlier comments, you would see that this question has been answered. For the first few days, Vaughn may refuse your gifts after marriage. I think it has something to do with his schedule while single. I believe the game mistakenly assumes that you 'neglected him' somehow, although his schedule obviously changes after marriage. Speak to him daily and in a couple of days, he will accept gifts from you again, but this time as your husband!

ashpackmate said...

Ive married Vaughn before, but unfortunately that got stolen so now i married Vaughn (Winter 8th) in the game i just bought, i am expecting and hoping for a boy though i always seem to get a girl (Ive married Shea, Pierre, Denny, and mark and for all of them Ive had a girl even though Ive married in different seasons)