It’s July, and you know what that means! The Christian Game Developers Conference is happening in Portland, Oregon. You can learn more about it at CGDC.org if you’re interested. We’re taking Visions to CGDC again. We haven’t had time to work on the website or the facebook page or much of anything else because we’ve been trying to squash bugs and update the content to get it ready for the conference. We haven’t gotten as much done as we had hoped, but we did get 2 new zones connected! The big patch for this content is now complete and ready for players to log in!
Just in time for CGDC, the summer patch for Visions alpha is live and available for play on the test server. If you have am account already please update and log in. There are about 21k files in the patch, which includes an entirely new zone and 2 working tradeskills! Anticipate less than 2 hours (maybe as short as 1 hour) for the patch on high speed broadband. (As usual, if you get disconnected, just start it up again and it will pick up where it left off.) If you don’t have the alpha client yet, you can get it from our store over here:
For those who are installing it new for the first time, there are 67k files to download and it takes about 3 hours to patch a full install. Your download times will vary depending on the speed of your internet connection.
The Olive Press and the Still are both working now. The Still works with multiple recipes. Both tradeskill tools use a bottle or amphora of some sort in the recipes. Since the Pottery wheel is not working yet we have provided the bottles you need at the Master’s House available to be picked up. Other ingredients will need to be collected from various locations around the world. Look for green olives, frankincense resin, myrrh resin, and corn for the recipes. They are needed in various quantities depending on the recipe.
Have fun! And thank you for your support.
God bless you.
-The Visions Team
We’re starting weekly GM events online in Visions at 6:00 pm Pacific time on Mondays! Tonight was the first event. Come back every week for a new live experience with our Developers! Now you have something fun to look forward to on Monday every week!
1st and 3rd Mondays will be Live GM Quest Events.
2nd Monday of every month we will be doing a Bible study in-game.
4th Monday will be a Prayer meeting in-game.
If there is a 5th Monday then we will do an extra GM Quest event.
Expect this to last 1-2 hours.
(Starting at 6 pm PT, 7 MT, 8 CT, 9 ET)
If you haven’t played since mid-July please allow extra time to update your client. Bring a friend!
To go directly to the announcement on the official Visions website follow this link:
We’re celebrating America’s Independence Day and our upcoming CGDC event with a HALF OFF SALE! Get the Visions alpha download for half off right now! That’s a bargain price of only $15.
We’re only offering 1000 downloads at this price. As soon as they are gone the sale is over. Get in early and get it cheap! Come see the world as the developers see it, before it’s finished. Grow with us as we progress through development of creating the world’s first Christian MMORPG. See what’s new as we create it!
In the next patch we will be increasing the explorable area of the game world by adding 2 new zones! We’ve also added leopards. Can you find them?
Check it out!
We’ve just added a brand new store on our own company website! http://store.tinyzoo.com You’ll also find a a link to the new store on the existing store page here. The store is brand new, so please feel free to report any problems you may encounter and we’ll get it straightened out right away! Check out all our games in the new store. Maybe you’ll find another game you like? Thanks for supporting Christian games and Indie game developers!
I’m sorry to bring the bad news on the last day of the month but we must postpone the launch of the 1st stage beta test of Visions which was planned for this month. We just have not been able to get our server issue sorted out. And without a valid server connection we can not open the Beta test, it’s just technologically impossible at this moment in time. We are still working on it, fear not. As soon as we get this server issue sorted out and are sure that people will be able to log in successfully, we will open the 1st stage Beta test of Visions to approved testers. Be looking for the tester application on the www.visionsgame.com website in the next few days. This 1st stage beta is not a full-scale game, it is a tech beta, so please be expecting to test functionality and mechanics, not gameplay. Thank you for your patience.
~The Visions Team
Have you registered for the CGDC Winter Retreat? The theme this year is “Keeping the Light shining in the darkness” and TODAY Feb 6th is the last day to register. Don’t miss your chance for this elite Christian Game Developers Conference event in the Oregon mountains just outside of Portland. CGDC Winter Retreat is Feb 25-27. Hope to see you there!
Come meet fellow Christians who are passionate about game development. Speakers, workshops, round tables, and networking opportunities and the chance to get face time with CEOs, developers, and artists of other game development companies. The only conference in the world where you can talk about game physics, game mechanics and spiritual ramifications of game content all in one conversation. Don’t miss this opportunity!
Still have 2 contests in the running. And people can vote once a day.
This one at startup nation is for a publicity package:
This one at Idea Cafe is for a small business grant:
(Remember to Click the DIGG button!)
Both would be helpful to our efforts. We’re really close on the Startupnation contest, I have no idea how we’re doing on the Idea Cafe contest. Thank you for voting for us!
Laurene answered some questions about Visions and our company, Heaven’s Blessings Tiny Zoo, presented by Idea Cafe in relation to the Small Business Grant contest that we are participating in. They have published my responses on their blog. You can read them here:
Please be sure to vote for us! You can vote once a day.
My contest entry was accepted to the DEWmocracy competition. Please vote for me!
Look for this image on the cans when voting! I used a screenshot from Visions as the backdrop for my design. A vote for me is a vote for Visions!
I made the design by myself, this was not a team effort. But it was my hope that if I won the $10,000 grand prize, I could use some of the funds to buy some development software, specifically Ecstasy Motion for 3D art and animation, (as well as pay for braces for my son, and get Dentist and Eye Dr. appointments for the whole family). I am thrilled about the recognition we’re getting and hope you all will vote for me!
EDIT: Here’s a screenshot from the voting page. Wouldn’t it be cool to hold a can like this in your hand?