Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the latest addition to the growing RPG Reload family, the RPG Reload Play-Along. Each month, we'll be playing an iOS RPG together, sharing laughs and tears in equal measures. The post on the front page is basically there to announce the game in question and give a few tips on getting started. The real action will be happening here in the Touch Arcade forums, where you'll find a thread dedicated to each month's featured game. Sign up if you haven't already, post your screenshots, ask for advice, or just chat about your misadventures with others. We've got a great community of RPG fans here at TouchArcade, so let's make the most of it! As a little incentive, at the end of each month, I will randomly pick one of the participants and send them something small and silly from here in Japan. All you have to do to be eligible is, well, play along with the Play-Along! I figured to get things started, we'd pick something on the short and relatively easy side, but with plenty of customization to make for a variety of potential stories to share. Final Fantasy is one of my more frequently replayed RPGs for those very reasons, so that's how we're kicking things off. First off, you'll obviously need the game. You can grab the stand-alone, the version available through the Final Fantasy Portal, or whatever other means you have available. Just make sure you can take screenshots! After you've got the game, either log in or sign up for the TouchArcade Forums and head on over here to say hello. Oh, and remember that if you want to be eligible to have me send you something small and silly, I'm going to need to send it somewhere, so if you live on the moon or something, please say so. So, Final Fantasy. This is the one that started it all, setting the struggling Square on the path to becoming one of the giants of the genre. If you started with a later installment in the series, this game is probably barely recognizable to you as part of the same franchise, but it does set down a lot of the basic elements that are still around today. In its original form, this was a very tough game, but from the Game Boy Advance version onwards, it has had its difficulty nerfed to the point that most players should be able to get through it without too much trouble. That means anyone looking for a challenge is going to have to make it themselves. Luckily, the fact that you have control over your party composition helps with that. Which four jobs you opt to take along with you greatly determines how your game will go, so I'm going to focus most of my advice on party builds. Now, if you like to live dangerously like I do, you can set your party through the following method. Find four six-sided dice, or their equivalent therein, and roll those dice. You now have your party. One corresponds to Warrior, two to Thief, three to Monk, four to Red Mage, five to White Mage, and six to Black Mage. You have to have a little courage to do this, but don't worry, there is no such thing as an unworkable party in the mobile version of the game. Dare to believe you can survive. If you don't want to trust Lady Luck, however, the front page post will have breakdowns of each job and some good or interesting party combinations. As for me, my extremely scientific method has resulted in a three, six, one, and six. So, uh, I guess I'll be stocking up on those healing potions right about now. You can follow my exploits here in the January RPG Reload Play-Along thread, or watch for sporadic updates on Twitter at @RPGReload. Good luck, everyone!