Delightful Miscellany

We’re getting closer to the end of the fundraiser, and things are starting to speed up. As I write this, we’re at 383,000 dollars, and we’ve been unlocking new stretch goals at an incredible rate.

If you haven’t been keeping up, you can access them all here:

Remember, if you donate on our main page, you move us toward future stretch goals and have a chance to win all manner of books, games, and other cool things in the lottery.

Cool things like these:

  • Copper Goats from Esoteric Garage.


Earlier in the fundraiser we auctioned off a set of copper goat paperweights, based on the Worldbuilders logo.

Tait from Esoteric Garage was kind enough to send along 4 more, so we’re putting them in the lottery. Just don’t tell Amanda, because when I take that one away from her, I think she’s going to cry.

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Everything else in today’s blog is up for auction. And pretty much everything we have in here is either one-of-a-kind, or so rare as to be virtually unique.

  • Auction: Cameo appearance in an upcoming book by April White.


April’s been donating to the fundraiser for a couple of years now, and this year she’s also thrown her hat in for a tuckerization. Here’s how she described it:

“In a world where Time, Fate, Nature, War and Death are Immortal, and their Descendants have skills that include time travel, shape-shifting, and visions of the future, the winning bidder of this Tuckerization will have a character named for them in two of the Immortal Descendant books.

In book three, Changing Nature, which will be published in January, 2015, their character will be named as among the mysteriously missing mixed-blood Immortal Descendants. In book four, Waging War (to be published in the Summer, 2015), the character will continue as part of a storyline set in modern times, and will involve at least one interaction with main characters.”

If this sounds awesome to you (and it should) bid over here.

Mary Robinette Kowal

Hugo-award winning author Mary Robinette Kowal will tuckerize your name into a forthcoming piece of fiction. What does this mean? It means that she will work your name into a story or novel depending on what your name is and which project it seems to fit best into. She’ll also send you a signed manuscript before publication. So it’s like a literary twofer.

Bid on it in all its goodness over here.

  • Auction: Kvothe’s green linen shirt from The Wind Comes cosplay stretch goal. Handmade by Mary Robinette Kowal.


This is something of a specialty item. Mary Robinette Kowal handmade this and the rest of her costume that she wore when she came up to read her Name of the Wind erotica with me.

There are some more detailed images of the shirt, taken while she was making it. She tweeted them while she worked on it, and we borrowed a few of them for the auction listing if you’d like to see them.

The shirt looks awesome, and Mary wore it well because she’s classy like that. Now it can be all yours. Bid on it over here.

  • Auction: A ukulele doodled and signed by Hank Green.


We offered 10 of these in the summer IndieGoGo. Amanda gushed and groaned over it, never taking the time to  buy one for herself because she didn’t think it was fair of her to nab one when they were so limited, and someone who would love it might miss out on it purely because Amanda saw it first.

I, however, did not have such qualms.

This is the one I personally bought. The folks over at the Nerd Nighters coordinated with me to buy one for Amanda, and she loves it with a powerful and deep love.

That kind of love and devotion can be a part of your life, too, if you bid on it here.

  • Auction: A personalized sketch from Karen Hallion.


Karen has agreed to auction off a commissioned personalized sketch for whoever wins this auction, after the last auction did so well. You’ll be able to get any character of your choice meeting up with the beloved police box.

You know you want it. Bid on it over here.

  • AuctionShane Tyree will create art based on your likeness. 

Kilvin Card

Shane’s a great artist, and has done the art for the NOTW playing cards, as well as the Commonwealth and Modegan decks for Pairs. He’ll draw you up proper, and then send you a signed 13″ x 17″ print of the final piece.

To become true art, bid over here.

  • Auction: A full set of the 7 Calamities from the Commonwealth Deck, printed and signed by Shane Tyree.


Many of you already have the Commonwealth pairs deck we put on sale in the Tinker’s Packs. In this deck, the sevens are… significant. They’re the only number where each card has its own art. And if you play one of the variant rules, they’re the worst card in the deck to draw.

Shane has only printed 7 of each of these pieces of art. The winner of this auction will have one of those sets, so it’s going to be very, very rare. Bid on it before it’s too late.

Amber from Serpent’s Dance Designs has been donating jewelry to Worlbuilders for the last couple years. The first year, her Bookwyrm Pendant sold out before we managed to post the blog about it. Last year, we managed to auction off three unique designs from her.

This year, we’ve got nine. (That’s three threes, just so you know.) She swung by one of my signings on the Slow Regard tour,  then had me sign the backs of a few of the items so she could etch in my signature.

It should go without saying that these are all one-of-a-kind creations. But I’ll say it anyway: These are all one-of-a-kind. More pictures of each of these can be found if you follow the links below.


In the same order as the pictures: Signed All the Truth in the World Pendant, Signed All Stories Are True Pendant, Signed You May Have Heard of Me Pendant, Etched Kvothe Pendant.

And more…


In the same order as the pictures: All Stories are True Pendant, You May Have Heard of Me Pendant, Hatchling Dragon Pendant, Kvothe Profile Pendant.

And finally, the Ornament Package:


A little Kvothe felt doll (with four pockets in his cloak) and a signed, etched Kvothe plate. This one’s available over here.


Back during the Slow Regard of Silent Things tour event in Portland, I invited the Doubleclicks to open for me, and  they graciously allowed me to perform a song with them.

I failed pretty miserably, as I detailed a bit in the blog.

For their stretch goal this year, they’re letting me take a mulligan on my previous performance, I’m going to play with them again in a google hangout and try to get it right this time. Or at the very least I’ll get it marginally less wrong.

This is the keyboard I’ll be using. The Doubleclicks mailed it to us, and Angela and Aubrey have both signed it. (I’ll sign it too if you like.) If you’d like to own this glorious cat keyboard, this testament to my shame and redemption, you can bid on it over here.

  • Auction: Two tickets to the Heifer International Beyond Hunger event in Beverly Hills, CA, July or August 2015. Also in attendance: The Worldbuilders Team and Me.


This is particularly exciting. Every year Heifer throws a swank dinner event, and this year they’re bringing me and some of the Worldbuilders team out so that we can join the fun, as well as hang out with some of our favorite people from Heifer.

This event is incredibly posh. It’s formal attire only, and lots of Hollywood celebrities will be there. The dates aren’t set yet, but as soon as they are we’ll contact you and let you know where to be and when. Hopefully we’ll all be able to hang out a bit.

Full disclosure: This auction is just for tickets to the event. You’ll have to provide transportation yourself.

If this sounds like it’s up your alley, bid here for the chance to experience it.

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There you have it folks. Bid early and bid often.

If you want to see ALL the current auctions running, you can head over here.

This entry was posted in miscelany, Worldbuilders 2014By Pat8 Responses


  1. Posted December 2, 2014 at 11:58 AM | Permalink

    Getting those bits of copper signed was an idea I’ve had since I’ve been donating jewelry, but the logistics of doing it through the mail just wouldn’t have worked. Then I heard about the signing and thought “perfect!”

    Of course, I got hit by an especially nasty bout of bronchitis two weeks before the signing and wasn’t even sure I would manage to go. I got pumped full of steroids four days before the signing, finally got it under control, and luckily wasn’t contagious (otherwise I wouldn’t have even considered going) by the time the signing rolled around..but was still feeling fairly miserable. I was pretty sure by the time I made it to the table I was going to come across like the Ring Wraith in Lord of the Rings, when it says “Shire..Baggins…” except in my case it would’ve been “Rothfuss…sign…” I’m actually proud of myself that I didn’t end up in a pile of books and copper pieces at Pat’s feet.

    So, I hope the pieces do as well as the ones last year did. If they do, I will just have to become a stalker and follow Pat around to conventions and signings so I can obtain more signatures.

    • Neville Longbottom
      Posted December 3, 2014 at 12:14 PM | Permalink

      You rock, for two reasons.

      Firstly, the pieces rock.

      Secondly, I think you just gave us our first “performance enhancing substances” scandal. Which you have to admit is pretty cool for a geek charity.

      (Mischief Managed.)

      • Posted December 3, 2014 at 8:19 PM | Permalink

        Ha! I didn’t even think of that aspect of it. I got jabbed in the butt with a needle full of steroids by a nurse who looked like santa clause..and I did it all for Worldbuilders.

        When you take into consideration that my day job is working for the research department at a pharmacy school, the possibilities for scandal are truly endless. This year it was year, who knows.

  2. robtucci
    Posted December 2, 2014 at 12:50 PM | Permalink

    Does anyone know if there exists a thread out there on the interweb where a group of scholarly folk with well-trained eye might collaborate to uncover the secrets of the Calamity cards and unlock their … significance?

    • SporkTastic
      Posted December 2, 2014 at 7:48 PM | Permalink

      The first rule of Chaendrian Exploration Club is that you do not talk about Chaendrian Exploration Club.

  3. Themistocles The Conqueror
    Posted December 2, 2014 at 7:43 PM | Permalink

    Pat Rothfuss (a.k.a. Ross Motherfuck),

    Have you ever thought about selling a Kvothe “Cloak of Many Pockets”, or a Taborlin “Cloak of No Particular Colour”? Or perhaps a guilder?

  4. SporkTastic
    Posted December 2, 2014 at 7:49 PM | Permalink

    I’ve been pushing this so hard that I think my friends are ready to disown me. But. Pat might kiss a goat. And Neil Gaiman might read Jabberwocky. These are things we must make happen.

  5. Posted December 3, 2014 at 2:38 AM | Permalink

    Hi Pat,
    great to see that the funding goal tracker is back on your website – I missed that! It’s neat to come back to your blog and see how the total changes (or just to see it change on a page refresh).
    Also, it’s awesome that you were guest starring on the Misscliks D&D show yesterday. Due to the time difference I couldn’t catch it live, but I will check it out once it’s up on Youtube. For full disclosure and/or humble brag reasons, I actually write articles for the community site, which is due to relaunch soon (

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