Vampires, Heifers & Geeks

$430,000 Raised as of Day Four 
Patrick Rothfuss’ Worldbuilders Fundraiser 

for Heifer International 

Worldbuilders, the Geeks Doing Good non-profit founded by best-selling fantasy Patrick Rothfuss continues to raise money for Heifer International. In just 4 days the geek community has raised more than $430,000.
Special Announcement 
This just in: the Humble Bundle community was so happy with the way we used their first 2 matching money gifts…they said that when we hit $500K they’ll put up ANOTHER $100K just so we can blow past it!
Thursday’s Highlight
The Star Trek & Optimistic SFF panel featuring Martha Wells, Benjamin Kinney, Dana Pellebon, Sarah Gulde, Star Trek: Discovery’s Anthony Rapp was a geek favorite. Watch for it to be posted on the Worldbuilders’ YouTube channel, and see who is the biggest geek among the panelists. The answer may surprise you!
In the evening, Worldbuilders Assistant Director Zay Olsen hosted author Kevin Hearne on “After Dark,” talking about cocktails, ink, paper, and other literarily geeky things.
And then on Saturday . . .
Vault Comics, World of Darkness, and Worldbuilders are thrilled to announce that they have partnered to host a very special Vampire: The Masquerade one-shot live stream as part of Worldbuilders’ 2020 Fundraiser.
The one-shot game of Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition will stream live on the official World of Darkness Twitch channel on Saturday December 5th from 10:00 am-2:00 am CT.
The one-shot cast will include World Patrick Rothfuss, esteemed LA By Night cast members Erika Ishii and B. Dave Walters, and Vault Comics’ Vampire: The Masquerade Winter’s Teeth comic co-writers, Tini Howard and Blake Howard. The one-shot game is based on the events and characters of Vampire: The Masquerade Winter’s Teeth, the critically-acclaimed comic book series from Vault Comics, and is an official canon story.
Even More on Sunday
“Imaginary Book Club” will be on the Worldbuilders’ Twitch Channel
“You haven’t read these books — don’t worry, we haven’t either.”
Imaginary Book Club” is a comedy improv panel where each participant “reviews” a book that does not exist, and the other people riff on that. You might hear us review the recently unearthed Babysitters’ Club book by Isaac Asimov, a newly discovered YA dystopia by F. Scott Fitzgerald, or the 90s-nostalgia horror anthology “I’ll Be There for Your Blood.
Featuring: Andrew Willett, Zed Lopez, Sumana Harihareswara, Sarah Peters, Brendan Adkins
Now through December 15, Worldbuilders is hosting a number of Livestream panels and events, including an online charity auction, to raise money for Heifer International supporting their humanitarian efforts worldwide. This year the goal is to reach $500,000.
Donors receive a chance to win fabulous books, games, and other prizes in the Prize Draw. There is an Auction where you can bid on a number of rare collectibles. As in years past, the most creative and interesting folks in the writing and gaming industries will be joining the fun, such as Anthony Rapp from Star Trek Discovery. Watch for exclusive blog posts, tweets, Facebook postings, and other Worldbuilders social media for exciting details with the hashtag #S2LF2.
Also keep an eye on Patrick Rothfuss’s Twitch throughout the week of the fundraiser, as he will be streaming everyday from 1pm-4pm CT. Sometimes Pat may be on earlier or stay later, he even may show up unannounced.
Worldbuilders believes that people will always help others when given the chance. It’s their aim to give everyone that chance. Worldbuilders is a non-profit that does one thing: they raise money for charities they respect that might otherwise get overlooked by the geek community. The Worldbuilders team is full of geeks, gamers, and book nerds, and people who tend to respect intelligent solutions–whether it’s a rock-solid magic system in a favorite fantasy series, or an airtight game mechanic that’s easy to learn and offers amazing variety. Over the last ten years, Worldbuilders–with the support of the community of awesome geeks–has raised more than $9.6 million for Heifer International.
Patrick Rothfuss is the bestselling author of The Kingkiller Chronicle. His first novel, The Name of the Wind, won the Quill Award and was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Its sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear, debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller chart and won the David Gemmell Legend Award. His novels have appeared on NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction/Fantasy Books list and Locus’ Best 21st Century Fantasy Novels list. Pat lives in Wisconsin, where he builds box forts with his children and runs Worldbuilders, a book-centered charity that has raised more than $9.6 million for Heifer International. He can be found at and on Twitter at @patrickrothfuss.
Heifer International’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. For more than 70 years, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in more than 25 countries, including the United States, to help communities become more self-reliant and lift farming families to a living income. For information, visit, read our blog , follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @Heifer, and @HeiferCEO or call 888.5HUNGER (888.548.6437).

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