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Today, we bring you… well… everything we wanted to get out before Christmas.
We’ve got a bunch of new stuff in the store. Most of these new items we only have a few of, so you might want to move quickly.
We’ve also got a *ton* of auctions running and some of them are going to be over in only a day.
We’ve got books, art, and one-of a kind items like this…
- Auction: A unique hand-made Amigurumi Kvothe from Shannon Rivera.
All parts of the doll and accessories are hand made. All of the sewn clothes were done by Shannon’s mom, Karen Rivera, the rest was made by Shannon herself.
I’ll tell you the truth folks, until Shannon sent this to Worldbuilders, I’d never even seen the word Amigurumi. Now, I can only assume that it’s Japanese for “Soooo Cuuuute.”
(Amanda’s Editorial note: According to Shannon, Amigurumi is the Japanese style of knit/crochet dolls where the main objective is disproportionate cuteness. So Pat apparently knows more Japanese than he thinks.)
I can hardly express how adorable this little Kvothe doll is. Everyone at Worldbuilders was talking about it, but I didn’t get to see it until yesterday. And when I did. I *had* to pick it up and play with it.
(And a little plushy Totoro.)
His clothes are all real. His little boots come off and everything. And when I undid his cape, (using the little talent-pipe pin that Shannon *made*) I found out that his cloak had little pockets…..
So of course I spent the next hour finding little things to put in those pockets. Little things that Kvothe would make a point of carrying with him at all times.
All of these things will be yours if you win the auction. But you should hurry up and bid before Amanda runs away with the doll. Seriously. We took the photos, and then had to sneak up behind her and crack her over the head just to get it away from her.
- Auction: A first edition copy of Wolfsbane and Mistletoe. Signed by 7 contributing authors: Dana Cameron, Kat Richardson, Dana Stabenow, Charlaine Harris, Toni L.P. Kelner, Alan Gordon, and J.A. Konrath.
This is a beautiful book, and it’s been signed by pretty much everyone ever. To see more pictures or check out the signatures, you can head over here.
- Auction: A limited hardcover 20th Anniversary edition of Polar Express. Signed by Chris Van Allsburg.
This edition features a special cover with matching slipcase, as well as a CD of the book read by actor Liam Neeson. Find out for yourself why this enduring book earned a Caldecott Award.
To bid, head over to the auction.
- Auction: A professionally matted and framed Luring the Draccus poster by Phil McDarby.
We received an email from a lovely woman named Menolly, and she told us about how she had her Luring the Draccus poster professionally matted and framed after she bought it from us.
She has since decided to donate it to us. So she’s awesome. If you want this beautifully framed poster, head over to the auction and bid your heart out.
- Auctions: Police Box and Princess prints by Karen Hallion.
(You really need to click this to see the bigger version.)
For legal reasons, we would never imply that any Disney characters ever met a certain Doctor….
But I have to say that Karen did a beautiful job imagining what it would be like if some princesses were extended offers much different than what they’d originally gotten.
We’ve pictured this together to save space, but we’re auctioning each of them individually. If nothing else, you should go look at the auctions to see better pictures than the one I’ve taken here…
- Auctions: The Night Watch and The Wyrd Sisters prints. Both signed by artist Paul Kidby.
Now’s your chance to own signed copies of some of Kidby’s marvelous discworld illustrations.
The first of these shows Carrot, Vimes, Colon, and Nobby keeping the streets of Ankh Morpork safe. Bid here.
The second features Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick. Bid over here.
This lithograph reproduces some richly detailed pencil illustrations by Paul Kidby and is signed by Kidby and author Terry Pratchett.
This gorgeous print features finished pencil illustrations of Discworld’s rather highly strung Bursar in three bizarre reaction poses (you can practically hear Ridcully shouting “BURSAR!!”) followed by a fourth, more normal pose of an abnormally large smile. We’re guessing frog pills are some kind of opiate.
I would like to stress that this limited, numbered print is signed by both Pratchett and Kidby.
It can be yours if you win the auction over here.
- Auction: A set of Twisted Elephant and a Twisted Rabbit prints. Signed by Michel Gagné.
Artist and animator Michel Gagné (Saga of Rex, Zed: A Cosmic Tale) cooked up a demented collection of off-kilter sketches called Insanely Twisted Rabbits. This auction features two prints signed by Mr. Gagné: a Twisted Elephant and one of the spikier Twisted Rabbits.
To bid on these insanely twisted prints, head over here.
- Auction: A limited edition, 1:1 prop replica of the Portal Gun. Signed by the Portal Team.
We here at Worldbuilders are a bunch of nerds, for the most part. So to say we were excited when ThinkGeek donated this item is a HUGE understatement.
It is a perfect replica, with blue and orange lights and different sounds depending on which portal you’re shooting. Amanda used it for a few minutes to defend her little Kvothe doll, until she was overpowered.
To bid on this auction, head over here. There’s cake!
New Items in the Store.
In keeping with the Christmas spirit, we’ve put up a bunch of new stuff in the store recently.
- Greysdale Mead T-Shirts
Nicole withstood the terrible Wisconsin winter without a coat just to take these pictures for you in some natural light. And so she could look pretty, of course.
To buy a t-shirt, head over here.
- More Bear Steins and More Different Bear Steins.
(Click to embiggen and see their faces…)
The last time we put up some steins from Sea Bear Pots, they sold out in about 24 hours. So Charlie offered to make some more for us.
Then, in a fit of kindness, he offered to make some for the Worldbuilders Team itself. Unfortunately for him, he offered to personalize the mugs, and he paid for it. Just to give you a sense of the sort of folks that work here, you can read Brett’s personalization form, or Nate’s.
If you’d like to snap up some of these Steins from Sea Bear Pots before they’re gone, click here.
When we sold out of bear steins early on in the fundraiser, a gentleman named Frank emailed us.
See, he makes bear steins too. So now we’re selling two different kinds of bear steins. Because obviously you guys have a burning desire to quaff like the vikings you are.
To buy one of the Bear Steins from Off-Center Ceramics, click here.
- Jayne Hats, Cthulu Plushies, and Chibi Totoro Plushies.
Here we have Amanda, sporting the latest in eclectic fangirl fashion.
But she’s not just geeking out, she’s showing off four new items in the store. (And playing with the portal gun. Because PORTAL GUN.)
1. New Jayne Hats. Better hurry – these sell quickly.
2. Plush Totoros. They’re always there for you, and they’ll always love you.
- Cthulhu Playing Cards.
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The folks over at Albino Dragon were gracious enough to let us sell their decks of standard and limited edition Cthulhu-themed playing cards.
I have to say folks. The designs on these are really gorgeous. You should go look at them in the store if only to see some high-res pictures of the cards. Plus they’re genuine Bicycle cards, not some cheap knockoff. So they have a good feel in your hand.
You can buy your own copies over here on the Tinker’s Packs.
- Auction: Design your own Deck of Cards from Albino Dragon.
When Albino Dragon was doing the Kickstarter for their Cthuluhu cards, (see above) their $1000 dollar donation bonus was that the talented artist Shane Tyree would would design you your own set of cards.
They were cool enough to give us the same package so we could auction it off for Worldbuilders.
That’s right, the artist behind those beautiful cards (and you can see more over at the auction) is willing to design a deck to your specifications.
What are you waiting for? Go bid!
- Bookwyrm Pendant
This pendant is clearly beautiful, and it was lovingly hand-made by Amber of Serpent’s Dance.
- ImpSec Silver Eyes Collar Pins.
Are you a Bujold fan? These ImpSec Silver Eyes will strike terror into the hearts of your rivals! Wear you best sinister smile with these etched and antiqued sterling silver collar pins. Made and donated by Paige of YayPrettyColors!
Do you like Bujold? Into the Eye of Horace? Either way, click here and to buy them.
- Auction: One-hour consultation with award-winning dog trainer Laura VanArendonk Baugh.
Laura decided to help out Worldbuilders this year by offering up something different from our usual book-and-geekery, because let’s face it, it’s tough to get some good reading done when you’re waiting for your dog to race through the room with half of your bedspread in his mouth.
Here’s what Laura told us:
Got a crazy dog in your life, or know someone whose dog needs some manners before your next visit? Try this one-hour consultation with an award-winning trainer. Pet manners and many specialized concerns can be addressed via consult. Please note I much prefer video where I can see the dog live as we work! (If initial contact indicates that remote consult is not appropriate for the issue of concern, I’ll contribute $75 toward training with the nearest trainer I am comfortable referring.)
Need help with your dog? Just want to be a better dog owner? Go over here and bid on this awesome auction.
- Auction: 2-night *Suite* package at Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage, California!
Amanda’s Editorial Note: There have been a couple of complications with this auction, so we’re hoping to get it up tomorrow morning – stay tuned.
Later Editorial Note: So, it turns out Ebay has different rules set up when vacations and trips are being auctioned off, for buyer protection. Worldbuilders has to clear a few security measures, so this auction will go back up after the holiday. Thanks for your patience, guys!
- Auction: Play AD&D with eight fantasy authors at ConFusion in January.
And, last but not least…
Join me and seven other fantasy authors playing a game of classic AD&D at Immortal ConFusion this coming January. Players include some of the best in the fantasy world: Peter V. Brett, Diana Rowland, Jim C. Hines, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Sam Sykes. Authors Myke Cole and Saladin Ahmed will DM the game. I will be there too, playing Master Lambernath.
You can see the video we made of last year’s game over here.
Confusion will provide the winner of this auction with a badge. We’ll provide you with a seat. But you’ll have to arrange your own transport and bring your own dice. Because real gamers don’t share dice. Because that’s how you get diseases.
Later Edit: The winner of this auction will also receive a set of the DVD’s chronicling last year’s entire delightfully geeky event.
Gaming with these people is awesome. And I, while I’m not nearly as cool as they are, I plan on casting magic missile and drinking Mountain Dew, which is a close second place to being awesome.
If you want to be a part of the party, you should bid over here.
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Whew… that was a lot. I hope you all got it, but if not, it might be worth taking a lookie-loo over at all the auctions Worldbuilders is currently running so you don’t miss anything.
Taking a minute to check out the Recently Added category of the Tinker’s Packs wouldn’t be a bad idea either.
If you want to see the other items that have been donated to Worldbuilders, or learn more about the fundraiser itself, you can head over to the main page here.