Worldbuilders Day 1: Everything Old is New Again

Well folks, here we are at the start of another shiny new Worldbuilders. I don’t know if you’re excited, but I’m excited.

At least, I *think* this is excitement. It could that I’m working on three hours of sleep and 8 shots of espresso right now.

But you know what, that’s tradition. Here we are, day of the fundraiser, we have so many exciting things tee’d up, and still I’m not as ready as I’d like to be. The sun is shining. It’s beautiful outside, and honestly, I’m scared.

I know that when I post this blog, the fundraiser will launch, and I’ll be swept up in it again. Streaming, telling stories, spreading the word and trying to change the world….

But right now, it’s a nervous time. I never really know how it’s going to go. I can only hope.

Let’s bring out the logo to see if that helps a bit.

Hello there, old friend….

And you know what? It does help a little. I can feel the old muscle memory kicking in. I just need to shake off the rust a little and let you know what we’re doing today. How this year’s fundraiser has some of our comforting old traditions, some new experiments, and surprises on the horizon.

Briefly, for those of you who are new here, Worldbuilders is a charity where we all get together to make the world a better place. Over the last decade, geeks of all creeds and nations have come together and raised more than $15,000,000 to make the world a better place. (Yup. That’s the right number of zeros. Geeks are awesome.)

Traditions we’re glad to continue.

1. Matching money!

This year, an anonymous donor is offering to match our first $100,000 of donations.

That means in you jump in right now to donate, So if you jump in early, the good you do in the world gets doubled.

2. We’ve got over $100,000 of prizes to give away!

Cool games, rare, signed books. Original art. Comics. All manner of delightful geeky hodgelany. (We’ll be showing these things off to you throughout the fundraiser, and adding new things, too. As if we tried to display it to you all at once, it could cook your brain like a toad thrown into the sun.

Something new: Worldbuilders Architects.

Here’s the elevator pitch. We’d asking for your help to build a better Worldbuilders, so that Worldbuilders can keep building a better world.

A longer explanation is over on the Worldbuilders Architects team page. And even more details will be released in a day or two.

Launch day- Ballyhoo!

As soon as this blog goes live, I’m doing this.

I’ve played Minecraft before, but mostly just with my boys for run. I enjoy it a lot, but honestly? I’m not very good at it. I’ve never made it to the end fortress, let alone the end. Let alone beaten the dragon.

But today I’m going to do it. I’m going to start a new game and play until I beat the game or until my actual human body dies. For charity.

Tune in on my twitch channel if you want to watch this beautiful trainwreck.

And, of course, you can come over to donate directly on my team page, too.

See y’all soon!

pat

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12 Comments

  1. James
    Posted November 30, 2021 at 4:34 PM | Permalink

    I will be sure to donate as much as I can! Thanks so much Pat for giving us this opportunity to help others.

  2. Nils Kollat
    Posted December 1, 2021 at 12:29 AM | Permalink

    Thank you Pat, for making the world, once again, a bit brighter!
    Donating money is a good way to share one´s fortune, and giving via Heiffer makes it so much more tangible. Sending girls to school, buying a goat, that is something we can relate to quite easy.

    Build the world, stay healthy and sane, much love from Germany
    Nils

  3. João
    Posted December 1, 2021 at 6:53 AM | Permalink

    LET’S GO!
    That’s it, that’s my comment.

  4. Tristan Bloomer
    Posted December 1, 2021 at 11:48 AM | Permalink

    I will do my best to show my support, i have respect for you and the charity

  5. Sean Kilpatrick
    Posted December 1, 2021 at 1:51 PM | Permalink

    Snuck in on the first day – got my matching goat all lined up. Loved this since 2010.

  6. Slew
    Posted December 1, 2021 at 3:26 PM | Permalink

    Hi,
    Quick questions (I hope!) about the charity drive.

    1. If I donate to worldbuilders through the link above (https://fundraise.worldbuilders.org/fundraiser/3614242), what percentage of my donation goes to Heifer, and what percentage goes to other sources (overhead, paying staff, postage for prizes, etc)?

    2. Same question as #1, but for stuff in the shop and auctions? (I’m guessing the answer is different for these two questions?)

    Sorry if these questions seem rude(I tried to figure out a way to ask that didn’t imply I doubt your honor), but I have a limited number of dollars to give to charity and I want to make sure they’re efficient and impactful.

    Thank you!

    • PeterB
      Posted December 1, 2021 at 9:51 PM | Permalink
    • PeterB
      Posted December 1, 2021 at 10:06 PM | Permalink

      How much of my donation to Heifer goes to actually helping people?
      All of it, because separating “overhead” from the work being done is a false dichotomy. You can read about this in-depth here in Nonprofit Quarterly, or there’s a great YouTube video from the Human Services Council pointing out the ridiculousness expectations often made of nonprofits.

      That being said, Worldbuilders is very resourceful. We love the geek community, and they love us, and so there are donations made during the year, as well as purchases from Worldbuilders Market, that help us keep the lights on and provide a living wage for our small staff. It’s even let us branch out and do more, such as Operation Bookdrop 2020, the Project Hope Fundraiser in April 2020, and the Masked Hero Project.

      That means that 100% of the money that you donate during the end-of-year fundraiser goes to Heifer International. We even make sure we cover the shipping costs for the Prize Draw, out of funds that we save during the rest of the year specifically for that purpose.

      https://worldbuilders.org/faq/end-of-year-fundraiser/

      • Slew
        Posted December 2, 2021 at 11:35 AM | Permalink

        Peter,
        Both of your posts were very helpful.
        Thank you

  7. Posted December 4, 2021 at 5:14 AM | Permalink

    Nice Article keep it up Guys, if i get this every day i will be motivated

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