Thanks for the feedback! I wasn't under the impression that the garbled text errors you listed here were in the latest version (or any version). Question: did you patch over a clean rom or did you apply the patch to a version of the rom that was already patched by a previous version? We have a pretty thorough multi-person scrubbing process which took place after the last major update, and I'm rather certain we would have caught this. Nevertheless, I will certainly check.
As for the non-garbled text suggestions:
I believe that "Rumor has it" should be set off by a comma, unless it's followed by the word "that", at least according to the grammar resources I've been checking lately.
"Chun is already late meeting me." I agree that this line could be improved. Chun was supposed to meet me, but he's late." could be an improvement.
I'm not particularly bothered by the "record in the Adventure Log" line, but it would also do no harm to take your suggestion. I have to see where I stand with free characters, however. I think i'm relatively at my limit in DQ1, but that doesn't mean I can't fish around for other text to make more efficient.
As far as the puff puff in DQ1, that's how it was in the Japanese. Really simple, and she doesn't clearly follow through. When you find the Rupugana/Lianport puff puff girl in DQ2 Delocalized, she definitely follows through. Just make sure the princess is dead when you go to her.
I'll edit this statement once I confirm what you noted about garbled text.
I patched 1.09 to a clean rom and I didn't get the garbled text that you pointed out. I'm fairly confident, especially by how you phrased updating the rom, that you may have patched over the existing patch--which is generally a no-no with doing any patch updates. I did manage to have space to rework the two lines you pointed out. I'll probably hold off on another tiny update now and include those when I've collected a few more things. FYI, if you move on to DQ2, there is a major update that should be coming in a week or two where the text will be thoroughly updated.