Hey there everybody,
Over the weekend, Worldbuilders hit 150,000 dollars.
That’s cool enough in its own right, but if you consider the fact that all donations are being matched dollar for dollar…
… it means we’ve actually raised over $300,000.
Needless to say, this is our best launch ever. And we’ve passed three stretch goals, including this amazing video the folks at Heifer International made to celebrate.
I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever enjoyed watching a video more….
The amount of money we’ve raised is going to do an amazing amount of good. It’s enough for 15,000 flocks of chickens that will help families increase their gardens’ productivity by eating bugs, to say nothing of eggs they can eat and sell for extra income. It’s enough to provide 1,000 communities with clean water.
And this is just our first week….
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Back when I started all this, Worldbuilders was nothing more than me desperately offering up signed books and posters in an attempt to get people to donate to my favorite charity.
These days, we have so many authors helping out. Not to mention dozens of sponsors who donate thousands of games and books for us to give away. This year, in just our first week, we have more than 850 prizes worth more than than $33,000. And for every $10 bucks you kick into the fundraiser, you get another chance to win things like this:
I will never get tired of showing off this beautiful Tak set from Wyrmwood. I’m already jealous of the person who wins it. (P.S. That person can be you if you donate.)
But even though the fundraiser is a lot bigger than me these days, I still like to do my part and throw some of my own donations into the mix.
- Auction: My own personal Flow Hive of Shame.
As I wrote about on the blog a while back, I bought a Flow Hive.
The marketing sold me on an easy-peasy way to harvest honey without any of the usual work involved. But then I did my research and found out that if lazy, irresponsible people like me get into beekeeping, the hives can go bad and potentially do a lot of harm not only to the bees in the hive, but the whole local bee ecosystem.
So I’ve decided to auction this hive off to someone who will love it, and hopefully use it responsibly, too.
The money from this auction (and all the other auctions) will be doubled with our magical matching money. Then we’ll send it off to Heifer, where they can use it to train, educate, and buy beehives for people who will use them for extra income, honey, and to improve pollination of their gardens and crops.
If you’re interested in beekeeping and want to help me offset this bad decision, you can bid on it right here.
- A full set of my favorite fantasy books.
(click to embiggen – Rachel had to stand on a stool to get all of them)
A few years ago, someone asked me what they should read while they were waiting for my next book. So I posted a blog listing my 40 favorite fantasy books and/or series are. Books that everyone should read if they wanted to consider themselves well-versed in fantasy.
The clever among you will note that this picture contains a lot more than 40 books. This is because I cheated and used entire series as an entry. Like the Dresden Files, which I’m absolutely gooey over. (Currently 15 books.) Or Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Series. (38 books.)
I gave one of these away a couple of years ago, but we have another available this year. Some of these books are out of print, or at the very least VERY hard to track down. I want to bring them to as many people who haven’t had the luck to read them as possible.
So this is going into the lottery where anyone can win them so long as they donate at least $10 bucks.
- Signed First Edition Name of the Wind. Lottery and Auction.
I still remember when I sold these online for 60 bucks and felt *really* guilty about it, like I was committing some sort of fraud.
Then came the time when we were selling them in the store for $700 each, but we had to stop because we ran out. Last year we auctioned one for $2,500. Every year people seem to be willing to pay more and more. And I can’t imagine what will happen to the price if a movie ever comes out.
- Signed & Doodled College Survival Guide. Lottery and Auction.
These are even more of a rarity than first editions of NOTW. This is a collection of humor columns I wrote for the college paper back when I was a student. This edition is annotated, and illustrated by my longtime friend Brett Hiorns, who now works with us at Worldbuilders.
This book was put together by a small press in 2005. Back before anyone cared who Patrick Rothfuss was. There were only 500 printed, so they’re impossible to find. I’ve put two of my remaining copies into the fundraiser, one in the lottery and the other up for auction right here.
- Signed, doodled, First Edition copies of The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Thing Beneath the Bed. One in the lottery and one in an auction.
The Princess books are probably my favorite pet project. I worked on them with my friend Nate Taylor, who also illustrated The Slow Regard of Silent Things. We’ve been the ones printing them fora couple of years now, and they’re on their 6th or 7th printing.
These, however, are first printing copies, signed by me, and signed and doodled by Nate.
These aren’t all that easy to come by, so I’ve put one in the lottery, and the other is up for auction here.
- One Favor from Pat Rothfuss. One in the lottery and one in an auction.
I’ve auctioned off favors in the past, and it’s gone over extremely well. Here are the details:
This is a 10 karat gold ring redeemable for one (1) favor from Patrick Rothfuss.
Possible uses for the favor include:
Asking Pat to insert your name/likeness into a future book or story.
Asking Pat’s assistance in wooing the object of your affection, preferably from under a balcony at night.
Asking Pat to read and critique your unpublished manuscript (or your published one, if you really want.)
Asking Pat give a reading/workshop at your local library or University.
Asking Pat to give a reading/workshop at your house.
Asking Pat to give a reading/workshop in your bedroom.
Asking Pat to help you move a particularly heavy couch.
Asking Pat to follow you on twitter and post kitten pictures to you.
This favor has no expiration date. It can be traded, transferred, sold, or lost. In essence, the ring *is* the favor. You give the ring back when you cash in your favor. So if you lose it, you’ve kinda fucked yourself.
The nature of this favor is fairly open-ended, though some negotiation may be necessary depending on the nature of the favor. Certain ethical or legal restrictions may apply (though not as many as you might expect.) Under no circumstances will Patrick dance for you. Carnal favors must be approved by Pat’s girlfriend in advance. If you win this favor in the auction, and for any reason I cannot fulfill his obligation to you, I will personally refund your winning bid in exchange for the ring.
In the past these have gone for more than $15,000. But I’m putting on into general the lottery where anyone who donates at least $10 can win it.
Or, if your dark heart is full of a desperate need for something only I can provide, you can go over here and bid.
And may god have mercy on my soul.
- 3 Silver Court Rings – Same Place, Same Time rings.
This is something new I’m trying out this year. Rather than continuously giving away gold rings that lay out there in the world, filled with a terrible potential to ruin my life. I commissioned some silver rings from Badali. These won’t give you any sort of favor. But if we’re in the same city, at the same convention, or somewhere convenient like that, I’ll carve out some time to grab a coffee with you, or maybe play a quick game.
Also. How fucking cool do these look? I love them. I think they turned out great.
I’ve put all three of these into the lottery, where every ten dollars you kick in gives you a chance to win.
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- Update on Neil Gaiman’s Stretch Goal.
Our $1 million goal is to have Neil Gaiman read to us again. And you get to vote on what he reads:
But of course, this only happens if we hit 1,000,000 dollars. So keep donating….
- Streaming on Twitch:
As many of you already know, to help promote Worldbuilders, I’m livestreaming on my Twitch channel every day of the fundraiser.
- Mondays: 1:00-4:00 pm CST
- Tuesdays: 4:00-7:00 pm CST
- Wednesdays: 4:00-7:00 pm CST
- Thursdays: 4:00-7:00 pm CST
- Fridays: 2:00-5:00 pm CST
- Saturdays: 2:00-5:00 pm CST
- Sundays: 2:00-5:00 pm CST
And when I say, “every day” what I really mean is “almost every day.” I will happily sacrifice my health and mental well-being to the fundraiser, but Sarah and the kids have requested that they have their dad back for Thanksgiving. So I’m not having scheduled streams on the 23th-25th. Though I will probably log on later in the evening those days (After 10:00 CST, when my kids are in bed.)
Also, starting today, we’re taking votes on what I should do when I’m streaming.
This is going to be a little different than last year, where winner took all.
Instead of just doing whichever option raises the most money, it’ll be based on percentages. Let’s say that Witcher raised 75% of the money for the day, Goat Simulator got 20%, and Q&A got 5%. I’ll spend 75% of the stream playing Witcher, 20% playing Goat Simulator, and 5% doing Q&A. This way, every vote counts, and everyone gets what they want, at least a little bit.
While I’m planning on continuing to play Witcher, I’m also open to suggestions of other games. I’m probably going to do a parenting Q&A stream with some other geek dads. And a Mental Health Q&A with some authors.
If you have any other ideas, leave them in the comments below.
Thanks for coming along on this ride with me, everyone. And thanks for helping make the world a better place.