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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.

Roll Play Grow: A TTRPG Business Podcast Courtney Stover / Lightheart Adventures LLC

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    • 4.3 • 6 Ratings

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.

    082: Elevate Your TTRPG Projects with Effective Project Management Tools

    082: Elevate Your TTRPG Projects with Effective Project Management Tools

    Ever feel overwhelmed by managing your tabletop role-play game project? We've been there, and we've got your back! We spent this episode of Roll Play Grow diving deep into the world of project management tools. We shed light on how tools like Asana, Wrike, Notion, and Trello can help simplify your task organization, role assignment, note-taking, and deadline setting. Whether you're drawn to the free version of Asana, the extensive database capabilities of Notion, or the beginner-friendly interface of Trello, we've got the insights you need.

    Let's not stop there, though. We also tackled the planning and execution of a Monster Manual. We broke down how to create effective timelines, manage revision cycles, and implement communication strategies to get everyone on the same page. Communication is the key to keeping your team motivated, and we provided tips on building those essential relationships with your team members. We also discussed spotting signs of dwindling motivation and adjusting accordingly. We believe in celebrating every success, big or small because they all contribute to the bigger picture. So, tune in, gather some crucial pointers, and level up your game project management skills!
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    • 31 min
    081: A Deep Dive into the World of Sensitivity Consulting with Noordin Ali Kadir

    081: A Deep Dive into the World of Sensitivity Consulting with Noordin Ali Kadir

    Are you aware of the power of words and how they can subtly infiltrate a game? Noordin Ali Kadir unearths this concealed beast in today's episode, throwing light on how bias can have a profound impact on players. You'll discover how sensitivity consulting can prevent unintended consequences, ensuring a balanced and fair game design. We discuss his consulting experience and how he combats racial and cultural stereotypes in all of his projects.

    Additionally, we dive into the importance of collaboration in editing and how consulting can save game developers time and prevent errors. Noordin stresses the need to choose the right words to fit the narrative, instead of merely filling up the page. Wouldn't it be fantastic to prevent potential headaches down the line? Noordin insists on the significance of consulting from the start of a project, which not only brings to life a better product but also saves time, money, and heartache. Tune in, as Noordin Ali Kadir takes us on an exciting journey through the world of tabletop gaming, consulting, and career success.

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    080: Maximizing Your TTRPG Creation Efforts through Effective Project Management

    080: Maximizing Your TTRPG Creation Efforts through Effective Project Management

    Ready to up your game in the TTRPG space? Ever wondered how project management skills could change your trajectory as a creator? We dive into the nitty-gritty of project management, starting with the basics - what a project is, who a project manager is, and the phases within a project. We've got your back on each step of this journey, demystifying processes and sharing relatable examples to bring clarity. And we're not stopping at the theory, our next episode promises to unlock the world of project management tools for you. 

    But that's not all. A project isn't just about the process; it's about people too. We unpack the art of managing your team and resources, from project initiation to dealing with setbacks. We delve into the significance of project planning and risk management, guiding you to set up budgets and team agreements effectively. We also talk about working with artists, creating an environment that respects their creativity and time. As we explore the role of a project manager, we emphasize the importance of monitoring progress and ensuring the quality of life for your team. So, whether you're a solo creator or part of a team, these insights are here to make your TTRPG journey smoother.
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    • 36 min
    079: Designing Vagrantsong & two expansions with Kyle Rowan of Wyrd Games

    079: Designing Vagrantsong & two expansions with Kyle Rowan of Wyrd Games

    Today, we take an exclusive tour of board game development behind the scenes with the imaginative Kyle Rowan, Design Lead at Wyrd Games. Kyle delves into his personal trajectory from gamer to game designer, detailing the evolution of his role at Wyrd Games and the life of the board game Vagrantsong.

    Kyle reflects on the spark that ignited Vagrantsong and the journey of developing the game and its expansions.  He provides deeper insights into the mechanics and philosophy behind each expansion. We also touch upon the local legend of Slagpile Annie, a friendly Pittsburgh ghost, making her spectral debut in the game.

    We also delve into the anticipation surrounding the upcoming Kickstarter and the reception of the game since its release. Kyle gives us an honest glimpse into the rollercoaster ride of the game industry, the highs, the lows and everything in between. He offers pearls of wisdom for those aspiring to make their mark in the gaming world. So, buckle up and enjoy this enlightening conversation with a true gaming wizard.

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    • 50 min
    078: Building an Online Community part 3: Strategies, Pitfalls, and Successes

    078: Building an Online Community part 3: Strategies, Pitfalls, and Successes

    Ready to build a thriving community in the tabletop role-play gaming space? Then you're in for a treat. Today, we're delving into the nitty-gritty of how to make your community members feel seen, heard, and appreciated. We're talking about highlighting community members, featuring their posts, and applauding their contributions. But more than that, we're exploring the importance of nurturing relationships within your community - because, at the end of the day, it's those relationships that keep people coming back for more.

    We've also got some wisdom to share on common pitfalls when growing your social media community – and how to avoid them. Whether it's setting clear goals, staying consistent, taking feedback, or setting realistic expectations, we've got you covered. And we'll show you how to leverage your community for business success. We'll share our thoughts on gathering product feedback, encouraging user-generated content, harnessing the power of word-of-mouth marketing, and increasing brand loyalty. So tune in, take notes, and let's build a community that's meaningful, vibrant, and thriving.

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    • 37 min
    077: Challenging Stereotypes in Fantasy Game Design with Ella Watts

    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.

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Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

MrLich ,

Excellent Content - Varied Guests!

I find the show to be a refreshing view on the ttrpg scene with a wide range of guests covering any number of topics. Courtney is bright, clearly spoken, and asks excellent questions. It's the stuff you want to know about people making their way in business in RPGs.

rfbranch ,

This has grown to become one of my favorite RPG Podcasts

I found this podcast when Adam Waselnuk promoted his guest appearance, and I’ve been a regular listener ever since.

What makes RPG great is Courtney’s exceptional interviewing skills. She does three things very, very well:

1. She asks straightforward, open ended questions that give her guests room to talk about their subject matter.

2. She listens to their answers and asks pointed, relevant follow up questions.

3. She has a style that makes the entire back and forth feel natural and conversational without meandering off topic into asides that bore the listener.

I know these things may sound obvious, but it amazes me how many interview style podcasts don’t do this. If you’re someone who is interested in RPGs - even if you aren’t necessarily interested in learning about the process of creators - this podcast is worth a listen. I’ve learned a lot in my time listening to it.

LuluinWa ,

Entertaining and inspirational

I am really enjoying this podcast so far. I’ve only listened to a few episodes but I really enjoy the “behind the scenes” view at some of my favorite ttrpg’s creators. It is entertaining and inspiring. There are so many podcasts out there and I have a limited amount of time to listen and I am happy to add RPG to my commute podcast rotation.

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