Archive for July, 2009

Saga of Khan: My Quest to beat the original Final Fantasy

July 31, 2009

As a kid, the original Final Fantasy was one of my all-time favorite games. Recently, I discovered a copy of Final Fantasy. I started playing and soon realized that I still remember much of the tactics and storyline of the game.

I decided that I would traverse the game without any of the guides, Game Genie codes, maps or cheat sheets that I had growing up. This time, it would be just me and the game. Thus was born…

SAGA-OF-KAHN

Tonight, my elite team of Final Fantasy characters were born.

Kahn

Kahn is the name I almost always chose for my Fighter as a kid – it felt only fitting to name my quest after him. He will be the champion of this quest, leading me to victory!
Kahn’s first pieces of equipment are an Iron Hammer for weapon and chain armor. He would have gotten a rapier, however, I bought the iron for another character who couldn’t equip it. Already I’m running into issues with not having the guides…

Alf

To commemorate the era in my life when I was most actively playing the game, I chose the name Alf. This quest will be long and hard without all of the monster guides, maps and stored knowledge of the game that I had as a kid. Alf the white mage will assist with healing and reviving our heroes on this long, hard journey.
Alf’s first weapon is a wooden staff and his first armor is cloth. He probably won’t get an upgrade for some time, since the early stage weapons and armor suck for mages. This means not only will his magic be useless unless someone needs healed, he’ll also be useless for attacking…

Tim

Staving off hoards will be much easier with Tim the Enchanter. No team would be complete without a character versed in the dark arts. I chose a black mage over red because I remember being annoyed as a kid when my red mage’s power either with weaponry or magic would stagnate in the later stages of the game.
Tim also received cloth for armor. I felt that he would be best utilized for magic, so I skipped getting him a weapon and instead bought him a fire spell and a lightning spell.

Yarf

I’m not sure why I made Yarf a thief, other than that I remember hating the black belts and always felt it was too easy to progress through the game with another mage or fighter. Yarf was bestowed his title since every team needs a guy with a silly name.
Yarf originally received the iron hammer as a weapon, but thieves can’t use them (at least not this early in the game), but luckily he could equip Kahn’s rapier and vice versa. I almost bought him some armor but thought better of it and had him try on Kahn’s chain, which he couldn’t equip. Instead he starts with some cloth.

Beginning the Game:

I remember having to walk north to save a princess. That’s my first goal, but first supplies.

As soon as I ventured a distance from the Castle, I realized that Tim would need more than just his magic. He only has 2 spells and can’t punch worth shit, so he can only get in 1 or 2 fights before he becomes totally worthless. Back to the castle. Tim gets a dagger.

Tonight my heroes stay at level 2. Tomorrow night, the quest continues.

Sassmo’s Mamasota Pizza Recipe (Vegetarian)

July 31, 2009

By Sassmo

This recipe looks fairly complicated, but it’s actually really simple. There’s so many steps because I included information on how to multitask and utilize your time to make this recipe as quickly and easily as possible.

Time to completion:
45 minutes to 1 hour depending on how well you multi-task

Feeds:
3-5 people

Estimated cost:
$6-$25 depending on how many of the smaller ingredients you have laying around. If you buy most of the ingredients, you’ll have lots of leftover ingredients for future use.

Kitchen supplies needed:
• Oven
• 14″-16″ pizza sheet or 16-inch baking sheet
• Small sauce pan
• Large bowl for mixing
• Large, dry, flat surface to roll dough
• Sharp knife
• A Timer
• Cheese Grater (only needed if you don’t buy pre-shredded cheese package)
• Pizza cutter (or use the sharp knife)

Ingredients:
• Jiffy Pizza Crust Mix
• 1 Medium-sized tomato
• 1/3 Cup of mushrooms
• 1/2 Cup of onion
• 1/2 Cup of shredded Mozzarella Cheese
• 1/2 Cup of the chef’s choice of shredded cheese (Mozzarella, Cheddar, Pepper Jack, etc.)
• 1/4 Cup of Feta Cheese
• 1/2 of an avocado
• 1/4 Cup of Pine-nuts
• 1 Packet of Knorr Creamy Pesto sauce (can be substituted with any pesto or creamy pesto sauce)
• 1 Cup of Milk (for Knorr Creamy Pesto sauce)
• 1/4 Cup of Olive Oil (for Knorr Creamy Pesto sauce)
• 1 Cup of all-purpose flour to use while kneading the dough
• Pam cooking spray

Preparation:
Step 1. Start cooking the Knorr Creamy Pesto sauce according to the instructions on the back. Multi-tasker: Begin Step 2.

Step 2. While you wait for the creamy pesto to boil and thicken: shred the cheese; cut the tomato vertically into thin rounds; thinly slice the mushrooms vertically; cut the onions into long strips. Keep an eye on the Creamy Pesto so it doesn’t burn. Multi-tasker: Begin Step 3.

Step 3. Check the creamy pesto. When it thickens, remove it from heat. Mix the Jiffy Pizza Crust Mix according to the package. Stir until it begins to clump and get gooey, set it aside and cover it. Set a timer for 5 minutes. Turn the oven to bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 4. Finish chopping vegetable and shredding cheese. After the dough has set for at least 5 minutes, liberally sprinkle flour over the large dry, flat surface that you plan to knead the dough (this reduces the amount the dough sticks to the surface). Sprinkle a few pinches of flour over the dough and roll it a bit in the bowl (this helps reduce the amount that it sticks to your hands). If it’s still super sticky, add another pinch until it’s not. Put the dough on the flat surface and knead it several times – flatten it out with your hands and fold it over on itself while continuing to add flour so it only sticks to itself.

Step 5. Grease the pan with the Pam spray and then put the dough in the middle of the pan. Massage the out until it’s evenly spread into the pan. If it tears, simply massage thicker areas back towards the tear until the dough sticks back together.

Step 6. Put the dough into the oven for about 1 or 2 minutes to set the dough.

Step 7. After you take the dough out, spread about half of the creamy pesto over the crust with a spoon.

Step 8. Sprinkle the Feta cheese over the pizza. Then, using a spoon like a knife, spoon long slices of avocado out and evenly distribute them onto the pizza. Then layer the sliced tomatoes, sliced onions, mushrooms, and pine-nuts onto the pizza. Finely, add the other cheese.

Step 9. Put the pizza in the oven and set the timer for 17 minutes. When the timer goes off, check the pizza. Remove the pizza when the crust starts to brown, or for a crispier crust, leave it in for 1-2 minutes longer.

Step 10. Let cool for 5 minutes. Trust me, it’s going to be hot and you’re going to burn your mouth if you don’t give it at least 5 minutes to cool off. Serve and enjoy.