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!
We are expanding our Visions Affiliate opportunities on the website! Originally the only way to become a Visions affiliate was to participate in one of our crowdfunding events. As of this posting today we have new opportunities for businesses or individuals to become affiliate sponsors of Visions. Come see our newly updated Affiliates page over here!
There are a variety of opportunities available. Get your web link on our website! Include your logo if you wish. Choose the monthly subscription option, or get a big discount for choosing the annual budget option. There are also In-Game advertising opportunities! That’s right! Get your name in the game by purchasing a commemorative object that we will place in the game for you.
Not just for businesses… Have a someone on your gift list that already has everything? Consider gifting them with an in-game commemorative brick or statue! Honor a loved one with a memorial site in Visions. Write your own text or let us help you craft the perfect message for all players to see when they pass by the memorial statue.
All affiliate contributions help pay for the development of Visions. We need a new server. We have monthly expenses that need to be met. There are many costs we have already incurred as well as additional goals we would like to meet which require additional funding. Your financial contributions, and your prayers, help us make Visions become a reality. Thank you for your support!
God bless you.
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
This has been one of the hardest years of my life. As the year has progressed, it hasn’t gotten much easier either. We’ve experienced the estrangement of a son, financial difficulties, a home remodeling project that never seems to end, a checkbook being stolen, a 500 mile journey (1000 miles round trip) to see our fathers who were deathly ill, then losing both of our fathers in the same week, soon followed by an identical trip back to attend the funeral and mourn with family members, opossums attacking our baby chicks, guinea keet eggs that didn’t hatch, a cat that has an incurable illness that makes him drool (the Lord has provided funding for him to get a surgery that is supposed to help! PTL!), strain on relationships related to all the stress, and all this overlaid by chronic health issues that have been part of my life for many years now. Right about the time we were leaving for my father’s funeral, the Visions game server crashed, beyond repair, and we discovered that our backups were corrupted, so we really lost the entire server setup and have to rebuild the server. For six months I held the role of Producer on the Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen MMORPG project under the leadership of my friend Brad McQuaid. (Yes, I was simultaneously producing both Pantheon and Visions at the same time. That really wasn’t nearly as hard as losing my father, or some of the other struggles that I face in life.) I had to resign from Pantheon this month because of a conflict with a newly introduced policy against posting religious things of a controversial nature on my personal and public websites. I had to choose God over the game. I have experienced many losses this year. Pain, debilitating fatigue, and sorrow have been a daily existence for many months now, with no end in sight. I am enduring. I am persisting. I am persevering. I have not given up.
I share these things because I hope it will give you some insight into what it means when someone says, “I’ve had a rough year.” I know that a rough day, or a rough week, or a rough year means many different things to different people. Everyone has struggles. I don’t pretend to believe that my struggles are the worst anyone has ever experienced, I’m well aware that there are children being kept in cages in India who are abused in unthinkable ways, and I know that their existence is far worse than anything I have ever experienced. They need to be rescued. I get that. I donate when I can to Gospel for Asia, and I pray for them regardless. I am hoping that by sharing a glimpse into my life however that it will encourage all my readers to be more compassionate when encountering others. Sometimes sorrow doesn’t look like sorrow, it looks like irritability or apathy. Sometimes pain looks like anger and sounds snappy. Sometimes fatigue and despair looks like carelessness or sloppiness. Be gentle and offer kindness to others, they might just be going through trials that are more difficult than they are able to talk about.
There are many scary things happening in the world today. Many trials, terrors, and tribulations of all sorts, some just being hinted at, some marching in full force. Prophesies of things to come seem to be starting to be fulfilled right in our lifetimes. We should not be amazed at them, because we were warned that these things would happen, but sometimes it is still amazing to see it happening so very fast. Our job right now, while we are still here on this earth, is to share the Good News of salvation through Jesus with everyone who will listen, all over the world.
That is what we are trying to do with Visions. We are trying to make a game that will be a safe place for people to log in online and talk to others around the world about the Bible. We have created a place where people can meet online for prayer meetings or Bible studies, even now before the playable content is finished. We are working on creating content that will give players something fun to do while waiting for their friends to log on. Eventually the content will be so interactive that many players will be able to collaborate together in a variety of different ways to create player made items and to complete interactive quests that are meaningful, educational, and fun. This is all taking a lot longer than we like, because we’re doing it with an entirely volunteer team who have only a very minimal number of hours to work on the project each week. And we have all these other life-stresses that pull us away from the work on Visions that we would rather be doing. But we have not given up, and we are making progress. We’re putting together another server to use for development (we still need money/resources to be able to put together a play server). We have some plans we are working on for some new items to use in the Christmas event this year. We are hoping to make this Christmas a memorable experience in game in Visions. We hope to see you there!
Please keep praying for us. Please keep sharing our Facebook posts when you see them. Please keep telling your friends about us. Please support us financially if you are able. And as soon as we get a play server back online again (we will announce it!) please come play with us!
God bless you.
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/
I do believe we finally got our Affiliate program properly set up! And the new store is live! Who wants to be our first Independent Sales Person to test it out and start earning a 20% commission from sales?
It took us far longer to get this completed than we originally had expected it would take, but hopefully the results are worth it. Now anyone can sign up as an Affiliate (it’s free!) and start selling our games! Right now we just have 1 product available on the Commission sales plan, but hope to be adding the others as we’re able over the next month.
Thank you for your support!
The Tinyzoo store (our company store where the Visions alpha download is available) will be down for a day or two while we implement some upgrades to our store that we have been planning for a while. Thank you for your patience while we work on this!
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!
Are you an Indie game developer? Do you use the MACK or FACK pack from Broke Ass Games in your game project? If you answered yes to both of these questions then you may be interested in a FREE skin overlay pack that we are offering! Check out the details on the Visions website.
This is a free download of 95 texture color overlays for the MACK and FACK Advanced Character Kits. We think you’ll like it!