These are the August Update news:
- RPG Meetings: this is just a reminder that PTNet's
#rpg is still promoting these meetings. If you want
to be a part of them, all you have to do is join #rpg
on Thursdays at 22h GMT and chat with other RPG fans.
But remember that you can also join this cool channel
at any other time! For information about this channel,
visit the Join #rpg
- Seiken 4: thanks to a translation patch, english
speakers have been able to play Seiken 3 for the
SNES. But its sequel is on the way and, this time,
it'll have an official release in the US, scheduled
for the first quarter of the year 2000 (PlayStation
- Earthbound: one of the strangest RPGs ever made will
have a N64 version. There still are no confirmed
release dates, but looks like Nintendo wants to
improve N64's reputation on the RPG matter. This
game should follow Ogre Battle 3, scheduled for release
during Christmas in the United States and Europe.
- Evenstar: Dreamstone's RPG will be released for PC
a little before Christmas (in the USA). The Dreamcast
version will follow shortly. The japanese version
has no confirmed release date.
- New record: yesterday was a historic day (for my
page, at least). The daily visitors' record broken
on last Wednesday (36 visitors) was completely and
totally smashed... Yesterday I've reached 378 visitors
in just one day. I'd like to thank to those who made
it possible... the visitors' of my page. I would also
like to send some special thanks to Kaervek,
Emumania's webmaster, for placing
a link to my page on his news section.
- Requests: I've been receiving some game requests
through the "Broken Link" form on the Download
section. Please, do not send me
requests that way. Use that form only to notify
me if you find a broken link on my page. If you wish
to request a game, then send me an e-mail
- Server: I'm still looking for a new server.
Xoom is a decent host but it lacks reliability.
In the beginning of the month, for example, my
page was down for three days. So, you already know...
if you get a "Member page not found" message when
trying to access my page, try again a bit later.
I don't have plans to cancel this page, so if you can't
access it, it's Xoom's fault. Please be patient and
try again later, ok?
- Short URL: I've created a short URL for my page.
Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be fully
functional... sometimes works, sometimes not.
Either way, I advise you to start using it but,
if it fails, use my long URL. Here it is:
- Seiken 3: this game, previously available only
in japanese, now has an english version. A
translation patch, 100% complete, has been
released on the web some days ago. Swordsman
has the patched version available on his page
(RPG RING), if you're interested you can go
there and download it! The URL is:
- Server: Xoom has been going through some problems.
In the last couple of months, its servers have
been down for some days, stopping people from
accessing my page. I'm looking for a new server,
but I can't find one who suits my needs. If anyone
out there wishes to provide me with some (free)
space on a server, I'll be highly appreciated.
I need around 50 to 75 Megabytes of space.
- Chrono Cross: Chrono Trigger, considered the best
RPG ever made, will have a sequel. Chrono Cross
is scheduled to be released in December 99 for
PlayStation. This game will occur in an alternate
Universe and will share some scenarios and
characters with the original title. Serge, the
main character, will have to fight against
Yamaneko (a cat-like being). But this game
won't count with the entire Chrono Trigger team.
Akira Toriyama, the famous Dragonball creator,
won't be working in the game. This is a giant
loss for this sequel, since those draws were
an important part of the game. Chrono Cross
will have 3D graphics that, although anime
like, won't be the same thing... Square has
tried to overcome this by joining most of the
original Chrono team to people from Final Fantasy
and Xenogears. Luckily, the original composer
(Yasunori Mitsuda) will stay on the team.
All the Chrono fans surely remember the great
songs that the game has... let's hope this sequel
will be on the same level. The battle system, on
the other hand, appears to be a bit different
(and worst). They are now similar to those of
Final Fantasy and have a lot of animated sequences
in the middle, which makes them really slow. The
system itself is quite different, since now
approaches a more turn-based battle. The characters
have a stamina bar that limits their strikes. When
depleted, they'll have to wait until it recharges.
As usual, the stronger the blow, the more stamina
points it wastes. It is also said that, when the
stamina bar reaches a certain level, the characters
can use elemental attacks that pack a devastating
punch. But the original fast paced battles from
Chrono Trigger seem to be lost... In my opinion,
this game won't capture the Chrono feeling... Chrono
Trigger was a special and unique game and Toriyama's
art was an important part of it. I also disagree with
the decision to approach it with Final Fantasy...
the game will lose most of its originality. Let's
wait until the game is released to see if Chrono
Trigger has a worthy sequel. Until then, you can
download the original version of the SNES mega hit
from this page. And I'm sure you'll like it!
- New Look: as you've probably noticed (if you
are a regular visitor), this page has a new
look. I've decided to change a bit the graphical
part of the page (but I've kept the interface).
E-mail me saying what you think of it. I've
kept a back-up of the previous version of the
page and, although I prefer this look, I'm
ready to return to the old graphics if most
of my visitors prefer it. But I need to know
You know something important that happened recently? Then
send it to me! If it's really important, I'll place it here!