Novelties: Signed books and Cealdish Coins

It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks here at headquarters. The Tinker’s Packs team only recently got caught up after all the enthusiasm for our last Novelties blog.

And, as I mentioned just a couple days ago, I’ve been on the road for a while, eating fire and singing at people foolish enough to come in close contact with me. And in the few days since I’ve been home, I’ve… well, I’ve still been eating fire and singing, but I’ve been doing it to impress my kids, which means it’s actually more exhausting and more rewarding than a tour.

So be aware, today’s blog comes to you in the midst of a lot of fun and crazy.

And remember, all the money we raise in The Tinker’s Packs goes directly into our charity, Worldbuilders. So when you buy something there you’re not just being a geek, you’re making the world a better place.

Joshs ARC

Many of you might recognize Joshua Palmatier from Worldbuilders, where he offers a read-and-critique every year. A skilled editor and author, Shattering the Ley is his newest book.

Josh has signed ten first edition hardcovers for us, but that isn’t the best part.

He sent a signed ARC, too. But that’s not the best part either.

The best part is that this book won’t even be hitting the shelves until July 1st. So if you head on over to the Tinker’s Packs you can grab a copy now and be reading it before anyone else has a chance to. Or, if you’re like me, you can read it, then taunt people by posting up pre-release reviews on Goodreads.

If you’d one of the 10 hardcovers we have, or a chance at the single ARC, head over here.

(Make that 9 hardcovers. I just bought one.)

Shattered plus signature

This is the newest book in Kevin’s Iron Druid Chronicles series, and it hits shelves today, June 17. Kevin’s always been a huge supporter of Worldbuilders, so we’re delighted to be able to offer some signed copies up for a good cause.

We’ve only got 5 of these, so if you want one, be sure to head over and grab it.

 Rogues cover - blog

Rogues is a collection of stories from some really amazing folks. I talked about it in some depth when I wrote the blog announcing the Auri novella, but the short version is that I have a novella about Bast in this anthology.

This anthology comes out today, June 17th, and we’ve arranged to have copies for sale in The Tinker’s Packs, signed by me.

But wait, Pat said in his best used-car-salesman voice, there’s more.

A lot of you already know that I’m notoriously bad at drawing. Cataclysmically bad.

Nevertheless, whenever I do a signing, a few people always ask if I can draw something for them.

To this I answer, “No. No, I really can’t.”

Some people are really insistent about it though. To them I tell the story of the time when a young woman begged me to draw a duck in her book. So I drew a duck. And while it was bad, it was actually pretty good for me.

Then I showed it to the woman, and when she looked down saw my awful, awful duck defacing their book, she looked like she was going to cry right there. No just a little either. She looked on the verge of an ugly cry.

So. Just so we’re on the same page. Me: not good at drawing.

That’s why I hang out on Deviantart. It’s also why I enjoy bringing people onto my team like Nate and Brett. People who can do cool visual stuff. People who can art.

When someone asked me if I was going to be doing anything special for the release of Rogues, I had a vague hope of having Brett teach me how to draw. Just a little. Just enough so that I could doodle a Bast in the book.

So Brett put together a step-by-step how-to for me.

How to Draw Bast orig

At first I was really excited. This, I thought, was something I could do.

But then I thought of that young woman looking down at the ugly duck I had drawn in her book. I remembered her expression, full of horror and disbelief. “There is no god,” she seemed to be thinking, “A kind god would never let something like this happen to my book.”

Then I started to worry again. I worried about people paying good money, then being disappointed when the doodle looked like something done by a four-year old. A really deranged, beardy 4-year old.

So I went back to Brett and asked him if he’d like to doodle in some books *with* me. My doodle would be charming, in the same way that a child’s sticky handful of dandelions is charming. But Brett’s doodle would be *cool.*

Brett agreed, and I felt a little more relaxed. But then I started to worry about ruining a bunch of books while I was trying to doodle in them. Because, as I’ve said, I’m really bad at this.

Then Brett came up with a good solution. We’d print up a special card. It would have the “How to Draw Bast” on one side:

How to Draw Bast

And Brett and I would effectively have a Bast Off on the other side.

Just so you can see what I mean, here’s Brett’s and my first attempts, side by side:

Bast Off Brett vs Pat

See? Virtually identical.

So, for the people who would like something a little extra, Brett and I are doing 250 of these. The money we raise, as always, will be going directly to Worldbuilders.

If you want a signed copy of Rogues, and maybe one of these limited edition doodle cards, head over here and grab one.

Last but not least, we have one more thing going up in the store today.

  • Cealdish Coins

Handful of bux

For those of you who don’t remember, these are the first versions of the Cealdish currency we’re producing. We gave three sets away for Worldbuilders last year. What you see up there is a gold mark, a silver talent, a copper jot, and two iron drabs.

It’s taken us a while to work out the packaging and get everything together, but we’re finally ready to sell them in the store.

  • Marks

The gold mark actually has some real gold in it. Not a lot, but some. Just a gram of gold costs 40 bucks these days.

Mark

They’re a Japanese alloy made of copper, silver, and gold. They’ve got a cool, burnished look to them, almost like they’ve been enameled. Because of the high price of gold (and because we weren’t sure how well they were going to sell) we only made 95 of these.

  • Talents

The talents are 20% silver, 80% copper.

Talent

The alloy is called billon. Normally it’s a rosy color. But these have been put through a process where they’re heated, which makes the silver rise to the surface, then hammered, which spreads the silver out over the surface. The process is called blanching, and it’s the medieval equivalent of electroplating. We made a 1000 of these total, including a few of the the pinkish, unblanched ones, too.

  • Jot

The jots are solid copper:

Jot

The jot was the first coin we designed, and it’s one of my favorites. We’ve released some of them already for a few promotional events, most notably the first kickstarter. They’ve got a nice feel in the hand, and weigh a solid ounce each. We made an even 1000 of them.

  • Drabs

The drabs, as it says in the book, are closer to steel than iron.

Drab v11 and v12

We did 1500 drabs. They have a thick black finish on them that I think of as a fusion crust, but is probably officially called something else. It’s to keep them from rusting.

Above, you can see two slightly different mintings of the drab with differences only the most assiduous of fictional numismatists would ever notice. The finish is a little lighter on the 1.2. There’s less wax sealing the iron to prevent it from rusting. And the maker’s mark in the corner is notably larger and more detailed. For those of you who are obsessive over the details, (or just keen on updating the Wiki) I think there were 160 of the Version 1.2 mark.

So. There’s all the Cealdish coins. If you embiggen this picture, you can see they’re different thicknesses as well as different shapes…

Mark Talent Jot Drab Drab

We’re selling them in several different ways.

If you want everything, the way to go is the Master Set. It contains the a gold mark, a silver talent, a copper jot, and two different iron drabs.

Master Set Package - Blog

The Gold Mark isn’t available for sale on its own, because they’re really pricey and we made less than 100 of them. So you can only get one in this set. As an added bonus, this set has one of the Version 1.2 drabs. For all our other sets, the 1.1 and 1.2 drabs have been mixed randomly. But since I’m guessing the people who are picking up the Master’s Set are completionists, we’re making sure they get one of each in there.

We’ve also got a Re’lar Set, which has a drab, a jot, and a silver talent.

Relar Set Package - Blog

This one’s much more affordable, as it doesn’t have the gold mark in it. All of the coins have an informational insert with a detailed description of the coin inside, too.

Last we have the E’lir Set.

Elir Set 2 - Blog

This is three drabs and a copper jot in a linen pouch. If you’re like Kvothe, and silver talents are out of your price range, or if you just want more of the coins to play with, you can grab one of these over here.

You can also buy most of the coins individually. The drabs are over here, the jots are over here, and the talents are over here.

Now here’s the problem, when I started designing these with Tom from the Shire Post Mint more than a year ago, making a thousand of each of these them seemed like a great plenty. It seemed like a ridiculous amount, really.

But since then I’ve come to better understand how enthusiastic y’all are. In this last year, we’ve had two very successful kickstarters, signing events topping 2000 people, and folks have turned out in unprecedented numbers to support Worldbuilders by buying things in the Tinker’s Packs.

I wish I could make more of this first set. But when I started this coin project, I said we were only going to do 1000 jots, and I don’t like going back on my promises. So we’re leaving that as the baseline number for this first set of coins.

Because I know there aren’t going to be enough of these to go around, we’re limiting all the coin items to three per person. I don’t want one person hoarding these to ebay later. I want these to end up in the hands of fans.

So. Only three of each coin item per person. The store *will* allow you to order more than that, but if you do, all that you’re really going to accomplish is causing a pain in the ass of the people running the Tinker’s Packs. Because they’ll have to go in and manually refund any extras you got.

For example: You could buy two Master Sets, then two of the E’lir sets. That’s fine. Or you could buy three Re’lar sets, then three individual drabs, and an additional unblanched talent. That’s fine. But if you buy *four* of the Re’lar sets and then two extra jots, we’ll go in and change it to three Re’lar sets and two jots.

I’m sorry for those of you who find the blog too late and don’t get the coins/sets you want. I’m sorry if you happen to be cash poor right now and you can’t afford to jump in and buy them.

But rest assured that this is merely the first set of Cealdish coins. It’s version 1. This is the currency as it existed about 600 years before Kvothe’s time, back when the coins were only a few small steps removed from barter.

We’re working on version two, it will be set 300 years closer to the time of the Kingkiller books. The coins will be more evolved, easier to carry, harder to counterfeit.

And we’ll be making more than 1000 of each of them, I promise.

But for now, if you’d like to grab some, you might want to get them quick.

Later all,

pat

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68 Comments

  1. firebird
    Posted June 17, 2014 at 2:33 AM | Permalink

    I’m about to purchase the Re’lar set. This looks friggen sweet. I only wish that the more expensive set also came with a coin purse.

    • Holmelund
      Posted June 17, 2014 at 3:42 AM | Permalink

      I wish the Master set came with a purse as well.

      • Posted June 17, 2014 at 10:59 AM | Permalink

        We’ll consider that for the next batch of coins we do.

        The sets we did this time around were designed to make the coins easier to display, if that’s what people wanted to do with them….

  2. Holmelund
    Posted June 17, 2014 at 3:42 AM | Permalink

    The puppy eyes I gave my wife and her reaction was priceless. I even managed a high pitch whine like a sick little puppy in pain while presenting the idea to her.

    1 Master set purchased.

  3. kvhchem
    Posted June 17, 2014 at 8:12 AM | Permalink

    Awesome stuff. Any chance the detailed 4C map comes out soon?

    • Posted June 17, 2014 at 10:50 AM | Permalink

      I have a few other projects I need to take care of first. I don’t want to rush it and have it be crap.

  4. Bilbo
    Posted June 17, 2014 at 10:06 AM | Permalink

    I realley like your bast :)

  5. patrickC
    Posted June 17, 2014 at 11:02 AM | Permalink

    Thanks a ton for these. I’m been excited about them since you teased them at your book signing in Kansas City. I ordered the master set plus an unblanched talent. Does that get me all the variations?

    • Posted June 17, 2014 at 11:06 AM | Permalink

      That should be everything.

    • Holmelund
      Posted June 18, 2014 at 12:48 AM | Permalink

      The completionist inside me is creaming incoherently. The sentences: ” If you want everything, the way to go is the Master Set” and “This is a complete set of coins” made me think the Master set was the get it all way to go when ordering yesterday.
      *le sigh* :(

      • Posted June 18, 2014 at 1:13 PM | Permalink

        The unblanched talent is the same coin, really. It just hasn’t been put through the same finishing process.

        If you’re interested, there’s still a few left in the store….

        • Holmelund
          Posted June 18, 2014 at 2:18 PM | Permalink

          I´d love to add on to my order but convincing my wife to let me add another 35$ simply wont happen.
          Telling her its 235 up front and saying its 200 and then 35 more is a world of a difference. As it was convincing her to let me spend the 200 in the first place was hard enough :)

          I´ll just have to learn to live with missing one of them and hope to win the lottery at some point so I can get one of Ebay.

  6. toejam
    Posted June 17, 2014 at 11:10 AM | Permalink

    Purchased the Re’lar set. Will barter at local grocery store until I receive two gallons of milk, a blanket, and a goat for trade.

    • Posted June 17, 2014 at 11:21 AM | Permalink

      Nothing would make me happier than to know that somewhere people were using this currency to buy something….

      • toejam
        Posted June 17, 2014 at 11:30 AM | Permalink

        If I wasn’t going to handle these like the holy grail then I would try for fun. Maybe I still will. Indecisiveness makes things more interesting anyhow.

  7. Celine
    Posted June 17, 2014 at 11:22 AM | Permalink

    So the book’s finally on sale?!?! *fangirling*

    Also, won’t you come to The Netherlands once? Or even Germany or England?? ..Please? ╥﹏╥

    • cynrtst
      Posted June 18, 2014 at 11:32 AM | Permalink

      -Rogues- is out for purchase now. This is an anthology with a story about Bast. I am concerned that you thought it was the -other- book we are waiting so impatiently for, but will keep our mouths shut because it annoys the author. And we don’t want to do that.

  8. Crimsyn Seraph
    Posted June 17, 2014 at 11:26 AM | Permalink

    And shims? Can we have shims too??

    • Posted June 17, 2014 at 11:28 AM | Permalink

      Shims are problematic in that they’re not actually currency. They’re just rough iron, anyone can make a shim….

  9. Posted June 17, 2014 at 11:37 AM | Permalink

    Brett, watching too much Strong Bad Email I see. LMAO.

    Also – are you going to do the same for the Auri book? I might have to cancel my preorder so I can get the copy from the Tinker’s Pack instead if you are. But my copy of Rogues shipped this morning.

  10. Posted June 17, 2014 at 11:52 AM | Permalink

    Hah! I was in the midst of changing jobs and didn’t notice the last blog about Novelties, I am so happy you guys liked that name and went with it! I am sitting at my desk grinning like an idiot right now. :)

    And now I’m off to check out the new things and see what I can order….. :D

    • Posted June 17, 2014 at 12:03 PM | Permalink

      Fascinating how things just jumped into my cart like that… :)

      • Posted June 17, 2014 at 12:08 PM | Permalink

        Heh. I hear you. When I can’t keep from buying things from my own store, I know I’m probably getting good stock in….

        • Posted June 18, 2014 at 8:04 PM | Permalink

          Yea, I think you really are getting some good inventory.

          Its fascinating; I found your books originally back when the Onion did a book review. I was working in a museum, and a friend of mine who worked security pointed the review out to me and said, “This looks interesting.” and, well, I agreed. I stopped at the bookstore on the way home and picked up the Fabio first edition (after thinking long and hard about which dust cover I wanted..) and I’ve been hooked since then.

          It has been fun watching you grow from being strictly an author, to being an icon and an example of awesome in the online community. You’re doing good things with the “new”-found stardom, and I am glad to hang around and help support it.

          I’m just glad that as you’ve grown, so have I. I actually have a job now that lefts me afford some luxuries every now and then. :)

  11. Wesley701
    Posted June 17, 2014 at 1:21 PM | Permalink

    Patrick, I have two questions.

    1st:
    Is there another book that is set in the four corners world that is not listed below?

    The Name of The Wind
    The Wise Man’s Fear
    The Doors of Stone
    The Slow Regard of Silent Things
    The Lightning Tree
    How Old Holly Came To Be

    2nd:
    “How Old Holly Came to Be” is the history of which character? For example “The Slow Regard of Silent Things” is an Auri history and “The Lightning Tree” is a Bast History.

    I’ll be so happy if you answer my questions!
    P.s.: Sorry about my english. I’m still learning.

    • Posted June 17, 2014 at 3:11 PM | Permalink

      Well I’m not Pat – but…
      That is all the published/soon to be published ones I know of.

      Though I’ve heard another unpublished story exists. I guess it’s been discussed at some signings according to the Goodreads rumor mill.

      I’m really looking forward to getting my copy of Rogues, can’t come fast enough. LOL. I enjoy Auri, but I’ve always had a thing for Bast since he threatened to turn Chronicler’s guts into a fiddle.

  12. Samsonite1409
    Posted June 17, 2014 at 1:56 PM | Permalink

    These look great! Wish I could pick some up but maybe next time. Can’t wait to see the more current versions. And I am terribly excited for November. I love Auri, she’s a great character and I’ve always wanted to know more about her. And the Underthing.

    I do have a question though, do you think there may one day be a Pat’s version of a “short” story about Master Elodin? He is by far one of the most intriguing characters me. Every time he in a scene I get to the edge of my seat. I just know some thing interesting is going happen when he and Kvothe are together.

  13. greatyellowpie
    Posted June 17, 2014 at 7:24 PM | Permalink

    Oh man this is all just so much more than awesome (Including your picture Pat).
    I have a feeling I’m going to be spending a bit of coin soon.

    On a side note, Pat, you should definitely visit New Zealand (Specifically Wellington) You have quite a lot of fans here i can assure you.

  14. chaelek
    Posted June 17, 2014 at 7:43 PM | Permalink

    Damn you, you magnificent bearded Siren! Luring me onto the rocks of financial destitution with your lovely shinies. It took me a solid ten minutes of looking at these to justify the 60 dollars for the Re’lar set.

    But I’m ramping up to take the Old Hoary Blood Hag of standardized tests, and I think these will give me a slight bit of hope in my otherwise (currently) bleak existence.

    • Posted June 18, 2014 at 4:52 AM | Permalink

      OMG…
      You’ve just changed the way in which I imagine sirens and mermaids. From now on, I will forever see all those mythical creatures with long long long marvellous beards. Even in Attwood’s poem. Probably especially in Attwoods poem xD Fortunatelly, I have passed all my literature subjects already, or my exam essays would be too extrage :p

  15. Bill Smith
    Posted June 17, 2014 at 8:11 PM | Permalink

    Can’t believe the coins sold out so fast, I’ll keep my eye out for the next batch!

  16. Gaius Maximus
    Posted June 17, 2014 at 8:18 PM | Permalink

    Damn, I can’t believe the Master Set is sold out already. Sadly, I’m too much of completionist to settle for one of the smaller sets. Two things I noticed, though.

    1. There’s a typo in the title of the Re’lar Set. It says ‘verison 1,’ rather than ‘version 1.’

    2. In the preview photo of the description of the silver talent, it says there is “no electroplating in the Shald”. Could this be the name of your world that you were teasing on Twitter the other day?

    • Amanda
      Posted June 18, 2014 at 11:43 AM | Permalink

      As I understand it, the Shald is just another spelling for the Ceald, where the Cealdish people live. It’s named after the Shalda mountains, and the spellings seem interchangeable in the books.

  17. krysteline
    Posted June 17, 2014 at 11:28 PM | Permalink

    So, I’m halfway through The Lightning Tree, and I see the line “winter’s coming”, thinking oh hey is that a reference to asoiaf, except you used a contraction instead of two words?? The next line is “I’m sure Martin would be flattered”. I had to laugh out loud :) nice Easter Egg

    • Holmelund
      Posted June 20, 2014 at 8:22 AM | Permalink

      Ever heard of Spoiler tags?

      • Brady Dill
        Posted June 21, 2014 at 1:47 AM | Permalink

        Err…krysteline gave no spoilers. A subtle Easter Egg was pointed out, but no plot or character points–except that someone named Martin exists.

        Cool catch, krysteline!

  18. SporkTastic
    Posted June 18, 2014 at 2:25 AM | Permalink

    Bah, monies. Also, I preordered Rogues way, way back in the world of last April. I shall now have to carry it around with me just in case there’s a Rothfuss sighting.
    I kid.
    But I’ll probably have it on hand if I make my way to a thing.

    • SporkTastic
      Posted June 18, 2014 at 3:20 AM | Permalink

      It occurred to me after I posted this that in this context “bah, monies” could have more than one meaning.
      …I will totally pretend that was intentional.

  19. Posted June 18, 2014 at 5:02 AM | Permalink

    OK, right now I’m like Kvothe in his origins and I cannot even imagine how it would be like to have such an ammount of Cealdic money in my hands. But maybe I will be able to buy some coins the next time.
    And now, just in case the Great Ruthfuss is reading this… The fact that you cannot draw well is plain justice. You paint with your words in a way which captures not only the appeareance, but also the essence of things, which is something that any painter could ever do. Would it be fair if on top of that you could also draw? Come on, man, just leave something for the others :p

    • Karissima
      Posted June 18, 2014 at 11:26 AM | Permalink

      ^^^He’s right, you know.

      • Posted June 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM | Permalink

        That’s how I felt when Neil Gaiman decided to grow a beard….

        • Posted June 24, 2014 at 6:18 AM | Permalink

          OMG, I had never seen a photograph of Neil Gaiman with, you know, something which can really be called a “beard”. I’ve just seen a photogrraph of him in Charles Dickens fashion. It is wonderful, but it is not the same kind of beard as yours, Patrick. His beard is kind of “I look dangerous enough for you to find me interesting,rihgt?”, while yours is what I call a “wizard beard”, which is actually more impressing :)

    • Posted June 18, 2014 at 2:21 PM | Permalink

      I wanted to say “no painter”, not “any”.

  20. HelioFresta
    Posted June 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM | Permalink

    After the whole duck story, I expected a lot worst from your Bast, that one actually looks a bit nice.

  21. brian199
    Posted June 18, 2014 at 9:30 AM | Permalink

    For some reason I always thought the lower currency would be smaller. After having read numerous time’s nothing has shaken me of this. One of the reasons I suppose is the fact that they mention penny’s and ha’penny’s which would of course be smaller.

    I believe also that there was somewhere explaining the currency’s talking about how 5 of one makes a whole of another. I suppose this could just mean that 5 of 1 equals the price of 1 instead of dimensions.

  22. klaxon12
    Posted June 18, 2014 at 9:34 AM | Permalink

    CONSUMMATE V’s, I said CONSUMMATE! *smh*

  23. blackrosemoth
    Posted June 18, 2014 at 9:45 AM | Permalink

    I justified my lateness to purchasing a Master set by saying I’d never have been rich enough to afford a Gold Mark in Kvothe’s world anyway. *sigh*

  24. LeatherBoundBooksAndRichMahogany
    Posted June 18, 2014 at 10:20 AM | Permalink

    I loved all the little easter eggs in the lightning tree!

  25. Senchean
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 4:13 PM | Permalink

    Pat,

    I just want to say, that you are my favorite author. And I honestly bought Rogues just for the Lightning Tree, which was fantastic btw. It was nice seeing more of Bast’s character and getting some third-person perspective at length. Also I love the way you have taken some very old ideas in Magic and made them new, fresh, and interesting. It’s a big influence on my and my own writing.

    P.s. what ever happened to the explanation of the map blog post?

  26. Milene B.
    Posted June 20, 2014 at 9:27 AM | Permalink

    I could totally see myself wearing a shirt with your “How to draw Bast” attempt. In case you need some new t-shirt ideas. I think I would like that. Really.

    • Brett
      Posted June 22, 2014 at 12:23 PM | Permalink

      This would make an awesome shirt.

      It says, “This Bast has some problems, but I gave him an awesome cape.”

  27. Kristi
    Posted June 20, 2014 at 1:00 PM | Permalink

    For some reason I am now craving Cealdish Chocolate Coins.

  28. sayonion
    Posted June 23, 2014 at 4:35 PM | Permalink

    The Bast Off is so cool! :)

  29. Posted June 24, 2014 at 9:36 AM | Permalink

    What kind of coin changer am I without coins to change with? Hopefully a future edition will find me with more in my purse.

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  31. Adamus84
    Posted July 17, 2014 at 12:12 PM | Permalink

    “Geeks doing a world of good – tally-ho!” And in the center have Pat striking an epic pose being sure to incorporate the beard… And possibly a goat…. or riding a heifer or pushing over a cow… That would be an epic sticker..

  32. Kimberlyand
    Posted January 7, 2015 at 10:19 AM | Permalink

    The consummate Vs make me so happy. Also, I apologize for the multiple posts I’m leaving on your entries – I only signed up here a couple of days ago and am slowly making my way backwards through your blog.

  33. Posted January 20, 2015 at 8:12 PM | Permalink

    These things are so amazing, but everything is expensive… especially when I consider the freight.

  34. Posted February 28, 2016 at 10:16 AM | Permalink

    Would I be correct in saying that the value of the two iron drabs, one copper penny, one silver talent and one gold mark that appear in the picture add up to 657?

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