My Far Travels: PAX South

Heya Folks,

Just so y’all get an official heads-up, I’m going to be swinging by PAX South again this year. (For those of you who don’t already know, it’s this upcoming weekend, from the 12th-14th in San Antonio.)

Last year was the first time I made it down there, and I had a pretty good time. This year looks to be even better, because in addition to all the regular convention goodness, this year PAX South is also hosting True Dungeon, which is doing two runs based off my books.

((If you haven’t guessed, one of the runs features Felurian. And Bast.))

For those of you who have never experienced it, True Dungeon is some geek fun of the highest order. It’s one part puzzle room, one part tabletop D&D, with a little bit of LARP thrown in for seasoning.

I’ve been playing it for years now at Gencon. I’ve been hooked ever since I did a run with Wil Wheaton way back in the day.

Simply said, there are lots of rooms with puzzles, monsters, and obstacles that you need to solve, kill, and/or traverse. Honestly, True Dungeon is one of my favorite parts about going to GenCon these days, and I’m thrilled that they’re finally expanding it out to more conventions over these last couple years.

As I mentioned before, this year’s games are based in Temerant (My world.) I helped write and design the adventures, and they’re chock-full of creatures and lore from the books. Some of which hasn’t even shown up yet anywhere other than my own head.

Some of the treasure and equipment tokens might look familiar to you, too.

(I’m pretty fond of the Greysdale mead Treasure Token.)

If you’re still not convinced, there’s going to be a free 24-minute demo being run (if you get in line and wait your turn) so you can test things out. If you end up liking it (you will), or you know you want in, you can buy tickets for the full two-hour adventure.

Every year at GenCon, True Dungeon tickets sell out weeks and weeks before the event. But since this is their first year at PAX South, there’s still a few spots available. If you want to grab a ticket, click here. If you’re interested in volunteering or participating in another way, check out their website for more info.

Beyond True Dungeon, I’ll be around doing a few other cool things during the con. All of the time listed below are in Central Standard Time, which is relevant since a couple of my events will be livestreamed as well…

Friday, January 12

  • 6pm-8pm: Acquisitions Incorporated Autograph Session, Signing Area
  • 8pm-9pm: An Evening with Pat Rothfuss, Falcon Theatre

My Evening with Pat Rothfuss events are always a little bit hard to describe. I do some rambling, take questions from the audience, tell anecdotes only mildly related to the questions, and occasionally give Amanda heart attacks if she’s backstage while I expound on the societal pressures of monogamy or something like that.

She won’t be there this time, but since this event will be livestreamed on the PAX2 Twitch channel, we’ll probably feel her cringing from 1,300 miles away while she watches.

Saturday, January 13

  • 2pm-5pm: Acquisitions Incorporated, Main Theatre

Acquisitions Inc is why I go to so many PAX events. I love playing D&D with this group, and being Viari gives me an excuse to say dumb shit like “What Ho!” a lot.

This is being streamed on the main PAX Twitch channel, so you can watch as I swing from chandeliers live.

Sunday, Jan 14

  • 3pm-5pm: Pat Rothfuss Autograph Session, Signing Area

The folks at Table Titans are going to be here selling books for my signing, but if you can’t make it to this, they’ll also be selling books and Pinny Pins at their booth, # 10436.

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So that’s the schedule, folks. You’ll likely catch me around other places, and I’m definitely going to watch the Acquisitions Incorporated C-Team game as well (Sunday the 13th at 12pm CST, livestreamed right here), so if C-Team is your jam you might want to see that one as well.

Hope to see you there…


This entry was posted in a billion links, conventions. By Pat14 Responses


  1. arachnid
    Posted January 9, 2018 at 5:35 AM | Permalink

    I wish I could go to this *so much*, but I’m avoiding the US for the near future. :(

    Do you know if there are any plans to run it outside the US?

    • Posted January 10, 2018 at 12:46 AM | Permalink

      I don’t know if you have the same reasons, but I also avoid the US for now. I wouldn’t feel safe. Still, I see many people fighting for tolerance, empathy and understanding. So I have hope.

      • trousertroll
        Posted January 14, 2018 at 3:54 AM | Permalink

        You are both right. Since the election of Donald Trump, things have been unsafe! White men in Fords are driving about, blaring country music whilst dragging minorities and people of the LGBTQA community about from their bumpers. If you give off even the hint of a scent of sensitivity, the Trumpkins (in their Brownshirts) find you, and you are sent to camps. Please, send aid! If you can spare but one dollar, you will be providing a retard sustenance until 2020, when Oprah will be elected Supreme Commander and the means of production will rightfully be given over to the workers!

  2. Breadandstuff
    Posted January 9, 2018 at 11:02 PM | Permalink

    Hope you have fun again this year!

  3. F.N.T.
    Posted January 10, 2018 at 1:35 AM | Permalink

    Man, I’m so conflicted. On the one hand, if I lived in the US there’d be a fighting chance of me making it along to some of this awesome stuff. On the other hand… you know… Trump.

  4. Damerian
    Posted January 10, 2018 at 3:39 AM | Permalink

    Any plan for an EU tour and specifically Munich in the near Future???

    Also, additional question, any plans on making your amazing world a DnD Campaign setting or so?


  5. twoflower
    Posted January 10, 2018 at 9:25 AM | Permalink

    Hello Pat,

    I also want to know, do you have interest for coming in EU (Vienna)? Do you plan something like EU tour ? I wish you all the best…..


  6. Karim
    Posted January 11, 2018 at 6:39 PM | Permalink

    I’ll have you know that yes, the nerdier among us *have* noticed that the “Ring of Soothing Touch” is Denna’s and that, yes, we *are* overanalysing it.

    Why the extra fondness for the Greysdale mead? Is there a pun in there? I’m blanking.

    • TK2187
      Posted January 12, 2018 at 2:48 PM | Permalink

      I think it might be the idea of the cleverness of Greysdale mead being a treasure token? As opposed to a consumable or something

      • James
        Posted February 16, 2018 at 2:30 PM | Permalink

        Wasn’t Greysdale Mead what the artists would order at the Eolian when an appreciative audience member wanted to buy them a drink? Wasn’t it just water, so the artist could recoup cash rather than just getting needlessly drunk?

        Is that not the joke, that one of the treasures, the rare, elusive drink of the musically gifted, is just water?

  7. AlistairM
    Posted January 16, 2018 at 8:18 AM | Permalink

    Oh man that sounds so cool!

    I did my first escape room recently and I loved it. Doing it in my favourite world would be amazing.

    I’ll cross my fingers and hope that it comes to the UK some time. Always wanted to meet Felurian!

  8. Alanna
    Posted July 31, 2018 at 10:29 PM | Permalink

    Patrick, I’ve been hoping you’d show up at various cons I’ve been attending for the last few years and then you sneak into my home town without me even noticing. Dammit. I’m so bitter that I missed you. I even turned down a friends invitation to go to Pax South this year. If only I knew.

    I hope you come back in 2019 because my first edition, first print of Name of the Wind that I bought a million years ago needs your signature.

  9. Tatiana
    Posted September 28, 2018 at 5:39 AM | Permalink

    Good day. There was an opportunity to read, having thrown all other affairs. Among other things, the books “The Name of the Wind” and “Fear of the Sage” were caught. As written in one of the reviews – it’s death to your son, you start reading, and then find yourself in two days in your usual world. What a pity for the protagonist. Since the death of his parents, he has been beaten, maimed, and starving all the time. And even now in his tavern can not live peacefully. And unbearably I want to continue with a happy ending.

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