Black Friday With More Cool Geekery and Less Getting Trampled to Death

Black Friday is one of those events leaves me feeling kinda… grungy.

I can honestly say I’ve never gone out to the stores on Black Friday. I’d like to say it’s because I’m protesting crass, manipulative consumerism. But the real reason is that on the day after Thanksgiving there is still stuffing to eat. That’s usually my big goal for the day.

And, if we’re being completely honest here, the other thing keeping me out of the stores on is that I’d never even *think* of doing Christmas shopping a month ahead of time. It will surprise none of you to know that I’m not the most… um… timely of people. Hell, one year I was so busy with Worldbuilders that we postponed our family Christmas until February because my son was too young to know the difference.

So… yeah. Black Friday. Every year I see the news stories and it seems so gross. People fighting and pushing. Real ugliness. It seems to bring out the worst in a lot of people.

If you hadn’t noticed, here at Worldbuilders, we try to bring out the best in people. We promote good works, charitable giving, community. We’re in the warm fuzzy business. I’m rather proud to say that nobody has ever been trampled to death in our online store.

Because that’s what I’m talking about today. Our online store’s version of Black Friday.

We’re launching new products, for those of you who *do* manage to do your holiday shopping early. We have mystery boxes, new t-shirts, and things that were only available before if you ordered them in the IndiGogo….

eolian-mug-front-_2_1024x1024(Like the Faboo Eolian Mug…)

Do I need to mention that all the proceeds from The Tinker’s Packs go to support Worldbuilders? Not just some of them. All of them.

So if you’re looking to get a little Black Friday action without the grungy feeling or the fear of getting trampled to death in a Walmart, why not check out the sale we have going on today?

  • 10% off the entire store


If you buy something before midnight tonight, you’ll be able to use the offer code BlackFriday2016. That code will stack with things that are already on sale, so products like signed Beyond Words prints, Wooden Rings, and discontinued t-shirts are all going to be even cheaper.

Be sure to use the offer code BlackFriday2016 at checkout to get the deal.

  • Surprise Boxes



The team has really taken to my obsession with MYSTERY BOXES, so we’re offering 2 different boxes in the store, a small one and a big one.

The big one is an expanded version of the small one, so you can’t buy both without getting some duplicates. That said, both come with a t-shirt and a mixture of posters, games, books, etc. It’s a cool idea that we’ve been wanting to try for a while now. The $30 box has between $75 and $100 worth of coolness in it, and the $60 box has between $160 and $180 worth of geek swag.

So if you love bargains and like surprises, you can go get more details over here.

The rest of the things going up are the long-awaited items from this summers Geeks Doing Good campaign. If you missed out on that week-long fundraiser and have been sad ever since, it’s probably available now…

  • So much apparel


We featured a ton of wearables in the summer fundraiser, and now you can get your hands on all of it (except for the fundraiser exclusive one).

Feeling cold? How about an Amyr Hoodie paired with some Name of the Wind Writing gloves?

Want to show off your ability to track quintuple negatives? Sam Sykes’s Not Writing Nothing shirt‘s got you covered.

Good at tumbling, or at least pretending to? Jim Butcher’s PARKOUR shirt is right for you.

And if you want to show off your love for your favorite internet-based fundraising group, you can grab a Worldbuilders t-shirt.

  • Stickers and Clings


People have been asking for a while for better ways to show off their geeky pride in public, and one of the venues that’s regularly asked for is bumper stickers and window clings.

We already had Auri’s Gear window clings, but we’ve added Talent Pipes to the mix as well.

And if you want to spread the message about Worldbuilders, we have a bumper sticker 3-pack to stick onto your car with pride.

  • Other cool NOTW themed merch


It’s no surprise that a lot of the merch Worldbuilders produces is based on my books. It’s my charity, after all.

What is surprising is how amazing some of this stuff is. This year we’ve got Auri’s Sunny Summer Soap from Slow Regard, scents based on Bast, Denna, and Kvothe (available individually or as a 3-pack), and a puzzle of the amazing Kvothe in Tarbean art donated by fan and professional artist Matt Rhodes.

We’ve also got talent pipe patches for your hats or bags, and the long-awaited and beloved Draccus plushie. We all know Amanda is getting hers, but you might want to buy one before she just takes them all.

  • The Princess Who Saved Herself


This is something that should be on every parent’s gift list.

If you haven’t heard me gushing about it before, this is a book that I absolutely love. I’ve read it to my boys (and recorded Cutie Snoo helping me do it). All of the parents in the Worldbuilders office have copies, and have children who beg to read it.


It’s based on a song by Jonathan Coulton, written by Greg Pak, illustrated by Takeshi Miyazawa, colors by Jessica Kholinne, letters by Simon Bowland, and injected with awesome by all. We picked it up to publish and put into the hands of as many people as we possibly can.

It’s the perfect book to read to or with kids of any age. Pick one up to make a kid in your life happy, and know that all the proceeds are going to a good cause….

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It’s a ton of stuff, and there’s even more already up in the store, so head on over and peruse.

Hope you have a good Friday, everyone.

Stay safe,


This entry was posted in The Tinker's Packs. By Pat15 Responses


  1. UrsulaK
    Posted November 25, 2016 at 8:45 AM | Permalink

    I really want that Eolian mug. Mostly because it’s cool af, but also because you said “faboo” which made me giggle.

  2. Joedel263
    Posted November 25, 2016 at 8:52 AM | Permalink

    Have all Draccus from Geeks Doing Good shipped yet? Mine has yet to arrive.

    No rush, just wondering. (And Im totally ordering a second one anyways)

    • Bethany
      Posted November 25, 2016 at 9:58 AM | Permalink

      FYI, you aren’t alone in your wondering :) Mine hasn’t arrived either.

      • Posted November 25, 2016 at 2:58 PM | Permalink

        They were one of the last things to arrive, so they’ve been one of the last items to ship. So if you don’t already have them, rest assured they’re on the way.

  3. FascinatedbySympathy
    Posted November 25, 2016 at 9:28 AM | Permalink

    Picked up the Eolian Mug I missed out on, looks great. Thanks for the Black Friday 10% offer, but seeing as proceeds are for Worldbuilders it would of felt odd using it somehow. I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgivings, and didn’t get too maudlin on wine and mead. Best of luck as well on the drive towards the 1 million mark for Worldbuilders, just shy of a quarter of the way there as of now.

  4. Blarghedy
    Posted November 25, 2016 at 9:33 AM | Permalink

    Is there any overlap between these mystery boxes and the ones in the indiegogo?

    • Blarghedy
      Posted November 25, 2016 at 9:47 AM | Permalink

      Are the shirts in both boxes the same? Box b with a 2xl shirt is sold out, but other sizes aren’t, and box a with 2xl shirt is also fine.

      • Nicole
        Posted November 25, 2016 at 11:13 AM | Permalink

        Yep, the shirts in both boxes are the same! Box B is the same as Box A, but with more in it.

        And there is *slight* overlap with the mystery box from Geeks Doing Good. The two book titles have appeared in those boxes before, but that’s it!

  5. Thosetimis
    Posted November 25, 2016 at 9:49 AM | Permalink

    But the quintuple negative just ends up as a negative. Which means it tells me to not write. Do I buy the shirt or do I give up writing? oooh but the shirt’s so cooool. I’ll have to think on this some more

  6. penkaur
    Posted November 25, 2016 at 11:09 AM | Permalink

    Pat, I love you for including big Tshirt sizes!! Cant wait to get my big surprise pack!

    • Posted November 25, 2016 at 2:59 PM | Permalink

      We try to be inclusive as possible with the shirt sizes. Thanks so much for pitching in and helping to make the world a better place!

  7. canato
    Posted November 25, 2016 at 11:21 AM | Permalink

    And I’m here waiting for dollar get cheaper

    Congratz for the products, mostly the mug

  8. Kthaeh
    Posted November 25, 2016 at 11:44 AM | Permalink

    Day-um!! A 22-ounce mug with the Eolian logo on it? Sign me up. I am known for having utterly ridiculous amounts of scalding hot tea in the morning. This one mug might do away with the need for that second cuppa. Forever. Which would be awesome, because in my experience, the second cup is never as good as the first.

  9. xlbeutel
    Posted November 27, 2016 at 1:25 AM | Permalink

    Pat, will we get a progress update, even a tiny one, as a Christmas present?

  10. zjha224
    Posted November 29, 2016 at 6:55 PM | Permalink

    The mugs have already sold out. Does anyone know when there will be more available? They look absolutely beautiful.

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