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FAQ by Simon

Version: Final | Updated: 05/04/02

                       
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                    |    A long time ago, so long ago    |
                    |    that memories did not exist     |
                    | Love was not not wide spread among |
                    |   the people and it was magic or   |
                    |     might that ruled the lands.    |
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                    |  There were men that set out on    |
                    | precarious adventures in order to  |
                    |  test their strength and courage.  |
                    |     People called these men...     |
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                    | S   O   R   C   E   R   I   A   N  | 
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  Sorcerian FAQ Version Final by Simon (thiagosimoes84@hotmail.com) - May/2K2
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Table of Contents
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1 - About this FAQ
2 - Main Menu
3 - Basic Gameplay
4 - FAQ
5 - Copyright, Thanks and End Notes

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| Version Final                                                               |
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| There weren't so many things to add here, so I just added a new game in the |
| fifth question of section 4 (Romancia, for Famicom). Well, that's all...    |
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| *Phew* This FAQ is much better now. Redone all the "translations" and added |
| some brand new information, thanks to a IPS patch for this game (you will   |
| know how to get the patch in the section 4). Thanks to Worry Sorrow.        |
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| First version of this FAQ.                                                  |
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1 - About this FAQ
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Hi, I am back again with one more FAQ. My FAQs usually covers unknown games by 
the most part of gamers, but fun and addictive in fact. This time, my FAQ is
about Sorcerian. In fact, it is a very unique and addictive game, and it turns
really fun when you know HOW to play. Sorcerian is the kind of game that casual
players would throw off without ever passing through the Main Menu (saddly, it
is fully in Japanese), but hardcore japanese RPG fans (Well, I think I am one),
would enjoy the experience. I hope this FAQ will clear all of your doubts and
help you pass through the game, although it is not a walkthrough. This FAQ was
made using the Genesis version of Sorcerian, and I do not know if you can use
the tips with any other Sorcerian game, since I never played any other version
but the Genesis version. Well, I hope it does. Now, enjoy reading!

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2 - Main Menu
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You need to set your party before enter in a dungeon, and all the navigation in
Sorcerian are made through the Main Menu. This is the very first menu you will 
see when you start a new game. Bellow is a translation of the main menu, based
in the IPS patch accessible at [http://naflign.dhs.org:8080/ego/sorc.html], and
the english version of Sorcerian, released by Sierra for PC.

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                    |       1                       7       |
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                    |       2                       8       |
                    |       3                       9       |
                    |       4                      10       |
                    |       5                      11       |
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                    |       6                      12       |
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                    |                              13       |
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1 - Start Adventure
-------------------
This is self-explanative, isn't it? Just choose a mission to go.

2 - View Party
--------------
See the status of every character from your active group.

3 - Organise Party
------------------
Select a character from the characters list to use in your battle. You have to
choose only 4 characters for your active group.

4 - Disband Party
-----------------
Here you will dissolve your party. After that, get a new party in the option 3.

5 - Go to Town
--------------
You will be presented with the characters of the CHARACTERS list. By selecting 
one of them, you will be presented to this menu:

BOB GUILD      - Buy Weapon and Armor
ESTHERS CABIN  - Buy Magic
CHEMISTS SHOP  - Buy Items
ORDERS TEMPLE  - Church
ELDER PREMISES - ???
CASTLE         - See a quick review about the status of your character
TRIAL FIELD    - Strategic Battles. You can earn gold and experience 
                 points in these strategic (menu-only based) battles, 
                 but you can die too!

6 - Save Characters
-------------------
Save your game in one of the three different slots. You can load your saved
game in the option 12.

7 - Advance Time
----------------
Self-explanative.

8 - View Stats
--------------
Self-explanative.

9 - Create Character
--------------------
Here you will create a character which will be posted at the characters list.
You will need to set his/her name, job, sex, attributes (with bonus points) 
and age. If you hit the B Button while the cursor is up the AGE, you will
increase the age of your character and the bonus points too. You can only 
have a maximum of 10 Characters present at your group.

10 - Delete Character
---------------------
You will be presented with the characters of the characters list. Delete which
one you want to.

11 - Character Ocupation
------------------------
DUEL
CRYSTY
GOLCUS
IRENA
(Character Edited by Player - Default is blank space)
(Character Edited by Player - Default is blank space)
(Character Edited by Player - Default is blank space)
(Character Edited by Player - Default is blank space)
(Character Edited by Player - Default is blank space)
(Character Edited by Player - Default is blank space)
EXIT

In this submenu, choosing any of the characters, you will then be presented to 
a screen with several diferent jobs that you can get. Bellow goes the list for
the PC version (released by Sierra), but I believe it works with the Genesis 
version too:

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|      Farmer                 Fisherman                Fortune-Teller         |
|      Driver                 Carpenter                Mine Worker            |
|      Writer                 Sculptor                 Fabric Maker           |
|      Spinner                Blacksmith               Translator             |
|      Singer                 Pharmacist               Charcoal Burner        |
|      Thief                  Woodcutter               Bamboo Worker          |
|      Priest                 Missionary               Ferry Man              |
|      Merchant               Mortician                Herb Picker            |
|      Sailor                 Body Guard               Sheperd Boy            |
|      Fighter                Minstrel                 Grave Keeper           |
|      Clown                  Alchemist                Housekeeper            |
|      Barber                 Wine Maker               Horse Trainer          |
|      Cook                   Mercenary                Jewelry Artist         |
|      Hunter                 Grinder                  Basket Maker           |
|      Shaman                 Beggar                   Stone Mason            |
|      Exorcist               Dancer                   Shoe Maker             |
|      Spy                    Florist                  Stuffed Toy Maker      |
|      Doctor                 Locksmith                Bowmaker, Bowyer       |
|      Nurse                  Midwife                  Cheese Maker           |
|      Baker                  Tailor                   Hair Dresser           |
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Well, I hope it helps :) Some jobs are really weird. Who would care about a 
Hair Dresser? Do you want to be the most handsome man in the fight? Or who
would care about a Clown? Do you want to laugh before a fight?? The Dancer 
is weird too, but there are Dancers in other games, as well...

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|Note that you MUST have exp. points in order to change the class of your CHR.|
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As you move the cursor around the jobs, you will see a window in the bottom
left of the screen. It says: [Highlited Job Name] annual income is [XX] GP.

12 - Load Slot
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Here you need to select a slot to save your game, or load a slot with a saved
characeter.

13 - Revive Group
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Here you can revive your dead characters. I believe it has no cost at all :)

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3 - Basic Gameplay
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Controls
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Menus
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D-pad    - Move through the options
A Button - Nothing
B Button - Cancel/Back
C Button - Accept

Inside a Side-scroll Mission
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D-pad LEFT and RIGHT          - Move around
D-pad UP                      - Jump
D-pad UP (in front of a door) - Open the door (some doors need keys to be opened)
D-pad DOWN                    - Move down to a well in one of the stages (works as a door)
Start Button                  - Menu
A Button                      - Change leader of the row
B Button                      - Magical Attack
C Button                      - Physical Attack

Starting a new game
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o First choose a slot at the option 12.
o Create a character at the option 9, if you want to.
o Set your group at the option 3.
o Go to Town (option 5), buy items and practice at the TRIAL FIELD, if you want to.
o Choose a Mission in the option 1.

Start Button Menu (Into a Mission) 
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ITEMS     - Use items and magic from the active party members
INVENTORY - See the gold and experience from the party
STATUS    - See the real-time status of the active party
?????     - ?????
SPEED     - Set the game speed (NORMAL, FAST or ULTRAFAST)
WINDOW    - Turn the floating HP/MP in-game instructive window ON and OFF

Reviving Characters
===================
If your group were defeated in a battle, you will be automaticaly sent to the
Main Menu again. You can either choose new characters, if you created any in 
the option 9 or revive your dead characters at the option 13.

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4 - FAQs
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Q1 - How can I play this game if I do not own a Japanese Genesis?
A1 - It is simple, you just need to get an emulator and the ROM of this game.
     You can get both at [http://www.planetemu.net]

Q2 - Are there IPS patches for this game?
A2 - Yes, there are one, but only the main menu is translated. You can get the
     patch at [http://naflign.dhs.org:8080/ego/sorc.html]. This site holds a
     patched version of Sorcerian, if you do not know how to apply the patch.

Q3 - How can I apply the patch?
A3 - You will have to have three things: the ROM, the patch and a program called
     snestool. You can get snestool at [http://fly.to/babel]. Now, let's patch
     the game. First, you have to left the patch and the ROM at the same diretory
     of the snestool program. So, you have to load snestool program and choose 
     USE IPS option. Select the IPS patch, the ROM (the ROM have to be at the BIN
     format), and you are done. Now, just load the game through an emulator. 
     If the ROM is in the SMD format, you will need the program UCON to convert it
     to the binary format (BIN). Sorry, but I do not know where you can get it...     

Q4 - Will you write a Walkthrough for this game?
A4 - No.

Q5 - Are there any other Sorcerian games?
A5 - Yes, there are. bellow are some additional info about them:

     Sorcerian (PC Version)
     ----------------------
     This is the only version of Sorcerian in english. This game was released by
     Sierra in 1989, and it looks like the Genesis version of Sorcerian, but it
     features worse graphics and less missions.

     Sorcerian (Mega Drive/Genesis)
     -------------------
     This is the version you are playing now (as you got this walkthrough, I hope
     it is true). It was released by Falcom, only in Japan, in 1992. 

     Sorcerian: Apprentice of Seven Star Magic (Dreamcast)
     -----------------------------------------------------
     This is a 3D version of Sorcerian, but it still features the side-scroll 
     style (For God Sakes!). But, as far as I could read about it (I never played
     this game), the graphics have a very low quality, and seems like Playstation
     made graphics... 
       
     Sorcerian Forever
     -----------------
     I was told that this is a remake of the original PC version, but I never ever
     heard anything about it.

     Sorcerian (Turbo Graf-X/PC Engine)
     ----------------------------------
     I was told that Sorcerian was also released for Turbo Graf-X, but I do not
     know nothing about it (I just hope this FAQ works with this version, too).

     Romancia (Famicom/NES)
     ----------------------
     This game was relesed in 1986 by Nihon Falcon, in Japan, and as it seems,
     this game was some kind of prequel to Sorcerian series! The graphic style
     and the gameplay are identical to Sorcerian games, and the overal feeling
     of this game is like playing a game from Sorcerian series. 

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5 - Copyright, Thanks and End Notes
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This FAQ is a Copyright of Simon (Thiago Simões), and you are NOT allowed to 
translate, post it at your site or any other media-vehicle without my consent, 
rewrite this FAQ and sell this to ANYBODY. The only site allowed to post this 
FAQ (until now) is GameFaqs (http://www.gamefaqs.com). If you want to, e-mail 
me first, and I'll analyse your site. You can contact me through my:

E-mail - thiagosimoes84@hotmail.com
         thiagosimoes84@ig.com.br

ICQ - 117643160


I would like to thanks the following people:

-GOD, surely for ALL
-Mom, for listening all my stuff about videogames :)
-You, for reading this FAQ
-Worry Sorrow (lord_rose@hotmail.com), for all the help!


I hope you enjoyed!

See u!

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