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Posted: 1st September 2017 19:08

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Way, way back, back in the day, a hundred years, it seems that way, CoN did the "Final Fantasy Music CoNtest." Really, though, we last did a smackdown here at CoN to pick the best Final Fantasy music seven years ago, and it was a smash. But, there have been several more games in the main Final Fantasy series since then, and we figure it's high time to take a shot at it again, especially in light of the series' 30th anniversary and CoN's 20th anniversary this year.

So, here's the setup: Noctis and friends from Final Fantasy XV have a pretty serious sound system in their car, the Regalia. So many musical options that there's no telling what to play next, so they're going to need some help figuring out what's best. And that's where we come in, by visiting https://regalia.cavesofnarshe.com/ (or on Facebook).

The Regalia Playlist

Starting now, and running through the end of September, everyone out there with a CoN account can pick fifteen songs from Final Fantasy to make up their own preferred playlist. You'll be able to pick from every single numbered entry in the series, including the MMOs, with a couple bonus games that CoN covers to boot (Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy Tactics, of course). At the end of September, we'll compile everyone's selections into a 64-song knockout tournament by which we'll determine the best songs from the last thirty years for Noctis to load up as he travels across Eos.

We can discuss the knockout when we get there, so let's dive a little more in to the nomination process starting now. As I mentioned, everyone with a CoN account can go to https://regalia.cavesofnarshe.com/ or the tab on our Facebook page to nominate fifteen songs. They're organized by game, and every one has a listen link so you can familiarize yourself with the song again if you can't quite remember it by name. You can click and drag or doubleclick to add a song to your list (or tap if you're on your tablet), and click or tap the trash can to remove it from the list. You can also click and drag to reorder your list as you make it, but once you submit with the green checkmark, you're locked in.

List the songs in your preferred order, because higher rankings are worth more when we do the seeding. The song you pick for the number one slot is worth 15 ranking points, and the song you choose at #15 is worth just one. Our tournament seedings will be based on the overall ranking points earned by every person's picks, so make sure you give the highest spots in your list to the songs you most badly want to see in the tournament.

Around October 1, we'll shut down the nomination process and take some time to rank all the songs that got nominated to come up with a final bracket of 64. After that, the voting will begin and you all will have the opportunity to vote your favorite nominees to the top. At the end of it all, we'll have a brand-spanking-new 2017 version of the best Final Fantasy song of all time. Or close enough.

The Regalia CoNtest

Once we have our 64 candidates based on your submissions, the contest starts! You'll have a couple weeks to look over the 64 top tracks, and pick what you think the top five will be. People who make those picks will be graded for accuracy once all of the votes have been tallied and we have our winner. We'll compare each person's guesses to the final results, and the top three most accurate players will win prizes:
  1. A signed set of illustrations from Final Fantasy VI through Final Fantasy X by Sarah Childs at Gyzra Ink
  2. A Gyzra Final Fantasy VI illustration plus a bottle of Wiz' Energizing Elixir from Jones Soda
  3. A Gyzra Final Fantasy VI illustration
These prints are no longer available, nor is the soda, so this is the only place you're likely to ever get your hands on them!

If you've got any questions, let us know now so we can make sure your picks get in. You'll get the chance to start voting in the tournament and making your feelings known about each matchup starting in October, so let's get started! Also let us know if you see song names that are not accurate or awkward - there're over 1700 of them in there so odds are we messed some up along the way!
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Posted: 1st September 2017 19:41

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Oh man, it is going to be so hard to choose just 15 tracks! And to then rank them? I'm going to have to think about this for days.
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Posted: 1st September 2017 19:42

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Oh man, it is going to be so hard to choose just 15 tracks! And to then rank them? I'm going to have to think about this for days.

You get all month. Just don't forget. biggrin.gif

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Posted: 2nd September 2017 03:37

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smile.gif I didn't really care to rank them very much, but I did put my very two favorites right at the top.

1. Bike Chase (CT)
2. Crazy Motorcycle Chase (FF7)
3. Battle Scene 2 (FF2)
4. Battle 1 (FF3)
5. The Airship (FF4)
6. Within the Giant (FF4)
7. Ahead On Our Way (FF5)
8. Clash on the Big Bridge (FF5)
9. Techno de Chocobo (FF6)
10. Johnny C. Bad (FF6)
11. Electric de Chocobo (FF7)
12. The Man With The Machine Gun (FF8)
13. Fight 2 (FF4)
14. Samba de Chocobo! (FF4)
15. Fanfare (FF4)

But seriously, Bike Chase from CT would be the thing for going real fast in a car.

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Posted: 2nd September 2017 05:08

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Good list, Spooniest! You've reminded me of some favorites I had forgotten. I'm going to have to listen to all the OSTs again. I'm starting to weed through songs by writing all my favorites from this post on index cards, but I know I have more to add.

Rangers51, a slight bug: FF11 & FF14 don't appear in the "go to game" drop down on my Kindle Fire. They do show up when I scroll down the complete list, though.
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Posted: 2nd September 2017 12:57

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smile.gif I didn't really care to rank them very much, but I did put my very two favorites right at the top.

I have to warn against sharing lists right away, as it might color other people's choices and result in yours not even making the tournament. smile.gif

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Rangers51, a slight bug: FF11 & FF14 don't appear in the "go to game" drop down on my Kindle Fire. They do show up when I scroll down the complete list, though.

I could explain how that happened but it would be pretty boring. I'll have it fixed when I do my next code push out to the main site. Thanks!

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Posted: 2nd September 2017 13:02

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smile.gif I didn't really care to rank them very much, but I did put my very two favorites right at the top.

I have to warn against sharing lists right away, as it might color other people's choices and result in yours not even making the tournament. smile.gif

If you didn't want me to do it, you should put something in the original post that says not to do it.

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Posted: 2nd September 2017 13:16

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Quote (Spooniest @ 2nd September 2017 07:02)
If you didn't want me to do it, you should put something in the original post that says not to do it.

If I didn't WANT you to do it I would have deleted your post, lol. I'm just saying, it's an opening to game the system, is all.

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If you didn't want me to do it, you should put something in the original post that says not to do it.

If I didn't WANT you to do it I would have deleted your post, lol. I'm just saying, it's an opening to game the system, is all.

Upon re-reading with this further bit of information to color my perception better of what you said, it turns out there was a finer point beneath what I thought you meant.

Also, I'm horribly neurotic. smile.gif Fun times.

Yah, my only idea was "What would I listen to while driving?"

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Posted: 3rd September 2017 17:17

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As of now, we can store your lists for you while you build them. I realize it might be a pretty long process to get things exactly how you want them, so now, if you need to take a break, we'll save a snapshot of your list and offer to load it up for you when you come back, so you can give this very difficult decision all the time you need. smile.gif

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Posted: 4th September 2017 16:23

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I know we're not supposed to share lists, but I was wondering if I was doing this right...
My list

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I know we're not supposed to share lists, but I was wondering if I was doing this right...
My list

We have a winner.

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This should be fun. biggrin.gif
I probably won't do very well as from what I remember from the last music voting gauntlet my tastes are fairly different from others on the site. But that's alright. FF music is always high quality stuff so even my non-favourites are a joy to revisit.

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Spin-offs: FFIV: Interlude & The After Years, Crisis Core: FFVII, X-2, XIII-2, Lightning Returns, Type-0 HD, Dissidia, Dissidia 012, and Tactics (original & WotL).
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thumbup.gif thumbup.gif but hot d a m n! this is no menial task! I would say every track, every game is noteworthy as a standalone piece of work, regardless of whether or not you have actually played the games or previously heard! Choosing the top 15 and then top 5 out of most of the entire franchise.....hoo, boy but is certainly overdue in my mind! (that was shrewd btw automatically signing me up for the forums along with this playlist poll; longtime lurker here since the 90's. Always been too damn lazy to actually post anything prior to this....!) tongue.gif
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Posted: 6th September 2017 21:30

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thumbup.gif thumbup.gif but hot d a m n! this is no menial task! I would say every track, every game is noteworthy as a standalone piece of work, regardless of whether or not you have actually played the games or previously heard! Choosing the top 15 and then top 5 out of most of the entire franchise.....hoo, boy but is certainly overdue in my mind! (that was shrewd btw automatically signing me up for the forums along with this playlist poll; longtime lurker here since the 90's. Always been too damn lazy to actually post anything prior to this....!) tongue.gif

I dunno about shrewd, it was just way easier. wink.gif

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Posted: 6th September 2017 21:42

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So Josh, what IS the recommended way to give you guys the finished list, and when? smile.gif

ETA: I read what you said again, click on the green check-mark, got it. Wow, this is a lot of amazing work.

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Posted: 6th September 2017 23:15

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So Josh, what IS the recommended way to give you guys the finished list, and when? smile.gif

ETA: I read what you said again, click on the green check-mark, got it. Wow, this is a lot of amazing work.

Oh, good, I had started writing a response on my phone and then ran out of energy for my slow mobile typing speed. biggrin.gif I'm flattered you find it amazing - odds are I'll blog about the project like I did the logo design sometime down the road; the chance to do a special site like this is a big part of why the game's coming back now after all these years.

And here's a reminder for everyone, please consider sharing on FB and Twitter either when you finish or just by pasting the Regalia URL into a FB post or tweet. We learned the last time we did this that it works best if we get lots of people involved, and that's the way to do it in this day and age.



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Posted: 8th September 2017 06:17

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Oh boy, here we go again biggrin.gif . My picks are submitted. A pity, though, that Secret of Mana wasn't included in this, or even Chrono Cross. I would've included a few entries from those titles, as well.

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Posted: 8th September 2017 16:53

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Oh boy, here we go again biggrin.gif . My picks are submitted. A pity, though, that Secret of Mana wasn't included in this, or even Chrono Cross. I would've included a few entries from those titles, as well.

Yeah, had to draw the line somewhere! I was originally going to leave out the MMOs but include the extra games CoN covers, but I think it would just be too overwhelming to have all of Square Enix represented. Had to stop.

Also, I'm ready to see some more variety in these picks, people! Go out on a limb! wink.gif

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Posted: 15th September 2017 09:00

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My list is mostly sorted; just deciding if I want to toss in more filler from games I haven't played before submitting.

My filters for choosing were one pick per game and intentionally staying away from the big name songs (no Battle of the Big Bridge, the opera, One-Winged Angel, or Magus' theme, among others). FF9 and CT proved the most difficult for me to pick just one, so many likeable choices.
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