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Black Friday, but from the safety of your home

Well folks, it’s Black Friday.

I’ll admit, I’ve never actually ventured forth in search of deals on this, the most terrifying of all shopping days. But every year I see the news stories and I think to myself how much I love to stay inside and never ever leave.

In an attempt to help you make some similar good decisions with your life, we are continuing in the fine tradition of offering some deals in The Tinker’s Packs.

As I’m guessing many of you know, the proceeds from The Tinker’s Pack go to Worldbuilders and help us run… well… everything. Electricity bills. Website development and maintenance. Rent and employee salaries and… well… everything that it takes to make fundraisers of the sort we’re running now happen.

Once Worldbuilders covers its expenses, all the money we make go into our General Donations pool, which allows us to run our other fundraisers and support organizations like First Book or Mercy Corps (like we did for our recent Puerto Rico fundraiser)

The fact of the matter is, NONE of what Worldbuilders does would be possible without the store.

So if you’re thinking of doing some shopping today, can I interest you in some bargains?

It’s worth noting that the folks who are subscribed to our newsletter got a heads up about all of these new cool things yesterday. If you want to be in the know early, you can sign up for the Tinker’s Packs newsletter over here.

Here’s what we’re offering.

First and Foremost: 10% off the ENTIRE store.

If you’ve been holding off on buying something from the store to wait for a deal, now’s a great time. Every single item in the store is discounted, and you don’t need to do ANYTHING to get that except go to The Tinker’s Packs and buy something.

There we have things like the Eolian Bar Mug (a wonderful holiday gift), various Tak sets (for the gamer in your life), specially-designed change jars for your annual donation (good for the whole family) and officially licensed merchandise for books, webcomics, and more!

Everything is 10% off, and will remain so through Monday night, so don’t forget to grab your gifts before the sale ends!

New Products in the Store!

In honor of the fundraiser and our Black Friday sale, we’ve put up some new, rare items, as well as some previously-sold-out items that we’ve either found hidden away over the years or had been secretly saving for just such an occasion.

Many of these things have fewer than 10 available, though, so if you’re interested you’ll need to snap them up quickly.

  • Caesura

Recently, I worked with the folks at Jalic Inc to produce Caesura, Kvothe’s Ademic sword. And it’s truly beautiful to behold.

This first-edition run of Caesura was limited to 5,000 pieces, and each sword is engraved with its number, and comes with a card of authenticity.

And now you can buy your very own in The Tinkers Packs.

  • Kvothe’s Bloodless, True Dungeon Token

When I teamed up with the True Dungeon folks to set this year’s game in Temerant, that also included making equipment and items for the players set in the world, as well.

I was tickled when the Bloodless was made, and I think its effect (-4 damage on missiles and spell attacks) is excellent. I keep one with me wherever I go just in case.

The Bloodless is classified as an Ultra-Rare token, making it difficult to acquire, and extra-valuable to True Dungeon players.

True Dungeon was kind enough to donate money from each of the runs this year to Worldbuilders already, and now they’ve also generously given us our very own set of Bloodless tokens to sell. You can grab it over here.

Back For A Limited Time

Everything else we’ve added today is a limited-edition item that we’ve scrounged up from our vault. Some of these we’ve had sold out for years before the team discovered where I’d squirreled them away, and they persuaded me to give up a bit of my horde for a good cause.

  • Limited Edition Domesticated Owlbear

The Owlbear Plushie was a limited edition item that John Kovalic designed to help us raise money for Worldbuilders at GameHole con two years ago. We sold out fairly quickly, but a few have been put back into the store, so if you missed your chance, you can grab this little dude right here.

  • Limited Edition Bast & Bastas heroes from Boss Monster

We also found our limited-edition Bast & Bastas hero cards for the game Boss Monster. The lovely folks at Brotherwise Games made them exclusively for us to sell to support Worldbuilders, and our vault has been cleared to get the last of them out into the world.

These are special promo cards for Boss Monster, so you need a copy the game if you’d like to use them accordingly. Of course, since there’s 10% off the entire store, that’s not so hard to pull off. You can get the cards here, Boss Monster 1 here, and Boss Monster 2 here.

  • First edition copies of The Slow Regard of Silent Things, double signed by me and Nate Taylor.

Nate Taylor has been one of my dearest friends for many years, and I loved working with him on Slow Regard. We have a few first edition copies of the book that he agreed to sign for us, and we’ve put what we’ve got up in the store, but fair warning: when they’re gone, they’re gone. Grab yours here.

  • Limited Edition of The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Dark of Deep Below. Double-signed by me and Nate Taylor.

A few years ago the second Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle book came out, and the special edition came with a full-color cover, in addition to being numbered and signed by both me and Nate.

We’ve been out of these for ages, but we’ve re-launched them in the store right here.

That’s all of the new stuff, but since there’s 10% off the entire store, there’s plenty more you could go check out and see if it tickles your fancy.

Thanks for all of your love and support, folks. You’re the best people a charity could ask for.

Posted in The Tinker's Packs, Worldbuilders 2017 | By Pat8 Responses

Beautiful Games….

Heya folks,

As many of you have already noticed, the Tak kickstarter has been fulfilled.

(Dear Andrew, I’d like you to be the official Tak spokesmodel. And I’m not just saying that because you’re way *way* pretty. It’s because your presentation here is absolutely flawless.)

The vast majority of you who backed the kickstarter have your goodies now. And while a few of you might not yet, that’s mostly due to international shipping, or because some people never answered their Kickstarter surveys. (Imagine me giving you a disappointed-but-still-loving dad look here.)

But yeah. The big news is that games have been showing up at people’s houses for months. It’s exciting for me to see people finally getting to have their own copies. And not just playing it, but really kinda loving it.

Not only have folks been playing it, but they’ve been taking it out in public, showing it off, and making friends….

There’s been some very nice photography done, as well as some political commentary.

This was one of the more pleasantly surprising tweets I saw from fellow author Sabba Tahir.

I’d always assumed that Oot (age 7) would be too young to play. But hearing that Sabba’s kid and others had been successfully learning the game, I thought I thought I’d try him out…

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We started on the 3×3 and he eagerly moved up into a 4×4 game. Then he wanted to play the 5×5….

Everything said, he took to it pretty well. He’s no mastermind, but… well… neither am I. And he won fair and square one game when I wasn’t paying proper attention.

Most importantly though, we had a good time. And I’m looking forward to playing more with him in the future.

In terms of games being shipped out, we haven’t just fulfilled the kickstarter. We’ve also completed shipping out all the pre-orders people placed in The Tinker’s Packs. That means that as of now you can order the base game, cloth or wooden boards, the Tavern set, and all the other Tak Swag over in The Tinker’s Packs. Not only will we ship it out to you straightaway, but you can sleep soundly at night knowing that all the proceeds go to charity.

Companion_Book_For_Real-real_1024x1024(I have to say, the companion book turned out pretty nice as well.)

If you’ve been enjoying Tak, feel free to share your pictures and stories in the comments below. You can also review the game on BoardGameGeek. It’s the biggest game review website out there, so a good rating there will do a lot to help get the word about Tak out to people.

Last but not least, Tak has already been nominated for a Golden Geek award for 2016. So if you’re a frequent user of BoardGameGeek, you can head on over and vote for it in the 2-player category.

So… yeah. I’m glad you guys have been enjoying it. And if you missed out on the Kickstarter, feel free to swing by the Tinker’s Packs and pick one up. Or more than that. Don’t worry. I won’t judge.

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Posted in Beautiful Games, Oot, The Tinker's Packs | By Pat35 Responses

Over a Hundred Games from Fantasy Flight

Today we’ve got some lovely games from Fantasy Flight to add to our prize lottery. But before I show them off, I’m going to tell you a story. Because that’s what I do.

I’d like to introduce you to a family of refugees.

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If they seem pretty happy for a family of refugees, well… that’s because they’re farmers now. But that’s the end of the story. I should start closer to the beginning….

Uganda has been struggling with war for decades. The history of the area is too complicated for me to get into here, so forgive me if I say that the term “war-torn” is not an exaggeration. Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the conflicts there. And ten times that number of people have been forced from their homes, or fled in an attempt to find some shred of safety.

When this sort of thing happens, many people end up living large portions of their lives in refugee camps. That’s the case with Fred and Florence (the parents pictured above). Both of them lived in a refugee camp since they were children. That’s where they grew up, got married, and started a family.

In those camps they had very little of their own, and were forced to rely on charity to survive. Aid workers provided them with beans and maize, but it was only enough to guarantee one meal a day. In addition to that, sometimes the food aid was delayed. I can’t imagine trying to raise a child in a situation like that. I honestly don’t want to think about it too much.

In 2006, Uganda entered peace talks. And Fred and Florence moved to his parent’s land to start a farm. But as I’ve said, they had been refugees since they were children. They were starting with nothing, and were forced to build from the ground up.

It wasn’t easy. The land was overgrown, and there were were leftovers from the war to deal with. Things like landmines to clear before they could even begin planting.

Then, Florence and Fred received a Frisian heifer from Heifer International.

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(Florence and Fred’s oldest daughter feeds the family cow, Flora.)

Since her arrival, the heifer has produced two bull calves, and lots of milk. “Before, my children didn’t even know what milk looked like,” said Florence. “This cow has made my family happy.”

Before participating in Heifer’s project, Fred and Florence owned no animals. Now they have over 30, including goats and chickens. They use the manure from the cows to increase yields in their crops on their farm, including mango trees that were struggling to survive without the manure.

Now the family has milk, vegetables, and eggs. For the first time they have food enough for three full meals a day.

I’m going to say that again. For the first time in their lives. These people have enough food so that they can be sure of feeding their kids three times a day.

Needless to say, the children’s health has improved dramatically.

Before participating in the project, Fred earned $1 a day working as a laborer, clearing land. In a good year, he would be lucky to make 115 dollars.

Now, the family earns $1,290 a year, just from selling milk. And that’s milk they sell *after* they’ve kept all they need for their family. They use the money to improve the farm, buy food, and pay for school fees for all of their children. Their kids are getting the education and training to have a better future.

That’s what Heifer International does. It can help a family of refugees become successful farmers. This sort of help doesn’t just let a family feed their children, it lets them give their children a whole new future.

When you give to Heifer International on our donation page, this is what you’re making happen. 500 dollars will buy a Heifer, but if you can’t swing that, 120 dollars will buy a goat that will do much the same thing for a family, though on a slightly smaller scale. A flock of chickens is only 20 bucks.

I’m going to be brutally honest here, folks. If you’re reading this on your own computer, you can spare $20 to help improve someone’s life forever. You know you can.

And if you still need a little nudge. Let me remind you that for every 10 dollars you donate on our page, you get a chance to win thousands of books and games like the one that Fantasy Flight has donated in today’s blog.

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Today, we show you over a hundred games from Fantasy Flight. They’re one of the big names in board games, and when they offered to donate this year, everyone here at Worldbuilders was beside themselves with joy. To make it even better, a bunch of the Fantasy Flight employees pitched in to send us even more games than the company was already sending. They’re just good people like that.

There’s a lot of different stuff, and it’s all quality. If you donate to the lottery, you’ll have the choice of BOOKS, GAMES, or BOOKS AND GAMES for your potential prizes, and I know there’s a lot in here that would make any gamer happy.

  • 10 copies of Descent: Journeys in the Dark. 6 bundled with the Heirs of Blood Expansion.

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This is a game Amanda and I played together a while back. And I really enjoyed the hell out of it.

It’s a campaign game, where you develop and play with a character over many sessions. It’s a great way to play something close to an RPG if you don’t want to spend 4 hours making characters first and forcing someone to either create or learn an entire adventure ahead of time to GM it.

There are 10 copies of the base game, six of them with an expansion.

  • 6 Twilight Imperium (3rd Edition) Bundles, which include the base game, and both expansions: the Shattered Empire and the Shards of the Throne

twilightimperiumTwilight Imperium is game of galactic conquest where each player takes command of one of ten unique civilizations to compete for interstellar supremacy through warfare, trade, uncertain allegiances, and political dominance. Each civilization provides a unique game experience with different abilities and play styles, like controlling trade, building up military, or playing the politicians.

The expansions add even more races and cards, plus allow you to play with up to 8 people. It’d be the perfect thing to add to a thriving game night.

  • 12 copies of Mission: Red Planet.

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Steampunk technology building civilization on Mars? What more do you really need?

In this game, it’s 1888 and you’re running a mining company, setting up colonies and mining for new and rare materials on Mars. There’s fierce competition, and players win by mining the resources, and controlling various regions on the planet.

  • 6 copies of Samurai.

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This game has been winning awards left and right since it was released in 1998. It’s a Eurogame, which means you play as best you can, then do one big final tally at the end to see who wins. There are a lot of different play styles that could win you the game as you lay tiles and try to curry favor with the samurai, peasants, and/or priests on the board, so it’s great for a diverse gaming group. Plus, a game that’s been around for so long and stayed popular has to be good.

  • 6 copies of Fury of Dracula.

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This is an awesome game. One player assumes the role of Count Dracula as he stealthily spreads his evil influence throughout Europe, while up to four other players govern the iconic characters of Dr. Abraham Van Helsing, Dr. John Seward, Lord Arthur Godalming, and Mina Harker.

By day the hunters move around and search for clues about Dracula’s whereabouts. By night, they investigate their present locale and prepare for the upcoming day while Dracula creates new vampires, lays traps for the hunters, and stealthily moves to a new location. Should any hunters find Dracula, or should the Count find them, they will engage in a brutal fight for their lives.

  • 6 copies of Condottierre.

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This is a really intense bluffing and negotiation game. The players are all bidding to acquire provinces in Italy, and the goal is to have four of them connected by game’s end. The cards used to bid have different powers, allowing you to suddenly double your bid, or keep some of the resources you had promised.

You’ve got to pay attention to cards and multiple strategies to come out on top, and it works out great for any group of friends who have that competitive edge.

  • 3 Copies of Runebound.

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Just look at this box. It’s enough for Amanda, but when she read about the game, she wanted it even more.

Players are battling to become the most renowned hero, battling monsters, navigating social encounters, and exploring ruins and forests. It has tons of replay value, and you can play as one of many traditional RPG characters and customize their skills and assets to suit your play style. But unlike a traditional RPG, you’re playing against your friends, adding another level of strategy to the whole thing…

  • Sid Meier’s Civilization: The Board Game.

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This game really stays true to its video game predecessor. You start off with a single city, one army figure, and one scout, and from there you forge a great civilization. There are many paths to victory, including invading another player’s capital, developing a rich culture, and even an option to travel to space. It’s important that you plan your advancements well ahead of time, and try to keep up with your opponents while keeping your goals in mind.

  • XCOM: The Board Game.

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In XCOM, the players are a part of an elite organization defending against an alien invasion. There’s a lot to keep track of, including incoming alien UFOs that need to be shot down, soldiers that need to be assigned to key missions, important research about alien technology to better defend your base, all while trying to implement your final mission to repel the invaders.

The game has a free app you download to keep it all in real time, while it also keeps track of turns, satellite communications, and much more. This game requires your full attention, and will keep you thinking for the entire time.

  • 12 copies of Battlestar Galactica.

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This is a semi-cooperative game that will make you work together to defeat the Cylons… until someone you trust betrays you to them.

Everyone is given a secret role at the beginning of the game, and the humans are working hard to keep spirits up, people fed, the ship moving, and people healthy. But there’s at least one Cylon in your midst, and they will be doing their best to counter your moves without being noticed. If you like playing a game where there is a continuous challenge and victory is always a close call, Battlestar Galactica is for you.

  • 6 copies of Star Wars: Force & Destiny Beginner Game.

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This is a starter set for the Star Wars: Force & Destiny roleplaying game, and the perfect way to get yourself acquainted with the system, characters, and adventures available to you in the world of Star Wars.

This comes with four pre-built characters for your group to choose from, each with their own eight-page folio with the character’s background, as well as their connection with Hethan Romund, the Force, and the other heroes. They have quick reference guides for the core game mechanics, and recommendations for advancing your character.

  • 6 copies of Arkham Horror.

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Arkham Horror is one of Fantasy Flight’s most popular games, and for good reason. You play as a team of investigators, trying to prevent an Ancient One from breaking into the world and wreaking havoc. You spend the game cleaning out the monsters and closing portals to other dimensions. If too many portals remain open, your last chance is to defeat the Ancient One in combat… and no one wants that to be their only hope.

  • 18 copies of Elder Sign. 12 bundled with the Gates of Arkham Expansion.

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This is a really great game, too. If you don’t want to take my word for it, you can watch the episode of TableTop where Felicia Day, Mike Morhaime, Bil Prady, and Wil Wheaton played a very intense game of it.

Six of our lovely donors are going to get copies of the base game, while twelve more will get the base game in addition to the Gates of Arkham expansion. Good luck to you keeping the Ancient Ones at bay…

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We’ve only got 4 more days in this year’s fundraiser, and as of right now we’ve raised $950,000.

It’s our best year ever, but I’d really love to have a strong finish. So if you haven’t pitched in yet, this is your chance. Check out the auctions we’re currently running. Take a peek in The Tinker’s Packs. Or just donate directly on the Worldbuilders page for a chance to win in this year’s lottery.

There are plenty of families out there like Fred and Florence who just need a leg up to turn their lives around for the better.

Let’s make it happen.

Posted in Worldbuilders 2015 | By Pat15 Responses

Cheapass Games, Boss Monster, and Other Game Geekery

Wow, everyone.

Yesterday was the best fundraising day we’ve ever had. Ever. Last year, our best day raised about $93,000. Yesterday, we raised more than $200,000. Then our $100,000 of matching was added on the livestream late last night, and we watched our overall fundraiser total cross $800,000. (It’s currently at $832,000.)

This means we put more than $300,000 towards Heifer’s offer of matching funds. As a result, more than $600,000 will be going to help projects in Haiti.

That’s just from yesterday.

And we still have 13 days left of this fundraiser, folks. I’m excited to see how far we can go.

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Today’s blog is jam-packed with gaming stuff from a bunch of places. Let’s get right into it.

Games from Cheapass Games

James Ernest stomped right out to help this year, and he donated well over 150 games. Amanda’s always said that any game put out by Cheapass is one that’s worth playing, even if you’ve never heard of it before. They work hard to put out quality games that are fun to play no matter what kind of game you’re into.

Here’s what’s up for grabs:

  • 19 Super-Extra-Serious-Deluxe versions of Stuff and Nonsense.

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Rachel says this is a really fun game, especially for those who like to spout nonsense or wax poetic. James really went the extra mile with these. It was already the Deluxe version of Stuff and Nonsense, and he took the time to repack each one to include all of the bonus goodies they made for the game: the custom meeple set, the custom die, the pack of 12 extra cards, the collector coin, the travel stickers and the postcard of Professor Elemental.

Pretty much all of this bonus stuff is impossible to get any more, so if you win one of these, you’re ending up with a real rarity.

And they’re all going into the prize lottery.

  • 23 copies each of 5 different versions of Lord of the Fries.

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There are a lot of versions of Lord of the Fries, the Zombie Cooking game. There’s the Superdeluxe edition of the core game, and 4 different stand-alone expansion decks. You can play any of them individually, or combine them all into one giant game.

Since they can be stand-alone, that means 115 prizes are going into the lottery here. You’ve got a lot of chances to win something really cool from Cheapass Games.

  • Barmaids Pairs Decks, signed by James Ernest and Echo Chernik.

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We put a few of these up in the store last week, but we held on to some of them for the fundraiser. We’re putting four into the lottery for anyone to win, but one is going up for auction.

So if you’d like one of these lovely pairs decks signed by the artist (Echo Chernik) and Designer James Earnest, you can bid on it right here.

  • Auction: One Bigass Cheapass Games Bundle.

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This bundle has one of the Super-Extra-Serious-Deluxe versions of Stuff and Nonsense, plus one of each of the Lord of the Fries decks. Again, a bunch of the bonus stuff in Stuff and Nonsense is something you just can’t get anymore, so enjoy your awesome, limited edition goodies.

You can bid on this awesome bundle right here.

Boss Monster

The guys over at Brotherwise Games have always been really good to us. After all, they made and donated the Quothe the Ladykiller card, as well as the Bast and Bastas cards, just for Worldbuilders.

And now they’ve passed along something really special.

  • Limited Edition copies of Boss Monster 2. Signed by creators Johnny and Chris O’Neal.

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These are the limited edition versions of Boss Monster, and come with bonus holofoil versions of the 14 bosses, and an alternate-art Epic Hero to boot.

We have 4 signed copies of this game total, so we’ve put 3 in the lottery and one up for auction for you collectors out there. Bid here to your heart’s content.

Other Cool Gaming Geekery

These are some seriously cool items that we wanted to add, and we figured there was no better way than to show them off with some of our other games.

  • 3 Chainmail Dice Bags

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These were donated by a fan who makes handmade chainmail items, and we figured any gamer would be happy to get a sweet dice bag.

  • D20 Keychains and D20 Bookmarks.

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These are all going in with other games as prizes, just to spice things up a bit. That means that they won’t be added as individual prizes, but instead will be add-ons to other prizes. Prizes plus, if you will.

The keychains and bookmarks were made by a lovely volunteer named Meghan, and she donated a bunch of them to the fundraiser.

  • Auction: Rare, Limited Edition copy of The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen book. Personalized to you by creator James Wallis.

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This is a true rarity. If you’ve never played this game before, you really should. We played it at NerdCon, and you can see it in all of its two-hour-long glory in this playlist on YouTube.

James Wallis, the creator of The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen, donated one of the very limited edition books to the fundraiser. What’s more, he has graciously offered to give the book a personalized Munchausen dedication.

When we asked him to explain what that meant, he said:

“A Munchausen dedication usually runs over both sets of endpapers and sometimes further than that, as the Baron reminisces on the times he has spent with the recipient, the duels they have fought, and why one of them owes the other money.”

There is very little that could be so cool as this. You can bid on it right here.

  • Auction: 2 seats for King of Tokyo with Pat Rothfuss GenCon 2016.

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Earlier this year, we auctioned off a seat to play King of Tokyo with me in Indianapolis during GenCon. The good news is, it takes more than 2 people to play King of Tokyo.

I’m going to invite some of my friends to play, but in the mean time we’re holding an auction for 2 seats at the table. Let’s rock this. Bid here.

  • Auctions: Play a game of True Dungeon at GenCon 2016.

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I haven’t been shy about the fact that I love playing True Dungeon. And the folks at True Dungeon are particularly cool, and donated a game for Worldbuliders to auction off.

True Dungeon is a fantastic game. As you can see from the above photo, it was thoroughly puzzling the year I played with Wil Wheaton. There are lots of rooms with puzzles, monsters, and obstacles that you need to solve, kill, and/or traverse, however you like it. Honestly, True Dungeon is one of my favorite parts about GenCon, and I’m looking forward to getting some friends together for another game.

There are two auctions here, each for one seat of the True Dungeon game. That means, if you and your best friend both want to play, you have to bid on *both* of the auctions.

So: Here’s one seat. And here’s the other. Bid as much as you’re willing, and have fun.

And finally, Ladies, Gentlemen, and others, I offer you the Tableflip.

  • Tableflip

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At Gen Con this year I had dinner with Max Temkin and Paul Peterson (designer of Smash Up.)  Paul had invented a lovely little toy that delighted everyone at the table.

It’s a tiny papercraft table. You punch out the table and all the tiny accouterments on the sheet, put them together, set the table as nicely as you dream… and flip it.

(Like so.)

This cool, limited edition of the tableflip even has a little Name of the Wind you can put on your table. We’re adding 400 of them to the lottery, where they will be paired up with other games. So if you end up getting your ass beat at Lord of the Fries, you can vent your frustration in a socially acceptable way.

If you don’t want to trust to luck, you can buy one for super cheap over here. And, as you might have guessed, all the proceeds from that go to Worldbuilders.

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I’ve you’d like to see *everything* we’re currently auctioning off, you can head over here and even get a look at the stuff we haven’t officially announced yet.

Or you can straight up donate to the cause, knowing that for every 10 bucks you kick in, you get one entry into the lottery, getting you the chance to win all manner of cool books and games.

Posted in Worldbuilders 2015 | By Pat7 Responses

Black Friday Bargains and Domesticated Owlbears

Let’s be honest with each other. You don’t want to go outside today. It’s madness out there. It’s like The Purge and World War Z got together and had an ugly baby. It’s like the apocalypse if zombies wanted cheap blue-ray players instead of brains.

So don’t do it. You’re better than that. You don’t want to get crushed to death in a Walmart trying to save 14 dollars on a blender. It’s not worth it.

Let me offer you a better option. An option that will allow you to stay in your house and eat leftovers. An option where you can do holiday shopping without dealing with traffic, crowds, or the age-old hassle of putting on pants.

Instead, come take a look at the sale we’re having in the Tinker’s Packs?

All the proceeds from our online store go to charity, and as an added bonus, all purchases bring us closer to stretch goals like Karen Hallion drawing me as The Doctor, or Neil Gaiman singing to his baby.

All that AND 100% less chance of getting trampled to death.

  • Signed Slow Regard Bookmarks, Fulcrum Challenge Coin, and Underthing Postcards.

If you missed the IndieGoGo we did back in June, here’s your chance to pick up some of the items we created for that.

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There are the Postcards from The Underthing, which I’m particularly tickled by. Brett designed each one to be thematically appropriate to a different place in the Underthing. There’s also the Year of the Gear challenge coin, and a few of the extra bookmarks made from damaged copies of Slow Regard that I’ve signed.

The bookmarks in particular are very limited, so if you want to give one away, you should grab one right here.

  • Ludis Art

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This was sent in by Catherine Please who really wanted to share it with Worldbuidlers. It’s seriously beautiful, and I happen to know for a fact that Amanda already bought one.

You can catch the moon from your broken house right here.

  • Calendars: Karen Hallion and Beyond Words

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(Want to see more of the interior art? More pics in the store.)

It’s time to start thinking about next year’s calendar. We’ve got two to chose from, and when you buy them here, you’ll know the money’s going to make the world a better place. While you’re at it, why not pick one up for a friends or family member too…

The Karen Hallion calendar has a lot of cool mashup art across lots of types of pop culture, making it a good fit for pretty much anyone. And the Beyond Words calendar has lots of fantasy authors (including yours truly) in beautiful fantasy settings, being generally badass. You can get the Hallion calendar here, and the Beyond Words calendar here.

  • Pairs Decks, including Signed Barmaids Decks

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We’ve had the four pairs decks based on my books for a while. But today we’re also releasing the Barmaids, Pirate, and Muses decks, too. As with all the decks, these come with rules for the basic cards , and you can get them right here.

As an added bonus, when we were at GenCon this summer, we saw Echo Chernik (stunning artist of the Barmaids deck) and James Ernest and managed to get them to sign some of the Barmaids decks. There’s only five of these double-signed decks in the store, so grab them while you can.

  • Domesticated Owlbear Plushie

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GameHole Con was a few weeks ago now, and we’re happy to report we have some of the John Kovalic-designed Owlbear plushies available for sale.

Don’t know what an Owlbear is? Let this clip from TableTop educate you:

The Owlbear is a beloved D&D monster, and this appearance on TableTop really cemented my love for them. We’ve got some in the store, and they’re yours for the taking right here.

  • Copies of Princess 1 and Princess 2, signed by both me and Nate Taylor

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Nate was kind enough to sign a few copies of each Princess book for us a while back, and we figured someone might want to have their own matched set. They’re up in the store right here.

  • Name of the Wind Scarves

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We just auctioned one of these off that I completely defaced, but we still have clean versions available in the store. Keep warm with a couple of the more well-known passages of Name of the Wind right here.

  • Swag Bags from Concert Against Humanity & CAH Fantasy Pack.

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(Feel free to embiggen. There’s a lot there to look at.)

These swag bags were a cool perk for the people who attended the Concert Against Humanity at GenCon last summer. In addition to a truly fantastic show, you also got a bag full of stuff like limited edition cards from the Pathfinder Adventure Card game, a pack of MTG cards, the Reject Pack 2 from Cards Against Humanity, just to name a few.

The folks at CAH had some of the swag bags left over, and agreed to donate the rest to Worldbuilders to use for the fundraiser. We have those up in the store for the stupidly good price of $45, so you can get that geek in your life their very own bag of cool.

We’re also adding the Fantasy Pack CAH debuted last week. For those of you who couldn’t get your hands on it because of shipping constraints, we’ve got your back. You can get it through The Tinker’s Packs.

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We’ve got other stuff in the store today, too. Bargains and sale items and bundle offers that will save you money. But you’re all big kids, I’ll trust you to wander over there and have a look around on your own. Fortune favors the bold.

Don’t forget about the auctions we’re currently running. They’re wrapping up Sunday night, and a lot of them would make for cool presents, too.

Trying to fight against rampant consumerism? We respect that. Why not donate directly to Worldbuilders on someone’s behalf, then tell your holiday gift recipient, “I bought you a goat!”

Trust me. It’s a great conversation starter.

Thanks for helping to make the world a better place, folks. Let’s keep doing it.

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Games, Books, and a Video from Neil Gaiman

On Wednesday afternoon, Worldbuilders crossed the $600,000 mark on our fundraiser.

On Wednesday night, this happened:

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Then, early yesterday morning, this happened:

Thank you, everyone for donating.

Thank you Neil for being your lovely, generous, kindhearted self.

We’ve got four days left in this year’s fundraiser, where every $10 you donate to Heifer International on our team page gives you the chance to win thousands of cool books and games in our lottery. (You can calculate the exact odds of winning something using the widget above.)

Now, on to today’s additions to the fundraiser. First the games:

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Munchkin is all of the fun of playing D&D with a lot more snark, sarcasm, and backstabbing. Plus, it’s a lot simpler, and you get to fight the Dread Gazebo.

If you’ve never played Munchkin, you really really should. These are all going into the lottery, so if you choose to receive games as a prize option when you donate, you might just get the chance.

  • Auction: Munchkin Game with signed Luggage Card

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In case you already know and love Munchkin, let’s sweeten the deal by adding the rare promotional Luggage card, signed and doodled by John Kovalic and signed by Steve Jackson. The Luggage, from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, is a semi-intelligent trunk with lots of little feet that acts as both luggage and bodyguard for the clueless, hapless, and a few other -lesses tourist, Twoflower. Twoflower eventually gives it to Rincewind, and along those lines, the Luggage in Munchkin will bounce from player to player depending on dice rolls.

Of course, just like in the book, you can never really get rid of it.

The Luggage card is *very* rare, so we’re auctioning it off with a signed copy of the game over here.

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This game is a nice twist to your traditional deck building game. In addition to buying and using new cards, the segments that make up the game board get removed from one side and added to the other during play, giving a videogame-like side scrolling feel, and challenging players to remain aware of things that had been visible and aren’t any longer.

Coolest thing of all? This game isn’t even out yet, so if you donate and win it in the lottery, you’ll be able to taunt your friends.

  • Auction: Hardcover copy of Magic the Gathering: Complete Collection. Signed by Matt Forbeck.

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This book contains 16 issues of the IDW “Dack Fayden” comic series, and it’s signed by Matt Forbeck with a sweet Worldbuilders inscription to boot. If you’re even a little into MTG worldbuilding, this is right up your alley.

You know you want it, so go bid on it here.

  • Copies of  Quarantine, including the First Aid Expansion. Signed by Mark Klassen.

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While the gameplay and rules are simple, this game will never be played the same way twice. Players are trying to build the biggest and most efficient hospital while taking care of the patients as they arrive and preventing those patients from spreading disease through the hospital.

Hospitals are built with an interesting “price-drafting” mechanic that requires some serious strategy to get the rooms you want for a reasonable price without losing them to the other players.

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Level 99 games is one of our newest sponsors, and we’re excited to have them. This game is a bit of a rarity as it’s two gaming elements I’ve never seen combined before. It’s a character-driven game with a physical element, so dexterity actually plays a part in your success.

All of these are going into the lottery where anyone who donates can win a copy.

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Here we have a real-time card game that simulates a chaotic bar brawl. It’s a simple game to pick up, but can be played as strategically or casually as the group wants. It’s all the fun of a bar fight without having to worry about the bloody knuckles! These are going into the lottery as well….

  • Auction: Full Name of the Wind Poker Box Set: 2 card covers, all 3 playing card decks, 300 poker chips, and a signed bookplate, all in a heavy wooden display case.

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This was a Kickstarter-exclusive item, so there’s nowhere to get them any more. Well… except from me, because I bought a few extras and hoarded them.

We put a few into our IndieGoGo fundraiser over the summer, where they sold out really quickly for 600 bucks each. Since then we’ve had more than a couple people come asking if there’s any other way they can get hold of one.

To see more detailed pictures of my chips, box, and other art, you can head over here.

  • Auction: Rare Tyranny of Dragons Pinny Arcade Pin.

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Some events at PAX will get you cool, rare pins. This one is from 2014. You got one if you attended the live show of Acquisitions Incorporated. I traded to get an extra one, and we’re auctioning it off over here.

  • A full set of Cards Against Humanity.

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I kind of assume all of you already know about CAH. It’s described as “A party game for horrible people” and that really says it all. I’ve played this game many, many times, always with horrifying and hilarious results.

What some folks don’t know is that folks at CAH are as lovely as their game is fun and horrible. They do a lot of charitable work, and happily donated two full sets of their game to us this year. (The base game, expansions 1-5, the 90’s pack, the 2012 and the 2013 holiday packs, and The Bigger Blacker Box.)

Due to the nature of this game… we’re probably going to call the winner before we put it in the mail. If you’ve played it, you know why.

  • Auction: The full set of CAH, including rare add-on packs and pins.

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This set has everything above, *plus* four of the rare, hard-to-come by expansion packs that only tend to get handed out at special events.

As an added bonus, I’m throwing in my own personal set of the pins they gave away at PAX Prime this year. You won’t see many of those around….

Head over here for more details, or to place your bids.

And now some lovely books. Some of these are going up for auction, but many of them are going into the lottery instead where if you donate, you can win them.

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I am a big fan of  The Oatmeal’s work. And if you’re not, you should be.

This year The Oatmeal (Matt) donated a bunch of stuff to the fundraiser, so we’re putting 4 of his books together in a bundle for you in the lottery.

The books are 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth, How to Tell if your Cat is Plotting to Kill You, Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants, and My Dog: The Paradox.

With titles like that, how could you *not* be intrigued?

  • A bundle of coolness from The Oatmeal: I <3 Tesla mug, I <3 Tesla Pin, and a rare signed original printing of 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth.

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We’ve also got a different Oatmeal bundle going into the lottery that has a mug, pin, and the much-more rare edition of Punch a Dolphin. This edition was printed before The Oatmeal started to make it big, so it’s a bit of a collector’s item.

One of these is going to a lucky winner in the lottery, but we’re putting a second set up for auction over here for those of you who want to get a hold of this rare early version of his book

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This YA novel won the 2012 Young Writers Prize. It’s an up and comer, and doing pretty well for itself. Plus, it’s written by a long time fan, our very own Captain Joe, winner of the previous photo contest and all-around awesome person.

Joe also pitched in a handmade quill from his desk, which is up for auction, but these copies of his book are going into the lottery.

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This is a great steampunk series, and Liesel was kind enough to send a signed ARC of the first book for the fundraiser. It’d be awesome to receive if you’ve never read it before, or if you’re a huge fan and want to start a collection, so we’ve got it in the lottery for you.

“Schwarz’s debut blossoms with possibilities for a future hinging on the brave and determined Elle, who both loves science and wields Light’s magic” – Publishers Weekly

  • Two Hundred and  Twenty-One Baker Streets: An Anthology of Holmesian Tales Across Time and Space. Signed by Jamie Wyman.

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Here’s a fun little anthology, which allowed authors to write about Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in any time or place they’d like. There are stories all over the world, written from all different points of view, and lots of other twists you wouldn’t expect.

  • Auction: Unveiled. Signed by Jamie Wyman and comes with two bookmarks and two challenge coins.

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This is a signed copy of book 2 in Jamie’s Etudes in C# series, and comes with a couple of thematically-appropriate challenge coins..

“Quirky, unique, fast-paced, and with enough geek homages to make me feel at home, it’s a Puck-load of fun.” – Delilah S. Dawson

If you want to bid on the coolness, you can do so over here.

  • A set of The Portals Series: Heart of Briar and Soul of Fire. Both signed by Laura Anne Gilman.

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Laura Anne Gilman is a longtime supporter of Worldbuilders, so we’re happy to be putting her books into the lottery. As it is, her Deadline Cat is up for auction for those of you who love her work and need a little help dealing with deadlines of your own.

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Charitable work seems to come pretty naturally for Eric. All of the royalties he receives from sales of this book are donated to his local food bank. He inscribed these for Worldbuilders, so you’ll be reminded of both charitable actions. All it takes for the chance is your own $10 charitable donation

  • Copies of Little Brother. Signed and inscribed by Cory Doctorow.

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I want to gush about this book, but Neil Gaiman has written one of the most beautiful blurbs for it I’ve ever seen.

“A wonderful, important book…I’d recommend Little Brother over pretty much any book I’ve read this year, and I’d want to get it into the hands of as many smart thirteen-year-olds, male and female, as I can. Because I think it’ll change lives.  Because some kids, maybe just a few, won’t be the same after they’ve read it. Maybe they’ll change politically, maybe technologically. Maybe it’ll just be the first book they loved or that spoke to their inner geek. Maybe they’ll want to argue about it and disagree with it. Maybe they’ll want to open their computer and see what’s in there. I don’t know. It made me want to be thirteen again right now, and reading it for the first time.” – Neil Gaiman.

They’re all in the lottery, to spread the love as much as possible.

  • A copy of Stardust. Signed and doodled by Neil Gaiman.

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This copy of Stardust was donated by some awesome fans. Even if you don’t win the Fabled Stardust ARC, you might get your hands on this awesome-and-doodled copy, since it’s in the lottery as well.

  • Copies of Angels & Visitations. Signed by Neil Gaiman.

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We’re tossing one of these awesome, illustrated collections of short stories into the lottery.

This collection has some of Gaiman’s earliest writing in it.  It was published before American GodsNeverwhere, even Smoke and Mirrors, and it was published by Dreamhaven. This is the only place you can find some of his non-fiction from the late 80s and early 90s.

There’s also a copy up for auction, since these are fairly collectible. If you want it, you can bid here.

  • Sets of novellas: Emperor’s Soul and limited edition Legion. Both signed by Brandon Sanderson.

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Brandon’s novellas are great, and these are both stand-alone or first in a series. Legion is one of only 1000 limited editions from Subterranean Press, as well, so it’s a great kit for reading up on some Sanderson.

We’ve also got a set up for auction, so you can bid on those over here.

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Many of you know about Malala Yousafzai already, but for those who don’t: she has been championing women’s rights, human rights, and education since she was 11 years old, writing blogs and giving interviews  She rose to worldwide fame after an assassination attempt in 2012 that left her in critical condition.

After she recovered, she went back to doing her thing again, except twice as hard as before.

She is a bit of a hero of mine. Someone shot her in the head for speaking out, and she got back up and kept trying to change the world.

I’m happy to say that Ms. Yousafzai collected her first Nobel prize just last Wednesday. We’re auctioning off a signed, first edition copy of her book over here.

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Ending this blog with Malala Yousafzai, makes me realize I haven’t talked about one of my favorite things that Heifer does.

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Heifer helps young girls get to go to school.

If your family is poor enough that food is hard to come by, you can’t even consider paying for school fees and books. If a family can only afford to send one child to school, they will almost always choose a boy over a girl. In some places, schooling isn’t even considered for women.

And personally, I think that sucks. If you haven’t noticed, most of the Worldbuilders team is composed of women, and the only reason this whole shindig happens is because of them. They’ve turned this fundraiser from a hot mess of catastrophe-curve enthusiasm into something that works. I never could do this without them.

I think about Malala, and my sister, and Charlotte from the video I posted in yesterday’s blog. I think about my mom. I wish you all could have met her. She remains one of the most generous, kind, and *capable* people I’ve ever known….

And then I think: what would these women have been like if they’d been denied an education because of prejudice or poverty?

Honestly? It horrifies me to think of it. I don’t want to live in that world. Beyond that, I wouldn’t be the person I am if my mother hadn’t raised me. And she wouldn’t have grown into the person she was if she’d never had the chance to go to school.

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Heifer International has long understood that the best way to create sustainable growth is through teaching, and for $275, you can send a young girl to school. $275 dollars gives gives a family the tools, livestock, and training so that they can generate enough income to pay for their daughter’s school fees and supplies.

And that’s not just for a year of school. What Heifer provides a family doesn’t just last, it grows. Chickens produce more chickens. Goats produce more goats. That means that all the years and years to come that family will have the money to pay for tuition, books, paper and uniforms. That one time donation sends a girl to school forever.

Remember Malala Yousafzai up there? One of the reasons someone tried to kill her is because her family runs a chain of schools in a region that frowns on the education of women. Hell, that wins the award for my biggest understatement ever. People went looking for her and shot her in the head so they could send the clear message that women shouldn’t be educated.

Heifer International is changing those attitudes.

With the help of Heifer’s education programs, we’re working to change how people view the value of education for everyone. Ms. Yousafzai is fighting for an important cause. And I’m proud to be part of that fight.

You can be part of it too.

Donate here.

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D&D, Swords from Westeros, and My Favorite Video of the Fundraiser….

We have been getting a lot of messages and comments as we approach the end of the fundraiser, asking what people can do to help out and be involved, so we thought we’d share some ideas with you today:

You can bid on one of the many auctions that are running and get yourself something cool and collectible.

You can also buy cool stuff in the store, where all the proceeds go to Worldbuilders.

Or you can do what 7-year-old Charlotte did.

You have to watch that. Seriously. I demand that you watch it.

Charlotte has created her own page as a part of our Worldbuilders fundraiser, setting a goal of $500 to buy a heifer for a family that needs it. She’s also got the energy and go-get-em attitude to someday rule the world, so you might want to consider getting on her good side now by helping her out.

Several people have created their own pages as part of our fundraiser. There’s one for Nerdfighters. One for people who do NaNoWriMo. Some of them are offering their own stretch goals and their own prizes. (But they all are included in the main Worldbuilders lottery, and they all add to our total.)

I’m happy to see them all, but I hope I don’t hurt anyone’s feelings if I say that Charlotte’s page has made my day.

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Today’s blog is full of auctions. There’s a great variety of things, so read all the way to the bottom and see if there’s anything that piques your interest…

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Your chance to have a seat at the gaming table in the third year of Author D&D. Join these literary masters at Confusion as they D&D it up. If you want to know what it’s like, they’ve filmed it for the last three years, which you can watch here in an epic playlist.

The game itself will be on January 17 2015, and there will be books, dice, and other supplies provided. This doesn’t include travel or accommodations, though, so if you’re already planning on going to ConFusion, it’s a great opportunity.

Bid on the chance over here.

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Mikey Neumann is more than a great game designer (though he is that too, having worked on Half-Life 2, Brothers in Arms, and Borderlands), he’s also a fabulous public speaker, champion whist player, and a writer to boot.

This year, he was kind enough to write a short story just for us, and read it for us in a YouTube video you can see over here. This is the exact copy he was reading from in that video, and Mikey was nice enough to sign it and donate it for us to auction off.

If you’re interested, you can bid on it over here.

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These posters are designed by Steve Shell, an English and Theatre teacher from North Carolina. Each print features a period map of the setting of the text with a cutout of an iconic image or shape from the story and a cutout showing a special selection of text from the novel/poem/story.

There’s a full set of all 30 posters going into the lottery, and another one up for auction. Amanda’s totally bidding on this to give out to all of her friends who are English teachers.

If you want the auction, you can beat Amanda out over here.

Fabulous donations from Valyrian Steel

The folks over at Valyrian Steel started helping out with Worldbuilders last year, and this year they’ve stepped in to donate more of their officially licensed Game of Thrones replicas and memorabilia.

Nearly everything here is limited edition. Some of the items have as few as 500 available in the world, and a few of them are entirely sold out.

So if you, or someone you love, is a fan of Game of Thrones, read on….

  • Auction: The Hound’s Helm. Limited edition of 2,500.

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This is the helm of the Hound. Not only does it come with a display stand, but it’s also completely wearable.

The jaw opens and closes, and there’s silkscreened Clegane sigil on the stand, which shows that the folks at Valyrian Steel have a nice attention to detail.

If you want to be as badass as The Hound, bid over here.

  • Auction: Daenerys Bust. Limited edition of 2,000.

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Daenerys is one of the most loved characters in GOT, and this bust was made specifically to recall the closing scene of season 1.

To have the Mother of Dragons watch over you, bid here.

  • Auction: Tyrion Lannister Statue. Limited edition of 3,000.

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Everyone loves Tyrion, and here’s a limited edition statue they made of him before the second season of Game of Thrones. They asked for ideas of what to create a statue of, and were told that the moment Tyrion charges into the Battle of Blackwater would be awesome.

The producers even provided photographs that were taken during filming, expressly as sculpture reference for this piece.

Bid on it in all its coolness here.

  • Auction: Longclaw Damascus Steel Artist Proof. One of only 18.

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This is a real rarity here.

Not only is this a replica of John Snow’s blade, Longclaw, made of Damascus Steel. But this is one of the incredibly limited run of only 18 artists proofs that were made. Typically they were given to Very Important People, like George RR Martin, or folks who work on the show with HBO.

But the folks at Valyrian Steel have given us one as well, and we’re auctioning it off here for the hardcore fans. It even has the Night’s Watch Oath on the wooden plaque.

Want to be one of less than 20 people in the world with this blade, bid on it over here.

  • Auction: Ice Damascus Steel Artist Proof. One of only 18.

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The Stark family greatsword has a lot of history behind it, and plays an important role in Game of Thrones.

This is also one of 18 artist proofs, so we’ve put this one up for auction as well. The chance to grab this isn’t likely to come up again, so if you want it, you’ll need to bid on it here.

Stuff from Authors’ Desks

During our IndieGoGo fundraiser last summer, the Worldbuilders Team and I gave up a couple of precious and beloved things from our desks. We figured they might last until the final day of the fundraiser to sell out, but all 12 were gobbled up within the first couple of hours.

We all wrote careful notes to go with our items, explaining why we loved them so dearly, and shipped them out, happy to have raised some money for charity in return for a little bit of joy.

Fast forward to now, where a handful of authors who have helped with Worldbuilders are offering the same thing. This is a bit of an experiment for us. But I know as an aspiring author, I would have loved to have something from a pro-writer’s desk as my personal writing mojo. In fact, I’m considering bidding on some of these things in order to steal some of these other author’s powers….

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This is a charming little cat figurine that Sherwood has kept on her desk for many many years. Since she was in the fifth grade, as a matter of fact.

This comes in a “Thanks for All You Do” velvet bag and a caligraphied note giving a little bit of history of the adorable cat. You can bid on it here.

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Jaime has been a big fan of comic books all her life, so her stuff from her desk has a definite theme: comics. Even the note she wrote explaining the gifts is on Superman stationery.

There’s her 2008 Comic Book Legal Defense Fund membership card, as well as some Superman post it notes. If you want to be half as cool as she is, you can bid on them here.

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Anne sent over a signed and inscribed copy of Written in Red to accompany Snack the Mini Moose. Apparently Snack has read the next book in Anne’s series and was really scared, so  they’re sending him along to someone who will take care of him. The note that comes with Snack was written by The Wolfgard.

According to The Wolfgard, “If you take good care of Snack, someday he will grow up to be Lunch.”

If you want to take care of Snack for Anne, you can bid on him over here.

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April also kicked in some signed copies of her books to go with her desk item. It’s fairly appropriate, since this piece of Victorian jewelry was a part o the what inspired the period and writing of this series of books from April.

If you want this little piece of coolness, bid on it here.

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Figment has been on Kristen’s desk since the 80s, when she picked him up from Walt Disney World. Back then, he was the mascot of Epcot, meant to be a manifestation of imagination, which Kristen loved.

He’s going to start sharing his magic with someone new, and if you want that to be you, you should bid on him here.

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Laura has been helping out with Worldbuilders for a long time in many ways. According to Laura, Deadline Cat “has seen me through numerous deadlines with minimal loss of sanity.”

I’m seriously considering jumping in on this one….

If you could maybe use a Deadline Cat, you can bid on him here.

  • Auction: Joe Ducie‘s Handmade Italian Quill.

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Joe (who many of you may remember better as Captain Joe) had a very fancy, handmade quill he thought he’d share with us. Apparently, he won it off of a Fremchman in Canada, and never managed to use it properly. The full details are in the note photoed above, which you can read if you click to embiggen.

If you’d like Joe’s saucy best, you can bid on his quill (hur hur) right over here.

(I would just like to say that Amanda wrote that last bit. For Shame, Amanda. Way to bring down the tone of the blog after I took the high road by avoiding making a bust joke earlier….)

  • Auction: Martha Wells‘s Invitation to Deeper Than Swords.

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Martha’s desk item is bonus cool, because it was all about the opening of the Texas A&M University Cushing Library’s exhibit Deeper Than Swords, which was about the work of George R.R. Martin.

It includes a packet of info and pictures from the exhibit, as well as the invitation itself, some postcards, and a cool sword letter opener. Martha wrote up a letter with the full details of the event (since she got two invitations, she used one and sent us the other).

If you want your own set of memorabilia, you can bid on it right here.

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We hit Neil Gaiman’s stretch goal yesterday afternoon. He’ll be filming it shortly, but in the meantime, there are plenty of others you can watch to keep yourself entertained.

Me? It looks like I better start calling around to see if I can find some farmer who is willing to let me kiss his Llama…

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