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Fabula Nova Anniversaris:
Celebrating Thirty Years of Final Fantasy
Intro by Mike Salbato

This is it, Marty, this is the big one. The year 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Final Fantasy, a series that certainly needs no introduction. Conveniently, it also coincides with the 20th anniversary of the founding of RPGFan (back when we were still LunarNET), but that's a story for another day...

Sometime during the summer months, we started talking about doing a feature to mark the anniversary of the biggest franchise in our beloved genre. Our plans continued to grow more grand in scope, until we had the seeds in place for what you're reading now: A huge collection of articles, short stories, and podcasts by as many RPGFan editors who wanted to contribute. We had little in the way of guidelines, and encouraged people to come up with their own articles. The result was a mix of articles that range from evaluation of certain Final Fantasy games to deeply personal tales and everything in between.

This collaborative nature is also how we arrived at the name. Despite the mixed success of Final Fantasy XIII's Fabula Nova Crystallis universe, it felt like the perfect name for our feature, as we needed a big umbrella term to put sometimes disparate articles and ideas under. And in a series with recurring terms like crystarium, L'Cie, magitek, chocobos, some guy named Cid, and countless other things that sound like utter nonsense to a non-gamer, how could we do better than Anniversaris?

The feature grew big enough that it was quickly apparent that we had to space out each part of it, so you can properly digest each portion, and nothing gets lost in the ether. The result? We will be adding to this feature twice a week from now until the beginning of January 2018. I've perhaps never been as proud of our staff's ability to come together on a collaborative feature as I am on this one: It's by far the biggest feature in our history, and I can't wait for you to discover it over the coming weeks.


Update Log

Each update to the feature will be posted to the RPGFan front page, but we also catalog them here, with new updates at the top, so you can be sure you haven't missed anything. We hope you enjoy, and look forward to your feedback as we roll out updates, so email us, and post/share your thoughts on Twitter and our Facebook page.

December 15, 2017

In this entry, Keegan dives into the PSone trio of Final Fantasy titles, with looks at Final Fantasy VII, VIII, and IX.

December 15, 2017

One of these is often considered the best of the PSone era in gamers' hearts, and one has a salary system.

December 14, 2017

If there was ever a proper time for Retro Encounter to do a quick one-episode hit of the original Final Fantasy, this was the time. Join Robert Fenner and Michael Sollosi for a look at Final Fantasy's origin (but not Final Fantasy Origins).

December 12, 2017

Four RPGFan editors from all walks of Eorzean life come together to talk about our experiences in Final Fantasy XIV, where the game has been, and where it's going.

December 12, 2017

A dark knight, a bard and a geomancer walk into a bar and say "Hey, you're from that hugely popular Final Fantasy series too, right?" Keegan takes a look back at some of the most memorable additions to the series' job system.

December 8, 2017

It stands to reason Square Enix themselves would want to celebrate Final Fantasy as well, and part of their celebrations are a month-long art exhibit featuring artwork from all fifteen titles, and more.

December 8, 2017

We pulled former RPGFan Music Managing Editor Stephen Meyerink out of retirement for one last job his insights on two things he knows better than many others: Ivalice, and localization.

December 7, 2017

Several RPGFan editors get together for this companion piece to our ongoing Memoria entries, to share even more insight to their experiences. Part 2 of 2.

December 5, 2017

You'll never think of celery the same way again.

December 5, 2017

Keegan's back to tell you more about his mammoth undertaking! In part II of this huge feature, Keegan treads the waters of the SNES-era, perhaps the series' most consistent period.

December 1, 2017

It's easy to write off something like a TV show spin-off of a game as a cash grab, but Caitlin discusses why there's actually much more to Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light than one may expect.

December 1, 2017

There may be no Final Fantasy nearly as divisive as Final Fantasy XIII — though Final Fantasy XV comes close at times — so Peter looks at the title's development history, that proves to be as convoluted as its plot.

November 30, 2017

Several RPGFan editors get together for this companion piece to our ongoing Memoria entries, to share even more insight to their experiences. Part 1 of 2.

November 28, 2017

Today we wrap up the 8-bit games with Final Fantasy III, and dive into the SNES era with the adventures of Cecil, Kain, and co.

November 28, 2017

What a time we live in, where there is not one, but two ongoing tours of musical performances for Final Fantasy. Hilary shares her experience at the "newer" tour, A New World.

November 24, 2017

Keegan has taken on the admirable task of completing every Final Fantasy game before this feature ends. He kicks things off with the NES trilogy, proving that age has not made these games any easier...

November 24, 2017

Sure, we all have our favorite protagonists, but Final Fantasy has brought us so many memorable villains, we have to highlight some of them.

November 23, 2017

If you ever doubted how far your RPGFan editors will go to provide you with both insight and entertainment, this episode is what you need. Mike, Keegan, and Peter watched three Final Fantasy films and discuss the spirits tales within.

November 21, 2017

Alana discusses the concept of "purpose" and how several members of Final Fantasy IX's cast manages to find theirs.

November 21, 2017

Memoria is not the only part of our Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary celebrations, but it will serve as a consistent backbone throughout the coming weeks. We start things off today with Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II.

November 16, 2017

Surprise! This episode was actually the precursor to our big feature, as the first of four consecutive Final Fantasy-themed episodes of Retro Encounter. Alana, Stephanie, and Keegan get together to talk about the beloved Final Fantasy IX.




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