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Have you ever wondered how long King Guardia has reigned for? Or wanted to know more about Lucca's (and her family's) crazy inventions? The Zeal Archives explores the world of Chrono Trigger one bit at a time covering the characters, items, mechanics, locales and lore with a dose of your hosts', T and G, personal experiences with the game mixed in.

Each episode contains a healthy potion of the above and is bookended by short vignettes of two characters, T and G, who are trapped in the world of Chrono Trigger (specifically, the "End of Time") and their escapades discovering the world and trying to make their way back home! Put another way, the podcast is part storytelling, part discussion, and 100% love letter to an amazing classic JRPG.

Episodes release in 'books' (9-12 episodes) ... whenever they're ready. Each episode is somewhere between 15 and 30 minutes. Have a topic you'd like to see or an idea for the future of the series? Contact us on [Twitter](http://twitter.com/thenickscast) or [Facebook](https://facebook.com/thenickscast), both @thenickscast

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Have you ever wondered how long King Guardia has reigned for? Or wanted to know more about Lucca's (and her family's) crazy inventions? The Zeal Archives explores the world of Chrono Trigger one bit at a time covering the characters, items, mechanics, locales and lore with a dose of your hosts', T and G, personal experiences with the game mixed in.

Each episode contains a healthy potion of the above and is bookended by short vignettes of two characters, T and G, who are trapped in the world of Chrono Trigger (specifically, the "End of Time") and their escapades discovering the world and trying to make their way back home! Put another way, the podcast is part storytelling, part discussion, and 100% love letter to an amazing classic JRPG.

Episodes release in 'books' (9-12 episodes) ... whenever they're ready. Each episode is somewhere between 15 and 30 minutes. Have a topic you'd like to see or an idea for the future of the series? Contact us on [Twitter](http://twitter.com/thenickscast) or [Facebook](https://facebook.com/thenickscast), both @thenickscast

    Mystic Knights: Swordsman, Sorcerer, Sycophant [Book 3, Chapter 5]

    Mystic Knights: Swordsman, Sorcerer, Sycophant [Book 3, Chapter 5]

    This is it, the end of our intrepid crew… just kidding! Trapped in a cage of worlds new and old, our heroes must devise a cunning escape plan that will require everything that they know about the world of Chrono Trigger… probably! At the very least they might need to call in help from some unexpected friends…
    In our world, T and G attempt to unveil the storied past of the trio of misfits Ozzie, Flea, and Slash… if they had one?! In particular:

    What we actually know about these characters (surprise! It’s… not a lot). More interestingly, how differences in localization can dramatically alter how the characters are perceived (with a bunch of examples)
    A tiny bit about localization in the 90s, and in particular, Nintendo’s localization policy
    A lot of speculation around what we don’t know about them, and why such ‘small’ characters (relative to how long they are in the game) have such a big impact. Also, why Flea is the best.

    Editing, scripting, and podcast visual design by Nick Terwoord. Special thanks to Square Enix for making that game that we love, Chrono Trigger ...and for not suing us.
    Episode Cast
    Alphabetically, by actor:

    Dan Charrington (aka The Video Ninja) in the role of Ozzie
    Manda Whitney in the role of Azala
    Nick G in the role of his fictional self, “Magus” and discussion host
    Nick T in the role of his fictional self, “Slash”, Robo, and discussion host
    Patrick "TrickyLove" Moylan in the role of Nizbel III
    SMZeldaRules in the role of Lucca Ashtear and “Flea”

    Musical Credits

    [00:00] Context: Inception by The ARTISANS Beats used under Jamendo’s standard license
    [00:05] A delicate situation: ReMix: Chrono Trigger "Subterranean Opus" by zircon

    • 40 min
    Mystic War: A Brief History [Book 3, Chapter 4]

    Mystic War: A Brief History [Book 3, Chapter 4]

    You’d think in a world of time travel, monsters, and magic, there’d be cause for excitement, but the grind of going from anomaly to anomaly has taken its toll on Nick T… that is until the party’s next destination is Magus’ castle! What dangerous horrors await within, and is its powerful master home? Hopefully not…

    In our world, T and G delve into the real-life Chrono Trigger trigger archives, [the Chrono Compendium](https://www.chronocompendium.com/), to try to understand more about the Mystics in the lore of Chrono Trigger. They discover…



    * Who the Mystics are… probably? As it turns out, there are some interesting differences in the English translations and the original Japanese. Plus, there’s a lot that’s never explicitly spelled out in the game
    * The history of the Mystics! We know they hate humans… why is that? Is that true? When do they show up, and why are there not more of them in the present (or any in the future)?
    * Personal opinions! Not so much a discovery as revealing some of the development that would have been nice to see regarding the Mystics.

    Editing, scripting, and podcast visual design by [Nick Terwoord](https://nt3rp.io). Special thanks to Square Enix for making that game that we love, Chrono Trigger ...and for not suing us.


    ## Episode Cast

    Alphabetically, by actor:



    * Dan Charrington (aka The Video Ninja) in the role of Ozzie
    * Manda Whitney in the role of Azala
    * Nick G in the role of his fictional self, and discussion host
    * Nick T in the role of his fictional self, Robo, and discussion host
    * Patrick "TrickyLove" Moylan in the role of Nizbel III
    * SMZeldaRules in the role of Lucca Ashtear


    ## Musical Credits



    * [00:00] Opening: [Inception](https://www.jamendo.com/track/1208449/inception) by [The ARTISANS Beats](https://www.jamendo.com/artist/464776/the-artisans-beats) used under [Jamendo’s standard license](https://help-licensing.jamendo.com/hc/en-us/articles/211293289-What-can-I-do-with-a-Standard-License-)
    * [02:16] 2spoopy4me: [ReMix: Chrono Trigger "The Dark Defender"](https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03351) by [Pavos](https://ocremix.org/artist/9847/pavos) from [http://ocremix.org](http://ocremix.org) used under [ocremix.org content policy](http://ocremix.org/info/Content_Policy#If_you.27re_using_our_content_elsewhere_.28.22Terms_of_Use.22.29%E2%80%A6)
    * [04:57] Getting out of a pickle: [ReMix: Chrono Trigger "Subterranean Opus"](https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01450) by [zircon](https://ocremix.org/artist/4628/zircon) from [http://ocremix.org](http://ocremix.org) used under [ocremix.org content policy](http://ocremix.org/info/Content_Policy#If_you.27re_using_our_content_elsewhere_.28.22Terms_of_Use.22.29%E2%80%A6)
    * [06:07] Subtle subterfuge: [Chrono Symphonic: Confronting the Mystic](https://ocremix.org/album/7/chrono-trigger-chrono-symphonic) by [sephfire](https://ocremix.org/artist/4587/sephfire) from [http://ocremix.org](http://ocremix.org) used under [ocremix.org content policy](http://ocremix.org/info/Content_Policy#If_you.27re_using_our_content_elsewhere_.28.22Terms_of_Use.22.29%E2%80%A6)
    * [28:49] The battle commences: [Chrono Symphonic: Confronting the Mystic](https://ocremix.org/album/7/chrono-trigger-chrono-symphonic) by [sephfire](https://ocremix.org/artist/4587/sephfire) from [http://ocremix.org](http://ocremix.org) used under [ocremix.org content policy](http://ocremix.org/info/Content_Policy#If_you.27re_using_our_content_elsewhere_.28.22Terms_of_Use.22.29%E2%80%A6)
    * [29:18] The battles… concludes? [ReMix: Chrono Trigger "The Dark Defender"](https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03351) by [Pavos](https://ocremix.org/artist/9847/pavos) from [http://ocremix.org](http://ocremix.org) used under [ocremix.org content policy](http://ocremix.org/info/Content_Policy#If_you.27re_using_our_content_elsewhere_.28.22Terms_of_Use.22.29%E2%80%A6)

    • 34 min
    The Green Dream: Ripples Through Time [Book 3, Chapter 3]

    The Green Dream: Ripples Through Time [Book 3, Chapter 3]

    The party has tracked down the latest anomaly, but what happens when they are pinned down in a sandstorm in the middle of the middle ages? And can a small act of kindness bloom in the desert of a multi-millennial feud? T, G, Robo, and Lucca will have to depend on new allies to face off against old foes… or will they?

    In our world, T and G revisit one of the most eclectic, inspiring, challenging, and surprising sections of the game: the Sunken Desert / Fiona’s sidequest. There’s certainly a lot to cover, but we ‘dig’ into…



    * Its difficulty! After beating the game probably more than a hundred times collectively, why is it that this section is so much harder than any of the others?
    * What they remember about this influential moment in the game… and if they managed to save HER
    * The strangeness of this point in the game! Why is the iconic fireside chat optional, and why is it so easy to miss this sidequest entirely? Whose sidequest is it, anyway?!

    Editing, scripting, and podcast visual design by [Nick Terwoord](https://nt3rp.io). Special thanks to Square Enix for making that game that we love, Chrono Trigger ...and for not suing us.


    ## Episode Cast

    Alphabetically, by actor:



    * Manda Whitney in the role of Azala and Fiona
    * Nick G in the role of his fictional self, and discussion host
    * Nick T in the role of his fictional self, Robo, and discussion host
    * Patrick "TrickyLove" Moylan in the role of Nizbel III
    * SMZeldaRules in the role of Lucca Ashtear


    ## Musical Credits



    * [00:00] It doesn’t make any sense! - [Inception](https://www.jamendo.com/track/1208449/inception) by [The ARTISANS Beats](https://www.jamendo.com/artist/464776/the-artisans-beats) used under [Jamendo’s standard license](https://help-licensing.jamendo.com/hc/en-us/articles/211293289-What-can-I-do-with-a-Standard-License-)
    * [01:39] A long time ago... [ReMix: Chrono Trigger "The Dark Before the Dawn"](https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01314) by [Will Buck](https://ocremix.org/artist/4601/will-buck) from [http://ocremix.org](http://ocremix.org) used under [ocremix.org content policy](http://ocremix.org/info/Content_Policy#If_you.27re_using_our_content_elsewhere_.28.22Terms_of_Use.22.29%E2%80%A6)
    * [02:56] We’re getting close! [Chrono Symphonic: Frog’s Intervention](https://ocremix.org/album/7/chrono-trigger-chrono-symphonic) by [ellywu2](https://ocremix.org/artist/4776/ellywu2) from [http://ocremix.org](http://ocremix.org) used under [ocremix.org content policy](http://ocremix.org/info/Content_Policy#If_you.27re_using_our_content_elsewhere_.28.22Terms_of_Use.22.29%E2%80%A6)
    * [04:32] These dust storms have gotten a lot worse... [ReMix: Secret of Mana "Cry from the Forest"](https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR00444) by [Kassi](https://ocremix.org/artist/4425/kassi), [Mustin](https://ocremix.org/artist/4304/mustin) from [http://ocremix.org](http://ocremix.org) used under [ocremix.org content policy](http://ocremix.org/info/Content_Policy#If_you.27re_using_our_content_elsewhere_.28.22Terms_of_Use.22.29%E2%80%A6)
    * [05:40] The last time we visited Zeal... [ReMix: Chrono Trigger "Tears of Contention"](https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01446) by [Bladiator](https://ocremix.org/artist/4640/bladiator), [The Orichalcon](https://ocremix.org/artist/4619/the-orichalcon) from [http://ocremix.org](http://ocremix.org) used under [ocremix.org content policy](http://ocremix.org/info/Content_Policy#If_you.27re_using_our_content_elsewhere_.28.22Terms_of_Use.22.29%E2%80%A6)
    * [07:34] Wait, Fiona’s right, isn’t she? [ReMix: Chrono Trigger "Sunrise"](https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02777) by [Ivan Hakštok](https://ocremix.org/artist/13045/ivan-hakstok) from [http://ocremix.org](http://ocremix.org) used under [ocremix.org content policy](http://ocremix.org/info/Content_Policy#If_you.27re_using_our_content_elsewhere_.28.22Terms_of_Use.22.29

    • 35 min
    Secrets of Zeal: Behind Closed Doors [Book 3, Chapter 2]

    Secrets of Zeal: Behind Closed Doors [Book 3, Chapter 2]

    Their dreams have finally come true--sort of--T and G are on their way to Zeal, kingdom of magic! Ready to shake off the dreck of the bleak future (and their experiences in the distant past), the party sets out to correct the latest time anomaly… until uninvited guests arrive, anyway. So much for a little rest and relaxation!

    In our world, T and G have similar dreams coming true as we finally have the chance to talk about the coolest place in all of video game history (probably): Zeal… but only just a taste! This time, we take a look at just the secrets of Zeal, including:



    * The things you might have missed: with only a short bit of time spent in Zeal, you may have missed many fabulous treasures and bits of lore (maybe even a side-quest) but we’ve got you covered!
    * Secrets of… Chrono Trigger! Specifically, what elements were cut out of Zeal that could have been, and how the gameplay and narrative of this section of the game play out in the rest of the game!
    * The ultimate question (which we will probably bring up again): What makes Zeal so great?! Magic? Floating cities? Maybe we’ll never know! We also talk a bit about how it’s at least a little bit problematic for a lot of reasons.

    Editing, scripting, and podcast visual design by [Nick Terwoord](https://nt3rp.io). Special thanks to Square Enix for making that game that we love, Chrono Trigger ...and for not suing us.


    ## Episode Cast

    Alphabetically, by actor:



    * Manda Whitney in the role of Azala
    * Nick G in the role of his fictional self, and discussion host
    * Nick T in the role of his fictional self, Robo, and discussion host
    * Nick Z in the role of Gaspar, and Zeal Scientist B
    * Patrick "TrickyLove" Moylan in the role of Zeal Scientist A
    * SMZeldaRules in the role of Lucca Ashtear


    ## Musical Credits



    * [00:00] We’re going to Zeal - [Inception](https://www.jamendo.com/track/1208449/inception) by [The ARTISANS Beats](https://www.jamendo.com/artist/464776/the-artisans-beats) used under [Jamendo’s standard license](https://help-licensing.jamendo.com/hc/en-us/articles/211293289-What-can-I-do-with-a-Standard-License-)
    * [01:09] Kajar - City of Magic: [ReMix: Chrono Trigger "Zeal Breeze"](https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03641) by [RebeccaETripp](https://ocremix.org/artist/14375/rebeccaetripp) from [http://ocremix.org](http://ocremix.org) used under [ocremix.org content policy](http://ocremix.org/info/Content_Policy#If_you.27re_using_our_content_elsewhere_.28.22Terms_of_Use.22.29%E2%80%A6)
    * [06:08] Secrets of Zeal - Behind Closed Doors - [Inception](https://www.jamendo.com/track/1208449/inception) by [The ARTISANS Beats](https://www.jamendo.com/artist/464776/the-artisans-beats) used under [Jamendo’s standard license](https://help-licensing.jamendo.com/hc/en-us/articles/211293289-What-can-I-do-with-a-Standard-License-)
    * [33:31] What is going on? [ReMix: Chrono Cross "To Times Once Forgotten"](https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01386) by [Vampire Hunter Dan](https://ocremix.org/artist/4574/vampire-hunter-dan) from [http://ocremix.org](http://ocremix.org) used under [ocremix.org content policy](http://ocremix.org/info/Content_Policy#If_you.27re_using_our_content_elsewhere_.28.22Terms_of_Use.22.29%E2%80%A6)
    * [35:18] I hesitate to say… Haunted? [ReMix: Xenogears "Xenosphere"](https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01319) by [Oceanfire](https://ocremix.org/artist/4507/oceanfire) from [http://ocremix.org](http://ocremix.org) used under [ocremix.org content policy](http://ocremix.org/info/Content_Policy#If_you.27re_using_our_content_elsewhere_.28.22Terms_of_Use.22.29%E2%80%A6)
    * [36:35] Outro: [Inception](https://www.jamendo.com/track/1208449/inception) by [The ARTISANS Beats](https://www.jamendo.com/artist/464776/the-artisans-beats) used under [Jamendo’s standard license](https://help-licensing.jamendo.com/hc/en-us/articles/211293289-Wha

    • 38 min
    Tyranno Lair: History Repeating [Book 3, Chapter 1]

    Tyranno Lair: History Repeating [Book 3, Chapter 1]

    It’s out of the frying pan and into the fire as our heroes, T, G, Lucca, and Robo frantically flee from an unexpected pack of… dinosaurs?! Fortunately, they’re able to make it back to the End of Time to regroup, but so many mysteries remain about what damage the experiment has caused for the world (the multiverse) of Chrono Trigger. It looks like it’s time for a new adventure to begin!

    In our world, T and G revisit Chrono Trigger’s 65,000,00 BC period, specifically, Tyranno Lair, to get a better understanding of what makes this section of the game so great, but also a bit of a mixed bag:



    * The impenetrable fortress that it is: How the game sets the stage for this epic locale, and how incredibly impractical it is
    * The mini-boss rush of Nizbel II, Azala and Black Tyranno: Epic battles, or road bumps on the way to Zeal?
    * The reptiles! What the heck are they, anyway?

    Editing, scripting, and podcast visual design by [Nick Terwoord](https://nt3rp.io). Special thanks to Square Enix for making that game that we love, Chrono Trigger ...and for not suing us.


    ## Episode Cast

    Alphabetically, by actor:



    * Nick G in the role of his fictional self, and discussion host
    * Nick T in the role of his fictional self, Robo, and discussion host
    * SMZeldaRules in the role of Lucca Ashtear


    ## Musical Credits



    * [00:00] Chase scene - [Chrono Symphonic: Frog’s Intervention](https://ocremix.org/album/7/chrono-trigger-chrono-symphonic) by [ellywu2](https://ocremix.org/artist/4776/ellywu2) from [http://ocremix.org](http://ocremix.org) used under [ocremix.org content policy](http://ocremix.org/info/Content_Policy#If_you.27re_using_our_content_elsewhere_.28.22Terms_of_Use.22.29%E2%80%A6)
    * [01:36] Lucca Explains it all - [ReMix: Chrono Trigger "Electric Clouds"](https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01092) by [posu yan](https://ocremix.org/artist/4290/posu-yan) from [http://ocremix.org](http://ocremix.org) used under [ocremix.org content policy](http://ocremix.org/info/Content_Policy#If_you.27re_using_our_content_elsewhere_.28.22Terms_of_Use.22.29%E2%80%A6)
    * [03:53] A moment of expository tension - [Chonopolis: Operation Slash and Dash](https://ocremix.org/album/91/chronopolis-music-inspired-by-chrono-cross) by [prophetik music](https://ocremix.org/artist/4695/prophetik-music), [Tuberz McGee](https://ocremix.org/artist/13677/tuberz-mcgee) from [http://ocremix.org](http://ocremix.org) used under [ocremix.org content policy](http://ocremix.org/info/Content_Policy#If_you.27re_using_our_content_elsewhere_.28.22Terms_of_Use.22.29%E2%80%A6)
    * [05:30, 33:25] Primal drums - [Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shell Shocked: Rock You Like a Dinosaur [Prehistoric Turtlesaurus]](https://ocremix.org/album/55/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-shell-shocked) by Chernabogue (feat. [Furilas](https://ocremix.org/artist/14980/furilas), [Tuberz McGee](https://ocremix.org/artist/13677/tuberz-mcgee), [Viking Guitar](https://ocremix.org/artist/13432/viking-guitar)) from [http://ocremix.org](http://ocremix.org) used under [ocremix.org content policy](http://ocremix.org/info/Content_Policy#If_you.27re_using_our_content_elsewhere_.28.22Terms_of_Use.22.29%E2%80%A6)
    * [36:32] Chill at the End of Time - [ReMix: Chrono Trigger "Driftwood"](https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03412) by [Fratto](https://ocremix.org/artist/14336/fratto), [Wiesty](https://ocremix.org/artist/8640/wiesty), [The OC Jazz Collective](https://ocremix.org/artist/14337/the-oc-jazz-collective) from [http://ocremix.org](http://ocremix.org) used under [ocremix.org content policy](http://ocremix.org/info/Content_Policy#If_you.27re_using_our_content_elsewhere_.28.22Terms_of_Use.22.29%E2%80%A6)
    * [38:07] “We’re going to Zeal!” - [ReMix: Chrono Cross "A Timely Victory"](https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03884) by [Lemonectric](https://ocremix.org/artist/8998/lemonectric) from [http://ocremix.o

    • 38 min
    Principles of Time: Complications of Temporal Locomotion [Book 2, Appendix A]

    Principles of Time: Complications of Temporal Locomotion [Book 2, Appendix A]

    And that night, huddled around a campfire in an unknown future, four friends sat and told the tail (sorry, _tale_) of how the latest chapter of an epic fight for survival had finally come to a close. Though much was uncertain, for now, they cloud rest easy now that the universe was safe, and the problems of the world of Chrono Trigger could be left for another day.

    ...Or could they?

    T and G discuss:



    * Time Travel! It’s… complicated? Like, really complicated. We try to wrap our heads around how it is supposed to work in the world of Chrono Trigger (and even a bit of Chrono Cross), even though it hurts our heads a bit.
    * Common tropes, techniques, and mechanics used in time travel in other media, in particular, movies! Turns out, lots of works use time travel… and sometimes it is used really effectively (and sometimes it’s just lazy, looking at you Back to the Future)

    • 34 min

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Nick Haskins ,

The ULTIMATE Chrono Trigger Companion!

The amazing audio drama bookends are only half of the reason to listen to this incredible show that takes a deep, DEEP look into all things Chrono Trigger. This is a MUST-LISTEN if you are a fan of the classic RPG. You will not regret it.

Epic Film Guys ,

The ultimate Chrono Trigger Companion

The gents at the Nickscast- who already do amazing shows like Fanthropological- are here with the ULTIMATE companion to your Chrono Trigger experience (which I may have to binge listen to during my next playthrough). If you are a fan of one of the best Square RPGs ever made, then this show has it all: in-depth discussions, speculation, and analysis of every aspect of the game. Plus, the audio drama bits that bookend each episode are brilliantly produced. Excellent, excellent work, and cheers to you gents! I'll see you at the Millennial Fair!

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