Concerning Minecraft, Faerie Bargains, and an Early Peek into The Doors of Stone.

Okay. There’s a story I’ve been wanting to share here for a couple days, but with all the chaos of the fundraiser, I haven’t been able to manage it.

Sorry it’s taken so long, as it’s related to Book Three, and I know that’s something everyone here is interested in to some degree or other.

So here we go:

Once years and miles away, there was a man who loved books, and games , and stories. He did not consider himself wise, but was still wise enough to know he was happiest when he was being a bit of a fool. He was an odd sort, beset by melancholy, and often felt as if he didn’t fit into the world. He was uncommonly lucky, and uncomfortably honest, and he always kept his word.

All of this taken together led some folk to wonder if his mother had been visited by the sort of odd folk who always seem to be showing up in the dark hours just as children are being born. The sort of people that leave no footprints, and speak oddly, so it’s hard to tell if they’re good oracles, bad poets, or merely self-important busybodies who lack proper jobs and have too much time on their hands.

Other people suspected it had nothing to do with events surrounding his birth. Instead they thought perhaps he had a demon riding in his shadow, or a single drop of faerie blood, or that one of his long-forgotten ancestors had lay down among the Gorse…

His name was Patrick Rothfuss. Those who knew him, knew he enjoyed a good wager. But those who knew him better knew the truth, and that was that he *loved* a wager, especially if it was reckless and unwise….

*     *     *

About a week ago, we fired up our yearly Worldbuilders fundraiser.

It’s going pretty well so far, by the way. As I write this, we’re just on the cusp on unlocking a new chunk of Matching Money….

As you can see from this year’s swank thermometer, it’s not just direct donations that will help us hit that goal. We’re also factoring in bids on our vast array of auction items and all the holiday shopping y’all are doing over in the Worldbuilders Market.

And as many of you know, I’ve been doing a lot of streaming over the last week. Talking about the charity. Playing games and doing various promotional events.

None of that is particularly new, of course. I’ve streamed a lot to promote the charity over the last 5 years.

What *is* different is that this year, I decided to kick off the fundraiser with a Marathon Minecraft Stream (TM) where I vowed to keep playing until I beat the Ender Dragon or my actual human real-world body failed me.

(Fig 1. promotional graphic.)

It was just some goofy fun. I enjoy Minecraft, but I’m not great at it. I’ve never beaten the Ender Dragon, or even made it to the end. I’ve never even found to the Stronghold or made an eye of Ender, now that I’m thinking of it.

And I knew it beating the game would take longer than normal because I’d be pausing to give away prizes and talk about charity. And I hadn’t played Minecraft much in the last six months, so I was pretty rusty….

Even so, I was pretty sure I could do it. I mean, I’ve seen people beat the whole game on youtube in under twenty minutes.

I know I’m no speedrunner, it might take me 8-9 hours. But that’s nothing. I’ve streamed 14 hours straight in previous fundraisers. Plus, I knew that me struggling and sometimes failing would be just as fun for people to watch as me succeeding, if not more so….

Fast forward. Charity is going well. Money coming in. People watching the stream. My Minecraft run was…  unimpressive. I was playing the long game, and making methodical progress. Hadn’t died. But I had no diamonds. No enchanted gear. No real lucky breaks. My base was a haphazard hole in the ground. The opposite of a hobbit hole. My farms were like something Dante would have written about if he wanted to scare cows into being better Christians.

Fast forward. More money. More stream. My boys came in to cheer me on. They brought me water and cuteness and comic relief. Perfect pit crew.

Fast Forward: I read the boys their bedtime story live on the stream (a chapter from Something Wicked This Way Comes). Then I went to tuck them into bed and came back to do charity and search for diamonds. I was fully prepared to play straight through the night until I had to drive them to school in the morning, then come back and keep soldiering on until I finally won or collapsed.

Then came the first wager. In a fit of hubris, I bet the chat that I could beat the Ender Dragon before they raised $100,000 on my team page. I dared them. I taunted and cajoled….

…I told them if they won, I’d read them the prologue of Book Three.

And thus the deal was made.

(Would you buy a used car from this man?)

But life is what happens while you were making other plans. My boys had been vaccinated that day, and over the next 4-5 hours, when I went in to check on them, they were increasingly sweaty and restless. So after 12 hours I bowed out of the stream with the blessing of the chat so I could go be a good dad. Because when you wake up sweaty and sick in the middle of the night, it’s nice to have your dad right there ready to take care of you…

And then, packing lunches, and school, and organizing and promoting the fundraiser, and scheduling events and being a dad…

… and I honestly I forgot about the wager.

But forgetting doesn’t make a wager go away. And, to make a long story short, after picking up my playthrough on my stream two days later, I lost.

So I brought to bear the fullness of my power. I summoned up the fullness of my will and wit, my terrible persuasion. All this and more I focused on the folk who were tuned in to the stream. And thus I spoke:

Yes they’d won wager. I would read them the prologue. Absolutely. They had it. Fairly fought and fairly won.

But a prologue. What is that, really? Just a taste. A tease. A paltry page. It’s barely a bite. A meager morsel for those whose hearts are hungry for a story.

Wouldn’t they like a chance to win… more? To wager what they’d won in hope of greater gain? Wouldn’t they like the chance for More? More secrets? More story?

Thus I offered them a second wager.

Their stakes: the prologue they had fairly won.

My stakes: Three things. Three secrets from Temerant:

  • I’ll read the prologue of The Doors of Stone live on stream.
  • I’ll provide a full, self-contained, spoiler-free chapter of Doors of Stone.
  • I’ll share some early, finished pages of my the comic I’ve been working on for years with Nate: the illustrated version of the Boy That Loved the Moon.

This is what I offered the chat of the livestream. A chance not just to win, but to win so much more….

But only if they raised more money for charity. Only if they got the donations on my team page all the way from $100,000 to $333,0000.

BEFORE I beat the Ender Dragon.

And then we took a vote:

I’ll embiggen the relevant portion myself so you can see…

(As you can see, the folks who follow my stream enjoy a wager too)

And so the deal was struck.

And now, even if you weren’t there, you know the story.

And t’know what? As a gesture of good faith, I’ll give you the first page of the comic right here and now, out of the goodness of my heart…

(Never let it be said I do not bargain in good faith.)

So. If my team page hits $333,333 before I beat the Ender Dragon. You win three things.

If I beat the Ender Dragon first, you lose.

That’s the Wager.

I’ve taken a break off from my playthough to manage the fundraiser and run other events. Also, I promised I wouldn’t continue my run until I’d made the announcement here on my blog to let y’all know the whole story. To let you know what was happening. What the stakes were. And as you all know, I keep my promises.

But I’ve done it now. Shared the news. Told told story.

As soon as I post this, I’m jumping back onto my livestream, and will be heading for the Ender dragon with marked determination. Because I *do* love a wager. But I also always play to win.

So. The clock is ticking.

Here’s the link to my Team Page.

Come at me.


This entry was posted in Beautiful Games, Book Three, calling on the legions, cool news, graphic novels, hubris, My brilliant ideas, my dumbness, My Iconoclastic Tendencies, Nathan Taylor, side projects, Stories about stories., upcoming publications, video games, Warning: Mild Literary Faffery, Worldbuilders 2021. By Pat36 Responses


  1. Posted December 9, 2021 at 1:57 PM | Permalink

    Who boy I revised this a lot. I’m pretty excited to finally post it though. Most fun I’ve had writing a blog in a while….

    • Excited livestream enjoyer
      Posted December 9, 2021 at 6:06 PM | Permalink

      It’s a good post. Some of the most excited I’ve gotten in reading a blog post in a while 😊

    • Peter Pevensie
      Posted December 10, 2021 at 8:45 AM | Permalink

      *Hoo Boy*

      • Baige
        Posted December 11, 2021 at 6:24 AM | Permalink

        I think you mean Edmund

    • Ian Frayne
      Posted December 13, 2021 at 11:18 PM | Permalink

      So great to see you excited again Pat, can’t wait to see the stream. No pressure, but I’ll be putting my money on us winning…literally.

    • Isabella
      Posted January 7, 2022 at 1:53 PM | Permalink

      I can’t wait, this is so exciting

  2. Kevin Stevens
    Posted December 9, 2021 at 2:09 PM | Permalink

    Being alive at the same time as you makes me happy.

  3. Karen Elder
    Posted December 9, 2021 at 2:17 PM | Permalink

    Pat! This is the best post about the best stuff; Minecraft, DoS and wagers! Made my day! Great writing, sir!

  4. Musa Bekir Dikici
    Posted December 9, 2021 at 2:21 PM | Permalink

    Wow. Reading your blogs is better than reading other books. I am just a fanboy but no one can say that that is a bad thing if we are talking about you.

  5. Andrew Lazzarin
    Posted December 9, 2021 at 2:22 PM | Permalink

    I got to support a fantastic charity, *and* possibly be able to claim a part in the first public release of any part of Book 3.

    Legendary nerd cred, and a Legendary cause.

  6. Mike Davis
    Posted December 9, 2021 at 2:25 PM | Permalink

    I’m glad you’re doing better now, Pat!

    How’s that for seven words :)

    • Wendy
      Posted December 10, 2021 at 10:54 AM | Permalink

      😁 Nicely done!

  7. Thomas Witherspoon
    Posted December 9, 2021 at 2:26 PM | Permalink

    I made *this donation in honor of the soon-to-be deceased ender dragon. Keep up the great work and game on!

  8. Luan Rios
    Posted December 9, 2021 at 2:30 PM | Permalink

    Wow, I am in shock. This post had me gaping in excitement in just about every word of it. With all due respect, I hope you lose this wager! Thank you for your hard work, Pat!

  9. Posted December 9, 2021 at 2:39 PM | Permalink

    “The sort of people that leave no footprints, and speak oddly, so it’s hard to tell if they’re good oracles, bad poets, or merely self-important busybodies who lack proper jobs and have too much time on their hands.

    Other people suspected it had nothing to do with events surrounding his birth. Instead they thought perhaps he had a demon riding in his shadow, or a single drop of faerie blood, or that one of his long-forgotten ancestors had lay down among the Gorse…”

    As a disabled person, this sounds like a story of my life and that is very amusing to me :D Thank you for writing such a beautiful piece of blog, Pat. And good luck to all of us – the readers – with the wager. I’ve donated a cow this year and that’s all I can do. I believe we can win this!

  10. Flip
    Posted December 9, 2021 at 3:10 PM | Permalink

    Although I’m looking forwards to you losing that bet, I’m mainly here t0 let you know that I recently read The Slow Regard of Silent Things and that it has earned a special place in my heart. It really resonated with me, all of it. I’m really glad you published it.
    Sincerely yours,


  11. Jaime
    Posted December 9, 2021 at 3:30 PM | Permalink

    You are a gem, Pat. Fair winds.

  12. Anech
    Posted December 9, 2021 at 4:28 PM | Permalink

    Man, this feels like a blog from the old days. Back when i checked to see if a New one was up at least daily.

    Thank you Pat, I really love coming back here. And I am prepared for the next wager. Cause it was a Wager in three parts after all, was it not?

  13. Jason
    Posted December 9, 2021 at 4:37 PM | Permalink

    I am looking forward to Doors of Stone more than ever now that the Wheel of Time show has kinda spoiled my desire to read the books. Books are always so much better and WoT is certainly proof. In my humble opinion.
    Soldier on Pat, can’t wait for the next book!

    • Cole
      Posted December 10, 2021 at 12:27 PM | Permalink

      The Wheel of Time show is delightful, and they’ve been doing a great job so far at an extremely difficult task.

      • Brady Dill
        Posted January 8, 2022 at 7:14 AM | Permalink

        This stopped being true with that finale, unfortunately.

  14. Will
    Posted December 9, 2021 at 5:56 PM | Permalink

    Umm, hadn’t it already been past 333,333 a couple days ago? So you posted the news already in the red? Maybe I’m remembering the timeline wrong, but the news of the bet was circulating and I checked the page donation periodically (and made a contribution 😁) and it had already surpassed.

    • David Sharpe
      Posted December 9, 2021 at 8:00 PM | Permalink

      His team page is not the same as the overall donation total. His twitch team page was at around 260k when he posted, though it quickly surpassed 333k while he was streaming.

  15. Amanda
    Posted December 9, 2021 at 6:14 PM | Permalink

    So. If we don’t use steam or whatever foolishness those folks from Amary use to call up demons… can we get a recording? Pretty please?

  16. Kristi
    Posted December 9, 2021 at 8:01 PM | Permalink

    I believe it is donations to his twitch group specifically, not the overall fundraiser, which now amazingly is over $500,000!
    Way to go everyone!

  17. Gus
    Posted December 10, 2021 at 4:12 AM | Permalink

    A three-day Minecraft bender is a heck of a lot cheaper than therapy. You are a genius for leveraging that into something beneficial for the world.

  18. DjCarris
    Posted December 10, 2021 at 6:45 AM | Permalink

    Thanks for the update! As you might well expect from any news regarding anything about Book 3, this article has made it to the Google homepage suggestions. I expect a hefty increase in donations, if just for that small teaser.

    The comic looks incredible, by the way. My compliments to those who worked on it. Now I have one more thing to look forward to.

    Thanks for all you do. Happy holidays, and no offense bit I hope you lose this wager.

  19. Ryan
    Posted December 10, 2021 at 7:14 AM | Permalink

    I hope we do get a 3rd Wager so you can enjoy the race to the enderdragon. The amount of people seeing this as a form of malice instead of a big kid trying to have fun while raising money for charity makes me think we don’t deserve to win.

  20. Hel
    Posted December 10, 2021 at 8:24 AM | Permalink

    Did we…win???

  21. Jeremy G
    Posted December 10, 2021 at 9:43 AM | Permalink

    Well, we’ve blown past that goal! Hopefully it was before Pat completed the game cause I can’t wait to get a glimpse into new stories!! Thanks for continuing to do this Pat and team. I love that this community comes together every year and tries to do their part to make the world a little better.

  22. Levi Bav
    Posted December 10, 2021 at 11:35 AM | Permalink

    Scarpi, is that you?

  23. Karim
    Posted December 12, 2021 at 12:58 AM | Permalink


    As thrilled as I am to be getting a glimpse of the book, I did want to say I imagine it must be…I don’t know, difficult—strange, daunting; I don’t know a word for this, but invoking a feeling of vulnerability?—to be doing it. I’m pleased it’s for a good cause, too. I’d have understood if you’d backed out, to be honest. Anyway: thank you.

    (You should slay that Ender Dragon, anyway. Maybe in a thematically/symbolically-appropriate way using a bucket and a wheel.)

  24. Azure
    Posted December 12, 2021 at 9:32 AM | Permalink

    I absolutely LOVED The Boy Who Loved the Moon and I am so excited to learn that it’s going to be given further life. You could also expand it into a full novel and I would still instantly snatch it up, I don’t care if I’ve already read the abridged version. (But you have to finish Doors of Stone first!)

  25. JB
    Posted December 14, 2021 at 11:33 AM | Permalink

    Please don’t add Church of Woke BS to Doors of Stone, thanks

  26. Segoy
    Posted December 20, 2021 at 8:39 PM | Permalink

    Sorry I missed this! My 11 year old loves two things: Minecraft and your books. Well, also Hollow Knight. (And he doesn’t mind a bit of Jack Vance’s Lyonesse either).

  27. Posted December 23, 2021 at 8:04 AM | Permalink

    New to here and you as I’ve only recently stumbled across you reading your prologue of The Doors of Stone on YouTube. Your word play is quite captivating! I’ve recently finished the WoT series and have been unsuccessful at finding something to take its place. I think I’ve finally found a good one. Thanks partner!

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