Pat’s Far Travels: Emerald City Comicon

Hey everyone, Amanda here!

Pat’s off on another grand adventure, this time to Emerald City Comicon, and I thought you’d probably like to know where he’ll be and when while he’s there.

As an added bonus, 2 of the panels will be available to watch live on Twitch, so you don’t even have to be there.

Additionally, there’s a table full of our Kingkiller merch in writer’s alley, number W-05. If you want to pick up something like Pairs, copies of The Princess and Mr. Whiffle, Boss Monster, or other cool things, be sure to swing by and say hi!

If you have the time to volunteer, we’d love to get some extra hands at the table; you can contact @Therajill on Twitter if you want to help out.

Here’s Pat’s full schedule:

Thursday, April 7

  • 3-4pm: Signing at the University Bookstore Booth, #5100

Friday, April 8th

  • 1:30pm-2:30pm: Patrick Rothfuss Spotlight, Main Stage – W4A

I honestly have no idea what Pat’s going to be doing on this panel, but previous events like this have included reading poetry, singing songs with the attendees, and extolled the virtues of combining tea with cup-a-noodle. So I can promise you won’t be bored.

Even better, this is going to be livestreamed on Emerald City’s Twitch channel, on the Main Stage channel, so anyone who has an internet connection and an hour free can see whatever Pat ends up doing. Remember that it’s 1:30-2:30 PACIFIC time, and adjust accordingly to your time zone.

  • 2:45-4pm: Signing at the Level 6 Autographing Area, Table 27
  • 4:15-5:15pm: The Girl Genius Radio Plays, T304

Saturday, April 9th

  • 11am-12pm: Talk about Tak with James Ernest, W611


This panel is going to be a lot of fun. Pat and James are going to play and talk about Tak, the game from Wise Man’s Fear. There’s a Kickstarter in the works that you should be keeping an eye out for in the next couple of weeks, but in the meantime, this is a great way to learn about the game.

This panel is going to be livestreamed as well, this time on the Stage 2.0 portion of Emerald City’s twitch channel. It’s going to be a cool way to learn about Tak, so I highly suggest you check it out.

  • 3:30-4:30: Signing at Badali Jewelry’s Booth, #111

Free time tickets are required for this, but you can pick them up at Badali’s booth anytime after the show opens. Since it’s only an hour, though, there won’t be a ton of them, so pick them up earlier if you can.

This is going to be a great event. It’s being organized by Greg Bilsland and Elyssa Grant, who are members of the Dungeons & Dragons team at Wizards of the Coast, and we’re super grateful to them for putting on this shindig.

Lots of authors, game designers, musicians, and other awesome folks are getting together to play games and hang out, all while raising money for Worldbuilders. This is one of the biggest collaborations we’ve done, and we’re really excited to see it doing so well already.

Unfortunately the tickets for this event are all sold out, but you can check out their website or the Facebook event for more information, and to put yourself on the wait list.

Sunday, April 10th

  • 12pm-1pm: Crafting Characters in Sci-Fi and Fantasy, W603

There’s a serious powerhouse of authors on this panel, including Peter Orullian, Seanan McGuire, Peter V. Brett, and Bob Proehl. If you’ve ever wanted to hear what goes into crafting good characters, this is going to be a great place to do it.

  • 1:15pm-2:15pm: Signing at the Level 6 Autographing Area, Table 29

You may have noticed there’s a signing set up every day, and that was pretty intentional, so even if you get a one-day pass, you should have a chance to see Pat and get something signed. Be sure to get there early, though, because they’ll cut off the lines to make sure Pat can get through everyone in his alloted time.

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And that’s the whole of it. Remember that you can watch some of these events on Twitch, even if you can’t make it to the con. I know I will be, partly just to see what crazy thing Pat gets everyone to do this time.

Have fun out there, folks…


This entry was posted in appearances, conventions. By Amanda11 Responses


  1. Tim W.
    Posted April 7, 2016 at 2:33 PM | Permalink

    According to Emerald City’s schedule for Stage 2, Talk about Tak is on Saturday at 11:00, not Friday.

    • Amanda
      Posted April 7, 2016 at 3:07 PM | Permalink

      Whoops, transposed them when I brought them over from my calendar–thanks for catching that!

  2. Mickey
    Posted April 7, 2016 at 10:03 PM | Permalink

    “…where he’ll be and when while he’s there” is just all kinds wordsmithing goodness. The mind fair boggles with gleeful bebotherment.

  3. TreffnonX
    Posted April 8, 2016 at 12:12 PM | Permalink

    In my opinion, it is worth mentioning, that Tak (the game to be kickstarted on April 19th) and talked about Saturday, is fully described here: – including rules and an online platform (with hooked in AIs). Totally worth taking a look at!
    I wished kickstarter would allow for a different payment method than credit card, as those are not a givne in all countries around the world, and I would definetly back this project.

  4. Runes
    Posted April 10, 2016 at 12:47 PM | Permalink

    I don’t know if any of you remember the song “Kingkiller Chronicles: Song of seven sorrows” by a woman on YouTube by the name of Merrigan (here it is in case you haven’t seen it but she has made a go fund me video for a new harp and I felt like I should post about it :)

  5. tachism
    Posted April 11, 2016 at 1:45 AM | Permalink

    Mr. Rothfuss;
    I wanted to donate an RPG idea to world-builders because I believe in what you and your charity do.
    This may seem outlandish, but I wanted to donate an idea for an RPG game that I believe will help people see the world in a different light and essentially reduce the unknowing-chaos of reality into a more manageable ideological perspective for them – through the entertainment of a simple game.
    This idea would use elements of the real world and incorporate elements of fiction to create layers of reality and pseudo-reality; similar to the idea you posed about telling stories to your child. I believe in the power of storytelling down to my bones.
    The pseudo-reality I am suggesting is basically an Urban Fantasy type of world where people would utilize aspects of everyday life as the foundation from which gamers would be able to build. “Welcome to Night Vale” is a podcast set in a modern day Lovecraftian themed setting; that brings people in but doesn’t allow for much of an interactive setting.
    The occupations and skills people already possess would be a foundational element. The real world is amazing and full of wonders as it is; at times I feel that people over-look the subtle wonders of the world or the abilities they already possess, but this game would incorporate these abilities and add to them. In this sense, I believe utilizing a fictionalized version of ourselves would subtly cause a person to think about their selves in a fictional sense and see the things he/she does as an asset instead of falling into the trap of only looking at things they are lacking as an insurmountable short-coming.
    Playing these games are creative and there is an element of escapism but the idea is not to escape but to build upon our own lives and create layers. Wouldn’t it be interesting to escape into the world around us?
    So, yes, we would be playing ourselves but not-ourselves; an entertaining paradox that very much resembles life, while adding the benefit of fantasy/ sci-ficition.
    The player would be a game version of ourselves which would draw upon the abilities of the individual while adding elements of other abilities i.e. magic; sorcery; or enhanced skills that would provide the fantastical element we desire within ourselves.
    I envisioned a world where the Illuminati (or other mysterious organization) actually does run the world. The players of the game would be ‘agents’ belonging to this organization, and potential videos or podcasts (I.e. update briefs) would progress an over-all ‘story’ arch that would either establish ground-rules or enhance the story itself. In other words, it’s like an interactive LARP that provides access and entertainment 24-7.
    The fun part, at least the fun part I see, is that we are in whatever occupation we are currently in – because what good is a mysterious and/or nefarious organization if everyone knows a person belongs.
    Perhaps the janitor who cleans the halls of the school is actually a ‘supervisor’ of this organization, and cleans the school as his/her cover. And the school is actually has a secret basement where he/she conducts experiments to further the aims of the organization. Or, perhaps the guy who appears to be a bum is secretly in a Cthulu cult and bent on destroying the world and ‘agents’ must attempt to find him/her around the day job. These were some initial thoughts. Enjoy.
    Also, it is a multi-genre depending upon the people playing the game. Perhaps a group wishes to play in Victorian London, or in ancient Rome. The over-arching story could easily support such a game, because the basic elements wouldn’t change depending upon what vein the people wish to pull from.
    If it is in the past; then something must be obtained in order to get there. This is the illuminati (or something else) which would allow for such things. A canon could be formed and people could go from there when developing their very own stories in their campaign setting; but the rules would be there for everyone to pull from. It could be futuristic; horror; comedy; and any combination thereof.
    That is the true beauty of the game. It would fit any campaign a person(s) wishes to play. The enemies would be the same (in the sense of the game and attributes), and all the storylines would be there for a person to draw from.
    In a sense; it would be like a doctor who game where the people could play while still feeling like they are a part of the story.

    Multi-media Platform
    -video uploads
    -board game / book game
    -card game

    Each one of the media types would interweave with one another. The board / book games could be for individual games, and then video uploads documenting the events (I.E. update briefs could gain experience points for the players)
    The moderators of the total program could add videos to a central sight that gives challenges or ideas to the players, or could run an overall program that could be given in expansion packs or adventure settings.
    The adventure settings could include tidbits that would get people out of their houses and do things. Perhaps a video of a person rock-climbing could be a source of experience; martial arts tournament. (this could get a bit complicated, but it’s an idea)
    Character classes could be general occupations that a person might have, and given the years a person does something could factor into the character class. (I.E. 15 years of military infantry experience could be factored into level making; so forth and so on.) Then there could be secondary classes which brings in magical abilities)
    The genre would be comedy with certain elements of other fictional aspects – depending on the storyline the RPG was following. The majority of the game would be interactive base with various other platforms which add to the game.
    Perhaps a Podcast could be made depending upon a script or over-arching story developed by contributors from HR and the staff.
    The format that HR has with multi-media contributions from other people would be a great format to use. Perhaps a secondary website could be created with a podcast or video files being add-ons to the game.
    The thing about most traditional RPG’s is that it is still a small group of people playing together. With the interactive element on-top of the game, it would get more people to interact together. Perhaps there could be organizations or groups which are titled menial things like the HR department, Circulation, etc. that prompts the players with updates and add-ons.
    The world itself could be the real-world with fictional elements thrown in: science-fiction, aliens, the illuminati. However the contributors wanted to craft the world, depending on the story-line derived. Plus, books and stories could be written from contributors that created the cannon of the world.
    ‘SCP-Foundation’ is a great sort of collaboration with the fictional element written in the style of reports. This uses a canon with the ability for contributors to expand the world and add to with guidelines for the over-all storyline. The HR RPG could incorporate something similar to create an RPG that uses this multi-media platform.
    The Harry Dresdan RPG uses something similar to create dice-based gaming platforms while being able to manipulate and create games in local areas. This would also be something similar however using all of the technology we have. The interaction of players from different areas and the world would be the greatest appeal (in my opinion) to this project.
    Reputation points could enhance the experience by providing abilities that go outside an individual persons experience – the more videos or stories a person writes that goes along with canon and enhances the game could provide a means to obtain abilities others do not have.
    This is just an idea, but I wanted to share it with world-builders.

  6. Jona
    Posted April 13, 2016 at 3:30 PM | Permalink

    Hi ‘Manda,

    Is there anyway to see the tak game now? Missed the live stream


  7. Dulcet
    Posted April 13, 2016 at 8:42 PM | Permalink

    For those that missed the Tak livestream it can be viewed here:

    There’s also instructions on various ways you can play free, now.

  8. nounou
    Posted April 18, 2016 at 6:57 AM | Permalink

    Some of us missed the ‘Crafting Characters in Sci-Fi and Fantasy’ panel and I’m really interested and I wish to watch it as soon as possible.
    So if there’s any mean to upload it, please do and thanks :)

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