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Hey, all! I've seen plenty of you getting excited for the hack over on r/chronotrigger on Reddit and on these forums, and I just wanna say thanks for the support! I just wanted to give a quick status update and mention some things about how the hack will be downloaded.

First of all, the hack will be downloaded in a traditional .zip file, which will be available here until I get it up on (which I will announcer BTW). The .zip file contains the two patches (regular and Jr.) and a readme. The readme contains general notes on what's improved, but also a small "Q&A" section, where I'll answer some questions that I know I'll get. Here are the questions now:

Q: Can I play/livestream the hack?
A: Sure! Just make sure to credit me for making the hack.

Q: Can I make a repro cart of the hack?
A: Sure, just do NOT sell it. I don't want people profiting off fan works, more specifically my own work.

Q: What are the main differences between this hack and regular CT?
A: Not too much, mainly just some new content, cut content coming back and increased difficulty if you play the regular version of this hack.

Q: Any future projects to look forward to?
A: Not yet. I have plans for more ROM hacks for many different games (including some more CT hacks), so make sure to check those out! I'll announce new CT hacks on the Chrono Compendium forums first.

Q: Should my Chrono Trigger ROM be headered or headerless?
A: I made this hack on a headerless ROM, so that's probably what you should use. There are ways to remove a header from a ROM, so find out for yourself.

Q: Where can I find a Chrono Trigger ROM?
A: I will not point you to directly where you can find a Chrono Trigger ROM, as it's technically piracy, which I don't condone. It would be best to backup your own ROM.

Before I go with this rather quick update (I just love doing them!), I'd love to give a huge thanks to Geiger for creating Temporal Flux (the program used to edit almost all of the hack), Mauron who created various plug-ins for Temporal Flux which were used in this project, Boo the Gentlemen Caller for beta-testing this hack for me (hope you're enjoying it, dude!), and also all the people from the Chrono Compendium and beyond who are hyped for this hack! March 7th's only a fortnight away, folks, so get ready for another spin on this classic RPG then!

Something like this?

Yeah, that was a little bit of inspiration for me for that scene.

I like this, well done.  My only problem is that if this happened, we would not have the wonderful game know  as Chrono Cross.   :wink:


Hey, all! Consider this the start of a little series of posts where I discuss potential what-if scenarios in the Chrono universe, basically saying "Hey, what if this happened instead of that?" Today's topic is probably one of the Chrono franchise's most important scenes, the collapse of the Ocean Palace and the disappearance of Schala. But what if she survived and escaped? Let's begin!

We start at the usual scene, right after Crono's death, when Schala is preparing to send the 2 party members (in this case, they'll be Marle and Glenn) and Magus up to the surface. Before she does so, Marle quickly points out that her pendant should have enough power to let them all escape. She immediately gives it to Schala, who has to prepare her spell quickly as the palace is literally only a few seconds before it's fully submerged. All 4 escape, leaving the Ocean Palace to crumble...

Everything is normal up until the 2 party members now wake up, now accompanied by Schala. After their talk with the elder of Algetty, Schala expresses her guilt for letting Crono die, but Glenn assures her that it was her mother's fault. At this point, Schala joins the party! In battle, she would basically be a better Marle but have terrible physical strength, as she only fights with a knife, just like Kid in Chrono Cross. To make it up for it, her healing powers are the best in the game.

Schala's optional for the Blackbird, but if you bring her along, there's a little bit of extra dialogue Dalton has. After the Blackbird falls, the trio of party members (Marle, Glenn and Schala) all head to the North Cape to confront Magus. Although Schala doesn't recognize him at first, after Magus tells of his story, she immediately knows he's Janus. Schala quickly rushes to Magus's side, distraught that her little brother went through all that he described. Magus tells the two party members to go, as he wants to speak to Schala privately. This now starts a completely new scene between the two.

"I can't believe..." Magus mumbles before Schala cuts him off. "I can't believe you suffered the way you did, Janus. You suffered for a lifetime, just to see me again." Schala says in her calm voice all too familiar to Magus. "Well, we're back together now. And those fools think I'll help them? Pathetic." Magus scoffs. "Please, Janus, they helped you bring back the one you love, why not help them do the same thing?" Schala pleads. "Hmph. Very well, Schala. I'll do this for you, and for you alone." Magus says before the two head back to the party members.

Everything is mostly the same from here, although since Schala is now a party member, she appears in several key moments and Magus also warms up to the party a bit more. In this version of the story, Crono, Magus and Schala head to the Black Omen. Once they encounter Queen Zeal on the top of the Black Omen for the final battle, there's some more unique dialogue: "Schala, why are fighting alongside them? Join me, and we shall reign over the world forever!" Zeal demands. "Don't you ever hurt her again, you pitiful woman. Your reign ends here!" Magus shouts, in pure frustration with her single-mindedness.  "Why do you care about her so much, Prophet? Unless you're who I think you are?" Zeal questions, but quickly gets back on-topic. "I'll crush you foolish children, and teach you to never interfere again!" Zeal laughs before transforming.

After the battle with Lavos, all is well until the ending scene, in which Schala also shows up at the Guardia Castle to congratulate Crono. Once everyone gets ready to leave, Schala goes alongside Magus, who actually has some parting words. "I can't believe I'm saying this, but thank you all. You made my dream come true, and we stopped Lavos together. If trouble shows up, you know where to find us. If we ever meet again, call me Janus from now on." Magus says before he and Schala depart. The credits are the same, except now that Magus and Schala are standing on the North Cape as the Epoch flies by...

So yeah, that was it! Tell me if you guys enjoyed it, and potentially any other Chrono what-ifs that I could do!

Fan Art / Re: Lavos (one eyed tick), you wanted a 3D Mammon machine?
« on: February 08, 2020, 08:39:38 pm »
That looks pretty good, Schala!

Chrono Trigger Modification / Re: How many active hackers do we have here?
« on: February 08, 2020, 08:08:00 pm »
I doubt

That's step 1 in the "How to not release anything good and original" guidebook!

I want to experiment

That's all you need!

Thanks for the confidence boost, Trig! (Or at least, I'm guessing that was what it was.)

Chrono Trigger Modification / Re: How many active hackers do we have here?
« on: February 08, 2020, 11:24:16 am »
I guess I could consider myself an active hacker, but I've currently only done one piece of work, the upcoming Master Quest hack. I want to experiment a little more after that, but I doubt I'll release anything good that's original.

Kajar Laboratories / Re: Chrono Trigger - Master Quest: Update #3
« on: February 07, 2020, 04:55:18 pm »
There is an npc in cross that says Porre is to the east, so your rocks should be to the left of the city of Porre to be accurate.

Oh, okay!

Wait hold on... YOU'RE Time Rock Orchestra?

That's exactly what I thought! His CT remixes are genuinely amazing, and I've asked to use the remix of the main theme in my trailer for the Master Quest hack.

Welcome / Birthday / Seeya! Forum / Re: Welcome, welcome!
« on: February 01, 2020, 04:07:25 pm »
I haven't had the time to properly introduce myself, so hi everyone! I'm MS04, some of you may know me as the person behind the upcoming CT - Master Quest hack, coming March 7th of this year! I plan to become a game developer someday, and want to use ROM hacks as some kind of "practice", so expect some more in the future! (And yes, before you ask, I do love Chrono Trigger, like you all!)

Filled it in for ya, Lavos! Just don't destroy the Earth, okay?

Kajar Laboratories / Re: Chrono Trigger - Master Quest: Update #3
« on: February 01, 2020, 07:58:46 am »
Yeah, I decided to copy over an unedited version of the 1000 AD map from a fresh CT ROM, and was able to fix it that way.

Kajar Laboratories / Re: Chrono Trigger - Master Quest: Update #3
« on: February 01, 2020, 07:23:43 am »
I was able to fix the error. The problem was that I wanted include a little bit of a reference to Chrono Cross with some rocks in the sea, a reference to El Nido back when it wasn't an island, but it turns out that some of the rocks covered up parts of the Fiona's Forest part of the map hidden away. After removing a few of the rocks, I think I've fixed it!

Kajar Laboratories / Chrono Trigger - Master Quest: Update #3
« on: January 31, 2020, 09:07:46 pm »
Hey, all! I'm here with some bonus news about CT - Master Quest! Shall we get started?

Well, to start it off, development of the extra content included in this hack is basically 100% complete! The only things that need to be added are the enemy stat changes in the regular version of the hack and also to properly link up the Erpon Village exits with their places on the world map. I won't be doing Compendium-wide beta-testing, as I don't want the hack leaking out too early! (By the way, expect the March 7th release date, everyone. Who knows? It might come out earlier than expected!)

Kajar Laboratories / Chrono Trigger - Master Quest: Update #2
« on: December 29, 2019, 07:27:47 am »
Hey, all! I just wanted to drop a quick update about this hack before the new year. Let's begin, shall we?

I've already made a post about it over on r/chronotrigger on Reddit, just so I can get the word out. The hack is almost complete, I just need to finish the Erpon Village maps and harder stat changes for the hack. I haven't had the chance to develop recently, as I've been playing a lot of Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled on my Switch recently. (I promise I'll get to work soon!  8) )

I expect a trailer to release around a few weeks before release. And speaking of release...

Expect a March 7th 2020 release, everyone! I should finish it around the middle on January, and then I'll start beta-testing. However, I won't do beta-testing with multiple people, as I don't want anything to leak out.

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