Losing Wagers, Doubling Donations, and Playing a Beautiful Game…

So for today’s blog to make sense, you might want to go back and read the one I wrote a couple days ago.

It’s was my favorite blog I’ve written in a while, with some quite nice faerie-tale flavor in parts. So even if you don’t care much about the charity stuff I’m doing, there’s something for you to enjoy there.

For those of you who can’t be bothered, here’s the gist: A couple days ago, I wagered the community that they couldn’t raise $333,333 on my team page before I beat the Ender Dragon in Minecraft.

And… well… y’all did it. Handily.

More than that, once I posted the blog and shared it, y’all stormed so hard I didn’t even have time to hit send on a tweet I’d typed up using this graphic:

The Details of The Wager

(Made by the fabulous E’lir Lisa.)

Truth is, this is exactly what I was hoping for. That people would hear the news, get excited, then come in and make it a race. Then we’d play together, have some fun, raise scads of money to feed hungry kids, and make the world a better place.

But… it kinda worked *better* than we’d anticipated. Y’all came in and just trampled things to the extent that we burned through *all* our stretch goals within hours, leaving us without more cool stuff we could immediately offer. Let alone graphics to show them off.

Pat's Streaming Schedule for 12/14

(Graphics like this.)

And so while it was cool, it was also a bit of a shame. We were left with nothing else to offer up despite the fact that the fundraiser is still going on and all donations are still being matched.

First off, let’s be clear. Y’all won the wager. So:

  1. I’ll be reading the prologue of Doors of Stone and doing a Q&A on my Twitch Channel.
  2. I’ll be showing off some of the finished pages of the The Boy That Loved The Moon.
  3. I’ll be releasing a chapter of Doors of Stone into the wild. (When? I’ talk about that below.)

But it seems a shame to stop there. For one thing, I still haven’t beaten the Ender Dragon.

And also, we still needed more stretch goal prizes for the team page.

And also also, I really liked those graphics that E’lir Lisa came up with, and we barely got to use them…

So here’s what we’re doing:

(Warning, this graphic on the blog won’t be updated as frequently as over on Twitch Team Page.)

You see the stretch goals on the left? Those are going into the prize draw as soon as folks hit the donation amount.

That said, if y’all manage to hit those goals *before* I beat the Ender Dragon, I’ll donate TWO of each prize.

“But wait!” I hear you cry. “What’s that thing way down at the bottom there?

Here’s the thing, I’ve met a lot of cool folks over the years. Voice actors, comedians, musicians, audio narrators, performers, actors, puppeteers….

I think that sounds like a fun way of releasing the early peek of the book. I’m hoping some of my friends will like the idea too.

So I’m going to cast my net among my friends and see who might like to come help me read the chapter of Doors of Stone for y’all. Then, if we hit $666,666, I’ll  assemble the Geek Glitterati equivalent of the Avengers and we’ll record it for you. It might take a bit to assemble, as cool people tend to be busy, and there’s no way I’m going to ask them to do it during the fundraiser. But I’m pretty sure we’ll be able to get it done early next year. February at the latest.

Okay. We ready? Here we go.

My team page is already over $420,000.

All donations are currently being matched.

The Fundraiser runs until midnight on the 14th.

Race you to the end…


Edit: 1:31 pm – In the last 12 hours, through the dark hours of night when I was mostly asleep, the team page has raised another $60,000 unlocking double sets HeroQuest and the cool, Wooden-box version of Risk from Avalon Hill. AS WELL AS two copies of the limited edition cover of of Vault of Magic from Kobold Press that I wrote a part of, personalized by me, with some of the rare D&D cards.

Y’all are amazing…

This entry was posted in Achievement Unlocked!, Acts of Whimsy, Beautiful Games, Book Three, calling on the legions, contests, cool things, Worldbuilders 2021. By Pat46 Responses


  1. Posted December 12, 2021 at 11:03 PM | Permalink

    Huzzah! The $440k goal has already been reached! We can totally do this!

    • Posted December 12, 2021 at 11:04 PM | Permalink

      Oh lord. It’s happening again. I gotta get in there and start making progress…

      • BlackWings
        Posted December 12, 2021 at 11:05 PM | Permalink

        Well, you wrote the very good blog post so technically you’re free to start playing. Good luck!

        • Posted December 12, 2021 at 11:13 PM | Permalink

          Yay Me!

          At least until I have to go into Worldbuilders to sign books tonight…

          • BlackWings
            Posted December 12, 2021 at 11:22 PM | Permalink

            Oh gods. Hopefully you can get some sleep at some point.

  2. ShotWhoWasNot
    Posted December 12, 2021 at 11:05 PM | Permalink

    The “my team page” at the end of the blog also sends you to the architects team page!

  3. Vanessa
    Posted December 12, 2021 at 11:05 PM | Permalink

    So happy we have raised all this money!

  4. Dan
    Posted December 12, 2021 at 11:05 PM | Permalink

    You’re the man. Doing great work helping a lot of people in need.

    • Posted December 12, 2021 at 11:11 PM | Permalink

      WE’re the man, Dan.

      I couldn’t do it without y’all being the cool folks you are…

      • Karim
        Posted December 13, 2021 at 12:45 AM | Permalink

        You are? I know some peace-‘n’-free love types who have some choice words for you.

        • Mya Tapp
          Posted December 13, 2021 at 10:02 PM | Permalink

          Told my boss I can’t come in tomorrow so I can watch the live stream. *does happy dance* deet dee deeee la la laa

  5. TalentPipes
    Posted December 12, 2021 at 11:06 PM | Permalink

    Hooray! May the race be fun and tight and full of spectacular spectacle such that many goats and bees and such can go out to improve the world. Thank you for all you do!

  6. Posted December 12, 2021 at 11:06 PM | Permalink

    FIRST! (JK)

    I’m really happy that this *might* appease my dad a little bit. He keeps trying to get me to ask you when book 3 comes out… I’m like. “Dad, I’m *not* going to ask him that.”

  7. unlikelymaths
    Posted December 12, 2021 at 11:06 PM | Permalink

    Wow Pat, you’ve really thrown down the grauntlet for us here.

  8. Posted December 12, 2021 at 11:10 PM | Permalink

    Curse time zones, my doctor’s appointment is RIGHT when you’re reading… I might listen in while I have reception anyway though… :’)

    “Shhhh, doc, it’s Patrick Rothfuss reading from his future book, shhhh, the test results aren’t THAT important…”

    • Posted December 12, 2021 at 11:12 PM | Permalink

      I promise not to delete the VOD….

      • Posted December 12, 2021 at 11:14 PM | Permalink

        BUT I HAVE TO HEAR IT LIVE jk jk, I’ll catch as much live as I can, but the reception in my doctor’s office is terrible, it’ll probably be the VOD for me. xD

  9. Mohkii
    Posted December 12, 2021 at 11:19 PM | Permalink

    It is past my bedtime, but I’ve extended that deadline for far less worthy causes in the past. I really appreciate a wager, and I have to admit the poetic nature of a third wager would have really worked for me, but the stretch goals are still exciting, and are probably more palatable to a wider audience. Thanks for being willing to risk some stuff for a good cause, and for fostering a community that is happy to rise to a thrown grauntoet.

  10. Brittany Mitchell
    Posted December 12, 2021 at 11:59 PM | Permalink

    Last year you wished me happy birthday live on stream. This year, you are reading the Doors of Stone Prologue live on stream on my birthday?! Is this real life? Best birthday present, I’ll do my best to be there in between classes!
    Seriously though beyond me being excited for the reading, I’m always happy to see the good work you guys do with Worldbuilders every year, and I’m always happy to give to people who need it!
    Keep being great!

  11. lokiesq
    Posted December 13, 2021 at 12:12 AM | Permalink

    So a little confused. This is what comes of being so anxious to donate before it was over and I missed it like last year…

    Does it matter which place these donations come in? Would have loved my 500 to count towards the 666,666 goal!

  12. Karim
    Posted December 13, 2021 at 12:46 AM | Permalink

    I appreciate that this may not be the easiest thing for you, so extra thank you. I’m excited. And couldn’t be happier this was the context in which it happened (charity, I mean, not Minecraft).

  13. Marianne Eikeland
    Posted December 13, 2021 at 4:18 AM | Permalink

    So excited!!
    So fun to have a third wager.
    You are doing an amazing job :D

    Love from Norway

  14. Steve C
    Posted December 13, 2021 at 6:34 AM | Permalink

    First, this is by far my favorite (and therefore the best) fundraiser and I’m always so happy to see it do so well. Pat is a true hero.

    Second, does anyone know how signing up for monthly donations fits into this meter/rewards? Will it just count the first month that I’m assuming gets billed immediately?

  15. Denny
    Posted December 13, 2021 at 10:54 AM | Permalink

    I bet Pat could double contributions by just doing Cameo for a few days and donating all proceeds.

  16. Rebecca Montsion
    Posted December 13, 2021 at 12:06 PM | Permalink

    What timezone is the time for the stream tomorrow?

    • Rebecca Montsion
      Posted December 13, 2021 at 12:07 PM | Permalink

      ps. This is the best fundraiser ever! Thanks, Pat, for making this holiday season extra magical!

    • BlackWings
      Posted December 13, 2021 at 12:11 PM | Permalink

      It will be CST.

    • Posted December 13, 2021 at 12:17 PM | Permalink

      CST – it’s also in the Streaming Schedule graphic. :)

  17. McSqueakins
    Posted December 13, 2021 at 1:10 PM | Permalink

    Ah man! What happened to the Peasant Quest stream? Not that these aren’t AMAZING stretch goals :D but I was super looking forward to that one

  18. Anders
    Posted December 13, 2021 at 1:13 PM | Permalink

    I hate to ask this, but as a deaf person, is there anyway the read chapters will be available to read?

    • BlackWings
      Posted December 13, 2021 at 7:03 PM | Permalink

      That’s a good question. I’ll check with Pat’s Social Media team and get back to you!

      • Anders
        Posted December 14, 2021 at 12:23 AM | Permalink

        Thanks! I really appreciate it.

        • Karim
          Posted December 19, 2021 at 2:06 AM | Permalink

          I wrote it out for you, but it said the comment was awaiting moderation and I guess they decided to kill it. You can find some if you google for a transcript.

          I wish I could’ve been more helpful, but I tried.

  19. Vanessa
    Posted December 13, 2021 at 1:33 PM | Permalink

    Solo espero tenga subtítulos para que todos los que donamos podamos entender 💕

  20. Lori
    Posted December 13, 2021 at 2:04 PM | Permalink

    Worldbuilders website is loading *really* slowly (too slow to donate on my computer). I hope this means there’s just too many other people donating right now!

  21. Sean Lowery
    Posted December 13, 2021 at 2:27 PM | Permalink

    Prizes doubled… so does that mean you guys will read/act TWO chapters at 666,666? Or am I being greedy/too literal?

    • Posted December 13, 2021 at 2:45 PM | Permalink

      lol, maybe it’ll be Chapter X doubled so that it’s just Chapter X twice, and it’s collated…

      “The The Waystone Waystone Inn Inn lay lay in in silence, silence, and and it it was was a a silence silence of of three three parts parts.”

    • BlackWings
      Posted December 13, 2021 at 7:06 PM | Permalink

      I believe it’s an experience goal so it isn’t doubled, but if we can get there it should be awesome.

  22. Thomas Williams
    Posted December 13, 2021 at 9:13 PM | Permalink

    Dumb question Pat, is that 1cst PM or Am?? Valaritas

    • BlackWings
      Posted December 13, 2021 at 9:59 PM | Permalink

      It’s pm.

  23. Patrick Gordon
    Posted January 1, 2022 at 5:19 AM | Permalink

    “Once, I sang colors to a blind man. Seven hours I played, but at the end he said he saw them, green and red and gold. That, I think, was easier than this.

    This pretty much sums up why I’ll be a fan forever. Sorry guys, I’m rereading and this just gets me every time. Not only can I picture this scene in my mind – I also have so many questions. Mr. Rothfuss is one of those few authors who make their world fell lived in while still exiting to explore.

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