The first time I played through the game, I actually put down my real birthday, February 10. I didn't bother to level my characters up, so when I got to the end of chapter 2, the one-on-one battle with Ramza and that one jackass with the holy stone, I was 10 levels under what the enemy's characters were. I also did not make another save slot.
Ramza got royally raped in the ass within two turns, because the Aquarius zodiac just happened to be the one that the guy was most powerful against, AND I was severely behind in levels.
I didn't pick the game up again for several months.