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I have restocked the etsy shop and nearly everything in it is on sale! If you were ever looking at my crafts, now is a great time to pick them up.

My etsy shop is on sale because I do not plan on attending any conventions this year as a vendor, nor keeping the etsy shop up for the long-term. Everything that’s up there is it for on-hand stock! I do have quite a few candle and lip balm materials left over, so I may use those supplies up and make a few more items, but beyond that I can’t guarantee any of these items coming back in the near future. I am not going to be placing any reorders for materials that I run out of, as using them up is the goal!
A project that I've been a part of for several years now is nearing its launch! We're now running a kickstarter to get Flight Rising off the ground by raising the funds to purchase a dedicated server capable of supporting hundreds of concurrent online users for its first year online.


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Information from our Kickstarter Page:

Flight Rising's Kickstarter is now live! If successful, we'll have the funds for our own dedicated server, and will be opening in a couple of months. We have project details, updates, and some great rewards lined up for our backers.


Flight Rising is a browser-based game where players lead an elemental clan of dragons and work with other clans to gain supremacy in the realm. It features dragon breeding, battles, adventures, item collection, and mini-games.

Breeding --Flight Rising will support a robust breeding system that allows you to selectively pass down special breeds, genes, and colors. All dragons and their traits are 100% hand-drawn creating visually stunning combinations.



Resource Collection --Flight Rising is chock full of thousands of items, ranging from colorful foods, materials, battle stones, and apparel. Use the items to the benefit of your own clan or sell & trade them with other players.



Apparel and Custom Skins --It is possible to further customize dragons through hundreds of apparel pieces, and players can even create their own custom skins to lay over the artwork! All apparel items are hand-crafted to fit perfectly on each breed and gender combination.



Battles --Dragons can form hunting parties and duke it out in the Coliseum with hordes of animated monsters, and they can specialize in certain fighting styles via completely customizable stats and abilities.



Mini-Games --Clans can accumulate wealth by competing in an assortment of HTML5 faire games, where high scores will often net a bounty of treasure!



Stay Connected --Players will be able to build friends lists, trade dragons, and compare achievements. Many site activities will be relayed through easy-to-read alerts, and players will be able to build communities in our growing selection of message boards.









































$5,000 - 20 New Gene Colors:
Flight Rising will launch with 20 additional color possibilities bringing our total 67. Coupled with our genes and patterns that's over 200,000,000 dragon possibilities!


$10,000 - Spiral Dragon Breed:
Flight Rising will open with an additional dragon breed available to all players at launch.


$15,000 - Snapper Dragon Breed:
Flight Rising will open with an additional dragon breed available to all players at launch.




Kickstarter funds will go to primarily upgrading our server environment from a Virtual Private Server (wherein several sites are sharing space on a single server) to a Dedicated Server. This will substantially increase the load speed, efficiency, and capacity of Flight Rising, and support hundreds of concurrent player connections fluidly. Technology like this is pricey, but we believe with your help, we can do it!

In addition to upgrades, any remaining funds will be distributed to:
  • Reimburse content contributors (Artists, Writers, Designers, etc.) that have helped us through the years.
  • Fuel future content!





You can follow the development of Flight Rising on our website and social media pages.




Risks and challenges
Most of the risks and challenges in developing Flight Rising have already been overcome. Flight Rising has been in development for several years, and had 95% of the content needed to open completed before we launched our Kickstarter. Flight Rising has been in closed alpha for two months and closed beta for two-and-a-half. During that time we've enjoyed interacting with our wonderful testers, taking their suggestions to heart, and squishing a swarm of bugs (Well, maybe our codesmiths didn't exactly *enjoy* that last part... but they took their medicine!). We're ready to open and can't wait to have you play.

Non-designer digital backer rewards are completed and ready to be turned into redemption codes.

We have our printer and suppliers lined up for our physical backer rewards: The Buttons, Bestiary, and Ultimate Gallery. We believe in transparent communication. Should a delay arise we will keep you in the loop through our Kickstarter updates and various social media pages.

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Alexbee1236 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist
Hello, Neondragon! 

I just wanted to say - thank you SO much for posting all your work here and for everything you do! I am a huge fan of your books (I have all the dragon ones) and am using your tips and tricks to create my own dragons and creatures. You are by far the best digital artist I have ever seen online or anywhere else. You have a loyal fan! Keep up the fantastic work!! 

P. S. Any chances you'll publish any more books soon? 
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Kykyru Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I got your book yesterday and I love it so much! You are with ok doubt the best artist ever in my book!
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CharlieDoodle Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Digital Artist
I am a very big fan of yours you have helped me A LOT with dragons. <3 Thank you so much ;3;.
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ReapersPromise Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Well this will probably be the one of the weirdest comments you have ever gotten but I feel I must tell you. When I was fifteen I was given Dragon Art : How to Draw Fantastic Dragons and Fantasy Creatures by a family member because they knew how much I loved dragons and wolves. I had a lot of fun with the book but I remember putting the book away. Years later a friend directs me to Flight Rising (A site in which I adore). The artwork looked incredibly familiar to me but I couldn't place it. A month later I'm going through my books so that I can give them/read them to my niece. She picks up Dragon art and hands it to me asking me to draw a dragon. Now being 24 I felt very nostalgic and was happy to comply. Flipping through the book though I discovered why the dragons looked so familiar, it's because they were similar to yours. I decided to find out if you were an inspiration for Flight Rising and type your name into Google. Now here I am finding out that you infact worked on Flight Rising designing some of my favorite breeds. 

Sorry for it's long length but I was completely blown away to find this out. 
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RATKlNG Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Dragonart!! I received your book as a gift maybe 4/5 years ago now, because I've loved dragons ever since I was young! Thanks for the inspiration.
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