Rune Factory 3 General FAQ

#1Return_of_the_VPosted 12/14/2010 11:45:18 PMmessage detail
Rune Factory 3 FAQ

Contents
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RFQ01 Rune Factory 3 Resources (Wiki/Complete Guide)
RFQ02 How do I get the Barn/Forge/Workshop/Pharmacy/Cooking Tools?
RFQ03 Recipes (Forging/Workshop/Cooking/Pharmacy)
RFQ04 Likes/Dislikes (or how I learned to Love Potion)
RFQ05 Yue and Sakuya
RFQ06 Sharance Maze (Bonus Dungeon)
RFQ07 Online Ranking
RFQ08 Townspeople and Equipment
RFQ09 Changing Difficulty/Names
RFQ10 Max Level/Stats/Damage
RFQ11 Furniture and Clothes
RFQ12 Daring, Marriage and Children *Spoilerish*
RFQ13 Items with Bonus Effects
RFQ14 Multiplayer
RFQ15 Trophies
RFQ16 Preventing the spawning of monsters in dungeons
RFQ17 "Why isn't the boss appearing?"
RFQ18 Making Money
RFQ19 How to unlock Tuna for request?
RFQ20 Levelling Forge/Deco
RFQ21 "What are the effects of each charge for the farming tools?"
RFQ22 "Can FP/LP decrease?"
RFQ23 Upgrading
RFQ24 Crit Mechanics
RFQ25 "Are there Pineapple seeds?"
RFQ26 "Is Sofia related to Bianca and Rosalind?"
RFQ27 Catching/Taming Monsters and Improving them
RFQ28 "Why can't I get married?"
RFQ29 "Why did the orb dissappear?"
RFQ30 "What is wrong with dual swords?"
RFQ31 "I can't defeat a boss, what do I do?"
RFQ32 "The Sharance Tree didn't grow/I can't buy the Forge/Pharmacy/Workshop! Why?"
RFQ33 "A hurricane ruined my crops, what can I do?"
RFQ34 "What are the best upgrades?"

RFQ01 Rune Factory 3 Resources
Wiki - http://rf3.wikia.com/wiki/Rune_Factory_3_Wiki
As of writing, the rf3 wiki is updated with full recipe lists, character details, and other basic info (with minimal errors)

Guide - http://www.fogu.com/hmforum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=116013
Download - http://www.mediafire.com/?8mw1m1mjgp1cb7b
Do note that this is mostly translation details from the Japanese release, but the info is still very relevant.

RFQ02 How do I get the Barn/Forge/Workshop/Pharmacy/Cooking Tools?
The Barn becomes available after beating the 1st Boss (Raccoon) from Gaius/Raven, costs only wood and has multiple upgrades.
The Forge/Workshop become available after beating the 2nd Boss (Skelefang) from Gaius/Raven.
The Pharmacy becomes available after beating the 2nd Boss from Marian/Marjorie.
Each Cooking Appliance can be bought from Blaise, with more unlocking as you progress through the game, with the Handmaking tool being the first and only free tool.

RFQ03 Recipes
Forging - http://rf3.wikia.com/wiki/Forging_Recipes
Workshop - http://rf3.wikia.com/wiki/Workshop_Recipes
Cooking - http://rf3.wikia.com/wiki/Cooking_Recipes
Pharmacy - http://rf3.wikia.com/wiki/Pharmacy_Recipes
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#2Return_of_the_V(Topic Creator)Posted 12/14/2010 11:46:04 PMmessage detail
RFQ04 Likes/Dislikes (or how I learned to Love Potion)
Below is a list of general likes/dislikes, mainly focusing on the easiest to obtain of each.
Shara - Loves rare flowers and Joy/Rainbow Watering Can; Likes Flowers/Weeds; Hates Withered Plants
Sofia - Loves Rare Can/Super Fail; Likes Failed Dish and general trash; Hates cooking Powders
Pia - Loves any Squid dish; Likes Squid, Fish, Juice and Fruit; Hates Fish dishes and Fish Fossil
Daria - Loves Flavored Radish, Miso Eggplant, Dried Sardines; Likes Jam, colored Grass and Wood; Hates Shrimp, Lobster, Rock
Karina - Loves most gem Brooches and Rings; Likes most gems; Hates anything related to Diamond
Kuruna - Loves Chocolate dishes; Likes most sweets, flowers, most foods; Hates almost everything else
Marian - Loves Vegetable Juice; Likes green vegetables; Hates Tomatoes
Sakuya - Loves boss dropped items; Likes Sashimi and monster drop items; Hates Eggs and Pudding
Raven - Loves elemental crystal pendants; Likes Toyherb, Charm Blue, elemental Crystal; Hates Scrap Iron
Collette - Loves Curry dishes; Likes Rice and Rice dishes; Hates Milk and Milk products
Carmen - Loves Seafood Pizza/Doria/Gratin; Likes Fish and Fish dishes; Hates Pumpkin and Pumpkin dishes
Carlos - Loves any Snapper Sashimi, himself; Likes Fish and fish dishes; Hates Seafood Pizza
Hazel - Loves Bamboo Shoots, Cakes; Likes baked goods, vegetables; Hates summer fish
Wells - Loves rare flowers, Sashimi; Likes Rice Balls; Hates Chocolate Cake
Monica - Loves Cheap Bracelet, Flowers, biting; Likes Cherry Grass, Wooly Furball; Hates Fish
Gaius - Loves Gold, Platinum, Evelyn; Likes other ores; Hates Sashimi
Marjorie - Loves Relax Tea Leaves; Likes colored Grass; Hates Cheese and Cheese dishes
Evelyn - Loves Quality Fur; Likes cloth/fur/strings, fish; Hates Mushroom
Sherman - Loves anything cooked; Likes food; Hates ores
Rusk - Loves Chocolate dishes; Likes sweets; Hates vegetables
Blaise - Loves Chocolate dishes; Likes sweets; Hates Failed Dish and Wine
Ondorus - Loves Prelude to Love; Likes Juices; Dislikes upgrading meterials
Zaid - Loves Tempura Udon; Likes Udon and Curry Udon; Hates sweets
Likes can be circumvented and ignored in the case of Love Potions (a random item as well as a Pharmacy makeable item), an item that with no drawbacks increases LP with a character by 1.

RFQ05 Yue and Sakuya
Yue is present in this game, along with Mei (from previous Rune Factories) in the top floor of Shino's inn, she doesn't function as a wife in this one however, and is instead a merchant that will actually sell you potentially any item in the game, including the rarest boss drops and the final of each equip class.
Sakuya's shop (located on the left side of the ground floor of Shino's inn) will actually sell anything that you have within the [Upgrade] category that you have shipped before, including boss drops.
Both of their inventories can be refreshed simply by resetting and checking again, with each having a different selection of items available in their respective pools.
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#3Return_of_the_V(Topic Creator)Posted 12/14/2010 11:47:12 PMmessage detail
RFQ06 Sharance Maze (Bonus Dungeon)
Sharance Maze is located down the ladder right of the entrance inside your house, the left door in that room is access to the maze, and the right entrance is access to the online ranking.
The dungeon is only available after obtaining the first orb from beating the 1st Boss (Raccoon).
Upon entering you get the options of playing Solo or Multiplayer, for particular reasons most people will opt for Multiplayer over Solo despite actually only playing with 1 player.
The reason for this is because the Solo and Multiplayer instance of the same dungeon differ in the following ways:
The final dungeon of Sharance Maze actually has a level scaling against your own beyond it's initial minimum level of 220.

*In both you cannot use Teleport to leave the dungeon, you must take the start point exit or beat the boss and use the boss room exit.
-Solo
Time Passes like normal.
Your HP/RP is spent, and if you faint you go back to Marjorie and incur the death penalty fee.
You can bring a Party Member as well as have an active Magic Seed present.

-Multiplayer
Time doesn't move whilst in the dungeon at all.
You always begin with Full HP/RP, fainting of everyone present results in a 'loss' of the dungeon attempt but incurs no repercussions otherwise.
You can play with up to 2 other players (for a total of 3 player)
You get the choice of playing as any of the available party members in game as well as Micah (with each of their respective unique bonuses)
(Example: Raven has a natural Fire Resistance, Sofia gets healed by Super/Failed Dish, Daria runs faster, Micah can transform, etc.)

RFQ07 Online Ranking
Just right of the Sharance Maze entrance is access to the Online Ladder ranking, moving upwards in the ranking can earn you stacks of certain items. Ranging from Legendary Scales to Levellizers and other useful things in between.
The ranking is based on the points obtained for the active festivals (Bean/Eating/Wooly/Throwing/Turnip Fight) as well as 1/100 of your current money in game.
To assess your position in the ranking, each time you choose to check it, you need to use the 'Update' option on the far right side. It is possible to earn infinitely by going down and up again in the ladder.

RFQ08 Townspeople and Equipment
The majority of the folks you encounter throughout the game will actually be available to be partied with after reaching 3 LP with them. Each characer is able to carry one weapon of a specific weapon class and one non-shield armor (shield/headgear/accessory).
To change their equips, simply gift them the weapon (within the same class of weapons they use) or any accessory and they will automatically replace what they had equipped before. Sadly this happens even in quests, for instance giving Karina an Amethyst Ring at the request of Raven will replace her previous equip.

The weapon classes of the available party members are as follows:
Short Sword: Sofia, Raven, Zaid
Long Sword: Pia, Sakuya, Gaius
Dual Blades: Blaise, Shino
Spear: Carlos
Hammer: Daria
Axe: Hazel, Collette
Staff: Monica, Karina, Evelyn, Kuruna, Marian, Rusk
Waterpot: Shara
Fishing Pole: Carmen

RFQ09 Changing Difficulty/Names
It is possible to change your name, your farm name, your difficulty, and your wife's nickname for you after choosing them at the beginning of the game.
To change your name or your farm name, you can talk to Mei who will appear randomly in the bottom right corner of the upstairs of Shino's inn.
To change your Difficulty and nickname, you can access these in the basement of your home (below the door to the Online Ranking).
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#4Return_of_the_V(Topic Creator)Posted 12/14/2010 11:48:18 PMmessage detail
RFQ10 Max Level/Stats/Damage
The maximum level in the game is in fact 10000.
The maximum stats is 65536 for each respective stat, there is however a visual cap on this meaning you can only see up to 999 for each normal stat but rest assured that you can go above this. The only real way to test your stat range beyond judging from your damage or counting would be to give yourself a negative buff such as Super Fail Dish and calculate it from there.
Damage values (positive or negative) can exceed the visual cap of 9999.

RFQ11 Furniture and Clothes
The basic furniture and utilities in your home can be upgraded from Hazel or Karina at their shop for a fee of Gold and Wood.
This includes a size upgrade for the storage chest, a necessary (for marriage) upgrade for the bed (into double bed), the addition of a bookshelf to store Rune Abilities, as well as an expansion of the refrigerator from Blaise for just Gold.
You can purchase a range of additional general furniture that you can place freely throughout your house, from dolls to paintings, to chair and table. These are available from Evelyn's shop (open at noon) located on the left side of Sofia/Evelyn/Sherman's house.
A change of clothes are also available for purchase from Evelyn, with more unlocking as you progress through the game. Ranging from color variations of default clothes, monster costumes, armor, as well as swimming or wedding outfits that have the added effect of working with your current party member if changed into in their presence within your party.

RFQ12 Dating, Marriage and Children *Spoilerish*
To go on a date with someone, once you've obtained enough LP with the respective bachelorette you're hoping to date, you are able to simply invite them into your party and take them to each of the 4 respective date spots at the entrance of each of the 4 main dungeons. Beyond marriage however, the dating sequences become unavailable for everyone but your wife outside of quests.

Getting Married requires progression into the story beyond the point of the four main dungeons and the unity festival. In leading up to this you will need to have enough LP with someone to have done enough of their quests to reveal your identity as part monster as this is required for the unity festival, and after this fact you will be given the workshop recipe to make an Engagement Ring, you will need a double bed and 10 LP with whomever of the available bachelorettes you choose to marry. From that point, you invite her to your party and take her on a date to one of the four date spots in each of the dungeons. Marriage is necessary to progress with the story.
After periods of time pass, should you choose to talk to your wife, she will reveal that she is pregnant and after another period of time talking to her will evoke a scene of her going into labor, the scene will change to Marjorie's house where she will ask you what gender you think the baby will be, this choice will determine the gender of your child, this is followed by a montage of scenes attached to text and music being the birth and growing up of your child. This is followed by a skip of a whole year in your game date/time (with no negative effects that I've seen, my crops for instance were fine), and henceforth your child will wander around the house.

Your children will always look the same despite who you marry, and if you have multiple children of the same gender, their looks will not differ.
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#5Return_of_the_V(Topic Creator)Posted 12/14/2010 11:49:22 PMmessage detail
RFQ13 Items with Bonus Effects
Many of the items and equipment in games have a variety of effects, some not mentioned or explained in detail, or just vaguely touched upon in item description.
Examples of these items are:
Weapons:
Invisisword - Naturally enhanced range for a Short Sword
Soul Eater - Natural Absorb effect

Footgear:
Strider Boots - Increased dash distance
Rocket Wing - Increased movement speed
Water Shoes - Allows walking on water

Accessory:
Holy Rosary - Prevents the spawning of enemies below your level
Happy Ring - Increases item drop chance
Magic Ring - Decreases skill charge time (applies to weapon skill and rune magic)
Heart Pendant - Increases Skill Exp Gain
Talisman - Reverses effects of certain ailments (ie. Poison will heal, Paralyze will increase movement speed, etc.)

Upgrade:
Grimoire Scale - Adds chance to Paralyze and Sleep
Panther Claw - Gives greatest boost to Critical Rate (15%)
Love Crystal - Adds HP Absorb (5%)

There are of course many more.

RFQ14 Multiplayer
The Multiplayer in Rune Factory 3 is found in the Sharance Maze, upon entering you are given the option of playing Multiplayer or Solo. In Multiplayer each player can select any of the available in game party members to play as, each with their respective benefits.
The party system works exactly the same as it would under normal gameplay circumstances with the exception of the fact that for a full 'failure' of a dungeon, every player needs to be dead at the same time. Using Cure-All or Medipoison/paralyze/seal will affect all party members regardless of distance, and even through death (in turn reviving them).

Naturally, there is no item distribution system, without any formal organization on the matter, it's simply whoever picks something up, gets it.

The currently known benefits of each character are:
Micah - Use of Wooly Form and Neutrality to all items
Sofia - Positive effects from otherwise Negative items such as Super Failed Dish or Weeds.
Daria - Naturally increased movement speed
Raven - Natural Fire Resistence
Pia - Natural Water Resistence
Marian - Double HP Drain
Carlos - Increased Attack Speed
Sakuya - Increased chance of chest rooms and monster drop odds.

Other characters of course have the known benefits/downsides based on their known likes/dislikes, Kuruna for instance is healed abnormally large amounts by Chocolate (easily obtainable).

RFQ15 Trophies
Trophies are available as awards for in-game achievements, some being as simple as, "have your first bath" and others having stages (Bronze/Silver/Gold) and challenge in the form of festival minigames.
Details on each respective trophy can be found on the wiki:
http://rf3.wikia.com/wiki/Trophies
With the only corrections viewable as of writing this being the All Items! trophy and Labyrinth trophy.
All Items! - Ship every item in the game.
Labyrinth - Defeat Fiersome at Floor 12 of the Dragon Ruins (Level 140) Dungeon in Sharance Maze.
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#6Return_of_the_V(Topic Creator)Posted 12/14/2010 11:49:59 PMmessage detail
RFQ16 Preventing the spawning of Monsters in a dungeon
Though only a minor annoyance later in the game, it is possible to prevent the spawning of monsters through the use of the accessory Holy Rosary. By equipping this accessory, monsters below your own level will not spawn, this will simply leave rooms empty with only a useless spawn portal present. The item can be unequipped and re-equipped also to allow a monster to spawn and prevent more from spawning.
To obtain the Holy Rosary, you can either buy it after beating the 5th story dungeon from Gaius'/Raven's store, or by forging it with 2xSilver + 2xSparkle String (Deco. Lv 68 required for 100%).

RFQ17 "Why isn't the boss appearing?"
If you've truly reached the final room in a dungeon and the boss isn't appearing, it could be for the following reasons:
-You have a request waiting to be completed
-You're at the wrong dungeon

And in the case of the fall dungeon boss
-You need to find out about Blaise's resteraunt being raided, and have seen the scene of them cleaning up, then upon reaching the final room you need to place Salted Char at the blue cursor icon.

RFQ18 Making Money
You can of course make money in many ways, as has been the case in many of the Harvest Moon style games. Some of the more common methods however are as follows:
-Fishing: Arguably the best method to make money is to request Tuna at Carlos' Fishing Resort (to do so you will need 16 total LP between both Carlos and Carmen), catching lots of Tuna as they spawn from the same location, turning them into Sashimi and shipping them off.
-Farming: Silly as it is just putting yourself down to it and farming a lot and preferably farming expensive things (such as Pink Melons) will net you plenty of money.
-Cooking: Beyond Tuna Sashimi, simply cooking anything will generally up it's value by some amount, getting small milk early on will become Ice Cream easily which sell for a pretty penny on their own right.

RFQ19 "How to unlock Tuna for request?"
As stated above, you need to get a total LP of 16 between both Carlos and Carmen (this can be any ratio as long as it totals 16 or higher). After this Tuna will become available from their fishing resort.

RFQ20 Levelling Forge/Deco
There are two ideal methods for levelling these:
-The first is of course just making weapons/armors above your own forge/deco level, ideally with a 20-70% success chance to get an ideal RP:Skill Exp ratio. This of course can be tedious as ingredients will become a nuisance to repeatedly obtain at times.
-The second ideal method and likely the most practical (up to the 90's of Skill Level generally) is to forge with Upgrade items of high difficulty levels. The lower the success chance the better skill exp you'll obtain. The higher the level of the equip, the greater the difficulty and in turn the greater the exp obtained.
Both of these methods can be maximized by wearing a Heart Pendant which will increase your Skill Exp Gain.
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#7Return_of_the_V(Topic Creator)Posted 12/14/2010 11:50:40 PMmessage detail
RFQ21 "What are the effects of each charge for the farming tools?"
Watering Can
First: 3x3 cell coverage
Second: 3x9 cell coverage
Third: 9x9 cell coverage

Sickle
First: 3 cell coverage
Second: 3x3 cell coverage
Third: 3x3 cell coverage and increased damage

Axe
First: 3 cell coverage
Second: 3x3 cell coverage
Third: 3x3 cell coverage and increased damage

Hammer:
First: 3 cell coverage
Second: 3x3 cell coverage
Third: 3x3 cell coverage and increased damage

Fishing Pole:
First: Improved Fishing Line Durability
Second: Greater improved Fishing Line Durability
Third: Even greater improved Fishing Line Durability
Fourth: Best Fishing Line Durability

RFQ22 "Can FP/LP decrease?"
Yes, but only by giving a character disliked items. To give a gist of how much you'd have to, it took 3 Sashimi and 1 Fish Bone to get Pia down 1 LP.

RFQ23 Upgrading
Each Equip can be upgraded with an item 9 times to raise it to it's cap of Level 10.
Elements can be added to physical weapons by forging the appropriate elemental crystal to it
Elements can be negated by forging a different elemental crystal to a weapon that already has an element (and thus allowing you to forge a different element onto it afterwards if you choose)
Staves have built in spellsets corresponding to charges similar to the Utility Items (Axe/Sickle/etc.) based on the items used to upgrade it. They reach their maximum charge at Level 3, however these charges can still change based on the items used to upgrade the Staff. The spells available vary greatly ranging from a selection of a particular bosses spells (having upgraded using their core drop item) to a random enemy's seemingly regular attacks (for instance, the plant bullets).

RFQ24 Crit Mechanics
Crit can be added to any equip via upgrading, with every upgrade item mentioning an upgrade in crit adding 5%, with the exception of Panther Claw giving 15% bonus Crit. Crit however is capped at 77% chance. Bosses naturally have a 20% crit guard modifier (meaning you will need 5x more crit to hit the same chance you would with a normal monster). Regular monsters will also develop this same Crit Resistence as you face them in significantly higher levels (1000's).

RFQ25 Are there Pineapple Seeds?
Yes there are, they are unobtainable through any means beyond randomly appearing in Yue's shop as far as I am aware.
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#8Return_of_the_V(Topic Creator)Posted 12/14/2010 11:52:18 PMmessage detail
RFQ26 Is Sofia related to Bianca and Rosalind?
Yes, her entire family is related to Bianca and Rosalind's families, as in the original character details their last names are all the same.

RFQ27 Catching/Taming Monsters and Improving them
Monsters in RF3 are tamed simply by throwing any non-damaging items at them, with specific items giving a significantly increased odd of capturing them. Naturally, bosses and large enemies (the abnormally large ones that is) cannot be obtained, and you do need a barn to be able to catch them at all.
Monsters can be improved in more than just levelling, they can be fed the same upgrade items used to upgrade equipment, once a day. These will give a reduced but direct effect to their stats. The bonus effects of upgrade items will also transfer for the first few (believed to be 10; one per LP) upgrade items fed to a monster. That includes ailment infliction, absorb, and elemental attribute.

RFQ28 "Why can't I get married?"
The likely odds are:
-Not passed Unity Festival
-Have an ongoing request (cancelling or completing will fix this)
-Not enough LP
-No Double Bed

RFQ29 "Why did the orb disappear?"
Laydown_TPADM"Some people kill the bosses then leave the screen, and there's no orb. It's a programming error and you need to start a new save."

RFQ30 "What is wrong with dual swords?"
Dual swords cancel the effects of your shield, despite it appearing as though a shield is still equipped in the inventory screen, if one unequips it they cannot equip it again until the dual swords are unequipped. With 1/5 equip slots removed you are missing out on a lot of potential upgrades/effects (many of which can be very useful, such as halved elemental damage or atk upgrades on your shield for instance)
Other than that though, nothing, I'm even among the folks who think dual wielding in games are always cool.

RFQ31 "I can't defeat a boss, what do I do?"
Train, try a different tactic (for instance a magic focus over failed physical fight attempts), bring distractions (Magic Seeds and/or Party Members). Or simply just play the game a little more, doing most things will raise your Skill levels, and those in turn raise your stats which in turn increase your odds of beating a boss. If necessary, try to forge/craft something useful for yourself, or jump into Sharance Maze and hope for something useful out of a chest.

RFQ32 "The Sharance Tree didn't grow/I can't buy the Forge/Pharmacy/Workshop! Why?"
The progression of the events leading up to the growth of the Sharance Tree are as follows

Laydown_TPADM
"Okay. The steps:

You defeated the raccoon.
You got back to the tree and saw a man going into the Sol Terrano.
You tried to enter but Wells appeared.
You entered even though Wells told you not to and into the Univir Settlement, Wooly Form.
You talked to Kuruna, Micah said he'll look for more info and you get back to the tree.
Wells will appear, saying the Sharance Tree grew and why they hate the Univir so much."
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#9Return_of_the_V(Topic Creator)Posted 12/14/2010 11:52:56 PMmessage detail
RFQ33 "A hurricane ruined my crops, what can I do?
Useful topic on the matter:
http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/961300-rune-factory-3-a-fantasy-harvest-moon/57180773

Most important thing to remember really is to save often, if needs be you can reload and (most likely) the same hurricane will not occur.

RFQ34 "What are the best upgrades?"
Depending on what you're aiming for

Atk - F.Dragon Scale
Matk - F.Dragon Scale, Ice Nose
Def - T. Dragon Scale
Mdef - T. Dragon Scale
Crit - Panther Claw
Absorb - Legendary Scale

Balance + Ailments - Grimoire Scale
Offensive/Defensive Balance - Dragon Fin

Credits to Marvelous, Crazy DAC, soma2035, Laydown_TPADM, the rf3wiki and everyone at the rf3 gamefaqs board, fogu and of course the whole rf/hm community in general. Hope this helps some people.
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#10Return_of_the_V(Topic Creator)Posted 12/14/2010 11:57:07 PMmessage detail
Looking at it all compiled in here, sorry about the uh, wall of textiness. Wanted to make sure I covered everything, I bet you I missed something huge though.
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