Chrono Trigger by Michael P. Williams
Arrives Spring 2014. Pre-order it now with Paypal!
Los Angeles. 2013 AD. Boss Fight Books gives its backers the chance to vote for the game they most want to read a book about, and they choose the epic time-travel RPG Chrono Trigger. Why? Well for starters… the courtroom scene, Frog’s theme song, the meditations on free will, the Magus dilemma, the triple techs, and the Mammon Machine. This is a game that sticks with you.
Philadelphia. 1995 AD. Chrono Trigger arrives after months of agonized waiting from young Michael Williams and Square fans across the English-speaking world. He’s pored over preview articles, blurbs, and screenshots in the pages of Game Informer and Nintendo Power, imagining the adventures that await. Now, finally, the game is in his hands. He can hardly believe the day has come.
World. 2014 AD. Williams’ book will delve into the many intersections between Crono’s world and ours, including the game’s translation, Crono as a blank heroic avatar, “anime ethnicity” and the difficulty of applying Western tools to Japanese concepts, CT’s take on institutions such as law and religion, how the Day of Lavos mirrors Japan’s real nuclear tragedies, New Game+ and replayability, and the impact of CT on its fans.
Find out why many consider the game the highest point in the entire role-playing genre in this in-depth examination of Chrono Trigger, a ton of fun and a true work of art.
Michael P. Williams is a writer, researcher, and the Japanese specialist at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. He has taught English in Fukushima City, has written about Japanese ephemera, and lives with his partner in Philadelphia. A dessert addict, Michael once assembled 12 varieties of lemon bars from Philly and New York to find out which was the best. They all won.