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Article - 'Final Fantasy Fangame Tips' by AutumnDragon

An item about Game Design posted on Aug 1, 2004

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It's short, but this should be REQUIRED READING for those zillion people out to make another FFFangame. Please, if you're gonna put one together, check this first. But as I said - it's very short.

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Creating a Final Fantasy Fan Game
By AutumnDragon

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Here is a quick small list of the basic do’s and don’ts when creating a Final Fantasy fan game:

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DON’T

1. Don’t use RTP. This basically the trademark of newbies starting out on RPG Maker. They mostly use RTP to make a game with hopes it will be good enough to actually get Square interested.

2. Don’t use a ripped plot of Final Fantasy X or whatever. People like to see something new.

3. Don’t make yourself as the main character. Again, newbies sometimes do this and focus all the character development on them and make themselves perfect. You can create a character based off your own personality as that makes character development easier. If you can get the character development balanced, then go ahead and make yourself the main character.

4. Don’t make Cloud, Squall, Zidane or Tidus the main hero. (unless you are making a fan game sequel) Make your game unique and come up with original characters.

5. Whatever you do, do not, I repeat, do NOT make Alex and his buds the main characters!

6. Don’t create another Sephiroth. Sure, for some, he was the ultimate bad guy, but he doesn’t need to show up in every game made.

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DO

1. Include Chocobos in your game. It’s a Final Fantasy tradition after all. The same goes for Moogles and Cactuars.

2. Every game so far as far as I’ve seen has had a ‘Cid’. And one thing they all have in common is that they have something to do with airships. (Except maybe FF8 Cid)

3. Include the traditional prelude and ending theme music. They can be found at www.vgmusic.com.

4. Make sure you play a very good fan game to know what the players want. I suggest either Final Fantasy: Crystal Wings or Final Fantasy: Endless Nova.

5. If you can, try to create a CMS with the usual Final Fantasy options such as changing the colour of the message box.

6. Use some Final Fantasy Music, but don’t over do it. If possible, try and remix a battle and victory theme so it the music can be new yet in very Final Fantasy style.

7. I know this could be hard for some, but most of the FF games give an option of naming the characters. If this could be included, it would add points to your game.

8. Remember that the currency is ‘Gil’.

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Thanks for reading my quick tips. Just post more tips in the comments if you have any. That’s all folks!

-AutumnDragon