Breath of Fire II was the first in the series I played, and for awhile the only one. Had gotten interested in RPGs around that time, and while several rental stores had the second game, none had the first (not to buy or rent).
I didn't find out about this place called FuncoLand until a couple years later.
But when I did, BoF1 was the first game I bought (and I think the first game I ever bought without having to bug my parents to buy it).
Also, I remember no stores had FF3 to rent (but I did find FF2 and MQ), and no way my parents would pay $70 to buy it new at Target, the only store I found that had it. So I had to wait in anticipation to save up the like $50 used FuncoLand wanted, worth it though.
I remember that egg part. It's what stumped the first time I played the game (in '97, didn't have internet access to look it up). Took me awhile (a couple weeks, if I remember) to figure that out on my own.
That G.Bar can indeed be a pain to farm gold for if you don't know there's a few secret events that give you lots of money.
The Shamans in BoF2 would be more useful if they were found throughout the game (instead you find the second soon after the first, but then the remaining four don't show up until near the end of the game).