FAQ for SAKURA TAISEN ONLINE
version 1.2
by Carl Chavez (comments@sakuraarchives.com)

Latest version of this FAQ can be found at:
http://www.sakuraarchives.com

Last updated 3 February 2002.


The primary function of this FAQ is to explain the rules for the 
various games that are part of Sakura Taisen Online. In the 
future, it may contain more information, such as how to sign 
up for an account and how to unlock extra characters and 
items.

Version 1.2 (3 February 2002) - room info added, link to
connection FAQ added, allowance info added
Version 1.1 (29 Jan 2002) - rules faq updated, quest info added.
Version 1.0 (mid-Jan 2002) - rules faq (preliminary).

Please, if you have any corrections, contact me at 
comments@sakuraarchives.com!


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CONTENTS
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I. Connecting to Sakura Taisen Online servers

II. "mini-game" rules

III. Koi-Koi Hanafuda rules
	A. koi-koi
	B. pair koi-koi
	C. variants
	
IV. Mahjongg rules
	A. mahjongg
	B. "sure-kill" mahjongg
	C. variants
	
V. Poker rules
	A. normal rules
	B. variants

VI. Daifugou rules
	A. normal rules
	B. variants

VII. Quests and Raising Money
	A. Grand Mere
	B. Yoneda
	C. Monthly Allowances

VIII.  Your Room
	A. Bed
	B. Dresser 
	C. Kinematron
	D. Diary
	E. Goodies Box
	F. Door
	G. Window
	H. Walls
	I. Clock
	J. Table
	K. Floor

IX. Credits

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	Terrence Huey has created a connection FAQ that will 
hopefully help you connect to the Sakura Taisen Online servers if you
live outside Japan.

http://wwwcsif.cs.ucdavis.edu/~hueyt/STO/index.html

	If you cannot connect after following these instructions, you
may have a problem with your Dreamcast's configuration. For step #2, 
part 14, instead of selecting "User", select "Sega". This will open a 
Web page to the isao.net servers. Somewhere on that page is a link 
that will help you automatically configure your Dreamcast after you 
enter your isao.net username and password.

WARNING!!! IF YOU HAVE A NORTH AMERICAN OR EUROPEAN DREAMCAST, 
ISAO.NET'S AUTOMATIC CONFIGURATION WILL CHANGE YOUR NA/EUR CONNECTION
SETTINGS WHICH ARE NORMALLY SEPARATE FROM THE JP CONNECTION SETTINGS.
YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO PLAY NON-JAPANESE ONLINE GAMES AFTER 
AUTOCONFIGURING YOUR DREAMCAST. YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO SEND OR 
RECEIVE E-MAIL WHEN USING A NA/EUR GAME, AND YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO 
USE THE NA/EUR VERSIONS OF THE DREAMCAST BROWSER. 

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED, so don't complain to me if you can't use the 
Dreamcast with your local ISP for NA/EUR games anymore!!! However, 
this was the only way I could get my Dreamcast configured correctly 
for STO. Luckily, I can still play the North American version of 
Phantasy Star Online v1, so that game may work correctly with the 
isao.net settings...

Speaking of PSO v1: one side-effect of the whole configuration 
process is that you will be able to play the North American version 
of PSO v1 online with a broadband adapter, which the game can't 
normally do! :-)

	
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	The mini-game that is playable during the connection process
is very simple. Four characters appear at the top and bottom of the
rectangular "well". The top row descends slowly. Your goal is to make
the descending row match the bottom row before the descending row
reaches the bottom.

	Your control pad or analog stick will move the cursor around.
The cursor is used to select two characters in the descending row. If
you press the X button, the positions of the two characters will be
switched.

Example: change ABBA to BBAA

[A B]B A <-- descending row with cursor around the first two
             characters
[B A]B A <-- descending row after pressing X
 B[A B]A <-- cursor moved one column to the right
 B[B A]A <-- X pressed again
 B B A A <-- descending now matches bottom row

	If you are unsuccessful in matching the bottom row, you will
get 10 points per correctly matched character.

	If you do succeed, you get 40 points for four matched
characters, plus 100 bonus points. If you do it again, you get 200
bonus points. The bonus amount will increase by 100 points for every
consecutive successful match.

	When your connection is successful, you may earn bonus body
parts for your avatar based on your performance. I think it is based
on the average points scored, so even if you have broadband and the
connection takes less than five seconds, you shouldn't have to worry 
about not being able to unlock those parts. Just match the first two
rounds quickly, and you'll average over one hundred points.



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A. koi-koi
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	In the beginning, each player draws one card to determine
something. (Who goes first? Or maybe strong suit?)

	The cards are reshuffled and dealt. Each player gets eight
cards. Eight more cards are placed between them. I will refer to this
area as the "play area".
	
	Each turn, a player plays a card. If the played card matches 
another card on the play area, both cards are collected by the 
current player. Otherwise, the card is placed within the play area. 
You can see which cards match with what by the brightness: if all of
the cards in the play area are dimmed, then there is no card that
matches the currently highlighted card. If a card does match, then
press the A button to collect both cards. If more than one card is a
match, you can select which card you will take.

	Next, a card is drawn from the deck. If it matches another 
card on the play area, then both cards are collected by the current 
player. Otherwise, the card is placed within the play area. Again, if
more than one card in the play area matches the drawn card, then you
can choose which one to take.

	The goal of the game is to collect certain sequences of 
cards. It is difficult to explain these sequences in a text file. 
You can see the sequences in the game manual. (You do have a manual, 
right? :-)   )

	When you succeed in collecting the cards that form sequences,
you score the points related to that sequence (again, look at the
manual for the point values). A menu will appear that lists all of
the scoring sequences you possess. At the bottom will be two choices:
"koikoi" (on the left) or "yameru" (on the right). Choose "koikoi"
to continue play with the current set of cards. You can try to earn
more points in the current set. You can pick "yameru" to collect
the points and start a new set. If you pick "koikoi", and then your
opponent scores and picks "yameru", then you don't get ANY points
for the current set. "koikoi" is a gamble... don't pick it if you
feel that your opponent is about to score.

	You can see a zoomed picture of both your and your opponent's
collected cards by pressing the L or R triggers.

	The first to remove 15 points from the opponent wins the
round. In the normal rules, there is only one round.
	

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B. pair koi-koi
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	This is the same as the standard koi-koi, except there are
two teams of two players. Each player gets four cards instead of 
eight. You can't see your teammate's cards, so you have to guess what
your teammate is trying to set up, and help out if possible. You 
share the same collection of cards. If your teammate scores, then
that person gets to choose "koikoi" or "yameru".


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C. variants
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* In the first variant (second option):
	There are 3 rounds, not one. Each round is played for 5 
points. (Not sure about this next thing) You can't choose between 
"koikoi" and "yameru"; if you score, it's automatically "yameru".
Because of this, you probably want to go for the high-scoring combos.

* In the second variant (third option):
	The game is more customizable. There's only one round, but 
the points required for the win can be set to 5, 15, 30, or 60 
points. (Not sure about his next thing) You can also see all of the
cards.




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	Mahjongg has many, many, MANY variants, depending on the
country and/or the people you're playing with. Sakura Taisen's
mahjongg is somewhat like Japanese mahjongg. This explanation of the
rules assume you've never played any version of mahjongg. It isn't
really like US-rules or Chinese-rules mahjongg, so if you've played
either of those, then forget those rules and study these! :-)


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A. mahjongg
*****************

	The object of ST mahjongg is to collect 14 tiles that form
a pair, plus any combination of 3-of-a-kind, 4-of-a-kind, or straight
runs of at least three tiles in the same suit (like 1-2-3 or 
5-6-7-8). When you form such a hand, you have gotten mahjongg and you
win the round.

	When the game starts, the tiles are dealt out to each player.
They are automatically sorted by value from 1-9. There are other
tiles representing wind direction (N, S, E, W), blank tiles, and
tiles with a red symbol on them that means "middle". If you can't
recognize Chinese numbering, this game will be hard for you because
one of the suits has Chinese numbering on its tiles. The other suits
have dots or sticks that you can count, but that particular suit will
be difficult to remember for a while.

	Each player discards a tile that he or she doesn't want.
Then the player must draw a new tile from the ones remaining. If the
player draws a tile that results in mahjongg, then that player can
press the X button to bring up a menu:

	SHIMO - RI-CHI - KAN

Pick SHIMO (the first option) to declare a win. It may be dimmed
if you have what looks like a winning hand... I'm not sure why that
is, but it may have something to do with having a pair of direction
tiles...? Perhaps you can only have three-of-a-kind or four-of-a-kind
with non-numeric tiles.

	I'm not sure how to claim a RI-CHI yet...

	When a player discards a tile, the other players (in a
clockwise direction) decide whether they want to pick that tile up.
The tile can only be picked up if one of the following can be done
(a menu will automatically pop up if one of these is possible):

	RON - PON - CHI- - KAN

* a pon or kan that results in mahjongg ("ron")
* three-of-a-kind ("pon")
* four-of-a-kind ("kan")
* a run of three cards, like "2-3-4" or "6-7-8" ("chi")

If you take the tile, then you have to set those tiles aside. The
other players can see those tiles, and you won't be able to break
them apart to form other combinations. It will often happen that
you don't want to pick up a discarded tile... for example, if
you have a a pair of 2s and a 4, and somebody discards a 3, then
you could "chi" the 2-3-4, but then you'd break your pair of 2s.

	If you pick up a discarded tile, and you didn't do it with
a "ron", then you have to draw another tile, and you can't win
this round even if the new tile forms mahjongg. 



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B. "sure-kill" mahjongg
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	This is like normal mahjongg, except you have a ki gauge for
performing "sure-kill" moves. You can use these moves that will let 
you draw another tile or perform other such rulebending. The special 
moves are different for each possible partner. I'm not sure what is 
possible yet, but it's in the manual (in Japanese, heh heh)...



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C. variants
*****************

	Mahjongg is already rather complex. There are two rules
variants, and I haven't figured out either one yet...

* the first variant, ZAKU ZAKU (second option)
	???

* the second variant (third option)
	???




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A. normal rules
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	In the normal rules of ST Poker, each player is dealt five
cards. Next, each player looks at his or her cards and either:

* "checks", if the player is the dealer
* "bets", if the player is the dealer; the dealer can set the initial
amount of money that each player must bet. Max initial bet is 10 
chips.
* "raises", if the player wants to raise the amount of money that 
each player must bet. Max raise is 10 chips.
* "calls", if the player wants to match the current bet amount.

There is no "folding" in the first round of normal ST Poker.

	Once bets are set, players are allowed to select up to five
cards to discard. Any discarded cards are replaced by new cards drawn
from the deck. Select cards to discard by pressing the A button when
the card is selected. Select multiple cards by selecting one and then
moving to another card and pressing A again. If you press A on a card
that is already selected, you will discard all selected cards. Press
B to cancel a selected card. Press B when no cards are selected to
"pass" and not discard any cards.

	Another round of betting begins, with the same options as
before. If nobody raises the initial bet of this round, then nobody 
can "fold", which means you drop out of the current game round and
forfeit all money you've bet so far. If somebody does raise the 
initial bet, then other players can fold.

	Another round of discarding and drawing begins.
	
	The last round of bets begins. If nobody raises the initial 
bet of this round, then nobody can fold. If somebody does raise the 
initial bet, then other players can fold.

	After the last round of bets, the "showdown" occurs and
everybody still in the game reveals his or her cards. Best hand wins,
determined by the following (card combinations at the bottom beat
anything above):

* high card - 2 is lowest, A is highest
* pair of cards
* two pair of cards
* three pair of cards
* straight - all cards are consecutively numbered (up to 10-J-Q-K-A)
* flush - all cards are from the same suit
* full house - three of a kind and a pair
* straight flush
* royal straight flush - 10-J-Q-K-A, and all cards are flush
* four of a kind
* five of a kind - joker required

	Chips won in poker don't count toward money in the shops
(unless, perhaps, you win first place?).


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B. variants
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* first variant (second option)
	No joker; 20-chip max bet or raise, 2 rounds of discards, 4
game rounds

* second variant, "ori ori" (third option)
	Joker; 20-chip max bet or raise, 1 rounds of discards, 8
game rounds

* third variant, "original" (fourth option)
	Joker; 10-chip max bet or raise,  4 game rounds. Each player
is dealt four cards, and three cards are placed face-up in the center
of the table. There are three rounds of discards: each player
places exactly one card face-up on the table, and then a new card
is drawn from the deck and placed face-up in the middle. The object 
is to create the best possible five-card hand out of the five middle 
cards and the two cards left in your hand after the three discards. 
Bets are placed after a card is added to the cards in the middle. 
After a fifth card is added to the middle, one last round of betting 
occurs, then the winning hand is determined.



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A. normal rules
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	In Daifugou, you try to get rid of all your cards. If you're
first, then you get 4 points. If you're second, you get 2 points.
Third place gets 1 point, and last place gets 0 points. After six
rounds, the person with the highest point total wins.

	A nice thing about getting first place is that you will have
an advantage during the next round. You will get the two best cards
from the last-place player. You can choose two cards to give to the
last-place player. The second-place player gets the best card from 
the third-place player and picks one card for the third-place player.

	There's a potential problem in getting first place in a 
round, though. In the next round, you MUST get first place or you 
will automatically get last place! 

	In this game, the 3 is the lowest card and the 2 is the
highest. The joker can beat anything.

	When the first round starts, the player with the 3 of Clubs
starts the game. Play continues clockwise around the table. The first
player during any set can choose to place one or more cards on the
table. A player may place:

* one card (3)
* a pair (J-J)
* three of a kind (5-5-5)
* three or more straight of the same suit (7-8-9 of hearts, or
9-10-J-Q-K of clubs)
* four of a kind (SPECIAL EFFECT! see below)
* five of a kind (? does this have any effect?)

To select more than one card, press the A button to highlight a card,
then move the cursor. The previous card will be raised. When you're
done selecting cards, press A over an already-highlighted card to
make your play. A joker may be played as any card, so it may be
selected to create any of the sets listed above (such as 5-5-Jo or
9-Jo-J-Q-K).

	If a player plays four of a kind, all card values are 
reversed! Now 3 is the high card, and 2 is the low card! 

	Once an initial set has been started, consecutive players
can get rid of cards in their hand if they can beat the current
high play. (A player can also pass if strategy calls for it.) 

Here's an example:

1) first player starts with 4-4
2) next player plays 9-9
3) next player plays 10-10
4) next player plays K-K
5) first player plays 2-2 and gains control of the next set
6) first player plays 5
7) next plays 9
8) next plays joker and gains control of the next set

	When a player gets rid of his or her hand, the player gets
4 points. If the player is not the person who got 4 points last
round, then the previous winner gets 0 points this round and cannot
play any more cards until the 2nd and 3rd places are decided.

	A joker may not be played as the last card in your hand,
nor may it be a part of the last set of cards you play. For 
example, if you have 7-Jo as your last two cards, you cannot play
them as a pair of 7s. You must play the joker as the second-to-last
card.



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B. variants
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* first variant, "beginner" (second option)
        - 3 rounds
        - winner of previous round does not have to win next round 
          to avoid zero points
        - no card swapping at the beginning of the next round

* second variant, "local" (third option)
        - 6 rounds
        - single jokers lose to 3 of spades; the 3 of spades can be
        - when an 8 is played, then any play afterward must contain 
          an 8 to beat the previous play. For example, a 6-7-8 can
          only be beaten by a 7-8-9 or 8-9-10. A J-K-A could not beat
          it, because it does not contain an 8. Other examples: an 8
          can only be beaten by another 8; a pair of 8s can only be
          beaten by another pair of 8s.




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	When you perform certain tasks in the online game, you can 
earn more credits that can be used to buy things from Tsubaki. To
claim these credits, you must visit Grand Mere or Yoneda. They will
offer five quests at a time. Once you accept them, you can try to
fulfill them. When you have completed the quest they will pay credits
to you.

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A. Grand Mere
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          TASK                                         CREDITS
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LEVEL 1
          MAKE GOOD FRIENDS                            1200
               Exchange name cards with the same
               person several times (5?). You can
               only exchange name cards with the
               same person once per day.

          NO FOLD                                      1400
               Win a game of poker without ever
               folding.

          PLAY 10 ROUNDS OF POKER                      600
               Play ten games of Poker.

          DAIFUGOU FOREVER!                            1000
               Win a Daifugou match, and you must
               be daifugou for all six rounds.

          OVERTURN 10 TIMES                            800
               Be daifugou and then lose the next
               round 10 times.

LEVEL 2
          ?                                            ?
          ?                                            ?
          ?                                            ?
          ?                                            ?
          ?                                            ?




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B. Yoneda
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          TASK                                         CREDITS
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LEVEL 1
          LET'S EXCHANGE NAMECARDS!                    1000
               Exchange name cards with ten different
               people.
          
          KOI KOI 2X AND YAME                          1200
              Win a game by declaring koikoi twice
              and then declaring yame.

          TEN BATTLES OF KOI KOI                       600
              Play ten games of Koi-Koi.

          SCORE A TRIPLE 10X                           1400
              Score a triple in mahjongg ten times.
              (in a row?)

          WIN WITHOUT DECLARING                        800
               Win a game of mah-jongg without ever
               declaring ri-ichi, chi, pon, or kan.

LEVEL 2
          ?                                            ?
          ?                                            ?
          ?                                            ?
          ?                                            ?
          ?                                            ?


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C. Monthly Allowances
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	After one month of play, your commanding officer (Gran Mere 
if you own the Paris version of STO, or Yoneda if you own the Teito 
version) will give you an allowance of 30000 credits. You can use 
this money at Tsubaki's shop in case you spent too much money at her 
shop when you first bought the game. :-) This is great, because some 
of the quests are pretty hard to complete.

	You're probably paid every month, but since the game isn't 
two months old yet, this cannot be verified!


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	Whenever you start the online game, you are in your room. 
Your room is your home, and you can personalize it in many ways. 

	After a month has passed, the size of your room will 
increase. This will let you put more things on the floor and walls. 
It also lets you reach the window so you can open and close the 
curtains!

	If you go to the "My Room" chat room, you can create a chat 
room that will be hosted in your room. That way, other people can 
see what your room looks like. Conversely, you can see other peoples' 
rooms by entering their chats!

	These objects are in your room:


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A. Bed
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	Use the bed to save the game. The first option lets you 
save, and the second option cancels. If you don't want to save the 
game, just turn your Dreamcast off.

	Your bed can have two stuffed toys on it.


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B. Dresser 
*****************

	Use the dresser to change the appearance of your avatar.

	Your dresser can have two stuffed toys on it.


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C. Kinematron
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	Use the kinematron to contact a Sakura Taisen character who 
you have met in the game. That character will be your playing 
partner.


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D. Diary
*****************

	The diary lets you manage your VM files, view the staff roll,
and play the connection mini-game. A random bromide appears on the 
inside front cover.


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E. Goodies Box
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	Use the goodies container next to the door to change the look
of any of the objects in your room. You can buy new objects from 
Tsubaki at the Imperial Theater.

	You can also get new goodies containers from Tsubaki. Each 
container has its own unique animation when opening and closing. I 
prefer the cardboard box, because your avatar will kick it to open or 
close it!


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F. Door
*****************

	To connect to the Sakura Taisen Online servers, just open the 
door. If you have not yet connected successfully, the game will ask 
you for a username and password for a Dricas account. Please read 
Terrence Huey's Connection FAQ (go to section I for the link) for 
more information on how to connect to the servers.


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G. Window
*****************

	Once your room is big enough, you'll be able to walk up to 
the window. Press the A button to open or close the curtains. Unlike 
the other usable objects, no popup will appear to tell you that you 
can do something. This is a hidden function!


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H. Walls
*****************

	You can cover the walls with posters purchased from Tsubaki's 
shop. The smaller photos can be placed over some of the larger 
posters. As the size of your room increases, you'll gain more wall 
space for photos!

	You can also change the wall decorations. Orihime's 
Italian-themed wall decorations with the red, green, and white 
bunting will cover some of the photographs on the walls, so that may 
not be a good choice if you're not an Orihime fan (or Italian!).


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I. Clock
*****************

	The clock displays the current time programmed into your 
Dreamcast.  The glass one is nice on some walls but nearly 
invisible on others.


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J. Table
*****************

	Your kinematron and your diary are on your table. You can
also put four toys of any size on the ends of the table.

	When your room's size increases, your table's size does 
not increase.


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K. Floor
*****************

	You can put four toys of any size on the floor.

	When your room's size increases, you are still allowed 
only four toys on the floor, but the way to the window opens, so 
you can now open and close it.


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This FAQ is Copyright 2002 Carl Chavez. This FAQ may be distributed 
freely for non-commercial use. It may not be edited or altered in any 
way. It may not be distributed with advertising in any form without 
permission. GameFAQs.com has explicit permission to distribute this 
FAQ.

Thanks to Terrence Huey for helping with many translations, for
figuring out the quests, and for playing online with me every week.

Thanks to Alwin Wong for help with the Daifugou rules and variants.

Thanks to Yana (via Terrence Huey) for help with the mahjongg rules.