Black Friday: Worldbuilders Style

Hope you all had a lovely thanksgiving. For those of you who don’t live in the US, I hope you had a lovely random Thursday. Myself? I took a rare day off, and spent time with Sarah and Oot and Cutie Snoo.

Today we’re having some Black Friday festivities here in The Tinker’s Packs. We’ve got new items we’ve been waiting to show off, and I’m guessing that some of you have some holiday shopping you’d like to do.

As an added bonus, you won’t get trampled to death shopping in the Tinker’s Packs. Not even a little. You have my word. That’s actually part of our mission statement. “The Tinker’s Packs wants to sell you fun, geeky things and make the world a better place by donating all our proceeds to charity. Also, nobody ever gets trampled to death (TM).”

Anyway. Here’s what’s going on in a nutshell. Or at least a numbered list.

  1.  We’ve got new items in the store.
  2.  Some of the items are of limited quantity.
  3.  We’re offering some money-saving deals in the store.
  4.  Some of the deals are of limited quantity.

For example, down below you’ll see we’re putting the decks of Pairs cards set in my world up in the store. If you buy all four decks, you save some money. But we’ve only got 150 of those up in the store. After that, if you want all of them, you’ll have to pay full price.

Get to clicking…


I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this game. And most everyone in the office has played at this point. It’s cooperative, and you play as a team of super heroes, fighting against a super villain. Each hero has power ups and special abilities to help fight the villain, defend against them, or support the other heroes and make them stronger.

And guess who has been added as one of the heroes?


The folks over at Greater Than Games are awesome, and made a special promo character just for us. If you’ve already got the game and the Rook City Expansion, you can replace your Argent Adept card with Kvothe, and he’ll play with that deck.

If you DON’T already have the game OR the expansion, you can grab one or both over in The Tinker’s Packs, as well as the card.

Also, as part of our Black Friday special, we’ve got an offer of two of the limited edition Kvothe cards for $20, rather than the $30 it would normally cost. So if you want to have one to play with and one to keep as a collectible, you can do that for a little less.


We ran a kickstarter for these earlier this year. Now that the kickstarter has been fulfilled, we’re putting the decks up in the store for those of you that missed the boat.

NotWSamples(The full art for the Commonwealth deck. Click to Embiggen.)

I need to stress here. This isn’t just a deck of playing cards. It’s an entire game that you can learn in 3 minutes and play with your friends. I wouldn’t have partnered up with James Ernest if I didn’t think it was a cool game to have in my world.


(All the Art for the Faen Deck. Well worth Embiggening.)

We’ve got four decks, each with their own distinctive art and alternate rules for play. There’s the Commonwealth deck, (the one Kvothe would use) The Faen Deck, the Princess deck, and the Modegan deck, which is from a part of the world y’all haven’t even seen yet.

We’re also running a deal where you can grab all four decks at once for a discount. But fair warning, there’s a limited number of those bundles.

If you want to grab some of the decks, just see more of the art, you can find them over here.

  • Worldbuilders mug.


A lot of people asked if we’d have Worldbuilders Mugs in the store after the IndieGoGo fundraiser, so we’ve finally put them up.

These are beefy coffee mugs, that even fit my giant man hands in the handle. What’s more, they’re made here in the US by a company that prides itself on paying its employees a living wage, not mass-produced over in China.

If you want one, we’ve got them in the store right now.

  • Name of the Wind Posters.

We’re putting up posters from the NOTW Card Deck, The Clubs Court Cards: Ace, King, Queen, and Jack.


You may notice that the King, Queen, and Jack make an interesting triptych:


We have a limited quantity of each, so go grab yours while you still can.

We’ve also got the Jokers: Auri and Elodin.


Auri was based on Felicia Day, and Elodin was based on Neil Gaiman, and I think they turned out great. If you want either of them to appear in your abode, you can buy Auri here and Elodin here.

We also have Auri and Elodin available as magnets, if you’re interested in such things


You can grab the pair of them over here.

We also have the poster that showcases all the court cards in a single print.


(Seriously, click to embiggen this one.)

It has all the Court Cards in all of their beautiful glory. If you’re having a hard time choosing between the options you have, you can always just grab this one and have nearly all of them in one place.

  • Worldbuilders Magnets.

Earlier this year we ran a delightfully successful IndieGogo to support Worldbuilders. Not only was it a huge success, but I lost a bet with my staff and had to buy everyone milkshakes after we raised over $200,000. To celebrate, we made bonus gold foil stickers that went into everyone’s order.


People loved those stickers. They were the thing most people took pictures of when they sent us pictures of their prizes. Before the t-shirts, before the books, before the mugs, we got pictures of that sticker. So we’re trying something new this year.


We printed up some magnets to commemorate Worldbuilder 2014, the year of the Milkshake. We’re only going to sell it for the rest of the year, and then it will be done and we’ll do a different magnet next year.

So. If you want to let your charity flag fly, you can buy one over here.

Auri Gear

The folks at Badali got early copies of The Slow Regard of Silent Things so they could help me design this necklace. It’s based off Nate’s illustration of the gear from the book, and I have to say that the folks at Badali nailed it.

It’s all brass, and this picture is actually of Amanda’s necklace, which she ordered about 15 minutes after Badali made the item live on their website.

We *just* got our first shipment of necklaces from them, and I’m delighted to be able to put them up in the store for this sale. To sweeten the deal, I’ve signed the cards of authenticity for the first round of necklaces. Of all the things we’re putting up today, I think this is going to sell out the fastest, so if you want one, you might want to grab it over here.

Edit: So… yeah. This sold out really *really* quickly.

We’ll have more in the store as soon as we can. But in the meantime, if you’re looking for other cool Kingkiller Jewelry, we have a bunch of other things in the store, including Denna’s Ring, Talent Pipes, and the Vintish Court Rings.


You can see all the jewelry over here.

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So there you have it, folks. New coolness, and all of it will count toward our fundraising goal, pushing that thermometer closer and closer to cool stretch goals, like John Green eating a blenderized Heifer International meal, or the Strong Bad making a new video just for Worldbuilders, or Neil Gaiman reading the children’s book of your choosing.

Now you can go do some holiday shopping and help make the world a better place, all from the comfort of your home.

(If you’re trying to avoid the rampant consumerism of the season, but you still want to make the world a better place, you can donate directly to Heifer International over on the Worldbuilders team page. That’s cool too.)

This entry was posted in Worldbuilders 2014. By Pat14 Responses


  1. Posted November 28, 2014 at 3:49 AM | Permalink

    Very nice! I’ve been meaning to buy Sentinels of the Multiverse ever since I heard about their story (hoping to sell enough to be able to buy gas to get back home and then sellling out their complete stock at Gencon, if I remember correctly) on a podcast.
    Unfortunately when I spotted their game at Spiel2014 in Essen, it was merely a promotional copy that wasn’t for sale.
    So it’s awesome that this is in the Tinker’s Packs – Christmas present for my brother is sorted :D

  2. Warhound Ulrik Ezickial
    Posted November 28, 2014 at 8:50 AM | Permalink

    I got my useful but proud brass bold brave slightly broken but not worried at all slightly heavy marks my skin is ment to be dropped thingy with a nice shinny but demure chain =)

  3. TreffnonX
    Posted November 28, 2014 at 11:26 AM | Permalink

    … 2 hours this has been up. I get back home, read it and hind the brazen gear out of stock.. =D – why does this fan base have to be so quick x_x

    • Posted November 28, 2014 at 1:23 PM | Permalink

      We’ll have more in the store before too long….

      • Korjik
        Posted November 28, 2014 at 1:57 PM | Permalink

        “Before too long” being after World Builders or before? Either way I’ll be purchasing, but if it could be put towards World Builders that’d be great. I know sometimes you guys have a code to put some of the purchase money towards World Builders when purchasing from the Badali site. Is that true in this case as well or no? Thanks!

  4. Barrett
    Posted November 28, 2014 at 11:40 AM | Permalink

    Pat! Have you considered selling hand-made artisan soaps in the Tinker’s Packs? The description can read something like:

    You’ll wash your face. You’ll wash your hands and feet. Made with enough love and expertise to fill 8 pages.

    • Oatmeal
      Posted November 29, 2014 at 7:55 PM | Permalink

      This is, quite possibly, the best idea ever.

      • Posted December 1, 2014 at 12:30 AM | Permalink

        We’ve been thinking about it for some time….

  5. Andrew
    Posted November 28, 2014 at 5:45 PM | Permalink

    Just ordered the Commonwealth set. Those illustrations are gorgeous, and knowing the money is going to a great charity only helps to make this Friday slightly less black.

  6. Fenchurch
    Posted November 29, 2014 at 6:45 PM | Permalink

    I was reading The Name of the Wind, and a friend of mine asked who wrote it. I showed them the front cover because I was too lazy to actually speak. They then said, “That’s a weird name.” I was unsure as to why they said that, but my question was answered when they said, “Ross Motherfuck, huh?” This mangling of your name is now an inside joke among my friends.

    • Posted December 1, 2014 at 1:10 PM | Permalink

      That’s my Pulp Fiction name.

  7. Estelindis
    Posted December 2, 2014 at 3:28 PM | Permalink

    Hi Pat! Great news on the Sentinels promo. :) I went to buy a couple of copies immediately, but I’m a little surprised at the $11.45 cost of shipping two playing cards, though. Even for international shipping, can that be correct? It’s not like I’d mind paying the extra if that went to charity too, but it’s just going to a shipping company.

    • Amanda
      Posted December 2, 2014 at 5:10 PM | Permalink

      We’ve got them packaged in some super rigid mailers, so that they don’t bend in the mail. Unfortunately, that makes them a little heavy, and international mail in particular is affected by that, but we think it’s a better alternative to having these cool collectible cards arrive damaged.

      • Estelindis
        Posted December 2, 2014 at 9:24 PM | Permalink

        Fair enough. Thanks for the answer!

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