We just started working with Braintree as a payment provider, so I'll be spending a few days to implement the support for it. Having Braintree will allow for better support on microtransactions, and better fraud management.
Had a meeting with LionHeart on Friday about the plans for tackling inflation, and he'll be helping us implement the new gold granting system. Very exciting stuff!
Now that zOMG is up, I finally have time to look into fixing other bugs. Finally fixed the marketplace bug where items quantity end up as negative value after selling a stacked item.
There was a Gaian who worried about zOMG making the overall site slow down, so I started explaining the layout of Gaia's server infrastructure. Thought some of you might be interested:
Currently Gaia Online runs on it's own 174+ web and database servers, while zOMG itself has 10 servers that were in stasis since zOMG was shut down 2 years ago. Those servers were not used for two years because Gaia's 90+ web servers were not at capacity. As all services are independent, zOMG would not affect Gaiaonline itself.
If there is any hit on performance, it might be caused by more returning zOMG users who came back on Gaia and started being a part of the forum community again. Still that should have a minimal impact as we were over capacity.
Gaia today runs all of our servers inside inside a co-location facility in San Jose, CA. It's quite fun to visit the facility and see the hundreds of servers humming along. Though this setup will only last for another year or so, then we will be moving to a cloud computing service such as AWS. It takes too much effort to keep servers running by ourselves, and having to drive to the facility at 3 in the morning because of a faulty hard drive is not fun.
Hope that clears things up! But either way, if you notice any specific performance related issue, please provide specific information and I can look into it.
We have a few servers dedicated to serving graphics, but those jobs are all handled by content delivery systems now. Hence the funny URL on image links. We work with two firms to have a redundant solution.