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027 – Merging Grimms’ Fairy Tales and D&D with Krista of Cat Tale Press


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How many fans of Grimms’ Fairy Tales are listening to this right now? Krista Martocci is an author and game designer publishing D&D adventures set in her own homebrew, Grimm-themed world. She currently has two adventures based on Snow White and Bremen Town-Musicians, as well as several sub-class supplements out on DriveThruRPG and available in a couple of local bookstores. We talk about how she went from creating a one-shot for her friends to redesigning it and getting it ready for publication, selling her adventures in a physical bookstore, and how she taught herself all of the skills needed to get an adventure ready for publication all by yourself.

Before we dive into the interview, if this is your first time tuning in to the show, welcome. This podcast is a part of Lightheart Adventures, which is a small company I co-founded with my husband. We offer a weekly blog on our website where you’ll find tips for running games, free monthly one-shot adventures, product reviews, and more. You’ll find that blog at Brenton also creates beautiful dungeon maps, both on DM’s Guild and on a commission basis.

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Time Stamps & Screenshots

  • 00:00:00 Introduction & Updates
  • 00:02:26 Krista Introduction
  • 00:10:38 Deciding to publish a D&D one-shot
  • 00:14:06 Krista’s Publications
  • 00:20:30 Using a Print on Demand service for hardcover copies
  • 00:23:24 DrivethruRPG vs DM’s Guild
  • 00:27:05 The artistic side of publications
  • 00:30:45 Layout
  • 00:38:05 Krista’s development process
  • 00:44:53 What has been the most challenging part?
  • 00:48:27 What has been the most rewarding part?
  • 00:51:35 Where can people find you?
  • 00:52:39 Wrap-up

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