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017 – Composing TTRPG Music with Sean of McRoMusic

We’re going to be starting a bit of a sound series for our next few guests, which is a sub-genre we haven’t really explored on this show yet, so I’m looking forward to being able to dive into the world of how music and sound can amplify your games. First up, today’s guest is Sean McRoberts, the creator and composer behind McRoMusic. He started creating music for the tabletop gaming scene last year, and as a fun bonus, y’all will get to hear some clips from some of his compositions in this episode. We actually did a collaboration with Sean a little while back. We offer free monthly one-shots on our blog, but our Patrons on the Adventurer track get to download a pdf version of each of our side quest. Sean composed a music track for one of those quests a few months ago, and we’re actually collaborating with him again for our June Patrons! I enjoyed getting to know more about Sean, how he uses music in his own games, and how he’s breaking into this industry of creating music for tabletop rpgs.

As usual, I’ve got a few items of business to go over before we jump into the interview. I mentioned this in the past couple of episodes, but we have a whole bunch of map packs over on DM’s Guild. Our most recent publication is an all-color map pack for Candlekeep Mysteries that highlights sections of the book that didn’t come with their own maps. We also have a black and white map pack for Rime of the Frostmaiden, specifically for Ythryn. That pack is inching towards a silver medal, so we would love your help in getting us there if you find yourself in need of some maps for Rime of the Frostmaiden. You can find all of our map packs by either going to DMsguild.com and searching for Lightheart Adventures as the author, or you can go to lightheartadventures.com/shop to find all our DM’s Guild and DrivethruRPG publications in one spot.

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That does it for our intro today, but next I’m going to play a bit of music composed by Sean and then we’ll dive right into the interview. Enjoy!

Time Stamps & Screenshots

  • 00:00:00 Introduction
  • 00:03:21 McRoMusic samples
  • 00:03:48 Sean Introduction
  • 00:08:34 First steps
  • 00:10:06 Collaborating with other TTRPG creators
  • 00:12:18 Favorite music style
  • 00:12:52 Process for creating a composition
  • 00:15:20 Marketing strategies
  • 00:17:58 Planning for the future
  • 00:20:28 Lessons learned
  • 00:28:35 Commissions
  • 00:33:06 Distributing music
  • 00:37:27 What has been the most challenging part?
  • 00:40:15 What has been the most rewarding part?
  • 00:42:06 Upcoming projects
  • 00:44:12 Where can people find you?
  • 00:45:00 More music samples
  • 00:46:27 Wrap-up

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