I don't rename any characters because the clock is already ticking. In the Black Knight "battle" I restarted until I got an Enemy Strikes First so I die faster. I set the text speed to 1 so the dialogue boxes can be skipped significantly faster. I remove and sell everyone's equipment to get Gil for boat and airship rides later. Maria and Gus are naked throughout the entire run, and Firion doesn't need anything except shields until much later. The extra buckler I buy is for fleeing later.