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Madison Wisconsin – Signing, Convention, and Livestream D&D

Hey there everybody,

I wanted to let you know that I will be in Madison Wisconsin starting tomorrow.

I’m mostly there for Gamehole Con, but while I’m there I thought I’d stop by Room of One’s Own and do a signing. They’re an awesome indie bookstore in downtown Madison. (Just off state street).

Room of One's Own | Madison, WI

(I’m also fond of them for other reasons, but that will be a blog for a different day.)

This isn’t related to the convention at all, so anyone can stop by.

If you can’t make this time, you can even pre-order some of my books at this link.

Deets:

Room of One’s Own (website)
3:00-4:30 PM on Thursday, November 8
315 W Gorham St

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Beyond that, I’ll be doing several events at Gamehole Con on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are required for the GHC events, and currently all are sold out except the Friday D&D game. That said, tickets are free and become available every so often so keep an eye out if you’re interested. (Also, if not everyone shows up you might be able to get in, but there are no guarantees.)

  • Friday, November 9

Assembling Imagination
1:00 – 2:00 PM in Waubesa

I’ll be talking worldbuilding with Matt Finch, Peter Brett, and Matt Forbeck.

More details here.

Maze Arcana’s Inkwell Live: Tip of the Quill
3:00 – 7:00 PM in Monona – 233

I’ll be playing a game of D&D with Satine Phoenix, Adam Bradford, Todd Kenreck, and Eric Lang with Ruty Rutenberg DMing.  You can find tickets here.

  • Saturday, November 10 

An Afternoon with Pat Rothfuss
1:00 – 3:00 PM in Waubesa

For An Afternoon with Pat Rothfuss you can expect me to do some reading, storytelling, and some Q&A. And then I’ll tell more stories. Also cursing. Also? Just whatever I feel like at the moment.

More details on this here.

Live Stream D&D Game run by Chris Perkins
8:00 PM – Midnight in Monona – 233

Chris Perkins will be DMing as Elisa Teague, Gaurav Gulati, Peter Brett, Amy Vorpahl, Matthew Mercer, and I play a live streamed session of D&D for children’s charities.   This will be made more interesting by allowing donors to influence the game by doing everything by choosing character names/races/classes to gifting re-rolls to summoning monsters.

For those not at the con, you can catch this on my Twitch channel.

(To be sent a heads-up when we go live (and when I stream generally) be sure to follow me over there and turn on notifications.)

If you want to participate in the charity element of the game, you can donate on my page, or donate to the other participants using these links:

For event details at Gamehole Con you can click here.

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Speaking of charity, the Worldbuilders fall fundraiser is coming up in a few weeks starting November 27. This is our tenth anniversary. And this year Worldbuilders is pulling out all the stops.

One of the biggest changes is that this year, the entire fundraiser is going to be two weeks long. Seriously. Only half as long, but we’re filling it with twice as much awesome. Just you wait.

I’ll be posting more about this soon, but in the meantime check out the Worldbuilders blog post here.

Hope to see some of you this weekend, online or otherwise….

pat

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Rothfuss Live! (Recorded)

Hey there everyone,

For those of you who don’t tend to attend conventions and might wonder what it is that I do there, here’s a video that shows what happens when I drink *way* too much caffeine and then decide to hold forth on many subjects, including the nature of love…

 

aaaand I think I’m going to leave it at that.

I’m going to try posting up more shorter blogs starting… well… now. November strikes me as a good time for change. It’s autumn. My favorite season. A time for stories. And I’ve some cool stuff that I’ve been meaning to show y’all for ages….

Hope y’all are doing well,

Also? Fucking vote. Okay?

pat

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Rick & Morty, D&D, and PAX West.

Heya folks,

As I write this, I’m in Seattle, on the cusp of attending PAX, one of the rare places on earth where who don’t know me look in my direction and think: “Hey, a wizard!” and not: “Oh shit, a murder-hobo!”

But before I list off my schedule for those of you who are interested, I thought I’d show these off…

The first of the Rick and Morty D&D crossover comics I’ve been tinkering with for months just came out. I’ve read them before, but oh, it’s nice to actually be able to go to the comic shop and hold them in my hand.

Here’s an alternate cover that shows Morty’s character sheet….

So… yeah. a thing I wrote is out in the world. It feels nice. I’m genuinely proud of some of the banter that I did in there. I don’t write straight-up humor very much these days, so it’s nice to know I can still pull it off when I need to.

Also? I’ve discovered that it’s disturbingly easy for me to write in Rick’s voice. I don’t know how I feel about that, or what it might mean about me, as Rick is, at best, a dangerous sociopath. But I’m not going to lie, it made working on some of the scenes *way* easier.

It’s been a real experience working with a team on a project. My co-writer Jim Zub and Troy Little have been very kind and patient with me and all the delays I cause. To say nothing of the editors, letterers, and the people who actually own and control the IP that I’m writing in. (Cartoon Network and Wizards of the Coast).

Simply said, I’ve learned at *lot* working on this project. And honestly? That’s one of the big reasons I took this gig when I’ve turned down so many other projects that would have been so fun. And of course I got to poke some fun at D&D and Rick and Morty too. Because you can’t *really* mock something properly unless you love it first….

But… yeah. It’s on the shelves now. That said, I’ve heard rumors that copies of the comics have been selling out in a lot of stores, so if you want to grab one, maybe reach out sooner rather than later?

(Here’s a cool link that can help you find a local comic shop, if you don’t know where that might be….)

Okay. And for those of you who are going to be at PAX, here are my panels, events, signings, etc.

  • Friday, August 31

1pm-2pm: An Afternoon with Pat Rothfuss, Main Theatre – Benaroya Hall

(I only just now realized that they’ve put be in the 5000 person, opera hall for my “Afternoon with Pat Rothfuss” so if some of you wanted to show up to that, it would be great.)

Edit: New Event!

4pm-5pm: Signing Comics at the Oni booth, 6th floor. Booth #6305

(There will be comics available there.)

6pm-1am: Top of the World Gaming Event – Columbia Tower

(It’s a charity gig. There are tickets available here: http://www.ftwevents.com/pax2018)

  • Saturday, September 1

2pm – 4pm: Signing at Uncle’s Games in room 214

(They’ll be selling Tak there, too.)

  • Sunday, September 2

6:30pm-9:30pm: Acquisitions Incorporated, Main Theatre – Benaroya Hall

  • Monday, September 3

1pm-3pm: Acquisitions Incorporated Autograph Session, Signing Area – Westin Hotel

(I’m not just signing Acc Inc stuff there. You can bring books (and comics) too.)

I’ll be seeing some of you soon…

pat

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My Far Travels: JoCo Cruise and Emerald City Comic Con

It used to be that summer was the only time I really traveled.

Lots of conventions happen in the summer, when it’s fun and easier for folks to travel to exotic lands like Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and Columbus.

But over this last month (Which isn’t the summer, just in case you don’t look out the window very often) I’ve been all over the place for conventions, performances, Hollywood meetings, and, of course, the JoCoCruise…

I’ll talk more about this year’s cruise in another blog post. But for now let me simply say that it was an excellent year, and that next year will be even better:

 

For example, there may or may not have been a huge announcement during the concert in Loreto…

Now is the time to get in on this. There are discounts for paying in full, and for booking before April. There’s a ton of info on their website, and if you want a look at how great the cruise is, you can just look at the #JoCoCruise hashtag on twitter and see a bunch of nerds having a great time, finding 3D printed Pokemon, attending Disney Sing-A-Longs, and generally being awesome.

After the cruise was over, I swung through LA for more Hollywood talk, then came up here to Seattle to talk with Wizards of the Coast about some projects that are still all secrety.

And now? Emerald City Comic Con. A favorite show that I’m attending with the Worldbuilders folks.

They’ve got a booth up in Artist’s Alley, WSCC Level 6 KK1&KK2. (It’s easy to remember: Think “Kingkiller 1 and 2) Swing by and say hi, and check out some of their merch. They’ve got stuff from me, but also stuff from other creators like Kevin Hearne, Myke Cole, Rat Queens, Jim Butcher, Sex Criminals, Bitch Planet, and more…

(Plus, you’ll see Rachel’s smiling face.)

You might be able to catch me there, but if not, here’s where you can be sure to find me…

  • Thursday, March 1

1:15pm-2:15pm: An Evening with Pat Rothfuss, Main Stage – WSCC 4A

This is going to be happening on the ECCC Big Main Stage, so it’ll be livestreamed by them. You can watch it on their website here, just remember that all times are in Pacific Time.

2:30-4:30pm: Autographing, Writer’s Block Table 3

  • Friday, March 2

1:30pm-2:30pm: Telling Stories with Jonathan Coulton, WSCC 611

This panel is with Jonathan Coulton, Molly Lewis, and Anne Wheaton. It’ll be a little slice of JoCo Cruise all over again.

5:50pm-6:45pm: Secret Loves of Geeks Mass Signing, Dark Horse booth #1708

For those of you who don’t know, an old blog of mine was republished in The Secret Loves of Geeks, which came out a little bit ago. It’s a great little anthology about love, sex, and dating, featuring comics AND prose, making it a really cool collection of stories. I’ll be doing a signing with some of the other authors, so if you want to catch me, you can do so there.

7pm-11pm: Worldbuilders Party

The Worldbuilders Party is quickly becoming one of my favorite traditions. The first one we ever held was at Emerald City, and it’s become a big deal out there.

If you’re interested in playing board games with awesome geek celebrities and raising money for Worldbuilders, there are still some seats available. You can buy yours right here.

  • Saturday, March 3

11am-12pm: Geek Geek Revolution, WSCC 603

With R.A Salvatore, Jim Butcher, Ed McDonald, Delilah Dawson, AdriAnne Strickland, & Michael Miller

12:15pm-2:15pm: Autographing, Writers Block Table 4

4pm-4:30pm: Livestreamed interview by Syfy Wire, ECCC Live Stage (Booth #1850)

This short interview will also be livestreamed on the SyFy Wire YouTube channel, so you can watch it here.

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There you have it folks. Be sure to go find the Worldbuilders crew and check out all the awesome merch they have, or even just say Hi. They’ve been shipping lottery prizes like madpeople for a few weeks (it takes a long time to ship out over 5,000 prizes), so they deserve a high-five or two.

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My Far Travels: PAX South

Heya Folks,

Just so y’all get an official heads-up, I’m going to be swinging by PAX South again this year. (For those of you who don’t already know, it’s this upcoming weekend, from the 12th-14th in San Antonio.)

Last year was the first time I made it down there, and I had a pretty good time. This year looks to be even better, because in addition to all the regular convention goodness, this year PAX South is also hosting True Dungeon, which is doing two runs based off my books.

((If you haven’t guessed, one of the runs features Felurian. And Bast.))

For those of you who have never experienced it, True Dungeon is some geek fun of the highest order. It’s one part puzzle room, one part tabletop D&D, with a little bit of LARP thrown in for seasoning.

I’ve been playing it for years now at Gencon. I’ve been hooked ever since I did a run with Wil Wheaton way back in the day.

Simply said, there are lots of rooms with puzzles, monsters, and obstacles that you need to solve, kill, and/or traverse. Honestly, True Dungeon is one of my favorite parts about going to GenCon these days, and I’m thrilled that they’re finally expanding it out to more conventions over these last couple years.

As I mentioned before, this year’s games are based in Temerant (My world.) I helped write and design the adventures, and they’re chock-full of creatures and lore from the books. Some of which hasn’t even shown up yet anywhere other than my own head.

Some of the treasure and equipment tokens might look familiar to you, too.

(I’m pretty fond of the Greysdale mead Treasure Token.)

If you’re still not convinced, there’s going to be a free 24-minute demo being run (if you get in line and wait your turn) so you can test things out. If you end up liking it (you will), or you know you want in, you can buy tickets for the full two-hour adventure.

Every year at GenCon, True Dungeon tickets sell out weeks and weeks before the event. But since this is their first year at PAX South, there’s still a few spots available. If you want to grab a ticket, click here. If you’re interested in volunteering or participating in another way, check out their website for more info.

Beyond True Dungeon, I’ll be around doing a few other cool things during the con. All of the time listed below are in Central Standard Time, which is relevant since a couple of my events will be livestreamed as well…

Friday, January 12

  • 6pm-8pm: Acquisitions Incorporated Autograph Session, Signing Area
  • 8pm-9pm: An Evening with Pat Rothfuss, Falcon Theatre

My Evening with Pat Rothfuss events are always a little bit hard to describe. I do some rambling, take questions from the audience, tell anecdotes only mildly related to the questions, and occasionally give Amanda heart attacks if she’s backstage while I expound on the societal pressures of monogamy or something like that.

She won’t be there this time, but since this event will be livestreamed on the PAX2 Twitch channel, we’ll probably feel her cringing from 1,300 miles away while she watches.

Saturday, January 13

  • 2pm-5pm: Acquisitions Incorporated, Main Theatre

Acquisitions Inc is why I go to so many PAX events. I love playing D&D with this group, and being Viari gives me an excuse to say dumb shit like “What Ho!” a lot.

This is being streamed on the main PAX Twitch channel, so you can watch as I swing from chandeliers live.

Sunday, Jan 14

  • 3pm-5pm: Pat Rothfuss Autograph Session, Signing Area

The folks at Table Titans are going to be here selling books for my signing, but if you can’t make it to this, they’ll also be selling books and Pinny Pins at their booth, # 10436.

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So that’s the schedule, folks. You’ll likely catch me around other places, and I’m definitely going to watch the Acquisitions Incorporated C-Team game as well (Sunday the 13th at 12pm CST, livestreamed right here), so if C-Team is your jam you might want to see that one as well.

Hope to see you there…

pat

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JoCo Cruise 2018

Those of you who follow me on social media probably know that for the last several years, I’ve been a part of the JoCo Cruise. What’s more, over the last couple years, they’ve brought on Worldbuilders as their official charity, and they donate a portion of the proceeds every year. (More on that later, for those of you who are fans of Worldbuilders.)

For those of you who don’t know, (and why would you, because I haven’t ever written a blog about it, though I’ve meant to for years) JoCo Cruise is kinda like a convention, except it’s on a cruise ship. So you can go to a panel about writing, go to workshop about game design, then go and drink rum out of an actual Pineapple on a beach. Or go snorkling. Or sit by the pool. Or go listen to some live music. Or hang out with your fellow geeks and play games. By the pool, at the bar. With, and I cannot stress this enough, rum.

If that wasn’t cool enough, last year the cruise took over the *entire* boat. So not only are there no normal cruise-goers giving us the side-eye. But we have full control over all the event spaces, so the amount of programming has become truly insane.

You can see the full schedule from last year right here, just so you know the scale of what I’m talking about.

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(Some of the guests from a previous cruise.)

This year is only going to be bigger and better, and booking has been going on for a while now.

It’s a chunk of change. But if you’re in the habit of going to conventions, you know that after you factor in hotel rooms, taxis, all your meals, badges, and extra events, you can easily spend as much as the cruise just attending a 4 day convention. More if it’s a convention like San Diego Comic con…

And this cruise isn’t just four days. It’s a 7-night, 8-day trip, with stuff going on literally at all hours. And the price includes all the JoCo Cruise events, 24 hour room service, all your onboard meals, use of the onboard gym, etc etc.

  • But Pat, I hear you say, “What sort of things happen on the cruise?”

Honestly? So much stuff. It’s almost ridiculous to try to mention all of it.

There’s performances every night. Dozens of musicians. Last year there were some cool magicians I’ve since seen on TV. Last year we had Nightvale on board, and I participated in one of their shows.

I myself usually do some panels, some readings, some performances.

Well, there’s usually a fair number of podcast recordings, like the one I did with Max last year…

This year, I’ve let Paul and Storm know that I want to sing at least once…. So there will be that train wreck to watch as well…

Tak made its debut on the Cruise, and was first playtested there. This year Travis McElroy is going to be there. So I’m guessing we’ll have some fun and games with him. And some D&D if I have anything to say about it…

There are things like the Gaming Room and Library, where you can settle in and play a board game with anyone who happens to pass by.

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All photo Credits to Steve Petrucelli and JoCo Cruise Shutter Monkeys

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There’s concerts every night that have performers like The Doubleclicks, Paul & Storm, Jonathan Coulton, and so many more.

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(Jonathan Coulton, complete with Zombies trying to eat his brains, here.)

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(Jean Grey here. I became a fan of hers *because* I saw her on the cruise.)

And, I mean, you’re on a CRUISE.

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For those of you curious about the price, here’s someone’s complete breakdown of all of the costs associated with this trip:

“But Pat!” I hear you cry. “The cruise isn’t until February, why would I want to book so soon?”

Well, there are a few reasons…

First of all the sooner you book, the more options you get for booking your cabins. Actual cabin placement is made in order of booking, with preference for folks who have booked early.

There’s also a “Refer a Friend” program where folks who already booked on the 2018 cruise can refer a friend. When both of them make their booking they’ll each receive a $125 onboard credit to their accounts, which they can use for fancy food, adult beverages, or buying merch and swag in the stores onboard. You can read up on the full info here, but it’s a limited time offer, so book soon.

If you don’t already have a friend sailing on board, there’s another special opportunity you can take advantage of: the Worldbuilders Charity Booking.

If you enter the offer code “worldbuilders” when booking a new cabin, two things will happen:

  1. Worldbuilders will receive a $250 donation on your behalf
  2. Everyone in your booking will have guaranteed attendance at a special onboard meetup with me.

This doesn’t count if you make a booking and cancel, obviously, and there’s a couple of other rules and restrictions as well (all of which you can read here) but once again, it’s a limited time offer, so if you’re hoping to get in on this one you should book now.

There’s also ALSO a Child discount of $250 per child under the age of 3 (at the time of sailing). That’s gonna be true the whole time, but it was still worth noting. I almost always bring my boys, and it’s a ton of fun to have them there. Oot wants nothing more than to spend as much time as humanly possible in the on-ship pool.

Anyway, there’s a whole bunch of options, all broken down on their Pricing Page, but, as with everything, the sooner you book, the better off you are.

So… yeah. There’s a reason I go on this every year. It’s a lot of fun.

One thing I learned in working with Nerdcon is that no matter how cool something is, there’s no guarantee it’s going to last forever. So if you’ve been thinking about it for a while, maybe jump in and try it this year.

Here’s the booking link one more time.

Hope to see some of you there,

pat

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10th Anniversary Edition NOTW: Sneek Peek at Art, Tour Dates, and Events at NYCC

Heya folks…

The 10th Anniversary Edition of the Name of the Wind comes out on Tuesday, (October 3rd.)

What’s that you say? What 10th anniversary edition?

This one:

(I’ve been signing a lot of them for The Tinker’s Packs, lately.)

It’s a pretty, pretty book. And if you think the front cover looks nice, you should see the back….

Now that, my friends, is how you blurb a book. I’m all blushy.

The book has improved, cleaned up text. An introduction, an author’s note (by me), pronunciation guide, and several appendixes about things like the currency systems, the calendar, the Aturan Empire, etc etc.

Also? It has more than 20 illustrations from Dan Dos Santos like this:

And this:

And two new maps from Nathan Taylor like this:

And the appendixes are further illustrated by Nate Taylor like this:
So… yeah. That book. That is the one I’m talking about.
Here’s the dates for the very short book tour I’m doing:
  • Tuesday, October 3: Seattle, WA
7 PM: Reading, Q&A, and Signing with University Bookstore
University Temple United Methodist Church
  • Wednesday, October 4: San Diego, CA
7 PM: Reading, Q&A, and Signing with Mysterious Galaxy
Mysterious Galaxy Book Store
5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92111

 

October 6-9: New York, NY for New York Comic Con

 

  • Friday, October 6th
10:30 AM-11:15 AM: The Adventure Zone: ABRA-KA-GRAPHIC NOVEL (Location: 300 W. 36TH ST., HUDSON MERCANTILE)

 

The Worldbuilders Party is an amazing time where you can buy tickets to play board games with cool folks like Naomi Novik, Trin Garritano, Myke Cole, Peter V. Brett, Holly Frey, Amy S. Foster, and lots more.
Tickets are still available over here.
7:45 PM-8:45 PM: An Evening with Pat Rothfuss. Javits, Room 1A06
  • Saturday, October 7th
2:45-3:45 PM: Telling Stories with Patrick Rothfuss, Jonathan Coulton & Friends. Javits, Room 1A06
5 PM-7 PM: Signing in the Autographing Area, Table 23
  • Sunday, October 8th
12:30 PM-2 pm: Signing in the Autographing Area, Table 22
  • Monday, October 9

6 PM: Reading, Q&A, and Signing with Barnes and Noble

Barnes & Noble Tribeca
97 Warren St,
New York, New York 10007
Purchase book in store on the day of the event to receive a wrist band for the signing line.
  • Tuesday, October 10: Pittsburgh, PA
7 PM:Reading, Q&A, and Signing with Barnes and Noble
301S. Hills Village
Pittsburgh, PA 15241
Purchase book in store on the day of the event to receive a wrist band for the signing line.
  • Wednesday, October 11: Boston, MA
7 PM: Reading, Q&A, and Signing with Brookline Booksmith
Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446
$5 or purchase of the new book for the 145 available seats in the actual store. An additional signing line will be outside.

*This event has sold out of seated tickets..however you can still sign up to attend the signing here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/patrick-rothfuss-1011-tickets-37891595783#tickets  And while you wait for the signing the reading will be broadcasted on an intercom for all who attend to enjoy.*

That’s all the planned events for now. Sorry if I’m not hitting your hometown, but there’s only so much touring I can do at this point.

If I’m not coming to your neck of the woods, you should contact your local bookstore and pre-order one. (It might work better than just showing up and hoping they have it in stock.) Sometimes bookstores don’t realize how many of you there are, and how enthusiastic y’all are….

Anyway. It’s super late right now. And I’m pretty tired. I need to get to bed.

I’ll see some of you soon….

pat

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