Worldbuilders: Puerto Rico and Hurricane Relief

Hey there everybody,

As I write this, I’m in a hotel room in Seattle. Tomorrow I have the first event on my short tour for the 10th Anniversary Edition of NOTW.

But it’s hard for me to get excited about the tour. This is partly because I caught a cold the day before I left, and it’s partly because I’m still exhausted from taking care of my dad in Hospice last month, and haven’t even begun to catch up on my sleep, let alone my e-mail…

But more than that. The world is just wearing me out these days. Natural disasters and mass shootings and… well… I’m sure you don’t need me to give you a list.

Gech. I don’t know what my point is here. This probably isn’t the best way to start this particular blog. But I don’t know how else to lead into this. The truth is, I’m tired, and sick, and heartsore….

But you know what? I have electricity. And clean water. I can pick up a phone and talk to the outside world. I can go to the store and buy food. And gasoline. I’m in no danger of getting cholera. My children are safe.

There are millions of people right now in Puerto Rico who have none of these luxuries.

(If you know where I’m going with all this, you can head over and donate here to help people who desperately need it without reading all the rambling that follows.)

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Right. Okay. Let’s talk about Puerto Rico.

It’s been hit by three hurricanes lately, but the latest, Maria, has devastated the island. Millions have no power, clean water, or food. And for various reasons that I won’t go into right now, federal aid to the island has been extremely slow moving.

Debris – detail of fallen road sign – en route to San Juan captured roadside by Mercy Corps staff member Christy Delafield. 10/1/2017

I like doing charity work that builds things. There’s a reason my charity is called Worldbuilders. I want to focus on long-term solutions to the world’s problems. Sustainable agriculture. Education. Renewable energy. Solid social and economic infrastructure. That’s why Worldbuilders works so much with Heifer International. They’re the best at solving problems like that, long-term, all over the world.

But when someone doesn’t have drinking water, that’s a problem NOW. Sometimes you need to deal with a crisis fast, and worry about sustainable agriculture later.

So I went to the Worldbuilders team, because while the death totals we’ve seen out of Puerto Rico haven’t been terrifying so far…. well… A person doesn’t make a world like Temerant without a good understanding of how complex systems interact. So when I hear that millions of people on an island don’t have water and power. And huge parts of their infrastructure are destroyed, and they’re not getting sufficient help from the government, and their hospitals for the most part don’t have electricity….

Here’s the thing folks. Here’s what I’m afraid of. I’m worried when we finally do start seeing realistic death-tolls for  Puerto Rico, it’s not going to be in the dozens or hundreds. I’m worried that by the time people finally stop scrambling for survival long enough to start counting bodies, the dead will number in the thousands.

I mean, most of you are fantasy readers, right? You know why clean water is so important. Without it, things like typhoid, dysentery, and cholera are right around the corner. Then, without medical infrastructure, those things will tear through a sick population like a fire through a field of wheat.

I don’t want to wait until that happens, then tear my hair out wishing I’d done something to help.

So last week I went to to the worldbuilders team and we started investigating charities. We know when donate money to us, you’re trusting us. You want to get the biggest bang possible out of your charity dollar.

Luckily, it turns out that Mercy Corps has put their seasoned emergency response team toward helping out in Puerto Rico.

We worked with Mercy Corps in 2015 to provide aid to the Syrian Refugees. And in just a few short days we raised over $200,000 to help those people.

Today, I want to ask you to consider doing the same for the people of Puerto Rico.

More than 3 million people still remain without power and water, and expected heavy rains could further impede aid efforts in the coming days. Mercy Corps has deployed an emergency response team, some of whom arrived just yesterday, to see how their global expertise in emergency response can support the efforts to deliver humanitarian assistance and start rebuilding the communities ravaged by the hurricane.

Their approach is to support and empower existing local organizations, with a special focus on the most vulnerable and underserved populations. We expect to work with them to provide access to cash, clean water, and other urgently needed supplies.

If you’ve been feeling like I have for the last couple weeks. Scared and helpless and wishing you could do something to help make the world less shitty. Here’s your chance.

There are real people who need our help. You can help by helping us spread the word. You can share this fundraiser, and make a donation.

And before you say you can’t afford it. Please keep in mind that if you’re reading this on a computer and had a glass of water that came out of a tap today, you are doing roughly 10,000% better than the people in Puerto Rico right now. If you kick in just a bit, it can make a huge difference, because when taken all together, we are a force to be reckoned with. I don’t know how to stress this enough. MILLIONS OF PEOPLE DON’T HAVE CLEAN WATER TO DRINK.

So please. Join us. Together we are awesome. We can help.

Mercy Corps has become our go-to charity for disaster relief. Their seasoned emergency response team has been deployed to provide supplies and assistance, and are working tirelessly to aid the people of Puerto Rico. Mercy Corps has a long history of both emergency relief and rebuilding communities struck by disaster, and we know their assistance will help Puerto Rico back to its feet.

And if it will help nudge any of you into joining in. I’m going to put my money where my mouth is. My dad left me some money, and I’ve got some royalties coming from the 10th anniversary of NOTW. So I can afford to put up $50,000 in matching money. That means whenever you kick some money in, more water, more food, more helping hands, more medicine, more supplies, more long-term solutions. Together, we can do twice the good.

Join us, and help in the relief, recovery, and rebuilding process.

Donate here.

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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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The Things My Dad Has Said

There’s no easy way to say this, so let’s do it like tearing off a band-aid.

My dad is dying.

And now, having written the simple truth of it down, some part of me feels the need to clarify what I mean. Over the last decade, I’ve become increasingly familiar with the different ways in which a person can be dying. The different velocities and meanderings in which dying can occur.

I started learning this ten years ago, when my mom was having trouble breathing. She couldn’t figure it out. The doctors couldn’t figure it out. Then she went in for some tests….

Then we got the news. It was cancer, and it was everywhere. There was really nothing to be done.

“Well,” my dad said dryly. “None of us are getting out of here alive.”

As I type this out, I realize his statement might seem callous or heartless. But it wasn’t any such thing in that moment. It was calming. It was funny and comforting and kind.

It remains one of the truest things I’ve ever known anyone to say.

None of us are getting out of here alive.

*     *     *

So. As I said. My dad is dying. But I still haven’t really been clear about what what means.

He’s not dying in the general way that we all are, slowly moving toward a time when we’ll no longer be alive. (See above anecdote.) Neither is he dying in the more specific way he has been for the last ten years, ever since he was diagnosed with Stage Four Lung cancer. He’s not even dying in more immediate, persistent way that he has been since January, when they discovered he has Leukemia, too.

He’s dying right now. He might have weeks, but probably not. He might have a week. But probably not.

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Interesting story. Back in the early part of the year he was planning on getting more treatment for his lung cancer. But when they were getting ready, doing blood tests and scans, they discovered something wasn’t right. So more tests. More scans.

Finally he went in for another meeting with the oncologist. We’ve had many of these over the last decade. Many, many of these. We’ve had scans and meetings with oncologists. Biopsies and meetings with oncologists. Surgeries and meetings with oncologists.

For this one, I couldn’t be there in person, so my dad had me on speaker phone. It’s always better to have a second set of ears on these meetings. There’s a lot of information, and it’s easy to mishear something. We always try to have at least two or three people at a meeting, so that afterwords we can all compare notes and make sure we heard the same thing. It’s easy, sometimes, to listen with your heart instead of your head. To be too hopeful. It’s hard, sometimes, not to listen through a thick fog of dread.

So I’m listening through the speakerphone as the doctor explains. It’s Leukemia. Effectively you’ve won the suck lottery and you have double cancer now. And, unfortunately, they can’t treat his lung current lung cancer trouble with the Leukemia going on. And, unfortunately, it’s not a great kind of Leukemia, either. And, unfortunately, my dad is getting on in years. And, unfortunately, he’s had both his adrenal glands removed, too.

The upshot, the doctor explains, is that this really isn’t a great scene, you see. Regular cancer is bad. Double cancer, kinda double bad, plus some extra because of synergy.

Eventually the doctor runs out of steam, and I hear my dad make this little chuckling noise over the phone. And even though I’m not there, I can see him in my head, smiling a little bit and shaking his head.

And he says to the doctor, “Your job must be really hard.”

That’s the first thing he says, hearing the news. And here’s the thing, he meant it. He really meant it. That’s the sort of guy my dad is.

And you know what? He’s right. Those doctors. That’s a hard job. I would not have that job for all the money in the world.

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As I write about his here, I realize my matter-of-fact tone might strike many of you as odd. What’s odd to me is that this has been such a big part of my life for so long, but most of you don’t know anything about it. If you read my blog or follow me in various places on social media, you know a *lot* about my life. You know about my relationship, my children, my mood disorder, my struggles with professionalism and writing, politics, religion, philosophy. I talk about pretty much everything pretty openly.

So why haven’t I talked about this before?

Well…. I have, here and there. I think I wrote a blog or two about this over the years. Though I can’t care enough to dig around for links at this point. Maybe Amanda will dig them up and tuck them in here later on.

[FAQ: Why havne’t you been posting on your blog?] [The unhappy announcement]

And I’ve mentioned it occasionally in interviews, too. But honestly, I think most of the interviews where I do mention it, they just leave those parts out. It’s not what people want to focus on. It’s depressing.

But mostly, I don’t talk about it. And a big part of that is pure superstition. My mom went from diagnosis to death in five months. Every time we could have caught a lucky break, we caught a bad one instead. It was like falling down an endless flight of stairs. For years was cancer free. Then *just* before he was about to hit the big five-year milestone, the cancer showed up again.

This time it was in his adrenal gland. So. Back into the breach. Many meetings. Many oncologists. New diagnosis. They gave him 18 months again. If he was lucky. And they warned us that they probably wouldn’t be great months….

(This was five years ago, for those of you keeping score at home.)

But we rolled the dice and did surgery again. Though conventional logic says that’s the wrong way to handle it when cancer starts metastasizing. But again, we came up sixes…. And he went another two years before it showed up in his other adrenal, so we removed that one too…

He’s been bulletproof. A statistical anomaly. The treatments haven’t phased him. Not a lot of nausea. He lost his hair. But then it came back, on his arms it wasn’t white anymore, it was dark.

And through all of this, he kept landscaping and hosting guests and playing golf. He’s traveled the country, come to my booksignings, and, generally speaking, lived a much more active life than I ever have.

That’s why I don’t talk about him a lot. It’s pure superstition. I know it’s trans-rational, but part of me simply didn’t want to draw too much attention. You don’t look a gift horse in the mouth, and you don’t brag about good luck. I didn’t want to write a celebratory tweet, then have Death to suddenly look up from his newspaper and say something like, “Who’s that? Jim Rotfuse? Wait, RothFUSS? Oh shit, I forgot. I had an appointment with him, didn’t I?”

But now my dad is in Hospice. Those of you with experience in these matters know what this means. Those of you who don’t… well… it means that Death has put down his paper, stood up, and is glancing at his watch in a meaningful way…

*     *     *

I’ve been down here in Madison for more than a week now, taking care of him. Doing what I can to make him comfortable. This leads to interesting situations, as my dad is someone who takes care of other people, as a rule. He’s not used to being taken care of.

The other day, as I was putting on his socks for him, he said, “I don’t know how I can repay you for all of this.”

I laughed, and explained to him that I was pretty sure he put on my socks more than a few times over the years. I left it at that, but what I wanted to say was that I was the one who was paying him back, really. He’s put up with my bullshit for more than 40 years. I remember waking up in a hospital bed on more than one occasion to see him sitting there patiently keeping an eye on me, making sure I was okay…

I wish you guys had the chance to know him better.

*     *     *

Why am I writing this blog?

Well, partly because that’s what I do when something big happens in my life. That’s just how I interact with the world. I tell stories about what’s happening in my life.

I also feel like I owe some of you a bit of an explanation. My dad’s health issues have been occupying the lion’s share of my time and brainspace lately. I wasn’t able to do as much with the kickstarter in the final weeks as I hoped to. And I’ve missed some events recently (most notably at PAX West, where I showed up late and left early.) And I’m going to miss more in the future. (Most notably at Salt Lake City ComicCon happening this weekend.)

I’m sorry if you were hoping to catch me at those places. Please note that I can’t really say, “I wish I was there,” because that would be the same as saying, “I wish my dad was dead so I could go to a convention.”

How about this? “I wish the world were other than it is.” That seems to sum it up pretty well.

That said, we’re living in *this* world right now. And in this world, my dad needs me. So I’m staying here for the duration. I’m pretty sure my book tour will still happen in early October. But I can’t say with absolute certainty. After all, my dad has surprised us with his longevity before…

*     *     *

I don’t know if this blog will make much sense. It’s the furthest thing from cohesive, as I’ve been writing it in bits and pieces in hospitals an hotel rooms. And tonight has been a long, long night.

The only thing I know for sure is that it’s too long, and I feel like I haven’t really said all I wanted to say.

I’ll sign off for now though. Sorry for those of you I’m missing at SLCC.

Be good to each other,

pat

P.S. I’m disabling comments here. I won’t have time to read or monitor them, and I didn’t write this looking for advice or sympathy. Just wanted to let y’all know what’s going on.

P.P.S. If you’re a friend or family member and you’re finding out about this now, on the blog. I’m sorry. But if you know me at all, you know I’m a shit correspondent under the best of circumstances. And these are far from ideal circumstances right now.

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Later Edit: Just so y’all know. My dad passed away a couple days after I posted this.

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Cameos, Poker Chips, and Some Seriously Cool News…

Hey everyone, Amanda here.

Pat’s away on family business, so he’s left it to me to share with you the coolness of the last two days of the Kickstarter. There’s a chance he’ll poke in here to mock me later on, but for the time being I’ll be your tour guide. Please keep your hands and arms inside the blog at all times.

For those of you who perhaps weren’t aware, we here at Elodin Enterprises are running a Kickstarter for The Name of the Wind Art Deck, playing cards that feature the characters from NOTW, beautifully illustrated by Echo Chernik.

(Click to embiggen and check out Devi, Master Lorren, and Mola)

The campaign has been going amazingly, and we hit $500,000 this week, a huge milestone for us considering this is our first-ever in-house Kickstarter. We’ve been blowing so much out of the water and we’ve been thrilled to add more art, more tiers, and more coolness for everyone as it goes on.

We’ve had lots of Echo’s original art go up for grabs, as well as a bunch of cameos in special prints Echo is producing for the campaign, which she’s lovingly entitled The Levity Collection. There are three prints in the series, each featuring different joyful moments in Kvothe’s life: playing Jackass, Jackass for Wil and Sim, playing cards at The Eolian, and a night from his childhood.

The big news is that our final round of cameos are going up Today (September 14th) at 4pm Central Time. And these cameo slots are for members of the Edema Ruh troupe relaxing by the fire after a day on the road.

(This is a super rough draft, but so cool…)

There are going to be a bunch of spots available, including a parent/child combo, and a couple combo. Since this is the print that the McElroy Brothers are going to be in, you could even be one of the people Travis the Strong Man is lifting, or someone listening to Griffin tell stories, or watching Justin to sweet yo-yo tricks.

Oh, and we just found out (and I mean JUST) that our most beloved Lin-Manuel Miranda is going to be in this print as well. He’s gonna have a lute, so hopefully he’s gotten over his initial intimidation from the day they announced he’d be helping develop Pat’s books into movies and tv….

I’m not going to lie to you, these cameo tiers are tempting to me, too. If you’ve ever wanted to be immortalized in the same place as the McElroys AND Lin-Manuel Miranda then don’t miss your chance at 4pm Central Time, because something tells me there will be some serious competition for them. And I don’t just mean me.

That said, there’s still lots of stuff other than these cameos that you can grab in the campaign. We’ve also added multiple options for you to get your hands on the beautiful, handmade wooden poker chips sets from Wyrmwood Gaming.

There’s a total of six different tiers for you to choose from for the poker chips, ranging from 100 chips in a linen bag to a full 500 chip box set complete with space for 6 decks of cards.

The wood is sustainably sourced, and the chips are all made of beautiful woods like Rock Maple, Black Walnut, African Blackwood, Pink Ivory, and Purpleheart, to name a few.

Each of the poker chip tiers come with all four decks (the Selas, Selas Alternate, Chandrian, and Chandrian Alternate), and the DELUXE versions of them come with the beautiful Gilded Sets of Chandrian Decks, which have platinum-gilded edges and their very own box with a blue foil emblem of flame on the top.

Pat and Echo are both going to sign these boxes in UV ink, because Pat is way too excited about the idea of a secret signature.

And if you’re torn between the poker sets and the cameos that are going up, rest assured that we’re going to figure out a way to make the poker sets available in BackerKit after the campaign ends, so you’ll be able to add them onto your cameo tier no problem.

The fact of the matter is, a lot of cool stuff is going on over there. We’ve shown off new art, upgraded the decks, and given away lots of prizes to folks who are spreading the word on social media. We’re getting down to the wire on the campaign, to the point that Kickstarter has started the countdown in terms of hours rather than days.

If you want to join us, the campaign ends on Friday, September 15th at 11:59m Central Time. A lot of things in the campaign are Kickstarter-Exclusive, so if you’re particularly excited about anything (those Gilded Chandrian Decks for example) you should swing in and get it before it’s too late

And if you have any questions, leave them here or in the comments on the campaign. We’ll make sure to help you out.

Amanda & the Elodin Enterprises Team

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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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Secrets, Arts, and News of Three Parts

Hey there everybody,

I’m typing this as I sit in a hotel room in Seattle. Tomorrow I fly home to see my babies. But for the last week, I’ve spent my days doing secrety things with cool people.

I can’t really share any details right now. But suffice to say that I had a good time, and you’ll see the fruits of this labor… soonish. Eventually. Before the heat death of the universe at any rate. Probably.

*     *    *

If you’re more interested in things that you can put your sweaty little hands on right now. Allow me to talk about the kickstarter a little bit.

If you missed the last blog, or have simply have been distracted by the many woes of the world, you might have missed the fact that we recently launched a kickstarter to make something like this:

(Oh Bast. If I were you, I wouldn’t ever wear a shirt either….)

What’s more, the kickstarter had a delightfully successful launch, and so many of you jumped in with such enthusiasm that we’re already over 1300% funded already.

This is really nice for us, as it’s the first kickstarter we’ve done completely on our own, and we weren’t sure how it would go. So far, it’s been a wild ride. We even got selected by Kickstarter as one of the Project We Love, which was hugely flattering.

We’ve torn through a bunch of our stretch goals. Unlocking many, many new cards. And we’re showing off new stuff as quickly as we can make it available.

For example, here’s some of the new pieces: Devi, Lorren, and Mola.

(Click to Embiggen)

To make things even cooler, we’ve been slowly releasing hand-painted pieces of original card art from Echo.

 

She does a lot of her work digitally, so it’s rare for her to have original oil paintings available. Some of these will be different from the final card, either because she started working on them before the card was finalized, or simply because they had to be digitally aligned to make them symmetrical, like a card needs to be.

We included some of these when the kickstarter first launched. But they were all sold out by the second day. Now we’re preparing to launch 7 more of them. But since there’s only one of each and they sell fast, we wanted to make sure that everyone who might be interested was notified in advance before we put them up. So, on Tuesday, August 29th at 12pm Central Time we’ll be posting up the following original art pieces:

  • Master Lorren, Alternate King of Spades
  • Denna, Queen of Spades
  • Devi, Alternate Queen of Hearts
  • Cinder, Chandrian Joker
  • Fae Bast, Alternate Jack of Clubs
  • Kilvin, King of Clubs
  • Ambrose, Jack of Clubs

They range in price from $1500 to $1800, which is a steal for hand-painted art from someone like Echo. Each of them will come with all four unique decks of cards, free US shipping, and a set of the special, gilt-edged Chandrian decks.

We’ll be releasing more of the original art in another week or so, but I can’t make all of those announcements here. So if you’re hoping to get your hands on one be sure to back the campaign (even if it’s just at the $5 tier) so you get updates in your email as soon as they go out. You’re always able to change your pledge to another tier until the campaign ends.

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We’ve also hit our final print stretch goal: and as a result, Echo will be producing another piece of art showing Kvothe’s Troupe entertaining themselves after camping for the night.

This poster is going to be extra cool though, because we’re having some cameos in it. Three of our Edema Ruh troupers are going to be the McElroy Brothers.

(Awww, brothers….)

These good good boys are going to be appearing in the print. Which fills me with delight, as I’m a huge fan of their work. (In fact, just a couple hours ago I had a real solid cry listening to the final episode of The Adventure Zone.)

What’s more, you’ll get your chance to be included in that print as well, as we’ll be putting some cameos up for grabs in the near future. If that’s something that interests you, be sure to sign up for updates on the campaign, and keep an eye on the e-mails, as that’s where we’ll be announcing when those cameo spots go live, too.

So. If you haven’t already, go and check out the kickstarter and look at the cool art. And if you’re interested in getting some of Echo’s originals, set an alarm, and we’ll see you at 12pm central time on Tuesday.

Thanks again everyone,

pat

Posted in Arts and Crafts, calling on the legions, cool things, Echo Chernik, fan coolness, geeking out | By Pat10 Responses

The Name of the Wind Art Deck

So. Here’s the deal. Today we have a bit of an announcement. And by we, I mean me and my team here at Elodin Enterprises. (Yes. That’s really our name.)

But before I tell you what’s happening now, I hope you’ll understand if I mention some of the events that led up to this happening. I’m guessing this format isn’t going to be hugely surprising for any of you. Because that’s how I do.

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Once, years ago and miles away, I heard about an artist by the name of Echo Chernik. In little dribs and drabs, I kept hearing about her, and running into her art in various places.

And to put it plainly, I thought it was amazing.

Years went by, and kept brushing up against each other professionally. The first time she was part of the Pairs kickstarter I did with James Earnest back in 2014. A year or so later, I saw some of her art in a show at a convention and was wowed.

Later, I found out she was doing a Tarot Deck for Shadowrun.

(Queen of Swords, if you hadn’t guessed.)

Later still, James invited her into the Tak Kickstarter, where she designed the board that many of you have seen….

Which might not seem like a bit deal, until you realize that she had to design the Selas Flower before she made that board:

(Before she did this, the flower only existed in my head….)

It was during the Tak kickstarter that we first got to talk and work together a bit. (See selas flower above.) And after the ice was broken, I felt brave enough to actually approach her at a convention, introduce myself, and ask if she wanted to hang out and chat a little bit. This might surprise some of you, but the truth is, I’m kinda bashful. Especially around creative people I admire.

While we were chatting over coffee, I learned something surprising. While Echo loves going to conventions, working with game companies, and making geeky art…. that’s not really what she does for a living. Her day job is doing corporate ad design working for people like Dos Equis, Celestial Seasonings, companies like that.

“Do you like that stuff better?” I asked.

“I love illustrating for advertising and packaging. But being a geek at heart, the opportunity to combine my passion for art and geekdom is a dream,” she explained. “Unfortunately, games don’t pay well enough for that dream to be full-time.”

Hearing this, I was honestly irritated. Echo is a world-class talent, and the fact that she was forced to do corporate ad design to make ends meet… well… it kinda pissed me off.

“Would you want to maybe do a project together sometime?” I asked, trying not to sound too eager. “Maybe a kickstarter or something? My people love beautiful art, and they’re enthusiastic. I’d love to see how you’d paint my characters. If it goes well, maybe we could make enough money so you could just draw what you love for a while, and not worry so much about making ends meet….”

She didn’t laugh at me, which is always a good sign. And then we talked more and more seriously about it until… well… now.

And here we are.

I hereby present to you: The Name of the Wind Art Deck. We’ve been working on getting this ready for the better part of a year, and I’m incredibly proud of how it’s turning out so far.

On the surface, we’re making a deck of playing cards that feature art and characters from The Name of the Wind.

But fairly early in the process, Echo and I realized we had a problem. A deck of cards only has 12 face cards, but we had more than twelve characters we wanted to feature. Wouldn’t it be nice to see *more* than just the main cast of characters?

We tossed around a couple ideas until we hit a solution that I’m really proud of. We’re doing multiple decks with different pieces of art. That means we can show you more characters, and even do a couple variants with our favorites. (A Fae bast, and a mortal bast, for example.)

But (and here’s the clever bit) the backs of the cards will be the same…

That means– Well. You know what. We took great pains to explain all this in our campaign video. Plus there’s a bunch of cool animations in there to help explain what I mean.

Does that make sense? How you’ll be able to make your own decks?

This is a bit of an experiment for us here at Elodin. We’ve never run our very own Kickstarter before. But we do have experience producing goods and shipping them out because of the Indiegogos we’ve been doing for the last three years with Worldbuilders.

Luckily, the team has been doing all the logistical work. My job has been easier. Since I suck at organization, the main thing I’ve been doing is been developing the art with Echo. And it’s been turning out so, so good..

Check out young Kvothe.

And Auri…

Also, did I mention that since package design is what Echo does for a living, she’s *Super* good at it?

Look at this gorgeousness:

The red decks are the Selas Decks, and the Black ones are the Chandrian Decks. They both have alternate cards and unique jokers and…

Y’know? You should really just go over and check out the kickstarter itself. You can see all the art and the stretch goals and details there.

Also, I feel I should mention that we have a couple tiers that are limited in quantity. Partly to encourage people to jump in early, and partly because we can only produce so many of certain items

If you’d head over and check it out, I’d appreciate it. Both my team and Echo’s family have invested a lot of time and effort into this, and the first couple days of a kickstarter are *really* important. (So both jumping in early and helping to spread the word are hugely appreciated.)

Here’s the Link. 

pat

Posted in Arts and Crafts, calling on the legions, cool things, Echo Chernik, geeking out | By Pat56 Responses
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