This isn’t part of the Operation Backlog, exactly, but since Flight Rising is one of the few games I’m playing in “maintenance” mode, popping in most days to do a few oddments, I figure it’s worth noting. It was a Kickstarter project that found success, and is largely closed to new players, though it does open up windows once in a while. I joined the site in November in one such window, and there’s another one coming up April 8th.
It’s a game that’s good fun, if a little on the shallow side for those of us used to meatier games. It’s been fun to collect dragons that my kids like, and I’ve gathered more than a few. It’s free, mostly supported by ads (the ones it shows me are for webcomics, but I’m not sure what system they are using), though you can spend money on premium currency. It’s not necessary, which is Good Design, but it’s there if you want to give them some money and get some of the spiffier goods. (Their Auction House means most of those goods wind up on sale between players anyway, and there’s no “buying power”, so overall, it’s a really low key monetization setup.)
If you do decide to join the game, please let me know, and I’ll send you some welcoming goodies. My handle over there is Silveransom, the handle I use on Puzzle Pirates. I’m in the Light elemental flight, but you don’t have to join that one; I can send goodies to anyone.
There’s no registration bonuses or pyramid scheming afoot, either. It’s a nice, clean game about pixel dragons and some light “Coliseum” elements where your dragons can fight baddies. (It’s really the key to wealth, the Coliseum, but fun is to be had if you just can’t stand it.)
I’ll get another Operation Backlog post up soon. The Banner Saga is up now, and… it’s going to be hard to keep that 15 minute limit, I think.