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    Runic Chess FAQ by Shaneth21

    Version: Final | Updated: 12/29/05 | Search Guide | Bookmark Guide

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    Star Ocean: Till the End of Time                      Playstation 2
    Star Ocean: Runic Chess Walkthrough               All Rights Reserved
    Copyright 2005, Shane Duckworth                 (gafgarion32@yahoo.com)
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    writing it.
    
    You may e-mail me about this guide, questions or comments. I may not 
    reply in about a week or two so be patient. If you find any mistakes in 
    this FAQ and you e-mail me about them, I will check them up and if you 
    are correct, I will add it to my FAQ and credit you at the end of this 
    FAQ. If you can help me with finding the problems then please do since 
    I am always busy.
    
    This is another FAQ created by the Great Shaneth! This one goes out to 
    Star Ocean: Till the End of Time for the PS2. A few people play Runic 
    Chess, but I find that the ones who do struggle the most, so I devised 
    a Runic Chess cheating guide. This consists of enemy piece locations 
    and where you should put your pieces to crush your opponent. 
    
    
    ___________________
    -Table of Contents-
    
    1.	Version History
    2.	Controls
    3.	Runic Chess History
    4.	Runic Chess Walkthrough
    5.	Q's + A's
    6.	Credits
    
                                ____________________
                                -1. Version History-
    
    Version .10 - 8/16/05  wrote up intro, table of contents, and version 
    history. 
    
    Version .20 - 8/18/05  wrote controls and Runic Chess history.
    
    Version .30 - 8/26/05  wrote up to level 3 in Runic Chess walkthrough.
    
    Version .40 - 8/26/05  wrote up level 4.
    
    Version .50 - 9/1/05   wrote up level 5. 
    
    Version .60 - 9/5/05   wrote up level 6. Screwed up with the table 
    somewhere.
    
    Version .70 - 9/17/05  wrote up to level 8.
    
    Version .80 - 9/23/05  wrote up to level 10.
    
    Version .90 - 10/7/05  wrote up level S.
    
    Version 1.0 - 10/16/05 proofread everything and wrote down credits.
    
    Version FINAL 
    
                                   _____________
                                   -2. Controls-
    
    
    I'm no good at drawing Playstation controllers. Hopefully you know 
    where everything is. This is only stuff you need to know.
    
    Directional Pad - Movement of Piece
    Cross  Button   - Select Commands and Placement
    Circle Button   - Cancel Commands or Placement
    Triangle Button - Look at opponents pieces
    
                             ________________________
                             -3. Runic Chess History-
    
    Runic Chess is first stumbled upon the Ancient Ruins of Mosel, but then 
    it is only introduced. The basics are simple because it's like Rock-
    Paper-Scissors. Here's a lame drawing of a triangle to show relations.
    
    
                                  SYMBOLOGIST
                                      ^ \
                                     /   \
                                    /     \
                                   /       \
                                  /         \
                                 /          \/
                              Thief<------Warrior
    
    If you didn't understand that, then here's a chart.
     ___________________________________
    |Piece      |Strength   |Weakness   |
    |___________|___________|___________|
    |Symbologist|Warrior    |Thief      |
    |Warrior    |Thief      |Symbologist|
    |Thief      |Symbologist|Warrior    |
    |___________________________________|
    
    I hope you understand that chart. The Symbologist is good against the 
    Warrior, but is plucked by the Thief. The Warrior is good against the 
    Thief, but is shorted by the Symbologist. The Thief is good against the 
    Symbologist, but is crushed by the Warrior. It's not that hard.
    
    
    After the Ancient Ruins of Mosel, your next chance to play Runic Chess 
    is in Gemity, which is after you complete Moonbase and jump into the 4D 
    world. This is open all times after you reach it. It's located in the 
    gaming square just after the lobby area. Look on the floor for a 
    drawing of 3 people. These paths are the upper-most paths leading to 
    the left and right. Those paths lead to the Runic Chess area, which is 
    run by Duke Guttarin, who sounds like he has an ego.
    
    You can play Runic Chess anytime after this point. It offers prizes if 
    you care for them. If you follow the guide below, you'll have no 
    trouble and you'll never lose a match.
    
                          ____________________________
                          -4. Runic Chess Walkthrough-
    
    This section explains everything all in easy-to-read charts. It shows 
    the prizes given out too. You can only get the same prize 5 times. You 
    will need to look at your opponents pieces before you do this.
    
    Here's a plan explaining everything.
    
    S = Symbologist
    W = Warrior
    T = Thief
    
    E = enemy piece
    P = player piece
    
    
    _______
    LEVEL 1
    Entrance Fee - 200 Fol
    Prize        - Blueberries
    
     ___________
    | 1 | 2 | 3 | < enemies pieces
    |___|___|___|
    |   |   |   |
    |___|___|___|
    |   |   |   |
    |___|___|___|
    | 1 | 2 | 3 | < your pieces
    |___|___|___|
    
     ________      ________
    |E1|E2|E3      P1|P2|P3|
    |  |  |          |  |  |
    |S |W |T   -   T |S |W |
    |S |T |W   -   T |W |S |
    |W |S |T   -   S |T |W |
    |W |T |S   -   S |W |T |
    |T |S |W   -   W |T |S |
    |T |W |S   -   W |S |T |
    |______________________|
    
    
    _______
    LEVEL 2
    Entrance Fee - 400 Fol
    Prize        - Blackberries
    
     ___
    | 3 |
    |___|
    | 2 |
    |___|
    | 1 |
    |___|
    |   |
    |___|
    |   |
    |___|
    | 1 |
    |___|
    | 2 |
    |___|
    | 3 |
    |___|
    
     ________         ________
    |E1|E2|E3|        P1|P2|P3|
    |  |  |  |          |  |  |
    |T |S |W |   -   |W |T |S |
    |T |W |S |   -   |W |S |T |
    |S |T |W |   -   |T |W |S |
    |S |W |T |   -   |T |S |W |
    |W |T |S |   -   |S |W |T |
    |W |S |T |   -   |S |T |W |
    |_________________________|
    
    
    _______
    LEVEL 3
    Entrance Fee - 600 Fol
    Prize        - 1100 Fol
         ___ ___ ___
        | 1 |   | 3 |
        |___|___|___|  < enemy pieces
        | 2 |   |
        |___|___|
        |   | 3 |
     ___|___|___|  < your pieces
    | 1 |   | 2 |
    |___|___|___|
    
     ________         ________
    |E1|E2|E3|        P1|P2|P3|
    |  |  |  |          |  |  |
    |T |S |W |   -   |W |S |T |
    |T |W |S |   -   |T |W |S |
    |S |T |W |   -   |S |T |W |
    |S |W |T |   -   |S |T |W |
    |W |T |S |   -   |S |T |W |
    |W |S |T |   -   |W |S |T |
    |_________________________|
    
    
    _______
    LEVEL 4
    Entrance Fee - 800 Fol
    Prize        - Synthesis Materials
     ___ ___
    | 1 | 2 |   < enemy pieces
    |___|___|
    |   |   |
    |___|___|
    |   |   |
    |___|___|
    | 1 | 2 |   < your pieces
    |___|___|
    
     _____         _____
    |E1|E2|        P1|P2|
    |  |  |          |  |
    |T |S |   -   |W |T |
    |T |W |   -   |W |S |
    |S |T |   -   |T |W |
    |S |W |   -   |T |S |
    |W |T |   -   |S |W |
    |W |S |   -   |S |T |
    |___________________|
    
    
    _______
    LEVEL 5
    Entrance Fee - 1000 Fol
    Prize        - Ripe Berries
    
     ___ ___ ___ ___ 
    |   | 1 | 2 | 3 |    < enemy pieces
    |___|___|___|___|
    |   |   |   |   |
    |___|___|___|___|
    |   |   |   |   |
    |___|___|___|___|
    | 1 | 2 | 3 |   |    < your pieces
    |___|___|___|___|
    
     ________         ________
    |E1|E2|E3|        P1|P2|P3|
    |  |  |  |          |  |  |
    |T |S |W |   -   |S |W |T |
    |T |W |S |   -   |T |W |S |
    |S |T |W |   -   |S |T |W |
    |S |W |T |   -   |W |T |S |
    |W |T |S |   -   |T |S |W |
    |W |S |T |   -   |W |S |T |
    |_________________________|
    
    
    _______
    LEVEL 6
    Entrance Fee - 1200 Fol
    Prize        - 5000 Fol
    
     ___
    | 1 |
    |___|___
    | 2 | 4 |   < enemy pieces
    |___|___|___
    | 3 |   |   |
    |___|___|___|___
    |   |   |   | 4 |    
    |___|___|___|___|___   < your pieces
    |   |   | 1 | 2 | 3 |
    |___|___|___|___|___|
    
     ___________              ___________
    |E1|E2|E3|E4|            |P1|P2|P3|P4|
    |  |  |  |  |            |  |  |  |  |
    |T |T |S |W |     -      |T |W |W |S |
    |T |T |W |S |     -      |S |W |W |T |
    |T |S |T |W |     -      |W |T |W |S |
    |T |S |S |W |     -      |T |W |T |S | 
    |T |S |W |T |     -      |S |T |W |W |
    |T |S |W |S |     -      |S |T |W |T | 
    |T |W |T |S |     -      |W |S |W |T |
    |T |W |S |W |     -      |T |S |W |S |
    |T |W |W |S |     -      |S |S |W |T |
    |S |T |S |S |     -      |T |W |T |S |
    |S |T |W |W |     -      |S |W |T |W |
    |S |T |W |W |     -      |S |W |T |S |
    |S |S |W |W |     -      |S |T |T |W |
    |S |W |T |T |     -      |W |W |T |W |
    |S |W |T |T |     -      |W |W |T |T |
    |S |W |S |S |     -      |T |S |T |W |
    |S |W |W |W |     -      |S |W |T |S |
    |W |T |T |S |     -      |W |W |S |T |
    |W |T |S |T |     -      |T |W |S |W |
    |W |T |S |S |     -      |T |S |W |T |
    |W |T |S |W |     -      |T |W |S |S |
    |W |T |W |S |     -      |S |W |W |T |
    |W |S |T |T |     -      |W |T |S |W |
    |W |S |T |S |     -      |W |T |S |T |
    |W |S |T |W |     -      |W |T |S |S |
    |W |S |W |T |     -      |S |T |S |W |
    |W |W |T |S |     -      |W |S |S |T |
    |W |W |S |T |     -      |T |S |S |W |
    |____________________________________|
    
    
    _______
    LEVEL 7
    Entrance Fee - 1400 Fol
    Prizes       - Strength Berries
    
         ___ ___ ___ 
        | 2 | 3 |   |  < enemy pieces
     ___|___|___|___|___
    | 1 |   |   |   |   |
    |___|___|___|___|___|
    |   |   |   |   | 3 |
    |___|___|___|___|___|  < your pieces
        |   | 1 | 2 |
        |___|___|___|
    
     ________           ________
    |E1|E2|E3|         |P1|P2|P3|
    |  |  |  |         |  |  |  |
    |T |S |W |    -    |S |T |W |
    |T |W |S |    -    |T |S |W |
    |S |T |W |    -    |S |W |T |
    |S |W |T |    -    |W |S |T |
    |W |T |S |    -    |S |T |W |
    |W |S |T |    -    |W |T |S |
    |___________________________|
    
    
    _______
    LEVEL 8
    Entrance Fee - 1600 Fol
    Prize        - Perfect Berries
    
         ___ ___ ___
        | 1 |   |   |
        |___|___|___|___ 
        | 2 | 3 |   | 4 |    < enemy pieces
     ___|___|___|___|___|
    |   |   |   |   |   |
    |___|___|___|___|___|
    | 1 |   | 2 | 3 |
    |___|___|___|___|  < your pieces
        |   |   | 4 |
        |___|___|___|
    
    
     ___________               ___________
    |E1|E2|E3|E4|             |P1|P2|P3|P4|
    |  |  |  |  |             |  |  |  |  |
    |T |T |S |W |      -      |W |T |S |W |
    |T |T |W |S |      -      |S |W |S |T | 
    |T |S |T |W |      -      |T |W |W |S | 
    |T |S |S |W |      -      |T |T |S |W | 
    |T |S |W |T |      -      |T |S |W |W | 
    |T |S |W |S |      -      |T |S |T |W | 
    |T |S |W |W |      -      |T |S |S |W | 
    |T |W |S |T |      -      |S |W |T |S | 
    |T |W |W |S |      -      |S |W |S |T | 
    |S |T |W |S |      -      |W |T |T |S | 
    |S |T |W |W |      -      |W |S |S |T | 
    |S |S |T |W |      -      |T |T |W |S | 
    |S |W |T |T |      -      |S |T |W |T | 
    |S |W |T |S |      -      |S |T |T |W | 
    |S |W |S |T |      -      |S |T |W |T | 
    |S |W |W |T |      -      |S |S |W |T | 
    |W |T |T |S |      -      |W |W |T |S |
    |W |T |S |T |      -      |W |T |W |S | 
    |W |T |S |S |      -      |W |T |T |S | 
    |W |T |S |W |      -      |W |T |S |S | 
    |W |T |W |S |      -      |W |S |T |S | 
    |W |S |T |T |      -      |W |S |W |S | 
    |W |S |T |W |      -      |T |S |W |S | 
    |W |S |S |T |      -      |S |T |W |S | 
    |W |S |W |T |      -      |T |S |W |T | 
    |W |W |T |S |      -      |T |S |W |S |
    |W |W |S |T |      -      |S |W |T |S |
    |______________________________________|
    
    
    
    _______
    LEVEL 9
    Entrance Fee - 1800 Fol
    Prize        - 50000 Fol
    
         ___
        | 1 |   
     ___|___|___   
    | 2 | 3 |   |   < enemy pieces
    |___|___|___|
    |   |   |   |
    |___|___|___|
    |   |   |   |
    |___|___|___|
    |   | 1 | 2 |   < your pieces
    |___|___|___|
        | 3 |
        |___|
    
     ________           ________
    |E1|E2|E3|         |P1|P2|P3|
    |  |  |  |         |  |  |  |
    |T |S |W |    -    |T |W |S | 
    |T |W |S |    -    |S |T |W | 
    |S |T |W |    -    |W |T |S | 
    |S |W |T |    -    |S |T |W | 
    |W |T |S |    -    |W |S |T | 
    |W |S |T |    -    |T |W |S |
    |___________________________|
    
    
    ________
    LEVEL 10
    Entrance Fee - 2000 Fol
    Prize        - Synthesis Materials
    
             ___
            | 1 |
         ___|___|___
        | 2 | 3 | 4 |      < enemy pieces
     ___|___|___|___|___
    |   |   |   |   |   |
    |___|___|___|___|___|
    |   |   |   |   |   |
    |___|___|___|___|___|
    | 1 |   | 2 |   | 3 |  < your pieces
    |___|___|___|___|___|
            | 4 |
            |___|
    
     ___________                ___________
    |E1|E2|E3|E4|             |P1|P2|P3|P4|
    |  |  |  |  |             |  |  |  |  |
    |T |T |W |S |      -      |W |S |T |T | 
    |T |S |T |W |      -      |T |W |S |S | 
    |T |S |S |W |      -      |T |T |S |W | 
    |T |S |W |T |      -      |T |W |W |S | 
    |T |S |W |S |      -      |T |S |T |W | 
    |T |S |W |W |      -      |T |W |W |S | 
    |T |W |S |T |      -      |W |S |W |T | 
    |T |W |W |S |      -      |S |S |T |W | 
    |S |T |T |W |      -      |W |S |S |T | 
    |S |T |W |S |      -      |W |S |T |T | 
    |S |T |W |W |      -      |W |W |S |T | 
    |S |S |T |W |      -      |T |W |S |W | 
    |S |W |T |T |      -      |W |S |W |T | 
    |S |W |T |W |      -      |S |W |S |T | 
    |S |W |S |T |      -      |S |S |W |T | 
    |S |W |W |T |      -      |S |S |W |T | 
    |W |T |T |S |      -      |W |W |T |S | 
    |W |T |S |T |      -      |W |T |W |S | 
    |W |T |S |S |      -      |W |T |S |T | 
    |W |T |S |W |      -      |W |S |S |T | 
    |W |T |W |S |      -      |S |W |T |S | 
    |W |S |T |T |      -      |W |T |W |S | 
    |W |S |T |W |      -      |T |W |S |S |
    |W |S |S |T |      -      |T |T |W |S |
    |W |S |W |T |      -      |T |S |W |S |
    |W |W |T |S |      -      |S |T |W |S |
    |W |W |S |T |      -      |S |W |T |S |
    |_____________________________________|
    
    
    
    _______
    LEVEL S
    Entrance Fee - 2200 Fol
    Prize        - Lezard Flask
    
     ___________________
    | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |   |  < enemy pieces
    |___|___|___|___|___|
    |   |   |   |   |   |
    |___|___|___|___|___|
    |   |   |   |   |
    |___|___|___|___|___
    |   |   |   |   |   |
    |___|___|___|___|___|
    | 1 | 2 | 3 |   | 4 |  < your pieces
    |___|___|___|___|___|
    
    
     ___________                ___________
    |E1|E2|E3|E4|              |P1|P2|P3|P4|
    |  |  |  |  |              |  |  |  |  |
    |T |T |S |W |      -       |T |W |S |T |
    |T |T |W |S |      -       |S |W |S |T |
    |T |S |T |W |      -       |W |T |W |S |
    |T |S |S |W |      -       |W |T |S |S |
    |T |S |W |T |      -       |T |S |W |S |
    |T |S |W |S |      -       |W |T |S |T |
    |T |S |W |W |      -       |W |T |T |S |
    |T |W |S |W |      -       |W |T |W |S |
    |T |W |W |S |      -       |S |W |S |T |
    |S |T |T |W |      -       |T |W |S |T |
    |S |T |W |S |      -       |T |S |W |T |
    |S |T |W |W |      -       |T |W |S |S |
    |S |S |T |W |      -       |W |T |W |S |
    |S |W |T |T |      -       |T |S |W |W |
    |S |W |T |S |      -       |T |W |S |T | 
    |S |W |T |W |      -       |T |S |W |S | 
    |S |W |W |T |      -       |T |S |S |W |
    |W |T |T |S |      -       |S |W |W |T | 
    |W |T |S |S |      -       |S |W |W |T | 
    |W |T |S |W |      -       |W |T |W |S |
    |W |T |W |S |      -       |W |W |S |T |
    |W |S |T |T |      -       |S |W |W |T |
    |W |S |T |S |      -       |S |T |S |W | 
    |W |S |T |W |      -       |S |T |W |S |
    |W |S |S |T |      -       |S |T |W |S |
    |W |S |W |T |      -       |S |T |S |W |
    |W |W |T |S |      -       |S |W |S |T |
    |W |W |S |T |      -       |S |T |W |S |
    |______________________________________|
    
    
    
                           __________________________
                           -5. Questions and Answers-
    
    
    Q. -- Why would I need this walkthrough?
    
    A. -- I dunno. Maybe you wanna make some extra cash selling Lezard 
    Flasks? Or maybe you wanna get some extra Synthesis Materials? Or maybe 
    you wanna get a little strength boost with the strength berries?
    
    
    
    
    Q. -- This guide sucks. Is there any way that you can make it better?
    
    A. -- Not for now.    Deal with it.
    
    
    
                                  ____________
                                  -6. Credits-
    
    CJayC           - For the site n' stuff.
    
    Tri-Ace
    +               - For a sweet game that remains a favorite.
    Square Enix
    
    Brady Games
    Strategy Guide  - For some of the chess placements.
    
    Sony            - For producing the PlayStation2 console.
    
    You, the Reader - For your time reading this.
    

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