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046 – Painting Dice Boxes, Designing Merch & Managing Online Stores with Jay of 88Riddles

 

Today we get the pleasure of hearing from Jay, the owner and designer behind 88Riddles. You may have seen Jay for his painted dice boxes, as part of an add-on to several Kickstarters, or maybe for his t-shirt and hoodie designs. Jay is a super talented artist who has a lot of great wisdom to share on running a plethora of online shops.

If this is your first time tuning in to Roll Play Grow, hello! This podcast is a part of Lightheart Adventures, which is a small company I co-founded with my husband. We also do blogs, one-shots, and maps that you’ll find over on our website, lightheartadventures.com.

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Time Stamps & Screenshots

  • 00:00:00 Introduction
  • 00:02:09 Jay Introduction
  • 00:08:50 Starting his design shops
  • 00:11:35 How painting dice boxes turned into a business venture
  • 00:14:45 Collaborating with other TTRPG creators & pricing considerations
  • 00:27:03 Selling on Etsy
  • 00:36:26 Using pre-orders to balance inventory
  • 00:44:43 Streaming on Twitch: Watching Paint Dry
  • 00:54:13 What has been the most rewarding part?
  • 00:55:44 Upcoming projects
  • 00:57:40 Where can people find you?
  • 00:58:31 Wrap-up

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