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037 – Transforming your D&D Campaign into Novels with Scott of Tal and Ru Travels


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Hello friends! I hope those of you in the states had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday last week and were able to enjoy the day rather than fight with your uncle about vaccines, masks, or other fun topics. I’m going to start today’s episode off on a bit more of a personal note. So here is a content warning for health and surgery stuff. If you don’t want to hear this, then go ahead and skip forward by a couple of minutes.

Alright, so if you follow me on Twitter at KetraWCR, you probably know this, but if you don’t, I’ve only mentioned it in passing on a handful of episodes. 6 weeks ago, at the end of October, I underwent a pretty major surgery that involved putting a bar in my chest to help reconstruct my sternum and ribcage. Yes, it is just as painful as it sounds, and probably even more so. In preparation for this surgery and the fact that it would take a while to recover, I batch recorded a ton of interviews with the plan to have them all edited and uploaded and get us through the end of the year. However, my surgery was actually moved up pretty last minute, so the last episode with Anna of D&D Disability was the last one I had ready to go before my surgery. That’s the main reason that I missed sharing an episode last week. I’m definitely still in recovery, but I’m able to edit from bed, so I’m hoping to get us back on track. I’ll be trying really hard to keep up with the weekly schedule through December, but if I do wind up missing a week or uploading a day or two late, this is why. I can assure you that recovery is going well, and I’m actually able to move around pretty easily. My main issue at this point is just a struggle with being able to sit up for extended periods of time. 

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For today’s guest: have you ever considered writing a series of novels about your D&D campaign? Because that is exactly what the lovely couple over at Tal and Ru Travels are doing. Scott Roepel shares the inspired story of how he and Ashley are turning their D&D campaign into an 8 book series, and it’s based entirely off how things go in their campaign. We talk about the logistics of an ever-changing story, how they share the story and their whole production process, and we even talk about how they bought a camper van to explore nature to influence their ideas. They have a pretty fascinating story, and I can’t wait for you to hear it! So thank you as always for checking out Roll Play Grow, and I hope you enjoy this conversation with Scott. 

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Time Stamps & Screenshots

  • 00:00:00 Introduction & Updates
  • 00:03:38 Scott Introduction
  • 00:08:28 How Scott & Ashley got into writing
  • 00:11:15 How Tal and Ru Travels began
  • 00:29:20 Figuring out how to create a story and turn them into books
  • 00:35:49 Keeping up with the series’ overarching plot when the campaign keeps changing
  • 00:38:50 Process for turning the campaign into books
  • 00:47:00 All about their YouTube channel
  • 00:53:40 What has been the most challenging part?
  • 00:57:03 What has been the most rewarding part?
  • 00:58:15 Upcoming projects
  • 00:59:49 Where can people find you?
  • 01:00:34 Wrap-up

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