According to official TFL documents, I was approved to run the Reno fanlisting in March of 2005. All I remember for sure is that I opened this site a few months or so before Advent Children was released, making it the oldest Reno site I know of! At the time, there was kind of a void as far as Reno was concerned, so I decided to add some fun extra content to my shiny, shiny new fanlisting.
Since that fateful day, Libertine has SOLDIERed on. While many shrines went on short hiatuses to bring their site up to date with the expanding Final Fantasy VII universe, Libertine has stubbornly been too lazy to update and thus has remained on the internet in a state of glorious immortality! I wouldn't have it any other way.
This is what Noah has to say about my unusual taste in names.
1 usually disparaging : a freethinker especially in religious matters
2 : a person who is unrestrained by convention or morality; specifically : one leading a dissolute life
Despite all the Judeo-Christian references in Final Fantasy VII I chose the name for the latter definition. Actually, I got a line from Sense and Sensibility stuck in my head. I just think "the worst of libertines" sounds really neat. And now you know why I try to scatter Jane Austen references round this site.
The name has nothing to do with the Johnny Depp film The Libertine, this site predates the release of the movie by several months. It also doesn't have to do with the Patrick Wolf track of the same name, even though I happen to like it a lot.
I think this is the seventh version, so I'm calling it something like Lucky 7 because I'm not terribly creative and don't give much thought to layout names anymore. It was also added to celebrate the thousand-member milestone. I am kind of fond of the layout, though. It features screencaps and official art from Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, all of which can be found on this site. I used scans of my handwriting for that worn-in "chicken-scratch" feeling.
There have obviously been previous versions, but they were ugly and I don't like to talk about them.
First off, I make no claim to anything in this site besides the layout and semi-original content. Use my ideas as you choose, just please don't duplicate the site or layout exactly. That would make both our sites sort of pointless.
The official FF7 images can be found pretty much anywhere just by searching. That's what I did. The doujinshi images come from and old Reno shrine, Serial Killers Don't Kill Their Girlfriends, which had a really nice gallery. The Before Crisis screens are from Stacey-Anne's media station, Gloriosa, and Stacey kindly made me Advent Children screencaps from her copy of the DVD. Using the images in layouts and icons is fine, but I'd consult those sites before using them in a gallery of your own.
The extensive quotes in this site come from the game script found at gamefaqs. All the statistics come from that site as well. BC information was found at Gunshot Romance, a wonderful resource for those on this side of the ocean. The actual layout was made in Adobe Photoshop 7, by myself, and most of it was coded by my hand. The script I use to run the fanlisting is Angela's wonderful Enthusiast 3.
Lastly, of course, I have to thank Square-Enix for creating Final Fantasy VII and its various and sundry offspring, and Nomura specifically for creating the character design for Reno.
Libertine has recieved some accolades an honors, taking the webmistress completely by surprise, let me tell you.
We have 500 members! I didn't think there would be that many members, especially not in only about a year. Go Reno! And many thanks to the fanlisting members, obviously this is really your award, not mine.
Libertine was also FFSF's Spotlight in the last quarter of 2005. What the webmistress said about it has been preserved here for posterity:
"No one needed to see FFVII:AC to figure out how cool Reno is, and it's wonderful to find a well-made shrine to a deserving character. The information takes precedence here, and reading through all the little details I already knew was made fun by the webmistress' obvious love for Reno shining through in her writing. The fact that it's also a fanlisting gives me hope that maybe decent character shrines haven't yet gone the way of the dinosaur."
And yes, people, fanlistings are fun, but character shrines are much more fun!
Frequently Asked Questions
Hey, I've got a website, can we link exchange?
Yep! Provided that you have a Final Fantasy VII site, I'll be happy to link exchange. If you've got some other gaming-type shrinething, you can still let me know and I'll link it from somewhere on my domain. If you've got a random website not related to video games at all, say, a comic book message board, I'm gonna have to decline, but you can always join the fanlisting and I'll link you from there as a supporter of ze Turks :) Anyway, if you're interested, email me.
Can I use the images in your gallery for layouts, icons, sigs, etc?
That is, in fact, why they're there. I'd appreciate it if you didn't just duplicate the entire gallery, because a lot of work went into producing it, but the images aren't mine to begin with, so it'd be pretty hypocritical if I prohibited you from using them.
Do you even like Reno or Final Fantasy VII?
You've found me out! I hate the game and the character and that's why I've spent all this time making a fansite about it. You clever, clever bastard.