The Brink of Time
February 11, 2002

It's that time again. Yep, 10:15 pm. Coincidentally, it's also Mailbag time. How convenient. I have a bit of important news in here, but before I get to that, I have to rave about how cool my new computer is.


Oh right, CompUSA still doesn't have it. Moving on.

I'm sure many of you who have been reading the Mailbag for awhile, or even just on occasion, question the sporadic update scheme. Well, wonder no more. Starting today, there will be a new Mailbag up every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. That's three a week. And looking in the Mailbag Archives, it doesn't take a brain surgeon to realize it's a lot more than what you usually get. Now let's just hope the letters keep coming in to allow such a schedule.

Last time I asked everyone to write in about what they thought about Chrono Break. Though there's nothing to base opinions on aside that name, I got some letters on it nonetheless. I also got one from someone who's been reading a bit too many sci-fi novels. Okay, time circuits are set, the flux capacitor is... well, fluxing. Let's go.

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A question for the ages

is chrono break on ps2 or the original playstation?
Given the fact that the PSOne is... well, dead, basically, logic dictates that Square releasing a new game for it is about as likely as seeing a direct sequel to Final Fantasy IV on the Dreamcast. In other words, I'd count on PS2. Or I could be entirely wrong and it will show up on GameCube. Square's announced an...uh, announcement to take place this week, so maybe we'll find out then.
I hear getting out does wonders for the mind and body.

If you are a time traveler or alien disguised as human and or have the technology to travel physically through time I need your help!

My life has been severely tampered with and cursed!! I have suffered tremendously and am now dying!

I need to be able to:

Travel back in time.

Rewind my life including my age back to 4.

Be able to remember what I know now so that I can prevent my life from being tampered with again after I go back.

I am in very great danger and need this immediately!

I am aware that there are many types of time travel, and that humans do not do well through certain types.

I need as close to temporal reversion as possible, as safely as possible. To be able to rewind the hands of time in such a way that the universe of now will cease to exist. I know that there are some very powerful people out there with alien or government equipment capable of doing just that.

If you can help me I will pay for your teleport or trip down here, Along with hotel stay, food and all expenses. I will pay top dollar for the equipment. Proof must be provided.

Please be advised that any temporal device that you may employ must account for X, Y, and Z coordinates as well as the temporal location. I have a time machine now, but it has limited abilitys and is useless without a vortex. If you can provide information on how to create vortex generator or where I can get some of the blue glowing moon crystals this would also be helpful.

Also if you are one of the very, very, few beings with the ability to edit the universe PLEASE REPLY!!!

Only if you have this technology and can help me please send me a (SEPARATE) email to:


Please do not reply if your an evil alien!

I really wonder if there's such a thing as nice aliens. If TV and movies have taught us anything (and they have), most aliens are inherently evil. Except Alf. You remember Alf, right? Big TV star, his show ended abruptly only to be reanimated in a lame TV movie years later, and is now reduced to guest starring on TV spots for saving money on collect calls with hasbeen stars? Sure you do.

Oh, and editing the universe is a lot simpler than people make it out to be. Just right-click on it, and save it to your local drive. if you open it in NotePad, TextEdit, or the text editor of your choice, you should be able to make your changes as you see fit. What you do from there is up to you.

Warning: Possible minor FFX spoilers and rampant overuse of the word 'home'

Dear Chronologist,

I apologize for any confusion with my explanation on the primers. The ones I was referring to would have to have been attainable before the trip to the Al Bhed "Home" (i.e. the ones on the boats or in Kilika, etc.). They can be found scattered around the desert on Bikanel Island before you get to the Al Bhed "Home." I think it's to give the player every opportunity to try and figure out the treasure chests in the "Home" since they can't go back and recover the primers yet. The three that are actually in the "Home" can't be retrieved if you miss them (as far as I know at least). If you let me know which primer is the third one you're missing, I could probably give you a good guess as to where to look. It's useful to get all the primers because Rin (I think that was the name of the guy who owned all the Al Bhed Travel Agencies) will give you a bunch of a particular item that's hard to find otherwise to customize a weapon. Just talk to him a few times after you have them all. Well, hopefully this information is useful to someone.

Well, that clears that up. Personally speaking, I've come to the conclusion I can't get them all, so will therefore be loading up an old save to nab them, and using one of those lovely Compilation Sphere dealies to complete the collection in my main game. Thanks much for the clarification, and if it helped anyone else, more power to you.
Since you had to go and make a theme for the next Mailbag, I suppose I should address the topic of "Chrono Break." My mastery of the written Japanese language isn't anything that deserves to have the word mastery associated with it, and all the links I've seen go to sites with Japanese characters. In any case, I look forward to any new installment in the series. The game will have to at least attempt to live up to the reputations of it's predecessors (I didn't think Chrono Cross was that bad either, and I would highly recommend Chrono Trigger to anyone who hasn't played it), and I can't imagine Square not making a good effort to that end. Sorry, I'm not much one for speculation or the perpetuation of rumors, so you're not going to get anything exciting out of me on that topic.
That's probably not a bad thing. I wouldn't be surprised if said speculation and assumptions were the cause of at least part of the gaming community not being fans of the second game. Like I'm sure most people, I wanted, and expected a game like Chrono Trigger, and in that regard was disappointed. While great in its own right, Chrono Cross was no CT. Having gained this knowledge, I think it will help me, and anyone with similar viewpoints, to be more objective on a third game. As nice as it would be to see a game more like, if not a direct sequel to, the first, it's not something I'm counting on now.
Well, I am glad you had a good holiday and an enjoyable trip. Good luck with the computer. After the experience I had with a certain computer superstore (I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if we're both alluding to the same one) the last time I replaced my desktop computer, I can sympathize. Anyway, sorry if this is a bit long. Take care and keep up the good work.


Well, now I *have* to ask: CompUSA?
What was the start of all this?

Hey (again)
I can't wait for Chrono Break! Its gonna be awesome. I really liked Chrono Cross alot it was a very good game ;) CT was better of course but CC had the best theme music( the one in the begining if you don't push start). Anyway mabye I'll make a habbit of mailing you I'm always bored...Well I better go! Tell what you think CB is gonna be like mabye it'll have CT characters ;).

Thanx again


Ah, Time's Scar. One of my favorite music tracks in any game, that is. We can only hope Mitsuda will be back for a third outing, now that he's finished work on the Xenosaga soundtrack. A Chrono game without Mitsuda just wouldn't feel right. As for my own thoughts on Break, aside from the comment above, I'll save most of it for my closing down below.

Dear RPGDan,

First time caller, long time listener. I just wanted to give you my thoughts on the Chrono series. Chrono Cross was an awesome game, I loved every minute... err second of this fine game, and that final boss? whew that guy was fun to kill off (thanks to the tips on your website). Chrono Cross became a personal favorite one of the reasons might be that I played CC before Trigger, But after my love of CC, CT had to be next. And I'm not saying I've never PLAYED Chrono trigger before, I've owned it on the snes, had the ROM, you know how it goes, but I only played it, never played through it. Out of the 2 games I would have to say that CC is my favorite, I liked the charachters, the world, the story AND the music better then CT.

In some areas it can be a tough call, but characters? While some of the characters in CC had good development and story to them, there was a ton that didn't. On the other hand, CT's entire cast was developed equally well, save for maybe Chrono, who didn't speak, which limited what could be done with him. But then, having 45 characters would limit developers in that regard. What do we learn? Don't make so many darn characters.
But FYI, I just groundbreaking info on CB (Chrono Break), first you might ask "Where on earth did you get this info!?" but I'll tell you how I got this info, A mcdonalds french fry told me this information. Herby said (Herby is the french fry, I named him) that Chrono Break is actually taking the series in a new direction. Instead of traveling through time, you ARE time. You play as a clock named Guillmont who hangs over the neck of your master Serge, While Serge is on his adventure, you must push a variety of button combinations (like in Parappa the rapper) at a certain time to keep you clock from falling off of Serges neck thus breaking. When I first heard this SHOCKING info, I knew that square was on to something.

It appears that squaresoft has gotten really lazy and is just coming up with titles we all know and putting a pretty name on it... You know the new Saga game coming out? It's really just pong...

-Joey Mikler

You heard it here first folks. Exclusive information on Chrono Break, direct from Herby the french fry. Thank you Herby, your check is in the mail. Though Joey might be better off just eating you now that you've divulged the information, and take the check for himself. That's what I'd do, given the situation. Not that I expect to be in such a situation in 1000 lifetimes.

Funny thing, were this info true, it's almost not shocking. CC was so different than CT anyway, why not shock everyone and make the third game into a separate genre altogether? I know I can't wait to play as a rappin' clock. I know nobody reading this column can deny they feel the same way either.

Unlimited SaGa is Pong? Man, the info just keeps coming. You should be working for us in news. We'd scoop the competition faster than a Baskin Robbins employee can scoop a triple scoop sundae...with three scoops!

Mmm...Unified Field Theory.


I was looking for Rudo's e-mail and decided to look under the staff link.

Let me just say that it was an interesting read. I laugh, cried... Anyways, if you really like time travel so much I suggest you visit www.m-kaku.org. It's a site run by Dr. Michio Kaku, he has devoted his time to the cause of time travel and the Unified Field Theory. Another good read.

Rpgfan Fan

Alas, my old internet service has gone the way of Snk. Actually Snk has been reborn, maybe it will too.

Interesting link. I like the design. Simple, but not too simple. The large bold 'Cannot Load Address' at the top is a unique touch as well. Though seriously, the address is http://www.mkaku.org/, for those interested.
Strange, yet oddly sensible logic.

Wanna know what would make Chrono Break's success GUARANTEED? Akira Toriyama artwork. Why? Because anything that looks like Dragonball will sell. I mean, Squaresoft can make billions marking a piece of crap... so long as that piece of crap has Goku-like features. I mean, look how many idiots bought those horrible DBZ fighting games? So if the next Chrono-protagonist has spiked hair (preferably hair that can change from black to blonde), bubble like muscles, and a huge retarded smile, then Chrono Break will be beloved by all. It wouldn't hurt if the hero can turn into a monkey-monster during the full moon either.
While I'd like to argue your logic here, it can't be denied CT was the favorite of the two games, and it WAS the one with Toriyama-designed characters. With Dragon Quest VIII not scheduled for release til 2004, I'd like to think he has the time to do a little bit of work for Square. Toriyama and Mitsuda.... yeah, that would make a good sequel.
Closing Thoughts

And with that, we're done again. Oh, what do I think of Chrono Break, right. Well, I have faith in the developers, so I predict a good game. End of story. Let's hope this week's announcement sheds some much-needed light on the mystery.

For next time, just go ahead and write in about any old thing. Maybe I'll happen upon something interesting and we can make a themed update around it. In fact, that can be the theme for next time: Write in about something interesting enough to be a theme in a future edition. What do you want to see in here? It's in your hands. And more specifically, how you use said hands to type things into your e-mail program of choice.

As we walk down that winding and confusing road we call life, always keep in mind that....aw hell, I forgot my last page of notes. Til next time,

Chronologist (chronologist@rpgfan.com)


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