Book Club: Final Fantasy VI, Week 5

The Final Fantasy VI Book Club is back to discuss a post-apocalyptic GP-based economy, religion in a magical world, airshops, and Ultros as middle-manager.

oti-book-club-590x590_NESThe party is back together after the end of the world, and they are ready to take us through Week 5 of our Final Fantasy VI Book Club!  Join Ben, Shana, Richard, John and Justin as they discuss the symbolism of birds, the viability of a GP-based economy after the apocalypse, Terra’s decision to abandon (and then join) your quest, and religion in a magical world.


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Possible Episode Titles

  • “You Shouldn’t Build Your Airship Out of Wax….A Good Lesson for Us All”
  • “I’m a Load Bearing Martial Artist”
  • “He’d Rather be Chasing Skirts and Inventing Chain Saws”
  • “The Rich Survive, Don’t Worry Everyone”
  • “I’m Not Going to Say No to Better Gear”
  • “You Make Your Own Laws”
  • “There’s No Kefkacare”
  • “Does Ultros Work for Kefka? He Seems Like a Middle Management Sort of Villain”
  • “If You had 5,000 of these Vignettes You’d Have Skyrim”

The Overthinking It Book Club

The book club has always been an experiment to see if we, the worldwide community of Overthinkers, can have as much fun looking at a work of literature as we have when we talk about movies, TV shows, and music. Now, we’re taking that idea into a whole new medium, and turning our eyes to the world of interactive fiction – fancy talk for video games. Beginning the week of October 15, we’re going to spend a month and a half playing the RPG classic Final Fantasy VI, in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the game’s North American release.

Get The Game

If you have the game already, great! Time to dust off the SNES and get cracking. Otherwise, the game can be acquired for iOS and Android.


The Syllabus

We’ve divided the game into six roughly equal chunks. You’ll get the most out of the club if you have played through these sections by these dates:

The Forums

For our discussion, we’re going to use a special section in the Overthinking It Forums. Friday before each section begins, we’ll open up a forum for the coming week with some study questions to get our discussion started. As you play over the weekend, you can answer our questions in the week’s forum, start your own discussion topics there, and chime in on discussions that others have started. Everything up to and including the week’s section of the game is fair game for discussion—but if you’ve played ahead, no spoilers for what is to come! (We’ll open up a “all-game” thread for those.)


The Podcast

Sometime mid-week, we’ll release a podcast where a panel of Overthinking It writers and guests will talk about the game. We’ll talk over the week’s gameplay, address some of the study questions, and highlight our favorite discussions from the forums.

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