Books, Games, Terror, and Toddlers

As I sit down to write up my traditional blog full of Rothfuss-specific items I’m putting into the fundraiser, I notice that Worldbuilders has just crested over the $100,000 mark.

This fills me with joy. Not only because it confirms that all of you are lovely, generous people. But also because it means we’ve passed two stretch goals, and have just unlocked a third, where Nika Harper will do a Tarot reading for a goat.

What were the previous two stretch goals? Well, I brought my littlest boy (codename Cutie Snoo) into Worldbuilders the other day to see the team. While we were there, I found myself wondering what would happen if I introduced him to one of the … odder people that hangs around in our basement.

Namely, Cinder.


This is a life-sized statue created from whole cloth by Ravn Cotino. He kickstarted the project, then donated the statue to Worldbuilders.

If you’ve been following the Worldbuilders blog, you know how it arrived and has been freaking everyone out several months. Including me. Because let me tell you, nothing is better than showing up at Worldbuilders at midnight, knowing I’ll be able to have the place to myself while I sign books for the Tinker’s Packs. And then, while I’m catching up on the Nightvale podcast, I wander back to get a fresh pen and see this out of the corner of my eye….

Cinder crop

So yeah. It’s only natural that when I brought my not-yet-quite two year old toddler into the office, I proposed that we expose him to this tangible nightmare as a stretch goal for charity.

This is what happened.

If you want to see the other stretch goals as we unlock them, or see what’s coming in the future, you can take a peek at them on the Worldbuilders page.

Now, on to today’s prizes.

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First and foremost we’ll start with the items going into the prize lottery. For every 10 dollars you kick in on our donation page you have a chance to win these items and many, many others.

Lottery Items

  • Card Decks: Sets of Name of the Wind, Pairs, and Geek a Week Decks


There are 3 different Name of the Wind decks (Limited, Unlimited, and Magician’s Deck), 4 different Pairs decks (Commonwealth, Princess & Mr. Whiffle, Modegan, and Faen), and 3 different Geek-a-Week decks (Season 1, Season 5, and Season 5 Limited).

I’m putting 10 of each set in, so that’s 30 prizes into the GAMES part of the lottery.

  • A Set of Foreign Editions in the Language of Your Choice


My books have been published in 35 different languages, and I get between 5-10 “author copies” of each edition. More if the book goes into multiple printings.

Whoever wins this item will receive everything I have published in the language of their choice. Love Portuguese? You can have O Nome Do VentoO Medo Do Homem Sábio, and A Música do Silêncio. Want to give the book to your Grandma who only speaks Estonian? We’ve got you covered. We even have the rare, out of print set of the 3-volume Japanese edition of Name of the Wind.

And if you don’t want to leave it to chance, you can always buy some copies straight out of the The Tinker’s Packs, where all proceeds go to Worldbuilders.

Stuff in the Store

Speaking of the store, we have a lot of items in there you might not be aware of. And for the duration of the fundraiser, all the sales in the store count toward raising our donation totals and unlocking new stretch goals.

  • T-shirts


We have a lot of t-shirts. So many we don’t have enough staff to model them. Our Eolian hoodie, a onesie, and a scarf, all over in the Apparel section of the store.

  • Games & Collectibles


There are lots of games in The Tinker’s Packs, including some limited edition game pieces, like the Draccus monster for King of Tokyo and King of New York (it works for either game).

We also have Boss Monster and Boss Monster 2, which has limited edition Bast & Bastas heroes you can kill (again, in either game). Plus there’s cool collectible game stuff like our True Copper Dice made by Shire Post Mint.

  • Jewelry


There’s lots of jewelry too, like the Pinny Arcade Talent Pipes pin, Auri’s Brazen Gear, the official Eolian Talent Pipes, and even Denna’s Ring. There’s a lot more than that, though, so be sure to head over and peruse to your heart’s desire.

Lottery AND Auction

There’s a lot of stuff that I wanted people to have a chance at winning, even though the items are bit more limited and rare. So for everything in this section, I’m putting one item up in an auction (for folks with more money, or who want a sure thing) and one going into the lottery (So everyone who donates gets a chance.)

  • Doodled Beta copy of Princess 2. A Matching Set of Numbered Princess 1 & 2. All signed by me and Nate Taylor.


These are all really rare.

When we were working on the second princess book, Nate would send me his newest illustrations, I’d get them printed and bound, then get feedback from friends. After that was done, I had a few left over, so Nate signed and doodled them. There’s one up for auction right here, and one in the lottery.

We also have fancy numbered editions of the Princess books.  They’re both numbered editions, leather bound, with beautiful signature pages signed by both me and Nate. We have two matching sets, so one is in the lottery, and the other is in an auction here.

  • Rare books: 1st Edition Name of the Wind. ARC copy of Unfettered.


Here you have it guys. I’ve had to start buying 1st editions off of people at signings to keep Worldbuilders stocked for things like this. One first edition/first printing of NOTW is going into the lottery, and the other is in an auction. We sold three of these for $2500 last summer, so I can only imagine what this will go for.

These ARCs of Unfettered are pretty rare too. The regular print run only had 5,000 copies, and there are only 250 of these ARCs.  Here’s the link to the auction if you just can’t leave it to chance, otherwise one is in the lottery as well.


There are some things that are just too specialized to put into the lottery, so we’re auctioning these off to make sure they’re going to get into the right hands.

  •  General Geekery: Limited Edition Boss Monster cards, Master Set of  Cealdish Coins, and 300 Chip Poker Set.


The first is an auction for the Quothe Ladykiller, Bast, and Bastas Hero Cards for Boss Monster. There were only ever 200 made, and we only have this one because a fan donated it back to us.  Auction is here.

We also have a 300-piece poker set from the Albino Dragon Kickstarter a while back. This contains 60 of each color chip, all three decks, plus some extras in in a lovely wooden case. The bidding starts here.

Next up is a Master Set of my Cealdish currency, made by the folks at Shire Post Mint. This even includes version 1.2 of the iron drab, which  you can’t get any other way. We only made 94 of these, and they’ve been sold out since about 2 hours after we made them available.

To bid on this, head over here.

  • Bookish Geekery: ARC of NOTW, ARC of WMF, Edited & Critiqued NOTW Text Scarf.


It’s getting harder to find ARC copies of The Name of the Wind, but we’ve got one up for auction. It’s one of the cool rarities where they didn’t print on the dust jacket image. Instead my editor, Betsy, wrote a note on the cover explaining why people should take a risk on this unknown author named Patrick Rothfuss.

There’s also a Wise Man’s Fear ARC looking for a new home, and if there’s a space for it on your shelf you can bid on it here. These are extremely rare (only 227 copies were ever printed), and all of them were numbered so that we’d know who had leaked their copy if one sold before the actual book release.

Those of you signed up for The Tinker’s Packs newsletter probably saw one of the new items launched last month, an infinity scarf printed with text from The Name of the Wind. I took the liberty of correcting some of the purpler prose on one of the scarves, and it’s going up for auction. This one is truly one-of-a-kind, because the team took my pen away before I could correct the rest of the scarves.

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So there you go, folks. A bunch of signed and rare stuff in the Lottery, new items in the store, and unique items up for auction. A little bit of something for everybody.

Don’t forget: I’m streaming on Twitch every evening from 4:00-7:00 CST. I’ll either be working on Book 3 or playing Fallout 4 depending on which option people vote for.

The auctions for professional critiques of your manuscript go through Sunday, so be sure to check those out too.

Thanks for helping out, everyone. And thanks for spreading the word…

This entry was posted in a billion links, Acts of Whimsy, babies, Cutie Snoo, Worldbuilders 2015. By Pat26 Responses


  1. XETWS
    Posted November 16, 2015 at 6:38 AM | Permalink

    You seem like a terrific father! And excuse my fanboyism, but you have the most beautiful laugh! (and excellent monster sound btw. They should put you in the next Cloverfield movie or similar) It shows that, despite what you say sometimes, your heart is not a piece of charcoal. Nobody that laughs like this have a bad heart. May i please have your legal authorization to plagiarize that laugh when i grow up?
    Thanks for being awesome.

  2. HahTse
    Posted November 16, 2015 at 6:41 AM | Permalink

    I kickstarted the Cinder statue and I am immensely happy with both how it turned out and what it is being used for now. :)

    Ravn is an awesome artist.

    …and apparently Ravn is also a “he”. I did not know that. Hm.

    • Kimberlyand
      Posted November 16, 2015 at 7:03 AM | Permalink

      I think Ravn chooses not to identify as he/she, if I remember correctly. Makes it difficult to talk about Ravn though.

      • Posted November 16, 2015 at 1:50 PM | Permalink

        Yeah. Ravn is awesome. Amazing artist.

        And thanks for cluing me in about the he/she thing. I didn’t know that. I typically use ‘they’ as a gender-neutral pronoun if someone prefers not to identify one way or another.

  3. laurenrocks
    Posted November 16, 2015 at 6:43 AM | Permalink

    That is the cutest thing I have ever seen. You must be so proud of your babies.

  4. BrendanTWhite
    Posted November 16, 2015 at 6:45 AM | Permalink

    Slight typo – “More if the book gos into multiple printings”. I assume you meant “goes”.

    • Amanda
      Posted November 16, 2015 at 9:03 AM | Permalink

      Fixed, thanks :)

  5. firebird
    Posted November 16, 2015 at 6:48 AM | Permalink

    I bought the Relar set. And really wish I had gone balls deep for the Master set. And you’re perfectly correct about them selling out crazy fast. I was up all night waiting for The Tinkers Pack to update their website. You know what I’m talking about right? I just sat at the website hitting refresh until I saw the coins….for hours.

    • Posted November 16, 2015 at 2:37 PM | Permalink

      Yeah. Next time we’ll make sure that doesn’t happen with the next set. We really underestimated the desire for these….

      • firebird
        Posted November 18, 2015 at 8:52 AM | Permalink

        You know you keep doing that, underestimating us I mean.

  6. justajenjen
    Posted November 16, 2015 at 7:29 AM | Permalink

    Oh god, dying of cute! I need to get me another one of those.

  7. overitalready
    Posted November 16, 2015 at 8:18 AM | Permalink

    My face hurts from smiling so much at that video. This is why I will gladly wait forever for book three. Thank you for sharing <3

  8. Constance
    Posted November 16, 2015 at 8:29 AM | Permalink

    You make a remarkable father. That boy is so adorable and bright. It makes me happy to see your family doing so well.

  9. Karissima
    Posted November 16, 2015 at 8:33 AM | Permalink

    This video made my week. Your monster sounds are quite convincing. Thanks for sharing your sweet son with us!

  10. lykashii
    Posted November 16, 2015 at 9:45 AM | Permalink

    Okay firstly – THE VIDEO WAS TERRIFICALLY CUTE! Awwwr!

    Secondly: Can we talk about how Robert Carlyle would be the perfect Cinder? That’s a truly amazing statue and I can just picture him perfectly!

    For those who may not see the likeness….

    Is it just me?

    • Noizeemama
      Posted November 16, 2015 at 11:24 AM | Permalink


  11. TheAman
    Posted November 16, 2015 at 9:50 AM | Permalink

    I really wish you had taken the time to put the sunglasses on Cinder properly. That would have basically been the best visual ever.

    • Celt42
      Posted November 16, 2015 at 10:30 AM | Permalink

      If you follow the link to the Worldbuilders blog there is a photo of Cinder with the sunglasses on over his eyes rather than on his head. Takes away the entire creepy factor though.

    • Posted November 16, 2015 at 2:38 PM | Permalink

      Heh. Couldn’t happen. Arm full of baby.

      • UncreativeUsername
        Posted November 16, 2015 at 3:20 PM | Permalink

        In my humble, not-native-speaking and not-even-amateur-writer opinion, ‘arm full of baby’ would make a great title for a short story (competition). Stretch goal?

  12. Beej
    Posted November 16, 2015 at 3:37 PM | Permalink

    How much do I have to give in order to have Pat pick me up and toss me in the air like a baby? I’m not very big, I think he could do it.

  13. masha
    Posted November 16, 2015 at 6:43 PM | Permalink

    that was adorable. smiling like an idiot here.

  14. AlistairM
    Posted November 17, 2015 at 5:19 AM | Permalink

    There’s no messing around when Rothfuss roars. Fully committed and shows us how its done!

  15. Claire
    Posted November 19, 2015 at 11:32 AM | Permalink

    You’re an awesome parent. If you ever write a children’s book, I am so preordering that for my kid.

  16. jjbaum22
    Posted November 25, 2015 at 10:27 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat,

    The Pat-O-Matic meter made me wonder – as a professional writer can you just sit down and write diligently? Is there a spark of inspiration needed to motivate you to write? When I try to write I can only accomplish something when I’m in the mood.

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