Welcome to Episode 12 of Roll Play Grow, the podcast for tabletop entrepreneurs, creators, and fans. I am Courtney Stover of Lightheart Adventures, and in this podcast, we talk to the creators behind the brands in the tabletop role play gaming space about who they are and how they are turning their passion for gaming into a career.
Today’s guest is JB Little, also known as the bestselling ttrpg author, reviewer, and game designer, DropTheDie. With bestsellers like Taverns, Inns, and Taprooms, his compact 4×6 character sheets, and more, he has a wealth of knowledge to share about publishing on DM’s Guild. We definitely dive into that but you’ll also learn about how he became a professional product reviewer as well. JB is a delight, and I know all of your writers out there will be able to learn a lot about finding success on DM’s Guild.
We’ll get to the interview in just a bit, but first, I promised a few episodes back that I would occasionally drop in some updates on the LIghtheart business life. Since hey, this is technically a business podcast, so I should probably mention things we’re trying ourselves from time to time. I am really excited to say that very soon, we should have a new map pack available for purchase on DM’s guild! Brenton has been hard at work over the last month developing several maps for Candlekeep Mysteries, and he’s getting pretty close to finished. If you want to check out some of his work in progress, I made us a Tiktok account and am posting some time-lapse videos of him drawing. I’ll be honest, I have no idea what I’m doing on Tikotok and I feel entirely too old for this platform, but we’re figuring it out! The time-lapse videos are pretty fun too. You can find us on Tiktok at Ligthheart Adventures. I’ll probably eventually post things related to the podcast there too, but I don’t really know what that will look like yet. Either way, the map pack should be out pretty soon!
Lastly, before we dive in, the affiliate I’m featuring today is Dice Envy. David Derus was our very first guest on the show, and his company makes some really pretty dice. My current favorite is the Edge Boss dice, which are these gorgeous black metal dice with a sstriped enamel. The original is blue and my favorite, but they also have red now. They are so pretty, but we’ve enjoyed all of the dice weve gotten from them. When you’re ready to grab yourself some dice, use code lightheartadv for 10% off your order, and you’ll also help support this show!
Alright, it’s time to go chat with JB!
- 00:00:00 Introduction
- 00:03:31 JB Introduction
- 00:06:44 Start with publishing items you’ve already used in your own games 00:10:32 The problem with publishing adventures
- 00:14:29 JB’s writing process
- 00:23:01 The importance of taking breaks
- 00:28:04 Becoming a product reviewer
- 00:33:47 Is it worth it to update old publications?
- 00:35:36 JB’s philosophy on compensation for reviews
- 00:40:46 The importance of meeting others in the industry
- 00:48:53 What has been the most challenging part?
- 00:51:52 What has been the most rewarding part?
- 00:54:51 Upcoming projects
- 00:57:09 Where can people find you?
- 00:58:47 Wrap-up
Thanks for dropping by! We would love to know who would like us to interview, so please drop a comment here on the blog, on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Discord to let us know who your favorite creators are! If you’d like access to more maps and content, including downloadable PDFs of our adventures, check out our Patreon. We’re able to do what we do because of all our amazing Patrons!
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