Well, you guys did it - we made our goal of an additional 10%, and thus we are pleased to run 50% exp bonuses through 6/16! Keep an eye out for Blessings of the Gods standing around in zones - hail one and the global exp bonus will jump to 100% for a few hours, plus you win some personal thanks as well! They can look like anything in the zone, are not trackable, and will not announce their presence after they initially show up. There is one up as of now (May 28th morning) in fact...I will post a couple of hints on our SoD Facebook page.
As is tradition, we will be holding a lottery for donators. This will be held Saturday May 30th at 6pm Eastern, 3pm Pacific in Athica. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE PRESENT TO WIN (though we may give away some additional stuff to folks who ARE there)! The lottery has two parts - one is based on one entry per dollar donated during the drive, the other is one entry per donation, which includes regular donators! We will announce winners on the forums following the event.
Saturday morning I will run a Karit's Crates event, location TBD, I'm aiming for about Noon Eastern, 9am Pacific. I will make a global announcement before the event as to where to be, but show up for some fun prizes and occasional...well, lousy prizes.
Finally, we need help spreading the word about the server - we now have an advertising budget and are looking for creative ways to get the word out. If you have ideas, want to build some art, etc., reach out to us in IRC or in game and we'll work with you. Heck, you might even earn some fame in the process!
Thanks again folks, we are always blown away by the success of these events. This year was so great in fact, we're using a bit of the proceeds to fund some additional coding help on 2.5, which is making great progress, and is the best advertisement we could possibly have.. Once the drive is done, stay tuned for news on that front as well.