Worldbuilders 2017

Welcome to you, geeks of all creeds and nations. Welcome, my beloved, bookish brethren and sistren. Welcome, my lovely, empathetic, large-hearted people.

It’s time to make the world a better place. It’s time to fly our flags and engage in fabulous ballyhoo. It’s time to feed hungry children (while winning fabulous prizes.)

It’s time for the annual Worldbuilders fundraiser.


Over the years, people like you have helped Worldbuilders raise more than $7,000,000 to make the world a better place by partnering with charities such as Mercy Corps and First Book.

Our end-of-the-year fundraiser focuses on our favorite charity: Heifer International, an organization that gives people the training and tools to raise themselves out of poverty and starvation. For more than 60 years, Heifer has worked to improve education, sustainable agriculture, and local industry all over the world.

Don’t take my word for it though. Watch this instead. Seriously. It’s only a minute and a half.

This is what Heifer is all about. They don’t just poke food into hungry kids, they make it so families can control their own futures and take care of themselves. Heifer gives families chickens, and sheep so children have milk to drink, eggs to eat, and warm clothes to wear. They provide communities with clean water to drink, building materials to improve homes, and education that helps improve crop yields.

Heifer International helps people help themselves. It gives people the tools so that they can become self-sufficient. Forever.

If you want to be part of that, there are a few different ways you can contribute to the cause:

  • Option 1: The Lottery

This is the simplest option. Just head over to our fundraising page and donate.

When you donate on that page you’ll be entered into our prize lottery, which contains thousands of books, games, comics, and more.

For every $10 you donate on the fundraising page, your name will be entered into our random drawing. So if you donate $30 (enough for a flock of chickens) your name goes in three times. Donate enough for a goat ($120) and your name goes in 12 times. Enough to give clean water to a whole village ($300) you get 30 chances to win.

What’s in the lottery? A lot. So much that if I showed it to you all at once, the raw intensity of the aggregate awesome would cook your brain like a toad thrown into the sun.

So we’ve spread things out so that we can show them to you in all their glory without risking your precious brain. I’ll be posting up some of it here on my blog, but there will be content going up pretty much every weekday on the Worldbuilders website.

If you head over there, you can see *all* the geeky swag we’re giving away on our Lottery Library page. We’ll update it throughout the fundraiser as more donations come in….

You can also check out blogs full of prizes here:

In order to make sure everyone wins prizes they’ll love, when you make a donation, we let you pick what types of stuff you’d like to win…

As an added bonus, there are lots of sub-team pages you can donate to while still being part of the main fundraiser (and lottery).

There’s a team page for Professional Manuscript Critiques, which has a handful of fantastic authors and editors offering to critique your manuscript. If you donate on their page you’re eligible for the same lottery prizes as anyone else, PLUS those critiques.

There’s also The Fishery: Kingkiller Prizes where we have a whole pile of Kingkiller-specific prizes that people have made. There’s things like fan-made art, a beautiful Cthaeh quilt, some hand-made Tak sets, and a lot more… (If you have something Kingkiller you’d like to donate to this mini lottery, get in touch at donations (at) Again, donating to this team gets you entries to the regular lottery, plus this exclusive lottery of themed goodies.

There’s a bunch of other team pages too. Too many to list here, but if you’re curious you can go here and check them out.

You can also make a team page of your own if you want. Set your own goals. Invite your friends or family. Create your own rewards, or maybe just try to rally people in a fandom you’re fond of….

  • Option 2: Auctions

Sometimes we get donations that are cool…but only to a select group of people. Some people would squee with delight at winning a portal gun, but some people  just wouldn’t be into it.

(sad, unhappy people)

The same thing is true with action figures, musical instruments, manuscripts, collectibles. Signed art and rare books. Cameo appearances in books. Manuscript critiques….

When things like that get donated, we put them up for auction.

All our current auctions are over on the Worldbuilders eBay page. Keep an eye on it. We’ll be adding stuff all the time.

The funds raised through the auctions will be going to Heifer International too, so you’re still helping us have a huge impact on the lives of people who need it.

  • The Sure Thing (The Holiday Gift Option.)

For those of you who want to have an absolute sure thing, we have an online store.

We have geekery from my books, games, t-shirts, and tons of other stuff for your perusal. You won’t be entered in our prize lottery, but all the profits will go to Worldbuilders and help make the world a better place.

Fun and Games.

Every year, we also do some fun events for Worldbuilders. We will be posting up whimsical videos on our youtube channel as always, and organizing another video game tournament along the lines of last year’s Overwatch Tournament.

And, in following of the tradition of the last two years, I’ll be…

  • Streaming on Twitch

For the last couple of years I’ve been livestreaming on Twitch to raise awareness of the charity. In the past I’ve done Q&A sessions about the craft of writing or mental health. We’ve played board games, had sing-alongs and blanket forts.

I’ve also played games, obviously. The last two years I’ve played Fallout 4 and Witcher 3. I’m not sure what I’m going to do this year, but I’ve heard good things about Destiny 2….

My Twitch schedule through the end of the fundraiser will be MONDAY – FRIDAY 4PM-7pm CST

(Unfortunately, I won’t be starting until Wednesday the 15th, because I’m away from my streaming computer right now.)

Note: I might also be streaming on the weekends. But those days will be more erratic, especially as I’ll be at PAX Unplugged from November 17th to the 20th, and I’ll also be skipping November 22nd to the 25th to spend Thanksgiving with my family.

The fabulous Amanda might do a stream or two on days where I’m not available, too. She seemed pretty excited to show you her Stardew Valley farm. I’m also going to bring in some other people to play games with, make funny talk, and just generally have a good time.

But you won’t catch wind of any of this, if you haven’t headed over here to my twitch channel, followed me there, then changed your settings so you get a notification when I start a new stream.

Important Links and Contact Information

Our website will have all of the information you’ll need, including how much money we’ve raised and how many prizes are currently in the lottery. Worldbuilders also has a Facebook page and a Twitter account for those of you who like to have the internet injected directly into your veins.

Have a question that wasn’t answered here? Check out our handy FAQ.

Want to donate something to Worldbuilders? Help us spread the word? Do a stretch goal? Write a story for your local paper? Drop us a line here: donations [at]

All right folks. Are you ready? I’m so ready.

Let’s do this thing.


P.S. Just in case you missed it, here’s one more link to our Fundraiser donation page.

This entry was posted in a few words you're probably going to have to look up, calling on the legions, cool news, Worldbuilders 2017. By Pat15 Responses


  1. juion
    Posted November 13, 2017 at 4:34 AM | Permalink

    Lets do this! Breaking new records this year!

  2. Apollenia
    Posted November 13, 2017 at 7:45 AM | Permalink

    Yeeyy for me it’s the third time. I heard of it after reading your books for the first time 2 years ago.
    You are awesome Mister Rothfuss! I salute you :)
    You make the world a better place! Thank you!

  3. HeatherTristan
    Posted November 13, 2017 at 8:14 AM | Permalink

    YAY!!!! This is the best part of my whole year. My kids get SO INTO Worldbuilders. I love all the crazy stuff they rope me into in service of this beast. Hurray for our family’s 4th Worldbuilders year!

  4. Posted November 13, 2017 at 10:33 AM | Permalink

    Excited and proud to be apart of world builders again this year. For all our fathers, let’s do some good.

  5. homerobr26
    Posted November 13, 2017 at 1:28 PM | Permalink

    I’ve had donated a couple of bucks through the years, but this is my first Worldbuilders with money to spare. Also, could you guys please upload the probability calculator from past years, that’d be awesome!

    • Posted November 13, 2017 at 1:45 PM | Permalink

      That’s a good idea. I’ll ping the team to see if we can resurrect it….

  6. KeladinStorm
    Posted November 13, 2017 at 1:32 PM | Permalink

    Can’t wait! I’m hoping I can donate more than I have in the past few years.
    And for streaming, may I suggest Divinity: Original Sin 2 as one of your choices?

    • Posted November 13, 2017 at 2:01 PM | Permalink

      Heh. I’m way ahead of you… I already have it downloaded….

  7. Meghankw17
    Posted November 13, 2017 at 3:07 PM | Permalink

    I’m so excited for the fundraiser this year; time to get donating. However, I’m currently most excited to find out if Oot ended up saving enough for his cow donation! That little guy warms my heart and I love following his story at each fundraiser.

  8. Essenceofaaron
    Posted November 13, 2017 at 7:07 PM | Permalink

    I am elated to be a part of world builders this year. Grad school is taking all my money and my time, but I am thrilled that I was able to donate something to you guys to use as a prize or to use in the auction!
    I hope whoever wins the Tak board I sent will appreciate it as much as I appreciate the world you built and the world you’re trying to build.

  9. Kthaeh
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 6:51 AM | Permalink

    Things have changed for me financially so much this year. I am happy the fundraiser has started, but sad – really sad – that I won’t be able to contribute this year. I will be watching though, and cheering on the team, and spreading the word. I fully expect another record setting amount raised this year. Go Worldbuilders!

    That was a lovely video, by the way. All the feels.

  10. emgray
    Posted November 19, 2017 at 11:48 AM | Permalink

    Okay, I got really excited that Amanda might showcase her Stardew Valley farm! I’ve gotten into this game too! But yes, also excited for World builders!

  11. Posted November 20, 2017 at 7:56 PM | Permalink

    Two Questions:
    1) Will there be a Cards Against Humanity pack this year?
    2) Are there stretch goals? I can’t find them.

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