Science, Books and Geeks doing Good

Hey there everyone,

If you hadn’t noticed, the Worldbuilders fundraiser is in full swing. In fact, as I’m writing this, our current donation total is over $625,000…

That’s a lot of goats. A lot of chickens. A lot of fruit trees and honey bees. It’s a lot of happy children with full bellies. It’s a lot of parents who get to sleep easier, knowing that they will be able to feed their children in the future.

Together we’re doing something amazing here. And if you’ve already donated, I can’t thank you enough. Every year the generosity of the geek community absolutely knocks me over.

You might also have noticed that I’m not blogging about the fundraiser nearly as much this year. Part of the reason for that is because this year we’ve launched the fundraiser with all the prizes immediately visible in the lottery where you can go and marvel at their glory. 

The other reason I haven’t been blogging, is that I’m to spread the word to *new* people about Worldbuilders. And I’m guessing if you read my blog, you already know most of what I have to say (because I say it on here every year.) So instead, I’ve been focusing on doing interviews and podcasts. Getting the word out to new audiences about the fact that we’re giving away thousands of prizes worth more than $170,000, to people who donate.

That said, I thought I’d make a point of reminding you of a few key things:

  • All auctions are ending Thursday.

There are dozens of auctions, featuring rare and often truly unique items. They’re a great place to do some holiday shopping for that hard-to-please geek in your life. If you haven’t checked them out yet, you really should.

  • We have a lot of cool team pages this year.

A lot of them offer prizes that are unique to each individual page (while still entering you in the main lottery.)

There’s a full list of the pages over here.

  • I’m livestreaming every day until the end of the fundraiser.

There’s a full schedule of streams over here. We’re doing some specialty streams too, like a geek parenting talk with Felicia Day and Clint McElroy. A game stream with my little boys. And an after-dark panel where we talk about the similarites between D&D and BDSM.

(If you follow my twitch channel, you’ll be notified when I go rogue and do unscheduled streams, too.)

  • I did science to books.

Witness the terrible majesty of our $80,000 stretch goal that we recently hit on my Twitch Stream page.

Be warned: Once you watch it, you can’t un-watch it.

If you’re looking for an easy way to spread the word about the fundraiser while traumatizing your friends, sharing that video is about as easy as it gets….

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We only have 5 days left in the fundraiser. So if you’re interested in saving the world while winning fabulous prizes, now’s the time to head over and jump in.

If you’ve donated already, I’d love to hear about how it made you feel in the comments. I’ll be honest, stories from donors are what keep me going this time of year. If you’d be willing to share your experiences, I’d really appreciate it.

More news every day from now until the end. Stay tuned.

pat

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On PAX Unplugged and D&D Awesomeness

Hey there everybody,

As many of you know, the 10th Annual Worldbuilders Fundraiser is going on.   We’re three days in and we just passed $400k.   As I’ve mentioned before, this year’s the fundraiser will only be two weeks, but we are packing a whole lot of awesome into them.

Throughout the fundraiser I’ll be streaming daily doing everything from playing games to doing Q&A to hosting panels with some really great people.  

If you want to catch a stream, here is my schedule:

If you follow me over on Twitch and turn on notifications you’ll get a heads up on when I start.    (Also, there might be some late night streams I do outside of this and that’s the best way to find out about them.)

You’ll notice starred events are streams of events I’m doing at PAX Unplugged, which leads me into…

I’m going to be in Philadelphia this weekend at PAX Unplugged.   I’ll be doing a talk, some signings, and playing some games.   

Here’s my schedule.

  • Saturday, December 1

Acquisitions Incorporated Live
8:30 – 11:30 PM in the Main Theatre

  • Sunday, December 2

Acquisitions Incorporated: The “C” Team
11:00 AM – 1:30 PM in the Main Theatre

Pat Rothfuss Signing
2:30 – 3:30 PM

If you haven’t heard about it yet, we’re doing some really cool D&D stuff in the fundraiser this year.   I’ve been working with so many wonderful people in the roleplaying community to make buffs and boons…

Here, let me just show you….

(And there’s more to come.)

Every $10 donation to the D&D Team Page gives you a chance to win a few or even a set of all of these cards.   Let me tell you folks, the odds are good.   You can see all the cards and donate on the D&D Team Page here.  

Beyond that, if you haven’t checked it out yet, we have some really great stuff in the lottery this year, including another hand-crafted walnut Wyrmwood gaming table and a cabin for two on the JoCo Cruise.   (Any donation to the D&D Team will put you in for the general lottery as well.)   

I’ll talk more about Heifer in a future blog, but for now if you’re curious just jump in and look at the cool stuff we’re giving away.

I hope to see some of you soon,

pat

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The Coming Storm

So. Tomorrow we launch our yearly fundraiser. It’s our 10th anniversary. A big milestone.

Worldbuilders is my pride and joy. It has changed my life, and I’m as proud of it as I am of my own sweet children, and I love it as much as I love my children. It is a force for good in this weary world, and I’m so proud of the fact that over the years beautiful geeks of all nations have come together, raised nearly 8.5 million dollars, and made the world a better place.

We’re going a lot of new things to mark our 10-year anniversary. We’re pulling the trigger on a plan I’ve been slowly assembling for years. (It has to do with D&D) I’ve been mulling it over for ages, and I’ve finally figured out how to make it work…

On top of that, I think this is the year I’m going to pull an arrow out of my quiver that I’ve been keeping in reserve for a *long* time.

But the biggest news of all is that we’re changing the format of the fundraiser itself. Worldbuilders isn’t going to be a four weeks long (plus a little) this year. This year we’re doing the whole fundraiser in two weeks. Less than half the time we normally use to let it all play out.

It’s big stuff. And we’re making all these changes for good reasons. And they’re good choices. I have high hopes for this year. I think it’s going to be our best year ever.

So now, tonight, I should be writing a blog where I rile y’all up. I should do some cheerleading. Get you excited about what’s coming….

And that’s the blog I sat down to write tonight. But I’m not feeling it.

So instead, tonight, at 2:17 am, I’m going to tell you the truth. I’m not excited. I’m stressed.

No. That isn’t even the real truth.

The truth is, I’m scared.

It should come as no surprise to any of you who have read this blog over the years that I hate and fear change. There’s a reason I still live here in Stevens Point. There’s a reason I still wear the same coat I bought in college. There’s a reason I still use my beloved, 30-year-old Model M keyboard.

(This keyboard has seen some shit, y’all.)

We’re changing the fundraiser this year. And I know it’s for the best. But… I don’t like changing things that work. And the truth is, Worldbuilders has worked amazingly well for almost a decade now… We’ve raised over 8 million dollars to help people all over the world. We’ve helped tens of thousands of families. We have saved lives. We have given families hope and peace. There are children out there who are fat and happy because of us.

And still, tonight, the evening before the fundraiser, I’m scared.

I’m scared people won’t like the changes we’ve made. I’m scared people will be confused. I’m scared we won’t be able to get the word out to new people. I’m scared donors from previous years won’t come back….

I’m worried people won’t realize the fundraiser is *so* much shorter this year until it’s too late. I’m worried that they’ll show up on December 13th, when we’re normally still going strong, and realize they’ve missed out on everything.

I’m worried I haven’t done enough to prepare, and this year will be a failure, and it will be my fault.

Aaand that’s it. I don’t have a sudden reversal to end with. No big closer. No ray of light.

I was kinda hoping if I started this blog I could write my way out of this feeling, but it’s still here. I’m worried that it’s all going to be a trainwreck, and thousands of kids will go to bed hungry because I screwed up.

I just literally sat here for five minutes (It’s 3:05 now) wondering what I can possibly say to pull this blog up into something inspirational.

And I got nothing.

But what else can I do but put my head down and bull forward? My little boy has been filling up jars with change so that he can have enough money to buy a cow for Worldbuilders this year. So we’re going to do that. (I feel a little better thinking about that.)

(He’s so much older than this now, but I love this picture.)

Also, y’know what? Here’s a picture of him with a fake mustache because it’s my blog and I an post pictures like this if I want.

Also, here’s my littler baby dressed up as a bug.

(Cutie AF)

Oh. Wow. When I was scrolling through the files in my media library, guess what I just found.

This:

Hell. Every once in a while I can really put some words together, can’t I?

I guess I’ve got to take my own advice, don’t I? I’m not as good at this as I’d like to be. I’m not as organized or as clever or connected as I wish I were. I’m scared all of this is going to fall apart around me and that the fundraiser will fail.

But what can I do? I guess I’m going to Bilbo it up.

So when I wake up tomorrow (Monday) I’m going to e-mail people and call in favors and do interviews and pull strings and contrive every of trick I can think of to get eyes on the fundraiser this year. Because we’re giving away some *cool* stuff, and I want the geeks of the world to come donate money, make the world a better place, and win some cool shit while they’re at it.

I hope you’re ready, everyone.

I hope I’m ready too.

Either way, I’ll see you soon.

pat

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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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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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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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