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Dragon Whisperer

A project in Austin, TX by Erik Dahlman

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A family card game designed by Richard Borg that explores a rich and vibrant fantasy world created by Albino Dragon.
Backers: 581
Average Pledge Per Backer: $55

Funded: $31,988 of $5,000
Dates: Feb 6th -> Mar 7th (30 days)
Project By: Erik Dahlman
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What to do with your Kickstarter Inventory after the project ends

July 28th - via:
You’ve run your successfully funded Kickstarter campaign. All of the products have been created and shipped. But there is still something looming in the corner, quite literally. What do you do with all of that extra merchandise you ordered during the project? (Read More)

Kickstarter just isn't that into you

August 13th - via:
Maybe the timing on your idea is just bad or you haven't conveyed the true value of the product that you are trying to produce. Whatever the reason, Kickstarter isn't just a good place to find funding, it's a good place to find out the market value of your ideas. (Read More)

Google Hangout has started

April 8th - via:
Shane is working on some more monsters if you'd like to come join us here. Or you can watch on YouTube here.   (Read More)

Some new art

April 8th - via:
We've submitted our files to the game manufacturer for review. This is by far the longest part of the process so we made sure to complete those first. Shane has also been working on the art for the other cards that we met as stretch goals. I've... (Read More)


March 7th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Google Hangout has started

March 7th - via:
We're in the final two hours of the project so this will be the last hangout for Dragon Whisperer. Come join us as we countdown the minutes or watch on YouTube here.  (Read More)

You did it!

March 7th - via:
Wow, you guys really stepped it up here in the final push to the finish line! We've updated the graphic on the front page as we smashed through the goals. Shane also put together a nice little graphic below for you to see what you would be getting at... (Read More)

Why back now instead of buying later?

March 7th - via:
As we wind down into the last 5 hours of the project, I realize that I've never explicitly stated why it's better to Kickstart one of our games instead of just buying it in the store later now that you know that it's funded. Our products would never... (Read More)

Close enough

March 7th - via:
We didn't quite hit the time limit, but we got close enough that I'm going to lower the stretch goal anyway. Check out the stretch goal graphic on the main page now, you'll find that we've brought down the limits to give the Dragon Whisperer pledges... (Read More)

Last 12 hours!

March 7th - via:
As we head into the home stretch I wanted to do what I could to really make this a photo finish and help us get the most that we can out of this game when it is produced. So, if we hit $27,000 before 1PM EST today, I will lower the stretch goal for... (Read More)

Google Hangout has started

March 6th - via:
Shane will be working on one of the Monster token suits that we unlocked today! Come join us here or watch on YouTube. I've included the first card that Shane has already completed below. And here is the podcast we did last night with the guys at... (Read More)

35 Hours Left!

March 6th - via:
As we close in on the finish line, I wanted to show you the concept art Shane came up with for the tuck box. This is the box that the cards themselves come in, like a normal Bicycle deck. This tuck box will be INSIDE the sturdy two piece box that all... (Read More)

Dragon Whisperers – A Trick-Taking “Smaller Form Factor” Family Game - in its Kickstarter Final Hours

When I was three, I would sit on my Great Grandmother’s lap as her, her sister, and two daughters, (my Grandmother and Great Aunt), would play Pinochle at every family occasion. On big holidays like Thanksgiving, the entire basement of my Grandmother’s home would be dedicated to Pinochle playing, with three to four tables of four going at one time. Winners would exchange tables and “grand champions” declared. (Read More)

Episode 164: Dragon Whisperer, International Tabletop Day, Banksy, and Bionic Legs

March 3rd - via:
Shane and Erik from Albino Dragon games stop by to talk about their current Kickstarter for their latest game, Dragon Whisperer. Check it out, why don’t you? Then, the gang talks about International Tabletop Day, Banksy (and street art in general), bionic legs for British soldiers, the molten plastic hell of the 3Doodler, and more. (Read More)

Haste! Episode 73 [Podcast]

February 27th - via:
Includes Shane Tyree of Albino Dragon Games. Dragon Whisperer, Firefly RPG, Interface Zero, and more! (Read More)

Dragon Whisperer: Kickstarter Currently Underway

February 25th - via:
The guys from Albino Dragon sent me an email asking if I’d check out the Kickstarter project for their upcoming game Dragon Whisperer. I’m not a huge proponent of Kickstarter, as it can provide a platform for stuff that is underdeveloped and undertested to go live without the vetting that something coming from a more established publisher would get. On the other hand, I’ve seen some great stuff come out of Kickstarter; John Clowdus from Small Box Games consistently puts out great games, and Kickstarter has been a big part of the last year or two for his releases. I’ve backed a few other projects too, from designers or publishers that I know and can trust to get a project finished that’s worth playing. (Read More)

I’m a Backer: Albino Dragon

February 20th - via:
Normally I take Wednesdays to tell you all what project I am backer and why you should to. This week, I’m not going to do that (Read More)

Tell Me – Erik Dahlman

February 18th - via:
Over the past year we’ve had to license game mechanics and intellectual property from a variety of game designers and authors. I’ll be honest, this used to seem like the most complicated and expensive endeavor in the world and scared the hell out of me. I always envisioned a week-long meeting with a roomful of high powered attorneys discussing terms and conditions, finally culminating with a contract signed in blood with a clause for my firstborn. (Read More)

On My Radar: Dragon Whisperer

February 14th - via:
There are always a ton of games on Kickstarter, and most of the time, I sort of just let them pass by without much attention from me. But lately, a few have caught my eye more than usual, so I'll be pointing them out from time to time. This time, I want to mention Dragon Whisperer from Albino Dragon games. It's just a relatively simple trick-taking card game, but a couple of things make me take a little more notice of it. First is that it's designed by Richard Borg, who has had lots of success with both meaty gamer's games and in the more mainstream market, so I figure that he would be able to do a good job with this sort of game. Second is the freaking incredible art in the game... (Read More)

Casual Game Crowdfunding: Maniacal Villains, Racing Ravens, and Chemical Compounds

February 13th - via:
February seems to be the month for casual games on Kickstarter! There are a plethora of great options for casual gamers to choose from, so without further ado, here is our list of what's currently seeking funding. (Read More)

4 Improvements Kickstarter Needs for Project Creators

February 12th - via:
I feel like we’re very lucky to have been able to fund five for five, but in the past year that we’ve been doing this, I’ve found Kickstarter severely lacking in some areas when it comes to helping the project creator. (Read More)

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