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GenCon 2016: The Happening

Heya Folks,

I posted my schedule for GenCon a few weeks ago because a few of the events I’m doing require tickets (Typically free tickets) and I wanted to make sure my people got their hands on them before they sold out.

I was right in being concerned, because a few things *are* already sold out, but we’ve got a lot of other festivities going on, so I thought I’d share with you a list of things you can do here in Indianapolis, with or without me.

  • The rest of my Con events

Since a few things are already closed, I figured you’d like to see the list of things that either don’t require registration, or that still have tickets available.

Thursday, August 4

1pm-2pm: Writer’s Craft: Convince the Reader to Care, Capital 1

Friday, August 5

4pm-6pm: An Evening with Pat Rothfuss

This one will be fun. I’ll be reading a bunch of stuff, answering questions from the audience, and telling stories.

This event requires a free ticket, and they’re more than two thirds gone, so if you want to check it out be sure to get in on it soon here. (Even if the tickets sell out, you can show up at the door and trust that some of the folks who got tickets will ditch the event.)

Saturday, August 6

3:00pm-4:00pm: Character Craft: Representing Unconscious Motivation, Capital 1

4:00pm-5:00pm: Writer’s Life: Writers and Mental Health (You’re Not Alone), Capital 1

These panels are all going to be good, but this last one is a subject I’ve wanted to talk about for a while now.

  • Concert Against Humanity

If you missed the Concert Against Humanity last year, it was a ton of fun, and this year it’s going to be on Friday, August 5th at 8pm. It’s run by Max Temkin and his team at Cards Against Humanity, and every ticket comes with swag bags that contain limited edition packs of CAH cards, and other swag from sponsors. (The value of the swag is more than the cost of the ticket.)

They even had me shoot a little promo video for them…

I’ll be grabbing a little bit of stage time, while other more professional performers like Jonathan Coulton, Paul & Storm, Molly Lewis, and a bunch of other cool people do the real work.

Even better, Max tweeted out a discount code for folks to use to get $20 off the tickets.

It’s going to be an amazing time, and I’d also like for Jenn to keep her job, so if you’re at all interested, tickets are available here. I think they’re going to sell out, so you might want to do it sooner than later…

  • Limited edition Draccus

I’ve made it no secret that I love King of Tokyo. The folks over at Iello found out, and we teamed up to make a Draccus monster for the game.


We launched these for the first time last year at Gencon, but we only had a limited number of them, and they sold out every day. This year, we brought more of our limited stock, so if you didn’t get a chance to grab one before, you can get them at our booth.

What booth is that? I hear you ask….

  • The Worldbuilders Booth (#267)


Remember the booth I mentioned just a couple paragraphs ago? There’s a ton of stuff happening there throughout the convention. We have lots of geeky swag, the raffle, a deal for a free tote if you buy $100 or more of merch, plus signings with a bunch of cool musicians.

Here’s the full schedule of signings & meet-and-greets:

All of these people are great, so you should swing by whenever you can to check out some awesome merch and fantastic music doers.

  • A chance to play a game with me. 


In order to encourage people to swing by the Worldbuilders booth, we’re giving people a chance to come play a game of King of Tokyo with me on Sunday at 2pm. 

Here’s how it works: If you swing by the Worldbuilders Booth (#267) you can submit your name once for the drawing. If you buy something, you can get your name added to the drawing a second time. Plus, while you’re there, you can check out the cool things that we’re selling for charity. You can get your geek on while making the world a better place.

We’ll be drawing 3 names on Sunday morning, so if you’re at all interested be sure to swing by before the end of the day Saturday.

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Hope you all have a great weekend. And if you’re at Gencon, I hope to see you there….


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Cardboard, Malibu, and News about Tak

Hey there Everyone,

Today I was planning on sharing some of the adventures I had at San Diego Comic Con. I was going to talk about my first year as an official Guest of Honor there, include links to videos of some of my panels, and maybe even fess up to the fact that I drank some rum and did a *little* bit of drunken tweeting.

My standee(Also? My very first Standee. Cartoonified by Nate Taylor.)

But other news takes precedence over a chatting about how I goofed off at a convention. We have some info about Tak, and I owe it to y’all to give you details as soon as possible here on the blog. I wanted to be sure you heard it from me at the same time as James sends out an update over at the Kickstarter.

As many of you know, (because you backed it) we recently ran a kickstarter for Tak.

What you might not know is that James and I had been working together on the project for more than two years before the kickstarter ever launched. We talked about concept. We discussed the shape the kickstarter would take. James playtested the game exhaustively. And we spent a long time bringing together all the things required to make not just the *idea* of a game, but the game itself. We needed art. Boxes. Wooden pieces. Linen Boards. Wooden boards. Different wooden boards. Little baggies. Design for capstones. A printer for the book. Illustrations. Prototypes. Quotes. Etc etc etc.

There’s a ton of little things that go into making a game. And that’s not even counting logistical stuff like warehouses to store stuff, packaging and transporting all the pieces, assembling the game…

And then you haven’t even started the process of fulfilling everyone’s orders. All the picking, packaging and shipping that involves….

kvothe___bast_by_cerseidm-d9s2oyq(No. Not that kind of shipping. The other kind.)

Simply said, there’s a lot of moving parts to make something like this work.

So for months before the kickstarter, we were getting quotes, making prototypes, finding printers and shapers and makers who could turn Tak from a beautiful daydream into a beautiful game. Then we crossed our fingers, pulled the trigger, and hoped y’all would want to be a part of it.

Then this happened.


When I say that we weren’t expecting this level of success, I’m not being midwestern or modest. Yeah, I was pretty sure we’d hit $50,000 without much trouble. But my realistic expectation was that we’d hit something between $250,000 and $500,000. Hell, the contract James and I wrote up between the two of us, didn’t even include terms for anything higher than $700K.

Because of your enthusiasm, we blew the doors off the kickstarter. But some types of success are problematic. There’s a big difference in producing 5000 games, and producing 20,000 games. The scaling breaks down at a certain point.

Recently, we found our wooden piece manufacturer wasn’t prepared for an order of this size. And this isn’t a podunk guy in his garage, either. We’re talking about a professional woodworking facility here. But even though they’re pros, they don’t have an infinite amount of space. The wood has to be bought, dried, stored, milled, and finished. There are a finite number of hands and machines that they can use to perform these tasks.

Early on, James and I agreed that we wanted to produce things here in the US. We didn’t want them made cheap in China in sweatshop conditions. We wanted well-made, craftsman wooden pieces made in a shop that follows good safety regulation and and pays their people a decent living wage. Because of that, we had to accept that things would cost a little more, and take a little longer….

But then the kickstarter pretty much doubled our absolute best case-scenario…

Anyway, I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this. Like so like many other hugely successful Kickstarter campaigns, Tak is going to ship a little late.

And I am so sorry about that. I thought we were pretty much bulletproof. We planned our best plan. We padded our schedule. Even so, we’re going to be late.

The good news is that it looks like we’re only going to be shipping about a month late, which isn’t bad for a kickstarter that raised more than 20 times its original goal. To say nothing of the fact that if you’re a fan of my books, a month is barely even a blip on the Rothfuss Late-o-Meter.

Gech. I just made myself sad with that joke. Again. I’m sorry. I hate disappointing y’all.

The first batch of pieces will be finished the first week of November. After that, the games must be assembled (at the board game plant) and shipped twice (once to the warehouse, and then to you). Which means that our earliest date to begin shipping these rewards will be mid-December.

Most of the other perks we’re making are on schedule or ahead of schedule. But we didn’t collect enough money for shipping to pay for sending everything out separately. With one exception.


Devi’s Box and Devi’s Board are still scheduled to ship on time. (Either if you ordered them in the kickstarter directly, or if you upgraded to them in the Pledge Manager.) The reason is that Wormwood is making their own pieces for their board, so they aren’t affected by this production delay. And we always planned on those boards being shipped directly from Wyrmwood Gaming, so the shipping cost was already factored into that item’s price.

And since I’ve mentioned the Pledge Manager, please note that the deadline to update your information and/or upgrade your order is August 5th (about a week away). Not only will that be your last chance to order the kickstarter exclusive stuff, but he more people who complete the pledge manager, the smoother the fulfillment process will go. So if you haven’t gone in and done that yet, please consider doing so.

James has written his own update over on the kickstarter here. So if you’re looking for more info, or if you have questions, head on over there.

Later all,


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Pat’s Far Travels: San Diego Comic Con

Hey everyone, Amanda here! Pat’s off on a trip to San Diego for the fabled San Diego Comic Con, and since he’s already hit the road, I’m here to present to you his schedule so you can hunt him down like the pokemon that he is. (Note: Please do not actually hunt Pat. Or tell him I said this.)

He’ll be lurking around San Diego a little bit today (Wednesday) but he doesn’t have an official events until Thursday afternoon…
  • Thursday, July 21

1:30pm-2:30pm: Nerd Trivia, Author Edition, with Pierce Brown, Romina Russel, Chuck Wendig, Sam Sykes, Cecil Castellucci, V.E. Schwab, Camilla D’Errico, and Duane Swierczynski.  Held in the Horton Grand Theater, 444 4th Ave.

They’re actually holding a drawing for Panel tickets in the morning, from 9am to 10am in the Salis Pavillion, so if you want to get in on this, be sure to head up there Thursday morning.

3:30pm-4:30pm: Signing, autograph area AA07

7pm: w00tstock 8.0, Balboa Theatre


Pat’s not technically performing at w00tstock, but he’ll be around, and even without him in the show, you should swing by if you have time. It’s the best thing to do in town, and I’m not just saying that because Hank Green is on the lineup this year (though that is part of it, since I’m a huge Nerdfighter).

w00tstock is a variety show that really caters to the geek community. Folks like Joel Hodgson, Cameron Esposito, Rhea Butcher, and Travis McElroy will be there, just to name a few. There are a lot of videos available online from previous years, including a couple of time Pat’s been there and done some reading.

Pat Wootstock

Tickets are available here, so you should check it out if you can.

  • Friday, July 22

11am-12am: Q&A with Ben Hatke, Room 4
1pm-2pm: Spotlight on Patrick Rothfuss, Room 6A

Hank Green is going to be interviewing Pat, and goodness knows what they’ll end up talking about, but I’m fairly confident it’ll be entertaining, at the very least.

5:30pm-6:30pm: Signing autograph area AA21

  • Saturday, July 23

12pm-1pm: Signing, autograph area AA08

  • Sunday July 24

12pm-1pm: Signing at Badali’s Booth, #532

This signing requires a FREE time ticket, which you can pick up at Badali’s booth anytime the hall is open, from Preview Night until just before the signing starts.


It’s going to be an awesome con, and everything on Pat’s schedule looks like it’s going to be a good time.

In a couple of weeks, Pat will be headed out to GenCon with the Worldbuilders team in tow, and that schedule is already posted for your perusal a few blogs back, or you can just click here to check it out.


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Pat’s Far Travels: Emerald City Comicon

Hey everyone, Amanda here!

Pat’s off on another grand adventure, this time to Emerald City Comicon, and I thought you’d probably like to know where he’ll be and when while he’s there.

As an added bonus, 2 of the panels will be available to watch live on Twitch, so you don’t even have to be there.

Additionally, there’s a table full of our Kingkiller merch in writer’s alley, number W-05. If you want to pick up something like Pairs, copies of The Princess and Mr. Whiffle, Boss Monster, or other cool things, be sure to swing by and say hi!

If you have the time to volunteer, we’d love to get some extra hands at the table; you can contact @Therajill on Twitter if you want to help out.

Here’s Pat’s full schedule:

Thursday, April 7

  • 3-4pm: Signing at the University Bookstore Booth, #5100

Friday, April 8th

  • 1:30pm-2:30pm: Patrick Rothfuss Spotlight, Main Stage – W4A

I honestly have no idea what Pat’s going to be doing on this panel, but previous events like this have included reading poetry, singing songs with the attendees, and extolled the virtues of combining tea with cup-a-noodle. So I can promise you won’t be bored.

Even better, this is going to be livestreamed on Emerald City’s Twitch channel, on the Main Stage channel, so anyone who has an internet connection and an hour free can see whatever Pat ends up doing. Remember that it’s 1:30-2:30 PACIFIC time, and adjust accordingly to your time zone.

  • 2:45-4pm: Signing at the Level 6 Autographing Area, Table 27
  • 4:15-5:15pm: The Girl Genius Radio Plays, T304

Saturday, April 9th

  • 11am-12pm: Talk about Tak with James Ernest, W611


This panel is going to be a lot of fun. Pat and James are going to play and talk about Tak, the game from Wise Man’s Fear. There’s a Kickstarter in the works that you should be keeping an eye out for in the next couple of weeks, but in the meantime, this is a great way to learn about the game.

This panel is going to be livestreamed as well, this time on the Stage 2.0 portion of Emerald City’s twitch channel. It’s going to be a cool way to learn about Tak, so I highly suggest you check it out.

  • 3:30-4:30: Signing at Badali Jewelry’s Booth, #111

Free time tickets are required for this, but you can pick them up at Badali’s booth anytime after the show opens. Since it’s only an hour, though, there won’t be a ton of them, so pick them up earlier if you can.

This is going to be a great event. It’s being organized by Greg Bilsland and Elyssa Grant, who are members of the Dungeons & Dragons team at Wizards of the Coast, and we’re super grateful to them for putting on this shindig.

Lots of authors, game designers, musicians, and other awesome folks are getting together to play games and hang out, all while raising money for Worldbuilders. This is one of the biggest collaborations we’ve done, and we’re really excited to see it doing so well already.

Unfortunately the tickets for this event are all sold out, but you can check out their website or the Facebook event for more information, and to put yourself on the wait list.

Sunday, April 10th

  • 12pm-1pm: Crafting Characters in Sci-Fi and Fantasy, W603

There’s a serious powerhouse of authors on this panel, including Peter Orullian, Seanan McGuire, Peter V. Brett, and Bob Proehl. If you’ve ever wanted to hear what goes into crafting good characters, this is going to be a great place to do it.

  • 1:15pm-2:15pm: Signing at the Level 6 Autographing Area, Table 29

You may have noticed there’s a signing set up every day, and that was pretty intentional, so even if you get a one-day pass, you should have a chance to see Pat and get something signed. Be sure to get there early, though, because they’ll cut off the lines to make sure Pat can get through everyone in his alloted time.

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And that’s the whole of it. Remember that you can watch some of these events on Twitch, even if you can’t make it to the con. I know I will be, partly just to see what crazy thing Pat gets everyone to do this time.

Have fun out there, folks…


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Welcome to Nightvale: The Novel

It shouldn’t surprise any of you that I read a lot.

Similarly, I’m guessing most of you won’t be hugely shocked to discover that I have strong opinions about books. When I like a book, I share it around with near-missionary zeal. And when I’m not fond of one…

… well, when I’m not fond of one. I mostly keep my mouth shut. Because life is too short. Plus it’s rude to shit on another author’s book in public. Plus I’d usually rather spend my time reading good books than bitching about bad ones.


(There are, of course, rare exceptions to this rule.)

But simply said, reading books is one of my greatest joys. Followed closely by sharing good books and talking about good books.

Which is why I have a profile over on Goodreads, where I constantly talk about books I’ve read.

To call what I do over there “reviewing” books really isn’t accurate. The truth is, I’ve never really read reviews of any sort, so I wouldn’t have the first clue as to how to write one.

Instead, I mostly talk about how I feel about the books. Sometimes as a writer. Sometimes as a reader, or a parent, or as a straight-up irrational fan. Quite frequently as an untidy mash comprised of all of the above.

But over the years, I’ve discovered an odd problem.

If I read a book and like it, writing up a little blurb on goodreads is the easiest thing in the world for me. Takes me 10-15 minutes. Tops.

Mind you, I don’t always do that. A lot of times I don’t have 10-15 minutes to spare, or I’m away from a computer when I finish a book, and by the time I think of entering it on Goodreads, the details have faded from my memory.

But what I’ve discovered is that a lot of times, if I really *really* like a book. If it absolutely knocks me over. If it has a huge emotional impact, I won’t write a review at all.

Oh I’ll *intend* to write a review. I’ll want to write one. But trying to put into words how much I adore certain books ends up being prohibitively daunting. I can think of three books like this off the top of my head. For more than a year I’ve been meaning to review: Gone Girl, A Fault in Our Stars, and The Sculptor.

And a newer book. A book that just came out, but that I’ve been meaning to write a review about for months now. A book that delighted and amazed me in a way no other book has done for years.

This book:


(This beautiful, stunning, delightful goddamn book.)

I’ve been a fan of Nightvale for a couple years now. And I’ll admit, I pulled favors so get an Advance Reading Copy. I was excited to read it. And I was terrified of what it might be like.

For those of you who don’t know, Welcome to Nightvale is a twice-monthly podcast. It’s like Tales from Lake Woebegone and The Dreamquest of Unknown Kadath had a hot, drunken make-out session, then had a beautiful baby together. It’s a great show, unlike anything else I’ve ever run into.

But that’s just it. It’s a radio show. And there’s a HUGE difference between writing a series of 25 minute radio episodes, and writing a 150,000 word novel. Novels are immeasurably more complex in their narrative and character, plus you don’t get to use a lot of the tools that audio production gives you.

So yeah. I was worried they might not be able to pull it off. Not because they weren’t good writers. But because writing your first novel is a whole different game.

Did they pull it off? Here’s the short answer.


(Click to embiggen if you’d like to read my blurb.)

While I review many books, I blurb very few. The reason for this is that when I’m reviewing a book, I can explain in detail why exactly I like a book. I can talk about what the upsides and downsides are. I can make comparisons to other books.

In short, when I’m writing about a book on goodreads, I have enough space to say things like, “If you don’t like the level of violence in Martin’s books, this will be too much for you.” Or “If your kids have read Harry Potter, they should be fine reading this, too.”

But a blurb is different. When I give a blurb, I’m effectively offering my imprimatur. No matter what the blurb actually says, me having my name on the cover for promotional purposes equates to me saying, “My name is Patrick Rothfuss, and I’m saying you should try this book.”

So yeah. That’s what I’m saying here. This book is amazing and you should read it.

In fact, I’m such a fan of the book, that I’m going to help out with Joseph and Jeffrey’s Book Tour. When they swing through Milwaukee on November 10th, I’m going to chat with them about writing and stuff. Deserts and Dogparks. It should be a good time.


You can get more details about their book tour and buy tickets to the Milwaukee event over here. (Note that the ticket price includes a copy of the book, so it’s actually a bargain.)

If you’d like more details about why exactly I liked this book so much, you can check out the review I wrote on Goodreads.

Later folks,


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Pontificating on True Monsters

A while back, the some folks contacted me and asked if I’d like to talk about monsters and stories and mythology and stuff for a show they were putting together for the History Channel.

(I’m paraphrasing, of course.)

It wasn’t a hard decision. I’m all about talking about stories and mythology. Stuff is right up my alley, too.

And… Ah… who are we kidding? I just like to talk. If I didn’t have access to the internet, I’d constantly be pulling Ancient Mariner bullshit on people.

Anyway, the first episode went up last week Friday. Here’s a little teaser.

You can watch the entire episode right here. Brandon Sanderson is there too, better dressed and more articulate than me.

Before you rush over there and get your hopes up, I’m not in much of the episode. Part of this is because I didn’t have much to say about things like the Jersey Devil or Hel (The Norse Hel).

But a contributing factor is the fact that I have trouble talking in soundbites. Anyone who has seen me on panels at conventions knows this. When I’m asked a question, your best case scenario is that I’m going to talk a paragraph at you. More often my answer will probably be a little story of its own with its own distinct narrative arc. It’s the only way I really know how to talk. That doesn’t translate well onto camera.

Super impressed with my shiny name

Also, I was so impressed with how shiny my name was that I wore this expression all the way through the interview.

Seriously though, I spent most of my interview telling stories, making jokes, and cussing with extravagant flamboyance. Which, in retrospect, probably wasn’t what they were looking for. Though I do remember getting good laughs off the camera crew…

There are going to be 3 more episodes. I’m particularly curious about how #3 turned out: Gods and Monsters. I remember talking at some length about Loki fucking a horse. Which… now that I’m thinking of it… they might not put that in the episode either.

Blowing it off 2

Anyway, here’s the schedule:

  • Cannibals and Killers – Friday, October 16th, 2015 at 10pm EST / 9pm CST
  • Gods and Monsters – Friday, October 23rd, 2015 at 10pm EST / 9pm CST
  • Giants and Beasts – Friday, October 30th, 2015 at 10pm EST / 9pm CST

You could make a drinking game out of it. Every time they put me on the screen – take a drink. Every time I give a Midwestern pause in the middle of a statement – two drinks. Every time I laugh at one of my own jokes – three drinks. Every time they have to bleep me – do a shot.

That’s all for now, folks. Share and enjoy.


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San Diego Comic Con

Hey everybody, Amanda here! Pat’s out at San Diego Comic Con, running around like a mad man. He’s had a lot of stuff to do out there, and he asked me to post up his schedule here, because if we wait for him to have time, the convention will be over.

When in doubt, you’ll probably find Pat hanging out at the Horton Grand Hotel with the folks from Geek Chic, who are set up a seriously cool off-site hangout they’re calling Geek Chic XP.

It’s like a sanctuary from the usual craziness that is SDCC. There’s great food and drinks, and they’ll all be available to be delivered to you while you game on Geek Chic’s epic gaming tables.


It’s going to be a pretty cool place to be.

Pat will be spending lots of his time there, and you don’t need a badge to get in. Be sure to check out their website for details.

Here’s what’s on the schedule otherwise:

  • Fri, July 10

1pm-2pm: Signing at Badali’s Booth, #532

  • Sat, July 11

12pm: Sci-fi vs Fantasy Family Feud, Room: 7AB

1:30-2:30pm Signing, Table AA09

7-9pm: Meet & Greet at Geek Chic XP

Grand Horton Hotel
311 Island Avenue,
San Diego CA 92101

This is two hours (minimum) where Pat will be at Geek Chic XP, hanging out and gaming with whoever shows up, and eating some of the awesome food, including the Eolian Burger they’ve got on the menu…

eolian burger

It’s gonna be a casual, fun environment that isn’t usually available at cons like this, so if it sounds cool to you, you should definitely check it out.

  • Sun, July 12

12pm-1pm: Signing, Table AA18

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So there you have it. If you have a badge, there are signings and panels you can attend. Even if you don’t, there’s fun to be had elsewhere, especially at Geek Chic XP. Be sure to swing by if you’ve got the chance, and tell Pat hi from me if you see him…

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