Update, FAQ, and Bast With His Shirt Off

Okay, there’s been a lot happening with the kickstarter in the last couple days, so today sharing some news. That will be the first part of the blog.

People have also been asking a lot of kickstarter question, so I’m going to answer a bunch of those. That will be the second part of the blog.

I will also be sharing art, making jokes, and engaging in my usual verbosic circumlocutions. But those will just be mixed through the entirety of the blog, as opposed to being in one particular place.

As I’m writing this, the Pairs Kickstarter has just passed 150K. So….

  • The Faen Deck Is Now Available

This is actually kinda old news by this point, as it unlocked at 130K.

Still, some celebration is in order, so here’s a picture of Bast with his shirt off.


(Because I love you.)

  • Now Starring Veronica Belmont and Hank Green’s Butt

After I posted my last blog I started to think about the different cards in the Faen deck. Among the most interesting of these, for me, is The Mortal Guest.

Because what sort of Fae revel would it be without a mortal guest?

Then the question becomes, who would that mortal be? A farmer? A milkmaid? A tanner? And what would those guests be doing? Dancing? Singing? Cavorting?

It occurred to me that it would be a lot more fun to have several *different* mortal guests, each behaving according to their own desire.

So I gave Veronica Belmont a call, because a while back we’d talked about her lending her likeness to a different project. She thought being a Mortal Guest in the deck sounded like fun.

What would she like to be doing at the Faerie Revel, I asked. Singing? Dancing? Cavorting with…

Cavorting, she said. Cavorting with hunky faerie boys.

I’m not sure at what point I decided to call Hank Green, but it was an easy mental step for me to take. In my opinion, someone willing to film himself seducing a tree belongs at a faerie revel.

Hank was delighted to be invited. When, in the interest of full disclosure, I explained to him that there would be some mild cavorting going on, he said he’d happily allow his mortal likeness to be seduced by faerie women, if it was required for the artistic integrity of the deck, that is.

I also explained that… well… there was going to be some gentle nudity in the deck too. Felurian would be naked, because….

At that point, Hank burst out with something along the lines of, “You can totally show my bare ass!”

In that moment, my heart grew three sizes. And I realized I wanted nothing so much in the world as to show Hank Green’s naked ass in this deck of cards.

Those were the 140K stretch goal, and the 150K goal, respectively. Nate’s preliminary sketches are *amazing.*

If any of this bothers you, you probably want to check out the FAQ below, specifically the part titled: “How Sexy is the Faen Deck Going To Be?”

  • Party at PAX

Those of you who have done a few kickstarters know there are typically some high-end donation levels up past 1000 dollars.  I’ve heard them referred to as “Patron Levels” and not only do they offer up some cool perks, but they give people a chance to throw money at a project if they *really* want to show their support.

People were asking if we were going to add a level like that, so we did. It’s for a Pairs release party during PAX in Seattle.

At that level, you get twelve decks, the coin, the bookplate…


…and all the other goodies included in the 120 dollar level. In addition to all that, you get a swag bag full of additional swag, too.

PLUS you get two tickets to the Pairs release party with James Ernest, Shane Tyree, Paul Peterson, myself, and whatever other cool geeks we manage to round up. And, given that it’s going to be PAX weekend, there will be some awesome geeks in town.

Personally, I’m hoping Phil Foglio will be there.

We’ll eat good food, hang out, and play games. If Catan is available, I will systematically play and destroy all who dare oppose me. Maybe we’ll be playtesting tak by that point. Or corners.

If only a few tickets sell, it will be a cosy affair. If more tickets sell, we’ll upgrade to full shindig level with a bigger venue where everything will be extra fancy and we’ll have some kind of hot cheese.

So now you know.

  • FAQ:


Can I order internationally?

Yes, the shipping just costs a little more. Details are right on the kickstarter page.

What decks are there again? What’s been unlocked?

There’s a new graphic showing this on the Kickstarter, but let me steal it and post it up here so everyone can see without having to click through:

Card display

(Click to Embiggen)

Why don’t you have a color Modegan card yet?

Well…. that’s my fault. I picked the hardest card in the Modegan deck to work on first, The High King. There’s a lot of iconography and detail work to get right, especially as this is the first glimpse of Modeg any of you are going to have. I spent hours on it with Shane… then realized it was all wrong and we had to start over.

Shane is a saint, really. He puts up with me being a real freak.

But the result ends up being some *beautiful* art:


Rest assured you’ll be seeing a couple cool examples of the Modegan Deck before too long though.

Are we going to hit 200K and unlock the Girl Genius Phil Foglio deck?

Absolutely. The last days for a kickstarter always end up huge. We’ll hit $200K easy.


Why did you bring in Hank and Veronica?

Short version? I thought it would be fun.

Long answer is the same as when I brought in Neil Gaiman and Felicia Day in the NOTW deck.

Some of these decks are going to be limited edition?

Yeah. The plan is for some of the decks to be re-printed indefinitely, showing up in game stores and conventions. Odds are they’ll retail for 10-12 dollars.

Other decks won’t be re-printed. They might only be sold in a few places after the kickstarter. And when they’re gone, they’re gone.

I think it’s fairly safe to say that the core deck will stay in print. Probably the Modegan deck too. Maybe… Pirates and Barmaids too?

Honestly, I’m just guessing right now. The best thing to do right now is if you want a deck, buy it now. If you want to have a spare deck, or one to give away as a gift, you might want to buy that now too….

So… just how sexy is this Faen deck going to be?

Apparently a non-zero number of people are concerned about how risque the Faen deck is going to be.

Unfortunately, there’s no solid metric that I can give you. I can’t say something like “It’ll be PG-13” because that means different things to different people.

Instead, I’m going to tell you why you shouldn’t buy the Faen deck:

  • If the thought of seeing Felurian’s naked ass on a playing card will give you apoplexy, don’t buy the Faen deck.
  • If the thought of seeing Bast dance naked around a fire horrifies you, don’t buy the Faen deck.
  • If the sight of a bare breast will ruin your day, don’t buy the Faen deck.
  • If the thought of faeries seducing some mortal makes you uncomfortable, don’t buy the Faen deck.
  • If seeing a picture of two hunky elf dudes kissing will terribly offend you, don’t buy the Faen deck.
  • If Hank Green’s nude butt is going to freak you out, don’t buy the Faen deck.

On the other hand, if you like the thought of a deck of cards where consenting fictional characters cavort around playfully, some of them in moderate undress… well… then this deck might be for you.

Now is the deck going to be all full of nymph coochie and big wangly elf dong? No. I hope you know me better than that. (I’m saving that for my urban fantasy series.)

The Mortal Guest cards will be kinda naughty. Felurian will be naked, seen from behind. Remmen is currently wearing a loincloth and his cloak of autumn leaves. There will be hunky Fae boys with no shirts on. And that’s about it. Nobody’s going to be fucking a horse or anything. I’m not looking to do the Faerie version of Caligula here….

In brief, if you think this deck isn’t for you? It probably isn’t for you. The solution is to not buy it. That would be the right choice.

The *wrong* choice would be to buy it, unwrap it, look at it, get a magnifying class so you can see every tiny detail on the Faerie Revel card, become so angry you vomit molten bile, then have a stroke and die.

Ultimately, the choice is up to you.

I’m kinda confused about how I buy the decks I want…

Here’s how it works.

Let’s say you sign up at the 16 dollar level. You get one deck. After the kickstarter is finished, you get to pick your one deck from all the ones that have been unlocked.

If you sign up at the 42 dollar level, after the kickstarter is over you can pick out four decks. So you could grab 1 core deck, 1 princess deck, 1 Phil Foglio deck, and 1 copy of Falling, because you like the thought of playing a game where the object is to be the person who’s hitting the ground last.

Or you could buy 2 Princess decks and 2 Modegan decks.

Or you could buy 4 copies of the Faen deck, because you’re dirty.


But here’s the thing, once the kickstarter is over, it’s *over.* You won’t be able to add more decks after the kickstarter is closed.

Fair warning.


This entry was posted in cool things, Dionysian force, Nathan Taylor Art, sexy, side projects. By Pat53 Responses


  1. Tobinka
    Posted March 9, 2014 at 6:40 AM | Permalink

    Owning a Faen deck > having food for two weeks.
    (No really, who needs to eat when you can have half naked Bast?)

  2. thistlepong
    Posted March 9, 2014 at 9:08 AM | Permalink

    The shindig’s not as good as last year.

  3. Marcus Cox
    Posted March 9, 2014 at 10:24 AM | Permalink

    Okay, I admit I haven’t read either one of the books since The Wise Man’s Fear was released so my memory is a bit off, but did I totally miss/forget that Bast has hooves for feet? Or is this just something you’re doing for the Faen deck?

    • DavidO
      Posted March 9, 2014 at 12:07 PM | Permalink

      He does have hooves in the novel. Right after his first meeting with chronicler, wherein chronicler binds him with name of iron, his silky black shoes come off to reveal hooves

      • Oatmeal
        Posted March 9, 2014 at 4:18 PM | Permalink

        Yup, and at that point it is revealed that he is not wearing pants or boots at all, that is just part of his glamour to appear human.

      • Marcus Cox
        Posted March 10, 2014 at 5:40 AM | Permalink

        Hmm. I think I need to reread these two books. Once I’m done with Words of Radiance.

  4. Shea
    Posted March 9, 2014 at 11:19 AM | Permalink

    “Now is the deck going to be all full of nymph coochie and big wangly elf dong?”

    I may have just spit out my water when reading this! Never cease to amaze me Pat! Well done!

    • rivier
      Posted April 19, 2014 at 12:51 AM | Permalink

      That was exactly my response, too.

  5. Alec1887
    Posted March 9, 2014 at 12:32 PM | Permalink

    “Remmen is currently wearing a loincloth and his cloak of autumn leaves. ”

    Is this a new character being revealed? Or have I just forgotten one of the Fae from WMF?

    • Jangular.Khaari
      Posted March 9, 2014 at 1:09 PM | Permalink

      I believe that Remmen is Bast’s father.

      “Chronicler, I would like you to meet Bastas, son of Remmen, Prince of Twilight and the Telwyth Mael.” – The Name of the Wind (Mass Market Paperback) 103

      • Posted March 9, 2014 at 1:42 PM | Permalink

        There you go…

        • Gabriel
          Posted March 9, 2014 at 9:42 PM | Permalink

          And just like that the theory about Remmen being just another name for Kvothe is oficially dead.

          I don’t know if you’ve said it already Pat, but who’s the prince? Bast or Remmen?

          • Linnet
            Posted March 10, 2014 at 12:05 AM | Permalink

            I think that’s the wrong question. I think the right question is, “Is Remmen a king?”

  6. robbin
    Posted March 9, 2014 at 1:17 PM | Permalink

    my wayward friends and i have had much discourse regarding the faen deck. and the top 2 most reoccurring themes are “BOOBS!!!” and “tasteful side cock”. please make these things happen?? ;)

    • darlinkaty
      Posted March 9, 2014 at 2:12 PM | Permalink

      Oh my god Robin, you can’t just say tasteful side cock!!!! Bwahahahaha!!! I love you.

      • Kthaeh
        Posted March 9, 2014 at 2:20 PM | Permalink

        Seconded! Absolutely s/he can say “tasteful side cock.” Pat, I enjoin you, in the cause of gender equity and fair play, get some tasteful side cock into this deck!

        • Posted March 9, 2014 at 6:25 PM | Permalink

          While I love the phrase “tasteful side-cock” I’m not sure.

          Truth is, once you start openly displaying genitalia a line gets crossed. It’s unfortunate, but it’s an undeniable part of our puritan-at-the-roots culture.

          Right now I’m thinking it probably won’t happen, but I will chat it up with the artist when I get a chance….

          • robbin
            Posted March 9, 2014 at 9:01 PM | Permalink

            please see what you can do? ;)
            and all credit for the phrase “tasteful side-cock” goes to @darlinkaty, she coined it and now its my most favorite thing ever!! <3

          • darlinkaty
            Posted March 9, 2014 at 9:22 PM | Permalink

            I have no idea what you’re talking about @Robbin.

          • robbin
            Posted March 9, 2014 at 9:34 PM | Permalink


          • Sandhya
            Posted March 11, 2014 at 11:38 PM | Permalink

            Oh but what a beautiful line it is to cross!

          • slemay2003
            Posted March 12, 2014 at 1:50 PM | Permalink

            We could get into semantics and say that the equivalent of “tasteful side-cock” would be “tasteful side-vag”?

      • robbin
        Posted March 9, 2014 at 4:27 PM | Permalink

        i know!

  7. KevRyan81
    Posted March 9, 2014 at 1:29 PM | Permalink

    Am I the only one that caught the implication that you’ll be playing Corners?

    Is there any chance that *we* can learn how to play Corners?

    • Posted March 9, 2014 at 6:26 PM | Permalink

      No promises. Merely implications.

  8. Kthaeh
    Posted March 9, 2014 at 2:17 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for spelling all the details out so clearly here, Pat. I’m in. I hope it will be made clear for sure which decks will be limited edition by the time we get to choose our decks. Nothing quite like the feeling you’re getting in on a good thing. And I’m delighted yet again to know that some portion of these funds are going to make their way to Heifer. Thanks especially for that, Pat. Your generosity of spirit continues to impress and touch me.

  9. Taravangian
    Posted March 9, 2014 at 2:41 PM | Permalink

    “Now is the deck going to be all full of nymph coochie and big wangly elf dong? No. I hope you know me better than that. (I’m saving that for my urban fantasy series.)”


  10. Posted March 9, 2014 at 2:49 PM | Permalink

    Umm…. all the reasons you gave *not* to buy the Faen deck are thinly disguised reasons *to* buy the Faen deck. Sneaky.

  11. Pooya
    Posted March 9, 2014 at 3:38 PM | Permalink

    once upon a time there was a book called Doors of Stone !!!!

    • Dinosaur_Sheriff
      Posted March 9, 2014 at 3:55 PM | Permalink

      Yes!!! I would love an update on the book.

      • Taravangian
        Posted March 9, 2014 at 9:21 PM | Permalink

        Pat has given us several updates on Doors of Stone. Do not expect it until 2016 at the earliest. He has several other shorter stories that are likely to come out in the meantime, in addition to all manner of other projects he is constantly working on. Even if he were to finish the final draft tomorrow, the publishing process can (and likely will) take upwards of a year.

        If you want an update now, it would most likely consist of something like, “Heya everyone, I’ve been continuing to make progress on the draft for book 3, but it’s not ready for publishing yet.” If we’re lucky, Pat might even go so far as to add that he’ll let us know once he has submitted the final draft. Beyond that, I don’t know what kind of update anyone can ask for.

        tld;r: It’s not ready yet. There’s your update.

        • Dinosaur_Sheriff
          Posted March 11, 2014 at 1:22 PM | Permalink

          Arghhh I can’t wait that long. I’m gonna pull a Cartman and freeze myself until it’s released.

  12. Holmelund
    Posted March 9, 2014 at 3:55 PM | Permalink

    Tastefull side cock made me splurt cola through my nose.

    Please make it so, anyone who make me laugh in that manner deserves to have their wish granted.

    • robbin
      Posted March 9, 2014 at 4:28 PM | Permalink

      yeeessss pleeeeaaasssseeeee! and thank you :)

  13. FollowYourMuse
    Posted March 9, 2014 at 4:15 PM | Permalink

    Ok in for all 12 decks…. shhhh … gifts for my kids :)

    Also Pat, I just saw this ad on my Amazon account to select a charity with Amazon Smile – I was able to select Worlbuilders I had not heard about this.
    Info: smile.amazon.com/about

  14. superbanki
    Posted March 9, 2014 at 4:27 PM | Permalink

    “Now is the deck going to be all full of nymph coochie and big wangly elf dong?”

    -> If we pay extra can we have it full of nymph coochie and big wangly elf dong?

    • Posted March 9, 2014 at 6:27 PM | Permalink

      That would probably be a whole different kickstarter I’m thinking….

      • Kthaeh
        Posted March 9, 2014 at 6:52 PM | Permalink


        • Posted March 9, 2014 at 7:30 PM | Permalink

          Well… I’m kind already doing a kickstarter now….

          • Linnet
            Posted March 10, 2014 at 1:55 AM | Permalink

            And to that I say, pah. Petty limitations don’t apply, for if a man has the desire, he can Shape the world.
            Or so I have heard.
            It was something like that, anyway ^_~

  15. chaelek
    Posted March 9, 2014 at 7:00 PM | Permalink

    When I think of elf dongs, which I never had cause to until this blog post, I imagine something lithe and graceful, rather than big and wangly.

    • firebird
      Posted March 9, 2014 at 7:12 PM | Permalink

      Yeah I gotta say when I’m thinking of dogs and big and wangly are used to describe said doing. I think of dwarves. Idk why but I do.

      • firebird
        Posted March 9, 2014 at 7:13 PM | Permalink

        Wow I guess my phone doesn’t like to use the word dong**

      • chaelek
        Posted March 10, 2014 at 10:59 PM | Permalink

        When I think of dwarven dongs I think intricately braided pubic hair. With heavy gold bands and many plaits. Now orc dongs, orc dongs are big and wangly.

    • Posted March 11, 2014 at 1:15 AM | Permalink

      A dong can be graceful? Well, what do you know…

  16. SporkTastic
    Posted March 9, 2014 at 8:49 PM | Permalink

    “And I realized I wanted nothing so much in the world as to show Hank Green’s naked ass in this deck of cards.”

    If I ever have to explain why it is that I love what you do, this phrase is definitely going to serve as an example.

  17. boosiv
    Posted March 10, 2014 at 1:27 AM | Permalink

    I’m know you are very busy and don’t have a lot of time so quickly here are 3 topics.

    1º – Thank you for writing. I love the books.

    2º – Will Kvothe’s friends and the masters at the University
    ever read his chronicle? (you can RAFO this)

    3º – What news can you tell us of The Kingkiller Chronicle
    moving to the screen? (If I’m not wrong, I think I remember you teasing us, so are you planing in doing a blog post about it in the near future? Maybe after you relax and finish the kickstarter campaign.)

  18. HappyWulf
    Posted March 10, 2014 at 8:06 AM | Permalink

    How about big sheafy werewolves or sexy prepping for a ritual Anubis?

  19. Mark_Jaeger
    Posted March 10, 2014 at 11:30 PM | Permalink

    Just saw Sanderson in Portland OR. He mentioned you two might (in the distant future) do a Brandon Sanderson VS Pat Rothfuss. He made it sound as though you’d right against eachother. A maze zing. Kaladin vs Kvothe. Let’s call it a draw cuz even though kaladin can control gravity(sort of) kvothe knows the name of the wind. Keep writing and don’t die. :)

    • rivier
      Posted April 19, 2014 at 1:10 AM | Permalink

      That would be so much win. Oh pretty please do it, Pat!!!! You and Sanderson are on my top 5 together!

  20. iclimb55
    Posted March 11, 2014 at 4:45 PM | Permalink

    Dear Pat, Thistle, and anyone else who cares. On the subject of Goodnight Nobody referenced previously (not the novel), you have to check out the black and white rabbit painting on the wall.

  21. Robo
    Posted March 11, 2014 at 6:49 PM | Permalink

    Is there a way to identify the characters/people illustrated in the main deck? Most of them I recognize, but some are a mystery.

  22. rivier
    Posted April 19, 2014 at 12:54 AM | Permalink

    Brand new level of geekery is my n00b joining Pat’s blog. Just have to do my initial fangirl squeeeeeee. Posting on th blog of one of my top 5 authors ever… It’s like magic for my eyeballs. Ok, gushing is over. Carry on with…. Stuff.

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