Pat’s Far Travels: MisCon, Phoenix Comicon, and GenCon

Hey guys, Amanda here! After the crazy-awesome end to the Tak Kickstarter, Pat almost immediately has to pack his bags and head off to a couple of cons.  The good news is it’s almost become tradition for me to hijack the blog to post his convention schedule information, so I wasn’t altogether surprised this time around.

Missoula, Montana


(Aren’t these graphics Brett made awesome? I want one to track where Pat is at all times)

First is going to be MisCon, a great hidden gem of a convention, held in Missoula, Montana. If you’re anywhere near there, Pat’s one of a lot of cool guests, like Jim Butcher, Robin Hobb, Peter Orullian, and Dan Wells.

If you’re in the neighborhood, you can still buy badges over on their website or at the door when you arrive.

The con runs from May 27th through the 30th, but Pat’s only panels are on the 30th:

  • Sunday, May 29

5:00pm-5:50pm: Q&A With Jim Butcher and Pat Rothfuss in Ballroom B

**This event has been changed from Monday the 30th to Sunday the 29th at 5:00pm.

  • Monday, May 30 

10:00am-10:50am: Signing in Ballroom B

12:pm-12:50pm: Making Characters Resonate in Ballroom B
with Carol Berg, Todd Lockwood, & Peter Orullian.

Definitely check this stuff out, because it all sounds amazing. And if you see Pat, say hi from me.


Phoenix, Arizona


If you’re headed to Phoenix Comicon, though, you won’t have to say hi for me, because I’ll be there slinging Worldbuilders Merch at our gigantic booth,  #740/641. If you’re interested in helping us out at the booth, we’re looking for volunteers! If you’ve got some time to spare, contact our coordinator, Thera, right here.

We’ll be hosting signings there with Pat, as well as Kevin Hearne (Thursday 6/2 from 4-5), Scott Sigler (Friday 6/3 from 12-1), Pierce Brown (Friday 6/3 from 6-7), Brad Beaulieu (Saturday 6/4 from 1:30-2:30), and Mary Robinette Kowal (Sunday 6/5 from 1-2). More might be added, so be sure to swing by and check us out.

All signings, including Pat’s, will require free time tickets so we can keep the lines under control. If you’re interested in getting in on one of our signings, you can come to the booth anytime the hall is open to get a ticket.

But before the con even starts, there’s a huge signing event happening at The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale.

  • Wednesday, June 1

7:00pm: ELEVENGEDDON, an 19-author signing extravaganza
The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
4014 N Goldwater Blvd
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
Facebook Event

There are going to be 19 different authors all hanging out at The Poisoned Pen, all ready to sign books and have a rocking time. They’ll start handing out free color-coded wristbands an hour before the event starts to keep things from being too crowded all at once.

Authors like Pierce Brown, Kevin Hearne, Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson, Sam Sykes, and Django Wexler are going to be there, just to name a very few. If you can, you should really check it out.

Then, of course, the con starts the next day.

Note: There’ve been a few things added, so be sure to double check this one!

  • Thursday, June 2

4:30pm-5:30pm: Would You Rather?- North 128B
with Alyssa Wong, Pierce Brown, Sam Sykes, and Shannon Messengers

If this is going to be anything like Author Batsu games (which is another panel you should go to, even though Pat isn’t on it), then we are all in for a very weird treat.

  • Friday, June 3

12:00pm-1:00pm: Adventuring Parties, Still Cool?- North 129A
With Sam Sykes, Sarah Remy, and Todd Lockwood

1:30pm-2:30pm: Signing in the Signing lounge, North 127AB

3:00pm-4:00pm: Signing at the Worldbuilders Booth #740/641

PatSigning - Color

  • Saturday, June 4

12:00pm-1:00pm: Signing in the Exhibitor Hall Signing Area

1:30pm-2:30pm: Glowy Swords: Magical Macguffins-North 129A
With Alyssa Wong, Brandon Sanderson, Sam Sykes, and Victoria V.E. Schwab

3:00pm-4:00pm: Signing at Worldbuilders Booth #740/641

4:30-5:30pm: Spotlight:  Join Pat as he talks writing, mead making and livestock  – West 301A

  • Sunday, June 5

10:30am-11:30am: Guilty Pleasure Tropes-North 128B
With Christina Henry, Gini Koch, and Tom Leveen

12:00pm-1:00pm: Signing in the Signing Lounge, North 127AB

3:00pm-4:00pm: Signing in the Exhibitor Hall Signing Area

4:30pm-5:30pm: Embarrassing Author Con Stories-North 128B
With Kevin Hearne, Leanna Hieber, Mary Robinette Kowal, Pierce Brown, Sam Sykes and Shannon Messenger

The subject matter of this panel would be enough for me to desperately want to attend. The authors who are going to be on it will make it that much more amazing. Anything Sam Sykes considers “embarrassing” is going to make for an awesome story.

Indianapolis, Indiana


And, even though it’s a couple of months away yet, we wanted to make sure you knew about Pat’s GenCon schedule. GenCon has tickets for some of the panels and events, so if you want to attend you need to register online. All of Pat’s panels are free, but have limited seating, and we don’t want you to miss out just because you weren’t able to register soon enough.

Worldbuilders will also be at GenCon in a few different places, including a table outside the Writer’s Symposium, and booth #267 in the exhibit hall. We’re still deciding what we’re going to bring to sell at the booth, but there’s a lot to choose from in The Tinker’s Packs, so if you have feelings on what we should bring, maybe let me know in the comments and it’ll help us decide…

  • Thursday, August 4

1pm-2pm: Writer’s Craft: Convince the Reader to Care, Capital 1

4pm-5pm: Signing in the Exhibit Hall Author Area

All of Pat’s signings will require a ticket (so that you guys don’t flood the signing area with awesome, awesome people), so you can register for this one right here.

  • Friday, August 5

12pm-1pm: Talk about Tak with James Ernest, Westin, Capitol II


This promises to be a great talk, especially since the Kickstarter went so well, and it’s just plain fun to hear Pat and James get into really in-depth talks about games. If you want to check it out, ask some questions, or just hear Pat and James discuss all things Tak, you won’t want to miss this. You’ll need to register for this event, which you can do right here.

4pm-6pm: An Evening with Pat Rothfuss

This is one of my favorite events Pat does, because you honestly never know what’s going to happen. Maybe he’ll read some poetry. Maybe he’ll make the entire audience sing with him. Maybe he’ll discuss the narrative structure of his favorite Marvel movie. No matter what, though, it’ll very likely be entertaining.

Registration for this one just went up today, so be sure to get in on it soon here.

  • Saturday, August 6

1:00pm-2:00pm: Signing, Exhibit Hall Author Area

As with the last signing, this will require registration for the sake of line control. If you want to attend this signing, you can do it here.

3:00pm-4:00pm: Character Craft: Representing Unconscious Motivation, Capital 1

4:00pm-5:00pm: Writer’s Life: Writers and Mental Health (You’re Not Alone), Capital 1

If I can, I’m going to make a point of swinging by this panel. It’s so rare for folks to discuss issues of mental health, and having a bunch of authors being candid and honest about it will hopefully open up the dialogue for more people, and take some of the stigma away.

* * *

And there you have it folks. You’ll probably see Pat around the con at all of these, but you’ll for sure be able to find him at these events. Make sure to register soon if you’re going to be at GenCon, and come say hi at the booths if you’ll be at Phoenix or GenCon.

Hope to see you soon!

This entry was posted in a billion links, conventions, The Tinker's PacksBy Amanda18 Responses


  1. Posted May 26, 2016 at 11:18 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for posting this up, Amanda.

    • Amanda
      Posted May 27, 2016 at 11:13 AM | Permalink

      Always happy to help. Particularly when it gets me the magic golden comments.

  2. SporkTastic
    Posted May 27, 2016 at 1:29 AM | Permalink

    Oh, to go to the neat places. I feel like Ariel, but instead of “where the people are,” I want to go to where the nerds are. :-P

  3. TheFoxQR
    Posted May 27, 2016 at 2:02 AM | Permalink

    Is there any way to watch these events for those of us who don’t live in the US (or those of us who can’t attend in general)??

  4. interrobang
    Posted May 27, 2016 at 3:51 AM | Permalink

    I’m sure whatever you bring to GenCon will be great. I know this because I want all the things.
    Also, will Pat be attending the Concert Against Humanity this year? Too soon to tell perhaps?

    • Posted May 27, 2016 at 3:59 AM | Permalink

      I’ll be there in one way or another….

      • interrobang
        Posted May 27, 2016 at 5:28 AM | Permalink

        This intentionally open-ended answer could mean your presence in a manner as harmless as a Skype call or as disastrous as a great, bearded meteorite.

        • khil1
          Posted May 27, 2016 at 7:23 AM | Permalink

          Also possible plans:

          – Astral projection – Pat has met a lot of interesting people, he probably learned this, like 10 years ago.

          – PatricKlone Rothfuss – Pat creates a clone to attend events for him (who are we kidding, he attends the event and has his clone sit in the office)

          – Robo-Rothfuss – Robot Pat, similar to clone Pat but less organic (may continue Pat’s mission to take over the world)

          – The old switch-a-roo – Pat knocks out a employee at the concert, dons their uniform and masquerades as them to watch it.

          – Plan Omega – This is perhaps the most devious and possible evil of all plans Pat has come up with, it involves him arranging, probably via Amanda, a ticket to the concert to be “obtained” for him. Then come the time for the concert, Pat will use this “ticket” to temporarily confuse the door-people that, He, Patrick Rothfuss is allowed to enter the concert hall. (you would think that maniacal laughter right after passing the door would cause the workers to have second thoughts)

          Those seem likely to me but I do love the “great bearded Meteorite”

          • Posted May 27, 2016 at 12:31 PM | Permalink

            I love you guys.

  5. outerspaceguy
    Posted May 27, 2016 at 7:21 AM | Permalink

    Looking forward to seeing you guys at Phoenix Comicon again!

  6. GamerMama
    Posted May 27, 2016 at 7:38 AM | Permalink

    If you have any free time this summer come and play Ren Quest at the Bristol Renaissance Faire! There is a gray-haired Irish Traveler who would love to send one of her favorite authors on a quest to save the world (as you do).

    • UrsulaK
      Posted May 28, 2016 at 1:21 PM | Permalink

      Cosigning this SO HARD. I’ve seen Pat 4 times now, but seeing him at the Bristol Ren Faire would be the ultimate experience.

  7. Posted May 27, 2016 at 9:14 PM | Permalink

    Pat please come to Texas!!1
    (Houston or Austin would suffice)

  8. AmberTheLibrarian
    Posted May 29, 2016 at 12:12 PM | Permalink

    The last con mentioned here conveniently wraps up before World Con/MidAmeriCon 2 in Kansas City mid-August…. *crosses fingers and hopes some kid asks Bast as a favor

  9. TinkerSunburner
    Posted May 30, 2016 at 12:33 PM | Permalink

    If you were considering coming to New York, I would advise against it. It’s very hot and I spend most of my day looking for excuses to stay inside (such as a good book?). Hey, at least the public library is freakin’ insane.

    A Broke 20 Year Old Pretending To Be An Author

  10. anemotis
    Posted June 1, 2016 at 12:11 AM | Permalink

    My vision just skewed a hazy grey shade of disappointment when I realized that Pat was in Missoula, which is where I live, and I missed it. I check the blog weekly, and STILL I missed it. *sigh*

    I am glad you came to Montana, and I hope you enjoyed your time here enough to consider coming back some time. Safe travels!

  11. capadocian
    Posted July 9, 2016 at 7:28 PM | Permalink

    So, I just found out that I will be attending GenCon in August but it looks like tickets to get an autograph are sold out. What are the chances that I can show up with generic tickets and wait patiently in line ?

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  • Our Store

  • Previous Posts

  • Archives

  • My Twitter

  • Bookmark this Blog

    (IE and Firefox users only - Safari users, click Command-D)