Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Final Fantasy Marathon

The Final Fantasy marathon begins June 9th and will go until the 14th. That’s 120 hours of Final Fantasy. We’re raising money for Doctors Without Borders this time around and we’ve raised money for them before, but if you don’t know about them, they’re a group that helps provide medical and relief aid to regions affected by war, famine, disease, natural disasters and other tragic events. Recently they’ve been helping with the Japan relief effort as an example of the sort of things they do.

We’re, as always, going to be using the ChipIn widget to collect donations. However you will need a registered PayPal account to use the widget. You do not need to use PayPal to donate however; you can still use a credit/debit card or a Visa prepaid gift card. Because PayPal takes a small amount from all transactions as a service charge, we ask that you please at least donate a minimum of $1.00.

The following games are being played, and where it is important the version of the game being played is noted:
Final Fantasy I (Dawn of Souls)
Final Fantasy II (PSX)
Final Fantasy III (NES)
Final Fantasy IV (SNES)
Final Fantasy V (SNES)
Final Fantasy VI (SNES or PSX)
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VIII
Final Fantasy IX
Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy X-2
Final Fantasy XII

We may play FFXIII but currently it’s still being debated if we have enough time to get through it as well as all the other games.

We will be auctioning off naming rights to characters in each game. You can PM us your amount donated and the name you wish to have used for a specific character or leave a comment in the ChipIn with the amount donated and the name you want used (either way we will have to make sure the donated amount has been received before it can go towards the name being used, but we do prefer comments left in the ChipIn so we can read them on the commentary stream). Because FFIV lets you rename characters multiple times you may donate to have a character’s name changed at each Namingway passed during the course of the game. We will also be taking donations to go out of our way to fight the optional superbosses in the games. More on this will be coming later as it will be up to the individual players of the games to decide if they want to go out of their way and how much must be donated to fight each boss.

That’s the way things stand for now, but we’ll update as we know more. We hope to see a lot of old and new faces at the marathon, and remember even if you can’t donate you can still help us by spreading the word as much as possible either over the Internet or locally where you live. Ideally you could do both, a lot, from not until the marathon ends.

Well, that about does it for now. All of us hope to see you at the marathon!

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