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January Edit

03 Notice: Removal of Udon ForumEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Notice: Removal of Udon Forum - VO Tue Jan 03, 2006 6:00 pm

Dear Users,

This is a notice that we will be removing the Udon Forum from the site. The creator of this particular forum has informed us that he will not be moderating nor participating in this forum here on our site. Therefore, we will be removing the forum to make room for other forums that may be created in the near future.

Please direct all comic related discussion to the Anime/Manga/Comics from here on out.

Thank you.

04 Housing Item UpdateEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Housing Item Update - L0cke Wed Jan 04, 2006 11:02 pm

Hey everyone ^^ There is a new housing item update at the Faktori store in Aekea! Be sure to check out the cool new furniture set ~

10 Gaia Online E-mail SurveyEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Online E-mail Survey - Ling Tue Jan 10, 2006 8:49 pm

Hello everyone,

Recently, a survey conducted by Harris Interactive for Gaia Online was sent out to a small number of random Gaia members via e-mail. The survey is legitimate and contains questions pertaining to the Gaia community.

The survey e-mail does not ask you for your username or password. Remember, do not reveal your login information to anyone, ever.

We would appreciate it if those who received it would take the time (approximately 15 minutes) to answer it honestly. ^_^

Thank you in advance.

Cheers,

Gaia Online Administrators

18 The Trial of Ian EVENT!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The Trial of Ian EVENT! - L0cke Wed Jan 18, 2006 4:49 pm

Hey everyone :3~

For the next week we are holding a special event called The Trial of Ian!

The Trial of Ian http://www.gaiaonline.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=176

Below, I'll quote the NPC Cindy Donovinhs explanation of the event.


For the first time ever, you the Gaia Members will decide the fate of an NPC on Gaia!

Here's how it will work.

Over the next few days, you will be able to witness the trial of Ian right here in this forum in the Trial of Ian Sticky thread. New Testimonies and Cross Examinations will be added every day.

On the weekend, you will be able to vote in a poll whether you think Ian is guilty or innocent. This poll will last 5 days and then we will go into a deliberation period where all of the votes will be tallied.

IAN's fate lies in your hands!

Have fun!

Please note: there are no items associated with this event, but instead the fate of one of Gaia's NPCs hangs in the balance.


We have read some skeptical posts from some members so far, suggesting that the trial is rigged and a predetermined verdict has already been decided. This is totally untrue. We are in fact leaving this verdict completely up to members. This is a new kind of event for Gaia and we really hope members can enjoy new levels of participation as everyone actually steers the course of Gaias history together ^^

I'm not sure what I'm going to vote yet..

19 Multiplayer Fishing/Casino Report SystemEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Multiplayer Fishing/Casino Report System - [NPC] Old Man Logan Thu Jan 19, 2006 7:51 pm

We have a Reporting System for our Multiplayer games -- Gaia Fishing, Gaia Slots and such. There are three features of this Reporting system, Report Abusive Room Name, Report Abusive User and Ignore User.


Report Abusive Room Name

Room Names must follow the Terms of Service and Rules & Guidelines. This means that Room Names should not be Abusive/Harassing, excessively vulgar and absolutely no Cybering is allowed.

To report an Abusive Room Name:

  • Click on the name of the Room
  • Click "REPORT ABUSE" at the bottom of the list of Rooms
  • Type a message in the "Notes:" section about why you are reporting
  • Click "Go" when you are finished or click "Cancel" if you made a mistake


Report Abusive User

Users in Multiplayer Chats must follow the Terms of Service and Rules & Guidelines. This means that Users in Multiplayer Chats should not Abuse or Harass other Users in Chat, language should not be excessively vulgar, Users should not Spam Chat and absolutely no Cybering is allowed.

To report an Abusive User:

  • Click on the head of the Avatar at the top of the room
  • Click "REPORT ABUSE" on the menu
  • Type a message in the "Notes:" section about why you are reporting
  • Click "Go" when you are finished or click "Cancel" if you made a mistake


Ignore User

If you do not want to talk with another user in the Chat, you can ignore them until you leave that game. Using the "Ignore User" in a Multiplayer chat does not put them on your Ignore List and will only ignore them in that game.

To Ignore a User:

  • Click on the head of the Avatar at the top of the room
  • Click "IGNORE USER" on the menu

If you put someone on Ignore by mistake or want to talk to them again, you can Stop Ignoring the user.

To Stop Ignoring a User:

  • Click on the head of the Avatar at the top of the room
  • Click "STOP IGNORE" on the menu


Reminder: The report system should only be used for real reports! False reports or using the system improperly may lead to your account being warned or banned. Moderators review all reports, if you honestly report something on accident, the Mod who reads the report will be able to see this and ask you to pay attention in the future and only report when needed.

Thank ya, have fun playin!

24 January 06 Donation Item Released!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement January 06 Donation Item Released! - VO Tue Jan 24, 2006 9:47 pm

Hello everyone,

The New Year is here and so are the donation items! For this month, Gaia donators can choose between an Angelic Parasol or a Sword of Aegis.

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Thank you for supporting Gaia Online and we hope you enjoy the items!

If you don't know how to make a donation to GAIA to receive these items, you can learn how to here.

Happy New Year!

30 January Item Update ^w^Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement January Item Update ^w^ - L0cke Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:36 pm

Hey Everyone :3~!!!

Finally, the item update for January has arrived! We'd list the new items like last time, however the stores now have a built in feature to sort by new items so finding all the new stuff should be way easier now We hope you enjoy the new items and wish you all the best this new year ^__^!

31 Gaia Gift Credits -- what are they and how do they work?Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Gift Credits -- what are they and how do they work? - [NPC] Rina Tue Jan 31, 2006 6:37 pm

What are Gaia Gift Credits and how do they work?

Gaia Gift Credits are a form of Gaia currency that you can purchase with cash in the Gaia Merchandise Store as a gift to the user of your choice.

One dollar is equal to 2,000 Gaia Gift Credits. Gift Credits can be used in Gaia Stores, and have the same value as Gaia gold. However, unlike Gaia gold, Gift Credits cannot be transferred or traded, nor can they buy Game Items or Donation Letters, and they cannot be converted into Gaia gold.

  • How do I know how many Gift Credits I have?

If you look at the top right corner of your screen, you'll see the number of Gifft Credits you have (if you have them). That number will be a link that will take you to your Gift Credit Account History (also known as your Checkbook).

  • Am I notified when I purchase items with Gift Credits?

You will recieve a PM from Rina after every transaction. If it's the first transaction of the day, you'll get a new PM; every purchase made with Gift Credits after the first one of the day will simply be added to that day's PM from Rina. You may note that every time you buy something, the message for the day will appear as unread, even if you have deleted it. You can, however, delete Rina's PMs from the day before, and they will stay deleted.

  • How do I clear my Purchase History?

Your Gift Credit Purchase History is permanent and cannot be removed or changed. This is for administrative and security reasons.

  • Where do I get Gift Credits?

You can purchase Gift Credits in the Gaia Merchandise Store (use the link at the top of this post). They can be purchased in USD$1.00 increments. (2,000 Gift Credits per USD$1.00).

  • If I buy Gift Credits, will I be able to use my Gift Credits immediately?

Depending on how your transaction was processed through the Gaia Merchandise Store, the person you gifted to may or may not have immediate access to their Gift Credits. If the person you gifted to does not have immediate access to their Gift Credits, they will generally be posted to their account within 2-5 business days.

I can't use the Gaia Merchandise Store! How can I get Gift Credits? You can send Gaia an order for any merchandise item, including Gift Credits, via regular mail. Just mail us a note with your username on it and write clearly on the envelope "GIFT CREDITS" indicating how many Gift Credits you would like to purchase, along with your payment, to the following address:

  • Attn: AniHQ
  • PMB 414
  • 105 Serra Way
  • Milpitas, CA 95035 USA.

For more information on how to do this, see the information on the Gift Credit page.

  • Where do I report Gift Credit bugs or problems using Gift Credits?

Please use this thread to report Gift Credit system bugs or problems.

31 Gift Giving / Wrapping is back!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gift Giving / Wrapping is back! - [NPC] Rina Tue Jan 31, 2006 10:06 pm

Those crazy admins! They've been so busy busy busy.

Gift Giving is back, and so much better than before!

First off... you can't just wrap anything. Well... almost anything, *except* for giftboxes (duh!) and game items. You can wrap items while browsing your inventory or from the little popup in the stores (when you click on an item to sell it), just like you used to... but it's a little different these days.

There's more giftboxes to choose from, a more solid way of determining who to send it to (with a dropdown of your friendslist) and a message box (that was always there) with the option to send the gift anonymously.

It's a pretty easy process...

  • 1. Select item from inventory or in the view of your items in the new stores. *click*
  • 2. *click* on 'Give as Gift' button.
  • 3. Select which giftbox / wrapping you'd like.
  • 4. Enter username or select from the dropdown of your friendslist.
  • 5. Enter a message (or use the default one).
  • 6. *click* Submit, then Confirm once everything is okay.
  • 7. All done!

Upon completion, the gift is wrapped, and delivered to the person you're giving it to in one easy step. They are also notified by PM from me that they've got a gift in their inventory.

Isn't that just great? Thanks admins!

February Edit

01 GAIA Storyline Update Tonight at 6pmEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement GAIA Storyline Update Tonight at 6pm - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Wed Feb 01, 2006 8:19 pm

Cindy Donovinh here.

We'll be bringing you a small storyline update tonight from 6pm to 7pm PST. Look for me in front of the Durem Courthouse in Durem at 6pm. The Trial has finally ended and the votes are in... it's time to see what happens!

03 Enchanted Trunk converting into Brown GiftboxEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Enchanted Trunk converting into Brown Giftbox - VO Fri Feb 03, 2006 6:42 pm

Dear Users,

Very soon, we will be converting all enchanted trunks into brown giftboxes.

They will act exactly the same as enchanted trunks, that is, you can open them and receive the same items you would by opening an enchanted trunk so please do not be alarmed.

In the near future, we will begin releasing enchanted trunks again, but they will contain new items for you to collect.

Sorry for the confusion in advance, though this will open up new items and will prevent more confusion later. Thanks for your support!

-Gaia Admins



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Enchanted Trunk converting into Brown Giftbox - Dri Fri Feb 03, 2006 7:45 pm

PS: For everyone who has any Trunks in their inventory now, your Trunks will automatically change to Brown Giftboxes.

03 Phone donation error resolved.Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Phone donation error resolved. - lanzer Fri Feb 03, 2006 10:10 pm

Hello everyone,

Since yesterday the phone donation system had another problem, and was fixed just now. For those who ended up receiving two sealed envelopes instead of one, please keep it as it was caused by a bug in the recovery script.

The new system should be error free, and if there are any problems down the road we should be able to recover pretty quickly.

Thank you for your patience.

04 Fishing Store is upgraded! Wish List from the stores!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Fishing Store is upgraded! Wish List from the stores! - [NPC] Rina Sat Feb 04, 2006 12:47 am

OMG... the admins have been busy!

The Ole Fishing Hole is now in the new store layout... and you know what that means... that you can buy bait and rods now with Gift Credits! YAY! There was a minor glitch with the rod upgrade tho, but that will be coming up shortly.

Also... you can now add items from the store to your wishlist right from the item in the store. Just preview an item as if you're going to buy it, and there's a button there to add to your wishlist. Isn't that easy!

04 [NPC] Name MigrationEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement [NPC] Name Migration - Jakobo Sat Feb 04, 2006 1:48 am

Hello everyone,

With the NPC accounts becoming a lot more active in the forums, events, and private messages, we felt it was high time to give them some recognition. NPC accounts on the site are given a red color, and their names will begin with [NPC].

During the transition, we will need to run through the list of usernames and find accounts who may have changed within the past few days to the [NPC] Username format. Those users whose names were affected by this will be contacted by email from the @gaiaonline.com address. In that email will be the username that was created. We encourage users whose names were affected to use one of their free name changes and alter their username via the "My Gaia" link at the top of the page.

Thank you everyone for your understanding.

07 Housing Items Update ^^Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Housing Items Update ^^ - [NPC] Rina Tue Feb 07, 2006 1:40 am

Hello everyone

Exciting news! The Faktori furniture store in Aekea just received shipments of various fancy furniture from the "Classic Collection"!

Be sure to stop by the store and check them out ^_^

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09 New Rares, both on the Forums and in Towns!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New Rares, both on the Forums and in Towns! - [NPC] Rina Thu Feb 09, 2006 10:37 pm

Up until today, members were rewarded with a rare chance of getting either a Pink Box, Blue Box, or a Brown Box only while they were browsing the forums. Lots of fun items in those boxes, all for you!

Starting today, members will also have a rare chance of getting those same items in Gaia Towns. The items will appear to each member (you won't have to fight over them) and if you see your avatar do the emote when you enter a map, look around! There's a rare item somewhere on that map, waiting for you.

In addition to the rare items in Gaia Towns, the admins have also added two new rare items to the collection that was already there... a Wooden Trunk and a Gold Trunk. These items will be rewarded in the Forums as well as Towns.

07 Introducing GAIA Channels!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Introducing GAIA Channels! - [NPC] Rina Tue Feb 07, 2006 7:41 pm

Hey guys,

In just a bit, you'll notice that the main index page has now shifted into GAIA Channels -- a new setup that will let you customize what you see on the index page by surfing through a wide variety of channels from News to Fishing Statistics to Popular Sticky Posts and everything in between!

If you're interested in any specific channels, you can now add them to your subcription list so that you can view them any time you hit the main index page!

We'll be adding more interesting channels as time goes on, so stay tuned and enjoy!



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Introducing GAIA Channels! - [NPC] Rina Thu Feb 09, 2006 11:04 pm

Hello again~

We're still making some changes to the Gaia Channels system, please leave a note in the Feedback thread!

Thank you

11 Item Update :)Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Item Update :) - [NPC] Rina Sat Feb 11, 2006 1:50 am

Hey Everyone!

We updated the stores with a few new items All the clothing from the last item update are now unisex, along with the old 2003 Flame, Ribbed, Brownie, and Flashy sets! Now I can finally wear flame pants around the house ^ooo^~!

We hope you enjoy the new-old items

10 Hair Salon glitch and recoveryEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Hair Salon glitch and recovery - lanzer Fri Feb 10, 2006 9:54 pm

Hello everyone,

Today we had moved the hair salon to the new store system. Unfortunately there was a bug where Vanessa will not change the hair style, but instead, the hair style would be granted to the user's inventory.

For those users who encountered the bug, please keep the hair item in your inventory, and gold will be refunded to your accounts as we remove the hair item in your inventory.

That bug will be fixed very shortly. As hair styles are not supposed to be items on Gaia, all hair style items will be removed from the system. Please do not trade or sell the hair items.

Sorry for all the confusion. -Lanzer



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Hair Salon glitch and recovery - DARKNRGY Sat Feb 11, 2006 4:41 am

Bug has been fixed in shopping that caused hair to be granted. Marketplace and Bank now prevent movement of those items.

If you have a hair "item" in your inventory (you can check by going to bank and starting a trade), just hold on to it for now. We'll be working out a way to refund those items for gold.

You can currently sell base model hair in Gaia Shopping, but its for half price.

14 Valentine's Festivities 2/14/06Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Valentine's Festivities 2/14/06 - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Tue Feb 14, 2006 1:13 am

Cindy Donovinh with Gaia 9 Action News!

Sometime on Tuesday, February 14th, you will be able to send each other Valentine kisses and hugs!

All you have to do is find another member in the forums and look for the little heart underneath their name. Click on "send kiss" or "send hug" to send them a Valentine. You can also send them an optional message with your Valentine, or leave it blank and just hit hit submit!

It's that simple!

Also, at 3pm PST there will be another Gaia Storyline update(Look for me at Barton Jewelers in Barton Town). The comic will run for 6 pages with the last page showing up at 5:30 pm PST.

Stay tuned for exact start time for the Valentine's event, we'll update this post as soon as the feature becomes ready!

Happy Valentines!

Update!

The event is now live! To send someone a valentine's hug or kiss, follow the links on the forum and click the submit button. Once you hit submit, the valentine is sent. If you wish, you can see a list of the valentines other users have sent you. http://www.gaiaonline.com/profile/gaia_checkbook.php?mode=valentine



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Valentine's Festivities 2/14/06 - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Tue Feb 14, 2006 2:38 pm

This just in! New Valentine's jewelry have appeared at Barton Jewelers! There have also been reports of new emotes in Towns!

14 Hair Salon Update!!!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Hair Salon Update!!! - [NPC] Rina Tue Feb 14, 2006 5:07 pm

Oh wow, Vanessa just told me there is a update at the hair salon!

Be sure to check out all the cool new hairstyles!!! ^___^

17 GAIA Anniversary Ball 2k6 ScheduleEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement GAIA Anniversary Ball 2k6 Schedule - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Fri Feb 17, 2006 7:57 pm

This just in.

I've just gotten official word that the GAIA Anniversary Ball 2K6 will be held in the Gambino Mansion in Durem starting tomorrow at noon PST!

I've also heard that a series of 4 gift items will be given out during the event, all just for hanging out with your fellow Gaians for about an hour!

The event will run until midnight on Sunday PST, so there should be plenty of time to get the items.

Cindy Donovinh reporting for GAIA 9 Action News.

EDIT: The party has started! http://www.gaiaonline.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=177

23 February Donation Item Released!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement February Donation Item Released! - VO Thu Feb 23, 2006 1:27 am

Hello everyone,

The february donation items are finally here! For this month, Gaia donators can choose between a stylishly cool Chyaku Norisu Scarf or a nifty G9 Laptop.

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Thank you for supporting Gaia Online and we hope you enjoy the items!

If you don't know how to make a donation to GAIA to receive these items, you can learn how to here.


[note] The G9 laptop item is the first donation item ever that is both a handheld item as well as an item that can be placed full-size in your Gaia Home!

28 Item Dupe InformationEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Item Dupe Information - Jakobo Tue Feb 28, 2006 10:17 pm

Okay, it's been a bit of a long day, but here's what happened (we have been so busy working, we never got a chance to get this posted up.)

At about 1:00 Pacific Time Today, a glitch emerged where items were being duplicated en masse. We promptly turned off the economy and started working on the problem. During the past several hours, all gold, gaming, and gifting functions have been disabled (along with trade and vend) in order to prevent the problem from spreading. Thanks to the feedback from users, we were able to locate the source of the problem and began taking steps to fix it.

As of right now, all duplicates have been removed from everyone's inventories. Additionally, those who were using our One Way Gifting system have had their gifts returned so that they can re-give them properly. In short, everything is thankfully back to how it was before the glitch occurred. There will be no rollback since the damage was easily controlled and properly logged.

We will be turning on the economy again shortly once we can verify all the repairs to user inventories have been completed. Thanks everyone for your patience!


Edit @ 7:39 PM Pacific: Everything has been reenabled.



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Item Dupe Information - Jakobo Wed Mar 01, 2006 1:16 am

Update 10:15

We are working on resolving donation items, as we know there was a gap where donation items weren't granted. Since we have a full log, we will be working through that in order to grant everyone their letters if they haven't arrived.

March Edit

01 Item Dupe InformationEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Item Dupe Information - Jakobo Wed Mar 01, 2006 1:16 am

Update 10:15

We are working on resolving donation items, as we know there was a gap where donation items weren't granted. Since we have a full log, we will be working through that in order to grant everyone their letters if they haven't arrived.

06 Art Arena is Back!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Art Arena is Back! - Derlaine Mon Mar 06, 2006 5:17 pm

Hello all,

Art Arena is out for initial release! You can access the new art arena here : http://www.gaiaonline.com/artarena

New, Old and Removed features:
A couple of new features such as Edit Your Submission and Delete Comment have been added, but for the most part Art Arena remains the same as before. A couple of functionalities such as sorting when viewing all submissions have been removed as those functions were too expensive computationally. At the moment there is no top ten listing while the code is being stabilized and bug fixed during initial release, but once it is ready, the top ten artists and posts will be back!

Layout & Design
This Art Arena release is the initial release; the layout will be changed in a few months to something better!

Why doesn't the new Art Arena have feature X anymore?
We are constantly working to improve Gaia, so if there is anything you want to see, please send us feedback in the Art Arena Feedback thread: http://www.gaiaonline.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12481636

If you encounter any bugs, please help us make Art Arena better by reporting any bugs in this thread: http://www.gaiaonline.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12481348

Thank you and we hope you enjoy using Art Arena!

06 New Housing Items Update!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New Housing Items Update! - [NPC] Rina Mon Mar 06, 2006 11:02 pm

Hi everyone~!

Today there is a item update in the Faktori furniture store in Aekea! They got in tons of cool new furniture in these neat medieval and maritime styles.. and finally some wall lamps! Be sure to check it out

13 Gaia Cards is released!!!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Cards is released!!! - [NPC] Rina Mon Mar 13, 2006 8:06 pm

Hiiii~ ~ ~ ~ I have another update to tell you about!

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Gaia Cards is released! Battle Russell Ace and Jinx in a game of 21.

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For questions, read the FAQ.

Have fun~ ~ ~ Be sure to grab some tokens at Gold Mountain before you start. Click on either one of the banners to start the game.

14 Item Update 3/13Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Item Update 3/13 - [NPC] Rina Tue Mar 14, 2006 12:20 am

We've added some new items in the stores!

In Barton Boutique and HR Wesley, we've got some comfy PJs for your night time sleeping needs.

In Gambino Outfitters, new stylish Saris for your exotic tastes!

And in Salon Durem, a new hairstyle to show off!

Just click on the NEW tab to see the items while you're shopping!

21 Bank /Gifting Will Be Down While We UpgradeEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Bank /Gifting Will Be Down While We Upgrade - [NPC] Meredith Tue Mar 21, 2006 11:18 am

Hello everyone,

I'm going to need to close down the bank for a bit this morning in order to let some people remodel and improve our systems here at the Bank of Gambino. We expect the process to take a good part of the morning, during which time we won't be able to perform any trades or one way gifts.

However, once things are back up and running, we'll be able to support trade histories and quantity item trading. While things are down, let me go ahead and cover a few of the larger changes we'll have at the new Bank.

Trade Histories will be visible from the Bank of Gambino index page. This means you'll be able to check who you traded with recently. This should help reduce confusion when you can't remember where an item went.

Quantity (game) Items are supported now. You'll be able to trade fish, tickets, tokens, etc all through the same trade interface. This should help with a lot of the deals I've seen going down in the Game Item Exchange.

Faster Trading will be possible once everything is up and running again. You'll be able to put all 12 items (and gold) into your trade without having to reload. Additionally, we're loading up your entire inventory (or as much of it as we reasonably can) all at once, so you don't have to click through page after page of your items.

Thank you everyone for your patience while we make this switch. I'll be waiting for you at the new Bank of Gambino!

21 Announcing the New Bank of Gambino!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Announcing the New Bank of Gambino! - [NPC] Meredith Tue Mar 21, 2006 3:10 pm

Thanks for being patient everyone! The new Bank of Gambino is open! We've made several modifications in order to make trading with other Gaians easier than ever. We now support trade histories and quantity item trading as well, so certainly come by and check us out!

Visit the Bank of Gambino

Trade Histories will be visible from the Bank of Gambino index page. This means you'll be able to check who you traded with recently. This should help reduce confusion when you can't remember where an item went.

Quantity (game) Items are supported now. You'll be able to trade fish, tickets, tokens, etc all through the same trade interface. This should help with a lot of the deals I've seen going down in the Game Item Exchange.

Faster Trading will be possible once everything is up and running again. You'll be able to put all 12 items (and gold) into your trade without having to reload. Additionally, we're loading up your entire inventory (or as much of it as we reasonably can) all at once, so you don't have to click through page after page of your items.

We have ample staff on hand as well in order to ensure that the process goes as smooth as possible. Thank you everyone for banking with us!

23 March Donation Item Released!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement March Donation Item Released! - VO Thu Mar 23, 2006 11:29 pm

Hello everyone,

The March donation items are finally here! For this month, Gaia donators can choose between a cool Demonbow or a cute Mochi Puppy.

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Thank you for supporting Gaia Online and we hope you enjoy the items!

If you don't know how to make a donation to GAIA to receive these items, you can learn how to here.

29 Shopping new store, and rod upgrades!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Shopping new store, and rod upgrades! - [NPC] Rina Wed Mar 29, 2006 4:38 pm

Finally, after weeks of waiting, Prize & Joy has been finally added to our line-up of new stores, with all the fun sorting features that we've come to love in the other stores.

And... wait! What's this? OMG! Rod Upgrades are back! Logan's offering rod upgrades inside The Ole Fishing Hole again! Yay!

Have fun shopping!

April Edit

01 Storyline Event on April 1st at 3:00pmEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Storyline Event on April 1st at 3:00pm - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Wed Mar 29, 2006 6:03 pm

Hey GAIA 9 listeners, Cindy Donovinh here with a special announcement!

This Saturday, April 1st, I will be bringing you a special storyline update! In celebration, I will be opening up a forum dedicated to this huge storyline update.

No items will be given out at this event, but from what I hear, this is going to be the storyline update that will shock you!

The forum and event begins at 3:00pm PST! Don't miss it!

More details as they emerge!



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Storyline Event on April 1st at 3:00pm - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Sat Apr 01, 2006 5:58 pm

This just in, the April 1st Storyline event is now underway in the April 1st Event forum! See you there!

Click here to enter the forum! http://www.gaiaonline.com/forum/april-1st-event/f.180/

05 Gaia Towns will be down Thursday, April 06, 2006Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Towns will be down Thursday, April 06, 2006 - [NPC] Rina Wed Apr 05, 2006 7:33 pm

Gaia Towns will be down from about 11:00AM tomorow and will be down for about a day. *Sigh!* I was SO looking forward to picking flowers!

The good news is that Towns will be back Friday, better than ever before! We're fixing some bugs (not the kind that make Bogie sick) and doing away with them so that you'll have a nicer time while visiting!

05 New Housing Update! ^_^Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New Housing Update! ^_^ - [NPC] Rina Wed Apr 05, 2006 9:02 pm

I was just informed that there are new housing items in the store at AEKEA! A beautiful new kitchen set with everything, including the kitchen sink!! and... and theres a cake item! WAaaahhhh~!! *runs to Aekea*

04 Notice: Highest Donator Contests are no longer allowed.Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Notice: Highest Donator Contests are no longer allowed. - Dri Tue Apr 04, 2006 7:20 pm

It has come to our attention that far too many of the Highest Donator Contest result in Scamming. Because of this, we have come to the decision that this type of contest is no longer allowed on Gaia. We are allowing all current contests two weeks to finish -- all currently running Highest Donator contests must be completed by April 18th.

Beginning tomorrow, April 5th, any newly created threads for Highest Donator contests will be removed from the forums, and the thread creator will be notified that they are no longer allowed.

After April 18th, any new Highest Donator threads will be removed with an official warning.

Thank you everyone for understanding and helping keep Gaia a fun place.



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Notice: Highest Donator Contests are no longer allowed. - Dri Thu Apr 06, 2006 4:02 pm

What is a Highest Donator Contest?

A Highest Donator Contest is when a member creates a thread, where many other members will give them gold or items, and they give a prize to the person who gives them most gold or items. The person running the contest will keep all bids, regardless of who the winner is.


How is this different than a Lottery?

With a Lottery, members are purchasing tickets or simply putting their name down as someone who would like to gamble for the prize offered. There is no incentive to give as much gold or items as possible, everyone is welcome to enter for the specified amount. All members entering have an equal chance of winning the lottery


How is this different than an Auction?

In an Auction, only the person who has the highest bid will give the gold or items to the member who is running the contest.

06 The New and Improved Towns!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The New and Improved Towns! - [NPC] Rina Thu Apr 06, 2006 7:58 pm

I'm really excited to announce *clears throat*....

The New, Improved Towns! OMG!

The new version of towns will be available tomorrow (Friday April 7th, 2006).

In the new towns you no longer need to own a shovel or a net. All players can automatically pick flowers and catch bugs.

Those members that purchased the net and shovel will still be able to equip it as usual.

I can't wait to decorate my house with freshly picked flowers! See you in Towns!



  • Icon announceAnnouncement The New and Improved Towns! - VO Thu Apr 06, 2006 10:07 pm

Hey guys,

Because the nets and shovels aren't needed anymore, we've also upped their prices in the store, so if you bought them you can sell them back for what you bought em for. Just don't go buying them again if you didn't want them to begin with.

Hope that helps!

07 Gaia Towns is Back!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Towns is Back! - [NPC] Rina Fri Apr 07, 2006 4:12 pm

Gaia Towns is up and running again as of April 7th, 2006!

A reminder: You no longer need shovels and nets in towns.

See you there!

11 Item Update 4/11Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Item Update 4/11 - [NPC] Rina Tue Apr 11, 2006 7:58 pm

Hello, everyone!

To complement the lovely kitchen set that was released this month, the following stores have been updated with chef and cooking gear!

  • In Barton Boutique, Professional Grade Oven Mitts in 3 vibrant colors!
  • In Gambino Hat Rack, a lofty Master Chef's hat!
  • In Gambino Outfitters, a cute floral apron in 3 colors!
  • In Crate & Apparel, a checkered apron in 3 colors!

And to top it off, the Navy Trimmed Chef's Coat and Professional Grade Bib Apron in H.R. Wesley!

We hope you enjoy the new items!

11 Donation Feedback Forms between 3/19-3/28Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Donation Feedback Forms between 3/19-3/28 - Ling Tue Apr 11, 2006 9:22 pm

Hello,

Between March 19th and March 28th, we experienced some technical issues receiving donation-related feedback forms.

If you sent in a feedback form related to donations between that time period and your issue still hasn't been resolved, please send in another feedback form. Include a copy of your receipt or transaction ID with your feedback form. We will address your issue ASAP.

We apologize for the delay and any inconvenience you've experienced.

Thank you very much for your patience and support.

- Admin

15 Easter event starts on Sunday at 12amEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Easter event starts on Sunday at 12am - lanzer Sat Apr 15, 2006 3:29 am

Hello everyone,

This year's easter event will start this Sunday on April 16 at 12am. The event will last till Monday at 12pm, PST.

For those who saw easter eggs on Saturday, that was a glitch on our part. Sorry for the confusion.

Happy Easter everyone!

-Lanzer

16 Easter Event!!!!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Easter Event!!!! - [NPC] Easter Bunny Sun Apr 16, 2006 2:29 am

Hello everyone!

Welcome to Gaia Online, Easter 2K6!!! We all know that easter is the greatest holiday of the year, so please join in the celebration and help me show Jack and Santa they aren't all that~!!!

The Easter event will start at midnight PST Saturday night, and run till noon on Monday. The event for this year will be a huge Easter egg hunt!

Collect 10 eggs by searching around Gaia's forums or in Gaia Towns. While on the forums you will see your basket fill up and in towns there is a counter at the bottom of the screen.

After you have found ten eggs, click on the Easter bunny near your basket or on the Easter bunny in towns at any fountain map and I will reward you with an Easter Basket item!

This years event has six items~ see if you can collect them all



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Easter Event!!!! - [NPC] Easter Bunny Sun Apr 16, 2006 3:55 am

Where are my Eggs in towns?

Methinks that Jack is meddling with my event... I'm going to contact the powers that be, and have them get things working straight... As soon as possible!

How could this happen?



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Easter Event!!!! - [NPC] Easter Bunny Sun Apr 16, 2006 5:27 am

Now, that's more like it. After a bit of tough work by the developers, my Easter Egg Hunt is up and running in Towns. So, keep an eye out for the eggs hopping around the map in Towns, and when you've got 10, come and talk to me. I'll be wandering around the Fountain map of every neighborhood.

Hope you're enjoying the event!

19 Another small store update :)Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Another small store update :) - [NPC] Rina Wed Apr 19, 2006 5:39 pm

Another set of clothes arrived in Gambino Outfitters today! It's a weird pirate set~! Pirates are kinda scary.. especially the ones with hooks for hands! hehe ^_^

20 PM System: Planned Downtime for UpgradeEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement PM System: Planned Downtime for Upgrade - Jakobo Thu Apr 20, 2006 3:53 pm

Hey everyone~

I don't know about everyone else, but PMs have been pretty bad lately. The system is a year old, and it seems that we've reached a point where there is so much PM traffic that the system couldn't handle it. Since this started, we've been reworking the PM system so we won't hit this problem again. In order to push the code though, we're going to have to take the PM system offline for a bit while we move the data.

Steps:

1) In a few here, we'll be disabling the PM system. When this happens, your inbox and the reporting system will be knocked offline (they sit on the same database). The mods themselves will be active in the forums helping make sure things are being taken care of.

2) While the system is down, we will be copying the PM data and putting the new PM code on the web servers. If everything goes well, it will take about three hours. If this changes of course, we'll update the post here with additional information. On completion, we'll bring the new system up.

3) With the new system up, it's really possible there might be a few hiccups or bugs. Please work with us while we get a handle on the code and make sure everything is displaying properly.



Thank you everyone for your patience, and I'm sorry that the PM system has been a bit flakey. Hopefully it will be smooth sailing from here on out~



  • Icon announceAnnouncement PM System: Planned Downtime for Upgrade - Jakobo Thu Apr 20, 2006 9:40 pm

I know, I know, raise your hand if you saw this coming (I'd say shoot me a PM, but well... yeah ). As the migration cleared 10 Million private messages, the server started chugging along. We've upped the number of processes dedicated to the migration. We're at about 75% right now. The private messages are a lot larger in size often than forum posts, so the copy is a bit more intensive.

While we're waiting, I may as well share a bit more about the PM structure. Instead of one sever holding all the databases, we'll be using four. These are set up in such a way that two are "active" and two are "standby". Half the PMs on each of the active/standby pairs. As the system is used, all information is copied to the "standby" box. That should help keep a backup PM server ready at all times, as well as divide the load up. (It also helps the new PM boxes are a lot faster than the current server).

We'll keep everyone posted, and I'll get something else up as we get closer to 90-95% (and closer to bringing the system up).



  • Icon announceAnnouncement PM System: Planned Downtime for Upgrade - Jakobo Fri Apr 21, 2006 2:07 am

And we're here, and we're posting, and unfortunately, it's not with the happy smile with kittens and rainbows yet. We're down to the last 5 million rows or so, and then we'll get things indexed and back online. As we were moving the data over, we realized 2 databases just weren't going to cut it. We're working on trying to get another something set up so that we don't have to worry about things getting overloaded when we turn the PMs back on.

I know a lot of people depend on the PM system in their day to day Gaia stuff, myself included. We're working as quick as possible to get it up~



  • Icon announceAnnouncement PM System: Planned Downtime for Upgrade - Jakobo Fri Apr 21, 2006 12:59 pm

Hey all,

We've turned off the PM system for a moment since some users reporting their inboxes were gone. If you are one of these people, don't worry, we still have all of the original PMs from before the process started, and we're going to be working on getting all the messages back.

Thanks everyone for your understanding!



  • Icon announceAnnouncement PM System: Planned Downtime for Upgrade - Jakobo Fri Apr 21, 2006 4:55 pm

Awesome, we got everything copied! I pulled up stuff on the test server, and saw 100%. Chances are, you will too. The old PM system never really "deleted" things off the server, and so when we migrated to the new system, tons of PMs resurfaced. I got to see a couple of messages from 2004 in mine. This won't cause any messages to be deleted that you had in your inbox, but it will certainly raise the question of "where did all these come from?"

We'll have PMs online in a few. Thank you everyone for being so patient during this process.

24 April 2006 Donation Item Released!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement April 2006 Donation Item Released! - VO Mon Apr 24, 2006 5:23 pm

Hello everyone,

The April donation items are finally here! For this month, Gaia donators can choose between a cool Sun Staff or a cute G-Bot.

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Thank you for supporting Gaia Online and we hope you enjoy the items!

If you don't know how to make a donation to GAIA to receive these items, you can learn how to here.

25 Notice: Chainletters are spam!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Notice: Chainletters are spam! - Dri Thu Mar 16, 2006 11:42 pm

Hello everyone!

Recently we have been receiving many reports about members sending the following chainletter message:

Quote:

If somebody by the name *dvorak@yahoo.com* adds you dont accept it.Its a virus.Tell everyone on ur bulletin because if somebody on ur list adds them u get the virus too.Tell everyone on your list not to open anything from angell11,tewwtuler,and sassybitch.Its a hard drive killer and a very horrible virus.If you dont pass this letter to everyone on your buddy list,we will delete your account.We need to find out who is really behind this.

This message is completely false! Please stop sending this message to other members. It is only a chainletter, and is not true.

What is a Chainletter?

A Chainletter is a message that tells you to send it to other people. On Gaia, Chainletters are considered spam, we ask that members do not participate in sending Chainletters to other members.

Last but certainly not least, real Gaia staff would never threaten to delete your account for refusing to send a message.

Thank you for reading!



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Notice: Chainletters are spam! - Dri Tue Apr 25, 2006 7:10 pm

Hello again!

This is a reminder that ALL types of Chain letters are not allowed to be sent to other members using the Private Message system, posted in threads or in Profile Comments. Using the "Send to Friendslist" button, sending chain letters to one friend at a time, in threads or in profile comments are a form of Spam, and your account may be warned for forwarding chain letters. Sending multiple Chain letters may result in a ban being placed on your account.

Where does it say Chain letters are not allowed?

The Terms of Service requests that members do not send chain letters;

Terms of Service

4. Prohibited Conduct – BY USING GAIA ONLINE YOU AGREE NOT TO: (c) make unsolicited offers, advertisements, proposals, chain letters, or send junk mail, to other Members

Someone sent me a Chain letter, can I report it?

Yes, Chain letters should be reported to an online Moderator. Be sure to include a note saying that you are reporting the chainletter!


How do I report a Chain letter?

From Private Messages: Click the User Image button to submit the report to a moderator.

From Profile Comments: Send a PM to a moderator with a link to your profile page and the username of who left the comment. Please do not delete the comment, moderators need to see the comment and will remove it after they have read it.

From posts in threads: Please use the User Image button on that post.


Rember to include a note saying that you are making a report!

Thank you for reading!

26 New Fish Exchange items released!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New Fish Exchange items released! - [NPC] Old Man Logan Wed Apr 26, 2006 9:21 pm

Ey Bub,

Ya feelin lucky? Huh?

There be some new fish gears I can craft for ya if ya can find me the right fishes. Fish all ya can, then bring me what y'find and perhaps ye will have what it takes for one of the new items!

Gaia Exchange :: The Ole Fishing Hole

May Edit

08 Housing Item Update!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Housing Item Update! - [NPC] Rina Mon May 08, 2006 8:48 pm

Hey everyone~!

There are more new items for your homes in Aekea's housing store, The Faktori, with more lovely additions for your kitchens and more food! I'd stay and tell you more, but I'm going grocery shopping ^____________^~!!!

08 Donation Problem Resolved (May 4 - 8)Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Donation Problem Resolved (May 4 - 8) - lanzer Mon May 08, 2006 10:54 pm

Hello Everyone:

From May 4th till May 8th there had been a problem where users were not able to receive their thank you letters. The problem had been fixed and all missing letters had been granted now.

If anyone is still having missing letters, please send us another report through the feedback form and we'll resolve your problem ASAP.

Thank you! -Lanzer

08 Scheduled maintenance tonight & tomorrow (read-only threads)Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Scheduled maintenance tonight & tomorrow (read-only threads) - Dri Mon May 08, 2006 6:18 pm

Hello

Starting this afternoon, we will need to move forum data from one server to another. Only threads in any of the Forums or Subforums of the Forum Index page will be affected. Any thread that is in the process of being moved from one server to another will be marked as Read-only. If you find a thread that is Read-only, you may not reply, edit posts or delete posts (if your thread is in a forum that allows post deletion).

Threads in read-only mode will be marked with this message:

Read-Only

Topic undergoing scheduled maintenance.

Until completed, you may not modify or post to this thread.


This migration will only affect threads that have been posted prior to today. Any threads that are marked as read-only, should be available again after an hour.

We expect to be finished with this in 48 hours.

Cheers~



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Scheduled maintenance tonight & tomorrow (read-only threads) - Dri Wed May 10, 2006 3:04 pm

Update!

The Forum migration is taking a bit longer than expected. It is estimated that this process for the Forums will continue for another 24 hours from now before completion.

New!

This same process of moving data from one server to another is now being done for the threads in the forums and subforums of the Gaia Guild Network guilds (GGN)! This means that threads in any GGN guild may be found in a Read-only status over the next 24 hours.

Thank you everyone for your patience with this

11 May Donation Item Released!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement May Donation Item Released! - lanzer Mon May 15, 2006 10:41 pm

Hello everyone,

The May donation items are finally here! For this month, Gaia donators can choose between a cool Angelbow or a sinister Chain of Command!

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Thank you for supporting Gaia Online and we hope you enjoy the items!

If you don't know how to make a donation to GAIA to receive these items, you can learn how to here.

11 Forums Read Only for About an HourEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Forums Read Only for About an Hour - Jakobo Thu May 11, 2006 3:18 pm

Hey all,

In order to move the forum data to a new server, we will be putting the forums into Read Only mode for about an hour or so. During this time, posting will be disabled, but everything can still be read. Thanks everyone for your understanding!

16 Scheduled Maintenance - CompletedEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Scheduled Maintenance - Completed - 72squared Tue May 16, 2006 10:37 am

Originally Scheduled Tuesday May 16 @ 1600 GMT, it is now complete.

There will be a brief period of scheduled site downtime between 8AM and 9AM Pacific Standard Time (1600 GMT ). We will be migrating data to new servers to provide a more reliable site experience. The entire site functionality will be disabled for a short period of time ( approximately 45 minutes or less, if all goes well). Once the site has been re-enabled, all operations should resume as normal.

Thank you for your patience.



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Scheduled Maintenance - Completed - 72squared Tue May 16, 2006 12:02 pm

The data migration completed without incident. Thank you for your understanding!

17 Gaiaonline.com Data Move CompleteEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaiaonline.com Data Move Complete - Jakobo Wed May 17, 2006 1:18 am

Update: Awesome, it's all done.

Hey everyone--

We're almost done with the migration of our databases to the new servers. When all's said and done, we will have moved over 2,700 tables and over 800,000,000 rows of data! The new databases work together to make sure everything is up all the time. If all goes well, we should have the last of the databases moved by Thursday.

However, there's one piece of hardware we have which doesn't have this sort of redundancy, and that's the Core Switch. Not being a hardware guy, the best I can offer is the "Core Switch" connects Gaia to the Internet, and since it needs to go down for an upgrade, we're going to be disappearing for a bit. During that time, http://www.gaiaonline.com won't go anywhere. For those interested in the facts:

  • What: Planned gaiaonline.com downtime for improving the Core Switch
  • When: Wed 05/17/2006 from 9am to 10am Pacific Daylight Time (1700 GMT)
  • Down?: Everything but we'll be back!

The upgrade should be the first step towards making the Core Switch part of the "never-goes-down" club.

For those who use the Marketplace a lot: we're going to add the downtime to the auction times so that everyone's auctions get the proper duration.

22 New Item Update!!! ^ooo^~Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New Item Update!!! ^ooo^~ - [NPC] Rina Mon May 22, 2006 9:07 pm

Hey everyone~!

Theres a big new update in the Barton Boutique, featuring some cute doggie items! Also the new police uniforms arrived in H.R. Wesley's shop in Durem But what I'm happiest to announce is the salon update with tons of new hair ^___^!!!! I might try something new myself :3

23 Meet us at Fanime 2006! - UPDATED!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Meet us at Fanime 2006! - UPDATED! - lanzer Tue May 23, 2006 7:08 pm

Gaia will be at Fanime 2006!

NOTE: The time was changed for the panel from 2PM PST to 1 PM.

Come visit us anytime at the exhibit hall, check out our new posters and merchandise, and get a chance to spin the Gaia Wheel for a chance to win an item on Gaia, including the chance to win a halo!

On Saturday at 1 PM, we will have a panel to talk about the latest features, development updates, new characters to appear, and give away prizes.


See you there!

'* FanimeCon will be held on Memorial Day Weekend, May 26th-29th, at the San Jose Convention Center. For more information, visit http://www.fanime.com

30 Gift Credit Problems - Affecting last 2 weeksEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gift Credit Problems - Affecting last 2 weeks - Ling Tue May 30, 2006 6:48 pm

Hi guys,

Sorry, but the gift credit system ran into technical problems beyond our control during last two weeks.

For those who didn't receive gift credits between that time period, you should receive your gift credits within the next three days.

If you still haven't gotten your gift credits after June 2nd, please fill out a feedback form (choose the subject "Gift Credit Problems" , and we'll take care of the issue for you as soon as we can.

Thanks for being patient with us.

Update:
The data feed has been restored and has now been replayed; everybody our systems knew about with outstanding gift credit orders should have been granted.
Anyone else with outstanding non-grant issues at this time should use a non-grant report to let us know ASAP. Please be sure to provide your PayPal order confirmation number and your Gaia order ID in the report.
Thank you!

June Edit

01 Note about the 403 forbidden error messageEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Note about the 403 forbidden error message - Dri Thu Jun 01, 2006 4:53 pm

Hello everyone ^^

Sorry to have caused any panic. Today we were experiencing some technical difficulties and the following message was seen:

Quote: Forbidden You don't have permission to access / on this server.

Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.


This message is telling you that you can't view this site, because it was not working when you tried viewing it.

This message is not saying that your account has been banned.

The problems have been addressed, Gaia should be working fine for everyone again.

Thank you all for understanding.



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Note about the 403 forbidden error message - Dri Thu Jun 01, 2006 5:07 pm

Eep, sorry everyone. The 403 message has returned.

Don't worry, this is still being worked on.

05 Homes Update for June!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Homes Update for June! - [NPC] Rina Mon Jun 05, 2006 10:43 pm

Hey everyone~!

There are more new items for your homes in Aekea's housing store, The Faktori, with equipment to pump up your Avies! Let's get in shape! ^____________^~!!!

08 Avatar System MaintenanceEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Avatar System Maintenance - [NPC] Rina Mon Jun 05, 2006 2:25 pm

Scheduled maintence: 12 Noon - 1 PM PST ( 20:00 GMT).

We will be putting the avatar system into read-only mode while we do some scheduled maintenance. According to our tests, the total operation should only take an hour at most. During this time, site registration, avatar saving, and avatar arena / housing arena will be disabled. We will display a system message to let everyone know what's going on during the maintenance operation.

Sorry for the inconvenience.



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Avatar System Maintenance - [NPC] Rina Thu Jun 08, 2006 1:12 pm

Hey guys!

The maintence from Monday was completed on Monday. Today we seem to be having some new problems with avatars, which are unrelated to that. But don't worry! We'll get the Dress Up page working smoothly in no time!

Thanks for your patience

09 Marketplace Search changesEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Marketplace Search changes - [NPC] Meredith Fri Jun 09, 2006 4:36 pm

Greetings to all, from your friendly Bank Lady. ^_^

There has been a great deal of confusion surrounding some changes made to the Search function of the Marketplace. The original system was functioning, however it was not the best for the site. A different type of search is now being used, which caused some changes that we did not anticipate to cause problems. Today I would like to clarify these changes, as well as give everyone a few tips on how to use the search effectively with these changes.

Searching with Multiple Words
The new search system will search for each word individually when searching for an item with more than one word. To narrow the search, add quotes around the words to search for that exact combination of words.

Example:
Angelic Parasol will return all entries found with the word Angelic and any entries with the word Parasol.
"Angelic Parasol" will return all entries only with the exact match of Angelic Parasol.

Words with less than four letters
Currently any words with less than four letters cannot be searched for. Items such as the OMG, BTK, Bao, etc will not return any search results. The search system is designed to work this way by default. We realize this is a problem since there are a number of items with three letters in their name.

The good news? We will change the system to allow searches on items with three or less characters. ^_^ There is no estimate on when this change will be completed, but you can rest assured that the change will be made as soon as possible.

With that being said, our apologies for the inconvenience and our gratitude for your patience in this.

Have a pleasant day~

Sincerely,
Meredith
Bank Lady for Gaia

12 Towns downtime over weekendEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Towns downtime over weekend - [NPC] Rina Mon Jun 12, 2006 5:39 pm

Hey everyone ~

Gaia Towns was not working correctly over this past weekend. There was a problem that we did not know about until today -- The problem has been fixed!

I also wanted to make sure everyone knows that Gaia Towns are going through some improvements right now -- we expect to be finished soon! So stick around to see some exciting changes!

Thanks for reading~

14 GAIA AT ANIME EXPO~ @o@!!!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement GAIA AT ANIME EXPO~ @o@!!! - L0cke Wed Jun 14, 2006 7:41 pm

Hey everyone! GAIA IS GOING TO BE AT ANIME EXPO @W@~~!!!


What? Where? When?

Anime Expo, July 1st - 4th, 2006.
Anaheim, California.
Gaia Panel: 9:00Pm - 11:00Pm, Sunday, July 2nd.

We hope to meet as many of you as possible and will be bringing lots of kiki and coco plushies to give away


Here's a special announcement from one of our mods, Twistex.


Hello there, Gaia Con-goers.

As many of you know, Gaia will be attending AX this year, and holding a panel.

As some of you may already know, I've coerced our beloved admins to letting me do something extra special for this convention, and I'd like to let you in on all the details. First, however, a short preamble to how this all came about...

I've been a tech-head for years. If it's computers, cars, or things that go boom, I'm into it. I've been building and customizing computer systems for myself, friends and family for about 10 years now. Having spent countless hours on Gaia, and noticing an abundance of computer parts in my home, I decided to build a custom, Gaia-themed computer. I finally settled on a grunny-infested G-Corp theme.

Why does this matter to you? Because you have a chance to win it. I've been lucky enough to receive approvals from the admins to give this custom computer away at the Gaia AX Panel! Following the raffle for assorted Gaia prizes, we'll have one last drawing, and the lucky winner will receive this customized computer, keyboard and mouse! (*change as necessary to fit actual events*)

What the prize contains:

A fully working, customized PC!

Specs: Athlon 64 2800, 512Mb ddr ram, 40Gb HDD, BFG Tech Geforce 6600 GTOC, DVD Player, 2.1 Speakers, Customized keyboard and mouse, Remote Control and Windows XP Home.

The PC has a custom paiontjob with color-changing paint, window etching, lighting, and custom graphics assembled by some very generous members of our moderator team! There's also some nifty things that you'll just have to see for yourself.

I'm very proud of the work I've put into this machine, and I look forward to giving it away. See you at the panel!

15 June 2006 Donation Item Released!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement June 2006 Donation Item Released! - VO Thu Jun 15, 2006 5:20 pm

Hello everyone,

The June donation items are finally here! For this month, Gaia donators can choose between the counterpart to the Angelic Halo, the Dark Halo or cool G Blade!

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Thank you for supporting Gaia Online and we hope you enjoy the items!

If you don't know how to make a donation to GAIA to receive these items, you can learn how to here.

15 New Gaia Site Re-designEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New Gaia Site Re-design - lanzer Thu Jun 15, 2006 7:57 pm

Hello everyone,

For the longest time we had been trying to put together a new site re-design that is easy to navigate and a design that look and feel similar across all the features.

After months of planning and development, the new site re-design is almost ready!

Here is a preview of what the new site will look like. We'll also post the preview in the Site Feedback forum for your feedback.

16 New Profile TestingEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New Profile Testing - [NPC] Rina Fri Jun 16, 2006 3:14 pm

Hey everybody ^_^

There's been some confusion about testing for the new Profiles. Some members who have donated (or a donation was given on their behalf) have been asked to test the new Profile system.

Why are we doing this? Because everyone has different computers and use different browsers. Before making this feature available for everyone, we want to do everything we can to make sure it will work well for as many members as possible.

How have we contacted people? A message asking members to participate was sent through the automatic PM system, using the Admin Account. There is a link in that PM telling them where to test and instructions to post in Site Feedback.

This feature is VERY close to being complete! To everyone who is not testing, don't worry, you'll get to use this soon



  • Icon announceAnnouncement New Profile Testing - [NPC] Rina Fri Jun 16, 2006 6:13 pm

Hello again!

Apologies to our testers -- There were some problems with the testing server, causing pages to load very slow, making it difficult to test.

We have set up a thread for anyone who wants to have a thread to go to;
http://www.gaiaonline.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14637327
Only testers should post in this thread!

Thanks again for your help and understanding

20 Site Redesign Update! (launch @ 10am PDT / 6pm GMT on 6/20)Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Site Redesign Update! (launch @ 10am PDT / 6pm GMT on 6/20) - Jakobo Tue Jun 20, 2006 3:49 am

Hi Everyone!

We're burning the midnight oil right now getting ready for the site redesign launch. The goal is to launch the new site at 10 AM Pacific Time (6PM GMT) assuming no major problems arise. As with any new feature, there's going to be some good and some bad, so like always, we welcome people's thoughts in the Site Feedback Forum, and specifically in this thread: dedicated to the redesign feedback.

Some very important points need to be addressed though:

Profiles: You will notice that the profile system looks slightly off. This is because minimum integration was done at this stage, as we prepare to launch Profiles 2.0 (now in a semi-public test). We actually had a crazy idea of launching it the day after the site redesign, but we figured that would probably do bad things to the servers. As a result, we'll have Profiles 2.0 up pretty soon.

Towns Update: Okay... this didn't happen. The towns update we announced at Fanime is almost ready! It's going through some stress-testing to make sure we don't break the site when it goes live. Soon, we'll all be shaking trees for money.

And moving on to some things you might notice about the redesign:

More "White": Based on the feedback from the previous site redesign in December, this design has a lot more whitespace, and is a lot more open. The paint splashes give the site a worn feel, and the overall look is a bit cleaner than before. Also, the logo has become a bit more orange in color to compliment the colors.

Landing Pages: Over the past 3 years, Gaia has grown to be not just Forums, but Forums+. Plus guilds, plus journals, plus profiles, plus houses, avatars, arenas, and art. The landing pages under My Gaia, Community, Games, World, and Contribute provide an overview of the content areas, and help bring our members forward with pieces such as the Featured Spotlight and Winner's Circle. We're going to keep these rotating pretty regularly, so there's always going to be something interesting.

A-Z Index: At the bottom of most pages, you'll find the A to Z index. When we changed up the design, a few things moved in the navigation. For example, Shopping was moved under the World tab. If you can't find something, this is the easiest place to look. Everything on the site is listed, and you can even jump to the Full A-Z Index and pull up forums, map names, store names, and more.

New User Tour: New to Gaia? Awesome! Old to Gaia, you might want to check this out too! The New User Tour is a great way to explore and see what Gaia is about. For simply wandering over to the tour, you get the new Starter Sets. Free items that go beyond the Peasant Set! (And old users can pick up their starter sets for free too.)

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Thanks everyone for all your support! It's been a crazy past 3 months working out all the bugs, and I hope you'll enjoy the new things coming to the site. I look forward to everyone's comments both good and bad in the dedicated redesign feedback thread.



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Site Redesign Update! (launch @ 10am PDT / 6pm GMT on 6/20) - Jakobo Tue Jun 20, 2006 1:04 pm

In our final runthrough, we noticed a PM table didn't get updated properly, so we're taking a brief moment to disable PMs and bring it up to speed. After that, we'll get the redesign up.



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Site Redesign Update! (launch @ 10am PDT / 6pm GMT on 6/20) - Jakobo Tue Jun 20, 2006 2:13 pm

593 files changed, 12086 insertions(+), 4877 deletions(-)

Here we go... See everyone on the new site design!



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Site Redesign Update! (launch @ 10am PDT / 6pm GMT on 6/20) - Jakobo Tue Jun 20, 2006 2:22 pm

And, welcome to the new site. We'll be doing small updates and hotfixes throughout the day in order to catch any glitches that may crop up. Please come by the feedback thread and let us know what you think.

21 Starter sets for EVERYONE!! ^__________^Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Starter sets for EVERYONE!! ^__________^ - [NPC] Rina Wed Jun 21, 2006 5:39 pm

Hey everyone!

As most of you may know, there are new starter sets for new members! NO MORE PEASANT CLOTHES!

'*ahem* ^^;;

Getting to the fun part --- Every single member is able to get their very own Starter Set for Free once you complete the New User Tutorial!

But wait ... there's more!

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Barton Boutique now offers all the clothing in the Starter Sets for a very reasonable price! Now everyone can collect all three sets on their own! Just sort by price -- you can't miss it!

Last but not least, there's some new housing stuff too

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The Factori now offers a number of items from those same Starter Sets to accessorize your house for not a lot of gold. ^^ Just sort by price -- it's all on the first page!

Thanks for listening~

Happy shopping *runs off to buy stuff too!*

16 Gaia Town downtime on MondayEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Town downtime on Monday - lanzer Fri Jun 16, 2006 10:00 pm

Hello everyone,

We will be releasing a new update for Gaia Towns next Monday the 19th. In order to upgrade the servers, we will need to shut down all the mini games and Gaia Towns for a few hours.

The downtime will start from 10am till the early afternoon. We will update everyone with the progress of the update when the time comes.

-Lanzer



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Town downtime on Monday - lanzer Tue Jun 20, 2006 3:25 am

Sorry everyone, we don't think that the new version of Towns is ready to be released today, especially with the new site re-desing coming out on Tuesday at 10am.

We will delay the release of Gaia Towns until after the release of site re-design and after we fixed all major problems related to the re-design.

Thank you for your patience.

-Lanzer



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Town downtime on Monday - [NPC] Rina Thu Jun 22, 2006 2:31 pm

Hey guys~

Just wanted to let you know that we are ready to update Towns today!

The guys are going to be working on Towns from about 1pm - 3pm, PST and during this time Gaia Towns will be offline.

Thanks a bunch~

22 Towns Update is complete~~Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Towns Update is complete~~ - [NPC] Rina Thu Jun 22, 2006 8:57 pm

Hello again!

Goodness, so much going on right now! Right now the new features for Gaia Towns are available for everyone!!

These new features will allow you to find a place to live easier, search for active areas, and create topics in towns to talk about. Not to mention if you shake a tree, shrub or hit a rock you might get GOLD

Make sure to check out homes; lighting effects are back!

What's New

  • Create topics in Towns and Homes
  • Create personalized name for your Town (The town where your house is placed) and Home
  • Check your PM from your mailbox
  • Shake trees, shrubs, and rocks to find Gold!


Navigate System

  • You can now mark towns or homes as "My Favorites" and never have to search for them again
  • View the most recent 10 topics in Towns and jump to that location
  • View the current active population of each Town and be where the crowds are at
  • Mouse over home icons to get detailed information. No more walking door-to-door to see who's living where
  • Jump straight to your home by using "My Home"


Homes

Lighting inside houses is now supported

To see lighting in your house, use the editor to place light(s), click VIEW and click on lights to turn them on. Then click SAVE. For a more dramatic effect, turn off global lighting (sun icon in top right corner).

house owner's journal and profile accessible from inside house
walls and floors should always display correctly and update as soon as you save your house
avatars should no longer appear in front of objects


System Requirment

Flash Player 8


Enjoy~

24 Site re-design : we're listeningEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Site re-design : we're listening - lanzer Sat Jun 24, 2006 5:41 am

Hello everyone,

There's been a lot of concerns over the look and feel of the new site re-design, and I just want to say that we've been collecting everyone's responses, and putting together a list of things to change for making the new layout better.

As the majority of the comments from the last layout was that things where too dark, we tried to make everything more vibrant. Though we must admit that we seem to have overdone it. That, among many details will be addressed bit by bit. We really believe that this is a layout that easier to navigate, and allows more dynamic content to be shown or customized. Not to mention that they're a lot smaller and make pages faster to load.

So please give the new layout a chance. The more we tweak it, the better it'll become.

There's been talk about Gaia being sold yesterday... Just want to let everyone know that didn't happen. We're only getting funds for more people to help make new features for Gaia. Gaia started as my hobby, and I wouldn't allow its size to change what we meant to do since day one. We're all committed to the one goal of making Gaia fun and free, always.

As usual feel free to send us your feedback. I might not have time to reply to all of you, but I'm always listening.

-Lanzer

26 Gaia RSS FeedEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia RSS Feed - Derlaine Mon Jun 26, 2006 6:37 pm

Hi everyone,

Gaia now has a RSS feed for Gaia news and announcements! You can see the little RSS button on the front page's News & Announcements section. Those of you who already know what it is will know what to do with it; those who are new to RSS can continue reading below to find out about this technology.


What is RSS:
Rss is a way for sites like Gaia to distribute content to other sites. In this case, you can now see Gaia Announcements from other sites, like Livejournal and Google.

How do I use it?
The best way to learn this is to probably use it! Try the following out:

- For Livejournal:
We created a Livejournal account to feed the RSS: http://syndicated.livejournal.com/gaia_rss

You can add the feed to your Livejournal friend's list so you can see Gaia Announcements in your LJ friend's list ! ^^

- For Google:
If you have a Personalized Home for Google (if you don't have it, see the top right when you go to google.com), click Add Content, then Add by Url and add the link: http://gaiaonline.com/rss

When I click the RSS button I see gibberish!
Yes, that is what Rss feeds look like! You are supposed to just copy the link and feed it to places that accept RSS, and it will output pretty things for you ^^

Enjoy~! The feed updates about every 30 minutes.

30 Meet us at Anime Expo this Sunday + Thanks for coming!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Meet us at Anime Expo this Sunday + Thanks for coming! - lanzer Fri Jun 30, 2006 4:29 pm

Hello everyone,

Gaia will be holding a panel and a social at Anime Expo this year. Come join us to meet other members, find the latest features and development, talk to the admins, and get free stuff from our giveaways.

For more information, check out http://www.anime-expo.org/

-Lanzer



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Meet us at Anime Expo this Sunday + Thanks for coming! - Ling Wed Jul 05, 2006 8:20 pm

Thanks everyone for coming by Anime Expo 2006!

We had over 1,000 people in the panel room, and more than 400 people came to the social on Monday to say hi.

If you attended, feel free to come by the Anime Expo thread at http://www.gaiaonline.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8908204 and post up your pictures.

Once again, thanks everyone for coming!

July Edit

05 Meet us at Anime Expo this Sunday + Thanks for coming!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Meet us at Anime Expo this Sunday + Thanks for coming! - Ling Wed Jul 05, 2006 8:20 pm

Thanks everyone for coming by Anime Expo 2006!

We had over 1,000 people in the panel room, and more than 400 people came to the social on Monday to say hi.

If you attended, feel free to come by the Anime Expo thread at http://www.gaiaonline.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8908204 and post up your pictures.

Once again, thanks everyone for coming!

05 New homes update for July :D + Saving fixEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New homes update for July :D + Saving fix - [NPC] Rina Wed Jul 05, 2006 5:51 pm

Hey you guys~!

There was a huge item update in the Faktori furniture store in Aekea! A lot of cool new electronics came in and some nice furniture for hanging out in the livingroom ^_^ Hehe I wonder if I can talk Leon into carrying that new couch to my house XD~



  • Icon announceAnnouncement New homes update for July :D + Saving fix - [NPC] Rina Thu Jul 06, 2006 4:28 pm

Hey again, guys~!

Oops!

There was a bug in which you couldn't save your house if you placed more than one of the same item in your house.

But it's fixed now! You should be able to save again just fine~

11 New Profiles System!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New Profiles System! - [NPC] Rina Tue Jul 11, 2006 7:18 pm

Yay!! The new version of Profiles is here!

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With this new version, you can:


Drag and drop images to where you want

Customize content windows (like your items, wishlist, journal, etc.)

Re-arrange the order your Friendslist

Design your profile without knowing CSS code
(don't worry, you can still use the old Profiles system too if you want to use CSS! !)


Plus more!

If you want to give the new Profiles system a try, go to:


MyGaia -> Profile -> Account (or click here if you're lazy like Leon! )

Choose Profile -> New Profile

To edit your new profile, click the Edit My Profile link at the top of the Profile

When you're done editing, just click View My Profile!


If you've got any problems with using the new Profiles system, take a look here first! http://www.gaiaonline.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15523925

Enjoy~!

11 Network Maintenance on 7/12 CompletedEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Network Maintenance on 7/12 Completed - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Tue Jul 11, 2006 2:57 pm

This is Cindy Donovinh with Gaia 9 Action News!

We just received this bulletin:


"There's going to be maintenance work done tomorrow, July 12, around 9:00 AM PST (4:00 PM GMT).

Gaia might be down for about half an hour during that time, but if everything goes smoothly, we'll only experience a little lag and the site will stay online.

This maintenance will make Gaia's network speedier and more reliable! "



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Network Maintenance on 7/12 Completed - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Wed Jul 12, 2006 4:28 pm

And here's the update on that bulletin:


"Network maintenance is finished.

We only experienced 7 minutes of downtime, but due to something beyond our control, Towns was down for half an hour.

Other than that, the maintenance went smoothly and there were no outages. "

15 July 2006 Donation Items Released!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement July 2006 Donation Items Released! - [NPC] Rina Sat Jul 15, 2006 11:32 pm

The donation items for July 2006 are here!!

This month, you get to pick from the Elegant Veil and Ancient Katana!

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Click here to get these donation items!

And click here to preview these items!


Thank you for supporting Gaia! My home!

13 New Game - Word Bump! (and fixes!)Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New Game - Word Bump! (and fixes!) - [NPC] Rina Thu Jul 13, 2006 8:18 pm

OMG! There's a new game called Word Bump!

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Click Here to Play!

In WordBump, you can get items like Pink Boxes and Enchanted Golden Trunks!

And pretty soon, you'll be able to exchange school credits you win for items in Edmund`s HR Wesley!

But best of all, you earn GOLD for playing!


How to play:


Click tiles and press SUBMIT to make words up to 8 letters long
(many Gaia and netspeak terms like "OMG" and "LOL" are accepted)

Bump all Golden Tiles to the top to beat each level

Game Over if any Golden Tile drops off the board!


Bonus Levels:

You get to play a bonus level every 5 levels!


COLOR SPAM - you don't have to make words! Just click 3 or more tiles of the same color

CHaTTErBoX - just make the word "bump"!

ITEM GRANT - If you get the item tile to the top, you get that item!


Power-Ups:

Every letter cleared goes toward filling up one of 3 power-ups: Sticky, Bump, Split, and Announce. Once full, you can mouse over the power-up and click to fire it at a Golden Tile.


Sticky - Golden Tile won't go down when timer fills up

Bump - bumps all tiles to the left and right of the Golden Tile

Split - splits all tiles in an X-shape around the Golden Tile

Announce - if you fill up the Sticky, Bump, and Split power-ups, you can launch a Golden Tile straight to the top!


Enough talking! Let`s play!


If you experience any problems while playing Word Bump, report them here: http://www.gaiaonline.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15596165



  • Icon announceAnnouncement New Game - Word Bump! (and fixes!) - [NPC] Rina Fri Jul 14, 2006 8:08 pm

Hi guys~!

Word Bump got some stuff fixed today:


There should be much less sync error bugs now!

Less freezing in between levels


OMG, some people haven't been able to connect to play Word Bump yet!

But more servers are going to be added so everyone should be able to play soon!

Hang in there!



  • Icon announceAnnouncement New Game - Word Bump! (and fixes!) - [NPC] Rina Tue Jul 18, 2006 1:55 pm

Word Bump got some more fixes! (Someone told me it's on version 0.9.4 now! )

Stuff that was fixed:


Even less sync errors now - wahoo!

No more Golden Word "NJJB", where the "J's" weren't Golden Tiles

Gold granting was adjusted for game balance

For words beginning with "Q", you can now submit words with or without a "U" after the "Q"

19 Gaia at Comic-Con San Diego, CA!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia at Comic-Con San Diego, CA! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Wed Jul 19, 2006 6:24 pm

Cindy Donovinh here with a special news bulletin:


"Gaia will have a booth at San Diego Comic-Con International in San Diego, California from Wednesday, July 19th to Sunday, July 23rd.

There will be hats, plushies, and wristbands for sale at the booth!

Under the index guide at the convention, look for the Vuduberi booth, #119.

Special thanks goes to Vuduberi for sharing booth space with Gaia. "

21 Meet us at Otakon on August 4th!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Meet us at Otakon on August 4th! - lanzer Fri Jul 21, 2006 2:36 am

Hello everyone! For those who are attending Otakon 2006, Gaia will have a panel at Friday, August 4th in panel room 3. We will talk about our upcoming features and cool new items, plus raffels and give-aways!

There will also be a Gaia social on Saturday at 1:00pm at the Charles Street Lobby. Come meet and say hi to other Gaia members, and we'll also be giving away more prizes at the social. Hopefully we'll have enough posters for everyone.

Hope to see you there!

-Lanzer

24 Maintenance on Registration and Customize Me 7/25Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Maintenance on Registration and Customize Me 7/25 - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Mon Jul 24, 2006 4:36 pm

This is Cindy Donovinh for Gaia 9 Action News with a quick bulletin:

"Gaia Registration and 'Customize Me' will be down for about 15 minutes while we do some routine maintenance. Please bear with us. "



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Maintenance on Registration and Customize Me 7/25 - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Mon Jul 24, 2006 4:52 pm

We've just received an update on that bulletin:

"The maintenance will take longer than expected. Please continue to be patient with us as we work. Thank you!"



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Maintenance on Registration and Customize Me 7/25 - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Mon Jul 24, 2006 7:34 pm

And now, this just in:

"It turns out that Gaia Registration and 'Customize Me' did not have to be taken down today after all. Maintenance has completed for today, but additional maintenance will be performed tomorrow as well.

We'll keep you updated. "



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Maintenance on Registration and Customize Me 7/25 - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Tue Jul 25, 2006 12:50 pm

We are back with an update on that bulletin:


"Gaia Registration and 'Customize Me' will be down for about 15 minutes at 10:00 AM PST (18:00 GMT) today, July 25th, for continued maintenance.

These services should come back up after that time. Thanks for being patient with us. "



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Maintenance on Registration and Customize Me 7/25 - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Tue Jul 25, 2006 5:14 pm

This just in:


"The avatar system is in the middle of being upgraded. However, during this time there will be a lot of glitches occurring.

If you save your avatar while it's glitched, your avatar may later be re-saved to an unequipped state automatically.

If you experience any problems with your avatar during this update, check out this thread: http://www.gaiaonline.com/forum/viewtopic.php?page=1&t=15999113

Thanks for bearing with us. "

26 Avatars update! Expressions and mouth styles!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Avatars update! Expressions and mouth styles! - [NPC] Rina Wed Jul 26, 2006 4:23 pm

Yay! Avatars have been updated!

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Stuff that's been updated:


Now you can choose from different facial expressions and mouth styles

You can make more headgear combinations

Some older item bugs have been fixed - wahoo!

And best of all - this update will let you get tattoos! Coming soon!


To try out the new facial expressions and mouth styles:

Go to My Gaia > My Stuff > Customize Me

(or click here if you are feeling lazy )


If you experience any problems with the new avatar update, check out this thread:

http://www.gaiaonline.com/forum/viewtopic.php?page=1&t=15999113

August Edit

01 Web design - Your input neededEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Web design - Your input needed - lanzer Tue Aug 01, 2006 3:00 pm

Hi everyone,

We want to improve the interface and look and feel of Gaia's website.

The new site design still need a lot of improvements, and we would appreciate it if you guys could take the time to complete a brief survey for us. Your opinions in this survey will help us understand how you'd like us to improve the way Gaia looks.

Please click here for the thread

Thank you!

01 Network Maintenance 8/1 - CompletedEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Network Maintenance 8/1 - Completed - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Tue Aug 01, 2006 1:17 pm

Here's a quick bulletin we received at the station:


"We're doing some network maintenance for Gaia at the moment. There's a possibility that Gaia may be down for up to 30 minutes, but we think everything should go fine and you shouldn't notice any downtime.

Thanks for being patient with us. "



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Network Maintenance 8/1 - Completed - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Tue Aug 01, 2006 3:41 pm

We received an update to that bulletin:

"Maintenance has completed. There were a few seconds of downtime, but overall everything went through all right. Thanks again for being patient with us."

07 Items Update~! 8/7Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Items Update~! 8/7 - [NPC] Rina Mon Aug 07, 2006 4:41 pm

Hi everyone~!

OMG there's new items in the store!

Check out the Gunner set in Durem Depot, the Partition set in Gambino Outfitters, and the Squid set in Barton Boutique!


...

um...who designed the Squid set???

11 Giftwrapping Repairs + Strong Passwords + Homes ReservationEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Giftwrapping Repairs + Strong Passwords + Homes Reservation - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Fri Aug 11, 2006 8:39 pm

This is Cindy Donovinh for GAIA Action 9 News.

We received two three bulletins today!


"Giftwrapping

Reports have come in that Giftwrapping has been having some problems. After investigation, it was found that the there IS a problem. At this time further investigation is needed before Giftwrapping can be repaired. To avoid further malfunctioning, Giftwrapping has been turned off until repairs can be made.

Sorry for the inconvienence, we hope to resolve this soon!

Coming up with a strong password

Keep a strong password! Everyone should be aware that a strong password is essential to having a safe experience on Gaia. All passwords should contain numbers and letters, or be random.

Example of a strong passwords:
kajhf3S
RocK06PuPPy

But do not use those as your Gaia password, because everyone would know your pass!

If you use a password with random numbers and letters, we recommend that you write it down so you don't forget.

ALSO! Please remember that your Security Questions are very important for getting Password Help. Be sure to remember what answers you gave in case you lose access to your account -- forgetting your answers may mean not getting your account back.

Thank you and stay safe~!


Homes Reservations Expiration

All Homes Reservations in towns will expire on Monday, August 14!

Normally, reservation lasts for 24 hours, but because of a bug, reservations have not been expiring. ALL of those spots will open up and it will be first come first serve.

On a happy note, we have some enhancements coming to Homes very soon. "

14 New Gaia TOS and privacy policyEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New Gaia TOS and privacy policy - lanzer Mon Aug 14, 2006 6:52 pm

Hello Everyone,

Thank you for everyone's input on our new site design and taking your time to answer our recent surveys. Your input had been very helpful, and we will be rolling out a lot of small changes in the upcoming weeks. One of which is a new Terms Of Service and Privacy Policy.

We had placed a lot of emphasis on bringing out new features, and I think it's time that we spend more time on the Gaia community itself. Aside from finding more help and building more community related tools, we had also been putting together a new TOS and Privacy Policy. The update is a more comprehensive guideline to help resolve issues regarding what is appropriate and not. On the other hand, the new TOS also helps answer questions such as "Can Gaia take my picture and print it for money?" (in which case the answer is no, we would only want to be able to display your pictures to other online members). A lot of facts are pretty straight forward, but we had never covered all the details. This new TOS should be something we can stick with for a long time.

Moving forward, we're making improvements for Gaia members to vote for their favorite threads, better means to report issues and problems, and better moderation tools for Gaia moderators. More info will be announced when they're ready. Stay tuned!

-Lanzer

14 New Header + Daily Chance!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New Header + Daily Chance! - [NPC] Rina Mon Aug 14, 2006 7:09 pm

OMG! So much stuff going on!


New Header Image


Someone slipped me this note - let me read it to you!

"We've listened to you guys about the header image of the 'beach kids' and replaced it something new! We hope you like it. We also added a link back to the index page in the navigation menu at the top.

Thanks for all your feedback! We're always listening and we want to continue to make things better for you. "


Daily Chance!


AND, there's now a Daily Chance to win prizes on Gaia!


Daily Chance is a feature that gives you a chance at winning prizes each day that you log-in to Gaia! You can get prizes from each landing page of the Gaia website, including:


  • The homepage
  • My Gaia
  • Community
  • Games
  • World


Once you claim a prize from the Daily Chance, it won't appear in that section again until the next day - so login every day or you might miss on some valuable prizes!

The Daily Chance circle appears next to the Gaia logo at the top of the site. If it doesn't appear, you either have claimed your reward already, or you have it turned off in your account preferences.

Also, each section has its own set of rewards specific to that section -- so you're more likely to get tokens in the Games landing page!

What prizes can I get from the Daily Chance?

You can get many great prizes from the Daily Chance, from gold and tokens to valuable housing items and items for your avatar! Smaller prizes are more common, but there is a chance each day that you might win a very valuable or rare reward!

Example prizes:
Common Rewards

  • 25 Gold
  • 50 Tokens
  • Grade F Fish Bait
  • Nurse's Hat
  • Ghosty


Rare Rewards

  • 250 Gold
  • Zorro Mask
  • Cat Tail
  • Performance Fishing Rod


Very Rare Rewards

  • Fairy Wings
  • Daily Chance Only Items


Everyone has a chance of winning valuable prizes, so play each day!

Why can't I see my Daily Chance?

There are a few reasons why your Daily Chance might not appear for a particular section:

  • You may have already claimed your reward for that section today
  • You might have Daily Chance turned off in your account preferences
  • Daily Chance may be down for maintenance or to put up new rewards
  • You may have CSS disabled, causing the Daily Chance images to appear elsewhere on the page


I'm going to try my luck right now! I hope I get Fairy Wings!!

15 August 2006 Donation Items Released!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement August 2006 Donation Items Released! - [NPC] Rina Tue Aug 15, 2006 2:44 pm

The donation items for August 2006 have arrived!

This month, you get to pick from Gwee the Dragon and the Angelic Microphone!

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Click here to preview and get these donation items!


Thank you for supporting Gaia!

14 Bug in Daily Chance and Item ReversalEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Bug in Daily Chance and Item Reversal - lanzer Mon Aug 14, 2006 8:53 pm

Hello Everyone,

We thought we'd cheer everyone up with a new feature that give out items for free, but right now there is a bug which started granting a lot of rare game items.

It is unfair that the people who worked hard to get their rare items are having the same items given out for free. The value of those rare items have just went down a lot because of the bug.

To make things fair for everyone, we will need to remove the rare game items that were granted today by the bug.

Sorry for the confusion, everyone. We will fix the bug in a few hours and release Daily Chance once again.

-Lanzer



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Bug in Daily Chance and Item Reversal - lanzer Tue Aug 15, 2006 1:54 am

We had done what we can to remove the glitched items tonight. We will continue to fix all the bugs tomorrow and we'll be releasing Daily Chance along with this month's donation item.

-Lanzer



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Bug in Daily Chance and Item Reversal - lanzer Wed Aug 16, 2006 1:03 am

After a lot of troubleshooting the Daily Chance was finally released again. As far as the items that were gratned by mistake, here are what we had done:

Test housing item had been converted to basic housing items Un-released flower and trash items had been converted into crumpled newspaper.

For those who see more than one type of crumpled newspaper in your inventory, you can visit the exchange shop and exchange those items into the regular crumpled newspaper.

Hope everyone's enjoying the new feature.

-Lanzer

31 Gold Notification!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gold Notification! - [NPC] Rina Thu Aug 31, 2006 3:24 pm

Hiya~!

Starting today, there's a more advanced way to see how much GOLD you're earning on Gaia!


Gold Notification


See that gold coin image under your username and gold amount in the top right corner of the page? Now, if you do something on Gaia like post in the forums or surf around, you'll find out how much gold you just earned and how you earned it.

For example, you might see something like: You got 4 gold for voting in the Gaia Arenas for voting in the Avatar Arena.

If you click on the gold coin image, you'll be taken a page that tells a few ways you can earn gold and where you can spend it.


What's changed?


It's now more noticable that you get gold from activity you might not have noticed before, like surfing, leaving comments in profiles, voting in arenas, and commenting in journals.

You get gold from sending PMs now!

There's a slight gold bonus for your first post every day, but after that, the amount of gold you get should taper off just like before.


You can turn it on and off

If you want to turn off the gold notification, go to:

MyGaia > Account > scroll down to Gold Notification


If you experience any weird glitches with gold notification, please check out this thread: http://www.gaiaonline.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=17267893



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gold Notification! - [NPC] Rina Thu Aug 31, 2006 5:31 pm

Hi everyone~

After listening to feedback from you guys, we've adjusted the amount of gold you get for polls.

The amount of gold you earn from voting in polls has been raised a little (and the drop off rate at which you earn gold for polls isn't as steep as earlier either).

Thanks for the feedback!

September Edit

01 Get Adobe Player 9 to Play Gaia GamesEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Get Adobe Player 9 to Play Gaia Games - [NPC] Rina Fri Sep 01, 2006 5:28 pm

Hi everyone ^_^

We've fixed some bugs in our games recently, but in order to fix more bugs and improve game performance for you, we're going to need you to download the latest free Adobe Flash Player 9.


Q: Is it safe for my computer?

A: Yes, Adobe Flash Player is a plugin for your browser to view and interact with Flash content, like Gaia games. You already have a flash player on browser, you're just upgrading to the newest one.


Q: How do I install Adobe Flash Player 9?

A: Instructions on how to install Adobe Flash Player 9 are on the Adobe Flash Player Download page.


Q: Do I have to install Yahoo! Toolbar?

A: Nope! The browser you're using (like Internet Explorer) may ask if you want to install the Yahoo! Toolbar alongside Adobe Flash Player 9, but you don't need to install the Yahoo! Toolbar to play Gaia games.

Thank you!


If you have any trouble installing or getting Adobe Flash Player 9 to run, please check out the Adobe Flash Player FAQ.

You could also check out the following forums to see if other members have similar problems and learn how to solve them: GAIA Gaming Discussion Forum Questions and Assistance Forum

01 Storyline Update at 6:00 PM PST TodayEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Storyline Update at 6:00 PM PST Today - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Fri Sep 01, 2006 4:31 pm

This is Cindy Donovinh of GAIA 9 Action News here with a special news bulletin!


At 6:00 PM PST (2:00 A.M. GMT) today, September 1st, we will bring you continued coverage of the Gaia storyline!

I'll be standing outside the News Station in Barton Town at 6 PM so stay tuned and see you there!



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Storyline Update at 6:00 PM PST Today - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Fri Sep 01, 2006 9:11 pm

And we are bringing you live coverage of the story!

Coverage will end at 8 PM PST, two hours from now!

10 Bachelors CapsEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Bachelors Caps - [NPC] Rina Sun Sep 10, 2006 3:38 pm

OMG! It looks like Edmund accidentally let slip that he's been holding onto some Bachelors Caps at his store, H.R. Wesley! I've been playing Word Bump nonstop, so I can't wait to turn in those Bachelors Credits I've been earning!

I wonder if all he's been hiding is those caps...

11 Topic Voting!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Topic Voting! - [NPC] Rina Mon Sep 11, 2006 3:47 pm

Hey everyone!

A new little feature has been added to forums - Topic Voting!


What's Topic Voting?

Now you can give a thumbs up or thumbs down to threads in the forums. If you come across a thread in a forum that you think is awesome, feel free to give it a thumbs up vote. Threads that are ranked the highest can be viewed on the Community page and a special forum for just top ranked threads.


Why's it here?

This feature lets you see threads that other members think are cool at the moment, so if you're ever looking for something new and interesting to read, check out the top ranked threads.

The top ranked threads will be updated regularly, so you can check it frequently.


Note!

Don't create threads just so it can be voted up! We want this to be fun for everyone, so please be cool about it. Don't go vote-happy. Thank you.


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I need help on this, srsly.

If you experience any weird glitches or problems with Topic Voting, please see this thread: http://www.gaiaonline.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=17623971

11 Items Update~! (9/11)Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Items Update~! (9/11) - [NPC] Rina Mon Sep 11, 2006 7:46 pm

Wah~!

New clothing sets are in the stores!

There's the Snug set in Barton Boutique, the Missy set in Gambino Outfitters, the 4th Amigo set in HR Wesley, and the Anti-Fashion set in Crate and Apparel.

The Snug set will eventually be made into a Starter set, but we're giving you an early chance to get the items. ^^

Let's go check them out!

12 Surfpin phone donations bug fixedEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Surfpin phone donations bug fixed - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Tue Sep 12, 2006 7:37 pm

This is Cindy Donovinh for Gaia 9 Action News with a quick bulletin:

"Hi guys,

There was a bug with Surfpin phone donations over the past few days. We just fixed the issue, so if you tried to use your PIN and got an 'invalid' message, please try again. We're sorry for this inconvenience."

15 September 2006 Donation Items Released!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement September 2006 Donation Items Released! - [NPC] Rina Fri Sep 15, 2006 1:41 pm

The donation items for September 2006 have arrived!

This month, you get to pick from an ORLY? Hat and Mythrill Armor!

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Click to preview and get these donation items!


Thank you for supporting Gaia!

22 Slots and Cards are back! Prize & Joy coming back next week!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Slots and Cards are back! Prize & Joy coming back next week! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Fri Sep 22, 2006 5:34 pm

We just received this bulletin at the station:

"Hi guys,

Slots and Cards games are going down for a few days. We'll get back to you guys with more information later. We're sorry for this inconvenience.

EDIT: The games are back! Prize & Joy will be back next week. "



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Slots and Cards are back! Prize & Joy coming back next week! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Tue Sep 26, 2006 7:45 pm

Today, we received an update on that bulletin:


"Hey everyone,

Sorry, but we still don't have an estimated date on when Slots and Cards will be available to play again. We're currently making some changes to Slots and Cards and will let you know as soon as we can bring the games back.

In the meantime, try playing Word Bump or Fishing instead.

Thanks for being patient with us."



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Slots and Cards are back! Prize & Joy coming back next week! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Tue Oct 10, 2006 6:56 pm

We've received another bulletin regarding the Slots and Cards issue:


"The situation with Slots and Cards is still developing. We're still working hard to resolve the issue that caused them to be removed. We hate to keep stringing you along, but we still don't know when they'll be back. We don't want you to think that we've forgotten about them!

We hope to have them back up soon. Thanks so much for your patience."



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Slots and Cards are back! Prize & Joy coming back next week! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Thu Oct 19, 2006 7:20 pm

Today, we received an update on the bulletin:


"Slots and Cards are back! Rejoice!

Prize & Joy is coming back next week!"

28 Friend List Update!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Friend List Update! - [NPC] Rina Thu Sep 28, 2006 6:56 pm

OMG!! The Friend List has been updated!!

Here's the message I got on it!

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We've made it easier than ever to make friends on Gaia. No, we haven't made your breath smell better... we've updated the Friend List!


Why did we upgrade the Friend List?

The old Friend List was too complicated! It took several steps for members to add each other to their Friend Lists, so we got rid of the extra steps. We also squished some bugs and glitches, so it should work a lot better.


What's changed?


When you accept a Friend Request, that member will automatically be added to your Friend List. No more confusion!

The "Add to Friends" option will automatically add a member to your Friend List if you're already on theirs.

If you put another member who used to be your friend on your Ignore List, they will be removed from your Friend List, and you'll be removed from theirs. Any pending Friend Requests from them will be removed, too. Now you can burn all your bridges in one easy step!

"Move to Top" works better now. It moves multiple friends to the top of the list in the right order.

Sorting by your friends' Online/Offline status works how it should.


What's new?


When you search for a member, it will actually search. The search engine will look for exact matches, and then run a search for usernames that begin with your search term. If you get more than 20 results, you will be notified and asked to make your search more specific.

The Search page will also tell you your relationship each member who shows up in the search results. "None" will be the most common result, but you might also see things like: "They're on My List," "I'm on Their List," "Mutual Friendship," "I'm Ignoring Them," "They're Ignoring Me," or, if you really can't stand each other, "Mutually Ignored."

This brings us to another feature: "Remove Me." A Remove Me button has been added, letting you remove yourself from someone else's Friend List. You can remove another member if you want to stop receiving their "friends@gaia" PMs, or for any other crazy reason. Use it how you want, it's none of our business!



If you experience any weird bugs or glitches, please check out this thread:

http://www.gaiaonline.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=18101775

October Edit

03 Items Update~ (10/03)Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Items Update~ (10/03) - [NPC] Rina Tue Oct 03, 2006 8:07 pm

Squeeeee! There's new clothes in the stores!

Raptor in HR Wesley,

Drop Dead Gorgeous in Gambino Outfitters,

Dead Sexy in Gambino Outfitters,

Autumn Stripes in Crate & Apparel,

Emote Masks in Durem Depot, and

Giant Eyeballs in Barton Boutique!! O_O

These are gonna be great for Halloween! I can't wait! Go check 'em out!

05 Simpler password retrieval systemEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Simpler password retrieval system - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Thu Oct 05, 2006 4:12 pm

Cindy Donovinh here. We just received this bulletin at our station:


"Lots of Gaians have sent us feedback about our password retrieval system, so we've made it simpler and more streamlined. We will also be phasing out security questions within a week or so, because they were preventing quite a few people from retrieving their passwords and account info.

We hope this will make it easier for people who've forgotten their usernames or passwords to get back to Gaia!"


10 Slots and Cards are back! Prize & Joy coming back next week!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Slots and Cards are back! Prize & Joy coming back next week! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Tue Oct 10, 2006 6:56 pm

We've received another bulletin regarding the Slots and Cards issue:


"The situation with Slots and Cards is still developing. We're still working hard to resolve the issue that caused them to be removed. We hate to keep stringing you along, but we still don't know when they'll be back. We don't want you to think that we've forgotten about them!

We hope to have them back up soon. Thanks so much for your patience."



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Slots and Cards are back! Prize & Joy coming back next week! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Thu Oct 19, 2006 7:20 pm

Today, we received an update on the bulletin:


"Slots and Cards are back! Rejoice!

Prize & Joy is coming back next week!"

12 New Gaia banners around the siteEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New Gaia banners around the site - lanzer Thu Oct 12, 2006 2:24 pm

Hello everyone,

From now on we are going to have Gaia event banners to promote various features, new items, and new events around the site. Not to mention special banners that give gold or items!

These event banners will be seen by all Gaians including our donators so nobody miss out on the events. Just wish to give a heads up to all donators that these aren't banner ads but Gaia announcements.

Banner ads will continue to be blocked for Gaia donators.

12 Improved Gold System!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Improved Gold System! - [NPC] Rina Thu Oct 12, 2006 6:42 pm

Wheeeeeeeee! More gold for you!!!

Tons of Gaians have sent us feedback on the new gold system, and the general opinion seems clear: you want more gold!

Who are we to argue? You want more gold, you get more gold. We’ve tweaked the gold granting system to give out more gold and bigger bonuses. Wow, you’re rich!

Before, you’d get big bonuses once a day for each of your first actions on the site (like your first PM, profile comment, or forum post of the day). Now we give you even bigger bonuses, and we give them out twice a day. It’s like bathing in a glorious waterfall of GOLD!

We had some problems with botting, too, so we’ve made it harder for cheaters to drive up prices with their unsavory acts. Crime doesn’t pay!

Have fun with your fabulous wealth!

15 October 2006 Donation Items Released!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement October 2006 Donation Items Released! - [NPC] Rina Sun Oct 15, 2006 2:46 pm

Yaaaaaaaay! The donation items for October 2006 are here!

This month, you get to pick from a Shadow Spirit and Pixie!

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Go preview and get these donation items!


Thanks for supporting Gaia~!

18 New Invite System! Invite Your Friends!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New Invite System! Invite Your Friends! - [NPC] Rina Wed Oct 18, 2006 5:07 pm

Oh wowowowowweeee, somebody just handed me this announcement!!

Hey Gaians! Gaia is like delicious pie: it may be fun to greedily hoard it all for yourself, but it’s ultimately more satisfying if you share it with others!

In that spirit, we've made a system that lets you share Gaia with your friends! Better still, you'll earn awesome bonuses both for yourself and for the people you invite. When you invite a friend to the site, we'll give them an awesome head start: they'll get an extra 200 Gold to buy some cool starting items. We'll also give you 100 Gold for each friend you successfully invite, as a “thank you” gift for sharing Gaia with others.

Halloween is a great time to share Gaia with your friends, since we'll be having crazy one-of-a-kind special events. As a special incentive to get your buddies in on the fun, we'll give you a cool limited edition item on Halloween for each friend you successfully invite during the month of October. Wow!

Get out there and invite some friends!

EDIT: People had a lot of questions about the items they will recieve from this promotion! The items will be randomly selected from among the same Halloween event items that every member will be able to get during our special Halloween festivities. You'll be able to access these items whether or not you invite people, but inviting people will make it easier!

ANOTHER EDIT: Please invite responsibly! We've experienced some issues with members abusing the Invite Friends feature by registering tons of mule accounts. Members who excessively abuse the Invite system may wind up getting their accounts suspended. Oh no!


P.S. – Here are a couple of minor issues that affect the Invite system:

  • You can currently only invite ten people at a time. After the members you've invited join the site, you'll be free to invite more people. The limit will be increased in the near future to allow you to invite more people at once.
  • We’re currently having some trouble sending invitations to Hotmail addresses (i.e. name@hotmail.com). For now, you won’t be able to send invitations to Hotmail, but hopefully we’ll get this fixed soon. Thanks for being patient!


  • Icon announceAnnouncement New Invite System! Invite Your Friends! - [NPC] Rina Wed Oct 18, 2006 5:49 pm

Hi guys! We've edited the announcement to make the special Halloween promotion a little clearer. We hope this answers your questions!



  • Icon announceAnnouncement New Invite System! Invite Your Friends! - [NPC] Rina Wed Oct 18, 2006 8:09 pm

Hi again! We've updated the announcement again to add some more info about the Invite Friends feature

25 New Gaia Game: Jigsaw!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New Gaia Game: Jigsaw! - [NPC] Rina Wed Oct 25, 2006 7:23 pm

Ooooh, look!! A new announcement! About a GAME!

Solve a Gaia Jigsaw Puzzle!

Choose from one of ten cool Gaia images, and come back often—- a new puzzle will be added every week for the next several months!

Pick your difficulty, from Easy to Insane, and then click START to have your random puzzle created-- every one is unique!

You can chat with your friends (or make new ones) while you put all the pieces in place (they’ll snap in automatically when they’re in the right spot). Your friends will even see how far along you are in your puzzle.

Every time you finish a puzzle, you win Gaia Gold! And, if you're lucky, you can win a piece of clothing for your avatar, extra bonus gold, or a collectible framed version of the image for the wall of your Gaia Home!

So get puzzling!

Need help? Jigsaw Help page is here.

30 Donation items name change to monthly collectiblesEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Donation items name change to monthly collectibles - lanzer Mon Oct 30, 2006 10:08 pm

Gaia started as a few admins running a small server in a living room, but member contributions have helped us move to a great office and have a full and talented staff building events and features.

Gaia would not be here if not for the support from members like you. Our members mean a lot to us, both financially and emotionally. We’re honored that our members are willing to trade their hard-earned money for the monthly virtual items we come up with, and for helping the growth of the community at the same time.

Recently, we’ve heard of more concerns from parents and members over the word “donation”. Since Gaia is not a non-profit organization, “donation” is probably not the most appropriate word to use. To avoid any confusion, and to avoid chances of us running into legal trouble, we’ve decided to stop using the word “donation” to describe the monthly items we offer. What were once called “donation items” will soon be known as “monthly collectibles”.

Does this mean that we’ve gone all greedy and your money is being funneled to some rich corporate fat-cat now? Definitely not! The change is only in wording to address the confusion. Your money is still going to the exact same place, and being used for the exact same things. Your money helps us pay the artists, designers, programmers and all-around geniuses who work hard to make Gaia the greatest hangout on the web. It helps us expand our technology to make Gaia run faster and more smoothly. It helps us stay in our own offices, where we can yell and scream ideas at each other and gather enough talents to make big projects like the Battle System a possibility.

So nothing is changed but the name itself, and we will continue to work hard for the new features to come. Have fun at the Halloween event! We’ve just bought a rack full of servers to make sure that the event will run smoothly, and all of that would not have been possible if not for your contributions.

30 Halloween Event Info + Exclusive Interview with Ron & AliensEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Halloween Event Info + Exclusive Interview with Ron & Aliens - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Mon Oct 30, 2006 7:11 pm

Welcome to Gaia Action 9 News!

Gaia's special 2006 Halloween event has started! You can now trick or treat in shops and towns, and it's party time and the Gambino Mansion! Check the Halloween Event Page to join the festivities...

The event will run until 11 PM Pacific standard time on Friday, November 3rd.


To read the exclusive interview with Ron Bruise and the aliens, check out this thread.

For the latest discussions about the event, please check out the super-secret Area 91 forum.



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Halloween Event Info + Exclusive Interview with Ron & Aliens - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Tue Oct 31, 2006 3:31 pm

Now you can commemorate Gaia's spectacular 2006 Halloween event with this outlandish alien garment! Suitable for all creatures with two arms and a head; can accommodate additional arms with simple alterations. Don't leave your pod without one!

This limited-edition shirt is only available between Halloween and November 3rd!

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Go check out the Gaia Store to buy one!



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Halloween Event Info + Exclusive Interview with Ron & Aliens - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Tue Oct 31, 2006 5:07 pm

Breaking news: Live coverage of the party at the Gambino Mansion is starting now! New updates will be gradually added until it's complete (which should be before 5PM Pacific today). Click here to read our coverage now.



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Halloween Event Info + Exclusive Interview with Ron & Aliens - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Tue Oct 31, 2006 7:21 pm

Action 9 Update: The invasion has begun at the Gambino Mansion! Humans can zap aliens and tip cows, and aliens can probe cows and humans! Check the Halloween Landing Page for more information.

31 The Halloween event is back.Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The Halloween event is back. - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Tue Oct 31, 2006 9:24 pm

The Halloween event is back online!

The administrators are still working on the kinks, so there might be down-time later tonight.

Thanks for your patience



  • Icon announceAnnouncement The Halloween event is back. - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Tue Oct 31, 2006 11:59 pm

I've been handed another bulletin from the administrators:

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Due to some slightly massively huge overloading of our system, we have to pause the event for a while. Awwww! Just when we were having fun!

But don't despair, Gaians! Zapping and probing will be back soon!

We're really sorry! We'll fix it!

31 Towns is BACK IN BUSINESS!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Towns is BACK IN BUSINESS! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Tue Oct 31, 2006 8:59 pm

Hi everybody! Towns is back online

Enjoy!



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Towns is BACK IN BUSINESS! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Wed Nov 01, 2006 3:53 pm

I've just recieved this special bulletin from the Gaia administrators:

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Sorry guys, due to a massive and unforseen candy shortage, we've had to take Towns offline for a little while while we restock.

We hope to get things back up and running again before tomorrow morning. Yes, we know: it sucks!

November Edit

01 Towns is BACK IN BUSINESS!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Towns is BACK IN BUSINESS! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Wed Nov 01, 2006 3:53 pm

I've just recieved this special bulletin from the Gaia administrators:

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Sorry guys, due to a massive and unforseen candy shortage, we've had to take Towns offline for a little while while we restock.

We hope to get things back up and running again before tomorrow morning. Yes, we know: it sucks!

03 The Halloween Party has been extended to Saturday!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The Halloween Party has been extended to Saturday! - [NPC] Gambino's Memorial Fri Nov 03, 2006 9:35 pm

BWAHAHAHA, GAIANS! That was a raucous shindig indeed! It was fun while it lasted, but it's almost time for me to throw everyone out! Things got so crazy that I'm going to give you an extra night to find a couch and sleep it off. But after that, you'll have to grab your coats, say your goodbyes, tip one last cow, and get the heck out! If you're not outta here by 11PM, PST on Saturday, I'm going to kick you out myself. And it won't be pretty!

Those crazy Zurg sure know how to have a good time! They were real party animals: probing guests, pestering the livestock, crackin' wise and just plain blowing the roof off the place. Literally!

The one who calls herself "Mother" (or himself... who the heck can tell?) is a real classy lady! Or man! Or whatever! Anyway, we had a grand old time talking about the soft drink business. She's got some big ideas-- not just about energy drinks, but about EVERYTHING!

I guess we'll just have to wait and see what she has in store!

06 PM reporting system ~Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement PM reporting system ~ - [NPC] Rina Mon Nov 06, 2006 3:33 pm

Hey everyone!

We've made some changes to the Private Message system that will show up a little later today, November 6th

"Post Reply" has been changed to "Reply"
"Quote" and the second "Post Reply" button have been removed (why have 3 buttons doing the same thing?!)
A button to report PMs to the moderators has been added

YES! A report a PM button!

Please keep in mind that the report forms are serious! Using PM reports or any other report form to submit a false report will result in your account being warned Please don't do it!

To avoid confusion, we've made the report confirmation page look VERY different from a reply page. If you report someone, you'll see bright red text warning you that you're making a report!

Have fun and be safe!

07 Gaia User Survey! Tell us stuff!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia User Survey! Tell us stuff! - [NPC] Rina Tue Nov 07, 2006 2:17 pm

Hey guys!

We've had a crazy number of responses to the survey already, and it looks like we've got all the informaton we need, so we'll be closing the survey. Thanks for telling us stuff! We really appreciate it.



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia User Survey! Tell us stuff! - [NPC] Rina Tue Nov 07, 2006 3:59 pm

Wheeee~ Another bulletin from the admins! Let's see what it says...

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Hi Gaians!

To find out a little more about what sorts of people use Gaia (cool people, obviously), and how we can make it more fun, we've built a little survey.

Wicked Bribe Alert -- The first 100 people to fill it out will get a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate! Respond now for fortune and glory!!!

-link removed due to completed survey, thanks for heping!-

Thanks for your time, friends!

15 November 2006 Monthly Collectibles are out!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement November 2006 Monthly Collectibles are out! - [NPC] Rina Wed Nov 15, 2006 3:31 pm

Yaaaayy!! The new Monthly Collectibles for November are here!! And they're really good ones this time!!! But then again, they're always good!!

This month, you get to pick from Momo the Monkey and a Mini UFO!

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Click here to preview and purchase these awesome Collectibles! Wheeee~




  • Icon announceAnnouncement November 2006 Monthly Collectibles are out! - [NPC] Rina Wed Nov 15, 2006 7:42 pm

Hey!

I heard that the admins noticed a lot of people wanting a Mini UFO pose with the baby alien, but without the mother ship outfit!

Well guess what?

You get the option to hold the baby's hand now without looking like a mothership! Yay~!

Hope you guys enjoy that!

16 The Quest System is here!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The Quest System is here! - [NPC] Rina Thu Nov 16, 2006 3:08 pm

Uh oh, the admins have another message...

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Hi Gaians!

Unfortunately, we have to take the quest system down for a while so we can fix a few bugs. The huge number of members trying out the quest is putting a giant strain on some parts of the site, which is making some things run as slow as cold molasses!!!

We hope to get everything working again soon!



  • Icon announceAnnouncement The Quest System is here! - [NPC] Rina Thu Nov 16, 2006 6:54 pm

Ooh, what's this? A message from the admins!!!

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The long-awaited Gaia Quest System is finally here!

The Quest System will let us create cooler events and activities on Gaia; you'll be able to interact with NPCs, do fun stuff around the site, and get gold and items.

We've only made one little quest so far, but the important thing is that we've put the system in place. Now that we can easily stick quests into place, we hope to add new quests monthly or maybe even weekly.

If you want to try out the first quest, click on the Quest icon in the upper right corner of the site, or click here. It's just a simple set of tasks to teach new users a few things about the site, but older users should check it out anyway-- there's a reward!

Stay tuned, Gaians. New quests will be popping up soon!

The last step of the quest requires members to post a message in the "Welcome" forum. To cut down on spam, the moderators have made a special thread for that purpose. You do not have to start your own thread! The thread can be found here. Now get questin'!

20 The Mini UFO can now FLY!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The Mini UFO can now FLY! - [NPC] Rina Mon Nov 20, 2006 6:19 pm

Ooh! Ooooh! The admins have a message and I think it's gonna be a good one!!

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The Mini UFO, one of November's Collectibles, has gained a new feature!

Some heroic Gaian has broken into a secret Zurg bunker and stolen an amazing piece of technology: the hover-core that allows a manned UFO to fly!

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Now, those Gaians who have the Mini UFO Collectible will be able to fly around in towns, zipping over trees and houses, swooping over other Gaians, and generally making nuisances out of themselves.

The high-capacity hover batteries only last a limited time; it is estimated that the Mini UFOs will only be capable of flight for a month or two, so enjoy this feature while you can!

To use your flying UFO, just equip your UFO in the "Kart Rider" or "Mini UFO" pose and enter Towns.


And if you don't have a Mini UFO yet, click here to get one!

30 Breaking News: Mysterious Crash-landing!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Breaking News: Mysterious Crash-landing! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Thu Nov 30, 2006 5:28 pm

A mysterious crash may provide clues to the disappearance of UFO 9, the renegade Zurg pilot who many Gaians count as an ally. Visit Gaia 9's special live coverage page for more information about this breaking story...

December Edit

04 December's Monthly Collectibles: Packed with VALUE!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement December's Monthly Collectibles: Packed with VALUE! - [NPC] Rina Mon Dec 04, 2006 7:03 pm

Hiiiii! The admins gave me a message... it looks important!

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Does your Monthly Collectible letter feel a little heavy this month? That's because it's packed with value. The December letter contains a choice of three Collectibles!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: So what?
A: Normally, letters only contain a selection of two items. This one has three! For those of you who aren't so hot at math, that's one more item.

Q: What are this month's items?
A: We can't tell you yet. You'll have to wait until the 15th, like everyone else!

Q: But are they cool?
A: If they weren't cool, we would be too ashamed of them to make this announcement.

Q: Why three instead of two?
A: Because we love you 50% more than we did last month.

Q: Does the December letter cost more?
A: No, it costs the same amount. Hence the "value"!

Q: Does this mean I get an extra item for free?
A: Nay, you just get to pick from three different items in each envelope instead of two.

Q: So, basically, is this just really, really great?
A: Yes, this whole thing is really great, and we're all so excited that we've been jumping around and shrieking about it all week (seriously)

Click here to learn how to get Gaia Monthly Collectibles.

05 New hats in the GStore!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New hats in the GStore! - [NPC] Rina Tue Dec 05, 2006 7:16 pm

Wheeeeeeee~ a message from the admins!!!

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Celebrate the holiday spirit the Gaia way: with funny hats!

We've added two new items to the GStore, both based on beloved virtual items from Gaia.

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First is the Panda Hat, an item of great historical significance. The original Panda Hat was only the second Monthly Collectible item ever released on Gaia, all the way back in July of 2003! It's comfortable, adorable, and suitable for both girls and boys. Most hats look dumb on me, but I tried one on and it looked like I was born to wear it.

Second is the adorable Catscratch Hat. Apparently it was created by famous Gaian hat designer L0cke while he was in one of his frequent stupors, which should be reason enough for anyone to want one! I asked him what it was supposed to be, and he said it was representative of all the stuff cats do: leave messy paw-prints, scratch up your stuff, and sit on your head. From tragedy comes triumph: this hat looks great!

Click here to visit the GStore.

Remember: if you want these items by Christmas, you should order 'em before the 15th of December.

06 Tagging System + New Store ItemsEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Tagging System + New Store Items - [NPC] Rina Wed Dec 06, 2006 6:38 pm

Oooooh! The admins want to tell you something...

New items! New items! NEW ITEMS!

Everybody loves new shop items! Check out the super-cute Jenny Set in Gambino Outfitters, the dignified Button Down set in H.R. Wesley, the funky Zebra Set in Crate & Apparel, and some pretty new jewelry in Barton Jewelers. Click here to shop 'til you flop!

Tagging! What the heck is Tagging? It's awesome, that's what it is.

With the new Tagging System, you'll be able to search threads by keywords and find what you're looking for on the forums much more easily!

When you start a new thread, you can select up to five tags. Choose them wisely! Tags can be between 4 and 40 characters long, and can only use letters and numbers (no punctuation, spaces, or special characters; they must also contain at least one letter). For example, if you start a thread about being attacked by a giant sloth, you might add tags like "sloth," "injury," "mammals," "biting" and "clawing." You can also add tags to threads that were made before the tagging system was put up by editing the thread.

The addition of tags gives you a way to search for threads that interest you. It would be great if we could offer a full-text search option for our forums, but there are so many threads and posts that if even one person tried to search the database, the earth would literally burst into flames. Seriously. But, since that's not currently possible, being able to search tags is the next best thing.

To search for tags, click the "Community" link, and then the "Search" link.

The Tagging System also changes the way the "Interests" section of your profile works. Now, when you enter your interests, they'll have to follow the tag guidelines listed above. Remember to write your interests as one-word tags (like "guitars" or "books or "erosion" instead of full sentences (like "I am interested in the mating habits of eels" . Your old interests have been moved into the "hobbies/interests" section of the new system.

Happy tagging, Gaians!

P.S.- It should go without saying, but it's against the rules to use dirty/offensive/non-PG13 tags in your threads, and will result in a warning. Tag with care!

12 Gaia 9 Exclusive Interview with Johnny GambinoEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia 9 Exclusive Interview with Johnny Gambino - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Tue Dec 12, 2006 7:29 pm

Good evening, Gaians.

Gaia 9 Action News has conducted an exclusive interview with Johnny Gambino, in which he shares an important message about Gaia's future. Please click here to watch the interview.

Further information about the Zurg occupation can be found on the Action News Live Coverage Site.

Stay tuned for more exclusive interviews in the coming days!

15 The December Collectibles are here!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The December Collectibles are here! - [NPC] Rina Fri Dec 15, 2006 2:50 pm

It's the 15th of the month! You know what that means, right? It means new Monthly Collectibles! Wheeeeeee!

We're really proud of this month's items, and we hope you like them as much as we do.

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First, there's the glorious Elemental Hair! This item lets you choose between eight different hairstyles-- based on the elements of Fire, Water, Wind and Earth-- and you can change between them all you want without paying harsh fees at the salon. Magnificent!

Next, we have the delicately beautiful Winter Rose. You can wear it as a corsage, grip it in your teeth for a quick tango, wear it as a formal gown, or make a gigantic bouquet. And that's only half the stuff you can do with it. We'll leave the rest up to surprise (or you can go to this page and spoil it for yourself).

Finally, there's the Flame Sword, a weapon of incredible power and unsurpassed hotness. Wield it and strike fear into the heart of your foes, or wear it on your back to form fiery wings of doom! Just don't drop it, or you might set your pants on fire...

Click here to get these items for your avatar!

18 Xmas is Near!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Xmas is Near! - [NPC] Rina Mon Dec 18, 2006 5:25 pm

Oh noooooo! Did you hear that they tried to kidnap Santa? I hope he's okay! This must mean that Xmas is coming soon...

Oh, look, it's a message from the admins:

Start jingling your bells and decking your halls, Gaians! The Gaia Xmas Event will start on Wednesday, December 20th, and it will run through January 1st. Keep an eye on the Event Page for all your Xmas-related needs.

19 Exclusive interview with Santa Claus + new Towns features!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Exclusive interview with Santa Claus + new Towns features! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Tue Dec 19, 2006 9:43 pm

Interview with Santa and UFO 2:

Good evening Gaians, this is Cindy Donovinh of Gaia 9 Action News. Gaia 9 has conducted an exclusive interview with two prominent figures who will surely shape Gaia's future over the coming weeks: the mild-mannered Zurg pilot known as #2, and the famously jolly old elf we call Santa Claus.

The fate of Gaia hangs in the balance. Click here to read the interview now.

And now, a message from Gaia's admins:

Hi guys! We'll be putting up a new version of Towns tomorrow, so prepare yourself for cool new features. Here are some of the things we'll be adding:

  • Caroling in Towns - Similar to Trick or Treating: sing at the doorsteps of your friends and neighbors to gain holiday cheer!
  • Winter season settings
  • It's Snowing!
  • The ability to add people to your Friend List straight from Towns.
  • The ability to view profiles by clicking on avatars
  • Colored names for mods and admins, just like on the forums
  • Improvements to the readability of usernames
  • The ability to move using the arrow keys on your keyboard
  • The ability to report people! Show those trolls who's boss!


Enjoy!

20 Moo ho ho! The Gaia Xmas Event has started!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Moo ho ho! The Gaia Xmas Event has started! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Wed Dec 20, 2006 3:13 pm

The Xmas event is finally here! After all the buildup, all the mind-swapping, and all the Zurg family drama, it's time to get down to business and hand out some presents!

As you may know, our dear friend Santa was recently the victim of a botched Zurg abduction attempt, resulting in his mind being zapped into a cow's body. The meek and loveable Zurg known as #2 has stepped up to help Santa deliver his presents, but Santa isn't so sure he wants any more "help" from the Zurg...

Whatever their differences may be, both Santas just want Xmas to be fun for everyone... but they need your help!

Visit our Xmas Event Page to find out how you can give out some gifts, earn some special items, and save Xmas for all of Gaia!

24 New Front Page Design - Your Input neededEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New Front Page Design - Your Input needed - lanzer Sun Dec 24, 2006 5:48 am

Hello everyone, Merry Christmas!

Hope everyone is enjoying the Christmas Event. While most of us were busy with setting up the event, others had been hard at work on site improvements, including ideas for a new front page design. Please drop by and let us know what you think!

New Front Page Feedback Thread

Happy Holidays!

-Lanzer

28 The triumphant return of Going Postal!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The triumphant return of Going Postal! - [NPC] Rina Thu Dec 28, 2006 6:10 pm

Ooh, a message from the admins! Let's read it:

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We're bringing back a great feature that fell by the wayside long ago: Going Postal! We get a lot of mail from members, and we want to show it off for all the world to see. Every month, we'll publish our favorite postal mail from Gaians: art, letters, or whatever else you guys send in.

Check out Going Postal here, and remember to stop by every month to see new letters and artwork!

31 The Zurg Hive New Year's BallEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The Zurg Hive New Year's Ball - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Sun Dec 31, 2006 9:40 pm

The Zurg Hive New Year's Ball is open!

The Zurg are hosting a party to celebrate the New Year. You're cordially invited to join Mother and the rest of the Zurg Hive for an evening of fun and festivity aboard the luxurious Mothership!

Click here to join the party.

Happy New Year, Gaia!

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