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Chris Martin- February 5th '01- 12:00 Eastern Standard Time

I've got a mid-term tomorrow. I've been studying like crazy this weekend. I don't think I spoke 10 words yesterday, actually. It's really creepy.

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Hey Chesh,

There's this cool little secret I know in FFT, but I'm not sure if many other people know about it. It's a Game Shark/Action Replay code that lets you fight each other (and it's legal!) on whatever battlefield you wish, plus some extras that haven't been seen. It's a neat little secret, and something to do when you start to get bored of the game. Just put in the code D0198090-0000 80198090-0006 and start the game. When on the world map, open the menu and you notice the cursor is below the window. Confirm that choice, and you'll see a number on the right with 3 digits. Pick a number from 001 to 200 (though some of the last numbers are glitches). After picking a number, this will direct you to the battle set-up. It'll ask you to put 4 members of your party on each side. The first 4 are the enemies, the next 4 are the good guys. Then the battle will start with whatever number stage you picked, and then you get to kill each other! It's really fun when you and a friend make your own parties, and fight each other to see who's the better team. And also, there are some stages you can play on that you couldn't before. Try numbers 000-020. And like I said, there are stages that were never meant to be seen for some reason. So find them and have fun!

Hope this made some sense to you. Just thought I'd like to share this with others (if you post this). And if you already knew this secret, you just wasted a minute of your life! You could've gone to the kitchen to put a mini-pizza in the microwave!! You need to learn to manage your time wisely....... shame on you....... ok, I'm done, hehe.

-Red Swoon

Cheshire Catalyst:
That sounds ultra-super keen, RS. But what I want is FFT ported to the PC with online multiplayer play, revised script, and more character classes. Oh, and a sequel.

Son Crono?
Greetings Chem Kitty and fellow college student extraordinare

I have an interesting question that has probably been answered many times but here goes. I was watching the anime scenes for CT yesterday and came to startling realization... the character animations look a hell of a lot like DBZ characters. I mean look at this list and tell me that I am not seeing this....

Crono: Spike hair, stupid little smile... Goku
Marle: Hair set back, the same stupid little (not that its not cute or anything)... ChiChi
Ayla: Big Poofy Hair, do I need to keep bringing up the smile... Bulma in her Frieza style hair
Lucca: Long Hair, take away the glasses and make the hair the right color... Bulma in her Android style hair
Magus: The teeth, The ears... Piccolo
Frog/Glenn: (Ok this one I'll admit is stretching it) The specific spiking to the hair and the build... Yamacha

Is it just me or does anyone else see this. Maybe I just need to be carted of to the looney bin. Oh well.

Christopher Good

Cheshire Catalyst:
Don't check into Nurse Ratchet's bed and breakfast yet, buddy. Chrono Trigger and Dragonball have the same character designer. Akira Toriyama. Your list points out some of the more obvious ones. Actually, Frog has the same face as the Captain Ginyu frog. (what with the whiskers)
The Mystic "Imps" or Medina village look an awful lot like Garlic Jr. In the anime cut-scenes, Melchior has on King Kai (Kaio-sama for the purists) sunglasses.

Fall, Creature, and feed the earth!
Watch out, sucka! FF9 spoiler!


I'm at the end of FFIX and for some reason, I can't beat Tiamat. Every time I go into battle against him, he wipes out my party within five seconds with some spell that's similar to mustard bomb. I tried checking some FAQs, but they don't mention it at all. Is there an ability or something that I don't have that could prevent this?


-Carolyn Chen-
"Mutant Lobster+Ed+Sweet Bean Paste Bun=Instant Comedy"

Professor Cranium:

Tiamat possesses 59,494 HP. This creature also has 3,381 MP. The loathesome beast is weak against Ice magic, and is a Dragon-class creature. Use Ice magic, or use the skill "dragon slayer" you insolent fool. Also, there is a 1 in 256 chance that you can steal a "Grand Helm" from the beast. Naturally, this probability would narrow if you equip skills like "Bandit" or the item "Thieves Gloves". Also, it might be a longshot for such a petulant mortal such as yourself, try to put the dragon to sleep or silence it. "Slow" also works.

Now, go and claim victory! Then cease playing your infantile video games and do some hard science. Five thousand mathematical proofs sound about right.

No refund policy.
Hail to the Mad Cat!

Seeing Goog's letter today has prompted me to warn people about something sinister: PSO is non-returnable. Why, you ask?

Read the below:
When you play it online, the game becomes associated with your specific Dreamcast, thus you can't use that same copy on another Dreamcast, even if you have the VMU file of your character. The game actually informs you of this (albeit a bit cryptically) when you make a character and go online for the first time. This is done because each Dreamcast has a specific built in serial number, and each game has a serial number and key, and these are registered as being connected to each other. If another used (I don't know about a new) copy of PSO is played on that same Dreamcast, it just won't connect. (i'm assuming anyway, who knows, they might send Dr. Eggman after you. Sonic Team DID make the game, you know.)

HOWEVER, if the Broadband people can't get it to work, they CAN return it, since they never actually logged their character in for the first time. But if you've logged on with your character at least once, then you are stuck with that copy, and even if some store will take it(I know Babbage's won't), the next person to get that copy won't be able to play it.


Xero "yeah, rangers are easy, but they can use guns" Zohar AKA Bukakoo in PSO

Cheshire Catalyst:
Lesson learned? Don't buy PSO unless you KNOW you want it.

Huzzah! A BG question!
BG spoiler in my response.
Hey...if I havn't played the first Baulders Gate, is it ok to play the 2nd? I played Torment, simply cuz I love the PlaneScape campaign setting and it was a great game(not much for Forgotten Realms tho =/ ). My dad just got BG2 w/out prior knowledge of that ok? Do the plots follow heavily together?


Cheshire Catalyst:
BG2 is quite playable even if you haven't played the original. Granted, you're going to get a lot more out of the game, if you have at least played some of BG. Things like the backstory for Imoen, Jahiera, and Minsc, are mostly explored in the original. You can even port your character from BG1 into BG2. There's no real bonus for doing so, however. You don't keep any of the items you won in BG. Just experience and spells recorded. Baldur's Gate 2 also bases its premise largely on the climax of the original game. Within five minutes of playing BG2, you learn the big secret of the original game. That you are one of the twelve children of the dead God of Murder, Bhaal.

So can you play BG2 w/o playing BG1? Yes. It's just that you'll have a greater understanding of certain characters if you've already played the original.

"Comet with the face of a baby," that's a Preacher reference. Casidy kicks ass!! The thing with the gay cop was too funny. I've only read the first TPB,but that's some freaky stuff. It's like a know you shouldn't mess with it, but you just can't leave it alone.


All the people talking about the CT and FF4 playsation ramakes are almost making it sound like a certainty. I have not heard anything as to that happening, yet. Has anyting arisen making that a little more concrete?

So what do you know about Dark Cloud? I haven't realy heard much about it, and then next thing I know it's due out for release this month. Aside from Z.O.E and Metal Gear Solid 2, it's the only interesting lookin PS2 game on the horizon...well, maybe FFX, but it makes me chringe to think that it's from the same team as 8.

Well, thanks

Styx"The Saint of Killers"

Cheshire Catalyst:
I've read some of "Preacher." It's eerily cool. It makes Xenogears and Evangelion look like "The 700 Club" and "Veggietales" respectively. Poor Herr Starr. The scar down the middle of his head was hilarious.

CT and FF4 are still rumors, pretty much. Dark Cloud is supposed to be the "Zelda-killer". IE: It's a Zelda style game for the PS2. Sounds sweet.


You folks are seriously starting to scare me now... I happen to go to school at Uniontown's High School. (I live in the mountains, though, up in Ohiopyle) I about choked when I heard that you lived in Uniontown... but then I remembered that Pennsylvanians, with their supreme intellect, named TWO towns in PA Uniontown... which one are you from. I'm just curious, because the Uniontown I'm from is the butthole of the world, and I've got a lot more respect for you if you lived in Fayette County's Uniontown.

--Some guy from Fayette County, PA, which ranks in the top 10 most impoverished counties in the country

Yup. I come from Fayette county. I didn't go to UHS though. I lived about 1/4 of a mile within German Township, so I went to Albert Gallatin High School. (My dad was my English teacher my senior year, and my mom was the superintendent. Pity me.)

The impoverished bit doesn't shock me. The area is a former coal-mining town. When the coal business stopped booming, well, so did the people. Lots of white trash. One girl from my high school was on Jerry Springer. They paid her a couple hundred dollars to kiss her female friend on the show. (It was obvious she didn't like the girl though. Fake!)

Hey Chesh, A while back you had said that you can't watch any other anime because you thought Cowboy Bebop was so good. Don't you thinks that is a bit sad? I'm not knocking on Cowboy Bebop. It is an awesome anime. It's just i have a friend that had the same kind of problem. After he beat FF8 he couldn't play anything else, because to him any other game paled in comparison to FF8. But when FF9 came out he thought that was even better. No mattter how good something is, you shouldn't get that stuck on stuff like that. like I am giving you advice. Of course I guess i kind of get like like with some games, but I easy to please so I am always ready to play any new game. Sorry if I sound like I am giving you advice. I will be highly shocked if you decide to post this.


I was teasing a bit when I said that everything else disapoints me after watching Cowboy Bebop. Though stuff like that does happen. Suddenly, (Horrors!) our standards are raised. That's what happened to a lot of "old-school" gamers. They played Chrono Trigger and FF6. Suddenly, BAM! everything is a plae imitation thereof.
what is the difference between gameboy color and game boy advanced

Game boy color is a color-game boy. Same graphics, same sound, you can even play old Game Boy games on it. It's just a game boy, with color. Game Boy Advance is like a portable 16 bit system. That's why everyone's so gosh, darn excited. If Square and Nintendo play nice, then we might get Game Boy remakes of our favorite SNES rpgs. Hooray!
Can I get professor Cranium's autograph?! PLEASE! He is my hero and I want to get a really cool helmet like his! I have molded my life after his and am trying to make a shrine to him!

Sorry. An "autograph" would require something tangible. Prof. Cranium says he would never use such a hideously low-tech divice like a pen or a pencil. He did send this:

Professor Cranium- Does my playful use of font color amuse your primordial brain? I presumed it would.

Get naked and bark like a dog!

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