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035 – DMing & Producing a Visual Novel Style Actual Play with Cassi of Chosen Ones


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Today’s guest is Cassi, the dungeon master for the visual novel style D&D podcast, Chosen Ones. They are also a very talented artist and animator. We chat about what it’s like to DM an actual play podcast, how they unintentionally wound up with a year’s worth of recordings due to Covid, how they add the visual elements for YouTube onto the show, and all about their art journey that led them to this point. This was another great conversation, and I hope you enjoy this look behind the scenes of this great show!

If this is your first time tuning in to Roll Play Grow, 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 He is currently working on a series of map packs for Wild Beyond the Witchlight. There will be 5 packs total, one for every chapter, and they offer a look at some additional locations in the adventure. You can find all of those by going to DM’s Guild and searching for Lightheart Adventures as the author, or by going to to find all of our DM’s Guild and DriveThruRPG publications in one spot.

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Time Stamps & Screenshots

  • 00:00:00 Introduction & Updates
  • 00:02:25 Cassi Introduction
  • 00:07:17 An introduction to Chosen Ones
  • 00:14:10 Process for taking the recorded audio & turning it into YouTube videos
  • 00:21:01 Campaign planning
  • 00:28:31 Cassi’s DMing background
  • 00:31:07 The advantage of using seasons & how to plan for them
  • 00:40:22 Cassi’s art & animation
  • 00:43:12 Finding animation clients
  • 00:47:04 What has been the most challenging part?
  • 00:51:22 What has been the most rewarding part
  • 00:53:33 Upcoming Kickstarter for season 3
  • 00:54:24 Where can people find you?
  • 00:55:17 Wrap-up

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