Hello all,

We have prepared some changes to the Halloween event to resolve an outstanding issue and hopefully help resolve the horrible server lag we've been experiencing.

First, we've been giving out far too much and are forced to adjust the gold reward for defeating Jack downward. Simply put, the Halloween event has been granting 60% of what all of Gaia ordinarily grants each day it has been running. Given Gaia's constant struggles with gold inflation, hopefully you will all understand that this amount of gold simple is not good for the site nor is it something that can be allowed to continue.

Secondly, we've been noticing a pattern of behavior associated with the event - the posting of Jack sightings, Otami Jack predominately, in the forum. While we ordinarily encourage and appreciate this kind of community thread, it's our belief that the resultant upsurge of server traffic lasting an hour or more until Jack is defeated has dramatically contributed to the lag everyone has been experiencing. In order to reduce the impact of individual Jack sightings, Jack will drop the same gold reward across all zones. Additionally, Jack's difficulty in Otami Ruins has been reduced slightly to balance the effort required to defeat him with the reward given for doing so.

As a final note, the team regrets that these changes have become necessary. It seems we were a bit (read: very) overenthusiastic with the event, both in terms of how it would affect server stability and in determining the appropriate rewards for Jack. We apologize for having to scale back the event and hope you understand that it was unavoidable due to the reasons listed above.

-zOMG! Team