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message 1: by Rob, Roberator (last edited Dec 05, 2019 03:11PM) (new)

Rob (robzak) | 6357 comments Mod
Every year Patrick Rothfuss's Worldbuilders Charity does a big end of year fundraiser where you have a chance to win a bunch of books, games, and other stuff.

Last year we talked about creating a Worldbuilders group for Sword & Laser. Thanks to John (Nevets) for the reminder about it. I asked Tom & Veronica about it and they were on board with the idea.

The fundraiser will take place from December 3rd to the 17th.

Here is a Blog Post Patrick Rothfuss made about this year's fundraiser.

Here's a link to our team Sword & Laser World Builders

I wasn't sure how much of a goal to set for us, so after discussing with Tom & Veronica we went with $1000.

Any amount is helpful, and it's for a great cause.

If you're not familiar with how the lottery bit works, it's pretty simple; for every $10 you donate to our worldbuilders (that includes donations through the S&L page) you get entered into the lottery. You can see all the cool stuff you can win on the Worldbuilders Lottery page.

There are also auctions on Ebay. Those won't associate you with the S&L team, but it's another way to donate and one that guarantees you a prize (assuming you win of course). Right now there doesn't appear to be too many auctions up, but I think they add some as it goes on.

And as a (small) additional incentive Tom has agreed to read the names of all of the people who donate through the S&L team page on an upcoming Podcast.

Note: If anyone who donates would rather not be mentioned, or prefer a different name from the one it shows on the world builders site (ex if Tassie Dave would prefer to be mentioned as Tassie Dave rather than his first and last name) please let me know and I'll simply count you among the anonymous donors instead.

I'll be giving them your full names, so if you'd just prefer a first name let me know that too.

Those of you donate anonymously will forgo that honor but you very much appreciated too!


message 2: by Sky (new)

Sky Corbelli | 352 comments Sounds good, I think I currently have just over a thousand dollars earmarked for Worldbuilders. Probably going to use some of it for the auctions, but I'll put whatever's left into the S&L team!


message 3: by Rob, Roberator (new)

Rob (robzak) | 6357 comments Mod
Awesome Sky! I was starting to worry our team would just have my own donation. lol.

I got some more details on Team thing from the Worldbuilder people but I won't have a team link to share until December 3rd when the the fundraiser goes live.


message 4: by Sheila Jean (new)

Sheila Jean | 279 comments Rob wrote: "Awesome Sky! I was starting to worry our team would just have my own donation. lol..."

You won't be alone :) I'm also game to join/support the team with my donation.


message 5: by John (Nevets) (new)

John (Nevets) Nevets (nevets) | 1360 comments Well, since I "poked the bear" on this one, I guess I'm committed as well. ;-)

I've been donating since the first year, but it will be fun to do it as part of this group this time.


message 6: by Veronica, Supreme Sword (new)

Veronica Belmont (veronicabelmont) | 1645 comments Mod
Thanks for setting this up, Rob!


message 7: by Mark (new)

Mark (markmtz) | 1936 comments Count me in as well.


message 8: by Peta (new)

Peta (thebookling) | 3 comments Fab idea! I’ll donate via here too!


message 9: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca (raitalle) | 52 comments I've never donated before, because I usually just miss it/I've found it kind of overwhelming. I'd love to break the pattern this year and contribute to the team!


message 10: by Rob, Roberator (last edited Dec 03, 2019 02:43AM) (new)

Rob (robzak) | 6357 comments Mod
The fundraiser is live, and so is our team page. Or well they don't appear to have Teams this year, but rather "individual" fundraisers within fundraisers. I thought I was doing something wrong but even Pat's "team" is done that way.

Either way we have a page! Sword & Laser World Builders

I had planned to donate first thing this morning to kick things off, but then I realized I don't know what my password is so I have to wait until after work.

Hopefully one of you can kick it off instead.

I wasn't sure how much of a goal to set for us, so after discussing with Tom & Veronica we went with $1000.

Any amount is helpful, and it's for a great cause.

If you're not familiar with how the lottery bit works, it's pretty simple: for every $10 you donate to our worldbuilders (that includes donations through the S&L page) you get entered into the lottery. You can see all the cool stuff you can win on the Worldbuilders Lottery page.


There are also auctions on Ebay. Those won't associate you with the S&L team, but it's another way to donate and one that guarentees you a prize (assuming you win of course). Right now there doesn't appear to be too many auctions up, but I think they add some as it goes on.


message 11: by Sky (new)

Sky Corbelli | 352 comments Thanks for getting the page up! I'll donate on the S&L page once I've either won an auction or lost all hope of winning one.


message 12: by Rob, Roberator (new)

Rob (robzak) | 6357 comments Mod
Sky wrote: "Thanks for getting the page up! I'll donate on the S&L page once I've either won an auction or lost all hope of winning one."

lol. I'm not sure if I should wish you good luck or bad. Good luck means you get something cool that you want. Bad luck means S&L gets more of your money (and more chances for you to win something from the lottery)

But in both cases the money goes to worldbuilders so win-win!

And thanks to Mark and Stephanie for already donating!


message 13: by Rob, Roberator (new)

Rob (robzak) | 6357 comments Mod
Hmm. Apparently they are doing donation matching right now, so my donation was matched by Worldbuilders, but the earlier two weren't.

I guess it's a good thing I couldn't donate this morning, but had I known they'd be doing matching later today I'd have waited to share the link.


message 14: by Tassie Dave, S&L Historian (new)

Tassie Dave | 3177 comments Mod
We are only $26 off reaching the target today.

Great cause. Thanks for setting this up Rob.


message 15: by Rob, Roberator (new)

Rob (robzak) | 6357 comments Mod
Yeah, I guess we should have aimed higher on our goal. Although I wasn't accounting for the donation matching. If it had been in place from the start we'd already be over the goal.


message 16: by Rob, Roberator (new)

Rob (robzak) | 6357 comments Mod
Looks like we hit our goal already! Hmm, seems like we need strech goals.

Of course I have no real way of incentiving stuff. It seems like most of the other teams are doing stuff to encourage people to donate to them.

I got nothing. Maybe friendly competition to compete with other teams like /r/fantasy or something? I dunno.

But hey we already raised a bunch of money for a good cause. Good job everyone!


message 17: by Rob, Roberator (last edited Dec 05, 2019 02:31AM) (new)

Rob (robzak) | 6357 comments Mod
We've moved up to #8 with $2206!

That means we're just $87 behind /r/fantasy at #7.

We're $881 behind the #6 team, so that may not be feesible.

There looks to be about $30,000 of matching left though, so that really only means we need ~$44 and ~$441 to catch up!

Really though since the goal was $1000, even without the matching we've exheeded that in only 2 days.

You guys are awesome!


message 18: by Mark (last edited Dec 05, 2019 07:41AM) (new)

Mark (markmtz) | 1936 comments Who's up for Roberator 2020?

Edit: I guess that would be limited to US citizens.


message 19: by Rob, Roberator (new)

Rob (robzak) | 6357 comments Mod
Mark wrote: "Who's up for Roberator 2020?

Edit: I guess that would be limited to US citizens."


The goal is for more donations..not fewer..

I'm working on a small incentive to add to our team, just waiting to hear back from Tom & Veronica.


message 20: by Tassie Dave, S&L Historian (new)

Tassie Dave | 3177 comments Mod
Mark wrote: "Who's up for Roberator 2020?

Edit: I guess that would be limited to US citizens."


He's way preferable to the "other" (incumbent) choice ;-)


message 21: by Rob, Roberator (new)

Rob (robzak) | 6357 comments Mod
So as a small incentive Tom has agreed to read the names of all of the people who donate through the S&L team page on an upcoming Podcast.

If anyone who donates (or already has) would rather not be mentioned, or prefer a different name from the one it shows on the world builders site (ex if Tassie Dave would prefer to be mentioned as Tassie Dave rather than his first and last name) please let me know and I'll simply count you among the anonymous donors instead.

I'll be giving them your full names, so if you'd just prefer a first name let me know that too.

Those of you donate anonymously will forgo that (we've had 3 of those so far) honor but you very much appreciated too!

Since post this morning the /r/fantasy folks have moved way ahead but we're still clinging to that #8 spot.

Any little bit helps, especially while they are still doing the matching.

OK, I'll shut up. I'm not trying to turn this into some kind of telethon. Webathon? Whatever you call it.


message 22: by Mark (new)

Mark (markmtz) | 1936 comments Rob, thanks for setting this up.


message 23: by Tassie Dave, S&L Historian (last edited Dec 05, 2019 03:33PM) (new)

Tassie Dave | 3177 comments Mod
I'd prefer Tassie Dave (Only because that's what I'm known as here).


message 24: by Rob, Roberator (new)

Rob (robzak) | 6357 comments Mod
Tassie Dave wrote: "I'd prefer Tassie Dave (Only because that's what I'm know as here)."

Yeah, I'd have had no idea who you were if you hadn't put Tassie Dave in your message!


message 25: by Todd (new)

Todd Carrozzi | 60 comments I'm glad I read my goodreads summary email, because I have been a slacker and haven't been on in awhile. I usually donate each year, but individually, so it is cool to be part of a team! Err well I guess a team within a team. :)


message 26: by Rob, Roberator (new)

Rob (robzak) | 6357 comments Mod
Awesome Todd, you just moved us back into 7th! Not that it's a competition..but still awesome!

:-D


message 27: by Sky (new)

Sky Corbelli | 352 comments Got us back up over r/fantasy, but sadly I won a few auctions so didn't have that much left over in my Worldbuilders fund.

On the plus side, the beginnings of both my current manuscripts are getting critiques now, one of them by Django Wexler.


message 28: by Rob, Roberator (new)

Rob (robzak) | 6357 comments Mod
Sky wrote: "Got us back up over r/fantasy, but sadly I won a few auctions so didn't have that much left over in my Worldbuilders fund.

On the plus side, the beginnings of both my current manuscripts are getti..."


No worries Sky. Happy to have any amount. Congrats on winning the auctions! I really like Django Wexler's writing. I'm sure his critiques will be better than mine. lol.

Considering we're over 5k with matching and nearly 4k ($3,960.70) from members alone, we crushed our goal of 1k.

Oh and for anyone else who planned to donate and hasn't yet, there is about 1 day left!.


message 29: by John (Nevets) (new)

John (Nevets) Nevets (nevets) | 1360 comments Only about 4 hours left!!

I believe most of the people around here who were planning on Donating probably already have (and thank you for that), but thought it was worth one last mention.

And for those who have a bit of a competitive streak, Sword and Laser as a team is in 10th spot about $200 behind the 9th team, and a much further ~$2000 behind the dreaded r/fantasy.


message 30: by Rob, Roberator (new)

Rob (robzak) | 6357 comments Mod
I'm just really proud we've stayed in the top 10 for the majority of the fundraiser. I think we briefly dropped to 11 once, but otherwise we've been a top group. We'd be a bit higher if our first few donations got matched, but they didn't for some reason.

Thanks again to everyone who donated. I'll post the final stats tomorrow morning.


message 31: by Rob, Roberator (last edited Dec 18, 2019 02:57AM) (new)

Rob (robzak) | 6357 comments Mod
So I thought it ended already, but I see donations coming in on their main page as of a few minutes ago.

Not sure if they decided to extend it or if they have to manually end it and haven't. I can't get on twitter from to see if they posted something though.

Edit: looks like it's not done until tonight now, see my next post.


message 32: by Rob, Roberator (last edited Dec 18, 2019 03:01AM) (new)

Rob (robzak) | 6357 comments Mod
I guess today they are doing an "after party" from 12pm(I assume CST)-12am (PST apparently) on twitch and donations are still active until then. So I guess that means it really ends tonight at 12PM PST instead.

https://blog.patrickrothfuss.com/2019...

So I updated my previous post and removed the final stats. I'll make a new post once donations end for real. So anyone who still hasn't donated and want to, it looks like you've got 1 last chance!

Our team page is: S&L Worldbuilders Team


message 33: by Rob, Roberator (last edited Dec 20, 2019 01:39PM) (new)

Rob (robzak) | 6357 comments Mod
OK, it looks like donations are still active (probably just never not active) but I think it's officially, officially over. So here are the final stats.

We had a total of 26 people who donated via our team, 4 anonymously.

We totaled $4,263.10  in member donations, plus another $1,212.60 in matching donations for a grand total of $5,475.70!

As a reminder, If anyone on the list below wants their name changed (first name only or forum name etc) please let me know. I plan to send the list to Tom & Veronica later today (unless I discover the campaign has been extended anyway).

You guys are the best. Thanks again to everyone who participated!


List of Donors
Mark Martinez
Stephanie Bulls
The Roberator
Tassie Dave
Anonymous
Adam Holland
Sheila Jean
Anonymous
Seth Warburton
Richard Eyres
Rebecca Powel
Anonymous
Joanne Burrows
Todd Carrozzi
Troy Parrish
James Thomas
Peta Banks
Angelika Fuchs
Aaron Jamieson
Kristin Pilotte
Leesa Hanagan
Julio Dalfior
Anonymous
Sky Corbelli
Martha Koopman
Sheri Johnson
Ryan Kaufman 


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