Heaven’s Blessings Tiny Zoo (HBTZ) was established in 2003 in the state of Oregon by woman business owner, Laurene Wells. HBTZ is a Christian company producing family friendly games with an entirely volunteer team. Laurene is the Designer and Producer of both Visions and Chariots. She continues to grow her business by offering valuable experience in the game development industry to volunteers who want to practice their skills on professional projects.
The flagship project of HBTZ is Visions, a Christian MMORPG set in the 2nd century Holy Land using the Bigworld Indie game engine. Visions is a quest and skill based game where the player can experience history as a Roman citizen, study the profession skills of a trade, and learn about Biblical history through visions and dreams. Visions is still in development.
Also produced by volunteers through HBTZ is Chariots, a racing game set in ancient Rome on the island of Cyprus. Players can race on foot, on horseback or in a chariot. Chariots was released in July 2008 and is available for sale on the http://www.chariotsgame.com website.
In July 2009 Laurene released her first card game, Messiah, through the online publisher TGC. Messiah is a paper (table-top) card game for 2-10 players with a surprise ending. You can learn more about Messiah on this page.
In July 2010 Laurene participated in an on-site game design contest at CGDC and developed the prototype for the board game Treasures In Heaven, and won the award for best board game. Treasures in Heaven is a cooperative board game about the fruits of the spirit for 2 to 9 players. It is helpful if players can read, but color coded cards make it possible for younger players to join the fun with the adults! Players work together to gather all the fruits of the spirit before the rains come and spoil the harvest.
Pedich Edhellen? is a simple flashcard game to help players learn to speak Elvish. This app focuses primarily on Quenya, the “High Elf” language from Lord of the Rings invented by J.R.R. Tolkien for use in his stories. Pedich Edhellen? uses an immersion method of language instruction which has the student speaking Quenya from the very first lesson. Sound is included for every card, but is optional so may be used silently if desired.