Final Days, Team Pages, and Sharable Graphics Galore…

Hey there everybody,

As I write this, Worldbuilders has just blown past $900,000.

Donations have been *amazingly* strong over the last couple days, especially given that it’s been the weekend, and it’s stunningly hard to get people’s attention on Saturday and Sunday.

I wasn’t sure before, but right now It’s really looking like we’re going to hit $1,000,000 despite all the format changes we made this year.

So for all of you that have helped so far… Thank you. Thank you all for everything you’ve done. Thank you for donating. Thank you for helping to spread the word.

Because of you, kids have eggs to eat, milk to drink, warm clothes to wear. Clean water. Access to medicine. Safety and security. People’s lives will be better. Forever. Because of you.

For those of you who haven’t jumped in yet, there’s still time. But not much…

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Today’s going to be a be a bit of a grab-bag of a blog, as I’m going to mention a bunch of things that I’ve talked about on other platforms, but not here on the blog yet.

  • Team pages.

As I’ve mentioned before, there are team pages that let you win cool prizes in addition to the 170,000 of prizes we’re giving away in the main Worldbuilders lottery.

  • Manuscript Read-and-Critiques

I haven’t mentioned The Professional Manuscript Read-and-Critique page on the blog this year yet, but it’s one of the cooler things we do in the fundraiser. Honestly? it’s something I wish I’d had access to when I was an unpublished author. If you donate there, you have a chance of winning a critique of your writing from various lovely authors and editors from the sci-fi community. (Including me.)

So if you or someone you know is a writer, be aware that for every $10 you donate on that page you get a chance to win a professional read-through of your unpublished work.

  • The D&D Team page.

In case you haven’t seen them yet, we created some really incredible prizes for our D&D Team Page.

(Click to Embiggen, and behold their full glory.)

If you head over to the team page, you can see ALL the cards. We’re producing dozens of them, featuring amazing people from Critical Role and Acquisitions Inc and The Adventure Zone and Wizard of the Coast.

We’re giving away over a thousand of these cards, including full sets. What’s more, the higher the donation total gets on the page, the more we’re going to give away.

So head over there to see all the cards, and remember, every $10 gets you a chance to win them (and all the stuff in the main prize lottery, too.)

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Lately, a lot of people have been asking how they can help spread the word about the fundraiser. And that delights me, because the only reason Worldbuilders is the success it is today is because of y’all telling your friends about it.

So to make it easier for y’all, we decided to put together some graphics you could share on social media.

That said, if you *do* share these images on social media, can you do me a favor and share a clickable link, too? It makes it way easier for people to actually go and take a look at the fundraiser.

We made a bunch of them so that y’all could pick and choose whatever part of the fundraiser you’re most excited about, or what you think your friends and family would be most interested in.

  • Main Fundraiser Page:
  • Pat’s Twitch Stream Page:
  • Oot Change Jar:
  • D&D Team Page:

Share and enjoy. We made a LOT of them…

(To use, right click and either ‘copy image’ or ‘save image as’.)

That’s all I have for now, folks.

Thanks for being awesome. Thanks for helping to save the world.


This entry was posted in being awesome, cool things, Worldbuilders, Worldbuilders 2018. By Pat46 Responses


  1. Cynthia L
    Posted December 10, 2018 at 5:46 AM | Permalink

    I got Bees and chicks through our Waywardbacker group page. We are having a WB group exclusive raffle that individual members have contributed prizes for. We surpassed $5,000 a couple days ago. I’m proud of our little group. Thank you Pat, for encouraging us to help those in need. It gives us hope there can be compassion is this crazy world.

    • Robert H
      Posted December 11, 2018 at 3:16 AM | Permalink

      You took the encouraging from Pat and encouraged others. I like that!

  2. Bernadette
    Posted December 10, 2018 at 6:40 AM | Permalink

    Hi there,
    I wanted to join in the fundraiser but my credit card gets denied. I checked with the bank institute and on their side there is no problem. So, is there maybe a general problem known to you with Master Card acceptance or donating from europe?

    Best regards

    • Yakoni
      Posted December 10, 2018 at 10:05 AM | Permalink

      Hi! You might have to open your card to online purchases. That is what I had to do in order to make it work last year.

    • ralykam
      Posted December 10, 2018 at 10:09 AM | Permalink

      I’d also consider trying PayPal instead. If that doesn’t work you can reach out to [email protected].

  3. Petra Halmešová
    Posted December 10, 2018 at 6:48 AM | Permalink

    These graphics make me even happier that I could donate bees!

  4. Kirstin
    Posted December 10, 2018 at 9:18 AM | Permalink

    Love the images! Perfect idea to help get noticed. Sharing the goat one now. :-) thanks Pat. 🌺🌻🌼

  5. Nadav
    Posted December 10, 2018 at 1:50 PM | Permalink

    I made my donation last night, and as usual I was super happy to contribute to Worldbuilders, but I’m confused about the change of schedule this year. In an earlier blog post, you mentioned that the change was made for “good reasons,” but I wasn’t able to find an explanation for what those reasons were. Are you willing to share those reasons with the rest of us? I know that I almost didn’t make my donation before the event ended, and I imagine there may be others who miss the deadline and would appreciate knowing the reasoning behind the change.

    • Cynthia L
      Posted December 10, 2018 at 2:02 PM | Permalink

      I don’t know what their particular reason is, but I know NPR has cut back the time they spend on fundraising also. There can be burnout on the giving side when it goes on for a long time. I would like to see them offer a subscription, like NPR or Patreon, where we can pledge $5-10 a month. That would be nice.

  6. Stuart
    Posted December 11, 2018 at 10:01 AM | Permalink

    It’s over $1M. Congrats!

  7. Mazarin
    Posted December 11, 2018 at 2:51 PM | Permalink

    I always look forward to the Stardust update. None this year. I guess someone kept it :(

  8. Friends at the Irish Pub
    Posted December 11, 2018 at 7:47 PM | Permalink

    Congratulations on surpassing ONE MILLION – what a truly remarkable achievement. You and everyone involved should be very proud of such a successful fundraising effort! Rock on

  9. Evan
    Posted December 12, 2018 at 12:04 AM | Permalink

    I was recently listening to a This American Life podcast ( on NPR and they were talking about Heifer International. Based on the podcast, it seemed like Heifer wasn’t as good as other charities, though. Do you know why Worldbuilders is tied to Heifer?

    • Wermode
      Posted December 13, 2018 at 9:58 AM | Permalink

      I just read the transcript. Other than not being able to cite evidence from unpublished research, Heifer and the benefits from gifting livestock are pretty clear. The show even mentions the training and follow-up Heifer provides.

  10. Letícia Farnesi
    Posted December 12, 2018 at 5:11 AM | Permalink

    $1M and rising ! So happy!! <3

  11. Dan
    Posted December 15, 2018 at 10:50 PM | Permalink

    What are the chances these D&D cards wind up available for purchase after the fundraiser? I donated via the D&D team page but I know the chances of winning them are still minimal… but I would buy a copy of every card if I could!

  12. Neil J Palmer
    Posted December 20, 2018 at 7:57 PM | Permalink

    I have been giving to Heifer for years and think it is a very worthy cause. Unfortunatly I can only afford to give a couple of hundred a year as I have 18 other charities I split my extra money with.
    On a different note, Mr. Rothfuss are you planning on a third book featuring the continuation of Mr. Kouthe’s adventures? You drew me in with your fantastic story and then left me wanting.

    • Victor
      Posted December 28, 2018 at 10:13 PM | Permalink

      Pat said in an interview that he’s too discouraged by President Trump being in office to write much, so I’m not expecting his writing to pick back up until January 2025, but I still stick around for all the other great side projects that go on!

      • Lauren Stidman
        Posted January 3, 2019 at 11:25 PM | Permalink

        Are you suggesting he stopped writing and Book 3 will not be out anytime before 2025?!

  13. Joe
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 10:14 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat, I noticed in the Pro Manuscript Critique that the winner will be drawn on Dec. 11th but the donate button is still active. Is it still possible to be entered into the draw or is that already finalized?

  14. Mike Bäcker
    Posted January 4, 2019 at 11:45 AM | Permalink

    It is great that you are trying to give back.

    Please do not get me wrong, are you aware that people are seriously waiting for more books from you? We love your stuff and it is kind of sad that it sometimes seems that you stopped writing.

    Thanks for the great gifts of literature you have given us.

    Kind Regards from Bavaria


  15. Barbara Quill Venecija
    Posted January 5, 2019 at 7:18 AM | Permalink

    Guys, I’m like super late to the party.
    I only discovered the amazement that are Pat’s streams and worldbuilders at the start of this year and all of it made me super stoked!
    I would love to donate, perhaps even a monthly fee … but I see all of you talking about ending and stuff like that? Did I miss it, or is that just a yearly turnaround and I can still donate over worldbuilders? I’m interested in DnD thing-a-magicks and Professional Manuscript Critiques.
    Can someone here fill in the n00b?

    • Lynne Everett
      Posted January 7, 2019 at 3:22 PM | Permalink

      It’s an annual fundraiser, runs in December so done until the end of this year, sorry. There will be the Geeks Doing Good fundraiser during the year as well though

  16. Loni
    Posted January 5, 2019 at 12:57 PM | Permalink

    Seriously, I’m glad your having fun and being philanthropic and yes, I donate to heifer intl. too but for real, it’s straight up irritating to see you playing DnD and touring on an unfinished decade old series and saying your too full of ennui to write while trumpulumpus is in office. I love your books. I’m sad you hold out the carrot of a book you’ve written but can’t seem to let go. If it was a fluke, if you never wrote the third novel, cool, you won’t be the only author to leave a story undone. Sometimes all we have is one or two swings in us. But admit it and move on. Otherwise that green satin hoodie only serves to mock us. We love the story. Take care of yourself but respect the readers and fans out here waiting.

    • Adrian
      Posted January 9, 2019 at 4:15 AM | Permalink

      Agreed wholeheartedly.
      Love your post Loni, especially the “you’re too full of ennui to write while trumpulumpus is in office” :-)

  17. Ben Davis
    Posted January 10, 2019 at 2:47 PM | Permalink

    I know Pat says to not hassle him about writing… but I’m surprised that the last post on the blog is about how the fundraiser is almost over, and then

    Not even a “We hit a million. I didn’t think we could do it with the new shorter period. Thanks everyone! Prizes will be sent out soon.” has been posted.

    Anyway, I’m grateful to you for setting up this event every year, and all the staff who keep it up and running. Truly a blessing for so many people in this world.

  18. Zach
    Posted January 25, 2019 at 9:30 PM | Permalink

    Write the damn book.

  19. Aline
    Posted January 28, 2019 at 6:10 AM | Permalink

    Hate to be explicit but welp,

    “Shut ya trap Zach.”

    Best regards to all of you agreeing with me~

    • Twerker
      Posted January 28, 2019 at 10:47 AM | Permalink

      “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

      • Aline
        Posted January 30, 2019 at 3:42 AM | Permalink

        I am not and will not in any way diminish your right to think or express what you think. What i will however state is that this right is casually used here to be unnessesary defend the rudeness of Zach to someone (Pat) that does not owe you or Zach or anybody else anything. Be frustrated all you want ,it will not do anything but put pressure on someone that has a lot to deal with anyway.
        I’ll stop rambling right here.
        What i actually wantec to say is the following:
        Nobody ever died because of being polite .
        If you can’t deal with people talking in this kind of tone to you, then i propose you to hold youself to the same standard

        Live long and prosper

  20. twerker
    Posted January 28, 2019 at 10:45 AM | Permalink

    Finish book #3. Over and out.

  21. Gavin Wichmann
    Posted February 4, 2019 at 6:24 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat,

    Just popping in to say keep up the good work. You do a lot for many people with the following you’ve built, and I just wanted to let you know that you’re appreciated. Things are tough lately, and they rarely seem to get better, but there’s always hope for the future, and I hope the turnout for your fundraisers helps you keep that in mind. Write at your own pace. Keep doing what you’re doing. We’ll all be here to support you when everything does come together, or even if it doesn’t. If you’d like to write a new blog post I know a lot of us would enjoy it, but don’t feel pressured. Thanks for reading this if you do.

  22. Letícia
    Posted February 8, 2019 at 1:05 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat
    How’s the road to Tinue?!
    Missing your clever words around here :)

  23. Gus
    Posted February 9, 2019 at 7:55 AM | Permalink

    Hi Pat! An Australian (‘strayan) over here!

    I love you and the work you do so much and crickey my heart physically aches in anticipation for THE BOOK! Looking forward to it and wishing you luck mate.

    A crocodile wrangler ;)

  24. Sam
    Posted February 15, 2019 at 5:16 PM | Permalink

    Pat, do you still write? Like for real. Have you left writing behind and moved on to philanthropy and social justice?

    • Paulie
      Posted February 16, 2019 at 3:03 PM | Permalink

      Careful Sam… I made a comment about Pat no longer writing and they deleted my comment. Only say nice things in this blog.

  25. Cedric
    Posted February 17, 2019 at 1:28 PM | Permalink

    I honestly don’t know if he still does. I mean, I know he gets angry when people ask about book 3. I used to take that anger as impatience with fans constantly nagging him about a story he is working hard to deliver. Now I’m not so sure… I mean, people ask George R. R. Martin about the Winds of Winter all of the time, but he never seems to get irate about it. Granted, they are two different people.

    My gut fear is that Pat just doesn’t like writing. I’m sure it was fun for him before he became published, when it was just a hobby and a thing he did on the side. Now that writing is expected from him and it’s his job, he abhors it me thinks. I’m saying this as a former newspaper writer.

    If my suspicion is true and Pat has grown to hate writing, then I think we will never get book 3. Not until all the masses have forgotten him or written him off leaving him to once again pursue writing as something that isn’t “expected” from him. I sympathize with him, I really do, at the same time being annoyed with him and his volatile and combative stance he’s taken with his fans.

    The story occurs within his head, it is written in his head first before he puts words on paper, and if his head is not right then I don’t see how we can expect anything else from him. And it has been fairly obvious for some time now, at least to me, that Pat’s head isn’t right.

    • Letícia
      Posted February 22, 2019 at 12:03 PM | Permalink

      “A Wise man’s fear” as they say….

  26. Martin
    Posted February 23, 2019 at 11:41 AM | Permalink

    Yes right this is exactly how you will get it. Please recognise the irony.
    We are all starving. I have been delighted, sad, angry, disappointed, but most of the time I understand his situation and just apprichiate whatever he writes whenever he does. Give him the time he needs to finish and just be patient and supportive.

  27. Camille Chaustre McNally
    Posted February 25, 2019 at 3:20 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat!

    We haven’t heard from you for a while on here, and while I’m sure you’re busy busy busy- I hope that you’re feeling well. You had a rough year. A rough couple of years. Be well.

  28. Paulie
    Posted February 25, 2019 at 5:03 PM | Permalink

    Stop deleting comments. If you don’t want to write book 3, that’s fine. But don’t get so offended when your fans complain about you not finishing the book you promised. Suck it up and take a little criticism.

    • Sam
      Posted March 8, 2019 at 3:14 PM | Permalink

      Reminds me of communist China, I lived there briefly pre-Olympics, internet is heavily censors so as not to offend the elder statemen.

  29. Pelle
    Posted February 26, 2019 at 7:51 AM | Permalink

    Imagine the amount of irritation and cranky posts (see above) that Mr. Rothfuss would be rid of if he would just be honest and tell us what’s going on. In lack of the third book just some actual honesty and openness would be mindblowing by now. Best wishes Patrick, i hope all is well!

  30. Thunder
    Posted April 19, 2019 at 9:23 AM | Permalink

    Congratulations – you won a prize from the 2018 Worldbuilders Fundraiser! This email is to let you know that your Worldbuilders lottery prize has officially shipped.

    Yaay just wanted to let people who were wondering if they should still be looking out for something.

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