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11 News Bulletin: Gencon and T-Shirt SaleEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement News Bulletin: Gencon and T-Shirt Sale - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:13 pm

Gaia Convention Tour: Gencon 2008!

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Gaia Online will be stopping by Gencon this weekend, and we hope to see you there!

Where: Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana

When: August 14th - 17th

What: Fun, prizes, activities etc!

Expierence the exciting Gaia Panel at 1:00PM on Friday, August 15th in Room Capital 1. As usual, we'll be bringing plenty of free Gold cards and lots of other great prizes for a few lucky winners, including shirts, plushies, and a jumbo Kiki Kitty plushie. You'll also get a sneak peek at some new screenshots from the long-awaited Gaia MMO ZOMG! as well as a preview of some new Gaia merchandise! Be sure to bring your best questions to ask the staff in our open QA session during the panel.

As a bonus, all panel attendees will receive a special limited-edition ring for use in ZOMG!

Also, be sure to stop by the official Gaia Gathering at 1:00PM on Saturday, August 16th in Room Capital 1. Come get to know your fellow Gaians while playing fun games and winning prizes!

For more info on Gencon and all the latest news on the Gaia Convention Tour, visit our convention home page.

Find Out More about Gencon!


Gaia Towns T-Shirt Sale

Attention Gaia Shoppers: the Gaia town t-shirts are now on sale! We only have a couple hundred left, and we're itchin' to unload 'em all. If you want to show your Aekea, Barton, Durem, or Gambino pride in t-shirt form, head over to the Gaia store. Each shirt comes with a code redeemable for a virtual T-shirt and 1000 Gold.

Shop at the Gaia Store

12 Evolving Item Report: Dionaesil, Alruna's Rose, Urn & MoreEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Evolving Item Report: Dionaesil, Alruna's Rose, Urn & More - [NPC] Dr. Singh Mon Aug 11, 2008 10:41 pm

Dr. Singh: Aww yeah, you... cats... welcome to Dr. Timmy's Evolving Item Report and Smooth Jazz Countdown. I'm Dr. Singh, and I'm, uh, highly excited to present your host, the coolest... dude...


Timmy: You're botching the intro, babe. I love the new look and all, but you gotta work on that banter if you wanna roll with the T-Bone. Show the lady how it's done, LG.


Labtech Gene: Light up the candles and drape yourselves in velvet, ladies and gentlemen, because the smoooooth jaaaaazz is about to commence! I know all the sexy ladies are ready to roll out the red carpet for the fantastic man of their fanciest fantasies, your solid-gold host... Timmy!


Timmy: See? That's how it's done, baby. You could take a lesson or two from LG. He's a natural broadcaster.


Dr. Singh: Yeah, that was really, really... great. Can we just get to the evolving items, please?


Labtech Gene: Hey! T-Bone will request your suggestions when he starts running out of ideas, which is never, you got it?


Timmy: No, LG, the lady is right: we should get the evolving item part over with, so we can give the people what they really came to see: smooth jazz!


Labtech Gene: You were right about me being wrong, T-Bone. Good call. You're the greatest, man.

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Dr. Singh: Let's start with some very exciting news: the Dionaesil has reached its final form this week! That means that owners of first-generation Dionaesils can now see the item's incredible final pose, and all the previous forms have been unlocked! Elsewhere, Padmavati's Lotus is revealing some interesting clues about its future, and the Kelp o'th Loch is starting to show some clear indications of its true nature. The popular Picolitrosso's Urn is starting to become extremely cute--


Timmy: Just like you, babe. Love the beard, by the way.


Dr. Singh: Thank you, Timmy. Also this week, Alruna's Rose, one of the craziest evolving items ever, is moving yet another step closer to completion. I can't wait to see what this item still has in store! And, in other news, the 3rd generation of The Experiment is fully unlocking this week. That's about it for this time...

You can find these great evolving items and tons of other cool stuff over at the Gaia Cash Shop!

Visit the Gaia Cash Shop

Get Gaia Cash cards at select retailers across the country or directly from Gaia Online. Click here to learn more.


Timmy: So, now that the Doc is finished with all her science mumbo-jumbo, whaddaya say we get started on the real show? That's right, everyone: it's time for the Smooth Jazz Countdown. Let's go, LG!


Labtech Gene: I don't think they're hearing you yet, T-Bone, you'd better hit 'em again!


Timmy: One more time, all you sexy ladies out there: get ready for some Smooth Jazz! Think you can handle it this time, Doc?


Dr. Singh: You know it, little bud-- er, "T-bone."


Timmy: Dig this: hitting number five this week like a pink ostrich feather sensually striking the posterior of a fine lady, we've got smooth jazz superstar Kenny F with his hot new soprano sax track, "Blowin' in a Thing."


Dr. Singh: Awwww yeah! *shudder*


Timmy: Number four, with a bullet: the Wes Butan Trio performing "Sensual Botox." Oh Wes, you're a true guru of smooth jazz!


Dr. Singh: Oooh... so adult contemporary!


Timmy: Rising to number three this week, we've got the slow, smooth, chilled-out groove of Luther Ramses with "Naugahyde Nights."


Dr. Singh: Smooooth! I feel like I'm in a... sexy elevator?


Labtech Gene: Whoa! Cool it with the "e-word," babe. Smooth jazz is to be enjoyed in many locations-- yes, including vertical conveyance systems-- but is definitely not just (pardon my use of the term here, I say this only to illustrate your offensive conduct) "elevator music."


Timmy: Go easy on her, LG, she's new at this. Okay, moving on. Try to contain your outrage, Cassius LaFontaine fans: "Take My Hand, Baby, and I Will Lead You to a Place" has dropped to the number two spot! Pretty stunning upset, isn't it, baby?


Dr. Singh: Oooh, catch me if I faint!


Timmy: And now, the moment you've all waited your whole lives for: this week's number-one smooth jazz track! You ready for this? Well, ladies and gentlemen, here it is. Coming in at number one in an amazing debut, it's-- oh, hold on, that's my cell phone. Gotta take this call, ladies and gentlemen. Doc, you handle number one. Hello? Rico? I told you a million times, Rico, you don't get me that money by tomorrow and I'll...


Dr. Singh: But... I don't know what number one is! Do you have it written down, or something?


Labtech Gene: Let me get this straight: you show up to Gaia's top-rated smooth jazz program not knowing what the number one smooth jazz track of the week is? This is inexcusable work, baby. This is just sloppy. I don't care how long you've known T-Bone, babe, this ain't the minor leagues and we have no room for this kind of unprofessionalism.


Timmy: Quiet down, you two! I'm trying to tell Rico what I'm going to do with him if he doesn't have my money, and it's a complicated, ten-step process. You're making me lose my train of... are you crying again, LG?


Labtech Gene: I'm... I'm sorry, T-Bone, I just try so hard... it hurts me so bad when I let you down, boss... so bad...


Timmy: Sorry, ladies and gentlemen, looks like we've gotta finish this up next week. Goodnight! Anyway, Rico, you come up short on me again and I'm going to mail your most highly-prized appendages to your grandmother's nursing home!


Dr. Singh: Uhh.... okay... as usual, we've got a thread set up here where you let us know what your favorite items of the week are. And a final message to the fans: stay strong out there, and remember that I'm working as hard as I can to get to the bottom of this!


Labtech Gene: Your words are perplexing to me, baby, but I dig the wink. You keep that up.

13 Coming Soon: My Gaia RedesignEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Coming Soon: My Gaia Redesign - admin Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:49 pm

The Gaia staff has been pretty busy cooking up some new features for you guys, one of which we're just about ready to pull out of the oven. The revamped My Gaia page will launch soon, giving you more ways to keep up-to-date with all the stuff happening in your corner of the Gaia universe. Take a look:

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Click Image to Biggie Size


Keep in mind the text in that image is only placeholder. Here's some of the cool stuff you can look forward to:

You'll be able to get to My Gaia pages using either the traditional dropdown menu or new icons links.
News feeds updating you on thread subscriptions, thread replies, journal updates, and more.
We're adding a "Me" section that will show your avatar, inside your house, and your car.
Increased customization options, dynamic to-do lists, friends lists, and more will be added as development continues.

We're going to be expanding My Gaia's features for some time, so your input is appreciated. Stop by and give us some feedback. We'd love to know your thoughts!

Thanks, The Gaia Team

15 Evolving Item Report: New item: Gimpi!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Evolving Item Report: New item: Gimpi! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Aug 15, 2008 2:30 pm

This week's big news:

Brand new evolving item: Gimpi!
Death Whisper, Inari's Beads, Enchanted Book and Yama No Tamago evolve.
Dionaesil will leave the Cash Shop on August 19th.
The terrible saga of Timmy continues with more smooth jazz!


Read on, dear friends, for our full Evolving Item Report!

Timmy: I'm rushing, LG. Gotta cool down a little. Doc's gonna be here soon, and she can't know about my business. We gotta be careful, you dig? When the Doc's here, when those cameras roll, we're all about smooth jazz. No business. We're just a couple of hep dudes who happen to be living well. The Doc doesn't need to know where the money comes from, you feel me?


Labtech Gene: I got it, T-Bone. I won't mention what we did with Ri--


Timmy: Cool it, the Doc's coming. Beards up, Large, time to be a star. You ready to be somebody?


Dr. Singh: Timmy? Gene? Are you guys in there?


Timmy: Right in here, babe. You ready to roll? Let's get your science jive out of the way tout de suite, sugar. We'll let you indulge your little nature trip as long as it doesn't cramp our smooth. Isn't that right, LG?


Labtech Gene: *grrk* *sniff*


Timmy: Look, baby, you're making Gene get all emotional at how right I am. Now get your business taken care of before those tears start rolling.


Dr. Singh: Gladly. First of all, we've got some incredible news this week: the Cash Shop just got a shipment of what appears to be a brand new evolving item! A while back, the Skin Tyte shop in Durem started offering some special potions that could change the very nature of the body. However, it appears that some of the potions didn't turn out quite right…

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The Gimpi potion is quite strange: you can't actually drink it, but it seems to be growing on its own! Who knows what might become of this odd concoction? You can swing by the Gaia Cash Shop to see for yourself!


Timmy: As a businessman, I recommend first generation items. Gotta get in on the ground floor to make the big bucks. That's economics, baby.


Dr. Singh: In other news, a bumper crop of our finest items are evolving this week! The Death Whisper is just getting more and more disturbing… I can't wait to see what depths it's sunk to this time. If you prefer things a little softer and cuter, you'll be happy to hear that Inari's Beads have evolved again, too.


Timmy: Ain't nothing in the world softer and cuter than that beard of yours, baby.


Dr. Singh: You flatter me, T-Bone. *shudder* …anyway, the Enchanted Book is still weaving its unbelievable tale, and the strange spirit of the Yama no Tamago is stirring with inscrutable power. And as a final note to all the aspiring botanists out there: this is your last chance to pick up the extraordinary Dionaesil! It'll be leaving the Cash Shop very soon, so don't dawdle.

You can pick up all of these awesome evolving items, including the brand-new Gimpi, at the Gaia Cash Shop!

Visit the Gaia Cash Shop

Get Gaia Cash cards at select retailers across the country or directly from Gaia Online. Click here to learn more.


Timmy: Bravo, baby. Captivating stuff, as always, but now it's time to move on to bigger and better things: who's ready for some smooooooooooooth jaaaaaaazz!?


Labtech Gene: Me! I'm ready for jazz! Pick me!


Timmy: Cool your jets, big guy. There's plenty of smooth jazz for everyone… but a little extra for the fine ladies out there. You ready, Doc? Check your mood ring, we gotta make sure you're mellow enough.


Dr. Singh: What? I don't have a mood ring.


Labtech Gene: I'm freaking out, T-Bone. Freaking out a little over here.


Timmy: Be cool. The lady doesn't have a mood ring. That's unusual and maybe illegal, but we have to work through this for the sake of the smooth jazz. Let's just start the countdown, dig? Awright, number five: Galileo Braingrass hits a new entry to the chart with his ultrasmooth new-age relaxation cut, "Dolphin Healing Crystal Jam."


Dr. Singh: Oooh… I can feel it working… *yawn*


Timmy: Number four this week comes courtesy of the legendary Barry Duke-Wayne, who puts us in an amorous mood with his sultry new single, "Pants Alarm Deployed."


Dr. Singh: Aww, yeah… very… mellow…


Timmy: And coming in at number three, Raoul Champagne returns triumphantly to the charts with his sassy oboe blockbuster, "Felt a Thing Happen (Ooh Yeah Baby Ouch)." Play this one reeeeaal quiet, ladies and gentlemen, so you can detect all the smooth jazz nuance.


Dr. Singh: Smooth jazz… making me so tired…


Timmy: That's right, baby. Tired of not listening to smooth jazz. Number two: let's give it up for the tireless musical efforts of Cassius LaFontaine, who's back this week with "Feather Earhole Touch." Doesn't get much mellower than that, baby.


Dr. Singh: Zzzz… *snork*


Timmy: Nothing is quite so seductive as a fine lady's gentle snore of smooth jazz appreciation. You ready for number one this week, LG?


Labtech Gene: I feel like I'm gonna die if you don't hit me with it right now, T-Bone!


Timmy: Here it is, babies: returning to the number one spot this week, it's the fabulous Royce Breeze with his seductive new slow-jam, "The Hillbilly Handshake!"


Labtech Gene: How'd he make a 1980s-era electric piano sound so much like a banjo, T-Bone? Is he some kind of a god?


Timmy: You said a mouthful, Large. It's best not to contemplate his ways, because even the mind of a jazz genius like me can't begin to understand such things. Say, why isn't the Doc joining in with our discussion of how good smooth jazz is?


Labtech Gene: She's out cold, T-Bone. I think the smooth jazz mellowed her out too much, and she just couldn't take it.


Timmy: You know, Large, at first I was feeling like her squareness and general chumpism was stepping on our toes, but ever since she grew that beard it's become clear that she's actually quite hep.


Labtech Gene: So do we get to tell her about the business? Do we tell her about... The Sacred Tenets of Smooth Jazz!?


Timmy: Soon, LG. We gotta take this slow, so we don't blow her mind. In time, she will know the horrible truth. Dig.


Dr. Singh: Bzzt... *snort*... huh? I'm awake! What about smooth jazz? Oh, drat! Looks like we're all out of time. See you next week, ladies and gentlemen-- if you want to tell us what you think of the items, remember to visit our weekly evolving item poll. Thanks!

19 Cash Shop Update: New Evolving Item - DanderEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: New Evolving Item - Dander - [NPC] Flynn Tue Aug 19, 2008 3:15 pm

Hey guys! Ready for a quick Cash Shop update?

Here's some fun news: we've got a brand new evolving item for sale today! After the Rejected Olympics, a lot of Gaians were eager to see more of the little dusty pals they met during the minigames. After a few weeks of checking under couches, we've amassed an impressive stock of Dander.

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You can get these evolving critters now in the Cash Shop. Please hurry-- they're making my allergies act up.

Visit the Gaia Cash Shop

Get Gaia Cash cards at select retailers across the country or directly from Gaia Online. Click here to learn more.

As Dr. Singh and... err... "T-Bone" announced last week, the Dionaesil will be leaving the shop today. A few of our older Cash Shop items will be rotating out on Friday, the 22nd, as well:

Gold BFF Heart Chain
Silver BFF Heart Chain
Grace of Aphrodite
Grace of Eros
My Friend Cupid
Long-stem Pink Rose
Brown bunny hoodie
Brown bun-bun plushie


Have a great day, everyone!

20 Kiki's Road Trip: Fan Expo CanadaEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Kiki's Road Trip: Fan Expo Canada - admin Tue Aug 19, 2008 6:09 pm

Gaia Convention Tour: Fan Expo Canada 2008!

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Gaia Online will be stopping by Fan Expo Canada this weekend, and we hope to see you there!

Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto Canada

When: August 22nd - 24th

What: Fun, prizes, activities etc!

Check out the Gaia Panel at 6:00PM on Friday, August 22nd in Room 717. As usual, we'll be bringing plenty of free Gold cards and lots of other great prizes for a few lucky winners, including shirts, plushies, and a jumbo Kiki Kitty plushie. You'll also get the customary peek at some new screenshots from the long-awaited zOMG! and a preview of some new Gaia merchandise. Be sure to bring some questions to ask the staff in our open QA session during the panel.

As a bonus, all panel attendees will receive a special limited-edition ring for use in ZOMG!

Don't forget to visit the official Gaia Gathering at 1:00PM on Sunday, August 24th in Room 717. Come get to know your fellow Gaians on a personal level while playing fun games and winning prizes!

For more info on Fan Expo Canada and all the latest news on the Gaia Convention Tour, visit our convention home page.

Find Out More about Fan Expo Canada!

22 Gaia Cinemas: Five New MoviesEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Cinemas: Five New Movies - [NPC] Ron Bruise Mon Aug 18, 2008 3:35 pm

Hey hey! Finally, something new to watch! We've got five new movies in the Cinemas, courtesy of Sony Pictures. Check 'em out:

Ghostbusters II: What more can you ask for? Ornery ghosts attacking people, the Statue of Liberty walking around. It's like a beautiful dream.

The Karate Kid: For once, a movie that truly lives up to its title: guaranteed to contain both karate and a kid, in exactly the right proportions.

The Karate Kid, Part II: This sequel takes our heroes to Japan, the birthplace of the karate chop, for more adventure, love, and headbands.

The Karate Kid, Part III: The perfect union of martial arts action, revenge, and small business ownership.

When a Stranger Calls: The touching story of a babysitter who gets threatening calls from a deranged serial killer. My kind of flick!

Head to the Cinemas

22 Whoops! Gaia Cinemas UpdateEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Whoops! Gaia Cinemas Update - admin Fri Aug 22, 2008 5:07 pm

Ha! We faked you out! We announced a ton of awesome movies, and then when you went to watch them, nothing worked.

While we'd like to make it sound like it was intentional and you just got played, the reality is that something was busted with our Cinema Flash plugin. If you go back and give it another shot, you should see a little pop-up window telling you how to install the Flash plugin. Once you do that, you'll be golden.*

'* Not literally.

P.S. Firefox 3 is not currently supported, so you will need to use a different browser to access Cinemas (Firefox 2, Internet Explorer, etc.).

P.P.S. HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!!

22 Evolving Item Report: Furugasa & Alruna's Rose... Complete!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Evolving Item Report: Furugasa & Alruna's Rose... Complete! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Aug 22, 2008 2:48 pm

This week's big news:

New evolving item: Dander!
The scandalous final evolution of Alruna's Rose!
The insane completion of the ghastly Furugasa!
Alruna and Furugasa are leaving the Cash Shop on September 2nd.
Padmavati's Lotus, Picolitrosso's Urn and Gro-Gain are evolving!
Dr. Singh continues her secret undercover effort to infiltrate the strange world of smooth jazz!


Read on, dear friends, for our full Evolving Item Report!

Dr. Singh: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to another exciting edition of the Evolving Item Report (...and Smooth Jazz Countdown). I'm Dr. Singh, and this is my co-host, Timmy. Also with us-- again-- is Timmy's faithful hanger-on, Labtech Gene. Well, Timmy, you're looking spiffy today! Is that a new haircut?


Timmy: Spiffy? Please, babe. I paid more for this haircut than you make in a year. T-Bone treats himself right.


Dr. Singh: How... impressive. Anyway, we've got some big, big news: Alruna's Rose, one of Gaia's most incredible premium items, is finishing its evolution this week! It's always been quite a daring little number, but the extraordinary, seductive final poses must be seen to be believed. Yowza!

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Timmy: Pass one down here, Doc. Gotta get a look at this.


Dr. Singh: Timmy, you may be some kind of a rich "businessman" now, but you're still a child, and I don't think you should be around this sort of item.


Labtech Gene: Nobody talks to T-Bone like that! He runs this town!


Dr. Singh: Nevertheless, he'll just have to wait a few years. Those of you who are slightly more mature can still pick up later generations of Alruna's Rose in the Gaia Cash Shop for a limited time, but they'll be leaving the shop on September 2nd!

And it gets even crazier, too: Furugasa, the ghostly umbrella that nearly scared Timmy to death during his brush with insanity, is also reaching its final stage this week! It contains a huge number of bizarre and frightening poses... lucky owners of first-generation Furugasas will just have to see for themselves. If you want in on the creepiness, you'd better act quick: the Furugasa is also leaving the Cash Shop on September 2nd.


Timmy: You're mistaken, babe. Nothing scares T-Bone.


Dr. Singh: More big news this week: as Flynn announced on Tuesday, we've got a brand-new, first-generation evolving item available now in the Cash Shop! Dander may look like a little ball of dust, but my projections indicate that it'll keep picking up stray lint until it grows into something quite special.

And as if that weren't enough excitement for one week, we've also got four more items evolving! Padmavati's Lotus is taking a rather alarming reptilian form, and Picolitrosso's Urn, one of our more mysterious evolving items, is continuing its strange journey.


Timmy: Is that it, sugarhorse? Smooth jazz awaits.


Dr. Singh: Actually, not quite... one of the strangest evolving items out there is undergoing its first evolution this week, and I have to say I'm a bit baffled as to what it might become. Gro-Gain seems to be a hair-growth chemical that never hit the mass market, but all my attempts to find information on it have turned up dead ends. There seems to be a G-Corp logo etched into the bottle under the label, but I can't find any history of--


Labtech Gene: Well, better give up, babe. If there's nothing to find, there's nothing to find. Might as well stop looking, right, T-Bone?


Timmy: Yeah, LG is right, Doc. Might as well not snoop into things that don't concern you, dig?


Dr. Singh: If you say so... anyway, you can get all these incredible items now, including Alruna's Rose and the brand-new Dander, in the Gaia Cash Shop!

Visit the Gaia Cash Shop

Get Gaia Cash cards at select retailers across the country or directly from Gaia Online. Click here to learn more.


Timmy: Bravo, doll. Forget all that stuff people say about how it's "boring" and "worthless," I personally think your science junk is one of the minor highlights of this program. Sure, it's not quite as exciting and dynamic as the Smooth Jazz Countdown, but it does have a certain je ne sais quoi...


Dr. Singh: Well... thanks, Timmy.


Timmy: In fact, you do such sharp work around here that I want to give you a shot at the major leagues. Think you're ready to step up to the plate, babe?


Dr. Singh: How do you mean?


Timmy: Since you've been adapting so well to the Smooth Jazz game-- love the beard, by the way-- I thought you might like to lead the countdown this week.


Labtech Gene: But... but, boss!


Timmy: Mellow out, LG. You'll get your shot someday. Today, I thought we'd celebrate the oft-forgotten abilities of the world of ladies. What do you say, Doc? Think you've got it in you?


Dr. Singh: I'd be honored... do you happen to have the list?


Labtech Gene: See, T-Bone? She doesn't even know the top five!


Timmy: Got it right here, doll. Work the magic. I'll handle the appreciative comments.


Dr. Singh: OK, at number five this week, we've got the drowsy piano magic of Ken Bland's "Plains of Euphoria," featuring a sizzling slap-bass interlude by Omar Sexton!

Timmy: Awwwww yeah!


Dr. Singh: Rocketing up the charts to number four: beloved new-age songstress Enga dabbles in the tepid smooth jazz bathtub with her crossover hit, "Dreamchant Elfcrap."


Timmy: I can-- and shall-- dig it.


Dr. Singh: Falling to number three this week, Royce Breeze's "Hillbilly Handshake." Could this piano hoedown be a mere flash in the pan for the legendary artiste?


Timmy: Never, baby. Royce Breeze is a certified genius.


Dr. Singh: Raoul Champagne moves up from the number three spot to claim this week's silver medal with the seductive oboe interplay of "Felt a Thing Happen (Ooh Yeah Baby Ouch)."


Timmy: Glad to see this one return. I am a man who digs an oboe. How about you, LG?


Labtech Gene: Yeaaaaaah. The oboe gets me in the mood to recline and be fed grapes by a fine lady in a toga.


Dr. Singh: *Shudder*... An amazing coup for number one this week: smooth jazz superstar Cassius LaFontaine is back with yet another single! How does he keep coming up with this stuff? This week, he gets the airwaves boiling with "Sensual Experimentation in Love Jail."


Timmy: Diiiiiiiiig. Excellent job, babe. That beard is really coming in nicely. I think you're almost ready to experience... the Smooth Jazz Lifestyle.


Dr. Singh: Wow, Timmy, I can't wait. What exactly is the "Smooth Jazz Lifestyle," anyway?


Timmy: All in good time, angelface. You did good this week, so you'll find out soon enough. For now, you'd better run along-- Gene and I have some stuff to talk about. Business stuff. Ladies wouldn't be interested.


Dr. Singh: Whatever you say, Timmy. Looks like that's all the time we have this week, folks! I've got to get going now, but you can always leave us your feedback on this batch of evolutions in our weekly poll thread. Ciao!





Timmy: LG, we need to talk.


Labtech Gene: What is it, T-Bone? Are you mad at me or something? Please, boss, I can't take it! You know I'd do anything for you!


Timmy: I'm just gonna come out and say it, man: you gotta ease up. You're using too much.


Labtech Gene: It's cool, T-Bone, I got it under control. Plus, the Tenets of the Smooth Jazz Lifestyle say--


Timmy: Don't you tell me about the Tenets of the Smooth Jazz Lifestyle! Just look at yourself, Large, you're twitching and sprouting like a fiend. Just be cool. Lay off the 'Gain for a few days, huh?


Labtech Gene: You got it, boss. I can stop whenever I want. I'll start slowing it down tomorrow. Just gotta get one more hit first, just to keep me going.


Timmy: Get yourself together, LG. We've got important work to do.

26 Kiki's Road Trip: Dragon Con 2008 Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Kiki's Road Trip: Dragon Con 2008 - admin Tue Aug 26, 2008 3:44 pm

Gaia Convention Tour: Dragon Con 2008!

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Gaia Online will be stopping by Dragon Con this weekend, and we hope to see you there!

Where: Atlanta Georgia

When: August 29th - September 1st

What: Fun, prizes, activities etc!

Experience the exciting Gaia Panel at 7:00PM on Friday, August 29th in Hanover CDE Hyatt. This is the Main Gaia Event for the weekend. As usual, we'll be bringing plenty of free Gold cards and lots of other great prizes for a few lucky winners, including shirts, plushies, and a jumbo Kiki Kitty plushie. You'll also get a sneak peek at some new screenshots from the long-awaited Gaia MMO ZOMG! as well as a preview of some new Gaia merchandise! Be sure to bring your best questions to ask the staff in our open QA session during the panel.

As a bonus, all panel attendees on Friday only will receive a special limited-edition ring for use in ZOMG!

Also, be sure to stop by the official Gaia Gathering at 11:30AM on Monday, September 1st in Athens Room Sheraton. Come get to know your fellow Gaians on a personal level while playing fun games and winning prizes!

For more info on Dragon Con and all the latest news on the Gaia Convention Tour, visit our convention home page.

Find Out More about Dragon Con!

26 Cash Shop Update: The zOMG! Rumble BoxEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: The zOMG! Rumble Box - [NPC] Flynn Tue Aug 26, 2008 3:01 pm

Oh dear! I'm battening down the hatches for an all-out stampede in my beautiful store... for a limited time only, I'll be offering the Cash Shop-exclusive zOMG! Rumble Box, an item which puts all previous boxes to shame with its great lineup of expensive, rare and brand-new items.

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When you open a zOMG! Rumble Box, one item will randomly pop out. It may seem like the luck of the draw, but the odds are heavily stacked in your favor. Check out what you might get:

Approximately one in twenty zOMG! Rumble Boxes contain the ultimate Gaia prize: a ticket for a head start on Gaia's upcoming zOMG! MMO. Lucky winners will get to jump in several days ahead of the crowd, putting them first in line to experience the game and collect awesome new zOMG!-only items.

If fortune smiles on you just right, your zOMG! Rumble Box might contain the fabled Fluff Box, a parcel of exclusive, never-before-seen gear inspired by zOMG!, plus a bunch of new items like the Panda Slippers, Lunar Hairpin and Outlaw Wolf Pup.

Even if you don't strike it rich with a crazy new item, this box won't disappoint: it's packed with expensive shop items, evolving items from the Cash Shop, rare gift boxes and much more.

Y'know, I probably shouldn't even tell you about the indescribably cool, incredibly rare OMG Spirit... you'd just get your hopes up.


Have I impressed upon you the urgency of this situation? If you want to grab these dazzling new items, your time is already running out! If you've never checked out the Cash Shop, it's definitely time for a visit... these boxes are going fast!

Visit the Gaia Cash Shop!


P.S.: Don’t miss out!

September is fast approaching, which means August's MCs will soon be gone. You’ve got a few days left to purchase either The Lusty Scoundrel or the epic military history of War of the Warlords.

Two great evolving items are also leaving the Cash Shop: the scandalous Alruna's Rose and the bafflingly dark Furugasa. Both have completed their evolutions, and are now headed for retirement. You still have time to grab both before they disappear–make it snappy though, 'cause they'll be gone on September 2!

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27 Community Spotlight: Senior LivingEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Community Spotlight: Senior Living - admin Mon Aug 04, 2008 5:03 pm

Hiya, folks!

We all know Gaia is popular with teens, but there are some older folks still hanging about, playing games, watching movies, and doing the same stuff everyone else does. This oft-forgotten minority has long lived in the shadows, so today we shine our retina-searing spotlight at them.

The Geezers Guild provides a swell place for Gaians 21 and over to talk about all the things older people do: rent cars, take out mortgages, join violent street gangs, curse like sailors, and worry about their lawns. Well, maybe not so much that stuff. Instead, the Geezers Guild is more about providing a venue for the older users to chat, make friends, complain about the out-of-control youths of today, and hang out.

If you happen to be one of these proto-elderly Gaians, put on your finest pair of spectacles and take a gander at the Geezers Guild. Remember, this guild is for those 21 or older. If you don't meet that criteria, then I'm afraid you've got some growing up to do.

28 New Arenas: Beta test ending soon!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New Arenas: Beta test ending soon! - admin Thu Aug 28, 2008 9:19 pm

On September 7th, the new arenas will officially be open for business! We'd like to thank everyone for their thoughtful feedback, and we hope all the artists out there will celebrate the launch by posting some great new work for us to enjoy.

As of Sunday night (August 31st), the old arenas will no longer accept new entries, although you'll still be able to vote and comment on existing entries.

A week after that (September 7th), the new arenas will conclude their beta test. We'll begin migrating all the old arena entries into the new system; to avoid duplicate entries, please don't resubmit your old work. Until we finish moving everything, the old arenas will still exist, but for viewing only-- you won't be able to vote, comment or add new entries.

If you have any last-minute thoughts on the new arenas, you're welcome to drop us a line in the official feedback thread.

Thanks!

-The Gaia Team

29 The new My Gaia is here (sort of)!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The new My Gaia is here (sort of)! - admin Mon Aug 18, 2008 6:25 pm

As some of you noticed, the My Gaia page has completely changed. After a lot of hard work from our developers and some extensive wind tunnel testing, we launched it yesterday. The new My Gaia is designed to serve as a useful tool to manage your avatar, house, car, PMs, and more in one handy location.

Unfortunately, a last minute glitch forced us to disable the feeds portion of My Gaia, lest we suffer a catastrophic meltdown in our central reactor core and vent hot plasma all over San Jose, CA. Our dedicated team of developers is working as fast as possible to get feeds up and running, and continues to work on additional My Gaia features to be added in the coming weeks and months.

For now, you can still check out the new My Gaia, sans feeds. We think it's a big improvement over the old version, and hope you do too!

Check Out the New My Gaia

Since some of you guys have been asking questions about how feeds and other things will work, we wanted to give a few quick answers.

Your My Gaia page is unique to you. Nobody else can see it, unless they stand over your shoulder or spy on you from a nearby tree with binoculars, yearning for your perfect life.

The first set of feeds will be based on public information. Preferences to control the types of feeds you and your friends see are already in the works and will be coming soon. We're not going to tell your friends how much Gold you have or anything silly like that.

Most of the feeds being developed right now are based on requests you guys made. If you have any ideas for future feeds, you can still post them here. We want to make My Gaia as useful as possible for you guys.

New features will be added to My Gaia, such as a friends list. Again, if there is anything you'd like to see, don't hesitate to let us know.

29 Evolving Item Report: Death Whisper, Inari's Beads & MoreEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Evolving Item Report: Death Whisper, Inari's Beads & More - [NPC] Dr. Singh Thu Aug 28, 2008 5:24 pm

In the news this week:

New evolutions for Death Whisper, Inari's Beads, and Kelp o'th Loch
Alruna's Rose and Furugasa leave the shop on September 2nd
In the face of tragedy, Dr. Singh struggles to remain undercover in the Smooth Jazz Lifestyle!


Timmy: OK, babe, let's get this moving. Do your science thing.


Dr. Singh: Hi, everyone! Welcome to the Evolving Item Report, your source for the latest news on Gaia's hottest items. Looks like "T-Bone" is trying to move this along as quickly as possible, so let's get right to the updates! Four items are evolving this week: first, Inari's Beads are really coming along; this item is shaping up to be one of my personal favorites, and judging by last week's evolving item poll, a lot of you agree! The Death Whisper is growing more and more gruesome all the time... I don't know if I can stand to look at it this week, but all the black-clad fans of the morbid and macabre are going to love this evolution.

Lastly, the Kelp O'th Loch is escalating its rise from the treacherous deep! Any ideas what this will turn into, Timmy?

Timmy: What? Hush, babe, I'm on a call with my supplier while simultaneously pondering the work of smooth jazz luminary Cassius LaFontaine, and I can only do two things at once.


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Dr. Singh: Anyway, you can pick up these excellent evolving items (and many more!) in the Gaia Cash Shop! Don't forget that we're still offering the first generations of two new items: Gimpi and Dander. First-gen items seem to do very nicely in the Marketplace, so invest while you can!


Timmy: "Buy low, sell high." That's a little phrase I invented to describe my method of business, ladies and gents, and you'd do well to remember it.


Dr. Singh: Go visit Flynn to check out the selection! Beware, though: you'll probably have to fight your way through mobs of customers trying to snap up the limited stock of zOMG Rumble Boxes. And don't forget: there's only a few days left to pick up Alruna's Rose and Furugasa, two of our finest items!

Get Evolving Items at the Gaia Cash Shop

Get Gaia Cash cards at Target, 7-11, Rite Aid and Wal-Mart stores nationwide, or order Cash online. Learn more.


Dr. Singh: So, now that we've done the "science junk," are we ready for this week's Smooth Jazz Countdown, T-Bone? I've been brushing up on the charts, and I think I'm ready to really blow it out of the water this week!


Timmy: I thought you were cool, babe.


Labtech Gene: How could you be so insensitive at a time like this?


Timmy: You just stepped way over the line. I feel like I don't even know you.


Dr. Singh: What? What did I do? I just want to celebrate the Smooth Jazz Lifestyle!


Labtech Gene: Celebrate!? Hold me, T-Bone, I think I'm going to get emotional-- *gulk*


Timmy: Look what you did! You made Large G emotional!


Dr. Singh: I don't understand...

Timmy: Listen, sugar: if you knew anything about the Smooth Jazz Lifestyle, you'd know that today is not a week for celebration. I'm embarrassed that I even have to tell you this, but Smooth Jazz pioneer Cassius LaFontaine... he... sorry, gettin' choked up here... *gulk*



Labtech Gene: You insensitive devil-woman! You made T-Bone emotional! T-Bone has no emotions!


Dr. Singh: I'm sorry, guys, I didn't know... can someone just tell me what's going on?


Timmy: He... he fell down... an elevator shaft! Lo, it is too much to bear...


Labtech Gene: Cassius LaFontaine, our hero, the man who did so much to dispel the hurtful "elevator music" stereotype, was killed by... killed by the very thing that... *gulk*

Dr. Singh: Oh, dear, that's terrible... and maybe very ironic, but I could never quite get a grasp on how irony works. Er... somehow, despite my, great love for smooth jazz, I hadn't heard about that.


Timmy: Maybe you heard, but you were so emotional over it that your brain simply couldn't process the information. We all mourn in different ways, babe. If you need somebody to comfort you with a box of wine and a relaxing candlelit shoulder massage, you just let me know.


Dr. Singh: Maybe next week, T-Bone. I'm afraid my female emotions have made me too distraught for that kind of thing. I'm sure you understand. I guess we're not doing the countdown this week due to the terrible Cassius LaFontaine tragedy. If you can still type through all your grief, please swing by the weekly weekly poll thread. and vote for your favorite. Goodnight, everyone!

September Edit

05 Gaia Cinemas: An Incredible Crock of New MoviesEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Cinemas: An Incredible Crock of New Movies - [NPC] Ron Bruise Thu Sep 04, 2008 1:00 pm

The movies just keep rollin' in! If you visit the cinemas you'll find another five free movies to watch by yourself or with friends. Woohoo!

Finding Forrester: See the film adaptation of the popular Internet catchphrase "you're the man now, dog."

Jumanji: A crazy Robin Williams escapes from a jungle board game and accidentally unleashes a menagerie of beasts upon the city. Based on a true story.

Legends of the Fall: The bond between three brothers and their father is torn asunder by love, war, and pirates. Well, maybe not that last one.

Sense and Sensibility: If English romance and intrigue is your cup of tea, then somebody just poured hot tea all over your lap.

Sleepless in Seattle: This classic romantic comedy features Tom Hanks as a lonely widower in search of love... and an ancient amulet capable of bringing the dead back to life. Nah, just love.

Head to the Cinemas

05 Evolving Item Report: Gimpi, Coocoon, Urn, Book, YamaEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Evolving Item Report: Gimpi, Coocoon, Urn, Book, Yama - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Sep 05, 2008 12:51 pm

This week...

Gimpi and Coocoon get their first evolutions
Picolitrosso's Urn, Enchanted Book & Yama No Tamago evolve
Labtech Gene continues his spiral into depravity...


Read on for the full report!

Dr. Singh: Good afternoon, everybody! Welcome to the Evolving Item Report, your weekly source for all the latest news on Gaia's greatest items. I'm here with my good friend and Smooth Jazz mentor, T-Bone, and his right hand man, Gene... good heavens, Gene, what in the world is going on with your hair?


Labtech Gene: Smoooooooooooogghh... lifestyle.


Dr. Singh: I see...


Timmy: Don't mind my boy Large G, babe. He's just consumed with the smoothness, you dig? His mind is just down by the fire, y'know, on the bearskin rug. The Lifestyle.


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Dr. Singh: I understand completely, T-Bone. Let's just get on with the science: this week, we've got some great new evolutions from a few of your favorite items. Little Gimpi is starting to grow! It started out looking like nothing more than a malfunctioning potion, but it's clearly got a few surprises in store. Another new item, the Coocoon, is finally showing some signs of growth after a couple of false starts. But you know what they say, folks: good things come to those who wait.


Timmy: They also say good things come in small packages. Remember that, ladies.


Dr. Singh: And speaking of good things, some of our most incredible premium items are also getting updates today: the Enchanted Book is positively bursting with magic, and Picolitrosso's Urn remains as lovely as it is hard to spell, with some incredibly elegant new poses. Last but not least, Yama No Tamago seems to be brimming with life this week. As an animal lover, I can't wait to see how it turns out!

You can find all these evolving items and more at the Gaia Cash Shop! Be sure to stop by and check out Flynn's amazing selection.

Get Evolving Items at the Gaia Cash Shop

Get Gaia Cash cards at Target, 7-11, Rite Aid and Wal-Mart stores nationwide, or order Cash online. Learn more.


Timmy: Yeah, I'll check out her amazing selection, all right... but for now, let's move on to the Smooth Jazz Countdown! You ready, Large?


Labtech Gene: Jaaaaaazz. Awwdiiiig...


Timmy: Snap out of it, LG! Time for the countdown!


Labtech Gene: *Snrrk* Huh? Wha? Sorry, T-Bone, just kinda drifted into a little reverie for a minute there. You know how it is with smooth jazz. Just havin' a little sax interlude, boss.


Timmy: You gotta ease up on that... jazz. Let's get it going. Time to be somebody. Let's knock this one out of the park for Cassius.


Dr. Singh: Yes, let's! I'll just get it started with our number five pick this week--


Timmy: Whoa, babe. I gave you a chance, and you blew it. Anyone who doesn't properly mourn the death of Cassius LaFontaine, our greatest visionary, just isn't ready for the Smooth Jazz Lifestyle. I'm letting Large handle it this week.


Dr. Singh: What? He's barely coherent!


Timmy: You know what else is barely coherent, babe? The human heart. Why don't you just ruminate on that for a few minutes while Large gives us the countdown. Hit it, LG.


Labtech Gene: I've been waiting for this for so long, boss. I won't let you down. This one's for Cassius--rest in peace, baby. Okay, number five: Kenny F with another hot new instrumental, "Federal Sax Return."


Timmy: I am very much inclined to dig that, LG.


Labtech Gene: Shooting to number four like a lightning bolt, it's Toots Calypso with "The Sax of Life." Sweet sounds, baby.


Timmy: I was digging it before it even started, and even still I continue to do so.


Labtech Gene: And at number three: Oswald Whitebread melts the lady part of your heart with his brand-new single, "Anglo-Saxin'."


Timmy: I do believe I'm detecting some sort of a theme tonight, Large, but I can't quite put my finger on it.


Labtech Gene: You just save those fingers for counting money and gingerly brushing ladies' bangs out of their eyes, T-Bone. We'll figure it out eventually. Okay, at number two: the Wes Butan Trio returns with an instant classic, "Saxidermy (Wanna Stuff That)."


Timmy: Awwwwww yeah.


Labtech Gene: And, finally, this week's number one smooth jazz single: the mighty Titi Muscataciollaire Orchestra reaches the highest stratospheres of smoothness with their down-by-the-fire masterpiece, "I Wanna Sax U Up."


Timmy: I'm digging it deep, LG. So deep I don't know if I can climb out of it. It's a deep, deep kinda dig, my friend. Doc, you're on Smooth Jazz Probation, but please restore my faith by telling me that you're digging this.


Dr. Singh: Oh yeah, T-Bone, I'm absolutely digging this. A lot of great songs this week. They're all so... what's the word... similar!


Labtech Gene: That's what's so good about them, baby. There are no surprises in smooth jazz. Just smoothness.


Dr. Singh: That's it for this week, smooth jazz and evolving item fans! Be sure to stop by our poll and tell us what you think of this week's batch of items. Thanks!

05 Community Spotlight: Manga Mash-upsEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Community Spotlight: Manga Mash-ups - admin Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:08 pm

Kindest regards!

Tired of waiting for the next Gaia manga to come out? Then make your own!

Using state-of-the-art technology (lasers???), tons of industrious Gaians are already remixing our existing mangas in creative ways to tell new stories and jokes. Their goofy homebrew comics range from the truly awful to the truly hilarious... and everything in between.

To check them out, head over to the manga page. You'll see links to the mash-up threads for the last five stories. With a little time and some graphics know-how, you can even submit your own.

Happy Mashing!

08 September's Monthly Collectibles are here!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement September's Monthly Collectibles are here! - [NPC] Rina Mon Sep 08, 2008 2:10 pm

Yaaaayyy! My envelope finally opened! I can't wait to see what's in there...

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Red Riding Hood brings the fairy tale to life with a collection of storybook items, including a big bad wolf costume, a woodsman's axe and, of course, the little red cape and hood that lends the tale its name.

Super Powers can help you in plenty of situations, from defeating villains with your fists of fury to heating up cans of soup with your flaming hand. This heroic item lets you deflect bullets, summon a dazzling energy aura and even raise the dead.

These items are available for the month of September only, so don't dilly-dally!

Visit the Gaia Cash Shop

10 The zOMG! Rumble Box: Time is Running Out!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The zOMG! Rumble Box: Time is Running Out! - [NPC] Flynn Wed Sep 10, 2008 6:43 pm

Hey guys!

Well, we knew this would happen soon enough: zOMG Rumble Boxes have been flying off the shelves here faster than we can restock them, and our inventory is starting to run out! At this rate, zOMG! Rumble Boxes will be totally gone from the Cash Shop by Monday, September 15.


If you're looking for your shot at some of the coolest items we've ever sold (I'm still trying for a pair of Panda Slippers myself!), be sure to snag a Rumble Box before Monday. After that, you'll be out of luck!

Get a zOMG! Rumble Box Today!

11 Celebrity Snare: Snoop Dogg and The Incredible HulkEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Celebrity Snare: Snoop Dogg and The Incredible Hulk - [NPC] Prakash Singh Thu Aug 21, 2008 4:33 pm

Prakash! Er... I'm introducing myself. My name is Prakash Singh, qualified man of science. You may call me Dr. Prakash Singh, if you please, although technically I do not technically quite 100% have a doctorate. If you please, you may also just call me Prakash, to avoid confusion with my sister, the other Dr. Singh, who is an actual doctor of science. She does not call me at all, because my overbearing appeals for her charity tried her patience one too many times. It is my one great regret in life that she will no longer give me money.

Even a qualified man of science must pay his lease somehow, so I must find ways for the sacred techniques of science to intersect with the commercial reality of our world. So, I will appeal to the world's love of spying on celebrities, and attempting to capture them for further study. The celebrity is one of the great unknown species: we know they exist, but we have thusfar been unable to determine how, or why. We know that they appear on our televisions and radios, and sometimes they personally send messages to us through secret implants in our teeth, but we don't know the basic scientific facts of their existence: what do they eat? Where do they live? Do they contain prizes?

As a preliminary inquiry into this mystery, I spent a thrilling morning hiding in the yard of Snoop Dogg, one of the leading celebrities in the field of hip hop. For many years he has baffled me with his rhyming speech and his unusual slang, and I was quite excited to observe his habits, study his habitat and hopefully steal valuables from his porch. A report of my findings is below:


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8:30 AM: I have found a weakness in the fortifications of Snoop's mansion. By popping the bones in my arms out of place, I managed to squeeze through a small crack in the perimeter. I now find myself in the midst of a very fragrant grove of bushes, with a perfect view of his estate. I had no idea Snoop was such an avid horticulturist.

8:40 AM: I have spied a giant vehicle nearby. It is a massive thing, as big as I imagine several whales sewn together by madmen to be.

9:05 AM: As luck would have it, the vehicle is unlocked and full of treasure! It has a wall of TVs, and all are easily pried loose. I also found a suitcase full of personal effects, some of which I am now wearing. Unfortunately, all this excitement has left me exhausted.

11:12 AM: Woke up in a cold sweat after taking a nap in the back seat. I had that strange dream again, the one where that terrifying bird won't stop insulting my finances. I saw its face this time. It looked like my sister! How long have I been out? My watch is no use, because it is not digital and I have difficulty making sense of the hands.

11:30 AM: I hear noises outside the car, so I think it is time I should leave. I take the suitcase and two of the smaller TVs and make a break for it.

11:40 AM: Snoop's security guards are after me! Or are they dogs? They looked like security guards at first, anyway...

12:12 PM: Ah hah! I am invincible! The dogs grew tired of gnawing on me after a mere 30 minutes, while my grip on the suitcase and TVs remained unwavering! I broke free and rushed back into the lovely-smelling bushes. I wanted to linger a little, but the dogs were still very hungry and I was feeling faint.

12:20 PM: I tossed my plunder over the wall, carefully popped my arms out of place, and made my escape through the tiny crack. I am now safely outside, though I incurred more bite marks and scratches in the process. In spite of some heavy blood loss, today proved a great success! I am delighted with my haul, though I do lament that I could not acquire a lock of Snoop Dogg's hair. Oh, the scientific things I could do with that!

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Result: little more is known of Snoop Dogg than when I started. However, I did manage to capture a small armload of his personal belongings, which I will now sell off at very reasonable prices in the name of science, and in the name of being very, very hungry (something about the captivating fragrance of those plants...).

But despite this failure, my quest must continue! Since the world of music has yielded no useful data, I will now attempt to capture one of the great stars of the movie screen: The Incredible Hulk, Hollywood's most notable big green man. Read on for results:


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10:48 PM: Sources tell me the Hulk has fled into a nearby forest after an altercation with the military. Why was he fighting the military? I can’t say for certain.

11:02 PM: I have followed a trail of very large footprints leading into a dark cave. I entered, but was greeted by a large, hairy animal that was very unhappy to see me. My shirt is ruined, and I have gained a powerful enemy.

11:24 PM: After a good long think, I have determined that the footprints I followed were not those of the Hulk. Instead, I will attempt to track him using my keenest sense: my sense of social propriety.

11:59 PM: After requesting a formal introduction to the Hulk from a passing raccoon and being violently rebuffed, I have concluded that social propriety will be little use in this situation.

12:09 AM: A stroke of luck? My flashlight catches a large green object moving through the forest at great speed! I run towards it and attempt to tackle it, under the hasty assumption that it is the Hulk.

12:09 AM: The large green object, upon rapid inspection by my face, turns out to be a tree. Maybe I thought it was moving because I was running toward it so fast.

12:12 AM: I have made my peace with the tree.

12:45 AM: I see him! His green skin is glinting in the moonlight, and I feel like we are sharing a beautiful moment. I will slowly and calmly walk up and introduce myself; I’m sure the Hulk is a reasonable man (for lack of better word) who’d be delighted to be my new friend. For science, I will make peace with the Hulk!

3:02 AM: I have spectacularly failed to make peace with the Hulk, but during our struggle I managed to grab a few souvenirs. I am in a great deal of pain.


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Though I have once again failed to capture a celebrity, there is a silver lining: I will now sell off the Hulk's personal belongings, and hopefully the proceeds will be enough to pay for my extensive medical bills. You can find this wonderful Hulk material in the Gaia Cash Shop. For more details, please visit my office.

Visit The Celebrity Snare Office!

12 Evolving Item Report: New item: Holy $#17!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Evolving Item Report: New item: Holy $#17! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Sep 12, 2008 1:46 pm

Dr. Singh: Good afternoon, everyone! Welcome to another edition of the Evolving Item Report, Gaia's most trusted source for the latest on all your favorite items. I’m Dr. Singh, and here with me are Gaia’s most beloved smooth jazz masterminds, T-Bone and Labtech Gene.


Timmy: Move it along, babe. Just get the science bit out of the way and give us a tap on the shoulder when the real show starts.


Dr. Singh: Well, OK... that’s good, actually, because we have some fantastic news! Today, a brand new evolving item is hitting the Gaia Cash Shop: Holy $#17!


Timmy: Let’s watch the language, babe, there may be ladies listening. Sensitive ladies.


Dr. Singh: No, that’s the name of the item: Holy $#17. I don’t think it signifies anything in particular, it’s just some sort of indecipherable code... I don’t know what this thing is, and its origins are totally mysterious to me. I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see, right?

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And speaking of new stuff: our dusty little pal Dander is moving along this week, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it caused a few allergy flare-ups. Make sure to bring a dust mask and plenty of eye drops if you plan to study this item! In scarier news, the Death Whisper is growing ever more horrifying by the minute, and I shudder to think what may become of it.


Labtech Gene: Now what’s a fine lady like you doing with an object of such unspeakable evil?


Dr. Singh: It seems like only yesterday that Inari’s Beads and Padmavati’s Lotus were brand new, but these two exquisite premium items are now well into their evolutionary paths, and they’re really coming into their own. It seems like these two are right on track to go down as two of the coolest items we’ve ever documented! The Lotus is now most definitely taking on aspects of the legendary Naga, and the Beads are continuing along the Kitsune theme to wonderful effect.

You can buy all these great items—including the brand-new Holy $#17—right now in the Gaia Cash Shop!

Get Evolving Items at the Gaia Cash Shop

Get Gaia Cash cards at Target, 7-11, Rite Aid and Wal-Mart stores nationwide, or order Cash online. Learn more.


Timmy: Is that it, ladies? We need to talk...


Dr. Singh: Not quite! We just wanted to let everyone know that a couple of generations of older items are finishing up this week: the 2nd generation of the Furugasa and the 11th generation of Hermes’ Moon are now fully unlocked. OK. Now we’re done with the “science bit.” What do you need to talk about?


Timmy: Babe, I think we need to have a little face-to-face about the future of this operation. Might want to sit down for this, because I'm about to lay down some ice-cold truth on you.


Dr. Singh: Uhh... sure, T-Bone, whatever you say.


Timmy: Babe, the Smooth Jazz Countdown is very dear to our hearts, but the reality is that the hosting situation just isn't really working out. We feel like certain members of the Smooth Jazz Countdown staff are maybe not quite total in their commitment to the Smooth Jazz Lifestyle, and maybe some personnel changes may be in order. Are you digging me thus far?


Dr. Singh: I'm not sure what you're saying...


Labtech Gene: He means you're a square, honey. You've been dragging this operation down with your unprofessionalism from day one, and it's time to do the right thing for the program: you're gone.


Dr. Singh: I'm sure you're mistaken, Gene, since Timmy actually doesn't have the authority to fire me...


Labtech Gene: T-BONE'S AUTHORITY IS ABSOLUTE!


Dr. Singh: Not according to his contract. You see, Timmy is technically an unpaid intern, so the idea that he can fire the host of the show is patently ridiculous. Isn't that right, Timmy?


Timmy: Err...


Dr. Singh: So what exactly are you trying to say, Timmy?


Timmy: Yeah, uh. What I'm trying to say is that maybe it's time for Large G and I to move on to bigger and better things... and speaking of bigger things, I'm pleased to announce that we've begun construction on the T-Bone Mansion, which is destined to become the nexus of a Smooth Jazz revolution that will sweep across Gaia like mellow, lukewarm wildfire.


Dr. Singh: Timmy, does that mean you're moving out of the evolving item lab?


Timmy: It does, babe. I'll be in my own digs soon. We've had some good times, but business is business. I may not be appearing on this program for a while, but rest assured that the Smooth Jazz Lifestyle will live on. Dig.


Dr. Singh: Whatever you say, Timmy... well, folks, I guess that's it for the Smooth Jazz Countdown. Come back next week for... well, I guess I'll think of something! As usual, you can tell us what you think of this week's crop of items in our poll. Goodnight!


Timmy: Remember, ladies and gentlemen: you haven't seen the last of T-Bone.

12 Community Spotlight: Gaians Giving BackEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Community Spotlight: Gaians Giving Back - admin Fri Sep 12, 2008 5:46 pm

Kindest Regards!

Like helping those less fortunate? Like wearing cool items? We do, too! That's why we're looking into something new and very cool: limited-edition charity items.

Basically, you'd buy one of these charity items in the Cash Shop, and the proceeds would go to helping a good cause. Over time we'd rotate through different charities and items, hopefully saving no less than the entire planet in the process.

It's not a done deal yet, and we're still in the gauging community interest part. If you're interested in making the world a better place, head over to this thread to get the full scoop, vote on causes that interest you, and give us your feedback. We'd really like to hear your thoughts and ideas.

15 Need something new to grab? Design a handheld item!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Need something new to grab? Design a handheld item! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Fri Sep 12, 2008 5:11 pm

Big news, everybody: Gaia's looking for hot ideas for their next big item!

The Gaia Item Design Contest is back! This time we want your help creating the ultimate handheld item. How it looks is up to you. It can be cute, dangerous, funny, or even ever-so-slightly obscene. It just has to fit in a pair of tiny avatar hands.

We'll be accepting entries until September 30th, so you have plenty of time to work on your designs. Please take your time, and be sure to look over the rules and guidelines before you start. We're sure you'll come up with some great ideas, but we just don't want to end up with thousands of "plz do darth vaders iphone" entries.

Design a Handheld Item!

Reveal Your Most Jealously Guarded Secrets in the Contest Forum!


P.S. - In other community news, our Mischief Makers event at the CBS Early Show has been postponed! We'll let you know when a new date has been decided. Watch this space for updates.

15 New in Gaia's Shops: Sci-Fi Items!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New in Gaia's Shops: Sci-Fi Items! - [NPC] Liam Mon Sep 15, 2008 4:34 pm

What's up, guys? Just wanted to let you know we've got a new shipment in today, and... whoa! Some of this tech is way beyond anything I've seen, and I mess with robots for a living...

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Space! Robotics! The future! For centuries, Gaians have dreamt of conquering the galaxy, of crushing it in our iron fists and squeezing the sweet space nectar out like an octopus eating a coconut. Now, for our monthly item update, it is time to venture onward into the uncharted cosmos.

To aid you in this journey, we're pleased to offer a fine selection of sci-fi items (sci-fitems?) in Gaia's shops: gravity boots, cannon blasters, mecha armor, space suits and plenty of high-tech gadgets to get your synthetic blood pumping.

The new items are scattered across the furthest reaches of the Gaia shops, so get out there and explore like the daring cosmonaut you were born to be.

Go Forth and Claim Ye The Vastness of Space

16 Cash Shop Update: New Evolving Item - Fallen WishEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: New Evolving Item - Fallen Wish - [NPC] Flynn Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:38 pm

Big, big news, people: we've got a new evolving item in stock today! The Fallen Wish is a shimmering star plucked from the heavens, and I've got a pretty good idea what it might turn into-- I'm not going to ruin the suspense, of course, but here's a hint: think mythological creature. Think big, fierce mythological creature.

Hope I didn't step on Dr. Singh's toes! I'm sure she'll have a few more hints for you on Friday.

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Don't miss your chance go grab a first-generation Fallen Wish now in the Cash Shop! First-gen items are the first to evolve, meaning you get all the new poses before anyone else, and they generally hold a higher value in the Marketplace.

Catch a Fallen Wish Now in the Gaia Cash Shop!

Get Gaia Cash cards at Target, 7-11, Rite Aid and Wal-Mart stores nationwide, or order Cash online. Learn more.


In other Cash Shop news, we've got some familiar items in brand-new colors this week. Snappy dressers, here's your chance to update your wardrobe...

Dashing Gentlemen tuxedo sets now available in Ruby and Topaz!
New gemstone combos for necklaces and earrings: Pearl & Diamond, Pearl & Citrine!


Stop by and browse around! We've got a great selection of interesting items to choose from, and we're getting new stuff all the time. Ciao!

18 Coming Soon: Gaia AquariumEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Coming Soon: Gaia Aquarium - admin Wed Sep 17, 2008 6:06 pm

After months of top secret development, we're pleased to reveal our latest project: Gaia Aquarium! We'll soon be giving every member of Gaia their own fish tank to decorate, take care of, and show off.

Feast your eyeballs on this:

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Click to embiggen.


We're busy putting the finishing touches on Gaia Aquarium right now and hope to release it very soon. Look for Aquarium to be a constantly-evolving experience, with new features, fish, and decorations being added all the time. In addition, please take note of these fishy facts and features:

Each aquarium will come with a selection of starter fish and a mysterious clam that grants daily rewards, ranging from Gold to items. The happier your fish, the better the reward.

You'll be able to win select aquarium goodies from the Daily Chance.

Gaia Aquarium will have its own dedicated shop for fish food, backgrounds, and decorations. There will also be some premium aquarium items on sale in the Cash Shop.

You'll be able to show off your tank in your profile, sig, or on the forums.

For various health and safety reasons, including high levels of delicious mercury, anything you catch from fishing won't be compatible with your aquarium.

We'd love to hear what you think, so please stop by this feedback thread in the new Aquarium Forum and share your thoughts, fishy wish lists, and more!

19 Gaia IM is here!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia IM is here! - admin Fri Aug 29, 2008 2:18 pm

After extensive development and brutal battlefield simulations, we are pleased to announce that Gaia IM is out and ready to use! Aside from letting you instant message any of your Gaia friends from anywhere on the site, Gaia IM boasts these fancy benefits:

Your Gaia friends are already on your buddy list.

You can earn up to 200 Gold a day or 6000 a month chatting.

You can remove/block anybody you don't want to talk to.

You can teleport to where your friends are on the site, making it easier to meet up in towns, games, cinemas, threads, and more.

You don't have to download or install anything. Gaia IM is built right into the site.

Oh, and if you don't want to be pestered, you can always not sign in or set your Gaia IM status to away. You can launch Gaia IM any time by clicking the "Sign In to Gaia IM" link near the top of every Gaia page.

Be sure to stop by the Gaia IM feedback thread and let us know what you think!

Thanks,

The Gaia Team

19 Evolving Item Report: Fallen Wish, Lotus, Urn & MoreEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Evolving Item Report: Fallen Wish, Lotus, Urn & More - [NPC] Dr. Singh Thu Sep 18, 2008 5:56 pm

Dr. Singh: Hi, everyone, and welcome to the Evolving Item Report! I'm Dr. Singh, and this is my little friend Ti-- oh, right. Timmy quit last week to focus on his "business" endeavors, so I guess it's just me for now. But we'll try not to let that get us down, because we've got tons of cool stuff evolving this week.

Our top story today: on Tuesday, Flynn announced a brand-new premium evolving item, the Fallen Wish! Unlike most items that cross my path, I actually have a pretty darn good idea what this one might turn into, and I've got a feeling it'll be a BIG hit. For one thing, it's a creature that Gaians have been clamoring for forever; also, it's made by the creator of Hermes' Moon, one of the most dazzling items in Gaia's history.

If you've got some Cash burning a hole in your pocket, I'd highly recommend picking up the first generation of this item. Aside from getting all the new poses first, shrewd investors know that first-gen items always maintain higher value on the Marketplace.

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Aside from that, we've got a fantastic lineup of items evolving this week, isn't that right, Timmy?

...

Oh, yeah. Sorry, force of habit. Anyway: Padmavati's Lotus continues its serpentine evolution this week with some great new elements. Picolitrosso's Urn is also getting a suite of elegant new additions-- I'm generally a khaki shorts kind of girl, but the beautiful masks and classic garments we've been seeing from this item make me a little tempted to dress up a little.

The Kelp o' th' Loch has definitely been losing that seaweedy smell lately with some totally unexpected equine looks, and this week's evolution brings even more surprises. Last, but not least: Gro-Gain, the mysterious hair-growth chemical that seems to be at the center of Timmy's recent... changes... is evolving again. Since my undercover efforts were fruitless, I'm still trying to figure out what's going on with this stuff; maybe once Gene vacates his laboratory and moves into Timmy's new mansion, I'll be able to get in and poke around. Until then, this item (and Timmy's fascination with Smooth Jazz) remains a mystery.

You can get all these great items and many more at the Gaia Cash Shop! Flynn always enjoys meeting new customers, so if you've never stopped by, be sure to go have a look.

Visit the Gaia Cash Shop

Get Gaia Cash cards at Target, 7-11, Rite Aid and Wal-Mart stores nationwide, or order Cash online. Learn more.


Finally, we've got a few generations of classic evolving items completing their evolutions this week. If you're an owner of a 5th generation White Drome Egg, a 3rd generation Dionaesil or a 3rd generation Alruna's Rose, be sure to open them up and check out all the final poses.

That's all for this week, ladies and gents! I'll be back next week with more of the great evolving item news you've come to rely on. Maybe I'll even find a new sidekick by then, at least until this Timmy situation gets sorted out. Believe it or not, I miss that goofy little critter.

Oh! And don't forget to cast your vote in our poll thread to let us know which items you like most this week. Thanks!

23 Gaia Convention Tour: New York Anime Festival this weekend!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Convention Tour: New York Anime Festival this weekend! - admin Tue Sep 23, 2008 2:04 pm

Gaia Convention Tour: New York Anime Festival 2008!

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Gaia Online will be stopping by New York Anime Festival this weekend, and we hope to see you there!

Where: New York, New York

When: September 26th - September 28th

What: Fun, prizes, activities etc!

Experience the exciting Gaia Panel at 1:30PM on Saturday, September 27th in Pop Culture Panel Room 1A21. This is the main Gaia event for the weekend. As usual, we'll be bringing plenty of free Gold cards and lots of other great prizes for a few lucky winners, including shirts, plushies, and a jumbo Kiki Kitty plushie. You'll also get a sneak peek at some new screenshots from the long-awaited Gaia MMO, zOMG!, as well as a preview of some new Gaia merchandise. Be sure to bring your best questions to ask the staff in our open Q & A session during the panel.

As a bonus, all panel attendees on Saturday will receive a special limited-edition ring for use in zOMG!

Also, be sure to stop by the official Gaia Gathering at 3:00PM on Sunday, September 28th in Anime Fandom Panel Room 1A14. Come hang out and get to know your fellow Gaians, play fun games and win prizes!

For more info on New York Anime Festival and all the latest news on the Gaia Convention Tour, visit our convention home page.

Find Out More about New York Anime Festival!



CBS Early Show Update:

Unfortunately, the event at the CBS Early show on Monday September 29th has been canceled. We'll be rescheduling this event sometime soon, so be sure to check the Community Events Page for the latest updates.

Community Events Page!

23 Community Spotlight: Site Changes and MoreEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Community Spotlight: Site Changes and More - admin Tue Sep 23, 2008 5:33 pm

Hello Gaians!

You guys already know that Gaia is expanding all the time with new features, games, and things to do, but we're also keeping an eye on improving what's already there. In fact, Gaia has a team dedicated to improving parts of the site that are clunky, glitchy, or currently on fire.

A lot of their hard work goes under the radar, but it still adds up and improves the site. If you'd like to learn more about their heroic efforts to make Gaia a better place, head on over to this handy thread. Since we're putting out updates regularly, you might even want to subscribe to it!

Your Friend for Life, admin

24 Gaia Aquarium: Now OutEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Aquarium: Now Out - admin Tue Sep 23, 2008 4:55 pm

Uh oh! The Aquarium feature is currently down for maintenance. A huge number of people were jumping on it all at once, which caused some slowdown on the rest of the site. We're working hard on fixing the stability issues and getting it back up and running as soon as possible.

Don't worry-- your fish will be OK during the downtime! When Aquarium is back up and running, we'll extend the lifespan of your fish a little to make up for the lost time, so they won't have aged a day.

Surprise! You now have an aquarium and some fish! With Gaia Aquarium you can take care of a delicate ecosystem and fill it with colorful fish, plants, and loads of nifty decorations.

You can always find your tank and fishy friends under your My Gaia page, or by clicking below.

DIVE IN

This is just the first phase of Gaia Aquarium. Tons of new features are soon to rise from the depths, giving you more ways to interact with your tank.

An Ocean of Options

You get your own aquarium, two goldfish, one arrow fish, and the Overseer, a treasure-granting clam.

Control tank options such as lighting, temperature, and even music to make your fish happy (or miserable).

Just like in real life, all fish inevitably die. Keep them alive longer by taking good care of them, making sure they are well fed, and giving them plenty of attention.

The wise and mighty Overseer will offer you sweet rewards each day. The better you treat your fish, the better the reward.

Show off your aquarium in your profile and on the forums (including the new Aquarium Forum).

Fish Markets

Get fish and supplies from Phin Phang, the newest store on Gaia. Phin Phang is a Gaia Cash store, so if you're strictly a Gold person, you can still get fresh fish and other goodies in the Marketplace or the Daily Chance.

The Daily Chance now includes a number of aquarium prizes not available in stores, with more being added in the coming days and weeks. We're also going to add aquarium prizes to games, giving you even more ways to win free stuff for your tank. Note: There's a glitch with the Daily Chance where you might get an error message when you win an aquarium item, but don't worry, the item should be in your inventory. We're working on fixing that and apologize for any confusion.

Be sure to stop by the feedback thread and let us know what you think! Don't forget, you can discuss all things fishy in the new Aquarium Forum.

Happy aquariuming!

-The Gaia Staff

25 Aquarium is back!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Aquarium is back! - admin Thu Sep 25, 2008 4:12 pm

The Aquarium is back up and running! Due to a huge number of people hitting it all at once, the Aquarium feature was causing some server stress issues and lagging the site a bit, so we temporarily took it offline for some tinkering.

During the downtime, we kept your fish safe and well-fed. They didn't age while the Aquarium was offline, so you haven't lost any time with your fishies. The wise and noble Overseer is now well-rested and frisky, and he's starting to grant items.

Oh, and be sure to check your Daily Chance carts! One of the main ways we're giving out Aquarium items is through the Daily Chance, so you've got pretty good odds of snagging some stuff for your tank, or maybe even a fish. Elsewhere, the Marketplace is a great place to turn your Gold into Goldfish.

Enjoy!

27 Database woes: some features will be offline for a few hoursEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Database woes: some features will be offline for a few hours - admin Fri Sep 26, 2008 3:38 pm

Updated 8:39pm: Database is restored, consistency checks are good, and we're getting ready to turn everything back on. ~pan

Argh! One of our databases is being very naughty right now, and we're going to have to shut down a bunch of stuff in order to slap it around a little. For the next couple of hours, the following things won't work:

Inventory/Avatar equip panels
The Marketplace
Trades
Gifts
Shops
Gold granting
Games
New Member Registration


You have not lost any of your Gold, Cash, items or anything else! You still have all your stuff, we're just dealing with an extremely annoying database outage. We'll put out another announcement when everything is back online.

Unfortunately, this will mean that the Evolving Item Report will have to be postponed until another day. Dr. Singh sends her sincerest apologies, and promises that you'll have a great set of evolutions coming up very soon.

27 News Bulletin: Halloween Survey, My Gaia UpdatesEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement News Bulletin: Halloween Survey, My Gaia Updates - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Fri Sep 26, 2008 2:03 pm

Good morning, Gaia! This is Cindy Donovinh with a brief update on the latest Gaia news:

Bored? Take a Halloween Survey


I'm sure we don't need to remind you that Halloween is coming up next month, since all of our lives pretty much revolve around it. But, yeah, Halloween is next month. In preparation, we've set up a little survey to get some opinions on what you love and hate about the holiday.

If you've got a minute, we'd love it if you threw us some answers. If you don't have a minute, please return to your important activities and forget you ever saw this announcement (which will self-destruct in ten seconds).

Take Our Survey!


Or not!


My Gaia Updates!


We're still knee-deep in feedback for the new My Gaia page, and we've spent the last week doing some tweaks and updates to make it more useful. A lot of people wanted to see the friend section come back, so we're bringing it back better than ever. Here's what's new:

Your online friends now show up at the top, so you don't have to scour your whole list for someone to hang out with.

If your friends are in the forums or a Flash hangout, you can now teleport to wherever they are.

You'll now see up to 10 thumbnail images in the friends section. Previously, you could only see 9. Yes, we know that this tweak doesn't quite rise to the level of "holy crap, that's incredible," but we thought we'd mention it anyway.

We've also looked through your suggestions for new feeds and added the top-requested ones:

Your feeds will now show you when items are sold or bid on.

We'll send out weekly marketplace value updates for items on your wishlist.

We're also still hard at work at adding some new privacy settings which let you control what information your friends see about you, and which feeds you receive. We're always looking for more suggestions to make the My Gaia page as useful as it can possibly be, so be sure to drop us a line if you have any good ideas.


That's all for now, ladies and gentlemen. Stay tuned for the Evolving Item Report!

29 Evolving Item Report: New Item - Captain Ara's NesteggEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Evolving Item Report: New Item - Captain Ara's Nestegg - [NPC] Dr. Singh Thu Sep 25, 2008 7:35 pm

This week's top news...

New evolving item: Captain Ara's Nestegg!
Inari's Bead has reached its final stage of evolution!
New evolutions from Death Whisper, Enchanted Book, Gimpi and Yama no Tamago.
With Timmy out of the picture, Dr. Singh seeks a new sidekick...


Read on for all the exciting info!

Dr. Singh: Welcome to the Evolving Item Report! I'm Dr. Singh, and I'm here with some pretty exciting news. As you can see, I'm trying out a new co-host this week: Jeff, the Friendly Mammal! You may recognize Jeff from his old TV show, Jeff & Pals. Welcome to the show, Jeff!

...Jeff? Hello?


Jeff: Yeah? So do I get the job?


Dr. Singh: You're on the show right now, Jeff. We're on the air.


Jeff: Far out. Just tell me when we're gonna get started. I'm gonna be sleeping one off real quick.


Dr. Singh: I think we're pretty much starting right now, Jeff.


Jeff: Great, yeah. Just wake me up whenever.


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Dr. Singh: Um, sure. Anyway, we've got some fantastic news this week: all you high-seas adventurers will be thrilled to learn that we have a brand-new evolving item: Captain Ara's Nestegg! Since this was recovered from a ruined pirate ship found on a far-off island, I'm guessing it's going to hatch into a loyal companion for all those long sea voyages.


Jeff: Ugh... feelin' a little seasick myself. Gotta lie down for a sec.


Dr. Singh: Stay with us, Jeff, we've got more big, big news: Inari's Bead is reaching its final stage of evolution! Owners of first-generation Beads will now be able to access each and every glorious form of one of our most popular items. Wait till you get a load of the amazing new final poses, and-- Jeff! Put that flask away! You're on national television!


Jeff: Just need a little sip of the ol' medicine. Hair of the dog that bit me, right? Want a taste?


Dr. Singh: No! We're trying to do a show here. In other news, four items are evolving this week: the ever-creepy Death Whisper is yet more terrifying, and I think it's starting to smell. The Enchanted Book is truly a fairytale come to life, and it just seems to get more beautiful every week. The powerful mountain spirits of the Yama no Tamago are stirring again, bringing out some very interesting developments, and poor little Gimpi is starting to show signs of growing up.


Jeff: Can I get paid in Cash? I've got this tax thing going on, and--


Dr. Singh: For heaven's sake, Jeff, we're still doing the show! Anyway, speaking of Cash, I was just going to tell everyone that Flynn has all these items in stock at the Gaia Cash Shop, including the brand-new Captain Ara's Nestegg!

Visit the Gaia Cash Shop

Get Gaia Cash cards at Target, 7-11, Rite Aid and Wal-Mart stores nationwide, or order Cash online. Learn more.


Dr. Singh: Well, that's it for this week, everybody... thanks for the help, Jeff... I'm not sure you're quite right for the program, but we'll be in touch.


Jeff: Yeah, awesome. Say, I'm havin' some problems with the ol'... license situation. You know how it is. Do you think I could get a lift home, Dr. Sting?


Dr. Singh: Singh.


Jeff: My voice is a little rusty, but I could try to belt one out... * Dance and sing / Smile and wink / Get your old friend Jeff a drink... *


Dr. Singh: I think it's time to wrap this up. Don't forget to vote in our poll and let us know which items you liked!

October Edit

01 Cash Shop Update: Halloween Horror!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Halloween Horror! - [NPC] Flynn Wed Oct 01, 2008 4:02 pm

Boo! Gotcha!

Ha, sorry about that, you guys... I'm the least scary person in the whole world. But I do have some thrilling Halloween news: To kick off October with a bang, we've got a few creepy new items in the Gaia Cash shop!

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New Items

Trick or Treat Tote: Here's a first: a Halloween evolving item! This mischievous little bag of tricks will be available through the month of October only, and it'll be evolving at a pretty rapid pace, with new poses every single week. Do you dare find out what's inside?

Mighty Gargoyle: This massively cool stone protector will keep the evil spirits away with his imposing glare and his fearsome claws.

Deluxe Witch's Cauldron: Got a few leftover eyes of newt a-moldering in the fridge? Throw 'em in the pot and whip up a steaming batch of toil and trouble.


Items Leaving the Cash Shop

It's been a great run, but the Chess Piece set will be leaving the Cash Shop on October 8th. Time is running out to pick up the Devoted Pawn, Valiant Knight, Exalted Rook, Immaculate Bishop, Majestic King and Imperial Queen. Better seize them before they're gone!


Check Out the Gaia Cash Shop!

Get Gaia Cash cards at Target, 7-11, Rite Aid and Wal-Mart stores nationwide, or order Cash online. Learn more.


Keep an eye out for more spooky items coming very soon... I heard the rest of Gaia's shopkeepers have been working round the clock to get all stocked up for their big Halloween updates, and they've got some great stuff coming your way.

02 October's Collectibles: Coming on the 15th!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement October's Collectibles: Coming on the 15th! - [NPC] Rina Thu Oct 02, 2008 7:00 pm

Ooh! You guys! You guys! The admins just handed me a note... I wonder if this is about my envelopes... ooh, I can't waaaaaaaaait!

You may have noticed that we've been a little freewheelin' with the Monthly Collectible release date for the last few months, and a lot of you guys have been very vocal about wanting them to return to their ancestral home, the 15th. After many late-night shouting matches, we've agreed that the 15th is where it's at after all.

So, the good news: we're taking the extra time this month to make sure the October Collectibles are as socks-knocking-off as they can possibly be. They'll be revealed on October 15, so mark your calendars and feel free to call in sick from work/school that day (warning: truancy and malingering are ethically wrong, wink wink).

As usual, sealed Monthly Collectible envelopes will go on sale the 1st of the month, which means you can pick up them right up now (and then nervously tap your foot until the 15th).

Learn More about Monthly Collectibles

03 Evolving Item Report: Trick or Treat, Fallen Wish & more!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Evolving Item Report: Trick or Treat, Fallen Wish & more! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Thu Oct 02, 2008 8:07 pm

This week's top news...

New evolving item: Trick or Treat Tote!
The Fallen Wish is evolving for the first time!
New evolutions for Dander, Picolitrosso's Urn and Padmavati's Lotus!
Another visit from failed children's host, Jeff the Friendly Mammal


Read on for all the exciting info!

Dr. Singh: Welcome to the Evolving Item Report! I'm Dr. Singh, and-- uh, for some reason, our friend Jeff the Friendly Mammal just wandered onto the set. Jeff? Uh... you are aware that you did not get the sidekick job, right?

Jeff: Hey hey, sorry I'm late. I spilled some brass polish in my suit while I was mixing a little pregame courage cocktail. Hey, alright, yeah. Let's do a killer broadcast over here. I'm ready when youughh...

Dr. Singh: Jeff? ...Hello? Uh, our friend Jeff has apparently passed out in his suit, so let's just get on with the program.

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Out biggest news this week is the Trick or Treat Tote a super limited-edition Halloween evolving item! This thing will be evolving on a very rapid schedule, with new poses every single week this month-- oh, what's this? It's already evolved for the first time! Remember, it's available for October only, so don't miss your chance!

And speaking of new stuff: the Fallen Wish, the new premium evolving item crafted by the creator of the legendary Hermes' Moon, is evolving for the first time this week! Ooh, the excitement is downright palpable around here...

Jeff: *SNRK* no officer, not a single drop...

Dr. Singh: How does he not fall over in there? Weighted shoes? As a scientist, I'm honestly pretty curious about this... anyway, the slithery Padmavati's Lotus is continuing its descent into creepiness, and Picolitrosso's Urn is back with some beautiful new poses. Dander, everyone's favorite little dust globule, is also taking a more distinct shape today. Wow, quite a week!

You can grab all these fantastic items-- including the new Trick or Treat Tote and the first-generation Captain Ara's Nestegg (sure to be a big sleeper hit!) in the Gaia Cash Shop:

Visit the Gaia Cash Shop

Get Gaia Cash cards at Target, 7-11, Rite Aid and Wal-Mart stores nationwide, or order Cash online. Learn more.


And don't forget to vote for your favorite items in our weekly poll!

Jeff: Huh? Whatsat? Uh, listen, Brenda... I really appreciate you letting me crash here, but uh, you know how it is. Gotta hit that old dusty trail, you know? It's been real, but I'm not the kind of guy who likes to get tied down with all this, y'know, dating stuff, so... hey, do you mind if I use your toothbrush?

Dr. Singh: What are you talking about? My name's not Brenda, and you most certainly can't "crash" in the studio!

Jeff: Whoa! Just had a little bit of lost time there. You know how it is when you wake up and think it's 1988, right? Good times. Yeah, but seriously, I'm going to need to borrow your toothbrush-- got a little case of the mouthie-barfies goin' on. *URP*

Dr. Singh: Life has been unkind to you, Jeff the Friendly Mammal.

04 Community Spotlight: Celebrate Good TimesEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Community Spotlight: Celebrate Good Times - admin Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:28 pm

Hello Gaians!

Just your friendly admin stopping by with a festive edition of the Community Spotlight! Today we shine our bright light at the Celebration Collective, a mini-shop dedicated to fulfilling all your celebratory needs, including birthdays, weddings, graduations, not getting run over by a bus, anniversaries, eating a really good hamburger, and more.

Take a spirited gallop over to their mini-shop to learn more, see some of their art, meet the team, and perhaps place an order! Heck, if you've got some artistic talent of your own, you might even want to see about joining and spreading the cheer.

Have fun and start celebrating already!

04 Aquarium Update: Two New Fish!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Aquarium Update: Two New Fish! - [NPC] Mirai and Barrett Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:27 pm

Mirai: Heeeyy! My name's Mirai, and I run Phin Phang, the little aquarium shop over in Barton. This is Barrett, the world's greatest tank technician. Say hi, Barrett!

Barrett: Hi, everyb--

Mirai: Barrett's a little nervous. This is his first big announcement, and he's really more of a sciency-guy than a public speaker. Isn't that right, Barrett?

Barrett: Actually, I'm fine, I just--

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Mirai: Absolutely precious! So, yeah: we've got two new fish this week! Barrett, why don't you tell 'em about the Starfish.

Barrett: I'd love to! The Starfish is a frisky little echinoderm with five arms and distinct love for clinging to stuff.

Mirai: Just like you! But with less arms. I've got a bunch of Starfish in stock at Phin Phang, so drop on by and pick one up. It's just so cute how he licks the tank! Do you think it grosses out the other fish, Barrett? I wonder if they think he's just doing it for attention, and they're like "cut that out, buddy!"

Barrett: Er... I don't know, Mirai, I'm not much of a fish psychologist. There's also a new Daily Chance Exclusive fish this week: the Cuttlefish, an affectionate little guy who loves to cuddle, just like his name implies. Did you know he's actually nature's smartest invertebrate? It's true! Like, maybe he really wants to cuddle a certain other fish, but he just doesn't know how to ask... do you know what I mean, Mirai?

Mirai: Hehe! No, not really. Just make sure to click the Daily Chance carts at the top of each of Gaia's main pages every day. It takes a little bit of good fortune to get a Cuttlefish, but keep checking those Daily Chance carts. Lady luck is bound to smile on you sometime!

Barrett: Speaking of luck, have you seen the stuff the Overseer is giving out lately? For those of you who are new to the aquarium thing, the Overseer is a wise and venerable clam known for his judiciousness and generosity. If you run your tank well, he'll give you awesome rewards.

Mirai: That's about it for this week, guys. Be sure to stop by my shop to check out all the neat stuff, and keep checking your Daily Chance for cool aquarium exclusives. Say bye bye, Barrett!

Barrett: So long!


Visit Phin Phang!


Go To Your Aquarium


Barrett: Oh! Remember to stick around for today's Evolving Item Report, coming up very soon! I've heard Dr. Singh's got some great stuff this week.

06 Halloween Hysteria: October 23rd-31st + New Items!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Halloween Hysteria: October 23rd-31st + New Items! - admin Fri Oct 03, 2008 10:01 pm

Our favorite holiday is coming up soon! No, not Lung Health Day (Oct. 24th), Reptile Awareness Day (Oct. 11th) or World Menopause Day (Oct. 18th)-- we're talking about the greatest holiday of them all, the grandest Gaia event, the day you've all been waiting for... Reptile Awareness Day! Wait, no, I mean HALLOWEEN!

Join us from October 23rd to 31st for a monstrous free-for-all, a new storyline update, some incredible new items for your avatar, and quite possibly a big surprise at the end.

Furthermore! We'll be holding a special avatar costume contest soon, so watch this space for all the latest info on our biggest event of the year:

Visit the Halloween Hysteria Homepage!


What, did you think we'd get you whipped up into a Halloween frenzy without giving you something cool to ease the suffering of the long, long wait? A thousand times no! To get you into the spirit of the season (...of the witch!), we've put together a creepy little item update for Gaia's shops.

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You can collect the various scaries scattered across the shops. GO!

YES!

09 News Bulletin: Contest Voting, London MGM Con, Guild ChatEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement News Bulletin: Contest Voting, London MGM Con, Guild Chat - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Thu Oct 09, 2008 4:10 pm

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen! This is Cindy Donovinh reporting for Gaia 9 Action News. We've got a few quick bulletins from the Gaia team for you, so let's turn it over to them for the latest:

Cultureless Colonials Invade!

Big news for all you English "lads" and "chavs" and "crisps" and whatnot: Gaia is coming to the UK! For the first time, we'll be hitting up a convention beyond that great grey pond. The London MCM Expo is coming up on October 25th, and we'll be there with pants on (I was gonna say 'with bells on' but I don’t think they let you carry bells on transatlantic flights anymore).

For all the info, check out our convention page:

Londoners, Come Laugh at our Ridiculous Accent!

In more local news, we've also announced new stops at OhayoCon '09 in Columbus, Ohio and SakuraCon '09 in Seattle. You've got a couple of months to prepare for those, so start making plans now. Full details of all our upcoming stops can be found on our conventions page.


Hey, Do You Love Getting Up Early?

After some postponement and rescheduling, our crash of the CBS Early Show in New York City is back on! New Yorkers, please come out and meet us on October 28th for some fun and prizes. Full details are here:

Crash the CBS Early Show!


The Most Important Election of Our Time

Hey, remember that handheld item contest? We do! As usual, we got tons of lovely entries (and, let's be honest, a whole lot of unlovely ones). Our judges have now threshed the delicious grains of awesomeness from the inedible husks of failure, and it's time to put it to a vote. Stop by our contest page to see the finalists and pick your favorite... the winner will be showing up in one of Gaia's shops sometime soon!

Vote For Your Favorite Handheld Item!



GIM Me More!

Fun update to our Gaia IM thingie: when you log in, you'll see link at the top to list all the guilds that you're in. Just click one of them to open a guild chatroom where you can talk to all the other guild members who are currently online. Nice!

Try it out by clicking the "Gaia IM" button at the top of your screen.

09 Cash Shop Update: The Nightmare BoxEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: The Nightmare Box - [NPC] Flynn Thu Oct 09, 2008 1:31 pm

Heya, everyone...

Halloween is fast approaching, and I've got another scary surprise for you all: the Nightmare Box. I'm too nervous to open one up myself, but the deliveryman said they were positively overflowing with creepy goodness.

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Each Nightmare Box contains a random item, ranging from old classics, Cash Shop favorites, and even some brand new and unreleased items. One thing's for certain: the Nightmare Box is filled to the brim with all things dark and foreboding. There's even a chance at some of Gaia's wickedest Nitemare items, including the ultra-expensive Nitemare Headband and Nitemare Bustier.

Visit the Gaia Cash Shop!


The Nightmare Box won't be around long, so grab one (or more) before they're banished to the abyss!

10 News Bulletin: Cash Cards in Blockbuster, My Gaia UpdateEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement News Bulletin: Cash Cards in Blockbuster, My Gaia Update - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Fri Oct 10, 2008 3:48 pm

This is Cindy Donovinh with a late-breaking report from the Gaia Team. We join them now live via satellite:

Gaia Cash Cards: Now Available In Select Blockbuster Stores!

Good news, everyone!

We're one step closer to achieving our modest goal of putting Gaia Cash cards in every single store on Earth... and beyond. You can now buy Gaia Cash cards at select Blockbusters stores across the U.S., the Moon, and several far off Cosmic Spheres. Well, maybe not those last two... yet.

You read that right: you can now buy Gaia Cash and rent such cinematic classics as Earnest Goes to Ecuador, Escape from Cell Block Ape, and Thirsty Ninja 3 at the same time.

We'll continue working hard to get Gaia Cash cards into more stores, since we want to make it as easy as possible for those of you without credit cards to get in on all that Monthly Collectible, Evolving Item, and Aquarium goodness.


Feed Me, Seymour!

We've just made a nice step forward in our quest to perfect the My Gaia page: by huge popular demand, we've set up a preferences page where you can control exactly what sort of feeds you want to see, and what sort of information about yourself you want your friends to see.

We've also added three of the most-requested feeds:

Notification that a friend has submitted an new arena entry

Notification of new comments on your arena entries

Notification of new comments on your journal

These settings live under the Account Settings page, so feel free to go tweak them to your liking. Your feed preferences will take effect as soon as you save your changes.

To find the feed preferences page in the future, move your mouse over the "My Gaia" menu and select "Account Settings."

Suggestions? Questions? Grievances? Feel free to air them in our feedback thread.

10 Community Spotlight: How long have you been on Gaia? Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Community Spotlight: How long have you been on Gaia? - admin Fri Oct 10, 2008 7:45 pm

Howdy, pardner!

We've been pondering a mighty difficult question for a while now, and it's really eating us up from the inside like a rotten can o' beans. We're not sleeping enough, not eating right, and seem oddly compelled to talk like cowboys. What's so big about this question, you ask? Well, it's all about you!

We were wondering: How long have you been kickin' around Gaia? If you'd like to help give us some peace of mind, please take a moment and vote in this poll. We'd be much obliged, pilgrim. Much obliged.

10 Evolving Item Report: Trick or Treat, Death Whisper, CoocoonEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Evolving Item Report: Trick or Treat, Death Whisper, Coocoon - [NPC] Dr. Singh Thu Oct 09, 2008 8:49 pm

This week's top news...

Get it while you still can: The Trick or Treat Tote!
Holy S#17 is evolving for the first time!
Kelp o'th' Loch has reached its final stage!
New evolutions for Coocoon and Death Whisper!
Dr. Singh welcomes a new sidekick hopeful, our old friend Rina!


Read on for all the exciting happenings...

Dr. Singh: Hi there, everyone! Welcome to the Evolving Item Report, Gaia's highest-rated educational program-- that's right, after all these years we finally beat "Dr. Fantod's Macabre Anatomy" in the sweeps. Let's give ourselves a round of applause, Rina, even though this is your first week as a temporary sidekick and you deserve no credit for our success!

Rina: Yaaaaay!

Dr. Singh: As you've no doubt noticed, Rina is currently auditioning for Timmy's former job as excitable child co-host. Our first sidekick pick, Jeff the Friendly Mammal, didn't quite work out, so he probably won't be joining us again...


Rina: I love Jeff, he's famous! I saw him out the hall and he was napping and he smells like the gas station

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Dr. Singh: We'll have someone go out there and poke him with a stick. Anyway, Rina, it's nice to have you here. Let's get started right away: this week's big news is once again the Trick or Treat Tote, which adds some awesome new poses today. This little Halloween baggie is evolving at an incredible rate, with new updates every single week this month. To get your Trick or Tr--


Rina: I like flowers!

Dr. Singh: Thank you, Rina. To get your Trick or Treat Tote, just visit Flynn at the Gaia Cash Shop. She's got enough in stock to last her through October, but after that, you'll be plumb outta luck!


Rina: Sometimes I eat the flowers.

Dr. Singh: Yes, Rina, I'm sure you do. In other news, we have some fantastic new evolutions this week: the Death Whisper is more dangerous and sinister than ever, thanks to a delightfully nasty new evolution. Looks like we're getting some fearsome new weaponry this time!


Rina: Does it have any fl--

Dr. Singh: NO! No flowers. But I guess the Kelp o'th' Loch is slightly more planty, if that's what you're into. This week, the Kelp is reaching its final evolution, which lets you transform yourself into a benevolent lake-beastie and unlock all the awesome poses from the item's past. One of our newer items, the-- cover your ears, Rina-- Holy S#17 is beginning to show some big changes this week. Goodness knows where it might wind up.


Rina: It's cute! Give me one. I want one. Now I'm on the show and I get to have a free one for free. It's mine. Give me one.

Dr. Singh: I'm afraid that's not really how it works, Rina, or I'd be a very rich woman. Well, I am a very rich woman, but it's because I command a respectable salary due to my show's great ratings, which you are now putting in jeopardy with your stupid comments. Shall we continue?


Rina: ...you're less mean on TV.

Dr. Singh: We are on TV! OK, anyway: the long-awaited evolution of the Coocoon is finally here, and it's just as lovely as we'd hoped! I'm quite excited to see where it goes in the future. Isn't that right, Timmy-- oh, I'm sorry! You're not Timmy... poor little Timmy, he used to be such a sweet boy...


Rina: Ha ha! Timmy is ugly. Boys are ugly.

Dr. Singh: Of course they are, but that's not the point. The point is that something twisted his poor little mind into something dark and weird and obsessed with smooth jazz... But that's all in the past now. Remember, folks, you can pick up all these wonderful items and more at the Gaia Cash Shop, your fine local evolving item boutique. Remember: fan favorite Inari's Beads will be leaving the shop very soon, so make sure to snag one while you still can!

Visit the Gaia Cash Shop

Get Gaia Cash cards at Target, 7-11, Rite Aid and Wal-Mart stores nationwide, or order Cash online. Learn more.


Dr. Singh: I guess that's just about it for this week, ladies and gents. Say bye bye to Rina, because I have a feeling you won't be seeing her around here again. Bye bye, Rina!


Rina: Bye bye! Come see me at my flower shop! Bye bye, Dr. Singh, you're funny!

Dr. Singh: Is that so?


Rina: Hehe! Yes! You don't like when a girl is on your show because you feel professionally threatened so you get catty

Dr. Singh: Er... uh... what? No! Uhh... well, that's it for this week, folks. Be sure to stop by our weekly evolving item poll to let us know what you think!

13 Aquarium Update: Jellyfish, Seahorse, and New DecorationsEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Aquarium Update: Jellyfish, Seahorse, and New Decorations - [NPC] Mirai and Barrett Mon Oct 13, 2008 12:40 pm

Mirai: Heeeeyyyy! Barrett and I are back with some exciting fish news! Say hello, Barrett!

Barrett: Hi, everyone! Glad to be he--

Mirai: So Barrett, tell everyone what's new. It's been awhile since Aquarium came out. Keeping busy?

Barrett: I'm super busy, Mirai! Lately I've been watching a lot of fish for people. It's truly an awesome responsibility, but one I take very seriously. In fact--

Mirai: That's great, Barrett! I'm sure the Overseer will be pleased with you.

Barrett: Really!? You think he's pleased with me? Gosh, that would make me soooo happy!

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Mirai: Anyway, we better get down to business, Barrett. Two new fishy friends are making their debut this week in Phin Phang, my shop. First up is the jellyfish. Why don't you give us some jellyfish facts, Mr. Fish Experiment?

Barrett: Glad you asked! The jellyfish is one of the most exotic creatures in all the sea. So haunting... so alien... so hypnotic... so alluring... it's like seeing a part of your--

Mirai: Uh, Barrett, why don't you tell them about the seahorsies instead.

Barrett: Uh, well, naturally the seahorse is a close cousin of the seapony. These gallant steeds of the depths love to swim, eat oats, and are considered by many in the underwater sciences to be gifted orators. No one is really sure how that notion came about, though, since they're, um, fish.

Mirai: Thanks, Barrett! You can find the jellyfish, seahorse, and plenty of brand new decorations on sale in Phin Phang right now! We've also added a ton of new backgrounds and decorations to the Daily Chance. Barrett?

Barrett: That's right, Mirai! The Daily Chance is sporting some brand new aquarium items not available in stores. Be sure to click every Daily Chance cart you see! If you're lucky, you'll get some cool new scenery for your tank. Of course you'll be able to get these and any Phin Phang merchandise from the Marketplace soon enough, too.

Mirai: And there you have it! I hope all of you guys are having an awesome time with your aquariums. Remember to stop by Phin Phang and see me if you need anything.

Visit Phin Phang!


Barrett: Say, Mirai, I was wondering... If you're not doing anything this Fri--

Mirai: Barrett, you'll be busy watching fish for people. You can't disappoint them... or the Overseer.

Barrett: *Gulp* You're right. I guess I'll be busy Friday.

Go To Your Aquarium

14 News Bulletin: New Hats in the Gaia Store & Cinemas UpdateEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement News Bulletin: New Hats in the Gaia Store & Cinemas Update - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Tue Oct 14, 2008 6:42 pm

Good afternoon! This is Cindy Donovinh with Gaia 9 Action News, reporting on some late-breaking updates.

Gaia Store Update: New Hats

The top of your head may be interested to know that the Gaia Store has some new merchandise in stock. Two new hats are available: the Omnomnom Hat and the WTF Hat, both of which are strategically designed to rest comfortably on top of your skull, protecting you from all the elements except fire.

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You can find both of these fancy new hats right now in the Gaia Store.

Go Shopping


Cinemas Update: Three New Movies

A very excited Ron Bruise informed us that there are a handful of new films in the cinemas. Take a look!

The Blob: A remake of Benjamin Franklin's 1781 film, this more contemporary Blob boasts better special effects and over 50% more blobiness. Can't go wrong with a grouchy gelatinous mass raising a ruckus, can you?

Christine: If you've ever wondered what it would be like to own a demonic automobile, this cautionary tale should answer any questions and hopefully set you on the straight and narrow.

Starship Troopers: The touching story of young adults coming of age while fighting off hoards of giant alien insects. Featuring explosions, gore, and Michael Ironside.

Head to the Cinemas

15 October's Monthly Collectibles are here!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement October's Monthly Collectibles are here! - [NPC] Rina Tue Oct 14, 2008 9:22 pm

Is it finally the 15th yet?? I thought I would die of waiting!!! Eeeeeeeeeee!!!

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Kong Sang Scarf a tribute to the legendary warrior known for this creative use of props. Featuring a versatile suite of butt-kicking poses, including a scarf, a shawl, a bow or a mask.

Dreamer's Dust lets you claim the treasures of dreamland for your very own. Featuring silvery butterfly wings, a sheer and shimmering gown, a drift of butterflies and many other dreamy options.

These items are available for the month of October only, so don't miss your chance!

Visit the Gaia Cash Shop

15 Super Important! Account Security Changes Coming SoonEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Super Important! Account Security Changes Coming Soon - admin Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:45 pm

Hey everybody!

We've been working hard lately to make your account more safe and secure, and wanted to let you know about a few changes:

If we see what looks like "suspicious activity" while logging in, you'll have to go through a quick email verification process. This might seem like a hassle, but it will help you (and us) head off potential trouble before it starts.

Changing your username or password will require email verification.

Changing the email address associated with your account is now safer, thanks to a two-part verification system. You will need to verify both your old and new email addresses for the process to succeed.

Password security will be upgraded in the very near future, requiring all passwords to feature a dazzling combination of numbers and letters. You should probably update yours now, just for safety's sake. We recommend that you use longer passwords with a mixture of upper and lowercase letters and numbers.

Now would also be a good time to make sure you can still access the email address associated with your account. We'd hate to see you get locked out of Gaia.

All of this can be annoying, we know, but it's worth it in the long run. Having your account compromised or stolen is a huge pain in the B. We'd like to make sure that it never happens to you!

Keep safe!

The Gaia Staff

17 Play Electric Love Faktori, Now In Games!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Play Electric Love Faktori, Now In Games! - [NPC] Bludeau Thu Oct 16, 2008 5:54 pm

Hello, Gaians! The admins have an important announcement for you, and it's all about ME!

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Forget defeating evil and saving the world, there's something more important at stake: a robot's heart. Poor Bludeau is desperate for friends, and you can help build him some in Electric Love Faktori, the energizing new puzzle game that puts you on the assembly line of a robot factory. With Bludeau's invaluable encouragement, you'll race to complete challenging circuits, earn Gold and items, and build a high-tech robot army. Don't worry, these robots are friendly... we hope.

Play Electric Love Faktori


Don't forget to check out the Electric Love Faktori mini-comic to learn more!

17 Evolving Item Report: Fallen Wish, Tote, Titan's Gift + MoreEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Evolving Item Report: Fallen Wish, Tote, Titan's Gift + More - [NPC] Dr. Singh Thu Oct 16, 2008 8:38 pm

This week's top news...

Get it while you still can: The Trick or Treat Tote!
The mysterious Titan's Gift is evolving for the first time!
New evolutions for the Fallen Wish, Gimpi, Picolitrosso's Urn, Padmavati's Lotus, Trick or Treat Tote, and Gro-Gain!
Dr. Singh welcomes the laconic youngster Peyo to the program in her never-ending sidekick search...


Dr. Singh: Hello, everyone! Welcome to the Evolving Item Report, Gaia's top-rated source for all the latest news on your favorite items. I'm delighted to introduce a brand-new sidekick this week: darling little Peyo! Say "hi," Peyo!


Peyo: ...

Dr. Singh: Aww, looks like the little fella is a tiny bit bashful on camera, so we won't push him too hard this time around. You just go at your own pace, OK, sweetie?


Peyo: ...

Dr. Singh: So cute! Well, we'd better get right into the action, because we've got a HUGE update today with seven items evolving-- can you believe it? Seven! Isn't that something, Peyo?


Peyo: ...

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Dr. Singh: He was talking during rehearsals, I swear. Let's get to it: first up, the Trick or Treat Tote is evolving yet again! Remember, these delicious little tricksters are available in October only, so don't miss your chance to pick one up... the month is halfway over already! Don't these devilish little candies look tasty, Peyo?


Peyo: ...

Dr. Singh: Oh, come on. It's candy! You're a child!

Peyo: Halloweeb.

Dr. Singh: Hey! You said something! But it's "Halloween," sweetie. In further news, something very strange is going on this week: Titan's Legacy, the rare evolving item given out by the all-knowing Overseer in the Aquarium, is evolving this week! However, it works a little differently than other evolving items. Instead of having separate "generations," every Titan's Legacy item will gradually evolve at the same rate. Wild, huh?


Peyo: ...

Dr. Singh: Nothing? No opinion? Come on, kid, you're bombing out here. Let's move on: the Fallen Wish, the grandest of our premium evolving items, has changed for the second time! I'm still getting strong indications that this will become some manner of mythological beast, so handle this one with extra care, people. Elsewhere in the world of premium items, we're seeing some big updates to Padmavati's Lotus and Picolitrosso's Urn. Lovely, aren't they?


Peyo: ...

Dr. Singh: I'll take your silence as an agreement. Last but not least, our little pal Gimpi is shaping up into something pretty special! I always knew the little guy had some big potential. He started out as a failed, rejected potion, but now he's a formidable little dude in his own right. It's an inspirational story, isn't it, Timmy? I mean... Peyo?


Peyo: ...

Dr. Singh: Look, I know you can talk. You said "Halloweeb," so just say something. Anything. No? OK, well... now we come to the disturbing part: Gro-gain, the strange hair-growth formula that turned my former sidekick Timmy into a smooth jazz scoundrel, seems to be growing in its corruptive influence. I urge extreme caution when handling this dangerous substance, everyone!

Remember, folks, you can get all these great evolving items and many more in the Gaia Cash Shop! Be sure to visit soon, because Inari's Beads and the Trick or Treat Tote won't be around much longer. And tell Flynn I said "hi," would ya?

Visit the Gaia Cash Shop

Get Gaia Cash cards at Target, 7-11, Rite Aid and Wal-Mart stores nationwide, or order Cash online. Learn more.


That's it for this week, folks! Remember to stop by our poll and vote for your favorite item of the week. We'd also love to hear what your favorite evolving item of all time is, and we've got a poll for that, too! It's been a pleasure having you on the show, Peyo... why don't you say "bye-bye" to all the nice people out there. Can you do that for me, Peyo? Please?


Peyo: ...

Dr. Singh: Look, this isn't funny. You're ruining the show, Peyo. Talk. Please. I don't care what you say. Just say something. Speak. Speak now. I demand that you speak now.


Peyo: Scary lady.

Dr. Singh: Yay! Good job, sweetie. You did great! Now please just say "bye-bye," because obviously you're never going to be on the show again!


Peyo: ...

Dr. Singh: Argh!

21 News Bulletin: New Survey, London MCM Expo & Mischief!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement News Bulletin: New Survey, London MCM Expo & Mischief! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Tue Oct 21, 2008 5:01 pm

Good afternoon! Cindy Donovinh here with Gaia 9 Action News. We've got some new developments from the Gaia Team, so let's get right into it.

Don't Forget: Gaia Hits London MCM Expo 2008!

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Gaia Online will be stopping by London MCM Expo this weekend, and we hope to see you there!

Where: ExCel Convention Center, London, England

When: October 25th - October 26th

What: Fun, prizes, activities etc!

Experience the exciting Gaia Panel at 11:00AM on Saturday, October 25th at the Main Stage. This is the main Gaia event for the weekend. As usual, we'll be bringing plenty of free Gold cards and lots of other great prizes for a few lucky winners, including shirts, plushies, and a jumbo Kiki Kitty plushie. You'll also get a sneak peek at some new screenshots from the long-awaited Gaia MMO, zOMG!, as well as a preview of Gaia's next flash game. Be sure to bring your best questions to ask the staff in our open Q & A session during the panel.

As a bonus, all panel attendees will receive a special limited-edition ring for use in zOMG!

Also, be sure to stop by the official Gaia Gathering at 1:00PM on Sunday, October 26th at the Main Stage. Come hang out with your fellow Gaians and win some great prizes!

For more info on London MCM Expo and all the latest news on the Gaia Convention Tour, visit our convention home page.

Find Out More about London MCM Expo!


Something about Donkeys and Elephants

Those of you living in America may have noticed that there's been some political stuff going on these days. If you're interested in that sort of thing and want to share your opinions, you can take part in a little survey about your political predilections. If you have no interest whatsoever in this stuff, feel free to ignore this thing.

Take The Survey, If You Want!


New Mischief!

Guess which page has been updated with a new crop of entries from some very mischievous Gaiains? If you guessed "Mobile Downloads," you're dead wrong, because it was the Mischief Makers site.

Behold the Mischief!


If you're interested in documenting some Gaia-themed mischief of your own, you could win your pick of any 2006 Monthly Collectible!

21 Cash Shop Update: New Premium Evolving Item - Jinxi's CharmEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: New Premium Evolving Item - Jinxi's Charm - [NPC] Flynn Tue Oct 21, 2008 3:36 pm

Hi, guys! Big Cash Shop news... Most of the time, it's me who gets a shipment of some wild item from a far-flung land and imposes it on poor Dr. Singh to study, but this time it's the other way around: the Doc found this creepy little doll in her attic, and asked me to stock it as a premium evolving item.

According to legend, Jinxi's Charm was given to a travelling adventurer by a beautiful young shaman during an expedition to the deep jungle. Details are a little scarce, but apparently the shaman loved the traveler, but he didn't return her affections-- she gave him the doll as both a curse for rejecting her and a symbol of her love.

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So, yeah... that might explain why it's sort of ominous, but still very cute! You can pick up a first-generation Jinxi's Charm now in the Cash Shop. Remember, it's always good to pick up first-gen items when you can: they hold more value in the marketplace, and they evolve before all the other generations.

Get Jinxi's Charm in the Gaia Cash Shop!

23 Halloween Hysteria Starts Now!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Halloween Hysteria Starts Now! - [NPC] Ian Thu Oct 23, 2008 2:22 pm

Oh, whew, I'm glad I found you... all hell seems to be breaking loose around here! Everybody's going crazy, there's rioting in the streets, and tensions are running high. It's all because of some fortune teller's crazy prediction. If you want the full scoop on what's going on, you can read all about it here:

Read the Halloween Hysteria Manga


But I don't blame you if you just want to jump right into the thick of it. To get to the hysteria right away, just visit the main event page:

Join the Hysteria


If you need a break from all the fighting, there are some other fun activities to do this week. As usual, you can go trick-or-treating at all of Gaia's shops or in Gaia Towns-- if you collect enough candy, you'll get some amazing new items.

Trick or Treat in the Shops / Trick or Treat in Towns


You should also check out your aquarium. Seems like the fishies are getting into the Halloween spirit lately... in fact, you should definitely keep an eye out for the Creepy Phonograph, a new item in the Daily Chance cart. If you put it in your aquarium, it'll give you a new choice of music... you should definitely try it out.

Visit Your Aquarium


And one more thing: we know you're probably decked out with an awesome Halloween costume, so why not enter it in our Halloween avatar costume contest? To enter, just visit the contest page:

Enter the Halloween Costume Contest


Good luck out there!



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Halloween Hysteria Starts Now! - admin Thu Oct 23, 2008 3:29 pm

A note about event skins:

Worried about losing your skin from an old event (old-school zombie, Grombie, Zurg, etc)? Have no fear-- you'll automatically be given a new skin when you join a team, but switching back to "human" will return you to your original skin, whatever it was. Feel free to try out all the teams; you won't lose the skin you've worked so hard to keep.

24 Aquarium Update: Candy Corn Fish and Halloween GoodnessEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Aquarium Update: Candy Corn Fish and Halloween Goodness - [NPC] Mirai and Barrett Fri Oct 24, 2008 6:18 pm

Mirai: Hi everyone! We're back with some more exciting Aquarium news! Right, Barrett?

Barrett: We sure ar--

Mirai: This week we have some very scary developments to report, don't we, Barrett?

Barrett: All the fish are now wearing tiny Halloween costumes. This sort of thing happened once in '86 and baffled virtually every marine biologist in the business. I can't believe it's happening again!

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Mirai: Wow! You are so fascinating when you talk, Barrett. We also have a brand new fishy arriving on the scene: the Candy Corn Fish. What can you tell us about this one?

Barrett: Candy Corn Fish, so named because of their resemblance to candy corn, often swim in schools and communicate with each other by blinking. It's amaz--

Mirai: Awesome! And you can find this lovable fish in Phin Phang... and the Marketplace, too. Be sure to stop by for some candy at least. I've been getting a lot of trick-or-treaters lately! What about you, Barrett?

Barrett: I didn't have time to buy any candy. I'm always watching fish for people.

Mirai: You sure know how to have a good time, Barrett. What's this I hear about a mysterious surprise in the Daily Chance?

Barrett: There's a new decoration that has a couple secrets to it. A very old phonograph that--

Mirai: I'm sure everyone will love it! Tell us about the big improvements that have been made lately.

Barrett: Glad to! You'll find it much easier to get a read on the happiness of your fish, thanks to an improved interface. Fish also get happier quicker, so long as you take good care of them.

Mirai: And you absolutely should. For the Overseer.

Barrett: His clammy wisdom cannot be denied. Oh, and you can now have more fish in your tank at once. The maximum occupancy has been upgraded to ten fish to a tank!

Mirai: Glad to hear! Well, that does it for this week. Have a happy Halloween everyone!

Barrett: Bye bye!

Visit Phin Phang!


Go To Your Aquarium

24 Evolving Item Report: Jinxi's Charm, Enchanted Book & moreEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Evolving Item Report: Jinxi's Charm, Enchanted Book & more - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Oct 24, 2008 6:35 pm

This week's top news...

New item: Jinxi's Charm
Only a little while left to pick up a Trick or Treat Tote
Yama no Tamago and Enchanted Book have reached their final stages!
New evolutions from Dander, Captain Ara's Nestegg and the Death Whisper
Dr. Singh welcomes a very special Halloween guest to the program...


Dr. Singh: Hi, everyone! Hope you're not too busy with all this Halloween madness to make a little time for the Evolving Item Report, Gaia's top-rated scientific documentary program! I'm putting my search for a new sidekick on pause this week to welcome a very special guest: Jack, the King of Halloween! How's it going, Jack?


Jack: Lovely! I'm pleased to see so many Gaians wearing my new Jackster costumes... it truly warmssss my dripping black heart.

Dr. Singh: We'll chat a little more in a few minutes, Jack, but first we'd better get down to business. We've got a pretty incredible update, with anew item and TWO items reaching their final stages. First, let's have a look at Jinxi's Charm, the cool new effort from the creators of Inari's Beads and Pora Ice! I found this cute little thing mutating in my attic and thought it would make a fantastic evolving item. What do you think, Jack?

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Jack: I admire the inscrutable malignance of it.

Dr. Singh: Me too! Flynn's got a bunch of them in stock in the Gaia Cash Shop, but you'd better pick one up fast: after they evolve for the first time, you won't be able to get the valuable first-generation version!


Jack: Oh, I always try to buy first-gen. I remember back in '73 when I wound up with a fifty-third-generation Beresford's Tadpole... mine was still wiggling around in a washtub while ssssSanta's had grown into a mighty eagle. He laughed at me, Dr. Singh.

Dr. Singh: Let's leave all that in the past, Jack, and move on to more of today's exciting developments: Yama no Tamago and the Enchanted Book have reached their final stages! They'll both be getting a bunch of amazing final poses today, and all of their previous poses will be fully unlocked. Chances are you'll only have a little while more to snag these classics before they leave the Cash Shop.


Jack: Yessss... I might have to look into that...

Dr. Singh: And plenty of other items are evolving, too: Captain Ara's Nestegg is making its first evolution this week, and the Trick or Treat Tote is still moving along quickly. Dusty little Dander is growing up, and the ominous Death Whisper seems to be edging very close to its final stage. What do you think of the Death Whisper, Jack?


Jack: It's... it's like sssstaring into a beautiful painting of my ssssoul...

Dr. Singh: I thought you'd like it. Anyway, that's about it for the science side of things. Remember, you can pick up all these items and many more in the Gaia Cash Shop!

Visit the Gaia Cash Shop

Get Gaia Cash cards at Target, 7-11, Rite Aid and Wal-Mart stores nationwide, or order Cash online. Learn more.


Dr. Singh: Now, I'm no journalist, but I've always wanted to ask: how do you afford to make so many costumes every Halloween and give them out for free to trick-or-treaters?


Jack: It's ssssimple, Dr. Singh. Every time someone utters the word "Halloween," I receive a modest royalty payment. You've already said it a few times, so you owe me eighty Gold.

Dr. Singh: Goodness, Jack, you must be an extremely rich... thing.


Jack: It's a living. I spend most of it on new pumpkinsss. My head gets mushy a lot.

Dr. Singh: Oh! And you mentioned Santa earlier... is he... you know...


Jack: Ssstill a cow? Yesss. It's done wonders for our friendship... I used to bring him a bottle of 50-year-old Ssscotch for X-mas, but now he's content with a handful of grass and a pat on the nose.

Dr. Singh: Dear me. Maybe if Labtech Gene weren't so far gone with his smooth jazz nonsense, we'd be able to do something about that. Well, Jack, it's been a genuine pleasure to meet you. Have a wonderful Halloween!


Jack: You know I will! I feel like it's the one day when I can really be mysssself. The rest of the year can get a little awkward, what with the pumpkin-head and everything.

Dr. Singh: Bye, everyone! Remember to vote for your favorite items in our evolving item poll!

28 The Gaia Store: A Sale on Stuff!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The Gaia Store: A Sale on Stuff! - [NPC] Moira Tue Oct 28, 2008 1:24 pm

Ooh, just got a note from the Gaia team-- looks like it's time for a little shopping!

"I've been dying to pick up some Gaia gear," you might be saying, "but I'm up to 40% too broke to do so!" Good news, buddy: we're having a huge sale in the Gaia Store right now, letting you save up to 40% on some of our most popular shirts, hats, stationery, plushies and more.

Take a look around the shop! You might just find some deals too good to pass up.

Save Big at the Gaia Store

28 Cash Shop Update: Get Political!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Get Political! - [NPC] Flynn Tue Oct 28, 2008 2:39 pm

We know there are some big political rumblings going on lately, so we've got a couple of items to help you flaunt your party pride: cute Red Elephant and Blue Donkey plushies! Each plushie contains two uncannily realistic masks: the Elephant comes with McCain and Palin, and the Donkey features Obama and Biden.

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You can pick 'em up for a limited time in the Gaia Cash Shop!

Visit the Gaia Cash Shop!

30 Halloween Hysteria is Nearly Over!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Halloween Hysteria is Nearly Over! - admin Thu Oct 30, 2008 7:12 pm

Just a quick reminder that there's only one day left to get in on the Halloween action-- the Hysteria will come to a close at 11:59PM on Friday.

Join the Action


Be sure to check back soon for another Halloween manga update, too!

Also: a number of people were running into a bug that prevented them from getting into the event. We ironed that out yesterday, so please give it another shot if you haven't already.

31 Evolving Item Report: Trick or Treat, Fallen Wish & more!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Evolving Item Report: Trick or Treat, Fallen Wish & more! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Oct 31, 2008 3:36 pm

This week's top news...

The Trick or Treat Tote has reached its final evolution and will be leaving soon!
Picolitrosso's Urn has finished evolving!
New evolutions from Padmavati's Lotus and the Fallen Wish!
Jack returns for a bit more Halloween fun...


Dr. Singh: Hey, everybody, welcome to the Evolving Item Report-- and Happy Halloween! As you can see, my buddy Jack is filling in the co-host slot again this week. We've got a pretty brief update today, so let's get through it quick so you can get back to all your trick-or-treating. What do you say, Jack?

Jack: Yessss. Keep bringing me that delicioussss candy, my friendssss.

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Dr. Singh: Well, what a coincidence: candy is the first order of business this week! The Trick or Treat Tote is reaching its final evolution today! I can't wait to see what those mischievous little candy corn critters are up to. Maybe Jack can tell us! Do you know these little guys, Jack?

Jack: What, just because I'm a giant sssscary pumpkin-man, I'm supposed to be friendssss with all the candy corn? That's racissssst, Dr. Singh.

Dr. Singh: I, uh... no! That's not what...

Jack: Aww, you know I'm just messssssing with you. I do know this, though: the Trick or Treat Tote is leaving the Cash Shop very ssssoooon! If you don't pick one up before next Friday, you shall be forever out of luck.

Dr. Singh: Another big story this week: Picolitrosso's Urn has reached its final evolution as well! This has been one of our biggest and most elegant evolving items ever-- so big, in fact, that we couldn't quite fit all the poses in! A few had to be trimmed out for now, but the creator went about it in a very scientific way: she ran a user poll to decide which poses would be temporarily cut.

Jack: What an exquissssite item it turned out to be...

Dr. Singh: In other news, some of our finest premium items are evolving this week, as well: Padmavati's Lotus and the fabulous Fallen Wish are all getting some incredible new poses! Pay close attention to the Wish this week, everyone... this is destined to be one of the finest items ever, and it's already picking up some serious steam.

Jack: Remember to visit the delicioussss Flynn in the Gaia Cash Shop to pick up any of these exccccellent items.

Visit the Gaia Cash Shop

Get Gaia Cash cards at Target, 7-11, Rite Aid and Wal-Mart stores nationwide, or order Cash online. Learn more.


Dr. Singh: Bye bye, Gaians! Remember to go say howdy to our friend Jack when you're out trick-or-treating in Towns. Oh, and don't forget to vote in our evolving item poll!

Jack: Pleasssant dreamssss! Stick around for a quick word from Flynn... she has some urrrrgent Cash Shop info...



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Evolving Item Report: Trick or Treat, Fallen Wish & more! - [NPC] Flynn Fri Oct 31, 2008 3:59 pm

Quick update on some Cash Shop changes coming up! A few of our coolest items are leaving the shop very soon, so this is your last chance to snag 'em:

•The Nightmare Box will leave the shop on Monday!
•The Trick or Treat Tote will leave the shop next Friday!
•The Enchanted Book and Yama no Tamago will leave the shop next Friday!


Don't miss out, because these awesome items won't be coming back any time soon!

31 Halloween Hysteria: Read the Second Manga Now!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Halloween Hysteria: Read the Second Manga Now! - admin Fri Oct 31, 2008 10:24 pm

The Hysteria is winding down tonight, but we've got one last surprise for you: the second part of our Halloween "Stranger Danger" manga! To check out the next chapter in the Gaia storyline, just head over here:

Read the Manga


Remember: you can keep beatin' on your fellow Gaians until 11:59 tonight. If you've still got some event items to collect, now's your last chance to do so.

Visit the Halloween Event Page


We hope you have a lovely evening, both on Gaia and in this terrifying "real world" we've been hearing ugly rumors about. Happy Halloween!

November Edit

03 zOMG! is Here! Official Info PostEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement zOMG! is Here! Official Info Post - admin Thu Oct 23, 2008 6:43 pm

The fixes have been made, the servers welded into place, and snow gremlins hired to sit on them and keep them cool.

We have opened the gates to ALL GAIANS once again (everyone registered in 2008 and before). Come on in and try the game out!

You can launch the game by clicking "zOMG!" from the "Games" menu, or you can just use the following link to launch the game: Click Me to Play zOMG!.

Enjoy! -The Gaia Team



  • Icon announceAnnouncement zOMG! is Here! Official Info Post - admin Mon Oct 27, 2008 12:31 pm

New Updates! Look! Hey you!

Back Alley Bargains is open for business! Go visit Nicolae for some butt-kicking battle outfits and sweet power-ups. The power-ups can be purchased with Gaia Cash, or you can try your luck at getting them in the game-- they'll show up once in a while as rare loot drops.



  • Icon announceAnnouncement zOMG! is Here! Official Info Post - Qixter Mon Nov 03, 2008 10:28 pm

The gates are open again, the servers are fired up, and the game is waiting for you! Come on in!

04 Cash Shop Update: New Evolving Item - Infernal Spirit!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: New Evolving Item - Infernal Spirit! - [NPC] Flynn Tue Nov 04, 2008 2:05 pm

Some excellent Cash Shop news today, you guys: we’ve got a new evolving item coming out! The Infernal Spirit is a fiery tribute to a hero from long ago made by the same author as the Enchanted Book. It begins as a brilliant ball of flame and an antique parchment, but beyond that, it’s a mystery… maybe Dr. Singh can tell us a little more about it this Friday!

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Left to right: Picolitrosso's Urn, Infernal Spirit, Enchanted Book


You can get a first-generation Infernal Spirit now in the Gaia Cash shop! Don’t miss your chance to get one of these babies at the ground floor: first-generation items evolve weeks before later generations, and they tend to be more valuable in the Marketplace.

Get an Infernal Spirit Now!

Get Gaia Cash cards at Target, 7-11, Rite Aid and Wal-Mart stores nationwide, or order Cash online. Learn more.


And don’t forget… time’s running out on some of our greatest evolving items! The following classics will be leaving the Cash Shop this Friday, so act fast:

Enchanted Book
Yama no Tamago
Kelp o’ th’ Loch

06 Aquarium Update: Name Your Fish!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Aquarium Update: Name Your Fish! - [NPC] Mirai and Barrett Wed Nov 05, 2008 1:52 pm

Mirai: Heeeeeeeey there! Hope you guys all had a great Halloween. How was yours, Barrett?

Barrett: I took care of some sick fish all week. It was really stress--

Mirai: Oh, Barrett, now is not the time to depress everyone. Hey! What's going on with these new Aquarium features?

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Barrett: Glad you asked! A hugely requested feature has just been added: the ability to name your fish. Just click on one of your fish to bring up a handy new player card. Be careful, though, because once you name a fish you can't change it.

Mirai: I'm going to name one of my cuttlefish after you!

Barrett: Aw shucks! The new player card thingy also shows the age of your fish and their health. If you mouse over the hearts it will even tell you their health in numbers.

Mirai: There you have it! Check out your aquarium and see for yourself. Bye bye!

Barrett: Bye guys! Keep your eyes peeled out for more new features and fish.

Go To Your Aquarium

06 Community Spotlight: Get Your Guild OnEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Community Spotlight: Get Your Guild On - admin Thu Nov 06, 2008 6:12 pm

Hey Gaians!

There are a lot of great guilds on Gaia covering just about every topic under the rainbow... and beyond. This week we thought we'd shine our deadly spotlight on a couple you might enjoy.

First up is It's a Girl Thing, a secret society of womenfolk dedicated to discussing all things feminine. Sorry boys, this one's not for you.

Then we have Gamers Online, an ad hoc organization designed to capitalize on the synergistic relationships between--ah, heck, it's about video games. Join up with your fellow gaming Gaians and talk about your favorite consoles, games, and all that good stuff.

There you have it! Two excellent guilds to check out. Get to it!


Big Daily Chance Winners

A while back we upgraded the Daily Chance with some VERY FANTASTIC PRIZES. To give you an idea of what the Daily Chance can do, take a look at these recent giveaways:

Black Inked Mask
Edmund's Underwear
Liam's Underwear

The combined Marketplace value of those items is over one million Gaia Gold. Keep trying and you might win big!

06 News Bulletin: Evolving Item Museum, New Movies, SurveysEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement News Bulletin: Evolving Item Museum, New Movies, Surveys - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Wed Nov 05, 2008 4:36 pm

Evolving Item Museum!

We've got a nice little featuring rolling out this week: the Evolving Item Museum! Finally, there's an easy way to check out all the poses of current & past evolving items, or catch up on the bizarre lives of Dr. Singh and her erstwhile sidekick Timmy with classic Evolving Item Reports of yesteryear. Have a look!

Visit the Evolving Item Museum



Nourish us with your delicious opinions!

Once in a while we like to send out little surveys to get your thoughts on the world in general. This time around, we're curious about your holiday gift-giving habits. If you've got a spare moment, please lend us your thoughts:

Take our Quick Survey


In other survey news, that incorrigible interrogator, the Opinion Primate, has returned with a pair of polls: one dealing with some new anime content on Gaia, the other asking about a new feature to help your friends find you by name. Check the links below to vote in the polls:

Vote in Anime Poll / Vote in the Friend Finder Poll



Gaia Cinemas: new movies!

We just got a fresh batch of movies in Gaia Cinemas, featuring some big-name actors, some truly enjoyable movies and one of the honest-to-goodness Greatest Movies of All Time. We submit for your consideration:

Flatliners - Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts and one of the Baldwins star as medical students who toy with the very nature of life and death, which never seems to turn out well in movies.

Air Force One - President Harrison Ford invites a villainous Russian Gary Oldman to get off his plane! A profoundly ridiculous but extremely likeable movie.

Gattaca - An early Gaia Cinemas hit returns for a second run: this thought-provoking sci-fi classic tells the tale of a dystopian future where everybody is bred to be really smart and attractive, and that's bad for some reason.

Lawrance Of Arabia (Restored Version) - The word "epic" gets thrown around a little to often on the internet. If you want to know what it really means, check this incredible cast-of-thousands 70mm EPIC.

Rudy - The heartwarming tale of a determined underdog who dreams of playing college football for Notre Dame. Starring Sean Astin, best known as Frodo's loyal, pitiful toadie in the Lord of the Rings films.

Watch a Movie!

07 Evolving Item Report: New! Changeling Baby& Infernal SpiritEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Evolving Item Report: New! Changeling Baby& Infernal Spirit - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Nov 07, 2008 3:33 pm

This week's top news...

New evolving item: Changeling Baby!
Another new evolving item: Infernal Spirit!
Jinxi's Charm is evolving for the first time
New evolutions from Gimpi and Holy S#17
A visit from Dr. Singh's eccentric brother...


Dr. Singh: Hi, everybody! Welcome to the Evolving Item Report, your trusted source for all the latest-- Prakash! It's... uh... good to... what the hell are you doing here?


Prakash Singh: What? Who?

Dr. Singh: Who let you in here? You'll have to excuse me for a moment, ladies and gentlemen; my... eccentric brother somehow managed to sneak in here...


Prakash Singh: I did not sneak! I explained to the studio security man that I am your brother, and he was quite happy to let me in after I managed to wrestle free of his grasp and run through that door over there. So, hello! Big hugs for big sisters!

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Dr. Singh: No! I've got a show to do, Prakash, so please don't get in the way. We've got a new evolving item today-- the Changeling Baby! This mysterious foundling is available as either a boy or a girl... they look similar now, but they'll begin to be quite different as the evolve.

And don't forget about the Infernal Spirit, a dazzling ball of flame with hints of brilliant red and gold...I hear tales that it represents the soul of an ancient hero. Though its beginnings are rather humble, I have a feeling it's going to get quite extravagant-- ancient heroes are like that.

You can pick up a first-generation Changeling Baby or Infernal Spirit now in the Gaia Cash shop-- don't miss your chance to get all the newest poses before anyone else!

Visit the Gaia Cash Shop

Get Gaia Cash cards at Target, 7-11, Rite Aid and Wal-Mart stores nationwide, or order Cash online. Learn more.


Prakash Singh: Oh, look at you! I'm so proud of my big sister... so big and smart! Smart and bulky. Have you gained weight? You look wonderful.

Dr. Singh: Er, thank you, Prakash, but please shut up. I've got to finish the show. More big news this week: Jinxi's Charm is evolving for the first time! This cute but creepy little doll has a lot of strange things in store, so we'll want to watch it closely over the coming months.


Prakash Singh: It's so, so good to see you again. Just like old times! Hey! Remember when we were small? We had such weak bladders then. Oh, so precious. They couldn't take us anywhere!

Dr. Singh: I'm sure the audience doesn't need to hear about all that, Prakash. We're here to talk about science, remember? In other scientific news, the adorable bit of cosmic detritus known as Holy S#17 has evolved again, and sweet little Gimpi is really starting to grow up. I can't wait to see what--


Prakash Singh: Prakash and Drippy! Remember? They called you "Drippy" due to the incontinence!

Dr. Singh: You still have... quite an imagination... don't listen to him, ladies and gentlemen, he's a very strange and disturbed individual. Isn't that right, Prakash?


Prakash Singh: So they say, big sister! But I feel wonderful. Let's go have milkshakes! Why won't you return my calls, Drippy? Oh, it's so good to be on your lovely television show. You must be so successful! Surely you must have a beautiful house with plenty of spare rooms, I'd imagine!

Dr. Singh: Ugh. That's all the time we have for this week, ladies and gentlemen. On a disturbing final note: the Death Whisper was due for an update this week, but the artist working on it has fallen ill... it seems the very curse that gives the item its dark power has begun to infect its creator, as well! Look for a Death Whisper update sometime soon.


Prakash Singh: Goodbye! My sister has to go buy me a milkshake now! The show is over!

Dr. Singh: No! Wait! Don't forget to vote in our weekly poll! Have a good night, ladies and gentlemen.

10 New PM Feature: Text a Friend!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New PM Feature: Text a Friend! - admin Mon Nov 10, 2008 4:28 pm

Hey there!

We recently upgraded our private messaging system to incorporate a neat new feature: the ability to text message your Gaia friends. As long as your friends are signed up for Gaia Alerts and reside in the U.S., you can either send a text message by itself, or send copies of your PMs as text messages.

To magically send a text message to your peer, observe the following example taken from an inbox not unlike yours:

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To simply send a copy of a PM as a text, you will need to check the option that appears right below your message body in the Send a New Private Message Screen:

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You may have also seen this friendly box:

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This lets you sign up for Gaia Text Messaging and Alerts, earning you 1000 Gaia Gold instantly, plus another 50 every month you stay signed up. You'll want to enter your number here, and you only have to do it once (or not at all if you don't want to sign up).

As another nifty bonus, you and your friends can get up to 50 Gold a day receiving text messages through Gaia.

Keep in mind that Gaia will never give your phone number to anybody, including the people that you text. This means your friends won't be able to respond to these messages via cell phone, though they can on the website.

Enjoy!

-The Gaia Team

10 Gaia Cash Cards: Now in More Stores!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Cash Cards: Now in More Stores! - admin Mon Nov 10, 2008 8:03 pm

Good news! It's easier than ever to find Gaia Cash in a store near you. $25 Gaia Cash cards are now in the checkout lanes of Wal-Mart stores nationwide. If there's not a Wal-Mart nearby, we've also stocked the shelves of a bunch of other stores: Best Buy, Rite Aid, CVS, Staples, Blockbuster, 7-Eleven and Target.

You can use your Cash to get all sorts of sweet exclusives from the Gaia Cash Shop: evolving items, Monthly Collectibles, special seasonal items and much more.

To search for a store near you (without even going outside!), check out our handy store-finder thingie:

Find Gaia Cash Near You!

11 Salon Update!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Salon Update! - [NPC] Moira Tue Nov 11, 2008 4:59 pm

Hey, I just got some interesting news: I was over at Salon Durem today for a quick touch-up, Vanessa told me she's been learning some new tricks! She's created some crazy new styles, so be sure to stop by and see what's on the menu.

Visit Salon Durem

13 News Bulletin: Contest Winner, Equip List & MoreEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement News Bulletin: Contest Winner, Equip List & More - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:53 pm

And the winner is...

Gaians have picked a winner in the handheld item contest! Your votes have been tallied, and x_harlequin emerged victorious with the Umbrella Buddies, available in three flavors: Coco, Kiki and Gwee.

Congratulations, x_harlequin! Your fantastic design has been lovingly rendered by Gaia's artists, and is now for sale in Gambino Outfitters.

Get One Now!



What are you wearing?

Ever seen an awesome avatar and wondered how it was put together? We've just released a feature to help you out: in the dropdown list under a person's avatar, there's now a "View Equipped List" option which shows you everything the person is wearing.

Some of you may want to keep your secret avatar-making methods hidden. You can go to your Preferences screen and uncheck the "Equipped List" box to hide your list from prying eyes.



GIM: You're on!

A small change to GIM, our instant message system: when you sign on to your Gaia account, you'll automatically be logged in to GIM by default. If you'd prefer not to be, you can visit your Account Preferences page and choose not to be logged in automatically. Happy chatting!

14 Evolving Item Report: Lotus, Fallen Wish, Nestegg & MoreEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Evolving Item Report: Lotus, Fallen Wish, Nestegg & More - [NPC] Dr. Singh Thu Nov 13, 2008 8:52 pm

The latest news:

Padmavati's Lotus is reaching its final stage!
Captain Ara's Nestegg, Fallen Wish, Coocoon and Dander are evolving.
A temporary solution to the "too many poses" issue?
A visit from one of zOMG's most beloved characters...


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To check out all the evolving items and plenty of other cool stuff, head over to the Cash Shop!

Visit the Gaia Cash Shop

Get Gaia Cash cards at Target, 7-11, Rite Aid and Wal-Mart stores nationwide, or order Cash online. Learn more.


For the full report from Dr. Singh and her very special guest, please read on...


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Dr. Singh: Hi, guys! Welcome to the Evolving Item Report, where you can learn all the latest news about Gaia's coolest items. I've got a very special guest with me this week: Purvis, the son of legendary cattleman Rancher Bill! How are you, Purvis?


Purvis: Wulp, got problems.

Dr. Singh: So I've heard! Rancher Bill was scheduled to be today's guest host, but he's been having so much trouble with the animated garlic in his fields that he had to cancel and send Purvis instead. How's the situation over there, Purvis?


Purvis: Pa says I got a soft head on account of I fall down a lot.

Dr. Singh: That's... very nice. Well, we've got a very important update today: one of our most magnificent items is reaching its final stage, we've got a ton of great evolutions, and we've finally worked out a compromise for finished items with too many poses. Shall we get started?


Purvis: A-hyup.

Dr. Singh: Great! Well, here's the big, big news: Padmavati's Lotus is concluding its incredible journey! It started as a beautiful flower and became more and more strange and serpentine... just as I suspected, it took the form of a beautiful naga, an ancient cobra deity. Truly extraordinary!


Purvis: I got my own wheelbarruh. Shoulda brung 'er.

Dr. Singh: Yes... well, maybe next time. While the Lotus is finishing up, some of our coolest items are just getting started: Captain Ara's Nestegg is evolving this week, giving some hints of what might be in store for this pirate treasure. The Fallen Wish is coming along beautifully, as well!


Purvis: I got a wish. I wish I was a cowboy and I got a skeleton mask, and the mask lets me wrassle real good. Wrassle bad guys. I saw it on a movie show. Hey. Hey, lady. Hey. Y'wanna wrassle?

Dr. Singh: No thank you, Purvis. Let's just talk about these items, OK? The mysterious Coocoon is slowly showing signs of change, and our cute little cobweb pal Dander is dustier than ever. You're not allergic, are you, Purvis?


Purvis: Naw, but I do gotta use the turlet. Y'all got a water-turlet?

Dr. Singh: Just one more thing! Lately, we've had a glitch that prevented completed evolving items from showing all their poses; we've come up with a temporary solution to help people get the full benefit of their completed items. Sometime soon, Flynn will open up an exchange program which will let you split a completed evolving item into two items, each with its own set of poses. You won't be able to sell or trade your split items; if you want to sell or trade them, you can visit Flynn's exchange again and combine them back into one. It's kind of weird, but it's the best we can do for the moment! We'll let you know when we've got it working.


Purvis: Nevermind 'bout that turlet anymore. I done took care of it.

Dr. Singh: I... uh... can we maybe get a janitor in here? That's all for this week! I'd like to thank Purvis for his... contribution. Remember, you can share your opinions about this week's items in our evolving item poll. Goodnight!


Purvis: Wait! Pa told me I gotta tell people to help him with them awful garlics. If y'wanna help beat on 'em, gotta visit our Ranch! It's out west, past Barton Town. Hope I sees ya there...

14 Aquarium Update: Hamuhamu & Lazor Fish, More RoomEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Aquarium Update: Hamuhamu & Lazor Fish, More Room - [NPC] Mirai and Barrett Fri Nov 14, 2008 1:09 pm

Mirai: Heeeyyy everyone! Me and my good friend Barrett are back to bring you some exciting fishy news!

Barrett: Hey g--

Mirai: Let's not waste anybody's time with needless salutations, buster! We've got some big news to deliver, don't we?

Barrett: Yup, sure do. The Overseer has decided to allow more fish in each aquarium. Your tank can now hold a maximum of 12 fish at a time!

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Mirai: Yay! More fishy goodness! There are also two brand new fish on sale in Phin Phang and the Marketplace. First up is the Lazor Fish. What can you tell us about this one, Barrett?

Barrett: These hardy fellahs have tiny little laser cannons mounted on their backs. I'm not entirely sure who is arming fish, since that's kind of strange, but they're definitely dangerous. I'd suggest keeping on their good side.

Mirai: Oh! Oh! Tell us about adorable little Hamuhamu!

Barrett: Hamuhamu is a curious critter working on a bachelor's degree in marine biology. He's definitely not a fish, but certainly eager to study fish behavior up close. Reminds me of myself in a lot of ways.

Mirai: Fascinating as always, Barrett! Say, I haven't seen you in awhile. You're always so busy watching fish. How's that going?

Barrett: It never ends. Er, I mean it's an awesome privilege to get to work with so many great fish. Wouldn't trade it--

Mirai: What a great attitude! Especially since I'm sure a lot of fish pass away under your care.

Barrett: Well, I try not to dwell on that, Mirai.

Mirai: I hope you're giving all those dearly departed fishies proper burials, buster!

Barrett: Um, yeah, uh, I... they're taken care of... the fish...

Mirai: Are you okay? You're turning white as a cuttlefish and starting to sweat.

Barrett: *Gulp* Mirai, you look really great today!

Mirai: Really? Why thank you, Barrett. That was unexpected but entirely accurate.

Barrett: Just thought you should know.

Mirai: Well, that does it for this week. May the Overseer smile upon all of you! Be sure to stop by Phin Phang for a visit!

Barrett: Bye bye!

Visit Phin Phang!

15 Community Spotlight: Going Postal, Flash & more!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Community Spotlight: Going Postal, Flash & more! - admin Sat Nov 15, 2008 1:07 pm

Going Postal

We receive lots of great art and letters from Gaia fans, and once in a while we've featured them on the Going Postal page. Sadly, with all the cool stuff that's been going on around here, we just haven't had time to update it lately. Thankfully, that's changing!

So, keep sending us your art and letters, and be sure to check Going Postal for updates (hint: it's updated now!). Don't forget to comment on the artist's profiles, too!

Tell us what you think about Going Postal here.


To Flash or Not to Flash

You might have noticed that we use Flash a lot on this site, for stuff like zOMG! and Aquarium. We'd love to hear what your experiences with Flash have been like here, so please let us know!


A Rose is Not Just a Rose

Your parents probably told you never to take candy from strangers, right? Well, you should also be wary of accepting trades from users you don't know. While accepting items from strangers won't poison you, it can lead to you getting ripped off. Case in point, here's a famous trade that happens often:

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Strange User: "Hey, trade me your Death Whisper (approx 43,000 gold) and I'll give you a Winter Rose (approx 39,000 gold)."

You: "Alright, let me go send that right now."

The strange user then sends you a White Rose Wristlet Corsage (approx 350 gold) instead of the promised Winter Rose. You, not noticing the subtle but important difference, accept the trade and get royally ripped off! Oof! Don't let this happen to you!

15 November's Monthly Collectibles are here!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement November's Monthly Collectibles are here! - [NPC] Rina Fri Nov 14, 2008 7:16 pm

Fiiffffteeeeeeeenntthhh!!! Finally! Ooh, ooh, I can't wait to tear my envelopes open...

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November's Monthly Collectibles are here! We've got a couple of super-limited new items, each with a bunch of poses for maximum fashion versatility:

The Toadstool is the height of fungal fashion: choose from a magical mushroom hat, a skirt, an umbrella and more. You can even stand in a glorious field of toadstools!

The mighty Stone Gauntlets are infused with an ancient magical energy that packs an extreme wallop. Includes a stone mace, crackling outcroppings of energized rock and more.

These items are available for the month of November only, so don't miss your chance!

Visit the Gaia Cash Shop

17 Gaia Store Update: Gnome Army Hoodies and Messenger BagsEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Store Update: Gnome Army Hoodies and Messenger Bags - [NPC] Moira Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:52 pm

Hey guys! I just got this note from the Gaia staff:

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Gnome enthusiasts rejoice: the Gaia Store is now stocking zOMG! gnome army messenger bags and hoodies. As a delicious bonus, each hoodie and messenger bag comes with a matching item version, so you and your avatar can show off your gnomish pride together.

Go Shopping

21 Evolving Item Report: Death Whisper, Infernal Spirit & More!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Evolving Item Report: Death Whisper, Infernal Spirit & More! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Nov 21, 2008 5:47 pm

The big news this week:

Brand new item: the Nano-C!
Death Whisper has reached its final stage
The Infernal Spirit, Jinxi's Charm and Gro-Gain are evolving
Another visit from beloved zOMG! lunkhead Purvis...


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You can get the awesome new sci-fi evolving item, the Nano-C, at the Gaia Cash Shop! Don't miss your chance to pick up the Death Whisper, Padmavati's Lotus and Picolitrosso's Urn... they won't be around much longer!

Visit the Gaia Cash Shop

Get Gaia Cash cards at Target, 7-11, Rite Aid and Wal-Mart stores nationwide, or order Cash online. Learn more.


For the full report from Dr. Singh and her very special guest, please read on...


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Dr. Singh: Welcome to the Evolving Item Report, everyone! I'm Dr. Singh, and as you can see, our friend Purvis is back for another guest appearance... I'm not quite sure he's permanent sidekick material, but he did a great job last time. Welcome back, Purvis!


Purvis: Got mah wheelbarruh.

Dr. Singh: Yes, Purvis, that might come in handy for some reason. Thank you. Well, we've got some big news today: a brand new item! The Nano-C was recently recovered from an abandoned high-tech installation... goodness knows who built it or what happened to them, but I'd be awfully careful with their technology. It may be dangerous! Right now, it appears to be some kind of a wristband... I'm more of a natural scientist than a technology expert, but I'd advise you not to go around pointing it at people.


Purvis: Haw! Pointin' stuff at folks.

Dr. Singh: That wasn't really a joke, but yeah. If you like living dangerously, you can pick up a first-generation Nano-C now in the Gaia Cash Shop. Remember, guys: first-generation items get all the newest evolutions first, and they're a great marketplace investment. Now's the time to get in on the ground floor!


Purvis: I gotta have my boudoir on the ground floor on account of I cloomb out'n the winduh in my sleep one time and bust my head open like a canterlope, and Pa had to stitch 'er back together with bailin' wire.

Dr. Singh: Wow, that's... uh. In similarly graphic news, the long-awaited final evolution of the Death Whisper has finally arrived! The long and horrifying journey of the creepiest item in Gaia's history has finally reached its grisly climax with a truly fiendish new set of poses. Isn't this thing scary, Purvis?


Purvis: I ain't afear'd of nothin'. 'Cept giant skellertons.

Dr. Singh: Don't forget: this means you only have a limited amount of time left to buy the Death Whisper before it leaves the Cash Shop! A couple of other recently-completed items will be leaving very soon, too: Padmavati's Lotus and Picolitrosso's Urn are on the way out!


Purvis: A-hyup.

Dr. Singh: We've also got some excellent evolutions this week: the Infernal Spirit is changing for the first time today, blazing a brilliant new trail through the evolving item landscape. Another newish one, Jinxi's Charm, is also changing-- it's still the cutest little curse I've ever seen.


Purvis: That's what Ma calls me. She says I done came out sideways.

Dr. Singh: In slightly more chilling news, Gro-Gain, the discontinued hair-growth product that turned my little friend Timmy into a sleazy little smooth-jazz scoundrel, is causing its users to become dangerously hairy this week... use this stuff at your own risk, people!


Purvis: Might gotta drink that so's I can grow out a nice facebeard like Pa someday.

Dr. Singh: No! I shudder to think what it might do to such an innocent soul. Keep away from it, Purvis! Plus, I don't think you're supposed to drink it. It's topical.


Purvis: Wulp, just gotter make mah own beard outta crabgrass and cow glue.

Dr. Singh: Cow glue? Do I want to know?


Purvis: Naw, city folk ain't got no cause to hear 'bout cow glue on account of it offends the delicate sensibilities.

Dr. Singh: Well, on that note, I suppose we'd better call it a night. I'd like to thank Purvis for graciously volunteering to take a few moments out of his ranch duties to help us out again, and for bringing his lovely wheelbarrow. Goodnight, everyone! Don't forget to vote in our evolving item poll. Until next week, this is Dr. Singh singing off!

22 Community Spotlight: Be a Part of HistoryEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Community Spotlight: Be a Part of History - admin Sat Nov 22, 2008 1:58 pm

Howdy Gaians!

This week we wanted to give some attention to the Historical Clothing, Home, and Lifestyle Guild. If you've got a passion for antiquity, whether it be fashion, furniture, or interior decorating, give this guild a whirl. They're on the lookout for new members.


Geography Quiz

Pop quiz! We want to know where you spend the most time on Gaia. Just so you don't have to yell the answer at your monitor, we put together a handy poll. If you've got a minute to spare, please let us know your top spot on Gaia for hanging out, wasting time, or whatever.


Daily Chance

The Daily Chance continues to give a few lucky winners each week some really nice prizes. Check out some of the most recent giveaways:

Card Shark Bands (10,000+ Gold)

Purple JACKtASS (8,888+ Gold)

Gold Mountain Red Vest and Shirt (15,000+ Gold)

Keep clicking the Daily Chance carts!

25 The Fortune Egg: Push Your Luck!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The Fortune Egg: Push Your Luck! - [NPC] Flynn Mon Nov 24, 2008 5:19 pm

Hey, guys! We've got an incredible new item for you this week in the Cash Shop... the Fortune Egg is totally unlike anything else we've ever released. When you buy a Fortune Egg, you'll see two options:

- Crack the egg open for an instant random prize
- Try to incubate the egg for a shot at a much better prize

Fortune Eggs are packed with rare and valuable items from the past, plus tons of new exclusives—the further you push your egg's incubation, the better the prizes and the higher the stakes. It takes a gentle touch and nerves of steel... are you up for the challenge?

For more details, check out this little page we set up. Yeah, that's right: this thing is so cool it needs its own homepage.


Try Your Luck with the Fortune Egg


Edit: a bit of Q&A from Gaia's developers.

Q: I got a Glowing Egg. What is it?
A: After you decide to incubate your egg, you'll receive a Glowing Egg. Return to your inventory screen and click the Glowing Egg to see whether your level-up succeeded. You can do this instantly-- you don't have to wait at all during the incubation process.
Q: Do high-level fortune eggs contain any old Monthly Collectibles?
A: The Fortune Egg does not contain any old Collectibles, but if you're very, very, extremely lucky, you may win items previously granted only during special Gaia events. Some of these items are among the most valuable on Gaia.

26 News Bulletin: Stocking Contest, EI Report, My Gaia updatesEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement News Bulletin: Stocking Contest, EI Report, My Gaia updates - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Tue Nov 25, 2008 7:05 pm

The Evolving Item Report: A Little Late

Due to the sacred holiday of Turkeysmas, we'll be delaying this week's Evolving Item Report to give our artists some much-needed R and R (and T). Look for Dr. Singh's return early next week, along with some great new evolutions for your items.


A Cheery Contest

We're running a little item design contest for the holiday season: raging sockaholics can design their ideal legwear in our Holiday Stocking Contest for a chance to win some awesome prizes and have your item lovingly rendered by Gaia's artists. Check out the rules and submit your entry!

In other contest news: congrats to X-Anime-Fan-Ryou-X for winning the Halloween Avatar Contest. Congrats on the great entry!


My Gaia: New Stuff!

We've been pawing through the community's awesome feedback for the My Gaia page for a while, and our developers have recently rolled out some great new updates that make it even more useful:

New feeds! You can now get updates on the health of your Aquarium, or to be notified when somebody new joins a guild you belong to.

Status! On the left side of your screen, you'll see a great little optional feature that lets you show what you're currently doing/feeling/thinking/scheming. This "status" will only be visible to your friends.

You can also check up on your friends' recent status, of course. You'll see the top three on the My Gaia page, and you can check out all of them on your friend list page.

Go have a look at the My Gaia page to see for yourself!

29 Community Spotlight: Gift ExchangeEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Community Spotlight: Gift Exchange - admin Sat Nov 29, 2008 1:01 pm

Greetings Gaians!

Secret Santa 2008

Want to get involved in a Gift Exchange with your fellow Gaians this Christmas? Sign up now to join the fun! Be sure to dress your avatar in green and red on December 20th to show your holiday spirit.


Gaia Accounts

Now that we have a good idea of where you enjoy spending your time on Gaia, we'd love to know how many accounts you log into weekly on Gaia. Vote now to curb our curiousity.


More Prizes from Daily Chance

As the weeks pass, we reveal more and more of the great prizes awarded through Daily Chance. Be sure to play to increase your chances of winning cool prizes like these:
Canary Yellow Pimpin' Skirt (9,000+ gold)
Gold Mountain Uniform Pants (5,800+ gold)
Old Skewl Orange Jump Pants (5,200+ gold)

It’s easy to play! Just click the Daily Chance cart at the top of each main Gaia page for a shot at a cool prize.

December Edit

02 Cash Shop Update: Copper Twopence & a Note on EvolutionsEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Copper Twopence & a Note on Evolutions - [NPC] Flynn Mon Dec 01, 2008 4:56 pm

Hiya folks! I just receieved a shipment of a super special Holiday-themed evolving item called Copper Twopence.

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It starts off as a simple coin, but when you give your Copper Twopence to a mysterious bard in exchange for a song, it becomes something much more. The song you ask the bard to sing will determine just how the item evolves.

Copper Twopence is now available in the Gaia Cash Shop, and will evolve every week in December. Remember, first-generation items get the newest evolutions first, and fetch a higher price in the Marketplace.

In other news, the beautiful Padmavati's Lotus is leaving the Cash Shop this Friday. If you'd like to pick one up for yourself or a friend, you better act fast!

Visit the Cash Shop

Get Gaia Cash cards at Target, 7-11, Rite Aid and Wal-Mart stores nationwide, or order Cash online. Learn more.


And finally, Dr. Singh is busy helping Purvis with a wheelbarrow-related mishap, so she asked me to let you know that item evolutions will resume later this week. Dr. Singh will tell you all about it when she files her next Evolving Item Report, due Friday.

04 Cash Shop Update: Aquarium Item Bundles Now Available!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Aquarium Item Bundles Now Available! - [NPC] Flynn Thu Dec 04, 2008 5:07 pm

Hiya guys! Mirai and I have been working together on something special for the holidays: limited-edition Aquarium item bundles. Not only are these bundles filled to the brim with awesome decorations, backgrounds, and fish, but they are way cheaper than buying the items separately. Take a look:

Starter Bundle: Includes tiki head, knight gear, clouds, and bubbler decorations, 4 town backgrounds, Spikey, 3 Arrowfish, and 3 Sharktooth Fish.

Far East Bundle: Everything you need to create an Eastern-themed tank. Includes multiple bamboo plants, clouds, dragon statue, pavilion, lantern, the China background, Hamuhamu, Spiky, and 2 Streamer Fish.

Fish Bundle #1: This valuable bundle boasts a dozen different fish, including Hamuhamu, Lazor Fish, Jellyfish, Seahorse, Starfish, and seven others.

You can find these value-packed bundles on sale now in the Cash Shop!

Get Bundled Up

05 Gaia Store: Huge Holiday Sale!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Store: Huge Holiday Sale! - [NPC] Moira Fri Dec 05, 2008 4:02 pm

Hey! Just got a note from the Gaia team-- looks like there's something afoot over in the Gaia Store...

Just in time for all your holiday gift-giving (and gift-requesting) needs, we're having a huge sale on awesome Gaia merchandise.

So, what's on sale? EVERYTHING. If you're looking to snag some deals, now is the time. Plus, you'll get a certificate worth 1000 Gold free with every purchase. Yow!

Go Shopping!

05 Evolving Item Report: Twopence, Wish, Changelings, GimpiEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Evolving Item Report: Twopence, Wish, Changelings, Gimpi - [NPC] Dr. Singh Tue Nov 25, 2008 6:33 pm

This week's news:

New item! The Copper Twopence!
The Changeling Babies are evolving for the first time!
Gimpi and the Fallen Wish have evolved again.
Rancher Bill's idiot son Purvis hangs around for another inexplicable appearance...


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You can get all the amazing Evolving Items talked about in this report, including the incredible Copper Twopence, from the Gaia Cash Shop!

Visit the Gaia Cash Shop

Get Gaia Cash cards at Target, 7-11, Rite Aid and Wal-Mart stores nationwide, or order Cash online. Learn more.


Read on for Dr. Singh's full update...


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Dr. Singh: Hello there, everybody! I'm Dr. Singh, and this is the Evolving Item Report, your weekly source for up-to-the-minute biological reportage on Gaia's strangest items. And speaking of strange biology, it looks like Purvis has decided to join us again... it's just as well, since he's been a lovely co-host.


Purvis: Sat in muh wheelbarrah and now I cain't figure how to get nowhere.

Dr. Singh: Well, you just have to push on the... but if you're sitting in the... hmm. I'll be honest, Purvis, I'm stumped.


Purvis: Go on ahead with yer biology, Mrs. Lady, I'ma just set a spell in here.

Dr. Singh: You do that. I suppose we should go ahead with the show, since we've got some beautiful things happening this week: first up, Flynn's got a brand new evolving item in stock at the Cash Shop! The Copper Twopence is a whole new kind of evolving item-- when you first run across it, you'll be given an important choice that will guide how the item evolves... I can't reveal too much more about it now, but Twopence owners won't have to wait too long to find out all the details, since this holiday-themed item will evolve every week in December!

Purvis: Saw a squirrel th'other day what looked like you, ma'am. I tried callin' 'um by yer name but it wouldn't answer, and I was mighty sore 'bout that.

Dr. Singh: I'm... sorry? Anyway, also on the roster today: the Changeling Babies are--just like their names would suggest--changing! I guarantee that owners of these little scamps will get much more than they bargained for...


Purvis: Mind yah don't drop 'em on them big round heads they got.

Dr. Singh: I see by your dented fontanel that you know this from experience. In other news, little Gimpi is evolving again! We've all been pulling for this unlikely little guy to succeed, and it looks like he's flourishing. Last but not least, the Fallen Wish is evolving today! This is sure to cause some big excitement, since this is one of the coolest and most ambitious items we've ever seen on Gaia, and Gaians have been loving it-- just check out those Marketplace prices!


Purvis: Gawrsh!

Dr. Singh: You said a mouthful, buddy. Well, that's about it for this week's report, ladies and gentlemen! Thanks again to my pal Purvis for filling in the temporary sidekick slot. Remember to stop by our poll and let us know what you think of the items!

P.S. - Our awesome developers have fixed the problem which limited the number of poses on some evolving items. As of today, all finished items (the Urn, Alruna's Rose) should have ALL their poses, with no awkward "item splitting" workaround or anything. Enjoy!

06 Community Spotlight: Meetup with Gaia Staff and more!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Community Spotlight: Meetup with Gaia Staff and more! - admin Sat Dec 06, 2008 3:52 pm

Greetings Gaians!

Meet Up With Gaia Staff

We're thinking about celebrating the holidays in a traditional San Jose way by spreading some good cheer at Christmas in the Park. Let us know if you'd like to join us by voting in this poll.


Participate in Community Spotlight

There's a whole lot of cool things going on around Gaia. If you'd like us to spotlight your user-run event, Guild, charity, or other cool things that you organize on Gaia, please visit the new Community Spotlight Profile and let us know what you're up to.


Daily Chance Prizes

Be sure to click on the Daily Chance cart in the Gaia header to win cool prizes like the ones listed below. It's quick and easy!
General's Beard (5,400+ gold)
Red Street Shoes (5,200+ gold)
Black Street Pants - M (4,800+ gold)

09 Celebrity Snare: Elvis and Justin TimberlakeEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Celebrity Snare: Elvis and Justin Timberlake - [NPC] Prakash Singh Thu Oct 30, 2008 6:40 pm

I apologize for my long absence, but I have been in what I scientifically refer to as a "science coma" after scientifically opening a door into my face accidentally. But now I return with more penetrating studies of the rich and famous! Yes!

This time, I have turned my eyes toward some of the most famous musicians in the world: Elvis Presley and Justin Timberlake. You can find some fantastic Elvis and Justin-inspired items in the Cash Shop, including Elvis's guitar and Justin's legendary fedora.

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Celebrate the King with rhinestones & pompadours!

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Rule the club with Justin Timberlake gear!


To claim these wonders for yourself, please visit my humble office.

Visit The Celebrity Snare Office!


Or continue reading onward for my full Celebrity Snare field report, coming up in the next post!



  • Icon announceAnnouncement Celebrity Snare: Elvis and Justin Timberlake - [NPC] Prakash Singh Thu Oct 30, 2008 6:42 pm

Subject A: Elvis Presley (and Justin Timberlake)

Elvis Presley is the most famous entertainer of all time, and is therefore a perfect subject for study. Unlike many of the celebrities I have stalked-- er, studied, Elvis was an easy man to find. Elvis is everywhere: in books and magazines, on TV and radio and all over the internet. Also, his house, Graceland in Memphis, is open to the public, so I didn't even have to bring my special "invitation kit" with the lockpicks and little hammers and whatnot.

Onward to Graceland! I shall meet the king and possibly take his stuff. My full report follows:

3:00 AM: After six days lost in the hostile Memphis deserts where I battled many poisonous asps and wicked sphinxes, the spirit of the king appears before me in a glimmering, jumpsuited rhinestone hallucination and kindly informs me that his palace is in Memphis, Tennessee, not Memphis, Ancient Egypt.

2:24 PM: After six more days lost in the hostile Memphis swamps where I battled many manatees and tapirs, the spirit of the king appears before me in a hovercraft and kindly informs me that there are shuttles that will take me directly to Graceland.

3:30 PM: I arrive! Before me are the gleaming white columns of the lost city of Graceland, home of the king of rock ‘n’ roll and his awe-inspiring collection of awards, cars, televisions and other spoils of his triumph in the world of entertainment. I am so enthralled with the lavishness that I accidentally open a door into my own face.

3:35 PM: My head still spinning, I step into The TV Room. The tour guide informs me that Elvis had three televisions and would watch them all at the same time. By my calculations, it would only have taken the king two hours of this revolutionary "info-triangulation" to become the smartest man in history.

3:40 PM: Though I've spend many years studying the fiercest animals in the most hostile jungles known to man, nothing could prepare me for the sheer sensory overload of the Jungle Room. I lay down on the floor to catch my bearings, but a ceramic monkey disturbs my interlude with a glassy, intimidating stare.

3:45 PM: I continue the tour along with other visitors who have made the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll pilgrimage. After witnessing the grandeur of Elvis’ unique, fashion-forward wardrobe, hearing some of his hit recordings and seeing in person the blinding brightness of his many gold records , I begin to feel faint, so overcome am I by the Rock ‘n’ Rollness... to steady my reeling mind, I carefully open a door into my face.

5:50 PM: I awake several hours later, back in the humid Memphis swamp. I swat the amorous tapir off my leg and attempt to regain my bearings-- what's this? Is that the rhinestoned spirit of the king winking at me from behind a tree, or is it just another facedoor hallucination? I get up to follow him, but stumble over a cardboard box draped in black leather and rhinestones... what luck! The king has left me a box of beautiful gifts: his electric guitar! The "Blue Suede Shoes" that he immortalized in song! Oh, bless you, Elvis!

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11:24 PM: Upon arriving back at my office, I find two things waiting for me: first, an eviction notice, which I promptly tear up and eat, savoring the pulpy bouquet of the heavy legal paper stock. Second, a mysterious package: it seems that a new contender for the title of "The King" has sent me a tribute, hoping to outdo the generosity of Elvis! Inside, I find a host of fabulous souvenirs from Justin Timberlake, including an iconic broken disco ball and his trademark fedora. Also, a note asking me to fondly acknowledge him as one of the greatest entertainers alive. I find your generosity bizarre but flattering, Mr. Timberlake!


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Get These Items at the Celebrity Snare Office!

10 Cash Shop Update: Thoroughly reckless savings on Bundles!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Thoroughly reckless savings on Bundles! - [NPC] Flynn Wed Dec 10, 2008 2:52 pm

Hey, guys! I've been ramping up for the holiday season with some excellent new bundles. These packaged sets of awesome items make great gifts for your friends, your family, or even yourself (go ahead, keep 'em, we won't tell). Check out what's new:

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Evolving Item Bundle: A limited-edition reissue of some of our finest classic Evolving Items! Includes Fausto's Bottle, Tama's Basket, Orindae, Dandiidoodad, all fully evolved and unlocked. Plus, you'll get the exclusive Black Drome Egg, unavailable anywhere else! Please take note of the INCREDIBLE savings on this one, guys.

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2008 Box Bundle: Miss a box the first time around? This bundle includes limited reissues of the OMG Box, OMFG Box, Orphan Adoption Certificate, Nightmare Box, Bag of Win II, and the zOMG! Rumble Box (without the zOMG! early-access ticket, which would obviously be redundant at this point).

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Angelic Item Bundle and Demonic Item Bundle: Collections of some of the best goody-goody light items and sinister dark items from around Gaia's shops. These affordable bundles make awesome gifts for your new Gaian friends who are just getting started in their quests to build the perfect avatar.


Don't miss your chance for some amazing year-end savings on some of our coolest stuff. Happy shopping, Gaians!

Get Bundled Up

11 Cute holiday items in the Cash Shop!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cute holiday items in the Cash Shop! - [NPC] Flynn Thu Dec 11, 2008 4:45 pm

Hey, guys! The holiday gift barrage continues in the Cash Shop with a new shipment of super-cute items. Check out all our great new stuff: the Scottie Plushies, the Dark Ice Set and the adorable Water Meat Set. Have a look around—there are tons of cool gifts to choose from.

And don't miss your chance to get the fabulous Fortune Egg! It'll be leaving the shops on the 15th, so stock up soon!

Get Your Holiday Items!

12 News Bulletin: Stay tuned for our X-mas event!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement News Bulletin: Stay tuned for our X-mas event! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Thu Dec 11, 2008 8:35 pm

Good morning, Gaians. This is Cindy Donovinh with a brief update on the latest Gaia news!

What's that terrible jingling?

Gaia's X-mas celebration is coming very soon! Come back next week for a new manga update, a fun event, a bunch of cool rewards and some crazy holiday antics. If you're dying to speculate about Santa's current whereabouts, post your '09 resolutions or just express your tremulous anticipation, you can visit our newly-opened X-mas Event Forum.

Meanwhile, be sure to check out the Poetry Contest currently running in the arenas! You've still got a few days to enter before the voting starts... if you've got the fire of poesy in your soul, you could walk away with some cool prizes and the acclaim of your peers.


Saaaaaale!

In case you missed the memo, we thought we'd remind you that there's a huge sale going on in the Gaia Store, and it won't last too much longer! You can save as much as 50% on items from plushies to clothing-- everything is marked down, so gather ye bargains while ye may.

Oh, and you'll get a certificate for 1000 free Gaia Gold with every purchase. Neat!


New mischief!

Mischief Makers has been updated with a generous serving of delicious new entries from your fellow Gaians.

If you've got any ideas on how to show off your love for Gaia, Mischief Makers is always accepting new submissions. Winners get their choice of any 2006 Monthly Collectible.


New showing in the Cinemas...

Gaia Cinemas recently got another batch of new movies. New films include:

A River Runs Through It: The story of a river that dreamed to run in a marathon. It's either that, or the story of two brothers coming of age in a time of war and great change.

The Devil's Own: A New York cop unwittingly becomes host to an IRA assassin in this feel-good story of murder, intrigue, and terrorism.

A League of Their Own: A fictionalized account of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League starring Rosie O'Donnell and Madonna. AHHHH!

Go: A delightful little yarn about drug dealing and petty crime, told from the perspectives of three different groups. Don't try this at home!

My Best Friend's Wedding: Julia Roberts stars as a woman who falls in love with her best friend on the day he decides to marry someone else. We all know that there's only one solution for these situations: romantic comedy.

12 EI Report: 6 amazing items evolving!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: 6 amazing items evolving! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Thu Dec 11, 2008 7:18 pm

This week: a visit from the cow-brained Santa Claus, plus new evolutions for the Copper Twopence, Jinxi's Charm, Captain Ara's Nestegg, Dander and Nano-C.

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You can get these incredible items now in the Gaia Cash Shop!

Visit the Gaia Cash Shop

Get Gaia Cash cards at Target, 7-11, Rite Aid and Wal-Mart stores nationwide, or order Cash online. Learn more.


Read on for Dr. Singh's full update...

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Dr. Singh: Hi, everyone! Welcome to a very special edition of the Evolving Item Report: not only do we have a ton of great news about a bunch of cool items, but we have an extra-special holiday guest joining us. Please welcome the master of X-mas himself... Santa Claus!

Santa: Uhhhhhhhhh.


Dr. Singh: Yes... we're on the air now, Santa. Maybe you should... uhh... are you eating grass?

Santa: Huhhhhhhhrg.


Dr. Singh: Oh... this is... unexpected. I've just been handed a note from my producers telling me that Santa got mind-swapped with a cow in a freakish alien abduction accident a couple of years ago, so apparently I'm talking to a man with the brain of a cow. No wonder he was so easy to book...

Santa: Uhhhhhhhhhhhh.


Dr. Singh: I suppose the "uhhhh" noise is just his attempt to moo, but his human larynx doesn't quite produce the same noise. Well, this is certainly a downer. Why hasn't anyone done something about this?

Santa: Uhrrrrggh.


Dr. Singh: So this means there's a cow somewhere out there with your mind? He must be getting pretty peeved by now. Well, anyway, I suppose we should get down to business, because we've got a huge update today! First up, the exciting new limited-edition holiday item is evolving: the Copper Twopence will be growing quickly all month long, so don't miss your chance to pick one up!

Captain Ara's Nestegg is getting a fantastic update today, with some beautiful new piratey items, including a sash and a classic flintlock pistol. Wow! The fiery power of the Infernal Spirit seems to be getting more intense this week, as well-- there's no telling what lurks within this flaming apparition. It's quite dazzling, isn't it, Santa? Moo once for yes.

Santa: Buuuhhhhh.


Dr. Singh: The advanced, self-improving technology of the Nano-C has gone into overdrive this week... even with all my fancy science equipment, like those coils that shoot electricity at each other for some reason and test tubes and whatnot, I've never seen anything quite so mystifying. On the opposite end of the tech spectrum, Jinxi's Charm represents the ultimate in low-tech power: the ancient cursed doll fuses with the emotions of a scorned lover to create something very intense indeed.

Santa: *Snort*


Dr. Singh: Oh, I see you're getting a little sneezy. It must be because of little Dander! This sweet little dust-bunny is continuing its nose-tickling evolution today.

Santa: Fffffffpt.


Dr. Singh: Well, I suppose that's all for this week. Please remember to vote in our weekly poll to let us know what you think of the items. I'd like to thank my unexpectedly grotesque and depressing guest, Santa Claus, for all his lovely insights. I really hope they can fix you up soon, Santa! The world needs you more than ever!

Santa: Uhhh.

13 Community Spotlight: Holiday Events Around GaiaEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Community Spotlight: Holiday Events Around Gaia - admin Sat Dec 13, 2008 5:51 pm

Holiday cheer continues to reach dangerous levels, and no corner of Gaia is safe. Lots of Gaians are creating their own little events, so we thought we'd spotlight a few. Take a look:

Christmas Ornament Collaboration Event
bluefeathres_onDA is running an ornament contest for you graphics-savvy folks. If you've got some time, take a gander and maybe whip up an ornament of your own.
Elysion Fields Winterfest Secret Santa Event & Raffle
There's all sorts of creative stuff going on with this one, including lots of cute animals, a Secret Santa, and a raffle.
Christmas '08 Free Art Gifting
Celebrate the season with a good ol' fashioned art swap. You can contribute your own work to the event, or sign up to receive.
Elving 2008
Giving is the name of the game with this event. Make some friends and surprise people by giving out gifts.
Spirit Week Winter Break
Show off your spirit in this weekend celebration of winter, holidays, making friends, and good times.


Daily Chance Prizes

Those lovable Daily Chance carts continue to give out prizes when poked. Sometimes, if you poke 'em just right, they give out something truly special. Take a look at some recent giveaways:
Dark Educate Shoes (52,000+ gold)
Zhivago's Underwear (28,000+ gold)
  1. FFFFFF Complex Shirt M (6,000+ gold)

15 December's Collectibles are here!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement December's Collectibles are here! - [NPC] Rina Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:02 pm

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December's Collectibles have arrived, bringing you a shot of graceful style just in time for all those lavish holiday soirées:

The Silent Night is a perfect fit for those looking for some dark, roguish charm. Wear it as a black mask, an elegant jacket, a unique one-shouldered cape and more.

The Snow Feather brings Collectibles to a new level of majestic elegance with snow-white formalwear made from exquisite feathers. Choose from a gown, a down mantle, a crown of feathers and more.

These beautiful items are available this month only, so don't miss out!

Visit the Gaia Cash Shop

19 Aquarium Update: New Fish and Decorations Galore!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Aquarium Update: New Fish and Decorations Galore! - [NPC] Mirai and Barrett Thu Dec 18, 2008 3:50 pm

Mirai: Heeellllooooooo! Hope everyone's holiday is going great!

Barrett: Me t--

Mirai: Barrett, there's no time to waste! We've got tons of new aquarium goodies to announce. Get to it, buster!

Barrett:Three brand new fish are swimming into Phin Phang, including the beautiful and mysterious Seaslug. If weird ethereal forms aren't your thing, the noble Knight Fish is renowned for its jousting skills and chivalry, while the Dark Knight Fish is a little less noble, but no less imposing. Daily Chance fanatics can also find the brand new Winter Snow Crystal in the prize rotation. Let's just say this "fish" is in season.

Visit Phin Phang!


Mirai: Oh! Oh! Tell them about the Animated!

Barrett: The Animated may be raising a ruckus outside the city, but they're perfectly docile in your tank. The zOMG! Gnome will wander around your aquarium blowing air bubbles. The zOMG! Flamingo... well, it'll behave itself better than the ones in the Village Greens.

Mirai: Don't forget the Japanese Marimo and Tube Worm!

Barrett: They're both alive! These lovely decorations start out small, but grow over time, getting bigger and bigger until they're... well... fully grown. There's also a host of other new decorations, like ocean rocks, beautiful sea flowers, coral, and new backgrounds sure to please the Overseer.

Mirai: You honor the Overseer with your dedication, Barrett. Finally, our good friend Flynn has a new bundle on sale in the Cash Shop.

Barrett: The December Aquarium Bundle comes with the Tube Worm, Japanese Marimo, 3 different ocean rocks, 2 different flavors of coral, 3 different varieties of sea flowers and a mountain background. You can snag it and other value-packed Aquarium bundles right now!

Get the December Aquarium Bundle!


Mirai: Phew! I think that does it for this update. Anything you want to add, Barrett?

Barrett: One more thing! We've actually improved our aquatic ecosystem technology to the point where tanks can now sustain 15 fish at once! Other than that, I thi--

Mirai: And that's a wrap! See everyone soon! Bye bye!

19 EI Report: New item - Anima Adamantea!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: New item - Anima Adamantea! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Dec 19, 2008 5:08 pm

This week: a special visit from Mrs. Claus, a brand new item (Anima Adamantea), final evolutions for Holy $#17 and Gro-Gain, and new poses for the Copper Twopence and Coocoon.

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You can grab some evolving items for yourself or a friend at the Gaia Cash Shop. Don't miss your shot at a first-generation Anima Adamantea!

Visit the Gaia Cash Shop

Get Gaia Cash cards at Target, 7-11, Rite Aid and Wal-Mart stores nationwide, or order Cash online. Learn more.


Read on for Dr. Singh's full update...

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Dr. Singh: Hi, everyone! Welcome to a special holiday edition of the Evolving Item Report, with a very special guest: Mrs. Claus, wife of Santa! We had a little mix-up last week... we invited Santa to co-host the program, but he turned out to have the mind of a cow, so it didn't go so smoothly.


Mrs. Claus: I'm sorry about that! I suppose I should have told you about that when you booked him...

Dr. Singh: Oh, don't be sorry-- he was much more polite than most of my co-hosts. So, Mrs. Claus, how goes the effort to get his mind back?


Mrs. Claus: Well, last I checked, the Cheer Coil is still nowhere near powered up, so we need all the help we can get. Big thanks to all the Gaians who have participated so far! With any luck, we'll have Santa back to his old self within a few days.

Dr. Singh: That's great to hear, Mrs. Claus. Now, if you don't mind, we'd better get down to some science: I'm excited to report that we've got a brand new item this week! The creator of the legendary Alruna's Rose is back in the lab with another dazzling invention: the Anima Adamantea, a piece of high-tech equipment whose true purpose we can only guess.


Mrs. Claus: Oh, my! It looks like it would make a lovely X-mas tree topper.

Dr. Singh: No offense, but something tells me it's destined for bigger things than that. If you'd like to get in on the ground floor of this exciting technological development, you can get a first-generation Anima Adamantea now in the Gaia Cash Shop! Remember: first-gen items hold higher value in the Marketplace, and get all their newest poses weeks before the other generations.


Mrs. Claus: Not to be impatient, dear, but I must ask: is my Holy $#17 finally evolving?

Dr. Singh: It is! In fact, the Holy $#17 has reached its exciting final form this week, complete with some fantastic new poses. This strange little item has truly pulled through with outstanding results! In other news, the Copper Twopence is evolving again this week. Be sure to get this one while you can, folks-- it will be in the Cash Shop through December, but after that, it's gone!


Mrs. Claus: Dear me! That's not even two weeks from now.

Dr. Singh: The Coocoon is also seeing a long-awaited update this week with some great cool new entomological action!


Mrs. Claus: Such wonderful news this week! Oh, what a fine season...

Dr. Singh: Not so fast, Mrs. Claus. There's some bad news, as well: this week, one of the most dangerous scourges ever to hit Gaia is reaching its final stage of evolution. Gro-Gain, this discontinued hair-growth tonic that turned my former sidekick Timmy into a cognac-swilling smooth jazz scoundrel, has now completed its terrible journey. My deep concern goes out to all those unfortunate souls who fell under its evil, hairy power! Goodness knows what dangers still lurk within its terrible bottle...


Mrs. Claus: Timmy! I've heard of that child... he tried to eat Santa!

Dr. Singh: Tried to eat Santa? Good heavens. There's no telling how low he'll sink, now that he's under the sway of that awful substance. I suppose that's enough negative thinking for now, though. After all, it's almost X-mas!


Mrs. Claus: Yes! And with any luck, Santa will be back to his old self very soon. Keep on making those toys, Gaians! We need all the cheer we can get!

Dr. Singh: That concludes our report for the week, ladies and gentlemen. Please remember to vote in our weekly poll and let us know which items you like best. Thanks!

Please note: unfortunately, the evolution of the Fallen Wish has been delayed until next week. As you may know, most evolving items are created and maintained by a specific artist; the creator of the Fallen Wish is out of the country this week on personal matters. She'll be back soon. Thanks very much for your patience and understanding-- we know the item will be worth the wait!

20 Community Spotlight: Charitable Gaians & Profile Contest!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Community Spotlight: Charitable Gaians & Profile Contest! - admin Sat Dec 20, 2008 4:27 pm

Happy Holidays, everyone!

There's a lot of fun charities run by Gaians, and this week we thought we'd spotlight one. The Cookie Flavoured Charity aims to help you reach your questing goals and custom artwork through various guessing games and more. Check it out!


Profile Design Contest!

To ring in the new year, we're holding a profile design contest. The #1 profile design will win a cool prize AND will be featured on the Community Spotlight profile!
Theme: Celebrate the new year!
Deadline: Sunday, January 4, 2009

Click here for rules and submission details.

Prizes:

First place: Ancient Katana or Chyaku Norisu Scarf
Second place: 100,000 gold
Third place: 75,000 gold
Profile winners will be announced in a future Community Spotlight announcement.

22 New winter items in Gambino Outfitters!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New winter items in Gambino Outfitters! - [NPC] Sasha Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:19 pm

Hey, ready for a little shopping? I've just received a shipment of warm holiday goodies, so drop by Gambino Outfitters for a couple of cute sets to warm up those chilly winter evenings!

Go Shopping

24 Strike It Rich with Gold Gold RevolutionEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Strike It Rich with Gold Gold Revolution - [NPC] Flynn Tue Dec 23, 2008 7:02 pm

Hiya, everyone! I just finished stocking the Cash Shop with something sure to fly off the shelves like hotcakes: the limited-edition Gold Gold Revolution. This shiny new item gives you the chance to spin a wheel loaded with fabulous Gold prizes. How much you win depends on luck, but the top prize is a whopping 1,000,000 Gold!

Gold Gold Revolution is available in a single spin version or a discount-priced 12 spin bundle. These will be selling fast, so be sure to pick one up for yourself or as a last minute holiday gift for a friend!

Get One

26 EI Report: tons of items evolving!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: tons of items evolving! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Mon Dec 22, 2008 8:09 pm

This week, a sidekick-free Dr. Singh brings you updates on the Fallen Wish, Gimpi, Copper Twopence, Jinxi's Charm, the Infernal Spirit, Changeling Babies and Nano-C.

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You can grab some evolving items for yourself or a friend at the Gaia Cash Shop!

Visit the Gaia Cash Shop

Get Gaia Cash cards at Target, 7-11, Rite Aid and Wal-Mart stores nationwide, or order Cash online. Learn more.


Read on for Dr. Singh's full update...

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Hi, everyone! Welcome to the Evolving Item Report, your trusted source for all the latest scientific news. I'm afraid we've got a bit of a sidekick shortage this week-- I asked Santa to join me on the program now that he's finally got his mind back, but he declined... now that he's got his human body back, I'm guessing he just wants to stay at home with Mrs. Claus for a little rest and recuperation.

But even without a sidekick, we've got a huge show: there's an absolutely massive update this week! Let's see what's on the list...

After a brief delay, the Fallen Wish is back in full swing with some lavish new poses. I'm sure all the lucky owners of this item are starting to realize that they've got something very, very special on their hands!

December's limited-edition Copper Twopence is finishing up this week! It's been a whirlwind tour of fantastic poses, and now it's time to bring this item to a fittingly grand close.

Our underdog pal Gimpi, the messed-up little imp potion who beat the odds to become a truly special item, is continuing to flourish this week. Way to go, Gimpi!

Despite being the wicked curse of a lover scorned, Jinxi's Charm is just undeniably cute. Isn't that weird? Then again, anyone who's ever been hit on by a really awkward dude knows that there's a razor-thin line between cute and creepy...

I'm pretty excited to see where the Infernal Spirit is headed, and it looks like we're getting more clues this week. There's something so... triumphant about it!

Adoptees of Changeling Babies are certainly getting more than they bargained for. While these are bound to be some of the more interesting items we've currently got going, I can't help but be a little disturbed by them... as you may have noticed, I'm not too good with kids!

I'm more of a biological scientist than a technology person, so I honestly have no idea what's in store for the Nano-C. If I had to speculate, though, I'd say that you should definitely not point it at your face.


Whew! Quite a list, huh? Stop by next week for a bunch more updates to your evolving items, and remember to vote for your favorites in our poll. Happy new year, everyone!

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