Tomorrow marks the start of the Final Fantasy V Four Job Fiesta for 2015, and I’ll be taking part for the first time.
Every year, gamers pledge to play Final Fantasy V while being assigned jobs randomly (as a minimum — extra challenges are available), and then donate to Child’s Play, a charity devoted to gifting toys and videogames to children’s wards and specialist hospitals:
With those cash donations, we purchase new consoles, peripherals, games, and more for hospitals and therapy facilities. These donations allow for children to enjoy age-appropriate entertainment, interact with their peers, friends, and family, and can provide vital distraction from an otherwise generally unpleasant experience.
Here’s my registration and pledge:
— FF5ForFutures (@FF5ForFutures) June 10, 2015
— Phil Cooper (@philcooper) June 10, 2015
This will be my first ever play through of Final Fantasy V, so I’ve elected to take the easiest setting: one randomly assigned job from each crystal, which should result in a somewhat balanced party — at the very least no duplicate jobs.
I’m secretly hoping I get given a couple of jobs that I’d never normally choose, just so there’s just a bit of panic and lateral thinking thrown into the mix.
This reminds me, actually, of the save I have on the Nintendo DS remake of Final Fantasy III, with my party ready to defeat the last dungeon. I used a bard all the way through the game only to discover he couldn’t quite keep the party alive against the Cloud of Darkness. I should go back to that and make sure I have the Apollo and Lamia harps…
I digress. The rules of the FF5FJF are unconcerned with which version and how you play the game, so I’m using a ROM of Final Fantasy V Advance with an emulator on my mobile phone, and VisualBoyAdvance on my PC, both of which will make it easy to grab screenshots as I go along. I’m going to use save states for convenience — like when I’m playing on my commute — but not for save scumming.
- On Getting the Party Started
- Job Training Part 1: Starting Physical Jobs
- Job Training Part 2: The Squishy Casters
- Job Training Part 3: The Misfits
- Job Training Part 4: Grab Bag
- Job Training Part 5: The Earth Crystal Jobs
Wish me luck! I’ll keep blogging about it, and if you’d like to try yourself, or donate based on how well I do, you can make a pledge or donate on the Four Job Fiesta website.