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    SPYRO THE DRAGON 2: RIPTO'S RAGE!
    
    This is "Spyro the Dragon 2: Ripto's Rage!" Easter Eggs In-depth FAQ.
    SILVER^2 VERSION.
    This FAQ covers Skill Points, Secrets and Mysteries.
    This is the latest version of this FAQ as of 22JAN2000.
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    The latest version of this FAQ and all other Spyro FAQs by Ryuuko may
    be found at:
    
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    I no longer answer questions via e-mail about the game that can be
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    Unpublished work Copyright 1999 *Ryuuko*
    
    
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    Please read legal notice below.
    
    
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    0.  News with this update
    
    
    The Secrets of Spyro the Dragon 2: Ripto's Rage!, in 10 easy steps
    
    1.  Legal/Disclaimer                         
    2.  Version                                  [Updated!]
    3.  About
    4.  Skill Points                             
    5.  Orbs and gems                            
    6.  Crash Team Racing Demo
    7.  Speedways                                
    8.  Mysteries/Intricacies                    [Updated!]
    9.  Credits                                  
    10. Later
    
    
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    0. News with this update
    
    Gold:
         * ALL 16 SKILL POINTS HAVE BEEN FOUND!
    Silver:
         * Letter from Craig A. Stitt, artist on Spyro the Dragon and
         Spyro the Dragon 2: Ripto's Rage!  projects included.
    Silver^2:
         * URL updates, additions to Crash Team Racing Demo section.
    
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    1. Legal/Disclaimer
    
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    2. Version [Updated!]
    
      This is the SILVER^2 VERSION of this FAQ.
    
    Contributions are appreciated <ryuuko@SoftHome.net> and will be
    listed with your name in the [Credits] section.
    
    All text herein is has been unedited and unrevised to date (24Jan2000).  
    
    
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    3. About
    3.1 About the Game
    
      Spyro the Dragon 2: Ripto's Rage! was developed by Insomniac Studios,
    with assistance from Universal Interactive Studios, and produced and
    published by Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc with assitance from
    its Japan and Europe divisions. It was released in 1999 CE. Spyro the
    Dragon is copyright Universal Interactive Studios, fnar.   Spyro 2 is
    basically just how Spyro the Dragon would have been made if the
    development team had spent more time on the game and had more feedback.
    It's 29 more levels of Spyro the Dragon (Summer: 9, Autumn: 12, Winter:
    7, and Dragon Shores) with new moves, a new challenge-orientated 
    structure, even more collectibles, and a brand-spankin' new menu system
    that looks quite attractive except for the annoying (imo) guidebook
    page-flipping animations.  Spyro the Dragon was one of my favourite 
    games for a long time running. Its wonderfully tight control,
    exceedingly yet subtly cute animations, intriguing visuals, enjoyable
    puzzles and best of all, dragon cast, made it an instant classic for me.
    I first played Spyro the Dragon 2: Ripto's Rage! at a SIGGRAPH (Special
    Interest Group Graphics) convention, where they had on display a level
    where you collected spark plugs to deactivate force fields, with none of
    the speech implemented.  When you talked to friendly denizens, they
    informed you that the level was still being developed ^ _ ^
    
    3.2 About the Author
    
      I now know this level to be Hurricos, off of the Summer Forest
    homeworld. I bought Spyro 2 as soon as its sadly positively abysmal
    (in terms of scope) advertising campaign finally let me know it had been
    released.  The game sang beautifully as tore through the myriad
    challenges in no time flat, to discover at the gate of Dragon Shores
    that they wouldn't even let me in, I had so few orbs and gems.  I
    quickly mopped up the remaining levels until only Mystic Marsh had a
    solitary orb left, and I had all 10,000 gems.  The third and last Orb of
    the Realm seemed out of reach of my claws.  A long line of question 
    marks, greyed out, filled the space in the guidebook. The Challenge was
    to trade for The Professor's pencil, starting with an egg. I could not
    figure this one out; I could not seem to discern who to trade the egg
    to, or even how the trading of the egg might be done.  I spit the egg at
    the bird's nest, first. Then at the cauldron, the pot, the basket, the
    ducks, all the different characters, and so on. Nothing seemed to work.
      I decided it wasn't worth my time and tried to look it up on the
    internet, but the only information available on Spyro 2 gameplay was
    Dallas' FAQ/Walkthrough he created from the demo on the Crash Team
    Racing disc, right here on GAMEFAQS. IRC had nothing to offer, either;
    the game was too new. I put out an APB on information on the several
    sites include GAMEFAQS and "the Care and Feeding of your Young Dragon"
    but I knew that such a process would likely take weeks before someone
    even found my request, let alone fufilled it. I went for a walk.  An
    hour later, I came back, dived right back into the level, and instantly
    solved the puzzle, wondering at how I thought I had gotten skilled at
    indentifying the glaringly obvious. The problems associated with this
    puzzle and how to avoid them are discussed in the [Orbs and Gems]
    Section.
    
    3.2.1 Biography
    
      This is *Ryuuko*'s first PSX game FAQ. Additions, questions, 
    statements, comments, constructive critisms, and manifestos relevent to
    this FAQ are welcome.  Requests for further research must be related to
    subjects outside of those that are bare-bones necessary to complete the
    game. Verification will be done for similar topics before added; the
    only rumours/hypothesises that will be included in this FAQ will be my
    own. 
      The reason for this is the reason for *Ryuuko*'s reasons for writing
    this FAQ in the first place. On the walk I took for a break during my 
    play of Spyro 2, I stopped to behold a beautiful panorama on a 
    promontory. To the west, stretching north and south, was a long, 
    darkened strip of beach under rolling clouds of overcast-- smog.  To
    the east was a vast cityscape, filled with bright lights and
    rectangular structures of widely varied shapes and size, and streets
    and freeways  blanketed with cars,  Both directions echoed with their
    own distinctive, muffled roars each representive of their mostly
    disperate but in no  small part similar realms. Both extended
    endlessly, to the perceptive limitations of the eyes. I blanked my
    mind and considered everything past and present. One of the memories
    that came to me was that, a few years ago an RPG for PSX called
    "Wild Arms" was released.  I blazed through this game like there was
    no tomorrow, and knew I would based on information from a friend.  I
    had rented the game, and so didn't want to waste time hunting for the
    easter eggs.  I waited until I completed the game before I scanned the
    internet for FAQs, not wanting to spoil the plot.  To my dismay, I
    found that I had not kept a save game outside the final area,
    Ka Dingel, excepting one far, far back in the game, and that I could not
    restore a game inside the tower because once one had entered this final 
    area, one could not leave.  I wondered why do there not exist FAQs only
    including the easter eggs and the glitches in the game so that we can 
    play through without spoiling it, and gain the full enjoyment programmed
    in by the developers by finding not bypassing any of the easter eggs or
    getting stuck because of poor programming? Was not my carefree method a 
    more enjoyable one, in the end, then the careful, time-consuming search
    that would have been required to locate the tiny island where aliens
    *sometimes* appeared that *occasionally* dropped duplicators? Skill
    Points are about Skill, right? 
      Those are the reasons for this FAQ.  It is a listing of the easter
    eggs and hang-ups in the game for players of Spyro the Dragon 2: Ripto's 
    Rage to reference to find all the secrets in the game they might
    otherwise miss in the normal process of the completing the game as well
    as guidance through problems they may encounter unrelated to the game's
    intended challenge (e.g. poor control, textual errors, &c). 
      *Ryuuko* is an avid video and computer game player, quality assurance
    dragon/beta tester, furry writer & artist, windsurfer, an advocate of
    japanese animation and to some extent Japan's culture and modern
    counterculture, and all around ecclectic, tigger-like dragon.  I play 
    online games, still looking for one that meets my exacting standards,
    follower game developer industry news, attend game development, furry, 
    gaming and anime conventions, hike, run marathons, search for the
    purpose of the universe, and save the world every so often.
    
    
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    4. Skill Points
    
    4.1 Manual Quotation
    
    "Sometimes a special challenge comes along. If you master this task,
    you'll hear a special sound effect meaning you've just gained a Skill
    Point.  Collect enough Skill Points and you'll get a surprise!"
    
    4.2 *Ryuuko*'s take on Skill Points
    
    By being especially resourceful or completist or playing the minigames,
    one can acquire notations on the last page of one's guidebook called 
    "Skill Points". The sound effect isn't very obvious, at least until
    you've heard it a few times when you're expecting to hear it.
    
    At 8 and 16 points you will receive new surprises. Go to the last
    guidebook page and press the X button.
    
    You gain extra lives when you have acquired 8,10,12,15, and 16 skill
    points.
    
    4.3 The Skill Points Chart
    
    Below is a list of Skill Points as it appears on my chart in-game
    ( and therefore confirmed ).
    
    The file Scus_944.25 on the disc has a listing on the skill points as
    well.
    
    [First Page]
    
    Level			Skill Point
    
    Skelos Badlands   All Cacti
    Hurricos          All Windmills
    Colossus          Perfect in Hockey
    Fracture Hills    3 Laps of Supercharge
    Crush's Dungeon   Perfect
    Gulp's Overlook   Perfect
    Ripto's Arena     Perfect
    Scorch            All Trees
    Ocean Speedway    Under 1:10
    Metro Speedway    Under 1:15
    
    
    [Second Page]
    
    Level			Skill Point
    
    Icy Speedway      Under 1:15
    Canyon Speedway   Under 1:10
    Idol Springs      Land on idol
    Aquaria Towers    All Seaweed
    Gulp's Overlook   Hit Ripto
    Skelos Badlands   Catbat Quartet
    
    4.4 Description of where to find and how to acquire Skill Points
    
    Skill points are easier to get once you have obtained the surprise for
    100% of all orbs and gems.
    
    
    Skelos Badlands/All Cacti=> Flame all the cacti in Skelos Badlands.
    
    
    Hurricos/All Windwills=> Break all the small windmills by dashing into
    them or flaming them, and the larger ones with Supercharge. The small 
    windmills are scattered through out the level, and Sparx won't look for 
    them for you, it will only point to gems, so destroy them as you find
    them.
    
    
    Colossus/Perfect in Hockey=> Play the Orb Challenge Hockey one on one
    (Orb #2) and go for a shut out, Spyro 5 - Home 0.
    
    
    Fracture Hills/3 Laps of Supercharge=> Go to the Supercharge pylons,
    and race along the path, but avoid the room you'd normally break open
    to complete the Orb Challenge and run right through the pylons again.
    Repeat this twice more.
    
    
    Boss levels/Perfect=> Complete these levels without being hit once
    during the battle in order to obtain these 3 skill points.
    
    
    Scorch/All Trees=> Charge or superflame all the trees (it is not
    necessary to attack the trees with the monkeys).  Each tree will drop
    one coconut the first time you attack it. 
    
    
    Speedways/Under #:##=> Complete the course under 1 minute and 10 
    seconds, or 1 minute and 15 seconds for Metro & Icy Speedways. 
    
    
    Idol Springs/Land on idol=> Glide to the top of the idol near the
    dancing Hulagirls.
    
    
    Aquaria Towers/All Seaweed=> Seek out and destroy (flame) all the
    harmless, innocent plant life that never did anything to harm you or
    anyone else in its entire virtual life *sniff* for a Skill Point! ^ _ ^
    
    
    Gulp's Overlook/Hit Ripto=> See the puny red guy up there on the
    throne?  Blast 'em - _ ^
    
    
    Skelos Badlands/Catbat Quartet=> The catbats are the flying bowling-pin
    shaped dinos with bat wings that spit fireballs at you.
    The quartet surrounds a lava pool just past the Homeworld gate. Blast
    'em ^ _ ^
    
    
    
    4.5 More Skill Points?
    
    Probably not, but I'll leave this section in for those that would
    like to do more exploring.  I'm going to type an e-mail to
    Insomniac to see if there is anything else in their game.
    
    Fracture Hills/All trees=> Introduced by KH (see [Credits]). I've
    tried blasting all the trees with flame to no result so far.
    Perhaps something to do with the supercharge pylons...? Perhaps the
    large tree formations, like the one near the beginning, or some ledge
    high up needs to be reached? Or...?
    
    Colossus, Orb 1: Hockey vs. Goalie=>  This is a timed task.  Perhaps if
    one can defeat the goalie in under a minute or less, one  would get
    another skill point?
    
    Magma Cone, Orbs 2 and 3: Crystal Geysers I & II => Perhaps if you shut
    out Hunter in the same way one can obtain a Skill Point from Hockey one 
    on one in Colossus, one could get one or perhaps even two Skill Points
    here?  Follow Hunter around and sit on his geyser or jump in front of
    him to make sure Hunter gets no crystals.
    
    More?=> If you have any other skill points in your chart, please send me
    a copy of your chart similar to mine above along with as much 
    description as possible as to how you obtained the Skill Points you have
    that are not listed in section 4.3 <ryuuko@softhome.net>.  Your
    contribution will be noted by the Skill Point description and in the
    [Credits] section. Thanks in advance ^ _ ^
    
    
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    5. Orbs and gems
    
    5.1 Manual Quotation
    
    "To totally complete a realm:... 2. Complete all the orb tasks. Talk to
    any friendly folks who invite you to accept challenges Some may ask you 
    to perform multiple tasks. / 3. Collect all the gems.... Collect 100% of
    everything in the game and you will be generously rewarded .... All of
    the realms in Avalar contain orbs... You win orbs, most of the time, by 
    completing challenges from the inhabitants of Avalar. It might also be a
    task you do to help someone. / Find out about challenges by talking to 
    characters during your travels... P.S. - There are four secret orbs in
    the game... If you can't find those last few gems, I can help. Press
    L1+L2+R1+R2 at the same time and I'll point you to the nearest gem.... 
    For a perfect game and a very special reward, you must complete 100% of
    every world in Avalar."
    
    5.2 "... Complete all the orb tasks..."
    
    The only orb task that I found picky enough to mention here is Mystic
    Marsh's 3rd orb, mentioned in the introductory portion of this FAQ. In 
    this challenge, knowing how to trade the items is important.  Just like
    the Thunderstones in the thief challenge in Hurricos,  the trade items
    will "snap-on" to their appropriate location for placed in the generally 
    the correct area.  You will not have to speak with anyone in order to
    complete this challenge, just spit the item onto the appropriate 
    platform. In order to aim effectively, if you are trying to place the
    item in a container, press and hold the triangle button, position the
    targetting reticle (the circle) so that the top of of the container
    fills only a little bit of the bottom portion of the reticle.
    
    5.3 "Collect 100% of everything in the game and you will be generously
    rewarded."
    
    You will find your reward in Dragon Shores.  There are no alternate
    endings or any other alternate cinema that you would not otherwise see 
    just going through the process of getting 100% of each realm. Skill
    Points are not counted towards this total.
    
    Additionally, once you have had a game in memory in which you have
    achieved the reward that has been accessed without turning off the
    power, in any game you play the reward will be immediately available.
    
    For example, load your 100% game with the reward, use the quit game
    option in your menu, then start a new game.
    
    To play a normal game, reset the console or turn the power off, then
    go directly to New Game.
    
    5.4 "If you can't find those last few gems, I can help."
    
    You only need to press all those shoulder buttons at the same time once.
    Afterwards, Sparx will always point to the nearest gem or gem container.  
    No need to hold the buttons in. Sparx will only point to gems however,
    and will not point to orbs, skill points, talismans, or a rocket
    necessary to blow up a gem container.
    
    5.5 "P.S. - There are four secret orbs in the game..."
    
    There is a single secret orb to be found in one of each of the four 
    speedways.
    
    5.6 A little reassurance with regard to orb challenges
    
    Excepting abilities purchasable via Moneybags, everything you need to
    clean out a Realm to 100% will be available the first time you enter, no
    matter how you manipulate the environment, no matter how many enemies
    you turn into spirit particles, and everytime afterwards. Unlike Wild
    ARMs, you can always go back, although you cant replace gems or
    non-challenge orbs once they are taken except by starting a new game.
    Challenge orbs and talismans confer no further gameplay benefit as a
    result of earning them more than once.
    
    5.7 When all else fails
    
    Look again.  Everything not mentioned above is intuitive.
    
    5.8 Before you e-mail me about orbs
    
    Read the spoiler FAQ, Frequently Asked Questions to Spoil Spyro the
    Dragon 2: Ripto's Rage! written by me, *Ryuuko*, and stored seperately.
    
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    6. Crash Team Racing Demo
    
    6.1 Manual Quotation
    
    "To unlock the secret playable demo of CTR (Crash Team Racing)TM press
    and hold L1 and R2, then press the square button simultaneously while
    in the intro Menu screen for the game."
    
    6.2. "...the intro Menu screen for the game."
    
    This refers to the screen where Spyro has already landed and
    "Press Start" flashes on the screen.
    
    6.3 Description
    
    Options are available to play 1, 2 or 4 players. You jump right on to a
    track at the start of an 8 (?) car race similar to Mario Kart.
    
    6.4 Controls
    
    X = accelerate
    square = brake
    O = use ? box item
    R1 = jump
    L1 = power slide boost
    select = turns your PSX screen black and causes a system halt.
    
    6.5 Addenum
    
    
    I.CTR Demo
      A.Left-out Stuff
        1.Tracks in all 3 modes
          a.1P-Papu's Pyramid
          b.2P-????????????
          c.4P-Blizzard Bluff
      B.Left-out controls
          1.L2-Toggles view near and far
          2.R2-Rear View
          3./\(Triangle)-Toggles Map/Speedometer
      C.Note-YOU CAN USE THE MULTITAP ON THIS DEMO, BELIEVE ME.
    
                        NKelly665@aol.com
    
    ADre2k2@cs.com  says to "Try pressing R2 to use a special item."
    
    6.6 More?
    
    If you would like to add to this section, you can e-mail me at
    <ryuuko@softhome.net>
    
    
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    7. Speedways
    
    7.1 Description
    
    Speedways are hidden Realms, like in the first game, where you have an
    untimed Superfly Power-Up on and run an obstacle course. The Orbs found 
    in Speedways are located just like in other Realms; you must find a
    person to speak with that will give you a special challenge.  These
    special challenges are very fun ^ _ ^
    
    There are four Speedways total in the game.
    
    
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    8. Mysteries/Intricacies
    
    
    * "Burt,James" <sentinelx7@neo.rr.com> wrote in to mention the
    appearance of the name Bryan in Summer Forest.  In the far
    northwest room with the 3rd orb challenge and Hunter, you can
    see Bryan wrriten over the switch and Bry written twice over
    each door. It is believed that this may be the work of
    Brian Hastings, VP of Technology, who also created the art tools.
    
    * If you destroy 10 fodder creatures, you gain an extra life.
    Occasionally, you gain an extra life while acquiring skill points.
    - KH see [Credits] has introduced the idea that you may be able to get
    more than 99 lives by gaining extra lives with skill points after you
    have 99 lives with fodder or from butterfly jars. He says that if
    you grab a butterfly jar after achieving 99+ lives, however, your
    life total will drop back down to 99.
    
    * the manual seems to have left out an additional control... you can
    flare your wings to slow down your forward movement in a glide by
    pressing down on your digital pad or motioning down with your
    analog stick.
    
    - the manual has a few quirks in the credits. Under Sony Computer
    Entertainment Inc. (Japan) for Producer is written "Tsurumi-0600".
    Tsurumi-0600 also appears as the Producer in Crash Bandicoot:Warped.
    What's the history behind that name?
    
    - The credits to the game mention different studios involved in the
    development of Spyro 2 than appear in the manual.
    
    8.1 Insomniac Responds ***Warning possible spoilers***
    
    To: ryuuko@softhome.net
    Subject: Spyro
    From: "Craig A. Stitt" <cas@insomniac.unistudios.com>
    Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 13:16:08 -0800
    
    Hello Ryuuko!
    
    You already want Spyro 3!!  We haven't even caught up on our sleep from
    making Spyro 2!
    
    * Are there more than 16 Skill Points?
    
    Unfortunately I just found out that for the time being I am not supposed
    to say anything about skill points.  Watch the game magazines for more
    info on them. (sorry, but I guess that we have to save some good info
    for them!)
    
    * Are there more Easter Eggs than the 100% of orbs and gems and 8 and 16
    Skill Points rewards?
    
    No
    
    * Who is Tsurumi-0600 and what is the history behind this alias?
    
    He is one of our Producers for the release of Spyro in Japan.  For many
    years it was tradition for the staff of Japanese titles to use only
    alias and not their real names.  I am guessing that this is the case
    here.
    
    * Elora and co. mention that they still have work to do and can't join
    Spyro at the end of the game.  Is there an alternate ending?
    
    Making it into Dragon Shores is the only ending to the game
    
    * Are there any secret areas that would not have been found by obtaining
    100%?
    
    - If you really have 100% on everything, including Dragon Shores, then
    you have seen it all.
    
    * Are there any secrets hidden in the Crash Team Racing Demo?
    
    Not that I know about?!
    
    * Are there any codes other than the one that activates the CTR demo?
    
    -  There are, but I can't say anything about those
    
    * Is there anything else that Spyro fans should or might want to know
    about the game?
    
    -  They should know that it really is worth getting 100% because when
    they get Superflame in Dragon shores, they can restart a new game and
    still have superflame, which makes for a very run time!
    
    PLUS, it really helps to know that if you press all four shoulder
    buttons at the same time, Sparx will point out where the nearest gem
    is.  Which is great when you are looking for that one last gem in a
    level!
    
    Sorry I can't be of more help one some of these, at least not just yet!
    
    Have fun!
    
    -Insomniac Games
    Thanks in advance!
    -- 
    Craig A. Stitt
    
    8.2.1 Biographical notes for Craig off Insomniac's website:
    
    Craig Stitt 
    Position: Artist
    Specialty: Creating unparalleled backgrounds (i.e. the skies) using
    gouraud-shaded polygons Responsibilities: Designs and builds backgrounds,
    builds wireframe environments, creates textures and texture animations,
    applies textures and shading to levels and characters, contributes to
    production design Previous Games: Disruptor, Sonic2, Sonic Spinball, Kid
    Chameleon, Spyro the Dragon, and Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage Education: B.A.
    in Art Education from San Jose State After completing Ph.D.'s in Nuclear
    Physics, Quantum Mechanics and Lunar Oceanography, Dr. Craigario A.
    Stytte took an extended leave to tour the world in search of the elusive
    "Drakus Violetus Minor", or 'small purple dragon'. Upon his return, Dr.
    Stytte remained mute concerning any discoveries made during his travels
    and has in fact disappeared from the academic circles he once presided
    over. He is now living under the guise of 'Craig A. Stitt', a simple
    artist who supposedly spent several years at Sega helping to develop a
    mildly successful series of games based on a small blue insectivore, and
    from there, joined Insomniac Games to contribute to the highly acclaimed
    but little known Disruptor.
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    9. Credits
    
    This section lists the contributions of others to this FAQ.
    
    While the alpha version of this FAQ was laid down by *Ryuuko*, in the
    first week [7] Adventurers returned from the mysterious land of
    Avalar returned to tell of further secrets to be found across the three
    lands all the way to the Dragon Shores festival.
    
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    Week One Beta Credits
    
    Brian Landrum <landrumb@yahoo.com>
    "Kenshin Himura" <kenshin_@hotmail.com>
    "Nicholas S. Pierson" <npierson@ruby.iupui.edu>
    Rod Rombauer <splunge@mindspring.com>
    <MrJoe54@aol.com>
    <kockker@home.com> 
    <CRHyde1@aol.com>
    <cparrick@yahoo.com>
    
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    Week Two Beta Credits
    
    "Michael Foley" <saracin@hotmail.com>
    "Tom Rothrock" <rothrock@cs.utk.edu>
    "Rod Rombauer" <splunge@mindspring.com>
    Marcus.Bayer@t-online.de (Marcus Bayer)
    "ARES2" <ARES2@BORUTA.DEMO.PL>
    
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    Silver^2
    
    NKelly665@aol.com
    "Burt,James" <sentinelx7@neo.rr.com> 
    ADre2k2@cs.com
    
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    Game FAQ Semantics Credits
    
    I did an examination of Kao Megura's FAQs as recommended by GAMEFAQs to
    refer to for style, and formatting, and to some extent I have used
    pieces of Megura's legal notices in mine.
    
    
    
    
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    10. Later
    
    I hope you enjoyed my Spyro the Dragon 2: Ripto's Rage! FAQ!  Remember,
    that e-mail address for contributions is <ryuuko@softhome.net>. Have 
    fun playing Spyro, support Spyromania with your gaming yen, euros,
    dollars or whatever your local currency of value so we can have a
    Spyro 3 ^ _ ^ 
    
    Unpublished work Copyright 1999 *Ryuuko*
    
    
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    "Mess with this Dragon and Feel the Burn!" --- Spyro the Dragon 2:
    Ripto's Rage! advertising campaign slogan
    
    ^ _ ^  Dream of Dragons!  ^ _ ^
    
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