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
Be part of the world’s first Christian MMORPG game development team! Help us create Visions. Gain valuable industry experience working with the Bigworld game engine, an industry standard engine designed specifically for massive online worlds. Visions is an historical game set in the Ancient Roman empire. It is a quest and skill based game with three primary quest tracks: Professions, History, Scriptures. Players start out as a slave and earn their freedom by learning a Profession. There are history quests relevant to the 100AD era. And there are scripture quests for players to collect all the verses to compile their own Bible. It is heavily tradeskill oriented where play characters will be able to make almost everything that they use in the game. Because it is skill based, and not level based, veteran players will be able to share meaningful gameplay with new friends just joining the game. Use your gifts and talents for God’s glory. Get involved and help us finish this game!
INDEPENDENT SALES PEOPLE!
We have an opportunity for Independent Sales people to come along side us and earn commissions from selling our games. Earn 20% from every referral from your site. No sign-up fee! You can sell from your existing Blog site, or create a new store site, whichever works best for you. When you sell our games, you are helping us fund the development of Visions. We do not have outside corporate funding, so this is our only revenue. Do you have a gift for sales? Come help us! Learn more on our store website. http://store.tinyzoo.com/affiliate-resources/
WORLDBUILDERS / LEVEL DESIGNERS!
We are creating a massive game world to include a majority of the Mediterranean basin, so we have a lot of work for worldbuilders to do. This is a volunteer position. Apply now! http://www.visionsgame.com/volunteer
PROGRAMMERS / PYTHON SCRIPTERS!
Visions is currently in the second Alpha state of development, meaning the core functionality of the game mechanics are not implemented yet, so there is a lot of work for programmers to do as well. This is a volunteer position. Apply now! http://www.visionsgame.com/volunteer
We have an ongoing need for artists, and occasionally for researchers working in tandem with artists, to create the buildings, items, and various visual elements of the game. We especially need artists who are comfortable with building 3D models of ancient Roman buildings with nothing more than a floor plan, or pictures of ruins to go by – historic artistic interpretation is a must. Artists just joining the team will not gain game editor access immediately, as we have a limited number of seats. This is a volunteer position. Apply now! http://www.visionsgame.com/volunteer
Players interested in testing the game can buy access to our alpha test server for just $30 to access the download client. This is a rare opportunity to grow with the game and see it like the developers do. Get it now! http://store.tinyzoo.com/visionsalphadownload/
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!
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
The concept behind the Kickstarter program is for a lot of people to contribute a little bit to make great things happen. Artists, musician, writers, explorers, even game developers all find a warm welcome in this community of aspiring creative minds. This is your opportunity to help with the final push to get Visions to open beta! We just launched our very own Kickstarter page today. Check it out!
Thank you for supporting us!
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.