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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.

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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Kadzaits Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Will there be like
Another kickstarter things...
I'd love to get one of the items on that one then.
ShadowWolfMystery Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
haven't played :(
is it good?
ShadowWolfMystery Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
sorry i meant i haven't played it :(
warriorjames999 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's quite addicting once you get the swing of it. I was a part of the above and pretty much haven't missed a day...
drakeo1903 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow its no wonder the game is so amazing O_o 

wish i had seen this last year though!
AnimePegasister Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you know where you can get a skycat?  love that familiar and I can't find it
warriorjames999 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Skycat is very hard to come by...and one that can be found are VERY expensive.
AnimePegasister Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very true sadly!
FabulousAlpaca Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Who was the one player the Dragon Dreamer Pack? I wish to know.
xNinjaGecko Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i love your art and your game that is stunning, keep up your amazing work!
TyrantLyzardQueen Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha no wonder that art style was familiar to me! I bought one of your dragon drawing books a while back and now I have a flightrising! Awesome! I love FR!
Lonewalker789 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man if only I had 1500 bucks....

however, 30$ isn't too far out of range :iconohyeahplz: 

LupusWalk Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I want to donate money for that $30 one.
TheTaskFox Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Aw, man, I wish I'd known about this sooner. I would have donated :-(
Whitefeathur Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I had known about this before, I would have loved to help out and toss in with this project! 
Hessanite Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This game sounds amazing!
DalekSoralth Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
does anyone know when the regestration will open?
QuantumMythics Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
I'm curious, did anyone donate enough to get the "create a dragon" perk? Or the "Design a gene" perk? I've see a lot of creatures that are credited to different users, so I know people donated that much, but I haven't seen any special genes (that I'm aware of) or heard of any dragons (unless skydancers maybe?).

It's just out of idle curiosity C:
Fourdd Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
//random person answering your question

The Skydancers are sponsored by one of the players, meaning someone did donate for the 'Dragon dreamer' kick starter pack ;w;

I'm not sure about the genes though XD
Tessathedragon Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awwwwwwww crap i was way too late to help, sorry FR :(
Toxic-Plasma666 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013   Writer
when can we buy the fiendish pack till? I really would love to be able to buy it when I get the money cause the familer and the helemet are really cool!
Mirandarin Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Are we able to still purchase these packs (regardless of the kick starter account)
allisondellue Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is there any way we can still contribute to help with further improvements?  Even if only half the perks can be given?  Because I would REALLY love to invest in the $30 package without having to deal with gems since gems' personal value is kind of hit or miss to me since there's not a lot of stuff exclusively bought with them.
Lycandra Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow I'm impressed by all this work...
Are you only on the design on this game?
I would like to know if the english is complicated? Because it sounds so interesting.... I think I'm going to create an account :3
salamander7 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man-o-man, this looks amazing. (Of course it does; *you're* behind it.) I wish I had the money to spare because I would love to contribute to a project like this.
eraine Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
If there's any way we could still contribute to this, I'd do it in a heartbeat. It does look like an amazing project. Wish I'd known about it sooner, baaah. :heart:
Smooshkin Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd of offered a couple hundred bucks if I'd seen this sooner. Amazing project. Oh, well.
DarkMoonRaven Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I missed the deadline :( Anyway, this looks pretty friggin awesome.
NekoYugito Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
I missed the kickstarter deadline- is there anyway I can still contribute to this? (I was hoping to donate to the 40$ contribution, but life and school got me distracted and I had forgotten about this...)
ClockworkMidnight Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's saying there is a problem with my payment when i have more then enough on my card to cover my pledge, have the number and address correct and there is no reason that my pledge should not have gone through.

I've been excitedly awaiting the kickstarter close for a week now...

please, is there anyway i can still send it? I was so happy to help out and be able to get the imperials and other cool stuff but now it seems i can't.

My card is a greendot card and works on ebay and has worked on amazon before so i have no idea why it's not working. I really really want to submit my pledge and get the things

please tell me there's something can be done, i think i may cry...
neondragon Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
Hi Shad,

If you're the lady who posted on the kickstarter comments section, I think your problem is now resolved. :-)
ClockworkMidnight Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I am. =D sorry about that!
ClockworkMidnight Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had planned to pledge 75$
Exlaa Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
HavocKitten Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My friend asked me today if I'd ever heard of Neon Dragon art, and I about flipped my lid, screaming "Jessica?!" and she then proceeded to fill me in on the details of this endeavor, and I had to come check it out.

I found your art site when I was muuuuch younger, and fell in love with your work, using some of it as inspiration for characters I created throughout the years, but then I lost your site bookmark when my computer fried, and kinda spaced out on ever finding it again. I want to say it's been at least a decade since I've really looked into your art, but I am so glad to have found you again. I love your work, and I'm glad you're still around the art community. Not to mention making this game a reality, I am sooooo stoked!!

I wish I had money out the wazoo to throw at you guys for this, but I'm sure with enough word-of-mouth this kickstarter will take flight and this game will be even more amazing than it is already.
dragonmasterN Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Finally got around to putting in my contribution!

I congratulate you on your current success, and wish you the best in the future of your project. You helped me a great deal with your books to making my own dragon and I can't thank you enough. Looking forward to this game's release, keep up the good work!
Saphira144 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
I'd love to back this project, but I only use paypal (do not have a credit card) is there any way I can send the money through paypal and still get the reward teir I want?
neondragon Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013

We received many e-mail and comments from our backers asking for a paypal option for our KS backer rewards. We’ve listened, and for the next 4 days Paypal-only folks and international frens can have a Paypal option for a selection of the backer rewards.
Saphira144 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Oh, thanks :D I'll get right on that
Yorifia Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Uuuhh :la:
I really would like to back this project!!
Unfortunatly I don't have a credit card :cries:
But I can't await the release! :heart:
GaiaWolfess Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm in!!! :D
$40 pledged!
Looking forwards to playing.
Congratulations on the massive success :D
Scorpius02 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
So when will this game be release?
NirvanaGenesis Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Congratulations on exceeding the Snapper stretch goal. I hope you continue to gain overwhelming support from the community. There's just one thing that's bothering me: the male Spiral's foot seems to be pointing in an odd direction. I think I'm looking at the bottom of the foot, which would be fine, but it's pointing backward. Am I looking at it wrong?
therhoda Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
You need to updater this, we hit that goal!
CodeOfArms Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have to say you are really cool and your art and that site. Those thousand dollar packs would be the coolest! I wish I was rich... Sadly I'm not :( I support you all the way though. I check out your art books at the library they are sooooo cool.
Danikahh Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my glob I want the imperial pack so bad ;n;
I may or may not be back with a wad of cash :3
GeminiWolf Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconclapplz: Congratulations on hitting the $15,000 mark! Y'all deserve it!
icedragonair Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
14k, nice! Seems the $40 pack is very popular, guess a lot of people want imperial babies, I know I do. Keep up the good work, were only in the first third of march and it seem like you guys will make your goal easy, anyways this project deserves backing. Cant wait for it to start.
coolcat007 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations on the high donation amount. You deserve it after all the work you have done. Now you can even buy a server that is more capable and even the ability to add a gigabit cable while you're at it. Half of what is left could be for future maintenance and the rest is your well deserved profit.

It's time to get the party started! :lol:
GeminiWolf Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As I write this right now, your campaign has raised 13,769 dollars, and I just know that it will continue to grow in numbers. The fact that you are your fellow Flight Rising creators have made so much money for the site in less than a WEEK of starting just astounds me. In a good way. It means that you all's years of hard work and dedication to the project will be paying off.

I feel proud for you all, Neondragon, and I can't WAIT to see the site up and running! :D
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