This article is from the Final-Fantasy and other Square Soft Games FAQ, by firstname.lastname@example.org (Nick Zitzmann) with numerous contributions by others.
alt.games.final-fantasy was basically a happy mistake. The newsgroup
itself was created by some guy under the alias "Tom Servo" (aka "Big
Bob, Lord of Love") back in October 1994, a guy who added new alt groups
without discussing them first. alt.games.final-fantasy was one of the
groups that he created.
Although it was rmgrouped the same day it was created, it still became
fairly distributed among Usenet servers. Later on, another person,
Einexile, re-newgrouped the newsgroup in Febuary 1995. This time, the
newgroup was accepted as legit.
Here's a copy of the message which created this newsgroup, courtesy of
Control: newgroup alt.games.final-fantasy
From: email@example.com (Tom Servo)
Subject: cmsg newgroup alt.games.final-fantasy
Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Servo)
Date: Tue, 4 Oct 1994 22:28:23 GMT
Xref: uunet control:1257731
"I do not have a beard, but my brother does."
--- Jim Collier
For those of you wondering about the existence of Tom Servo, he's still
alive and posting, just not necessarily in the alt.games.final-fantasy
newsgroup. (He has E-Mailed your humble FAQ author, stating that it was
nice to see alt.games.final-fantasy still running.)