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FFVIII interview [08 Nov 2005|03:14pm]

This is just an interview I found of Tetsuya Nomura's.
It gives some interesting facts about FFVIII.. so I hope it sparks an interest.


I also wanted to debate why this makes it seem to me that SQuall was based off of the Stoics. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoicism
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Ask me anything... [30 Jul 2005|10:42pm]

Given that I haven't received any comments that indicate disagreement with my proposals about changing this community and the website, I'll be going ahead with those.

With that in mind... this is a call for questions for the FAQ. I know some members joined because they are primarily fanfiction readers who haven't played the game, and wanted to know more about the world they were reading about.

What would you like to know? If you're referring to specific stories, please give the title and author for reference if you can remember them.

Ask away!
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[26 Jul 2005|09:34am]

[ mood | nerdy ]

I'd like to make some changes to the function of the RoughGuide to FF VIII community, and the associated website. Originally it was intended as a community venture to gather info for the website, but that never really worked out, despite bundles of enthusiasm, as people are just too busy. But there's still a demand for somewhere to ask questions about canon on FF VIII, especially among fanfic readers and writers.

The website, meanwhile, hasn't really found a niche. It's bordering on too many other sites: there's a lot of good information-based sites out there already, enough that a links page could do the job of providing people with most of what they need. And I don't have time myself (and nor does anyone else) to develop it into the fully-fledged fanfic resource we hoped for, at least not just now. But I have renewed the domain name, at least for another couple of years, in the hope that with a change of focus it can still prove useful.

So after much pondering, this is what I'm proposing. I'd like to make this community a forum for Q&A, essays, ideas, pictures etc. sharing information on any aspect of the game as it relates to fanfiction (there's other places for Q&A on gameplay). I'd also like to get to grips with the second function we agreed in the beginning, which was to stimulate writing by sharing challenges and ideas for FF8 fanfiction.

I'll continue to maintain and develop the website too, but at least to start with I'll focus development on answering the specific questions I've had from fanfic readers over the years (e.g. which Guardians in your fic are canon? What are Guardian Forces? How did Squall and Seifer first meet? How do science and magic co-exist in the FF8-verse? etc.)- and any new ones people would like to ask. I'll link it to this community, and with the contributors' permission will include anything of particular interest that is posted here.

How does that sound?

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[16 Jul 2005|11:12am]

I dont know if this community is just for game questions. But I guess this is related. This is a photo of my gunblade..Its roughly a metre long, the handle is wooden and the blade is steel. Weigh's a ton. The gun obviously isn't real, but it's a lovely replica of the gunblade. Enjoy.
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[31 May 2005|07:32pm]

[ mood | contemplative ]

I'm crossposting this to my journal.

I'm only really posting this, since I've never really seen anyone tackle it, either in essay or fanfiction.

Laguna. It hit me today, as I was puzzling over the dates and timeline for FF8, that while you can't find a general 'time' for the game, you can generally pinpoint the timeframe of Laguna's search for Ellone. How? Squall.

Ellone states at one point:
"When I was kidnapped, Uncle Laguna went on a journey to find me..."
"But because he did, Uncle Laguna wasn't able to be by Raine's side when she died."
"Raine wanted to show Laguna her new born baby..."
"Raine kept calling out for Laguna. So no matter what, I wanted Laguna to stay in the village..."

Later Laguna tells you:
"So I rescued her and sent her off to Winhill. Shortly after that, Raine died."

Between these statements it the implication that Ellone was kidnapped, Laguna left to look for her, and never returned. Raine therefore had to be pregnant before Ellone was kidnapped. Also implied is that Raine essentially died from complications in childbirth. Thus if Ellone was sent to Raine before she died, then Ellone was gone less than nine months, to account for her being in Winhill before Squall was born. there's no evidence about exactly how long Ellone was gone, but even if Laguna left as soon as Raine conceived, and Ellone returned just days before Squall was born, that is still less than 9 months.


Another timeline related bug that bit me today was something Irvine says to Squall in the scene at Trabia Garden.
"Probably the same with Seifer, too. You two must have been at Garden by the age of 5 or so..."
This, I think, is impossible. Squall is 17, Seifer is 18.

Headmaster Cid before you battle NORG:
"I should've never trusted you! I wish I could go back ten or so years."
"To tell myself that you're nothing but a money grubbing son-of-a-bitch! Then I would've never built this place."

So around ten years means Squall had to be about 7, at the youngest. Cid gives the impression that he looked for support for some time before he met up with NORG, and even then, it would have taken time for Garden to be established. so even if Cid started trying to build Garden 12 years ago, it would still have taken time for it to be established enough for Edea to send Squall and Seifer there.

Do bear in mind I'm taking the stated age as what they mean, I realise it can be interpreted as longer than the stated dates.

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New Member [29 Mar 2005|06:21pm]

[ mood | blah ]

Hiya! I'm new here...I LOVE FF8....
Is their any initiation to become someone?? XDD
Like a list to do or something?? If you do..I shall.. ^.^
You CAN tell by my Icon AND my name that I like Rinoa ^_^
I also like Raine and Ellone..SQUALL!! *swoon*

Hope I get a comment..or two..or 3...or 11 :P

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canon question [04 Jan 2005|04:13am]

Do we know much about the founding of the Garden?

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Hope my questions aren't too demanding; I'm new to the fandom. But I have an icon!
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A rather trivial question: [02 Jan 2005|06:42pm]

How does one tell direction in the game (North, south, etc)? I am presently doing the Mordred treasure sidequest and having a difficult time.
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Maybe it's the fact that it's December... [06 Dec 2004|08:46pm]


There's always been one line in FF8 that I've both nitpicked and wondered about.

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Rough Guide to FF8 website launch. [02 Sep 2004|08:18pm]

[ mood | accomplished ]

I've updated the Rough Guide to FF8 website, with the first chapter of the story summary and brief biogs of the main characters, as well as the layout itself and a few links.

For anyone who doesn't know, this is a site for people who enjoy (or would like to enjoy!) the FF8 fandom without playing the game. The content is a little sparse just yet, but it will grow!

The next job is to start an image gallery with some of the pictures people have kindly donated, and a few other bits and pieces (Pax! I lost the map you sent me! Help!). If you'd like to contribute to the site, you're very welcome go take a look at earlier entries and the user info for this community for more info. Although I'm happy to potter away with it adding what I can when I can, it'll grow a lot quicker if others have the time/energy to join in and send me some contributions, and that would be fab.

Opinions and betaing of the site also very welcome.

[x-posted to scribblemoose]

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Story summary - disc one [27 Aug 2004|11:53pm]

Behind the cut is the first draft of a summary of the story. Comments welcome before I put it up on the website later this week. Thanks!

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Is it stupid...? [23 Aug 2004|11:17am]


Does anyone know where I can find.. a typed verision of the flashback to Squall's childhood? I'm trying to remember all the quotes during thoses flashback between the kids.


How stupid is it of me to remember a game character's birthday?

Well, anywho... Happy Birthday to the best vid character ever and my favorite Virgo... Squall Leonhart.
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[22 Aug 2004|12:05am]

Okay Im going to ask another question because I need help and I like talkng FF8 anyway... Lionheart, any special way to defeat it? And am I far off defeating ultimercia after I kill that? Im pretty keen to finish the game! Also is there anyway of obtaining GF Doomtrain if i havent mugged that galbadian machine for that component? Or is that a component for Squall's best weapon? *confused*
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[14 Aug 2004|02:20pm]

Okay, so I save it just before I go down to the bottom of the stairs, which is located at the bottom of the ocean (island down the bottom left of the map) After lengthy and vicious battles, im faces with this thing...
It must have like.. SUPER haste,it looks evil and kills me one by one. Mind you my characters have 9999 hp.

Is this thing seriously beatable?
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question! [26 Jul 2004|12:56pm]

[ mood | contemplative ]

a while ago i heard rumors about squaresoft ....*square-enix *twitch* or WHOEVER remaking ff7, 8, and 9. were those just rumors?? i've been wondering about it for a while *hopeful look!*

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New gamer [25 Jul 2004|05:52pm]

[ mood | silly ]

OK, so I finally got my hands on the disks of Final Fantasy VIII PC Games.

And half of you knows already that I'm dying to be able to play this game.

I have everything installed, hopefully properly, but I'm still confused.


Basically, there are 5 CDs. The first CD is the application CD. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th CD I guess are the actual game.

When I run the application, it asks for CD1, so I insert CD1. Then the game starts, with Squall fights with Seifer and gets hurt in the face. Then the doc calls up Quistis. Squall and Quistis then go to the class where Quistis explains something. Then half of the class leaves the room, but Squall stays with some other students and Quistis. It stops there.

The biggest question is: which key I should press to exit in the middle of the game?

Next question: what should I do next?


I'm so clueless. Now I have to read tons of FAQ and manuals from various sites.

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This may be a little off. I'm distracted. [25 Jun 2004|10:19am]

[ mood | i am a bad, bad flautist. ]

In reply to Pucchy....
...actually, Quistis says in the game that she was "...adopted, but it didn't work out, so I was sent to Garden when I was 10."
and Irvine did go to Garden.... he just wasn't a SeeD. otherwise why was he hanging around the GG quad in disc 1?..... and why did Martine, the GG headmaster, assign him to a SeeD mission unless Irvine attended GG and was therefore required to obey Martine's orders? you can tell he's all talk, and wouldn't have gone on the assassination mission unless he really had to. (And I think he also knew that Edea was really Matron.)

also, Quistis' mannerisms and behaviour suggest that she was perhaps made to feel inadequate and insecure at an early age- after the SeeD exam she tells Squall what a crap teacher she is. I mean, she teaches Balamb's two star pupils- Squall and Seifer, and got her instructor's licence at the ridiculously young age of 17.... so she can't be that bad, can she? And how does an adoption 'not work out'? I sense some rather dark undertones there. *aargh, extrapolation*

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Squall's fics [25 Jun 2004|07:37am]

[ mood | awake ]

Here are some pictures of Squall (scans and screenscraps) I found in a local magazine. Hope it's ok with the mod to post this.

Please feel free to use them.

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[23 May 2004|03:11am]

[ mood | bored ]

Well, hi there! I joined 'cuz I thought it was something else at first, but I thought I could help in some way. Maybe. If any of the following information is invalid, please tell me. ^^; I pride myself in being a big FF8 knowledge horde. At least, I hope I am. Anyway!

I thought I'd help scribblemoose's questions (even thought they're deathly old) here:
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Oh, and I wanted to comment on one of vigilante's comments made forever ago:

"We can see it clearly when you're walking around as Squall directly outside the Garden in Disc 1 -- the area sticking out which would be the ballroom -- yet we can't actually find it in the game. We saw the curved area with the windows right beside the Quad where Sefie's stage used to be, but there's no apparent entrance to it... the balcony of the ballroom -- if you recall from the beginning black and white photos -- is also definitely up and to the right of the quad, but there's no actual entrance at all to it."

...is the quote in bold. Um, yeah... I dunno about you, but I'm fixated on the idea that that is part of Ultimecia's castle. :\ People have claimed it's Dollet and apparently, the Garden's balcony. But... I think it's part of Ultimecia's castle. The structure of the building, itself, neither matches Dollet's nor the Garden's. It's that Roman gothic style that is Ultimecia's, says I. But I can probably says a lot of crap. O_o

Also, these are the statistics of the Ragnarok. I figure some person unknowledgeable to FF8 can appreciate these:
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If you ever need that in non-metric, I'd be willing to do that, too. O_o As stated below why...

And with all that being said, I would be willing to do all your research for you! ^____^ All the monsters and magic skills, levels, et cetera.... I have no life. Plain and simple!

And, also, pleased to meet your acquaintance! X3

And this

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My biggest plothole nightmares from hell!! tonight on ITV2. [13 May 2004|06:36pm]

[ mood | curious ]

So when exactly did Quistis arrive at Garden? I seem to remember her (when they reminisce in Trabia) saying it was at the age of ten.... but then at some point in the game (I think it was the CC Club battle), Kadowaki says that the CC King (Quistis) arrived at Garden 'at fourteen and finally beat me a year later', or something similar. Huh? Also...

Any plausible theories about the transfer system at Garden? Why does Selphie come to Balamb for the exam when there are graduated SeeDs at Trabia? (If Trabia is just a training centre, why are they still there?)

Why isn't Irvine a SeeD, if he's entrusted with one of the most important missions SeeD has ever accepted- the assassination of a sorceress?

Why does everyone in Galbadia accept the assassination of their president, and his replacement with a sorceres, when only seventeen years before, Adel wreaked havoc and destruction on pretty much everything?

And finally... do Garden students use condoms or the dreaded injection? I favour injection, it's more clinical.

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