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Server move complete, site updates in progress

2014-01-14 22:19:04
The server move has been completed and the backend systems of the site (the forums and wiki) have been fully updated. The rest of the site is being reworked into a modern framework and will be running in a stripped down mode for at least a few weeks.

Server move

2014-01-09 14:04:22
This weekend we will be moving servers. The site will be scheduled for downtime from Saturday, January 11th to Sunday afternoon'ish (US Central Time).

When Cease and Desist Letters Backfire

2013-12-28 12:53:08
Square Enix isn't the only company out there that likes to fire off Cease and Desist letters every time it thinks someone might even be looking its way with a fan or derivative work. The Arthur Conan Doyle Estate just learned that bullying creators into paying up fees or abandoning their projects is actually kind of a bad idea because eventually, you know, someone's going to get pissed off and fight back and sue them (and win):

The ACD Estate's careless actions of the past will cost them huge money now. Even big Hollywood producers have an excuse to sidestep them and not pay to use their classic characters.

This situation is obviously different than the CE issue that happened here. But still, it warms my heart to the core to know that a greedy organization sent out a heavy-handed C&D letter to try and intimidate what they thought was some small-time creator, and then it blew up in their faces most magnificently.

Christmas 2013 Update!

2013-12-25 21:40:11
Welcome to the Christmas update! There's still some stuff to be added (such as the Prerelease unpointed line translations by RyougaMasaki), but this update's going to have to be broken out piecemeal over the next couple weeks as I get spurts of free time. For now, let's kick things off:

[CHRONO]  Chrono'99 dug up a 2006 interview with Koichi Ishii and Hiromichi Tanaka in which they allude to Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy IV as being connected with ideas for the Seiken Densetsu/Secret of Mana franchise. Check it out here! (Somehow this was missed before and didn't get moved into the news section; sorry.)  [2]  We hadn't announced it yet, but inichi did another TAS for Chrono Trigger, utilizing mid-frame resets to trigger the ending after a short 3 minutes and 28 seconds. Check it out here! In the land of no glitches, Kari "Essentia" Johnson recently broke the 100% completion barrier with a normal speedrun, clocking in at 5 hours 40 minutes; check it out here.  [3]  wizzy0807 has helped us identify a promotional package sold in Japan containing both Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross around the release date of the latter. I'll yield the floor: "This was sold online by auction a few years back: You can view a different photo there. It is described as: "This is a special promotional set with both games.The ''NOT FOR SALE'' mention is on the box." A blog entry described Chrono Memorial as a promotion gift for a "DigiCube" pre-order? ( Perhaps this box only available to wholesalers of DigiCube-distributed Square products? The items themselves look like partially repackaged products. The UPC on Chrono Trigger, if my eyes are sharp enough, is 4961012997060, which is identical to the original Japanese PS release. Likewise, I get 4961012997077 for Chrono Cross, also identical to the original release. Seems like the discs were newly pressed and designed as vols. 1 and 2 of the box set, but the jewel cases, manuals, and jewel case "spine slips" look like reproductions of original PS releases." A page has been set up here.

[COMMUNITY]  We're not affiliated with this site, but we can't help but shamelessly plug Triple Tech, where a few survivors have gathered Chrono series ROM hacking information. The site states that no projects will be carried out or supported, and it looks like they've got most of the old material up there. I wish them well.  [3]  ShogunSlug has pointed out that the SS Zelbess theme from Chrono Cross was apparently built off a sample, as it recently popped up in Bizarre Foods! See the Youtube video here. Pretty interesting that it was a lead. Mitsuda's used some other well known samples, such as the percussion in the Chronopolis track; a relevant VGMdb thread is here.  [4]  Speaking of merchandise, I'm personally on the hunt for a Chrono Cross Chronopolis Seiko Watch. If you have one or know someone willing to part with one for the right price, send a private message on the forums.

[ANALYSIS]  Created: This Missing Piece sketch, showing the Frozen Flame in the Dead Sea (thanks Kodokami)  ][  Updated: Real World Influences (Serge & Sonja), Lavos (Power of) (new attempt to quantify by Berf), Marle Paradox (two exciting new theories), Prerelease Translation Differences (End of Time Party lines)

[FAN ART]  First up is Crono in a Nutshell by Manly Man!  [FANFICTION]  The Legendary Biologist checks in again with Responsibility, a Chrono Cross drabble.  [DREAM SPLASH]  The 2012/2013 Dream Splash has concluded with Manly Man's Bondage, Boots, and Bulges. Check out all the submissions here!  [REMIXES AND DOUJINS]  [ '600th 600 A.D.' by Juja ][ 'Corridors of Time 8.3' by TheReverend ][ Delldongo - Square Enix Piano Album ][ 'Devotio Aeternus' by Darangen ][ Dj CUTMAN - GAMECHOPS Volume 2 ][ Dragonbard - Harping on Video Games ][ 'Eye of the Trigger' by Hope Fails ][ FMPSG - FMPSG020 -DECADE- Decade of Chiptune 2003 ][ NES BAND, Colonyotoshi - Nekketsu Dai Ongaku Sai ~Friendship for Gamemusic~ ][ 'Let's Just Get Out of this Stupid Sewer Already' by Dennis ][ 'Peaceful Days' by Necrox ][ Random Encounter - LET ME TELL YOU A STORY ][ 'Summer in the Little Town' by Hakstok ][ 'Sunrise' by Hakston ][ Super Guitar Bros. - Super Guitar Bros. ][ 'The Day Gato Revived v6' by DJ H3L10S ][ 'The Day the World Revived Orchestral WIP' by ellywu2 ][ The X-Hunters - MANKINDS ARROGANCE ]

Don't know where to post this....Piano Collections?

2013-12-24 23:06:55
Hey y'all, so...I'm new to the site.  (Don't know how I haven't found this place until NOW, I am.  Hello.)  Anywho, I'm not sure where to post this (Fan Art?), so I'm posting it here....?  I've been slowly grinding through all of the music from the game on piano (only 'bout 15 songs to go, 5 of 'em I don't have committed to memory, the other 10 I can't get even *passable* recordings), and was wondering if there was any interest into the work?  I am NOT stellar by any stretch of the imagination, just...looking for feedback, I guess.  The vast majority of my friends have no clue about this game (and the ones that I did get to play it were thoroughly wowed by it...but didn't remember the music well enough to even recognize what I was doing on piano).

So yeah.  Feel free to shoot me in the face or something. 

"V-Jump Maps" and Chrono Trigger cartography

2013-11-26 10:43:18
I have always loved the "3D" maps present in the "Official Chrono Trigger Nintendo Player's Guide". As I have explored some of the Japanese Chrono Trigger strategy guides, I have seen these used a few times, mostly in the older publications, beginning with the V-Jump guide published in April 1995. The V Jump guide is sort of an extended strategy guide, in that it does not contain a full walkthough of the game, and keeps many secrets to itself. As a result, some crucial information is missing, and for whatever reason, Araki's two "realistic" maps of 12,000 BC were not included.

I was curious if anyone had any insight on the artist, identified as Gentaro Araki (荒木元太郎). Despite his artwork being quasi-official, there is little information available on him in the guides. If this Araki is the same one who runs "Alchemiclabo" (, then Araki eventually became a sculptor of figurines for popular series (Masked Rider, Sailor Moon, Godzilla, etc.) and dolls, some life-size and possibly for erotic use (see This Araki released at least three catalogs of his work from 1999-2005, and contributed to a Japanese magazine called "Dollybird" for at least one issue in 2009.

Meanwhile, the maps newly drawn for BradyGame's Final Fantasy Chronicles (Chrono Trigger + FFIV) guide were designed by "Idea Design Works LLC", which I supposed is actually "Idea and Design Works, LLC", who "...  provides artwork and graphic design services for various entertainment companies in the United States". Idea and Design Works is the parent company of IDW Publishing, known for some series like the 30 Days of Night comics. Interestingly enough, IDW, like Araki, also worked with the Godzilla franchise.

Hope this answers/raises some questions for the fans of maps among us.

Radical Dreamers Satellaview Tsushin article

2013-11-24 11:25:28
The SNES programmer and disassembler lytron went through the trouble of buying 5 of the rare and expensive Satellaview Tsushins from Yahoo Japan which he will scan and upload in the next months. For the time being, he already photographed some articles of big interest. Included are an article of Radical Dreamers and a screenshot of a Chrono Trigger scene which didnt make it to the final game a screenshot of a undumped Chrono Trigger Satellaview magazine.

Check them out here:

Time Rock Orchestra

2013-11-20 08:23:08
Hi everyone,

I'm a music producer and long time Chrono Trigger fan. I have recently started a project called Time Rock Orchestra, where I remake the best CT tracks using orchestral libraries and real electric guitar takes. Please check out my work, I'm sure you will enjoy it:

New tracks will be added regularly, and I also take requests!

PS: I'm especially proud of my version of Battle With Magus, so make sure you listen to that one!

Revisiting the CT Pre-release Unpointed Dialogue

2013-11-04 08:38:44
Lurking at the end of the dialogue data in the Chrono Trigger Pre-release is some leftover text data from previous versions of the game. Unfortunately, the text was broken and only half readable. Recently, I took a break from translating the CT manga to finally tackle this unpointed data and try to make sense of it.

I found a number of interesting changes, such as the fact that most of the unpointed blocks are actually layers of leftovers from multiple previous versions. Also, the old text references not just one older kanji table, but three! In the text itself, there's a great number of changes. Most are simply formatting or single word changes, but among the oldest text there includes references to characters named King Delnach and Migō, and a completely different, much older version of the early Millennial Fair dialogue...

I've given all the unpointed data a thorough review and have compiled all my research into a spreadsheet. Come follow the thread in the forums for a link to the spreadsheet and a complete write-up.

Chrono Trigger Symphony album 2

A G Thing
2013-10-22 01:00:33
Blake Robinson has released the second of his Orchestral albums based on the soundtrack of Chrono Trigger.  The project seems to be advancing quite quickly and the orchestrations are quite good from the samples provided.  The link is given below to the site for the project!