Books, Games, Art, and Awesome….

Hey there everybody,

So it looks like I’m going to survive convention season, if only just barely.

And you know what comes after convention season?

Well…Sleep mostly. But after I catch up on my sleep, we’re going to start prepping for our yearly Worldbuilders fundraiser.

It used to be that Worldbuilders only really existed for about one month out of the year. But over the years it’s grown bigger and bigger. What’s more, authors, artists, publishers, and game designers have all come forward, offering to help in different ways….

  • Anton Strout

Some of you might remember that last year, Anton made a very generous offer.

He had a book coming out, Alchemistic, and he said that for every copy that sold in the month leading up to the book, he was going to give Worldbuilders a dollar.

Anton Strout - Alchemistic

What’s more, Anton  convinced his publisher (Penguin) to donate another dollar to match his.

Needless to say, I thought this was amazingly generous, and agreed to take back half of the bad things I’d ever said about him.

Well, a new year is upon us, and Anton has a new book coming out:


And, gentleman that he is, Anton has offered to help Worldbuilders out again….

That means that for every copy of Stonecast that people pre-order between now and the book’s release date, Worldbuilders will get two dollars. One from Anton and one from Penguin.

Now, all joking aside, let me take a moment to explain how generous Anton is actually being here….

You see, authors make their money by earning a royalty from each book they sell. For paperback books, that tends to be about 8% (at best).

That means that Anton makes about 60 cents for every book.

So you know that he’s really doing this out of the goodness of his heart. It’s not a clever moneymaking scheme.

Well… actually it is a clever moneymaking scheme. It’s just that it’s making money for charity, not for Anton.

And remember, Penguin has also agreed to match Anton up to the first $1500.  That means that $2 will come to Worldbuilders for every copy of Stonecast that gets pre-ordered between now and the publication date of 9/24.

And you can pre-order anywhere you like, your local indie bookstore, B&N, Amazon, wherever you like…

  • Boss Monster:

We’ve returned from GenCon with some copies of Boss Monster with the special promotional Quothe LadyKiller hero cards.


We only had 200 copies of these to start with, and they sold extremely well at GenCon, and now we have less than two dozen remaining

But the ones we do have are up in the store….

  • Karen Hallion Prints

Another thing we brought to GenCon that sold like mad were prints from the ever-awesome Karen Hallion. Last year she donated some for us to auction off during last year’s fundraiser.  But now she’s letting us retail some, since all proceeds from the store go to Worldbuilders.

Hallion - Great Wide Everywhere 72

This print was our best seller at the convention and a personal favorite.

Oot just walked by and said: “Oh dad, is that a video of a princess walking to a bathroom?”

I appologise, he’s too young for Dr. Who.

A lot of folks don’t realize that Karen does a ton of mash-ups that are unrelated to police boxes, too.  She’s got a little bit for everyone, for example…

Hallion - Strawberry Girl 72

This one is Amanda’s favorite. And if you like it as much as she does, odds are the two of you can be best friends. It’s Kaylee and the Morton’s Salt Girl, all mashed up into one beautiful piece of art, great for Firefly fans and advertising enthusiasts alike.

Oot says: “A clown with an umbrella. Ha! She’s poopin’ ladybugs.”

Hallion - Cunning and Blue 72

Oot says: “That’s so silly! A mouse wearing a hat!”

We’ve got 8 different Hallion prints in the store, so make sure to check out the rest of them.

  • Carniepunk

Last, but not least, we have a cool donation from Kevin Hearne.  He sent us a few copies of the new anthology Carniepunk.


Yeah. Carnival steampunk. I’ll admit that I’m all tingly at the thought of this.

I’m thinking this anthology is going to be like Ray Bradbury with a monocle and a lightning gun. I’m going to have to order a copy.

Not only did they donate some books, but fully half the authors in the anthology got together and signed these copies.


The lovely authors who autographed are Rachel Caine, Seanan McGuire, Jaye Wells, Nicole Peeler, Mark Henry, Delilah S. Dawson, and, of course, Kevin Hearne himself.

It’s a rare treat to get so many authors signing a book. But it’s rarer still that we get something like this donated that we can sell in the store…. 

We only have a handful of them though, so if you want one, you better jump onboard quickly.

As for me, I’m off to order some books.

Later Space Cowboys…


This entry was posted in a billion links, gaming, The Tinker's Packs. By Pat17 Responses


  1. Marcus Cox
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 11:48 AM | Permalink

    Perusing around Karen Hallion’s work I’ve found what could easily become gifts for a half dozen people.

    • Posted August 23, 2013 at 12:25 PM | Permalink

      Yeah. No matter what kind of geek you are, Karen has something that will make you happy….

  2. ChristyQ
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 12:06 PM | Permalink

    Thank you for posting this. I just purchased two by Karen Hallion. They are going to look great in my office next to my exploding tardis Van Gogh print.

  3. iburnbrass
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 12:23 PM | Permalink

    The Oot commentary is the best part! Thanks for including it!

    • Dianadomino
      Posted August 23, 2013 at 12:36 PM | Permalink

      And I bet I know where he got his charmingly scatological sense of humor. ^_^

  4. sandibd
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 12:40 PM | Permalink

    Oot seems to be a very intelligent lad whose parents are steering him in the right direction. It is only a matter of time before he can add Whovian to his credentials. In the meantime, keep talking Oot, your words of wisdom are delightful.

  5. Posted August 23, 2013 at 1:48 PM | Permalink

    Bah, the Boss Monster cards are already sold out. Can you give us a notice if/when you get more in? Would love to grab a set or three.

    • transmet2033
      Posted August 23, 2013 at 2:31 PM | Permalink

      It does suck, but I am somewhat glad that they did. I nearly spent $35 for another copy of boss monster just for the Quothe card.

  6. Posted August 23, 2013 at 4:17 PM | Permalink

    That was quick. Carniepunk is gone as well.

  7. Kryptoknight
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 5:01 PM | Permalink

    Curses! Foiled again… The Boss Monster cards are already gone! I always seem to be a shade too late to grab the best swag. Any chance of more being available?

  8. farleykj
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 6:27 PM | Permalink

    Pat’s appearance on Tabletop has been released to the world. He got to play with Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day, and Brandon Laatsch. An enviable group of people to get to hang out with, to be sure. Who wins? Not for me to say, you’ll have to watch the thing yourself.

  9. Posted August 23, 2013 at 11:26 PM | Permalink

    Why is Oot so adorable?! Haha :) That’s a pretty cool display of generosity from Anton. Best of luck with Worldbuilders this year, Pat!

  10. firebird
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 2:01 AM | Permalink

    Love the Cowboy Bebop reference btw.

    • Posted August 24, 2013 at 11:11 AM | Permalink

      Glad I wasn’t the only one who picked up on that.

      • firebird
        Posted September 2, 2013 at 12:55 AM | Permalink

        Lol same here I was hoping someone would comment so I wouldn’t be a lonely anime nerd.

  11. Bilbo
    Posted August 26, 2013 at 1:04 PM | Permalink

    Something important for you, Pat:
    Luna Lovegood is one of my best friends.
    You´ll understand it soon…

  12. Pooya
    Posted August 28, 2013 at 12:07 PM | Permalink

    Convention Season and Worldbuilders stuff sounds pretty good Pat,but can you spend more time writing?( i know i sound like a dick)

    but your fans in Iran(including me) have been waiting for too long,please,would you do us a kindness and finish your books?!

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