(ALL VINTAGE EC GAMES ARE CONTINUED IN THEIR OFFICIAL DISCUSSION THREADS!)
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Hello, true believers! Welcome to Negative World's newest RPG-centric Club Hub, springing off the heels of the Fire Emblem Club. Way back when, Nintendo Power introduced a monthly walkthrough / in depth Role Play Game section (right around the beefiest SNES RPG era), but since they aren't around anymore to use it, Negative World will bring it out of the ashes, dust it off, and roll with it (two things of note: #1, this is not in reaction to Nintendo Force Magazine at all -- I know that because I thought of it in the shower this morning, so THERE; and #2, I just looked up "Epic Center RPG" on Yahoo, and there is apparently another RPG-based site that has that, ugh. I guess we're looking at a "Ghostbusters" / "Real Ghostbusters" thing now... Whatever..).
For anyone who grew playing SNES RPGs, and were a fan of them, they surely resonated to the point where they still hold office as some of your favorite games of your entire videogame life, systems, generations, and decades later. The NW Epic Center (run primarily by myself, with the aid of some special friends occasionally) will help to expose some of those games that didn't quite get the recognition they deserved, and also to relive some of the greatest games EVER as we play through them again -- together -- and open up a whole new dialogue on these lost treasures.
Chrono Trigger is held by many (myself included) as The Greatest RPG of All Time, pun not intended. It is a benchmark title in the genre, and even after 20 years the game is discussed daily and held in high regard, even in the face of juiced-up, HD "masterpieces." Is simpler sometimes better? Sure, but we're not talking "Dragon Warrior" simple here; we're talking 16-bit perfection at its finest. I'm personally a bit worried about pursuing this game once more; it's been a long time since my last jog through it, and I'm afraid I might have the rosiest pair of glasses that any shot of nostalgia could ever produce. We find out later this month, for better or for worse. (C'mon, it's gonna be fine -- we're talking Chrono Trigger here!! THE BEST, JERRY, THE BEST!!)
Sunday, August 30th marks the start of Week 1 (if you prefer to start your own quest AFTER Sunday, like Monday, or Tuesday, or Wednesday, thats fine!). Golden Sun ran 6 Weeks. GameDadGrant will be our DUNGEON MASTER for this one, and we figure the playthrough to run about the same length. Less than two months. I'm told the total quest should last you between 20 and 30 hours.
See ya soon!!
Dungeon Master: GameDadGrant
You Did It! Chrono Trigger Complete: VofEscaflowne Scrawnton Mop it up Ludist210
Thats right! I think there'll be room for grinding it up though, though GDG feels it is unnecessary. Is there any reason to grind at all, like, in addition to levels? Final Fantasy III always had The Veldt, Tales of Symphonia had the monsters you trained, and a lot of games have materials that you collect/horde, or beastiaries to fill out. Its been soooo long since I played CT, I don't think there is anything special like any of that stuff.
The first time we see something on here and when to go will be Grant posting something on late Saturday or as close to it as possible. In the mean time / afterwards, feel free to play any_other_game! I gotta knock off Xenoblade still. I have NO IDEA how I'm going to do that..
You can grind up pretty well by fighting those blue guys in the jungle when it rains. Also I think that one mountain is good for doing some grinding (in 32,000BC). Of course, the Black Omen is there for end game leveling.
That's all true. Thankfully, Chrono Trigger is so perfectly paced that mindless grinding isn't necessary. Still, it's possible if that's something you really want to do. This game has something for everyone!
I'll be playing mine on SNES. I'm ASSUMING my cartridge is EXACTLY where I think it is, of course. And that it still works as well as it should. Heeeeeee... I don't want to worry about that. My batteries in some of my other games (OLDER games) have already been a bit conky.
A story: I used to play Legend of Zelda when I was a little kid, and to stop people from playing my game and / or erasing my file, I used to put it out of the reach of the kids my mom babysat by putting it on top of the fridge. Haha, wanna guess what happened CONSTANTLY?
ARE YOU EXCITED?! When do you wanna throw Week 1 up? I'd say that in the next few hours is an acceptable area of time to create said post. You know, let the Triggernauts plan their week out, light some candles, make some popcorn, etc.
I'm going to have to wait for the DS version to ship in the mail, so I'll miss most of week one at least. I've played the game before though, so it should be easy for me to catch up and get on track for week two.
@Mr_Mustache The only one I remember participating in is Phantasy Star IV. Though I have everything listed in the OP except for Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance or Secret of Mana. If they ever have a GCN VC maybe... and Secret of Mana I can play through a friend. Which we still gotta beat sometime, but it's tough because it... does not hold up.
Maybe I just think you play along because you're so active around these threads. Do you think you'd start Ogre Battle 64 with us in December? Have you played the first one? If you're going to do OB64 (you totally should, woo!), I'd STRONGLY suggest playing through Ogre Battle for SNES first. Diving headfirst into the N64 game without putting on your SNES swimsuit isn't a good idea. (Which makes me wonder how everyone who is going to play Ogre Battle 64 -- and its sounds like there was ample interest -- will do since the only people on NW who beat Ogre Battle during the initial EC installment are my wife and I..and she beat it very much because of my direct help. Some of my favorite days though right there. Simply awesome.)
--Secret of Mana doesn't hold up? Ooh, I beg to differ. Nikki and I just played through it when we did it here. I'd play it with ya. Sorry
Hmm, I'm tempted to enter this. Either I enter and can't hold back and just rush it cause I love Chrono Trigger or I ignore it cause I have a backlog of games I want to complete and Super Mario Maker's out soon. What kind of schedule do you have for this?
@Mr_Mustache I can't speak for that far in advance, but I do still want to play Ogre Battle 64 sometime since it's the one N64 RPG I haven't played. I don't own Ogre Battle for SNES though, and I'm pretty sure that's an expensive cartridge these days. I don't like to do the emulation thing either, VC or especially otherwise, though I do have 2,800 Wii Points leftover with nothing really to do with them...
Don't ignore it! Can't you play it like a sweet show on TV? Little here, little there? Theres always the GRINDING if you really want to. I know its tough for people to hold back sometimes, but yeah, I just can't understand it. Probably because I've got SOME MUCH F'N CRAP TO DO, CONSTANTLY.
It'd be a few hours a week, 20-30 total (is that what I wrote up there?). Grant will have our Week 1 stuff up "soon," and we can officially start at Midnight EST. If you're specifically asking about MY schedule, I'll probably start every Sunday (Day 1 of a week), possibly DURING football, and either get it all done, or leave a little bit. Polish it off in the next couple of days, or let it roll to Friday where I'll then drop the boom on it. Its worked out pretty well for me, and you can see the myriad of games I've done up there. Earthbound and Golden Sun were a little different for me as they were on the Wii U VC, and I played "GamePad Only," but everything else has been on one of my TVs, and in original cartridge form if at all possible. (PSIV was on my Wii VC, and played on TV.)
Play along, V! is it your first time playing Chrono Trigger? The journey will be SO RAD! (Do we have any other first timers? Eager to see how the TONS of hype shed off for you guys.. Earthbound crumbled under it for me, so that kinda stunk. But Lou loved it, and that was the first time for each of us. Who knows.)
Yeah, get it on Wii! 800 points! Thats how Nikki did it. HUGE advantage over the SNES, too; can't use Save States AT ALL on the cartridge. If a stage was going to take you 4 hours...you better have a lot of time to sit around. It used to take me FOREVER when I was younger, I remember only getting like 3 stages done in a Summer Day, but this time the longest anything took me was like 2 hours or so. Probably because I'M HUGE now, and my brain was CRUSHING the opposition. Seriously, my units were BONKS.
Ogre Battle 64 has a Suspend feature though, so thats cool. Only two files though.. I don't know if you save A-B throughout the game (I always did A-B-C with Final Fantasy III, and most RPGs I play now. A-B-C-D w/ Fire Emblems..), but that would require both. Not sure how I'm going to DM that one since there are branching paths and lots to do. Hmm...