It's given me a lot of free time, which I've mostly squandered, again playing games. I can't talk about the mafia stuff of course, but I can talk about Chrono Trigger. Right now, I'm basically grinding the conveyor belt at Geno Dome: Robo's gained well over 20 levels, having gone from my most under-leveled character aside from Janus (I named him Janus, his real name, rather than the default Magus, but it's only two letters a difference anyway with the same pronunciation of the syllables), who being in the party is quickly catching up.
Robo's somewhere mid-80s as my highest-leveled character, having surpassed Chrono. The strategy I'm using is that Janus has the gold stud, and is casting Lightning2. Instakilling all enemies at the measly cost of 2 MP, usually before they can attack since he's got a speed of 14 right now. (I'm tempted to go to the Black Omen and get me some speed tabs for him, but I'll wait.) Robo's there at the party leader position.
Lucca, originally the third-most underleveled character (because my default team was Chrono, Marle, and Ayla, save for times when a character was required or at least vastly preferred), has become tied with Ayla level-wise, and I generally go through five times with Lucca and three times with Ayla, with Ayla charming about 3 elixirs per runthrough. (Or however many times it takes so that Janus can't complete the next conveyor--it takes him 10 MP per runthrough.)
The combo is really, really good. I'm basically trying to get Robo to level **, as to allow me to take on a Pink-Nu Spekkio. (I'm planning a party of Nadia--I renamed her--Robo, and Lucca, with Nadia/Lucca having the studs, Nadia there for the Haste spell, Robo for his level and group heal, and Lucca for offense.)
This, incidentally, is another reason to have Lucca be my main focus in leveling up. Janus is there because he dispatches enemies faster than anyone except Chrono (Chrono would do so faster with his ** speed), yet he's underleveled and thus could use the XP. (Also, while I'm PRETTY sure that Chrono could one-shot the enemies with Lighting2, I'm not absolutely sure; he's the one who's received every magical tab I've gotten for good reason: his magic does not increase much, whereas Janus's is just a few levels from becoming maxed out.)
In short, I'm already strong enough to take Lavos on. Geno dome is the last sidequest, leaving just the Black Omen. And I already completed it up to Atropos, getting Robo his speed boost. (Technically also Mdef, but his Mdef was nearly maxed out even before that fight, due to the grinding I've done for him.)
If you couldn't tell, by the way, generally, I don't use Frog/Glenn. I realize I probably under-utilize him, but aside from times where Magus/Cyrus/Leene are involved, there's not much dialog from him that I really consider interesting. (Granted, Ayla's is even more boring aside from some specific instances, but she's an incredibly pragmatic character for the charming she does and sheer raw attack power. Not to mention, high natural hit/evade stats.)
Plus, while I realize there are good ways to use his skills, I never really got much use out of them. When he's in my party, generally, I'm doing nothing but having him physically attack, relying on his higher-than-average chances for critical hits, a role that both Ayla and now Chrono also share, making him mostly obsolete to me.
Speaking of lines, generally, I prefer having Janus in the party over Chrono for the simple reason that he speaks. Also, his running animation is the best of any character, and while I'm sure it's not true, it feels like he runs faster than the rest of them, thus, he's a natural party leader. Plus the whole "underleveled" thing.
Basically, when it comes down to it, I never use Robo either except for plot-related occasions. Lucca is good when I don't have a need for Ayla, but unless Lucca's interactions trump Marle/Nadia, I'm going to favor Marle/Nadia over her in a party. The hierarchy basically goes: Janus-Ayla(pragmatic)-Marle/Nadia-Lucca-Chrono-Frog/Glenn-Robo-Ayla(story). Robo's so low for the same reason that Glenn is. Sure, someone else might get great use out of him, but generally, I just use characters that are, frankly, faster.