A magazine representing the people's voice. It was popular among aspiring young journalists. Shut down after Galbadia deemed the publication dangerous.

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Timber Maniacs is a publishing company in Final Fantasy VIII. Established 20 years prior to the story of Final Fantasy VIII it publishes many magazines, one of the more famous being Tim Mani (short for Timber Maniacs); a compilation of freelance writings.

Under President Deling, Timber Maniacs faced closure when Tim Mani was deemed dangerous to the administration for sparking revolutionist ideals. Since then, Timber Maniacs shifted focus to publishing "battle series" magazines and photobooks such as "Jacket Over Skin: The Beautiful Women Edition".

Story[edit | edit source]

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Laguna joined the company after Kiros told him that the chief editor was interested in travel articles. Laguna jumped at the chance and signed on to become a world-traveling journalist. He went on to write many articles about various places in the world during his journey of rescuing Ellone.

Spoilers end here.

Headquarters layout[edit | edit source]

The Reception desk

Reception Desk

The Timber Maniac reception desk is a small corner cubicle in the office foyer. The foyer itself is littered with stacks of many publications printed throughout the years. The door at the far end of the foyer allows access to the Editorial office. To the left of the reception is a small office with a Blizzaga draw point hidden behind the desk in the foreground. It never refills.

In the reception a copy of "Girl Next Door" can be found on one of the magazine stacks next to the receptionist. When given to Zone onboard White SeeD Ship during the short segment the party visits the ship on disk 3, the party will receive Shiva's Triple Triad card in return.

Inside the office.

Editorial Office

This office is where the magazine staff piece together the articles for the next magazine issue. The desks are filled with notes and books of reference material. The chief editor's desk is located at the far end of the room and he reminiscences about the old days. Squall gets bored during his rants and the player is ejected from the room. This happens no matter what topic the player picks to discuss.

Timber Maniacs magazine[edit | edit source]

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Every issue of Timber Maniacs (bar one) the player finds adds an article on Laguna on Sir Laguna's Page, made by Selphie Tilmitt, viewable on Squall's study panel in Balamb Garden. Collecting all magazines in the Steam and Remastered versions earns the achievement/trophy Timber Maniacs. Only one magazine is missable (the one on the White SeeD Ship).

Magazine Location & Effect Image
Timber Maniacs 1 Balamb Town, Train Station
If the player picks up the Hotel issue, this one will disappear.
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Timber Maniacs 1 Balamb Town 2nd floor of the Hotel.
If the player picks up the Train Station issue, this one will disappear.
If picked up before the first Laguna dream, Laguna will fall asleep in Julia's room. Doesn't give any Sir Laguna's Page entries.
Balamb Hotel issue.
Timber Maniacs 2 Timber, Timber Maniacs Office Building. Timber Maniacs office issue.
Timber Maniacs 3 Timber, Hotel Guest Room. Timber Hotel issue.
Timber Maniacs 4 Fishermans Horizon, Grease Monkey's House. Grease Monkey Residence's issue.
Timber Maniacs 5 Fishermans Horizon, Hotel Guest Room. FH hotel issue.
Timber Maniacs 6 Trabia Garden, Graveyard. Trabia Garden issue location.
Timber Maniacs 7 Dollet, Hotel Guest Room. Dollet hotel issue.
Timber Maniacs 8 Dollet, Pub. Dollet pub issue.
Timber Maniacs 9 Shumi Village, Artisan's House.
Reading this before witnessing the Laguna dream at the Vienne Mountains, has Ward not appear in the dream.
Shumi Village Artisan's House issue.
Timber Maniacs 10 White SeeD Ship, Bridge.
Missable.
White SeeD Ship issue.
Timber Maniacs 11 Edea's House, inside. Edea's Orphanage issue.
Timber Maniacs 12 Deling City, Under the bed in the hotel room. Deling City hotel issue.


Repercussions[edit | edit source]

  • If the player reads the Timber Maniacs #1 from the hotel before the first Laguna flashback, the scene in Julia's room will change and Laguna will fall asleep, because he's had too much wine. If the player reads the magazine from train station or no magazine at all, he will only talk too much. Kiros's line about visiting the hotel pub will also be affected as he will give him grief about his lightweightedness beforehand. If the player reads the magazine at the hotel, Selphie's Sir Laguna's Page will not be updated, but reading the train station issue will update the website.
  • If the player reads Timber Maniacs #9 before the Laguna flashback taking place in the Vienne Mountains, Ward will not appear alongside Laguna and Kiros. If the player doesn't read the magazine before the event, Ward will appear in the flashback.

Other appearances[edit | edit source]

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Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Fake Timber Maniacs in Ma Dincht's house.

  • There is a "fake" Timber Maniacs magazine found in The Dincht's house in Balamb Town.
  • There may be a programming oversight related to the Balamb Town Timber Maniacs issues. The issue at the train station yields an entry to Selphie's Sir Laguna's Page where Laguna's alcohol-related article got rejected. Picking up the magazine at the hotel gives no Sir Laguna's Page entries, but changes the following Laguna dream so that Laguna passes out from drinking wine. It may be that the train station issue was the one intended to make Laguna unable to handle alcohol, and the hotel issue to yield the entry about Laguna visiting Balamb Hotel, as Laguna can drink alcohol fine even if the player gets the article where he writes about it, and it would make sense for the Balamb Hotel to keep an old Timber Maniacs issue where their establishment is mentioned.
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