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January 14th

In response to last week's GCD Bee Suit Extermination, Lanzer and several artists showed up today for Ask The Admin, wearing Bee Movie Suits! A great time was had by all; the devs were pretty good sports about it overall. whee

Lanzer
Awiergan Resurrection
Hey Lanzer, I've got a question.

I was reading through the old DI's and ran across this:
Quote:
Brief Summary: Changing gender is and has always been a temporary addition, not a permanent one. It will never be free.

Originally, the ability to change genders was created in response to a glitch that changed member's gender when they did not want it to be changed. The cost was put in place to prevent users from constantly changing genders and abusing this feature. Changing genders also affects many features and is taxing on the site. The ability to change gender is not intended to be permanent, and will eventually be removed.

Do you really still plan to remove the gender change option, or is it going to be replaced?
We have got our hands full with a number of new projects, and the feature to change your looks through a store had been in the back burner for a long time. ToT For the time being, things like re-working your avatar will still be free.

And speaking of new features, we are finishing up on a new quest. Stay tuned for details!

-Derek


PART 1 OF LONG CONVO
crazy spork i am
Cube B
crazy spork i am
Cid High-Wind
Hi Lanzer! How are you?

Ever play Half-Life or Half-Life 2? I've fallen back into my phase.
kirby played those, and i enjoyed watching them! although i sometimes get a little dizzy from the sudden movements in fps games :/
I get so sick when I'm playing portal. So much movement. X_X
i played portal, and wussed out in the end. so your-father's-belt finished the game for me, hehehe.

it's kind of 50/50 with fps games for me. sometimes i get super dizzy and sometimes i don't. i play a lot of team fortress 2 with my friends and i can play that for hours without any ill side-effects. i watched fulltimefailure play gears of war and i got queasy in half an hour :/

PART 2 OF LONG CONVO
crazy spork i am
Cube B
crazy spork i am
Cube B
I love that game. XD
GLaDOS cracks me up.

"Remember when the platform was sliding into the fire pit, and I said "Goodbye", and you were like "NOOOOOOO WAAAAAAYYYYYY!", and then I was all "We pretended we were going to murder you." That was great..."

I was going to make a life size companion cube, but I ended up making a OMG Beanie thing, and buying a Diana+ for my photography.
I <3 Lomography. XD
haha, we love the work that valve does so much that we bought some posters from team fortress 2 and portal. i've got aperture science posters on my walls now! and i've got a pair of fuzzy companion cubes to keep me company in my cubicle~!
I envy you. I wanted that plush so badly but by the time I could get one they were $100. crying
And now the fuzzy dice are sold out.
it was a christmas pressie from the kirby. but hopefully there'll be new companion cube plushies somewhere down the line. i've been thinking on trying to make one myself either from knitting or needle felting, heh.

PART 3, NOT EVEN KIDDING
crazy spork i am
Cube B
I know the Channers have templates for them. I'd make one. XD
I could make a life size one with some foam core though.
hehhe, i still want to make a portal themed bento lunch...but haven't really thought it through yet.

i actually want to try replicating the sentry gun from team fortress 2 sometime. it'd be a great addition to my cubicle...especially if i can get it to shoot nerf ammo >:3


Lanzer
GreenTeaIceCream
XD Hai Lanzer! Hope you're enjoying 'em.

I'm finally around for an ATA! Wooh!

So I've been wondering, is the battle system still going to be released in 2008 or has the date changed?

Also, is Ian being back in his shop window just a rumor?

Thanks for your time. =]
Yes, Battle system is on-track for this year. It ain't no full blown MMORPG but we are putting more and more work to making it great. The whole thing still runs within flash!

We wanted to get Ian involved in another storyline so that's still being discussed. ^^;;;


Lanzer
Kid Jak
Hey lanzer and any of the others around this is a strange question but my meds are keeping me from thinking too strait.

Have you ever had a Kidney Stone?
I've had kidney but not stones. smile


crazy spork i am
Purple Hair Spray
crazy spork i am
'lo theres :3
Spork! <3

In one of Qixter's posts, he mentioned that there is a fear ring. Are there going to be other rings that are based off emotions? XD
i'm not sure! kirby and i finished our list of rings and they were passed onto someone else. right now kirby and i are mainly working on environment effects for battle and misc things on gaia


Lanzer
masterdark1
Lanzer
Woo, Janurary MC release tomorrow! People excited? smile Oh and for those who had been in the loop about the Bee suit gifting, I now have 430 bee suits sitting in my inventory. XD

How's everyone doing?
Hello, Lanzer!

I know I'm excited. I hope you guys dont dissapoint. whee


Anyway, I have question; how did you feel about the whole beesuit 'event' ?
I have a sudden urge for honey. smile


crazy spork i am
Kid Jak
Spork I haven't seen you in weeks you are rockign the bee suit smile
yeah, i wished i had kept it up. first was the holiday break so there wasn't an AtA. and then i caught the flu!


crazy spork i am
Losaru Taiyo
Wow. Beesuits. ninja

EDIT: Just out of curiousity, What is some of the staff most hated items? C'mon, you know you have them...lol
i can't think of any i don't like. i think it's because i know how hard it is to make them...and i don't wanna be unfair to the artists who made then crying


Lanzer
Orna
Some questions about the evolving items!

Will there continue to be updates of new evolving items in the cash shop?
Is there any trend to the update timelines for the evolving items?

My first Ask the Admin! smile I hope you're doing as well as I am tonight Lanzer!
There will definitely be more items but we're still thinking through the right schedule. For now schedules will be either one week or two weeks between each evolution.


Lanzer
Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Hi Lanzer,
Last time someone asked about the evolving items, but never got an answer. (I looked at a few pages) Will the generations 2+ of evolving items ever reach the end, and unlock?
Definitely. They will evolve the same way as the first gen items.


Lanzer
Satsukibare
Hey, Lanzer!

Could you possibly update us on what Conventions the Gaia staff will be hitting in 2008? I can't wait to spin the wheel again at AX!
Fanime, AX, Otakon for sure, and the rest are still being discussed. DJ Helsing will be posting details ASAP. wink


crazy spork i am
Cid High-Wind
crazy spork i am
Cid High-Wind
Hi Lanzer! How are you?

Ever play Half-Life or Half-Life 2? I've fallen back into my phase.
kirby played those, and i enjoyed watching them! although i sometimes get a little dizzy from the sudden movements in fps games :/
Did it freak the hell out of you? eek

OMG, I get so scared by it but I love it at the same time. Who knew you could do so much with a main character who never speaks.
i loved the story, and i want to see more! i like to watch a lot of games, especially the ones i can't play. bioshock was the latest one after half-life 2. kirby made me play bioshock in the beginning but it was too nerve-wracking for me so i let someone else take over my saved game, hahaha.


Lanzer
Straight Ace
430?
You're bee suit rich <3

Hows the name the MMO contest coming along?
Will item synthesis ever happen?
We're really close! This thursday we'll be sitting down to find the winner. We'll announce soon after that.


crazy spork i am
LokiLB
crazy spork i am
Essence De La Vie
crazy spork i am
'lo theres :3
Haloo. x3 Feeling better this week? 3nodding
i feel better, thanks muchly! but now i have to schedule an appointment to get my WISDOM TEETH taken out! gonk gonk gonk

i got a copy of my xray, and my wisdom teeth are growing out horizontally...so it's putting pressure to the rest of my teeth...blah.
i've got to get my wisdom teeth out at the end of the semester...stupid small mouth. -_-
yeah, ditto on that. my teeth are all crowded now :/

kirby and your-father's-belt are threatening to take pictures of me looking like a chipmunk after i get the procedure done. i'm going to have to hide from them! gonk


Lanzer
Black Ice (Anti-Hero)
What is the big picture for "08?

And have you guys ever considered a forum war as an event. similar to the summer event, except you would be picking your favorite forum instead of town.
We're gonna make the Gaia Towns and flash environments better, but first we want to make Gaia "easier to use". It's been 4 years and new users are still asking "what do I do on Gaia?"... We want to fix the basics so Gaia ain't so "broken" in terms of usability. We also have a cool forum feature being planned, Guilds are going to be improved, Battle is coming out, and more (maybe much more) casual games are coming!


fulltimefailure
Satsukibare
crazy spork i am
Satsukibare
fulltimefailure
Thanks for the warm welcome folks. In honor of the bee suit, I was listening to "Common - Be"
Which makes me curious now, what kind of music plays over the airways while everyone is working? Hopefully not Elevator Music 24/7.
mostly people listen with their headphones, although l0cke will occassionally play some music or some video he finds online, hehehe.

i like to listen to movies when i'm working. the constant beat in songs makes me feel too antsy whereas dialogue in a movie doesn't.
Hmm, I'm going to have to try that next time when I sit down and work on a paper. Thanks for the answer! heart
I've been picking up some books on tape as of late as well...they add something different to the ear arsenal.


fulltimefailure
Satsukibare
fulltimefailure
Thanks for the warm welcome folks. In honor of the bee suit, I was listening to "Common - Be"
Which makes me curious now, what kind of music plays over the airways while everyone is working? Hopefully not Elevator Music 24/7.
Everyone listens to tons of different things. My jams consist of the soundtracks and other stuff on my ipod and pandora smile


crazy spork i am
Wolfram Cecilia Ysud
crazy spork i am
Wolfram Cecilia Ysud
*hangs out for a bit, geeking*

So, who in the GAIA staff saw Sweeney Todd?
i saw it and i loved it! i'm a big fan of costume design!
@ Spork - INORITE??? 4laugh Too bad i'm a bit of a purist and hated that the beggar woman's role wasn't more played out as it should have been.
i never saw the original sweeney todd :/ but the costumes were beautiful. i'm a big fan of gothic and gothic lolita stuff and big dresses are always a big hit for me. i eventually want to get more victorian-esque stuff for my wardrobe if it doesn't break the bank hehehe


crazy spork i am
ElberethArcamen
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ILOVEYOULANZER!!!

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@Sporkie~ I'm a dental assistant, so advice: Eat raw pineapple for a week before you get your wisdom teeth out. There's an enzyme that prevents swelling, so it'll negate the Chipmunk effect. heart
thank you for the advice! i will have to remember to take it once they schedule my appointment. the only downside is that i don't like citrus-y stuff crying


fulltimefailure
Chrysanthemum Tea
fulltimefailure
Hey hey everyone!
Hello! xd I would like you to meet my brother someday. His screen name is HopelessProcrastinator. Perhaps you can tell him to follow his dreams with his love of computers and to quit his job as a hardwood floor eh...I don't know what his title is really. sweatdrop He needs motivation!
Hehe bring him online sometime...I'm not sure how much help I would be, I might fail at motivating him domokun Well in the meantime, perhaps question him on what his dreams are, then ask what steps would be necessary for him to achieve his goals. Figuring those kind of things out can really help clarify things and your one step closer to it, simply by thinking about it biggrin


Lanzer
onicoe
Hi Lanzer!

I've been wanting to ask this for a long time and keep missing ask the admin. I have a question regarding the customer service of Gaia. The site seems intent of increasing the appeal to all users, with new and better content. However, there seems to be a serious lack of staffing for all inquiries that are sent via "contact us". The response states to expect to wait a week for a response, but even after two weeks there isn't even so much as a automated message saying that the e-mail was received or even read. How do you expect users to receive any status information on things like hacking reports?

I understand that Gaia has hundreds of thousands of users. But how long should users
reasonably expect to wait for any response? Having people say 6-12 months to have any action taken about account and hacking issues seems to exceed reasonable expectations. Is legal action the only way to get results, like the recent incident that made the news? Are there any plans to expand the amount of people who can investigate and pass judgement on hacking reports?

I know there are plenty of threads and people who have never received any word on their hacking reports and there's a vast amount of disappointment over items they will never see again. A good site isn't just about the amount of shiny things that are offered but also how well the users are treated.
Yeah currently there's a big queue that we've been trying to tackle, and we're still way off from the target wait time of one week.

With how fast we're growing, we must ask for more volunteers to help each other out on answering questions and inquiries. It's a long time coming but we'll have a much better system to help facilitate that. We spent so much time in making sure that every incident is dealt with, but no time to sit back and develop a system that can utilize help from the community as much as possible. That was our mistake and we'll be not only improving on handling the queues (we have many queues besides hacking/scamming) but giving better feedback responses also.

Having played many MMO's before, I understand how frustrating it is to lose items when it's not your fault. Many of us have dedicated our time in focusing on nothing but that.


crazy spork i am
Tidus Guado
crazy spork i am
Wolfram Cecilia Ysud
*hangs out for a bit, geeking*

So, who in the GAIA staff saw Sweeney Todd?
i saw it and i loved it! i'm a big fan of costume design!
So does that mean that we MIGHT get some Sweeney Todd inspired items in the future?
oooh! maybe! i know my concepts are always inspired by the things i see or learn, and stuff like that can be easily incorporated into my work, especially if we get to design items that leans on that particular style. i know that if we brainstorm, i might not be able to help myself in drawing stuff like that, hahaha.


Lanzer
Jasmine Von Helson
How are those new game servers being purchased doing? I've forgotten how much fun gambling in the casino can be crying

Oh and of course, I'm sure the Site Feedback would love to know how that banned-items being raffled off idea is coming along o.o

Happy Monday! heart
We're making sure that the system is solid and fast, and so far so good. We are going to actually upgrade all the game servers to a new one when everything is ready.

The raffle idea is still being hashed out. Fundamental stuff like fixing the site does come in the way, and we still want to get the current small quest out the door, but we'll work on it soon enough.


crazy spork i am
Ryan the Bounty Hunter
crazy spork i am
Ryan the Bounty Hunter
Hey, Lanzer and Spork! Are any of the Stargate fans that work at Gaia planning on getting Stargate Worlds?
i wish i knew :/
Are you a fan of Stargate?
no, i probably would if i watched it, heh.


Lanzer
bsbartwoman
Can we get a Liam puzzle? (like a pic from gun show manga)
I'm lovin' the newest puzzles btw

any small hints for the mcs which come out on my bday tomorrow

so what's the best birthday you've had?
Yes we need a sexy puzzle. smile

Best B-day I've had? They're all sad... wait, except that one time when I had a cake...

Seriously I always had a great time because B-days are always an excuse for me and my friends to get together. One year I was traveling for business in Singapore during my birthday, I got to celebrate b-day in Singapore then when I got home I got to celebrate again with more friends, so it was like having two birthdays in a year. biggrin


PART 1 OF ANOTHER LONG ONE
crazy spork i am
oathkeeper005
crazy spork i am
oathkeeper005
Are Any of you guys in Gaia HQ big on Super Smash Brothers. I know you have a Wii. wink

If so Id be happy to go Wi-Fi with some of you when Brawl comes out, LOL.
i am a BIG fan of smash bros. i loved playing 99 stock lives with my sister against the comp in the n64 version...i would play it all day, day after day. i play a pretty mean pikachu and kirby bought a gamecube with the price hiked up real high (right after it was released) and the smash bros. game just so he could find a reason to play a game with me.

i kicked his butt >:3
Personally, I am Great with Link . Like I said in 2 other posts, I would love to brawl you guys sometime, Yes Im addicted and the game isnt even out yet.
now i need a wii sad

...AND PART 2
crazy spork i am
oathkeeper005
I thought Gaia HQ had a Wii?
yeah, but if i'm playing smash bros. i don't want to monopolize it...which i know is going to happen once it's released, hehehe.

having smash bros. here in hq would be a bad, bad thing for me. i'm only a few feet away from the wii and the tv...if the game is here i know i'd look for any excuse to play all the time, hah.

it was kinda like that for a while with guitar hero. i've heard all the songs like fifty times.


...AND NOW FOR A SPINOFF!
kirbyUFO
crazy spork i am
RoyalXhamster
oathkeeper005
Personally, I am Great with Link . Like I said in 2 other posts, I would love to brawl you guys sometime, Yes Im addicted and the game isnt even out yet.
Psh, Nobody can get pass me with (N64) Kirby and with (GameCube) Sheik and soon with (Brawl) Uber awesome ZELDA ;D
kirbyufo can play a mean kirby...he's also pretty deadly as jigglypuff, hahaha.
mwahaha fear my deadly suicidal jigglypuff narcolepsy


Lanzer
Elijah Frost
Hey Lanzer.
Are you ever going to change Santa back? Or fix word bump?
Yes for word bump, as soon as we got the new server up and running. Dunno about poor Santa. He's pretty used to chewing on grass by now I believe.


crazy spork i am
Slanzer
crazy spork i am
Slanzer
1) Are you guys going to see Cloverfield? How about Meet the Spartans? They have a dance off versus the Immortals in it! biggrin

/lots of other questions that sporkii omitted from the quote./

Thanks for answering any and all questions! 3nodding
i might go see cloverfield, looks interesting :3 dunno what to answer for the rest of your questions tho :/
Cool! Thanks!


How about TV? Have you or anybody else seen Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles or American Gladiators?
gonk i don't watch tv! i feel so out of the loop!


crazy spork i am
the shine inside you
XD My questions were ignored.

I have a different question. Is it true that some of the Gaia Scout edits are still posted around the office and bathrooms, or have they been taken down by now? :3
last time i used the bathroom here at work, they were still posted in the stalls (the women's restroom). hehehe


crazy spork i am
vietbunni
One question o_o
do developers work at the same place as the admin do in rl??
yeppers


Lanzer
Wolfram Cecelia Ysud
Lanzer, is there any possibility there will be a writing contest for a future GAIA plotline?

*Also, does this dress make me look fat?*
We're thinking of having a writing arena, though there haven't been a Gaia story contest yet.

You look great, you're still exactly 23 pixels wide. biggrin


crazy spork i am
Mirenithil
Edmund still asks me for quest items for a quest that was long since canceled (the blood drop brooch/ orchid brooch quest.) Please arrange it so he stops doing this. XD
he does that to me too :/


Lanzer
Kaguya the Silent
I just have one question for you tonight lanzer.

User Image

Do you think we might get an Eyewear Store this year? Perhaps users could buy Glasses and Shades with their gold, and there could be an ink Exchange for contact lens?

I know users have wanted the leaked Novelty Contact Lens for a long time, and users would love to change their eye color without deleting your avatar, and also users have been requesting multi colored eyes for a long time, so such a store and exchange would make ideas such as these possible.

Any chance on such a store as this?
Contacts won't be released but there will be new eye-styles for everyone to choose from! That'll happen in a month or two actually. Although they aren't the "equip anytime" feature that you requested. There are some system upgrades that we need to do since "eye replacement" isn't an option in our avatar system yet.


Platonix
crazy spork i am
Platonix
Has anyone on Gaia Staff read up on Vesetism, the faux religion built up around Gaian item descriptions? If so, do you have any comments on it?
no, i haven't heard of this. any info on it? :3
Must...educate...dev...
Veset Monastery (a Gaia Community Projects Thread)


Lanzer
Mr. Fig of the Newton
woo almost missed this. my first ask the admin, yay. :]
two quick questions.

1. Are you guys ever gonna bring back monthly hints for the collectables?

2. Are the tama's basket and corallus egg ever gonna get a third stage of evolution or are Gaia's first evolving items already at complete evolution?
Yes it all depends on how tight our schedules are. December was really tough. ToT

I think so, final stage should be pretty obvious.


crazy spork i am
Straight Ace
also, what type of questions do you prefer in these threads
personal or site related?
i like both, mixing things up is always fun. although i admit that i don't really know a lot of the stuff about gaia...especially areas that isn't related to the art aspect of gaia. i can answer personal questions better since i know myself, heh.


kirbyUFO
Purplesnoopy
1. Someone raised some questions about battle avs, which got me thinking.... Will the sprite size there be exactly the same as in towns or bigger? Have you guys considered minor BODY animations in battle- such as our characters pointing to the target when they cast a spell? And why don't characters in Towns move anything but their feet?
Yeah, when spork and I were first working on the battle rings we played around with chopping up the avatar into multiple pieces to imply more animation than just basic translation/rotation/skewing. The result is pretty fun. There was a video of the mantis attacks up on one of the battle profiles for awhile. Anyway, I think they look pretty fun and we tried to go nuts (a little too nuts at times, had to tone some down >< ) pushing the character animation within the limitations.


Lanzer
zeviel
Hey Lanzer

* Has there been any progress on Word Bump?

* What are you going to do about the Bachelor Credits?

* Are you going to fix the freezing and empty boxes because I've heard it has nothing to do with the botting?

* Are you going to add to the dictionary on Word Bump ?

* Why haven't there been any updates about Word Bump?

* Botting is everywhere, so why is word bump the only one affected?
Botters could make really big gain from word bump, so we had to disable it. Once the new server is in place, we believe we can put together some better measures. Nothing can take away botting 100%, but there are things that can limit the gain to a reasonable amount. Sorry for the delays!


Lanzer
Midnacht
Is it true we're getting a Marriage System this year?

I think that'd be so cool! xd
That's not official yet, I do hope that we would!


crazy spork i am
ElberethArcamen
crazy spork i am
Zweizi Galon
I can honestly say Mondays and Fridays are the two best days of the week for me.

Fridays = pay day
Monday = AtA thread
i love AtA, gives me an excuse to take a break from work, hehehe.
You should take more breaks. heart

And, if you get a Wii, you should give me your friend code. ninja heart

I still haven't forgotten the jelly bellies! heart
i'll let you guys know once we get a wii. i really wanted to get kirby one this christmas but none of the stores had them in stock crying


Lanzer
Celestia Whitesword
*waves*

Well met, sirs and madams. 3nodding

Lanzer: whilst randomly surfing, I came across your profile, and, I was rather chuffed to see "astronomy" amongst your interests. ^^ With that said, do you see a science forum being implemented at some point in the future?

And, will the iconic teddy bear ever make an appearance as a Gaian item? heart
Yeah astronomy would be fun. What about Science or academic related forums? I'm one of those strange kids at school which like physics, and I would hang out in a forum if there's one. smile


Lanzer
Lyca_Watyre
Hi Lanzer! Been trying to catch you for2 months but I kept missing it! gonk

Q#1. Will the battle system be dial-up friendly?
-Cinemas aren't, through no fault of gaia...it's just a vid-loading thing.

Q#2. Will Gaia ever go to the stars? Let's use our portal! *cough* we miss the UFOs *cough*

Q#3. Will we ever get a giant chess board to play with, or fields in towns for soccer or basketball?
Battle system might not be dial-up friendly because it's running off a flash client, meaning that every other player/area you see are being downloaded on the spot, instead of something like a typical game client that ask for a big download on the spot. The plus is that you can play it anywhere, the down side is that it's bandwidth intensive. sad There might be a client to be released afterwards that will be dial-up friendly though. Hard to say.

Giant chessboard? I thought that was planned. Need to check to see if plans were changed.


Lanzer
candy coated vomit.
Yay! Lanzer put a bee suit on. rofl

Quick question:

For users who still have a period in their user name, the word bubbles in towns, cinema, etc. don't show up. I think this has been asked before but, is this ever going to get fixed?
:O Oh no, need to check back with the team on this old bug. Thanks for the heads up.


fulltimefailure
Slanzer
1) Are you guys going to see Cloverfield? How about Meet the Spartans? They have a dance off versus the Immortals in it! biggrin

/most of the questions sporkii skipped, fulltimefailure also skipped./

7) Will Zombie skin make a comeback? Perhaps use the Vial of Unknown Liquid as the equip/uneqip and make it a DC or Pink Box rare?

8 ) Who would in a fight: Ninja Robots or Pirate Zombies?

Thanks for answering any and all questions! 3nodding

**I shall keep asking until someone who knows answers. domokun
I most likely will watch Cloverfield, I gotta know what the heck happens in that movie.

I hope zombie skins come back as well, I would totally go zombie over vamp. domokun domokun

hrmm....Ninja Robots or Pirate Zombies...I'm rootin for the zombies, but they are the underdog in thice scenerio...I mean cmon...precision and silence...too deadly.


Lanzer
Lady Zelda Dragoness
Ooh! I have another question!

GREEN GOO.It's a growing issue, and after about more than half a year, I think, I am still unable to wear my gift of the godess in its laurels pose without the infernal green goo. IS ANYTHING BEING DONE ABOUT THE GREEN GOO? gonk
Oh no! Another bug! This one is related to the specific item. I'll bug Juno about it. :O


crazy spork i am
elf-meldamiriel
what were you first thoughts when you saw all the bee suits sent to you?
i saw the thread about people not liking the bee-suits and wanting to do something about them. but they hadn't specified how. then eventually i kept getting PMs about getting gifts with bee quotes, hehehe. eventually i caught on and just decided on wearing one, since people took the time to send them to me, y'kno?


Lanzer
MykaToriyama
Now that I've read through the ENTIRE thread I'll ask my question. Will the world map ever find its way back into mainstream gaia?

It seems like it doesn't exist anymore, I didn't even know Halloween Town was on there! gonk
It's a personal goal of mine to make Gaia a cohesive world. We're thinking of a good way to link all our different areas together right now, and yes the world map will become one of the main ways to navigate around the site, with lots of cool features.

Thanks for hanging out everyone, see you all next week!
platonix, you get definite props from me for putting these altogether!
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platonix, you get definite props from me for putting these altogether!


Bee suit *points*.

Yes, thank you!
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biggrin Let's hope for another session as productive as the one last week! It should start any minute now!


Not sure if they'll be doing one today.

Although they don't necessarily need to be in the office to have it...
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January 28th

Today's Ask The Admin had some...rather shady characters visiting...The Sheep seem to be scouting out Gaia HQ in preparation for a...visit of some sort...Lanzer wisely did not answer any of their innocent-seeming questions about the HQ building, though sporkii answered one. Also featuring prominently today was user Pritchard, who proved such a fountain of knowledge that I wish he were Gaia Staff so that I could include his answers here.

Lanzer
Kid Jak
First off Thank you Lanzer and everyone for the Medieval items they are great.

I was wondering a few things anyone who would like please answer.

would we be able to get a calendar of Gaia work holidays so that we know when to expect Updates, or possible announcements, or any Ask the Admins.

Is there any possible plans for items based on the american wild west? I don’t know about you but I would love a Lasso and set of boots with spurs.

Again I thank you for your time.
We're really working towards having a solid release schedule, just like real companies out there. biggrin Though today we're still small and fast moving to the point where one day we can be testing a release that should be ready to go, next minute QA comes back with a big nasty bug and we have to delay things for another day... gonk

As for wild west items, it'll only be a matter of time until we release such a set. We have enough cowboys around in the office, I'm sure it'll not be over-looked. smile


Lanzer
Magical Spork
Will we be getting new housing items soon? It's been forever since that Egyptian set... But I do love the new clothing items. heart

And how do you get rid of hiccups? I've tried holding my breath, drinking water, eating peanut butter... But I still have them and they're starting to hurt. User Image
Oh we do have a set ready, I know that we kept getting caught up in other updates and haven't got a chance to release them. Let me bug the artists again. biggrin

If eating peanut butter helps, then I would be getting a lot more hiccups just to eat them as an excuse! biggrin The moment I forgot that I have a hiccup, it's gone. Now the trick is how to forget...


PART 1 OF LONG CONVO
crazy spork i am
Pritchard
crazy spork i am
Ellie teh Magnificent
With all the monthly collectibles and Cash Shop items sold, as well as the sponsors you have, you (as in your company) must be good on money by now.
So why are prices of evolving items going up, and all the new sponsorships needed?
Is our beloved Go-Gaia going greedy?
evolving items take a lot of work, so i'm assuming that's one of the reasons why the prices for them are different.
But c'mon - Admit it! They're REALLY fun to work on biggrin
i like doing a variety of work around here. pixel items are fun when i'm in the right mindset but they're pretty hard, in my opinion. and it doesn't get any easier when there's such a high expectation on the quality of the items, heh.

PART 2 OF LONG CONVO
crazy spork i am
Pritchard
Does Juno get to work on those at all? She's been pixeling for a long time and I'm sure that something interesting like Evolving Items would be a bit more fun to her. She needs more creative outlets! - says she razz

Each Generation of Evolving Items is a reusable code base whose stability you don't have to worry about - Unless the item wasn't well received! gonk I'm really looking forward to seeing where Fausto's Bottle goes, though.
i dunno if juno has worked on one. she's normally busy with MCs and regular item updates, heh. i think the initial plan is that every artist will eventually make at least one...so i dunno!


crazy spork i am
Sheep 40
Ah...I see one of our subjects is out...yeeessss...perhaps this is a good time to gain some...intell. ninja

Is the HQ round, square or perhaps a triangle?

what wild animal would you most likely find sitting on your car, if parked outside HQ?
square i think? since we've got the whole top floor to ourselves you can walk around the entire HQ and make a big circle and end up where you started. :3


Lanzer
Lord Kilcullen
Sir Lanzer, I managed to stay awake for my second one of these =P I was wondering yet again whether you'd ever come to the lovely Emerald Isle for a quick visit? There may even be an emerald in it for you........ maybe >_>
And in a Gaia related question, would you ever consider making a new type of towns, along the lines of those Sim City games, where we could live in houses or maybe even apartments....... like a huge city, with places where we could either rent or buy, and we could hop into our car to pop down to the stores or for a quick trip to the cinema....... maybe we could even hold pickets in front of places we disagree with (I bagsy being the old religious guy in front of the casino >_> ) and..... too many thoughts o.o

And on a side note, my girlfriend wanted me to ask if you would sign my underwear? I'd even take them off first if you wanted ^_^
I'm sure that Emerald Isle is lovely, we have made plans for the 4 main conventions so far, a quite a few more for the Kiki tour. Be sure to ask DJ Helsing about having a Kiki tour in your area!

Towns need a big overhaul to be a lot more flexible and allow more than just houses to be placed. For the immediate moment, we're planning to make a few more areas that connect places like Towns, Cinema, Rally, games, and battle all together. eek

Underwear? Yes but only the sexy ones biggrin
...I kinda wonder if Lanzer understood that the Emerald isle = Ireland...I'll bet DJ Helsing loves him for that one.

crazy spork i am
Wardi
I have a question for an Artist. And if I remember correctly, Sporki works in the art department.

Does one individual artist work on all of the poses for one evolving item, or is it a shared project? If it's the project of one artist only, would you say that some of the evolving items are more personal than other items? It seems like some items (like the Spore and Bottle) are really unique and ingenious. ^_^
the evolving items are created by each individual artist...so they get to work on it from beginning to end. that way they're unique and a surprise for everyone else. and y'know, when you work on projects you tend to get attached to them so you create this sort of relationship with your creations. i think it helps when it comes to creating evolving items because then they reflect you individually as an artist :3

for mine, i work with kirby since i'm used to working on projects with him. we've got this symbiotic relationship when it comes to our work, heh.


Lanzer
Cid High-Wind
Pleas tell me you guys are coming to Fanime. D:

And please tell me how things have been at the office regarding a lot of the negative feedback towards MTV. Is the shop going to be moved? Will The Hills get off of Gaia? Will MTV get off of Gaia before Viacom plans a take over? ...sorry about that last one. I would like to at least have enough faith in Gaia's founders so they wouldn't sell out to THEM of all people. I don't want to see Gaia sell out period.

And the new items rock, btw. :3
Yes we're definitely going to Fanime this year :O

All sponsored stores will be moved to an area labeled as sponsored. We just need time to make things right. Have a lot of other things to build so getting things like the menu positioned right became second priority. MTV is a sponsor, just like Scion and others, so no, there will be no take over. biggrin


crazy spork i am
EvannaSunryse
Hello Spork ^_^

Hows it going?

Are you working on any of the evolving items, if so, which ones?
What is your favourite thing to do on Gaia if you're not working?
Oooh, do you have any secrets you can spill? ninja
'lo theres!

i'm currently working on the spore thingie, heh.

my favorite thing to do on gaia is probably lurk...a lot. i read a lot of the posts around here and i like to hang out in the fashion & style forum.

i have many secrets >:3


crazy spork i am
|.The.Flying.Potato.|
*Flying tackle hug* Sporkiis! biggrin How are you tonight? What did you have for dinner? >w< Or have you eaten yet, I forget it's only 6:30 there. :3

biggrin Sporkii, did you work on any of these new items? If not, what have you been up to?
i'm doing alright! i got hit with another flu bug last week (the third time in a row!) but i finally tackled that thing into submission with some antibiotics and theraflu. hopefully this will be the last for now!

i haven't eaten anything for dinner yet crying i think that's one of the reasons why i'm feeling kinda spacey

kirby and i recently worked on the dandii guy. we also did that update for gaia cars! now i'm back on doing some battle stuffs :3


Lanzer
Ellie teh Magnificent
With all the monthly collectibles and Cash Shop items sold, as well as the sponsors you have, you (as in your company) must be good on money by now.
So why are prices of evolving items going up, and all the new sponsorships needed?
Is our beloved Go-Gaia going greedy?
Believe it or not, there are close to 100 people in the office handling everything around Gaia now days. 40 engineers, 20+ artists, a dozen admins, accounting, HR, marketing, you name it. Average salary being around 50k a year, you're looking at only 6 million a year if Gaia only have to pay for average salary and nothing else. But the truth is that San Jose area pays higher salary for engineers, there are things like hardware, bandwidth, insurance, and lots of costs that goes towards keeping Gaia running. No, there isn't this big bucket of money that people swim in... judging how money smells bad it'd be kind of gross to swim in a pool of money anyways. smile


crazy spork i am
Losaru Taiyo
Dammit! I just got another question:

There was some talk about the Spore looking like a pokemon. Same for I think one of the forms of Fausto. Is this where you drew the inspiration from?
i haven't really watched pokemon so i can't really say i was influenced by them. i normally like to sketch a bunch of really simple creatures and things and the spore was one of them :3


kirbyUFO
Zeath Xio
kirbyUFO
Slanzer
@All staffies: 1) Which do you guys find to be the more impressive feat: robots that learned kung fu, or ninjas that learned binary?
(and a bunch of other questions kirby didn't answer.)
Ninjas that learned binary ftw!! I'm imagining this slow, clunky giant 50s windup tin-toy robot awkwardly kicking like a Honda Asimo. This morning I was playing a little FF:Tactics on PSP and my ninjas were just hands down owning, so I'm admittedly a little biased at the moment. I think if they learned binary calculation on top of that (like the calculator/arithmetician class) they'd be more or less invincible!! Plus kung-fu robot sounds campy and awkward, while binary ninja sounds like a bad a** hacker :b
I love Tactics!
surprised

What's your favorite job?
:3
Oooooh probably Calculator =) Such a ridiculously powerful class, and fun to use. I've got a Ninja with Monk skill as the secondary right now too though that seems pretty versatile.


Lanzer
Pritchard
Lanzer:

1) Gaia used to adhere mainly to a fantasy/rpg/anime etc base, rather than a more general social base. Do you think Gaia's now big enough to allow the general site browsing to please the majority of users, with certain more isolated areas of the site being built specifically for more specialized groups? I don't see a lot of "hobby" boards up, but ones that do exist already are those such as art and writing.


2) Unlike sites such as myspace, facebook, etc., where socialization and connecting with people is the main goal, Gaia Online also allows users to interact with the site and have a permanent place in Gaian History. Do you consider Gaia to be a Social Site, or do you also agree with the concept of a Community Site?


3) Gaia's popularity was actually going DOWN in 2006. Any reason why you believe this was?

I noticed that starting late 2006, which is when I assume you began hiring more employees and eventually had Craig join the team, Gaia's Popularity suddenly began to spike upwards. It's interesting to note that Gaia's now bigger, but also more stable, no?


4) Some may say that Gaia Online is now less friendly than it used to be. I believe this is because the GD has been lost as a general friendly portal for new Gaian Users. If you think about it, where DO new Gaian Users go now to communicate with other users as well as the rest of the site? Look at the GD. I don't find it appropriate in a large part for more casual discussion.

It's almost as though Gaia now expects users to find a home here on Gaia before they even join sad


5) Sponsors play a large part in what the users see as the direction Gaia's going in. Is there any chance that Gaia will open up new channels for sponsors that would ease Gaians worries about how sponsors affect the site, as well as open up the opportunity to have more sponsors, including those on a lower budget? Opening sponsor forums, a sponsor channel for products, and an API for interacting with the site are possible solutions.


6) On the topic of making site channels easier to access for sponsors, as well as having featured user content, are there any plans to expand the way users can interact with the site and other users, in regards to user-created content? Flash movies, avi art, banners, etc, being sold in a site-managed marketplace for user-created content rather than the forums, possibly?

Would this include a way to link to this site content officially, to prevent scamming and otherwise, as well as ways to release content directly to a user-content system?


7) Any chance for site-header ONLY items, for at least a temporary amount of time until an area of the site can be used to show them off? Say, like the orphans from the event. I know a lot of people would be interested in these kinds of items - Even if they can be viewed only by the user who has them (possibly only temporarily).


cool I saw the MochiAds competition for Game Development! REALLY excited about that. I wish I knew about this sooner. Perhaps I would have been able to learn Flash, Actionscript, and make a game in time rofl Of course, that wouldn't happen. Do you plan to continue with this trend of letting outside-developers work with Gaia? Is working with Gaia complex? - How much more knowledge is necessary other than being able to make a game work with MochiAds?


Thanks biggrin
Pritchard

PS: What do you think of my mad rhymes?:

Ba-Ba-Ba-Bow, it's Algebra! You otha brothas ain't got it down ya know! I can multiply, and I can divide, polynomials, ... up to degree five!

Stop! Study time! biggrin

You ain't got the groove!
Cuz I've got the moves.
And everybody knows that I'm oh so smooth.

And if you take a strike.
Then I'll step you up.
Now you know what it's like when I've had enough.

Then I'll turn the tables.
Then I'll take you down.
Next thing you know you're spinnin all around.

Cuz you ain't got the groove,
Cuz I've got the moves.
And everybody knows that I'm oh so smooth!

Stop! Study Time! biggrin
Whoa, I should try to answer as many people's questions as possible, so I'll generalize in a few answers.

Gaia started as an "anime role-playing" site. Though I think that the moment our forum was created, we realized that members would be talking about anything you can imagine, outside of just anime and games. You need to like our look and feel to join Gaia, however, Gaia should be a place for you regardless of what you like or what you wish to talk about. We are working more on providing such believes.

We made some major site re-design back in 06 which caused a lot of trouble. We started growing again after we fixed the problems. Thumbs down on flash based header!

Craig helped us a lot in keeping us organized and having a really big group running. Having more people means getting more done means more people joining Gaia! biggrin

There are sponsors who want to work with Gaia, and we accept sponsors when the brand make sense, or suggest something cool to do with us. We just make sure that they don't take away from the Gaia experience. Sometimes what we think is not a big deal would make many users upset, we then realized our mistakes and correct them. I hope that everyone see that we respect our member's opinions as number 1 and make immediate changes in respect to them.

We're working with Mochimedia to bring flash games to Gaia! More details will come as soon as the contest details are hashed out. Stay tuned!


crazy spork i am
Blanks IV
crazy spork i am
Blanks IV
/insert tail end of convo with another user./

But to a more relevant question I had, are all the evolution items fully designed upon their realease in the cash shop, or do the artist take their time and wait to fully draw out and put the evolutions out?
for mine, i do a little bit of both. i had roughed out a little bit of the direction i wanted to take in the beginning and did some of the rough pixel work a while back. but sometimes when i'm working on them i might have a new idea that i want to incorporate so i start putting that into whichever pose. a good example would be the helicopter pose. i didn't think of that until waay later and we added that in last minute :3
So which other ones did you make spork? 0.o
Any spoilers? dramallama
not that much in terms of pixel items. i was mostly tied up with the cars update and environment effects for battle. whenever i have a bit of free time i put it into the dandii guy, heh.


Lanzer
El Haou David
Hello Lanzer!
The item update is awesome by the way. :3

1- Do Any Hispanic people work at Gaia?

2- Are Zurgs coming back?

3- I love how you guys now put the code thingy when making a account, Great way to stop Bots, by the way what other plans you guys have to stop Bots?

4- When will see G Corp Again?
1 - definitely, along with Chinese, Indians, even US citizens! Crazy place this is!

2 - Probably, depending on if they find another celebrity on earth that they like biggrin

3 - The code thing (captcha) actually only works half the time. We still need to do a lot more to limit bots on Gaia :O

4 - G-corp is still developing their new virus. I never know what they're up to now days...


crazy spork i am
|.The.Flying.Potato.|
kirbyUFO
crazy spork i am
|.The.Flying.Potato.|
Oh, Kirby, too! *waves from Sporkii's clung to leg* :3 How are you tonight! Drag sporkii away soon and make sure she eats, okay? surprised She needs to eat to make sure she doesn't get sick again.

If you could go out to dinner anywhere, where would you go?

What browser do you use on your home computer? Firefox, IE, Opera? :3 It's a personal choice, for sure. ^_^-
we've been craving fondue, heh. might be fun to go for v-day or something since the place we like can get kind of expensive!
surprised ooo fondue *drooooolll* soooo good~ too bad it's like >$100 for two with drinks and dessert

firefox ftw!
Is it the Melting Pot? I can't recall if it's a large chain, but that's the fondue place I love. :3 But it's so expensive, I've only gotten my boyfriend to take me out there once in our four years together. ^_^- Still, it's a wonderful place, even if it can cost a lot. :3 So I know what you're saying, I had to buy myself a fondue pot and do it myself to eat fondue more often. >w<
ya, the melting pot! so good! so expensive! crying

i normally like shabu shabu more but i'm addicted to only one place, and it's back in so.cal. so i get that on the rare occasion when we go and visit my family and friends :3


Lanzer
Cube B
Hi Mr. Liu!

Okay, so only a few questions.


When will we see...
New Posting Styles?
New Avatar features? (I've seen the mouths)
Contest Winner?
Also...
If you could have any anime item RL or on Gaia, what would it be?
Pie?
We have forum enhancements planned for later this year. Probably starting with some better ways to rate topics before new post types.

New avatar features are slated really soon, in Feb or March the latest.

Contest Winner is chosen, gotta check with the art team

Anime item? You watched Doraemon? I'd pick any one of his gadgets.

Is there such thing as double chocolate mud pie?


Lanzer
oddguy
crazy spork i am
Ellie teh Magnificent
With all the monthly collectibles and Cash Shop items sold, as well as the sponsors you have, you (as in your company) must be good on money by now.
So why are prices of evolving items going up, and all the new sponsorships needed?
Is our beloved Go-Gaia going greedy?
evolving items take a lot of work, so i'm assuming that's one of the reasons why the prices for them are different.
I assume that items are priced based on how awesome they are. Or at least, the estimated awesome retail value (EARV).
We try to. CP is a very good judge in making sure that things are priced fairly. Though throwing in the occasional surprises in good value. wink


fulltimefailure
Slanzer
fulltimefailure
Sparkyperson
fulltimefailure
*pant pant* I made it! domokun domokun
XD
Welcome
Thanks for the welcome Sparky
How'd your trip to the dentist go?

To all:
1) Which do you guys find to be the more impressive feat: robots that learned kung fu, or ninjas that learned binary?

/and other questions which, again, the dev didn't answer/
It was pretty normal..just a half year checkup. :/ standard dentist trip...although I did get to get some Metal Slug in while I was waiting. Thanks for checking up on the checkup.

1.) Hrmm...a robot can be programed...however ninjas are masters of body and mind...how does one decide? have them fight each other..


crazy spork i am
Kessim
Sorry for the slow response. But could and just maybe give us a hint on how the next stage of the spore will look like? whee
it will be green pirate


Lanzer
kitty.chi
woot~ i made it~ xD

Just a few questions about things that happen between the times between a hacking and hacking investigation.

What if they continue to use the hacked account, would you be able to distinguish the original user and the hacker? So if they got the account banned, or had names/gender changes, would we be able to get the account back the way it was before the hacking?

On a completely different note, pc or mac? xD
any recommendations on a good laptop?

Thank you~
I feel so bad, I'm on page 3 and the thread is on page 14 already!!!

We have account history and back-ups, so it's no possible for us not to know what happened, it often just take time to solve cases.

I'm a PC kind of guy, though I've used Macs for many years. If Mac makes laptops that are as small and light as the one I'm using, I'll easily switch over :O I use this Panasonic laptop that weighs 2 pounds. Though for some weird reason they sell it at Japan only. Maybe the keyboard is too small?


fulltimefailure
Tai Naito
fulltimefailure
Tai Naito
I have a question!

What's the latest one's stayed at HQ, still working? I imagine that you have a lot of people staying late into the evening when events or updates are nearby.
I have been here at 1:30 or so...I think I was the last one around..it was crazy dark...I should invest in a desk lamp.
eek
I hope it was worth it xd Might I ask what you were working on?
Yea, it wasn't bad...I just had to finish up some Battle stuffs :B


crazy spork i am
The Arabian Flu
Is there anyway users could help you guys out besides giving you our monies?
i like feedback. like honest and fair critique. i also like having an opportunity to interact with you guys and i think that's always a great help. gives me insight on what you guys like and don't like without having to muddle through threads that borders on being unpleasant.


crazy spork i am
The Kitsune Hanyou
crazy spork i am
The Kitsune Hanyou
/various questions sporkii didn't answer/
4. Which staffmember is the most amusing when they're drunk? biggrin (Do the Gaia admins have wild New Year Eve parties?)
hehehe, i know a few...
TELLTELLTELL. biggrin
i fell off a bar before...


crazy spork i am
blade90
What is your favorite evolution item so far?
i like the new spore helicopter pose. kirby and i were just tossing around ideas one day that we thought that would be a fun pose to put in.


Lanzer
Slanzer
1) Which do you guys find to be the more impressive feat: robots that learned kung fu, or ninjas that learned binary?

2) Since the Angelic Rod item is already made and is programmed into the fishing game, and since you've said you don't think you'll release it through quests, why not release it a different way? For example, as one of the following:
-Cash Shop Item
-EXPENSIVE Fishing Shop Common (ie: 100k and up)
-Expensive Casino Prize
-Difficult Fishing Exchange Item

3) Will there ever be a means to exchange large amounts of large fish for rares? IE: 5k Large = 1 Rare? As it currently exists, only multi-millionnaires can get rare masks instead of fishers. sad

4) Do you guys have plans for February 18th (official 5-year anniversary of Gaia) for either the site or just a party at Gaia HQ (or both)?

5) Will Purple Eyes make a comeback with the new eye features? Will eye features allow for dual-colourings (ie: 1 eye blue, 1 eye green)?
I am a ninja that know binary, nothing special here, so I would vote for robots. biggrin

We just might have cash shop items that works in games. Though it's important that we don't create scenarios where you spend money = getting ahead in games. We need to make money to keep the site running, but Gaia still need to be fair.

We're re-thinking how we want to handle fishes, but first comes the new mini games. New fishing related items aren't far away though.

We're planning for a part at Gaia HQ, birthday cake and all biggrin

Sounds like purple eye might not be there, while new eye styles made it...


crazy spork i am
Chibi Halo
Also, for the fun of it which item from today's store update do you guys like?

You guys are doing a bang up job so keep up the great work.
i'll probably have to take some time and browse through the stores to see what i like. from the announcement they all look really neat. i love historical costume and basic costume and fashion design.


Lanzer
Kessim
Hi Lanzer and Spork!

This is my first time at a ask the adim thread.

Just a quick question, are there any hair updates in the future soon? And Will you guys keep on releasing new evolving items at this pace?
New avatar update will include new standard hair styles! Not a whole lot, as there will be separate hair salon updates also.

Yes it seems like everyone has their little ideas for evolving items. biggrin More will come for sure.


PART 1 OF LONG CONVO
The Kitsune Hanyou
Tidus Guado
fulltimefailure
Tidus Guado
If GAIA HQ had a “Wizard of Oz” dress up day, who would you be OR who do you think someone would dress up as? i.e L0cke dressed as a flying monkey.
I would most definitely go Flying Monkey styles domokun
I was hoping to see L0cke jumping around making monkey nosies while wearing a flying monkey suit. :/
eek I would pay so much money to see that.

(THAT is what they need to sell in the cash shop! Embarrassing videos of the admins! biggrin )


PART 2 OF LONG CONVO
fulltimefailure
Tidus Guado
I would also pay some money to see L0cke, or any staff member jump around and make monkey noises while dressed as a flying monkey.
Jumping around and making monkey noises is the fun of it...plus wings and a little fez hat...win win winnar!


crazy spork i am
XINVADER
This questions open to all... Do you like Ranma 1/2?

Oh and in a perfect world what sponsor would you guys love to work with?

One more, have you ever visited England? Would you like to? It's 3:00am here! gonk
i'd love to visit england. i hear it's really cold over there so i'll have to make sure that i'm all bundled up. i don't do too well in cooler climates gonk


Lanzer
The Arabian Flu
Lanzer, have you ever played with legos?

Yesterday I was bored and started making Gaia related models with mine. I'll never grow out of those things.

I'd post them but I have to find my digital camera.
Oh Legos are the most awesome toys. One of the battle programmers have one of the newer Star Wars lego (an AT-AT I believe) that's motorized and can walk! When I played with Legos I had to apply a lot of imagination to make them move. Now all you need are batteries. biggrin

Love to see your Lego posts


Lanzer
Annyx Phantom
I hope I can patch this through....


Hey Lanzer and friends, Its me the Amazing Annyx Phantom, I was wondering whats the status on the back wings quest?
The quest is currently on hold because the NPC quest is still yet to be finished... kept getting distracted with other projects. It should be ready really soon, then we plan for the next quest.


crazy spork i am
Slanzer
To all: Any hope for female NPC undies in the future (DC style)?
personally i'd love to see female NPC undies in the future. garter belts and different varieties of undies, heh.


Lanzer
Chibi Halo
Oooh yay I finally got in on one of these as it was going on. So here goes. This is for any staff member here. Earlier today someone reminded us in a thread about proposed Asian items sets that was shown in a panel discussion at one of the con stops last summer. There were some pretty neat items shown and some of them have been incorporated in evolving items and sponsor items. However there are plenty of other things shown that have yet to show up on Gaia. Any idea of when we'll get the proposed Asian items sets that were shown over the summer at one of those cons? Will they be something that will come out around the same time as the Battle System?

Also, for the fun of it which item from today's store update do you guys like?

You guys are doing a bang up job so keep up the great work.
Oh yeah, I'm Chinese, I should insist on an Asian set myself!

My favorite item is yet to be evolved. biggrin


Lanzer
Tidus Guado
If GAIA HQ had a “Wizard of Oz” dress up day, who would you be OR who do you think someone would dress up as? i.e L0cke dressed as a flying monkey.

Are there plans for an OMG box for Valentine’s Day?
“Congrats User, :insert user name here: Has Given You a VD Box for Valentine’s Day”. rofl

Can you use some of my ideas for a Mini Comic?

Did you guys watch “Life After People” on the History channel?

Can we have a “Dear Sister” inspired plot update?

About how much money do you guys get from the Cash Shoppe each month?

Can you give the Art team a bonus/cookies/cake for their AWESOME JOB on the new items?
I think we had enough of dressing funny. This month we have people trying to grow out their beard calling this "Manuary". biggrin I unfortunately can't grow a beard to save my life.

Don't know what cash shop item we'll have for Valentine, but the idea of saying "dear love, have something random." just doesn't click biggrin

We welcome any ideas, as some are user contributed.


Lanzer
Sporkadorka
Hah, I just went "Oh hey, Ask the Admins! I had questions for that!"
But I've forgotten most of them xD
Uh...
How are you? xD

Oh, I remember.
Last week there was someone running around with Ron Bruce's face. Their profile said they had an Angelic Halo and some unreleased items equipped, but I don't trust it. Still, did you know about it? Did you wander into twobit's house and go "Hey, Ron, what are you doing here?"

Also, didn't you say you were picking out the name for the Battle system last Thursday (or the Thursday before that)? When do we get to find out? I'm terribly impatient xD

Anyway, love the new items. <3

All right, thanks for reading. So long!

EDIT: Oh! I have a question to add! Kiki's Road Trip doesn't seem to be stopping at the conventions near me. Will legitimate Gaia merchandise still be available somehow? Unlikely, I know, but I really want a ORLY? Hat and I can't order it off the internet. Alas S:
Ron Bruise never donated to Gaia, I think his halo is a fake biggrin

We're going through the process of check for copyright and trademark for the new name. Once we get the okay we can then announce it!!!

We've always been thinking of ways for people to get Gaia merchandise at other cons too. Still don't have a solid system yet. Stay tuned for more details.


Lanzer
XINVADER
This questions open to all admins... Do you like Ranma 1/2?

Oh and in a perfect world what sponsor would you guys love to work with? *cough* Nintendo *cough*
I own the whole set of manga. Used to be a big fan!

I would love to have more anime sponsors so we can show more anime. Not just the first few episodes but the whole thing! We'll see...


Lanzer
Princess Just
Hey Lanzer and Other gaia workers who may be here!
I just want to say right off i love th new item update and stuf and the evolving items are awesome! but i have one question...

WHen is there going to be a plot update!?!?

i've been wiating for like almost ever since the halloween event and the christmas event didn't do much with Sanata, sopeaking of sanata what is going to happen to him??

thanks for taking the imte to read this i hooppe you resond to this thank you!!
Oh the original plan for what will happen to Santa turned really, really depressing, so we took a different turn and started the orphan event. Santa's still alive and well... though I don't think he's in a good mood. biggrin

Getting really hungry now, time for dinner! See you next week!
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