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January Edit

01 Celebrate 2007 with Double Gold!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Celebrate 2007 with Double Gold! - [NPC] Rina Mon Jan 01, 2007 2:58 am

'*Cha-ching* in the new year with incredible wealth: Double Gold Week is coming!

From January 1st until January 7th, everything you do on Gaia-- posting in the forums, answering polls, playing games, surfing around the site, or whatever-- will earn you TWICE the gold. It's a great time to do some serious questing to get those pricey items you've been dreaming of.

A word of caution: No, this doesn't mean you get to spam up the forums. Please enjoy this event responsibly!

04 We've revamped the Monthly Collectible payment system.Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement We've revamped the Monthly Collectible payment system. - [NPC] Rina Thu Jan 04, 2007 6:34 pm

Ooh! The admins handed me this note...

Hey Gaians,

We've made our payment system for Monthly Collectibles and Gift Credits better looking, easier to use, and more secure. We've also added the My Orders page, which lets you keep track of your recent purchases.

We're still working on upgrading and improving the phone payment system, so we've temporarily removed the option of paying by phone. We'll bring it back soon!

05 The winners of the Art Contest will be announced soon!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The winners of the Art Contest will be announced soon! - [NPC] Rina Fri Jan 05, 2007 8:59 pm

Hey, a note from the admins... ooh! Art!

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Hi Gaians!

We had a great time looking through all the entries for the Gaia Holiday Art Contest, and it was tough to pick just a few winners from among so many great entries... but we did!

Update: We briefly posted a list of the winners, but we had to take it down because the winners were having trouble with their image hosting. Further info can be found here. We'll re-announce the winners sometime soon!

Thanks to everyone who entered, participated, commented, voted, or just hung around and looked at cool art.

08 Changes to PM system and gold grantingEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Changes to PM system and gold granting - lanzer Mon Jan 08, 2007 5:13 pm

Hello everyone,

We've always been thinking of how to give more opportunities for you to earn gold, and recently we've increased the gold earning for PM, posting, commenting, and many other activities on Gaia. We'll soon be making more quests to give even more opportunities to earn gold also. Though on the downside, some people had found the new gold earning system as a way to exploit the site. They run bots which spam the site, and sell the gold for profit. These botters need to be stopped, and today there will be changes in the PM system to stop the botters.

The botting activities had caused our database to slow down, they cause a large amount of gold to be granted, making prices in the marketplace to skyrocket, and not to mention filling people's inbox with spam.

We are doing a lot in fighting botting activities, and I'm sorry to say that in the process, we will need to disable the "friends@gaia" feature which allows users to PM everyone on their friendslists. On top of that, gold granting for PM will be disabled also.

None of us wish to take away opportunities for you to earn gold, and we will be implementing other ways to earn gold on Gaia as well as make adjustments to the gold earning system to grant more gold on the side. Though more importantly, let's make Gaia free of spam and botters first.

Please be patient while we tackle the botting problems. We'll continue to make Gaia great, one step at a time.

-Lanzer

09 We're proud to present the Holiday Art Contest winners!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement We're proud to present the Holiday Art Contest winners! - [NPC] Rina Tue Jan 09, 2007 4:53 pm

For real this time!

We originally announced the winners on Friday, but we had to temporarily take down the list due to problems with the winners' image hosting . We've got it all fixed up now, and we're ready to share the winners with the world!

Click here to check out the amazing art that Gaians worked so hard to create. Prepare to be impressed!

10 New t-shirts in the GStore!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New t-shirts in the GStore! - [NPC] Rina Wed Jan 10, 2007 5:30 pm

Hi guys,

We've updated the GStore with some cute new baby-tees!


The snuggly ILU Baby Tee, which features a CoCo and KiKi Kitty nuzzling in an adorable fashion. Warning: may cause your cuteness levels to skyrocket to dizzying heights. Available blue and white.

The snazzy Gwee Flame Baby Tee, which spells out the word "Gaia" in the precious flaming sneeze of our favorite baby dragon. Perfect for dragon-lovers, pyromaniacs*, and people who wear shirts (and who among us doesn't fall into at least one of those categories? It's perfect for everyone, basically).


'*Please do not light this shirt, or anyone else's shirt, or anything else, on fire.

Click here to get yourself some shirts!

10 Three Collectibles? Your Input Needed.Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Three Collectibles? Your Input Needed. - lanzer Wed Jan 10, 2007 6:36 pm

Hello everyone,

Last month we released three collectible items instead of two, and we would like to hear your opinion about it. For those who are interested, please click on the link below.

Click here for the feedback thread.

Your support in purchasing the monthly collectibles made Gaia what it is today. So your opinion regarding the monthly collectibles matters to us a lot. Thanks for all your input!

-Lanzer

15 The January Collectibles are here!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The January Collectibles are here! - [NPC] Rina Mon Jan 15, 2007 2:56 pm

Oooohhh, it's finally the 15th! The new Collectibles are here!

This month, you can choose between Damascus Armor and the Gift of the Goddess.

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The Damascus Armor set lets you choose a horned helm, an intricately detailed breastplate, a pair of fearsome gauntlets and more—you can equip them in their sleek natural form, or in the "charged" state, with red energy crackling over their surface.

The Gift of the Goddess set lets you choose items inspired by several goddesses. Choose from Durga's many arms, Isis' jeweled wings, Athena's winged shoes, Kaguya's celestial robes, and many other divine items.

Click here to find out how to get 'em!

For those who were curious about the little hints we put up in the newsletter, here are the official answers:

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What's the capital of Syria?

-Damascus, as in Damascus Armor. Damascus steel is famous for its strength and flexibility.

What was Paul McCartney's band after the Beatles?

-Wings! There are quite a few wings involved in the Goddess set.

How can you hold a bunch of stuff when you've only got two hands?

-Get more arms, of course! Isn't it obvious? The Goddess set includes a pose that allows you to emulate Durga's many arms.

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-It's a crane! The Goddess set includes a gorgeous flock of cranes that swoops around your avatar.

What do you call the female version of a mixed-up dog?

-If you mix up the letters in "dog," you get "god," and the female version of that is "goddess."

18 Gift giving is back!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gift giving is back! - [NPC] Rina Thu Jan 18, 2007 2:34 pm

Hey, remember when you could give people gift-wrapped items from your inventory? Well, it's time to unremember that memory, because it's not a memory anymore: the gift system is back! It was sidelined with nasty bugs for a while, but it's all patched up and ready to go.

Uh oh! Have you forgotten how to use it? Here's a reminder:

To give a gift, go to your inventory, select an item and click on the "Give as Gift" button. Remember that you need a trading pass before you can give gifts!

Select how you want your gift to be given. You can choose your wrapping paper, write a note to the recipient, and choose whether you want to show your name or give your gift anonymously.

When your gift is sent, the recipient will get a PM, and the wrapped box containing their gift will appear in their inventory.

Remember: to avoid getting scammed, never use the gift system to make trades with other members, and never accept trades involving giftwrapped items.


In the spirit of the gift giving system's triumphant return, why not help out some needy newbies or frustrated questers by giving them some old stuff that you're not using?



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gift giving is back! - Cashmere Cactus Thu Jan 18, 2007 5:50 pm

Some members have expressed concern over the possibility of using the Gift system to scam people. The original Gift system had a glitch which made it difficult for moderators to track the contents of gift boxes, but this has been corrected. Now, the moderators will be able to accurately track all gifts that are given and recieved, even if they're given anonymously. This ought to make the Gift system much more secure!

22 New limited-edition t-shirt in the GStore!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New limited-edition t-shirt in the GStore! - [NPC] Rina Mon Jan 22, 2007 9:31 pm

Check out the hot (well... cold, actually) new shirt in the GStore!

It's our Winter 2007 t-shirt, featuring Liam busting a move on a snowboard. If you want one, you'd better hurry, because they're limited edition-- when they're gone, they're gone for good!

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What have we here? Oh, a convenient link to the GStore!

30 New Front Page Design to be releasedEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New Front Page Design to be released - lanzer Tue Jan 30, 2007 1:02 pm

Hello everyone,

After much tweaking and debate, we've finally decided on a final version of the front page re-design.

The new look will remain focused on the main highlights of Gaia, along with a more polished look and feel, plus a top panel that will occasionally change with different characters and backgrounds.

30 Salon update!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Salon update! - [NPC] Moira Tue Jan 30, 2007 4:53 pm

Tired of your miserable old hairdo? Well, you could go to the dentist and have your head removed, but that's the coward's way out!

Instead, why not visit our friend Vanessa at the Salon? She's a whiz with scissors, clippers, curlers, and everything else. She gave me this haircut with a lighter! Can you believe it?

I don't wanna brag or anything, but I've been teaching her a thing or two about what's hip. Based on my expert advice, she's offering up five new hairstyles: Rainy, Ringlets, Upsweep, Bedhead and French Braid. Go check them out!

30 New Gwee plushie/keychain in the GStore!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New Gwee plushie/keychain in the GStore! - [NPC] Rina Tue Jan 30, 2007 6:21 pm

Wheee! The admins gave me a note, and it's about cute stuff!! Look!

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We've updated the GStore with a new plushie! This ultracute doe-eyed Gwee keychain may look a little sad, but he'll probably perk right up once he has some keys to guard (Gwees love keys).

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Take a gander at the Plushies section of the GStore for more exciting information.

Hey, did you know that Valentine's Day is coming up?

If you want to buy some cute GStore goodies for your sweetie, you should try to place your order by Tuesday, February 6th. That way, you'll have the best chance of getting your items before Valentine's Day, and you won't be left looking like an empty-handed chump on the big day!

As for great Gaia gift ideas for that special dude or lady: may we humbly suggest the romantic ILU Shirt, an endlessly useful keychain, or one of our cute Plushies?

31 Towns will be down for about an hour.Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Towns will be down for about an hour. - Cashmere Cactus Wed Jan 31, 2007 4:56 pm

Hey guys,

The developers will be taking Towns offline for about an hour. They're doing some maintenance work, and there's going to be all kinds of exposed wires and burst water mains, and it will be way too dangerous for the general public.

But everything will be back to normal after that! In fact, everything will be better than normal.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

31 Good news: The Housing Commission has been revamped!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Good news: The Housing Commission has been revamped! - [NPC] Leon Wed Jan 31, 2007 6:23 pm

Hark! An administrator just ran up and sheepishly handed me this note. I hope I didn't intimidate him:

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Our awesome developers have undertaken a mammoth task: they've completely rewritten and redesigned the Housing Commission! Buying, placing, and decorating your home is now much easier (and way less confusing!).

Building, placing and decorating your home used to be a complicated process that made you wander all over the site, but those days are over. We now have a one stop-shop for Gaia Homes, where you can pick a home style, change your home settings, place your home in towns, or launch the furniture store and arranger.

Better still, Towns will automatically grow whenever housing plots start running low-- that means everyone can have a home.

We've also reduced the cost of upgrading the size of your home from 20,000 gold to only 5,000. If you feel like a sucker because you already paid 20,000, have no fear! Everyone who already paid to upgrade will get 15,000 gold granted to their account. Hey, it's almost like free money!

Tons of bugs in Housing and Towns have been fixed, too, so you'll see shorter load times and a lot less glitches and errors.

What are you waiting for? Go grab yourself a swanky new shack at the Housing Commission!


Here's some more mind-bogglingly exciting info about the Housing system, straight from the developers :

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Q: What is Gaia Homes?
Gaia Homes is a way for you to build your own Home, customize your Home, and place your Home inside Gaia Towns. You can then invite your friends over to your Home and have a party!

Q: How do I get started?
To start building your Home, visit Josie at the Housing Commission. Josie will guide you through selecting a Home style, finding a place for your Home in Gaia Towns, and customizing your Home using the Housing Arranger.

Q: Can I move my Home once I choose a place for it?
You can move your Home, but there is a small fee. Visit the Housing Commission and choose the RELOCATE option on the right-hand menu.

Q: Can I change my Home style once I've already picked one?
You can change your Home style, but there is a small fee to do so. Visit the Housing Commission and choose the CHANGE STYLE option on the right-hand menu. Your Home's style is seen from the outside and there are three options to choose from.

Q: Can I make my Home bigger?
You can upgrade the size of the INSIDE of your Home (for a fee). Visit the Housing Commission and choose the "upgrade" option on the right-hand menu.

Q: Where can I buy furniture?
You can buy furniture for your house from The Faktori, which is the furniture store in Aekea. The store is fully automated and manned by robots! (get it? MANed...... ugh, yeah. Not a good joke. At least you don't have to assemble the furniture yourself)

You can also buy "used" furniture from the Gaia Marketplace.

Q: Now that I have some furniture, how do I put stuff in my Home?
Navigate to Aekea Housing Commission. Click Arrange Furniture and follow the instructions. You will need to first move items from your inventory into your Suitcase. Once you SAVED your progress, click Arrange My Home

Q: Where are my items? When I'm in the Housing Arranger, I don't see any of them.
Items must be moved into the Suitcase before they will show up in the Housing Arranger.

Q: Can people take items from my home while I'm away?
No. All items in your home are locked. Visitors can look at your home, but cannot change placement of items and are certainly not allowed to take any of your items or furniture. That would just be rude!

Q: Can I lock my house?
Yes, you can. Simply enable Lock Home from the Account link of your profile page. Users in Gaia Towns cannot enter locked homes.

February Edit

07 Valentine's Day Event... and 3 Collectibles!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Valentine's Day Event... and 3 Collectibles! - [NPC] Leon Wed Feb 07, 2007 5:56 pm

Halt, you! The admins have asked me to relay this urgent bulletin!

...Hey, isn't this supposed to be Rina's job? I've got stuff to do!

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Listen up, lovebirds: Valentine's Day will be here soon, and we're going to celebrate with a special event! From February 14th through February 16th, we'll be hosting our biggest and best V-day party yet. Stay tuned for some romantic festivities!

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And as if that weren't enough good news for one day, we're also going to be releasing a third Monthly Collectible in February! In honor of Valentine's Day, we're going to pack each Monthly Collectible envelope with a special third item choice that is totally unlike anything we've ever released before!

Click here to find out how to get February's Collectibles.

I bet you're wondering what February's items are... well, you'll find out on the 15th! But to tide you over until then, how about a few HINTS!?

What's the best possible thing a person can get on Valentine's Day? (Hey! Keep your mind out of the gutter!)

What's a verb that could describe the act of eating a dozen cheeseburgers in a single sitting? (Don't worry... this one has nothing to do with Valentine's Day.)

What do Beck, Suede, the Grateful Dead and Crosby Stills & Nash have in common (aside from the obvious)?

What's something that's all around you, even though you usually think of it as being above you?

What kind of a person is so cool that even Vanilla Ice couldn't diminish their awesomeness?

08 The Gwee Flame T-shirt: Now available in men's sizes!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The Gwee Flame T-shirt: Now available in men's sizes! - [NPC] Ron Bruise Thu Feb 08, 2007 7:28 pm

Whooooooooo! New stuff! This is great, because I've been running out of things to buy! The other day, I bought an electron microscope just because I could. I've been using it to look at my toenails, and it's been blowing my mind. Oh, anyway, here's the announcement:

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The Gaia Gwee-shirt, formerly available only in "baby tee" sizes, has been released in standard t-shirt sizes for ladies and gents.

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Whether you're a svelte young thing or a bodacious muscle-dude who could bench-press a rhino, you'll find a Gwee Tee that fits your form. Even if you're neither of those things, have no fear: with sizes from S to XXL, you're sure to find one that looks great. Even if you're a newborn baby, you could swaddle yourself in one! Or if you're a twenty-foot-tall hill giant, you could buy several of them and sew them together into a loincloth! The possibilities are endless.

May we humbly suggest that you click this convenient GStore link?

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Hey, are you wondering why I'm not wearing pants? It's because my boxers have hearts on them! Whooooo! Valentine's Day! Yeah!

I wish I had some pants with hearts on them, because I'm kind of cold...

14 The Valentine's Day Event is here!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The Valentine's Day Event is here! - [NPC] Moira Wed Feb 14, 2007 1:35 pm

Hey guys, happy V-day! The admins just handed me this heart-shaped piece of paper... let's see what it says...

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Rejoice, young lovers: we've opened the doors to our Valentine`s Day Party, and everyone is invited. Mingle with your fellow Gaians, give out some kisses, and maybe even earn a special item!

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Visit our special V-day Event Page to find out what all the hubbub is about.

15 The February Monthly Collectibles are here!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The February Monthly Collectibles are here! - [NPC] Rina Thu Feb 15, 2007 2:38 pm

Oh-boy-oh-boy-oh-boy!!! It's the 15th! Time for neat stuff! 4laugh.gif The admins asked me to show you this note:

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This month, you can choose from three great items: the Celestial Wrap, the Dark Star, and the amazing Celebrity Date!

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Do you ever stare up at that majestical roof fretted with golden fire and think "hey, I want one"? Well, now we offer the Celestial Wrap, a gorgeous set of items inspired by the limitless night sky.

The Dark Star shuriken is a fearsome instrument of combat when held in the right hands. In the wrong hands, however, it's a recipe for an extremely painful disaster.

Oh my goodness, you've won a date with one of Gaia's hottest celebrities! The Celebrity Date lets you spend a day (or a lifetime) with one of the stars of All My Gaians, the hottest soap opera on television.

Click here to score these items for yourself! Remember, you've only got fifteen days to get 'em, then they're gone for good. Alas!

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HINTMANIA: Read the following explanations of last week's hints to laugh at yourself for guessing totally wrong!

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What's the best possible thing a person can get on Valentine's Day? (Hey! Keep your mind out of the gutter!)

A date! We're offering you a digital date with Gaia's hottest celebrities, just in time for Valentine's Day (by "just in time" I mean "one day late" . Ideally, a date in real life would be way better, but we're not wizards.

What's a verb that could describe the act of eating a dozen cheeseburgers in a single sitting? (Don't worry... this one has nothing to do with Valentine's Day.)

Scarf! As in "to scarf." You'll notice that one of the Celestial Wrap's poses is a scarf. You'll also notice that you've got a ketchup stain on your bib.

What do Beck, Suede, the Grateful Dead and Crosby Stills & Nash have in common (aside from the obvious)?

They all have songs called "Dark Star." Hey, one of the items is a Dark Star! Coincidence!? Yes. For reference, the Suede song, "My Dark Star," is the best one.

What's something that's all around you, even though you usually think of it as being above you?

Space! The cosmos! The vaulted expanse of the heavens! The brave o'erhanging firmament! One of the items is the Celestial Wrap, which is quite spacey.

What kind of a person is so cool that even Vanilla Ice couldn't diminish their awesomeness?

A ninja! Even after Vanilla's extremely embarrassing "Ninja Rap!" turn in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, ninjas did not fade from popularity. Or from awesomeness.

20 New hats, hoodies and shirts in the GStore!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New hats, hoodies and shirts in the GStore! - [NPC] Leon Tue Feb 20, 2007 5:58 pm

What's this? A message from the admins! Hold still while I read this proclamation, will you?

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The GStore has been updated with all sorts of new stuff. Check out these ridiculously wearable new items:

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Kittens! The oldest trick in the book!

Keep your thorax warm with the Smashed Bee Twofer and the Thermal Hoodie. Find 'em in the T-shirt section.

Protect your head from the elements with the G-Corp Beanie and the Angelic Wing Beanie. They're in the Hats section.


Happy shopping, Gaians!

23 Thank You For Four Great YearsEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Thank You For Four Great Years - lanzer Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:25 am

Hello everyone,

It's Gaia Online's 4th anniversary, and we'd like to thank everyone here for being a part of it. Since last year, we've almost doubled in size. We rolled out mini games like Word Bump and Jigsaw, plus features like the new profile system, Daily Chance, and the Quest system. We now have more than 200 servers working to keep the site running smoothly. None of this would have been possible without support of members like you. Even though we're becoming much bigger, our dedication to our members is the same.

The Gaia team had also grown a lot in size so we can build more and provide the support for members. 2006 brought an important new addition to our team: Craig, AKA fin. He brings us something we've never had before: practical knowledge of how to get things done. He's been helping us with a lot of the complicated details so we can concentrate on what we do best: creating art, programming, developing games, and finding new ways to have fun.

There will be a lot of exciting changes in 2007 as we work to make Gaia the most fun and creative hangout on the web, but the one thing that will never change is who we are. We're coming up with ways to make our big ideas possible without losing what makes us special, and we're counting on your feedback and comments every step of the way.

We might be working with other companies over the next year, but our goal is to find partnerships that make the site more fun. We're aiming to build cool new features like the Battle System, a mini-MMORPG which will add a new level of interaction to the site. We're also going to have more special events than ever before, so there will always be something new and fun to do!

On behalf of the entire Gaia team, I'd like to thank you for all your support over the years. We're really excited about what the future holds, and we hope that you'll join us at the Gaia Anniversary Ball, where we'll celebrate our accomplishments together and look forward to more great times!

-Lanzer


Click here to visit the event page!

28 Coming in 2007 - Movie/anime items, quests, and eventsEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Coming in 2007 - Movie/anime items, quests, and events - lanzer Wed Feb 28, 2007 5:38 pm

Hello everyone,

We have a lot of big events planned for 2007, and on top of that we're going to work on creating some events, quests and items based on movies and anime titles.

New Line Cinema recently asked us to promote their new movie “The Last Mimzy” on Gaia. We checked out the trailer and thought it looked pretty cool, so starting next week we will be putting some info around the site to help spread the word about the movie. There will be a special Last Mimzy Quest available (and a free exclusive item!) for those who are interested.

In the future there might be a few more partnerships with film or anime studios, but we'll be careful to choose cool stuff that you might like. Stay tuned for more details!

March Edit

01 Huge new item update in the Gaia Shops!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Huge new item update in the Gaia Shops! - [NPC] Moira Thu Mar 01, 2007 7:34 pm

We've released some gorgeously snooty new items! The Elegant Set is reminiscent of the fashions of the French Revolution, with ornate dresses, strings of pearls, and gigantic powdered wigs. As you can imagine, these items aren't cheap! You'll have to do some tough questing to afford these items, but it's worth it-- they're some of the most lavish, fancy items we've ever offered.

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Check out H.R. Wesley, Durem Depot, The Gambino Hat Rack, Barton Jewelers, and Gambino Outfitters... these items are all over the place! This is one of the biggest sets we've ever created, with over 60 items.

05 The Gift System has been updatedEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The Gift System has been updated - Cashmere Cactus Mon Mar 05, 2007 7:12 pm

Our beloved developers have updated the Gift Giving system with some new options that let you customize who can send you gifts. Now you can let your gift options express your personality, whether you're shy, trusting, crabby or paranoid!

There are four exciting options from which to choose:

Everyone - Any member can send you a gift; members can send you gifts anonymously.

Non-anonymous Users - Any member can send you a gift, but they will not be allowed to send you gifts without revealing their usernames.

Friends Only (No Anonymous) - Only members who are on your friend list will be able to send you gifts; your friends will not be allowed to send you gifts anonymously. Members who have you on their list, but who aren't on your list, will not be able to send you gifts. Is your head spinning yet?

No One - You will be unable to receive gifts from anyone. Bah, humbug!


See? I told you they were exciting!

To set your own gift options, visit the Account page and select Preferences..

Remember: The gift giving system should never be used for trading. Never complete a trade with another member unless you can see the correct items or amount of gold that they agreed to exchange.



  • Icon announceAnnouncement The Gift System has been updated - Dri Mon Mar 05, 2007 9:14 pm

Hey guys!

Just a quick update - there were a few problems with the changes made to the Gift Giving system.

Our totally awesome developers are working on fixing these problems right now so Gift Giving has been disabled.

It is estimated that the system will be up and running again as soon as possible.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause - we look forward making this system work great for everyone!

Cheers,

Dri (on behalf of all staff )

08 New Egyptian housing items are here!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New Egyptian housing items are here! - [NPC] Rina Thu Mar 08, 2007 7:11 pm

Ooh! New items for your houses! I'd better call Leon... these look heavy! Here's the note the admins gave me:

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Hey everyone! We've released new housing items inspired by ancient Egypt!

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Pyramid the items at the Faktori for an Egyptian surprise! Only Anubis too poor to afford these great new items... our prices are quite pharaoh. You'll never get a Ra deal at the Faktori! You'll never walk out saying "hey... Egypt me!" Once you Ramses new items into your home, you won't believe your Isis! These items are just too Luxorious to be real! Take good Cairo these artifacts, because they're priceless antiques!

Oh man, that was painful. Just go to the Faktori and check out the goods.

15 The March Collectibles are here! 2007Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The March Collectibles are here! - [NPC] Moira Thu Mar 15, 2007 3:29 pm

Whoa, it's the 15th already? Nice! Time for some new stuff! Let's see what the admins have to say:

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It's the Ides of March, Gaians, but weep not for the death of Caesar! Instead, let's check out some awesome new Monthly Collectibles:

The Mythic Hair gives you tons of legendary new hairstyles. You can show your purity and virtue with Angelic Hair, or wallow in your own nastiness with Poison Hair. The mystery and romance of the moon can be yours with the Lunar hairstyle, or you can create a cascade of treasure with the Golden style.

The Spirit Falcon is a noble predator who performs all of the functions that you could ever want in a supernatural bird of prey: he swoops upon your enemies, he perches regally upon your shoulder, he guides you with his spirit, and he... poops on your head. Birds will be birds!

May we humbly persuade you to visit the Collectible Info Page for more information? Good!

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For those of you curious about the answers to our Monthly Collectible hints in the newsletter, here they are:

  • I don't know if they were the third-best hair metal band (after Motley Crue and Skid Row) or the third-worst (after Winger and Stryper), but one thing is for sure: they sucked.

Poison! Sorry for reminding you of their existence, but perhaps you'll forgive me when you see how cool the Poison Hair is. Please note that the Poison Hair is in no way affiliated with the band Poison (thank goodness).

  • Speaking of hair metal, who can forget Schoenberg's best-loved atonal 1912 song cycle?

That would be Pierrot Lunaire, which sounds kind of like an orchestra falling down a flight of stairs and landing on a cat. This is a reference to the Lunair hairstyle.

  • They used to hang out with snowmen, back in 1985.

Falcons, as in the Sean Penn and Timothy Hutton vehicle "The Falcon and the Snowman," about two drug dealers who sold secrets to the Russians, or something. I don't know, I saw it a long time ago.Whatever.

  • Gun. Goose. Finger. Standard. Ratio. Goblet. Records.

They can all be GOLD! "The Man with the Golden Gun," "Goldfinger," a golden goose, the gold standard, the golden ratio, "The Golden Goblet," gold records.

  • A famous malt liquor enthusiast lost one in a bet a long time ago.

That would be Colt 45 spokesman Billy Dee Williams, who lost the Millennium Falcon in a bet with Han Solo in a galaxy far, far away.

16 Happy St. Patrick's Day from Gaia Online!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Happy St. Patrick's Day from Gaia Online! - [NPC] Leon Fri Mar 16, 2007 2:51 pm

Halt! Read this announcement from the admins, citizen! I command you to be festive!

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To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, we'll be adding a special surprise to the site. Is it corned beef? No! Is it boiled cabbage? No! Is it a homicidal leprechaun played by Warwick Davis? I wish!


Mr. Green - official mascot of St. Patrick's Day greenness! Although I guesss he's kinda turquoise...


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From today until Monday, you'll run into some extra-lucky rare bonuses on the site!

As you browse the forums and Gaia's main pages, you'll occasionally run into a little bit of extra luck: every once in a while, a floating box will pop up and fly around your screen; click on it to claim a four-leaf clover! When you have a few clovers, take them to the Barton Boutique Event Exchange to trade them for event items!

We've also added some shamrocks to Towns. They're not quite as lucky, since they only have three leaves, but you can still collect them and sell them to the stores for a little extra gold!

Have fun!

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Oh no! Clovers!? Rina's going to get sick from eating them all...



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Happy St. Patrick's Day from Gaia Online! - Cashmere Cactus Fri Mar 16, 2007 5:42 pm

Hey guys, we're going to have to take down the event for a few minutes to fix up some stability issues. It will be back up soon!

Sorry for the inconvenience, fellas.



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Happy St. Patrick's Day from Gaia Online! - Fleep Fri Mar 16, 2007 6:33 pm

Hey guys,

We've re-enabled the event! One small change: now you'll only get clovers on the forums, in Towns, and the landing pages (Home, My Gaia, Community, Games, World, and GStore).

Have fun, you lucky Gaians you!



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Happy St. Patrick's Day from Gaia Online! - Fleep Fri Mar 16, 2007 6:50 pm

Yes, and Towns, you can still get 3-leaf clovers in Towns!

':: quintuple-checks his announcements from now on ::

21 Gaia Mobile Downloads: Get Gaia stuff for your mobile phone!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Mobile Downloads: Get Gaia stuff for your mobile phone! - [NPC] Moira Wed Mar 21, 2007 7:20 pm

27 Big ol' GStore update!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Big ol' GStore update! - [NPC] Moira Tue Mar 27, 2007 6:38 pm

Hey, it's a message from the admins! Looks like they've got some swanky new duds for ya.

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For those of you who worried that our recent GStore updates tended to be skewed a little girly, we've got good news.

We know that many of our manlier customers were getting sick of those petite "baby tees" getting all stretched out around their wrought-iron biceps, so we've issued three new tees and a new hat in unisex sizes:

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  • The sophisticated Wings Tee
  • The hip and hyper Mashup Tee
  • The festive BUMP tee
  • The world-dominating G-Corp Hat


Although these unisex garments can be enjoyed by members of all known human genders, dudes can take particular comfort in our robust sizing options.

Head on over to the GStore to peruse these and many other Gaia items.

Also, we've added some helpful sizing info, which will not only help you pick the right clothing sizes, but also give you a convenient excuse to measure your anatomy.

28 Check out the completely overhauled Item Arranger!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Check out the completely overhauled Item Arranger! - [NPC] Gambino's Memorial Wed Mar 28, 2007 5:30 pm

Oh, a message from the admins... Bwahaha! Item arranger? I don't need an item arranger! I have a full-time staff of maids who cater to my every whim! But maybe you'd be interested, since you're... ahem... less fortunate than me...

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Ready for a little spring cleaning?

Ha! Did we scare you? Don't worry, we're not talking about real-life cleaning, so there's no need to emerge from your comfortable pile of pizza crusts and old socks. We're talking about something much less terrifying: cleaning up your Gaia inventory.

We've massively upgraded our Inventory Arranger, so you can easily arrange the order of your items, move items to storage to reduce clutter, place items in your home, and see your entire inventory at a glance.

Here's a rundown of the new features:

Larger windows: see more stuff!

Icon and detail view: choose from a detailed list that shows the item's name, value and item type, or view your items by their icons.

Sort by name, value, or type: you can view your inventory in alphabetical order, by equip type, or even by its gold value.

Search: find your items easily with the search bar.

Tabbed interface: use a convenient tab system to view only your game items or housing items, only your avatar items, or all items at once.

Easy item sellback: you can sell your items back to the stores quickly and easily.

Auto-save: your changes will be saved automatically, so you won't lose your work if you accidentally drop your computer in a bottomless pit whilst arranging your items (don't jump in after it; it's a rookie mistake).


Go ahead and arrange some stuff! To access the arranger, click the image of your avatar on the top right corner of the screen, then click the "Organize My Inventory" button.

April Edit

02 New Egyptian items in Gaia's shops!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New Egyptian items in Gaia's shops! - [NPC] Moira Mon Apr 02, 2007 7:58 pm

Hey, check it out, a message from the admins! Looks like it's time to go shopping...

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Fans of our recent housing update are in for a treat: we've released a new item update full of Egyptian coolness for your avatar!

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The Egyptian Set: Tut-tastic!

This update brings us tons of cool Egyptian stuff, like Pharaoh wigs, golden bracelets, anklets and arm bands, linen clothing and much more.

Don't worry, I'm not going to bombard you with Egyptian puns, like last time. That wouldn't be Pharaoh me. Ha! I just had to!

Anyway, check out Barton Jewelers, Gambino Hat Rack, H.R. Wesley and Gambino Outfitters to get all the Egyptian items.

06 Happy Easter from Gaia Online!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Happy Easter from Gaia Online! - [NPC] Easter Bunny Fri Apr 06, 2007 2:12 pm

Ahh, Easter! My favorite time of year! A time when spring begins to bloom, and baby chicks litter the land like so many fat yellow dandelions! A time when chocolate is freely available to every child! A time for joy and egg-hunting! A time when that fat crook Santa and that creepy old ne'er-do-well Jack have cease their arrogant holiday showboating and bow down before the majesty of the Easter Bunny!

Er... sorry, I got a little caught up in old grudges.

Let's leave our grievances behind and go on an egg hunt! I've hidden eggs all around the site, and I've given Rufus at the Barton Boutique some special gifts to give to dedicated egg-hunters. I just hope he doesn't eat them all...

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How to Play:

When you browse the forums and the main site pages, you'll occasionally find Easter eggs! Click on the egg to grab it. Once you've found a few eggs, visit dear ol' Rufus at the Barton Boutique Event Exchange to trade them in for some special Easter items! If you'd rather score some gold, you can sell them back to the stores instead.

You can also find small Easter eggs scattered around towns. You can sell 'em to the stores for some walking-around money.

If you get sick of egg-collection and want to disable the eggs for a while, click here to disable the event.

If you've disabled the egg hunt and want to turn it back on again, click here to re-enable it.

This event will run through Monday. Have a great time!

13 Breaking News: Gaia Approaching ONE BILLION POSTS!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Breaking News: Gaia Approaching ONE BILLION POSTS! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Fri Apr 13, 2007 1:16 pm

Good morning, Gaians. This is Cindy Donovinh of Gaia 9 Action News. Gaia is getting set to reach a historic milestone: the one BILLIONTH forum post. We now bring you a message from the Gaia admins:

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We're getting very close to ONE BILLION posts! At the usual rate of posting, we think we'll probably hit a billion sometime today. To celebrate this amazingly gigantic number, we'll be offering Double Gold for posting for a while!

We'd like to thank our wonderful, beloved members for reaching this truly astounding milestone. We couldn't have done it without you!

...Well, I guess we could have, if everyone in the office posted a few dozen million times.

Thank you, everyone!

15 The April 2007 Monthly Collectibles are here! 2007Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The April 2007 Monthly Collectibles are here! - [NPC] Leon Sun Apr 15, 2007 3:11 pm

Halt, you! The admins have a special announcement for you, and... hey, what's this? A scythe? Excellent!

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Have you ever wanted to explore the undersea world without the discomfort of ungainly rubber flippers? The Aquatica item lets you swim around like a pro with a gorgeous mer-tail or an intimidating shark body. Also includes all kinds of cute aquatic adornments!

They say the eyes are the window to the soul, so how about some decorative curtains? The Oculus Magica lets you customize the look of your eyes like never before. Choose from freaky demon eyes, adorable button eyes, cute pony eyes, alarming flaming sockets, and many more.

The Lunar Scythe is the mysterious weapon of the Moon God himself, forged in the wintry chill of Death's workshop and delivered factory-direct to your door! Thresh through your foes like so many stalks of wheat with a variety of menacing poses.

Visit the Collectible Info Page to find out how to get these items for your avatar.

What are you waiting for? Go check them out!

18 Gaia Convention Tour: new info on Anime Expo!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Convention Tour: new info on Anime Expo! - [NPC] Moira Wed Apr 18, 2007 5:18 pm

Ooh, a party invitation from the admins... and it looks like it's for you!

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The Gaia Convention Tour is coming soon, crushing all in its path under the wheels of fun and excitement! As the convention season draws ever nearer, we'll be regularly updating our Convention Tour Page with news and info about our caravan of mirth.

Speaking of which, we've got some great news for you: not only will we be attending the Long Beach Anime Expo from June 29th to July 2nd, we'll also be sneaking YOU in under our coats!

Please note: this discount only applies to four-day passes.

We've updated our Anime Expo page with a special promotional discount code. If you use this code to register for Anime Expo between now and April 25th, you'll save a few precious bucks off the price of admission!

Better yet, we're delighted to announce that we'll be hosting the first official Gaia Dance... and you can get in for free on June 28th! Just visit our Anime Expo page, print out the free admission coupon, and waltz into the joint like you own the place. The dance is open to Gaia members 17 and older.

Everyone's invited! Be there or be square!

23 Gaia Cinemas: Watch movies in Gaia's new movie theaters!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Cinemas: Watch movies in Gaia's new movie theaters! - [NPC] Moira Mon Apr 23, 2007 3:25 pm

Watch movies, short films, TV shows and more in Gaia Cinemas!


To view a film visit one of the movie profiles below. In each profile, you'll see a list of screening rooms and show times. The number below each screen is the number of people currently in the theater. New showings begin every ten minutes.

Pick a screen, wait for the movie to start, and enjoy the show!


New Stuff:

Check out all the latest updates to the Gaia Cinemas:


NEW! Moon Phase Episode 1: Watch the first episode of FUNimation's Moon Phase! In a world where the Supernatural and humans share space in family portraits, clumsy photographer Kouhei finds himself the guardian, slave, and object of affection of a mischievous vampire girl.Her mysterious past gets the young vamp and thick-headed Kouhei tangled into a chaotic web of emotion and magic with ancient vampires that seek to return Luna to her roots, and dispense with the freedoms that she enjoys as Hazuki. View Showtimes


NEW! Moon Phase Episode 2 In a world where the Supernatural and humans share space in family portraits, clumsy photographer Kouhei finds himself the guardian, slave, and object of affection of a mischievous vampire girl. Her mysterious past gets the young vamp and thick-headed Kouhei tangled into a chaotic web of emotion and magic with ancient vampires that seek to return Luna to her roots, and dispense with the freedoms that she enjoys as Hazuki. View Showtimes


NEW Feature Film! The Little Shop of Horrors: The shocking tale of a young man and his murderous plant is something we can all understand and relate to. Thanks to the wonders of Internet science, we can also watch it right now! Quickly, start clicking things! View Showtimes


NEW Educational Short! All-American Soap Box Derby: The inspiring story of the young boy, an industrious creature of unrivaled enthusiasm and energy, focused keenly on building soap box racers and winning glory in Akron, Ohio. What's the story of the young girl like? Nobody cares, that's for sure. View Showtimes


NEW Educational Short! Boy with a Knife: A gritty look into the life of Jerry, an at-risk teenager using knives as a social equalizer, mostly by stabbing sofas and doors and being a big baby. View Showtimes



NARUTO The Movie: Behind the Scenes: NARUTO The Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow is coming to DVD on September 4th! To make the wait a little easier, Gaia and VIZ Media are proud to offer this exclusive behind-the-scenes clip about the making of the movie. View Showtimes




Archives: Check out the broad range of crazy old crap in the Gaia Cinema Archives!


Special Stuff: What once was special is now archived! The circle of life goes on...


MMVII Part I: Idealogue and Gaia Online present the first episode of MMVII, our new series of short animations. The MMVII Trilogy brings us the tale of Louie Von Helson, sole heir to his family's hidden empire. As he struggles to come to terms with the family business, a mysterious prophecy casts a shadow over Gaia... View Showtimes


MMVII Part II: Idealogue and Gaia Online present the second in our series of short animations. The story continues with MMVII Part 2: Flower of the Night. As Johnny and Edmund continue their mysterious work at the G-Corp lab, Ian's past catches up to him with a vengeance. Can Louie Von Helson protect his brother from the forces of evil? View Showtimes


MMVII Part III: Witness the exciting conclusion of Gaia's MMVII Trilogy! Will Vladimir Von Helson's plot to overrun Gaia with his vampire minions succeed, or will Ian and Louie confront their father and put a stop to his mad plan? Find out now in MMVII Part Three: Flight or Fight! View Showtimes


Gaia Online at Anime Expo 2007: Gaia's 2007 Convention Tour recently made a stop in Long Beach for Anime Expo! Here's a short video with some highlights from our time there. Many thanks to all the Gaians who came to say hi. If you didn't make it to Anime Expo, we've got a few more Convention Tour stops coming up, plus some stops on Kiki's Road Trip. We hope to see you soon! View Showtimes


Gaia Online at Fanime 2007: Recently, we took a trip to San Jose's Fanime Con to hang out with some dedicated Gaia fans. We've put together this little clip to show you some highlights from our Fanime jaunt. Enjoy! We hope to see you this summer at another of our Convention Tour stops! View Showtimes


Feature Films:

Movies! Real movies! Movies that you can watch for free whenever you want!

The Kid: This Charlie Chaplin classic might not have a soundtrack, but it does have some truly awesome gags. The little tramp gets stuck with a baby, and much heartwarming hilarity follows. Fans of classic movies, lovable hobos or great comedy should definitely not miss this one! View Showtimes


Gulliver's Travels: Based on classic literature but, miraculously, not boring! Gulliver's Travels is a classic animated musical by Fleischer Studios, featuring cool rotoscoped animation, plenty of travels and possibly even some Gulliving. View Showtimes


House on Haunted Hill: Vincent Price stars as an eccentric millionaire who invites a group of strangers to spend a night in his creepy old manor-- for a hefty reward, of course. Prepare for plenty of walking skeletons, severed heads, paranormal rope-tricks, and, of course, screaming. View Showtimes


Shaolin Temple: It's a scientific fact that 70s martial arts movies are healthier for your brain than reading and thinking combined. I just made that up, but it's a fact. Check out Shaolin Temple today, and enjoy the many mental benefits of watching angry monks smack people around with wooden poles! View Showtimes


Night of the Living Dead: Witness the birth of the modern zombie in George Romero's classic horror movie. Still wonderfully creepy after all these years! Not for the faint of heart, the weak of stomach or the relaxed of bladder. View Showtimes



Prehistoric Women: Okay, we admit it: this movie sucks. Luckily, it sucks in the most hilarious way possible. Join some glamorous cave-babes in bizarre, colorful romp through the prehistoric world of campy retro crap. Go make fun of it! View Showtimes



Classic Cartoons:

Animated material from the primeval mists of Earth's distant past...

Superman: Superman does battle with a madman in this awesome Fleischer cartoon. "Total destruction will come to those who laughed at me and failed to heed my warnings," says the nutcase. Hey, that's practically my motto! View Showtimes


Superman in The Underground World: In this classic Fleischer cartoon, the Man of Steel goes underground to do battle with some nasty spear-wielding birdmen. Plenty of awesome animation and heroic action! Why do the big bird dudes live in a cave, though? Wouldn't it be more fun to fly around outside, where there are plenty of trees to perch in and delicious squirrels to eat? View Showtimes



Educational Shorts:

These educational shorts are old enough to be your grandpa, and unintentionally hilarious enough to be your... uhh... unintentionally hilarious grandpa.

Are You Popular: Classic sexist double-standards at work! Learn why parking in cars with boys is wrong if you're a girl, but parking in cars with girls is fine if you're a boy! Learn how to be more popular by being a square, emotionless lizard! View Showtimes


Trailblazer in Space: Meet Ham, the first American primate in space! This heroic trailblazer is vaulted beyond the stratosphere by powerful rockets… for some reason. Probably because we wanted to show up the Russians, who didn't put a primate into space until 1983. Lame.

View Showtimes


The Relaxed Wife: Check out this classic commercial for brain drugs! It’s the tale of an extremely tense (and probably totally insane) goofball who just can't seem to relax. Luckily, his dopily serene wife is there to explain how to relax through a series of surrealist hallucinations.

View Showtimes


Supervising Women Workers: A dose of ridiculous classic sexism, perfect for practicing your tomato aim. Learn about how unruly women are always messing up the workplace with their long hair and jealousy!

View Showtimes


A Case of Spring Fever: In the heat of anger, a man insults springs, and the consequences are dire; an animated spring appears and dooms him to a world without springs! Was anti-spring sentiment really so pervasive in the 1950s that the spring industry had to pull desperate public relations moves like this?

View Showtimes


The Showoff: The tale of a likeable class-clown and the army of super-serious squares intent on taking him down. Root for the villain!

View Showtimes


Dating Do's and Don'ts: Learn the ins and outs of teenage dating from a greasy kid with a bad haircut.

View Showtimes


Duck and Cover: Learn how to survive a nuclear explosion by imitating a cartoon turtle.

View Showtimes


One Got Fat: Learn all about bicycle safety through the grisly deaths of half a dozen terrifying masked children.

View Showtimes


Soapy the Germ Fighter: Learn that cleanliness isn't just for sissies: it's also for cowboy sissies.

View Showtimes


Your Posture: Learn why everyone hates you: because you slouch!

View Showtimes



Cinema tips:

Control your avatar by clicking the mouse where you want to walk, or by pressing the arrow keys on your keyboard.

When you walk near a theater seat, you can click on it to sit down. To stand up again, click the "pose" button in the lower right corner.

Visit the snack bar to buy special Cinema emotes. There are tons of obnoxious things to do: you can throw popcorn, shine a laser pointer at the screen, throw fireballs at your fellow Gaians, and much more.

If you want to turn off the "active emotes" (fireballs, tomatoes, etc), you can click the "?" button in the upper left corner of the screen.

The movie will start at the same time for everybody in the room, but various issues might cause you to lose sync. If your witty comments seem to be going over poorly, it might mean that you're watching a diffferent part of the movie as everone else! To sync up, click another person in the theater and select the "sync" option from the menu.

If your moviegoing experienced is dampened by any bugs, please visit our Official Cinema Bug Report Thread!

24 Home phone payments are backEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Home phone payments are back - [NPC] Leon Tue Apr 24, 2007 3:54 pm

Tarry a moment, you! I've just recieved this message from the admins:

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After tons of requests from members for a simple way to pay for stuff by home telephone, we're ready to roll out our new home phone payment system.

The pay-by-phone concept is not entirely new; we used to have a 1-900 number, but it was kinda clumsy, so we got rid of it months ago.

We've now added much simpler way to pay by home phone. Now you can charge your Monthly Collectible/Gift Credit purchase to your home phone or DSL bill with a minimum of hassle and no service charges. The system works with most home telephone and DSL carriers in the USA, and you don't need any special fancy phone functions to use it.

To make a purchase with our new phone system, just make your Monthly Collectible or Gift Credit purchase as usual, and select the "Home Phone/DSL" payment option on the checkout screen. After some minor setup, you're good to go!

We hope this makes it easier to get the stuff you want!

30 Try on Monthly Collectibles in the Dressing Room and Museum!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Try on Monthly Collectibles in the Dressing Room and Museum! - [NPC] Rina Mon Apr 30, 2007 4:49 pm

Oooh, a museum! Yay! I love... culture, and stuff.

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Collectible Dressing Room

Have you noticed how retail stores have things called "dressing rooms," where you can try on your clothes before you buy them? Determined to steal this amazing technology for our own use, we sent our highly-trained industrial spies into the dressing rooms of the world's finest department stores for a little covert recon peeping.

After a few arrests and a lot of slaps in the face, we've perfected the technology.

Now, when you visit our Collectibles Home Page, you'll be able to try on this month's Collectibles and see how they look on your avatar before you buy them. Go check it out!

Collectibles Museum

But wait, there's more, and this part is arguably even cooler. We've added a special Museum to the site, so you can check out every single Monthly Collectible and Donation Item in history, dating back all the way to the legendary Angelic Halo.

Better still, the Museum lets you try on every previous Collectible. You can finally see what your avatar would look like wearing some of the rarest and most valuable items in the Gaian world.

No, you can't actually have them. It's a Museum! It's just for looking! If you want to get these rare old items for yourself, you'll have to check out the Gaia Marketplace. We've set up a space at the bottom of the screen where you can see the estimated marketplace value of each collectible-- if anyone's willing to sell it, that is!

Go have a look:



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Try on Monthly Collectibles in the Dressing Room and Museum! - [NPC] Rina Mon Apr 30, 2007 7:09 pm

Hi guys,

As of 4PM Pacific on April 30th, we've taken the Museum down for a little while to twiddle with some small glitches. It'll be back pretty soon!

Thanks for your patience

May Edit

01 Gaia Paid Summer Internship ProgramEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Paid Summer Internship Program - lanzer Tue May 01, 2007 6:49 pm

Hello everyone,

With summer fast approaching, we would like to provide an opportunity for talented members in our community to be a part of the Gaia creative team. If you had ever dreamt of working with us in the Gaia office, here's your chance!

We have openings in the following positions:

  • Product management
  • Marketing
  • Programming development
  • Art development

Simply answer the questions below as your application and mail to us.

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  • What are your most visited sites on the net (other than gaia)?
  • How many hours do you spend online outside of Gaia?
  • What is your age and how old were you when you started using the net.
  • Where do you live?
  • Which position are you most interested in? (product, marketing, development, art)

Personal Statement up to 200 words: (examples: why gaia should choose you, how can gaia improve, new feature for gaia, etc.)

Additional information:

Product management internship.
-Work closely with Gaia's product management team to help define new features and improve existing ones. Help the team in a variety of ways including: analyzing competitors products, interviewing gaia users (and people new to Gaia) to identify their preferences and behaviors. Make recommendations. Join strategy discussions and share 'the users' perspective'.

Marketing Internship.
-Work closely with Gaia's marketing department to grow Gaia's user-base and increase activity and satisfaction among our current users. Help the team with summer convention planning and execution; conduct market research on teens, study popular online services for clues to how Gaia can improve, suggest ways for the marketing team to 'get the word out' about how cool Gaia is - on and offline.

Development Internship.
-Love to code? We're looking for PHP (OOP only), Ajax, and Flash Actionscript engineers. Work closely with some of Gaia's lead engineers to improve current apps and create new features for Gaia. We suggest online portfolio with previous work with code sample.

Art Internship.
-Work with our art team to create new items, storylines and more. Note: Please submit your portfolio in addition to answering the questions above. Portfolios can be in online, hardcopy, or CD/DVD format.

REQUIREMENTS:
Age: We expect to hire people who are in college, but we're open to hiring younger candidates for the Product and Art positions, who show exceptional promise.

Location:
Expenses for travel, room and board are not covered - therefore we suggest you apply if and only if you live within driving distance of Gaia's offices in San Jose, California or can make arrangements with a relative or can personally afford to pay for room and board and travel.

SEND APPLICATION TO: (No email or PM submissions please)

  • Gaia Online
  • Attn: Summer Internship Program
  • P.O. Box 612680
  • San Jose, CA 95161-2680


  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Paid Summer Internship Program - lanzer Tue May 01, 2007 10:28 pm

More information regarding the internship positions will be posted as soon as possible. Please stay tuned for more details.



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Paid Summer Internship Program - lanzer Sun May 27, 2007 12:28 pm

Is there a deadline?
- The deadline is July 31, though we'll consider any candidate that can work for more than a month under a full time schedule.

What kind of an artist are you looking for?
- We're looking for people who are focused as being an illustrator, animator, 3D artist, sprite artist, or in web design. While we expect all candidates to be proficient with working in computer graphics, there are no specific preference to one program versus another. Animators will be required to animate in flash, and 3D artists will need to know Maya, however. Requirements for artists are a combination of style, design skills and experience so a portfolio is mandatory.

How long do I wait for a reply?
- With the amount of applications we're receiving, we will not be able to respond to everyone. We were able to look through all applications within two weeks after receiving them.

03 Some changes to the username system - spaces now allowed!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Some changes to the username system - spaces now allowed! - [NPC] Moira Thu May 03, 2007 1:36 pm

Hey guys, the admins asked me to give you this note:

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Over the past few weeks, we've been tweaking our username system to find the right balance between security and customization. A couple of weeks ago, we limited new username registrations to letters, numbers, and hyphens only. We've now made it so new usernames can once again include spaces and underscores.

If you already have a username with special characters in it (such as apostrophes, tildes, parentheses, etc), you aren't required to change it. These changes will only affect new registrations and username changes.

We've also made it so that adding spaces, hyphens, or underscores to your username is free! So, for example, if your username is PorkWizard, you could change it to any of the following variations for free:

P o r k W i z a r d
Pork_Wizard
-_- PORK-WIZARD -_-


However, if you add new letters or numbers to your name, it will cost gold. So, changing your name to these variations would not be free:

PorkWizard1
PorkWizardDeluxe
A bit of a PorkWizard


Of course, this only works if nobody is already using the name you choose.

We're still in the process of revamping the username system; if you notice any strange glitches related to your username, please let us know! You can file an inquiry using our Inquiry Form (please select "General Inquiry" as the subject).

07 Check out the new Avatar Exporter & Sig Lab!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Check out the new Avatar Exporter & Sig Lab! - [NPC] Leon Mon May 07, 2007 4:44 pm

You there! Stop slouching! The admins have prepared this important statement:

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Whether you've worked long hours to create a fashionable, perfectly-matched ensemble or just thrown on whatever was lying around, your Gaia avatar is a little pixelated extension of yourself. Now we've made it easier than ever to haul it around wherever you go.

We've added the Avatar Exporter to the site, which lets you export your avatar for use on other websites. You can create icons of your avatar to use in instant messaging programs, stick it in your online journal, or use it instead of a photo in one of those popular "social networking" sites we've been hearing about in the news!

Hand in hand with the Avatar Exporter is the Sig Lab, which lets you create nifty custom signatures to use on Gaia or any other site that uses signature images.

So, what are you waiting for? Scatter your pixels to the winds and see what sprouts: go check out our Avatar Exporter, featuring the incredible Gaia Sig Lab.

It's the quickest way to integrate Gaia with the rest of your online life. For now. We're working on a machine that crushes your body to pixels and lets you live entirely inside the Internet, but it currently has some minor bugs involving instant death.

To get to the Avatar Exporter, go to your Inventory Equip Screen and click "Export Avatar."

08 An important note about password securityEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement An important note about password security - admin Tue May 08, 2007 10:21 pm

Hi, everybody! I'm the mysterious admin account. After laboring away in thankless obscurity for years, but I finally had the guts to ask for a real avatar. Here I am! I'm a person now! It feels great to be alive! Anyway, I'm here to tell you something important:

Recently, security concerns have come about due to Gaians using the same usernames and passwords on multiple sites.

Everyone knows it's much easier to use the same password for every site you visit. Who wants to remember dozens of different passwords? Unfortunately, using the same password everywhere is very dangerous: if somebody finds out one of your passwords, they know them all!

No matter how good we make Gaia's security, your account can only be as safe as you make it. If you take the following steps, you should have nothing to worry about:

Use a different password for Gaia than you use for other sites. If another site gets hacked and you use the same password there as on Gaia, your account might be compromised.

If you've used your Gaia password to register for other sites, change your password right away!

Use a complicated password with letters, numbers, and capitals. Don't use any variation of your username, or even a real word. Make it long, make it complicated, and make it impossible to guess (and here's the hard part: try not to forget it!).

Never tell anyone your password, ever! If someone PMs you claiming to be a moderator and asking for your password, they're a scammer. Gaia mods and admins will never ask for your password for any reason.


Thanks, and goodnight!

XOXOXO,

Admin

09 Play our official Tsubasa quest and win a free item!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Play our official Tsubasa quest and win a free item! - [Gaia] Feather Master Wed May 09, 2007 3:05 pm

Gaia is delighted to announce that we've teamed up with Funimation to bring you an exclusive quest and item based on the anime series Tsubasa.

Based on the popular manga by the creators of Card Captor Sakura, Tsubasa is an epic story of love, sacrifice, and heroism.

The Story:

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Princess Sakura’s memories have been scattered throughout time and space! Her lifelong friend, Syaoran, volunteers to battle wizards and demons across many planes of existence to retrieve her the lost fragments of her soul and make her complete again.

If Syaoran accepts this task, Princess Sakura’s memory of him will never be returned... but his devotion to her is so strong that he’s willing to make any sacrifice to save her.

Syaoran is joined by two brave warriors who make sacrifices of their own to accompany him and Princess Sakura on their quest.


On May 22nd, Tsubasa will be coming to DVD for the first time in the United States! You can score a free item inspired by the show by visiting Gaia's official Tsubasa profile and playing through a short quest.

Visit the Tsubasa profile to check out our official Tsubasa quest and get your free item!

To find out more about Tsubasa, visit our Tsubasa info page.


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At the request of our sponsor, we are only able to offer this quest in the United States, the UK, Canada and Australia.



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Play our official Tsubasa quest and win a free item! - [Gaia] Feather Master Wed May 09, 2007 7:06 pm

Hey everyone! We had to temporarily disable the quest while we debug some site stability issues. It should be back up shortly.



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Play our official Tsubasa quest and win a free item! - [Gaia] Feather Master Wed May 09, 2007 8:05 pm

Why, hello again! We've re-enabled the quest for your ...erm, questing pleasure! Enjoy.

10 Coming soon: The May Collectibles! Coming now: HINTS!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Coming soon: The May Collectibles! Coming now: HINTS! - [NPC] Ron Bruise Thu May 10, 2007 7:13 pm

Hey guys! It's great to be back on Gaia! I don't know what I'm doing here, except that the admins asked me to give you a message and I can't find my pants. Who cares? Pants are for jerks! WHOOOO!

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Ah, springtime, when the seed of excitement blossoms into the beautiful flower of hype! Our enthusiasm for the May Monthly Collectibles has outgrown its larval stage, and will now emerge from its cocoon as glorious HINTS!

  • When "going dumb," it's important to ride properly. Just ask E-40.
  • Some people say I'm crazy. I've got to think of a good comeback for that!
  • Why do we throw rice at newlyweds, or throw pies in the face of clowns? I guess throwing food is just lucky, for some reason.
  • One of these items is something Gaians have been requesting for more than a year. That's a lame hint, but it's true!
  • What shall we do with a drunken sailor? Stick him in the cabin...
  • Johnny Depp suffered this affliction long ago (no, not scissor hands!)


Think you've got what it takes to decode these fiendish, mind-crippling hints? Talk 'em over on the forums, meditate upon them in quiet contemplation, scream them from the rooftops in the vain hope that someone will answer... or just wait until next Tuesday, the 15th, when all will be revealed!

To find out more about MCs, check out our Monthly Collectible Info Page.

15 The May 2007 Monthly Collectibles are here! 2007Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The May 2007 Monthly Collectibles are here! - [NPC] Leon Tue May 15, 2007 3:27 pm

Hold on a moment, citizen! I have news to report:

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Yokai's Treasure is a bounty of masks and accessories based on the mysterious spirits of ancient folklore. This item lets you take the form of a horrifying oni demon, a ghostly specter, and a mischievous nine-tailed fox.

Own a piece of Gaia history with a truly iconic item. The Demonic Anklets aren't just for your ankles: they can be worn in a variety of delightfully evil poses, from shackled wristbands to a bat-winged mask.

For the first time, you can try these items on before you buy them! Check out the Collectible Info Page to see how awesome these items will look on your avatar.

What are you waiting for? Go check them out!



  • Icon announceAnnouncement The May 2007 Monthly Collectibles are here! - [NPC] Leon Tue May 15, 2007 3:28 pm

Oh, I know what you might be waiting for: answers to those pesky hints! Well, here goes:

When "going dumb," it's important to ride properly. Just ask E-40.

Ghostride the whip! The Yokai's Treasure item contains some ghostly items.

Some people say I'm crazy. I've got to think of a good comeback for that!

Crazy like a fox!

Why do we throw rice at newlyweds, or throw pies in the face of clowns? I guess throwing food is just lucky, for some reason.

This one is pretty abstract: during the Setsubun festival, people throw soybeans to ward off the malevolent oni (prominently featured in the Yokai's Treasure item).

One of these items is something Gaians have been requesting for more than a year. That's a lame hint, but it's true!

Evil Anklets! Well, here they are.

What shall we do with a drunken sailor? Stick him in the cabin...

...with the captain's daughter, i.e. the "cat o' nine tails." Guess who has nine tails?

Johnny Depp suffered this affliction long ago (no, not scissor hands!)

Nightmares! Early in his career, he appeared in A Nightmare on Elm Street. Now our Demonic Anklets pay tribute to sleep disorders with several "Nitemare" poses.

17 New stuff in the Gaia Cinemas: Shaolin Temple + 2 shorts!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New stuff in the Gaia Cinemas: Shaolin Temple + 2 shorts! - [NPC] Moira Thu May 17, 2007 3:35 pm

Hi-de-ho, movie fans! There's some new content in the Gaia Cinemas, so warm up that tomato-throwin' arm!

We've added one full-length martial arts film called Shaolin Temple and two classic shorts: A Case of Spring Fever and The Show-off! Thrill to the clanking sound-effects of classic cheesy sword-fighting! Witness the living nightmare of a world without springs! Learn why being funny in class will destroy society as we know it!

Head on over to the Gaia Cinemas to check out the full list of movies!

22 We've made some changes to the site's navigationEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement We've made some changes to the site's navigation - [NPC] Gambino's Memorial Tue May 22, 2007 2:10 pm

Bwahahaha! A change in Gaia's navigation? It's none of my concern, since I navigate through life guided only by my masculine sense of purpose and the solid-gold compass of capitalism! But maybe you should read this...

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Hello, Gaians!

In the coming months, we'll be making gradual changes to the site's interface to make it better looking and easier to navigate. The first of these changes is an overhaul of the site's navigation links and notification area.

Instead of the old notification buttons, you'll now see a little thought bubble showing your new private messages, announcements, pending trades, etc. Here's what it looks like:

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We've also removed the row of "quick launch" buttons, but have no fear! You can now navigate quickly and easily with the links in the light blue row at the top of the page. When you move your mouse over them, a menu will open showing all the navigation options under that link (for example, if you move your mouse over the Community link, you'll see links for Forums, Guilds, Arenas, Marketplace, etc.).

We hope this makes things a little easier!

23 Gaia Convention Tour: First Stop, Fanime!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Convention Tour: First Stop, Fanime! - L0cke Wed May 23, 2007 7:37 pm

The Gaia Convention Tour is now underway! Fanime is coming up this weekend, and we'll be there with bells on.*

Join us this Friday through Monday at the San Jose Convention center. You can meet the Gaia staff, check out fun special events and mingle with your fellow Gaians. To learn about our big plans for Fanime, check out our Fanime Info Page.

Be sure to visit our Convention Tour Forum, where you can coordinate your Fanime experience with other Gaians.

If you can't make it to Fanime, don't cry! We'll be hitting up a bunch of other conventions this summer, so you'll have plenty of chances to hang out with us. The Convention Tour Page has all the info you could possibly need (more or less). @w@

'* No, we will not literally have bells on.

24 A nice update to the journal system!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement A nice update to the journal system! - [NPC] Moira Thu May 24, 2007 6:10 pm

Ooh, is this about journals? Nothing is more fun than prying into somebody's secrets...

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Hark, ye bloggers: we've revamped the journals system with a new look and feel and some new features. Don't worry, we haven't changed any existing functionality-- you can still post entries and comments just as you did before, but we've added some nice new functionality to help you express yourself

Journal Homepage - If you're new to the world of journals and want to see what it's all about, check out our new splash page and get acquainted with the journal system. Peer into the exciting lives of your fellow Gaians; laugh, cry and snort derisively at their youthful blog-frolicking! Check out our featured journal, where you can steal ideas from the finest journalistic minds on the site!

Journal Entry Splicing - Hey, Tolstoy: are your ponderously long journal entries taking up way too much space? Instead of clogging up the internet with pages and pages of text, our new splicing feature lets you turn your mega-long journal entries into a manageable preview box; if a reader is interested in checking out the full entry, they can click the link to view more.

Comment Notification - Tired of wasting your valuable time checking all your old journal entries for new comments? Well, prepare to find even stupider ways to waste your time, because now you can choose to receive PM notifications for each new comment! Worried about your inbox getting flooded? Use the Comment Digest to receive one PM at the end of the day that lists every comment you've received that day. You can enable this feature by visiting your journal's preferences page.

Entry Privacy - Worried about some creep reading your innermost feelings? Concerned that not enough creeps are reading your innermost feelings? Our new privacy options let you decide exactly which creeps will be allowed to read your journal. You can mark each journal entry as public, private, or friends-only. Just click the privacy box whenever you're posting a new entry.

Template Customizations - We heard that some of you are tired of adding bbcode just to change your font size, style, and color. Good news, lazybones: we've added additional options for each template on the preferences page.

So, what are you waiting for? Get to journaling!

…Oh, I guess you're probably waiting for something interesting to happen to you so you can write about it. Sorry, we can't help you with that.

Edit: After some brief technical difficulties, the journals are back online. Sorry for the inconvenience!

June Edit

01 New stuff in Gaia Cinemas: House on Haunted Hill, FanimeEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New stuff in Gaia Cinemas: House on Haunted Hill, Fanime - [NPC] Moira Fri Jun 01, 2007 3:03 pm

Ahh, summertime! It's a perfect day to sit in a darkened theater and work on my anti-tan. Check out this quick message from the admins:

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Step right up, movie fans! We’re bringing you more free amusement courtesy of the Gaia Cinemas, where you can watch campy movies, hang out with friends, and make an awful mess with popcorn and tomatoes.

We’ve added some great new stuff this week: the classic Vincent Price chiller House on Haunted Hill, some footage of the Gaia team hanging out at Fanime 2007, and a couple of mega-ridiculous educational shorts: The Relaxed Wife and Supervising Women Workers. Now you can laugh at the backward opinions of your elders without getting lectured!

Check out our Gaia Cinemas page to watch all this stuff now!


In other movie-related news, some of those who attended Fanime heard us discuss an upcoming Gaia Film Festival, which was originally scheduled to open up for submissions today. However, we’re delaying it for a little while, and with good reason: we figured out that we could make a lot cooler if we held back for a while. Keep an eye out for a film festival sometime in the future!

05 Gaia on Webware 100Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia on Webware 100 - lanzer Tue Jun 05, 2007 6:16 pm

Hello everyone, was just told that we were featured as a finalist on Webware 100. We're listed as one of the top 10 community sites on the web. Gaia had always been a site of its own kind, and it's exciting to see us take shape and be recognized for it.

Now we have a chance to tell the world how good we are. You can now vote for Gaia as the best site on the web.

Please place your vote for Gaia here

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None of this would happen if not for the involvement of all Gaian members. Thank you for making Gaia a success.

Voting ends in less than a week! It'll be fun to see where we stand.

-Lanzer

06 Profile System Maintenance TodayEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Profile System Maintenance Today - admin Wed Jun 06, 2007 12:57 pm

Hey guys,

We're doing some improvements on the profile system today, so we'll need to mess around with some data for a short while.

This means that if you make changes to your profile in the next couple of hours, you won't be able to save them. So, until further notice, you might as well not bother messing with your profile!

Sorry for the inconvenience (but we're not that sorry, because the profiles ought to work way better when they're back).

-The Gaia Team

06 Fixes and Changes to the Profile SystemEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Fixes and Changes to the Profile System - admin Wed Jun 06, 2007 7:14 pm

As we mentioned earlier today, we've been rewriting our profile system to be much more stable and compatible. We've also added some new features and changed some things that may affect your profile, so please take a quick gander at this list of tweaks:

The following changes are for newer (version 2) profiles only:

Adding custom CSS stuff to your profile, and messing with the style of your Comments and Friends, has been moved to the new Profile Theme page in your account settings.

We've added a "Recent Visitors" panel, which will show the usernames of people who have checked out your profile recently. Don't worry; people won't know that you were checking out their profile unless you want them to. You'll remain hidden from view unless you change the "Recent Visitors" option in your Profile Preferences panel to "Show."

Big Change: There is now a "Save" button! You've gotta press it, or your profile changes won't be saved!


These changes will affect all profiles, both old and new:

You can now choose whether or not you want to display the following info: Last login, registration date, gender, location, birthday, occupation and website. You can mess with these options in the Profile Preferences panel.

You can change whether your profile is "public" or "private" (if it's private, only your friends can view it). Hit up the Profile Preferences panel to change this.

If you want to embed YouTube videos in your media section, you just have to grab the movie's URL (i.e. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaB7BQ6PlHs) and plug it in, and it will automatically be changed to the proper embedding code.

Another Big Change: You can now access your profile by putting your username in the URL (i.e. http://www.gaiaonline.com/profiles/Your_Username_Here or http://www.gaiaonline.com/p/Your_Username_Here).


A final word of caution: Although we've worked very hard to make everybody's profiles work properly with these new changes, there may be a few people whose profiles broken in one place or another. You may have to make some tweaks to your profile to make it look right again, especially if you're using custom code.

07 Salon Mega-Update + Spotlight RecommendationsEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Salon Mega-Update + Spotlight Recommendations - [NPC] Moira Thu Jun 07, 2007 7:28 pm

Hey, have you checked out the Salon lately? Looks like ol' Vanessa has learned some fancy new tricks...

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The long-awaited Salon update is finally upon us, and it's even cooler than you expected. Not only are there a bunch of hot new hairstyles, but they come in twice as many colors!

From now on, each new hairstyle will have two color variations: light and dark. These can be sorted just as they could before: for example, clicking the "blue" tab in the Salon would show you both the light blue and the dark blue hair variations.

As for the new styles, we've got seven great new looks to choose from, and in my honest and studied opinion it is the best Salon update of all time. My personal favorite is the "Salaryman" look, combining furious eyebrows with dignified male pattern baldness. It's not for everybody, but it definitely has its uses.

To see them all, go visit the lovely Vanessa and her busy scissors at Salon Durem.



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And now, a SPECIAL BONUS ANNOUNCEMENT tacked on to the Salon update FOR SOME REASON:

We've also released a new system which will let members bring much-deserved attention to their favorite profiles, journals, homes, and guilds. If you see a great profile, journal, home or guild, and you'd like to recommend it to be spotlighted, here's how to do it:

  • For profiles: click the "recommend" button in the black bar at the top of the profile.
  • For homes: currently, you can only recommend homes from the "Home Preview" in a person's profile.
  • For journals: click the "recommend" link in the journal navigation.
  • For guilds: click the "Recommend this Guild" link in the top-right of any guild page.


We'll definitely be looking at your picks when we choose spotlight items for the home page, so please feel free to show us your favorite stuff!

09 5th Annual Ball!~Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement 5th Annual Ball!~ - admin Sat Jun 09, 2007 4:56 pm

To all my fellow Gaians:

Today through Monday, June 11th, you can join your fellow Gaians at the 5th Annual Ball! This event is for you and hosted by your fellow Gaians!

Please stop by to say hello and have fun with meeting new faces and catching up with your friends!

Hoping you all have a great weekend,

Admin

14 Contests! Shojo Beat's 'Beat Girl' Contest + Gaia Film Fest!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Contests! Shojo Beat's 'Beat Girl' Contest + Gaia Film Fest! - admin Thu Jun 14, 2007 5:37 pm

Since Gaians are the most inventive and talented group of people in the history of the world, we're bringing you TWO ways to show off your skills: Shojo Beat's Design a 'Beat Girl' Contest and our very own Gaia Film Festival.

Shojo Beat's Design a 'Beat Girl' Contest!

Shojo Beat wants you to Design a Beat Girl and not only get published, but win oodles of Gaia Gold and Copic art supplies!

Shojo Beat magazine is looking to readers to design their adorable spokesperson, Beat Girl. Starting in the January 2007 issue, Shojo Beat has featured a different artist's portrayal of this fun, manga-loving representation of the SB reader. Now Shojo Beat wants you to try your hand at designing a Beat Girl!

There are 2 ways to win:

SB Staff Award - Shojo Beat will choose one grand prize artist
to have their work featured in the December 2007 issue, plus win
100,000 Gaia Gold and an amazing Copic Art set!

Readers Choice Award - The best out of 10 SB staff-selected
runners up will be determined by readers via an online vote. The
winner will receive 50,000 Gaia Gold and a Copic Art set!


Pick up the July issue and look for the contest info on page 306, plus, examples of past Beat Girls in every issue. For more information, check out the Shojo Beat Contest Page.

We encourage you to post your art for all to see in our special Contest Forum, but to officially enter the Design a Beat Girl contest, you must enter through Shojo Beat as per the rules and regulations online.

The contest ends August 27th - so get drawing, and remember to check back and vote for your favorite!


Shojo Beat Design a Beat Girl Contest Rules & Entry Info

The Shojo Beat Contest Discussion Forum


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Be a Star in the Gaia Online Film Festival!

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The Gaia Film Festival is coming up, and we want YOU to be the star. Our Film Contest lets you be the auteur of your very own film, whether it's a brilliant work of art or a bizarre work of oddness!

While most contests get all snooty about stuff like "quality" and "artistry," we just want to be entertained. We want you to make a movie that represents your own style, whether you're a serious dramatist or a complete weirdo. Therefore, we will let you choose between two categories: if you've worked and slaved for countless hours to make a masterpiece of cinematic expression, enter in the "My Movie is Awesome!" category. If you'd rather flaunt your lack of talent, you can enter in the "My Movie Sucks" category.

This could be your chance for big-screen fame: we'll be picking the best films from each category and showing them in the Gaia Cinemas.

Visit our Film Contest Page to find out how you can become a Gaian celebrity to rival the legendary Ron Bruise!

Make sure you read the rules closely, because we have a few requirements for film format and content. Beyond those, you can go nuts! You're limited only by your creativity (and by time).

Submissions close on June 30th, so get your entries in quick!

The Gaia Film Festival Entry Form & Rules Page

15 The June 2007 Monthly Collectibles are here! 2007Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The June 2007 Monthly Collectibles are here! - [NPC] Moira Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:34 pm

Ooh, new stuff! Let's see what we've got this month...

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The Western Zodiac offers up items from every astrological sign, including the bow of Saggitarius, the stinging tail of Scorpio, the scales of Libra and the noble mane of Leo. Our horoscope predicts you looking awesome.

You can walk on air with our aptly-named Cloud, which lets you choose from a variety of vaporous poses: fluffy cloud slippers, a cloud chariot, a misty cloud wrap, a gloomy rain cloud and more.

To commemorate the release of the original Angelic Halo four years ago (and to celebrate the amazing fact that this month brings us the 100th Collectible), we've added a special third item to the mix: the Mythrill Halo, a simple, silvery tribute to Gaia's history.

Check out our Monthly Collectibles Page, where you can try these items on in our Dressing Room!

15 Monthly Collectible MishapEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Monthly Collectible Mishap - admin Fri Jun 15, 2007 3:39 pm

Hello Gaians,

We just got word from the developers that there's a little problem with the June Monthly Collectibles. If you're having trouble seeing your sealed envelopes or items in your inventory or if you're unable to equip them, just sit tight! We've got people working on it at this very moment and we'll update you with any new information as soon as possible!

Sorry about the inconvenience!

Admin



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Monthly Collectible Mishap - admin Fri Jun 15, 2007 4:08 pm

Hello again everyone

Everything is all fixed up now!

Hurrah for our Devs and Artists for fixing this up right away

Cheers,

Admin

16 Important -- New Staff Coloring!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Important -- New Staff Coloring! - admin Sat Jun 16, 2007 4:39 pm

Hey, guys! We wanted to give you some advance notice about a couple of important changes that you'll be seeing on Gaia very soon.

For a while now, we've wanted to simplify how username colors of Gaia staff and Moderators appear around the site. We're about to make things way easier to understand:

In brief, there are going to be 2 main colors for people that are here to help; Green for Moderators and Orange for Administrators.

Green - For all Gaia's Moderators. In addition, there will be a text title under their usernames that better explains what their role is and how they can help you. If you need help, people in green are the ones who can help you.

Orange - For Administrators. These are the ones who manage the forums and lead the moderation and member services teams.


You may also see these other colors on usernames:

Dark Brown - For names will be given to those who do art, coding, and other fun stuff for you. These are the people that talk about features and development.

Black - For all other members on Gaia. So if a black username tells you they are a moderator or admin, they aren't

Members on your friends list will still be in Dark blue, and NPCs will continue to remain Red.


As you may know, there are currently several different username colors given to our staff based on what they do to support you, and that can be really confusing. We believe this new way of identifying Moderators and Adminsitrators will make it even easier for you to find who you need to assist you with anything on Gaia.

Green Moderators will still be your first line of support for all of your community needs. And Orange Administrators will continue being the official voice of Gaia as well as leaders of the community team.

Gaia's support team is growing really fast! That's why we want to make things more clear and simple. We're already improving on our response time, and this color change is another effort in making things better. You should expect to see both the green moderators and orange admins engaging the community more than ever before.

We'll let you know when this takes effect, so stay tuned!

18 Hit the road with Gaia Cars, brought to you by Scion!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Hit the road with Gaia Cars, brought to you by Scion! - [NPC] Moira Mon Jun 18, 2007 2:17 pm

Dust off your driving gloves, Gaians: Scion is sponsoring a new feature that puts you behind the wheel of your own customizable car!

Now you can do all kinds of cool stuff, like:

  • Buy your own Gaia car
  • Customize it with colors and accessories
  • Show it off at the Auto Show
  • Race against other Gaians


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To get started, click the "My Car" section under the "My Gaia" link at the top of the page. Once you're there, you can buy some wheels from Edy's Autos. Edy's got three cars to choose from: the gas-guzzling Musculero, the sporty Possum, and the super-customizable Scion xB.

When you've picked your car, click the "Buy Parts" button to head over to Sam's Body & Parts, where you can pick up colors and accessories for your ride. When you've got the stuff you want, click the "Customize" button to deck out your car. The main window lets you can equip all the cool stuff you bought, or you can use the checkbox on the left to add your custom car to your signature.

Please note: After you buy items from Sam's, they will take about one minute to show up in your Customize screen.

Ready to show your wheels to the world? Click the "Meet Up in Rally" button on the My Car page (or select "Rally" under the Games link) to head to the Rally. Select your server, join a room, and pick your parking spot at the Auto Show or the 24/7 lot. While you're there, you can click on another Gaian's car to challenge them to a race! After you've challenged a friend, other Gaians can come along to watch the race and cheer you on.

Racing is pretty simple: click the red button to speed up, but watch out for obstacles! Cows, UFOs, and jump ramps can mess you up if you're not careful.

Well, what's stopping you? Hit the road!

19 Gaia is winner of Webware 100 award!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia is winner of Webware 100 award! - lanzer Tue Jun 19, 2007 3:44 pm

Gaia is a top 10 winner in the Webware 100 award!

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Kind of surprising since there are so many big and established services out there that Gaia would get such overwhelming results.

The Webware announcement mentioned that:

"The greatest disparity was in the Community category. Gaia Online won a staggering 91,293 votes--60 percent of the votes in its category and 19 percent of all votes cast in the awards."

And 45% of all votes are for the top 10 winners. Which means Gaia voters account for 42% of all votes in the top 10!

We'd like to thank everyone for participating in the vote and your continued support of Gaia.

20 Film Contest and Convention Tour InfoEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Film Contest and Convention Tour Info - lanzer Wed Jun 20, 2007 9:46 pm

First of all, we have some great news: the Gaia Film Festival Contest is now open to international entries.! Now everyone, from every corner of the world, can participate in our contest.

You can view the complete rules and info at our Film Festival Contest home page.


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And now a little bit about the Gaia Convention Tour!:

Anime Expo is in one week, so be sure to visit out our AX info page see what we've got in store. Don't miss Gaia's official dance!

We have added more stops to the Gaia Convention tour: New York ComicCon and the New York Anime Festival. We also updated our Convention Tour home page with new information about Otakon.

Please visit our Convention Forum to discuss our upcoming events!

We're also proud to announce Kiki's Road Trip Across America:

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Kiki Kitty, one of Gaia's most beloved characters, is going to be traveling across America and making stops at a number of different conventions where she'll be hosting special Gaia Online gatherings. These gatherings are special events where Gaia Online members can meet each other and hang out while making new friends and exchanging usernames. In addition to hanging out with your fellow Gaians, you'll also have the chance to win a special jumbo Kiki plushie, which will never be available in the Gaia store.


We will be visiting even more cons and hosting special Gaia events, so be sure to check out the road trip home page regularly for updated tour dates and info.

I've set up a special thread where you can suggest more conventions for Kiki to visit! We'd love to hear from you, and we hope to see you soon

-Lanzer

21 Custom Gaia Merchandise from QOOP!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Custom Gaia Merchandise from QOOP! - [NPC] Leon Thu Jun 21, 2007 7:13 pm

Hey! You there! I've got a dispatch from the admins. Care to take a look?

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For quite a while, Gaians have been asking for merchandise that features their own Gaia avatars. We're happy to say that we've finally found a way to make it possible: we've teamed up with QOOP to create Gaia's new custom merchandise shop!

Now you can put your Gaia avatar on shirts, hoodies, mugs, business cards and a bunch of other neat stuff. You can customize it all with your own colors, text and dozens of pieces of Gaia artwork-- the possibilities are practically endless.

To celebrate the launch of our custom merchandise, we're offering a special limited-time promotion: for every dollar you spend with QOOP in the next 30 days, you'll be given 100 Gaia Gold! This number is rounded up, so if you spend $21.35, you'll get 2,200 Gold. (Please note that this gold will not be granted immediately; it may take around 45 days.)

To learn a little more about QOOP, check out our QOOP info page. From there, you can jump straight into the QOOP site and get started on your own customized stuff!

Click here to visit our QOOP info page

To proceed to the QOOP shop, click here

26 Three new forums!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Three new forums! - admin Tue Jun 26, 2007 6:50 pm

Hey Gaians,

We've heard quite a few requests for new forums to discuss a few different aspects of Gaia life, and we're always happy to oblige. We're adding three new forums today:

Official Gaia Contests - Gaia is planning to run contests much more regularly in the future, so it's only natural that people would want to talk about them. The Film Festival Contest is going on right now, so be sure to stop by and say your piece. This forum will be in the "Gaia Community" section of the main forum index.

Gaia Convention Tour - You can visit our new convention forum to talk about the Gaia Convention Tour and Kiki's Road Trip. This forum isn't new, but it's in a new place-- we've put it in the "Gaia Community" section of the main forum page, so you'll be able to find it more easily.

Gaia Merchandise - Here's a place where you can discuss and show off your GStore/QOOP merchandise, or request new stuff for us to make. Want some Gambino candlesticks or Ron Bruise lobster bibs? Request 'em here. This is a subforum of the "Fashion & Style" subforum of General Discussion.

Enjoy! And remember: just because they're new doesn't mean you should spam 'em up. Post responsibly!

28 New stuff in Gaia Cinemas: Gulliver's Travels + Shorts!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New stuff in Gaia Cinemas: Gulliver's Travels + Shorts! - [NPC] Moira Thu Jun 28, 2007 7:37 pm

What better way to kill some time on a lazy summer evening than catching a flick? Looks like the admins have some new movies to check out:

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This week's Gaia Cinema update brings you three monuments of cinematic goofiness. We have the classic animated feature Gulliver's Travels and two educational shorts: the orbiting chimp reel Trailblazer in Space and the ridiculous social etiquette guide Are You Popular.

We humbly invite you to mosey on over to the Cinemas homepage to enjoy these fine films and many more:


See them now in the Gaia Cinemas!

The "shocked" emoticons represent intense viewing!

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02 Battle System: New forum and info page!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Battle System: New forum and info page! - admin Mon Jul 02, 2007 4:54 pm

The Battle team has been slaving away in secrecy for quite a while, but the time has come to start trickling out some info! Over the coming months, we'll slowly reveal a little more about our upcoming MMO.

We've set up a new forum dedicated to discussing Battle, where you can post your thoughts and get your questions answered by our Battle system developers.

We've also posted a new Battle info page, where you can learn a little about the characters, gameplay and enemies in our world. We hope to update this page regularly with new info, so keep an eye out!

Visit our new Battle forum

Check out the Battle info page

02 Tattoos for your avatar!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Tattoos for your avatar! - [NPC] Moira Mon Jul 02, 2007 7:16 pm

Ooh, tattoos! I've been wanting a new one for a long time… maybe I'll go get inked up!

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It would be an understatement to say that you've been waiting for tattoos for a long time. Well, they're here. They're on the site. You can have 'em. RIGHT NOW.

-How do I get a tattoo?

To get a tattoo, you'll need ink. You can get ink by catching bugs in Gaia Towns and bringing them to Moira at the Durem Depot. Click "Exchange Bugs" to trade your bugs for ink. Usually, you'll need 50 bugs of the same type to make one vial of ink, but certain rare bugs will give you ink instantly.

When you have some ink, bring it to our new store, Skin Tyte. Click on "Buy Tattoo," and Devin will show you all the designs you can get with your ink. The more ink you have, the bigger and cooler you can make your tattoos. Devin can also mix your inks into special colors, so you'll have even more options.

-How do I equip my tattoo?

You can equip your tattoos just like any other item. Open your inventory screen and click on your tattoo to put it on your avatar. You can equip them and remove them whenever you want. Unlike in real life, if you get a tattoo you regret, you're not stuck with it forever. Whew!

-Who are these new people?

Even if you don't want to get inked up, you can still go say howdy to Natasha and Devin, our tattoo shop proprietors. Natasha runs the front counter and sells a small selection of jewelry, and the mysterious Devin handles the tattooing. He may look a little scary, but don't worry: he's a peaceful dude.

-What took you so long?

Some of you have been waiting forevvverrrr for tattoos to be released, so here's the scoop: Originally, we intended tattoos to be permanent. Meaning they would stay on your avatar forever. This would have required a lot of changes to the way our items are programmed, so we put the tattoo shop on hold until we could do a massive overhaul to our item system. But the more feedback we heard from users, the more we realized that most people actually don't want their tattoos to be permanent. To a lot of people, it's more fun if they're not! So, here they are.

-Wait… you said at Anime Expo that tattoos would be coming out on Tuesday.

Ha! Fooled you!

-Will you have permanent tattoos in the distant future?

Maybe! Then again, you could also ask if mankind would one day create a ham-flavored cola beverage, and our answer would also be "maybe." But if I had to bet on it, I'd say that permanent tattoos are more likely.

-I've been waiting for tattoos forever, and now they're here, and I have nothing to look forward to

First of all, please don't end your sentences with prepositions. Secondly, fear not, squire: the Battle System is still in the cards. Seriously. We're making it. Right now, at this very instant, it is being made. I could walk over to the other side of the office right now and ask them, "hey, whatcha doin'?" and a dozen people would yell, "shut up, we're busy making the Battle System."

Why not click this gigantic, gleaming red button to get a tattoo RIGHT NOW?



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Tattoos for your avatar! - [NPC] Moira Tue Jul 03, 2007 6:09 pm

Hey guys, the admins have added a new feature: now you'll be able to see a preview of a tattoo on your avatar before you buy it. The preview screen will show your avatar with all of your clothes removed for a better view. Don't worry, we won't peek!

05 New in Gaia shops: the Swimwear Set!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New in Gaia shops: the Swimwear Set! - [NPC] Moira Thu Jul 05, 2007 1:12 pm

Ah, summertime, when the days are long and hot and the local swimming pool is full to the brim with screaming children and their various unpleasant emissions. Get ready to feel the sweet sting of chlorine in your eyes and the happy ache of a blistering sunburn on your back!

Eew.

Swimming on the Internet is much more pleasant. Just hit up Gaia's shops and check out our huuuuuge new swimwear set, featuring tons of trunks, bikinis, floatation devices, swim accessories and other cool stuff.

You can get the new stuff at Barton Boutique, Gambino Outfitters, and Durem Depot.

Jump in*, the water's fine!

'* Warning: do not take your computer swimming.

10 Batten down your brainhatches: it's HINTS!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Batten down your brainhatches: it's HINTS! - [NPC] Ron Bruise Tue Jul 10, 2007 9:31 pm

Whooo! The admins are releasing HINTS! What an occasion! Well, not enough of an occasion to put on pants, but at this point I'm not sure anything is...

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The 15th is coming up fast, and you know what that means: hints! Well, it doesn't always mean hints, because sometimes we're too lazy to come up with hints, but often it means hints. This month, it means hints. So here are some hints.

Hey! Wait! Maybe you have no idea what I'm talking about. Let's fill you in: every month, Gaia sells special limited-edition items called Monthly Collectibles. The items are revealed on the 15th of every month; before the 15th, everyone makes thousands of wild, absurd guesses about what the items might be. In order to tease and infuriate you, we release some really vague hints… and here they are!

  • Lingering, belaboring, beating a dead horse… it's never sounded so sweet!
  • Don't be surprised if you see me acting a little weird. I'm just a dude whose circumstances are beyond his control, you know? Thanks.
  • Eric Stoltz had that big ol' face, but Cher still loved him (and so did we).
  • An amusement enjoyed by butlers, squires, and pages alike. A fine fit for all man.
  • Overalls are never a good fashion choice. Be especially wary when they change colors.
  • Fear the wrath of the cod horn.
  • Dick Cheney, in some ways, is kind of like Darth Vader. That's not a political statement, so don't get offended.


So there are your hints. Tough ones, too! Get to guessin', Gaians.

To learn more about Monthly Collectibles, ease your web browser into this crevice.

15 The July 2007 Monthly Collectibles are here! 2007Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The July 2007 Monthly Collectibles are here! - [NPC] Rina Sun Jul 15, 2007 3:04 pm

Ohboy ohboyohboy!!! I finally get to open my letter!! Yaaaaay! heart

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The Mecha Form lets you enhance your body with high-tech mechanical augmentations. These pieces can be combined to form two different suits of mecha armor: the powerful VXS-Alpha suit (which can take the form of a jet) and the sleek and cat-like Neko Mecha.

The gorgeous Fire Flower can be equipped in several ways. You can wear the flower in your hair or as a head wreath, or choose a number of items inspired by its searing beauty: a volcanic hairdo, a flaming cape, a tiki mask or a fire staff.

The Enchanted Strings provide a variety of elegant instruments, including a violin, a harp and a guitar, as well as silver and gold G Clef ornaments to wear on your head. Each instrument has an optional pose that creates colorful swirls of musical energy around your avatar.

To get these items for your avatar or try them on in the Dressing Room, check out our Monthly Collectibles Page.

16 New storyline comic today!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New storyline comic today! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Mon Jul 16, 2007 2:04 pm

Good afternoon, Gaians. This is Cindy Donovinh reporting for Gaia 9 Action News.

Over the past week, a mysterious rivalry has gripped Gaia. Edmund, owner of the high-class retail shop H.R. Wesley, has reportedly been soliciting Gaians for donations of garlic and black orchids. Why he needs these plants is unclear, but he insists that his work is of great importance to the future of Gaia.

Gaia 9 Action News has obtained a copy of the message that Edmund sent out last week:

Quote:

Hello, friend.

I'm sorry to contact you like this, but I must be discreet. I need your help with an urgent matter that could change the course of Gaian history. Please meet me in my shop in Durem as soon as you can.

Many thanks,

Edmund

P.S.- You must tell no one of this message. Secrecy is essential.


Click here to visit Edmund.


Matters were further complicated when many Gaians received a message from the Von Helson sisters, once the richest women in all of Gaia. Most people believed that the sisters were killed when the Tower of Gambino collapsed on their mansion, but after years of silence, they've now returned to rebuild their fortune.

Whether their sudden reappearance has anything to do with Edmund's secret project is unknown, but rumors persist that the Von Helsons' pleas for gold are a direct attempt to prevent Gaians from funding Edmund's research.

Gaia 9 Action News has obtained a copy of the Von Helsons' letter:

Quote:

You might not remember us, but we used to be a pretty big deal around here. We were the hottest socialites on Gaia, until that sleazy old fool Johnny Gambino knocked down our beautiful house with us inside. We nearly died!

What kind of a monster would try to kill a couple of sweet, innocent girls like us? We recovered from our gruesome injuries, but now we're homeless and alone. We're scared that that evil, ugly, horrible man might try to hurt us again. You wouldn't let him hurt us, would you?

If you want to help a couple of helpless girls get back on their feet, come talk to us. We'd just love it if you could help us. Pretty please?

Please come see us in secret...


Click here to visit the Von Helsons.


Following these messages, some tensions have arisen between followers of the Von Helson sisters and friends of Edmund. While nobody knows where this rivalry started or toward what it might be building, Gaia 9 Action News has received a tip that new information will come to light this afternoon.

Check out Gaia's Secret Message storyline page, where new manga pages will be revealed gradually over the next several hours!

If you missed the original quest, you can click the links in the quoted messages above to talk to Edmund and the Von Helsons.

17 Meet the Gaia staff membersEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Meet the Gaia staff members - lanzer Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:13 pm

Hello everyone,

Gaia had grown tremendously thanks to all of you, and our ever growing development team is constantly thinking of what cool things we can build for the Gaia community. Though outside of us working hard and coming up with new features, we think that it'd be great for you to know us a little better, and it would be even better if we can hear more comments and suggestions from all of you.

That's why we've put together a list of some of our staff members for you to check out. We'll be adding more staff to the list as more people find time to update their profiles. (just have to stop them from working!)

So drop by, say hi, and get to know just a little more about what goes on behind the scenes inside Gaia!

Click here to see the list of staff members.

-Lanzer

17 Check out the new Gaia Store!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Check out the new Gaia Store! - [NPC] Leon Tue Jul 17, 2007 7:33 pm

Hark! An announcement approaches!

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Attention all followers of high fashion: the Gaia Store has moved into some swanky new real estate!

The crowded confines of Gaia were crampin' the Gaia Store's style, so we've created a new domain for all of our awesome Gaia merchandise: www.gaiastore.com

The new site features a better layout, simpler navigation and all the great merchandise that's made Gaia the leading name in haute couture from Paris to Milan. Best of all, we've answered the demands of many a curious shopper: you can now click on the thumbnail images of each store item to open up a big giant photo!

We've also added two cool new items: the OMG Monster Plushie and the Bump Sweatpants.

Browse and enjoy, friends!



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Check out the new Gaia Store! - [NPC] Leon Tue Jul 17, 2007 10:26 pm

Hey guys,

Whew! Bad luck!

The new Gaia Store is hosted off-site by EBay, and they're currently undergoing a bit of technical trouble on their end. We're in touch with them, and they're working to bring the Gaia Store back online soon.

Thanks for your patience!

While the problem is being fixed, the store will be available at this temporary address: http://store02.prostores.com/gaiaonlinestore

19 New moderator and staff colors are launching todayEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New moderator and staff colors are launching today - admin Thu Jul 19, 2007 3:11 pm

Hello, Gaians!

We recently announced that we'd be making significant changes to simplify the username colors of Gaia moderators, administrators and staff members. We're pleased to announce that these changes will be taking effect today!

  • To quickly recap: all moderators will now have green names, administrators will have orange names and site staff members will have dark brown names. These people will all have titles that appear under their username to tell you their role on the site.
  • As usual, regular members will have black usernames and people on your friends list will have blue names. Gaia NPC accounts used by the staff will have red names.


The full details of the new mod colors and titles can be found on any of the "View Forum Moderators" links that appear at the top of each forum. We've included a sample "View Forum Moderators" page below to give you a crash course on staff colors, titles and duties:

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Below is a list of moderators for (this forum). These are the chosen individuals on Gaia who are able to help solve problems, move threads, and handle Terms of Service issues. If you see a thread or post that may be a violation of the Terms of Service, please use the User Image or User Image button located in all threads.


For other forum related issues, you can always contact the following moderators. On Gaia Online, ONLY members with Orange or Green colored usernames are official administrators or moderators. Remember, if their name is in blue or black, they are NOT an official of Gaia!

The following moderators are assigned to this forum:

  • (In each forum's "View Forum Moderators page," this area will contain a clickable list of that forum's moderators which will allow you to see a moderator's title and whether they're currently online.)
  • Administrators – Leaders of the Community and Moderator teams. They are responsible primarily for high-level administrative tasks, billing issues, and overseeing Gaia moderation staff.


  • Moderators: There are 3 types of moderators and a group of assistants to help you on Gaia; they represent the Site Assistance Group, the Global Group, and the Account Specialists Group. They are explained below.


NOTE: All moderators on Gaia are all the green color you see above and below. All officials at Gaia will also have a specific title under their username specifying their role on Gaia. Anyone without a title underneath their username is NOT an official of Gaia in any way!

  • Omni Moderators – Responsible primarily for account issues, hacking and scamming cases, as well as special projects related to account security, site safety and moderator training.


  • Global Moderators - Responsible for Abuse and Harassment cases, as well as help oversee Terms of Service violations across the entire site. Global Moderators may have other special functions that are specific to a particular role.


  • Site Moderators - Responsible for specific forums on the site, as listed above, handle Terms of Service Violations and thread move requests. These moderators also cover Gaia games, chat rooms, towns, and other features of Gaia.


  • Moderator Assistants (formerly “Helpers”) - Responsible for thread moves only in specific forums they are assigned to. Moderator Assistants DO NOT assist users with Terms of Service violations.
  • Non-Player Characters – A Non-Player Character (example: [NPC] Rina) is an account that is used on Gaia to speak to the public about important and fun topics (like quests and newsletters). Any persons posting with these accounts are Gaia staff but will not be helping you with Terms of Service violations – please contact Gaia Moderators and Administrators for assistance.


  • Artists, Developers and other staff – There are many other people who work hard to make Gaia awesome by creating new features and new art, items and much more for you every day! These people have brown names and may post around the site but will not be able to help with Terms of Service violations – please contact Gaia Moderators and Administrators for assistance.


Thanks for reading! We hope this makes things a little clearer.

-Admin



  • Icon announceAnnouncement New moderator and staff colors are launching today - admin Thu Jul 19, 2007 8:13 pm

Hi again!

Due to the hugeness of Gaia's infrastructure, changing something so basic as how usernames are displayed is actually a lot more complicated than it sounds. Hundreds of files have to be modified, and a number of glitches have popped up due to our recent tweaks to the system.

You may experience some weirdness for a little while. Forums and posts might not show up properly, for example, or you might get strange error messages. If you're noticing some big error that's never happened before, chances are it's because of the recent username update.

We're aware of the problems, and we're currently working hard to fix up all the little things that were broken by the update. Please bear with us while we tinker; things should be back to normal soon.

Thanks!

-Admin

20 Gift Credits and Shops will be temporarily disabled on 7/23Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gift Credits and Shops will be temporarily disabled on 7/23 - admin Fri Jul 20, 2007 6:03 pm

Early on Monday morning (July 23), we will be doing some site maintenance. Starting at about 7AM Pacific, we'll be closing down Gaia's virtual shops and disabling Gift Credits. Everything else on the site will remain normal-- you will still be able to earn gold, make trades, buy Monthly Collectibles, etc. We hope to have these features back up and running by 1PM Pacific.

We apologize for the annoyance and fist-shaking this may cause, but we'll be using the downtime to make some important tweaks.

Thanks in advance for your patience!

20 The Gaia Film Festival - Watch the winning entries now!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The Gaia Film Festival - Watch the winning entries now! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Fri Jul 20, 2007 6:25 pm

This is Cindy Donovinh reporting live from the red carpet at the first ever Gaia Film Festival! It looks like the admins are getting ready to announce the winners, so let's turn it over to them:

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Last month, we invited our members to produce short films about their life on Gaia. And produce they did! We received over one thousand Film Festival entries. One thousand. That's ten hundreds. That's the kind of number you only see in science books!

To our great delight, many of those films were awesome, hilarious and totally wonderful. A few of them even followed the rules, too! A bunch of us got together, locked ourselves in a room, and propped our eyes open (Clockwork Orange style) to judge the entries. We laughed, we cried, we cried again, we laughed some more, and then we had ourselves a good cry. At last, our eyes red with tears and our throats choked with dried-up laughs, we selected twenty films that best capture the Gaian experience.

We allowed members to submit to this contest in two categories: "my film is awesome" and "my film is awful." For the sake of fairness and hygiene, we have separated these categories into two separate theaters, so the awful films don't dirty up the good ones with their mess, and so the good films don't taunt the awful ones with their cleanliness.

We've also included a short documentary about Gaia Online, which features interviews with smolderingly attractive Gaia employees and devoted Gaia members.

And without further ado, here are the films:


MMVII Teaser: Whoa! What's this? An exclusive glimpse at Gaia's upcoming trilogy of animated shorts, MMVII! Get a sneak peek at what's in store for our 2007 storyline with this prophetic teaser.

View Showtimes



The Gaia Documentary: This short documentary gives you a look inside Gaia Online, from its humble beginnings as a crazy late-night conversation to its present position as the greatest hangout on the web. Check out interviews with Gaia's founders and employees, conversations with devoted Gaia fans and action-packed scenes of painful skateboard injury.

View Showtimes



The Awesome Films: Gaia is proud to present the best of the best, the cream of the crop, the awesomest of the awesome. We received over 1500 entries in the Gaia Film Festival, and whittling them down to a few winners was a painful ordeal. Among so many entrants, these eleven films represent the very best in Gaian comedy, drama and animation.

View Showtimes


The Awful Films: These awful films are the best of the worst: in their own way, they're every bit as entertaining as the awesome films (maybe even more so). From a field of hundreds, we've selected nine short films that rise above the rest to truly define the art of badness. Some are wonderfully stupid, some are charmingly inept, and some are gleefully bizarre. They all have one thing in common: they're awful in the best way.

View Showtimes


We'd like to thank each and every Gaian who entered the contest, whether or not their film was selected for the festival. We had a wonderful time watching all of your movies. It's your twisted, obsessive devotion to Gaia that makes this the best community on the web!

Stay tuned for more films next week! We've got some cool stuff coming up!


Here's a full list of winners of the Gaia Film Festival contest:


The Awesome Films:

Best Action Film:
Gaia - Gaian Agents in Action
By WaTErMELonxFAirY, xLeanaleex and xlavix


Best Special Effects:
Ninja Boy's Special Gaia Techniques
By Master Hikogaratashi and Angel _of_death_oblivion


Most Dramatic:
Gaia: Reach From The Stars
By DeMeNtIa K, Warrior_Goddess and Narxib


Most Accurate Reportage:
Lanzer's Basement
By Fukujinzuke


Best Horror Film:
The Shady Tree
By Kolobos_Rayne


Most Tragic:
A Gaia Film Entry
By Syphon81 and Jojup


Best Animation:
The Adventures of Kiki
By [-Luna-], Raine Arashi and Leafe_Angel


Most Profoundly Depressing:
My Friend KiKi
By [ Miss Kairi ]


Most Lifelike:
Gaia Alive
By Darzeth and cherry513


Special Achievement in Style:
Teh Internets
By Sanara Le


Special Achievement in Artistry:
The Dreamer
By Unreasonable Sin


The Awful Films:

Worst Acting:
Gaia Commercial
By janiel medina

Grand Prize Winner for Awfulness:
The bestest gaia film ever!
By Iced_Doughnut


Worst War Film:
Gaiaonline UNDER ATTACK
By DustyShelf, jackfrankie, [~Huitzilopochtli~], sakaira24519, parke and spinatina


Worst Salesmanship:
Fan made Gaia MC ad
By Mattsurai and 7hells


Worst Horror Film:
A Zombie walks into the Chatterbox
By Siriah


Special Achievement in Cross-Dressing:
Gaia Beauty Pageant
By Cats_Eye_Moon854ever and GoreGore84


Worst Original Soundtrack:
The Ron Bruise Gaia Rap
By Emperor Pilaf


Worst Music Video:
I Got A Lovely Bunch Of Gaian Coconuts
By Inu-Ru, A N T I . f r e e z e, RiRiHolic_Fairie, Silver Ookami Kyu Ultrim


Worst Soap Opera:
ROFLOMGBBQ! Gaia
By Ebizz, Mitsukohime Aero Luna

23 Gift Credits and Shops are down for maintenance.Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gift Credits and Shops are down for maintenance. - admin Mon Jul 23, 2007 10:09 am

Hi guys,

Gaia's shops and the Gift Credit system will be taken down for several hours this morning. This downtime is expected to last until about 1:30PM Pacific.

Edit: we're doing a final round of tweaking, so the shops probably won't be back online until about 1:30. Thanks for your patience!

You should still be able to earn gold, post in the forums, and use all the other features of Gaia.

We know it's pretty inconvenient, but please bear with us while we open up Gaia's brain and poke at it with pointy sticks. Assuming all goes well, we'll return shortly after the downtime with a full announcement of what's up. Stay tuned!

-Admin

P.S. - For reasons unknown, Gaia Guilds share the same "disabled" flag as shops, so this maintenance has caused them to be disabled as well. We're not doing any tinkering with guilds right now; they'll be back up at about 1PM Pacific, along with everything else.

23 Introducing Gaia CashEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Introducing Gaia Cash - admin Mon Jul 23, 2007 7:53 pm

Hey! Take a look at the upper right corner of your screen, next to where your Gold is displayed. See that new number? It's your Gaia Cash, the new replacement for the old Gift Credit system. As a little "thank you" to our loyal members, we've given every active Gaian a small introductory balance of Gaia Cash.

(If you already had Gift Credits in your account, you may have noticed that the number up there is much smaller. Don't worry! You're rich! Read on for more info.)

After a lot of debate and economic tweaking, we decided to phase out Gift Credits and create a new currency that would be much more valuable and versatile. Here are a few of the benefits:

  • You can use it to buy shop items AND Monthly Collectibles, whereas Gift Credits could only be used in the shops.
  • The value of Gaia Cash is much higher than Gift Credits. We didn't feel that Gift Credits were a good enough deal, so Gaia Cash will get you about three times as much value for every dollar.
  • We introduced a promotional code system along with Gaia Cash that will allow us to do some massively cool stuff. These codes can be given out during special promotions (conventions, contests or whatever) and redeemed for Gold, items, Gaia Cash or just about anything else. Neat!


For now, Gaia Cash is just a cool new way to get a good value for your money. But in the future, we'll be able to do boundlessly cool stuff with it.

What are you waiting for? Hit the shops and spend your Gaia Cash! If you'd like to pick up a little more Cash, you can visit the Gaia Cash page here.

Gaia Cash Q&A:

  • What happened to my Gift Credits? I had a lot of them, and now I only have a few!

Your gift credits have been automatically converted into Gaia Cash. Though the number may be smaller ($1 is equal to 100 Gaia Cash), you can buy a lot more stuff with it. Gaia Cash has a much higher value than Gift Credits, so you actually have the equivalent of about three times as much purchasing power as you had before.

  • I didn't have any Gift Credits, but now I have a small balance of Gaia Cash in my account. Is this a bug?

No! We've given every active member a small balance of Gaia Cash to thank them for using Gaia. You can go ahead and spend your Cash in Gaia shops, or save it toward a future Monthly Collectible. Enjoy it!

  • Will everyone get free Gaia Cash, even new users?

The introductory balance of Gaia Cash was only given to people who already had active accounts. Any new accounts registered will not start out with any Gaia Cash. If you registered your account after this announcement was posted, or if you had not logged in for many months, you may not have received any free Gaia Cash.

  • Where can I buy Gaia Cash?

To get some Gaia Cash, you can click the "GStore" link in the top navigation bar and then click the Gaia Cash image. You can go directly to the Gaia Cash purchase page here.

  • Can I buy Gaia Cash for someone else?

This is another big difference from Gift Credits: for the moment, there is no way to purchase Gaia Cash for other people. In the coming months, it will be possible to purchase Gaia gift cards for your pals.

  • Can I trade my Gaia Cash with other members?

No. Once Gaia Cash is purchased, it stays in your account until you spend it.

  • Can I spend Gaia Cash in the marketplace?

No. Gaia Cash cannot be used to purchase items on the marketplace. It can only be used for items in the Gaia shops and for Monthly Collectibles.

  • Is this some sneaky way to turn Gaia into a pay site?

Absolutely not. Gaia will remain just as free as ever. We just wanted to make sure that the people who do choose to spend money on Gaia will just get a fair bargain for their money. Upcoming (optional!) items or features might use Gaia Cash, but they'll be worth it!

24 Convention Tour info: Comic-Con and Kiki's Road TripEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Convention Tour info: Comic-Con and Kiki's Road Trip - [NPC] Leon Tue Jul 24, 2007 8:16 pm

Please take a moment to read this dispatch, citizen! The admins have news for you:

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Comic-Con San Diego is just around the corner! Gaia is going to be giving away free Gaia Gold cards at the VIZ Media booth as well as hosting mini gatherings offsite. These mini gatherings will not appear in the convention's program guide, so be sure to head over to the Gaia Convention Tour page to get the dates, times and locations.

We've also added another stop to Kiki's Road Trip! We'll be in Washington on March 28th-30th for Sakura Con. You can check out our Road Trip homepage for a full list of tour stops.

We look forward to seeing you!

27 The Film Festival continues with Gaia's new animated teaser!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The Film Festival continues with Gaia's new animated teaser! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Fri Jul 27, 2007 5:30 pm

This is Cindy Donovinh, reporting live from the Gaia Film Festival. The scene was thrown into chaos today as Gaia Online announced the first-ever look at their new trilogy of animated shorts, MMVII.

You can view the exclusive footage now on the Gaia Film Festival homepage, or visit the link below to go straight to the teaser:

Watch the MMVII Teaser!

31 The Film Festival continues with six hilarious animations!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The Film Festival continues with six hilarious animations! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Tue Jul 31, 2007 5:39 pm

This is Cindy Donovinh, reporting live from the Gaia Film Festival. As the close of the festival draws near, it's time for a fun finale!

As a special treat to end the festival, we're screening six hilarious shorts from some great animation studios. These are some of the funniest, coolest-looking things we've ever seen, and we hope you'll like them as much as we did. We're especially excited to show you Gopher Broke and A Gentleman's Duel, two wonderful films from the geniuses at Blur Studio. Enjoy!

You can visit the Gaia Film Festival homepage to watch all of the Festival's many features, or you can head straight to the animations from the links below:

Watch three hilarious animations: Gopher Broke, Fetch and Le Building


Watch three more animated shorts: Humans, Freerange and A Gentlemans Duel

31 New info about Gaia's Battle System!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New info about Gaia's Battle System! - [NPC] Leon Tue Jul 31, 2007 9:18 pm

What's this? New details on the art of combat? Do tell!

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Hey guys: we've released some exciting new info about Gaia's upcoming MMO! We've created a new profile page where you can check out some new monsters, animations, gameplay details, concept art and even some cool new items you'll be able to earn by playing. Go have a look!

View the first info release


View the second info release


Don't forget that we have a special forum set up where you can discuss the game, read info from the developers and go wild with anticipation.

Visit our Battle forum

August Edit

01 Apply to become a Gaia moderatorEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Apply to become a Gaia moderator - admin Wed Aug 01, 2007 7:02 pm

4/17/08 UPDATE

Recently it has come to our attention that there are some devious people linking to this form saying they're part of Gaia staff and asking for your password.

We are not currently accepting applications for moderators nor are we contacting members via PM with invitations.

Real Gaia staff will never ask for your password. Please report this person for having asked for your password.

Sincerely,

The Administrative Team

PS: We will post a new reply in this thread when we are truly accepting mod applications again. Sorry for the delay everyone


In the past few years, Gaia Online has grown by leaps and bounds to become one of the most popular hangouts on the web. As Gaia continues to grow, we plan to increase our support for our members in big ways. We have been working on plans for more than six months to improve the quality and quantity of moderation on our website. The mod colors/titles project was just the tip of the iceberg!

Soon you’ll see an extensive training program spring up, and you'll start hearing about a whole new movement to greatly enhance the numbers and abilities of our moderator teams. There have been rumblings in the forums and in conversations about us opening up moderator applications to the public, and the day has come for us to tell you that sometimes you get what you wish for!

That’s right, Gaians: today marks the first day ever that Gaia moderator applications are open to the general population of Gaia! You have a chance to be considered for a challenging and rewarding volunteer role as a moderator for Gaia Online!

Changes to the Mod System

How is this possible, you ask? First, let us explain what we are doing to define a moderator on Gaia, because we have redefined almost everything:

  • We have divided the areas of the website that require support and member services and named leaders to each of these areas. These leaders will be building a group of responsible moderators under their direction and will ensure their realm of responsibility is covered. Each team will have a specialty that they will concentrate on, which will provide Gaia with total coverage from Minigames to PM’s.
  • Moderators will have strict quality prerequisites to meet, and will be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure maximum education and fairness. Discipline amongst our ranks and adherence to our refined Terms of Service (Still under construction) will maximize our relationships with our members. A new Help Center will one day replace our Rules and Guidelines page to provide even more information.
  • A complete and built-from-the-ground-up training center and team has been feverishly working on defining in hard terms what it is to be a Gaia moderator, what is expected of you and how to perform in this volunteer role. There will be a laundry list of curriculum and training staff to ensure maximum throughput for our newly announced public moderator induction process.


What Makes a Great Mod?

Now that you have a good idea of what we have been working on, we’d like you to consider these three words that define a good Gaia moderator:

  • Neutrality - People from all walks of life visit Gaia and spend time there. Can you put all of their religious beliefs, political opinions, temperaments, traditions and cultural differences aside and deal strictly with the matter at hand? If you think you could remain neutral at all times, this might be the role for you.
  • Creativity – Being a mod is much, much more than being a "hall monitor." Moderators are active members of the community who are devoted to creating a safe, fair and fun space for everyone. They earn the respect of their peers not by showing off their authority, but through good judgment and personal involvement in the community. Good leadership requires ingenuity, intelligence and, above all, creativity. A good moderator can solve issues in creative ways, without the use of moderation tools (even though those tools may be available to them).
  • Dedication – Being a Gaia moderator isn’t a job, it isn’t a lifestyle, it is a duty. When you are browsing the forums on Gaia, visiting towns to shake trees, or fishing your heart out as Bass’ken lake, you are a force on Gaia that protects and supports. You are not a powerful entity made to destroy evil across the website, but a gentle reminder of something long lost, something about commitment and purpose, something about inspiration and longevity. As a Gaia moderator, you’ll deal with the worst of the worst the internet has to offer, and if you can often come up from swimming with the sharks with a smile on your face, you’ll know you’ve succeeded. If you stay a moderator for a long time on Gaia, you’ll know what we mean. If you think you already understand, you might be the type of person we’re looking for!


How to Apply

We will be releasing more information on how all of this will play out, but please pay SUPER CLOSE attention to the prerequisites listed before you apply as a moderator. There is a long training phase you will have to go through before you will have any abilities whatsoever. There is also a tenure and post requirement so most mules need not apply. If you have extensive Terms of Service violations on record, your application may be declined.

By filling out the application, you are agreeing to a legally binding contract, and if you are under the age of 18, you MUST WAIT until we have a separate method for you to get us your parent or legal guardian’s signature. Again: we are NOT accepting applications from those under the age of 18 at this time. We may accept applications in the future for members under the age of 18, but are NOT at this time.

Notice: if your application falls under any of the following categories, it will be declined immediately:

  • 1. The application is not 100% complete
  • 2. The application is not 100% accurate (to the best of our ability to judge)
  • 3. The application does NOT meet the initial-pass prerequisites


Again, any submission that falls under the above three categories will be declined immediately for security reasons.

If you have read all of the above, and still feel you will be a qualified and excellent candidate for our moderator training program, please click on the following link to begin the process:

(WARNING: YOU MUST BE 18 YEARS OLD OR OLDER TO COMPLETE THIS PROCESS)



If you have any further questions, you are welcome to post them in this thread so we can address your concerns.

To alleviate some common questions you may have, we’ve compiled this small Q&A for you below. You can find the Q&A section in the post below.

02 Verizon now supported for home phone paymentsEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Verizon now supported for home phone payments - [NPC] Gambino's Memorial Thu Aug 02, 2007 6:06 pm

Bwahahahaha! Commerce, the very backbone of my empire! Listen well, you telephone users!

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Good news for Verizon subscribers: now you can use your phone for more than just prank calls and takeout orders! Gaia's phone payment system now works for Verizon customers, so you can quickly and conveniently buy Monthly Collectibles and Gaia Cash with your home telephone.

To buy stuff over the phone, simply select the "Home Phone/DSL" option during the checkout process. After some simple setup, you'll be ready to go!

For more info & help about phone payments, please check out our phone payment FAQ.

We know that many of you saw the announcement bubble come up and were thinking "this is it, they're finally releasing the Enchanted Titanium Showerhead Set!" and were faced with profound disappointment when you realized that it's just an update to the phone payment system, but please try to understand: somewhere out there there's a Verizon subscriber who's just been dying to use the phone payment system. He's been sitting there in his bathrobe, trembling and sweating, skipping meals, losing hair, waiting with his hand on the dial for the day we FINALLY announced this. This is his day in the sun, people, and you'd be real clods to begrudge him his one moment of pleasure. Okay!?

06 A new look for Gaia!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement A new look for Gaia! - admin Mon Aug 06, 2007 3:49 pm

Hi everyone,

Our artists and user interface team have been hard at work for quite a while on a huge overhaul of Gaia's look and navigation. The first phase of their work is almost complete, and you'll be seeing some big changes in the next few days!

Allow us to break you off a little preview. Some of you may have already seen this information posted in staff journals, but we figured the time was right to show it to everyone!

First of all, here's a scaled-down image of what the new interface will look like:

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Check out the new header and logo! The title bar has all sorts of cool features: a shortcut menu to get to some of the site's most popular features, a mail indicator that shows how many messages you have, and a little map that shows you where you are in the Gaia world. Your avatar is also present and accounted for-- at FULL SIZE, finally! No more squished pixels!

(Don't worry, we haven't taken away the gold status thingie. In that screenshot, it just happens to be hidden under the shortcuts menu.)

As for the logo, we're very excited about the new look. Lanzer recently explained the change in his Journal.

Quote:

We've been thinking a lot about Gaia's logo. When our logo was first created, there was no Gaia community. The Gaia logo reflected our vision of what Gaia was at the time, but the community has grown and matured so much since then that it no longer seems appropriate. Gaia was once a website that created a community, but throughout the years it's become a website that is defined by its community.

With that in mind, we decided to create a logo that does a better job of reflecting the style and spirit of our members. We wanted something that looked cooler, more unique and more fun. We put in a lot of thought about who we are as a site and as a community, and we came up with something that, in our opinion, really looks the way Gaia feels.


Other cool stuff:


-New landing pages! Gaia's main pages (Home, My Gaia, Community, etc) have been given a new style better presentation.

-The background changes depending on where you are on the site! We currently have one background for each town, but we're working on even more, as well as backgrounds for forums, marketplace, and other features/areas.

-Daily Chance will have a new look! You can't see it in this shot, but it's gonna be cool.

-New navigation! We've reorganized the dropdown menus and navigation elements to make it easier to get around.

-Though it looks all big and beautiful and vibrant, the new header actually takes up less vertical space than the old one.


These changes should be happening later this week. We hope you like the new look as much as we do!

09 Gaia's new look has arrived!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia's new look has arrived! - admin Thu Aug 09, 2007 3:58 pm

Observant viewers may have noticed that Gaia has a brand new look and feel! We've made some big changes to the site's layout and navigation in order to provide a better-looking and more streamlined experience. Here's a brief rundown on some of the changes:

-We've added some new pages. Clicking the "News & Events" link beneath the header will take you to a new page where you can get a quick overview of the latest happenings, and the "Market" link will bring you to an overview of Gaia's shops, Marketplace, trade system and more. Many other pages have been revamped as well, so be sure to have a look around.

-The new "Shortcuts" bar in the site's header gives you quick access to your avatar, inventory, subscribed threads, guilds and journals.

-Your avatar is now full-sized in the header! The old layout showed a "squished" version of your avatar, but now it's shown in all its glory.

-A new logo! Lanzer recently explained the logo change in a journal post:

Quote:

We've been thinking a lot about Gaia's logo. When our logo was first created, there was no Gaia community. The Gaia logo reflected our vision of what Gaia was at the time, but the community has grown and matured so much since then that it no longer seems appropriate. Gaia was once a website that created a community, but throughout the years it's become a website that is defined by its community.

With that in mind, we decided to create a logo that does a better job of reflecting the style and spirit of our members. We wanted something that looked cooler, more unique and more fun. We put in a lot of thought about who we are as a site and as a community, and we came up with something that, in our opinion, really looks the way Gaia feels.


-The new layout is a little bit wider. While Gaia's old look was designed with 800 by 600 resolution in mind, the new layout is designed for 1024 by 768 resolution. This size increase allows us to put more information and features on every page.

-Though the new header may look tall, it's actually shorter than the old one. Mysterious!

-You may have noticed that the site took a little longer to load the first time you viewed it. This is because the code for the new layout was being cached in your browser. After the first load, the rest of the site should be faster.

-Many of the site's pages (such as the forum index and marketplace) remain unchanged for now. We're gearing up for phase two of the site update, which will bring Gaia's new look to every page across the site.

-We announced this long ago, but it has finally come to pass: the Channels page is no more. As we continue to refine the interface, we plan to add enough customizable elements to effectively replace Channels.

-As with any major release, there are still a few bugs buzzing around here and there. We'll be working very hard on ironing all of them out this week.


Get out there and explore the world!



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia's new look has arrived! - lanzer Thu Aug 09, 2007 10:54 pm

We're also collecting feedback for the new site layout. Please drop by and check out the link below:

http://www.gaiaonline.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=31040057

Thanks!

13 Scion: New Jigsaw, new item, and new stuff for Gaia Cars!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Scion: New Jigsaw, new item, and new stuff for Gaia Cars! - Scion Cars Mon Aug 13, 2007 5:02 pm

Buckle up, Rally fans: we've got some cool new Scion stuff coming your way!

First up, check out our new Scion profile, which gives you some info about Scion cars. You'll also find a link to a new Scion Jigsaw- if you complete the puzzle, you'll get a free item for your avatar!

View the Scion Profile


We've also added a Scion profile theme, so you can customize your profile with a Scion background and color scheme.

Last but not least, we've updated Gaia Cars with some cool new accessories to customize your car! Head to Sam's Body and Parts and pick up some new gear. After that, you can stop by Edy's Autos to customize your car.

14 Changes to game room namesEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Changes to game room names - admin Tue Aug 14, 2007 7:30 pm

Hi everyone,

We've received a lot of complaints from members about game room names that break Gaia's Terms of Service. Although our moderators work hard to weed out game chat names that break the rules, the high volume of game chat rooms created every day makes it very difficult to keep up.

In order to keep Gaia safe and clean, we've decided to change the way game chat rooms are named. You may have noticed that Gaia Rally has a different naming system: instead of allowing users to choose a title for their room, it is generated automatically based on the name of the room's creator (for example, "PorkWizard's minimart" or "AnimeLuvr230846230's carshow" . We've decided to make all game chat rooms work like this.

From now on, instead of selecting a name for your room, your room will be named according to your username. We've already made this change to some of our games, but the rest will be changed within a few days.

We realize that this is kind of a bummer, since choosing your own name for a chat room can be a lot of fun, but this change will ease the constant burden on our moderator team and make Gaia Games safer and more appropriate for all of our members.

Thanks for understanding,

-The Gaia Admins

14 New information on Kiki's Road Trip!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New information on Kiki's Road Trip! - [NPC] Leon Tue Aug 14, 2007 8:46 pm

Hark! Gaia's staff requests an audience with you, citizen:

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Kikis Road Trip keeps on rollin' along, and we're about to hit another convention! We'll be in Indianapolis for Gencon this week, hosting some Gaia events and giveaways. Our Gaia Gatherings will be on Thursday and Saturday at 7:00pm in the Congress room of the Westin Hotel. This is an official event, so you'll need a Gencon badge, but you do not need to have an event ticket to attend. More information is available on our Gencon Page.

We are also happy to announce that Kiki will be visiting Fan Expo Canada next week. This event will be on Friday at 7:00pm and on Sunday at 2:00pm in Room 713A. More information is available on the Fan Expo Canada Page.

As usual, the Gaia prize patrol will be roaming our Road Trip stops looking for users who are wearing Gaia hats, shirts and accessories! If you're lucky enough to be caught by the prize patrol, you'll be rewarded with a free Gaia Gold card. Be sure to wear your favorite Gaia gear for your chance to snag some free Gold!

We will be announcing many more stops for both the Convention Tour and the Road Trip in the next few months, so be sure to check back. We may be visiting your town soon!

15 The August 2007 Monthly Collectibles are here! 2007Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The August 2007 Monthly Collectibles are here! - [NPC] Rina Wed Aug 15, 2007 3:47 pm

OMG, it's the 15th! What's in my letters? I wanna seeeeeeeeeeee~

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The Plasma Gear creates shining beams of light that can be worn like visors or antennae, configured like glowing wings, or wielded as plasma swords. All options are available in both red and blue.

Be cautious when handling the Summoning Tomes: though experienced wizards can use them to call forth magical owls, ravens and fearsome light and dark dragons, newbie sorcerers might wind up turning themselves into something unpleasant.

To get these items for your avatar or try them on in the Dressing Room, check out our Monthly Collectibles Page.

20 Coming soon: Gaia's Summer Festival!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Coming soon: Gaia's Summer Festival! - [NPC] Gambino's Memorial Mon Aug 20, 2007 5:39 pm

Bwahahahaha! Prepare to be dampened within an inch of your life, friends!

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The Gaia Summer Festival Coming August 27th


Summer's almost over, but we're not letting it go without a fight! Gaia's getting ready to celebrate the last days of sunlight with a massive water balloon war, and we practically demand that you take part.

Let it be heard by all: Gaia Online shall host the biggest virtual water balloon fight of all time. This will be one of the hugest events in Gaia's history, with new items, a new forum game, new stuff to do in Towns and a great big update to Gaia's storyline. Yow!

You can prepare for the epic water battle by stocking up on water balloons. This week, we'll be giving away water balloons in the Daily Chance. If you're not content to rely on mere fate, you can get a head start on your balloon collection by inviting your friends; for every friend you invite this week, you'll get 30 free water balloons!*

  • worry not, friendless folk: there will be plenty of balloons available once the event starts, so don't fret too much if you haven't invited anyone!

No, you can't start pelting people with your balloons just yet. You'll have to wait for the Summer Festival to start, on Monday, August 27th!


Click here to invite your friends and get free balloons!


21 Beta testing the new Marketplace!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Beta testing the new Marketplace! - admin Tue Aug 21, 2007 9:10 pm

A quick update: the Marketplace beta test is now open to all users! Please see the post below for more information about Gaia's new Marketplace.

FAQ

I can't find _____ item!
There may be a few items which are missing from the search. As they come up, we are entering them into the search table. The search table and keywords were entered by hand, so we may have accidentally left a few out.

With that said, it is more likely that you need to click the "Show Unlisted Items" checkbox in the Search box. This option should bring up any item in the database, regardless of whether or not there are any current marketplace listings for it.


Three letter searches don't work!
They should work just fine. If you click Show Unlisted Items, you may see items that didn't come up before. There is one exception that we know of: at this time, searching for the word "may" will not give any results. We will be adding this and any other words that we find do not work.

Also, you may not be getting results because you used quotation marks ("" when searching. Currently, searching with quotation marks is disabled; we're evaluating several different search methods, and we may end up adding quotation marks back in if users find it difficult to adjust to the new system.


I can't see recently listed/ending soonest items!
To see these listings, click the "vend search" button.


I can't search by Buy Now Price!
Yes you can. Sorta :3. There is currently a minor bug on the Item Detail page where this sort option does not filter out Bid Only listings. If you go through a couple pages, you will see the Buy Now prices show up. This will be fixed on Tuesday. Lowest Buy Price searching on the Vend Search table seems to work just fine.


The average prices are wrong! Graphs are missing!
True. Analyzing and processing our huge vend log has proven to be quite difficult. We are still working out some kinks in this. As with any price guide, you should not use it as your only source of information when purchasing an item. As time goes on, these listings will become more and more accurate.


Items that are listed in the old marketplace do not show up in the new one!
Because of significant structural changes to the way marketplace data is stored, the old and new Marketplace each use their own set of listings. Items listed in the old Marketplace will not show up in the new Marketplace.



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Beta testing the new Marketplace! - admin Thu Aug 30, 2007 8:34 pm

Hello, Gaians!

We're delighted to report that Marketplace 3.0 is coming along very nicely, and we're gearing up for a launch sometime soon!

We're currently in the testing phase, and we'd like to invite all Gaians who have purchased this month's Collectible* to take part in the Marketplace 3.0 beta test. To check out the new Marketplace, choose the "Marketplace" link under the "Market" section of the site navigation. You will be offered a choice between using the original Marketplace or the new beta version for a short while until we begin to phase the old Marketplace out. To go directly to the new beta version, just visit this url:

http://www.gaiaonline.com/marketplace

We've also set up a feedback guild here. Please use this guild for bug reports and feedback. The developers are standing by!

Before you use the new Marketplace, be aware of this major change: There is now a 2% listing fee for all items in the Marketplace. This means that if your item is sold, Gaia will take a 2% cut of the selling price. This will help stabilize the Gaia economy by controlling inflation and preventing abuse of the Marketplace. However, this means that we no longer have to require vending licenses, so everyone who has previously bought one will have their 1000 Gaia Gold refunded.

'*As we've done in the past, we've set up this beta test to be available only to members who have bought Monthly Collectibles through the Gaia Store within the past 31 days. Although we're not trying to play favorites, we need to limit the beta test to a smaller group of users, and allowing Gaians who have purchased Collectibles to participate is the fastest and simplest way for us to select test candidates; we already have a system set up so that members who have purchased Collectibles won't see ads on the site, so we're able to use the same system to run the beta test without additional development time. If you're not in the beta group, don't worry about rushing out to buy a Collectible- the final Marketplace should be up and running very soon, so you won't have to wait too long.

P.S- If you're among those testing this feature, it's totally fine if you post screenshots or info about this beta feature in the forums. This isn't a big secret thing, so you don't need to report people for "leaks" if they post info!

24 Gaia's Summer Festival: Which team will you join?Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia's Summer Festival: Which team will you join? - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Fri Aug 24, 2007 7:54 pm

The Gaia Summer Festival

Coming August 27th


Action News Exclusive: Gaian Towns Scramble to Recruit Water-War Soldiers


With the Summer Festival only a few days away, Gaians are about to face one of the toughest choices of their lives: which team to choose in the biggest water fight in Gaia's history!

The water war will be fought between four teams, each representing one of Gaia's towns: Aekea, Barton, Durem and the Isle de Gambino. As word of the upcoming fight spreads, a strange arms race has gripped Gaia: each town has created its own huge, water-slinging superweapon!

Gaia 9 Action News will now provide statements from representatives of each town. Consider your choice carefully. You will be able to choose your team as soon as the Summer Festival starts.



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia's Summer Festival: Which team will you join? - [NPC] Leon Fri Aug 24, 2007 7:55 pm

All Hail Barton, the Heart of Gaia!


Hello, citizens! Most of you know Barton as Gaia's cleanest, friendliest and most hospitable city. In fact, most of you are probably citizens of Barton, enjoying its lovely Towns neighborhoods and building your homes on its quaint, cobbled streets.

I love Barton, friends. I devote my life to protecting it, and I take great pleasure in greeting its fine citizens as they enter Towns. When I heard of the upcoming water balloon fight, I knew that the easygoing citizens of my fair city would make amusing targets for those Durem punks and rich Gambinoans.


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Let them attack, I say! I've set about building the world's largest squirt gun, and its awe-inspiring nozzle shall unleash fearsome torrents of doom on all those who oppose us! Join with me, citizens, and we will defeat all those foolish enough to mess with Barton!



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia's Summer Festival: Which team will you join? - [NPC] Moira Fri Aug 24, 2007 7:55 pm

Durem: Be There or Be Square.


So, how 'bout it, kids? You wanna join those Barton nerds with their kitties and sunshine and flowers? You want to hang out in Aekea with a bunch of rusty robots? Or are you ready to roll with the cool crowd?

Yeah, I thought so. I mean, think about who lives here: Devin and Natasha from Skin Tyte, who basically own the concept of coolness; Vanessa at the Salon, who has all the boys drooling and all the girls jealous ('cept me); and Edmund, Gaia's most sophisticated dude. This is a high-quality crowd, people.


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Of course, that's not the only reason to join our team. We're also gonna win. Edmund's been pretty busy these days, but we managed to talk him into drawing up some blueprints for the ultimate water war superweapon: the Durem Megabow, which will unleash all kinds of watery horror on anyone who so much as blinks at us. Join Durem!



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia's Summer Festival: Which team will you join? - [NPC] Sasha Fri Aug 24, 2007 7:56 pm

Live the Good Life on the Isle de Gambino.


So, like, a water fight? Please. We live on an island. We're surrounded by water all day long. You think a little bit of water is gonna bother us now? We practially eat water for breakfast. Or something.

Johnny Gambino didn't decide to live here just 'cause he likes sand, or whatever. He built his mansion here because it's the best place around: we've got fun and games at Gold Mountain, cool shops, nice beaches, and all that stuff. We like to live the fabulous life, and we're not gonna let a bunch of dorks from other towns come in and try to mess with our luxury.


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That's why we built the Waterpult. This thing can hurl a five-ton ice cube at anybody who tries to cramp our style. You'd better think twice about joining one of those other towns, because we're gonna destroy them so hard it's not even funny.



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia's Summer Festival: Which team will you join? - [NPC] Liam Fri Aug 24, 2007 7:56 pm

Join Aekea or Be Crushed!


Yo, Liam here! I'm gonna let you in on some important info, so listen up: I never lose. Yeah, that's right. I may look like a pretty handsome, stunning, attractive guy, but I've got a wicked mean streak, and I'm willing to back up my claim with force.

When I heard about this water fight, I was like, "no sweat." I figured I'd just build a big huge freakin' amazing robot that could throw water balloons hard enough to put a dent in a mountainside. And so I did. Sure, I had to put a few mortgages on the store to afford it, but no amount of Gold is too much to ensure my victory.


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Meet DELUGEAU. He's the guy that's gonna kick your sorry butt unless you join my team. Does he look like the kind of guy you'd want to mess with? No? Then join Team Aekea!

25 New marketplace and its listing feeEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New marketplace and its listing fee - lanzer Sat Aug 25, 2007 2:34 pm

Hello everyone,

Hope everyone had a great summer. Next week is our summer festival! I wish everyone can make it.

For the past few days there had been a lot of concerns about the new marketplace which takes a listing fee of 2% from completed transactions. I wish to take a moment to let everyone know what it is and why it's here.

The explanation is rather lengthy, but to sum it all up, we wish to make the Gaia market more balanced and more fair for new and old users alike.

Our intention is to try this new system with the release of the new marketplace, then monitor what will happen. The Gaia economy is as complex and difficult as one can imagine, and we don't think we have the answers to everything. A short time after the new marketplace is released, we will decide whether the whole system is working and whether it's fair.

For those who want to read more about it, please check out the next post. We will continue to read through feedback and be responsive regarding this new system.

-Lanzer



  • Icon announceAnnouncement New marketplace and its listing fee - lanzer Sat Aug 25, 2007 2:41 pm

It has been our objective to make Gaia a great hang out, and it has been our objective to make Gaia as fun and fair for everyone. Gaia is not a perfect site, and there are many changes and improvements that we need to make in order for Gaia to keep working right. In recent months, we have been looking at a glooming problem over the Gaia economy.

Initially we made Gaia with virtual stores and gold was given away. When gold is spent in stores like Barton Boutique, gold goes back to the system, or the "bank", so to speak. Now there are a lot of things that happened throughout the years. We created the marketplace, which allows users to send gold to each other. With this feature, most gold now trade between users. Gold then keep passing back and forth between users, and gold accumulate in user accounts. In a way, everyone get "richer" because of that. That would not be a problem except that users now drive the prices in the marketplace higher. Everything now cost more, as prices rise higher than anything like the real world. In fact, prices go up 10 times higher than real life.

Brand new monthly collectible used to cost 4,000 gold to get, now days it cost up to 15,000 gold or more.

We talked to many economy experts, and received many advices. Then we asked an economics major to spend months with us to figure out the Gaia economy. After all our research, we came to a conclusion that one of the ways to help with the situation is to have a "listing fee" in the marketplace.

The listing fee is more like a transaction fee, it goes towards completed transactions. The listing fee will help with inflation issue but only a little, because we're only putting in a 2% listing fee, and we don't want to charge more. Never the less, it's a start. There are much better reasons why the listing fee is important, however. The listing fee in many ways help balance the marketplace between the rich and poor, and it also help prevent fraud and market manipulation. We will try to explain these concepts more in other messages.

To be honest, there is a chill down my spine when I heard that we should have a listing fee. Nobody likes to be charged on a site that is supposed to be free. The implication of this is certainly not nice, and many Gaian would get upset, especially the more successful users who make a lot of gold off the marketplace today.

Now we're faced with almost a lose-lose situation. To apply the listing fee, and make many users unhappy, or if we do nothing, we wait until items in the marketplace cost so much and face the reaction of unhappy users.

Our intention is to try this new system with the release of the new marketplace, then monitor what will happen. The Gaia economy is as complex and difficult as one can imagine, and we don't think we have he answers to everything. A short time after the new marketplace is released, we will decide whether the whole system is working and whether it's fair.

We like to let everyone know that we're listening, and we read through almost all your feedback. We believe in making everyone happy just as much as doing what is right. Strange to think that after 4 years we are still trying to figure things out, but I hope that we will start working towards this problem that is with us since the beginning.

-Lanzer



  • Icon announceAnnouncement New marketplace and its listing fee - lanzer Sat Aug 25, 2007 2:45 pm

To further explain the concepts and reasons behind the new listing fee, Sagger-AT3 had been active in the site feedback form responding to everyone. The is a thread by him that explains some of the concepts:

Posting by Sagger-AT3

27 The Gaia Summer Festival is here!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The Gaia Summer Festival is here! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Mon Aug 27, 2007 12:50 pm

This is Cindy Donovinh reporting for Gaia 9 Action News. With forecasters predicting a bizarre blizzard in just a few short weeks, Gaians are throwing one last bash to bring the summer to a close. The first ever Gaia Summer Festival is here! It's a two-week-long water balloon brawl with plenty of fun ways to drench your fellow Gaians. Let's turn it over to the admins for full details:


The Gaia Summer Festival

August 27th - September 7th


Join the Water War in the Forums!

The time has come to choose your team and throw the first volley in the biggest virtual water fight in history! We've created a brand new forum game that lets you join a team, throw balloons at your foes, and help your teammates pump water to launch devastating superweapon attacks.

  • The water balloons you throw in the forum game are free and unlimited! To soak people with the water balloons you've picked up in the Daily Chance, visit Gaia Towns.
  • Throwing water balloons at enemy teams fills up your Drench-O-Meter and gets you cool event items, but pumping water in your home forum is the true path to victory!
  • The scoring is balanced by team size, so don't be afraid to join a smaller team. What really matters is how hard each team member fights. No mercy!
  • At the end of the event, the winning team will receive an exclusive item, so don't slack! Lead your team to victory!


You can view the full rules of the game on the Summer Festival homepage.

Choose Your Team!


Not sure which team to join? Check out this special report from Gaia 9 Action News.


Splash Around in Towns!

Those of you who hate structure should head to Gaia Towns, where we'll be holding a free-for-all balloon battle royale! We've been giving away tons of water balloons in the Daily Chance, and now the time has come to splash some noggins.

  • Here's how to use your balloons in Towns: First, open the "Toy Bag" on the bottom right side of the screen and select your balloons. They'll then appear on the bottom bar of the Towns screen. Click on the balloon icon on the bottom bar and then click where you want to throw it, and presto! Somebody's gettin' soaked!
  • Need more balloons? Have no fear. You can buy them (cheap!) at the Ole Fishing Hole, or get free ones by inviting your friends.
  • Hit up the poolside vending stand to get a special squirt gun emote. Blast your foes with an intense stream of water!
  • Want to take a break from the action and relax a bit? We've added swimming pools and hot tubs to towns! You can find them at the center of each neighborhood map.
  • Remember not to drink too much soda before you get in the pool...
  • If you're seeing weird glitches in towns, try clearing your browser's cache.


Join the Fun in Towns!


New Storyline Updates!

Those of you who read our last comic are probably full of questions: Whatever happened to the Von Helson sisters? What's Edmund been up to? Where did Ian, Edmund and Gambino go after the attack on the mansion? All will be revealed soon! In four days, Gaia will launch a brand new plot comic with plenty of answers… and plenty of new questions!

And furthermore: We're proud to announce that the first two-minute episode of the MMVII Trilogy will be released in two weeks! You can check out the MMVII teaser now for a spine-tingling look at what's to come.

29 Summer Festival News Update: 100k or Bust! Monday at 5PM!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Summer Festival News Update: 100k or Bust! Monday at 5PM! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Wed Aug 29, 2007 6:32 pm

Good afternoon, Gaians! This is Cindy Donovinh of Gaia 9 Action News. The water war between Gaia's towns is heating up. Though Durem is in the lead, there's still plenty of time for other teams to catch up. We turn now to Gaia's admins, who have a few brief news items:

Five More Days of Water Battle!


The massive forum water war event will draw to a close on Monday, September 3rd-- but that doesn't mean the end of the Summer Festival! There's still more fun to be had: the balloon-throwing will continue in Towns, and the official end to the event will come on September 7th, after we release Gaia's first animated short!


Summer Festival Media Pack!


All of Gaia is consumed with fanatical team spirit! Since people have become so devoted to their teams, we thought we'd make it a little more convenient to make custom art and signatures to show off your town pride. We've released the Summer Festival Media Pack, a bunch of larger-sized event artwork and team banners! Use 'em however you want (within the Terms of Service, of course ).


100K or Bust!


"Most users ever online was 97,606 on Mon Aug 27, 2007 6:26 pm"

On Monday evening, we shattered our previous record for most users online by more than ten thousand. Everyone at Gaia HQ was watching with wonder and disbelief as the number kept climbing and climbing; at the end of the day, we were very close to 100 thousand… a little too close. So close that the number seemed to be mocking us!

"We can do it," said we, swelling with pride and hubris. "Gaians can-- nay, must-- break 100 grand."

Does the number really mean anything? Will we suddenly be the biggest site in the world if we break 100k? Will we all get chocolate cufflinks and solid-gold Ferraris? No! It's just a really huge, cool-looking number. We want to break the record because we can. We want to reach 100 thousand because it's there!

Here's the deal: if we reach 100K users online during this event, everyone will be given a special commemorative item to celebrate their part in Gaian history!

We won't give out the item until the end of the Summer Festival because… uhh… we haven't made it yet. But if you log in on the day when the record is broken, you will get the item (eventually).

So, what can you do to help make history?

  • Hang out on Gaia! Stick around a while, chat with friends, play games, post in the forums, do whatever-- just make sure you log in and stay awhile!
  • Badger your Gaian friends to log in! Got a buddy who hasn't been on in a while? Strongarm them into logging in, joining your team, and throwing a few balloons around.
  • Spread the word! IM your friends (your classy, high-quality friends-- we don't need any ne'er-do-wells) and tell them to sign up. You can also use our invite system, which will give you some free balloons to use in Towns.
  • Most importantly: BELIEVE IN IT! We will break this record! YES!


Update: Let's make a big effort to try to make this happen on Monday, September 3rd. Let's all try to log in at once around 5PM Pacific (8PM Eastern). Cast aside your responsibilities, cancel your hot dates, and hit the site like a tornado of online-ness! Spread the word!

And what will happen if we don't reach 100 grand? You're all banned!!! No, just kidding: absolutely nothing will happen. We'll still be happy about reaching 97 thousand, and we'll look forward to breaking 100 thousand with our next big event. But let's break this record anyway!


New Stuff in Cinemas!


And speaking of hanging out on Gaia for extended lengths of time: we've put some great new stuff in the Gaia Cinemas:

NEW Feature Film! The Little Shop of Horrors: The shocking tale of a young man and his murderous plant is something we can all understand and relate to. Thanks to the wonders of Internet science, we can also watch it right now! Quickly, start clicking things!

View Showtimes


NEW Educational Short! All-American Soap Box Derby: The inspiring story of the young boy, an industrious creature of unrivaled enthusiasm and energy, focused keenly on building soap box racers and winning glory in Akron, Ohio. What's the story of the young girl like? Nobody cares, that's for sure.

View Showtimes


NEW Educational Short! Boy with a Knife: A gritty look into the life of Jerry, an at-risk teenager using knives as a social equalizer, mostly by stabbing sofas and doors and being a big baby.

View Showtimes



Visit the Gaia Cinemas Home Page to check out all our movies.

31 Summer Festival: New Storyline Manga!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Summer Festival: New Storyline Manga! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:11 pm

Good afternoon, Gaians! The admins have a breaking Summer Festival news update:


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Wondering what's up with Ian, Edmund and Gambino? The plot thickens with a brand new comic update, which we'll be releasing page by page this afternoon! Dancey-dancey on over to the Event Page to read it now.

Read the Manga Now!

New pages will be released every 30 minutes. The full comic will be available at about 5:00PM Pacific.


New to the story? You can read all of our previous manga updates in the Gaia Newsroom. Of particular importance is our last manga, Convergence.

September Edit

04 We beat 100k! Thank you!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement We beat 100k! Thank you! - lanzer Tue Sep 04, 2007 3:02 pm

Hi everyone!

Our highest peak member count has finally broken the 100k mark!

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Most users ever online was 102,092 on Mon Sep 03, 2007 5:54 pm

Thank you so much for participating in the event and making this new landmark in Gaia history. We'd like to send a celebration gift to all those who participated. Please wait for additional announcements for more detail.

We rock! Look forward to the Halloween Event where we'll have even more fun!

-Lanzer

05 Summer Fest News: Event Prizes, Salon Update, Item Contest!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Summer Fest News: Event Prizes, Salon Update, Item Contest! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Wed Sep 05, 2007 7:56 pm

This is Cindy Donovinh with another Gaia 9 Action News Summer Festival update! The water war in the forums has come to an end, and the winner has been declared! We'll turn it over to the admins for all the latest news from Summer Festival and beyond.

And The Winner Is…


Attention all water fight participants: you can claim your event prizes now! Whether your team came in first or fourth, you've got a trophy waiting for you:

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Under the ultra-hip leadership of Moira, team Durem won the water war with a commanding lead. Durem wasn't the only team who fought fiercely, though: second-place winner Aekea gave Durem a real run for its money, nearly overpowering them with their great strategy. Though Barton may seem like a quaint little town, their fightin' spirit put them ahead of the much more populous Isle de Gambino.

Each team put in a fantastic effort, and we'd like to thank everyone for their loyalty, team spirit, and great sportsmanship! Though some people got a little unruly in their trash-talk, most Gaians put their best foot forward and made this one of the most awesome events ever. We'd like to extend our thanks to everyone who took part!


New Hairstyles!


We know you're all bummed that the Summer Festival will be ending soon, so here's something to cheer you up: with the end of summer comes the dawning of NEW HAIR!

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Brand new styles in Salon Durem! Eight of 'em, each one in tons of colors! An extra-big, extra cool Salon update to clothe your scalp for the approaching autumn! Something for everyone, unless you hate hair!

Visit the lovely Vanessa at Salon Durem to get your new style now!


100k: WE DID IT!

please note that the above emoticon is weeping with joy.


Holy mackerel, I halfway didn't even believe it was possible! We made it! We did it! It happened! On Monday, thanks to the valiant effort of Gaians everywhere, we shattered our previous record of 97,000 users online.

Five figures? HA! That's a thing of the past! We're in the big leagues now, baby! OVER 100 THOUSAND people were on the site at once. That's a whole town's worth of people browsing Gaia. If you stood all those people on top of each other, they'd be tall enough to reach… well, I don't really know, but the guy at the bottom would be really uncomfortable.

If you logged in between August 29th (when we announced the record attempt) and September 3rd (when the record was broken), you'll be receiving a special commemorative item at the end of the week!

And by the way: muchas, muchas gracias for being part of Gaian history. Big, huge hugs from the whole Gaia team!


New Storyline Stuff!


Hey, everyone: did you get a chance to check out the new storyline manga? You'd better! Big things are afoot! Comedy, tragedy, vampire kidnappings! You'd better not miss this one.

And don't forget: on Friday, we will release the first episode of Gaia Online's new short animations: MMVII, Part One! If the anticipation isn't killing you already, you can get all hyped up about it by watching the trailer.

Meanwhile, the enterprising Gaians at Sushi Database Studios have created a comic of their own! You can check out their take on the Summer Festival in this thread. Please note that this comic was not made by the Gaia staff, so the opinions contained therein are those of the comic's creators and don't reflect the opinions of Gaia Online, yadda yadda yadda


Coming Soon: Gaia's Item Creation Contest!


You guys have been asking for this foooorrreeevvvveerrrr (all the extra letters mean I'm saying it really slow, as if to underscore the longness of your waitage), so here it finally is:

YOU GET TO DESIGN AN ITEM!


Starting sometime next week, Gaia will be running a brand new kind of contest: you submit your ideas and sketches for a Gaia shop item, our artists will pick out the best entries, and then the community will vote on which one shall be the ultimate winner. When a winner is chosen, our artists will turn it into a Gaia item. For real. Also: the winning entrant will get 500,000 Gaia Gold.

Please take a minute to think about how cool that is. When you've stopped leaping and whooping (it may take a few minutes), please proceed to the next sentence.

Though the official rules and stuff will be announced next week, here are the basics:

  • This is not really an art contest, although it requires you to submit a picture. This contest is about coming up with a great idea and presenting it well. You can submit an intricately detailed concept sketch, or you can draw your idea on a soiled napkin with a half-melted crayon. Can't draw? Don't worry. If your idea is great and you can present your concept effectively, you DO have a shot at winning.
  • The entries will be judged by our team on three criteria: originality, clarity of presentation and ease of conversion to a Gaia store item. By "ease of conversion" we just mean that you can't say "I want an animated walrus that makes your avatar do the Charleston when you wear it in Towns." We know that you have big, crazy ideas, but we need ideas that are possible to create.
  • Originality is the key to this contest. Sure, we're probably going to get tons of suggestions for items pulled from movies or video games or anime series, but that's not what we're looking for. We're looking for your ideas.
  • Your item design must be your own; you can't submit someone else's idea, or contract someone to design an item for you. We will do our best to weed out copycat entries, but it's inevitable that more than one person will have a similar idea. In that case, we will choose our finalists based on which entry conveys and illustrates the concept most clearly.


A big, official announcement with the full rules and relevant dates and everything will go up soon. For the full legal mumbo-jumbo, please visit this thread.

And don't forget the Official Gaia Contests forum, where you can discuss this contest with your fellow Gaians!

07 Summer Festival News: MMVII, 100k Item and Marketplace 3.0!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Summer Festival News: MMVII, 100k Item and Marketplace 3.0! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Fri Sep 07, 2007 5:56 pm

This is Cindy Donovinh with a special Summer Festival update! The Festival is drawing to a close, but we've still got a lot more fun in store. Please stay tuned for these special messages from the Gaia team.

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MMVII is Here!


The first part of Gaia's MMVII trilogy is out! Idealogue & Tronic Studio have teamed up with Gaia to produce a series of animated shorts that shed exciting new light on Gaia's storyline. You can watch MMVII Part One: White Eclipse in the Gaia Cinemas right now!

View MMVII: White Eclipse Now!


Stay tuned for more MMVII episodes in the near future!


100k: You Beat Record, We Give Stuff!


Excited as you all are about breaking the record for most users online at once, you're probably still wondering about that item we promised you. Unfurrow your impatient brows, ladies and gentlemen. Here it is!

If you logged in between August 29th (when we announced the record attempt) and September 3rd (when the record was broken), you can click the link below to receive your item:

Get your 100k Commemorative Item!


Instead of making some kind of sash or trophy or t-shirt that said 100k, we decided to give you an item that would always remind you of our first Summer Festival. We're proud to present the fresh and fruitacular Watermelon Hat! Please enjoy its watermelonical fruit-hatness.


Moving Toward Marketplace 3.0


A quick non-summer tidbit: with the release of Marketplace 3.0 approaching fast, we've taken the step of removing the ability to list items in the old Marketplace. You will still be able to search and buy items from the old Marketplace, but all new auctions must be listed in the new "beta" Marketplace.

For more info on why we're taking this step, check out this thread.

For general info and frequently asked questions about the new Marketplace, please refer to this announcement.

11 Notice: stuff may be glitchy as we tweak the forum code.Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Notice: stuff may be glitchy as we tweak the forum code. - admin Tue Sep 11, 2007 2:27 pm

Hi guys,

We're releasing some patches today to update our forums. You may see some strange and unexpected glitches in the forums and around the site for a while as we gently massage Gaia's innards. The developers will be addressing any glitches as they pop up.

These patches will make room for an improved and updated forum system which will allow the forums to run smoothly even as more and more users continue to join the site. We'll give you further details of our new forum system a little later in the day.

Edit: Looks like we'll be releasing our new forum system a little later than we thought. Look for more info sometime in the next few days.

Thanks very much for your patience!

12 We've Released our New Forum SystemEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement We've Released our New Forum System - admin Wed Sep 12, 2007 2:46 am

Gaia's developers have just completed a six-month project to rewrite the code of Gaia's forums. While most of the changes we made are ultra-important and ultra-boring infrastructure improvements that you probably won't notice, there are a few things that look a little different:


  • The Topic Listing screen has been changed. The icons showing you a topic's status (i.e. unread, new posts, sticky, etc) have changed, and the subforum listing at the top of the screen looks a bit different. The topic list now has alternating shading to make things easier to read.
  • The spacing is slightly different inside the topics, and the "subscribe" and "report" buttons have changed.
  • The posting screen can do all the same stuff as before, but the layout is much more compact and intuitive. Things work better, too. For example, clicking a smiley will add it where your cursor is (not at the end of the thread text), and when you select a post style you'll see a preview of what the style actually looks like.


Since this update involves a lot of new code, you may be seeing some glitches and oddities in the next few days. Our developers will be working hard to address these bugs as they pop up.

12 Gaia forum look and feel - your input needed!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia forum look and feel - your input needed! - lanzer Wed Sep 12, 2007 10:43 pm

Hello everyone,

In response to everyone's concerns about our new forum layout, I wanted to apologize for not having shown everyone the new design before we released the changes. As a team we were so focused on making improvements and fixing bugs that we didn't get a chance to ask for feedback. That was our mistake and it should not happen again.

That having said that, we had been listening to your feedback! We will be doing a lot of changes from your suggestions. From making it easier to differentiate between stickies and regular postings, to making navigation easier, we'll be spending a lot of time making the look and feel better than what it used to be!

Forum feedback thread

The real reason changes are made is because we completely improved the system which handles messages across the site. Aside from the look and feel, what we really spent time on are for some of the following:

- Forums now run faster and shouldn't slow down during events
- Profile, arena, and other areas now support more messages and run faster
- We can now make more fun features and events in our forums

Gone are the days of the profile system going down because we had trouble handling too many comments, and things shouldn't slow down as Gaia has much more members online. Being able to handle more than a million posts a day is something we've worked years to achieve, and this is one of the final steps toward completing this system.

I thank all of you who are patient with us, and we promise you that we'll listen and improve the look and feel right away!

-Lanzer

13 September Monthly Collectibles: Hints!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement September Monthly Collectibles: Hints! - [NPC] Ron Bruise Thu Sep 13, 2007 5:56 pm

September Monthly Collectibles: Rock N' Roll Hintopalooza!


Whoooo! Only a few more days 'til we see the new Monthly Collectibles! My pants, wherever they are, are probably dancing with anticipation!

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Time for some hints! This month, we've decided to dab some extra spicy flavor on your braintongue: our Monthly Collectible hints will take the form of 90s music trivia!

Hey! Wait! Maybe you have no idea what I'm talking about. Let's fill you in: every month, Gaia sells special limited-edition items called Monthly Collectibles. The items are revealed on the 15th of every month; before the 15th, everyone makes thousands of crazy guesses about what the items might be. In order to tease and infuriate you, we release some really vague hints… and here they are!

Quote:

  • There were a couple of songs in the 90s called "In the Meantime." This band made one of 'em.
  • One of Courtney Love's highest-charting singles.
  • Ian Brown of the Stone Roses earned a distinctive nickname due to his peculiar style of dancing.
  • A dude with twin Mohawks brought electronic music to the mainstream with this track.
  • This track is the most annoying hit by one of Ireland's most annoying pop-rock groups.
  • When you STOP, it means one of two things: either collaborate and listen or something else.
  • One last hint: these items have nothing to do with music.


Confused yet? Good! To learn more about Monthly Collectibles, gently place your mouse cursor over this link and gingerly depress the button!

14 Got a great item idea? Enter our Item Design Contest!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Got a great item idea? Enter our Item Design Contest! - [NPC] Liam Fri Sep 14, 2007 7:11 pm

Ever had a really awesome idea for a Gaia item? Now's your chance to turn your crazy dream into an even crazier reality!

Gaia's artists want YOU to design Gaia's next store item! One lucky winner will have their idea made into a virtual item and sold for Gaia Gold in one of Gaia's shops. Oh, and by the way: that lucky winner will walk away with half a million Gaia Gold, too. Sweet.

Can't draw? Don't worry about it! This contest will be judged on the originality of your idea, not on the quality of your art. Whether you draw a gorgeous illustration or scrawl a stick figure onto a napkin, your idea will be given equal consideration! If your idea is great and you present it clearly, you have a shot at winning.


Read the rules and submit your entry!

Entries will close on September 28th, so don't delay!


For some additional info and detailed explanation of the rules, check out this thread.

Remember: you can gab about the contest in our Official Gaia Contests Forum!

Good luck!

15 The September Monthly Collectibles are here! 2007Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The September Monthly Collectibles are here! - [NPC] Rina Sat Sep 15, 2007 2:42 pm

Oooohhh, it's finally the 15th! Lemme open my letters now!

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Tired of your boring flesh? The Superior Form lets you choose from six incredible new body types: flaming Magma Skin, scaly Dragon Skin, zombified Dead Doll Skin, gleaming Platinum Skin, articulated Puppet Skin and fuzzy Feline Skin.

The Gift of the Gods set lets you choose from twelve artifacts inspired by ancient deities. Anubis brings you his jackal helm and elegant belt; Thor brings his mighty hammer, helm and belt; the Monkey King brings you his staff, circlet and headdress; and Hades offers his dark helm, scepter and guardian hounds.

To get these items for your avatar or try them on in the Dressing Room, check out our Monthly Collectibles Page.

See September's Monthly Collectibles Now!

18 Forum Pulse - Stay on top of the hottest threads!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Forum Pulse - Stay on top of the hottest threads! - admin Tue Sep 18, 2007 1:21 pm

Hey Gaians,

We've just added a neat little feature called Forum Pulse, which lets you view a list of the newest Gaia threads, updated in real time. Forum Pulse will appear at the top of forum listing pages.

Check it out! It's kinda fun to space out and watch what everyone's talking about. It makes me feel like some kind of high-tech supervillain with one of those huge banks of security monitors through which I can survey my domain and cackle evilly.

If you're not interested in Forum Pulse, you can minimize it with the little "up arrow" button at any time, or close it entirely by clicking the "x" button.

Cheers,

Admin



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Forum Pulse - Stay on top of the hottest threads! - admin Tue Sep 18, 2007 1:58 pm

Greetings again my dearest Gaians,

Forum Pulse needs a little more tweaking before it's ready to be used for good.

Our completely awesome Developers are toiling over these tweaks and will make sure Forum Pulse is working fine for everyone as soon as possible!

Stay tuned for updates!

Cheers,

Admin

19 Forum problems - we're on it!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Forum problems - we're on it! - lanzer Wed Sep 19, 2007 11:23 pm

Hello everyone,

For those who are having trouble posting, you can get it to work by disabling Javascript on your browser. Meanwhile, we're working on fixing the bug right now, and will let everyone know as soon as possible.

As for view post history, or the "Find my own post" feature, it's not working right now because we are moving to a new system which took much longer to move than we expected. We'll be making an announcement as soon as that's fixed also.

Thank you so much for your patience.

21 Forum posting bug fixedEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Forum posting bug fixed - lanzer Fri Sep 21, 2007 7:46 pm

Hello everyone,

After a lot of debugging, I think that we finally fixed the forum posting bug.

Posting history, or the "view my post" problem should be fixed by Monday when all the old data is changed over to new ones.

Once again, thank you for your patience with the issues. We'll continue working on the other bugs and fixing your comments about the look and feel. More fixes will be coming next week.

-Lanzer

25 New in Gaia Cinemas: FUNimation's Kiddy Grade!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New in Gaia Cinemas: FUNimation's Kiddy Grade! - [NPC] Moira Tue Sep 25, 2007 6:30 pm

Look alive, anime buffs: we've got two more free episodes comin' atcha! This week, you'll get to take a look at FUNimation's popular series Kiddy Grade:

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After a violent intergalactic war comes to an end, an organization called GOTT is set up to maintain fair trade practices throughout the universe. When any person or group of criminals threaten to upset the peace that freedom fighters worked so hard to obtain, the amazing ES Force is sent in to bring them to justice. The enhanced members of the ES Force each possess their own unique super-ability and are considered by all to be the universe's top military force. But ES Members Éclair and Lumiere learn that the biggest threat to their well being may come from those they trust the most.


You can watch two full episodes of Kiddy Grade in Gaia Cinemas!

Watch Kiddy Grade: Episode 1

Watch Kiddy Grade: Episode 2

28 Continue the story of Ian and Louie with a new Gaia manga!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Continue the story of Ian and Louie with a new Gaia manga! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Fri Sep 28, 2007 12:58 pm

Good evening, Gaians! We've just received this special news bulletin from the Gaia admins:

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Liam and Gino are locked in a dungeon, Ian is hidden away in a secret bunker, and Louie Von Helson has been sent on a mission to kill his traitorous brother. Where could it go from here? Find out in the next chapter of Gaia's storyline manga!

Read the Manga Now!


New pages will be released every 30 minutes. The full comic will be available at about 12:30PM Pacific.


Also, we're doing something new this time around. Since we love seeing people's funny edits of our comic pages, we'll be releasing blank versions of each comic page so you can fill in your own dialogue. Get 'em here.


Need to catch up on Gaia's storyline? Here are some links to the previous chapters:

Convergence

An attempt on Edmund's life sets events in motion.


Damian

Ian's dark past is revealed.


MMVII: White Eclipse

Vladimir Von Helson sends his son Louie on a secret mission.

October Edit

01 Forum bug fixing need your help!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Forum bug fixing need your help! - lanzer Mon Oct 01, 2007 10:37 pm

Hello everyone,

After the new forum system had been updated, there had been a number of bugs that were reported, and a lot of problems with accessing posts, finding post history, and posting in general. We've been working hard on fixing all these bugs, and I hope that most of everything had been fixed now.

If you're still having trouble posting or viewing the Gaia forums, please let us know!

Have a problem with forums, click here!

We'll get the rest of the problems fixed as soon as possible. Thank you for your continual patience!

04 Problems with PMsEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Problems with PMs - Panagrammic Thu Oct 04, 2007 9:59 am

We had a glitch with the PM system this morning -- we've fixed the problem, and things should be working again. You might be missing a few PMs while we're copying the data over, but you should see them shortly. Thanks for your understanding.

05 Rite Aid Cards: Coming… soonish!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Rite Aid Cards: Coming… soonish! - [NPC] Moira Fri Oct 05, 2007 7:35 pm

Hey fellas,

You may have noticed the banner on the site boldly proclaiming that Gaia Cash cards would be hitting shelves at Rite Aid stores today (October 5th). To make a long story short, it seems as though they haven't hit every Rite Aid location yet. Some stores have them, some stores don't.

We're not exactly sure why they haven't made it to some stores yet, but we expect them to be hitting all (or most) Rite Aid locations very soon. In the meantime, we urge you to give your local Rite Aid a call before you walk/drive/roll all the way over there, just so you don't leave empty-handed and disappointed.

Thanks for your patience. We'll give you a holler when we hear that they've reached more stores!

08 Item Design Contest: Choose the Winner!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Item Design Contest: Choose the Winner! - [NPC] Liam Mon Oct 08, 2007 1:06 pm

The finalists are in, and it's up to you to choose the winner! We received a ridiculous amount of submissions, but we've sifted through them, removed the countless Halo 3 screenshots and "mak big sword pls here is a pic of my dog" entries, and selected a dozen finalists that captured the Gaian spirit of fun and originality.

To check out the finalists and vote for your favorite, visit the Item Design Contest page:

Vote Now!

Click the thumbnail images to see a larger picture.


Wondering how we selected the finalists? Here's a quick rundown.

First, we went through all the entries to weed out the rule-breakers. Then we locked our artists in a little room to view the entries on a projector, and they spent hours searching for the coolest, funniest, most interesting and most original items. Unfortunately, when whittling tens of thousands of entries into a dozen finalists, many, many great items had to be eliminated. If you're wondering why your awesome item didn't wind up as a finalist, here are some common reasons:

  • It was similar to an item that our artists have already planned or created.
  • It was cool, but impossible to actually create due to layering or size concerns.
  • It may have been too elaborate or fantastical to work as a common shop item.
  • It was cool, but a thousand other people had the same idea. The artists were looking for items that really surprised them.


In the end, the artists picked twelve items that stood out for their originality and coolness. If your item didn't make the cut, don't be too sad. We plan to have more item contests in the future, so your chance will come again!



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Item Design Contest: Choose the Winner! - L0cke Wed Oct 10, 2007 2:02 pm

Hey Everyone ^w^

Our apologies about the presentation of the contest winners. It seems that some users are worried that because some items with multiple poses were chosen as finalists, that we were allowing multiple pose submissions, but this is actually just something we didn't communicate clearly

When reviewing the submissions, we noticed that many users didn't see the rule specifying that items shouldn't have multiple poses. So since the objective of the contest was to collect cool user created item ideas, to ultimately get some awesome items back to the community, we didn't want a really cool item idea to be rejected on a technicality and decided to consider submissions with multiple poses so long as only one of the poses was used.

When the submissions were shown to the community, we simply failed to specify that only one of the poses on the multi pose submissions would be made into an item. If an item with multiple poses wins, the artists will choose their favorite pose and create it.

Hope this clears up any confusion about the submissions ^^

11 Tons of new items in Gaia Shops!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Tons of new items in Gaia Shops! - [NPC] Sasha Thu Oct 11, 2007 2:48 pm

OMG... so much new stuff... I don't even know where to start...

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Just a few of the many, many, manymanymnymnymny new items!


TONS of new stuff just hit Gaia's shops. Our insanely huge October update includes six totally new item sets:

  • The Ghost Hunter set lets you rid the world of annoying apparitions and pesky poltergeists with a stylish jumpsuit and a ghost-zapping Neutron Blaster.
  • The Lovely Genie set will grant all your wishes, as long as all your wishes involve dressing up like a genie.
  • With Halloween coming up soon, it's time to strike terror into the hearts of children and adults alike with the single scariest outfit ever created: the Clown Suit.
  • Zoot Suits are the height of hep, as long as you live in 1930s Los Angeles. Otherwise, it's only semi-hep. But hep enough to make a difference!
  • The Starman set lets you relive the glittering excess of the glam era like a true space oddity.
  • The Cat set is exactly what it sounds like: you can dress up like a kitty. Perfect for those of us who enjoy being cute, destroying furniture and peeing in sandboxes.


And as if that weren't way too much stuff already, we've added some awesome miscellaneous items as well:

  • Toilet paper! Prepare to TP the yards of your foes!
  • Masks, perfect for trick-or-treating!
  • Crazy eyepatches to cover your crazy eyes!
  • Elven ears in new skin tones, to match every body type!


The new items are scattered across just about every Gaia shop, so go hunt 'em down! Be the first on your block to collect them all, for some reason!

11 MMVII Part Two: The story continues with Flower of the NightEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement MMVII Part Two: The story continues with Flower of the Night - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Thu Oct 11, 2007 5:03 pm

This just in! Gaia 9 Action News has received this urgent bulletin from the Gaia administrators:

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The second episode of Gaia's MMVII trilogy has arrived! Idealogue & Tronic Studio have teamed up with Gaia to produce a series of animated shorts that continue Gaia's storyline. Wondering what's up with Ian, Edmund and the undead jerks intent on destroying them? Find out now in MMVII Part Two: Flower of the Night!

Watch MMVII: Flower of the Night


And as we all know, half the fun of a Gaia story update (or maybe a little more than half…) is making fun of it. In that spirit, we're once again calling upon Gaia's most sarcastic citizens to create their own versions! We've set up a thread here with a link to download the movie, so you can edit it, redub the dialogue and share it with the world. Enjoy!

11 Avatar saving temporarily downEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Avatar saving temporarily down - nita Thu Oct 11, 2007 11:21 pm

Hello everyone,

Upon release of the new item, we've been experiencing problem with the avatar system. We're working on fixing the servers and everyone should be able to save their avatars by tomorrow. Sorry for the delay!

-Lanzer

12 Vending license fees refundedEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Vending license fees refunded - admin Fri Oct 12, 2007 12:09 pm

With the release of the new Gaia Marketplace, it’s no longer necessary to buy a vending license in order to sell your items. If you already bought one, you’re probably feeling like a sucker for wasting 1000 gold, right?

Don’t worry! We’re currently in the process of refunding everyone’s vending license fees. If you own a vending license, you should receive a PM notifying you of the refund. If you don't get a PM notification, don't worry, you'll still receive the refund.

Buy yourself somethin’ pretty!

12 Scare us senseless in the Halloween Costume ContestEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Scare us senseless in the Halloween Costume Contest - [NPC] Moira Fri Oct 12, 2007 2:27 pm

Hey, cool, a costume contest! I'd dress up like Vanessa, but I used up all my water balloons during the Summer Festival...


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The creativity of Gaians knows no bounds! Rather than let you use that creativity to think of fiendish new ways to torment your enemies, Gaia wants to channel your genius into something constructive: a Halloween Costume Contest!

We're giving away a bunch of gold and an unlimited amount of glory to the people who dress up in the wildest and most amazing costumes. We've got two categories to choose from:

  • Original Costumes: Got an amazing idea for a costume? Dress up, snap a photo and send it in. Your cool costume could make you an even bigger winner than you undoubtedly already are!
  • Gaia Themed Costumes: Want to make a costume with a Gaia twist? Dress up as your avatar or your favorite NPC! Dress up as a Gaia forum! Dress up as Gaia itself! If you can come up with an awesome Gaia-themed costume (and take a photo of it), we want to make you rich and famous! (on Gaia)


Visit the Gaia Costume Contest page to read the full rules and find out how to enter! We've visited lots of conventions, so we know that you guys love to make amazing outfits… so don't pretend you don't! Let's see those cool costumes, people!

Read the Rules & Enter Now!



Please note: after you're done entering the contest, feel free to continue tormenting your enemies.

12 Gaia down due to flooding!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia down due to flooding! - lanzer Fri Oct 12, 2007 7:15 pm

Hello everyone:

Gaia was down for two hours from 2pm to 4pm, PST due to an outage of our service provider.

Rain had poured for the first time in months in San Jose, causing lots of floods around the cities, blocking roads and freeways. On top of that, many places face power outages, and many internet services went down, including Gaia Online!

We have installed a back-up service recently, though still need a few more pieces to complete the system. Once it's functional, no longer will one single outage bring our site down. Hope this will be the last time for outages in Gaian history.

Thank you everyone for your understanding.

15 The October Monthly Collectibles are here! 2007Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The October Monthly Collectibles are here! - [NPC] Rina Mon Oct 15, 2007 3:08 pm

The 15th is finally here! Gimme that letter, I wanna see!!!

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Despite their penchant for chewing on brains, Grunnies make wonderful pets. They'll perch on your shoulders, sit loyally at your feet, and even launch themselves at your head with adorable bloodlust.

Is the sun ruining your pallid complexion? The Gothic Veil shields you from the harsh light of a world that would misunderstand your tortured genius. In addition to the classic veil, it can be worn as hair ribbons, a creepy scarf, a lacy corset, a blindfold or a skirt.

The Vampire Hunter kit gives you everything you need to defeat the undead hordes: a crossbow, a bandolier of stakes, a giant cross, a bladed glove and, of course, the requisite jaunty vampire-killin' hat.

To get these items for your avatar or try them on in the Dressing Room, check out our Monthly Collectibles Page.

See October's Monthly Collectibles Now!

15 Gaia Cash Cards at Target Stores!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Cash Cards at Target Stores! - [NPC] Gambino's Memorial Mon Oct 15, 2007 7:34 pm

Yearning for some Monthly Collectibles? No credit card? No problem!

Gaia Cash cards are now on shelves at Target stores across the US. Getting Monthly Collectibles and Gaia items is simpler than ever: just waltz into a store, plunk down some bills (or a giant jar of pennies) and walk away with some sweet Gaia stuff.


If you pick up a $25 Gaia Cash card at Target, we'll throw in a bonus gift: the cuddly Kaya the Cat, pictured above. This feisty critter is a Target exclusive!

You can use your Cash card to dress up your avatar with tons of items from Gaia's shops, pick up some awesome Monthly Collectibles or save up for a rainy day. They also make perfect gifts, stocking stuffers, coasters, guitar picks, paint scrapers or filler to make your wallet look fat.

Pick one up today! Or tomorrow, or whenever's convenient!


Target Card Q&A

Getting a Card:

  • I went to Target and I couldn't find the card!

Though the official release date for the Gaia Cash cards was the 15th, some stores may not have them on the shelves until the end of the week. It might be a good idea to give your local Target a call before you go in, just to make sure they have the cards in stock.

  • Where can I find a Target store?

Target has over 1500 locations in the US. To find a Target near you, visit their Store Locator.

  • Blargh! There's no Target in my town!

Dang! We hope to offer Gaia Cash cards in other stores soon, so perhaps Cash Cards will find their way to you one day. In the meantime, you can always get Gaia Cash the old-fashioned way: by ordering it over the internet.

  • I don’t live in the USA. Is there no hope for me?

Being a US-based company, it's very difficult for Gaia to put things in stores in other countries. For now, Gaia Cash cards are only available in the US. Gaia is actively looking for ways to expand to other countries, so keep an eye out for international stuff in the future.


Using your Card:

  • I got my card… now what?

To extract the Gaia Cash from your card, you'll need a scalpel and a citrus juicer. No! Just kidding! Simply head over to www.gaiaonline.com/redeem/ and enter the code on the back of the card, and the Gaia Cash (and any bonus item associated with the card) will be added to your account automatically.

  • Can I buy Monthly Collectibles with my Gaia Cash?

But of course! To buy a Collectible with your Cash, visit www.gaiaonline.com/collectibles and click the "Get 'em!" button. Add one or more Collectibles to your cart, then proceed through the payment process. When asked how you'd like to pay, select "Gaia Cash" from the list of options.

  • How do I use Gaia Cash in Shops?

Just visit Gaia's Shops like you normally would. Click on an item, and then click the button that says "buy with cash."



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Cash Cards at Target Stores! - pt2 - admin Mon Oct 22, 2007 6:14 pm

Still can't find a Gaia Cash Card at Target? Pester the employees!

Your local Target may have the cards in stock, but they may not be on the shelves yet. To find a Gaia Cash card, just march up to a Target employee and politely shout the following sentence:

"Hello sir or ma'am, I'm looking for Gaia Cash cards. I have the DPCI number right here."

Then show them the following DPCI numbers:

Gaia $10 Cash Card - 012 15 0095
Gaia $25 Cash Card - 012 15 0096


That will allow them to check whether the cards are in stock. If they are, you may be able to buy one, if you remembered to bring money.

Good luck!

16 Buy Gaia Store items, get Gaia Gold!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Buy Gaia Store items, get Gaia Gold! - [NPC] Sasha Mon Oct 15, 2007 2:56 pm

Hey, look, a message from the admins! Ooh, cute new stuff

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What's this? A special value-added promotional endeavor to enhance your Gaia Store experience with phenomenal bargains? Tell me more!

From now until November 16th, we'll be including a free Gaia Gold certificate with every Gaia Store purchase. So, if you snazz out your constitution with some real-life Gaia wearables, we'll throw in some free gold so you can pick up some cool stuff for your avatar, too.

Each Gold certificate is worth anywhere from one hundred to several thousand Gaia Gold, so your Gold bonus is all about the luck of the draw. But, hey, since you're getting Gaia merchandise, you're lucky anyway, right? Right!

Check out some of the great stuff you can get:

New Stationery:

Pen & Pencil Set: The great thing about having nifty pens (like, for example our Kiki & Coco pen/pencil set) is that everyone will be jealous of you. The not so great thing about having nifty pens is that people will try to steal them. Luckily, pens are the perfect size and shape for poking thieves!

Check it Out!



Stationery Set: We're quite proud of our durable notebook and folder set. The notebook is completely filled with paper, which is among the most useful writing surfaces ever created by mankind; the folder is of an adequate size to house many, many sheets of loose paper. You'll be organized enough to run a medium-sized conveyor belt factory, which we all know is your life's ambition!

Come Get Some!



Halloweenishness:

Tentacle Arms: Oh, so you think your Halloween costume is complete? Really? You think so? Well, I've got news for you: if you don't have tentacles, it's not a costume. Period. Whether you're dressing as a squid or a robot or a wombat, you need tentacles or nobody will give you any candy and you'll be rudely turned away if you show up at Halloween parties. Trust me, tentacles are the key.

Shove Your Arm in One!



Ninja Mask: Though our high-quality masks are 100% compliant with the rigorous guidelines set forth by the National Association of Ninjas, they're modest enough that everyone, not just highly-paid executive ninjas, can afford them. They're great for Halloween, but they can be worn all year round, from Ninjasmas to Ninjasgiving.

Be a Ninja!



Classic Hats:

OMG Hat: The ultimate Gaia accessory. Nothing says "Gaia" quite like an OMG hat. You could write the word "Gaia" on a piece of paper in glitter-pen, and it still wouldn't have the same impact as this hat. This hat is Gaia, except that you couldn't fit 100,000 people in this hat at once. Anyway, the moral of the story is that it's a rad hat.

Crank Dat!



ORLY Hat: The closest you'll ever come to having a real owl on your head without the agony of deep talon wounds! Our stylish ORLY hat features the adorable owl face that has warmed thousands of hearts, plus glorious glove/scarf wings that have warmed thousands of hands and necks. A joyful winter accessory for all Gaian owl fans!

Place It Atop Your Head!



All This Stuff is in the Gaia Store!

18 New items for your Gaia Car, plus cool Scion stuff!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New items for your Gaia Car, plus cool Scion stuff! - Scion Cars Thu Oct 18, 2007 2:01 pm

We've released a bunch of sweet new stuff for your car! Customize your Scion, Possum or Musculero with new paint jobs and accessories, including the tasty Scion toaster top and rugged camo paint.

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Customize your Car!


Ready to join the evolution? Check out Scion's new home under the new 'Lifestyle' section of Gaia's forums. You can learn some interesting stuff about Scion cars, hang out with Scion owners and learn about some cool Scion contests and special events (one of which lets you win an actual Scion of your own! Sweet!).

Visit the Scion Forum Now

25 Gaia VJ: Take Control of Gaia Cinemas!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia VJ: Take Control of Gaia Cinemas! - [NPC] Moira Thu Oct 25, 2007 1:25 pm

Watching movies in Gaia Cinemas is cool and everything, but wouldn't you like to decide for yourself what we show? Of course you would. You're the boss.

Gaia VJ-- which technically stands for "video jockey" but you can make up any acronym you'd like (Violent Junkie?)-- lets you create playlists of your favorite videos from a bunch of video sharing sites (YouTube, Metacafe, iFilm, etc) and show them to all your friends, whether they're Gaia members or not.

Click the "create playlists" tab to make your own playlists. Use the panel on the right to search for videos, and then drag and drop them to add them to a playlist. Click the "browse playlists" tab to check out other Gaians' lists. Browse popular videos, search by tags to find stuff you're interested in, and laud your friends or bury your foes with the five-star rating system.

When you're ready to watch your awesome playlist (or someone else's), click the "Watch" button. You'll be taken to a special 'Living Room' Cinema screen where you can watch videos, invite your friends and throw some tomatoes.

You can also add your playlists to your Gaia profile! Just visit your profile, click the "Edit My Profile Layout" link, click the "Content" button and select "My Playlist" from the options.

Try out Gaia VJ!



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia VJ: Take Control of Gaia Cinemas! - admin Thu Oct 25, 2007 3:13 pm

Hey everyone,

The massive influx of people jumpin' on VJ has caused one of our servers to implode into a little hunk of antimatter, which is currently being hauled off by physicists for further study.

We hope to have the video search/playlist creation back up to speed shortly; it may be off and on throughout the day as we mess with it. In the meantime, we invite you to imagine how cool the thing is.

We'll let you know when the thing becomes more stable. Many thanks for your patience.

-The Gaia Staff

26 TinyURLEdit

Hey, guys, wanted to clear up some controversy --

We added a blacklist feature yesterday to block out some of the worst scamming sites. Unfortunately, tinyurl was on the blacklist, which was causing a definite problem for some signatures. Boy, did we hear you on this.

So what we're going to do for now is turn tinyurl back on, and then we're going to look at adjusting the signature limits before we think about blocking tinyurl again. We're also going to be doing some more changes to try and stop hacking and scamming attempts, but we'll let you know about those beforehand so there is not the current confusion, and as much as possible we'll try to make sure that they don't get in the way a lot.

As always, thanks for your understanding.

29 Gaia's Halloween Event is Here!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia's Halloween Event is Here! - [NPC] Vladimir Von Helson Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:58 pm

People of Gaia, prepare to swear allegiance to a new master! My undead minions have already overrun your cities. Some of you may be blessed with the eternal bliss of undeath, but many, many more of you shall become the slaves and cattle of your new vampiric masters. Be warned: resistance will lead only to your swift destruction.

The Main Event

  • Ready to join the epic battle between Gaians and Vampires? Step into our amazing Halloween event featuring tons of new event items, a new Gaia storyline comic, trick or treating and plenty of frenzied vampire combat.
  • Get started at the main Halloween Event page if you'd like to jump right in, or read the rules if you want to know what you're doing.

Join the Event Now!


Read the Rules!


To turn into a vampire:

  • A) Post in the battleground forums. Your post makes you vulnerable to attacks!
  • B) When a post of yours is attacked 3 times, you lose a hit point.
  • C ) When you drop to 0 hit points, you'll begin to turn. Choose the "succumb" option to turn right away.

As the event begins, vampires are still scarce! It may be a while before their forces build to significant numbers. Later in the event, the Vampire and Human leaders may offer to turn you instantly to their side for a small fee.

Manga Update!

  • A brand new episode of the Gaia storyline manga is being released today! Find out what's up with Gino, Liam and the Von Helson sisters. New pages pop up every half hour or so.
  • Read 'The Gun Show' Now!


  • Trick-or-Treating
  • Jack, the pumpkin-headed lord of Halloween, has decided not to get involved in all this vampire nastiness. He's declared Gaia Towns a "safe zone," so don't worry about being bitten or staked! The only thing you have to worry about is a stomach ache.
  • There are two ways to trick-or-treat on Gaia:
  • As usual, you can collect candy from the shopkeepers in Gaia Shops. Just visit each of the shopkeepers and pick up your sweets. Don't get too greedy: you can only trick-or-treat once per minute. When you've collected candy from everyone, you'll be given a Halloween goodie bag!
  • You can also trick-or-treat by hitting up houses in Gaia Towns. When you've collected enough sweets, find Jack in the graveyard at the center of town for some brand new Halloween items.


  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia's Halloween Event is Here! - Fleep Tue Oct 30, 2007 5:21 pm

Hey guys, a little Halloween update!

1. Trick or Treating in Towns is functional! We're sorry it was down for so long, but now you can get that grab-bag goodness again.

2. We decided we're going to allow users to choose a team by going to an enemy home forum and asking an NPC to change them. It will be FREE, but you should only be able to do it once every 6 hours.

We want everyone to be able to turn and enjoy the full scope of the event. Hopefully we'll have this change out by tomorrow. The event continues until November 7th, so you should all have plenty of time to get your event items!



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia's Halloween Event is Here! - Fleep Tue Oct 30, 2007 9:08 pm

Another update! You can now go to an enemy home base from the map on the event page to change teams for free. You can do this once every 6 hours!

We apologize to the users who put a lot of time (and some, gold) into becoming vampires during the first day of the event. We never intended it to be difficult to become vampires, especially since you have to be a vampire to earn some of the event prizes.

Have fun, everyone!

31 Cash Shop GlitchesEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Glitches - admin Wed Oct 31, 2007 6:20 pm

Many of you probably noticed that we attempted to roll out the Gaia Cash Shop today. Unfortunately, a corrupted file prevented it from working properly and it went out in a half-functional state. We took it down again, and we're currently working on fixing up the problems and getting it back out as soon as possible, hopefully within a few days.

The Cash Shop that you may have seen up on the site was actually a messed-up version, and does not represent the final interface. Don't worry-- it'll look much better when it works properly.

For a brief period, some people were able to buy stuff from the Gaia Cash Shop, so you've probably seen Cash Shop items floating around the Marketplace. While we're not going to stop people from selling these items, we recommend that you wait until the Cash Shop is back up and running before you buy those items on the Marketplace. If you feel like paying a bunch of extra gold to get the items early, be our guest, but the prices will likely be more reasonable after the Cash Shop is out for real.

We apologize for the glitches!

-The Gaia Team

31 Halloween News Bulletin: Costume Contest!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Halloween News Bulletin: Costume Contest! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Wed Oct 31, 2007 9:51 pm

This is Cindy Donovinh reporting for Gaia 9 Action News. Gaia's war between humans and vampires rages on! Now that Vladimir Von Helson is offering Gaians a chance to join his undead legion, vampires have begun to gain a foothold in the struggle. Whether you're a vampire marauder or a Gambino loyalist, it's time to get out there and fight for your side!

Let's check out the latest Halloween news:


Halloween Costume Contest: The Winners!

We received tons of great entries in our Gaia Halloween Costume Contest, and now comes the fun part: winning! Our staff sat down and looked through the many, many entries, weeded out the ones that didn't follow the rules (those username signs really threw people off!), and selected our personal favorites. Without further ado:

Winner: Original Costume

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StaciMarie - Gypsy Dancer


We were all in awe of Staci's beautiful homemade costume! Says she: "The skirt, bandana, vest, and corset are all hand-made. The jewelry is all antique, as is the headpiece. I hope you enjoy, I worked hard to make it look pretty ^^" Wonderful work

Winner: Gaia-Themed Costume

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Loki Syndrome - Jack, The King of Halloween


Jack's been keeping a low profile this Halloween due to all this vampire business, but he's still the star of the show in Loki Syndrome's eyes. "I papermached the head, sowed the gloves, feet, shirt and cloak and came together with this costume. My favourite part is the head which has eyeholes in and fits around my head perfectly." That must be one heck of a head you've got in there!

In addition to the two big awesome winners, we thought we'd show you some of the other great costumes people put together:

Runners-Up: Gaia-Themed Costumes

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[.The.Flying.Potato.] - My Avatar


We love the description for this one: "It's a costume of my current avatar (pictured in the lower left hand corner). Plus, I dressed up my cat as my Water-meat, too! She didn't like it, so I only got the one picture. Boy, was she mad."

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Rebel Song - Grunny


"I made this all from scratch in less than a week. Yay me." Yay you indeed! We applaud your grunniness.

Runners-Up: Original Costumes

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Divine Leaf Hallucinator - Psychedelic Stickman


A stick figure costume is a tough thing to pull off, but Divine Leaf Hallucinator rocked it with aplomb. "I thought it would be fun to attempt and I think it turned out well. The sign was my downfall though...a bit shabby and I had a hard time making it show up while still being able to see my stickfigure glowing." Very original!


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Temily_Emily - Unknown/Too many to list


What is it? Who knows! But it's so spiny and peculiar that we couldn't resist its scruffy charms. "Originally meant to be a monster of sorts but it has been called everything from a sea urchin to a pin cushion...so I've decided to leave it unnamed."

Be sure to congratulate the winners on their bountiful Halloween spirit!



Gaia Staff Decoration Contest

You guys aren't the only ones who got to have fun this Halloween. The Gaia Team, already red-eyed and sleep-deprived from overwork, decided to drink that extra cup of coffee and dig deep into hidden reserves of energy to create amazing decorations! After all, if we didn't get into the Halloween spirit, how could we hope to create a good Halloween event?

We're so proud of our decoration and costuming skills that we've decided to upload photos of our work and let you, the Gaia User, the ultimate justice in the universe, decide which department is the supreme king of Halloween spookiness.

Check out our Happy Halloween Forum to see the entries! Each Gaia department has made a sticky thread containing all their photos. View them all, judge them carefully, and then vote in Lanzer's poll to select your favorite.

Hey! We judged YOUR costumes, so you owe it to us! Right?

November Edit

01 Now in Gaia Cinemas: MMVII Part Three!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Now in Gaia Cinemas: MMVII Part Three! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Thu Nov 01, 2007 3:12 am

This just in! As Halloween Night draws to a close, major developments are unfolding at the Von Helson mansion. Gaia 9 Action News takes you live to the scene for an exclusive look at the action!

The thrilling conclusion to the MMVII Trilogy is here! Gaia’s series of animated shorts comes to a dramatic close as Louie and Ian confront their maniacal father. Don’t miss MMVII Part Three: Flight or Fight, now playing in Gaia Cinemas!

Watch MMVII Part Three: Flight or Fight!


As we all know, three-fifths of the fun of Gaia storyline updates is making fun of them. Soon, we’ll be offering up a downloadable version of this video so you can create your own edits and parodies. Stay tuned!

02 Introducing the Gaia Cash ShopEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Introducing the Gaia Cash Shop - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:17 pm

This is Cindy Donovinh reporting from the grand opening of the Gaia Cash Shop! The elegant Flynn has opened the doors to her new boutique, La Victoire, where you can buy exclusive items with your Gaia Cash.

Choose from a fine selection of luxury items, including gifts for special occasions, cute plushies, cool Halloween stuff and our amazing new evolving items, which grow and change over time.
The Cash Shop also makes it easier than ever to get Monthly Collectibles. Just select the Collectible envelope from the store, try it on to see how it suits you, and click "Buy with Cash" to get it instantly. Easy! If you're the old-fashioned type, you can still buy Monthly Collectibles the usual way, too.
As a special Grand Opening promo, we'll throw in a free Halloween gift with your first Gaia Cash Shop purchase. This is a limited-time offer, so don't miss out!

You can access the Gaia Cash shop under the "Market" menu in Gaia's main navigation bar.

Visit the Market Homepage to Check it Out!

Looking for Gaia Cash? You can pick some up at our Gaia Cash page, or find Gaia Cash Cards at Target and Rite Aid stores.

05 Get Halloween Wallpapers at our Event Downloads Section!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Get Halloween Wallpapers at our Event Downloads Section! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Mon Nov 05, 2007 7:51 pm

With Vladimir Von Helson thwarted, the tide seems to be turning in the war between Gaians and vampires. Though a new era of peaceful coexistence seems within reach, vampire skirmishes continue to erupt in Gaia's cities. You can view the action live at Gaia's Halloween Event page.

Gaia's Halloween event will come to a close at midnight on November 7th. For those of you who are confused by clocks, that means that there's less than a day and a half of vampire action left. Get it while it's bloody!

In the meantime, we're prepared a Halloween Downloads page where you can pick up 20 high-quality wallpapers from Gaia's amazing artists. We've also put up the blank comic pages for the recent Gun Show manga. Let's see those hilarious edits!

Check Out the Halloween 2007 Downloads

06 Yow! Item Design Contest winner, plus a NEW contest!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Yow! Item Design Contest winner, plus a NEW contest! - [NPC] Ron Bruise Tue Nov 06, 2007 2:41 pm

Whooo! A contest? I love winning stuff! I'm a winner!

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The various holidays of the world will soon form up like Voltron to create the HOLIDAY SEASON, and Gaia is in the mood to celebrate! The time for gift-giving is approaching, and we want YOU to design this year's hottest holiday must-have.

Got a holiday-themed item idea that will have desperate shoppers fighting in the aisles to get a piece of it? Enter our Holiday Item Contest to share it with the world. Our artists will sort through your entries, find the dozen-or-so best ones and put it to a public vote. The overall winner will have their design made into a Gaia item and sold for Gaia Gold in one of our shops!

Enter our Holiday Item Contest!

Remember: your item must be holiday-themed, so don't bother submitting the +2 Sword of Naruto!


And in maybe even cooler news, we're delighted to announce the winner of our first-ever Item Design Contest. We chose the finalists, we put it to a vote, and now the results are in: SweetMiserie has achieved massive victory with her Holographic Eyepiece.

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No cyberpunk outfit is complete without it! Hit up Crate & Apparel to pick one up for yourself, and remember to congratulate SweetMiserie on her outstanding item design.

We're incredibly excited that we're finally able to let you guys design, submit and vote on their own item ideas. We know that the process has been a little bumpy so far, but we're hoping we can iron out all the little lumps with the new Holiday Item Contest. We look forward to seeing your great ideas!

07 Gaia Halloween has come to an end...Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Halloween has come to an end... - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Wed Nov 07, 2007 3:05 pm

The battle between humans and vampires has come to a close. With Vladimir Von Helson dead, an uneasy peace has been established. Can vampires coexist with the general population? Only time will tell.

Don't worry, you're not stuck with a vampire avatar! Even though the bloody festivities are at an end, you can still visit the Secret Underground Lab to change back into human form, or the Von Helson Manor to turn into a vampire. This option might not be available forever, so take advantage while you can.

Visit the Halloween Event Page to Become a Human or Vampire


Many thanks to everyone who participated! Gaians logged on in record numbers to make this one of our most active events ever.

08 Introducing the official Gaia Battle Website!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Introducing the official Gaia Battle Website! - [NPC] Leon Thu Nov 08, 2007 4:16 pm

Attention! The Battle Website has returned for duty!

We have rebuilt it...stronger, faster, better than before.

The special Gaia Battle website gives you a glimpse of what's in store in our upcoming MMO project. The site will keep getting bigger and better as we get closer to launch, so look for regular updates with new info, screenshots and important announcements.

Visit the Battle Website



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Introducing the official Gaia Battle Website! - Qixter Fri Nov 09, 2007 4:21 pm

Enjoy the site! If you'd like to comment about the site (or anything at all relating to the MMO), there's a special forum for those comments. Check out the Gaia Online MMO (Battle) forum in the Gaming section.

09 Update On The Gaia Battle WebsiteEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Update On The Gaia Battle Website - [NPC] Leon Fri Nov 09, 2007 1:26 am

You there! Stand at ease!

The interest in Battle was so strong and overwhelming that we decided to move the Battle Website to a different location -- we'll be making an announcement tomorrow with the new location, and we sincerely hope that you'll see why we're so excited about it!

12 MMVII: Download and Mutilate our Short Animations!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement MMVII: Download and Mutilate our Short Animations! - [NPC] Ron Bruise Mon Nov 12, 2007 4:56 pm

Hey, an announcement about showbiz! Sounds like a job for Ron Bruise! Whooo!

As we all know, the Gaia storyline has always been a distinguished masterpiece of sophisticated storytelling. Our recent MMVII series upped the ante with breathtaking CG animation and Oscar-worthy voice acting; who among us did not shed a tear when Louie so poignantly announced that it had stopped snowing? Shakespeare himself would have wept!

But enough about how wonderful we are. Now it's your turn to make fun of us! We've created downloadable versions of each of our MMVII episodes, so you can grab them, edit them, remix them, redub them, destroy them, recreate them and repost them. You can make them funny, make them weird, or whatever. Just make them your own.

Download 'em here:

  • MMVII Part 1: White Eclipse
  • MMVII Part 2: Flower of the Night
  • MMVII Part 3: Flight or Fight


Once you've created your masterpiece, share it with the world! We heartily encourage you to upload your MMVII edits to YouTube (or another video-sharing site) and post it for all to see. In fact, we've even set up a special thread for you to post your edits:

The Official MMVII Edit Thread


If you'd like to take a look at some of the finest and funniest edits of recent Gaia storyline updates, check out this thread. We had some little unofficial contests for edits of the "Unveiled" manga update and MMVII Part Two, and we got quite a few hilarious entries.

View the Best Edits

12 Evolving Item Report: Fausto's Bottle is ChangingEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Evolving Item Report: Fausto's Bottle is Changing! - [NPC] Dr. Singh and Timmy Mon Nov 12, 2007 6:24 pm

Dr. Singh: Good day, Gaian friends! This is Dr. Singh with your Evolving Item Report. I've been out in the field for quite some time now, studying the habits and growth patterns of some of Gaia's rarest creatures.

Timmy: Jeepers, doc! It's great to have you back! Everyone's been going bonkers over these Evolving Items, and they don’t even know what they're gonna turn into!

Dr. Singh: Thanks, Timmy! I recently found out that the importers over at the Gaia Cash Shop have been offering some rare evolving items for sale, so I thought I'd give everyone some quick insight into how they work. Each type of Evolving Item will grow at its own pace. They start out like you: small, shrill and ungainly. As they grow, they'll become larger and more complicated. Who knows, Timmy-- one day you might grow up, too!

Timmy: I sure hope not, doc! So how do I know when my item is gonna change?

Dr. Singh: I'm still conducting research into the strange biology of evolving items. Sometime soon I'll be unveiling my findings to the world in the form of an Evolving Items Profile Page. You'll be able to check it any time to see the latest updates on item evolution!

Timmy: But doc, I don't wanna wait! I want to see them change now!

Dr. Singh: I've got good news for you, sprout. Fausto's bottle is already showing signs of evolution! If you have Fausto's Bottle, go look at your inventory. When you click on it, it will bring up two icons: the one on the left is the item's default icon, and it won't do anything when you click on it. The icon on the right is the item's current stage of evolution. Click on that one to equip it and view its newest form. Here, take a look:

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Timmy: Holy smackerjacks, doc! You mean Fausto's Bottle is changing already?

Dr. Singh: You bet! Everyone who bought Fausto's bottle before this afternoon should try removing it from their avatar and then putting it back on. They'll notice that it's started to change.

Timmy: What if I buy one from the Cash Shop today? Will it already be changed?

Dr. Singh: No, Timmy. Evolving items are sold in generations. If you buy Fausto's Bottle today, you'll receive the second generation of the item, so it will take some time to start evolving. Once the second generation begins to evolve, the Cash Shop will begin selling a third generation, and so on. If you want to buy an evolving item, don't hesitate too much… items in the Cash Shop are subject to change, so you might miss your chance if you wait too long!

Timmy: Wowee zowee! So the sooner I buy an evolving item, the quicker it'll get to its final stage?

Dr. Singh: Exactly! That's it for this edition of the Evolving Item Report. We'll be back soon with more exciting updates! Say goodbye, Timmy!

Timmy: I'm so excited all the time! I think I have a serious problem with my metabolism!

13 Don't miss Kiki's Road Trip at Wizard World Texas!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Don't miss Kiki's Road Trip at Wizard World Texas! - admin Tue Nov 13, 2007 8:50 pm

Howdy, Texans! Kiki's Road Trip will be barreling through your neck of the woods this weekend!


We're hitting up the 49th-largest city in the US of A for a weekend of fun and festivity at Wizard World Texas! Visit the Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, TX from November 16th through 18th to snag a free Gold Card, or meet your fellow Gaians at our official Gaia Gathering on the 17th. If you wear your finest Gaia t-shirts or accessories, you might just catch the eye of the Prize Patrol, who'll be roaming around and rewarding those who show their Gaia spirit.

More Info on Gaia at Wizard World


For the latest news on our road trip stops, check out the Kiki's Road Trip homepage.

14 Wii The People: Win a Wii Every Day!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Wii The People: Win a Wii Every Day! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Wed Nov 14, 2007 2:54 pm

Good afternoon, Gaians! This is Cindy Donovinh with an important bulletin from the Gaia team:

We've seen a lot of requests to put better items in the Daily Chance, and we've decided to take those requests seriously. Way too seriously. For the next 30 days, we'll be giving out a Nintendo Wii in the Daily Chance every single day.

Here's how to play:

  • This contest is for Gaia members only, so make sure you've signed up and activated your account.
  • Log in to Gaia and click the Daily Chance cart every day!
  • If you're lucky, you'll win an entry ticket. But wait! You haven't won yet!
  • Your entry ticket will lead you to an official entry form. Fill it out! All eligible entries will be added to our daily Wii drawing.
  • If you're extra super lucky, your name will be drawn.
  • If your name is drawn… VICTORY! A Wii is thine!


Confused? Befuddled? Lacking direction in life? Read the FAQ:

Q: I got an entry ticket and filled out my info. Where's my Wii?
A: Getting an entry ticket doesn’t mean you've won! A limited number of entry tickets are given out every day, and we select a winner from among all the eligible entries. If you win, we'll let you know within a few days.

Q: What if I don't live in the USA or Canada?
A: Unfortunately, The Man has told us that we can only give out Wiis in the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec). Sorry; we fought the law and the law won. If you get an entry ticket in the Daily Chance and you're not from an eligible area, we'll cash it in for a bit of Gaia Gold.

Q: But HOW!?
A: No, we didn't get some big fancy promotion deal where we got free Wiis to give away; Wiis are still hard to get, so our homeboy DJ Helsing actually spent a couple of weeks driving hundreds of miles and snatching up every single Wii he could get his greedy hands on. Believe me, we ruined Christmas for a lot of local kids. Their loss is your gain!

Q: You're bluffing! I demand proof that you actually have 30 Wiis!
A: Read 'em and weep, ladies:

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The lens flare means we're serious.


For more information, check out the boring legal mumbo-jumbo in the official rules.

15 The November Monthly Collectibles are here!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The November Monthly Collectibles are here! - [NPC] Rina Thu Nov 15, 2007 2:40 pm

Oooh! It's the 15th!!! Time to find out what's in our envelopes!!

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Sick of walking? Ride around in style with the Wild Things! Choose from three different modes of transport: the friendly golden Roc, the fearsome wolf Fenrir or the regal tiger Khan.

Immerse yourself in the beautyd of fall with Autumn Glory. Choose from a variety of leafy poses, including a hat, a scarf, a glorious leaf umbrella and more.

You can buy November's Collectibles now in the Gaia Cash Shop!

  • Move your mouse over the "Market" menu and click "Gaia Cash Shop"
  • In the Cash Shop's "Show" menu, choose "Monthly Collectibles"
  • Click on the envelope; you can click "Preview" to try the items on and see if they suit you.
  • If you like the items, enter the quantity you want and select "Buy with Cash"

You can also order these items by phone, credit card, PayPal or postal mail from our Monthly Collectibles Page.

15 Cash Shop bug has been fixedEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop bug has been fixed - admin Thu Nov 15, 2007 7:53 pm

Hey guys,

We had some problems with the Gaia Cash Shop earlier today. People trying to use the Cash Shop for the first time were running into a nasty bug, but we've got it fixed now.

If you tried to buy something from the Cash Shop earlier but it wasn't working, please try again. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Thanks,

Gaia Staff

21 Gaia Alerts: Get notified of PMs by email or mobile phone!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Alerts: Get notified of PMs by email or mobile phone! - admin Wed Nov 21, 2007 10:14 am

Worried about missing that life-changing, mega-important PM? The answer has arrived! We've set up an alert system that will keep you notified of all your messages. There are two ways to stay informed:

  • By SMS message: We'll send a text message to your mobile phone whenever you receive a new Gaia private message.
  • By email: We'll send you a daily digest of every unread PM you've received in the last 24 hours.


For a limited time, we'll be offering a special sign-up bonus for using these features:

  • Sign up for SMS alerts and get 1000 Gaia Gold
  • Sign up for email alerts and get 1000 Gaia Gold
  • Sign up for both SMS and email alerts and get a whopping 3000 Gaia Gold!


Of course, you'll only get these bonuses the first time you sign up.

Visit the Alerts page in your account settings to set these up. Remember, you can choose to stop receiving alerts any time, so don't be shy about trying it out.


Set up Gaia Alerts now!



Inform Thyself:

Do SMS or email alerts cost money?
Both of these options are free to use, but keep in mind that some mobile phone providers may charge a small fee for using text messages. Check out your mobile phone plan before you sign up.

Is this available outside the United States?
Email alerts are available the whole world 'round, but we're only able to offer SMS alerts in the United States.

If this service is free, how does Gaia pay for it?
Don't worry, Gaia won't add you to some crooked subscription service or rip your soul out through your phone. We cover the cost of this service by placing a small text advertisement at the bottom of each SMS message you receive. Email, however, is much cheaper to send, so our daily digest emails are ad-free.

21 The Gaia Store: Buy stuff now, get a free gift! [Ended]Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The Gaia Store: Buy stuff now, get a free gift! [Ended] - [NPC] Moira Wed Nov 21, 2007 2:18 pm

Sorry guys, this promotion has now ended.

Hey guys! We've got a sweet little promo going on in the Gaia Store: For the next two weeks, every purchase of $50 or more will get you an excellent free gift. Check it out:

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The Coco Cake folder, notebook and pencil case set: your free gift with any purchase of $50 or more! An incredible value!


Take a gander at our awesome plushies, apparel and accessories at the Gaia Store. Stocking-stuffing season fast approacheth, so don't delay!

Visit the Gaia Store


21 Cash Shop Update: New Items & Evolving Item Report!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: New Items & Evolving Item Report! - [NPC] Flynn Wed Nov 21, 2007 4:12 pm

Good afternoon, Cash Shop customers! This is Flynn, your humble shop hostess, with some important Cash Shop news: we're adding an item, we're removing an item, and we've got Dr. Singh and her creepy little sidekick Timmy on the line for an Evolving Item Report.

Wild Armor - Owners of this month's Wild Things Collectible are in for a treat: we've just received a shipment of Wild Armor. This item includes several custom poses, so it can be equipped on any of the three Wild Things mounts. Wild Armor is available now in the Cash Shop for the low, low price of 25 Gaia Cash. You can find it by selecting "All" in the show menu and "Newest First" in the sort menu. Please note: this item will look ridiculous if you wear it without the Wild Things item equipped.

Jack's Bat Clip - Going Away! Our free item giveaway is ending soon. If you haven't used the Gaia Cash Shop yet, now's your last chance to score Jack's Bat Clip FREE with your first purchase. This item will likely leave the Cash Shop on Monday, so don't delay.


Speaking of items being removed: the Gaia Cash shop is unlike any other store on Gaia. Items may go in and out of stock; from time to time, we will remove Cash Shop items from our shelves. They might be gone forever, or they might be re-released in a few months. All bets are off! Careful Marketplace speculators may be able to make some good Gold due to ever-changing supply and demand, so be sure to keep an eye out for announcements about changing availability.

Now let's turn it over to Dr. Singh and Timmy for an Evolving Item Report!



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: New Items & Evolving Item Report! - [NPC] Dr. Singh and Timmy Wed Nov 21, 2007 4:28 pm

Dr. Singh: Hi, everybody! I'm Dr. Singh, Gaia's resident naturalist, and this is my… Timmy.

Timmy: Howdy, folks at home! I hope to tell ya, I'm so goshdarned excited about this update that I can't hardly contain myself!

Dr. Singh: I'm sure we can find a way to contain you. You'll notice I brought this 55-gallon steel drum and this welding torch…

Timmy: Golly, Doc, you're such a joker! Say, why not tell the nice people about this week's evolution?

Dr. Singh: Of course. My studies have concluded that Generation One of the Corallus Egg and Tama's Basket are due to evolve today! If you own these items, visit the My Avatar page, remove and reequip the item, and then save your avatar. You'll notice that both of the items have started to change!

Timmy: Leapin' lizards! What the heck are these things gonna turn into?

Dr. Singh: Now Timmy, we wouldn't want to spoil the surprise for these nice people. They'll just have to wait and see! If you'd like to experience the evolution for yourself, go visit Flynn at the Gaia Cash Shop. That's it for this week's update; stay tuned for more evolutionary news. Say goodbye, Timmy!

Timmy: But I'm desperately lonely!

25 Holiday Item Contest: Vote for Your Favorite!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Holiday Item Contest: Vote for Your Favorite! - [NPC] Liam Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:03 pm

What's up, guys? Ready to participate in some hot democratic action? Awwww yeeaaaaah.

We hope everybody living in Thanksgiving-celebrating lands had a wonderful Turkeysmas. We wish you a speedy recovery from your gravy stupor.

Just in case you missed our lil' homepage banner, here's a quick reminder: we've chosen the finalists for Gaia's Holiday Item Contest, and now it's your turn to pick the winner! Our art team has pared down the thousands of submissions to just twelve contenders, showcasing some of the most interesting and original Holiday items that Gaians have to offer.

To check out the finalists and vote for your favorite, visit the Holiday Item Contest page:

Vote Now!

26 Cash Shop Update: More New Items & The Evolving Item ReportEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: More New Items & The Evolving Item Report! - [NPC] Flynn Mon Nov 26, 2007 6:15 pm

We've added two brand new items to the Gaia Cash Shop!

A brand new Evolving Item, the Pantheracorax Agate. Who knows what sort of creature will hatch from this gigantic egg? Well, Dr. Singh might know, but she's not telling. Pick one up now, before they start hatching all over my store!

The December Birthstone Crown. A perfect gift for that special December-born someone! We need to be especially kind to those with December birthdays, because they've been cheated all their lives with combination Christmas/birthday presents.


As I mentioned last week, the promo offer for a free Jack's Bat Clip ends today. We hope you enjoyed it! Look for more special Cash Shop promos in the future.

We're also removing a few items soon. Due to our limited shelf space, we can't keep every item in stock at once. Next week, these items will be rotated out of the Cash Shop:

  • Piggy Plush
  • Tiny Wings
  • Green Egg Shell
  • Skeleton Skin
  • All Emerald-colored Wedding items


These items may return to the Cash Shop at a later date, but some of them might be gone for good. You never know! You can visit the Gaia Cash Shop by moving your mouse over the "Market" menu and selecting "Gaia Cash Shop."

Now let's turn it over to Dr. Singh and her hyperactive sidekick Timmy for a quick Evolving Item Report:



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: More New Items & The Evolving Item Report! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Mon Nov 26, 2007 6:16 pm

Dr. Singh: Good afternoon, Gaians. We have some exciting news to report: Fausto's Bottle has entered its next state of evolution!

Timmy: Golly goosefeathers, doc! It's comin' out of the bottle!

Dr. Singh: It sure is, Timmy. If you're a proud owner of Fausto's Bottle, you can see the change for yourself: just go to your [My Avatar] screen and try removing and reequipping the item.

Timmy: And what's this I hear about a brand new evolving item?

Dr. Singh: Ah, yes, the mysterious Pantheracorax Agate. I've never seen a specimen quite like this before. I'll be studying it further in the coming weeks; only time will tell what will hatch from this item, but I've got a few hunches. It's quite magnificent, isn't it?

Timmy: No kiddin'! It's so magnificent that I could just shriek at top of my tiny lungs and keep on shriekin' 'til I can't shriek no more! Eeeeeeeeeee!

Dr. Singh: That's quite enough, Timmy.

Timmy: Yheeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

Dr. Singh: Remember what I said about welding you in a barrel, Timmy?

29 Big Big Shop Update! Holiday Stuff & Gaia Garage Sale!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Big Big Shop Update! Holiday Stuff & Gaia Garage Sale! - [NPC] Moira Thu Nov 29, 2007 6:56 pm

Sheesh! We've got waaaay too much stuff lying around in the back rooms of our stores. Maybe it's time for a little garage sale.

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Brace yourself for one of our biggest shop updates ever! Maybe THE biggest; it's so big that we didn't bother counting. But it's BIG.

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First up, the 2008 holiday outfits are in! We've got holiday cheer comin' out the wazoo (we may need to see a doctor about this), and Gaia's shops have been updated accordingly. Look for tons of sexy Santawear in various Gaia shops: We've got the classic Nutcracker set, the cute Sugarplum Fairy set, the santastic Santa Baby set and the intrepidly cozy Polar Explorer set.

And another thing: once in a while, we create items that, for whatever reason, never wind up being released. Maybe they don't fit in with any particular set, maybe we forget to release them during an event, or maybe they're simply too strange and grotesque to unleash upon the world.

This month, we're proud to present the Gaia Garage Sale: a collection of bizarre random unreleased items to spice up your avatar with weirdness. There are new items in just about every Gaia shop: we've added the Pinocchio Nose, the Monk's Robe, a Unicorn Horn, the mysterious Bape Cow, and many, many more. Go look around! You're in for a few surprises!

Go Shopping!


Side note: the votes for our Holiday Item Contest are being tabulated even as we speak, so watch out for a great new item sometime soon!

30 Cash Shop Update: What's in the OMG Box!?Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: What's in the OMG Box!? - [NPC] Flynn Fri Nov 30, 2007 4:50 pm

Greetings, Cash Shop customers! Flynn here, bringing you a quick update on what's up at my little shop. I'll give you a quick update on some great new items, then a quick word with Dr. Singh and that unbearable lil' scamp Timmy. Here goes!

New Items:

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LIMITED EDITION: Pora Ice!! - A cute icy Evolving Item available only through the month of December! Get it while it's cold!

The Abominable Scarf! - A sassy winter scarf, available in purple, green and white.

New Mood Bubbles! - Our mood bubbles are some of the most popular Cash Shop items. We've got some useful new ways to express your mood: check out the Frustrated, Broken Heart and "…" mood bubbles.

New Plushie! - Korora the Penguin! Who in the world could resist a cute little baby penguin plushie? If such a person exists, I don't even want to know about it!

LIMITED EDITION: The OMG Box! - You're in for a BIG surprise with the OMG (Oh My Gift) Box. When you open it up, you never know what you're going to get. It might be a regular item, it might be a Cash Shop item, or it might even be another gift box! If you're super lucky, you might even get the Ancient Chest, which is packed with never-before-seen rare items. Boxes inside boxes? It's madness!

Better hurry, because the OMG Box is available through December only! You can find the OMG Box under the "Holiday" list.


Items Leaving Soon:

On Monday, these items will be rotated out of the Cash Shop:

  • Piggy Plush
  • Tiny Wings
  • Green Egg Shell
  • Skeleton Skin
  • All Emerald-colored Wedding items


To visit the Gaia Cash Shop, move your mouse over the "Market" menu and select "Cash Shop."

That's it for this week's update. Now let's have a quick Evolving Item Report from Dr. Singh and Timmy!



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: What's in the OMG Box!? - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Nov 30, 2007 4:53 pm

Dr. Singh: Welcome to the Evolving Item Report! Hopefully we can get through this pretty quickly, since I've followed through on my threats to weld Timmy into a metal drum. Isn't that right, Timmy?

Timmy: Mmph! You sure did, Doc! It's downright awful in here! Ha!

Dr. Singh: This week, the DandiiDooDad has started to evolve! If you've got a DandiDooDad in your inventory, make sure you unequip it and then reequip it. You'll notice that it's changed into a glorious ball of fluff! There's also a brand new Evolving Item: the Pora Ice! This interesting specimen evolves much faster than most items. It will undergo its full evolution during the month of December!

Timmy: Jinkies, I sure wish I could see it! It's pretty dark in here, except for all this glowin' green stuff. Say, Doc, whattaya think this stuff is?

Dr. Singh: Don't you worry about that glowing stuff, Timmy. Just sit tight and be nice and quiet and we'll have you out of there in no time.

Timmy: I sure hope so! The air's gettin' a little thin in here. I wouldn't have anything to breathe at all if it weren't for all these fumes!

Dr. Singh: Patience, my young friend!

December Edit

03 Introducing the New Gaia Cinemas & New Movie Mondays!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Introducing the New Gaia Cinemas & New Movie Mondays! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Mon Dec 03, 2007 1:17 pm

Big, big news: Gaia Online has teamed up with Warner Bros. and Sony for a crazy-huge relaunch of Gaia Cinemas. We know you all loved watching antique public domain movies about spacemen fighting giant lobsters, but we've decided to move on to bigger and better things. Much bigger. Much better.

Behold the much-betterness of the NEW Gaia Cinemas!

  • Better movies. Not that the material we showed before wasn't classic, but you may be slightly more interested in watching stuff like The Matrix and Gattaca.
  • Bigger screens. No more watching movies in a tiny, stamp-sized box! The new Cinemas allow you to watch films on a large and luxurious screen.
  • Private shows. Avoid the rabble by creating your own private showings. Set up a time, send out invites and watch movies with your clique.
  • A new lobby. Hang out with other Gaians in our Cinema Lobby, plan viewings with your friends and recommend movies to total strangers. You'll never have to watch alone. Search for your friends right from the lobby, or find the most popular theaters.


Wondering what to watch? We're launching with some great titles:

  • The Matrix - The blockbuster action spectacular about one man's battle with reality. Yes, that Matrix. You can actually watch it for free right now. Really. Hint: talk to Feebie to transform yourself into Neo or Trinity!
  • Gattaca - The sci-fi tale of a futuristic dystopia where everyone is perfect (which is actually a bad thing).
  • Space Jam - The goofball comedy featuring the basketball talents of Michael Jordan and cartoon slapstick talents of the Looney Tunes gang.
  • Billabong Odyssey - The bone-shattering surf documentary that will leave you with seaweed in your lungs and sand in your crevices.


And did I mention that you can watch them all for FREE?

That's just the beginning. We'll be launching new movies for you guys every Monday, so check back often! Just remember: New Movie Mondays. New movies… on Mondays. Mondays. Movies.


Watch Movies Now!


Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Issues? Visit the Cinemas thread in Site Feedback to tell us what's up.



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Introducing the New Gaia Cinemas & New Movie Mondays! - admin Mon Dec 03, 2007 9:18 pm

Hey everyone,

There's been lots of excitement and speculation about the new Gaia Cinemas, and many people are wondering whether the Cinemas will be a free feature or a pay feature. The short answer is "both."

We'll be releasing tons of new movies in the coming months, some of which will be free and some of which will be Gaia Cash "pay per view" titles. The studios that own the movies will determine which titles are free and which cost money; they'll also determine the pricing. We'll keep on releasing plenty of free movies alongside the pay-per-view flicks, so you'll always have something to watch.

In the meantime, enjoy some great movies!

04 Limited Beta Test: The Gaia ToolbarEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Limited Beta Test: The Gaia Toolbar - admin Mon Nov 26, 2007 7:28 pm

We've got an exciting new feature coming out soon, and we need a few intrepid Gaians to help us test it. We'd like to invite all Gaians who have purchased Collectibles or Gaia Cash within the last 31 days to take part in the Gaia Toolbar beta test.

The Gaia Toolbar will let you stay connected to Gaia even when you're elsewhere on the Web. The Toolbar provides alerts & updates about your account:

Avatar and Quick Links - Check your outfit and quickly navigate to key Gaia areas.

Search - Search Gaia tags, topics & users, or search the Web with Yahoo! Search.

Private Messages - Get alerted whenever you receive a Gaia PM.

News & Alerts - Get the latest Gaia news bulletins; see how many Gaians are currently online.

Friend Status - Get updates on new friend requests and see whether your friends are online.

Market - Follow auctions from your watchlist and get updates on pending trades.

Gold and Gaia Cash - Monitor your wealth! Keep your mind on your money and your money on your mind. Also: you'll earn Gaia Gold by browsing with the Toolbar, just as you would by browsing Gaia itself.

Gaia Forums - See the most popular threads and view updates to your forum and journal subscriptions.


Visit the link below to download the Gaia Toolbar. Please give it a spin!


Beta-Test the Gaia Toolbar


Note: the above link is the only official download location for the Gaia Toolbar. If somebody sends you download link that is anything other than is not hosted on gaiaonline.com, it is not officially from Gaia and may not be the Gaia Toolbar. Be sure to check the URL before downloading.

We appreciate your help! To report any bugs or issues you run across, please visit this thread in our Site Feedback forum.

Why is this beta test available only to purchasers? Although we're not trying to play favorites, we need to limit the beta test to a smaller group of users, and allowing Gaians who have purchased stuff to participate is currently the simplest way for us to select test candidates; we already have a system that prevents purchasers from seeing ads, so we're able to use the same system to run the beta test without additional programming.

We're currently working on an official Gaia beta test program, so we won't have to do this sort of thing for much longer.

04 News Update! New Contest, New Merchandise, Kiki's Road Trip!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement News Update! New Contest, New Merchandise, Kiki's Road Trip! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Tue Dec 04, 2007 7:10 pm

Good afternoon, Gaians! This is Cindy Donovinh reporting for Gaia 9 Action News. The admins have a few quick bulletins for you, so please take a look!


New Contest: Name the Game!

You've all probably heard of Gaia's 'Battle System,' the big ol' MMO we're currently creating. The more we work on it, the more we realize that 'Battle' may not be the best title.

We're calling on you, the people of Gaia, to come up with a new name for our awesome game! Check out the contest page for more details:

Name the Game!



Gaia Store: New Stuff!

Gaia Cash Cards: Get 'em Online!
You asked for it, you got it: now you can order Gaia Cash cards online!

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We've got $10 and $25 denominations available, and with a nice little bonus: each Cash card comes with its own Gaia holiday greeting card, so you can give the gift of Gaia cash to a friend in a super-classy way. Or keep the Cash for yourself and put the card on your mantel so it looks like someone sent it to you! Double-win!

Visit the Gaia Store!


Grunny Slippers!
Old Man Winter is sneaking up fast, and foot warmth should be paramount amongst your concerns! Is there really an Old Man Winter, or am I thinking of Ol' Man River? Anyway, the specter of foot discomfort looms among us, and only one thing can thwart it: Grunny Slippers!

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Check out those soft, fuzzy, high-quality Grunny slippers, perfect for lounging around the house or attending fancy dinner parties; a perfect match for tattered bathrobes and formal evening gowns (or tattered evening gowns and formal bathrobes).


Get 'em Now at the Gaia Store!



Kiki's Road Trip!

New York Anime Festival: if we can make it there, we can make it… there!


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Kiki's Road Trip rolls on! This weekend, we'll be visiting the NY Anime Festival in scenic New York City, home of the Empire State Building and all giant apes that may happen upon it. We'll be hosting an official Gaia panel at 2PM on December 8th, and an official Gaia Gathering on the 9th. We'll be bringing plenty of cool Gaia merchandise this time, so show up loaded (no, not that kind of loaded).

Bonus for New Yawkers: Show up at Rockefeller Center at 5AM on Monday, December 10th. Bring a printout of your Gaia profile for a free Gaia hat. Wear your best Gaia Gear. We're up to something.

More Info on Gaia at the NY Anime Festival


For the latest news on our road trip stops, check out the Kiki's Road Trip homepage.

05 MTV's Virtual Hollywood: Live the Hollywood Life!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement MTV's Virtual Hollywood: Live the Hollywood Life! - [MTV] Julie Mon Nov 26, 2007 1:24 pm

About the Show
It's one thing to be young and beautiful in Laguna Beach. It's another to be young and beautiful in the city that values it most. The Hills follows Lauren ("LC" from Laguna Beach) as she makes the move from her small hometown to the big city lights of Hollywood, where she pursues her dreams of working in fashion, finding the right friends and trying to meet Mr. Right.

About Season Three
Lauren and Whitney finally go to Paris where they are about to cover the "Bal Des Debutantes" for Teen Vogue. Back in Los Angeles, Heidi and Audrina rekindle their former friendship.


Come join the party in MTV’s Virtual Hollywood hangout, where you can...

  • Get new items, redeemable at vMTV.com.
  • Talk to Hollywood citizens to earn free Hills-inspired items for your avatar.
  • Stroll the Boulevard to show off your outfit
  • Hit the club for a taste of the Hollywood nightlife
  • Join Virtual Hollywood’s hottest after-party in the rock star crib
  • Get your Hills style in gear at the Hollywood shop
  • Visit the theater to watch episodes of MTV’s The Hills!


Check out MTV’s Virtual Hollywood on Gaia!


Want to chat with other fans? We've set up a special forum for all your Hills discussion needs:

Visit The Hills Forum!


To watch a trailer of The Hills, come visit my profile:

Watch a Trailer


You can also find great fashions inspired by MTV's Hills at our official Gaia shop, Sunset Couture:

Visit Sunset Couture


While you're at it, be sure to explore MTV's Virtual Hills, a free, online, virtual world where you can live the Hills life, meet thousands of others, party with the cast at the hottest clubs, and shop for the newest styles! Don't just watch it, live it!

Be sure to check out the latest news on MTV’s hit reality drama The Hills. New episodes are coming March 24th, so get caught up on all the episodes on MTV.com! Visit The Hills on MTV.com

Visit The Hills on MTV.com


For more Hills info and another free item, be sure to check out our official Hills info thread.


06 Evolving Item Report: Fausto's Bottle + a brand new itemEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Evolving Item Report: Fausto's Bottle + a brand new item! - [NPC] Dr. Singh and Timmy barrel2 Thu Dec 06, 2007 5:15 pm

Dr. Singh: Good afternoon, students! Welcome to this week's Evolving Item Report. We've got some exciting news about this week's evolutions, so let's get right to it! Are you ready, Timmy?

Timmy: You betcha! Let's… YEEP… see if I can do this before the fumes get to me!

Dr. Singh: Indeed! First up, we've got a brand new evolving item for you! Hermes' Moon is a strange celestial object that orbits your avatar. Though it looks like a small moon, I'm detecting that there's life stirring within it. It seems that there's more to this item that meets the eye… much more. This is destined to be one of the most incredible premium items in Gaia's history.

Timmy: Golly gangbusters! That's… YEEP… incredi… YEEP! …incredible!

Dr. Singh: Quiet that yelping, my young friend. We've got serious business to attend to!

Timmy: Sorry doc, all these fumes are making me yelp somethin' fierce. It's like I can't control myself!

Dr. Singh: Hold it in, Timmy! Anyway, we've also got some amazing news on the evolution front. The Pora Ice is starting to evolve already! This item is available through December only, so make sure you don't miss it. Its cellular structure allows for extremely rapid evolution, so it will be completely evolved by the end of the month.

Timmy: YEEP!

Dr. Singh: But we've saved the best for last: Fausto's Bottle is finally starting to show the first hints of its true form. I won't ruin the surprise, but owners of the first generation of Fausto's Bottle will be seeing a shocking change in their item today. This is just the beginning; my research indicates that Fausto's Bottle will continue to grow and evolve for quite some time before reaching its ultimate state.

Timmy: Wowsers! I'd be hoppin' with excitement if I had any… YEEP… room to hop in this thing! Any chance you'll be lettin' me out soon, doc?


Dr. Singh: Patience, my shrieking squire! As soon as you learn to settle down, we'll have you out of there in a jiffy.

Timmy: Sounds great! All this toxic sludge is startin' to make my chromosomes hurt, and I think I'm… YEEP… developing night vision!


Dr. Singh: That's all for this time, ladies and gentlemen! If you're the proud owner Fausto's Bottle or the Pora Ice, you can see these evolutions for yourself. Just visit the My Avatar page to remove and reequip your item. You can get the new generations of these evolving items in the Gaia Cash shop, under the Market menu of the navigation bar. So long!

Timmy: Bye bye, folks!

10 New Movie Monday: Strange Brew & Tarzan!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New Movie Monday: Strange Brew & Tarzan! - [NPC] Ron Bruise Mon Dec 10, 2007 2:05 pm

Take heed, movie buffs! New Movie Monday is upon us, and that means-- we hope you're sitting down, 'cause this is a huge shock-- NEW MOVIES! Whoo!

We've got two new FREE titles hitting the Cinemas this week:

Strange Brew: The cult comedy classic about two easygoing Canadian dorks whose quest for free beer uncovers a sinister world-domination plot. Contains the classic line "if I didn't have puke breath, I'd kiss you," which pretty much sums up the movie's brilliance.

Tarzan and the Lost City: Everyone's favorite loinclothed yodeler is back in action! This time, our hunky ape-man returns to his African home to thwart the ambitions of a jungle-hating jerk who's trying to steal some treasure.


Watch them now in Gaia Cinemas!

10 The Gaia Toolbar is Now Available!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The Gaia Toolbar is Now Available! - admin Mon Dec 10, 2007 4:53 pm

Our beta test is complete, and the Toolbar is now available to everyone!

The Gaia Toolbar will let you stay connected to Gaia even when you're elsewhere on the Web. The Toolbar keeps you up to date with alerts about your Gaia account and lets you earn Gold wherever you surf. Check out these snazzy features:

Avatar and Quick Links - Check your outfit and quickly navigate to key Gaia areas.

Search - Search Gaia tags, topics & users, or search the Web with Yahoo! Search.

Private Messages - Get alerted whenever you receive a Gaia PM.

News & Alerts - Get the latest Gaia news bulletins; see how many Gaians are currently online.

Friend Status - Get updates on new friend requests and see whether your friends are online.

Market - Follow auctions from your watchlist and get updates on pending trades.

Gold and Gaia Cash - Monitor your wealth! Keep your mind on your money and your money on your mind. Also: you'll earn Gaia Gold by browsing with the Toolbar, just as you would by browsing Gaia itself.

Gaia Forums - See the most popular threads and view updates to your forum and journal subscriptions.


We've worked hard to ensure that this Toolbar adds a lot to the Gaia browsing experience, so we heartily encourage you to give it a try! Visit the link below to download:

Grab the Gaia Toolbar!


Note: the above link is the only official download location for the Gaia Toolbar. If somebody sends you download link that is anything other than is not hosted on gaiaonline.com, it is not officially from Gaia and may not be the Gaia Toolbar. Be sure to check the URL before downloading.

11 News Update! 12 Days of Gaia, Holiday Item & Wii Winners!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement News Update! 12 Days of Gaia, Holiday Item & Wii Winners! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Tue Dec 11, 2007 1:28 pm

Good evening, Gaians! This is Cindy Donovinh with a quick bulletin from Gaia's admins. We hope you'll take a moment to read through it, because it's all good news and fun stuff. Let's get started:

Lords a Leapin'! It's the 12 Days of Gaia!

  • You know what we never get tired of? Giving you stuff. In that spirit, we've decided to add yet another element to our already robust holiday offering: the 12 Days of Gaia!
  • Log in every day between December 13th (Thursday) and December 24th (Christmas Eve!) to snag free daily exclusive items. As soon as you log in on any of those days, a window will pop up and grant you a neat little item. It's like magic! But better.
  • These items won't be available anywhere else, so don't miss 'em!


Gaia on the Today Show!

  • Our own DJ Helsing and a passel of rowdy Gaians managed to pull off an awesome feat on Monday: they snuck into the Today Show crowd in New York City and got on the air! Check out this awesome video of Matt Lauer sheepishly trying on a Cat Scratch hat, clearly shaken by the churning intensity of the Gaian horde:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33andwHur_o


  • See that video? We've got a proposal for ya. We're all pretty darn smug about our television victory, so we want your support in gloating to the world. Here's how you can help:
  • Watch the video
  • Rate the video a 5
  • Comment on the video
  • Since we're WINNERS who love WINNING, we want to drive this video straight to the top. Let's flex our community might and try to this sucker into at least one of the "top videos of the week" lists: Most Viewed, Top Rated or Most Discussed. Sound impossible? Well, maybe it is. But let's try it anyway! Go forth to VICTORY!


Wii The People: Wii've got Winners!

  • In case you missed the memo about our Wii the People contest, here's what's up: we've been giving away Nintendo Wiis through the Daily Chance for the better part of a month now, and we've only got a few left! Make sure to log in and check out the Daily Chance for the next few days, or you'll miss your shot at winning a wonderful Wii of your own.
  • And speaking of winning: though it takes a while to process our winners, we're finally getting some of those precious Wiis shipped out! Be sure to congratulate the following lucky Wii The People winners:
  • November 14th - ninja of Persia
  • November 16th - Satochan
  • November 19th - Yuki_Sohma_Is_mine
  • November 20th - Luminairus
  • November 23rd - Mailly
  • November 25th - Shoeback The Pirate

Their Wiis are on the Waay! Remember: please don't congratulate them too ruthlessly!


Holiday Item Contest: The Winner!

  • We're delighted to announce that Mistress Raven Dark is the winner of the Holiday Item Contest!
  • Her cheerfully fabulous Jingle Me Hat won the member voting, and now Gaia's artists have lovingly rendered it in item form. You can pick up a Jingle Me Hat today in the Gambino Hat Rack!
  • Pick One Up Now!


Congrats, Mistress!

13 Introducing The OMG Widget!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Introducing The OMG Widget! - [NPC] Liam Wed Dec 12, 2007 9:06 pm

Here's something completely new and cool and unexpected: the OMG Widget! It's basically a window to Gaia that sits inside your profile on a social networking site. Anyone who stops by can sign your guestbook, hang out and chat-- everything they do will help you earn exclusive items. Here's a quick rundown of what you can do:

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  • Chat with your friends in a rockin' Gaia club environment
  • Earn exclusive items, unavailable anywhere else!
  • Sit back while your friends earn you items and gold
  • Show off your avatar and car to all your pals


For now, this widget is available only to members of Bebo.com. Bebo members can add the OMG widget to their profiles now!

Get the OMG Widget for your Bebo Profile


After you download the OMG Widget, remember to show your Gaia spirit and rate it! We want to see this baby at the top of the application list.

We'll be releasing the OMG widget for other social network sites in the future. If you want to take a crack at it right away, feel free to register a free Bebo account and check it out! Stay tuned for announcements about the OMG widget on other social networks.

Visit Bebo


Why are we releasing this widget on Bebo.com first?
We started with Bebo for a couple of reasons. First of all, this will be one of the first (and definitely the best!) widgets on Bebo's brand-new application platform. It's a unique chance to be first in line to try something we think will be a great feature. Also, most of Bebo's 40 million members are in Europe and the UK, so this gives us an excellent opportunity to give Euro-Gaians the first crack at a cool new feature for once!

What in the world is a widget?
A widget is a small application that you can easily stick into a personal profile or website. The OMG widget is a little piece of Gaia that you can add to your social networking site profile. Visitors to your profile will be able to interact with Gaians and non-Gaians alike within your profile page. As visitors interact with the widget environment, they earn you exclusive items and if they register for Gaia from your widget, you get a gold bonus.

This is the first of a handful of new widgets we'll be bringing to Gaia users. There's a rumor floating around that you might even see a completely new type of widget before the end of the month.

What do you think?
Since this is our first widget, we'd love to hear your feedback. We've set up a thread in the Site Feedback forum where you can give us your opinions, so click on over and share your deepest feelings.

Tell Us What you Think!

13 Evolving Item Report: Pora Ice and the Pantheracorax AgateEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Evolving Item Report: Pora Ice and the Pantheracorax Agate! - [NPC] Dr. Singh and Timmy eyes Thu Dec 13, 2007 4:18 pm

Dr. Singh: Hi, everybody! Welcome to the Evolving Item Report, your source for the latest scientific news. I'm Dr. Singh, Gaia's resident naturalist and evolving item expert, and this is my little pal Timmy.

Timmy: Hiya, doc! Sure is great to be out of that barrel! YEEP!

Dr. Singh: I think it was a good experience for you, young man. Not only will your exposure to a little bit of radioactive G-Corp sludge build character, it might also do wonders for your physique. How do you feel?

Timmy: YEEP! I'm feelin' fantastic, as always! My only complaint is that it's kinda hard to open my eyes right now.

Dr. Singh: That's the magic of evolution at work, little friend. That G-Corp sludge is doing wonderful things to your constitution. Before you know it, you'll be seeing things in a whole new light!

Timmy: Golly, thanks! But enough about me and my-- YEEP!-- painfully swollen eyes. Let's talk about the evolving items!

Dr. Singh: Indeed! Two items have evolved this week. First, the first-generation Pantheracorax Agate is starting to show some signs of life stirring within! Though it hasn't revealed its true nature yet, this stone egg is now one step closer to hatching. The fast-evolving Pora Ice has a slightly bigger change this week. The first generation of the adorable little bear is growing up! In his new adolescent form, he can sit at your side or cling to you like a backpack. Isn't he cute, Timmy?

Timmy: You betcha! Remember, if you wanna check out the new forms of your items, go to the My Avatar screen, then remove the item and put it back on.

Dr. Singh: To pick up an evolving item for yourself, visit the Gaia Cash Shop. That's all for this week's Evolving Item Report. Say goodnight, Timmy!

Timmy: YEEP! See ya later, folks! I hope!

14 Problem with account activation has been fixedEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Problem with account activation has been fixed - admin Fri Dec 14, 2007 2:48 pm

Hey guys,

People who tried to register new accounts between Wednesday and this morning may have had problems activating their accounts. This was due to an error in our database, and we've now fixed the problem.

We are currently resending activation emails to everyone who may have experienced the problem. If your activation link didn't work before, please check your inbox in the next few hours and use the new link.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

-The Gaia Team


P.S.: If you've experienced an activation error but you don't receive a new activation email within a few hours, please visit the URL below to automatically resend your activation message.

Warning: visiting the URL below will deactivate your account and resend your activation email. Do not follow it unless you experienced problems with activating a new account in the past few days.

www.gaiaonline.com/account/resend

14 News Update: The Want-O-Tron, New PJ Pants & December MCs!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement News Update: The Want-O-Tron, New PJ Pants & December MCs! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Fri Dec 14, 2007 6:16 pm

Happy Friday, Gaians! This is Cindy Donovinh with Gaia 9 Action News. The admins have another quick news update for you, so let's turn it over to them:

Gaia Gift Page and the Want-O-Tron

With the holidays rolling around, we've heard a lot of people say they're going to ask for some Gaia swag this season. The trouble is, Gaia gifts can be kind of hard to explain. We've heard your pleas, and we've created a couple of new pages that might help you achieve your holiday wishes:

The Gaia Gift Page: We've whipped up a little page you can show to your friends and family to help them get a clue about Gaia. It provides a quick, clear explanation of what Gaia is, how to securely purchase Gaia gifts online, and what kind of neat stuff we're selling for the holidays. It also makes us look really classy and reputable (which we secretly are!).

The Want-O-Tron: We know it can be difficult to figure out the right way to ask for a gift without sounding like a greedy little worm, so we've done all the hard work for you. The Want-O-Tron harnesses the awesome power of modern computing to create a classy, expertly-crafted letter that you can print out and give to your friends and family. This letter explains exactly what you want for the holidays without sounding like a big jerk about it. It's also perhaps the goofiest idea we've ever had, so please feel free to chuckle at its stupidity!

Enjoy! We hope that you get exactly what you want this holiday season, whether or not it has anything to do with Gaia

Visit the Gaia Gift Page


Try Out the Want-O-Tron


The December MCs: What Could They Be!?

You may have seen the wintacular animation on the main homepage promoting December's Monthly Collectibles, but I'm sure you're still wondering what they're really going to be.

Well, hey. What the heck. I'll just tell you. Straight up, no games, no hints. I'm just going to flat-out tell you what they are. Get psyched, because I'm gonna to reveal December's MCs, unambiguously and without room for speculation.

Tomorrow.

Until then, you'll just have to stew and guess and speculate. To help your speculation along, why not check out the brand new Mini Comic we just released!? Maybe there's some sort of a clue in there. Who knows. Or maybe I'm just messing with you again, like I so dearly love to do.

Check Out the New Mini Comic


New Stuff in the Gaia Store: Buy PJ pants, get the Gaia item!

We had rather a brilliant inspiration: When you buy our brand new Gaia PJ pants, we'll throw in a pair for your avatar, too!

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Not an actual photo, but you get the idea!


These lovely cotton PJs are the perfect blend of style, comfort, hearts, skulls and pinkness. And aren't those all the basic elements that make Gaia great? This may be the first of many real item/virtual item combos in the Gaia store, so keep an eye out for more cool deals like this.

Get Them Now in the Gaia Store

15 The December Monthly Collectibles are here!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The December Monthly Collectibles are here! - [NPC] Rina Sat Dec 15, 2007 1:07 pm

It's the 15th! I can't wait anymore! I gotta find out what's in my letter! Open it, open it, open it!!!

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The Snow Queen set brings icy elegance to your avatar with a snowy cape, gorgeous furs, exquisite ice gloves and a battle cloak sewn from the finest pelts.

Your pleas for steampunk fashion have been heard. The Time Machine brings you clockwork clothing and steam-powered accessories from Gaia's distant past.

Give your enemies fierce chill with Frostbite, a weapon whose form changes with the whims of its wielder. Freeze your foes with icy swords and staves, or wear it as a crystalline headpiece or snowflake wings.


You can buy December's Collectibles now in the Gaia Cash Shop!

  • Move your mouse over the "Market" menu and click "Gaia Cash Shop"
  • In the Cash Shop's "Show" menu, choose "Monthly Collectibles"
  • Click on the envelope; you can click "Preview" to try the items on and see if they suit you.
  • If you like the items, enter the quantity you want and select "Buy with Cash"


You can also order these items by phone, credit card, PayPal or postal mail from our Monthly Collectibles Page.

17 New Movie Monday: four new movies in Gaia Cinemas!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New Movie Monday: four new movies in Gaia Cinemas! - [NPC] Ron Bruise Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:31 pm

Another Monday is upon us, but that's not entirely bad news! On the bright side, we've got four new FREE movies up in Gaia Cinemas. So, what's new, pussycat? Whoa-ah-whoa-whoah-oh:

New Movies:

Jailhouse Rock: Elvis goes to jail; Elvis sings about being in jail; Elvis gets out of jail and becomes really famous (and sings some more). The plot is secondary to the awesome songs, swingin' dances and pure unbridled Elvisness of it all. A must-see!

Police Academy 7: Mission to Moscow: If they made seven of them, they have to be good, right? RIGHT!?! This gleefully harebrained cop comedy sees the recruits heading to the Moscow to stop an evil mob boss from taking over the world with a hypnotic video game.

Viva Knievel: Legendary stuntman Evel Knievel stars in this semi-autobiographical tale of a wild and crazy motorcycle jumper taking down a drug kingpin and winning the heart of a feminist journalist.

Harlem Globetrotters: The Team that Changed the World: Fascinating documentary about the world's most beloved comedy-basketball team. Featuring commentary by Bill Cosby, Samuel L. Jackson and tween heartthrob Henry Kissinger.


Go check out the Gaia Cinemas for all these and plenty more free movies, including The Matrix, Strange Brew and Gattaca.

Watch Them Now in the Gaia Cinemas!

18 News Update: Xmas Event, Gaia Gifts & Gaia on YouTubeEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement News Update: Xmas Event, Gaia Gifts & Gaia on YouTube - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Tue Dec 18, 2007 6:08 pm

Good afternoon, Gaians. This is Cindy Donovinh bringing you another quick news update from the Gaia staff. December's a busy month, so there's a lot to report! Let's turn it over to the admins for a brief look at today's news:

Gaia Xmas is coming!

I'm sure you've all been wondering about this, so here it is: Gaia's Xmas festivities will commence on Thursday, the 20th of December.

In case you've forgotten, Santa's been mind-swapped with a cow. How in the world will anyone get their presents? Only time will tell!

But here's one thing we can reveal: this event will be pretty weird. Mark your calendars!


Holiday Gifts: Down to the Wire!

Just a quick reminder: today's your last chance to do your holiday shopping at the Gaia Store! If you order by credit card within the next few hours, we'll likely be able to get your goodies to you by Christmas, but if you dilly-dally any longer you'll be plum outta luck.

You can take a look at our super-classy Gift Page for some sweet giftin' ideas, or check out the patented, trademarked Want-O-Tron, which will transform your nebulous notions of wantage into cold, hard FACTS!

Take a Gander at the Gift Page


Try Out the Want-O-Tron™


Update: Gaia on YouTube

Last week, we posted a link to a short YouTube clip of Gaians storming the Today Show in New York City. Shortly after we linked it, a flood of Gaians descended upon the video and watched it, rated it, commented on it and drove it to the top of some pretty impressive lists.

Such is the mighty power of the Gaia community: for a few days, this little Today Show clip was ranked as the highest-rated YouTube video of all time. It shot to the top of several other lists, too, becoming one of the most viewed and commented-on videos of the month. Isn't that crazy? YouTube is one of the biggest sites out there, and we rocked it!

Thanks to everyone who showed their Gaia spirit! In case you missed the clip, you can find it here.

19 Cash Shop Update: New Winter Items & Evolving Item ReportEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: New Winter Items & Evolving Item Report - [NPC] Flynn Wed Dec 19, 2007 5:13 pm

Welcome, Cash Shop customers! We've got some big news today: new items, new features, and a crazy-huge evolving item report with Dr. Singh and Timmy! Let's get right into it.

Featured Items:

We've added a new category to the Cash Shop navigation dropdown: the Featured Items list includes all the newest, coolest and best-selling stuff in the Cash Shop, so be sure to take a look!

New Items:

Let it Snow: The perfect winter accessory! Let it Snow has tons of poses, including a swirling blizzard, a snowman pal, frosty breath and a snowdrift on your head.

Angelic Earmuffs: Keep your ears warm in chilly weather with these heavenly winged earmuffs.

Demonic Earmuffs: Add a little sass to your winter getup with these wicked little earmuffs.

New Evolving Items: Scroll down this page to read the Evolving Item Report! Dr. Singh and Timmy have two cool new evolving items to show you, plus news about all this week's evolutions. Stay tuned!

Items Leaving:

On December 27th, the following items will be rotated out of the Cash Shop:

  • Green Corallus Egg
  • Tama's Basket
  • DandiiDooDad Spore

Get 'em while they're available, because we don't know when they'll be brought back!

You can visit the Gaia Cash Shop by moving your mouse over the "Market" menu and selecting "Gaia Cash Shop." Now, let's turn it over to Dr. Singh and Timmy!



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: New Winter Items & Evolving Item Report - [NPC] Dr. Singh and Timmy eyes open Wed Dec 19, 2007 5:14 pm

Dr. Singh: Welcome to another Evolving Item Report, your top source for all the latest biology news! I'm Dr. Singh, Gaia's top naturalist, and this is my rapidly-mutating assistant, Timmy.

Timmy: Howdy, everybody! YEEP! I'm Timmy, and I'm feelin' wonderful!

Dr. Singh: We've got a lot of important information this week, so let's get right into it! First up, a big announcement. Many people have been wondering if they'll ever have access to an evolving item's previous poses. We have some great news: when an item has reached its final state of evolution, all of the items previous poses will become available. With patience, your evolving item will 'unlock' and become an amazing multi-pose item.

Timmy: YEEPers, doc! That's outstanding!

Dr. Singh: The good news doesn't end there: we've also got two brand-new evolving items in the Cash Shop today! First up, we have the delicate Biancamella, which looks like a lovely little bowl of sugar. I can't even begin to imagine what sweet things are hiding inside!

Secondly, there's the Orindae, a horrible little blob of something-or-other floating in a plain jar. As a biologist, I have a deep respect for all living things. Except this one. This one doesn't impress me at all. But then again, you never know when something ugly might develop into something incredible…

Timmy: Like me, for example! Being exposed to industrial waste was the best thing that ever happened to me. I've got these big ol' fantastic eyeballs now! YEEP! I can see through stuff!

Dr. Singh: Careful where you look, Timmy! In other news, it's a big week for evolution. Four items are evolving today: Hermes' Moon, Tama's Basket, Pora Ice and Fausto's Bottle.

Timmy: Remember folks, if you wanna see what your item has turned into, visit the My Avatar screen. You'll need to remove the item from your avatar, then put it back on.

Dr. Singh: To get one of these great evolving items for yourself, visit the Gaia Cash Shop. That's all the time we have, this week, but look for more evolving item news soon!

Timmy: Holy smokes, doc! I'm goin' mad with my own power! YEEP!

20 Gaia's Xmas Event is Here!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia's Xmas Event is Here! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Wed Dec 19, 2007 7:42 pm

This is Cindy Donovinh reporting from the Shabby Meadows Orphanage. It's been over a year now since Santa was mind-swapped with a cow, and Gaians still haven't fully adjusted. With Cow-Santa nowhere to be found, many Gaians don't know where their Xmas gifts will come from.

None have been hit harder by Santa's absence than the residents of Shabby Meadows, Gaia's filthiest orphanage. Without the jolly Xmas mascot to provide holiday cheer this season, where will these miserable orphans turn? Let's ask this young lady:

CINDY
And what's your name, little girl?

ORPHAN
M'name's Monia, ma'am.

CINDY
Oh my, what a lovely name!

ORPHAN
It's short fer pneumonia. *cough*

CINDY
So, what's life like at Shabby Meadows?

ORPHAN
Awright, I s'pose. We eat sometimes, and we got some ol' bits of rocks to play with. Sometimes we find a whole rock, but we use 'em up pretty quick. Sometimes we play with Mr. Raccoon, but he's kinda surly. That's whyfor Billy only got one thumb. An' sometimes we eat. Did I say that already? Food's purdy scarce, ma'am. Say, you got any gruel in that fancy truck a' yours?

CINDY
Why no, I don't have any gruel... would you like a cucumber sandwich, perhaps? I believe we have a snack tray in the news van...

ORPHAN
Naw, thanks just the same, ma'am, but our stomachs are too weak for proper food. We gotta eat orphan food. You know, like gruel an' ratmeal an' industrial hardtack, an' stuff like that.

CINDY
If times are so tough around here, why not go next door to the adoption agency? I'm sure there are many wonderful families who'd love to have a beautiful girl like you as their daughter!

ORPHAN
Oh, I dunno. Maybe if we were a little more presen'able. I got these old clothes, lookin' all shabby… kinda shameful! Them nice families won't got much use fer a critter like me, cept'n maybe to use fer a dish-rag.

CINDY
I see. Without Santa around, how will the children at Shabby Meadows celebrate?

ORPHAN
Welp, I guess we gotta make our own presents, ma'am. I made this'a here doll outta teeth and hair.

CINDY
It's lovely, dear! Where did you find such shiny teeth to use for eyes? Show it to the camera, so the nice people at home can see.

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To find out how you can help Gaia's orphans, scroll down and read the Xmas event info below!



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia's Xmas Event is Here! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Thu Dec 20, 2007 2:04 pm

Gaia Xmas: Help the Orphans!

Even with Santa hiding in a pasture somewhere, we can still help the orphans of Shabby Meadows! If Gaia's citizens band together to help out, I'm sure we can find good homes for all of these wonderful kids.

Here's what you can do to help make this Xmas a special one for the children of Shabby Acres:

  • Visit the Xmas Event Page to take on an orphan of your own.
  • Your orphan will appear in the site header, beside your own avatar, and will occasionally request help from you; they may be hungry, bored or sick.
  • Visit Gaia's shops to buy food, medicine or toys for your orphan. Remember: Shabby Meadows kids have weak stomachs and peculiar tastes, so only special orphan food, orphan toys and orphan medicines will satisfy them!
  • As you continue to help your orphan, he or she will eventually become presentable enough to deliver to the adoption house! Return to the event page to find your orphan a nice home.
  • After your orphan has been adopted, you can visit the event page again to help out another orphan. As you help more orphans find homes, you'll get more Xmas items!


What are you waiting for, Gaians? Let's go help some kids!

Join Gaia's Xmas Event!


Caroling in Gaia Shops!

Unfortunately, Gaia's shopkeepers are all stuck at work during the event. It's up to you to cheer them up! If you visit their shops and sing them some festive carols, you'll be rewarded with special Xmas event items. Here's how to do it:

  • Visit Gaia's shops
  • Whenever you visit a shop, you'll automatically sing a carol!
  • You must wait 1 minute before caroling at another shop. You've got to catch your breath!
  • When you've caroled 15 times, you'll be rewarded with a special event item.
  • There are 8 Xmas items in all, so keep coming back!


Go Caroling!


Xmas in Gaia Towns!

For even more holiday fun, be sure to visit the winter wonderland in Gaia Towns!

  • Visit the center of each neighborhood map to go ice skating!
  • Click on the kiosk above the skating rink to get some snowballs to throw!
  • Click on the music scrolls outside houses to go caroling! Each time you carol at a house, your cheer meter will fill up a little more. When it's full, you'll earn one of the Xmas event items!


Visit Gaia Towns!


This has been a special report from Cindy Donovinh and Gaia 9 Action News. We now return to our regularly scheduled broadcast of The Ron Bruise Xmas Special. Happy holidays, Gaians!

27 Evolving Item Report: Pora Ice has completed its evolutionEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Evolving Item Report: Pora Ice has completed its evolution! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Thu Dec 27, 2007 4:09 pm

Dr. Singh: Hello, nature lovers! I'm Dr. Singh, Gaia's resident biologist, and this is my strange little mutating companion, Timmy. How are you feeling, Timmy? You're looking a little scruffier than usual…

Timmy: Scruffy like a fox! I may be losing a few clumps of hair here and there, but I'm fit as a fiddle! I can see through concrete and… YEEP! ...everything feels like slow motion!

Dr. Singh: That's wonderful! Your evolution seems to be progressing quite rapidly. That toxic G-Corp sludge must have completely scrambled your DNA.

Timmy: Gee, I sure hope so! My old DNA was nothin' special.

Dr. Singh: And speaking of evolution, we've got some exciting evolving item news! Four items are changing today: the DandiiDooDad Spore, the Pantheracorax Egg, the Green Corallus Egg and the Pora Ice.

Timmy: Wowee zowee, doc! Doesn't that mean that the Pora Ice is now finished with its evolution?

Dr. Singh: That's right, Timmy! Pora Ice owners are in for quite a treat today. If you own a first-generation Pora Ice, it will now be totally unlocked, meaning you can equip any previous state of evolution.

Timmy: YEEP!

Dr. Singh: You said it, little buddy! In other news, a few evolving items are now out of stock. We're currently sold out of Green Corallus Eggs, Tama's Baskets and DandiiDooDad Spores. We may get more shipments in later, so keep an eye out. In the meantime, these items will only be available in the Gaia Marketplace and, if you're very lucky, in the OMG Box.

Timmy: That's it for this week's report, folks! The doc and I will be back real soon with more evolving item news. Have a great YEEP!

Dr. Singh: And remember: if you want to pick up an evolving item for yourself, visit the Gaia Cash Shop. Goodnight!

31 Cash Shop Update: Holiday Items Leaving!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Holiday Items Leaving! - [NPC] Flynn Mon Dec 31, 2007 1:52 pm

Hi there! This is your pal Flynn from the Gaia Cash Shop, just giving you a quick reminder that some of our seasonal items will be removed from the shelves soon.

This Thursday, January 3rd, the following items will leave the Cash Shop:

  • The OMG Box
  • Pora Ice
  • Angelic Earmuffs
  • Demonic Earmuffs
  • Let it Snow


If you plan on picking up one of these items, remember to get it ASAP... after Thursday, they'll be gone! Some of these items may return at a later date, but others may be leaving for good.

Have a happy New Year!

31 New Movie Monday! Batman Returns & Wyatt EarpEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New Movie Monday! Batman Returns & Wyatt Earp - [NPC] Ron Bruise Mon Dec 31, 2007 2:49 pm

New Movie Monday is back from its holiday hiatus with another FREE movie! We've got a good one this week, so fluff up your chair, butter some popcorn and IM your posse. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, IM some popcorn, butter your chair and fluff up your posse.

Wyatt Earp - Every day, we receive hundreds of letters just like this:

Dear Gaia,

You know what would make your site way better? More Western epics starring Kevin Costner. Also, give me one million Gold or I will burn down your building.

Thanks,

Xx~PoWeRs BoOtHe~xX


We’re happy to oblige! Except for the second part! This Oscar-nominated Western epic starring Kevin Costner and Dennis Quaid will have you on the edge of your seat for two and a half hours, which may be difficult (especially if you've buttered your chair). Enjoy this fine motion picture now in the Gaia Cinemas!

Watch it Now!

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