Space Lasers: the Cards Against Humanity Sci-Fi Pack

As I put the final polish on this blog, Worldbuilders has just passed 1.3 million dollars.

Donations were delightfully brisk over the weekend, despite the fact that we didn’t get any big news coverage or make any announcements. This warms my heart, as it lets me know y’all are out there helping to spread the word about the fundraiser.

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You may not know it, but that’s a really big deal to us. Our biggest challenge is getting the word out to new people.

The thing is… our charity game is really solid: We’re matching donations this year to the tune of a million dollars. That’s huge. We’ve got a bunch of cool sponsors offering up over $160,000 of books, games, and other geeky swag that we’re straight-up giving away to donors. Nobody else does that. And the folks we’re giving money to? Well, Heifer International is a charity so powerful and effective that I’ve heard a rumor that when the next Matrix patch comes through, they’re going to nerf it.

But the sad truth is this: none of that matters if people don’t hear about the fundraiser.

So I just wanted y’all to know how much I appreciate everyone coming together to make this a success. Thank you for donating and helping us make use of our matching money. Thank you for helping boost our signal. And of course a special thanks to all our sponsors for donating to make our donation lottery so amazing this year.

Together, we are a force to be reckoned with, and we’re making the world a better place.

And now, today’s big news:

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I’m sure most of you have heard of Cards Against Humanity. Not only do they make one of the best party games out there, but they do a crazy amount of charity work, too. What’s more, Max Temkin and I have been known to hang out on occasion. And when we can’t do so physically, we do so auditorially, (by which I mean we do a podcast together.)

Anyway, if you hadn’t already guessed, here’s what we’re launching today:


Those of you who follow my blog and/or the fundraiser know that this is actually the second collaboration of this sort we’ve done.

Last year we did a Fantasy Pack. This year, we’ve teamed up with the lovely folks at CAH to put together a new expansion pack poking fun at the Sci-Fi genre.

We gathered some of our favorite authors to help throw out suggestions for these cards, including but not limited to the brilliant minds of:

  • Delilah S. Dawson
  • Elizabeth Bear
  • Jim C. Hines
  • Myke Cole
  • Martha Wells
  • Catherynne M. Valente
  • and me

There are 30 cards total in the pack, and it’s available in the Cards Against Humanity store.

And, if you haven’t already guessed, ALL the proceeds from the first two weeks of sales will go to Worldbuilders in support of Heifer International.

Now this alone would be enough reason for rejoicing. But what makes this year’s collaboration extra cool is that when you buy this pack from cards, we’re going to double that donation before passing it along to Heifer International.

That’s right. You buy those cards, and DOUBLE the money will be going to charity.

What does Heifer International do with that money? Well… this:

I’m going to put up the link to Cards Against Humanity again, just in case you need it for something.

Or, if you’d prefer, here’s the donation page for Worldbuilders.

Did I mention that all donations are currently being doubled?

They are.

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Here’s the second piece of news.

Since Cards Against Humanity is giving us the sales from the *entire* first two weeks of the Sci-fi pack, and since we’ve had a handful of other sponsors come in with last minute donations of books and games for us to give away in the lottery, and since we still have plenty of matching money left…. we’ve decided to extended the fundraiser one more week.

I thought this might be the year we might finish the fundraiser on initially scheduled date. But there’s just too much stuff coming in, and we need time to show it all off to you.

So. There you go. The fundraiser will now be ending on the 19th of December.

Let’s make the most of it.


This entry was posted in Worldbuilders 2016. By Pat14 Responses


  1. 1999Brock
    Posted December 5, 2016 at 2:23 PM | Permalink

    That bulleted list of wonderful collaborators ends with ‘-Patrick Rothfuss -and me’
    So… who are you, and where did Pat wander off to?

    • khil1
      Posted December 5, 2016 at 3:20 PM | Permalink

      Pat finally did it, he’s cloned himself! I knew no man could produce so much awesome by himself. I can only marvel at the possibilities this creates…

      Oh dear, does this mean Amanda has to manage two Pats now?

      • Amanda
        Posted December 5, 2016 at 3:46 PM | Permalink


        • khil1
          Posted December 7, 2016 at 7:26 AM | Permalink

          Thats a good point, the world can only handle so much beard…

  2. The Name of the Moon
    Posted December 5, 2016 at 2:29 PM | Permalink

    I just topped up all my expansions for my CAH collection last week….

    I need this though *grabby hands*

  3. Posted December 5, 2016 at 3:16 PM | Permalink


    Grabbed the green box and the post-Trump box as well, moved me to free shipping.. (already had the fantasy and the food expansion sets) It’s heartening to see how much money has been raised for various causes on that page.

  4. Laughter
    Posted December 5, 2016 at 4:18 PM | Permalink

    Thank you for the extension! I should find out next week if I got the new job I applied for and I plan on celebrating by buying a water buffalo!!! (Fingers crossed.)

  5. arachnid
    Posted December 6, 2016 at 1:55 AM | Permalink

    Hooray for the extension!

  6. Vicemage
    Posted December 6, 2016 at 10:59 AM | Permalink

    So grateful for the extension here, I’ve been wondering if I could get a donation in before payday and now I don’t have to worry any more.

  7. Posted December 6, 2016 at 1:25 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for talking with me about your charity work (I interviewed you about Worldbuilders for Beliefnet). I suspect you guys might get a little uptick in donations from our readers, and probably even more as soon as we run the interview out in our newsletters and future charity-related campaigns.

    I sincerely enjoyed talking with you–I mean that outside of the role of interviewer. It’s apparent that your heart is really in your charity. It’s in your voice, and that motivates me to tell everyone I know about Worldbuilders.

    Also, I got to hear you make tea, which kind of made it hard not to squeal. Sorry. ^-^;;

  8. Kthaeh
    Posted December 6, 2016 at 5:50 PM | Permalink

    Query: Are Tinker’s Packs purchases included in the Worldbuilders fundraising totals right now? I (think I) know they wouldn’t be eligible for matching funds, but I’m just curious if I steer friends to buying stuff there now if it “counts.”

    • Amanda
      Posted December 6, 2016 at 7:17 PM | Permalink

      Not this year! Thanks for double checking, but proceeds DO still come to Worldbuilders, they’re just not included in the fundraiser.

      • Kthaeh
        Posted December 6, 2016 at 9:03 PM | Permalink

        So it’s all good, really. Thanks for the answer.

        (P.S. My Eolian mugs arrived today. Sweet! Test driving insane quantities of scalding hot tea in them tomorrow morning!)

  9. Beefate
    Posted December 7, 2016 at 12:42 PM | Permalink

    Pat, if you collaborated more with Catherynne M. Valente, that would be great! I mean, she has a tremendous heart and is definitely the best writer I’ve ever read. She’s like a wizard of poetry. Ask her to participate more on Worldbuilders, that would be great :)

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