Black Friday, but from the safety of your home

Well folks, it’s Black Friday.

I’ll admit, I’ve never actually ventured forth in search of deals on this, the most terrifying of all shopping days. But every year I see the news stories and I think to myself how much I love to stay inside and never ever leave.

In an attempt to help you make some similar good decisions with your life, we are continuing in the fine tradition of offering some deals in The Tinker’s Packs.

As I’m guessing many of you know, the proceeds from The Tinker’s Pack go to Worldbuilders and help us run… well… everything. Electricity bills. Website development and maintenance. Rent and employee salaries and… well… everything that it takes to make fundraisers of the sort we’re running now happen.

Once Worldbuilders covers its expenses, all the money we make go into our General Donations pool, which allows us to run our other fundraisers and support organizations like First Book or Mercy Corps (like we did for our recent Puerto Rico fundraiser)

The fact of the matter is, NONE of what Worldbuilders does would be possible without the store.

So if you’re thinking of doing some shopping today, can I interest you in some bargains?

It’s worth noting that the folks who are subscribed to our newsletter got a heads up about all of these new cool things yesterday. If you want to be in the know early, you can sign up for the Tinker’s Packs newsletter over here.

Here’s what we’re offering.

First and Foremost: 10% off the ENTIRE store.

If you’ve been holding off on buying something from the store to wait for a deal, now’s a great time. Every single item in the store is discounted, and you don’t need to do ANYTHING to get that except go to The Tinker’s Packs and buy something.

There we have things like the Eolian Bar Mug (a wonderful holiday gift), various Tak sets (for the gamer in your life), specially-designed change jars for your annual donation (good for the whole family) and officially licensed merchandise for books, webcomics, and more!

Everything is 10% off, and will remain so through Monday night, so don’t forget to grab your gifts before the sale ends!

New Products in the Store!

In honor of the fundraiser and our Black Friday sale, we’ve put up some new, rare items, as well as some previously-sold-out items that we’ve either found hidden away over the years or had been secretly saving for just such an occasion.

Many of these things have fewer than 10 available, though, so if you’re interested you’ll need to snap them up quickly.

  • Caesura

Recently, I worked with the folks at Jalic Inc to produce Caesura, Kvothe’s Ademic sword. And it’s truly beautiful to behold.

This first-edition run of Caesura was limited to 5,000 pieces, and each sword is engraved with its number, and comes with a card of authenticity.

And now you can buy your very own in The Tinkers Packs.

  • Kvothe’s Bloodless, True Dungeon Token

When I teamed up with the True Dungeon folks to set this year’s game in Temerant, that also included making equipment and items for the players set in the world, as well.

I was tickled when the Bloodless was made, and I think its effect (-4 damage on missiles and spell attacks) is excellent. I keep one with me wherever I go just in case.

The Bloodless is classified as an Ultra-Rare token, making it difficult to acquire, and extra-valuable to True Dungeon players.

True Dungeon was kind enough to donate money from each of the runs this year to Worldbuilders already, and now they’ve also generously given us our very own set of Bloodless tokens to sell. You can grab it over here.

Back For A Limited Time

Everything else we’ve added today is a limited-edition item that we’ve scrounged up from our vault. Some of these we’ve had sold out for years before the team discovered where I’d squirreled them away, and they persuaded me to give up a bit of my horde for a good cause.

  • Limited Edition Domesticated Owlbear

The Owlbear Plushie was a limited edition item that John Kovalic designed to help us raise money for Worldbuilders at GameHole con two years ago. We sold out fairly quickly, but a few have been put back into the store, so if you missed your chance, you can grab this little dude right here.

  • Limited Edition Bast & Bastas heroes from Boss Monster

We also found our limited-edition Bast & Bastas hero cards for the game Boss Monster. The lovely folks at Brotherwise Games made them exclusively for us to sell to support Worldbuilders, and our vault has been cleared to get the last of them out into the world.

These are special promo cards for Boss Monster, so you need a copy the game if you’d like to use them accordingly. Of course, since there’s 10% off the entire store, that’s not so hard to pull off. You can get the cards here, Boss Monster 1 here, and Boss Monster 2 here.

  • First edition copies of The Slow Regard of Silent Things, double signed by me and Nate Taylor.

Nate Taylor has been one of my dearest friends for many years, and I loved working with him on Slow Regard. We have a few first edition copies of the book that he agreed to sign for us, and we’ve put what we’ve got up in the store, but fair warning: when they’re gone, they’re gone. Grab yours here.

  • Limited Edition of The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Dark of Deep Below. Double-signed by me and Nate Taylor.

A few years ago the second Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle book came out, and the special edition came with a full-color cover, in addition to being numbered and signed by both me and Nate.

We’ve been out of these for ages, but we’ve re-launched them in the store right here.

That’s all of the new stuff, but since there’s 10% off the entire store, there’s plenty more you could go check out and see if it tickles your fancy.

Thanks for all of your love and support, folks. You’re the best people a charity could ask for.

This entry was posted in The Tinker's Packs, Worldbuilders 2017. By Pat8 Responses

8 Comments

  1. Posted November 24, 2017 at 5:31 AM | Permalink

    Ah, the domesticated Owlbear. Kudos to the brave lads and lasses who undertook the arduous and perilous process of taming these wild beasts for charitable efforts!

  2. ericturner29
    Posted November 24, 2017 at 11:00 AM | Permalink

    Heya Pat,
    Do you have any sort of information on what percentage of money that goes to worldbuilders through the tinkers packs goes to overhead (“Electricity bills. Website development and maintenance. Rent and employee salaries and… well… everything that it takes to make fundraisers of the sort we’re running now happen”) and what percentage goes to buying goats?
    Thanks, and thanks for what you do.

    • ericturner29
      Posted November 27, 2017 at 10:07 AM | Permalink

      Not to be a pesty pest, but Amanda or Pat, any chance of getting this answered?

      I have a limited number of dollars to Donate to charity, and I want to make sure that I’m using them efficiently and effectively where they’ll do the most good. Thanks again!

      • Brett
        Posted November 27, 2017 at 11:37 AM | Permalink

        Since the amount we can actually pass on to Heifer and other charities fluctuates based on sales, we don’t have a specific percentage we can refer to. It’s as Pat said, though: sales through The Tinker’s Packs make it possible for us to hold the fundraisers we do without worrying about where the fees will come from. We’re able to send lottery prizes everywhere without charging for shipping, which in turn encourages more people to donate. We’re able to instantly send a check for $15k to help hurricane victims.

        In short, we use those funds to raise more money and help more people, and the excess is donated to our partner charities.

        If you’d like all your funds to help buy a family a goat, I’d recommend donating via Pat’s Kingkiller Team page. You’ll unlock some extra lottery prizes on top of our already impressive lottery, and 100% of your money will go right to Heifer.

        But every purchase you make through The Tinker’s Packs will still support a good cause and help us to raise more money for Heifer, Mercy Corps, and other awesome charities, so it’s basically a win-win.

        • ericturner29
          Posted November 27, 2017 at 11:54 AM | Permalink

          Hi Brett,
          Thanks for the response. While I understand that the number can vary over time, don’t charities have to calculate this for an annual filing? Is the number available for 2016 or 2015?

          I think you guys are supporting an awesome cause, and transparency about how much of the money goes where helps us all donate with confidence.
          Thanks again!

          • Posted November 27, 2017 at 12:53 PM | Permalink

            I understand where you’re coming from. But you want a simple answer to a question that really isn’t simple.

            Also, it’s probably better that you not think of buying something from the Tinker’s Packs as “donating.” What you’re really doing is buying something from a business that uses its profits to a good cause.

            Donations are different: During this end of the year fundraiser, 100% of the donations we receive go to Heifer International. When we raised money for Puerto Rico, 100% of those donations go to Mercy Corps.

            But if you want to know how much of the 35 bucks you spend on your Eolian mug goes to charity… Well… we have to *make* those mugs. We have to design them. We have to pay for prototyping and shipping. We have to warehouse them. We have to pay our artists and our employees. Some of those are obvious costs, some of them aren’t. And they vary for every one of the items we sell….

            See the problem here?

            Suffice to say that 100% of the profits from the Tinker’s Packs go to charity. It’s just that one of those charities is Worldbuilders.

  3. TheSleepyArtificer
    Posted November 24, 2017 at 4:49 PM | Permalink

    That moment when you’re craving anything Rothfuss-written and then you get all worked up over a blog post. I know expecting authors to release their upcoming work ASAP is at the very least selfish, but Doors of Stone can’t come soon enough!

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