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034 – Spell Trackers, Potions Bottles, and Rocking Kickstarter with Katlyn of Arcane Spectacles

 

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It’s been a while since we had a maker on the show, and I’m very excited about today’s guest, Katlyn Sol, ½ of the Arcane Spectacles team. If you aren’t familiar with Arcane Spectacles, they make spell trackers, potion bottles that include d4s, dice vaults, and more cool D&D and Pathfinder accessories. I actually have a spell tracker and potion bottle myself, and I love them both. That potion bottle is really fun to pass around to my players and is definitely seeing a lot of usage these days as I lead them through Curse of Strahd. If you aren’t sure what a spell tracker is, it’s a great way to both organize your dice and give you a visual and tactile way to keep track of your character’s spell slots at every level. It’s definitely going to come in handy when my players finally decide to take down Strahd. Or try anyway.

Katlyn tells the amazing journey she and her partner have taken to bring Arcane Spectacles to where it is today, including how they started out, going over some amazing Kickstarter planning advice, how they navigated a recent rebrand and more. She is a delightful person, and I know that by the end you’ll want to be best friends with her too.

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

Time Stamps & Screenshots

  • 00:00:00 Introduction & Updates
  • 00:03:21 Katlyn Introduction
  • 00:08:02 How the shop started
  • 00:14:40 Managing materials & inventory levels
  • 00:19:12 How Arcane Spectacles evolved over time & led to Kickstarter
  • 00:27:02 How Kickstarter changed their production & fulfillment processes
  • 00:38:56 How they split responsibilities
  • 00:40:50 Transitioning away from Etsy to your own web store
  • 00:47:22 Rebranding: how to & lessons learned
  • 00:51:32 What has been the most rewarding part?
  • 00:53:24 Upcoming projects
  • 00:55:54 Where can people find you?
  • 00:56:36 Wrap-up

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