January 3rd, 2013


The ten month Final Fantasy marathon begins

[community profile] moogle_university is starting a ten month replay of Final Fantasy games up through X, at least, with commentary, liveblogging, and gamer geeking. I want to join them. I don't know if I'll have time, but it's too fun an opportunity to miss.

So, ganking their introductory post, here's my pre-playthrough answers for Final Fantasy I:

Have you ever played this game before? If so, what versions?
Nope. Utter tabula rasa. All I know is that there's probably going to be four Warriors of Light, crystals, and a buttload of level grinding and random encounters.

What version are you playing this time?
FInal Fantasy [I] for iPad. I've already forgotten which remake this is, but I'm guessing it's the Origins 20th annivesary version.

Do you have a fannish history with this game? If so, what?
Nada. See above.

What are your expectations for this playthrough? (Things you've heard from other fans you want to look for, things you want to prove/disprove, etc.)
I'm just hoping I'll have the patience to finish. I know the first game didn't have much story, and I prefer more story. But mindless level grinding can be fun. I expect some personal flashbacks to the original Might & Magic, which I adored, Rogue, and maybe even Temple of Apshai (I am dating myself, but that was my first real computer game RPG on my old Apple ][+, and I still remember the fake old English shopkeeper and the dorky ant men.)

Okay! So, time to head to the app store and buy it. Cue the retro gamer nostalgia!

EDIT: Click here to read the first session of my FFI playthrough...with silly commentary and screenshots!

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Date With Cloud

FF I Playthrough (1) -- Guest Starring Breath of Fire III

Final Fantasy I, Episode I: MAKE MY GODDAMN TEA
With thanks to [community profile] moogle_university for inspiring this playthrough

[[Above: the Item Shop and Items are symbolized by a teapot. I approve of a universe where all restoratives are supplied by tea infusions.]]

To help me deal with the cardboard cutout protagonists of the original FFI, I borrowed names/personalities from an old favorite, Breath of Fire III. (In that game, one could name only the main character. I'm afraid my naming habits were a bit Monty Pythonesque in those days). So apologies for the peanut gallery commentary from characters you probably don't know, but they're fairly self-explanatory:


Rei, Thief (M) -- Rogue with a heart of gold
Nina, White Mage (F) -- Bossy princess Leia
Momo, Black Mage (F) -- Mad scientist bookworm (rendered rather madder and more destructive in my take on her)
Spoo, Fighter (M) -- Shy prettyboy, ostensibly the main character, but he never speaks out loud (also a were-dragon in BoF, but nevermind)


The world lies shrouded in darkness...

"So, the Four Elements have gone plotz-- OMFG LOOKIT THE 8 BIT GRAPHICS! (Only not really; it's iPad retro trying to look 8bit). Prophecy, check, four Warriors of Light, check. Cue cute tinkly Uematsu MIDI music. This is gonna be great..."

After a long journey, four young travelers did at last appear...
...and in the hand of each was clutched a crystal.

Rei: Why the heck do I have a crystal? Can I sell it?
Nina: It's an FF game. We gots to have crystals.
Spoo: ...

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