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Big a** Gaia Update
We've been promising a lot of different updates here and there throughout all the past ATA sessions, and I want to take a moment to sum up most of the things that we're working on right now and give more details to some of the cool things that you have all been looking forward to. So here it is!

Gaia Flash Games

Tiles - Most of you already know about the new game coming out in a few days. Part of the deal is that there will be a 30 second pre-game ad that pops up, but hope the wait is worth it!
Jigsaw update - We've added a ton of puzzles in Jigsaw and updated a management system that will allow us to have more frequent updates down the road
Item exchange update - We've made new exchange items for those who are sitting on a lot of trash from Towns
Fishing update - Juno had been working hard on a sizable update which includes new prizes and the availability of the legendary Angelic Rod! On top of that, fishing will join forces with Gaia Aquarium to have fishes and decorations as prizes for the exchange. Catch fishes = add fishes to aquarium, match made in heaven!
Prize and Joy update - It's time for more fancy prizes and expensive items for the high rollers of the casino. Juno had been on over-drive making all these flash game updates happen
zOMG - As the team is wrapped up on the Halloween update, word is that they're finishing up on the Coliseum update. Still looking at a few more weeks of development until the new update's ready.

Gaia Manga - There's been a bit of delay, but the next installment should be ready before or during the Halloween event.

New Arenas - Arenas had gone through a complete rewrite to give a much better ranking and management system. Artists will be able to upload artwork and have pictures hosted by Gaia, and there will be an arena contest system which will allow us to put up contest on a regular basis. Expect a lot more frequent contests and prizes from Arenas from the new release. New Arenas should be ready in November.

More events - The post your hair event is the beginning of a host of events that we're offering to the community. In the near future there will be more and more creative, game-like, or completely whacky events by Darknrgy and friends.

EI evolution continues - As we have just gotten more help in the art team, we're looking forward to being able to evolve some of our old oustanding EI's. Don't have a solid time yet, but it should be within 2 or 3 weeks time.

Gaia Towns/Rally - The zOMG team's had been instrumental in converting the zOMG engine to support the Towns and Rally flash spaces so that we can rid of the security problems that plagues our current flash space. The project is still on-going, and hopefully we can have a release date later on in the season.

Personally I'm working towards bringing back the Gaia world map, but lots of details are still to be ironed out. Let's see how things go and I'll post more details about this later.

So overall we've been busy with the same old goal - to keep everyone enjoy their time on Gaia. I understand that a lot of the updates are a long time coming and I apologize on the long wait. But finally many of these updates are coming and expect them to be released one after another in the coming weeks as we have each update ready.

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Community Member

Fri Oct 15, 2010 @ 11:45pm

Updates to bring back the map, awesome, and old EI's that have been in limbo getting updated?

I am a happy camper, thanks for the info!

Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 12:05am

*Sends big a** hug through the interwebz*

Awesome, Gaia. Awesome!
Merci pour tout!

Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 12:05am

All I can say is that I'm stoke to see all of these updates coming out! biggrin

Spirit Crusher
Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 12:14am

Thank you so much for all your hard work.

I really appreciate the communication. <3

Shiarka Jonless
Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 12:14am

Every bit of that makes me so happy! crying Especially you working on the world map. Ooh... and fishing aquarium prizes... and new trash exchange items... argh! Everything. It's awesome!

On that note... how about the bug and flower exchanges? Something more than ink and bouquets would be nice. I don't wanna squish up my one rare bug. gonk

Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 12:22am

all such fantastic news~

Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 12:52am

Angelic Rod = heart

Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 01:13am

Thank you Lanzer, and everyone, too. heart


Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 01:15am

All that sounds great. I've wanted new puzzles for a long time. I just visited puzzles. I don't see anything new there. Something went wrong?

Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 01:15am

All I can say is User Image

Cloud n Candy
Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 01:29am

Angelic rod <3333 O:

Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 01:34am

Hooray new items from trash. That rocks.

Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 01:36am

Thank you, Lanzer. smile This has been quite informative and helpful. I generally like these planned updates. The updates to the item exchange are really overdue by now and I'm impressed we're finally going to get that darn angelic rod after all (maybe there is some hope to get those infamous back wings one of these days still after all razz ). Hopefully now you'll consider updating the contents of the magical gift boxes next as those have not gotten any new items in ages. That you guys really are working integrating aquariums and fishing is great news. I'm also really pleased to hear you are well on your way to making towns much more secure and finally getting the EIs back on track. I have high, but cautious hopes for how the new arenas will work out, after there probably are a few kinks that get worked out over the first few days or so after it is released.
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Darling Vortexus
Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 01:37am

Oh, this is so awesome! Thank you guys! biggrin *huggles the Gaia team* Much love for you all!

*starts lurking about in random places, watching for changes* ninja

Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 01:58am

I heart U

Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 02:39am

The maaaaapppp! I am so happy I could just plotz.

Also love the fishing update and item exchange updates, and who knows, the Jigsaw update might even bring me back to playing it.

Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 02:53am

Thanks for the update!

But any info on this Risky Angel item?

The stepfather of lies
Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 03:13am

Fishing + aquariums = EPIC


Is good to see that both games will get more attention

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Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 03:15am

OMG the Tiles and Jigsaws and new Townstrash stuffandFishingStuffAndAngeliCroDadnPriZeaNDjoyAnDZOMGPGRIEURFVBHPIU

This is gonna be huge. biggrin

Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 03:44am

Wow sounds like Juno has been working her little tail off. Thanks for all the effort on keeping Gaia the place to have fun and meet friends. <3

DJ Twissta
Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 04:12am

yaaayyyy! ;D

Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 04:52am


also OMGOMG@ the fishingXaquarium
i know i haven't fished in forEVER so ahhhh



Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 04:57am

I can't even........ burning_eyes

Oh my god this is FANTASGASMIC NEWS. Thank you for the tease & update Lanzer. I can't wait for it all to be released!!! <333

Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 04:57am

Lanzer said a**
teehee 4laugh

Seth Maxion Devoncroix
Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 05:02am

Thanks so much for this awesome news Lanzor. This makes me so happy. I love you Gaia staff!

Cerulean Miko
Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 08:12am

about time...

a big thank you to you and the rest of the gaia staff for finally getting around to some site issues that have been around for quite awhile

heart 3nodding whee cool

Haruka Kobayashi The Inu
Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 09:57am

You developers have your work cut out for ya! We as Gaians appreciate all that you have done for us! Can't wait to see what you have in store!

Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 10:01am

ahhhhh i'm gonna have to schedule free time for this.
all of it. zomg fo suree.

Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 11:53am

Fishing update? Angelic rod? zOMG/Coliseum update?!

OOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMGGGGGG. gonk heart heart heart heart heart

The anticipation is killing me.

Lady Kayura
Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 02:43pm

Please please please don't let zOMG become another neglected Gaia feature! The devs need to be returned to zOMG to work on it.

your local teashop
Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 03:16pm

There's a huge FINALLY THANK YOU THANK YOU to lots of those updates.
So, thank you so much!

Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 03:49pm

This all sounds so promising!! 4laugh I knew I'd been saving my trash for a reason. wink And I can't even start with how appreciative I would be for the older EIs to finally complete.

One thing I am wary of though is the word being spread around the forums that zOMG is in danger of dying as a feature (because of "lack of interest" wink . I really hope that it's not true and that the staff will be returned to zOMG after these other projects. I joined Gaia in 2007, and at that point users had been waiting for the much promised battle system for 4 years. That's an awful long time to wait, and certainly an awful lot of work put in (by some very passionate people), for something that is just going to be trashed (and still isn't even out of the beta phase yet). Many people see zOMG as a catch 22 situation: zOMG staff are being pulled away from zOMG to work on other projects because of lack of interest in zOMG from the user base; however, there is lack of interest from the user base because there's been no new content in ages (once you've charged all your rings to level 10 and beat the "chapter's" end boss, there's less reason to stick around in the game until new content is added); but since someone higher up is deciding there's not enough interest from the user base, they're not making it a point to introduce new content.

I'm sorry to ramble like this, but I just hope the right people at Gaia HQ understand what an important issue this is, how the notion of "trashing the feature" affects the userbase, and how much that userbase wants to help in order to keep such a thing from happening.


Miss Rupa
Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 04:24pm

Oh my god so awesome <3

Sakura Latte
Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 06:05pm

Oh ******** yes, finally

Euphonious Cantabile
Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 06:07pm

OMG Lanzer, you don't know how happy you made me by making this journal and telling us that features that we thought you guys abandoned have been updated!

Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 06:16pm

Yay! There's so much to look forward to. heart
I especially like the idea of combining fishing with the aquariums!

Yen Quest
Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 06:22pm

Love you for the information, Lanzer (even though some people known you for your misinformed... -gets shot-). Can't wait to see the updates via the dev notification. 3nodding

Now I'm going to my mule and gather me some cheap exchange items...

void ab initio
Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 07:39pm

Hmm.. it would be more kickass if there's a new set of fish for BG. whee
But thanks for this update. I'm looking forward to the future events.

pauvre matou
Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 08:06pm


Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 08:18pm

*squeee* I can't wait! I'm especially looking forward to seeing the new trash exchange items. biggrin

Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 08:19pm

new jigsaws and return of the world map? eek that will be a most enjoyable update. i've missed having new jigsaw puzzles to do.

thank you! and relay that to all the people working on these updates if you could.

Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 09:06pm

Sounds awesome ^^ And I can't wait to try and get an angelic rod, it's been staring me in the face on the marketplace for ages now!

Absol - Ruler of Chaos
Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 09:31pm

what is with the white text on a white background?

Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 11:21pm

I don't know if the Angelic rod is a good idea. Granted it was in the works 5 or so years ago, but with the hacked version being used from outside sources, wouldn't that cause problems? False reporting of it, and so on as soon as it is officially released and used?

Overall every update is awesome, good job Gaia HQ. Especially you Lanzer 3nodding

Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 11:24pm

THANK YOU SO MUCH! Please don't forget about Cards and the other exchanges.

The Climax
Community Member

Sat Oct 16, 2010 @ 11:50pm


Gantz > Everything

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Community Member

Sun Oct 17, 2010 @ 12:06am

thanks gaia staff! <3

Harley Poe
Community Member

Sun Oct 17, 2010 @ 12:21am

I could not expect any less from the awesome Lanzer himself! -man tears-

Community Member

Sun Oct 17, 2010 @ 01:24am


Community Member

Sun Oct 17, 2010 @ 02:00am

I'm a happy camper, I was beginning to lose sight in Gaia. D= Now I can't leave cause I'm anxious to see the new updates. o3o

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