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Cash Cards Working Again
The connectivity problems between us and our provider have been fixed, and cash cards should be working properly.
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zOMG Gold Curve
A new gold curve has been implemented in zOMG. Details and explanation below (but it's LONG).

Overview
For a long time zOMG has been giving out too much gold; we've made several tries at adjusting it, but there were still some issues. The main feedback from the community was that new content was the key thing they wanted -- so how can we do that while getting the economy more into balance? (There are other issues of fairness: for example, there are people that are buying the zOMG items to show their support, but they aren't getting very much tangible benefit from it).

Details
So, what we're going to do is this:

- we have 4 people working on an entirely new area for zOMG. This is a substantial investment in zOMG, based on community feedback.
- we've simplified and upped the curve for donators and AutoCash subscribers. Every day you can earn up to 160k in zOMG without any effects, and then the gold scaling goes down to 20%.
- for people that are not donators or AC subscribers, the new scaling kicks in at 10k.

However, some people do not have access to cash -- so we're offering a zOMG gold potion in the cash shop that will confer the donator gold-earning levels for 3 days. So, you can spend some gold, drink the potion, and for the next 72 hours you'll have the benefit of the gold curve.

This allows social players to play zOMG with their friends, confers some benefits on people that buy zOMG items, and allows people without cash the chance to earn gold at the same rate as others.

So, an entire new area is kind of a big investment. How can we know if it's successful? It's obvious that zOMG items / powerups / rings / whatnot are important, but there are other things we'll be looking at:

- total traffic in zOMG. Right now zOMG is behind Towns and Rallies in popularity; we're hoping that with a new area that it will be the most popular flash game on Gaia.
- number of new registrations driven as a result of zOMG. If you refer a friend, or get them interested in the game, try to make sure that they register through zomg.com.

More details in the zOMG forums or journals, as appropriate.
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Explanation of Donator Status
Lots of confusion about this, and it's been a while since we've done an announcement, so: "donator" is the term that we use for anyone that's purchased an item for 249 GC or more in the past month or has subscribed to AutoCash.

How can you tell if you're donator? Go to Account Settings / Gaia Cash Purchases and it'll tell you "You have nnn days left." (Subscribers don't see this message, since they always have donator status).
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Weekend zOMG Tweak
We've been talking this over internally, based on feedback from the mods and a number of users, and as a result we're going to change the limit for gold scaling from 10k to 30k for people that don't otherwise have a higher limit.
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zOMG Scaling
We're moving the daily reset for zOMG gold granting to midnight PST. It's been reset now, and will reset again in about 10 hours.
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Pixton Contest Soft Launched
Do you have an artistic bent? Have you always felt that Cathy was overrated and that you could do much better? Have you always wondered why papers bothered to print the Wizard of Id? This is your chance to shine!

The Pixton comic contest is now open, and the theme of the contest is:

Oh, snap!


(Note that's a theme, not a mandatory punch line).

To try it out, just go to the Pixton Contest to be presented with all the tools you need to create and submit your work of genius.

Fabulous prizes and rare items will be given out to the top winners, to be announced later today.
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Friend Lists - larger pages
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Trading Pass and other password fields
We are increasing security on password fields. If your password is currently not working, we are working on a fix.
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New zOMG! buddies are here!

We have four new fluffy buddies to bounce around behind you. They're also available as a bundle.

Training is glitched

We have a new bug in the training room for new players. The chest doesn't show up to get your first ring. If you're stuck in training hold on tight. We're working on a fix that should be available in the morning.
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DD 2.0 Pushed

Dumpster Dive code has received significant changes as follows:

  1. Removed percentage full bar. You no longer need to wait for the Dumpster to be "full" to dive.
  2. Tied the dumpster to daily chance system. When the dumpster has no user donations, you will get a certain number of daily chance dives per day.
  3. Created daily chance mini event system. When active, donating items to the dumpster will be disabled and instead the dumpster will operate entirely on random daily chance grants with chances for exclusive items. (we'll let you know when this occurs smile )

    ...Happy diving!
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Password woes
Password forms were recently upgraded to enhance account security. Some browsers were glitchy with this. We've just fixed some of those glitches and will be making more next week.

Spam issues
Please don't forget to report spammy content from other users. We would like to n** it in the bud and mute/ban accounts before they get too spammy but this requires help from all users to report spam.
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BG Fixes
- Put in changes that should greatly reduce if not completely eliminate the 0/blank payout problem.
- we'll be experimenting with a new CAPTCHA later this week to see if it's more palatable for players.
- we hope to have a fix for multi-item drops in BG; we may recruit some BG players to help us test this. More info later this week.
Giftboxes Old and New
Courtesy our illustrious artists, there are two new giftboxes. We are proud to present the Golden Magical Giftbox, which is the rarest ever, and the thematic return of the Pink Link! Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for these new treasures and their contents!
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Lt. Grunny Drops
This should be working now (or in the next 10 minutes, give it a bit for the cache to clear).
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(Pixton Comic)

Or, the subtext: we've added the ability to easily show your Pixton comic entries to others in the forums -- just use the "pixton" bbcode tag around the URL of your comic and it will be embedded in your message.

Remember, just a few more days to enter for fame and fortune.
Frontier Skies Relaunched

Gaia's very own adventure game Frontier Skies has returned! Missing in action for nearly a year, Gaians can once again go on a journey to rescue the floating Jellyfish from marauding vampires. To help you on your travels, you can now purchase in-game loot with Gaia gold. The path is long and arduous, but should you survive the butterflies, elk and cannibals, you will be rewarded with tickets!

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