Leadership positions open on growing team. Apply now!

We are actively seeking to grow our volunteer game development team.  We are immediately seeking dedicated individuals with the skill and willingness to take on management roles and who will see the project through to completion.  We are seeking to add the following positions to our team:

Programming Team Leader (2)
Programming Team Assistant leaders (up to 6)

Quest Team Leader (2)
Quest Team Assistant leaders (4)

Art Team Leader (1 for 3D, 1 for Animation, 1 for 2D)
Art Team Assistant leaders (6)

Music Team Leader (1)
Music Team Assistant leaders (4)

Worldbuilding (Level design) Team Leader (2)
Worldbuilding Assistant Leaders (4)

Marketing Team Assistant leaders (3)

Administrative Assistants (2)

All positions are volunteer only at this time.  If you are interested in one of these positions please submit an application online:
http://www.visionsdev.com/adminforms/Volunteer-Application.htm

To learn more about our company and our projects please visit our company website:
http://www.tinyzoo.com

Thank you for your support!

God bless you,
-Laurene

New website is LIVE!

We’ve been working behind the scenes for the last few months to update our website. Tonight we pushed the site LIVE!  (Our apologies to anyone who may have experienced any hiccups!  The chariotsgame.com site is still down temporarily, we’re working on it!  Should be up again in the next few hours.)  We hope you like the new look!  All of our websites will be getting some overhaul love so keep coming back for more updates!

And yes, work on Visions is progressing!  We’re excited about the changes that are happening!  We are growing our development team to meet the demands of our advancing project.  We are especially looking for people with leadership experience, but will accept applications for all positions.  We need programmers, artists, writers, musicians, marketing and PR, and worldbuilders.  If you are interested please apply online:

http://www.visionsdev.com/adminforms/Volunteer-Application.htm

If the website seems to be down for maintenance (it is not currently but could be in the near future) please feel free to contact us by email jobs@visionsdev.com or support@tinyzoo.com and we will email you an application.

CGDC 2009 Special Edition Chariots – limited time!

The clouds have returned to block out the heat! It’s a beautiful day in Oregon. Too bad CGDC had to be during the hottest week in history! And the expo center was in a NON-air-conditioned room to boot!

The result of this however is that we have some CGDC Special Edition numbered lot, autographed Chariots CDs leftover. Numbers 21-50 are available as singles. Numbers 51-60 are packaged together with a special 1-10 lot of Friend Pack 2-CD double-deal boxes!

Hurry and get them while they last!

Chariots Store

Social Marketing for Christian games

One of the topics at CGDC (the Christian Game Developers Conference) this year was on social marketing. Seth Crofton taught us about using social networking to maximize our marketing opportunities for distributing our Christian and family friendly games. He has identified dozens of marketing opportunities in the social network. Some that I am already using are facebook, twitter, myspace, shoutlife, youtube, tangle, community forums, ning, homeschoolblogger, and of course wordpress. Chariots and Visions each have their own pages on Facebook, Chariots and Visions each have their own websites, and they share a community forum on our website. Visions has a ning page too.

There are some nice tools that help us integrate some of these tools too so that they are connected to each other, to improve our effectiveness at reaching our audience. For example, this blog post is being sent via email using a special plugin that is available to wordpress users. There are similar tools for other social networking sites as well. I hope to get some of these other tools implemented as well, so my twitter and facebook can be updated every time I post a blog!

One of the advantages of using social networking as a marketing tool is that it gives us as developers direct access to our customers. We don’t have to go through a 3rd party to rely on sterile reports and charts and diagrams. Our customers can talk directly to us through comments and feedback in a more personal way than ever before. Websites are still the front page for people to find us, but social networking will keep us connected and build relationships. We can make the Christian games, and the family friendly games, but if people don’t know about us, how can they buy our games? Social networking is one method to get the word out that we have exciting new games to play!

http://www.tinyzoo.com

Chariots won an Award! (May 15, 2009)

Reposting this from my old blog.

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I just got this notification in email this morning! (May 15)
Check it out!

Congratulations,

Chariots, one of your products, has been added to Softpedia’s database of games and gaming tools. It is featured with a description text, screenshots, download links and technical details on this page:
http://games.softpedia.com/get/Games-Demo/Chariots.shtml

The description text was created by our editors, using sources such as text from your product’s homepage, the PAD file (if available) and the editor’s own opinions.

“Chariots” has been tested in the Softpedia labs using several industry-leading security solutions and found to be completely clean of adware/spyware components. We are impressed with the quality of your product and encourage you to keep these high standards in the future.

To assure our visitors that Chariots is clean, we have granted it with the “100% CLEAN” Softpedia award. To let your users know about this certification, you may display this award on your website, on boxes or inside your product.

Softpedia 100% clean award

More information about your product’s certification and the award is available on this page:
http://games.softpedia.com/progClean/Chariots-Clean-37803.html

This means we can put the award on our box and on our website. 🙂
Thought you might like to know we passed the Softpedia test!

God bless you,
-Laurene