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A beautiful board for a beautiful game

I am constantly blown away by the amazing things you kind folks make, and even more impressed that you donate those works of art to Worldbuilders.

If you join me on Twitch you may have seen me share a lovely Tak board donated by Aaron Schmersal.

If you haven’t seen it you can get a good look here:

I’ll be giving this away as a prize for folks who donate to my page through the course of the fundraiser. Thanks to our super fun Afterparty you still have chances to donate and be entered into the drawing for all of the fun stretch goals!

Take a look at this lovely thing. It truly is a work of art.

 

 

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For Authors, From Authors, or: Critiques and Tuckerizations

Every year, authors and editors donate critiques and tuckerizations to help us raise money for Heifer International. These authors and editors are offering their time and expertise and that spirit of generosity is deeply moving to me.  It’s also a service that’s tough to come by if you’re just starting out. What exactly are they offering? Let’s take a look, shall we?

Critiques

With a critique, the author or editor will read your finished manuscript and give feedback. They do this for a living, so they have a good feel for what works, what might need work, and what you excel at. And everybody donates a service they’re comfortable with–some authors will read and critique the first few chapters of your book to make sure it grabs the reader from page one and keeps escalating. Some authors will read the whole manuscript (which is rare!). Some offer to critique the first couple chapters as well as your query letter, which is the letter you send to an agency or publisher to get them hooked and draw them into your manuscript. We even have a couple auctions for brainstorming and worldbuilding sessions. So you can choose the pro and the service you need!

April White
Anna Smith Spark
Brooke Johnson (she offered a query letter and short story critique)
Randy Henderson
Bishop O’Connell
Bradley P. Beaulieu
Carol Berg
Cassie Alexander
Django Wexler
Editor John Adamus
Joe Ducie
Agent Seth Fishman
Michael J. Martinez
Pamela Freeman
Prof. Eric Dahl (build your SF world with an actual rocket scientist!)
Sebastien de Castell
RJ Barker
Sherwood Smith

There are so many moving pieces in the industry, and if you don’t stand out from the crowd, you run the risk of being overlooked. That’s why having a professional read your submission and give constructive feedback is awesome! Critiques are a great gift for a writer!

We know how valuable critiques are as a service, and how expensive they can be, so to open up the opportunity to some folks who can’t bid on auctions, we have some Critiques in the lottery–just go to the Critiques team page and bid through there to have the chance to win one!

Tuckerizations

The tuckerization is a tradition that got its name from science-fiction author Wilson Tucker, who would consistently use his friends’ names for minor characters in his work. Authors will name-drop their family and friends, sometimes altering the names a little so while the person in question recognizes themselves, the name still fits the genre. It’s a fun, original way to get a callout, and if you know someone who is a fan of an author, it makes a great gift idea!

Alma Alexander (she donated two!)
Kevin Hearne
Nicholas Eames
Bradley P. Beaulieu
Tim Pratt
Carol Berg
RJ Barker

We don’t have tuckerizations in the lottery, since it’s a more personal thing, but you can find all of them on auction. This is something usually reserved for the author’s friends and family, so we’re thrilled to be able to give everyone the chance at a little bit of literary immortality!

Thanks as always for joining us for our annual fundraiser. May all your criticism be constructive, and may your tuckerizations be…um…tucked?
Well, that fell apart. But thank you!

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The Prize Vault!

As I write this Worldbuilders is just about to finish up the first full week of it’s two-week-long fundraiser. We’ve also raised over $385,000, which isn’t too shabby.

Now that I’m back from unplugged, I’ll be livestreaming over on twitch every day through the end of the fundraiser. If you haven’t joined us there yet, you should stop on by!

Here’s the streaming schedule we have for the rest of the fundraiser:

If you want to give the channel a follow, you’ll get notifications of other things that happen outside those official streaming times. Like, for example, the D&D game we’re playing tonight on Tuesday Dec 10th at 9:00 CST. (I’ll be hosting that on my channel.)

Check out this awesome trailer:

By now, I hope you know that for every $10 dollars you donate to Worldbuilders, you get a chance to win fabulous prizes…

But what some of you might not know that in *addition* to those prizes, over the years I’ve gotten into the habit of giving away stuff for people who donate on my twitch team homepage.  In the past, I’ve picked prizes fairly randomly. But for the rest of this year’s fundraiser, we’re going to experiment with something I’ve wanted to try for a long time.

Instead of me just picking things off nearby shelves all higgledy-piggledy. We’re going to let the winners choose what they’d like. Some are cool things available from our online store. But other prizes will be items I’ve had made over the years, or things that have sold out in the store, or just odd treasures that I’ve hoarded so that I could give them away some day…

Here’s our current list of things in the treasure vault:

  • Gold Talent Pipes

I had these special made by Badali Jewelry to give to people who make my life better. If you ever see someone wearing one, you know that they’ve done something that made me happy.

  • My signature Pat Rothfuss Bullshit Card

  • Personalized books

I’ll deface it with my signature and write a message in it too, if you like….

  • A D&D card of your choice 

You can see them all over here.

 

  • Signed copies of The Adventures of The Princess and Mr. Whiffle.

  • An Eolian mug

  • Any t-shirt from Worldbuilders Market

(Two of my favorites….)

  • Vintish court rings

  • An Iron Drab

This is one of the prototypes we’ve made for the next set of Cealdish currency.

  • A Draccus King of Tokyo card

For when you absolutely need to eat a tree and destroy a city.

  • Art Decks

(Except you’ll get the cards in the boxes, too.)

  • Signed Rick and Morty Comics

Cause y’all know I wrote one, right?

  • One of the few remaining Owlbear Plushies

If you’d like to get a piece of this action, now’s the time to do it. I’m doing a bunch of catch-up draws on today’s stream (Tuesday Dec 10th) So for every $10 you donate on the page before then, you’ll be eligible for all the 10 extra draws we’re doing, as well as all the rest of the goodies we’ll be giving away through the rest of the fundraiser.

And no, you don’t have to be present on the stream to win.

Here’s a link to the page one last time, just in case you need it for anything….

See you on the stream…

pat

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Unplugged in The City of Brotherly Love

As I write this, the Worldbuilders Fundraiser has raised more than a quarter million dollars in its first three days. Specifically, we’re at $283,000 dollars. Which I have to say, is pretty awesome.

(If you don’t know what I’m talking about, wander over there and have a little look around. The upshot is if you donate to our fundraiser, you get to make the world a better place while having the chance to win a bunch of awesome prizes at the same time. More on that below…)

As I write this, I’m also out in Philadelphia so that I can do some charity rabble-rousing here at PAX Unplugged. And it have to tell you, It feels wild to me to be anywhere but glued to my desk, calling people, having meetings, orchestrating donations, doing livestreams to promote the charity, and refreshing the fundraiser home page like a rat pressing a feeder bar in a psych 101 textbook.

We always have wonderful partners that help us during the fundraiser, and you can visit some of them if you happen to be at Unplugged with me!

First and foremost, we have Brotherwise Games. We’ve worded together several times over the years. Perhaps you know about the Kingkiller Hero Pack they made for their game Boss Monster.

More recently, I got on board when they created Call to Adventure, a storytelling game I absolutely adore. And now that The Name of the Wind Expansion has been released I’m going to be playing it live on stage on Friday. And because they’re awesome people, they’ve started their own fundraiser page for the charity, which has some great stuff on it, including this Worldbuilders-exclusive card.

Another friend of the charity is the fabulous Wyrmwood, which makes the sexiest gaming tables I have ever seen. They’ve come through for us again, and every $10 bucks you donate to the fundraiser gets you a chance to win an amazing Black Walnut Prophecy gaming table.

If you haven’t seen one yet, and you’re here at PAX, you should stop by their booth and drool a little, just please don’t drool onto the table.

(this could be you)

Last but not least, have our awesome collaborations with the D&D community that we debuted at Unplugged last year, and we’re happy to be giving away more of those this year! In fact, donations made to these three teams will during Unplugged will go into special prize drawings that we’ll do on Monday for fabulous bonus prizes!  Of course, all of those donations also enter you into the overall lottery as well.

If you’re looking for me, here’s where I’ll be:

Friday, December 6th

  • 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Acquisitions Inc Signing
  • 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Patrick Rothfuss and Friends play Call To Adventure at the Main Theater

Saturday, December 7th

  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Signing at Brotherwise, Booth 3037
  • 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – Signing at Table Titans, Booth 3701
  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Signing at Brotherwise, Booth 3037
  • 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm – Acq Inc at the Main Theater

Sunday, December 8th

  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Signing at Table Titans, Booth 3701

Hope to see a bunch of you there.

pat

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A Thousand Stories in the Naked City…

Hey there everybody,

I wanted to give y’all a heads up that I’m going to be in New York… well… kinda right now.

I’m doing a bunch of things out here, most of them are at NYCC itself. That said, I also have a couple off-site events that people can come to even if they’re not attending the convention.

Let’s start with the non-ComicCon events, shall we?

  • Friday the 5th at 2:30: Talking about Fantasy with R.A. Salvatore.

Tickets are available here. (Proceeds go to Worldbuilders.)

(It seems like the free tickets are all gone, but you can still buy priority seating tickets that come with signed copies of Salvatore’s new book, Timeless, and a signed book from me, too. Either a paperback or the fancy new 10th anniversary copy of Name of the Wind.)

  • Saturday at 7:30-10:00: Travis McElroy and Friends.

It’s now official, folks. Travis and I are friends. No takebacks.

As you can see from the lineup in the picture there, I’m far from the coolest thing you’ll see at that show. And that’s not even the full lineup, which includes: Jean Grae, Paul & Storm, Holly Conrad, Jonathan Coulton, The Doubleclicks, Clint McElroy, Theresa McElroy, Adam Savage, Janet Varney, Ben Blacker, Quelle Chris, Brent Black, Sammus the Rapper, Courtney Enlow, Lucky Yates, Amy Dallen, Maureen Johnson, and Miles Luna….

You can grab tickets here.

  • Events at NYCC:

October 4

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Autographing at Table 2 in Hall 1A Author Autographing Area
5:15 PM – 6:15 PM: An Evening with Patrick Rothfuss – Javits room 1A06

An Evening with Patrick Rothfuss, as many of you know, will include some storytelling followed by taking audience questions that will inevitably lead to endless digressions and possibly, if you’re lucky, some answers.

October 5

5:15 PM – 6:15 PM: Panel about Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons! – Javitz center – Room 1A24

Jim Zub, Sarah Gaydos, and me (pat) talk about our work on the Rick and Morty Dungeons & Dragons crossover comic.

October 6

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Patrick Rothfuss Autographing at the Oni Press booth
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Geek Geek Revolution – Javitz center room 1A24
2:45 PM – 4:45 PM: Patrick Rothfuss Autographing at Table 2 in Hall 1A Author Autographing Area

If you’re at the convention, I’d love to see you at my panels and events. I’m always vaugely worried that when a convention brings me out and puts me in a big room to talk about things that nobody will show up.

So… yeah. Hope to be seeing a bunch of you soon…

pat

 

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The Mighty Mighty Rothtones (And PAX Schedule.)

Does the title of this blog make sense to anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

God. Does *that* reference even work anymore? Am I suddenly, inexcusably old? Am I out of touch with today’s youth? Are millennials killing me?

Welcome to today’s blog. Where apparently the theme is going to be crippling insecurity, early onset dementia, and my own impending decrepitude.

The other theme will be a couple pieces of news that y’all might otherwise miss.

The *other* other theme is that this blog focuses on you having a few new opportunities to listen to my dulcet tones…

  • After On

So a while back, I did a little big of narration for an audiobook:

(I don’t think the cover of the physical book does that pulsing thing.)

I didn’t do the whole book. But I was one of the people involved. And given that some the other folks were Felicia Day, John Hodgman Tom MerrittJesse Cox, and Leo Laporte… Well… I was flattered to be invited.

As many of you know, I recorded the audio version of Slow Regard of Silent Things myself. So I’m not an absolute stranger to audio narration. But as many of you *also* know, the main reason I felt comfortable taking a runner at that project was because… well… it was mine. Furthermore, it was pretty short. But thirdly and most importantly, a complete lack of dialogue meant that I didn’t have to do character voices, which is something that makes me nervous.

This book…. Well… this book did have dialogue. And that made me super nervous. But the folks who invited me in told me what they were looking for is someone to read parts of a hugely overwritten and overly dramatic sci-fi novel.

“What the hell,” I thought. “Why not give it a try?”

I don’t remember much about four hours in the studio other than the fact that I started out nervous, and ended up with a sore throat from screaming into the microphone like a Flash Gordon villain threatening to destroy the earth with my Doom Ray.

If you want to see a review of the book, there’s an article over here with some with samples of the various audio narrators (myself included.)  I have not listened to it, because hearing my own voice on audio is my personal kryptonite.

If you’re interested in the book, you can get a copy here.

  • DragonTalk Podcast

As I mentioned in my previous blog. I recently spent some time out in Seattle doing some secret things with Wizards of the Coast. (They’re the people who own Dungeons and Dragons, in case you didn’t know.)

After I was done with my secret projects, I got a chance to be on their podcast. Where I talked about games, kids, and… well… kind of a big mash of stuff.

A good time was had by all.

  • PAX West

I’m hitting PAX over the weekend. And while I’ve had to cut my visit a little short (Sorry for those of you who were hoping to catch my Friday Signing.) I’m still going to be there on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Saturday, September 2

5:30-6:30pm, An Evening with Pat Rothfuss, Hydra Theater (in the Grand Hyatt Hotel)

Warning: May Contain swearing and/or singing.

Sunday, September 3

6:30-9:30pm: Acquisitions Inc, Main Theater (Benaroya Hall)

Playing D&D on stage. Like a Boss.

Monday, September 4

1pm-3pm: Acquisitions Inc Full Team Signing, Autographing Room

There might be a couple more events tucked in there. For example, I’m hoping to add in another signing to replace the one I had to cancel. If/when that happens, trust that I’ll update things here…

  • The NOTW Art Deck Kickstarter:

I’m guessing y’all already know about it. But if you didn’t, we’re doing this:

Four beautiful decks of playing cards with character art based off The Name of the Wind.

The big news is this: We’re finally adding poker sets to the Kickstarter. We’ve been working with Wyrmwood to design and prototype beautiful wooden chips in a case for those of you who want to play some cards in style.

I’m giving you blog readers a heads-up here as soon as possible because quantities of these are going to be limited. So stay tuned to the kickstarter on Friday if you want to try and grab one….

Lastly. If you have any questions about the Kickstarter, drop them here in the comments. We’ll be posting an updated FAQ soon, and we’d like to be as comprehensive as possible.

Later all, see some of you soon at PAX.

pat

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Fictional Conflict

Hey there everybody.

So every year or so, there’s a website that organizes what they call a fantasy cage match, wherein they pair a bunch of fictional characters up against each other and make them fight.

It’s a fun concept, very tongue and cheek, and my characters have ended up involved in various ways over the years. I think it was the very first year they did it when Kvothe went up against Aslan. I was so tickled by the idea, that I wrote up how I thought the match would go. (And a couple years later, I posted it up on the blog.)

kvothe_vs__aslan_by_rainforestgoddess-d4v5mgz(And someone liked it enough to do Fanart. Which makes me happy.)

It’s funny. I can remember where I was when I wrote that. I was in a hotel lobby down in… Iowa? I was traveling down to Virginia Beach for a signing, and Sarah and Oot were still sleeping in the hotel room. He was so tiny then. I think he was barely even one year old…

That was a tricky time for me. In some ways, I was in a great place: After more than a decade of work, my book was finally published, and people liked it. I had a beautiful son, a successful book, money in my pocket, and fans who loved my work. I got invited to conventions, and when I did a signing, as many as a hundred people would show up….

But in other ways, things were a real shitshow. I hadn’t finished book two yet, and I was a mess of self-recrimination and guilt about that. I was trying to come to grips with being a professional writer, and adult, a father, and a minor celebrity. Though I didn’t yet know it, my mood disorder was becoming more prominent, and my writing was not going well.

Then I sat down in that hotel lobby and wrote what turned out to be a lovely, fun, sweet little scene between Kvothe and Aslan. It only took two hours, and it came out nice and clean. It was startling how easy it was, because working on book two was excruciating.

Anyway. There’s another cage match going on, and this time it’s Devi in the mix. She made it to round four, where she’s going head-to-head with Tom Bombadil.

The thought of them in a confrontation tickled me, so this Sunday I sat down to write it up.

And as I write this it’s interesting how similar things are right now. Viewed from one angle, my life could not be better. I’ve got a movie and tv deal going. Lin-Manuel Fucking Miranda is involved. I have several successful books out. Translated in 35 languages. Millions of books sold. TWO lovely children….

But I’m a mess. I’m such a mess. And I’m behind on everything. And the writing isn’t going well.

But on Sunday I wrote this thing. And it was fun. And easy. And for the space of about 10 hours I felt really good.

So. Anyway. I’m sharing it with you now with the hope that you’ll enjoy it.

Also, I’d like to note that in writing something like this, I’m not hoping to tip the Scales toward Devi. I’m not trying to rig this voting thing. If you prefer to think of this as a straight-up fight and you think Tom should win, because… well… he’s Eldest and Fatherless. Probably one of the Valar. That’s cool. Vote for him. Vote ten times.

Even if you read my alternate take on events, (no spoilers here) and still decide that Tom would win the alternate competition that ends up getting proposed there. That’s cool. And rather reasonable, too. As Tom still has the home field advantage in that scenario. Great. Vote for him. I’d honestly love to see him go up against Ragnar in the final round.

Anyway. Here’s a link to the write up I did.

I’ll eventually post it up here on the blog just to archive it. Because I never know when some other site will move or change or a link will go dead. It will also be nice to get a chance to edit the piece a little bit, as I wrote it in a single day, and I usually like to tweak and massage my writing a lot more than that. Even if it’s just a little something that I do for fun.

I hope all of you are doing well.

pat

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