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029 – Creating a New Universe & Project Management Tips with T. Julian Bell of Dark Veil Studio


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T. Julian Bell is the Creative Director and Owner of Dark Veil Studio which currently has a Kickstarter running for the Dark Veil TTRPG. I’ll be honest, y’all. I really want this game, and I think you should absolutely go check out their Kickstarter, which is running until October 15th. I’m not being paid to say this; I just think the lore and universe-building potentials sound really cool, and I’m also pretty fascinated by the mechanics that Julian describes in this interview. He has a pretty amazing story about how this game came to be, and they have some big plans for the Dark Veil universe. Beyond just wanting to promote this game because I want it, I also really enjoyed talking to Julian, as he has a wealth of knowledge about project managing a new TTRPG system and goes into pretty elaborate detail on a lot of their processes, including how they decided on their game mechanics and the vital role of playtesting. 

This is a longer episode than usual, so I’ll keep the business part short. So, 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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That is all for now, so please sit back and enjoy this conversation with Julian.

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Time Stamps & Screenshots

  • 00:00:00 Introduction & Updates
  • 00:02:45 T. Julian Bell Introduction
  • 00:09:20 Plans for the Dark Veil IP
  • 00:11:05 All about the Dark Veil Roleplaying Game
  • 00:15:00 Inspiration & Character Creation
  • 00:20:45 Game Mechanics & Playtesting
  • 00:20:45 Designing game mechanics through playtesting
  • 00:41:28 Development Process & Project Management Tips
  • 00:47:29 The Dark Veil team
  • 00:56:32 What has been the most challenging part?
  • 1:01:55 What has been the most rewarding part?
  • 01:07:19 Where can people find you?
  • 01:08:52 Wrap-up

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