Deadlines, Prizes, Auctions, D&D, and… um… Poop

As I write this, the Worldbuilders fundraiser has raised over $665,000 dollars for Heifer international.

I don’t know about you, but I think that’s pretty great….

A lot of times when I talk about what Heifer International I focus on things like… well… heifers. Or goats. Or Chickens.

Part of the reason is that it’s easy for people to understand how giving a family a flock of chickens what you’re *really* giving them is a long-term supply of fresh food, and an income stream, and the ability to produce more chickens.

But Heifer international does more than just give animals to people, they also provide near-miraculous technologies that people in the developing world can use to make their lives better every day.

For example, Heifer International can help a family turn shit into money, time, food, and improved health for a family.

Here’s how:

A donation of $50 is enough to set a family up with a biogas digester. And if you donate before the end of the fundraiser, you have a chance to win amazing stuff.


Even more than that, if you donate on a specific team page, you have the chance of being included in *additional* prize draws that are unique to each page.

For example, if you donate on the D&D team page, you can win things that will give you a little help when you most need it at during your own tabletop games. Things like this:

Or these:

We’re giving away hundreds of these cards. Even full sets of them. That team just passed their $50K stretch goal, so we’re about to add even more cards to the prize draw AND show off the newly finished cards for those good good boys on the Adventure Zone….

Every $10 bucks you kick in over on that team page gets you a chance to win those cards as well as all the other prizes in the main lottery, too.

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Lastly, I’m going to mention a few things on the blog you need to know about sooner rather than later. Strap in, because there’s kind of a lot….

There are over 80 auctions running: games and books and art and jewelry. Rare and Unique items. Strange and Wonderful things that you’ll never see anything else. If you haven’t headed over to look at them, now’s the time.

If you’re looking to do any Christmas shopping for that hard-to-buy-for geek in your life, you should really head over to the store and have a lookie-loo. We’ve to a bunch of new merchandise from all manner of folks over there. Including the fabulous owlbear backpack.

Amazing items such as this await your eager eyes over in the store. But if you want it shipped to you in time for the holidays, you better order soon…

  • Third, be aware that I’m streaming every day until the end of the fundraiser.

What’s more, every one of those streams will have something special going on. Games. Prizes for donors. Today (Thursday) I’ll be playing D&D for charity. Other days I’ll be having discussions like this:

(You can share this graphic around to spread the word, if you’re interested.)

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Everything said, the fundraiser is going pretty amazingly. As I mentioned a while back, I was really nervous about a lot of the format changes we were making this year. But at this point, I feel like I can start to relax a little.

Most of all, I’m still hoping that if we push hard over the next 5 days, we can sail over the top of a million dollars.

I’d really like that.

I’ll see y’all soon.


This entry was posted in panels, The Art of Letting Go, Warm Fuzzies, Worldbuilders, Worldbuilders 2018. By Pat9 Responses


  1. Josh
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 5:33 AM | Permalink

    Really excited about the parenting stream

  2. Amanda Lescelius
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 7:07 AM | Permalink


    I’ve been watching your streams this week and recall you saying, on almost every stream, how stressed you are during the fundraiser. I just wanted to say you are doing a great job. So many people will benefit from you because you have reached out and simply asked others to help.

    Thank YOU for being one a the good ones. *hugs*

  3. LeticiaLoki
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 7:34 AM | Permalink

    Hey, Pat! Donating today straight from Brazil. That’s some really cool stuff!
    Hope we reach 1 million this year too, I even dreamed about it last night! :))
    See you soon :)

  4. Michelle
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 9:37 AM | Permalink

    Looooooooong time reader, first time commenting. I just wanted to thank you for posting about biogas. I work in the wastewater industry, and the resource recovery potential when it comes to these facilities (biosolids, biogas, reclaimed water) is huge. I’ll be upping my donation to 50 dollars for this. Thank you for all you do!

  5. Mariah
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 11:10 AM | Permalink

    I love Worldbuilders. Watching it happen is helping me through finals week. I managed to buy some bees this year. Praying for the best!
    Lots of love.

  6. Isaías Weber
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 5:07 PM | Permalink

    Made my donation this year and in doing so almost lost my bus (I work in another city, 1 hour drive from home).
    So that donation was exciting for a lot of reasons!

    PS: Thank you for being a force of good in the world, Pat & team! Makes me proud to say that Pat is my favorite author. I mean that.

    Have a good one, hoping for that one mil as well!

    Hugs from Brazil.

  7. Andrea Bravi
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 7:07 PM | Permalink

    Shipping costs are very high. I wanted to buy the adventures of the princess and mr. whiffle, but to ship those to the UK is half the cost of the books… can anything be done to bring those down in the future? thanks for your work, both as writer and philanthropist!

    • Posted December 7, 2018 at 1:00 AM | Permalink

      The cost for shipping five books is not that much more than the cost for shipping one book. Your best bet is to get together with friends and combine your order.

  8. Afshin
    Posted January 7, 2019 at 10:40 PM | Permalink

    “For example, Heifer International can help a family turn shit into money, time, food, and improved health for a family.”

    This reminded me of a review that I’ve written recently about turning shit into stories.

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