Amazing work so far. I'm really looking forward to trying out version 2.0 when it's released. The map design for the new areas in 1999 appears very well done. The NPC follower idea for quests is also an interesting and welcome new addition. I just have two questions if no one minds:
1. Will using the bucket at the End of Time or the Epoch take the player to the Lavos battle as in the original game, or to some newly added place in 1999? Is it also possible for the player to access the Lavos battle while in 1999 or only by the use one of the three original methods (either through the Black Omen, the bucket at the End of Time or by using the Epoch)?
2. Can the player travel anywhere in the game while an NPC is currently following them or are they limited to travelling only to certain areas until they leave the party? Also, as a quick follow up question: Will these NPCs also help the player in combat or not? Hopefully, they're immortal or else it might be a bit tedious having to reload the game if they get defeated. And knowing how NPCs are like in most games, they usually tend to lose quite quickly when they have limited HP.
Edit: I have a great idea for a possible alternate version patch that could be included along with the main one. If this project could be combined with the Schala Edition project, it might be an awesome joint project that could let players experience a very fresh take on Chrono Trigger. So, what do you all think of this? If everyone involved in these two projects agree to this, it really might be worth considering.
By the way, about the Schala Edition... I noticed that on the Chrono Trigger Compendium site, the first post on the project page still lists it as version 1.1 when it is currently at version 1.2. I'm not a member there, so if anyone could let the project leader there know, that would be nice. Furthermore, I noticed that the Compendium site is now displaying an error "502 Bad Gateway" message when accessed. Does anyone know what's going on and when this will be fixed? I'm just wondering whether or not this is just an ordinary bug/glitch that sometimes occurs on message boards.