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Discussion and play-along of classic games, with perspectives from both long-time fans and a brand new player.

Show is on twitter at @OGPlusCast.  Hosts are @HamletEJ, @healiocentric, and @Ghostcrawler.

Bumper audio from Balance and Ruin.  Header art from Lusipurr. Views expressed here are personal and do not represent Blizzard Entertainment or Riot Games.

Jan 14, 2019

Brief discussion of the 2018 tactical game Into the Breach, then the bulk of Chapter 4--Limberry Castle and sealing Elmdor's gear, the brothers reunite at Igros Castle, and everyone proceeds towards a showdown at Mullonde.  The Calculator, Samurai, and Ninja jobs, the pacing and encounter design of chapter 4 as a whole, some of the game's more obscure ways of obtaining items.

Dec 31, 2018

Meeting Rafa and Malak, diving into the events and battles at Riovanes Castle, and meeting up with the legendary fighter Orlandu. Also some discussion of the stats and mechanics of the game, and builds that overpower the late game.

Dec 17, 2018

Meeting a Zodiac Demon, meeting Cid, meeting Olan/Orran, and setting up our upcoming discussion of the dramatic but notorious sequence of battles at Riovanes Castle.  Also some talk about the challenges of exploring the job system as a newcomer.

 

Ramza's face upon seeing the Aries stone speak to Wiegraf.

 

Twitter thread about game design choices that are hidden from players.

Dec 3, 2018

Chapter 2 brings some of the most memorable characters (Agrias and Mustadio), battles (Golgorand Execution Site), and mid-game jobs to discuss (Thief, Monk, Time Mage).  Also, the Zodiac compatibility, and what happens when game developers copy and paste data.

 

Our next episode, in two weeks, will cover most of chapter 3 (up to, but not including, the notorious duel scene at Riovanes Castle).

 

Special note for anyone playing along--make sure you keep a separate save file before entering Riovanes Castle. This battle sequence is an infamous killer of FFT runs if you don't have a way to back out and change things.

Nov 12, 2018

We finish chapter 1, discussing the plot and themes of the story so far (the conflict between the classes and the relationship between Ramza and Delita), as well as some of the mechanics that emerge in the early game (Gained JP UP, and early jobs like Knight and Wizard).

Oct 8, 2018

We discuss the background of Final Fantasy Tactics, and the way a first-time player is introduced to the game's story and systems.

Sep 25, 2018

For our next game, we go to a much-loved PS1 classic: Final Fantasy Tactics!

For those wanting to play along:

You can play the original PS1 version on a PS1 or PS2, or download it from the online store for PS3, PSP, or Vita.

You can download a remaster from the online store for PSP or Vita.

You can also play the remaster on iOS.

Note: Due to the length of the game and complexity of the story, we may not cover the entire game in full detail. Further updates once we get through the first part of the game.

Sep 24, 2018

We have a guest! Jay's sister Sabrina, who is a huge fan of this game.  We discuss the remainder of the game, including both branches and the ending variants.

And of course, we announce our next game!

 

Links:

Google Books on Ali Zebu

The Girl in the Tower

 

Sep 11, 2018

We progress past the Catacombs and into the "long path" branch of the game, where Alexander uses spells to travel to new areas of the Land of the Green Isles.

 

The Guidebook once again, since we discuss it more in this episode.

 

 

Aug 27, 2018

We begin our adventure in the Land of the Green Isles. Meeting the major characters, beginning to learn our way around the four islands, and collecting items to prepare for a major set piece of the game: the Catacombs.

Links:

The "Guidebook to the Land of the Green Isles", necessary for some parts of the game.

TvTropes not only has an entry for games where you can get into an "Unwinnable" state, but has a sub-page specific to Sierra games.

Getting help when you were stuck in a game in 1988.

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