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Dog Sled Saga on Kickstarter

With a dogsledding team of your very own, enter randomized races to earn money so you can climb to higher leagues, buy new gear, and hire dogs, whose skills will grow if they’re treated right.

I often keep an eye on Kickstarter for awesome projects, but this time someone else found one for me. Dog Sled Saga is a game about sled dogs and racing that you can help get developed. And for some of us this may be the closest we get to sled dog racing in the snow.

A desktop and mobile racing game with a saga of rank climbing, reputation building, team management, and pet loving.
A desktop and mobile racing game with a saga of rank climbing, reputation building, team management, and pet loving.

They have already achieved their funding goal, so the game is definitely being made, but the more funding they get from here on in the better and more detailed the game will be.

Dog Sled Saga has simple, pick-up-and-play interaction, but also deep systems for dedicated players to uncover. Outside the races: use your winnings to hire new dogs, pay dues for higher racing leagues, or buy items to bolster you team. Treat your dogs well, and their innate hangups will transform into skills. Long-term success and a little luck will win dogs fame, potentially getting sponsorships and more.

The game can be simplified down into two intriguing basics. Neglect your dogs and they’ll be unable to race, but treat your dogs well and they will work for you, with dedication to your dogs and the craft you will even be able to begin new careers with your dog’s offspring.

The graphics in the game look awesome. I love seeing those eight bit sled dogs running.

Dog Sled Saga

Just in case you don’t know or haven’t heard of Kickstarter:

Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects. We’re a home for everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of projects, big and small, that are brought to life through the direct support of people like you. Project creators set a funding goal and deadline. If people like a project, they can pledge money to make it happen.

Depending on how much you decide to pledge you can get some pretty awesome rewards, such as die-cut stickers, custom Dog Sled Saga USB drives, art prints, and t-shirts. Personally we have pledged the tier to get Logan and Tayla’s name in the pool of in-game dog’s names. I can’t wait to play the game and be able to race with Logan and Tayla.

To find out more about the game and decide if you want to help make it better, check out Dog Sled Saga on Kickstarter.

Doing the Sprints at Jenkins

We went to see out first sprint races today at Jenkins Reserve. It was great to see how the races actually worked, and how much the dogs seem to enjoy it.

The experienced dogs did well, the novice dogs seemed to have fun at least 🙂

I don’t think we’re destined for competitions like this, but we are planning on getting one of the bikes for Logan and Tayla. They would have a ball running through the parklands pulling one along.

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Jodi Bailey's lead dogs run on Long Lake in Willow, Alaska duirng the re-start of the 2011 Iditarod.

Iditarod XXXVIII

Ok it’s that time of year again folks. The time when every snow dog in the world starts running around frantically with the strange urge that there’s somewhere they are supposed to be.

The 38th Iditarod started on Saturday, leaving Willow Lake, Alaska at 2pm. There are 62 mushers racing this year, 46 of them from Alaska. With 10-16 dogs on each crew, that’s between 620 to 990 dogs. They will travel over 1,850 kilometres travelling from Willow to Nome.

At the last check Lance Mackey was winning by about 28 minutes. Mackey has won the Iditarod for the last 4 years running.

Check out the Iditarod website

Follow the race as it progresses here

Check out more photos here

For those that don’t know, the Iditarod follows the route of the original Serum run. Check this out for more info.

Jodi Bailey's lead dogs run on Long Lake in Willow, Alaska duirng the re-start of the 2011 Iditarod.

A team leaves the start chute on Willow Lake in Willow, Alaska duirng the re-start of the 2011 Iditarod.: A team leaves the start chute on Willow Lake in Willow, Alaska duirng the re-start of the 2011 Iditarod.

Christmas Breakup

Today we went to the Christmas Break-up for the Gawler Dog Obedience Club. And, wait for it… Logan got a trophy!!! Logan got the 2nd place Senior Encouragement Award, which I guess means he’s doing well.

In addition to that it was a good day all around. Logan hadn’t been to that school for a while, so he was pretty excited about seeing his friends again. We played musical mats, which is a dog version of musical chairs. Logan and I didn’t win, but Logan did pretty well.

Tayla was quite well behaved with so much food, and other dogs, around. I think taking her to daycare yesterday may have worn her out quite a bit.

Apart from the trophy the highlight of the day was most definitely Santa’s visit. His sled was pulled onto the oval by 4 Siberian Huskies from SA Sled Dogs. They were some very beautiful dogs.

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