Gaia Online is like a huge plodding diplodocus - a sprawling forum based online hangout which launched way back in the dark ages of 2003. I signed up not long afterwards and, though I go AWOL for months at a time, I always end up returning to collect more pixel items and dress up my avatar.
Some of the features are about to become totally defunct because of the upcoming withdrawal of support for flash, but Gaia is so massive there is still tons of stuff to do from decorating your house to fishing to word games. All for nothing! If you're a member - or intrigued enough to sign up - feel free to add me at babiafi.
#01. Current Avatar
#02. How Did You Hear About Gaia?
Through a penpal I had at the time in the USA. We were both into anime and fandom, and she suggested I check it out so we could use the site's messaging system. I know it was a pretty big thing in the States for a while, and you could buy cash top up cards in shops and stuff, but I never personally knew anyone in the UK who was a member - except for my younger brother who heard about it from me.
#03. Recreate An Early Avatar
I'm going to have to search through my old hard drive for some really early saved pics, but for now here are a few ranging from 2010 to 2016:
#04. When Did You Sign Up?
I set up my first account on 18/08/2004, so I'd have just turned sixteen.
#05. Your Kindred Team
They're in training. ♥️
#06. Easter Avatar
#07. Your House
Flash is on its deathbed but there's still time to grab a screenshot!
#08. Favourite Event
Fashion Fray was awesome, and I always love the 'donate x items' type events as it's the one of the only times I actually clear some of the junk out of my inventory.
#09. Favourite Mini Game
They need to bring back Switchem!
#10. Show Us Your Mule
I use my original account as a mule, and I have another permanently set to Paw.
#11. Halloween Avatar
#12. Story Behind Your Username
My main account - babiafi - is just to match all my blog and social media stuff. My first account was Aeronwyn because I always used Welsh names at the time; you were almost guaranteed not to have to add numbers after it. (This was approaching 20 years ago, to be fair!)
#13. Paw Avatar
(Or Human if you're usually Paw!)
#14. Have You Ever Bought GCash?
Yeah, I've probably spent about £150 over the years... which sounds a lot until you realise that averages out at £10 per annum. That's what I like about Gaia though; you can pay to play, but you certainly don't need to in order to have a good experience.
#15. Favourite Item
Not sure it's my favourite, but I've always wanted the Skittles Rainbow Jacket. It goes for ridiculous amounts on the MP though so it'll just remain a permanent fixture on my wishlist.
#16. Christmas Avatar
#17. Your Car
#18. Where Do You Hang Out?
The marketplace. I like to collect items, and enough of them to be able to use every pose of the item...
#19. Favourite NPC
#20. How Big Is Your Inventory?
I've got 54,739 items on my main account, I'm not sure how that stacks up against the average.
#21. Cosplay Avatar
#22. Favourite Forum
Gaia Guides and Resources.
#23. Most Mourned Feature
I'm still not over Resort World shutting down in, like, 2013. I built that island with my own sweat, blood, and tears!
#24. zOMG! or Lake Kindred?
It's probably sacrilege, but Lake Kindred. It has all the collecting and levelling up elements I love.
#25. Greatest Achievement?
Probably 'Perfect Attendance', earned by logging in for 180 consecutive days. That's real commitment in my book! :) I've got 22,225 achievement points on my main account, but I've missed a lot of the events in recent years so I don't think it's too bad.
#26. Favourite Colour Scheme
#27. Your Aquarium
#28. Do You Use The Go Gaia App?
Nope. I do use the Gaia Upgrade browser extension though for the one click daily reward collect, the quick dumpster dive, and the colour coded items owned (complete with how many) on the marketplace.
#29. Sell, Trash, or Donate?
I never trash anything - if it's not worth much I just donate it to Dumpster Dive. From the limited time I spend on GCD (General Community Discussion) this is a no-no but whatever. I love the Dumpster Dive no matter what random junk comes out of it. Same with all the freebies, tbh, I don't think I'll ever understand the people who complain about daily freebies at Ask The Staff, etc.
#30. Dream Avatar
I'm way too fickle to have just one to aspire to!
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