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032 – Designing Maps & Marketing Tips with Christian of CZRPG


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Christian Zeuch is a Brazilian cartographer and author who has published a large number of supplements, adventures, and map packs on both DM’s Guild and DriveThruRPG. He has some absolutely amazing advice that he shares as he describes his journey to becoming a best-selling cartographer involving marketing strategies, strategies for planning future publications, collaborations, and more. He also has a Kickstarter launching very soon that we discuss towards the end of the interview that sounds like it will be very cool. We did record this episode early, so he doesn’t go into too much detail, but that Kickstarter will be launching on October 26th, and I’ll include a link in the show notes. Christian is a fount of knowledge and recommends some pretty amazing resources throughout the show. If you’re interested in learning more about publishing on these platforms, then I know you’ll love this episode.

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That is all for now, so please sit back and enjoy this conversation with Christian.

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  • 00:00:00 Introduction & Updates
  • 00:02:41 Christian Introduction
  • 00:06:43 What is CZRPG?
  • 00:13:40 How Christian got into cartography
  • 00:18:31 How Christian got into writing D&D supplements
  • 00:26:10 Sales techniques
  • 00:28:45 DM’s Guild vs DriveThruRPG
  • 00:32:57 Christian’s Email Marketing Strategy
  • 00:39:10 Design & production process
  • 00:45:35 What has been the most challenging part?
  • 00:47:06 What has been the most rewarding part?
  • 00:52:20 Where can people find you?
  • 00:53:31 Wrap-up

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