Roll Play Grow: A TTRPG Business Podcast

Courtney Stover / Lightheart Adventures LLC

Roll Play Grow is a TTRPG interview podcast for entrepreneurs, creators, and fans within the tabletop roleplay gaming space. Every episode, we interview the faces behind the TTRPG brands in the community to learn how they turned their passion for the ttrpg industry into a career. read less
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077: Challenging Stereotypes in Fantasy Game Design with Ella Watts
Aug 22 2023
077: Challenging Stereotypes in Fantasy Game Design with Ella Watts
Ever wonder what goes into designing a Tabletop Role-Playing Game (TTRPG)? In our latest chat with Ella Watts, an accomplished director, writer, and producer, we get to unravel the process behind the creation of her TTRPG, Upriver, Downriver. From her first game session, to her daunting journey of game design, Ella's story is as captivating as her game. Ella doesn't shy away from the gritty side of game development. She takes us through the challenges she faced as a disabled and chronically ill person, shedding light on the real struggles behind the scenes. The conversation takes a deeper turn as we tackle the controversial decision to eliminate dwarves from the game—a decision rooted in the problematic representation of dwarfism in fantasy literature and games. Ella's perspective challenges us to rethink our assumptions and consider the real-life impact of our creative choices. The conversation doesn't stop there. She shares the emotional roller coaster of her crowdfunding journey and the joy of finally seeing players enjoy her game. If you've ever wondered how to navigate the challenges of game design or grappled with the responsibility of representation in your work, this chat with Ella Watts offers a wealth of lessons learned.Find Ella at:Buy Upriver, DownriverUpriver, Downriver SoundtrackUpriver, Downriver actual play by Girls Run These WorldsCamlan TwitterElla TwitterFind Dr. Erin PritchardFriday Afternoon Tea Grab a cup of tea with blends based on your favorite nerdy series. Use lightheartadv for 10% offDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the showFind Roll Play Grow: Show PagePatreonDiscordLightheart Adventures WebsiteLightheart TwitterLightheart Instagram
076: Building an Online Community part 2: Strategically building engagement
Aug 15 2023
076: Building an Online Community part 2: Strategically building engagement
Ready to transform your social media presence and build a thriving online community? Our latest episode is your ultimate guide to this dynamic digital landscape. We're here to help you carve out your unique space and captivate your audience by consistently delivering content that resonates.Harness the power of community engagement with practical strategies shared in this episode. Recognize your audience, build genuine relationships, and show them they are valued. We'll explore interactive sessions like games, Q&As, AMAs, and live chats to educate and build rapport with your audience. We'll also talk about the power of collaboration, reaching out to influencers to enhance exposure, and the vitality of seeking feedback, suggestions, and mutual growth.We also delve into the art of standing out in a crowded market. Learn how to use hashtags, groups, and polls to pique interest and encourage interaction, making your content shine. We'll discuss the significance of analyzing engagement metrics, maintaining consistency via scheduling tools, and the art of pitching yourself. Plus, we'll highlight the importance of promoting podcast subscriptions and engagements, appreciating your audience, and the magic of collaborations. Join us and watch your social media community grow and thrive!Find  DungeonGlitch:Gemmed FireflyRPG for FreeMattJoro.comTwitterSupport the showFind Roll Play Grow: Show PagePatreonDiscordLightheart Adventures WebsiteLightheart TwitterLightheart Instagram
072: Running a game store with Andrew of Lost Star Gaming Outfitters
May 2 2023
072: Running a game store with Andrew of Lost Star Gaming Outfitters
How many of you have thought about starting a friendly local gaming store? Well, I have a special treat for you today, because I got to chat with Andrew Youngchild, the co-founder of Lost Star Tabletop Gaming Outfitter in Gig Harbor, Washington. He and his sister, Charlie, opened up this very cool store in the heart of Gig Harbor’s shopping district, a year into Covid. We dig into how the store came to be, how things have changed over the years, and Andrew’s hopes for the future. Andrew really dives into a lot of the decisions they had to make, and I really appreciated this genuine look at opening and running a gaming store.Before we dive in, I’d like to welcome anyone who is new to the show. This podcast is a part of Lightheart Adventures, which is a small company I co-founded with my husband. We also do blogs, one-shots, and maps that you’ll find over on our website, lightheartadventures.com. This show allows me to chat with so many amazing folks about business, marketing, hardships, lessons learned and how to guides across a wide spectrum of industries within the TTRPG scene. If that sounds like a show for you, then be sure to subscribe to Roll Play Grow on your favorite podcast player.Find Lost StarWebsiteInstagramFacebookFind Roll Play Grow:Show PagePatreonLightheart Adventures WebsiteLightheart TwitterLightheart InstagramFriday Afternoon Tea Grab a cup of tea with blends based on your favorite nerdy series. Use lightheartadv for 10% offDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the showFind Roll Play Grow: Show PagePatreonDiscordLightheart Adventures WebsiteLightheart TwitterLightheart Instagram
069: DungeonGlitch makes music, talks D&D, designs merch & more
Mar 21 2023
069: DungeonGlitch makes music, talks D&D, designs merch & more
Matt Joro, also known as DungeonGlitch is one of those cool creators who does so many things. Matt is a DnD Influencer, Professional DM, Artist, Author, and Composer, and I wish I’d had several more hours to talk to him. We dive into how Matt has grown in the ttrpg space over the last 3 years, how he became connected with Wizards of the Coast, marketing tips, getting into Lo-Fi music composition, and DM’s Guild. Like I said–Matt does a lot, and I hope you enjoy getting to hear from him!If this is your first time tuning into Roll Play Grow, I want to give you a special welcome! This podcast is a part of Lightheart Adventures, which is a small company I co-founded with my husband. We also do blogs, one-shots, and maps that you’ll find over on our website, lightheartadventures.com. This show allows me to chat with so many amazing folks about business, marketing, hardships, lessons learned and how to guides across a wide spectrum of industries within the TTRPG scene. If that sounds like a show for you, then be sure to subscribe to Roll Play Grow on your favorite podcast player.Find  DungeonGlitch:Gemmed FireflyRPG for FreeMattJoro.comTwitterFind Roll Play Grow:Show PagePatreonDiscordLightheart Adventures WebsiteLightheart TwitterLightheart InstagramDice Envy Dice Envy creates beautiful dice in a variety of materials. Use lightheartadv for 10% off your orderDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the showFind Roll Play Grow: Show PagePatreonDiscordLightheart Adventures WebsiteLightheart TwitterLightheart Instagram
066: Designing Burnaway and Preparing for Kickstarter with Nagi
Feb 7 2023
066: Designing Burnaway and Preparing for Kickstarter with Nagi
Today is the day my friends! It is the Kickstarter launch day for the game that I have been project managing for a year now: Burnaway. I will spare you the explanation of the game right now because you are going to hear all about in this episode.We are talking with Geordie Morse aka Nagi, the game designer behind it all. Make sure you go to Kickstarter and look for Burnaway, all one word, or check out the show notes for a direct link. You know, today’s episode was really fun, and I know I say that every time, but this one was unique. Usually when I interview folks, I’m familiar with their work, but as a complete outsider. But today got to be more of a conversation than usual, as it was a time for Nagi and me to look back over the last year together and talk about not only how he got into game design and what spurred the decision to launch a Kickstarter, but how we two newbs to the Kickstarter scene have stumbled our way through getting ready for a launch. And while I obviously hope we not only fund but smash through all our stretch goals, I gotta say, no matter what happens, I’ve worked with some really awesome folks and learned a lot along the way.Nagi’s a really great guy who has developed a really awesome game, and this is a pretty fun chat about game design and the Kickstarter pre-launch process. Enjoy.Find BurnawayKickstarterWebsiteFind Nagi/Arnamantle:WebsiteTwitterFind Roll Play Grow:Show PagePatreonDiscordLightheart Adventures WebsiteLightheart TwitterLightheart InstagramFriday Afternoon Tea Grab a cup of tea with blends based on your favorite nerdy series. Use lightheartadv for 10% offDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the showFind Roll Play Grow: Show PagePatreonDiscordLightheart Adventures WebsiteLightheart TwitterLightheart Instagram
065: How to become a freelance social media manager with Sol
Jan 31 2023
065: How to become a freelance social media manager with Sol
Today’s episode is the second in our short series of interviews with my project team members on the upcoming indie ttrpg called Burnaway. The game is launching on Kickstarter on February 7th, and I wanted to introduce you all to some of the awesome people behind the scenes! Be sure to check out the show notes for a link to the pre-launch page on Kickstarter, and the Arnamantle website, where you can grab an interactive story primer to get an idea of the game’s setting.Sol is the social media manager for Burnaway, so we definitely do talk about the game and the art a bit, but we also chat about their journey diving into the world of ttrpg socials as a freelancer over the past two and a half years. Sol tweets an average of 1000 tweets a week across all his clients, and seriously, if you are struggling with your posts, grab a notebook. Especially when he starts listing his pet peeves, I literally want to print out that list and frame it. Sol is awesome to work with, and has so much wonderful advice for you!Find BurnawayKickstarterWebsiteFind Sol:RPG InnWebsiteTwitterFind Roll Play Grow:Show PagePatreonDiscordLightheart Adventures WebsiteLightheart TwitterLightheart InstagramFriday Afternoon Tea Grab a cup of tea with blends based on your favorite nerdy series. Use lightheartadv for 10% offDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the showFind Roll Play Grow: Show PagePatreonDiscordLightheart Adventures WebsiteLightheart TwitterLightheart Instagram
063: Writing Welcome to Dragon Talk with Greg Tito & Shelly Mazzanoble
Oct 19 2022
063: Writing Welcome to Dragon Talk with Greg Tito & Shelly Mazzanoble
If you hang around the D&D scene, you likely have heard of Dragon Talk, the D&D podcast hosted by Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble. Greg is the Senior Communications Manager of Dungeons & Dragons, and Shelly is the Senior Brand Manager of Dungeons & Dragons. We talk about what they’re up to in D&D. We talk about their show, and we talk about their upcoming book, Welcome to Dragon Talk. So yes, this is a podcast episode where we talk to two podcasters about their book about their podcast. Welcome to Dragon Talk is published by the University of Iowa press and is releasing December 5th. You can preorder it from your favorite bookstore and I think even your friendly local game store? If you do preorder it, you might receive it a little bit early. It truly was a honor to talk to these legends of the D&D podcasting realm, and I know y’all are going to have fun listening to this.For a last bit of business before we jump into the interview: I have a new Patreon gift for my amazing Patrons. In addition to the ability to ask questions for upcoming interviews, shout outs on the site and show, I am now starting a new segment exclusively for Patrons. Greg & Shelly were my first participants. I’m still workshopping on the name, but it is a Quick Question Blitz: I have 10 silly questions for my guests that are unrelated to the rest of the interview, and they can answer with as little as 1 word or give a longer explanation. It’s meant to be short & sweet, though I must admit this first one went like 20 minutes, but a good third of that is just pure laughter and fart jokes, and we did have 2 people to answer. Let’s just say, it was a good time. You’ll find me on Patreon at Roll Play Grow. And I hope that y’all enjoy the new segment!Find Welcome to Dragon TalkFind Shelly:TwitterInstagramFind Greg:TwitterInstagramFind Roll Play Grow:Show PagePatreonDiscordLightheart Adventures WebsiteLightheart TwitterLightheart InstagramSupport the showFind Roll Play Grow: Show PagePatreonDiscordLightheart Adventures WebsiteLightheart TwitterLightheart Instagram