Adam Waselnuk is the founder of Sword & Source and co-founder of Legendkeeper. Sword & Source is a collection of random generators, most notably, Here be Taverns, which was just nominated for an Ennie award. Adam was actually one of my first listeners of this podcast and reached out to me to say hello a while back, so it’s been super cool watching him grow over the last several months. Brenton actually is a contributing writer for some of his generators, so I’ve also gotten a glimpse of some of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into these creations. Adam tells us all about these generators today, but we also discuss the strategy he used to grow a following before he even had a website, the importance of email marketing, and dig into all sorts of analysis and processes. This conversation definitely made my little project manager heart happy, so I know those of you who are more analytical will definitely enjoy this episode.
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Thanks for sticking around, and I hope you enjoy this conversation with Adam.
Time Stamps & Screenshots
- 00:00:00 Introduction & Updates
- 00:03:41 Adam Introduction
- 00:12:08 What is Sword & Source?
- 00:15:55 First steps in launching Sword & Source
- 00:20:54 Strategy for scoping projects
- 00:27:06 Leaving your job & going full time into entrepreneurship
- 00:32:37 Here be Taverns – developing random generators
- 00:48:50 What has been the most challenging part?
- 00:50:43 Legend Keeper
- 00:52:30 What has been the most rewarding part?
- 00:54:59 Where can people find you?
- 00:55:40 Wrap-up
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