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January Edit

03 Cash Shop Update: Vision du CubismeEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Vision du Cubisme - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:59 pm

Rigel and I are devoted patrons of the arts, so we thought we’d inspire you with a bundle based on a revolutionary art movement that's still influential today. Step with us into the realm of the avant-garde:

Vision du Cubisme is inspired by a movement that revolutionized art as we know it. A select group of talented artists have come together to share their love for this historical genre through their paintings, as well as their unique sense of style and fashion! Express yourself with one of the four colored bundles-- Rose Vision du Cubisme, Sienna Vision du Cubisme, Sky Vision du Cubisme and Pale Vision du Cubisme. The bundle of your choice will include:

Dame de Demoiselles is known for making such powerful art that some say her brush has a life of its own! Includes a hat, wig, face, dress, stockings, shoes, and paint brush.

Pascal L'Artiste is a young aspiring artist of many talents whose art will someday inspire future generations! Includes a beret, wig, face, vested jacket, artist belt, pants.

Bebe is living proof that you don’t need hands to make art! This spunky little skunk is ready to show off her artistic talents to the world.

Self Portrait includes a canvas frame, sketch skin, and sketch hair.

Unleash your inner artist with this bundle, now in the Cash Shop!

04 Advance Chance: Get a head start on January's CI!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Advance Chance: Get a head start on January's CI! - [NPC] GRS Accountant Ivan Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:21 pm

Finding yourself in a financial jam, or just looking to add a few more truckloads to your ever-growing pool of Gold? An investment in January’s Advance Chance—and a little marketplace shrewdness—could be your ticket to the big time.

What will the next CI be? Nobody knows, but you’ll get the first crack at it with the Advance Chance. On the day of the next CI release, you’ll be able to open your bundle and start reaping the rewards of your CIs hours before they’re released to the general public, so you can start listing items on the Marketplace when hardly anyone has their hands on them yet.


The next CI won’t be revealed until the middle of January, but you can reserve yours today. And don’t forget: the December CI will be removed January 9th, so snatch it up while you can!

05 Enter the Gaia Fortune Cookie Contest!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Enter the Gaia Fortune Cookie Contest! - DJ Helsing Fri Dec 30, 2011 2:24 pm

The staff at Gaia HQ were having Chinese food for lunch the other day, and we had some very interesting and depressing fortunes! They were so bad that we started making up our own and wondering why ours are so much better then the ones you get in generic cookies. We had such a good time that we decided to make it into a contest: let's see what kind of fortunes Gaians can come up with!

Can you come up with a unique and interesting fortune? If so, you may get a shot at the grand prize of 300,000 Gaia Gold. Hit up our contest thread to post your fortune and tell us what it means-- you'll be entered into a drawing for massive amounts of Gold!


Enter the Contest

06 Gary's Island Adventure, Daughter of SnowsEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Gary's Island Adventure, Daughter of Snows - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Jan 06, 2012 5:32 pm

I hope you all had fun over the holidays, but now it’s time to put those science muscles back to work-- and what better way to get your brains back in shape than with an EI report? This week we have an update on Gary's Island Adventure and a spiffy new Rapid EI:

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Gary's Island Adventure continues! This week, Gary builds a crude raft (his first and only escape attempt) which promptly sinks... is he doomed to forever languish in his paradise prison?

Daughter of Snows: In the Northern Kingdom, the people are accustomed to long harsh winters followed by brilliant bursts of spring. However, winter has lasted for years with no end in sight and there are no clues as to where spring has gone. When word reaches the kingdom that the answer lies further north in the jagged mountains, the king sends a contingent with his daughter, Princess Sashenka, in charge. Not only is she the beloved heir to the throne, but she is also the kingdom's most brilliant mind.


Boy, how I do love Fridays! You can pick up Daughter of Snows at the Cash Shop, and don’t forget to vote in the weekly EI poll for your top picks!

09 Last Chance to pick up a 2011 Super Prize!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Last Chance to pick up a 2011 Super Prize! - [NPC] Ivan Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:30 pm

A new year is upon us-- which means I need to make room for new Chance Items!

Sales of the 2011 Super Prize have definitely cleared out my apartment, but I still have dozens left over. The 2011 Super Prize will be available until tomorrow, January 10-- get one now and you’ll most likely get your hands on one of these superb 2011 Chance Items:

  • Bitter Frost
  • Lost Chapter
  • Love Charm II
  • Crystal Overdrive
  • Arcana Break
  • Eternal Rivals
  • Screen King
  • Double Rainbow
  • Valefor Academy
  • Neverland
  • Famestar Masquerade
  • Guardian Totem


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If you're super lucky, there’s also a chance you may end up with a rare, unreleased item such as Siku the White Wolf, Mystical Mender, Virgil's Sinister Verdict and some special collectible SDPLus dolls of yours truly.

Head to the Cash Shop and get your hands on a Super Prize before it’s gone. Or pick up a bundle and get nine chances to score something truly amazing!

Visit the Cash Shop

09 Cash Shop Cleanup: tons of great items leaving in a week!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Cleanup: tons of great items leaving in a week! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:44 pm

Greetings, beloved customers! We always need to make room for interesting new Cash Shop items, so once in a while we've got to clear the shelves of some old favorites. In one week, we'll embark on a major Cash Shop Cleanup for 2012 and saying goodbye to some animated items, EIs, Cash Shop bundles and more.

The following items will be leaving the Cash Shop shelves on Monday, January 16:

  • Master Alchemist
  • Custom Cut
  • Sainte Ciel
  • Little Lucie: Exorcism
  • Ravenwood Manor
  • Runcible Spoon
  • Trilune's Covenant


  • Astra Metamorphosis
  • Astra-XXXV: Inconstant Mask
  • Astra-XXXVI: Malevolent Mask
  • Astra-XXXVII: Ravenous Mask
  • Silver Bells


  • Gate to the Afterlife Bundle
  • Ankh of Aset
  • Anok Akori
  • King Tootie-Kamen the Chihuahua
  • Breezy Love Bundle
  • Maximilian the Snowdog
  • Frosted Affection
  • Wintry Kisses
  • Argent Splendor


  • Mermaid Cay Coral Chair
  • Mermaid Cay Clamshell Bed
  • Mermaid Cay Coral Table


The clock is now ticking—if you'd like to grab any of these items, you'd better act fast!

10 Convention Tour: SacAnime January 2012!Edit

11 Soar through the Radiant Galaxy!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Soar through the Radiant Galaxy! - [NPC] Ivan Wed Jan 11, 2012 4:52 pm

When I was a young lad, I gazed at the night sky in awe of the twinkling stars. I memorized every constellation and even imagined myself among them—Ivan, the benevolent Saint of Chance Items. Chance Items—along with tax law, of course—are now my life’s passion, and I have my lucky stars to thank for that.

It’s been ages since I looked to the stars, and now would be a good time to start again. Care to join me? I’m curious to see what celestial gems you can point out in the Radiant Galaxy.

Whichever constellation your eyes fall upon, heavenly rewards will surely greet you. You might wind up with a valuable rare item, a luxurious Cash Shop treasure, or one of these brand new exclusives.

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Reach for the stars and see what you’ll grab onto in the Radiant Galaxy! Or buy a bundle and get nine chances to catch a shooting star.

Shoot for the Stars!

13 Monthly Update: January 2012Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Monthly Update: January 2012 - DJ Helsing Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:54 pm

Hi, Gaians! We've got a quick video update to share with you-- in order to keep the Gaia community in the know, we've decided to do monthly video updates (starring yours truly) that let you know exactly what we've been up to lately and what's in store for the coming month.

Of course, there's something in it for you: we'll be hosting a contest and giving away 100,000 Gold to a lucky winner.

We also have an opinion poll set up, so your voice can be heard and your thoughts can shape Gaia's future. Be sure to cast your vote and earn a free Wing Sticker.

To check out the January monthly update, just click this rad button:

Watch the Video

13 EI Report: Prince of the Sea,Gary's Island,Daughter of SnowsEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Prince of the Sea,Gary's Island,Daughter of Snows - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:05 pm

I hope you're hungry for some science, because we’re serving up a big hunk of data! Three of our Evolving Items have gone through some interesting developments. I think you’ll be quite surprised:

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Prince of the Sea and his men finally managed to land on the mysterious island without any more ill occurrences. They searched for clues of the prince's father until one of the men spotted a stone slab on a cliff. They rushed to the slab, only to be heartbroken by their discovery. His father's name was faintly inscribed on the stone-- they were too late. Other graves were soon discovered one after another as they walked down the flowery trail. After they mourned the loss of their captain and fellow friends, the crew returned to the ship to prepare for their journey home. The prince retired to his quarter and stared at the locket that his father had left him. There must be a reason why his father led him to this island.

"What they seek was not on the island, but underneath it..." echoed in his mind.


Gary's Island Adventure: This week, a mix of island ingenuity and grim medical misfortune. Gary makes himself a nice hat, and then contracts a mild roundworm infection. Ha ha, make sure it cooks all the way through next time, Gary!


Daughter of Snows: Sashenka has been traveling north for days, adding layers of fur as the weather gets colder and colder. One day she spots another group of travelers and is surprised to find her cousin Dima among them. He has been leading a hunting party and was on his way back to the palace. When he learns of her quest, he insists on going with her. Sashenka finds her young cousin to be brash and conceited, but cannot deny his hunting skills so she allows him to join.


Satisfied with this EI fix? I know I am! If any of these beauties catch your eye, then stop by the Cash Shop, and remember to vote for your favorites in the weekly EI poll. Have a wonderful weekend!

We've also got a lovely illustration from the artists behind these items. Click the thumbnail for a full-sized version:

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15 January's Monthly Collectibles are here!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement January's Monthly Collectibles are here! - [NPC] Rina Fri Jan 13, 2012 1:42 pm

Ahhh, the 15th is here! I can finally hold the Monthly Collectibles in my hands...they’re so beautiful!

January’s Monthly Collectibles unveil a sparkling fairy and cold vengeance:

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Yuki Otoko is out for revenge with a tattered robe, frostbitten limbs, cursed sword, and frozen hair.

Silver Sprite will bring you great joy with a shimmering cape, glimmering tabard, and sparkling circlet. You can even transform into the little sprite herself!

These items will only be available this month only, so get ‘em while you can!

Visit the Cash Shop

19 Gold Shop Update: Back to BasicsEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gold Shop Update: Back to Basics - [NPC] Ian Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:05 pm

Hello, everyone! The start of a new year makes for a great chance to get back to basics. Time to reboot your fashion sense with some fresh styles!

Stop by Barton Boutique and Gambino Outfitters to check out the new selection of bargain starter sets, some designed for living in a modern world and some for exploring an exotic mythical land. We've also added new eyes with a variety of expressions to Salon Durem and new mouths in dress-up!

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Head down to the Gold Shops and update your look today!

Go Shopping

19 Read the exciting conclusion to the Moonrise manga!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Read the exciting conclusion to the Moonrise manga! - admin Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:20 pm

We're proud to present, in an extraordinarily timely fashion, the thrilling conclusion to our Halloween event manga update! See our fearless heroes, Ian and Rufus, confront Evil Timmy-- and not a moment too soon!

In case, for some reason, you can't quite remember what happened in the first part, be sure to read it again to catch up.

Read the Comic


(Wondering why we're releasing this Halloween comic in January? Well, here's the deal: we were originally planning to release it in April, but we finished it so incredibly early that we just couldn't stand to wait that long.)

20 Enter the January 2012 MC Giveaway!!!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Enter the January 2012 MC Giveaway!!! - DJ Helsing Fri Jan 20, 2012 4:49 pm

Want a free January 2012 Monthly Collectible? It's easy: just visit our MC Contest thread and post your favorite January MC from the past and why you like it. You'll be automatically entered in a drawing for your very own January 2012 MC!


Enter the Contest

20 Seasonal Cash Shop CleanupEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Seasonal Cash Shop Cleanup - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:49 pm

Greetings, Gaians! Rigel and I need to make some room in the Cash Shop, so we'll be removing some seasonal items from the shelves early next week. Act fast, the following items will be taken out of the Cash Shop on Tuesday, January 24:

  • Multicolor Fading String of Lights
  • Silver Bethe Star Tree Topper
  • Golden Bethe Star Tree Topper
  • Silver Frosty Star Tree Topper
  • Golden Frosty Star Tree Topper
  • Cluster of Presents One
  • Cluster of Presents Two
  • Giant Red Bow
  • Giant Purple Bow
  • Giant Golden Bow
  • Giant Blue Bow
  • Giant White Bow
  • Giant Green Bow
  • Giant Black Bow
  • Giant Pink Bow
  • Giant Pink Bow
  • Winter Red Window
  • Winter Blue Window
  • Winter Green Window
  • Winter Purple Window
  • Winter Yellow Window
  • Winter Black Window
  • Winter White Window
  • Gingerbread House
  • Roaring Fireplace
  • Green Holiday Tree
  • Red Holiday Tree
  • Gold Holiday Tree
  • Silver Holiday Tree
  • Black Holiday Tree
  • Silver White Holiday Tree
  • White Holiday Tree
  • Pink Holiday Tree


Time's running out for these items, but they can still be yours if you hurry!

20 EI Report: Gary's Island Adventure and Daughter of SnowsEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Gary's Island Adventure and Daughter of Snows - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Jan 20, 2012 4:00 pm

Happy Friday, friends! Two very different items have fresh new evolutions this week. Take a gander!

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Gary's Island Adventure continues with two classy new poses, both foretold in the ancient texts by Old Pete: "Looks, uh, looks like Gary got hisself a new pair of coconut pants and a sea bird peckin' on his face." Well said, Old Pete! Nothing will fancy-up your wardrobe quite like an unruly gull attack or dazzling coconut pants.


Daughter of Snows forges on in the face of a perpetual deep freeze. Temperatures continue to drop as Sashenka and Dima go further north towards the mountains. Up here it's obvious the extent of the damage that years of winter have done to the land and its peoples. One morning, the pair spots a pure white stag among the snowdrifts. It stares back with intelligent eyes. Dima sees the chance for a gorgeous new trophy on his wall and draws his sword, but the stag bolts. Dima sets off after it, and Sashenka comes along-- not for a trophy, but because she thinks it may know something.

Get Gary's Island Adventure at The Treehouse, and Daughter of Snows at the Cash Shop. What do you think about the Evolving Items this week? Hot? Not? Click fun buttons and share your opinion with the weekly EI poll! See you next time!

23 Cash Shop Update: Lunar Dragon Bundle!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Lunar Dragon Bundle! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:11 pm

Greetings and Happy Chinese New Year! Rigel and I are kicking off the Year of the Dragon with new items and a new bundle that are certain to be among your favorites!

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Xin the Lucky Dragon is the bringer of good fortune! He'll protect you with his firey breath but snuggle close to you when he feels happy and safe. Look just as awesome as he does with your own blazing mohawk!

The Golden Dragon is both mysterious and powerful. Although he may come off as intimidating, he certainly does have a heart of gold! Includes gilded tunic, pants, clawed gauntlets, armored boots, flowing hair, and ornamented horns.

The beautiful and graceful Pink Dragoness is ready to celebrate the holiday in her flowing new outfit! She's not complete without her decorative ribbons to compliment a pair of cute horns, spiky baobao hairstyle, dragon embroidered qipao, layered dress, golden bracelet, and her favorite strappy heels.

Grab the Lunar Dragon Bundle to get all of all of these items, as well as the exclusive Lunar Celebration! Where else would you rather be for the Chinese New Year? Immerse yourself in culture and have a blast while doing it! Includes a glowing Chinatown backdrop, glowing lucky paper lantern, dragontail scarf, and colorful New Year's fireworks.


Visit the Cash Shop


Artist Finni created this neat illustration to go along with the bundle. Click for biggie!

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24 Convention Tour: OhayoCon 2012!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Convention Tour: OhayoCon 2012! - DJ Helsing Tue Jan 24, 2012 9:09 pm

OhayoCon 2012: Columbus, Ohio

Where: Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio

Game Show: January 27th 2012, 7:00pm – 8:00pm Main Programming

Panel: January 28th 2012, 5:00pm – 6:00pm Haynes Room


Head on over and meet us for our traditional Gaia Panel, complete with plenty of mischief, prizes, glimpses at Gaia's future and a opportunity to contribute your feedback and help improve the site. In addition, we’ll be hosting a Gaia Game Show, an amazing collection of wild and goofy contests to showcase your weirdest skills and win some great prizes.


As a bonus, all Gaia event attendees will receive a special limited-edition Convention Tour 2012 Item for your avatar along with a zOMG! starter pack, 2,500 Gold and the Conventioneer Achievement.

We hope to see you there... and if we don't, hopefully we'll be in your neck of the woods sometime very soon. Check out the Convention Tour page for details about all the upcoming stops in 2012!

Check out the Gaia 2012 Convention Tour


Wondering if any of your Gaia friends are going? Stop by the Convention Forum to connect with your fellow convention-goers

27 Cash Shop Update: Steampunk Royalty Bundle!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Steampunk Royalty Bundle! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:33 pm

Greetings, Gaians! Mintaka and I have dug deep into the past, gently altered a timeline or two, and witnessed an unfolding love story centered around a beautiful and rich Heiress with many suitors, and a Mechanic who won her heart by tending to her octopus pet and crafting cute trinklets for her, like her treasured music box. New fashions from this version of reality are now hitting our shelves-- meet the items of the Steampunk Royalty Bundle!

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Favored Heiress is wearing her favorite gown to charm her lover, which includes a cinched bodice, elaborate skirt, laced sleeves, treasured purse, standing ruff, and fashionable boots.

Faithful Mechanic comes with enough tools to build a steam engine from scratch! Mostly tastefully hidden, of course. The item includes an elegant uniform, vest, toolbelt, wrench, heavy-duty boots, and decorative cuffs.

Sir Ceph the Dapper Octopus may not be your conventional pet, but he just wants you to love him back! Give him cuddles and he'll let you borrow his tiny top hat!

Get all of these items at once in the Steampunk Royalty Bundle, and you'll also receive the exclusive Courtly Love, which is not available anywhere else. Courtly Love is about as close as you can get to nirvana!


Visit La Victoire now! We defy you to find anyone else who will dare to manipulate spacetime in the name of high fashion. See you next time!

Visit the Cash Shop

27 EI Report: Daughter of Snows, Zodiacal, Gary's Island Adventure!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI: Daughter of Snows, Zodiacal, Gary's Island Adventure! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:05 pm

Hello, my studious friends-- you're just in time for some science! This week, we're observing some very interesting new evolutions on three items, including two high-profile finales. Have a look:

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Gary's Island Adventure continues, but it gets lonely out there on that island. Thanks to his new hairstyle, Gary's met a new local love interest! She's a bit hard-headed but sweet on the inside, and Gary's nuts for her.


Daughter of Snows 2nd Gen. reaches its final stage of evolution with two gorgeous new forms! After giving chase to a mysterious white deer, Sashenka and Dima finally corner the intelligent beast at the base of the mountain. Dima moves in to make the kill, but Sashenka wrestles the sword away from him. Sitting on the ground, exhausted and in tears, the great stag approaches her and stares directly into her eyes. Its enormous, bright blue eyes with magnificent swirling tendrils throughout its irises stared deeply. Without warning, and as if the thought weren't her own, Sashenka now knew the secret of the endless winter. Her parents, desperate for a child, had prayed for and received a daughter made of snow-- the winter had been necessary to keep her alive since her birth. With a final thought and a tear, Sashenka asks the animal to return the seasons to normal. It nods, and Sashenka and Dima begin the walk home for a final farewell.


Zodiacal 13th Gen. reaches its final stages as the astrolabe completes its yearly cycle. It lifts and glows with a radiant energy, its final form taking flight and granting the owner with one final gift from each of its signs.


So exciting! Remember, Daughter of Snows and Zodiacal are available from the Cash Shop, but Gary's Island Adventure is only available through The Treehouse! What do you think of this week's updates? Use your influence as a voter and help guide the hand of evolution with just a couple clicks over at our weekly EI poll!

30 Advance Chance: Get a head start on February's CI!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Advance Chance: Get a head start on February's CI! - [NPC] GRS Accountant Ivan Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:10 pm

Hello again, old friend. Why so glum? Bored with the monotony of wealth and riches? Spice things up with an investment in February’s Advance Chance. With a chance to snag a sweet item and the opportunity to sell it for profit, you can’t lose!

What will the next CI be? Nobody knows, but you’ll get the first crack at it with the Advance Chance. On the day of the next CI release, you’ll be able to open your bundle and start reaping the rewards of your CIs hours before they’re released to the general public, so you can start listing items on the Marketplace when hardly anyone has their hands on them yet.


The next CI will be revealed the middle of February, so reserve yours today!

31 Last Chance to Grab Radiant Galaxy!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Last Chance to Grab Radiant Galaxy! - [NPC] Ivan Tue Jan 31, 2012 5:41 pm

Even after years of education and experience as an accountant, managing a sea of confounding black-and-white documents, I often find myself daydreaming about the nature of the universe. Nothing exists at right angles or in perfect monochrome out there. There are no deadlines or absolutes, and sometimes you'll find upwards of three, four, or potentially even more colors per object! It's very exciting to think about, so when I overhear people talking about heavenly forms, I'm not picturing the endless pages of the GX-4R-P1 Dog Insurance Report, the confusing 2440 Sentient Car Declaration, or even the gloriously complicated P-9041 Statement of Gambling Losses to Time Travelers, Robots, or Eternal Beings. No—my imagination turns to the sky, and to the types of wonders present in the Radiant Galaxy!

Unfortunately, the Radiant Galaxy will be leaving on Friday, February 3, so you'd be wise to stock up while you can. Each Radiant Galaxy Chance Item will reward you in some way. You might get a valuable rare item, a lovely Cash Shop favorite, or one of the following new exclusives:

Grab one now, or buy a bundle of nine. The Radiant Galaxy will be setting soon!

Get Chance Items!

February Edit

03 Make Your Own Moga Contest Starts Today!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Make Your Own Moga Contest Starts Today! - [NPC] Nova Thu Feb 02, 2012 4:45 pm

Hey tamers,

I am extremely proud to announce the Make Your Own Moga Contest! Tamers everywhere have longed for the chance to make their own Moga and get it into the game and Gaia is now accepting submissions from players! An in-house panel of judges will select the best of the best and present them to the community to vote for their favorites!

The THREE submissions with the most votes will get the opportunity to be put into the game* and the winners will get all kinds of awesome prizes including Mogas, Moga Cash and a high-level copy of your own moga! First Prize also gets a level 30 GALACTIC Moga of their choice!

The final submission date is Sunday, February 12th 2012. Voting will take place on Gaia between Friday February 17th and Sunday February 19th.

For complete rules, submission guidelines and discussion head on over to the Moga Forums:

Enter the Contest


Good luck tamers!

-Nova

'*Restrictions apply, see full contest rules for details

03 EI Report: Prince of the Sea and Gary's Island Adventure!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Prince of the Sea and Gary's Island Adventure! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:51 pm

Happy Friday, and welcome to the Evolving Item Report! We're examining some exciting new evolutions this week. Two of my very favorite items have produced new forms, come take a look!

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With no rescue in sight, nobody to talk to, and no concept of what day it is or how long he's been marooned, Gary is hitting the makeshift tropical runway for the First Annual Gary's Island Adventure Sea Terrors Fashion Show! Meticulously assembled from living sea creatures are a gorgeous octo-wig, fashionable fish sandals, and a school of lobsters hanging off any available loose piece of skin. Those with an appreciation for the craft will be interested to know this entire look was constructed by Gary in complete silence-- aside from the occasional guttural squeal of discomfort when a lobster pinches a tender area, Gary hasn't used his voice in over a month!


Prince of the Sea 9th Gen. continues evovling around a legend of an enormous, disfigured beast living deep underwater. Its origin isn't known, but tales of such a monster lurking beneath the surface have circulated since the earliest sea voyages across Gaia. It is said to be a merman, vile and twisted, who had tasted the flesh of his own kind. Growing stronger, annihilating and consuming entire clans, and flying into fits of rage when its preferred source of strength-- his own kind-- became scarce. The story goes on to suggest that many sailing ships carrying Gaians were also lost to the great beast, though that's never been confirmed by any credible source. It is now said to lie in wait under an abandoned island once populated by the merpeople, anticipating the day an errant descendant of those he consumed would come in search of answers.


Remember-- Prince of the Sea is available in the Cash Shop, but Gary's Island Adventure is only available in The Treehouse! Love 'em? Hate 'em? Really love 'em? Really, REALLY love 'em? Indifferent? Voice your opinion over at our weekly EI poll!

07 Get Romantic with Valentine's Day Avatar Cards!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Get Romantic with Valentine's Day Avatar Cards! - admin Tue Feb 07, 2012 4:01 pm

Looking for a little Valentine's treat for yourself or someone special? Look no further than our limited-edition, Valentine's Day edition Avatar Card, the customizable and reloadable Gaia Cash Card!

Aside from the cute new Valentine's Day backgrounds, we're also dropping the shipping price for a limited time: now you can get one rushed to your doorstep for a mere $1.99 on $0 value cards and FREE SHIPPING on cards with a initial value of $24.99 or more!

Visit our Avatar Card page to start customizing your card right now. Go! Go now!

Create Your Custom Card

08 The Crystal Box and Gaia Offers have new stuff!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The Crystal Box and Gaia Offers have new stuff! - admin Tue Feb 07, 2012 6:46 pm

If you grab $25 or more in Gaia Cash through a Cash Card, PayPal or credit card, we'll hook you up with a Crystal Box-- a coveted gift box containing one of many incredible exclusives. Good news: we've just added a new item to the mix! Open a Crystal Box and you just might meet your newest friend, Triscut the Cockatiel, an adorable little guy who just wants to see you smile. Look, he even brought a hat with him!

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We've also updated Gaia Offers with a new exclusive item-- the brilliant Sapphire Scarf! Check out the Offers page and participate in an offer worth 100 Gaia Cash or more to get one for your collection! Do it!

Get Gaia Cash!

08 Set Sail for Love with Love Charm III!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Set Sail for Love with Love Charm III! - [NPC] Ivan Wed Feb 08, 2012 2:00 pm

I've got some excellent news! I've processed your tax return and you're getting back a bunch of money! The amount's not important. What matters is that I've automatically diverted the funds and booked you passage on one of Gaia's most luxurious airship cruises!

I can see that passionate look in your eye. You're mad with pleasure! No need to thank me—just enjoy yourself! The view from the airship is gorgeous, and get this: Love Charms are available on board! Each Love Charm will give you the opportunity to woo one of Gaia's most eligible singles on a romantic date. Talk a good game and you might not go home lonely, but even if your date ends in disaster, you'll still get an interesting item to keep! Perhaps a Cash Shop favorite, a valuable rare, or one of these exciting new exclusives:

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Don't go into it half-hearted—maximize your chances at finding true love and exclusive items by buying a bundle of Love Charms!

Get Chance Items!

10 Happy Valentine's Day from Gaia!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Happy Valentine's Day from Gaia! - admin Tue Feb 07, 2012 5:35 pm

Valentine's Day is drawing near, and romance is in the air! In honor of love's favorite season, we've set up a page where you can easily send Valentines to your friends-- if you're generous with your cards, you'll start racking up gold and an event item.

Oh, and try sending cards to your favorite Gaia characters-- you just might get a little something in return.

Unlucky at love? You can get some valuable romantic advice from Diedrich, Gaia's resident expert at love (Grunnies are a very amorous creatures, you know). You can also stop by our Valentine's Day forum or our Flash Hangout to mingle with friends-- and maybe even meet someone new!

Send Some Valentines!

10 EI Report: Gary's Island Adventure and Timmy!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Gary's Island Adventure and Timmy! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:40 pm

Good day, Gaians! This week, we're checking out some new evolutions from far-off and lonely deserted islands, and watching a young man blossom before our very eyes. Believe it!

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Gary's Island Adventure continues, featuring more looks from his First Annual Sea Terrors Fashion Show! Next up on the runway-- a titillating sand dollar bikini, made with hand-smoothed dollars that won't chafe or irritate sensitive skin. Also making a showing is Gary's seagull bride, whose powerful beak and encouraging squawks were instrumental in forging Gary's new crab-based swimwear. Its durable shell protects Gary from errant fish nibbles and really brings out his eyes!


Timmy 5th Gen also evolved this week, and brings with him a newfound sense of confidence! When we last left Timmy, he was in the midst of a horrifying hyperpuberty. He's still a bit gangly and awkward, but Edmund's put him on the fast track to adulthood with three new poses. For the first time, you can enjoy his vintage Borrissey tee!


Remember, Timmy is for sale in the Cash Shop, but Gary's Island Adventure is only available at The Treehouse! What'd you think about this week's evolutions? Wait, before you shout your answer at the screen, you should go check out our weekly EI poll!

13 Gold Shop Update: Undies and Jammies!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gold Shop Update: Undies and Jammies! - [NPC] Ruby Mon Feb 13, 2012 1:49 pm

Well, hello there! I'm pleased to announce a shipment of some new goodies at Ruby's Rack. It's all undies! Nightshirts, bras, camisoles, panties, you name it-- everything you need! You do need it, right? You're not just walking around town without underwear? That'd be weird.

Don't worry, guys, there's lots of new stuff for you, too! Check out H&R Wesley for a bunch of new robes, boxers and briefs that will be sure to dazzle you right up until the moment you put on the rest of your clothes! While you're out, don't forget to head over to Buttercup Cafe. They're serving up some all-new breakfast items. It is the most important meal of the day, after all!

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Go shopping now! Shop, shop, shop! Hit the Shops!

14 Convention Tour: KatsuCon 2012!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Convention Tour: KatsuCon 2012! - DJ Helsing Tue Feb 14, 2012 3:34 pm

KatsuCon 2012: Washington D.C.

Where: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center Washington D.C.

Game Show: February 17th 2012, 6:00pm – 7:30pm Live 1

Panel: February 18th 2012, 6:30pm – 8:00pm Live 2


Head on over and meet us for our traditional Gaia Panel, complete with plenty of mischief, prizes, glimpses at Gaia's future and a opportunity to contribute your feedback and help improve the site. In addition, we’ll be hosting a Gaia Game Show, an amazing collection of wild and goofy contests to showcase your weirdest skills and win some great prizes.


As a bonus, all Gaia event attendees will receive a special limited-edition Convention Tour 2012 Item for your avatar along with a zOMG! starter pack, 2,500 Gold and the Conventioneer Achievement.

We hope to see you there... and if we don't, hopefully we'll be in your neck of the woods sometime very soon. Check out the Convention Tour page for details about all the upcoming stops in 2012!

Check out the Gaia 2012 Convention Tour


Wondering if any of your Gaia friends are going? Stop by the Convention Forum to connect with your fellow convention-goers!

14 Monthly Update: February 2012Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Monthly Update: February 2012 - DJ Helsing Tue Feb 14, 2012 5:13 pm

Hi, Gaians! We've got a quick video update to share with you-- in order to keep the Gaia community in the know, we've decided to do monthly video updates (starring yours truly) that let you know exactly what we've been up to lately and what's in store for the coming month.

Of course, there's something in it for you: we'll be hosting a contest and giving away 100,000 Gold to a lucky winner.

We also have an opinion poll set up, so your voice can be heard and your thoughts can shape Gaia's future. Be sure to cast your vote.


To participate in the February 2012 monthly update Contest and Poll, just click this rad button:


Enter the Contest

14 Cash Shop Update: Love Parfait Bundle & Candlelight Embrace!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Love Parfait Bundle & Candlelight Embrace! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:40 pm

Good day, Gaians! We've come to understand that your culture celebrates love and affection, but one day each year. How novel! In recognition of your special day, we've added some new items to the Cash Shop that you may find very sweet indeed!

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Rich and tart, the Berry Mousse Royale is a classic taste. Included are a pair of ruffled, high-waisted shorts, streaked hairstyle, elegant vest, gartered socks, and matching bejeweled loafers.

Sweet and fun just like the eclectic flavors of Sweetie Delight, this cute little getup comes with a lacy top, ruffled bloomers, adorable bi-colored hair, strawberry hairclip, and decorated high-tops!

Enjoy the bright flavors of the Tangy Citrus Deluxe parfait with this cute ensemble! Includes a frilly tiered skirt, matching corset with cuffs, flan pudding hat, orange ribbon bow shoes, and a cute hairstyle decorated with a waffle hairclip.

The smooth texture in the Kiwi Chocolate Creme lends itself to a stylish outfit made for the most discriminating connoisseur, complete with a two-toned spiked hairstyle, mint leaf accessory, high collared shirt-vest, striped slacks, and embroidered loafers.

Buy all of the above items in the Love Parfait Bundle and you'll receive an exclusive item-- the Flavors de Alpaca! This gentle herd of alpacas only want to make you smile! Savor all four flavors, or keep your head warm with a unique alpaca-shaped hat!

Also new today-- and sold separately-- our newest animated item: Astra XXXIX: Candlelight Embrace! Its warm lighting is sure to set the mood for a romantic dinner or a quiet retreat.


Come have an up-close look at the new goods, we think you'll find them to be quite lovely!

Visit the Cash Shop

15 February's Monthly Collectibles are here!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement February's Monthly Collectibles are here! - [NPC] Rina Wed Feb 15, 2012 1:53 pm

I'm awake, I'm awake, stop shaking me! Oh, today's the 15th! Yes, I knew that. SO EXCITED!

February's Monthly Collectibles feature exotic spiritual styles and the timeless luxury of lace:

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Juno's Lace is a set of couture garments inspired by a white peacock, a symbol of the goddess Juno. These featherlight pieces are fit for a queen-- delicate lace gown, feathered fascinator, flowing collared cape, wing sleeves and a peacock companion.

Djinn Baharat is a mythical spirit who uses the intoxicating aroma of exotic spices to lure helpless travellers into his lair. Considering his "lair" is a lush harem tent draped in gold and silk, you could do worse. Also features a fiery wig, djinn's gravity-defying legs, mysterious sash and hat, and henna tattoo.

These items will only be around for February. Grab some while you can!

17 Happy Anniversary from Gaia Online!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Happy Anniversary from Gaia Online! - admin Wed Feb 15, 2012 4:00 pm

Can you believe Gaia's been around for nine years? It's incredible that this company-- founded in a dirt-floored shack by a gaggle of filthy children-- has grown into the worldwide anime hat phenomenon it is today. We owe it all to the incredible community that's guided our progress, encouraged our madness and funded our art for nearly a decade.

The Gaia team has set up a little thread to thank you all for supporting us. As a small token of our appreciation, we're also giving away a free anniversary item-- and if you look closely at the thread, you may even find a little something extra hidden among our posts.

Visit The Anniversary Thread!

17 EI Report: Gary, Prince of the Sea, and the new Rosamund's Revenge!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Gary, Prince of the Sea, and the new Rosamund's Revenge! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Feb 17, 2012 6:12 pm

Happy Friday, science friends! The team's buzzing with activity over a new Rapid Evolving Item that's just been discovered, as well as amazing evolutions of two other items! Come look!

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New this week: Rosamund's Revenge is the tale of Princess Rosamund following her beloved Ciel's selfless death. She returned home to grieve, but palace life no longer held her interest. The rigidity of court protocol, the princess' ridiculous, constricting garments... That life was gone, and in its place a thirst for revenge grew ever stronger.


Prince of the Sea evolved to its final stage this week! It's been over a year since the Prince had rescued the merpeople's Princess from the Mermaid Eater. She and the Prince have formed a unique bond as they sailed the vast Gaian oceans. The Prince has taken her hand in marriage, and the pair continues their quest, looking for survivors scattered across the seas.


Gary's Island Adventure evolved dramatically this week after Gary noticed that the local government appeared to consist mainly of birds and rocks. Following a brief show of how far he can throw pebbles and how fast he can run, most of the birds flew off, leaving Gary in charge as the island's undisputed king-deity. Show respect for his glorious rule by donning this crown of bottles, seaweed cape, and fishbone scepter!


Remember, Rosamund's Revenge and Prince of the Sea are available at the Cash Shop, but Gary's Island Adventure is only available from The Treehouse! What do you think? Are this week's developments très chic or way weak? Vote with your heart over at the weekly EI poll!

21 Gaia Avatar Cards: Reloadable Worldwide!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Avatar Cards: Reloadable Worldwide! - admin Mon Feb 13, 2012 1:58 pm

Dismayed at a lack of Gaia Cash coverage in Tuvalu, Kiribati and Vatican City? Weep no more! Now you can enjoy your reloadable Gaia Avatar Cards in more than 200 countries all over the world. Just ride your bejeweled ostrich to any Western Union location to refill your card with sweet, life-giving Gaia Cash. Below, just to underscore the power of our worldwide thrust, is a huge list of participating nations. Check out how many you've never even heard of!

Aland Islands / Albania / American Samoa / Andorra / Anguilla / Antigua and Barbuda / Argentina / Armenia / Aruba / Australia / Austria / Azerbaijan / Bahamas / Bahrain / Belarus / Belgium / Belize / Benin / Bhutan / Bolivia / Bosnia and Herzegovina / Botswana / British Indian Ocean Territory / British Virgin Islands / Brunei Darussalam / Bulgaria / Burkina Faso / Cambodia / Cameroon / Canada / Cape Verde / Cayman Islands / Central African Republic / Chad / Chile / China / Christmas Island / Cocos (Keeling) Islands / Colombia / Comoros / Congo / Cook Islands / Costa Rica / Cote D'Ivoire / Croatia / Cyprus / Czech Republic / Denmark / Dominica / Dominican Republic / Ecuador / Egypt / El Salvador / Equatorial Guinea / Eritrea / Estonia / Ethiopia / Falkland Islands / Faroe Islands / Federated States of Micronesia / Fiji / Finland / France / French Guiana / French Polynesia / French Southern Territories / Gabon / Gambia / Georgia / Germany / Ghana / Gibraltar / Greece / Grenada / Guadeloupe / Guam / Guatemala / Guinea / Guinea Bissau / Guyana / Haiti / Vatican City / Honduras / Hong Kong / Hungary / Iceland / India / Indonesia / Iraq / Ireland / Israel / Italy / Jamaica / Jordan / Kazakhstan / Kenya / Kiribati / Korea / KSA / Kuwait / Kyrgyzstan / Laos / Latvia / Lebanon / Libya / Liechtenstein / Lithuania / Luxembourg / Macao / Macedonia / Madagascar / Malawi / Malaysia / Maldives / Mali / Malta / Marshall Islands / Martinique / Mauritania / Mauritius / Mayotte / Mexico / Moldova / Monaco / Mongolia / Montserrat / Morocco / Mozambique / Namibia / Nauru / Nepal / Netherlands / New Caledonia / New Zealand / Nicaragua / Niger / Nigeria / Niue / Norfolk Island / Northern Mariana Islands / Norway / Oman / Pakistan / Palau / Palestine / Panama / Papua New Guinea / Paraguay / Peru / Philippines / Poland / Portugal / Puerto Rico / Qatar / Reunion / Romania / Rwanda / Saint Helena / Saint Kitts and Nevis / Saint Lucia / Saint Pierre and Miquelon / Saint Vincent and the Grenadines / Samoa / Sao Tome and Principe / Senegal / Serbia and Montenegro / Seychelles / Sierra Leone / Singapore / Slovakia / Slovenia / Solomon Islands / Somalia / South Africa / South Georgia and the South Sandwidch Islands / Spain / Sri Lanka / Sweden / Switzerland / Taiwan / Tajikistan / Tanzania / Thailand / Timor-leste / Togo / Tonga / Trinidad and Tobago / Tunisia / Turkey / Turkmenistan / Turks and Caicos Islands / Tuvalu / U.S. Virgin Islands / UAE / Uganda / UK / Ukraine / USA / United States Minor Outlying Islands / Uruguay / Uzbekistan / Vanuatu / Venezuela / Vietnam / Wallis and Futuna / Western Sahara / Yemen / Zambia


Citizens of the world, order your Western Union reloadable Gaia Avatar Cards now!

Create Your Avatar Card

21 Cash Shop Update: Saga of Inguz Bundle!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Saga of Inguz Bundle! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Tue Feb 21, 2012 5:23 pm

We have exciting news for those with an affinity for mythology and great deals! Mintaka just finished stocking the shop with several new items carrying a Viking theme. Grab them all at once as a bundle, and you'll also get a fantastic new exclusive that captures the spirit of adventure and exploration!

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Captivate your lover with a mesmerizing tune in your best maiden attire! Sigrdrifa's Prayer includes windswept braided hair, ribboned Valkyrie head wings, accessorized tunic dress, furry booties, fur stole, and gilded lyre.

Strike the heavens with your booming voice and slay your foes in this kickass ensemble! Thor's Passion includes studded and chainmail adorned tunic, distressed pants, gradated hair, fur-trimmed boots, shredded cape, and an enchanted battle axe.

Though he may be small, Heimdal the Ram has great potential to become a glorious battle ally! Take on anything that comes your way with a matching horned helmet!

Get all of the above items in the Saga of Inguz Bundle and you'll also receive the exclusive Norseman's Expedition! Includes everything you need for an exciting seafaring adventure-- dragon-bowed ship, ice misted background, decorated shield, golden bugle, and an adventurer's ultimate fate!


Visit the Cash Shop now! We think you'll find there's nothing mythological about these glorious new fashions!

Visit the Cash Shop

23 Enter the February 2012 MC Giveaway!!!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Enter the February 2012 MC Giveaway!!! - DJ Helsing Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:22 pm

Want a free February 2012 Monthly Collectible? It's easy: just visit our MC Contest thread and post your favorite February MC from the past and why you like it. You'll be automatically entered in a drawing for your very own February 2012 MC!


Enter the Contest

24 EI Report: Rosamund's Revenge, Timmy, and Gary!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Rosamund's Revenge, Timmy, and Gary! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Feb 24, 2012 5:38 pm

Happy Friday, Gaians! We're examining three items that have had exciting new developments this week, and it looks like one of our favorites has evolved for the last time. Come take a look, it's exciting stuff!

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Rosamund's Revenge continued evolving this week, with Rosamund fed up with her royal obligations and desperate to avenge Ciel's death. She cast off her mourning collar and powdered wig, revealing ruby red curls-- once her greatest vanity, trimmed short in tribute to her beloved. Rosamund fled the palace and stole away into the night, her dark cloak concealing a mysterious and mystical artifact...


Timmy has finally made it into adulthood, and he's very... well, he's Timmy-like, but bigger. This was a dark stage in Timmy's life, as his dirtbag-like adult appearance seemed to attract constant attention from law enforcement. Stay strong, Timmy!


Gary's Island Adventure has evolved for the last time this week! Judging by the signage, tools, and rudimentary monuments to himself, It looks like Gary survived on the island for a great many years, but we may never know how he met his end. Perhaps he passed away peacefully in his sleep, or valiantly in battle with a pelican. It could have also had something to do with the wasp nest he used as a pillow. Whatever the case, we'll miss you, old friend!


Remember, Rosamund's Revenge and Timmy are available in the Cash Shop, but Gary's Island Adventure can only be purchased at The Treehouse! What do you think about this week's update? Go vote in our weekly EI poll, it'll make you feel cool!

27 Rapid EI Bundle #3 is now available!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Rapid EI Bundle #3 is now available! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Mon Feb 27, 2012 6:33 pm

Hey there, EI fans! There's a special deal available in the Cash Shop right now that I wanted to share with you a few days before your regularly-scheduled EI Update-- a brand-new Rapid EI Bundle! Grab a bunch of old favorites all in one go and you'll receive a new exclusive, too!

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Inside Rapid EI Bundle #3, you'll find Trilune's Covenant, Custom Cut, The Watchmaker, and the exclusive Anesidora's Gift, which is a new blue recolor of Anesidora's Woe. Grab it now, that exclusive is only available through this bundle!

Head on over to the Cash Shop and check it out!

28 Advance Chance: Get a head start on March's CI!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Advance Chance: Get a head start on March's CI! - [NPC] GRS Accountant Ivan Tue Feb 28, 2012 2:38 pm

Liquid assets are all well and good, but your overall net worth isn't going to grow that way. March's Chance Items are just around the bend, and if you invest in Advance Chance you'll have a real opportunity to watch the value of your investment rocket ever upward. And then I'll get to make charts with lines that go up! Have you ever made charts where the lines all go down? It's depressing and awkward for both of us. Don't let it happen to you!

What will the next CI be? Nobody knows, but you’ll get the first crack at it with the Advance Chance. On the day of the next CI release, you’ll be able to open your bundle and start reaping the rewards of your CIs hours before they’re released to the general public, so you can start listing items on the Marketplace when hardly anyone has their hands on them yet.

The next CI won't be revealed until mid-March, but you can call dibs today!

29 Introducing CrosStitch, the shop where you design the items!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Introducing CrosStitch, the shop where you design the items! - [NPC] Stein Wed Feb 29, 2012 4:09 pm

In case we haven't met, my name is Stein. For years, I've been relegated to cataloguing and correcting the design errors of Gaia's items. After hearing the thoughtful feedback from so many Gaians, a thought occurred to me: why not put the power to create new fashions in the hands of the people?

After months of preparation, I'm ready to make this a reality. I'm delighted to announce the grand opening of my new shop, CrosStitch, where each and every item is designed by Gaians like you!

For now, I'll be stocking my shelves with previous winners of user-designed item contests. Check out some of what I've got in stock already. To see the original sketches that produced these awesome items, check out the image at the bottom of this announcement.

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But new stuff will be coming along steadily-- we'll hold regular contests to design new items. In fact, why not start now? Our first contest will be "CrosStitch Signature": it sure would be nice to create some items that fit in with the general look of the store and its humble proprietor (me). You know: red and black, plenty of stitches, et cetera.

Check out the official contest page for the full details. I look forward to seeing-- and selling-- your best entries!

Enter the Contest


To see what's already in stock-- not much, I'm afraid-- you can stop by the shop and say hello.

Visit CrosStitch


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Click for bigness!

March Edit

02 EI Report: Rosamund's Revenge!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Rosamund's Revenge! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Mar 02, 2012 3:34 pm

Hey, EI Fans! Big week here, with an exciting update to our newest Rapid Evolving Item! So much new data to pore over, and the new poses are so beautiful! Ah, I'm overstimulated! I'm going to need a nap after this!

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Rosamund's Revenge: With home far behind her, Rosamund steeled herself for the inevitable confrontation with Mephiste. Even in the darkness she could see his castle looming on the horizon, emanating an eerie red light, almost as if it desired to be found. Rosamund pressed on, knowing her fate lie in that dark lair. She had cast off her royal trappings and donned the garb of a hunter, draped all in shadows-- she would not back down. As she reached the castle, the silver moon emerged from behind a veil of cloud, glittering against Rosamund's ancient rose pin…


Awesome! You can get your own Rosamund's Revenge from the Cash Shop. What did you think about today's update? Go congregate with the other science buffs at the weekly EI poll!

05 Last Chance to Get Love Charm III!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Last Chance to Get Love Charm III! - [NPC] Ivan Mon Mar 05, 2012 3:50 pm

Ah, the magic of love! It feels so special, and there's nothing quite like it.

I'm not talking about that simple love for things like a neatly organized manila folder, the warmth of a freshly printed document, or a deli-style turkey sub with red onion and two kinds of mustard. I mean real love, like when you have a partner who will hold you when you're having that nightmare about the gang of geese that chase you around town and bite your spreadsheets.

Love Charm III makes finding true love a breeze, and each one will give you a Cash Shop favorite, a valuable rare, or perhaps even one of these exciting exclusives:


Unfortunately, Love Charm III will be taken out of the shop this Thursday, March 8. That's not to suggest that love itself will die that day, it just becomes a whole lot less fun. Don't let the chance for love pass you by—grab one today, or buy a bundle and stock up!

Get Chance Items!

08 Cash Shop Update: Blarnan's Kiss Bundle!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Blarnan's Kiss Bundle! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Thu Mar 08, 2012 6:13 pm

Rigel and I were just discussing how odd it is that you have no real holiday celebrations based around the concept of luck, the color green, excessive inebriation, or pinching others. Certainly, we knew a few Gaians held small, unofficial celebrations based on a couple of those concepts, but imagine our surprise when we realized St. Patrick's Day touches on most or all of them!

We're stocking new items in recognition of this compelling holiday, and if you purchase the bundle, you'll get a gorgeous new exclusive!

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Shilay-Lee the Pooka - These mischievous creatures are real after all! As far as Pookas go, Shilay-Lee is a good companion and a blast to be around. Well, until you grow a pair of horns of your own...

Tory of the Glen - The kind of get-up that'll make your tough-guy persona shine! Includes an embroidered outfit, belted kilt, lined boots, elegant churchwarden, and wicked duo-toned hair!

Dancer on the River - The stories surrounding this mysterious performer say she has the skill to captivate even the fair folk of the deepest woods. Her set comes with a dainty head bow, large curled tresses, a ruffled dancer's dress, strapped shoes, ribboned bodhran, and a golden shawl.

Get the above items all at once in the festively-named Blarnan's Kiss Bundle, and you'll also receive the exclusive item A Rainy Day's Gift! Make your life a little more colorful by adding cheerfully emo hair, some pun-eriffic rainbows, silky long sleeves, and a full spectrum set of headphones!


From what we understand of the holiday's parameters, it isn't advisable to be caught without the color green during the festivities. Visit the Cash Shop and prepare accordingly!

Visit the Cash Shop

09 EI Report: Rosamund's Revenge and Timmy!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Rosamund's Revenge and Timmy! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:10 pm

Good afternoon, Gaians! It's a big day over at EI headquarters: my old pal Timmy is reliving the legal troubles that plagued his short adult life, and our newest Rapid EI has reached its thrilling climax!

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Timmy was taken downtown by an officer citing an obscure and rarely-enforced section of the local penal code which states:

449.3: A person whose facial hair appears grotesque, ragged, excessively filthy, irregularly kept, otherworldly, or otherwise unpleasant shall be guilty of moustache mayhem and will be imprisoned for a length of time corresponding to the grievousness of the offense.

Luckily, Timmy didn't have to spend much time in D-Block, as your intrepid host had enough in her savings account to bail him out and get him cleaned up. He didn't walk away from the experience empty-handed, though! A nice lady wearing lots of makeup gave him a cool jacket that belonged to her boyfriend, Crazy Murderer Keith.


Rosamund's Revenge concludes this week with the final confrontation between the vengeful princess and that mysterious fiend who killed her beloved Ciel:

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Deep in Mephiste's lair, Rosamund searched with increasing frustration for the devil she had come to destroy. The castle seemed deserted with no sign of Mephiste or his dark magic, but as she crept into the throne room, Rosamund saw something very strange indeed-- herself. Or rather, Mephiste. The doppelganger Rosamund grinned and curtsied in her princess gown.

"You were expecting something more... brutish? I thought this would be more to your taste. Or maybe..." Mephiste gestured over Rosamund's shoulder, and standing there was Ciel, bathed in a heavenly glow. She smiled softly; Rosamund could almost believe she was real.

"Isn't this your heart's desire?" Mephiste whispered. "I am desire, princess. Everything you want is here. Stay here with me, or try to escape?" She giggled. "Either way, you'll join your beloved. But I'd much rather keep you to myself."

Rosamund gazed for a moment into Ciel's eyes, and holding in her mind the vision she so longed for, she turned and plunged her ancient rose pin into Mephiste's heart. The demon shrieked as the dagger sank deeper, its blade growing into a razor sharp sword-- Aculeus, the royal family's sacred heirloom. Rosamund stumbled back and watched as Mephiste clawed desperately at the hilt.

"No," Rosamund said. "You will be alone, forever."

Mephiste's body, the illusion already fading, sank to the ground as clusters of red roses bound it from head to toe. Here it would be sealed for all eternity... or for however long the magic held.

Rosamund turned, but of course, Ciel was gone. Her far-away kingdom was safe, and Rosamund was alone. Mostly. Closing her eyes, she pictured her Ciel, smiling one last time. The image warmed her heart and... tickled her scalp? She touched her head and found that her shorn curls had been miraculously restored. Perhaps some unseen angel had blessed her.


Wow! On one hand, recalling Timmy's plight brought back some shameful memories, but Rosamund's closure definitely makes up for it! Overall, I'm more than satisfied! What about you? Let us know through the weekly EI poll!

12 Drop in for a quick eternity at Club Limbo!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Drop in for a quick eternity at Club Limbo! - [NPC] Ivan Mon Mar 12, 2012 2:51 pm

When you shuffle through as many tax forms as I do, you're going to get the occasional life-threatening paper cut. I've had half a dozen near-death experiences in the last few years, and due to my famously grey-shaded morality, I always find myself relaxing in Club Limbo.

It's a pretty nice place, if you don't mind the lingering threat of being trapped eternally in a sinister netherworld. The proprietor, Friday the XIII, is a nice enough guy—if you beat him at a few parlor games, he'll even give you another crack at being alive, plus a super-cool Club Limbo door prize.

Next time you're at death's door, I recommend stopping by. Whether you're brought back to life or doomed to stay forever, you'll always get something great out of it: a Cash Shop favorite, a valuable rarity or one of these amazing Club Limbo exclusives:

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Pay a visit to Club Limbo now! You can stop in for a single visit, or grab a bundle for nine shots at forever.

Visit Club Limbo

13 Convention Tour: WonderCon 2012!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Convention Tour: WonderCon 2012! - DJ Helsing Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:22 pm

WonderCon 2012: Anaheim, CA

Where: Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA

Panel: March 16th 2012, 7:00pm – 8:00pm Room: 210ABC


Head on over and meet us for our traditional Gaia Panel, complete with plenty of mischief, prizes, glimpses at Gaia's future and a opportunity to contribute your feedback and help improve the site. In addition, we’ll be hosting an amazing collection of wild and goofy contests to showcase your weirdest skills and win some great prizes.


As a bonus, all Gaia event attendees will receive a special limited-edition Convention Tour 2012 Item for your avatar along with a zOMG! starter pack, 2,500 Gold and the Conventioneer Achievement.

We hope to see you there... and if we don't, hopefully we'll be in your neck of the woods sometime very soon. Check out the Convention Tour page for details about all the upcoming stops in 2012!

Check out the Gaia 2012 Convention Tour


Wondering if any of your Gaia friends are going? Stop by the Convention Forum to connect with your fellow convention-goers!

14 Monthly Update: March 2012Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Monthly Update: March 2012 - DJ Helsing Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:15 pm

Hi, Gaians! We've got a quick video update to share with you-- in order to keep the Gaia community in the know, we've decided to do monthly video updates (starring yours truly) that let you know exactly what we've been up to lately and what's in store for the coming month.

Of course, there's something in it for you: we'll be hosting a contest and giving away 100,000 Gold to a lucky winner.

We also have an opinion poll set up, so your voice can be heard and your thoughts can shape Gaia's future. Be sure to cast your vote and earn a free Wing Sticker.


To participate in the March 2012 monthly update Contest and Poll, just click this rad button:

Enter Now!

15 The March Monthly Collectibles are here!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The March Monthly Collectibles are here! - [NPC] Rina Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:32 pm

What!? The 15th!? I'm not ready yet! I gotta go get my lucky 15th socks! (I've never washed them!)

Our March Collectibles go in like a lion and out like a lamb with two stunning items:

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The Fallen King remains regal as battle rages around him. Includes his shattered crown, armored boots, a crimson doublet and a cloak with his distinctive lion crest.

The Antique Pierrot represents the wonder of the circus with a gilded lambswool outfit, a cream-colored hairdo and more.

These items will only be available for the month of March, so don't delay!

Get Your MCs!

16 EI Report: The Case of PietroEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: The Case of Pietro - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:03 pm

Good day, my science-minded friends! I've got just the thing to turn your Friday frown upside down, and if you're not frowning at all, you'll certainly maintain your pleasant attitude! An old favorite evolved this week for the last time, let's have a look:

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The Case of Pietro - After the Detective was forced to cease his investigation following the mysterious disappearance of the Case, and all of the evidence of Pietro's murder, life goes on. The Detective gets a new assignment, a new partner (cleared of all charges!), and he must finally put the years he spent working on Pietro's case behind him.

But once in awhile, he still can't help but wonder... What the heck was in that case?

Wow! And to top it all off, the artist included a lovely illustration to go along with it-- click the small version below to see the big one! Be sure to also take a moment and go hog wild at our state-of-the-art weekly EI poll. Lots of modern research suggests that clicking poll buttons and sharing your opinion can be very satisfying!

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19 Gaia Madness Has Begun!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Madness Has Begun! - admin Mon Mar 19, 2012 2:01 pm

We've got a case of Gaia Madness! From now until Friday, the Gaia Staff will be participating in wild and crazy IRL contests that will be filmed for your amusement! We'll present five events that range from competitive scooter races to oddly-compelling rubber duck races, but the best part will be your participation! You'll be able to root for your favorites and vote for a winner, and if you pick the lucky winner, you'll win a prize!

What are you waiting for? Embrace the madness and hang out with us here!

Check It Out!

20 Adventure Time has come to Gaia!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Adventure Time has come to Gaia! - [NPC] Finn & Jake Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:08 pm

We've teamed up with the creators of Adventure Time to bring you a fantastic suite of adventuresome goodies to deck out your avatar in truly rhombic style.

First, our Adventure Time CI will lead you on an exclusive journey into the dark heart of knowledge—and you'll walk away with one of these incredible exclusive items:

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You can also grab three deluxe items that reimagine Adventure Time characters in Gaia style. Choose from Sugar Royalty, Mathematical Knight and Vampire Sound; each contains all you'll need to pull off the unique style of your favorite character.

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You can grab all the items on our Adventure Time page... and that's not all the fun we've got in store! We've also set up an Adventure Time forum and live hangout where you can plot adventures with other fans, plus an interview with the show's creator, Pendleton Ward, at 6pm PT on Thursday, March 22!

Visit the Adventure Time Page

22 Starting soon: an interview with Pendleton Ward!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Starting soon: an interview with Pendleton Ward! - admin Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:17 pm

Big celebrity interview time! We've somehow scored an exclusive interview with Pendleton Ward, the strange creative mind behind Adventure Time! Today at 6pm Pacific Time, Mr. Ward will be stopping by Gaia to take questions about the show, his life, his inspirations and pretty much anything else that doesn't violate our terms of service.

Come join us soon and ask your questions: here

23 Gaia Madness Continues!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Madness Continues! - admin Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:28 pm

We're still diagnosed with Gaia Madness!

Today is the final day of Gaia Madness! The Gaia Staff have been participating in wild and crazy IRL contests that have been filmed for your amusement! We've already completed four events and only have one more left! You can still vote for who will win our Rubber Duck Race, and while you're there find out the results from our competitive scooter race and quick draw tournament. As an added bonus, we'll be hosting a live streaming awards ceremony today at 4:30pm PST.

For more information on all our events, and for your chance to win some prizes, check out the the Gaia Madness Hot Topic. See you there!

More Info

23 Gold Shop Update: Jobs!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gold Shop Update: Jobs! - [NPC] Liam Fri Mar 23, 2012 2:35 pm

Ladies (and to a lesser extent, gentlemen), don't judge a book by its cover. For example, I'm obviously a blazing hunk of head-turning musclebeef, but that doesn't mean I can't read-- I can, I just choose not to most times. My shop is the same way. It probably looks like it's all sporting goods and wild stuff from the outside, but I actually just stocked it with a bunch of new career-related items and outfits for you nine-to-fivers:

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Dress way hot in gear that'll look perfect for your gig as a Kindergarten Teacher, Firefighter, Secret Agent, or Diner Waitress! Most of this new stuff can be found in my shop, The Jock Strap, but some of it will be found at H&R Wesley, Ruby's Rack, and Buttercup Cafe, too.

Go Shopping!


Or, you know, you could just try working out a little more, breaking free from the shackles of the rat race, and making a living simply existing with your gloriously ripped musclebod. Whatever floats your boat.

23 EI Report: Timmy and Owlpocalypse!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Timmy and Owlpocalypse! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Mar 23, 2012 6:25 pm

Hey, science freaks! Wait, that sounds mean, I'll try again-- Hey there, huge freaks of the science world! Ah... hmm. I'll come back to that. We're so loaded with new data this week that I haven't had time to formulate a non-disrespectful greeting! Oh well, I don't mean anything by it, but let's get right to it, shall we?

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Oh no, Crazy Murderer Keith's girlfriend has tracked Timmy down and wants the jacket back! In your intrepid host's opinion, that girl is a real piece of work in the worst way. I'm not saying there'll be a rumble going down, but if she starts trouble with Timmy she'd better watch her back!

Spring is here, and the Owlpocalypse continues with even more feathery furor! The owls are out and about, getting a little sun, and looking absolutely adorable next to the rest of your springtime wardrobe!


What an update! Those of you who have an eye for both science and fashion will have your hands full, I'm sure! Oh, and I think I got that greeting thing fixed, let's try this: "Hi, everyone!" There we go, it feels so much more natural and polite that way! How do you feel about this week's evolutions? Grease up your voting finger and visit our weekly EI poll!

26 Cash Shop Update: Gentry Fae Bundle!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Gentry Fae Bundle! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Mon Mar 26, 2012 5:28 pm

Good day, fashionable friends! We've just assembled a new bundle that we think you'll find irresistible! Mintaka and I are very pleased with how easily the items came together for this one-- they seem so natural with one another, it's a very complimentary collection of glamorous goodies.

In fact, this one is such a hit that I'm reminded of the day we first conceived of the concept of item bundles, and how it took a great deal of trial and error before we could bring them to market. Did you know that the very first bundle we ever assembled took us many days to create? And then we couldn't sell it because it contained a barking dog! We don't even know how it got in there. We had to bust it open and let the dog out, but we kept working at it until our bundling process was foolproof.

Enough reminiscing, let's get to today's items, shall we? The Gentry Fae Bundle is adorned with the inscription: "A single difference in view separates the Seelie from the Unseelie, but who’s to say which is more ruthless?"

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Seelie Order keeps their ruff, puff sleeves, winged pasties, dress, claws, shoes, and wings meticulously clean and pristine. After all, everything has to be in order.

Unseelie Chaos is ready for whatever punishment he needs to deal out with his headpiece, shoulder guards, strapped armored sleeves, armed chest strap, two-piece belt, and armored legs equipped to go.

Teenie the Brownie is very shy. He likes cleaning but doesn’t like being seen, so he works under the cover of the night. This little fella needs a break and a treat sometimes, too!

Those who pick up the Gentry Fae Bundle will get all of the items listed above, plus the exclusive Fae Adornment!


See what we mean about the highly complimentary nature of the items? We knew you'd agree! Visit the Cash Shop and have a look for yourself!

Visit the Cash Shop

28 Cash Shop Update: Modus Operandi!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Modus Operandi! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Wed Mar 28, 2012 4:28 pm

Hey, EI fans! It's not Friday just yet, but there's a breaking development that you absolutely need to see today-- a brand new collaboration EI that'll be completed by multiple artists! Modus Operandi is based on a series of strange, dark tales involving a number of murdered princesses in a quiet kingdom, and the curmudgeonly detective working to find a motive:

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Modus Operandi takes place in a faraway kingdom where a third princess has just been murdered. The local police working the case-- Officers Straw, Sticks, and Bricks-- are baffled. Serial homicide, in their little kingdom? They decide to call in help in the form of Detective Wolfe, an expert criminal profiler with an enormous file of known felons, and as the cops soon discover, an abnormally bad attitude.

Upon examining the scene and photos of the previous murders, Wolfe quickly discovers the connecting link: a scrawled "happily ever after" in the princess' blood. A clue to the motive, or the signature of a dangerous serial killer? Peculiar, the officers think, that no one saw these notes until Wolfe arrived on the scene. Meanwhile, Wolfe's presence in the kingdom attracts attention. Some local reporters take interest in documenting Wolfe's progress on the murders, promising to make the investigation even more difficult for the officers.

As Wolfe continues his investigation on the field, the police return to their station and begin to sort through Wolfe's index of killers, finding each one more horrifying than the last...


There's also an illustration to accompany the release of this new EI at the bottom of this announcement. Scroll down and check it out, then visit the Cash Shop to get Modus Operandi for yourself. I'm very excited to see how this collaboration EI will evolve!

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28 Enter the March 2012 MC Giveaway!!!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Enter the March 2012 MC Giveaway!!! - DJ Helsing Wed Mar 28, 2012 5:04 pm

Want a free March 2012 Monthly Collectible? It's easy: just visit our MC Contest thread and post your favorite March MC from the past and why you like it. You'll be automatically entered in a drawing for your very own March 2012 MC!

Enter the Contest

30 EI Report: S-Pop Club and Modus Operandi!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: S-Pop Club and Modus Operandi! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Mar 30, 2012 3:59 pm

Happy Friday, EI moguls! This week, we're going to recap the new EI that was just discovered, as well as reveal a brand new band-themed REI called S-Pop Club! First up, Modus Operandi, a brand new collaboration EI that'll be completed by multiple artists. It's based on a series of strange, dark tales involving a number of murdered princesses in a quiet kingdom, and the curmudgeonly detective working to find a motive:

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Modus Operandi takes place in a faraway kingdom where a third princess has just been murdered. The local police working the case-- Officers Straw, Sticks, and Bricks-- are baffled. Serial homicide, in their little kingdom? They decide to call in help in the form of Detective Wolfe, an expert criminal profiler with an enormous file of known felons, and as the cops soon discover, an abnormally bad attitude.

Upon examining the scene and photos of the previous murders, Wolfe quickly discovers the connecting link: a scrawled "happily ever after" in the princess' blood. A clue to the motive, or the signature of a dangerous serial killer? Peculiar, the officers think, that no one saw these notes until Wolfe arrived on the scene. Meanwhile, Wolfe's presence in the kingdom attracts attention. Some local reporters take interest in documenting Wolfe's progress on the murders, promising to make the investigation even more difficult for the officers.

As Wolfe continues his investigation on the field, the police return to their station and begin to sort through Wolfe's index of killers, finding each one more horrifying than the last...


S-Pop Club, a cute and spunky Skull Pop trio, just signed a major record deal and are hitting the music scene in a big way! They're gearing up to release songs and merchandise that all culminate into a huge live concert. First, their label will turn some of their greatest hits into music videos to help them gain popularity, and fashions from their first hit, the high school-inspired "Txt Me U Luv Me," have just dropped! Choose between jamming as a vocalist, guitarist, or drummer, and be a part of the most exciting pop phenomenon in ages! There hasn't been this much interest in a band since the time The Cranky Grandpas made music history by having two band members struck by lightning during the same show!


That covers the two huge EI developments from this week, what'd you think? Crack those big ol' strong knuckles of yours and let us know over at the weekly EI poll! See you next time, folks!

April Edit

01 Prepare for Mother Duck's Star-Studded Sunday Stroll!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Prepare for Mother Duck's Star-Studded Sunday Stroll! - admin Fri Mar 30, 2012 6:03 pm

Three of the world's biggest stars have teamed up for a high-budget blockbuster, and only Gaia Online has the inside scoop! The action-packed bestseller Mother Duck's Sunday Stroll is being brought to life by Ron Bruise, Chorlie Shane and Digiorno Lee, and all three celebs will be hosting an EXCLUSIVE live chat right here on Gaia at 12pm/Noon PDT!

We'll also be holding a scavenger hunt where you can earn some cool items. Hit the forum for all the details!

Visit the Forum!

02 Advance Chance: Get a head start on April's CI!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Advance Chance: Get a head start on April's CI! - [NPC] GRS Accountant Ivan Mon Apr 02, 2012 3:52 pm

Ever put things under your bed to keep them nice until they're worth something? I still do that all the time! In fact, I spent some of the weekend doing inventory on my bed-treasures:

  • Office Superstars 1993 trading cards, including the FaxPro-3000 Fax Machine rookie card
  • Fancy Cats action figures still in their packaging
  • Several Chance Items
  • Commissioned velvet painting of yours truly riding a beam of moonlight with the word "Efficiency" airbrushed above it
  • Magazine articles featuring a handsome former child star best known as "Pudgy Lil' Ivan"

There's so much more stuff under there—that was just the stuff I could reach with my arms! Not everything is valuable yet, but a lot of it is, and I intend to continue this tradition by investing in April's Advance Chance.

What will the next CI be? Nobody knows, but you’ll get the first crack at it with the Advance Chance. On the day of the next CI release, you’ll be able to open your bundle and start reaping the rewards of your CIs hours before they’re released to the general public, so you can start listing items on the Marketplace when hardly anyone has their hands on them yet.

April's CI is going to become available mid-month, don't miss out on this chance to capitalize!

03 Convention Tour: SakuraCon 2012!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Convention Tour: SakuraCon 2012! - DJ Helsing Tue Apr 03, 2012 4:30 pm

SakuraCon 2012: Seattle, WA

Where: Washington State Convention and Trade Center, Seattle, WA

Game Show: April 6th 2012, 8:00pm – 9:00pm Room 6C

Panel: April 7th 2012, 5:00pm – 7:00pm Room 6C


Head on over and meet us for our traditional Gaia Panel, complete with plenty of mischief, prizes, glimpses at Gaia's future and a opportunity to contribute your feedback and help improve the site. In addition, we’ll be hosting a Gaia Game Show, an amazing collection of wild and goofy contests to showcase your weirdest skills and win some great prizes.


As a bonus, all Gaia event attendees will receive a special limited-edition Convention Tour 2012 Item for your avatar along with a zOMG! starter pack, 2,500 Gold and the Conventioneer Achievement.

We hope to see you there... and if we don't, hopefully we'll be in your neck of the woods sometime very soon. Check out the Convention Tour page for details about all the upcoming stops in 2012!

Check out the Gaia 2012 Convention Tour


Wondering if any of your Gaia friends are going? Stop by the Convention Forum to connect with your fellow convention-goers!

03 Last Chance to Get Club Limbo!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Last Chance to Get Club Limbo! - [NPC] Ivan Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:05 pm

Nothing's quite so important as the rigidity of time. We define practically our entire daily lives by it! Today, for example, I spent 34.5 minutes having lunch, which was about 4.5 more than I bargained for. Couldn't help it, I kept closing my eyes with every bite of my yogurt just like they do on the commercials. Without the wonder of time I may never have realized I was doing that, and the time-vampiric nature of my blueberry/banana swirl would've gone unnoticed.

Operating well outside our understanding of time lies Club Limbo, an extravagant establishment that has the potential to trap its clientele for eternity. Of course, if you beat the club's owner at his own parlor games, you may escape that misfortune. Win or lose, every time you tempt fate you'll be rewarded with an item! It may be a Cash Shop favorite, a valuable rare, or one of the following exclusives:


Forever is a long time, but your opportunity to grab Club Limbo will go away on Friday, April 6. Grab one or a bundle of nine and maximize your chances at getting the best stuff!

Get Chance Items!

04 Easter 2012: Grunnygeddon!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Easter 2012: Grunnygeddon! - admin Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:03 pm

Gaia's 2012 Easter event is here! Last Easter, Diedrich gorged himself on leftover eggs-- his body weight skyrocketed, turning him into a fleshy mound of Grunny dough! This caused his unusual reproductive system to kick in, and ever since that he's been uncontrollably popping out babies. You can check out his detailed explanation here:

Read Diedrich's Comic


You'll probably find some of his offspring floating around the site. If you catch them, Diedrich would be much obliged if you'd turn them in to a reputable adoption center.

But the Easter Bunny is no fan of Diedrich, since the mad Grunny keeps trying to steal his Easter thunder. The Easter Bunny has his own sinister idea of what to do with the Grunny spawn, which you can see in this comic:

Read the Easter Bunny's Comic


It's up to you whether you help Diedrich's offspring or humanely dispose of them. Either way, you'll be rewarded with plenty of great Easter event items! To get started, just head over to our Grunnygeddon page:

Start the Fun

05 Cash Shop Update: Mad Science Bundle!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Mad Science Bundle! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Thu Apr 05, 2012 4:44 pm

Science is defined as the investigation of natural phenomena through observation and experimentation, but what defines Mad Science? Doctor Killshye defines it as unorthodox. It doesn't conform to rules or traditions; instead it's driven by curiosity, breaks boundaries and limits limitations. It is a unique practice that involves thinking outside the box! We have just stocked the Cash Shop with a few new items and a Mad Science Bundle that appreciators of such scientific perversion will relish.

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Doctor Killshye - Science knows no bounds for a man like Doctor Killshye. He's not afraid to explore the unknown, and is heedless to the possible consequences that follow his unusual experiments. For this reason, many people believe he’s mad. Includes hair, glasses, apron, lab coat, pants, and electric scalpel.

Nurse Hazard - Aligned with the doctor's philosophies, the lovely Nurse Hazard gladly assists by being prepared to handle any disaster the doctor might muck up when his experiments don’t go as planned. Includes hat, hair, goggle, lab coat, syringe belt, boots, and syringe.

Unorthodox Experiment - Three things the doctor wishes to achieve in his lifetime: control the minds of men, live forever, and obtain eternal youth! Includes Mind Control Device, Life Support, Cryo Chamber, and The Lab.

Get all three of the above items in the Mad Science Bundle and you'll also receive the exclusive Deus Persona, which includes good eye, evil eye, ears, and tail.


In the world of Mad Science, you're either doing the research or you're the experiment. Visit the Cash Shop now!

Visit the Cash Shop

06 EI Report: Timmy and S-Pop Club!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Timmy and S-Pop Club! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Apr 06, 2012 5:44 pm

Good day, EI mavens! This week's update is loaded with two big developments, thanks in part to a new piece of machinery we have in the lab, the EVOLIAC-700! It's a state of the art EI computing device that can analyze Evolving Item data faster than anyone on my research team ever could. It reads a series of several hundred punch cards and can perform in 30 minutes a barrage of calculations that would take an average researcher nearly 40 minutes! Anyhow, let's have a look at what's new this week:

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S-Pop Club continues this week, bolstered by the critical success of their previous school-inspired hit. The gang is now gearing up to shoot a video for their next hit, the much edgier "Hit Them Over Hard."


Timmy has saved up and bought himself a ride, the Krazy Wheels Stallion GT. It seems a tad tiny in this reporter's opinion, and the electric motor inside it only tops out at about walking speed, anyway. I know he's thinking his friends will be impressed, but I just hope they don't ask him for rides farther out than the end of the block or he might not have enough juice to get back!


That's it for now! The EVOLIAC-700 continues to hum along dutifully, only mangling a handful of punch cards and billowing smoke a single time. According to the manual, that means a job well done! What'd you think about these two new developments? Head over to the weekly EI poll and vote for your favorite!

09 Win Adventure Time Season 1 on DVD!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Win Adventure Time Season 1 on DVD! - [NPC] Finn & Jake Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:09 pm

Our Adventure Time fun isn't over yet! If you're an ace at Adventure Time trivia, you might just win a copy of Adventure Time Season 1 on DVD!

We'll be posting a series of trivia questions in the Adventure Time forum. Anyone who answers correctly will be entered to win the DVD set. We'll be doing this daily from Monday to Friday for the next two weeks-- that's ten chances to win, for all you non-mathematical types out there.

For full details, visit the contest thread!

Adventure Time Trivia Contest

10 New item in the Crystal Box!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New item in the Crystal Box! - admin on Tue Apr 10, 2012 4:08 pm

Whenever you grab $25 or more in Gaia Cash through Cash Card, credit card or PayPal, we'll throw in a Crystal Box. Each Crystal Box contains a random exclusive treasure, and we've just added a new item to the mix: now, each time you open a Crystal Box you'll have a shot at walking away with Nodlomu the Dinosaur!

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Nodlomu may just be the cutest thing science has yet to bring back from the past! Not only super smart and super adorable, she's also super fashionable with her matching hooded vest!


Stock up on Gaia Cash today for your chance at taming this prehistoric pal!

Grab Some Cash

11 Embark on a thrilling campaign with Gauntlets & Goblins!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Embark on a thrilling campaign with Gauntlets & Goblins! - [NPC] Ivan Mon Apr 09, 2012 4:56 pm

I whiled away thousands of teenage hours with Gauntlets & Goblins, the classic pen-and-paper RPG that defined the old-school nerd lifestyle. My friends loved getting sucked into thrilling fantasy adventures, but I was all about the paperwork. The charts, the graphs, the endless dice rolling and number crunching—every campaign was like a beautiful, never-ending tax return!

I was getting a little nostalgic about my roleplaying days, so I pulled out some of my old character sheets. I don't have time for a campaign, but I thought you might—if you grab the Gauntlets & Goblins CI, you can embark on a magical journey in your own basement and walk out with a Cash Shop favorite, a valuable rarity or one of these amazing exclusives:

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Visit our Gauntlets & Goblins page to grab this CI for yourself, or pick up a bundle for a few extra rolls of the dice!

Play Gauntlets & Goblins

13 Monthly Update: April 2012Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Monthly Update: April 2012 - DJ Helsing Wed Apr 11, 2012 8:25 pm

Hi, Gaians! We've got a quick video update to share with you-- in order to keep the Gaia community in the know, we've decided to do monthly video updates (starring yours truly) that let you know exactly what we've been up to lately and what's in store for the coming month.

Of course, there's something in it for you: we'll be hosting a contest and giving away 100,000 Gold to a lucky winner.

We also have an opinion poll set up, so your voice can be heard and your thoughts can shape Gaia's future. Be sure to cast your vote and earn a free Wing Sticker.


To participate in the April 2012 monthly update Contest and Poll, just click this rad button:

Enter the Contest

13 EI Report: Modus Operandi and S-Pop Club!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Modus Operandi and S-Pop Club! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:43 pm

Happy Friday the 13th, friends! This week, we've successfully avoided bad luck and several curses to bring you two new evolutions, and both are awesome! S-Pop Club's momentum continues to build as the band gains popularity, and our new collaboration EI, Modus Operandi, has a new development courtesy of milkbun:

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It's not easy to dance in 8" heels, but S-Pop Club makes it look easy in their rock video. Momentum is building for the band, and it's starting to feel like a huge, sold-out show is right around the corner.


New developments in Modus Operandi have Officers Straw, Sticks, and Bricks opening up Wolfe's case file of serial killers and coming face to face with the first suspect, Rapunzel. Not much is known about her except hints of a troubled childhood and an overbearing mother who never let her out of the house. Her murder weapon appears to be her own long hair which she uses to strangle her victims to death. There have been samples of hair left on at least 22 victims in only a 3-year period. Aside from Rapunzel's distinctive long hair she is known to scale very tall towers and structures and has destroyed much of the skin from her hands and legs. It is not known at this time the motivation behind the killings but she seems to prefer young, handsome, well-to-do men.


Wow, exciting stuff and fantastic-looking to boot! Don't forget to check out an exclusive Modus Operandi illustration at the bottom of this post! What'd you think of this week's EI developments? Head on over to the weekly EI poll and let us know. It's not bad luck, promise! In fact, it's probably bad luck to not vote! See you next time!

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15 The April Monthly Collectibles are here!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The April Monthly Collectibles are here! - [NPC] Rina Thu Apr 12, 2012 5:01 pm

Ah, it's that time again! Hang on, I need to go run around the house and turn off all my alarms!

Both items this month feature a certain timeless elegance in white, but that's where their similarities end:

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Empress Cotton - Rabbits may have a reputation for being nervous and skittish, but this proud queen is as brave and fearsome as they come. She rules her fluffy kingdom in style, with a regal skirt, cotton puff crown, embroidered blouse, elaborate coiffure, and thigh high boots.

Duelliste - This elegant gunman projects an image of shining valor, but his heart is cruel and ruthless. Includes engraved pistol, white leather boots, elegant duster, and top hat.

These items will only be for sale during the month of April, so get them while you can! Don't forget to scroll down to the bottom of this post for an exclusive illustration to accompany the items!

Visit the Cash Shop

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17 Enter the April 2012 MC Giveaway!!!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Enter the April 2012 MC Giveaway!!! - DJ Helsing Tue Apr 17, 2012 4:37 pm

Want a free April 2012 Monthly Collectible? It's easy: just visit our MC Contest thread and post your favorite April MC from the past and why you like it. You'll be automatically entered in a drawing for your very own April 2012 MC!


Enter the Contest

18 Print your own custom Avatar Card!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Print your own custom Avatar Card! - admin Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:17 pm

We've just added a cool new feature to our reloadable, customizable Gaia Avatar Cards: if you don't want to wait for your Cash to be mailed, you can print one yourself in the comfort of your own home!

Of course, it's still cool to have a glossy, high-quality, wallet-friendly version. If you load your self printed Cash Card with $10 or more before May 31st 2012, we'll mail you one free of charge.

Once you've got your Avatar Card, you can reload it at any participating 7-11 location within the United States. Create your own card today!

Create Your Card

19 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood items come to Gaia!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood items come to Gaia! - admin Tue Apr 03, 2012 5:57 pm

One of the most-loved anime series of all time, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is the epic tale of Alphonse and Edward Elric—their bodies mangled by an attempt to use a forbidden form of alchemy to bring their mother back from the dead—and their journey across a war-torn land in search of the Philosopher's Stone in a bid to undo the damage.

Gaia has teamed up with the folks behind Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood to bring you items from the legendary series! Grab the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Chance Item and you'll get one of the following iconic exclusives:

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Check It Out

(Due to licensing issues, we're only able to offer this CI in the Cash Shop to customers in the United States. Sorry!)

20 EI Report: Timmy and S-Pop Club!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Timmy and S-Pop Club! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:08 pm

Hey there, EI friends! Lots of news today-- Timmy's had a big development, and it's the last stage of evolution for S-Pop Club. Someone came up to me at a monster truck show last weekend to ask if I get sad when an item evolves for the last time, and I paused a moment and answered her question with a few questions of my own: Does a painter get sad when their painting is finished? Does a dog get sad when the car it's chasing finally speeds away? Does a monster truck get sad when the car it's crushing cannot be crushed any further?

No. It is always a joyous occasion because the dog and the monster truck will come to respect each other's distaste for cars and become friends, and the painter will paint the dog happily riding inside of the monster truck. Just like with Evolving Items, watching something come to its conclusion is always a happy time! Let's have a look:

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Timmy finds himself arrested for a second time! The law in this town sure seems to hate cool people with mustaches and cars. With the way the world's been treating him lately, Timmy is rethinking his life and considering taking a spiritual journey when he gets out.


S-Pop Club's concert had a hot new number with their male counterparts added to the program, and the fans went wild for it! Tickets sold out in record time, and everyone seemed to be having a blast. Rayna was a little miffed that Odele tried to steal the limelight and Taja claimed the hottest guy, but fame has its drawbacks. There aren't currently any plans for a solo career, but who knows what the future holds?


Good stuff! These evolutions absolutely crushed it this week, much like when MurderTruck IX plowed through a pile of broken cars and started spinning in a circle on top of some station wagons. And then one of them caught fire and a bunch of guys ran up to put it out! Oh goodness, I think I've got monster truck fever! Quick, go vote in the weekly EI poll before I start making engine revving sounds!

'*vrrrrrrrrrrrrrrRRRRRRrrrr*

23 OMGPop games are leaving April 30thEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement OMGPop games are leaving April 30th - admin Wed Apr 11, 2012 8:20 pm

Unfortunate news, Gaia gamers: OMGPop has been gobbled up by a different company, and that means they've got to remove their games from sites like Gaia.

You can still play Draw My Thing, Balloono, Hover Kart, Pool and Sky Pigs until April 30th; if you have any in-game currency still floating around in OMGPop games, it might be a good idea to enjoy it before then.

We'll work on finding some great new games to add to Gaia in the future.

Play While Ye May!

23 Gold Shop Update: New items designed by you!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gold Shop Update: New items designed by you! - [NPC] Stein Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:52 pm

Good day, I have excellent news! I've just stocked my shop, CrosStitch, with a number of new, user-designed fashions from the last CrosStitch design contest! The creativity shown by the contest's participants was breathtaking, and it was very difficult to narrow all the entries down and choose winners. Though I am a bit biased, I must tell you that these new items rank among my very favorite of all time:

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Have a look at the winners page to learn more about the entries and the glorious designer behind each one. Keep your eyes peeled for another item design contest very soon, but until then, come by the shop and try on the new arrivals! I've also included some sketches of the new items below. I can't stress enough how very impressed I am with your talent. Please, keep it up.

Visit CrosStitch

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Click for biggie!

23 CrosStitch Contest: Fruit Salad!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement CrosStitch Contest: Fruit Salad! - [NPC] Stein Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:49 pm

Well, now that our very first CrosStitch contest has wrapped up, I suppose it's time for a new one, yes?

I may look like an abomination to you, but at heart I'm just a simple fellow who enjoys devouring sweet, delicious flesh... of fresh fruit. As spring warms up, some of my favorite sweets come into season: pineapples, mangoes, and soon even cherries. How stitch-poppingly delicious.

To honor nature's juicy bounty, our next CrosStitch contest will be fruit-themed. Send us your finest and fruitiest entries... if your sketch is the sweetest, Gaia's artists might just make it into a new item.

For the full details, visit the CrosStitch contest page:

Visit the Contest Page

24 Convention Tour: Anime Central 2012!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Convention Tour: Anime Central 2012! - DJ Helsing Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:58 pm

Anime Central 2012: Chicago, Illinois

Where: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Chicago, Illinois

Game Show: April 27th 2012, 6:00pm – 7:00pm International DEF

Panel: April 28th 2012, 5:00pm – 7:00pm Rosemont Ballroom


Head on over and meet us for our traditional Gaia Panel, complete with plenty of mischief, prizes, glimpses at Gaia's future and a opportunity to contribute your feedback and help improve the site. In addition, we’ll be hosting a Gaia Game Show, an amazing collection of wild and goofy contests to showcase your weirdest skills and win some great prizes.


As a bonus, all Gaia event attendees will receive a special limited-edition Convention Tour 2012 Item for your avatar along with a zOMG! starter pack, 2,500 Gold and the Conventioneer Achievement.

We hope to see you there... and if we don't, hopefully we'll be in your neck of the woods sometime very soon. Check out the Convention Tour page for details about all the upcoming stops in 2012!

Check out the Gaia 2012 Convention Tour


Wondering if any of your Gaia friends are going? Stop by the Convention Forum to connect with your fellow convention-goers!

24 Cash Shop Update: Flora Fauna Bundle!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Flora Fauna Bundle! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:05 pm

Good day! We're spending this gorgeous spring day lining the shelves of the La Victoire with a gorgeous new nature-inspired update! Get all the new items at once by buying the Flora Fauna Bundle, and you'll also receive an exclusive item that you can't get anywhere else!

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Nymph Adora - Mesmerize effortlessly like the queen of dryads! Clad yourself in intricate, floral designs including a headdress, bodice, curly tendrils, extravagant bolero, oversized bow, and don't forget to show off those arboraceous legs!

Fay Cervidae - Appreciate the fauna with the prince of deer! He gifts you with the garb and magic of his kingdom which includes gilded antlers, an embroidered belt and top, a luxurious cape, royally accented coiffure, and graceful legs.

Enchanted Meadows - Traverse a land of neverending dusk! Observe a beautiful full moon in Twilight Forest, find peace in the Crystal Grove, and taste the fruits of the glowing land-- perhaps you will even meet a friend.

Get all three of the above items at once by buying the Flora Fauna Bundle, and you'll also receive the exclusive Rosa Decora. Edgy and elegant, cover your body with floral ink and accent your hair and apparel with cream-colored bangs and a silky sash.


The new season's off to a fantastic start, fashion wise! Come by the Cash Shop and have a look, we're sure you'll be impressed.

Visit the Cash Shop

26 Grab May's Advance Chance and get a head start on the CI!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Grab May's Advance Chance and get a head start on the CI! - [NPC] GRS Accountant Ivan Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:23 pm

Disaster struck the office last week! Our main copier went absolutely haywire—vibrating wildly and beginning to move around the annex. Its mechanical grinding noises were like horrible robotic screams and the smells of burning rubber and melting plastic were unpleasant to say the least!

Nobody in our section had any idea what to do. One person suggested we find the circuit breaker and shut it off that way, but there was no time. It was becoming seemingly angrier by the second and getting close to the kitchen. With no other options, I was forced to unbutton my shirt and climb aboard the lumbering beast. After several seconds of violent shaking, I managed to reach down, find the cord, and unplug it. One of its motors let out a final whimper as if to signal the admission of defeat at the hands of yours truly. I put my shirt back on and continued about my day.

The moral of the story is that you shouldn't let interns leave their food wrappers in the paper tray. But the real moral of the story is that it's often beneficial for you to take a chance. Whether it be taming a rogue copy machine, or investing in May's Advance Chance:

What will the next CI be? Nobody knows, but you’ll get the first crack at it with the Advance Chance. On the day of the next CI release, you’ll be able to open your bundle and start reaping the rewards of your CIs hours before they’re released to the general public, so you can start listing items on the Marketplace when hardly anyone has their hands on them yet.

May's CI will be available mid-month. Don't let a chance for greatness pass you by!

27 EI Report: Modus Operandi and Petit Cherie!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Modus Operandi and Petit Chérie! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Apr 27, 2012 2:59 pm

Good day, EI fans! Today, let me start by saying I do not believe I have the ability to predict things. That's not science! But it sure is funny how I was in my car earlier this week thinking that we're about overdue to discover a new Rapid Evolving Item, and then I got to the lab and someone ran up to my car to tell me all about new developments in Modus Operandi by artist shavostars and an entirely new REI-- Petit Chérie!

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Petit Chérie is an ongoing series of spring-themed items that will blossom and grow along with the season! Time to pat yourself up and enjoy the day!


Modus Operandi profiles another killer, this one known to most as The Piper. His methods are unusual to say the least. Reports say he'd show up in a new town with a new name and begin to fit in, learning about the people and what motivates them. Once comfortable, he will find his way underground and lure rats to the surface with his strange pipe, effectively holding the town hostage in exchange for demands that are logically insane and can't be fulfilled even if the town wanted to pay-- things such as 50-foot-high solid gold statues of his childhood dog, to be finished by sunrise.

If the town can't pay up-- and it's believed that no town ever could-- he takes from them what is most precious: A promising young member of the town. The only victims recovered were found years after he'd departed-- far too long to tell exactly what had happened to them or to guess where the Piper would go next. His assembled profile suggests he's probably motivated equally by greed and the feeling of complete control over a society that he feels has cast him out. Officers Straw, Sticks, and Bricks would be asking Detective Wolfe what he thought about the Piper's involvement, but he's nowhere to be found. Officer Straw's been sent to investigate...


Wow, they look great! An illustration of the Piper's case file is at the bottom of the announcement. Make sure to go vote in the weekly EI poll! Now, in an effort to prove or disprove my uncanny knack for correct predictions of the future, here are some other things that I think might really happen:

  • Something called the Forklift Olympics takes the sports world by storm.
  • Horses learn how to use computers and amaze us with their stories.
  • Governmental gridlock is solved by a series of brutal rap battles.
  • A pot-bellied pig named Greg learns how to drive a truck.

Help keep an eye out and see if any of those things come true! See you next time!

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30 Cash Shop Update: Rapid EI Bundle #4!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Rapid EI Bundle #4! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:48 pm

Hey, EI fans! I know, it's not the usual EI report, but my staff's been working on a special project that we're now ready to share with you-- a new bundle! Rapid EI Bundle #4 contains Ravenwood Manor, Anesidora's Woe, Checkmate, and a new exclusive recolor in which Ciel and Rosamund used their combined bravery to defeat Mephiste-- Sainte Ciel: Storge!

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During the final confrontation, Ciel exchanged a knowing glance with Rosamund and hid in the shadows. Her patience was rewarded when Mephiste, convinced Ciel had abandoned her once-beloved princess, appeared before Rosamund, a malevolent shadow with burning red eyes... The decisive moment had come. Ciel emerged from her hiding place, her golden sword gleaming in the eerie moonlight, and sliced the shade in two. A horrible shriek filled Mephiste's chamber as the shapeless shadow boiled and bubbled into a cloud of smoke and fled through a broken window.

Safe at last, Ciel and Rosamund returned to the castle. No longer a simple acolyte, but a victorious heroine, Ciel vowed to serve and protect her princess-- and the kingdom-- from that day forward. In a joyous ceremony celebrated by the entire kingdom, Ciel and Rosamund committed in truest love and devotion to knit their lives together as one, and to one day rule their land side by side.

Long live the Queens!


Head over to the Cash Shop and take a look, we think you'll love it!

May Edit

01 May 2012 Wii Giveaway Contest Starts Today!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement May 2012 Wii Giveaway Contest Starts Today! - DJ Helsing Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:23 pm

Want a free Nintendo Wii? It's easy: just log into Gaia Online as many days as you can in May and you’ll be entered into the random drawing for each day you log into Gaia!

But that’s not all! Not only will two lucky winners win their very own Nintendo Wii but two second place winners will receive a Red Devil Mini Wings, two third place winners will receive a September 2003 Thank You Letter and four runner up’s will walk away with 100,000 Gaia Gold.

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For complete rules, submission guidelines and discussion head on over to the May 2012 Wii Giveaway Sticky Thread:

Enter the Contest


Good luck!

  • Restrictions apply, see full contest rules for details.
  • Nintendo is not a co-sponsor of or otherwise affiliated with this promotion.

01 Last chance to get Gauntlets & Goblins!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Last chance to get Gauntlets & Goblins! - [NPC] Ivan Tue May 01, 2012 7:53 pm

Saying goodbye to something lovely is sometimes unpleasant. I'd mentioned it before, but I was forced into a deathmatch with a rogue copy machine not too long ago. With the great beast quelled, I'd gone on my lunch break, assuming someone would call a repair service to take care of it. The machine was gone by the time I got back.

Today, I've come to learn that a co-worker named Randy had taken the copier home and buried it behind his apartment complex. His shaky voice spoke in riddles and superstitions as he explained what he'd done. Not only are his actions silly, they're a breach of office equipment policy. It's also highly inconvenient to me, as I've felt nothing but a great urge to unearth it myself, repair it myself, and print several pages on it detailing Randy's insubordination. I might do it.

The exit of Gauntlets & Goblins from the Cash Shop will be much less unpleasant. We'll remember it fondly and with high regard, not with the fear and ignorance with which that copy machine was laid to rest. This fantastic CI could get you a Cash Shop favorite, a valuable rarity, or one of the following exclusives:


Gauntlets & Goblins will be taken out of the shop this Friday, May 4. Get one or a bundle of nine while you can!

Get Chance Items!

02 Welcome to Summer Springs!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Welcome to Summer Springs! - [NPC] Lena Wed May 02, 2012 7:54 pm

Gaia has teamed up with the talented folks at Fever Studio to bring a fantastic new game to the Facebook world. Summer Springs lets you create a gorgeous village, harvest crops and turn them into profitable products-- all while keeping your villagers happy and maybe even untangling a love triangle or two.

For a limited time, we're giving Gaia members an EXCLUSIVE in-game villager for trying Summer Springs: Diedrich, one of Gaia's most familiar and beloved (or, uh, behated?) mascots! Simply click Diedrich below to place him in your town!

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Click HERE to claim Diedrich now!


That's not all-- as a Gaia user, reach Level 10 in Summer Springs and you'll receive another EXCLUSIVE item starting on May 3, 2012-- a Sunflower background to bring some of that Summer Springs sunshine to your Gaia avatar! Just make sure to click on the [Redeem Gaia Gold] banner when you hit Level 10! User ImageUser Image


And to ice it off, each time you level up in the game is an opportunity to claim free Gaia Gold! Just click the [Redeem Gaia Gold] banner below the game each time you level! (You'll only be required to enter your password the first time).

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Better get started building a beautiful town-- if you can create something truly special, you could win great prizes in our upcoming Gaians' Summer Springs Screenshot Contests! (TBA on the Summer Springs forums)


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Want more information on updates, giveaways, and contests? Become a fan on FB at facebook.com/summerspringsfans or simply click on NEWS above the game!

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Play Summer Springs

03 Cash Shop Update: Arabian Wonder Bundle!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Arabian Wonder Bundle! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Thu May 03, 2012 4:09 pm

Good day! Rigel and I are stocking the shelves with a new series of items based on one of the most extravagant exotic tales in history with a slight twist. Get all three of the new items at once in the Arabian Wonder Bundle and you'll also get a gorgeous new exclusive!

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Aamira the Wanderer - Though Aamira is less fortunate than most, she's no damsel in distress. Clever and good-natured, the adventurous young woman sets out to earn a better living, when along the way she meets the handsome prince in disguise. Set includes hood, long black hair, sash-skirt, bangles, pants and enchanted rug.

Prince Dhanun - Tired of having his royal life lived out for him, Prince Dhanin escaped the marble walls and fled the palace, covered in a white cloak. At the bazaar he meets a beautiful young girl, so much more enchanting and sincere than any of the palace courtesans that he's ever met. Set includes his cloak, royal locks of wavy hair, brocade stole, embroidered palace coat, cloth pants, and gold-plated slippers.

Mari the Djinn - Lost for thousands of years buried among infinite treasures, Mari is happy to be out and ready to serve her new master! Will you be the one to set her free? She'll doll your hair up real nice if you do!

Get all three of the above items at once by buying the Arabian Wonder Bundle and you'll receive the exclusive Malicious Vizier! It's loaded with all the trappings needed to fool do-gooders into doing your dirty work. Comes with a draped turban, ominous staff, a beard that no self-respecting evil wizard could be without, and a glimpse into the Cave of Forgotten Wonders!


These beautiful fashions aren't a mirage-- visit the Cash Shop right away and claim them for yourself!

Visit the Cash Shop

04 Star Wars vs. The Avengers: which is cooler?Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Star Wars vs. The Avengers: which is cooler? - admin Thu May 03, 2012 3:56 pm

For all you pop culture geeks out there, today is a major milestone. It’s Star Wars Day (“May the Fourth Be With You” ...get it?), but it’s also the day the Avengers movie comes out.

This rare confluence of nerd energy sparked a huge argument in the office over which was cooler (of course, "cool" is a relative term, but you get the idea). Many employees were lost and Gaia HQ has been reduced to ashes, but we still haven’t settled the issue. So we're turning to YOU: check out the video below to find out how you can help reach an answer. The fate of the world may just be in your hands!

04 EI Report: Timmy and Petit Cherie!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Timmy and Petit Cherie! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri May 04, 2012 5:08 pm

Happy Friday, EI enthusiasts! We've got some exciting new developments on two favorites that I can't wait to share with you! A spiritual journey and more evolving spring fashions have arrived:

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Timmy heads off on a spiritual journey to escape the harshness of the world, but mostly the cruelty of Dr. Singh's upbringing. He's surprised when just a few weeks later he receives a care package from her. Upon opening it, he finds it's just dirty dishes that she's asked him to wash and send back... nevermind.


Petit Cherie dives deeper into spring! The days are getting longer and warmer, so grab that bag and fix up your hair, it's time to enjoy that spring cheer!


So beautiful! And so much data to analyze! We'll be pulling long nights for a while, definitely. Why don't you head over to the weekly EI poll and vote for your favorite? See you next time!

07 Cash Shop Cleanup!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Cleanup! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Mon May 07, 2012 2:48 pm

Good afternoon, Gaians! We're doing some springtime cleaning and reorganizing in the Cash Shop, and are a bit dismayed to have to announce that the following items will need to be taken out of the shop to make room for future items:

  • Zodiacal
  • Pistolera: Standoff
  • The Case of Pietro
  • Daughter of Snows
  • Prince of the Sea
  • S-Pop Club
  • Rosamund's Revenge
  • Rapid EI Bundle #3
  • Sparkling Reveler
  • Glittering Carouser
  • Golden Dragon
  • Pink Dragoness
  • Xin the Lucky Dragon
  • Lunar Dragon Bundle
  • Sweetie Delight
  • Berry Mousse Royale
  • Tangy Citrus Deluxe
  • Kiwi Chocolate Creme
  • Love Parfait Bundle
  • Vision du Cubisme
  • Astra XXXIX: Candlelight Embrace


We'll be removing them from the Cash Shop this Friday, May 11. There's still time, so get them while you can!

09 Tune in to the punk apocalypse with Radio Havok!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Tune in to the punk apocalypse with Radio Havok! - [NPC] Ivan Wed May 09, 2012 4:02 pm

When I was a rebellious teen, I whiled away countless hours at the record store, scouring the shelves for the latest avant-garde punk and new wave releases. Of course, they never had any—the store only sold smooth jazz albums and those records of cats meowing holiday songs, and for some reason it never occurred to me to go to the punk record store across the street—but the mystique of punk nonetheless informed my adult sensibilities.

When I'm feeling like smashing the system, I still turn the dial to Radio Havok. It never fails to transport me to another world, a post-apocalyptic landscape where the forward-looking new wavers struggle for a better future while the reckless punks revel in anarchy.

You should give it a listen! Whichever team your heart follows, you'll wind up with an amazing prize. It could be a Cash Shop favorite, a valuable rarity or one of these brand-new exclusives:

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Tune in to Radio Havok today—or pick up a bundle of nine for more thrilling trips to the underbelly of rock.

Tune In to Radio Havok

11 Want To Test Our New Flash Game?Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Want To Test Our New Flash Game? - Panagrammic Fri May 11, 2012 2:02 pm

As you may know, some us have been locked in the Gaia HQ mountain retreat, working on a new flash fantasy game that we're pretty excited about. While discussing during our meditational walks and all-vegetarian communal dinners, we decided that we wanted to do a closed beta on Gaia so that we could take feedback from the community and tune / improve the game before the "official" release.

We want our first beta round to be a more select group, preferably relatively hardcore gamers that can play the game, interact with the developers, and give us honest feedback. This is your chance to have direct input into a major new game from Gaia! If you're interested in being in this first beta group, please fill out the following survey on SurveyMonkey:

Survey here

We'll choose the first set of beta testers, and you should hear from us in early June.

A quick FAQ:

Q. What are the requirements?

A. You should have a machine that is capable of running flash reasonably well; be a relatively hardcore gamer; answer some of the questions in our survey correctly; and be willing to dedicate some hours per week to playtesting and giving us feedback.

Q. What kind of a game is it?

A. Strategic high-fantasy with a strong PvP focus (but you'll be able to do PvE as well).

Q. What if I'm not a hardcore gamer, will I ever get to play?

A. Yes! The first round will be a limited set of people so that we can do some game tuning, fix scalability issues, so on and so forth. However, we'll open up later rounds of testing to all Gaia members.

Q. Do I need to be 18+?

A. No.

Q. Do I need to be in SCAS?

A. No.

Q. Will I need a Facebook account?

A. No, you won't need a Facebook account.

Q. Will we be able to earn Gaia gold by playing this game?

A. Yes, eventually, but the first round of beta may not be able to earn gold; it depends if we can get it in on time. In any event, we're going to try and do something nice for the beta testers (specifically, something nice, not something all-enriching).

Q. Is this in the Gaia canon?

A. No.

Q. Is this the cat game?

A. No, this is a high fantasy game. You can get a sense of the aesthetic feel from one of my previous posts.

Q. Are there any cats in it?

A. No.

11 EI Report: Modus Operandi, Petit Cherie, and OwlpocalypseEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Modus Operandi, Petit Cherie, and Owlpocalypse - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri May 11, 2012 2:46 pm

Good afternoon, EI fans. Big day around here-- we've got three new developments to share! Petit Cherie gets a little chilly, Modus Operandi follows a trail of breadcrumbs thanks to artist Mishiri, and Owlpocalypse evolves for the last time. I've got that feeling in my toes that it's gonna be a spectacular update. Check it out:

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Owlpocalypse - It's the end of an owl era. The owls are now flying off to wherever owls go, but our feathery friends have left us with many gifts. It's been a real hoot, friends.


Petit Cherie - Spring can get a little chilly, but that doesn't mean you can't cover up in style! Put on some earmuffs, wrap yourself in that shawl and go enjoy some cake!


Modus Operandi - Hansel and Gretel were brought up in a small town's dessert shop by their father and stepmother. Their stepmother was a possessive, fraudulent woman always looking for the father's attention, and any notice he gave the children would drive her mad with jealousy. She regularly abused the children and would blame their bruises on the children fighting with each other. With the children disciplined and sent to their rooms, the stepmother would have more time to spend with their father.

One night, the pair slaughtered the abusive stepmother, baked her into a pie, and fed her to the family. When their father realized what had occurred, he took them deep into the woods and attempted to abandon them there. The children were able to find their way back, and when they did, they took their revenge by killing their father and disappearing into the night.

Not much is known for certain about the whereabouts of Hansel and Gretel after the incident, but with similarly-maimed victims found later, it's assumed that their acquired taste led them to a life of serial murder.

Wow! Wonderfully grisly stuff, right? Be sure to check out this week's Modus Operandi illustration at the bottom of this post, too. What'd you think about this week's developments? Head over to the weekly EI poll and exercise your voting finger. See you next time!

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15 May's Monthly Collectibles are here!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement May's Monthly Collectibles are here! - [NPC] Rina Tue May 15, 2012 3:13 pm

Ah~! They're here! It always happens right when I look away for just a few seconds!

May's Monthly Collectibles bring Gaia back to an era of chivalrous piracy and dignified weapons mastery:

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Lady Glaive is a fearless weapons master, as strong as she is beautiful. Her satin bustle hides a cache of swords, her thigh-high boots have razor-sharp heels, and even her corset is impenetrable armor disguised in gilded silk.

Captain Cobalt is a dashing commander of the high seas, and a perfect gentleman as he pillages your ship. This foppish pirate is adorned with a curiously large hat, billowing navy coat, sleek trousers, and a mysterious mask...


Get these items while you can—they'll only be around for the month of May. After that, they're gone!

The colors! The poses! So gorgeous~~! smilies_heart.gif

17 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood SDPlus dolls come to Gaia!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood SDPlus dolls come to Gaia! - admin Wed Apr 18, 2012 5:52 pm

One of the most-loved anime series of all time, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is the epic tale of Alphonse and Edward Elric—their bodies mangled by an attempt to use a forbidden form of alchemy to bring their mother back from the dead—and their journey across a war-torn land in search of the Philosopher's Stone in a bid to undo the damage.

Gaia has teamed up with the folks behind Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood to bring you a very rare occurrence—a special box packed only with SDPlus dolls from the legendary series! Grab the Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood SDPlus Blind Box and you'll get one of the following exclusive SDPlus dolls to add to your Gaia avatar:

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Check It Out

(Due to licensing issues, we're only able to offer this CI in the Cash Shop to customers in the United States. Sorry, everyone else!)

18 Spring MixerEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Spring Mixer - [NPC] Surl E. Dean Fri May 18, 2012 7:15 pm

From the desk of Surl E. Dean, Dean of Students

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I appreciate that responsible co-ed socializing is an important part of the collegiate experience, so I've decided to authorize a gathering for some of our prestigious academic organizations.

All university-sanctioned fraternities and sororities are cordially invited to our Spring Mixer, which will begin today and run through the weekend. I've heard mumblings that this will be some kind of "wild party" or "ragin' kegger," but this is absolutely NOT the case.

Be forewarned that I will not tolerate any of the following: drinking of unauthorized beverages; rude dancing; wearing of togas; saying "whooooo" really loudly; general tomfoolery; intoxicating party games; any other act that violates our academic code of conduct.

Have fun (within reason).

- Dean Dean


Visit Spring Mixer

18 EI Report: Petit Cherie and Bunnihilation!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Petit Cherie and Bunnihilation! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri May 18, 2012 7:18 pm

Good afternoon, my EI-minded friends! Springtime is underway, and the miracle of new life is in full effect. This week, one of our favorites has developed, and another item is entirely new! Bunnihilation is a celebration of nature's unstoppable copy machine-- the adorable bunny. Have a look:

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Petit Cherie continues to grow and bloom in the warm spring sun. Several new spring poses have blossomed this week, so put on your best springtime outfit and get out of the house and enjoy the breeze!


Bunnihilation strikes under the cover of spring! Gaia's bunny population is out and about, doing what they do best-- making more bunnies! They're looking cute, feeling cute, eating their vegetables, and multiplying like crazy. Bunnihilation will evolve on a random schedule whenever the mood is just right-- lowered lights and a saxophone solo won't be necessary.


Wow, so much stuff to look at, and it's all spring-themed! I'm so glad I got my allergy shots. You know, it was a painful series of shots to the abdomen, but it was so very worth it! One moment, I'm being handed a bulletin...!

Ah, hmm.

It seems those may have been rabies shots I received and not allergy shots, and I should visit my doctor before the office closes for the weekend. I see. Nonetheless, please go vote in the weekly EI poll and I'll see you next time!

18 Monthly Update: May 2012Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Monthly Update: May 2012 - DJ Helsing Fri May 18, 2012 7:22 pm

Hi, Gaians! We've got a quick video update to share with you-- in order to keep the Gaia community in the know, we've decided to do monthly video updates (starring yours truly) that let you know exactly what we've been up to lately and what's in store for the coming month.

Of course, there's something in it for you: we'll be hosting a contest and giving away 100,000 Gold to a lucky winner.

We also have an opinion poll set up, so your voice can be heard and your thoughts can shape Gaia's future. Be sure to cast your vote and earn a free Wing Sticker.


To participate in the May 2012 monthly update Contest and Poll, just click this rad button:

Enter the Contest

21 Gold Shop Update: New hairstyles at Salon Durem!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gold Shop Update: New hairstyles at Salon Durem! - [NPC] Vanessa Mon May 21, 2012 1:20 pm

Gaians, it's time to redo your 'do! The discovery of a series of ancient texts deep below Salon Durem's old water heater led us to research a number of hairstyles that were simply theoretical in decades past! Dozens of sleepless nights were spent poring over the dusty scrolls and trying to decipher confusing diagrams and instructions written in a language none of us could understand. Several of my best stylists went mad trying to wrap their minds around how some of these fashions work, but it's been worth it.

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Salon Durem is open for business! Bring plenty of Gold and lots and lots of hair. If you see any lunatics outside mumbling about the dangers of tampering with the balance between the follicle array and the root matrix, please tell them to put their aprons back on and get in here!

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21 PSA: Topics you should avoid making jokes about on Gaia.Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement PSA: Topics you should avoid making jokes about on Gaia. - siskataya Mon May 21, 2012 6:37 pm

Hello, Gaians!

It's time for another Gaia public service announcement!

While we try to cultivate an atmosphere of open discussion and no-holds-barred humor, there are certain topics that you should avoid making jokes about. Since we're required to take some things very seriously, a comment intended as a joke may result in a ban (or even require us to contact the authorities). To learn the full details, check out our PSA thread.

22 Enter the May 2012 MC Giveaway!!!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Enter the May 2012 MC Giveaway!!! - DJ Helsing Tue May 22, 2012 4:25 pm

Want a free May 2012 Monthly Collectible? It's easy: just visit our MC Contest thread and post your favorite May MC from the past and why you like it. You'll be automatically entered in a drawing for your very own May 2012 MC!


Enter the Contest

22 Convention Tour: Fanime 2012!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Convention Tour: Fanime 2012! - DJ Helsing Tue May 22, 2012 5:29 pm

Fanime 2012: San Jose, California

Where: San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, California

Game Show: May 25th 2012, 4:00pm – 5:00pm Panels 3

Panel: May 26th 2012, 5:00pm – 7:00pm Panels 3


Head on over and meet us for our traditional Gaia Panel, complete with plenty of mischief, prizes, glimpses at Gaia's future and a opportunity to contribute your feedback and help improve the site. In addition, we’ll be hosting a Gaia Game Show, an amazing collection of wild and goofy contests to showcase your weirdest skills and win some great prizes.


As a bonus, all Gaia event attendees will receive a special limited-edition Convention Tour 2012 Item for your avatar along with a zOMG! starter pack, 2,500 Gold and the Conventioneer Achievement.

We hope to see you there... and if we don't, hopefully we'll be in your neck of the woods sometime very soon. Check out the Convention Tour page for details about all the upcoming stops in 2012!

Check out the Gaia 2012 Convention Tour


Wondering if any of your Gaia friends are going? Stop by the Convention Forum to connect with your fellow convention-goers!

23 Cash Shop Update: Wuxia Assassination Bundle!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Wuxia Assassination Bundle! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Wed May 23, 2012 7:24 pm

Good day! We've got a brand-new series of items on our shelves today, as well as the fantastic Wuxia Assassination Bundle that will give you all three plus an exclusive goodie. In fact, the goodie is so good we're inclined to refer to it as a hyper-goodie!

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The Deadly Ansha is a silent assassin, ready to strike from the shadows with her honed agility. This time, she's been sent to slay the most powerful man in the kingdom. Includes her long black hair, knotted ornament, flowing red jacket, black fighter's top, gold-trimmed shorts, black bandages covering both arms and legs, and a special blade that's more than meets the eye.

A young palace guard, Yinlong Warrior is confident in his quick reflexes, superior martial arts skills, and unwavering loyalty. He's ready for battle with his enchanted pudao, black hair tied in white bandage, and trusty traveling cape. The set also includes his cloth armor shirt, white cuffed pants, and steel-plated shoes and arm guards. He waits for his opponent to show her face...

Statues of Guang the Golden Qilin line the Imperial Palace, but the real mystical beast watches over only one tonight. They say those who meet this legendary creature will be protected from danger in their journey ahead...

Get all three at once by purchasing the Wuxia Assassination Bundle, and you'll also receive the exclusive Lotus of the Emperor-- a gleaming array of hidden treasures that had been stolen from the palace, though nobody claims to have seen the culprit. Includes a golden lotus headdress with small matching lotus armband, rich golden brocade sash, and the lone lantern that lit up the golden halls of the emperor.


The first three items are available individually, of course, but it's recommended that you purchase them all at once in the Wuxia Assassination Bundle and get the hyper-goodie, Lotus of the Emperor. See you at the Cash Shop!

Visit the Cash Shop

25 EI Report: Timmy, Modus Operandi, and Petit Cherie!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Timmy, Modus Operandi, and Petit Cherie! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri May 25, 2012 3:57 pm

Good afternoon! We're examining three new developments this week. Timmy climbs a mountain, Modus Operandi examines a new twist on a classic story courtesy of the artist Buki, and it's the end of the road for Petit Cherie-- but don't worry, springtime isn't nearly over! There are still plenty of ants and flies and weird bugs to climb all over your body when you fall asleep in your neighbor's backyard after a barbecue. Believe me, I know! Let's have a look:

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Timmy has sure met a lot of strange folks on his spiritual journey. Of course, none of them were really helpful... mainly just traumatizing. However, timmy received some clues that answers to life's questions may be at the top of a certain huge mountain. Properly attired, he slowly begins his ascent.


Modus Operandi looks at the secret life of Goldilocks. After having found the perfect porridge, it's said that she savagely murdered the kind Bear family using shards of their own porridge bowls, then skinning them and wearing their fur. She figures the fur coats would look "Uguu kawaii" alongside the rest of her cute lolita style.


Back at the precinct, Officers Sticks and Bricks are poring over the files when they realize it's getting late, and Officer Straw still hasn't returned from his search for Detective Wolfe. Sticks volunteers to go out on patrol and look for them, leaving Bricks alone. Goldilocks' case file is enclosed at the bottom of this announcement.


Petit Cherie reaches its final stage of evolution, and all that spring excitement can be very tiring! Let down your hair and relax a bit, and-- Oh! Looks like someone wants to keep you company!


Wow, Lots of amazing-looking poses this week! Come share your opinion in the weekly EI poll, and then take a break because it's been a long week and you've earned it. Just don't fall asleep in your backyard. See you next time!

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26 Fanime WebcastEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Fanime Webcast - admin Fri May 25, 2012 8:06 pm

Watch the Fanime Gaia Online Panel LIVE NOW!!!!, via the LIVE webcast feed HERE. There will be exclusive contest prizes to those who tune in so pull up a seat and check out exclusive sneak peeks at new and upcoming features as well as have the opportunity to potentially have Gaia Staff answer your questions live on the air!

Watch Now!

29 Convention Tour: AKon 2012!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Convention Tour: AKon 2012! - DJ Helsing Tue May 29, 2012 3:49 pm

AKon 2012: Dallas, TX

Where: Sheraton Dallas, Dallas, Texas

Game Show: June 1st 2012, 4:30pm – 5:30pm San Antonio

Panel: June 2nd 2012, 2:30pm – 3:30pm San Antonio


Head on over and meet us for our traditional Gaia Panel, complete with plenty of mischief, prizes, glimpses at Gaia's future and a opportunity to contribute your feedback and help improve the site. In addition, we’ll be hosting a Gaia Game Show, an amazing collection of wild and goofy contests to showcase your weirdest skills and win some great prizes.


As a bonus, all Gaia event attendees will receive a special limited-edition Convention Tour 2012 Item for your avatar along with a zOMG! starter pack, 2,500 Gold and the Conventioneer Achievement.

We hope to see you there... and if we don't, hopefully we'll be in your neck of the woods sometime very soon. Check out the Convention Tour page for details about all the upcoming stops in 2012!

Check out the Gaia 2012 Convention Tour


Wondering if any of your Gaia friends are going? Stop by the Convention Forum to connect with your fellow convention-goers!

29 Play Monster Galaxy on Gaia - No Facebook Required!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Play Monster Galaxy on Gaia - No Facebook Required! - [NPC] Nova Tue Feb 07, 2012 4:49 pm

Hey tamers,

A while back, we launched an ambitious new game on Facebook called Monster Galaxy. While a
whole bunch of people enjoyed it, there were still those of you who didn't want to deal with the
whole Facebook thing.

We heard you loud and clear, Facebook skeptics! Now you can play Monster Galaxy right here
at home, on Gaia, where all your stuff is! No logging in to anything, no Facebook Connecting,
nothing but catching monsters and having fun.

If it's your first time playing, you can just jump right in; if you've already played the Facebook
version, you'll be given a choice of continuing your game or starting a brand new adventure.
Either way, it won't affect your existing game on Facebook.

To celebrate, we're hosting a MoGa Fan Art contest where you can win cool prizes. Also make sure to keep an eye on this thread, where we regularly post game notes and updates.

Go forth and tame the zodiac!

Play Monster Galaxy!

29 New REI: Keiko's CakeEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New REI: Keiko's Cake! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Tue May 29, 2012 7:11 pm

Hey EI fans, something's going on-- new Rapid Evolving Item has been discovered, and it looks so tasty that I couldn't wait to bring it to you! Have a look:

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Keiko's Cake - Keiko was a sweet young lady, but her cooking skills left something to be desired. One day, she discovered a mysterious and adorable cookbook on her kitchen counter. Where could it have come from? Whatever! With instructions as cute as these, she would be baking the most beautiful, most delicious, most French-sounding cakes in no time...


How fantastic! I've got to admit that this is the first time I've considered seriously wearing a food-themed article of clothing since the time I won Burly Brian's Burger Bash many years ago. I was the fastest contestant to eat six enormous Burly Burgers and won a free shirt with an enormous photo of a burger on it. This stuff looks way more fashionable than that, though! See you soon, everyone!

30 Get a head start on June's CI with Advance Chance!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Get a head start on June's CI with Advance Chance! - [NPC] GRS Accountant Ivan Wed May 30, 2012 4:50 pm

I went to a family reunion last weekend and met family members from parts far and wide. Most of them knew very little about forms and revenue procedures, but they were very knowledgable in their own areas of expertise, and it was interesting meeting these almost alternate versions of myself...

The whole experience got me thinking. Perhaps in another life I'd be a drifter like my cousin Screamin' Mike—shirtless and clinging to the side of a locomotive as the setting sun spurred on the warm canyon winds that would whip through my hair. A gentle scream of mine would carry across desolate lands otherwise untouched.

Maybe I'd have gone into archaeology like Brent, shirtlessly uncovering new fossils and being a bad boy of the natural sciences.

I might have even gone into professional wrestling like my aunt, Psycho Betty. My signature move would've been a brutal squeeze courtesy of my perfect thighs, and they'd call me... Spicy Boy Ivan.

Hmm, where was I? Ah, yes, regardless of what else I could've done for a living I'd still do the wise thing and invest in June's Advance Chance:

What will the next CI be? Nobody knows, but you’ll get the first crack at it with the Advance Chance. On the day of the next CI release, you’ll be able to open your bundle and start reaping the rewards of your CIs hours before they’re released to the general public, so you can start listing items on the Marketplace when hardly anyone has their hands on them yet.

June's CI will be available in the middle of the month. Don't miss out on a shot for greatness!

June Edit

01 Cash Shop Cleanup!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Cleanup! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:10 pm

Good afternoon! Mintaka and I were up in the attic earlier, and we found boxes upon boxes of the following items that we need to get rid of. Our reasons are important and personal...

Oh, all right, we are trying to make space for something known as a "rumpus room."

The following items are currently in the shop, but they will be removed on Thursday, June 7. There's still time, so get them while you can!

  • Favored Heiress
  • Faithful Mechanic
  • Sir Ceph the Dapper Octopus
  • Steampunk Royalty Bundle
  • Thor's Passion
  • Sigrdrifa's Prayer
  • Heimdal the Ram
  • Saga of Inguz Bundle
  • Tory of the Glen
  • Dancer on the River
  • Shilay-Lee the Pooka
  • Blarnan's Kiss Bundle
  • Seelie Order
  • Unseelie Chaos
  • Teenie the Brownie
  • Gentry Fae Bundle
  • Unorthodox Experiment
  • Nurse Hazard
  • Doctor Killshye
  • Mad Science Bundle


See you at the Cash Shop! And if you know anyone who knows the rules for this "Air Hockey" sport, please bring them along with you.

01 EI Report: Keiko's Cake!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Keiko's Cake! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Jun 01, 2012 5:28 pm

Hey, EI fans! You might remember a sweet new REI appearing earlier in the week, and if you've been enjoying Keiko's Cake so far, I've got great news: It's evolved already! Have a look...

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Keiko's Cake - Keiko couldn't wait to start on a recipe from her cute new cookbook. She tied her chocolate locks into a messy but sanitary topknot and pinned on her lucky headband with literally every single one of her lucky barrettes. How could she possibly fail?


It looks like it's going to be so sugary-sweet! I'm having a huge sweets craving just from looking at what's developed today. The last time this happened, I woke up the next morning covered in half-eaten danishes, and... Oh goodness, I feel it happening again. Wish me luck! Don't forget to vote in the weekly EI poll, and I'll see you next time!

04 Last Chance to Grab Radio Havok!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Last Chance to Grab Radio Havok! - [NPC] Ivan Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:05 pm

I remember when punk began to die. I stared at myself in my bedroom mirror for hours watching my enormous spiked mohawk slowly begin to bend and fall over. (Without my near-constant reapplication of styling products, a good mohawk will fall over in just a few hours' time.) I gave a final listen to my favorite songs as I combed my fallen hair over to one side and slinked downstairs to join my family for brunch. I was lost in thought and inconsolable. "Punk is dying, Mom," my mouthful of rubbery pancakes did nothing to mask the pain in my voice. "Oh no, honey. Who's Punk? Is he one of your friends?"

"I guess you could say that," my studded leather jacket billowed in the breeze caused by the garage door opening. It was my uncle Jeff, better known to his students as Professor Numbernerd. He was lugging in a brand-new computer to show us something called a "spread-sheet," and in that quiet afternoon, the hole left in my heart by the punk lifestyle quickly filled.

I still give Radio Havok a listen every so often, and it always knows just how to make me feel alive again. Give it a try, and pledge your allegiance as either a New Wave or a Hazmat. Whichever side you choose, you'll be rewarded with a valuable rare item, a Cash Shop favorite, or one of the following exclusives:


Radio Havok will only be around until this Friday, June 8! Get one or a bundle of nine while you can!

Get Chance Items

05 Cash Shop Update: Full Mood!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Full Mood! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:13 pm

With our rumpus room nearly complete and our air hockey table operating at full capacity, we've had the opportunity to observe the emotions of many of our closest Gaian friends. It's been quite exciting, as expected. The pride, the anguish, the satisfaction... Rigel and I are learning so much! By the way, did you know that despite being a table, you shouldn't actually attempt to dine at an air hockey table? Your plate will slowly float away. Ah, I digress. Today, we're very pleased to announce Full Mood:

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Each Full Mood will grant you one item at random—a brand-new mood bubble, a classic mood bubble from a previous bundle, or if you're lucky, a rare expression set! You never know which one you'll end up with! It's available at the Cash Shop right now. We'll see you there!

Visit the Cash Shop

06 The Summer Springs Screenshot Contest Starts Today!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The Summer Springs Screenshot Contest Starts Today! - DJ Helsing Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:30 pm

Hi there, Summer Springs citizens

We're proud to announce the Summer Springs Screenshot Contest! If you think you've got the best-looking Summer Springs town around, send us a screenshot. Our panel of judges will review the entries, then put a few lucky finalists up for community voting-- the top three submissions will get their hands on some awesome prizes, including Gaia Gold, Summer Springs Cash and rare Summer Springs decorations!

The final submission date is June 17th, 2012. Voting will take place on Gaia between June 18th-June 21st, 2012.

Enter the Contest


For complete rules, submission guidelines and contest discussion, head on over to the Summer Springs Contest Rules..


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Good luck!

08 EI Report: Keiko's Cake and Modus Operandi!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Keiko's Cake and Modus Operandi! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Jun 08, 2012 5:11 pm

Happy Friday, EI friends! It's been a couple sleepless nights here at the lab, but we're ready to announce two big new developments, including a Modus Operandi update by artist gem2niki! Come take a look!

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Keiko's Cake - Keiko began assembling the ingredients for her cake: flour, sugar, cream, eggs, fresh strawberries... and figured it wouldn't hurt if she just ate a few, right? Ah, what a mess! Keiko's always been a little bit of a messy eater, but you know what they say: Never cry over a few broken eggs, and you've got to spill a little milk to make an omelet! Overwhelmed with deciding whether to use baking powder or baking soda, two exasperated fairies appear to help Keiko out.


"Oh, she'll cover the book in a sugary mess!" Usapi cried.


"How this nitwit summoned us, I'll never guess," Nekopi sighed. It's beginning to look like Keiko would need some magical assistance...


Modus Operandi - In a close-knit country community, a small, horrible man has a history of preying on those in dire need. In his most famous act, he came upon a young woman who needed to spin a great amount of straw into gold. In exchange for her necklace and ring, he spun gold for her for two nights. On the third night, with nothing left to give the man in return, she pledged to give him her firstborn child.


He returned a year later to collect the newborn. When the young woman-- now a queen-- wouldn't give the child away, he offered a new deal. "I'll give you three days. If by that time you can guess my name, you shall keep your child."


She had never asked his name before, so she began guessing every name she'd ever heard of. The most common names came first, but each one was wrong. His name was not Michael, George, Joshua, or the countless others she'd asked. On the second day, she tried more uncommon names, but the man was not named Franz, Pietro, or Cubert. On day three, with her time running short, she shouted every name-sounding word she could think of. "Bibbo? Joery? Davearoni? Boogaloo?"


Growing impatient, the man growled and lunged at her. In one quick motion, he fatally sliced the woman's abdomen with a hidden blade. He spent the next several nights weaving her entrails into beautiful red spindles. With the popularity of red clothing in that distant town, there's a very real possibility that the killer has had many victims, and has sold the product of his victims as clothing to unknowing members of the community.


As Officer Sticks departs to find Officer Straws, a forensics technician comes in with new evidence from the crime scene that he presents to Officer Bricks-- strange fibers found near the victim's bed. They can't be sure what it is until it's been tested, but it seems to be a sort of fur-like substance. An illustration of the killer's case file is available for your review at the bottom of this announcement.


Everything looks amazing! Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to memorize every possible name I can find. Don't forget to vote in the weekly EI poll! See you next time!

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11 June 2012 Wii Giveaway Contest Starts Today!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement June 2012 Wii Giveaway Contest Starts Today! - DJ Helsing Mon Jun 11, 2012 6:43 pm

Want a free Nintendo Wii? It's easy: just log into Gaia Online as many days as you can in June and you’ll be entered into the random drawing for each day you log into Gaia!

But that’s not all! Not only will two lucky winners win their very own Nintendo Wii but two second place winners will receive a Red Devil Mini Wings, two third place winners will receive a October 2003 Thank You Letter and four runner up’s will walk away with 100,000 Gaia Gold.

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For complete rules, submission guidelines and discussion head on over to the June 2012 Wii Giveaway Sticky Thread:


Enter the Contest


Also Congratulations goes out to the winners of the May 2012 Wii Giveaway:

1st Place Winners


riku917
m4deline


2nd Place Winners


furfire
tsuki-no-tragedy


3rd Place Winners


jason_toddrh
demolidorgato


Runner Up Winners


lea_tai615
shuurei-sama
kookoobanana2471
shadow_of_the_demon_16



Good luck!

  • Restrictions apply see the Terms of Service in the post below.
  • International users may win but will be required to pay taxes and shipping fees.
  • Winners may choose to receive $150 Gaia Cash in place of a Nintendo Wii.
  • Nintendo is not a co-sponsor of or otherwise affiliated with this promotion.

12 Convention Tour: Metro Con 2012!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Convention Tour: Metro Con 2012! - DJ Helsing Tue Jun 12, 2012 2:34 pm

MetroCon 2012: Tampa, FL

Where: Tampa Convention Center, Tampa FL

Game Show: June 15th 2012, 3:00pm – 4:00pm Room 24-25

Panel: June 16th 2012, 4:00pm – 5:00pm Room 24-25


Head on over and meet us for our traditional Gaia Panel, complete with plenty of mischief, prizes, glimpses at Gaia's future and a opportunity to contribute your feedback and help improve the site. In addition, we’ll be hosting a Gaia Game Show, an amazing collection of wild and goofy contests to showcase your weirdest skills and win some great prizes.


As a bonus, all Gaia event attendees will receive a special limited-edition Convention Tour 2012 Item for your avatar along with a zOMG! starter pack, 2,500 Gold and the Conventioneer Achievement.

We hope to see you there... and if we don't, hopefully we'll be in your neck of the woods sometime very soon. Check out the Convention Tour page for details about all the upcoming stops in 2012!

Check out the Gaia 2012 Convention Tour


Wondering if any of your Gaia friends are going? Stop by the Convention Forum to connect with your fellow convention-goers!

12 Enjoy a world of spectacular color with Digital Rainbow!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Enjoy a world of spectacular color with Digital Rainbow! - [NPC] Ivan Tue Jun 12, 2012 2:22 pm

I'm not a gambling man, usually. I don't take risks anymore unless they're a pretty sure bet, but I definitely had my wilder times back in my youth. One evening, I was playing a dice game in an alleyway with a few friends I had just met. This was years ago, mind you, but I seemed to have mastered the game we were playing, and in my excitement I had removed my shirt and was swinging it in a circle over my head. I'd nearly cleaned everyone else out by that point, and my hooting and hollering made quite the scene. A little too good of a scene, in fact, because we heard some sirens off in the distance and decided it was time to jump a couple walls and get out of there.

One of the players, a rather elegant gentleman in a dapper top hat, owed me money. He told me to run with him back to his place and he'd pay me in fine artworks. I followed him over several fences, through part of a sewer, under a bridge, and through a drainage canal to his house. Sure enough, he sent me off with a big painting underneath each arm and told me to never return. They now hang in my garage. I suppose you could say that was my "brush" with art. Ha!

You, too, can get involved in the world of fine art! Lisa the Rainbow Muse is ready to enter the world of digital painting, and she'll be guided by the R.A.I.N.B.O.T.S. and her best friend Frankie. Get the new CI and join in! Whether Lisa creates a masterpiece or a disasterpiece, you'll receive a fantastic prize for just being there! It could be a Cash Shop favorite, a valuable rare item, or one of these amazing new exclusives:

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Digital Rainbow is available right now! Get one or a bundle of nine to maximize your chances of getting the best stuff!


Get Chance Items!


15 EI Report: Keiko's Cake and Timmy!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Keiko's Cake and Timmy! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Jun 15, 2012 6:09 pm

Good day, EI enthusiasts! This week, some amazing things have occurred! A magical recipe begins coming to fruition, and that little scamp Timmy finally evolves for the last time! I'm so proud of him, and I think you will be, too. Let's have a look:

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Keiko's Cake - This week, the fairies revealed themselves to a befuddled Keiko. A berry red chef's scarf appeared around her neck, fixed with a ruby strawberry that shimmered with hidden power. "Put down that batter and listen to me!" Nekopi commanded. "It's Magical Keiko you're destined to be!"

"We're afraid your skills are not quite up to par," Usapi added gently. "But your new cooking powers will make you a star!" With that, a warm light surrounded Keiko, sprinkling sugary sparkles in her hair and on her cute outfit-- the transformation had begun!


Timmy - Our hero reaches the top of the mountain to find... THE GIANT HOLY HEAD! The Giant Holy Head acknowledges Timmy's very harsh life and offers him three solutions: Become a child again, become an EI, or punish Dr. Singh for his sins. Timmy can't decide, so now it's up to you Gaians to... NO wait, wait... we already did this. Let's not have it turn into EInception. Timmy is really over, folks.

All the friends he made during his long journey from boy to awkward teenager to incredibly awkward adult have come to see him off and wish him well. So long, Timmy. You'll be with us forever as an Evolving Item.


Oh, that magical cake recipe is coming along so well! And Timmy, you've grown so much, and now your travels are immortalized for all time! I'm proud, and am so delighted. The only way I could be more pleased is if you'd return to wash my car one day, and without missing any spots like last time. Please swing by the weekly EI poll, and take care until next week, friends!


15 June's Monthly Collectibles have arrived!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement June's Monthly Collectibles have arrived! - [NPC] Rina Thu Jun 14, 2012 7:23 pm

Ah, it's the 15th! I'm coming, I'm coming, just gotta put my shoes on!

This month's collectibles are two very different items that have something important in common: Fantastically unbridled elegance!

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Prima Poppet - An enchanted marionette who dances with the beauty and skill of a prima ballerina. Her costume shimmers in pink satin and lace, including ballet shoes, glittering bolero in effacé devant, and tumbling rose-colored hair.

Draconis Adamantine - A member of an ancient order of knights whose armor is as hard as the scales of an adamantine dragon. The order's boots, chestplates, and helms are studded with gems. Even their swords are hewn from diamond.


Grab the items while you can—they'll only be around for the month of June! After that, they're gone!

They're so good! So, so good! Ah~! smilies_heart.gif

18 Get the Monster Galaxy Soundtrack on iTunes!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Get the Monster Galaxy Soundtrack on iTunes! - admin Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:39 pm

Ever find yourself playing Monster Galaxy just for the music? Now you can experience Jeremy Soule's stirring soundtrack without the stress of battling any monsters: it's available now in iTunes!

Fans of zOMG! may find these tracks familiar; that's because the Monster Galaxy soundtrack is also the zOMG! soundtrack. Yeah, so we double-dipped on this one. But the good news is that we're passing the savings on to YOU!

This entire 27-track double-whammy soundtrack can be yours for only 99 cents. That's a pretty sweet deal for some truly great music. Grab a digital copy today!

Get the Monster Galaxy Soundtrack


Update: Unfortunately due to a number of factors outside of our control the 99 cent special is only available within the United States.

19 Gold Shop Update: Have a side of Fruit Salad!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gold Shop Update: Have a side of Fruit Salad! - [NPC] Stein Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:42 pm

It is indeed that time again-- I've just stocked my shop with several new fashions designed by you! The last contest had a "Fruit Salad" theme, which is entirely fitting as the winning designs look absolutely scrumptious. Have a look:

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It's times like this I wish I were able to eat more fruit, but alas, I'm an extremely sloppy eater and getting sugary juice on my clothes and in my stitches is most unpleasant. Anyhow, some sketches from the winning designs can be found at the bottom of this announcement. It was quite difficult, as you might imagine, to choose winners from the sea of lovely designs. You can learn a little more about the winning designs and the designers behind them over at the winners page, and be sure to come try and buy them at CrosStitch!

And of course, it goes without saying that a new contest will be announced quite soon. I hope to see you talented designers participate once again!

Visit CrosStitch!

19 Monthly Update: June 2012Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Monthly Update: June 2012 - DJ Helsing Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:27 pm

Hi, Gaians! We've got a quick video update to share with you-- in order to keep the Gaia community in the know, we've decided to do monthly video updates (starring yours truly) that let you know exactly what we've been up to lately and what's in store for the coming month.

Of course, there's something in it for you: we'll be hosting a contest and giving away 100,000 Gold to a lucky winner.

We also have an opinion poll set up, so your voice can be heard and your thoughts can shape Gaia's future. Be sure to cast your vote and earn a free Wing Sticker.


To participate in the June 2012 monthly update Contest and Poll, just click this rad button:

Enter the Contest

20 Cash Shop Update: Streetpunk Karak Bundle!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Streetpunk Karak Bundle! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Wed Jun 20, 2012 3:57 pm

Something Rigel and I have learned from having an air hockey table is that street kids really enjoy playing air hockey. The loud noises and occasional machismo aren't much to our personal liking, but they don't seem to ever get enough. Every now and then a brawl will break out between the rougher types, but despite the rare unpleasantness, this situation comes in handy quite a bit when doing research on items for a new bundle inspired by street fashions-- the Streetpunk Karak Bundle!

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The Kiken Rider is a mysterious young man seen in the subways car beneath the broken light, silently thinking about what place he's going to tag up next. Set includes a stylish jacket, red highlight hair, black beanie, orange-tinted glasses, leather vest and bright red shirt, tight grunge pants decorated with chain and zippers, and a pair of comfortable sneakers for a quick getaway.

Fashionable yet hardcore, ICHI-maru-KYUU is that attractive girl walking the streets that can only be admired from afar because you're too intimidated to approach her! Look the part with her beret, striped off-the-shoulder shirtdress, tri-colored hair, one shoulder bag with red arrow design, ripped leopard tights, heels, and daring arrow tattoos.

You won't catch this little guy in the act! Chase the Painted Bandit scours the streets in the middle of the night and tags up everything he can find. Don't blink, or he might just paint on your head too!

Grab all three of the above items all at once by buying the Streetpunk Karak Bundle, and you'll receive the exclusive Karugaki Style!


They look great, don't they? We truly couldn't have done it without this air hockey table and rumpus room. I suppose one detrimental thing is how after Rigel and I retire for regenerative stasis for the evening, sometimes the street folks remain upstairs in the rumpus room for a bit. We'll come up the next morning and they're usually gone-- maybe one or two will be asleep under the table-- and the entire rumpus room smells like regurgitated malt beverages. Indeed, it might be necessary to lock the rumpus room in the evenings.

In any case, come check out our shop, La Victoire, where you can try on the new items and even purchase them! We hope to see you there!

Visit the Cash Shop

21 New CrosStitch Contest: Hats!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New CrosStitch Contest: Hats! - [NPC] Stein Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:55 pm

Our second CrosStitch contest went very, very well! The results show exactly how creative Gaians can be, and my hat goes off to all who participated.

Speaking of hats, I'd be curious to see what hats you could come up with. Hats are such a varied concept with so many possibilities, and the right hat can change a person's entire appearance-- I have no doubt we'll see some breathtaking submissions! Design the hat of your dreams and send us your sketches. If your hat is all that, Gaia's artists would be most pleased to turn it into a new Gaia item!

For the full contest details, check out the CrosStitch contest page.

Visit the Contest Page

22 Summer Springs Screenshot Contest: VOTE NOW!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Summer Springs Screenshot Contest: VOTE NOW! - [NPC] Lena Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:42 pm

Our Summer Springs Screenshot Contest is heating up! We received tons of gorgeous entries, and we've compiled an all-too-brief set of finalists. Now we need your help for the final step: it's your turn to pick the winner!

Head to our poll thread to vote for your favorite finalist-- better be quick, cause voting will end June 24th at 11:59PM!

Vote Now!


Have you tried Summer Springs yet? As a Gaian, you'll earn free Gaia Gold each time you level up in the game! Just click the [Redeem Gaia Gold] banner below the game each time you level!

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For more information on updates, giveaways, and contests, become a fan on Facebook!

Play Summer Springs

22 Evolving Item Report: Modus Operandi and Keiko's Cake!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Evolving Item Report: Modus Operandi and Keiko's Cake! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:47 pm

Good day, EI fans! There's been so much happening at the lab that I've taken to sleeping in the upstairs storage area. Not only does it completely erase my morning commute, but the gentle hum of the data processing equipment carries me away to a night of restful sleep, where I can let my imagination take over and wonder about future item evolutions. Except for last night, where I dreamed I was trapped in a supermarket with a dog that could talk. But usually it works!

This week, Keiko's Cake reaches its final stage of evolution, and Modus Operandi combs through an old giant case with help from artist pyawakit. Let's take a look:

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Modus Operandi - Jack was a child slave, a member of a subjugated village lorded over by an evil giant. Driven to his breaking point by witnessing firsthand the cruelties committed by the giant, Jack snuck out from the village and managed to slay the beast most gruesomely while it slept. Excited by the thrill of killing the one that had hurt him, Jack ran from home and set out on a twisted quest of justice to butcher all remaining giants.

Back at the precinct, Officer Bricks looks up from the case file when the door creaks open, and it's Detective Wolfe... but he's alone. Bricks tries to ask Wolfe about Officers Straw and Sticks, but Wolfe avoids giving direct answers before finally saying he hasn't seen them. Bricks glares and directly asks where Detective Wolfe has been this whole time with such an important case going on, but again Wolfe looks around, darts his eyes a bit, and mumbles something unintelligible before going off into a corner with the case files.


Keiko's Cake - Wow, Keiko had transformed into a magical girl! In her sugar lace shoes and magical chef's uniform, she sure looked the part-- but what would she do with her new powers? The fairies waited with baited breath as Keiko opened the mysterious cookbook and chanted an incantation. The kitchen filled with impossibly pink light, magical wind sent eggs and bottles of milk crashing to the floor, and the sweet aroma of delicious confections filled the air. What would Keiko's cake look like?


"Oh dear, oh my..." Usapi sighed. "The cake is a... guy?!" Nekopi cried.

Keiko squealed and threw her arms around her creation-- a very cute pastry chef to be sure, but decidedly not a cake. Nekopi had had enough. With a terrifying mew, the little fairy summoned her great power and transformed Keiko once more... into a beautiful, brainless cake.


"That will teach her a lesson or two, it's the only way..."
"But Nekopi", Usapi fretted, "How long will she stay that way...?"


Aw, they're both so neat, and they came out even better than the dreams I'd had! I suppose I should start sleeping back home again in a real bed, and not curled up on top of a pile of ceiling insulation. Check out the case file from Modus Operandi below, and visit the weekly EI poll! I'll see you next time!

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26 Introducing Soul Crash!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Introducing Soul Crash! - admin Wed Apr 11, 2012 6:45 pm

Excellent news for fiercely competitive types: we've partnered up with the talented team at PlayPlus to bring an action-packed fighting game to Facebook! Soul Crash lets you customize a fighter, enchant your weapons and challenge your friends to fast-paced battles.

As a special gift to our Gaia Online friends, we're giving away an EXCLUSIVE free weapon: the Diedrich Sword packs all the mauling power of your favorite bitey little dude, but with absolutely NONE of the razor-sharp wit. This is one item you'll want to get your hands on-- he's an absolute BEAST in Soul mode!

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Click HERE to claim the Diedrich item if you don't already have one!


Also, you can grab some free Gaia Gold by clicking on the [Redeem Gaia Gold] banner below the game each time you level up. The higher your level, the greater amount of gold!

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You'll also get another EXCLUSIVE freebie-- a Soul Crash Tunic for your Gaia avatar! When you hit Level 10 or above, click on the [Redeem Gaia Gold] banner below the game to claim your free Gaia Gold AND your free Soul Crash Tunic!

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Try Soul Crash TODAY!! You have nothing to lose but your soooouuuul! (Disclaimer: you will definitely not lose your soul.)


Play Soul Crash

26 Live Artist Stream!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Live Artist Stream! - admin Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:05 pm

Ever wanted to tell Gaia artists what to draw? Then join us this Friday at 2pm PT for a LiveStream art session. A few of us will grab a whiteboard and take some of your suggestions on what to draw in real time. Serious or funny, we’ll take our best shot. And maybe some of our non-artists will make a cameo too.

To take part, stop by this thread on Friday. See you then!

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26 New REI: Lady Jayne and the Mummy!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New REI: Lady Jayne and the Mummy! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:49 pm

Hey EI fans, we've got big news here! We've discovered a completely new Rapid Evolving Item and have GOT to show it to you! Pack your canteen and plenty of sunscreen, because we're soon to embark on an adventure deep into the desert:

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Lady Jayne and the Mummy - Lady Jayne was spending her afternoon in very uncomfortable clothing entertaining ladies for a charitable luncheon. Being so proper and mixing with high society was one of her least favorite things. She'd rather be at the university teaching seminars, studying ancient artifacts, or traveling to far off places in search of relics. No, this luncheon was definitely not her idea of fun, but as the last heir to her house, she felt it was her duty to continue in the tradition of her parents by hosting these charitable endeavors.

Her reprieve came in the form of Professor Oliver bursting through the doors. "I'm sorry to interrupt, Lady Jayne, but this is of utmost importance! After weeks of silence, I finally received word from one of Professor Jasper Smyth's assistants. He's gone missing in the Caldus Desert and they fear the worst."

Jayne needed very little in terms of an excuse to leave the stuffy luncheon, but Jasper Smyth was her colleague and a dear friend. She ran upstairs unlacing her dress, and calling out to her butler to ready her plane. She was off to the Caldus Desert!


You can grab Lady Jayne and the Mummy from the Cash Shop right now! I'll keep you updated as we learn more. See you soon!

27 Convention Tour: Anime Expo 2012!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Convention Tour: Anime Expo 2012! - DJ Helsing Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:22 pm

Anime Expo 2012: Los Angeles, CA

Where: Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA

Dance Party: June 28th 2012, 9:00pm – 11:00pm AX Dance LACC PETREE HALL "D"

Game Show: June 30th 2012, 11:00am – 12:00pm Room 502 AB

Panel: July 1st 2012, 2:00pm – 3:00pm Room 502 AB


Head on over and meet us for our traditional Gaia Panel, complete with plenty of mischief, prizes, glimpses at Gaia's future and a opportunity to contribute your feedback and help improve the site. In addition, we’ll be hosting a Gaia Game Show, an amazing collection of wild and goofy contests to showcase your weirdest skills and win some great prizes.


As a bonus, all Gaia event attendees will receive a special limited-edition Convention Tour 2012 Item for your avatar along with a zOMG! starter pack, 2,500 Gold and the Conventioneer Achievement.

We hope to see you there... and if we don't, hopefully we'll be in your neck of the woods sometime very soon. Check out the Convention Tour page for details about all the upcoming stops in 2012!

Check out the Gaia 2012 Convention Tour


Wondering if any of your Gaia friends are going? Stop by the Convention Forum to connect with your fellow convention-goers

27 Cash Shop Update: Have a Perfect Summer Day!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Have a Perfect Summer Day! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Wed Jun 27, 2012 3:13 pm

Friends, it's time to get out and enjoy the glorious sunlight! As much as Mintaka and I enjoy having you all in our rumpus room, things have been a little rowdy lately, and we need to perform some minor repairs. We're also going to be cleaning the guest bathroom with plenty of bleach, and I don't even want to explain why.

In any matter, we've assembled a number of new summer items for you to enjoy! Grab them all at once by purchasing the Perfect Summer Bundle, and you'll also get an exclusive item. Have a look:

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Island Sherbert - This lovely blonde is no airhead-- she'll throw the best beach party you've ever seen! Includes ribboned, pink-tipped pigtails, a one-piece bathing suit with stripes and bows, a flowing red shawl, and white hibiscus flower accessories for your waist and hair!

Lovely Maritime - A pro boater, Lovely Maritime would love to do nothing more than spend all day on the wide open seas. Includes sea-swept hair, a frilly two-piece bikini, blue billowing shawl, and strappy jeweled sandals!

Laraha Sea - That cool handsome guy you always see playing volleyball at the beach. Includes everything you need to be just as awesome! Tribal print board shorts, a water-resistant jacket, winged coral shoes, fashionable accessories with waterproof watch, and of course that awesome dirty blonde hair!

Crimson Sunset - There is a distant legend of the most gnarly dude to ever tackle a wave, and his name was the Crimson Sunset! It's foretold that the legendary surfer wore items such as these-- a tricolor wetsuit, snappy coral shoes, deep red hair soaked with seawater, and a pair of mismatched board shorts!

Get all four of the above items at once by grabbing the Perfect Summer Bundle, and you'll also get the exclusive Summer Jelly! Somehow, somewhere, someone always manages to find a jellyfish. These little guys can be annoying when they sting, but they also make for a wide array of cool accessories, including a frilly umbrella two kick-butt tribal surfboards, and your own private beachfront with seating for two!


These items and the bundle are available at La Victoire now. Come over and try them on!

Visit the Cash Shop

28 Prepare for July's CI with Advance Chance!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Prepare for July's CI with Advance Chance! - [NPC] GRS Accountant Ivan Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:18 pm

If I may, I'd like to tell you about an old friend of mine named Pete. He's not the most scientific calculator in the drawer, and he's been that way since the day we became roommates back in college. He used to spend his afternoons sleeping on a fountain in the quad, and would even reach down to occasionally drink a handful of the dirty fountain water while cat-calling at folks who walked past. Lately, though, he gets his kicks at the dog track and almost always comes up broke. He'll even give the dogs new, luckier names, and shout those names as they run by. "C'mon Peppers! Atta girl, Peppers," he'd shout to a dog named Ramrod, who was a boy. It's a bit sad, actually.

Don't be a Pete. If you're going to get your kicks on anything, consider a safer bet such as the July Advance Chance!

What will the next CI be? Nobody knows, but you’ll get the first crack at it with the July Advance Chance. On the day of the next CI release, you’ll be able to open your bundle and start reaping the rewards of your CIs hours before they’re released to the general public, so you can start listing items on the Marketplace when hardly anyone has their hands on them yet.

The July CI will be available mid-month. Don't miss out on a shot to prosper with the Advance Chance!

29 Join Our "Fun in the Sun" Beach PartyEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Join Our "Fun in the Sun" Beach Party - [NPC] Surl E. Dean Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:32 pm

It’s summer time, and I realize that many of you like to have some of this so-called “fun in the sun.” Accordingly, I've decided to authorize an official aquatic-based soiree.

All interested parties are cordially invited to our Beach Party, which will run from now through much of July.

Be forewarned that I will not tolerate any of the following: swimming within 30 minutes of eating, teasing the sharks, kicking sand in others’ faces, building suggestive sand castles, drinking mature refreshments, novelty shark fin hats, or any snacks with mustard. And most importantly: APPROPRIATE BEACH ATTIRE IS REQUIRED!

Have fun (within reason).

- Dean Dean

Join Us

29 EI Report: Lady Jayne and the Mummy!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Lady Jayne and the Mummy! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:34 pm

Hey, EI mavens! As you might remember, a new REI was discovered earlier this week, and it's already evolving. This one's got the promise of adventure deep in the desert, and the fashions that would come along with it. Let's see how it just evolved!

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Lady Jayne and the Mummy - After hearing the devastating news of Jasper Smyth's disappearance in the Caldus Desert, Lady Jayne grabs a few adventuring essentials and changes out of her uncomfortable dress. It's a good thing Jayne has been flying planes for years as she's able to head out right away. Her heart beats wildly in anticipation of what's to come...


Things are just heating up in the search for Professor Smyth! I'm glad it's not me going, I'm not great with deserts. My uncle, though-- now he was a real desert-dweller! I once watched him catch a rattlesnake with his bare hands and use it as a belt! The two became the best of friends after that.

Check out Lady Jayne and the Mummy in the cash shop, and go vote in the weekly EI poll! See you next time!

July Edit

05 Enter the June 2012 MC Giveaway!!!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Enter the June 2012 MC Giveaway!!! - DJ Helsing Thu Jul 05, 2012 4:35 pm

Want a free June 2012 Monthly Collectible? It's easy: just visit our MC Contest thread and post your favorite June MC from the past and why you like it. You'll be automatically entered in a drawing for your very own June 2012 MC!


Enter the Contest

05 Last chance to harness the Digital Rainbow!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Last chance to harness the Digital Rainbow! - [NPC] Ivan Thu Jul 05, 2012 7:54 pm

You can only look at theoretical equations and particle collisions for so long. I must assume that somewhere deep underground, an enormous particle accelerator somewhere is probably wishing it were a rainbow accelerator, dealing in flashes of incredible color instead of protons, muons, and other such nerd business.

"Ivan," you're probably shouting, "Aren't you the ultimate nerd? Didn't they call you Ivan the Unbearable in high school because you spoke primarily in incredibly nerdy references that no one got?!" To those people I say, "Imagine four balls on the edge of a cliff... Time works the same way."

In all seriousness, of course I'm a nerd and I love my numbers and equations, but it's important to cut loose once in a while, friends! Close those programs filled with charts and graphs and enjoy fantastic color with the help of Digital Rainbow! Grab the CI and join Lisa the Rainbow Muse in the world of digital painting, with help from the R.A.I.N.B.O.T.S. and her friend Frankie, naturally. Whether Lisa is the next Warhol or Bore-hol, you'll still receive a fantastic prize. It could be a Cash Shop favorite, a valuable rare item, or one of these amazing exclusives:

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Head to the Cash Shop and grab one now, or snap up a bundle of nine to maximize your chances of getting the best stuff!

Get Chance Items!

06 Cash Shop Update: Forgotten Pages BundleEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Forgotten Pages Bundle - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Fri Jul 06, 2012 4:15 pm

Ah, writing! How wonderful a well-written story can be. Fantastic how something as simple as glyphs on a page can paint a picture so vivid that you'd feel like you're actually there. There's no messy paint, no chipping marble sculptures, yet there can be an image cast just as vivid as any of those other masterworks!

Sometimes we wish the vagrant youths who take advantage of our rumpus room would read a bit more. Perhaps then they would learn the common sense wisdom present in many novels, and not unabashedly fall asleep in our doorways or pass out hanging halfway out the window.

In any event, we're quite pleased to release a new series of writer-themed items, designed just for the writer in search of the perfect story. Grab them all at once by getting the Unwritten Pages Bundle and you'll get a delightful exclusive!

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The Forlorn Wordsmith spends his nights writing and rewriting, his hands covered in ink. It includes a hood, chained top, messy punk hair, mystical swirling ink pen, belted pants, sandals, and a satchel for carrying all the tools of the trade!

Sinuous Ink is the perfect story waiting to be written. A muse in hiding if you only know how to look for her. She includes a feathered pen hat, flowing hair, mini dress, ink gloves, leggings and cape!

Qudis the Squid is a strange little guy that is fueled by the creative spirit! He may be a little messy with that ink, you don't mind right? He even makes for an adorable headband!

Get the three items above all at once by purchasing the Forgotten Pages Bundle and you'll also receive the exclusive Unwritten Story! It includes plenty of books and a sword pen to begin your writing adventure.


Aren't they lovely? Come by the Cash Shop now and try them on! In case you see any bad teens loitering about, tell them the air hockey table is gone and they'll leave. (It's not gone.)

Visit the Cash Shop

06 EI Report: Modus Operandi and Lady Jayne and the Mummy!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Modus Operandi and Lady Jayne and the Mummy! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Jul 06, 2012 4:04 pm

Good afternoon, friends! It's been a busy week around the lab and we're pleased to announce our findings! I watched some other lab announce some particle-something-or-other findings the other day and they had the tackiest presentation slides, and the text was all in that awful Comic Sans font. It was just sad and weird! In our internal presentations around the lab, we typically only use Papyrus.

This week, two big updates, and one of them is a Modus Operandi evolution by artist PRlSM! Let's have a look:

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In Lady Jayne and the Mummy, Jayne lands her plane at a small village on the outskirts of the Caldus desert. It is hot, dry and the scorching sand is blowing everywhere. Her plane is immediately approached by one of Professor Smyth's assistants carrying a small object. The man explains that Professor Smyth had been doing research in one of the pyramids nearby, and one night he returned home with this canopic jar, which was sealed. The next morning, the assistant came around looking for Smyth, but he was nowhere to be found, and the canopic jar lay open on the floor.

Modus Operandi examines he tabloid terror of international sensation Cutie and the Beast. Reports describe the band's charismatic lead singer, Mignonette, as a dark, troubled beauty with a romantic and professional preference for burly, tattooed guitarists. Indeed, it seemed The Beast featured an endless series of new guitarists, who, when inevitably they split from the band-- and from Mignonette-- would immediately disappear from the public eye, never to be heard from again...


The horrifying truth behind The Beast's ever-changing line-up came to light when one nosy paparazzo snuck into a recording session at the secluded Château Pastorale. After a violent break-up with her newest guitarist, Mignonette convinced him to give her one last kiss before he left the band for good. She applied her trademark violet lipstick, and after a deep, scandalizing kiss, watched as the poisoned purple gloss caused the poor man to asphyxiate at her feet.


Police later discovered the skulls of countless missing bandmates-turned-boyfriends in a secret display case behind Mignonette's many industry awards. Remorseless and smiling seductively, she is reported to have said, "If only it had been true love, we could have lived happily ever after. Maybe you'll be my Prince Charming... Got any tattoos?"

Such great stuff this week! I need to wrap this thing up, we've got our end-of-week meeting in just a bit. I've prepared slides with a cool new font where everything looks like symbols and stuff. Oh! Check out the case file from Modus Operandi below, and go vote in the weekly EI poll! See you soon!

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10 Create a custom title!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Create a custom title! - admin Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:03 pm

Just for the heck of it, we've added a fun new feature to our achievement system. Now you can create special customized titles based on the achievements you've earned! These titles will show up under your avatar in the forums, making it easy to flaunt your accomplishments.

Each title consists of a prefix and a suffix. For example, if you'd earned the Sausage Fest and Fangirl achievements, you could use "Man-Hungry Fangirl" as your title; if you have the Team Edward and Tooth Fairy achievements, you could use "Sparkly Fairy." There are tons of possibilities!

You can create your title now by visiting our Achievements page.

Create a Title

11 Convention Tour: San Diego Comic-Con 2012!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Convention Tour: San Diego Comic-Con 2012! - DJ Helsing Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:40 am

San Diego Comic-Con 2012: San Diego, CA

Where: San Diego Convention Center San Diego, CA

Panel: July 14th 2012, 7:00pm – 8:00pm Room: 5AB


Head on over and meet us for our traditional Gaia Panel, complete with plenty of mischief, prizes, glimpses at Gaia's future and a opportunity to contribute your feedback and help improve the site. In addition, we’ll be hosting a Gaia Game Show, an amazing collection of wild and goofy contests to showcase your weirdest skills and win some great prizes.


As a bonus, all Gaia event attendees will receive a special limited-edition Convention Tour 2012 Item for your avatar along with a zOMG! starter pack, 2,500 Gold and the Conventioneer Achievement.

We hope to see you there... and if we don't, hopefully we'll be in your neck of the woods sometime very soon. Check out the Convention Tour page for details about all the upcoming stops in 2012!

Check out the Gaia 2012 Convention Tour


Wondering if any of your Gaia friends are going? Stop by the Convention Forum to connect with your fellow convention-goers!

11 Enter a magical board game world with the Runic Challenge!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Enter a magical board game world with the Runic Challenge! - [NPC] Ivan Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:50 pm

As should be immediately apparent just by looking at me, I played a lot of board games as a teenager. Just me, a few friends, a couple cases of highly-caffeinated soda and canned cake frosting, and my well-worn copy of Warriors of Wulgus, the most complicated board game ever devised. I tell ya, those fourteen-hour play sessions and intense number crunching left me well prepared for a future of cranking out all-night audits. Great times.

Over at Dernier Cri, Gaia's famous floating luxury ship-shop, Brennivin and crew have been getting into the gaming spirit. A summer storm had everyone cooped up below decks, so Brennivin decided to amuse Kanoko and Radio Jack with a magical board game called the Runic Challenge—but things got a little too magical, and now they've been trapped in the game world!

If you can help them beat the game, you'll wind up with an incredible item. It could be a Cash Shop favorite, a valuable rarity or one of these brand new exclusives:

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Grab a Runic Challenge for your chance at a fantastic reward, or grab a bundle for even more stabs at board game glory.

Enter the Runic Challenge

13 WANTED - Special News UpdateEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement WANTED - Special News Update - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:08 pm

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1,000,000 Gold


Durem PD officials are closing in on the person responsible for the recent shop bombing in Durem. With the help of local tipsters they've identified him as Faris, a known associate of the Kuro gang, and have been able to create a sketch of the perpetrator.

The suspect is believed to be operating under an alias, and sightings place him in the Gaia Community forums. A reward of 1,000,000 Gold is being offered for information leading to the identity and capture of the suspect. If you've sighted or made contact with this man, please follow the reporting instructions posted here.

13 EI Report: Lady Jayne and the Mummy!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Lady Jayne and the Mummy! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:45 pm

Hey, EI fans! What a week it's been! We're all sweating around here. Not only is it incredibly hot outside, but we've been working really hard on lots of EI data that's come in. Also, some of us in the lab are pretty out of shape. And some of us seem to have woken up late with no time to apply antiperspirants. It's kind of a sweaty place right now, but luckily the cleaning crew will be here over the weekend to wipe down all of our desks and equipment. I feel as if I'm cocooned in a thin layer of greasy slime.

Thankfully, the weekly EI report takes my mind off all of it! Check this out:

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In Lady Jayne and the Mummy, Lady Jayne crosses a vast desert to reach the Caldus Pyramids. After hours of searching, she finds what she came for: a doorway leading into the depths of the largest pyramid. As she quietly descends, Jayne hears sinister noises coming from deep in the tomb-- slow shuffling steps and strange guttural voices. She readies her trusty sidearm... this will be messy.


I love them! I'd try on some of the new poses myself, but I'd probably sweat all over them, and there's probably a "you sweat in it, you buy it" rule somewhere. Anyhow, shower time! Vote in the weekly EI poll, and I'll see you next time!

15 July's Monthly Collectibles are here!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement July's Monthly Collectibles are here! - [NPC] Rina Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:44 pm

Oh, it's the 15th? It totally slipped my mind. I hadn't even thought about this month's Collectibles—just kidding! YEEEEEEEEEEEE!

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July's Collectibles bring a pair of star-crossed celestial lovers, doomed to be forever separated by the vast cosmos...

Captive Syrma is a hot-headed interstellar jailbird who burns for his lost love. Includes his orange prisoner's outfit, his chains, a constellation tattoo and his burning hair.

Devoted Spica is a bright blue star who's spent millennia pining for her imprisoned beau. Includes shimmering hair, stardust garments and a constellation halo.


These items will only be available till the end of the month, so don't delay!

16 CAPTURED - Special News UpdateEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement CAPTURED - Special News Update - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:13 pm

WANTED: FARIS

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STATUS: CAPTURED


With the help of the community, Durem PD officials have captured Faris, the suspected bomber of the H&R Wesley shop. Faris, operating under the alias Dr. F. Kale, has been attempting to hide amongst the community for some time. Thanks to an anonymous tipster, he was captured this morning while falsely accusing a local community actor.

Authorities would like to thank the community for their assistance in tracking down this armed and dangerous fugitive. Everyone who assisted the authorities by sending in information will receive an undisclosed special reward.

In other news, the Rejected Olympic games will be...

18 Let the Rejected Olympics Begin!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Let the Rejected Olympics Begin! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:43 pm

Hey Gaians! Cindy Donovinh here at the grand opening of the Real Olympics, where the greatest athletes in the land have gathered to test the bounds of human ability. Oh, this is-- ah, I see...

Cindy Donovinh here at the Rejected Olympics, where the towns of Gaia are showing up to rep their respective communities! Contestants from Barton, Durem, Aekea and Gambino are pouring in, all ready to compete in mind-bending sports* that will surely demonstrate which town is the best once and for all.

Every two days a new event will begin until the world is overrun with carnivalesque events or five games have begun-- whichever comes first. First up: the cosmonaut's nightmare, Space Drop! Avoid falling objects while floating around collecting Lanzer heads. To read up on the rules of Space Drop and the other games, check out the Rejected Olympics forum.

If you're ready to show your Gaia pride, head over to the announcer's booth to get started! They can sign you up for a team, but be careful: once you choose your team, you can't switch. (They use a permanent marker).


Join the Rejected Olympics!


'*The Surgeon General warns these are not real sports.

18 The Cash Tree and Offers Page have changed!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The Cash Tree and Offers Page have changed! - admin Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:04 pm

Hey everyone, we've made a pretty important update to the Cash Tree and Offers Page! More precisely, we've combined the Cash Tree and the Offers Page into a single easy-to-use page with simpler navigation, and we've made it easier to see the "Top Offers" that give you the best rewards. Get in there and dig around-- we've added even more video offer providers, so there are more offers with bigger payouts than ever.

For example, take a look at Social Vibe's Activities, which we've updated with activities and special video offers that now pay out four times the Gaia Cash they used to. Thats a lot of free Gaia Cash!

If you've turned off the Cash Tree and want to take another crack at all this free stuff, you can always go in and turn it back on in your preferences.

Go check the swank new page out and grab some Gaia Cash today!

Get Cash!

19 Monthly Update: July 2012Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Monthly Update: July 2012 - DJ Helsing Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:52 pm

Hi, Gaians! We've got a quick video update to share with you-- in order to keep the Gaia community in the know, we've decided to do monthly video updates (starring yours truly) that let you know exactly what we've been up to lately and what's in store for the coming month.

Of course, there's something in it for you: we'll be hosting a contest and giving away 100,000 Gold to a lucky winner.

We also have an opinion poll set up, so your voice can be heard and your thoughts can shape Gaia's future. Be sure to cast your vote and earn a free Wing Sticker.


To participate in the July 2012 monthly update Contest and Poll, just click this rad button:

Enter the Contest

19 Cash Shop Update: Rejected Olympics Team BundleEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Rejected Olympics Team Bundle - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:55 pm

Good afternoon, Gaians! As I'm sure you're aware, the Rejected Olympics are currently underway, and the event couldn't have come at a more opportune time. All of the unsavory teens who occupy our rumpus room have gone off in search of Olympic glory-- all but Sleepy Joe, who is asleep under the air hockey table and refuses to wake up.

We're not even sure his name is Sleepy Joe. We were prodding him with a broom this morning asking for his name and what he wanted, and he replied with that. Rigel thinks there is a chance he was asking for a "sloppy joe" food item, but regardless, we have a great deal of work to do today and we'll have to just let him continue sleeping.

Today, we're proud to announce a series of items based on the ongoing Rejected Olympics! Grab the items individually from the Cash Shop, or buy the entire bundle and receive an exclusive item, too!

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Cheer on your favorite team with the Official Rejected Olympics Uniform for both boys and girls! Each set comes with a jacket, slacks, short wig, cropped jacket, skirt, long wig and of course the team pin. Check out the uniforms for Aekea, Barton, Durem, and Gambino!

Grab the complete set by buying the Rejected Olympics Team Bundle and you'll also receive the exclusive Waffles Mascot Suit. Go Team!


Stop by the Cash Shop now and try them on, there's no better way to show your spirit!

Visit the Cash Shop

20 Cash Shop Update: An additional Rejected Olympics Uniform!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: An additional Rejected Olympics Uniform! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:50 pm

Gaians! The Rejected Olympics Uniforms are proving to be quite the popular items, and in response, we'd like to offer an additional uniform for those with a passion for brilliant gold colors-- the Golden Uniform!

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Please note that the Rejected Olympics Uniform Bundle will not be modified to contain the new Golden Uniform. It's a completely separate offering, and we really hope you enjoy it! Please come try it on in the Cash Shop and see what you think.

And for those who would be interested to know-- we finally got the largest of the 4 stains out of the rumpus room carpeting. (It simply required a great deal of elbow grease.)

Visit the Cash Shop

20 EI Report: Lady Jayne and the Mummy, and Modus Operandi!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Lady Jayne and the Mummy, and Modus Operandi! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:00 pm

Friends, there's a bunch of news this week in the field of EI studies! Ever since we realized that Lady Jayne and the Mummy is evolving for the last time this week, I've been telling my new joke around the lab ("Looks like this mummy business is WRAPPING UP!") to ever-decreasing fanfare. There's also an exciting Modus Operandi update by artist pepper-tea that has to be seen to believed. Come look!

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Modus Operandi - Detective Wolfe's research led him to a very unusual, very old case spanning nearly a hundred years. The files describe a gorgeous mermaid-- perhaps the most beautiful of her particular clan-- with only one envy in her heart: Her particular branch of merpeople are without souls. Seeing as how she could usually get whatever she wanted, this is the first thing that had ever caused her to feel truly empty. She consulted some of her elders, and it was explained that merpeople without souls can gain one if a human shares theirs with them. With the intense need for a soul fueling her decision-making process, she made the deal to become human and find a soul to be shared.

It wasn't long before she met a prince, and the two shared a polite but ultimately tepid date together. The prince's attention couldn't be held for long, and he looked elsewhere.

This drove the mermaid to near-madness. She had seen enough of the prince's soul that she knew it was destined to be hers. It became clear that she'd need to make another, less noble deal. This time, she was given a special dagger that she could use to steal souls directly. She used it without much delay to slay the prince and his lover, and took possession of their souls.

The mermaid remains human, is thought to be still active stealing souls, and is nearly immortal because of it. She stores them in precious stones on her necklace that resemble diamonds, and by the count of them, she's been quite busy over the last 100 years.

Detective Wolfe is still brooding in a corner looking over notes and case files. Any attempt by Officer Bricks to question him about the missing officers or the case result in ominous glares and vague, half-hearted answers. Bricks is becoming suspicious of this Detective Wolfe and it's only a matter of time till he discovers what's going on.


Lady Jayne and the Mummy - Down in the pyramid, Lady Jayne is firing off shots at the mummies slowly lumbering toward her. Before long, they have her surrounded and it's horrifyingly obvious that there are far more mummies than she has remaining bullets. She didn't want it to end this way, especially before finding out what happened to Jasper...

As the mummies close in, a forceful "STOP!" echoes from around a corner. An unusual-looking mummy approaches from around the corner. This one isn't wrapped in linen like the others, but it is decomposing slightly and wearing some sort of crown. The other mummies shuffle away in obedience to the order, and the new mummy steps into the light just a bit-- it's Jasper!

Jayne and Jasper embrace, and he begins to explain what had happened with the cursed canopic jar he'd found in a tomb, which contained the remains of an ancient king. "It had an unnatural hold on me, and one evening I couldn't resist opening it up. I was transported back here to the pyramid, and trapped alone as king over the undead. Now that you've brought the jar back, I can free myself of the curse and finally leave this place."

Tossing his crown back into the darkness, the two begin to walk out of the chamber unopposed. "Jayne, there's something I must confess. I've been in love with you since the day we met, and I think you may feel the same..." Lady Jayne looks up into Jasper Smyth's eyes and is about to answer when his assistant comes running down towards them. "Lady Jayne and... Professor Smyth?! I have urgent news. Professor Oliver has been kidnapped, and is being held for ransom in a jungle far south of here. The captors are asking you to personally hand over a relic in your possession, or he'll be surely dead."

Jayne looks back up at Jasper and with a mischievous wink replies, "Looks like our adventure has just begun..."


Wow, that's a ton of stuff going on! And now you can see why my mummy wrap joke was good, right? I've got the wrap game on lock down here. Oh hey, don't forget to vote in the weekly EI poll and cast your vote! See you next time!

24 Gold Shop Update: Gaia Scouts and Island Celebration!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gold Shop Update: Gaia Scouts and Island Celebration! - [NPC] Josie Tue Jul 24, 2012 3:40 pm


Hey, everybody! We're stocking some brand new stuff right now in the Gold Shop that's unlike anything you've seen before! Have a look:

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First, join the energetic young Gaia Scouts as they enjoy a wide variety of gender-neutral activities like cooking, camping, and cookie entrepreneurship. These all-inclusive scouts are in the business of offering nothing but friendship, camaraderie, and skill-building in a welcoming environment!

It's also that time of year again in the tropics-- the Island Celebration is underway! Beat the heat by enjoying the festival's long summer nights in hardly anything at all. Get dressed and join the party!


You can find the items from these two new themes at Global Imports, The Jock Strap, Barton Jewelers, and Buttercup Cafe. Come take a peek and try them on!

Visit the Shops!

25 Convention Tour: Otakon 2012!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Convention Tour: Otakon 2012! - DJ Helsing Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:30 pm

Otakon 2012: Baltimore, M.D.

Where: Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, M.D.

Panel: July 28th 2012, 7:00pm – 8:30pm Panel 6 (Hilton Key Ballroom 1-6)


Head on over and meet us for our traditional Gaia Panel, complete with plenty of mischief, prizes, glimpses at Gaia's future and a opportunity to contribute your feedback and help improve the site. In addition, we’ll be hosting a Gaia Game Show, an amazing collection of wild and goofy contests to showcase your weirdest skills and win some great prizes.


As a bonus, all Gaia event attendees will receive a special limited-edition Convention Tour 2012 Item for your avatar along with a zOMG! starter pack, 2,500 Gold and the Conventioneer Achievement.

We hope to see you there... and if we don't, hopefully we'll be in your neck of the woods sometime very soon. Check out the Convention Tour page for details about all the upcoming stops in 2012!

Check out the Gaia 2012 Convention Tour


Wondering if any of your Gaia friends are going? Stop by the Convention Forum to connect with your fellow convention-goers!

25 Cash Shop Update: Rapid EI Bundle #5!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Rapid EI Bundle #5! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Wed Jul 25, 2012 5:41 pm

Hey, EI fans! It's only Wednesday, sure, but we've been cooking up something really special in the back corner of the lab! We've taken three of the neatest recent REIs and loaded them all into one bundle, and then included a special exclusive recolor of Trilune's Covenant called Trilune's Promise. Check it out:

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REI Bundle #5 contains the divine Sainte Ciel, the indelible Runcible Spoon, the naturally cool Daughter of Snows, and the new exclusive recolor Trilune's Promise.


Check out the bundle in the Cash Shop, it's a really convenient way to get caught up in the fantastic world of REIs, and of course, grab that fantastic new recolor. See you later this week for your usual EI report!

27 Get a head start on August's CI with Advance Chance!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Get a head start on August's CI with Advance Chance! - [NPC] GRS Accountant Ivan Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:56 pm

I get asked a lot of questions. Most of them have to do with accounting, taxes, or money, but someone once asked me, "Ivan, what keeps you up at night? What is your white whale?"

To be honest, I don't know what my white whale is. I thought I had one once—a rumor went around that someone takes their shirt off in the bathroom. One of the mailroom interns came over and breathlessly explained that they'd seen someone's shirt resting on the intermediate wall of a bathroom stall. He was very excited to tell the story and speculate as to who it could've been, but to me, this is a serious mystery. Why would you do this? What if the fire alarm went off and you'd have to run to safety? Though one's habits in private don't have any effect on me, there's just too many questions, too many unknowns.

Later that week our seasonal employees left, and there have been no further reports of shirtless men. It's likely that it was one of them who had done it, but I can't help but wonder if he remains among us. To be honest, I'm not even sure what I'd do if I found him. Grabbing the shirt off the wall and shouting, "HA, gotcha!" seems like it would cause more problems than it would solve. Because of that, I've given up my quest. One thing I haven't given up on, however, is the chance at scoring in a big way with this month's Advance Chance:

What will the next CI be? Nobody knows, but you’ll get the first crack at it with the July Advance Chance. On the day of the next CI release, you’ll be able to open your bundle and start reaping the rewards of your CIs hours before they’re released to the general public, so you can start listing items on the Marketplace when hardly anyone has their hands on them yet.

The August CI will be available mid-month. Don't miss out on a chance for monetary greatness!

27 EI Report: All-Star Cheer!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: All-Star Cheer! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:24 pm

Good afternoon, friends! Something amazing has happened-- a completely new REI has been discovered and the lab technicians and I have been standing up and cheering! Check it out:

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All-Star Cheer - Girls from three rival teams unite to solve problems via the power of cheering! When they notice someone needing a bit of assistance, they band together to help. They first realized the power of cheering one evening at the store-- a cute guy was struggling to reach a box of caramel candy on the top shelf.

"Look at that guy! He needs help!" the Lovely Devil excitedly shouted. The Uni-Hornet and Sapphire stood at attention. "It's nothing the All-Star Cheer Squad can't handle!" The girls ran up behind him and began cheering him on as he repeatedly jumped for the box.

"Hey you, you're our man! If you can't do it, no one can!"

As he made his final desperate jump, a slight gust lifted him just a few centimeters higher and he reached the candy! He landed, looking at the candy in his hand in disbelief, then up at the girls who have struck a pose. "Crisis averted!"

Yeah! You can check All-Star Cheer out in the Cash Shop! I'm getting overwhelmed from all the cheering so I'll be taking a nap in my car, but you should also go vote in the weekly EI poll! See you next time!

31 Cash Shop Update: Cirque Du Lumiere Bundle!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Cirque Du Lumiere Bundle! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:21 pm

Friends, we understand that the lure of the circus is something no troubled teen can deny. In fact, hundreds if not billions of children run away from home to join the circus every year. It's with this fact in mind that we're introducing a new series of items designed to potentially lure the unruly teens out of our rumpus room and toward a more structured, circus-oriented life-- the Cirque Du Lumiere Bundle!

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Tamer of Blue Flames boldly commands the fire that burns around him. Item includes fiery blue hair, flaming cuffs and vest, blue-striped pants, shoes, and a flaming baton.

Fanciful Light Charmer gracefully leads a trail of dancing lights, which floods the audience with a warm and dazzling glow. Item includes a blue-striped top hat, long ivory hair, jacket, corset, billowing skirt, boots, and light staff.

Cockatiel Cub isn't actually part of the act, but he sure is a sight to see. He's cute and rare, catch him while you can!

Grab all three of the above items at once by purchasing the Cirque Du Lumiere Bundle and you'll also receive the exclusive Opening Act!


Come check the items out in the Cash Shop now, and suit up for the Big Top!

Visit the Cash Shop

August Edit

01 August 2012 Wii Giveaway Contest Starts Today!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement August 2012 Wii Giveaway Contest Starts Today!DJ Helsing Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:11 pm -

Want a free Nintendo Wii? It's easy: just log into Gaia Online as many days as you can in August and you’ll be entered into the random drawing for each day you log into Gaia!

But that’s not all! Not only will one lucky winner win their very own Nintendo Wii but two second place winners will receive a Red Devil Mini Wings and four runner up’s will walk away with 100,000 Gaia Gold.

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For complete rules, submission guidelines and discussion head on over to the August 2012 Wii Giveaway Sticky Thread:


Enter the Contest


Also Congratulations goes out to the winners of the June 2012 Wii Giveaway:

1st Place Winners


haru_sakura_petals
virago_rider


2nd Place Winners


Kage Kumoriko
zephyr-hawkeye


3rd Place Winners


sasaasjajhs
tsubaki3


Runner Up Winners


chaoskid225
chico3816
dragonlare-1
avarice-asylum



Good luck!

  • Restrictions apply see the Terms of Service in the post below.
  • International users may win but will be required to pay taxes and shipping fees.
  • Winners may choose to receive $150 Gaia Cash in place of a Nintendo Wii.
  • Nintendo is not a co-sponsor of or otherwise affiliated with this promotion.

01 The Rejected Olympics have concluded!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The Rejected Olympics have concluded! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Wed Aug 01, 2012 3:33 pm

Good day, Gaians! Cindy Donovinh here, where after a great deal of fierce competition, the Rejected Olympics have finally concluded. Athletes from the four competing towns are filing out and returning home, some with sore legs and arms, and others with bizarre injuries that can't entirely be explained by the events that took place. We've been assured, however, that all athletes will make a full recovery, and the rashes that have been going around should clear up soon.

Though everyone competed with their utmost in strength, agility, and honor, there can only be one winning town. With that, I'm very pleased to report that Aekea has taken the top spot, winning this year's Rejected Olympics! The runners-up, in order, were Barton, Gambino, and Durem. The athletes of Aekea will soon receive their victory item, but no worries: losing teams will also receive a consolation item for being spectacular-- albeit slightly less than Aekea!

The Rejected Olympics Committee wishes to congratulate all who participated, and to thank the athletes and spectators alike for making this year's competition a rousing, though largely incomprehensible success. Until next time, sports fans!

02 The Runic Challenge Ends Monday, August 6th!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement The Runic Challenge Ends Monday, August 6th! - [NPC] Ivan Thu Aug 02, 2012 7:10 pm

Say, friend: have you yet taken the opportunity to enter a magical board game realm and emerge with untold riches? If not, it's my sworn duty to urge you to get that butt of yours in gear: the Runic Challenge will be no more after Monday, August 6!

Grab one today for a chance at a Cash Shop favorite, a valuable rarity, or one of these stunning exclusive items:


Want more bites at this shiny apple? Grab a bundle and get a whole bunch of chances at fantastic prizes!

Enter the Runic Challenge

03 EI Report: Modus Operandi and All-Star Cheer!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Modus Operandi and All-Star Cheer! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Aug 03, 2012 2:26 pm

Good day, EI fans! We're really excited around here today for three reasons-- first, it's Corn Dog Day in the cafeteria and yours truly is stuffed full of anywhere from 8 to 12 tasty, golden-brown corn dogs. I actually lost count around my fifth one! The other two reasons have do do with an awesome new development in All-Star Cheer, and a brilliant evolution of Modus Operandi by artist reapersun along with an illustration of this week's case file at the bottom of this announcement. Have a look!

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All-Star Cheer - The gang is looking fantastic and hitting the mall together for a day of people-watching, food-courting, and a little light shopping. They pass a trendy clothing store when Sapphire notices something: "OMG! That dude is totally not matching his shirt with his eyes!" The three look at each other... "Looks like a job for the All-Star Cheer Squad!"

The man, examining a strange striped shirt, places it back on the rack and turns around, only to be startled by the three girls standing directly behind him. "Hey you, that's not rad! That choice of clothes is just all bad!"

Momentarily confused and somewhat disgusted, he walks through the group of girls and toward the exit, purchasing nothing. The girls cheer, "Another crisis averted!"


Modus Operandi - Looking for a good time? If you happen down the right street at the right time of night, maybe you'll meet The Hood, a young gentleman with a reputation for getting what you need. What you won't know is that it's not just good times he carries in the bag on his hip... You won't have heard, but you might pretend that you have, of the "newest thing" he has to offer you-- the vial of Red Riding. "A free sample," he'll tell you, but you won't know to refuse. He'll murder you, with a roguish smile, and you will let him. When he compliments your eyes, you'll know you're his type. When he compliments your hands, you'll try to run for your life. When he compliments your mouth... he'll miss you for a moment. But he quickly forgets.

Back in the precinct, Officer Bricks has become fed up and impatient with a brooding Detective Wolfe. "Shouldn't we go out there and keep investigating? Or maybe looking for Officer Straws and Sticks? They may have found something?" he called in Wolfe's general direction.

Finally frustrated, Detective Wolfe jumped up and exclaimed, "That's it! Officer Bricks, come with me. I want to show you something," and bolts out of the precinct. Bricks snatches his coat and rushes after Wolfe, trying to keep up on his shorter legs. "Where are we going?" Detective Wolfe stops and lets Officer Bricks catch up, "I don't want to spoil the surprise. Follow me to the woods. There is a secluded spot up ahead where no one will bother us."


Ah, whew! I'm totally winded from the excitement, and not to mention the enormous amount of hot dogs and fried corn batter. I think I need to go lay down, but first it would be a good idea to remind you that there's a weekly EI poll where you can vote on your favorites! Until next time, friends!

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07 New possibility in the Crystal Box!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement 81568833New possibility in the Crystal Box! - admin Tue Aug 07, 2012 5:19 pm

It's old-school knowledge that whenever you grab $25 or more in Gaia Cash via Cash Card, credit card, or PayPal, we'll hook you up with a Crystal Box. Each one contains a random exclusive treasure, but as of now, there's a brand new possibility in the mix: Cinza the Sloth!

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Looks like you found a new nap buddy in Cinza the Sloth. This adorable companion is available in many slow-moving poses and includes a pair of sloth arms for you too!


Stock up on Gaia Cash and get a Crystal Box for a chance to grab this dreadfully slow new friend, or one of several others!

Get Gaia Cash!

08 Enter the kingdom of dreams with Forgotten Reverie!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Enter the kingdom of dreams with Forgotten Reverie! - [NPC] Ivan Tue Aug 07, 2012 5:34 pm

I've always loved dreams. Mine are usually the same: I'm filling out some tax forms, then I fill out some more tax forms, and then I wake up feeling quite rested and blissful. But I've heard other people have even more exiting dreams...

I recall the fascinating tale of Winsor, whose childhood slumbers would transport him to the magical dream realm of Titania, where all the peaceful dreams of mankind are kept. There, he would frolic through the dream kingdom with the beautiful princess Estelle, exploring the realm and traipsing through the fantasies of a sleeping world. But as he grew older, he found it more and more difficult to find Titania—had it all been just a dream?

But years later, after a restless night, Winsor found himself in Titania once again—this time, Estelle had been kidnapped by Covina, the Nightmare Queen, and the dream realm was overrun by darkness! You can take part in this magical tale yourself with Forgotten Reverie, which lets you guide Winsor through his dreamland adventure. Can he save his dear Estelle, or will the Nightmare Queen doom humanity to untold sleepytime terrors?

Either way, you'll wake up clutching a glorious reward. It could be a Cash Shop favorite, a valuable rarity or one of these new exclusives:

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Grab some shuteye with the Forgotten Reverie today, or buy a bundle for additional winks!

Enter the Forgotten Reverie

10 EI Report: All-Star Cheer and Bunnihilation!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: All-Star Cheer and Bunnihilation! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Aug 10, 2012 6:19 pm

Hey there, EI fans! Have you ever "shotgunned" a can before? Supposedly it's a maneuver typically done with cold drinks, but I've been shotgunning cans of fruit cocktail all morning. It's a more efficient way to take in some essential vitamins! On top of that, we've got a couple new EI developments this week to share. Have a look!

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All-Star Cheer - This hyper-energetic cheer squad loves sleepovers-- it's the 39th one this month! The girls never tire from all the makeovers, pillow fights, truth-or-dares, gossiping about cute guys at school and those fluffy bunnies.

While doing each other's hair, Hornet's brother walks into the room asking where the remote went. Seeing the girls in makeover mode and realizing his mistake, he tried to leave, but was already too late. "Hello brother, better not fuss! Let's play with your hair and dress you up!" The girls sit him down and perform their brand of torture. Unfortunately for him, "Crisis is not averted..."


Bunnihilation - You've started loving bunnies so much that you're even wearing them all day long. This conversation is becoming too intimate. You need help. I'm worried about you.

They look fantastic! Head on over to the weekly EI poll and express what you're feeling inside. Speaking of that, I think I feel a tiny cube of peach bouncing around in my sinus cavity. It stings and I can smell it! Oh, I need to go! Until next time, everyone!

11 Join the 10th Annual Ball!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Join the 10th Annual Ball! - The Admin Sat Aug 11, 2012 1:29 pm

We’ve got an official invitation for all Gaians from the friendly Gaians who coordinate the user-run Annual Ball.

“Hey everyone! New Gaians, old Gaians, and everyone in between - you are cordially invited to the 10th Annual Ball! This year’s theme is “The Masquerade of Dreams”. We will have several dream rooms for you to enter, each with their own unique plots that tie into the larger story of the masquerade. That’s where you come in. Join one or more of these rooms, and roleplay with us! We will have lots of games and contests, and will give away millions of gold in prizes. Everyone is welcome to join us in our weekend long roleplaying extravaganza. You don’t have to have any roleplaying experience to join us, and you don’t have to have a character ready. Just show up, and experience an exciting celebration like none other. We hope to see you there!”

Check It Out!

14 Convention Tour: Gencon 2012!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Convention Tour: Gencon 2012! - DJ Helsing Tue Aug 14, 2012 1:29 pm

Gencon 2012: Indianapolis, IN

Where: Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN

Game Show: August 16th 2012, 3:00pm – 4:00pm Westin : Capitol I

Panel: August 18th 2012, 3:00pm – 4:00pm Westin : Capitol I

Feedback Social: August 19th 2012, 3:00pm – 4:00pm Westin : Capitol I


Head on over and meet us for our traditional Gaia Panel, complete with plenty of mischief, prizes, glimpses at Gaia's future and a opportunity to contribute your feedback and help improve the site. In addition, we’ll be hosting a Gaia Game Show, an amazing collection of wild and goofy contests to showcase your weirdest skills and win some great prizes.


As a bonus, all Gaia event attendees will receive a special limited-edition Convention Tour 2012 Item for your avatar along with a zOMG! starter pack, 2,500 Gold and the Conventioneer Achievement.

We hope to see you there... and if we don't, hopefully we'll be in your neck of the woods sometime very soon. Check out the Convention Tour page for details about all the upcoming stops in 2012!

Check out the Gaia 2012 Convention Tour


Wondering if any of your Gaia friends are going? Stop by the Convention Forum to connect with your fellow convention-goers!

14 Check out the Heralds of Chaos trailer!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Check out the Heralds of Chaos trailer! - admin Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:15 pm

We've been hard at work on Heralds of Chaos, a unique multiplayer fantasy game that combines strategic gameplay with collectible card game customization. Soon, you'll be able to play it right here on Gaia-- in the meantime, we've put together a quick trailer to give you a taste of what's in store:


Note: if you happen to check out the Heralds of Chaos website, you don't need to sign up for the beta test, since all Gaia members will automatically have access to the first round of beta testing before anyone else plus some special exclusives for Gaia members only.

15 August's Monthly Collectibles are here!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement August's Monthly Collectibles are here! - [NPC] Rina Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:20 pm

Ah~! I woke up and thought it smelled like the 15th today, and I was right! Collectibles~!

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August's Monthly Collectibles feature two different takes on a thirst for knowledge!

Literary Luxury - A set of elegant designs perfect for a stylish and amazingly high-salaried professor of ancient literature. Positions in her field may be nearly mythical in their rarity, but this brainy beauty had the style and the resume to land her the job. In her mint power suit, gold glasses, and high end high heels, she spends her days poring over mysterious runic tomes and stealing the hearts of shy librarians.

Beard Science - Flirting with danger on a daily basis—if it's not worth blowing to pieces, it's not worth studying. Dressed in a fire-proof coat and chemical burn-proof slacks, he's careful to not singe his iconic red beard as he mixes explosive substances for his terrified students. It's a tough job, but he gladly risks life and limb to explore the mysteries of mythical alchemy... for science!


Grab the August MCs while you can—they'll only be around until the end of the month!

17 Cash Shop Update: Love of Tea Bundle!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Love of Tea Bundle! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Fri Aug 17, 2012 5:52 pm

Happy Friday, Gaians! It's a gorgeous day here, and one would assume that means folks would be enjoying the weather and each other's polite company. We're sure that simple enjoyment of existence is happening somewhere, but not in the attic rumpus room of La Victoire. We're unable to get inside because the apparent lead teen-- a youth named Rasmussen-- has barricaded himself and his friends inside for the last several days, and they're having an air hockey party that just won't quit.

Don't be like Rasmussen. Let's slow down and enjoy a cup of tea with this new series of tea-themed items. Grab them all at once by getting the bundle and you'll also get a new exclusive!

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Serene Green is very knowledgeable when it comes to tea leaves. If only she studied brewing with the same enthusiasm. Item includes bow headdress, curled double pigtail hair, double layered dress, ankle length kimono sleeves, and lotus shoes.

White Delight enjoys her tea with plenty of milk and sugar. So much so she adds them in every tea drink in sight! Item includes lacy hairclip, entwined hair, double layered top, cuffed stripe gloves, and a modest skirt.

Oolong Wonder has the touch when it comes to brewing tea, though he’ll never give away his secrets. Item includes bound long hair, triple layered sleeveless coat, cuffed stripe gloves, teabag belt chain, and double layered robe bottoms.

Bitter Black often leans towards the stronger end of the taste spectrum, but his youthful personality will sweeten things up! Item includes ribbon hat, short perm hair, triple layered coat, high waist pants, and polished shoes.

Pick up all four of the items above by buying the Love of Tea Bundle and you can enjoy your tea outdoors with the exclusive Scenic Tea Party!


Come by the Cash Shop and try things on, we think you'll love them!

Visit the Cash Shop

17 EI Report: Modus Operandi and All-Star CheerEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Modus Operandi and All-Star Cheer - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Aug 17, 2012 4:52 pm

Calling all science fans! We've been having our semi-annual ScienceJam over here at the EIHQ-- that's when we all spend two weeks bunking up nice and cozy in the lab, working day and night on new scientific insights without the usual constraints of showers or food! Check out our exciting findings:

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With school starting soon, it's time for the All-Star Cheer girls to head to the beach for some last-minute sun. There's just one problem: their favorite beach spot is infested with hermit crabs! Luckily Sapphire has a plan: by waving their "magical" batons and squawking wildly, they summon a flock of hungry seagulls! The surly birds make an afternoon snack of the crabs, and Hornet can finally get that tan she's been after.

This week, another grisly tale from Modus Operandi, courtesy of artist bluefeathers_onDA: Snow White was a beautiful young woman, but vain to the point of obsession. She spent hours in front of her mirror, rouging her cheeks and braiding her silky hair, determined to be the fairest in all the land. But there was another woman, more beautiful and more beloved - the lovely young queen, who enchanted not only her new royal husband, but every heart in the country, with her long golden hair and kind smile. Snow White never ceased comparing herself to the queen, criticizing her every imperfection, indulging in the latest skin rejuvenation techniques, and cinching her waist tight to achieve that perfect hourglass figure. Inevitably, she would find some fault in her appearance - a pimple or a chipped nail - and turn desperately to her current beau for validation.

"Aren't I the fairest in the land?! Aren't I more beautiful than that simpering little queen?!" she would cry. The poor man would try to calm her hysteria, but every compliment rang hollow in Snow White's ears - they were all lies! Enraged, she would break her mirror and slash the man's throat with the cold edge of a shard of glass.

Still at large, Snow White has at least seven known victims, and authorities are concerned for the queen's safety...


Yeesh! That gruesome Snow White tale is giving me the fantods something fierce. How am I going to sleep tonight? Better tell my lab assistants to bunk down in the soundproof test chamber, because my chronic night terrors are gonna have me full-throat screaming till the sun comes up. Anyway, be sure to visit our weekly EI poll to let us know what you like best this week. Until next time, friends!

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20 Cash Shop Cleanup!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Cleanup! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Mon Aug 20, 2012 5:46 pm

Good day, Gaians! It is unfortunately that time again—the weight of our sales floor is buckling under the load of all the great items in the shop, and we'll need to rotate some of them out. What does that mean for you? Well, it means that this is your last chance to pick up a number of amazing items from Mintaka and I here at the Cash Shop. Have a look at what's leaving:

  • Cirque Du Lumiere Bundle
  • Tamer of Blue Fire
  • Fanciful Light Charmer
  • Cockatiel Cub
  • Rejected Olympics Team Bundle
  • Team Aekea Uniform
  • Team Gambino Uniform
  • Team Durem Uniform
  • Golden Uniform
  • Forgotten Pages Bundle
  • Forlorn Wordsmith
  • Sinuous Ink
  • Qudis the Squid
  • Perfect Summer Bundle
  • Island Sherbert
  • Laraha Sea
  • Crimson Sunset
  • Lovely Maritime
  • Streetpunk Karak Bundle
  • ICHI-maru-KYUU
  • Kiken Rider
  • Chase the Painted Bandit
  • Wuxia Assassination Bundle
  • Deadly Ansha
  • Yinlong Warrior
  • Guang the Golden Qilin
  • Arabian Wonder Bundle
  • Prince Dhanun
  • Aamira the Wanderer
  • Mari the Djinn
  • Flora Fauna Bundle
  • Nymph Adora
  • Fay Cervidae
  • Enchanted Meadows
  • Rapid EI Bundle #4
  • Rapid EI Bundle #5
  • Full Mood


These items will be taken out of the shop on Friday, August 24. Don't delay, grab your favorites while you still can!

21 Convention Tour: Fan Expo 2012!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Convention Tour: Fan Expo 2012! - DJ Helsing Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:32 pm

Fan Expo 2012: Toronto, ON

Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON

Panel: August 24th 2012, 3:00pm – 4:00pm Room 713


Head on over and meet us for our traditional Gaia Panel, complete with plenty of mischief, prizes, glimpses at Gaia's future and a opportunity to contribute your feedback and help improve the site. In addition, we’ll be hosting a Gaia Game Show, an amazing collection of wild and goofy contests to showcase your weirdest skills and win some great prizes.


As a bonus, all Gaia event attendees will receive a special limited-edition Convention Tour 2012 Item for your avatar along with a zOMG! starter pack, 2,500 Gold and the Conventioneer Achievement.

We hope to see you there... and if we don't, hopefully we'll be in your neck of the woods sometime very soon. Check out the Convention Tour page for details about all the upcoming stops in 2012!

Check out the Gaia 2012 Convention Tour


Wondering if any of your Gaia friends are going? Stop by the Convention Forum to connect with your fellow convention-goers!

21 Help Rebuild Edmund's Shop!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Help Rebuild Edmund's Shop! - [NPC] Louie Mon Aug 06, 2012 4:39 pm

Much as I love standing in a pile of rubble all day, it's getting to the point where we really need to think about rebuilding H&R Wesley. Edmund is still out gallivanting with Gino Gambino, and I have no idea when he'll be back-- but after all he's done for us, it would be nice for him to come back to a not-blown-up shop.

The other shopkeepers have agreed to pitch in, but we can't do it alone. Head to Gaia's shopping district to get involved... we'd be happy to repay your hard work with a nice little gift.

One more thing: I happen to know that Edmund has been toying with renaming his shop for quite some time. I still have his notebook full of name ideas, and since we're looking for a fresh start, this might be the time to pick one. Then again, there's something comforting about sticking to the original name. If you help rebuild the shop, you'll get to vote in a special poll that decides whether or not we rebrand the business.

Help Rebuild H&R Wesley!

22 Gold Shop Update: Hats Off to You!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gold Shop Update: Hats Off to You! - [NPC] Stein Wed Aug 22, 2012 4:04 pm

Gaians, I have excellent news! Our most recent CrosStitch item design contest has concluded, and the winning designs have been brought to life as items! The theme was "Hats Off," and participants were asked to design their dream hats. Have a look at what you can grab from my store, CrosStitch, right now:

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A sincere tip of the cap to all who participated. There were so many lovely entries that it was both very fun and extremely difficult to pick winners. As an added bonus, we're including a few user designs from previous contests to help complete the look! Have a look at the winners page to learn more about the designs and their creators, and check out the collage of winning illustrations at the bottom of this announcement. Keep up the great, imaginative work, and watch for the next CrosStitch design contest, which will drop very soon!

Come by to have a look at the new hats, and bring plenty of Gold!

Visit CrosStitch!

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23 Monthly Update: August 2012Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Monthly Update: August 2012 - DJ Helsing Wed Aug 22, 2012 11:33 pm

Hi, Gaians! We've got a quick video update to share with you-- in order to keep the Gaia community in the know, we've decided to do monthly video updates (starring yours truly) that let you know exactly what we've been up to lately and what's in store for the coming month.

Of course, there's something in it for you: we'll be hosting a contest and giving away 100,000 Gold to a lucky winner.

We also have an opinion poll set up, so your voice can be heard and your thoughts can shape Gaia's future. Be sure to cast your vote and earn a free Wing Sticker.


To participate in the August 2012 monthly update Contest and Poll, just click this rad button:

Enter the Contest

23 CrosStitch Contest: Monster Costumes!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement CrosStitch Contest: Monster Costumes! - [NPC] Stein Thu Aug 23, 2012 4:55 pm

Since the winners of my next CrosStitch contest will be released around Halloween, why not choose an appropriately creepy theme? This time around, I invite you to submit your original designs for monster costumes. Make them cute, terrifying, sexy or any combination of the above-- as always, creativity will be valued above all else. Gaia's artists will select the finest entries and turn them into items for my shop!

For all the rules and details, visit the contest page.

Visit the Contest Page

23 Cash Shop Update: Happenstance Romance Bundle!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Happenstance Romance Bundle! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:04 pm

Good afternoon, Gaians! Mintaka and I are putting the finishing touches on a new series of items and a bundle that evoke that incomparable phenomenon of happenstance romance in the Edwardian era-- in fact, we're calling it the Happenstance Romance Bundle! And naturally, when you grab the whole series of items in bundle form, you'll also receive a lovely new exclusive. Take a look!

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Dainty Damsel is well known for her fashion-forward looks and captivating personality. Capture her sweet and sassy apearance with a cute pink dress, lace and flower embellished hat, lovely cream locks, high heeled spats, delicate rose neck bow, parasol, and saucy undergarments.

Despite his occupation, Sweetheart Sweeper makes all the lovely ladies swoon with his dashing appearance and charming personality. Sweep a girl off her feet with a gold and bronze detailed cap, casually buttoned-up vest and shirt, striped slacks, edgy soot stains, cobalt hair, spatted boots, and personalized chimney sweep!

Patches the Pup is sure to be your most loyal pal! Teach your spunky little bugger a myriad of tricks and match him with an adorable set of plush ears!

Get all three of the above items at once by purchasing the Happenstance Romance Bundle and you'll get the exclusive Quaint Neighborhood! It is such a cute little place to live. Take your favorite toys out on the town, with a choice of either an antique horse on wheels, a polished Penny Farthing, or your beloved teddy bears!


Come by La Victoire and have a look, we think you'll fall in love!

Visit the Cash Shop

24 Join the fun in the 4th Annual user-run Camp NSTG event!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Join the fun in the 4th Annual user-run Camp NSTG event! - admin Fri Aug 24, 2012 1:45 pm

Hey everyone!

If you are looking for a fun user-run event where you can make some friends and maybe snag some cool art or prizes, check out the latest blog entry from Ebony the Peacian. Ebony and the Newbie Supporting and Training Guild are currently having their 4th Annual user-run Camp NSTG summer event and want everyone (whether you are a Newbie or an Oldbie) to know they are invited!

Check out Ebony's blog post for more details on how you can join the fun: Take me to the Camp NSTG blog post!

24 EI Report: All-Star Cheer!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: All-Star Cheer! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:49 pm

Good afternoon, EI fans! It's a big week around here as we wave goodbye to an REI that's become a huge favorite around the lab-- All-Star Cheer! Sure, it's the last stage of evolution, but we definitely won't be forgetting about this cheer squad anytime soon.

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All-Star Cheer - A cloud of darkness loomed in the sky, growing larger and blacker with each passing moment. Only when it hovered directly above the town did it show its true nature: a wave of hungry vampires heading directly towards the city center. The citizens ran in panic as the scowling immortals swooped down for their meal.

Thankfully, this was nothing the All-star Cheer Squad couldn't handle! The girls ran to the nearest graveyard, stood atop the highest hill, and began what would be perhaps their greatest performance of the century.

"Hey hey, we know you're dead, but these vampires want our heads!
So we command you to do a task, come on up and kick some ass!"

The ground rumbled and cracked below their feet, and the rolling tremors spread outward in every direction. Up from the widening cracks rose a legion of zombies-- an all-out war between the vampires and zombies had begun! "Another crisis averted!" the girls cheered, but, uh... don't they both eat people?

Ah, what hath science wrought?

27 Enter the August 2012 MC Giveaway!!!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Enter the August 2012 MC Giveaway!!! - DJ Helsing Mon Aug 27, 2012 4:44 pm

Want a free August 2012 Monthly Collectible? It's easy: just visit our MC Contest thread and post your favorite August MC from the past and why you like it. You'll be automatically entered in a drawing for your very own August 2012 MC!


Enter the Contest

27 Take advantage of September's Advance Chance!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Take advantage of September's Advance Chance! - [NPC] GRS Accountant Ivan Mon Aug 27, 2012 6:15 pm

Hey there, friends and well-wishers! It's almost time for me to gauge up my shirt sleeves again, due in no small part to the fact that I've turned an obsolete fax machine into a makeshift pommel horse. Twenty minutes on that baby a day while you're waiting for your faxes to send and you'll see results! Speaking of results, one way to try your hand at investing is to take advantage of the Advance Chance!

What will the next CI be? Nobody knows, but you’ll get the first crack at it with the September Advance Chance. On the day of the next CI release, you’ll be able to open your bundle and start reaping the rewards of your CIs hours before they’re released to the general public, so you can start listing items on the Marketplace when hardly anyone has their hands on them yet.

September's CI will be available mid-month. Don't miss out on a chance to prosper!

28 Convention Tour: Sac Anime Summer 2012!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Convention Tour: Sac Anime Summer 2012! - DJ Helsing Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:24 pm

Sac Anime Summer 2012: Sacramento, CA

Where: Woodlake Hotel Sacramento, Sacramento, CA

Panel: September 1st 2012, 2:30pm – 4:00pm Panel Room


Head on over and meet us for our traditional Gaia Panel, complete with plenty of mischief, prizes, glimpses at Gaia's future and a opportunity to contribute your feedback and help improve the site. In addition, we’ll be hosting a Gaia Game Show, an amazing collection of wild and goofy contests to showcase your weirdest skills and win some great prizes.


As a bonus, all Gaia event attendees will receive a special limited-edition Convention Tour 2012 Item for your avatar along with a zOMG! starter pack, 2,500 Gold and the Conventioneer Achievement.

We hope to see you there... and if we don't, hopefully we'll be in your neck of the woods sometime very soon. Check out the Convention Tour page for details about all the upcoming stops in 2012!

Check out the Gaia 2012 Convention Tour


Wondering if any of your Gaia friends are going? Stop by the Convention Forum to connect with your fellow convention-goers!

28 EI Report: Band of Bremen!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Band of Bremen! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:50 pm

Hey, EI fans! Nope, it's not Friday, but we couldn't wait-- there's a new REI! It looks like it'll be something to watch, especially for the music lovers among us. Take a gander!

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Finally, your brand new limited edition copy of Band of Bremen's debut album has arrived! Their music is so cute and catchy, but this exclusive pre-release offer cost a pretty penny. While you highlight your hair for Bremen's upcoming concert and listen to your new record with sleek special edition headphones, what other surprises do you imagine are in store...?

Wow! I haven't been this excited for an album release since Baby Boruff remastered his classic record, Car Drivin' Dogs! I bought three copies of that one, including the Boruff Connoisseur's Edition that came with a clipping of his beard. If only Timmy hadn't eaten the beard clipping and rendered the whole thing worthless... ah, well, I won't mess up this time! See you on Friday, everyone!

29 Edmund's Shop: Thanks for Helping!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Edmund's Shop: Thanks for Helping! - [NPC] Louie Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:28 pm

I can’t thank you enough for the help. Now that we’ve got all the right supplies together, it’s only a matter of time before Edmund’s shop is better than ever. In the meantime, there’s one more way you can lend a hand. As I mentioned last time, Edmund has been thinking about renaming his shop for quite a while, but he’s never been sure if he should adopt a swank new brand or stick with the classic H&R name.

If you're one of the generous souls that helped us with the rebuilding, it seems only fitting that you should have a say in the matter. We’ve set up a poll to help decide on the shop’s name—go cast your vote!

Cast Your Vote

30 Cash Shop Update: Astra Metamorphosis Deux!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Astra Metamorphosis Deux! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Thu Aug 30, 2012 1:48 pm

Good day, Gaians! Do you know how difficult it is to package animated items for sale? They tend to slowly break free of their wrapping. It's a bit startling to be in the other room and hear the items on the shelves moving, writhing, and falling to the floor as if fueled by some horrific dark force. That said, we'd like to sell these things right away, for obvious reasons. Luckily, not only are they animated, they look fantastic too!

Grab Astra Metamorphosis Deux and you'll receive one of 18 new animated wings! You might get Acid Arachnaweb Wings, Roseate Monarch Wings, Ebony Skeletal Wings, Frozen Ice Wings, or one of many other new designs.


Act soon, Astra Metamorphosis Deux won't be around forever!

Visit the Cash Shop

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31 EI Report: Modus Operandi and Band of Bremen!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Modus Operandi and Band of Bremen! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:33 pm

Happy Friday, EI fans! I'm glad I took vitamins this morning, because this EI report is big, big, huge! Not only are we meeting the first member of Bremen, but Modus Operandi is evolving for the last time, and it's enormous! Take a look:

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Band of Bremen - What's this hidden in the album sleeve? A ticket to a five-day exclusive meet-and-greet with Bremen! Your first day of fanclub fun is with Fawn, Bremen's graceful and gentle guitarist. What's first, an autumn stroll through the forest, or a relaxing cup of tea?


Modus Operandi comes to a perplexing end, a newspaper article and a case file (attached to the end of this announcement) are all that's left to finish the tale:

By J. Grimm

A grisly scene unfolded in our little kingdom earlier this week when the bodies of Officers Bricks, Sticks, and Straw were discovered in a forest clearing. They appear to have been killed some hours apart, with the same small blade.

The prime suspect in the case is Detective Wolfe, the criminal profiler who had been working with the officers on the recent Princess murders. Articles of Wolfe's clothing and his blood, most likely from a minor injury sustained in the final struggle with Bricks, were discovered at the scene, as were the words "happily ever after" written in the officers' blood. The startling resemblances to the scenes of the Princess murders, and the fact that there have been no further killings since his disappearance, suggest that Wolfe may be connected to those as well. Having met this abrasive man myself several times during the investigation, this humble reporter certainly believes him capable of murder.

No evidence has of yet been discovered as to Wolfe's whereabouts. But sleep tight, little kingdom, this brutal killer will certainly be caught before he can strike again. After all, who's afraid of the big bad Wolfe?


Eeeeep! I'm kind of bouncing up the walls because not only is Band of Bremen looking really cool this week, but Modus Operandi comes with SO MUCH GREAT STUFF! Also, these vitamins are really, really good. Good stuff, I feel really, really good. Real good. I special ordered them from a place online. I feel really, really nice and good. I feel great, actually! I feel so good! Ah! I think I need to go run a mile! Hey, let's go vote in the weekly EI poll and then run a lot, and maybe do some jumping jacks. I feel like my heart is going to burst out of my chest, but in a good way! Is that weird? I feel great! Hey, see you next time!

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September Edit

04 Last chance to grab Forgotten Reverie!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Last chance to grab Forgotten Reverie! - [NPC] Ivan Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:30 pm

Ah yes, the topic of dreams again. Last night, I had one where the pilot of our airplane was incapacitated and it all came down to a cool, level-headed accountant to guide her in safely. "He doesn't have the qualifications!" a flight attendant scowled. "Ah, but I've landed at every major airport in the country on my flight simulator, with realism turned all the way up, no less." The flight attendant, utterly destroyed by the uppercut of logic given, then turned into a horrible groaning ostrich as I manned the controls for our final descent. I don't remember if we made it down or not, because I suddenly had to wander through a desert—entirely shirtless, mind you—looking for some artifact called the Eye of Boruff in order to solve a centuries-old riddle. The sand-beaten elders of the desert warbled at me in their native tongues with worry in their glassy old eyes, as if to give me warning. I couldn't make out a word, but what's the worst that could happen if I were to go on a quest to unearth the relic?

Well, for starters, I'd probably have missed my last chance to get Forgotten Reverie! Grab the CI while you can, and you'll get a Cash Shop favorite, a valuable rarity, or one of these awesome new exclusives:


Act fast, Forgotten Reverie will be leaving the shop on Friday, September 7, and no amount of wandering the deserts for relics will bring it back! Get one now, or a bundle of nine to maximize your chances at getting great things!

Get Forgotten Reverie!

06 Edmund's Shop: The Votes are In!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Edmund's Shop: The Votes are In! - [NPC] Louie Thu Sep 06, 2012 3:57 pm

The voting is now closed, and I'm delighted to announce that tradition won out over novelty: Gaians overwhelmingly voted for H&R Wesley to keep its classic name rather than adopting a new one. I always told Edmund not to fix what wasn't broken-- uh, maybe not the best turn of phrase in this situation, but you know what I mean.

In even better news, we've got just about everything we need to get on with the rebuilding. I'll be sorting out the paperwork over the next few weeks, then we'll probably need to shut down the shop for a little while for some heavy construction. After that, H&R Wesley will be back and better than ever-- hopefully Edmund will be home soon to enjoy it!

Thanks again, everyone!

06 Cash Shop Update: Roller Derby Bundle!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Roller Derby Bundle! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:08 pm

Good afternoon, Gaians! Today, Mintaka and I are putting the finishing touches on the rumpus room remodel. Yes, we know, it seems like we just built the rumpus room, so why would we remodel it already? For one, it's been inhabited by surly teenagers almost nonstop, but more importantly, lately they've been practicing their roller derby moves in it. There were about a dozen holes in the drywall, broken furniture, a few blood stains, you name it. Turns out roller derby is a pretty intense sport, so to pay for the remodel, we're selling the styles the teens were wearing as they "practiced." It's only fair, and to be honest, we rather like the looks they've put together!

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Star Smasher - She's fast, she's fierce-- ladies and gentlemen, meet the Jammer-- Star Smasher! Includes helmet, hair, makeup, tunic, padding, leggings, and skates.

One Hit Marksman - A blocker with a taste for vengeance, be careful trying to work your way past the Marksman. Includes helmet, hair, face paint, padding, shirt, shorts, and skates.

Little Pink Derby Devil - This little Pink Derby Devil loves to ramp up the excitement. Includes hair, bullhorn, jacket, dress, and tall skates.

Grab all three of the above items at once by nabbing the Roller Derby Bundle, and you'll get the exclusive Roller Referee! Always there to break up a brawl, this ref includes a whistle, jacket shirt, patched-up pants, and skates.


For a bunch of rowdy no-goods, their style is actually pretty impressive. Why not come by the Cash Shop and try some of it on?

Visit the Cash Shop

07 Welcome to Detention!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Welcome to Detention! - [NPC] Surl E. Dean Wed Sep 05, 2012 4:31 pm

Hey! Shh! Settle down and listen up, knuckleheads! Our Back to School forum was intended as a place to connect with peers and prepare for the coming academic season, but instead it's become a cauldron of insanity and misbehavior. Therefore, I've declared Academic Martial Law: all students are now in automatic detention until further notice.

I have no gosh-darned idea what kind of nonsense is occurring in the Back to School forum, but I command all students to file in immediately and accept their detention without further mischief. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you participate in any extracurricular tomfoolery, even if you hear unfounded rumors of some kind of "prize."

Go To Detention!


Regards,

Dean Dean

07 EI Report: Band of Bremen!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Band of Bremen! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Sep 07, 2012 5:05 pm

Happy Friday, EI fans! Bremen fever has swept the lab-- we've got posters up and everything! No worries, it doesn't keep us from doing our research. The only time it didn't really help was when a labtech sitting in the corner got his music player's cord caught on a centrifuge and it kept spinning and whipped his arms repeatedly with his own earbuds. He was trapped behind his desk being snapped over and over by the wildly vibrating instrument until we found the building's breaker box and cut the power. Other than that, we're having a great time!

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Band of Bremen - Your next celebrity date is with Sadie, Bremen's stylish bassist! Those fanclub memberships must really be raking in the dough, because you and Sadie are heading to the ritziest district in the city. Dolci, D'Oro, Huey Bretton-- Sadie has expensive taste. In fact, she's dressed head to toe in HB, sipping her double cappuccino as she drags you from store to store. You're pretty sure the designer goods to which she's treating you could pay your rent for a few years...


Eeeee! I just love Sadie, I think she's one of my favorites. Although Fawn from last week is really cool, too... Hmm. Oh, we're about to have a group listen to the album in the conference room before we head out for the weekend, so I'll see you next week! But first, go vote in the weekly EI poll. Take care, friends!

11 Save a young superhero from detention in Champion Halls!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Save a young superhero from detention in Champion Halls! - [NPC] Ivan Tue Sep 11, 2012 3:53 pm

I loved my school—dear old Chester M. Boruff Senior High—but I must admit we fared poorly in our long-standing sports rivalry with Champion Halls. I guess one problem was that our varsity football team had an average body weight of 92 lbs. Another problem was that we were just normal kids, but Champion Halls was a school for superheroes.

I still remember watching the Boruff Laundromats (yes, that was the name of our team; long story) getting crushed by the CH Lions after their linebacker, a kid called The Unstoppable Boulder (because he was unstoppable and made of rocks), delivered career-ending ankle injuries to the entire team, coaching staff and crowd in a single play. But we couldn’t stay mad at those Champion Halls kids—after all, they’d grow up to be the superheroes that would protect our fair city whenever villainy was afoot.

Just today, I was reading this wild story in the news: a fiendish supervillain has city hall under siege, but all the high-achieving Champion Halls youngsters are off on a field trip! I guess that means some brave citizen will have to bust into Champion Halls' maximum-security detention wing and free a hero to fight this scourge...

If you’re that brave citizen, I’m sure you’ll be rewarded lavishly for freeing a Champion Halls kid from detention. Maybe you’ll get a Cash Shop favorite, a rare item or one of these heroic exclusives:

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What do you say? Are you going to visit Champion Halls and save the city? I hope so! Maybe you could even grab a Champion Halls bundle for nine shots at victory!

Save The City


Go Laundromats!

11 Chalk it up to Fun!: Suggest a theme for our wall and win :DEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Chalk it up to Fun!: Suggest a theme for our wall and win :D - admin Tue Sep 11, 2012 6:08 pm

Hey everyone!

We've got a fun contest for you, especially if you love art, chalk, and watching us draw crazy and awesome stuff!

Join our "Chalk it up to Fun" contest! Suggest a theme for our office chalkboard wall, and if your suggestion is a weekly winner, not only will it be drawn on our wall by staff, you'll snag a cool 100,000 Gaia gold prize!

Check out the contest here!: "Chalk it up to Fun" Contest Thread!

14 EI Report: Band of Bremen!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Band of Bremen! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:56 pm

Good afternoon, EI fans! Bremen fever isn't letting up around the lab. We've converted part of the annexed area in back into a rudimentary dancefloor, and every Friday (including today) we turn the lights way down and let our senses of sound take over. Of course, every time we do that we have to be careful because raccoons tend to start climbing into the building through the air vents as soon as we turn the lights out. Hey-- that makes me wonder something. What if every night after we shut the lights off and leave, raccoons come in to scavenge and eat and do their raccoon things? That's not possible, right? Oh right, the items:

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Band of Bremen - This week, you have a sweet date with Bunnie, Bremen's adorable drummer! She's pretty energetic, so you're not sure a trip to a fancy bakery for copious sugary treats is necessarily a good idea, but she's just so earnest... You can't resist. Besides, it's getting chilly, and Bunnie's warm, fuzzy frock reminds you that a heavier jacket might have been a wiser choice. Some hot cocoa and a croissant would do the trick...


How sweet! But you know, now that I think about it, sweet treats are probably exactly what a family of raccoons would break in here to eat. Another thing-- all these years I figured it was some anonymous lab technician who was eating my lunch leftovers and tearing the bag to shreds. Hey, if you'll take just a second and vote in the weekly EI poll, I'm gonna go make a few calls. Until next time, friends!


15 September's Monthly Collectibles are here!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement September's Monthly Collectibles are here! - [NPC] Rina Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:55 pm

Ah~ the 15th! Thanks for waking me up, I was having the worst dream about geese chasing me!

This month, become immersed in the cosmic majesty of Night Weaver, and warm yourself in the glow of Fading Ember!

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Night Weaver - An ancient deity charged with the simple and elegant task of weaving stars into the night sky. His regal cape and garments are studded with glittering stars, and a mask embroidered with the image of the moon obscures his face. Though nearly every night of the year the Weaver perfects his craft with unseeing eyes, on the solstice he removes his mask and gazes down at his handiwork reflected in the waters below.

Fading Ember - An embodiment of the last warmth of summer and the chilly days to come. Her dress, skirt, and boots are covered in molten gold, and her red-hot tresses are streaked with gold. Her regal headdress drips with rare fire rubies, magical gems that emit a gentle heat to warm you as autumn leaves start to fall.


Get Collectibles!

18 Enter the September 2012 MC Giveaway!!!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Enter the September 2012 MC Giveaway!!! - DJ Helsing Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:12 pm

Want a free September 2012 Monthly Collectible? It's easy: just visit our MC Contest thread and post your favorite September MC from the past and why you like it. You'll be automatically entered in a drawing for your very own September 2012 MC!


Enter the Contest

19 Gold Shop Update: Retro and Modern Science Fiction!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gold Shop Update: Retro and Modern Science Fiction! - [NPC] Ian Wed Sep 19, 2012 2:29 pm

Afternoon, friends! As many of us already know, the universe is a vast and wondrous place filled with billions and billions of stars, each one different with surprising things waiting to be discovered. What better way to show your interest in the infinite unknown than to dress the part?

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At Barton Boutique, we're stocking new items themed around retro and modern science fiction. Come check out the emerging futuristic fashions, which include space explorer uniforms and sci-fi accessories! You'll also find a few futuristic food items over at Buttercup Cafe, so be sure to swing by and see Rina, too!

Visit the Shops!

20 Cash Shop Update: Ultimate Race Bundle!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Ultimate Race Bundle! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Thu Sep 20, 2012 1:56 pm

Good day, Gaians! We must admit that we're terribly fascinated by racing sports, as they are something we haven't really experienced in the way you'd expect. All of our vehicles are either too fast or operate outside of the usual principles of physics, which makes timekeeping and whatnot very difficult. The last time our kind attempted a race of any sort, one racer named Boruff, riding a customized vehicle that looked much like a heavily-modified dirtbike, vanished immediately without a trace. Days passed, and he was assumed to be lost... or worse.

Eventually, someone discovered reference to him in our ancient texts. It seems he had somehow gotten himself caught in our sun's gravity well and was flung millions of years back in time. Being from the future, he is recorded to have attracted many mates who were dazzled by his incredible intellect, advanced technology, and rugged good looks. To make a long story short, he seems to be the common ancestor of our entire species. It's something we're a bit embarrassed about and we don't typically talk about it with other species. In fact, it's taboo to even say his name when offworld, so keep it under your hat.

Speaking of apparel, we're pleased to announce a series of new racing-themed items, and a bundle that'll award you with a fantastic new exclusive. Take a look:

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Who's that Foxy Flag Gal? Get in the spirit of your favorite racing sports with a cute checkered skirt, sporty heels, flag, edgy locks, bright garment ensemble, and wicked cool goggles.

The Stubborn Cryptodira is happy with her own pace! There's nothing wrong with slow and steady, and she'd love nothing more than to have that jerk on the motorcycle leave her alone. Fed up with constant teasing and his loud, obnoxious engine roars, she finally accepts the Speedy Jackalope's invitation to race! Includes her lime green moped, riding goggles, short layered hair, hooded jacket, green top with cutout sleeves, shell-patterned skirt, and her favorite pair of heeled ankle boots.

After having teased his opponent for having a smaller engine, the Speedy Jackalope rushes off at maximum speed, leaving Cryptodira in the dust. With his opponent far out of sight he stops at a gas station to refuel, only to realize he doesn't have enough money for gas! Shaking his head at the outrageous prices, Cryptodira gracefully sputters past the station. "Gee, $5 to fill my whole tank? Gas is so expensive nowadays!" she exclaims, and rides off at a leisurely pace toward the horizon, leaving Jackalope stranded at the station with no way to finish the race. Includes his shiny red motorcycle, red-streaked mohawk, cracked riding goggles, leather jacket, torn pants, and a sturdy pair of riding boots.

Grab all three of the above items at once by purchasing the Ultimate Race Bundle, and you'll get the exclusive Winner's Circle! Take your rightful place with gold or silver star laurels, red or blue trophy staves, and a crowd full of your biggest fans!


Come by the Cash Shop and try them on, we think you'll really like them!

Visit the Cash Shop

21 Monthly Update: September 2012Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Monthly Update: September 2012 - DJ Helsing Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:17 pm

Hi, Gaians! We've got a quick video update to share with you-- in order to keep the Gaia community in the know, we've decided to do monthly video updates (starring yours truly) that let you know exactly what we've been up to lately and what's in store for the coming month.

Of course, there's something in it for you: we'll be hosting a contest and giving away 100,000 Gold to a lucky winner.

We also have an opinion poll set up, so your voice can be heard and your thoughts can shape Gaia's future. Be sure to cast your vote and earn a free Wing Sticker.


To participate in the September 2012 monthly update Contest and Poll, just click this rad button:

Enter the Contest

21 EI Report: Band of Bremen!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Band of Bremen! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:18 pm

Happy Friday, EI fans! This week wraps up the whirlwind series of dates with members of music sensation Bremen. On one hand, I'm sad that we're all the way through meeting the band, but on the other hand, I hope my love letter gets a reply, because hot diggity. Have a look!

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Band of Bremen - Your final date is a hot one! Red is Bremen's dashing lead singer, here to take you out for a spicy dinner at one of the city's most exclusive restaurants. While the chilis in your curry leave you speechless and in desperate need of water, you're forced to listen to Red go on and on about his career, his many industry awards, his collection of commissioned self-portraits... Actually, even if you could talk, you might have trouble getting a word in; Red's sort of a... well, let's just say he's a bit of a blowhard. Maybe he should stick to singing.

Oh gosh, I just took my earbuds out for the first time in weeks. What's that high-pitched ringing? It sounds like it's coming from all around us. Ah, I need to go find it! Why not go vote in the weekly EI poll, and I'll see you next week!

24 Take an Advance Chance on October's CI!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Take an Advance Chance on October's CI! - [NPC] GRS Accountant Ivan Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:34 pm

The seasons are again changing, my friends, and you know what that means. No, I don't mean it's time to dig your winter clothes out of storage. Well, I mean, it is, but that's not my point. It's a beautiful time for opening yourself up, trying new things, and in my case, reconciling with old adversaries. Just last weekend I spent the better part of a day filming a short montage of myself sitting on the sidewalk with my old nemesis, the CopyCorp 3000XL, whom I had wrestled into submission a number of months ago.

The montage begins with the great copier sitting by the side of the road in the rain, beaten and broken by yours truly, as a passing car drives through a puddle and splashes filthy water all over it. Cut to a shot of me walking past and taking pity on it. I approach and cover the machine with my coat. The following segments show us laughing together, crying a little, sharing a 40 oz. beverage, and hugging. Eventually the film fades out as the two of us play the harmonica together. I'm going to see what I can do about getting it into a few film festivals.

Anyhow, my point is that you should try something new, such as getting a head start on October's CI with Advance Chance!


What will the next CI be? Nobody knows, but you’ll get the first crack at it with the October Advance Chance. On the day of the next CI release, you’ll be able to open your bundle and start reaping the rewards of your CIs hours before they’re released to the general public, so you can start listing items on the Marketplace when hardly anyone has their hands on them yet.

Don't let a great opportunity pass you by. Grab the Advance Chance while you can!

25 Convention Tour: Anime Weekend Atlanta 2012!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Convention Tour: Anime Weekend Atlanta 2012! - DJ Helsing Tue Sep 25, 2012 4:59 pm

Anime Weekend Atlanta 2012: Atlanta, GA

Where: Cobb Galleria Convention Centre, Atlanta, GA

Game Show: September 28th 2012, 5:00pm – 6:30pm Kennesaw Ballroom

Panel: September 29th 2012, 5:00pm – 7:00pm Kennesaw Ballroom


Head on over and meet us for our traditional Gaia Panel, complete with plenty of mischief, prizes, glimpses at Gaia's future and a opportunity to contribute your feedback and help improve the site. In addition, we’ll be hosting a Gaia Game Show, an amazing collection of wild and goofy contests to showcase your weirdest skills and win some great prizes.


As a bonus, all Gaia event attendees will receive a special limited-edition Convention Tour 2012 Item for your avatar along with a zOMG! starter pack, 2,500 Gold and the Conventioneer Achievement.

We hope to see you there... and if we don't, hopefully we'll be in your neck of the woods sometime very soon. Check out the Convention Tour page for details about all the upcoming stops in 2012!

Check out the Gaia 2012 Convention Tour


Wondering if any of your Gaia friends are going? Stop by the Convention Forum to connect with your fellow convention-goers!

25 Luck Chest: new items, old favorites & shop sellback!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Luck Chest: new items, old favorites & shop sellback! - admin Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:09 pm

Good news, treasure hunters: the Luck Chest is brimming with new items, along with some traditional Luck Chest favorites of yesteryear. If you’re fortunate enough to find one, you could walk away with one of these exquisite new additions:

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Plus, all Luck Chest items now have store sellback values-- if you’re finished with your precious reward, you can sell it to any shopkeeper for a nice bit of Gold.

When a Luck Chest comes along, you won’t want to be left without a key. The only way to snag one of these rare treasures is to pick up a Luck Key from the Gaia Cash Shop-- keep one on hand to prepare yourself for riches!

Get a Key

27 Cash Shop Update: Fall Fashion Trends!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Fall Fashion Trends! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:38 pm

Gaians, our favorite time of year is coming! Autumn brings with it a number of changes-- cooler weather, holidays, sweaters, vests, sweater vests-- but most importantly, the year's fall fashions! Mintaka and I have just put the finishing touches on two new items. One of them contains the year's fall fashions for ladies, and the other for guys. Have a look, there's lots of great stuff in each!

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Fall 2012 Women's Collection - Modern functionality combines with traditional fashion styles. A must in every collection to fend off the fall chilly air is a chunky knit cardigan. Earthy colors is a key element, but burgundy is definitely the new black! Also making a comeback is military inspired wear. Your Fall 2012 Women's Collection comes with trendy bag, cardigan, military dress, burgundy scarf, hat and tall boots.

Fall 2012 Men's Collection - This fall trend combines a sense of adventure with a fascination for the great outdoors and mountain landscapes. The 'it' color combination for menswear is all about black and a navy blue. Leather elements combined with soft knits sporting high necks will look any male look chic. Your Fall 2012 Men's Collection includes messenger bag, knit cardigan, leather pants, scarf, woven beanie and boots.

Come visit the Cash Shop and try them on, we think you'll "fall" in love. Hah! Humor! We get jokes!

Visit the Cash Shop

28 EI Report: Band of Bremen and Antipathy!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Band of Bremen and Antipathy! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Sep 28, 2012 7:31 pm

Happy Friday, EI fans! This week brings us a whole new REI and the finale of an old favorite. Believe me, when I found out it was Bremen's finale this week, I spent the afternoon spinning in my office chair for hours, just listening to the classics. The profound and oddly-enjoyable dizziness afterward gave me time to reflect on the good times as I laid myself out on the lab floor for several minutes. What a fantastic example of EI science! There's no reason to be sad, though-- we've got something new emerging today:

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Band of Bremen - With some parting Bremen merchandise, the band bids you adieu-- but what's this? Looks like someone accidentally left their smartphone with you. It displays an appointment at a very exclusive hair salon, just hours before the concert. Maybe if you return the phone, you can get one last picture with Bremen and gain extra bragging rights with your friends... and who knows, maybe they'll spot you a cool new trim for the big evening!


Antipathy - In a high stone tower in the heart of a dark city, a pale prisoner lies, chained and dying. The man can no longer remember his name, his loved ones or his far away homeland; he's been driven mad by his hatred for the evil king who imprisoned him. In his last moments, he clutches a burnt wooden charm that hangs around his neck, and mutters words in a strange language. The charm begins to glow...

Wow, what a week this has turned out to be! Now if you'll excuse me, this office chair and I have an appointment. Oh! Before I forget, go vote in the weekly EI poll! See you next time!

October Edit

01 Tiger & Bunny has come to Gaia!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Tiger & Bunny has come to Gaia! - admin Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:21 pm

Tiger & Bunny is the story of superheroes Kotetsu T. Kaburagi and Barnaby Brooks Jr. set in the futuristic city NC 1978. The city's superheroes wear corporate logos as their deeds are broadcast on the popular show "Hero TV", with the highest-rated hero earning the title King of Heroes. Kotetsu and Barnaby don't always see eye-to-eye on how superheroes should act, but have to work together to solve the city's crimes as well as the mystery of the murder of Barnaby's parents.

Gaia has teamed up with the folks behind Tiger & Bunny to bring you items featuring characters from the legendary series! Grab a Tiger & Bunny Companion item or the Tiger & Bunny SDPlus Blind Box chance item containing exclusive doll versions of all of your favorite characters:

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Check It Out!

(Due to licensing issues, we're only able to offer this CI in the Mecha Neko cash shop to customers in the United States. Sorry!)

03 Last chance to grab Champion Halls!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Last chance to grab Champion Halls! - [NPC] Ivan Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:07 pm

I went out and bought a CB radio last week. You know, one of those units that truckers typically keep on hand in order to relay information about road conditions, traffic hazards, loneliness, existential despair, and so on. My intent was to perhaps use it to call on a superhero in case of emergency while I'm out on the open road. Safety first, always!

I haven't quite come in contact with any superheroes yet, but I have heard from several hard-driving souls, many of interesting backgrounds and occasional dubious moral integrity. First up was Boomer, who helped me figure out where to get fuel when I was lost out on Crab Hat Road. Good person, there. Another day, Bullfrog befriended me for part of the afternoon, then used that information to insult me rather accurately. I don't believe I'll talk to Bullfrog anymore. Later, a man named Heartbreaker held a conversation which devolved into strange wheezy breathing noises. I'm not sure what to make of him.

It seems there's no substitute for true-blue superheroes, which is why if I were you, I'd take advantage of this last chance to get Champion Halls! Each Champion Halls CI will give you a Cash Shop favorite, a valuable rare item, or a gorgeous new exclusive:


Grab one now, or consider getting a bundle of nine to maximize your chances at getting the best stuff. Champion Halls will be leaving the shop on Friday, October 5!

05 New Game on Gaia - Heralds of Chaos!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New Game on Gaia - Heralds of Chaos! - [NPC] Battlemaster Iona Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:08 pm

Gaians, welcome to the world of Heralds of Chaos! Choose your side, fight for control of strange lands, cast powerful spells, and battle vicious enemies to take dominion over a world descending into oblivion.

If you’ve played collectible card games, Heralds of Chaos gameplay will ring familiar—build an army, summon units, perform attacks, and cast spells from hundreds of cards available. Customize your deck, command your army on an ever-changing world map, and use strategic thinking to outwit and defeat your opponents.

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Heralds of Chaos is currently in a special open beta available only to Gaians. Not only will you receive a special item in your Gaia inventory for completing your first game, you’ll earn Gold each time you play, and you’ll be among the first to check out the game before it launches elsewhere and on other platforms. Watch the official trailer, then suit up and conquer your opponents! The Heralds of Chaos forum is a great place to get started. See you in-game!

Heralds of Chaos!

(A couple of notes: First, we strongly recommend playing Heralds of Chaos using the Firefox web browser for the time being. No worries Chrome Gnomes, Ras-Safarians, and others, we're working on optimizing the game for other browsers, too! Second, this is a "metered release," meaning we'll be watching for any performance or stability issues as Gaians sign up and begin playing. If it looks like the game's performance is beginning to be affected by the increasing activity, we may temporarily close the game to new players. If you aren't able to get in right away, don't fret! We'll put you on a list and send you a PM when the game's ready for you. )

05 EI Report: Antipathy!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Antipathy! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Oct 05, 2012 6:30 pm

Good afternoon, EI fans! First, let me start by saying I'm not much for scary movies or people and objects that are haunted or whatnot. That kind of thing isn't usually my cup of tea, and I think it's because I sometimes get spooked easily. At a hairstylist once, a few cut strands of hair landed on my face and it felt like I was walking through a cobweb. I immediately threw up out of horror! Sure, they gave me the haircut for free, but my clothes were a mess and I was suddenly out two whole shrimp cocktails! My fear of being horrified aside, this week has a fantastic-looking new demonic development. Have a look!

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Antipathy - At the prisoner's incantation, a twisted shade slithers from the charm. "My name is Wraak, and I revenge," it whispers. "Like I, you are begot of hatred and suffering. Your body and soul are mine." The monster, with a kind of evil grace, slits the man's throat and seeps into the bleeding wound. The prisoner's screams rattle the stones in the tower down to the ground, then abruptly quell. The jailer climbs the steps to investigate, and finds a man that is not a man. The demon stretches the prisoner's lips over his teeth. "I revenge."

Ah, wow! I think I could get into this! You know, my hair is getting a bit long, though. I might stop by for a small trim this evening after I finish this half-gallon of milk and quart of hollandaise sauce. Oh, go vote in the weekly EI poll, too! See you next time!

06 Cash Shop Update: Devilish Date BundleEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Devilish Date Bundle - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Fri Oct 05, 2012 7:49 pm

Gaians! We're very excited to allow you to explore the finer points of romance from the inferno itself with an all new bundle! Do you want to snuggle up in the light of the fire pillars and listen to the screams of the damned? Does going topside to subjugate a small civilization sound like a great bonding activity? Like the sound of summoning impish familiars that can hook you up in any of the circles of Hell? If that's the case, you might just be devilish enough for this series of items!

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Succubi's Modesty - The Succubi's Modesty brings out the cute affectionate side of the notorious life-sucking demonettes. I wouldn't let your guard down around her, though! Includes a laced halo, the succubi's pink and ebony locks, frilly headband, shy arms, exaggerated bow, and pink socks with shoes.

Infernal Seduction - Take the mantle of a dark prince cast down with Infernal Seduction. Woo your chosen with acts of great tyranny! Includes a tri-cornered hat, the demon's crimson coiffure, fashionable coat, pentagram collar, gothic sleeves, thorn belt, and pin-stripped pants with boots.

Familiars of Demonic Affection - Mischief and havoc in the name of love! With the Familiars of Demonic Affection about, your dates are sure to be... erm... eventful. Includes a bouquet of blood-red roses, and a date with your handsome demon or blushing succbi!

Grab all three of the items above at once by purchasing the Demonic Date Bundle and you'll also receive the exclusive Demon Manifest!


Come visit the Cash Shop and try on individual items, or get them all at once with the bundle! The world-- and the underworld-- are your oyster!

Visit the Cash Shop

08 New in the Crystal Box: Apato the Longneck!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New in the Crystal Box: Apato the Longneck! - admin Mon Oct 08, 2012 4:23 pm

Whenever you grab $25 or more in Gaia Cash via Cash Card, credit card, or PayPal, you'll get an extra bonus: the Crystal Box, which opens to reveal a random treasure! We've just added a brand new possibility to the mix: Apato the Longneck!

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Newly hatched from a long dormant egg, Apato the Longneck is looking to you for guidance and love! He's a bit adventurous, but is always willing to stand by his friends!


Grab some Gaia Cash today for your shot at this adorable prehistoric pal!

Get Gaia Cash

09 Convention Tour: New York Comic-Con 2012!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Convention Tour: New York Comic-Con 2012! - DJ Helsing Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:33 pm

New York Comic-Con 2012: New York, NY

Where: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY

Panel: October 12th 2012, 7:45pm – 8:45pm Room 1A01


Head on over and meet us for our traditional Gaia Panel, complete with plenty of mischief, prizes, glimpses at Gaia's future and a opportunity to contribute your feedback and help improve the site. In addition, we’ll be hosting a Gaia Game Show, an amazing collection of wild and goofy contests to showcase your weirdest skills and win some great prizes.


As a bonus, all Gaia event attendees will receive a special limited-edition Convention Tour 2012 Item for your avatar along with a zOMG! starter pack, 2,500 Gold and the Conventioneer Achievement.

We hope to see you there... and if we don't, hopefully we'll be in your neck of the woods sometime very soon. Check out the Convention Tour page for details about all the upcoming stops in 2012!

Check out the Gaia 2012 Convention Tour


Wondering if any of your Gaia friends are going? Stop by the Convention Forum to connect with your fellow convention-goers!

10 Gaze into an alternate reality with Dark Reflection 2!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaze into an alternate reality with Dark Reflection 2! - [NPC] Ivan Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:07 pm

Reflecting on a world that never was... is there anything more fascinating? Occasionally I'll find myself looking into my bathroom mirror at night, wondering who I might've been in another life. I-Van the Minivan Guru? Crazy Ivan, the unorthodox hang-glider? At some point I was forced to get rid of my minivans and hang-gliders because they were taking up too much room. I was chasing a reality that didn't exist, but I still wonder at night, sometimes.

There is another way to get a vision of an alternate reality—Bloody Mary. Summon her and she'll offer you a glimpse at a Gaia character from the past looking a bit different than you might remember! Each time you gaze into what could've been, you'll receive either a Cash Shop favorite, a valuable rare item, or one of these amazing new exclusives:

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Get Dark Reflection 2 now and take a look in the mirror, or pick up a bundle of nine to maximize your chances at getting the best stuff!

Summon Bloody Mary

12 EI Report: Bunnihilation and Antipathy!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Bunnihilation and Antipathy! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:15 pm

It's that time again, EI fanatics! An old favorite evolves again this week, and a new favorite continues to bring the good stuff. It's a lot like a children's book I once wrote where a wise old iguana returns after a long absence to give encouragement and advice to a teenager down on his luck. The iguana later gets stuck behind the teenager's stereo and that's where the story's similarities end, I suppose. Nevermind. Hey, let's look at the items instead!

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Bunnihilation - The bunnies have discovered the magic of clothing, and they love dressing up as much as their owners do! Or at least, that's what the owners like to believe...


Antipathy - In the castle's main hall, an unsuspecting royal court has gathered for a ball. The night is still young and the royal family has yet to make their appearance. A terrible rumbling in the walls rattles the stones it's made of, but neither that nor the distant screams of the castle's jailer are heard behind the music and lively chatter.

Just as the music hits a crescendo, the doors shriek open wide, startling the lords and ladies in their finest garb. Guards standing before the royal chambers ready their swords. Wraak, wearing the prisoner's body, lurks in the shadow just beyond the opened door. Its low and dark voice pervades throughout the hushed room, "I took his hands which locked the chains..."

"I will have the eyes of those who watched me bound and did nothing. I will take the innards of those who defend a cowardly man," growled Wraak as it took a few steps into the ballroom and into the light.

"I revenge."

Ah, such good stuff! I missed those cuddly bunnies a lot. I missed Wraak too, but not in quite the same way. Not terribly cuddly, that one. Anyhow, vote in the weekly EI poll, and I'll see you next time!


15 October's Monthly Collectibles are here!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement October's Monthly Collectibles are here! - [NPC] Rina Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:27 pm

Wait, it really is the 15th today? I thought it was just a wonderful fever dream! Eeeee~!

October's collectibles depict both a murderer's grisly toolkit and a ghoulish damsel wailing to you from beyond the grave.

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Mournful Wail - Not the sort of thing you want to hear while roaming the forest or the cold halls of a spooky castle! She may appear to be a distressed damsel, all billowing nightgown and touseled hair, but if you listen long to her maddening cries, her weeping black eyes, ghoulish skin, and mouth full of sharp teeth will reveal her true nature—a spirit from beyond the grave intent on devouring your soul.

Ghastly Instruments - These tools belong to an infamous murderer whose mysterious legacy of bloodshed has never been solved. Dressed in blood-spattered garments of a bygone era, he stalks dark alleyways in search of helpless victims and their vital organs. By the time you see his cleaver glimmering in the moonlight, it'll be too late.

16 Gaia Offers has a new item!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia Offers has a new item! - admin Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:03 pm

Gaia Cash Offers are links to popular products and services that earn you some free Gaia Cash when signing up through the offers page. They're not obscure things you've never heard of-- they're household-name, Certified Double Incredible Awesome Things!

On top of getting some free Gaia Cash for completing offers, you'll also get a special item for any offer worth 100 Gaia Cash or more, and we've just switched the item to something new that we think you'll enjoy-- the Seraphique Messenger Bag!

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Like it? LOVE it? Participate in any offer worth 100 Gaia Cash or more and grab one for yourself!

Check out Gaia Offers!

17 Gaia's 2012 Halloween Event Has Arrived!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gaia's 2012 Halloween Event Has Arrived! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:41 pm

Breaking news! As Halloween draws near, an underworld feud threatens to ignite a full-scale battle: we've received reports that rogue vampires have been clashing with the Kuro Gang, and now both sides are seeking support from the population at large.

Those who support the vampires believe that Don Kuro intends to seize power in some sinister occult coup; the Kuro Gang warns against trusting vampires, who are widely rumored to suck people's blood for fun and nourishment. This reporter just can't make heads or tails of it.

Both teams are actively recruiting new fighters. To pledge your support to one of these shadowy factions and join the battle, pay a visit to the event page:

Join the Fight


In lighter news: those looking for some frivolity amongst all this bloodshed can visit Gaia's shops, where the friendly proprietors will hand out candy and exclusive items in their annual trick-or-treat celebration.

Trick or Treat

18 Cash Shop Update: Halloween Costumes!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Halloween Costumes! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Thu Oct 18, 2012 5:30 pm

Boo! Aha, Rigel and I have been preparing La Victoire for the Halloween rush, and we've just placed some new costumes out on the sales floor. Certainly, there's a good deal of charm to the decades-old hobo outfit some folks like to put together every year, but we've pulled out all the stops at La Victoire and you'll see that there's something for everyone. Have a look!

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Carmine Seductress - Prowl through the night as the alluring Carmine Seductress. Includes jewel and feather adorned hat, flowing bustle, buttoned thigh-high stilettos, elegant corset top and finish it off with a gartered pistol. Femme fatale at her finest!

Sanguine Shiek - You don't want to mess with the Sanguine Shiek! Captivate and intimidate with a lavishly embroidered cape, asymmetrical graphic vest, sleek high-waisted trousers, decorated boots, and a deadly pistol.

Eventide Condottiere - Although beautiful, the steely Eventide Condottiere is one of the most competent mercenaries in the world. Be dressed to kill in an extravagant overcoat, sleek suspendered pencil skirt, slouchy heeled boots, militant style cap, and her embellished saber.

Dimmet Legionnaire - The Dimmet Legionnaire may come off a bit passive, but he's always ready for action. Get his rugged good looks in a fashionable coat, gold studded boots, chain decorated pants, gilded sword sheath, and buckled vest.


Try them on today! There's precious few days left until fright night!

Visit the Cash Shop

19 EI Report: Antipathy!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Antipathy! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Oct 19, 2012 3:38 pm

Happy Friday, EI fans! Big developments this week from a very popular vengeance-related item! Personally, I've never really enacted any type of vengeance against another person. Wait, that's not entirely true, one time my landlord raised my rent by about 10%, so just once I backed my car into his garbage cans. Every morning. For about 9 weeks. Well, it'll be 9 weeks in a couple days. Anyway, let's look at the new stuff!

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Antipathy - The guards fall easily, the servants flee. The crash of metal and the desperate bark of combat carry along the curving halls to the royal chambers. Back there, out of sight of the battle, two people have halted, breaths hitching. The nineteen year old crown prince, the only child of the king, moves ahead of his mother, the queen. The sword he had donned for the ball is decorative, hardly effective against any enemy that could defeat the guards, but he readies it anyway. Far ahead, the strangled battle cries quiet, and the mother and son are shrouded in silence.

A rattling, then wet sounds, and then the heavy pitch of bone scraping on the smooth marble floors. It echos and the prince can feel the tiles tremble below his boots.

"Ah," the voice, quiet and clear, carries down the corridor. "The brave prince and noble queen. His bloodline, and his heart."

The mother and son quake as the shadow oozes into sight, dribbling syrupy blood and bits of meat from its teeth. The prince's sword clatters to the floor.

"I will devour them both."


Such good stuff! If you'll excuse me, I need to head out and pick up my car from the body shop. Had a few dents and dings on the bumper, nothing major. Go vote in the weekly EI poll, and take care until next week!

19 Monthly Update: October 2012Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Monthly Update: October 2012 - DJ Helsing Fri Oct 19, 2012 7:32 pm

Hi, Gaians! We've got a quick video update to share with you-- in order to keep the Gaia community in the know, we've decided to do monthly video updates (starring yours truly) that let you know exactly what we've been up to lately and what's in store for the coming month.

Of course, there's something in it for you: we'll be hosting a contest and giving away 100,000 Gold to a lucky winner.

We also have an opinion poll set up, so your voice can be heard and your thoughts can shape Gaia's future. Be sure to cast your vote and earn a free Wing Sticker.


To participate in the Monthly Update Contest and Poll, just click this rad button:

Enter the Contest

23 Housing Update: Halloween Stuff!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Housing Update: Halloween Stuff! - [NPC] Bludeau Tue Oct 23, 2012 3:38 pm

Gaians! I feel something strange in my torso unit! It's not love-- I learned years ago that love feels a lot like a bushbaby rummaging around in your internal mechanisms. This new feeling is more like... fright! It probably has something to do with the Halloween housing update that we've just put out on the shelves:

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The Faktori has a ton of new luxurious wallpapers, floor tiles, rugs, wall decals, skulls, tombstones, and carved pumpkins of various colors that really light up in the dark!

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Not only that, but the Cash Shop just received the elegant Thornwood Collection of furniture that comes in three color options: Ebony, Royal, or Crimson. Individual pieces of furniture such as tables, beds, chairs, lounges, animated fountains, and rugs are available for purchase, but you can also buy an entire set of furniture by grabbing one of the three Thornwood Collection bundles in the color of your choice!

Each of the three bundles comes standard with a bed, chaise lounge, rug, table, two chairs, and an exclusive portrait:


The Crimson Thornhall Bundle comes with the standard items listed above in a fantastic shade of crimson, with an exclusive portrait of Von Helson.

The Royal Thornhall Bundle comes with the standard items listed above in a gorgeous shade of royal blue, with an exclusive portrait of the late Johnny Gambino.

The Ebony Thornhall Bundle comes with the standard items listed above in a lovely shade of ebony, with an exclusive portrait of Don Kuro.


Check out both the Cash Shop and The Faktori to see all the new stuff. Happy decorating!

Visit the Cash Shop

24 CrosStitch Update: Halloween Costumes & New Contest!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement CrosStitch Update: Halloween Costumes & New Contest! - [NPC] Stein Wed Oct 24, 2012 4:12 pm

Gaians, greetings! With Halloween right around the corner, I'm very pleased to bring the winners of our last CrosStitch contest to the shop! As you might remember, the contest asked creative Gaians to design the Monster Costume of their dreams. They could've been scary, cute, or anywhere in-between.

Narrowing the wonderful entries down to pick winners is never easy, and this time was no exception. There were many, many very creative entries all across the spectrum, but the winners have just hit the racks at CrosStitch:

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Visit CrosStitch!

You can learn a little more about the winners and their designs on the winners page. What's more, there are a few extra spooky costumes that have just arrived at Barton Boutique, and some treats for your sweet tooth at Buttercup Cafe!

As for the next contest-- it begins now. Visit the contest page for full details, of course, but here's a hint: Winter Coats! (I suppose that's a pretty revealing hint, but yes, design the Winter Coat of your dreams!) I'm looking forward to your entries!

Contest Rules


Sketches from winners of the last contest:

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25 Equip yourself for battle with the Heralds of Chaos Deck CI!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Equip yourself for battle with the Heralds of Chaos Deck CI! - [NPC] Battlemaster Iona Thu Oct 25, 2012 5:24 pm

The world of Heralds of Chaos is a dangerous place. The land continually shatters and condenses, with powerful factions battling for control of what remains. Not only is it necessary for warriors to protect themselves with advanced armor, but also wield powerful items and weaponry. No longer is this fantastic gear confined to Heralds of Chaos, however—it is now available on Gaia in the form of the Heralds of Chaos Deck Chance Item!

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Each time you open a Heralds of Chaos Deck Chance Item, you'll receive an item for your Gaia avatar that might be something epic, frightening, or just plain amazing! Items from each of the game's three factions are in the mix—Avalon, Flameborne, and Hellspawn—so stock up today to ensure you get your favorites!

Suit up!


26 Last chance to grab Tiger & Bunny items!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Last chance to grab Tiger & Bunny items! - admin Thu Oct 25, 2012 6:27 pm

Tiger & Bunny is the story of superheroes Kotetsu T. Kaburagi and Barnaby Brooks Jr. set in the futuristic city NC 1978. The city's superheroes wear corporate logos as their deeds are broadcast on the popular show "Hero TV", with the highest-rated hero earning the title King of Heroes. Kotetsu and Barnaby don't always see eye-to-eye on how superheroes should act, but have to work together to solve the city's crimes as well as the mystery of the murder of Barnaby's parents.

Gaia has teamed up with the folks behind Tiger & Bunny to bring you items featuring characters from the legendary series! Grab a Tiger & Bunny Companion item or the Tiger & Bunny SDPlus Blind Box chance item containing exclusive doll versions of all of your favorite characters:


Act fast! The items will be removed from the shop Tuesday, October 30. Grab them while you can!

Get Tiger & Bunny Items!

(Due to licensing issues, we're only able to offer this CI in the Mecha Neko Cash Shop to customers in the United States. Sorry!)

26 EI Report: Antipathy's finale!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Antipathy's finale! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Oct 26, 2012 6:32 pm

Good afternoon, EI fans! Glad you're here, it's a "big'un" today! How do you like that slang? I picked it up at a truck stop. I was just getting some snacks, minding my own business, when a rude trucker told me that my head was too big for my body and that I had a "big'un dome." I didn't pay him any mind, though, because his head was extremely small, so it's no wonder why he thought my normal-sized head was huge.

Anyway, yes, it really is a big week around here-- Antipathy just reached its last stage of evolution, and there's so much to see (including an illustration at the bottom, scroll all the way down)!

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Antipathy - At last, the sound carries to the deepest chambers. The King, grandly dressed in silks and furs, leaps to his feet at the shrill scream, a chill crawling up his spine. He shouts for guards and dives for his sword just as the door to his room bows inward and shatters to pieces with a horrifying crack. His heart freezes in his chest, his limbs like stone.

"My dear hunted," Wraak slips past the splintered wood as the scent of blood taints the air. The demon mockingly holds a hand to its chest. "This heart skips a beat at the sight of you."

"You..." the King sputters, eyes wide in recognition. "You, I thought you were dead. I locked you in the tower--"

"Twenty years ago. Yes. And as revenge, I have now killed much of your court, your men, your wife and your son." Wraak advances slowly. "And there is not one remaining to come to your aid." The King watches as the monster's face changes. He can see the prisoner-- the dead man-- peering out at him from someplace dark within his own body. "I came to this city to offer aid. Charms and potions and harmless spells. But you were afraid of my foreign magic." The dead man falters his steps, as if trying to pull his own body back, and failing. "You had only to ask, and I would have gone."

"It was witchcraft," the King replies, his face white. "You tell me you meant no harm, but now, look what you have done."

The dead man snarls. "I had only wanted to be a friend. Now all I can think of is my revenge. This is what you have done to me, King. This evil thing consumed me... as it has consumed this castle... and as it shall consume you."

"No--" The King collapses, bowing his head. "God, what are you? Forgive me. Oh please forgive me!" Wraak touches the King's head, almost kindly. Behind its eyes, the prisoner is gone. Only the monster remains. Smiling.

"I am Wraak," it whispers.

"I do not forgive."


Ah, what a finish! I'd like to remind you to go vote in the weekly EI poll as well, because it too is a "big'un" not unlike the item itself! See you next time!

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29 Get a head start on November's CI with Advance Chance!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Get a head start on November's CI with Advance Chance! - [NPC] GRS Accountant Ivan Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:47 pm

There's a new guy around the office. I don't know his name but the first thing he told me was, "You are now aware of your own breathing," before smirking and walking off. I remained at my desk for the next five hours timing and measuring each breath. The good news is that I have excellent lung capacity. The bad news is that I missed a deadline, but the even better news is that I stood on the roof during a rainstorm the next day in my frogman suit and night-vision goggles and identified the new guy's car. Next time he tries giving me any trouble, say, by making me aware of my own blinking, I'm going to make him aware of his 2004 Land Bison Frontiero being towed for not properly displaying its parking permit. Check and mate.

One thing you should be aware of, however, is the likelihood of profiting from November's Advance Chance!

What will the next CI be? Nobody knows, but you’ll get the first crack at it with the November Advance Chance. On the day of the next CI release, you’ll be able to open your bundle and start reaping the rewards of your CIs hours before they’re released to the general public, so you can start listing items on the Marketplace when hardly anyone has their hands on them yet.

Don't miss out! Grab the Advance Chance while you can!

30 New REI: Wisteria!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New REI: Wisteria! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Tue Oct 30, 2012 6:51 pm

Hey, EI fans! Usually, my favorite thing to happen on Tuesday is Free Golf Cart Rental Day down at the municipal golf course. I don't even play golf, but those things are loads of fun to drive until the batteries run out, and then scamper off into the woods without a trace. This Tuesday is even better, though-- we've got a big announcement! A new REI has been discovered and it's poised to become a favorite.

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Wisteria - Victoria and Tyrian are siblings and have been the best of friends as long as either of them could remember. Their incredible bond gets put to the test, however, when word is received from their parents: The pair has been invited to stay the winter at their relatives' distant, creepy, mansion!

Ah, this is definitely going to be one to keep an eye on! Take care, and I'll see you on Friday for your usual EI report!

31 Cash Shop Update: Animated Halloween Items!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Animated Halloween Items! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Wed Oct 31, 2012 6:23 pm

Gaians! It's Halloween, and we're very pleased to be offering some special animated items for the occasion! Forgive us if we seem a little sleepy-- stocking animated items is always a little troublesome. Last night, the animated items on a pallet downstairs kept making horrible rhythmic thumping noises as they moved and writhed in their containers, and we had to keep coming downstairs to yell at them to stop. It was a long night, but it was worth it! Have a look at what's available:

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Astra-58: Shrouded Night - Creatures of the night, night owls, evening evangelists, and those with hearts of darkness-- it's obvious you do your best work at night. Shroud your avatar in shadows as the moving clouds dim the glow of the full moon.

Astra-59: Raven Billowing Cape - Equip the very latest in fashion: a flowing, fluttering cape! Perfect for heroes, villains, and chilly days.

Astra-60: Cardinal Billowing Cape - There's no entrance quite as dramatic as one that involves a moving red cape! Fan not included for non-windy days.

Astra-61: Gone Batty - Surround yourself with a clan of friendly bats as they fly around your avatar, flapping their wings and being very bat-like. They won't bite. (Probably!)

Astra-62: Jack o' Lantern - Carve a creepy face on a pumpkin, put a candle inside, and place on your porch for a glowing Halloween decoration.

Astra-63: Jack O' Lantern Patch - Halloween is your favorite holiday, so of course you must carve LOTS of pumpkins. These gourds are also great decorations for fall if you turn them around!


Come over to the Cash Shop and take a look around!

Visit the Cash Shop

November Edit

01 Last chance to grab Dark Reflection 2!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Last chance to grab Dark Reflection 2! - [NPC] Ivan Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:06 pm

Let's be clear on something right off the bat: I have no regrets. Zero. Not a single one. Everything I do is completely right and justified in my view. Just three weekends ago I was at a fishing tournament where someone had caught the lake's oldest living resident—Galactos, a 7-foot, 76-year-old trout. Sensing the great beast was suffering as it was being weighed, I knew what must be done. I tossed my car keys off into the distance to make everyone look off to the side, then I ran up and released Galactos from his hook! As the crowd of middle-aged fisherfolk pushed me around and pummeled me, I felt as if I could be done for... but I felt something! A huge, disgusting, slimy bite gently but firmly took hold around my hips. Galactos had wiggled his way back onto the shore to rescue me! With me in his enormous maw, he swam us back out to the lake, and I projected several flamboyantly vulgar hand signals back to my assailants as I was taken to safety with my black eyes, swollen lip, tattered suit and all.

Galactos and I are still pen pals to this day. In fact, in his latest letter he expressed great pleasure in summoning Bloody Mary with the help of Dark Reflection 2!

Summon Bloody Mary and she'll offer you a glimpse at a Gaia character from the past looking a bit different than you might remember! Each time you gaze into what could've been, you'll receive either a Cash Shop favorite, a valuable rare item, or one of these amazing new exclusives:


I don't know about you, but I'm doing my very best to make sure Galactos can get another item before they leave the shop on Monday, November 5. Make sure you grab them before they're gone, too!

Get Chance Items!

01 Enter the October 2012 MC Giveaway!!!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Enter the October 2012 MC Giveaway!!! - DJ Helsing Thu Nov 01, 2012 6:56 pm

Want a free October 2012 Monthly Collectible? It's easy: just visit our MC Contest thread and post your favorite October MC from the past and why you like it. You'll be automatically entered in a drawing for your very own October 2012 MC!


Enter the Contest

02 EI Report: Wisteria!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Wisteria! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Nov 02, 2012 5:18 pm

Hey there, EI fans! This week's evolution is a good one! Exploring houses is something I don't really get to do very often. It's not that I don't get invited to-- I do. It's more because I have a crippling fear of getting lost in someone else's house. I think it goes back to the time I was invited to a sleepover and I got lost in the middle of the night looking for the bathroom, and then got lost again after finding it. I ended up having to spend the entire night sleeping under a pile of clothes in a hamper because I couldn't find my way back to the party. Now that I think about it, I suppose I could bring a compass or a GPS next time. Oh yeah, hey, items!

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Wisteria - Victoria and Tyrian have arrived at their relatives' distant mansion. They're overwhelmed by the size of the house, and like any curious children, they begin to explore and play about the mansion.

Ah, I love the colors in Wisteria so much! I'm off to go pry the compass off of my car's dashboard, so I'll see you next week! Oh, and the weekly EI poll! Go vote in it, it's important! Take care!

05 Hello. Did you know that I am going to be the president?Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Hello. Did you know that I am going to be the president? - [NPC] President Diedrich Mon Nov 05, 2012 4:59 pm

Hi! Hello! Did you know that everyone has been talking about president things? This is true, I have heard it. I am becoming quite annoyed about it, just as everyone has become quite annoyed about me.

But it has given me an incredibly important idea. Maybe the MOST important idea. I will now be running for president, because as far as I know there is no president of Gaia. I will be running unopposed, but I look forward to getting your vote tomorrow.

Here is my official policy platform:

Health: I am for it. Everyone should do a health.
Taxes: We will take some money from people (not too much).
National Security: I can lift over forty times my own body weight.
Social Issues: Everyone gets to kiss whoever they want, as long as it's OK.
Dogs: Big ones yes, little yapper dogs... we'll see.


Thank you, Gaia. Thank you for me being your president tomorrow. Thank you for this. Really, bye, thank you. Thank you so much. Goodbye. Goodbye now. I will see you later. Thank you. Bye bye. See you later. OK, bye. Thank you. Goodbye and thank you.

Thank you,

- Diedrich, About To Be President of Gaia

- Bye again

06 Hi. I too am going to be president, and not him.Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Hi. I too am going to be president, and not him. - [NPC] Friedrich Tue Nov 06, 2012 2:01 pm

Hello. Hi and hello. Hi there. It has come to my attention that Diedrich is running unopposed for president of Gaia. Diedrich is a good man, a family man, and I wish him well in all things.

Except that I also want to be president, and he can basically go to hell.

I realize that I am a newcomer in the political arena, but I look forward to earning your vote in a healthy and vigorous debate. While I look and sound almost exactly like Diedrich, that is just a coincidence. I am probably a clone of him, or something. But our policies would be very different.

In order to make an informed choice, and since we are essentially winging this whole deal by the seat of our pants, Gaia's president will be determined by a single debate.

Mr. Diedrich and I will be arguing at each other all day, and you can tune in whenever and let us know which policies you like best on each issue. Whoever's button gets dingled the most will be the president.

This system makes perfect sense to Diedrich and I, but I will admit that our brains are like walnuts and we are on the very lowest percentiles of smartness, even compared to things like jellyfish.

Please watch the debate now, and hit buttons to say which answers you like. Please only hit my button, because I am good. Thank you and goodbye forever.

VOTE NOW

06 November's Advance Chance is... different somehow.Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement November's Advance Chance is... different somehow. - [NPC] GRS Accountant Ivan Tue Nov 06, 2012 4:55 pm

Tuesday at the office, and that means it's "eat a burrito in my car" day for lunch. While I was in there, I was looking at the November Advance Chances I'd picked up and the seal on them seems... a little weaker than usual. I'm not entirely sure what this means, but it can only be a good thing!

What will the next CI be? Nobody knows, but you’ll get the first crack at it with the November Advance Chance. On the day of the next CI release, you’ll be able to open your bundle and start reaping the rewards of your CIs hours before they’re released to the general public, so you can start listing items on the Marketplace when hardly anyone has their hands on them yet.

If I were you, I'd take advantage of this opportunity while I could. By that I mean soon. Really soon. This is quite unusual, indeed.

07 Embark on a search for the unknown with Cryptic Path!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Embark on a search for the unknown with Cryptic Path! - [NPC] Ivan Mon Nov 05, 2012 7:13 pm

Ah, the ancient art of tracking. Nowadays people don't track things, except via computers and barcodes and gadgets. It's not like it used to be. Our ancestors used to kneel down and look at broken twigs, examine footprints, and taste the dirt to track animals and people great distances. Heck, if you had a good tracker, they might even be able to tell you if something is "fresh" and point in the direction they walked off being fresh in. Relive a bit of that old-school excitement with the new CI, Cryptic Path!

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Creation is filled to the brim with fauna yet to be discovered—uncountable creatures thriving just outside the sight of common man. They remain just out of reach for most explorers, but not those with the rare gift to track anyone or anything. A young man named Irwin was born with the ability to use a magical compass, and with it, he's setting out in search of creatures both strange and beautiful. With magical compass in hand, Irwin has asked you to come along on a journey. Will you accept his offer and traverse the hidden path?


Accept Irwin's invitation and you'll receive something amazing! It might be a Cash Shop favorite, a valuable rare item, or one of the incredible new exclusives pictured above! Grab one now, or get a bundle of nine to maximize your chances at getting all the best stuff!

Get Chance Items!

09 Monster Galaxy: Exile for iOS and Android is here!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Monster Galaxy: Exile for iOS and Android is here! - [NPC] Nova Fri Nov 09, 2012 5:16 pm

We've got some awesome news for our mobile-game loving MoGa tamers!

We've just released Monster Galaxy: Exile - the sequel to the popular Monster Galaxy: Zodiac Islands. Exile is free to download, and is available for both iOS and Android so all our fabulous MoGa tamers can get their battle on as they take on new quests and battle fierce MoGas!

Get the iOS version here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/monster-galaxy-exile/id529356243?mt=8
Get the Android version on Google Play here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gaiaonline.mge
Get the Android version from the Amazon Appstore here: http://www.amazon.com/Gaia-Interactive-Inc-Monster-Galaxy/dp/B009EHQZZO

09 EI Report: Wisteria!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Wisteria! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Nov 09, 2012 5:53 pm

Hey there, EI fans! One of my favorite Evolving Items ever has taken a turn for the creepy this week. Its story reminds me of the crawlspace I found back at our old lab. While sitting at my desk one night, I noticed an opening in the wall. Before I knew it, I'd torn the wallpaper, broken it open, and got my head stuck in there for a good 12 hours or so until the lab techs came in the next morning. On the plus side, while I was in there I thought up a new way to organize our data AND figured out a solution to our parking problem. Oh, I'm getting distracted. Items!

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Wisteria - As Tyrian and Victoria playfully explore the mansion, they accidentally trip over a hanging wall drape, revealing a boarded-over opening only wide enough to fit a small child. A draft can be felt through the cracks in the walls and Tyrian's curiosity gets the best of him. Victoria watches nervously as he pries the rusted nails out of the old boards keeping whatever it is behind the entrance hidden.

So cool! It's totally jogging memories for me. Not just about the crawlspace thing, but there was the time I got my head stuck in an antique vase. And another time where I got my head stuck in a bucket. Hey, go vote in the weekly EI poll, and take care! See you next week!

12 Cash Shop Update: Lake Cygnus Bundle!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Lake Cygnus Bundle! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Mon Nov 12, 2012 3:09 pm

Good afternoon, Gaians! We're very pleased to be stocking a series of new items as well as a new bundle today! On an unrelated note, you might notice when you visit the shop that we're keeping it a little colder than normal in there. It's to keep the rowdy air hockey teens out-- the first time we turned on the furnace for the year it made the whole place smell like burning dust, having been off for the summer. Anytime the teens come around, we turn the heater on, let the smell propagate, flick the lights on and off, and shout, "Oh no, it smells as if the trash you unsavory youths have left in our rumpus room is smoldering! Run!" which gets them out pretty quickly, usually.

Even though the temperature inside the shop is slightly chilly, these new items are fantastically hot! Have a look:

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Ivory Guardian of the Inland Sea - Become a stalwart protector of a forgotten kingdom! The Ivory Guardian of the Inland Sea includes a winged cape, holy armor and greages, a fanciful skirt, and a feathered hairdo.

Dark Temptress of the Watery Depths - Willing to fight for her place in the Forgotten Kingdom, this Dark Temptress of the Watery Depths is capable of deceiving anyone into believing that she is the one true guardian. Includes dark feathery hair, chainmail dress, dancing arms, steel-toed feathered boots, and feathered belt.

Prince with a Wavered Heart - Loved by one, deceived by the other, the Prince must search within himself to discover whom he must defend. Includes red feathered hair, ivory cape, scarlet blazer, belt, and red stripe pants.

Grab each of the items above at once by getting the Lake Cygnus Bundle, and you'll also receive the exclusive Peaceful Ruins! Inside the Peaceful Ruins, you'll find some baby swans that need a home, a powerful magic staff, and a scenic lakeside background.


Come visit the Cash Shop and try them on! We'll be here, turning the rowdy teens away!

Visit the Cash Shop

13 All New Backgrounds for Gaia Avatar Cards!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement All New Backgrounds for Gaia Avatar Cards! - DJ Helsing Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:37 pm

Hey Gaia, great news! We've just added some all-new backgrounds and images to our reloadable, customizable, exceedingly popular Gaia Avatar Cards. You can now adorn your card with fantastic new art from Gaia Online, zOMG!, Monster Galaxy, and Heralds of Chaos:

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A Gaia Avatar Card is a free card you can print from home and load up with Gaia Cash at 7-11 or Western Unions across the United States. Because you can load these cards in-person using cash, it's extra convenient for those who want to get Gaia Cash but don't have a credit or debit card. Once you've got your Avatar Card, you can reload it again and again at any participating U.S. 7-11 or Western Union location.

Of course, it's still cool to have a glossy, high-quality, wallet-friendly version. For a Limited Time Only, if you load your self-printed Cash Card with $2 or more, we'll mail you one free of charge. Print yours today!


Grab Your Card

15 November's Monthly Collectibles are here!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement November's Monthly Collectibles are here! - [NPC] Rina Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:30 pm

It's the 15th and I'm not late! I made it just in time! The door was locked so I crawled in through the doggie door, but I still made it!

Grab November's collectibles and traverse the beautiful autumn landscape with a mysterious forest spirit and a stately prince!

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Sunset Spirit - An elusive deity of the forest. If you wander through the wood at day's end, you might catch a glimpse of glittering silver and rose-colored hair, or hear the graceful whisper of fawn's hooves rushing through fallen leaves. Through the centuries she's been hunted for her flowering antlers, but few have even managed to spy her shadow in the setting sunlight.

Prince Cardinalis - Dressed all in festive red and gold, the Prince goes on progress every autumn to survey his forest kingdom. Dressed in warm, downy garments and a feathered cloak, he parades through the trees with his court, flirtatiously doffing his royal traveling cap for any lady who flutters by.


November's Monthly Collectible letters are now available in the Cash Shop, but they won't be here forever. Get one before they're gone!

16 Act fast-- it's Cash Shop Cleanup time!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Act fast-- it's Cash Shop Cleanup time! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Fri Nov 16, 2012 3:48 pm

Good afternoon, Gaians! We're cleaning up. Well, to put it more appropriately, we've barricaded the doors until a couple of ruffian vandal teens clean up the mess they've made in the upstairs bathroom. While we're at it, we're going to have to change the shop around a little bit, and it's sad to see them go, but the following items will be removed from the Cash Shop on Tuesday, November 20:

  • Astra Metamorphosis Deux
  • Astra-58: Shrouded Night
  • Astra-59: Raven Billowing Cape
  • Astra-60: Cardinal Billowing Cape
  • Astra-61: Gone Batty
  • Astra-62: Jack o' Lantern
  • Astra-63: Jack O' Lantern Patch


  • Carmine Seductress
  • Sanguine Shiek
  • Dimmet Legionnaire
  • Eventide Condottiere
  • Ultimate Race Bundle
  • Speedy Jackalope
  • Stubborn Cryptodira
  • Foxy Flag Gal
  • Roller Derby Bundle
  • Star Smasher
  • One Hit Marksman
  • Little Pink Derby Devil
  • Happenstance Romance Bundle
  • Sweetheart Sweeper
  • Dainty Damsel
  • Patches the Pup
  • Love of Tea Bundle
  • White Delight
  • Serene Green
  • Oolong Wonder
  • Bitter Black


  • Timmy 6th Gen.
  • Modus Operandi 12th Gen.
  • Band of Bremen 2nd Gen.
  • Antipathy 2nd Gen.
  • All-Star Cheer 2nd Gen.
  • Lady Jayne and the Mummy 2nd Gen.
  • Keiko's Cake 2nd Gen.
  • Owlpocalypse 2nd Gen.
  • Petit Cherie 2nd Gen.


You've got until the 20th to grab them, but after that, we'll be making room for new stuff. Get them while you can!

16 EI Report: Wisteria!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Wisteria! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Nov 16, 2012 4:16 pm

Hey there, EI fans! It's Friday already, and what a fast week it's been! Maybe it hasn't seemed as fast for you, but every night after work I'll go home and eat about 3 pounds of chicken nuggets and pass out. I usually sleep for about 15 hours. Say what you will, but it makes new evolutions seem like they're coming faster! Speaking of that:

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Wisteria - Too scared to follow, Victoria waited outside while Tyrian found himself deep in a small room filled with old trinkets and books.

"Did you find anything?" Victoria wailed into the passage.

Tyrian was immediately disappointed with his discovery, but just before he could answer back to Victoria, he heard a chime in the corner of his ear. The sound seemed to be originating from a chest buried among the books. He approached the chest with some apprehension and wiped a thick layer of dust from the lid. It was unlocked, and despite the chest looking so old and important, he found only a small bunny doll inside. Disappointed again, he took the doll and brought it back to his sister .

"It was nothing but junk! How boring! But I found this and thought you might like it." Tyrian grumbled. Victoria's squealed with excitement and snatched the doll away from Tyrian, falling in love with it instantly.


Ah, that cute bunny reminds me a lot of the one I sleep with sometimes. This reminds me-- I've got a date tonight with two plates of nuggets, a pillow, and DVDs of the third season of Ultimate Doggie Dressup! Go vote in the weekly EI poll, and I'll see you next week!

16 Monthly Update: November 2012Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Monthly Update: November 2012 - DJ Helsing Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:57 pm

Hi, Gaians! We've got a quick video update to share with you-- in order to keep the Gaia community in the know, we've decided to do monthly video updates (starring yours truly) that let you know exactly what we've been up to lately and what's in store for the coming month.

Of course, there's something in it for you: we'll be hosting a contest and giving away 100,000 Gold to a lucky winner.

We also have an opinion poll set up, so your voice can be heard and your thoughts can shape Gaia's future. Be sure to cast your vote and earn a free Wing Sticker.


To participate in the Monthly Update Contest and Poll, just click this rad button:

Enter the Contest

19 Changes Coming to the Daily ChanceEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Changes Coming to the Daily Chance - siskataya Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:50 am

Hey Gaians!

We wanted to let you all know about some changes that we'll be making to the Daily Chance.

Let's start by talking about the change that may be the most controversial for the community: The addition of an advertisement in the prize screen window. We realize this is a somewhat large ad and appreciate that many of you are sensitive to advertisements, but this is a great opportunity for us to earn ad revenue and the ads are fairly unobtrusive on the site. Try and think of it this way - it's just an ad crammed in a tiny pop-up box where you are getting an item, and you'd only have to see it a few times day. Also, if you already don't see ads because you spend $2.50 or more each month on Gaia, you won't see this ad either. Not so bad right?

Now that we've addressed the ad elephant in the Daily Chance room, let's mention the changes that we think you'll ALL like!

To compensate for having to deal with the fabulously over-sized ad, we've gone ahead and redesigned the Daily Chance to work better. No more pop-up Flash stars behind the prize page - many of you have said this was annoying and slowed down page loading for you, so we removed it!
We've made it so that Featured Avatars show in the ad space area when the ad is not displayed. You all have such stylish and creative avatars, and this is a great way to recognize your avatar designs and show them off to the community. You never know - perhaps your avatar will be a featured avatar!
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we've also added... a bunch of new items to the Daily Chance! While we still have the old items in there, you can now score some new items too. Maybe you'll be the first person on Gaia to get one of these fabulous new prizes!

Thanks for reading! We hope you understand why we're making these changes, and wish you all best of luck in getting the new items as well as becoming a Daily Chance Featured Avatar.

If you care to give us your feedback on these changes, we have a Daily Chance Update thread in which you can post your comments!

19 Announcing our new virtual currency partner - Zeevex! :DEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Announcing our new virtual currency partner - Zeevex! :D - admin Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:33 pm

Hello everyone!

We wanted to let you know about our new partnership with virtual currency card provider Zeevex!

Zeevex cards will work the same way as regular Gaia Cash Cards. You just buy the card from the store and have the clerk activate the card; then, come back to Gaia and login to your account, enter the card's PIN number and get your Gaia Cash. See? Zeevex cards are just as easy to use, and you don't have to shop online if you don't want to!

To celebrate this new partnership, for a limited time only each of the following payment methods will give you a bonus item for each purchase of $10 or more worth of Gaia Cash you make. Check out the awesome items below:

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Buy $10 or more of Gaia Cash on an Ultimate Game Card and get a Red Panda Scarf!
Buy $10 or more of Gaia Cash on a Zeevex Game Card and get the Red Panda Slippers!
Buy $10 or more of Gaia Cash on a Gaia-branded Cash Card and get Woodland Fawn Scarf!
Buy $10 or more of Gaia Cash with PayPal and get the Woodland Fawn Slippers!


This promotion won't last forever, so you might want to get your Gaia cash now!

For more information on the Zeevex card, where you can get them, how to redeem them, etc. please stop by our thread on this topic !

19 Black Friday 2012 schedule!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Black Friday 2012 schedule! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Mon Nov 19, 2012 5:42 pm

Good day, deal seekers! Black Friday is coming later this week, and with it, amazing chances to get some very coveted items. Some are discounted items from Gaia's past, some are very rare items previously only available in CIs, and others are never-before-seen exclusives!

First up, we'll be offering six different discounted bundles of classic Cash Shop items, each representing a different color. If you're super lucky, you'll also get a free bonus: a specially recolored version of one of the items in the bundle! Full details on these will be available Friday morning, so stay tuned.

The sale runs all weekend long, and the sales rotate constantly, so plan accordingly!

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Keep our fancy schedule handy-- it's your guide to shopping success! Click for the full-size schedule, all times are U.S. Pacific.

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Note: We'll do our very best to stick to the above schedule, but it's subject to change in the event of a technical malfunction, a portal to the nullspace opening beneath the Cash Shop, or bear attack. Happy shopping!

21 EI Report: Wisteria!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Wisteria! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:15 pm

Hey EI fans! I know, I know, it's not Friday, but the lab techs all have Thursday and Friday off, and I don't want to be here alone doing the EI report. It's too creepy, and what if the raccoons come back? I don't want to spend the long weekend barricaded in a broom closet. Anyhow, there's some amazing new data to look at, and it's gorgeous!

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Wisteria - Victoria becomes overly obsessed with her new toy and ignores her brother for days. In a fit of jealousy, Tyrian grabs the bunny plush away from Victoria and amid the struggle, the toy is torn apart. Victoria is devastated!

Tyrian, feeling guilty, leaves Victoria alone in tears. As she kneels down to pick up her severed gift, she discovers a mysterious ring. Her eyes become captivated from the find... and her body possessed.


Ah, it's so good! There's some kind of rustling outside... sounds like it's coming from the dumpsters. We need to get out of here before the raccoons come and try to break into the fridge. I think going up through the roof and climbing down a tree would be our best bet. Go vote in the EI poll and we'll see you again next week!

21 Thanksgiving is here! Play Gobble Gobble Bang Bang!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Thanksgiving is here! Play Gobble Gobble Bang Bang! - [NPC] Devin Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:12 pm

Gaians, Thanksgiving is here, but food needs to be gathered for the feast! Grab your trusty sidearm and bang away at either meats or veggies to help your team of choice reign supreme!

You, your bangstick, and your cache of ammo will traverse 5 zones in search of food, and you'll earn Tickets along the way. Bang enough food in each zone to continue on to the next, but don't waste too much ammo or you won't be able to make it all the way through! Reach the end and a special Thanksgiving achievement will be your reward, not to mention the satisfaction of saving Thanksgiving.

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On a personal note, however, I won't be taking part. Of course I don't eat meat, but it's not just the act of meat-hunting that gets me. I'm an ultravegan-- I won't even shoot at plants. Rather, I wait for them to die naturally and eat their rotting leaves off the forest floor, which is how I'll be spending my Thanksgiving. Have fun with your firearms, barbarians.

21 Gold Shop Update: New Hair and Eyes at Salon Durem!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Gold Shop Update: New Hair and Eyes at Salon Durem! - [NPC] Vanessa Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:18 pm

Hey everyone! We've ordered a bunch of fashion books from strange foreign lands, and are proud to announce that we're offering a whole slew of brand new styles for your hair and eyes over at Salon Durem:

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So many new eyes and hairstyles! I'm overwhelmed and I need to lay down! Come visit, you can trust the face artisans at Salon Durem with your next makeover!


Visit Salon Durem!

23 Black Friday 2012: Huge Bundles, Amazing Items!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Black Friday 2012: Huge Bundles, Amazing Items! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Tue Nov 20, 2012 7:18 pm

Gaians, Black Friday is here and we're stocking the shop with amazing rare items as well as never-before-seen bargains for deal seekers! Visit all weekend long for a rotating sale packed with new bundles (including shots at getting rare recolors) and even some rare chances at getting some of Gaia's very rarest items!

First, a look at the never-before-seen items that will be available all weekend long: Ashen Marionette, Ultra Satan, and the exclusive SDPlus GOLD Blind Box, which contains only the rarest SDPlus dolls! User Image

In addition, this weekend we're also offering six special Black Friday bundles. Each one comes with an assortment of items and a rare chance to get something extra: a bonus recolored version of one of the items within!


The Bitter bundle includes Sinuous Ink, Aamira the Wanderer and Berry Mousse Royal.

Rare chance: all of the above, plus an exclusive recolor: Aamira the Serene!

The Sour bundle includes Stubborn Cryptodira, Glittering Carouser and Kiwi Chocolate Creme.

Rare chance: all of the above, plus an exclusive recolor: Mellow Cryptodira!

The Spicy bundle includes Kiken Rider, Favored Heiress and Little Pink Derby Devil.

Rare chance: all of the above, plus an exclusive recolor: Anzen Rider!

The Savory bundle includes Tamer of Blue Flames, Sweetheart Sweeper and Enchanted Meadows.

Rare chance: all of the above, plus an exclusive recolor: Cruel Cleaner!

The Sweet bundle includes Dainty Damsel, Wintry Kisses and Island Sherbert.

Rare chance: all of the above, plus an exclusive recolor: Minty Kisses!

The Creamy bundle includes Fanciful Light Charmer, Sigrdrifa's Prayer and Fay Cervidae.

Rare chance: all of the above, plus an exclusive recolor: Blushing Light Charmer!


At various random times throughout the weekend, we'll be offering special sales on each of these bundles. Keep checking the Cash Shop for the following special icons:

If you see a double bundle icon, it means you get two of that bundle for the price of one!

If you see stars on the bundle, that means it's on sale for 30% off its usual price!


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It's going to be a weekend to remember. Make sure you've got the Black Friday schedule handy, and keep in mind that all the times listed are U.S. Pacific Time (also known as GMT -8:00). We'll see you there!

Visit the Cash Shop

28 Be among the first to get December's CI with Advance Chance!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Be among the first to get December's CI with Advance Chance! - [NPC] GRS Accountant Ivan Wed Nov 28, 2012 4:44 pm

It's cold out today. Bitter cold. The kind of chill the goes straight to your bones and riles up your skeleton. Reminds me of the time I couldn't get out of a walk-in refrigerator, so I made myself a crude cape out of slices of bologna. The cape also doubled as a blanket when night fell.

I woke that night covered in bologna slime and had a thought—perhaps I am greasy enough to slip into the vent and to safety. I rubbed my chest and legs down with more slimy cold cuts just to be sure and went for a running slide, hopefully getting enough speed to bust through the vent grating. It didn't work. My shimmering, greased-up bod slammed into the wall. Thankfully though, my thud caused the refrigerator door to fall open. It seemed the door was never locked, I had just assumed and hadn't tried opening it.

Don't make foolish assumptions like that! Grab December's Advance Chance!

What will the next CI be? Nobody knows, but you’ll get the first crack at it with the December Advance Chance. On the day of the next CI release, you’ll be able to open your bundle and start reaping the rewards of your CIs hours before they’re released to the general public, so you can start listing items on the Marketplace when hardly anyone has their hands on them yet.


Don't get left out in the cold. Get December's Advance Chance today!


29 Last chance to grab Cryptic Path!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Last chance to grab Cryptic Path! - [NPC] Ivan Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:29 pm

The list of most popular baby names of the year has just been released, and I have to admit that I'm a little disappointed that Ivan didn't make it again this year. Aiden? What the heck is an Aiden? Or a Jayden? Have you ever heard of a Jayden completing form GX-4660 (Tax Exemption for Sentient Tractor [Non-Talking]) in under 18 minutes... by hand? Have you ever heard of a Mason wrangling a defective copier, throwing his weight into it, and seeing that it gets hogtied with its own power cord? These names make absolutely no sense!

Another thing that makes no sense is missing out on Cryptic Path! Every time you open one, you'll receive a Cash Shop favorite, a valuable rarity, or an incredible new exclusive:


Creation is filled to the brim with fauna yet to be discovered—uncountable creatures thriving just outside the sight of common man. They remain just out of reach for most explorers, but not those with the rare gift to track anyone or anything. A young man named Irwin was born with the ability to use a magical compass, and with it, he's setting out in search of creatures both strange and beautiful. With magical compass in hand, Irwin has asked you to come along on a journey. Will you accept his offer and traverse the hidden path?

Grab Cryptic Path (or a bundle of nine) while you can, it'll be leaving the shop on Friday, December 7!

Get Chance Items!

30 EI Report: The Finale of Wisteria!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: The Finale of Wisteria! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Nov 30, 2012 5:01 pm

Hey, EI fans! This week we're observing the finale of a new favorite, but it's not really "Goodbye," it's more like "You're still here, just not evolving anymore, and we can keep wearing you for as long as we'd like. We can still be friends. But you have to stop texting me in the middle of the night, it's not healthy. No, I won't be your date to your cousin's wedding. No, we can't meet for coffee. Stop emailing me, Chad. It's over. We're through." Whoa, wait, what was I talking about? Oh yeah, items! Wisteria ends today, and it's been a wild ride. We've been through so much together, and... Wait, I'm doing it again. We were a great item! I mean, *it* was a great item. Oh, boy.

Wisteria was so good! And this week's new evolutions put a memorable ending on a fantastic journey:

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Wisteria - Victoria aimlessly skipped and pranced the halls while chanting to herself, stopping every now and then to gaze into the cursed ring. Tyrian, concerned by his sister's uncharacteristic obsession, attempted to subdue her and force the ring off of her hand. When he held her hand still and tried to pull the ring off, she became aggressive and violent, pushing back with a fury and strength his sister had never before displayed. In her rage, she unclenched her fist to push Tyrian down a staircase. As Tyrian fell away from his sister, the ring slipped off into his hand, and he fell violently down the stairs, clutching it.

With the ring off, Victoria managed to snap out of the spell, and ran down the stairs to save her brother... just as he took his last breath.

Distraught over what she'd done, she knelt by his side wondering how it could've happened like this. This wasn't like her, this was something different. "How could I? What am I going to tell everyone? How am I going to live with myself?" She felt something tug at the back of her dress. It was the doll.

"You won't need to worry about that. It's too late, both of you belong to me now, a-ha!" The rabbit's maniacal giggle echoed through the house as both Victoria and Tyrian both vanished into a dark smoke, and the ring fell to the floor with a clink. The doll picked it up, placed it on its own wrist as if it were a bracelet, and pranced and skipped down the hallway, chanting the same tune Victoria had a few moments before.


Ahh! Wow, that's creepy, but at least the items are gorgeous! Go vote in the weekly EI poll, and I'll see you next week! Everyone but you, Chad!

December Edit

05 Join Us for the 4th Annual Modmas!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Join Us for the 4th Annual Modmas! - admin Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:33 pm

Merry Greetings, Gaians! The 4th Annual Modmas is here-- a festive event hosted by Gaia staff and Moderators. Participate in contests filled with fabulous prizes including millions in Gold, rare items, and even Gaia Cash! And the fun doesn’t stop there-- hang out with other users and get amazing artwork from Mods and staff. You even get free items and gifts just for hanging out in the thread. Come on in and celebrate with us!

Merry Modmas!

05 Revolution Midnight: Great Items for a Worthy Cause!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Revolution Midnight: Great Items for a Worthy Cause! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:16 pm

Despite our time-consuming and rather nonsensical jobs as imperious celestial beings who run a fancy boutique, Rigel and I make sure to save twelve or fourteen hours a day for our obsessive MMO hobby. We particularly love the Revolution series, which pits the Lalune and Solair factions in an epic struggle for dominance. I heard there's a new expansion coming out... will one side finally prevail?

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When you launch Revolution Midnight—the latest expansion of Gaia's most popular phony MMO—you'll be randomly assigned a gorgeous character-class item. An enticing bonus for collectors: if you're lucky, you might even get a rare and valuable class item from a previous installment of the Revolution series.


Ten percent of the proceeds from Revolution Midnight will be donated to a worthy cause. This time, we're celebrating the open-world nature of our favorite RPGs by letting you choose your own charitable adventure. When Revolution Midnight leaves the shops on December 19, we'll put up a poll that will let you vote on which cause your dollars will support!

You can grab Revolution Midnight in the Cash Shop right this very instant. Time is limited, so dawdle not. (Be sure to check below the link for a cool Revolution Midnight illustration!)

Get Revolution Midnight


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07 New REI: Polar Tear!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New REI: Polar Tear! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Dec 07, 2012 2:01 pm

Happy Friday, friends of science! Sorry if I sound a little stuffed up-- this week I traveled to the far North to investigate our newest REI, Polar Tear. But don't worry about me! I've been chugging medicinal syrups like they were whiskey. Well, I've been drinking a lot of whiskey too, but you know, medicinally. Like grandma would have told me to. That lady loved giving folksy medical advice.

But this cold's got nothing on me! The thought of a new REI is enough to stoke the fires of my soul, so sit down and let me describe the items before I fall asleep standing up!

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Polar Tear - Far in the frosty North, at that time of year when the sun never quite lifts the morning over the horizon and the long months are covered in perpetual twilight, an ice sculptor named Pétur waited out the winter. For many years, Pétur and his wife, Ísa, had spent the dark months in each other's loving company, but the previous winter, a sudden, jealous illness stole Ísa from Pétur forever. His tools sat in their case, unused for several months before, in the pale light of what-- at any other time of year-- might have been morning, the ice sculptor felt a strange longing to walk out to the glacier, where the ancient ice slept...


Will Pétur reach a powerful emotional climax before he loses his nose to frostbite? Only time will tell, so check back next week! For now, swing by our weekly EI poll to tell us which items are your favorite. Have a great weekend, Gaians!

10 Strange. December's Advance Chance seems... different.Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Strange. December's Advance Chance seems... different. - [NPC] GRS Accountant Ivan Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:27 pm

Friends, the seals on December's Advance Chances seem to be weaker than usual. I have a feeling something's happening with these things, and soon. Kind of like when you see your coworkers in the corner of your eye sneakily signing a card before a surprise party. Or when you just know the next car around the corner is going to be a tow truck to take away that weird station wagon that keeps parking in the red zone. That scary one with the curtains in the windows, and nobody's ever seen the driver. Sheesh, that thing gives me the willies.

What will the next CI be? Nobody knows, but you’ll get the first crack at it with the December Advance Chance. On the day of the next CI release, you’ll be able to open your bundle and start reaping the rewards of your CIs hours before they’re released to the general public, so you can start listing items on the Marketplace when hardly anyone has their hands on them yet.


Hm, yes, call it a gut instinct but I think it is a very wise time to get in on December's Advance Chance. Very, very wise.

10 New in the Crystal Box: Kaloh the Valu!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New in the Crystal Box: Kaloh the Valu! - admin Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:44 pm

Anytime you grab $25 or more in Gaia Cash via Cash Card, credit card, or PayPal, you'll get something extra: a Crystal Box! "What am I gonna do with a box like that?" you're probably asking. Open it, silly! Each one contains a random treasure, and we've just added a new possibility to the mix: Kaloh the Valu!

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Kaloh the Valu is a stuck-up, bratty, and rude little prince. Do you have what it takes to teach him how to become a great king?


With Kaloh as a Crystal Box possibility, now's a better time than ever to get some Gaia Cash!

Get Gaia Cash!

11 Find adventure in the land of toys with Trinket Heart!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Find adventure in the land of toys with Trinket Heart! - [NPC] Ivan Wed Dec 05, 2012 7:58 pm

One of the best audits I ever did was on a marvelous old toy shop, a magical place filled with all the wonderment of childhood and the beauty of innocence. I had to pull a few all-nighters there, thumbing through dusty receipts among the dolls and puppets and tin soldiers—I began to feel like they could spring to life at any moment and be the friends I’d always wished for.

I mentioned this to the sweet old woman who ran the place, and she told me a wonderful story: all the toys really DO spring to life at the stroke of midnight, and Caius the soldier always dances with Melody the ballerina. Until one night, the wicked jack-in-the-box stole Caius’s wind-up heart, and if Melody couldn’t get it back by daybreak, her soldier would never live again...

I never heard the end of the tale, since I had to haul the sweet old woman to prison for being a massive tax cheat, but perhaps you can create your own ending if you track down the Trinket Heart! However your tale turns out, I’m sure you’ll be rewarded with a Cash Shop treasure, a valuable item or one of these brand new toy shop exclusives:

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Grab a Trinket Heart for your chance at toyland adventure, or pick up a whole bundle for nine chances!

Get Chance Items!

14 Bye Bye Bidblast, Hello Flynn's PlunderEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Bye Bye Bidblast, Hello Flynn's Plunder - admin Wed Dec 05, 2012 4:43 pm

Our desire to trickle some legendary antiques back into the Gaia economy hasn't gone perfectly, but the quest continues. Soon, we'll be shutting down the BidBlast feature—we loved the idea, but it just hasn't been as effective as we'd like at reintroducing classic items to the wild. Beginning Monday owners of BidBlast tickets will be eligible for refunds. Refunds will be available from the BidBlast page for a few weeks and then the feature will be gone for good.

Instead our beloved Cash Shop originator has come back from space exile to oversee a finely-tuned reissue of some classic items. To place your bids on Flynn's treasures, you can visit her Marketplace listings here:

Visit Flynn's Plunder

14 12 Days of Xmas: Claim Your Free Gifts!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement 12 Days of Xmas: Claim Your Free Gifts! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Thu Dec 13, 2012 5:54 pm

This is Cindy Donovinh reporting for Gaia 9 Action News. Even as the holiday season approaches, recent events have been anything but cheery: we’ve seen underworld power struggles between vampires and dark elves, whispers of fiendish occult plots and a general sense of palpable dread. Some hysterical mystics have even predicted that these grim tidings could be signs of the impending apocalypse!

But despite all this doom and gloom, some Gaians are determined to hold onto their last shreds of holiday cheer. More power to them, says this award-winning newswoman-- if the world is truly ending at the end of the month, we might as well huddle around the Xmas tree and enjoy our last days together.

So, apocalypse be damned-- let’s open presents! In the spirit of the season, all Gaians are invited to grab a lovely dozen free items in our Twelve Days of Xmas giveaway. Come on over and claim your first gift, and keep coming back once a day for more!

Get Your Gift

14 EI Report: Polar Tear and Bunnihilation!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Polar Tear and Bunnihilation! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:29 pm

Happy Friday, EI fans! It's mighty cold outside, but there's some great new EI data to report on that we've been tirelessly analyzing all week long. You know, I feel a like I've earned an opportunity to pamper myself a little bit... Hmm, yeah, I think I deserve that! After this, I'm going to head straight home, put on some nice music, light a couple candles, and warm my feet up under a couple cats. It's gonna be so good. Hey, items!

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Polar Tear followed Pétur as he discovered a strange secret in the northern wilderness. Urged on by a mysterious call and shivering in his lamb's wool sweater, the sculptor trudged through the snow to the foot of an ancient glacier. There, in the dim blue of perpetual dusk, he saw a bright, crystalline light shimmering in the ice. Pétur had heard of glacial ice as clear as crystal and hard as diamond, impervious to heat and forever frozen. His Ísa had given him a locket containing her portrait and claimed, winking, that the star-colored stone on its face was immortal glacial crystal... As he watched the light in the ice pulsing like a heartbeat, a shape took form in his mind...


Bunnihilation continues! This week, a very cozy bunny selection to keep you warm during the long winter. They're so warm... and soft... and bunny-like.


Bunnies, eh? Maybe instead of cats, I can warm my feet under a couple of those bad boys. Or maybe one cat, one bunny. Oh hey, go vote in the weekly EI poll! See you next week!

15 December's Collectibles are here!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement December's Collectibles are here! - [NPC] Rina Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:26 pm

It's time! It's time! Today is the 15th according to my countin' stick! smilies_heart.gif

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Let December's collectibles keep you warm and looking fantastic in leather and lace!

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Princesse Honoré - A stylishly sweet royal with a taste for lace. From her spun sugar crown to her layers of chiffon skirts, Honoré sparkles with festive holiday spirit. Her ruffled unmentionables and dainty heels may not protect you from the cold, but you'll be the most scrumptious thing this side of the cookie platter.

Old Nikolas - A legendary figure in the frosty north for centuries. His just rule of the elven people is not to be mistaken for complacency in old age; though he has a jolly heart, he has won countless battles with his birch spear, his crimson leather garments magically protecting him from the bitter cold wind while less hardy invaders succumb to the elements. Though his braided beard has started to silver, his king's heart still beats with vitality and vigor, ho ho!


December's Monthly Collectibles are available now in the Cash Shop. Grab them while you can, they won't be around forever!

17 Revolution Midnight is leaving the Cash Shop soon!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Revolution Midnight is leaving the Cash Shop soon! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:14 pm

Gaians, we don't want to alarm you, but when it comes to the wildly-popular Revolution Midnight, time is of the essence! The item leaves the shop this week, making this your last chance to get a memento from the incredible battle taking place between the Lalune and Solair factions!


When you launch Revolution Midnight—the latest expansion of Gaia's most popular phony MMO—you'll be randomly assigned a gorgeous character-class item. An enticing bonus for collectors: if you're lucky, you might even get a rare and valuable class item from a previous installment of the Revolution series.


Remember, ten percent of the proceeds from Revolution Midnight will be donated to a worthy cause, and you get to help choose which one! After Revolution Midnight leaves the Cash Shop on December 19, we'll put up a poll that will let you cast your vote on which cause your dollars will support. Grab it while you can, and don't forget to take a look at the fantastic illustration below!

Get Revolution Midnight

Need some Gaia Cash? Stock up online or grab a Cash Card from your local Target, Wal-Mart or 7-11. Outside the U.S.? Get instant Cash via PayPal!


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17 Get a new item for completing Gaia Offers!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Get a new item for completing Gaia Offers! - admin Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:29 pm

Gaia Cash Offers are links to popular products and services that earn you some free Gaia Cash when signing up through the offers page. It's always good stuff from companies and vendors you probably already enjoy.

On top of getting some free Gaia Cash for completing offers, you'll also get a special item for any offer worth 100 Gaia Cash or more, and we've just switched the item to something new that we think you'll enjoy-- the Seraphique Jacket!

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Just the thing to keep you warm this season! Complete a participating offer and get yours today, as well as a heap of Gaia Cash!

View Offers

18 CrosStitch: Contest Winners, New Contest, and Garage Sale!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement CrosStitch: Contest Winners, New Contest, and Garage Sale! - [NPC] Stein Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:48 pm

Good afternoon, everyone! It's my pleasure to announce the winners of our latest CrosStitch design contest! You may remember that the objective was to design the winter coat of your dreams, and it would seem we have some very creative dreamers among us, indeed. All of the winners from the contest have been made into Gaia items you can buy right now for cold hard Gold at my shop, CrosStitch!

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As always, it was exceedingly difficult to select winners among the scores of fantastic entries. You can learn a little more about the winners and their designs by visiting the winners page, and don't forget to take a look at some of the winning illustrations in the graphic at the bottom of this announcement. Come try the new items on and grab your favorites at CrosStitch!

Along with the new contest winners, many miscellaneous items have been put on the shelves in a "garage sale" of sorts at Durem Depot, Gambino Outfitters, H&R Wesley, Junk in the Trunk, Global Imports, Ruby's Rack, Barton Jewelers, Buttercup Cafe, and Prize & Joy. Also, all of the most popular Holiday Housing items from last year are back in the Cash Shop for a limited time! Looks like the time is right for a shopping trip, especially if you're in the market for the perfect last-minute gift for your Gaian friends. Hope to see you around the shops!

As for the next contest-- it'll be underway quite soon, so stay tuned!

Visit the Shops!


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19 Vote in the Revolution Midnight poll!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Vote in the Revolution Midnight poll! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Wed Dec 19, 2012 2:02 pm

Friends, we're very pleased with how well-received the items of Revolution Midnight have been, but now we have some important business to attend to—a vote for which charity shall receive 10% of the proceeds! You'll find a link to the official poll at the bottom of this announcement. Thank you for participating! The possibilities include:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Founded in 1946 to help those affected by MS by funding research, educating, and providing programs and services to those with MS and their families. (More information) [Ed. note: Each of the charities you'll see on this list are important, but this one is especially near and dear to our hearts, as a Gaia Online staff member has been recently diagnosed with MS.]

Direct Relief International - Provides medical assistance to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty and disaster, both at home and throughout the world. (More information)

Save the Children - The leading independent organization creating real and lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. They provide aid in more than 50 countries, serving 48 million children. (More information)

Teach for America - The national corps of outstanding recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity. (More information)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America - Pairs children with volunteer mentors to build safe, long-lasting relationships to achieve educational success, build higher aspirations, avoid risky behaviors, and create greater confidence. (More information)


Cast your official vote now!

Vote in the Poll

19 New CrosStitch Contest: Sweets for a Sweetie!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New CrosStitch Contest: Sweets for a Sweetie! - [NPC] Stein Wed Dec 19, 2012 2:04 pm

Friends, creatives, and friends of creatives-- it's time to begin another contest! Since the winners of this one will be arriving in stores around Valentine's Day, what could be more perfect than designing your favorite article of clothing based on sweets? Candy, cake, chocolates, pastries, a 14,000-calorie milkshake-- whatever you like! Check out the full guidelines and instructions for participating below.

Every contest so far has brought out the incredible talent and eye for fashion that so many Gaians possess; I hope to see even more lovely works this time around!

Contest Rules and Entry

20 Cash Shop Update: Classic Wintertide Bundle!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Cash Shop Update: Classic Wintertide Bundle! - [NPC] Mintaka & Rigel Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:36 pm

It's so wintry out, Gaians! If you happen to venture into the dreary grey outside and feel the chill blowing through your bones, just comfort yourself with the reminder that it's even colder and darker in inhospitable vacuum of space. When you think about it that way, it's practically balmy here!

We've got a new series of luxurious winter items on sale, and if you buy them all at once in bundle form, you'll get a special exclusive item!

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Ready to take your gal out on the town, Swanky Gent? Get cleaned up in your favorite pork pie hat, plush trenchcoat, warm knit sweater, fashionable hairstyle, cozy scarf, best khaki slacks and wingtip shoes.

Hey there, Ritzy Dame! Get all dolled up for the winter party in your lush fur-trimmed coat, matching fur purse, lovely red dress, feather accented cap, voluminous victory roll styled hair-- and don't forget to show off those flirty gams!

Isn't it cold outside? Cuddle up with Fergus the Scottish Terrier this winter and don't forget to take a photo in your matching vests!

Buy all three of the above at the same time by getting the Classic Wintertide Bundle and you'll get the exclusive Winter Memories! Send a personalized image to your loved ones with seasonal themed environments and accessories, including a warm cabin scene, greeting card frame, cute snowman, elegant head wreath, and delicate hanging ornaments.


What are you waiting for? It's awful cold out there, isn't it? Stop by the Cash Shop now to try these on. In cosmic terms, you'll find it's at least marginally warmer inside!

Visit the Cash Shop

21 EI Report: Polar TearEdit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Polar Tear - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Dec 21, 2012 5:05 pm

Hello, sciencey types! We interrupt your end-of-the-world festivities for this important Evolving Item bulletin, wherein we check out the newest update from one of my favorite items. I took all the trouble to set up a satellite uplink from down here in my Apocalypse Bunker just for this, so I hope you'll do me the courtesy of paying close attention-- otherwise, I won't let you stay down here and share my thirty-year stockpile of canned peas, which I intend to eat whether or not the world ends.

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In this week's Polar Tear evolution, Pétur has carved from the glacial ice the likeness of a beautiful woman: his beloved wife, Ísa. He named the statue Ísthur - a goddess made of ice - and gazed at her strange, glittering heart until sleep overtook him. As he dreamt of lost summers, of soft breezes and soft smiles, Ísthur's heart watched over the sleeping sculptor. Her frozen eyes, as deep and blue as the heart of a glacier, slowly opened, and a shimmering tear fell down her cheek. Her limbs began to move, and her crystalline hair softened, spilling over her shoulders like water. Ísthur awoke.

You can grab this lovely, wintry item in the Cash Shop. As usual, you can stop by our weekly EI poll to let us know which current items you like best. See you next week, friends!

21 Apocalypsmas Approaches!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Apocalypsmas Approaches! - [NPC] Cindy Donovinh Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:13 pm

Gaia 9 Action News exclusive! With grim clouds gathering and the skies darkening ominously, it seems that Gais's various doomsayers may be on to something-- could our world truly be coming to an end? This newswoman, with all the optimism she can muster, says "maybe."

On condition of anonymity, Gaia's foremost apocalyptic coward-- oh, hell, the world's ending, I might as well tell you it's Old Man Logan-- gives the following comment:

"Bub, I been doomsday preppin' since you were knee-high to a squirrel. If the world don't end tomorrow, just makes it all the more likely that it's gonna end the day after that. I don't care what some ancient calendar or weirdo cult-gang says. All I know is I feel a bad wind blowin'."

But not everyone shares Logan's dark mood. Many Gaians, despite the ugly tidings, are choosing to celebrate Xmas anyway. Friends and family are coming together to fight the gathering blackness by lighting up a tremendous Xmas tree! You can help contribute to the holiday spirit by powering up ornaments with your cheer and good deeds-- posting in the holiday forums, giving gifts and whatnot-- or you can give in to the darkness and smash ornaments like a petulant world-hating child.

Either way, this is sure to be an Xmas to remember...

Join the World-Ending Fun

21 Monthly Update: December 2012Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Monthly Update: December 2012 - DJ Helsing Fri Dec 21, 2012 6:16 pm

Hi, Gaians! We've got a quick video update to share with you-- in order to keep the Gaia community in the know, we've decided to do monthly video updates (starring yours truly) that let you know exactly what we've been up to lately and what's in store for the coming month.

Of course, there's something in it for you: we'll be hosting a contest and giving away 100,000 Gold to a lucky winner.

We also have an opinion poll set up, so your voice can be heard and your thoughts can shape Gaia's future. Be sure to cast your vote and earn a free Wing Sticker.


To participate in the Monthly Update Contest and Poll, just click this rad button:

Enter the Contest

22 Super Prize 2012 is here!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Super Prize 2012 is here! - [NPC] Ivan Fri Dec 21, 2012 5:25 pm

I've come to terms with the fact that the way I collect items might be considered to be unhealthy. It's mainly fringe thinkers who suggest that, but yes, I stock up. I see it as an investment opportunity—haven't these jokers ever heard of material assets? Anyhow, according to my landlord, my behavior is "a fire hazard" and "making the ceiling sag in the unit below" so I suppose it's time to get rid of some of the extras.

Open a Super Prize 2012 and you'll get one of this year's Chance Items, a brand new recolor of a highly-coveted CI item, or perhaps even an all-new SDPlus doll of yours truly! Have a look at what could be inside, and be sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom for an accompanying illustration!

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You might receive one of 2012's Chance Items:

• Underland
• Radiant Galaxy
• Love Charm III
• Club Limbo
• Gauntlets & Goblins
• Radio Havok
• Digital Rainbow
• Runic Challenge
• Forgotten Reverie
• Champion Halls
• Dark Reflection 2
• Cryptic Path


Or a new recolor of a popular CI item:

• Neapolitan Pandalita
• Hyde's Redemption
• Pepper the Cat


Or perhaps even an SDPlus doll of yours truly, where I am...

• Eating a burrito in my car
• Riding a copy machine like a mechanical bull
• Wearing a Gaia President Diedrich suit
• ...or dressed another way entirely!


Super Prize 2012 is available right now in the Cash Shop. Grab one or a bundle of nine to maximize your chances at the best stuff! My landlord extends his thanks in advance.


Visit the Cash Shop


Click below for a full-size view!

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26 Evolving Item Bundle #6 - Packed With Loveliness!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Evolving Item Bundle #6 - Packed With Loveliness! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Wed Dec 26, 2012 5:05 pm

It's an exciting day at the Evolving Item laboratory: our top researchers have made a breakthrough in item containment technology, allowing us to cram unprecedented levels of EI potency into a single bundle! Our previous attempts to stuff this much joy and wonder into such a small container often resulted in singed-off eyebrows, so unpack this thing carefully.

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EI Bundle #6 brings together a selection of our most beloved EIs: Dappy Dandy, Masquerade and Secret Retreat. You'll also get a magical new surprise: the Reve Marin is a gorgeous new variant of the Reve Rouille, featuring exclusive recolors of some of the item's most popular poses.


Head over to the Cash Shop to grab this groundbreaking bundle for yourself or a friend!

Visit the Cash Shop

27 New items in the Luck Chest!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement New items in the Luck Chest! - admin Thu Dec 27, 2012 2:19 pm

Exciting news, treasure hunters: from the dying breaths of a grizzled pirate, we've received a rum-soaked rumor that the fabled Luck Chest may contain treasures far beyond what we previously imagined! Apparently, if Ol' Crumbeard is to be believed, there's a chance that these hidden chests may contain Jazz the Lounge Lizard, Thundercloud Couture or the Riot Shield! Feast your eyes on this artist's rendering of the possible plunder:

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If you stumble across a Luck Chest, you'll probably feel pretty foolish if you don't have a key handy to unlock its precious booty. Be sure to prepare yourself with a Luck Key from the Cash Shop!

Visit the Cash Shop

28 EI Report: Stinger and Polar Tear!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement EI Report: Stinger and Polar Tear! - [NPC] Dr. Singh Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:32 pm

Hey EI fans! This week, a whole new REI takes flight in the form of Stinger, and it's the finale of Polar Tear. The bee-related adventures of Stinger remind me of home-- well, not so much my home, but the town I grew up in. There were two movie theaters in town and they were both about the same distance from my house, but one of them was much cheaper. The cheaper one also had a beehive somewhere in the ceiling, which is probably why they lowered the prices. If I played it smart and wore protective gear I could easily see three movies for the price of one at the non-bee theater! The only real downside was that someone would get stung and scream every so often, but after a while you tune it out. Oh yeah, items!

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Stinger - For years, the savage Horned Beetle Clan has been running around aimlessly after the death of their leader, who was lost in their last battle with the Honey Bee Clan. Clearly a new leader is needed, but the strongest warriors are each too proud to concede leadership of the clan. Tired of the constant infighting and watching the once-powerful Horned Beetle Clan dwindle, one lowly soldier decides to take control and consolidate power-- but to do this, he must enter the Bee Clan's home and steal their legendary weapon, Stinger. After spying the entrance for days, he sees his opportunity to sneak inside as all the male Bee Clan members depart on a hunting trip...


Polar Tear - The goddess Ísthur ha revealed her true nature. As Pétur slept, Ísthur gazed at her creator, something like tenderness in her cold eyes as she searched his dreams and saw her shape. It was not Ísthur-- those long-ago summers belonged to someone else-- but she smiled sadly as the ghost of a memory passed through her ancient heart. She placed a gentle kiss on Pétur's smiling lips.

But morning-- finally, after many months, true morning-- drew near. Ísthur slipped out of her earthly garments and out of the front door, slipping barefoot into the pale dawn. Her silvery hair unfurled behind her, shimmering and long as the tail of a comet. It was time she returned home. She would forever be grateful to the sculptor for freeing her from the glacier. Nearly forever, she thought, as she melted into light and rose into the velvet sky... for a star is very long-lived, and looks down on the earth always.

When Pétur awoke, he found his sculpture was gone, her crustal gown (so like Ísa's wedding dress) a glittering puddle on the floor. Throwing on his boots and scarf, he ran out into the pale light, where a woman's graceful footprints suddenly disappeared as if she'd been lifted into the sk. He gazed at the morning star, shining brighter than ever before, and touched his lips. That's right... He had dreamt, and Isa, and the memory of her kiss had begun to thaw the cold ache in his heart.


Ah, it's all so beautiful. I got so wrapped up Polar Tear's story that I forgot I was going to make a joke about Stinger "looking sharp." Oh wait, there it is.

Hey, go vote in the weekly EI poll, and I'll see you next week!

31 Get a head start on January's CI with Advance Chance!Edit

  • Icon announceAnnouncement Get a head start on January's CI with Advance Chance! - [NPC] Ivan Mon Dec 31, 2012 3:11 pm

I hope your holiday season was as lovely as mine. My gift-related celebrations were modest, but that's how I like them. My sister and I got each other gift cards in the exact same amount, so it's like I didn't spend anything at all in a way, except I ended up with bunch of money that I could only spend at Otis' Musical Instruments and Farm Supply. I opted for a harmonica, or "Lip Honker," as Otis called it. It was either that or a feed bag that hangs around my neck. Maybe I'll treat myself when my birthday rolls around.


What will the next CI be? Nobody knows, but you’ll get the first crack at it with the January Advance Chance. On the day of the next CI release, you’ll be able to open your bundle and start reaping the rewards of your CIs hours before they’re released to the general public, so you can start listing items on the Marketplace when hardly anyone has their hands on them yet.


Grab the Advance Chance while you can, there's nothing quite like it! Now if you'll excuse me, I've got a Lip Honker that needs attention.

Take an Advance Chance!

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