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Disclosure: Author has participated in this event for the past 2 years and will be participating for a 3rd
On May 28th, after some technical difficulties regarding a hurried site release, Eric Koziol, known online as RevenantKioku, opened up registration for the Four Job Fiesta, a Twitter charity event centered on Square’s classic RPG Final Fantasy V.
In its most basic form, participants of the Four Job Fiesta will play through the entire Final Fantasy V campaign with a few additional rules:
- Upon reaching a crystal, players will be assigned one job at random based on the jobs that crystal offers.
- After reaching the first crystal, players will no longer be allowed to access the base job (Freelancer/Bare), and the party must consist of at least one of each job assigned so far
- Players are not allowed to use abilities from jobs outside of the ones assigned.
- Additional Rules are available, which range from making only spellcasters available for assignment to forcing each character to use only one job each.
Besides offering a new and novel way to play the game, the Four Job Fiesta provides the gaming community an opportunity to donate money to Child’s Play, an organization dedicated to providing hospitalized children video games to play while they continue their fight with cancer and other diseases. Along with entertaining youths in hospitals, a donor’s dollar helps decide which jobs have to be used by the opening runners of the event until June 12th. Donations for the event also fund bonus challenges for the opening runners and BERSERKER RISK for volunteering players, which makes participants risk losing control of up to 3 of their 4 active characters for the rest of their first run.
However, after 6 years of saving the world from magical trees under a limited skillset, The Four Job Fiesta is long overdue for a look at what it was and what it is now.
The inspiration for the Four Job Fiesta emerged back in 2006, when NeoGAF user RedScarlet announced she would be doing a playthrough of the Final Fantasy series. When she reached the 5th installment, Koziol proposed a mutual challenge for both the user and himself: Each person was limited to the 10-11 jobs the other chooses out of the game’s 20+. Koziol first announced the Fiesta in its current form three years later in 2009, involving more players and limiting their Job options to an even smaller selection of 4. With each successive year, Koziol added extra options to the Fiesta, like alternative runs and the infamous BERSERKER RISK. This year, the host introduced the Chaos Run, the details of which will be revealed in the near future.
In 2011, two years after the Fiesta’s birth, Koziol caught wind of Awesome Games Done Quick, an annual Speedrunning event and developed an interest. Intrigued by the watchers’ and players’ generous donations, Koziol created Gilgabot and presented the Fiesta to the Twitter public in the form of a charity event. In the 4 years since, participants and spectators of The Four Job Fiesta raised a grand total of $23274.74 for Child’s Play, almost half of which came from last year’s donations.
For a complete list of rules, how to participate, and other questions, visit the Four Job Fiesta site here.