Cheapass Games, Boss Monster, and Other Game Geekery

Wow, everyone.

Yesterday was the best fundraising day we’ve ever had. Ever. Last year, our best day raised about $93,000. Yesterday, we raised more than $200,000. Then our $100,000 of matching was added on the livestream late last night, and we watched our overall fundraiser total cross $800,000. (It’s currently at $832,000.)

This means we put more than $300,000 towards Heifer’s offer of matching funds. As a result, more than $600,000 will be going to help projects in Haiti.

That’s just from yesterday.

And we still have 13 days left of this fundraiser, folks. I’m excited to see how far we can go.

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Today’s blog is jam-packed with gaming stuff from a bunch of places. Let’s get right into it.

Games from Cheapass Games

James Ernest stomped right out to help this year, and he donated well over 150 games. Amanda’s always said that any game put out by Cheapass is one that’s worth playing, even if you’ve never heard of it before. They work hard to put out quality games that are fun to play no matter what kind of game you’re into.

Here’s what’s up for grabs:

  • 19 Super-Extra-Serious-Deluxe versions of Stuff and Nonsense.


Rachel says this is a really fun game, especially for those who like to spout nonsense or wax poetic. James really went the extra mile with these. It was already the Deluxe version of Stuff and Nonsense, and he took the time to repack each one to include all of the bonus goodies they made for the game: the custom meeple set, the custom die, the pack of 12 extra cards, the collector coin, the travel stickers and the postcard of Professor Elemental.

Pretty much all of this bonus stuff is impossible to get any more, so if you win one of these, you’re ending up with a real rarity.

And they’re all going into the prize lottery.

  • 23 copies each of 5 different versions of Lord of the Fries.


There are a lot of versions of Lord of the Fries, the Zombie Cooking game. There’s the Superdeluxe edition of the core game, and 4 different stand-alone expansion decks. You can play any of them individually, or combine them all into one giant game.

Since they can be stand-alone, that means 115 prizes are going into the lottery here. You’ve got a lot of chances to win something really cool from Cheapass Games.

  • Barmaids Pairs Decks, signed by James Ernest and Echo Chernik.


We put a few of these up in the store last week, but we held on to some of them for the fundraiser. We’re putting four into the lottery for anyone to win, but one is going up for auction.

So if you’d like one of these lovely pairs decks signed by the artist (Echo Chernik) and Designer James Earnest, you can bid on it right here.

  • Auction: One Bigass Cheapass Games Bundle.


This bundle has one of the Super-Extra-Serious-Deluxe versions of Stuff and Nonsense, plus one of each of the Lord of the Fries decks. Again, a bunch of the bonus stuff in Stuff and Nonsense is something you just can’t get anymore, so enjoy your awesome, limited edition goodies.

You can bid on this awesome bundle right here.

Boss Monster

The guys over at Brotherwise Games have always been really good to us. After all, they made and donated the Quothe the Ladykiller card, as well as the Bast and Bastas cards, just for Worldbuilders.

And now they’ve passed along something really special.

  • Limited Edition copies of Boss Monster 2. Signed by creators Johnny and Chris O’Neal.


These are the limited edition versions of Boss Monster, and come with bonus holofoil versions of the 14 bosses, and an alternate-art Epic Hero to boot.

We have 4 signed copies of this game total, so we’ve put 3 in the lottery and one up for auction for you collectors out there. Bid here to your heart’s content.

Other Cool Gaming Geekery

These are some seriously cool items that we wanted to add, and we figured there was no better way than to show them off with some of our other games.

  • 3 Chainmail Dice Bags


These were donated by a fan who makes handmade chainmail items, and we figured any gamer would be happy to get a sweet dice bag.

  • D20 Keychains and D20 Bookmarks.


These are all going in with other games as prizes, just to spice things up a bit. That means that they won’t be added as individual prizes, but instead will be add-ons to other prizes. Prizes plus, if you will.

The keychains and bookmarks were made by a lovely volunteer named Meghan, and she donated a bunch of them to the fundraiser.

  • Auction: Rare, Limited Edition copy of The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen book. Personalized to you by creator James Wallis.


This is a true rarity. If you’ve never played this game before, you really should. We played it at NerdCon, and you can see it in all of its two-hour-long glory in this playlist on YouTube.

James Wallis, the creator of The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen, donated one of the very limited edition books to the fundraiser. What’s more, he has graciously offered to give the book a personalized Munchausen dedication.

When we asked him to explain what that meant, he said:

“A Munchausen dedication usually runs over both sets of endpapers and sometimes further than that, as the Baron reminisces on the times he has spent with the recipient, the duels they have fought, and why one of them owes the other money.”

There is very little that could be so cool as this. You can bid on it right here.

  • Auction: 2 seats for King of Tokyo with Pat Rothfuss GenCon 2016.


Earlier this year, we auctioned off a seat to play King of Tokyo with me in Indianapolis during GenCon. The good news is, it takes more than 2 people to play King of Tokyo.

I’m going to invite some of my friends to play, but in the mean time we’re holding an auction for 2 seats at the table. Let’s rock this. Bid here.

  • Auctions: Play a game of True Dungeon at GenCon 2016.


I haven’t been shy about the fact that I love playing True Dungeon. And the folks at True Dungeon are particularly cool, and donated a game for Worldbuliders to auction off.

True Dungeon is a fantastic game. As you can see from the above photo, it was thoroughly puzzling the year I played with Wil Wheaton. There are lots of rooms with puzzles, monsters, and obstacles that you need to solve, kill, and/or traverse, however you like it. Honestly, True Dungeon is one of my favorite parts about GenCon, and I’m looking forward to getting some friends together for another game.

There are two auctions here, each for one seat of the True Dungeon game. That means, if you and your best friend both want to play, you have to bid on *both* of the auctions.

So: Here’s one seat. And here’s the other. Bid as much as you’re willing, and have fun.

And finally, Ladies, Gentlemen, and others, I offer you the Tableflip.

  • Tableflip


At Gen Con this year I had dinner with Max Temkin and Paul Peterson (designer of Smash Up.)  Paul had invented a lovely little toy that delighted everyone at the table.

It’s a tiny papercraft table. You punch out the table and all the tiny accouterments on the sheet, put them together, set the table as nicely as you dream… and flip it.

(Like so.)

This cool, limited edition of the tableflip even has a little Name of the Wind you can put on your table. We’re adding 400 of them to the lottery, where they will be paired up with other games. So if you end up getting your ass beat at Lord of the Fries, you can vent your frustration in a socially acceptable way.

If you don’t want to trust to luck, you can buy one for super cheap over here. And, as you might have guessed, all the proceeds from that go to Worldbuilders.

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I’ve you’d like to see *everything* we’re currently auctioning off, you can head over here and even get a look at the stuff we haven’t officially announced yet.

Or you can straight up donate to the cause, knowing that for every 10 bucks you kick in, you get one entry into the lottery, getting you the chance to win all manner of cool books and games.

This entry was posted in Worldbuilders 2015. By Pat7 Responses


  1. LizisSparta
    Posted December 2, 2015 at 6:35 AM | Permalink

    The tableflip! I can’t even… this is hilarious

  2. Kthaeh
    Posted December 2, 2015 at 7:12 AM | Permalink

    Since I’m only half-way through my first cuppa tea, that chainmail dice bag really looks like a hedgehog. Is it just me?

  3. khil1
    Posted December 2, 2015 at 8:53 AM | Permalink

    Hey guys, it looks like you might have been in a rush to get this up nice and early, so you left in a few notes (from Pat to Amanda from the looks of it) about adding links and videos.

    Thank you for all you do!

    • Amanda
      Posted December 2, 2015 at 8:59 AM | Permalink

      Gah, no, you’ve found my secret weakness: operating on too little sleep! It’s fixed, thanks.

  4. akayb
    Posted December 2, 2015 at 8:59 PM | Permalink

    I was thinking about the stretch goals. What if there were short stories that unlocked at various stretch goals? I know this would be an enormous amount of work, and for this year, I am sure that it is too late. But what if next year, if WB hits 1 million, a short Pat story was revealed? And other authors like Mary Robinette Kowal or Brandon Sanderson could participate, depending on who was interested? Maybe not for every stretch goal, but big ones, like 250K, 500K, 750K, etc? And maybe if there were many stories over the years, they could be compiled into a book that could be sold in the Tinkers Packs, for Worldbuilders for people that like it in print? I love the acts of whimsy, but I really really love stories . . .
    Just an idea – you guys know what you are doing much more than I do.
    By the way – phenomenal work on the fundraiser. And Haiti! It brought tears to my eyes that so much money will go to Haiti! What a great day for a match!

  5. von Nilsen
    Posted December 3, 2015 at 1:13 AM | Permalink

    I bought one of the chainmail dice bags last year and I my roleplaying group ist envious ever since :)
    The D20 Keychain would go nicely with that…

    So much cool stuff *head explodes* How can you stand all this awesomeness?

    I love all you do, keep on rocking! I think I have y crush on your whole team, would that be a team-crush?

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