Drawing Maps & Starting a Blog

005 – Drawing Maps & Starting a Blog with Brenton of Lightheart Adventures


This is Episode 5 of Roll Play Grow, the podcast for tabletop rpg entrepreneurs, creators, and fans. I am Courtney of Lightheart Adventures, and in this podcast, we talk to the creators behind the brands in the tabletop role play gaming space about who they are and how they are turning their passion for gaming into a career.

Today’s episode looks a little different. I mentioned back in Episode Zero that I’d be bringing Brenton on to chat with me about Lightheart Adventures, and today we’re going to take a look at a lot of the lessons we’ve learned over the last year. Interviewing your spouse and business partner is a bit of an amusing time when you know most of the answers, so it definitely turned into a bit more of a discussion as we went on. Some of the topics we go into are why our first DM’s Guild publications completely bombed and what we’re doing differently now, tactics Brenton’s using to get past his dislike of social media, the value of growing your email list, blogging with consistency, and the journey your art style can take.

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Alright, I hope you enjoy this episode and this look behind the curtain of what we’re doing at Lightheart Adventures!

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Time Stamps

  • 00:00:00 Introduction
  • 00:02:20 Brenton Introduction
  • 00:07:18 Art Background
  • 00:09:00 Evolution of his cartography style
  • 00:10:45 What tools are you using to make the digital maps?
  • 00:12:30 How did you transition from homebrew maps to publishing them?
  • 00:15:02 What we did wrong when first publishing on DM’s Guild
  • 00:19:13 Starting a website
  • 00:21:32 Lessons learned with blogging
  • 00:28:15 Tactics to get past a dislike of social media
  • 00:31:42 The importance of the Email List
  • 00:37:08 What else are you working on?
  • 00:39:48 How did you increase your output and productivity?
  • 00:44:44 What has been the most challenging part?
  • 00:45:20 What’s been the most rewarding part?
  • 00:46:12 Where can people find you?
  • 00:46:22 Distracted by discussing an awesome board game
  • 00:48:42 Wrap-up

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