Welcome, friends, to our fourth and final game of 2020! It's fitting that we end 2020 with an uplifting, optimistic tale of three friends, and their companions, who travel through time, and strive against all odds, to prevent a global apocalypse.
This 1995 game is widely regarded as one of the greatest, and most influential, games of all time. It combines the RPG "dream team": Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of Final Fantasy; Yujii Horii, the creator of Dragon Quest; and Akira Toryama, the artist responsible for Dragon Quest and Dragon Ball's iconic looks. Many of us played Chrono Trigger. I certainly did: it was my favorite game, in late-middle and high school, and I definitely got every single ending. It'll be fun, I'm sure, to revisit what made this game so great, and how well it's held up.
Oh, and that music ...
Spoiler Policy: While some of us probably remember every detail of this game, others don't, and still others haven't played it. There's no need to spoiler-tag tactics and strategies, nor even most details: after all, this game has been written about everywhere. But there are a few major story beats worth preserving, for first timers, and for people who might have forgotten about them. My suggestion: please spoiler-tag any major story beats during or after the Ocean Palace.
Club Completion: There are multiple paths to the game's final confrontation, including one available within about 5 minutes of starting the game. Chrono Trigger's New Game + gave you the strength to take on the final boss from the jump, and you can access multiple different endings (12 or 13, I think) depending on when you beat it. Given that, I think we need some guidance on what counts as completion, here. You can call it completed, and level up, when you roll credits on some version of Ending 1 or Ending 2. Ending 1 is, essentially, the "true final ending"; Ending 2 requires you to get to the end of the game, but leaves at least one major task undone. There are multiple small variations on each depending on how you access the final boss and how you treat various characters; those don't matter for club purposes. Of course, if you have a NG+ save, and want to use it, feel free!