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Dragons & Gridirons - Fantasy Football in a Fantasy Realm

We're creating a season-long fantasy football platform where you get to use RPG-style spells to impact your matchups as they unfold!

Dragons & Gridirons - Fantasy Football in a Fantasy Realm

We're creating a season-long fantasy football platform where you get to use RPG-style spells to impact your matchups as they unfold!

$15,947
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
54
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, September 22 2017 9:49 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 15, 2017

About

Imagine you’re playing in your fantasy football league championship. It’s the 4th quarter of the Monday night game. You’re up by a point, but you don’t have any active players left. Your opponent still has their RB1 left to play.

You’re pretty well screwed.

So what do you do?

Well, up until now, you couldn’t actually do anything. Fantasy football means drafting, scouring the waiver wire, picking a lineup…then waiting and watching – powerless.

That ends right here.

Fantasy football in a fantasy realm!
Fantasy football in a fantasy realm!

Dragons & Gridirons is a new, interactive version of fantasy football, where you get the power to impact the outcome as your matchup unfolds. You'll customize your team with over 100 spell cards that do everything from boost your players’ yardage to banish opponent players to the X-Zone.

Choose three new spell cards to add to your deck each week
Choose three new spell cards to add to your deck each week

Dragons & Gridirons is based on traditional, season-long fantasy football. You form a league of 11 or so friends, draft your teams from the current pool of NFL players, and then face off in head-to-head battles  ("matchups" in FF speak) each week of the real world football season.

Imagine FF matchups that are as fun as drafting
Imagine FF matchups that are as fun as drafting

The outcome of each battle is the result of both traditional fantasy scoring (i.e., you earn fantasy points when players on your team earn stats in their real life NFL games), and the impact of your/your opponent’s use of spell cards.

Things just got interesting
Things just got interesting

Let's say you have a running back who got you 10 fantasy points one week, from 40 rushing yards (4 points) plus a touchdown (6 points).

If you had the foresight to play your the Double TD Points spell card on him before he found the end zone, you'd end up with 16 points from that player. (4 + 6x2).

Some spells, like Snow Day, will impact your entire league! Even the more basic cards can be directly applied to any valid player in your league*. Feel like meddling in a battle that you're not  a part of, to try to tilt the standings in your favor? You can do that! Just don't blame us if your league gangs up on you next week..

(*This ability can be toggled on/off when setting up your league, so if this is too cutthroat for your group, just turn it off before drafting.)

It’s up to you to decide whether you use multiple small spell effects or go for broke with one powerful spell that could turn the tide of the game.

Spell cards go into effect in real time. Do you play your hand early to capture the full benefit? Or do you wait and see how things are playing out, at the risk of failing to get a boost on some big plays?

A WINNER IS YOU
A WINNER IS YOU

Each team begins the season with the same set of basic spell cards, and then you get to choose three new spell cards to add to your deck each week that advance you up various skill trees. This occurs as a basic and automatic game mechanic - there are no micro-transactions in Dragons & Gridirons. Each team will have the exact same access to spell cards as any other team - no money or "currency" required.

We've included more details in our FAQ for any rule lawyers out there. Start plotting your loopholes to exploit now!

Here there be rewards
Here there be rewards

For those unfamiliar with Kickstarter: funding works on an all-or-nothing basis - if a project doesn't reach it's goal amount, those who pledge money do not get charged anything, and the creators receive nothing.

When we do reach our goal of $25,000, pledges will automatically become actual contributions at the end of the campaign.

We have some great rewards in store for those who back our project! Reward tiers ranges from $3 to $5000, so hopefully everyone can find a level that works for them and delivers them something valuable in return for their generous support of Dragons & Gridirons.

If you're not in a position to pledge a financial contribution, we would also be very, very grateful for your support in spreading the word to friends! Use the buttons below to automatically share a link to our campaign. You never know who else might want to contribute. 

 

 

Up until just a few years ago, neither one of use was what you would call a die-hard football fan. Though we both followed our home team (who dey!), we didn’t know a tight end from an end run.

That was until we were introduced to fantasy football.

As life-long fans of role-playing games, it took only a few weeks of fantasy football for the similarities between the two to become obvious. You assemble a team of different classes, carefully manage who’s in your party, and then get into random encounters where the outcome of the battle is all about stats vs stats. Interest became obsession within weeks. We found ourselves tuning in to games just to watch a kicker on a team we never even cared about before.

We were hooked.

And as we discussed our new appreciation for football – both real and fantasy – we both realized how much fun it would it be if fantasy football could be expanded into something more interactive and off the wall. Something that felt a bit more like a game, and a bit less like dueling box scores. A game where your stats could grow over time, based on your personal choices and customization preferences, to make your team even more your own.

And thus, Dragons & Gridirons was born. Two years later, we’re ready to unleash our creation on the world. But we need your help to get this thing going!

Degenerates and those who love them
Degenerates and those who love them

The core of the D&G team is Fantasy Realm Sports, LLC; Co-Founders: Edward and Jay. Recognizing the scope of the project and our own skills and not-skills, we've tapped friends and professionals alike to help with the project. Development is being handled by a highly skilled studio that specializes in fantasy sports applications.

Edward C. Wright, Ph.D., is a writer, entrepreneur, and board certified clinical psychologist. He grew up in Cincinnati and went to Miami University before receiving his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from George Mason University. He now lives in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood with his girlfriend and two cats. He finds inspiration in video games, anime, graphic novels, sci-fi movies, and Armin van Buurin’s A State of Trance radio show.  He is the author of upcoming post-apocalyptic martial arts novel, The Teleknight, and a bunch of psychology stuff that you've never heard of.

Jay Wilson is a designer, developer, and production facilitator of advanced weapons and accessories. A Cincinnati native, Jay has a bachelors degree from The College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati, and has worked with specifiers, suppliers, and OEM sellers of both private and government ordnance systems. Jay is an enthusiastic eater and chef, an avid hiker and cyclist, and a lover of adventure and hijinks. He resides in a cyberpunk dystopian urban core with his wife and a miniature black panther that is most assuredly not a common house cat.

 As you can plainly see from the football below, we've been making steady progress, and things have really taken off since establishing our development team. We've left ourselves plenty of time to deliver an amazing experience with the 2018 season.

 

Thank you for your support of Dragons & Gridirons! This geeky fever dream is only possible through your kindness and generosity!

Risks and challenges

The key challenge will be the web development work of implementing the unique features of Dragons and Gridirons in a web application. We’ve contracted with a development team that’s highly specialized and experienced in fantasy sports, and we’ve already completed the site designs. Based on their proven track record in this area, we’re very confident that they can get the job done.

Cost overruns are a natural concern when it comes to web development. We will do whatever it takes to complete this project once it is funded, even if our expenses turn out to be greater than anticipated. We take our commitment to our backers extremely seriously.

We’ve made it a point to set this process in motion well in advance of the 2018 season, and so we don’t anticipate our timeline to be a risk. Our developers have provided an estimate of 19 weeks to complete the rest of the development. That gives us a projected completion date around the end of this year’s football season, with 5-6 months to do additional testing and preparation.

Finally, game balance will be important to making DnG as entertaining as it can be. We’ll be using archival fantasy data to look at the average impact of each card, to refine what week they unlock, how many magic points they use up, and whether they have a cooldown cost. Of course, every week is different, so there will never be a no-brainer “best” set of cards to use. And that’s part of the fun! Some cards will turn out to be a better value than others. Figuring out which will be a part of gaining an edge over the rest of your league…

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    Backers at this level will be included in the D&G '18 season as an in-game summon creature for one week! Provide the name and image you'd like to use (within reason, ex: Bob the Destroyer) and we will put you on a spell card that will feature a weekly rotating cast of summons.

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