Before Flight Rising was launched, Stormlight Workshop held a Kickstarter to raise money. The Kickstarter funds were used to primarily upgrade their server environment from a Virtual Private Server (wherein several sites are sharing space on a single server) to a Dedicated Server. They stated that this would substantially increase the load speed, efficiency, and capacity of Flight Rising, and support hundreds of concurrent player connections fluidly.
They also said that, in addition to upgrades, any remaining funds would be distributed to reimburse content contributors (Artists, Writers, Designers, etc.) that have helped them through the years and to fuel future content.
Flight Rising was successfully funded on on April 9, 2013 by a total of 819 backers. The total amount raised was $38,557 USD. Note that the Kickstarter is now over and all of the rewards below are unavailable now.
Headstart - $5+Edit
Start playing Flight Rising 3 days before we open to the public. You'll receive the "Founder" achievement and our gratitude for supporting the project.
Cloudy - $10+Edit
Gilded - $15+Edit
Fiendish - $20+Edit
Button Set - $25+Edit
The rewards of "headstart", plus we'll ship you a set of eleven 1.5" buttons featuring the elemental dragon gods.
Imperial - $30+Edit
The rewards of "fiendish" plus 1 imperial dragon blueprint. Imperial dragons are a kick-starter exclusive species.
Clockwork - $35+Edit
All the Things - $40+Edit
The ultimate digital-pack. The rewards of "clockwork" plus a second Imperial dragon blueprint. Imperial hatchlings may be in your future...
Bestiary - $55+Edit
The rewards of "Imperial", plus we'll ship you "A Flight Rising Bestiary" softcover book.
Item Sponsor - $70+Edit
The rewards of "All the things", plus we'll create an in-game food, trinket, or material item to your specifications and credit you in the tool-tip. You'll receive 3 copies of your item.
- Amethyst Striker, Emerald Striker, Onyx Cobra, and Opal Cobra were sponsored by Opal.
- Ancestral Incense was sponsored by EW.
- Depleted Sacridite, Impure Sacridite, and Sacridite were sponsored by Darrin P.
- Haunted Stone Orb was sponsored by Nick B.
- Moonglow Foxtail and Wispy Foxtail were sponsored by KravenFoxy.
- Nickel Cat Figurine was sponsered by MiKayla.
All the Things & More - $75+Edit
The rewards of "All the things" plus we'll ship you "A Flight Rising Bestiary" and eleven 1.5" buttons featuring the 11 elemental dragon gods.
Ultimate Gallery - $120+Edit
The rewards of "All the things & more" plus a hardcover copy of "DragonArt Ultimate Gallery" art book, signed and sketched-in by Jessica Peffer (Undel).
Monster Sponsor - $130+Edit
The rewards of "All the things" plus we'll create an in-game monster to your specifications and credit you in the tooltip. You'll receive 3 copies of the familiar in-game and a high resolution copy of the image (1250 x 1250) by e-mail.
- The Bamboo Phytocat was sponsored by kiohl.
- The Bluemoon Aviar and Renegade Aviar were sponsored by ZeSethis.
- The Brilliant Psywurm and Psywurm were sponsored by Mythka.
- The Clouddancer and Sunspot Clouddancer were sponsored by Vahilor.
- The Crimson Emperor and Death's-Head Stag were sponsored by Windswept.
- The Nochnyr and Permafrost Impaler were sponsored by Zen.
- The Poultrygeist was sponsored by Madame.
- The Salve, Sickle, and Scythe Kamaitachi were sponsored by Larthan.
- The Shalebuck and Venerable Shalebuck were sponsored by Tumblebuck.
- The Spinel Vulstal and Tourmaline Vulstal were sponsored by Lune.
Monsters & More - $180+Edit
The rewards of "all the things & more" plus we'll create an in-game monster to your specifications and credit you in the tooltip. You'll receive 3 copies of the familiar in-game and a high resolution copy of the image (1250 x 1250) by e-mail.
Apparel Sponsor - $300+Edit
The rewards of "Ultimate Gallery" plus we'll create an in-game piece of apparel to your specifications, fitted to each of our dragon breeds and credit you in the tooltip. You'll receive 3 copies of the apparel in-game.
- The Peacekeeping apparel sets were sponsored by DragonMistress.
- The Face Mask/Haori apparel sets were sponsored by Jazz.
Gene Sponsor - $700+Edit
The rewards of "Ultimate Gallery" plus we'll create an in-game gene to your specifications and credit you in the tooltip. You'll receive 3 copies of the gene blueprint in-game.
- Seraph was sponsored by warriorjames.
Dragon Dreamer - $1,500+Edit
The rewards of "Ultimate Gallery" plus we'll create an in-game dragon species to your specifications and credit you in the tool-tip. You'll receive 3 copies of the species blueprints in-game.
- Skydancers were sponsored by Scorpius.
- There's a page on the Flight Rising site that tracks the progress of the sponsored items and breeds. However, it is unknown how often it gets updated or when the last time it was updated.
- Though the Poultrygeist is the only one of its pair that bears 'sponsored by' in its description, the Woodland Turkey could be considered a sponsored monster by association as it shares the same lineart.