One of the main features of Dragon Quest IX is a treasure map sharing system. These maps give the player access to additional quests, featuring additional bosses and, of course, additional loot. There are a few events planned in the coming weeks, and one that recently passed (and I missed) where special maps will be distributed long before they become available anywhere else.
The Gamestop Event happened Saturday, July 31. The map distributed at this event will not be available otherwise until March 2011.
The Best Buy Event will be this Saturday, August 7. Participating Best Buy stores in the NYC/Long Island area include: Union Square, Levittown, Westbury, and Valley Stream. It runs from noon to 4pm.
The following weekend, there will be an event at Roosevelt Field Mall. I'll be out of town and miss this one as well. It runs from noon to 6pm on both Saturday and Sunday, August 14 and 15.
There were some Dragon Quest goodies given away at the Gamestop Event, so be sure to check these out if you have even a passing interest in DQ9.